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LOCAL NEWS..LOCAL NEWS.. LOCAL NEWS..LOCAL NEWS.. Murcia Elecnor, through its subsidiary Renewable Zinertia, is going to install photovoltaic panels on the roof of the nave of the hypermarket E. Leclerc as well the parking canopies in Sangonera La Seca. Elecnor, which promotes and builds these facilities will place a total of 3,066 modules, 1365 of which will be on the roof of the building and the remaining 1701 on canopies.


The units will have a total power of 610 kWn. 280 kWn will be for the rooftop units, while 330 kWn will be generated by the canopy mounted units. In addition to the modules, the installation includes the entire electrical system to evacuate the energy produced, the monitoring system and central processing, measurement and delivery of the energy generated by the modules. Currently Elecnor accounts for 5.3 MW of roof installations in Spain and 29 MW in the international market, making it one of the leaders in the field of photovoltaics. These installations transform the

solar energy received and generate energy without CO2 emissions.

Águilas The Cultural Hall Cajamurcia was the venue for the opening of an art exhibition in solidarity with Lorca with artists from Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Granada and Murcia participating. The Opening Ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Águilas, Giménez Hernández Bartolomé and the Councillor for Culture and Heritage, Francisco Miguel Martínez, along with other leaders of the municipal council and Satur Martínez, from the Lorca Earthquake Recovery Management Fund. The exhibition brings together a total of 32 works, and the benefits from sales will go to the Bureau for Development of Lorca, through Águilas Red Cross. It will be open until 29 October, 18’00 to 21’00 hours.

Águilas The Festival Arranger of the Ayuntamiento de Águilas, Clara Valverde, and the Pyrotechnics Showman of Murcia, Juan José

Palazón, have presented the awards in the Águilas Fireworks Photographic Competition. Nearly one hundred photos were submitted, having been taken on the night of 14th August, during the night of the Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales-Piromusicales, performed by the Company ‘Pyrotechnics Murciana’. It is one of the largest pyrotechnic events on the Levante. During the event, which is coordinated by a computer programme, there is musical accompaniment broadcast simultaneously across the Bay of Levante, thanks to numerous audio installations connected by radio frequencies. Contest winners were: First García. Second Merlos.

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Cartagena The Spokesperson for the Grupo Municipal Socialista, Caridad Rives, reported that the Ayuntamiento has closed the only public toilets in

the city of Cartagena. She was referring to the toilets in the Parque de la Rambla, which are usually only open during the Cartheginians and Romans Festival. She said that ‘it makes no sense to approve a law that is in effect for less than a month, and at the same time putting the public at risk of fines of 750€, should they be obliged to urinate in public. It makes no sense.’ The Grupo Municipial Socialista has received numerous complaints about the closing of the toilets, which are close to the Sports area, and are passed by many people on foot or bicycle. It is claimed that they were closed on ‘health grounds.’

Murcia According to the Consejería de Universidades, Empresa e Investigación, the fourth edition of the Feria Outlet in Murcia was a huge success, with 112 establishments participating with first-class products, some offered at a discount of 70%. It is thought that over 100,000 people passed

through the Fair between Friday and Sunday. The Fair offers customers a chance to compare goods offered by small businesses in a close personal environment, and gives traders an opportunity to seek new outlets. The IV Feria Outlet de Murcia is organised by the Ayuntamiento de Murcia, in collaboration with the Comunidad through the Plan de Impulso al Comercio Minorista, la Cámara de Comercio de Murcia and the Federación de Empresarios de Comercio de la Región (Fecom).

Murcia Figures from the Federation Services (FES) of UGT Murcia, estimate that the average worker is owed an average of 1,500 euros by their employers. Secretary of the Cleaning Sector FES-UGT, Toni Bernal, said ‘We’re talking about a problem which needs to be solved immediately. Workers have not ceased to provide their services at any time and need to collect their wages to support their families. Some have been working for months

without knowing whether or not their payroll will be honoured later this month, in addition to the salary of the last month, which are still to be perceived.’ The reason for nonpayment is given as the Education Department has not paid the workers for their services to the 45 secondary schools in the region, so they in turn can not pay their workers. Thus the workers feel their only recourse is to strike outside the gates of the Ministry of Education. A meeting took place at the Office of Employment Dispute Resolution (ORCL) in the Region of Murcia between representatives of the company and workers, but not the administration, to try to solve the problem, but the situation is the same; the company is not paid by the authorities and therefore can not pay the workers. The ORCL has summoned the parties (including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economy and Finance) to a new meeting on Tuesday, October 18, a meeting which is to be held with the workers of this company on its second day of their strike.

Greenpeace paints Spanish trawlers to protest overfishing Greenpeace activists on Monday painted “Stop Subsidies” in large white letters on the side of four fishing trawlers in Spain’s northwestern port of Vigo to

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denounce overfishing. The trawlers use nets that are dragged across the seabed to capture their catch, a method that Greenpeace said “destroys everything in its path”. “Greenpeace wants to help the European Commission to identify excess fishing capacity, which is one of the major problems of our seas,” said the evironmental group’s campaign manager for the defence of oceans, Celia Ojeda. Spain’s fishing fleet is by far the largest in Europe with a catch amounting to 24.2 percent of the European Union’s total haul. It will have received more than 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion dollars) in subsidies between 2007 to 2013, according to a Greenpeace report issued earlier this month.

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A father and two children have been killed when there was a partial collapse of their cave house. The collapse occurred at 5.30am in El Realengo in Cuevas del Almanzora, and affected 3 houses and 10 residents. It was caused by a landslip in the El Castillo hill above the houses. The alarm was raised by locals, and Fire and Rescue Services, the Guardia Civil and 061 services attended from Cuevas, Garrucha and Pulpi, as well a medical helicopter. Primary Care personnel from Huércal Overa, Cuevas del Almanzora, Vera, Pulpi, Mójacar and Garrucha were in attendance, and a field hospital was set up on the site. A 70 year old woman was rescued from one house. In another of the houses four people were rescued, one of whom had fractures, while in the third house five people were located, one of whom was unscathed, one of whom was trapped but subsequently released, and three further people, a father and his two children, whose whereabouts were unknown. Efforts to locate the latter were intense, with heavy lifting machinery being brought from Murcia. The Department of Public

Works and Housing sent 2 architects, an engineer and a geologist to the site to advise on safety during the rescue. During the evening, on the advice of the experts, the Mayor, Jésus Caicedo, ordered a temporary cessation of rescue efforts due to the worsening condition of the hillside, where a large crack appeared. It seems likely that this crack was the original cause of the collapse, though at the time it had not been noticed. A 25 year old man and a woman of 48 were taken to Hospital La Inmaculada in Huércal Overa suffering from fractures. The Board of Spokesmen, representing the full Ayuntamiento of Cuevas del Almanzora has put forward a statement, declaring: On behalf of all citizens of Cuevas del Almanzora, three days of official mourning are declared for the victims killed early on the 14th October in Barrido Realengo. Public flags will be flown at half mast, any recreational or cultural festivity will be postponed, and a minute’s silence will be observed before the start of the funeral procession to the Parish Church.

Enough gas found in Basque Country to supply Spain for five years

An underground gas pocket has been found in a plateau in Álava (Basque Country) which contains enough fuel to supply the whole of Spain for five years, or the region itself for 60 years. The Lehendakari (regional president), Patxi López, and Basque minister of industry, Bernabé Unda, have been in Dallas (USA) this week to study natural gas extraction methods with the help of gas company Heyco. They say out of 14 tests, 13 have shown that there is between 184,000 and 185,000 million cubic metres of non-conventional gas below the surface in the Gran Enara area of the province. Non-conventional gas is fuel which is attached firmly to subterranean rocks, rather than sitting in ‘pockets’, and is more difficult and costly to extract. The Basque government intends to invest 100 million euros in bringing it to the surface for use. At present, natural gas accounts for 42 per cent of the Basque Country’s energy demands.

Global protest around the clock includes 70 towns and cities in Spain

Spain’s ‘revolutionaries’, known as the indignados, were back on the streets today for a worldwide protest against the greed of politicians and banks which has brought the planet into financial crisis. A total of 1,000 cities and towns around the world – including 70 in Spain and many more in the USA, Russia, Israel, Turkey, Iceland, Italy and Greece - took part in todays demonstrations, which have been organised mainly by social networks. The New York version of Spain’s indignados, known as ‘Occupy Wall Street’, have been camping in Zuccotti Square in the Big Apple for the last month. With protests starting at around lunchtime in Spain on Friday in other parts of the world, given the time difference, some of the first to launch were Sydney and Hong Kong, with others throughout the Americas still expected to be ongoing tomorrow when it is Sunday in Europe. Aside from a few incidences of violence in Rome, the protests have so far been peaceful. To ensure participants’ safety and to warn others in the face of possible confrontations with police or the military, an application has been set up for Android called I’m getting arrested, which allows anyone affected to put out an alert.

Marta del Castillo’s Parents Challenge Law On Criminal Responsibility Of Minors The private prosecution brought by the parents of the murdered Seville teenager Marta del Castillo asked the court today to review the constitutional validity of the law on criminal criminal responsibility for minors because of the separate trials of the adult defendants and the “minor” nicknamed ‘El Cuco’. During the preliminary phase of the trial of selfconfessed murderer, Miguel Carcaño, and his accomplices, the lawyer for Marta’s parents, José María Calero, highlighted the contradictory nature of ‘El Cuco’ not being sat on the bench with the others, and his inability to testify in this trial, either as a defendant or a witness, which deprives the court of “a critical test”. This, he said “may lead to dysfunctions in the prosecution of a serious matter in this and other cases”, so he asked the court to raise a question of constitutional validity with

the Constitutional Court. According to Calero, a separate prosecution of the minor and the four adults could contravene the principle of unity and, in turn, the constitutional values ​​of legal security and effective judicial protection. Marta’s parent’s attorney also protested about various people not being called as witnesses in the trial, including the head of the Judicial Police in Seville, Manuel Piedra, who led the investigation into the death of Marta, the parents of Samuel Benítez, one of the accused and a friend the confessed murderer, Miguel Carcaño, and the sister of the latter’s ex-girlfriend. The Public Prosecutor’s office in Seville has opposed the issue of unconstitutionality because it should have been raised in the pretrial phase, when the judge originally split the case against ‘El Cuco’ and the adults involved.

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Prince of Asturias gives Spanish-built electric car the thumbs up

Sport The Prince of Asturias expressed his enthusiasm for Renault’s Twizy, the first electric car to be built wholly in Spain, during a visit to the French multinational’s factory in Valladolid.

The Minister also pledged his support for the car, saying its success would not be limited solely to “towns and cities”, but also “for tourists”, through initiatives such as “hourly rental packages”.

Felipe of Borbón inaugurated Renault’s new Z.E. industrial workshop Valladolid, where productio of the Twizy will begin in November, ready for a market launch in France by the end of the year and in Spain probably in March 2012.

For his part, Renault’s Director of Comunication, Jesús Presa, reiterated that Felipe de Borbón “was confident about the success” of the Twizy, and that “he liked the innovation, the design and the whole global concept of the electric car”. He added that the prince had been “frankly impressed” by the Twizy and went away with a “great impression” of it.

The prince got to drive one of the Twizy that have already been manufactured at the plant and “liked it very much” according to the Minister for Industry, Miguel Sebastián, who joined the prince in Valladolid. Speaking to the press after the event, the minister said that “from outside il looked as if “the prince “was going to be uncomfortable and squashed”, because of the Twizy’s tiny proportions. “But not at all. The design makes it very roomy inside, no matter how tall you are”, he added.

130 people will work on the Valladolid production line manufacturing the Twizy exclusively for the whole world. The new 9,000 sqaure metre factory will produce 12 vehicles an hour, equating to 20,000 units a year, although production could be increased to as much as 60,000 if there were sufficient worldwide demand.

Kidnapped Spanish aid workers are in Somalia

The two Spanish aid workers kidnapped last Thursday at the Dadaab refugee camp (eastern Kenya) are in the Somali coastal town of Kismayo, according to Gen. Yusuf Ahmed Dhumal, Chief of theTransitional Government Forces in southern Somalia.

Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra, both charity workers with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), were taken by their captors yesterday to Kismayo, a stronghold of the radical Islamic militia AlShabab, the general said, without elaborating on the possible perpetrators of the kidnapping. Kenyan authorities believe that the fundamentalist group linked to Al-Qaeda terrorist network could be behind the kidnapping, although the group has denied its involvement. “Al-Shabab categorically denies all charges relating to the abduction of tourists and aid workers in Kenya,” the militia said, referring to other kidnappings that have occurred in the last month in areas near the border with Kenya. “The allegations of the Kenyan authorities on the recent kidnappings are at best unfounded. And besides being mere conjecture, are not substantiated by any verifiable proof,” said the radical militia. The Spanish women were kidnapped in the Dadaab camp, just 100 kilometres from the

border with Somalia. This is the latest of four hijackings on Kenyan soil in just over a month, including another aid worker in Dadaab, a French woman and a British woman (whose husband was shot dead in front of her), and there have been numerous armed clashes in the border area. After the capture of Serra and Thiebaut, the Kenyan army began deploying troops on Somali soil, a move that has riled the Somali militia. Al-Shabab has warned of attacks in Kenya unless the troops withdraw. The hard-line group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is locked in a battle with the transitional government for control of parts of the country currently outside its power, particularly in the capital Mogadishu. The UN-backed government in Mogadishu has refused to admit that the Kenyan troops are inside Somalia.

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Spanish bank ratings downgraded

The credit ratings of top Spanish banks, including Santander and BBVA, were downgraded on Tuesday by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch over poor growth prospects in the eurozone country struggling to slash its deficit. S&P said the “tougherthan-previously-anticipated macro-economic and financial environment in Spain” prompted its downgrade of 10 bank ratings. “In our view, Spain’s economy faces dimming growth prospects in the near term, real estate market activity remains depressed, and turbulence in the capital markets has heightened,” said Standard & Poor’s. “We believe the correction of imbalances in Spain will continue negatively affecting the financial profiles of

Spain’s banks in the next 1518 months,” it added. S&P downgraded Banco Santander’s rating one notch to AA- with a negative outlook, as did Fitch. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria had its rating cut by one notch to AA- with a negative outlook by S&P, and one notch by Fitch to A+. Fitch said its downgrade of six banks followed its cut of Spain’s sovereign rating by two notches last week to AA-, and that they remained open for further downgrades. Spain is slashing spending to reduce its deficit and convince markets it can stay on top of its debt and does not need a bailout. However, the austerity drive has nearly stalled growth, with S&P others warning Spain risks ending up in double-dip recession.

Lorca earthquake cost 3,000 people their homes

According to the latest figures revealed by Lorca town council, some 3,000 people lost their homes as a result of the earthquakes in May, 1,164 homes have already been demolished, covering an area equivalent to 17 football pitches, and 140 more buildings are have been left in ruins. The Councillor in charge of the Earthquake Reconstruction Committee, Saturnina Martínez, pointed out today that the people affected by the earthquake had so far only received money from the Consortium of Insurance Compensation fund and Mesa Solidaria, a charity collecting donations given to the town. She said that 1.4 million euros from the Mesa Solidaria fund had been distributed amongst 751 Lorca families who have lost

their homes. The town council has retained a reserve fund of 630,000 euros for families who have lost their homes and haven’t yet come to the council for help, and has released a further half a million euros to provide a new impulse to businesses in the town, where over 20% of shops have still not managed to reopen after the earthquake. Martínez emphasised the “enormous workload” council workers had had to take on, with more than 14,000 requests for help to be processed. She also added that five months after the quakes, around 90 people are still living in the emergency camp set up in the La Torrecilla area of the town, where some 1,500 people were housed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

Javier Bardem to be next Bond villain

Hard-up Spanish Town Asks Residents To Sweep Streets

In an interview with US TV channel ABC, Javier Bardem confirmed that he is going to play the villain in the next James Bond movie. Bardem, who won an Oscar for his role in “No Country for Old Men” said he was “very enthusiastic” about the opportunity to play a part in the saga of the mythical spy, 007. “My parents used to take me to see the movies and I’ve seen all of them”, said Bardem, who was sure the experience was going to be “entertaining”. “They chose me to play the villain”, the Spanish actor confirmed, but without revealing any more details about the project which is going to be directed by Sam Mendes and which sees Daniel Craig playing Bond for the third time. Filming of the 23rd movie in the saga of secret agent 007 is due to begin in November 2012.


A cash-strapped Spanish town has surprised its residents by asking them to pick up a broom and sweep their own streets and pavements. The official request by the mayor of Esparreguera, a town of 22,000 people in northeastern Spain’s Catalonia region, did not go down well with all inhabitants. “The town hall does not have the financial means at the moment to improve municipal cleaning and gardening services,” said the request by Mayor Joan-Paul Udina of the moderate Convergence and Union party. “To return to the habits our grandparents had, we ask you to regularly sweep the portion of the pavement and road in front of your house,” he said. Townspeople were also asked to water municipal trees and gardens outside their front doors “with clean water” and without dirtying the road. “I am unemployed. I don’t earn anything. And in addition they want to put me to work for free to clean the rubbish,” fumed 53-

year-old Jose when asked for his reaction. “There are still sweepers here. It is not true that there is no money to do it, we pay our taxes,” said the former Seat car factory worker who has been seeking work for three years. In addition to saving money, the plan aims to improve “co-existence, quality of life and respect for the public space,” the town ordinance said. But Dolores Serrano, 56, said it was an “excellent idea”. “I have already watered the tree in front of my door because I don’t want it to die,” she said, adding the mayor had issued a simple request, not a directive. Spanish towns are hard up. By the end of June, municipal debts amounted to 37.64 billion euros ($51 billion), or 3.5 percent of gross domestic product. In addition, the country’s 17 regional governments have a total debt of 133.172 billion euros, or 12.4 percent of GDP

Spain ends Scotland’s Euro 2012 dreams Spain made it eight wins out of eight in the Euro 2012 qualifiers with their 3-1 victory over Scotland in Alicante. For Scotland, the defeat means the end of their Euro 2012 dream, as they fail to make the play-offs, finishing in third place in Group I with 11 points from eight fixtures. The world champions dominated the match from the outset, with Scotland failing to get a touch of the ball in the opening two minutes of play. A first-half brace from David Silva and a third from David Villa as Spain coolly dictated the play, meant David Goodwillie’s 66thminute penalty was of little consolation to travelling fans.




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what will constitutional change mean for spain? Spains two main political parties have agreed to reform the

Constitution in an effort to rein in public spending. Will it work? Who stands to benefit? And why was nobody asked? Reforming the Constitution is a guaranteed way to open up a thousand and one debates about democracy in Spain. The 1978 referendum, in which the current Constitution was approved, was a turning point at a major crossroads in the political life of a country that aspired to be close to Europe, improve the quality of life of its citizens and take on the process of transitioning to democracy under the guidance of a parliamentary monarchy. To think that reforming the Constitution now is the only way to control the deficit is probably a reflection of the need for a renewal of the policies of the political parties, not necessarily generational change. The question is poignant: Is a reform of the Constitution the only strategy to guarantee the budget stability of the public administrations? And does stability necessarily mean control? It cannot be denied that the debate has been intense, although greater consensus among political parties would have been useful to ensure a more representative decision. The agreement between the PP and the PSOE enabled the reform: an unusual accord given the difficulties they have in thinking alike on other issues. The rest of the political parties, which, we should not forget, also represent citizens, were mere witnesses to those who, in the name of representation, have taken decisions that affect all of Spanish society. Most people agree on the need to urgently boost the economy of the country. But critics of the constitutional reform have valid arguments. Firstly, because the agreement was only between the PSOE and the PP, leaving aside the other smaller political parties. Secondly, the speed of the reform that has made impossible

a deep and critical debate among citizens and in parliament about the repercussions of controlling the deficit with the Constitution compared to other alternatives such as a new law. The representative democracy exercised in Congress and the Senate is based on analysis, reflection, consultation, debate and voting: a process that requires citizens to be involved in an active debate. And lastly, because of the perception that the reform is being carried out to placate the markets and sectors of the economy: it seems as though the guidance coming from European authorities will decide the economic future of the country. So what about the opinion of citizens? Democracy is exercised through public debate. Why are citizens opinions considered important on some issues while with others the representation provided by Congress representatives is sufficient? Are there no other articles of the Constitution that need to be reformed? What are the limits of members of parliament in representing citizens? What will be the content of the reform? If Spaniards dont like it, how can we go about reforming the Constitution again? Will the reform contribute to improving the lives of citizens or just the lives of those who need a guarantee to maintain the interest of European and international markets? Time will make the consequences evident, but for the moment it is worth looking at the planned changes to Article 135 of the Constitution. Š Iberosphere - News, comment and analysis on Spain, Portugal and beyond -

Camposol market It was another busy market day on Camposol A last Thursday. It was a lovely sunny morning, just the right temperature to do plenty of shopping! The variety of stalls, ranged from clothes, shoes, fruit and veg and even roast chickens. If you fancied a breakfast or a coffee, there are plenty of bars to choose from on the commercial centre which is just a stones throw away from the market. Don’t arrive too late though, it was packing up time by 2pm!



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Downgrade Pain For Spain Ahead Of G20 Talks

Computer Glitch Led To BlackBerrry Blackout A computer failure and the backlog in messages that created led to the worldwide BlackBerry blackout. Canadian company Research In Motion said that a “core switch” used to direct email and messaging traffic failed at a data centre in Europe (thought to be in Slough). A back-up system also failed. This led to a huge backlog of traffic, which in turn triggered a cascade of problems around the world that affected many of the firm’s 70 million subscribers. The fault, first experienced by users on Monday, was able to spread from Europe because all RIM’s data centres are connected. Eventually the traffic got so clogged up that it had an impact on messages sent by customers in the Americas. RIM software vice president David Yach told a news conference in Canada: “As you can imagine, with the global reach of BlackBerry and people using it to contact others around the world, there are a lot of messages to Europe from Asia and the Americas.

Europe’s debt crisis will dominate a meeting of G20 finance ministers this weekend, after a downgrade in Spain’s credit rating became the latest troubling development. Rating agency Standard & Poor’s said Spain’s 21% unemployment rate - the highest in the eurozone - cast doubt over its economic recovery prospects. It added that high private sector debt and tighter lending conditions were among other reasons for cutting the nation’s long-term rating to AA- from AA. As the Spanish government deals with ever higher interest rates on its debt, investors fear it could be the next eurozone economy to require an emergency bailout. But Spain’s treasury argues that the rating

agency has underestimated the scope of its deficit reduction plans, which will take time to bring improvements. The downgrade came as the Portuguese government unveiled its latest efforts to boost state revenues, by adding a new 5% tax to company profits above 10m euros. Further pressure on European governments to act over the debt crisis is sure to follow a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank heads in Paris this weekend. But little is expected in the way of

concrete plans, given that the talks are taking place just nine days before a makeor-break EU summit in Cannes. Elsewhere in the eurozone, Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote which he himself called for following demands from the opposition that he step down. Mr Berlusconi claimed his government was the only credible option to get the country through the sovereign debt crisis - despite warnings from the Bank of Italy governor that recent deficit reduction plans do not go far enough.

Analogue TV signals to end in October 2012

UK analogue TV signals will end on 24 October 2012, Digital UK has said. The last place to enjoy the 80-year-old transmission technology will be Northern Ireland. Afterwards, people who do not subscribe to satellite or cable services will have to buy digital televisions or set-top boxes to continue viewing. It will also mean the end for teletextbased services, such as BBC Ceefax, as the spectrum is freed up for high-speed wireless and smartphone networks. Digital TV offers a wider range of channels than analogue TV and much of the content available on teletext-based services can be accessed on digital sets. TV broadcasting began in August 1932 with a series of experimental analogue transmissions to test out the novel technology. The BBC began broadcasting TV to a schedule in 1936.

The UK’s conversion to digital TV began in 2007 with a pilot in the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven. Digital UK - the non-profit company set up by the government to oversee the transition - began switching off analogue signals region-by-region in 2008. The process has been completed across most of the UK and is due to finish in the east of England in November when the last of three analogue transmitters to the Anglia region is switched off. The four remaining regions to switch next year are London, Meridian in the south of England, Tyne Tees in the north east of England, and Northern Ireland. Last month, communications minister Ed Vaizey said the project was on time and had run “brilliantly smoothly”. The government set aside millions of pounds to help vulnerable people make the changes needed for the switchover.

