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The system of sanitation in La Manga del Mar Menor is back to normal operation after a problem with the sixth pumping station. It was feared that the pump had been damaged by an electricity fluctuation, but after examination by technicians it was declared to be undamaged and functioning normally. A spill occurred as a result of this problem which was rectified immediately. However, 600 metres of the Lebeche beach was closed in the de Castillos de Mar area. Civil Protection personnel and local police were in the area from the outset to inform citizens. The beach will be closed until the absolute security of users can be guaranteed. An Emergency Meeting was convened at City Hall to address the situation and propose an emergency response protocol. It was attended by several council members and the top officials of all municipal services involved together with the company responsible for maintaining the system. Measures to be undertaken include the renting of a reserve pump for each pumping station, to be deployed immediately in emergency situations as well as 24 hour monitoring permanently at each station, and a pumping truck on immediate call-out. The Councillor for Servicios Públicos, José Miguel Luengo, assured the meeting that the Government team is dedicated 100% to tracking the root of the problem. He said that ‘after a month and a half in office, we have found the pumping stations in La Manga to be unstable, and only working at 25 percent capacity. We are working on a comprehensive solution to this problem so that we can ensure that La Manga does not suffer a return of this type of situation, and that by Easter 2012, this problem will have disappeared.’

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Brits behaving less badly?

The Foreign Office has reported fewer problems relating to British Behaviour Abroad with a recent report indicating fewer arrests and lost passports. Britons are more likely to require consular help in Spain, get arrested in Thailand, or die in the Philippines, according to Foreign Office figures. While the number of Britons arrested abroad fell last year, statistics show they are still getting into other difficulties while holidaying or living overseas. Total arrests in the 12 months ending March 2011 reached 5,700, a reduction on 6,439 in 2009-10 and 6,919 in 2008-09, according to the British Behaviour Abroad report. Spain recorded the highest number of Britons of arrests, at 1,745, although proportionate to visitor numbers the place Britons were more likely to be arrested was Thailand, followed by the US. Countries with the majority of arrests concerning drugs offences included Jamaica, Norway, Argentina, Brazil, Serbia and Peru. In total, 5,972 Britons died abroad last year, with those in the Philippines most likely to die, although 84% of the deaths were through natural causes. Thailand recorded the deaths of 374 Britons, 64% of which were from natural causes. There were more Britons requiring hospital treatment abroad. Proportionately, Britons were more likely to end up in a Thai hospital. The country recorded 246 cases last year, a mix of ill expats and visitors falling ill or through accidents. The report also highlighted the need for comprehensive travel insurance to cover expensive medical treatment. Previous research has suggested around one in six Britons travel abroad uninsured. There were 25,969 cases of lost or stolen passports in 201011 compared with 27,272 in the previous 12 months. Foreign Office research, from a poll of 2,000 UK adults, revealed that 43% of 18- to 24-year-olds know someone who has taken illegal drugs while abroad. It also showed that two thirds of people in Britain don’t always find out about the laws of the country they are visiting before they head off abroad, putting them at risk of unknowingly breaking the law, said the report.

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Torrevieja’s bars and restaurants may be in line for a further discount on their business taxes. The move comes in an attempt to mollify them after the publication of figures from the Hosteller’s Association which show that between 20% and 30% of trade has been lost due to the anti-tobacco law. A reduction of 90% for the fee payable on tables and chairs placed outside establishments during the low season period was put in place, and will come into force from the end of this summer, from 1st October until 31st March 2012. Now a further reduction of 50% off the same fee was announced earlier this week by Torrevieja’s mayor, Eduardo Dolón. This applies to the fees due for both the mid and the high seasons, which in effect encompass 1st April until 30th June and 1st July to 31st September. These reductions will come into force from next year.

Spain says ‘very far’ from need of rescue



15 writers from the Costas have recently been published in WordPlay Showcase, a mixed anthology of fiction and poetry interspersed with factual articles WordPlay was set up by Michael Barton and Ian Govan, both published local writers, in January 2010 with the aim of encouraging writers and to assist them to present get their work to the public. Every month since then articles, stories, and more have appeared in WordPlay’s online magazine. The group also meets from time to time to discuss various aspects of writing and publishing. During the last 18 months, WordPlay has helped a number of individual members to get their own books published. Now, as a result of inspiration provided by the WordPlay group, WordPlay has its own first book. To find out more email:


The Guardia Civil de Murcia has arrested the perpetrator of a robbery committed in Cuevas del Reyllo (Fuente Alamo), in which jewellery valued at more than 3,000 euros, 1,300 euros in cash, various appliances such as LCD TVs, game consoles and cameras were taken. The theft was committed when the occupants were absent from home. Entry was effected through a skylight next to the door. The officers were hampered in their investigations by constant changes of address made by the accused. The investigation, which lasted more than a month, remains open because there have been several burglaries in the same area which are similar in modus operandi, and were allegedly committed by the same person, possibly in collusion with others whose detention is anticipated.


The Guardia Civil de Murcia has arrested two people suspected of a crime against public health, has dismantled a marijuana production and distribution network in Cehegín, and has seized 30 marijuana plants. This action aims at safeguarding public safety by detecting and eradicating points of production, sale and distribution of narcotics. Initially Civil Guard officers became aware of the existence of a centre for the cultivation of marijuana in the Northwest region. This led the officers to a building in the town of Cehegín, from where marijuana production was taking place. Finally, after entering and searching the house the officers arrested two people. They dismantled the underground infrastructure installed in the house, and used for growing marijuana, and seized thirty marijuana plants in various stages of production as well as all necessary effects for culture. The arrested men were both residents of Cehegin.


From this weekend, several bakeries and supermarkets in Águilas will join an initiative promoted by the company ‘Publipan’ to reduce the use of plastic bags by customers. The Concejal de Medio Ambiente del Ayuntamiento de Águilas, Isidro Carrasco, hoped that this action will eliminate 30,000 plastic bags a month, replacing them with 100% organic, recyclable bags without any chemical component. Daniel Martinez, who is responsible for the project, stated that ‘the bags are distributed free to bakers. The advertising inserts in

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Spain is “very far” from any need of a financial rescue despite turmoil on the debt markets, Finance Minister Elena Salgado said on Tuesday. “Declarations from all the institutional representatives are the same, that Spain and our fundamentals are very far from needing a rescue, that what there is is instability in the debt markets,” Salgado said. The finance minister, speaking to radio station Onda Cero, stressed that Spain’s public debt levels were 20 percentage points below the average of the European Union. Spain’s accumulated public debt amounted to 679.78 billion euros ($970 billion) or 63.6 percent of gross domestic product at the end of March. EU public debt was an average them will mean significant savings at the end of the year for these merchants.’ He also pointed out that ‘the new bags will also have recipes, tips and games printed on them to make them more attractive.’


The Guardia Civil has arrested seven people on suspicion of criminal activities. So far the charges include two counts of robbery with force, three counts of theft with force from vehicles, a robbery from a construction site, and the recovery of stolen effects. An increase in the incidence of robberies on buildings, vehicles and construction sites in the San Javier area of the Mar Menor led the Guardia Civil to investigate all possible evidence and find out the modus operandi of the perpetrators. As a result, the Guardia Civil was able to identify several young people, mostly children, besides knowing the modus operandi employed by them. These youths used two different criminal approaches according to their purpose: The targeting of vehicles parked in isolated places, or at a time when they would be unlikely to be discovered by the owners. Entry was obtained by breaking a window, and personal effects, mobile phones, cash and documentation was taken. House burglaries were committed by break-ins when the properties were vacant. Various effects such as bicycles, mobile phones, computers, televisions and players were taken. Once all necessary evidence was in place, the Guardia Civil, with the support of the local police in San Javier, arrested five people on suspicion of several counts of burglary. Most of the items stolen in the robberies will be returned to their

of 80 percent of GDP last year, well above the 60 percent ceiling. Salgado said she believed that volatility in the debt markets would ease throughout August. The risk premium on Spanish government bonds struck euro-era records last week but the bonds strengthened Monday and Tuesday on news that the European Central Bank was buying Spanish and Italian debt. In early trade, the yield or rate of return earned by investors in the benchmark Spanish 10-year bond was at 4.983 percent, down sharply from 5.138 percent at the close Monday. Debt markets are concerned about Spain’s high annual public deficits combined with sluggish economic growth and an unemployment rate of more than 20 percent. The central government aims to reduce the annual public deficit to 6.0 percent of GDP in 2011 from 9.24 percent in 2010. But some autonomous regions such as Catalonia have far surpassed targets imposed by Madrid, casting doubt on the national goal. After 45 minutes of trade, the Madrid stock market’s IBEX35 index of leading shares was down 1.41 percent at 8,340.2 points. It had jumped more than two percent in opening trade but quickly ran out of steam.

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During July, the Civil Guard began an investigation prompted by the increase in robberies of construction tools and equipment in La Azohía-Cartagena. The perpetrators of these crimes would study works in the area and locate the areas were tools of high value and easy to transport were housed. During the night they would climb the perimeter fences and steal the tools. Once enough tools had been stolen, they were sold. Six people were arrested.


Beach cleaners saved the life of a man at Playa la Fossa, Calpe. The three rescuers, who arrived for work on the beach at 6am spotted the man floating face down in the water near the shore. Immediately they rushed into the water, and managed with difficulty to bring the man to shore. However, he was unconscious, and had stopped breathing, so they administered mouth to mouth resuscitation. When the Emergency Services arrived they confirmed that the man, a tourist from Madrid, would have drowned without the prompt actions of the three beach workers. It is not clear how he came to be in the water at that time of day. Last May Efectivos de Rojuser, the company responsible for the Lifesaving Service on the beaches of Calpe, carried out a simulated rescue of a drowning person. It took place on La Fossa Beach.

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European crisis meeting likely early September

Europe will “no doubt” hold a meeting on the financial crisis in early September, Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado said Tuesday. “We have been holding telephone conversations and we will no doubt hold a meeting in the first days of September,” she said when asked if there would be a European crisis meeting. “I hope it will not be necessary to have it earlier but if it is, we are all available for that,” the finance minister told Onda Cero radio in an interview. Spain has called for faster action to implement the

financial commitments of a July 21 European summit. The summit agreed to throw a new 160-billion-euro ($226-billion) lifeline to Greece and to expand the scope of a eurozone crisis fund to let it buy sovereign bonds on the secondary market and bail out banks. But the changes need the approval of national European parliaments, which are not expected to be able to act before September following breaks during the summer. Salgado said European policymakers had stayed in touch by mobile telephone in the meantime.

Debt Disease Spreading Through Europe Little over a fortnight ago, leaders claimed they had found the recipe to cure Europe’s ills

Serving up a second bailout for Greece worth £96bn was supposed to calm the turmoil afflicting the eurozone. But it failed to satisfy markets hungry for real evidence that the politicians have what it takes to prop up the continent’s ailing economies. Far from being contained in the comparatively small economies of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, the debt disease is now infecting Italy and Spain. Fears they will not be able to meet their obligations have spooked investors and sent borrowing costs up. This is the scenario earlier bailouts were designed to avoid. Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is publicly bullish about his country’s

prospects. But his confident claims that things are not as bad as they seem are not echoed by Europe’s top politician. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso admits the problems are striking at the heart of the eurozone and markets are yet to be convinced the crisis can be averted. It is not only European countries that are suffering. The US looked as though it could default on loan repayments until it pulled off a last-gasp agreement to raise its debt ceiling by $2.4trn (£1.4trn). The world’s biggest economy has entered the danger zone and efforts to restrain government spending threaten

to choke off its recovery. Investors fear it could all amount to another recession for the world economy. It could also threaten the break-up of the eurozone if a large country such as Italy is unable to pay its debts. Britain’s main trading partners are on the continent and a slowdown could damage exports at a time when domestic demand is weak. Sliding stock market values are also bad news for pensions. And a default in Spain or Italy could have dire consequences for any British bank with large amounts of cash tied up there.

Four drown off Spanish beaches in one day

A black day on Spain’s beaches saw four people drowning, a 14-year-old girl and three holidaymakers over 70. A 77-year-old woman swimming just a few metres from the shore of Los Náufragos beach in Torrevieja (Alicante) was found unconscious in the sea at 15.10hrs today, but rescue workers were unable to revive her. Her name and nationality have not yet been revealed and medics are trying to ascertain whether she drowned or died of another health condition whilst in the water. Two men aged 70 and 75 drowned off the Canyamel (Capdepera) and Can Pastilla (Palma) beaches in Mallorca at 07.30hrs and 10.10hrs this morning. The first man is said to be a Swiss national, but no further details have been released. Last night, a 14-year-old girl from

San Sebastián (Basque Country) went missing whilst swimming in the sea with her friends off the beach of her home town. A night-long search party involving rescue helicopters and police divers eventually led to the discovery of her body off La Concha beach. But a Dutch national had a lucky escape last night after he became trapped in the sea by rocks off the beach of Rincón de Begur (Girona). Fire brigade helicopters had to be called in after being alerted by a passing fisherman, as the 48-year-old man was in an area impossible to access on foot. He was finally taken to Los Palamós hospital in Girona for treatment for his injuries, but his condition is not said to be life-threatening.

