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ibi increase approved for most municipalities The last Council of Ministers approved rises in IBI for all except 13 municipalities

Rises will depend on the age of the catastral revision, with the greatest increase being for residents of municipalities in which real estate has been assessed prior to 2002. Some municipalities have pledged not to increase the tax in light of the crisis situation. However, the government’s decision will take precedence over local ordinances, so their best intentions may well amount to lip service only. It is thought that the ten municipalities in Alicante province which will face an increase in IBI are – Alicante, Elche, Alcoy, Elda, Benidorm, Orihuela and San Vicente, where it is likely to go up by 10%, while Torrevieja, El Campello and Mutxamel may get away with a rise of 4%.




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local news...local news... local news Murcia During January the Regional Film Archive will be showing two showings in Sala B entitled ‘Produced by George Harrison’, as a homage to this member of the Beatles. They will be showing Harrison’s ‘Life of Brian’ (1979, Terry Jones), from the British comedy group Monty Python, and ‘Time Bandits’ (Time Bandits, 1981), an ode to the childhood imaginings of Terry Gilliam. They will be shown on the 24 and 27 January, respectively. Other programmes will be: 10 January ‘If not us, who?’ by Andres Veiel, a strong and dramatic documentary approach to the German history of the seventies. January 17: An unpublished Panorama news ‘A woman in Africa’ (White Material, 2009), a film directed by French filmmaker Claire Denis. January 31: ‘Melancholy’ (2011), a poetic vision of the Apocalypse as seen by the Danish director Lars Von Trier will be shown. Other filmographies will feature Billy Wilder and François Truffaut. Billy Wilder’s ‘Irma La Douce’ (11 and 13 January), ‘Kiss Me Stupid’ (18 and 20 January) and ‘The Fortune Cookie’ (26 and 28 January). François Truffaut will be represented with ‘American Night’ (11 and 13 January), ‘‘The Last Metro’ (18 and 20 January) and ‘Deeply Sunday’(26 and 28 January). The ‘haunted house’ genre includes ‘That house next to the cemetery’ (Quella Villa Accanto 1981), directed by Lucio Fulci (12 and 14 January) and ‘The Shining’ (The Shining, 1981), the classic Universal horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick (19 and 21 January), and adapted from a story by Stephen King. For a lighter touch some tapes of 80’s youth movies such as ‘Gremlins’ (1984, Joe Dante) (12 and 14 January), and ‘Lost Boys’ (1987, Joel Schumacher) (19 and 21 January). All screenings will be from Tuesday to Saturday and will have two showings; 20:00 and another at 22:30.


Murcia The Ministry of Universities, Business and Research, through the Agency for Energy Management in the Region of Murcia (Argemir) today signed a partnership agreement with the maker of electric motorcycles, Bereco, through which the Agency is committed to audit the electricity consumed annually by more than 7,000 bikes to come from renewable

energy sources. This initiative, according to Counselor José Ballesta, is ‘a further boost to one hundred percent sustainable mobility’, because ‘this is a clean means of transport on two fronts. On the one hand, it does not emit pollutants into the atmosphere and on the other, it operates using energy from the sun.’ The Minister of Universities, Business and Research explained that ‘the production of solar energy derived from the company to the electric grid is enough to supply power to some 7,400 bikes, if we work upon an average consumption per year of 10,000 kilometres.’ ‘Reaching a hundred percent sustainable urban mobility is not an impossible goal if we take forward initiatives such as these, which is aimed at extending the use of electric vehicles.’ said José Ballesta, who highlighted the advantages by stressing that they would ‘avoid the emission of polluting gases into the atmosphere, gradually reduce our dependence on oil and save on fuel.’

Murcia The Ministry of Economy and Finance, through the Parque Móvil Regional, has provided its own transport service to over 3,800 people with disabilities during 2011. The eight approved or adapted buses, in addition to providing the service route every day of the week in the morning and evening, take another 80 fares on weekends for leisure and recreational activities organised by the Federación de Asociaciones Murcianas de Personas con Discapacidad Física y Orgánica (Famdif). The CEO of Patrimonio, José María Lozano, explained that ‘under the policy of optimising resources and specialist vehicles, we have signed an annual agreement with Famdif to use buses and drivers at weekends and help improve the quality of life for these people. In fact, the Community and Famdif are pioneers in entering into this agreement, which began in 1992 and every year has increased services from the initial 26 to 80 in 2011, an increase of more than 200 percent. The Parque Móvil Regional provides Monday to Friday morning and afternoon transport services to people with physical and mental disabilities who are dependent on IMAS (Centro de Disminuidos Psíquicos de El Palmar y Centro Ocupacional del Conjunto Residencial de Espinardo) and other services such as the Centro Ocupacional de Churra, Centro Ocupacional ‘López Ambit’, Centro Ocupacional ‘Los Olivos’ de

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Torrevieja The Hospital at Torrevieja is suffering cuts due to the economic situation. The Torrevieja Health UTE, Ribera Health, which runs the hospital, has announced that five theatres will operate only during the mornings, and staff from the theatres will be deployed to other areas of the hospital during the afternoons. These moves will avoid the need for the employment of temporary staff, said a spokesman for Ribera Health, which is responsible nationally for 25 hospitals, clinics and care homes, and has more than 6,000 employees. The waiting list for surgery has increased by 126% over the past year, with 1,450 patients currently awaiting surgery, and a time delay of considerably more than the 30 days stipulated by the Valencian Ministry of Health. However, these figures have been disputed by a hospital spokesman, who admitted that there has been an increase in the waiting list, but that this was due to a change in the reporting system. This had been brought about by the amalgamation of two lists into one for patients requiring an anesthesiologist. When examined the numbers were actually 479 more patients currently on the operation waiting list and 650 patients waiting for pre-operative appointments; taken together these make up the apparent figure of 126%. The hospital has around 250 beds, and serves a catchment area of 180,000 residents from Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Los Montesinos, San Miguel de Salinas, San Fulgencio, Rojales, Pilar de la Horadada and Guardamar.

Altea It seems that the death of a popular local youth, Joel Soler Otazu, who had a promising career as a conjuror, was due to misadventure. Joel, 15, left his home on a Sunday, and

was reported missing when he failed to return. More than 100 of his classmates, friends and local volunteers entered the search along with police patrols, a boat, a helicopter and trained sniffer dogs. His clothes were found in a ruined house near to the Sierra Helada creek, a place where he and his family often swam. His body was discovered a few hundred yards away in the shallows by divers of the Guardia Civil’s Underwater Activities Specialist Group on Thursday. Pending the results of an autopsy, it seems that he died as a result of accidental drowning. The commander of the Civil Guard noted that the boy took off his clothes and left them under shelter, indicating his intention to retrieve them before returning home, and this makes any criminal act or suicide unlikely. Testimonies from family and friends suggest that he was a keen swimmer, and accustomed to swimming in this creek. The City Council, led by the Mayor, Vincent Arques, has sent messages of deepest condolence to the boy’s family, and a neighbour is quoted as saying ‘he was an exceptional young man and very close to his family. He was their only child. It is a tragedy.’ He was an amateur magician and with the help of his father ran a YouTube channel entitled ‘Joel’s Magic Corner’ where he posted videos of his card tricks

Pilar de Horadada Enrique Carrasco Rivera, aged 13, has just broken the Spanish record for the 100 metres back stroke, and is the toast of the town. Enrique, who is a member of the Murcia Regional Swimming Team, broke the record in his category at the Spanish National Swimming Championships in Madrid. His trainer, Sergiy Bondarenko, who coaches him daily at the Pilar de la Horadada Municipal Pool, announced that he was overjoyed, adding that Enrique worked and trained very hard, and had an excellent work ethic. Both his trainer and the local townspeople are expecting great things from him in the future.

Speed trap radar nets 6,650 euros in fines every day A speed camera in the province of Girona responsible for dishing out 133 fines per day has caused an uproar amongst motorists. The radar, which is set up on the Platja d’Aro – a Costa Brava seaside town – nets an average of 6,650 euros daily as it catches people driving at just five or seven kilometres per hour over the limit. Since it was installed five months ago, the speed camera has been responsible for 21,000 fines at an average of 100 euros each, meaning that it will soon have amassed a quarter of a million euros for the regional government. As Catalunya has its own ministry of traffic, money from fines goes into the pockets of the

Generalitat rather than, as is the case with the rest of Spain, to the central government. Local drivers say the camera is simply there to earn more money for politicians. Studies in the UK have shown that speed cameras actually cause more accidents than they prevent, since drivers tend to brake sharply when they see one. Statistics also show that whilst fewer than 10 per cent of accidents are caused by speeding, even more are caused by drivers concentrating more on their speed-o-meters and accelerators than on the road and the cars around them.

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Rajoy reveals 8.9 Picasso painting stolen from Athens museum billion euros of austerity measures

Spain’s new conservative government, led by Mariano Rajoy, has outlined 8.9bn euros in new spending cuts and tax rises to lower the country’s borrowing. The announcement is the first in a wave of austerity measures, with a total of 16.5bn euros to be cut in 2012. It also said Spain’s 2011 deficit will be about 8% of its output - higher than the 6% forecast by the previous (socialist) government. The government of new Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to meet Spain’s target of reducing the public deficit to 4.4% of gross domestic product in

2012, no matter what. On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaría maintained a freeze on public sector wages for another year and ruled out practically all government hiring. “This is the beginning of the beginning,” Ms Saenz de Santamaría said. “We are facing an extraordinary, unexpected situation, which will force us to take extraordinary and unexpected measures.” Taxes on Spain’s wealthiest people will also be raised for at least two years, bringing in 6 billion euros, she said. Spain’s borrowing costs have jumped in the last year - reaching as high as 6.7% for 10-year debts - as investors feared that Spain might join Greece, the Irish Republic and Portugal in needing a bailout. The country’s economy has shrunk sharply since a housing bubble burst in 2008, and it has an unemployment rate of 21%, the highest in Europe. Almost a third of all the unemployed in the eurozone are in Spain.

Tourism up by 8.1% in 2011

A total of 56.91 million international tourists visited Spain during 2011, representing an increase of 8.1% over the previous year, according to provisional annual data presented today by Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria.

December were still not in, and said the figure is close to 53 billion euros, and represents an increase of 8.1% over 2010.

At a press conference, Soria said that the United Kingdom and Germany continue to head the list as source markets, with growth of 9.1% and 3% respectively. Last year the number of tourists from Italy increase by 8.5%, Scandinavia (8.4%) and France (4.6%).

As a result of these increased revenues, the minister announced that as of October 2011 the tourism balance of payments stood at 27.9 billion euros, representing a 14% increase over the same period of 2010.

The Canary Islands is the region where tourism grew most in 2011, with an 18.4% increase, followed by the Balearic Islands, with 10.4%, Valencia, 7.5%, Andalucia, 6%, and Catalonia, 4, 6%, while the Community of Madrid saw a 1% drop in tourism. The minister also referred to spending by tourists, adding that the figures for

Seven minutes was all the time the thief or thieves need to steal a Picasso, a Mondrian and an Italian Renaissance drawing from the National Gallery in Athens on Monday night. Greek authorities have not provided many details about the theft, but it is clear that insufficient security had a large part to play in the incident. Although the gallery’s alarm was set off, the security guard arrived only in time to see someone running from the building. Amongst the works of art stolen was “Woman’s Head” painted by Picasso in 1939. The painting, the only work by the Málaga-born artist in the Athens museum, was gifted by him personally to the Greek people in 1946, in recognition of their resistance to the Nazis during the occupation of Greek territory in the Second World War. The words “For the Greek people, hommage from Picasso, Paris, May 1946”, in the artist’s own handwriting can be read at the bottom of the oil on canvas. “Mill” (1905), by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, was another of the works stolen in this audacious robbery, the first suffered by the National Gallery, which houses some 16,000 works of (mainly Greek) art. The third piece to go missing is drawing by Guglielmo Caccia “il Moncalvo”, an Italian Renaissance artist, which represents San Diego de Alcalá. Neither the Ministry of

The average expenditure per tourist was 929.5 euros, representing a decrease of 0.3%, with an average daily expenditure of 101.6 euros, 4.1% more than in 2010.

Soria said in his speech that next year we should expect smaller increases than those seen in 2011, although “the number of tourists will increase”. 2011 ranks as the third best year ever in number of tourists visiting Spain, behind 2007, when the figure reached 59.2 million international tourists, and 2006, with 58.4 million.

Spanish nationals killed in French skiing accident

Two Spanish men have been killed and a woman seriously injured in a skiing accident in a French resort, emergency services reveal. The exact circumstances surrounding the accident, which occurred in Formiguères, have not yet been clarified, but the French Gendarmerie have confirmed that the victims are two males aged 45 and 24, from Sallent (Barcelona) and Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona). A 42-year-old woman from Manresa suffered serious injuries and is currently being treated in Perpignan hospital. It has not been confirmed whether the victims are in any way related to each other.

Culture nor the Gallery itself have given any information about the value of the stolen works of art, nor have they revealed any further details of the robbery itself, which occurred at about 2.30am. The thief or thieves are believed to have caused several

false alarms in a number of different rooms in the Gallery all afternoon on Sunday, to distract the security guards. It is believed that the security guards reacted slowly to the alarm during the early hours and delayed in contacting the private security firm.