Much of that has now been subsumed into the fund to take next-generation broadband to rural areas. The spectrum freed up by turning off the analogue signals will be re-used for a future mobile technology called Long Term Evolution. Regulator Ofcom is due to run an auction in late 2012 that will see the radio spectrum sold to operators to use for the service. Ofcom is currently carrying out a consultation exercise to see how many people will suffer interference when LTE is turned on. It estimated that about 3% of UK viewers, about 760,000 people, will see poorer quality TV pictures when LTE is in wide use. Filters that strip out the interfering signals are expected to solve the problem for most people but others may have to find other ways to watch digital TV.

D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D Children who have pet animals at home have stronger immune systems and are less likely to take days off school sick, a study suggests. Researchers at Warwick University in Coventry found that having a cat or dog exposed children to more infections early in life. However, this exposure boosted their immune systems in the medium term and meant these children attended school more often, on average, than pupils who did not have pets. Pet ownership was significantly associated with better school attendance rates Dr June McNicholas, Warwick University The authors said the benefits were most pronounced

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in children aged between five and eight years. Dr June McNicholas and colleagues tested the saliva of 138 children for the antibody immunoglobulin A (IgA), which is used as an indicator of immune system strength. High levels of IgA suggest that the immune system is under strain while low levels show that it is vulnerable to infection. Health benefits The study showed that antibody levels among pet owning children were significantly more stable, indicating that they had robust immune systems. Pet owning children were found to have an extra nine days at school over the course of the year compared to those without animals. According to the researchers, the findings appear to support the so-called “dirty hypothesis”. It suggests that too much cleanliness early in life can leave the immune system weakened later on. It has been linked to soaring rates of childhood

asthma in recent years. Dr McNicholas, a health psychologist who led the study, said: “Pet ownership was significantly associated with better school attendance rates. “This was apparent across all classes, but was most pronounced in the lower school (classes one to three, aged groups five to eight). “Here, the pet owners benefited from up to 18 extra half days schooling per annum than their non-pet owning counterparts.” However, Dr McNicholas warned that pets can also pose health risks to children. One of the biggest risks is the roundworm Toxicara canis which infects dogs and can cause anything from stomach ache to eye damage. Nevertheless, the Warwick University study found that despite these dangers three out of 10 children admitted sharing food with their pets while 21% let their pets lick their fingers.

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Spanish bank manager arrested for trying to rob his own bank A bank manager in northern Spain has been arrested for attempting to rob his own branch along with his brother In what resembles a comedy of errors the hold-up was thwarted after the bank

branch of regional savings bank Caja Vital in Vitoria, in the Basque Country where he approached his brother, the bank manager, at the counter. But the hold-up was aborted with the arrival of a local police officer who then followed him back to the vehicle, which was registered in the bank manager’s name.

manager’s brother raised suspicions when he was seen parked outside the bank applying a disguise. Observers reported him to police after spotting him seated in a white van using the rear view mirror to stick on a false beard and moustache. He then pulled on a wig and topped the disguise off with a hat. He was followed into the

A plastic gun was discovered in his bag but the bank manager claimed not to recognise the “client” who he said had simply inquired about opening an account before leaving. The bank manager later admitted to police under questioning that he and his brother had spent months planning the heist on the bank as the family were “suffering economic difficulties”.


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Spain unlikely to meet deficit target

Alarm is sounded over the country’s borrowing, with the chance of the public deficit being cut from 9% to 6% said to be slim

Alarm bells are being rung over Spain’s ability to hit its public deficit target this year without taking further dramatic steps to raise extra income or cut spending. In a report by the Guardian, figures released last week by the national statistics institute (INE) show that the deficit level remained virtually unchanged during the first half of this year, according to one of the country’s leading analysts. Angel Laborda, of the savings banks federation Funcas, said the figures on the overall borrowing needs of Spain’s public administration meant the chances of bringing the deficit down from 9% to 6% this year were slim. The deficit could now head

for between 7.5 and 8%of GDP – well off the target agreed by the socialist government of prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the European Union and much worse than previous analysts’ estimates. “Most of the year has already gone so I think it is impossible to meet 6%,” Laborda said. “I’d say it will be closer to 8%.” He blamed the problem on the regional governments, who account for a third of public spending. Many had only seriously begun to cut spending after May elections, he said. Lower-than-expected growth was also a handicap. Separate figures show that central government has brought down its part of the

deficit, suggesting that regional governments may have actually grown their deficits during the first half of the year, he said. The Zapatero government has staked its credibility in the markets on hitting deficit targets. The fact that it met last year’s target, together with Spain’s relatively low overall national debt, helps to explain why bond yields have been lower than neighbouring Italy’s. Finance minister Elena Salgado has repeatedly vowed to meet this year’s 6% target. The socialist government, which is set to be replaced by the conservative People’s Party (PP) at a general election on 20 November, has said it will introduce new measures if

it has to. “Our objective of a 6% deficit at year’s end will not be given up on,” a finance ministry spokesman reaffirmed. “We have said many times that we will do whatever it takes to meet that.” The PP has also pledged to meet deficit targets. The spokesman blamed a change in INE’s metholodogy for Laborda’s calculations. Laborda denied that there was a problem, saying INE had also presented its data on previous years using the new methodology. The average predicted deficit figure from 18 of Spain’s top analysts prior to last week’s figures was 6.5% for 2011.

Underwater eruption prompts evacuation in Canaries

An underwater volcanic eruption prompted the authorities to evacuate about 500 people from a village on Spain’s El Hierro island in the Canaries. The eruption was detected last Monday, five kilometres (three miles) from the island at a depth of between 500 and 1,200 metres (1,640 and 3,940 feet) beneath the sea. Experts had said the eruption would not be felt on the island. But seismic activity now pointed to the risk of another eruption closer to the coast, said the director general of the Canaries’ emergency commission, Juan Manuel Santana. As a result, the regional government

will relocate the roughly 500 people living in La Restinga, which is the closest residential area to the eruption, he told a news conference. “An eruption in shallower waters would produce a greater risk because of the greater interaction of the water with the magma,” he warned. “We must continue to follow how the phenomenon develops, what we are putting in place is simply a preventative measure.” Village residents will likely be transferred to facilities at a football field further inland, the regional government of the Canaries said in a statement. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis

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Rodriguez Zapatero met with several ministers, including Defence Minister Carmen Chacon, and volcano experts to analyse the situation, his office said. The regional government of the archipelago on Monday issued a “yellow” volcanic eruption alert - the second level on a scale of four - after the island was hit by a 4.3-magnitude quake. El Hierro, which means ‘iron’ in Spanish, is the smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic off the coast of Morocco. It is home to some 11,000 people. The last volcanic eruption on the Canary Islands was on nearby La Palma in 1971.


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Food for thought...... Everything in our world is made of energy; vibrating energy. All forms of energy vibrate at different speeds, or frequencies. We are all energy units; including buildings, furniture, food, and anything else that you see around you. For example, a wooden desk will vibrate at a low frequency, while a ray of light vibrates at a much higher frequency. In solid units such as we are, energy is held together to create matter, (please, don’t ask me to go into the physics know-how, just accept it for what it is! There are thousands if not millions of books out there that will tell you about this in great scientific detail). We humans vibrate at different levels of frequency too, depending upon our thoughts, emotions and level of higher consciousness. By raising our level of vibration, we raise our level of consciousness. This helps us to be in better touch with our Higher Self and the messages our higher wisdom is sending to us. It also helps us to view life from a more calm centered perspective, rather than getting caught up in fears or judgments. The Higher Self, that is. The key ingredient to attracting the things we want in life is energy. Energy equals vibration. The better the frequency at which our energy vibrates, the better we attract. (Low energy equals low vibrations; high energy equals high vibrations). We attract the things in life we want. We know two things for sure, one that we are not all blessed with the same amount of energy or vibration and; two, that we have different qualities of energy or vibration. What is also widely known today is that this quality of energy or vibration depends very much on our own thoughts and our inner mental and feeling world. To explain, if for example, we lack self esteem, feel inadequate and short changed by life itself, then we tend to withdraw inwards, wallow in self pity and develop a negative inner dialogue. This negative inner dialogue then takes control over our life as it manifests on the material level with negative results. So no matter how much we seek happiness or aim for success in anything, it remains out of reach leaving us frustrated and wondering why. We tend forget that it is our inner world that ultimately leads us

towards or away from our goals and dreams. What we vibrate – we attract. Sometimes, as we work hard towards achieving a certain goal, (whatever that maybe), and it appears as though we are doing all the right things that are required on the outer level or the material level, the goal still eludes. What do we do? We become annoyed and distressed and start to wonder what went wrong. We complain, we start to sink into a depression, we blame others and circumstances totally ignoring and forgetting about our inner world: our inner world of intimate thoughts, inner dialogue, intentions, beliefs and our real secret desires. The truth is that everything that is visible in the physical world first has to be completed on the etheric level (first or lowest layer in the “human energy field”), the thought or mental level before it can become visible in the physical world in which we live. Artists, designers, chefs, gardeners, writers and all creative people on any level know all about this course of action. To explain, for a chef to create a dish with a certain set of ingredients, he must first picture it in his mind in order to create it. This picture is strengthened once he incorporates aromas, and begins to sense or feel what it would taste like. This ‘blueprint’ has to be completed first on the mental plane in our thought world before it can exist in our real physical world. The more detailed, clear and perfect the visualization the stronger the chance it will manifest!! And this is where imagination comes in!! Imagine, if the chef didn’t take the time to ‘cook’ first in his mind, in other words began using his imagination, but instead just began throwing ingredients together, how would he know what the finished dish would look like? Imagination then can be described as the key ingredient for the recipe of life!! We have all used our imagination at some time or another and will continue to do so. It is how we use it that has the most effect. It is how we use it that affects our energy levels and thus, our vibrational level. When we are vibrating at a higher energy we also have the necessary physical energy to achieve

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Friends Unlimited Friends Unlimited the social arm of the charity HELP Vega Baja, will be holding an ‘In-House’ quiz on Thursday 20th October at The Club, Calle Toledo, Quesada from 2-4pm. Preferably with teams of four – bring your own or make a team when you arrive. There will be prizes for the winners and those with the lowest score. We will also have a raffle and football card, with entrance a donation of 2€. The following week on Thursday 27th October, we have our coach trip to ‘Calpe and More’, the cost is 12€ per person and with only a few seats available, we recommend prompt payment. Our 5th Anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday 3rd November from 2-4pm with a party at The Club, Calle Toledo, Quesada. We will be entertained by the lovely Lucinda and entrance is for a donation of 2€. On 10th November, we will be holding a ‘menu del dia’ at Charlot’s in Benijuzar and the cost

is 12€ and payment is required in advance. Tickets will be on sale at The Club on previous Thursdays, as will all other events and fund raising activities. Friends Unlimited is the social group of the Association HELP Vega Baja; a mixed group of all ages, gathering in a friendly social atmosphere. We have speakers, demonstrations, entertainment, quizzes, outings and fund raising evenings plus regular updates from The British Consulate. Our aim is to have fun, make new friends and learn more about life here in Spain and to be kept updated on the various intricacies of being an ‘ex-pat’. With proceeds of all funds raised going to the ‘HELP’ HELPCARE programme, with different schemes for the benefit of members who have been hospitalised. For more information see the web site For more information or details of our forthcoming programme, please ring either the co-ordinator Pat Perrin 966 719 862 or the San Miguel office 966 723 733

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Jane Rumsey and Russ Kirkland, owners of The Rendezvous bar in Torrevieja held a fundraising day on the 17th September and raised a grand sum of 530.00€. The fundraising event was held in the memory of Jane’s dad the late Tony Rumsey who was cared for by Paul Cunningham Nurses. Jane and Russ would like to thank everyone for making this day a great success. Buddy Holly, Bobbie Vee, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele, were all there on the night! The afternoon started with a mock auction – this is where the first person bids for example €1 and puts the money in the bucket then the next person bids say 50 cents and puts the money in the bucket and so on until

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Success for Tony’s Soccer School banner in association with the local Ayutamiento. There are excellent opportunities for girls to play and their football coaches have been with the club since almost its inception. This is a wellorganised, friendly and approachable football Club with excellent social and community links. They also offer those over fifteen-year olds the opportunity to undergo residential, player trials and assessments with ex-premier league club coaches in England and organise a ten-week summer camp which this year had more than 300 players in attendance. This season they have brand-new, sponsored league kits along with a tracksuit sponsor so all the kids will look as sharp as their professional football heroes. The kits were kindly supplied by the area’s number one car hire company, Coys Cars. Their owner said, “We are delighted to be more closely associated with the school. We have been following the progress over several years and it is clear the school gives great pleasure to a huge number of children every week. Importantly, it is run in a professional manner and the children learn the value of discipline, friendship and team-spirit as well as pure football skills. We look forward to a long and happy relationship”. Along with their own training kits, regular player assessment and its player achievement and recognition system, the club clearly fills a much needed gap for players of all abilities and ages on the southern Costa Blanca. You can find out more information at, on Facebook at ‘tonys soccer school’ or cut to the chase and speak with Tony directly on 678 955 501.