Three Romanians killed in fairground accident in Spain

Three Romanians were killed and another injured on Tuesday when a carriage on a fairground ride in central Spain became untethered, local authorities said. “We were informed at 5:00 am that an accident at the fairground had left two people dead and two others seriously injured, one of whom died afterwards,” said an official in the Toledo region, Javier Corrochano. The injured person, a Romanian girl of about 16, is “in a very serious condition, he said. She suffered a cranial fracture, according to a statement from the town hall at Villacanas, where the accident took place. It said the accident happened when a carriage in the fairground’s “Xtrem” ride broke loose. It said the three men who died were all Romanian nationals.

Shakira ‘screams in terror’ as errant fan leaps onto stage A fan terrified the life out of Colombian pop-rocker Shakira when he reportedly leapt on her as she was leaving the stage at the end of a recent concert in Tijuana (Mexico). Shakira was in the process of saying goodnight to the thousands of fans who had turned up to watch one of her fast-paced, energetic live performances, when a young man came up behind her. He had apparently managed to dodge the tight security controls in order to get onto the stage. Shakira reportedly froze in terror and screamed – but it turned out the ‘gatecrasher’ only wanted to take a photo of her live on set. The star is said to have stood stock-still and forced on a smile for the camera, but was initially very shaken.


cameron Recalls Parliament As Riots Spread

David Cameron has said Parliament will be recalled on Thursday to deal with the “sickening scenes” of rioting in London and across the country. Police have struggled to contain what has become the worst rioting in decades as crowds of youths smashed windows, emptied shops of their goods and set properties on fire. More than 525 people have been arrested in the capital since Saturday, including three overnight on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were hit by a car in Fulton Road, Brent. Trouble also flared in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and Nottingham overnight. David Cameron flew back to Britain to chair the Government’s emergency committee Cobra and meet police chiefs, having been on a family holiday to Tuscany. Speaking outside Number 10, he described the violence as “criminality pure and simple” and said the Government would do “everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and to make them safe for the law abiding”. He said 16,000 police officers will be on the streets tonight and that all Metropolitan Police leave has been cancelled. The force will also be helped with reinforcements from 26 forces across the country, Sky News understands. Mr Cameron warned those involved in the trouble they were not only risking their own communities, but their own futures, adding: “If you are old enough to commit these crimes you are old enough to face the punishment.” Sky’s crime correspondent Martin Brunt said there is a possibility that officers will be allowed to use plastic bullets if there is more rioting tonight. On Monday Home Secretary Theresa May condemned “sheer criminality” as police and emergency services were overwhelmed by a third consecutive night of trouble. The unrest started in broad daylight in parts of east London before spreading as darkness fell. Scotland Yard was forced to use armoured police vehicles to push back more than 150 people in Clapham Junction, south London, as the disorder hit shops and businesses. The force said in 24 hours they received 400% more 999 calls than normal (almost 20,800 compared to 5,400). London Fire Brigade said it experienced its busiest night in recent history, tackling fires across the capital. It answered 2,169 999 calls between 6pm last night and just after 7am this morning, around 15 times the number it would get on an average day.

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Cost of Pope’s visit comes under fire in crisis-hit Spain

The cost of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week is coming under fire from lay groups -- and even some priests -- at a time when people are suffering from painful budget cuts. The pope arrives in Madrid on August 18 to attend the final four days of the Roman Catholic Church’s six-day youth festivities, expected to draw more than one million faithful. Organisers of the World Youth Day celebrations put the price tag of staging the event, without counting security costs, at 5060 million euros ($72-86 million). This includes the cost of building a 200-metre (656-foot) long stage at the Cuatro Vientos aerodrome where the pope will deliver the final mass of his visit on August 21 and decorating it with a giant metal tree. It also pays for setting up hundreds of water fountains and 20 giant screens at the aerodrome, and installing showers at the public schools that will be used to house pilgrims from outside Madrid. Organisers say 80 percent of the cost of the event will be financed by payments from the young pilgrims, with the rest coming from donations by companies and individuals. But critics argue that corporate sponsors are eligible for tax rebates of up to 80 percent of the amount they donate because the government declared World Youth Day celebrations to be an event of “exceptional public interest”. The Priests Forum, which groups together 120 priests from Madrid’s poorest parishes, has criticised this loss of state revenues, especially since the government has slashed social spending and public worker salaries. Evaristo Villar, a 68-year-old priest who is one of the leaders of the group, said the Church has had to ally itself with large multinationals to cover the costs of the “showmanship” of the event. “These companies that are backing World Youth Day and the pope’s visit leave much to desire. They are the ones who, together with international capital, have caused the crisis,” he said. “We are not against the pope’s visit, we are against the way it


is being staged.” Opponents of the pope’s visit have set up a Facebook page calling for a boycott of the over 100 corporate sponsors of the event, including Coca-Cola, telecoms giant Telefonica and Banco Santander. Nearly 150 groups that oppose the pope’s visit plan to protest against the pontiff’s visit on August 17 on the eve of his arrival. Spain’s 15-M movement against the management of the economic crisis, soaring unemployment and political corruption -- named after its May 15 launch date -- is also mulling a series of protests during his stay in Madrid. “With the economic crisis we are going through, we can’t pay for this. The Church should set the example,” said a spokesman for the movement whose members call themselves “the indignant”. The regional government of Madrid in June slashed the education budget by 40 million euros this year, nearly the amount that it will cost to hold World Youth Day, he added. Spain is struggling to emerge from nearly two years of recession that has left it with a eurozone-high unemployment rate of just over 20 percent and a bloated deficit. Yago de la Cierva, the executive director of World Youth Day 2011, said the budget for this year’s event will be 20 percent lower than for the last one in Sydney three years ago even though four times as many pilgrims are expected to come to the gathering in Spain. “We have made huge effort of moderation, of economic responsibility,” he said. “The new generations, young people today, they like big events and the Church uses all the tools that exist to present the message of Jesus Christ.” The World Youth Day celebrations were instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1986 as a way to revitalize the faith among young Catholics. It was in Spain once before, in 1989 in the northwestern city of Santiago de Compostela.

Lorca hit by two more earthquakes

An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale unleashed panic in the town of Lorca early this morning, although no material damage was recorded and no-one was actually hurt. According to data provided by the National Geographic Institute, the tremor struck at 3.32am and its epicentre was in the north east of Lorca, some six kilometres from the town centre. The emergency services confirmed that they had received between 70 and 80 calls from local people reporting the earthquake. There was a second quake in Lorca at 10.34am, this time measuring 1.6 on the Richter scale, but it went unnoticed by the locals.

15 year old dies as quad plummets down ravine

A 15-year-old boy died in the early hours of this morning after the quad bike he was driving plummeted down a ravine known as the Carril del Buitre, in the town of Cabra de Santo Cristo in Jaén. Sources from within the Guardia Civil have confirmed that the youth was driving a lightweight quad bike belonging to his grandfather, for which no licence is necessary, and that the vehicle had left the road and crashed down a ravine. The emergency services got a call at about 02.30 hours and the fire service was called as the youth was trapped under the quad.

Airport workers on strike

Ground staff in all of Spain’s airports are expected to down tools on August 18 and 26 over the proposed privatisation of AENA and the threat of mass redundancies. Luggage-handling, check-in, runway and personal assistance workers will be on strike for 24 hours, both days, announce representatives from Spain’s major unions, the CCOO, UGT and USO. They say radical cost-cutting is leading to agreed workers’ rights and conditions being ‘repeatedly flouted’ and redundancies rife. The strikes will affect 60,000 members of staff in all airports in the country.

Spanish bank fields Ronaldo as collateral

Cristiano Ronaldo, the most expensive footballer in history, has joined the European Central Bank (ECB) on a free transfer. Sources say the authorities want his help on the sovereign debt crisis – by kicking the can further down the road.

Well, not quite. But Ronaldo could feasibly become ECB property after he was pledged as collateral for emergency liquidity support by Spain’s struggling savings bank, Bankia. In 2009, one of the Spanish banks that has since become Bankia lent Real Madrid €76.5m (£67m) to pay the transfer fees for both

Ronaldo and Kaka, the Brazilian forward. It has now emerged that Bankia has put up the loan as collateral with the ECB in return for vital funding. If both Bankia and Real Madrid go bust, the ECB would own the two “galácticos”. The loan was rated AAA by Moody’s, which judged the £80m Real Madrid paid Manchester United for Ronaldo and the £56m fee to AC Milan for Kaka a gilt-edged security – as safe as US government debt – for what that’s worth. It is not known whether the ECB imposed a haircut on the collateral, though it is thought unlikely the Portuguese winker would have consented without advice from a professional stylist. Collateralising the footballers is part of a rescue plan that has already seen Bankia take €4.5bn in state support. It was created earlier this year from the merger of seven troubled regional banks, becoming the country’s largest savings institution. It plans a public listing to raise funds and bolster its finances. The board is hoping the shares don’t take a dive.

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Consumer group takes court action against airlines’ ‘abusive’ small print

A leading consumer group has applied to the Spanish courts to force airlines to remove ‘abusive’ clauses that have a negative effect on passengers. The Consumers’ and Users’ Organisation (OCU) named Ryanair, Iberia, Spanair, Air Europa and Vueling as being the main offenders. They call the causes in question ‘unbalanced and disproportionate’ and say they ‘prejudice all customers’, who then have to apply to the courts individually if they fall victim to loopholes and bear the corresponding legal fees. Clauses the OCU objects to include those limiting the number of under-18s per flight; ‘ambiguous’ charges such as ‘ticket administration’; fees for paying by debit or credit card online – when there is no other way of paying available anyway; ‘extortionate’ fees to pay for checked-in luggage, whilst also charging ‘out-of-proportion’ fees for hand luggage to be checked in if found to be too large when the passenger is boarding the plane; and in the case of Ryanair, stiff penalties for passengers who do not check in online and print their own boarding passes.

‘Missing’ Madrid teen found safe and well The parents of a 16-yearold girl who went missing over a week ago say they intend to press charges against a youth who allegedly ‘forced’ her to leave home. Celia Carpio, from Getafe (Madrid) walked out of her house last Tuesday with a rucksack containing a laptop, a few items of clothing and 400 euros in cash. Her family feared the worst, but she was caught on CCTV camera at a bus station in Málaga boarding a coach a week later, apparently of her own free will. A 19-year-old Moroccan man, who appeared to have bought her laptop from her to help finance her getaway, has been arrested. He has since been released pending further investigations, but has been charged with inciting a minor to leave the parental home. Celia was found in Madrid

on Monday afternoon in the Plaza de Castilla, in the company of two other youths, by police, who ordered her to go with them to the station after asking to see her identification. The Moroccan youth was detained at the same time, when he was seen trying to sell her laptop back to her. Celia is said to have been ‘volatile’ and ‘not stopped crying’ since she was found. Her parents, who were in Málaga this weekend searching for her, say they have not yet got to the bottom of what happened whilst their daughter was away. They saw that she had written a message on the social network Tuenti to say she was ‘alright’ and ‘being treated well’, but they did not believe it was her who had published it – particularly as she had already sold her laptop to the Moroccan teenager at that point.


Speed limits on singlecarriageway trunk roads could drop to 90km/h SPAIN’S ministry of traffic has announced that it may cut speed limits on single-carriageway roads.

At present, unless otherwise stated, major trunk roads with a hard shoulder of at least 1.5 metres (five feet) in width have a speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour, which is consistent with that of many other European countries – including the UK, where the limit on single-carriageway A- and B-roads is normally 60 miles per hour. But the head of the Dirección General de Tráfico, Pere Navarro, believes accidents and fuel consumption could be reduced by cutting the speed limit to 90 kilometres per hour. He believes this could come at minimal cost to the taxpayer, as it would merely involve removing 100-kilometre signs instead of altering them, since there are already 90-kilometre signs on these roads where the hard shoulder is narrower. This comes just a few weeks after the controversial reduction in motorway speed limits from 120 kilometres per hour to 110 was scrapped – only a few months after it came into force

at a cost of over a quarter of a million euros to the public in changing speedlimit signs. The main aim behind the short-lived motorway speed-limit reduction was to cut fuel consumption, despite the fact that everyone from Formula One drivers to mechanics said cars were

at their most economical on petrol or diesel at 130 kilometres per hour and at their least when driving in a low gear and constantly stopping and starting through towns. Navarro reveals that three-quarters of all road fatalities occur on major singlecarriageway trunk routes, or N-roads.

