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DOUBTS RAISED ABOUT FUTURE OF COSTA AZUL BUS SERVICE
Doubts have been expressed about the future of the Costa Azul bus service that runs between Torrevieja and Alicante airport. When the license to run the bus was originally awarded by the Torrevieja Ayuntamiento it was for a time span of only four months, a fact that was lost in the busy run-up to the Municipal elections. However, a spokesman for the Ayuntamiento is quoted as saying that ‘A second tender was a condition put in place by the Valencian Government and not the Town Hall of Torrevieja, yet this is a standard procedure. After the four month period, the subsequent running of the airport bus service will automatically go out to tender as it is obliged to do.’ ‘The running of the bus service to Altet will go out to tender in September, although it is a possibility that the same company will continue to manage this service as they run all of the other bus services around Torrevieja, are the most reliable and the most efficient.’ He continued. There are rumours that Costa Azul are anxious to downplay the success the route, in order to prevent it from going out to tender. The Vega Bus company, who lost out to Costa Azul in the original tender for the job, is suspicious that Costa Azul will report low bus user figures so that the continuation of the express airport service does not go out to tender at all. It seems quite likely that the service will be discontinued, probably only for the winter season, while the airport and city services thrash out an agreement between themselves.
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World’s first double leg transplant carried out in Valencia
THE world’s first-ever double leg transplant has been carried out successfully in Valencia’s La Fe hospital at the hands of ace surgeon Pedro Cavadas, who has already transplanted hands, arms, feet and even faces. Cavadas said the operation was ‘highly complex’ as there was no previous experience or history in the world of such surgery being carried out to draw upon. Details of the patient and the donor have not yet been revealed, although they may be able to be brought to light later this week. Back in May 2010, the ministry of health gave La Fe hospital permission to carry out lower-limb transplants for a period of up to four years. Cavadas is responsible for carrying out the world’s first-ever face transplant, on a 43year-old man who had become disfigured as a result of a massive tumour, back in August 2009. This involved substituting the entire jaw and the tongue as well as the superficial
parts of the face, but the patient was able to be discharged from hospital after just one month. He also carried out the first hand and lower arm transplant in the world in November 2006 on Colombian patient Alba Lucía. Two years later, he reimplanted a lower leg on a 20-year-old man whose limb had become severed during an accident at work. Whilst the stump was healing sufficiently to stitch the leg back on, Cavadas kept the severed limb ‘alive’ by temporarily attaching it to the other leg, firstly to the groin and then to the ankle. The patient is now believed to be walking and has full feeling in his previously-severed leg.
Electricity boards ‘must provide free helpline’ and ‘better service’
ELECTRICITY boards will be obliged by law to offer free-phone helplines to their customers, according to newly-drafted legislation. At present, anyone who has a problem with their supply or bill gets charged for making the necessary calls to resolve issues created by the companies themselves – meaning that, effectively, the electricity boards make money from their own inefficiencies. Once the law comes into force, electricity boards will have three months to set up a free customer service line and to ensure that they itemise all costs stated on customers’ bills. If they fail to do so, they could be fined up to 10 per cent of their net profits. The new Customer Service Law will also give a maximum period of one month for any complaints from clients to be resolved. Electoral candidate for the central government, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, says the idea of the new legislation – which will be further debated in Parliament in September – is to mop up the deficiencies in the service provided by large companies and to protect the consumer. There has not yet been any mention of similar measures being extended to other companies, such as telephone and internet providers, which charge customers who ring up every time their connection is down – meaning that the firms earn money from providing an unreliable service.
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The Consejería de Agricultura y Agua has managed to reduce the incidence of the corn borer caterpillar, (Ostrinia nubilalis) a pest in greenhouse pepper plantations. They have achieved this by disrupting its mating techniques. The Director General of Agro-Food Industry and Agricultural Training Lidón Angel Garcia said that this initiative ‘is an example for other regions of Europe, who are faced with correct application of the principles of the Directive for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.’ The objectives of this Directive are to lessen the possible negative effects on the environment due to the use of pesticides while at the same time encouraging the use of non-chemical alternatives. The material used is manufactured by a Japanese company. It is formulated in small rubber diffusers containing a charge of pheromone, which is dispersed in the greenhouse. The diffusers are placed evenly at a rate of 500 to 700 units per hectare, depending on the design, height and ventilation of the greenhouse as well as planting density and the continuity of dosage to be maintained. It works by significantly increasing the amount of pheromones in the greenhouse, making it difficult for the males to locate the natural pheromones produced by females, thus disrupting their mating activities. The cost of this action is between 180 and 220 euros per hectare.
The Spokesman for the Ayuntamiento of Lorca, Francisco García, reported that those who have had to carry out improvements to their homes as a result of damage caused by the earthquakes of May 11 will not have to pay any municipal tax to carry out this work. He said that ‘it is a commitment that has been approved at the meeting held by the Local Government Board. It has given the green light to a motion which includes the modification of the tax ordinance for exemption from payment for building permits in the cases cited.’ He anticipated that this measure will be ratified at the next regular full City Council. However, there are numerous points, both of ownership, public responsibility, the definition of awards and grants as income or ex-gratia, and the visiting of municipal facilities in order to determine status which still need to be ratified in law.
Denia police uncovered an extensive web of crime and extortion when they commenced the investigation into the shooting of 34 year old Sandra Franco at her home in Denia in 2010. Mrs Franco was shot three times in what was at first thought to be a straightforward revenge crime, brought about when Mrs Franco’s affair with a German man was discovered by the man’s wife. The wife was arrested, and police established that she had arranged for a gunman to undertake the killing of Mrs Franco. As yet they have as yet been unable to apprehend him, and it is believed that he has fled the country. However, in the course of their investigations they uncovered an extensive web of crime covering Marina Alta, Denia and the whole of Javea. These included murder and threats of violence, arms trafficking, extortion with violence, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud. The police took into custody a total of six men, including the husband, plus 5 other Eastern Europeans. As yet the police have seized evidence from several residences, including several high-end motor cars, gold, silver, several thousand euros in cash, arms and ammunition, and have frozen a number of bank accounts while investigations are pending.
At last the authorities, through the Guardia Civil, are acting to spare the embarrassment of the local residents, and are enforcing the Cover Up rules. These are in force in many other towns in Spain. The rules are intended to preserve public decency, and stipulate that a covering should be worn over swimwear and in public places. Thus women who go shopping in bikinis or swimwear, and men who walk around the town shirtless will have to cover up or face a fine of up to 300 Euros These rules apply in all areas which can be accessed by the public, not only in urban areas (except beaches) shops and restaurants (except beachside Chiringuitos) and in all cases, even when driving.
An investigation that has been ongoing for upwards of one year has been concluded by the Policia Nacional. 54 people have been arrested in an investigation that began in April 2010, and charged with people trafficking. It seems that it targeted mainly Indian and Pakistani immigrants, who were charged up to 8,000 Euros for transport to Spain, and who were then put to work in the agricultural sector. Many of the immigrants were given falsified paperwork, some were offered fake marriages, and in almost every case threats were made against the family if debts were not repaid. The network spread from Favara in Valencia to Benidorm, and in all a total of 54 of the ringleaders were arrested, some of whom were of Bulgarian nationality. Computers, computer equipment, false documentation and forged passports were among the items seized.
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San Fermin festival kicks off with “clean and fast” first run
Pamplona’s traditional San Fermin festival kicked off on 8th july with a “clean and fast” first “encierro” or bull run through the historic old town.
No-one was gored on the first morning, but four people were taken to Navarre Hospital with injuries -one with fractured ribs - suffered during a sprint where the six guiding steers stole the show from the charging bulls from the Torrestrella ranch, which is famed for producing dangerous bulls. One man who was gored and almost killed last year by a half-tonne bull is back for more this week. Chilean-born waiter Alonso Ceardi, 24, remains addicted to the thrill of running with bulls and Thursday’s running of the bulls was his 10th appearance. Runners, wearing traditional white clothing and red handkerchiefs around their necks, tripped over each other or fell in the mad rush but avoided getting caught out as daredevils and animals charged down the 849-metre course from a pen to the city’s bull ring in two minutes, 30 seconds. People come from all over the world to test their bravery and enjoy the festival’s nonstop street parties which last until July 14. The festival was immortalized by author Ernest Hemingway in his 1926 novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’.
Cut top management’s salary and give more to minions, says work ministry SPAIN’S minister of work says massive cuts should be made in the ‘obscene’ salaries earned by company directors, and a fairer distribution of wealth among ordinary employees.
Valeriano Gómez stresses that this is not a new idea, but is even more crucial now with mass redundancies among the workforce whilst the top managers earn too much money. Gómez pointed out that many company directors earn up to 1,500 times as much as their lowest-paid members of staff. He says it is difficult for the government to place an upper limit on wages and oblige bosses of big privatesector firms to hand over some of their salaries to employees who struggle to pay the bills. But Gómez believes that such measures can and should be taken in banks that have been bailed out by public funds, since this move is currently being enforced in other
parts of the EU and in the USA. He says the excesses, risk-taking, selfcentredness of, and lack of supervision over bank bosses is largely what has led to sole traders, small businesses and employees from suffering ruin in the recession. Better pay would ensure workers became more involved in their firms’ activities, meaning new talents could be exploited. “In the future, the more stable of the world’s economies will push for fiscal measures and regulations to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth between workers,” states Gómez. “For a country to progress, this situation of enormous difference in wages between staff members and top management must not continue.”
Valuable manuscript disappears Santiago de Compostela cathedral
Police have launched a widespread search after a hugely valuable illuminated manuscript disappeared from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. This edition of the Codex Calixtinus is thought to date from around 1150 and is considered the very first guidebook for mediaeval pilgrims following the “Camino de Santiago”. Its value is considered incalculable and
as such the manuscript would be unsaleable on the open market. Its purpose was largely practical - to collect advice of use to pilgrims heading to the shrine there. It also included sermons and homilies to St James. On Wednesday afternoon, the book was reported missing. Only the dean of the cathedral and two other people had
access to the room in which it was kept, and the doors show now signs of a forced entry. “We are investigating its disappearance,” a police spokeswoman said. “It is usually kept in a room to which only a handful of people have access,” she said. The Codex is only brought out on special occasions, such as last year’s visit of Pope Benedict, when it is closely guarded.
PP demands Rubalcaba’s immediate resignation for “abusing power”
The PP spokesperson, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, today demanded the immediate resignation of the government’s first vicepresidente, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, after accusing him of being “arbitrary, glaringly incompatible and abusing power” in his position within the socialist government. The opposition PP is accusing Rubalcaba of using his position to further his own “personal and partisan interests” and cites
in particular the fact the the PSOE’s number one candidate for the next general elections has already used his position in the Interior Ministry to draw up a number of contracts with the election organisers. The PP claims in a press conference this morning that what Rubalcaba, as a candidate, is doing “is not ethical and is already damaging to the public’s general interest”.
