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The Guardia Civil have arrested the parents of a girl of two years old. They had abandoned her in a garbage bin. Miraculously residents of the town of Cabezo de Torres heard sobbing coming from inside the bin at about 20:30 on Saturday. Upon opening it they found the little girl ‘sweaty and in panic.’ The parents have been arrested on charges of neglect.

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The summer of 2011 in San Pedro del Pinatar, as well as in the rest of Spain, is not proving as economically profitable as expected in terms of tourism revenue. Given the precarious economic situation it is more important than ever for the politicians to cut costs and move forward with planning policy and improvements to our environment so as to stay in the first line as an international tourist destination. Fighting the plague of jellyfish could be described as positive given the time constraints, but insufficient attention has been given to the cleanliness of our star beaches, La Llana and El Mojón, the flagship beaches of Lo Pagán. Other oversights were the late spraying against mosquitoes, and very low key organisation of entertainment events at Lo Pagán, in particular the failure to attract the older visitor. As major investment are not possible, small works that will give a better, more attractive picture to our area, such as is being undertaken by other coastal municipalities with the same problems as San Pedro. As an example Los Alcazares has the coveted ‘Q’ on all its beaches, and the Mayor, who is also from the PP, has scheduled a work plan to enhance tourism in the Municipality for the next year.

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The Dirección General de Tráfico has launched a special campaign of speed control. During the campaign, the Sector de Tráfico de la Guardia Civil de Murcia will monitor the speed of approximately 25,000 vehicles. There will be four speed traps that can be used both statically and dynamically, and 16 speed check points. In traffic accidents with fatalities in the Region of Murcia in 2010, excessive speed or inappropriate speed was present in one third of them as a contributing factor. Excessive speed not only affects the road safety, but also the environment and fuel consumption. Distances required for stopping a vehicle is 15 meters at 50 km / h, 44 m at 80 km / h, 70 meters at 100 km / h and increases to 103 meters at 120 Km / h

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The Consejería de Cultura y Turismo is promoting ‘non-typical’ parades in Águilas and Almeria. These are being promoted in information points in Águilas, Vera, Garrucha and Mojacar. Stalls are open every Saturday from 19:30 to 00.30 hours providing information about tourism in the region this summer, with special emphasis on the promotion of Lorca as an inland destination. Also, from 12 to 20 August, the Consejería de Cultura y Turismo is promoting tourism in Los Alcazares. There is a stand in the Parque de las Peñas Huertanas de Los Alcázares, in celebration of Semana Internacional de la Huerta y el Mar, a festival that has been declared of Regional Tourist Interest.

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The Peruvian poem by Jem Wong ‘The Crying Clown’, has inspired the show ‘Delirious’ from Axiom Theatre at La Manga del Mar Menor (zona Paquebote ). This new appointment features a veteran company who have been performing for almost 40 years, and shown over 30 productions. They have assembled ‘an entertainment with puppets, masks and actors’ from a poetic reflection on the inner world of the clown. The show, a theatrical play, shows an absurd world through its delusional characters seen in and around a circus. All kinds of clowns parade through the show, the red nose, the hooked nose, or the white faced Pierrot. There is the clown who covers her face with a mask and a transvestite, as well as with puppets and magic tricks.

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Spain says economy slows in second quarter Spain’s battered economy slowed in the second quarter of 2011 in the midst of a eurozone debt crisis, preliminary data showed Tuesday. Economic output grew 0.2 percent in the second quarter from the previous three months, after a 0.3percent expansion in the first quarter, the National Statistics Institute said. The economy was helped by “very positive support from external demand” that was partially offset by weak demand at home, the institute said. The Spanish economy slumped into recession during the second half of

2008 as the global financial meltdown compounded the collapse of a property bubble. It stabilised in 2010. Spain’s towering unemployment rate -- 20.89 percent in the second quarter of 2011 -- has helped to whip up a nationwide “indignant” protest movement against the pain caused by the economic slump. The latest figures showed Spain’s economy grew 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period a year earlier, after posting annual growth of 0.8 percent in the first three months of the year.

No government money to pay out-ofpocket pharmacies

The regional health minister for Castilla-La Mancha, José Ignacio Echániz, reiterated today that there is no money in the government coffers to pay pharmacies what they are owed and that the situation will not improve until the 2012 budgets come into force. Pharmacies across the region went on strike on Thursday, leaving only a skeleton emergency service, in protest over the 125 million euros owed to them for prescription drugs by the regional government. Pharmacists have incurred the wrath of the Council of CastillaLa Mancha by taking industrial action and now face heavy fines for closing their pharmacies in protest at the government’s failure to pay for drugs that have been prescribed and supplied to patients. Many pharmacists have had to tell patients that they now don’t have drugs that are normally readily available and that they are unable to place orders until payment is received from the regional government.

Julio Iglesias in Córdoba: As romantic as ever

Veteran crooner Julio Iglesias delighted more than 8,000 of his fans tonight (Friday) in Lucena (Córdoba) with a repertoire that included his first-ever hit and various tributes to his parents. A romantic and slow-paced selection of his greatest classics captivated his dedicated followers, some of whom remember his début at Benidorm Song Festival in 1968 with La vida sigue igual (‘live goes on the same way’). Now 67 – with a six-year-old brother, born to his dad of 84 back in 2005 – Iglesias made plenty of wry comments about his age, but showed himself to be as energetic and full of life as ever before. Tributes to his mixed Galician and andaluz heritage included Un canto a Galicia, and romantic numbers included Manuela, Natalie, and the thoughtful and introspective Me olvidé de vivir (‘I forgot to live’). Julio Iglesias is due to play in Gandia (Valencia) on Sunday night and will be followed on Tuesday night by iconic Welshman Tom Jones.


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Spanish expats describe horrors of UK city-centre riots

Santiago R, from Castellón, who is in his 30s and has lived in Croydon since 2001, described how around 40 youths – mostly under-age – poured into his health food and herbal remedy shop and began helping themselves to stock.

He said he had thought he was safe as the looters seemed to be taking electrical goods, alcohol, cigarettes, clothes and jewellery. Completely helpless and scared to intervene, Santiago had no choice but to allow the thugs to take what they wanted and go. When the group had whittled down to around 10 – some of whom were barely out of primary school – he said: “Would you go away, please, and leave my stock alone, because this is my shop.” Surprisingly, he said, they did just that. Ramón A., from Catarroja (Valencia) and Eva Clérigues from Benifaió (Castellón), are spending the summer in Hackney – one of the worst-hit areas of London. The recent graduates, who are on work experience at the London-based Spanishlanguage newspaper, El Ibérico, say they were ‘terrified’ when they reached their temporary homes at 18.00hrs on Monday night. They say most of the shops and other businesses were closed on Tuesday amid

safety fears, but that now, the disturbances seemed to have calmed down thanks to additional police presence.

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Santiago, however, has heavily criticised the police ‘whom we pay our taxes for’, saying that at the time his shop was looted there was not a single officer in his part of Croydon.

Yesterday, the London borough of Wandsworth issued its first eviction order to a family of council tenants with one member involved in the riots and looting.

He adds that many shop-owners in Croydon have had to cease trading because of the loss of their stock and damage to their premises – even where they have insurance, which may not cover the full loss and will take time to assess and pay out, given that commercial claims departments are expected to be snowed under as a result. “I opened as normal for business the following day, because I managed to stop them in time, but will have a lot less stock than usual,” explains the Spanish expatriate. Whilst police are hitting back against claims that they are not doing enough in the face of the riots, it has been revealed that at least half of the 1,700 looters arrested are aged under 18. And although the were initially thought to be bored teenagers from slum innercity estates, it has been found that the detainees include a primary school teacher, a social worker, a millionaire’s daughter, a member of staff from

Fraudsters who conned men into signing up as ‘gigolos’ arrested in Spain Fraudsters who conned men into believing they were signing up

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books of “reputable agencies”. But the online agencies were hoaxes and the clients never materialised. Police said the masterminds behind the scam were a husband and wife and her older brother. Three others were arrested for opening bank accounts used to transfer money from the victims for five per cent of the profits. None of those arrested nor those that fell for the scam have been named. Police said they uncovered the network after receiving complaints from different men who said they had never received any work as a result of signing up with the agencies.

Glenn Close to net top award at San Sebastián film festival

Glenn Close will scoop up the prestigious Donostia Prize at the upcoming San Sebastián film festival, insiders have revealed. The Fatal attraction star is the latest in a long list of Hollywood greats who have been awarded this prize, including Julia Roberts last year, Meryl Streep in 2008, Woody Allen in 2004, Francis Ford Coppola two years previously and Robert de Niro in the Millennium year. Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall and Gregory Peck have also been recipients of the Donostia award.

Close, who turned 64 in March and remains as glamorous as ever, is working on a new film directed by Rodrigo García, which she has written and produced. Based upon a novel by Irish writer George Moore, Albert Nobbs is set in the chauvinistic 19th-century society of the Emerald Isle and Close plays a woman who rebels against convention and dresses up as a

man in order to be able to have a job.

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The Official Gazette of the Government of Andalusia (BOJA) yesterday issued the tender for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Almanzora motorway from Purchena in the province of Almeria. The deadline for receipt of offers will end on November 11. This action, tendered after approval by the Governing Council on 2 August, will be financed through a public-private investment of 160.5 million euros, and will facilitate access of municipalities to the motorway Almanzora Mediterranean up to Huércal Overa. The Almanzora motorway as a whole from Baza to the A-7 will directly benefit the citizens living in a total of 28 municipalities. More than 70,000 people live in the region, whose prime industry is marble, and which is one of the fundamental pillars of development in the province of Almeria. Also included in this number are the various ancillary

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industries, which encompass both manufacturing and distribution companies in the mining and processing machinery, transport companies and advanced business services. The work will involve development of employment with 2,421 associated jobs, of which 1,403 are direct and 1,018 are indirect. This infrastructure will serve to unite two major infrastructures, the A-92 North and the Mediterranean motorway. It will make the Almanzora region a strategic point of communication between the Levant and the north of Granada and Almeria, for connection to the corridor of the A-92 West to Andalucia. Plans are proposed for the doubling of A-344 between Purchena and A-7, drawing as much as possible on the layout of the current A-344 except in the initial section between Purchena and Fines and the final stretch between the intersection of El Cucador and connecting

with the A-7. The layout includes a total of 9 links to municipalities and highways connecting the main roads of the region. In total there will be 19 viaducts and 3 bridges, 24 overpasses, 29 underpasses and 124 drainage works. The tender refers to 16 kilometres of new construction for the sections of Purchena-Urracal, UrracalFines, La Concepción-A7 and a connection with the Polígono Industrial de Albox. 25.5 kilometres are already in service between Purchena and Huércal Overa. After bidding and evaluation of tenders, the grant will be awarded and must be given a deadline for approval by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. It is expected that the actual start of construction can occur within approximately 10 months from the beginning of the process for the granting of the concession.

Guardia Civil officers will be out in force for the latest summer campaign against speeding on the roads. Starting this week, police will be patrolling 2,000 stretches of road across the country with 295 mobile speed-detectors. They expect to check the speed of at least 100,000 cars per day. Spain’s ministry of traffic, the Dirección

Pilgrims Flock To Madrid Ahead Of Pope’s Visit The capital, usually emptied in August as residents flee the stifling heat of summer and escape to the coast, has been transformed ahead of the papal visit, which begins Thursday. Streets lined with yellow and white banners of the Vatican colours will be closed to all traffic but the Popemobile as a series of religious events and concerts are staged over the next week and broadcast over huge screens erected in plazas across the city. At an air-base in the southwestern suburb of Cuatro Vientos a vast white altar has been constructed where the Pontiff will culminate the visit with a celebration of mass next Sunday beneath a giant parasol tree made of interwoven golden rods. Pilgrims will camp out under the stars in an area the size of 48 football fields and hundreds of priests are on hand to listen - in 30 languages - to the sins of the faithful in some 200 specially crafted white confessionals lined up on the main avenue in Madrid’s Retiro Park.

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But the visit has stirred up tensions in the traditionally Catholic but officially secular state with questions raised over lavish spending on the event during a time of deep economic crisis in Spain. Some 150 separate groups, including some from within the Catholic Church themselves, oppose the visit and plan to stage protests through the streets of

Madrid on the eve of the 84-year old Pontiff’s arrival. Secular groups as well as those campaigning for gay rights and women’s rights will stage protests during the visit alongside those criticising the church for clerical sex abuse or its support for the Franco regime. Others are furious that Madrid authorities have granted pilgrims 80 per cent discounts on public transports but ignored the resident poor. Spain’s 15-M movement, which saw protestors setting up camps in city squares frustrated at soaring unemployment and political corruption have mobilised demonstrators after having their camp headquarters in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol dismantled ahead of the visit. “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 “los indignados” – “the indignant”. But organisers of World Youth Day insist the estimated €50m cost of the visit will be met through pilgrims’ registration fees and corporate sponsorship. And that the event will inject some €100m into the Spanish economy.

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Spain donates 22 million to Somalia famine victims

Spain has upped its emergency aid fund for Somalia by nearly six million euros, bringing the total to 22 million – but has warned that the worst of the famine is yet to come. Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodríguez, says it will be a long haul and Spain will need to continually drip-feed aid to the devastated African country. Charities across Spain will need to continue to deliver food parcels and medication until the famine is over, and the UN says what has been seen so far is merely the tip of the iceberg. Soraya Rodríguez says access to the affected areas is difficult, and that the world’s humanitarian organisations are doing their best to stem the flow of Somalians to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, which are already full to bursting. “We have activated every treaty and every agreement we have in relation to humanitarian emergencies,” Rodríguez announced. “These include Intermón Oxfam, Acción contra el Hambre, Médicos sin Fronteras, Save the Children and Cáritas. “This is a real emergency, and takes top priority at the moment.” Spain is the fifth-largest donor in the world to the Somalia crisis.

Vatican grants ‘indulgence’ for Madrid pilgrims

Last Thursday The Vatican granted a “plenary indulgence” -forgiveness from temporal penance for sins -- for attendees at the Catholic World Youth Day celebrations later this month. Anyone who is not able to attend but prays “for the spiritual aims of this meeting and for its successful outcome” will get a partial indulgence, said the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary -- a Vatican court for the forgiveness of sins. Indulgences are an arcane Roman Catholic Church practice administered by the Vatican that helped inspire Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The Catholic Church traditionally grants indulgences on World Youth Days. Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Madrid on August 18 for the last four days of the six-day World Youth Day festival at which around a million young Catholics from around the world are expected. The Vatican said the indulgences would be conditional on pilgrims going to confession and taking communion and will be granted only following attendance at the final mass in Madrid on August 21. Even then pilgrims will only receive the indulgence if, “having gone to confession and truly repented, they receive Holy Communion and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father,” the Vatican added.

Several injured as tourist bus crashes in Majorca

Several people were injured when a bus carrying tourists slammed into a wall on the Spanish resort island of Majorca, a spokesman for the local emergency services said. The bus was carrying “mostly German but also Spanish, British and Italian” tourists when it “crashed into a wall and flipped over” near the town of Manacor in the east of the island, the spokesman said, “About 12 people were injured,” he said. Most of the injuries were light, but one of them, an Italian, was in serious condition with a fractured collarbone. It was unclear what caused the accident, the spokesman said.