Spanish Treasury cancels August 18 bond sale

The Spanish Treasury announced on Thursday it had cancelled a bond auction scheduled for August 18, as the country came under escalating market pressure. “The Spanish Treasury has decided to follow the precedent of the previous two years and not summon a long-term auction in August, therefore there will be no auction on August 18th,” it said in brief statement on its website. The August 18 sale had been on the

calendar on the Treasury’s website since the beginning of the year. The Treasury said it would launch a new five-year benchmark on September 1. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Elena Salgado had ruled out any cancelation of bond sales. She said Spain’s government had covered two-thirds of its financing needs for this year but said it was “good to show again Spain’s capacity to go to

the markets.” Spain endured a test of fire on the bond markets Thursday, raising 3.3 billion euros ($4.7 billion) but paid a hefty rate of 4.813 percent, up from 4.037 percent previously, in the midst of a growing eurozone debt crisis. European stock markets closed sharply lower on Thursday as eurozone woes and more weak US data sparked concern that the world could be heading for another sharp downturn.




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Scientists in Spain develop ‘electronic tongue’ to rival sommeliers in cava tasting Scientists in Spain have developed an “electronic tongue” that promises to rival the work of the traditional sommelier and identify different grades of the Spanish sparkling wine, cava. The device has been developed by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and uses electronic sensory systems with “advanced mathematical procedures” to analyse different varieties of the Catalan alternative to champagne according to taste. The team of scientists in Spain aimed to replicate the human tongue to obtain classification of the sweetness of the wine by measuring the sugar levels within it. In that way it can accurately detect defects in the production process and act as quality control measure. The “robotic sommelier”, as it has been dubbed, can already determine the difference between Brut, Brut Nature, and medium dry varieties, and could in the future be “trained” for wider applications.

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Ice-lollies for elephants at Valencia Biopark

Elephants and other animals from tropical climes at Valencia Biopark are scoffing fruit and vegetable ice lollies this summer, their carers reveal. In fact,some are even eating meat ice-creams. Sources from the Biopark – one of the largest Safari centres in the Comunidad Valenciana – say they have taken to freezing animals’ food during the hot months to preserve it and make it more appetising. Less meat and more fruit and veg are on the menu when the temperature soars, since the

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Heatwave sweeping through Albacete, Murcia, Alicante and Valencia

The Spanish Met. Office (Aemet) issued a yellow alert for high temperatures in Albacete, Alicante, Murcia and Valencia last weekend, where temperatures were already well into the 30s on Sunday morning and reached as much as 38º later in the afternoon. A yellow alert does not imply any significant danger for the public at large, but people are are advised to refrain from embarking on any strenuous activities or sports. At around 11am on

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the traditional expertise of a sommelier. In Japan, scientists developed an anthropomorphic robot that could recognise the type of wine and the grape varieties within it by analysing the infrared light absorption within a glass of the liquid. In France, researchers have developed an “electronic nose” which can not only pinpoint where a wine was made but even in which barrel it was fermented. Developed to help fight the international trade in fake vintage wines it analyses compounds in vaporised samples and matches chemical signatures against a database of characteristics of the finest wines. And “electronic wine guides” – which list varieties, vintages, their qualities and what dishes they compliment – are now popular among wine-lovers and can be downloaded as an app to mobile phones. But the UAB research team insisted that human sommeliers would not become obsolete anytime soon. “The sommelier will be always the one with personal treatment,” said Mr Del Valle. “In a restaurant for example, this personal treatment will be never replaced by a machine.”


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A baby humpback whale that stranded itself on a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast has been guided back out to sea by human rescuers. The whale, thought to be around two weeks old, was found at Surfers Paradise, in the northern state of Queensland. According to local media the 1,500kg (3,307lb) animal had become separated from its mother. Rescuers dug a channel in the sand with excavation equipment and waited for the tide to come in, as thousands of onlookers gathered on the beach. Several hours later rescuers towed the baby whale gently back into the water by hand and with jet skis. However, it became tangled in a shark net and was trapped for a further 15 minutes before being cut free. Director of marine sciences at Sea World, Trevor Long, said it was critical the calf was reunited with his mother or it would not survive on its own for long. An air and sea search failed to locate the adult, but it is hoped the pair will find each other. Whales can communicate over an area of up to 18 miles, Mr Long explained. “These animals are velcroed to their mum, they need a lot of nourishment from their mum,” he said. “Finding mum is our number one priority right now. “He may come back to the beach. We’ve done everything we can at this stage but at some point in time we’ll have to leave the animal and let nature take its course.”

Explorer Marco Polo ‘never actually went to China’

Marco Polo’s journeys to China and the Far East established him as one of history’s greatest explorers but archeologists now believe he never actually went there They think it more likely that the Venetian merchant adventurer picked up secondhand stories of China, Japan and the Mongol Empire from Persian merchants whom he met on the shores of the Black Sea – thousands of miles short of the Orient. He then cobbled them together with other scraps of information for what became a bestselling account, “A Description of the World”, one of the first travel books. The archeologists point in particular to inconsistencies and inaccuracies in his description of Kublai Khan’s attempted invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281. “He confuses the two, mixing up details about the first expedition with those of the second. In his account of the first invasion, he describes the fleet leaving Korea and being hit by a typhoon before it reached the Japanese coast,” said Daniele Petrella of the University of Naples, the leader of an Italian archeological project in Japan. “But that happened in 1281 – is it really possible that a supposed eye witness could confuse events which were seven years apart?” Marco Polo’s description of the Mongol fleet is sharply at odds with the remains of ships that the team have excavated in Japan. The Venetian wrote of five-masted ships, when in fact they had only three masts, said Prof Petrella. “It was during our dig that doubts began to emerge about much of what he wrote,”

he told the latest edition of Focus Storia, an Italian history magazine. “When he describes Kublai Khan’s fleet he talks about the pitch that was used to make ships’ hulls watertight. He used the word ‘chunam’, which in Chinese and Mongol means nothing. “In fact it is the Persian word for pitch. It’s also odd that instead of using, as he does in most instances, local names to describe places, he used Persian terms for Mongol and Chinese place names.” The explorer claimed to have worked as

an emissary to the court of Kublai Khan, but his name does not crop up in any of the surviving Mongol or Chinese records. The Italian archeologists’ scepticism over the extent of Marco Polo’s travels adds weight to a theory put forward by a British academic. In a book published in 1995, “Did Marco Polo Go to China?”, Frances Wood, the head of the Chinese section at the British Library, also argued that he probably did not make it beyond the Black Sea. She pointed out that despite being an acute observer of daily life and rituals, there is no mention in Marco Polo’s chapters on China of the custom of binding women’s feet, chopsticks, tea drinking, or even the Great Wall. “There’s nothing in the Venetian archives to say that the Polo family had direct contact with China at all,” Dr Wood told The Daily Telegraph. “Nothing from China has ever been found in the possessions they left behind. “One theory is that Marco Polo copied a sort of guide book on China written by a Persian merchant. Only about 18 sentences in the entire manuscript are written in the first person – it is extremely rare for him to say ‘I saw this with my own eyes’. “I believe that rather than being one person’s account, it’s a sort of medieval database of European knowledge of the Far East at the time.”


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At least 20 people were injured after Spanish riot police late last Thursday charged ‘indignant’ demonstrators who rallied at the interior ministry to protest the closure of Madrid’s main square, emergency services said.

It was the most serious incident since the ‘indignant’ movement began in mid-May against Spain’s economic crisis, soaring unemployment and political corruption. Over 200 police were deployed Thursday for the third straight day to close the Puerta del Sol square and prevent demonstrators from occupying it again. Hundreds of the demonstrators marched several kilometres across the city Thursday evening to protest the closure, blocking traffic and watched by police helicopters, and then held a rally at the Plaza de Cibeles square. At around 11pm some reached the interior ministry, on Madrid’s main Paseo de la Castellano avenue. “Suddenly about seven or eight police vans arrived,” said Jose Manuel, 30, a passerby. Two minutes later, everyone was running” as the police charged into the crowd. A spokesman for the emergency services in Madrid told AFP 20 people were slightly injured, seven of them policemen. Most suffered cuts and bruises, but four were hospitalised for observation. “I saw a man in his seventies lying in the street with a bloody head wound,” said one of the protesters, Luis, 36. He said the trouble began after someone put a poster up on the gates of the ministry saying, “Iceland is the way”. Daily demonstrations followed Iceland’s near economic collapse at the end of 2008, which forced the government in Rejkjavik to resign. Spain’s ‘indignant’ movement says it has been inspired by the Icelandic example. El Pais quoted police as saying they were forced to act after a protester began climbing the gates of the ministry. Thousands of people set up camp in the Puerta del Sol square ahead of May 22

municipal elections to protest what they see as government’s bowing to financial markets and ignoring the needs of ordinary people. The vast ramshackle protest ‘village’ was dismantled on June 12 but members of the nationwide 15-M movement, named after its May 15 launch date, had since staffed a wooden information stand in the square round the clock. But police cleared dozens of protesters who were camped at the information stand and along the central Paseo del Prado avenue in a dawn operation on Tuesday that resulted in no injuries or arrests. Since then members of the movement have staged daily demonstrations where they try to gain access to the square but are blocked by rows of riot police. The protesters have won broad public support in their fight against austerity measures, soaring unemployment and corruption-tainted politicians. Polls show two-thirds of Spaniards sympathise with the indignants. Spanish police Thursday also complained about that the long hours they have been required to work this week to prevent protesters from gaining access to the square. The union representing Spain’s riot police, SUP, called on the interior ministry to “make a rational use of human resources, of police, because the schedule which riot police have had to put with, with long hours and no breaks, is not tolerable for much longer.” “And this is with a visit by the Pope on the horizon,” it added in a statement. Pope Benedict XVI will visit Madrid from August 18 to 21 to attend the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day celebrations which are expected to draw over one million pilgrims.

One person every two days fined for ‘nudity’ in Barcelona streets

Barcelona city council has revealed that it fines at least one person every two days for walking around the street naked or nearlynaked. Since the city launched a ban on people being out in public wearing only swimwear – which includes bikinis with sarongs or shorts, or men going shirtless – authorities have amassed thousands in fines. Those who walk the streets in swimwear get fined between 120 and 300 euros, and anyone seen in public naked or nearly naked can face sanctions of up to 500 euros. This is higher than fines slapped

on drivers who jump red traffic lights. The ban was announced on May 29 this year, and already, the city police have cautioned 37 people. And they believe it would have been a higher figure had it not been for the adverse weather in Barcelona in July, or tourists quickly covering up when they see officers around. Police say they only fine people who, after being caught and warned, continue to break the rules. The rule does not apply on the seafront esplanade – only those who walk around totally naked will be penalised – nor on the naturist beach of La Duna in the Mar Bella area. Officers reveal that the highest proportion of fines have been issued in the Ciutat Vella and Sant Martí areas for men going topless.

Contrary to popular belief, mosquitos are attracted to their prey not by the sweetness of their blood, but by the amount of carbon dioxide they exhale. The average human produces about a kilo of CO2 a day, approximately 100 milligrams every time they exhale (about 13 times a minute). According to Juan Rueda of the Spanish Association of Entomology, an expert in biological mosquito control, mosquitos have a special “homing instinct” towards people who emit more CO2 than

average. The insects detect CO2 on the air current and know that there is fresh blood to be had not far away. Adults produce more CO2 thann children, and the amount depends on diet and how physically active the person is. The abundant rain that fell along the Mediterranean coast in the run-up to summer means that there are more mosquitos around than most years . Female mosquitos, who are the ones who sting, live for between 50 and 60 days and their life cycle begins again every time it rains.

Los Amigos de Mazarron Preparations for the new football season at Mazarron FC are well under way. The players reported for training during the first week in August and the first league game of the season will be over the weekend of 27th and 28th August away to CD Beniel.

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Los Amigos de Mazarron FC continues its support for the club both on and off the field of play. At its July meeting, members voted to make a donation of €2,000 to help the Football Club through the weeks leading up to the new season when no other income is forthcoming. Los Amigos’ members are also taking advantage of the opportunity to buy season tickets at a cost of just €50, or less than €3 per game. Match day admission prices for 2011/12 are €5.

Demand for tickets for the 3rd Annual Gala Evening and Dinner with Duncan McKenzie has been excellent. The event, which is jointly sponsored by New Images Hair & Beauty Salon and Nail Bar, Camposol and Ibex Insurance of Puerto de Mazarron, is to be held at the Hotel La Cumbre on Wednesday 8th February 2012.