Five year old used in cashpoint card scam
A 22-year-old woman identified only as Teodora P. has been arrested for stealing over 22,000 euros by using a five year old to distract elderly people using a cash point in Madrid’s Paseo de la Florida in order to steal their cards. The woman’s modus operandi was to choose
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SPANGLES PER FORM FOR THE NEW MAYOR OF LOS ALACÁZARES
Spangles performed twice in one week for Anastasio Bastida, the newly-elected Mayor of Los Alcázares. For the first time in their history, Spangles was invited to take part in the ‘Corales del Mar’ in the beautiful Iglesia de la Asunción, alongside ladies’ choirs from Cartagena and Los Alcázares. If you have seen Spangles perform, you will know that it is definitely not their style to stand still and sing behind songbooks, and this performance was no exception with them finishing with a very lively rendition of La Bamba, much to the delight of the predominantly Spanish audience. “It was an honour and a pleasure to perform for our new Mayor in such beautiful surroundings” said Anthea Prentice, coChorus Manager. “We joined Anastasio Bastida and the ladies’ choirs afterwards at a local restaurant, where we all enjoyed singing together. We hope that we can forge strong links between us and perform together again in the future.” Five days later, the Mayor attended a show featuring Spangles at another beautiful venue, Hotel La Encarnación, which has been family-owned since the early 1900’s and is steeped in history. It is famous for its ‘Balñeario Thermales’ or thermal spa where the original treatment rooms and sunken marble baths, remain to this day. The inner patio is a sight to behold, with balconies festooned with greenery and flowers, where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. This is where Spangles, Viva quartet and Smithy entertained a packed audience. Spangles opened the second half of the show with the two songs that made them Gold Medal Barbershop Champions of Spain and Portugal, which roused the audience. They then had them rolling in the aisles with their performance of ‘What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?’ with Anthea playing a convincing, inebriated marinero. “The song is complex and fairly difficult to learn, but we enjoy performing it and love to amuse our audiences too” commented Musical Director, Gail Grainger. “We’ve been working hard on a new CD, which will be out some time after the summer, so we have had some exciting moments this year. After our summer break in August, we will be learning new songs and brushing up on our Christmas repertoire, ready for the festive season.”
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Age Concern volunteers recently helped a special lady celebrate a special birthday. Ivy Sharpe was ninety years of age on 7th July 2011. Ivy, who is a regular visitor to the Charities Walk-In Centre at La Siesta, came in and enjoyed cutting the special cake which had been made for her and meeting many of her friends there. She also recently received a special medal from the Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary celebrations. He husband Reg was an Army Regular and Ivy had been with him in Malaya, Palestine and the Far East for many years. They married in Westbury, Wiltshire, England and had 58 happy years together. Eventually they settled in La Siesta, Spain over 25 years ago and despite losing her dear husband many years ago, Ivy stayed in Spain and is still a popular and well known Lady on the estate. The centre will close for the Summer Break on Friday 29th July 2011 and re-open on Monday 5th September 2011 - DOUG KNOTT
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age concern - Costa Calida A Busy June.... As the weather dial was turned up from nice and warm to HOT recently thus it seems so have the activities of Age Concern Costa Calida been turned up also, we have shaken off the winter and spring torpor and our irrepressible band of volunteers are now out in the community dealing with a variety of calls from the over 50´s upon our services. From simple advice over the phone to home visits and befriending and onto the more involved social welfare aspects of our remit we are now providing assistance and direct help to those who need it. If you feel that you can contribute in any way, you may have certain skills in welfare, Spanish translation, a medical background or just feel that you would like to commit in some way and have a couple of hours a month or so spare as a volunteer, please get in touch, either phone 634 325 408 or drop in and meet us at the social centre on sector B Camposol, ( near to Consum at the far end of the lower car park ) Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12.30, your enquiries will be very welcome. If you feel you cannot become actively involved in Age Concern you can still show your support by becoming a “friend” of Age Concern for a small donation. Further details from any of the contact points mentioned here. June brought of course The Camposol Fiesta and with it the opportunity to raise our profile locally and meet many of the people around the area in this fun and friendly environment. We shook out our market stall and with a fair degree of skill and some head scratching we put together our stand selling donated clothing and bric a brac, a bottle tombola and Graham´s now famous “ Beat the Keeper” event, in total we raised 377.10 euros and met with so many people who were happy to chat away about our role in the community. All this couldn´t happen without the organization of the Fiesta Committee to whom we are most grateful for the time and great effort they all put into this annual event. Thank You. We welcome onboard Maggie Baird who brings bright and fresh ideas with her and is a much needed assistant to our fund raising Guru Graham Jackson. Looking towards the autumn we have 2 outstanding “must attend” events scheduled, these are; Our stellar spectacular Black and White Ball, Friday 16 September at the Marina in the Port and our Rock n Roll Night 21st October at Marianno´s Camposol. Tickets during July and August from the Social Centre Camposol Wednesdays 10 till 12.30, Friday´s 11 to 1pm outside The Trevi Bar or The Marina end of the Paseo in the Port on the last Friday of the month 11-1pm or. Tel: Maggie/Graham 634 310 215. We would like to extend a huge thank you to PALS who have kindly donated their remaining medical equipment to Age Concern. We are very grateful for their support. If you have any surplus medical equipment, ie wheelchairs, crutches etc in a good clean condition and feel that you would like to pass them on then we would be grateful for your donation, please contact any of the above numbers, we will arrange for collection, also any clean goods you may have and feel that you can donate in order to raise funds for our worthy cause. We welcome anyone who cares to drop in on Wednesday Mornings at the Social Centre for a cuppa and a chat about, well, about anything really, there are plans to hold events on a regular basis and as we firm up on these we will let you all know. Age Concern Costa Calida, caring for the over 50´s.
On Saturday June, the JB Band (formerly Just Brass) played at Mazarron to a very appreciative audience and Musical Director Ian Tinsley expressed himself as delighted with the quality of playing and the reception the band was given. Ian Gibson presented the show; his wit and repartee added to the general enjoyment of the show. Solos included Concierto de Aranquez (flugel) by P Steele, La Belle Americaine and To a Wild Rose (Euphonium) played with inimitable style by Jayne Illingworth, and Annie’s Song (cornet) by Ian Gibson. Invitations for future concerts were overwhelming and the band look forward to future performances in the area. Two weeks later on September 25, the JB Band again took the stage
in San Miguel as part of the festival weekend. The Musical Director, a qualified interpreter, introduced the pieces in both Spanish and English which was much appreciated by the largely Spanish audience. The audience greatly enjoyed the programme which included many Spanish pieces such as Gypsy Dance, Amparito Roca, Zamora, Concierto de Aranquez, and a special playful cornet solo ‘El Rob’ played by Ian Gibson. Dancing to the Spanish tunes was the order of the day and ‘Bravo’ was the most used word. Once again, the band was invited to return for more concerts in the village including a Christmas concert to add to their packed itinerary in the festive season. Watch for the Band’s future concert programme.
Stepped into the dizzy heights leaving others Footloose at Dance Festival A very exciting but sweltering two day event at Mazarron Festival de Baile resulted in Footwork claiming the majority of medals gold and silver in all categories. An outstanding performance by Abbigail Dorrill won the highest scored solo and She, with her sister Rhiane resulted in the highest scored Duet. Congratulations to all, young and old, too many to mention who gave a sparkling performance picking up many medals, ages ranged from 3 years to the Adults who also put on a shining performance. Congratulations must go to Erica and Carole who have recently opened a Brand New, air conditioned Dance Studio with a new sprung floor and floor to ceiling mirrors in Los Montesinos and are starting a new section of beginners in various categories. It is to their and hard work and professionalism that the school was able to achieve such a high success rate. Plans are already being made for next years Dance Festival so if you would like a chance to join this school you can contact Carole tel 662 137 329 for all the information. Mike Smith
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GREENFINGERS GARDENING & SOCIAL CLUB - ‘CAMPOSOL SECTOR C’ Sponsorship needed to keep the website up and running....The group urgently need sponsorship for their Greenfingers website that was set up by a resident on Sector C but now needs 80 Euros annually to keep it up and running. The group is either looking for 1 or several sponsors and if any local businesses would like to advertise on the site for a nominal fee to help the website survive they would love to hear from you. The group is currently on their summer break and work will recommence in September, the group have transformed the look of Sector C with 2 Petanca courts now in operation and many of the road side verges gravelled and bins now off the road in concreted areas. The group have recently gravelled the central reservation on the main road through sector C and they regularly keep the trees pruned on the reservation making it easier for drivers to see. The group are putting on a fundraising event on Friday 22 July at Camposol Golf Club 8pm until late. ‘Full Circle’ will be providing some excellent music and there is a special offer on drinks with beer 2 for the price of 1. Tickets are 5 Euros and children are free, contact Ros on 968199703 or 635355138 or more information please contact Bernard Holland on 626513842, e-mail email@example.com or visit the website www. greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com.
Spain Seeking to Attract More Chinese Tourists Last year Spain received about 102,000 Chinese tourists, but the Spanish Consulates only issued 42,000 visas, secretary general of Tourism and Domestic Trade, Juan Mesquida, revealed last Wednesday when speaking at the VI Spain China Forum in Barcelona
Mesquida reiterated that Spain must solve two main problems related to Chinese tourism, the issue of visas and air links with China. In this sense, the secretary general insisted that the solution lies with the visa application system which has recently been implemented in Russia where, between January and May, they increased the number of visas issued by 65% by increasing the number of staff at consulates, outsourcing the processing procedures to private companies, and adopting mechanisms to allow them to authorise visas for longer periods of time than just for holiday stays. In relation to airline connections between the countries, Mesquida was keen to encourage airlines to increase their routes and flight frequencies with China. He pointed out that at the moment there are only 5 flights a week, disproportionate compared with 63 flights to France, 61 to the United Kingdom and 56 to Germany. The secretary general also said although he had detected a certain reluctance by airlines to operate flights to China due to failures in the past, it probably hadn’t been the right time. However, as much as efforts are now being made to expedite the issue of visas, he said that “if there are no flights, then they can’t come”. The Potential for Chinese Tourism Mesquida pointed out that the emergence of Chinese tourists travelling beyond its neighbouring countries
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Clue to pain of sunburn discovered by UK researchers A chemical in the body that triggers pain from sunburn has been pinpointed by UK experts in a discovery that could lead to new painkillers.
Scientists hope one day to be able to knock out the substance with drugs, helping people who suffer from chronic pain. Tests on volunteers showed CXCL5, as it is called, is produced when skin is burnt by UV rays from the sun. Exposure to ultraviolet light from sunlight causes premature skin ageing, cancer a n d
other skin changes. UVB affects the outer layer of skin, and is the main agent responsible for sunburn. In the study, scientists at King’s College London exposed small patches of the 10 volunteers’ skin to UVB. Areas of sunburn were produced which became increasingly tender over a few days. The scientists took small samples of sunburnt skin and screened them for hundreds of known pain molecules. They discovered unusually high levels of CXCL5. Study leader Professor Steve McMahon from the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases at King’s College said: “These findings have
shown for the first time the important role of this particular molecule in controlling pain from exposure to UVB irradiation. “But this study isn’t just about sunburn we hope that we have identified a potential target which can be utilised to understand more about pain in other inflammatory conditions like arthritis and cystitis. “I’m excited
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HOSPITAL VISITS MADE BY THE ASSOCIATION “HELP VEGA BAJA”
u nde rwater Last week saw the underwater version of come dine with me with Georgie May and the Max scuba diving centre. The centre is always busy at this time of year but the team kindly took time from their busy schedule to help the easy horse care rescue centre by giving trial dives in the centres swimming pool. All for donation towards the hard work at the centre.
But continuing the antics this week, they were interviewed in a live television broadcast for Vega Baja television, again underwater. The broadcast was made by, presenter from the channel, Ruben Migues of whom interviewed the scuba divers and the local celebrity herself. It has been fantastic watching their weird and wonderful underwater activities, our only question is now, what will they do next?
