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The Governing Board of the City of Murcia has awarded a contract for the extension of cycle lanes in the districts of El Palmar and Sangonera la Verde to Construcciones SA Sangonera. The contract is for 266,827 euros and has a deadline of two months. The works are financed jointly by the city of Murcia and the Ministry of Public Works and Planning, through the Directorate General for Transport and Ports A key objective of the project is sustainable mobility through the provision of an adequate infrastructure of bicycle paths linking districts with each other across the city. Future plans include connecting El Palmar with La Alberca, a cycle path along the Avenida 1º de mayo from the roundabout that leads to the Eje Estructurante Costera Sur to the access roundabout for the Health Centre Virgen de la Arrixaca, proceeding on to the Avenida Pintor Muñoz Barberán and giving access to the recently constructed green areas and sports stadium. Eventually the Council plans a path connecting the existing Variante de Sangonera la Verde. Eventually there will be a small branch of cycle lane linking the Variante de Sangonera la Verde, which will unite the existing bike lanes in the parish, giving access to the IES Sangonera Verde and leaving open the possibility of its extension to other closeby villages, for example Torreguil. When completed the cycle path will have a length of nearly 20 km in total (10 km from Costera Sur, 4.8 km from Variante de Sangonera and 5 km from the intersection between El Palmar and Sangonera la Verde. The Avenida 1º de mayo will be one-way traffic on both sides, with a width of 1.75 metres and safety guards. The section around the access to Ciudad Sanitaria will also be unidirectional, while the Avenida Pintor Muñoz Barberan and the Variante de Sangonera la Verde will both be bidirectional.

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Under the slogan ‘born to be free’ and dedicated to awareness of migratory birds, the Murcia region celebrated World Bird Day with activities in the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar, and Calblanque Espuña.

The Centro de Información Las Cobaticas in Calblanque Regional Park will be the venue for a talk about the main characteristics of the water birds in the area, and there was a chance to watch birds from a hide.

Improvement of Parque de La Isla, at Alameda de Cervantes, an area used by many local families, include repairing and replacing the existing pavement. A mini football pitch will be created and existing playground equipment will be replaced.

The Consejería de Presidencia, through the Dirección General de Medio Ambiente, has a special calendar of environmental activities in the regional parks of Salinas and Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar, and Calblanque Espuña to celebrate the World of Birds.


This commemoration is held every year on the first weekend of October. Activities are to take place in schools to sensitise the youngest children to the importance of respecting and preserving birds and the natural areas in the region as resting areas for migratory species of bird. Over the weekend volunteers helped with the ringing of birds at the Centro de Visitantes Las Salinas, in San Pedro del Pinatar. On Sunday, the Parque Regional of Sierra Espuña had a guided tour of the Paisaje Protegido de los Barrancos de Gebas where volunteers from the asociación Meles spoke about their work for bird life. On the same day there was a workshop on migratory birds in a marquee in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Alhama de

Similar activities took place on the same day at Parque Regional de las Salinas and Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar. The visit, led by volunteers from the asociación Ardeida, included birding in the area of Coterillo.

Lorca The Spokesman of the Communication of the City of Lorca, Francisco Garcia, has reported that the city council, through the Governing Board has approved a new series of works in various locations will involve a total investment of 442,772.19 euros. The works will be in Parrilla, Zarcilla de Ramos, La Isla, Pulgara, Rincón de los Carranza and Campillo. It will focus on the improvement and adaptation of roads and highways, as well as the renewal of various streets and recreational areas, in particular the project for the Parque de Urbanización La Isla, where a sports area for children will be constructed. The road between the C-15 (carretera vieja del Pantano) and the MU-707 (carretera de La Parroquia)

Other road improvements are to: Camino Castejón, in the Pulgara district. Camino Hondo, La Torre, Campillo district, while pavement improvements are to be carried out in: Calles de Zarcilla de Ramos and El Rincón de los Carranza, Calles Iglesia, Sastra, La Paca, Carretera del Rincón. Calles Santa Teresa, El Almendro, Canes, Bautista, Límite Sur and a stretch of the Calle Rafael Méndez.

Murcia El Corte Inglés has shown the latest autumn/winter trends at a fashion show with live music on the second floor of their Murcia store in Avenida de la Libertad. This winter, according to El Corte Inglés will see us favouring ‘Jungle’ and ‘Snake’ prints, with the predominant colours of burgundy and purple. Leather and fur will feature, both as a basic material and as a fashion detail. Further presentations will be held on 8 and 15 October, at 13, 19 and 20 hours.

Iberia to launcH new budget airline

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Spain’s ruling party makes employment key poll plank

The Spanish ruling party’s candidate for prime minister in polls next month, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, pledged Sunday to cut record unemployment and shield education and health care from spending cuts. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced last year he would not seek a third term and Rubalcaba, who served as interior minister and deputy prime minister, is the Socialists’ candidate for the November 20 poll. “Employment is a big national problem, it is the best of causes that we can defend,” he told the closing session of a threeday party congress held to outline his election programme. Spain has the highest unemployment rate among developed nations with joblessness pegged at a record 20.89 percent, following the collapse of a labourintensive property boom in 2008. Zapatero’s government has also had to adopt unpopular austerity measures such as cuts to civil servant wages to rein in Spain’s public deficit and calm market fears that the country will need a financial bailout. Pollsters predict the election will be won by the conservative

opposition Popular Party. A survey late last month in the Catalan daily El Periodico said if the election were held now, the Popular Party would capture an absolute majority in parliament while the Socialists would score their worst results ever. Rubalcaba also attacked the Popular Party, in power in several of Spain’s autonomous regions, for sweeping budget cuts in education and health care. “Where have they found this bad idea that to kickstart the economy it is necessary to make cuts in education and health care and reduce vital public services?” he said. He pledged to slash the fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.24 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2010 and targeted to be reduced to 6 percent this year, by fighting fiscal fraud and other measures. Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, 56, who lost twice to Zapatero, in 2004 and 2008, has vowed to lower taxes on businesses to revive the economy and fight unemployment if he is elected. The official election campaign period will from from November 4 to 18.

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Spanish jobless numbers rise again in September

Spain’s unemployment queue lengthened for the second straight month in September as jobs in the country’s key tourism sector dried up due to the end of the vacation season, the government said Tuesday.

The number of jobless rose from the previous month by 95,817 people, or 2.32 percent, to 4.23 million in September, the Labour Ministry said after a 1.25 percent rise in September that put an

end to four straight months of declines.

“After a few very positive months for the tourism sector, the end of the season has caused a rise in the number of people registering as being out of work because their contracts ended” and the rise “is much higher than in other years,” said secretary of state for employment, Mari Luz Rodriguez, in a statement. Jobless




March at 4.33 million, the highest total since the figures were first collated 15 years earlier. That peak surpassed even the numbers reached during the height of Spain’s economic crisis in 2008. Spain’s unemployment rate, which is calculated separately by the National Statistics Institute, amounted to 20.89 percent in the second quarter of 2011 -the highest among industrialised nations

New mobile phone numbers about to start with 7 as 6s run out

Increasing demand for mobile telephone numbers means that for the first time, network providers are about to run out of numbers starting with 6. At present, mobile numbers are comprise nine digits, always beginning with 6, but from this week onwards the first-ever numbers starting in 7 will be launched. As at Friday last week, the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) said there were still a few mobile numbers starting with 6 available, but these will be used up very soon. A total of 100 million numbers beginning with 6 were originally created, and operators requesting new numbers from the CMT do so in blocks of 100,000. But back in 2002, Orange requested 100,000 numbers starting with a 7 in preparation, which they will start to use once their supply of numbers beginning with 6

young dolphin found off coast

The body of a young dolphin was found floating in the sea off the Marina Alta coast. The body was seen in the Ambolo cove, and had to be retrieved by boat. However, it was landed at Granadella, Javea, before being removed for autopsy to Valencia. There have been several cases over the last couple of months of young dolphins being found dead for no apparent reason. It is important that a cause is determined, as dolphins are excellent early indicators of pollution, which could affect humans. Preliminary finding, however, seem to indicate that these young animals may have become separated from their pod in adverse sea conditions, and subsequently attacked by members of other pods.

Anti-racism protest in Barcelona

Over 150 people took part in a demonstration in Barcelona’s Plaça Sant Jaume today condemning racism, xenophobia and fascism. Their protest was in response to one of the previous day held by xenophobic party Plataforma per Catalunya (PxC) and was organised by at least 20 associations, including unions CCOO and UGT, and the city council’s youth department. The act started with a symbolic cleaning up of the Plaça to ‘rid the area of any remaining trace of fascism’. Participants particularly slammed the PxC’s attempt to justify its demonstration on the grounds of freedom of expression. “Freedom of speech is not an unlimited right, but one which ends when it leads to violating human rights, inciting hatred or causing harm to certain sectors of society,” stated a spokesperson for the demonstrators.

finishes. Orange numbers will start with 747 7 and with 747 8. This year, Vodafone requested 100,000 new numbers in January, and theirs will start with 717 1. They were followed a month later by Movistar, whose numbers will begin with 717 0, and in March by Yoigo, whose numbers will begin 722 7. A total of 80 million numbers starting with 7 have been created by the CMT.

Jewel shop robbery shootout leaves one dead

A shootout between police and three Frenchmen who robbed a jewellers in southeastern Spain left one of the gang dead and the others under arrest, police said Monday. Three passers-by were also wounded in Saturday’s incident in Alicante, while a car driver and passenger were taken hostage by one of the gang as he tried to escape. The three, who were masked and wearing bullet-proof vests, were armed with rifles and a grenade when they burst into the store late Saturday, holding up the staff and taking jewellery displayed in the window after failing to open the safe. On leaving the shop they opened fire on a police car sent to the scene, hitting it 15 times but causing no casualties, a police statement said. Police returned fire, killing one of the robbers, aged 30. A second man was arrested soon afterwards while the third hijacked a car, ordering the driver to take him to Agost, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away, where he released the motorist and his passenger. The escapee was also arrested early Saturday, along with another man, as they headed for France. Police said the detainees, aged between 24 and 61, were all French and would be put on trial.

Lovelorn singleton pins posters all over Sevilla in search of new girlfriend

A Sevilla man who is fed up with being single after three years without a girlfriend has pinned up posters all over the city seeking his Princess Charming. Rafael, 41, has created posters reading: “I am not happy because I am alone. I am looking for a sincere lady for a serious relationship.” His telephone number is included on the notice, which hangs on lamp-posts and walls in almost every street in Sevilla. Rafael is very clear about the type of girl he wants to meet: “She has to be sincere and serious about starting a relationship, and have light brown, curly hair.” Although a number of women say they would be too wary of calling the number given, Rafael has had a few responses and arranged blind dates, but his search continues.

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El Hierro suffers 50 quakes before breakfast!

A total of 50 earthquakes were felt on Tuesday before 09.00hrs on El Hierro in the Canary Islands, reports the National Geographical Institute. Since the spate of tremors first struck earlier this week, the island has moved an estimated 3.5 centimetres. Most of the quakes – which now top 8,000, although the majority of which were not felt – took place in the town of Frontera at a depth of around 15 to 16 kilometres below ground. The majority are between 1.5 and 2.5 on the Richter scale, but the most intense this morning rose to 3.5. Recent reports suggest that with the increased activity below the fault line, the hitherto dormant volcanoes on the island may begin to come alive and possibly erupt.