Membership of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC costs just €10 per year and runs from 1st August. Forms are available at the weekly meetings held at the Trevi Bar, Camposol, every Thursday at 4 pm. Coaches will again be organised to transport members to away games at a cost of just €7 return and can be purchased at our weekly meetings. Details of Mazarron FC fixtures, home and away, will be displayed weekly on posters at various points on Sectors A & B on Camposol, announced on Costa Calida International Radio and also given on our new website www.losamigosdemazarron. es The website contains details of fixtures, a potted history of the club, pages on

VIP tickets are already sold out but there are still general tickets available at €40. This includes a four course meal with coffee and local beer, wine and soft drinks during the serving of dinner. To reserve your tickets ring Andy on 634 040 990, email us at or call at the Trevi Bar, Sector B Camposol and Thursday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm. For all information about Los Amigos de Mazarron FC and Mazarron Football Club visit our website www. or for specific enquiries email losamigosdemazarronfc@ Dave Capper Press Officer 6th August 2011


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Socialist government says ministry of culture will be responsible for development and protection of controversial sport

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The debate over bullfighting has been reignited in Spain after the government recognised the spectacle as “an artistic discipline and cultural product”, delighting enthusiasts but outraging animal rights campaigners. Prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s socialist government announced that the ministry of culture will from now on be responsible for the “development and protection” of bullfighting, which previously fell within the remit of the interior ministry. The move follows pressure from bullfighting organisations keen to protect their livelihood following a controversial vote to ban bullfighting in the Catalonia region last year. The ministry of culture said in a statement: “As it is understood that bullfighting is an artistic discipline and a cultural product, it was considered that the ministry of culture was the correct place for its development and protection.” Supporters, who see bullfighting as an integral

part of Spain’s cultural identity, hope the announcement is a step towards protecting the tradition from further regional bans. Juan Diego, a matador speaking for the Bullfighters Union, welcomed the announcement as necessary “for the protection and guardianship of bullfighting”, describing the sport as “a symbol of Spanish cultural heritage that shapes the national identity”. The change was backed by the conservative Popular party (PP), in opposition but favourite to win power in the general election on 20 November. Miguel Cid Cebrián, chairman of the Parliamentary Bullfighting Association, said he hoped the PP would provide legal protection for bullfighting as a special “cultural interest” if it takes power, in order to stop other regions outlawing the tradition. Last year the regional government in Madrid announced it was awarding bullfighting legal

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The Government’s drugs spending watchdog has decided that the first pill to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) is too costly to be prescribed on the NHS. The draft decision dashes the hopes of thousands of sufferers with the auto-immune disease who receive little benefit from current drugs. There was enormous excitement among Britain’s 100,000 MS sufferers in January when EU drugs regulators gave fingolimod preliminary marketing approval. Novartis, which markets fingolimod under the brand name Gilenya, subsequently applied for it to be prescribed on the NHS in situations where existing drugs do not work. To receive these drugs, called interferon therapy, patients either have to self-inject every few days or go to hospital for supervised infusions. A trial, published last year in the New

England Journal of Medicine, showed that fingolimod halved the number of disabling relapses compared with interferon beta. However, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has decided that - at £20,000 a year - fingolimod “would not be a cost effective use of NHS resources”. Prof Carole Longson from Nice said: “Unfortunately our independent committee wasn’t given sufficient evidence to show that fingolimod could reduce relapses considerably better than the other treatments currently being used.” MS charities last night said the decision was “disappointing”. Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the

MS Society, warned: “It will leave some people with no effective treatment option.” He added: “Access to MS treatments in the UK is very poor - in fact people with MS would be better off living almost anywhere else in Europe, and this decision will only deepen that inequality.” The German health service is already paying for 2,000 people to receive fingolimod for highly active relapsingremitting MS (RRMS). Fingolimod is an immumosuppressant and, while it is well tolerated by most patients, it does have side effects in some.

Britons spend 37 minutes ‘listening to wave sounds’ to get to sleep

Forget about counting sheep, millions of Britons now listen to nature tapes, wave sounds and soft music to help them fall asleep. Researchers found it takes on average 37 minutes a night trying to get to sleep, with many of us now turning to noise in a bid to get them off. One in five (20 per cent) say noises from nature help them doze off, with favourites including sounds of the rainforest and birds twittering, a survey found. The sound of waves is considered the most soothing, preferred by 11 per cent of Brits, followed by soft music (nine per cent). The wind was voted most relaxing by eight per cent, with the ticking of a clock coming fourth (six per cent) and then late night radio (four per cent). The study found that 11pm is the most common time for going to bed and Brits sleep for an average of 6 hours 49 minutes. In a bid to ease themselves into sleep, 45 per cent of Brits read in bed – the most popular method of dropping off. Interestingly, ten per cent claim that a chat with their partner soon has them falling asleep. Less than one in ten still try counting sheep. The research found the noise most likely to keep us awake is someone else’s snoring, which is the most annoying bedtime sound for 27 per cent of us. Sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley said: “Listening to sounds you like helps the brain ‘tune out’ other more disruptive sounds, so you get a better night’s sleep. “Noises from nature, which tend to provide a continuous, familiar sound which you don’t have to actively listen to, can be particularly helpful. “It’s not uncommon to find ‘everyday’ sounds such as the hum of traffic and even rock music relaxing....With Brits sleeping for only 6 hours 49 minutes per night, it is clear there’s a real need to improve our methods of falling

asleep.” Guests at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort safari-themed Resort Hotel can now have genuine nature and animal sounds piped into their rooms at night, to help them sleep. David Smith, of the resort, which commissioned the survey, said: “Having researched what nature noises people want to hear, we’ve trialled it with a number of families who said it really helped them doze off.”

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A selection of dishes from our menu: Salads & Raitas Maharaja’s special salad - 5,00€ Chicken tikka pieces with tomatoes, carrots, boiled egg & yogurt sauce Aloo Raita – 2,30€ Chilled home-made yogurt mixed with pineapple


Barbequed Spicy Fish – 5,95€ Fish pieces marinated in Maharaja’s special Indian sauce, cooked in the tandoor Spicy Keema Tikki – 4,50€ Mince meat mixed with special Indian herbs & spices, deep fried. Served with chick peas

Tandoori (Clay Oven) Treasure Tangri Stuffed Kebab starter 5,90€ main 10,90€ Chicken drumsticks stuffed with mince meat, marinated in yogurt & rich cashew paste, cooked in the tandoor – a proper Maharaja’s dish!

Maharaja Los Urrutias is the latest edition to the Maharajá group of restaurants, our restaurants being Maharaja Palace Puerto de Mazzaron and Bella Vista on the Paseo, Puerto de Mazarron. An elegant and colonial feel welcomes our distinguished guests to the sumptuous cuisine of a Hindu master chef.

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The owner of the new restaurant and Maharaja Group is Sri Paduka Agung Rama Chakri Singh Ida Sanghyang Om, grandson of the last Maharaja Anak Agung Devi and his fathers side a decendant as many claim of Lord Ram, his father being a Raja and grandson of a Hindu Maharaja of India

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Chef’s Special Dishes Mint Chicken – 9,90€ Succulent pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt & cooked in special mint sauce Goan Fish – 12,50€ Fish marinated in coconut, special herbs & spices paste, & cooked in Goan curry

Vegetable Dishes Channa Masala – 5,65€ Chick peas cooked with spices & herbs Vegetable Jalfrezi – 5,45€ Mixed vegetable fried & cooked in a mild Indian curry sauce Navrattan Korma – 6,00€ Nine different vegetables cooked in rich sweet & sour sauce Biryani Dishes Special rice dishes made with traditional Indian spices & meat/vegetables, served with yogurt sauce



ONSS All You Need Is Love SSON LESS C LE SIC MUSI MU Intro G D Em G D Em D7 G D7 Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon with contributions from Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon/ McCartney.

G D Em There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. G D Em Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. D7 G D7 Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy.

It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first ever live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 350 million people, the programme was broadcast via satellite on June 25, 1967. The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the UK’s contribution and this was the result. It is among the most famous and significant songs performed by the group.

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made. No one you can save that can’t be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time. It’s easy.

Chorus G A7 D7 G A7 D7 All you need is love, all you need is love, G B7 Em G C D7 C All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Repeat Intro There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can be that isn’t where, you’re meant to be. It’s easy. All you need is love (all together now) All you need is love (everybody) All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

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Asked to come up with a song containing a simple message that would be understood by viewers of all nationalities, Lennon’s “All You Need is Love” extended the message that he had first tried to put across in “The Word”, from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said their manager Brian Epstein. “The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.” The song was recorded during the Magical Mystery Tour EP sessions, and it was so well-received that the band decided it should be their next single. Released in the UK on July 7th, it went straight to No. 1 and remained there for three weeks. It was similarly successful in the US. Sadly, it was also the last song both recorded and released by the band before the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, on August 27, 1967, little more than a month after the song was released. Because of the setting of a worldwide satellite broadcast, the song was deliberately given an international feel, opening with the French anthem “La Marseillaise”, and including snatches of several other pieces during the long fade-out, including “2-part Invention #8 in F” by Johann Sebastian Bach (on 2 piccolo trumpets), “Greensleeves” (played by the strings), Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” (played on a saxophone), one of the Beatles’ seminal hits (particularly in Great Britain and the United States), “She Loves You” (spontaneously ad-libbed by John and Paul), and Jeremiah Clarke’s “Prince of Denmark’s March” lilting off at the end. 1967 was the “Summer of Love” and the peak of “Flower Power.” All You Need Is Love captured the mood and became the anthem of the time.


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dancers, this family run Dance Academy has Mum, Carole Towning who does all the administration work. Daughter Erica Dorrill who is the highly qualified teacher and her daughters, Rianne and Abbigail who are top dancers and have won many awards, they have also recently been on tour with Peter Andre in Marbella and Benidorm. Previously Erica has worked on cruise ships all over the world including the Mediterranean and Caribbean during one of these trips she met John (now her husband) who was a cruise ship photographer and has become a big part of the Academy doing much of the refurbishing himself and being responsible for the music. New interested parties regardless of age will be made welcome at this Derbyshire family run academy under the watchful eye of Erica. The main purpose of the opening is to introduce new people young and old to dance. If you would like further details please contact Carole 662 137 329

Gill Gibson and looking forward to seeing the photos and from Mazarrón video! is coming up Note for editors: There are now four main to her 65th branches of MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP birthday and and several area offices of the charity in many her partner, geographical areas from Valencia to Gibraltar. Mike, decided All need their Volunteers: Supporters, Drivers, that this is the Translators and, indeed, people who can ‘just be time to make a buddy’ who’ll pop in for a cuppa, do a bit of one of her shopping or just be there to listen. MABS Cancer dreams come true. So she’ll be jumping out Support Group offers support and kindness to of an aircraft from 15,000 feet! Not everyone’s cancer patients in Spain. The support group “dream” but Gill is up for it, she says: Footwork Dance step into the limelight after was started in 1999 by Jacqui Phillips MBE along “It is a tandem jump where I hitch a ride on with others who had been affected by cancer achieving out standing results in their recent the back of an experienced skydiver – I haven’t but had no one in Spain to turn to for advice competition in Mazarron picking up over two got the nerve to do it on my own. And my son, and support. Together they decided that ex- hundred gold and silver medals and eight Glen, who is 38 years old, is also doing the jump pats should not have to worry like they’d had trophies. Footwork dance have now opened new premises with me. It’s now or never – and it might as well to about translation between themselves and be now!” medical staff, the lack of technical information in Los Montesinos and are preparing for a grand opening on September 3rd The The date of the jump is Friday, 26th August 2011 about their cancer, transportation to and from new studio has floor to ceiling hospital appointments and support for family with SkyDive at Hibalstow Airfield, near Brigg and friends. The ladies were firmly determined mirrors and a brand new sprung in Lincolnshire (weather permitting). Gill is to address all these things, and more, for dance floor and is fully air already in the UK, getting herself fit for the cancer patients in the future. Today MABS helps conditioned. awesome task ahead. A small sales area has been all nationalities, including Spanish speaking This was a last-minute surprise, so Gill didn’t residents. MABS Cancer Support Group is created in the reception area for dance accessories, this is run by We have British have much time to get sponsors for her jump registered charity number 7261. brands in baby and before she left for the UK and is now on a For more information please contact: Lyn Baines, Carole children’s clothes, hectic schedule to get fit for the big day. Tel: 693 824 511 Boasting three generations of High accessories and As she is jumping in aid of hairs C products from 0 to Car Spanish Charity “MABS CANCER 10 years approx. eats S SUPPORT GROUP”, she’d like el v a r T as many people as possible to If you want to sell Cots Pop along and visit the site if you would like to sell used items support and sponsor her both your baby and in Spain and in the UK. children’s items for free,and include a photo. (in good condition) Please contact MABS if you Looking for staff? Advertise for FREE. would like to sponsor Gill: Here is your email: opportunity. Promote your local event for FREE or call (0034) 693 824 511. If We will take them you are in the UK, feel free to in commission. call my colleague, Lin, on 0844 Why not visit our business directory if you’re looking 910 3271. Behind Mercadona, for tradesmen or service. near Iceland, La Marina. Well done, in advance, Gill Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm Sat 10am - 2pm 5 page website including domain and email for just €125 – we’re very proud of you

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The Welcome Group held their monthly meeting on Saturday 6th August at Mariano´s restaurant Camposol. During the meeting they were very pleased to present F.A.S.T. with a cheque for 300€.

that if you do have an emergency then please ring them. They can hopefully help while you wait for an ambulance and even help getting the ambulance to the right place.

