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Co-operation is being sought by MARM, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, who are asking members of the public to call a freephone number to report sightings of jellyfish. This time of year sees the annual Campaign, with regional Coastal Authorities collaborating with scientists to monitor the population of jellyfish in the coastal waters. This year’s collaboration has been designed to increase the size of the network involved in the study and monitoring of the jellyfish populations, so that any increase in their population is detected earlier, thus avoiding major jellyfish population proliferations, which could cause a danger to the important tourist trade during the summer months. Climate change is making population predictions more difficult, and is thought to be responsible for the arrival of the dangerous Portuguese man of war jellyfish, which have been sighted along the coast. The freephone number which the public are being asked to call is 900 102 326. this number is intended for the reporting of not only jellyfish sightings, but also any floating debris which could harm bathers or contaminate the beaches.

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The National Geographic Institute has reported a minor earth tremor in Aledo which registered 3.1 on the Richter scale. The tremor occurred at a depth of 11 kilometres. Although the tremor is not registered as having been physically felt, the 112 services in Alhama de Murcia said that they received 2 phone calls from people in the area saying that they had felt physical movement. No damage has been registered and no injuries have been reported. Aledo is on the same fault line as Lorca, and both Aledo and Totana suffered minor damage during the May 11th earthquake in Lorca. Since then there have been dozens of minor aftershocks - this week alone Lorca registered a 1.9 on the 7th July, a 1.5 on the 11th and a 1.7 on the 14th of this month. Earlier this week there was a tremor of 3.8 registered on the Alicante border, a series of minor tremors registered in Abanilla, culminating in a tremor measuring 2.2. Minor tremors are recorded daily by the Institute. They are a natural process caused by natural movements of the earth’s tectonic plates, and which allow energy to dissipate in very small increments. They act as a safety valve against the occurrence of major earthquakes.



Operation Molino has successfully uncovered a network of

organized crime, which led to charges of fraud, falsification of documents, handling of stolen goods and money laundering. The modus operandi, which was used in Calasparra last September was for the thieves to set several fires in local woodland as a distraction technique. Around 600 hectares of trees were destroyed in one of the biggest forest fire in the area for years. Later the police detained the instigators, but this turned out to be just the beginning of the discovery of the biggest copper fraud operation yet uncovered in the Region of Murcia, and in Spain as a whole. Whilst police were distracted during the Calasparra fire, large quantities of materials incorporating copper were stolen from industrial warehouses. After the fire, investigators discovered that other incidents of theft coincided with robberies of copper-related materials and installations, the thieves apparently setting the fires to divert police resources. As copper featuring as a common element in all the cases, the investigators monitored scrap dealers who were processing copper in a bid to track down and identify the thieves. Electrical transformers were one of the objects stolen in Calasparra, and investigators managed to track them to a Murcian scrapyard. The yard was raided and a large quantity of documentation, along with more than 10,000 kilos of stolen copper was retrieved. Analysis of the documentation revealed that during 2010 the scrapyard had sold around 160,000 kilos of copper of ‘dubious provenance’ to other establishments trading in copper. The registers also revealed more than 100 people who had previous form for theft or handling of stolen goods from Murcia, Alicante, Albacete and Almeria, had all bought or sold copper in this same scrapyard. The owners and their employees habitually forged paperwork relating to the sale and purchase of the copper, and are now facing charges of receiving stolen goods, defrauding the hacienda for tax revenue, falsifying documentation and money laundering. As part of the investigations, several of the major parties involved in processing copper stolen from across the region were also arrested, and 68 separate incidents of copper theft have been cleared up, covering thefts from right across the Region. Robberies had taken place in Murcia, Cartagena, Torre

Pacheco, Moratalla, Calasparra, Alhama, Librilla, San Javier, La Unión, Lorquí, Mula, Ceutí, Las Torres de Cotillas and Fuente Álamo. The thefts were from industrial warehouses, residential homes, agricultural and livestock farms, businesses and municipal properties, and even included street lights. On one occasion, in a singe night thousands of metres of electrical cabling had been stripped back to the bare wire and street lighting failed as thieves stole transformers and cabling from public installations, railways and even telephone installations. In Calasparra alone the thieves made 40 separate sales of copper in less than a year, netting them more than 18,000 euros. Police discovered a yard close to the scrapyard where the copper was stripped from the cabling, leaving huge quantities of plastic coating were lying around. The copper was then sold on to foundries across the country from where it was transported to China or India, where there is a shortage of copper. This shortage of copper has resulted in a sky-high price for the commodity, making it an irresistible target for thieves. In total, 12 people have been arrested for theft, fraud and handling stolen goods, including the 3 owners and 2 employees of the yard.

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The priest’s house, Casa del Cura, in Puerto Lumbreras opens its doors after its conversion into tourist and cultural space. More than 7,000 square metres of property with new green areas and a public park next to the building have been restored and renovated. La Casa del Cura was built in the nineteenth century by Juan Arcas and inhabited for years by Alberto Marzal. It is a manor house standing on a floor plan of more than 1,300 square metres and is part of the regional architectural heritage. The building, which is in the recently expanded village La Station-Esparragal, consists of a typical rural farmhouse structure. It stands on two floors with large balconies, and has a storeroom for agricultural tools used by those tenants who were in charge of maintaining the land. The whole has been cleaned, landscaped, reconstructed and remodeled. Also, more than 7,000 square metres of land have been improved with new landscaped parkland and a public park with a coffee bar. The house features showrooms displaying the typical home life and most deeply rooted traditions and customs of the people of the municipality.


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Work had to be stopped on the construction of a new roundabout when a workman digging out a trench struck bone with his shovel. Somewhat disconcerted, he raised the alarm, police were called, a skull was found and carefully removed before the rest of the trench was excavated very gingerly by archaeologists. A pathologist verified that the skull was ancient, probably pre-1600. Archaeologists are searching through the remaining gravel in the hope of finding the body that must originally been attached to the head.

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Barclays among banks bidding to win Spain’s lottery flotation

Barclays, Lazard and Goldman Sachs are among the frontrunners to float the Spanish national lottery, owner of the famous “El Gordo” (the fat one), in a move which will create Europe’s largest gaming company. The trio is understood to head the list of 17 banks which are believed to have pitched for the lucrative mandate to float 30pc of Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. The listing is expected to raise as much as €7.5bn (£6.7bn) for Spain’s government, making it the largest offering in the country’s history. Barclays has brought in Bob Diamond, the chief

Hospital waiting lists capped by law at six months

For the first time ever, a legal limit on waiting lists for surgery has been imposed. A Royal Decree approved yesterday in Parliament states that no patient can wait more than six months for an operation. The types of surgery included in the decree are cardio-vascular operations, cataracts, and hip and knee replacements. This applies wherever the patient lives and however far they are from their nearest hospital. The law will gradually widen its scope over the near future, placing time limits on outpatient consultations and other

therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.

Certain types of operation are not included in the decree, such as artificial insemination or similar, emergencies, and transplants, since some of these will have to be dealt with immediately and others may be held up for longer than six months – for example, whilst awaiting a suitable donor in order to carry out transplant surgery. Waiting lists will be prioritised according to the seriousness of the patient’s condition, risk of death or disability, or serious reduction in quality of life.

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Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, at the end of May. Formal pitches are understood to have taken place in mid-

June, with a decision imminent. Of the 17 banks – UBS and Morgan Stanley are believed to have also pitched – a large number are Spanish cajas, domestic savings banks which would not have the acumen or network to run a process of this size alone.

Siesta during work time ‘improves productivity’

Experts in Germany are recommending the so-called ‘Spanish yoga’ during working hours – they claim taking a siesta midway through the day improves employees’ productivity and accuracy. Some firms in Japan, Austria and the USA have already done so, with the working day broken up to allow staff to take a power-nap when they need it.

“Intelligent companies know the importance of a ‘repair’ break in maintaining productivity, creativity and motivation in workers,” says Mario Ohoven, president of the German Federation for Small and Medium Enterprises, in a column in German newspaper, Bild, today. Ohoven also stresses that offering ‘attractive working conditions’ made the firm itself appear more attractive, making it easier to

recruit qualified and experienced staff. Medical insurers agree with Ohoven’s views, with a loss adjuster from Germany’s largest public health cooperations, Barmer, saying: “A 15-minute kip can help, as can a short walk in the fresh air, combat the habitual tiredness after lunch.” Loss adjuster Ursula Maschall is also supported by union leader Annelie Buntenbach in her column in the daily newspaper, Die Tagezeitung. “In many southern European countries, the siesta is no longer considered essential, given that most workplaces have air-conditioning, but it is till a very healthy habit,” she says. So far, only solicitor Erwin Heller has said taking a siesta in the middle of the working day is ‘impractical’, and a five-year-old boy, Juri, was quoted in the newspaper as saying siestas were for ‘wimps’.

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Spanish protesters fight off repossessions The crowd started gathering just after eight in the morning. Just a handful at first, then dozens - responding to a call for help sent out via Twitter and Facebook. A report by the BBC’s Madrid correspondent states that by nine o’clock about 200 people were crammed into the street: a “flashmob” of placard-waving protesters, chanting and singing in defiance.

“We’re here to stop the eviction of this family,” Eloi Morte from the “Mortgage Victims” campaign group explained, shouting above the noise. Behind him, demonstrators blocked the entrance to a building with their bodies and huge banners. The family inside has been served notice to leave after defaulting on their mortgage. A bank representative and locksmith are due at any moment to take possession of the property. “There is a crisis in Spain. People have no jobs, they can’t pay!” Mr Morte insists. “So all over the country we are standing up against this kind of eviction. We won’t let it happen,” he says, as a chant of “They will not pass!” rises from the crowd. During Spain’s property boom that peaked in 2007, low interest rates encouraged a surge in credit-taking. But the sector’s implosion has since destroyed more than two million jobs; unemployment is more than twice the EU average, at 21.3%. And now there is a new record: home repossessions are at an all-time high, with 180 families evicted every day, according to campaigners. Maria Jose del Coto began to fall behind on her mortgage payments in 2008. The interest rate was climbing, and both she and her adult daughter were unemployed. Now the bank has repossessed the house and served them notice to leave. The protest outside is a last, desperate attempt at resistance. “Of course I’m worried, but I’m determined to fight this,” Mrs del Coto says, inside her home of 30 years. “Not just for me, but for the many other people in even worse straits,” she adds. Like many, she feels duped into a mortgage arrangement she could never

afford. “I understand the bank wants its money back,” her daughter adds. “But if things are tough for the banks at the moment, they have to understand that families are in crisis too. They need to come up with some solutions until things improve, not kick us out.” In the street outside, the protesters are angry that banks - propped up with public funds - are now turning families in difficulty onto the street. There is bemusement it is happening at all, when almost 700,000 unsold properties stand empty. The campaigners’ main demand is for a legal change to allow people to clear their entire debt by handing their home to the bank if they cannot meet the mortgage. Currently, if a bank sells a repossessed home for less than the value of outstanding debt, the borrower is liable for the difference. The campaigners want the change applied retrospectively. “Forgiving debt is always a possibility, but making it mandatory retroactively is crazy,” argues economist Javier Diaz Jimenez from Madrid’s IESE Business School. He believes the best way to help those in difficulty is for the government to provide income support, not “meddle” with contracts. “This is the heart and the blood of a market economy, you just don’t do that. You will kill loans for ever if you do that. It is an outrageous idea,” he says, pointing out that most businesses here are small- and medium-sized enterprises heavily reliant on access to bank credit. The Spanish Banking Association estimates that such a move would push the number of defaults from 2.4% of all mortgages to 8% in a year, putting an extra 4bn euros (£3.5bn; $5.6bn) on

Man found dead in undercarriage of Iberia plane IBERIA staff reported to day that a young man was found dead in the undercarriage of a plane when it landed in Madrid’s Barajas airport. The deceased has been identified as Adonis G.B., 23, a Cuban national, and he was said to have suffered chest and head wounds, suggesting he may have been crushed upon landing. He was discovered at around 13.50hrs today when flight number 6620 from La Habana (Cuba) touched down. Guardia Civil officers are investigating the case, although it is believed the deceased may have been trying to access Europe via the back door.