Mother held in psychiatric unit following bathtub death of her two children

The mother of two children found dead in the bath in their home in Jaén has been denied bail and remanded in custody. According to her solicitor, 37-year-old R.G.B. is being held in a psychiatric unit pending trial. Although she reportedly confessed ‘spontaneously and voluntarily’ to having murdered the victims, aged three and 11, the accused’s solicitor says this cannot be taken into account as it was not in front of a lawyer. An autopsy on the children, who were buried today, has not yet revealed the exact cause of death but a preliminary coroner’s report suggests that they did not drown, meaning that they may have been killed and then dumped in the bath.

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Spain completes savings bank restructuring

Spain said Friday it has completed the restructuring of its regional savings banks, injecting another 7.55 billion euros into a sector which nearly brought down the country in the fallout from the 2008 global financial crisis. Bank of Spain governor Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez said 568 million euros went to Unnim, 2.47 billion euros to NovaCaixaGalicia and 1.72 billion euros to CatalunyaCaixa from a state restructuring fund. The state bought out the fourth bank, Caja Mediterraneo, for 2.8 billion euros in June. “The recapitalisation process is complete,” Ordonez told a news conference. “All the savings banks have fulfilled the new solvency requirements.” Friday was the deadline for the restructuring, which saw 45 regional savings banks merged into 15, with most of them becoming regular commercial banks. The central bank granted a 25-day extension on Friday however to two other savings banks, Banco Mare Nostrum and Liberbank, to give them more time to find private investors to bolster their financial position.

Man Utd goalie caught stealing doughnut in Tesco’s

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was caught stealing a doughnut in a Tesco supermarket today. The 20-year-old Spaniard, was quizzed by security staff after he pinched the £1.19 Original Glazed ring treat from a Krispy Kreme cabinet at a store in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. De Gea was hauled up after being captured on CCTV helping himself to the treat, but escaped a penalty. The premiership goalie, thought to be on £70,000 a week, was caught on camera eating the doughnut in the magazine aisle of the store. He was tackled by security


staff, one of whom spoke fluent Spanish, after being spotted heading towards the exit without paying. De Gea, who was signed from Atlético Madrid in the summer in an £18.3million deal, was then taken to the store’s “stop and search” room. Tesco usually has a strict policy of a three-month store ban for alleged shoplifters, but the company has not pressed charges in this case. De Gea is regarded as the best young goalkeeper in Europe and was part of the Spain Under-21 team that won this year’s European Championship.

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Spain says Spain vows to avoid lottery sale economic stagnation abandoned Spain’s economy will avoid stagnation despite activity slowing over the past six months, Finance Minister Elena Salgado said Thursday. With world markets watching anxiously for signs of weakness in Spain as it fights to pay off its debts, the government has refused to lower its growth forecasts despite economists’ warnings of a slowdown. “We are in an economic slowdown,” Finance Minister Elena Salgado told RNE national radio on Thursday. “We began to feel it in the second quarter and in this third quarter it seems that activity has not recovered to the same level as the first quarter of this year.” But she said Spain’s second-

quarter growth was in line with the eurozone average and insisted: “We are going to keep growing in the third quarter, the fourth quarter, and much more next year.”

conservative opposition, which is ahead in opinion polls. Spain’s weak economy and 20.89-percent unemployment rate are serious concerns for world markets, which fear Madrid will struggle to erase the red ink in its accounts and pay off its long-term sovereign debt.

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Spain abandoned a giant privatisation of the national lottery at the last minute because the market price was unacceptably low, the government said last Thursday. Spain’s economy grew 0.4 The expected October sale of a 30-percent stake in the lottery, percent in the first quarter of famous for doling out a wealth of prizes in its Christmas draw El Gordo, or the Fat One, would have been the biggest privatisation 2011 and slowed to 0.2 percent in Spain’s history. in the second on a quarter by It had been expected to raise up to 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) Financial instability in Greece quarter basis, according to official to help finance Spain’s fast-growing sovereign debt, a major has raised new doubts about figures. concern of global financial markets. sovereign debt in fragile eurozone Managers of the privatisation informed the state lottery only on The Bank of Spain warned Wednesday that they were not sure of getting the desired price Wednesday that the economy is economies, including Spain’s. for a sale of the 30-percent stake, Finance Minister Elena Salgado showing anaemic growth in the Meanwhile cuts to social spending said. in Spain are beginning to bite. third quarter, too, casting doubt “Rather than have it valued for less than we had expected and The government’s spokesman on the government’s target for for less than we believe to be the f a i r growth of 1.3 percent in 2011 and Jose Blanco on Friday said Madrid value, we decided to delay this listing,” she told state radio RNE. 2.3 percent in 2012. was maintaining its growth targets The state had planned to sell the Spain’s ruling Socialist government but acknowledged that “in a new stake in Loterias y Apuestas is widely expected to lose power and difficult climate, they will be del Estado to both in a November 20 election to the difficult to achieve”” institutional investors and the public. “ A m o n g individual investors there was and still is an extraordinary interest and among institutional investors too, but at prices that we did not want to accept,” Salgado said. Spain would have used the income from the sale to pay down the growing pile of state debt. But the government was not relying on the sale to meet its ambitious targets to slash the annual shortfall in public spending, Salgado said. The climbdown came less than two months after the Socialist government brought forward the sale by a month to October, before November 20 elections it is widely expected to lose to the conservative Popular Party. The sale was formally approved by the cabinet only on Friday -- just five days before its surprise postponement. On the eve of Wednesday’s cancellation, the Popular Party, riding high in the polls, had warned it would halt huge privatisations of the national lottery and airports if it took power. Salgado stressed that the sale of more than 90 percent of the management contracts for Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports due in November were not being delayed. The two airport contract sales were expected to bring in about 5.3 billion euros. The sale of the management contract for the two biggest airports was a “different process” to the lottery sale, the finance minister said, and much of the price would be paid over the term of the concession. The Government has decided not to raise the use of networks. The government has also launched the process for the sale of 49 percent of state-owned airport In yesterday’s auction, the cost of energy operator AENA but it has said the date will be decided depending on market conditions. the TUR electricity tariff which most domestic rose more than 10%, which should result in an Spain has promised to reduce its annual public deficit from the equivalent of 9.2 percent of gross consumers use. increase in the rate paid by the consumer of domestic product last year to 6.0 percent of GDP this year, 4.0 percent in 2012 and 3.0 percent -- the To offset the rising cost of energy as borne EU limit -- in 2013. between 5.9% and 6.1%. out by yesterday’s auction, the Executive will It is now scrambling to raise extra money in 2011 to meet those targets -- telling firms to pay tax So as not to reflect this increased cost in lower the so-called access fees. consumers’ bills, the Government has, amongst installments early, lowering state spending on medicines and stimulating new home purchases with a Electricity bills are composed of two elements, other steps, opted to lower access fees, which tax cut. Each year of deficit pushes up overall debt, which grew to 65.2 percent of GDP as of June 30 from 57.2 the cost of energy, which is set through auctions will effectively equate to a price freeze for the percent a year earlier.

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Study reveals UK is the worst to live in Europe

table based on the cost of energy, petrol, food, alcohol, cigarettes, and life expectancy. Households in the UK struggled with a high cost of living, with food and diesel prices the highest in Europe, while unleaded petrol, alcohol and cigarettes all cost more than the European average, said the report. People in the UK now have the lowest holiday entitlement in Europe as well as having one of the highest retirement ages, the study found. A survey of over 2,000 adults found their biggest concern was ‘broken society’, as well as the cost of living, crime and violence. Some five per cent said they were

happy with the UK, with over one in 10 ‘seriously considering’ emigrating.

Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at, said: ‘Last year at least our neighbours in Ireland were worse off, now we can’t even console ourselves with that. We are now officially at the bottom of the pile. ‘We may still be enjoying the fourth highest household income in Europe, but the high cost of living means that we’re living to work. ‘When coupled with many of the issues facing households in the UK today it’s not surprising that one in 10 of us have contemplated starting a new life abroad.’



Mini heatwave aside, a new study has revealed that the UK is now officially the worst place to live in Europe, with people getting a ‘raw deal’ on quality of life and high cost of living.

uSwitch’s Quality of Life Index, with the UK bottom of a 10-country league table, covering working hours, VAT, holidays, spending on health and education - and hours of sunshine.

Comparison website uSwitch said that things were getting so bad that one in 10 people in Britain were considering moving abroad for good.

France topped the index for the third year in a row, despite the average household annual net income being £7,000 below that of the UK.

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fit of madness.” Recounting the events to Spanish state television, the on-duty SAMUR emergency worker Ceferina Cuesta said there was nothing she could do to save the pregnant woman. “She was a young woman of 36 who had a head wound who was in (cardiac) arrest and moreover had a baby at term,” Cuesta said. “Despite our efforts, it was impossible to revive the mother. So, we had to do something for the baby.” The baby was born in an emergency caesarian operation on the spot and taken to hospital. The other injured woman, who was 52 according to the hospital caring for her, was seriously injured. No medical update on her condition was immediately available.

Greece pushes for bailout tranche Greek PM George Papandreou presses fellow EU leaders to approve an 8bn-euro tranche of bailout money Greece needs to avoid bankruptcy.

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The head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has told Euro MPs that Greece will stay in the eurozone, but warned that the EU was facing its “greatest challenge”. “Greece is, and Greece will remain, a member of the euro area,” Barroso said in his annual State of the Union address in Strasbourg. Appealing for patience over the Greek economic crisis, he said: “This is not a sprint but a marathon.” He called

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Six out of ten children admit to getting drunk at some time in their lives

Six out of ten youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18 years admit to having been drunk at some time, and over half admit to having had five or more alcoholic drinks in two hours, according to data from the last survey on drug use carried out amongst secondary school students. The Minister for Health, Social Affairs and Equality, Leire Pajín (pictured, right), presented some of the data gathered between 2010 and 2011, to highlight the importance of the social agreement signed today by the Government, Parliament and civil society against alcohol consumption by minors. “We are all responsible to a certain extent because society has adopted a wide social tolerance with regard to the consumption of some substances,” said Pajín, who pointed out that alcohol remains the substance most prevalent among children and added

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that there has been a slight increase in the number of youngsters who have tried it. 73.6% of children said they had consumed alcohol in the last twelve months and 63& in the last month, said the minister, who explained that the average age for trying alcohol for the first time is now approaching 14 years. “This is not just a problem for young people but for society as a whole,” emphasised the minister, as she presided over the signing of the social agreement, along with parliamentary spokesman of the Joint Commission for the Study of Drug Problems, Carmen Granado Paniagua (pictured, left). Representatives of non-profit making organisations, parents’ and consumer associations, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of alcoholic drinks, charities, trade unions and


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It is said that by the time we reach the age of 65, over ninety per cent of us are either dead or dead broke!! Apparently, only eight per cent of men and two percent of women are financially independent, and less than one percent of the population are wealthy. Why is that? What does the one percent know that the other ninety-nine percent do not know? Do they work harder? Are they better educated or more intelligent? Are they just lucky? Or, are they blessed with good fortune? In the main, everybody wants to have a lot of everything. Whether it is a lot of love, a lot of money, a lot of success, etc., we want it. We meet people who seemingly have a lot of everything and similarly, we also meet people who don’t have a lot and who are more than likely struggling just to get enough of what they need. By taking a closer look at these two groups of people (the haves and the have not’s) you will find that the people who don’t have enough, (the have not’s) those who are struggling just to get what they need share a few things in common - they all have a negative and limiting thought pattern. By the same token, they are not focused and don’t stick to one thing for very long. They all seem to have a sense of desperateness about them which they say causes them to give up on something, (usually too soon), because they’re in such a tight situation. They are in a situation whereby they need to turn things around immediately, thus wanting immediate results. In other words, things have become so bad that they say they can’t afford to waste time trying something and waiting for results, rather, they need to turn things around immediately. Unfortunately however, this kind of thinking usually makes things

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and when you are constantly thinking about making something happen and insist on finding ways to make it happen, you will ultimately succeed. Why? Because your mind is in constant motion, it is focused on making something happen and, at the same time, it is constantly directing the subconscious to create situations, to attract people and ideas in order to make something happen. As a result, if finding a job is important to you, make it a priority; keep your mind focused on finding a job, listen to the people that enter your life, be aware of opportunities that present themselves, pay attention to the ideas that come, insist on making it all happen and it will. It is important to have a clear idea of what your goal is; it is doubly important that you hold it in your mind continuously so that your subconscious mind can attract the people, situations and circumstances that you need in order to achieve it. Food for Thought has been written and compiled by Body and Mind Therapist, Drew Ryder BSc. Psychol Hons, IIHHT, MICHT, ThAT . He is available for private consultations on 968978876 or 660326194

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Finding the secret formula would be the Holy Grail of the beauty industry. Could scientists ever develop a pill that makes you look - and feel - younger? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. After all, most sensible women realised long ago that the secret to staying youthful lies as much in what we put inside our bodies as what we slather on the outside. But despite the millions poured into research, no one has ever successfully managed to put together a pill to reverse the signs of ageing that stands up to scientific scrutiny. Or have they?

