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Totana has received the National Ceramics Awards, with which the Spanish Association of Towns of Ceramics (AECC) distinguishes the best ambassadors for the sector. The event brought artisans and experts from all over Spain, as well as policy makers from the 30 municipalities that are members of the association. Mayors and Councillors from Agost (Alicante), Argentona (Barcelona), Cespedes de Tormes (Salamanca), La Rambla (Córdoba), Manises (Valencia), Mota del Cuervo (Cuenca), Priego (Cuenca) Quart (Girona) and Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), among others were all present for the event, which was chaired by the Mayor of Totana and head of the AECC, Isabel Maria Sanchez with the Minister of Universities, Business and Research, José Ballesta. The Minister underlined ‘the capacity for initiative and leadership in Totana, which has managed to carve a niche for itself as the ‘Ceramics City’ of Spain.’ José Ballesta said that ‘the sector has managed to combine tradition with modernity.’ He cited the Handcrafts Technology Centre of the Region, located in Totana, as ‘a fundamental tool of innovation.’

Murcia The Christmas Window Dressing Competition will commence from 12 December until 31 December. The Chamber of Commerce of Murcia will reward quality, originality and the good taste of those windows that allude to Christmas in their display. This contest is held in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commerce and Handicrafts. Shops which have a sales area of less than 300 m2 (except furniture shops) may enter. The deadline for registration is on 9 December. Prizes will be: First - trophy, diploma and 1,000 Euros, Second - diploma and 500 Euros, Third - diploma and 300 Euros. In addition, as a novelty this year, a total of 25 selected finalists will be part of a promotional brochure distributed over the Christmas season. Registration forms are available at the headquarters of La Cámara, or on www. comerciointeriormurcia.es blog.

Torre Pacheco Fifty young people protested outside the municipal library of Torre Pacheco. Reluctantly they gathered in front of the closed door to protest what they see as excessive and unjustified cuts in the service offered by the study hall, which has cut its 24 hour a day, 365 days a year opening, and is now closed weekends and holidays, even though there are usually many users at these times. The movement began earlier this week when a few posters on various points of the study hall announced to the young users of the change in hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, closed weekends and holidays. The students’ first step was to collect signatures against the cut in service, which were delivered on Wednesday, December 7 to the municipal register. The assembly decided democratically to peacefully resist the implementation of the new schedule from the first minute of application, undertaking responsibility for regular users of the early hours of Saturday. When on Saturday at 07:00 am the security guard urged the ten youths attending the study hall to leave so that he could close it, as per the new schedule, they refused to do so. After this act of disobedience two municipal police officers were called, to whom the students read a manifesto expressing their discontent and their request to keep the room open during weekends and holidays. The officers took note of the claims, and the young people left after obtaining the commitment of the local police to make a report which would be delivered to the local administration.

come to Mazarrón the day before the murder accompanied by another person, a woman, both of them in a van which was found to have been stolen. After the incident the woman fled back to her hometown of Barcelona and stayed with friends, before being detained. It was found that this woman had been with the alleged perpetrator for over 4 months, and they divided their time between Barcelona and Murcia, both always identifying themselves with false documents. They had been living in Águilas for about two months. An entry and search was conducted at their address in Águilas and various effects were taken for study. As a result of this it emerged that these two people were collecting information on various bank branches in the town of Cartagena in order to defraud. It is likely that the large amount of cash carried originated from similar crimes. This operation has resulted in the arrest of two people, a man and a woman, the first as the author of two counts of murder, usurpation of civil status, forgery, car theft, illegal possession of weapons and escape from prison and the second as a usurpation of civil status, forgery and theft of vehicles. They are identified as: JA.SR, Spanish, 41 and resident in Barcelona, and MMCSP, Spanish, 31 and resident of Barcelona. Effects seized include two automatic pistols, a submachine gun, ammunition and a bulletproof vest

Marina Alta Police Forces across the Marina Alta are to work more closely together in the fight against crime. This was proposed at a meeting between the representatives of Local Police forces in Javea, which was also attended by commanders of the Guardia Civil and National Police. Of the 13 Local Police forces that serve the 33 municipalities that make up the Marina Alta, there are 462 officers serving a population of more than 183,000 people. The conference discussed sharing communications across the region through radio telephones, the setting up of a new 112 network, and plans to co-ordinate reinforcements between forces in cases of emergency and to police special events and holidays. Mobile messaging to businesses in the area was also discussed, and police Chiefs underlined the need to improve relations with foreign residents. Finally it was agreed to mount publicity campaigns to target schools warning of the risks of violence, drugs and alcohol, gangs and bullying, as well as to senior citizens, who are often targeted by fraudsters and conmen.

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San Pedro Lo Pagán The Director General of Commerce, María Dolores Alarcón, and the Mayor of San Javier, Visitación Martínez have opened the II Feria Outlet. A total of 33 shops in San Pedro and Lo Pagán offer a multitude of products with discounts in the Avenida Emilio Castelar. The covered enclosure installed for this show has already seen crowds of Christmas shoppers buying quality items with great discounts on fashion, accessories, home, gifts, flowers and toys, among others. During the celebration of the Fair there are parallel activities, primarily directed at children, such as balloon twisting and makeup workshops. Furthermore, on December 6 the ‘Kilómetro solidario’ panels were installed. They reproduce the distance marked in order to complete this journey with coins, and intended to assist the Association for the Integration of the Disabled in the district of Mar Menor (Aideman), the Association of Families and Persons with Mental Illness and TGD Child and Adolescent del Mar Menor (AFEM) and the delegation of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) of San Javier. The Councillor for Commerce, José Guillermo García, explained further that the City has chosen to use its own resources to hold this exhibition, with the installation of a tent city and the construction of the booths by local store personnel. They have used recycled material such as aluminum, wood, and illuminations, which has resulted in significant savings in the organisation of the Fair and has also encouraged the City to have a new infrastructure of their own that can be used throughout the year for similar events.

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Elderly woman Top-of-the-range goods and ‘squats’ in own services ‘immune to recession’ repossessed and ‘should be promoted’ home A 76-year-old woman whose home has been repossessed has entered the property with the keys she still has to the door and is living there as a squatter. Ángeles Belmonte, who owned her house outright without a mortgage, signed her son’s mortgage application as guarantor as a matter of procedure when he bought his property. But Miguel Ángel Navarro, a lorry driver, lost his own home when he was unable to pay his mortgage, meaning the bank then approached the guarantor. Ángeles did not have the funds to pay the outstanding debt her son held after his house was auctioned off by the bank. A self-employed lorry driver, his company was forcibly wound up when he defaulted on payments as a result of his own clients failing to pay bills of exchange he had accepted from them on the maturity date. Thanks to his non-paying customers, it is now Miguel Ángel’s elderly mother who has found herself homeless, as well as the lorry driver himself. Ángeles spent several days living in a tent outside what used to be her home before finally letting herself in with her own key and moving back in. Numerous protests have taken place in Miguel Ángel and his mother’s home town, Níjar (Almería) over the situation, which included the victims chaining themselves to a cashpoint on one occasion – something Miguel Ángel has not ruled out a repeat performance of. He has asked the mayor of Níjar to put him in contact with the provincial MPs of the PP party and also Spain’s new president, Mariano Rajoy (PP) to call for a reform to the 1985 bills and cheques law which he claims ‘could prevent thousands of others from being in the same situation’. Miguel Ángel believes that in the event of non-payment of a bill of exchange, cheque or other, similar credit note, the person who draws said bill in settlement of a payment should be embargoed, not the person or company who accepts it as payment and does not get the money.

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Luxury goods and services have proven once again this year to be immune to the recession, with firms specialising in the upper end of the market having seen an average increase of 25 per cent in profits this year – even more than in 2010. Cristina Martín, head of the association Luxury Spain, says most consumers are tourists with extensive buying power, and that top-of-the-range hotels and restaurants in Barcelona, Marbella and Madrid are continuing to thrive as a result. Fashion and accessories markets are also starting to see profits increasing, with home-grown haute couture names such as Loewe and Balenciaga not having suffered any impact in their turnover as a result of the global recession. Everything points to the fact that this trend will continue across the board in 2012. Martín says those with spending power prefer to shell out more on luxury goods which will stand the test of time, rather than buy several cheaper ones within the same period which do not last. She stresses that the Spanish government should make a concerted effort to promote the country’s luxury goods and services – as is the case in France and Italy, where top-of-the-range brands in fashion, motor vehicles, tourism and leisure are known worldwide – since greater awareness will lead to more international custom and consequently,

Craft Fayre at the Moncayo Market Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Then the Craft Fayre at the Moncayo Market, this Saturday (10th December), could be the answer. Come and browse through the huge selection of beautiful hand made crafts and gift stalls, in the specially designated area of the market. You will be sure to find a huge range of gift ideas and you will be helping the Royal British Legion Charity at the same time. There are still a few stands available on the day, contact Chris on 660 825 720. And don’t forget the normal market is on – loads of stalls, loads of bargains, everything you need in one place - so come on down for a great day

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“People would still rather buy a designer handbag from a French or Italian fashion house than from one in, say, Mallorca, or Ubrique, where they work with topquality leather,” Martín laments.

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“For these sectors to grow nationally, they firstly need to be recognised and known about internationally,” stresses Martín.

According to Bain & Company, marketing consultants specialising in the luxury sector, goods and services at the top end of the market saw profits of over 191,000 million euros worldwide this year, with China accounting for 20 per cent of buyers. The company says that when people ‘start out’ in the world of highclass goods and services, they tended to begin with handbags, shoes, and leather goods – sectors which are expected to grow by 13 per cent next year – followed by clothing, which will see an estimated growth of eight per cent in 2012. Jewellery and watches by top designers are expected to see a rise in profits of 18 per cent, and top-ofthe-range perfume

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EC gets technology companies to work for safer Internet for children

28 of the world’s largest technology & media companies joined forces on 1st december to “deliver a better Internet for our children.

The coalition is formed from companies that operate in EU states, covering handset manufacturers, operating system providers, Internet Service Providers, broadcasters, social networks and mobile operators. Apple, Google, Facebook, Nokia, and many top European technology and media firms have already signed up. The group was put together by the European Commission (EC) and the priority actions set out include making it easier to report harmful content, ensuring privacy settings are age-appropriate, and offering wider options for parental control. “This new coalition should provide both children and parents with transparent and consistent protection tools to make the most of the online world”, says Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President. “The founding coalition members are already leaders in children’s safety online. Working together we will be setting the pace for the whole industry and have a great basis for fully empowering children online.” On average, children in Europe start going online when they are seven, and over a third of 9-to-12 year-olds who go online say they have a social networking

profile, despite age restrictions. Almost a third of children who go online do so from a mobile device, whilst 26% do so via game consoles. The full coalition members are as follows: Apple, BSkyB, BT, Dailymotion, Deutsche Telekom AG, Facebook, Google, Hyves, KPN, Liberty Global, LG Electronics, Mediaset, Microsoft, Netlog, Nintendo, Nokia, Opera Software, Orange, Research in Motion, RTL Group, Samsung, Sulake, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telenor Group, Tuenti, Vivendi and Vodafone. “Over the years, we’ve dedicated significant engineering and educational resources to providing families with choice, transparency, and security”, says Simon Hampton, Director Public Policy, Google in a blog post today. “Our SafeSearch Lock enables parents to block offensive content; our flagging system and Safety Center on YouTube provide an easy way to report abuse and find support from professionals. We also regularly run pragmatic digital literacy campaigns – the most recent being our “Good to Know” initiative (in English and German), in partnership with citizens’ advice organisations.”

Rajoy meets with Nick Clegg in Madrid

Spain’s soon-to-be inaugurated prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, held a meeting at the PP headquarters in Madrid on 2nd December with British deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, his first meeting with a member of a foreign government since winning the general elections last month. The meeting with Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, which is currently governing in coalition with the Conservatives lead by David Cameron, is one of a series of meetings Rajoy has planned ahead of his inauguration, focusing on the measures needed to overcome the economic and financial crisis. Rajoy and Clegg have met twice before. The last time was in July, when the Briton, who is married to a Spaniard, was in Spain on a private visit and asked to meet with the leader of the PP. In June 2010, on an official visit to Madrid, Clegg also met with Rajoy, who gave him three Spain football shirts with the names of Clegg’s three sons on the back. Since the elections on November 20th, Rajoy has held numerous meetings at the PP headquarters in Madrid, with the country’s principal bankers, the Vice President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani, the leaders of the CEOE, UGT and CCOO trade unions, and regional party barons, amongst others.

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A Christmas Fayre in a historic setting Supermoto Brothers Alicante 17 - 20 December ...end the season in style

Right in the middle of Alicante town, the weekend before Christmas, you can take in a real live Nativity scene as part of a craft fair. A craft fair with “Artesanía de Autor” (craftsmen selling their own work), live music, children’s games and workshops, a tavern and other food stalls in the Plaza Gabriel Miró, from 17 to 20 December.

The stalls and the nativity scene are set up under the incredible rubber trees - think of the pot plant in Granny’s parlour, but then about 100 foot high and with a trunk so big that three people can just clasp hand to hand around the trunk. That’s where you will find Maria holding the baby while Joseph is working as a carpenter, and a page takes down children’s wishes for presents from the Three Kings. Near the Nativity scene the visitor will find goats, chickens, rabbits, little pigs and very young donkeys - all the inhabitants of a small farm yard. Children and their parents can amuse themselves with games such as nine men’s morris, tangram, shove ha’penny, table skittles and the like. Every day there are two or three workshops where children can learn to handle tools and materials, and make something to take home. For the very young there is a small ferris wheel and a merrygo-round. The craft fair - organised by the regional craft association Amata will consist of some fifty stalls with everything from hand-made candles to shawls, wooden toys and puppets, ceramics, handbags made of leather and old LPs (with your choice of music), jewelry in silver and bone, copper and leather, plastic and glass.

Participants, as always, are carefully chosen to avoid duplication of designs and everything is made by the people at the stall - nothing is imported or made in a factory. It’s all original, and much less expensive than anything you can buy in a gallery. Quite a few people at the stalls will be at work - a bookbinder, a smith complete with forge and anvil, various people with saws, paint brush or small loom. Most of the time SolReDo, a small band of slightly crazy musicians, will be livening up the fair. Elsewhere there is a tavern, with roast meat and beer - nothing like the open air to stimulate the appetite - or you can try a pancake filled with chocolate or half-a-dozen other fillings. There are stalls with all sorts of preserved food made using family recipes. The fair is open from Saturday 17 to Tuesday 20 December, from 11 am to about 9 pm, although it tends to be quiet from 2 to 5 in the afternoon. The Monday and Tuesday are normal working days, so if you have to get anything official done, you can combine business with pleasure. Plaza Gabriel Miró is about 50 m. inland from the Explanada, the palm tree lined pavement running along the main thoroughfare by the harbour. There are quite a few underground car parks nearby, or you can park outside the town and take a bus (bus routes 5, 8A, 8B or 10 all stop near or on the Explanada - see http://www.subus.es/index.asp) or you can take the L4 tram (see http://www.fgvalicante. c o m /p l a n o s . p h p ? p a g e = 1 0 3 ) . If you live near or in Torrevieja, you can book a trip with Coachtrips SL (966 785 910 - English spoken). For more information, ring 639 979 678 (Elvira speaks English) or look at the amata web site (www.amata. es) with photographs of past events and explanations in both English and Spanish.

Britain’s Anthony and Mathew Ford – Dunn wrapped their 2011 racing season up with a fantastic double podium at last weekends final round of the Valencian championship. The two brothers were racing together in the Elite class at the Chicharra circuit in Villena, Valencia. With the sky overcast and ground temperatures low the action got under way with the timed qualifying session. Anthony qualified in second position on the front row of the grid with Mat tucked in behind on the second row. Both brothers were really enjoying the circuit with the offroad section of the track being made of sand and having a high speed entry, that made spectacular viewing for the enthusiastic crowd. As the red lights went out for the first of two races it was Anthony that was fighting for the lead with the Kawasaki mounted Israel Escalera. Israel opened up a small lead before Anthony focused his efforts on chasing him down. Lap by lap the gap was closing until Israel made a mistake coming off the dirt section and slid from his bike. Anthony grabbed the opportunity and flew past to take the lead on his supermotoland.com Honda. Israel

remounted but could only follow Anthony home to take second place with Anthony’s brother Mat having a career best finish in the elite class with third The combined scores of the two races gave the overall win to Israel with Anthony and Mat on the second and third steps of the podium respectively. ‘That was a great way to end this season, It’s the first time that we have both stood on the same podium together and it’s a great reward for all the hard work we have put into this year’ said Anthony after the rostrum ceremony. The www. supermotoland.com team now have a busy few months ahead as they have received backing for the 2012 season from Honda Spain, and their existing sponsors Stratton motorsport and Advance Moves, the expat Removals Company based in Murcia. In the next couple of weeks the new 2012 Honda race bikes will arrive and then the development and testing of the bikes will begin so that the 2012 season starts with the same results that 2011 ended with!


