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LOCAL NEWS..LOCAL NEWS.. Murcia By 18.00 pm 63.36% of the electorate had voted at the 1,624 tables in the Region of Murcia. This is a lower participation rate by more than four points than in 2008, when 67.46% had gone to the polls by the same hour. The municipalities where the share was higher at this time is Aledo, where 77.28% had voted, followed by Ulea (75.72%), Beniel (73.02%), Campos del Río (72.78%), Albudeite (72.08%), Lorquí (71.99%), Archena (71.41%), and Santomero (70.30%). Rates of below 60% were cast in Lorca (59.61%), Cartagena (59.66%), Jumilla (59.86%), San Javier (59.90%) and Fortuna (59.98%). Other municipalities returned votes of between 60 and 70%.


Callosa de Segura Lives were put in danger as a Romanian man hijacked a taxi and tried to out-drive the police in a dangerous high speed chase for 10 kilometres before the police managed to corner him in the vehicle in Catral, just before he reached the Alicante – Catragena motorway. The man got into the taxi outside the psychiatric centre of the Fontcalent Prison with two women, who had some bags of luggage with them. He asked to be driven to Cox, where the women left the taxi with their luggage. As the taxi driver left the taxi to assist the women with their luggage the man seized the wheel and sped off. The taxi owner immediately contacted the police, who alerted a patrol of the Catral Civil Guard. They spotted the vehicle being driven at high speed around the Callosa de Segura roundabout before heading for the CV-913. Seeing that he was being pursued, the driver

performed many dangerous maneuvers and turns, drove at speed over speed bumps, shot traffic lights, mounted the pavement, drove alongside police vehicles with the aim of driving them off the road, and in general endangered the lives of pedestrians and other road users. The terrifying pursuit continued until police were able to corner and apprehend him a narrow road. He has been charged with just about every driving violation you can think of, as well as resisting arrest!

Murcia A spokesperson for the IU-Green Party has complained that one of his representatives has been attacked by one of the PP in the José Antonio National School, in the district of Vistabella. According to the victim, the two were having an argument when the PP agent ‘pushed him and grabbed his neck.’ The IU-Green representative was taken to Emergency at the Reina Sofia Hospital, where he was diagnosed with cervical contusion. Afterwards he was taken to the National Police Headquarters in Murcia, where he filed a complaint.

Alicante A high speed train en route from Santander to Alicante ploughed into a flock of sheep that had gathered on the tracks between Villena and Sax. The driver was unable to halt the train in time, but fortunately no people were hurt. The train was delayed for one and a half hours while the train and track were checked, but the only damage was to the sheep. Renfe issued a statement that no one suffered injury, neither train nor track were damaged, and apart from the train involved

being delayed, no other services were affected. It is not clear how the sheep came to be on the line, but investigations to prevent a recurrence are being made

Murcia The Department of the Environment, through the Local Energy Agency of Murcia and in connection with the Promotion and Implementation of the Electric Vehicle in the Borough, has arranged for Wednesday 23rd to be a day which seeks to bring together all stakeholders in the actual deployment of electric vehicles and the issues involved in terms of load management from a practical standpoint. The conference will be held in the Salón de Actos del Edificio Anexo and will analyse the publics’ concerns regarding the arrival of electric vehicles, the main barriers for their implementation and opportunities and interest for the industry in potential purchases. The program will be titled Incentives for the Purchase of Electric Vehicles, and will cover subjects ranging over Subsidies for electric vehicles, Installing a charger, the cost of running a vehicle, and will conclude with a presentation on charging solutions.

Santa Pola A small Santa Pola based fishing boat was unlucky to include a dead body in its catch. The boat was fishing about 20 nautical miles off the coast of Murcia, but did not discover the body until they hauled their nets at the end of day. The police were notified, and the body was removed to the Forensic Institute in Alicante. It is thought that the body, a male, possibly of Moroccan or Algerian origin, and probably around 30 years of age, may have been in the water as long as 5 days. It seems likely that the dead person may have fallen or jumped from an illegal patera. Foul play is not

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Costa Blanca Andres Puig, Councillor for Agriculture at Gandia Town Hall has announced measures devised to help with the growing problem of orange thieves. Growers are complaining that there are an increasing number of thefts of fruit direct from the trees in the orange orchards. Bold thieves are banking on the owners not being present for the entire day, and are moving in, picking the fruit, boxing and loading it in full view before driving off to sell it on the black market. The new measures involve the genuinely employed pickers being issued with a permit, stating for whom and in which place they are employed to pick. These permits will be checked by the Guardia Civil and Policia Nacional at road blocks set up randomly

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Body of missing Onda man found in Villarreal ravine

The body of the 29-year-old man, who went missing from Onda during the weekend storms, has been found on the edge of Villarreal, several kilometres from where his car was found, after it got swept away by floodwater. According to a statement from the emergency services, the man’s body was found in a ravine. The dead man, a Rumanian, is the fifth victim so far of the inclement weather that has been particularly intense in the northern half of the Valencian Community, after four members of the same family drowned after their vehicle was swept away down the River Seco, also in the region of Onda.

‘Industrial hash farmer’ spent 9,000 euros a month in electricity

A man who was paying 9,000 euros a month in electricity bills on his rented villa in San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante) has been arrested after National Police found 1,800 hash plants in his greenhouse. The tenant, who appeared not to have a job or any other source of income, was paying 1,000 euros a month in rent and nine times this amount in lighting and heating to keep his plants healthy, officers discovered. In the villa on the urbanisation Los Girasoles, police found a further 20 kilos of prepared cannabis in a freezer, 86 intense light-fittings, two gas and air extractors, and an industrial quantity of fertiliser. The tenant, who is thought to have been living off his drugs industry, has been renting the villa for three years, according to investigators.

ETA terrorist sentenced to 110 years for Fuengirola car bomb

The High Court in Madrid today sentenced ETA member Andoni Otegi to 110 years and 6 months in prison for planting a car bomb in front of a hotel in Fuengirola (Málaga) in 2002, but cleared his colleague, Oscar Zelarain, of any offence “in the absence of eveidence” of his involvement in the attack. The court also ordered Otegi to pay damages of 100,000 euros to four of the six people injured in the blast - the other two victims rejected a damages payout - a pay approximately two million euros towards the material damage caused. The court ruled that Otegi, alias “Peio”, received the order to plant the car bomb outside the “Las Pirámides” hotel in Fuengirola “to coincide with the height of the summer tourist season, a European summit which was to be held in Seville and the end of the Spanish presidency of the European Union”. He used a car that he had stolen in the town of Coín in Málaga and, after changing the number plates, parked it outside the hotel, where it exploded at about 7am on June 21st 2002. The bomb “was easily powerful enough to kill anyone in the immediate vicinity of the explosion”, the court ruled. Half an hour before the blast, three warnings were sent about the bomb’s existence, but when police officers arrived at the scene, all they could do was identify the car, set up a security tape and evacuate the nearest buildings. One of the most damning pieces of evidence, tantamount to a written confession according to the court, was a note written by Otegi himself (as handwriting specialists have confirmed) which was found in France in the possession of ETA member Juan Ibón Fernández Iradi, alias “Susper”, which gave details in the first person plural of the steps required to plant the bomb and “other terrorist acts”, carried out by the ETA cell in June of that year.



Mariano Rajoy prepares to lead the country

A landlside victory for the PP in Sunday’s general elections means Mariano Rajoy is about to become president of Spain. The centre-right outfit gained 186 seats in constituencies around the country, with an overwhelming majority voting for the PP in all bar two of Spain’s regions, Catalunya and the Basque Country. This is the most overwhelming victory for PP since long before Aznar came into power. The PSOE, led by Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, achieved only 110 seats, putting them in the opposition. And Izquierda Unida – the United Left – secured enough seats to be able to participate in government once again and be recognised as a representative party of the opposition. Rajoy, who kept his electoral campaign ideas close to his chest in the run-up to voting day, claims he will be ‘a president for everyone’ and that all of society will be treated equally. However, given the state of Spain’s economy, he has stressed that the public ‘should not expect miracles’. Spain’s right collided immediately with harsh financial reality Monday as investors pounded Spanish stocks and debt. Spanish stocks greeted Rajoy’s win by slumping 2.0 percent. The IBEX 35 index of leading shares fell to 8,143.5 points in mid-morning trading, dragged down notably by shares in big Spanish banks. More critically, Spain’s borrowing costs rose. The interest rate charged on Spanish 10-year government bonds climbed to 6.406 percent from 6.345 percent at the close on Friday. The debt risk premium - the extra interest charged on Spanish bonds compared to safe-haven German debt - rose to 4.69 percentage points after opening at 4.40 percentage points. Spaniards had turned in huge numbers to the conservatives and their promise of change to fix the stalled economy. Rajoy’s Popular Party won by the biggest margin in its history, securing 44.62 percent of the vote and an absolute majority with 186 seats in the 350-seat lower house of parliament. The ruling Socialists took their severest beating yet, taking just 28.73 percent of the vote and 110 seats. Investors had already factored in a conservative win, analysts said: now they want to hear details of the bearded 56-year-old Rajoy’s economic plan, which he spoke of only in generalities during the campaign. Rajoy has vowed to make cuts “everywhere”, except for pensions, so as to meet Spain’s target of cutting the public deficit to 4.4 percent of gross domestic product

in 2012 from 9.3 percent last year. He will be sworn in from December 20, but Spain’s press warned that the markets may not wait that long: “The crisis gives all the power to Rajoy,” headlined Spain’s leading paper El Pais. The centre-left newspaper called on the victor to join with outgoing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to reassure markets about Spain’s finances. “They must make a joint and unequivocal gesture this very Monday, before doubt returns about European sovereign debt, to state convincingly that Spain is in a state to take whatever economic decisions may be necessary.” Analysts at private bank Berenberg said there was a two out of three probability that the eurozone debt crisis would escalate with a buyers’ strike on Italian debt. That would prompt the European Central Bank to act, they said. “If so, the ECB would eventually have to intervene massively to prevent a cascade of sovereign and bank defaults and preserve the very existence of the euro and the ECB itself,” the analysts said in a report. The answer to the crisis in eurozone’s “periphery” states such as Italy and Spain may lie with the ECB, the Europe Financial Stability Facility bailout fund or the International Monetary Fund, they said. “Impressive reforms at the periphery, potentially supported by EFSF and IMF credit lines, will help to defuse the crisis for good without a need for massive interventions,” the Berenberg report said. Zapatero’s Socialist government was blamed for reacting too late to the 2008 property market implosion, which combined with a global financial crisis to throw millions out of work. As his government cut spending to avoid a disastrous loss of confidence by the debt markets, it slashed public sector wages by an average 5.0 percent, froze pensions and raised the retirement age from 65 to 67. Zapatero, who decided not to run for a third term, called the election four months early to give a new government the chance to confront the financial crisis.

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A British woman was saved by her ankle on Saturday after falling from a landing in Tenerife whilst having sex with her husband, and getting her foot caught in the banisters below. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, when the couple were having sex in the stairwell of an apartment block in Adeje on the island of Tenerife. As she fell, the woman got one of her feet caught in the banisters a floor below, where she ended up hanging by her ankle until emergency workers could free her. According to the police report, the 49-year-old victim, identified only by the initials A. M. A. M., and her husband were having sex against the banister in the communal stairwell of the apartment block, when in a moment of frenzied abandon the woman slipped and

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Spain’s struggling Caja Mediterraneo (CAM), under state control since in July, posted Friday a nine-month loss of 1.73 billion euros ($2.33 billion). That compares to the net proft of 142.6 million euros which the bank reported for the same time last year. CAM also reported a non-performing loan ratio of 20.8 percent, far above the average of 7.16 percent for the entire sector in September and up from 5.2 percent during the same time last year. The Bank of Spain announced on July 22 that it would take control of the CAM through an injection of 2.8 billion euros and the opening of a 3.0 billion euro line of credit. It now plans to sell-off the ailing savings bank. The sale of CAM has been delayed until after Spain’s general elections on Sunday at potential bidders’ request, business daily Cinco Dias reported last month citing unidentified banking sources. The CAM was one of five Spanish banks that failed new European stress tests on

July 15 to see if they can survive a major crisis. Spain’s lenders, especially its regional savings banks which account for about half of all lending in the country, have been heavily exposed to bad debt since the collapse of the property sector at the end of 2008. They are at the heart of market fears that Spain will follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in asking for an international bailout. The government and Bank of Spain have forced a wave of consolidation in the sector this year and are requiring banks to quickly increase the proportion of core capital they hold to above international norms. CAM, based in the eastern coastal region of Alicante which was one of the worst hit by the bursting of the property bubble, had been set to merge with three other savings banks but the deal fell through earlier this year.

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surface. The strongest earthquake occurred at 09.20hrs on Saturday morning and measured 2.8 on the Richter scale, whilst the others were mainly in the early hours of the morning with two at 1.9, and three more at 1.6, 2.4 and 2.7. A spokesperson from the IGN said that on Thursday there was an ‘abrupt and noticeable’ drop in the volcanic energy from the ongoing subaquatic eruption off the coast of the island.