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Dr Daniel Sister, President of the International College for Anti-Ageing, Nutrition & Aesthetic Medicine, is one of the experts behind this new generation of pills. He says: ‘As we age, the levels of certain hormones naturally decrease, resulting in skin that is dryer and less elastic, loss of energy, loss of libido and many other problems that we associate with ageing — including slower recovery time from injuries, brittle bones, less muscle mass, and thinning hair.

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‘But compounding that problem is the fact that age also makes the body less effective when it comes to extracting key nutrients from our diet. This means that the hormones the body does make are of a poorer quality.’ This is why a pill that claims to be able to improve the levels of these hormones and improving the quality of them at the same time really could be the youth drug that we’ve all been searching for. However, some experts remain sceptical. Endocrinologist

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A weekend wake-up call Keep to your weekday routine if headaches kick in after a Saturday lie-in. Set yourself a list of things to do before lunch, then wind down gradually so your body gets used to a more relaxed pace.

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Drink tea before wine Red-wine headache can strike suddenly after you’ve drunk half a glass, even if you’ve knocked it back happily for years. It can happen when an underlying sensitivity surfaces, and the best strategy is to swap to white. If you long for a glass of Bordeaux, upgrading to fine wines may do the trick. And try drinking a cup of strong tea first. Black tea contains quercetin, a natural antihistamine, which counters an irritant in red wine.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is the annual focus on the condition that will directly affect one in nine of us.

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Having a benign breast lump can put you at risk of cancer. True or false?

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Which of the following raises your risk of breast cancer? Cigarettes, Abortion, Underwired bras, Deodorants Breast implants, Bumping or bruising your breast, Chemicals in the environment, Being overweight, Being older, A family history of breast cancer, The Pill, A late menopause (after 55), HRT, Being tall, Alcohol




Only the last eight are genuine risks. We can’t change our height, age or family history (one in 20 breast cancers are thought to be due to a faulty gene). But, says Dr Caitlin Palframan of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, we can reduce the amount we drink. ‘One alcoholic drink a day slightly raises the risk of breast cancer. Research also shows that the more weight we gain as adults, the higher our risk of breast cancer after the menopause. The Pill and HRT raise the risk. But this risk subsides when we stop taking them.’

unable to draw any firm conclusions, as people who eat a healthy low-fat diet with lots of fruit and veg also tend to exercise regularly and drink less alcohol. What we do know is that a healthy diet helps keep us at a normal weight,’ says Dr Palframan. And a University of Leeds survey of 35,000 women over seven years suggested that eating red meat significantly increases a post-menopausal woman’s chance of breast cancer. Older women who ate the most processed meat increased their risk by 64 per cent.

Breast cancer is faster growing in younger women. True or false? Answer: True. ‘Although every case is different,

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The best way to prevent breast cancer is through regular DIY breast checks. True or false? Answer: True. Most cases are discovered by women

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Countries such as Poland and Bulgaria will experience a rush of Britons seeking cheap medical treatment abroad, a report predicts.

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These fantastic, weekly music and dance nights will be at the one of the best venues in the Costas - “AREA”, Filton Centre, Los Balcones every Saturday night at 8-30pm.

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Dusty Springfield & Elke Brooks tribute tour This tour will cover 5 shows at venues in and around the Costa Blanca It will star International singer Patti Ross who has been on some of the top stages around the World. Patti will portray the fabulous hits of Dusty Springfield and Elke Brooks with a voice that will amaze you. Her performances, in full costume, will create the feel of those special stars being live on stage before your eyes! Patti has sung with big bands all over the World and on the original Come Dancing TV programme. She has appeared with Cleo Laine, Matt Munro, Elton John, Bruce Forsyth, Sheena Easton, Sacha Distel and many more and has also had an extensive career on the top cruise lines. You will love her voice, her personality

and her wonderful tributes to two such fabulous singers The fabulous Jukebox Legends will provide a full support for Patti as they sing their way through this three hour show Tour dates for this tour are: Tuesday 18th October – La marina Sport Complex Wednesday 19th October – The Club, Quesada Thursday 20th October – Los Arcos (la Rustika), Avd Beleares, Torrevieja Tuesday 25th October – “AREA”, Filton Centre, Los Balcones (ticket office at Cyber pub – 1st floor) Thursday 27th October – Rocajuna, Punta Prima (10 Euros include FREE buffet) All shows start at 8-30pm and end at 11-30pm. Tickets for all shows just 7.50 Euros (block booking deal – Pay for 10 or more and get 2 FREE) Tickets are available at the chosen venue or call the info line on 695135134 -

Halloween Special - Music by Jukebox Legends A spectacular Halloween party will take place at “AREA”, Filton Centre, Los Balcones on October 31st. Tickets just 5 Euros (food menu will be available) available NOW from The Cyber pub, Filton Centre, Los Balcones. It will be a “Scary” party night with great music, fun and decorations! What will you be doing on 31st October? Well you could be at the best venue in the Costas having a great night out and dancing the night away. Fancy dress is the order of the day so get out there and find the costume to “scare the pants off everyone!! info Call 608908720 - www. 8th OCTOBER Saturday 5pm till late at Fit4All Gym Punta Prima a Healthcare Fun Event is being held by Help At Home Costa

Jukebox Music Nights Blanca and the healthcare benefits and activies of the Fit4All Gym for all ages, families welcome. Entrance fee €5 to HAH CB. Why not come along to find out and try their activities include fitness & health advice from Jason a Personal Trainer, Feet in a fish tank, Zumba Dance exercise, the fabulous Health Spa with 39c thermal pool to relax your tired body, Turkish and Sauna rooms, aromatherapy / massage treatments. Join us at Fit4All Punta Prima, relax in the peaceful, lovely spa and enjoy a healthy meal afterwards before the entertainment which starts at 8.30pm. We look forward to seeing our clients, Carers, Volunteers, families and friends of HAH Costa Blanca and welcome other charities and associations to join us at this event. Contact - President Help At Home Costa Blanca on 659 245 552 or email :

14th OCTOBER - THE LADIES CLUB, CUIDAD QUESADA At The Club, Quesada. A talk will be given by Norah Bond President of Help At Home Costa Blanca to explain how we offer a little FREE help at home to those in need, short term and how we can help arrange long term help via Social Services. A raffle will raise funds for the charity, if you want to join HAH CB as a volunteer, please come along we need more volunteers in the Quesada, Rojales area, this will be the ideal event to enjoy and register with HAH CB. Contact: Sheila Volunteer Co-ordinator : 603 245 02 or email: HELP AT HOME COSTA BLANCA WISH TO THANK THE EMERALD ISLE LA FLORIDA for supporting those in need of a little FREE help at home by raising funds at their weekly shows. Tuesdays: Abba Elite tribute act Wednesdays: Shawaddawaddy Legends HELP AT HOME CHARITY CHALET at The EMERALD ISLE LA FLORIDA. Open from 3rd October. We need volunteers to help man the store and with the fund raising during the weekly shows. Contact; Contact - President Help At Home Costa Blanca on 659 245 552 or email :


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It was a total sell-out for HELP MMM at their “Last Night of the Proms” in the Olympia restaurant on Thursday night 29th Sept. The evening was started by the Fenix Quartet of June, Jean, Liz and Mo singing a selection of Barber Shop songs. (FENIX is Spanish for Phoenix) After the meal, a live video was played on a large screen of the actual event and MC, Bernard Ash, got the audience joining in the singing of all the familiar songs including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Land of Hope & Glory and God Save the Queen with the second verse, which is seldom heard. The stirring vocals and the flag waving were encouraged by the volunteer conductor, Ben Jackson. Overall the charity, HELP Murcia Mar Menor raised €460 on the night. The Promenaders in the photo are Clive & Gill Sullivana Gerry Sherry

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G F I wish I was a fisherman, tumbling on the seas Am C Far away from dry land, and it’s bitter memories G F Casting you my sweet light with abandonment and love Am C No ceiling staring down on me, save the starry sky above

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The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York and Findhorn have all served as homes for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll, or folk rock. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasizes a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that “To me

there’s no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.” The early Waterboys sound was dubbed “The Big Music” after a song on their second album, A Pagan Place. This musical style was described by Scott as “a metaphor for seeing God’s signature in the world.”It either influenced or was used to describe a number of other bands, including Simple Minds, The Alarm, Big Country, the Hothouse Flowers and World Party, the last of which was made up of former Waterboys members. In the late 1980s the band became significantly more folk influenced. The Waterboys eventually returned to rock and roll, and have released both rock and folk albums since

reforming. Their songs, largely written by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members’ solo careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial success that some of its members have had independently. The Waterboys have released several albums and singles. The group’s releases have received a great deal of praise from critics, but have had less commercial success than some of their contemporaries. In terms of music charts, the group’s greatest success was with the 1991 re-release of the single for “The Whole of the Moon”, which reached number three on the UK singles chart and won the Ivor Novello Award. Fisherman’s Blues was the group’s bestselling studio album, reaching number thirteen on the UK album charts upon its release in 1988. The highest chart position of any album was for The Best of the Waterboys 81–90. The compilation album reached #2 in the UK.


