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A Grandfather has slammed the “awful” Spanish justice system for locking up his grandson without charge for more than six weeks. Sydney Barnett, 85, said there was no way Kyle Thain, who is accused of attempted murder, would have harmed two men during a weekend trip to Alicante. Kyle, 24, of Sandringham Road, Southend, and his friend James Harris, 29, of Pelham Road, Southend, have been held in jail since July 8, but Spanish police are yet to press charges. Mr Barnett said: “When I was told about it, I could not believe it at all. Over there, you are guilty until proven innocent, which is awful. He could not have done this. It’s against his nature.” Kyle and James were arrested as they were checking in to fly home from Murcia Airport on July 5. The pals were accused of beating up and stabbing two men in a bar near their hotel the previous night. However, the men maintain they never went to the bar, and their families say there has been a terrible case of mistaken identity. The friends were taken to separate prison cells, before being transferred to Fontcalent prison, Alicante, on July 8, where they have been ever since. Despite an ongoing internet campaign to get the two men home, the Spanish authorities have refused to release them until the police investigation is finished. Mr Barnett, who has run Sydney Barnett Barbers in Westcliff, since 1971, said: “Kyle used to help me in the shop when he was younger, with shampooing and sweeping. The clients loved him. He is a lovely fellow. I know he didn’t do it. Something is not right about it. My customers have been supportive, but they can’t believe it either.”
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After receiving an anonymous call, agents of the Cartagena Policia Nacional effected the rescue of a 26 year old Spanish national from Alicante. The officers received information which led them to set up surveillance on a house in the residential area of Los Nietos, which led to the arrest of five men and one woman on charges of kidnapping and bodily harm. The rescued man, whose name has not been disclosed, was taken to hospital with various cuts to his face, body and hands. It is thought that the kidnap took place as a result of an unpaid debt, and had taken place as many at 10 days prior to his release.
The Vuelta de España, which finished the second leg in an exciting sprint in Orihuela on Sunday, brought many revellers to Benidorm for the opening ceremony at the Castle at the weekend. However, a twenty minute blackout on Friday evening plunged the opening ceremony at the castle into darkness. Officials struggled to maintain order, and it was unclear as to how the ceremony was to proceed, but luckily power was restored within half an hour. It seems that the ancient system and infrastructure of the grid simply gave up under the unusual strain. Throughout the city there was chaos, with bars and restaurants struggling to cope with the situation, which occurred at peak time. It is very fortunate that the problem was resolved so quickly. There is pressure on the Ayuntamiento to address the problem before it arises again.
Bathers on the beaches along the Bay of Albir had a nasty fright when a small plane ditched in the sea yards from the beach. The plane, a Cessna 152 owned by a member of the Aeroclub de Alicante Mutxamel, experienced difficulties, giving the pilot no option but to ditch in the sea. Due to his skill and calm conditions, the plane came down
straight and remained upright, allowing the pilot and his passenger to scramble to safety, wet but unharmed. However, planes don’t float, and it took 20 hours of careful work with floats by the Guardia Civil and Salvaje Maritimo to bring the plane to the surface without damage.
Thursday 18th August marks the anniversary of the murder of Federico García Lorca. The great Federico Garcia Lorca, who used to walk along La Barraca and to the Casa de Bernarda de Alba, is now only known by the many works he left behind. His remains are lost in one of those many mass graves, together with hundreds of thousands of innocent people who suffered at the hands of opposing factions. He, a teacher and two friends were killed in the early morning of the 18th to 19th August 1936.
The President of the Community, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, and President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Alberto Fabra, met at the Palacio de San Esteban de Murcia, have met to address issues of interest to both communities. One of the first items raised with other leaders was strategies regarding the Mediterranean Corridor route from France to Algeciras, initially described as a priority project of the Trans-European Transport Network. The Government of the Region of Murcia strongly supported the Axis Rail Mediterranean on its way through Spanish territory, including passage through the regions of Andalucia, Murcia, Valencia and Catalonia. The development of the Mediterranean Axis Rail in its entirety is the only chance for Spain to become a major intercontinental logistics platform, due to the growing importance of trade with Asia and North Africa. Furthermore, it is a strategic corridor for the European Union, to unite the northern and central Europe to North Africa by the shortest and most economic activity and freight. Therefore, the regional government will maintain, together with the Government of Valencia, its full support to the inclusion of Axis Rail Mediterranean in its entirety.
The leader of the Mujer del Ayuntamiento de Águilas, María Patrocinio Martínez, accompanied by the Concejales de Cultura y Urbanismo, Francisco Miguel Martínez and Isabel María Soler, opened the ‘Mercadillo solidario’, organised for the Federación de Organizaciones de Mujeres de Lorca (FOML). The Market is to raise funds for victims of the Lorca earthquake. The stand, which was in the Plaza de Alfonso Escámez, opened for only four hours, selling an extensive list of items made manually by members of the organization, ranging from paintings to dolls, to tiles or stained glass, with curios and all sorts of collectables on offer.
The Ruta de la Tapa y del Cóctel 2011 has taken place in the Museo del Vino de Bullas. It was an initiative by the Concejalías de Turismo y Festejos, in collaboration with local bars, restaurants and cafeterias. It was attended by the Alcalde de Bullas, Pedro Chico Fernández, and the Diputado Regional Gregorio Morales and the Presidente de la D.O. Bullas, Francisco Carreño. The Ruta involved a total of 36 establishments. For just 2€ local restaurateurs will offer the public a special tapa and a drink of wine, water, beer or soda. The Municipality of Bullas provided customers with a free bus service during the four weekends of the event. Up until September 18, customers can vote for their favourite tapa. These are sealed and placed in the ballot box. They will subsequently be drawn to win raffle prizes, which will be drawn on Friday 23 September, at the opening of the Feria de la Tapa 2011, www.way2gohire.com on the 23 to 25 September.
French farmers blockade border lorries and hurl a tonne of peaches at Spanish consulate
A group of French farmers hurled hundreds of kilos of fruit at the Spanish consulate building in Perpignan today in protest over what they consider to be ‘unfair competition’. Up to a tonne of peaches were splattered against the doors, after which the farmers dispersed before police arrived at the scene. Since June, farmers in southern France, close to the Spanish border, have been blocking off lorries known to be carrying agricultural produce and destroying their cargo. They have called a meeting with the French ministry of agriculture, since they consider that Spain’s exporting of fruit and vegetables into France at a fraction of local prices is destroying their livelihood. Peaches and nectarines have fallen in value in France by 20 per cent, they say, and tomatoes and cucumbers – partly due to Spanish cucumbers having been blamed for the E.Coli outbreak in Germany – have plummeted in price by between 20 and 40 per cent.
Temperatures in the shade to reach an average of 41ºC
As the heatwave sweeping across Spain continues, the met office has issued weather warnings for 16 provinces in nine of the country’s 17 autonomous regions. Temperatures of 41ºC in the shade could hit various parts of Córdoba – particularly Sierra y Pedroches – and Granada, mainly the Genil valley. Jaén, Zaragoza, La Rioja, Sevilla, Ciudad Real, Navarra, Badajoz, and Cáceres will probably see the mercury shoot above 40 in the next few days. Maximum temperatures of 39ºC in the shade are likely to be recorded in the provinces of Toledo, Teruel, Huesca, Lleida, Madrid and Álava, says the State meteorological agency, AEMET. All of these areas have been placed on ‘orange alert’ – meaning ‘major risk’ and one step below a ‘red alert’, being the highest and an official state of emergency. A ‘yellow alert’, meaning moderate risk, has been declared for all the remaining provinces in Andalucía and the Basque Country, as well as the Balearic islands, and the regions of Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalunya, the Comunidad Valenciana, Galicia, and Murcia, which are expected to see the mercury hover between 34ºC and 38ºC in the shade. The Civil Protection has warned people to stay out of the midday sun and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids, eat light meals, avoid physical exertion in the middle of the day, and to keep a close eye on anyone they know who lives alone, especially if they are unwell or elderly.
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Spain to adopt balanced budget law ETA suspect who Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero said Tuesday that Spain should change its constitution to incorporate a balanced budget provision, as part of wider efforts to combat the eurozone debt crisis.
The reform, covering both the annual budget deficit and accumulated debt, would “reinforce long-term confidence in the Spanish economy,” Zapatero told parliament as his government tries to balance Spain’s strained public finances. Earlier this month, French
President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on eurozone countries to adopt a ‘golden rule’ from 2012 requiring governments to balance their budgets. Massive budget deficits, way above the EU ceiling of 3.0 percent of Gross
Domestic Product, have left eurozone states with a massive debt overhang which they are now struggling to control and pay down. Greece has had to be bailed out twice -- in 2010 and in July this year -- when it could no longer service its debt and Ireland and Portugal also needed rescues by the EU and International
Monetary Fund. Germany, Europe’s strongest economy and the eurozone’s paymaster, has already adopted a balanced budget law, with its annual finances set to show no deficit by 2016 and Sarkozy plans a similar provision for France. Zapatero said the decision was “strategic,
not tactical, very well understood by Spanish society and its public representatives and we ought to be able to adapt our constitution, as others are doing or intend to do.” Spain’s right-wing opposition, expected to win power in November elections, has already endorsed the idea.
Ceremony in tribute to Spanair crash victims on third anniversary Spain urges new UN resolution A MEMORIAL service was held on Saturday by the family members and friends of the 154 people who died in the Spanair crash three years ago on that date.
Flight JK5022, bound for Gran Canaria, never left the mainland on August 20, 2008, when the engine exploded during takeoff from Madrid’s Barajas airport. Holidaymakers travelling from the capital, and islanders returning home, perished in what was said to be one of the worst air disasters in Spain’s history. Flowers were placed round an olive tree at the site where the craft blew up, and plaques and dedications were left alongside them. Poetry and music played on a violoncello dedicated to the deceased marked an emotional memorial, whilst many of those mourning their loved ones wore T-shirts bearing their photographs. Relatives and friends of those who lost their lives when the aircraft went up in flames have called for the report on the incident to be re-drafted from scratch and further research undertaken. Three years of investigations concluded with a verdict of the wing flaps not having been activated on take-off.
for ‘post-Kadhafi era’
Spain on Monday called for a new UN resolution to take into account the latest developments in Libya after the fall of Moamer Kadhafi, the foreign and defence ministers said in a statement. Madrid “backs an urgent meeting of the Contact Group on Libya with the participation of the new Libyan authorities, so their priorities and immediate projects can be known,” said ministers Trinidad Jimenez and Carme Chacon. The Contact Group is composed primarily of countries that participated in the NATO air campaign in Libya. Libya Resolution 1973 that the UN Security Council passed in March essentially authorised military action to protect the Libyan people and facilitate the humanitarian effort.
Police probed after officers seen beating peaceful protestors and reporters
An internal investigation has been opened within the Police after four people were injured during a confrontation between officers and protestors at an anti-clerical demonstration in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. CCTV footage showed that some of the people whom the police appeared to be hitting with their truncheons did not seem to be causing any trouble whatsoever. The inquiry has been launched in anticipation of any possible complaints from those affected, since as yet
none have been recorded. A scene on one of the videos examined shows a young woman walking along the street, apparently minding her own business and not insulting or confronting any officers, when they set about hitting her with their poles on the body and face. A young man who tried to defend her was also beaten, as was a photographer attempting to catch the incident on camera. Another young man pushing his bike took a beating which he had apparently not
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Pope arrives in Spain saying economy not just for profit
Pope Benedict XVI called for the economy to work for people, not profit, as he landed in crisis-torn Spain last week, where protesters decried the cost of his visit He delivered the message hours after protesters clashed with pilgrims and riot police in Madrid as they vented fury over the expense of World Youth Day celebrations, which the pope will lead. “The economy cannot function as a self-regulated economy,” the leader of the world’s estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics told journalists accompanying him in the papal plane from Rome.
Nearly 100 illegal immigrants reach Spain’s coasts in one day
Coastguard rescuers had their work cut out this evening when a total of 96 would-be migrant attempted to access Spain via the back door by sailing into various ports on jerrybuilt rafts. A fleet of three rafts carrying 59 Moroccan and Algerian men was intercepted at around 22.00hrs some 36 miles off the Cabo de Gata coast (Almería).
“Man must be at the economy’s centre, which is not profit but solidarity,” he said. The pope landed in the sweltering capital for the rock festival-style celebration, lavish religious festivities lasting to Sunday that have lured more than a million pilgrims from around the world. The pontiff was greeted by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia before parading in his popemobile through Madrid’s streets to be chased by relay runners and cheered by masses of followers.
At least two were thought to be teenagers. They were finally caught two miles out to sea off the shores of Carboneras.
In the evening, the papal cortege headed to the central Plaza Cibeles for a welcoming ceremony complete with an air force fly-over painting the colours of the Vatican and Spanish flags in the sky.
youth”; and “I am a sinner, sinner, sinner.” Some taunted the faithful shouting: “Nazi, nazi.” In an interview before he was elected pope in 2005, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said he was an unwilling participant in the Hitler Youth movement.
Huge speakers blared out pop music in the city as hundreds of thousands of the pope’s fans waited in the heat in floppy hats, with backpacks containing alcohol-free beer and fans. But the party atmosphere was shattered hours earlier when thousands of anti-papal protesters and hundreds of young Roman Catholics hurled insults at each other in the central square Puerta del Sol. Lines of riot police separated the two sides late last Wednesday. Protesters chanted: “God yes, Church no”; “Not with my taxes”; “We are not the pope’s
“Long live the pope”, “We are the pope’s youth,” cried the pilgrims, some of whom sang “hallelujah” and sat on the ground and prayed. Police finally moved in with batons swinging to dislodge the anti-pope demonstrators from Puerta del Sol. They arrested seven people for “assaults on people in authority,” a national police spokeswoman said. Eleven people were lightly injured, she said. More than 100 protest groups took part, uniting many causes, including those seeking a change in the Church’s attitude to gay rights and those fighting for a clearer separation of Church and state. The outcry that has struck a chord with many -- including some priests -- is over the official 50.5-million-euro price tag, excluding the cost of police and security, of the August 16-21 celebrations. Spain’s economy has been one of the worst hit by the global economic downturn and its output has grown by only 0.2 percent in the last quarter. Nationwide unemployment stands at more than 20 percent while youth unemployment is running at more than 45 percent. Some protesters argue the real cost to taxpayers of the pope’s visit is more than 100 million euros including the policing, cleaning and discounts such as half-price bus fares.