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Spanish inflation unchanged in July

Spain’s annual inflation rate remained unchanged in July on the back of lower communications costs although it remained above the eurozone average, final official data showed Friday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, based on European Union calculations, rose 3.0 percent in July from a year earlier, the same level as in June, the National Statistics Institute said. The figures confirmed a preliminary

estimate released on July 29. The statistics office said the stability in prices was due in part to a 1.2 percent fall in communications prices due to lower telephone services costs. By comparison the EU’s statistics office Eurostat estimates that consumer prices in the 17 countries using the euro was up 2.5 percent in July, after increasing 2.7 percent in June. Inflation in Spain remains at a high level, comparable to that reached in late 2008, just before the country

plunged into recession as the property boom collapsed. In recent months, soaring fuel costs, higher tariffs on cigarettes and a slight recovery in the property market have helped push up prices. Spain’s inflation rate touched a 30month peak of 3.5 percent in April before easing to 3.4 percent in May. The Bank of Spain predicts inflation will decline over the coming months, to reach 1.7 percent at the end of 2011.

Spain will continue to employ Romanians Spanish companies will continue to employ Romanians despite new labour restrictions aimed at fighting Spanish unemployment, the Romanian labour minister said last Friday

The EU executive on Thursday gave Spain a green light to tighten restrictions on Romanian workers as it struggles against dire unemployment, the worst across the 27nation bloc. “I am sincerely telling you: not a single Romanian will be affected by this measure. The ones who are already in Spain are not concerned and the ones who are still living in Romania do not depend on these restrictions but on the demand of Spanish employers,” the minister, Sebastian Lazaroiu, told RFI Romania radio. “Spanish employers are still looking for Romanian workers to fill in jobs that Spanish citizens do not want, in the construction sector, in agriculture, in cleaning,” Lazaroiu added. Romanians from Romania will now need a work permit to get these jobs in Spain but “the employer is the one

who has to obtain the permit and I believe that the Spanish employers constitute a lobby strong enough to get them,” Lazaroiu said. When Romania and Bulgaria entered the European Union in 2007, their treaties of accession stipulated a seven-year transition period during which other members could limit access to their labour markets. Spain lifted this restriction in January 2009, but warned it could reimpose it at a later date if labour market conditions so required. Since then, Spain’s unemployment rate has soared from 7.95 percent to 21.29 percent in the first quarter of 2011, a record among countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development. More than 800,000 Romanians live in Spain, where the community suffers an unemployment rate of 30 percent.

Spanish airport workers call off August strikes The 24-hour strikes by ground staff at all of Spain’s airports planned for August 18 and August 26 were averted after a private baggage handling company at Barcelona’s El Prat agreed to reinstate four workers. Fears had been expressed from across the tourism industry over the travel chaos the strikes would cause during the height of summer. The industrial action was proposed after four employees were made redundant. But following last ditch talks on

Wednesday, the company agreed to reinstate them. The first proposed strike would have coincided with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to lead World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid when up to a million pilgrims are expected to flock to the capital. The second strike would have grounded planes during one of the busiest travel days of the season when many tourists return from the coasts after their holidays. Tourism chiefs had estimated that up to 2 million travellers would have been affected.


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off with holidaymakers when they refused to end their partying after discos closed in the popular Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.

Los Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force, blocked streets off in the resort on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast in a bid to disperse around 400 tourists in the early hours of Monday morning. But the drunken tourists refused to move on from the main avenue where many of the resorts nightclubs are concentrated and instead turned on police, throwing bottles, uprooting street furniture, and vandalising shops. Rubbish bins were overturned and a police car set on fire. Police were forced to fire rubber bullets into the crowd, a spokesman for the force said, after “the crowd showed hostility towards the police”. Local reports said the crowds comprised different nationalities but the troublemakers appeared to be mainly Italian and French. A 23-year-old Frenchman, reportedly with previous history of public disorder offences, was arrested as one of the instigators. The resort, which attracts an estimated 1 million visitors a year and is the second most popular tourist destination in Catalonia after Barcelona, has been the scene of growing tensions this summer with fighting often breaking out in the bars and clubs. In July a 15 year-old British boy was stabbed to death, reportedly during a fight with gang of French youths. Andrew Milroy, whose parents run a restaurant in the resort, died from a single stab wound on July 17. Romà Codina, the mayor of the town, has said he is “worried” by the surge of violent incidences in the resort during the height of this tourist season. Extra police will be brought into the resort “to ensure security over the rest of the summer”, he said. Popular with the British as a low-budget package holiday destination it also attracts visitors driving over the border from France.

British Franchise Concept Now Available In Spain FiltaFry Plus is delighted to announce that it is now recruiting suitable Franchisees to develop its already worldwide success into the Spanish Market. The UK based company is initially looking for Franchisees that already live in or want to relocate to the Spanish Costa’s. The key criteria that FiltaFry Plus look for is that Franchisees are self motivated, fit and hold a full driving licence. It is also essential that Franchisees speak fluent English so there are no communication issues when dealing with the UK Head Office. FiltaFry Plus was developed over 15 years ago in the United Kingdom and has expanded its Franchise Network all over the world. However the

concept has never until this time been launched in Spain. Damian Slater, International Franchise Manger explained why this unique service is ideal for the Spanish Costa’s “FiltaFry Plus Franchisees visit commercial catering outlets, restaurants, hotels, takeaways, stadia or actually anywhere that have commercial deep fat fryers. These kitchen’s will typically change their cooking oil once or twice a week depending on business and the reason for changing the oil will normally be because it’s dirty and full of contaminants such as carbon and food debris. These contaminants shorten the natural life of the cooking oil and give it a bitter taste not to mention poor frying results. However with a short visit from a FiltaFry Plus Franchisee this oil can be filtered on site with the unique micro filtration equipment that FiltaFry Plus has developed

which is only available to licensed Franchisees. FiltaFry plus is a “Total Fryer Management Service” extending the life of the cooking oil, improving the condition of the oil and giving much healthier & better frying results. The Franchisee will also deep clean the fryers at each visit using a unique vacuum based machine saving the client time, money and eliminating health & safety risks. We have seen a massive increase in demand for the FiltaFry service over the past 12 months. This is mainly due to the increase in price of cooking oil which has gone up by at least 50% worldwide since last September. Customers using the service often find themselves saving hundreds if not thousands of Euro’s over the year. The beauty of this Business for a potential Franchisee is that it only needs a small

customer base of 30 to 40 clients to earn a very good income, as the work is weekly repeat business meaning you can keep you customer base within a small footprint, reducing travelling time between calls. The Franchise can be a one man in a van, run from home or a management franchise with employees, it could even be a shared franchise between two expats for example that would like to earn some extra cash but only work for half a day or half a week, allowing you a great work / life balance. Exclusive territories will be available from €29,950.00” If you would like to know more about this exclusive Franchise opportunity, then please contact Damian Slater on 0044 1788 550 100 or visit www. filtafryplus.co.uk and fill in the contact form for more information.

The Ultimate Van-Based Franchise with the Spanish PLUS factor built in After 15 years of unrivaled success in the UK, USA and Europe, FiltaFry Plus is now ready to launch its unique Fryer Management Service in Spain.

OVERVIEW

Having appointed over 300 Franchisees worldwide, FiltaFry Plus is now ready to appoint suitable Franchisees into the Spanish market commencing with the Costa’s.

Virtually no competitors

Fast growth

FiltaFry Plus is a Total Fryer Management and cooking oil filtration service which saves time and money, and radically improves the quality of food.

Valued service

Exclusive territory

Simple & proven formula

Comprehensive training

Hands-on launch

Weekly repeat business

Only 30-40 customers required

For more information or just a chat contact Damian Slater on:

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A regular visit from a FiltaFry Plus Franchisee extends the life of cooking oil. Using a specially developed mobile micro-filtration system, the oil is removed from the fryer at cooking temperature and filtered to eliminate food particles and contaminants such as carbon. After an extensive, vacuum-based clean of the fryer, the oil is returned and the fryer is operational again. The cooking oil filtration service can be carried out in 20 minutes for minimal disruption to service. Extending the life of the oil generates considerable savings, which normally completely offsets the cost of the cooking oil filtration service but also adds profits to the client’s bottom line. By using the FiltaFry Plus service the client gets a cleaner, safer kitchen, less downtime and better cooking oil, meaning better food quality for no cost or inconvenience. For additional income FiltaFry Plus Franchisees can also provide fresh cooking oil, a waste cooking oil removal service and supply a range of kitchen chemicals and consumables.

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“I wouldn’t hesitate in advising anyone looking for a solid franchised business to choose FiltaFry Plus” “Just like I did”

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€29,950.00

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The Maharaja´s Palace I n d i a n R e s t a u r a nt A U N I Q UE S T Y LE O F I N D I A N C O O K I N G (recreating the rich tast of a curry as preferred by the great maharaja´s of india) Take away available with

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Tel 968 134 322/634 784 121 agungrama@hotmail.com Calle virgin del mar 8 Los Urrutios junto los nietos, los Belones, Golf Club Mar Menor SPECIAL 3 COURSE LUNCH MENU...........5.95€ SPECIAL 4 COURSE DINNER MENU.......12.95€ 6 COURSE FAMILY MEAL DEALS.......from 38€ Salad & Raita (Yogurt) 1 Maharaja´s Special Salad............................5.00€ Chicken tikka pieces along with tomatoes, carrots, fruit cocktail, boiled egg And yogurt sauce 2 Indian Salad……………………………......4.25€ Green salad, tomatoes, carrots, onions, cucumber, paprika and mushroom masala sauce 3 Mixed Salad…………………………..........3.90€ Green salad, tomatoes, carrots, onions and cucumber showered with paprika 4 Mixed Raita………………………..............2.00€ Chilled homemade yogurt mixed with cucmber, onions tomatoe, ginger and fresh Corriander. 5 Pineapple Riata………………………........2.30€ Chilled homemade yogurt mixed with pineapple fruit 6 Aloo Raita……………………………….....2.30€ Chilled homemade yogurt mixed with potatoes, cuminand fresh corriander. Soups *All our soups include traditional herbs and Spices 7 Vegetable Soup…………………………….3.50€ 8 Chicken Soup……………………………...3.95€ 9 Prawn Garlic Soup………………………..4.10€ 10 Tomato Soup……………………………...2.95€ 11 Lentil Soup………………………………..2.95€ Starters *All our starter are served with chefs special Indian chutneys 12 Poppadum…………………………………0.80€ Deep fried poppadum 13 Masala Popadum………………………….1.20€ Decorated with cheese, onions, ginger, chilli and fresh corriander 14 Onion Bhaji………………………………..3.95€ Freshly chopped onion mixed in gram flour batter with herbs and spices and deep fried 15 Vegetable Samosa………………………....3.95€ Crisp Pastry stuffed with vegetables 16 Vegetable Pakora………………………….3.95€ Fresh chopped vegetables mixed in gram flour batter with herbs and spices and deep fried 17 Maharaji Mixed Pakoras…………………4.50€ Different kinds of chef’s special pakoras 18 Paneer(cheese) Pakora……………………4.00€ Cottage cheese mixed in gram flour batter with herbs and spices deep fried 19 Chicken Pakora………………………...…4.35€ Succulent pieces of chicken mixed in gram flour batter with herbs and spices deep fried 20 Fish Pakora…………………………..........4.95€ Fish pieces mixed in gram flour batter with herbs and spices deep fried 21 Barbequed Spicy Fish………………..........5.95€ Fish Pieces marinated in Maharajas´s special Indian sauce cooked in tandoor (clay oven) 22 Prawn Puri………………………………...4.95€ Lightly spiced prawns served on crisp Indian fried bread 23 Spicy King Prawns………………………..5.95€ King prawn cooked in special (hot) Indian spices 24 Lasuni (Garlic) Prawns…………………...5.95€ King prawns cooked in garlic paste with special Indian spices 25 Spicy Keema (mince) Tikki……………….4.50€ Mince meat mixed with special Indian herbs and spices deep fried served with chick peas 26 Aloo Tikki………………………………….4.25€ Potatoes mixed with special Indian herbs and spices deep fried served with chick peas 27 Spicy Tandoori Chicken Wings…………..4.95€ Chicken wings marinated in yogurt, aromatic spices and barbequed in tandoor (clay oven) 28 Chicken Chat………………………….......4.50€ Succulent pieces of chicken, spiced with tantalizing hot and sour taste served on crisp Indian Nan bread

29 Channa Chat………………………………4.50€ Chickpeas, spiced with tantalizing hot and sour taste served on crisp Indian Nan bread 30 Mixed Plata for Two People……………....6.50€ A combination of different types of delicious meat pakoras 31 Mixed Plata for Four People………….....12.50€ A combination of different types of delicious meat pakoras Maharaja Tandoori (Clay Oven) Treasure

Starter Main 32 Tandoori Chicken......................5.20€ 9.25€ Tender Chicken marinated in yogurt, aromatic spices and cooked in tandoor 33 Chicken Tikka.............................5.50€ 9.50€ Succulent pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt, aromatic spices and cooked in a tandoor 34 Lamb Tikka.................................5.90€ 9.95€ Succulent pieces of lamb marinated in yogurt, aromatic spices and cooked in a tandoor 35 Kalmi Kebab................................5.70€ 9.50€ Tender Pieces of chicken kebab marinated in rich muglai sauce with aromatic spices and cooked in tandoor 36 Tangri Stuff Kebab.....................5.90€ 10.90€ Chicken Drumsticks stuffed with mince meat and marinated in yogurt and rich cashew paste and cooked in tandoor – a proper Maharaja´s dish 37 Chicken Mint Tikka....................5.50€ 9.50€ Tender pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt mint paste, aromatic spices and cooked in a tandoor 38 Chicken Seekh Kebab................5.50€ 10.00€ Minced Chicken mixed with onions, special herbs and spices skewered and barbequed in a tandoor 39 Lamb Seekh Kebab....................6.00€ 11.00€ Minced Lamb mixed with onions, special herbs and spices skewered and barbequed in a tandoor 40 Chilli Chicken.............................5.50€ 10.00€ Tender pieces of chicken tikka mixed with onion rings, paprika, chopped ginger and cooked in hot thick gravy 41 Cheese Chilli.................................5.00€ 9.00€ Fresh homemade pieces of cheese mixed with onion rings, paprika, chopped ginger and cooked in hot thick gravy 42 Chicken Malai Tikka..................5.60€ 10.20€ Supreme Chicken marinated with yogurt and rich cream cooked in tandoor 43 Mixed Grill………………..........6.50€ 14.25€ A combination of different types of meats marinated in traditional herbs and spices and cooked in tandoor 44 Fish Tandoori Tikka....................5.50€ 11.00€ Pieces of fish marinated in yogurt, Indian spices and cooked in a tandoor 45 Fish Kashmiri Tikka..................5.60€ 11.00€ Pieces of fish marinated in green chilli, mint, lemon, Indian spices and cooked in a tandoor 46 Shahi Fish Tikka....................... 5.80€ 11.30€ Pieces of fish marinated in gram flour batter yogurt, peppers lemon and cooked in a tandoor 47 King Prawn Tandoori.................6.50€ 14.10€ King prawns marinated in yogurt, aromatic spices and cooked in tandoor 48 Paneer (cheese) Tikka.................4.50€ 8.90€ Fresh cottage cheese marinated in yogurt, special herbs and spices Main Courses 49 Punjabi Curry A Traditional medium spiced curry Chicken…............................................................8.10€ Lamb……………………………………………8.90€ Prawn…………………………………………...8.90€ King Prawn……………………………………10.00€ Fish……………………………………………..9.90€ 50 Karahi Prepared in a special iron wok & Flavoured with chopped tomatoes, onion and capsicum in a blend of mild herbs Chicken................................................................8.50€ Lamb…………………………………………... 9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.00€ King Prawn……………………………………11.00€ Fish……………………………………………10.90€ 51 Vindaloo A very hot dish prepared with special hot chilli paste and potatoes – cooked in authentic Indian gravy Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………8.90€ Prawn…………………………………………...8.90€ King Prawn……………………………………10.00€ Fish……………………………………………..9.90€