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Leaves changing colour and then floating to the ground before winter sets in is a familiar and beautiful autumn sight. But scientists now believe they have answered the question of why plants might expend energy producing red pigment in leaves only for them to fall off and why they tend to be a brighter red colour in North America than in Europe. As leaves die, the chorophyll inside them - used by the plants to photosynthesise - diminishes. Yellow and orange pigments become visible. But some plants actually produce a new pigment called anthocyanin - a vivid red colour, seen here in the beech trees on the outside of the picture. A new study has found trees evolved to become deciduous after a series of ice ages and dry spells and their leaves were turned red to help protect against insects that attacked them. But the key difference in North America was as the ice age went on plants and insects were able to migrate fairly freely while in Europe the plants became trapped in ice, along with herbivorous insects, meaning the majority of these bugs largely died out. So according scientist Simcha Lev-Yadun of the University of Haifa, Israel. ‘The anti-herbivore component in red leaf colouration was relaxed, and Northern Europe became dominated by trees with yellow autumn leaves,’ but North American trees continued to need the bright red to fight the insects, he says. It seems nonsensical that a plant might ‘decide’ to spend energy on a pigment for leaves that are about to drop off. But a series of recent scientific papers provide the answer, according to an essay, published in New Scientist this week. The pigment isn’t an unnecessary ‘expense’ - in fact, for some plants, it’s an essential tool for survival. It also ‘explains’ why the changing of the seasons can have markedly different colours depending on where in the world you are. William Hoch of Montana State University found that the pigment had a function - it allowed the plants to send nutrients to the roots for winter. If they ‘blocked’ plants from producing it, their leaves became vulnerable to sunlight. The reason for this was revealed in a study of sweetgum and red maple by a team in North Carolina, led by Martha Eppes. She found that leaves in nutrient-poor soils tend to be redder - to shield leaves for longer, and allow them to ‘keep doing their job’ of sending nutrients to the roots.

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Junior Strikers Football Academy has recently relocated to Los Montesinos and have already settled into their new home facility where they can now look forward to the future. After being forced out of Playa Flamenca Sports Centre for unjustified reasons Junior Strikers continue on their fantastic journey which has taken them from being a Saturday and Sunday morning children’s football training group to being the leading Football Academy for children here on the Costa Blanca. The Academy has gone from strength to strength and will continue to grow due to the solid foundations that have already been laid. They have a fantastic Astro turf training facility which is safe for all children that attend, this enables all children to progress in a safe environment without the worry of injury. Academy founder Junior told us” Losing Playa Flamenca as our home ground and training facility was a massive blow to all my plan’s but out of a bad situation has come good, securing a pitch share with Los Montesinos has been the best thing to happen for all concerned at our academy. The relocation has enabled us to lower the fees, this was very important to me in order to provide my loyal and new parents alike with affordable football for their children, but at the same time not compromising the academy or children”. Junior Strikers have recently enlisted the help of three new highly qualified and experienced coaches to assist Junior with his new development programme. George Jermy is a Uefa B level coach who has played at academy level for both Norwich City and Spurs, he has played here in Spain for Villarreal B, C.D Javea and F.C Torrevieja. His coaching C.V includes working for both Chelsea and Norwich

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Keith and his team at The Metal Works are now expanding into larger premises on the poligono industrial Arboleas between Amigos bowling centre and Mora petrol station. Established since 2004 the metal works have gone from strength to strength, starting on his own from a small workshop in Albox they have grown with there good reputation over the last seven years with the help of all the local people, communities, builders, letting and estate agents from all over the province. The metal works portfolio is vast covering areas as far as Baza, Lorca, Mazarron and all along the coast through villaricos, Garrucha, mojacar and beyond. With Keith having over 20 years experience in the metal fabrication industry it goes without saying the excellent quality of work The Metal Works produce, but don’t just take our word for it, their work can be seen all over the area including the top balconies on the Parilla Hotel Albox also the five story internal staircase, the Rejas on the El mirador bar Albox , all the metal work at the Amigos Bowling Centre including the long railings that separate the bar area from the lanes, just to name a few. The saying is: IF YOU CAN DRAW IT WE CAN MAKE IT! From security windows and doors, garden gates, staircase´s, ornate gazebo’s garage doors etc Full automation service for gates and garage doors available with manufacture backup and guarantee. They will also continue to offer a shot blasting and powder coating service for your tired looking rejas, gates, garden furniture etc. Finally Keith and his team would like to thank all past and present customers for their continues support and patience when visiting their new premises as work continues on the new and exciting showroom COMING SOON (watch this space)

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URGENT Cortijo / Villa Sale €249.000. The registered built area as per title deeds is 126.90m² but in reality has more. The swimming pool is completed but it is not shown on the deeds. Because of the reduced price and the urgency to sell the property, it is being sold as a 126.90mts² built Cortijo. The property has had a lot of work done over the past 8 years and some parts of the property needs final touching. Situated on Mojacar Playa, the property sits on a freehold plot measuring 652mts². It has good sea and mountain views including a clear view of Mojácar Village. The property is currently divided as the main house with lounge, dining room, shower room, office, and master bedroom ensuite with two large terraces. Then by its own access is a bedsit annexe with shower room and kitchenette. The property therefore has two bedrooms, three showrooms in total. The original plan by the current owner was to go up a level. The roof has being tiled and structured to accommodate this extension and an internal staircase is in place from the lounge. Should an additional bedroom be required in the main house, the area to the back of the lounge has being excavated to accommodate another bedroom. To pursue these options though the new owner would need to apply for the relevant planning permissions. This is a distress sale and we welcome any comments, questions and feedback. The price is only €249.000 and the property has an outstanding mortgage of approx. €170.000. For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Ref: 1088

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While Europe is facing economic issues, the crisis hasn’t deterred British buyers from snapping up property on the Continent. Currency exchange specialist World First says transactions for holiday home purchases in Spain, more than doubled over the summer. However, one of the effects of the global banking crisis has been that mortgages are more difficult to secure and borrowers must put down a bigger deposit to get a loan from overseas banks. But overseas property expert Simon Conn says borrowers can still get mortgage funds – Spanish banks will lend to those with a 20 per cent deposit. Conn says: ‘Historically, European banks have been more conservative than their British counterparts. Britons applying for overseas funds will need a chunky deposit and must provide all relevant paperwork to show income and liabilities.’ This is Money reports that some British lenders allow homeowners to remortgage to fund a holiday home purchase abroad, but it will depend on individual criteria and borrowers will usually still have to have significant equity in their British home. For many, an overseas mortgage will be the only option, but rates in Spain are competitive. Frank Kyle, 32, an engineer in the oil industry, got a bargain when he bought his new holiday home in Murcia, south-eastern Spain. Frank, from Glasgow, paid 112,000 euros for the two-bedroom property on a popular golf resort and he is confident he bagged a bargain. His neighbour in Murcia paid 170,000 euros for a similar apartment five years ago. He had hoped to secure the apartment with just a five per cent deposit, but he ended up paying much higher to secure a mortgage from a Spanish bank. Frank’s 4.5 per cent variable loan rate makes his monthly repayments about 378 euros. Almost all banks now require borrowers to take capital repayment rather than interest-only mortgages. Typical mortgage rates in Spain and France are between three and four per cent variable. But the rate offered will always depend on a borrower’s circumstances. Independent legal advice is ‘utterly essential’, says Conn. ‘Find an English-speaking lawyer who is an expert in local property law and property taxes,’ he says. ‘Keep copies of all documentation, especially official documents.’ The property valuation is also important. Conn says: ‘Get an

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..............Eurozone delays decision on next Greek payout Eurozone finance ministers have delayed making a decision on giving Greece its next instalment of bailout cash, sending European shares down sharply.

It came after Greece said it would not meet this year’s deficit cutting plan.

the market judges most vulnerable to Greece, saw its shares tumble around a quarter to around 1 euro (86p).

A meeting set for 13 October, when finance ministers had been expected to sign off the next Greek loan, has now been cancelled, said BBC Europe correspondent Chris Morris.

Dexia is holding an emergency board meeting amid serious concerns, while the governments of France and Belgium, which are joint shareholders in Dexia, moved to guarantee its debts.

French shares fell 2.8%, German stocks by 3.5%, and the UK’s FTSE by 2.8%.

The euro fell to a 10-year low against the yen and slipped against the dollar to $1.3144, a nine-month low.

As a result of the decision by finance ministers, Greece may not get its next loan tranche until November.

Jane Foley, strategist at Rabobank, said: “The market is increasingly worried about the potential of the Greek crisis and the calamity that could be created if there was a messy default.

Its Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said that should not cause any difficulties as the Greek government had no funding problem until November. Greece had previously said it needed the money by mid-October to avoid defaulting on its loans, but Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said at a meeting of finance ministers in Luxembourg that the country would be able to meet its financial obligations as long as it received the next 8bn-euro (£6.9bn; $10.9bn) tranche of money in November. Mr Juncker also ruled out the possibility of a debt default by Greece - denying rumours that some countries, including Germany, had been pushing for this. But he warned that Greece’s private sector creditors could expect greater losses on their Greek sovereign debt holdings than the 21% “haircut” agreed in July. The private sector agreed to participate in a second bailout of Greece, with the eurozone and IMF providing 109bn euros in new funds. Mr Juncker said: “As far as PSI [private sector involvement] is concerned, we have to take into account that we have experienced changes since the decision we have taken on 21 July.” The meeting also appeared to reach a deal to let Finland receive collateral as security for its contribution towards the eurozone bailout fund - the European Financial Stability Facility. Mr Venizelos said Greece would offer Finland 880m euros of bonds as loan collateral. Finland’s Prime Minister, Jyrki Katainen, said the collateral model it would use to take part in Greece’s bailout package would be useful in other possible aid packages in the future.

“Dexia’s problems stress the point that for eurozone leaders the Greek crisis is less about Greece and more about the potential for it to spark a much more widespread banking and economic disaster.” On Monday, Athens announced that the 2011 deficit was projected to be 8.5% of GDP, down from 10.5% in 2010 but short of the 7.6% target set by the EU and IMF. The government, which on Sunday adopted its 2012 draft austerity budget, blamed the shortfall on a worsening economy, which is expected to contract by 5.5% rather than the 3.8% forecast in May. Data released on Tuesday showed the effects of the austerity programme on household spending. Greek retail sales fell 4.3% in the year to July, although the figure was far worse in June when sales were 11.4% lower year on year. Inspectors from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Union (EU) and European Central Bank are currently in Athens to examine Greece’s financial position. The Greek finance ministry said on Sunday that its unpopular austerity measures would have to be adhered to. It said: “Three critical months remain to finish 2011, and the final estimate of 8.5% of GDP deficit can be achieved if the state mechanism and citizens respond accordingly.” It released figures for 2012’s projected deficit, putting it at 6.8% of GDP, also short of the 6.5% target. The data came as the government met to approve Greece’s draft budget for next year.

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The Finns had threatened to block further bailouts to Greece unless it received this special arrangement.

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I am not, nor ever have been, pretty. This harsh fact dawned on me in my early teens, and I quickly decided that if the House of Pretty had cold-shouldered me then I had better find another spiritual home. I knocked on the door of the House of Clever, but they wanted someone who understood periodic tables and particle science. Thus it was that I came upon the House of Personality, and I immediately knew that I had found my niche – here I could wear pink and orange, dye my hair purple and paint my toenails blue and no-one would think it the least bit strange. However, I do pay lip service to Pretty. I apply make-up, not so much to enhance my perfections, more to disguise my imperfections. My clothes are chosen to enhance, and harsh light is avoided in romantic circumstances. I do not belong to the House of Pretty, but I wish to give the impression that I could, if I wanted to! Also I enjoy compliments. I am not one to throw the bunch of red roses to the ground, or reject the box of Black Magic, such actions are for the Pretty – Personality is more appreciative. I am airing this opinion in the belief that my views are shared by others of my gender; also in an effort to encourage our male counterparts to appreciate those of us who could have belonged to the House of

Pretty, but chose instead to go for the funfilled House of Personality. A wink, in the right circumstances, is appreciated. A wolf whistle, of the right sort, is a bonus. Both bolster my ego, and for a moment Pretty is mine for the taking! But the Best Compliment of the Year Award goes to Crispin. Janice, Lyn and I were taking the Arboleas air when we espied that quintessential gentleman coming in the opposite direction. With a flourish he removed his Panama hat, bowed deferentially, and with the style of a practiced Thespian he said; ‘I knew Arboleas had some fine ladies, but to meet the three finest at once is more than my luck deserves.’ Now that is what I call a compliment! Gentlemen please note – you have a bench mark to come up to, a standard to reach! I hereby call upon you to join the Appreciation of Ladies Society, and to compliment your lady with verve and flourish whenever possible. I assure you, your efforts will be rewarded. But better start small, the full Panama hat flourish might be unnerving if performed unexpectedly!