already strained bank balance sheets. ‘Yes, we can!’ But the protesters gathered outside Maria Jose’s house are determined. Their movement sprung from the mass demonstrations in May that began in Madrid’s Sol square - against corruption, mass unemployment and a political class they felt had stopped listening to the people. Now the “indignants” have found a new focus for their protest. “I remember the first night I was in Sol I was crying,” recalls Helia Relano. “It was so incredible to realise you weren’t alone; that lots of people were there to fight for what’s right. This protest [now] is a clear continuation of that.” The government has already proposed changes to the law - apparently in response - including protecting a higher percentage of a debtor’s income against seizure by the banks. But the protesters demand more. Six hours after they first gathered in support of Maria Jose, Eloi Morte finally raises his megaphone: the bank has suspended her eviction until further notice, he tells them, to a joyful chorus of chants: “Yes, we can!” “It’s the 48th success we’ve had so far in Spain,” Mr Morte says, and vows that the campaign will continue. For Maria Jose, he admits, it is only a temporary respite - but he says the protest has won her some breathing space. Now lawyers for the campaign group can pressure the bank to be lenient. “Obviously the bank won’t accept the demands,” Mr Morte shrugs. “But when we have another date for the eviction, we will be here again and again until we get a response.” (Article courtesy of BBC News)


Telefonica says job cut plan to cost 2.7 billion euros

Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica said on Friday its plan to shed 6,500 employees over the next three years will cost it 2.7 billion euros ($3.8 billion) before tax. The employees represent about 20 percent of the workforce of Telefonica in Spain, where the group has about 30,000 staff out of a total global workforce of 269,000 people. The former state monopoly blamed the redundancies, first announced in April, on falling sales in Spain, which is struggling with its worst economic crisis in decades. The amount works out at 415,000 euros per employee and will be listed as a nonrecurring labour cost in the current financial year, it said in a statement Friday. “The results of the company in the coming years will be helped by greater efficiency in personnel costs,” it said. Telefonica announced on

July 8 it had reached a deal with unions to lay off 6,500 employees over the period 2011-2013, and promised the government that it would cover all the costs. Finance Minister Elena Salgado had expressed astonishment over the planned layoffs at a profitable company as Spain copes with an unemployment rate of more than 21 percent. Telefonica posted a record net profit of 10.2 billion euros in 2010, a 30.8 percent jump over the previous year as weakness in Spain was offset by strong growth in the rest of Europe and Latin America. It is the second biggest telecommunications operator in Europe behind Britain’s Vodafone. At the end of March Telefonica had 285.6 million customers in the world, or 6.1 percent more than a year earlier.

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Madrid set to bid for 2020 Olympic games

MADRID is hoping to host the 2020 Olympics, after its bid to do so in 2012 and 2016 failed. Having lost out to London and Rio de Janeiro, Spain’s capital does not intend to give up and is already preparing its candidature, according to secretary of state for sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, and vicemayor of the city, Manuel Cobo. Lissavetzky says that between 70 and 80 per cent of the infrastructure needed to host the Olympic

games is already in place, which he believes should make Madrid’s campaign stronger. This time, they will be up against Rome, Istanbul and the South African city of Durban. However, the latter may be considering withdrawing its candidature, in spite of South Africa’s success as the 2010 football

World Cup venue. Concerning the fact that Madrid has repeatedly been turned down, city mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardón pointed out this week that the Korean city of Pyeongchang has recently won the chance to host the 2018 Winter Olympics on its third attempt, having been rewarded for its ‘constancy and perseverance’.




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Ready, steady, slow............................... All roads led to Congham last Saturday for anyone who is anyone (and last year that topped 200 entries) in the slow-moving world of the gastropod. The World Snail Racing Championships have been held at Congham, near King’s Lynn, since the 1960s, after founder Tom Elwes witnessed the event in France. Organiser, Hilary Scase explained: “Snails like damp conditions and as Congham is surrounded by ponds and is very low lying it is just right for snails. “Competition is fierce and with ideal conditions this year times are expected to be fast - there are hopes that the record course could be smashed.” The record of two minutes, over the 13-inch damp cloth covered table top course, was posted by a snail called Archie in 1995. Last year’s winner Sidney recorded a more sedate winning time of three minutes 41 seconds to pocket winning connections a silver tankard filled with lettuce. Hilary continued: “Snail trainer Neil Riseborough has been preparing the ground for weeks and has a special secret for encouraging the snails to put out their hones and head at top speed for the finishing line. “Children from local schools have been training snails for months with ambitions that a special snail “found in granddad’s cabbage patch” could be a winner. “But there is no knowing. Snails come from all over the country, anybody can take part, a rank outsider might just surprise everybody. “Congham is to snail racing what Newmarket is to horse racing,” Hilary concluded.

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Superb value, 3 Bed / 2 Bath Bungalow, exceptional build quality, in quiet cul-de-sac on the edge of popular village. Family bathroom and shower room. Spacious sitting room, good sized, fully fitted dining/kitchen, Integral garage accessed from kitchen, could be used as further living accommodation. Large loft space accessed from rooftop solarium can also be converted into additional living space. Enclosed sunny terrace to rear. Gas water heater, 1000 litre water storage tank, sunblinds to front & rear, rejas (grilles) to windows. Includes telephone, satellite tv, & broadband internet connection. Air-con fitted to sitting room and main bedroom. All rooms have ceiling fans plus electric wall heaters. Las Palas village centre is less than 5 min walk with a supermarket, banks, a public swimming baths and chemist, plus a selection of bars & restaurants. The nearest town is Fuente Alamo, less than 10 min drive offering all amenities. 15 min drive to the port and historical city of Cartagena, 25 min to beaches of Puerto de Mazarrón. Immediate access to motorway network. Will be less than 30 min drive to the new International Airport at Corvera due to open Easter 2012 and the proposed Paramount Theme Park which is generating enormous interest in the Murcia area. Ref: Fare6 sale price € 139,995

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Spacious 2nd Floor Duplex Apartment of 80m2 in highly sought-after coastal resort of El Pinar de San Gines, La Azohia. This property has 2 Bedrooms / 1 ½ Bathrooms and is on 2 levels. Kitchen and living area. It benefits from stunning sea views of the Bay of Mazarrón from both double bedrooms. Also with mountain views. It has terraces and a 40m2 Roof-top Solarium. Views over Communal Pool and Pine trees to mountains behind. Communal gardens, parking space. Constructed in 2006 Ref: Fare20 sale price

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Indians, we are told, do it more than any other nation. People with religious beliefs do it once a year. Captains of industry do it less often. You can do it whenever your like. For centuries, the practise of taking time out to do something different has been recognised as a sure-fire way of recharging your batteries, igniting your enthusiasm and solving problems. In commerce it is sometimes called a sabbatical, others may call it going on a retreat.

We could all benefit from this simple procedure. Just one day will release amazing benefits and the best part is that it doesn’t cost anything.

There are many benefits you can gain from this simple change to your routine. When you put a little distance between yourself and your routine challenges or issues, you can see them in a different light and from a different perspective. You may even create a few miracles for yourself as a result. These will come as flashes of intuition that can lead you to take the action needed to resolve a problem. If you look at something, say an apple, and hold it close to your face so that it is touching your nose, you will see a very small part of it. Hold it at arms length and you will see the whole apple and its texture and colours. Look at it from the other end of the room and you won’t see the detail but you will see it in the perspective of its surroundings and in true proportion. It is the same with issues or problems. You add distance and see them from a new angle.


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The summer is a great time to do this. Simply set a weekday date in your diary right now, when you

will take off to the countryside, the hills or the beach. Go by car, bike, train or on foot but go somewhere that you have never been before and where you can be sure of some space alone. Set off early and plan to be out all day. Leave your mobile phone at home and travel light. Then just wander around for the day, thinking of nothing, focusing on the “now” experience. You will be amazed at how easy this it. You will be “off the leash” and just by being in a different place you will find that your thoughts turn to solutions and answers rather than problems and challenges. You create in life what you think about. So make the date in your diary now, look forward to it, keep it without guilt, enjoy it and return refreshed: “If you do the same thing, in the same way, you will get the same results”.

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Urge to binge on fatty food ‘dates back to the Ice Age’

Our frozen ancestors of the Ice Age needed plenty of fat in their diets to keep warm – and it seems we might still be carrying their genetic torch. For British scientists have discovered a DNA switch in the brain that they believe makes Europeans far more likely to binge on fatty food than those living in the East. The researchers from Aberdeen University made their discovery after comparing the DNA of people with the genetic code of birds and mice. They found a switch – a piece of DNA that turns genes on or off within cells – which controls the galanin gene. This gene is switched on in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus and regulates appetite and

thirst. The switch comes in different varieties. A weaker version was found in 16 per cent of Europeans – compared with 30 per cent of Asians studied. Dr Alasdair MacKenzie, who led the study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, said: ‘The switch controls the area of the brain which allows us to select which foods we would like to eat and if it is turned on too strongly we are more likely to crave fatty foods. ‘The fact that the weaker switch is found more frequently in Asians compared with Europeans suggests they are less inclined to select such options. ‘These results give us a glimpse into early European life. A preference for food with a higher fat content would have been important for survival. ‘The negative effects of fat and alcohol we see today would not have mattered so much then as life expectancies were between 30 and 40 years.’ The researchers say the study could pave the way for obesity treatments.

Kennedy Financial Services Secure your future Retiement Via Qrops (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme)

Our services are available throughout Spain. You have been eligible since April 2006 to transfer your froxen UK pensions via Qrops and take huge benifits they offer. You may now receive your whole retirement fund providing you are between the ages of 18 and 75, not resident in the UK and are not in receipt of an income from your pension.

What are the choices UK Pension vs QROPS? UK Pension “Leave things as they are and receive a tax free lump sum and an income you cannot live comfortably on for thr rest of your life.”

OR QROPS “Transfer your pension via QROPS and receive your whole fund as a lump sum, this could then be invested to produce a better tax free income for your retirement. There are no restrictions on what your money may be spent on.” Too many things are against UK pensions, Taxation, Charges, Commissions, Poor growth, exchange rates to name but a few. In addition you can no longer contribute to your pension so this has a damaging effect. An average annuity rate calculates that it would cost 26,000 pounds of your pension pot to produce 1,000 pounds gross income per year. Therefor a fund of 100,000 pounds would give you 25,000 tax free and an income of 187.50 permonth. Could you live on that in retirement?

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ANYONE who has a pension in the UK and is not drawing benefits from it can transfer the whole fund and receive it as a tax free lump sum. That means if you had £100,000 in a pension David can transfer that £100,000 to your Spanish bank account! Kennedy Fina cial Services offers you a complete service for transferring your UK pension to a Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). David will answer any questions you have, explain the steps to be taken and complete all the paperwork. You can be sure that you will receive clear, simple and straightforward facts based on the David from Kennedy Financial Services. official guidance by HMRC. There are literally thousands of QROPS available and endless variations of the solutions and structures. David is available to remove the hassle, time, labour and confusion in trying to find the best QROPS solution for your unique circumstances. David will provide the very best regulated, independent and honest advice to empower you to make an informed decision. There are many reasons people around the world transfer their UK pensions to a QROPS. These range from inheritance tax planning (IHT), growth on the pension, greater investment freedom, tax efficiency and releasing money. Whatever your reasons are, QROPS have huge benefits to be gained, and with the help of David’s experience, you can be sure that the best possible solution will be delivered. Should you wish a no- obligation consultation or just additional information contact David on 951 219 576 or 678 035 992, alternatively go to www., watch the video and complete the online free assessment form. The initial consultation on QROPS is carried out in a step-by-step manner so that all the benefits are clearly explained to you. The advice is free of charge.


