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After The Fire… The wildfires which have been raging across the country are now all practically under control, although with continuing high temperatures the alert level remains high. The fire at Aliaga in Teruel where 8,000 hectares have been affected, and at Las Hurdes in Extremadura remain under close observation. The fire service remains in place at Horta de Sant Joan in Tarragona where the blaze is under control after affecting 1,140 hectares. A fire next to Palma Airport on Mallorca is now also reported to be under control, and another blaze, allegedly started by a young French tourist between Lanjarón and Lecrín in the Sierra Nevada National Park is now also out. Residents of 12 villages in Almería had a complicated weekend with the forest fire in the Mojacar area leading to a breakdown in the water supply distribution in the area. 80,000 people live in the villages, a number which is much higher in the summer, and they are all expected to be without water for the whole weekend, with supplies hoped to be restored on Sunday. Meanwhile people who were evacuated from their homes because of the fire last Thursday afternoon are starting to return home as the fire in the Sierra de Cabrera, between Turre and Mojácar is brought under control. 600 fire-fighters, including some members of the army, continued at the scene on Friday evening as the fire was considered to be stabilised. The P.P. Mayor of Mojacar, Rosa María Cano, has called for the area to be declared a catastrophic zone, saying that the fire was halted 15 metres from the first village houses. However outlying cortijos, orchards and some property has been destroyed at a cost which is yet to be estimated. She said that she and the village were very sad at what had happened, but they have to be strong and once the fire is finally completely out start the process of replanting the sierra. The water company says eight pumping stations have short circuited because of the fire, and names the villages without water until Sunday - as Huércal-Overa, Zurgena, Vera, Antas, Garrucha, Cuevas del Almanzora, Pulpí, Los Gallardos, Arboleas, Carboneras, Turre and Mojácar, Last Thursday night saw some 1,500 residents from several urbanisations in Mójacar taken to two neighbouring towns, to a cultural centre in Garrucha and a sports pavilion in Vera when fire broke out in the Sierra de Cabrera, near Turre, in the same area where a fire just last week affected 4,000 hectares. The biggest concern was that the fire could move to the beach area, towards the main

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Orange Alerts Continue With High Temperatures Across Spain The heat continues for many across Spain with more Orange Alerts for high temperatures welcoming the new week. Temperatures could reach 40 degrees in many areas of the country, according to the AEMET State Meteorological Agency. Orange alerts are in place in Menorca, Gran Canaria, Sevilla, Córdoba, Jaén, Granada, Murcia and Albacete where temperatures of 39 degrees are forecast. Yellow alerts in place in Cádiz, Huelva, Badajoz, Almería, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Alicante, Valencia, Cuenca, Teruel, Zaragoza, Tarragona and Lleida. There will be some showers in Galicia, Cantrabria and in the northern mountains of Castilla y León, clearing later. Showers, moderate and possibly stormy later in the day across the east of the country. Elsewhere generally sunny although there may be some medium and high cloud in place and morning mist in some coastal areas, particularly in the Strait and along the Mediterranean coast. Winds E or S along the Mediterranean, but Westerly elsewhere in the mainland, weak to moderate. Temperatures: Highs: Granada 40, Murcia 39, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 33, Alicante 32, Almería, Málaga, Valencia 31, Cádiz 29, Lows: Almería 25, Málaga, Santa Cruz de Tenerife 24, Alicante, Cádiz, Valencia 23, Murcia 22, Granada 21.


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The five Algerian occupants of another patera located off El Ejido, Almería province, late on Saturday were all said to be in good health. They were spotted by a Maltese ship at 11.30 on Saturday night 20 miles to the south of Punta Sabinal. There were no women or children on board on this occasion.

Valencia Court Throws Out Citizenship Classes In English

The Valencia administration contends that the ruling makes it impossible to set up a multi-language model, but the court has in effect supported the demonstrations seen in the region against the Valencia education policy. The court has not banned the use of English, only that the language be imposed as the only alternative. Valencia has pressed ahead with the idea of using English in the citizenship classes despite earlier experiments, with a translator


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Some consider the P.P. has adopted the idea as another way of protesting against the content of the citizenship classes themselves. The court also has ruled against ‘alternative options’ being offered to those who did not want to do the citizenship classes for reasons of conscious, considering the regional education authority does not have the competence to offer an alternative to a class which is part of the obligatory curriculum under the current Organic Education Law.

The Spanish Government has announced a 1 billion € plan to promote tourism, in what is the third extension of the Plan Renove tourism plan proposed by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Under the name Plan Futur-E, 500 million € will be spent helping companies which promote sustainable energy and tourism, while the remaining 500 million will be given to projects financed by the ICO, Official Credit Institute. 100 million has been earmarked for the Canaries and announced already. 170 million will go on the state run Parador hotels to modernise existing premesis and for the construction of two new establishments in Castellón and Lérida. Nine million will go on the international promotion of Spanish gastronomy tourism and 1.2 million goes to increase the number of pensioners who will be able to benefit from the cheap holidays organised by Imserso. The Prime Minister has taken some of his Ministers to Palma de Mallorca to announce the new tourism initiative and to hold the regular Friday cabinet meeting out of Madrid for the second time. The meeting held in the Almudaina Palace, the official Royal residence for state ceremonies and receptions over the summer, saw the presence of Elena Salgado, Minister for Tax and the Economy, and the Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega. The P.P. has attacked the cost of the trip.

Algerian Man Bcomes Spain’s Fifth Swine Flu Fatality An Algerian man suffering from previous kidney problems has become the fifth fatality from Swine Flu in Spain; the man had been on a dialysis program since 1993. The 45 year old man succumbed to the A(H1N1) virus on Monday when he was being transferred from a health centre in Dénia, to hospital in Teulada, Alicante. The autopsy has confirmed the A Flu suspected by the doctors. The Regional Councillor for Health, Manuel Cervera, gave the news to the press on Friday, and said there were two other patients admitted to hospital in the Valencia region currently with the virus. He also warned that they were getting prepared for a strong jump in the number of cases when temperatures fall in the Autumn.

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The first was in the early hours of Saturday, when a boat carrying 68 passengers from Sub-Saharan Africa was located 7 miles to the west of Tarifa, Cádiz, at around 7am that morning after contacting Spanish authorities for help. There were 9 children on board the boat and 22 women. It’s understood one passenger was admitted to hospital.


Nine were pulled out of the water on Playa del Galúa, La Manga, Europa Press reports, and another person rescued on Playa de la Gola was taken to hospital as a precaution after swallowing water.

There have been more immigrant arrivals in Andalucía this weekend, with boats intercepted in waters off Cádiz and Almería.

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Darling To Press Banks On Lending The UK’s banks have insisted that lending to small firms is continuing to rise, as they prepare to meet the chancellor to discuss the issue. In its latest figures, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said total lending to small companies rose £366m in June, up from May’s £133m increase. Alistair Darling has said he is “extremely concerned” that banks may be charging firms too much for loans. But the BBA’s chief executive Angela Knight denied this was the case The chancellor, who is meeting bank bosses at the Treasury this week, said he was concerned that the cost of loans to small firms had risen in recent months, despite the UK’s record low base interest rate of 0.5%. He added that banks had a duty to restore lending levels, and that the government did not rescue the banking sector “out of some charitable act”. Ms Knight said the banks could not lend at 0.5% because they had to pay much more than that for the funds they themselves borrowed in the wholesale money markets. She said the wholesale price of money was about twice the base rate. “As far as the major banks are concerned they are lending, and increasing their lending,” added Ms Knight. It was right that firms should be able to demonstrate that loans could be repaid before banks would lend to them, she said, adding that loans were assessed on a case-by-case basis, and that some business plans did not stand up to scrutiny “There will be difficult judgements at the edges and that’s why it’s important to keep close to the [bank] manager and get that business plan right.”

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken to hospital after becoming ill while jogging.

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Mr Sarkozy’s chief of staff said the president was “doing well” and talking normally with medics at the military hospital.

A spokesman said he had also summoned aides to his bedside to keep him up to date with world events.

The 54-year-old president is remaining there overnight for what officials said were “routine” tests. He was flown to the hospital earlier after suffering what was described as a “minor” nerve complaint. Mr Sarkozy was taken ill while jogging during a humid afternoon at a weekend retreat at the Chateau of Versailles, outside Paris. The incident occurred after 45 minutes of “intensive physical exercise”, his office said in a statement. It denied earlier statements that he had lost consciousness. Mr Sarkozy lay down and received immediate treatment from a personal doctor. He was flown to the Val

Sources state that Mr Sarkozy had suffered a problem relating to his vagal nerve. It said a condition known as vasovagal syncope could involve a brief loss of consciousness, and changes in the heart rate or blood pressure, especially if the person is dehydrated. The vagal nerve is a major nerve that runs from the abdomen to the brain and controls many functions. French Member of Parliament Patrick Balkany, an ally of Mr Sarkozy, said everything was “going well” and blamed the problem on a diet he said the president was following to lose weight. “He’s fine. He’s hungry. He’s complaining,” he told French radio. “The president is going to have to take more care, work a little less hard and eat a little bit more,” he added.

WWI Veteran Patch Dies Aged 111

The last British survivor of the World War I trenches, Harry Patch, has died at the age of 111.

Mr Patch was conscripted into the Army aged 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917 in which more than 70,000 British soldiers died. The sole British survivor of the war is former seaman Claude Choules, who is aged 108 and lives in Perth, Australia. Mr Choules, who is originally from Worcestershire, saw service with the Royal Navy. The Queen said she was “saddened” to hear of Mr Patch’s death. “We will never forget the bravery and enormous sacrifice

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‘Heroes’ Hailed For Beach Rescue Lifeguards have been praised as heroes for saving 40 children and adults after a sandbank collapsed into the sea. Coastguards said some of the group would have died if lifeguards at Tenby, Pembrokeshire, had not reacted so soon. One guard was already heading out to warn the 36 children and four adults when they were plunged into the water. The young people, aged 10 to 20 and from many parts of Wales, were on a team-building exercise and were walking backwards into the sea and singing. Dave Miller, the coastguard sector manager in south Pembrokeshire, said the lifeguards did a “superb job”. He said: “If not for their fast response times and the methods they used at the scene, lives would have been lost.” The group were with an organisation called Action Camp, based in Caerphilly, which organises confidence-boosting breaks for youngsters from deprived areas of Wales. Senior RNLI lifeguard Adam Pitman said all 40 people thrown into the sea were in danger: “They were all fully clothed, so no matter how good a swimmer you are you are not going to be able to swim.” Jon Johnston, a senior RNLI lifeguard, said the group had been spotted, and he was heading out on a rescue vehicle to tell them to turn back when the sandbank collapsed.

“They walked about 20-25m out and then the sandbank just shifted, so they were all out of their depth within Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “I had seconds. It was the biggest rescue I’ve seen.” the honour of meeting Harry, and I share Mr Johnson continued: “If the lifeguard wasn’t here it his family’s grief at the passing of a great man. I know that the whole nation will unite would have been a terrible situation, there could have been today to honour the memory, and to take lives lost. But fortunately lifeguards were here, we were pride in the generation that fought the Great very proactive. We went to tell them to come back to shore War. The noblest of all the generations has but fortunately as we were there the sandbank shifted so we were on the spot. The tide was turning, which is the left us, but they will never be forgotten.” strongest current on the beach. It’s only soft sand around A national memorial service should be here, so basically the sand beneath them all just shifted held as “a special commemoration” of with the tide which caused a rip current which was dragging the efforts of Mr Patch and “a generation them back out to sea.” of people” who fought in World War I, Mr He said no-one was hurt, but those rescued were Brown added. shocked.