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ITCHING TO PERFORM................ As a child there was at least one occasion each year when the circus would come to town and for a week or two the big top, looking like a big stripy wigwam, would become a temporary landmark in the town and a magnet to kids and their parents for miles around. This would always take place on a piece of land adjacent to the River Thames, known as Kings Meadow – my memory is rather hazy as to which circus this would have been, but it was probably either Chipperfield’s or Billy Smart’s that made the annual appearance. To be honest though, in spite of the assumption that all children of my age enjoyed this form of entertainment, it was the candy floss, toffee apples and Tizer that held the most appeal for me. I could not see the point of horses charging around in a small circle with some idiot hanging on like grim death or standing on his head on the poor creatures back, or jumping from one horse to the other dressed in a ludicrous white cowboy outfit. I just could not bring myself to get enthusiastic over such a thing.

I also detested seeing such gentle and noble beasts like elephants being paraded around with mournful expressions – if it’s possible for elephants to have expressions - and I simply hated with a passion those individuals, who with the aid of a whip, degraded magnificent Indian tigers or African lions by forcing them to perform pathetic tricks. I remember wishing like hell that one of those big cats would get so brassed off with it all, that he would suddenly decide to serve himself up a snack of trainer steak tartare. Now that would have been worth applauding and had me throwing in the salt. And as for the clowns . . . they scared the bejeesus out of me! Come on admit it, if you met someone dressed and made up like that late one night, you would leg it in the opposite direction p.d.q. All in all then, circuses were not for me and I told my Dad so, and to my surprise and to his credit, he agreed with me and we never went again. That is until I was taken on a trip to London sometime in the 50’s, part of which consisted of a visit to the Bertram Mills Circus which was performing at Olympia. It wasn’t the big top element that was of interest to my Dad, but the sideshows of fire eaters, acrobats and

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jugglers. But what he had really wanted to see he admitted to me later, was the flea circus. Yes, I kid you not – a flea circus! Now if I told you that here were flea dancers, flea tightrope walkers, flea strong men and flea charioteers, amongst other diminutive performers, you probably wouldn’t believe me. And I wouldn’t blame you. I mean, how in the name of heaven can you train a flea to do anything other than hitch a lift on a passing dog for a quick bite? I even doubted my own memory of this miniature spectacle – after all I was a very little lad at the time. So I did some research. Well, if I didn’t live in a bungalow, I would go to the foot of our stairs, because there it all is on the internet. Not only were flea circuses popular back then, but they had been for hundreds of year. First of all, of the many species of flea, it seems that the human variety is the most suitable candidate for Flea Britain’s Got Talent, because – and get this – it is the strongest. That’s why, although performing fleas can still be found today, they are relatively rare because with improved hygiene standards (for most of us) these little suckers are hard to find. Reading this, I had a flash back to the Bertram Mills excursion, and yes, I suddenly remembered how the trainer would place his charges on his

arm after each performance in order to give them a well deserved snack break. One flea master (yep, that’s what they call themselves) was adamant in stating that in fact he does not train his fleas, but rather looks for ones with a natural performing talent. And all said with a straight face. The way that fleas are encouraged to fence or kick a ball or lift weights makes fascinating reading, but were these methods to be employed with the training of other more cuddly animals, they would be outlawed as downright cruel. Methods involving glue, certain chemicals and the finest of fine wire thread. I think there should be a campaign to stop this exploitation of what is after all, an endangered species. Fleas are people too!



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Who are these people? After reading an article on Internet about savings on cleaning products by using natural products like lemon and white vinegar, I scanned the comments underneath. To characterise those comments as foul language would be the understatement of the year. I have a very ‘flowering’ language at times, but some of the posts went way beyond what I find acceptable. With all due respect to you - the persons who wrote those comments - and your opinions allow me cordially to propose that you take a good look at your lives. In my humble judgment it appears that you are all struggling with life and are missing out on the gift of constructive interaction with other people, who might not think like you. I seem to remember that the word for your behaviour is ‘bullying’. Unless of course that you are only 10 years old and being ‘babysat’ by a computer. ‘The way to grow grand is not: to demand. In life’s every field you are what you yield.’ Talking about bad language! My daughter and her mother-inlaw have just been visiting and one evening we talked about swearing. It all came about with me telling them that during an interview on the local radio I had exclaimed something like ‘and he was not such a bad ba****d’ to the horror of the interviewer. Not being British I was not aware that I had used a gross word, as this certainly was not my intention. You see, to curse in another language is much easier than in your mother tongue. You have learned all the bad words without having the guidance of your parents or teachers to stop you and point out that such words are not acceptable. What brought on my perplexity over the uproar, when I used a word that in English is unacceptable, I need to tell you that in my language we have the exact same word, but to us it simply means an illegitimate person. But hey-ho, after my flogging I now just have to look at my scars to remember never to use that word again. I often give Spain and the Spanish society a harsh word, but where I come from we have a saying: The one you castigate is the one you love – approximately equivalent to the meaning of. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Anyway, this time I will give some praise – so unlike me! I have had the pleasure to work with our local Cruz Roja/Protección Civil on a series of ‘first response’ courses for English speakers. It appears to me that in our region they have got it ‘spot on’, when it comes to responding to emergency calls. While the caller speaks to the 112-switchboard all information appears simultaneously on the computer screens of all emergency services. Fire service, ambulance service, police etc. all have a representative in the emergency centre 24/7. As the information is received, they will each of them dispatch the necessary resources to the site. There are sub-centres scattered around the region, and there they also receive the information in real time. As if the centre is not full enough, they also have English, Italian, German, and French speaking people present. Trying to catch them out, I inquired whether they would be able to provide a Danish speaking service, and was told that in that case they would hook up to a translation service that can provide assistance in virtually all languages. I admit I am impressed, but enough adulation – it will only confuse you, and make you think that you have turned the page and are reading somebody else’s article. Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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Two days ago I popped over to the UK, the first time in at least a couple of years since I touched ground here and then literally it was a flying visit in one day and out the next morning just long enough to see Il Divo in the flesh! On my way out of Gatwick, (a well know place as I thought,) coming out of the front doors to a totally different scenario was just the first of my lessons. Building work and builders everywhere, it took me 15 mins to find the car hire offices. Mind you that was 45mins less than the taxi I booked, standing there waiting for this cab, people watching… It dawned on me that everyone there was in a hurry to get somewhere, the police man with his frantic arm waving, the sirens that were piercing the air every few mins, the constant flow of buses to the long term car parks where people had to jostle and bustle to make sure they got a place, as 10mins would ,make such a difference to their life. There were people of all ages, shapes and sizes, so many languages all mingling into a general hub bub, patience and good manners seem to have been left at home on the bedside cabinet. Horns, shouts and hand gestures as people pull vehicles in, drop people off and want to zoom off as soon as possible. The taxi drivers that feel the amount of time the spend in the place, gives them some form of ownership. In just 45 mins thousands of people must have passed through that area, all coming or going somewhere. All taking for granted the fact that we all now accept flying of here, there and everywhere as a normal daily event, nothing special. I started to make me realize, other than my taxi being “on the way” I would also have been one of these people,

just passing through. In this busy “fast” life, we take so very much for granted and we have extreme expectations of normality, fast food, fast travel, quickie divorces, emails, I phones/ pads etc, where we have instant contact and immediate resources. We never give a thought to all the people and their struggles to make all these things happen or even invented. Nobody believed (ok not many people believed) men could fly, The Wright Bros and all the trail blazers are long forgotten. Had they not stuck to their beliefs, followed their dreams and stood up to all of their critics, every single person that passed before my eyes in just that 45 mins would have been in a different place, living a different life. I am as guilty as the rest of taking everyday things for granted, moaning when things are not quick enough or things don’t go to plan, but it only took my taxi being 45mins late to make me sit and realize this, how could I have missed it for so long? Mainly because I never gave myself 45 mins to sit and watch and think, without the everyday pressures that I loaded on myself. Just goes to show, it does not take much to let us unwind, take stock and even relax. You don’t have to be stuck in Gatwick for 45 mins to do this, just sit and allow yourself to relax and turn the worry button off. Enjoy your surroundings and let your mind wonder, it is surprising how good you feel and how energized you are afterwards. I was almost sad when my taxi pulled up and jolted me our of my revelry, only until I saw the athletic smiling driver jump out and open the door of a gleaming Mercedes with cream leather seats, but that is another story for another day…..

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Quiches To Order

Our Famous Sunday Carvery Is Now Available On Our Shaded Terrace Or In Our Cosy Restaurant FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

Darts Wednesday 8.30pm Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

Ingredients: For the vegetable broth: 1 celery branch 1 carrot 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 twig rosemary 1 onion 1.5 pts water For the vegetables: 1 cauliflower (1 lb + 1.5 oz) 1 potato, diced 1 large shallot, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped thinly 1 celery branch, diced 2 tbsp pine nuts 2 tbsp olive oil 1 twig rosemary Dash of nutmeg Fresh parsley, chopped Salt and pepper

Method To prepare the broth, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and cook the onion, celery branch, carrot, coriander and fennel seeds in a large pot on low to medium heat, for 10 mins, until tender and fragrant. Add the rosemary and water. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 mins. Filter and keep warm. To prepare the soup, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot and cook the shallot, garlic cloves, pine nuts and diced celery branch, for 3 to 4 mins. Add the cauliflower flowers and potato. Cook for 5 mins on low to medium heat, then add the vegetable broth and rosemary. Cover and cook for about 20 to 30 mins, until the vegetables are tender. Remove the rosemary and pass the soup through a hand mixer or food processor. Season with salt and pepper, and add a dash of nutmeg and freshly chopped parsley.

