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WIND POWER ENCOURAGED IN THE MURCIA REGION The production of electricity from wind is being encouraged in the Region with the installation of new facilities. The Directorate General of Industry, Energy and Mines has begun the process by approving the project and implementing environmental procedures for three new wind farms in the region of the Altiplano. These will provide 105 megawatts of energy from windpower in the region. To date, the region has nine stations distributed mainly in the region of the Altiplano, and with a capacity of 191 megawatts. Aid for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects this year has reached 5.4 million euros. During 2010 15.5 percent more wind energy was produced than in 2009, primarily through new facilities in the Sierra Lácera de Yecla. The Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas, Pedro Jimenez, said the aim is ‘to foster energies of an indigenous nature, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly, such as solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels, thus contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This constant drive for renewable energy contributes to the so-called 20-20-20 in 2016, that is; to reduce greenhouse gases by 20 percent, to take 20 percent of energy consumed from renewable sources , and to improve energy efficiency by another 20 percent.’ With this initiative the Regional Government intends to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and encourage the use of renewable energy. In fact, the Region has reduced its energy consumption last year by about 400 kilotonnes of oil.
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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.
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.
A Fairground attraction, the ‘Master’, broke down resulting in a huge explosion with smoke. The noise and smoke caused panic and a stampede of people, eight of whom sustained minor injuries. Fire extinguishers were used, and after ascertaining that there were no serious injuries, appropriate investigations were initiated aimed at clarifying what happened. According to a statement by the operators of attraction there was a break in one of the four compressors and air tanks which occurred when the attraction stopped to change passengers. This caused a loud bang and the fracture of one of the tanks, possibly because of a sudden disconnection of compressor hoses.
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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
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.
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.
Groups participating on August 20 in the second edition of Lorca Metal will include Ktulu, Silver Fitt, Beethoven R, A Palo Seco, Sphinx, Gauntlet, Dragonfly, Legend, Korumba, Grouch, The 4 sakes, Metallica Tribute, and from Cuba, Tendencia. They will perform in the Recinto Ferial de Santa Quiteria. The Concejal de Cultura y Festejos del Ayuntamiento de Lorca, Sandra Martínez, and the Organisor of the Festival Metal Lorca, Pedro Dimas, will present the second edition of this event, held to benefit 13 groups affected by the earthquakes that Lorca suffered on May 11. Doors will open at 12:00 hours, although the music will start at 13:00 and will continue for 14 hours. Entrance to the festival will cost 7 euros and will be available at the box office only. For further information, the organisers have enabled an Internet website: www.metallorca.com
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
A woman was ordered to quite her local authority flat after her 18-year-old son was arrested and charged. Courts in the UK are working around the clock to process the huge number of arrested suspects.
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The elaborate scam lured men in with advertisements in the national media promising vast returns for wining and dining lonely women. Men wanting to follow in the footsteps of ‘Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo’ - a 1999 comedy about a fishtank cleaner who goes into business as a male prostitute - were then asked to pay joining fees of between €200 and €1,000 euros (£175 and £875) to be put on the
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.
This will be the third time the Connecticutborn actress – whose career started when she was 27 as a stand-in for the lead role in a Broadway show – has worked with García. Although best-known for her role as the unhinged one-night-stand of a family man who becomes dangerously obsessed with him in the 1987 cult film Fatal attraction, Close in fact starred in a major silver-screen production every one or two years throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before turning her attention to television. She played the lead role in the series The shield, and won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her part as lawyer Patty Wewes in Damages. San Sebastián film festival, in the Basque Country, runs from September 16 to 24.
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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
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.
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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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Tel 968 134 322/634 784 121 email@example.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€
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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.
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Food for thought...... Welcome to a new column here in Sol Times. This column is not necessarily about food (although this week’s oddly enough is!): the intention is to explore various topics and issues that can crop up in life which quite often gives us ‘food for thought’. For example, do you know that the foods you eat can affect your moods? And just how important choosing the right foods can be? Of course you know! Just like colours affect our moods (and dare I say it - the weather!!), so does food. Chocolate is a prime example of this isn’t it girls? Not only does it make us feel good (well at least whilst we are eating it!!), it conjures up feelings of calmness and has a soothing effect that’s why we tend to reach for it when feeling stressed out or after a row with a loved one! When we choose our foods we also need to think of nourishing our brain – we are always feeding our brains with information (albeit some of it useless!), but we also need to feed it with foods, preferably the right foods, as the type and quality of the foods we choose can affect the chemical processes within the brain itself. Consequently these processes then have an effect on the way we feel. Just by simply paying more attention to the foods you eat you will be more in control of your mood, be able to feel more alert or induce calmness, and encourage sleep, all of which ultimately affect our stress levels. In looking at what to eat to improve your health generally and specifically, we will be looking at the foods you need to incorporate to have a balanced diet which will in turn help with losing and maintaining weight. When I say a balanced diet boys I do not mean (as I used to think!?) a pint of beer in one hand and a doner kebab in the other! No, I mean a balanced and exciting diet that can if you wish include these foodstuffs. At the end of the day I am not here to preach about what you should and shouldn’t eat, what you do and do not eat is ultimately up to you. I am here simply to suggest foods that can help with how you feel. We will be looking at foods to improve your brain power (fantastic for all you quiz players out there - have an edge over your competitors simply by eating the right foods to nourish your brain!), foods to help with sleep and insomnia, PMS, stress and mood swings (we all get those!!) and foods to help those aching joints. So what are these foods? These foods are categorised