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day I picked up the box on the right in blissful unawareness that Mercadona had changed the order of the boxes. As usual, I mixed it, thinking ‘this looks a bit orange.’ Pete spread it. ‘It’s very orange’ he remarked. Usually it is an unpromising mouldy grey, how this transmutes into blonde is to me a chemical mystery. I just trust that I go into the shower with a head that is the same colour as an old mop, but emerge as a revitalised blonde. In my way to the shower I caught a glance in the mirror. It was very orange. Never mind, it’ll wash out OK. I came out from the shower and looked in the mirror to confirm my blondeness, only to see that I’d been well and truly Tango’d!

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Pete passed no comment other than to ask how soon it would be before I could re-colour it. Going a different colour is supposed to be a life-enhancing experience. Going an unexpected different colour is not life-enhancing, it’s a shock! As I gazed I tried desperately to think

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Research indicates that the toucan uses its enormous beak to stay cool. Using infrared cameras, the researchers were able to show the bird dumping heat from its body into its bill, helping it to regulate its body temperature. The toucan has the largest bill of any bird, relative to body size, making up about onethird of its total body length.The oversize appendage has received many different interpretations: Charles Darwin thought it might be used to attract mates, more recent ideas centre on fruit peeling, nest predation and visual warnings. To investigate further, a team of researchers looked at the toco toucan (Ramphastos toco), which has the biggest bill of all the toucans. Dr Glenn Tattersall, the lead author of the paper, from Brock University, Canada, said: “We used infrared thermal imaging technology to assess the surface temperature of the bill of toucans while they were encountering a range of air temperatures from 10C to 35C. This allowed us to measure the exact temperature of the bill.” The scientists found that as the surroundings got warmer, the toucan’s bill would rapidly heat up, effectively acting as a radiator to draw heat away from the bird’s body, allowing it to stay cool. Conversely, in cooler temperatures, little heat would radiate from the bill, letting the bird conserve its warmth. The effect was particularly evident at night: at sunset, the birds would, in a matter of minutes, pump out heat from their beaks, lowering their body temperature as they slept. The birds’ bills have a network of

blood vessels that can increase or restrict the flow of blood. Dr Tattersall said: “By altering blood flow to the bill’s surface, toucans can conserve body heat when it is cold or cope with heat stress by increasing blood flow. Essentially, the large surface area of the bill, and the fact it is not insulated, means that the blood flowing through is able to release heat into the bill, thus cooling the bird. This blood-derived heat in the bill is then dissipated into the air.”

Effective radiators Other animals also use parts of their bodies to regulate temperature, for example, elephants and rabbits radiate heat from their ears to cool down. But the sheer size of the toucan’s bill means that relatively, it has one of the largest “thermal windows” in the animal kingdom. The study also shows that the toucan is extremely effective at controlling its body heat with it: its bill can account for as much as 100% of body heat loss or as little as 5% if the blood flow is shut off. Dr Tattersall explained: “Bird bills are not ‘dead tissues’, incapable of playing a role in heat balance, but are active contributors to thermoregulation.” He added: “Birds do not sweat, so must cope with other mechanisms to deal with elevated temperatures.” The researchers say that the finding that the toucan uses its beak to regulate body temperature does not rule out its other suggested functions. The team now plans to look at other birds to see how their bills are involved with temperature regulation.

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Arthritis Part 1

Arthritis is a term used to describe a number of painful conditions of the joints and bones. Two of the main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The cause of osteoarthritis is not fully known. One theory is that some people are genetically predisposed to developing the disease, but this has not yet been proven. Factors that may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis include obesity, which puts added strain on joints, jobs or activities that involve repetitive movements of a particular joint, or previous damage to the joint, such as from a sports injury. Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a fault in the immune system that makes the body to attack its own tissues. This may be inherited genetically (passed on from a family member). next weeks article : treatment and prevention

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Goal Setting for Success part 14 by Sue Courtney

Family and friends can be a valuable source of feedback on the ‘old’ you if they can be trusted to be totally honest – and if you can bear to hear the truth! Ask them how they see you – what image are you giving to the world at the moment? Is this how you want to be seen? Ask them for help and ideas. Get them involved. At the very least they will be reassured that there is a reason for your unusual behaviour – you haven’t completely lost the plot. You are changing the plot to suit the wonderful new you and your amazing new life.

So many people have died before they achieved their dreams because they put them off, believing there would always be more time. They died with their song still inside them.

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Why would you want to spend another moment living a life that is less than you want and deserve?

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There is dignity in suffering; nobility in pain; but failure is a salted wound, that burns & burns again!

Strange isn’t it how different people can view and ultimately deal with the same situation in diverse ways. So who is right and who is wrong? The simple answer is probably that the solution they find is right for them. Have you ever had a brain-wave an idea that could be life changing, spotting an enormous gap in the market that could bring enormous business success and potential wealth, but were reluctant to put it into practice? Why do some people seem to have focus and single-mindedly follow it and gain success? There are many candidate answers, but to find the right solution, for you it can be helpful to look backwards before you can move forwards. Are you, confident and positive about your abilities? Do you get excited about new ideas? Can you build a plan of how you will get from point A to point B? If not, why not? Could it be something to do with what you have learned, or how you have learned? It can be argued that the educational system has let many people down, because, usually, it is paid for by the state and historically schools were set up to educate people to be useful members of society… and what is it desirable for those members of society achieve? That’s right - lots of profit for the heads of society. For many people who attended a state school their options upon leaving were limited because they were educated to work within industry and not to lead it.

following the same well trodden path – • The path may be blocked • The path may no longer be necessary • There may be a better path to follow If you think of a familiar path in terms of mental ability – such as writing, or, signing your name, once you have learned to write, you practice and practice, because it’s necessary to write your name on your work, so that the teacher knows who has produced it. Your name, and indeed your style of writing has a familiar pattern to it, your brain uses a familiar pathway – the neural pathways, control the muscles and nerves in your eyes and your arm and hand until you reach a recognisable outcome. This ability becomes so familiar, and as you progress through to adulthood, your signature becomes unique to you, as this behaviour has become a well trodden path… the only reason for a change in this case is that there may, sometime in the future be a better path to follow … if you sign your name frequently you may streamline to make the process faster. Have you tried to change your handwriting to write consistently in another style? You will find that a difficult task, because of the strength of the neural pathway. The same can be said for any kind of change that you want to make in your life. However, a structural approach is necessary as often you have to move backwards before you can move forwards. Once the pathway has been uncovered, very often all that is required to facilitate a monumental change to take place in part of your life, for example a relationship issue, or a habit, or addiction to be broken is to make a very subtle change to the pathway. It could be as simple (as Milton Erikson once did) as prescribing the couple to quarrel only in the bath – the silliness of splashing water and being told they had to quarrel resolved the behaviour.

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from the normal lights; they do not have the traditional filament but are made up of electrons. Due to this, they give a very soft and subtle effect and they don’t burn out soon.

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Lighting Up! Your garden is ready for everyone to see and you are very proud of all the hard work that has gone in to making it just the way you wanted. You invite your friends over for a drink or two and dinner later on to show off your carefully decorated garden. Drinks are over and dinner is served too but not one word of praise for the garden from any one of them. You get

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Types of LEDs... Barrel LEDs: They are ideal for illuminating a garden art. The light is put on the art piece that shines and casts a shadow behind. They can also be put on the trunk of a palm tree. LED Button Lights: These lights are water resistant and hence can be used in water features. They can also be put along a path to show the way or along a border for an illuminated effect. Solar Garden Lights: Available in aluminium and stainless steel, they come in amber or white light. As they are solar lights, they do not use any power and saves electricity. They get completely charged during the day and as the sun sets they light up automatically and are on throughout the night. As a result, these bulbs last for years.


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The advance of technology has led to the invention of the LEDs or the Light Emitting Diodes that is becoming increasingly popular everywhere. The LEDs are basically lights that are used in the mobile phones and the computer. They are long lasting and give a nice effect in the garden when used. They are very different

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Some of the commonly used lights in the garden are incandescent light that is very bright but uses a lot of power. While illuminating a tree, people use flood lights or spot lights. They, again, are powerful but consume a lot of energy. 12 volt halogen lights are also used. But all of these have disadvantages, the more these lights are used, the more transformers are required and the globes constantly need replacing.

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You’re set to splurge good money on that hot new anti-ageing cream when you’re invited to buy the serum, too. Could this be the wonder product you never knew you needed? Serums sound serious and maybe a touch extreme - especially those that promise to mimic Botox. But forget needles and scary procedures. This time, we’re talking strictly skincare - the only commitment required is to finish the bottle. While moisturisers work from the outside in, serums work from the inside out. Richer creams are designed to stay in the skin’s surface layers, forming a barrier against UV damage and moisture loss. Because serums are more fluid, they penetrate more deeply, nourishing new cells and encouraging stronger collagen and elastin. The concentrated formulas mean serums are skincare’s most potent anti-ageing weapons - hence the high price tags. The boffins at L’Oréal are proud that, at six times the strength of the day cream, their breakthrough Age Perfect serum for menopausal skin is their most active antisagging agent to date! Yet serums can’t do everything; they can’t treat dry skin the way creams do, but then creams can’t give you that instant lift. For serious anti-ageing, it’s serums every time! How should we use serum? Use a serum under day or night cream to allow the ingredients to penetrate. If your skin is oily, they’re great smoothing bases for make-up, but make sure your foundation has an SPF - serums are too lightweight to support big-molecule sunscreens. Do they make a long-term difference? Serums are like bullet-proof vests that protect newborn cells from damage. Skin gains a radiance you get only from nourished cells; think of serums as magic knickers for skin. Now there’s an uplifting notion...

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If, like the majority of the population here in Spain at the moment, you are fed up of sharing your outdoor dining experience with an abundance of flies and mosquitoes, then it’s time you contacted Screen Masters! Based in Murcia, Screen Masters, an English/American-owned company, specialise in fitting fibre-glass mesh screens to patio areas and terraces and around your pool, protecting you, your family and your property from flies, wasps and mosquitoes. Currently expanding into the Costa Blanca, Anthony Cornwell, one of the owners, can help you and your family enjoy life outside this summer with the great range of products and services on offer from Screen Masters. Specialising in the fitting of fibre glass mesh screens to patio areas and terraces and around pools, Screen Masters help protect you, your family and your property from annoying things like flies, wasps and mosquitoes. The innovative screen system originates and is popular in the United States, in particular Florida, so can even withstand hurricanes; American part-owner Doug, brings to Screen Masters over 31 years experience in the screen business, making and fitting screen rooms.

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We have 8 brand new villas some which are KEY READY set in an idyllic quiet location of Arboleas, with panoramic views, and close to the towns of Arboleas/Albox. The access road to the properties is by a good tarmac road, all main services are provided. The beautiful coastal area of Vera, Garrucha, and Mojacar are only 30 mins distance. Within walking distance there is a very nice bar/restaurant. The villas comprise 3 beds, 2 bath, lounge’diner with fireplace, fully fitted kitchen, gated gardens with 8x4 pool

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You move to a new country, purchase your new home, the one thing that is often forgotten is insuring the property!