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Spain sees big bill for bank bad loans

Spain’s new economy minister said banks may face up to 50 billion euros ($65 billion) in bad loan provisions and he vowed to crack down on regional deficits in a new austerity drive. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos’ estimate of the banks’ bad loans, provided in an interview with the Financial Times, was higher than many private forecasts. De Guindos’ comments revealed the scale of the challenges confronting the new right-leaning government: a troubled financial sector, bulging public deficit, and feeble economy with high joblessness. “If you take international valuations as in the case of Ireland, at the most you are talking about the need for 50 billion euros of extra provisions (for Spanish banks),” De Guindos said. “In the great majority of cases, they can provide it themselves from their profits, and it could be done not in one year but over several years.” The banks loaned huge amounts of money during the property bubble, which imploded in 2008 leaving them holding piles of doubtful loans and devalued real estate assets. The property crash also destroyed millions of jobs, leaving Spain with an unemployment rate of 21.5 percent, and sent the economy into a slump from which it has yet to recover. Banks are now being pressed by new rules forcing them to boost levels of rock-solid core capital, and by the weak economy, which makes it tougher to turn a profit. The European Banking Authority said in December that Spain’s five biggest banks required an extra 26 billion


euros in capitalisation. De Guindos’ warning came as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet met to decide on austerity measures to help meet a target of slashing the deficit to 4.4 percent of gross domestic product in 2012. Spain is set to miss its target of reducing the public deficit from 9.3 percent of GDP in 2011 to 6.0 percent in 2012, with a final figure possibly topping 8.0 percent, the government says. That overshoot could add another 20 billion euros to

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Wife kidnaps husband’s lover

A mother and daughter have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the lover of the former’s husband, say National Police. They were called out by a witness, who saw a woman of Ecuadorian nationality and her daughter, 15, forcing the victim into a van in the centre of Oviedo (Asturias) and driving off. The abducted woman, 29, was said to be involved in an extra-marital relationship with the accused’s husband. She told police that her kidnappers beat her repeatedly and cut her hair. Officers heard that the victim managed to make a telephone call to the accused’s husband and explained to him which direction the van was heading in. He tracked them down to the El Cascayu district of the city and, following a confrontation with his wife and daughter, managed to free his lover before the police got there from nearby Noreña. They arrested the two females, although the teenager has since been released with charges and is in the care of family members. In the meantime, the victim has been taken to hospital for her wounds to be treated.



Spanish police have detained a Moroccan man who was caught with over 400 kilos of hashish worth half a million euros in his van after he was stopped for running a red light, they said Sunday. Police ordered the 36-year-old to stop driving after they saw him drive through a red light on Tuesday in the Madrid suburb of Fuenlabrada. “When the driver got out of the vehicle, he immediately began to run and was chased by the police who were able to capture him,” it said. Police then searched the van, finding 406 kilos (895 pounds) of hashish with a street value of up to 566,000 euros ($720,000). They also found a knife and a list of several possible buyers for the drugs. Spain is the main gateway into Europe for hashish from neighbouring Morocco, and the police regularly make large seizures. Last week Spanish police said they had smashed a ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to several European nations, mainly France and Italy, with the arrest of 53 people and the seizure of 3.5 tonnes of the drug.

the required austerity measures, now estimated at 16.5 billion euros, according to the Popular Party government, which won power in November 20 elections. Last week, the government announced budget amounting to 8.9 billion euros, and tax increases, including on salaries and on capital income, to bring in another 6.275 billion euros. Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, which are responsible for health and education services, were hard hit by the housing market crash and are a growing source of concern for economists and policymakers. De Guindos vowed to crack down on their spending. The economy minister also said Spain’s austerity programme will target the powerful regions, with a new law in March introducing strict control over their budgets. “You will have a priori controls. Before approving the budget, ministers will need the green light from the central government,” he said. Moody’s Investors Service warned last month that the regions will miss deficit-cutting targets for 2011 and could imperil Spanish efforts to curb the national deficit in 2012. In cabinet meetings, the ministers will be studying a future cut in the government services, likely slashing the number of governmental organisations, according to a report in El Pais. No decision was expected immediately, it said.

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Controversial anti-piracy ‘Sinde’ law adopted

The Spanish government has approved tough new legislation which could see websites deemed to be trading in pirated material blocked within ten days. The legislation creates a government body with powers to force internet service providers to block sites. The crackdown on piracy has been welcomed by the creative industries but criticised by net activists. Under the Sinde Law, named after the former Spanish culture minister Ángeles González-Sinde, rightholders can report websites hosting infringing content to a newly created government commission. The intellectual property commission will decide whether it wants to take action against an infringing site or the ISPs providing infrastructure to it, and the case will then be passed to a judge to rule on whether the site should be shut down. The Spanish government said that the legislation was necessary to bring it in line with international crackdowns on piracy. It had been put on hold by the previous government but the ruling Partido Popular decided to move ahead and implement it at one of its first meetings since coming to power in November. Deputy PM Soraya Saenz de Santamaría said that the aim of the law was “to safeguard intellectual property, boost our culture industries and protect the rights of owners, creators and others in the face of the lucrative plundering of illegal downloading sites.” Opposition has been strong in Spain, with bloggers, journalists and tech professionals staging a series of protests, including

writing an anti-Sinde manifesto. US pressure was in part responsible for Spain’s current tough anti-piracy stance, following a 2008 report that found it to be one of the worst countries in Europe for piracy. A later IDC report - The Observation of Piracy and Consumption of Digital Content Habits - commissioned by a coalition of Spain’s rightsholders suggested that piracy in Spain cost legal content rights owners 5.2 billion euros in the first half of 2010. It claimed that 97.8% of all music consumption in Spain was driven by illegal downloads, with 77% of movie downloads and 60.7% of game downloads taking Advance Moves specialises in removal services between Spain and place illegally in the first six the UK, as well as local and national removals within Spain. Our main months of 2010, according warehouse is situated in Murcia, so we are well placed to cover our to a study conducted by IDC client’s needs. Research for the MadridAs members of the British Association of Removers and with full based Coalition of Content Creators and Industries. Spanish legality and International transport licenses, you can be

Protest in Spain after Senegal man shot dead

About 200 mainly African immigrants marched in Barcelona Wednesday to protest the fatal shooting of a Senegalese man which led Spanish police to arrest four members of a Roma family. The march, under the watch of dozens of riot police, began and ended on the street in the multiethnic neighbourhood of San Marti where the shooting took place on Tuesday, reportedly due to a dispute over a football game. The protesters held up signs that read “Justice” above a large photo of the victim, identified by Spanish media as 32-yearold Ibrahima Dyey. After Tuesday’s shooting, dozens of protesters

broke shop windows and overturned rubbish bins in the neighbourhood, prompting riot police to charge them several times. The director general of the Catalan police, Manel Prat, told radio Rac1 that there would be a “permanent presence in the area” in coming days. One of the men arrested

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New Year’s Day Splash for MABS Mazarrón

Pink tutus were very much in evidence on the beach at Puerto Mazarrón on New Year’s Day; Julie, Tracy, Freddie and Chris from the Market Tavern bravely turned out for a sponsored splash in the Med to raise funds for MABS Mazarrón. “We want to raise money for a cancer charity” remarked Julie “and we know what great work that MABS Mazarrón does in this area.” They came up with the crazy idea of going for a swim on New Year’s Day a couple of months ago, so they had no idea what the weather would be like. Fortunately, the sun shone and it was a gorgeous day, with more than 80 people, including volunteers from MABS Mazarrón, turning out to support the intrepid four. The dippers weren’t just in the water and out again, they swam a fair way out to sea before returning to the shore. “I thought we were going to reach Africa” joked Julie.

“Sponsorship money is almost all in now and the Market Tavern has raised over 830 Euros. We are absolutely delighted that Julie and her team have been so supportive; without people like them, we couldn’t carry on with our work and we thank them all for giving up their free time to help us.” MABS Mazarrón Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess, said. “Local businesses are very supportive and the next MABS fundraising event is the Fun Night at the Alley Palais on Camposol, Sector B, when Terri will have all her head shaved to raise funds for us – she’s a very brave lady!” Tickets are available from Alley Palais or you can call the MABS Enquiry Line: 620 582 418 MABS Mazarrón is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 620 422 410 or visit their website: Photographer: Keith Thompson

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WHAT A TREAT FOR MABS PATIENTS AND CARERS! Going through months of chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for cancer is a tough assignment. With this in mind, MABS Director, Lyn Baines, decided to arrange a special outing for some of the patients and carers in the Murcia region. Sponsored by Tuxedo Limousines of Mazarrón, Eddie, Monica, Val and Malcolm were treated to an hour’s ride in a luxury limousine with Cava and canapés. MABS translator Elvira and her husband, Steve, were also invited along. Lyn explained why: “Elvira is so passionate about helping our cancer patients that nothing is too much trouble for her or for Steve, who does all the driving to and from various hospitals. They work so hard throughout the year to ensure that each of our patients and their partners receive the best attention possible and understand what’s happening throughout the treatment.” Another ‘MABS VIP’, Care Coordinator Jill Chorley, was also included in the party. Jill is on call 24/7, heading up a dedicated care

team, providing help and support to everyone affected by cancer in the Murcia region. “We are so lucky to have such great volunteers” said Lyn. “Jill goes beyond the call of duty every day and our patients insisted that she had some fun with them for a change.” The chauffeur, Lord Christopher Vaughan Powney, took his special guests on a tour of San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar, before returning them to the MABS Centre in San Javier. “It’s always a pleasure to help MABS and today has been particularly rewarding for us” he said.

At the beginning of 2011, Diamantes Restaurant in El Mojón, launched the Ebony & Ivory Ladies’ Lunch Club with the aim of raising 1000 Euros for MABS Cancer Support Group by the end of the year. In September, with just three months to go, the figure had already reached an amazing 688€. and, through the press, an appeal was made to encourage more ladies to share in the monthly lunches thus ensuring that the final target would be met. Well it was – and more! The December lunch saw the ladies enjoy a wonderful Christmas meal with entertainment by Viva Quartet. Everyone dug deeply into their pockets to buy those extra raffle tickets and at the end of the lunch, Diamantes’ owners, Terri and Karla, announced that they had exceeded their goal. They proudly presented MABS with the fantastic sum of 1,149€. “This is a marvellous achievement and I’d like to thank Terri, Karla and everyone who attended the lunches for supporting us,” said MABS Fundraiser, Janet Bell. “It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to know everyone during the year and I know we all intend to continue these friendships.” Indeed they will, because the Lunch Club is going to carry on through 2012. The first lunch will be held on Tuesday, 21st February at 1.30 pm for 2.00 pm. The three course lunch and glass of wine is just 10€. All Ladies are welcome to come along; to meet and to make new friends. Book your place with Diamantes on 965 352 947. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit the website: w w w.mabsmurcia. com

MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website: Photographer: Sue Thomason – Left to Right: Monica, Eddie, Steve, Lyn, Val, Malcolm and Elvira.

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Torremendo Kings New Year Concert by Torrevieja Symphony visit Entre Naranjos! Orchestra Teatro Municipal, Friday January 6.

Full houses at both the 12.00. Hrs and 19.00 Hrs performances, show just how popular this fine orchestra has become in such a short period. Formed in 2008, the Orquesta Sinfo’nica de Torrevieja now has over 50 members, and is reaching a level of professionalism equal to orchestras across Europe. During the first part of this wonderful New Year Concert, the audience was treated to the Swan Lake Waltz from the “Nutcracker”, Waltz of the Flowers, along with Brahms Hungarian Dance Number 5. The second half bought a brush with Bizez, and a superabundance of Strauss. Tritsh-Trasch-Polka, Emperor Waltz and the Blue Danube Waltz bought the evening to a close, well, not quite! No evening that features Strauss in it’s programme, would be complete without the Radetzky March! Under the watchful eye of Director Jose’ Franciso Sa’nchez, Friday’s audience clapped along at both the correct intensity and time! A well deserved standing ovation followed. Catch this Orquesta Snfo’nica de Torrevieja as soon as the opportunity presents, a most splendid evening will be had. Rob Barnes.

On Thursday January 5th the Kings from Torremendo visited the children of Entre Naranjos and Laguna Green urbanisations. At 4.00pm two Kings arrived with a host of goodies including a trailer full of toys and sweets and joined in the celebrations with up to 20 children and at least 70 adults on the Entre Naranjos green area. There were only two Kings as the third was indisposed for the afternoon! Organised by the newly established Fiesta Committee for Entre Naranjos and Laguna Green, the afternoon had a feel of a children’s party. Enhanced by the good weather and the strong winter sunshine, the children really enjoyed themselves and it was generally considered to be a great success. Feedback from the community has been extremely positive, sparking suggestions that this becomes an annual event. This is the second event over Christmas that the Fiesta Committee has organised and it is hoped that that the Communal Carol Singing event and the Kings visit become embedded in the Christmas traditions of Entre Naranjos and Laguna Green. The Fiesta Committee would like to thank our neighbours in Torremendo for their generosity, support and kindness in recognising our children at this time of the year and also wish to thank Sebastian Andreu, Torremendo District Mayor, for supporting our work and whose idea it was to bring the Kings to us. A big thanks also to all the community that came and supported the event. Now that it is 2012 the Fiesta Committee is turning its attention to planning for the Entre Naranjos and Laguna Green Community Fiesta to be held over the days of 27th and 28th of July. The Committee meet every Wednesday morning from

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Have you ever wondered where the present day ballroom and Latin American dances came from? What were their origins and how they have changed through the passing of time? Over the coming weeks I will take you through the journey of each of the current day dances and share their history with you. Firstly though let us look at how dancing as we know it evolved.