52 Korma A mild dish of cream, coconut & almonds creating a rich velvety textured sauce Chicken................................................................8.50€ Lamb....................................................................9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.00€ King Prawn……………………………………11.00€ Fish....................................................................10.90€ 53 Jaipuri Fruit cocktail, cashew paste, cream and almond sauce cooked in mildly spiced Jaipuri gravy Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.00€ King Prawn…………………………………....11.00€ Fish……………………………………………10.90€ 54 Madras A fairly hot dish cooked with garam massala, hot chilli paste – adding a fiery taste to its richness Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb....................................................................8.90€ Prawn…………………………………………...8.90€ King Prawn……………………………………10.00€ Fish……………………………………………..9.90€ 55 Palak Fresh spinach and tomatoes mixed with aromatic herbs and spices and cooked in a medium spicy sauce Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………8.90€ Prawn…………………………………………...8.90€ King Prawn……………………………………10.00€ Fish……………………………………………..9.90€ 56 Bhuna Thick medium spiced onion sauce with garlic, tomatoes, pepper and coriander Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb…………………………………………....9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.00€ King Prawn……………………………………11.00€ Fish……………………………………………10.90€ 57 Tikka Massala A classic dish that probably needs no introduction – diced tikka pieces cooked in a mild sauce with delicate blend of aromatic herbs and spices Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb…………………………………………....9.00€ Prawn………………………………………….. 9.00€ King Prawn…………………………………....11.00€ Fish……………………………………………10.90€ 58 Jalfriezi A relatively hot dish with thick sauce of peppers, onions green chillies and fresh coriander Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.00€ King Prawn……………………………………11.00€ Fish……………………………………………10.90€ 59 Sabji Mixed vegetables cooked in medium Indian curry sauce Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb…………………………………………....9.30€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.30€ King Prawn…………………………………... 11.30€ Fish……………………………………………10.30€ 60 muglai Coconut, almond powder, sultanas, fruit cocktail cooked in rich textured muglai sauce Chicken................................................................8.50€ Lamb……………………………………………9.50€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.50€ King Prawn……………………………………11.50€ Fish……………………………………………10.50€ 61 Do Piaza A medium strength dish with red and green peppers, fresh coriander and plenty of onions Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………9.30€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.30€ King Prawn…………………………………....11.30€ Fish……………………………………………10.30€ 62 RoganJosh Famous dish that originates from Kashmir – cooked with homemade yogurt and medium curry sauce Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb…………………………………………... 9.00€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.30€ King Prawn……………………………………11.30€ Fish………………………………………........10.30€ 63 Dhansak Lentils cooked with tomatoes and herbs and spices Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………9.30€

Prawn…………………………………………...9.30€ King Prawn……………………………………11.30€ Fish……………………………………………10.30€ 63 Garlic Garlic cooked delicately in tomatoes and onions Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb....................................................................9.30€ Prawn...................................................................9.30€ King Prawn…………………………………... 11.30€ Fish…………………………………………....10.30€ 65 Balti Cooked in a special cast iron balti (pan) with tomatoes, onions, peppers and flavoured with Indian herbs and sauces Chicken................................................................9.00€ Lamb..................................................................10.00€ Prawn………………………………………….10.00€ King Prawn……………………………………12.00€ Fish…………………………………………....11.30€ 66 Khumb(mushrooms) Mushrooms cooked delicately cooked in tomatoes and onions Chicken................................................................8.30€ Lamb……………………………………………9.30€ Prawn…………………………………………...9.30€ King Prawn……………………………………11.30€ Fish……………………………………………10.30€ Chefs Special 67 Mint Chicken...............................................9.90€ Succulent pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and cooked in special mint sauce 68 Chicken Khumb(Mushroom) Wala……...9.90€ Fresh mushroom and succulent chicken in special muglai sauce 69 Butter Chicken...........................................10.30€ The most exclusive North Indian dish – succulent chicken served in creamy sauce laced with butter 70 Mango Chicken..........................................10.30€ Tender chicken cooked in mango flavoured semi sweet curry 71 Chicken Bartha............................................9.90€ Succulent pieces of chicken cooked with chopped aubergines in special tikka sauce 72 Chicken Malai Tikka Masala...................10.50€ Diced chicken marinated with mild spices, roasted in tandoor (clay oven)and cooked in rich cream 73 Murg Tikka Achari....................................10.90€ Chicken Tikka cooked in pickled spices, Delicious and tangy – specialty of our chef 74 Murg Tikka Begum Bahar........................10.50€ Chicken Tikka cooked in rich Indian sauce with eggs 75 Murg Mumtaz............................................10.50€ Boneless chicken cooked in rich almond sauce 76 Murg Dahi Wala…………………………..9.90€ Tender chicken marinated in yogurt and cooked in traditional Indian curry 77 Spicy Keema (mince)…………………….10.90€ Mince meat cooked with special (hot) Indian herbs and spices 78 Mutton Khumb Wala………………........10.90€ Fresh mushrooms and lamb cooked in muglai curry sauce 79 Mutton Chutney Wala…………………...10.90€ Lamb and mint tikka marinated in yogurt and cooked in medium curry sauce 80 Dahi Ghosht………………………….......10.90€ Tender lamb served in curry yogurt sauce 81 Bengali Fish Curry.....................................11.00€ Fish marinated in gram flour and garlic paste and cooked in hot Indian sauce 82 Goan Fish…………………………….......12.50€ Fish marinated in coconut, special herbs and spices paste and cooked in goan curry 83 Maharaja mixed platter............................15.50€ The specialty of our chef – different meats (of your choice) cooked with traditional punjabi spices Vegetable Dishes 84 Dall Makahni……………………………...5.65€ The oldest and the most renowned Punjabi dish – red kidney beans and black lentils cooked in a fresh tomato sauce 85 Tarka Dall……………………….................5.65€ Nutritious lentil dish cooked with onions, tomato and pinch of garlic – indispensible and full of protein 86 Bombay Aloo…………………………........5.65€ Delicate pieces of potatoes cooked with onion, green pepper in medium gravy


www.soltimes.com (continued) 87 Channa Masala........................................5.65€ Chick peas cooked with herbs and spices 88 Sag Aloo…………………………............5.65€ Spinach cooked with potatoes and special Indian spices 89 Karahi Paneer (fresh homemade cheese)...6.00€ Cottage cheese cooked in a cast iron pan with herbs and mild spices 90 Palak Paneer.............................................5.65€ Fresh homemade cheese cooked with spinach and spices 91 Mutor Mushroom Paneer........................6.20€ Fresh homemade cheese mixed with mushrooms, green peas and cooked in mild gravy sauce 92 Mutor Paneer...........................................6.00€ Fresh homemade cheese mixed with green peas and cooked in mild gravy sauce 93 Shahi Paneer.............................................6.00€ Fresh homemade cheese mixed with cream and butter - cooked in sweet and sour gravy 94 Lasuni (garlic) Aloo.................................5.45€ Potatoes cooked in garlic sauce 95 Mirchi (spicy) Aloo……………………..5.45€ Fried potatoes simmered in spicy Indian sauce 96 Vegetable Jalfrezi.....................................5.45€ Mixed vegetables fried and cooked in typical Jalfrezi 97 Mixed Vegetables.....................................5.65€ Mixed vegetables fried and cooked in mild Indian curry sauce 98 Navratten Korma....................................6.00€ Nine different vegetables cooked in rich sweet and sour sauce 99 Aaloo Gobhi Masala................................5.65€ Indians famous dish – fresh cauliflower and delicate potatoes cooked in special herbs and spices. The propitious aroma of the seasoning will leave most taste buds sizzling 100 Sabji Kofta………………………..........6.00€ Fried vegetables chops cooked in mild curry sauce 101 Hara Bara Kofta……………………….6.50€ Fried vegetables chops and spinach cooked in mild curry sauce 102 Malai Kofta………………………….....6.90€ Fresh diced potatoes cooked in rich almond sauce 103 Mushroom Bhaji.....................................6.00€ Mushrooms cooked with onions, tomatoes and medium spices 104 Bengan Ka Bartha..................................6.00€ Fried aubergines mixed with yogurt and cooked in medium thick gravy Biryani *Special rice dishes made with traditional Indian spices and meat/vegetables – served with yogurt sauce 105 Chicken....................................................9.25€ 106 Chicken Tikka.........................................9.25€ 107 Lamb…………………………………..10.10€ 108 King Prawn…………………………...12.95€ 109 Vegetable..................................................8.00€ 110 Maharaja Special Biryani....................13.50€ Basmati Rice 111 Boiled……………………………………2.00€ 112 Pilau.........................................................2.70€ 113 Onion.......................................................2.70€ 114 Coconut...................................................2.90€ 115 Jeera (Cumin).........................................2.70€ 116 Keema (mince)…………………………3.50€ 117 Egg Fried……………………………….3.25€ 118 Vegetable.................................................3.20€ 119 Lemon......................................................3.20€ 120 Mushroom...............................................3.00€ 121 Saffron.....................................................3.00€ Naan Bread 122 Tandoori Plain Roti…………………....1.50€ 123 Tandoori Plain Prantha..........................2.70€ 124 Tandoori Mint Prantha..........................2.70€ 125 Tandoori Vegetable Prantha..................3.00€ 126 Onion Naan..………………………….. 2.40€ 127 Garlic Naan..…………………………...2.40€ 128 Garlic Kulcha..........................................2.40€ 129 Plain Naan..…………………………….2.00€ 130 Keema (Mince) Naan..…………………3.20€ 131 Peshawari Naan...………………………3.50€ 132 Butter Naan..…………………………...2.90€ 133 Cheese Naan..…………………………..3.00€ 134 Maharaji Special Naan..……………….3.50€ 135 The Kohinoor Naan..…………………..3.50€

Take away available with

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New Hindu Indian Restaurant

Maharaja 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.

elivery if d e e r f h it w y a Take Aw area a g n a M a L e h t needed for

Menu Del Dia 5.95€ Night Menu Option available 12.95€

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

Monday nights free bottle of wine per couple dining. and any couple lunching with us A la Carte a free bottle of wine

karaoke every thursday night (meal not necessary)

Bhangra Boys every Friday night from 8pm

Opening times 12 – 3.30 6 -12 Seven days a week Calle Virgin del Mar 8, Los Urrutias, La Manga Tel 968 134 322

Maharaja

New Hindu Indian Restaurant

Discount of 10% for sol times readers only with this voucher

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fun colouring competition and you could win €10 plus a winners certificate! There are 2 prizes to be won – one for age groups ‘up to 7 years’ and one for age groups ‘8 to 12 years’.

How to enter You can scan and email your entry to: blancasales@ soltimes.com Post, or drop your entry in to: Sol Times Newspaper Group, Quesada Business Centre, Calle Los Arcos 7, 03170,

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TORRY ARMY

Are you Avalon’s Proud to support FC Torrevieja Next Top Earner?

After all the problems over the past few years, the Torry Army is reinventing itself just like the football club it supports FC Torrevieja Now that the other ex- International Supporters Club has reformed itself and chosen to follow CD Montesinos, all international supporters of FC Torrevieja are encouraged to join the oldest and now only international supporters club of FC Torrevieja – The Torry Army, which in future, will operate more along the lines of a Spanish Pena.. Under the leadership of Pat Stewart and her small committee of willing helpers, the Torry Army has trimmed its expenditure significantly over the last year so does not need to generate too much revenue in order to meet its running costs. It will no longer give money to the football club but will continue to actively and positively promote the football club and help it in any way it can. The Torry Army, as it as always done, will run coaches to away games if there is sufficient demand and organise social events for the enjoyment of its members a couple of times each month. In short the Torry Army will be run for the benefit of its members. The Torry Army will be producing a pocket sized list of players with photos/ squad numbers and fixture list for the season and will also produce and give out a free newsletter of topical

information on the Torry Army and FC Torrevieja at home games. Volunteers from the Torry Army will continue to run the MatchDay Raffle and club merchandise will be sold on behalf of the football club.

If you are a supporter of FC Torrevieja then pick up a membership form at the Torry Army stand after entrance to the ground on matchdays or visit the Torry Army office at the entrance to San Luis which is open between 10.00 and 13.00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. At the office you can buy your season ticket, purchase merchandise and if you are an avid reader exchange or borrow a book from the lending library. What you can be assured of is a very warm welcome.. The cost of becoming a member for season 2011/12 has been reduced to 5 euros so please consider joining now.

an established firm and wish to join a professional sales organisation, then Avalon could be your future! All applicants must have a positive attitude and be willing to succeed. A passion for customer service and a sales mentality are vital, but experience is not required. After training, our Sales Managers will provide you with ongoing marketing and promotional support.

Basic salary plus commission O.T.E. 25€K to 30€K p.a. excellent performance-related bonuses & great incentives

The Torry Army are fully behind FC Torrevieja and are looking to build up its membership as the football club is its support base, following a team which this coming season is looking to play attractive football and have a highly successful league campaign.. .

Forward your full CV inc. current salary package to Clare Cooper clare@avalon-trustee.co.uk or visit www.avalonfuneralplans.com or call Clare or Janine Mort on 966 799 070 for an interview.

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All you need in one place:

∙ Bowling ∙ Snooker ∙ Quiz Nights ∙ Darts ∙ Pool Table ∙ Social Dancing ∙ Comedy & Entertainment Nights Open 10am - late Late licence (3.30am) if needed

Every Sunday - Happy Hour From

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Dj Richie sparks 9pm

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Feel free to visit the Torry Army website www.fctorrevieja.net for up to data news on the Torry Army social events and FC Torrevieja.

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friday 19th Closed 6pm for private parties Saturday 20th showaddywaddy tribute plus ’D.j helen 2 course meal and show 8pm 10€ show only 9pm 3€ Sunday 21st Happy Hour 8-9.30pm karaoke with Vibe FMs DJ Richie Sparks’ 9pm Monday 22nd Line dancing intermediate 10.30 - 12pm Tuesday 23rd Diana’s Art Group 2pm - 4pm, Zumba fitness 5.45pm - 6.45pm Dance Classes - Beginners and intermediate ‘ Argentine Tango plus social dancing’ 8pm - 10pm Wednesday 24th Line Dancing beginners 5pm - 6.30pm Live music from 9.30pm Thursday 25th Weight Watchers 10am Line Dancing intermediate 5pm - 6.30pm Zumba Fitness 6.45pm - 7.45pm Quiz with a twist 8.30pm friday 26th Closed 6pm for private parties Saturday 27th guitar heros with Nilo Alan Warden and BJ Bluesman the 3 best guitarists on the Costa Blanca 2 course meal and show 8pm 10€ show only 9pm 3€

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Sunday 28th Happy Hour 8-9.30pm karaoke with Vibe FMs DJ Richie Sparks’ 9pm Monday 29th Line dancing intermediate 10.30 - 12pm Tuesday 30th Diana’s Art Group 2pm - 4pm, Zumba fitness 5.45pm - 6.45pm Dance Classes - Beginners and intermediate ‘ Argentine Tango plus social dancing’ 8pm - 10pm Wednesday 31st Line Dancing beginners 5pm - 6.30pm

Live music from 9.30pm Thursday 1st Weight Watchers 10am Line Dancing intermediate 5pm - 6.30pm Zumba Fitness 6.45pm - 7.45pm Quiz with a twist 8.30pm Friday 2nd

Dolly Mixtures Ladies Club Get Together 2.30 – 5pm Closed 6pm for private parties Saturday 3rd The Grease show plus ’D.j helen 2 course meal and show 8pm 10€ show only 9pm 3€

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Look Good Feel Great Why choosing a pair of cut-price shades really can be a headache

Budget sunglasses from big-name supermarkets and clothes stores can end up worsening eyesight or cause double vision or headaches.................... An astonishing three-quarters of cutprice sunglasses from High Street stores failed key laboratory tests – breaching British standards. Researchers for the consumer group Which? bought three pairs of sunglasses from each of seven stores: Asda, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Poundland, Primark, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. All the glasses tested, which were bought in July for £5 or less, clearly stated that they complied with the British standard for sunglasses, but 15 pairs failed key lab tests. New Look was the only store where all three pairs passed. Among the problems were that lenses in pairs from Tesco and Sainsbury’s let in different amounts of light, which can make objects appear closer to the wearer than they actually are. All three Poundland pairs could lead to a wearer experiencing headaches or double vision, researchers found. And one from Primark were made in such a way that they could worsen astigmatism, a condition in which the cornea isn’t perfectly spherical. Asda, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Tesco said their

sunglasses were tested to British standards, with the latter two disputing the Which? findings and M&S expressing their surprise. Asda and Poundland will be investigating immediately. Primark declined to comment. Which? is sending its findings to trading standards officials for further investigation. ...and be especially vigilante when purchasing children’s sunglasses as damage caused at an early age can be ireparable.