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CRESCENDO’S first concert with their new Musical Director SIXTO, was the annual ‘sing-along’ As always, the room at Casa Ventura was full and all the audience were in good voice. This year there were a couple of surprise items in the programme. In the first half, tenor JOHN DUNKIN played two solos on the piano to much applause. To start the second half, IRENE, the choirs’ trainee conductor, took over the piano to accompany SIXTO on his saxophone. There was so much applause after their two pieces that they played another two as an encore. Sixto conducted some of the singing and Irene made her debut as a conductor for the rest of the concert. SUE TRICK accompanied the choir for their numbers and also the carol singing with everyone joining in enthusiastically. Sixto talked to the audience but had to ask SARA SCARGILL to translate some of the things he said as he apologized that his English is still ‘poco’. He thanked everyone for

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coming and said how much he and Irene were enjoying the new experience of working with an inter national choir.

For the fourth year running, VAL JONES had organized a collection of foodstuffs from the choir and made up two huge baskets of Christmas ‘goodies’ and a couple of single items for the raffle which raised over 250 euros for choir funds. First prize basket went to Marta Bosseloo, second basket to Joe Wallace. Both audience and choir thoroughly enjoyed the evening making a good start to the Christmas season.

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New Charity Shop for Easy Horse Care

Following the phenomenal support for the first Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre charity shop in Quesada, situated behind the arches petrol station, one month later the second one has opened. Situated in Washington Square in La Siesta it has been a quick expansion for the charity and the store and is helping to provide much needed funds for the Rescue Centre as co-founder Sue Weeding explains, “Following some very expensive times at the Rescue Centre and an ever increasing number of horses that need our help the charity shops have come to our rescue. These are proving to be the way forward for us, helping to bring in the necessary funds to ensure the future of the Rescue Centre so we can continue our work.” Manager of the Quesada store, Maureen Gee, spearheaded the campaign to get a charity shop for Easy Horse Care, which rescues and supports horses, ponies and donkeys and it was a very short campaign, “It was all last minute really, it all happened in one week. I spotted the shop was for sale, rang the guy and asked if he would consider renting it...and in one week we have all this.” The opening of the new La Siesta store was almost as quick. “I kept thinking what can I do with all this excess stock and I woke up with this idea of an overspill shop where everything would be 1€ and quickly wrote it down.” Maureen’s idea is of an expanding ‘DAIS1€ Chain’ with the word daisy standing for ‘Don’t Ask It’s Solo 1 €uro.’ Due to the immense success of the Quesada branch the volunteers found themselves getting inundated with donated stock and whilst some shot out the doors, other items were sat there and Maureen

came up with the idea of opening a second, overspill shop to accommodate this. “Anything that is in the Quesada store for a month and hasn’t sold will be sent to La Siesta where everything is just 1€. We had a ‘3 for 1€’ bin but it was overflowing and some items were too good for that so they have now gone to La Siesta as well as maybe items of clothing that are a little distressed but still useful to someone.” The La Siesta store is full of much needed bargains, “We thought that with the economy as it is the 1€ shop would be a good idea and it’s working out absolutely fantastically.” Maureen already has plans to expand her DAIS1€ Chain and by next April hopes to have shops up and running in Playa Flamenca and La Zenia, but it doesn’t stop there, “I want to do this all over Spain and have people interested in opening more DAIS1E Chains.” If you have any unwanted, quality items you may wish to donate to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre you can take them to either of the charity shops in Quesada or La Siesta, or to the Centre itself where they can be sorted. Both shops are open Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. If you are interested in volunteering in any way call Maureen on 682 288 304. The EHCRC relies only on charitable donations. It is open to the public all year round every day from 1-4pm. On Sundays and Wednesdays there are 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 www.easyhorsecare.net or call Sue on 652 021 980.


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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’ What a great theme this week for Strictly - The Movies. Some great music and great costumes themed this weeks program. Robbie & Ola danced a Quickstep dressed as Men in Black. I felt that Robbie had good contact with Ola throughout, but the jacket he had on made him look like his shoulders were up all the way through and spoiled his frame. Apart from that the quickstep had a wide variety of steps which were nice and light. I gave him a 7. Harry & Aliona did a Rumba with a Robin Hood theme. This music was exceptionally slow making it very difficult to control and he did a superb job with good hip action and flow. The only slight flaw for me was that in some of the lines he had a twine toe which spoiled the otherwise clean lines. I awarded him a 9. Alex & James performed an American Smooth to Pretty Woman. I thought that the first part of her dance was extremely good and I thought that she had turned a corner but oh dear, the second half went rapidly downhill with her posture jack-knifing making much of her dance look heavy footed. I awarded her a 6 and would

have had her in my bottom 2 this week along with Robbie. Holly & Artem danced a Paso Doble themed from Zorro. What a difference from last week when I had her in my bottom 2. This was a superb performance, great lines and beautiful flamenco arm movements. I awarded her a 9. Jason & Kristina performed an American Smooth to Singing in the Rain. Jason looks great when working solo but for me he still looks awkward and uncomfortable in hold. I gave him a 7. Finally Chelsee & Pasha performed a Jive from Shrek. She was great, upbeat, clean with great kicks and flicks and I gave her a 9. This week for me there was no outright winner but 3 sharing my top marks. Robbie & Alex in my bottom 2. Robbie was finally defeated and had to leave the competition. Still for me there is no clear winner and it is all dependent upon which dance they are doing and how it suits them. It is still all to play for. Have you got a winner? Don’t forget that you could learn how to dance just like they do in Strictly with ‘Strictly Dance’ Monday or Tuesday evening at The Club, Quesada at 8pm. Contact Lyn for further details on 635 584 431.

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Food for thought...... Anxiety is a general term and encompasses several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, whereas severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, impacting on daily life. It is considered normal to experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something demanding such as a test, an examination, an interview or a change from the norm i.e. something new. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation. Anxiety disorders may be triggered by many things such as environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of these. Stress is considered a main trigger. By and large anxiety is a response to outside forces, but it is possible that we make ourselves anxious with “negative self-talk” - a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen, which if focused upon, invariably will. Anxiety disorders can be categorised into several specific types, the most common of which is termed general anxiety disorder otherwise known as GAD. The symptoms of general anxiety disorder (GAD) often develop slowly and can vary in severity from person to person. Some people experience only one or two symptoms, while others experience many more. Some of the psychological ways in which GAD can cause a change in behaviour and the way you think and feel about things include: • irritability • restlessness • a sense of dread • feeling constantly ‘on edge’ • difficulty concentrating • impatience • being easily distracted • Excessive, ongoing worry and tension • An unrealistic view of problems Symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact even

down to avoiding seeing your family and friends in the hope of avoiding feelings of worry and dread. going to work may be difficult and stressful and result in you taking time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of selfesteem. The physical symptoms of GAD can include: • dizziness • drowsiness and tiredness • pins and needles • irregular heartbeat (palpitations) • muscle aches and tension • dry mouth • excessive sweating • shortness of breath • stomach ache • nausea • diarrhoea • headache • excessive thirst • frequent urinating • painful or missed periods • difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia) Anxiety can intensify if you are unable to identify what you are feeling anxious about and is often the case with GAD. This can lead to worrying as to whether or not a solution to your anxiety can be found.

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People who like a lie-in may now have an excuse - it is at least partly down to their genes, according to experts. Experts, who studied more than 10,000 people across Europe, found those with the gene ABCC9 need around 30 minutes more sleep per night than those without the gene.

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Dr Jim Wilson, from the University of Edinburgh’s centre for population health sciences, said: “Humans sleep for approximately one-third of their lifetime. “A tendency to sleep for longer or shorter periods often runs in families despite the fact that the amount of sleep people need can be influenced by age, latitude, season and circadian rhythms. “These insights into the biology of sleep will be important in unravelling the health effects of sleep behaviour.” Sleep expert Neil Stanley said around half a dozen genes had been linked to sleep patterns. He added: “It’s interesting to know about these genes, but in a way our genes are an irrelevance unless you were actually to obey them - but none of us do that.”

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Wake up to perfect hair Sleeping on a silk pillowcase makes your fresh-from-the-salon hair last longer (not to mention it’s said to be anti-ageing too). Making waves Transform curly or wavy hair with a styling cream; it’ll turn dull, frizzy hair into glamorous party hair with curl definition and shine. Quick change Use large-barrelled curling tongs to create loose, sexy waves as an alternative for straight hair. Just take your hair in sections and wind your hair upwards around the tongs, holding for a few seconds and releasing. Add volume When you want volume, rollers are hard to beat. Wind heated rollers into dry hair or use hairspray with Velcro rollers and apply some heat

Try a chignon Comb a styling spray through your hair and pull it into a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Twist your hair around an elastic making a figureof-eight shape to create a neat bun, and fasten it with grips. For a softer look, pull some strands of hair forward…very sophisticated! Learn to speed-dry Save drying your hair before a big event with the right technique! The trick is to section your hair with clips and dry one section at a time, rather than trying to blowdry the whole lot at once.Use a round brush for a little root lift and soft, sexy volume Eh voila – you may go to the ball!


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Christmas Delicacies, plus you can help further by calling into our ‘Corner Shop of Blessings’; which funds our Work and find yourself some Winter goodies! We are overwhelmed at the quantity and quality of donations we receive, including furniture; Gods Provisions and Love is truly overwhelming. Would you like to be part of Gods exciting plan for Mazarron in 2012, then don’t delay, call today on 634 357 137 and see how you can be Making A Difference. NOW NEEDED: Bedding, Blankets, Towels, Gas/Electric Fires Plus Men’s warm clothing and (always) Shoes / Trainers Drop-off centers; The Cultural / Social Centre on Camposol B; Mon 3-5pm and Fri 12.30-2pm. Camposol Business Centre A’ & Costa Calida Radio, Puerto de Mazarron. Shop: Open Tues / Weds / Thurs / Sat 10am-2pm plus Thurs eve 6-9pm Tel Shop: 634 321 161 - Outreach / Other Enquiries: 634 357 137 Facebook: madmazarron or e-mail: madmazarron@live.com

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How do you go about developing your own psychic abilities and spiritual development? Where do you start or where do you go? Someone asks me this question nearly every day and asks if I teach it? It’s not possible for me to teach you my gift. Most who have it are born with this type of gift and in some way, karmically, have earned these gifts. It is up to the individual to develop it if she/he feels it is present. I can pass on some of the techniques that I have developed and use to help myself to keep my own energy levels up. If you use your mind to telepathically put it out to the universe that you want to connect to like minded people like yourself and develop your own abilities, let your thoughts send positive energies into the situation. If it’s the right time for you, doors will start to open and the right people will come in around you to make things happen. I always make the most of whatever situation I am in to ensure the best possible outcome . There are many different forms of teachings avenues that are open to people today that were not available even thirty years ago. These may have different names or different approaches, but it all comes down to one word, simplicity. In teachings and furthering your development, you can read loads of books and learn all the fancy words, but the qualification that is needed to be a good psychic healer or medium (whatever term you want to use) is the goodness which comes from how deeply the person can reach within their mind.The will to want to help others, the will to want to give them information or to help them lead a better way of life depends on the level you are able reach and will effect the quality of the information you receive. There are many different levels of abilities with psychics. Jack the Ripper thought he was psychic and receiving messages. It is obvious which level his information may have been coming from if he was indeed psychic. If you are wanting to develop your own abilities and you want to connect to other like minded people, there are up and coming local groups. More people are looking into ways to help themselves with stress levels using meditation, yoga and counselling. Joblessness and financial stress are also taking a big toll on the calm mind. The positive side of these problems is it’s causing people to look deeper into themselves to find the peace of mind they need to cope with how difficult life has become. I believe we all have a guardian angel but we cannot always reach her/him and hear the angel ourselves especially when we are feeling low and depressed. Lifting up your mind with meditation with others, and a good teacher, helps you to reach the higher levels. Yes, you can get into a meditative state listening to music; however, to use this meditative state to bring up the level of your ability requires other training methods. You must learn how to switch on your ability and how to switch it off. If you left a TV on snooze all the time how long would it be before it burnt out? Its better switched off. If you feel you need a teacher to guide you, remember you are trusting someone with your mind. When you sit with people in a development circle, whoever is next to you is attracting the quality of energy that she is able to reach, as is the teacher. Consequently, it is very important that everyone as much as possible be in the same mind set and belief system. If someone knocked on your door late at night would you open it without looking to see who it was? Opening up your mind without protecting yourself psychically is the same thing. You must mentally surround yourself in light and ask for protection. What we are is what we attract from above or below. Your thoughts and attitude are living things to the higher realms and the lower energies, so if your mindset is not in the right place, you will attract low level information that can be passed on as psychic messages to people who can end up really traumatised by these confused messages. I have had many people knocking on my door in the past really upset by messages received through various other sources. Bad news stays in your mind. A good psychic will only tell you what you can handle, not what you cannot. Imagine if someone told you all the things that were going to happen to you when you were younger. How could you cope? There is a difference between a good psychic and a fortune teller. A good psychic will help you to make decisions and help you to see things for yourself. Using this information and using your own mind, you become stronger not weaker. People who have a calling from the higher realms, tend to keep getting nudges and signs which help keep them on the right path. It comes in different forms: people you meet, a chance programme on television or a person actually hearing in her/his head a guiding voice or seeing things out of the corner of your eye. Repeatedly getting these gentle nudges is a form of telepathy connecting one person to another or one realm to another. These things usually will keep happening to you until you in

you own mind either accept it’s a message for you to continue on a spiritual quest or for you to say no and it goes away. We all have a choice. When I use to do the life readings, one person might have as many as five different futures depending on what choices were made and the behaviour or actions the person chose. Set your sights high for yourself. If you want to develop your abilities, learn to meditate. Ask to be led to the right person or group to help you. You are trusting them with the most precious thing you have-- your mind and your soul. The following story is an example of how things come together when it’s meant to become reality, and a prime example of going with the flow. When I was in the States, I recorded the words to a meditation teaching cd which I felt was needed to help people to listen to in conjunction with visualisation technique paintings that I had been inspired to paint, to use with the cd. The paintings are designed to help one harness the right side of her brain. Your mind development is very important in more than one area. I had put it out there that I wanted to help people to help themselves to meditate in a simple way so even a child could follow it. Hopefully, this would give them the key and the knowledge as early on in life as possible and enable any psychic development, making it easier for them to use and harness their psychic and telepathic abilities. The door that opened for me was the use of a recording studio in Los Angeles. The owner of the studio where the recording was done was named Ray. He had a hit song years ago as a boy singing “the hip is connected to the thigh bone, the thigh bone is connected to the knee..... is connected... etc. He was a child success. I was able to record the guided vocal part of the meditation CD there. Unfortunately I had no idea where the music for the background would come from. I had no money to pay for professional musicians. Later when we returned to England, Bootsy Collins from America, a famous funk singer and guitarist, who had worked closely with the famous James Brown, called me for an appointment. I had no idea that he was a famous musician. As a result of my helping him, he donated all the music needed for the completion of the Meditation cd. The universe brought me what I needed. Bootsy and his beautiful wife Patti asked my husband Mike and I to go with them to the Bill Wyman’s book signing in the Café de Paris. We sat with Annie Lenox who was interested in my work, so I got to see her again next day at the hotel. It was all exciting, but we decided to leave early so the four of us could talk. Because, as I have explained before in an earlier article, I am usually one step ahead of whatever in going to happen. It just felt like what I needed to do. Being with Bootsy inspired me to suddenly to start writing down lyrics to a song. Bootsy said, “Where is this coming from, man?” excitedly to me. Mike, my husband, said “I have never seen you doing this before.” I replied, “No one ever asked me if I could.” Part of the cd music was recorded in Bootsy’s London hotel room with a lady playing the harp. Bootsy had heard the lady playing the harp in the hotel and spontaneously asked her to join the recording and recorded on digital tape. It just all came together like it was meant to be. Bootsy took the recording back to Cincinnati, Ohio, to finish in his own recording studio along with other instruments and musicians. My husband later edited and mastered all the cd’ s music from the 17 tracks Bootsy sent over when he had completed composing and laying down tracks. The cd is still available. Certain techniques like mediation are ageless. I talk you through the lessons, while the musical background puts you in the receptive space you need to be. To me, keeping things simple so even a child can follow it, is the key. Recently I gave one of my cds to Aileen who runs “Scotties Restaurante-Bar in El Paraton with her husband Andy. I asked her to report back to me honestly how helpful she felt it was. The feedback was this, “The other afternoon, I and my two children tried out your meditation (painting) series and cd. I was amazed how both of the children seemed to easily connect with it. At the end of the cd, we all felt really relaxed and had a wonderful feeling of well being. Micky, my youngest who is 8, asked if we could do it again sometime. They both really enjoyed it. I passed it on to my mother-in-law who is 76. She thought it was brilliant. I recommend anyone to give it a try. It’s so accessible over the age ranges.” Meditation cd set is available any time on my web site, and for Christmas. caroleverett.com . Or you can pick one up at Scotties in December. Carol..