You move to a new country, purchase your new home, the one thing that is often forgotten is insuring the property! If you purchase with a mortgage, the bank will normally sell you their own policy! Will it be one that you understand? Or will it be one that provides the cover you want? If you purchase without a mortgage it is surprising how many people forget about insuring their home. The excitement of everything takes over and it is not until a later date that you realise you have not insured your home, normally the biggest investment that you make in your life! If you are new to the area and are still becoming familiar with everything, it is usual for most people to ask others, who or where they should go to for insurance. What better place to go than one that is recommended! However during these conversations you may be told, unless you have reja bars (security grills) on your windows and doors you will not be able to get insurance!! If you do not have the full escritura (deeds for the property) you cannot get insurance! but is this correct? The simple answer to get correct information and the insurance that suits your needs is to speak to the people who special in the industry. Following the implementation and changes to the regulations of selling insurance, you

Therefore whilst looking around for your home insurance if you are given a quotation and you are told it includes everything! Ask, for the quotation in writing and a copy of the policy wording, bring it along to Lloyd & Whyte International Ltd, we will be able to check to see if it does cover everything! As, some cover that you are used to being included in a policy back in the UK is not included here in Spain i.e. All Risks Personal Possessions cover, for loss of personal effects away from the home or subsidence! These may be key parts to what you require? Contact Details: Mojacar Office, Local 85, Parque Comercial, 04368, Mojacar, Almeria Tel: +34 950 615 302 Email: Fax: +34 950 478 598 Joe Rich – Marketing Assistant (press contact) Tel: +44 (0)1823 250746 Email:

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€45,000 Priced to sell Aljáriz, Antas 3 bed / 3 bath Cortijo Beautifully restored Village with local amenities Property on the left no longer available Priced to sell Ref. 1372 Price: €45,000

Turre €115,000 Priced to sell

Turre 3-bed / 2-bath 1st floor Apartment Fully furnished Very large with 102mts² built 100 meters to the town hall Communal solarium Ref. 1350 Price: €115,000

Turre €159,000

Turre 4 bed / 2 bath Townhouse 152mts² built on corner plot Right in the heart of the Pueblo 5 minutes drive to Mojácar Playa Solarium with 360º views Ref. 1288 Price: 159,000

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€85,000 €310,000 New on the market Huerta Nueva, Los Gallardos Large 3 bed / 2 bath detached Villa Lovely views of Mojacar village Private 8 x 5 swimming pool Mains gas central heating New on the market Ref. 1355 Price: €310,000

Paseo del Mediterraneo, 261 Estrella de Cantal, Local 5-A-1 04638 - Mojacar - Almeria - Spain Email: Web: Turre €80,000 Reduced asking price

Mojácar – Huerta de Abajo 3 bed / 2 bath detached Villa Self contained apartment Large store room Walking distance to the Village Air conditioning Immaculate condition Semi-rural setting Large plot with planning permission for pool High quality, excellent location, incredible price

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Turre 2 bed / 1 bath ground floor Apartment Fully furnished Close to all amenities Roof solarium with great views Reduced asking price Ref. 1238 Price: €80,000

Mojácar Playa 1-bed / 1-bath 1st floor apartment Fantastic location for all amenities South facing with balcony Newly renovated Priced to sell Ref. 1348 Price: €85,000

Mojácar Playa 2-bed / 2-bath Apartment Beautiful sea views Fully furnished Easy access Price to sell Ref. 1327 Price: €110,000

Garrucha €120,000 Priced to sell

Mojacar Mojacar Playa Playa €147,950 €135,000 Excellent price inGreat a a great location Location and Price

Albox €159,000 Incredible Value

Garrucha 2-bed / 1-bath Penthouse Apartment 70mts²0 built area 33mts² terrace Disabled access with lift Very centrally located on high street Price to sell Ref. 1364 Price: €120,000

Albox Mojacar Antas €159,000 €160,000 Playa Excellent Great Villa €85,000 Value Reduced asking price

Mojácar Playa Large 2 bed / 1 bath Apartment Walking distance to beach and all amenities Fabulous seaviews Air conditioning Tennis and off road parking Ref. 1329 Price: €147,950

Mojacar Playa €220,000

Albox 3-bed / 2-bath detached villa Massive plot – 3,654mts² Pre-installation for air conditioning Immaculate condition Incredible value Ref. 1360 Price: €159,000

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Antas 4-bed / 3-bath Townhouse Right on the Middle of the Village Very spacious – fully furnished Massive integrated lockup garage Reduced asking price Ref. 1169 Price: €160,000

3 bed / 3 bath spacious Apartment Private underground lock up garage 100 meters to beach Mains gas central heating Ducted air conditioning High quality, great location, fabulous price Ref. 1365 Price: €220,000

Mojácar Playa 4-bed / 3-bath Townhouse South facing – V. large garage 100 meters from Commercial Center Solarium with 360º views Reduced asking price Ref. 1093 Price: €280,000

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La Garrobina, Desert Springs

Mojácar Playa 3-bed / 2-bath detached Villa 360º views from massive solarium Walking distance amenities and beach South facing with private pool Reduced asking price Ref. 1061 Price: €325,000


La Garrobina, Desert Springs 3 bed / 2 bath detached Villa 1,000mts² plot w/ private pool Lock up garage and mature garden 5 minutes drive to Vera An extra 950mts² plot for a further €75K Ref. 1371 Price: 325,000


€400,000 Priced to sell Bédar 3-bed / 2-bath Brand New Villa 217mts² built on 10,880mts² plot Breathtaking views Central heating Priced to sell Ref. 1370 Price: €400,000

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.



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Market Commentary 22nd July 2009 Sterling is the big loser overnight in the markets and it is on the ropes this morning again. Recently we have witnessed a consistent pattern of steady gains followed by a sharp sell off. The pound has retraced to 1.63 against the USD and 1.15 against the euro; the 1.15 level is a crucial support on GBP/EUR and a break below 1.15 will be worrying for the pound. So what is causing this renewed weakness for the pound? Initially the rot was started with the confirmation that June’s public sector net borrowing came in at £13 billion, the figures were actually better than expected but still underlined the dire state of public finances and understandably focused attention as to how we can climb out of this debt? Cue feedback from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) which said that government finances will remain deeply in the red for at least 4 years and this is based on the Treasury tightening the crews on public spending to a higher degree than planned…so a tighter reign on spending and inevitable tax rises is on the menu beyond the next election- very appetizing. Sterling has suffered on this negativity as it does on any scent of bad news; a couple of articles also added to pressure on the pound- the first reported in the Financial Times highlighting a survey that more than half of businesses did not see any improvement in their prospects

for at least another 12 months. The second through the Telegraph noted that Barclays and RBS will need billions more in capital if they are to continue growing their investment banks. Ben Bernanke’s semi-annual testimony to congress affirmed that the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to tighten monetary policy due to the fragility of the US economy. He aimed to soothe those worried on inflation rising sharply by adding that the extraordinary policy measures would be withdrawn in a smooth and timely manner. So no exit strategy or focus on raising interest rates in the near term and the energy is still definitively on nurturing a sustained economic recovery. The USD firmed on the back of the cautious note by Bernanke. The Bank Of England minutes just released offered no surprises with a vote of 9-0 to keep rates on hold and to maintain QE levels at £125 billion. Slightly sterling supportive as the minutes noted a reduction in the downside risks on GDP. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email


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Pop-Up Mesh Food Covers pop-up in a jiffy and can be folded completely flat for storage. They keep flies and wasps away from food, indoors or out, to make sure only the intended get to enjoy the goodies.

Pop-up Food Covers ~ from 3.50€

Homestyle Gadgets Rotating Cheese Grater ~ 10€ Cut out the middle man and grate directly into the saucepan or bowl with this handy, ‘sideways’ rotating grater. Ideal for smaller amounts, with two interchangeable blades – fine and coarse – its smooth action quickly grates cheese or vegetables with no need to collect into a separate bowl. Perfect also for grating Parmesan at the table for that professional finishing touch to Italian dishes. Spare blade slots into base for safe storage when not in use. Dishwasher Safe.

Turbo Travel Fan ~ 5.50€ There are lots of personal fans on the market, but this powerful little one takes some beating. With an energy-saving motor, it folds down like a travel alarm clock, to easily fit into a handbag or pocket. Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included).

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There are many species of aphid, often with its own favourite host plants and particular life cycle. Greenfly and blackfly are the most familiar, but there are also yellow, red, orange and brown aphids.

Aphids usually spend the summer on one plant, moving to a host plant to overwinter. They breed at an alarming rate - females can give birth to live young when only a week old. They are sap-sucking pests and the excess sap is excreted as honeydew. This sticky residue falls on to the lower leaves of the plant, attracting black sooty mould, which inhibits photosynthesis and deprives the plant of energy.

Organic Solutions Natural predators, such as birds, earwigs, ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, ground beetles, spiders and parasitic wasps are a gardener’s best allies. Some of these are available as biological controls, however, they need time to tackle the problem, so don’t expect them to hoover up the aphids overnight. Small clusters of aphids can be squished with your fingers or washed off with a strong jet of water. Insecticidal soap sprays are effective, but must come into contact with the pest to work.

Chemical Solutions Avoid feeding plants with nitrogen-rich fertiliser, as it encourages soft, sappy growth that’s especially vulnerable to aphid attack. There are many products available to control aphids - if you intend to use them on edible crops, make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Bifenthrin is used in contact insecticides, which are sprayed directly on to the pest. Imidacloprid and thiacloprid are found in systemic products, which are absorbed by the plants, before being taken up by the aphids.

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QUESTION: I planted far too many tomato plants this year as they were cheap and now have a glut of them. Apart from making chutney what can I do with the ripe ones? Even the neighbours are turning them down now!

ANSWER: Why not try and sun-dry them? In the sort of sunshine we get here it’s really easy to do! Slice tomatoes in half, even the small cherry ones. Place them on an old sheet placed on top of some sort of screen, skin side down and spreading them out so’s they don’t touch. Sprinkle lightly with salt which will dry them out quicker but is optional if you don’t like salt.

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Cover the whole lot with an old, clean net curtain or horticultural fleece if you have it, to keep off any insects or birds, and making sure it doesn’t touch the fruit, using a cage. I use the sort of folding net things you buy from the ‘todo’ shops to keep flies off food. Raise the whole lot up on bricks to allow the air to circulate underneath and place in hot sun. They should dry in a couple of days but on cool nights bring inside so they don’t become moist again and undo the process; obviously if it rains you will need to bring

them in under cover. The end product should be dry but not crispy and with no inner moisture in order to prevent bacteria growth. They should feel dry but pliable and almost leathery to the touch. When they reach this stage they can be stored in plastic bags or airtight glass jars. In plastic bags, pack them as tightly as possible, removing any excess air (a vacuum sealer is perfect for the job). For glass jars, again pack them tightly and use a tight fitting lid to seal. Preserving jars are great for the job. Your jars or plastic bags can be safely stored for up to a year, after which the taste, flavour and nutritional value will decline. They can also be stored in the freezer for up to 18 months. I bet your neighbours won’t turn their noses up if you offer them perfect sundried tomatoes! Ask Frankie a gardening question! Send an email to

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The Mediterranean Sea is an important habitat for whales and dolphins. Here and in the Black Sea there are seven different whale and four dolphin species. At any time populations of Sperm Whales can be found offshore Crete, and Fin Whale in the Ligurian Sea between Italy, France and Corsica. Dolphins such as Bottlenose Dolphin and Striped Dolphin are seen almost all year round, especially in Greek waters. All these species will come into the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar. Take a boat trip and it is possible to see many of these marine mammals. More seldom are Minke Whale, Longfinned Pilot Whale, Risso’s Dolphin, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale and Harbour Porpoise. In spring Killer Whale and other dolphin species follow tuna shoals from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea. Whales and Dolphins are threatened by food shortage due to over-fishing. Blue and Red Tuna, hunted pitilessly, are on the verge of extinction. Whales and dolphins often drown as “bycatch” in the nets of the fishing fleets, or after getting tangled in older nets which were cut and drift freely through the oceans. Sea turtles such as the Loggerhead Turtle are additionally endangered by hook-fishing. The progressive pollution of the Mediterranean by sewage, mineral oil or plastic waste is fatal to marine wildlife. Especially in the Strait of Gibraltar, the increased shipping traffic in the Mediterranean has endangered whales and dolphins and collisions happen time and time again. NATO’s sonar experiments in the Mediterranean prove to be a potent menace, since dolphins and whales are damaged to such an extent that mass beachings and subsequent death of the animals occur more and more frequently. The destruction of untouched coastal habitats and the unlimited construction of new sporting

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Find and circle all of the beach words that are hiddden in the grid. The remaining letters spell an additional beach word.