Modern ballroom dancing has its roots early in the 20th century, when several different things happened concurrently. The first was a movement away from the old style sequence dances (like the minuets and court dances) towards dances where couples moved independently. The waltz had already made this transition. The second was a wave of popular music, such as jazz, much of which was based on the ideas of black musicians in the USA. Since dance is tied to music this led to a burst of newly invented dances. There were many dance crazes in the period 1910– 1930 (such as the Charleston and the black bottom). The third event was a concerted effort to transform some of the dance crazes into dances which could be taught to the public. Here Vernon and Irene Castle were important, as was a generation of English dancers in the 1920s, including

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Later, in the 1930s, the on-screen dance partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers influenced all forms of dance in the USA and elsewhere. Although both actors had separate careers, their filmed dance sequences together, which included portrayals of the Castles reached iconic status. Much of Astaire and Rogers’ work portrayed social dancing, although the performances were highly choreographed (often by Astaire or Hermes Pan), and meticulously staged and rehearsed. Competitive Ballroom dancing appears to have started around 1909 although records were not kept until 1922 when the sport split into Amateur and Professional ranks and England were dominant for many of those years. Couples are now converging from all over the world to the major championship events. The biggest and most prestigious of which is the British Open Championships held in Blackpool. The British Championship is the largest event in the dance calendar as it is open to couples from all over the world and is not limited to a maximum number of couples from each country as is the World Championships.


Extinguished Firefighters deliver festive cheer

Three of the Extinguished Firefighters delivered some much needed food and gifts to the Ayuntamientos of Rojales and Benijofar for onward distribution to those most in need, on the 2nd of January 2012. The retired firefighters from all parts of the United Kingdom raised funds at there Christmas Night out in December and decided to donate food and gifts locally. In addition there was a very welcome donation of five dozen Cornish Pasties from the Cornish Pride Shop in Los Dolses, owners Shane and Steve himself a former retained firefighter from Barnstable were delighted to donate the pasties to such a worthwhile cause. The photographs show the goods being handed to the Mayor in Benijofar by ex firefighter Dave Graham, and the three ex firefighters Iain, Dave and Andy in the council chambers in Rojales. The Extinguished Firefighters meet on the first Thursday of every month at 1500hrs in Lo Marabu wine bar and Restaurant , Dona Pepa, Quesada. All retired fire service personnel are welcome to attend. For more information contact Iain on 966 731 495

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If you’re finding it difficult to focus, your posture could be to blame. That’s because although it only accounts for two per cent of your bodyweight, your brain uses 20 per cent of your oxygen to do its job properly. Since poor posture can make it difficult to breathe deeply, it restricts your oxygen intake and interferes with your ability to think. So make sure your brain gets what it needs by keeping your back straight, which lifts your heart, lungs and diaphragm, improving your breathing and boosting your oxygen levels.

Your happiness Research has found that maintaining an unnatural position (ie, slumping) actually uses 60 to 70 per cent more energy than keeping your body in proper alignment. ‘All this extra effort makes you tired and increases the likelihood of depression and illness,’ explains Ian Horseman, a chiropractor and postural specialist. This may be due to the link between the body’s position and what consultant psychologist Ingrid Collins terms our ‘psychological posture’. She says: ‘If we arrange ourselves in a positive manner, with our shoulders back, chest open and spine straight, our brains send out endorphins that circulate in the blood, triggering happy feelings.’ And standing tall won’t just put a smile on your face. Researchers have found that adopting a ‘power posture’ – body and limbs stretched out – decreases the stress hormone cortisol, helping you feel calmer.

Your health Poor posture is an obvious cause of lower back problems and shoulder and neck pain but it might also be at the root of sluggish digestion and severe headaches. According to a study published in the journal Headache, people whose posture made their heads jut forward had more frequent, longer and severe headaches than people

with a correct posture. This finding doesn’t surprise Charles Hunt of the British School of Osteopathy, who says that, ‘because your body’s usually fighting on lots of different fronts, work, stress, environment, if it’s working harder to maintain a poor posture, you could start to feel symptoms.’

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Your looks ‘The most ageing thing in a person is bad posture,’ says Michele Paradise. ‘It projects a wordless message about a person’s age and health.’ There’s proof, too. When researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, US, asked people to rate the appearance of two women in a series of pictures, in the pictures of them standing up straight, they were consistently judged to be younger and more attractive than in those of them slumping. Turn back the clock by following our guide to better posture.

Your figure When you stand up straight, you look taller, thinner and more confident. By lengthening your back and neck, you automatically draw your stomach muscles in, creating a longer, leaner body line. The result? You can look 5lb thinner, according to Deborah Mullen, a strength and conditioning specialist. In the same Louisville study, when subjects looked only at the women’s bodies, researchers found that the woman who weighed 20lb more than the others was perceived as thinner and more attractive simply because she was standing up straighter than the lighter woman.

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Sit well ‘Be mindful about how you sit when you eat, drive and work at a computer,’ says Alexander Technique teacher Angela East (www. ‘If you’re guilty of contorting your body to get nearer your plate, sit up straight and hinge from the hips instead of curving your spine and use your fork to bring food to your mouth.’ In the car, try not to grip the steering wheel; instead, Angela recommends

holding it lightly with your elbows by your side and remembering to rest your arms in your lap when you stop at traffic lights to help your muscles relax. ‘In the office, seats should be parallel to the ground at knee height, your feet flat on the floor and your arms dropping downwards,’ she says. ‘Whatever you’re doing, you need to be sat directly on your sitting bones, which are the knobbly bits you feel if you sit on the palms of your hands.’

Roll your shoulders ‘Stand with your feet slightly apart and rotate your shoulders backwards three to four times by bringing them up to your ears then back and down and finally around to the front while bending your elbows to relax your muscles and release any tension,’ says Michele. On the final rotation, take a broom handle or stick and slide it through your elbows behind your back, letting it sit in the crook of your elbows for a few minutes. ‘This will instantly correct your posture, engage your core muscles and take pressure off your lower back’, she explains. Practise this daily for 15 to

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Look forward ‘Most of us spend too much time looking down and, if your eyes are focused on the ground, your head tends to tilt forward, your chest collapses and your spine will begin bending,’ warns Lyn Breakwell, Bodywork therapist, (www. She suggests keeping your gaze level and straight in front of you, lifting your chest from your breastbone and checking that your head is balanced on the top of your neck to lengthen your body and boost your energy.’

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See Dave’s stall at Moncayo Market on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s, also featuring an extensive selection of British Cheeses.

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Borrow these tips from well-trained minds to turn on your light-bulb moment...

Distract yourself When a deadline is looming, create a ‘psychological study at the University of Indiana found that changing mental double the number of creative problems you solve during you’re still flummoxed, make the problem ‘foreign’ in your mind. somebody from a different sector might approach it – or even working on it in a different country.

distance’. A tack can the day. If Imagine how that you’re

Journey to the future When envisaging long-term projects try the following exercise: imagine yourself either as a teenager, or 10 years on from now, to see how a different ‘you’ would tackle the problem. How do changes in your personality affect the way you think? Studies in the Journal of Personality and Social Personality found that this exercise artificially broadens your perspective on a problem.

Be a magpie ‘Reconceptualisation’; it’s not about lifting ideas wholesale but having a bank of stimuli that you can re-spin for your own projects. So, if you work in retail, a scrapbook of ad, marketing and shop units you like ensures you have a well of ideas to inspire you. University of Oklahoma psychologists found people are more creative when asked to reconceive ideas in as many ways as possible.

Make opposites attract Take things that should never go together and uncover gems within their clash of styles. Bring together the seemingly incompatible and consider their relationships, similarities and interplay. Research in the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity found that moulding opposing ideas together leads to interesting middle ground you wouldn’t otherwise consider. The same thing can happen when you bring together diverse minds for a group project.

Go mental Thankfully, you don’t have to drop acid or walk around with a fish taped to your face. An easy way to incorporate absurdity into your work is via a simple psychotherapy trick called ‘free association’. When you’re at an impasse, spend five minutes writing down every word that enters your mind. This will allow your subconscious to come at the problem from new directions.



Microsoft offers free trial of flight simulator to all Windows userS

with a 3D version of the entire world

Microsoft has announced a new, free version of its classic Flight Simulator that will be available to all Windows users. The game is now simply called Flight, and will be available to download this spring. Not only does the game include an accurate simulated Earth, with realistic weather, each plane has a working cockpit, and you can pilot them by manipulating controls with your mouse. ‘Microsoft Flight will be available as a free download this spring, giving players the freedom to fly the skies over the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, complete a variety of exciting missions,’ said the company today. The game also has an ‘easy mode’ which allows gamers to pilot their plane using arcade-style controls. The whole island of Hawaii is free. Gamers who sign up using an Xbox or Windows gaming account can add bonus content including extra planes such as a Boeing Stearman.

The game is a successor to Microsoft’s classic Flight Simulator games - but updated with realistic weather patterns and cutting-edge 3D graphics...

You can opt for a forward view, cut the plane out of the picture, or go for maximum realism and confront yourself with a full, working instrument panel (right)

Gamers can also buy additional content including new challenges, new planes, and new areas. The game also gives players the chance to fly the hitech Icon A5 before it actually comes out at the end of the year. Designed by the world-class aeronautical engineers behind the Voyager spaceship, X-Prize winning SpaceShipOne, and Virgin Galatic’s SpaceShipTwo, the ICON A5 is described as a ‘jet ski for the skies’. It will be the first free plane available to players of Flight.


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All roads lead to Rome

The amazing 360 degree panoramic painting that transports you back to the 4th century Roman legionnaires bustle through the busy streets of Rome as a triumphant Emperor Constantine is welcomed back from victory against the usurper Maxentius. No it’s not a scene from a Gladiator sequel, this reenactment of 4th century Rome is in fact part of the world’s largest 360-degree panorama. Created by the artist Yadegar Asisi, the 71ft by 321ft painting transports visitors at the Panometer in Dresden, Germany, to the middle of Rome in late antiquity. Visitors can look out over the ancient city from a viewing platform at the centre - 40ft above the ground - and

study the river Tiber, thermal baths and even the mountains in the distance. The huge painting is set on October 29, 312, as Emperor Constantine returns victorious from the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. It was previously on display at the Panometer in Leipzig between 2005 and 2009 and was based on the historical ‘Panorama of Rome with the Entry of Constantine in the Year CCCXII’, created by Josef Bühlmann and Alexander Wagner in 1889. Featuring special lighting and sound effects, as well as music composed by Eric Babak, ‘Rome 312’ was created

using a mixture of classical painting and state-of-the-art image processing technology. Painted on soft polyester fabric, the entire scene weighs nearly 100 stone. The ‘Rome 312’ exhibition also features a 45ft spatial simulation of the statue of the Emperor Constantine as well as a film on the making of the panorama. During the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, which takes its name from a crucial route over the Tiber river, Constantine achieved victory that led to him become the sole ruler of the Roman Empire. Maxentius fell into the river and drowned during the battle.

Visitors can look around the recreation of Rome from a viewing platform 40ft above the ground

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CULTURAL association invitation Official Presentation of the Cultural Association

The Darwinian Gardeners

The Darwinian Gardeners is a group of amateur gardeners who get together once a month for visits, demonstrations and talks related to gardening in the Mazarron area. Our aim is to socialise and learn something, and we usually follow our meetings by lunching together.

Our programme is as follows:

February 11th 11am

April 14th 2- 5pm

Talk on plant propagation by Andrew Brown at the Puente restaurant in La Majada, with members question and answer session followed by lunch. Plant sales, raffle, and plant and seed swaps

Garden Party at Cortijo Raja Morata. Refreshments, sales. demo’s

March 3rd 11am Nature ramble in the lower slopes of the Sierra Las Moreras guided by Spanish naturalist followed by lunch at La Siena restaurant in Mazarron.

May 5th Visit to Elche, Huerta del Cura and Museum. Coach picking up in Puerto de Mazarron, 9:30am and Camposol 9:45am, 10€.

June 16th Barbecue/paella lunch at Joses nursery in La Majada.Tour of greenhouses and plant sales.

Email:, or phone 669 338 885 for further details or to book outings

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1. Welcome and official presentation of the cultural association “flamenco for all” Presented by : Raquel Peña. President. 2. Ist Anual prize for support of the arts in san pedro del pinatar. Award winner 2012: Jose María Henarejos 3. Integration between associations of San Pedro. Presented by: Jane Cronin. President of “ADAPT” 4. Performance by the “Flamenco Para Todos” dancers Date & time: Wednesday, January 18th, at 6:30pm place: Casa de Cultura. San Pedro Del Pinatar


The Town Hall of San Miguel De Salinas will open a Citizens Advice Centre on Wednesday 25th January 2012 between the hours of 10.00am to 1.00pm, and every Wednesday thereafter. The advice centre will be located on the First Floor of the Town Hall and will be manned by members of the Presidents Liaison Group. This initiative by the Council of San Miguel De Salinas and the Presidents Liaison Group will be initially manned by English members of the community but it is hoped, that should there be a requirement, a German speaker will be available at times. Advice on all aspects of living in the community of San Miguel including registering on the Empadron, Residencia, Accessing Healthcare, registering to vote, using council services, reporting of damages and repairs around the Urbanisations, accessing help from the community, making complaints and denuncia’s etc. will be available, as well as your opportunity to voice your concerns and needs regarding council services. This service will be here to help you to become part of the Town of San Miguel De Salinas, come along and use this service and tell us what you want.



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Easy Horse Team Inspired By Trip To USA

While most of us were tucking in to our turkey and munching on the mince pies this Christmas, Sue and Rod Weeding from the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre were across the Atlantic in the USA making an emotional trip to meet with Molly the Pony. “It was really all quite emotional,” says Sue who finally got to meet with the little pony that had inspired and helped the recovery of Faith, their 3-legged friend at the Rescue Centre.