In March of this year the Association encountered difficulties with the visits to Torrevieja Hospital that it has been providing since its opening. The problem was due to patients rights and data protection procedures that had recently been reviewed by the Hospital We at HELP VEGA BAJA are pleased to announce that we met with the Director of Torrevieja Hospital to discuss the continuity of the visits made by our visiting team. These visits have been an important part of the services provided by the Association for many years. The hospital have now offered to let the English speaking patients know about the “ Help Association ”, the services that we offer and that support can be given if needed. In future it will be up to the patient to make contact with the HELP Association to request a visit, instead of us visiting regularly three times a week. If you are going into hospital and would like one of our volunteers to visit you, then please get in touch on the following number so we can make the necessary arrangements. Telephone 966 723 733 (24hrs)
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Viking remains reveal warriors filed their teeth to appear more ferocious to enemies An axe-swinging ‘rape and pillage’ fighter found in a Viking burial pit had filed his teeth to look more ferocious in battle. The pain without anaesthetic would have been excruciating but it would have proved his status as a great warrior, archaeologists said. The warrior, found in Weymouth, Dorset, had grooves filed into his two front teeth. Scientists also found other bones and decapitated heads in the pit where a new relief road is being built. They think the bodies were young Viking warriors who were executed without mercy after being captured in a fierce battle with the Anglo-Saxons. During analysis of the remains, the pair of front teeth was found to have distinct incisions. Lead scientist David Score, of Oxford Archaeology, said: ‘It’s difficult to say how painful the process of filing teeth may have been, but it wouldn’t have been a pleasant experience. ‘The incisions have been very carefully made and it is most likely that they were filed by a skilled craftsman. ‘The purpose behind filed teeth remains unclear but, as we know these men were warriors, it may have been to frighten opponents
in battle or to show their status as a great fighter.’ The burial pit contained 51 skulls and 54 bodies. Many of the executed men had been decapitated and suffered multiple wounds inflicted by a sharp blade, including one skeleton with six cut marks to the back of the neck, possibly because his captors had tried over and over again to hack off his head. Steve Wallis, an archaeologist at Dorset County Council, said radio carbon dating showed the remains come from about 970 to 1025. He said those dates fell within the period of Viking raids and atrocities on the Anglo-Saxons in Britain. Isotope analysis of teeth found in a severed jaw suggests they were from the Nordic countries. Mr Wallis said: ‘It’s great that the burial pit is surprising us and teaching us more about who these men may have been and what they may have been like. ‘It is very rare that this kind of deliberate dental modification is found in European remains, although it is often found in cultures from around the world, so that it was found in an excavation in Dorset is fantastic.’
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Selective memory really exists and people can train their minds to erase embarrassing moments from their mind, according to scientists. Repressing bad memories for long enough can lead to us forgetting them completely, researchers claim. Scientists used EEG scans to monitor the parts of the brain that became active when volunteers actively tried to forget something. They were also able to pinpoint the exact moment a memory is ‘forgotten’, and claim that long-term suppression of a memory is a sure-fire way of permanently erasing it. A team from Lund University in Sweden said that mastering the technique could be useful for people who suffer from depression or post traumatic stress disorder, where constantly dwelling on upsetting or traumatic memories has a devastating effect on mental health. Lead researcher Gerd Waldhauser said: ‘We know that “forgotten” or repressed feelings often manifest themselves as physiological reactions. ‘Our volunteers were trained to forget neutral information in a controlled laboratory environment. Training to forget a traumatic event would be more complex.’ He added: ‘Our study has not only shown that we can deliberately forget things. ‘Through EEG measurements, it has also managed to capture the exact
moment when the memory is inhibited, that is when the forgetfulness is imposed. ‘The inhibition of memory eases off after a few hours. But the more often information is suppressed, the more difficult it becomes to retrieve it. ‘If the memories have been suppressed over a long period of time, they could be extremely difficult to retriee.’
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Are more Brits seeking property in Spain?.................................................... There are signs that Brits are taking an interest in property in Spain, it has been reported. Figures released by the Overseas Guides Company (OGC) showed that the number of requests for its publication about buying real estate in the nation rose by 24 per cent between January and May this year, A Place in the Sun revealed. Speaking to the news provider, director of OGC Kim Brown said: “The country continues to appeal because of its high level of Brits already living there providing a settled community of expats, the weather, the lifestyle and the easy access from the UK.” And there are currently some good deals to find on Spanish homes, with the nation’s Central Bank commenting last month that prices may fall further. In an interview with The Olive Press, director general of economics, statistics and research at the financial institution Jose Luis Malo de Molina said that the high number of unsold properties is continuing to drag values down.
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The average price of new housing fell 4.7% in the first half of the year compared to the previous year and was 2.3% down on December 2010, according to a report released on Friday. Cinco Dias stated that the average price of new housing in provincial capitals in June stood at 2,419 €/m2, making a house of 90 m2 equivalent to 217,710 euros. All regions experienced drops in prices with the exception of the Basque Country, where prices rose 4.9%. The biggest cuts were in Aragon (8%), Balearic Islands (6.8%), Extremadura (6.6%), Murcia (6.3%), Cantabria (5.7%), Andalusia (5.6% ) and La Rioja (5.5%). In the case of the provincial capitals, the price of new housing rose by (0.9%) in Pontevedra and (0.3%) in Zamora, while it remained unchanged in Palencia and Badajoz and dropped in the rest. The capitals with the highest housing prices were Barcelona (3,720 €/m2), San Sebastian (3,615 €/m2) and Madrid (3,240 € /m2), while the lowest were Murcia (1,387 € /m2), Badajoz (1,389 €/m2) and Cáceres (1,405 € /m2). The study predicts that in the coming months a significant amount of surplus housing will be absorbed, since there is a potential demand, but it depends on the economic situation and the possibilities of funding. Revival in the pace of sales will be “gradual” and “slow” and will come hand-in-hand with lower prices from developers, although it is “closely linked to their ability to support their debt levels”. Given the “drastic” reduction of new promotions, recovery of the sector is dependent on the absorption rate of the stock, which is uncertain because of shrinking demand due to high rates of unemployment, economic uncertainty and tightening credit lines. The report indicates that the ongoing restructuring of the Spanish financial sector “can have a significant impact on the housing market because it affects mainly the institutions traditionally associated with mortgage lending.” La Sociedad de Tasación prepared the report using data of more than 33,000 properties from more than 2,350 real estate agents and over 400 cities and towns across the country.
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Here is some really good news for retired UK expatriates who have been struggling with the UK’s 90 days residence rule. Under Treasury proposals, the rule is being made much clearer and much easier. Most retired expatriates will now be able to spend up to 119 days in the UK in each UK tax year, yet remain outside of HM Revenue & Customs’ clutches. The booklet HMRC 6 (which replaced IR20) will be torn up. If these new rules are implemented, they will commence on 6th April 2012. For example, if you are retired and have been non-UK tax resident for the previous three UK tax years ending 5th April 2012, then you will be able to spend up to 119 days in your UK home without being deemed as a UK tax resident. This assumes that: 1. Your spouse/partner is not UK tax resident nor are your children under 18 years old UK resident. 2. You have a home outside of the UK as well as your UK one. 3. You no longer work.
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The euro tumbled and borrowing costs in the region’s weakest economies soared yesterday as the European debt crisis threatened to spiral out of control.
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Expatriates who have purchased Spanish properties are to be affected by a new European Union directive that looks set to be implemented across member states, one expert has claimed. Helena Walsh of Cicero Consulting told moneymarketing.com that the legislation, which aims to provide better levels of protection for mortgage buyers, should boost the information ex-pats receive on foreign homes. The new ruling will require financial institutions to increase transparency and encourage buyers to compare mortgage products offered by a number of providers if they are taking out a loan secured by their home. “Many expats have buy-to-let properties on a personal basis which are currently regarded as commercial mortgages but will [be] affected as they are personal borrowing secured against a property,” she explained. Liberal Democrat MP Diana Wallis recently claimed a better system is required in order to guarantee protection for those purchasing property or land in another European country.
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TEMPUS FUGIT..... I can accept the fact that I am getting older – after all, I’ve been doing it all my life. However, there are aspects of it that are not to my liking. For instance, there is that inevitable condition called ‘middle age spread’ when the body takes it upon itself to expand, especially around the middle. Why should it be that as a teenager I could neck a cream tea and be on my way without consequences, whereas now, when I have reached an age when I can truly appreciate and savour a cream tea, even thinking about it increases my girth. It’s not fair, and I object to it! Then there is the matter of memory. In my school years I could remember several pages of information just long enough to get it written down on an exam paper before forgetfulness set in. (For younger readers, in those far-off days we had to actually write answers, with a pen, using correct spelling, punctuation and whole sentences, on a sheet of paper.) Nowadays I find that my memory has put up the ‘Gone to lunch’ sign and forgotten to employ a replacement to mind the shop in its absence. There is clumsy. Unfortunately that section of my brain that deals with physical co-ordination is on a completely different time continuum to the rest of my body. It has no idea that my body can no longer perform with the same speed and dexterity, let alone confidence that it once had. Nowadays it takes as
SING-A-LONG-A-REVOLUTION There was a marvelous concert two weeks ago at the Orihuela Costa Resort in La Zenia. Eight hundred music lovers packed into the modern auditorium to get their early summer musical fix and an ear full of ‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’, staged and performed by Nigel Hopkins and his choir Melody Makers International along with his brilliant new junior choir Cantemos. It was a wonderfully inspiring evening and left us eagerly looking forward to the next one in January, when the theme will be music from the Walt Disney movies. All this coincided with an ITV television documentary entitled ‘The Choir that Rocks’, screened over two weeks and which followed the machinations and outstanding dedication of Caroline Redman Lusher, the founder of Rock Choir in the UK. Apparently there are more than 14o individual choirs under the Rock Choir umbrella throughout Britain and Ireland, and the documentary culminated in the coming together of 8000 participants in a massive concert at Wembley Arena. Young and old joined with the disabled and the grieving and the lonely for a singing session that should have had me groaning and reaching for another cold beer, yet instead I found it a deeply moving experience and incredibly uplifting. The bond between the participants was touching and impressive, and not for the first time I was reminded of the awesome power of music. Then I got to wondering what could be achieved on a national scale with a view to changing our country for the better, using the same principals. We all know about politicians. Whatever their leanings or their stated beliefs, they are when you get right down to it, all clones of the same stereotype. The rhetoric is the same, the promises tediously repetitive, and the end results depressingly similar. Politicians are a separate species - though unfortunately not an endangered one - but can you imagine the House of Commons if it was genuinely – and I mean genuinely - made up of representatives from every strata of society and all brought together with the express purpose of making our country a beacon of hope and an example of what can be achieved when people pull unselfishly together. No ulterior motives, no feathering of personal nests and no delusions of grandeur.
