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A great day was had by all! Everyone was busy browsing

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Even with this nasty old credit crunch we raised 3,300€!!...and still counting!! This will be donated to local charities. We need to say a BIG THANK-YOU and ‘Well done’ to everyone who worked so hard before, on the day and clearing up afterwards, too many to name but you know who you are! So thank you .This year we welcomed new helpers......many, many thanks....hope you will join us

again next year.

Thank you to all our wonderful entertainers: ‘Way of Life’, Steve Fisher aka Rod Stewart, Danny, Ben &Bob, Sabrina, Dusty Boots Line Dancers, Sevillana Dancers, Girls Dancers of Arboleas and special thanks to Bob who stepped in at last minute as our MC. It is hard work organising a fund raising event and we could not do it with out the continued help and wonderful support of so many.

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Making a change from our usual street party style, we eagerly accepted the Mayor of Arboleas, Angel Garcias, and his kind invitation to hold our FUN DAY along with the opening of the newly refurbished Naïve, now known as Salon Sevicios Multiples de Arboleas.


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Socialists Hold On To Andalucía In EU Elections

The Socialist party beat the PP in its stronghold of Andalucía in the EU vote on Sunday, with an eight point advantage. The Socialists obtained 1,250,208 votes, 47.92% in the region, compared to the 1,038,656 votes, 39.81% obtained by the Partido Popular.

The Socialists were the largest party in all the provinces of the region with the exception of Málaga and Almería. The leftwing and green coalition, IULV-CA, were the third force with 136,330 votes, 5.23 %. Turnout was lower in Andalucía than nationally at 38.63%. It was the first success for the new Socialist

leader in Andalucía, José Antonio Griñán, who took over from Manuel Chaves three months ago. In Málaga the PP saw a 13% swing to the PP, thanks to a surge in support for them along the coastal towns. The Socialist vote was 8% down while the PP saw a 5% jump. The PSOE won in 75 municipalities and the PP in 25, but the PP picked up the larger towns along the coast incuding, Nerja, Vélez-Málaga, Rincón de la Victoria, Málaga, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Mijas, Benalmádena, Marbella, Estepona and Manilva as well as the two Alhauríns and Coín. The Socialists held Ronda and Antequera.

Spain To Start Swine Flu Vaccinations

Vaccinations against the A(H1N1) virus are expected to start at the beginning of autumn, the Health Minister has confirmed.

The estimated cost is almost 2 million € and with this outlay between 25 and 30% of Spain’s population will be guaranteed a vaccine. The news came after a meeting of the Interterritorial Health Committee last Wednesday, and it’s understood the Health Ministry will be buying the vaccines centrally, and will

then pass on the lower price negotiated to the autonomous communities. Spain has now passed the 200 mark of confirmed cases of Swine Flu. It was confirmed last Wednesday that 24 children are now affected in three schools in the Madrid Region, bringing the total number in the country up to 202. According to information from EFE, Spain is now in second place in Europe, behind the UK’s 339 confirmed cases of the flu virus.

Plastic Surgery Clinics Under Inspection

The regional health service in Andalucía has announced it is to inspect all the private plastic and aesthetic surgery clinics operating in the region this year. Until now inspections have generally be limited to new clinics or when a denuncia has been placed. The SAS regional health service says it’s part of efforts to improve information and safety for patients who undergo such procedures, with particular control on operations carried out on children. There are about 160 clinics operating in the region which are affected.

New Agreement Over Gibraltar Waters

The Spanish Government wants to reach an agreement with Britain on the joint control of the waters around Gibraltar and that informal lines of communication are already open. It follows some incidents between the Spanish and the British navy which Spain believes only benefits the smugglers who are operating in the area. The matter will now go before the three way forum which will try and find a solution. It comes after the European Commission has described the waters to the south of Gibraltar as an ecological space, where both Spain and Britain are responsible.

Gibraltar currently considers its waters stretch for three miles to the east and south of the rock, and to the middle of Algeciras Bay, but the Spanish have always we referred to the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, which only recognises the waters inside the port. Meanwhile Gibraltar has offered Spain a new agreement on fiscal transparency and for the interchange of financial information. The Spanish Foreign Ministry, which has for long considered Gibraltar to be involved in wide-scale money laundering, is said to be studying the proposal closely.

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New Mobile Phone Numbers To Start With ‘7’ With 73% of the numbers beginning with 6 already used, the Ministry for Industry in Spain is reported to be looking at assigning new mobile phone numbers which will begin with a 7. The news was given on Friday by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Francisco Ros. A period of public consultation has been opened, but its thought the new mobile numbers will allow new direct machine to machine communications using 13 digit numbers. The new numbers are needed as Spain currently has 110 mobile phones per 100 residents, an ever increasing number of them with broadband internet access. The Government has also opened another period of consultation on future voice and other services using IP technology.

Palace Disgusted By Ryanair Ad

Foreigners Make Up 12% Of Population

As everyone expected the Ryanair publicity department has taken advantage of the news earlier this week that Queen Sofía of Spain took one of their planes on a flight from Santander to Standsted. The Spanish press carries a Ryanair advert today, showing a picture of the Queen with the caption ‘Fly like a monarch’. She did so as it was the only flight to London from Santander last Sunday where she was when she heard that her brother was seriously ill in London.

Spain, on January 1 this year, had a total population of 46,661,950 The appearance of a Ryanair advertisement in according to a report just published the Spanish press on Friday, using a picture of the by the INE, the National Statistics Queen, has been attacked in a statement from Institute. The number, based on those the Zarzuela Palace which has said it is ‘disgusted registered at their local town halls, and surprised’ by the use of the queen’s picture shows a population growth over 2008 without permission in an advertising campaign. of 504,128, and reveals that 12% of the population is foreign. National growth was 0.4% over the year, while the number of foreigners was up 6.3%. Romanian citizens saw the greatest growth in 2008 with a population of 64,770. The data also shows that 43.3% of the population is aged between 16 and 44, 41.2% is aged 45 or more, and 49.5% of the population is male. Biggest population growth was seen in Cataluña, followed by Madrid, Andalucía, and Valencia, with no region of the country seeing a fall in population over the year.




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Birth Rate On The Up In Spain for every woman of child-bearing age, up by 5.37% on 2007, and reported as the highest level of the decade. The most startling increase, however, was the number of babies born to foreign mothers last year, when more than 107,000 came into the world in Spain, 15% more than in the previous year.

With the news earlier this week that foreigners make up 12% of the population in Spain, it’s probably not all that unexpected that the latest figures from the National Statistics Institute reveal that one in every five babies born in Spain last year was born to a foreign mother. The information from the INE shows the recent recovery in Spain’s birth rate continues to be on the up, with almost 519,000 babies born in the country last year – 26,000 more than joined the population in 2007. It puts the average birth rate at 1.46 children

But while births were up, marriages were down, just over 8,000 fewer than in 2007. At least one of the partners in more than 37,000 marriages was a foreign national. There were 3,549 gay marriages in Spain last year, when more than 350 couples chose to get married than they did in 2007. The INE figures show a slight decrease in the death rate for 2008, a reduction of 0.12 percent for every one thousand inhabitants. 2.8% of the almost 386,000 people who died in Spain were foreigners and, of those, 7 out of 10 were EU nationals. Britain and Germany led the list of EU nationalities for the number of deaths.



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Voters Steer Europe To The Right Centre-right parties have done well in elections to the European Parliament at the expense of the left.

Far-right and anti-immigrant parties also made gains, as turnout figures plunged to 43% - the lowest since direct elections began 30 years ago. The UK Labour Party, Germany’s Social Democrats and France’s Socialist Party were heading for historic defeats. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) looks set to continue to hold power in the parliament. Jose Manuel Barroso, who seems set for a second term as European Commission president following the centre-right success, thanked voters and assured them their voices would be heard: “Overall, the results are an undeniable victory for those parties and candidates that support the European project and want to see the European Union delivering policy

responses to their everyday concerns,” he said.

Socialist leader Martin Schulz said his group’s defeat would be analysed: “It’s a sad evening for social democracy in Europe. We are particularly disappointed, [it is] a bitter evening for us,” he said. Vice-president of the European Commission Margot Wallstrom said the low turnout was a “bad result”. Fringe groups appear to have benefited, with far-right and anti-immigrant parties picking up seats in the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Slovakia and Hungary; the British National Party won two seats its first ever in a nationwide election. Sweden’s Pirate Party, which wants to legalise internet file sharing, won 7% of the national vote and one of the country’s 18 seats in the European Parliament. Several


More Bodies From Lost Jet More bodies have been recovered from the Atlantic in the area where a French jet disappeared last week, bringing the total number to 17, officials say. A total of six ships and 14 planes from France and Brazil are involved in the operation. Dozens of pieces of debris from the Air France plane were also picked up by Brazilian and French ships. They were found some 1,000km (600 miles) northeast of Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha islands where the Airbus disappeared with 228 people. Meanwhile, the investigation is looking into faulty speed sensors on the plane. Brazilian and French ships recovered 15 bodies on Sunday - six days after the crash. Two bodies had been retrieved on Saturday. Brazilian officials say four of the bodies are of men and four are of women. There is no word on the others. The remains will be taken by ship to the nearby archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, before being moved to the Brazilian city of Recife, where a temporary mortuary has been established. Relatives of those on board the AF 447 flight have already provided DNA to help in the identification process. A Brazilian navy spokesman said search crews were working despite poor weather. He said about 100 objects had been spotted in the crash zone, including seats with the Air France logo and oxygen masks.

The investigation is increasingly focusing on the aircraft’s speed sensors, which had been providing inconsistent data in the minutes before it disappeared in turbulent weather.



And it could lead to offshore wind farms eventually being located many miles offshore, away from areas where they cause disruption, Ms Gjorv added. This would benefit military radar operations, the shipping industry, fisheries, bird life and tourism. “Taking wind turbines to sea presents new opportunities,” said Ms Gjorv, of Statoil’s new energy division. “The wind is stronger and more consistent

In the UK, Labour suffered its worst post-war election result as it was beaten into third place by UKIP and saw the BNP gain its first seats at Brussels. Labour’s share of the vote at the European elections was just 15.3% - worse than party bosses had feared. The Tories won with 28.6%, beating Labour in Wales but failing to increase their total share significantly. The results have sent shockwaves through UK politics and led to renewed calls for Gordon Brown to quit as PM.

With results in Northern Ireland still to come, it is clear that Labour suffered one of its most abject results of all time.

Iceland To Repay £2bn UK Savings

Iceland has agreed to repay British and Dutch government money paid out to depositors following the collapse of the savings bank Icesave. The UK loaned Iceland £2.3bn last year to reimburse UK savers with Icesave, after the entire Icelandic banking system was nationalised. The savings of 300,000 retail depositors who held accounts in Britain with Icesave were affected. The incident sparked tensions between London and Reykjavik at the time. Britain used anti-terrorism laws to freeze the assets of Icelandic banks, which had collapsed in the wake of

Air France has said it is stepping up the process of replacing speed monitors on board its Airbus planes.

The company said it had first noticed problems with speed monitors a year ago and began replacing them a few weeks before the accident. But investigators said it was too soon to say if problems with the sensors were in any way responsible. On Saturday, the Brazilian navy recovered the first confirmed debris from the plane, including a briefcase containing a ticket for Flight 447. Other debris linked to the flight included a blue seat and a backpack containing a computer. The remains were found not far from where the last signal from the plane was received on Monday, and were taken to the islands of Fernando de Noronha to be examined by experts. The search for the plane’s flight data recorders - or black boxes - continues.

Floating Wind Turbine Launched The world’s first floating wind turbine is to be towed out to sea this weekend. Statoil’s Alexandra Beck Gjorv said the technology, the Hywind, to be put off Norway’s coast “should help move offshore wind farms out of sight”.

economic downturn are facing a heavy defeat. However, governing parties in France and Germany appear to have done relatively well despite the crisis.

[and] areas are large.” Floating wind farms are set to be connected to mainland grids via cables across the seabed. The longer the cable, the more expensive it is, so the distance from land is not set to become unlimited, explained Ms Gjorv.

financial crisis. British savers with Icesave were refunded in full at the time by the UK Treasury. Following drawnout negotiations, Iceland said it would now repay the £2.3bn plus interest. The UK Treasury said the deal was a positive step forward for relations between the countries. “This is good news for UK taxpayers and good news for Iceland,” a Treasury spokesman said. “The government welcomes Iceland’s commitment to recognise its obligations under the EC Deposit Guarantee Scheme to repay depositors in Icesave.”

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LDV Into Administration

Vanmaker LDV has been placed into administration by a court, threatening up to 850 jobs and thousands more in the supply chain. Attempts to sell Birmingham-based LDV as a going concern have failed.

cost the state much less than the collapse of the business will.

Talks with one potential buyer, the Malaysian firm Weststar, broke down at the last minute last weekend, leading LDV to apply for administration. It is feared that any buyer would take machinery abroad and continue making vans overseas. Such a move would end decades of production at the Washwood Heath site.

Since 2006 the firm - formerly Leyland DAF Vans - has been owned by Russia’s Gaz Group, controlled by Oleg Deripaska.

LDV managers and workers were angered last week when they were forced to cancel a planned lobby of Parliament because of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet reshuffle. Directors had hoped to persuade the government to agree to a £60m loan to secure the firm, but no ministers were available to meet them. The firm claimed the loan would have

In addition to the workforce, LDV employs 1,200 people in dealerships and is a major customer for local suppliers.

The Washwood Heath plant has been at a near-standstill since before the end of 2008 during the search for a new owner. Weststar had agreed a deal to acquire the company from its Russian owners, with the aim of restarting production in July. The government pledged a £5m four-week loan until the deal was sealed, after the firm said it intended to maintain production at the Birmingham plant and expand manufacturing in Malaysia. However, Weststar pulled out at the last minute.

C4 To Offer Free Online Archive

Some of Channel 4’s most popular shows like Shameless, Ali G and Father Ted are to be put online, allowing viewers to watch every episode free of charge.

More than 4,000 hours of the channel’s archived content - about 10,000 programme titles - will be added to the 4oD catch-up service from July. Other shows to be made available include Queer As Folk, Teachers, Brass Eye and Trigger Happy TV, 4oD currently allows viewers to watch programmes for 30 days after broadcast. There will also be a selection of episodes from axed soap Brookside, featuring its “most important storylines”, including the infamous body under the patio and the first lesbian kiss to be shown before the 9pm watershed between characters Beth Jordache (Anna Friel) and Margaret Clemence (Nicola Stephenson) in 1993.