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Large selection of fresh pasta and homemade pizzas

SATURDAY LUNCH PAELLA & SANGRIA Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle Included in our Menu del Dia


Every day a different stew! Lamb, Pork, Fish, Lentils tues: Roast Pork Loin wed: Roast Pork Knuckle fri: Roast Lamb Shank sat: Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle

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Newly REfurbished, A fully air-conditioned Dining room

Monday - Saturday Menu del dia

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Childrens menu available FREE WIFI

Now taking bookings

New Covered Smoking Terrace Open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘til late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking Recommended Spanish Speaking 950 430 145 English Speaking 647 730 103

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Home-made Crispy Battered Cod or Haddock, Chips & Mushy Peas, Bread & Butter, Tea Or Coffee €5.50

4 courses with bottle of ESTE Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, Roast Potatoes & Vegetables

Large pizza, 2 ice creams, glass of beer, wine or soft drink

From €5

grilled 14oz Entrecote Beef Steak 16oz T-Bone Steak Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

vegetarian menu available


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Lunch 1pm - 4pm Dinner 7pm - 10pm

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Lamb Cutlets with Almond Tabbouleh

The best thing since sliced bread: Toast tops list of our favourite breakfast foods

It’s said to be the most important meal of the day, but it seems most of us still want to keep it simple when it comes to breakfast. The humble slice of toast is our favourite breakfast, according to research released yesterday. It beat other breakfast favourites such as cereal, a cooked breakfast and even fruit. And despite the emergence of alternative breakfasts involving yoghurt drinks or cereal bars, toast is still eaten by more than eight in ten people in the morning. Experts say its popularity as a breakfast meal is down to the variety of ways it

can be eaten, with sweet or savoury spreads. It can also be be eaten on the go, making it popular with commuters in a hurry. The launch of numerous premium, healthy breads has contributed to a resurgence in toast as a favoured breakast. A report into the breakfast market by analysts Mintel found 81 per cent of people said toast was their favourite breakfast. Alex Beckett, senior food analyst at Mintel, said: ‘Toast is the most popular breakfast option for Britons, eaten by eight in 10 consumers.’



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Method Put the bulgur wheat in a pan with plenty of water, bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes then turn off the heat and leave to soak for 8 minutes. Drain well, then stir in the almonds, garlic, mint and tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Brush the lamb cutlets with oil, season and grill or fry for 3 minutes on each side or until they are cooked how you like them.

100g bulgur wheat (this should be on the same supermarket aisle as couscous) 50g flaked almonds , roughly chopped 1 garlic clove , crushed 2 plum tomatoes , chopped 1 bunch of mint , chopped 1 lemon , halved olive oil 4-6 lamb cutlets



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6th October

hot & cold buffet with free film


Fish & Chips

Saturday 29th October 8pm Hot & cold buffet 10€

DJ Ian, Sean Grew,Ashley, Johnathon Payne, Sean Peters, Robyn and many more

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Vanilla Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce To make the pudding, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until the mixture is white and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, then the orange juice, milk and vanilla. Gently fold in the flour. Spoon the batter into individual greased moulds Cover with greaseproof paper and steam in a steamer, or in a covered saucepan, with enough hot water to reach 1 cm up the side of the moulds

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MIS AMIGOS Restaurant

Ingredients: Pudding: 2oz cup butter 4oz cup caster sugar 2 eggs juice of 1 orange 40 ml milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup self-raising flour Sauce: 6oz sugar 100 ml water 125 ml cream 50g unsalted butter grated rind of 1 orange



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for about 45 minutes For the sauce, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and cook until the water evaporates and the sugar caramelises. Lower the temperature and quickly add the cream and whisk in the butter; once this has melted and formed a sauce add the orange rind. To serve, remove the puddings from the moulds and stand onto warm plates. Top with warm sauce. Can be served with cream and ice cream.



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Logroño, in northern Spain, on the Ebro River is the capital of the autonomous community of La Rioja, formerly known as the Logroño Province. The history of the area cannot be separated from the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela; the city did not gain importance until the rise in popularity of this route in the beginning in the 11th century; the first guide to the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela, The Codex Calixtinus, dating from the 12th century makes clear reference to Logroño in its pages. It was a settlement of the Romans, under the name of ‘Vareia’, and then the Celts. From the 10th century, it was disputed between the Kings of Navarre and Castile, being finally annexed to Castile. In 1095 Alfonso VI of Castile granted a charter of rights that was a model for other Spanish cities. In 1609 and 1610 it was the main seat of the Inquisition, a horrific episode in Spanish history.

Still standing from the old walls which surrounded the city are the Revellín wall and the Carlos I gate. During the festivals to honour Logroño’s patron saint, this site is the scene of ceremonies which commemorate the French siege of the city. The older of the two bridges that cross the River Ebro as it flows through the city is the Puente de Piedra (stone bridge), which takes the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela into the city. In the 11th century it had four arches and three towers. Another bridge, this time made of iron and built in the 19th century, also crosses this tidal river. Around the Rúa Vieja – the traditional thoroughfare of the pilgrims bound for Compostela - are the Pilgrim’s Shelter or the famous Pilgrim’s Fountain. The Church of Santiago, erected in the

16th century, has a single nave and its façade displays a tremendous image of Santiago Matamoros and houses an image of Logroño’s patron, the Virgen de la Esperanza. Iglesia de Santa María de Palacio is so called this because it was built on the foundation of a palace donated by Alfonso VII of Castile. It is also known as “La Aguja” or “La Imperial”. Founded in the 11th century, but reconstructed in the 12th and extended in the 16th, and its Gothic spire still dominates the city. Close by is the Mudejar tower of the Church of San Bartolomé. Built in the 12th century, it has an exquisite sculptured main front and is the only example of Romanesque art in the city. Fuente de la Gran Vía shows royal figures, with a connection to either Logroño or La Rioja, represented in bronze. The figures are placed looking towards the public and so large torrents of water pour down behind them, the fountain is commonly known as the one with “wet backs”. In the centre of the city is a statue of General Espartero, and handily, the Office of Information and Tourism; also the “Shell of Espolón,” which is a focus for religious acts during the Festival of St. Mateo. The 18th-century Baroque museum La Roija is in Espartero Palace and is wellworth a visit, along with the palaces of the Marquis of Legarda and Los Chapiteles. The Town Hall was designed by architect Rafael Moneo and is prominently placed in a large plaza where in numerous festivals, expositions, concerts, and in the last few years, during Christmas, a life-size reconstruction of the nativity scene, take place. The Cathedral of Santa María la Redonda (15th-18th centuries), has baroque towers that rise above the Market square and the

Calle Portales, one of the most famous avenues of the city, is the place to be during the night time festivals. The current Cathedral stands upon the site of an old circular Romanesque church and amongst the sculpture work present in the building, are the carvings of Gregorio Fernández and a representation of the ‘way of the cross’ by Michelangelo. There are several parks, such as Parque del Ebro ideal for relaxing by the river. The new Parque de la Ribera is adjacent, and Carmen Park is situated near the bus station. As the shopping and financial capital of La Rioja, the economy is heavily reliant on wine; and in a rather bizarre twist, the town is twinned with Dunfermline in Scotland!

Key Festivals San Bernabé (Saint Barnabas) 11th June: Commemorates the victory and resistance of Logroño against French invaders under Francis I, when the city was under siege during May & June of 1521. During this celebration, fried fish (trout) is typically served, along with bread and wine - said to be the food of Logroño during the French invasion. San Mateo 20th – 26th September: The celebrations start the Saturday before September 21st (the day of Saint Matthew) and last for a week. January: During the first week of January there is a cultural festival known as “ACTUAL” with music, theatre and art.



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HELP MURCIA Charity Cabaret Night Dance Fitness ..... Tuesday 5th october Sensol Hotel Playa Grande Puerto de Mazarron MAR MENOR ... Hotel 11am - Midday In Aid of Making A Difference - GO maD (Charity

The next Cancer Support Group Auction will be held on Tuesday 4th October, 2011,at the New York Bar, El Trampolin, viewing 1-2pm and hammer down 2pm

WE L C O M E DANCES............ WEDNESDAY 26TH OCTOBER. Back by huge demand the one and only Ricky Lavazza from Costa del Sol (not to be missed) and for the first time to Welcome the very talented Laura Elen former singer of the year in the Costa Del Sol. 9€ Two excellant singers promising us a fantastic night of entertainment. Only a few tickets left. Call Rosemary 620105179 for tickets

No:10.329/1a) (Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity in the Mazarron & Surrounding area) And Palm House Orphanage (Cambodia) Charity No: 1079648 (Saving Children From Paedophilia, Prostitution and Poverty in East Asia.) Psalm: 82 v 3 - 4 “Give Justice to the poor and the orphan uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless deliver them from the grasp of evil people” Thursday 10th November 2011 - 7.30pm til late Ticket Price 5 euros. Tel Cliff: 968 152 162 / 629 834 946 Collect from GO maD Charity Shop Tel: 634321161, 8 C/ Del Carmen, Mazarron (Rd Beside Banks; Santander & Popular) Or you can Pay at the door.

WEDNESDAY16TH NOVEMBER Two new faces for The Welcome Group this month. Coming down from Benidorm the excellant singer Rob Sweeney. A very talented singer and also for the first time the lovely Samantha Curtis. A lady with a lot of personality and a big voice. This promises to be a fantastic night.9€ Call Rosemary 620 105 179 for tickets WEDNESDAY 14TH DECEMBER Its party night for Welcome. No party is complete without Shawaddywaddy Legends. They always give us a really fun night and with them is one of our favourites male singer Nick Gold who all the ladies love. Party hats,grand raffle, mince pies make this a good night to get us in the mood for Christmas. 12€ Call Rosemary 620 105 179 for tickets WELCOME GREEK ISLAND AND ISTANBUL CRUISE MAY 2012 8 DAY CRUISE. Price starts for an interior superior plus room from 945€ and includes transport from Camposol and nearby areas to Madrid,flight to Athens, transfer to ship,ALL INCLUSIVE of food and drink on Board and return journey, insurance and taxes. For more details contact Rosemary 620105179

september 11.30am - 12.30 Trevi’s Bar, Camposol. Contact Annette on 649 647 467

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

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

New Royal Bar & Restaurant

El Alamillo Roundabout ~ Pto de Mazarron

FRIDAY 7th october from 8.30pm




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Tel’s Bar Camposol sector a

Karaoke with


Friday from 8.30pm

Homemade Pies & Full menu also available Mon - Sat 10 - 3

Breakfast with Free Tea or Coffee 4.50€ Burgers from 3€ Chicken Wraps 4€

Full english breakfast includes bread & butter or toast and tea & coffee. for details - tel:

Latin beat dance fitness....... Thursday 29th


699 518 535

Meson Las Torres Pto De mazarron

Sunday Lunch EVERY Sunday Booking advisable

Tel Ian : 607 013 423

Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm & 5pm till late, CLOSED Wed, Sundays Open 10am-9pm

From Pto De Mazarron take N332 toward Cartagena,

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- Dominos - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Menu Del Dia From Only 5€ - Bali Hi - Camposol B - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s - Sensol Hotel 11.30am Zumba Fitness

Thur sd ay

- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Solo Latino Dance with Annette. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am – 12.30pm - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Intermediates 1pm - 3pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sues Fitness Class 10am Trevi Bar, Camposol B - Sensol Hotel 11.30am Zumba Fitness - Camposol Community Centre; 3.00pm - mini movers (age 3-5 years) 4pm - modern movers (age 5-7 years) 5pm - street dance (age 8-12 years) 7.30pm - Beginner Salsa for adults

Frid ay

- Karaoke - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185 - Bali Hi – Camposol B - Fish N Chips from only 5€

S aturd ay

- Steak Night at Market Tavern - Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€ - Trevies Camposol Sector B 11.30-1.30pm : Campsol Urban Dance Crew (Dance & Drama) - Camopsol Community Centre Dance and Drama Group for children (age 8-12 years) 11.30am1.30pm

Sund ay

- Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Karaoke & Disco with Bernie Mac. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7pm - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Olive Branch Church, Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10:30am - Call 968 199 622 / 618 720 181 - Bali Hi – Camposol B – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Traditional Sunday Roast From 12.30p.m – 3.30 pm - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro

Mond ay

- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat 10.30am – 11.45am, & 5pm - Ballroom & Latin Dance Class with Joanne. Mariano’s, Camposol A, 7pm (New Beginners) - Music Quiz with John, Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9pm - Try Market Tavern’s Daily Specials from 5.50€ - Mens Keep Fit with Sue 11.15 Trevi Bar Camposol B

Tu esd ay

- Quiz - Tels Bar, Sector A, Camposol - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern - Sensol Hotel Dance Studio, Campsol Sector C 3-3.45pm : Mini Movers age group 3-4 yrs; 4-5pm : Theatre Dance for adults; 5-6pm : High Energy ZoombaDanze age 14+ 6-7pm : Street Dance age 10+ - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 - Camposol community centre 7.30pm Zumba Fitness

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



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


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Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

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

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Price (Private Sale) € 85,000

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bargain 175,000€ ONO

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Couple buy back car - 25 years on!