into food groups we are all familiar with –proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. When looking at these foods we will also be looking at how they work on our bodies and brains and why we need to eat them in balance. Eating the right foods in balance is like a ‘taking a medicine’ to improve health. Allergy sufferers are only too aware of how eating the wrong food affects their health. In this issue we will be taking a brief look at the main food groups to help maintain a healthy mind and body. The two main groups as we know are protein and carbohydrates, the third group is fats. Protein foods contain amino acids often referred to as the building blocks of life. Responsible for improving brain function (quiz players take note!) they are also essential for muscle tone (listen up chaps!!) and growth, healthy skin and nails (one for the ladies), tissue repair and manufacturing hormones. Contrary to some beliefs proteins need only make up 15 - 20% of dietary requirements. A good way to wake up the brain is to start the day with a healthy breakfast consisting of eggs or soya milk or yoghurt with cereal. Eating these foods will aid concentration and help stop cravings. Adding nuts (protein foods) to yoghurt and cereals for instance is preferable to loading up on animal fats such as bacon, because they are lower in hard fat (saturated fat) and are also a source of fibre. Carbohydrates on the other hand should make up 60 –70% of dietary needs, in particular unrefined carbohydrates such as brown rice, wholemeal pasta, millet, wholemeal or oat based cereals, wholegrain breads, pulses (beans, peas and lentils) and whole foods, such as fruit and vegetables, (diabetics take note!). Whilst fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars these natural sugars help with mood swings by encouraging the production of serotonin which helps to calm the mind and body. Be aware that foods that are labelled ‘low-fat’ often have a high sugar content and sugar in excess converts to hard fat within the body!!! (Now you know why losing weight can be difficult!!). Read labels carefully. Fats often get bad press but the truth is your body needs fat. No fat diets should be avoided like the plague and low-fat diets should be used with caution. It is the type of fat we put into our bodies we need to be aware of. For optimum health a sufficient intake of certain fats known as
‘essential fatty acids’ or EFA’s is necessary as these are needed by every cell in our body to function correctly. Foods included in this group are sunflower, sesame, pumpkin seeds and linseeds and their unrefined oils as well as oily fish and avocados. Essential fats should make up 20-25% of dietary needs. No diet would be complete without the inclusion of fruit and vegetables which are crammed bang full with nutrients and fibre (well they are if freshly picked and not stored for forever and a day!! More about that in future issues!). Five types every day is the latest recommendation—why stop at five?! Water is essential for life and in this warm climate it is advisable to drink at least two litres per day, although three would be better. We use two litres in maintaining normal bodily functions such as breathing and going to the loo!!! Learning to breathe properly i.e. deeply, enables the mind and body to work more efficiently by oxygenating the blood to our extremities, and, some form of daily exercise is also beneficial. (This needn’t be excessive— walk a little more each day). Introducing these ideas helps with and can eliminate mood swings (and we ALL get them!). Scientists have known for decades that our state of mind is influenced greatly by the nutrients (or lack of them) derived from foods. The body is an incredible machine and needs the right fuel to function - after all, would you put diesel fuel in your petrol engine? Of course you wouldn’t - not deliberately anyway. Consider this - your body is capable of healing itself when given the right equipment for the job. Every 72 hours your gut lining is replaced, every 30 days your skin is renewed, every 2 years you manufacture a new skeleton and a new liver. Isn’t that fantastic? To conclude, we all came here for a better way of life, some of us have achieved that and some of us haven’t. By taking the time to be more aware of what we eat and how what we eat, nourishes our body and brain (incidentally, our brains weigh approximately 1.5 kilos and contains around 10 billion nerve cells – that’s lot of cells to feed!), can help us all to achieve a better way of life.
Food for Thought has been written and compiled by Body and Mind Therapist, Drew Ryder BSc. Psychol Hons, IIHHT, MICHT, ThAT He is available for private consultations on 968978876 or 660326194.
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MAZARRÓN LIONS MOVE UP A GEAR FOR LORCA!
Still extremely amazed and grateful to the public for their ongoing, generous donations to help them to lessen the suffering of those caught in the aftermath of Lorca’s tragic earthquake, Mazarrón Lions Club are considerably ‘stepping up’ their involvement in their relief efforts for Lorca. Recognising the tremendous response from all sources, they still need your help – either by direct donation or by paying donations into any Santander Bank, into... Banco Santander IBAN 0049 4578 38 2010004392 ‘Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía – Lorca Account’ Or simply contacting Lion Sid Worland on 968 429 236 with your stated intent
With most of the 300 plus displaced people now out of the emergency tented camp and living in dedicated prefabricated housing, normality is very slowly returning to the Lorca area. Basic foodstuffs and household ancillaries are, however, still in high demand and continue to ‘eat up’ donated resources at an alarming rate. Thanks to the generosity of the public, the Foundation of Spanish Lions Clubs, Lion Clubs International Foundation, many Lions Clubs throughout Spain, – just a few of which are listed below – to date Mazarrón Lions Club – nominated by the Spanish Federation of Lions Clubs as the Lorca Project Leaders – have been able to supply over €50,000 worth of ‘everyday’ articles and food but, at a consumption rate of around €6,000 weekly, corrective solutions rather than just ‘filling the gap’ now need to be established, prioritised and implemented without further delay.
de Desarrollo Infantil y Atención Temprana (Center for Infantile Development and Early Learning for Disabled Children) which was badly damaged during the earthquake and which is still in a very dangerous condition.