“The addition of archived content to 4oD on channel4. com means we will be the only UK broadcaster to have all of our content available online,” said Jon Gisby, director of future media and technology at Channel 4. “We are extremely proud of the new and improved service and think the combination of fantastic content that’s easy to find and view will prove a compelling service for all users.” US shows like Friends will not be made available online due to rights or legal issues, nor will Channel 4 News, as some bought-in news clips are only licensed to be shown up until midnight on the day of transmission. The service will be made available to PC, Mac and Linux operating systems users on a free, streamed basis. The BBC’s iPlayer service currently offers programmes for seven days after they air.

Ex-HBOS Boss Gets Boots Top Job The UK High Street’s biggest chemist chain, Alliance Boots, has confirmed former HBOS boss Andy Hornby as its new chief executive. Mr Hornby, in charge of HBOS at the time of the bank’s near-collapse last autumn, will start work with the firm from July. Alliance Boots is Europe’s largest wholesale and retail player in the pharmaceutical industry and employs 115,000 people. It is currently run by the Italian billionaire Stefano Pessina, who holds the post of executive chairman. Mr Hornby is a non-executive director of Home Retail Group, which owns Argos and Homebase. He led led HBOS up to the end of 2008 when the company posted banking losses of £11bn before being swallowed up by rivals Lloyds TSB. Mr Hornby had been the youngestever boss of a main British bank when he became HBOS chief executive three years ago. Earlier this year told MPs he was “sorry” for the near-demise of HBOS.

Dalai Lama Made Citizen Of Paris

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been made an honorary citizen of the French capital, Paris.

the centre of the city,” the Dalai Lama said.

The mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, made the award in what French President Nicolas Sarkozy described as a municipal matter, not an act of state.

“On March 14, Tibetans unknown to anyone in Lhasa started to burn shops and throw stones at the Chinese without police interference, while film crews already in place filmed the scene and broadcast it throughout the world.

France has been trying to repair ties with China, but analysts said this award could further ruffle relations. Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of wanting to split China, but he says he only wants autonomy for his people.

“Only then did the security forces crack down on the disturbances. It is hard not to suspect a deliberate staging of riots,” he said, speaking in Tibetan through a French translator.

The Dalai Lama began his latest European tour in Denmark on Friday, and has also visited Iceland and the Netherlands. He said on Sunday that the rioting that erupted in Tibet in March last year had been fomented by agents of the Chinese state in order to justify a subsequent crackdown and smear local activists as rioters.

A strong reaction from China is expected to both the award and to the Dalai Lama’s comments. Tension has been high between France and China, following chaotic scenes during last year’s Olympic torch relay through Paris, and a December meeting between Mr Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama. Last month China warned France not to make more “errors” on Tibet.

“Despite a heavy security presence throughout Lhasa from March 10 onwards, it remains unclear why the Chinese forces of order remained inactive for so long in

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala in India since 1959 when China took full control of Tibet.

Another Minister Quits In PM Loyalty Row

Environment minister Jane Kennedy is the latest to leave the government amid the row over Gordon Brown’s leadership and bad European election results.

She told the BBC: “I have to do what I believe is right and I’m afraid for Gordon I can’t support him as leader.” Downing St denied she was asked for an assurance of loyalty to the PM but had refused and said she chose to resign. Conservative leader David Cameron said Mr Brown and his critics were locked in “a slow dance of political

death”: “He can’t seem to reshuffle his cabinet but they can’t seem to organise a coup,” he told Tory activists in Wales - where the Conservatives pushed Labour into second place in the European elections.

Ms Kennedy, Liverpool Wavertree MP, has quit the government before - as health minister in 2006 over NHS reforms. She is well known in Labour circles for campaigning against the Militant Tendency in Liverpool in the 1980s.

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Bill Bryson has made a career out of travelling and writing about it almost always with humour and unqualified success. A Walk In The Woods is a little different as here he is dealing much more with the natural world than his readers are used to seeing him. Back in his native USA Bryson comes across the idea of hiking the The Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous foot path in the world. Stretching for 2,100 miles the trail stretches from Georgia to Maine through some of America’s most stunning and dangerous terrain. Bryson takes his equally unfit school friend, Stephen Katz, along with hime for the journey. The humour comes from their sufferings as middle-aged overweight men and the possible dangers that lurk around every bend in the trail. It’s not one of his best but it is still a fun read.

MUSIC : Bloc Party Intimacy

After the critical success of the debut Silent Alarm and the more commercial success of A Weekend In The City, Bloc Party return with their eagerly awaited third studio album. Intimacy feels very much like a fusion between those two previous albums. Indeed the two different producers joined together to work on the third. Bloc Party’s energy and angry guitar rifts are still here but there is more pumping drums this time around. We should feel happy that there are still groups that want to make angry fuelled rock music. Kele Okereke’s lyrics and singing are as strong as in previous offering and there is real joy in hearing a different vocal approach to rock music compared with his fellow rock singers. This is the type of rock offering that will pleasure the listener in the car or gym with its high energy. Keep up the good work!

DVD: Slumdog Millionaire (15) 116 mins

Quite where Danny Boyle got the idea to make Slumdog Millionaire after giving us Train Spotting, 28 Days Later and Sunshine is anyone’s guess; we should just be happy that he did. Slumdog Millionaire tells the charming story of a poor orphan who grows up in Mumbai’s slums to eventually win the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. Jamal, played by Dev Patel who many might know from Channel Four’s excellent Skins, is in the lead and puts in a storming performance as he grows up, falls in love and tries his hardest to get the girl he loves. The film is brilliantly shot and directed and Boyle gets the Bollywood genre down to a tee. The film is fast, witty and full of intrigue. There can be no doubting why this film was so successful at the Oscars and Golden Globes.

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Spain: Paradise Lost - New two-part series for ITV1 Date & Time - 17 June & 24 June 9pm – 10pm BST

Spain is the land of year-round sunshine, endless beache s and where life is all about living. It’s a favourite destination for the British living abroad. Over a million Britons now call Spain home, escaping the foul weather and the daily grind in the UK, for a life in the sun. But Spain hasn’t turned out like the pictures in the glossy brochures for everyone. In this new two-part series for ITV1 we see that, for some Britons , life in Spain is a dream come true, while for others the dream has become a nightmare. In episode one the series shows how the proper ty crash in Spain has been a financial and personal disaster for some, including Wally Tynan, who says: “I wish to God I’d never heard of Spain,” and the Segal family who have lost their dream family home. We also see that there are some Britons who still aspire to a life in the Spanish sun. The British love affair with Spain helped to fuel a building boom that has dramatically transformed the Spanis h coastline in the last ten years. At its peak almost a million homes were built each year, and with cheap prices and limitless credit, it seemed everyone could make their dream of owning a slice of paradise come true. But last year the Spanish proper ty market crashe d. Developers folded, house prices plummeted, interest rates soared and owners were left in negative equity, unable to pay their mortgages. For some Brits in Spain this has meant financial and personal catastrophe. Yet, for some, the British love affair with Spain looks in no danger of fading. Tune in and let us know your opinions by emailing editor@

New DGT traffic campaign to control bikers

The DGT traffic authority says it is to double the controls on motorbikes in an effort to stop the high number of accidents and fatalities. Last month 39 bikers lost their lives on the roads of Spain, and so far this year, 116 have died, most of them between the ages of 25 and 44. The numbers show that the chance of losing your life in a motorbike accident is 17 times higher than in a car. The DGT says new controls will be in place from today across the country, except in Cataluña and the Basque Country where the responsibility has been devolved to the regional administrations. Particular attention will be made to speed, dangerous overtaking, the use of a helmet, and correct documentation showing the bike has a legal MOT.

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...stays mainly on the plain, according to Professor Higgins. This is not wholly right, nor wholly wrong... Mainland Spain has distinct climatic zones:

The Atlantic climate of the northern coast, where the average temperature is 9C in winter and 18C in summer is also the wettest part of the peninsula. The annual rainfall here is between 8001500mm, particularly in autumn and winter. Summers are cooler and wetter than in the rest of Spain, but still plenty of sunshine! The Continental Mediterranean climate of the interior central plateau, or meseta, has temperatures -15C in winter; -20C occurs regularly, while summer temperatures average at 24C. The annual rainfall is under 400mm. with heavy snowfalls in winter. There is a Castilian expression: “nueve meses de invierno y tres meses de infierno” translates as ‘nine months of winter and three months of hell!’. The predominant Mediterranean climate - the eastern and southern coast and much of the Guadalquivir Valley – has average temperatures of 11C in winter and 23C in summer, with an annual rainfall between 250 mm and 600 mm.

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The Rain In Spain The official record of the lowest temperature in Spain is at Estany Gento in Lerida with -32C in 1956, though on peaks in the Aragonese Pyrenees it can easily fall to -40C. On peaks above 2,500m in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Sistema Central & Ibérico and Sierra Nevada it snows between 90 and 120 days a year. In fact the Sierra Nevada hopes for snow from October to June, though it only hangs on in the highest and shadiest spots. Snow does, however, remain all the year round in the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Unsurprisingly the valleys of the Sistema Ibérica have the highest numbers of frosts, with Calamocha and Molina de Aragón having an average of 120 frosts per year. On the other hand, Ecija, known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’, has the highest temperatures, at around 47ºC. Due to the curvature of the earth, and their respective positions upon it, there is a significant difference in sunlight received at Bilbao in the north, which receives 1,525 sunlight hours, down to the Costa de La Luz in the south, where Huelva and Cadiz receive around 3000 hours. Taking this statistic a little further, there is a rule of thumb which gives a decrease in average temperature of 0.65C for every 100m in altitude ascended. This means that there is a difference of some 22C between the freezing peaks of Mulhacen - the ceiling of the Sierra Nevada at 3,478m - and the semi-tropical Granada coast just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semidesert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia.

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Magritte Celebrated In Home City The world’s biggest collection of works by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte opens this week in his home city Brussels. More than 40 years after his death, Magritte remains one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. His paintings have inspired pop and conceptual art, the cover of a Rolling Stones record, a video by Oasis, and songs by Paul Simon and John Cale.


The museum includes more than 100 paintings, a quarter of which come from private collections. There’s also a wealth of posters, photographs and home movies shot by Magritte. It’s expected to attract more than 600,000 visitors a year. But for one day only, last Saturday, some of them got a free ticket and a sneak preview. The square outside the museum, strategically placed between the Grand’ Place and the Royal Palace, was renamed Magritte for the day. Bowler hats and green apples - which often feature in his paintings - were on offer, while the windows of all the buildings in the square were covered with images of the typical Magritte sky, blue with white clouds. In a typical Magritte twist, the sky over Brussels was clear and bright, as a group of people dressed in black descended on the square, twirling umbrellas and bowler hats as they danced past white pianos and sewing-machines. It was a surrealist street party, a celebration for the most famous Belgian of them all. “It’s a special day,” says a young man. “A special day for Belgium, a special day for Magritte and I like to be here today.”

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Bennett Is UK’s ‘Last Monarchist’ Playwright Alan Bennett has explained his decision to turn down a knighthood, despite describing himself as the last monarchist in the country. Speaking at the the Hay Festival of Literature, in mid Wales, he said the title “just wouldn’t suit me”. He then explained that whatever replaced it would only be worse. The raconteur, author and comedian, 74, then went on to praise the Prince of Wales, describing him as a man who “really works his ass off”. “I often think of myself as the last person who is a monarchist really, simply because I simply can’t imagine if we had anything in its place it would be anything but worse,” he said. Expanding on his opinion of Charles, he added: “I’ve met Prince Charles two or three times and on each occasion the same thing has struck me, namely that he really works his a** off. He’s much more conscientious and attentive to people than he is ever given credit for and so, as I say, I have a great deal of time for him.” Explaining his reason for turning down a knighthood he explained: “I felt that in my case, it just wouldn’t suit me, that’s all. It would be like wearing a suit every day of your life.” Bennett was presented with the Listening Books Award for spoken word at the Hay Festival on Saturday night by James Naughtie. The award from the charity came with a first edition of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. It is awarded to someone who has used his or her voice in a way that has made a special impact. Bennett had been reading from his diaries and telling anecdotes in a second sell-out event at the festival. He said he had finished a play about the friendship between poet WH Auden and composer Benjamin Britten, with rehearsals due to start at the National Theatre in September.

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We were at the fuente in Albox, filling our water bottles, when a local lady appeared with a colander of strawberries. She swilled the colander around in the flow of water emerging from the depth of the fuente wall (where it came from before that point I have no idea) while I tried not to salivate at the sight of the beautiful berries. Eventually it was too much for me; I commented on the appearance of the berries and the delights of a strawberry ‘desayunar’, or breakfast. Without hesitation she asked me to sample them and not wishing to appear greedy or ungrateful, I took the smallest I could find. This was not good enough for her; she fished out half a dozen of the biggest and best, and dealt them into my hand. She was not taking no for an answer, despite the fact that I was now eating her breakfast! Still with a lingering taste of strawberries in my mouth, I set out to cross Plaza Nueva, which currently resembles a bombsite - urban improvements have to get worse before they get better.


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REINVENTING YOURSELF If Madonna can do it – so can you! What’s that you say? Adopt a child from some far flung country? No, I am talking here, about re-invention, something we all should do often. Here are a few tips on how to find out what you want to re-invent about yourself. 1. List all the attitudes and traits that do not work for you.

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Achieve that Perfect Smile with Porcelain Jackets Useful Advice from the Dental Hygienists at Vivadent in VERA Porcelain jackets are thin layers of ceramic used to cosmetically restore the façade of teeth. They are mainly used on the anterior sector, which includes all the teeth we show when we smile. They’ve been around since the 1920’s, when Hollywood trends began with closeups of dazzling smiles. Thanks to the development of resin-based cements and specific acids which aid in preparing the teeth for the adhesion of the prosthetics, the porcelain jackets have become the treatment of choice for cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain jackets can modify the colour, form or position of teeth, even in difficult situations. It’s also the least invasive form of prosthetics, as the filing required is minimal. Porcelain is very resistant against abrasions, erosion, and fractures. It retains its colour and shine much longer than white composite. The porcelain

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SHOCK... Initial signs of shock are a rapid pulse, pale, cold clammy skin and sweating. As shock develops, this turns to rapid shallow breathing, a weak pulse, grey skin, dizziness and nausea. Treat any possible causes of shock, such as severe bleeding. Help the casualty to lie down, on a rug or

blanket if there is one. Raise and support their legs above the level of their heart to improve blood supply to the vital organs. Keeping their head low may also prevent them from losing consciousness. Stop them from making any unnecessary movements. Loosen tight clothing at the neck, chest and waist. Keep them warm by covering the body with coats or blankets. Call Emergency Service and monitor and record vital signs - level of response, breathing and pulse - while waiting for help.