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Spain’s borrowing hits 14-year high

Spain’s borrowing costs have risen to their highest rate since 1997. On money borrowed today, payable in 10 years, Spain has to pay an interest rate of 6.975% - dangerously close to the 7% mark at which other eurozone countries have had to seek bailouts. Italian 10-year bond yields passed 7% earlier this month. In its latest bond auction, the Spanish government sold 3.56bn euros worth of bonds out of a maximum target of 4bn euros - a very poor result. A similar auction in France saw French short-term borrowing costs - for its two and four-year bonds - also rise by about half a percentage point. The spread between French and German 10-year yields

widened to as much as 203 basis points - the widest since the euro was created in 1999, amid fears that France will be the next eurozone country to face a debt crisis. Many analysts have suggested that the European Central Bank (ECB) should buy up large quantities of bonds to try to stem contagion in the eurozone. But Germany has resisted this move, opposing any suggestions for the ECB to become the “lender of last resort”, fearing it may lead to rising inflation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reinforced that stance on Thursday. “If politicians think the ECB can solve the euro crisis, then they are mistaken,” she said.

Spain will “not need a bailout” says Diego López Garrido

The Secretary of State for the European Union, Diego López Garrido, has given assurances that “Spain will not need to be rescued” and blamed the financial markets for the political instability in Greece and Italy. The Socialist politician also maintained that Italy would not need to be rescued by the EU either. On his arrival at the Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, Garrido declared that Spain had a “solid” and “solvent” economy and that the country had “done its homework” and that this had been “recognised by the Council of Europe”. “Any difficulties that there might be, increases in spread, the rising cost of debt, are all related to the general

situation of financial instability, which in turn is being conditioned by the lack of political consolidation in Greece and Italy”, he said. In order to deal with this situation, according to López Garrido, all that is needed is to “carry out, definitively, and hopefully before the end of the year, the measures that were agreed by the Council of Europe to stabilise and strengthen the eurozone”. With regards to Italy, he also believes this to be a solvent economy which has been damaged by political instability, but believes that “this week there will be consolidated governments” both in Italy and in Greece. “I believe the problem will be solved this week and that we can expect the

government of Lukas Papademos to be consolidated and that the proposals of the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano with regard to Mario Monti can be advanced” he added. López Garrido insisted, however, that apart from political stability there was an urgent need to put into action the agreements made on bank recapitalisation and the strengthening of the European bailout fund. (picture shows (from left to right) the Belgian Foreign Minister, Steven Vanackere, Spain’s Secretary of State for the European Union, Diego López Garrido, and the German Secretary of State, Jorg Hennerkes.

“El Gordo” Christmas lottery prize goes up

Spain’s special Christmas lottery draw, known as “El Gordo” will be worth a total of 4 million euros (or 400,000 euros per décimo) this year,

100,000 euros more per décimo than last year. The main changes to this year’s Christmas draw, the most popular and traditional

of all the lottery draws celebrated in Spain, were revealed today, with sales in the region of 3.6 billion euros expected, which equates to an average of 71.28 euros per person. As well as an increase to the main prize “El Gordo”, the second prize has been increased from a million to 1,250,000 per series (125.000 euros per décimo), and the third prize remains unchanged at 500,000 euros for the series (50,000 euros per décimo). Region by region the biggest spenders are the people in La Rioja, who are expected to spend an average of 106.3 euros per inhabitant on

lottery tickets, followed by the inhabitants of Castilla y León (102 euros per person), whilst those who spend the least on the Christmas lottery are those in Ceuta (17.10) and Melilla (16.92), those in the Canary Islands (42.56) and those in the Balearic Islands (40.55). Of the 3.6 billion euro spend on the Christmas lottery, almost 30% of annual takings for the State Lottery Company, 2.52 billion euros will be distributed in prize money and the rest will go to cover administrative costs and to the Treasury. The Christmas lottery, which will celebrate its 200th anniversary next year,

14 people in hospital after toxic gas escapes from San Sebastián spa

More than 70 people have been affected by toxic fumes from a thalassotherapy spa in San Sebastián today, 14 of whom have had to receive hospital treatment for respiratory problems, nausea and fainting. The poisonous fumes escaped at around 08.30 hours in the “La Perla” thalassotherapy centre in the Paseo de la Concha, where it appears that chlorine and bleach were accidentally mixed, releasing toxic gases into the air and a strong smell, that prevaded the whole city. The incident occurred when a tanker was pouring a chemical product into the internal water tanks at “La Perla”, but there as a leak and the two chemicals came into contact with each other. There were about 40 people at the spa at the time and local police evacuated them all “as a

precaution” before blocking the pedestrian and cycle accesses from the ‘Antiguo’ district to the city centre. Staff and customers in nearby bars and shops were also evacuated. The staff and clients from the spa went immediately to the ‘Concha’ beach, many of them in swimsuits and bathrobes, and were attended by paramedics from the numerous ambulances sent to the scene. 11 people were taken by ambulance to the A & E department of the Hospital Donostia, where they remain under observation with respiratory problems, whilst another three people have been taken to hospital in Ondarreta. Members of the fire service and the Civil Protection Guard are working to make the area safe again.

will again be held in Madrid’s Palacio de CongresosMadrid and will be different from other Christmas draws as two drums will be used: the numbers will be drawn out of one drum and the prizes out of the other. There will

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George Clooney among 200 witnesses for ‘bunga bunga’ trial

The Hollywood star, who says he has met the former prime minister on only one occasion, is expected to be called by defence lawyers to support their contention that Mr Berlusconi’s dinner parties were elegant affairs devoid of impropriety or sexual behaviour. The actor and director, who had a meeting with Mr Berlusconi to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, said last month he would testify if he was called but had never been to a party. The outgoing prime minister is already on trial for alleged abuse of office and paying to have sexual relations with Karima El Mahroug, a Moroccan-born exotic dancer whom prosecutors claim was working as an underage prostitute. It resumes on Nov 23. But on Monday a parallel trial will start in a court in Milan, involving accusations of procuring prostitutes. The defendants are Nicole Minetti, a half-British television starlet who was appointed a councillor for Mr Berlusconi’s PDL party in Lombardy’s regional assembly, Lele Mora, a bankrupt celebrity agent and Emilio Fede, a television presenter for one of Mr Berlusconi’s channels. Prosecutors say Mr Fede and Mr Mora talent-spotted young women at beauty pageants and other events, while Ms Minetti managed a stable of showgirls in the prime minister’s home town of Milan, close to one of his residences.

All three deny the charges. Close to 200 witnesses will be called to testify at the trial, with some expected to be also called by the prosecution. They include Miss El Mahroug, who became a nightclub dancer and gave herself the stage name of Ruby the Heart Stealer after running away from her immigrant parents in Sicily in her early teens. More than 50 actresses and models have also been called, some of whom allegedly dressed up as nurses and policewomen and stripped for the prime minister in an underground bunga bunga room at his mansion in Arcore, near Milan. He reportedly put them up in rent-free apartments in a housing estate on the outskirts of Milan. Politicians will be called, including Licia Ronzulli, an MEP for Mr Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party, Rosario Rossi, an MP in his party and Mariastella Gelmini, who was his education minister until the government fell last weekend. Also on the witness list is Mariano Apicella, a Neapolitan singer with whom Mr Berlusconi has produced several CDs of love songs, with the latest album expected to be released later this month. Other witnesses include police officers, Miss El Mahroug’s Moroccan parents and Mr Berlusconi’s accountant and his personal doctor.

George Clooney is one of nearly 200 people who will be called as witnesses for a trial starting next week in which three of Silvio Berlusconi’s associates are accused of recruiting prostitutes for his ‘bunga bunga’ parties.

High Court absolves AENA from damages relating to air traffic controllers’ strike

The High Court in Spain has absolved AENA from any responsibility to pay damages to passengers affected by the air traffic controllers’ strike on December 3rd & 4th last year citing force majeur. The claim made by one passenger for damages of 5,522.53 euros was today rejected by the court, which ruled that the controllers who chose not to come to work were the only ones responsible for any damage and or inconvenience. It is the first time that a court has ruled

on a passanger’s claim for damages as a result of the chaos last December. The High Court described the controllers’ decision to call a strike as «extraordinary circumstances that could not have been avoided even if reasonable measures had been taken» and cited “force majeur” in an exceptional situation. In his summing up, the magistrate said that it had been entirely “unforseeable” and “unpredictable” that at the same time on the same day “practically all

the workers in a specific sector would abandon their workstations” with “the added difficulty factor” that these absences were repeated over a numbr of shifts, something that the judge attributed to “a previous agreement between all the air traffic controllers” and which made the situation “all the more exceptional”. He also underlined that it was a complex job and that replacements cannot easily be found, adding that it would be hard to «imagine a

more unforseeable situation for any company” that has carried out proper planning. «The mere fact that Spanish air space was closed and a State of Emergency had to be declared on these dates emphasises the absolutely exceptional nature of the situation” said the judge. “In these conditions, any solution other than closing air space and workstations would have been considered imprudent by any criteria, in terms of public safety and the security of the

airports” he added. In this case, the High Court acknowledged that the decision by the air traffic controllers to abandon their workstations “was not only completely unforseeable, in terms of the following it had, but that the very fact that it was unforeseeable is what made it impossible to solve in the short or medium term” and that “force majeur” has to be cited as the company was affected by “circumstances beyond its control”.


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HELP Murcia Mar Menor’s first Bargain Hunt HELP Murcia Mar Menor’s first Bargain Hunt at the Novo Carthago on 12th November proved to be very successful, with €615 being raised. With Bernard and Ivor acting as the auctioneers the event was always going to be full of laughs. The many participants went away pleased with their bargains. As usual HELP MMM’s fund raisers came up with an entertaining event that will be repeated in other locations. HELP MMM is involved in a Christmas Fayre at the Novo Carthago, Los Urrutias on Wednesday 23rd November starting at 12.30 when there will be more Christmas bargains available. Together with the stall at the Autocine on Sunday 13th November more than €1,000 has been raised for HELP MMM over that weekend. Thanks to everybody who attended both the Bargain Hunt and the Autocine and especially to those people who donated goods for the auction. These funds will go towards the upgrading and purchase of mobility equipment for loan to the local community.

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Christmas Card Campaign injuries to her leg that, despite receiving pioneering treatment developed to help treat soldiers injured by landmines during war, needed to have her leg amputated, a procedure very rare on horses but was made possible when the centre heard the story of Molly the Pony. Identical in size and with a similar injury on the same leg the centre quickly developed a strong relationship with Molly’s owners in Louisiana and their vets who made the surgery a viable option for Faith. Now, as Faith happily gets on with life at EHCRC, founders Rod and Sue Weeding are making an emotional trip to Louisiana to meet with Molly. There, they will meet with the little horse who has inspired a nation and inspired Faith’s recovery and her owners and the veterinary team behind her ground breaking recovery. They will also finally meet Dwayne Mara who creates Molly’s prosthetic limbs and has prepared Faith’s new limb which will allow her to bend the leg and give her a greater quality of life and help prevent further injury and infection. “We are going to go and collect her new leg and that will be her Christmas present!” an excited Sue explains adding it cost hundreds of euros last time to get the limb shipped over from the USA so they will be personally collecting this one. As two horses on opposite sides of the world joined by the same story Sue and Rod felt it would be a great idea to unite the two and share messages from Spain with Molly. “We want children to do Christmas cards for Molly and we will personally take them and hand deliver them to her. We are also trying to contact

Who is on your Christmas card list this year? Family, friends, neighbours....well how about Molly the Pony in America? Yes you read right, whilst your children are busy writing their cards this year why not encourage them to make or write a card for Molly the Pony in America. It is the idea of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre (EHCRC) in Rojales who want youngsters in the area to send an extra special Christmas wish this year to a very special pony, the same pony that inspired the survival and recovery of Easy Horse Care’s Faith. Her story has been well documented this year. Faith arrived at the rescue centre in August 2010 with severe

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US media and hopefully children there will do the same and we will bring back cards for Faith.” Molly’s message is to help children, especially children who, like Molly may be different or have a disability. Her fame led to the creation of Molly’s Foundation which administers educational programs for children using ponies to support what they are learning in school and offers rehabilitative programs that utilise Molly for improved social, ethical, mental and emotional health. Sue also sees Faith’s future going a similar way and is keen to get more children aware of their stories and interested in horses and invites all local school children to get involved in the Christmas card campaign. “We want to make kids think and to make them feel that their card is special and they can make a difference. We also have a contact and keen supporter in the UK who is contacting Great Ormond Street Hospital to see if they will get behind the scheme and get the children making cards.” The couple leave for America on Saturday 17th December and would like to receive cards by Thursday 15th December. You can hand your cards in directly to the Rescue Centre in Rojales or leave them with staff at either of the two charity stores situated in Quesada or La Siesta so get your kids, their friends and their school groups together and spread seasons greetings to someone a little special this year. The EHCRC relies only on charitable donations. Anybody can make a difference by sponsoring one of our horses for as little as 5€ per month by contacting us directly. They are open to the public all

year round every day from 1-4pm. On Sundays and Wednesdays they have guided tours, where visitors can meet the horses and donkeys and hear their stories. Visitors can also enjoy a light lunch or light refreshments available in the café garden, and all proceeds go towards the support of the centre. For more information visit our website or call Sue on 652 021 980.