Of necessity it is currently closed and, being so badly damaged, it has been decided that it would be cheaper to build a new centre from scratch rather than to try to repair the old one. Building land has been made available by the Lorca ayuntamiento and the estimated building cost is in excess of €700,000. Of this amount, €300,000 has already been pledged by Vodafone España and, at a meeting held last weekend in Madrid, it was decided by the Spanish Foundation of Lions Clubs that they would endeavour to meet the balance from existing funds and by polling other Lions Clubs throughout Spain. An approach has also been made to Lions Clubs International Foundation in America for additional funding. Having been in existence for nearly 100 years now, and currently boasting over 1.3 million members, the International Association of Lions Clubs is internationally recognised by the UN as the biggest and best non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the world today. Membership is voluntary, by invitation. Numbering just fifteen members and only a little over six years old, the Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía is one of the most active clubs in the Spanish Lions Federation and are always looking for more people to join them. There is a small membership fee which, despite the daunting tales you that you may have heard from one or two illinformed sources, amounts to under €1.54 per week for individual members – or €0.77 per week for ‘family’ members. Unlike some international charity organisations, where ‘administration’ fees are charged, 100% of any monies we raise via our ‘fund-raising’ activities are used exclusively for welfare purposes! Over and above local & national needs
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR We the undersigned were all MABS Volunteers and have resigned for the following reasons. Accusations were made by the President of MABS, which no-one had any opportunity to refute by finding out who was causing the problems by making unfounded claims about a break away from the central charity. Instead, the President has hidden behind her Spanish lawyer and a smoke screen of innuendo and inaccuracies and even certain statements she made at the MABS meeting on the 28th June were proved incorrect by the extreasurer. She has not had the decency to apologize. On 10th June at the Extraordinary Meeting of MABS Mazarron, 24 people sign a petition stating that they had been at the Meeting of 31st May and no motion for separation from the central charity was either mooted or discussed. The petition was sent by Registered Letter to the President, Jackie Phillips, and when she was asked to comment whether she believed that some 24 people had either defective hearing or were in fact lying, she declined to answer! None of us resigned because MABS Mazarron was to be put under the
jurisdiction of MABS Murcia and this is an outright lie and a smoke screen to disguise the true facts. In fact, over a 100,000€ and the MABS car are under the control of the President and her committee, monies raised by the shop in Totana and here locally in Camposol area, by Fairs, Book Sales, Race for Life etc. The whole of the MABS Committee and Race for Life Committee have resigned, together with the greater majority of members, some 39 people to date! None of us wanted to take this course of action but we could not continue to work for an organisation where the CEO is someone in whom we have no trust nor faith in their word. We wish MABS all the best for the future and all of us walked away with heavy hearts. Jean & Mike Barrie Lesley Dunton Brenda Harvey Pam & Jim Scott Pat Hankinson Jean Collins Bert & Brenda Cardnell Jean Brockman Ann Wamsley Pauline Tolley Marjorie Drummond John Shambrook
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Representatives of Mazarrón Lions, together with representatives of the Lions Clubs of Torrevieja Costa, Torrevieja Suomi and the Federation of Spanish Lions Clubs have visited Lorca on a number of occasions recently, holding meetings with both the Lorca ayuntamiento and the appointed Earthquake Relief Commission, aimed at establishing how Lions in Spain – and throughout the world – might be able to provide more effective long-term support to the unfortunate people of that town. A number of urgent areas of need were identified by them, the most crucial of which is felt to be the total rebuilding of the Centro
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THE DRACOs TECHNOLOGY: HOW IT WORKS
When viruses infect a cell, they take over its cellular machinery for their own purpose - to create more copies of the virus During this process, the viruses create long strings of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which is not found in human or other animal cells As part of their natural defence, human cells have proteins that latch onto dsRNA, setting off a cascade of reactions that stops the virus from replicating itself But, many viruses can outsmart that system by blocking one of the steps further down the cascade This new technology works by combining a dsRNAbinding protein with another protein that makes cells undergo apoptosis (programmed cell suicide) — launched, for example, when a cell determines it is en route to becoming cancerous So, when one end of the DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of the DRACO to initiate cell suicide Each DRACO also includes a ‘delivery tag,’ taken from naturally occurring proteins, that allows it to cross cell membranes and enter any human or animal cell. However, if no dsRNA is present, DRACO leaves the cell unharmed. Tests show it also wards off viruses, meaning it could stop people from becoming ill in the first place. British experts welcomed the breakthrough but warned that the drug works in such an unusual way that it would have to go through years of testing before it is considered safe enough to test on people for the first time.
Cutting salt ‘should be global priority’
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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.
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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 cut-price 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
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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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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,
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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
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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
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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
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Housing Market in ‘Final Stage’ of Recovery
In the second half of 2011 the Spanish property market will face its “final phase” of recovery, according to real estate consulting group Aguirre Newman. A stage of “correction” pending the resolution of the current macroeconomic uncertainty, which could lead to an improvement in the residential sector in most
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“We see a short-term recovery in the residential market in 25% of the provinces, especially in some such as Barcelona, Navarra and Guipúzcoa,” said the company’s business director, Angel Serrano. He also made clear their opinion that the coast will take longer to recover amid the fall in international demand and speculators. He highlighted that after this stage the market will have to undergo a process of “stabilisation” while waiting for the increase of housing construction and prices, and stressed that the industry players, as much financial institutions as well as real estate agents and citizens, have already made a first grade effort. With regards to the influence of financial institutions’ property ‘stock’ in the recovery, Serrano recognised the negative influence of the “excessive weight” of banks’ real estate portfolios, although he stressed that at present their price adjustments and funding facilities are fuelling the market.