This was money raised from their fortnightly book club and rounded up by Welcome. F.A.S.T. although only being operational for a short time have helped various people in medical trouble and are going from strength to strength. Their phone no. is 968 970 626. They advise you to call for an ambulance first and then give them a call. Kaz and another volunteer were pleased to accept the cheque on behalf of F.A.S.T. and talked to the group about F.A.S.T. and how they had been able to help people. They assured the group

Since taking over The Bread Basket over a year ago, Rae & Linda have been working hard to build a reputation for quality and service. Situated in a small commercial area, it can easily found on Avd De Las Naciones, just 1.5 km away from The Arches (you walk it in 15 minutes) Follow the road up over 4 speed bumps, face the yellow house and bear left.

Enjoy a cream tea on the terrace. Their homemade giant fruit scones with fresh cream and jam are to die for. If you are a coffee fan, they opt for a quality, 100% pure coffee supplied by MG in Benijofar. You CAN taste the difference.

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They don’t only cater for the sweet of tooth. A range of pies, quiche, pasties & home made sausage rolls are also on offer. Breakfast baps, filled rolls & baguettes too. White van men can phone their order in advance, park easily outside, take away and eat on the run. Greggs, eat your heart out !

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Top 3 fresh cream fancies are Apple turnovers, chocolate eclairs and meringues, all hand made on the premises. Chocolate cake, Carrot cake and Victoria sponge add to the “temptation versus conscience” list.

With their time-served British bakers producing the finest British baked goods, you can find all your favourites here. Custard tarts, Eccles cakes, Bakewell tarts, the list of classic cakes and confectionery goes on.

Good old fashioned British bread and soft rolls are made with strong white (not bleached or sugared ) or malted granary flour. Great for bacon butties ! You can telephone the Bread Basket on 966 716 865

Ladies who Lunch even in August!

The August meeting of Ladies who Lunch took place at ‘The Moonstone’ on Benimar 2 on Wednesday 3rd August 2011. The correct name of this new restaurant is Piedra de Luna, a lovely restaurant with cool tranquil ambience and food to match. The restaurant is operated by the chef owner Gordon Atkins and his partner Brigitta. Thirty one ladies filled the restaurant to capacity and enjoyed a delicious three course lunch with wine, all served by very friendly staff. We managed to raise €169 to start year two of our collections to support Paul Cunningham Nurses. The aims of Ladies who Lunch are to promote friendship as well as raising money to help others. For details of the group please call Janine on 966 261 359 or Maddie on 966 078 646


Lions give ADIS VB a lift The Torrevieja Costa Lions were recently made aware of a need for a hoist at the Asociacion de Discapacitados de la Vega Baja (ADIS VB), in Orihuela. The hoist is needed to assist those physically disabled children to enter and exit the swimming pool, swimming and activities in the pool are a vital part of the therapy, and until now some children had experienced great difficulty getting in and out of the pool. When the Lions heard of the plight of the children of ADIS VB, the Club immediately offered to assist with the purchase of the hoist, and on Thursday Lion Community Service Director Janette Bennett, along with

Lion Maureen Moss attended ADIS VB and were delighted to hand over a cheque for 1,020.00 euros as payment for the hoist. To help the Lions to help others they are holding fun race nights in Restaurante Lo Marabu, in Dona Pepa on Tuesday 16th and 30th August at 9pm. It is really good fun and goes a long way to providing help for those most in need. To learn more about ADIS VB go to and for more information on the activities of the Lions go to The photograph shows Lion Maureen (right) presenting the cheque to Purificacion Torregillas Lauarin of ADIS VB.


For a number of years the Help Association Diabetic Support Group has successfully provided support and advice for those who have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes, as well as for people who have learnt to live with this condition.


‘International Bands Festival’ 22nd to 27th August. All of the concerts commence at 22.00h each evening, in the Municipal Theatre and tickets are a reasonable 3€ and can be purchased in advance via the ticket office or ‘on the door’ each night Each evening, before each concert, the bands will march through central streets on their way to the performance. Organised by our town band “Sociedad Musical Torrevejense Los Salerosos”, prestigious brass bands from Portugal, Zaragoza (Aragon) and Slovenia have been invited as well as, specially for this edition, a band made up from our own local musicians of the brass band “Just Brass” (JB BAND) supported by a number of top bandsmen from the UK who are making the journey over from England to join forces with the locals and to present the band as “JUST BRASS I N T E R N A T I O N A L”

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



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were younger - we found we were choosing restaurants for the highchairs rather than the food. Now there are some fantastic booster seats available, which are portable and can be attached to just about any chair you can imagine. Really useful, too, if you’re taking your child on holiday and might be eating out a lot. If you’re considering buying a portable seat, check out the ones we recommend, below. But, even if you’ve tried everything to create an enjoyable experience, things still sometimes go horribly wrong and you wonder why you bothered! Don’t despair, just realise you are not alone and try again soon. Sometimes it just comes down to luck – if your child is in the right mood at the time of the meal. But when it works, it really is worth it and as your children grow, eating out gradually becomes second nature. Not only is it valuable family time, it also means you get to do what you enjoy doing.

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Now that the temperatures are reaching the late 30ties and even sometimes the 40ties, it would seem that no plant would be able to flourish but one type of plant, namely Cacti are an exception and are ideally adapted to dry areas because they efficiently convert water into biomass. The Opuntia-ficusindica commonly known as ´Prickly Pear¨is the most widespread of the l o n g - d o m e s t i c a ted cactuses and are thought to have originated from Mexico. As a look out my window I can see several ruins dotted around the campo and almost always there is a large mass of this cacti planted relatively close to the old spanish dwellings, in fact the prickly pear cactus has been used for centuries both as a food source and a natural fence that keeps in livestock and marks the boundaries of family lands. The fruit of prickly pears, Indian Fig or tuna in Spanish, is sold in local markets today and is best eaten cold and very carefully due to the spines known as glochids. If ingested they cause great discomfort of the throat, lips, and tongue, as the small spines are easily lodged in the skin. I am sure that some of you, like me, have been caught out and remember as a child picking one of these fruits and recoiling in horror when my hand was covered in tiny spikes. The problem is they embed themselves deeply and are extremely difficult to see so therefore are difficult to remove. The Native Americans removed them by rolling the fruit on grit or alternatively by rotating the fruit in the flame of a campfire. Not only is the fruit eaten but so are the the young stem segments, usually called nopales, They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine in dishes such as huevos con nopales or tacos de nopales. Mexicans now use a blow torch to remove the spines and feed the young leaves to their cattle as their primary food source. (I also feed mine to my Pot Bellied Pigs) Cactus juice can also be extracted by immersing cut leaves in water for as long as two weeks and as it contains pectin, that acts as a binding agent & is used to increase the adhesion & water resistance in plaster, so again these local ruins have probably used the juice in their building materials. I find it sad that many of these perfectly natural materials and uses of these plants both practical and medicinal have been lost but there is definitely a swing now back to natural remedies including food colourings. With recent health concerns in respect to artificial food additives, a little known scale insect, The Dactylopius coccus that feeds on the prickly pear, has become part a solution as cochineal dye is derived both from the insect´s body Casa La Pedrera´s and its eggs. Picture of Traditional “Zapotec nest” farming of the cochineal scale insect This red dye is primarily used as a red food colouring and cosmetics & is produced almost exclusively in a small town Oaxaca, Mexico by indigenous producers, cochineal became Mexico’s second most valued export after silver. The dyestuff was consumed throughout Europe, and was so highly valued that its price was regularly quoted on the London and Amsterdam Commodity Exchanges. From the stock exchange back to the Campo, perhaps you will look at this plant with new eyes and perhaps even try one of the fruits at the local markets, which is definitely an acquired taste. I do however suggest that you do not plant them as they are invasive and grow very large and are difficult to cut back because of the spines etc. There are plenty however that grow in the natural reserve at La Pedrera so you are sure to see them if you come on one of our walks or take part on one of our outdoor activities that take place on the many tracks and trails around the lake. Until then, have a wonderful summer.... Jenni

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Sometimes I am quite bright. Other times (generally when I need to be at my most intelligent) I seem to have all the mental acuity of a senile pheasant. I don’t know why this is, but sometimes I can get the day stitched up and sewn together without a snag, whereas other times I lose my thread, and spend the entire day looking for it! These are the days when I wander into the bedroom to make a cup of tea, realise my mistake, wander out again into the kitchen, stand there wondering what it was that I was going to do before - Ah, yes! I was going to make the bed, turn round and head back into the bedroom. I maintain that many of the greatest brains of civilisation have been known to be a bit woolly at times – take King Alfred, for instance. All he was asked to do was to watch that the cakes didn’t burn, but his mind wandered at the crucial moment, and history remembers him only for his cremated cakes. So I am not alone in my abstractedness, I am in good company. I am sure, if we were to be honest, we have all at one time or another forgotten something or somebody and suffered the consequences. The forgetting is not so much of a problem, it is extricating yourself from its embarrassing consequences that is the difficult bit. After a recent trip to the theatre I was enjoying a meal at a shared table in the company of a complete stranger. We chatted amicably on all the usual subjects, such as shoes, ships, sealing wax, cabbages and Kings and eventually came round to dogs. My new best friend, Wendi, remarked that she had a pointer named Brian. In that instant the scales fell from my eyes. I had total recall of being followed almost home by Brian about 4 years ago at a time when he was newly in Wendi’s ownership, and was himself still rather confused. ‘Brian! I know Brian!’ I exclaimed. At that moment Wendi


The highlight of the week when I was in my twenties, was to put on the Burtons three piece, slap on a bit of Brut after shave and – before we learned our lesson the hard way – squirt a bit into the grape smugglers and get ourselves into town for a slap up meal before finishing the evening doing something they referred to as dancing at the ‘world famous’ Thingamajig Club, the hottest (and only) club in town. I remember when the first Chinese restaurant opened in what was then, the backwoods town of Reading. It was called the Hong Kong (original eh!) and suddenly we were confronted with grub the like of which we had never seen or tasted before. After our first tentative steps into this strange world, it wasn’t long before we developed a taste for this wonderfully new exotic fare and began exploring the delights of chicken with ginger; egg fried rice and the contradictory sweet and sour pork. Our eyes were opened to the fact that there were actually more sauces than the familiar OK and HP, as we sampled Black Bean, Hoisin and Oyster. The only experience we had with noodles up to that point, were the dried ones found in a Vesta Beef Curry. In spite of the unsubstantiated whispers in dark corners that cats were mysteriously disappearing off the streets and that the Oriental version of ratatouille was exactly what it said on the tin, the new cuisine took off with a vengeance. Before long Chinese and Indian

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Spain has one party every year. It starts 1st January and ends 31st December. If you do not believe it, just take a look at “What’s On” in local newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. August is the month of “Cante de las Minas” in La Unión. This yearly festival is actually based on authentic flamenco as it was enacted by the miners and their families, describing the grim hardships in the mines in the area. The music, the lyrics, and the dance epitomise the misery and trial of life and death in the mines. To the ears of “The Birdie Song”-tourists’, used to the flamenco performed in holiday resorts, the sound is dour and boring. To spice things up, the organisers have this year put huge names in modern flamenco music on the programme; names like Pitingo, Totatito, and Diego el Cigala. These gentlemen all experiment by fusing flamenco with pop, soul, gospel, jazz, blues, and Cuban and South American music. That should hopefully prevent the mass exodus of tourists from the audience that we witnessed the first time we went to the “Cante de las Minas”.

had her Eureka moment. ‘I know you, he nearly followed you home!’ Fortunately the memory was a happy one for all of us, and Brian continues to thrive, having sorted out in his mind who he belongs to and where he lives. How is it that I could recall Brian in every detail, from one chocolate brown spot to another, while totally forgetting Wendi? How rude is that? I’m sorry Wendi. But in my own rather feeble defence I will say that being followed home by Brian was a unique experience for me!

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One of the greatest joys for us living in Spain is being able to eat out pretty much when we feel like it. Because of the great value for money that a huge number of restaurants offer, brought on by the stiff competition and exacerbated by the financial crisis, it has meant that most of us, particularly those on fixed incomes, can still enjoy this luxury. Last week therefore, we thought we would give the latest Wok Buffet a try - Mk 1,680 I think it is. I know that these eateries are all regarded as pretty much of a muchness – selection of cold and warm starters, fresh food cooked to order with your choice of sauces, and offering very good value - but this one held a special attraction - it was offering free drinks for the first week! We’ll have some of that we thought, and drinks aside, it was darned good with probably the largest selection of food that we have seen - so much so that the two ladies never bothered with the fresh cooked wok dish. Munching my way through my second portion of chilli prawns, and sharing some of the delicious sauce with my new white linen shirt, I got to thinking how sophisticated we had become with regard to our eating habits, and just how much has changed since my younger days.