Faith has an artificial leg and wants to wear it all day leading to sore pressure points so for Sue and Rod the trip was a road of discovery and information helping them plan the future for Faith. “It was so important for us to learn from them and has helped shaped our vision and we have seen the long term outcome and reassured us in every way. We learnt so much from the visit. Molly had her amputation 6 years ago and she has her artificial leg on for around 5hours a day telling her owner when she wants it on! She’s learnt to still get around with 3 legs and that is why we went to Louisiana to see how Molly was coping.” Molly was rescued by Kaye and Glenn Harris after Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, several months later she was attacked by a pit bull, another animal they rescued after Katrina and although her other numerous wounds healed, her leg did not make it resulting in an amputation and a prosthesis. Her injuries and situation was almost identical to Faith and months and months of correspondence with Kaye and Molly’s veterinary team was crucial to the survival of Faith and made the visit a very emotional one for Sue and Rod.

Kaye and Glenn, “They stayed and risked their lives during Hurricane Katrina to rescue and save animals and they are just normal people, living a very humble existence in a log cabin giving all the money they can to the animals and we will do all we can to raise awareness for them. When Molly needed her surgery it was funded by other horse charities, we don’t have that here, but what we did have was the amazing generosity and support of people on the Costa Blanca.”

Sue and Rod also met with Prosthetist Dwayne Mara who made Molly’s pioneering prosthesis. He made Faith’s first artificial leg and during their visit they took newer, up to date measurements so he can complete Faith’s next prosthesis that will allow her to bend her leg as Molly can. That will be finished in the next few weeks

and give Faith more flexibility and a new lease of life.

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Faith is currently back in Barcelona with her surgical team “We visited her before we went to America and she is doing fantastic, she is loved and adored there and is free to wander where she likes.” She is preparing for the second part of her surgery as Sue explains, “What they are doing now is growing new flesh on the bottom of her stump and this is very successful.” The team are looking at ways to enable Faith to have her leg on for longer periods and reduce the pressure points she gets. Faith prefers to have her leg on most of the time as she is very active. One way is to carry out a skin graft, a fairly simple procedure, that will help control this. The second option, preferred by the team, is to carry out a ‘frog transplant.’ The ‘frog’ is the small fleshy cushion part of the hoof. Cells can be taken from the leg that is diagonally opposite of Faith’s missing one as it has the same genes, and grown and grafted on to the amputation providing a softer base. Vet Gasper is currently researching the possibility of this procedure. It is believed this operation could be the first of its kind to be carried out in the world. “Our next challenge then is how we support the leg while it is healing so she is not putting too much pressure on it too early,” explains Sue who says it will be some time before Faith returns to the Centre in Rojales, “We want to make sure she is well on the mend before coming home.” Sue has returned ready to face 2012 with a renewed energy and determination to continue the work the Easy Horse Care Rescue does and to make it their best year yet but they can only do that with support from volunteers and the general public. Anybody can make a difference by sponsoring one of the horses for as little as 5€ per month by contacting the centre directly. Throughout the winter they have open days on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm where they have guided tours and 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 or call Sue on 652 021 980.

They also happily presented Molly with around 30 Christmas cards that they received through their Christmas Card Campaign with thoughts and wishes from children and adults across the Costa Blanca. They even had a Liverpool football scarf donated which they also took for Molly. “Liverpool’s slogan is ‘you’ll never walk alone’ which I thought was very apt for Molly,” says Sue who was so impressed with their hosts she has promised to work together more closely in the future. “We are going to interact with Molly’s Facebook page and look at doing a joint Molly and Faith book together.” She cannot speak more highly of

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Our offices in San Miguel de Salinas and Torrevieja provide a wide range of information and advice to members of the public for free. Typical enquiries include questions on residencia, health care, cars, licensing regulations, bereavement, wills and burglaries. If the answer to a problem is not known immediately, every effort is made to obtain the appropriate information. Both offices are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm. In addition we also operate a 24 hour Emergency Help Line so if you need urgent help outside of office hours, please telephone 965 704 282 and this will give you the phone number for the volunteer on duty. We run a Diabetic support group once a month, where help and information is available for anyone who is recently diagnosed, as well as those who have learned to live with Diabetes. On a Monday afternoon between 2.00 pm and 5.30 pm our Friendship Centre at Playa Flamenca is open and is a popular meeting place for people who tend to be housebound or isolated. Many of our visitors form new friendships as a result of attending. Our hospital visiting teams visit both the Vega Baja and the Torrevieja hospitals. Books and talking tapes from our library are loaned to patients free of charge. We have a wide range of orthopaedic equipment for hire from our San Miguel de Salinas office. This service is available to both residents and visitors alike.

Friends Unlimited is the social arm of Help Vega Baja and they meet on a Thursday afternoon at The Club in Quesada between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm. They hold a variety of different events including coach trips, guest speakers, demonstrations, discussions and charity events. Come along and meet new friends of all ages. For further information on any of the above please contact our offices in San Miguel on 966 723 733, Torrevieja on 965 704 282 or visit our website

Georgie May has always been widely known and respected for her modelling, singing and huge amount of charity work to name but a few. But now the multi talented model has put pen to paper to write a collection of fictional short stories. With the stories already having a fantastic response and with publishers showing immidiate interest the unstoppable twenty year old is releasing her first book on Friday 13th January entitled Shadows in Darkness. The stories are written with a style and confidence far beyond her years and Georgie clearly has a natural talent for creating instantly memorable characters and constructing highly engaging tales. The collection of short stories are written with passion and humour from a decidedly modern female perspect ive. Challenging and often defying genre classification, Shadows in Darkness is an exceptional d e b u t from an extremely promising yo u n g writer. Shadows in Darkness ISBN 978-0-9555520-3-8 Available from Amazon and Apple iBooks



Price of New Housing Fell 4% in 2011 Merkel Calls for Unity to Save the Euro

The price of new housing fell 4% in 2011, according to the Sociedad de Tasación (Valuation Society), bringing the price to 2,376 euros per square metre, and making the cost of an average home around 213,840 euros.

Bilbao), exceeded the national average price per square metre of 2,376 euros, while in ten others (Murcia, Cáceres, Badajoz, Pontevedra, Jaén, Lugo, Zamora, Tenerife, Avila and Ciudad Real) the average value per square metre was below 1,500 euros.

Looking ahead to 2012, the Sociedad de Tasación estimated that housing prices will continue their downward trend, after falling 3.2% in 2010 and 4% in 2011, although in some locations the decreases may be less pronounced than at present. “It is expected the adjustment will continue at the supply level offered in late 2008, adapted to meet a volume of demand lower than in previous periods,” they stressed.

In 2011, the number of new builds started stood at around 81,000 units. The level of activity in the housing market decreased last year due to difficulties in obtaining financing. Overall this reflected a decrease in prices, which was less pronounced in the second half of the year.

With regard to the first half of 2011, the average price of housing shrank by 1.8%. Prices fell in all regions, although the decreases were more pronounced in Navarra (-7.3%) and Aragón (-7%), while the regions with the least severe declines were Galicia (-1.3%) and Extremadura (- 2.8%). Europa Press reported that during the past year, the average price of new housing fell in 48 of the 50 provincial capitals, rose in one and remained unchanged in the other. The capitals with the greatest decreases in the price of new buildings were Sevilla (-8.3%), Ciudad Real (-7.8%), Avila (-7.4%) and Zaragoza (-7.4%), while Zamora (+0.3%) and Pontevedra (0%) saw no significant changes. In 16 of the province capitals the average prices fell by over 5% with respect to 2010, in 19 capitals the prices fell between 3% and 5%, and in 13 capitals the reduction was between 0% and 3%. In the two remaining capitals the cost per square metre did not register any noticeable changes. On the other hand, four provincial capitals (Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid and

The Sociedad de Tasación noted a significant increase in the number of houses between one and five years old awaiting first occupation, being offered for sale by real estate departments of credit institutions and private individuals who are not real estate professionals. Furthermore, they noted an increase in the trend for rent-tobuy options.

Forecasts for 2012... According to the Sociedad de Tasación, with the rise in inflation and the Euribor in the previous year, it is foreseeable that the real income available for property purchases will struggle to regain the levels of previous years. This will be exacerbated by the rising unemployment and the associated job uncertainty. Sales of new housing will remain important this year, says the Society, despite the reduction in the volume of new builds started. “The marketing of the already built stock will be slow and will probably reduce more dynamically in the central areas of cities due to the scarcity of newly constructed buildings and also of developable land,” they said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in her New Year message that Europe must “cooperate more than they have done” if they want to save the euro and the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, promised that his country would carry out structural reforms in order to exit the crisis and ensured that there would be no further cuts in public spending. “The single currency can only succeed if we in Europe cooperate more than we have done,” Merkel said in a speech televised at New Year.

“Europe is growing together in the crisis,” she said. “The road to overcoming it is still long and will not be without setbacks, but in the end, Europe will emerge from the crisis stronger than it was when it started,” Merkel added. With regard to the German economy, the Chancellor said that 2012, “will undoubtedly be more difficult” than 2011. Germany recovered quickly from the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but the growth has slowed in recent months and many economists expect a slight decline in Europe’s biggest economy. Meanwhile, in his New Year message, Nicolas Sarkozy promised that his government will find ways to pull the economy out of stagnation and said, four months before the presidential elections, that they will not approve any further cuts to public spending . According to El Mundo, Sarkozy warned that the country’s worst economic crisis since the Second World War will continue to affect households throughout 2012, and urged people to be thrifty. The president also announced his intention to agree a series of reforms at the meeting with the unions to be held on 18th January, to help boost employment and economic competitiveness. “I know that the lives of many of you, who have already faced two difficult years, have been tested again, and are ending the year even more concerned for yourselves and for your children,” Sarkozy said in a ten minute televised speech. “The only way to preserve our sovereignty, to control our destiny, is to choose the path of structural reforms instead of impulsive actions that only add to the confusion and chaos, without restoring confidence,” he added. Also, like Merkel, he is convinced that Europe will emerge stronger after dealing with the sovereign debt crisis. The conservative leader faces the April elections with the polls in favour of the socialist candidate François Hollande, with rising unemployment amid the crisis in the eurozone, and the possibility of a downgrade of France’s sovereign debt. After promoting several budget cuts in order to meet the deficit targets and prevent a downgrade of France’s ‘AAA’ grade sovereign debt, which many consider inevitable now, Sarkozy said that further budget cuts would not be needed. “The government has done what it needed to do,” he said.

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After all the sensational scare mongering news last month alleging that fish foot spa pedicures could spread HIV we thought it only right to set a few matters straight. Firstly can we just stress there are no known cases of a HIV infection being caught due to the use of the fish spas. You are actually more likely to catch HIV from swimming in the sea or even from your own swimming pool! The Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS trust) comments: “There is NO risk of HIV being passed on through a fish pedicure and these claims do nothing but undermine public understanding.” Along with the use of UV lighting to prevent bacteria, our water and fish are changed regularly to ensure upmost hygiene, providing you with the best possible fish pedicure on the Costa Blanca.

A Garra Rufa fish pedicure is a totally natural way to exfoliate the dead skin on your feet. Originating from Turkey these toothless fish gently suck and nibble away at the dead skin while simultaneously providing a stimulating and relaxing massage. These cleaver little fish also emit enzymes that with repeated treatments can cure such skin problems as Psoriasis and Eczema. They also help to promote good blood flow, so are good for suffers of poor circulation and diabetes! So why not come down to ToeTally Fish with your family and friends for a pamper session which will also benefit your health! Treatments start from just €10. Gift vouchers available. A complimentary drink is provided with every treatment! We do a lot of cover-ups, and often I draw straight onto the skin to get the best cover, tribals are good for this.

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Choosing a tattoo... I’ve been tattooing for 20 years and done 1000s of tattoos, from the popular; stars flowers and tribals to the slightly more unusual. The hard part is when someone comes in and says they want a tattoo, but don´t know what! But we’re very patient! We´ve got thousands of designs in the shop and now with the internet the choice is virtually infinite and it doesn´t have to be a tattoo image because we can make most pictures into a good-looking tattoo. Stars, flowers and crosses are timeless, in black and white or with some of the fantastic colours that exist now and names are always popular, but partners names sometimes aren´t a good idea, often the tattoo lasts longer than the relationship.

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People have lots of different reasons for having a tattoo. Sometimes they are as a memorial and sometimes to celebrate a new life, here in Spain, our oldest person to have their first tattoo was in her 70s, so you´re never too old! Steve and his son, Stan, now have 2 studios, In Rojales, at Chantelle’s, on the same road as Mas Y Mas and also now at La Zenia, above Mercadona, in Sensation, so no one has to travel too far! Have a look at his Facebook page, Manchester Steve or give him a ring on 634 141 331 or 672 875 418

Sue Appleton, the manageress of the Sweet Dreams store in Playa Flamenca, says ‘ Purchasing a new mattress is an important decision, that you are likely to have to live with for some years to come so it makes sense to spend a little time, trying different mattresses. You wouldn’t buy a sofa without sitting on it first and a mattress is no different. I always advise people to dress casually and to test out as many mattresses as possible – there is absolutely no rush.’

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! e m o H r u o Y e s i r e t n i W It’s likely that our houses will soon feel the full force of the Spanish winter with bitter cold wind & heavy rain Here are a few jobs that you’ll want to get out of the way as soon as possible! Service your boiler…

Now is the time to check your boiler is working fine and doesn’t let you down when you most need it. Gas Safe Register recommends you get your boiler checked annually by a registered engineer. This is mainly to protect you and your family from Carbon Monoxide poisoning, which every year claims lives and in less extreme cases ill health too. This may be a good time to replace an old boiler for a newer model. If your boiler is over 10 years old you could be wasting up to half the gas you buy!