De-puff Your Cutting salt ‘should be global priority’ Morning Eyes It can be frustrating trying to cover up puffy eyes – waiting around for them to deflate is less than desirable, especially when you have a busy schedule. A roll-on gel is our favourite way to battle puffy eyes on a time crunch. Make sure to look at the ingredients in the product before buying or using it – some of the ingredients and fragrances used can irritate your eyes. Try Clinique’s De-puffing Eye Serum – it’s Allergy Tested and 100% fragrance free. www.clinique.co.uk

The UN must make reducing salt intake a global health priority, say UK scientists.

salt would be the most cost effective way to improve global health.

Writing in the British Medical Journal they say a 15% cut in consumption could save 8.5 million lives around the world over the next decade.

The researchers say there is a “consistent, direct relation between salt intake and blood pressure”. High blood pressure in turn is linked to heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.

The report says practical steps to reduce consumption should be drawn up without delay. If voluntary measures do not work, the food industry should be compelled to cut salt levels, it says. The report - by researchers at the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool - says that after cutting tobacco consumption, getting people to eat less

They point to the US, where cutting salt intake by a third would save tens of thousands of lives and save up to $24 billion annually in health care costs. But with 70% of deaths from strokes and heart attacks occurring in developing countries, the report says the impact of reduced intake would be global.


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Choosing your Tattoo In my 20 years of tattooing, I´ve done 1000s of tattoos, from the popular; stars flowers and tribals to the slightly more unusual; a scary gargoyle in someone´s armpit, ´´100% Irish Beef ´´on a man´s backside, a tooth (she wasn´t a dentist), and recently a cupcake. The hard part is when someone comes in and says they want a tattoo, but don´t know what! Luckily Stan, our receptionist, is very patient.

here in Spain, our oldest person to have their first tattoo was in her 70s, so you´re never too old! Steve is in his studio from 12am Monday to Friday. Have a look at his Facebook page, Manchester Steve or give him a ring on 634 141 331 or 672 875 418.

By Manchester Steve.

We´ve got thousands of designs in the shop and now with the internet the choice is virtually infinite and it doesn´t have to be a tattoo image because we can make most pictures into a good-looking tattoo. Stars, flowers and crosses are timeless, in black and white or with some of the fantastic colours that exist now – although the whiter the skin the more the colours stand out, so black and grey shading is probably better for some of you sun-worshippers. Recently, John from Mar Azul has had a series of insects, they look great but he keeps wondering why people keep hitting him with rolled up newspapers! Names are always popular, children´s names are fine, although personally mine have caused me enough pain! But partners names sometimes aren´t a good idea, often the tattoo lasts longer than the relationship. The record I think was in my shop in South Wales where a young lad insisted on the name of his beloved in the morning, only to return later in the day demanding it be covered-up.

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is the new name for what was D.Fine situated in the Calle Los Arcos No 17 Centre in Quesada. Diane has been in the area for 9 years and is qualified in all aspects of hairdressing has now teamed up with Andrea from Hungary, and is pleased to bring to Déjà vu a different look and lots of ideas to all aspects of beauty using Gigi products from Hungary.They have a special promotion on for the Summer as well, so you can take advantage of a luxury facial for only 28€…..WOW!!! Plus they are also offering the latest Brazilian blow dry technique! And don’t forget all consultations with Diane are free.

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We do a lot of cover-ups, although not all partner`s names, as some of you have been good enough to let your friends practise on you. Often I draw straight onto the skin to get the best cover, tribals are good for this. There´s always football badges as well, The Manchester United badge always looks great, but I struggle to do the Barcelona badge and it´s very expensive! People have lots of different reasons for having a tattoo. A few days ago I did a lion on an Indian man who was convinced lions live in India…the tattoo looked great anyway! Sometimes they are as a memorial and sometimes to celebrate a new life,

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POHLE POSITION FOR MARKUS

On Monday 5 September the Teatro Municipal in Torrevieja will stage the first ever visit of what is reputed to be the best traditional jazz band in Europe. The Bourbon Street Stompers are a 7-piece group playing authentic classic jazz from the twenties and thirties. Surprisingly they do not come from the USA, Great Britain, or the Netherlands, but from Essen in Germany. They are also surprisingly young, all being in their mid thirties. They made their first visit to the Costa Blanca in 2009 but all of the concerts were north of Alicante. This time jazz enthusiasts in and around Torrevieja will also be able to see and listen to this remarkable band. Moreover, they will be accompanied this time by three guest stars. These are John Maddocks (cl/sax) from the UK, and from Hamburg top German ragtime and boogie pianist, Markus Pohle, and female vocalist Betty Berent. The concert will start at 9.30 pm on Monday 5 September and tickets cost just 5 eu. They are obtainable from www.servicam. com (96 5117117) or from Torrevieja Municipal Ticket Office Tues to Fri 11 am to 1 pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to see what is probably the finest exhibition of classic jazz ever seen on the Costa Blanca.

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Animal abuse and arson in rural areas are two of the crimes that have shot up most in the last year, says the Guardia Civil’s environmental wing, SEPRONA. Of the offences that fall within the squad’s jurisdiction, those that have most increased since 2010 include forest fires – by 15.6% - of which almost all are deliberately or negligently started, says SEPRONA. Out of the 440 fires they have investigated, only 125 were accidental or fortuitous. Starting a forest fire carries a stiff custodial sentence and fines that can run into seven figures – even where this involves carelessness rather than arson. SEPRONA also says the increase in cases of animals being abandoned or mistreated is ‘worrying’, although believes this could be because the Penal Code has tightened up on such offences and people in general are more likely to report them. According to SEPRONA, most cases of animal neglect or dumping come at the end of the hunting season or during the holiday periods. When hunting hounds become too costly to Working with the Kennels you can of course drop off your dog and enjoy a day shopping or on the beach or maybe a day at work, but you can pick up your dogs up later refreshed and relaxed. (You get first 5 hours free, then 2€ an hour after) Details are being added to my site over the next few days, so look up GROOMING on the site www.digs4dogs.info and let us know when you are coming. We are also adding the facility for your dog to have a bath and groom at the end of its stay here at D4D for an extra

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We kid you not! Why goat meat is becoming a British favourite

Goats’ cheese and goats’ milk have become firm favourites among the British; and now it seems that the UK is developing a taste for their meat as well. Farmers are seeing a boom in interest for the food, which is both healthier and cheaper than other meats. Many previously dismissed it as tough, chewy and having an unpleasantly overpowering flavour. But goat - often described as having a taste between lamb and beef - has long been a staple in Caribbean and Indian dishes. For the health-conscious it is certainly a good alternative to more traditional meats, being low in cholesterol and high in iron. It also has typically less fat than chicken and about the same calorie content. And now British shoppers are discovering the pleasures of the much-maligned meat. Goat farmers in the UK report that they have noticed a gradual, but consistently increasing,

demand. Sharon Peacock, who rears Boer goats - which are popular for their lean meat - on her Lancashire farm, told The Independent: ‘In the past ten years there’s been a gradual build-up of interest. ‘Now there are 15 commercial farms and 150 breeders nationwide.’ The meat was championed by Great British Menu chef, Nigel Haworth, who serves it on his Northcote Manor restaurant in Langho, Blackburn. It can be prepared in a variety of ways including stewed, baked, grilled, barbecued, minced, canned, fried, curried, or made into sausage. Due to its low fat content, the meat can toughen at high temperatures without additional moisture, which is why it’s perfect for stews and curries. As well as being a lean choice of cut, goat butts its rival meat out of the way in the cost stakes, selling for around £9 a kilo.

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Perseid annual meteor shower puts on celestial display Skygazers’ across parts of the planet have been treated to a celestial display of the Perseid meteor shower. At their most intense, the meteors can be seen at a rate of one per minute, although they will still be visible until 22 August. But the emergence of a full moon has taken the shine off this year’s show for some. The spectacle is created when the Earth passes through

a field of debris left by the Swift-Tuttle comet. The event was being broadcast live by Nasa. “The Perseids are one of the most reliable meteor showers and normally you can expect to see at least a few tens of meteors each hour if you’re observing from a dark site,” explained Robert Massey, deputy executive secretary for the Royal Astronomical

Society. “This is also a great example of a free astronomical spectacle and something you can enjoy without needing any special equipment,” he said. Last Friday, the International Meteor Organization (IMO) was recording an average of 25 shooting stars an hour, with the figure set to increase as the the peak period approached.

Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn Internet giant Google has announced a deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.7bn). A joint statement said the boards of both companies had unanimously approved the deal, which should be completed by the end of this year, or early in 2012. Earlier this year, Motorola split into two separate companies. Mobility develops and manufactures mobile phones, while Motorola Solutions covers wider technologies for corporate customers and governments. The price of $12.5bn, or $40 per share, represents a 63% premium on the closing share price of Motorola Mobility on Friday. The deal would allow Google to “supercharge” its Android operating system, the company said. It added that it would continue to run Mobility

as a separate business: “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies,” said Larry Page, Google’s chief executive. Sanjay Jha, his counterpart at Mobility, said: “This transaction offers significant value for [our] stockholders and provides compelling new opportunities for our employees, customers and partners around the world.” The deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval. Motorola was once one of the world’s most successful mobile phone manufacturers, but has fallen behind the likes of Apple, Samsung and HTC in recent years. Many of its handsets already use Google’s Android operating system.

Era of the PC ‘coming to a close’

PCs are going the way of typewriters, vinyl records and vacuum tubes, one of the engineers who worked on the original machine has said. The claim was made in a blog post commemorating 30 years since the launch of the first IBM personal computer. No longer, said Dr Mark Dean, are PCs the

leading edge of computing. No single device has taken the PC’s place, he said, instead it has been replaced by the socially-mediated innovation it has fostered. While IBM was not the first to produce a personal computer, the launch of the 5150 on 12 August 1981 established standards and a design around which many

desktop machines have since been built. Dr Dean does not deny that PCs will still be “much used” in the future but are no longer the force for innovation they once were. Instead, he said, it was the interaction they enable that was driving efficiencies in the workplace and changes in society.


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Many expatriates living in Europe have experienced problems incurred by death overseas. A main issue facing people today is to ensure they have appropriate provision for their final affairs. There are many issues to consider for example the stress of arranging a funeral, control over your final requests, planning; payments and rising costs are just a few shown by thousands of expats across Europe.

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www.soltimes.com Following our success in Cost De Almeria Buyandsellpropertyinspain. com are happy to announce the launching of our new team in Costa Blanca, Costa Del Sol and soon Granada. Bringing with it a simple and refreshing concept of selling your property in today’s difficult market. We know that all sales are down to numbers, and the need to get your property out to the maximum number of potential buyers is the key to a successful sale.

Today’s buyer realizes it is a buyers market. They are not running up and down high streets looking in windows, they are sitting in their own front rooms on a laptop or computer searching the internet for property portals, with property that may interest them. They are searching blogs and forums for advice and feedback on agents and commissions. And when they are happy with the list that they compile they are contacting agents by email and collecting information. After they are then satisfied that they have all the information that they need, they are generally traveling under their own steam to the area of their choice and following up on that data.

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We do not charge commissions to buyers which gives them a big incentive (up to 10 % in some cases) to buy a property through ourselves. Not happy just to advertise the property in most countries in Europe we also realize that many of today’s buyers rent locally whilst looking for the property of their dreams. To capture these potential buyers we have exhibition stands which we travel round markets and car boots with to find them. We have just came to an arrangement with Overseas Supermarkets to use their Iceland stores to seek out buyers and sellers, we advertise in a variety of local newspapers to both English and Spanish. We give you an email weekly to let you know how many people have looked at your property, we send you a copy Of all enquiries we receive for your information, though we deal with them on your behalf, we call you monthly or whenever you have agreed for us to do so to give advice on the statistics your property achieves to sell as quickly as possible for the most money possible. But always you are in control hence our moto, your sale your way 0% commission. We are both proactive and transparent in our way of marketing your property. If you have been with the same estate agent for a long time and have not sold or come close give us a try you never know this could be the way to break the rut that you have been looking for. Call Scott on 0034950109699 or email admin@buyandsellpropertyinspain.com also visit the website at www.buyandsellpropertyinspain.com

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A fantastic spanish evening with flamenco music & dancing provided by Raquel Peña was enjoyed by all at Casa La Pedrera, The Grand Design House. Over 220 euros was raised for the Torrevieja Alzheimers Association, it is hoped that even more will be added to the total at their next Flamenco Evening taking place on the 24th of August at 6.30pm. Tickets are 6 euros for adults & 4 for children and both a bbq and paella will be available on the night. The next event has especially been created with familys in mind at a Summer Fun Bash with BBQ & 80ties Disco which will be taking place this Friday the 19th August from 6.30 till late. With Pool Fun which includes slides and diving board, disco & music entertainment for everyone, plus pony rides and face painting for all the kids, its an event not to be missed. Tickets are 5 euros pp and details and directions can be found on their website at www.thingstodoinspain.info or by contact Jenni on 660 816 620