CHOKING ADULT... Encourage casualty to cough. Give up to five back blows - if the casualty cannot speak, cough or breathe, bend them forward. Give up to five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check the mouth. Give up to five abdominal thrusts - stand behind the casualty, put both arms around them and put one fist between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone. Grasp your fist with your other hand, and pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. Recheck the mouth. Repeat steps two and three until the obstruction clears. If, after three cycles, it hasn’t, call the emergency services, continuing the sequence until help arrives, the obstruction is cleared or the casualty loses consciousness.

CPR FOR AN ADULT... Position hands on chest - place one hand on the centre of the casualty’s chest. Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock your fingers, keeping fingers over their ribs. Give 30 chest compressions - lean directly over the casualty’s chest and press down vertically about 2in. Release the pressure but do not remove your hands. Give 30 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Check that the airway is open - tilt the casualty’s head with one hand and lift their chin with two fingers of your other hand to ensure the airway is open. Begin rescue breaths - pinch the casualty’s nose to close the nostrils and allow their mouth to fall open. Take a breath and seal your lips over their mouth. Blow steadily into their mouth until their chest rises - this should take about one second. Watch chest fall - maintaining head tilt and chin lift, take your mouth away from the casualty’s. Look along the chest and watch it fall. Repeat to give two rescue breaths. Repeat 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Continue until they start to breathe normally. If you are unwilling or unable to give rescue breaths, you can give chest compressions alone. Techniques taken from First Aid Manual, 9th Edition (DK, £12.99), written and authorised by the UK’s leading first-aid providers, St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and British Red Cross.

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A Moment Of Inspiration... “Somehow I can’t believe

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that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.”

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“How use doth breed a habit in a man” William Shakespeare

Pause For Thought In his book ‘The God Delusion’, Richard Dawkins states that he won’t accept any evidence that cannot be scientifically substantiated. An understandable, if slightly illogical premise, for a scientist and one that is often repeated by others anxious to free themselves from acceptance of a divine power, with all the implications that might have on our lives. It is perhaps surprisingly rare that anyone feels strongly enough about my ‘thoughts’ to actually put pen to paper, but one such letter, echoing the arguments of Richard Dawkins, challenged me to prove the existence of the God I so clearly believed in. My first thoughts were to concede that proof was impossible, as God, by very definition must be beyond human comprehension. But as I reflected on the challenge, it actually seemed strange that anyone should require arguments based on science alone. For throughout our lives we regularly accept the testimony of others as evidence enough, without requiring scientific proof. So it is that in law, if nothing other than scientific evidence were acceptable, few criminals would ever be convicted, whereas of course cases are considered proven if a number of reliable witnesses agree on the fundamental facts. And so my ‘proof’ of the existence of God depends on the assertions of many thousands of reliable witnesses from all walks of life

who testify of a personal relationship with God, many of whose lives have changed dramatically as a result. I rely too on the testimonies of the followers of Jesus, whose statements in the Bible, whilst agreeing on all fundamental points, vary just enough to give absolute credibility. My ‘proof’ relies also on the incredible and otherwise inexplicable changes to such Biblical characters as Peter, John and Paul, who specifically cited his meeting with the risen Jesus as the reason for such a dramatic switch from persecutor to follower of Christ. In any other debate such evidence from so many would be considered absolute proof, so I can’t help but wonder why for this question alone, so many people would demand a scientific explanation? Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

True and lasting contentment is found only when we succeed in vanquishing all our desires and passions.

constant repetition, they sink down into the depths of the unconscious mind and become ‘second nature.’

If the mind is under control, it matters little whether our abode is a palace or a cave in the Himalayas, whether we perform worldly activity or sit in silence.

You can, however, change any habit by patient efforts and perseverance. Shake yourself free from the tyranny of the mind’s bad habits and become an expert driver of the subtle, powerful ‘machine mind.’

“Well”, replies the cynic”, what you say sounds very attractive and reassuring, but how is it to be achieved?” The mind can be controlled by untiring perseverance and patience. “But I am very much a creature of habit”, retorts our cynical friend. “You think someone like me can possibly find mental peace and contentment?” ‘Mind’ is a bundle of habits. Bad habits and prejudices hidden in our nature will necessarily be brought to the surface of the mind when the opportunity arises. If you change the habits, you can also change your character. Habits originate in the conscious mind, but when they become established by

Use all your mental faculties to your best advantage; your mind will become a willing servant when you know how to handle it! Use the subconscious mind; it will sort, analyse and rearrange all facts and figures for you. The mind is indeed a good servant… but a bad master “Habits are to the soul what the veins are arteries are to the blood, the courses in which it moves”… H. Bushnell.

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In the days when only Hollywood stars owned a swimming pool, and the average person had to be content with the local swimming baths - if available - or a long walk on a summer’s day to the river to enjoy a belly flop in the icy cold waters, I am proud to say that my family had the privilege of owning a swimming pool and a diving board in the garden of our three bedroom council house.

by Jack Brennan

Word quickly spread that the Brennans had a swimming pool in the back garden and on a hot summer’s day the idea of enjoying a plunge in cool water could only be dreamed of and a small group of optimists assembled

outside my garden gate. It was not my fault that my eldest daughter, who had a tendency to impress, had exaggerated the facility.

the show, I lit the spinning wheel hung on the gate by a nail. The wheel span round, faster and faster, spraying out a whoosh of coloured sparks. In the mean time my wife went indoors to get a candle in order to light the tapers for the rest of the fireworks.

Space within the pool was rather limited, the water was only a few inches deep and the diving board consisted of a plank, wrapped in tarpaulin to prevent splinters, propped up on a box. The dubious layout called for a warning notice that said ‘No Diving’. Regardless, they all crowded in and, sprayed by a cold water hosepipe, all had a wonderful time.

Suddenly, there was a flash and a spark dropped into the box containing all the fireworks; there followed a loud explosion!

To cater for six children, you had to have a certain amount of imagination; so the apple tree became a mountain or a ship according to the game being played. Word got around that I was good at organising garden events for the children and so it was a little challenge that I was expected to rise to. Coming out of the factory at about seven o’clock one night I was accosted by a group of children, again courtesy of Christine, who had once more spread the word regarding a fire works display in the back garden. Following a 12 hour long shift I happened to be feeling rather weary, but I could not disappoint the children. The small box of fire works consisted of 2 rockets, 2 spinning wheels, a selection of colourful candle-type fireworks and jumping jacks, all purchased for a few pennies - nothing spectacular. We also had a few potatoes to ‘bake’ on the fire.

My wife then appeared with the safety candle: “That was a good one!” she said as all of the children’s faces fell, realising the party was over. I made a rather hasty retreat to the safety of the house. In the winter, with thick snow on the ground, the entertainment didn’t stop as we improvised sleigh runs down the slope into the back garden. Looking back we took the good and the bad times in our stride; we made the most of what we’d made ourselves not bought from shops. Generally we enjoyed life in a warm environment where everyone knew each other and looked out for one another too. Knocks and bruises were accepted plus common diseases such as measles and chicken pox were taken for granted. Patience and fortitude plus a sense of humour played a vital part in the complicated task of bringing up a family but I would not have missed the challenge for anything. The other day my daughter, Christine, phoned to say that she had acquired a house with a large swimming pool. I hope that she is not exaggerating again! Jack Brennan If you would like to share your thoughts with Jack Brennan on this or any of his articles we’ve featured in the Sol Times, email mrmoose@

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allergens, which may aggravate your symptoms. • If you have to blow your nose, do so gently. Hard blowing can burst the grains of pollen, which increases their irritant effect. • Some sufferers find extra Vitamin C and magnesium food supplements can be helpful Hay fever is a deep-seated condition, which requires constitutional treatment from a qualified Homeopath. Orthodox medical treatment can manage the condition with powerful drugs that have a number of

harmful side effects but constitutional homeopathic treatment over two or three seasons may cure the condition completely. Licensed and Registered Members of the Society of Homeopaths work in accordance with a Code of Ethics and Practice, have professional insurance and have passed stringent academic and clinical assessments. More information about Homeopathy and a list of Registered Members in your area can be obtained from: or go online to





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Hayfever will be the theme for Homeopathy Awareness Week for 2009, as The Homeopathic Society (UK) joins forces with natural healthcare specialist Nelsons, to promote homeopathy around the country.

The role of histamine is to dilate local blood vessels, making them more permeable, and thereby helping components of the immune system to get to work clearing up any irritation. As a result, some people show the classic symptoms of itching, sneezing, a streaming or blocked nose and itchy, red, watery eyes. Around 30% of people also experience wheezing or breathlessness, this is known as pollen asthma. Conventional treatments consist primarily of anti-histamine tablets and nasal sprays which provide some temporary relief and can cause various side effects including drowsiness. In severe cases steroid preparations are prescribed; these can depress more important immune function and tend to deepen the imbalance in the natural defence system.



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• Try to avoid allergens; • Don’t walk in long grass • Keep bedroom and car windows closed as much as possible in June/July • On dry hot days go out mid morning when the pollen count is down. • Early evenings the pollen count is returning to ground level and at it’s worst, try to stay in at this time. • Avoid grass and hedge cuttings. • Wearing sunglasses will help to keep pollen out of your eyes.

Self help measures • Avoid contact with cigarette smoke • Avoid wearing perfume scented toiletries generally



• Itchy eyes can be bathed in a solution of Euphrasia. Put one drop in an eyebath of water. NEVER put tincture directly into your eye. • Try splashing your face with cold water, or sniffing cold water up through your nostrils to soothe the inflamed membranes. • Cut out all dairy products and wheat if you can for the duration of the hay fever season. These are the most likely food

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Homeopathic remedies are easy to administer, usually in the form of powders, granules, tablets or pills. They have a neutral or sweetish taste, which makes them easy




Homeopathic remedies can be used along side, or instead of, conventional medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist’s recommended treatment maybe greatly enhanced by the addition of a homeopathic remedy, do let them know if this is the case.

In addition to being safe and easy to give, free of side effects and often-quick acting in acute illness, homeopathic remedies are inexpensive; an average course of treatment costs very little in comparison with some modern drug regimes.



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It is a seasonal allergy; most cases of hay fever occur in the spring and summer when the antigen is grass pollen. Pollen is recognised as a foreign body- an antigen. Like an infectious molecule- such as a virus- it stimulates the immune system to generate antibodies. Because of the action of these antibodies, the mucus membranes in the nose and surrounding areas release histamine and other substances, which are normally produced in response to infection.

A further advantage of homeopathic treatments is that no side effects occur, on some occasions it is possible that a patient’s symptoms may worsen for a short while as the body rebalances itself.


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Many of the symptoms of hay fever are similar to those of the common cold, colds are often associated with mild fever and are usually gone within a week, while hay fever sufferers often have a feeling of being ‘wiped out’ for weeks on end.

Practitioners may well recommend starting to treat before the hay fever season starts in order to strengthen the patient’s constitution and reduce their sensitivity to pollens. This process has been likened to peeling an onionremoving one layer after another until the centre root cause is reached.



Symptoms include watery discharge from the nose and eyes sneezing and irritability. This can be caused by the pollen of various grasses and plants, timothy grass and rye grass cause most problems in the summer and tree pollens peak in the spring; the pollen is air-borne and can be blown over long distances in the breeze.



Hay fever is an allergic response to pollen that affects the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes and air passages.

to take especially by children. In acute conditions the response to a homeopathic remedy can be astonishingly quick. In chronic (longer lasting) conditions cure may take longer since there may be some bodily changes and weakness, these would need to be dealt with by a qualified homeopath.

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an object and a fence or wall, dramatically displays an unusual tree or bush. General or ambient lighting provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature – moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights in mature trees, pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light – some just plain fun!

Outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories: Security lighting is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it’s not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination. Task lighting is for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. You should place task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light will blind rather than guide. Accent lighting adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light between

No matter what type of lighting you choose, it will be powered by one of these sources: Fire is the oldest source of light and considered by some to be the most romantic. Flames, produced by candles or oil-burning lamps, are warm and flattering to faces, and have a hypnotic effect that induces calm and relaxation. Firelight on reflected surfaces such as ponds, mirrors and even gazing balls is a particularly effective way to create atmospheric lighting and enhance the impression of light. Solar-powered lights are an easy and portable choice for outdoor lighting. Some lights have a collector panel that can be concealed behind shrubbery, while others contain their own energy cell and absorb the sun’s rays even on a cloudy day.

permanent of outdoor lighting, it is also the most expensive, and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Low-voltage units also connect to the electrical system of your home, but are fitted with a transformer that reduces the electrical current from 120 volts to a safer supply of 12 volts. Although they are less durable than line-powered fixtures, they are also a lot less expensive and are ideal for a small outside space where only short cable runs are required. They are designed for an easy do-it-yourself installation. Keep these tips in mind: Less is more in lighting. Be subtle: try to hide lights where possible and use a low watt bulb. Avoid setting lights in straight lines up and down paths, drives or patio edges. This “airport runway” effect is a very common error. Yellow lights are unflattering to both people and plants. Where possible, install blue-white bulbs or purchase daylight-blue filters for your fixtures. Position outside lights where they are easily accessible for changing light bulbs. Investing in long-life outdoor bulbs will make the maintenance even easier. With any unit requiring electricity, use the protection of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all outdoor circuits.

Don’t let the sun dictate the use of your outdoor space. Get outside after dark and light up the night!

Battery-operated and rechargeable units are wireless and very portable while in use. Line-powered or hard-wired lights are connected to the electrical system of your home. Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house runs through buried conduits. The most

TOP TIP: Try snaking a row of candles along a garden path or suspending them in glass jars from branches. An array of tiki burning torches can add an exotic touch to your patio area. Although torches are designed to withstand a reasonable amount of wind, it’s best to provide as much protection as possible to any open flame and never leave one unattended.

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MASS MEETING IN MOJACAR BETWEEN ECOLOGISTS AND BRITISH CITIZENS On Saturday 30th May, a large meeting took place in Mojacar organized by the association campaigning against urban abuses known as “Abusos Urbanísticos Almeriense Levante - No!” (AULAN). The Auken report (which harshly criticised urban and environmental abuse affecting the province of Almeria and other parts of Spain) was discussed in a roundtable meeting between the environmentalists and associations of affected foreigners. Some 500 people from the different municipalities of Almeria attended, including those from the Valle del Almanzora and Levante Almeriense.

Special guest was David Hammerstein Green Party MEP and member of the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament, known for his interventions in Europe in favour of an investigation into urban and environmental issues in Spain. The Auken report was prepared and approved by the aforementioned committee, and was subsequently approved by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority, despite opposition from the MEP of the PSOE and the PP. The report was harshly critical of Spanish urban planning and even proposed the freezing of structural funds for Spain. At the roundtable were representatives of Ecologists in Action; the AUAN, an association known for their efforts in support of urban regularisation in the Almanzora Valley; AUN from Valencia, represented by Jacqui Cotteril, a member of Parcent town council; Levante Sostenible from Bedar and the AULAN. In the audience there were also representatives from groups in Almeria: Cantoria Residents Association; AVEP from Bedar; SOHA and Citizens Advocacy from Malaga and Camposol Residents Association from Murcia. Sean O’Curneen Cañas, European election candidate and head of the list for the Centro Democrático Liberal (CDL) spoke at the end of the meeting.