All politicians declare this to be their ambition of course, but their subsequent actions tend to give lie to this. I have found that those who blow their own trumpets of understanding, always seem to be tone deaf to the real needs and aspirations of ordinary people. As with every new Prime Minister, I had hoped that David Cameron would be different, but of course we are already getting the same old garbage. My expectation was that he would defy his critics and in spite of his privileged past put the interests of the ordinary people first, but nope, ‘fraid not. It may sound a strange way to judge a man, but I always shook my head in disbelief when Blair or Brown suddenly appeared on TV with our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. There they were, looking as out of place as a Yak at the Albert Hall, each trying to look as if he was one of the lads and failing miserably. And now DC is doing the same thing – jacket off, still wearing his suit trousers and hand made shoes from Lobb of London in the Afghan desert, but with shirt sleeves rolled up as if to say, “See, I’m one of you and I mean business”. None of them have got a clue! Twenty odd years ago, the mayor of Bury St Edmunds, a fellow villager and our serving Borough Councillor, approached me with a view to my standing for the seat on his retirement. I felt downright chuffed and honoured that he had thought of me as a suitable candidate for his soon to be vacant country brogues. But having taken it home, picked it over like a Boxing Day turkey and looked at it from every angle, I politely declined. And it wasn’t for any other reason than it would have taken all of my free time away from my full time job. Then three years later I received a telephone call from the chairman of the local Conservative Party to ask if I would accept their nomination for the position of Suffolk County Councillor that was coming up for re-election. Well, I was even chuffter and more honoured – this would have been a definite step up the ladder, and could even lead to a position with expenses damn it! But again, as much as I was tempted, I turned down the offer. What is it about me, I asked myself? Is it because I speak my mind, or do I really look that dishonest? You see,
much skill and courage as I can muster to go down a flight of steps without clutching the handrail as though it were a winning Lottery ticket. This general malaise annoys me. Maybe I could accept not being as quick, as strong, or as agile in mind and body as I used to be, if at times pieces of me did not withdraw their services altogether. To me that seems totally unreasonable. For instance, I enjoy a snooze on the porch in my ultra-comfy recliner chair. Yet when I wake up, my arms continue to sleep – they went to sleep at the same time as the rest of me, so why can’t they wake up at the same time as the rest of me? My legs are no better. When I stand up after a brief respite on the sofa they seem to have forgotten how to walk, and for several seconds I move about like a camel with corns. And why can’t I sit down without an ‘Aaah’ and stand up without an ‘Uurgh’? That never used to happen! But have you ever noticed that you are never the right age? Should you ever query your right or suitability for something the answer is invariably ‘You’re too young/old for that.’
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‘Cast Off’.......... So, as we mentioned last week, it’s time to head back from your destination. We are assuming you will be going ‘downwind’, (with the wind at your back). To put this in very basic nautical terms…we are preparing to jibe. There are commands which you will learn as you move forward with experience, but I’m here to explain, in as brief a manner as possible, what this entails and what the pitfalls are. With the leeward run, you must be aware at all times of the possibilities of the boom sweeping across the boat in a rapid, (and therefore potentially dangerous!) sometimes unpredictable manner. The accidental jibe is a phrase you will become more and more familiar with as we go on this seafaring journey together. However, before reaching for the incontinence pads, there are many hints on how to avoid problems…starting with the cardinal rule of sailing. Be vigilant! As most of us sail with others, it is vital one of us concentrates solely on the wheel or tiller, giving instructions to our crew explaining what we are trying to achieve. “Ready To Jibe”, the mainsail is brought in by the apart from attaining the lofty position of deputy chairman of our Parish Council, I had no desire to become a despised politician, and more than this – be seduced into becoming a member of a comfortable club and the self styled ruling elite. So let’s get Caroline, Nigel Hopkins and their choirs together - stick the Birmingham and London Philharmonic Orchestras on floats, and all march on Parliament. Well why n o t ? Nothing else has worked.
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...with Robbie France crew towards the centre of the boat. As the helmsman steers the boat through the wind… get ready! The sails will fill with wind rapidly, (hopefully…that’s what we’re out there for!), the boom will want to swing across the boat, taking out all and sundry… if they’re not careful. The boom swings over the boat, the crew will allow the mainsail to move into position before winching it back into a place allowing the wind to fill the jib, again the crew will trim the jib accordingly. There you go. Get out there and practice your tacking & jibing, you’ll be fine. Tight sails to all and I’ll see you next week
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It took its time, but finally summer has descended on us. The thermometer has shot up to 38-40º and Spanish press is full of warnings and advice on how to deal with the heat. I have always found it odd that it should be necessary to offer caution about scorching heat to a population that for centuries have been accustomed to live in this climate. To warn us pale blue ones from up North I can understand; after all, we spray ourselves with oil and lie sizzling in the sun for hours. We do drink a lot …….. of alcohol! And then we go home with our burned flesh and hang-over to recover! Not only human flesh is burning side-by-side along the Mediterranean coast, the country side also sees its share of burning. The Spanish have a passion for picnics, and favour mountains and forests as destinations for the family outing. They stuff granny & grandpa, uncle & aunts, kids, and heaps of sausages, hamburgers, bread, salad, and drinks in to their car and off they go. They love it and they have a great time. However, when it comes to cleaning up after the party, they either do not think or do not care. The ashes from the BBQ are thrown to the side – and maybe dad pees on it to extinguish the last embers -, and bottles are left or thrown into the under-growth. Both cause several – and in some cases severe – forest-fires every year. We live on the edge of a nature reserve and have – touch wood – up till now been spared of any catastrophes. Nevertheless we were close some years ago, when our fat, little, “tio Pencho”-speaking neighbour waddled the few yards past our house, and disposed of the ashes from that day’s barbacoa of tocino and morcilla. Luckily my husband discovered the smoke from the still burning ashes in time, and thus prevented the fire to spread. Same neighbour was the one who told us about the horrible fire some 50-60 years ago, from which the whole mountain is still recovering. Telefónica – or Movistar as they now call themselves – are at it again. I read a reader’s letter in a local newspaper from a man who in despair after numerous phone calls from this conglomerate company’s telemarketing department told them to send him the offer in writing, and a couple of days later received the hardware for the service per mail. When he said he did not want it, they claimed that his verbal interest during the last phone call counts as a legal agreement here in Spain?!?!??!? Wow – next time my bank says they will look at my loan request I’ll sue them for breach of contract, if they do not give me the money. Telefónica – oh, sorry! Movistar – then proceeded to cut his line, contracted from another supplier, when he said he wanted to cancel the new “contract”. I have been a reasonably satisfied Telefónica client for years – sort of! I had a mobile, pen-drive Internet connection with them, and with that and my mobile phone, I had saved up a big amount of points. I thought it was a great idea to use this for a pay-as-you-go mobile for my husband, and could get it totally free if I took it with “zona azul”. Yes, I was told to sign up for 18 month with my Internet number, but I did not consider that a problem as I felt 35 € per month for Internet was good value for the money. Then I received the March invoice for 233.54€ for use in February and March, and was informed that from April 1st I would be invoiced for calls at the current price. I was also informed that if I was not in agreement with the new conditions, the law allows me to cancel – which I did. But they will not accept the cancellation unless I pay for the pay-as-you-go that I got for free. Unless they can show me that I have agreed to pay whatever amount the company feels fit to charge me, they will not see a cent from me – and they are welcome to close the line, I have another connection now! I’ll tell you what is going on here. They have a horde of dubious solicitors sitting scanning the law for loop-holes, and equally dubious sociologists and psychologists evaluating clients’ general knowledge about legal matters, and with that information they operate just on the edge of the law – with success! 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 email@example.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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High blood pressure, strokes and early deaths could be prevented by replacing salt with seaweed granules in bread and processed foods, scientists claim. The granules deliver a strong flavour but are low in salt, which is blamed for thousands of early deaths every year. The benefit of seaweed as a salt substitute is just one aspect of its potential, a study has found. It also contains a vast array of vital micronutrients, while consumption is said to make consumers feel full, which means it could be useful in reducing obesity levels. Seaweed could theoretically provide a valuable new food source for a world struggling to feed rising populations. A study by the Government-funded Food Innovation Project discovered that consumers find it almost impossible to tell when seaweed granules replaced salt in baked goods. Two of the UK’s five major supermarkets are considering using it in breads following taste tests and research confirming its safety. Scientists at Sheffield Hallam University have been working with commercial suppliers to produce granules from Arctic wrack seaweed,
found off the coast of the UK and Norway. The idea is that these could be used to replace salt in supermarket ready meals, sausages and even cheese. The research also suggests the granules can destroy or inhibit the growth of food poisoning bugs in meat products. The granules are healthier because their sodium level is just 3.5 per cent compared with the 40 per cent in salt used by the food industry. Seaweed has long featured in the diets of families in China and Japan. Dr Craig Rose, of the Seaweed Health Foundation, said: ‘It has a very good and defined taste, which can be a great benefit for various foods.’ The maximum daily salt consumption recommended for those 11 and over is 6g a day. Experts claim that if the nation cut to this level it would prevent high blood pressure and 70,000 heart attacks and strokes each year. However, a British study published last week challenged this view. The Cochrane Review, which analysed data from seven studies on nearly 6,500 people found there was ‘no clear benefit’ or switching to a reduced salt diet.
The Menu del Noche changes every fortnight. Great prices, great wine and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of comfort and leg room. Or you can dine alfresco on our outdoor patio. La Vida overlooks stunning views of olive groves and mountains, but is only 5 minutes off the main road sign posted to Cucador (see map) below, Follow the tarmac road under the bridge, you will find La Vida 1km on the left-hand side.
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•Beef Bourguignonne Beef, slowly cooked in a delicious red wine sauce from served with basmatic rice •Thai Fish Cakes Homemade to a secret recipe, served on a bed of lettuce and a sweet chilli dressing •Chicken and Chorizo Dish Tender chicken and chorizo sausage in a white haricot bean, tomato and oregano sauce •Entrecote Steak cooked to your liking with a pink peppercorn sauce (supp 5€)
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Purée half the beans with the garlic, shallot, lime juice and a little splash of olive oil in a food processor with enough of the bean liquid to loosen the blades. Heat 1tbsp of the olive oil in a pan, add the bean purée and stir in the rest of the beans for about 10 minutes, until thickened. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of ground cumin and set aside. To make tostadas, heat 5cm (2in) vegetable oil in a large, deep pan until simmering hot and carefully add the tortillas in small batches until crisp and golden. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Place the tortillas on a couple of serving plates and spread the beans on the tostadas. Top with the crumbled feta, avocado, shredded lettuce and serve with hot salsa or relish.
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Olive oil Fine-ground semolina, for dredging Sea salt Allow 180g (6½oz) of mixed fish per person, each portion made up of a combination of the following: 40g (1½oz) piece red mullet fillet, pin-boned 60g (2¼oz) steak of hake, whiting or sea bass from a small fish 40g (1½oz) large, raw peeled prawns, with the last tail section of the shell still in place 40g (1½oz) squid rings Wedges of lemon, to serve
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Heat some olive oil for deep-frying to 190°C. Working with one person’s portion of fish at a time, season each piece of fish well with the sea salt and dredge heavily in the semolina flour. Give it a good, vigorous shake to remove the excess flour, then drop the fish into the hot olive oil and fry until crisp and golden. First cook the red mullet, hake or other fish and prawns for 30 seconds, then add the squid rings to the oil and cook for a further 30 seconds, by which time all the fish should be cooked through. Lift the fish out of the oil as soon as it is ready, drain briefly on a baking tray lined with kitchen paper, and arrange on a warmed serving plate. Garnish with the lemon wedges and serve as quickly as you can, while the food is still piping hot, then go on to cook the next portion.