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Doctors and nutritionists have warned those on low-carbohydrate diets against eating animal fats for years. But Danish researchers have found that cheese may not be as bad for cholesterol levels as other types of fat. They believe that it should not be placed in the same category as butter. According to the University of Copenhagen study, people who ate daily servings of cheese for six-week intervals had lower LDL cholesterol, the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol, than when they ate a comparable amount of butter The cheese eaters also had the same level of LDL during the experiment than when they ate a normal diet. The group surveyed about 50 people and wrote about their findings in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Each person was put on a controlled diet and added a measured amount of cheese or butter daily. Throughout, each participant was compared against his or herself, to follow changes in the body caused by the foods. Researchers gave each person cheese or butter, both made from cows milk, equal to 13 percent of their daily energy consumption from fat. During six-week intervals, each person ate the set amount of cheese or butter, separated by a 14-day cleansing period, during which they returned to their normal diet. Then they switched, and for six weeks those who had eaten the cheese before, ate butter, while the butter eaters in the first phase ate cheese. Despite eating more fat than had been in their normal diet, the cheese eaters showed no increase in LDL or total cholesterol. While eating butter, however, the same subjects had LDL levels about seven percent higher on average. While eating cheese, subjects’ HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol dropped slightly compared with when they ate butter, but not compared with their normal eating period. Julie Hjerpsted and her University of Copenhagen colleagues wrote: ‘Cheese lowers LDL cholesterol when

compared with butter intake of equal fat content and does not increase LDL cholesterol compared with a habitual diet.’ The researchers speculated that there could be several reasons why cheese affected people differently to butter. But there is nothing conclusive in the study, which was supported by the Danish Dairy Board and the National Dairy Research Institute. Cheese does have a lot of calcium, which has been shown to increase the amount of fat excreted by the digestive tract. Researchers also detected a little more fecal fat during the time the group ate cheese, but the amounts were not statistically significant. Other possible explanations involve the large amount of protein in cheese and its fermentation process, both of which could affect the way it’s digested compared to butter. Linda Main, a registered Dietician and Nutritionist for Heart UK told MailOnline: ‘This study provides some interesting findings that need to be replicated in other studies. ‘It is possible that other nutrients in the cheese e.g. dairy peptides, calcium or other micronutrients may be having a positive influence over blood lipid levels. ‘For now HEART UK’s advice with regards to cheese is to limit it by using smaller portions of an intense cheese or by substituting a high fat cheese for a lower fat alternative.’

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Have you picked your winner for Strictly y e t? By your own ex ‘Strictly’ dancer Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’

I’m finding it very difficult this year, as there is nobody standing out from the crowd. What makes a dancer stand out from the crowd? It is the ability to show the character of each dance and feel the performance right from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Although all of the dancers are improving week on week they seem to be concentrating so much on steps and technique that the character of each dance is failing to come through and that is not surprising as it takes the professional dancers years to learn their craft. Last weekend was Wembley stadium and I remember when I competed at these huge venues for the first time - The Albert Hall, the Olympic Halle in Munich, the Tower Ballroom and the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, it makes you the feel the size of a pin and is truly overwhelming. I felt that the dancers were trying to ‘fill’ the arena stage by taking steps that were too big, but performance suffered as a consequence. My top 4 were Jason & Kristina who looked better in rehearsal than on the night he forgot part of the routine and seemed tense when dancing. Harry & Aliona at the moment looking

a bit stiff he needs to relax more. Chelsee & Pasha she looks better dancing solo as in hold she tightens up, and Alex & James who appear to be one of the judges favourites but for me her posture is lacking, especially her upper body and head position. My bottom 4 are Holly & Artem she has very untidy feet and poor core posture, Robbie & Ola not improving the way I thought he would in the earlier shows. Anita & Robin 10 out of 10 for her dance passion but age is slightly restricting her. Russell & Flavia a show stopping entry! But although I love his enthusiasm, I think it is his time to go (and surely enough Sunday night out he went). At the moment anyone could win there are no strong out and out leaders. It is extremely difficult and rare to discover a performer who is able to characterise all of the dances in the show as they are so diverse in both speed and character from the elegance of the ballroom dances to the exhuberance and sensuality of the latin dances. The couple who can come close will be the winners. I’ll be watching and waiting for the developments! Come and join Lyn and Chris at ‘Strictly Dance’ join a class and see a live ‘Strictly’ demonstration at their Xmas Dinner Dance on 3 December at The Big Wok Punta Prima. For futher information contact Lyn on 635 584 431.



COMES TO TORREVIEJA Huge crowds are expected to descend on Torrevieja, Costa Blanca next month as one of the most exciting events to hit the town for years is revving up. On Thursday December 8th the new and stunning Marina Salinas in Torrevieja with all its bars and restaurants and a backdrop of million euro yachts will be transformed into a Monaco style Grand Prix day as the glitz and glamour of Formula One comes to town. Kingfisher is launching their beer in style here in Spain with an exciting day starring this year´s Sahara Force India Formula One car and a special appearance by one of the World´s top current Grand Prix drivers Adrian Sutil. Taking time out of his very busy schedule, the Mayor of Torrevieja Sr Eduardo Dolon will also taking part in this exciting event. The Torrevieja Town Hall are delighted to have such a high profile launch in their town and have given it their full backing by working hand in hand with Kingfisher to ensure that the huge crowds expected at their own Constitutional celebrations at the port will get the best from the two events which are being hosted next to each other. Planned, is a full day of events including

photo opportunities with the Sahara Force India Formula One car and the driver himself. You can also test your own Formula One potential in a racing simulator, and with a classic car exhibition, remote control helicopter aerial display, replica model jet fighter planes from Madrid, authentic Indian cooking demonstrations, charity raffles offering you a chance to win some authentic F1 memorabilia, Kingfisher Beer promotions and much more there certainly won´t be a lack of things to see or do. Welcoming the Adrian to Torrevieja will be the mayor Eduardo Dolon who will be arriving with him at Marina Salinas aboard a luxury 60ft Sealine motor yacht and this will be followed by local and national TV and press interviews on the flybridge of this magnificent vessel. Entrance to the Kingfisher Formula One day is free and there will be plenty of parking at the marina at only 1 Euro for the whole day giving you no excuse not to enjoy this Monaco style day. There are still some sponsorship opportunities still available for this exciting event more details of which can be obtained by calling 966 77 44 02

All Our yesterdays

Age Concern presented the first of a nostalgic afternoon at one of our local restaurants. ”All our yesterdays” had a cast of 60, all eager to take part. The first act was a hearty beef and potato stew with bread served up by Age Concerns own volunteers. Age Concerns very own Land Girls, Maggie and Brenda also led the cast in a sing a long, bingo, quiz and a Mr and Mrs. Clifford and Julia serenaded the social and the finale at 8PM, the show starting at 4PM, as an early doors. Not a dry eye in the house as everyone joined in “we’ll meet again” The social side of age Concern is as important as work with individuals. Age Concern aims to provide affordable entertainment and socials, in which everyone can join in. These are not money raising affairs, the tickets for All Our yesterday was 6 Euros to cover the stews. A monthly Menu del Dia on the last Wednesday of the month costs 10 Euros and that includes entertainment. The next is on the 30th November at 1.30PM at the Avenida on the Paseo in the Port. There is a Christmas Fair on Saturday 3rd December at the Lagarto Verde, 11AM until 4PM. Santa Claus and St Nicholas choir will be in attendance along with forty or so stalls. The bar will be open for hot and cold drinks and food. Age Concerns work with individuals is on a Wednesday morning at the Cultural Centre on Camposol B. If you need advice or help, want to volunteer just turn up. This venue also provides for a social, Talking Shop, the first Wednesday of the month between 1.30 and 3.30PM. December’s social is a Christmas festivity and will not be on the first Wednesday but at the usual time on the 14th December. January is back to normal on the 4th January, Age Concern is a Youth Service for the over fifties, providing social activities alongside individual help and advice, just as the Youth service does for a much younger clientale. As a ps you can get tickets on a Wednesday morning at the Cultural Centre or a Friday morning outside the Salud bar on Camposol B commercial centre.



After a spell in hospital I decided to take a daily walk around the estate in order to speed up my recovery and return to a certain degree of fitness. On my return journey I would pause at the top of the hill and gaze over the valley a while – resting on the iron railings. I recalled all of my friends who used to stream down the road to work various shifts in the main aluminium factory. Because of the conditions and the smoking habits only a few managed to enjoy the promise of a few years retirement. I would look at every house and recall the names of men I had enjoyed a drink with remembering the days out at the race meeting. Even those I failed to get along with, looking back the quarrels and the arguments seemed to be rather trivial – I would include them in my brief prayer. The average couple were content bringing up their children, caring for grandparents and attending to the needs of the home. The car played a dominant role and a good hose down and hand wash was given priority at the weekend. Only a small minority attended church at the weekend or had any interest in the spiritual side of life. In my idle moments I often wondered why do miracles occur usually in caves or grottos – and what would happen if one should, out of the blue – against all odds take place on a drab housing estate? Having met someone, a very down to earth person who was privileged to witness a miracle – an event which turned science on it’s head and defied reason, I got to thinking…What would the reaction be if an angel appeared to a working mother with a message… in the middle of doing the washing up? ...and so the poem ‘The Visitation’ came to be...

The Visitation

Halfway through the dishes, Anne glanced towards the door, The plates slipped between her fingers, And shattered on the floor.

“But no one will believe me! They will say that I am mad !” Anne gazed at the radiant light, The angel’s face was sad.

Gazing down with a gentle smile, The object of her fright, By the cooker a Angel stood, Bathed in radiant light.

Blessed are they who have not seen, Beneath this humble roof, You will see a wondrous sign, Behold I leave you proof.

The vicar said it was the season, There’s a lot about of late, But they don’t usually go for kitchens, Or a trade mark on a plate.

A warning letter from the council, Quoted rules and regulations, Regarding pets, drugs, excessive noise, And dubious visitations.

Fear not, peace be with you, Though the visitation strange, It’s usually a cave or grotto, But they opted for a change.

The tiny fragments on the floor, This miracle relate, This broken piece of porcelain, Is now a perfect plate.

Perhaps announcing at bingo, “I’m the millennium Bernadette” But all she said was “One again!” How closer can you get.

The official line was very clear, Publicity involving the Pope, With pilgrims creating chaos, And car parks unable to cope.

We need to reach down to the lowly, And listen to their plight, What better then to build a shrine, And bring them to the light.

Go in faith and spread the word, Blessings in his name, The ghostly image turned into Tongues of golden flame.

Anne tried to tell the children, An angel came to town, Then gave a shush, said “Dads asleep, And turn the telly down”.

The experiment doomed to failure, Hardly the place or time, Four flights of stairs, a wonky lift, Not appropriate for a shrine.

So heaven chose a working venue, A bleak place in the map, A working mum in a simple home, In a fourth-floor storey flat.

Anne awoke as from a dream, Confused and at a loss, For etched perfectly into the plate, Was a simple little cross.

Her husband blamed the change of life, And confided to his mate, She’s stuck two lighted candles, In the kitchen by the plate.

Now Nanny’s plate holds special place, So many years ago, And a tiny cross the vital proof, That an angel said “Hello“.

By Jack Brennan

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The organisers emphasise that variable-rate contracts

accounted for 80.7% of new credit granted in the second quarter of 2011, and data available for July and August put the percentage at “similar levels”. However, press sources reported that the AHE noted there was an increase in intermediate undertakings, such as ones with initial fixed interest rate periods of more than a year, usually between two and five years. Moreover, regarding the reduction in the average amount of mortgages,

reaching 25% since its peak in 2007 (148,928 euros), the Association stresses that this data should reflect the adjustment of the housing market and ” relatively more stringent credit conditions.” With respect to the outstanding balance of mortgage loans, which in August was down 4%, the AHE expects that “this negative trend will continue for the remainder of the year” and indicated that it is as a result of “uncertainties” which remain on the real economy

and the financial sector, and their “negative effects” on the demand and supply of credit. On the provision of credit, the Association says they have been “very concerned” about the impact the “worsening” of the debt crisis has had on the financial system. This is compounded by the decline in the number of property transactions carried out in the first half of 2011, in a context of “great economic uncertainty” and “high levels” of unemployment.

Property Prices Will Continue to Fall, Says Bankinter According to Bankinter’s latest report on the housing market in Spain, housing prices will fall an additional 6% up to the end of 2013, making an adjustment of 30% in real terms from their peak, and only begin to rise again in early 2014, when the economy is capable of generating employment and demand recovers.

Bankinter sees the two years ahead with demand at minimum levels because of high rates of unemployment, which in 2011 alone saw home sales plunge to around 200,000 new properties, which was 55% less than what was sold in 2007, the year with the highest recorded demand in history (412,000 homes).

With regard to their forecast made last April, the financial institution have deferred for a year the adjustment in the housing sector, saying that promoter activity will not take off until the last quarter of 2014, when the housing ‘stock’ will have reduced to below the 500,000 mark.

Bankinter’s calculations suggest that the Spanish economy will grow 0.7% in 2011 – half of what the Government anticipated – 1.2% in 2012 and 1.6% in 2013, below the 2% needed to create jobs, reported Cinco Dias.

Until then, only discounts and minimum production, will “very slowly” digest a ‘stock’ of houses which now stands at, they estimate, between 850,000 and 900,000 homes, of which about 200,000 or 250,000 belong to financial institutions.