After an Exchange of views the participants were in broad agreement on the following points, based to a large part on the Auken report:

1. COMMISSION OF INVESTIGATION: A national commission of investigation be established, with representatives of the administration and citizens’ groups (including those for the protection of homeowners’ rights and the ecologists), to investigate the existing grave planning and environmental problems, to draw up a report on the causes of said problems and their possible solutions, as well as recommendations for the future. 2. ARBITRATION: The creation of a special administrative commission that includes a provincial public ombudsman, advised by independent investigation services, including representatives from the administration and from citizens’

groups (including those for the defence of individual property owners and ecology groups), and with arbitration powers in relation to disputes concerning these problems, available to affected parties free of charge.

3. RESPONSIBILITY: The liability of developers, the administration and pertinent third parties, for having given rise to the grave planning and environmental problems which exist, must be made enforceable and real. Any process of regularisation should, as far as possible, include binding agreements (including adequate guarantees) between those who have caused the irregularities and the administration, and these must include the opportune measures so that those who caused the irregularities compensate for the damage caused. 4. PRINCIPLES TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT: The following principles should be recognized and reflected in urban law. (1) In urban development priority must be given to the true needs of the cities and towns affected, sustainability from an environmental point of view and the need to preserve the historical and cultural identity of the affected areas. (2) The need for full compliance with community law and fundamental rights, including the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and case law of the European Court of Human Rights. (3) In the case of demolition of property acquired in good faith by citizens real, effective and prior compensation must be guaranteed. Such compensation must be made prior to any loss and at proper rates and conforming to the case law of the Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. (4) The legitimate right of purchasers to property acquired legally must be recognised and criteria established for the application of Art. 33 of the Spanish Constitution with respect to public and social interest in order to prevent and prohibit the infringement of people’s property rights by decisions of local and regional authorities;

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individually to all those affected, directly or indirectly; as well as publicised widely; publication in the relevant Bulletins not being sufficient. The possibility of electronic access (Internet) to planning and environmental documents in the process of being approved or approved be ensured. Information in the Cadastral and Land Registry must coincide, and the Land Registry must include graphical information. It must be ensured that the information on the land registry includes information about the status of the property with respect to urban regulations as well as environmental and cultural restrictions or similar.

6. JUDICIAL SYSTEM: There is an urgent need to reform the judicial system to avoid the lack of effective rights before the courts; shortening of the real length of proceedings; computerizing and providing adequate resources. 7. ESTATE AGENTS: Should 1) be licensed or have passed an examination of sufficient knowledge and capacity; 2) have adequate insurance to cover all civil liabilities; 3) be clearly regulated in their activities. 8. PROMOTERS & CONSTRUCTORS: These must be subject to bonds, guarantees or insurance to cover possible liabilities to third parties (including to buyers), and to the administration; for possible planning or environmental breaches or infractions; and proof that such guarantees are in place must be a pre-requisite to present and manage any planning instrument. 9. PROTOCOL: An obligatory protocol for the buying and selling of real estate should be established for the benefit of the consumer, setting out the precise steps and standardised procedures , similar to those in other EU member states (for example the United Kingdom). They (the participants) agreed to establish a working group, to establish the final version of a Decalogue of measures required to solve the problems that have occurred and to ensure that they do not happen again.

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Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal — on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

Some Don’ts: Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he’s late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first, remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

Gather up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.

Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair, and if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

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Minimize the noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

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Garden Parasols Need some shade in your garden? Take at look at our top tips on choosing a garden parasol

Garden parasols not only provide vital shade on sunny days, they can also create an attractive feature on a patio or decking area. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some points to consider before you buy. Freestanding parasols are a popular choice as they can sit in the middle of a garden table and can also be moved around the garden to different positions. You can choose from a wood or metal pole and base, and the parasols come in a variety of colours that will either make a statement or blend in with the surroundings. Choose a parasol that is fade, stain and rot resistant and one that can be detached for cleaning. Wall-mounted parasols or patio awnings are fitted to an exterior wall to shade a decking or patio area. Parasols on long arms can be bent to the right position, and awnings can be wound in and out, however as they are fixed to the wall they cannot be moved to other parts of the garden. Keep parasols looking their best by cleaning with a specialist upholstery shampoo. Choose a sunny day, so they have a chance to dry out properly, without the risk of getting mildewed. If the fabric is just dusty or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re short of time, use a vacuum to spruce it up in an instant. TOP TIP: Look out for parasols that can be detached and are washable as you want to keep them looking their best.

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Honeysuckle can be used in three different ways in the garden: as a colourful climber, as a richly scented climber and as a stocky, shrubby plant. Summer-scented climbing honeysuckle plants are a big attraction. Like all climbing honeysuckles, they’re vigorous - reaching 6m to 9m (20ft to 30ft) in height - and thornless, so they’re easy to train on trellis and walls. Alternatively, leave them to sprawl into floppy shrubby shapes.

L. japonica …the Japanese honeysuckle is a variable species with some outstanding forms, such as ‘Halliana’. The flowers are pale cream, turning darker yellow just before they fade, and appear from mid-June to late November. Generally evergreen, unless there’s a particularly cold winter. The wild form, var. repens, has bronze foliage and darker flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has given ‘Halliana’ its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

L. japonica ‘Hall’s Prolific’ …pink-flowering cultivar that’s usually evergreen. If you want a Japanese honeysuckle with attractive leaves, choose ‘Horwood Gem’ (the young foliage is stippled with cream) or ‘Aureoreticulata’ (with gold veining).

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L. periclymenum ‘Belgica’ …the early-flowering Dutch woodbine starts in April and by late May is smothered in flowers that are red on the outside and pale primrose within, fading to ochre yellow. The mild daytime scent doubles in strength in the evening to attract hawk moths.

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L. periclymenum ‘Serotina’ …the late Dutch honeysuckle starts flowering in mid-June, producing creamy white blooms with reddish streaks. If the roots are in the shade and it survives aphid attacks, it will continue until the first frost. ‘Munster’ has paler-than-average leaves and soft pink flowers with pale cream throats. ‘Graham Thomas’ is primrose-yellow. The RHS has given ‘Serotina’ and ‘Graham Thomas’ its AGM. If fragrance isn’t crucial, try a climbing honeysuckle with vivid blooms.

L. x tellmanniana …large, striking flowers appear from late spring to mid-summer and are orange with red streaks on the outside. The oval, pale green foliage is quite large for a honeysuckle, reaching 5m (15ft).

L. x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ …offers a terrific summer show of long, scarlet flowers. Grows to 4m (12ft).

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Shrubbier forms of honeysuckle also have plenty of plus points

L. fragrantissima …one of the best winter-flowering shrubs, producing pairs of fragrant blooms with a scent that will fill a warm room.

L. nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ …gold-leaved hedging plant with tiny, box-like foliage and wiry stems that can be snipped into topiary. Growing Tips Site and soil preferences: Most honeysuckles tolerate a wide range of conditions, making them easy to cultivate. The soil should be rich and leafy with plenty of added moistureretaining organic matter. Japanese honeysuckle is probably the most versatile, coping with hot, dry soil, although it always performs better with its roots in cool shade. Climbing honeysuckles also make fine companions with clematis, earlyflowering chaenomeles and sprawling low-growing plants

Early varieties flower on last year’s growth and need pruning immediately after flowering. Cutting back hard helps restrict their spread but you can also leave them to scale a tree or high wall. Propagation Most honeysuckles are easy to grow from cuttings, which are best taken when the plants are in full growth in July. Use gentle bottom heat to stimulate rooting, but move young plants to a cool spot as soon as they have a root system. Most honeysuckles propagate themselves by a process called layering (their stems spread across and root in the soil), developing a sprawling complex of shrubs and suckers if left unchecked. Problems Aphids are a major problem, attacking plants whose roots become too dry. These pests transmit a virus that will weaken and eventually kill honeysuckle. To control them, use a spray or grow the plants so the roots are in shade and the head in the sun.

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Unthirsty Plants for Dry Places TREES... Fig - The best figs grow hard in dry places. Over-careful growers can actually reduce the flavour of the crop by pampering it. In particular, water given as the fruit is setting results in mushy figs. Olive, Pine & Oak - Old as Mediterranean history, olives thrive in places where watering is impossible, as do pines and oaks. It is only necessary to get the young (or mature, transplanted) trees established in the first place, for them to survive on natural rainfall. False Pepper Tree (Schinus) - A good-looking tree with feathery foliage and seeds that do indeed look like peppers. Don’t attempt to eat them! Allow this tree plenty of room and it will look beautiful and give shade for sitting under. Yucca - Fine trees with sharp leaves and huge white, lily-like flowers. If possible have several in the garden. Locust Tree (Robinia) - A deciduous tree with clusters of white or pink ‘sweet-pea’ flowers in early summer. Prune well after the summer season especially in its early years. Carob (Ceratonia) - Sometimes also called the ‘Locust Tree – allowed to grow naturally, it is covered with branches to the ground and often multi-stemmed . In this form, use it as a large hedge, informal or trimmed. Trained as a tree, with lower branches removed, it can reach six metres in 10 years, with thick, darkgreen, sparkling leaves. Female carobs look spectacular with their dark brown pods 30cm long, hanging from the branches.

SHRUBS... Spanish Broom - Grow in full sun and prune if the shrub becomes too tall and thin. Jade Plant (Crassula) - A splendid succulent for

dry gardens, either in a container or the open ground. Grows slowly with thick, silvery-grey stems and small green leaves, later bearing pink star-flowers. Remarkably drought resistant, it will eventually reach up to three metres. Very easy to propagate from small cuttings rooted in water. Matilija Poppy ( Romneya) - It is always surprising that this spectacular shrub supports dry conditions and poor, stony soil. A native of southern California and Mexico, the scented, papery white poppy flowers with their centres of bright golden stamen are 20cm across and come in june and july. For indoor arrangements, cut the blooms in bud; they will open in water and last for several days. Don’t place Romneya near less vigourous plants as this shrub spreads by underground runners and is invasive. Firethorne - An evergreen shrub with small creamy flowers and bright berries, it tolerates a good deal of drought, but does better with occasional watering in summer. When you do water, water deeply. Lion’s Ear (Leonotis) - A striking shrub growing one to two metres tall, with whorls of orange flowers growing up the stems. Plant in full sun. Rock-Rose - One of the wild shrubs of Spain, growing naturally in dry places.

FLOWERS... Choose flowers that can get by with little or no watering and you will have colour in your garden without problems. Try ‘Nasturtium’, the silver-leaved ‘cineraria maritime’, ‘sea lavender’, ‘rosemary’ – there’ s a creeping type as well – ‘thyme’ the white ‘sea daffodil’ and a huge variety of cacti and succulents are all most suitable for growing in dry places.

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Ou t of S igh t

“Far out”; “Right on; “Too much”; and “Heavy” . . . all followed by the inevitable: “Man”

I loved Cornwall, and the summer there in 1972 was one of my happiest. Having escaped the mad landlord of Penryn for flooding his pub and destroying the ceiling, I had arrived in Polperro – the place I had seen on a calendar and immediately fallen in love with. The summer was a hot one and I was living in the best place on earth as far as I was concerned. Trouble was, I was having a bit of trouble with women – pulling them that is. I remember sauntering over to some local talent in a pub one night, and hearing their Cornish accented conversation I gave them a: “Hi, I love your accents - say something”. One of them stood up, looked me straight in the eye, and said very slowly: “GO AWAY!” in perfect Cornish. Perhaps I was just too smooth!? It was the time of great music and dubious fashion - and hip talk. Kids today think they invented the term ‘Cool”, but they didn’t – it was us! We also used to say things like:

We had seen the summer of love and flower power; this was the summer of Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Mott the Hoople and David Bowie, and we all wore LOONS canvas strides (t r o u s e r s) - with vast bell bottoms that hid our platform shoes entirely, and were available in any colour for 30 bob a pair (One pound fifty in the new-fangled money) You had to remember to wash them separately from your other gear though! And you knew they needed washing when you could throw them at the bedroom wall and they stuck! Cleanliness is, after all, next to Godliness!! This was a time when we went out to drink as much as possible without getting drunk, and where tomorrow always held the prospect of something new and exciting, whether that meant a new release by Led Zeppelin; buying a Lord of the Rings poster for your wall, or attending yet another psychedelic party with suspicious substances and mini skirted birds with legs up to Newcastle. There are those of my generation who look back on the early 70’s with scorn. They must have got out rarely, and certainly missed out on a golden, “Out of sight” era.

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Susan Boyle has said that she is ready to continue with her music leaving the Priory, it has been claimed. The Britain’s Got Talent finalist reportedly told a leading UK newspaper that her time at the psychiatric clinic was like “a little holiday”. Boyle said: “I feel bloody fantastic. I want to take on the world. I’ve got my sleeves up ready. From now on there’s nae crap.” Her brother John added: “I have spoken to Susan and she is very excited and positive about the future. She told me, ‘Don’t worry. I’m having the time of my life.’ She said she felt fantastic and couldn’t wait to come back home this weekend. “She was giggling away and sounded more relaxed than she has in ages. That’s the thing with Susan. She suffers from these mood swings, so I hope that now she’s out of the clinic she’s okay.”

Billy Elliot Storms Tony Awards Billy Elliot has swept the board

at this year’s Tony Awards for theatre. The adaptation of the 2000 movie won a number of gongs at last night’s ceremony, including best musical, best choreography and best performance by a lead actor in a musical for its three Billys David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish. Director Stephen Daldry said: “I have been blessed in my life to spend the majority of the last ten years of my life working on the story of Billy Elliot.” He added that the play had been a “long, extraordinary journey” and praised the rotating lead actors as “three great gifts of Broadway, our three little Billys”. However, Elton John and Lee Hall missed out on the best score prize for the play to Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey for their work on Next To Normal. The best play was named as God of Carnage with Matthew Warchus winning best director, while Angela Lansbury received her fifth Tony for her role in Blithe Spirit.