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Put the sugar, glucose and water in a pan and heat to dissolve. Increase the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Pour into a bowl and leave to get cold. This is the sugar solution you will need for each different-flavoured water ice. To make the lime water ice, juice the limes – you should get 300ml (10fl oz). Put the juice in the bowl of an ice cream maker or a freezerproof container. When the sugar solution is cold, add to the juice, mix and churn in an ice cream maker following manufacturer’s instructions or use the ‘still freeze’ method. To make the grapefruit water ice, juice the grapefruits (to get 300ml/ ½pt) and repeat the method for lime water ice. To make the orange water ice, juice the oranges and the lemon (to get 300ml/½pt) and repeat. Serve individually or in
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layers in small serving bowls. The Still Freeze Method You can use this method with any ice cream recipe that you find. You need to either use shallow baking pans or a container specifically designed for still freezing ice cream. Mine is small and has liquid in the sides of a metal bowl. When the liquid freezes, it helps the freezing process. To make still freeze ice cream you put the ingredients together as directed, and then put the mixture in the freezer for about 45 minutes. Usually by this time, the sides are frozen. Take it out, give it a quick stir to mix the frozen and liquid parts together and put it back in the freezer for another 45 minutes. Again, when the sides are frozen, take it out and mix it together. Basically, you will be taking it out every 45 minutes to stir it, until it is mostly frozen.
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enu 12€ or 3 Course Set M m Lee To th wi ht nig 60’s
FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on large screen TV
W EW N NE BAR - RESTAURANT - CERRO GORDO
Best location on Mojacar Playa with amazing cuisine...
Sunlight Menu -10€ Moonlight Menu -12€
Live music every Saturday 8pm in our Chiringuito Bar Sunday 24th July - Mel Jay
Pizza ~ Pasta ~ A la Carte Menu also available Open 7 days week
Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua)
The best sunday lunch around
Large selection of fresh pasta and homemade pizzas, salad 4 courses with wine & coffee included Monday - Saturday Inclusive Dinner 7pm-10pm
Cold meat & seafood Platters
Ring chris for more information
Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle Included in our Menu del Dia
Baza/Fines ► →
Ser ved Lunchtime & Dinner. Dine Fresh Cod Alfresco or Haddock, by our pool Chips& Peas
e ay ad es dn We ery ev s ion Jam Sess e e e with Jonathan Payne e
for 2 from 12€ side menu Dea als Mealplus variety of dishes from our pool
Tel: 950 475 198 www.thenewkimrick.com
4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Included Mon to Sat inclusive
Lunch 1pm - 4pm Dinner 7pm - 10pm
4 courses with bottle of ESTE Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle Roast Potatoes & Vegetables
Lunch 1pm - 4pm
vegetarian menu available
MESON DE IRENE
Friday Fish & Chips
For all enquiries & reservations please
sunday roast menu del dia SATURDAY LUNCH PAELLA & SANGRIA
Venue for hire!
Private Parties, Birthdays, Weddings
The Kimrick sunday lunch
a new treat for the summer
new italian MENU DEL DIA night menu del dia
Darts Wednesday 8.30pm Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm
‘more than just a restaurant’
Delicious Home Made Pies
call 950 930 169
New Covered Smoking Terrace
We are open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘till late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking recommended. Spanish speaking 950 430 145 English speaking 647 730 103 Pol IG ONO I n dust r i a l A l box, N e a r t h e I T V Ga r age
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FRIDAY 15TH JULY
LASER DISCO WITH DJ STEVE KING
from 18.00 Bowling €3 per game plus shoe hire Pint of Mahou €1.75 Bottle of Bud or Carlsberg €1.50 Bottle of wine €5
Poligono Industrial, Arboleas Tel: 950 120 269 www.amigosbowlingcentre.com
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MURCIA TREE SURGEON
Protect your Phoenix Palm against the Red Palm Weevil.
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From Pto De Mazarron take N332 toward Cartagena,
Camping Las torres is ONLY 1km on left after repsol garage
One off pool cleans only 8€ All other work carried out
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Refit tiles & Maintenance No Need to Drain Your Pool Free estimate no job too small
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carrie Carrie approx. 4 Months old, found tied to the railing outside the shop in Puerto de Mazarron. Contact our Re-homing Officer Paul paulnoahsarcmurcia@ yahoo.com
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New Royal Bar & Restaurant
El Alamillo Roundabout ~ Pto de Mazarron
F R I D AY 1 5
j u ly
Christine and Strongbow party from 8pm Fish and chips 5€
S at u rday 1 6 th J u ly
barrington 8pm till 11pm
Details & Reservations
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Tel’s Bar Camposol sector a
KARAOKE on friday
KARAOKE with philippe Sat 16th July from 8.3 0pm
Homemade Pies & Full menu also available Mon - Sat 10 - 3
Breakfast with Free Tea or Coffee 4.50€ Burgers from 3€ Chicken Wraps 4€
Full english breakfast includes bread & butter or toast and tea & coffee. for details - tel:
699 518 535
SOLTIMES JULY 2011
costa calida wh at’s on.................
8th to 23rd July Festival ‘La Mar de Músicas ...................
Wedn esd ay
- Dominos - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Menu Del Dia From Only 5€ - Bali Hi - Camposol B - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s
Thur sd ay
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Solo Latino Dance with Annette. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am – 12.30pm - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Intermediates 1pm - 3pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sues Fitness Class 10am Trevi Bar, Camposol B - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 6pm - 7pm Bali Hi, Camposol B
- Karaoke - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185 - Bali Hi – Camposol B - Fish N Chips from only 5€
S aturd ay
- Steak Night at Market Tavern - Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€ - Trevies Camposol Sector B 11.30-1.30pm : Campsol Urban Dance Crew (Dance & Drama)
- Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Karaoke & Disco with Bernie Mac. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7pm - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Olive Branch Church, Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10:30am - Call 968 199 622 / 618 720 181 - Bali Hi – Camposol B – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Traditional Sunday Roast From 12.30p.m – 3.30 pm - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat 10.30am – 11.45am, & 5pm - Ballroom & Latin Dance Class with Joanne. Mariano’s, Camposol A, 7pm (New Beginners) - Music Quiz with John, Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9pm - Try Market Tavern’s Daily Specials from 5.50€ - Mens Keep Fit with Sue 11.15 Trevi Bar Camposol B
Tu esd ay
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern - Sensol Hotel Dance Studio, Campsol Sector C 3-3.45pm : Mini Movers age group 3-4 yrs; 4-5pm : Theatre Dance for adults; 5-6pm : High Energy ZoombaDanze age 14+ 6-7pm : Street Dance age 10+ - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 11-12 Bali Hi, Camposol B NB: Information correct at time of printing, BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place
Special Italy’. Various venues in Cartagena. Tickets www.lamardemusicas.com or at the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo
To Shannyn GOOD LUCK at the
Happy 50th Birthday Martin! - Gotcha!! Love Oliver xx
ROYAL BALLET 2011 SUMMER SCHOOL WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF YOU. LOVE DAD, MUM & NAN xxx
20TH JULY DANCE Where we are pleased to present The Everlys and the lovely Christine at Mariano´s Restaurant Camposol for just 5€. Food available for 5€. Tickets available from Rosemary 620105179
24th AUGUST DANCE...................
The excellent singer LUCINDA and the all time favourites THE BEAGLES at Mariano´s restaurant, Campsol for just 6€. Food available for 5€ Tickets available from Rosemary 620105179
WELCOME GREEK ISLAND AND ISTANBUL cruise........................
MAY 2012 - 8 DAY CRUISE. Price includes transport from Camposol and nearby areas to Madrid, flight to Athens, ALL INCLUSIVE on board and return journey. For more details contact Rosemary 620105179
The WELCOME GROUP................
were pleased to introduce F.A.S.T. (First Aid Support Team) to their meeting on Saturday. This recently formed group explained to the meeting what to do in an emergency and how they could help them be it accident, heart attack etc. This is a free service run by volunteers who are fully trained to help bridge the gap while you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive. After the meeting they met people on the terrace of Mariano´s Restaurant and raised 128.90€ to help towards their running costs. As they said we hope we never meet in an emergency but we are there if you need us. Many thanks Glen and Kaz for coming and doing such a very informative presentation. Rosemary, Welcome Group
Friday Fish ‘n Chips Evenings......................................
at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Two courses €10. Reservation is recommended – 660 326 194
PALS - Madrid Getaway.............
PALS 3 Nights in MADRID 200 Euros. 3 star Central Hotel, visits to Chicon and Cuenca. Departure 29th August Mazarron call Ken Payne 626 460 465
PALS OCTOBER MINI CRUISE.......
Departure 21st October from Mazarron sailing from Malaga. Visiting Algarve, Lisbon and Tangiers Prices 410 euros person double interior cabin. Single suppliment 153euros. ALL INCLUSIVE call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Only a few places left.
Wednesday Quiz Nights...........
with Costa Cálida Radio DJ Ian Adams at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Start 8 p.m. Fee €1 per person. Teams of max. 4. ‘Platos combinados’ available at a price of €6.
8th to 23rd July........................
Festival ‘La Mar de Músicas, Special Italy’. Various venues in Cartagena. Tickets www.lamardemusicas. com or at the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo.
Costa Calida Country Music Club ..............................................
La Molata, Cañada de Alhama Club Friday 19th August Closed for Holiday – Re-opens Friday 16th September – Singing a superb mix of traditional & modern Country, Jo Sutherland Every first Friday of the month we have ‘Croonin’ Country’ Disco/Country Karaoke and Dance Tuition…but this is subject to change if a live artist opportunity arises! Admission: Couples 5€, Singles 3€ - all net monies to Community Ambulance Project. For more information contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082
4* HOTEL SENSOL CAMPOSOL Urb. ~ ~ TROPICAL NIGHTS POOLSIDE ~ ~
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business for sale
Bar Trapaso For Sale
Busy bar in Benimar Commercial Centre, Regular Cliental all year round. Genuine reason for sale Price reduced for quick sale
672 697 081 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 / 659 696 455
BUSY BAR in Benimar Traspaso and rent
for more information
Tel: 666 808 410
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel Cot - hardly used, excellent condition 25€ - BARGAIN! Tel: 680 939 265 The place to call for friendly reliable help 2x Motorcycle helmets - size Med complete with full face visor Repairs, Tuition, getting started, &30€Large for the two! Tel: 680 939 265 Microsoft Office R Certified 2 single beds complete, unused Virus Removal, Email setup, 20 years computer experience mattresses and headboards 50€ each Tel: 654 666 686 (evenings) NO CALL OUT FEES One badminton set, four bats, one Phone: 966 762 816 net and shuttles 12€ Tel: 654 666 686 Mobile: 634 370 737 Telephone evenings Email:email@example.com Marlin guitar amp 2 inputs 70€, PA system 5 channels 90€, 2 x 150 watt car hire electrician yamaha pa speakers 95€, 5 x pendant light fittings 90€. Tel: 968 592773 / Electrician bargain ELECTRICITY, 626927134 available for all Holiday PLUMBING, AIR-CON 2 bikes, ladies and gents, 60 € works. in Torrevieja & each or 110 € for the two” Tel: 615 344 Small or large. surrounding areas. Cars 862 Call Dave No call out fee 1 Mercury 2.2 HP outboard from 8€ per day 693 251 562. Tel: 622 381 979 motor 250 €. 1. Z Ray 300 inflatable all inclusive Tel: 658 632 056 Email. boat excellent condition length 8.8ft davendonc@aol. 450 €. 1 spare wheel for boat trailer 25 www.hacerman.webs.com 622 684 486 com € tel 634325508 14” colour TV good condition 20 euros Tel: 693749701 Various Items for Car Boot Tel: IN THE COSTA BLANCA 693749701 no job too small & free estimates! Cement Mixer good working order specialists in all 100 euros Tel: 69374970 electrical & plumbing works new icp’s fitted - swimming pool heaters & air-con Fridge/Freezer for sale, excellent. electric gates & burglar alarms working condition Torrevieja, 150€ Tel: hot water boilers,gas heaters & solar 659 167 047 new bath/shower suites - spanish legal Five sandstone Balustrades, one pillar and top and capping to match. www.electriancostablanca.co.uk Excellent condition and genuine reason for sale 30 €. Tel.966 712 200, Benijofar furniture financial Norton Anti-virus Software services est – Norton 360 Version 4.0 Exclusive 2006 selfcert secured sl Gold Edition, brand new still in original packaging, bought in UK for lending, capital ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED raising mortgages, FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES £29.99, Price 20 €. Tel. 966 712 200, cash advances house clearance specialist ,Benijofar. whilst you sell, FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE holiday lets WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE personal loans, QUALITY FURNITURE equity release Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 6 52 9 8 6 0 8 8 Excellent Holiday Rental Rate for C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales 9 0 25 8 5 5 6 9 Quality apartment Isla Plana. PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: a s e s o r @ 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 2 double bedrooms. advisers4.es
ELECTRICS & PLUMBING
call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487
for sale Pool tables, s n o o k er tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 w w w. s p a i n p o o l . com Aluminium Gates, Double and Electric Sliding. Guaranteed No Rust.Call Tracy on 966 726 891 for details. Lexmark Printer, Fax, scanner and copier X3550 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
Bolger Muebles Quality British Imported New and Refurbished Bar Furniture
Available during August
G e n u i n e (not softub inflatable!!) new & in unopened box , mocha brown, legend model , low power consumption, uses standard electric socket, easily moved & ideal for balcony / rooftop / sunterrace / garden. listed €5890, bargain at €1850 collected or €2200 delivered and fitted, 676 858 028 Jack Linane Juicer 55 euros. solac blender 15 euros tel: 672800806
(los canovas) Nintendo DS 300 games on 1 Cartridge, all recent top games. For games list email me on jonpon69@ hotmail.com or phone Jon on 634 361 844. Torrevieja area but can deliver. 60€ each cart!!!!!!! . Pine Cot-Bed Excellent condition - sides come off to make bed suitable up to 5/6yrs. Including Mattress/ Quilts, pillows and all bedding 50€ BARGAIN! Tel: 680 939 265
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.