Seal draughts to windows and doors… It’s no good having a boiler in tip top order if the heat it’s pumping out is leaking through cracks and gaps in your windows and doors. Around a fifth of heat lost from the home is

The weather outside may be frightful, but your fire can be oh-so delightful with a few key tips… Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

You should get your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney specialist every year.

Be Cautious and Conservative with Burning Fuels Don’t use lighter fluid to start a fire, keep a wire grate in front of the fireplace, and remove any decorative and flammable materials far away from the hearth. Never leave a fire unattended, and extinguish the fire before you go to bed or leave the home.

Protect the Outside of Your House Keep your firewood at least 30 feet away from the outside of your home, and cover the top of the chimney with a mesh spark protector

Protect the Inside of your Home

Install smoke alarms and check them monthly. Make sure there is proper ventilation around the fireplace and throughout the home.

Educate Your Family Make sure everyone in the home knows where the fire extinguisher is and knows an evacuation plan in case things go wrong. As long as you practice fire safety, there is no reason to fear this beautiful home heat source!

due to draughts; this can be fixed simply by locating draughts and sealing them and is often a much cheaper solution than replacing old windows or doors. There’s a wide range of draught proofing available from local hardware stores (Ferreteria) in the form of brushes, foams and sealants in strips or shaped rubber or plastic.

Inspect your roof and chimney… Your roof is the first point of contact between your house and rainfall or snow, so now is the time to check that your roof is weatherproof. Steep roofs or roofs covered with slate or tiles shouldn’t be walked on – that’s most roofs here in Spain! In this case it’s advisable to check from a ladder around the perimeter from the eaves. Always make sure you are using an appropriate roof ladder that is securely fastened at the top and bottom and have someone with you for safety. Here are some checks you should make and replacements where necessary: Look for missing, cracked, curled, broken or rotted slates or tiles. These will need to be replaced and old nails removed. Check for any broken or missing points where the roof meets chimneys, walls, vents, dormers, or skylights – roofing cement can fix problem areas. Check your chimney is free of any unwanted guests!

Sleeping warm and cozy is sometimes hard to do in the cold of winter! When you go to bed, the sheets are so cold you just about jump back out, but there are ways to remedy this and stay warm all night! First, use flannel sheets on your bed. They make a bed instantly warmer than cotton or satin which will freeze you! But flannel will be warmer to the touch instantly and hold your body heat all night. Next, use a down comforter! They are so, so warm that you will think you have an electric blanket. Down feathers insulate and therefore you stay extra cozy under a down comforter on your bed. Reconcile temperature preferences by giving the colder partner a fleece blanket. Use a twin size fleece blanket on one side of the bed so that the colder partner does not suffer from a lack of covers or make you sweat with comforter overkill. This way, you two can sleep happily side by side even if your temperature preferences are very different. Replace your mattress if it is more than 10 years old. The average mattress lasts for around 10 years. After that it starts to break down and no amount of attention can make it comfortable again.

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Spain orders extradition of suspected Georgian mafia boss

Spanish authorities on Thursday ordered the extradition of a suspected Georgian mafia boss who was captured in an international sweep in 2010. Kakhaber Shushanashvili, 39, will be sent to Georgia following a request from that country in 2011, a Spanish national court said in its order. Shushanashvili was arrested as part of an international operation that led to the arrests of dozens of suspected RussianGeorgian mafia figures. Shushanashvili’s brother, Lasha Shushanashvili, is the suspected head of the criminal network. He escaped arrest. But Zakhar Kalashov, a Russian mafia boss in Spain, was arrested in the operation and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for money laundering. He would then be extradited to Georgia. Spanish authorities say the highly organised criminal network is mainly responsible for threats, extortions, money laundering and forgery.

Spain says social security deficit worse than feared

Spain’s new right-leaning government said Thursday the social security fund’s accounts are worse than had been feared, with a 2011 deficit of 668 million euros ($856 million). Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria unveiled the figure after a cabinet meeting aimed at trimming the public deficit. The previous Socialist

government had forecast a social security surplus equal to 0.4 percent of gross domestic product for 2011. Secretary of state of social security, Tomas Burgos, on Tuesday warned that Spain’s social security accounts had gone into the red in 2011 but he did not provide figures. Spain has posted a social security surplus since the late 1990s.

Roscón de Reyes conquers the world of haute cuisine

Master patissiers have turned the traditional ‘Roscón de Reyes’ (Epiphany cake) into a gourmet bite with surprising new ingredients - some of them savoury - whilst thousands of amateur cooks all over the country turn their hand at a bit of festive baking thanks to the dozens of recipes circulating on the Internet. Real gourmets will be in seventh heaven if they choose the “haute cuisine” roscón made by Paco and Jacob Torreblanca, two of Spain’s most famous patissiers, who, on January 5th alone, create about 3,000 festive cakes in their Alicante bakery. “The secret of a good roscón lies in the raw materials, using just natural products,” explained Jacob Torreblanca. Miniscule bits of orange and lemon peel are mixed with the Torreblanca dough, giving the roscón added flavour and making it extra moist. The patissiers gave reporters a tip for using up any left over roscón - “the best option is to cover it with hot chocolate sauce, flavoured with spices like pepper, ginger and cinnamon”. For the more adventurous amongst us, the roscón has moved into new savoury territory, with fillings like morcilla, Leonese pork


sausage, blue cheese with mushrooms, rocket and blue cheese, tomato and parmesan or carrot with cream cheese. It seems there are infinite flavour combinations and no limits to a patissier’s imagination. María Navascúes from ‘La Rosconada’ in Madrid offers roscón all year round, with either savoury or sweet fillings. Some of her more unusual combinations are strawberries and champagne; brownie with chocolate chips; violets; chestnut; limoncello; mojito; honey, raisin and cried apricot; cardamom and clove.


Woman finds croc in living room

An Australian woman has told how she got up in the middle of the night to find a saltwater crocodile in her living room.

Jo Dodd got up to investigate when her dog started barking and found herself face-to-face with the 5ft 6ins croc. “Our dog was outside the bedroom door barking loudly,” said Ms Dodd, 42, who lives in Darwin. “I opened the sliding door and saw the crocodile right outside the door. It is pretty full-on when there is a crocodile in your lounge room - I nearly died.” Ms Dodd woke up her husband, Micko Srbinovska,


42, who grabbed his guitar to fend off the ‘salty’ as he edged towards the phone. He called the local Crocodile Management Unit who sent out female crocodile catcher Dani Best to remove the angry reptile. Ms Dodd added: “It was prehistoric. The hissing sounded like a vampire. Then it went into its death rolls - the power of this thing was just phenomenal. “She just jumped on top of it, taped up its snout, back and front legs.”

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Woman launches yoga classes for dogs

A South African woman has launched an unusual yoga class in Hong Kong - for dogs. Suzette Ackermann’s ‘doga’ classes are aimed at dog-owners wanting to pamper their pets. “I already gave yoga classes for adults and also for mothers and their children, so I thought ‘this can not be so different than that!’ and it is not so different,” she says. Dog owner Baleros Harty said: “It’s relaxing, it’s like you’re bonding with the dog, and the dog listens to you more. It’s more well-behaved when we do yoga together.”

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It follows revelations his wife Kashya bought $504,000 (£323,024) in August, three weeks before the central bank intervened to cap the Swiss franc. He told a news conference he had “no knowledge” of his wife’s transaction, which she later made a profit on. The SNB said last week that Mr Hildebrand’s wife had broken no rules by making the currency trades. According to an investigation carried out by accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the bank’s orders, Mrs Hildebrand bought $504,000 on 15 August because she wanted to have half of the family’s assets in US dollars. In early September, the central bank intervened to try to weaken the strong franc. That meant that four weeks later, when the family sold $516,000, converting it back into Swiss francs in order to buy a new property in Switzerland, they made a profit on the transaction. That was because the franc had fallen against the dollar in that time. Speaking at a press conference in Berne, Mr Hildebrand said: “I have come to the conclusion it is not possible to provide conclusive and final evidence that my wife did initiate the transaction without my knowledge. He added: “I would like to think I have been a damn good

Banks in EU, US and Japan to face reviews

Checks on banks in the EU, US and Japan are to begin early this year to see how well they are implementing rules on capital, central bank chiefs have said. The world’s biggest banks are committed to the Basel III agreement. This requires them to shore up their finances so that they are better able to withstand another financial crisis. The Group of Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) said after a meeting on Sunday that checks would

begin in the first quarter of 2012. The GHOS is the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The committee is chaired by Sir Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England. It said in a statement that “each Basel Committee member country has committed to undergo a detailed peer review of its implementation of all components of the Basel regulatory framework”, and that the initial reviews would take place in the EU, Japan and

the US. It added that the results would be made public. “The focus on implementation represents a significant new direction for the Basel Committee,” said Sir Mervyn. “The level of scrutiny and transparency applied to the manner in which countries implement the rules... will help ensure full, timely and consistent implementation of the international minimum requirements.”

..........Hong Kong Airlines places $3.8bn Airbus A380 order

Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) has placed an order for 10 Airbus A380 aircraft worth about $3.8bn (£2.5bn) at list prices. The contract will be a relief for the European planemaker, as the order risked being derailed by a dispute between the European Union and China. Beijing opposes an EU plan that international airlines

comply with a scheme to tackle carbon emissions. But Kenneth Thong, HKA’s corporate governance head, told a television interview the order would go ahead. The carrier, which has ambitious expansion plans, is likely to have got a big discount on the order for the super-jumbo aircraft. Mr Thong said the aircraft were needed to

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help boost the airline’s growth, particularly in the development of business class services with Europe. HKA has previously ordered Airbus A330s, which will be used for services between Hong Kong and several European cities. Mr Thong told Bloomberg television in Hong Kong: “We think the business connection between Asia and Europe is going to be very exciting for the next couple of years, after the current (economic) crisis is over. We are planning for

the aftermath.” It had been expected that HKA would announce a large A380 order last year. But the Financial Times newspaper reported that this was held up over the China’s opposition to the EU’s carbon emissions trading scheme, which would involve airlines paying additional costs. The US also has concerns about the scheme. The contract will take Airbus’s order backlog to 188. Airbus reportedly declined to comment ahead of a formal announcement of the contract on 17 January.

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9.5%........................... To get anywhere worth going to in Life ‘They’ tell us that you need to have an education and work hard - it also helps to start off rich and beautiful. These attributes are all very well, but ‘They’ have missed out on two essentials – be lucky and have a good list of excuses. I score on only one count on the first list, but I’ve made up for this lack on the second list – I can point to a whole succession of Lucky, and I have honed my excuse list to contain a plausible reason for passing on almost anything that doesn’t take my fancy. For instance, should my luck desert me and cause my car to get a puncture, I will conjure up the ‘I can’t do that, I’m only a woman’ excuse. I will scan the rain-soaked countryside (it’s always raining when you get a puncture) for a nearby male. I will adopt a forlorn and pathetic pose and watch with wrapt appreciation as someone other than myself bends themselves into uncomfortable positions as they struggle with the jack. I will stand well clear as they wrestle the spare tyre from its hidey hole, in the process of which they will transfer all sorts of detritus from the bootwell onto their their by now wet clothes. I will intone a silent prayer as they position the tyre and wheel nuts, many of which will roll away under the car. Finally they will arise from the task, soaked, muddy, grease-covered, with at least one banged finger and probably a recurrence of the back problem that they thought has been cured, but I will have expressed my solidarity with them – I will


not have opened my umbrella, so at least I will have shared in their wetness! Of course this only works if you are the sort of woman who likes doors held open for her and appreciates a doffed hat, and I am one such woman. I like being treated as special by the opposite gender, I don’t find it a bit demeaning, just very convenient, and massively flattering. This is far from the only excuse in my arsenal - another of my favourite excuses has this very morning received no less than Government validation. It is the ‘I can’t remember, I’m getting old’ excuse. I have been using this one to cover all sorts of shortcomings for some time, and now it is official – on the telly this morning the result of a survey was published which proves that between the ages of 40 and 65 our brains become 9.6% less efficient. Hooray! Now I can forget things without worrying – my brain is 9.6% less able to remember things, and that’s official! And I thought I was simply getting senile!