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restaurants were rolling into town like tumbleweeds into Dodge City. They had well and truly arrived and forty years on they are regarded as an institution as British as fish and chips. Well almost. Mind you back then, as much as we loved the occasional Chinese, our traditional palates still held sway and it wasn’t long before we turned our attentions back to the tried and tested Saturday night blow out. A couple of pints of Courage Best Bitter, then a starter of Prawn Cocktail, followed by ‘T’Bone Steak and chips finished off with Black Forest Gâteau – all washed down with a bottle or two of Liebfraumilch. We even treated ourselves to Castella cigars and snifters of Corvoisier afterwards. Sophisticated or what! This was such a tried and tested formula, that I don’t even remember what other items there were on those 1960’s menus, except for the obligatory Gammon Steak with either pineapple or a fried egg slapped on top, and naturally the good old fashioned apple pie and cream. Now we are spoiled for choice with more restaurants than you can shake a stick at and specialising in just about every nationality’s cuisine you can think of, up to and including Martian. Chinese food too has come a long way from the days of chewy

batter coated sweet and sour chicken balls and prawn curries, to restaurants that now specialise in such things as Szechuan, Cantonese and Hunan cuisine. And it’s not restricted to Chinese food only, with the ever increasing number of Asian restaurants now offering Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese – even Mongolian – dishes alongside their regular menus. And all power to them . . . I didn’t retire just so that I could eat television dinners from Iceland every night.

This years “Cante de las Minas” programme also sports a smug little liar and coward – the flamenco dancer Farruquito. In 2003 Farruquito, whose real name is Juan Manuel Fernandez Montoya, drove recklessly, ran over a man, killed him, and fled the scene. As if that was not enough, he tried to make his younger brother take the blame. But, as the moron is one of flamenco’s biggest stars, he got off with 16 months suspended sentence – very considerate of the judge to give him the possibility of earning the €102,000 he was ordered to compensate the widow and the €16,400 to the victim’s parents by performing to an audience that obviously do not give a fig about the morals as long as they can be entertained. Sorry, but to me a buffoon is still a baboon, even if it can dance! Summer Carnival! Why not? It does make sense when remembering the goose-bumped, blue thighs we watched parading in early spring, when the carnivals are normally held. But, bearing in mind that this is a Catholic country, I fear the percentage of bare flesh will increase. Ah, never mind, there is only an average of 5% left to un-cover before they have to take the skin off to become more scarcely clad than the year before Summer entertainment in the region is very diverse. Something for all tastes from music, dance, theater, parades, exercise on the beach (only for mad dogs and Englishmen) to handicraft and traditional fishing methods. The programme can even cater for a bit of animal torture, should you desire that! In Perín they hang the donkey the 15th of August – well, in these days it is a dummydonkey, but 250 years ago they hoisted a living donkey up by its neck to the church roof so it could eat the weeds that had grown there – obviously in those days it was the people that were the dummies. For those who prefer to see real blood from a living animal in distress, Perín offers traditional bullfighting, though the stronghold for bullfighting traditionally is in the North West of the region. All right, maybe I should not be so hard on bullfighting, after all “We bullfighters are not assassins”, “To kill bulls is not murder, it is defense” (José Miguel Arroyo ‘Joselito’ – bullfighter). Yoo-hoo! I feel much better now! Fancy to go dancing? If you like to paso doble do not go to Cataluña. Jordi Conill Asgarrat, deputy of the Catalan parliament has suggested outlawing the traditional Spanish dance, paso doble, in Cataluña on the ground that “it is a dance with ancestral roots in machismo, as it is the man that leads and the woman follows”. Huh, did I miss something here? Will we proceed to outlaw waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, jive etc. on the same ground? Rrowr, against stupidity even gods are fighting in vain! Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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Do you think of old age as a time of adventure, self-expression and possibility? My guess is probably not. It’s hard to think of the later portion of life this way, when the society we live in doesn’t seem to agree. We sure don’t see many role models of lively, intelligent old people in the media , and our culture continues to be dominated by images of youth. Ask anyone in advertising or marketing, and they will tell you the demographics they covet are 18-25 year olds. The fact is that life expectancy is up from age 45 in 1900, to an average of 78.2 years in 2009 (according to the CDC). This means that things are changing. Of course, there is still the likelihood of some physical decline as we age, but many older people are discovering that their mental health is more important to them. They tend to shrug off their aches and pains and concentrate instead on growth and development in other areas. They become much more spiritually aware and keenly interested in things outside of themselves. Some go back to school, others become involved in a community or family project. They don’t see the changes happening all around them as threatening. Rather, they respond to change with flexibility, a sense of purpose, and lots of patience with themselves. They want to control their own lives, make their own choices, and stay involved with meaningful activities long after they “retire.” This sounds like a good way to live at any age, and it sounds like just the right kind of role model we need – because, we are all going to get old, if we are lucky! Today, the day I am writing this article my life will be changing forever, I am changing generations, I am going to become a Nana (Grandma is far too

old for me!) It only seems a while ago my daughter was coming into the world, what a different place I was in then, geographically, emotionally, financially and physically. I have definitely widened my horizons in the past 21 years, I have learnt a lot more about many more subjects, I have more skills, qualifications and professional titles after my name, but the most I have learnt along the way is about me. I am coming into this new era of my life with many more attributes than I did as a mother, but looking at my daughter ready to take on the world and make a future for herself and her daughter the lessons I have learnt along the way I hope have rubbed off. The younger generations grow up with more knowledge and skills, just as it should be, and just how we want it to be. My parents lived through a war, lack of food, less technology, more manual labour and less freedom of travel. My parents did not go on an airplane until I was working abroad, my daughter was on a plane under three months old and is more excited about travelling on a bus, because she never does it! Experience, knowledge, understanding all come with time, we cannot have these at 16 or 20 years old, but neither should older people be signed off as past it, over the hill, redundant or out of date. There are so many more people doing life changing things at 60, 70, 80 years old and I am sure that in future there will be many more. So, today is a salute to all mature youngsters, we don´t usually enjoy “youth” the first time around as we have so many worries and hang ups, so this time will be all the fun I missed before. Plus I get to sit at the top of the table at the family gathering for Christmas, as one passes on another moves up, so this year I can regally take my place......see I knew there must be some perks hehehe

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25g butter plus extra for greasing dash of olive oil 150g peeled shallots peeled and thinly sliced 1 tsp granulated sugar 450g pork sausagemeat 2 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley 100g cured chorizo cut into small cubes 1 tbsp fresh soft white breadcrumbs black pepper


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your fingertips, rub them in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir through the salt. Add the ham, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, mix through evenly, then make a well in the centre of the mixture. Pour in the cream and milk and, using a wooden spoon, lightly mix together into a wet dough – just gently combine the ingredients so that you don’t mash the cheese and ham. The mixture is quite wet: if necessary work it very briefly on a lightly floured surface to bring it into a dough. Divide the scone dough into two equal pieces for ease of handling, wrap each one in clingfilm and place in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes–1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Place the pieces of dough dough on a lightly floured surface. Shape each one into a circle about 16cm across and 2cm thick, then slice each circle into 8 wedges or triangles. Place the scones on a baking sheet about 5cm apart. Bake the scones in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden – the cheese bits should be bubbling and slightly crusty. MAKES 16 SCONES 750g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting 100g unsalted butter cut into cubes 1 tsp salt 150g honey roast ham cut into 5mm cubes 150g mature Cheddar cheese cut into 5mm chunks 100g sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped 500ml double cream 150ml milk

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VALENCIA & ALICANTE photographic exhibition

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


Every Wednesday and Thursday Live entertainment and dancing every Wednesday and Thursday from 21:00-23:30 at the Hotel Costa Narejos. Los Alcazares. Swing, jazz, Bossanovas and Latin. Everyones favourite melodies. Free admission. Tel: 968 432 630.

Quiz Night

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

Boat Trip

Every day. Running every day from Puerto Tomas Maestre La Manga to Santiago de la Ribera in San Javier. Operates Monday to Saturday at varying times depending on season. Trips take 30 minutes. Bikes can be taken on board. Tel: 649 201 610

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Learn to Paint ..........................

Using watercolour, pastels or acrylics these are small classes on Monday and Friday afternoons at Playa Paraiso, La Manga. For further information contact Bee Tel: 968 564 416 or 670 353 738

Aqua-aerobics ...........................

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HappyLots Birthday mummy of kisses from Felicity & Jessica XXXX

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at The Port Restaurant, Los Urrutias On Friday 19th August at 7.30 p.m. Live music provided by the resident group The cost is €12 to include a meal of mixed salad, chicken, sausages, pork chops, potato salad plus wine Directions: from Los Alcazares, the Port restaurant is on Calle Lopez, i.e. the last turn on the left before you leave Los Urrutias Tickets available from Janice Clark 968 134 355 or from the HELP office 968 570 059 Call into the office at: Calle Penelope 11, Los Narejos, Oasis, Los Alcazares to see what other functions we have arranged or how we can help you.


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

Museum Zamar ..........................

El Algar Open Every day Displaying carriages from the 17th century to the present day, several harnesses such as Calesera, English and Hungarian variety and one of Spain’s largest collections of vintage motorcycles. There is also a souvenir shop. Open daily 10:00-14:00 and 16:00-21:00. Closed Mondays except festivals. For further details and booking Tel: 968 136 656.

Second Hand Goods Sale

Clothes, bric-a-brac, books and furniture. Brenda’s 2nd hand shop in Estrella, Los Urrutias Details from Brenda: 648 735 540

Fitness Pilates Classes Every Tue Weekly class being held in the Clubroom, Caravaning La Manga, Autovia de la Manga, Salida 11 from 10:00. For further information and booking contact Paula Tel: 689 672 594 or email:

Bellydance Fitness Classes Every Wed. Weekly class being held in the Clubroom, Caravaning La Manga, Autovia de la Manga, Salida 11 from 10:00. For further information and booking contact Paula Tel: 689 672 594 or email: pdtraining@

Mar Menor Art Group ............ Portraiture and life drawing in Los Alcazarez. All welcome every Wednesday commencing 15:30. No membership fees. For further information contact Eli Tel: 968 582 186. Or email Los Alcazares Digital Camera Club



......mar menor Paddywacks Irish Pub......... Weightwatchers ...................... Live music every Thursday. Spanglish karaoke every Saturday. Showing all Sky Sports on 3 TVs. La Manga Strip. Tel: 616 056 048

Every Tue. A weekly meeting every Tuesday at 10:30 in Cervecería Oasis, Calle Penélope 91, Los Alcázares. For further information contact Jane on Tel: 678 327 549

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

Costa Calida Country Music Club ..............................................

La Molata, Cañada de Alhama Friday 19th August Club Closed for Holiday – Re-opens Friday 16th September – Singing a superb mix of traditional & modern Country, Jo Sutherland Every first Friday of the month we have ‘Croonin’ Country’ Disco/Country Karaoke and Dance Tuition… but this is subject to change if a live artist opportunity arises! Admission: Couples 5€, Singles 3€ - all net monies to Community Ambulance Project. For more information contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082

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Freshly carved pork, beef or gammon, choice of starters and dessert. From 8.95€ served 1pm - 6pm. Children under 8 years 1/2 price El Fraile Bar and Restaurant, Los Nietos Telephone for details 968 133 380

Wednesday Quiz Nights...........

with Costa Cálida Radio DJ Ian Adams at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Start 8 p.m. Fee €1 per person. Teams of max. 4. ‘Platos combinados’ available at a price of €6.


Departure 21st October from Mazarron sailing from Malaga. Visiting Algarve, Lisbon and Tangiers Prices 410 euros person double interior cabin. Single suppliment 153euros. ALL INCLUSIVE call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Only a few places left.

Friday Fish ‘n Chips Evenings

at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Two courses €10. Reservation is recommended – 660 326 194

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


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

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Thursday Quiz Night ..........