In parallel, the developers will adjust their production to a record low of between 90,000 and 100,000 homes in 2012, when finished properties will number between 100,000 and 120,000. With regard to the data for supply and demand, Bankinter said that “the

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Eileen Hamilton, a well-known face on the amateur stage with Costa Blanca based group Dramatic Licence, found herself a very real part of the Remembrance Sunday tributes when a video in which she features, was shown on BBC2. Eileen had been approached by local set up Transcendent Films, to take part in the making of a video to accompany the release of the Katherine Jenkins single ‘A Flower Tells A Story’. Kris Koster of Transcendent said that film makers from around the world had been invited to submit entries in a competition to produce a short film representing the meaning of Remembrance Day and would also compliment the lyrics of the new Katherine Jenkins song. His primary aim and the message contained in the film, was that the story of long lost heroes should be passed on to each new generation, and that they would never be forgotten. With Katherine herself judging the entries, the Transcendent Films submission told a brilliantly moving and poignant story in the four minutes available and emerged the clear

winner. A clip accompanying an interview with the singer was shown on the BBC2 programme Something for the Weekend on November 13th. All proceeds from the song and video go towards the Poppy Appeal and The Royal British Legion. All of the actors in Kris Koster’s film live locally in the southern Costa Blanca, including amongst others, sixth formers from the El Limonar International School in Villamartin and 90 year old Arnhem veteran Philip Timbrel. Eileen Hamilton is currently involved in the final rehearsals for Dramatic Licences latest Production – ‘The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol’. An hilarious comedy with a title almost as long as the script itself, it is being presented at the Teatro Cardinal Belluga, San Fulgencio on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Described by Dramatic Licence as being a perfect start to the Christmas season, tickets are 8Euros and can be booked on line at, or by telephoning 616 089 943.

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The ADHOC Theatre Company have promised to donate 250 Euro’s worth of stage flats to the El Limonar School just outside San Miguel. It is to help put in place a permanent stage back-drop for the young students at the school to continue to perform their own productions. The Company have already donated to the school, just last year a piano was given to the music class, the same piano as used in last Novembers production of ‘Allo ‘Allo :The VIP. Some members of staff and a pupil took part in ‘Allo ‘Allo. Currently The ADHOC Theatre Company are about to go back on stage in the Ray Cooney Farce “Run For Your Wife”. Monies raised will be donated to ADISMON a local disabled charity. The show will be performed on Thursday the 17th, Friday 18th & Saturday 19th of November at 8 pm in the Teatro de Musica, Los Montesinos. Tickets are 8 Euro and are available from the following locations: Kennedy’s in Los Montesinos, The Theatre in Los Montesinos, The Post Room in Benijofar, Card Place in Benimar, Cards & things Quesada, The Christmas Shop in San Luis. Or you can book your tickets on the website www. or you can phone 966 712 382. (In picture Stewart & Helen Stark Teachers and far left former pupil, Jasmin Daniel on stage in ‘Allo ‘Allo)

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Jenni Ray and her team at the fabulous Grand Designs house braved the threatened rain and the high winds to put on a fantastic Bonfire Night event, with a full house crowd of 700 people. The afternoon started in glorious sunshine with a flags and pistols display from Los Pistoleros which was followed by line dancing and a Wild West saloon bar brawl from Los Pistoleros. As darkness fell under a spectacular sunset over the lake, the bonfire was lit and the guys thrown to the flames. Finally after more line dancing the fireworks lit up the sky. Paul Cunningham Nurses were invited to organise a raffle, which raised over €500 for the charity. We would like to thank everyone who bought tickets and By Your Side who generously donated a prize for us to raffle. The entertainment continued long after the fireworks for those who could brave the cold for another couple of hours! A massive thank you to Jenni and her team for a very successful night and to everyone who contributed to PCN by buying raffle tickets. We do have a couple of unclaimed raffle prizes, the ticket numbers are 13 Yellow and 192 Orange please contact Susan Reader or call 639 318 526 if you are a winner! For fun events in the future check out the websites www. and


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Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula) Joking aside if you would like to visit the Grand Design House (spider free of course!) the house is open each day from 11am – 3pm for refreshments. On the first weekend of December is the official launch of the House with a craft market that will be held both inside & outside the house together with a fun day so if there is an activity that you have been dying to try such as the quadbiking or the horse riding, no matter what your age you will be able to do so. Santa will also be there with lots of sweets for all the children. For any further information or if you would like a stall at the market, please contact me on 660 816 620 or check our facebook page : Casa La Pedrera - The Grand Design House Until next week it´s happy dusting....Jenni

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Spain’s cost of borrowing rose sharply when the government sold short-term debt on financial markets on Tuesday. It was the country’s first fund-raising since the change of government at Sunday’s general election. Spain raised 2.98bn euros ($4bn, £2.6bn) in an auction of three- and six-month bills, but at higher yields. On the three-month bills, the annualised interest rate Spain had to pay more than doubled to 5.11%, from 2.29% at the last auction in October. On the six-month bills they surged to 5.227% from 3.302%. Demand in the financial markets for the debt was strong, outstripping supply by more than three-toone, and allowing Spain to meet its target of raising up to 3bn euros. But the rise in yields suggests that investors do not feel more optimistic that the new government will be able to fix the economy and meet budget-cut targets. Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, said that, although Spain met it fund-raising target, “one keeps on revisiting sadly the same old point: this is not sustainable in the long-run. “It’s a broader malaise now. It’s not just about Spain, it’s about the eurozone as a whole. 5.1% and 5.22% for three- and six-month money when the European Central Bank rates are 1.25% - I think the term is ‘penal’.”

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During the turbulent year of 1938 the International Brigades pulled out and the Second Spanish Republic was forced back on its dwindling resonances. Like other towns and villages, Alqueria also suffered trauma. Roque Rodriquez, father of the present day mill owner Fernando supported those whom offered financial reward. The Nationalists. He had nothing but guile and cunning and a desire for the Olive Mill. The mill was then owned by one Adán Matas a mild mannered and good tempered Republican. Adán feared Nationalist reprisals and went into hiding. He hid in a cave just above the Alqueria. A cave supplied by Roque in return for the Olivarera de Alqueria. The Rodriquez family now had the mill and Matas brought up his only son in the cold damp cave. Believing the Civil War to be still on, Galeno Matas to this day lurks in the dark, dank lair. The cave his

Father had so unwisely traded for the Olive Mill. April 15th is a day of religious celebration in Alqueria. The womenfolk assemble at the church and particularly its gable-end where they count the strange impact craters. A new one appears every 14th of April. This is believed to be a sign of divine protection. The womenfolk in response leave a veritable banquet of fresh bread, sticky cakes, wine and the local sheeps’ cheeses at the village shrine. An offering worthy of such spiritual piety. The 14th April is the anniversary of the instigation of the Second Spanish Republic and Matas always celebrates the occasion. He loads his old smooth bore Mauser from his diminishing stock of ammunition and fires a shot for the Republic. This projectile is always aimed at the gable-end of the church where it impacts with a satisfying puff of

whitewash. He has struck his blow, a blow which he knows is welcomed by those in the village who hide their allegiances and still live in fear. If his shot for freedom against the state church isn’t welcomed then why do they leave him such a feast at the village shrine? His yearly banquet never fails to materialise. The womenfolk of the village walk the two kilometres to their stone shrine where they give thanks. Their offering has been accepted, completely de-materialised with the plates and crockery scrupulously washed and dried. Faith is such a wonderful thing. So the life of Alqueria continues in it complex merry-go-round of intrigue and misunderstanding. No-one is more misunderstood than Blythe Gruntmore the village’s obligatory Englishman. More of him later...

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Despite the torrential rain and cold weather on Saturday 19th November the annual HELP Vega Baja Xmas Fair held at the Pizzeria Asturias was a runaway success raising a fabulous €5,000. This money will go directly into the HELP Vega Baja HELPCare fund which is used to provide a range of free “care in the home” services for its members. Thanks go out to all the HELP VB volunteers who bravely took all the goods to the Asturias on Friday night in the pouring rain and to those who braved the weather at 7 am on Saturday morning in order to get the upstairs rooms in Asturias prepared; and to those who enthusiastically manned the stalls on the day. Also a very big thank you to Carlos for allowing us to hold the event at the Asturias Restaurant (again) for free, and to his staff for turning up at 7 am to open up and let us in. Finally a big thank you to those who have spent the best part of the last 3 months organising the event namely Pat Perrin and Ruth Mead without whose enthusiasm and dedication this event would not have run so smoothly. President HELP Vega Baja


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Monthly cycling tips / advice and routes By Gary and Lynn Cyclogical” Quesada

Ideal Christmas Gifts to Enhance Your Bike

Well the dark nights are well and truly here now but never mind it’s only 4 weeks till the shortest day then the nights will start to stretch again .We have had a few people in putting down deposits for a cycle for their loved one for Christmas which is great. However many people who already have a cycle still require various gadgets to enhance it. We have a great range of ideal gifts for them including mirrors, speedo’s, (not trunks) fingerless mitts, gloves, underseat bags, pouches, horns, baskets ,carriers, lights, padlocks, pumps, helmets or a gift voucher, the list is endless so please feel free to come in and speak to either of us and we will advise on an ideal gift for you to give someone special this Christmas. Lynn and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember as long as you are cycling on a regular basis you can eat and drink what you like (within reason). Hasta Luego.

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This was a really long ride and we had all been looking forward to it for a long time. It will be our last all day trip this year and we had a ball with some fantastic scenery that you just do not get to appreciate in a car. We left Quesada through the arches on a lovely Tuesday morning as it was a red day and we had another day off . We all met at the shop at 10am ( 10 of us 5 couples ) and headed to Los Montosinos, after passing through a deserted high street we picked up the Vistabella road and after 2 roundabouts turned right and cycled up and over the By Gary and Lynn AP7 then turned left onto the canal which we followed all “Cyclogical” in Ques ada the way to the pumping station just passed Entre Naranjos and turned right. We cycled up the hill and onto a dirt track which takes you right into the car park of the Fortaleza restaurant where we all had our first coffee of the day. We then turned right and first left heading for the reservoir de La Pedrera and followed this road to the first junction where we turned left and after 100metres turned right signposted Torreaguera. This was a beautiful picturesque route and we followed the road for about 11kms until we came to a roundabout where we went straight across and headed for Sucina. We picked up the blue cycle track and just followed it all the way past Canada de San Pedro where we stopped for a refreshment and a Tapas. After about an hour we continued along the blue track all the way to San Javier passing Sucina and El Mirador straight into San Javier and Santiago de la Ribera where we cycled along the sea front and stopped for our lunch. After lunch we cycled along the coast road through San Pedro and El Mojon heading for Pilar de la Horadada where we took the new cycle track which runs along the side of the N332 . We followed this track all the way to the hospital at Torrievieja where we cycled through the town and picked up the old railway line cycle track which took us all the way back to Los Montosinos where we turned right and cycled on the track back to Quesada. We all arrived back about 6pm as it was just getting dark, we found a nice restaurant where we settled down for supper and a beer and discussed the days events. The summary was we had a great cycle and was probably the best one that we have done all year certainly the longest for most of us. Well done Team Cyclogical. Lynn and I would like to wish all of our customers and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope that Santa brings you all some exciting cycle accessories or even a new bike. All the best from Gary and Lynn.

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stand for 5min, then remove the fish. Drain the cooking liquid and reserve 300ml (½ pint). Rinse out the pan, put over a medium heat and melt the butter. Add the flour and stir to make a paste. Cook for 1min. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the Noilly Prat or wine, followed by the reserved cooking liquid. Return to a medium heat and stir constantly until thickened slightly. Simmer gently for 2min, then stir in the cream. Simmer for 5min, then stir in the mustard and season. Preheat the grill to medium. Flake the fish into bite-sized pieces. Stir the spinach into the sauce, followed by the fish and prawns. Combine the breadcrumbs and cheese and sprinkle over the fish mixture. Grill for 1-2min until golden. Serve with seasonal vegetables. Place on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking parchment. Score a line 1cm (½in) in from the edge. Prick the centre all over with a fork and place in the oven for 5 minutes or until it starts to rise. Meanwhile, mix garlic, crème fraîche, tarragon, lemon zest and half the cheese. Season, then beat in the egg. Remove the pastry from the oven and flatten the centre inside the border to make a well. Pour in the egg mixture. Arrange asparagus on top and scatter with remaining cheese. Turn oven down to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pastry is crisp. Remove, scatter over the eggs and garnish with parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.



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1tbsp sunflower oil 2tbsp garam masala pinch ground cinnamon pinch ground cloves 2 cardamom pods, squashed 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2-3 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 5cm/2in piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated 6 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped 150g/5oz basmati rice 300g jar passata 450g/1lb chestnut and button mushrooms, sliced Handful fresh coriander leaves


Heat oil in a large pan. Add garam masala, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Cook for a couple of mins. Add onion and garlic and cook for 1 min more. Add chilli, ginger and fresh tomatoes. Cook gently for about 6-8 mins until tomatoes break down, then stir in rice until completely coated. Pour in passata and stir, then fill up jar with water and add. Season well, then leave to simmer gently and rice to cook, stirring occasionally. Add a little hot water from kettle, if needed. Cook for 20 mins. Heat remaining oil in a pan and add mushrooms. Season and cook for about 5 mins until they soften, then add to rice mixture. Stir in half of coriander and use rest to top rice when serving. Serve with naan bread and mango chutney.