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M&S Brazilian knickers boom as sales soar They promised to boost women’s confidence by providing a flattering and stylish solution to the dreaded visible panty line, or VPL. But it seems Brazilian-cut knickers have also helped put a spring in the step of Marks & Spencer

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clientele which continues to grow steadily. Located on Avenida Vega Baja in Rojales, you will find the salon just along from the Mas y Mas and Dia supermarkets. Chantelles offer an impressive range of hair and beauty treatments and have some great offers currently available. For example you can book a full session on the Toning Tables, which tone and flatten abdominal areas and lots more - for just €3. Meanwhile the Hair Salon offers cuts, colours, highlights, perms and extensions. Also available for sale are the well known Tigi Bed Head Products – and don’t forget there is a discount of 10% on all hair treatments every Thursday. The Beauty Room provides a wide range of beauty treatments, by Karen including waxing, facials, massages, acrylic nails, manicures and pedicures, Teeth Whitening, Dermal Fillers, Botox, semi permanent make up and gel and acrylic nails. Pamper yourself today , telephone Chantelle on 965 724 579

Designed to avoid creating lumps and bumps under clingy summer dresses and fitted trousers, the knickers are cut high on the leg, making legs appear longer. And it was revealed yesterday that their popularity with shoppers has helped drive the chain to a robust trading performance against the background of a struggling High Street.

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Total like-for-like sales across the store grew by 1.7 per cent in the 13 weeks to July 2 compared to the same period last year. The thousands M&S invested in hiring a Victoria’s Secret model for their lingerie campaign looks to have paid off. Soozie Jenkinson, Head Of Lingerie Design said: ‘In 2005, we designed and launched the Brazilian knicker shape. ‘Cheekier than the boyshort, but more covering than the thong, this first to market knicker shape was inspired by the bikinis worn by women on the beaches of Rio, hence the name The Brazilian. ‘Delivering feminine style with a smooth flattering no VPL, this shape has become out fastest growing knicker style and now is available in lace, embroidery, silk and natural fibres.’

natural extracts. Kelly will also come in on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday for special events. The products used in Kellys Kutz are matrix colours that contain jojoba oil and biolage products containing natural extracts. Every Monday for the over 60’s is a 20% discount on hair services and other offers to suit all, changing every week Check them out on or call 965 501 937/607 528 443

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Jukebox Promotions Presents support for HAH (Help at home) Costa Blanca

Isle offer help to HAH Costa Blanca

The Emerald Isle in La Florida have asked HAH Costa Blanca if they would like to offer a fund raising competition at their Tuesday night events with Abba Elite and Wednesday night shows with Showaddywaddy Legends. We want to thank John and all at the Emerald Isle for this fantastic gesture. On the first night, the charity raised over 200 Euros! So, why not support The Emerald Isle and go see the shows on those nights (which will also help HAH Costa Blanca)?

Shakin Stevens Tribute Comes to the Costa Blanca in August

Fantastic UK tribute artist Shaken Stevens brings his great show to the Costa Blanca in support of HAH Costa Blanca. The tour, arranged and promoted by Jukebox Promotions, will cover seven venues from 18th to 28th August. Not only will it feature the man who looks like, sings like and moves like Shaky did back in the 80s but it also features songs and singers that influenced him. This tour is set to really rock as its the first time this tribute has been to Spain and its so fantastic! Tickets will be just 7.50 Euros and the tour will also have the fantastic Jukebox Legends as support. The three hour shows will start at 8-30pm and will be at: Asturias, N332, Punta Prima on Thursday 18th August The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja on Monday 22nd August Fairways, Plaza, Villa Martin on Tuesday 23rd August The Club, Quesada on Wednesday 24th August Rocajuna, Punta Prima on Thursday 25th August Casa Ventura, San Luis on Friday 26th August The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 28th August (tickets 10 Euros inc FREE buffet) Ticket info line 695 135 134 or Shaken Stevens - UKs top Shakin Stevens tribute

TV Actor Joins ADHOC Yet again the ADHOC Theatre Company pull off a coup, when they formed to play Allo Allo The VIP last year they found some absolute gems in acting talent, well guess what, they are at it again. Actor Chris Powell joined the ADHOC Theatre Company to play a part in the next production of “Run For Your Wife” planned for November this year. Chris was in 20 of the 22 episodes of the Hit US TV Production, Thunder in Paradise. Chris played the part of former AVENGERS Star Patrick Macnee’s Nephew staring with Hulk Hogan and even Sylvester Stallone. Chris is very impressed with the members he has met so far and looking forward to taking to the stage with ADHOC. The next production will be directed by the very experianced veteran actress Debbie Payton, who said she is delighted to be working with some supprisingly talented actors of whom only one she has worked with before.The stage crew are building the set for the forth coming stage production and with Jackie Lawson coming on bord playing opposet Billie Anthony’Gaddess and some as yet but soon to be know actors, Im very excited.

Would you like to join this San Luis based Company? For Further information or how to join in the fun, Just phone or email Debbie Payton or 966 718 964; The ADHOC Youth Company for people age 6 to 17 - Suzanne: 627 371 731

Nashville Legends tour kicks off to a fantastic reception at Asturias This great Country music show was a huge success on its first night. There are further shows at: Rocajuna, Punta Prima on Thursday 21st July The club, Quesada on Wednesday 27th July The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 31st July Tickets are 7.50 Euros (except The Rendezvous which is 10 Euros and includes a great buffet). Shows start at 8-30pm so come and dance the night away you Country fans!


Calle La Calera, 2 Tel: 965 716 679(English-speaking Wednesday mornings) Nashville Legends line up at the first show

Jukebox Promotions to launch new Perfume fundraiser for HAH Costa Blanca

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The new competition supported by designer perfume Company Federico Mahora (FM) will be launched at Jukebox Legends Nashville Legends shows this week. Ladies will be given a free perfume sample at shows and there will be a great competition where a presentation box of high quality perfume can be won. There will also be the opportunity to buy the perfumes at heavily discounted prices and in doing so, raising funds for HAH Costa Blanca too!! Part time agents are required by Optiongroup to help with this fundraising venture - call 639 272 062

Cliff Richard tribute and Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave)

will be appearing in September for HAH Costa Blanca. You can get more info at Do you have a quality restaurant that would love to regularly have a fantastic cabaret dinner event , pull customers in and yet not cost you anything? jukebox Promotions are looking to set up such events at selected venues only so if you would like to find out how these high quality, fundraising events for Help at Home (Costa Blanca) can work at your restaurant call 695 135 134 or email

Do you have a fundraising event for HAH (Help at Home) Costa Blanca to promote? If you do, please send us the details by email and we will include the information (subject to space allocation) in this weekly column. email: Peter & Fiona - Jukebox Promotions

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The AECC Torrevieja Office will be temporarily closed to the ex-pat community after Wednesday 27th July, reopening Wednesday 7th September. However, assistance for cancerrelated matters of an urgent medical nature can be obtained by calling 966 722358. Although the AECC Torrevieja office will be closed for the month of August it does not mean that people should forget about cancer screening. Anyone that has not been screened recently and particularly those unable to use the Spanish health system need to put a note in their diary to contact the AECC office in Torrevieja early in September and arrange for their particular screening, mammogram and smear for women, prostate for men. AECC offers the subsidised screening service to Men and Women to detect cancer in its early stages and fund-raising is an essential part of this process. In order to continue with this AECC are always looking for people able to organise fundraising events to raise funds for AECC. If you can help in any way please phone 965 716679. AECC also require high-quality bric-a-brac (but not clothing for the moment) for sale in the shop and at our regular auctions. Please bring these along to the Torrevieja shop at Calle La Calera 2, just off Calle Apolo - Avenida Cortes Valencianas. For full directions see our website, or phone 965 716679 for assistance. Visit the AECC English-Language Website for further information about all aspects of AECC in the Torrevieja area:


Spanish city swaps old cars for lifelong tram ticket in environmental scheme

A city in southern Spain is urging residents to exchange their cars for a lifetime pass on the new tram system in a bid to reduce traffic and solve urban parking problems.

The initiative launched last month is part of an environmental scheme in the southern coastal city of Murcia to reduce congestion and emissions and encourage the use of public transport. Residents were invited to donate their cars – which must be in working order and with a valid MOT – in return for an everlasting ticket on a tram system inaugurated last month. “The point is to take cars out of circulation for the environmental benefits this brings,” explained Severiano Arias, director of the Murcia Transvia Society. “So we are only accepting working cars not ones ready for scrap heap because that would not serve any purpose.” The donated cars are being displayed across the city, often in places designed to highlight traffic problems in the city. For example in one display cars were stacked on top of each other. The public was invited to participate in the removal of cars from the city’s streets through social media networks facebook and twitter. Each tweet or post on the subject was rewarded with the removal of a piece of car by mechanics until the entire vehicle disappeared. The process was recorded via webcams. Other green initiatives in Spain have stumbled

through lack of interest. In April last year socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero announced the goal of having 2,000 electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year. He pledged funding to convert disused phone booths into battery top-up points and government subsidies of up to 6,000 euros on each vehicle. But less 20 cars were sold during the first 3 months of the scheme, which has since been quietly shelved.


Will Amazon bring out tablet computer to rival Apple iPad in October?

Amazon is to intensify the war against Apple by launching its own tablet computer, it has been claimed. Amazon’s move will be the biggest challenge yet to Apple which has sold 19.5million iPads since its launch and is by far the tablet market leader. But it also poses problems for itself as it risks cannibalising consumers who have bought the Kindle electronic reader. According to the Wall St Journal, Amazon is still working on how to sell its tablet whilst still maintaining sales of the Kindle. One thorny issue is whether or not consumers will want to buy two devices when they could use one - the tablet - for both reading and surfing the web. The technology is already in place however as company which makes the Kindle e-ink display also makes the LCD screens used by the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It is not clear if Amazon’s tablet will launch just in the U.S. in October, however the Kindle was put on sale in America before anywhere else. Reports had

speculated it would cost between £215 and and £275, figures not confirmed by Amazon. A new iPad 2 costs from £399. Asked in May about Amazon’s tablet the firm’s chief executive Jeff Bezos said that consumers should ‘stay tuned’. In recent years Apple and Amazon have developed a relationship based on helping each other - Amazon sells e-books via its Kindle app in the iTunes store - but also stiff competition. Earlier this year Apple sued Amazon claiming it had breached trademark rules on the name ‘App Store’. Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs has also mocked the Kindle and said publicly that ‘people don’t read any more’. Amazon will also face competition from other electronics companies including Sony which this week revealed it will enter the tablet market with a wallet-shaped device that will play music, films and allow Internet access.


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Spanish Civil War

18th July 2011 marked the 74th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War Anyone who has delved into this part of Spanish history will know that it is extremely complex - we won’t be covering all of the aspects of the war here in this article! Nonetheless, in a longer historical perspective, the Spanish Civil War amounts to the opening battle of World War II; it also proved to be an ideological battleground for all Europe, and it’s historical importance, therefore, cannot be underestimated. The advent of the mass media also allowed an unprecedented level of attention - Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell and Robert Capa all covered it - and so the war became notable for the passion and political division it inspired, and for atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict.

Facts & Figures

• T he Civil War devastated Spain from 17th July 1936 to 1st April1939, ending with the victory of the rebels and the founding of a dictatorship led by the Nationalist, General Francisco Franco. • T he war started after an attempted coup d’état committed by parts of the army against the government of the Second Spanish Republic. • T he forces on the right were lead by Generals Franco and Sanjurjo; they were known as Nationalists. • T he forces on the left were lead by Azana and were known as Republicans. • At the start of the war, the cities of Cadiz, Saragossa, Seville and Burgos declared their support for the Nationalists. • Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia declared for the Republicans. • T he Nationalists received help from Nazi Germany in the form of the Condor Legion from the Luftwaffe - Germany’s air force. 50,000 “volunteers” from Mussolini’s Italy also helped the Nationalists. • T he Republicans received help from Russia. Stalin sent advisers and technicians. An International Brigade

comprising of volunteers from all over the world also helped the Republicans. T he Nationalists held the advantage in the sense that those who fought for them were professionals – the “volunteers” from Italy went to fight with Mussolini’s approval and many of these volunteers had a military background. The Republicans relied on real volunteers; many held idealistic beliefs but had minimal military training. At the start of the war, the military strength of the Nationalists gave them the upper hand. By the end of 1936, 50% of Spain was controlled by the military including the whole of the border with Portugal – a vital supply route. In the east and north, the Basques and Catalans held out far more effectively and the impact of the Nationalists here was minimal. F ranco decided that the only way to succeed was to split the Republicans in half. The crucial battle here was the Battle of Guadalajara which the Nationalists lost. This ended their attempt to split the Republicans in half in that year. However, the capture of Bilbao in 1937 was an important victory for the Nationalists.