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s a m t s i r h C n w o d t n u Co

start cleaning Get ready for guests by giving the house a good clean. Although the basic everyday cleaning tasks can be left until a few days before your guests arrive, you’ll need a little longer to tackle the larger jobs such as sorting out the guest bedroom, cleaning the windows and degreasing the oven – YUK!

declutter your home

Write to Santa

So long as they still believe, while away an afternoon with the childre n writing letters to Father Christmas or, if they are too young, they can draw him a picture instead. TIP: Make Christmas really spe cial with a return letter from Santa to you r child! Visit www.freeletter sfromsantaclau s.com

Don’t leave it until the last minute, start to declutter and make space for all the lovely Chris tmas gifts that are on the way.

Order your alcohol

Don’t leave ordering your alcohol to the last minute if or you’re throwing a Christmas New Year par ty.

Buy a poinsettia

Poinsettia plants are lovely gift s and make any room shout Christmas. If you buy them from now onwards they’ll look good over Christmas and see you into the New Year too.

Start pl anning

Make a to-do-list and write the dates into your diar y or on your calenda r. Review it daily and cross out any thing that’s been completed remembering to add any thing new that’s cropped up.

TIP: If you use Microsof t Out look, enter key dates into the calendar and you’ll be reminded daily with an elec tronic mes sage

pl an your menu

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If you’re entertaining this Christmas now’s the time to star t planning your menus and drawing up your shopping list. Save yourself time later in the month by buying groceries and frozen food now.

Order your christmas flowers and table decorations

Order your turkey

be Although frozen turkeys can kly picked up with the usual wee ets ark erm sup st mo g, ppin sho e and butchers will take advanc a orders for fresh turkeys up to month before Christmas.

as dinner and If you’re hosting the Christm le yourself, don’t fancy decorating the tab ist in plenty of place your order with the flor t that will last time. Choose an arrangemen in the garage, and keep it in a cool room, or the big day so that it still looks good on

gift shopping

There are only three Saturdays until Christmas Day so if you haven’t already started gif t shoppin g, get on with it!


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Detached Cortijo in Cucador

Warning to expats as UK taxman goes online to track property owners Britons who own properties in the UK which they have not disclosed to the UK taxman should put their affairs in order now, according to a tax specialist. The warning from tax expert Peter Howarth follows the launch of a new investigations team by HM Revenue & Customs to track down property owners by ‘data mining’ land registry records. Peter, who advises many ex-pats, says this latest development could affect those who have homes in the UK which they are renting out without telling the taxman.

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Peter says this is one of a number of trends conspiring to catch out expats who are avoiding tax. “At one time you could own property without anyone knowing,” he explains. “Nowadays there is increasing transparency as land registry records and other public information is readily available on the internet. “At the same time we are seeing greater international collaboration between tax authorities. The treaties in place between the UK and Spain mean that HMRC can follow up lines of enquiry through the Spanish tax authorities. “What is even more worrying is that, under the terms of a European treaty, tax due in the UK becomes collectable in Spain. The Spanish tax rules can be draconian, and in some cases the authorities have the right to empty your Spanish bank account without a court order and even seize your house.” Peter believes that, despite the show of strength from HMRC, it will take a considerable time to track down offenders. Nevertheless, the long-term trends mean it will be increasingly difficult to hide overseas assets. He adds: “People who have property they haven’t disclosed should consider putting their affairs in order now. If people do come forward, HMRC is likely to accept their disclosure without further investigation. It’s better to resolve the position now and retain some degree of control than wait to be found out further down the line and face a much tougher penalty.” Peter Howarth is a tax consultant who works with Afimar Accountants in Fuengirola and also runs his own tax consultancy in the UK. A former Inland Revenue inspector, he has over 30 years’ experience in taxation and is the author of two reference books on the subject, Tolley’s Tax Investigations and Tolley’s Guide to Taxpayer Rights and Revenue Powers. For further information see www.peterhowarth.co.uk

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Two detached villa shells built upto and including roofs125m2 built on flat 3000m2 plot. Secluded position, unspoilt countryside views across orange and lemon groves front and rear

Private Sale

• Each villa spec: 3 beds / 2 baths. Size 125m2

• Space for pools (12mx6m) • Exceptional uninterrupted views of orange and lemon groves to front & rear • Situated between Almanzora & Arboleas overlooking Almanzora valley • 10 minutes to nearest town with all amenities • Inland country setting, but only 30 minutes to coast. • Ideal for builder to complete internals.

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Tel: 609 199 394 / 647 379 878 / 950 064 801

• Price includes both builds and land of 3000m2.

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P.A.L.S.

y t i r a h c g o d a t ...no it’s no

If there’s one question that at PALS

(Protection and Life Saving)

are continually being asked is, are you an animal charity and we politely reply no, but we are the Mazarron areas oldest and largest registered humanities charity. Our aim is to raise funds to supplement the equipment requirements of the emergency services life saving organisations, to include the Protection Civil, ambulances and health centres and now the recently formed FAST in and around Mazarron. In these hard times it is likely that financial budgets will not fulfil the desires of the operatives and we consider carefully any requests from all these essential services not all of which we feel able to consider. Formed in 2000 following the tragic death of a toddler who drowned in a pool in Camposol PALS decided to shew their appreciation of the emergency services at that time by collecting money to give to the dedicated personnel who shewed such compassion and dedication to their duty. The idea of a cash donation was quickly changed into a more tangible equipment provision and since that date PALS have purchased and donated some 171000 Euros worth of hardware including some defibrillators electrocardiographs an autoclave, pulsemetres and ophthalmoscope a ‘Cardio Test’ monitoring device and two Jet skis for inshore rescue purposes, and a purchase last year of a mobile emergency hospital tent which was utilised at the May Lorca earthquake disaster, in addition PALS maintain contact with the authorities and attempt to act as a conduit to maintain pressure for increased medical care in the area. We currently have on order further medical equipment for the 112 Services in Mazarron to the value of 5700 Euros The funds are raised through dances, day and longer trips and excursions, bbqs donations, entertainment and through support from local business and private

individuals. The members of PALS derive no personal benefit and pay the same at these events as those who attend. The accounts are readily available for inspection on a daily basis and general meetings are held each first Monday in the month at The Cultural Centre on Camposol B at 11pm, all welcome and all help readily accepted, its sometimes tiring but good fun really and it gives a great purpose for your spare time. Tel 626 460465 for information. Ticket sales are held for future events every Wednesday afternoon at the Saralaras in the Puerto de Mazarron from 1.30pm till 3.00pm and each Thursday morning 11am till 1pm at Tels Bar on Camposol and at The Trevi each Saturday morning 11am till 1.30pm again at Camposol. Please let us make it clear the PALS is not a Camposol charity, the benefits are for all regardless of age, colour, creed or race it’s just easier to meet in the middle of the area. Indeed as recognition of the high level of contributions made by people on that urbanisation PALS are currently holding some 10000 Euros specifically to augment any equipment deficit identified by the doctors at the new Health Centre this is after an expenditure of 10536 Euros to FAST who at this time operate exclusively on Camposol providing emergency aid to the residents, pending the arrival of ambulances. So here we are, our logo states PALS do it 4U why not help out or attend one of the functions PALS also monitor and promote CAFÉ (Community Ambulance Fund Espana) to raise money for a new community ambulance 40000Euros is held towards 60000 Euro Target. This year PALS were also the lead instigator raising 6400 Euros for the people of Lorca and providing medical equipment for that stricken Earthquake city. Any queries Ken Payne President 626 460465

Costa Cálida

Age Concern Christmas Party

Age Concern is the charity set up to help those over fifty. It runs a volunteer programme, and advice centre on a Wednesday morning at the Camposol Sector B Cultural Centre In the afternoon it runs a monthly Social called Talking Shop, which meets the first Wednesday in the Month, except in December! Wednesday 14th December at noon sees the start of Age Concern’s Christmas Talking Shop Party. It will be a fun afternoon, with something to eat and drink, a short quiz and

panto, a chance to sing, and yes, coffee and conversation. It will last to until 3.30 and marks the commencement of Christmas celebrations. Why not come along and join the party? There are no tickets or entrance charge and all are very welcome. At the All Our Yesterdays do, the two Age Concern ladies who organised the event came as Land Girls, everyone wonders what they will come as this time! The weather can’t be guaranteed but the good time you will have can be.

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MONCAYO MARKET

The Moncayo Market on Tuesday and Saturday is the home of P B´s Household Supplies, who provide the general public, restaurants, shops and home management companies, a range of British products. P.B´s prides itself on offering a wide range of only British household products, imported directly from the UK. The cabin, on Moncayo Market, can provide you with your favourite British products from home cleaning, which include Astonish, Harpic, Domestos, Fairy Liquid, Brillo Pads and many, many more. Personal products can also be purchased, such as hair colour, a range of hairsprays, roll on and spray deodorants, men’s shaving products, and tooth paste. In December and January, special offers on all household products can be obtained, competitively priced at €1.50 or three for €4. Customers can mix and match any three products, similarly priced at €1.50, €1.75, or€2.50 (examples), from the product range to obtain a discount. P.B’s Household Supplies are proud of their reputation and their customear relations. Why not join our growing customer base and come and browse through our British range of products. PB’s Household Products can also be found at the following markets:Tuesday and Saturday: The Cabin at Moncayo Market behind the Procomobel Home Centre.

G&S CONCERT NEW FORMAT DELIGHTS AUDIENCE ..... Not for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society the formal ranks of uniformed singers at their annual St. Cecilia Concert in the Casa Del Cultura, Guardamar, last Wednesday. The skilful and original stage direction of Gwyneth Farrer created a colourful and informal “ Cafe “ atmosphere with sailors, Japanese Lords and schoolgirls, Peers of the Realm, fairies and Ascot race-goers in their best hats, putting in appearances at one time or another. We were also treated to the sight of a Cockney flower-seller, ship’s captain, blacksmith, “would-be Oscar Wilde” type poet, Lord Chancellor, even a Professor of Phonetics, strutting their stuff in this partly-costumed show. The varied musical programme under the baton of Cyril Willoughby and accompanied by the talented Susan Brace Guest, encompassed works from Verdi to Lerner & Loewe with a segment from the

company’s up-coming show “Iolanthe”, reviewing the full comic operetta which will be presented in the same theatre at the end of March 2012. The Society was very pleased to learn that a bucket collection at the conclusion of the concert, raised 315 Euros for the AECC charity. In these difficult economic times this was a very welcome addition to AECC funds. The society was also gratified to receive many congratulatory comments from members of the audience including an appreciation of the new style of the concert.. Please do not forget to book your seats for “Iolanthe” in March, if you want to see our Parliamentarians brought down a peg or two ! Details will be in local press and on posters in the New Year. Jeff Myers (Publicity Officer) Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Thursday: La Marina Urb. Market: C5 106-112 Saturday: Bahia De Las Dunas Market N332 Sunday: Lemon Tree – Sites 24 & 44

Telephone: 610 183 567 e-mail: smartprice@hotmail.com

You deserve Privacy, Peace, Harmony... Pinar de la Perdiz, 94A, Casillero Postal Campoverde No. 141, E-03191 Pilar de la Horadada (Alicante) Phone/Fax Office: 966 180 004 Mobile Eva: 669 621 173 Mobile Robert: 600 745 003 www.spain-fincas.info info@spain-fincas.info e-mail: eva-veronika@spain-fincas.info robert@spain-fincas.info

Please call for viewing and/or appointments

...and you can afford it!

THE EVA VERONIKA TEAM

philosophy. If you have not yet found your dream property with us – there is the right is probably awaiting you in the New Year and together we shall find it! For example; Could this be it?

Wish all our customers and friends as well as those we have yet to meet, a peaceful and a healthy 2012. May it bring you lots of love, joy & fun. We thank you for the trust you placed in us during the current business crisis and for the good times we spent together during viewings, meetings at lawyers & notaries, etc. If there was any part of our service with which you were not fully satisfied with, please accept our apologies, we promise to do better next year. If you were satisfied, then we have fulfilled the biggest aim of our business

Orihuela

The Vestry Restaurant

Located in the picturesque and tranquil village of Algorfa you will find The Vestry where good food and service go hand in hand to make a wonderful dining experience in a charming ecclesiastical atmosphere. Its cool, crisp, elegent decor makes it the perfect setting for any occasion, business lunch, family dining or the romantic table for two. Parties and weddings are catered for and we have a small private dining room ideal for any celebration. Proprietors John and Stella O’Shea and family are originally from Ireland. They spent many years in the Irish agricultural industry, providing dairy and beef for the wider market in Ireland. They have now brought their expertise in excellent produce to The Vestry, where they offer food of the highest quality combined with friendly, professional service. Head Chef, Peter Fisher, also from Ireland, trained at Richard Corrigans Bentleys under Séan Smith and also spent time at the Five Star Dylan Hotel and Gordan Ramsey’s Restaurant in Dublin. He now brings a wealth of experience, passion and creatitivity to The Vestry. Peter says: “My aim as Head Chef of The Vestry is to create modern Irish cuisine with a Spanish influence using the very best locally sourced produce”. Peter’s menus include Menu del Dia, Menu de la Nocha and Full A La Carte Menus.

CHRISTMAS DAY TASTING MENU WITH MATCHING WINES

NEW YEAR’S EVE TASTING MENU

Glass of Cava on arrival Amuse bouche STARTERS Shellfish Bisque Saffron & Langoustine Ravioli or Goat’s Cheese & Truffle Mousse, Beetroot, Mixed Leaves, Toasted Pine Nuts, Balsamic Dressing or Chicken Liver & Pata Negra Paté, Red Onion Marmalade, Crusty Toast, Sangria Granita MAINS Turkey Roulade Apricot & Chestnut Stuffing, Honey Roast Ham, Duck Fat Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Cranberry Jus or 8oz Irish Aberdeen Angus Fillet Steak

Glass of Cava on Arrival Amuse Bouche STARTERS Shellfish Bisque Saffron & Langoustine Ravioli or Selection of Terrines and Pate Spiced Apple Chutney, Crusty Bread or Goats Cheese Mousse, Red Pepper, Beetroot, Mixed Leaves, Balsamic Dressing Sangria Granita MAINS 8oz Irish Aberdeen Angus Fillet, Pomme purée, Grilled Prawns, Baby Carrots, Red Wine Jus or Whole Grilled Lobster, Samfire & Chorizo, Sweet Red Pepper Sauce or Roast Monkfish, Curried Clams, Almonds, Butternut Squash Vegetarian Option Available On Request DESSERTS Algorfa Lemon Tart, Passion Fruit Sorbet or Almond Panna Cotta, Dark Chocolate Soup or Warm Orange Sponge, Chocolate Ice-cream Selection of Spanish & Irish Cheese , Home-made Biscuits Tea, Coffee, Petit Fours

Pomme Purée, Mushroom Duxelle Tart, Mulled Wine Jus

REF.: E-1729 €153.000 3.300 M2 PLOT WITH HIGH PALMS AND PINE TREES, 170 M2 LIVING AREA, TERRIFIC VIEWS 360º, POOL AND GUEST CASITA, 5 MIN DRIVE TO LA MURADA, 10 MIN TO ORIHUELA. www.spain-fincas.info

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Your Country Property Advisor Pinar de l Perdiz, 94A

or Whole Grilled Lobster

Fine Geen Beans & Chorizo, Sweet Red Pepper Sauce

DESSERTS Christmas Pudding, Crème Anglaise, Ice-cream or Apple & Winter Berries Crumble, Crème Anglaise or Chocolate Mousse with Spiced Cherry Compote, White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies Selection of Spanish Cheese, Membrillo & Biscuits Tea or Coffee, Petit Fours

€65 pp including wine

Live Music

€65 pp including wine


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The Treasure Chest Jewellery and fine gifts

• Gold Jewellery (9 & 18ct) • Beautiful selection of Sterling Silver Jewellery including Silver Pandora-style Bracelets and Charms * Tresor Paris Bracelets • Jewellery Repairs • Watches – Huge Range of Ladies & Gents by Police, Citizen, OOzoo and Eton • Figurines by Lladro and Nao • Extensive Range of Gifts • Christmas Cards, Wrap, Crackers etc. – at the very best prices!