A Lincolnshire couple have bought back and restored their first family car - a quarter of a century after selling it.

Ian Stringer, 51, from

Boston, first bought the red Vauxhall Chevette in 1981 - the year he met his wife Jayne, also 51.

They drove it on their wedding day and even

used it to dash to hospital for the birth of their first child. The couple sold it five years later as they wanted a bigger vehicle and

Greenpeace demands action on illegal Spanish fishing

Greenpeace called Sunday on the Netherlands to ratchet up pressure on the European Commission to address illegal fishing by the Spanish commercial fleet, the largest on the continent.

Grijsen said.

Greenpeace “called on the Netherlands to tackle this practice by pushing hard for reforms within European fishing policy,” its oceans campaign leader Tom Grijsen told AFP.

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thought they would never see it again.

clearly hadn’t been driven for a long time.

Then in 2005, completely out of the blue, the daughter of the man they sold it phoned to say he had died and offered them the car back for £200.

“No one else would have wanted it but for me there was sentiment attached so I bought it.”

“I was absolutely shocked, but very excited,” said Mr Stringer. “The car was in a very dilapidated state and

Mr Stringer spent two years and £3,000 getting the car roadworthy and the last four years restoring

it to its former glory. “The Chevette was a great car and it was a real shame when I had to sell it. I thought I’d never see it again,” he added. “My writing was still in the car’s service book and the straps for my son’s baby seat were still in the car. It was like a time warp back to the 1980s.”

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LAS SALINAS PETANCA LEAGUE...... The league meeting to finalize the Winter fixtures was held at the Lemon Tree Bowls club, with all clubs represented, a total of 31 teams are represented, leaving just one place vacant. Bob then welcomed the new teams, Julien and Guy from the Amigos Belgas, who play in San Luis , they are a long established club who will add a high standard to the league. To Mark and Vince for the Hideaway team from La Zenia, they have been playing in a summer league. To Florentilles, and Laguna Vista, both set up by Bob , they both have keen players. Cheers Bar are next door to San Miguel Bowls club, and Martin is hopeful of being ready by November. The final newcomers are a Swedish team from Torreta, led by seasoned campaigners Rolf and Bengt, they will play as Torre Bears ,they too will add strength to the league, getting two more Foreign teams is encouraging for the future of the league.


This will be introduced this Winter, thanks to a donor a Shield will be purchased which will then be awarded to the team who gain the best results over the season, this will be from the feedback from each league and cup match. The President is really keen to maintain good sportsmanship, and make all games enjoyable, this should help greatly.


Having entered the league, the owner Martin Milne, then started to appreciate that this was an organized league with rules that needed to be observed, plus the time he would be obliged to spend with his team, so reluctantly he has withdrawn his entry.


This is a Charity meeting being held at

La Rosaleda, with Mas Amigos and the Ayuntamiento jointly supporting this mixed pairs which will have a full entry, this starts at 9 -30.





This is being held at El Paraiso, on October 7th at 10am. All clubs should be represented. The serie resumes on October 14th with all 48 teams contesting promotion or relegation with the serie ending on October 28th.


New plans for the development of a new park area for Lakeside, was on show at the Home Owners meeting last Monday. The new plan shows 12 Petanca pitches in the centre, with a further 4 at each end of the area, making 20 in all. Work will not start for sometime as this is planned for 2012. The Torrevieja Ayuntamiento are fully aware of the benefits of creating new Petanca facilities in this area, the many players who live on Lakeside will soon have somewhere local to play. At present they share the San Luis pitches along with the Norwegian, Kule Venners club, and Dansk Venners club, making this a very busy play area. The Amigos Belgium play across the Road opposite the Cam Bank, they too have a healthy membership, which continues to grow.


With two places now needed to complete the 4th division, entries will be accepted for a further period, a team is 6-8 players which must have two ladies or more. The Winter league commences on November 4th, any enquiries to Pat Roberts the league Secretary on 966 774 565. For further information please call 966 785 642


(Sponsored by 900 Telecom) The second home game of the season kicks off in front of another good crowd and it’s San Fulgencio quickly on the attack with a succession of shots on the Crevillente goal and in the 25th minute the home side take the lead with a good shot from Gary Williams from 15 yards. San Fulgencio are dominating the game and 5 minutes later it’s 2 - 0 with a brilliant shot from Fernando Torrent going in off the post. Against the run of play Crevillente pull a goal back with a well struck penalty from Gallardo sending the goal keeper the wrong way to make the score 2-1. HT: 2 - 1 Within minutes of the restart, Crevillente were back in the game with good passing and movement from one end of the pitch to the other making the score. 2 - 2 The equaliser has brought

but when you consider he is 92 years young he done very well. The scoring was below average for such a lovely day. Our thanks to the staff at El Plantio who always make us welcome. Results are as follows;

Nearest the pin

Hole 7 Ryan Treadwell Hole 9 Eric Edwards

Bronze division winner: Keith Sparks 29 points

Silver division winner:

Barry Gribble 25 points

Gold division winner

Pete Hutchinson 36 points Our next game is at Bonalba on Thursday 13th October first tee time is 10.48am for the Henrietta

Citroen C4 Aircross Revealed in these official pictures, the Citroen C4 Aircross joins the C4 and DS4 hatchbacks, as well as the C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso MPVs, and caters for those customers looking for a little extra room and some off-road ability.

Based on the Mitsubishi ASX, the Aircross will take on rivals such as the VW Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai. The entry level model will feature front-wheel drive only, whereas all other versions will be fitted with a clever switchable four-wheel drive system. A small toggle behind the gear lever allows the driver to select one of three modes. A two-wheel drive setting is designed to maximise fuel consumption during normal onroad conditions, a four-wheel drive setting juggles torque between the front and rear axles for maximum traction and a third mode locks both axles for coping with more severe off-road situations. With its

a sense of urgency to the Saints, they are back playing the game in the Crevillente half with several shots on the away goal and in the 74th minute the home team retake the lead with an unstoppable shot from substitue Sergio Suarez. 3-2 In added time Marcello makes sure of the points with a well constructed goal to complete the victory 4-2. Another really entertaining game with the fans cheering the teams off the pitch. San Fulgencio: (from) Lopez, Enrique Garcia, Samuel, Manning-Fox, Munoz, Rodriguez, Bellon, Torrent, Egea, Williams, Scammell. Moya, Suarez, Marcello, Liberto Garcia, Sorino. The next San Fulgencio game is at home to Torrellano C.F. 9th October 2011 12.o’clock kick off.

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LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY....................................................................................... On Thursday we went back to our home course of El Plantio. The weather was perfect for golf with sunshine minus the oppressive heat we have had recently. We were joined by guests from Ireland who play with us regularly when they are in Spain. One guest Kevin Traynor scored 22 points



Memorial Trophy. Our next social event is a Halloween Rock’n’Roll night at La Marina Sports Complex on Monday 31st October anyone wanting tickets for this event or would like information on the society please ring Bill on 679 007 756

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Monday Sept 26th.

An Individual Stableford Competition was played with enough players for two divisions this week. There were several temporary greens due to hollow tining and top dressing. Excellent scores from Nuala, Tony and Dickie.

Ladies Division

1st. Nuala Hare 41 points 2nd. Linda King 35 points 3rd. Lorraine Roberts 33 points

Mens Division

1st. Tony King 41 points 2nd. Dickie Hurn 39 points 3rd. Andrew Markham 34 points

Thursday 29th. September

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Costa Calida Golf Challenge

Tuesday 27th September saw round 9 of the Costa Calida Golf Challenge. 32 players lined up at Hacienda del Alamo on a sunny and slightly breezy day to enjoy the fantastic facilities and conditions on offer. Many thanks to Isabel, Inma and Lee at Hacienda del Alamo for ensuring the day ran smoothly. The results were as follows – Winner: James Woodham34 Points Best Lady: Carol Davenport - 26 Points Longest drive Men: Brian O’Rawe Longest drive Ladies: Lynne Harrison NP in one shot: Bob Fergusson NP in two shots: Dave

Williams NP in three shots: Gwyn Davies The 2’s pot had just one winner, Brian O’Rawe taking home €130 All the green fees and buggies were arranged by Costa Calida Golf Tours (, and thanks again to the main sponsors of the series of events, The Great Golf Company & Caja Rural The 10th Event has been confirmed as follows – Monday 31st October at Roda Golf, cost is €45 walking, and the supplement for a buggy (if required) is €10 per person. If you want to play on this event please contact Andy Walsh on 650 718 172 or e mail andy@

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Sponsored by A Spanish life .com With Cathy Skinner Terry and Di Competition The out come of the recent Terry and Di resulted in a clear win for the team of Brian Houghton and Carol Waterson the runners up were Chip Chapman and Maggie Gray the picture shows them being presented with the trophy from Quesada’s Captain John Northend The members of Quesada Bowling Club who attended the opening ceremony of the Valencian championship at the Emerald Isle would like to extend a thank you to the staff and Managment for an excellant buffet and entertainment at the

conclusión of the ceremony Casual Bowling Riojateers and The Bubbly are held on a Wednesday and a Saturday 1.30pm for 2pm equipment may be hired if required. This is an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a sport that you may not have tried before. All will be made very welcome Social Club Next event is Ten Pin Bowling and Mini Golf followed by a meal which will be held on Tuesday 11th October at the El Corozon Hotel a list is available in the Club House for those wishing to attend

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(Members of Las Colinas G & C.C) Stableford Results Thursday 29th September 2011

St James’s Gate G S at Hacienda de Requelme

Tuesday 27th September 24 Members & Guests made what we thought was going to be a long journey to this course, but with the new roads that has been built in the 4 years since I was there, the travelling time has been cut by half. One of the best courses we have played on this year,with immaculate tee boxes fairways and greens. Having said that out of the 24 that played only six scored above 30 pts. On hole 5 Arthur Williams nearly had a hole in one. He said it was glad it did not go in as he did not have his wallet with him. Mick Hithersay top scored again which he shared with Arthur Williams. In Category One Arthur Williams won the First prize with 33 pts in Second place with 29 pts was Alan Moody followed by Merve Williams in Third with24 pts and Ivie Davies took Fourth place with 23 pts Category Two was won by Mick Hithersay again with 33 pts followed by Rocket Ron with 32 pts, in Third place

was Ron Chambers with 24 pts and Ken Hopkins had 23 pts to take the 4th spot. One of the Semi-Finals of the doubles was played. Ken Hopkins & Bob Turner defeated Las Yates & Rodney Smith 5 & 3 to proceed to the Final. The second Semi-Final will be played at Vistabella between Ron Nicholson & Merve Williams against Craig Roberts & Arthur Williams Nearest the Pins were Les Yates. Ken Hopkins, Arthur Williams Longest drive Rodny Smith Best guest was Nigel Goude with 33 pts. The 11th October we are back to our home course at Vistabella where we will be playing a Two Ball better Ball pairs.Anyone who would like to play with us or to join our society give me a ring on 678-849-142. Everyone to be at the course by 08.30 for a 09.00 tee off. See ya. Photo:Category Two Winners