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No other fruit says summer like the subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon. Although watermelons can now be found in the markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is in the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality.

Smoked Pancetta-Wrapped Watermelon For the watermelon and mozzarella stack, cut the watermelon slices into 4cm/1.5in x 7.5cm/3in pieces. You want 12 pieces in total.


Lay four slices of pancetta horizontally onto a board, so they overlap slightly, and place a piece of watermelon in the centre, across the slices of pancetta.

48 slices smoked pancetta

Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Top the piece of watermelon with a slice of mozzarella and season with a little more salt and freshly ground black pepper. Fold the sides of the pancetta over the mozzarella to create a parcel, leaving each end of the watermelon exposed.

 watermelon, cut into 2cm / 1 0.5in-thick slices Salt and freshly ground black pepper  balls buffalo mozzarella, 3 each cut into 4 thick slices

For the salad  50g/5oz watermelon, roughly 1 chopped, seeds removed

Repeat the above until you have 12 parcels in total. Heat a frying pan until hot then add the parcels, three or four at a time, depending on the size of your pan.

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

Fry on each side until the pancetta is crisp and goldenbrown - take care not to overcook because you don’t want to melt the mozzarella. Remove the parcels from the pan, drain on kitchen paper and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining parcels.

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

50g/2oz watercress 50g/2oz rocket

50g/2oz baby spinach leaves For the salad, place the watermelon into a mini food processor and blend to a smooth purée. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in the sherry vinegar and olive oil. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Just before you’re ready to serve, toss all the salad leaves together and dress with a little of the watermelon dressing. To serve, stack three warm watermelon parcels onto each of four serving plates. Place the salad to one side and drizzle over a little extra watermelon dressing.

Frozen Watermelon Shake Put the sugar in a pan and pour over 150ml water. Heat slowly until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Cool, then chill until needed.


Meanwhile, put the melon chunks in a freezer-proof container and freeze for 21/2 hours, until solid.

...about 2kg, peeled, chopped and deseeded

When you’re ready to serve the drinks, put the melon in a blender with the chilled sugar syrup, lime juice and rum. Whizz to a thick shake and spoon into 4 x 400ml highball glasses. Serve immediately.

75g granulated sugar 1 small watermelon

Juice of 4 large limes 50ml white rum

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Watermelon & Feta Salad Ingredients: For the salad 1 cucumber 250g/9oz feta cheese, cut into cubes about 24 kalamata olives Handful rocket leaves ½ watermelon, cut into wedges

For the dressing 100ml/3½fl oz cider vinegar 2.5cm/1in piece fresh ginger, grated 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 lime, juice only 300ml/10fl oz extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad, cut the cucumber in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon, then cut into 2.5cm/1in half moons. Place into a large bowl with the remaining salad ingredients, except the watermelon. For the dressing, place the vinegar, ginger, mint, lime juice and olive oil into a bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well. To serve, pour the dressing over the salad and stir well. Arrange the watermelon wedges around the salad and serve with warm pitta bread. Ideal for BBQ’s or parties for a splash of colour - and it also helps your 5 a day too!

Watermelon Gazpacho Slice the melons in half and scoop 4 melon balls out of each type of melon. You will only need half of each melon for the recipe. Remove the flesh from the melon halves and roughly chop and put in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, mint, a drizzle of honey, 4 tbsp of vinegar, 8 tbsp of olive oil, a large pinch of salt and some pepper. Make sure it is well seasoned at this stage. If possible allow the mixture to marinade and the flavours to infuse for 2 hours.


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1 watermelon L arge handful Mint, roughly torn 4 ripe Tomatoes, roughly chopped 1/2 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped 1/3 Cucumber, peeled & roughly chopped Basil, cress 4 tbsp red wine vinegar drizzle Honey 8 tbsp Olive oil 2-3 slices sourdough 2 small ripe melons, such as Galia or Charentais

Mix the contents of the bowl and taste the juice at the bottom. Adjust the seasoning as necessary. Put the contents of the bowl into a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning – you may need to add a splash more vinegar and a couple of pinches of salt.

croutons in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown on each side.

Make the croutons by thickly slicing some bread. You’ll need about 2 or 3 slices. Remove the crust and cut the dough into pieces of a similar size to the balls of melon.

Ladle the gazpacho into a bowl over the melon balls and put the croutons on top. Sprinkle with some basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil

Add some olive oil to a hot pan and put the

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Friday 7th August

The all round entertainment bar! Every Wednesday 2 Courses for 5€ Tuesday from 8pm Thursday from 8pm

San Pedro del Pinatar, in Murcia, hosts the new Salinas Pop Festival on Friday 7 August, with a powerful line-up featuring three of the most outstanding Spanish bands of the year. The aim is to consolidate the fest as an unmissable musical event in the summertime musical schedule.

SUNDAY LUNCHES still only 5€ Serving Beef, Chicken or Lamb Shank (3.50€ extra) all served with 5 veg & all the extras. PLUS: NEW SUMMER SUNDAY MEALS Ploughmans Lunch, Prawn Salad with Marie Rose Sauce, Beef Salad with Mustard Mayo, Cheese Salad, Chicken Salad with Mango Mayo - ALL 5€

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We are based in the pretty village of Partaloa, 10 mins from Albox SPECIAL OFFER: 2 hour Sunset Ride with BBQ 35€ per person minimum 2 people • Summer pony club - 70€ per week (Mon to Fri) • SPECIAL SUMMER LOAN DEALS • 1/2 Hour lesson €12. 1 Hour Trek €20 • Livery available • BHS Qualified • EN Standard hats supplied • Weekend Pony Club 20€ per child includes 11/2 hour riding.

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every Wednesday throughout the Summer Mojacar’s Spectacular Theme Night at the Kimrick

Move into our banqueting hall, where you will be served by our wenches with a sumptuous 3 course feast, whilst being entertained by our court jester & other amazing acts.

Meals to be ordered in advance at time of reservation with booking agent. Non refundable deposit required of 10€ per adult and 5€ per child payable at time of booking.

The festival will close with Krakovia, a new musical experiment served by the producer David Kano, also heart and soul of bands as Cycle. Krakovia mise-en-scene reminds of a Quentin Tarantino’s film, upon seeing the stunning burlesque dancer and singer Vinila Von Bismark and the Berliner underground punk vocalist and songwriter Petra Flurr. The group also includes drums, double bass, a couple of guitars, moogs, and two Oriental chorus singers. All music was composed by David Kano himself, Guille Mostaza and Juanjo Reig. Their first album,“Road Movie”, must be considered as a clear booster in the music scene. Salinas Pop Festival will hold on Friday 7 August at 10 pm at the public premises located at Avenida del Pilar in San Pedro del Pinatar. The Festival has been planned and produced by Medart, Gestora Mediterránea de las Artes, with the contribution of Concejalía de Cultura, Turismo y Festejos del Ayto. de San Pedro del Pinatar.

Tickets will cost 22€ and are available from, Fnac stores & Carrefour; they can also be purchased at the box office of the Theater- Cinema Moderno in San Pedro del Pinatar.


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To complete this epic night, why not dance the night away with our resident DJ, playing classic music from the 60´s to the present day.

The next group to perform will be Vetusta Morla, the most prominent band in the Spanish music scene of the last year. Their first album, “Un día en el mundo” has become a smash hit this season, with glowing public and critical acclaim within the independent scene, judging by the number of awards it has reaped, namely: Three Music Awards, granted by the Academy of Music Arts and Sciences in the categories of Best Alternative Pop Album for “Un Día en el Mundo”, Best New Artist and Best Author for the track “Copenhague”. This song was also chosen by the nationwide network Radio 3 (National Radio) listeners as one of three best Spanish indie songs in the last two decades. Vetusta Morla also recently won four out of 26 Independent Music Awards (UFI) First Edition, as Best Artist, Best Album, Best Song, and

Best Pop Album.

Ticket information

You will then be entertained by top cabaret artists. Keep the kids happy with Maid marion Children’s Entertainer offering balloon making, face painting and more... all evening.

Gremio DC will open the night launching “Conexiones mágicas”, the first 2.0 album in Spain. This up and coming indie band has managed to reach the top spot on www., -an initiative to sponsor new musicians, as a result of which the proceeds for its first album amount to $50, 000 dollars invested by over 400 “patrons” from different places such as UK, France, Argentina, Italy, Venezuela and Spain. By demolishing prejudices and ignoring the elites, Gremio DC is carving out a place in the music scene thanks to its distinctive style and an increasing number of fans.

“a ‘Knight’ not to be missed”

Hotel Indalo

Pueblo Indalo Apartments Farmacia

Approx 1.5km Beachcomber

Approx 2km Red Cross

Parque Comercial

Enjoy a complimentary drink, medieval music and a captivating international magician before watching closely as our chef carves the slow roasted hog & succulent chickens on the spit.


In a medieval setting, enjoy an evening of full entertainment starting at 7pm every Wednesday.

Sales: 950 430 820 email:

The Sunburnt Arms

Salinas Pop Festival

Tel: 950 121 366

Duque de Ahumada 35, Albox

Correos Guardia Civil Indoor Market

Sales: 950 430 820 email:



friday 31ST JULY

The Royal British Legion Opens Another New Branch The Zurgena & District Branch


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

Find us on Mojacar Playa, near to the Irish Rover

Tel: 697 264 179


SUNDAY LUNCH 3 courses 8.50€

Monthly Meetings are held at Latinos, in La Alfoquia 1st Thursday of the month You do not need to have been in the Armed Forces to join. The new branch has a active social side with Cribb, Quiz Nights, Coffee Mornings, 10 Pin Bowling and much more. SO why not give them a try! Why not join them and have some fun whilst raising money for our Welfare cases here in Spain. For details of how to join call 950 449 514 or email: All poppy donations collected in Spain are used for Welfare in Spain!

Ladies Pottery Painting Party at SimplyART, Albox 6th August - 6pm to 9pm Pay for only the pottery you crea te! Complimentary Wine & Nibbles!!! Reservations call Debbie 662 443 095

All fresh homemade produce.


Pie, Mash & Liquor Night


Saturday 1st August


Congratulations Nicki & Lee on the bir th of your bab y daughter ‘Daisy Leigh’ on 15th July - 3kgs

Karaoke & Disco with Graham Dee from 8.30pm Too late to drive home?