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Thanks to the generosity of over hundred people who attended, the grand sum of 1,322 euros was raised, and later presented to the ‘Age Concern C.B.S.’ charity. The whole afternoon was M.C.d by popular local entertainer Jon Summer, who soon had the guests singing and dancing. Later on he had them all laughing when he hosted the mock auction, once again Jon gave his services freely, saying he was a strong believer in the work this charity did.

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Street Cats Sterilised In New Campaign Fundación Internacional para la Protección de los Animales (FIPARM), through its animal protection veterinary clinics, Clini-Vet, has put into action a campaign to sterilise street cats on Tabarca. The first sterilisations began last Wednesday (October 5). Ten cats were sterilised by the foundation’s own vet. The team went to the island by boat and carried out surgery in a mobile theatre set up in one of the houses, equipped with everything necessary to ensure it was sterile and safe.

Raquel Peña is offering a new program this season, a one time fun class especially designed for Birthday parties, clubs, weddings, etc. to give people a chance to try flamenco dancing where the flamenco rumba will be taught and everyone has a good time and to do something very different. This is suitable for all ages, even those who can’t dance are included.

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bitterness of the plant led to its use by wet-nurses for weaning infants from the breast and is even mentioned in a speech by Shakespeare from Romeo & Juliet.Act I, Scene 3. Nurse: ... And she [Juliet] was wean’d,–I never shall forget it, Of all the days of the year, upon that day: For I had then laid wormwood to my dug, ...

This week. we will continue this week to learn more about the amazing properties of Artemisia. Artemisia has a colourful and interesting history. Artemisia was the wife & sister of the Greek/ Persian King Mausolous from which we get the word mausoleum. The genus artemisia was named after her as she was a botanist and medical researcher. It is a large, diverse group of plants between 200 to 400 species belonging to the daisy family Asteraceae. It comprises of hardy herbs and shrubs known for their volatile oils.

The word ¨wormwood¨comes from Middle English wormwode which was probably influenced by the tradition of using it as a cure for intestinal worms. It has many medicinal uses and Wormwood tea is used as a remedy for labour pain and an additional ingredient for mint tea in Moroccan tea culture. It is also available in an oil form, which is at its most poisonous. Interestingly enough this oil is a potential source of the treatment of leishmaniasis, which is very prevalent here in Spain, affecting many dogs including my own. Finally in reference to the moon, many belief this genus of plants hold powers and is one of the herbs planted in ´Moon Gardens¨by witches to increase their psychic abilities. In the same vein the beliefs surrounding this genus are founded upon the strong association between the herbs of the genus Artemisia and the moon goddess Artemis, the Greek Goddess, who is believed to hold these powers. So if you would like to walk amongst these ´mystic´plants you can join in our next walk which takes place on the 31st of October at 10.30am. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness but if you would like to meander at your own pace you can pick up a guide at our tea garden. Remember half term will soon be upon us and we are open 7 days a week and extended hours from 10.30 am – 5 daily for all our outdoor activities including quad biking and horse riding. Call 660 816 620 to book. Hope to see you soon .... Jenni

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It is a perennial plant that grows prolifically here at La Pedrera, with a hard, woody rhizome and has a very pungent aroma when picked. The smell is key however, as the odour makes it useful for making a plant spray against pests. Strangely enough however, many Artemisia species are used as food plants by the number of moths and butterflies and in here, in Spring Time, this is certainly evident. The leaves and flowering tops are gathered when the plant is in full bloom and dried. It has two active substances which include silica and two bitter substances the absinthin and anabsinthine. This bitterness has been referred to through the ages Wormwood is mentioned 7 times in the Jewish Bible and numerous times in the Old & New Testament, always with the implications of bitterness. The

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As it’s now October what jobs should we be doing now and is it safe to plant trees and shrubs?


October already, where is this year going? Yes, now is a very good time to be planting trees and shrubs and anything else you’ve been hardening off in pots. It is not advisable, though to plant if the ground is sodden after the recent heavy rains. With these heavy storms that have been rumbling around this week, if the rain does eventually stop as, hopefully it must, now is an ideal time to get digging; either a new patch for cultivating or holes for planting any big stuff as the ground is soft and makes the job so much easier. It is always a surprise how rapidly weeds show themselves after rain, so either use a hoe or, if they are large enough, pull them up by hand wearing protective gardening gloves. Many are poisonous or have tiny barbs on them. As the weather has cooled off considerably, too much, I say, these are outside jobs which will soon warm you up. For any persistent weeds I like to use a spray on a still day and watch them die; very satisfying. This is also an excellent month for sowing your vegetable patch with broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potatoes. They are on sale in many of the weekly markets and are excellent value. Ensure the ground is well dug over and incorporate as much organic matter as you can lay your hands on. I’m lucky as I have a ready supply of well rotted goat ‘poo’ from ‘Pepe the Goatman’ but horse, donkey and chicken are equally as good. Do make sure that whatever you use is well-rotted and not ‘fresh’ or it will burn your tender little plantlets. If you are in an area where some trees and shrubs lose their leaves in winter, gather them up as soon as they fall to prevent them becoming a breeding ground for slugs and snails. Tidy up any shrubs which have finished flowering removing any dead shoots or straggly branches but leaving the main prune until December/January when they are hopefully dormant and won’t notice the attack! Take cuttings of any favourite succulents or cacti as insurance. Pot up and store in a warm place over winter in case the parent dies if we have a severe one. Store seeds which are now ripening, in paper bags to prevent them rotting, in a frost free place ready for spring. Don’t be like me, though, and forget to label them; you’ll never remember what they are come the spring!



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Results from a recent survey from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), have found that parents are lagging behind when it comes to gardening knowledge; with children and grandparents leading the way, mainly thanks to school intervention. The survey, commissioned by the UK’s leading gardening charity, asked 500 parents, grandparents and primary schoolaged children about their gardening habits, to discover if there is a ‘lost generation of gardeners’. The survey found that fewer than 1% of parents were taught to garden while at school, compared to 55% of grandparents and 40% of children. With 65% of parents admitting that their own parents (now grandparents) know more about gardening than they do, and nearly half believing their own children, aged 4–11, have equal or better horticultural knowledge than themselves, it would seem today’s parents are shy of volunteering their time probably due to a lack of knowledge. Engaging parents In light of the survey results, the RHS is seeking to get more grown-ups gardening. The initiative ‘Get Your Grown-ups Growing’ (GYGG) is open to all schools registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Schools are asked to hold an event during October, encouraging their local parents and other adults to come along and get gardening. Alan Titchmarsh, leading supporter of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, says; The fact that schools have really cottoned onto the benefits of gardening with their pupils

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Pete and I plodded resolutely across the atrium of the Shopping Centre, bags in hand and boredom level reached when I heard the beckoning call of a cup of coffee. I parked Pete and the bags at a table outside a little cafe, and walked up to the counter in eager response to the siren song of the cup of coffee. The young lady waitress took my order, given in Spanish, fixed me with a pleading smile and said breathlessly ‘Siddowplis.’ I gaped at her uncomprehending. I hadn’t ordered a siddowplis, nor was I sure that I wanted one. Was it on special offer, I wondered. She returned my puzzled gaze. Her face took on an anxious look, her eyes darted around the atrium as she repeated urgently in lowered tones ‘Siddowplis.’ Responding to her concern I looked over my shoulder. The poor girl was obviously terrified, so a siddowplis couldn’t be a comestible, but rather something to be feared, some kind of monster, which somehow had got loose and was roaming the atrium. Perhaps it was the Common Spotted Siddowplis, a large but harmless vegetarian? Certainly one of those, if spooked, could knock over a few tables and chairs if frightened into flight. Her uneasy manner made me fear that it was more likely Siddowplis Rex, a ferocious predator who would lay waste

to the atrium as effectively as a fox in a henhouse, leaving behind the mangled half-eaten remains of the tougher shoppers, while swallowing nice juicy children whole. Or (gulp) could it be the terrifyingBurrowingSiddowplis, whose modus operandi was to surface silently under a table, snatch a shopper whole and drag them with lightning speed to its underground lair, leaving not a not a trace behind. What should I do? Should I yell out ‘Everyone, run for your lives – there’s a Seddowplis loose in the Atrium.’ But then, why hadn’t she already done that? Perhaps the Siddowplis had her family held hostage behind the counter? That would account for her shifty look and whispered warning. I pondered the predicament, and the options open to me while she hovered, ill at ease, eyes darting in all directions, coffee cups in hand. Then it dawned on me – she was speaking Spinglish! She hadn’t said Siddowplis, she had said ‘Sit down please’ in English but with Spanish speed and accent. I sat. No monsters appeared.

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the lure of the sea................ As I write, I am relaxing in my reserved preferente seat on the Renfe Euromed train en route from Alicante to Barcelona. Four of us have enjoyed a good breakfast – included in the first class ticket price - scanned through our free newspapers and having chatted about this and that, we have settled back in our comfortable seats, cradling yet more coffee in contented silence as the Spanish countryside slides serenely by. I hate missing a column in the Sol Times, and always try at least to cover those periods when I am indisposed or taking a break. So I shall use this quiet time to ponder, cogitate, mull over and generally wonder what the hell I’m going to write about! Well that’s not quite true because I had a sudden flash of inspiration on the journey to Alicante station. With the harlot Mediterranean flaunting her vivid blues and greens and flashing a million sparkling sun diamonds, I knew exactly what the subject matter would be. The sea. Man has always had this

strange fascination with water, and for many of us, there is the desire to live as close to the ocean as possible. Perhaps it has something to do with the unknown and what lies beyond, or simply a primordial instinct that remains deep within us from the time when man’s earliest ancestors emerged from the oceans on to the land. I guess we have been lucky in that we have spent ten years of our lives within sight of one body of water or another, and having been here in Spain for five of those years, I have to admit that we tend to take it for granted much of the time. We tell ourselves constantly that we are fortunate, but it’s like anything else in life, if it is a part of your everyday life, then it is hard to view in the same appreciative way that we did when we first arrived. All of us remember the buzz as children when the summer holidays came around and we set off excitedly for two glorious weeks at the seaside, and that very first view of the sea we had from the car or coach or train carriage. As you crested that final rise in the road, or the track emerged from the last tunnel, it wasn’t always apparent that it was there because the subtle difference in blue – or very often grey – between the sky

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and sea was at first misleading. But when it finally sank in, it was as spectacular as the thrill of Christmas. I have mentioned my best friend at primary school before. Billy came from a single parent family and was one of four kids. His mother was a widow, and in the days when poverty really did mean poverty, she struggled to keep body and soul together and her kids well presented. There was therefore nothing to spare for life’s little luxuries like holidays. My parents also struggled, but me being the only child, they always managed to get by and we were fortunate enough to have relatives in Devonshire and so were able to spend two weeks at the coast each summer. My uncle had become ill with Parkinson’s disease however and with my aunt caring for him full time and having to move house in the process, Exmouth became a thing of the past. The Kent coast was the venue for our first holiday after the Devon era, and my parents offered to take Billy with us, and I’ll never forget his reaction when he got his first look at the English Channel from our Royal Blue coach. Never having seen the sea before in his life, it took minutes before Billy realised what he was looking at, then the emotion and excitement took over as he finally cottoned on. Because we needed an early start that morning, Billy had

stayed the night. It jarred me off that as soon as his head hit the pillow he was flat out, whilst I was burning with so much excitement, I was unable to even think about sleep. So after half an hour or so I shook him awake and told him it was morning and that my mum wanted him to go downstairs to get washed. You know what it’s like – if you have been sleeping soundly and are suddenly roused, it could be that five minutes or five hours have passed. You are totally disorientated. And so a bleary eyed Billy walked into the front room as my parents were finishing their prebedtime cocoa, and I crouched tittering on the landing. My erstwhile friend was raised to the peerage a few years ago, and I often wonder if Lord Billy remembers those times with the same affection as me.