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Organisers, though, say most of the cost will be covered by a registration fee from the assembled pilgrims, and the celebration will be a massive tourist boost for Spain. The Church has opened 200 white confessionals in the form of boat sails along the main thoroughfare through Madrid’s Retiro park. The pope held a “Prayer Vigil” on Saturday evening at an airbase southwest of the capital, where the pilgrims will spend the night on an esplanade the size of 48 football pitches. Pope Benedict also celebrated mass on Sunday morning at a white altar almost 200 metres (660 feet) long in front of a wave-shaped stage and under a giant parasol “tree”, made of interwoven golden rods.
Another nine, including two babies in their mothers’ arms, all of sub-Saharan African origin, were caught off the coast of Melilla – a Spanish-owned enclave on the north Moroccan coast – just after midnight, and only a day after 22 others had been detained attempting to enter the city by the same method. Melilla’s temporary shelter for illegal immigrants currently holds 750 people, although it was only built to have capacity for 480. At around 06.30hrs this morning, five Moroccan men on an inflatable dinghy and 12 North African males on a light craft were intercepted a few miles out to sea off the coasts of Tarifa (Cádiz) and Arrecife (Lanzarote).
Brazil Probes Zara Supplier Over Forced Labour
Brazilian authorities are investigating claims that a supplier for Spanish clothing brand Zara is forcing workers to toil in inhumane conditions, a labour ministry spokesman stated.
The probe that began in May focuses on unsanitary conditions and long working hours endured by workers - some of them undocumented Bolivians - in factories in the city of Americana, an industrial town outside Sao Paulo. According to authorities, the Zara brand - owned by the world’s biggest fashion retailer, Spain’s Inditex - subcontracted its work to the Brazilian supplier Rhodes, which in turn further contracted work out to other firms employing the undocumented workers in “precarious conditions.” Raids on factories in the city have found people working in stifling, confined spaces for 14 hours a day, in “degrading” circumstances, with sleeping quarters above the factory floor, the spokesman
said on condition of anonymity. Two other factories with similar conditions have been found in Sao Paulo, the spokesman said. Inditex acknowledged the issues raised by the probe, in a statement carried by the Brazilian press, and ordered its subcontractors to “immediately regularize” the conditions for all its workers. Brazil’s labor ministry said it had already slapped Zara with 52 fines and was considering prosecution on charges of “contracting slave labor,” and whether to include the firm on a blacklist of companies that exploit workers. The popular Zara brand is available in 78 countries, with 5,154 stores worldwide, according to company figures
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Spain holds Moroccan for Internet ‘terror training’
Police in southern Spain have arrested a Moroccan suspected of “indoctrination and terrorist training” for Al-Qaeda over the Internet, they said Abdellatif Aoulad Chiba, 37, is suspected of “belonging to an armed group with links to the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb,” police said in a statement. He was arrested in the southern town of Linea de la Conception. “Abdellatif is believed to be the general administrator of an Internet site which was a jihadist forum with radical content, dedicated to the the public distribution of statements and media products designed for
the main Islamic terrorist organisations and their leaders.” He was specifically in charge of “the indoctrination and terrorist training” through manuals linked “to this criminal activity and aimed at encouraging terrorist crimes.” The arrest was ordered by the National Court, which handles terrorist crimes, after police noticed an increase in the activity on the site and found that the person running it was based in Spain.
Spanish govt seeks urgent parliament meet on economy Spain’s government will request an extraordinary meeting of parliament next week to approve reforms boosting revenue by about five billion euros in 2011, a senior minister said LAST WEEK.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s ministers are expected to agree the revenue-raising reforms in a cabinet meeting Friday, government spokesman Jose Blanco told state radio RNE. “The government will ask that these measures be approved urgently by the parliament,” Blanco said. “As a consequence, the government will ask for the holding of an extraordinary session as soon as possible for those measures to be approved,” he said. Zapatero would address parliament on the new measures and provide an analysis of the economic situation, he said. Spain’s government hoped that
the Congress would agree to hold a parliamentary session as soon as next week, said Blanco, who is also the public works minister. Finance Minister Elena Salgado has outlined two reforms aimed at raking in an extra 4.9 billion euros this year for hard-pressed government coffers and ensuring Spain meets its deficitcutting targets. One reform would save 2.4 billion euros on health spending through the obligatory use of generic drugs, which are cheaper than the major brands. The other reform would oblige large companies to pay some of their taxes earlier in the fiscal year, bringing in an extra 2.5 billion euros in 2011. Salgado announced the reforms to
try to convince financial markets of Spain’s deficit-cutting credentials at a time when its sovereign debt was under attack by traders. The European Central Bank has since intervened by buying hard-hit Spanish and Italian government bonds on the markets, successfully bringing down their borrowing costs. Spain’s public deficit last year amounted to the equivalent of 9.2 percent of its gross domestic product, or total economic output. The government has vowed to slice the deficit progressively to 6.0 percent of GDP this year, 4.0 percent in 2012 and 3.0 percent in 2013.
Leaders give lukewarm response to Sarkozy and Merkel’s bid to save euro
Lloret de Mar residents protest over boozy holidaymakers A silent demonstration protesting against drunken tourists attracted over 1,000 followers in Lloret de Mar last week. Carrying banners proclaiming ‘we love Lloret’, the protesters read out a manifesto outside the town hall in which they stated that living in the popular Costa Brava holiday destination was ‘a privilege’, but that it needed ‘a new model of tourism’. They claim that Lloret’s attraction as a sunshine resort town with cheap booze is damaging its image. Their march also took them past the Colossos nightclub on the seafront, where over 20 young people were arrested last week for drunken and disorderly behaviour, which included violence. The club had suffered a power-cut on Thursday night, when a world-renowned DJ was performing. Although the generators were switched on, the airconditioning stopped working, which meant all 1,800 clubbers had to be evacuated. Some attempted to go back in and ended up in a drunken brawl with other groups of holidaymakers, which involved punch-ups and throwing things. The Mossos d’Esquadra – Catalunya’s answer to the Guardia Civil – had to intervene and arrested a number of youths.
If Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy hoped their efforts on Tuesday to save Europe’s faltering economy would be rewarded with high praise, they would have been disappointed yesterday by Europe-wide condemnation in the European press and only a lukewarm reaction from other European leaders. Despite the grand, but unspecified, pledges of deeper fiscal co-ordination and promises to work together more closely, press sources were largely apathetic to the statement made in Paris. Worried at being seen by domestic voters as supporting the sick men of Europe with their own taxpayers’ money, the leaders of the eurozone’s two biggest economies rejected pressure from economists and politicians to agree to the issue of eurozone bonds. The bonds are seen with increasing inevitability as means of supporting the likes of Greece, Italy and Ireland. Even before Tuesday evening’s meeting, the Italian press was not confident. Last weekend, Libero accused Ms Merkel of using the crisis to assert German influence over the rest of the Continent. Portraying the German Chancellor as a bully in an SS uniform and sporting a Hitler moustache, the front
page screamed: “Germany sets the eurozone under pressure in order to control it.” More sober reflection was seen in other papers: “Germany and France try to grab control of the crisis,” said La Vanguardia in Spain. Shares fell on the disappointment in the market over at the leaders’ reticence over eurozone bonds. “We have exactly the same position on eurobonds,” Mr Sarkozy said. “One day we could imagine them, but at the end of a process of European integration, not at the beginning.” The Italian Finance minister, Giulio Tremonti, described the plan as a “masterstroke”. Italy would be one of the countries to benefit most. Others have been cooler on the idea, however, particularly those from countries with stronger economies. Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, warned that a plan to introduce eurobonds should be accompanied by a schedule of punishments for countries that breach budgetary rules. Petr Necas, the Czech Prime Minister, said closer integration would create more problems than it solved. “Whenever some problem occurs in the [EU], some silver bullet is pulled out, and it is always closer and closer integration,” he said.
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Eurobonds a ‘good idea’ but not now
Spain’s Finance Minister Elena Salgado has backed eurobonds as “a good idea” but said they would not be introduced any time soon due to German “reluctance.” The idea of eurobonds issued and guaranteed by countries with better credit ratings has long been floated as a way of helping debtsaddled Greece and other struggling eurozone members. But Germany is opposed to their introduction as it believes this would increase its own borrowing costs and allow countries to avoid implementing much-needed reforms. “I think it would be a good idea, but I can’t see it on the table, honestly, at the moment,” Salgado told Cadena Ser radio. “I repeat. I think it would be a good idea that can get on the road slowly.” But for that, “it is absolutely essential that countries which need to carry out reforms do it in depth and with determination.” And there is “reluctance” among the German
public “about greater fiscal integration of the economies” of Europe. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at the weekend told Spiegel magazine he ruled out introducing eurobonds at the present time. “I reject eurobonds for as long as member states operate their own fiscal policy and we need different interest rates so that there are possible incentives and sanctions to enforce fiscal solidity,” he said. “There will be no pooling of debt and unlimited aid,” he added. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy met Germany’s Angela Merkel in Paris on Tuesday as jittery markets anxiously awaited any sign that European leaders have a plan to resolve the eurozone debt crisis.
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Osborne hopes to kick-start economy with enterprise zones
Chancellor George Osborne is hoping to kick-start the economy and create businesses and more jobs with a series of new “enterprise zones”, announced THIS WEEK The enterprise zones will offer tax breaks, relaxed planning regulations and high-speed broadband in an effort to attract startup companies, and have been described by Mr Osborne as a “critical part” of the government’s growth strategy. But many have questioned the effectiveness of the policy, pursued by both Margaret Thatcher and John Major throughout the 80s and 90s, arguing that jobs created are simply displaced from other areas, and that the cost of setting up the zones outweighs the economic benefits. Months before an official announcement of the enterprise zones, two think tanks urged the government to reconsider the policy. A report by Centre for Cities released in February called for “a new approach to areabased growth,” suggesting that the scheme used in the 1980s by Thatcher was ineffective. “The enterprise zones of the 80s did not create enough jobs and were too costly for the public purse to be effective today,” the report said. It added: “The incentives used to encourage business growth and relocation – business rate relief or capital-based spending and allowances – also weighed heavily on public finances.” Supporters of Mr Osborne’s strategy point to the success of the Isle of Dogs in the London Docklands – now Canary Wharf – which itself began as an enterprise zone. But another think tank says this example is misleading. A report from the Work
Foundation, also released in February, said that when the Docklands enterprise zone expired there were just 7,000 people working in Canary Wharf, compared with 90,000 today. Andrew Sissons, a researcher at the foundation, told the Today programme that the zones were merely an “expensive way of moving jobs around the country.” The foundation’s report claimed that the zones typically provided only a three-year boost to an area before it slipped back into depression, and that four out of five jobs created were displaced jobs from areas outside the enterprise zone. This was the case in Dudley, according to John Rider, chairman of the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands, when it became one of the first waves of enterprise zones under Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s. A former steelworks site was transformed into a huge retail park with the help of the scheme, but not without a cost. “I think the concept is reasonable but the reality was that they displaced people’s jobs over the boundaries into the enterprise zones,” Mr Rider said.
The original urban enterprise zones were the work of town planner Professor Peter Hall in the 1970s. He proposed setting up small sectors that allowed for “shamelessly free enterprise” as a “last-ditch solution” to turn around disadvantaged areas, and the first zones were established in 1981 under Margaret Thatcher. Over the next 15 years, 38 were created across the country, with the most famous being London’s Docklands. There, the success of turning what had been derelict wasteland into a modern financial hub might be considered to form the perfect inspiration for one of the nearby Royal Docks, which has been designated as one of the new zones. While some would argue it would have been hard to encourage such a massive redevelopment without tax incentives, a report from the Work Foundation think tank has downplayed the impact of the project in encouraging investment in the Docklands, saying that when the zone expired, only 7,000 people were working there, as opposed to the 90,000 today when no such relief exists. Another of the old zones was set up in Dudley in the
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Residents swim to the town hall or to church
A village in southern Spain has turned its town hall square into a swimming pool for the summer. Cañaveral de León (Huelva) revealed this week that ever since 2009, it has been filling the main square in front of the council offices with water from nearby natural springs so that people strolling through town can take an impromptu dip. Based in the middle of two huge nature reserves – the Aracena mountain range and the Aroche peaks
– the municipality of 400 inhabitants is possibly the only one in Spain where you can swim to church or to the town hall. In the winter, although the 8,000-square metre pool is still in place, the water is drained off and used for irrigating the nearby agricultural fields, reveals the mayoress. Now registered as an official part of Andalucía’s heritage, the plaza-pool is said to be a major tourist attraction in the area.
A riverbank renaissance
Once they were near extinction, wiped out by pesticides and a dwindling food supply. Now otters have staged one of nature’s most remarkable comebacks. They have been spotted in every English county and are flourishing in some areas they have not been seen in for a generation, according to a survey for the Environment Agency. It is an incredible turnaround as otters all but disappeared in England after the Second World War because of toxic pesticides which were washed off farmland and into rivers and streams, killing them and the fish they live on. Their numbers only began to recover in the 1970s, when harmful pesticides were banned and it became an offence to hunt them. A clean-up of the rivers has also helped. This has increased the stocks of fish that otters live on, mainly salmon, trout and eel. The promising results of the survey have been hailed as a sign that years of trying to revive the population is paying off at last. While some areas of the country saw otters return quickly, others were not so lucky. As late as last year none had returned to parts of the South East and it was predicted it might take a decade of dedicated effort before they did. But yesterday conservationists confirmed there are two otters in Kent, who have built their holts, or dens, on the Medway and Eden rivers. Otter numbers have increased tenfold in the past 30 years, according to the research which examined data from 3,327 rivers in England in 2009-10. There have been staggering increases in some areas, such as the Ribble in Lancashire where the otter population has increased by 44 per cent since 2008.