Why not book a room in our clean & comfortable Bed & Breakfast Open Hours: Mon to Sat: Midday - Late Sunday: Midday - 7pm Tel: 950 064 060 or 650 599 739


Cancer Support Group text or email Elaine:

e details call, English & Spanish Speaking - For mor m~ 607 598 470 ~

wheelchair hire at apsa


MAKE OVER? The APSA charity shop in Calle Ancha, Albox has a new wheelchair for hire at APSA is hosting special ‘Here Come The Girls´ rates of 5€ a day, morning at La Parrillia Bar 25€ week or 40€ for 2 weeks. & Restaurant, Albox on Just call in the shop to check Tuesday 25 August availability! One lucky lady will have A refundable deposit of 30€ a complete makeover on the day - with hair is payable on collection.... re-styled by Donna All the proceeds benefi t the and makeup and nails many dogs in our care. by Heidi. Raffle tickets We are so very grateful to the family for the makeover are who made this generous donation. available at Donna’s hair d surprise your friends an family in the uk with an h online announcement wit ww em ail all the details & photos to ‘’

Claire and ever yo ne Sol Times send th at the eir best wishes to Matt an d Carol of Finca Listonero.

and beauty salon and the APSA shop...for only €1 you could look like a new woman!! Hosted by Steve King of Smooth FM, will feature massages, cosmetics, Pilates, lingerie, reflexology, angel cards, reiki and much more.... in fact all you need for a new relaxed you!! For more details call Liz 661 073 712


s to Janine of Joan Cakes & Bakes All our Love Your Friends At Sol Times XXX


to our super star DJ brother… have a brilliant birthday! All our love Jo & Claire xxx



Wednesday Pitch 2€

For further information contact Julie on 646

675 297

Wonderful drive out from Albox to Taberno then drive 5KM further on to a fabulous Bar & Restaurant, from Tapas to Menu Del Dia excellent value! Outdoor swimming pool makes for a great day out.

Lots of market stalls and bargains to be had

Open to stall holders from 8am onwards Open to the public from 9am - 2pm Situated on the Huercal Overa/Taberno road at the junction of Los Llanos & Santopetar crossroads.


Have A Wonderful Birthday, Lots of Love, Mom, Dad, Rob, and all of the Brennan Clan XXX

To advertise your event, please call us on 950 430 820 or email :

What’s On... What’s On... What’s On

mojacar’s got talent



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Want all of your unwanted items! Call

600 007 175 950 064 545 ALL HOUSE CLEARANCES UNDERTAKEN 27 years experience Complete service Free advice given


GENERal services

Competitive Prices Te l e p h o n e Wo r k s h o p :

Tel: 968 959 632 Mobile: 686 377 172



New office in Turre Your life in Spain made easier lNIE numbers lResidencias lDoctor/Hospital visits lWills lUtilities connections lSchools registrations lSocial security affiliations lVehicle registrations lNotary & others lTranlation service

e n m me Ho ve re o t pr n m ce

Mobile Dog Grooming Servicing ...over 20 years experience home or your home! Mobile: 670 935 029

Tel/Fax: 950 479 057 Mob: 637 267 893


For more information Tel: 680 777 789



Damp Proofing


tiling Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

Tel: 950 449 565 or: 666 369 131


Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman Tel: 697 678 708


Drainage Solutions


air/con - car Car Air-Conditioning services

RE-gassing from 49€

Call out service available

Call autofrio M: 600 827 517 T: 950 104 488

air/con AIR CONDITIONING SUMMER SPECIAL Hot & Cold Units Supplied & Installed From 95€

Emergency Drain Cleaning High Pressure Water Jetting CCTV Surveys Drainage Repairs Location of Cesspits Qualified Engineer Expert Reports

Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966



Enclosures Europe S.L.

Enclosures for: • Pool • Spa • Patio Terrace Enjoy your life fly-free Tel: 950 459 060 or 649 482 677

Tel: 649 304 441



Mature Ex Model


who loves dining, dancing and travel would like to meet like-minded gentleman. Photograph appreciated Email:

Any small building jobs including Patio’s, Brickwork, Rendering, Custom Made & Fitted Rejas and more...

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592


Tel: 617 741 564

7.5 Ton Lorry


Paint Magic Experienced Interior & Exterior Decorator. Using quality materials. Fast, friendly, clean & efficient service. Will never be beaten on price! No payment until complete satisfaction! For free quotation

Tel: 617 904 774

Parking/storage AAParking & storage Almeria Murcia Alicante Tel: 639 081 067

(in front of Mojacar Beach Hotel)

Tel. 950 478 129


PEst control

Potty Finca Services

Restaurant Owners

Ring John on 950 163 930 or 616 855 294

Tel. 660 094 373

Remedial / Therapeutic Massage Treatment of Back / Sciatic Conditions

Great News, you can now drop off your copy for adverts and classifieds at:

Professional Tree Felling, Pruning, Strimming & Hedge Cutting

Make it all clear just call Clare Doctors Appointments / Hospital / Guardia Civil Available 24 Hours 15€ an hour

Ray Daniel S p o r t s M a ss a g e Therapist


Summer’s here!

Translation Service



Enoy a huge advantage over your competitors! Your terrace / patio dining area can be free of flies with the all new “Fly Slayer” machine! Take action now! Call Stephanie on

617 822 106

or visit: Home Sweet Home in Turre

Plumbing Geoff Cross plumber

627 749 778 Mojacar based All areas covered Call out service offered

Mojacar Plumbing

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

Local, National & Deliveries The name you can trust Tel: 678 612 331

solar Complete Solar System

Comprising 3 Panels, 8 Batteries, 1 Invertor, 1 Regulator plus cabling


Tel: 650 911 287 or email: for more information

Visit Our Seafront Showroom Paseo del Mediterraneo, local 30

Install. Enjoy.

Tel: 950 473 104 669 143 036 Email:

ARMADILLO ● Building Work ● Mosquito Blinds ● Extensions ● Security Grilles ● Patios & Tiling ● Shower Cubicles ● Painting & Decorating ● Plumbing Work

Call Mick on 950 528 128 or 663 303 350


ross regan s.l

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

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


to & from the UK once a week

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

tuition Spanish SUMMER COURSES

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

van hire


Orange Box Removals

Windows & Doors

Mojacar Playa (Almeria) building & maintenance

damp proofing

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363 or Email:

Mojacar S.L

Ventanas y Puertas

American style screen rooms, patios, terraces, pools and spas. or 677 152 911 See our main advert.

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

windows & doors

Jill’s Barking Mad

Soft Options

Curtains, & Soft Furnishings. Made to measure curtains & blinds. Cushions & accessories. Also Roman, Roller & Vertical Blinds


mosquito screens

fly screens interior blinds

Don’t delay, Call today! all areas covered!

Self drive van hire or with driver. Spain, UK Removals.

Tel: 630 348 505 or 636 121 926 email:


the gallery now open

135 Calle mayor, Garrucha/Mojacar



Telephone: 686 697 665

Sales: 950 430 820 email:


Sales: 950 430 820 email:



scrap cars

for sale


FOR SALE (Due to Bereavment) 2004 KIA SHUMA II

Automatic, 1.6 LS, Saloon, Air Con only 58,300km, FSH, one owner

Tel: 950 064 534 4995€ ono or 692 809 425 rover 800 Immaculate inside, as new, drives excellent, RHD, smooth runner


Porsche 944 5L, soft top, Spanish plates, purple, superb drive, as good as new. 20 years young, any trial


Tel: 664 619 819 679 207 545

Tel: 664 619 819 679 207 545

Ford fiesta

Renault twingo

4 doors, 2000, immaculate throughout. Drives very well, MOT til end of 2010. Very economic. Silver blue, Spanish Plates


2 doors, good condition, almost runs on air! Drives superb, bluish! Spanish plates to clear

Tel: 664 619 819 679 207 545

Suzuki Vitara


Black, very good looking throughout. Soft top, sport wheels, RHD, eye catcher, Ideal for campo.


Tel: 664 619 819 679 207 545

Genuine reason for sale. Fully licensed & legal. Certificates available & inspection. Genuine enquiries only

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

Tel: 639 088 789 Business For Sale


business opportunity

situations vacant

We want You !

Reliable and energetic agents to sell advertising space in well established magazine. 30% commission.

Serendipity Crafts And Gifts, Albox. Established 4 Years, Genuine Reason For Sale. Serious Enquiries Only Please. Price reduced for quick sale

Tel: 617 588 417 or 950 431 502

Phone Naresh: 616 493 487

business opportunity

Distributors wanted in the uk

Earn Big Money participate in the fastest growing markets!

Full or Part Time Call 950 064 771 or visit

Detached Spanish cottage overlooking Spanish gardens, olive trees, great views. Log burner, front and back patios plus garden. Additional separate apartment with bathroom. Arboleas area. Not on estate. Quiet position. Must be seen. 400€ per month plus electric

Tel: 609 199394


Long / short term let 1 bed furnished casita with fully equipped kitchen, sunny, fly-free private patio & private parking

250€ per month & bills - long term Tel: 666 281 323


Long / short term let 2 bed furnished casita with fully equipped kitchen, sunny, fly-free private patio & private parking

290€ per month & bills - long term Tel: 666 281 323

long term lets from Citrus Homes! Furnished & unfurnished in all areas. From 1 bedroom apartments to 6 bedroom villas. For more information Call: 638 849 254

Tel: 649 304 441

Tel: 609 199 394

3 bed village house in



per month plus bills. Available now. Call Jay on 634 601 602

TWIN HOME UNIT 89,000€ Fully furnished, 2 dbl beds, soft tub. 200m2 plot Homes from 40,000€ See Virtual Video Tour

Tel: 629 688 153 urgently Wanted Rental Properties for waiting clients

Ideal Investment property for sale, due to recession. Beautiful, brand new villa, fully centrally heated, 3 beds, 1 bath, f/fitted kitchen & roof terrace. Direct from owner, full paperwork, water & electric connected. Set in Oria, only 20 mins from the A-92N Motorway.

For quick sale 135,000€ Tel: 699 483 438

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

25,000€ ono Tel: 677 012 708

Villa in Arboleas for rent. Long term let, 4 beds, 2 baths. 200€ pcm + bills. Tel: 630 471 422

La Lobos LaHierbaboena, Hierbabuena, Los Los Lobos


or 618 245 709


FOR SALE Mobile Home

Cherri Bar Park Homes S.L


3 bed, 2 bath detached villa in Los Higuerales, 1,000sqm plot, enclosed landscaped garden with panoramic mountain views, 10mx4m pool, Sat TV & internet. Imported kitchen with solid oak work tops, belfast sink and range cooker . Fully furnished or unfurnished. 495€ pcm + bills

Detached Spanish Villa, one bedroom, lounge with log burner, large kitchen / dining room. Fantastic views. Front & back patio areas plus garden. Additional large separate bedroom, en-suite. Quiet position. Arboleas, not on estate but easy route to village and local towns

2 - 4 Bedrooms & pool Furnished / Unfurnished. All areas, coastal & inland. Professional Rental Management Service offered Call: 638 849 254

or 618 245 709 kitchenS & bathrooms


Kitchens & Bathrooms

Visit Our Seafront Showroom

Find us in ventanas y Puertas Mojacar s.l For all your Kitchen & Bathroom Requirements hoco From Design to Completion

huercal overa

Internet Cafe (125m2) Cards, Books, Gifts DVD Rental Established over 3 years Genuine Reason for Sale Serious Enquiries only No Time Wasters! Tel: 610 052 825 or 950 135 039 shower & bath screens

678 655 453 windows & doors

property for rent & property for sale

Property to rent overlooking Arboleas

Business for sale

with billion dollar company. Now moving to UK & Spain Soon home-based No cold calling Call now for more info: Tel: 628 741 870



business for sale


Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, Aluminium Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 031


Tel: 664 619 819 679 207 545

business for sale



Paseo del Mediterraneo, local 30 Mojacar Playa (Almeria) Tel: 950 473 104 669 143 036 Email:


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket!