Amanda Holden Still Keen For Corrie Role a role in Coronation

Amanda Holden has revealed that she is still hoping to secure Street. The 38-year-old actress first expressed an interest in joining the ITV1 soap in April, admitting that she was keen to stir up trouble for long-running character Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox). Speaking at the time, she explained: “I’d love to go into it as some kind of snooty southern b****. Maybe go and buy The Kabin from under Rita’s nose and turn it into a beauty salon or something horrendous that they hate, so they oust me and I go back to London!” Holden has now come up with a second storyline which would see her arriving in Weatherfield as a face from Tony Gordon’s (Gray O’Brien) past. She added: “I have suggested I become an ex of Tony Gordon. I would have to play someone classy of course, but it’s my all-time favourite show.” The Britain’s Got Talent judge played a minor character called Carmen on EastEnders in 1994. She later landed longterm roles in Wild At Heart and Cutting It.

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The unidentified source said: “Usually it’s Brad who wants to talk marriage. But this time it was Angelina. An aide sent them all the clippings about their relationship problems and Angelina said it was probably best if they married and put an end to the speculation. Brad’s face lit up, he was thrilled. He definitely wants to get married before they have any more babies. He needs to know Angelina is really committed to him. Becoming Mrs Pitt would give him that answer.”

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Mojacar’s Spectacular Theme Night at the Kimrick In a medieval setting, enjoy an evening of full entertainment starting at 7pm every Wednesday. Enjoy a complimentary drink, medieval music and a captivating international magician before watching closely as our chef carves the slow roasted hog & succulent chickens on the spit. Move into our banqueting hall, where you will be served by our wenches with a sumptuous 3 course feast, whilst being entertained by our court jester and other amazing acts. You will then be entertained by top cabaret artists. Keep the kids happy with Maid marion Children’s Entertainer offering balloon making, face painting and more... all evening. To complete this epic night, why not dance the night away with our resident DJ, playing classic music from the 60´s to the present day.

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fennel, apple & rocket salad

A mouthwatering main course... Ingredients: Serves 4 2tsp crushed peppercorns 2tsp sea salt flakes 20-24 raw prawns, shells removed 3tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

spaghetti with chilli salt & pepper prawns

1 medium red chilli, deseeded & finely chopped 1 medium green chilli, deseeded & finely chopped 1 buch spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal

Ingredients: ¼ cup slivered blanched almonds

150-200g sugar snap peas or mange tout, finely shredded

1tbsp balsamic vinegar

500g spaghetti

Salt and pepper to taste 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or parsley 2 small fennel bulbs, feathery fronds cut off 1 green apple, cored Squeeze of lemon juice 1 bunch Rocket or 3 cups of mixed green salad ¼ cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese

Method In a dry pan, toss the almonds, shaking the pan constantly, for 1 minute or until they are roasted. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil. Add the tarragon or parsley; set aside. With a small knife, remove the core at the base of each fennel bulb. With a mandoline

Method Finely grind the peppercorns and sieve to remove husks. Mix with salt and toss the prawns in the mixture

or a sharp knife, slice the bulbs paper thin. Do the same with the apple. Squeeze the lemon juice on the apples; set aside. Then in a large bowl, toss together the fennel and apples. Add half the dressing and toss again. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes for the flavours to mellow. Add the rocket to the fennel mixture and toss gently with the remaining dressing and the cheese. Arrange on 4 salad plates and sprinkle with the almonds.

Heat a wok over a medium flame and when just smoking, add in the oil, immediately followed by the garlic, chillies and spring onions. Stirfry for about 30 seconds, taking care not to burn the mixture. Add the prawns to the mixture and increase the heat. Ass 3 tbsp water and stir-fry for 1 ½ minutes, until pink. Add the shredded peas and continue to stir for approx 1 minute. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water until just cooked – al dente – add the pasta to the wok and toss everything together. Serve immediately.

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Poppyseed lemon yoghurt tart Ingredients: Shortcrust Pastry 2 eggs 1 cup plain sheep milk yogurt 2/3 cup mascarpone 4 tablespoons sugar 2.5 tablespoons cornflour Zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon poppyseeds Icingsugar, to dust

Method: Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll your pastry crust and line your mould with it. Make small holes in the bottom; place in the fridge. In a bowl, mix the yogurt, mascarpone, egg yolks, cornflour, sugar, lemon zest and poppyseeds; set aside. Place the egg whites in a bowl and whip them firm with a pinch of salt — add 1 teaspoon sugar almost at the end, to make them firmer. Fold carefully into the yogurt preparation. Pour this batter into the mould and level the top. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or so. Check regularly. Let cool before eating; dust with confectioner’s sugar

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m a r i n a d e r ec i p i e s hot chilli Ingredients: 2 chopped, deseeded fresh red chillies, 1 clove crushed garlic, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 60ml/2fl oz white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

Spicy Citrus

honey & mustard

Ideal for Chicken or Pork Ingredients: 1 lemon, juice and zest, 2 limes, juice and zest, 1 tbsp clear honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint


Maximising flavour… It may help to prick meat with a knife or fork to encourage flavours to be absorbed beyond the surface. Crushing ingredients such as garlic to release the juices (instead of simply cutting it) can add a more intense flavour, as can crushing whole black peppercorns. The zest of citrus fruits such as lemon or lime contains fragrant essential oils that can also impart a delicate yet rich aroma to chicken or fish.

Getting the timing right… As the action of the marinade actually softens the foods by breaking down the

structure and fibres, it is important not to over-marinate food as it can become mushy or fall apart. Follow the timings recommended in recipes or use the

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GB store strictly hair


Sam & Barry invite you into their friendly atmosphere ● Good Tapas & Light Meals ● Outdoor seating ● Outdoor play area ● Plenty of Parking In beautiful Seron

sky sports & setanta sports

Saturday 13th June Local Spanish Rock Band Riki Martinez FREE ENTRY From 8pm ~



Use plastic, glass or ceramic containers for marinating; metal can react with the acids and spoil the flavour. Shallow vessels are best because they allow the marinade to cover more surface area. If the food is not completely covered or submerged in the marinade, turn the food every half-hour to ensure even marinating.

Takeaway available

Directions: Seron is between Albox & Baza. From Albox on Baza road, take 1st turning to Seron, follow road round, past the road to the main square about 200m on the left is a road signed El Centro Deportivo/Sam’s Bar – take that, under bridge, large gates to sports centre go in, follow the road and we are on the left, you can’t miss us!!

Containing the flavour…

Marinades are a great way to impart great flavour to meat, fish, vegetables and cheese. It helps to tenderise meat, making it more succulent and stopping it from drying out, especially if you’re barbecuing or grilling. As well acting as a flavouring tool and a method of keeping in moisture, a marinade can also become the cooking or braising liquid. Boeuf bourguignon and that other French classic, Coq au vin, both use a wine marinade that becomes the stock for the cooking.

el Bar de la Piscina

Join us on 14th June for our


Curry Evening

Tel. 610 044 516


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recent May bank holiday, the final of the national dance competition of ANAPRODE (National Association for support and promotion of dance in Spain) in conjunction with National Confederation of Dance from France was held in Tarragona. The competition attracts hundreds of contestants and is governed by a mixed French and Spanish panel of judges. The Dance school Martina Fernandez was represented by pupils from Mojácar, Huércal Overa & Garrucha. As always, the pupils of Martina came away with excellent results; in the amateur categories - three bronze medals, three silver and one gold, the group performance received a gold medal and these excellent results were complimented with two other silver medals and a gold in the categor y pre-professional. Martina´s school has participated with great success in the four national contests of ANAPRODE held to date. This proves that with hard work, a professional approach and enthusiasm Martina´s pupils can compete with big city dance schools and attain the same level. Their presence in these competitions also promotes the villages of the area and the province. Not only at national level as they have also competed at international level. We congratulate the dancers and the teacher of

this school for their achievements and have no doubt that with their commitment they will continue to achieve great success. At present the dance school of Martina Fernandez is preparing the end of year Gala which takes place in various villages in the area at the end of June. In these galas pupils and parents can both see the progress achieved on both a creative and chorographical level. These galas take place on 13th June in Mójacar, 17th June in Huércal Overa and 20th June in Garrucha at 9pm – entrance is free!

Ver a Orphanage Update

The children had a fantastic day at the riding Stables, Centro Hipico in Pulpi. They toured all of the stables, stroking each horse in turn; then were shown how the horses were cared for and even got to stand underneath the giant hairdryer used for the horses after they’ve been shampooed! Then the carriage ride through the countryside; the children loved it, especially when the horses galloped over the bumps; lots of screams and giggles! The visit was finished off with a superb lunch – a great day had by all! Regards, Brenda P.S.’Thank You’ to the staff at Sol Times for helping us locate this venue!

We Need A New Home!

2 year old Dobermans, brother and sister, cannot be se parated. Good with children, ful ly housetrained, beautiful natures. Due to unforeseen circumstances, looking for a new home. Call 950 135 564






Wednesday Pitch 2€

For further information contact Julie on 646 234 222 or 646 675 297

Wonderful drive out from Albox to Taberno then drive 5KM further on to a fabulous Bar & Restaurant, from Tapas to Menu Del Dia - excellent value! Open swimming pool makes for a great day out. Lots of market stalls and bargains to be had Open to stall holders from 8am onwards Open to the public from 9am - 2pm Situated on the Huercal Overa/Taberno road at the junction of Los Llanos & Santopetar crossroads.

Linda and family would like to thank everyone for their support and condolences at the loss of Victor. He thoroughly enjoyed his years in Mojacar and the friendship of so many people. Your generous donations at his funeral raised 473€ for the MACS Charity. Once again thank you for your support through this difficult time Kind regards from Vic’s family


CONGRATULATIONS happy 1st Anniversary on 11th June to all the members of the Baza branch of The Royal British Legion


Dear Sol Times I write to yourselves in the hope that you will publish the ongoing saga of campervans. I have read many editorials condemning campervans. I would like an opportunity to give the other side, as there are always two sides to any grievance. Here is mine. The first overriding point is that we are all EU Citizens. Many have travelled thousands of kilometres for sea and sand, not to mention sun. About 60% are from Northern Europe: Holland, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy Belgium, Britain. The reason I have named these particular countries is because they are the main contributors to the EU and Spain is the main beneficiary of these contributions. This makes the said campervan-ers the main contributors to Spain’s wealth and infrastructure. Therefore, in my opinion, people like Snr Juan Carlos Perez and his like should show more respect. They are not immigrants; in fact they have paid more money into Spanish coffers than 98% of Spaniards. There are no direct laws or bylaws in operation to move campervans from car parks or any other place where it is deemed lawful for other vehicles to park. Therefore it is illegal for the authorities to keep harassing these EU citizens. As a compromise, the Police and Councils could be offering vouchers for FREE nights on a camp site of their choice or set up a municipal ste. As for the much used term of “they leave rubbish and empty toilets anywhere”, this is nonsense. In fact, I have on many occasions seen other vanner’s clean up after a Spanish family’s day out visit involving campfires etc on beachers. The toilet situation could be overcome by my previous suggestion or unlock the beach toilets; Mojacar being the chief offender of always being locked - they might as well not be there and therefore could be classed as an eyesore. Of course, there is one final action Snr Perez and the Politico can do and that is to leave the EU.Then they can treat all those that would come into their country as illegal immigrants and shoot them! Food for thought! Regards R Voss


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Dames In Turre

Indian Cuisine Spring into summer saver curry, rice & tubo of san miguel only 8€ discounts off selected drinks 15% off all takeaways limited period only

Friday 12th June from 10pm - 6am 5€ per person El Coliseo Romano 1KM from Los Gallardos Dress Code: Housexy can you be?

Tel: 650 575 582

Tel: 950 120 606

Marlyn Anderson and Melanie Bourne, both British artists, have joined forces and will be showing their work in a joint exhibition throughout June in La Sala Tercia del Castillo en Cuevas de Almanzora. Inauguration will take place on Wednesday 3 June at 12pm & will run until the 30 June Old and new friends will be most welcome. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MARLYN ON 950 528 007

Annual Plant & Produce Show

at El Rincon (Opposite BP Station in Albox)

Open to public view ... from 12.30pm til 1.30pm


Childcare & recreational activities for children of all ages, living in the area or on holiday. SUMMER CHILDCARE (8AM TIL 6PM) OPEN MON - FRI (3/6/9 HOUR SESSIONS) Fun & learning in English & Spanish! Music & stories, arts & crafts, educational activities & outdoor play. SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB 11AM TIL 2PM Organised fun & games with different creative activities every week. Tshirt designing, jewellry, make & paint your own pottery & lots more! KIDS CINEMA (BABYSITTING SERVICE) 8PM TIL MIDNIGHT Movie & popcorn - huge cinema screen! Booking essential.



The Royal British Legion Baz

in the market square Freila from 8pm . This charity fundraising event includes music, dancing, painting, entertainment, tombola, fun for the kids, bar and snacks, splat the rat, games and attractions. Come and support your local branch of The Roy al British Legion.

Cancer Support

Group English & Spanish Speaki ng - For more details cal l, text or email Elaine: 607 59 8 470 m www.macscancersuppo iento Arboleas Present

Exhibition of Video-Sculpt ure and Painting By Mark Maxwell entitled ‘The Thread of Memory ’ Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am-2pm until 24th July 2009 CINEMA: “Andríe Tarkovsky” - Com pilation of film clips from the film arch ive of the famous Russian director, as a complement to the exhibition Tel: 950 634 521 museogilabert@hotm

Tel: 697 264 179

esent The Luvvies Pr field ” by Derek Bewnhe re “Beyond a Joake e, us posh countr y ho


…the antics at ndings, with cause misundersta too many bodies García Ramos at the IES Martín hilarious results! th & 13th June. Albox on 11th, 12 School Theatre in freshment. complimentary re, Tickets 7.50 € incl. el sit uvvi vi n io at rm fo in For further 7 845 513 or call 69 email info@theluv

A Night At The Movies featuring featuring

The Almanzora TheVoices Voices Of Of Almanzora Museo Pedro Gilabert, Museo Pedro Gilabert, Arboleas Arboleas, 26th, 27th & 28th 26th, 27th 28th8pm June 2009 June& 2009


For reservations, please visit Girasol in Albox, RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL! Essentials in Arboleas or telephone Marie on: 699 186 319


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Wednesday 24th June In aid of Jake Stacy & Jennifer Trust

(Spinal Muscular Atrophy)

At The Beachcomber & Bar Med Mojacar Playa Menu del Noche served from 7.30pm at The Beachcomber, followed by Live Entertainment at Bar Med from 9pm, featuring various local artists

Meal & Entrance To Bar Med – 11.50€ Entrance to Bar Med Only – 2€

For more information contact The Beachcomber on 950 473 099

a Branch

Celebr ating National Arme d Forces Day on Saturday 27th June

Museo Pedro Gilabert & Ayu ntam

Find us on Mojacar Playa, near to the Irish Rover

Benefit Night


Almanzora Valley Gardening Club

on Friday 12th June

June 15th... our AGM followed by lunch at El Mar La Mar Phone Lesley 950 478 633 or email



at tapas bar “las delicias” calle almeria, lubrin on sat 20th june from 8pm ♫ ♫ also ♫ ♫

M & S PER UNA & STAR GEMS JEWELLERY on wed 1st july 6.30~8.30pm for more information

tel: 950 477 310

New Lingerie now In Stock! The APSA shop in Albox now sell new lingerie in all sizes...there will be a fitting service and, of course, there are changing rooms to try on the bras and other underwear.

cabrera fiesta

Saturday 13th June - 5pm til’ Late

in honour of San Pedro & Peter Gro sscurth, modern founder of Cortijo Cabrera FREE bus service from Turre to Cab rera from 3:30pm to 3:30am, ever y 30 minutes! We hope you can make it to the Cabrera Fiesta and experience what promises to be a truly wonderful event for ever yone to enjoy. Come & Help Us Celebrate! For further details call 647 901 478

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General Building Specialists House Reforms • Extensions/ Garages • Swimming Pools • Terracing • Rejas • Plumbing • Central Heating • Digger & Dumper Hire

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All electrical work undertaken including rewires, upgrades. We work inside or out & no job is too small. FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE

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Enclosures for:


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All ceramics, china,

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Any small building jobs including Patio’s, Brickwork, Rendering, Custom Made & Fitted Rejas and more... Tel: 950 067 943 or 697 557 677

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air/con - car Car Air-Conditioning services

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the best healthfood shop around

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damp proofing

Damp Proofing Approved Installer, English / Spanish, 13 years in Spain.