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I’m Dreaming Of A Green Christmas… Create a centrepiece

These are just a few suggestions of eco-friendly and economical ways to decorate your home with natural Christmas decorations.

...by making a mini wreath and placing a tall pillar candle in the middle. Add a little sparkle by spraying silver paint on the tips of pine cones or use white paint, to look like a powdering of snow.

Start collecting materials early

Set baskets of assorted pine cones on the hearth or use it as a centrepiece.

Sport

During walks, look for dried flowers, berries, nuts, pine cones and herbs. As the seasons change, you’ll have a selection of different colours and textures from which to choose. Collecting all during the year gives you the opportunity to stockpile a variety of materials to make your Christmas decorations. Think about a fresh cut Christmas tree or a potted tree that you can plant after the holidays. Start a family tradition and make a special day out to buy the perfect tree. If you don’t have live evergreen trees or shrubs to clip branches from in your garden, buy a tree that’s a little too large and trim some of the branches to use for wreaths or garland.

Tuck greenery into the arrangement to add a touch of colour and texture. Fresh citrus or pomegranates make beautiful additions to a centrepiece. Pomegranates have a rich beautiful colour and can last for weeks at room temperature.

Design a wreath from greenery in your garden

Evergreen tress and shrubs grow in most areas. Take a few clippings to make a wreath and decorate it with nuts, pine cones, dried flowers, herbs or a small bird’s nest. Make a simple wreath by laying one strand of greenery down and then laying another on top so the bottom of the second strand overlaps the top of the first one. Join them together with twine and continue around until it’s the right size and then overlap the ends to make a circle. To make garland, don’t make a circle, but continue until it’s the length you want. A glue gun makes quick work of attaching your natural decorations in place

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Bedar

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Lubrin

This is a rare opportunity to buy a ruin with a sea view, 40 minutes from the coast. Set in 23,000m2 of beautiful land, less than 5 minutes drive form Lubrin town. A MUST SEE!

reduced price 550,000€

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Antas

Make natural ornaments to decorate your tree Place sliced citrus fruits on a cookie sheet and allow them to dry in a warm area of the house. Placing them over a heating vent speeds up the process, but the oven may be a little harsh, causing them to become dark and brittle. Large nuts and interesting looking seedpods painted gold or silver can add a little glitter to a tree. Just use a sharp needle to thread some ribbon or heavy-duty thread to make a hanger. Thread a needle with some heavy-duty thread and make popcorn or cranberry garlands for your tree. Stale popcorn is less likely to crumble than fresh and using a plastic needle keeps the cranberries from turning brown as quickly. String them together to make it more interesting

Deborah Cubel Fisher

Announcing the new Wills and Inheritance process office now open in Translations / Interpreter Corvera: Purchase / Sale private contracts C/ Actor Francisco NIE’s, Residencia, Medical Cards.... Rabal, 3 Bj X Corvera (Murcia) Land property and Catastro registration 30153 Vehicle registration / driving licenses Please telephone: Conveyancing / Notorial documents 629 412 446 Mortgages Payment of taxes (local rates, rubbish collection, vehicle, tax returns for residents and non residents and refund of the capital gains tax).

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This stunning property sits in an elevated position with fabulous views of the village of Bedar and surrounding countryside. The property has very spacious rooms and is south facing with double doors from all rooms. This is a very high quality build in a fabulous location.

price 399,000€

This great village Cortijo has been restored to a high standard. It has 4 beds and is situated between Bedar and Antas. It also includes a small plot of land with fruit trees. open to offers!

price 115,000€

Free visit from a technician / architect to offer independent expertise on matter such as: putting in insurance claims, confirmation of the legality of an extension / building work, free estimate for any work to be carried out If you introduce another client to us you will not be charged your next annual fee Vera Advisors, S.L. C/ del Mar, 33 - Local 11 Vera 04620 (Almeria) Tel: 950 39 06 21 Fax: 950 39 02 12 email: dcasesores@notin.net


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MESON EL SALADILLO

r fo em th in jo to ou y s te vi in lo il d la Restaurante El Sa ve E rs ea Y ew N d n a y a D s a m st Chri Special Christmas Day Menu Menu Navideño 25th December from 13:00 Only 25€ per person Christmas Salad (Ensalada Navidena) Salted Almonds (Almendras a la sal) Prawns (Langostinos) Choice of first course (1 primer plato a eligir) Seafood Soup (Sopa de marisco) Freshly Grown Vegetable Soup (sopa hortelana - verduras) Choice of second course (2 segundo plato a eligir) Turkey cooked Mountain-Style (Jamoncitos de pavo a la montanesa) Grouper Garnished with Orange (Mero a la naranja con guarnicion) Special Christmas Dessert (Postre especial Navidad) Coffee Also included is a bottle of wine for 2 people, water and alcohol-free drinks (Incluye una botella de vino para dos personas, agua, taponcitos de licor sin alcohol)

New Years Eve Special Menu From 20:00 See in 2012 in traditional Spanish Style set in a family environment for only 50€ per person Appetizers Ham and Cheese with Dried Fruits (Jamon y queso con frutas secos) Various Canapes (Canapes Variados) Grilled Prawns (Gambas a la Plancha) Dates (Suprema de datiles) Special Salad (Ensalada Especial) Choice of First Course Cream of Lobster Soup (Crema de langosta) Grilled Asparagus (Braseado de esparragos) Choice of Main Course Grouper in Orange (mero a la naranja) Oven-baked Turkey (Jamoncito de pavo al horno) Roast Lamb (Asado de cordero) Dessert Special Restaurant Dessert Dream Delight Includes Lucky Grapes at Midnight, Cava, Wines, Soft Drinks Music, Dancing & Competitions

Reservations are essential Tel: 617 767 835 Junction 17 – El Saladillo – RM3 Camposol & Mazarron

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why I would never recommend anyone, unless they are with an expert pick & eat mushrooms as the consequences can be fatal. The Spaniards, Italians and the French have a long tradition in foraging for them, I however do not, and am quite happy to buy them from a market. Our expert has eaten them for years, and according to him is still ‘quite alive and well’ He has also ‘eaten plenty already this year, have a pot of sauce in the fridge + 2 (x1 Lt) containers in the freezer, + 2 bags of chopped up ready to cook mushrooms also frozen, awaiting the chance to cook them.’ He goes on to say: “Our area is actually quite prolific in this type of mushrooms as they need Pine trees to grow, depending on the month and meteorological conditions, they grow for quite a long spell” He also knows what to look for : “The top is ‘Brown’ not mauve, and below must be ‘Yellow’ not white!!!! The smell is like the normal Boletus.” Finally which is the KEY point , “I have over the years learned the places where to find them and when to pick them” So the moral of the story is, if in doubt, don’t, leave it to the experts! There are many sites devoted to the wonders of mushrooms as they are in fact the premier recyclers on the planet. Fungi are essential in recycling organic waste and in the efficient return of nutrients to the ecosystem. This appeals to me, and I am more and more tempted to find out more about these amazing fungi even better still I have the perfect Christmas Gift request for my husband, A mushroom Growing Kit. You can even get mushrooms that glow in the dark, plus you can watch them grow and in a matter of weeks they are ready to consume. More on mushroom mad Spaniards next week and the final installment of our Guardamar Hill Walk. I hope you are enjoying learning about all things Spanish and remember if you are interested in joining me for a walk at the end of January on Guardamar Hill please contact me by email on dtray@supanet.com or by the contact form on our website www.thingstodoinspain.info .Seasons Greetings.. Jenni

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Christmas is a time for fun and celebrations for all the family, and for loads of you that includes your pets too. But while it’s tempting to spoil your furry or scaly friends with pressies and treats, it’s not always the best thing for them. Here’s a few top tips to remember to help them have as much fun as you do.

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Germany’s Schaeuble welcomes eurozone downgrade threat

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said Standard & Poor’s (S&P) threat to downgrade eurozone countries is the “best possible incentive” ahead of Friday’s summit. S&P put almost all eurozone countries on “credit watch” on Monday. Six countries with top AAA ratings now have a 50% chance of a downgrade. S&P added on Tuesday that it was placing the AAA rating of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) bailout fund under review. “Depending on the outcome of our review of the ratings on EFSF member governments, we could lower the longterm rating on the EFSF by one or two notches, if any,” S&P said in a statement. European markets were lower on Tuesday, with the Dax in Frankfurt down 1.4% and the Cac 40 in Paris down 0.8%. The borrowing costs of Spain and Italy rose slightly, but yields on Italian 10-year bonds remained below 7%, the rate which is considered to be unaffordable. “S&P’s analysis is backward-looking, identifying the structural weaknesses in the currency union that have

been conspicuous to investors for months and which the eurozone’s leaders are trying to solve,” said BBC business editor Robert Peston. Mr Schaeuble said that the eurozone summit on Friday must now act to regain the confidence of investors. “The solution to the crisis must be... verifiable, credible and confidence-building,” he said. “The truth is markets worldwide don’t trust the eurozone at all right now.” Norbert Barthle, an aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said the warning could help Mrs Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to push through their plans for greater budget discipline. But Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said: “Germany will not let itself be influenced by... the short-lived verdict of one rating agency.” “We think nothing of such threats. We have no difficulties on the financial markets. We are and remain the anchor of stability in Europe,” he said. The announcement from Standard & Poor’s came after talks in Paris between the two leaders. They said that all 17 eurozone states should should face greater checks on their budgets and sanctions if they run

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Angel Gurria said: “This study dispels the assumptions that the benefits of economic growth will automatically trickle down to the disadvantaged and that great inequality fosters social mobility. “Without a comprehensive strategy for inclusive growth, inequality will continue to rise.” The OECD say that changes in the labour market over the last 30 years are to blame. They claim that technology has benefited the highest paid while poorer workers have been forced to take jobs that are temporary, part-time or badly paid. Self-employed workers also tend to earn less. Similar trends were observed in periods of growth and during recessions. The organisation recommends that governments around the world invest to create better quality jobs and to improve the skills of workers. Mr Gurria said: “Our report clearly indicates that upskilling of the workforce is by far the most powerful instrument to counter rising inequality.”

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ~ Ian Fleming

Do any of you remember the 60s when Fleming dominated the market with our favourite Secret Services lothario of an agent 007? Beautiful women, fiendish Russian spies, plenty of action, sex and humour. This one contains all of the ingredients to make this into a typical James Bond story with a touch of romance culminating in our eligible bachelor tying the knot. This was Fleming’s eleventh novel, first published in 1963. It was part of the Blofeld trilogy, the second one. Thunderball came first, then On Her Majesty’s Secret Service finishing with You Only Live Twice. The novel was adapted into a film in 1969 and George Lazenby played Bond, his one and only appearance. Did you know that? For a year Bond had been trailing a criminal organisation called SPECTRE, Blofeld naturally was the leader. At the start of the novel Bond is on the point of resigning from the Secret Service when he meets Terese di Vicenzo, a Countess who is into dangerous living. The opening is dramatic when Bond saves her from drowning. They are then captured and taken to the head of the Union Corse to Marc-Ange Draco, leader of the biggest European crime syndicate and also Tracy’s concerned father. Bond is asked to “save” Tracy who has gone off the rails by marrying her. Bond then returns to tracking down his arch enemy by impersonating Sir Hilary Bray a College of Arms representative at Piz Gloria. He soon discovers that Blofeld and his side-kick Ima Bunt have been brainwashing a group of young British women in order to destroy Britain’s agricultural economy. Inevitably his cover is blown and his exciting escape over a treacherous ski course makes dramatic reading. I loved this bit. It’s wonderfully tense, scary but at the same time realistic. Fortunately the beautiful vixen helps him to escape and saves his life. He is eternally grateful and smitten with love for her that he, the renowned bachelor proposes marriage. Find out what happened to Blofeld by reading the sequel once you’ve read this one again then watch the film and truly enjoy the experience. Penguin Modern Classics. ISBN 0-141-18755-7

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Alqueria La Feria del Corsé ...Its history

Soon it would be the village’s annual feria. The Celebration remembers the exploits of El Raro, The Weird One. He was a hero of the Spanish War of Independence and the most famous son of the pueblo. It was to be La Feria del Corsé. In the summer of 1810 Guerrilla bands proliferated in Andalucía. This was in direct response to the French invasion of Southern Spain earlier in the year. Rogelio Jiminez or El Raro, had according to legend attacked a French column. Although heavily outnumbered they had driven off the soldiers killing and capturing many. Among the captives was none other than Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte himself, brother of Napoleon emperor of France. His favourite mistress, Fifi was also taken. Showing great humanity the guerillas allowed the French prisoners their freedom, first stripping them and making them walk

naked back to the French lines. Fifi’s corset was taken back as a trophy. A fine silk whalebone garment inscribed in golden thread, ‘For my big French Boney’. There is little historical evidence to back up this claim only a footnote in the histories of the partisan Vincente Moreno Romero. An attack on a French baggage convoy, although described in some detail only hints at El Raro’s presence. A disorganised rabble seen in the distance plundering the French regimental baggage ties in well with a description of our hero. Having played no part in the attack they looted bags and trunks especially those containing female clothing of the officer’s wives. The narrative suggests that several members of the rabble dressed in this clothing while dancing around a camp fire. A great deal of giggling accompanied these antics which lasted three days and nights.

Whatever the truth the small village museum had in one of its glass cabinets a corset, gold laced and inscribed. It was this artefact that was to be the focal point of the day. The day’s events followed the same pattern every year. The teenagers amongst Los Gente del Cerro would man the castle tower with the corset in their possession. They would be the French, speaking in exaggerated accents and basically behaving like ‘bad guys’. The youngsters of los Recién Llegados would elect a leader to act the part of El Raro and attack the tower. A brief water fight then ensues in which both sides try to soak the whole population of the village. The precious corset then returns in procession to the museum where it will reside until its next annual outing. A firework display follows, with liberal quantities of drink and food available from trestle tables erected in the plaza.

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8 Enjoying Lithium ruler (6) 14 The TARDIS? (9) 16 Harboured that woman, Lieutenant - eembarrassed? (9) 17 Slushy, a moonlit evening, initially, sort of (9) 20 Steven’s strange happenings (6) 21 Only me! I swear! (6) 23 Dirt in jug rim edge (5) 24 Stay clear of a space (5) 25 Band haven (5)

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END............................................................ Lo Marabu Golf Society...................................... MAGGOTS RODS and REELS left a lot of sediment behind to obtain your license. ie (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at La Serena 1st December 2011. For this month’s meeting a group of 24 players visited the established course at La Serena taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The course was in good condition and the weather held fair for the day making a change from recent weeks. The format for this meeting was individual stableford with

hidden pairs. The winners on the day were as follows: Overall Winner – Gavin Parke – 37 points Hidden Pairs Winners – Ron Kerry and Sam Matkin – 67 points Hidden Pairs Runners – Up – Barry Allsop and Arthur Walker – 66 points Best Front 9 – Mike Probert Best Back 9 – Dave Belcher Nearest Pins (Par 3’s) – Mike Probert, Dave Marriott and Rod Allan 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 society meeting is the Christmas Competition at Las Ramblas on Thursday 15th December 2011 followed the same evening by the annual dinner and awards presentation. 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 www. costa-blanca-greenfees.com.