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GREAT NEWS FOR SPANISH TOURISM! ...JULY Hotel Occupancy Reached 76%... Hotel occupancy data for the month of July “was slightly higher than in 2010,” at 76%, representing an increase of three points over the same month the previous year, according to research firm Magma Turismo and reported in Diario Sur. Specifically, the study indicates that in July, Costa del Sol occupancy reached 87% (over 82% in 2010), the Balearic Islands stood at 85% (79% in 2010), the Canary Islands at 76% (72% in 2010) and the Costa Brava also with 76% (75% in 2010). In all of these areas, and especially the Canary Islands, tourism has benefited as a result of the recent conflict in the Mediterranean, Magma said. The results of the survey suggest that early booking is also improving compared to previous years, but as the season progresses last minute booking is taking hold, “and it will be that which once again decides a good part of the occupation for the month of August”. This late booking is for the most part attributed to Spanish tourists and therefore destinations such as Costa Brava, Costa del Sol and cities like Seville, suffer as a result. By specific areas, in the second half of July the Balearic Islands and the Costa del Sol shared first place with 90% occupancy, an increase over the previous year of six and three points respectively.
They are followed by the Canary Islands which registered 83%, five points higher than last year and the Costa Brava, which with 77% occupancy experienced a worse than expected last two weeks of July, due to bad weather and not being a domestic tourist destination. As for the cities analysed, high occupancy was highlighted for Barcelona, with 88% (82% in 2010). Seville followed, with 73% (70% in 2010), Valencia, with 67% (59% in 2010) and Madrid with 56% (52% in 2010).
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In the absence of the official closing figures for the survey, Magma forecasts expectations for high occupations for the month of August, better than last year, and in many cases around 90%. The general trend will be last minute booking, more characteristic of the domestic market, and especially marked in the second half of August. As for the origin of tourists, the survey highlighted the arrivals coming from new markets; emerging economies such as Russia, Brazil and Colombia. Specifically, the Costa Brava has experienced an increase in French and German tourists, and the Balearic Islands have also seen a rise in French demand.
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Restaurant Guide - Healthy Eating Tips vinegar for your salads or order the dressing “on the side” and spoon only a small amount on at a time. If your food is fried or cooked in oil or butter, ask to have it broiled or steamed. Eat mindfully Pay attention to what you eat and savor each bite. Chew your food more thoroughly and avoid eating on the run. Being mindful also means stopping before you are full. It takes time for our bodies to register that we have eaten. Mindful eating relaxes you, so you digest better, and makes you feel more satisfied.
Tips for what to AVOID at restaurants.......... Supersized portions An average fast food meal can run to 1000 calories or more, so choose a smaller portion size, order a side salad instead of fries, and don’t supersize anything. At a typical restaurant, a single serving provides enough for two meals. Take half home or divide the portion with a dining partner. Salt Restaurant food can be very high in sodium, a major contributor to high blood pressure. Don’t add insult to injury by adding more salt. Bacon
Make careful menu selections Pay attention to the descriptions on the menu. Dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin or in cream sauce are usually high in calories, unhealthy fats or sodium. Order items with more vegetables and choose leaner meats. Drink water with your meal. Fizzy drinks are a huge source of hidden calories. Try adding a little lemon to your water or ordering unsweetened iced tea.
“Undress” your food When choosing items, be aware of calorie- and fat-packed salad dressings, spreads, cheese, sour cream, etc. For example, ask for a grilled chicken sandwich without the mayonnaise. You can ask for a packet of ketchup or mustard and add it yourself, controlling how much you put on your sandwich. Special order Many menu items would be healthy if it weren’t for the way they were prepared. Ask for your vegetables and main dishes to be served without the sauces. Ask for olive oil and
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Even seemingly healthy ones like salad bars. You’ll likely overeat to get your money’s worth. If you do choose buffet dining, opt for fresh fruits, salads with olive oil & vinegar or low-fat dressings, broiled entrees and steamed vegetables. Resist the temptation to go for seconds, or wait at least 20 minutes after eating to make sure you’re really still hungry before going back for more.
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It’s always tempting to add bacon to sandwiches and salads for extra flavor, but bacon has very few nutrients and is high in fat and calories. Instead, try ordering extra pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes or mustard to add flavor without the fat.
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You can keep the bathroom reasonably clean with a weekly once-over - brush out the toilet, wipe down the sink, squeegee the shower - but over time, the soap scum, mildew and mildew deposits accumulate. Here we tackle the shower…rubber gloves at the ready?
The Shower If you can bear the thought of cleaning the grout - and it will make your bathroom look a lot better - make a paste of automatic dishwasher detergent and apply it to the grout with a brush. When dry, rub it off with a soft dishcloth or brush. Treat the shower so it’ll have a resistance to soap scum. Use a gentle abrasive followed by alcohol, which will strip the
Bring order to a well-stocked dining-room dresser • Cover shelves with washable fabric and secure with Velcro. • Secure plates by fitting a café-style curtain rod. • Keep tablecloths in a simple box to keep fresh and clean • Use a set of containers to store everyday cutlery, dinner candles and napkin rings. • Keep a tray handy for transporting small items, such as cutlery and napkins, to the dining table. • Floral decorations, whether artificial or fresh, add colour to the dresser and table. • Protect delicate china from dust with cloches or bell jars.
tile of any residue. Then spray it with the cheapest furniture polish you can find (the cheaper brands usually have more silicone) or baby or mineral oil - then buff! If hard water’s your problem and you have a lot of streaking or a white film, you may need a lime-removing product. Then apply water repellent to the glass shower enclosure, on tiles, sinks, taps and even windows where hard water from sprinkler hits it - any nonwood, non-painted surface - one application lasts for months! Throw the shower curtain in the wash with a couple of bath towels, then hang it to dry. If the bottom of the liner hasn’t come clean enough, you can always just trim off an inch or two. When the showerhead is clogged, you have to remove mineral deposits. A metal showerhead can be boiled in l/2 cup vinegar and 2 pints of water. A plastic one should be soaked in vinegar and very hot water. But if you can’t remove the showerhead, just pour the solution in a plastic bag, secure the bag over the shower head with a rubber band, and leave it in place for a few hours. The filter at the tap may need a similar treatment.