• T  he Nationalists were far more successful in 1938. By August 1938, the Republicans had been split and by December the Nationalists had been successful in Catalan. However, throughout the whole of 1938, Madrid held out. • In 1939, Republican resistance all but collapsed. The various factions in the Republican movement were at odds as to what to do and Russia withdrew its support for them. By 1939, it was only a matter of time before the Nationalists won. Barcelona fell in January 1939, Valencia and Madrid surrendered in March 1939 and the Republicans unconditionally surrendered on April 1st. • T he war is thought to have cost 500,000 lives though official figures have now put the casualty figure as high as 1 million. • T he war also witnessed the first ever deliberate aerial bombing of a city. On April 27th 1937, the ancient city of the Basques – Guernica – was bombed and destroyed by the Condor Legion of Germany. For Hitler it was a useful experiment into the value of bombing civilian targets. For the Nationalists, it took out a city of spiritual importance for the Basques. For Europe, the warning posed by this bombing was obvious. Hence the attempts by Chamberlain and Daladier to create a formula for Europe to avoid any chance of a repetition of Guernica.



Help Vega Baja social group Friends Unlimited, held their last meeting before the summer break on Thursday 14th July at The Club, Quesada. They had close on one hundred people enjoying The Everly Brothers tribute act, whilst enjoying snacks prepared and served by Marina and her staff. At the end of the afternoon Marina presented the proceeds of 140€ from recent raffles held on Saturday evenings, during the live entertainment at The Club. This was presented to some of the Help committee and Jean Thomas, Help Vice President, thanked Marina and her staff for the support Help receive from them. On behalf of Keith Mead Help President, Jean also thanked all those who attend the meetings and helped to make the social group such a success and especially all the volunteers who help run it.

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Abandoned dogs are flooding into the new Orihuela animal shelter, with around 20 arriving every week. Although it has only been fully operational for a few months the shelter is already at crisis point, with more than 200 dogs at the facility that was designed to take just 98. While the shelter is successfully finding new homes for many animals, dogs are coming in faster than they can be re-homed.

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At Casa La Pedrera as many of you know already we run an outdoor activity and adventure business and all the trails and excursions take place in the natural reserve that encircles the lake. Because of this reason and the fact that our house borders on this amazing area, the magnificent flora and fauna, wildlife are right on our doorstep and we get to experience the ‘campo’ life or country life every single day. The landscape is never boring and changes constantly however now being mid Summer with the recent soaring temperatures it looks dry, dusty and very scrubby. Most people cannot even make out the common rosemary and thyme but they cannot mistake the aroma when we brush past it either on a horse or on a quad. You might think it strange that we run excursions and trails throughout the reserve, seeing as I am so passionate about protecting the landscape, but the routes that we use have existed for 100´s of years. Prior to the reservoir being completed in 1985, there were approximately 30 families who lived in the valley, and funnily enough just month ago I met a lady lived all her life in the area and now her home is long gone, covered by water. The area is also a designated hunting area for the Murcian and local community and is divided into sectors where they hunt rabbits, hares and partridges. Again being a conservationist I do not have a problem with the hunting community as they are not indiscriminate. The rabbits have few natural predators in the area, and left unchecked causes great damage to the orchards and MY GARDEN!! The damage is evident to the orange & lemon trees where they have stripped the bark and also to my recently planted cactus garden, which is no more, the spines & menacing prickles being no deterrent. Contributing to the population control of these rabbits are also assisted by my dogs who completely ignore the rabbits munching away at my flowers in my garden, preferring the thrill of the chase when we are out for a walk. As mentioned, the Hunters also hunt partridges which here at La Pedrera is the Red-legged Partridge or in Spanish Pediz Brava which means brave or tough. The traditional method of hunting this bird is interesting and you may have come across the Hides, which are normally built using stones. A few metres away, normally in direct line of sight is another little pile of stones that has a flat base that is used to place a cage. Within the cage is the male of the species that then attracts the female which makes an easy shot for the Hunter. I witnessed a number of these cages at a Hunting Lodge in Murcia, which catered mainly for clients from from Madrid. Hunting is a very lucrative and popular past time for the Spanish going back to the reign of late King Alfonso XIII where the Spanish aristocracy used to invite their fellow kings, counts & Lords from other European Countries. The hunting season runs from October to the first Sunday in February. Fortunately now with the rising level of the lake the hunting is dramatically reduced and also the practice of the Spanish stopping at 2pm to go for their most important meal of the day, means the rest of the day is relatively quiet. However do choose your walking times within hunting zones with care, especially within the peak times & Red Days, to avoid being abused by a very irate hunter. Until then enjoy your summer…. Jenni

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2011 - 120 dancers and their families and friends visit Camposol And wow, what a fantastic event which brought together dancers, teachers and members of the community from across four different generations in a weekend of dance. Held this year at Mariannos Restaurant Camposol, almost 120 dancers from 6 different dance schools took part in the competition, dance workshops, awards presentation and performances on the Camposol Fiesta main stage. Sponsors, Trudy Anne Show Costa Calida Radio, Fiestas Camposol, Keith Donovan, Ken Sherwood Garage, Los Canavos Players, Marianno’s Restaurant, Mister Print, Murcia Dance, Professional Teachers of Dancing, Vistas Murcia, over 23 volunteers, and, schools, Dance Extreme, Footwork Dance, Ghost Performing Arts Academy, Murcia Dance, Raquel Peña’s Flamenco Dance School and Totally Dance supported this year’s event. Without this level of sponsorship and professional support the festival would not have happened. Every ounce of support has brought the aims of the festival alive with energy, passion and enthusiasm. The festival this year was very proud to have two excellent adjudicators supporting the festival with their experience of dance across the profession and wide spectrum. Ana Abad Carles and Eileen Gale who were flown over from the UK enjoyed the experience very much. The festival welcomed dancers from schools participating in the event last year, Ghost Performing Arts, Raquel Peña’s Flamenco Dance School and Murcia Dance and new schools Dance Extreme, Footwork Dance and Totally Dance. The young Flamenco Dancer, Irene Martinez who wowed audiences at the 2010 fiesta and who had moved up a level and category in this year’s competition danced away with 1st place in the Intermediate age under 13. Training under the guidance of Raquel Peña’s Flamenco For All Dance School, the school also won joint 1st place age 13-21 year solo beginner, (Lucy Stewart) 1st and 2nd Place Adult Intermediate and 1st Place Adult Intermediate Solo Valerie McGlade. New categories and levels have been introduced this year as a result in the quality of dance teacher training being offered by some

fantastic teachers along the coast. Ghost Performing Arts Academy entered two dancers into the competition with one of their dancers, Danielle Dickie winning 2nd and 3rd place in the Intermediate under 13 solo category for her Flamenco and Latin dance routines. Footwork Dance made a considerable contribution to the competition with 50% of the overall entries presenting solos, duets, and trios in styles ranging from acro to ballet at levels from novices to advance. They also produced a new category to the event during the festivals consultation process and my was the public entertained. Production dance pieces with beautiful costumes and energised routines being presented by dancers from the age of 3- 70 years old. Being placed in 1st, 2nd and 3rd within many of their entries, they also took the annual awards for Highest Scored Solo - Indala Alvarez Jackson under age 13, and, all of the annual awards for age 13+ section: - Highest Scored Solo - Abbigail Dorrill, Highest Scored Duet, Rhiane Dorrill and Abbigail Dorrill, Highest Scored Group, Highest Scored Adult Group, Highest Marked Acro - Abbigail Dorrill. The most promising dancer from this section of the festival is the young beautiful dancer Abbigail Dorrill who presented many styles and many pieces of choreography confidently at an advanced level of technique and presentation throughout. Principals’ from Dance Extreme, Jodie Powell and Totally Dance, Susan Faulkner sponsored and delivered dance workshops with an awesome atmosphere bringing dance groups together in the fun and enjoyable elements of dance. Dance Extreme with their high energy Urban Street Dance style gained 2nd place in the Advanced Group 13-21 years, 1st and 2nd place in the Intermediate Under 13, and, Highest marked group award in the Under 13. They also presented a sensational 10 minute performance of their skills on the Camposol Fiesta main stage. Totally Dance, a newcomer to competitions, won Novices group and Novices solo 13-21 years, and, gained joint 2nd in the novices Under 13 Group. Principal Susan stated “we have enjoyed ourselves very much in our first competition and will definitely be back next year”. Local dance school, Murcia Dance competed extremely well this year. New dancers are now emerging with much potential and dedication to the beautiful art form of dance. Principal, Louise Bremner is very proud to be working with a committed group of young dancers and their parents. They won 1st and joint 2nd group, 2nd solo and 1st duet under 9 Novices category, Highest Marked Duet Under 13 (Jack Dawson and Shannon Moran) and the lovely Jack Dawson received the Annual Trophy for the Most Promising Dancer. They also gained joint 2nd in the Beginners age 13-21 duet. Exceeding all expectations the support given has truly made

MABS DISPELS THE RUMOURS MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP is Registered Charity number 7261. This number covers MABS in its entirety: four Main Branches (Marina Alta North and South, Murcia and Marbella) and several Branch Area Offices including, Valencia, Jávea, Benidorm, Torrevieja, Calasparra, Fortuna and Mar Menor. MABS HQ is in Jávea and, for the past 12 years, the Group has been run very successfully from this location. In fact, the Group has been getting better and more efficient as the years have gone on. In order to streamline operations, the first Branch Office Directors were appointed in September 2010 to head up the main Branch Offices and their attached Area Offices. In June 2011, it was decided to amalgamate the Mazarrón and Murcia Branches. While most of the Mazarrón volunteers have readily accepted the change, sadly a minority of the volunteers have resigned, considering themselves downgraded to an Area Office. This is not the case; there is no downgrade, simply a new reporting line via MABS Murcia, resulting in smoother running and greater efficiency all round. To dispel any rumours, MABS Committee and all Branch Office Directors feel it essential to let everyone know, whether they be volunteers, members, patients, doctors, nurses, carers, drivers, translators or buddies taking a share in the great work that MABS does, that MABS Mazarrón is alive and well, is growing daily and continues to serve the community which has come to rely on them so much. All MABS events in the Area Office of Mazarrón are going ahead; that includes the Caribbean Night with Barrington on 20th August, the MABS Race for Life on October 23rd and the Christmas Fayre in November. All monies raised in Mazarrón will remain in Mazarrón to help those affected by cancer in that area and, following the completion of a full service and related remedial work, the MABS car continues to be used to transport our patients to and from hospital appointments. Let’s please be clear – at MABS Mazarrón it is business as usual! There are TWO official MABS websites: www. and Any other websites purporting to speak in the name of MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP are nothing to do with registered charity 7261. For more information contact: Lyn Baines, MABS Branch Office Director MURCIA, 693 824 511 Linda Richardson, MABS Publicity and Media Relations, 966 856 379


MFDB an exciting festival to get involved in for anyone interested in dance, the performing arts and cultural activities. It has brought new visitors to the area and truly raised the quality and profile of dance in Mazarron regionally, nationally and internationally. MFDB is in its’ deepest gratitude to all those that made the inspirational and electric atmospheric event possible.