For all your perimeter fencing. Chain-link fencing supplied & Installed Also, block walling & Building work


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Mojacar Plumbing

Central Heating, Bathrooms, Alterations, Repairs, Pumps etc. 40 years experience 10 years in Spain Tel. 699 909 773

Locksmith, new locks, safes, security grills, window locks fitted. Call 950466438 or 676306269

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AAParking & storage

Potty Finca Services Professional Tree Felling, Pruning, Strimming & Hedge Cutting Ring John on 950 163 930 or 616 855 294

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Silicone Injection & Dryzone Approved Contractor FREE Survey Report & Estimate Long Term Guarantees Tel: 950 436 430 or 652 358 672



Electrician City & Guilds and Spanish Qualifications

Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans Fitted. Emergency Callout Available Tel: 670 309 878

A fully legal Spanish company, we provide our clients with top quality workmanship completed with style and imagination Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222 Email:


AAA Removals 3.5 Tonne Van Regular runs to and from UK, Full / Part Loads. Collection / deliveries within Spain Ring for best prices

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Orange Box Removals

Local, National & Deliveries


The name you can trust Tel: 678 612 331

Spain, UK Removals. Van hire, self drive, or with a driver. Tel: 630 348 505 or 636 121 926 email:


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van hire

business opportunity

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist


Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holmon Tel: 679 663 343


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Large International Company S/Employed Business Consultants Required. Earnings Reflect Commitment. Spanish Speaking An Advantage.Only High Achievers Need Apply

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Business For Sale Serendipity Crafts And Gifts, Albox. Established 4 Years, Genuine Reason For Sale. Serious Enquiries Only Please. Tel: 617588417 or 950431502


Conversation Classes Pronunciation Workshop Official Diploma in Spanish foreign language. Homework support. Call Victoria 950 472 590

Labouring, Painting, Gardening, Driving, Anything considered

Call Stephen 655 772 127

vehiclES SCRAP CARS WANTED Top prices paid DVLA notified Buyers of all metals, brass, copper, lead & aluminium Tel: 645 094 339

to & from the UK once a week

Call: 680 742 011 0044 7970 722 744 0044 1443 670 031

Hard Working Man Looking For Work

garage services Indalo Car Repair & Service Centre Albox Tel: 696 692 053 or Tel: 610 311 511 lPre ITV & ITV Clutches lDiagnostics lAuto Electrics lFull Service lComplete Engine Re-Build lAuto Electrics lTiming Belts lBrakes lWheel Bearings l


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Key ready, Luxury 3 Bed, 2 Bath villas. Complete with fully fitted kitchen, fireplace, air-con. Walled and gated plots. Swimming pool & garage.

175,000€ Tel: 651 319 529

Large Busy Bar & Restaurant (70 covers) available for lease just outside Albox Fantastic opportunity! No timewasters please!

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The people you can trust Windows • Conservatories • Doors • Patio Enclosures arches are our speciality

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urgently Wanted Rental Properties for waiting clients 2 - 4 Bedrooms & pool Furnished / Unfurnished. All areas, coastal & inland. Professional Rental Management Service offered Call Office: 950 120 816 or

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Fully furnished, modern fitted kitchen, one large bedroom, king size bed, spacious sitting/dining room, shower/toilet, air-con. Buyer Moves Home! 20,000€ O.N.O. Tel: 670 824 212

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FOR SALE Mobile Home 9m x 4m on grand Oasis Turre. 54 sq metre plot. 2 bed, fully furnished with all amenities. Fantastic mountain views.

25,000€ ono Tel: 677 012 708


Marina de la Torre, Mojacar 2 bed, fully furnished, corner plot, very quiet, Sky TV, Pools, 375€ pcm. Huerta Nueva Los Gallardos - 3 bed bungalow, unfurnished 490€ pcm Garrucha Town Centre, 2 bed, 395€ pcm Tel: 950 475 831 or 663 470 327

• We supply & fit top quality windows, doors, conservatories, patio infills & garden rooms. All with a 10 year guarantee. • Aluminium, UPVC or wood. • Free home survey & Professional advice for your complete peace of mind. • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed. • All types of building work undertaken. No job too big or small. Prices to suit your pocket.

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

PROPERTY TO RENT Rustic rural houses in Lubrin area. 290€ PCM incl. Tel: 950 477 063 3 bed village house in Partaloa. 250€ per month plus bills. Available now. Call Jay on 634 601 602 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PROPERTY FOR SALE New Villa, 3 bed 1 bath, roof terrace, fully fitted kitchen, on 3,200 sq metre plot in Oria. Full paperwork. BARGAIN 135,000€ Tel: 699 483 438. A Stunning Villa 3 bed, 2 bath in Arboleas just a 10 min walk into town. Wonderful gardens with private pool. The property is finished to a very high standard. Quality throughout.

Reduced from 295,000€ to 215,000€ for quick sale. Tel: 950 472 334 500m2 plus, farmhouse for reform. Structurally sound. Water and electric. 70,000€. Call 634 601 602 Mojacar Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath, sea views, very good condition, com. pool. Sold Fully Furnished. Reduced to 135,000€. Tel: 950 472 334 Ground Floor 2nd Line Apt. 3 bed, 2 bath, large terrace com. Pool & gym. Fantastic views. 245,000€ or sensible offers. Tel: 950 472 334 Mojacar 2nd Line Apt. 2 bed, 2 bath superb complex with sea views, large terrace com. pool & underground parking. 169,000€. Tel: 950 472 334

Cortijo Grande Golf course

Apartment FOR LONG TERM let

1 Bed Apartment on Golf Course fantastic views Approx 7 mins Turre & 15 mins Mojacar


PCM + Bills

Tel: 950 982 011 for details



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Baby Equipment Hire Birth to 5 years Travel cot, car seat, door gates, bottle sterilizers, baby walkers etc. Short term or long term hire FREE DELIVERY

Call jenny on 950 439 331 or 666 903 579 baby

Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

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domestic & commercial supplied & fitted many colours & styles all areas covered free quotations signwriting service FOR COMMERCIAL

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For information on all our products & services

please visit our website

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QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN City & Guilds & Spanish Qualification

Installation, Rewires, Repairs, Lights & Fans Fitted.

Emergency Callout

Tel. 670 309 878

Structural Surveys Tel. 686 846 624

Daniel Gonzalez Aranda By Qualified Spanish Architect References available on request

Total independent report outlining any visible defects in accordance with the photographic illustrations

Certified legal reports available for litigious cases of building negligence or house damage Certificates for legal uses (Town Hall, Notary and Land Registry’s offices, etc). Professional inquiries welcomed from Lawyers

Team of two hard working strong lads avaiLable for all types of: • building work • garden clearing & maintenance • ponds

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.


647 379 795

Neil Bates Builder

City & Guilds Qualified

Est. 2003 in Spain All aspects of building work Small works to new build

Tel: 950 137 621 / 639 435 141

Competitive Prices in the current situation


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Pool Table

UK Slate Bed Coin / Non-Coin For An Unbeatable Summer Deal Call: 958 718 546 or 678 398 141

Pink & cream Moses basket with wooden rocking stand, VGC 45€ ono 4 small black sacks of baby girl clothes 0/3 months inc vests, t-shirts, skirts, pants, socks, hats, scratch mittens, shoes. 50€ for the lot. 6 stack Aiwa CD/tape player for car complete with leads 100€ Tel: 662 547 806 Upright Piano, in good working order with original attached brass candelabra. 200€ ONO Buyer collects. Tel: 637 070 149 2 x large feather-filled 2 seater sofas (orange fleck colour) 190€ each. Tel: 637 070 149 New 4 Bottle Rotating Freestanding Optic Set, ideal for outside bar/bbq area. 20€ Tel: 637 070 149 Car seat 3month-4 years, adjustable width 40€.Baby car seat with carry handle 20€ Mothercare pushchair 15€ Safety gate 10€ Advent bottle sterilizer 10€ Tel 950 529226 2 office desks, 2 shelving/cupboard units, 3x2m high shelving units and1 printer/fax table all in maple melamine finish, VGC 250€ Call Bill on 618 316 802 or 950 466 367 Yamaha EZ-200 Keyboard, many features, still in box with instruction manual, cost over 200€, little use, 100€ ONO Tel: 662 641 601 Pace 430N Sky Digibox in good condition with remote and power cable.95€. Tel: 950 528 337 or 660 908 870. Portable Air Conditioner Balay Coolstar, very little use, wheels, remote condenser, 125€ Call: 637 974 793 Garage up / over door in excellent condition. Size, height 83 inches x 8ft 10 inches wide, buyer collects, price 90€ Mob: 610 323 541 Teka Washing Machine, 1 year old, still under guarantee, excellent condition, 1200 Spin Speed. Complete with instruction book, hose etc Cost 309€ (receipt available). Genuine reason for sale. Will accept 199€ ONO Tel:679 079 736 Fridge 145L capacity 50€, Computer table 30€, Black iron double bed frame w/head 6 footboards 75€, Tel 647 081 737

Babyliss Jet Spray Massage Bath Mat 50€ Call: 685 248 999 Pine bunk bed (almost new) with mattress 40€; Gas Stove With Oven 30€; White Kitchen Cabinet (new) 40€; 10m2 White Marble Tiles 30€ Tell: 679 329 314 Pool & Snooker Tables. Will guarantee to beat any price. Tel: 666 933 726 Fishing Boat – 5m Explorer Elite Pleasure fishing boat. 3 years old on two wheel trailer with front winch. For more info Tel: 950 432 502 or 678 050 359 The new & improved ‘Home Sweet Home’ in Turre now has even more stock and much more space for browsing in comfort! Come along and check out the changes – we think you’ll like it! Tel: 950 479 487 NEW IN! 10 different bargain-priced patio sets from only 39€! Home Sweet Home, Turre (Next to Dia Supermarket) Tel: 950 479 487 NEW IN! Quality stainless steel garden tools and accessories. Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Easygrow Herbs in a bag only 1.99€ Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Factor 15 & 25 Suntan Creams from 2.99€; Sunglasses – HUGE range from 5.99€ Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Suitcases & Travel Accessories NOW IN! Portable luggage scales only 8.99€ Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Solar Lights, Outdoor Clocks/ Thermometers, Wind chimes etc. Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Survive hot summer nights with our 100% Egyptian cotton bedlinen! Summer duvets NEW IN! Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 The very best range of quality household & kitchen goods in this area only from Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 The largest range of small domestic electrical goods in this area; from Kettles to Hoovers – all at Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 Dulux Matt Emulsion – Cheaper than England! Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 The secret to successful exterior painting of your house? Use SANDTEX – the very best quality exterior paint – NEW IN! at the very

best price at Home Sweet Home, Turre Tel: 950 479 487 (on main road in Turre, next to Dia Supermarket)

wanted Child’s car seat, good condition. Tel: 634 873 035 (Arboleas) Pool Cover 8 x 4. Summer or Winter. Tel: 639 985 204 Garden Shed or wooden single story house for garden. can collect. Call 647 571 257 / 950 439 032 AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call:600 007 175 or 663 614 310 Electric or petrol strimmer wanted. Tel: 637 257 652.

SERVICES alarms Securitas Direct monitored alarm system with SOS facility. Tel: 662 474 828

Alternative Energy Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918 Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil. Tel: 636 261 240 www.

beauty AVON, Tel Claire: 691 987 454 or email:


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curtains SO EFFICIENT – Made to measure curtains, blinds & upholstery. Complete measuring & fitting service available. Choose from the comfort of your own home or supply your own fabric. Tel: 654 894 836 Curtains & Things, curtains/soft furnishings/ accessories. Complete, personal, bespoke service. Tel: 678 684 564.

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tiling Andalucian Tiling & Plastering specialist. Fully guaranteed. Tel: 661 129 028

transport Hodges Transport, full/part loads, Spain – UK – Europe. Dog & Cat Transport available call for a good price. Tel: 950 459 724 or 669 236 555

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caravan storage Caravan Storage. Antas. Tel: 661 508 776

digger for sale 1 Tonne Ausia Dumper 2,000€. Tel: 950 591 979

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spares/repair Tata 4X4 Gear box gone Low miles 350€ ONO Tel: 699 483 438


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The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.

Magnitude This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.

Examples of magnitude values; Sun Full Moon Venus (at brightest) International Space Station Sirius (brightest star) Limit of human eye Limit of 10x50 binoculars Pluto Limit of Hubble Space Telescope

-26.7 -12.7 -4.4 -2 -1.44 +6 to +7 +9 +14 +30

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clubs & assocIATIONS A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous English speaking.Call 620 165 005. Aikido Turre at the California Fitness Centre, Turre. Every Monday evening 7.30 - 8.30pm. All welcome. (English and Spanish spoken). Please contact Roger Pendleton Tel: 646 142 596 for more details. Al-Arbuli Slot Car Club Contact John Watts on 954 616 026 662 414 339 or Dick Cooper 606 198 457 Almanzora Group of Friends Information Centre & Library Open Tues, Thurs, & Sat 10am-2pm. For further information contact June Northern 627 800 350 Almanzora Valley Friendship Group A group for singles in the Albox area. We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at Bar International at 8.30pm. Contact 638 548 169. Almeria Lawn Bowling Club Telephone Shirley Jackson for more information: 679 970 399. Almeria Link Singles Friendship Group Meet every Wednesday evening 8.30pm and weekends. For details, call 950 168 007 or 950 478 899. Animal Protection Society Albox (A.P.S.A.) Homing Officer - Call 662 000 378 Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. Charity Shops are: Calle Ancha 10, 04800 Albox, Almería, Spain. OR Calle del Cura Valera, 35, 04600 Huércal-Overa, Almería, Spain. Are you alone in Spain? We are a group of friends 55+ and would offer a warm welcome. Pam:950 479 278/666 277 772. Amigos de los Coches Clasicos del Levante A classic car club situated in the Almeria/Murcia region of Southern Spain. For more information - Harry 629 529 656 or Hans 968 419 256 or email: Betty’s Garden Club 12pm, 2nd Monday of the month at Camping Los Gallardos. Contact: 950 398 162 Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Secretary, Bryan Redington Tel: 950 478 604.