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On Tuesday 26 July I accompanied my good friend Pauline Stewart to meet with our British Consul, Paul Rodwell in Alicante to discuss matters of importance to each of us. It was the first time I had been in Alicante for many years and although I was prepared for changes, it was the immense flow of traffic and lack of parking places that struck me so forcefully. As a disabled driver myself I would never have attempted it on my own but we were very lucky indeed to be driven to the actual entrance of the Consulate by Pauline´s husband Greig, accompanied by their daughter Lucy who suffers with Downs Syndrome as does her brother Adam Stewart who swims with great pride for Spain as many of you will know already. All Pauline and I had to do then was cross the road to the delightful Granito de Café where we had pre-arranged to meet the British Consul. This is standard procedure established by the Consulate as a meeting place for disabled or elderly people who cannot access the Consulate. True to his word Paul Rodwell joined us at 11.00 explaining that they were seeking accessible premises but being an old city this was proving difficult. He listened to Pauline talking about her latest important project `The European Untouchables´ which represents EU citizens who are pensioners, aged, weak and/or disabled people across Europe as well as asking for equal rights for EU workers. Towards this end she is positive she will collect one million signatures for the petition she is taking to the European Parliament. Anyone wanting to contact her and sign can do so on: www.euuntouchables. She is presently handling 5 tribunals – 2 for Carer´s allowance, 1 for increased mobility allowance, 1 with the upper Tribunal about a pension, similarly 1 for her daughter. I was very pleased that Paul Rodwell remembered me from the Opening of the new HELP Murcia Mar Menor office in Los Alcázares in March of this year

which I attended as the founder member and past President (9 years ago) and now Patron. However I was there to talk about `Access for All´ which I coordinate under the umbrella of ADAPT in San Pedro del Pinatar which he also knew about, having read in the local press about our group´s success in persuading the Post Office in San Pedro to make their building accessible for everyone, last October. We worked very closely with the Mayor and other Councillors during 2010 when they financially backed us to organise 2 special days of Awareness which was a great success with the marvellous help of lots of volunteers from ADAPT. Many changes have been made to accommodate disadvantaged people in the town and new blue disabled parking spaces installed. One of the supermarkets that has 21 shops stretching from Alicante to Cartagena have pledged to remove any indoor barriers and will provide more blue bays, undercover. A great success for A4A. It would be great if the Alicante region would form an “Access for All” Group and we all agreed the best way to do this is to bring it to the attention of all the local newspapers, magazines, radio & TV stations, hence the reason for sending this to your PR Dept. in the fervent hope that you will be able to “spread the word” about A4A. The harder we work towards achieving better accessibility throughout the Costas the better it is going to be for everyone, but especially for the elderly and people confined to wheelchairs and parents pushing their children in prams and pushchairs. Who dares wins! Anyone who would like to get involved in any way, particularly as a coordinator, volunteer or photographer, please contact me on 667 587 187 or e-mail on: sheilamerrett@yahoo.com Thanks. Sheila

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The HELP Vega Baja Hospital Visiting Team that services Torrevieja hospital had to suspend it’s work in March. The hospital found it necessary to enforce the ‘Patient’ Rights and Data Prevention law which meant that they were prevented from disclosing the names and location of English speaking patients. We have maintained contact with the hospital administration to see how this valuable service could be re-instated and at our last meeting with the Administrator we think a solution has been found. We, at ‘HELP’, will produce a simply worded leaflet explaining the situation to patients and the hospital, for it’s part, will try to ensure that all English speaking patients receive a copy. If you are visiting friends or family in the hospital, please make them aware of the situation and advise them to contact us on 966 723 733 (24hr service). To find out more about our Hospital Visiting Teams, go to our web-site at www.helpvegabaja.com

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‘The Undertakings’ Model for Harley Davidson Miss Motor Racing winner and celebrity Georgie May has taken her talents to Manchester where she has been recording for the highly anticipated project with Robbie Fithon, The Undertakings. The combination of Georgie’s stunning voice and looks along with Robbie Fithon’s amazing song writing abilities and production skills makes this project a real masterpiece of which we look forward to hearing much of in the near future. While in Manchester the model used her pageant title to model for the Museum of Science and Industry at this year’s Harley Davidson Customising, Culture and Harley Davidson® expo, a brand under which The Undertakings will be working alongside in the future. If you are back in the UK before the 11th September you are still able to marvel at a magnificent display of historic Harley-Davidson® motorcycles - including one from every decade of the last century - as well as spectacular world class creations from leading customisers. Find out more about the builders and owners, the groups, the rebels and the tattoos that are all associated with this iconic brand. With over 30 motorcycles on display, many on show for the first time, this is a must-see exhibition, which will appeal to all the family. For more information visit the website www. mosi.org.uk Photography copyright of GTSPICS.com and 6913 Recordings

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The new re-sale market at Moncayo

Tuesday 2nd August saw the start of a brand new section on the Moncayo Market. The new area has been created, as part of the normal Tuesday market, solely for the sale of unwanted household and personal effects – no traders, just members of the public. So here’s your chance to become ‘Del Boy’ for the day. Don’t dump it sell it, turn those unwanted items into instant cash and spend an enjoyable morning of banter and barter. The cost is just 5€ per allocated space and cars can be left behind trading space. You can turn up on site from 9 am, to set out your goods and trading starts at 10 am, finishing at 2pm The market is situated at the end of Lemon Tree Road, just before the N332, between Guardamar and La Mata - just look for the signs. There will also be a designated area where decent unwanted items can be placed for distribution to various charities So, come on down and enjoy a morning out and make a profit at the same time. For further details call from 10am until 8pm on 662 930 373 Or just turn up on the day!

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Ethical fabric isn’t restricted to hemp and bamboo. An innovative range of sportswear is now being made out of old coffee grounds

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Most of us need that caffeine jolt to kick-start us into the day. But how many of us, over a quick cup of coffee, would think about spinning our latte on a lathe and turning it into a top? Jason Chen, the general manager of the Taiwanese Singtex Industrial Company, had a brainwave as he was sipping coffee one morning; most coffee grounds end up in landfill, but Singtex is now collecting waste grounds from the drinks giant to turn into sportswear. The process of making fabric out of coffee grounds is very similar to that used to turn bamboo into a viscose-like material. The resultant fabric is soft, light, flexible and breathable and can also be used to produce an outer shell that is water resistant. It’s impregnated with ‘activated’ carbon, derived from coconut, which makes it UV-resistant, wicks water away, keeps the wearer cool and binds to sweat to eliminate unpleasant odours. Singtex says the fabric is perfect for mid and base layers for adrenalin-powered sports like rock climbing, as well as walking, running and yoga. Apparently, it only takes the grounds from one cup of coffee to make enough material for a couple of T-shirts! Singtex already makes performance sportswear out of recycled plastic bottles, as does Patagonia, the first outdoor clothing company to begin the practice in 1993. Since then, Patagonia claims to have rescued 92m bottles of pop from the tip. As plastic is oil-derived, the company has saved enough oil to fill a gas-guzzling 40-gallon Chelsea tractor 20,000 times over. Another innovative fabric that is currently being trialled is spun from nettles. The common stinging nettle was used to produce textiles for thousands of years, until people switched to cotton in the 15th century. Now cotton’s reputation has turned sour with reports of child labour as well as the vast amounts of water and herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers required by the crop. Stinging nettles can easily be grown ‘sustainably’, organically and with little water - in fact, as most gardeners know, they hardly need any encouragement at all! Camira Fabrics, based in Yorkshire, has been working for the past four years with Defra on a fabric made from nettles and has now produced a range called Stingplus; it’s a tough textile primarily created for bus and car seats. Nettle can be turned into finer fabrics too, with a texture like linen. It has the ability to draw moisture away from the body as well as keeping the wearer cool and trapping warm air, plus being naturally anti-bacterial and mould-resistant. Have you come across any other innovative ideas for turning rubbish into riches, or an unusual material for making clothes? Let us know by emailing editor@soltimes.com

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QUESTION: I LOVE sun dried tomatoes - What tips can you give for growing them in the first place?

Frankie’s Garden ANSWER: There are several things my old Granddad taught me on his allotment and I’m sure they apply just as much here as back then. He always planted his new tomato plants very deep, stripping off a lot of the lower leaves first and putting about 50% of the plant in the ground. That way the plant grows a much bigger and stronger root ball, giving a higher yield. If you want an early crop plant as soon as any danger of frost has passed. Obviously this will be more relevant to those living high up but they do start selling the small plants on the market stalls quite early here. If nighttime temperatures are likely to drop below about 13 degrees, cover your new plants with an old net curtain, horticultural fleece or cloches, otherwise they won’t set fruit. Make sure you water evenly and constantly as this will help eliminate a lot of the problems associated with growing tomatoes i.e. fruit splitting and blossom end rot (this is when the bottom turns black). Feed regularly. A weekly feed increases health and yield of tomatoes. Either use a

purpose bought tomato fertiliser (if you can find one here) or use one rich in seaweed (alga marina). Be sure to harvest regularly. As soon as your fruit starts to ripen, check daily and harvest immediately they turn red. This will ensure the plants send their energy into developing fruit rather than to already ripened tomatoes. At the end of the season if there are any green tomatoes and you don’t fancy making chutney, don’t discard them as they will ripen. Don’t put them on a windowsill to ripen off, the traditional method, which will give very tough skins. Tomatoes ripen from the bottom up and the inside out! They may turn red but may not be ripe and could still be green on the inside. Put them in a warm, dark place and cover with a single sheet of newspaper. The light needed for growth is no longer necessary and they should ripen in no time and be sweet and succulent. Ask Frankie a gardening question! Send an email to editor@soltimes.com

Gardens ‘Create Feelgood Factor’ relax is becoming ever more crucial,” she said. “Nowhere does this better than the quiet corner of a garden or a park that gives us the chance to breathe in our natural surroundings and refresh our weary spirit,” she added. Gardening as a pastime was also considered to be good for a person’s health. According to the Space to Grow report, 30 minutes of weeding burns the same amount of calories as a half hour walk, and gardening may even benefit those who suffer from mental illness. “Never has access to a garden been more important for our spiritual and physical wellbeing than it is in today’s rapidly changing landscape,” said gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. “The message is clear: if you want to feel better, get out into a garden,” he said. Out of those who believed spending time in gardens was important to their quality of life, 48% felt it was the most enjoyable activity above watching TV (33%) and shopping (14%), said the survey.

More than 70% of people believe spending time in the garden may improve their quality of life, suggests a survey for the National Trust. One in three people also considered gardens to be romantic places which could boost their love lives. Many of those surveyed they would rather spend time in their gardens than in front of the TV or shopping. The Ipsos MORI survey polled the responses of 956 people over the age of 15 in England and Wales. The research was commissioned by the National Trust to coincide with the publication of its new report, ‘Space to Grow: Why People Need Gardens’. Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust, said she was “passionate” about the idea everyone should have access to gardens and green spaces: “In today’s fast-paced world, finding space and time to unwind and

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A new British bredchilli pepper could be a contender for the title of hottest chilli in the world, after initial testing put it at over 700,000 on the Scoville scale measuring levels of capsaicin, the chemical which makes chillies ‘hot’. ‘Bengle Naga’ is the result of years of careful selection from an Indian strain of the Bhut Jolokia chilli by Joy Michaud of Dorset-based chilli specialists Sea Spring Seeds. It produces abundant crops of limegreen, wrinkled fruits maturing to deep red. Its first Scoville testing last year produced a rating of 732,000 SHU and trials are now under way to test the chilli’s score when grown in varying conditions. ‘We’ve got to keep testing it for a few more years yet, but it’s definitely one of the super-hots,’ said Joy.

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the Swiss National Bank was planning to set a temporary target range for the currency against the euro, following sharp rises in its value in recent weeks. Gold also continued its retreat, falling to $1,739 an ounce from last week’s record high of $1,793. The French and German leaders will be discussing longer-term solutions to the eurozone debt crisis, which has threatened to engulf Italy and Spain.

Even France, the bloc’s second-biggest economy, was drawn into the crisis last week amid rumours, which were denied on all sides, that it could lose its topranked credit rating. Figures released on Friday also showed that economic growth in the country came to a standstill between April and June. The adoption of so-called eurozone bonds as part of closer economic union between the 17 countries that make up the bloc was widely reported as being central to the two leaders’ discussions

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is more than one percentage point above or below target every three months, has now written seven consecutive letters and 12 in total. No Governor had had to write a single letter in the decade before April 2007. Sir Mervyn reiterated that the CPI is “likely to rise to around 5pc in the coming months” but “should then fall back through 2012”, adding that monetary policy “can not influence inflation in the next few months”. He said the Bank, through interest rate policy, would “make the best contribution it can to high and stable levels of growth and employment”. Accepting the argument in his written reply, the Chancellor said the weak recovery made it even more important that the Government persist with austerity. “In the current context, stepping back from fiscal consolidation would, other things being equal, risk prompting an offsetting monetary tightening such that overall there would be little, is any, net support to economic activity, even in the sort term,” he said. The inflation figures showed that the cost of staples continues to soar. Prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages rose by 6.2pc over the past 12 months – a reduction from last month’s 6.9pc but still almost treble the rate of average wage increases. Bread and cereals prices rose 9.7pc, meat prices rose 6.6pc, and chocolate and confectionary rose 7.5pc. Household energy bills rose 4.6pc, and transport costs rose 7.8pc. Even the more discretionary spending has been hit, with alcohol and tobacco rising by 10.3pc and clothes and footwear by 3.1pc – both the largest increases since records began in 1997. Raising concerns that underlying inflation is on the way up, “core inflation”, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was 3.1pc – higher than forecasts and potentially making it more difficult for the Bank to persist with a low interest rate policy. Joost Beaumont, an economist at ABN Amro, said: “The increase ... could be a sign that companies are able to pass on higher input costs to consumers despite weak economic conditions. This is likely to further erode household purchasing power, boding ill for consumption and economic growth in general.” Others said it could just reflect the fact that retailers’ summer sales were brought forward this year. Despite the soaring level of inflation, some major price rises are yet to take effect. Electricity and gas companies are putting up their prices from this month, and an 8pc rise in rail fares comes into effect from January. Fare rises, the highest since privatisation, are increased at 3 percentage points above July’s retail prices index (RPI), which was unchanged at 5pc. Rail fares already rose by 9.3pc in July. Alan Clarke, at Scotia Capital, said: “The next two months will see the widely publicised utility bill hikes feed into the CPI and RPI indices. Average price hikes of 10pc-20pc will push inflation up by over half a percentage point. The bulk of the acceleration is scheduled to come through in September. “Further acceleration in food price inflation, coupled with the rise in utility bills means that it is very likely that headline inflation will temporarily break above 5pc by September.”


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MABS is looking for a winner. Thanks to Chris, who runs the line dancing social evenings in Calasparra, 500€ was raised for MABS Murcia through the sale of raffle tickets for a gorgeous patchwork quilt, which was hand-crafted by Joan Greener. The winning number was drawn at a social held at the Don Gomez Restaurant in Calasparra but, on trying to contact the person named on the ticket, MABS has drawn a blank and they believe that the number may have been written down wrongly. The ticket number is 303 and the name on the ticket is ‘Tony’. If you know who this person is, would you please contact MABS on 693 824 511 and they will arrange for Tony to collect his

prize. “Joan has been supporting MABS for some time by raffling her beautiful, hand-made quilts. They are very well made and take many hours of work” said MABS Murcia Director, Lyn Baines. “I do hope that we can track down the winner soon.” MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia. com

Life with Linda

“most important relationship” The relationships we have with family and friends are generally the ones we value the most. They are an important part of the life of each of us. However, there is one relationship that I feel is even more important, that governs all the others – and that is the relationship you have with yourself. Now, I say this because every day of your life you send yourself thousands of mental messages that determine how you evaluate your own worth. The evaluation you make of your worth is what determines your level of self-esteem. Of course, the messages we receive from our family, friends, co-workers and others affect our self-esteem, too. But they send only a tiny fraction of the number of messages you do, so they don’t have the same opportunity to affect you. Besides, if you are continually sending yourself negative, devaluing appraisals, you will drown out the other messages, no matter how positive they might be. It is very important that you, yourself, become the source of these positive messages, or affirmations as they are sometimes called. When you take control of this process, the leverage you will gain from your “inside” position will make tremendous personal growth possible. Unfortunately, many people spend much more time focusing on their faults and mistakes than they do on their strengths and successes. However, a positive focus can be learned. I’ve been teaching people to do this for nearly 30 years, so if you choose to learn it, I know that you can do it too. Nobody is too old,or too young to change the way we treat ourselves, a lot of people spend their lives, wishing things were different, dreaming of a better life, but they do not

do anything about it because they don´t feel that they are worth it, or convince themselves they will fail anyway, so why try! We have hundreds of thousands of thoughts a day, this is the way we talk to ourselves, we control these (though often we feel they control us), taking that control back is vitally important, listen how you talk to yourself, if somebody else spoke to you like that, or you spoke to others like that; there probably would not be a friendly relationship for long!! Nobody is born to fail, or born to succeed, the outcomes are all up to us, and if we don not like our self very much, then why should anyone else? If we do not see ourselves as worthy of happiness and achievement then the world and opportunities will pass us by. Looking in the mirror and liking who you see, is a great place to start, but. one, many people feel scared or threatened to do. Most people value themselves on their actions, but this is not the person you are, that is just your behaviour and behaviour is learnt, just as the way you think about yourself is learnt, so that means it can be changed and moulded into something new. At the end of it all, it really is all down to you, and your choice, it really is as easy to have a cup half full as to have one half empty, but the have full one has all the potential to be fully enjoyed and savored, where as the half empty you are looking back at what has already gone, no matter how good or bad it was, it is just that gone and none of us has the power to change the past. So 24hrs of no put downs, be nice to yourself, enjoy being you as there is nobody in the whole wide world just like you.