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Well, here we are in the crazy season, people driving up the streets the wrong way, queues in supermarkets and banks where usually there are none. Parking becomes a nightmare, roads cut off or even blocked off. It is the visitors´ season and local fiestas on top! Plus the temperature has rocketed. Well, I suppose it is Spain in July, what more should I expect!!! I have just had three weeks of visitors, great friends and wonderful to see them, but life seems to go on hold as well. The first week was a friend that I met over here then she moved back to the UK a few years ago. She has had her ups n downs, now seems to be doing ok, but in an economy that is hard and job security nil, she is working loads of hours a week just to keep her job, ohh I remember it well. The other two weeks were with a friend I met in the UK over eighteen years ago, now she has been through life´s mill and out the other side, she is satisfied with normalities of life never having million pound dreams or goals. Over the span of time we have watched each other´s children grow up again not without anxieties and stress, she lost her husband very early on in their marriage and has never settled down again; until very recently that is. Life seemed to be flowing along nicely until a few weeks ago, when her 27 year old son was diagnosed with terminal cancer with a forecast of only weeks to live. She came over for a break and to recoup some strength, while she was here he had a

turn for the worse and was rushed back into hospital. With the wonders of modern technology she could talk to him and even see him, which helped put her mind at rest a little. Though the tears flowed after the screen went blank, she is being torn apart with his suffering. Then it hit me, how could I possibly think things were difficult with mundane things like noise, heat and parking a real sense of reality blasted me between the eyes, I am where I want to be, doing what I want to do and being with people I want to be with. I have almost everything I have ever set as goals, but I have been so intensely focused on achieving them that I had not realized just how much I already had. I have sat and re-evaluated my achievements and my goals, I am going in the exact direction that is right for me, at a time in my life that is right to do it. All the rubbish that surrounded me before has fallen by the way side, I firmly closed doors behind me and opened up new avenues. True friendship and seeing what is going on in the lives of people around us, makes us realize how lucky and blessed we actually are. I have not been back to the UK for a couple of years now, but I will be going soon for this funeral to support a friend that has taught me so much, I will go more centred and more grateful than ever. I am sure that I will be bringing a wonderful friend back with me that I can in turn help her to see a bright and new future ahead.

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ALL THE COLOURS... ...IN ALL THE SIZES.... While attending a ‘Flora of Arboleas Day’ my friend Janice innocently asked whether it was possible to grow mimosas in Limaria. The Horticultural Sage of Arboleas (Limaria falls under the jurisdiction of Arboleas) gave her a pitying look, much as you would look at a child before breaking the news that there is no Father Christmas. ‘No’ he pontificated. ‘Nothing grows in Limaria.’ He should know. The Ayuntamiento pays him to know, it is his job, so therefore he must be right. Janice felt crushed. Well, he’s not completely right. Some things do grow. Weeds, for instance, flourish. Somehow they seem to find ample nourishment in the grey shale that passes for soil in our garden, manage to withstand temperatures in the mid forties and will mature, flower and seed with never so much as a drop of water. Plants, by which I mean anything that cost money, are another matter altogether. Firstly it takes a pickaxe to dig a hole in the bedrock for them. Then copious amounts of best growing material go in the cavity created, plus plentiful supplies of fertilizer and enough water to create a small trout lake, and after all that, if I’m lucky, the vigorous healthy specimen that I purchased will shrink to half its size, hang on in there pitifully for a year or two, after which time it will either die or flourish.


Clotted cream teas...yep, clotted cream teas or to be more precise Cornish clotted cream teas and the most memorable locations where I have encountered them. No matter how dire the state of Britain, all of us who have fled into voluntary exile, whether it be Spain or other exotic locations, miss certain aspects of our native land. And so it is with me at this time of year, with England theoretically basking in the full bloom of summer, that I get a hankering for a glorious cream tea, partaken in some tranquil Cornish retreat. I have had cream teas in Sussex, Hampshire and the Lake District; I’ve had them in Norfolk and Wales and once in a Japanese tea house in the Cotswolds. And although it’s often with the county of Devonshire that many people associate clotted cream, it’s still Cornwall that invokes my fondest memories. A bit like the first full-on kiss behind the bike sheds, you always remember that first one, and the very first CCT I treated myself to after I arrived in Cornwall all those years ago, was in the town of Falmouth. I enjoyed it so much, I immediately ordered another which was a big mistake, because having started the proceedings with a Cornish pasty, the fourth and final scone topped with jam and a cushion sized blob of cream proved to be a step too far. I remember staggering greenly away between the other tables packed with cream tea devotees, purposefully keeping my eyes averted, looking neither to jammy left nor creamy right. It was my own stupid fault and a just reward for my gluttony. But far from deterring me from further excursions down the fast lane on the cholesterol highway, it proved to be the start of a lifelong love affair with this oh so British delight. Of course for the very best cream teas, the scones have to be home made jobs, three stories high with strawberry jam similarly made in local kitchens and unlike the mass produced preserve, actually containing real strawberries. It goes without saying that the only cream acceptable as a fitting crown for this regal fare is the clotted variety – never the wishy washy fluffy stuff. That would not do at all. There is no doubt that the taste is exquisite whatever the location,

but I have to say that the very best ones for me need to be served up in bucolic surroundings under a clear blue sky on a perfect summers day, preferably in an English country garden complete with birds tweeting their feathered butts off. If there is water nearby, then we have utter perfection. My most memorable cream teas therefore were on the lawn of a waterside tea gardens near the Cornish village of Helford, and another overlooking the quaint harbour in the achingly pretty fishing village of Mousehole. We had decided to do some exploring on the Helford River in a friends boat to locate the famous Frenchman’s Creek immortalised in the Daphne DuMaurier novel of the same name. We thought we might get a spot of fishing in to complete the day, but at the time a clotted cream tea was not a part of the itinerary. It was a fairly small boat albeit equipped with a throaty and vastly overpowered outboard motor, and we positively flew across the choppy water, the G-forces moulding our faces into plasticine masks. But the little boat was always destined to come off second best when it encountered a half submerged tree fifteen minutes after entering the river. I think I may have said oops or gosh or some such word as we collided noisily with the log that had been lurking crocodile like in our path. We managed to make it to shore – just – before our little tub did a poor man’s impersonation of the Titanic and gave up the ghost with a pathetic glug. Luckily help was at hand in the form of a pub where we telephoned for assistance before settling down to a much needed foaming tankard of something dark and strong, which had the dual effect of calming our spirits and sharpening our appetites. Enter the Olde Worlde Tea Rooms and a stupendous cream tea giving us a memorable end to a questionable day. There was nothing so spectacular in the village of Mousehole – pronounced Mozel. I was visiting for the first time, and had sampled the famous Star Gazey Pie at lunch time; you know the one – the pie with the pilchard heads sticking up through the crust. And then it was time for afternoon tea. Unfortunately my companion was less than interesting company - who tended to spoil everything he said by talking, and had


Apart from weeds, Limaria, or at least our particular patch of it, grows pests. But why, given a rich harvest of weeds and a paltry side order of plants, do the pests only attack the already beleaguered plants? Every type of creepy crawlie known to entomologists is to be found digging enthusiastically around the roots, licking their lips in eager anticipation of the underground feast awaiting them. The air is thick with flying things, all equipped with either sharp stings or sharp teeth. Bees are radically outnumbered by endless permutations of wasp and grasshopper, all intent on consuming every trace of greenery. No fruit has a chance to even half ripen before the birds are chivvying for position and pecking it into oblivion – I suppose I should be thankful that they don’t come knocking on the door demanding sugar and cream to go with their stolen sweets. We have spiders capable of manufacturing high tensile rope. We have aphids in black, grey, green, yellow and white. We have the entire range of ants, from XXXXS to XXXXL. In fact, we have all the pests in all the colours and all the sizes!

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‘Cast Off’.......... We’re going to take a short break from the normal content this week and have a look at some of your emails. So….I received an interesting email from Glen Dawes & his family. As well as some of my regular listeners to my radio shows. Yes, gang. I am renovating my boat. It’s a 1967 German Marina Werft Carina class sailboat. It’s the second boat I’ve renovated, having said, (foolishly!), I wouldn’t do it again. I saw it late last year and fell in love with her. Now, let me explain a couple of things to you about this process. Firstly; Your learning curve on the ‘DIY chart’ will resemble an upturned banana! Secondly; The trepidation you may feel can easily be matched by the joy of doing this job with good mates, family and the right amount of humour. If you’re prepared to watch your mast being gently placed on the marina, to attach an anenometer, (that’s the wind speed thingymajig)…with all manner of things, such as fag packets, pliers and hammers all gently placed

more rabbit than Watership Down. But I was determined to enjoy my clotted cream sojourn overlooking the harbour, and it was good . . . very good. So good in fact that the gentleman shut up for ten minutes and agreed with me afterwards that life was all about moments like that. It was the most interesting thing I had heard him say, and just for a moment I warmed to him, sitting there unusually quiet with a blob of j a m m y cream on the end of his nose.

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Do you believe in black magic? Evil omens? Or is everything bad that happens to us just sheer bad luck? During my 20 years in Spain I have heard many stories about people who moved to this “land of opportunities” with 365 days of sunshine, only to find themselves at rock bottom a couple of months/years later. Among us “old timers” in Expat life this joke has circulated for years: How to create a small fortune in Spain? …………. Arrive with a big one! I tend to believe that we ourselves have created the hardships a lot of Expats find themselves in. We cannot put all the blame on the economic crisis. It is not many years ago that I had the feeling that a lot of us arrived here with a “Boeing degree” – boarding the plane in our home-country with no skills, and disembarking as electricians, sales reps, builders etc. I always wondered whether the qualifications were drawn out of a hat during the flight – and had nightmares of being on board and have drawn “brain surgeon” ………. I would have been without a job immediately! Many years ago I took a course to improve my Spanish. My Spanish teacher told me a story about an Expat, who was a pupil of his, and who needed an electrician to come to his house. My teacher recommended an honest and qualified electrician that arrived as promised and fixed the problem. When the time came to pay, the electrician asked for an amount between 4-5,000 ptas. (it was that long ago – long before the euro). And what did the dum-dum do? He gave him a 10,000 ptas note and told him to keep the rest! Why do Spanish people think that we foreigners are loaded???? Would you buy a house in Sussex from a picture – or a fancy architect’s drawing? Or for that matter anywhere else in the UK. Would you buy without having a lawyer with you – yeah, we “hate” lawyers, but they are a necessary evil in property purchases ………. in the UK! But in Spain, we happily trust the nice sales person, who looks us straight in the eyes and assures us that we cannot go wrong with the purchase, and that the demand for that property is so high that we have to close the deal a.s.a.p. to ensure we are in the front of queue. Why on earth do Spanish people think that we foreigners are naive???????? The number of times I have heard Expats saying: “Our Spanish neighbours are really great and they are our best friends!” are uncountable. Yeah, we have had one of those too. You get dragged in at all times and stuffed with tocino, morcilla, over-sugared sweets and desserts, and all kinds of strange food, which you are supposed to enjoy, but in reality find appalling. They invite their family and friends to “view” you, and they have a great time. As you do not understand half of what is said, you just stand there with a foolish grin on your face, saying “si” and “no” on all the wrong places, pretending that you have understood every word. Why do Spanish people think that we foreigners are silly?????? Though it is getting more expensive to eat in restaurants, we all still allow ourselves the luxury of having a meal out once in a while – especially if we are on holiday or have holiday visitors. We order food and wine, and the nice waiter brings us our order with a big smile ………. in anticipation of a table full of inebriated foreigners, who will order more intoxicating liquor than solid food and leave big tips. A table like that is so much easier to handle, as a mistake – deliberate or not – is easily forgiven. Not like the Spanish at the next table, who are extremely demanding, only drink alcohol together with the food and leave the rest of the bottle, and are very tight with the tips. Why in the world do Spanish people think that we foreigners are all drunkards???? These are just few examples of my experiences, but may foreigners that I have talked to who have been living here for years, and been integrated in the Spanish society, have told me the same. And several of my Spanish contacts have expressed the above perceptions about us foreigners. So, yeah – Been there, done it, and have the Tshirt. On the back it says: Rico, ingenuo, imbécil y borracho guiri! I do not need it, so are there any takers? Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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guest then took to the dance floor, dancing until the early hours to the fantastic music of Brat Pack style singer Paul Allen.

Teeing off at 10 am with a shotgun start 80 golfers enjoyed the stunning Course on a hot June Day with the days event well organised by John Stephenson, and all the publicity materials and associated printing donated by Graeme and Gill of Canal Print.