Windows • Conservatories • Doors • Patio Enclosures arches are our speciality

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

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

fishing boat for sale

fishing boat For Sale

5m Explorer Elite fishing boat for 4/6 persons, 3 yrs old with 40 hp Mariner engine and 2.5 back-up Mariner engine Complete with front winch trailer and bimini

11,750€ ONO

Tel: 950 432 502 or 678 050 359 for details QUAD for sale

KYMCO KXR Sport Quad 250cc

4 stroke, auto, road use with car license, big top box, feet supports, good condition, little used, well under half price at:


Mojacar Area Phone:

666 008 816


When responding to an advertisement remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES




swimming pool engineers Fully Legal & Registered

SPECIAL OFFER: Complete sand change, labour & sand media ONLY 99€



Telephone: 950 064 781 (5pm to 10pm) Mobile Mark: 671 220 162 email:


PC, Laptops, Printers etc Sales & Repairs - On-site Callout & Tuition Service Available

Tel: 950 120 900 or 615 647 058


Serving the local community since 2003 Website: Email: Contact us on Skype at Shinform

Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 2pm, & 4pm - 7pm. Sat 10am - 1pm Address - 28 de Febrero, s/n, 04800, Albox, Almeria

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

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.



Baby Equipment Hire Birth to 5 years Travel cot, car seat, door gates, bottle sterilizers, baby walkers etc. Short term or long term hire FREE DELIVERY & NO DEPOSIT

Call jenny on 950 439 331 or 666 903 579 baby AWNINGS - FLY SCREENS - INTERNAL BLINDS SHADING SPAIN, WITH...


■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■


ARMADILLO ● Building Work ● Extensions ● Patios & Tiling ● Painting & Decorating

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


● Mosquito Blinds ● Security Grilles ● Shower Cubicles ● Plumbing Work

Call Mick on 950 528 128 or 663 303 350

J&K Construction 70 years of quality service

All aSpects of building undertaken

now on

Tel: 627 907 207

647 379 795

Specialists in Carpentry, Reforms and New Builds. Swimming Pools and Kitchens

special summer discounts

For FREE estimates & advice, please call:

666 194 885 or Evenings: 950 952 942

Rapid Pools S.L Spa & Pool Maintenance

Avenida 28 Febrero No.34, Albox (situated on the Baza Road opposite Hiper Ocio)

For information on all our products & services

please visit our website

Tel: 950 104 345 Mob: 637 582 696

Mosquito Screens for Windows & Doors For a free estimate call us on 610 000 700 Awnings shower screens replacement window and doors Plisse retracting screens ideal for all types of door openings

Enclosures / Conservatories Convert your patio area into a sunroom or a mosquito free area with glass or mesh

“Did you know Sol Times has over Distribution Points?”


Sol Times Newspapers is distributed every week to over 450 drop off points including: shops, garages, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and other businesses throughout Almeria and Murcia conurbation. Listed below are just some of the towns, villages and outlets that stock our paper each week.



Coastal Areas

~ Bol Nuevo

~ Mojacar Playa

~ CampoSol

~ Garrucha

~ Canada de Romero

~ Turre

~ Cuevas de Reyillo

~ Villaricos

~ El Algar

~ Palomares ~ Antas ~ Vera Town ~ Los Gallardos ~ Las Buganvillas ~ Purto Rey Country areas ~ Albox ~ Arboleas ~ La Alfoquia ~ Huercal Overa ~ Baza

~ El Pareton ~ Puerto Lumbreras ~ Fuente Alamo ~ La Manga Club ~ Los Alcazares ~ Los Belones ~ Los Cantareros ~ Pto. De Mazarron ~ Santiago de la Riberia ~ San Pedro del Pintar ~ Torre Pacheco

~ Los Velez

~ El Romero


~ la florida

~ Campo Verde

~ la siesta

City & Guilds and Spanish Qualifications

~ Pilar de Horadada

~ punta prima

Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans Fitted. Emergency Callout Available

~ Cabo Roig


Coastal Mosquitos

about your business

Qualified Electrician

Tel: 670 309 878

~ Los Balcones ~ La Zenia

~ Quesada ~ montesinos ~ san miguel

~ Villa Martin

~ dona pepa

~ Playa Flamenca

~ la herrada

Sales: 950 430 820 email:


Sales: 950 430 820 email:

email sales@ soltimes .com for sale

Pool Table

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

Gorgeous Gold ‘New Look’ Ruffle Front Platform Court Shoe, NEW NEVER WORN, Small Size 4/37 or size 3/36, cost £20, sell for 10€ Call 650 866 901 Acoustic Guitar Yamaha LL6T hand crafted. Lovely sound & great looking, complete with custom hard case. As new 290€ Pine dresser with glass doors 150€ ONO; Oblong pine dining table and four chairs 120€ ONO; Light wood TV cabinet, turntable top, 120€ ONO; Light wood computer table on wheels 50€; Oblong pine coffee table 30€; Two pine bedside cabinets 20€ each Tel: 968 199 913 or 646 444 942 English horse saddle for sale. 17” with girth, leathers & stainless steel stirrups. Bargain 100€ ONO Tel: 686 337 872 Washing machine top loader works well 50€ Sack truck 20€ Hammock large & strong 100€ Music centre portable hardly used 40€ Roth oil storage tank 620 liters gauges & filters as new 200€ Tel: 950 477 269 Sky Digital Receiver (Pace) with lead and remote control 85€ Tel 950 528 337 or 660 908 870 Pair of beautiful full length curtains, extra wide. Cream with terracotta abstract pattern. Fully lined - as new. Came from “Debenhams” in UK. Excellent quality.Bargain 65€ Phone: Moira 950 069 538. (Los Gallardos) Fogarty Double mattress covers (UK size) 18€ each. FOGARTY Pillow covers (UK size) 4€ each. Cantoria: 661 148 172 Light Teak Table 85 x 125 Extends + 6 Chairs 150€; Light teak 1 Side board with drawers & cupboard 60€; Wall Unit with 2 tall glass fronted units & Low cupboard section; Can be used as separate units 100€ Office furniture self assembly grey with table/desk, drawers & tall unit with shelves & doors 60€ 2 pine beds with mattresses & covers 150€ 2 bed spreads for single beds white with blue check as new 25€ 2 pine bedside tables 35€; 1 pine wall mirror 12€; 1 coffee table glass top & wrought iron base 30€; Fridge freezer Daewoo Good condition 50€. Tel 636 883 527 One Halogen Oven in perfect condition. Self cleaning function, energy efficient, portable. 50€ Recipe book included. Tel: 617 587 691


SOL CLASSIFIEDS Any item for sale UNDER 300€ is FREE to advertise here

TRAMPOLINE 12ft brand new in box fun for the whole family 99€ SURF BOARD Brand new 300€ NEVER BEEN USED Full surf board kit still in wrappers never been used wet suit, gloves, boots wax etc. Bargain 350€ Tel 616 573 991 2 x brand new lavender headboards with matching 1 drawer bedside 250€; George Forman lean mean grilling machine new but no box 35€; Rattan dining chairs honey colour, beige seats, brand new 110€ each; Mexican pine blanket box perfect condition 175€; Electric plancha new but no box 25€; Table swivel top and pull out section for sky box etc, pine coloured brand new 185€ Tel:671 379 493 Full house solar system panels, batteries, turbines, inverter, charger, switches & dials. 10,000€ ONO Tel: 626 700 919 New bouncy castle size 14 x 12 purchased from the UK, Bargain 650€ All safety certification. Don’t want to buy you can hire. Can deliver Tel: 699 387 939 Attention restaurant owners! Enjoy a huge advantage over your competitors. Your terrace/ patio area can be free of flies with the all new ‘Fly Slayer’ machine. Take action now! Call Stephanie on 617 822 106 or visit Home Sweet Home in Turre As new, 2 single beds complete with headboards, mattresses, pillows, set of bed linen and matching curtains, also 1 draw bedside cabinet 100€. Double headboard 20€. Electric 4 burner hob 20€. Large electric water heater 20€ Buyer collects. Tel: 646 892 622 Pair of beautiful full length curtains, extra wide, cream with terracotta abstract pattern. fully lined - as new - came from Debenhams in UK. Excellent quality, Bargain 65€ Phone: Moira 950 069 538. (Los Gallardos) Water pump, Mercabomba XJM-900S, brand new jet, 100 litre. 180€ Tel. 950 477 063 Large log burner with glass doors central flue 250€ Tel: 950 064 713 for details Electric kiln for firing earthenware pottery, excellent condition 495€ Artists projector, can project any image onto any surface, as new 195€ Tel: 648 791 925

wanted Massage Couch Tel: 647 821 413 Car wanted, small, reliable, good condition, air con, Spanish registration & ITV’d. Cash buyer. Tel: 609 199 394 AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175/950 064 545


supply your own fabric. Tel: 654 894 836



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

Looking for a lively lady to partner me in salsa dancing. Tel: 633 310 429

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

artist Pop art portraits, the ideal gift, hand painted acrylic on canvas. Tel: 670 675 920 www.

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

bed & breakfast Clean & comfortable B&B in Cerro Gordo. Call Chris on 950 064 060 or 650 599 739

business for sale Craft & Hobby, Albox. Artist & Crafting Materials and Workshop. Low rent, well positioned, genuine reason for sale. Tel: 600 817 352 crafthobbyalbox@

carpentry Wildwood Bespoke Joinery – High quality made - to measure carpentry and joinery. Reliable & professional service at a competitive price. Avoid disappointment, call James On 950 067 011, Or 685 955 768 w ildwo o d@avired.c om Pinewood Joinery, Handmade Garden Furniture, Kitchens, Doors, Windows, Home Furniture, all to you own specifications. From Albox to Mojacar & surrounding area. For a free quote call Steve on 699 387 329 or 628 122 365

digger Mini Digger and Driver Hire. Tel: 610 345 725

ELECTRICAL ANDREW MORRISON – All electrical work undertaken. Boletin available. Tel: 627 250 20 Qualified Electrician City & Guilds, and Spanish Qualifications. Installations, Rewiring, Repairs, Lights & Fans fitted, Emergency call out available. Tel 670 309 878

for hire The Baby Hire Centre Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 649 332 134 Email enquiries@ thebabyhirecentre. com Website: www. BABY BASICS – baby equipment hire. Birth to 5 years. Free delivery. Call Jenny on: 950 439 331 or 666 903 579 Everything for the visiting baby Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingababy@hotmail. Ref 4672

generators A LTE R N ATIV E POWER SUPPLIES – selling trade in generators, reconditioned & serviced, petrol, diesel, all types. New silent type diesels. 6.5KVA 1,275€ Solar systems also available. Tel: 606 619 095 or 618 236 957

haIRDRESSING ELAINE Fully qualified, award-winning mobile English unisex hairdresser, Albox & surrounding areas, Call today for your appointment! 618 427 103


SPARKLES Property Care Service, key holding, holiday change over cleaning, let us take good care of your property. Tel: 627 279 584 Email:

Hard Working Man, looking for work, labouring, gardening, driving, anything considered. Telephone Stephen on: 655 772 127 G r a h e e m e e ’ s Services Mechanic to kitchen fitter, Painting & Decorating to general building work. All you need in one man! Call: 670 083 343



Sew Efficient – Made to measure curtains, blinds & upholstery. Complete measuring & fitting service available. Choose from the comfort of your own home or

Holistic treatment Acupuncturist (LicAc) S.Wheeler Tel: 699 603 088 Lorraine Cundy, Deep Pressure Massage Call 950 064 484 or 687 569 113


heating Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! w w w.c a r l o s s a l i e n t e. com Tel: 950 121 918

HORSE RIDING Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

Indalo Van Man, 16m3 from 30€ / hr. Call Richard: 678 490 294 7.5 Ton Lorry to & from the UK. Once a week. Call: 680 742 011 or 0044 7970 722 744 steve@ Large van Spain – UK – Spain. Full or half loads, plus car transport. Tel : 950 165 666 or (0044) 7969123588

pest control

Skystars – satellite installations, relocation & alignment of dishes, all areas covered. Tel: Paul 687 042 335. Ref 11386

Knights Insurance. Motor, house & contents, life & health, public liability, pleasure boat, quads, jetski & more. Tel: 950 121 943.