Cantoria Residents Association Meet every 2nd Monday of the month, 8pm in the Association Meeting Room in Cantoria (above the pre-school) We also hold clinics - Monday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am to 12.30pm, same building. Further information from our web site www. or for more info, call Bruce on 662413075 Classic Automobile Club For further information call: Monique: 699 961 002; Hans: 968 419 256; Peter: 968 419 222. Dames in Huercal Overa meet at the Pepper Tree on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.30.For further information please call Pam on 677 273 736 Dames in Turre Tel 950 479 466. Dames in Spain Meet at Kimrick Mojacar 3rd Monday of the month 11am. Guests welcome.Enquiries to Sonya on 950 479 277 Elderberries Lunch Club For elderly, lonely, handicapped etc. Tel: Margaret 950 477 063 or Marianne 950 472 349. Expatriate Ostomates of Spain (EOS) Have you had surgery on the digestive or urinary system for cancer or other disease? If you would like to help someone, or receive further information, please call our local contact Dee on 950 064 322. Forum Golf Society plays organised friendly games at local courses twice a month. Contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 or, or see www. Indalo Bowling Club Los Gallardos visitors welcome. Please contact Dorene Leigh 950 472 227. Indalo Players Theatre Group All enquiries to Sue 950 133 655/666133217 ‘Macenas’ Senior Citizens’ Club Basement level Artisans’ Centre, Mojacar Pueblo. Model Aero Flying Club For further information contact: Johnny Hayes 950 478 899. Mojacar Cricket Club For further information call: Keith Rose 647 675 898 or Phil Beal 696 932 763. Mojacar Taekwon-Do Club Harmony Gym, Mojacar Playa, Tel: 670381839 or visit for more information Mother & Toddlers For more information call: 680 732 564. Royal British Legion Albox Branch For further information contact Ted on 950064078 or Peter on 628239375 Royal British Legion Mojacar Branch Call for further information - Membership Sec. 950 473 025 Santa Irene Club de Vela Sailing for all! Tel: John Talisson 950 475 157 or Email: sailrway@hot mail.corn

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Rainforest is worth more standing

The Indonesian rainforest is worth more standing than felled say researchers. A new analysis has shown that payments to reduce carbon emissions from the forests could generate more income than palm oil production on deforested land. Protecting the forests could become profitable under a proposed scheme called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (Redd).

In the journal Conservation Letters, they say this scheme will help protect threatened forests. Palm oil, an ingredient in products including food and soaps, has become an important feedstock for biodiesel. This has created controversy because in Indonesia and Malaysia, which are its major producers, companies clear and often burn swathes of forest to grow their crops.


Tickled apes yield laughter clue

Origin of Antarctic ice revealed Incredible peaks and valleys, buried beneath ice for 14 million years, have revealed evidence of how the East Antarctic ice sheet first formed. Scientists used radar to map an area of the Gamburtsev mountains - believed to be the point of origin of the ice. The region would have been cold enough for the first glacier to form. Researchers say their findings provide important clues about how the ice sheet will behave as our climate changes: “This is the largest reservoir of ice on Earth, and the most poorly understood place on our planet,” said the British Antarctic Survey’s Fausto Ferraccioli, a scientist involved in a separate international project to study the region. He explained that the elevation and location of the Gamburtsev Mountains - in the centre of the ice sheet - made them an “ideal place” for the formation of the very first ice. Sun Bo from the Polar Research Institute of China, who led this study, has now provided further insight into the evolution of the ice sheet. He and his colleagues travelled 1,235km (767 miles) by tractor train from a research station at the edge of East Antarctica, to the summit of Dome A of the Gamburtsev range, near the centre. Dr Sun’s team then attached

radar equipment to the tractor and drove around, meticulously surveying a 30km by 30km square of the glacial region. Their radar revealed a landscape that, 14 million years ago, looked similar to the European Alps. “This is true scientific exploration,” said Martin Siegert, head of the school of geosciences at Edinburgh University, who was also involved in the study. “There’s nothing to guide you really. Peering down at the ice sheet beneath your feet, you just don’t know what’s under there.” And for this type of exploration, the use of radio waves is very powerful. When the waves reach the interface between ice and rock they bounce back, because of the difference in electrical properties between the two. Dr Siegert said the research team was “very lucky” to see such a clear image of the underlying landscape. They discovered a whole valley system - with mountains at the edge of the survey region and the valley in the middle. “That’s perfect, because it allows us to work out how the valley would have worked when it was filled with ice, and how the water would have flowed when there was no ice there at all,” said Dr Siegert.

Space rocks turned tide for Earth

A storm of meteorites that pounded Earth and Mars four billion years ago may have made the planets warmer and wetter. Researchers superheated younger space rocks to measure the gases that would have been shed as meteorites entered fledgling atmospheres during the storm. There would have been enough to create warmer and wetter planets more amenable to life, they say. The team started with 15 fragments of ancient meteorites from around the world, heating them using a technique called pyrolysis-FTIR. This uses electricity to raise the temperature of the fragments by up to 20,000C per second. The gases into which they decompose are then analysed. The researchers found that an average fragment gave up 12% of its mass as water vapour and 6% as carbon dioxide. They then used mathematical models of how many meteoric impacts would have occurred during the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), a period about four billion years ago during which an unusually large

number of meteorites rained down on bodies in the Solar System. Based on published estimates of the number of LHB impacts, the researchers believe 10 billion tonnes of water and carbon dioxide would have been brought to the Earth and Mars each year. That in turn would have led to global warming, liquid oceans, and a more habitable environment, they suggest. “Because of their chemistry, ancient meteorites have been suggested as a way of furnishing the early Earth with its liquid water,” said Imperial College London’s Richard Court, lead author of the research. Now we have data that reveals just how much water and carbon dioxide was directly injected into the atmosphere by meteorites. These gases could have got to work immediately, boosting the water cycle and warming the planet.” Earth benefits from a magnetic field, which deflects the solar wind that in time would have whipped away the atmospheric gases that meteorites brought to Mars, according to the researchers.

New research has given credence to the idea that laughter evolved in a common ancestor of the great apes and humans. Researchers tickled 22 young apes and three humans and acoustically analysed the laughing sounds that resulted.

Orangutans, by comparison, had fewer “vibration regimes” - meaning they could get fewer tones from their vocal cords.

Though the vocalisations varied, the team found that the patterns of changes fit with evolutionary splits in the human and ape family tree.

Because the sounds of the most closely related apes matched most closely in the analysis of the laughter, the researchers believe the work is proof of laughter’s shared evolutionary origin, followed by adaptation to its form in the species we see today.

The research in Current Biology also suggests that gorillas and bonobos have some control over their breathing. Primate researchers have long guessed that many of the social behaviours that are seen in humans have a basis in our primate lineage. Studies have noted that vocalisations that some apes make while being tickled are similar to those made when they are playing, and acoustically they share some characteristics with human laughter. “We have various findings showing that human laughter is deeply rooted in human biology, because, for example, it’s present in various cultures, in deaf and blind children,” explained Marina Davila-Ross of the University of Portsmouth, the lead author of the study. “So there have been many claims that these vocalisations have a pre-human basis.” To put the idea on a firmer footing, Dr Davila-Ross made more than 800 recordings of the tickle-induced laughter of the apes and infants. Many of the characteristics of the actual frequencies in the recordings - such as the central and peak frequencies, and the variability of the frequencies within each laugh - were similar across all the subjects. The differences among the subjects, however, showed how they may indicate a common ancestor. Chimpanzees and bonobos - our closest relatives of the group tended, like the humans, to have longer series of laughs, each made up of shorter calls. Another component is in the role that the voice plays in the sound of a laugh. “When humans laugh, they voice stable sounds: that means the vocal folds are moving in a very regular synchronised way,” Dr Davila-Ross explained. “We found these acoustic properties also in bonobos.”

“There’s a lot of research that has been going on, but this is the first study that has conducted the phylogenetic approach to measure these acoustics and relate them to one another,” Dr Davila-Ross. One surprising finding was that gorillas and bonobos had bouts of laughter that lasted as much as three times the length of their breathing cycle - suggesting that they exerted some control over their breathing in the process. Robert Barton, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Durham, called the research “fun, but not all that surprising”. He said that there have long been suspicions of a shared evolutionary basis for laughter, in a concept researchers call homology. “It’s widely accepted that these emotional expressions are homologous - people have looked at laughter in social contexts in terms of play faces and vocalisations, but no-one has worked specifically on tickle-induced laughter before. “It’s certainly less surprising than the alternative, which would be that it evolved separately and independently in each group,” he commented. “What I think is the interesting question is the function of the behaviour in the different species, and whether it’s functionally the same - that would be fascinating,” he said. Dr Davila-Ross said that the answer to that question interested her group as well, and that she is conducting further experiments to address the question.



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Electric R8 could be on the cards, while cabrio version is go!

AUDI could soon be giving the phrase ‘electrifying performance’ new meaning! Insiders at the German firm have revealed they’re planning to launch an electric version of its R8 supercar at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It’s likely to take the form of a dramatic concept car, similar in design to the head-turning Audi RSQ, which previewed the R8 in the sci-fi film ‘I, Robot’ back in 2004. In the Will Smith movie, the RSQ was powered by electricity – and it seems that it could be rather prophetic.

Audi bosses are known to be keen on the idea of alternative power for the R8, having already planned a V12 TDI diesel-engined version, before having to can it as a result of the current economic downturn; and that’s where a zero-emissions model could step in. The VW Group’s electric powertrains are already highly advanced – VW itself will take the wraps off a plug-in family car concept at Frankfurt– and the R8 would be an ideal showcase for a performance version, rivalling Tesla’s Roadster. While Audi is keeping tight-lipped about the idea, it has confirmed that it will take the wraps off a drop-top R8 Spyder version at Frankfurt.

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Superman appears in new ad campaign Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Toyota Prius! The car’s clever hybrid technology doesn’t allow it to fly, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota using Superman in an advert to promote the MkIII model. The ad shows Daily Planet journalist Clark Kent being dispatched to get a scoop on the new hatchback. Quick as a flash, he swaps into his caped costume and takes to the skies to scour the city for a Prius on the move. Flying above it, he uses his X-ray vision to see through the bonnet and grab a picture of the hi-tech petrol/electric drivetrain underneath. “Big news!” shouts his boss back at the office. Meanwhile, the firm has announced prices for the new model in the UK. It will start at £18,370 for the T3, and rise to £ 21 , 210 for the T Spirit.

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Budget Cap War

by NCB

As Jenson Button disappears into the sunset with this years Formula One World Championship, the current situation in the sport, could see the sun set on Formula One as we know it...

While most of the teams are trying to catch Button in his Brawn Mercedes, they are also trying to negotiate their way into the 2010 World Championship, with a seemingly immovable object in the form of Max Mosley, President of the FIA - Formula One’s governing body. Max Mosley has declared that all teams will race next season under a £40 million budget cap. This, he believes, will help secure the future of the sport in uncertain financial times, and also encourage smaller teams to enter. This appears to be having the desired affect. At present 10 new teams have confirmed lodging an entry with the FIA to run under the voluntary budget cap - Prodrive, Lola, March, Litespeed, Epsilon Euskadi, US F1, Campos Meta1, Team Superfund, N.Technology and Brabham. FOTA - Formula One Teams Association - began with all 10 teams opposed to these plans. They are prepared to scale down their costs over a three year period, arriving at Max Mosley’s £40 million figure in 2012. Mosley has stressed that this is not acceptable and all entrants for 2010 will race under the budget cap. FOTA have argued that scaling down expenditure from an estimated average of £250 million in the 2008 season to £40 million in 2010, is just not possible. Hence, we have the F1 Budget Cap War...

Six days after eight teams submitted a conditional block entry for the 2010 championship, Mosley has insisted they can quit the sport and form their own championship. The FOTA eight - Ferrari, Toyota, Renault, BMW Sauber, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Brawn GP - have made it clear they will sign up to F1 through to 2012, but with conditions. They have made it clear they will not operate under a voluntary budget cap for next season. FOTA are also demanding the re-signing of the Concorde Agreement - the regulatory and commercial document that governed F1 up until the end of 2007 - by all parties before June 12. However, Mosley said: "A Concorde Agreement received so late can't be signed by June 12. There are 500 pages. We now have a dispute and we will see who prevails. I say to them: If you want to formulate your own rules, then you can organise your own championship providing it meets the safety requirements. But we have the Formula One championship. We draw up the rules for that, have been doing that for 60 years and we will continue doing so."


FOTA’s stance has been weakened a little by first WilliamsF1 and later Force India, who have entered unconditionally, next year, resulting in them being kicked out of FOTA last week, as they have binding contracts with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management, and had no option. The drivers appear to be in total support of their teams with Ferrari’s Felippe Massa, Renault's Fernando Alonso and Toyota's Jarno Trulli, the most outspoken, making it clear a breakaway series is not just an empty threat. Massa said in an interview: "As drivers we want to race in the best category, and that means the one that has the best technology, best teams and best drivers, a category that is the top one in motorsport.If we do what Mr Mosley wants, then we will not be at the top of motorsport. We will be in a different level. That is why we (the drivers) are together with the teams, we are together with FOTA, who I hope can strike a deal. I hope they can find a solution because we would love to carry on in F1. But if F1 is not possible because it is not F1 any more, then we will go to another championship."

Waiting in the wings are new teams happy to race under the £40 million cap proposed by FIA president Max Mosley.

And so, while Mosley adopts his somewhat typically dictatorial approach (like father, like son) FOTA are seemingly attempting a more democratic resolution.

The FIA will confirm next Friday which teams have been granted an entry, and there is every possibility the remaining eight will be excluded.

However, don’t bet against there being two Formula One style racing series’ this time next year; particularly if Mosley digs his heels in...