Otters found in EVERY English county as they fight back from brink of extinction ‘The recovery of otters from nearextinction shows how far we’ve come in controlling pollution and improving water quality,’ said the Environment Agency’s national conservation manager, Alastair Driver. ‘Rivers in England are the healthiest for more than 20 years, and otters, salmon and other wildlife are returning to many rivers for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. ‘The fact that otters are now returning to Kent is the final piece in the jigsaw for otter recovery in England and is a symbol of great success for everybody involved in otter conservation.’ He warned against complacency,
however, and said further work was being done with farmers, anglers and water companies. Paul Yoxon, of the International Otter Survival Fund, based on the Isle of Skye, was delighted. ‘This is really good news,’ he said. ‘The way otters have been brought back is remarkable, especially as they only breed every other year. ‘Otters are a unique species as they live on land and in water and because they are at the top of the food chain they are essential to a healthy environment. They are still declining and endangered in many parts of Europe so it is good news that our efforts to improve water quality have been so successful.’
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Bat on a plane sparks panic
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Cow gets head stuck in ladder
A cow had to be rescued from a tight squeeze in Scotland after it got its head stuck in a ladder. Members of the public spotted the Belgian Blue bullock in a field on the Troon to Barassie road in Ayrshire. The startled onlookers immediately called the Scottish SPCA to help the animal. Inspector Kerry Kirkpatrick contacted the farmer who owned the cow and helped return the bewildered beast to the herd unharmed. Inspector Kirkpatrick said: “When the job came through my first thought was, this is a wind up, but I arrived at the field to find the cow looking confused but surprisingly calm despite having his head wedged tightly in between the rungs of the ladder. “The farmer’s family rounded up the whole herd into a holding pen and we managed to gently pull the ladder off the cow’s head.
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n a e b b i r a C e Th l o s o p m a C o t s Come More than 220 people enjoyed the songs of Bob Marley, limbo dancing and Caribbean capers with Barrington at the MABS Caribbean Night fundraiser. “It was so popular that we sold out of tickets on the first day of sale” commented Sue Jacob, MABS Fundraising Co-ordinator. Sue had been rushed into hospital with acute appendicitis just a week before, but the fundraising team made sure that everything was on schedule for the event. Undeterred by her recent major operation, Sue arrived in a wheelchair (decorated a la Caribbean, of course) to oversee the night’s festivities. MABS fundraisers worked hard to give everyone a true flavour of the Caribbean with some great decorations, including two palm trees, made especially for the event. Charlotte, granddaughter of Totana Shop Manager, Ann Vinall, made the tea-light jars in bright, Day-Glo colours, which added to the whole evening’s atmosphere, and she proved to be a valuable member of the event team. To complete the theme, and despite temperatures in the high 30’s, Barrington sported his Bob Marley dreadlocks like a true professional to entertain the crowd, many of whom had
also dressed for the occasion in colourful outfits. Fired up by the atmosphere, guests joined Barrington’s Caribbean dancing sessions and there was an impressive line-up of people willing to take on the challenge of the limbo dancing. Some excellent raffle prizes were donated by local businesses and ticket sales helped towards a final fundraising total of 1375 €. MABS Director, Lyn Baines, also attended the event “It’s been a fabulous night thanks to the Sue and her fundraising team.” she said “Everyone has worked so hard and I am very proud of them”.
When MABS Murcia volunteer, Val Vickery, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer it was a huge shock for her and hubby, Malcolm. As key members of the MABS team, they have raised a great deal of money with the weekly MABS book sale outside The Arches in Los Alcázares. Needless to say, fellow MABS volunteers rallied round and they have received lots of support whilst Val has undergone a major operation and now, during her ongoing chemotherapy treatment. Val continues to help Malcolm on the bookstall each week “It keeps me focused” she says “and the summer is always such a busy time for us.” They work very much as a team and are well known to residents and holidaymakers in Los Alcázares. They both knew that, with an aggressive course of chemotherapy, Val would quickly lose her hair and Malcolm wanted to do something to make sure that she didn’t feel out of place when it happened. He came up with the idea of having his own head shaved to keep her company and then the idea began to snowball. When The Arches owner, Ali, heard about it, she was happy to help Malcolm make it a fundraising event for MABS. Word soon spread and MABS supporter, Suzy G, offered to entertain everyone at the event. The news reached MABS sponsors, Iceland Overseas in San Javier, and Martin Lawrence of Customer Services immediately volunteered to join Malcolm and have his head shaved too. “This is turning into quite an event and I am delighted that Suzy and Martin are joining me” commented Malcolm. The sponsored head shave will take place at The Arches in Los Alcázares on Thursday, 15 September (7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start) and tickets are available at The Arches for just 5€ each, which includes a buffet. If you would like to sponsor Malcolm and Martin, or if you would like tickets, please call Malcolm on 968 135 346 or email info@ mabsmurcia.com MABS Murcia/ Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing d r i v e r s , 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
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This is Roma. Saved from having a slow death by a very caring lady However as she does not have the facilities or space a horse needs she has contacted the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre to give Roma a home and the care and medical attention she needs. Why? You might ask are so many horses being left this way. The main reason is the Horse passport. Now every horse in Spain has to have a micro chip and a passport. There are hundreds here that do not. Roma is one of them so she and all the others are illegal. This means she cannot be legally transported, sold, kept in a livery yard, sold for meat. YES that happens here or to even be humanly disposed of. This is why hundreds of horses like Roma are being left to starve to death hidden away in old buildings or on plots of waste land. Because they have no value. Most people do not realise that to have a horse put to sleep and the body taken away in a sanitation lorry for incineration costs at least 450€. Again this is only possible if the horse is legal. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW TO BURY A HORSE There around 9000 registered horses
MABS Mazarrón is looking forward to its next big event, the Race for Life, on Sunday, 23 October. For entry and sponsorship forms visit the website: www.mabsmurcia.com or call 689 052 123 MABS Mazarrón helps all people in the Mazarrón 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 618 896 381 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com Phone: 968 432 525 or 693 824 511Email: email@example.com
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in our region and about three times as many that are not. YES of cause we are going to help Roma but we need all the help and support we can get for the Rescue Centre to continue it`s work. Roma will make 39 horses and donkeys living here and unfortunately there are many more that need help. The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is a registered charity No.G54405618 dedicated to saving abused and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys and then providing a safe caring environment for them. The charity has no official funding and
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It’s a “Rocking Good Way” to get the Costa Blanca buzzing!
In the words of one of Shakin Stevens great songs “Its a Rocking good way” as Europe’s No 1 tribute Shaken Stevens opened his seven show tour at Asturias on Thursday. The show, a three hour spectacular tribute to Shaky and those that inspired him, was well acclaimed by the audience with several saying at the end that they were sure “he was miming”!! Peter Day, from Jukebox Promotions says “He is really is that good and so people often think he must be miming but, like most top tribute artists, he purposely spoke and joked in the middle of songs to prove that he was completely live. It’s just one amazing voice and so, if you haven’t booked yet, don’t miss going to one of the remaining dates”. The tour, raising money for
Help at Home (Costa Blanca) is due to burst into life this week as it features every day somewhere. Here are the remaining show dates at the time of writing: Tickets are at the named venues NOW! (pay for 10 or more and get 2 FREE - except at The Rendezvous) The Fox on the Fairway, Villa Martin on Tuesday 23rd August The Club, Quesada on Wednesday 24th August Rocajuna, Punta Prima on Thursday 25th August Casa Ventura, San Luis on Friday 26th August The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 28th August (tickets 10 Euros inc FREE buffet) Tickets 7.50 Euros - info line 695135134 or www. jukeboxpromotions.co.uk
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HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA SOCIAL ADHOC THEATRE GROUP - FRIENDS UNLIMITED Charity number: 2985 Meetings will resume after the summer break on Thursday 1st September at ‘The Club’, Calle Toledo adjacent to Quesada Bowls Club, from 2-4pm. If you would like to join us at our meetings or at any of our fund raising events or would like more information about the social group Friends Unlimited please call Pat Perrin the coordinator on 966 719 862. ALL THURSDAYS AT THE CLUB FROM 2PM, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Sep 1st “Humming birds, Ecuador and The Amazon” by Ray Marsh 8th Local information by Graham Knight
15th **Menu del dia 11€ – Mesón El Prado, San Miguel 22nd “Life As It Was In Spain In 1973” a personal look at life in Spain by Arthur Langdon 29th **COACH TRIP LA VALL D’UIXO 20€, INCS. BOAT TOUR THROUGH CAVES AND HISTORIC TOUR ** Limited numbers, payment required in advance in San Miguel office, or at a Thursday meeting HELP VEGA BAJA is a registered charity and helps people with all sorts of problems, particularly at time of crisis and emergencies and when police or medical services are involved.
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The ADHOC Theatre Company have announced dates for the first performances of their latest production “RUN FOR YOUR WIFE” A comedy Farce by Ray Clooney, Directed by Debbie Payton and Produced by Billie Anthony’Gaddess. The venue is at Los Monesinos Theatre in the Music and Culture Centre on November the 17th, 18th & 19th. The Very Popular Theatre Company are also in discussions with 2 other venues, with the possibility of playing in other towns around the area.
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The start of the exciting new challenge on the Costa Blanca is here, Torrevejia Tigers RFC urgently need sponsors, many sponsorship opportunities available at all levels rugby players of any age, referees, trainers and volunteers to assist in the general running of the Torrevejia sports club based at the 2 million euro Nelson Mandela stadium opened last year, which has a capacity for around 3,000 spectators. Anyone interested in what the club has to offer can pop along to an information night being held at the club premises at 1900 hrs on Friday 26 August 2011. Ian Baker, the President of Torrevejia Tigers RFC said “Come along and be made welcome, meet the staff of the Tigers, Ask questions, get to know the management. This year is going to be a good one for all the players. We were asked for matches, we have got them, we were asked to be in a league, we are, 11 away matches and 11 home matches and that’s just the seniors. We have the under 18’s the under 16’s, the under 14’s and the ladies. We have the ‘’Tigers rugby team in Torrevejia Get ready for some superb rugby” Further information is available from Ian Baker on 650 892 044 or Glyn Horsfall on 617 357 259 or just pop along and meet us on Friday 26th August 2011 at 1900 hrs
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The third and final summer meeting of Torrevieja U3A takes place at 10.30 a.m on Thursday 25th at La Rustika (formerly Los Arcos) when a Spanish teacher of English will be the invited speaker and will be accompanied by her Grandmother. The topic will be Spain: Past and Present. U3A Chairman Bob Hill says “Along with our every growing number of members, guests and non-members are also welcome at our summer meetings and this month’s meeting promises to be unique with two speakers from the same family spanning two very different generational experiences” U3A summer meetings take on a more social atmosphere and as with the June and July meetings there will be a homemade cake stall and tombola as well as the ever popular book stall. Doors open at 10.00 a.m and at this time of the year the membership joining fee is reduced to just €6 for the rest of this year. Membership forms can be obtained at the meeting or downloaded from the U3A website www.torreviejau3a.org
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A 15-minute daily workout will ‘put 3 years on your life’
Exercising for as little as 15 minutes a day can add three years to your life, researchers say. Just a short burst of vigorous activity, rather than gruelling hours at the gym, reduced the risk of dying early by 14 per cent and the cancer risk by 10 per cent, according to a study of 400,000 people. Every additional 15 minutes of exercise a day further reduces the risk of early death by 4 per cent and cancer by 1 per cent. The Government recommends adults get at least two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week, or 30 minutes a day. While the benefits of exercise are well documented, little research has been done on the impact of short workouts. The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, followed men and women from Taiwan for an average of eight years between 1996
and 2008. On the basis of their weekly exercise, they were placed in five categories of activity: Inactive, low, medium, high, or very high. The researchers then calculated mortality risks for every group compared with the inactive group. Even the low-volume activity group who exercised for 92 minutes a week – or 15 minutes a day for six days – benefited, regardless of their age, sex, and even their risk of heart disease. The report’s authors concluded: ‘If the minimum amount of exercise we suggest is adhered to, mortality from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer could be reduced. This low volume of physical activity could play a central part in the global war against noncommunicable diseases, reducing medical costs and health disparities.’ Professor Ken Fox, an
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people think they are doing the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week, but Professor Fox said independent studies suggest it may be as little as 10 per cent. England’s Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies, said: ‘Physical activity offers huge benefits. Adults can get their 150 minutes of activity a week in sessions of ten minutes or more. ‘There are many ways to get exercise – activities such as walking at a good pace or digging the garden over can count too.’
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Right Brain ...Intuition
Science is now looking more and more into this phenomena; Leonardo Da Vinci was a prime example of an advanced right brain, pioneer, ahead of his time with the ability to tap into and obtain information from tomorrows world. Releasing the right hand side of your brain enables it to run free to communicate with other dimensions where new information can be channelled, in my case through drawings, feelings and automatic writing. Things that your own thinking mind would not know. From the age of six I always had this natural ability to shut down the left hand side my brain. This is the logical thinking part of every ones brain where you store knowledge you read and learn. As I got older I was able to control this ability and access information at will. Of course at the time I didn’t really know what I was doing was different, it was just normal to me. I thought I was similar to anyone else. At school I was always in trouble for not concentrating, day dreaming they called it. The right hand side of the brain is the creative intuitive side of the brain, writing painting music etc. As soon as I was able to hold a pencil I would draw on anything in sight, walls, toilet paper, it was always the same drawings, little angel faces. One day my mum woke up to an angel on her leg, while she was asleep I had seen a hole in her tights and it just fitted a little angels face perfectly! As time went by this ability to shift my brain quickly from left to right just by slightly tilting my head to one side ended up a daily occurrence. As word of mouth spread this ‘gift’ seemed to enable me to be one step ahead. This ability to change my brain quickly from left to right has proved instrumental in my successes in life. I went on to help find missing people, and also being able to put the missing link into perspective for medical conditions. Plus using my art work to draw pictures for the police. This is what led me to being tested on all my abilities in Japan. In 1994 at the Denki university in Tokyo I was put through a very intense scientific testing. On our arrival in Japan I was sat in front of seven producers. How you do your work they asked. I answered “I shut down the left hand side of my brain put it to sleep and my right brain
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I came to Spain have more enjoyment with my work, to write, my book my poems ,paint my Angel pictures again, carry on with my research, do our own documentary, regular column, radio chats, TV but more light-hearted. I have a good sense of humour its always kept me going through hard times, dealing with people and families where they have been told someone has only a few weeks or days to live is draining. It was obviously part of my development but I feel things are changing now for me, I have to be freed up to do other things.