634 321 024 ES 618 315 933 UK
not just for special occasions firstname.lastname@example.org www.tuxedolimousines.es
LOCKED OUT!!! CALL24hr
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
• Roller Shutters & Persianas • Mosquito Roller Blinds Spacious & tastefully furnished • Security locks & Grills throughout. Secure small complex • Windows & Doors with parking, lift & disabled access. • Glass only 145€ weekly inc Tel: 672 852 360 www.sunshinebreak.es
Tel: 968 579 993
FORGOTTEN GOLD Clive Dunn
We Fit, Repair or replace
Tel: 680 845 651 mobility Mobility Equipment Sales & Hire. Tel: Freedom Mobility 968 153 620 www.freedommobility spain.com
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
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Silver & gold wanted Private buyer pays cash for all silver items Large or small, I will buy it.
Tel: 603 633 138
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
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are you in need of pet transport back to the uk ?
Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘dates also available in august’
SKY digi box Pace with white sky card
available places on 24th/25th july at reduced rates.
defra registered, in air conditioned, purpose built vehicle. please visit
,ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771
pets2go2.co.uk. tel: 0044 (0)7768 086004 plastering
English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email: email@example.com
property 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 Park Homes Static caravans bought & sold, best prices paid, no deductions, we also transport, store & instore homes, sites available, Tel: 674 226 289
Rojales – Spacious 2 bed apartment fully furnished, air con, grills, solarium and free Municipal pool, Bargain price of 59,950€, Please call 619 566 479/666 105 012 for viewings. Quesada 2 bed 2 baths semidetached Villa, with communal pool, only 10 minutes walk to Quesada golf and local amenities. Nice property with fantastic views. Only 114,950€ Please call 666 105 012/619 566 479 to view Quesada 2 bed 1 baths detached villa built on a 500m2 plot with private pool. Exceptional value Only 164,950 Please call 666 105 012/619 566 479 to view Golf Quesada 3 bed 2 baths detached villa with Air/con Wood burner, private and communal pool, Priced to sell at
154,950€ Please call to view 619 566 479/666 105 012 Rojales 3 bed 2 baths fully furnished Town house With garage, municipal pool and near To all amenities, Only 109,950 Please phone 619 566 479/666 105 012 to view anytime 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 & own Pool 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
SALE & RENTAL PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED in Cabo Roig/Villamartin, Orihuela Costa & Costa Calida
We have clients enquiring in this area
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Finca Dolores for 205,000€ 10,000m2 plot all legal
ONLY 90K, Plot to Build House 50K, 2,500m2 Plot with Electric 52K, 5Beds 3 Bath 2 Kitchens & Lounges 285K, 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
FOR AS LITTLE AS : 65,500€ you can have the choice of ONE OF 2 Very nice Apartments on Ground floor with private terrace, 2 Bedrooms, Lounge and Fitted Kitchens, Terrace to gardens and Pool area only 22 units in total so very private. OR a 2 Bed Apartment ground floor IN THE TOWN with big terrace looking towards pool area, ALL properties are fully furnished and SOLD AS SEEN, true BARGAINS call now 670469544 its cheapest here so dont delay, Easy access to Towns, the Beach and Golf see it here www. private SALE spanishvisions. Country com we also house near have 3 or 4 other Los gallardos, very cheap new 20mins from properties on the beach site INCLUDING A 3 BED HOUSE Nr Quesada for 66,000€ yes call now There are v ar i o u s This is a unique spanish in country cortijo with 4 Vendors beds, 2 bath, Open plan desperate need living areas, kitchen & to sell so please dining room as well as workshop, courtyard look here www. afront & back and room spanishvisions. for a pool. com Beautiful Build 312 m², Houses for a snip Big Villas Terrace 65 m², with beautiful Plot 1500 m² Gardens at 205K, 4 Bed Penthouse Telephone Apartment for 90K. 649 186 107 Albatera Finca with only Cert Habitation 225,000€ yes WITH. House ONO with pool NOW
empty van + trailer available
full or part loads uk return local deliveries motorbikes & caravans pets welcome passport & paperwork arranged door to door
tel: 965 326 920 Brian: 666 847 648 Torrevieja all areas covered email@example.com
LowCostaMoves UK and Spain
we shift most things
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
SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals
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
Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain ‹ UK › Spain • Full & Part Loads • Local-No jobs too small • Pets Welcome • Experienced owner/driver (Playa Flamenca)
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UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON email@example.com 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
Lords Removal & Storage
UK & European Movers with over 20 years experience. Monthly trips to UK. Pet Travel Available. Very competitive prices. Camposol / Murcia area
(0034) 608 061 872
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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
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1998 Nissan Micra 1.0, petrol, air-con, 5-door...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................2,495 euros 1998 Freelander Targa Convertable, 1.8 petrol. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3,495 euros 2001 Nissan Almera Tino, 5-door, aircon....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................3,495 euros 2001 Hyundai Santamo, 2-litre petrol, estate, 7-seater...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................2,995 euros 2000 Ford MondeoV6 petrol estate, leather upholstery, aircon...........................................................................................................................................................................................................1,995 euros
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SOLTIMES JUNE 2011
pause for thought
“Love is longsuffering and kind. Love is never envious, never boastful nor proud. Love is never rude or hurtful, but is always unselfish and even-tempered, keeping no record of wrongs. Love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and never gives up.” So wrote St Paul in his letter to Christians living in Corinth nearly 2000 years ago, and I’m sure most people would agree that these words are as relevant and meaningful today as they were then. How much hurt could be avoided in our society if only we loved like that. How many broken relationships, with all the resultant trauma and anguish, could have been prevented if only people had loved each other as Paul envisaged. But let’s not forget that these words were not written for the benefit of society at large, nor as advice for happy marriage, relevant though they may be in both such situations, but quite specifically as instructions for Christians working and serving together in the Church. So how tragic it is that down the centuries there has often been so little love displayed within the Christian Church, prompting many to condemn it as the source of so much dissent and strife. And how sad that even now, so many who claim to be followers of Christ are often quick to criticise and condemn others, with little evidence of the love expected of them. So, I necessarily challenge myself: Am I ever impatient or unkind? Am I ever selfish, envious, boastful or proud? Am I ever rude or hurtful in remarks I make to or about others? Do I harbour grievances against others or lose my temper with them? Do I gladly listen to rumour and gossip without seeking verification? And I need to remember that St Paul asserts that without this type of love, no amount of good works, of religious deeds, knowledge or faith are of any value at all. So I suspect I’m not alone in feeling challenged by his words. There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
BEWARE OF SUMMER SNAKE BITES!
As youngsters we were taught that it was a Spanish “asp” that nibbled on Cleopatra and caused her death. BUNK! Even if written by the bard of the English yard. Once while following the Madrid Open Golf tournament one of the players saw a snake, being terribly inquisitive he picked it up and was struck twice. David Faherty was his name and he won’t do that again as he was leading the tournament and his hand swelled up so much he couldn’t hold a club nor compete for two more weeks. Snakes only come in two forms: bad and worse. You pretty much have to look hard and long before you find one, still, don’t take chances. I have been following closely the old news story of the hi-way grass cutter who was bitten by a vibora last October while working in El Ejido. He has just died. That’s a long and painful death. I made a few reporter type calls and no one wanted to talk with me. The more I asked, the more a lid seemed to be pushed over the issue. Finally I decided to enquire here through the hospitals, discreetly and SNAP. What with all the budget restrictions anti-venom has been low on the list of hospital essentials and no one had it in all of Andalucia. When it finally arrived from Murcia—it all was too late. Self preservation should be ranked above bravado!
PIC: I had seen the dancing cobra picture taken so many times that I had already had made up my mind that it could be better “photograph” if I was to get down low and make the snake look taller. So, when the opportunity came up in Marrakesh I dived right for it, low as I could go and got the snake tall and powerful. Whereupon I was informed by the snake charmer “Misser, dat viper next to your face is a lot meaner than this cobra”. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www.mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!
Facebook unveils deal with Skype as battle with Google hots up
Facebook last night announced a deal with Skype that will add live video chat to the social networking site - marking the latest step-up in the battle against Google.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was an ‘awesome’ development for Skype as his company takes on the might of the internet search engine. Google last week launched its Google+ service, which also has a feature that allows video calls. The two companies are now locked in a head-to-head technological race. Until now Facebook users have been limited to instant text chat and the move to incorporate Skype takes their game to the next level. Both companies agreed the deal to allow video chat to be integrated into the site which will mean people can have ‘face-toface’ conversations with just one click of the button. Mr Zuckerberg also revealed that one in every nine people in the world now has a Facebook account, while its number of users has shot up to 750million. Google+, which launched on June
28, includes video conferencing for up to 10 people on its application called Hangouts. The new service is currently open to people on an ‘invitation only’ basis whereas anybody can have a Facebook account and the latest move by the site could hamper the success of Google+. Skype boss Tony Bates said that seeing the product used in Facebook was ‘really gratifying’. Rumours of the deal began with invitations for the event, which featured the picture of a face inside a speech bubble. The move could dramatically increase the use of Skype, which currently has 170 million active users compared to Facebook’s 750 million. The partnership would bring Facebook closer to Microsoft, which is one of its shareholders after investing $240m in the company in 2007 and bought Skype for $8.5 billion in May.