500g/1lb strong white bread flour plus 1 heaped tsp and extra for dusting 7 gram(s) sachet of fast-action dried yeast 30 mls olive oil For the topping: 500 gram(s) carton passata 2 x 250g packs mozzarella, drained and torn fresh basil leaves, torn drizzle olive oil 1 pinch(es) oregano


Mix: Add flour, yeast and 1tsp salt to bowl of a food mixer then slowly pour in 300ml/1?2pt warm water and mix with dough hook on the first speed for 2 mins. Then slowly add another 50ml/2fl oz warm water and mix on second speed for a further 3 mins. Now add olive oil while still mixing, along with 1 heaped tsp flour. Leave to mix for about 2-3 mins till dough begins to cling to beaters. The mixture will still be soft and sticky. Preheat oven to gas mark 7/210°C (190°C in a fan oven) and put pizza stone or baking sheet in to heat up. You need a hot oven for baking pizza! Knead: Tip out dough onto lightly floured board and knead for 2-5 mins till smooth and


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elastic. To knead: lift opposite side of dough, fold towards you, push firmly down with heel of hand, do a quarter turn and repeat. Return dough to mixing bowl, cover with clingfilm and put somewhere warm to prove for 1-2 hrs or till at least doubled in size. Roll and stretch: Punch dough down, turn out onto lightly floured board and knead for a few seconds. Divide dough into 4 and knead each one to form a ball. Cover balls in clingfilm and leave to rest for 5 mins. Now roll each one out as much as you can - it will keep springing back - then stretch the edges, turning it as you go till it is large enough for base and about 3mm thick. Put onto hot pizza stone or hot baking sheet, one at a time. Cook and top Put into oven to bake for about 1 min - the base will bubble up a little so you need to puncture bubbles with a knife. Cook till it starts to just turn pale golden. Remove from oven, turn over, then top with a smear of passata (about 2-3tbsp) using back of a tablespoon, leaving a thin edge. Now top with mozzarella, basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of oregano. Return to oven and cook for 3-5 mins or till crust turns golden and cheese has melted. The base should be completely firm when you cut a slice. Serve immediately.

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IT’S PANTO TIME.... Seasonal Showtime A Magic Night at The Indian Ocean raises Rojales Pantomime Group is staging this years pantomime, over €250 for Paul Cunningham Nurses the ever popular ‘Aladdin’ at the Escuela de Musica in Los Montesinos on Thurs 8th, Fri 9th & Sat 10th December at 7.30 with an added matinee on Sat 10th at 2.30pm. Oyez, Oyez, Oyez. It’s almost Christmas time... So come along and join us at our annual Pantomime... Which this year is Aladdin, our hero and a champ... Come and meet the Genie residing in the lamp... There’s Chop & there is Suey, the right side of the law... and then there’s Abanazar. Just hear that villain roar! Our charming Princess Jasmine who’s looking to be wed, Dare Aladdin sneak a peek or will he lose his head.... Come see our Widow Twankey, a widow Truly Fair... We bid Adieu to all of you and hope to see you there....

Tickets are 8€ for adults & 5€ for children and the proceeds will go to ADISMON (centro de discapacitados de Los Montesinos), Banda Infantil & Caritas, all local charities. Tickets available from San Luis Christmas shop. Cards and things Quesada, & Card Place Benimar or tel Christine 965 077 090. 678 212 034 or Tina 96 679 7683 Even torrential rain did not make the personal appearance of the main characters from the Aladdin pantomime a Wishee Washee turnout. Over 250 mums dads and children turned up to the annual Christmas Fun Day where the panto group helped to make it a very colourful day. TKO radio entertained and trainloads of families kept arriving at the fun day. Children waited in an excited line to meet Santa in his grotto and to receive a pre Christmas present all under the watchful eye of organiser Lucy who did a splendid job once again and made it a successful event.

a Variety show by RASCALS...

The show opens with Spring and predictably the number Spring, Spring, Spring followed by several numbers relating to that season. Summertime is the first number of the Summer season followed by comedy, dance and song to complete the hot season with a bit of Steam Heat thrown in. With a weather change in Autumn we start off with a Foggy Day in London Town but soon the rain comes down in Raining Men and although Autumn Leaves are seen in September Morn it does not stop Raindrops keep falling on My Head. You are given the opportunity to have a free seasonal drink and nibbles in the interval to get you ready for the winter season . This opens with the haunting music of Toccato danced to by skeletons followed by some winter songs one of which is “Baby it´s Cold Outside “ . You are invited to join in singing to the carols in the latter part of the show. All this for only 5 Euros which as always at this time of year goes to children’s charities. First performance on Wednesday 7th December at the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja Book on line or call Sue on 96 678 4874 or 693042771 A further performance is at the School of Music & Culture in Los Montesinos On Saturday 17th December both performances start at 19.00 hrs. Call Sue at the above number to reserve tickets.. Start the Christmas Season off by coming along and having an enjoyable evening whilst helping those less fortunate than yourselves. Check out our website to find out more about Rascals

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If you missed this one the next event is Trendy Tapas €5 and Terrific Trifle €2 All Day Wednesday 30th November. Last Sunday Night The Indian Ocean in Dona Pepa was buzzing, wine, water and welcome drinks were flowing! Not to mention a fair few beers too! For the special price of €12 more than 60 guests were welcomed with a glass of Cava, there was a choice of six curries, three side dishes and everyone had rice and nan bread and water on all the tables was free. There was a quiz on India and their culture, not surprisingly one of the questions was – which is the favourite Indian dish eaten in the U.K. - this is Chicken Tikka Masala!! Graeme Mykal, the amazing magician was there to entertain everyone with table magic and he also hosted two games of Play Your Cards Right which resulted in someone from almost every table having at least one go. The winners of the quiz and play your cards right all won vouchers for meals for two in local restaurants, one of course being the Indian Ocean. This night was so popular it may well become a regular event. If Indian is your “cup of tea” look out for further special nights in The Indian Ocean. Coming up is “Trifle and Tapas”, Indian restaurants are not usually renowned for delicious desserts so as well as Trendy

Tapas for just €5 The Indian Ocean are also launching the idea of having perfect puds and they are starting with a special launch day on Wednesday 30th November when you can try out Traditional Sherry Trifle for just €2 and take a look or perhaps even try the selection of “Trendy Tapas” for just €5. The Indian Ocean will continue to support Paul Cunningham Nurses and on Sunday Night they launched their version of the Christmas voucher, in future they will be making regular donations to Paul Cunningham Nurses and they will be a collection point for the mobile ‘phone recycling, so if you have an old mobile ‘phone tucked away in a drawer somewhere, please drop it in to The Indian Ocean. For the vouchers you pay €10 and they add a €1 making the vouchers worth €11, the vouchers sold in multiples of €11 would make a nice Christmas present for any Indian loving friends! Booking for Trifle and Tapas, on Wednesday 30th November (which will be served until they run out!) is not essential but it is advisable, call 966 718 211 or email sueinthesun@hotmail. to make a booking.

T.A.A.B.S Dates For Christmas

Sat 26th Nov : A.Js Bar La Marina. Pre-Christmas Show. Time 5:30pm Thur 1st Dec : Los Arcos Torrevieja Time 7pm. Fri. 2nd Dec : La Mata. Venue Kiosko Cabo Cervesa La Mata Time. 7pm Alzhiemer’s Tues 6th Dec : Easy Horse Care Center Start Time 6.30pm Thur 8th Dec : The Country Pub Torremendos Start 2pm Fri 9th Dec : T.A.A.B.S Christmas Show with guest. Los Arcos. Time 8pm Wed. 14th Dec : Butterfly’s Restaurant Via Park 2 Christmas Mix. Start 4pm Thur 15th Dec : R.B.L. Mil Pailmeris Olympia Time 6.Oopm Sat 17th Dec : Evalution La Fuent E Start 7pm Tues 20th Dec : La Marina Social Club Time 7pm Wed 21st Dec : Lo Crispin 7pm On the Park area behind the shops Fri 23rd Dec : Algorfa Plaza Square 7pm

FUNNY YOU SHOULD SAY THAT... There was lots of laughter in Alicante last month when Alicante Speakers Club (part of Toastmasters International) hosted the area conference and humorous Speech competition at the AC Hotel in Alicante for the third year running. Eligible clubs in the area from Marbella, Los Palmeras, (Torrevieja), Alicante and Valencia sought to present the most humorous speech subject in less than seven minutes. Included among the amusing and, at times, hilarious topics were such subjects as - “Unwelcome guests”, “How to protest”, “Am I coming or going?”, “Would you believe it?” It was tough being a judge trying to analysis the speeches whilst laughing at the range of different types of humour but the results and the winners were well received by all.

It was third time lucky for Alicante Club. The past president Colm Kehoe won first prize, second prize Leigh Kneal from Los Palmeras (Torrevieja) and third place to Alicante member Bob Warner. Colm then went on to the international all-Spain and Portugal competition in Lisbon and gained a well deserved second place. The day’s programme also included an impromptu speaking competition, both in

English and Spanish. Over 85% of Alicante Club members are Spanish and not only do they want to practice their speaking skills but their English as well. So, we need more native English members for our Spanish members to listen to. If you would like to be more involved with Spanish culture and at the same time improve your speaking and communication skills then you are more than welcome to come along to some of our meetings and see just what the Club can do for you.

Visit our website at http:// w w w. a l i c a n t e t o a s t m a s t e r s .o r g where we have a whole lot more information and news about what we do and where and when. There is also news on the website of all the other clubs in our area. Our Club meets twice a month in Alicante on the second and third Tuesdays of the month. Check out the website for details on meeting places and how to get there. If you would like to know more then call me (John Chocqueel-Mangan) on 966 196 634. You are assured of a warm welcome at our Club and we all look forward to meeting you soon.




Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Deanna Sparks will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 27th November. On Tuesday 29th November the Development Class will present an Evening of Mediumship followed by a Divine Service with Lesley Pickering on Sunday, 4th December. Remember Carol Service on 13th December with The Phoenix Brass Band. Tickets available at services 3€ Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028.

Rojales Pantomime group Present Aladdin.............

Dec. 8th. 9th. & 10th at 7.30pm Also matinee. Sat.10th at 2.30pm Adults 8 euros children 5 euros At Escuela de Musica y Cultura Theatre Los Montesinos. Ticket info. Christine 965077090. Tina 966 797 683 or from the Christmas shop San Luis Proceeds to local charities


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NEW YEAR Pilar Christian CONCERT........... Community The “Torrevieja Symphony Church.............. Orchestra” will offer a special ‘New Year Concert’ in the Municipal Theatre on 6th January 2012. There will be two performances: 12.00h and 19.00h. Tickets, priced at 12€ or 10€ (depending upon row number), are currently available from or from the municipal ticket office outside the theatre (open Tuesday to Friday inc. 11:00h to 13.00h). The orchestra will offer a variety of well known music including waltzes, Strauss polkas, Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake, Nutcracker) amongst others.

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CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERTS Sat 26th November @ 8.30 The Long Bar Catrel Donations to the Orphanage FRI 16th DEC @ 7.30pm Ramon’ s Bar Faze 4 The Grey Area La Marina SUN 18th DEC @ 11am The Sunday Market La Marina You’ll know all the words so come along and join in “THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT” Santa will be there giving sweets to children who have been good All donations from La Marina will go to K9 & Butterfly children Contact Maria 966 715 891 Eileen 966 797 545


is an interdenominational English speaking fellowship and at the same time a member of the largest Protestant denomination in Spain. We meet constantly to reach out to the English speaking community and we arrange events appropriate to the fact that 90% of our community are retired. With this in mind every Christmastime we have a traditional carol service, including refreshments and mince pies and this will be led by those well known singers “Spangles”. For many of us, candles, carols, the nativity scene and mince pies are relevant of our childhood and youth. Here in the carol service we can recapture memories, and meet old friends. Come and celebrate with us, colourful memories of the past and continuing hope for the future. The carol service is on Thursday 8th December at 7pm at Calle Canalejas 3, Pilar de la Horadada, 03190.


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Modern Jive Los Rosales Restaurant cv895 campo de guardamar. Every Thursday 6.45pm Beginners introduction, 7pm Beginners lesson, 8pm Improvers lesson followed by social. Info 670 711 408 Ceroc Style Modern Jive class / social - 7pm Los Rosales Restaurant, cv895, Guardamar Los Montesinos Road BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Tel Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 7.30pm - 9.30pm Old time Dancing class with SLOTS. Pilar Sol Club, Lo Monte Hotel, N332 Pilar del la Horadada. 7.30pm - 9.30pm No previous dancing experience required. Tel: 609 939 369 AVON SALES TABLE AND MUCH MORE including handmade babywear, household goods, books. Every 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For info call Elaine 619 888 259 Successful Slimming La Marina. 11am. We meet at The Hillside Bar, Caelle Bilbao.A very healthy eating food plan with excellent results. Only 5€ weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553. All welcome.

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Free event every sunday - Every Sunday 2pm - 5pm FREE entry Jive n Live at Los Rosales Restaurant, cv895 Guardamar Los Montesinos Road with Maxine and Adam, or Angie and Cherry K. All Welcome 5€ BBQ or Paella. Tel 670 711 408 or 965 073 799 International Christian Assembly - Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, Torrevieja Evangelical non-denominational Sunday services 11:00am Sevillanas Club. All about Flamenco and Sevillana meet last Sunday of every month Asturias Restaurant - 965 328 044

Monday............................................................ BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 New Beginners Class 10.30am - 12.30pm


space for a little one? Lady is a 2 year old German Shepherd greyhound cross. She was found as a puppy in a doorway in San Miguel. She was very quickly re-homed but due to personal circumstances her owners have had to return to the UK so she is looking for a new home. She is very good with children and has a gentle and loving nature. Lady has been spayed and all her vaccinations are up to date. If you can give Lady a new home please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit our website

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Tyson is 11 months old he was found with his 2 sister in a cardboard box at only 8 weeks. He is very playful and loves to run with the other dogs. To arrange to see Tyson please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit our website

Modern Jive - Every Tuesday at the Area Discopub, Los Balcones. 6.45pm Beginners introduction, 7pm Beginners lesson, 8pm Improvers lesson. Info 670 711 408 Ceroc Style Modern Jive class / social Tuesdays 7pm Area Disco pub, Filton Centre, Los Balcones, Torrevieja NETBALL, Los Montesinos 7pm-8.30pm. Enquiries Tracey 679 539 995 or Claire 680 300 637 BALLROOM / LATIN DANCING / SEQUENCE DANCING with LA BAMBA’s. La Rustika (Los Arcos) Restaurant. Av Beleares, Torrevieja. Tel: Andrea & Brian 616 478 157 Improvers Lesson 7.30-8.30pm plus Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Successful Slimming Quesada.10am. Meet at Bar Las Naciones, next to The Spice Hut. A very healthy eating food plan with excellent results. Only 5€ weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. Tel Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553. All welcome.