Speaking to the guests on behalf of the Costa Blanca Samaritans was their President Steve Ashley. Steve thanked all those present and the many Companies and individuals who had sponsored the events for their fantastic input and support. Going on to say that the event coincided with news that the Costa Blanca Samaritans are now to become the ” Samaritans in Spain” as they are receiving calls from all over Spain on their helpline 902 88 35 35 and the call centres are now open 7 nights a week from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. offering non judgemental emotional support to the distressed. The over four thousand euro raised on the days event was a fantastic amount and everyone is looking forward to the next one also at Las Colinas on the 16th June 2012. Enquires about this event should be sent to

Sponsored by The Rental & Sales Centre Villamartin and Los Dolces, John Williams presented four flat screen t.v´s to the winning “Steve´s Dream Team. Many Companies donated large prizes for the golf including the sports wear Company Levente & Lebache who not only gave all players a hat they supplied the third prize of four golfing outfits won by Ladies team headed by Tina Coppen Also up for grabs but not won on the day, was a car for a hole in one supplied by Talleres Martinez of San Miguel. The car a new Ford Focus in an unusal golden finish was parked on the par 3 14th Hole attracted much interest and added extra fun with attempts to win it on the day. The evening Dinner Dance, organised by the Costa Blanca Samaritans Fundraiser Denise Brown, was also a sell out with 80 guests enjoying a four course meal at the fabulous outdoor setting of the Las Colinas Clubhouse to the music of the L A Concert Band. The

During the evening the Grand Draw took place with prizes such as a new set of Big Bertha Callaway Clubs, a weeks golfing holiday in Marrakech donated by Mohamed of a full list of prize winners is available from Canal Print CC Rioja or by contacting Denise at:


For a number of years the Help Association Diabetic Support Group has successfully provided support and advice for those who have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes, as well as for people who have learnt to live with this condition. The aim of this group is to: • Provide up-to-date information concerning medical and practical developments in the management of diabetes. • Use guest speakers to provide information on a variety of subjects of interest to attendees. • Have a lively exchange of information between anyone attending. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 11.00 a.m. at Hoggies Bar in San Luis, Torrevieja, and is fully funded by the Help Association Vega Baja so is free of any annual or monthly fees. If you think that you could benefit from this group, or can contribute advice or experience about living with diabetes, you can be sure of a warm welcome from likeminded people. For further information please contact one of our offices: San Miguel de Salinas Tel: 966 723 733 Torrevieja Office Tel: 965 704 282 Or visit our website:





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1 tbsp sunflower or groundnut oil 2 peppers (one red, one yellow), deseeded and thickly sliced 250g pack shiitake or chestnut mushrooms 250g/9oz long-grain rice (not the easy-cook type) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 heaped tsp five-spice powder 3 tbsp dry Sherry (optional but worth it) 140g/5oz frozen petits pois 1 tsp sesame oil 2 eggs, beaten Bunch spring onions, sliced diagonally 1 tbsp light soy sauce, or more if you like

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mushrooms. Fry over a high heat for three minutes or until starting to soften and turn golden. Turn down the heat, then stir in the rice, garlic and five-spice. Sizzle for two minutes, then splash in the sherry, if using, and top up with 350ml hot water. Cover the pan and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until all of the liquid has gone and the rice is tender, stirring now and again. Add the peas for the final few minutes. Heat another frying pan, add a drop of the sesame oil, then add the eggs. Swirl around the pan to make a thin omelette. Once set, turn out on to a board, roll up and shred thinly. Tip the egg and spring onions on to the rice, fluff up with a fork, season with soy sauce and sesame oil, then serve.

Monty’s Bar and Restaurant has been owned by Andy and Chrissie Rothwell for over two years and they pride themselves in their commitment to great customer service, as well as a friendly and pleasant atmosphere. They enjoy being able to offer a relaxing atmosphere that a bar offers, but at the same time offering the choice of a varied full menu, a tempting 2 course Menu Del Dia every day for only 6.95,our famous Monday 5 euro meal deal which includes wine is so popular that it will now be available every Friday from 5pm to 9pm. Monty’s Bar prides itself in preparing fresh meals with fresh ingredients to a high standard and is fast becoming well known for its high class meals and great prices. Monty’s Bar is located just inside Urb. Montebello, Algorfa which is just off the Zoco market roundabout, and offers a

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warm welcome to any one of our functions, such as the free entertainment we have each Friday night, or Bingo on a Tuesday night. The Auction held each Wednesday from 1pm offers everyone the opportunity to sell and buy any household goods at great prices in a fun atmosphere. Our customers can also keep the gray matter in order by attending our quiz night every Thursday evening where prizes can be won, even the losers win a prize!! Saturday night is Karaoke night, with a great deal on a shot and mixer for only 1euro to help the not so brave along to get up and sing! Montys Bar team consists of Jean and Kelly in the kitchen creating delicious meals and Carol, Jade, Jodie, Ellis and Suzanne all waiting to serve you with a smile. Andy and Chrissie take a hands on role in the day to day running of Monty’s so you will be sure to greeted by one of them at some

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Los Amigo’s de Mazarron F.C. Los Amigos de Mazarron FC held a very successful press conference at the Hotel La Cumbre on 14th July to announce details of the 3rd Annual Gala Evening and Dinner in support of Mazarron Football Club. It will be held at the Hotel La Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 08 February 2012 and is being jointly sponsored by New Images, the No. 1 Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon and Nail Bar of Centro Commercial, Sector B, Camposol, and Ibex Insurance of C.C. Upper Local 2, Avda Doctor Mesa S/N, Puerto de Mazarron. Dave Marks, the President of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC welcomed an invited audience to the press conference. Guests included the Mayor of Mazarron, Gines Campillo Mendez and his wife, the Councillor for Sport, Andres Valera Hernandez, Kelly Ensor, and the President of Mazarron Football Club, Jose Miguel Rodriguez. Representatives of the local media were also in attendance along with guests who had supported the previous two Los Amigos Gala Dinners either as sponsors of VIP guests. Dave Capper, Press Officer for

Los Amigos then announced that the guest speaker for the 2012 dinner would be the former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers striker, Duncan McKenzie. Duncan is considered to be one of the funniest after dinner speakers on the football circuit and his speaking engagements have taken him all over the world. Master of Ceremonies will again be comedian Justin Sane who was such a success at this year’s dinner. Justin will be performing his hilarious comedy act during the evening which will also feature music and dancing to the fabulous Beagles. Former Sheffield United, Leeds and England international, Tony Currie, who was a guest at this year’s dinner, will also be in attendance. Both Mr Marks and Mr Capper paid tribute to everyone who had helped to make the 2010 and 2011 Gala Dinners such a success, raising over €5,000 in total, and in particular to New Images who were sponsoring the event for the third year running. When the formalities were over, the guests retired to the terrace at the Hotel with spectacular views over-


PEGO Art Studio......................................... looking the Bay of Mazarron, and enjoyed a refreshing glass of sangria and light refreshments. Tickets for the 2012 Gala Evening and Dinner, which include a four course meal with coffee and local beer, house wine and soft drinks during the serving of dinner, are €40 each. There are also a very limited number of VIP tickets available at €50 each. The VIP tickets include admission to a VIP reception to welcome Duncan McKenzie and Tony Currie to Mazarron. This will be held at Don Ricardo’s Restaurant, Puerto de Mazarron on Monday 06 February and will include a welcome drink, buffet and the opportunity to chat to Duncan and Tony in informal surroundings. The event is sure to sell out quickly so, to avoid disappointment, you can reserve your tickets by telephoning Andy on 634 040990, Dave on 600 631956 or by calling at the Trevi Bar any Thursday between 3pm and 4pm prior to the Los Amigos de Mazarron weekly meeting. Photo: copyright

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ROJALEs ..................................................... Cuevas del Rodeo Friday night live music at the bar from 10pm

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

Atesorar España (Treasuring Spain) At Bancaja Cultural Centre in Valencia, & Bancaja Cultural Centre in Alicante daily until 13th November featuring 345 snapshots that capture Spain at the time of the great artist Joaquín Sorolla. The exhibition depicts photographic visions of Spain at the time of the Valencian artist, through images captured in the second half of the 19th Century and the first three decades of the 20th Century by some twenty photographers. Martin the artist in Rojales Artist/photographer, Spain & UK www.CostaArt.Net


Spanish Classes by Spanish Teacher (also speaks English) organized by Vecinos Colaborando Association (Crime Watch Spain) every Thursday from 10.00 to 13.00hrs. Tel. 965 992 838 or 628 942 089.

ety and one of Spain’s largest collections CATRAL.......................................................... Using watercolour, pastels or acrylics these of vintage motorcycles. There is also a sou- Lawn Bowls for Pensioners every Tuesday from 10.00 to 12.00hrs, organized by are small classes on Monday and Friday venir shop. Open daily 10:00-14:00 and Vecinos Colaborando Association (Crime Watch Spain). afternoons at Playa Paraiso, La Manga. For 16:00-21:00. Closed Mondays except fesThe Rojales Panto group Needs you further information contact Bee Tel: 968 tivals. For further details and booking Tel: The Rojales Panto group are in the process of re forming due to the resignation 968 136 656. 564 416 or 670 353 738 of their President Bridget Oldroyd.

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Every Friday Weekly quiz night with prizes commencing at 21:00, Potters Bar, Calle Mar Menor. For further information contact Karen Tel: 968 137 459


Every Thursday and Friday From: Friday 1 July 2011 To: Wednesday 31 August 2011 Exercise with aqua-aerobics on la Mota beach in San Pedro del Pinatar between the hours of 17.30 and 18.30. The aqua-aerobics will be placed next to the lifeguard and rescue point. There is no need to book a place, just turn up, as there is no charge

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Charity Race Night

Saturday July 30th at Henry’s Bar, Rio Nalon, Los Alcazares From 21:00. Details tel: Lesley 620 287 189

Second Hand Goods Sale

We were very disappointed with the Theatre in Rojales last year and are looking at new venues We are hoping to stage a Pantomime in Jan/Feb 2012 although it could be December this year also a Musical Production in the autumn of 2012 and require actors, dancers, singers and any one willing to help in any capacity. Anyone with experience of directing Pantomimes would also be most helpful. Our aim is to raise money for Local charities whilst having a good time so if you are interested in joining us please contact Chris 965 077 090 or Julie 96 672 2371 or email for more information on the group

HELP Murcia Mar Menor.......................... Clothes, bric-a-brac, books and furniture HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR are very grateful for the assistance we receive Brenda’s 2nd hand shop in Estrella, Los from JET 2 airline. Goods left on airplanes are kept for three months and then Urrutias donated to charity. For some time now Jet 2 have been donating them to our charity, and as a result we are able to assist others. As an example, the Details from Brenda: 648 735 540



last donation from them included spectacles which we pass on through the opticians in Dos Mares to needy people in third world countries; a pushchair and good quality clothes which we gave to the Samaritanos charity in San Pedro del Pinatar who look after local poor people, and other goods which we sold at our Car Boot stall, which is held at the Autocine, Los Narejos, on Sundays, to enable us to continue the work of helping anyone who is in need of assistance in the Murcia province. If anyone has unwanted goods they would like to donate it would be much appreciated. We are also always looking for volunteers to help our Hospital Visitors, Office Volunteers or Fundraisers. If you can help please contact the office between 10.00 and 13.30, Monday to Friday, in person or ring 968 570 059. Our office is at Calle Penelope no 11, Urbanizacion Oasis, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares.



...COMMUNITY NEWS 30 July 2011 Salón de Actos, Castelar College, San Pedro del Pinatar

An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber.......................

Melody Makers International, with the exciting young voices of the Cantemos! Children’s Choir perform music from Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, ,Cats, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more. Conducted by Mr Nigel Hopkins. Concert begins at 20:00 Tickets €6 are available from Castelar College Reception Monday to Friday from 09:00 - 15:00.

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10th Anniversary on 16th July. Call for more details. Live music every Thursday. Spanglish karaoke every Saturday. Showing all Sky Sports on 3 TVs. La Manga Strip. Tel: 616 056 048

Fitzers Irish Bar.................. Every Thursday - Quiz night with Open the Box - 10pm Every Friday night - Live music Every Saturday night - Karaoke Every Sunday - Live music with Brian “The Dog” Los Narejos Tel. 696 096 023

Car Boot Sale....................... Costa Calida Country Music Every Sun. Weekly at the Autocine, St Javier. On the Club .............................................. N332 between San Javier and Los Alcazares follow signs for Bastilla Loop. Commencing at 09:00-14:00

Music & Barbeque Night.....

On: Thursday 21 July 2011. Music and barbecue night at the Café Golf San Javier, featuring Alan Warden. Located at Avenida de la Union 92 Local Number 8. Tickets priced at 7.50 per person or purchase 2 tickets and pay €14.00. For more information, start time and bookings call 666 766...