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January 6th? . . . It’s a date! It’s the sixth of January already (as I write) and Christmas has become a rapidly diminishing memory, as are the tins of Quality Street, the Christmas pud and the last of the mince pies that my wife baked in anticipation of the arrival of the passengers and crew of the Queen Mary. Twelfth Night is when the Christmas decorations are supposed to be dismantled and of course the Spanish festival of Three Kings is celebrated today. But other than that, January 6th did not stand out in my mind for any particular reason, other than being one of the early days of rehab after the seasonal pigout. But just out of curiosity I checked. I could not have been more wrong. The American President, Theodore Roosevelt bought the ranch in the sky on this day in 1919. Having started his long career running the New York City police, he progressed through his governorship of the state to becoming President after the assassination of William McKinley and going on to serve two terms. And just for good measure, he was awarded the Nobel Peace

Prize for his mediation between Russia and Japan. Not sure whether that was a war, a soccer match or a sushi eating contest, but there you go. That most outrageous of British bands The Sex Pistols were fired by EMI on this day in 1977. Pistols . . . fired . . . get it? Well anyway the record company thought the boys had overstepped the mark by swearing on TV – with the encouragement of the presenter Bill Grundy who also lost his job – and gave them a 40 grand payoff and withdrew the album Anarchy in the UK from sale, which had already sold 50,000 copies. All this of course got the Pistols even more publicity with the story being splashed across every front page in the land. These days the former self acclaimed anarchist Johnny Rotten aka John Lydon seems to make a very nice living from such things as TV presentation and appearing in butter ads, as well as continuing to perform on stage and scaring the wild life in the Australian jungle on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. It’s an ill wind. Bluff King Hal –Henry VIII – got married on this day way back in 1540. This was Anne of Cleves, wifey number four and counting. I bet her hen party was a bundle of laughs; she would have had

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the screaming abdabs about a man who had already seen off three wives. One he had divorced; another he sent for an appointment with a man wearing a silly mask and brandishing a big chopper, and a third who selfishly went and died on him - frightened to death I shouldn’t wonder. And the omens for Anne were bad right from the start because when Henry saw his bride for the first time he bellowed: “You have sent me a Flanders mare!” What a defamatory and hurtful thing to say about the next Queen of England. Poor cow. Also on this day: Harold II was crowned King of England in 1066. He did not have much time to enjoy his status however because the Normans invaded in September of the same year and he finished up sporting a snazzy arrow body piercing whilst on holiday in Hastings. Bummer! In 1916, conscription was introduced by the British government as an emergency measure in order to replace the tens of thousands of servicemen being killed in the trenches on the Western Front, and in 1931 the new Sadler’s Wells Theatre opened in London. Oh and in 1930 the Ozzie cricketer Don Bradman scored 452 not out, batting for New South Wales against Queensland . . . But of course he did, the Queensland fielders were still recovering from the Brisbane squits after an excess of turkey and XXXX

beer and couldn’t catch a ball for toffee. See how well you do with one hand holding your rear end. And try bowling accurately when there appears to be six hazy stumps and two batsmen lined up twenty two yards away. I’m surprised Donald didn’t reach his thousand. The famous Battle of the Bulge also has a claim to fame on this day in 1945, when the desperate last ditch attempt by the Germans to break through the advancing allied lines resulted in the loss of ten of their armoured divisions. It was this wedge (bulge) of tanks through the allied lines that gave the battle its name. And Joan of Arc was born on January 6th 1412. I wonder if she had a premonition on subsequent birthdays of what was to come when she tried to blow out the candles on her cake? Happy New Year!



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There are ‘serial lovers’ amongst us! We watch Spanish TV channel La Sexta, because they broadcast the best series, such as The Crime, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. I especially love when they announce new episodes and tell us “we are serial lovers”?!? I have heard of ‘serial killers’, even ‘serial adulterers’, but ‘serial lovers’; how does that work? I do know, what they mean – I just hope a Spanish client of ours also understood what we meant, when we suggested that he saw our ‘pelotas’ (Spanish slang for testicles), when we wanted to propose that he viewed our ‘pilotos’ (show apartments). “La justicia es igual para todos” (the justice is equal for all). These were HM King Juan Carlos’s words in his Christmas speech for 2011. Like with all equality, the equality of justice seems to be more equal for some than for others, and if you are the King’s son-in-law, trial and sentence seem to rest in the hands of the press. Princess Cristina’s husband, Iñaki Urdangarín is under suspicion of having committed tax-evasion and a couple of other dubious financial transactions. I have no idea whether he is guilty or not, as he has not had his “day in court” yet. However, the Spanish press has tried and sentenced him, and published their ‘findings’ in a programme titled “The fall of the perfect son-in-law”. “….he kissed the princess and they lived happily ever after.” Hans Christian Andersen is not just turning in his grave, he is performing pirouettes! Those horrid Americans! Is there no end to the evil they can produce? Their latest ‘invention’ is to inflict cancer in South American political leaders! But, it is true! Anyway, if you are to believe the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez’s paranoia! Chavez voiced his suspicion after it was announced that Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was to undergo surgery for suspected cancer in the thyroid. It turned out that Mrs. Fernándex de Kirchner did not have cancer. How does Chavez explain that? Has he found a counter measure for cancer and ‘once more’ saved the world from those despicable North Americans? As you have probably noticed, the Apocalypse did not exterminate the world 21st December as announced in the Mayan calendar. We can all thank the 12 master shamans of Peru for this. They have, thankfully, neutralized the event. They have – like previous years – also scattered healing and protection on the world. They have found out that Cristina Kirchner’s and Hugo Chavez’s cancer is easily cured, they have sent gobs of spit towards Spain’s new prime minister – no, not because he has cut expenses and put up taxes – but to give him good luck. To be fair, they have done the same for North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un and Obama. This ceremony required not only spit, but incense, swords, human skulls (though empty, Hugo Chavez’s was not available), yellow paper, and yellow flowers. Did you also hear the collective sigh of relief when the shamans pronounced that the world will not go under, but all evil, vengeance, and cholera will end! Shame that the financial world do not count shamans among their advisors! Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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Cream Roasted Swede Soup Serves 4


1 swede, peeled and cut into cubes 3 tbsp olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely sliced 2 stalks celery, finely sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 6 stalks fresh thyme, leaves only 1.25 litres vegetable stock 142ml carton single cream fresh thyme leaves to garnish


Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place the cubes of swede in a roasting tray. Drizzle over two tablespoons of the olive oil and season. Roast in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden

brown and tender, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, stir in the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and thyme leaves and fry for 4-5 minutes until softened but not browned. Add the roasted swede to the pan and pour over the stock. Bring gently to the boil, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Purée the soup in a food processor or liquidiser until completely smooth. Pass through a sieve for an extra fine texture if preferred. Transfer the soup back to a clean saucepan. Stir in most of the cream, reserving some for garnishing. Gently heat through and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve in warm bowls or a soup tureen and garnish with a swirl of cream, some fresh thyme leaves and freshly ground black pepper.

Moroccan Chicken, Squash & Chickpea Stew

Main Course... Serves 6


15ml vegetable oil 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, grated 2 level tbsp harissa 25g plain flour 1 litre hot vegetable stock 4 tomatoes 1x2.5kg butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 250g spinach leaves Juice of 1 lime


Heat the oil in a large pan, add the chicken and cook over a medium heat for 5min until browned all over, stirring occasionally. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and continue to cook for 5min until softened. Add the harissa and flour and cook over a medium heat for

1-2min. Add the stock, cover and bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45min. Meanwhile, score the tomatoes and plunge into a bowl of boiling water for about 30sec. Drain and peel off the tomato skins. Scoop the seeds into a sieve resting over a bowl to catch any juice, then roughly chop the tomato flesh. Add to the bowl containing the juice and put aside. When the stew has simmered for 45min, add the squash, chickpeas and tomatoes and their juice to the pot. Cover and bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally, for a further 20min or until the squash is tender. Remove any large stalks from the spinach and tear the larger leaves in half. Add to the pan with the lime juice and cook for 2-3min. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices. COOK’S TIP: To make a vegetarian version, omit the chicken and add an extra can of drained and rinsed chickpeas instead.

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Two weeks after Cadbury announced plans to ditch 200 staff to cut costs, owner Kraft is spending £6million flipping Dairy Milk bars upright at the tills. For the past 186 years, the chocolate maker’s slabs of confectionery have been stacked flat in boxes at checkouts. But new owner Kraft complains this makes them virtually impossible for shoppers to see. Now, just over a year after the quintessentially English firm was taken over by the American processed-cheese giant, it has spent £6million on new packaging to make the chocolate bars stand erect in their cardboard boxes, the Mail can reveal. The expensive ‘innovation’ is aimed at capturing more impulse purchases. Research showed customers are more likely to succumb to their sweet tooth if they see a complete bar of chocolate rather than just its side. Kraft is using the cash on a new production line at its factory in Birmingham to repackage bars of Dairy Milk, Whole Nut, and Fruit and Nut. Each cardboard box will be fitted with a spring that prevents the bars from falling over. It also pushes the confectionery forward each time one is removed. Customers will see the new packs in the first half of next year.



Sweet and drink firms in the dock over allegations they misled customers about sugar in products


Firms producing sweets and soft drinks have been accused of misleading consumers about the amount of sugar in their products

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Baked Apples Serves 4


4 large apples Zest and juice of 1 small orange 75g light muscovado sugar 50g dried cherries 25g butter


Preheat the oven 200°C (180°C fan oven) mark 6. Core the apples, score them around the middle with a

small, sharp knife (to prevent them exploding), then put them in a roasting pan or small ovenproof dish. Stir together the orange zest and juice, muscovado sugar and dried cherries and divide into four, filling each core. Dot the apples with the butter and bake in the oven for 30-35min or until they’re soft. Spoon over some crème fraîche or cream and serve.

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While junk food advertising is banned during children’s television programmes, campaigners fear companies are using the internet as a loophole. In a poll by the Children’s Food Campaign, Chupa Chups was voted the worst offender for a video on its website suggesting its yellow lollipops are made only from real lemon juice. In fact, they contain just 3 per cent fruit and are mostly made of sugar and glucose syrup, according to the label. The runner-up was the British Soft Drinks Association, the

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JAGUARS sunshine and pussy cats Written by Eric Arnold

all for just 18.00 Euros + IVA. It is worth coming to the meetings just for the lunch alone!

27 beautiful Jaguars and 52 people, it just keeps growing every meeting, it is nice to know I must be doing something right. The sun was shining, the air was warm and the cars glistened in the fabulous winter sun, I do feel sorry for those poor Jaguar owners in “Blighty”, up to their ***** in snow, rain and fog, the poor Jaguar cocooned away from the damp and cold never to see the light of day until the start of Britain’s next short summer, which if they are lucky last’s about 3 weeks. The fourth meeting of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club in Spain took place on Sunday 8th January 2012 at Restaurant Los Almendros in Torrellano, near Alicante Airport. I wish to thank all those that attended the meeting, especially all the new members. The biggest turn out yet,

We all gathered for group photographs and a last chat. People started to depart just after 4:30pm. The next meeting to be held at Los Almendros is planned for 11th March 2012. Future events planned for 2012 is a cruise in convoy to a fantastic gourmet restaurant in Pinoso and a cruise to Calasparra for a visit to the Sanctuary and a hog roast.

Some of the old favourites were there as usual, a fabulous red Jaguar XK120 drophead and some good examples of XK’s and XKR’s. A new arrival, a stunning red 4.2 E type coupe and one of the new Jaguar XF saloons. Jaguar Sovereign Long Wheel Base saloon, a newly acquired XJ X300 a fabulous XKR Coupe and of course “The Guvnors” XK8 Convertible. More examples of E types, XJS’s, XK8’s, XJ’s, X Types, a Mark 2 and S Types completed the collection this time. A photo quiz kept the “grey matter” working during lunch, 20 pictures of very unusual Jaguars or parts of Jaguars to really test the memory banks and Jaguar knowledge. We had a very worthy winner, a new attendee, Mr Stig MoltuJacobsen, he was presented with a unique bottle of Jaguar wine. We were also very pleased to announce that one of our members Mr Alfonso Cuervo-Arango has just been presented with an award by the Spanish Ministry of Science for his unique invention of a water saving device. Lunch at Los Almendros was exceptional, the famous Los Almendros bread with tomato and aioli, a fabulous

duck paté with mini toast and a fruit conserve, plates of cheese and ham, a hot chicken dish with an intense sauce, then a fantastic confit of duck with potatoes and vegetables, sword fish or paella. Followed by an assorted plate of desserts. Wine, water, beers and beautiful aromatic coffee


The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club is the largest of the worlds Jaguar Clubs, apart from joining in the fun at the meetings, members also benefit from a glossy 132 page A4 monthly magazine, Jaguar spares department and a technical advice service second to none. Special insurance deals and approved service centres are also part of the benefits.If you live in Spain and own a Jaguar you should be a member of The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold who can be contacted by email or by phone on 609931647 or alternatively check out the JEC web site or come along to our next meeting and have a chat, contact Eric by email to register your interest.

CD MONTESINOS STAY TOP............................................

CDM team: Cubano, Becker, Javi, Fernando, Rubio, Andres, Sanchez, Chulo, M&A, Macan and Edu. Subs: Vazquinho and Dimitry Goals: Vazquinho and Andres (Pen) Despite dropping points from their 2-2 away draw at Albatera, CD Montesinos remain at the top of the table in the 2nd Regional Division, Group 17. CD Montesinos came into this game as league leaders following their excellent campaign during the first half of the season, but with the Christmas fiestas bringing a stop to the league programme here in Spain, it was important to get something from this, the first game of the New Year. After a forgettable first 45 minutes which saw Montesinos dominating without causing the home defence too many problems, Monte fell behind to a superbly executed free kick from Albatera, and despite having the better of the first half, including hitting the woodwork, they went in at the break 1-0 down. Manager, Juanpe, gave them their usual grilling at half time and substituted a

defender for a forward as Vazquinho was added to the Monte forward line. Despite dominating the game and having the best chances, it was the home side who increased their lead on the break, leaving Montesinos 20 down and looking as if they would fall to their second defeat of the season. However, credit to Montesinos as they refused to be beaten. First substitute Vazquinho finished off a good move when he lobbed the advancing keeper to put the visitors back into the game, and then, with 7 minutes to go, Montesinos was awarded a clear penalty which the young Andres blasted high into the net, to equalise. Not content with pulling the game back, Monte went in search of the winner, and almost got it

with the last kick, or header in this case. Dimitry headed against the post and the Montesinos fans, which made up half the crowd, starting to celebrate before realising there was no goal. When the final whistle was blown a share of the points felt a little like a defeat, although coming back from two goals down away from home to snatch a draw is never easy to achieve. Next Sunday, 15th of January, CD Montesinos have a HOME game against another side challenging for the top spot, as they entertain RAFAL. Kick off is at 4pm in Los Montesinos. For additional information regarding CD Montesinos or their Internacional Supporters’ Club, The Full Monte, take a look at the website www., email thefullmonte2011@hotmail. com or telephone 637 869 602. In association with CajaMurcia

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COMMUNITY NEWS - costa blanca Ballroom/Latin/ Sequence dancing with La Bamba’s...