Hideaway Golf Society......................................... (in association with Costa so that the day was enjoyed Flamenca for the prize Blanca Green Fee Services) at Vistabella 27th November 2011. This was the second meeting of our recently formed golf society and for this fixture we headed for the established course at Vistabella taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The course was generally in good condition despite the recent heavy rains and the weather for the day held fair

by all, including two new members. The winners on the day were as follows: 1st Dave Stockton – 35 points 2nd Drew Garrard 3rd George Watts (new member) Nearest the Pin - George Watts Longest Drive – Jimmy O’Rourke After the game we returned to the Hideaway bar which is based at Via Park II, Playa

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CD Montesinos go 7 up!!....................................... Todo Deporte 0 - 7 CD MONTESINOS CDM Team: Lopez, Yohni, Fernando, Becker, M&A, Andres, Chulo, Dimitry, Macan, Edu and Vazquinho Subs: Javi on for Dimitri, Rubio on for M&A Goals: Macan (2), Vazquinho (2), Andres, Dimitri and Chulo The Los Montesinos ‘Derby’ game was played on Sunday and there was a very clear and definite winner, with CD Montesinos the clear 0-7 winners against the division’s basement side, Todo Deporte. Juanpe had a full squad to choose from for this game, although club captain Sanchez was in hospital as his wife was giving birth to a little girl. All at CD Montesinos and the Internacional Supporters’ Club, ‘The Full Monte’, send them

their heartiest congratulations. The only sour point of the day was that Todo Deporte charged for entry to this game (something they never usually do); presumably as they knew a lot of Brits would turn up to support CD Montesinos. Certainly they made few friends today and if there was any good will towards Todo Deporte before the game, this blatant profiteering by them killed that, once and for all. The match itself was a very one sided affair with ‘Monte’ taking an early lead with a headed goal from Vazquihno. They increased their lead with further goals from Chulo and Dimitri before the half time whistle. The second half was more of the same, and it was just a question of time before more goals went in. Vazquinho, Macan (2), Chulo and Andres

rounded up the scoring. After the game, CD Montesinos manager, Juanpe, was not entirely happy with his side’s performance and said “we did not play as a team today. Although we have some very good individual players who can win games for us, there will be better teams we have to play against and we will need to improve”. There are no matches next weekend at this level, but the season resumes on the 18th of December when ‘Monte’ are at home to Bigastro. Kick off is set for 4pm. For further information about CD Montesinos and their Internacional Supporters’ Club, ‘The Full Monte’, visit our website at www.cdmontesinos. com or contact us via email at thefullmonte2011@hotmail. com or call 637 869 602.

EUROGOLF SOCIETY.................................................... The Eurogolf Society played the Monthly Stableford Competition on Thursday 1st December 2011, at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales. The competition was played in near perfect weather conditions, although it was a little misty and cool, for those members with early tee times. The course is still very damp in places but given a few dry, sunny days it will dry out and, hopefully, get back to normal. Our overall winner this month was Clive Baker with an excellent score of 42 points. Clive was also the overall winner on Tuesday 29th November in the TOFF’s competition – he is obviously enjoying a purple patch at the moment! Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st Clive Baker

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42 pts (OVERALL WINNER) 2nd Bob Buckeridge 38 pts 3rd Peter Butterworth 37 pts Silver Division 1st Ken Brett 39 pts 2nd Bob Shorley 35 pts 3rd Alan Marshall 33 pts Bronze Division 1st Connie Parker 32 pts 2nd Colin Hobden 31 pts 3rd Frances Buckeridge 30 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Ian C. Pegg, 11th – Norman Woods, 12th – Peter Butterworth, 15th – Mike Edwards and 17th – Willie Blakely Best Front 9:- Lew Joss – 18 pts Best Back 9:- David Gelsthorpe – 18 pts CSA = +2 This month’s winner of the Gnome Award, for the lowest score of the day (still in the Club House at presentation time), was Gill Gordon. EGS Football Draw: Graham Spring, Sue Gillett, Alan Venables and Jim Weston. TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 29th November, were as follows:Gold Division 1st Clive Baker 36 pts (Overall

Winner) 2nd Bob Buckeridge 35 pts 3rd Lew Joss 35 pts Silver Division 1st Bob Shorley 35 pts 2nd Rudi Muller 34 pts 3rd Alan Marshall 33 pts Bronze Division 1st Gina Ashworth 35 pts 2nd Gill Gordon 34 pts 3rd Phyllis Venables 33 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Ian C. Pegg, 11th – John Langford, 15th – Jill Young and 17th – Lew Joss Best Front 9:- Frank Britten – 19 pts Best Back 9:- Ian Turner – 20 pts CSA = +3 TOFF’s Football Draw: Pino Perito, Alan Venables, Chris Stanley and Terry Sharley 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. Please see the Notice Board for details of all the above events. www.eurogolf-quesada.co.uk

Well what a difference a week makes, last week sitting with stair rods coming down all through the match, and this week, virtually sunbathing by the river. The match was held on the Eden canal stretch of the Rio Segura, and it was the 7th of the Winter Championship. The river was fineing down but at the start of the match the gates were opened for a while making fishing in some areas very difficult. Even without that, the river never fished that well with only one angler breaking double figures. Top anglers on the day 1st Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attachee ) fishing the pole using pellet and maggot with 10.48 kilo´s 2nd Bill ( The Master ) Reade fishing the pole using bread and maggot with 4.34 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( The Sweetie Man ) fishing the pole using maggot with 4.06 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 667407026. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The final match of the Winter League was fished on the 29th November again on the river Segura at the Eden Stretch. The water has now receded although it is still carrying a lot of colour, the high water

in the pegs making it very muddy under foot. Fishing was hard on the day with the best weights coming from the slack water pegs behind the cottages. 1st Harold (H) Clarke with 8.560kg fishing pole and paste 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade with 8.000kg fishing pole and soft pellet 3rd Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 5.440kg pole and pellet The winners of the Winter League best 8 from 11 match’s fished 1st S Roberts with 76.5 points 2nd T Screen with 64.5 points 3rd D Hoare with 62 points All details are available from our web site www. abbeyangling .com or from the match secretary Terry Screen on 965 328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER We have been having a lot of enquiries about licenses from anglers who are passing the ‘magic age of 65’ and therefore pensioners! Licenses are still required and are free providing you have a Spanish Pensionista card, otherwise you will have to pay the normal fees. Licenses are available from either Town Halls, or the Caja Rural Bank if in Valencia region. In Murcia you will also require insurance. Make sure you take photocopies of all relevant documents

passport photo-page, NIE and insurance. Member’s Xmas Competition – 28 November The annual friendly Christmas match was held at Argos due to flooding at Murcia. We fished on the sunny side of the point and although there was not much sun, conditions were good with a light wind and no rain. The top weights were; David Hoare with 14.56Kilos: Alan Roscoe with 11.67K Trevor Day with 8.27K. The bags consisted of mainly Carp but a few Barbel were also caught. We all enjoyed the day especially the start with the mince pies, and everyone went home with something to celebrate their efforts. The next meetings are: Friday 9th December at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 10th December at 12 o’clock at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron. For further details contact Alan Roscoe : email: anglerstogether@ hotmail.co.uk TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

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Traditional Mince Pies Ingredients Makes 24 (18 if using 1lb/450g mincemeat) 1¼ lb (560 g) mincemeat 12 oz (350 g) plain flour 3 oz (75 g) lard 3 oz (75 g) butter pinch of salt

For the top: a little milk icing sugar

Method Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C). You will also need one (or two) trays of 2½ inch (6 cm) patty tins, one fluted 3 inch (7.5 cm) pastry cutter and one 2½ inch (6 cm) cutter. Make up the pastry by sifting the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rubbing the fats into it until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Then add just enough cold water to mix to a dough that leaves the bowl clean. Leave the pastry to rest in a polythene bag in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of it out as thinly as possible and cut it into two dozen 3 inch (7.5 cm) rounds, gathering up the scraps and re-rolling. Then do the same with the other half of the pastry, this time using the 2½ inch (6 cm) cutter. Now grease the patty tins lightly and line them with the larger rounds. Fill these with mincemeat to the level of the edges of the pastry. Dampen the edges of the smaller rounds of pastry with water and press them lightly into position to form lids, sealing the edges. Brush each one with milk and make three snips in the tops with a pair of scissors. Bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on a wire tray and sprinkle with icing sugar. When cool, store in an airtight container.

Of course twinkling lights and gift giving are nice’ but one of the easiest ways to get into the Christmas spirit is still the ingesting of Christmas spirits: mulled wine is a definite seasonal favourite, as is that rich, creamy yellow drink called egg nog. Mmm… Egg nog has been around for ages: it was most likely invented back in the days when America was still a British colony. The name “egg nog” would in this case stem from “egg grog” – grog was the name the colonists used for rum. Not everyone agrees, though; some historians claim the drink originated in Europe, and was later exported to the future United States. As per this explanation, the term “nog” would derive from “noggin”, a wooden cup in which drinks were served. The drink itself would be an evolution of “dry sack posset”, a mixture of sherry and milk. What is certain though is that egg nog is traditionally made with eggs, milk and sugar – and usually a generous dose of some sort of alcohol, most commonly rum, whiskey, brandy or cognac. Egg nog can be ‘personalized’ to suit your own taste by adding spices

Ingredients:

ar, ½ 6 eggs, 1 cup of sug ct tra teaspoon of vanilla ex ground ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg ¾ cup of brandy rably 1/3 cup of rum (prefe dark) 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of cream.

(nutmeg and cinnamon are the most popular) and by adding cream, to make the drink thicker and richer.

Noggin’ Around The World Egg nog has become popular all over the world: the Mexicans, for example, call it “rompope”. Rompope is your basic egg nog with plenty of Mexican cinnamon, ground almonds and rum stirred in. It is traditionally drunk cold from little glasses. In Puerto Rico, egg nog is made with coconut milk instead of regular cow’s milk, which gives it a particularly exotic flavour. Given the Germans’ predilection for beer, it should hardly come as a surprise that egg nog (or “egg soup”) is spiked with beer rather than with rum or brandy; and Peruvians prefer to liven up their nog (which they call “biblia con pisco”) with their national type of pomace brandy! And if all this talk about egg nog has given you a taste for the stuff, here’s a recipe, so you can get started straight away! Enjoy…

Preparation:

Ingredients Makes 6 lb (2.75 kg) 1 lb (450 g) fresh cranberries 8 oz (225 g) Bramley apples, unpeeled, cored and chopped small 8 oz (225 g) shredded suet 12 oz (350 g) raisins 8 oz (225 g) sultanas 8 oz (225 g) currants 8 oz (225 g) whole mixed candied peel, finely chopped 12 oz (350 g) soft dark brown sugar grated zest and juice 2 oranges grated zest and juice 2 lemons

Chill all the liquids.

2 oz (50 g) whole almonds, cut into slivers

Beat the eggs untill they

4 level teaspoons mixed ground spice

become frothy. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Stir in the milk, cream, brandy and rum. Chill before serving.

½ level teaspoon ground cinnamon fresh nutmeg, grated 6 tablespoons brandy You will also need four 0.5 litre jars, plus 4 waxed discs to cover your mincemeat.

Homemade Christmas Mincemeat with Cranberries Method All you do is combine the above ingredients, except for the brandy, in a large ovenproof mixing bowl, stirring and mixing them together very thoroughly indeed. Then cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave the mixture in a cool place overnight or for 12 hours, so the flavours have a chance to mingle and develop. After that pre-heat the oven to gas mark ¼, 225°F (120°C). (No gas mark ¼? click here) Then cover the bowl loosely with foil and place in the oven for 3 hours. Then remove the bowl from the oven. Don’t worry about the appearance of the mincemeat – it will look as if it is positively swimming in fat, but this is how it should look. As it cools, stir it from time to time: the fat will coagulate. When the mincemeat is quite cold, stir in the brandy. Pack in the jars, which have been washed, dried and heated in a moderate oven for 5 minutes to sterilise, cover with waxed discs and seal. It will keep indefinitely in a cool, dry cupboard, but I think it is best eaten within a year of making.


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Edinburgh function band called Direction. Performing at Restaurante Bar Bacchus, Centro Commercial Oasis from 21:00-24:00. For further information Tel: 663 339 367

Paddywacks................................ Costa Calida Country Every Thu Live music every Thursday at this BritishMusic Club................................... run pub on the La Manga Strip, Salida 18. Tel: 679 La Molata, Cañada de Alhama. Every first Friday of the month we have ‘Croonin’ Country’ Disco / Country Karaoke and Dance Tuition…but this is subject to change if a live artist opportunity arises! Admission: Couples 5€, Singles 3€ - all net monies to Community Ambulance Project. For more information contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082

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Bring in the new year with all your friends at the Welcome Group, Mazarron. Just 25€ which includes cold buffet, grapes and cava at midnight, party hats etc, and dancing to the fantastic Beagles and from Benidorm the lovely and very talented Donna Glass. Call Rosemary 620 105 179

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The Welcome Group Mazarron are pleased to invite you to our show night on January 18th with The Saviours of Soul. Three excellant artists all singing your favourite songs from the 50´s,60´s and 70´s. 9€. Call Rosemary on 620 105 179 for tickets.

MAZARRON are off to the RACES ...................................... Departing by coach from the Mazarron area on the 25th February for 2 nights half board staying at the 4 star Hotel Triton in Benalmadena. Going to the horse races at the Hippodrome Mijas on the 26th and a full day on Monday 27th before departing for the journey home. 145€ per person. For more details contact Rosemary 620 105 179

Are you ready for 2012?

Are you energetically ready for the challenges of 2012? Whether you are a believer or sceptic of the doomsday prophecies, one thing is for sure – 2012 will herald significant changes to your career, love life, finances and spiritual conscientiousness. If you continue to do the same things and behave in the same way as you do now then you will continue to reap the same results. Great if the latter has been the bearer of good health, wealth and luck. But what if it hasn’t? What if 2011 has not been kind to you, your finances or health and you can’t wait to see the back of it? Then now is the time to get ready for change - to change you behaviour, attitude, perspectives and thoughts to energetically and cosmically align them to financial growth, good health and personal greatness. “All over the world, the advent of 2012 is causing either excitement or nervousness, depending on your beliefs. But what people fail to realise is that their behaviour is either overloading or depleting their personal energy levels and for many, this anxious and stressful behaviour starts to close their “chakras” as well. If left unattended, this can lead to poor health, high anxiety, depression, fear and debilitating illnesses” claims Jennifer Rahman, a renowned Emotional Freedom Techniques therapist in Murcia. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” and a chakra is said to be the focal point of energy reception and transmission in a person. Everyone has 7 chakras in their body and when in harmony, these 7 chakras are bearers of good health in mind, body and soul. When closed or weakened by illness or low mood, these chakras cannot work efficiently and the person is often anxious, has low self- esteem, feels lethargic, moody and is consumed by negative emotions and thoughts. “This negativity can lodge deep in a person’s unconscious mind and sometimes even chakra cleansing and balancing is not 100% effective, if used on its own” said Jennifer Rahman. “What I have found in all my many years of experience with chakra balancing and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is that both holistic energy practices complement each other very well in terms of restoring and balancing energy levels in a person. EFT removes or neutralises negative emotions while chakra balancing reinforces harmony in mind, body and soul. For those not familiar with EFT, it is an energy therapy that uses tapping actions on specific acupressure points on the body that are the seat of negative emotions. These emotions can be the root cause of illness, cravings, addictions, phobias and allergies. When EFT is combined with chakra cleansing and balancing, it offers people a quick, effective and efficient method of bringing wellness, vibrancy and harmony in mind, body and soul within minutes” Jennifer added.

To find out more about EFT and chakra cleansing, visit: www.lifemaxxinternational.com or contact Jennifer on her mobile: 63 4358 310. Jennifer is offering all readers a FREE half hour consultation AND 20% discount on her unique EFT with chakra cleansing sessions, for a limited period only.

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flooring Anti-Slip Product Free-Sol has an anti slip treatment that reduces the risk of slips and falls on many different types of floor surfaces, which become dangerous to walk on when wet or damp. The application of this anti slip product is quick and easy – there are even DIY kits available if you’d like to carry out the application yourself. To find out more, please phone Martin Freeman on 659 232 507 or send an e-mail to martin. freeman@free-sol.com

handyman handyman available for plumbing, roller shutter blind repairs & renew plus all odd jobs. tel: 646 236 291

health & beauty Jane Salon in Bolnuevo for all health & beauty treatments including hair, nails, massage, skin care & much more. Tel: 968 158 433 or 611 611 858 (tc)

heating

computer

Laptops now from 380€ why take your PC to a Probably the shop for repair? best service I come to you! PC repairs on the and upgrades done in your Costas own home

Call Clive NOW on 966 260 403 or 648 883 202

www.clivegraycomputers.eu

Computer fix

The place to call for friendly reliable help

Repairs, Tuition, getting started, Microsoft Office R Certified

Virus Removal, Email setup, 20 years computer experience NO CALL OUT FEES Phone: 966 762 816 Mobile: 634 370 737 Email:alanbel57@gmail.com

ELECTRICITY,

home improvements

PLUMBING, AIR-CON

in Torrevieja & surrounding areas. No call out fee

Tel: 622 381 979 Tel: 658 632 056

Excellent recession proof business with no overheads and all cash. 5 cold drink vending machines €24.900 25 Pringle Machines €14.900 All with guaranteed sites

s e c u r e d loans, capital raising mortgages, cash advances whilst you sell, equity release. 652 986 088 or 902 585 569 asesor@ advisers4.es

financial services

available for all works.