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Mediterranean Couscous

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Ingredients 200g couscous 400ml hot vegetable stock 10 sun-dried or sunblushed tomatoes, quartered 2 medium avocados, peeled, stoned and cut into large chunks 100g black olives a good handful of nuts, such as pine nuts, cashews or almonds 200g feta, roughly crumbled 130g bag green salad leaves For the dressing: 5 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method Tip the couscous into a large bowl, stir in the hot stock, cover and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Make a dressing with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Stir 2tablespoons into the couscous, then gently mix in the tomatoes, avocados, olives, nuts and feta. Taste for seasoning. Toss the salad leaves with the remaining dressing, divide between four plates and spoon the couscous on top.

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. To make the parmesan crisps, place the parmesan in four equal piles, spread well apart, onto a non-stick baking sheet. Place into the oven to bake for three minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and place onto a cool surface for two minutes. The crisps will become brittle. Gently lift away and place in a bowl to serve. To make the pesto, place all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. To make the salad, place the orange, watercress and pine nuts in a large bowl and mix together well. To serve, drizzle the pesto over the salad and serve the parmesan crisps alongside.

Mr Singhs Indian Restaurant has been established in Spain for over 6 years. This family run business offers an excellent range of Punjabi style food all freshly prepared on the premises and beautifully presented. As well as serving all the Indian loving adults they cater for children, with a special English childrens menu. The takeaway service means you can enjoy any of the dishes in the comfort of your own home. With very competitive prices, Mr Singhs is certainly the place to eat between 12 noon and 3pm with a special 5.95€ menu. They also open between 6pm and 11pm if you prefer to eat in the evening and make your choices from the 10.95€ 4 course evening meal. See the advert for more information. Why not pay them a visit check out the friendly service great food and make up your own mind!

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A fund raising Cabaret dance will take place this Saturday (20th) at the fabulous venue “AREA” in the Filton Centre, Los Balcones. This is the first of a regular weekly dance to be held at the venue on Saturdays to raise money for Help at Home (Costa Blanca). Jukebox Legends will be there to take the audience through an array of late 50s, 60s and 70s music and you can dance the night away or sit and listen. Fiona McLean, from Jukebox Legends says “we aim to make it so that people can quick step, rock & roll, smooch, bop or whatever at these dances and will vary the music to make sure the choice of dancing will be varied. It would seem that this is the first time such a dance event has been held locally and so we are excited about doing it and the response we are getting to the idea. It’s also great to be able to do the dances as fund raisers for HAH (Costa Blanca) as they need this help to be able to deal with the big demand for their voluntary services”. If you haven’t seen “AREA” then you really will be surprised as its a large venue with comfortable seating and a fabulous stage with lighting. There is a great dance floor and fantastic bar area at good prices plus, free table food will be available at Saturdays event. “AREA is underground and so a lot of people don’t know it’s there. With a lift and stairs it is great for everyone so we urge people to come along and give it a try. Entry / tickets is only 5 Euros and it will be a great night” says Fiona. Saturdays cabaret will be the fabulous Elvis 2000 show. This is to feature the 34th anniversary of the passing of the King (on 16th August). This is a top quality cabaret by the “Best Elvis sound around” tribute and so it’s assured to be a great night all round. Tickets are available now at “AREA” or call 608908720 / 695135134 or for more info go to www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk

Shakin Stevens tribute tour in August

Tickets now on sale at the venues listed below - Don’t delay!! (pay for 10 or more and get 2 FREE - except at The Rendezvous) Asturias, N332, Punta Prima on Thursday 18th August The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja on Monday 22nd August Fairways, Plaza, Villa Martin on Tuesday 23rd August The Club, Quesada on Wednesday 24th August Rocajuna, Punta Prima on Thursday 25th August Casa Ventura, San Luis on Friday 26th August The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 28th August (tickets 10 Euros inc FREE buffet) Tickets 7.50 Euros - info line 695135134 or www. jukeboxpromotions.co.uk

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To raise funds, this great perfume and cosmetics company are featuring a competition that can be run in bars, shops, offices and anywhere where there are people. It’s a simple grid competition where for just 2 Euros, people can put their name in a square and once the grid is completed, a number will be released that will tell the winners name. They will then win the prize offered by the companies agents of a presentation set of designer perfume (Female or male choice). The following places have this competition running this week so please pay them a visit and support HAH (Costa Blanca) and, smell good!! Kates, Altos Del Limonar La Bodega, San Luis Square Bar Monte, Montesenos Mananas, Algorfa The Tone Zone, San Miguel Essence Dress & Bra shop, San Miguel

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062 if you do!! Wanted Urgently - Fund raising venues and people to organise events etc Please help! Call 672 991 824 / 603 245 020 or email info@helpathomecb.org Do you have a fundraising event for Help at Home (Costa Blanca) to promote? It could be a fashions show, dance, event, boot sale, quiz, raffle, open the box, whist drive, fun run or walk - ANYTHING!! If you do, please send us the details by email and we will include the information (subject to space allocation) in this weekly column. email: info@jukeboxpromotions.co.uk Peter & Fiona - Jukebox Promotions & press office for HAH (Costa Blanca) fundraising

white, 11years old Bull Terrier X. Don’t be put off by his age! Bruno is a lively boy, with plenty of energy. He’s full of character with a lovely nature and eyes that would melt your heart. To arrange to meet Bruno or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

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Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Unfortunately, we are now closed for the summer until Sunday, 4th September with Gail Ross from the U.K., on 4th and 6th September Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com

MODERN JIVE.................... (CEROC STYLE) with PASO A PASO CLASSESPRIVATE TUITION-SOCIAL EVENTS MOBILE DANCE DISCOS in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We are currently at The Castilla Bar, Lemon Tree Road, cv895, Campo de Guardamar Thurs / Sun 7.30pm. www.modern-jive-spain.com

WEDNESDAY 24TH AUGUST

will be appearing in September for Help at Home (Costa Blanca). Four shows from 25th to 28th September. Tickets just 12 Euros for this three hour show. You can get more info at www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk or calling 695 135 134. See the great competition for FREE tickets at our patrons www.vivatv.es Tickets (12 Euros) are available at the venues - Don’t delay booking as seating limited!!

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The Welcome Group annual trip to Benidorm. Staying at the 3 star HOTEL HELIOS. 2 nights, 3 days half board.Visit Benidorms Huge market on Wednesday. Price includes trip to a fantastic bodega and also the VALOR chocolate factory. MONDAY 17th OCTOBER 120€ per person. Call Rosemary on 620105179 for more details

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

8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm – 10.30pm Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Thurs NEW BEGINNERS CLASS 7.30pm– 9.30pm Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157.

Pilar Christian Community Church Calle Canalejas 3. Pilar de la Horadada. 5pm for Bible study and Prayer. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information contact PilarChristian.CommunityChurch@gmail.com or contact Reverend Eddie on 966769300 or 650 509 606. Reg No:2009-SG/A

socks:

(f) born August 2009. Socks came to the cattery with her siblings. Those that have been homed have settled well. But while at the cattery all three were nervous so she would be best in a home where she can be given a little bit ot time to get to feel comfortable. Once she settles she will be a friend for life. To arrange to come and meet our lovely cats, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.


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Birth Announcement Congratulations Nikki and Lily Welcome to the world Hugs and kisses Carol, Mike and Kim

Sol Times welcomes the new owners Billy and Christine of The Thistle and Dragon Bar (formerly The Odd Couple) in Benimar II

THANK YOU

On behalf of Campoverde Theatre Group I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our patrons for their continued support which enables the Group to make donations to various local charities each year. A cheque for 500 euros was presented in May to Caritas, Pilar de la Horadada after our highly successful presentation of ‘We’re Stepping Out’. Now, by way of a thank you to all our patrons we are inviting you to be our guests at an informal Recruitment Night on Tuesday 13th September at the Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras. The evening will be hosted by Rene and Edith of ‘Allo, Allo’ fame and entertainment supplied by characters like Captain Betorelli, Lieutenant Gruber, Yvette, etc. Mimi will serve a complimentary glass of wine and canapés before she and others do a daring Can Can. Invitations can be confirmed by ringing ‘Rene’ (Colin) on 96 677 4127. The Theatre Group wishes to increase its membership and give new members the opportunity of lots of fun and friendship on and off stage. 8.00pm on 13th September should be a night to remember. Thank you everyone for your support over the years. Louise A Innes (Membership Secretary)

fundraising Event for charity

A fundraising event for charity is being held on Saturday 27th August at PJ’s Bar in Campoverde. The allday event has entertainment for children and adults from 11.00 to 5.00 and an evening Barbeque priced at €10 from 8.00 ‘til late. A raffle to be held includes a prize of a €200 Iceland voucher. PJ’s Bar is near the Gama Supermarket in Campoverde and the proceeds are to be shared equally between AECC for its Cancer Screening programme and the Debra Charity, which supports children with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a skinblistering condition that can cause physical deformity and even turn to skin cancer.

Ballroom/Latin/Sequence dancing with La Bamba’s....

At La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja. Saturday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm Starting 5th September - Monday - New Beginners Class - 10am - 11.30am Monday - Intermediate Class - 11.30am - 1pm Tuesday - Popular Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month]. At Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting 8th September - Thursday - Beginners class 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Got more information contact Andrea 616 478 157.

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Church..............

on Avda de las Cortes Valencianas 68, 03183 Torrevieja. tel: 966 700 391, welcomes residents and holidaymakers alike to its lively Sunday Services, with Communion, at 10.30 am each week. Children are welcome and we have Sunday School and crèche with light refreshments following the Services. There is also a Fellowship Meeting every Wednesday at 6pm.”

Torrevieja Stroke Support Group .....................

“Torrevieja Stroke Support Group - TSSG - will take a summer recess from l5th July to 9th September, 2011. There will be no weekly meetings in The Annex, Calle Paganini s/n, Urb. La Siesta, during this time. However contact for advice and support will continue on : 96 671 8964 Louie, and 96 619 3311 Margaret. E-mail: strokesupportgroup@hotmail.com. The TSSG website offers further information on: www.torreviejastrokesupportgroup.com “

MODERN JIVE ..........................

(CEROC STYLE) with PASO A PASO CLASSESPRIVATE TUITION-SOCIAL EVENTS - MOBILE DANCE DISCOS in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We are currently at The Castilla Bar, Lemon Tree Road, cv895, Campo de Guardamar Thurs / Sun 7.30pm. www.modern-jive-spain.com

TORRY ARMY................................

FC Torrevieja International Supporters Club Visit the Torry Army Office in San Luis and re-new your membership of the Torry Army or become a member for season 2011/12 at a cost of 5.00 euros and/or Purchase a season ticket for the 2011/12 season for FC Torrevieja. These are available for 95.00 euros for under 65’s and 75,00 euros for over 65’s for general ground entrance and 125.00 for the Tribuna (under-cover) area of the ground. Better still buy a season ticket for FC Torrevieja and also become a member of the Torry Army for season 2011/12.

CASTILLA AMIGOS ......................

A friendship group for single people. We are now meeting at “RUBY’S BAR” El Raso (on the Lemon Tree Road) every Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm. Now in our second year of meetings new friends are always welcome. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057

Slimming

Club.....................

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

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

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

spanish lessons...................

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weekly listings Wednesday

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

Thursday

BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Tel Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 7.30pm - 9.30pm Successful Slimming La Marina 11am at The Hillside Bar, Caelle Bilbao. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553 Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm Adams workshop especially for beg/ imp. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO. AVON SALES TABLE AND MUCH MORE including handmade babywear, household goods, books. Every 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259

Friday

Coro Pilar based in El Pinar de Campoverde, near Pilar de la Horadada rehearse on Fridays at 7pm Tel 966 763 446 MABS Ticket Sales 11am to 1 pm, tel 639 665 370 Outside the Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 1st and 4th Friday of the month

saturday

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.

BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Saturday Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm

The Rojales Panto group Needs you ..............................

International Christian Assembly Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical non-denominational Sunday services 11:00am Sevillanas Club. All about Flamenco and Sevillana meet the last Sunday of every month at Asturias Restaurant - 965 328 044

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

Model boat building group based in Los Alcazares...............................

primarily building radio r.c.sailing yachts to race and sail, also group boats available to use. Disabled welcome we sail Friday 11am, from C.A.R. sports collage Los Alcazares Tel. 968 170 870 e-mail davidlees66@hotmail.com www. rcmarmenorsailinggroup.eu

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Sunday

Monday

BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 10.30am - 12.30pm

Tuesday

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

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


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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

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

Call Christine

672 697 081 chiropodist

Foot Prince

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

966 791 714

to place your advertisment....

Pool tables, snooker tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 w w w. s p a i n p o o l . com A luminium Gates, Double and Electric Sliding. Guaranteed No Rust.Call Tracy on 966 726 891 for details. Mamas & Papas Ziko Frankie pushchair, mushy peas colour, excellent condition with hood, cost £219 new, accept €85. Algorfa/San Fulgencio area. Tel 634303141. Mamas & Papas Trek buggy, raspberry colour, excellent condition,

computer

Computer fix

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Repairs, Tuition, getting started, Microsoft Office R Certified

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car hire

By PERSON: Quesada business centre, calle los arcos 7, quesada

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to: blancasales@soltimes.com

cleaning services

bargain Holiday Cars

Costa blanca areas christine 966 718 979 Costa calida area paulette 902 750 190

for sale 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. Wooden table, Mahogany, glass centre panel, 1’40 extending to 2’10, together with 6 chairs, cream seats. 280€. Tel. 619972467 (Camposol area) Pine Dresser 150cm wide x 215cm high 3 drawers & 3 cupboards on bottom, glass doors on top good condition. €120. Cat or small dog transporter used once strong wooden construction. €30. Sony 23inch screen TV (not flat screen) plus pace digi box, good working order. €85 Tel: 968199690 or 669136091

jewellery 5 sandstone Balustrades with capping, One Pillar and Cap, never paint again, excellent condition 30 €. Phone 966 712 200 (Benijofar). DAEWOO 28” Tv silver,flat screen G.W.O. (not slimline) 50 Euros. Matching Silver TV table 35 € or both for 70 €. La Torre Golf Resort, Roldan. 2 SINGLE BEDS. Good Quality. Little used (spare room only) 40 € each or 70 € for both. La Torre Golf Resort, Roldan. Tel. 966 189 284 CAMERA system, 35mm, Fujica ST605 SLR with pentaxlense. Sigma 75-250 zoom, 35mm wide angle, Miranda tripod, Flash, Cases and manuals. €50. FERGUSON FC25 camcorder plus accessories and Easy Titler. €30. Walking Frame, folds, 2 wheels and seat, as new. €50. Open to offers on all items! Tel: 968199115 / 628665900 (Camposol)

employment wanted Mature qualified ex UK Care Home Manager

would like to assist people in their own home with any care needs, travel, cleaning, shopping etc. Husband available for any DIY tasks, gardening etc, Call Jennifer: 965 008 495

from 8€ per day

all inclusive 622 684 486 electrician

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

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house clearance specialist FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE

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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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www.electriancostablanca.co.uk

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

available, within working warehouse, aircon, electric, water. ready to operate

647 587 855 / 950 459 010

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

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in Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee

Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056

www.hacerman.webs.com

Electrician

available for all works. Small or large. Call Dave 693 251 562.

financial services

se c ured loans, capital raising mortgages, cash advances whilst you sell, equity release. 652 986 088 or 902 davendonc@aol.com 585 569 asesor@ advisers4.es

Email.

WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE QUALITY FURNITURE Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales

jewellery

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

Tel: 603 633 138

GOLD WANTED

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

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

FORGOTTEN GOLD Clive Dunn

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

TEL: 606 564 840 forgottengold@hotmail.com

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

634 321 024 ES 618 315 933 UK

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

locksmiths

LOCKSMITH

LOCKED OUT!!! CALL24hr

Tel:

647 151 972

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

mosquito blinds

• Roller Shutters & Persianas • Mosquito Roller Blinds • Security locks & Grills • Windows & Doors • Glass

We Fit, Repair or replace

Tel: 680 845 651 pets

English Bulldog puppies for sale 3 male, 2 female Tel:619 500 555


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WANTED

removals

dead or alive

wanted

don’t chuck i’ll take it it

plastering English Plasterer internal AFFORDABLE REMOVALS finishing, external rendering, 15 years 670469544 a close A 3 BED HOUSE Local Moves experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 friend of the family, Spain - UK - Return Nr Quesada for 444 246 email: c_pettit@hotmail.co.uk you really need to Good rate door to door 66,000€ yes call be into a bit of DIY Full or part loads now property for the house by the Motorbikes & Caravans There are Pets Welcome way. I Can also help various Vendors FOR SALE Passports & Papers arranged with Finance and Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca Currency exchange in desperate need Office: 965 326 920 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished inc. White Mobile: 666 847 648 if you need it to sell so please Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² TerAll areas covered 670469544 Also a 5 look here www. race / Balcony with Awnings Brian - Torrevieja Beds Finca Dolores spanishvisions.com Spacious apartment overlooks a newly reformed Plaza, email: beechdale@hotmail.co.uk views of the church & mountains, unusually large terrace. for 205,000€ on Beautiful Houses for 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within easy walking distance,12 a 10,000m2 plot a snip Big Villas with mins drive from the resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close all legal, Also & beautiful Gardens to La Finca Golf course Bed 5 Bath House at 199,999€, 4 inland near Hondon Bed Penthouse 15,000m2 plot Apartment for 90K. ONLY 220,000€ Albatera Finca with yes very cheap Cert Habitation worth a look its a Price (Private Sale) € 85,000 huge house and yes WITH. House fabulous views with pool NOW Tel: (0034) 676 534 978 FOR AS LITTLE ONLY 90K, Plot to AS : 65,500€ you Build House 50K, montebello algorfa can have the choice 2,500m2 Plot with LowCostaMoves 3/4 bed detatched villa of ONE OF 2 Very Electric 52K, 5Beds UK and Spain nice Apartments on 3 Bath 2 Kitchens must be seen Ground floor with we shift most things many extras private terrace, 2 & Lounges 285K, Bedrooms, Lounge 7 Beds 4 Bath 2 to many to list and Fitted Kitchens, Kitchens 2 Lounges Local moves telephone Terrace to gardens Quesada 399K, 5 & deliveries and Pool area only Beds finca 10Km2 Playa Flamenca 22 units in total so plot Dolores 205K, very private. OR a Don’t read any Mob: 616820232 Office: 966 188 649 tony-foster@live.co.uk 170000€ 2 Bed Apartment more just look ground floor IN at the site www. communal THE TOWN with Park Homes with spanishvisions. Static caravans pool, near to all big terrace looking com and ring us bought & sold, best amenities. Only towards pool area, ALL properties are 670469544 to view • Full & Part Loads prices paid, no 124,950€ Anyone selling deductions, we also 463 Benimar fully furnished and • Local-No jobs too small ring us as we need SOLD AS SEEN, transport, store Rojales Detached 2 • Pets Welcome true BARGAINS more good value & instore homes, bed 2 bath Villa • Experienced owner/driver sites available, Tel: built on a 300 plot call now 670469544 things to promote (Playa Flamenca) 674 226 289 with private pool, its cheapest here as getting quality Tel: 603 192 957/966 848 607 C h alet property comes so dont delay, Easy leads to view new UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 occasion, Torres fully furnished and access to Towns, properties. we are MEL LANDON cotillas, park. with air-con Offers the Beach and Golf again getting a new see it here www. melvyynleo@yahoo.com Particular. €180,000 invited 189,950€ list of properties in build 350m2, 5 NEW REDUCTION spanishvisions.com LWB Sprinter van going to UK and we also have 3 or our favorite location back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia bathrooms and 8 NOW ONLY 4 other very cheap ALDEA DEL MAR Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 bedrooms, Tel: 658 165,000€ COME new properties on so please keep an 186 355. or email: van.man@hotmail. 051 377 AND SEE a the site INCLUDING eye on the site 1454 Quesada real co.uk BARGAIN Front Line Golf 4 a Fabulous recruitment bed 2 bath detached Opportunity for villa with communal someone with the International real estate “Wanted sales staff, car, and pool and also GUTS to take it on. Organisation has a vacancy for a part / full internet necessary all areas in Costa room for private its got a 3000m2 time native Sweedish speaking individual pool, Near to all plot as well as a with excellent English attributes. Duties Blanca and Almeria considered all amenities. Offers 240m2 build house will include administrative, sales training given, good pay and conditions. invited 169,950€ with 12 rooms & own & customer service. If you are an Apply via email with CV to admin@ 448 Quesada Pool a large garage ambitious, professional with a flexible buyandsellpropertyinspain.com” Golf 3 bed 1 bath and three phase approach, want to join our successful fully furnished electric if required, team & this criteria matches your skills villa with air-con very suitable for set then call now 0034 966 733 079 to situated across STORAGE OR arrange an immediate interview the road from the CAR WORKSHOP, Sales support driving range Only its all legal and “Wanted all areas in Costa canvassers, 99,950€ ready to be turned Blanca and Almeria considered, a thriving 1034 Benimar into once Good commissions and conditions, Rojales Fully business furnished 2 bed 1 again so come and apply via email with CV to admin@ bath detached villa see it, call Gary on buyandsellpropertyinspain.com”

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

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

E MAIL: davendonc@aol. com

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Experienced mechanic required, orihuela costa telephone 637 090 665

GOLD WANTED

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

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT Call Peter

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

Wanted Scrap Gold

Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374

WANTED

Commercial gas or electric

Kitchen Oven

Anthony Foster

645 147 888

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Lords Removals UK & European Local Deliveries, Full/Part loads. Pet transportation. Fully Insured

Telephone:

(0044) 7709 557 109 (0034) 608 061 872

satellite tv R ainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@ terra.es SKY box

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

advertise your business in the soltimes call 902 750 190 ext 330

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

TATTOOS BY AWARD WINNING MANCHESTER STEVE

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

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Residencias & NIEs 50€ Wills 80€ Doctors, Driving licences & Car Transfers

Call Matt on 650 130 853 wigs

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


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swimming pools

personals “Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the ads in this section offensive”

Men rise to the occasion with the little blue diamond pill. Tel: 638 237 399 Same day delivery Spanish lady Playa Flamenca near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, prices from 40€. Full discretion. Tel: Ana 680 735 412 The Swingers Club on the Costa Blanca. www. puer to - d - amore. info Tel: 966 725 373 / 650 706 725 Gay/Bi Bank Manager to handle your deposits and withdrawals. Call the Sperm Bank on Tlf: 660 409 206

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RAPID REPAIRS

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• APPROVED INSURANCE REPAIRERS • LOCAL PICK UP & DELIVERY SERVICE • COURTESY CAR AVAILABLE • ALL WORK GUARANTEED Ken Brooks 645 162 808 Doug 654 907 247 email:rapidrepairs2668@yahoo.co.uk Behind the Zoco Sunday market

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pool covers

Extend your swimming season fit a pool cover now and lock in the heat 647 587 855 www.hispavan.com

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August is a funny month. For a start it is so hot that any sort of physical activity, in fact even coherent thought is impossible, and things that are usually open, like shops, are shut, and things that are usually shut, like public swimming pools, are open. This Shut versus Open in August thing extends as far as the windows and doors of our house. In the (very) early morning, at a time when all self-respecting burglars have gone to bed, one or the other of us will arise from our fanassisted slumbers and proceed, zombie-like, to open the doors front and back in the vain hope that a drift of breeze will find its way inside. Were Limaria bigger it could give Chicago serious competition for the title of Windy City, yet the wind in August only manifests itself when the sun is up, and never at dawn or dusk. Were I not such a sensible and down-to-earth person I would hazard a guess that maybe it is afraid of the dark…….? Even if opening every possible aperture serves as no encouragement to the ingress of breeze, it does permit the local wildlife a stage from which to make their varied voices heard. At most times round here the sound waves caused by the proverbial pin being dropped will reverberate around the valley, bouncing from hill to hill with a decibel count likely to cause tut-tutting from those with sensitive hearing. In the mornings, with our windows and doors thrown wide, the full dawn chorus of sparrows and dogs, all trying to out-shout each other, reaches our ears without impediment. Yet as soon as the sun is up and our windows closed, the dogs go to sleep and goodness only knows where the sparrows go, but they are nowhere to be seen. Silence falls once more, unless some careless person drops a pin! It still seems strange to me to be shutting the windows

and pulling the blinds down to keep the sun out. Although we lived in the comparatively balmy south of England, within a hop and two skips of the English Riviera, any sign of the sun was enough to signal the opening of any and all windows, the rolling up of sleeves, perhaps even a cautious exposing of the lower legs, followed by a frenzied exodus into the open air – after all, who knew how long it would be before it rained again! Yet here I am, shutting out the sun and sitting in the shade – I even caught myself remarking to a neighbour that it would be ‘nice if it rained overnight.’ How times change!

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IT’S A PUPPET!! ‘Cast Off’..........

When The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the three movies that made up the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released in 2001, I remember thinking thank goodness for Peter Jackson and the new age of high tech special effects and truer than life animation. Tolkien’s original saga scales soaring heights of descriptive richness and takes ones imagination on a journey of such monumental scale, that to interpret all of this into a movie that not only passes muster as a spectacle it’s own right, but also satisfies the appetite of most of those discerning LOTR aficionados out there, was an achievement of almost super human proportions. The very latest cutting edge film making technology was without question a pre-requisite for this mammoth task. I was a little apprehensive I recall, taking my lovely wife to see this film. Fantasy is a genre in which she has no real interest - except when she tries to convince herself and me that she really does need another new handbag or pair of shoes - and I found it hard to believe that she had never read the original book, although I had read The Hobbit to her many years earlier. I used to do lovey-dovey things like that in my younger day – we even ate chocolate chip mint ice cream in bed when the mood took us, but that’s another story.

But remarkably she loved every one of the film’s 200 minutes and so totally absorbed were we both, that a look of disbelief passed between us when three hours plus had passed and the final credits began to roll. Light years of difference therefore from those early puppet shows on TV that themselves marked milestones in animation technology under the new natty name of ‘Supermarionation’ and the likes of Supercar; Fireball XL5 and Stingray hit our screens. Then their creator the puppeteer supreme Gerry Anderson upped the game again with the amazingly popular Thunderbirds – you could barely see the strings on those suckers - and my own favourite, Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons. At last here were puppets that looked close to being human and did not have oversized heads perched on their arthritic looking bodies. The reason for those disproportionate craniums, I later found out, was that they had large solenoids inserted into them in order to be able to lipsync the voices. With the advance in electronics and miniaturisation, this problem was overcome with the Captain Scarlet series. So good was the modelling in fact, that the young spotty girl living next door to us, thought that the puppet character Captain Black was an absolute doll. I felt the need to point out to her that that is exactly what the git was! And it was easy to see why these new ground breaking children’s programmes were so popular because they superseded such puppet series as The Adventures

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of Twizzle – the tales of a double jointed little oik who could extend his arms and legs at will and open a door in Bristol while standing in Swindon. And Torchy the Battery Boy who, surprise surprise and heavens to Betsy had a lamp in his head that shone a magic beam - Oooh! This series went on for a while, but then I guess old Torchy’s battery must have given out . . . this was after all, in the days before Duracell Plus. The sad part is that I can actually remember all this stuff. Sadder still, is the fact that I can scroll back even further to the days of Muffin the Mule and The Flowerpot Men – but in my defence hastily add that this was enforced viewing as a mere babe in arms when my Mum would take me next door to watch their OXO sized TV – the only one in the street. Muffin of course was a very lucky mule; if a real horse looked that knackered he would have long since been sent to the glue makers. And interestingly (or not) his presenter was Annette Mills - auntie to Hayley. Dave and Nick - The Flowerpot Men - still rear their empty little heads from time to time and are duly interrupted in their almost incomprehensible babblings by Weeeeeedy Ed. I much preferred Bill and Ben I have to say. Infinitely more sensible.

The point is, that all of these offerings were entertaining and absorbing when they first appeared on the screen, and looking back over our shoulders, the only reason they look pathetically dated and amateurish now is umm . . . that they were. How will we view The Lord of the Rings then in thirty or forty years time - can technology of that calibre really become dated? You’ll have to let me know by celestial email. I won’t be here.