Wednesday arrived and to say was I nervous was an understatement. Everyone eyes were glued on me and the young woman in the room whilst all the scientific equipment was testing my brain waves etc - I was sitting there with what looked like a hair net on my head full of electrodes which didn’t help my confidence too much either. Once the testing was finished everyone stood up and clapped; my ability confirmed at last. I had correctly diagnosed and healed the young woman without even touching her by using my right brain to diagnose a condition then direct the healing energies from the top of my head to the area that I had diagnosed. The Doctors had all known about the woman’s health condition - I was given no prior information at all. I couldn’t wait to ring up my parents in Devon – and it was my Mum’s birthday! “Happy birthday Mum, guess what? I have just shrunk a tumour!” Well, for once, my mum was speechless. Since being tested in Japan I have used these abilities to help heal and diagnose a lot of people at times working in conjunction with doctors in Harley Street. I have used it to give insight into ‘cold cases’ from Japan, helped investigations for the FBI at their request with the Washington sniper. The UK police with the Soham murders. Finding a local missing woman here in Spain last year on the cliff tops near Bolnuevo. I’ve worked on crime watch type programs on Japanese TV and programmes in England and USA that have since been syndicated all over the world. I have helped people from all walks of life from dustbin men to sheiks. What I want to do now ? Now I want to be more upbeat and happier in my work. Blood healing and reprogramming is my baby, This has progressed to also include facial healing to flatten out wrinkles, with mind body soul uplifting and balancing. Healing will soon be available in anti ageing clinics in Spain, I am really excited about this, I feel that after all those years of experience I have something now to offer those that want to help themselves,
It’s important to have quality time with family friends and have some fun in your life, my nick name from my eldest daughter is Joan of Arc that says it all doesn’t it, working to live not living to work is why we came to Spain. I have helped a lot of sick people over the years, prevention is better than cure all the way round for me and for you. I would like to share with you some of my spiritual experiences and techniques and true stories in more depth with you and shed a light on some of the frustrations and pitfalls you will encounter on your spiritual quest. Its not the things in life we plan that are meant to happen it’s the things we don’t. What is down to us is whether we make the most of that path The way we lead our life and our behaviour patterns determine whether we get the best out of our life or not. I have done a couple of talks and demonstrations over here; people have called me the Psychic Life Coach! I picked up the phone to ring a friend, I got the editor of this paper, I put down the phone rang again the number I wanted, again I got Claire, the Editor for this paper. I always go with the flow and made the most of the moment, so did Claire, and here I am, a coincidence meant to be intervention, or a nudge to me to get me going to reach you. Old age doesn’t mean cramp and restriction, but gives you the strength of your convictions Those of you that have enjoyed this article and want to ask me questions, maybe about your own development, please email me at email@example.com and the Editor will forward me your queries. Remember. I am not a fortune teller so if you want to know if you re going to win the lottery I can’t help you! Bye for now...
Every bit of us, from hair to toes, mind to skin gets stressed from time to time. Feeling overly strung out has a knock on effect and leaves us looking and feeling less than fabulous? Here are a few ideas to help you calm down and regain your usual serene and lovely self! Unclog tense, stressed skin (telltale signs are a sallow look, blocked pores and dryness) with natural oils, herbs and mixes… Add 1 drop each of lemon, grapefruit and bergamot essential oils to a basin of hot water. Immerse your face cloth, then wring out until it stops dripping – still heavy with aromatic water, open it our over your palms and, using a press and release action, compress face and neck.
Add three drops of rose essential oil to a spray bottle filled with mineral water. Use it after cleansing and twice day over makeup. To ease stressed skin around the eyes, soak a flannel in ice cold milk, wring out and lay over eyes for five minutes while you sit propped against pillows. Meditate and deep breathe at the same time for double the benefits.
Repeat several times, breathing deeply to quench body and soul.
Tense, tight and grey skin can be brightened and relaxed with a post-cleansing oil massage.
Treat dull skin to a brightening mask – it helps rebalance it beautifully. Mash five strawberries with a tablespoon of honey and another of cream, but judge tour mix carefully – it mustn’t be too runny.
• Rub a favourite skin oil between your palms, hold your hands over your face and breathe in the aroma before sweeping the oil from your nose to temples a few times.
Slather onto skin and relax for 10-15 minutes before rinsing away with a herbal or floral skin tonic.
• Next, using the palms of your hands, work from your collarbone to your chin using long strokes.
Sensitive skin? Use raspberries instead! Treat yourself to a gel-filled mask- it makes the fastest complexion booster. Warm it in water and pop over moisturiser to nourish your skin, or chill it in the fridge and slip it over a spritz of toner to de-puff and energise. De-stress and hydrate your skin throughout the day with a soothing toner.
• From chin to ears, pinch all along your jaw line using your thumbs and the knuckles of your index finger. • Now using index fingers, massage upwards along your laughter lines and out across your cheeks. • Massage your forehead by stroking upwards in high arcs towards your hairline, really concentrating on those frown lines between your eyes. • Finish by pressing firmly with your middle fingers from the start of your brows along the brow bone, around the eyes over cheekbones to your nose. • Leave the oil on your skin for a while or leave it do wonderful things overnight. Soothe tense, uptight hands. Zap a little aromatherapy hand cream in the microwave for 10 seconds, then smooth it on (check heat first) before covering with clingfilm; unwrap silky-soft hands in just five minutes. A stressed body doesn’t always need relaxing – invigorating works too! Forget scrubs – use a creamy body wash and a rough little glove. Start at your toes and briskly move up using circular movements. Rinse off, pat almost dry, then smooth on a zingy wake-up body lotion. Dead easy and so feel good!
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Verse 1 D Db A teenage dream’s so hard to beat Bm Db Every time she walks down the street D Db Another girl in the neighborhood Bm A Wish she was mine, she looks so good Chorus G G# I wanna hold, wanna hold her tight A D And get teenage kicks all through the night Verse 2 I’m gonna call her on the telephone Have her over ‘cos I’m all alone I need excitement, though I need it bad And it’s the best I’ve ever had Chorus Solo D Db Bm Db (x2) Repeat Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus Solo(x2)
were performing their own threechord pop punk material, and in 1978 they released their debut four-song EP “Teenage Kicks” on Belfast’s Good Vibrations record label. The EP became a hit with support from BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who considered the title song his all-time favourite. Later in their career The Undertones began to change musical direction, with their later songs being of the power pop genre, which was very different from their earlier punk rock offerings. Falling sales and tensions within the band led to their split in 1983. In 1985 brothers John O’Neill and Damian O’Neill formed That Petrol Emotion with Raymond Gorman. The Undertones reformed in 2003 with Paul McLoone taking over for Sharkey and released the critically acclaimed album ‘Get What You Need’.
TEENAGE KICKS... The Undertones are a punk rock/power pop band formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975. The original line-up released four studio albums — ‘The Undertones’ (1979), ‘Hypnotised’ (1980), ‘Positive Touch’ (1981) and ‘The Sin of Pride’ (1983) — before disbanding in 1983.
The Undertones drew inspiration from Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, and the Ramones. They began practising and playing cover versions of punk rock songs at schools and scout huts under the name ‘The Hot Rods’. Some of the band members were unhappy with the name because there was already another music act with that name, so the name The Undertones was chosen by one of the band members who discovered the word in a history book. By 1977 the band
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pause for thought
I suspect most of us here in Spain were sickened to learn of the recent riots and looting in various cities around Britain, with hundreds of mostly teenagers and young children running amok, with apparent impunity, burning and destroying other people’s property and assaulting and robbing innocent passers-by. But sickening though those scenes were; far worse to me were the subsequent wranglings as to who or what was to blame; with Government and Police clearly at odds, and many parents, ‘dogooders’ and others blaming poverty, boredom or ‘disadvantage’ as the root cause of such savagery. What utter nonsense! For such scenes were never witnessed during the recession of the 30’s, nor in the Dickensian era when poverty and disadvantage were far more widespread. No indeed, to my mind, the cause is far more basic, being rooted in the systematic destruction over many years of any understanding of moral obligations, of right and wrong, of respect and of meaningful discipline. So, effective policing is hamstrung for fear of the consequences of a rioter being hurt. There seems more concern for the ‘human rights’ of criminals than for the victims of crime. Parents fear the consequences of disciplining a child, so many permit them to roam the streets unchallenged at all hours. Teachers are unable to effectively console or punish a child for fear of condemnation. And successive Governments have encouraged the breakdown of family life, by offering financial benefits for single parents, such that many selfishly prefer that state to any concept of commitment; an attitude often reflected in their parenting skills. The Bible, with its Ten Commandments and basis of moral values has been abandoned, but no alternative replacement has been found, necessarily leaving the Nation in a Moral Vacuum. The very foundations of our culture have therefore in my mind been removed. So is there any wonder that the structure has collapsed? To quote the article by Melanie Phillips published 11th August in the Daily Mail: “Repairing this terrible damage means, dare I say it, a return to the energetic transmission of Biblical morality. When church leaders stop prattling like softheaded social workers and start preaching, once again, the moral concepts that underlie our civilisation, and when our political leaders decide to oppose the culture war that has been waged against that civilisation rather than supinely acquiescing in its destruction, then — and only then — will we start to get to grips with this terrible problem.” There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Five Cuckoos Fitted With GPS Migration Trackers Arrive In Africa For Their Holidays After Flying 3,000 Miles Five cuckoos who headed south for the winter have reached Africa, scientists who fitted them with GPS devices in tiny backpacks have said. British conservationists decided to track their movements to find out more about the birds’ lifestyles following concerns about their dwindling numbers. After leaving East Anglia in June, the birds - Clement, Kasper, Martin, Chris and Lyster - have reached the continent more than 2,800miles away. Four of the birds are now south of the Sahara - after managing to cross the world’s largest desert - and the remaining bird which left the UK on the night of the 22/23 July is making his way to sub-
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negotiating a lava field around the rim of a volcano. The birds are now spread over 1,860 miles but will be much happier in the Sahel and Sudan savannah zones over the next few months as the rainy season beings. The trackers, fitted by scientists from the British Trust for Ornithology, transmit for 10 hours and then go into ‘sleep’ mode for 48 hours to allow the solar panel to recharge the battery. Scientists hope to use the information about their routes, wintering grounds and habitats to form conservation strategies. Cuckoo numbers have plummeted by two-thirds in the last 25 years, leaving as few as 7,000 breeding pairs migrating here from Africa each spring. And scientists are struggling to explain a catastrophic decline in the number of birds whose annual visits are part of our folklore. With no one quite sure what is behind the fall – which is much more pronounced in England than in Scotland – there are very real concerns about the cuckoo’s future.
Possible reasons include a drop in the hairy caterpillars it feasts on while on British soil. Chris Hewson, research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, said: ‘We know that a lot of the moths that produce these caterpillars have declined massively, particularly in Southern England, where the decline of the cuckoo has also been particularly severe.’ It had been thought that the cuckoo, which famously does not build its own nest, might be a victim of climate change. Scientists feared that birds that the cuckoo relies on to rear its young, such as the dunnock and meadow pipit, were nesting earlier, meaning the cuckoos weren’t making it back from Africa in time to take advantage of their nests. But research shows this isn’t the case. Deforestation and other forms of habitat destruction in Africa may also be in the frame. But, as yet, no one is sure just where in Africa the cuckoos go – or how much they move around when they get there.
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THE NEW CARDS OF PUBLIC URBAN TRANSPORT WILL BECOME OPERATIVE NEXT 1ST OF SEPTEMBER
The price for the new card will be 35 Euros per year, amount that will serve to cover the production management expenses of the same ones, and will allow all the citizens registered in Torrevieja to have a free service of urban transport 365 days a year The mayor has indicated that the Town hall will discount the 35 Euros payment for the CARD to all the citizens registered of the Third Age (pensioners, etc.) that have the same one The TARGETA CIUDADANO will incorporate gradually other municipal services as for example the access to the Municipal Center of Leisure (CMO) or Macrodiscotheque, as well as to the different museums of the city The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón accompanied by the delegate of Transport, Urban Mobility and Communications, Antonio Boix, has presented the new card of public urban transport (TARGETA CIUDADANO), and that will come into force next 1st September, remaining invalidated from this day all the cards that nowadays are in service. Eduardo Dolón has informed that from the 16th of August it will begin the issuing of the new Cards in the new facilities of the municipal department of Transport, situated in Torrevieja’s former Town hall. This new card will have the only price of 35 Euros per year, this amount will serve to cover the expenses of production management of the same ones, and will allow all the citizens registered in Torrevieja to have a free service of urban transport 365 days a year. The mayor has indicated that the requirements necessary to have the new card (TARGETA CIUDADANO) are: 1) To present the deposit slip from the bank of the payment of 35 Euros. 2) ID card or supporting documentation of the holder of the card. It is important to notice that the citizen cards with passport number cannot be issued, except for the ones
with NIE number, unless you bring the town hall registration paper. 3) To be registered in Torrevieja. With the implantation of this new computerized card of transport, Torrevieja’s Town hall will have wide information about the use of the service and, especially, the different lines. This information, in the near future, will allow adapting and optimizing the service to the demand of the users. Likewise, Eduardo Dolón has announced that the CARD CITIZEN will incorporate gradually other municipal services as the access to the Municipal Center of Leisure (CMO) or Macrodiscotheque, as well as to the different museums of the city. Eduardo Dolón has indicated that throughout the time it has been detected a bad use of the transport cards, for what with this new system it is expected to eradicate this bad use with the consequent improvement of the service, and to be able to finish the saturations and problems that can exist at present, since it will allow to have information of the real use of the service. In addition, as soon as the CARD CITIZEN is operative and together with the study of the Plan of Urban Mobility that already is developed, it will provide important information which will be used to base the measures to adopt to improve Torrevieja’s public urban transport. Finally, the mayor of Torrevieja has indicated that the Town hall will discount 35 Euros payment of the CARD to the citizens registered of the Third Age (pensioners, etc.) that have the same one. For it, it might include these 35 Euros in the Municipal annual Helps destined for Pensioners and Retired, previous justification of the effective payment of the card.