P&D Metals All aspects of metal work undertaken. Specialists in Ornamental Gates, Rejas. Tel: 638 707 406 The Metalworks -Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Made to measure. Tel: Keith Wood on 600 438 436 Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 666 133 247 or 689 524 024

Dog Holiday Home, all the comforts of home for your dogs holiday. Tel: 950 520 493 or 659 183 524 Abandoned dogs looking for good homes. All vaccinated & health checked. Call Colin 600 829 990 Unwanted dogs between 8 years and 6 weeks in need. All of them are 2 or 3 times abandoned. Please help the dogs with all your unwanted stuff. Pet Sitting, Animal Lover, Call Lorraine 696 146 458 Palamino Kennels Exclusive Boarding Kennels & Cattery Tel: 600 829 990 or 664 575 105 www. Lorna’s Mobile Dog Grooming Service Tel: 667 722 225 Animal Hotel – Aquilas, every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www.

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locksmith 24hr Casaserve Locksmith, new locks, safes, security grills, window locks fitted. Call 950 466 438 or 676 306 269 Locksmith - Provides 24hr service. Houses/ Apartments/Cars/Shops etc. also lock fitting service. Tel. 666 949 213 PHIL THE PICK LOCKSMITH 24 hours. Locked out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes Arboleas and surrounding area. Tel: 697 243 181

mini digger Mini Digger & driver for hire. All types of building work. Competitive rates. Tel Kevin: 610 926 833

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Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. All areas covered. Tel Dave: 628 607 778

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Swimming pools Tropicana Pools Construction & Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776

tiling Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman: 697 678 708 Andalucian Tiling & Plastering specialist. Fully guaranteed.Tel:661129028

vehicles for sale 250cc ATV Dune Buggy, 2 seater. Very fast, great off road fun. Quick sale 850€. Tel: 968 438 478 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4x4 diesel. VGC 385€ Tel:620 135 186


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A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & Plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918

1 Tonne AUSA Dumper. 2,000€ Tel: 950 591 979

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Aqua bright, Albox. Pool service & maintenance. Call Mark Tel: 689 700 680.

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REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED *********** *********** *********** *********** 2006 NISSAN X-TRAIL. 2.2 CDTi in silver matching upholstery, one owner, FSH.......................NOW €13,995 2003 Renault RX4 RX4 1.9DCi, in blue, dual purpose, 4x4 & MPV.................................................NOW €7,995 2004 PEUGEOT 206 1.4HDi, estate in silver, air-con......................................................................... NOW €6,995 2004 SUZUKI JIMNY 1.3, very economical 4x4, locally owned....................................................... NOW €6,995 ************ AUTOMATICS ************ AUTOMATICS ************ AUTOMATICS ************ 1996 JEEP CHEROKEE 4.0, very low kms, air-con, tidy car..........................................................................€4,995 ************************************************************************************************** 2007 Renault Scenic 1.9DCi Privelege, top of range, 6 speed gearbox, 130cv engine............... €13,995 2004 HONDA CRV 2L Petrol 4x4 Grey with matching interior, 50,000kms, full history.....................€11,995 2004 MERCEDES 230 CLK Auto Compressor Coupe, Amazing value......................................................€9,995 2006 FORD FOCUS ESTATE 1.8 TDCi in red, black interior, low kms..................................................... €9,495 2006 OPEL MERIVA 1.4 petrol Enjoy, 62,000kms, dark blue, superb condition, one owner ............ €8,995 2006 OPEL ASTRA Estate 1.7 Diesel, alloys, climate, white, black interior, FSH, 17,000kms...............€8,995 2001 VW GOLF 1.9 TDi Estate in silver, black upholstery, alloys............................................................. €7,995 2005 RENAULT TRAFIC COMBI 100 Diesel 6 seater in blue with roof rack ...........................................€7,995 2002 FIAT STILO Sports, top of the range, 3 door, in yellow......................................................................€7,995 2001 NISSAN CABSTAR 3.5 TONNE low kms for the year. Local English owner...................................€6,995 2004 OPEL AGILA 1.3CDTi, air-con, ideal small car......................................................................................€6,995 2002 OPEL ASTRA ESTATE, diesel, white, locally owened, climate control, alloys, vgc......................€5,995 1999 AUDI A3 Diesel, in black, matching interior, local English owner, very nice condition...............€4,995 2003 FORD FOCUS 1.8 Diesel, low kms for year, very nice condition, local owner...............................€4,995 2003 Fiat Stilo 5 door hatchback, 1.2 petrol, 6 speed gearbox, very economical..............................€4,995 2003 Daewoo (Chevrolet Kalos) 5 door hatchback, 1.4 petrol, in superb condition.........................€4,995 1997 BMW 318 1.8 Automatic, black..............................................................................................................€3,995 *********** BARGAIN CARS *********** BARGAIN CARS *********** BARGAIN CARS *********** 1999 VOLKSWAGEN POLO, Diesel, white, with air-con, tidy car...............................................................€2,995 ********* BARGAIN Basement ********** BARGAIN Basement ******** BARGAIN Basement ******** OPEL FRONTERA SPORT in very nice condition, RHD on Spanish plates, only..................................€2,495 2001 FIAT MAREA .......................................................................................................................... REDUCED €2,500 ********** RIGHT HAND DRIVE ********* RIGHT HAND DRIVE ********* RIGHT HAND DRIVE ********* 2007 Renault Scenic Dynamique 1.6 petrol top of the range, 21.000 kms, in champagne, scotch guarded with warranty..............................................................................................................................€7,995 2001 AUDI A3 Diesel, recently taxed and tested..........................................................................................€2,995 *********** MOTORCYCLES *********** MOTORCYCLES *********** MOTORCYCLES *********** KAWASAKI ZZR 600, fabulous condition....................................................................................................... €1,995


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Hot, hot, hot with a strong breeze in the afternoon which did nothing to relieve the temperature. The competition was a “Bogey” where anything better than 0 is a good score. Margaret Budd was the winner with a score of +4, Tony King won a countback at +2 from Bob Tink +2, Jim Budd +2 and Brian Cooper +2. Thursdays team competition was an irregular waltz, in teams of four, 1st: Jim Budd, Mark Davies, Geoff Owen and George (visitor) 127 2nd: Malcolm Smallwood, Adrian Roberts, John Pickbourn and John (visitor) 125 3rd: Brian Mayhew, Tony King, Margaret Budd and Carl (visitor) 115

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

the grumpy old men of los gallardos Greetings from a cold, damp and dismal corner of the British Empire. The only brightness on the horizon was the birth of a new grandson, to be christened David Victor, and in that order otherwise the initials would be more than the little fellow could bear. Fuller has met his match now there is someone else in the household who is able to talk more drivel than he does. It is wonderful how soon the mind can forgets the abject enjoyment generated shopping, with “’er in doors” can bring - I’m a Grump, get me out of here!!! Riding on a double-decker bus, into town, reminded me of my youth, sliding down a steep hill on a piece of corrugated tin, it was that comfortable!

This once bastion of the free world, has become a slave to the TV ad, with the masses feeding themselves on the basic commodity, which is tomato sauce with various additions, be it burger, fish or just chips, as seen on TV. The high streets in every town consist of charity shops, estate agents, banks and fast food outlets; you will not find a butcher, fishmonger or ironmongers for love nor money, sad! Example, I was looking for the head for a dutch hoe, no-one sold just the head, you either had to but the complete item, of nothing! The same applies to food; you cannot get a single pork chop, because the powers that be say that the most common require is 4!! The other day, I was faced by a spotty faced moron, who asked “Can I help you Sir?”. I could not resist saying that I wanted a packet of sky hooks, a length of fallopian tube and a gallon of striped paint, I was quickly led away by m’ear; is there no fun to be had anymore? That’s enough moaning, I’ll soon be on the red eye and on my way back to the land of manana, siesta’s and sun. I think it may be some time, before I will spend this amount of time again on these shores.

That’s all for this week. Until the next time. Tight lines, Uncle Albert.


I want to tell you a story…

…having had a good day sailing on the Cuevas Canal, we were sat at Bar Malaga enjoying the company when Del asked me why I had named the Club “Santa Irene”? A good question ! Most Clubs are Club Nautico (Aguilas) or where ever they are situated, but there are few with Saints names. Back in 2001, when I was dreaming of creating a Club, building two “Oppies” on the patio and writing my progress in my Spanish Diary, I noticed the name “Santa Irene”. My wife Ethel Irene had died in 1999, when visiting our Spanish friends. She was always called Irene which made me want to know more about “Santa Irene”. She was the youngest of

three sisters (as was Ethel Irene), possibly a teenager, which fitted in with my thoughts of giving the youth of the area an opportunity to learn to sail. Santa Irene was also the Patron Saint of Peace. Our Burgee (Flag) has a White Dove on a Blue background and the colours of Andalucia: green and white. Looking back in my old files, I discovered that I had opened a bank account in the name of “Santa Irene Club de Vela” in 2001. By 2002, I had 8 Dinghies; on the weekend of the 31st May/1st June, the Club was founded with an exhibition of 9 Dinghies at the Artisan Centre. At the end of the exhibition, I had the names of 20 youngsters. However, at our first meeting, only 5 young girls arrived; never the less, throughout the year, we continued to meet, sailing from the Garrucha slipway using the Mirror Dinghy , the Oppies and occasionally renting a Dinghy from Lola and Carlos who had just started a Sailing School. So, where are my chicks now? Most have flown the nest but it’s possible you may meet one of them regularly when you do your shopping at Mr. UK. Remember to say “Hello Sailor!” the next time Vicky is serving you! I should make them Honorary members, it helped to keep me young. Young or old, I hope to see you at Cuevas Canal on Sunday

Este - Join Us! We are a serious funloving local golfing society and we welcome all local and resident golfers to join us. Contact Society Secretary


Alan Townend on 690 090 982

Extremadura now allows night fishing so get in touch with Matt at; Carp to 77lbs, Barbel to 46lbs and lots, lots more. Just as I forecast a few weeks ago, now if you do not have an NIE number you cannot get a beach or boat fishing license. This is the new and, I believe, illegal rule brought in by the powers that be in Andaucia. As far as I’m concerned this must contravene European law because a tourist cannot now fish the sea, from shore or boat. I have complained and the authorities are now aware of the situation, we’ll see what happens. ‘Matt the Hat’ was out twice this week from Garrucha with friends and they all caught fish. Triggers, Atlantic Scads, Spanish Mackerel, Pickerel, Combers, Pandoras and Striped Bream. All were caught in shallow water only 120 feet deep from opposite the Repsol garage. See photo of (Left to right) Mum, Stu, Dad and Kelly with some of their Atalntic Scads, note the differences in colour?

Take care, John

VALLE DEL ESTE golf society Team Competition won by Mark Newall, Harry Wilson & Alan Townend.