Small or large. Call Dave

693 251 562. davendonc@aol.com Furniture

Furniture first

est 2006

Costa blanca areas christine 966 718 979 Costa calida area lesley 902 750 190 ext 334

for sale 1.47 sat dish complete with wall mount bracket and twin invacom lnb 95€ Ciudad Quesada .Tel 661 016 295 Enigma smart box digital satellite receiver, no card 20€ Ciudad Quesada 661 016 295 Rocking chair with black metal frame and wicker back .ex.cond.40€ can email photo, and deliver. Camposol area.Tel.676 028 725 Black metal framed Cheval mirror, ex, cond. can email photos 45€ Camposol area, can deliver.Tel.676 028 725 Glass top dinning table, 6 dining chairs, ex cond. cost over 600€ will take 200e can email pictures .Camposol area. Tel.676 028 725

Kitchen Sink, Stainless Steel with mixer tap,780 x 430 ,Right hand drainer ,ex condition 20€ Camposol Area Tel .676 028 725 D o u b l e occasional, fold up bed, good condition little used, 75€ telephone 965 073 634 Ladies bike Giant, when new cost £250 accept 75€ Tel: 965 073 634 Pool tables, s n o o k e r table tables, tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 www.spainpool.com Alu m i n i u m Gates, Double and Electric Sliding. Guaranteed No Rust.Call Tracy on 966 726 891

painter/decorator

Painting & Decorating Contractor Legal & Registered

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR DECORATING

For a FREE competitive glass curtains Create more living space, no unsightly frames, reasonable quotation contact Mick Scott rv ic e prices. For a free estimate Tel: 646 111 d re lia bl e se al , ho ne st an th e d 825 an l so A pr of es si on po an ga , C am

insurance

M co ve rin g La ar ea s C os ta C al id a

Mazarron, Diane Nolan, Tel: 968 153 396, mazarron@assa.es

Home: 968 163 336 Mobile: 646 324 669 decor8paint@yahoo.com

jewellery

pets

GOLD WANTED

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

Delmonte Catotel, Cartagena, The cattery that cares! telephone 968 168 711 or 616 276 379

Call Peter

piano

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT

664 890 990

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

locksmiths

Electrician

By PERSON: Quesada business centre, calle los arcos 7, quesada

NEATER HEATER See our mail advert on Page 9

INTERNET ANYWAY Up to 10MB, All across Europe, UK based Company. assa medical insurances Assa

Business

Tel: 619 307 318

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to: blancasales@soltimes.com

employment wanted

Due to relocation this front line store in Mojacar is for sale. All fixtures and fittings included in sale. Increase in turnover of 30% this year with potential for further increases. Priced to sell Serious enquiries only 693 758 827 or 616561770

www.hacerman.webs.com

opportunities

to place your advertisment....

LOCKSMITH

LOCKED OUT!!! CALL24hr

Tel:

Piano Man

Qualified piano tuner & technician-piano man

607 346 658 + 665 786 226

647 151 972 info.pianoman@gmail.com

Put this number in your phone. LOCKS CHANGED ALL LOCKS TO WORK OF 1 KEY EXTRA SECURITY WINDOWS & DOORS FREE SECURITY SURVEY MOTURA & DIERRE LOCKS CHANGED FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN

photography

for sale

Waxed pine sl single bed with ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED mattress 75€, Ikea FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES black sideboard house clearance specialist 162 long 51 wide FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE and 94 high 8 WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE drawers nearly new QUALITY FURNITURE 100€. Waxed Pine Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 dresser 167 long C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales 47 wide 198 high PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: 4 cupboards and 4 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 www.southcostablancaonline.com drawers 100€ Tel: 672 571 398

Panasonic Superdrive VHS recorder, black, remote, almost mint condition 14€ Tel: 966 719 438 (Quesada) Playstation 2, plus 2 microphones , 3 games, excellent condition 90€. Tel 634 325 508

plastering English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email: c_pettit@hotmail.co.uk


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SOLTIMES DECEMBER 2011

WANTED

removals

property for rent

€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€

PLAYA FLAMENCA Long Let, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1st floor apartment, roof solarium, fully furnished, community pool, secure complex. €400 per. month Plus bills Tel: 619 604 234

WILL PAY MORE

COINS, NECKLACES, EARRINGS RINGS ETC

WE BUY GOLD

ALL GOLD ITEMS BIG OR SMALL, BROKEN

PHONE DEL 677341935

PRIVATE COLLECTOR €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€

property for sale

APARTMENT Entre Naranjos

2 bed 1 bath Private walled garden Air Con Glazed Terrace Fully Furnished Community Pool

dead or alive

ed want

€62,000 ono Telephone: 677 617 434

d on’ i’llttchuck ake it it

For Sale

1 bedroom apartment on Cortijo Grande Golf Course. New kitchen & white goods Lovely views. Parking. Close to Mojacar. All legal with paperwork.

€59,950 o.n.o

Tel: 664 291 793 FOR SALE

Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² Terrace / Balcony with Awnings Spacious apartment overlooks a newly reformed Plaza, views of the church & mountains, unusually large terrace. 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within easy walking distance,12 mins drive from the resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close to La Finca Golf course

GOLD WANTED

AFFORDABLE REMOVALS

Local Moves Spain - UK - Return Good rate door to door Full or part loads Motorbikes & Caravans Pets Welcome Passports & Papers arranged Office: 965 326 920 Mobile: 666 847 648 All areas covered Brian - Torrevieja email: beechdale@hotmail.co.uk

LowCostaMoves

SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals

Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain

Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884 marmenorremovals@hotmail.com

Modern & Spacious 2 bed, 2 bath corner townhouse situated in a secure complex in Rojales. can be furnished or unfurnished, communal pool, close to all amenities & schools etc, garage & aircon, long term rent 500€ monthly + bills + bond, Tel: 619 098 543 2 bed, 3 bed, 2 bath furnished ground floor duplex situated in a secure complex of lomas De cabo Roig with wellness centre including sauna, gym, pool etc, long term rent 575€ + bills + bond, tel: 619 098 543 Hacinda Villa Services Tel: 680 514 490 www.haciendavillaservices. co.uk

UK and Spain

for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B

simply removals Spain ‹ UK › Spain • Full & Part Loads • Local-No jobs too small • Pets Welcome • Experienced owner/driver (Playa Flamenca)

Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² Tel: 603 192 957/966 848 607

Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

bargain! bargain!

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UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON melvyynleo@yahoo.com

van hire recruitment

advertise your business

call

blanca ext 330 calida ext 334

Bill & Rita’s house Clearance & Light Removals

Wanted White Goods Electrical, bric a Brac, Garden Furniture Most unwanted items Cash Waiting Tel Bill 676 527 348 or Rita 676527186

Wanted Cash paid for all gold jewellery or exchange for new

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 / 966 765 374

WANTED

Commercial gas or electric Kitchen Oven Must be in good working order Can Collect Tel: 609 199 394

translation

susy wade tEL: 697 752 432 (anytime) susy.wade@hotmail.co.uk

SOLTIMES

Scrap Gold

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONES LIFE? Live in Carers required in the UK 7595 pounds per day! We have a number of opportunities in the UK for live in Carers. Various work patterns available. Training given to a diploma level. Shares offered in our ever expanding business. Why not have the best of both worlds? Spending time between the UK and Spain.Please call Paula on 966 189 993 or 672 571 461 for more information.

Vistamar International translation Services Spanish, French, italian, Greek & English Spoken & Written Fluently Doctors, Hospital Visits etc enquiries please contact

hair dressing back salon wash sink, must be in good working order, other items also required, back wash chair, hood dryer etc call Catty 634 346 037

Member of the National Association of Goldsmiths

for more information Telephone 966 718 979 902 750 190

Mob: 616820232 Office: 966 188 649 tony-foster@live.co.uk

VANTASTIC 3.5 tonne removals or any handyman & van service Also Spain-UK Tel: 693 251 562 E MAIL: davendonc@ aol.com

664 890 990

WANTED - SecondHand External Door and Windows any Size, or Material For Shed. Tel: 634 334 169 Fuente Alamo Area.

902 750 190

Call Peter

Costa Blanca Costa Calida Mar Menor almeria roquetas de mar Also available online at

Local moves & deliveries Playa Flamenca

LWB Sprinter van going to UK and back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 186 355. or email: van. man@hotmail. co.uk

IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT

Now offer our Classified advertisers 5 LOCAL EDITIONS

Anthony Foster Tel: (0034) 676 534 978

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

SOLTIMES

we shift most things

Price (Private Sale) € 85,000

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satellite tv Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@ terra.es

wigs Salon Margarethas 24 years in Torrevieja hair/wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also fashion/ festival accessories. TV/TS are welcome to our service. Call Margaretha on 966 921 846 for an appointment.


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SOLTIMES DECEMBER 2011

swimming pools

personals “Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the ads in this section offensive” elegant Slim, sexy lady available home/house visits. Torrevieja, La Manga, Torre pacheco & Mazarron. Escort available, home & house visits Tel: 693 357 526 Spanish lady Playa Flamenca near new Carrefour before La Florida. 35 years, attractive, classy lady, private house, parking. Offers all erotic services, massage, sexy lingerie, prices from 40€. Full discretion. Tel: Ana 680 735 412 n a t a s h a , Divorced, diverse super sexy, private apartment, complete massage with massage bed. Very discreet. Call 677 676 554 San Policarpo No. 87 Apt 1-17 Cerca Calle Orihuela. Can accommodate one person or accompanied.

SOLTIMES NEWSPAPER

GROUP one issue till

christmas! have you let your customers know what you have planned?

costa blanca costa calida mar menor Almeria Roquetas De mar

established 40 years in the UK

Britannia

15% FREE

Solar Pool covers - Rollers Heatpumps - fencing

discount on solar pool covers & rollers 400 micron pool covers with all pool heat pumps

966 765 378 - 649 784 193 www.poolsafetyfencing.es

www.britanniapoolcovers.com

Swimming Pool Maintenance • weekly cleaning visits • private & communal • repairs & re-grouts

661 208 917

www.swimmingpoolmaintenance.eu

Vehicles registration

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

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watermaid europe swimming pool maintenance, heat pumps, saltwater & Filter system. instualtions www.watermaideurope.com

tel: 636 698 501

FOR SERVICING TO PRE-ITV CHECKS TO AIR-CONDITIONING RECHARGE

TEL: 966 877 145/618 547 491 EMAIL: admin@headlights4u.com

body repairs

mechanic

BODYWORK & PAINT SPECIALIST

FULLY LEGAL WORK GUARANTEED LATEST PAINT TECHNOLGY COURTESY CARS AVAILABLE PLASTIC WELDING (BUMPERS) SAME DAY SERVICE FOR MINOR DAMAGE HEADLAMPS REFURBISHED

Approved Insurance Repairers

jig facilities

E

Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

vehicle imports & matriculation.fast and competitive rates. call 687 845 730

For re-registration of cars, motorbikes and motor homes contact Graham Shelton Who after re-registering over 750 vehicles will put you on the right side of the road.

Behind the Sunday Zoco Market Ctra de Benijofar • San Miguel de Salinas Finca Garroferos • Nave 8 • Algorfa 03169 Email: rapidrepairs2668@yahoo.co.uk

cars for sale

in good condition Automatic selection.

Ford Focus May ‘08 - 5 door hatch 1.6 Trend Auto/Tiptronic 65,000 kms, 2 owners Full service history A/C, PAS, ABS Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Rear luggage cover Remote locking CD player Rear head restraints Light metallic blue

Amigo Cars

www.fwreurocars.com

Ford Fiesta 2003 - 5 door hatch 1.4 Steel 71,000 kms 2 owners Full service history A/C, PAS, ABS Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Cd player Remote locking Rear head restraints Metallic torquoise

Renault Clio 1999 5 door hatch 1.2 141,000 kms 3 owners Fully serviced PAS, ABS Remote locking Very economical White Reduced from €2,950!

965 419 857

€10,450

600 726 221 965 687 976

car parts

Car parts

www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

Ed’s mobile

€4,450

600 726 221 965 687 976

€2,500

www.fwreurocars.com

600 726 221 965 687 976

All i want for christmas is BMW 320ci convertable, 2002, 88k miles, RHD, Eng reg, 5 months tax & MOT, Full service history, excellent condition 8500€ Tel: 634 141 331 or 672 875 418

CALL

SOLTIMES

CLASSIFIED

902 750 190

ext 330

CAR REPAIR SERVICE

610 078 940

965 708 717

Ford Focus 2006 - 5 door hatch 1.6 Trend 50,000 kms, 1 owner Full service history A/C PAS, ABS Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Cd player Remote locking Rear head restraints Metallic burgundy Auto model also in stock

Motorbike, 250cc MTR

€7,750

600 726 221 965 687 976

www.fwreurocars.com

All vehicle repairs, servicing, small bodywork repairs, ITV and paperwork needs. Ken Sherwood, British Mechanic - Tel: 679 646 859 (Costa Calida area only).

CAR AIR CONDITIONING REGASING SERVICE SERVICING, REPAIRS ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS GARAGE SERVICES

www.fwreurocars.com

605 319 889 or 966 753 375 www.spanish-number-plates.com info@spanish-number-plates.com

sun damage/ headlamps

20% discount

cars & bikes for sale

Vehicles wanted

SPECIALISTS IN SUPPLY OF LHD HEADLIGHTS & RESTORATION OF LHD HEADLIGHTS

Ken brooks: 645 162 808/654 907 247 Promotion for december

Need a part for any car, Call carpartsinspain, for sensible prices on, Clutches, Brakes, ...Let the Soltimes team help you... Water pumps, CV joints etc, you name it will try and save you money. Free quote go online or phone

902 750 190

headlights

Volvo V40 Nov ‘99 - Estate 1.8 214,000 kms, 3 owners Fully serviced A/C PAS ABS, Front fog lights E. windows/mirrors Front fog lights Cd player, Roof rails Remote locking Metallic silver

€3,450

www.fwreurocars.com

600 726 221 965 687 976

(Harley Davidson repo). 2010 as new, only 300km on clock.1,500€. Tel:

600 373 142

CA4RS CASH

WE BUY

Cars, Vans, Bikes Damaged or Scrap Reliable Cars Bought For Cash bangers4cash@yahoo.co.uk

619 608 270

WANTED

ALL VEHICLES

Cars, Motorhomes, 4x4’s, Boats, Vans, Trailers, Quads, Classics

FOR CASH Telephone:

699 805 995 CASH CASH CASH Same day collection

We pay instant cash same day for cars, vans, bikes, quads, caravans, trailers, absolutley anything!

From 1€ to 10,000€

Call Phil: 607 848 332

WANTED

JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition. Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc

PART WORN TYRES FOR SALE VARIOUS SIZES Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763 I am looking to buy a cheap car directly from the owner, tel: 638 811 881 (please no middlemen)

wanted

cars for cash Best prices paid Spanish / English Anything considered Call Tim: 662 211 993

JT METAL RECYCLING

Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility. We also take Certificates issued fridges, washing machines, microwaves, CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, all electrical TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY appliances

WANTED

House & garden cle arances , skips supplied

Spanish or English Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL & GOLD

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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A Perenni a l Problem. . .

I like Christmas, although I used to find that by the actual day of Christmas in the UK I had gone off the whole idea. But then that was when Christmas followed the August Bank Holiday weekend, and was steadily ratcheted up to fever pitch over the next 4 months. Here it doesn’t start until the end of November at the earliest, so I still have stamina for tinsel and carols come the 25th December. However, the perennial problem remains – presents! I have just heard the heartrending and unfinished story of Grandma’s tortuous search for the requested Secret Princess Diary, a quest more demanding than that asked of the Knights Templar, who probably wondered whether the Holy Grail was really worth the effort, and wouldn’t a nice cheap mug from Ikea be just as good. The unfinished bit is that, having secured the Secret Princess Diary, it turns out that what the child had meant to ask for was a Princess’s Secret Book! So Grandma donned her chain mail, mounted her charger and galloped off on another mission, leaving the Knights Templar thumbing through the Argos catalogue. Buying presents for me is a doddle – I am ecstatic with anything that I can wear, eat or smell. Clothing pleases me,

viewpoint

jewellery gets me all over-excited, perfume makes me feel like a lady, and sweets are value for money – I can make a box of chocolates last a month, because I have the unique ability to eat just one at a time. Pete, however, is another story. My ingenuity at finding interesting presents is surpassed by his ingenuity with the number of ways that he can utter a negative to each of my suggestions. This year I put my foot down. I insisted he decided what he wanted by the time I came home from some minor excursion. I returned to find him exuding virtue with a suspicious smirk - he had been on the Web and had found himself something he wanted for Christmas. But what? A leggy blonde millionairess who owned a chocolate factory and drove a Porsche? No such luck! Novelty underwear? Nope! Maybe a Home Alchemy Kit, offering Hours of Fun; all base metals turned into gold before your very eyes or your money back? Well, sort of! He had found……Glow-in-the-dark toilet paper! He is getting a nice jumper. And if I hear any more about the toilet paper, that will be down-graded to a nice pair of socks! Happy Christmas, Darling!