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Spanish and Portuguese explorers probably brought agave plants back to Europe from Mexico with them, but the plants became popular in Europe during the nineteenth century when many types were imported by collectors. Contrary to popular belief, the plant is not related to the cacti or the aloe family but in fact Agaves are closely related to the lily & amaryllis families, The term “century plant” is used because of the long time before the plant flowers, normally between 25 – 30 years depending on the richness of the soil & the climate. The flowers are an amazing sight to behold, as when it flowers, the spike with a cyme of big yellow flowers may reach up to 8 m in height. Amazingly almost every part of the agave are edible: the flowers, the leaves, the stalks or basal rosettes In fact each agave plant will produce several pounds of edible flowers during the summer. Roasted, they are sweet, like molasses. More importantly to people who like their drink, the flower shoot is cut out and the sap collected and subsequently
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fermented. By distillation, a spirit called mezcal is prepared; one of the most well-known forms of mezcal is tequila. However if the if the flower stem is cut without flowering, a sweet liquid called agua miel (“honey water”) gathers in the heart of the plant. This may be fermented to produce the drink called pulque. The plants have additional uses. When dried and cut in slices, the flowering stem forms natural razor strops, and the expressed juice of the leaves will lather in water like soap. The natives of Mexico have used agave to make pens, nails and needles, as well as string to sew and make weavings. When dried out, the stalks can be used to make didgeridoos, a wind instrument. Many times in the Campo I have seen the large stalks cut down and when I approach the elderly spaniard he said he was using them for his pigeon roosts. I have also seen them used in roof structures of the ruins here in La Pedrera. Unfortunately however, a nasty black beetle Scyphophorus acupunctatus have almost decimated the Argave in the Pedrera Reserve. Also known as the “Agave snout weevil,” they devastated 40% of the blue agave in Mexico.and caused the price of tequila to rise as a result. The large, fat white grubs have their uses however, and have become a delicacy and can be bought at markets in Mexico roasted and are apprarently tasty and nutrious, but I would give them a wide berth. A word of warning however, as many of you have these varieties as ornamental plants in your garden and it looks attractive when the leaves are cut back to resemble a pineapple but avoid making any contact with the sap, as the juice from many species of agave can cause acute contact dermatitis. It will produce reddening and blistering lasting one to two weeks. Episodes of itching may recur up to a year thereafter, even though there is no longer a visible rash.
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If you fancy a great day out then this trip is definetly for you .For this route you need to take your bikes in the car to San Pedro or closer to Santiago if you wish. We parked on the outskirts of San Pedro at the Thaiasia hotel and cycled along the cycle track all the way to Santiago de Ribera (Approx 6kms) nice and flat. We located the ferry terminal which is right next to the canoe club and waited for the ferry. We boarded the ferry which was the first one of the day and was very busy, the cost was €4 each and a €1 to take our bikes. It was a very picturesque crossing with great views of the mainland and the strip. Their was masses of jelly fish all the way across weve never seen so many. After a 45minute crossing we disembarked to find that one of our group had a puncture ( their was 10 of us 5 couples) so I had to quickly change the tube before getting on our way .We were now at Thomas Maestre Port the largest marina on La Manga . We started cycling about 12.30 leaving the Port and heading for the one and only road which had a cycle track on various places, we cycled for about 15kms and stopped at a really nice sandy beach for a drink, swim and cool down as it was in the high 30s. We continued on our trip just following the road , you can’t really go wrong. At the end of the strip we kept to the right ( Cabo De Palos on the left ) and headed for Los Nietos passing the salt flats and staying as close to the shore as we could. We followed rough tracks most of the way to los Nietos where we all stopped for another swim before having Sunday lunch. After lunch we picked up the road (F34) which was dead flat and more or less straight all the way. We passed through Los Urrutias, Punta Brava, Los Alcazares, Los Narejos, San Javier and finally arriving back at Santiago De la Ribera where we found a nice Tapas bar on the sea front and ordered 10 Tinto de Veranas and coffees, we also had our final dip in the sea before cycling the last 6kms back to the cars. We had an excellent ride, one of the best trips we have done although
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Remember Gary and Lynn are available at “CYCLOGICAL” in Quesada, Monday to Friday from 9.30am till 5.30pm and from 10.00am till 2.00pm on a Saturday to assist and advise you on all your cycling requirements including route maps. Ladies Cycling Group every Wednesday from 2pm- 6pm with Lynn cycling approx 20km -30km. Maximum of 10 Persons . Gents Cycling Group every Wednesday morning from 10am-2pm with Rob cycling approx 30km – 40km. Maximum 10 persons. Both groups start and finish at Cyclogical so if you fancy coming along for a leisurely cycle, learn new routes and make new friends just give us a call to book your place!
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For me a visit to the Monastry at Saliente is always worthwhile, even if only for the view, but this time I was combining a visit with a view of more than simply the surrounding spectacular countryside – I was going to see an exhibition of photographs of the Spanish countryside as seen through the lens of Jill Brookes, on display in the Restaurante, or Hospederia, as it is called if ecclesiastical connections can be made. As we wended our way from car park to Hospederia we passed the open door of the church; we went inside, admired and dipped a reverential knee to La Pequeñica, the little Madonna high on her shrine and the focal point of the church. As we emerged again into the sunlight we fell into easy conversation with Peter, English, but now a well integrated local. The three of us sauntered into the bar, deserted apart from a green-eyed young man who was busy cleaning the already spotless bar top. A pleasant hour passed, punctuated by coffees and tasty tostadas, served promptly and pleasantly, followed by an appreciation of the vibrant yet peaceful images caught and preserved in photo form by Mrs Brookes. So far so good, until Pete spotted a cabinet containing dozens of cards bearing some legend in Spanish. Attached to each one was a keyring holding several tiny keys and a horseshoe. He had to know what it was about, so Peter and I set to trying to read the cards. This was not easy to do through the thick glass, with the cards all jumbled up on top of each other, and us without our glasses, but we persevered. We did very well, considering, except for one word – Herradura. We were not to be beaten, and called for assistance. The green-eyed lad approached cautiously. We explained that we didn’t understand the word Herradura, and he fetched a key out of his pocket – no, we understood Key, we were stuck on Herradura – what was a Herradura? He fixed me earnestly with his green gaze, and said with
great clarity ‘Caballo.’ Right, I got that – Horse. He then picked up his foot, and mimed hammering something on to his sole. Of course! Herradura – Horseshoe! It is a keyring with a horseshoe on it! Why couldn’t I have worked that out for myself! Have I been taking ‘Stupid pills’? Worse was to come; the lad unlocked the cabinet, took out a card and turned it over, exposing the English translation on the back. The moral of the story? If you can’t read the front, then Please Turn Over! Of course I had to buy one, even if only to restore my credibility.
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Some time before we left England for sunnier and more bureaucratic climes, an acquaintance from a neighbouring village telephoned us to say that he had picked something up in a back street antique emporium that he thought would be of interest to us. As politely as possible and using my customary best diplomatic turn of phrase, I told him to get stuffed, and that we were not in the market for antiques. “Really . . . I’ve seen your car” he replied, and besides you’ll like this – at least I think you will but I need you to authenticate the item”. He said no more, but intrigued by this I jumped into my Regency style automobile (it was red with a gold stripe down the side) and drove the short distance to his rambling old farmhouse. “It’s nothing valuable”, he informed me as his rambling old farmhouse wife poured me coffee, “but I saw this in a junk shop near Stamford, and I need you to confirm it’s what I think it is”. So saying, he produced a small picture of a cottage, simply but skilfully drawn on card and marked in red ink - Wickhambrook 27/6/53. My village. It was a pencil drawing of a thatched cottage with a large tree in the foreground - was about the size of two postcards and unmistakably
the house where we had lived since 1976. Although there was no tree as depicted and never had been during our residency, we knew from the stories coaxed out of the local rustics with the aid of many pints of Greene King IPA, that there had once been a huge Walnut Tree in the front garden. Apparently this had become so large and oppressive that it had been cut down and sold to a carpenter and joiner from Lakenheath. According to one hirsute local - after much chin scratching and gesturing suggestively with his empty pint pot – I subsequently discovered that this had happened sometime in the late fifties which tallied with the date on the drawing. I immediately confirmed to my acquaintance that it was indeed our house, ‘Cuttbush’, and yes I most certainly would like to purchase it. “Oh I don’t want to sell it” he informed me, then after pausing for effect and noting the disappointed look on my face, added, “You can have it. It’s not worth much, but I thought that if it was your cottage as I suspected, it would be something that you would like to have”. My hitherto acquaintance was immediately mentally elevated up the promotional ladder to special life long friend and I thanked him sincerely for this unique gift. I envisaged – not begrudgingly - yet more Greene King bitter being purchased in the weeks to come. How such a thing had survived for over forty years and had found its way into a junk shop a hundred miles away was anybody’s guess,
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and is a mystery that can never be solved - particularly as the drawing does not bear a signature. But it’s now an important piece of our family history, and hangs on the wall in the bedroom here in Spain. I often study the little drawing, and as evocative as the sketch of the little house is, it’s the red ink script at the bottom of the picture that captures my imagination. That English summers day – the 27th of June 1953 - was a Saturday, I checked. An unknown artist decided to plonk himself down across the narrow lane from a cottage known then as ‘Grimwoods’ and sketch away. Perhaps it was a one-off impulse thing by a passing amateur enthusiast, or perhaps it was a villager who simply liked to sketch local scenes in his (or her) spare time. It may even have been one of the Grimwood clan who were the owners at that time. We will never know. But as the artist picked up his pencil, a very young skinny boy with about as much meat on him as a vegetarians tooth pick and wearing baggy short trousers, was probably playing in the back garden on a council estate in Berkshire. Totally ignorant of even a place called Suffolk, he would have been oblivious to the artist and the artist of him, and yet many years later that boy and his
wife would be the happy owners of ‘Cuttbush’ - formerly ‘Grimwoods’ and would spend a large portion of their lives there. Who was it said that time is an illusion? No I don’t know either, but as I look at the picture and imagine the pencil strokes being applied, I also think of that grubby little boy and the invisible silver cord that even then linked him and an unknown East Anglian artist.
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I do not particularly like the heat; but that is me! I am aware that others love the heat; some even can not get enough of it. I am also alert to the fact that there are some who love heat to the extent that they set the bone-dry, dehydrated vegetation on fire. One or more of these despicable individuals have been at it in Portman near La Manga Club. Firefighters and army personnel have at time of writing been fighting a fire of mass-proportion for 20 hours. 2,000 people have been evacuated – that is, the mayor of La Unión says it is closer to 2,500 people, but of course he is a local politician and needs the votes of each of all the ones he has ‘rescued’ for the next elections. Whatever! Pictures of the fire shows scenes that would make the person responsible for special effects in a billion dollar Hollywood block-buster green with envy. Sometimes reality surpasses fantasy, and we are not to forget that truth is relative, meaning one person’s truth may not be the same as another’s, but either person believe their own respective truth with the same amount of conviction. A Rumanian man has been apprehended and charged for beating his girlfriend, and driving her into the Rio Segura in the boot of his BMW. ‘I didn’t mean to kill her’, he said when he was arrested, ‘I only wanted to take her to her father’. Hm! Unusual way of taking your girlfriend to a family reunion, even if she did not want to go. Ah, well! He did claim that she travelled in the front seat of his BMW – much more appropriate! She and witnesses on the other hand declared in court that she was in the boot. The relativity of truth! However, truth does appear not only to depend on the perspective of the individual, but can change at any given moment. Before he was arrested and thought the girl dead, the man phoned both the girl’s father and 112, saying that he had killed his girlfriend. Grupo Masa, formerly ‘in charge’ of Camposol, also in charge of Plaza España in Cartagena???? Apparently Plaza España has been without streetlight for more than a year. Sounds familiar? ‘Everybody’s looking for something. Some of them want to use you. Some of them want to get used by you. Some of them want to abuse you. Some of them want to be abused.’ Eternally wise words by Eurythmics. I read on the Internet that an EU pilot scheme is/has been tested in the Netherlands and Spain, which will allow buyers of property to apply their home country’s law for purchases abroad. Sounds too good to be true? It is because it is! Anyway partly, but when even MEPs can get it wrong, no wonder that we, the citizens, also get it wrong. Allow me to quote from Maastricht European Private Law Blog: ‘The project, which for now consists of a pilot study between The Netherlands and Spain concerns the sale and transfer of ownership of land between two Dutch parties (my underlining), that conclude a Dutch contract of sale and a Dutch notarial deed of conveyance that is sent to Spain for registration and transfer.” Further on: ‘First of all, the project moves beyond a mutual recognition approach and aims to create a deed of transfer that is both valid according to Dutch and Spanish law’. And: ‘Secondly, the CROBECO project does not aim to change any applicable national law and therefore acts in accordance with the lex rei sitae principle’. (http://mepli.blogspot. co m/2010/11/cro b e co - cro ss-b ord erelectronic.html) So, no! It does not remove Spanish law in favour of British law, when you buy property here. ‘Sweet dreams are made of this. Who am I to disagree?’ 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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Britain’s Supermoto Ace heads for Pontevedre This weekend will see the best supermoto racers in Spain making the long journey to Pontevedre for the 4th round of the Spanish Supermoto championships. Among the racers is Britain’s Anthony Ford – Dunn who will be setting out from his home in Bullas, Murcia to make the 9 hour journey to the circuit that is situated above Portugal on the North West coast of Spain. Anthony is starting to get his season back on track after a crash had previously forced him out of the Oliva round with no points. Last time out at Villena, Alicante, Anthony came away with second position after two fine rides saw him secure his current position of 4th in the championship standings. Anthony is pushing hard for wins this year and the Pontevedre track is where he secured his first ever win in the championship last year, so it ranks as one of his favourite circuits. The www.supermotoland.com team that Anthony rides for has been testing new suspension and chassis parts at a test track near benidorm with continued success. Anthony is delighted with the set up of the bike and will be running Michelin race tyres this weekend for the first time. Michelin have agreed to support Anthony by supplying him with the latest specification Michelin tyres so that he can continue to fight for the top step of the podium.