Well these Thursday’s seem to come around really quickly - we are sure that in Spain there must be two Fridays and no weekends..........where does the time go!!!!! Yeah I know most of you reading this will be saying “playing golf of course” maybe that is true but then what else would you be doing. Again we had a lovely day. We had a good turn out and there are mixed feelings about afternoon tee times - not sure myself!! There is something about getting up and getting ready to get to the golf course in the morning after brekkie everything seems so fresh. It would seem that John Clayton certainly does not want to stay out of the papers - he’s becoming quite the prima-donna and Liz will certainly have to take him into hand. Also Ray Clayton after his break in the UK came back with a vengeance and

what a wonderful round of golf he produced today also - note the men’s tees were nearly on the white plates for today’s game. Of course Hatchet Man was waiting for them as this was also a qualifying game. We also welcomed three new members to our Society Sandra & Mike Pickard and Ray Howcutt and it was nice to see our guest Maggie Watson playing too. Results of Stableford 1st Ray Clayton 43 points 2nd John Clayton 40 points 3rd Mike Pickard 35 points 2’s Competition: Sidsel Stuve and Ray Clayton (Hole 7) John Clayton (Hole 10) Well done to all the winners and welcome to your new handicap Ray & John.Next Match - Thursday 6th October - Please note afternoon tee time. Reported by Bernie Newnes

EUROGOLF SOCIETY This week, Thursday 29th September, the Millennium Trophy was played for by the Eurogolf Society, at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales. The format for the competition was a Medal (but this year it was played off the blocks and so became a non-qualifying competition). The Millennium Trophy is only open to those members who won a competition during last season. This years winner was Morag Turner, with an excellent round scoring 67 net – well done, Morag! Full results were as follows: Gold Division 1st Lew Joss 67 2nd Dave Nicholls 68 c/b 3rd Alan Bridges 68 Silver Division 1st Dave Lewis 65 2nd Morag Turner 67 3rd Gordon Bourne 68 NTP’s:- 5th – Mike Young, 11th – Bev Evans, 15th Alan Marshall and 17th – Ron Hargoud (Guest) Best Front 9:- Mike Young – 32.5 and Best Back 9:Roger Richings – 32.5 EGS Football Draw: Bev Fairhurst, Dave Curtis, Brendan Foran and Doug Spiring Allan Bacon’s 90 Club Draw: Brian Green - 120€, Graham Spring – 60€, Rudi Muller – 40€ and

Connie Parker – 30€ TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 27th September, were as follows:Gold Division 1st Mike Edwards 39 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd David Gray 38 pts c/b 3rd Dave Nicholls 38 pts Silver Division 1st Harry Armstrong 38 pts 2nd Keith Wright 36 pts c/b 3rd Debbie Weedon 36 pts Bronze Division 1st Brian Heard 37 pts 2nd Alan Marshall 33 pts c/b 3rd Dave Lewis 33 pts NTP’s:5th – Peter Butterworth, 11th – Morag Turner, 15th – Dave Nicholls and 17th – Malc Foskett Best Front 9:- Sue Gillett 21 pts Best Back 9:Peter Butterworth 21 pts TOFF’s Football Draw: Chris Stanley, Vince Tocker, Alan Marshall and Joe Ogden. Diary Dates: Benidorm Palace Friday 28th October Annual Fee’s are due for payment to Dave Nicholls, Treasurer on Thursday mornings. w w rogol f- q u es a d a.

LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY................ 28 September 2011 - Las Colinas

What a good turn out we had, but there again we were playing at one of our favourite courses, Las Colinas. There were 38 members and 7 guest trying their golfing skills round this prestigious course, in fact skills is the right word as on the 14th par 3 hole, with water and a steam to contend with, Colin Ranson put his ball 12inches from the pin, then Ken Dale stepped onto the tee and promply put his ball 6 inches closer, “anything you can do .........”. Eddy Downing jetted in especially to play and celebrated by taking first place in the Silver Division, he will be in the Gold Division soon. After the excitement of the day most of us enjoyed some sublime libation at the Lo Crispin Tavern to discuss every aspect of our games. These stories are becoming almost like fishermen’s tales these days. The results are as follows: Gold Division: 1st Martin Collins 29pts, 2nd Peter Morris 27pts and 3rd

Dave Lewis 27pts. Silver Division: 1st Eddy (jet setter) Downing 37pts, 2nd Gordon Cobb 36pts and 3rd Mike Cutts 31pts Bronze Division: 1st Ken Dale 25pts, 2nd David Dodd 24pts and 3rd Scott Blair 23pts The best guest was Maurice Champion with 34pts Nearest the pins: Hole 5 Peter Morris, hole 7 Maurice Champion, hole 14 Ken (eagle eyed) Dale, hole 17 Mike Cutts There were 7 twos, Peter Morris, Colin Ranson, Eddy Downing, Gordon Cobb, Mike Cutts, Ken Dale and Maurice Champion all receiving €11 each. The free game raffle was won by Steve Cosgrove Our next game is at Alicante so please book in plenty of time at our website locrispingolf




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FC Torrevieja.................................... TORRY TAKE 1 POINT INSTEAD OF 3 AND SLIP DOWN THE TABLE On Sunday Torry entertained Jove Espanol who were 14 places behind them in the table. After their first defeat of the season the previous Sunday at Novelda Torry were expected to get back to winning ways. The gate was 800+ which is encouraging. Torry were without several players out through injury including Nico and Jorge Torry started brightly and took the game to their opponents and Ramiro put in a couple of inviting crosses which were defended well. However, on 15 minutes Jove won a free-kick in Torry territory and their no. 4 Ousmane lost his marker Meijide and placed a well directed header from the free-kick wide of Mendez and into the far side of the net. Good goal. The game was a bit scrappy and Torry failed to find any real rhythm with too many misplaced passes. They did however, continue to press forward and got their reward on 44 minutes when Petu got on the end of a cross from Ramiro,

controlled the ball, turned and struck it powerfully into the back of the net 1-1 at half time. In the second-half Torry came out with renewed vigour and pushed the opposition back and began to control the game and on 69 minutes the Jove defender JuanFran was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Play became almost entirely confined in the opposition half and there were plenty of balls played into the box but Torry could not break down the disciplined Jove rearguard in which Ousmane was outstanding. The game ended one apiece and as a result Torry slipped to 6th place in the table but still only 3 places off 2nd spot. Torry now have back to back away games in the next week against CF Muro and high flyers UD Levante B. They need to up their game and come away with at least 4 points to maintain their promotion push. . A Disappointed Darrylldinho

This week the club was back on the Rio Segura at Murcia. This match was the third in the Winter championship. The water was still high and pushing through, and although there had been a match on the venue the day before, it still fished quite well. The reeds that had been cut down several weeks ago to water level are now some 3 feet+ tall and growing like topsy. It won´t be long before we are back where we were 4 weeks ago. Top rods on the day 1st Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the pole using pellet with 15.28 kilo´s. 2nd Dave ( Yours Truly ) fishing the pole using pellet with 12.04 kilo´s. 3rd Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton fishing the pole using maggot with 5.10 kilo´s. Points to date 1st Terry Screen with 15 points 2nd Lenny Bolton/ Dave Hutchinson with 17 points 3rd Dave Hoare with 19 points. PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 667407026.


supplied by TERRY SCREEN This week’s 3rd round match of the Winter Series was fished on the River

FC CARTAGENA...................................................................... DOESN’T GET MUCH WORSE THAN THIS FC CARTAGENA - 1 CD ALCOYANO - 2 BY STEVE HIBBERD It’s easy to make excuses, and Alcoyano’s 2nd goal was definitely courtesy of a blatant hand ball, but the crisis that now engulfs Los Albinegros, is down purely and simply to lack of ability, lack of leadership, lack of spirit and above all, lack of goals. This defeat, in which the hosts can count themselves unlucky to lose, makes it now SIX on the bounce in div 2a, seven if you include the cup defeat. Any football reporter will tell you that when your team wins, there’s inspiration in abundance with words flowing 10 to the dozen, but when you’re playing as bad as Cartagena currently are, then writers block is the order of the day. Playing against a side for the first time since defeating them 3 seasons ago in the div 2b play offs, Los Albinegros were desperate to gain their first point(s) of the season. Resplendent in an modern day England shirt (large red cross on a white background), Alcoyano almost took the lead after 5 mins. A shocking back pass by Goni was latched onto by Choco, whose goal bound snap shot was blocked by the legs of quick thinking

keeper Juanma. For some unknown reason, the pitch was in the worst state I have seen it in 8 years, which is surprising when you consider that the previous 3 home games were played on near perfect conditions. Cartagena took the lead on 8 mins, when Toni Moral leapt high to head home a right wing cross at the far post. Choco was once again a threat when he struck the post, but a good spot by the ref, resulted in a free kick and a caution for hand ball. Not for the first time this season, the home defence went to sleep, allowing Canadas to beat the offside trap and expertly chip Juanma, who for the umpteenth time this season did his back no good by picking the ball out of the back of the net. With 5 mins remaining of the 1st half, Choco clearly handled the ball, before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the corner of the net. The Alcoyano players, clearly embarrassed at this outrageous non-decison, dispensed with normal celebrations that go with goalscoring, leaving the opposition to surround the dopey ref, who had a clear view of the incident but

chose to do nothing. Four mins into the 2nd half, Mariano fed Bolado a super assist, but with just the visiting keeper to beat, all the striker could do was shoot wide from less than 10 yards. Midway through the half, Juanma again came to his sides rescue. When faced with a 1 on 1 with Devesa, Cartagena’s keeper anticipated well to block the shot (again with his legs). Toni Moral attempted a half hearted 30 yard drive on 81 mins, which sailed harmlessly over the bar, then deep into stoppage time, sub Maldonado had a great chance to equalize, but when through on goal, he scuffed his shot. On Sun 9 October, ko 6pm, Cartagena are away at Gimnastic de Tarragona, and we all hope and pray that it will be 7th time lucky in div 2a (even a point will be a bonus!!). For regular updates on FC Cartagena, visit www. or www.

Segura at Murcia on the 27th September. There is still a lot of water flowing down the river and this must be coming from the dams as we have not yet had a lot of rain, the weeds that had all been cut down on the banks are now growing up rapidly once again. I am not sure what is about to happen, but while we were fishing there was half a dozen men some in working clothes on the far bank pointing and waving their arms at the area as if some development was being discussed, and it has been rumoured that the fishing stretch was going to be moved over to the far side, we will have to await any development in due course. 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 20.100kg fishing the pole and pellet 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 19.780kg fishing pole pellet and paste 3rd Richard (The Lionheart) King with 17.600kg fishing pole and sweetcorn All details are available from our web site www. or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 965328368


We have been having a lot of enquiries about licenses

from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish Pensionista card, otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from either Town Halls, or the Caja Rural Bank if in Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents to obtain your license. ie passport photo-page, NIE and insurance. Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses

required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings are: Friday 7th October at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 8th October at 12 o’clock at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 email: anglerstogether@hotmail. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE



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