Jaguar’s New C-Type On The Prowl

traditional British roadster shape and makes it completely modern. As with the XK, the new sports car would use an aluminium monocoque with extruded body panels to maximise weight-saving and structural stiffness. A strict two-seater, it would feature an electrically operated folding canvas roof, to be stowed behind the occupants’ heads. Under the bonnet there will be a wide range of engines all taken from the XF, with an entry-level 235bhp 3.0-litre V6 version and a 380bhp 5.0 V8 flagship. There’s also scope to offer the XF’s latest 3.0-litre twinturbo diesel, which boasts 272bhp and the prospect of 40mpg. All models will feature Jaguar’s excellent six-speed automatic gearbox, complete with steering wheelmounted paddles. With such a lightweight chassis, even the entry-level 3.0-litre V6 will be enormously fast, boasting a 0-60mph time of around seven seconds. The 5.0-litre V8 version could slash two seconds off that sprint and accelerate on to 155mph.

British baby aims to KO Porsche Boxster as Jaguar cashes in on growing roadster market! It’s the sports car that every Jaguar fan has been desperate to see! This is the Big Cat’s allnew rival for Porsche’s Boxster – a compact two-seat roadster that promises performance and style at an affordable price. Evoking memories of the legendary C-Type, it will lead a new wave of driver-focused machines, taking the firm into uncharted – but potentially very successful – territory. The compact sports market is huge and, as well as the Boxster, rivals include the Audi

TT, BMW Z4, Nissan 370Z and Mercedes SLK: Jaguar needs a slice of the action. Drawing on the XK range’s strong following, the newcomer will feature headturning styling and a thrilling rear-drive chassis. With a sub-£40,000 price tag, it’s a real recipe for success. Ratan Tata, boss of Indian giant Tata Motors, which owns Jaguar-Land Rover, has made no secret of his desire for Jaguar to expand its sports car line-up – and this could be vital to

securing the firm’s future. It’s clear that the new model evolves cues from the XF such as the bold mesh grille, sharpened LED headlights and bonnet power bulge, making them more aggressive and sporty. Short overhangs, a steeply raked windscreen and muscular rear haunches are further highlights. The look is completed by a pert rear with slim tail-lights, an XFstyle chrome strip and integrated chrome exhausts. In short, the vehicle takes the

As the XF has shown, Jag’s talented engineers can produce a saloon that corners like a sportster but offers a cosseting ride. So making a purer driver-pleasing roadster should be a task they will relish. But while the car will be agile, responsive and sporty to drive, it also promises to be extremely comfortable. Of course, the firm is not without its problems: together with Tata, it is currently trying to secure financial assistance from the UK Government. And that means the new XJ saloon plus a forthcoming XF estate, as well as a convertible version of that car, are its priorities for now. This Boxster rival, along with a replacement for the legendary E-Type, are on the drawing board, though, and would arrive in 2012 at the earliest.


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The latest results confirm that the members have come to terms with our demanding golf course, where you have to plot your way around avoiding the lakes, barrancas and bunkers.

Wednesday 27th May - Individual Stableford With a host of nationalities in our club it is good to see a French/Spanish winner 1st

Pierre Dominguez 35pts


Neil Bott 34pts on a card play off

3rd Bill Gibb 34pts

Wednesday 3rd June - Monthly Medal Despite the heat making it an endurance test, we still have very good scores being returned: 1st

Roger Kaye 87-19=68

2nd Bill Gibb 81-11=70 3rd

Chris Baker 78-7=71

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information please contact 650 835 188 or 634 641 199

Cortijo Grande Golf

Wednesday 3rd June at Cortijo Grande and 2 divisions, despite the hot weather! First division winner with 36 points Chris Astheimer, second with 36 points Bob Winter and third with 35 points Mike Picken. No ball sweep winners.

Sunday 7th June at Cortijo Grande and again 2 divisions. First division winner with 42 points Greg Ward, second with 37 points Mike Picken and third also 37 points Bob Risbey, lost on back nine. Second division winner with 36 points Linda Bawden, second with 35 points Reno Pellaguna and third with another 35 points Chris Risbey, again lost on back nine.

Ball sweep winners: Augustin Fuentes, Steve Wright, Neville Pye, Bill Churchill & Linda Bawden. We shall be taking an away day early in July dates to be announced next week.

Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande - visitors and guests welcome. M P

forum Golf society

The Forum Golf society played two very different courses some 150 kilometres apart over the past two weeks, with some good performances in types of events.


Firstly, on May 29th some 24 members & guests stayed overnight in Roquetas de Mar & competed in an individual stableford event at Playa Serena, with Phil Haynes coming out on top in very blustery conditions with a score of 35 points. Fran Elam (34 points) was second, Malcolm Fenwick (33) third & Pat Garrigan (30) fourth. Secondly our first Traffic Light Scramble of the year was played at Aguilon on June 5th, with the winning team of Richard Swaine, Arthur Jones, Clive Filkins & Maurice Jamieson returning a terrific gross score of eight under

par 62 (net 54.2). Our previous week's winner Phil Haynes led his team of Dave Langsford, Roy Barker & Dave Sharp to second place with a net 55.8, whilst Bob Vincent, Colin Waters, Louise Douglas & Phil Harris (56.3) were third and Frank Varey, Jim Barclay & Ann Wilmott (57.9) fourth. Upcoming events include June 19th - Double Par Medal at Marina July 3rd - Team Irish Fourball at Marina July 17th - Individual Stableford at Hacienda del Alamo July 31st - Five Club Stableford at Marina For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 or, alternatively visit our website at

The fishing meeting on 2nd June at the Beachcomber went well; about 20 anglers turned up with many questions and answers sorted. All the beach and boat licences will have been put in and should be ready by this Friday, the coarse ones will take longer. It was nice to see such a wide variety of fishermen with groups of sea, coarse and game anglers all chatting away. If you missed the meeting then I’m sure we will do

it again, but old sea dogs can be found in the Beachcomber most, if not every, Tuesday evening from about 7pm and of course I’m always there if not out fishing! ‘Baza Barry’ says Negratin is still fishing well and should stay that way now for the summer, well, until the water level drops! He’s been catching Carp to 4lbs and Barbel over 3lbs. He lost a big fish to snags under the Spa Bath and is sure it was a Barbel because of the lengthy and strong run. His 10lb line parted when the fish went round what Barry thought was a sunken tree. ‘Negratin Neil’ (http://web. m e . c o m / t h r e a d go l d / S it e _ 7/ Activities.html) took some friends from Turre to the hot springs; they went out in his boat and caught a couple of Barbel and Carp. ‘Spanish Peter’ - now with the

new nickname ‘Peterminator’ while fishing with his son-in-law ‘Kote’ and two friends caught 9 Trout with 28 falling to the four of them. Peter also bagged some Barbel, one caught on a Rapala, proof what big predators these fish are. Captain ‘Brian’ Cuba took ‘Mike the Watch’ and Mike’s two visiting sons out on his Garruchamoored boat, they caught a few but nothing special. Brian and guests had a better day last week, see photo of ‘Paul the Rope’ and a rare Brown Scorpion Fish. Paul also landed some good Red Snappers. ‘London Bill’ has been doing fine on Mojacar’s beaches and the rocks at Macenas; the rocks produced a Bonito weighing 5lbs, went down well seemingly! Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the newly positioned webcam: www. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licences, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number.

Tight lines Beachcomber John

the grumpy old men of los gallardos Greetings from waiting room!



Shylock and I went down on Friday to fish with Bengi and his mate. The fishing, scheduled for Thursday, was blown off, Friday dawned better, the wind having dropped and the sea appeared fairly calm. We cast off and headed for the Garrucha mark. As we left the shelter of the breakwater, we were subjected to a huge swell which was not obvious from the shore. With cries of "Oh dear" - or words to that effect - we turned the boat around and headed back in. Never mind, there will be other times! The Two Ronnie's were out here

Monday 1st June

recently and during one of their walks over the viaduct, they saw a large grey/brown creature up ahead and took it to be a wild boar. That night in the watering hole, they were recanting the tale when Grommet chirped, "That was no wild boar, it was one of my rabbit's! They're that big!!" He recently celebrated his birthday and his "friends" very kindly bought him a super-duper water pistol and a safari hat. Now we'll see who’s running the Ponderosa! My money is still on the rabbits! The other week he was suffering with a bloodshot left eye; the doctor diagnosed "mix-my-eyetosis"!!!!

All is sweetness and light in Microwave Mike's household. His beloved, keen to show off her culinary skills said "Let's have bacon and eggs for breakfast, have you got a frying pan? "Frying pan, I have one in pristine condition" said he, and promptly produces....... a wok!!! Me thinks a utensil recognition course is called for! It was refreshing to see the many husbands going shopping with their wives, thus gaining ‘brownie points’ prior to the European Cup Final. Next time, let’s try to be a little more convincing please lads! That's all for this week Until the next time Tight lines, Uncle Albert


The member’s monthly medal played in hot, sunny conditions with just a light breeze. The white tees, for the men, proved quite a test from the rear most positions, particularly on the 10th hole with a very long carry to the fairway. Andrew Markham scored the only two of the round with a 6 metre putt, at the fifth, from off the green. The Medal winner was Mark Davies with a nett 70. The men's division was won by Andrew Markham (71) from Peter Edwards (72) and John Bridgen (74). The winner of the ladies division was Sandra Edwards. Thursday's Team Competition was teams of three with two to count on Stableford scoring. The pin position on the 9th hole, placed in the middle of a 30 degree slope, proved quite a test with any missed

putt finishing three or four metres from the hole. The winners enjoyed an excelent back nine with a fifteen under par return, including the prize for nearest the pin on the 14th by Linda King. 1st ~ Jim Budd, Linda King and Margaret Blackham 84 2nd ~ Jacquie Creswell, Tony Cordingley and Mark Davies 80 3rd ~ Brian Couper, John Butler and Rob Derris 78 4th ~ Grenville Bradford, Margaret Budd 77

Sandra Edwards and

Visitors are invited to mix in with members for their Thursday Team Competition for a total of 30 Euros, including green fee. Ring Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra on 950 069 438.

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Button’s Turkish Delight "It was immense, it really was. I have to say a massive thank you to everyone because it just keeps getting better. Ten to 15 laps in, I thought it was probably not a good idea, but I really wanted to radio the team and say 'This car is outrageous!' "It was tempting fate a little, so I left it until the end of the race." After crossing the line, Button was told over the pit-to-car radio he had produced an "awesome drive."

A "monster" of a car has teed up Jenson Button for potentially the mother of all victories. At the end of his sixth win from seven races, and his fourth in a row to equal a feat last achieved by a Briton in 1992 when Nigel Mansell was crowned champion, Button was a little emotional. There were tears in the eyes of the 29-yearold as he spoke after a Turkish Grand Prix triumph that has helped him establish a 26-point lead in the title race over Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello. Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel finished around seven seconds behind in second and third, but in effect they were light years away from Button in his Brawn Mercedes. It was a case of man and machine in perfect harmony around a half-empty Istanbul Otodrom as Turkish F1 fans elected to stay away due to excessively high ticket prices.

Screaming with joy, he replied: "Thankyou. You've built me a monster of a car. You guys are absolute legends." Behind the Red Bull duo Toyota's Jarno Trulli was fourth, followed by Nico Rosberg in his Williams, with fifth his best performance of the year. Felipe Massa, winner here from pole for the last three years, was sixth in his Ferrari, with BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica finally ending his points duck by taking seventh. The second Toyota of Timo Glock completed the top eight, with almost forgotten World Champion Lewis Hamilton 13th in his pitiful McLaren, finishing 80.4 seconds adrift of Button.

Federer Better Late Than Never Roger Federer maintains that being made to wait so long for an elusive French Open title makes winning it all the more sweeter. The Swiss finally laid his hands on the Roland Garros crown with a 6-1 7-6 (7/1) 64 victory over Robin Soderling in Sunday's final at Roland Garros. Federer had lost the last three finals in Paris to Rafael Nadal but he can now celebrate becoming the sixth man to clinch a career Grand Slam of all the major titles. He has also moved level with Pete Sampras on a record 14 grand-slam title successes. Federer dominated Soderling, the 23rd seed who had ousted Nadal in round four, in rainy and windy conditions. The world number two admitted clinching victory was simply unbearable. "I was very nervous at the beginning of the third set because I realised how close I was.

England Stun Pakistan

Those that were here witnessed a stunning drive from Button, aided by a mistake off the line from Barrichello and one on the opening lap from polesitter Vettel that handed him the win. "This is the first race where the car has been absolutely perfect for me," beamed Button.

It is now definitely a case of when Button wins the title, not if.


And the last game was almost unplayable. I was just hoping to serve some good serves and hoping he was going to make four errors. It was that bad. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me." To many, the victory rubber-stamped Federer's status as the greatest player the game has seen. the Caribbean. But after passing a strenuous fitness test before the must-win encounter at The Oval, Pietersen hit a match-winning 58 off 38 balls as England bounced back from their opening-match embarrassment to secure a 48-run victory. The triumph, achieved before a 23,000 capacity Oval crowd, guarantees England's progress to the Super Eight stage of the tournament.

Despite all the rule changes from last season which promised more overtaking, less predictable results, and a more closely competitive grid, the exact opposite has occurred. Last season saw the closest finish to a World Championship in Formula 1 history, with Lewis Hamilton winning on the last corner of the last lap of the last race. This season quite possibly will see the earliest ever finish to a Formula 1 World Championship, with the last 5 or 6 races becoming mere formalities.


Kevin Pietersen made a timely return from injury to secure England's progress into the next stage of the World Twenty20 tournament following an emphatic win over Pakistan. The former England captain missed Friday's humiliating defeat by Holland with a recurrence of the Achilles problems which have plagued him since this winter's tour of

It was a startling turnaround from the nervous performance they delivered against the Dutch as England showed far more purpose and intent in setting a competitive target of 185 for five before restricting Pakistan to 137 for seven. England's triumph also served to underline just how they depend on Pietersen's firepower if they are to progress further in the event and the consequences if he suffers another recurrence of his Achilles problems. Because in the end it was Pietersen's display of brilliance which secured England's progress

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Ian Cockcroft (left), Captain of Boxers GS (2008 winners) presenting the trophy to Les Raufer (right), Captain of Aguilon Members Club, 2009 season champions.

Valle del Este Golf Society

Tuesday 2nd June

Friday 5th June Medal Competition

What a great day for golf no wind and the course in excellent condition.

1st Brian Brown (Capt) nett 75

Our handicap secretary John Haydon had a field day chopping the handicaps after the days play.



Ray Harrison 44pts


John Clements 40pts


Martin de Bruin 37pts

Well played boys! Don’t moan about your new handicaps!

2nd Sean Halligan nett 76 Neville Redding nett 78

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