La Molata, Cañada de Alhama Friday 19th August Club 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

Abba tribute band sunday carvery................... Abbacadabra........................ Freshly carved pork, beef or gammon, choice of starters On: Saturday 23 July 2011 Abbacadabra performs at Time Out Sports Bar and Restaurant, Ave de la Union. From 21:15. Tickets €15. Children under 10 €5. Buffet included. Booking required. Contact Sue or Gary for information. Tel: 968 192 418 or email:

and dessert. From 8.95€ served 1pm - 6pm. Children under 8 years 1/2 price El Fraile Bar and Restaurant, Los Nietos Telephone for details 968 133 380

La Sal Craft Market...........

Festival ‘La Mar de Músicas, Special Italy’. Various venues in Cartagena. Tickets or at

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Jenna at Nobby’s Cantina.

Every Tue. The Welsh Diva, Jenna, sings live every Tuesday night. Food available throughout the evening. Take N332 to La Manga, follow signs for Club Nautico La Isleta

8th to 23rd July........................ the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo.

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.

Monday 18 July 2011............. PALS OCTOBER MINI CRUISE....... The Arches café bar and restaurant, Los Alcazares, presents an evening of saxophone music and vocals by Shirelle . Located at Calle de Penelope, El Oasis, For more information, start times, availability and bookings call Alison, Derrick, or Sam on 653 081 341.

THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1730 on the first Wednesday of each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.

Saturday night specials... specials Saturday menus at El Fraile Bar and Restaurant, Los Nietos Telephone for details 968 133 380

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.

8th to 23rd July Festival ‘La Mar de Músicas ...................

Special Italy’. Various venues in Cartagena. Tickets or at the box-office at the Nuevo Teatro Circo

Friday Fish ‘n Chips Evenings

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Thursday Quiz Night .......... PALS - Madrid Getaway............. Starting 8pm - Great prizes El Fraile Bar and Restaurant, Los Nietos Telephone for details 968 133 380

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

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- 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 - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s

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- Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - 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

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- Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - 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

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- Steak Night at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€

Sund ay

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for sale

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Can be tried and you only need to ring for appoinment. Manual included. Mazarron Tel Frank 968199984 G e n u i n e softub (not 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@ 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

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holiday lets


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


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




647 151 972


mosquito blinds

Excellent Holiday Rental Rate for Quality apartment Isla Plana. • Roller Shutters & Persianas 2 double bedrooms. • Mosquito Roller Blinds Spacious & tastefully furnished • Security locks & Grills throughout. Secure small complex • Windows & Doors with parking, lift & disabled access. • Glass Available during August

only 145€ weekly inc Tel: 672 852 360 jewellery


We Fit, Repair or replace

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


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

TEL: 606 564 840

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

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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@




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‘dates also available in august’

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

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

Contact CASASOL REAL ESTATE tel: 965 325 601 Email:

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 mojacar site INCLUDING A 3 BED HOUSE Nr Quesada for 66,000€ yes call now There are v a r 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 215,000€ 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

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we shift most things


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E MAIL: davendonc@aol. com

Anthony Foster Local moves & deliveries Playa Flamenca

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Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

Wanted Scrap Gold

Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374

Kitchen Oven

Must be in good working order


For more details


WANTED Commercial gas or electric

Mob: 616820232 Office: 966 188 649

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

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

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Vehicles registration



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

622 684 486



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

619 608 270

699 805 995

CASH CASH CASH Same day collection

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in good condition Automatic selection.


Cabriolets! Automatic Cars!

€7,450 Auto saloon also in stock

bargain cars

Gearbox Repairs, WANTED ALL VEHICLES Automatics & Manuals, all makes Cars, Motorhomes, 4x4’s, Boats, Vans, Trailers, Quads, Classics

634 159 139

605 319 889 or 966 753 375


Porsche Boxster RHD,Spanish reg July ‘02 - Cabriolet 3.2S Flat Six (252bhp) Auto/Tiptronic 84,000 kms, 2 owners Full Porsche history A/C (Climate) Multi-spoke alloys Remote locking, Alarm Navy Power Hood Porsche CD System Met silver + navy leather

vehicles for sale

Alan 662 249 159

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

Ford Focus 2007 5 door hatch 1.8 TDCi, 70,000 kms 2 owners Full service history A/C (Climate) Beautiful 17” alloys PAS, ABS, Cruise High spec model Bluetooth, CD Rear privacy glass Rear park sensors Metallic black

motorhomes jet ski & caravans wanted, cash jet ski 155hp with shuttle craft, waiting, anything concidered. 647 spanish papers 647 587 855 / 950 459 587 855 / 950 459 010 010 www.hispavan. gearbox repairs com

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Vehicles wanted

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wanted cars for cash Best

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From 1€ to 10,000€

Call Phil: 607 848 332


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

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

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

Certificates issued

prices paid


Call Tim:


Spanish / English Anything considered

662 211 993


TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763



The Rich Getting Rick Stein films his Spanish cooking Richer - AGAIN series at Villa La Era in Málaga

A newspaper clipping has caught my eye - remember the shock of the Lorca earthquake? Then, in the papers for the next many days the terrible scenes; displaced people, no where to go, a tent city was erected—but after all they’ve gone through, they just want to be home. But, they can’t. Their homes are still as damaged today as they were on the following morning of the tragedy. Why? How come? More than 95% of the insurance companies haven’t paid out—ANYTHING to ANYONE. They want to keep their money, not pay it off to the survivors. Just like the banks, money, is only for them and their use. This tale I pass along to you isn’t just a topical hic-cup of the times, it is fully the way things work over here. Almost all of those injured people will have insult added to their plights as they will need to initiate law suits that the multi-faceted companies will drag on forever and eternity. Why? Well, their earning interest on someone else’s money and it’s for free (if you are callous enough to forget the tragedy). And there isn’t a court in the land to force them to speed up their actions. Some of the media are pawning off the 15M protestors as rabble, illiterate criminals and anarchist looking for a fight, but in reality Spain’s daily legal system is almost non existent. I cannot help but feel a twinge of pain nightly when I view the Arab spring time revolutions because the reality of obtaining a civil society is brought about by hundreds of years of litigation and popular protests to arrive at a working modus operandi. Right now, the banks control everything, including the law and morality. Nearby sits a quiet church looking intently the other way. Most certainly, not uttering a peep! Did you see the clergy in the news photos helping clear the wreckage? Or aiding the distraught? Everything has become so departmentalized. Spain is long over due for a proper purging of the elite and the banks. And as we all know, the “change” won’t come from the politicians! Well, who then?

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

Villa La Era has opened its doors to Rick Stein, the renowned chef and cookery writer of BBC television, who along with his production team have stayed at Villa La Era for two weeks to film 12 of the 140 recipes found in Rick Stein´s latest cook book: “Rick Stein’s Spain: 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track”. The recipes prepared and filmed at Villa La Era are part of the new DVD Rick Stein’s Spain, which goes on sale July 14. Rick Stein´s Spain is a series consisting of four programmes to be broadcast on BBC2 over the summer which depict the customs of Spanish cuisine. With a long history as a chef and writer in the UK and Australia, Stein wanted to capture traditional Spanish cuisine leaving behind the stereotypes to get close to the cookery of ordinary people demonstrating the quality and finesse of the truly typical and traditional dishes. Denhams, the English production company in charge of making the series, selected Villa La Era as a purely Andalusian location which stands out in its natural surroundings showing the wonderful views of Casarabonela and the whole region. All of the dishes in this series have been prepared and filmed in the kitchen of Villa La Era, a fitting stage for the DVD. This production is the result of the trip by Rick Stein and his team through the various Spanish regions, where you can see the chef’s easy manner with the people and the marvelous scenery of the cities that give light to the Spanish cuisine. Among these are images of the exterior of Villa La Era and the village of Casarabonela. So taken with the views from La Era Stein decided that this was to be the backdrop for the cover of the DVD, where he appears cooking on the terrace of Villa La Era with Casarabonela present in the background. The production broadcast on BBC2, sure to enhance tourism, is a very important opportunity for the projection and recognition of the village of Casarabonela, being seen on British television and internationally through the sale of the DVD. This is a program that has a large number of viewers and followers after the already broadcast French Odyssey, Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, Seafood Odyssey, Fresh Food, Seafood Lovers’ Guide and two sets of Food Heroes. Villa La Era: During its years as a hotel, and open to its guests, there was a restaurant serving international and fusion cuisine led by Isabel Manrara. She a self-taught cook of Cuban-American origin living here in Spain since 1974 with great passion for food and experimenting with new recipes from different cuisines.

Isabel was behind the scenes and present during the cooking sessions at La Era´s kitchen together with Stein and the production team, able to see firsthand how all the recipes were prepared. Gastro-Villa: Cooking classes with recipes from Rick Stein - On the occasion of the filming of Rick Stein´s Spain and the current demand for cooking classes, Villa La Era is

planning to develop for the autumn months a formative program, offered by the owner of Villa La Era, Isabel Manrara, where a variety of the recipes found in the English chefs new book, Rick Stein´s Spain: 140 New Recipes Inspired by My Journey Off the Beaten Track, will be the basis for these courses. Accommodation and cooking classes that introduce Spanish and Andalusian cuisine in an Andalusian landscape through Stein´s latest book. A comprehensive program that includes accommodation and various gastronomical activities: Spanish cooking classes based on Ricks recipes, market visits and regional wine tasting. You can also perform activities in the area such as hiking, horseback riding and many other activities. Located in a strategic position, Villa La Era offers many opportunities for cultural tourism, a place from which you can visit cities such as Málaga, Ronda, Granada and Seville. In addition, the Villa organizes visits to the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Alhambra in Granada, and so on.

For more information please contact Head of Press, Marina Diaz-Cabrera at Tlf:659 345 881 or 649 199 569

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8.500 €

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

968 461 404 - 630 810 299 E-mail:


Reservations 968 566 410 / 656 532 491

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

We have over 20,000 square metres of secure parking


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Two detached villa shells built upto and including roofs 125m2 built on flat 3000m2 plot Secluded position, unspoilt countryside views across orange and lemon groves front and rear

• Each villa spec: 3 beds / 2 baths. Size 125m2 • Space for pools (10x12) • Exceptional uninterrupted views of orange and lemon groves to front & rear • Situated between Almanzora & Arboleas overlooking Almanzora valley • 10 minutes to nearest town with all amenities • Inland country setting, but only 30 minutes to coast. • Ideal for builder to complete internals.

Private Sale

Price includes both builds and land of 3000m2. Priced to sell at


Fully Legal & with Full Title Deeds Must be viewed to appreciate this golden opportunity To view call: 609 199 394 / 647 379 878 / 950 064 801

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Quesada Golf Society............................................ MAGGOTS END............................... Las Colinas - 13th July 2011. Another super day for golf, sun shinning and a good cooling breeze,Las Colinas was in good condition and the greens were great to putt on,the format of the day was a single stableford,with the second round of our annual Eclectic Comp being played.After the game we were given a free drink by the club which was very welcome after 18 holes. We then returned to the Q.C.C.for a great buffet laid on by Lyn and Charlie many thanks from the members and guests. Results on the day were 1st with 33 pointson c/b was John Dunnion, 2nd on c/b with 33 points was Sue Smith 3rd with 32 points was John King. Nearest the Pins, hole 5 Brian Smith, hole 7 John Simmons, hole10 Brian Smith, hole 14 Brian Smith, and hole 17 John Simmons.


Nearest the pin in 3 shots par 5 , hole 18 John King. The Roy Trophy was won by Norman Lewis. Reminders for Members,Thursday July 28th, Barbecue at Q.C.C. the

next Members Meeting is at Q.C.C. 10:30am on 16th August, we now take a short break and the next game is at El Plantio on the 24th August. Reporter Brian (The Smiler)

FCTorreGolf at El Plantio 12th July................ What a day, overcast, sultry, obviously very warm, some good scores and a course in excellent condition for what was a great game at an amazing price of €35 including a buggy for a morning tee time. Not obtainable anywhere other than through FCTorreGolf. We will do this

rate again when we go back on the 23rd.August. It was, as usual, a Stableford Competition with Winners 1st. Brian Mulligan 40 points 2nd. Brian Coombes 38 points 3rd. El Presidente 36 points 4th. Trevor Hodgson 33 points Nearest the pins Hole 9.