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Where sport on the telly is concerned I have the attention span of a goldfish. Occasionally I will be moved to actually watch an event, but I generally I use it as a sleep aid; I soon find the mind wandering and the eyelids drooping. However, I did watch the Betfair Chase in its entirety. This unusual enthusiasm was caused by the presence in the field of Kauto Star, a horse who has earned his owner over 2 million pounds in prize money over the years, not to mention the amount that has gone into his trainer’s and jockey’s pockets. He has not got an unbeaten career, nor on this occasion was he the favourite, yet he entered the parade ring with a look of calm assurance, as if to say ‘Oh good, another nice gallop with my friends,’ The more that the pundits went on about his past career, the peak of which has already spanned 5 years, a long time in the life of a racehorse, the more it seemed as if Fate was being tempted to dole out a drubbing for this much loved horse and his adoring public. I didn’t want to watch his defeat,


yet I couldn’t not watch. He jumped off in the lead, and to stay in front for 3 miles and over 18 fences was surely asking too much. Yet stay in front he did. He returned to the winner’s enclosure after a stellar performance to what would have been a standing ovation, had his public not already been standing. Once my pulse rate had come down out of the red zone I got to thinking; how much is this equine money earner worth? Surprisingly, not a lot. Here’s why. He is a gelding, a castrated male, therefore, once he has ceased to be the fastest, his career is over - no future as the father of hundreds of fleet-footed little Kauto Stars for him. He might have a future as a star in his own right, opening charity events and suchlike, but even that will hardly cover his hay. If he is ever sold (which I doubt) he will make someone a very nice riding horse for a couple of thousand pounds, probably. Yet he will have cost, over the years, almost certainly in excess of £100,000 to keep and train. So here is my investment advice for any of you who may have a few hundreds of thousands of pounds that you don’t know what to do with – don’t buy a jumper. At least, not unless you have nerves of steel and a heightened sense of adventure!

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We live in a blame game society. Whenever a politician fouls up, which let’s face it is an almost daily occurrence, it’s never their fault, and is blamed on a predecessor or some unfortunate underling who is forced to take the drop. If a human error occurs in a hospital because of overwork and exhaustion, then it is inevitable that a doctor or nurse must be shot at dawn and if someone is stupid enough to take a sip of hot coffee in a restaurant resulting in a burnt mouth, then of course the restaurant is negligent and damages are demanded. Whether we walk into a tree in the park because it is not looking where it is going, twist an ankle whilst legging it from the house we have just burgled or been spoken to harshly by the boss

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for peeing in the coffee machine, then look out. It’s not our fault and someone has to pay – and usually through the nose. The British public has lost the ability to take responsibility for its own actions and we are encouraged to delegate accountability elsewhere. The lawyers rub their pudgy hands with glee as the loot rolls in and our society slides further down the greasy slope into self centred mediocrity. Time and again we hear from the present generation that it is us old ‘uns who are the architects of today’s problems, and that all of the ills of the twenty first century – both real and imagined - are directly attributable to our actions and those of our parents. But ask yourself this: When was Britain at its strongest and when in its history was it the most respected country in the world with many of its institutions like justice, education and democracy imitated by others? Was it: a) Up to the mid twentieth century or b) Since? Give it some thought, it’s a tricky one. Believe me, it wasn’t us who took the civility out of behaviour; the pride out of appearance; the courtesy out of driving and damn it, the melody out of music.

To this day I still hold the door open for a lady to pass through, and if I travelled by bus, then I guarantee that I would give my seat to a lady or senior citizen instead of mugging them. Mind you finding someone older than me is becoming increasingly difficult, but you take my point. No, it wasn’t us who took the respect out of our dealings with the elderly. I remember when the term ‘Hire Purchase’ came into being - without doubt the prelude to the juggernaut that was renamed credit, and the basis of the financial disasters now facing us. Because shock horror, when our parents needed something, they waited until they could afford to pay for it in cash, and let me tell you, it was always worth waiting for. Debt was a four letter word. So listen up: It wasn’t us who took the prudence out of spending. Neither was it us who took the ambition out of achievement, the gifting of our sovereign rights to foreign interests, or the air brushing of our country’s history out of education. And it wasn’t us who decreed that patriotism is a dirty word. As we approach Christmas, I remember with great fondness those past Christmases as a boy, when the anticipation of the big day was almost too much to

bear and the simple receipt of cards from friends and relatives was a genuine pleasure. The excitement when the tree went up for the first time, and decorating it with the same baubles, tinsel and lights that had been used the previous year and for years before that, is something that would not be believed today. So get a load of this: It wasn’t us who took the meaning out of Christmas, nor banned the traditional nativity play in some schools because of offending non Christians. And neither was it us who began the trend of using the time of year to indulge in a spending orgy using money that we did not have. We are constantly told that the breakdown of the family is to blame for many of today’s problems. Quite right. But once again it wasn’t us who took the commitment out of marriage, the responsibility out of parenthood and the togetherness out of the family. We had wives and husbands, not partners, because it was intended as a lifetime commitment even if it didn’t always work out. In fact, if the experience, sagacity and wisdom of the old was utilised today, then the wet behind the ears kids in politics who think they know it all but possess not an ounce of common sense or genuine respect between them, might learn something.



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I have lived in Spain for 20 years. I presume most of the readers already know that so I will not bore you with further details, but you and I have moved here because, presumably, there is a free movement of citizens within the EU. That said; the movement is not as free as we are led to believe. There are a net of strings attached to us, when we move within EU. These strings are called E-forms with different numbers. Judging from the ones, I have been in contact with, there are a couple of hundred, but of course they might have started with number 200 just to impress us! As a simple citizen it is plain impossible to find our way through all these forms – not to mention when we reach pension age and struggle even to remember the multiplication table. So the nice EU bureaucrats have written page after page, published on Internet as a free service to us, the EU-citizens. However, being real bureaucrats their words appear to be from an obscure African dialect when you have read half a page with their ‘if’s, ‘but’s, ‘in-case-of’s, and referrals to this and that and the other. So, as good bureaucrats they have hired people to answer our simple questions with two pages of quotations from directives and other papers passed through the EU-Parliament by our hard-working (couldn’t be at the plenary. I have spent the whole week trying to find the receipt from my stay at that 5-star hotel in Rome), underpaid (would you believe it, with my salary I couldn’t even find the down-payment for that charming chateau in Southern France) EU-politicians. ….. Oh, hi! I’m from the Government; I’m here to help you! Nevertheless, when it is a one-in-a-million case, local authorities have the E-forms in stock and are issuing them in a matter of seconds – like e.g. the E-forms necessary to register yourself with the health service in your chosen country of residence. But NEVER ask local “paper shufflers” to fill out any E-form outside the normal routine cases. They panic! They freeze like a rabbit caught in the head-lights. I envision them sitting at their desks paralyzed, incapable of moving, staring with un-seeing eyes into the abyss. If you nudge them, they might be able to rattle off a mechanical answer that has nothing to do with what you need, followed by the advice that if you want to appeal, you can do so to an entity that has absolutely nothing to do with your problem. But never forget, they are from the Government and are here to help you!?! I have just taken on that whole circus, but I have allied myself with a great organisation – an Arnold Swarzeneger, Bruce Willis, Jean Claude van Damme, Chuck Norris-rolled-intoone-“kick-ass”-EU-network, called SOLVIT. Go ahead punk, make my day! I might not get what I want, but I will for sure be rattling the Waka-Waka-speaking EU bureaucrats and their paralyzed, rabbit-in-the-headlights, “paper shuffling” local counterparts. You would have thought that by now I would be assimilated, but I am still totally in awe of the Spanish readiness to react without any consideration to consequences. It is not that I do not sometimes feel like whacking someone over the head, scream and slam the doors, or do damage to the offender’s property out of spite. Who hasn’t? But as I know behaviour like that has repercussions, I restrain myself and stick to whispering swearwords under my breath. Illustration: I once had a Spanish secretary. When she got infuriated with me – which was a nearly daily event, as I had the nerve to insist that she carried out my instructions, and not gallivant around in the organisation spreading rumours – she would stomp around in the office, scream and shout at me, and bang the doors with the effect of a 6 point earthquake. Another example is the new Torrevieja school busses that were sabotaged by someone, who apparently has knowledge about that particular type of engine. New concession, 20 drivers laid off. Anybody feel like guessing, whom might be the culprits? 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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Mark Knopfler is on European tour alongside Bob Dylan; artistes avoid Spain due to bootlegging I suspect - so the nearest venue was Rome (honest officer!). EasyJet and Ryanair proudly managed to be late every time on all 4 legs which is par for the course but takes any tiny sliver of enjoyment out of travelling and tramples it underfoot. Alicante Airport laid on free entertainment; a young couple trying to evade checking their cases in. She wore two huge overcoats with three jumpers underneath. He wore a similar amount with added jumpers wrapped around his waist and clothes stuffed up his back giving him a Quasimodo like appearance. Their travel suitcases also bulged so check in staff rightly asked them to close the zips that expand the cases. This was not possible so the man opened one case and flung her underwear onto the floor and then stuffed it all into his pockets, really classy. The girl did her best to get thrown off as a disruptive passenger as she screamed, swore and cried in equal measure. Hang on! I thought as they tried to evade the 40€ baggage charge, they can’t possibly be skint as they could have simply gone cheaply by coach as the domestic flight was only an Alicante to Madrid one. Fearing a riot Ryanair displayed their version of excellent customer service by not checking bag sizes when they were nearly two hours late. Airport cafes had plenty of Euros from us as we bought snacks and drinks whilst we waited ; which come to think of it may just be the sneaky master plan as one flight in particular (Ryanair) took off exactly 1 hour and 58 minutes late so just missing the compensation limit set at 2 hours. Madrid Terminal one and Alicante airports must surely vie for the most expensive yet unimaginative and foul offerings. The UK press revealed this week that Ryanair have been paying check-in staff at Liverpool Airport £5 per 10 oversize bags they manage to nab. I noticed staff only pick on certain people; normally ones with floppy bags, they must know which brands comply and so avoid those makes. So the moral of the story is to use a suitcase that is no larger than 55 x 45 x 20cm or risk becoming free entertainment for the other passengers! Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: -

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These autumn rains have snuck up on me. Following such a glorious fall I had been enjoying myself just sitting outside in the evening with the sun on my face but now it’s time to get that same face into a book. I recommend you read something “different” well out of line with your normal patterns—you just might learn something—“ ENTIRELY NEW”. Yes, it will be difficult going. And lots of unconventional words will sneak up and bite you but you do stand a chance of learning something possibly unique. A man of my own words I have selected something to get my teeth into like learning to read Mayan hieroglyphics (picture writings). It will come in handy in these coming end times I suspect. You know, with just a year away from “da Ending date” it could well be in the vogue. Specifically it is called: Breaking the Maya Code by Michael D. Coe. It´s not on many best seller lists, unless you’re working for your PhD in anthropology. It´s full of a lot of short cuts to help you figure it out (who done it? and how?) with such illustrative quips as: “the distinguished linguist and ethnologist Daniel Garrison Brinton of Philadelphia, who knew his languages and sources very well indeed, was of the opinion that the Maya glyphs were “ikonomatic”; by this abstruse word, he meant that they were based mainly on the rebus, the “puzzle-writing” principal so important to all early known scripts”. HELL, you probably already knew that. You´ve seen Egyptian hierogplphs. But I had to read 148 pages before that gem is wee wisdom crept off the page and took me but back to the beginning making me feel I had gone no where. I shall persevere and hope you do also. The world is begging for new ideas to solve very old problems. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www. His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on and, his life long passion!

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Thousands bid to get in the record books

Thousands of people around the planet marked Guinness World Records Day with bid to get into the record books. Ranging from the weird to the downright dangerous, bids included 57 people in Canary Wharf, London, who piled into a large pair of bright pink underpants to break the record for the most people in a pair of pants. In the German city of Hamburg, a man ran a record-breaking 120 metres with his protective clothing on fire, picking up a prize for the longest distance full-body burn without oxygen. Essex played host to the largest Cream Tea Party, attracting 334 people while Dubliners managed to return the record for the most

people dressed as leprechauns to Ireland from the US when 262 donned costumes. Canary Wharf also held a world record race between the fastest toilet, the smallest roadworthy car and the fastest mobility scooter. In the Netherlands, 1,541 took part in a mass Macarena dance while in Florida, 91 year-old Bernice Mary Bates was named the oldest yoga teacher. Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor, said: “This year, it seems to be about bringing records back home to the people who are most passionate about enjoying their culture and national identity.”