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You might think that I am always battering the Spanish. Like my experience that Spain, like any jail on earth, is solely inhabited by innocent people. However, I am not the only one. I have just read an interview with the Murcia author, Eduardo Balanzá, who won the Café Gijón award in 2009 for his novel ‘La noche hambrienta’ (The Starving Night). His words could have been mine, when he said ‘In this country nobody ever is responsible for anything!’ I rest my case! My blog host has come up with another theme for a blog: What is the best way to blow off steam when you’re angry? No, opposite of what you might think, I will not suggest going out killing someone – not even screaming at somebody, or throw things around. Absolutely not! My suggestion is to take your iPod, tPod, gsPod – or whatever transportable music devices are called these days -, go for a long walk/jog, stuff the headphones in your ears, turn the sound up, and listen to some great music. Your head will be so full of sound that there will be no room for anger. You should try it; it really works – especially if you sing along! Sod that you do not have a note in your chest, the World already has a Montserrat Caballe and a Placido Domingo. Besides that, you cannot hear your own voice for the noise coming out of the headphones anyway. My new enterprise: life coaching, which is just another word for an expensive, professional friend! When visiting new places, people like to take a memento with them. Admit it you too have carried home silly reminders like snow-bubbles, fridge magnets, cheap figurines etc. How inane! On being admitted to hospital for the first time, I suppose it is tempting, if you are wheelchair bound, to nick a wheelchair from the hospital as a token of your stay. I mean, they have so many of them that they probably would not even notice if one goes missing. Wrong! Last week, a poor bugger got arrested by Policia Local for having left Hospital Reina Sofia in Murcia with a wheelchair worth €600. Makes me wonder! On leaving the ‘calabozo’, what souvenir will he walk out with? A pair of ‘esposas’? No, that does not mean wives, but handcuffs. Or maybe a ‘multa’-book, like I did a couple of years ago in Caravaca? I had asked a couple of Guardia Civil for directions and on returning to my car, I discovered that I had the nice policeman’s ‘multa’-book in my hand. I delivered back the item with apologies, and they returned the favour by stopping all traffic, so I could make an illegal U-turn, and go back on the path they had directed me in. It is really annoying to be overtaken in the inner lane. I mean, growing old is not so bad, when you think of the alternative, but believing that your aging happened far too quickly, it is annoying to see that a Vietnamese woman has beaten you by growing old in 5 years. I thought I had the record when I saw my wedding pictures from my second nuptials, when I was 43 years old. Compared to the pictures from my 40th birthday, I struggled to recognise the woman in our wedding pictures, but comparing 21 year old Nguyen Thi Phuong with the grandmother pictures of her 5 years later, I bow down to the fact, that even I have never aged that much in 5 years. Hell, the 26 year old Nguyen Thi Phuong looks older than my great grandmother when she was in her 80s. Mrs Nguyen blames traditional Vietnamese medications from a local pharmacy – there goes the belief that oriental medicine is better that modern, chemical products. Though she looks like a woman with one foot in the grave, her condition has not affected her menstrual cycle, hair, teeth, eyes and mind. Granny, I’m going to buy tampons. Do you need any? 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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Pioneering maggot therapy at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre....................... Maggots flown in overnight from the UK have been used this week to treat Cookie, a miniature horse at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales.

Rod and Sue Weeding at the Centre found Cookie on waste ground in Benijofar in April 2010 in a shocking condition, suffering with severe laminitis. Since then Cookie, named so because of her strength in overcoming adversity, has been transformed. Not only has she had surgery on her front legs, severely damaged by the laminitis, she is now receiving larvae treatment in her hooves.


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The larvae, supplied by Biomonde based in England and Germany are the only laboratories in Europe providing sterile maggots for the treatment of humans, For Cookie the maggots are being used to fight an infection inside both front hooves – unfortunately exacerbated by visitors feeding Cookie treats that her system could not cope with. The maggots provide a less aggressive form of treatment which it is hoped can reach deep into the infected tissue. Now the maggots have been transplanted into Cookie’s hooves, everyone is anxiously waiting to see if they have done their job successfully. This treatment could possibly be the way forward for treating equines with similar anaerobic infections in the future Maggots have been used in humans as a way of treating

infected wounds for many years, and research has shown that wounds heal quicker than conventional medicine. Because of the horrendous condition that some of our rescued horses are in we are using ground breaking treatment methods “says Sue Weeding co-founder “ and we are attracting and working with some of the top professional vets and specialists in Europe and America. The Easy Horse Care Rescue centre is a registered Spanish charity with no official funding and this pioneering treatment along with all care we provide our horses, ponies and donkeys is only possible with the generosity of the public to give us donations”. If you wish to make a donation and/or sponsor Cookie or one of her four-legged friends for as little as €5 a month, please contact the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre on Tel: 652 021 980 or via email at: The Centre is open to the public every day from 13:00 -16:00 throughout the year. Sundays and Wednesdays only there are guided tours where you can meet the residents and hear their stories. Lunch and light refreshments are also available in the garden cafe. All proceeds go to support the Centre. For further information visit:

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Well ladies and gents I can finally kill the so very sure that us females are not the life myth that all the road traffic accidents are and soul of this mayhem and very often caused by women drivers or that they are carnage? Simple; women are not allowed the worst drivers in the world! Because to drive here! since I have landed on the Arabian Peninsula So, for all of these guys that like to say I have seen some amazing accidents and that we women let the side down, you are even more amazing non-accidents. very wrong, ladies a great vantage point for You thought driving in Spain was the next time you may need it. sometimes mad with the odd Brit driver As for some other strange things, ladies going the wrong way along a road, the have their own entrance to the banks, lack of indicators and confusion on the and the tradition of the Spanish kisses for roundabouts. Believe me that is nursery greeting is well out of bounds here, any stuff! Cars here go from lane to lane without unrelated person should not have any looking, they overtake on both sides, they physical contact with a lady. The black stop mid stream to have a chat and they dress that covers you from neck to feet (in go from the outside or middle lane straight my case ankles because women are not so over to the hard shoulder and park there tall here); along with a scarf to cover my hair if they need to get out of the car for a which seemed so strange on the first days few moments! The drivers are almost all is now a great way of going to breakfast in on mobile phones, not only do the larger the hotel in my PJs without anyone noticing. vehicles change lane willy-nilly but they Of course the service is always very good drive over road islands, pavements and and usually with a smile. One thing that lane filtering curbs just to pass a couple of makes me feel right at home is the food, cars. very similar to Spain although not much fish Where are the police you may well ask? and of course no pork, it has been very tasty They have driven off of the road onto the and plenty of it. Unfortunately not washed roundabouts or the pavements to have down with a vino or beer, but hey my liver a wonder and yes you guessed it… will be thanking me soon. a chat on their mobile phone. The Generally things here are very much cacophony of horns, screeching cheaper, though there is a great influx of tyres, breaking glass, crunching of western brands and shops…. Yes, I metal, shouts and curses from have even found M&S, which was a all directions makes travelling life saver as my dress code when around a life threatening not shrouded in black pastime. Then just for needed some work, but I good measure seatbelts will tell you all only get fastened after about that in a policeman has pulled the next Life you over!!! Not that it with Linda in actually happens that Saudi. often. So how can I be By Linda Sage BA Ed(Hons), Dip REBT, Dip CST ~ ~ Tel: 966 716 919 Member Toastmasters International

to well known carols, a free Christmas drink and nibbles will be provided in the interval. All this for 5 Euros which will be presented to APANEE on the night.

which will go towards the Christmas party and gifts for ALPE, gifts for APANEE and

The show is called Seasonal Showtime and is on at the Virgen del Carmen Torrevieja on Wednesday 7th December, 2011 at 19.00hrs.

gifts for the elderly in the Torrevieja Old Folks home. Each year a party is given for the students of ALPE, some of whom are bigger than us but are mentally & physically impaired. They show great delight in seeing Papa Noel and singing and dancing along with RASCALS. It is a very touching experience and well worth all the effort.

To reserve tickets contact Sue on. 96 678 4874 or go to the box office in front of the Municipal Theatre. If you can´t make this date a further performance will be on Saturday 17th December 19.00hrs at the School of Music & Culture in Los Montesinos. This time ADISMON

Also a show is performed at the Virgen del Carmen in Torrevieja in aid of APANEE. This year it will be a variety show with song, dance and comedy of Spring, Summer & Autumn in the first half with Winter & Christmas in the second half. To help you get in the mood to sing-along

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een w o l HAl Traditional Halloween Food

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2 tbsp cream salt and black pepper 1 large or 2 small onions, sliced thinly  little bacon fat, beef dripping or other A frying oil Sieve or mash the potatoes and mix with the cabbage and cream. Season well with salt and pepper. Fry the onion in the fat over a moderate heat until it is soft and beginning to brown. Using a spatula, press half the potato and cabbage mixture in an even layer on to the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes until it is well browned and crispy underneath. Cut the mixture into 4 quarters with the spatula or palette knife and turn them over carefully so that the crispy bit is uppermost. Press the remaining potato and cabbage mixture on to the first layer and after a few more minutes, cut and turn again. When the bottom is again browned, you will have a crispy top too, a crispy bottom, and a crispy layer in the middle.

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450g/1lb raw beetroot, well was hed 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and sliced

1 whole free-range egg 2 free-range egg yolks 1 vanilla pod, seeds only (discard the pod) 50g/1½oz self raising flour 1 tsp cinnamon


Hot Blood Soup

50ml/2fl oz condensed milk 200g/7oz Greek yoghurt, to serve

Method Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/ Gas 6. Grease a baking sheet and preheat in the oven. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend together. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the preheated baking sheet, then flatten them out by lightly pressing down on them with a spatula. Transfer to the oven for 12 minutes, until the scones are risen and golden. To serve, transfer to a serving plate & place the Greek yoghurt in a serving bowl on the side.

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 1 tsp chilli powder ½tbsp tomato purée 2x40 0g/14oz tins chopped tomatoe

salt and pepper

Method Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Ga s 6. Wrap the beetroot individually in foil and bake in the oven until tender, about 1 hour. Cool, peel and cut into 1cm /½in dice. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and the garlic. Coo k for 2-3 minutes until starting to soft en. Add the chilli powder and cook for another minute. Add the tomato purée and tins of tomatoes, season well and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Liquidise the soup and add more water if you want it thinner. Stir in the beetroot cubes, heat through and serve with herby garlic bread.

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6 medium free range egg yolks 175g/6oz caster sugar  50g/1lb dessert apples, peeled cored 4 and chopped 2 tbsp lemon juice  tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice 1 (optional) 75g/3oz vegetarian toffees, cut into pieces Mint leaves and lemon zest curls to garnish

Method Put the milk, cream and vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave the flavours to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and discard the vanilla pod and seeds.

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Then whisk in the vanilla cream and pour the mixture into a clean saucepan. Cook over a very low heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Place the prepared apples in a saucepan with the lemon juice and cook over a low heat until soft. Mash and leave to cool. Stir in the spices if using.

Stir the toffee pieces and apples into the custard and pour into a shallow polythene container. Freeze for 30 minutes, then beat with a fork. Repeat this process then freeze until hard. (Alternatively use an ice cream making machine, following the manufacturer’s instructions). Take out of the freezer for 30 minutes before serving. Scoop into sundae dishes and decorate with mint leaves and lemon zest curls.