At La Rustika [Los Arcos] Restaurant, Avenida Balaeres 34, Torrevieja. Saturday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10pm Starting 9th January 2012 - Monday - New Beginners Class - 10am - 11.30am Monday Intermediate Class 11.30am - 1pm Tuesday - Popular Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month]. At Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting 12th January 2012 - Thursday - New Beginners class 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Intermediate class 8.30pm - 10.00pm. For more info contact Andrea 616 478 157.


Open Meeting. Calle San Miguel de Salinas 2, (Corner of Calle Santomera), Torrevieja. 1.00pm. If you are worried about your own level of drinking or concerned for the well being of someone close to you, please come along. No obligation. Helpline 625 912 078.


Are concerned about your own level of drinking? Does your personal or professional life bring you into contact with a problem drinker? Members of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS invite you to attend, without obligation, an Open Meeting on Friday 13th January at Calle San Miguel de Salinas 2, (Corner of Calle Santomera), Torrevieja at 1.00pm. Helpline 625 912 078.


We are a friendship group for single people, meeting Wednesday afternoons from 3 p.m. at “RUBY’S BAR” on El Raso (off the Lemon Tree Road) Guardamar. New friends are always welcome. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057


Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Trish Doherty will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 15th January. On Tuesday 17th January there will be an Evening of Mediumship with Pauline Kernick. The Divine Service on Sunday, January, 22nd will be taken by Deanna Sparks. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028.

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Tuesday, Quesada at Bar Las Naciones, next to the Spice Hut at 10am.A healthy eating food plan with very good results. Only 5 euros weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. All welcome. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553. Thursday, La Marina at The Hillside Bar at 11am.A healthy eating food plan with very good results. Only 5 euros weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. All welcome. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553.


The Torrevieja branch of the U3A will be holding their Annual General Meeting at the Centro Municipal de Ocio (CMO) on Monday 30th January 2012. The doors will open at 10am and the meeting will commence at 10.30am. The Minutes of last years AGM will be read and passed and new Officers and Committee members will be elected. This is the first meeting at the CMO and it is fitting that it will be the Associations AGM. Members can renew their membership for 10Euros, down from 12 Euros last year. The location of the CMO can be found on the Associations web site www.torreviejau3a. org. The association welcomes members of all nationalities but the language used is English.

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Do you have a spare few hours a week? We desperately need people to work in our shops and on our market stall please contact Natasha on 616 210 850.

Chance is 3 and a half years old, he was found as a tiny puppy with a huge wound to his neck, his wound was so severe that we did not think he would survive. We would love to see Chance in a home environment as he has lived all his life in the kennels. Just recently he has shown signs of being distressed, he walks round and round his kennel all day. He loves to go for walks and gets on well with other dogs. He is chipped, vaccinated and castrated. If you could give Chance a long term foster home please contact us, all his costs will be covered by APAH you just have to give him a safe and loving home.

Never Danced-No Partner-No Problem. NEW VENUES. Every Tuesday 6.30pm at the new Marjal Camping Costa Blanca, Nr Catral.Junction 730 off the AP7. Every Wednesday 7pm at Don Decades, Cl Isla Menorca, La Regia, Orihuela Costa, of the N332 behind Apollo Cars. Every Thursday 7pm Los Rosales Restaurant, formally the Venue on the Lemon Tree Road, CV895, Campo De Guardamar. All classes commence with a beginners class for all dancers to meet and help any newcomers. TEL 670711408 / 966189346


Torrevieja Costa Lions Club President Iain Bennett is hosting a Burns Night in celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns at Restaurante Lo Marabu in Dona Pepa, Quesada on Saturday 28th January 2012. Tickets priced at 17.50 can be booked by contacting Iain on 966 731 495, or at Lo Marabu Restaurant 966 716 012. The evening commences at 1930 with a welcome by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums with guests dining at 2000 hrs. The four course dinner will be interspersed with Burns recitations and a little Burns history in a light hearted manner. If you have never been to a Burns Night before this is one not to be missed. You do not have to be Scottish to enjoy this excellent night out, everyone is welcome.

The next quarterly meeting of Rojales Neighbourhood Watch will be on Monday 5th March 2012 at 11.00 in the Municipal Centre in Ciudad Quesada. All residents of 03170 Rojales postal area are welcome to attend. Our Chief of Police will also be in there. David East Lead Coordinator david. Helen Tudor Secretary

STRICTLY DANCE UPDATE.......................

Unfortunately, I am writing to tell you that we will not be starting dancing at La Rustika. It would appear that we have been blocked from going there because someone is afraid of losing students!! Need I say more! In the meantime don’t forget that we are still running classes starting this Monday 9 January and Tuesday 10 at The Club in Quesada. Classes for the first 3 weeks will be: Monday Beginners Cha Cha Cha, Intermediate Slow Foxtrot Tuesday Beginners Argentine Tango, Intermediate Merengue We are still looking for an alternative venue to replace our Thursday but at the minute have drawn a blank despite quite extensive searching. I am waiting for someone to get back to me about a venue but haven’t heard at the moment. I will of course let you know if and when we find an alternative. I hope that you will be able to come to one of our existing classes in the meantime. Best Wishes Lyn xxx



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Contact Eric & betty Tel 966 785 415

HELP ASSOCIATION OF VEGA BAJA FRIENDS UNLIMITED, the social arm of Help Vega Baja, meets every Thursday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the The Club, Calle Toledo, Ciudad Quesada, Rojales (adjacent to Quesada Bowls Club), unless marked otherwise. For more details please telephone Pat, the coordinator, on 966 719 862 or why not just come along, no membership necessary and, you are assured of a warm welcome. Jan 12 Riki Cernuda - ‘Through Spanish Eyes’ - THE CLUB Jan 19 ‘In-House’ quiz with Colin Fear - THE CLUB Jan 26 **Menu del dia 12€ - SAN MIGUEL BAR AND KITCHEN Feb 2 Eileen Wallace with One Stroke Painting demonstration - THE CLUB


Rusty is a year and a half old, he came to us when his owner died very suddenly. He has been with us for over a year and has never got on well in a kennel environment. He is thin and never seems to put any weight on. He has been blood tested and all have come back negative, his vet has said that it is down to stress. He barks constantly in his kennel but when let out he is an angel, he just wants to be with someone and know that he is never going to be left alone again. He walks well on his lead and gets on well with other dogs. If you could give Rusty a foster home please contact Natasha on 616210850. All costs are covered by APAH

modern jive.............. Rojales NEW UPDATE FROM JANUARY 2012 Neighbourhood CerocStyle the easy slow jive with latin Wood.......................... style.


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for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON 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

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Muffin was abandoned in Fuente Alamo. He is a small mixed breed and is an ideal small boy. He loves to play and likes his walks. He loves other dogs and therefore would fit in with a family that already has a dog or 2. Call: 690 906 565

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vehicle imports & and competitive rates. call 687 845 730

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spanglish Mum

Let me start by saying ‘Happy New Year’ to everyone. Let’s hope that 2012 is healthy and positive. Let’s try however trying it will probably be..... We’ve had a quiet family Christmas as the Spanish side are still in mourning after my mother-in-laws passing. It’s hard for the boys to understand what happened as they draw pictures of their ‘Abuela’ in the sky with God and Jesus as they have learnt from their religion classes. At nearly five and six years old they are growing up so fast and one of the things I love most about being a Mum, especially at Christmas time, is their illusion. Their real belief that Father Christmas had arrived on Christmas morning and filled their stockings. Their eyes lit up and they whooped for joy. Those little moments are what real happiness is. Lucky for them that they are half Spanish and that Father Christmas mentioned to his friends the Three Kings where he had left toys so that they could do the same for ‘Los Reyes’. Lucky for us that the boys didn’t recognise their Papas cousins dressed up as two of the ‘Kings’ during the town procession either. It’s nice for the children to be positive, and we really try to be however tricky things become.


Jeremy Renner in ‘Bourne Legacy’

The first image of Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy has been revealed.

The espionage thriller sees Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star Renner play Aaron Cross, an agent from a covert government programme similar to the Treadstone facility that trained Jason Bourne (Matt Damon). The first look at Renner’s character Cross was released by USA Today. Renner and writer/director Tony Gilroy have replaced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass on the Bourne franchise, although there is scope for Damon to return in the future. “This one still has to be successful, but maybe eventually Matt Damon and I could do one together,” Renner said. “That would be kick-ass. I love Matt.” Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Albert Finney will co-star in The Bourne Legacy, which opens in cinemas in August 2012.

‘Doctor Who’ Karen Gillan ‘knew about Amy Pond exit for ages’

I know the situation is the same for very many people at this time as well, especially as it seems that this year is going to be more of a ‘crisis’ than last. January is well known as the most difficult month so let’s hold onto our hats and move forward in a positive manner. ‘Be Prepared’ wasn’t that a Brownie Guide moto? It’s a scary time of insecurity regarding jobs/money but we’ve got to remember that we aren’t alone in such times. Log onto the internet and watch a cheesy 1980’s song on You Tube to lift the spirits, dance around the room and give yourself the strength to smile about something again. 2012 is going to be more positive. I’m going to try to stay calm and accept that very many things are done differently here and that’s just as it is. There are times when I really don’t feel like a proper grown-up, but I guess there are many people who also feel the same way?

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has discussed her impending exit from the show.

The actress told talkshow host Graham Norton that she had known her character Amy Pond would depart the sci-fi drama “for ages”. In an appearance to be aired on BBC One tonight (January 6), Gillan said: “It’s such a massive relief that [the news] is out and I can speak freely about it.” She added: “I’m back next year for a few episodes but it’s not actually confirmed when I go.” Gillan also claimed that she is uncertain how Amy will be written out of the show and did not rule out the possibility of an on-screen death. “I don’t know, it could be possible,” she admitted. Doctor Who actor Matt Smith also appeared on The Graham Norton Show late last year and said that he will “miss” Gillan.

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“She’s my best mate,” he said. “But there comes a time when a story concludes, and the essence of the show is that it constantly reinvents itself.” Doctor Who is expected to return to BBC One in late 2012.

Alqueria The Fall of Roberto Robles

Roberto Robles is number two at Alqueria’s only major employer, Olivarera de Alqueria. Owned and neglected by Fernando Rodriguez, the mill is in terminal decline. Rodriguez and his family have milked the place for years, while entrenched nepotism ensures nothing changes. Robles owes his position to his Father’s boot-licking and retaining it to his own sycophantic soul. He is a man with very little ability and the sense of humour of a football manager. He does speak very loud though. He undoubtedly believes this is adequate compensation for his other shortcomings. Both factions in the village are employed at the mill but never in the same department. All of the managers and directors are however Newcomers, Los Recién Llegados thus ensuring conflict. Robles carried the grand title of Director de Ventas, his title being inversely proportional to his abilities. He worked on the theory that if he couldn’t solve a problem he simply created another to cover the first. His department is staffed by the Hill people, Los Gente del Cerro and is always in a state of undeclared warfare, clandestine manoeuvring and point scoring. This manifested itself in may ways. From replacing the desk photograph of Robles’s wife with one of a Chacma Baboon

which took him three day to notice to causing him to have a total nervous breakdown. The latter was engineered and perpetrated by Manuela the heroine of Alqueria, unofficially of course. It all started in a small way. She simply moved his spectacles and watched the resulting confusion as he retrieved them. She experimented with his swivel chair, jacket and brief case. Flushed with success she hit on the idea of phoning his mobile using a suitablyhusky voice and thanking him for a wonderful night. Robles stopped answering his mobile phone and took to wearing his spectacles on a cord around his neck. He went into a decline. He skulked in his office behind closed doors seeing no one. Arriving and leaving via his window, crouching low as he headed for the car-park. Manuela timed her gota que colma el vaso with perfection. Lifting Robles’s car keys she drove his company Range Rover to his home leaving it in the substantial driveway. After making her way back to the mill, she carefully replaced his car keys. The whole office waited. Robles left through the window and sprinted to his car or where


John MacDonald (El Sordo)

he believed his car would be. Finding his space empty he sank to his knees, sobbing, his shoulders shaking w i t h despair. T hey

were st i l l shaking as he was loaded into the ambulance and driven away. Manuela p e e r e d through the office blinds at her handiwork. It was six months until R o b l e s returned to work. Just as inefficient, still the sycopha nt but his booming voice now breaks and his hands shake. As Robles fell so Manuela’s prestige grew. She wasn’t the sort of girl to rest on her laurels however.

Andrew Lloyd Webber to launch ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ show on ITV

Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to launch a televised search for the star of a Jesus Christ Superstar revival. The 63-year-old composer is hoping to find a lead actor for a new arena tour of his musical, according to The Sun newspaper. Sources say the show will air on ITV after the BBC feared that religious viewers could be offended. “He has been wanting to get this off the ground for some time but the BBC just didn’t want it,” a source revealed. “They had issues about auditioning for Jesus. They feared Christians would get hot under the collar. The Beeb also kept getting flak for effectively promoting Andrew’s commercial interests.

“ITV chief Peter Fincham is close to Andrew’s people and has been desperate to do something with him for ages. Now it’s finally happening.” Welsh singer Steve Balsamo, who played Jesus in the 1996 West End production, is apparently being sought to judge the competition.

Lloyd Webber previously fronted casting projects How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’ on the BBC. The London run of his Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies closed in August.