World’s most expensive cheese

Rich palettes have a new after dinner luxury to add to their Christmas menu this year - a British cheese made with real gold. Clawson Stilton Gold is made from premium white Stilton and shot-through with a combination of real edible gold leaf and real goldliqueur. At £60.87 per 100g slice, or £608 a kilo, it’s the world’s most expensive Stilton

Cheese. It costs a whopping £6 for a single wedge on a cracker for those who want real after-dinner luxury. Makers Long Clawson Dairy, in Leicestershire, say they have already been contacted by a variety of interested parties - including a Gulf-based oil sheikh and a famous pop star. Dairy spokesperson Janice Breedon said: “For confidentiality reasons I can’t publicly identify the people who have inquired about

our Clawson Stilton Gold but, suffice to say, they are all very well known. “We wanted to create something special, a unique Stilton cheese, for the Christmas market - just a limited run, to hopefully, get more people interested in Stilton. “We’re, frankly, amazed that word has leaked out and we’re being contacted by some very important and well-heeled people about the cheese. “It does look amazing though - you can see the gold clearly in the slices and we’ve not been shy with how much gold we’ve put in the batch. “It’s Britain’s blingiest cheese but, judging by the enquiries we’ve had, I’d say most of it will be leaving the country before Christmas.”

New course prepares for zombie attack!

A new course has been launched in Britain to teach people how to survive a zombie invasion. Zombie Boot Camp, which runs in Droitwich, Worcestershire and costs £59, is designed to train and prepare people for an uprising by the undead. Groups of eight attending the one day course will first be given training by expert military instructors. A f t e r being issued with boots, helmets, safety goggles, Kevlar body armour, jackets and trousers, the group will be taught how to

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HARD FOUGHT POINT FOR CARTAGENA........................................................ DAYA NUEVA....................................... UD ALMERIA - 0 deemed accidental. From netting. majority of the match, it was FC CARTAGENA - 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD Against 3rd place Almeria, Los Albinegros gave a fine account of themselves, and could easily have nicked all 3 points at the death. Although this single point still leaves them in the div 2a relegation zone on 10 points, recent displays are showing signs that a climb up the table is imminent. Almeria started the more brightly, and could easily have been awarded a penalty on 16 minutes, when a Paz hand ball inside the area was

the next attack, an inviting through ball sliced open the Cartagena defence, only for Ulloa to fail in getting the necessary touch. Midway through the 1st half, a cheeky back heel by Soriano was comfortably held by visiting keeper Reina. Los Albinegros mounted their first real assault on goal after 33 minutes, but Goiria headed just over from 10 yards out. Vidal should have put the home side ahead on 40 minutes, but when through on goal, he shot tamely into the side

The majority of the 7,000 crowd (including a goodly 500 traveling faithful) were loudly appealing for a penalty in favour of the home side, but as in the first half, a clear hand ball by Julien on 49 mins went unpunished. Moments later, Ulloa again failed to find the vital touch needed on a teasing left wing cross, as Almeria attacked in numbers. Reina came to his sides rescue, when he superbly saved a goal bound effort by Almeria front man Corona. But although they were on the back foot for the vast

Cartagena who almost stole it in stoppage time, courtesy of a Josemi header which just cleared the cross bar. Bookings for Paz and Julien marred an otherwise highly successful night for a jubilant Cartagena team. Next up for Cartagena is a home match at Cartagonova Stadium against high flying Valladolid. This div 2a match takes place on Sat 26 Nov, ko 6pm. For regular updates on FC Cartagena, visit www. or www.

MAZARRON BOWLS CLUB.............. MIXED WEEKEND FOR ITV Friday 18th Nov Mazarron LOGUE, NINA MCKENZIE, played at home GORDON TOTTEY 30-7 RON ORIHUELA RFC JUNIORS.................. “Miners” against Lemon Tree On Saturday ITV Orihuela RFC cadetes and infantiles played against UCAM Murcia. The cadetes came unstuck going down 19-7 after a very close first half. While the infantiles put up a dogged determined battle against their Murcia opponents and eventually came out winners 25-20 with their second win in as many weeks after beating Elche last week. This coming weekend the senior are away to Torrevieja on their artificial pitch, so fingers crossed we don’t get any more injuries of it, and we can get back on the winning track after some tough games in recent weeks. Also on Thursday 24 November I will be at The Steak House in Rojales from 10.30 to 14.30 selling rugby branded clothing and rugby club and international shirts, ideal for Xmas presents. Also any information about what is happening with regards

to rugby in the area and information on the Amlin cup games in La Vila. The club is training on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Miguel Hernandez University for the juveniles and seniors starting at 20.30, while the juniors are on Tuesday and Thursday at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

“Leopards” on what can only be described as a autumnal grey day. It was one of those rare mornings in Spain where it rains enough but not quite enough to stop play and you know it’s game on regardless. So with the waterproofs on standby the two teams commenced battle. There were one or two games that could have gone either way and games that were only going one way but at the final count Mazarron triumphed by winning 5 games to 1 and on shots 148 to 79. This weeks win puts Mazarron in 2nd place in the CBBA League table after 5 matches. A very well played to all the teams JULIE COOPER, ALAN BENTON, JIM TARRANT 26-10 JOHN SPARROW, DAVE GREEN, KEN ALTON 21-11 BARBARA MALE, JOHN WRIGHT, KEITH SALTER 31-8 DENISE GREEN, PAT TOPPIN, RICHARD COOPER 22-18 SYLVIA

POTTS, PAUL MORRIS, HARRY MALE 18-25. The next match for Mazarron is at home against Vistabella “Conquistadors” on Friday 25th Nov. Mazarron’s triples league teams are still juggling their positions every week apart from “Friends United” who are still sitting unmoved at the top after 6 weeks closely followed by “The All Sorts” 2nd and “The Simpsons” 3rd (for now). So with only 5 more weeks to make a difference it will be interesting to see if “Friends United” can hang on to that top spot. If you are interested in joining us at Mazarron Bowls Club check out our web site for details :- mazarronbowlsclub. or tel :- Club Secretary 968131619 or Club Captain 637461038 Report by Wendy Reynolds

POOR DAYA PUNISHED DAYA NUEVA C.F. 1 v. CDC CARRUS B 3 INFANTILS - SUNDAY, 20TH NOVEMBER 2011 A great ball to Daya’s Aure in the 2nd minute found him bearing down on the visitors’ goal. Their keeper came rushing out and up-ended Aure, the resulting penalty was despatched in great style by Angel for 1 – 0 Daya. Carrus looked good on the counter attack but Daya’s defence was well up to the task. On 12 minutes the visitors’ keeper had to make a save from a David trade mark long range shot. Carrus were now playing well and on 18 minutes, indecision in the Daya defence looked certain to be punished until Jota made a great saving tackle. Just minutes later the visitors had a great effort that flashed just wide. On 22 minutes the visitors equalised when a clearance from Manuel, the home side keeper, cannoned off a Carrus forward, looped over Manuel into the net to level the scores. The visitors were now making Daya look ragged and were the most likely to score again. Could Daya hold on until half time for one of coach, Paco’s, inspirational team talks. On the stroke of half time Carlos

was up-ended just outside the penalty box but Angel’s free kick was scrambled away. So 1 – 1 at half time with the visitors having the best of the first period. Almost from the re-start Daya went 2 – 1 down following a great pass and fierce shot by the visitors. The Daya players now had to stand up and be counted but it was all Carrus. On 53 minutes following a breakdown of a Daya attack the visitors countered and scored an easy 3rd goal to probably seal the victory. At 3 – 1 with a 2 goal cushion the visitors sat back and dealt easily with the Daya attacks. Following a corner on 65 minutes the home side missed the easiest of chances when Jesus headed over from close range. So 3 – 1 to Carrus who despite being a very physical side, played the better football and thoroughly deserved their victory. The match official should have been much firmer on the physical nature of the opposition, although he did give out three or four yellow cards to them. Yes, a very poor Daya performance, but there is always next week ! Match Report Daya Dave Sponsor : Segurlab.


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

Again, this week the venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia. This weeks match was the 2nd in the Gary Smith team matches. The contractors are still joining up the large pipe which we believe will be used for the diverted water, and at present it is approximately half way down the length of the river. The fishing on the day, again, was hard with only a few anglers breaking into kilo double figures. Whether it has been the change in temperature, or that this section has been really hammered for fishing over the summer months, but it is not fishing as good as usual.

Top anglers on the day

1st Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 25.76 kilo´s. 2nd Doug ( Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using bread with 18.84 kilo´s. 3rd Stan ( The Man ) Roberts fishing the pole using bread with 16.64 kilo´s.

Results from the team match Rods and Reels with 74.06 kilo´s Abbey Anglers with 59.30 kilo´s.

Accumulative results

Rods and Reels with 10

points Abbey Anglers with 10 points With 2 matches to go it will be a close run race. 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 The match this week was fished at Nancy’s being the 9th round of the Winter League on the15th November. This stretch of water is absolutely disgusting and is the worst I have ever fished and I was drawn on the road T- junction at Marjal Camp Site, the drainage ditch to my left was running that hard that the bottles were jumping the chain and the river was like a whirlpool of bottles and rubbish going around and around. It did eventually slacken off and I was able to fish after trying out three different rigs that I normally use on this water. The water coming out of the drain has gouged all the silt from the bottom and to my surprise I had 9ft of water and eventually won the match from this peg. 1st Terry (Swing Em) Screen

with 11.440kg fishing pole and maggot 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 10.000kg fishing pole pellet and maggot 3rd Mark (Ken’s friend) Harrington with 8.120kg fishing pole feeder maggot and corn Any members wishing to fish the Fur & Feather Match on the 13th December need to see Mick or myself for entry along with the 5€ fee as soon as possible. These and all other details are available on the website or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368


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

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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.

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Emma Auty presenting first prize to Martin Ackers for winning the golf competition Club 25 Golf Society held a charity golf day event at El Valle in aid of Lighthouse Charity (dealing with underprivileged children in Romania and India). A big thank you to all the Club members who helped with sponsorship for this event, especially Steve Auty whose daughter Emma worked for the charity earlier this summer in Romania. The golf competition proceeds were all donated to the charity, along with a

collection of generous prizes, which were auctioned off at the evening dinner held in Mo Jo’s Bar in Roldan. (Club 25 helped raise over 800 euro,s for the charity). The days golf event was won by Martin Ackers with 40 points. Steve Auty expressed a special thanks to the local businesses that supported the event and provided prizes. Roy Baker

Lo Marabu Golf Society............ (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Saurines 17th November 2011.


For this month’s interim meeting a group of 18 players visited the established course at Saurines taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. Due to a fixture congestion caused by a recent cancellations caused by poor weather our member numbers were lower than usual but by joining with golfers from Shenanigans Golf Society a good competitive day was still possible The course was in good condition despite signs of recent greens maintenance with verti -draining and a light dusting of sand. The winners on the day were as follows: 1st Martin Collins 32 points 2nd Mike Probert 32 points 3rd Ray Parker 32 points Best Guest Carol Murphy 33

Best Back 9 – Graham Rumsey – 21 points

Best Front 9 – Eamon Murphy – 17 points

Nearest Pins (Par 3) Mike Probert (2), Ray Parker and Martin Collins After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next official society meeting is at La Serena on Thursday 1st December 2011 followed by our Christmas meeting and annual dinner and prize presentation on 15th December 2011. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at

The Eurogolf Society competition this week, Thursday 17th November, was the Med/Ford Memorial Shield, played in memory of Chuck Martinez, who was the Captain of Eurogolf in the season 2001/2002. The competition, played at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales, is a Medal for the front 9 holes and a Stableford for the back 9 holes, followed by quite a lot of basic maths to arrive at the overall winner, who this year was Debbie Weedon, with a great score of 15. Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st Bob Buckeridge 18 2nd Roger Richings 18 3rd Ian C. Pegg 19 Silver Division 1st Debbie Weedon 15 2nd John Fairhurst 17 3rd Eamonn Devine 17 Bronze Division 1st Gill Britten 16 2nd Petra van Dorp18 3rd Franco Gentili 19 Best Front 9 – Paul Manning and Best Back 9 – Gordon Bourne NTP’s:- 5th – Tom Hull, 11th – Bill Martin, 12th – Tony Stanley, 15th – Debbie Weedon and 17th – Alan Marshall EGS Football draw: Alec Ralph, Ken Enever, Terry Glazier and Margaret Kavanagh And TOFF’s Stableford

results for Tuesday 15th November were as follows:Gold Division 1st Bill Martin 33 pts 2nd Mike Young 32 pts 3rd Vince Tocker 32 pts Silver Division 1st Keith Wright 39 pts 2nd Hedy Paehlig 38 pts 3rd Ray Porter 36 pts Bronze Division 1st Eamonn Devine 41 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd Peter Sanderson 39 pts 3rd Brigid Foran 38 pts Best Front 9: Jill Young 19 pts Best Back 9: Alan Marshall 21 pts TOFF’s Football Draw: Brendan Foran, Mik Harris, Frank Britten and Margaret Kavanagh. Congratulations and Best Wishes go to Roger Riching’s who has this week celebrated his 70th Birthday. Diary Dates: Ladies Christmas Lunch on Friday 9th December. Men’s Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 7th December. Christmas Dinner & Dance with Max Bacon on Friday 16th December. First round of the Singles Knock-Out Competitions need to be played by the end of November.

CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES).......... Ten Pin Bowling League Matches Played on November 15th Splash followed up last week’s win with another this week, father and son duo, Diego & Ivan helping their team to a 6-2 win against Oddballs. A close match between Sunrise Colegas and Carpr-us, ended with S.C. eventually taking all 8 points, Sunrise’s captain Graham Lewis helping to secure the victory with his seasons high hcp series of 606. The big match this week once again included Team Finland, who won the first 2 games against Los Bandidos, but the Bandidos responded in the third game by bowling the leagues highest hcp game so far with a 701. But they missed taking 4 points by only 5 pins, result,

another win for T. F. 6-2. Bandoleros had another 8-0 win over struggling Los Lobos, bowling their seasons best scratch & handicap series so far. Another very close match, saw Lucky Strike beat Bar Mosquitos 8-0, with all 3 games being decided by less than 8 pins each. A good strong team performance by Hall y Day enabled them to take all 8 points in their match against Rioja Rollers. Last years league winners the Mixers are slowly working their way up the league table, they moved up to 4th this week by beating Cornish Pride 6-2, with Rudy & Antonio having their best scores so far this season.


Visit to Almerimar Wednesday Nov 16 Thursday Nov 17

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A visit for members to stay at the Hotel AR Almerimar and play golf at Almerimar Golf Course was organised by Tony King. The Competitions, organised by Martin Cooke, were played in sunny warm weather with little or no wind on a golf course which is in great condition with challenging water holes and fast greens. Results. Wednesday Nov 16th. Family Pairs Stableford Competition . 1st. Rosalie Fardon with “ ghost “ player 2nd. Margaret and Jim Budd 3rd. Sandra and Peter

Edwards. Prizes were presented at a drinks party before dinner and teams were drawn for the competition on the following day. Thursday Nov 17th. Mixed Fourball Betterball Stableford Competition 1st. Alan Humphries, Sandra Edwards, Jarlath Staunton, Val Ross. 2nd. Martin Cooke, Rosalie Fardon, Lloyd Griffith, June Humphries 3rd. Tony King, Val Cooke, Jim Budd, Tish Bigelow Best Individual Stableford Scores 1st. Alan Humphries, 2nd. Jim Budd and 3rd. Martin Cooke and Linda King

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At Las Colinas Wed 16th Nov. Another dry day for golf and with some good scores coming in the day was enjoyable, only problem was with the European Tour School at the course in Dec no buggies were allowed on the course, which made it a longer round than normal, I must say the fairways were good and the greens quite fast. Dave Winchcome said the 2nd hole was longer than before I expect that was because he didn’t reach the ladies tee with his drive. We returned to the Q.C.C after the game and thanks to Charlie & Lyn a welcome drink and buffet thanks from 27 members and 3 guests. Results on the day were Gold Section, 1st John Dunnion on c/b with Keith Price both with 36 points. Silver Section, 1st Pam Martin with 32 points, 2nd with 30 points was Tony White. NTPs, hole 5= Dave

Bartram, hole7= Des Rodgers, hole10= Ron Morgan,hole 14= Dave Winchcome and hole 17=Tony White, NTP in 2 shots on par 4 hole 4= Bill Ross, NTP in 3 shots on par 5 hole 18= Dave McSweeney. The Roy Trophy was won by Brian Airey. Best Guest was Trevor Hodgeson. The Annual Knockout Final was played between John Dunnion and John King the result was a drawn match, they will play again at Lo Romero on the 1st Dec. Reminders for members, Next game THURS 1st Dec (note not a wed) at Lo Romero, after in the evening is the Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance at the Q.C.C. start 2000hrs. Next Members Meeting is at the Q.C.C. Tues 6th Dec, 1030hrs start followed by the Annual General Meeting, any proposals to the Secretary Darryll Wright ASP. Reporter Brian (The Smiler).




San Fulgencio punish Pinoso................................ Fairplay Darts League................................................ The day started well with high. On 25 minutes Giaco was Three mins later Omar beat Monday Night 20 Welcome Inn Park) David Stevenson (The

no rain but a strong cross wind. Pinoso kicked off and thirty one seconds later San Fulgencio were picking the ball out of the back of their net! What went wrong? This was not the game plan. Back to the drawing board. On four minutes Sergio made a bad back pass which was intercepted and resulted in a fruitless corner. Three minutes later Victor passed to Quino who made no mistake, scores level. A long ball upfield found Giacomo chasing on his own with the keeper coming to the edge of his area but Giaco beat him to it and slotted home our second. Three goals after 13 mins. San Fulgencio took control of the game with Pinoso players taking it out on Liberto who we expected to move to the other wing. Two further attempts followed by George and Fernando but too

booked for a silly effort to stop them taking a free kick. Just on the half hour a cross into the box was met by a hand which received a red card and a penalty was converted by Sergio 3-1. Five minutes later a corner was turned into the goal by Victor, 4-1. Half time. When they returned Pinoso seemed to recover better and Samu came on for Liberto. Sergio received a yellow for ‘diving’ but Fernando made amends by finishing a move by from Giaco who didn’t give it enough umph. 5-1. Gary Williams thought he was playing rugby and went for a conversion. A little too high Gary! Fernando then received a caution and the subs came on Omar and Alonso for Quino and Gary after 72 mins. The wind strengthened a little taking the ball out of touch when hit a little too hard.

the keeper but finished off by Giacomo 6-1. Raul replaced Giaco on 80mins. Omar proceeded to miss an open goal as did Raul who tried to lob the keeper but not high enough. A good move from George on the left wing was netted by Omar making the finish total 7-1. Good game for us after what seemed a disastrous start. Team: (Sponsored by 900telecom) Jovi Lopez, Kike Garcia, Sergio Suarez (Y), Victor Munoz, Paul ManningFox, Quino Rodriguez (Alonso Bellon,72), Liberto Garcia (Samu Cosado,60), Fernando Torrent(Capt.) (Y), Giacomo Mercello(Y) (Raul Roman,80), Gary Williams(Omar,72) and George Jermy. Subs Adrian Soriano. Peter Horsfield.

FC Torrevieja...................................................................

IT WAS BAD ENOUGH TO START WITH AND THEN JUST GOT WORSE Last Saturday Torry travelled to north of Valencia to take on AT Saguntino hoping to secure a victory which would keep them in the promotion hunting pack. On the surface it didn’t look that difficult a task as Torry were in a good run of form while their opponents were struggling having both scored and conceded only 5 goals at home all season. But Torry had a bit of a predicament as they were to be without 9 players for the game and were really down to the bare bones and had to field an almost 2nd string team for the game. Out through suspension were “key” players Petu, Carrasco,Vidal and Prior and through injury, Jorge, Ramiro and Munoz. It got worse when Meijide had to withdraw on the day because of a chest infection.. It was also learnt that “back-up” striker Anton had left the club. The Torry line-up for the game was: Mendez, Vicente, Burguillos, Rafa , Abel , Corella, Mathias, Juande, Nico, Victor On the bench were only 4 players, Manolo, Corcoles , Manu Amores ( from Torrevieja CF) and Paul Mahoney ( from the Torrevieja CF Juvenile team). In the first half Torry acquitted themselves very well in a quite evenly contested game. They

suffered a blow in the 35th minute when Rafa had to go off after what looked like tearing a hamstring. He was replaced by Manu Amores. The pack was shuffled with Abel moving to centre back, Mathias into central midfield and Manu Amores going wide right. On 37 minutes one of their defenders failed to deal with a through ball and Victor seized on it to score an opportunist GoaLLLLL 1-0 to Torry. That’s how it remained when the half time whistle blew. Yellow cards had been shown to Abel, Juande and Mathias in the first-half. In the secondhalf the opposition came more into the game and began to dominate in the middle of the park. They forced a number of corners which Torry managed to defend. Mathias then picked up a caution for a late challenge. Mendez was called upon to firstly save at full stretch and then race out of his area to block and clear a through ball which one of their forwards looked the favourite to win. The pressure on Torry was growing. On 74 minutes the veteran of veterans Corcoles replaced Victor. On 79 minutes Torry lost Nico, sent off for a second bookable offence, after handling the ball. If that wasn’t bad enough 3 minutes later Mathias suffered the same fate for another late challenge. Torry now had to defend

their slender lead with just under 10 minutes to go + injury time. The Pressure built but Torry defended resolutely and when the electronic scoreboard showed 90:00 minutes Torry were still ahead. On 92 minutes the opposition won yet another corner and this was met at the near post by one of their players who headed it into the net GoaLLLLL 1-1 and Torrys resilience broken. From the re-start Manu went on a rampaging run, lost the ball and the opposition broke and their no. 11 found himself in space in our area and drilled a hard low shot into the far corner of the net GoaLLLLL and 2-1 to the opposition with the Torry players hearts broken after a magnificent effort particularly from Abel who was a colossus on the day. Torry are still in the “hunt” for promotion. On Sunday Torry are at home for a top of the table clash with UD Alzira . Torry should welcome back Carrasco, Prior and Vidal and hopefully some of the players who were out through injury/ illness last weekend.. Get on down to the ground on Sunday and get behind the team. They deserve your support. The game kicks off at 5.00 pm. A “gutted” but still “optimistic” Darrylldinho

Mazarron FC 1 - Cieza 2..............................................

It was a case of déjà vu on Sunday when, with Mazarron, a goal to the good against a poor team, they attempted to protect a slender lead instead of going for the kill with the usual result. With a string of injuries and suspensions Mazarron were forced into numerous changes, with Pepe at right back, Robert as captain and Alcaraz and Rollon jnr in the centre of defence. Despite this, most of the early chances fell to Mazarron with shots from Pescau and Rivero being blocked and Robert causing confusion in the visitor’s defence on a regular basis. Once, he was hacked

down just outside the area but nothing came from the free kick. However from a quickly taken throw in from Pepe, Robert powered his way down the wing and his cross was superbly put away on the volley by Guillermo in the 37th minute. At this stage Mazarron were well on top but no further goals came in the first half. After the interval, Mazarron once again went onto the defensive and after a booking for Pepe, from the resultant free kick the ball was driven along the ground and apparently through the wall into the net. Shortly afterwards the visitors

had a further free kick which somehow stayed out of the net but this only postponed the inevitable. Robert was booked for dissent, following which Mazarron ground out a couple of chances with Robert forcing a good save following a run and cross by Rivero. However, a further free kick saw Cieza break away and score the winning goal, sending Mazarron into the bottom two in the league. Man of the match Pepe Team: Jose, Pepe, Borja, Rollon Jr, Guillermo, Alcaraz, Juan Antonio, Pescau (Diego jr.), Chico (Hamed), Rivero (Imaen), Robert.

Division 2 Belushi 3 - 7 Liberty´s Horacio B 3 - 7 Horacio A Pablo´s 4 - 5 Pablo´s Diablo´s Welcome Inn 3 - 7 Concierto Postponed Game from 31.10.11 Belushi 3 - 7 Pablo´s High Scores: 133 Carol Pickles (Belushi); 125 Brian Whyte (Pablo´s); 123 Andy Edwards (Liberty´s); 121 Stewart Pickles (Belushi League table for division 2 - week 9 67 Pablo´s Diablo´s; 54 Liberty´s; 48 Pablo´s; 46 Concierto; 41 Belushi; 39 Horacio B; 35 Horacio A;

Belushi - Horacio A will be played on 22.11.11 DIVISION 1 WEEK 8 Evolutions 1 - 9 Molino Moles Moores 2 - 8 Los Toros Havana 6 - 4 The Park Whispers 6 - 4 Breakaways High Scores 121 - Martin Moore (Moores bar) Eddie Bendelow (Havana); 123 - Graham Dunning (Whispers) Mickey Spicer (Breakaways); 125 - Amanda Skinner x3 (Los Toros); 130 - Kevin Procktor; 131 - Geoff Harvey (Moores bar); 133 - Martin Moore (Moores bar) Martin Hastings (Los Toros); 134 - Carl Wilkinson (Whispers);135 - Jamie (The

Park); 138 - John Saunders (Moores bar); 140 - Kevin Procktor x2 (Molino Moles) Tony King(Moores bar) Alex Nikolov (Los Toros) Jim Scott (Breakaways) John Boden(Whispers) Jack(Evolutions); 146 - Jamie Mcgregor(The Park) High Checkout 117 David Stevenson(The Park) 17 Dart leg by Jim Scott(Breakaways) League Table Week 8 1st Division Breakaways 53; Whispers 53; Los Toros 52; Molino 52; Moores 44; Havana 39; The Park 17; Evolutions 10

LimeBar Golf Society Los Altos............................. The golf societies venue for the 16th November was held at Saurines De La Torre. The weather can only be described as perfect for golf, the course was in excellent condition, and Dave kettley from Saurines was a perfect host, and ensured everyone was aware of the rules and hazards, thanks Dave. The competition was stable ford, and some great scores were recorded, as follows:Nearest the Pin on the 10th was Ray Hanlon. which I may add he was down in 2 shots Nearest the Pin on the 14th

was Brian Gill. Nearest the Pin on the 18th was Howard Smart. Silver Class runner up was Stuart Colman. who never ceases to amaze me, with a score of 31 points. Silver Class winner was Ray Hanlon with a great score of 40 points, (handicap secretary has been advised.) Gold Class runner up was Bob Adair with 32 points but he lost the winners enclosure due to a count back on the back 9. Gold Class winner was Bob Eccles who was not going to

play, but was convinced he should, with a score of 32 points. I would like to say I find it a pleasure to play with the guys at the Limebar, as ever always friendly and really do go out to enjoy themselves, and also thank you to the Staff at The Limebar for a most enjoyable meal cheers Pete, anyone wishing to join our friendly society just need to phone George on 693 789 082 or the Limebar at Via Park III Los Altos.


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Sol Times Newspaper issue 205 Costa Blanca Edition  

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