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• Give your dresser a gorgeous antique look by painting it with a rich wood stain. Sand off any old paint, use a tack cloth to remove dust and debris, and then paint it with a couple of coats of stain. Paint the drawer knobs with gold paint to add some sparkle to the piece and give it a rustic look. • Give your dresser a two-toned look using two shades of the same color. Select a color you like, and then select a shade lighter or darker than that color. Paint the base of your dresser and the knobs the darker shade, and paint drawers the lighter shade, or vice versa. • Paint your dresser a color that will go well in your room. Then adhere pretty contact paper or wallpaper to the drawer fronts. You can even apply paper to the inside of the dresser too. • If you’re a talented artist, paint a mural on either the long side of your dresser, covering the drawers, or on the two short sides. For example, paint a pretty landscape, seascape, or a picture of animals you love.
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Mobile Price War Reduces Inflation in July The price war among mobile operators has reduced the pace of price increases in July by one-tenth, reported press sources in Spain. According to results published last Friday by the National Statistics Institute, lower phone rates, which are on average 1.2% cheaper than a year ago and, to a lesser extent, household items like furniture and cuts in car prices, has brought the CPI annual rate to 3.1% versus 3.2% the previous month. On the flip side, the products that have gained most since a year ago are those included in the leisure and culture sector, with increases in the cost of organised tours, whose prices have risen more than in July 2010. Alcohol and tobacco also increased their annual rate by more than one and a half points to 5.6%, because of rising packet prices after the halt in the price wars between the leading manufacturers in the preceding months. However, the rate of price increases in July is the lowest so far this year, although because of higher oil prices it remains above the official target of the European Central Bank, which states that it should be around 2% for the entire euro zone. In this sense, we should expect to see the effect of the decline in the price of a barrel of crude, which has taken place in recent weeks on predictions of economic stagnation for the remainder of 2011. With regard to June, data from the Consumer Price Index reflected a decline of five-tenths, as a result of reductions of 12% on clothing and footwear, which pulls down the overall indicator. This is
the second consecutive drop registered and also the second largest of the year after 2011 prices kicked off with a decline of seven-tenths over the month of December. Meanwhile, core inflation, excluding unprocessed food and energy products, fell one-tenth to 1.6%, which repeats the annual minimum already recorded in January. The inflation data coincides with that anticipated by the National Statistics Institute on 29 July and is the third consecutive decline in this indicator. By product types, those which most increased their prices year-on-year year were sugar (+25%), coffee, cocoa and tea (+11.6%), heating, electricity and water (+13,6%) and poultry (+8.1%). By contrast, the largest decreases were recorded in potatoes and related products (-8.8%), recreational objects (-4.9%), drugs and therapeutic materials (-2.5%) and green and fresh garden vegetables (-2%). In all the autonomous communities, the monthly inflation rate decreased. The biggest drops were recorded in La Rioja (-1.1%), Ceuta (-1.3%) and Melilla (-1%), followed by Murcia, Galicia, Extremadura, Asturias, the Canary Islands and Andalusia, all with declines of 0.8%. Year-on-year, all autonomous communities either decreased or remained about the same annual rate as the previous month. The largest decrease was three-tenths and corresponded to the Balearics (+2.6%) and the Canary Islands (+2.4%).
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Paris’s Cac and Frankfurt’s Dax indexes were up 1% in early afternoon trading, while London’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.5%. Asian markets closed higher on betterthan-expected Japanese growth figures. Investors are now looking ahead to a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week. Markets were buoyed on Friday by US retail sales figures that beat analysts’ expectations, and on Monday by data showing the Japanese economy contracted at an annualised rate of 1.3% between April and June, a much smaller amount than had been expected. The two sets of figures have “allowed for a collective sigh of relief across the global investment community”, said Jane Foley at Rabobank International. “A calmer tone has settled over the markets after last week’s turmoil.” As a result, investments perceived as safe during times of economic uncertainty slipped. The Swiss franc fell almost 3% against both the US dollar and the euro, pushed lower by reports that
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
Households will endure several more months of falling living standards as inflation continues to outstrip pay rises, they said, following the tightest squeeze on families’ disposable income in 34 years.
“Electricity and gas prices will rise sharply in August as a result of utility companies’ price hikes, while past rises in global agricultural prices will push food price inflation up to double digit rates later this year,” Samuel Tombs, UK economist at Capital Economics, said.
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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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Orange & Pine Nut Salad With Pesto & Parmesan Crisps Ingredients For the parmesan crisps 100g parmesan, grated For the pesto 50g basil 50g pine nuts, toasted 25g parmesan 1 clove garlic 4 tbsp olive oil salt and black pepper For the salad 1 orange, peeled and segmented 100g bunch watercress 50g pine nuts, toasted
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.
Mediterranean Couscous Ingredients
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
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 W EW N NE
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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.