The Star of India is the No.1, original Tandoori Indian and Italian Restaurant in San Luis. The fully air-conditioned restaurant is open 7 days a week, from 12 noon until midnight and offers an extensive menu of both Indian and Italian dishes. The Star of India also offer a take-away service and if your order is more than 20€ you also get a free bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal! A fantastic lunchtime menu is available which consists of Poppadums, any Chicken or Lamb Curry, Rice or Naan including a glass of wine, small beer or any soft drink, dessert or coffee - 8.95€; a magnificent evening menu is available at just 9.95€. So for a great night out and a superb choice of food make your way to the Star of India Restaurant on the commercial Centre in San Luis. Tel: 966 788 781 or 680 168 808


Contemporary Halloween Food

Since the beginning of the 20th cent ury, parties featuring ‘scar y’ foods colo ured black, purple or red, have been a hit with the young and the young at hear t. Dishes are often given names like ‘witches cauldron’ (red pepper and tomato soup), and ‘fried brain’ (walnut halves saut éed in paprika). Sandwiches are cut into spooky shapes like witches’ hats and eyeb alls, and drinks may contain ‘squashe d bugs’ (actually flattened raisins or grap es). If you’re having a Halloween part y, get into the spirit with spooky invit ation cards and haunting music and décor. Set the table with ghoulish tableware, jacko’-lanterns, corn-on-thecobs, and autumn leaves and flowers.


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METHOD Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Unroll the pastry, place it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to the thickness of a £1 coin. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Upturn a saucer approximately 15cm (6in) in diameter onto a corner of the pastry and cut around it with a sharp knife. Place the pastry circle on the baking tray, then cut out a further five circles. Prick each one with a fork and brush with beaten egg. Arrange the nectarines in concentric circles over each round of pastry. Warm the jam, together with 1tbsp of water, in a pan, stirring until softened, then brush generously over the fruit to glaze. Place the baking tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and sprinkle a few blueberries on top of each galette. Return to the oven for 3 further minutes until the blueberries are softened. Serve hot or cold.


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fires continue to burn thousands of acres in Ourense

Sixteen fires, all in the province of Ourense, are still active this afternoon, two of them razing huge areas - up to 1,800 hectares in Manzaneda and 1,000 in Lobios - as temperatures drop slightly, but still remain high for this time of year. The Department for Rural Affairs reported that the Manzaneda fire, which started Thursday in O Invernadeiro, an area of ​​great environmental value, has not affected the parkland so far.

Conso, affecting 60 acres in the latter.

15 helicopters and nine aircraft have been brought in to support the landbased units fighting the fires. The second biggest fire is in Lobios, which began on Thursday morning and is still active. This fire came in Portugal, where a huge fire razed several thousand hectares and was blown into various parts of Galicia by the wind.

It is a steep area and the fire has burned continuously for several days. Moreover, another fire was reported yesterday in the nearby town of Paradela.

The area is steep and rocky, making it difficult to fight the fire from the ground, so six helicopters and four aeroplanes have been brought in to try to control the blaze, which has already affected over thousand hectares.

The Manzaneda fires have spread to the neighbouring municipalities of Chandrexa da Queixa and Vilariño de

Another major forest fire began in Maceda on Sunday and has already burned around 800 acres.

The Dept. for Rural Affairs has reported fires in Baltar (20 hectares), Teixeira (20), Melón (40); Padrenda (20); Esgos (150); Montederramo (200), and another in the town of Maceda (250). The fire in Ríos is close to being extinguished, but still remains active after burning 200 hectares. The fires in Viana do Bolo (400 hectare), Gudiña (150), Avión (228) and A Peroxa (300) are in a similar situation. Four fires in the province of Lugo have finally been put out - in Palas de Rei, where 50 hectares were burned; Carballedo (20); Vilalba (250) and Monforte de Lemos (50). The fire in Viana do Bolo in Ourense, which burned one hundred acres, has also been extinguished.

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Autumn Leaves The heat is no longer in the sun and the garden is as relaxed as it ever will be. Stop the rot

Root treatment

With cool nights after warm days, heavy dew is encouraging rot and botrytis. Keep an eye out for the plants from which you still require something. Continue deadheading the dahlias to prevent botrytis from spreading to those blooms that are yet to come and keep us in autumn flower. Autumn lettuce should be kept carefully thinned to prevent botrytis spreading. Pull the dead flowers off the last of the courgettes, as they can easily damage the fruit in the damp shade under the leaf canopy. Water pumpkins if the weather is dry, to get the last of them before harvesting.

Cuttings that were taken during July and August should have rooted by now. Those that weren’t potted up last month will be prioritised now so that they can get their roots around the pot before the weather cools. Use a loambased compost with the addition of perlite to keep the soil free-draining and put the young cuttings into the cold frame to beef them up. The frame is kept open for free air movement and then watering is kept on the light side, to keep them from rotting. Woody cuttings of trees and shrubs are given the same treatment.

Tomato Time Tomatoes are prone to fungal attack now that the heat is out of the sun. Keep picking daily so that ripened fruit can make way for the ripening. Although outdoor tomatoes rarely produce more than five trusses of fruit, and should ideally be “stopped” by pinching out the main leader once they have done so, it is always tempting to let them run to six or seven. In some years you might be lucky, but there is little chance now of plants producing any more trusses that will come to anything. Remove at least half the foliage to allow good airflow and as much sun to fall on the fruit as possible. Towards the end of the month you can remove complete trusses and ripen the fruit on the vine, on the greenhouse staging, or on a sunny windowsill.

Cleaning & Storing Tools Once your cleaning and cutting is done, it’s time to give some love and care to your tools. Clean, oil, and sharpen your tools, then store them in a dry place for the winter. Drain garden hoses and store them coiled in a sheltered place where they won’t freeze and crack. It’s a little extra work, but come spring, you’ll be delighted to pull out your tools that are ready to go to work with no fuss or muss. Of course, if you choose to ignore winter preparations, the world will not come to an end, but you risk losing some of your less hardy or younger plants to severe cold, and also face a more daunting garden preparation chore in the spring. It’s well worth spending some extra time in your garden on a crisp autumn day to snugly tuck-in your garden in before winter takes hold.

Maintaining Garden Furniture If space is available at the back of the garage or in a garden shed, store garden furniture for the winter. Tilting furniture and keeping the feet off wet ground will help if it is left out over winter. Alternatively heavy-duty waterproof covers will keep out the worst of the winter weather. Hardwood furniture is the most durable, but treated softwood such as pine is cheaper and more readily available. To keep it in good condition wash down surfaces regularly with a suitable cleaning product and treat with a wood stain or paint when necessary. This is best done in dry weather in the autumn. Pay particular attention to horizontal surfaces and areas that collect water or are in contact with damp soil. Many wood staining products suitable for garden furniture come in a range of colours. Metal garden furniture needs to be cleaned and checked for rust. This can appear in plastic coated metal furniture when there are cracks in the plastic. Treat with rust preventing paint after removing loose material. Joints and fixings may need oiling to allow free movement. Plastic furniture is easy to maintain. Clean regularly, especially pale coloured furniture. Furniture left out over winter or exposed to strong sunshine, can become brittle over time.



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

Costa Calida Country Music Club .............................................. La Molata, Cañada de Alhama Every first Friday of the month we have ‘Croonin’ Country’ Disco / Country Karaoke and Dance Tuition…but this is subject to change if a live artist opportunity arises! Admission: Couples 5€, Singles 3€ - all net monies to Community Ambulance Project. For more information contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082

WELCOME GREEK ISLAND AND ISTANBUL cruise........................ MAY 2012 - 8 DAY CRUISE. Price includes transport from Camposol and nearby areas to Madrid, flight to Athens, ALL INCLUSIVE on board and return journey. For more details contact Rosemary 620105179

Boat Trip to San javier........... Every day Running every day from Puerto Tomas Maestre La Manga to Santiago de la Ribera in San Javier. Operates Monday to Saturday at varying times depending on season. Trips take 30 minutes. Bikes can be taken on board. Tel: 649 201 610

Los Alcazares Digital Camera Club............................... Every Mon On the 1st Monday of each month meeting at 10:30 in the CISSMU Biblioteca. For further information contact Trevor Tel: 968 574 877 or David Tel: 968 170 870

self defence classes.............. Every Tue Taking place at The Arches cafe bar, Urbanisation Oasis from 18:00. Priced at €5 per sesson. For further information Tel: 653 081 341

PILATES.......................................... Every Tue Weekly class being held in the Clubroom, Caravaning La Manga, Autovia de la Manga, Salida 11 from 10:00. For further information and booking contact Paula Tel: 689 672 594 or email:


- Thursday 20th; October - don’t be late! - Tickets are on sale now. If you missed the last one don’t be disappointed this time. This very talented band of musicians will be playing live, their own renditions of everything from Big Band, Swing, Latin and Rock N’ Roll - a night for everyone - especially the dancers. ADMISSION BY TICKET ONLY - 6 euros - available in advance - from reception at Hotel Spa Costa Narejos, Los Alcazares. Tel: 968 - 583 - 980 There will be a raffle - with proceeds presented to Help Murcia Mar Menor Cancer Support Group

Weightwatchers .................

Every Tue. A weekly meeting every Tuesday at 10:30 in Cervecería Oasis, Calle Penélope 91, Los Alcázares. For further information contact Jane on Tel: 678 327 549

Quiz Night ............................

Every Fri. Weekly quiz night with prizes commencing at 21:00, Potters Bar, Calle Mar Menor, Los Belones. For further information contact Karen Tel: 968 137 459....

THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION.......................... Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1730 on the first Wednesday of each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.

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Every Wed Portraiture and life drawing. All welcome every Wednesday commencing 15:30. No membership fees. For further information contact Eli Tel: 968 582 186. Or email

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Every Thu Live music every Thursday at this Britishrun pub on the La Manga Strip, Salida 18. Tel: 679 661 228

M AR MENOR Wedn esd ay

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Thur sd ay

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 10.00am Mature Movers 7.30pm Circuit & Abs Tel: 689 672 594 / - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - 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

Frid ay

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 6.00pm Salsacise Tel: 689 672 594 / - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholics Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185

S aturd ay

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 09.00am Yogalates 10.15am Mature Movers Tel: 689 672 594 / - Steak Night at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€

Sund ay

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 10.30am Circuit & Abs Tel: 689 672 594 / - 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 - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - 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

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 10.00am Mature Movers 7.30pm Zumba Fitness Tel: 689 672 594 / - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat, La Magdelena 10.30am – 11.45am, & 5pm - Try Market Tavern’s, Daily Specials from 5.50€ Mazarron Port

Tu esd ay

- Healthy Wellbeings Fitness Centre 10.00am Fitness Pilates 7.30pm Legs, bums, tums Tel: 689 672 594 / - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern, Mazarron Port - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 NB: Information correct at time of printing, BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place


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Trujillo, in Extremadura, is a beautiful small walled town which dates from the 13th century. Originally this Roman town was called Turgalium – a little bit of trivia for you is that in the movie ‘Gladiator’ Maximus (played by Russell Crowe) tells Marcus Aurelius of his home and farms near Trujillo, although he should have referred to it by its Roman name of Turgalium.

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a convent, which can be visited with a guide - well worth taking for the interesting insight into life in a much more austere age. Also in Plaza Mayor is the well-preserved Palacio de la Conquista, one of the finest buildings in the town. From the Plaza Mayor

The town calls itself the “Cradle of the Conquistadores”, and is the birthplace of many men who sought their fortune in the New World. Over the centuries, the Celts, Romans, Moors, and Christians have inhabited Trujillo and have certianly left their mark architecturally.

Trujillo, Extremadura

The beautiful Moorish castle overlooks the town and the surrounding plains. A fortification had existed on this site for a long time before it was occupied by the Moors. The town came into Christian hands in 1233, and Juan II officially made it a city in 1431. It has been well preserved and sympathetically restored with much of the structure remaining, including many outlying walls and vaults, making it easy to imagine it in the role of protector of the town. In the dungeons of the castle it is said that a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared in 1232, giving the Christians renewed strength in fighting off the Moors. It is possible to visit the dungeons, a bit spooky, but interesting and worth the visit.


the narrow alleys climb towards the castle, with several more churches and museums along the way. One of Trujillo’s most famous sons was Francisco Pizarro, born 1478, assassinated by Pedro de Almagro, Cortes’ captain in 1541, and whose statue stands in the central square. The conquistador travelled through much of the Pacific coast of America along Peru. He “discovered” the Incan empire and conquered it brutally and quickly, stealing immense hoards of gold, silver, and other treasures. He remains to this day the man who conquered more of the world with less physical and monetary resources at one time than any other person. Other monuments include the churches of Santa María (13th century) and San Francisco. It also has palaces such as the Chaves “El viejo” palace where the treaty of “Tanto monta, monta tanto” was signed by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand.