Friday 24th July With blistering heat all week and competitors feeling the strain out comes a man for all seasons with a brilliant round of golf. 1st John Clements 40pts (chop chop) 2nd Sean Halligan 30pts (countback) 3rd Martin de Bruin 30pts (on his return from backgammon championships in Montecarlo) We play every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 9.30am at Valle del

Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam: www. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number.

Tight lines, Beachcomber John

COTIJO GRANDE Despite the fires around Cortijo Grande, we have managed some golf. I am pleased to say the course is not affected and in some places has cleared away areas we have not seen for some time. Sunday 12th July and in first place with 35 points Greg Ward, second with 34 points Augustine Fuentes and third with 32 points Dave Moxham. No ball sweep winner. Sunday 19th July and our winner with 34 points Graham Meeks, second with 31 points Augustine Fuentes and third also 31 points Geoff Bridgeman. No ball sweep winner. Wednesday 22nd July and our winner with 35 points Graham Meeks, second with 34 points Grace Ward and third with 33 points Dave Bawden. Again no ball sweep winner!

Tel: 950 475 517/658 548 790

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the rivers to the north and while targeting Trout he’s been catching some good Barbel to 4lbs.

‘London Bill’ has been catching some good fish from Macenas Rocks and taking advantage of roughish seas which have been bringing predators close inshore. Sea Bass, Bonitos and Palametes have been visiting his landing net, poppers and rapalas doing the damage. ‘Casa Verde Barry’ and ‘Birds Nest Phil’ say some Murcia waters are polluted and so fishing is difficult. In Andalucia pollution doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as bad and Baza Lake (Negratin) for instance is fishing quite well. ‘Baza Barry’ though has been concentrating on

Sunday 26th July and our winner with 39 points Mike Picken, second with 33 points John Park and third with 32 points Bill Churchill. Our ball sweep will be worth winning on Wednesday - we have 4 carryovers! Dates for your diary… La Envia - Wednesday 26th August - and good prices for golf buggy and food. To reserve for this or any other Sunday or Wednesday please call 950 475 509.

Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. MP

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Massa Shows Signs Of Improvement

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has shown signs of improvement after having surgery on his fractured skull.

Beckham Clashes With Another Fan David Beckham was involved in another confrontation with a fan during Los Angeles Galaxy’s match on Saturday.

earlier this year when he joined the Italian giants on loan, was booed by a section of the home crowd during the game.

Beckham, 34, exchanged words with a man in an England shirt during the Galaxy’s 11 draw with the Kansas City Wizards.

At half-time, he approached one group of fans and appeared to challenge them to meet him on the pitch. Security staff intervened, and police arrested a fan who left the stands.

Beckham, who was fined following a clash with a fan last week, claimed the spectator insulted his wife Victoria. The former England captain was fined $1,000 (£600) by Major League Soccer last Friday following a confrontation with fans during a recent friendly against AC Milan. Beckham, who missed part of the Major League Soccer season

Beckham joined Milan on loan because he was keen to satisfy England boss Fabio Capello’s demand that he play at the highest level to remain in contention for international selection. He is England’s most capped outfield player, with 112 appearances, and is keen to play on until the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Massa, 28, who was hit by a spring from Ruben Barrichello’s car during qualifying for the F1 Hungarian GP on 25th July, is able to communicate “actively” and move his hands and legs but cannot speak. A Ferrari spokesman said: “Felipe had a quiet night. He is okay, and he is due to have another CT scan today. “We are optimistic in our hope that a slow recovery is beginning,” said hospital spokesman Istvan Bocskai. Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo will fly to Budapest’s AEK military hospital to be at Massa’s bedside, alongside the driver’s father, mother and pregnant wife, who have all flown in from Brazil. Massa sustained his injuries when a spring from fellow Brazilian Barrichello’s car struck his helmet, he then hit a tyre wall. And following Kimi Raikkonen’s second-place finish at the Hungaroring on Sunday, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali dedicated the result to Massa: “At this time all our thoughts are with him and his family, and I think this sentiment also applies to those who are close to him and to fans all over the world,” said Domenicali. “Kimi drove a great race and the team worked in impeccable fashion, concentrating on the job, despite what happened. We got the best result we were capable of but please allow me on behalf of everyone at Ferrari to send our best wishes to Felipe. We love you and we are all thinking of you.”

Race winner Lewis Hamilton extended his goodwill to Massa following the Briton’s first victory of the season. “Maybe I can speak for all the drivers but Saturday was quite a sad day and we missed Felipe,” stated the defending world champion. “For me, I’ve had a great relationship with Felipe for quite a few years now and some great battles with him. I’m just glad the surgery went well and we’re just going to keep him in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish him a speedy recovery. He’s got a child coming, so he needs to get back into top shape so when he’s finally a dad he can do the job well.” After being struck on the helmet by the 1kg spring from Barrichello’s car, Massa’s feet are believed to have come to rest on both the throttle and brake and his car ploughed head on into a tyre wall at about 125mph. Massa was swiftly attended to by trackside medics before being taken to the circuit’s medical centre, after which he was airlifted to hospital.

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SPORT Andrea Dovizioso won the last British Grand Prix at Donington Park as the top three riders in the MotoGP World Championship had a race to forget. The Repsol Honda rider won his first ever Grand Prix in the premier class after Fiat Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo both crashed while leading in front of nearly 90,000 fans. Rossi was able to remount his bike and finish fifth to increase his championship lead over Lorenzo to 25 points but will rue throwing away the chance to claim a stranglehold on another title. Marlboro Ducati rider and 2007 world champion Casey Stoner also had a bad afternoon as his tyre gamble backfired to leave him in 14th place. British rider James Toseland took his Tech 3 Yamaha to a sixth-placed finish as British fans said goodbye to Donington ahead of next year’s move to Silverstone. The inclement weather which had blighted the whole weekend again caused drama as Ducati duo Stoner and Nicky Hayden started with wet tyres on a dry track. However, the rain held off until light showers near the end and Stoner soon found himself at the back of the field as Toni Elias - who qualified eighth - was the surprise leader through the first two laps.

Lorenzo soon took the lead and built an advantage before Elias suffered a high-speed crash when he highsided after drifting onto the wet kerbs at Starkey’s Bridge Lorenzo then crashed out on lap eight after losing the front end at Goddards and despite his frantic efforts to retrieve his bike he was forced to retire. Rossi appeared set for a routine win but then crashed himself at the Foggy Esses to hand Dovizioso his maiden win ahead of Colin Edwards and Randy De Puniet. Alex De Angelis was fourth with Toseland set for a career-best fifth until the masterful Rossi somehow clawed his way back past on the final lap. For Edwards it was a first podium of the year, but the Texan admitted that negotiating the slippery circuit was extremely hazardous. He said: “That was 48 minutes of hell. I wouldn’t wish that race on my worst enemy. Every corner you didn’t know if you were going to fall off or not as half the circuit was wet and half of it dry. I did not enjoy that at all. But I have a new tactic for riding in the wet. I now use a dark visor so you can’t see where the wet patches are as everyone rides faster when they can’t see where they’re going.”


Hamilton A Hit In Hungary Lewis Hamilton has urged his McLaren team to take no respite after rediscovering the winning habit in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The race at the Hungaroring was undoubtedly overshadowed by Felipe Massa’s absence following his freak accident in qualifying, which was respectfully noted by Hamilton despite his success. But there could be no disguising his delight at a long-overdue win after a previously wretched season in an uncompetitive car, with his last victory nine months ago in China. McLaren have clearly rediscovered the winning formula again, with world champion Hamilton taking the chequered flag for the 10th time of his 45-race career. Martin Whitmarsh, who joined Hamilton on the podium for the first time as team principal, has confirmed a further upgrade will be on the car for the European Grand Prix in Valencia in four weeks. “It is important we just continue to push,” remarked Hamilton, who was never troubled after inheriting the lead from Fernando Alonso on lap 13 of the 70-lap race at the Hungaroring. “We want to come back next year with the best possible chance of winning championships. So we need to continue to work this year and understand everything to help us, and hopefully make a good foundation for us to work on next year, which of course is our emphasis.” Kimi Raikkonen claimed second for Ferrari, with stewards dismissing as racing incidents his clashes with Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap that prompted an investigation after the race.

Webber went on to finish third to take up second in the standings behind leader Jenson Button, closing the gap to 18.5 points as the Briton finished a season-low seventh. After a weekend which failed to live up to expectations for Button and Brawn GP, the 29-year-old said: “We felt positive we could get a good result. But it turned into damage limitation for our championship challenge, and we were fortunate to come away with two points. The car just doesn’t feel like it did a few races ago, but we’ll work hard to identify the problems before Valencia.” In a busy post-race session for the stewards, they handed Renault a suspension for the European race after the tyre loss suffered by Alonso after it worked free and bounced across the track on lap 13. As the team had not properly secured it to the wheel, the three-man panel found Renault guilty of compromising safety, although the team have lodged their intention to appeal. Williams’ Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen were fourth and fifth, with Toyota duo Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli sixth and eighth either side of Button. Jaime Alguersuari finished his F1 debut 15th, becoming the youngest driver in the sport’s history to compete in a race at the age of 19 years and 125 days, and ahead of Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastien Buemi.

Contador Seals 2009 Tour Victory

Cavendish was suddenly several metres clear and, with only Renshaw near him, was able to raise his arms to the sky in triumph as he crossed the line. He was pipped to the green points jersey by Norwegian Hushovd, who finished with 10 more points, but said that winning in Paris was a dream come true.


The stewards also did nothing other than issue a reprimand to Red Bull Racing after an unsafe release from the pits of Mark Webber as the Australian almost collided with Raikkonen after the first round of stops.

“I’ve always wanted to win on the Champs Elysees and the feeling doesn’t disappoint,” Cavendish said after completing the Tour for the first time at the third attempt. To cross the line here in Paris with your hands raised at the front of the pack is every sprinter’s dream and I wanted it so bad.” Italy’s Franco Pellizotti won the polka dot jersey for the best climber while Contador’s victory kept the Spanish flag flying high on the Champs Elysees as it followed triumphs for Oscar Pereiro in 2006, himself in 2007 and Carlos Sastre last year.

Alberto Contador earned his second Tour de France victory after seeing out the 21st and final stage, won in stunning style by Manxman Mark Cavendish. Spaniard Contador held off Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck with American Lance Armstrong edging out Bradley Wiggins. Wiggins equalled the best Tour finish by a Briton with his fourth place matching Robert Millar in 1984. Cavendish’s win was his sixth of the 2009 Tour and he became the first Briton to win on the Champs Elysees. The 24-year-old, who now has 10 Tour stage wins to his name, was an easy winner in Paris. He was led out by his Columbia team-mates George Hincapie and Mark Renshaw and was helped on the final turn when the Garmin team of his rival Tyler Farrar took the wrong line and also blocked Thor Hushovd.

The 26-year-old proved to be the strongest rider in the mountains and in the time trials, beating Andy Schleck by four minutes 11 seconds with seven-time champion Armstrong another one minute and 23 seconds back, 37 seconds ahead of Wiggins. After almost 3,500km of racing over 21 stages in three weeks, Sunday’s stage was a victory parade for Contador, who toasted his win with champagne as the peloton rode into Paris. And Contador, who missed last year’s Tour after Astana were not invited because of their past doping record, spoke of his joy at claiming his second victory. “It was a tough tour and hard one to overcome but it brings me great honour and joy to record victory this year,” he said. “There was always a risk I could lose right up until the end, but I held on. The Tour is the hardest race in the world, but this year it was particularly difficult. That’s why I am so happy.”


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