By Jos Biggs josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

A TAXING TIME FOR SANTA

It Was Christmas Eve At The North Pole And In The Grotto Where Prezzies Were Stored Santa’s Chief Elf A Nice Elf Called Ralph Was Checking Off Toys On His Clip Board The Boxes Of Leggo And Train Sets Were There Piled High To The Roof Pell Mell Dolls In Doll Houses Cuddly Bears, Cats And Mouses And Sony Play Stations As Well Just Then In Flew Santa With Such A To Do Ralph Thought He Was Having A Fit With Fear He Was Gripped As Poor Santa Tripped On A Fisher Price Junior Tool Kit Down With A Crash Father Christmas Descended And Landed With Such A Loud Clatter Ralph Rushed To His Side Oh Santa He Cried You Scared Me To Death, Wos The Matter Santa Just Sat There With Such A Glum Look Oh Dear Me Are You Hurt, Ralph Enquired No Don’t Fuss I’m Alright But I’ve Had Such A Fright The Sleighs Road Fund Licence – It’s Expired

Delay But I Didn’t Forget That’s Why I’m Upset Muttered Santa, Flippin’ Dvla

I Sent It All Off As I Usually Do Yes I Did Ralph My Boy So Don’t Scoff Then It Went From My Mind Oh Dear What A Bind I Don’t Believe It, I’m Really Cheesed Off They Slumped To The Floor With Faces So Long The Whole Atmosphere Was Depressing Santa Stared At His Toes As Ralph Picked At His Nose In Deep Thought His Finger Addressing It Was Then That Dear Rudolph Put In An Appearance I’ll Light Your Way Through The Fog, Join The Throng That’s Kind Of You Rudy Said Santa Still Moody But I’m Sorry You’ve Got The Wrong Song There’s No Fog Tonight, It’s As Clear As A Bell It’s The Tax Disc That’s Needed The Most He’s A Lovely Old Steed The Two Men Agreed What A Shame He’s As Deaf As A Post Now Said Ralph Don’t Despair, We’ll

Gasp, How Could

Soon Think Of Something On This Problem Let’s Sit Down And Talk I Really Do Thank Ya Your’e A Nice Boy Said Santa Ralph Said No, It’s The Way That I Walk

You Forget To Send The Fee Without Hint Of

The Good Christmas Fairy Bounced Into The Room She Was Munching A Burger And Fries

Ralph Gave A

By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

All Tinsel And Glitter A Half Pint Of Bitter With Tattoo’s And Thunderous Thighs

Wos The Matter Wiv Yoo’s Lot, She Asked Between Bites You Aint Arf Running Late That’s A Fact Come On Santa Dear Have A Sip Of Me Beer Then I’ll Give You An ‘And To Get Packed Santa Sighed Deep And Related The Saga The Whole Sorry Tale, What A Drag She Was Shocked That Was Clear ‘Cos She Dribbled Her Beer Then She Burped And Lit Up A Fag The Trio Now Pondered But To No Good Avail They Considered A Number Of Ploys But It Boiled Down To This That The Children Would Miss Their Christmas Day Presents And Toys With Much Scratching Of Heads And Wringing Of Hands The Problem Was Driving Them Loco Till Mrs Christmas Coo’eed I Think What You Need Is A Nice Steaming Mug Of My Cocoa The Friendly Old House Was Festive And Jolly Decorations Festooned All The Walls But The Christmas Tree Sighed As Their Faces He Spied Then Depressed He Dropped One Of His Balls I’m Calling A Meeting Of Management Now Santa Barked Fixing Ralph With A Stare Fetch Quigley The Younger

And Dick Cackermunger And Don’t Forget Genghis O’hare The Chief Elf Snapped Off A Salute So Sublime As He Looked His Boss Full In The Eye I’ll Be Back In A Flash And Then Off He Dashed With More Mince Than A Hot Christmas Pie The North Pole Committee Was Quickly Convened But No Ideas They Suggested Were Viable Then Amid All The Fuss Quigly Said Just Catch A Bus No Said Dicky They’re Too Unreliable But The Warm Atmosphere And The Piping Hot Drinks Raised Their Spirits A Sizeable Notch Genghis Offered The View As He Sipped On His Brew That They’d Rise Even More With A Scotch T’was Only A Joke Confessed The Old Elf As A Glare From His Chief Cut Him Dead D’here’s No Need T’bicker On D’question O’ Liquor Oi’ll Settle Fer Brandy Instead As They Chewed On The Question A Loud Knocking Was Heard In The Doorway The Elf Postman Mcfee With The Missing Tax Sticker He Was All Of A Dither He’d Turned Left And Not Right At Dundee Oh What A Relief I Can’t Thank You Enough Cried Santa, We Were Getting Quite Nervous Said The Postie I Feel It Aint Such A Big Deal It’s All Part Of The National Elf Service

SOLTIMES decEMBER 2011

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The couple that never have a quarrel do not exist. You and I both have been arguing with our partner at some point. I am sure couples both high and low have squabbled. The Spanish King last week sported a back eye and a bruised nose. The official explanation was that Juan Carlos walked into a door. Hm! A member of the palace staff got the blame. In the clarification of the incident it said that a palace aid was on the other side, opening the door at the very same moment as His Majesty was about to step through it. Hm! Well, yeah – another domestic accident. In the meantime the number of victims of domestic violence in Spain has reached 73 women murdered by their partner. While we are on domestic violence; here is something to bite your teeth into. A man was taken to court for having broken three of his wife’s teeth, but refused to explain further in front of the judge. However, though the court was requested to sentence the man to five years in jail, the judge reduced it to three years on the grounds that the teeth in question were false!!! Where is Marta? Everybody who is following the case ask the same question. In 2009 a Seville teenager, Marta del Castillo disappeared, presumed murdered. It soon became apparent that the last people who had seen her alive were her friends Miguel Carcaño Delgado, Samuel Benitez, Francisco Javier Delgado and the latter’s girlfriend, Maria Garcia. It took the police until October this year to unravel the group of friends’ web of denials, false information, confessions, lies, and claims of not knowing. Though the main accused, Miguel Carcaño Delgado, admits that he hit her with an ashtray – who said smoking is dangerous? – he and his accomplices stubbornly claim that they have no idea, where her body is dumped. But they have apologised in court!!! Yeah, sure that made her family feel much better. Watching the coverage of the trial, I admit that though I am against physical punishment, I often felt like taking those arrogant little b …. oh, no! I am not allowed to use that word …. and give them a severe spanking. Spain’s new First Lady is called Elvira Fernández Balboa – Vira among friends. She is a graduate in Business Administration and married Mariano Rajoy in 1996. Albeit not a pin-up, she is not a bad looking woman with, in my opinion, a dress sense appropriate for her new position. But who cares how she looks or dresses. We all know that behind a successful man is a strong woman. The “white elephant” appears to have won. According to what I hear, regional and central government have signed an agreement that all air traffic will be transferred from San Javier airport to Corvera when the latter opens early next year. Bad news for residents in Los Alcázares – from whom I have a sneaking suspicion that the many arguments against the new airport originate! Now to another “white elephant” – sort of! And my favourite moan! The association for restaurant holders here in Murcia has with no delay descended on the President elect for the new Spanish government to re-instate the previous tobacco-law. According to the association the exorcism of smokers from the public arena has caused a drop of 30% of business in the industry. Knock, knock out there! All you non-smokers, where are you? Or are you out there, but standing outside with all the smokers – outside, where all the fun is! 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: lbtmarshall@yahoo.com 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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Work, Rest & Play Spanish unemployment stands at over 20% so I thank my lucky stars that I decided to set up a business in 2007; now the people that could make me redundant are the leaders of the EU countries if they wreck the Euro zone economy any further so making house purchasing a risky option for foreigners. No pressure then! Seriously though this has been a very busy year for selling property as house prices have fallen by up to 50% so clients with an eye on the future have been snapping up bargains. So to make ends meet like most workers it’s usually a six day week and if I gave in to all those clients that want me to put on my tour guide hat and drive them round the countryside every Sunday then I could work every day of the week – nope! One client recently told me that they could come and look at properties between 26-30th December. I patiently explained that house owners may have guests or be away and so will not want the hassle of entertaining viewings and solicitors and banks will also be closed. What I really wanted to say is that I will no doubt be under the influence of Guinness and trying to break the world record for the number of mince pies consumed in one sitting. A man has to have a hobby so it is said and I have a few with one of my biggest loves being Liverpool Football Club! For the last six seasons Pablos bar in Arboleas has been the unofficial Spion Kop Stand in Almeria, Faustino the owner makes not only us LFC fans but all football lovers very welcome whenever a British or Spanish match is on. There is a ‘This is Anfield’ sign next to the telly box which Alan always touches before belting out a not to be missed rendition of ‘ You’ll never walk alone’ before each match. At half time recently, against Chelski, Eddy brought in some hot and delicious home made sausages which we ate on payment of a donation to the Poppy Appeal. Bill tells me we raised 25€. ‘Every little helps’ as the lady says as she pats her bottom. The sausages brought us luck and we won 2-1. The following week the Chavs were well beaten again 2-0. Back to the Future possibly Graham!?! 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: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS...

Where else, but Grandma’s house! And that’s where we Be. Up in the north woods of Wisconsin with little else to do but conform to Grandma’s living habits. It’s a break far away from what I did back in Spain. No holiday here. No sleep ins nor trips without her. She doesn’t often get as many guests as she wants—so if there is any movement— count her in. Life in these north woods begins before dawn. That’s one of the most exciting times of the day. Sunrise over the frozen lake provides lots of unusual natural beauty and comic relief. First you have the all important and ongoing war between the black squirrels and the grey ones fighting for dominion of the bird feeder. They remain untrusting enemies until the cardinals arrive, eat, fly away and then back again quickly so as to upset the feeding habits of the fur feathered rodents. The squirrels run off a short distance then stealthily creep back to exhibit dominance. Within minutes the golden hue of the sun cast a gilded shadow that alights this quiet little kingdom of the north woods. High up the tree tops glitter in rainbow hues as the suns reflection from the frozen lake creates a kaleidoscope of colors bouncing about the ever morose winter grey of the area. The sky glows and you just know all is right with the world. Quite often deer tip toe around window peeking but the slightest interior movement upsets them and they bolt. As the world awakens the long necked geese feeding at the far end awake and take flight. Their electromagnetic pulses confused they air lift and wing it north for about five minutes until they realize the folly of their journey and return in a panic to where they had been feeding; their reflections reflecting on the ice below make them seem more dramatic than dumb. On really exciting days it snows so you get to sit close to the large windows and count flakes. It’s true they are hexagonal individuals but in a mass they are a cold crowd and uninviting to the touch. Grandma is 91 and sharp as a tack. Don’t mention the war or any political comment unless you want to be chewed up and spit out like a hot bratwurst. If you feel trapped you can try to escape to Wally World. It’s a typical area bar owned by a summer golfing buddy—Wally. If you don’t own some bright orange hunting gear you’d better dress down in the dirtiest grubbiest outfit you’ve got to blend in. Naturally the talk is always the same: “did you get one?” (Meaning your deer for the year). All conversations begin and end around that exciting parameter. It’s really too stupid to talk about so I sit by myself and watch the tv. Hell, if you wanna kill a deer in these parts just jump in your car at sundown and go for a drive just on the outside limits of the street lights so your on a rural road. You’ll hit one or two within minutes and the cost to you will be always in the thousands for the damage they do to your car. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www. mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!

The European Central Bank has launched an iPad and iPhone game that allows the public to see how they would cope with an economic crisis. The Bank, now battling to save the euro, has produced a computer game in which players set interest rates to keep inflation low and growth steady. Economia, where the first E is the euro

symbol, is promoted with the line: “Will you be a hawk or a dove? Have you got what it takes to be among central banking’s best?” It is unclear how much the game cost to develop, reports the Daily Telegraph. But sales of the game will not raise the billions needed to bail out bankrupt states - it is being given away free.

Rescuers in 12 hour battle to free toy

Villagers spent 12 hours trying to free a missing pregnant cat from a recycling bin - only to find it was a squeaky toy. The cat had escaped as it was being taken to a new home in Moelfre, on Anglesey, by an animal charity worker. Three days later, miaowing was heard from the clothes bin but rescuers were thwarted as the lock was broken. After the fire brigade and RSPCA’s attempts also failed, the recycling bin was loaded on to a truck and driven to a specialist engineering firm 20 miles away. There, steel saws were used to gain access and the miaowing prisoner was finally revealed. Kelvin Owen, who owns the engineering firm, said: “Once we got into the bin we heard the miaowing - it sounded just like a cat and we all started to carefully search the bags. “Then I found a bag of toys and picked out a toy. I said: “It couldn’t be this, could it?” As I held it it went “miaow, miaow”. Mystery solved!” Jasmine Hazlehurst, from animal charity Anglesey Pets, said: “I did feel embarrassed when they pulled out the stuffed cat. “People were laughing, it was a priceless moment. I’m not that familiar with Disney toys but I’m told it is Marie from the Aristocats. “She makes a miaowing sound that is very realistic when you touch her paw. My five-year-old daughter Naomi has been playing with her ever since.”

Jungle plan for Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower could be transformed into a giant green “jungle” covered in 600,000 plants as part of an environmental scheme. The controversial £65m planwould make the Eiffel Tower the most “ecologically correct” tourist attraction in the world. But many have already expressed outrage that the

world famous monument, which attracts seven million visitors a year, could be altered beyond recognition. Ginger, an engineering company which specialises in ecological projects, is behind the scheme which it says could be completed within two years. The firm is adamant that the rebranded tower will become a “green lung” for the whole of Paris.

It would see the 1,063ft tower turn into a flagship of ecotourism, introducing thousands of baskets of plants, as well as a stateof-the-art irrigation system made up of 12 tonnes of rubber tubing. Details of the scheme were leaked by Le Figaro newspaper. Ginger estimates that it will give off 84.2

tonnes of CO2 and absorb 87.8 tonnes, making it “carbon positive”. A spokesman for Ginger said: “The project was confidential but the schedule indicated by Le Figaro is right.”


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Quesada Golf Society................. Lo Romero Thursday 1st December 2011. What a perfect day ,golf in sunshine and a Christmas Dinner & Dance in the evening, the format of the day was a blind pairs stableford and with Lo Romero in good condition, with the greens fast and true it was an enjoyable day had by all members & guests. The evening was excellent with prize giving, a great christmas meal,plus a few extras like our

usual quizes. At the begining of the evening a cheque was handed over to the cancer relief fund for 325 euros,also because of all the hard work and support we have had from the Q.C.C. A bouquet of flowers was given to Charlie & Lyn, Lyn has had a very hard year and this little gift brought a little tear to the eyes, the photo shows Lyn with her bouquet. Results of the day were, winners Rod Day & Keith Price with 63

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Members Meeting at the Q.C.C. Tuesday 7th Dec 1030hrs start, this will be followed by the A.G.M. Next game is at Vistabella on 14th Dec, this willbe the last game for 2011, the first game will 11th Jan 2012. We have had a good year for new members but are always looking for more, if intrested in joining a society why not give our membership secretary Les Pancott a call on 966716723, last of all can I wish all members and guests that have played this year a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year,also may your golf go from strength to strength. Reporter Brian (The Smiler).

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With Cathy Skinner Monday 28th Nov Diamonds were away to Lemon Tree Dambusters. The rain stayed off long enough to conclude the game. Another great result for the Diamonds picking up the máximum 14 points well done to all Thursday 1st Dec the Diamonds were at home to Vistabella in a re arranged game cancelled by the recent heavy rain. Quesada losing on one rink but gaining the 2 points for the overall. Another good result Diamonds 12 Vistabella 2 Keep up the good work team and maintain

the year Enterprise League Division a On Monday with the Captain away in the UK the pressure was on not to let her down!! Despite the heavy overnight rain, Greenlands’ green had recovered sufficiently for the ‘Pearls’ to play their afternoon fixture against the ‘Sycamores’. They must have webbed feet as they came away with wins on all rinks. Points 14 - 0, Shots 134 - 75. A great result in the conditions. Keeping them in 2nd place in the division. Well done to everyone.”