Starting 8pm - Great prizes El Fraile Bar and Restaurant, Los Nietos Telephone for details 968 133 380

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

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

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

PALS - Madrid Getaway............. CATRAL .......................................... PALS 3 Nights in MADRID 200 Euros. 3 star Central Hotel, visits to Chicon and Cuenca. Departure 29th August Mazarron call Ken Payne 626 460 465

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

MAR MENOR Wednesd ay

- Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s

Thur sd ay

- Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Intermediates 1pm - 3pm Tel 965 319 769

Frid ay

- Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185

Saturd ay

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

Sund ay

- Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro

Mond ay

- Yoga. Tara’s Retreat, La Magdelena 10.30am – 11.45am, & 5pm - Try Market Tavern’s, Daily Specials from 5.50€ Mazarron Port

Tu esd ay

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Car Boot Sale....................... PEGO Art Studio ........................ Every Sun. Weekly at the Autocine, St Javier. On the N332 between San Javier and Los Alcazares follow signs for Bastilla Loop. Commencing at 09:00-14:00

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

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

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business opportunities

Business opportunities 10 cold drink/snack vending Machines with sites €44,900 Excellent cash income, no overheads, work from home, work only 1 day a week, €31,000 net yearly. 25 Pringle vending machines with sites €14,900, €250 per week net guarenteed,

Tel: 965 326 442 / 659 696 455 400 square metres workshop and office space available, within working

Busy bar in Benimar Commercial Centre, Regular Cliental all year round. Genuine reason for sale Price reduced for quick sale

Call Christine

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Foot Prince

CHIROPODIST Sharon Prince a.c.e.o. Reg For an appointment Call: 699 747 574 or

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Pool tables, s n o o k e r tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 w w w. s p a i n p o o l . com Al u m i n i u m Gates, Double and Electric Sliding. Guaranteed No Rust.Call Tracy on 966 726 891 for details. Patio Awning. sections of awning incl. concertina sliding top 5.6m x 2.2m & 3 x roller side blinds. 75€ o.n.o. Tel 966 713 297 (Benijofar) Mamas & Papas Ziko Frankie pushchair, mushy peas colour, excellent condition with hood, cost

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Repairs, Tuition, getting started, Microsoft Office R Certified

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bargain Holiday Cars from 8€ per day

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in Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee

Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056

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

ELECTRICS & PLUMBING IN THE COSTA BLANCA no job too small & free estimates! specialists in all electrical & plumbing works

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

Mature qualified ex UK Care Home Manager

once strong wooden construction. €30. Sony 23inch screen TV (not flat screen) plus pace digi box, good working order. €85 Tel: 968199690 or 669136091

Balustrades with capping, One Pillar and Cap, never paint again, excellent condition 30 €. Phone 966 Wooden table, 712 200 (Benijofar). Mahogany, glass Fridge ARDEMcentre panel, 1’40 freezer, A grade extending to 2’10, elect consumption, together with 6 chairs, cream used as second seats. 280€. fridge can be seen Tel. 619972467 working, Very (Camposol area) good condition. Pine Dresser 125 € Telephone 150cm wide 6 1 9 8 0 3 4 4 4 x 215cm high 3 drawers & 3 Camposol. cupboards on bottom, glass doors on top good condition. €120. Cat or small dog airline approved transporter used

financial services s e c u r e d loans,

PETRO L GENERATO R 2.4kw AS new 95€, Mazarron area Tel: 968 956 127 or 618 086 126

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

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Silver & gold wanted

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silver items Large or small, I will buy it.

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


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D o u b l e Member of the mattress in National Association of Goldsmiths good condition 50€ o.n.o tel 968 leaflet distribution 153 199 (Mazarron Flyers, I can distribute your flyers in area) the calida area door to door, for €0,04 Five sandstone tel: 689 626 886


new icp’s fitted - swimming pool heaters & air-con electric gates & burglar alarms hot water boilers,gas heaters & solar new bath/shower suites - spanish legal

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£219 new, accept €85. Algorfa/San Fulgencio area. Tel 634303141. Mamas & Papas Trek buggy, raspberry colour, excellent condition, complete with washable liner, hood and rain cover, accept €35. Algorfa/San Fulgencio area. Tel 634303141 Pool table, slate bed, pub type, playing surface 113cm x 225cm with 2 sets of balls and cues Old but in full working order. Buyer collects. €300 Phone 634 351 602. Torrevieja area.



electrician ELECTRICITY,

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Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to:


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

Price (Private Sale) € 85,000

Tel: (0034) 676 534 978

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Plot rental 204.82€ per month

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Park Homes Static caravans bought & sold, best prices paid, no deductions, we also transport, store & instore homes, sites available, Tel: 674 226 289 C h a l e t occasion, Torres cotillas, park. Particular. €180,000 build 350m2, 5 bathrooms and 8 bedrooms, Tel: 658 051 377 1454 Quesada Front Line Golf 4 bed 2 bath detached villa with communal pool and also room for private pool, Near to all amenities. Offers invited 169,950€ 448 Quesada Golf 3 bed 1 bath fully furnished villa with air-con situated across the road from the driving range Only 99,950€ 1034 Benimar Rojales Fully furnished 2 bed 1 bath detached villa

170000€ with communal pool, near to all amenities. Only 124,950€ 463 Benimar Rojales Detached 2 bed 2 bath Villa built on a 300 plot with private pool, property comes fully furnished and with air-con Offers invited 189,950€ NEW REDUCTION NOW ONLY 165,000€ COME AND SEE a real BARGAIN a Fabulous Opportunity for someone with the GUTS to take it on. its got a 3000m2 plot as well as a 240m2 build house with 12 rooms & own Pool a large garage and three phase electric if required, very suitable for STORAGE OR CAR WORKSHOP, its all legal and ready to be turned into a thriving business once again so come and see it, call Gary on

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We have clients enquiring in this area

Contact CASASOL REAL ESTATE tel: 965 325 601 Email: 670469544 a close to sell so please friend of the family, look here www. you really need to be into a bit of DIY Beautiful Houses for for the house by the a snip Big Villas with way. I Can also help beautiful Gardens with Finance and at 199,999€, 4 Currency exchange Bed Penthouse if you need it Apartment for 90K. 670469544 Also a 5 Albatera Finca with Beds Finca Dolores Cert Habitation for 205,000€ on yes WITH. House a 10,000m2 plot with pool NOW all legal, Also & ONLY 90K, Plot to Bed 5 Bath House Build House 50K, inland near Hondon 2,500m2 Plot with 15,000m2 plot Electric 52K, 5Beds ONLY 220,000€ 3 Bath 2 Kitchens yes very cheap & Lounges 285K, worth a look its a 7 Beds 4 Bath 2 huge house and Kitchens 2 Lounges fabulous views Quesada 399K, 5 FOR AS LITTLE Beds finca 10Km2 AS : 65,500€ you plot Dolores 205K, can have the choice Don’t read any just look of ONE OF 2 Very more nice Apartments on at the site www. Ground floor with s p a n i s h v i s i o n s . private terrace, 2 com and ring us Bedrooms, Lounge 670469544 to view selling and Fitted Kitchens, Anyone Terrace to gardens ring us as we need and Pool area only more good value 22 units in total so things to promote very private. OR a as getting quality 2 Bed Apartment leads to view new ground floor IN properties. we are THE TOWN with again getting a new big terrace looking list of properties in towards pool area, our favorite location ALL properties are ALDEA DEL MAR fully furnished and so please keep an SOLD AS SEEN, eye on the site true BARGAINS massive call now 670469544 cortijo near its cheapest here Los gallardos so dont delay, Easy 20mins from access to Towns, mojacar the Beach and Golf beaches, see it here www. This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan we also have 3 or living areas, kitchen & 4 other very cheap dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard new properties on front & back and room the site INCLUDING for a pool.Mountain views 220m2, Terrace A 3 BED HOUSE Build 65m2, Plot 1000m2, Nr Quesada for Garage 60m2 66,000€ yes call 200,000€ono now Telephone There are 649 186 107 various Vendors email for more info in desperate need


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Wanted Scrap Gold

Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

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we shift most things

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Vehicles wanted

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leave your old car, caravan or motorhome Full ITV, taxed, 600 726 221 battery with us 661 321 036 3500€ ono and takeaway a 965 687 976 tel: 634 103 290 free bottle of red or Ford Focus Auto white wine 647 587 Cabriolets! March ‘08 - 5 door hatch 855 / 950 459 010 Automatic Cars! 1.6 Trend Auto/Tiptronic w w w . h i s p a v a n . 31,000 kms, 1 owner Going Home Full Ford History com


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Inside out on new B-Class Mercedes gives first glimpse inside its new luxury MPV

This is the first official picture of the fiveseater luxury MPV’s upmarket interior. And it will help the car take the fight to the VW Golf Plus and Ford C-MAX when it arrives next year. The layout marks a huge step up in quality over the outgoing model. And the design will be unique to all of the brand’s frontdriven models, including the forthcoming A-Class and ‘BLS’ four-door coupe. Its sweeping, contoured dash incorporates big SLS-style metal air vents, and can be finished in a choice of classy woods or metals. The sporty leather steering wheel is taken from the CLS, while the large display that sits above the centre console has been shaped to mimic an Apple iPad. Used to navigate the brand’s COMAND media

interface, the colour screen is available in 15cm and 17cm sizes, and gives passengers Internet access via a 3G phone connection. This can download local information to the sat-nav, and locate album cover art for your music collection. Top-spec B-Class models will get heated electric leather seats from the E-Class saloon. The focus on luxury means that the car will come with an extensive list of gadgets from the rest of the range, including DISTRONIC radar-guided cruise control, fatigue sensors and a braking system that helps perform emergency stops if it senses a collision. This wide array of equipment should give the B-Class the edge in a competitive sector. Prices will start at around £20,000.

MINI Soho limited edition

Nissan’s MX-5 is back

Nissan has revived plans for a rear-wheel drive sports car and the newcomer will use the Leaf’s electric drivetrain Japanese giant Nissan’s rival to the Mazda MX-5 is back on the agenda – and it’s going electric. The company had shelved plans to revive the legendary rear-wheel-drive 200SX back in 2008. But work on the project has started again, as part of Nissan’s push to launch 52 new cars by 2016. Before the 2+2 was canned, the plan had been for it to sit on the 370Z platform, with power from the 188bhp 1.6-litre turbo found in the Juke. Now, though, we have learned that the car – which is likely to get an entirely different name – will use a new chassis. In March this year, Daimler bosses signed an agreement to supply mid-size platforms to Nissan, which would accommodate everything from fourcylinder motors to V8s. This will not only underpin the new MX-5

rival, but also the 370Z replacement and the next GT-R. The Infiniti G and a new sports car from the luxury brand will also use it. Insiders in Japan believe that bosses have yet to make a decision on what will power the new Nissan, but a tuned version of the Leaf’s drivetrain and a hybrid set-up are under consideration. The company has previously expressed an interest in an all-electric rear-wheeldrive sports car, with the ESFLOW concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. To ensure sharp handling, our sources have revealed that Nissan will get help in tuning the chassis from Lotus Engineering; the Brits could also assist with a new lightweight construction. Expect the new model to arrive in 2013, with a price tag of around £20,000.


CARS WANTED FOR CASH Call Tim on 66 22 11 993

Soho editions add a touch of exclusivity to the MINI Hatchback and Convertible line ups MINI has gone to town with a pair of limited editions - one based on the Hatchback, another on the Convertible. Called the MINI Soho, the newcomers are the latest in a line of MINI specials edition named after London boroughs, districts, streets and landmarks such as the Mayfair, Camden and Park Lane. The Soho name has already been used on a MINI - last year’s Soho Clubman - but this is the first time it’s been applied to the Hatchback and its soft-top sibling. Available as both a Cooper and Cooper D, the latter with congestion charge-exempt CO2 emissions of 99g/km, they will be on sale

om Cust

from now until March 2012. Finished in a White Silver paint job and fitted with 17-inch Black Star Bullet alloy wheels, the monochrome exterior is unique to the Soho edition. Inside the cabin, a three-spoke steering wheel and piano black trim separates it from the standard car. Prices start at £16,765 for the MINI Cooper Soho Hatch, rising to £18,045 for the Cooper D Hatch. The MINI Cooper Soho Convertible costs £19,060 while the Copper D Convertible will set you back £20,135 - almost a £2,000 premium over the equivalent standard models.


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Trade Prices to the Public From 50€ Per Panel full resprays from 500 euros telephone 672 507 184


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MIAMI CALPE IN FINALS OF SAN JUAN BEACH RUGBY 7’S...........................................

TORRE GOLF SOCIETY...................................... El Plantio – 1st AUGUST 2011

What a hot day for golf! Well it is the first of August in Spain what do you expect? We had a contingent of golfers from Ireland playing which made it a little bit special and to add to it all we had a young gentleman aged fourteen years playing, which possibly the youngest golfer with Torre Golf Society. We decided to revert back to a straight forward Stableford competition and because of the number of players have two categories, with two nearest the pins and front and back nine best scores. Despite the heat there were some good scoring and none more so than from the youngest player Luke Morgan playing of a slope handicap

of 18 he waltzed in with a whopping 40 points, (is this cool hand Luke?)and if that was not good enough he took the best back nine with 25 points, some wag called out “Your front nine must have been rubbish”

The prizes this month were Cava and Rioja so Luke’s Dad Andy was well pleased. Barry Daniell keeps winning a NTP bottle of wine he now is complaining of gout. The full results were: Cat One (0-19) Luke Morgan 40 points Cat Two (20-36) Reid Kane 32 points Nearest The Pin Hole 9. Barry Daniell 14. Mike Penny


Best Front 9. Tony Chandler

20 points Best Back 9. Luke Morgan 25 points The Value For Money (VFM) prize a can of Larger: Ken Lindsay.(points total withheld) Our next game the Doug Maddison Memorial at Alicante Golf 15th August there are some special prizes so get your name down to remember this lovely guy.