Conveniently for the visitor much of the old town centres around Plaza Mayor. Here are the Justice Courts, the Old Town Hall, the Church of San Martin and the Casa de las Cadenas, and also the very helpful tourist office - horse-drawn tours of the town start from here. The Palacio de los Duques de San Carlos is a stunning 16th Century residence, now

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Like many small towns in Spain, Trujillo has its own bullring where there are one or two fights a year, but the ring is also used for other important events. Trujillo’s Plaza Mayor is a bustling area with cafes, restaurants, and shops. A popular festival is the Chivirí, a party celebrated in National Costume in the Plaza Mayor. It commemorates bygone days, and the people from the town dance traditional dances and eat and drink as they did when they were shepherds and peasants.

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who fight to survive including a male polar bear that fought off ten suitors to make sure its mate would have his children. With chapters themed by season, Frozen Planet tracks a year in the polar regions from the ‘Great Melt’ in spring to the 24hour daylight of summer, followed by the ‘Big Freeze’ of autumn and ending with the perpetual night of winter. It documents, often for the first time, the behaviour of their inhabitants including the ingenious teamwork adopted by killer whales hunting other whales and seals in the Antarctic, the courtship of polar bears and the memorable hunting exploits of wolves in the far North. Benefiting from footage shot using

the world’s most cutting-edge filming techniques, the book has extraordinary aerial views of vast frozen landscapes and animal behaviour impossible to see from the ground. Cameramen filmed the remote interior of the Antarctic continent and the migration of whales to the polar regions. It also takes us under the ice, into the heart of glaciers and inside volcanic ice-crystal caves. In its final chapter, Frozen Planet tells the amazing adventure stories behind making the series and discusses the unique challenges of filming in extreme cold and unpredictable weather conditions.

breathtaking pictures of life and survival on our melting polar worlds

Our melting polar worlds have been captured in breathtaking pictures by the BBC for this autumn’s landmark natural history series Frozen Planet. It is the last chance to see the world’s greatest wildernesses before they change forever, according to narrator Sir David Attenborough. ‘The pictures captured behaviour and phenomena that had never before been recorded,’ said Sir David, 85. ‘Those pictures will become increasingly valuable as time passes. ‘For this may well prove to be our last chance to record, in their full splendour, these astonishing wonderlands that have existed for hundreds of thousands of years before humans reached them and which now, within a century, may change beyond

recognition.’ The pictures are published in a book - the first to cover both the Arctic and Antarctic - to accompany the epic seven-part series from the team that produced Blue Planet and Planet Earth which were seen by 12 million viewers in the UK and 80 million worldwide. Frozen Planet starts on Wednesday, October 26 on BBC1. The crew used specially-made cameras to shoot at lower temperatures than ever before. Nearly five years in the making, aweinspiring freezing landscapes and the elemental forces of ice, weather and ocean are revealed in astonishing footage The series also catalogues an intimate snapshot of some of the individual animals

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FC Cartagena........................... VEGA BAJA PREMIER GOLF ANOTHER POINT ON ROAD TO defence, in which Herrero SURVIVAL was outstanding, playing LEAGUE.............. FC CARTAGENA - 0 CORDOBA CF - 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD A first home point of the season for Cartagena, was greeted by fans on their feet singing and cheering just like the good old days. Only 15 mins of the game had elapased, and already Alvero, Dimas and Collantes (2) had seen attempts on goal well saved. On 27 mins, Goiria took a nasty knock, and was subbed by Balado. Collantes and Kijera were woking really well together down the left hand side, causing the Cordoba defence many problems. The 2nd half was pretty much the same as the 1st, in as much as Cartagena were totally dominating the play. When Cordoba did manage to break, there was no panic from the Cartagena

more like his old steady self. On 70 mins, Alvero came on for Lafuente who didn’t waste any time getting in the thick of the action. He had a superb effort skimming the bar on 80 mins, from just outside the penalty area. At full time there was a standing ovation, which makes a nice change from whistles, boos and white hankies. FC CARTAGENA LINE-UP Reina, Txiki, Mariano, Paz, Kijera, Herrero, Collantes, Mariano, Alvero, Goiria, Dimas, Moral Another long trip awaits Cartagena on Sat 22 Oct, ko 6pm. Northern Catalonia is the venue for the next div 2a match, Girona v Cartagena. For up to date info on FC Cartagena, check out www. or www.

MAGGOTS END............................. RODS and REELS

The match this week was the 4th in the winter championship and was held at the Embalse de Argos. The water is still dropping, but the day was nice and calm ( for a change ). The fishing was hard with the exception of one angler as the results show. However, this was the last match here until spring of next year, then, as has happened in the past the fishing methods may change yet again!!!. Top rods on the day 1st Doug ( Welsh Goldminer ) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 33.62 kilo´s. 2nd Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the feeder using banded pellet with 14.440 kilo´s. 3rd Pete ( I don´t swear ) Kerr fishing the pole and feeder using pellet with 10.90 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 667 407 026.




supplied by TERRY SCREEN There was no league match this week so we fished an open match on Nancy’s on the 11th October. It didn´t get light until after 7.30am and there was a heavy dew which caused all our tackle to be damp with the moisture, and the water did not fish as good as normal 1st Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 7.640kg 2nd Andy (On the web) Stevenson with 4.820kg In joint 3rd was Stan (The Man) Roberts) and Don (Hawkeye) Whitney both with 3.980kg All fishing the pole and sweetcorn DO NOT FORGET we require copies of your Federation Cards and Murcian fishing licence for renewal and if new members your NIE number or Passport and your fishing Insurance along with the Murcian fishing

licence. Payment with these photocopies is 35€. Information on next weeks match and any other details please telephone Terry Screen the Match Secretary on 965 328 368 or www.


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:

Friday11th November at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 12th November at 12 o’clock at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron. email: anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

LA SERENA GOLF RESORT – 14th October 2011 COY’S RENT – A – CAR CHAMPIONS DIVISION It was now the turn of the Champions Division complete with a newly elected Golf Society UNiKE who a based at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club. The Champions Division Trophy is being sponsored by Coy’s Rent – A - Car Kameebased in Torrevieja The other change was that the format was now modified fourball better ball Matchplay, which allows teams to play and win on all 18 holes. A hole win gives the pairing a point and a half, yes gives a half point so that a match can be won 10.5 to 7.5. The four matches can receive 3 team points for a win so there are a maximum of 12 points and the Society with the most hole wins gain three bonus points. All the teams were very much in favour of the new format saying that it made the play more aggressive and competitive. UNiKE put in a really good performance holding a strong Mar Menor team to a draw, a team which contained a player who was part of the winning team at the ProAm of the PGA EuroPro Tour the week previous. Last year’s bottom side came

good being the s highest points scorers, and go to the best part of the table TOFFS narrowly had the better of La Manga RGA (RGA standing for Residents Golf Association) RESULTS Claptons G S 1 (33.0 holes) vs. Club25 Serena G S 3 (39.0 holes) St James’sgate G S 3.5 (40.0 holes) vs.Lunes G S 0.5 (32.0 holes) TOFFS G S 2.5 (38.0 holes) vs. Eurogolf G S 1.5 (34.0 holes) UNiKE G S 2 (36 holes) vs Mar Menor G S 2 (36 holes) Bonus points went to Club 25 GOLF G S, St. James’s Gate G S, TOFFS G S with one bonus point for UNiKE G S and Mar Menor G S Next month its up the road from La Serena to the Seve Ballesteros designed course La Peraleja Golf on the 11th November. You will also be able to see updated Vega Baja Premier Golf League fixtures, tables, and news on the website www. vegabajapremiergolfleague. com and on Facebook, throughout the season For more information on the Vega Baja Premier Golf League, contact The Secretary Ivie Davies 669 211 410 or golfdavies@gmail. com



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(in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Vistabella 13th October 2011. This was the first meeting of our newly formed golf society and a small but happy group of golfers headed for the excellent course at Vistabella taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The course was in very good condition and the day was enjoyed by all of the players. There was some good scoring on the day and the winners were as follows: 1st Karen Matthews 2nd Terry Matthews NearestthePin-KarenMatthews After the game we returned

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Captains Day at Mar Menor, October 11th 2011. What a great day to play golf, warm and sunny. We travelled by coach which made life easier. In all there were 35 players which was a good turn out. The course was in good condition, all round. The lakes, did I hear, claimed a few balls. Mick The Grip provided us with quite a few prizes, thanks to him. After 9 holes we were greeted by a fine lot of ladies who gave us food and drink, it was very welcome. As you can see the Captain and vice had planned the day very well. Now back to the golf, it was a canny Scottsman, George, who

shot a very good 38pts. Just behind was our Captain with 36pts and Dan Connolly close with 35pts. After golf we all went on to Bar Aquilina for a great meal and drinks. Results: Geoprge McCutcheon: 38pts. Bryan Hirst (Captain): 36pts. Dan Connolly: 35pts. Best guest:Brendon Toner: 36pts. Photo: L-R Captain Bryan Hirst, Winner George McCutcheon, Vice Captain Dave Pope


12.10.11 - Alicante Golf Club The start was early with the sun barely up, when we set off to Alicante Golf Club. The early start was well worth the effort with the spectacular sight of the large moon on one horizon and the sun on the other. For once all members and guests found their way safely to the course without too many detours. When we arrived the staff and green staff were extremely helpful which set the day off to a good start. The format was bogey with many people playing it for the first time, some enjoyed the change and some did not. The stories were just as good though with one player sending their ball nicely through a Wendy house in someone’s garden and another player getting a gross three on a par 3 with 3 shots to take off, a net 0!! Because of the format the scores were close with count backs in two divisions, the winners

are as follows: Gold Division: 1st Colin Ranson +1, 2nd Phil Rhodes +3 and 3rd Peter Morris +3 Silver Division: 1st Steve Cosgrove -1, 2nd Paul Flanaghan +3 and 3rd Paul Carter +3 Bronze Division: 1st Scot Blair -4, 2nd David Bourne 0 and 3rd Dave Keating +1 The best guest was Eddie Kirby +4 Nearest the Pins: Hole 3 Brian Coultate, hole 6 Gail Coultate, hole 12 and 17 Steve Cosgrove The 2s club was shared by Tony Ellis, Steve Cosgrove and Paul Flanaghan each receiving €13. The free game raffle was won by Malcolm Morrison. Our next game is at Alto Real on the 26 October, so get your name down soon. Anyone interested in playing with the Society should go to our website at site/locrispingolf or email

LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY........ 12.10.11 - Alicante Golf Club The start was early with the sun barely up, when we set off to Alicante Golf Club. The early start was well worth the effort with the spectacular sight of the large moon on one horizon and the sun on the other. For once all members and guests found their way safely to the course without too many detours. When we arrived the staff and green staff were extremely helpful which set the day off to a good start. The format was bogey with many people playing it for the first time, some enjoyed the change and some did not. The stories were just as good though with one player sending their ball nicely through a Wendy house in someone’s garden and another player getting a gross three on a par 3 with 3 shots to take off, a net 0!! Because of the format the scores were close with count backs in

two divisions, the winners are as follows: Gold Division: 1st Colin Ranson +1, 2nd Phil Rhodes +3 and 3rd Peter Morris +3 Silver Division: 1st Steve Cosgrove -1, 2nd Paul Flanaghan +3 and 3rd Paul Carter +3 Bronze Division: 1st Scot Blair -4, 2nd David Bourne 0 and 3rd Dave Keating +1 The best guest was Eddie Kirby +4 Nearest the Pins: Hole 3 Brian Coultate, hole 6 Gail Coultate, hole 12 and 17 Steve Cosgrove The 2s club was shared by Tony Ellis, Steve Cosgrove and Paul Flanaghan each receiving €13. The free game raffle was won by Malcolm Morrison. Our next game is at Alto Real on the 26 October, so get your name down soon. Anyone interested in playing with the Society should go to our website at site/locrispingolf or email