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Is it a Time or Generation Thing? Bright blue skies, birds tweeting away, as one eye opens and then another consciousness starts taking a grip, and my body starts to stretch. What a great start to the day, a quick peek at the clock 7am, then alarm bells start ringing, jump out of bed and into the next bedroom, there sleeping peacefully are my daughter and grand daughter, not a care in the world. I tip toe to the kitchen and very quietly make a cuppa, sitting in the lounge my mind drifts back 20 years to when my daughter was born, how different things were then. Strange how you forget lots of things until something comes along to prod your memory. If I knew then what I know now, would life have been very different? would I have done all the things I have done? For sure it would have been different, but that is not to say better. Life tends to throw us a few curved balls, some real emotional and physical pain, but also some exquisite times like the peace of this morning, the great feeling of well being, peace and harmony. There have been times when life seems to get the upper hand, you get stabbed in the back, people tramp on your dreams, but if it seems that way at the time, they were actually doing me a favor, because without each and every single moment I would not have been in this place, at this time, feeling the way I am feeling right now. They say (whoever they are) things go in a cycle, the seasons,
life, relationships, whatever you plant, and nurture you will reap. Some things quicker than other, some mountains seem to go on for ever, but reaching the summit the views and feeling of achievement is totally worthwhile. Sitting here on this sofa, with the sun coming in on my face and a cuppa in my hand, is my top of Everest, it seems you can think clearer and feel more just surrounded by peace. Thinking of all the people who have gone before, who would be so proud of moments like this too., but whose contribution to it was so very important. Just bringing me out of my revelry the gurgling sounds of a new generation, happy, vibrant and with so much potential as yet unleashed, she has brought a new element into everyday living. A simplicity that often gets lost in adulthood. Although it is sad that past generations can´t always see the progression into the new; the new can carry the teachings and the thoughts of them a legacy of belonging and history rich in achievement and success. I can remember my mum sitting in the quiet of the early morning our lounge in Zaragoza with a cuppa and the sun coming in, sitting in peace and content with the world, I never quite understood why she liked to be up and sit there alone, now this morning I finally get it, I wonder in twenty years (or so) time if my daughter will be doing just the same?
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How poor quality pine nuts for that summer salad can leave you with a bad taste in your mouth
Celebrity chefs love them and they are a must in a fashionable salad recipes. But pine nuts are leaving many diners to cope with something called ‘pine mouth’. Increasing numbers have reported that after eating the tiny nuts, often as a snack or in a pesto sauce, they have developed an unpleasant, metallic taste in their mouth that lasts for up to two weeks. It is caused by eating poor quality pine nuts and the Food Standards Agency has asked its officers around the country to look into the problem. Graeme MacPherson, a standards officer in West Sussex said: ‘The condition is the name for the bitter aftertaste that you get after eating poor-quality pine nuts. ‘It’s a harmless but unpleasant condition that usually disappears after a few days. However, there have been reports of it lasting as long as two weeks. ‘We urge consumers to report any new cases – where you bought the nuts, batch details if you have them and how long the symptoms lasted. ‘This will enable us to accurately assess the extent of the problem. This information will then be passed on to to the Food Standards Agency.’ The first reports of pine mouth came in 2008 in the U.S. with attention focusing on imported Chinese pine nuts. Some victims say that even though their sense of taste recovers after eight to 14 days, the only thing they could drink during that time was water. One said drinking wine was ‘like swallowing liquid metal’. Tests on the pine nuts were unable to identify any chemical differences between those that cause pine mouth and those that don’t. No pesticide or heavy metal contamination
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Cliff & Elvis show will stun the Costas!!
Cliff and Elvis fans are in for a huge treat when the top International Cliff tribute (endorsed by Cliff Richard himself) pays a visit to do five great shows with our very own Elvis 2000 for a unique tour between 19th and 23rd Sept. Showing at some great venues on the Costa Blanca, this tour will really get you buzzing! Call 695135134 or see www. jukeboxpromotions.co.uk for details. Tickets are just 7.50Euros.
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Style Ladies Fashions have agreed to hold a fabulous fashion show for Help at Home (Costa Blanca) at Cheers Bar in Eagles Nest on Friday 2nd September. The show, organised by owner Di, will start at 1-00pm and it should be a fantastic event for all you girls to go to!! So, why not go along, look at the fashions, have some fun and see what Style Fashions have to offer? You will also be helping “Help at Home” Costa Blanca too. Sounds like a great deal!! ********************************************************** A fund raising Cabaret dance will take place each Saturday at the fabulous venue “AREA” in the Filton Centre, Los Balcones. These fantastic, regular weekly dances will be held on Saturdays to raise money for Help at Home (Costa Blanca). Jukebox Legends are the hosts and resident performers and they will take the audience through an array of late 50s, 60s and 70s music. Fiona McLean, from Jukebox Legends says “we aim to make it so that people can quick step, rock & roll, smooch, bop or whatever at these dances and will vary the music to make sure the choice of dancing will be varied. It would seem that this is the first time such a dance event has been held locally and so we are excited about doing it and the response we are getting to the idea. The chosen venue, entertainment and cost are all just great so get in the “Saturday night going to a dance” habit again - just like we used to do! Entry / tickets is only 5 Euros and it will be a great night This Saturdays cabaret will be the fabulous Patti Ross who will be doing Big Band and Ballroom as a cabaret feature. Tickets are available now at “AREA” or call 608908720 / 695135134 or for more info go to www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk
Shakin Stevens tribute (Rocks the joint)
Tickets now on sale for the remaining shows at the venues listed below - Don’t delay!! (pay for 10 or more and get 2 FREE - except at The Rendezvous) The Club, Quesada on Wednesday 24th August Rocajuna, Punta Prima on Thursday 25th August Casa Ventura, San Luis on Friday 26th August The Rendezvous, Campoamor on Sunday 28th August (tickets 10 Euros inc FREE buffet) Tickets 7.50 Euros - info line 695135134 or www.jukeboxpromotions. co.uk **********************************************************
Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave) - Fantastic OIGINAL artist!
will be appearing in September for Help at Home (Costa Blanca). Four shows from 25th to 28th September. Tickets just 12 Euros for this three hour show and there is a full support programme. More info at www.jukeboxpromotions.co.uk or calling 695135134. See the great competition for FREE tickets at our patrons www. vivatv.es Tickets (12 Euros) are available at the venues - Don’t delay booking as seating limited!! ****************************************************
Emerald Isle - Tuesday / Wednesday night shows!!!
Every Tuesday and Wednesday Nights HAH Costa Blanca have a fund raising competition at the Showaddywaddy Legends and Abba Elite shows at the Emerald Isle. We want to thank Paul and his staff for his help and for all those that contribute to our fund raising. What a great venue and fabulous shows so get along to the Emerald Isle and have a great night. ******************************************************************************************* Do you have a fundraising event for Help at Home (Costa Blanca) to promote? It could be a fashions show, dance, event, boot sale, quiz, raffle, open the box, whist drive, fun run or walk - ANYTHING!! If you do, please send us the details by email and we will include the information (subject to space allocation) in this weekly column. email: email@example.com Peter & Fiona - Jukebox Promotions & press office for HAH (Costa Blanca) fundraising
Rusty – a lovely, golden, medium sized dog. He is well behaved on or off the lead. He thrives on one to one attention and would have lots to offer in a loving home. To arrange to meet Rusty or any other APAH dog, please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.
send your events & news to: firstname.lastname@example.org THE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, QUESADA .........
Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Unfortunately, we are now closed for the summer until Sunday, 4th September with Gail Ross from the U.K., on 4th and 6th September Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.spiritualistchurchquesada.com
MODERN JIVE.................... (CEROC STYLE) with PASO A PASO CLASSESPRIVATE TUITION-SOCIAL EVENTS MOBILE DANCE DISCOS in and around the Torrevieja. If you would like us to take classes or events in your venue call Maxine on 670 711 408 with details. We are currently at The Castilla Bar, Lemon Tree Road, cv895, Campo de Guardamar Thurs / Sun 7.30pm. www.modern-jive-spain.com
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Ceroc style ................... The Easy Dance That Anyone Can Master The Slow Jive With Latin Style. No Partner - No Problem - You Will Be Dancing To All Sorts Of Music By The End Of Your First Session New Classes And Socials In TorreviejaGuardamar-Callosa-Catral-QuesadaRojales-Punta Prima And Other Areas To Be Announced COMING VERY SOON AT LE RUSTICA BALLROOM, TORREVIEJA
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Denelle Dance Club Summer Programme ..... Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00pm and Social 9:00 - 10:00 Every Tuesday at
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
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635 584 431 orlynatdenelledance@hotmail.
summer. Argentine Tango Tuition 7:15 8:00 and Social Dancing 8:00 - 10:00 Every Thursday at The Big Wok (Old Asturias) running to September 8 inclusive Singles Welcome. For further info contact Lyn on com or visit our brand new website www.
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
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BALLROOM / LATIN SEQUENCE DANCING ....... with LA BAMBA’s. At - La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Saturday: SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm – 10pm. Monday: NEW BEGINNERS CLASS 10.30
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 620 105 179 for more details
Tuesday: IMPROVERS LESSON 7.30pm–
Sunday Service at 11am, and Thursday at
Are you aware that Freemasonry is thriving on the Costa Blanca? There are various lodges meeting up and down the coast. If you already are a Mason or simply wish to know more about Freemasonry in Spain please contact Harry Palmer Membership Committee Tel: 966 712 326 or Email: email@example.com
space for a little one? All our dogs and cats have their stories, with all of us helping them, they can move on to have happy and well balanced lives. Can you help by giving them a home?.
8.30pm plus SOCIAL DANCE 8.30pm – 10.30pm Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Thurs NEW BEGINNERS CLASS 7.30pm– 9.30pm Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157.
Pilar Christian Community Church Calle Canalejas 3. Pilar de la Horadada. 5pm for Bible study and Prayer. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information contact PilarChristian.CommunityChurch@gmail.com or contact Reverend Eddie on 966769300 or 650 509 606. Reg No:2009-SG/A
Suzie (f) Trio coloured born 06/08 Suzie was originally homed by APAH over a year ago but her eldely owners returned to UK without her. Suzie is having a hard time being back in the cattery and is very uhappy; We would love to rehome Suzie as a matter of priority. We also have an assortment of kittens needing homes. To arrange to come and meet our lovely cats, please contact Yvonne on 630 422 563.
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AROUND THE COSTA BLANCA Fashion Show Friday 9th September at La Herradura restaurant
from 11am. In aid of both Easy Horse Care Centre and Paul Cunningham Nurses. 11am and is all being done by Looking Good Boutique Tickets €10, includes cava reception and canapés & the €10 cost is redeemable in the boutique on your next purchase, so really the show is free!! Rod and Sue are gonna try and get a trailer to take along Taffeta who will be the ‘guest model’ for the show. She will be modelling the Autumn/Winter range. There will be a great raffle with lovely prizes and special discounted prices for this 1 day only, some great Christmas ideas from gifts to party wear!
CASTILLA AMIGOS ......................
A friendship group for single people. We are now meeting at “RUBY’S BAR” El Raso (on the Lemon Tree Road) every Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm. Now in our second year of meetings new friends are always welcome. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057
John Maplesden passed away suddenly at home in Spain, aged 71 years. The dearly loved partner of Carol and Father to Karen and Paul, Grandfather to Samantha, Roanna, Harry and Jack, brother to Ann and Father- in- Law to Susan. Words can never convey how much you were loved and we will miss you every single day, We will never forget you. Private cremation to be held in Spain with a memorial service in Brighton to be confirmed.
Costa Art . . . . . .
ROJALES Studio 17 Life Drawing group RESTARTS SEPT 16th, Each Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm - 4:00pm Cost = model fee divided by number of artists + 2€ Martin Robinson - firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 965 977 045, www.martin-enterprises.eu/STUDIO17 LOS MONTESINOS exhibition at La Herradura Restaurant by Suzanne Stokes. Daily till end of August. If you haven’t been there it is an excellent venue for dinner and a flamenco show. Suzanne Stokes mail@ sue-stokes.co.uk QUESADA Wednesday art classes with Suzanne Stokes. Lo Marabu next to the La Laguna Hotel on the Lemon Tree Road. From 10.30-12.45pm cost 8 euros. Monday art classes with Suzanne Stokes. At PALS Club on from 10.30aam to 1.00pm (10 euros) resuming on 19th September Thursday art classes with Suzanne Stokes. At El Corazon hotel 10.30-12.45am (7 euros). Contact Suzanne Stokes: email@example.com PEGO Art Studio - ‘Bob Ross’ style oil landscape class.Saturday, September 24th, 2011 10:00am-5:30pm Contact Anne Kerr - annekerr44@ hotmail.co.uk, phone 965 977 045, www.artstudiopaintingclasses.co.uk PARCENT (nr Jalon) Fair & Arts festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th, 2011 WE HAVE ARTISTS PAINTING,FROM LOCAL U3A. THERE IS ALSO AN ART EXHIBITION. THERE IS A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION. DEMONSTRATIONS FROM LACE MAKERS AND PATCHWORK SHOP. WE HAVE MANY STALLS OF VARIED TASTE, DANCING SHOWS AND 2 LIVE BANDS. Other notified events:ROJALES - Cuevas del Rodeo - Friday night live music at the bar from 10pm ROJALES - Cuevas del Rodeo - Photography Exhibition at the Sala Mengolero. El fotógrafo Goio Villanueva mostrará sus trabajos sobre músicos de jazz. Photographer In the Sala Mengolero at (Rojales artists caves). The photographer Goio Villanueva will show its works on jazz musicians. VALENCIA and ALICANTE photographic exhibition Atesorar España (Treasuring Spain) At
Special Big Band Dance Nights .......