Grab a handful of your favourite salad greens and chuck in toasted nuts and seeds, cold meat and an assortment of veg for an easy-peasy summer supper. Summer salads are all about ease and freshness. Make use of the wealth of vegetables at their peak - courgettes, broad beans, spinach, fennel, peppers, peas, basil and other garden herbs will impart bold flavours with the simplest of dressings. A grating of pecorino, parmesan or a few slivers of a drycured ham, such as Parma ham, will add saltiness and a hint of the Mediterranean!
Warm Pecorino, Spinach & Crouton Salad With Pesto Dressing Ingredients For the croutons 25g unsalted butter 3 slices bread, crusts removed and cut into 1cm cubes salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil For the salad 2 tsp butter 100g spinach, washed salt and freshly ground black pepper 75g Pecorino, chopped into 1cm cubes For the pesto dressing 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 large handfuls fresh basil leaves 50g Pecorino, grated 150ml olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Method: For the croutons, heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the bread cubes, salt and freshly ground black pepper and one tablespoon olive oil. Fry gently until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the heat and drain on kitchen paper. For the salad, melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the spinach and toss to coat in the butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes, tossing frequently, until starting to wilt. Add the Pecorino cubes and remove from the heat. For the pesto dressing, put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until almost smooth. To serve, place the spinach and Pecorino salad onto a large plate. Scatter with the croutons and drizzle with pesto dressing.
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Pack The Perfect Picnic Forget pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls - pack a delicious, but healthy hamper that won’t cost you a packet.
SARNIES They’re a picnic staple, but sandwiches
can get boring, especially if you already eat them most days. For variety, use different breads like wholegrain, rye or oatmeal, or opt for wholemeal pitta, rolls, ciabatta, wraps or multi-grain bagels. Try mixing more unusual ingredients with classic fillings too, such as grated cheese with carrot, houmous with peppers, banana with date or tuna mayo with kidney beans. Alter the flavour and cut calories by swapping butter or marg for tzatziki, salsa, guacamole, mustard, pickle or reduced-fat mayo.
~ Serves 6 ~ 150ml ready-made tomato sauce 1 large ready-made pizza base 1 small red onion, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 100g mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp mixed herbs 150g pack mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza base. Top with the veggies, then sprinkle over the herbs and season with black pepper. Add the mozzarella and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10-15 minutes.
Picnics often include chicken drumsticks or wings, but eating the skin adds calories and fat. Choosing skinless fillets lowers the fat, but they can lack flavour. Cut costs by marinating fresh chicken with a homemade or ready-made marinade such as teriyaki, BBQ, tikka or cajun. Check the salt and fat content of readymade marinades first and opt for those containing the least.
SWEET & SOUR Chicken
~ Serves 4 ~ 4 large wraps, 4 tbsp red pesto, 2 grilled, skinless chicken breasts, sliced & a large handful of rocket Spread each wrap with 1 tbsp of the pesto. Add the chicken and rocket. Wrap up and cut in half.
pizza Pizza makes a tasty and healthy
alternative to quiche, which is usually packed with fat and calories due to the pastry. If you don’t have time to make your own pizza from scratch, use a readymade base or ciabatta bread cut in half lengthways with ready-made tomato sauce or pesto
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Dips and chips are standard picnic food but are often loaded with calories and fat. Taramasalata and houmous have a healthy image, but can contain as many calories as Thousand Island, sour cream, cheese and garlic dips. The best options are guacamole, tzatziki and salsa (jars of salsa usually contain half the calories of fresh salsa). For more waistline savings, swap tortillas or crisps for wholemeal pitta and vegetable sticks.
~ Serves 4 ~ 1 cucumber, deseeded and grated 150g tub fat-free Greek yoghurt 1 garlic clove, crushed Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper Place the cucumber in a sieve and squeeze out any excess fluid. Mix the cucumber with the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.
Lettuce often ends up limp and warm on picnics so save it for home. Instead, pack up cherry tomatoes and baby sweetcorn or make salads using ingredients that won’t go soggy. A Greek salad made from large chunks of cucumber, red onion and green pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta should keep its taste and texture for hours. Or add chopped veg and chicken, ham or tuna to wholewheat pasta or brown rice for a more substantial picnic salad.
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~ Serves 4 ~ 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp brown sugar 4 tbsp tomato ketchup 400g skinless chicken breast, cut into strips Mix all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a non-metallic dish. Add the chicken and toss thoroughly to ensure it’s totally coated. Cover and chill for three hours. Grill for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through.
Chicken, pesto & rocket wrap
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MABS CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MURCIA - EVENTS FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2011 Saturday, 20th August - CARIBBEAN NIGHT Lara’s Bar, Camposol Sector A – 8pm. SORRY – ALL TICKETS SOLD OUT for this event.
Sunday, 28th August – HOG ROAST – Laudan
Restaurant, Roldan (near the church) – 8pm. Entertainment by Barrington – enjoy a night of Tamla Motown blues and soul. Tickets are just 8€ - call Lisa on: 695 675 919
Saturday 3rd September – FUN DAY Iceland
Overseas, San Javier. More details to follow – please check our website and the press.
EVERY SATURDAY – BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10am - 1pm
(weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books.