Hideaway Golf Society.............. (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Vistabella 27th November 2011. This was the second meeting of our recently formed golf society and for this fixture we headed for the established course at Vistabella taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The course was generally in good condition despite the recent heavy rains and the weather for the day held fair so that the day was enjoyed by all, including two new members. The winners on the day were as follows: 1st Dave Stockton – 35 points 2nd Drew Garrard 3rd George Watts (new member) Nearest the Pin - George Watts

Longest Drive – Jimmy O’Rourke After the game we returned to the Hideaway bar which is based at Via Park II, Playa Flamenca for the prize presentation and refreshments provided by Terri and Mark. The next society meeting is still to be confirmed but is planned at Roda on 8th January 2012 and new members and guests are welcome. Alternatively call Ross Egan on 672986320 or better still call in the bar. 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 www. costa-blanca-greenfees.com.

WEEK OFF FOR ITV ORIHUELA RFC This last weekend ITV Orihuela RFC had a chance to relax in the hope to get some of their first team players back ready for two very tough games ahead against both Murcia teams. In two weeks time we play away to UCAM Murcia and then straight after Christmas at home against Murcia XV. This coming weekend we have an in house mini tournament with the juveniles, seniors and vets playing against each other for some fun giving everyone a chance to have a run out and to try and keep match sharpness after a good win the other week away to Torrevieja. Also there is an auction at the So Bar on Friday 9 December at 18.30 to auction off 3 signed rugby shirts etc from the recent international rugby 7’s tournament that was held in Elche in aid of The Butterfly Children, DEBRA, so come along and support this very worthy cause. Then on Saturday 10 December there is another chance to see top class rugby in this area of Spain, a very rare thing, so come on all of

you rugby fans and players let’s support these two events next weekend and show everyone what true rugby people are all about, see you all there. The next game for the seniors is against one of the top teams in the league UCAM Murcia on 17 December away. The club is training on 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.

DAYA NUEVA INFANTILS G9........... MANUEL SAVES THE DAY(A) SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2011 DAYA NUEVA C.F. 1 v. VILLENA C.F. 0 Daya had the lion’s share of the play early on with some good scoring chances. Villena looked dangerous on the counter attack and came on strongly in the middle of the half. On 25 minutes a good ball to the home side’s Aure saw him take on the visitors’ defence, but his poor shot went well wide. Aure attoned a few minutes later when his good cross found Carlos who made no mistake for Daya’s first goal on 30 minutes. Another good chance for Daya came soon after but was again wasted. So just the one goal in it at half time but with the chances Daya had the game should have been their’s already. A good start to the second half from Villena had Daya under pressure. The home side’s defence held firm with Jota in magnificent form. Mid-way through the half the home side came more into the game and

had a couple of good chances to put the game out of the visitors’ reach. With 5 minutes to go Jose almost scored with a great effort and minutes later the same player made the Villena keeper produce a good save. With time almost up the visitors were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. The shot was fiercely struck but Manuel in the Daya goal made the save of the match and probably the season to ensure a Daya win and a clean sheet for himself. Villena brought along a good crowd of supporters so with the usual Daya crowd the ground was buzzing. The match official was over fussy and used too much whistle. It was a good sporting contest that Daya deserved to win. Daya’s man of the match was the magnificent Jota. Manuel’s brilliant save must also be mentioned again. It was fabulous. Match Report Daya Dave Sponsor : Segurlab

EL RASO GOLF SOCIETY AT LA PERALEJA............................................ 23 members of El Raso GS by guests Pam Davidson and and four guest travelled to La Peraleja on Friday 2nd December for the monthly competition. Rain was threatened however it held off apart from the last three groups who got very wet over the last two holes. The force of the rain probably cost Terry Sharley a prize as, despite having a good card, he played the last two holes without a score due to the driving rain reducing visibility. The greens were very fast and undulating and completely different from our home course (La Marquesa) and this caused problems for everyone resulting in a lot of three putts and even putting off the green into bunkers. Nearest the pins on the par threes was won, (twice), by Robin Richards, once by Mike Box and the other two were won

Paul Manning. The best guest of the day was Gloria Manning and the best front (17 points) was claimed by Ken Brett with Dave Nichols winning the back nine with a splendid 20 points. The third prize was won by our President (John Fairhurst) with 32 points but unusually we had two lady joint winners with 35 points each, Marilyn Eckersall and Peggy Hamilton. Having driven home in torrential rain we were cheered up by a a splendid curry and chips in our Clubhouse (Clapton’s) on Quesada where the prize giving was conducted by the Captain. Finally our prestigious Gnome award went to Beverley Fairhurst who had a lot to say about it. Our next outing is on Friday 6th January at Bonalba and guest are welcome.

Premier League.............................. By Stewart L MacLaren Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd. The Villains played host to The Red Devils at Villa Park. Phil Jones scored the only goal in the Midlands. Blackburn 4-2 Swansea City. The Rovers took on The Swans at Ewood Park. This was the Yakubu show with the Nigerian scoring four efforts. Leroy Lita & Luke Moore replied for the Welsh side. Everton 0-1 Stoke City. The Blues clashed with The Potters at Goodison Park. A neat flick from Robert Huth won the day in this pulsating encounter. Fulham 1-3 Liverpool. This is a Match Prediction for The Monday Night Clash at Craven Cottage. Man City 5-1 Norwich City. The Citizens entertained The Canaries at The Etihad Stadium. The Mancunians really went to town via Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, YaYa Toure, Marion Balotelli & Adam Johnson. Steve Morison replied. Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea. The Magpies played host to The Pensioners at The Sports Direct

Arena. One way traffic for the Londoners from Didier Drogba, Salamon Kalou & Daniel Sturridge. QPR 1-1 West Brom. The Hoops took on The Baggies at Loftus Road. In- form Heidar Helguson hit first, but Shane Long grabbed a late equaliser. Tottenham 3-0 Bolton. The Spurs entertained The Trotters at White Hart Line. Goals from Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon & Jermaine Defoe won the day up in North London. Wigan 0-4 Arsenal. The Latics clashed with The Gunners at The DW Stadium. The Londoners in control here with superb strikes from Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen, Gervinho & Robin van Persie. Wolves 2-1 Sunderland. The Wolves played host to The Black Cats at Molineux: Kieran Richardson got the ball rolling, but two excellent goals from Steven Fletcher settled matters.


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Caja Petanca.................................................................... Ten Pin Bowling League.............................................. PREMIER LEAGUE 2012 competing. The new season Amigos Belgas, who won at The Costa Blanca Petanca Serie received good news from Cajamurcia, who confirmed its Sponsorship for the Premier League for the 5th year running. Antonio Andres Roca, has been the man dealing with the Scandinavian and British members, so this is really good news for the 2000 members in the league. The Costa Blanca serie recently celebrated its tenth Anniversary at the Punta Prima Restaurant with 290 present. The league have 8 divisions, with 48 teams

starts on March 16th.. LAS SALINAS KNOCK OUT CUP. The first round of the league KO Cup, brought the 3rd and 4th division teams together. The Dolores Peacocks had a really close match against the Danish Friends, losing by 3-¬4. Castillo 4, fared well away to Laguna, Vista, winning by 5-2. Torre Bears, won away to El Presidente, by 5-2. Buddies Bar, proved too good for Dolores Peacocks 2, winning by 6-1. Florentilles beat Freebooters by 6-1, as did

home to Danish V i c i n g s 6-1. The final match was between Lakeside 3, at home to Hideaway, this went to the home side by 7-0. The 2nd round is February 10th This brings in Division two teams. The draw is as follows. Mutineers v Lakeside 2.Castillo 4 v Florentilles.- Lakeside 3 v Dominós Red- Buddies Bar v Amigos Belgas.Danish Vikings v Danish Dynamite.- Dominos White v Rocajuna.- Castillo 3 v San Miguel. Torre Bears have a bye

Torrevieja Tigers.......................................................... Tigers’ U-18s end La Vila’s 100% Winning Record This eagerly awaited return match was to be the highlight of this season’s fixtures and it did not disappoint. La Vila won the toss and kicked off. Tigers’ No8. Lucas Beccaria picked up the ball and weaved his way through the opposition before being pulled down 20 yards from the opposition try line. Though being last season’s champions and one of the favourites this year, the home team had other ideas. Tigers scored a try within 4 minutes of the kick off by No.10 Michael Moran, who was unable to convert the extra two points. La Vila scored next to make it 5 5. The remainder of the half saw very good rugby played by both

sides, with no quarter given or asked for. Tigers’ No.7 Nico Baez scored next then La Vila equalised, before scoring again to make the half time score 1712 to the visitors. After some encouragement by the coaches, Tigers pressurised from the off , resulting in Michael scoring his second try and converting to make the score 19 -12. Once more La Vila came back and with a try and conversion, making the score 19-24. The next 10 minutes saw Tigers continually press forward which resulted in Nico scoring his second try. Tigers smelt blood and within 5 minutes, they scored again due to some hard driving by the forwards, with N0.12 Dan Lester forcing

his way over the line. 29-24 with barely a few minutes to go. Unfortunately, a well drilled and competitive away team managed to score with the last play of the game, though were unable to add the extra two points. Final score, 29 -29 and off to St James’ Gate for some food and revelry. Tigers would like to thank the ever-increasing crowd for their support and our SponsorsBlack Bull in Torremendo, Amber Pools Construction, Eazy Gates, Angel Expat Services, Property Sales Espana. Tiger’s next home game is against Elche on 14 Jan, 2012. Please come along and support the lads.

(Abandoned due to Floodlight failure) Once again a much changed Mazarron team struggled against opponents who seemed to be no better themselves. Included in the changes was the appearance of Ruben in goal for Peru who was injured in the warm up. The only things of note in the first half were a booking for Rollon jnr for no apparent reason, a shot from Diego jnr which went narrowly wide, and a shot from distance by Pepe which was easily saved by the keeper. At the start of the second half, Ruben came out to meet a through ball and only succeeded in heading it to an attacker who fortunately put his effort wide. Shortly after this a slip from the visitors

keeper put pressure on them but after a scramble in the area a foul was given for a tackle on him by Pescau the smallest player on the pitch. After 70 minutes, in the gathering gloom, the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot, following which Chico was booked. Edin was then introduced from the bench and Mazarron began to play better. Edin’s perserverance and pace down the right wing won the ball and his cross into the middle was met by Alfonso who hit the equalizer. Shortly after this Edin ran onto the ball following a defensive mistake but with the whole crowd standing to acknowledge a goal, the ball hit the inside of the post and

rolled to safety. After what can only be described as a viscous assault by a defender on Diego jnr, for which the referee only awarded a free kick, Pepe was sent off, presumably for telling the referee what most of the crowd thought of him. Well into injury time the Chico was given a second yellow card for a tackle from behind reducing Mazarron to nine men. The drama was not over though, as almost immediately, the floodlights went out and, after a wait of several minutes with the ground in complete darkness, the game was abandoned. Man of the Match: Edin. Team: Ruben, Jose, Diego, Rollon (jr), Max, Chico, Diego (jr) (Ahmed), Pescau (Edin), Juan Antonio, Alfonso (Dani), Pepe.

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FC Torrevieja................................................................... TORRY OVERTURN “TOP OF THE TABLE” CATARROJA Torry had another long trip to Valencia to take on the “Leaders of the Pack” Catarroja They have headed the table for most of the season only losing once. On their home turf they had won their first 7 games but only managed 2 draws in their last 2 games there. Torrys up and down season has continued and they were looking to get their promotion push back on track after losing their last 2 games. On paper though it was certainly not going to be easy. Torry were again without their captain and defensive linchpin Diego Meijide. The Torry line-up was: Méndez, Nico, Burguillos, Abel, Vidal, Prior, Corella, Juande, Ramiro ( 91 min Corcoles) , Carrasco, Petu ( 82 min Victor) The early exchanges were quite even with both sides trying to get a foothold on the game. After 15 minutes Abel received a caution for a foul on their keeper when contesting a cross into the

box from a free-kick.. On 20 minutes Nico broke free down the right and delivered a pinpoint cross into the box which Petu got to first and sent a glancing header into the back of the net for a GoaLLLLL and his 10th of the season – Torry 1-0 up. Catarroja then started to control the game. On 35 minutes Corella was cautioned for shirt pulling and worse was to come when 4 minutes later he received a second caution and sending off for a hand ball.Torry down to 10 with a long way to go. The home side then started to really dominate and push Torry further back and as the game progressed it became oneway traffic as Catarroja missed chances, Torry defended desperately and Mendez pulled off a string of fine saves with the woodwork coming to Torrys rescue when substitute Madrigal hit the post. Torry took off the tiring Petu after 82 minutes and brought on Victor who didn’t last long as he received a straight red

for a very late challenge 6 minutes later. Torry had then to see out the last couple of minutes and added time with 9 men yet again. This time they succeeded to end Catarroja’s unbeaten home record and as a result move up to 5th place in the table with a magnificent hard earned victory. “Smash and grab” raid by Torry as it was the previous week when Torrys opponents Alzira left the Vicente Garcia with a 1-0 win. There are no league games at the weekend but there is one in mid-week on Wednesday 14th December against strugglers Ribarroja. The game kicks off at 8.00 pm under the floodlights and stars. Be there to follow Torry on their topsy turvey journey to the playoffs. It will be the last home game before the Christmas/ New Year break so be there for your pre-festive season “live” football fix. . An overjoyed Darrylldinho following Torry to the playoffs

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Matches Played on November 29th Bar Mosquitos gained a creditable 4-4 draw with Cornish Pride, with all 3 mossie’s bowlers, bowling one of their best scores this season, top bowler for C.P. was Sue Winfield with a 595 hcp series. The eagerly awaited clash between the leagues 2 top teams, ended with a 6-2 win for Team Finland over Hall y Day, it was fitting that the top bowler for each team were the 2 captains, Jukka for T.F. and Lesley for H y D. Rioja Rollers made it 4 wins

out of 5, when they beat Sunrise Colegas 8-0, Sue Walsh had a scratch 424, and Julie Thorpe a hcp 580 series for the Rollers. Our Spanish team Splash moved up to 9th in the table with a comfortable 6-2 win over Lucky Strike, Juanjo Carral bowling for Splash had a 230 scratch game. The best performance of the night came from the Bandoleros. They bowled their highest hcp game, 683, helped by Jamie Brian who’s 275 hcp game is now the highest in the league so far.

That best score helped them to beat Carp-r-us 8-0. Los Bandidos continued their slip down the table, having now lost 3 of the last 4, they were beaten 8-0 this week by the Mixers, who’s Inga Soderstrom, bowled her best hcp series so far 651. Despite Irene Lakin, 520 and Terry Smith 522, their highest sets so far, Los Lobos lost again, this time 6-2 to the Oddballs, who’s top score was Gunter Wilms with a 566 hcp series.

TEN MAN CARTAGENA STAND FIRM............................. CD NUMANCIA – 0 FC CARTAGENA – 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD

For the 3rd consecutive week, a match involving FC Cartagena was void of goals. Cartagena have never won at Los Parjaritos Stadium, and although they came away with a vital point, hosts Numancia never looked in danger of losing this unbeaten record. The only change from last weeks draw against Valladolid, saw Marc Fernandez replace Toni Moral. In the 37th minute a goalkeeping error from a Kijera center, almost lead to Anton taking the lead for Cartagena. A 40th minute corner by Julio Alvarez embarrassed the Albinegros defence, and when Mariano Sanchez tried to clear, the ball fell to Juanjo, whose shot went just wide.

Cartagena responded with a Marc Fernandez center, which Goiri just failed to get a touch on. Then Fernandez fired a volley from the edge of the area, which went fractionally wide of the far post. In 1st half stoppage time, a Nieto cross from the left found Cedric, who forced the ball just past an unguarded Cartagena goal. Five minutes into the 2nd half, Álvaro Antón unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the area, but alas it went wide. Collantes, first took a corner from which Goiri should have opened the scoring, but he scuffed his shot, then with an effort from close range, brought out a great save from the goalkeeper. On 58 mins, Txiki fouled Cedric and, as he

was the last defender, had to go for an early shower, leaving his Cartagena team mates to struggle on without his services. Manger Javi Lopez was forced to restructure the team, and although they were fortunate not to concede a penalty, Cartagena defended stoutly. So, although another clean sheet must please Lopez, the lack of goals surely equally worries him. Unfortunately, fellow relegation threatened teams also picked up points, leaving Los Albinegros in joint bottom place on 12 points. Next Sat 10 Dec, ko 6pm, Cartagena face 9th place Las Palmas at Cartagonova Stadium, in another div 2a encounter.

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