Thursday 15th September and Thursday 20th October are the dates for this seasons Special Big Band Dance Nights. Evenings of music and dance - entertainment not to be missed at the Hotel Costa Narejos, Los Alcazares - 9.00 pm to 11.30 pm with ‘Swingtet-Plus’ 10 piece band with a very Big Band sound - this season we are very happy to welcome the very popular Patti Ross as our new featured vocalist. The line-up of this very talented group of musicians is ;Trumpets - John Butson, Inge Sunde, John Atkins. Trombone - Andy Briant. Saxes - Gil monks (band-leader) alto, Mike Hutchins - tenor, Gloria Grimshaw - baritone. Piano - Enrique Simon. Bass - Geoff Hull. Drums - Arthur Buck. There will be raffles - with the proceeds presented to Help Murcia Mar Menor Cancer Support Group. Admission by ticket only, 6 euros. Available from this week at the Hotel reception. Tel; 968 - 583 - 980.
Successful Slimming La Marina ...................................
Tuesday 6th September 10am, at Bar Las Naciones, next to The Spice Hut. With only 18 weeks to Christmas you probably didnt want to know that, perhaps there are some ladies out there who are already thinking about that little black dress for all the parties! My meetings in La Marina on a Thursday remains the same. Successful Slimming is a very healthy eating plan with very good results. Only 5€ weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. More info call Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553
Ballroom/Latin/Sequence dancing with La Bamba’s....
At La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja. Saturday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm Starting 5th September - Monday - New Beginners Class - 10am - 11.30am Monday - Intermediate Class - 11.30am - 1pm Tuesday - Popular Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month]. At Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting 8th September - Thursday - Beginners class 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Got more information contact Andrea 616 478 157. Bancaja Cultural Centre in Valencia, & Bancaja Cultural Centre in Alicante daily until 13th November featuring 345 snapshots that capture Spain at the time of the great artist Joaquín Sorolla. The exhibition depicts photographic visions of Spain at the time of the Valencian artist, through images captured in the second half of the 19th Century and the first three decades of the 20th Century by some twenty photographers. PILAR DE LA HORADADA Exposición de las obras del Certamen Nacional de Pintura de Pilar de la Horadada 2011. Este certamen de pintura conmemora el XXV aniversario de la segregación de Pilar de la Horadada de Orihuela 01-08-2011 to 27-08-2011 Horario: De lunes a sábado de 8:30 a 21:30 h. Lugar: Sala de exposiciones de la Casa de Cultura, en C/ Carretillas, 19. More info: casa-cultura@ pilardelahoradada.org Information compiled by: TOURIST INFO PILAR DE LA HORADADA Tel: 966 767 068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PILAR DE LA HORADADA -Exposición de las obras del Certamen Nacional de Pintura de Pilar de la Horadada 2011. 01-08-2011 to 27-08-2011 Mon to Sat 8.30am to 9.30pm. Sala de exposiciones de la Casa de Cultura, en C/ Carretillas, 19. Information compiled by: TOURIST INFO PILAR DE LA HORADADA Calle Carretillas,19 03190 Tel: 966 767 068 Fax : 966 767 340 Email: email@example.com VALENCIA - MACA hosts the exhibition ““Detrás del Muro hay Sol” “Detrás del Muro hay Sol” brings a contemporary sample of funds from the Museum of Fine Arts in Valencia, which reflect different artistic trends of the most important Valencian artists in recent times. Extraordinary works from Sixto Marco, Manolo Gil, Rafael Armengol, Equipo Crónica, Equipo Realidad, Juan Genovés or Antoni Tàpies, among others. MACA hosts the exhibition. Eusebio Sempere receives particular relevance: one of the best examples of painting concerned with abstraction and structuralism. Therefore, the exhibition shows one of his finest works, “Retrato de mi madre” (Portrait of My Mother) (1947). Visiting hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday until 2 pm. BENIJOFAR Bar Cartorce are staging an Arts andCrafts Day on 30th September, 10am to 4pm (Friday)
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weekly listings Wednesday CASTILLA AMIGOS A friendship group for single people. Please come and join us at the CASTILLA BAR, on the Lemon Tree Road, Near Guardamar. Every Wednesday from 3.00 pm - Enquires to ANN 965 070 247 / 666 747 398 or BERNIE 966 702 157
Thursday BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Tel Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 7.30pm - 9.30pm Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 MODERN JIVE WITH ceroc Castlla Lemon Tree Road, CV895 Campo De Guradamar. 7.30pm Adams workshop especially for beg/ imp. 9pm FREE social dancing with JIVE JUNCTION DISCO. AVON SALES TABLE AND MUCH MORE including handmade babywear, household goods, books. Every 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259
Coro Pilar based in El Pinar de Campoverde, near Pilar de la Horadada rehearse on Fridays at 7pm Tel 966 763 446 MABS Ticket Sales 11am to 1 pm, tel 639 665 370 Outside the Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 1st and 4th Friday of the month
saturday BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Saturday Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm
Sunday International Christian Assembly Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical non-denominational Sunday services 11:00am Sevillanas Club. All about Flamenco and Sevillana meet the last Sunday of every month at Asturias Restaurant - 965 328 044
Monday BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 10.30am - 12.30pm
BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Improvers Lesson 7.30pm - 8.30pm plus Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Successful Slimming Quesada 10am at The Sportsman, near Canales Supermarket ART GROUP Cultural Centre, Calle Pino Quesada at 10am Call 966 716 018/966 719 776 Denelle Dance Club Argentine Tango Tuition 8:00 - 9:00, Social Dancing 9:00 - 10:15 every Tuesday at the Club, Quesada. Contact Lyn on 63558441
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CANDLES ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIENDS Each flickering candle flame contains ‘millions of tiny diamonds that are created and disappear in the blink of an eye’ As if a candlelit dinner wasn’t romantic enough, scientists have shown that a flickering flame is studded with millions of tiny diamonds. R o u g h l y 1.5million of the twinkling gems are created every second. Sadly, for those whose eyes are lighting up the thought of making a fortune, the jewels are so small that up to 300,000 would fit on the head of a pin. And they disappear in the blink of an eye. But if scientists come up with a way of harnessing the technology, people could use little more than a candle and a match to ‘grow’ diamonds from scratch. As well as costing a fraction of the price of ‘real’ diamonds, they would be an ethically sound alternative to the blood diamonds mined in African war zones. An alternative source of diamonds would also be a boon to industry, which uses the fantastically hard stones in everything from saw blades to prosthetic hips. The idea comes from a St Andrews University scientist challenged to find out just what is inside a flame. Wuzong Zhou, a professor of chemistry, said: ‘A colleague from another university said to me: “Of course, no one knows what a candle flame is actually made of.” ‘I told him I believed science could explain everything eventually, so I decided to find out.’ The professor invented a filter that allowed him to successfully extract particles from the centre of the flame, where temperatures top 1,400C, and then examined them.’ To his surprise, he discovered that the carbon in the candle wax had formed all four types of
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CD Montesinos get off to a CLAPTON’S GOLF SOCIETY.......... UNiKE G.S. (Members of Las VILLA MARTIN 19TH AUGUST 2011 winning start........................... Colinas G & CC).......................... CD MONTESINOS 1 – 0 CD COX Montesinos Team: Cubano, Dimitri, Fernando, Becker, Sanchez, Baiano, Andres (1), Robert, Ruben, Andres (2), Chulo. Subs: Carlos, Javi, Gallas, Yony, Manuel and Carmelo Goal: 1 – 0 Chulo in the 65th minute In their first pre season friendly, Club Deportivo Montesinos took on CD Cox from the 1st Regional division, one division above Montesinos. Cox were champions of the 2nd Regional last season, and were by far the best team in the league, but they came up against a CD Montesinos side which, despite being without 6 first team regulars, surprised their higher division rivals with their commitment, hard work and a decent amount of skill and flair. Although the first half ended goalless, it was the local side that had the better chances, and they could have gone into the half time break in front. The 100 or so in the crowd at the Municipal Los Miras, in Montesinos, was an increase in numbers which included members from their new International (CB) Football Supporters’ Club, known as “The Full Monte”. The supporters’ club will follow the club home and away all season. Certainly new and old fans alike were impressed with the team manager Juan
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Pedro Lopez Olmedilla, better known as “Juanpe”, has put together. The only goal of the game came in the 65th minute, when a long pass by Gallas found Chulo, who lobbed the ball over the oncoming visiting goalkeeper and into the open net, much to the delight of the home supporters. The final 15 minutes saw Montesinos tire, as Cox pushed forward looking for the equaliser which, thanks to some good defending and even better goalkeeping, did not materialise. The Montesinos manager, Juanpe, said after the game that he was satisfied with the Effort and hard work his players had put into the game. He was also very confident that once the missing players returned, CD Montesinos could well be challenging for a place at or near the top of the division this season. It is still very early days, but Juanpe, who was a player at FC Torrevieja when British fans started their own supporters club, can see similar signs of increasing support at Montesinos. “The northern Europeans live football in a very different way to the Spanish fans, and I am sure that the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment of our supporters club, “The Full Monte”, will rub off onto the local fans this season”.
29 members and guests assembled at the course after the short ride from the Club House. Already the sun was high in the sky which meant once again it was going to be a hot and sticky day. The format for this month was stableford and because of the shortage of numbers, due to visiting families, we had to play with a three ball and a two ball, but nevertheless this didn’t lead to any real problems in slow play. The course was in excellent condition but the greens did seem to be a little too wet, as at times the divot on the green was big enough for the ball to plug. Therefore we needed a garden fork rather than the normal pitch mark repairer. So with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing the new Captain Chris started the match. Despite the hot sun the ball flew well in the light airs which enabled the players to come back with some excellent scores. Our thanks to the Villa Martin green staff for keeping the course in good condition enabling us all to have a good day. Prize winners and scores as follows:
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Well today we were playing a Texas Scramble - the group enjoy this format as there is always a lot of friendly rivalry. It was strange to be playing in the afternoon though instead of our usual early morning tee off slot - although I think most of our golfers today were actually awake. We had the Birthday Boy Mike Box playing he is now an official pensioner - gets paid for doing nothing!!!! He’s the one with the funny hat on in the photo!!! We had a guest from England - Keith Wood - we met Keith when he first started coming on holiday a few years ago
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Results 1st Mike Box - Mik Harris David Stewart - Alan Wright Gross 68 Nett 61.9 2nd Jac Longhurst - Sidsel Stuve - Robert Johnson - Bill Mackay Gross 73 Nett 63.6 Well done to the winners. Next week is the Las Colinas Monthly League Competition. UNiKE G.S. Next Match is Thursday 1st September Bernie Newnes
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TORRE GOLF SOCIETY...DOUG MADDISON MEMORIAL TROPHY........ LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY.......... Donated by Barratt Homes in Spain ALICANTE GOLF - 15th AUGUST 2011 It was a welcome return to Alicante Golf for this annual event and the weather was hot, hot, hot, last year it rained and we politely asked Doug if he could have a word up there for better weather, he did but slightly over did it! It was great to see a good turnout for this competition and there were some great prizes to compete for, mainly rescue woods as they seemed appropriate for our golf. Alicante Golf, laid on breakfast Spanish style to equip us for the golf ahead,
but I wish they had supplied some big fans on the front nine, to keep us cool as well as strong. From the score board the heat affected a majority of the players; with the few hardy ones scoring well (must have been drinking the water dry from the water fountains around the course). Tony Chandler was last year’s winner, and only missed out by a solitary point from Paul Hardiman. The results were: 1st: Paul Hardiman 37 points 2nd: Tony Chandler 36 points 3rd: Ron Nicholson 34 points There were four Nearest The Pins but only two were won,
in fact only three players got onto the greens of Hole 3 and 17. So the prizes were shared around the one other that got on the green and other winners. Nearest The Pins; Hole 3. Ron Perkins (David Swann) Hole 6: Non Hole 12: Non Hole 17. Derek Phillips VFM (Paul Smith Award): David Swann David received a Seve Ballesteros Foundation bracelet – seemed appropriate as we had played a course designed by him. Thank you to the Marife and the Caddy Masters for their assistance when the buggies
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Doug Maddison Trophy winner Paul Hardiman
MAGGOTS END.............................. Nancy’s on the dead arm of the River Segura, it was on this stretch of water were the fish kill occurred the other week. I fished between the two irrigation channels at the top of the tee junction. Before the beginning of the match a young lady from the Enviroment Agency came along and was checking these two outlets for dead fish. The chain across the left hand channel had collected bottles, carrier bags, along with other sorts of debris including four dead fish, but ten minutes later someone up stream must have opened the sluice gate and all hell was let loose when all the rubbish including the four dead fish and a cat was washed out down the river. Although a lot of fish have been killed recently, good weights were recorded above and below the pollution point. 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 14.600kg fishing the pole and pellet 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 12.380kg fishing pole and paste 3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 12.260kg fishing the pole pellet and paste 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 965328368 A personal note, from myself, is that I would like to thank Pete Kerr who turned up at the end of the match and weighed all anglers in. This certainly helped, as it allowed all of us to get away quick and back home for a nice dip. Thanks Pete. ANGLERS TOGETHER We have been having a lot of enquiries about licenses from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish Pensionista card, otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from either Town Halls, or the Caja Rural Bank if in Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents to obtain your license. ie passport photopage, NIE and insurance. 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 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 meetings are: Friday 9th September at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 10th September at 12 o’clock at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron. There will be some secondhand tackle and magazines available. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 email: anglerstogether@ hotmail.co.uk No meetings are held in August TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE
Limebar Golf Society.......................................................................... the following:
The Christine Taylor Memorial Trophy
LimeBar and El Balcon Golf Societies, met for the Annual Christine Taylor Memorial Trophy, of which the first leg was played at La Tercia, the conditions of the course, were very good, although some of the more vertically challenged, would have liked some of the Bamboo reeds to have been
trimmed to allow them to see some of the fairways. The second leg of the Christine Taylor Memorial Trophy will take place at La Tercia in two weeks on the 31st of August for the singles. The scores for the first leg goes to The Limebar, which stands at 4 –2 for the doubles. The prizes were awarded to
Andrew Cox 32pts and 3rd Eddy Downing 30pts Bronze Division: 1st Graham Mackenna 29pts, 2nd Ken Dale 23pts and 3rd Scott Blair 23pts Best guest was Norman Potter with 25pts. Nearest the pins: Gail Coultate hole 9, John Henderson hole 14 and Bill Mackay hole 18. The 2s club was won by Tony Rowley who scooped the pot of €33. Our popular free game raffle was won by Dennis Martin Our next outing is to Villa Martin on the 31st of August, where we will play a team game, 6 x 6 x 6. Anyone is welcome to play. We play many different courses throughout the year and host four major trophies with some good prizes. If you would like a game go to our website https://sites.google. com/site/locrispingolf or email LCGSinfo@gmail.com. Best Regards Gail Coultate
TRAINING STARTS IN ONE WEEKS TIME AT ITV ORIHUELA RFC
Winners at Alicante
RODS and REELS 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. A reminder to the club that there will be the usual Club meeting at Cagnie & Lacey’s on Sunday 28th August commencing at 10.30 a.m. The Match Secretary will be circulating the match list for September and members can pay their Subscriptions that were due on 1st August” 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 weeks 8th round of the Summer Series on the 16th August was fished at
17.08.11 at El Plantio For the third time this year 33 members and guests journeyed to El Plantio to play our usual Stableford. Most people were there early to have a coffee and a practice before starting off. The course was in good condition as a whole, but as always with this course it is sometimes hard to put a good score together. Nevertheless, as always there are some people who can manage to over come the conditions and post good scores. We were looked after well by Santiago who made sure we had enough buggies and cards for the range. The gold division was keenly contested with all winners having the same score and plenty of players close behind one off the mark. Here are the winners: Gold Division: 1st Colin Ranson 31pts, 2nd Bill Mackay 31pts and 3rd Gail Coultate 31pts Silver Division: 1st Barny Barningham 36pts,
The twos on the 13th goes to D Gill and P O´Connor. Nearest the pin on the 2nd: P O’Connor: Nearest the pin on the 4th: D Gregson: Nearest the pin on the 7th: N Dobson: Nearest the pin on the 11th: N Dobson Nearest the pin on the 13th:P O’Connor and the Nearest pin on the
16th was D Railton. We would like to mention an outstanding performance by our own Stewart Coleman with 46 points. Our sincere thanks go to Sue and Pete at the Limebar for the wonderful buffet, and if anyone would like to join the Limebar Golf Society just ring George on 693 789 082.