Future events include MABS Race for Life in Mazarrón on 23 October and in Los Alcázares on 13 November, a Murder Mystery Night on 28th October and many more, so keep watching the press or visit our website www.mabsmurcia. com For further details, please call 634 362 826
MABS EVENTS IN FORTUNA (MURCIA NORTH EAST) Every Other Monday - Sew’n’So’s - Sewing Group with Jan Gough - 2pm Urb. Las Kalendas, Fortuna
Tel’s Bar Camposol sector a
Karaoke every Friday night from 8.30pm
1st Tuesday of the month - Auction at Bob`s Bar - 2pm Carretera Pinoso, Fortuna
show - live music 8pm Alandalus Restaurant, Calasparra
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Friday August 26th - MABS Book Stall 11am
Buy & Donate” second hand goods store - 10.30 am to 12pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna.
2nd Wednesday of the month - Fortuna
Ladies’ Luncheon Club - 1pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna
Last Wednesday of the Month - MABS
Fortuna Meeting - 11.30am La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas. Fortuna.
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Friday September 2nd - MABS Market Stall
in Calasparra Market – 9am - 1pm. Situated opposite the Gran Via cafe (This is held the first and third Friday of the month 9am 1pm)
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New Royal Bar & Restaurant
El Alamillo Roundabout ~ Pto de Mazarron
F R I D AY 1 9 t h august CHRISTINE from 8.00pm
Fish & Chips from €5
Homemade Pies & Full menu also available Mon - Sat 10 - 3
Breakfast with Free Tea or Coffee 4.50€ Burgers from 3€ Chicken Wraps 4€
- 2pm Outside the Trevol Bar / Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month)
Saturday 20 th AUGUST BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Tel Ian : 607 013 423
Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm & 5pm till late, CLOSED Wed, Sundays Open 10am-9pm
From Pto De Mazarron take N332 toward Cartagena,
Camping Las torres is ONLY 1km on left after repsol garage
SHAKEY GROUND from 9.00pm
Booking advisable Details & Reservations
Tel: 968 595 864
costa calida Wedn esd ay
- Dominos - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Menu Del Dia From Only 5€ - Bali Hi - Camposol B - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s
Thur sd ay
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Solo Latino Dance with Annette. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am – 12.30pm - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Intermediates 1pm - 3pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sues Fitness Class 10am Trevi Bar, Camposol B - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 6pm - 7pm Bali Hi, Camposol B
- Karaoke - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185 - Bali Hi – Camposol B - Fish N Chips from only 5€
S aturd ay
- Steak Night at Market Tavern - Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€ - Trevies Camposol Sector B 11.30-1.30pm : Campsol Urban Dance Crew (Dance & Drama)
- Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Karaoke & Disco with Bernie Mac. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7pm - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Olive Branch Church, Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10:30am - Call 968 199 622 / 618 720 181 - Bali Hi – Camposol B – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Traditional Sunday Roast From 12.30p.m – 3.30 pm - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat 10.30am – 11.45am, & 5pm - Ballroom & Latin Dance Class with Joanne. Mariano’s, Camposol A, 7pm (New Beginners) - Music Quiz with John, Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9pm - Try Market Tavern’s Daily Specials from 5.50€ - Mens Keep Fit with Sue 11.15 Trevi Bar Camposol B
Tu esd ay
- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern - Sensol Hotel Dance Studio, Campsol Sector C 3-3.45pm : Mini Movers age group 3-4 yrs; 4-5pm : Theatre Dance for adults; 5-6pm : High Energy ZoombaDanze age 14+ 6-7pm : Street Dance age 10+ - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 11-12 Bali Hi, Camposol B NB: Information correct at time of printing, BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place
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community news Friday Fish ‘n Chips Evenings......................................
at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Two courses €10. Reservation is recommended – 660 326 194
PALS - Madrid Getaway.............
PALS 3 Nights in MADRID 200 Euros. 3 star Central Hotel, visits to Chicon and Cuenca. Departure 29th August Mazarron call Ken Payne 626 460 465
PALS OCTOBER MINI CRUISE.......
Departure 21st October from Mazarron sailing from Malaga. Visiting Algarve, Lisbon and Tangiers Prices 410 euros person double interior cabin. Single suppliment 153euros. ALL INCLUSIVE call Ken Payne 626 460 465. Only a few places left.
Wednesday Quiz Nights...........
with Costa Cálida Radio DJ Ian Adams at Hacienda Clubhouse, Hacienda del Álamo, Fuente Álamo. Start 8 p.m. Fee €1 per person. Teams of max. 4. ‘Platos combinados’ available at a price of €6.
WEDNESDAY 24TH AUGUST
The fantastic singer Lucinda and the all time favourites THE BEAGLES at Mariano´s Restaurant Camposol for just 6€. ood available 5€ An excellant night of good music and good entertainment. Tickets available from Rosemary 620105179
WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
Bringing back by popular request SUNSET,also Rae Daniels with his Buddy Holly tribute and the lovely Maria O´Hara at Mariano´s Restaurant Camposol. 8€ Food available for 5€. As always a very professional group of people to give us a fantastic show. Tickets available from Rosemary 620105179
TRIP TO BENIDORM
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
WELCOME GREEK ISLAND AND Costa Calida Country Music ISTANBUL cruise........................ Club .............................................. MAY 2012 - 8 DAY CRUISE. Price includes transport
La Molata, Cañada de Alhama Friday 19th August Club Closed for Holiday – Re-opens Friday 16th September – Singing a superb mix of traditional & modern Country, Jo Sutherland Every first Friday of the month we have ‘Croonin’ Country’ Disco/Country Karaoke and Dance Tuition…but this is subject to change if a live artist opportunity arises! Admission: Couples 5€, Singles 3€ - all net monies to Community Ambulance Project. For more information contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082
HOG ROAST - CHANGE OF DATE.. NOW: Sunday, 21 August at 8.00pm Laudan Restaurant, Roldan (near the church) Enjoy a great evening with entertainment from Barrington. Tamla Motown Blues and Soul. Tickets just 8€ including hog roast Call Lisa on 695 675 919
Every Thursday on the terrace at The Clubhouse, Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort, Fuente Alamo ring 660 326 194 for details
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from Camposol and nearby areas to Madrid, flight to Athens, ALL INCLUSIVE on board and return journey. For more details contact Rosemary 620105179
Moden Jive Ceroc Style with paso a paso..................................