ST JAMES’S GATE GOLF SOCIETY AT VISTABELLA........... TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER Usual wall to wall sunshine when we teed off with 24 players for a 2 Ball Better Ball Stableford. I said that not many members had broken par on this course and they must have taken offence at me because 2 members broke par today with others in the high 30s. Our next game is at El Valle on the 25th of October tee off 10.00am Please everyone be at the course by 09.30 am at the latest. Only 4 more games left

this year. Does’nt time fly when you are enjoying yourself. This weeks winners are in first place with 63 pts were the pairing of Bob Turner & Geoff Wild, In Second place were Les Yates & Ron Chambers with 62 pts, in Third place were Cristie Coghlan with 61 pts , and in Fourth place were Ivie Davie & Ken Hopkins with 58 pts., Les Yate and Bob Turner both scored 37 pts each. Two Singles games were played with Michael Hithersay

Lime Bar Golf Society Los Altos: The societies venue for Wednesday 12th October was at one of our favourite courses La Serena, we all like water sports. Needless to say a competition was held to whom guessed the total amount of balls lost to the deep, at this point I admit to being slightly embarrassed as to the amount committed to a life in a lake. The course was in a very good condition, and the weather was and still is excellent. The results are as follows:Best Guest :- Chris Butler with 30 points welcome Chris. Nearest the Pin:- on the 9th Stewart Colman: 15th Dave Gregson: 17th Chris Butler: Silver Class:- Runner up Norman McGibbon with 25 points: Winner Stewart Colman with 33 points: Gold Class:- Runner up Dave

Cahill with 27 points Winner Bob Adair with 35 points, Bob won a prize, and a round of golf for two, well done Bob. As a friendly society we have decided to form a small committee, in part due to our founder and Captain George, is to return to the UK for a short period of time, Our thanks George and we wish you a good journey, and look forward to your return to the fold. At the 19th our thanks go to our hosts Pete and Sue for a very welcome meal, you looked after us yet again, a great night was had by all as some of the photos prove. New members are always welcome, we play the 2nd Wednesday of the month phone 693 789082 or 659 899 831.

defeating Rocket Ron 7 & 6 and Ken Hopkins defeating Pete Nicholls 1 up after going down the 10th hole, after finishing All Square after 18 holes. Just one more game left to play when Rodney Smith takes on Tom Richardson for a place in the Semi- Final Nearest the Pins were Pat Mullen, his son Ray Mullen & Bob Turner. Bob Turner also won the Longest Drive with a monstor drive. Best Guest was Ray Mullen with 33 pts playing

off a 3 Handicap. Good golf!! Best Front Nine with 18 pts was Malcolm Woods and best Back Nine with 21 pts was Ivie Davies. After the game we returned to the St James’s Gate for refreshments kindly donated by the Management and presentation Anyone who would like to join the society or just to play a round with us please give me a ring on 678-849-142.


The Eurogolf Society competition this week was the Yellow Peril, held on Thursday 13th October, at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales, in glorious October sunshine, which got a little too warm for the later teams out!! This year the Match Secretary decided on a different format for the Yellow Peril, which caused some consternation and confusion out on the course and, unfortunately, led to several teams being disqualified!!! However, had all the team captains read the small print all would have been revealed!! Congratulations go to the following teams who not only understood the rules but managed to play a good round of golf! First: with 139 pts Malcolm Foskett, Graham Spring, David Gelsthorpe and ‘GHOST’ Second: with 137 pts Brian Reid, Rudi Muller, Keith Wright and Tom Hull Third: with 133 pts Alan Venables, Debbie Weedon, Orlando Ferrol and Bev Evans. Nearest the Pins: 5th Bruce Gordon, 11th Roderick Duff, 15th Bob Buckeridge, and 17th Keith Wright. EGS Football draw: John Davies, Colin Marsh, Sue Gillett and Tony Hitt And TOFF’s Stableford results for Tuesday 11th October

were as follows:Gold Division 1st Mike Young 39 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd Vince Tocker 37 pts 3rd David Gray 34 pts Silver Division 1st Gordon Bourne 37 pts 2nd Margaret Perito 37 pts 3rd Bob Shorley 33 pts Bronze Division 1st John Langford 36 pts 2nd Brian Green 35 pts 3rd Marilyn Eckersall 34 pts Nearest the Pins: 5th Terry Sharley, 11th Terry Sharley, 15th Bob Buckeridge, and 17th Dave Nicholls. Best Front 9:- Mary Sanderson 20 pts Best Back 9:- Mike Gillett 21 pts TOFF’s Football Draw: Jill Young, Liz Menzies, Keith Wright and Phyllis Venables Diary Dates: The Annual Club Knockout Competition draws are now on the Notice Board. Please ensure that matches are played before the due date and entry fee’s paid to Dave Nicholls, Treasurer ASAP. Benidorm Palace Friday 28th October Competition on Thursday 27th October will now be a Waltz with a shot-gun start. Annual Fee’s are due for payment to Dave Nicholls, Treasurer on Thursday mornings. www.

Sponsored by HOGGIES RESTAURANT .............................. The Lakeside Petanca club held a Presentation and Dinner at Hoggies Restaurant, this was to present the League winners of both division 1 and 3, with the Cup, and Gold medals. Following an excellent dinner for the 40 members, the Lakeside Sponsor Julie Purdy, met both teams for the first time and helped out with the presentations. First it was to Lakeside two, with team captain Roger Lee, who received the Cup and medal, followed by Sue Mann, Terse Olsen, the Vice Captain, was next joined By BJ Jensen, Rich Artingstall, Anders Fredholm, Kim Blomster, Kathy and Dennis Gee, and Claes Skiord, also to Joyce and Peter Collins, Margareta Elf, and Bosse Karlsson who not back yet. Julie then presented the Division one Summer league

Cup, which has been won for the third year running, to Vice Captain Christer Lindgren and medals, to Ann-Katrin, Elio Desideri, Borje Carlsson, Wyn Surridge, and Captain Roger Seymour .Only Rolf Norberg was missing. With Lakeside entering a third team for the Winter league, Hoggies Restaurant will be supplying a further set of shirts, which the club are very grateful to receive. The news from the San Luis Homeowners, announcing they had the new plan for Lakeside, was well received, despite the 2012 date due to new budgets, this is welcomed by the many players who reside on Lakeside, this should be a well used facility. Roger Seymour



Mazarron FC 1 Jumilla CD 0

UNiKE G.S. (Members of Las Colinas G & CC)

Results from Texas Scramble 12th October 2011 First and foremost may I say how wonderful the group looked in their UNiKE G.S. Team shirts - they were indeed a sight to behold. Even our Restaurant Manager Dennis wanted one!!!! Also my sincere apologies for NOT wearing mine - I really did stick out like a sore thumb............but I did have a matching outfit - shoes and all!!!!! I’m sure I will not live that down but maybe it’s because it was a Wednesday and I only wear the shirt on a Thursday!!!! As usual we had a wonderful team game and what a wonderful atmosphere after the match - it was a very close thing this month in the Texas Scramble - there were no runaway winners. The course was really looking good and we often forget it is a very new course

and there is a lot of work that has to be done on an ongoing basis - especially now that we are getting the sun and also some rain (or early morning dew) it is starting to look and feel like the Las Colinas we know. Thanks to all the ground staff who work very hard to please us. Now for the results: 1st Team Lorraine & Graham Cox,Rob Johnson & Jonny Wiik 66 - 05.8 ........... Nett 60.2 2nd Team Olga Douglas - Phil Newnes - Ray Clayton & Jac Longhurst 70 - 08.1 ........... Nett 61.9 Well done the winners Next week we have the Las Colinas Monthly League Competition Our Next game is Wednesday 26th October - Afternoon tee time Bernie Newnes

With Poyato replacing the injured Juan Andres in central defence and Rivero supporting Robert up front, Mazarron played a slightly more attacking system than recently. They were rewarded with a victory against Jumilla which moved them up to 15th place in the league. In the 8th minute a long throw in was met on the volley by Rivero but unfortunately his goal bound shot was deflected wide and from the resulting corner, Rollon headed wide when well placed. Further Mazarron pressure revealed the Jumilla goalkeeper’s lack of confidence but despite being well on top for most of the first half there was no score at half time. Jumilla’s only real attempt on goal was thwarted by a good save from Jose after 42 minutes. In the second half Rollon was booked for an off the ball incident and then Abdel blazed the ball over when put through by Rollon. Jumilla came into the game more

Torry return to winning ways

After 5 games without a win , having drawn 3 and lost 2 , Torry hosted near neighbours Crevillente in what was seen by many as a “must win” game to put their objective of a top four finish and place in the playoffs for promotion, back on track. With the exception Nico, manager Chema had a full squad to select from The Torry line up was:Mendez , Jorge , Muñoz , Meijide, Vidal, Corella, Prior , Juande, Burguillos, Carrasco (Manu, 73’), Ramiro (Burguillos,80’), Petu (Anton,86’) The game kicked off in front of a crowd of around 650. In the first half Torry had the edge and at times moved the ball purposefully. On 7 minutes Petu was played in by Carrasco and presented with a guilt edged chance but from around the penalty spot with no defender in sight shot straight at their keeper. The game-plan appeared to be to get the

ball out wide to Ramiro and the overlapping Vidal when the opportunity presented itself. Torry continued to have more of the play but the Crevillente defence held firm and generally repelled the Torry advances. Petu won a couple of free-kicks in dangerous positions but these were wasted. Torry started the second half “all guns blazing” and penned the opposition back and created three chances in quick succession. In the 46th minute after good build up play Ramiro delivered a great cross which was met by Carrasco with a downward header which their keeper saved at the second attempt. A minute later Juande cut in from the right and pulled the ball back which was hacked clear. A minute later, the inspirational Ramiro sent in a deep cross which was headed powerfully into the net by Juande 1-0 to Torry. Torry didn’t sit back but

continued the onslaught on the Crevillente goal and created chances particularly for Petu who missed a few but on 60 minutes a superb through ball from Corella was seized on by Petu who beat their keeper to the ball and rolled it into the net. 20 to Torry. Torry kept up the momentum and took total control of the game and played some great attacking football. On 71 minutes Juande was dismissed for “something he said” to the referee after not being given a free-kick for what he obviously felt was a foul on him. Torry continued to control proceedings and brought on Manu and then Burguillos to strengthen the midfield and see the game out A well deserved win in which Torry were tremendous in the secondhalf. The win takes Torry up to 6th place, 3 points off a play-off place. Torry travel to Villarreal C next weekend and hopefully will take their second-half form with them. A Delighted Darrylldinho



and there were several good chances at both ends. For Mazarron, Abdel and Robert both had shots saved by the keeper and after 71 minutes a Jumilla forward headed over with no one near him! Edin then had a clear chance but shot weakly at the keeper. As time began to run out Mazarron really applied the pressure and, in injury time, a series of three consecutive corners and a throw in saw the ball arrive in the box for Pescau to hammer home his third goal of the weekend, his first two being for the juniors on Saturday. It gave Mazarron a well deserved victory, although the margin of victory could have been much greater. Man of the match Alcaraz Team: Jose, Borja, Diego, Poyatos (Edin), Alcaraz, Rollon (Pescau), Juan Antonio, Chico, Rivero (Rollon jnr ), Abdel, Robert. The next game is scheduled for this Sunday, 23 October, away to SC Aguileno

Bonalba G.C, October 13th, 2011 The continuing warm weather brought a large number of members and guests to compete for the annual Henrietta Trophy at Bonalba G.C. The course itself was in good condition but there still remains the thorny question of service in the cafeteria being less than acceptable. No doubt this will be addressed by the management in due course. After rather long rounds of over 5 hours, everyone met on the veranda for the prizegiving which was attended by Alf Baggott who donates the prizes in honour of his late wife. A fine selection of wines and crystal awaited the winners and, on behalf of them, may we thank Alf

for his generosity. Results Winners Ist Alan Craig 35 points 2nd Brian Stewart 29 points 3rd Barry Thorogood 28 points Best Guest Fred Matteson Nearest the pin winners Hole 4 John Grint, Hole 8 Colin Hicks, Hole 11 John Grint, Hole 14 Vic Smith. May we remind members and their guests of the Halloween Rock ‘n’ Roll Night to be held on Monday 31st October at the Sports & Social Centre, La Marina. Our next competition is on Thursday September 28th 2011 at El Plantio GC, first tee time 09.28a.m.. Anyone wishing to play, join the Society, obtain further information or buy tickets for the quiz, please contact Bill McGrandle on 965 077 264


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