Training starts back next week at Orihuela RFC on 30 August in preparation for what is looking like a hard, but good season ahead with a lot more games as it looks like we will be playing in the Murcia league with 10 teams in it, so plenty of local rugby for everybody. Will keep everyone updated on it as and when I get the news. Also even more good news for the club, with the help of the visitors to the Moncayo Market and the traders we have been able to raise 39.10€ over the summer. The So Bar in Benimar and their customers in one month raised 22.08€, mainly in copper coins from the bar all in aid of the Butterfly Children, so a big thank to everyone for helping this very worthy cause. Still there has not been any response with regards to the signed rugby shirts from Leicester Tigers and London Irish from this season’s squad, and the Wigan rugby league ball signed as well, with all of the money raised going to the Butterfly Children. Previous items that raised money were a Northampton Saints and Baa Baas v Spain shirts, which raised 1,000€ and 1,500€respectively. So contact me, Garry, with regards to the above shirts and ball if you know anybody who would want them. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is on in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays or call me on 692 767 242. Or come along to the Rojales Steak House on
Friday 26 August between 12.00 and 16.00 where I will be with all of the Canterbury shirts and rugby clothing, so come along and have a drink and find out what is happening in the area about rugby. REMEMBER the World Cup starts in just a few weeks time down in New Zealand. The club trains on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Miguel Hernandez University, and training will start back again on Tuesday 30 August. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.
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Club 25 Golf Visit The Mazarron FC Mazarron’s pre-season continued with Alhama Signature Course.... preparations a resounding 8-4 victory over With Ronnie Roser
Sucina Golf Society – Charity Golf Day Tuesday 16 August 2011, La Serena Golf Club Sucina Golf Society traditionally nominates its August golf game as a “Charity Day” and this year the Society’s chosen charity is “Help at Home”. HAH is a group of local voluntary community members whose aim is to help people of all ages - much as a District Nurse would do in the UK. They offer help to people within the home who are finding it difficult to manage. Sucina Golf Society is delighted to support this very worthy cause. The day was well attended with 32 Members, Guests and Sponsors enjoying a great days golf in beautiful warm and sunny conditions. The course was well presented and offered the usual set of challenges with 16 of the 18 holes involving water. Luckily we had reminded players to bring a good supply of spare balls with them! Although this month’s normal “prize fund” monies were being given to HAH, a number of Members, Guests and Sponsors kindly donated individual prizes for various achievements. The Society would like to express its grateful thanks to all those who donated prizes – with a particular mention for Mick Reeves (aka “Mick The Grip”) who joined us for the golf and generously put up several
vouchers as prizes. The 3rd and 17th holes (both Par 3’s) were designated as “Captains & Vice Captains Challenge” holes – meaning any player whose ball went in the water was “invited” to pay a €1 fine, with the money of course going to the charity. Despite the relatively light winds these 2 holes still proved to be difficult for some and €24 in fines was collected! We also held a Sweepstake for the total number of wet balls throughout the day – the result of which was a staggering 124!! One of our Guests for the day, Rob Moore, picked up a bottle of Brandy for the closest guess. Prizes were presented immediately after the game in La Serena’s great Clubhouse and individual winners were: Bill Nagle, Marion Dobbins & Doreen Crowhurst (nearest the pins), John Storey (best points on Par 5’s), Bill Nagle (best points on Par 3’s) and Judith Owen (best points on holes 10 & 13). In the Team competition the winners from the groups starting on the 10th tee were: Brian Kay, Gary Smith, Mick Reeves and Bill Nagle with a score of 89 points on the “Dusty Bin” format. The winners starting from the 1st tee – and the overall winners of The August Charity Cup - were: Colin Comber, Matt Simmonds, Marion Dobbins and Roger Major with a great score of 91
points. (The attached photo shows the Society’s Captain, Andy Harvey, presenting The August Charity Cup to the winning team) All those who took part agreed that it had been a really enjoyable day, added to the fact that it was all supporting a good cause. As a result of the Prize Fund, Sweepstake, Sponsorships & Donations, etc. a total of €465 was collected. The Society will round this up to €500 and a cheque for this sum will be presented to a representative of Help at Home during the evening of our “Captains Dinner” on 30th September. Once again, The Committee would like to thank all those who took part and supported the day in such a fantastic way. The Society’s next game is our annual “Captain vs Vice Captain Team Challenge”, taking place at Roda Golf on 27th September. Anyone interested in learning more about our Society – or wising to become a Member – can visit our Website (www. sucinagolfsociety.com) or contact our Secretary, Pam Redgers (pamredgers.sucina@ gmail.com). Photo showing the Captain, Andy Harvey, presenting “ The August Charity Cup” to the winning team.
LAS SALINAS PETANCA LEAGUE............................... With just under a month to go before the deadline on joining the Winter league, this is how the new look divisions with 8 teams now shape upDIVISION ONE : 1 LAKESIDE 2 BUCCANEERS .3 CASTILLO. 4 XPS. 5 LOS BALCONES. 6 BLUE LAGOON. 7 CASTILLO 8 CORSAIRS Both Promoted. DIVISION TWO : 1 DOMINOS . 2 DANMARK VIKINGS. 3 MUTINEERS. 4 SAN MIGUEL . 5 LAKESIDE . 6 CASTILLO 7. DOMINOS 2. 8 ROCAJUNA DIVISION THREE: 1 CASTILLO. 2 EL PRESIDENTE . 3 FREEBOOTERS 4 DANMARK 5 PEACOCKS 6 BUDDIES BAR 7 PEACOCKS 2. 8 T B D New applications are
Rocajuna,Lakeside, Florentilles Amigos, Florentilles Dominos, Danmark 3, several more have shown interest, and still have time to make the final three places . NEW CLUBS Florentilles this is in the camp site, just off the Torrevieja to San Miguel road. They now play on Monday and Wednesday, at 6-30. New players are very welcome to join in. Bob Hornsey is busy forming a team in time for the start of the Winter league, for further information please call Bob on 966 191 198. ROCAJUNA OPEN PAIRS The next competition for the Rocajuna club will be an Open
doubles on Sunday September 11th, report time 9-30. This venue is now attracting a good mix from Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, and Britain. Entries to LAS SALINAS LEAGUE PAIRS This will be held at Rocajuna on Sunday September 25th. All entries to Pat Roberts the league secretary on 966 774 565. This is a mixed pairs . start time 9 for 9-30. For on
966785642 Roger Seymour
An early start at 08.00am for breakfast at Mojo´s Sports Bar and then it was on to Condado De Alhama Golf Resort for a 10.00am Tee Time. The course was in supreme condition with perfect fairways that had three cuts of rough and believe me you did not want to be in the third cut. The greens were some of the best that we have played on this year and the pin positions were very tight. We had a good turn out with 20 players including 8 guests, the youngest being 16 yr old Jamie Ruddy who plays who plays off a handicap of 5. The light breeze was welcomed by the golfers as it was a hot cloudless day. We started on the 10th Tee and a few highlights of the day were: - on the 11th par 3 Peter Thompson was seen chipping through the green and then falling back into the bunker, it was all hands to the rakes. On the 7th Mike Veahan played out of the rough on to the green he also managed to lift a rabbit out of his place of rest, the rabbit never made the green. And finally Peter Hutton played out of the water and managed to cover
himself in mud, “take a drop young man” The winner was Brian Baker with a score of 41 points, the best front nine was Andy McCreath with 24 points and the best back nine was Brian Gough with 22 points. The guest’s winner was Bill Hodgson with 38 points on count back from David Hussey who also had 38 points. Nearest the pins went to Peter Rastall on the 3rd and 11th holes, David Hussey on the 7th hole and Pat Jones on the 17th hole. Nearest the pins in two went to Jamie Ruddy on the 5th Hole and Roy Baker on the 15th hole, Roy also managed to win the prize for getting the best value from his green fee. We all met up with non playing partners and friends at Mojos for the presentation and dinner late in the afternoon which just happened to coincide with a football match on TV, how good can a day be? Once again our thanks go to Martin & Tracy Ackers, Brian Baker and Andy and Lynn at Mojos Music Bar in Roldan.
LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY
El Plantio G,C, August 18th, 2011 The second competition in August was held at Plantio G.C. in very hot and breezy conditions. El Plantio is usually a favourite course for our members but unfortunately there were many complaints about the general condition of the course and the greens in particular. No doubt these problems will be remedied after the course maintenance which, we understand, is due very shortly and then the course will return to its usual high standard. Scoring in the heat seemed rather difficult for our members but a few managed respectable scores. Also a commendable 19 points was returned by our 10 year old guest. Great to see the next generation getting involved with the game. Results Gold Division
Aiden Byrne 23 points Silver Division Martin Reidy 26 points Bronze Division Carol Marriner 30 points Nearest the pin winners Hole 9 – Aidan Byrne, Hole 14 – Martin Reidy With the promise of diminishing temperatures, we hope to see an increase in the numbers participating in the monthly competitions as members return from their summer breaks in the U.K. Our next competition is on Thursday September 1st, 2011 at Lo Romero GC, first tee time 10.00a.m. Anyone wishing to play, join the Society or obtain further information, please contact Bill McGrandle on 679 007 756
Thader Murcia at the Estadio Muncipal on Saturday. This followed a 2-1 victory against FC Cartagena, of the Tercera Divison, the previous week and promises well for the new season which starts this weekend. For the first time in a number of year’s Mazarron has been able to retain the majority of players from the previous season, most notable being striker Robert who celebrated by scoring four of the eight goals against Thader. He is forming a promising partnership with Rollon, who spent much of last season on the treatment table. Rollon opened the scoring after 12 minutes when the referee waved play on despite a foul on Poyatos. Although Mazarron continued to dominate play, Thader equalized somewhat fortuitously when new signing Santi appeared to deflect a corner into his own net. However, Santi soon redeemed himself with a through ball to Robert and he made no mistake. Robert’s second and Mazarron’s third soon followed after good work by Poyatos. Poyatos’s involvement in the game ended when he was substituted after being involved in a fracas but Mazarron extended the lead in the 40th minute when Abdel Kadir was brought down in the penalty area and Juan scored from the spot. A 4-1 half time scoreline didn’t flatter Mazarron who had suffered their heaviest defeat of the season away at Thader last season and the lead was increased, firstly by Robert who completed his hat trick after a neat interchange of passes with Rollon, and then by Diego who made it 6-1 with a header from a suspiciously offside position. Abdel Kadir then made his second significant contribution to the game by bringing down one of his opponents in the Mazarron penalty area and goalkeeper Jose was sent the wrong way from the resulting spot kick. Thader further reduced the arrears shortly afterwards but Robert then sent Eloy through to make it 7-3 to Mazarron. The goal feast was still not over and, after Thader had pulled another goal back, Robert had the final word to give the score a very respectable 8-4 ring to it. Despite conceding four goals the back four of Santi, Borja, Juan and Diego played well throughout and the experience gained by the younger players last season will stand them in good stead for the forthcoming season which begins this weekend away to CD Beniel. Coach tickets for the Beniel game will be available at the weekly Los Amigos de Mazarron FC meeting at the Trevi Bar this Thursday at 4pm. For full details of all games and kick off times see www. losamigosdemazarron.es
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