The easy dance that anyone can master. The slow jive with latin style. You will be dancing to all kinds of music by the end of your first session. ******************************* From now. Every Thursday at The Rosales Restaurant (The old Venue) Lemon Tree Road, CV895. Campo de Guaramar 03140. 7pm Absolute beginners introduction 7.30pm Beginners Class 8.15pm Imp / Int 9pm Social dancing for all €5 whole night, 2€ social €5 menu also available during the evening ******************************* Every Wednesday 8.30pm from 7th September at Le Rustika, Los Arcos, Av Baleares, Torrevieja. Plus more venues to be announced. ******************************* Our Black and White 6th Anniversary Ball 14th September being held at the Le Rustika Ballroom. ******************************* Our dance junction disco / karaoke and taster dance class available for private hire.
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y UNTIL OLIDA ON Hh SEPTEMBER 6t Tel: Mick
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
672 697 081 chiropodist
CHIROPODIST Sharon Prince a.c.e.o. Reg For an appointment Call: 699 747 574 or
966 791 714
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Pool tables, s n o o k e r tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 w w w. s p a i n p o o l . com A l u mi n i u m 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,
The place to call for friendly reliable help
Repairs, Tuition, getting started, Microsoft Office R Certified
Virus Removal, Email setup, 20 years computer experience NO CALL OUT FEES Phone: 966 762 816 Mobile: 634 370 737 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
By PERSON: Quesada business centre, calle los arcos 7, quesada
Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to: email@example.com
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
ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES
house clearance specialist FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE
400 square metres
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
workshop and office space
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
call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487
in Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee
Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056
available for all works. Small or large. Call Dave 693 251 562.
s e c u r e d loans, capital raising mortgages, cash advances whilst you sell, equity release. 652 986 088 or 902 firstname.lastname@example.org 585 569 asesor@ advisers4.es
WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE QUALITY FURNITURE Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales
Silver & gold wanted Private buyer pays cash for all silver items Large or small, I will buy it.
Tel: 603 633 138
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tuxedolimousines.es
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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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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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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. 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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”
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van hire VANTASTIC 3.5 tonne removals or any man & van service Tel: 693 251 562.
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Experienced mechanic required, orihuela costa telephone 637 090 665
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
Commercial gas or electric
645 147 888
Lords Removals UK & European Local Deliveries, Full/Part loads. Pet transportation. Fully Insured
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satellite tv Rainbow 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
Pace with white sky card bbc1,2,3,4,itv1,2,3
,ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771
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Must be in good working order Can Collect Telephone 609 199 394 tattooist
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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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“RE-PLATE” MATE GB
647 587 855
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a bb e y s p e c t r u m caravan, twin axle, island bed, 2x motor movers, aircon, fully loaded, as brand new 647
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motorhome s t o r a g e , undercover, insured,
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vehicles for sale Porsche Boxster RHD,Spanish reg July ‘02 - Cabriolet 3.2S Flat Six (252bhp) Auto/Tiptronic 84,000 kms, 2 owners Full Porsche history A/C (Climate) Multi-spoke alloys Remote locking, Alarm Navy Power Hood Porsche CD System Met silver + navy leather
600 726 221 965 687 976
nissan x trail excellent cond. 2004, silver, spanish plated, alloys, power steering, abs, aircon etc 647 587 855 / 950 459 010
Mitsubishi Galloper 001 - 4x4 - 7 seater 2.5 TD Intercooler Super Exceed 134,000 kms, 3 owners Fully serviced A/C, Alloys, PAS, ABS Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Remote locking Side steps, Rear privacy glass, Walnut fascias Met champagne/ silver
600 726 221 661 321 036 965 687 976
Hyundai Atos 2001 5 door hatch 1.0 Prime 100,000 kms 3 owners Fully serviced A/C, PAS, ABS CD player Electric windows Central locking Yellow
Manuals, all makes
2nd hand engines supplied & fitted Scrap vehicles disposed of All paperwork completed legally
605 319 889 or 966 753 375
Same day collection
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662 211 993
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Cruise, Front fog lights 4 x 4’s E. windows/mirrors Cheap Run High spec model Arounds! CD, Rear park sensors Remote locking We have them all. Metallic grey. As new From Reduced from €10,950! 1,500€ to 30,000€ For Sale or Exchange Tel: Frank 600 726 221 €10,450 www.fwreurocars.com 661 321 036 600 726 221 or 965 687 976 661 321 036 www.fwreurocars.com 965 687 976
622 684 486
619 608 270
CAR AIR CONDITIONING REGASING SERVICE SERVICING, REPAIRS ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS GARAGE SERVICES
610 078 940
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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
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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
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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
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
virtually discovered the ‘ball’. It fitted into his hand snugly, and, on impulse, he threw it. It rolled down the mountain and came to rest against a useless piece of stone they called a ruby. This man, Peta Nca, was overjoyed. His friends were amazed. So, whenever he was on sentry duty he made more balls for his friends. The entries for our Oct. 9th. Ladies triples Comp. Are starting to come in, contact Nancy at 966 199 288 if you are interested. Pretty Boy!
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