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Jaguar’s new XE roadster reveals fresh interior details and shortened wheelbase
Designed to sit below the Jaguar XK in its sports car line-up, the XE will be a strict two-seater, aimed at stealing sales from key Porsche and BMW rivals. The newcomer will sit on a shortened chassis, with a heavily modified version of the rear-wheel drive platform from the current XK. On the inside, this early prototype shares some of its part’s with the XK, but it’s possible to make out an all-new steering wheel, and the main touchscreen’s large black surround suggests a host of new features in the works. Despite being Jaguar’s junior model, it should have no shortage
of performance - this particular model sits on a set of aggressive 19-inch alloys and low-profile Dunlop tyres, while the ‘R’ logo is clearly visible on the big four-pot brake calipers. Engine details are still scarce, but expect the XE to feature a range of V6 powerplants, mated to the British firm’s smooth sixspeed automatic gearbox. A flagship ‘R’ model, as well as a diesel variant are both strong possiblities. Sources within the company have revealed that Jaguar is planning to reveal a concept version of the XE early next year, with sales to start in early 2013.
Vauxhall boss denies plans for sale
COOLCARS are car airconditioning specialists who provide car air-conditioning services to the public, trade, local garages and main dealers. They offer a mobile airconditioning service throughout the Costa Blanca for re-gassing, servicing, as well as the fitting and repairing of cars, vans and boats air-conditioning parts. Since they bring the service to the client, they can keep our costs down. There are many reasons that a car’s air-conditioning should be kept in tip-top condition, including cost effectiveness and health. Many people suffer from flulike feelings or allergic reactions when driving. “These symptoms are actually caused by bacteria in your air-conditioning system” said Coolcars owner Jon Sharpley, who has been in this business for 20 years. “We offer an anti-bacterial service to clean the system, which can also help hayfever
sufferers breathe more easily.” Having the car’s airconditioning checked annually could prevent expensive problems occurring. “Your air-conditioning should be used all year round in order to lubricate seals and to reduce leakage” said Jon. “As well as the gas level and freshness reducing, more fuel can be used as the consumption increases when the system is not functioning efficiently. For less than you might think, Coolcars can check and service.
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Head of Vauxhall-Opel in Europe says the rumours of an imminent sale have “no foundation” The head man for Vauxhall-Opel in Europe, Nick Reilly, has gone on record to quash ‘mischievous’ rumours that the two companies are to be sold off by US parent General Motors. “These rumours started in Germany we think, and some commentators in America have been saying that Dan Akerson (the global head of GM) is impatient with the pace of the turnaround at Vauxhall-Opel,” Reilly said. “Dan Akerson has since made several public statements saying that GM is very pleased with the progress at Vauxhall-Opel. It is ahead of plan, ahead of expectations and sales are going up. “It is interesting that just as Vauxhall-Opel has had seven months of growing market share and profitability before restructuring costs, these rumours should start,” Reilly added. “This year our target for the underlying business is to be profitable
before restructuring costs, and we are on target.” Reilly says he has assured the Works Council of GM Europe that the rumours have no foundation. “The reason we have not been commenting on the speculation is that there are very strict rules about these things, particularly on the New York Stock Exchange. If you say something which affects the share price or shareholders’ decisions, you can later be sued.” Reilly says he cannot promise that Vauxhall-Opel will never be sold, but there are no current plans. “If in five years’ time we were to go into some sort of merger, circumstances could change, but as we sit here today there is no foundation for these rumours.”
Peugeot 508 RXH revealed
Jacked-up version of the Peugeot 508 SW gets rugged styling, premium positioning and a 200bhp HYbrid4 diesel-electric powertrain This is the Peugeot 508 RXH – a range-topping version of the 508 SW estate, combining Audi Allroad-style jacked-up suspension, rugged bodywork and the same 200bhp diesel-electric HYbrid4 powertrain recently fitted to the 3008. Higher and wider than a 508 SW, the newcomer is a car that Peugeot says raises the brand’s profile and “reinforces its technological and environmental leadership”. It’s not just the raised ride height, scuff plates and plastic sills that mark it our either - two sets of three LED running lights flank the central floating grille. Under the skin, power comes from the 2.0-litre HDi HYbrid4
drivetrain which will soon go on sale in the 3008 HYbrid4. It uses a diesel engine to drive the front tyres and an electric motor to turn the rears resulting in four-wheel drive and a total power output of 200bhp with 450Nm of torque. There’s also an all-electric zero-emissions mode which contributes towards the combined fuel economy of 67.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. In keeping with the car’s positioning at the top of the 508 range, equipment levels are generous. Electric front seats, a head-up display, 18-inch alloys and a panoramic glass roof make up just a handful of the standard kit. There’s no word on price yet, but the 508 RXH will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with UK sales kicking off in Spring 2012.
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SOLTIMES JULY 2011
FC CARTAGENA............................ Orihuela costa f.C.................. MOUTH WATERING START FOR CARTAGENA BY STEVE HIBBERD Deportivo La Coruna kick off the new div 2a season at Cartagonova Stadium on the weekend of 21 Aug, a fixture which is sure to bring out Los Albinegros faithfuls in their droves. Recently relegated from La Liga on the last day of last season, where they have spent the last 19 years, having won it in 99/00 and finished 2nd on no less than 4 occasions, Deportivo are truly giants of Spanish football. Next up for Cartagena, is a visit to local(ish) rivals Hercules (Alicante), who ironically have also just fallen through the La Liga trap door. Other selected calendar dates for the first half of the season are: the visit of newly promoted Alcoyano (near Alicante) on 2 Oct, near neighbours Real Murcia making the short journey to Cartagonova Stadium on 30 Oct, and Spanish football bad boys (Elche) coming to town on 13 Nov (not one for the faint hearted!). Club president Paco Gomez has been quoted as saying, that thoughts of a play off slot are not on his agenda, for he is looking for nothing less
than automatic promotion into La Liga - we shall see! Here are the complete list of div 2a first round of matches, involving Cartagena, which are normally played on a Sat or Sun, although both Fri and Mon night games (1 game a 21 Aug - Cartagena v Deportivo La Coruna 28 Aug - Hercules v Cartagena 4 Sep - Cartagena v Barcelona ‘B’ 11 Sep - Sabadell v Cartagena 18 Sep - Cartagena v Alcorcon 25 Sep - Guadalajara v Cartagena 2 Oct - Cartagena v Alcoyano 9 Oct - Gimnastic Tarragona v Cartagena 16 Oct - Cartagena v Cordoba 23 Oct - Girona v Cartagena 30 Oct - Cartagena v Real Murcia 6 Nov - Celta Vigo v Cartagena 13 Nov - Cartagena v Elche 20 Nov - Almeria v Cartagena 27 Nov - Cartagena v Valladolid 4 Dec - Numancia v Cartagena 11 Dec - Cartagena v Las Palmas 18 Dec - Xerez v Cartagena 8 Jan - Cartagena v Huesca 15 Jan - Villarreal ‘B’ v Cartagena 22 Jan - Cartagena v Huelva
Mazarron FC ............................ Los Amigos de Mazarron FC members manned a stall at the recent Camposol Fiesta selling a wide range of merchandise and raised approximately €800. It was a great effort by those members who helped on a hot and stifling weekend. By popular demand from the members, weekly social gatherings at the Trevi Bar have been reintroduced for the month of July. Anyone wishing to renew their membership or become a member for the first time can do so before or after the meetings which are held at 4pm every Thursday. Membership is still just €10. The Murcian Football Federation set a deadline of 30th June for all clubs in the region to discharge its outstanding liabilities to players and other creditors. Mazarron Football Club is one of the few who can say that all its liabilities have been paid. Following receipt of the annual grant from the Town Hall and the ongoing support from Los Amigos de Mazarron FC, the Club is debt free and in a healthy position to start the new season. Another important step in the continuing progress shown in the Club’s fortunes under new President Jose Miguel Rodriguez was that members of the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Executive Committee, along with Jose, were invited to
meet the new Mayor of Mazarron together with the Councillor of Sport to discuss the involvement of Los Amigos with both the football club and the community. Like the President, the new Mayor is also a former player with Mazarron and the signs for the future can only be described as extremely positive. It is hoped that the majority of players from last season will stay with the Club for the forthcoming season, continuing the policy of using mainly locally based players. There has been some interest in one of our star players, Robert, but at the moment he is still committed to Mazarron. One of the highlights of the summer has been the progress seen on the standard of the playing surface at the Municipal Stadium. Under the watchful eye of the President, his team of workers are watering and maintaining the pitch and there is now the welcome sight of lush green grass,, something we haven’t seen for quite a while!! The Press Launch for the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC 3rd Annual Gala Evening and Dinner was scheduled for Thursday 14th July at the Hotel La Cumbre. Amongst those accepting invitations to attend were the Mayor of Mazarron, the Councillor for Sport and the President of Mazarron Football Club. Full details of the Gala Evening will be available shortly.
MAGGOTS END............................ RODS and REELS This weeks´ competition was the 8th in the Summer Championship series. This series is 9 matches with the best 6 results to count. The venue for this match was the Rio Segura at Murcia. The river is still high and the flow is still pushing through. During the match the river rose some 6-9 inches making it nearly impossible to walk under the road bridge. Whether it is the flow or the increased depth but the big fish are not showing at present, so it is hard work to keep the smaller fish continually feeding. The river has been flowing at this rate for the last 4 + months and it appears all the water is being flowed into the sea, it seems such a waste of this
precious resource. Top rods on the day 1st Doug ( The Welsh Goldminer ) fishing the pole using corn with 21.86 kilo´s. 2nd Bill ( The Master ) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 20.34 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using pellet with 15.62 kilo´s. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The 2nd match of the Summer Series on the 5th July was fished at the Beniarres Reservoir. We still await the grand opening of the new tunnel on the motorway which will cut our travelling time
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On the back of Costa’s last outing a 3 - 3 draw with Pilar Horradada A team Orihuela Costa F.C. travelled to Murcia to play a young Kings College team this week in an arranged friendly . This gave both sides a chance to field some younger and less experienced players and a chance for them to gain experience. It was Costa who started brightly and on 4 mins Conor James put the visitors 1 - 0 up. Costa managed to keep possesion well and knocked the ball around on the deck well and on 7 mins Jordan Clayton put Costa 2 - 0 up. King’s then managed to get into the game more and created some good efforts at the Costa goal. Costa had to wait until the 18 min when Bradley Munz scored his first goal for Costa and put his team 3 - 0 up. Kings struck back a minute later on the 19 min to pull the score back to 3 - 1. In the warm weather both teams kept rotating there players to keep the flow of the game at a high tempo. Conor Smith making his debut for Costa got his first goal on 24 mins and on 25 mins Adam Walker took Costa to a 5 - 1 lead. Some good play down the wings for Costa gave Kings a few problems and the regular service of passes into the King’s area always meant Costa would create good opportunities for more goals. Conor James 31 mins, Jamie Cockroft 32 mins, Conor Smith 33 mins & Adam Walker on 34 mins took the half time score to 9 - 1 to Costa. The half time team talk was simple to keep playing as a team and not individuals with 2 -3 touch passing and the young Costa players didnt
dissapoint and on 39 mins Jordan Marshall hit the target. Jamie Cockroft got his second on 41 mins and a minute later James Cronshaw added on 42 mins to take an 12 - 1 lead. To Kings credit they kept battling on and created some fine chances but Costa kept chasing them down and left the home side with little time on the ball. Right Back Callum Gildea was next to get on the score sheet with a magnificent strike from way out the Kings’s area into the top corner of the net on 54 mins. A minute later after a mix up in defence Kings struck a sweet goal on 55 mins which they deserved for their great team spirit. Celebrations were to be short lived though as Joe McCreedy got his first ever goal on his debut for Costa on 56 mins to restore a 14 - 2 lead. Costa then had to wait 11 mins before they could open the home sides defence once more but on 67 mins & 69 mins Conor James took his personal goal tally to 4 and new boy Bradley Munz
got his second on the final minute 70 min to finish 2 - 17 . This was a great performance for the Costa lads and has improved confidence through out the younger and smaller players within the Orihuela Costa Squad. A very big thank you to my friend Bobby Holmes and his young team for their invite to play them at their ground and we look forward to more contests in the future. If you would like to train with Orihuela Costa youth football team then contact Club Secretary George Marshall on :679 77 44 88 or visit www.orihuelacostafc.com for info. Training takes place on Tuesdays & Thursdays 18.30 - 20.00 and with extra FREE hours during the closed season at the CDM Playa Flamenca astro - turf pitch. If you would be interested in sponsoring or supporting this youth football team were 100% of the investment goes into the club then contact George on the above.