Dave Leete Hole 18 Brian Mulligan Best Guest. Mark Palmer 38 points. Some date changes to our games will take place over the next few weeks with a very, very special offer to us from Vistabella Golf at a price of €45 to cover 2 players with buggy for 2 games For those interested in joining us, playing golf at great courses for the best rates available on the Costas and supporting football in the Torrevieja area please contact Or call him on 626 774 157 Other details of what is going/ gone on with both the football and golf may be found on our web site Photograph of the winners on the day, left to right Mark Palmer, Dave Leete, Brian Mulligan, Trevor Hodgson, Brian Coombes and David Winder.

This weeks competition was the Memorial match for one of our committee members who sadly passed away several years ago. The venue ( one of his favourites ) was the Embalse de Argos. The water level is only now starting to recede, but is still higher than normal for this time of the year. The day as usual, was hot with the wind blowing from all directions. The carp are not showing as they used to. The big weights coming from the barbel population. Top rods on the day 1st Doug ( The Welsh Goldminer ) fishing the feeder using pellet with 42.76 kilo´s. 2nd Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the feeder using pellet with 23.40 kilo´s. 3rd Paul ( Poco Loco ) Baxter fishing the pole using paste with 17.78 kilo´s. A word of caution when fishing especially with a pole NEVER let go of it when there is a baited hook in the water. One angler found to his cost as he supported his pole´s, top 3 section between his knees to get a drink and within a nano second, 3 sections were in the lake, and even with a feeder rod to try and hook the section he watched it slowly disappear into the depths. You have been warned.


This week we fished the River Segura for the 3rd round of the Summer Series on 12th July. The pegs on this stretch are in urgent need of bank clearing, if all the local fishing clubs would get together and organise a working party it could be cleared in no time at all, previously only half a dozen fisherman have taken an interest and turned up on the day. The flow of water was greater this week than ever and with no recent rain the water must be coming from the Reservoir. This is drained off from sluices at the bottom of the Dam and is cold and contains little oxygen, this affects the fishes feeding habits. 1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using bread and paste with 12.480kg 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell

fishing the pole using pellet with 8.240kg 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen fishing the pole using paste and bread with 7.420kg. All details available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368


Members recently had a fishing trip to Murcia on the River Segura which was enjoyed by all: Winner; David Hoare, Second; Alan Roscoe, Third: John Theaker. Another friendly match is planned for the autumn. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 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: (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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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


This week we played San Miguel who are second in the league. We needed the points to help us rise from the 4th position and San Miguel, who have won the league for the last 2 years, hoped to take points from us so that they could get nearer to the leaders. It was a close contest, each team winning 4 of the disciplines with San Miguel winning the overall shots by 1. Points Quesada 8 San Miguel 10 Winning teams away, singles Bill Pain,21 - 15, pairs Veronica Sale, Nick Birch 21 - 12, trips David

Bourne, John Bromley, Pearl Houghton, 21- 12 and at home rinks John Muldoon, Nigel Baigent, George Carnell, Brian Houghton 18 - 10

and have free nibbles and wine on the terrace. Any queries please contact our secretary Glynis Chapman on 965 724 885



For all new bowlers and those just visiting the area don’t forget we have our twice weekly casual bowlers sessions. During the heat of the summer we get together on Wednesday and Saturday at 4:30pm to start bowling at 5pm. All are welcome so please come along and join in. On Saturday 30th July we will be holding an Open Day for new bowlers or bowlers new to the area. From 10am to 4:30pm we will have members there to help with instruction, mini games or just to talk about the club and the various types of membership. All the equipment and bowls are here, so come along and join in

There was a bit of an improvement for the Tigers at home to Horadada in the Kings Cup Blue league this week. The rink of Maggie and Steve Gray, Tina Brinton and George Radmore won an extremely tight and low scoring game 12-11 on the last end, and in the trips, after a slow start, Margaret Smith, George Skinner and Joe Brinton fought back to win 21-17. The pairing of Linda Armstrong and Nick Birch never got going and gave their opponents too much of a start and Phil and Mary Lockley in their respective singles matches made valiant attempts to win but both fell just short at the end . Overall Quesada 71 shots - 4 points

Horadada 91 shots - 8 points This week the Lions were away to Emerald Isle Barons and we knew we would be in for a tough game. In the event we both came away with 6 points each which enabled us to remain at the top of our League. In the Ladies singles Ruth Birch took on Pam Lockett and although in the early stages Pa was well in the lead, Ruth made a great come back but was unable to win the game. The men’s singles this week matched Jackie Breslin against Malcolm Parsons and the eventual outcome never looked in doubt with Jackie taking a strong lead which he maintained and won the game 21-13. In the pairs Veronia Sale and Jason Prokopowycz were 9 shots all at the halfway point, but with the heat taking it’s toll and then Jason taking a nasty tumble on the fourteenth end the Barons’ duo on Tom Dalgleish and Roy Cordell went on to take the game. Our stars this week were

the triples team of Diane Lawton, Pearl Houghton and John Muldoon who won their game 31-6 against Sandra Burrows, Barbara Brown and Roy Rawlings. Great praise for Pearl from her team mates for an excellent display of bowling. The fours of Norma Lamberton, Dave Donovan, Deidre Leeming and Derek Sale were matched against Sally Cordell, Arthur Brown, Mel O’Dell and Gerry Wells . Some excellent bowling by both teams saw the heads changing end after end In League 2 of the SABA Men’s 4 wood pairs this week there was a confidence boosting win against Monte Mar. At home Phil Lockley and John Bromley had a comfortable 28-11 win while at Monte Mar, George Carnell and Dave Donovan ‘did their bit’ towards an overall win with a 17-15 victory.




Murcia League Ryder Cup & Presentation to winners of League 2011..... With the battle of Alimo over & Hacienda overcoming The Amigos from Camposol by 32pts to 19pts so leapfrogging their near neighbors into third place .So the final placings are as follows Champions for the second year in succession Diamontes with 322pts In second place this years runnerup: Roco -Gogs with 280pts. In third place & yesterdays winners: Hacienda Del Alimo - 265 pts; Fourth Place: Camposol Amigos - 260pts; Fifth Place: San- Javier - 256pts; Sixth Place: Roda Golf - 253pts; Seventh Place: Sensol - 248pts; Eighth Place: La Manga 243pts; Ninth Place: Sucina - 214pts; Tenth Place: S P Crew - 203pts I would like to thank all who took

part in the league as you can see this is a most exiting format which has gone to the last game I would also like to thank our two sponsors Mick the Grip & 1000 euro Grab a Grand for their support.

ball 2& a half each but in the four ball Roco-Gogs took Diamontes apart by winning all but one of the games (i wont say who the Roco Gogs players were) A resounding win for the League runners up by 12pts to 8pts.

What a way to close the 2011 Murcia League with a format which embraces all that makes match play the best form of our wonderful sport . Diamontes who won the league for the second year taking on the runners up RocoGogs in a challenge match each team selecting twenty players each with ten players each from the other societies .Ten single matches five two ball & five four ball the result being in the singles a close game 5&a half to Roco- Gogs to 4&a half to Diamontes in the two

Isabel Garcia Director of Golf presented the trophy to Roco Gogs captain Denis McCormack who in turn thanked his team for their effort & sec Alex Mclennan for his work in running the league. Alex then thanked the sponsors, players,& the various courses that the league played during the last year Also the staff at La Serena for the first class meal.the winners of the league & runners-up were then presented with their trophies with the best pair award going to Hacienda


On arriving at the course it looked very much like rain and after teeing off at 09.00am it started to come down with massive drops of rain. It lasted long enough to dirty all the cars, drown us all, then it stopped. Later in the morning it started to get very muggy which made everyone perspire. We had 2 categories again this week with Category One going to Merve ( The swerve ) Williams with 34 pts. Second place on count back went to Les Yates with 32 pts. In Third place was Arthur Williams with 32 pts followed in Fourth place with 31 pts by Ivie Davies. In Category Two Mick Hithersay burnt the course up scoring 40 pts which earned him first place but also a 1.2 handicap cut. Welcome to your new

handicap. In second place was Tom Richardson with 34 pts followed by Malcolm Wood with 31 pts and Ken Hopkins was Fourth on \count back with 28 pts Nearest the Pins hole 2 M Williams Hole 6 D Downey Hole 15 Ivie Davies. Best Visitors D Downey 34 pts & G Muir 31 pts, Longest Drive D Downey After the game we returned to the St James’s Gate pub for presentation and refreshments supplied by Marcello & Sonia which we thank them for. Next Wednesday the 20th July we will be holding a Memorial game for Ray Battiste at Vistabella organised from Bar Campana in Montesinos which was Ray’s society. Any one who would like to

play in this Competition put your name on the sheet (with your handicap & Tel No) in Bar Campana or give me a ring on 678-849-142. We will be meeting at the La Campana bar at 08.00 for breakfast. If anyone would like a breakfast you are welcome to attend. Our next outing is at the new course Las Colinas and we will be meeting at the St James Gate at 08.00am for breakfast then leaving in convoy for the course. Anyone who would like to join our society or just have a game when you are on holiday put your name on the sheet in the bar or give me a ring on 678-849142.

pair Craig Hewitt & Peter Green well done lads unbeaten all season. We are all looking forward to next season.

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Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Malaga are all chasing the signature of FC Cartagena wonder kid, 16 year old Hicham Khaloua. Last season, Khaloua scored 38 goals in 30 matches for the youth team, prompting promotion late on to the ‘B’ side. He is currently training with the first team, in line for a call up to the Spanish national youth side, and when he recently played for the province of Murcia youth, was watched by scouts from all over Europe. Although of Moroccan descent, he is a Spanish citizen, and has been quoted as choosing Liverpool as his favoured destination (hmm... Morocco to Merseyside isn’t that much of a culture shock, me thinks!!). Manager Paco Lopez has continued his transfer spree, adding a further 4 players to the first team squad, which now numbers 19. JUANMA Barrero, aged 31, arrives from Greek club Aris Salonica, making him the 3rd keeper on the books. Experienced defender, 32 year old Abraham Paz, has signed from Hercules. Two highly rated 21 year old strikers have helped further swell Los Albinegros ranks. MARC Fernandez joins from newly promoted div 2a side Sabadell, whilst Salva CHAMORRO makes the switch from Villarreal ‘B’. The squad is now starting to take shape, where all departments are looking reasonably strong, with possibly the exception of the front men, for whom only Goiria (Gloria) remains from last season (oh, holy god!!). Also retained is keeper Rebollo, defenders Txiki and Herrero, whilst in midfield, it’s Mariano, Lafuente, Maldonado and Moral,

who will again be wearing the famous black and white striped shirt. Although some players from last season have yet to find new clubs, the following have departed: Longas has joined Gimnastic Tarragona, whilst Exposito signed up with Numancia, and I’m sure that both will be given a warm reception when they next visit Cartagonova Stadium for a div 2a match with their new clubs. The legend that is VICTOR, has taken up a player coach position at Leganes, and he too will be sadly missed. Both Cala and Jose Carlos have joined Greek club AEK Athens. Three loanees have returned to their parent clubs - Botelho (Arsenal), Casilla (Espanol) and Rodri (Real Betis). Finally, on behalf of all ex pat Cartagena fans, I wish the ex Arsenal and Villarreal man mountain, Frenchman Pascal Cygan, a very happy retirement, and thank him for all the magnificent displays that he has put in for the club over the last 2 seasons. Unbelievably, football is with us once again, albeit in the form of pre season friendlies. La Manga club hosts the first, on Weds 20 Jul (ko 7pm), when FC Cartagena and div 3 side Cartagena FC compete in this annual fixture. Then a week later on 27 Jul (ko 9pm), Totana, home of preferente div side Olimpic, is the venue for the next experimental get together for Paco Lopez and the lads. For up to date info on FC Cartagena, visit or www. On Sat 23 Jul ko 7pm, Cartagena entertain Albacete at Pilar Horadada

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Sol Times Newspaper issue 187 Mar Menor Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper issue 187 Mar Menor Edition