For more information on The Torre Golf Society then contact the Secretary Ivie Davies either by email or telephone 669 211 410 Photo: Winners at El Plantio: Tony Chandler, Barry Daniell, Reid Kane, Luke Morgan, Ken Lindsay and Mike Perry

El Raso GS................................................. On a perfect summer´s day 28 players took to the road for El Raso´s monthly competition at BONALBA

Golf Club with 4 new members having joined the society. All arrived safely and some even had time for a breakfast before going out. Despite the course looking so good, the greens were not up to scratch, but never mind c´est la vie !!. Before announcing the winners “One of our recently in form players actually had an air shot” namely David Gray. Sorry David orders from above. So now here are the

winners also on the photo.


BEST GUEST Gina Ashworth score 30 points.


NEAREST THE PINS Hole 4 KEN BRETT. Hole 8 Ken Brett. Hole 14 Bill Martin. BEST FRONT NINE Harry Armstrong with 17 points on count back. BEST BACK NINE Bill Martin with 17 points on count back. MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS 3RD PLACE WITH 32 POINTS ON COUNT BACK WAS MIKE BOX. 2ND PLACE WITH 33 POINTS

HOWEVER WE OF COURSE MUST NOT FORGET THE WINNER OF THE GNOME WITH THE LOWEST SCORE AND WRITER OF THIS ARTICLE WAS GRAHAM CHEETHAM. Footnote it was also noticeable quite a few players were rather late leaving Bonalba for CLAPTONs and the prize giving not normal practice GUYS !!!!!!

On Saturday Alicante had their 14th San Juan 7’s beach rugby tournament and all I can say is that it was a great days entertainment of rugby, with local teams taking part as well as teams from Barcelona etc. Miami Caple team started off in style against a very strong TGV Barcelona team. The team worked very well together, considering it was the first time they had all played together, as it is a team of friends who got together to play in this tournament. After some excellent handling and support work they ran out 60 winners, 6 tries to nil that is. Then up came Universidad Miguel Hernadez Elche, and for some reason we decided to throw the game plan out of the window from the first game and play like it was 15a-side game and drew 3-3, which put us into the semi finals. In the semi finals we came up against Trapos Viejos, and change the game plan back to the first game, which made it more comfortable for us, and after more good free flowing rugby ran out winners 3-0 to put us into

the final against Universidad de Alicante. With them been the favourites on home sand and also were playing some excellent free flowing rugby themselves it was looking like it was going to be a cracking final, which it turned out to be. Miami Calpe opened the scoring with Brian scoring the first try, before Alicante hit back with two tries of their own before half time. In the second half Miami Calpe drew level with Juanma the captain scoring another try on the day, before Alicante stole the day with another excellent worked try, to run out 3-2 winners in a match fit for any final of any tournament. Congratulations on University de Alicante for being this year’s winners. We will be back next year to go one better. Also I would like to thank them for letting me have a stand there at the tournament, which meant it was a great day all round for me. Also this weekend I will be at the Lo Crispin Association Charity fun day to raise money for local children’s charity, and will be stand number 28,

so if you can not see me at the market come along and see me there. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is on in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays or call me on 692 767 242. Training starts back at the club on 30 August after the summer break. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club

San Javier Golf Society............................. Mystery Pairs Roda Golf Monday 1st August It’s obviously getting too hot for a lot of our members as we had a poor turnout for this competition. Played at our home course of Roda Golf we battled the heat of the day starting at 10am. Todays competition was a Mystery Pairs which would be drawn after the game so everyone played their own game scoring as many stableford points as they could not knowing who their partner might be. The course was in marvelous condition for this time of the year and we were fortunate to get a slight breeze making it more bearable out there. Only 1 player excelled again today and that was Paul Richards who is to be congratulated on scoring a magnificent

43 points. Unfortunately Pauls mystery partner was Paul Hamlin who scored 28 points, giving them a total of 71 points, this was matched by the pairing of Bob Gallard (35) and Frank Broadhurst (36) and so a count back over the last nine holes was instigated and Bob and Frank came out in 1st place. In 3rd place were Barry Beale (38) and George Stein (30) total 68 points. The nearest the pin prizes went to Barry Beale for holes 5&15. Paul Richards hole 7 and Dave Archer on hole 13. Dave also won the gross 2¨s prize of 29€ on hole 11. For more information on the society go to. www. Report by Bob Gallard




LAS SALINAS PETANCA MAGGOTS END................................................................... Presidents Trophy LEAGUE ............................... RODS and REELS From Roger Seymour

CHEERS BAR PETANCA The owner of Cheers Bar , Martin Milne, is making plans for a new Petanca team at the Cheers Bar, which is next to the San Miguel Bowls club. This is a good location and Martin will be pleased to have any interested players or organizers call him on 966 723 438. Martin has entered Cheers Bat into the Winter league, joining the 4th division.

LEMON TREE PETANCA More players are needed for the El Presidente team, who play in the 3rd division, for further information please call Stan on 658 677 380.

LEAGUE ENTRIES With 30 teams entered so far for the Winter league programme, two more are needed, to make 8 teams in al 4 divisions. The original September 1st date has been extended to give more teams time to enter, now the closing date is September 15th.

LEAGUE MIXED PAIRS The first league competition is a mixed pairs on October 2nd, the venue is not yet confirmed, but entries can be made now to Pat Roberts on 966 774 565.

FLORENTILLES PETANCA This is a new club, who are playing at the Florentilles camp site. They meet on Monday and Wednesday, at 6-30. Newcomers are more than welcome, the aim is to form a team to play in the Las Salinas league in November .With players due back from all over Europe to stay on the sight, this should bring a number of players to the club. For further information please mail Rob on

Quesada Bowling Club... Sponsored by A Spanish With Cathy Skinner

Due to the heat, and family visits, in the month of August, we have no matches. It is our self imposed close season. The new season 2011/2012 begins on the 1st September. Below is a list of the championship winners during the last season.

Winter championship 1st Bill Reade 2nd Ian Dalzell 3rd Dave Hoare

Summer Championship 1st Dave Hoare 2nd Bill Reade 3rd Stan Roberts

Summer League 1st Lenny Bolton 2nd Dave Hutchinson 3rd Bill Reade

Knockout Cup 1st Lenny Bolton 2nd Ian Dalzell 3rd Clive Cleghorn

Ladies Champion Marlene Hutchinson

Annual Charity match Ian Dalzell

Memorial Match Doug Hornblow

Specimen Trophy Jim Rouse with a 4.4kg mullet

Bill Reade


Coastrider Cup Rods and Reels Gary Smith Cup Rods and Reels Roundtown News cup Rods and Reels PLEASE NOTE

The clubs AGM and prize giving presentation will be held on the 25th September at Cagney & Lacy´s bar at La Marina, commencing at 10.00am. This will be followed by a buffet supplied by the club. Numbers are needed, so anyone interested in coming, please contact Sue Swann on 966729293 by Sunday 18th September. Subscriptions are also due from 1st August and to be paid prior to commencement of the AGM. Subs to be paid to Derek Swann and they are 25 euros.


supplied by TERRY SCREEN The 6th round of the Summer Series was fished on the River Segura on the 2nd August; I was away on holiday in England for this match but many thanks to Mike Hill for taking over and running the match. So all I have to report this

KINGS CUP A home game this week for the Lions against Country Bowls, where we won the match 8 points to 4. In the Ladies Singles Ruth Birch was matched against Spanish International Sheila Cammack and initially it looked as though the match would go only one way. However, Ruth made a dramatic comeback and was in contention, but eventually Sheila took the game 21-16. In the men’s singles jacie Breslin took on fellow Scot Ken Cuthbert who went on to win the game. In the pairs, another good week for Veronica Sale and Jason Prokopowycz

against Lynne Bishop and Peter Whitehall. Our pair took an early lead and went on to win 21-13. The triples of Diane Lawton, Dave Donovan and John Muldoon took the lead very early in the game and at the 16th end were 29-3 up against Lyn Watkins, Karen Kirk and Bruce Aitken. However the opposition never gave up and took 4 shots over the last two ends. The fours of Norma Lamberton , John Haigh, Pearl Houghton and Derek Sale were the top team this week with a tremendous win 31-11 against Geoff Paylor, Charlie Watkins, George

Thomson and Gerry Gough. Overall shots at the end of the day were 109 to 73.

SABA LADIES PAIRS LEAGUE This week saw the culmination of the SABA Ladies Pairs League and once again the ladies of Quesada have triumphed. The team of Norma Lamberton, Veronica Sale, Tina Brinton, Gail Watson, Diane Lawton and Deidre Leeming took the overall points against Greenlands this week to win the trophy which will be presented at the SABA finals

weekend in September.

SAHARA LEAGUE Friday’s game against La Siesta saw mixed fortunes for home and away teams the home team winning on all 3 rinks B.Houghton R. Pinfold N.Baigent 21-13 C.Skinner S.Jakeman T.Paget 18-17 L. Armstrong T.Jakeman P. Houghton 21-12 The away team had only 1 win of A.Thomas P. Lockley J. Northend 17-15 Quesada loosing the overall shots 102 to 105 Points 8 Quesada 6 L Siesta mind Graham, that elusive feat is sure to come one day. Results Gold Division Mick Cook 33 points

Silver Division Louvain Smith 26 points

Bronze Division

Andy Godfrey 27 points

Guest prize

LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY .......................... Bonalba G,C, August 4th, 2011

For the first competition of August we returned to Bonalba G.C. which members had particularly enjoyed playing earlier in the year. The course was in very good condition and, together with the extremely reasonable green fees and warm welcome, makes it a place which I am sure we will

return to again soon!

The temperature was very warm as one would expect in August and, as usual, it had an effect on most of the surprisingly large number of members and guests who turned up to play an Individual Stableford. The course was extremely busy so it was a welcome change that most rounds were completed in less than the

Ian Jones 32 points

Nearest the pin winners

usual five hours or more that seems to be the ‘norm’ here on the Costa.

Hole 4 – Brandon Jones (Guest)

The three generations of the Jones family had a particularly successful day with a prize each. Graham Marriner won the 2’s with a tee shot that his playing partners thought would end up as a hole-inone but which ended up less than 12 inches from the hole for a tap in.. Never

Hole 14 – Graham Marriner

Hole 8 – Alan Jones (Guest) Our next competition is on Thursday August 18th, 2011 at Plantio GC, first tee time 09.28a.m.. Anyone wishing to play, join the Society or obtain further information, please contact Bill McGrandle on 965 077264

week is the match results, which are 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 10.500kg fishing pole pellet and corn 2nd Bob (The Major) Rafferty with 8.980kg fishing the feeder and corn 3rd Richard (The Lionheart) King with 6.980kg fishing pole and corn All details are available on our website www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368

ANGLERS TOGETHER Members recently had a fishing trip to Murcia on the River Segura which was enjoyed by all. Another friendly match is planned for the autumn. The date will be given at the monthly meeting. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each

month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 9th September at 12 o’clock On Saturday 10th September at 12 o’clock the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you.No meetings are held in August For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876or email: anglerstogether@ (NEW EMAIL ADDRESS). If anyone has emailed to our previous address (@ gonuts4free) please resend to our new address as we have not been receiving messages. Thank you TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY - La Finca - 8 August 2011

On this hot day in August, 40 members and guests met at La Finca Golf Club to take part in our third major of the season, the Summer Cup. It certainly lived up to its name with the temperatures and humidity pretty high. We set off at tee ten and gradually made our way around the course, some taking longer than others. Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed the game and relaxed in the bar with a cool beer waiting for everyone to finish. After a satisfying game of golf most people went to the Lo Crispin Tavern for a meal, presentation and entertainment. The winner received the new Spring Trophy, a replica to keep, a bottle of spirits and a free game kindly donated by La Finca Golf, who also gave free games for the second and third winners. We always run a free game raffle and today this was included in the price of the day, with also second chance for a €1. The winners of the raffle were Geoff Dowsett and Chris Nield. David Dodd organised the evening and did a great job in making sure everyone had a good time, with an extra free raffle tickets for each person on the table. The singer was very good and had us singing and

dancing all night away. Roll on the next one. The Summer Trophy winner was Dave Lewis with 40pts 2nd Eddy Downing 38pts 3rd Brian Smith 37pts Best Guest was Ian Brady with 39pts Nearest the pins: Sue Smith hole 3, Brian Smith hole 6, Martin Collins holes 13 and 16. Each won a sleeve of 4 balls The 2s winners were Brian Smith, Peter Morris, Scott Blair, Alan Crain and Ian Davidson each receiving €15 each The picture is of our winner Dave Lewis. Best regards Gail Coultate Lo Crispin Golf Society Secretary


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