ROCAJUNA PETANCA OFFICIAL OPENING ........... After weeks of hard work at the Rocajuna Petanca club, this was the official opening of the extended playing facilities, which now offers 16 pistes, making it amongst the largest in the area. With a new log cabin, from the Lords Woodhouse range, this now greatly improves the facilities on match days, soon a toilet will be built making this a well equipped club. Today was an Open doubles, with 22 teams, with all teams playing 5 games. At the close just one team remained unbeaten, this being Diane and Ray Hayes, of Castillo and Wales, they are always a tough pair to beat, but today they were both in form, meeting Annette and Christer Skiord of Torre Del Moro and Sweden in the final game both were unbeaten, with the Swedish pair holding a narrow
lead, a good finish from young Diane,(I was told to mention this) swung the game to Diane and Ray and a deserved first place, leaving Annette and Christer as runners up. In third place were Gaston Edra, and Jose Cortes from Amigos Belgium in San Luis, they too had 4 wins just ahead of Wyn Surridge and Roger Seymour of Lakeside, who finished well for 4th place. The Amigos Belgium club took 5th and 6th place with Jose Magro and Andre Warnier, just ahead of Roger Liano and Ivan Martougin, to make it a good day for the Belgium club. The presentations were made by Rojorio Martinez, newly elected to the town hall, and she presented some impressive silverware to Diane and Ray, followed by Annette and Christer, onto 3rd
place Gaston and Jose, and Wyn and Roger in 4th place, Andre and Jose in 5th place and finally Ivan and Jose in 6th place. A cup also went to hard working Peter Golding, who was on the computer keeping the results and the draw for each round. A big thank you also to Graham Knight for his input and Pablo they had a long day with still one more visit to the Parque of Nations’, to attend the presentation of the Spanish championship which was carrying over 1500e in prize money. A final well done to hard working trio of Jackie and Paco Lopez, and Jacqueline Golding, they all put so much into this club, it makes it a pleasure to visit Rocajuna.
down by 10 to 15 minutes. Now that the hot weather has arrived the reservoir levels have begun to recede, making it now possible to fish off the shingle.The match weights are also beginning to improve with the wind changing from the East to the South, making fishing easier using the pole with the wind on your back. 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 40.000kg on the pole and corn 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 38.640kg on pole and paste 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 26.500kg on pole paste and feeder I have been informed that the notification of forthcoming matches at Argos which is required by the Murcian Federation to be posted a week before a match is due, are
being torn down at the venue and being discarded by who ever????. All details etc 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. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 9th September at 12 o’clock On Saturday 10th September 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: email@example.com (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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fairwayz Golf Society........................ euroGolf Society................................... Thursday 7th.July El Plantio The stifling temperatures did not deter anyone from taking part in this Captain’s Day event, played over 27 holes. The nine hole medal competition was won by Paul Smith, closely followed by Peter Smith & Graham Lawrence. In order to give the higher handicappers more chance to win something, in the Stableford competition on the 18 hole course, our captain Tony McMillan decided to have three categories instead of the usual two. Gold, silver and bronze winners were John Pedderson, with 37 points, Gary Wheeler with 39 points and Paul Smith with 33 points. In second places were Steve Hamilton, Tony McMillan and Chris Williams In third places were Alex Duchart, Graham Lawrence and Malcolm Lawrence. Best front nines were Paul Blackmore,
Phil Bowditch and Harry Hunter Best back nines were John Saunders, Gerry Williams and Dave Whittington The nearest the pin results were as follows: Holes 7& 18 -no winners in any category Hole 9 winners were Terry Rogers, Graham Lawrence and Dave Whittington Hole 14 John Saunders N/pin in 2 on 16 -Paul Blackmore and Colin Pepperday Longest drive won by Alex Duchart, Graham Wheeler & Alan White Alex Duchart also won the 2’s competition. Thanks go to our hosts at Fairwayz bar for an excellent spread. All members are reminded of the AGM due to be held at Fairwayz on 14th July Members are reminded that the AGM will take place at Fairwayz 8pm.
Lo crispin Golf Society....................... Las Colinas - 6th June 2011 What a scorcher, what must be the hottest day of the year made playing harder by draining energies and making the intake of water essential. The four man Texas Scramble format, always considered popular by members, with fewer strokes having to be made overall and the enjoyment of playing in a team making the whole day less stressful, though perhaps not for Andrew Hadgraft, whose driving broke all barriers, especially the one going home. Jan Rhodes playing her first full 18 holes of golf, played well enough to help her team come in third. Las Colinas was as green and beautiful as ever, the only complaint being the lack of staff behind the bar, but all course staff were as helpful as ever. On to the winners; 1st: Meirion Roberts, Phil Rhodes, Don Oliver and Gordon Cobb - 61.6 2nd: Brian Smith, John Henderson, John Kelly and Steve Cosgrove - 62.4 3rd: Carl Peden, Gail Coultate, Paul Carter
and Jan Rhodes - 62.6 Nearest the Pins:
Carl Peden hole 5, Alan Watson hole 7, Brian Coultate hole 10 and Alan Watson hole 14 The 2’s were won by the following teams and equated to €4 per person Meirion Roberts, Phil Rhodes, Don Oliver and Gordon Cobb with 2 Brian Smith, John Henderson, John Kelly and Steve Cosgrove with 1 Brian Coultate, Alan Watson, Damion Elliot and Barny Barningham with 3 Tony French, Ken Dale, Catherine Cattell and Sue Smith with 1 The raffle for a free game of golf was won by Barny Barningham Our next outing is to Font del Llop on the 20th July, enter your name by going to our web site https://sites.google.com/site/ locrispingolf
unIike golf Society....................... UNiKE G.S.
(Members of Las Colinas G & CC) Stableford Results Thursday 7th July 2011 It was certainly warm - and it was going to be warmer - temperature on our patio at 7.30 am was 37 degrees - so we knew it was going to be much hotter than that on the golf course - but who cares the fairways were calling to us and with a lovely breeze blowing we set off to have a round of golf................yeah we are mad really!!!!!!!!!! Course maintenance is still being carried out but the members are not inconvenienced and is certainly playing well. Who in their right mind would play golf in this weather - the Members of UNiKE Golf Society at Las Colinas of course. Some very good scores were returned today and Phil “Hatchet Man” was waiting for just the opportunity to adjust the handicaps of those who played well. Mind you I thought I had played well with 37 points - came in won nothing and got a handicap adjustment - so you see even I am not immune. We had some guests playing today and
had yet another new member join us. We also had a wonderful musical afternoon when two of our members Jim and Abe brought their guitars along and we enjoyed some of the golden oldies thank you boys - everyone having a drink was also joining in. Now for the results Stableford 7th July 2011 1st Ray Longhurst 39 points 2nd Mike Box 39 points (On count back) 3rd Jan Johnson 38 points 2’s Competition: Lynn Harris (5th and 7th) - John Jones (7th) - Phil & Bernie Newnes (7th) Well done to all our winners. Next Match Thursday 14th July 2011 Hidden Partners
Championships 2011 This year’s championships took place on 5th & 7th of July. The number of entrants was down on previous years, but contained a number of the society´s stronger players. The heat & humidity on both days were high, making it a bit of a slog and a few higher than expected scores were
returned. The leader after the first day with a gross of 74 was Sam Curtis, followed by Bill Martin (79) and Malcolm Foskett (82). Day 2 saw another win for Sam (82) closely followed by Sam´s Dad Dave with an 85 and John Holland with 88. Bill was unable to play on the second day, taking him out of the running and Malcolm
Overall Winner and Society Champion:
slipped back down the field on a day which saw many players suffer in the stifling conditions. As a result of the changed fortunes, a lot of players who may have posed a threat to Sam ´s first day lead slipped back and the final results were as follows:
* Players who finished in top 4 positions excluded from days 1 & 2 prizes
Nearest The Pins
Best Net Score John Fairhurst 150. Runner Up
Day 1 Results Best Gross*
Day 2 Results
Bill Martin Sue Gillett
Franco Gentilli Terry Sharley
Tony Hitt Sam Curtis
Terry Sharley Bernie Osbourne
Stan Low Bernie Osbourne
quesada bowling club....................... FRIENDSHIP CUP On Saturday 9th July Quesada were host to Benitachel in their annual friendly match the game was extremely competitive and the finally score was 112 shots to Quesada and 128 to Benitachel. The day concluded with an excellent meal in the club a special thanks to Marina and staff OPEN DAY The club are holding an open day on Saturday
30th July from 10am to 4.30pm everyone is welcome to come along and try the game of bowls all equipment will be available and instruction provided. There will be free wine and nibbles on the Terrace and members to talk to, so don’t be shy, come along and have a go. If you are thinking of joining the club has various types and lengths of membership available. Further information can be
obtained from Membership Secretary George Skinner telephone 966718201 mobile 672016370
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got spread around. The winner was the only one to get to the 18th in fact right by the pin, the second place flag was on the 17th green, which says a lot about the handicaps. The results were: 1st: Barry Conron 18th Green 2nd: Chris Butland 17th Green Nearest The Pins; Hole 9. Derek Phillips Hole 18. Tony Chandler Best Gross Score Par 5’s Barry Daniell VFM (Paul Smith Award): Mike
Cresswell - First flag to be picked up (16th Fairway)
THE BUBBLY AND THE RIOJATEERS Please note that the times for the above have been changed for July and August to 4.30 for 5pm come along and meet new friends and enjoy a game of bowls all equipment is available.
tOrre golf Society............................ We played “Flags Competition”, some call it “Tombstone” but the games the same, you add you playing handicap to the Par of the course and you use those shots and when you have the last one, you place your flag at the spot where the ball stops. It was played in the typical Spanish sunshine, which was great for golf, everyone enjoyed the game as it was like Medal but more fun, and it ensured the prizes
Seems strange for Mike as last month he scored 46 points Our next game is 1st August – El Plantio followed by Doug Maddison Memorial at Alicante Golf 15th August and a special request to play Las Colinas Golf Resort 22nd August. For more information on The Torre Golf Society then contact the Secretary Ivie Davies either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 669 211 410
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