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“Do visitors make more of life here than locals? Going to shows and concerts, trying out restaurants, strolling along the shopping streets and finding the best bargains... Living here, do you get so wrapped up in the daily grind that you forget to leave time to make the most of the fun that’s out there?” These questions were put by a local, English website. Is that not natural? We live here, visitors do not! What we do not do today, we can do tomorrow. Besides, it is too darn hot! According to Foreign Office figures Britons are more likely to require consular help in Spain, get arrested in Thailand, or die in the Philippines. Compared to whom? Spanish people in Spain? Thai people in Thailand? Filipinos in the Philippines? However, if you wish to die from natural causes, you should go to the Philippines, as this is the country where the Brits are most likely to die; and 84% of the deaths are from natural causes. Really comforting! Right? In Thailand you’ll get arrested, and in Norway, Jamaica, Argentina, Brazil, Serbia and Peru you’ll get arrested for drug offences. Anyway, “two thirds of Britons do not 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”. Phenomenal! “I did not know it was against the law, your Honour!” And, wishy-washy, you are off the hook. Hello – Earth to Cloud-Nine! It does not work like that! Ignorance, whether willful or not, is not acknowledged as an excuse within any country’s law complex. Kate as Queen!! Spanish news media has announced that the Brits want the new Countess of Cambridge to succeed Queen Elizabeth on the British throne. Wow, we have to quickly change common law and statute. Under common law the crown is passed on by male-preference primogeniture. Act of Union 1800 and Bill of Rights (1689) stipulate that those who are not legitimate descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover are disbarred from succeeding to the Crown. Minor technicalities! No, queenie should abdicate in favour of Kate – she is much better dressed! Plus, an example to follow for us commoners as she wears clothes from shops like Zara and TopShop– and, wears them more than once -, according to Vanity Fair! Definitely qualified to sit on a throne! In summertime Spanish television is revisiting old Class-C series. These days one of the channels is showing “Baywatch” They have reached the episodes filmed 1999 to 2001 in Hawaii, starring big names like David Hasselhoff, Michael Bergin, Brooke Burns, Monica Nakagawa, and Charlie Brumbly??? I was somewhat not surprised when I found out that these episodes were produced by Hasselhoff himself – how else, could a 50 year old has-been be cast for a role in a “body-watch” series. Oops, nearly forgot to tell you that they are planning to replace “Baywatch” with a newer, more action-filled version called “Paintwatch”. I do have my opinion about Spanish politics – I do try not to ram it down the readers’ throat. However, I have to tell you this. Rubalcaba, the socialists’ candidate for the elections in November, and 1st vicepresident, is desperately trying to distance himself from Zapatero. His latest foible is declaring that the coming elections will be free of threats of terrorist acts from ETA. Aarrgh! For Heaven’s sake! He and Mr. Bean have made them legal under the name “Bildu”. As Al Gore once said: ‘’A zebra does not change its spots.’’ Neither does a leopard, Al. Ahh – politicians! Maybe they are just “misunderestimated” as George W. Bush once claimed to be! We certainly should not underestimate them as a bottomless source of silly quotes. But the epitome of political work was however provided by Colonel Oliver North during his Iran-Contra testimony: “I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.” Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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TorreGolf.eu now incorporating FCTorreGolf, completed a 2 day Stableford event on the 11th.August when 48 players took part in a Best Front/ Back 9 game as well as a full 18 hole 3 Category competition. Both days saw excellent weather and a course in 1st. class condition and am sure this contributed to some high scores. Besides the very special rate to our members we were also able to put up many prizes, so a lot to play for. On day 1 we saw in Category 1. 1st. Paul Hurrell 38 points, 2nd. Richard Smith 34 points, 3rd. Mick Gossage 33 points. Category 2. 1st. Mick Wells 38 points on c/b Alan Darby.

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David Rae 34 points 3rd. Nick Oliver 33 points. Category 3. 1st. James Boyd 2nd. Roger Twigg 30 points 3rd. David Winder 23 points, not good enough BoJ! Nearest the pin Hole 2. Ray Pollock Hole 6/15. Richard Smith and 3rd.shot NTP Hole 5/14 Richard Smith. Best Front 9 Mick Littlewood 23 points Best Back 9 Hugh Stewart 20 though have to say it was discovered later that this should have gone to David Rae who had 22 points, sorry David! This now left us with the overall Best 9’s total with the winner being Paul Hurrell 74 points with the also runs 2nd. Hugh Stewart

69 points and Alan Darby 66 points. GREAT DAY. On a more sombre note we are sorry to report the death of Albert Langley a member since the day we started RIP, Bert. Our change of name has also bought us into another change of our football following with the tie up and support of CD Montesinos and our Associates, Internacional (CB) Football Supporters Club known as The Full Monte who can be contacted through their email address: thefullmonte2011@hotmail. com. Our 2 new web sites will be up and running very shortly. Our next venue is back to our home course, El Plantio on the 23rd August, 1st tee time 10.00hrs., where once again we will provide the best rates on the Costa Blanca at €35 inc. buggy for members and €45 for guests inc.buggy, so become a member and take advantage of this great rate and many others available through our Budget Golf deals, so contact davidwinder.torregolf.gmail. com or give David a call on 626 774 157 for more details. The picture of some of our winners on the day at Vistabella Golf show left to right Hugh Stewart, Nick Oliver, Mick Littlewood, Paul Hurrell, David Rae, James Boyd, Roger Twigg and Ray Pollock.

ROCAJUNA PETANCA CLUB...................................................... Another good entry for the Doubles competition, which was dominated by players from Club Torrevieja, who showed a high level of skill to take 3 of the top 4 awards. The outright winners were Valentine and Alberto with a full 5 wins, they fully deserved the top prize, runners up were Marc Jean and Miguel Lopez from the host club Rocajuna, they had 4 wins , just edging out Fernando and Pepino from Torrevieja who too had 4 wins with

a lower points tally. In4th place were Edwardo and Luiz from Torrevieja, they had 3 wins along with 7 others . Ulla Hansen and Lennart Gustafsson, from Torre del Moro, were the best Swedish pair , they narrowly lost the opening game , which kept them down to 5th place, 6th place went to Angel and Maria from Torre Del Moro. Jacques Paolacci and Gordon Morrow, from Rocajuna took 7th place, a good effort from Gordon who has not been

playing long, but has a top tutor . It was good to see a large entry from the Peacocks club, they entered 6 pairs, and gained valuable experience from this . Well done to the hardworking organizers Jackie Lopez, Jacqueline and Peter Golding, who kept the meeting running to time despite the heat.

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FLORENTILLES PETANCA CLUB A further piste has been laid at the Florentilles camp site, also new surface, which should improve the playing area. The club have already applied for membership to the Las Salinas Winter League. More players are needed and join in the Monday and Wednesday club time of 4-30

THREATENED STRIKE PUTS START IN DOUBT Players, in both La Liga and div 2a, have indicated that unless a guarantee can be given to ensure that wages will be paid in full if clubs enter administration, then a boycott of the first 2 fixtures for the new season will take place. Hopefully, common sense will prevail and proposed talks will uncover a solution. If that is the case, then Cartagena will play their opening div 2a match against newly relegated Deportivo La Coruna, on Sun 21 Aug, ko midday, at Cartagonova Stadium (this game will also be shown live on canal plus). Then the following week, a visit to Alicante is in store for Los Albinegros. Hercules (who also have just left La Liga), play hosts on Sat 27 Aug, ko 6pm, to a game which will also be televised live on Murcian channel 7RM. Cartagena have been awarded home advantage in the preliminary round of the Copa del Rey (kings cup), to be played on or around

7 Sep, against fellow div 2a side CD Numancia. On the player front, it’s 3 in and 2 out. Arriving from local div 3 side Cartagena FC, is defender Jose Maria, whilst defenders Josemi and Goni have joined from Greek club Iraklis, and Zaragoza respectively. Dani has gone out on loan to Orihuela CF (div 2b), and unfortunately Clavero, having been one of the players released, has fixed himself up with a contract at div 2a rivals Huesca. Ex Los Albinegros favourite Toche, scored on his home debut for Greek giants Panathinaikos, although they lost the friendly against Danish side Odense 3-4. The goals keep on coming in pre season friendlies for Paco Lopez and his merry men. At Aguilas on Weds 3 Aug, Los Albinegros recorded a fine 1-6 victory, with the goals being shared throughout the team. Torres opened the scoring on 5 mins, before Alvaro doubled the visitors

advantage 10 mins later. Collantes made the score 03 mid way through the 1st half, but Gines reduced the arrears through a penalty on 36 mins. In the 2nd half, late goals by strikers Marc, and a brace from Bolado, rounded off an excellent nights work. A trip to Molina del Segura (near Murcia) on Sat 6 Aug, to play the towns div 3 side, resulted in another good result. By half time, strikes by Toni Moral and Bolado, had given Los Albinegros a 2 goal advantage, then a late effort by new boy Josemi, made the score a rewarding 0-3. On Tues 9 Aug, the annual 7RM triangular tournament took place in Lorca, involving the hosts, Real Murcia and Cartagena. First up for Cartagena were Real Murcia, in a bad tempered match in which they not only lost 0-1 (pen), but had Maldonado, Josemi and manager Paco Lopez sent off. To make matters worse, captain Mariano picked up a nasty

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BY STEVE BERD injury which could keep him out for up to 6 weeks. In the second match, they drew 0-0 with Lorca, who also lost to Real Murcia, the tournament winners. Two days later, Almeria provided the opposition for the final pre season friendly, at Cartagonova Stadium. In front of over 5,500 fans, Los Albinegros took a half time lead through Alvero, whose 25 yard screamer was nothing less than the hard working team deserved. Twas role reversal in the 2nd half, for the visitors came back with all guns blazing, scoring twice through headers by Ulloa. A soft penalty on 85 mins by Maldonado was easily saved, sparing the faithful from enduring extended play, as Cartagena were simply awful. For regular updates on FC Cartagena, check out www. nosoloefese.es or www. futbolclubcartagena.com.

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San Luis were the Lions’ opponents last week and we knew this was going to be a tough match as they are only 3 points behind us in the League. Our Ladies singles this week saw Deidre Leeming matched against Spanish Nationals finalist Mel Highland. What a game this turned out to be with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions, and with the score at 19-18 in favour of Mel Deidre was holding shot to level the game when Mel managed to rub off the shot wood and hold 2 shots to win. In the men’s singles Bill Pain took on Colin Jackson and a similar pattern to the ladies game emerged. At one point it looked as though Bill was pushing ahead to take the game but Colin fought back to win 2115. Another good week for our pairs of Veronica Sale and Jason Prokopowycz matched against Fred Armstrong and Mal Hughes. Veronica could have walked on water today and they went on to win the game 18-10. Our triples of Diane Lawton, Dave Donovan and John Muldoon were our star team for the second week running against Allen Bowen, Derek cooper and Phil Morrachan posting a win 1 better than last week 296; some excellent bowling from all three players. Not a good away day for our fours of Norma Lamberton, John Haigh, Pearl Houghton and Derek Sale against Dane Howard, Bobbie Vanner, Trevor Vanner and Colin Highland, after such a good win last week with the exception of John Haigh, they admitted they all struggled with the straight green, but well done to Colin’s team who won the game 19-11. In the event we took the overall shots, thanks to our Triples rink and ended with 6 points all, which hopefully will keep us in our top spot? Thanks to Jackie Breslin, for his words of wisdom and encouragement. A home game for the Lions this week against Monte Mar and what a good result for our squad wining the match 10 points to 2. In the Ladies singles Ruth Birch had a good result winning 21-11 against Babs Caiger. A good result for Bill Pain in the men’s singles against the indomitable Harry Dobson, where Bill took the game 2112. In the pairs Veronica Sale and Jason Prokopowycz had a very tough game against June Young and Dave Melville with the lead changing hands consistently, in the event we lost the game 15-16 on a last end measure! In the triples Diane Lawton, Pearl Houghton and John Muldoon took on Rowena Good, Terry Errington and Terry Lemon and there must something magical in the figure 29, as, for the third week running John’s team has reached 29 shots, and this week took the game 29-10. The fours of Norma Lamberton, Jackie Breslin, Deidre Leeming and

Derek Sale took the honours for top team this week with a score of 36-10 against Gloria Lemon, John Caiger, Stan Routledge and Mike Farrelly. The shots this week 122 to the Lions against 59 for Monte Mar. Thanks to Joe Dunning and Violet Campbell for their marking efforts this week. Just one more week to go to the end of the League! This week saw the end of the SABA Mens 4 wood pairs League 2 and Quesada (NB) signed off with a good win 5 0 against a strong Greenland’s side who were still in with a chance to win the League. At Quesada, Phil Lockley and John Bromley won the last two ends to turn imminent defeat into a good victory 1915 against Graham Bater and Les Barber and at Greenland’s, Rob Pinfold and Nigel Baigent won a closely fought game against the strong pairing of Brian Miller and Barry Collins 16-11. Well done to all four and also Dave Donovan and George Carnell who made up the team. A creditable effort all round. The Kings Cup Blue Division has come to and end for the ‘Tigers’ as we have no game on the final day of the league and for the newly federated bowlers in the team it has been a bitter-sweet experience as the results don’t reflect the closeness of many matches and endeavours of everyone. In a division of extremely strong sides we have just failed to ‘hang on’ for that win here or there which would have better reflected the efforts put in but we always had a smile on our faces even in defeat. Congratulations to Tina Brinton and Phil Lockley for at least getting us one win each in the Singles during the season and thanks to George Radmore for being there every game. Our last game was against newly crowned league winners San Miguel Sheriffs and in the pairs, trips and rinks again we just came up short of obtaining some success losing the pairs and trips on the last end. Thanks to all the players who took part throughout the season for your support and effort. A reminder that the AGM for the Bowls Social Club is being held at 11.00am Sunday 4th September 2011 at ‘The Club’

SAHARA LEAGUE This weeks game against La Marina saw a close game for the home team with 1 winning rink A. Thomas, P. Lockley,J.Northend 16-13 and 2 very close games losing by 3 shots on 1 and 2 shots on the other. The away team unfortunately were beaten on all 3 rinks. shots Quesada 83 La Marina 112 2 points Quesada 12 Points La Marina.


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MAGGOTS END................................................. WOLFPACK Pirates Petanca Club..... RODS and REELS DAY AT LAS COLINAS ...... 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. 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.

ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN

This week saw us back at Argos for the 7th round of the Summer Series on the 9th August. The water is still receding and the pegs are now available out of the trees, this is making some of the pegs difficult to place your fishing box in a safe position as the banks are becoming shear. Barbel ,still seem to be producing the top weights, with once again, Ian Dalzell and Bill Reade taking top places using “The Dink Dink” method. This method is where you fish the pole with a short length of line about 1 or 2 metres and with a small float (if you want to fish a float), a single grain of hemp is fished on a 16 or 18 hook and no shot. Hemp is then sprayed with a catapult or by hand in regular intervals, without a float the bite will be indicated on the tip of the pole being pulled sharply down into the water. 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard)

Dalzell with 27.180kg 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade with 16.200kg both fishing hemp up in the water 3rd Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 15.600 fishing the feeder using paste. I have been informed and also read it in the local newspaper, about a large fish kill on the river Segura in Guadamar. The report said that roughly one ton of fish were found dead in the water this is equivalent to 2000 1lb fish but would be a lot more if they were smaller fish. The cause of death was given as possible lack of oxygen due to the excessive hot weather or toxic pollution by agricultural use. I personally feel that lack of oxygen is not the problem as the amount of water flowing through the Segura at the moment is faster than I have seen it, in past years. Therefore, it remains a mystery to the exact cause of this dreadful loss of fish, and this is also the second incident of this type as earlier this year the reservoir at Zocco also seems now to be void of fish. Anyone with broken poles or rods in need of repair, I have now obtained a substantial amount of broken pole and rod pieces and if you need any repairs please contact me at the telephone number below. All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling. com 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: a ng ler s toget her@hot m ail. co.uk (NEW EMAIL ADDRESS). If anyone has emailed to our previous address (@ gonuts4free) please resend to our new address as we have not been receiving messages. Thank you TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

The day started off a lot cooler than the past few days. The course at the moment is having most fairways worked on, but all to the good later. Today we had all our new team shirts on and looked good in blue. Our guests from as far as Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, and of course Great Britain said what a great course we have here. And now the golf results:The canny Scotsman Bill Mackay was at it again playing some very good golf and if it was not for a few wayward shots his score could have been in the 40’s. Close behind was our Jim Mawer, who got beaten on the back 9. Third was our singing DJ, Bob Gorrill. Results 1. Bill Mackay - 38 points. B.B.9. 2. Jim Mawer - 38 points. 3. Bob Gorrill - 33 points. N/P on 7 - Paul Webster. N/P on 10 - Bob Gorrill. Our next Wolfpack Day is 13th September. Tony McGlade. Secret

The members have been mugging up on the rules this week, plus settling in to their new home. Getting used to the pistes has been a priority. When discussing the game we discovered it is more than 3,000 years old. One of our members is going to look for a photo of an ancestor who lived in the mountains and helped start the game. Apparently he was on lookout duty upon the mountain, chipping away at a rock, and

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