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pause for thought

Well here we are, nearly two weeks into 2012, with 2011 and even the Christmas and New Year celebrations now but a distant memory. For me of course as I look back, I can’t help but remember the work I was putting into training twelve months ago, nor the high point of that year, both literally and metaphorically, as I stood triumphantly exhausted on Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro, which at nearly 20,000 ft above sea level, is the highest point in Africa and perhaps the greatest challenge of my life. But of course, wonderful though that experience was, that was last year, and now as time rolls relentlessly on, I, like everyone else, really do need to advance, to make new plans and face new challenges. And in many respects these challenges seem quite similar to those faced on my climb, the thought of which as I prepared, filled me with huge excitement and anticipation, tinged with a healthy level of trepidation as to the unknown. And having prepared myself to the best of my ability, I then had to rely entirely on my guide to lead me safely past the various hazards,

many of which I didn’t even recognise. He may well have worried about my capabilities, but having him there, I merely had to enjoy the experience and follow his directions, leaving all the worrying to him. And similarly, there can be few challenges greater or more exciting than that of facing a new year, with all its uncertainties. For, in spite of any plans we may make, we none of us really know what the future may hold. But as a Christian; in life, as on the mountain, I have a guide who I can trust to lead me safely through the various hazards, so can relax and enjoy the experience, leaving all the worrying to him. For as St Peter wrote “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7) There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

REPAIRING ERRANT NEW YEAR´S RESOLUTIONS - SORTED New year’s resolutions can be-- a ponderous thing. And if you don’t keep them, it is just another chip out of the old home ego. Of course, the non compliance sheds disgrace on you in the long run. Solution? Don’t make them. Of course, to be so wise it has taken me some 65 vueltas around the sun to arrive at that precise conjecture. The rule of thumb is simple: break them all within a week, and they weren’t “made” for earnest. Thrown away in the first week makes them meaningless. As quickly forgotten as the 5th to last drink you took on New Year’s Eve. And, unaccountable. But as a few more days than “customary” have passed I fear I am obligated to summon up my resources. You will remember that only a king can forgive this gross error. After all we must also pardon the little devil in you who even suggested such erroneous actions.

So, as the popular saying goes “noblesse oblige;” it´s a generous week for such a turnabout. It has to do with Kings; Jan 6th, day of the Kings in Spain, Christmas gifts to all. Jan 7th, day of the Kings in Russia, gifts to the Kremilin. It´s also the King of Spain´s birthday. Jan 8th, the King was born. Plan again your pilgrimage to Gracelands. January 9 t h , forgive yourself day and forget all New Year´s resolutions— even the good ones. January 10th, buy your best friend a drink day and ask for forgiveness for all the stupid things you will say and do in the coming year.

Resolutions resolved. Worry not. Nix, nada. Oh! And if you want to worry about something—get fearful of the banks here!

Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www. His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky. com and, his life long passion!

If it aint broke...

Plastic trees aside; I wonder if anybody’s ever managed to keep a Christmas tree alive for another Xmas. Living in London in the 90s my then girlfriend and I were so in love with our tree one year that we managed to keep it alive, decorated and lit up for about 6 months after Crimbo. Last week at Three Kings I performed the highly technical test of shaking the tree gently and then stood back as it became a brown skeleton in front of my eyes, I deduced twas deaded. January always excites me as almond blossom slowly covers the landscape; three years ago I saw my first blossom on New Years Day and this year was the same, unfortunately the tree happened to be atop a huge hill and my hangover prevented me from climbing up to picture it, instead the accompanying photo shows blossom from lower down the slopes. The month has started fine and warm real tee-shirt weather, it’s such a pleasure ribbing people stuck in dreary and cold Blighty. Last time I remember January being this warm was 2007, yet days later the temperature plummeted and it snowed heavily across the whole of Spain. Even Mojacar Playa got its first covering in 50 years. The logs are stacked so whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us she can bring it on! ‘If it aint broke don’t fix it!’ This saying popped into my head as I stood alongside fellow bewildered shoppers in Murky Donuts recently as we fruitlessly scanned the shelves for large tins of dog food. In their place instead were shrink wrapped cartons bearing the ominous and never true words ‘Easy Open’. The dogs at feeding time were exposed to much wailing and gnashing of teeth as I struggled with the modern day equivalent of the Rubik’s cube or Tetrapak to give its proper name. Quite sensibly I decided my teeth could not be used to facilitate matters so a big knife was found to kill the beast. Don’t even get me started on the extra and needless packaging now being used rather than just the one can to recycle grrrr! Now to talk sensibly about socks; I urge all who have yet to feel the sublime pleasure of BAM socks to take a trip to Girasol in Albox or Home Sweet Home in Turre to buy these soft luxurious beauties! 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: -




Updated Citroen C1

Updated Citroen C1 gets fresh styling, more equipment and CO2 emissions of 99g/km for the first time...

The Citroen C1 city car has been updated in an attempt to keep pace with the new VW up!. Refreshed front end styling, mechanical tweaks and a cleaner three-cylinder engine have all been added. The C1 keeps the same three-cylinder 68bhp 1.0-litre engine that it shares with its sister cars the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo, but thanks to some minor tweaks it now emits a tax-busting 99g/km of CO2 and returns 65.7mpg when equipped with the five-speed manual gearbox. An EGS automatic is also available, equipped with wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the first time, although that drops fuel economy and emissions to 62.8mpg and 104g/km respectively. Citroen claims revised power steering settings and re-calibrated suspension improve agility and ride comfort, too. A smaller double chevron badge now sits on the bonnet, while the front bumper has been completely redesigned to house vertical LED running lights - a signature already seen on the DS3 and C4 Aircross - and a pair of fog lights. Botticelli Blue, a colour already offered on the C3 and DS3, is added to the paint choices, and a chrome strip is added to the grille on mid and top-spec cars. A new leather steering

Mitsubishi Shogun Black

Limited-edition Mitsubishi Shogun Black is priced at £42,799

wheel, a redesigned manual gear lever and leather/Alcantara upholstery are all now offered as optional extras. The new C1 makes its world debut at the Brussels Motor Show this week. UK pricing will be confirmed closer to the on-sale date in April.

Nissan X-Trail Platinum

Luxurious Nissan X-Trail Platinum is limited to just 200 units

The Nissan X-Trail Platinum is the most exclusive version of the firm’s rugged off-roader yet – and only 200 examples of the £29,180 special edition will be built. A few subtle styling upgrades mark out the newcomer, including additional underbody guards at the front and rear, as well as chrome side steps. On the inside, the Platinum is kitted out with luxury options like leather upholstery, electrically adjustable heated front seats, sat-nav and a reversing camera. The only engine option is a 171bhp 2.0-litre dCi diesel with average fuel economy of 44.1mpg and a six-speed manual, although an automatic gearbox is also available. The price of exclusivity isn’t as high as you might think, as the Platinum’s price-tag of £29,180 is £400 less than the Tekna on which it’s based.

There’s a new limited-edition off-roader on the block - the Mitsubishi Shogun Black. It’s available in Frost White, Cool Silver, Diamond Black, Orient Red metallic or Granite Brown metaillic, and all cars get black 20-inch alloy wheels, plus the roof, rear spoiler, wing mirrors, grille and door handles all finished in satin black. The Shogun Black is only available as a long-wheelbase model fitted with the 197bhp 3.2litre diesel. It’s based on the current range-topping model – the SG4 – which means it comes with sat-nav, heated leather seats, a reversing camera and automatic lights and wipers as standard. The Shogun Black is available to order now priced at £42,799, which is a £1,000 premium over the LWB SG4 Shogun.

Drug-driving law could be toughened Department for Transport advisory panel to assess legal ‘body limits’ and roadside tests to mirror drink-driving legislation



The government is assembling a panel of experts to look at introducing a law against taking drugs and driving, and to assess the means of testing and the possible legal limits for motorists. The Department for Transport is setting up the panel of academics and scientists to advise on whether or not drug-driving rules could be implemented in the same way as the UK’s drink-driving laws. Legislation could be introduced if the panel decides it is technically feasible, in terms of roadside testing and of establishing a universal level for either illicit or medicinal drugs. Safety campaigners point to a large increase in the proportion of fatal accidents involving drug use, foremost being cannabis, since the 1980s. The road safety minister, Mike Penning, said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we know how important it is to tackle the menace of drug-driving. That is why we are putting together experts to give us advice on the technical aspects of introducing an offence of driving with an illegal drug in your body.” While motorists can be charged with being unfit to drive through drugs, the difficulty of securing proof means prosecutions are comparatively rare. Under current law, evidence is needed of driving ability being impaired. With no roadside test kit, similar to a breathalyser, assessment relies on the subjective view of police doing impairment tests: drivers count to 30, walk in a straight line nine paces forward and back, and touch finger to nose with eyes closed. The panel, which will meet in the spring, will consider if it is possible to set drug equivalents to the drink-drive blood alcohol level. The DfT lists cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and opiates as the main drugs for consideration, but prescription and legally obtained drugs can also affect driving ability, especially in combination. Roadside drug testing kits, or “drugalysers”, are already used in Australia, where the state of Victoria pioneered drug-drive testing in 2004. Using saliva tests, police can, in five minutes, test for MDMA, methamphetamine (found in speed and crystal meth) and THC, the active component in cannabis.

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LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY............. GREAT WIN FOR NEW MANAGER.. MAGGOTS END..................................

Happy New Year to all members and friends and we hope you will be joining us at some point in 2012. Today, 04.01.12, the Society played the first game of the new year and renewed their acquaintance with Font Del Llop. The format was a 2 person scramble with 26 players taking part. Although the sky was clear when we arrived for the 10.00 tee off the sun had not reached the fairways and the wind was cold, but once we had started the sun came over the hills and the temperature rose significantly. The course was in good condition, although a little wet in places but the greens ran very fast and true. Although the course had been set up on the easy side, our choice, the scores didn’t really reflect this, with the lowest score being 66. Probably next time some members need to take their sat navs to find the correct greens, having said this most people enjoyed their experience. The staff were extremely helpful and

served us a picnic half way round and made sure that we were well satisfied. The winners are as follows; 1st: Carl Peden and Ian Camichel 66 2nd: Gail Coultate and Alan Crain 69 3rd Phil Rhodes and Brian Coultate 70 c/b Nearest the pins: Hole 8 marker went missing so the two people whose names were on received a sleeve of balls each, Alan Crain and Brian Inglis hole 12, Stan Earl Hole 16, Gordon Buist Hole 17, Geoff Dowsett. There were 2 ‘2s’, Phil Rhodes and Brian Coultate and Stan Earl and John Henderson who shared a pot of €26. Our next get together is at Las Colinas on the 18th of January and Bonalba on the 1st of February, both of these will be a stableford, so please enter your names as soon as possible. Any other information can be seen on our website https://sites.

FC Torrevieja................................. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER !!! After the 3 week Christmas/ News Years break here in Spain, the second half of the season got underway last weekend. Torry faced a difficult away game against CD Acero, a team from Sagunt just north of Valencia. Going into the game both teams were level on points with Torry in 5th place and Acero in 7th place virtue of Torry having the better goal difference. CD Acero had a very impressive home record having won 9 and drawn 1 of their first 10 games scoring 20 and conceding only 2 before their last home game which they lost 5-2 to Muro. Torry were without the consistent Vidal, out through suspension and the leading goalscorer and leader of the line Petu who is still trying to shrug of an injury. The defensive linchpin Meijide returned from injury. The manager sprung a surprise by including 2 midfield/widemen in the full-back positions in Nico and Manu. Nico has played there recently and done well. Abel started in central defence alongside Meijide. The ageing Corcoles was brought in to replace Petu to lead the line. The Torry line-up was: Mendez, Nico, Abel, Meijide, Manu, Prior, Corella, Juande, Carrasco, Ramiro and Corcoles (Jorge 45 min)(Victor 77 mins). Torry got off to the perfect start after a minute through a Prior header. which found the net. from a Ramiro freekick. Torry were the better side in the first half and could have increased their lead with better finishing. The only threat that Acero were causing was through their robust centre forward which I would have thought Abel would have coped with as he is there for his

physical presence and not for his delicate ball skills. The manager decided at halftime to bring on Jorge at the expense of Corcoles to negate the physical presence and protect the lead. Jorge was let of the leash and was cautioned after a few minutes of the second half for a cynical challenge. After 6 minutes of the restart Acero equalised. Torry were still in the game, with Ramiro continuing to be a threat, but after 72 minutes fell behind. After 77 minutes the hapless Jorge was replaced by Victor to bolster the attack and try to salvage something from the game. Victor had a great opportunity but had the ball taken off him by an opposition defender as he was about to pull the trigger. Acero then scored a third goal with a couple of minutes to go and sealed victory. Ramiro and Jorge were cautioned during the game. Acero have now overtaken Torry and moved up to 4th place. Torry drop to 8th place, 3 points adrift of the 4th placed side. It looks like being a mad scramble for the 4th and final play-off place but Torry are still in the frame. If at all possible Torry should look to bring in another central striker and central defender in the transfer window. The overriding priority being a central striker as back-up for the lnjured Petu. Torry now have 5 winnable games against sides below them in the table and I feel need to collect at least 12 points – no pressure then. They start at home on Sunday against bottom of the table Barrio Cristo which is a must win game. Kick-Off is at 5.00 pm. Be there. A deflated but not totally Darrylldinho . Keep the faith.

FC CARTAGENA - 2 SD HUESCA - 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD First half goals by Dimas and Chamorro (both 1sts of the season), signalled a welcome debut victory for new manager Carlos Rios. Cartagena started the new year firmly rooted to the bottom of div 2a, but these well earned 3 points lifts them up a place. Following a pathetic defeat to Xerez just before Xmas, club president Paco Gomez decided that the only present he would be giving manager Javi Lopez, would be the sack (and I’m not talking of the material kind!!). Ruthless Gomez wasted no time in appointing Carlos Rios as the clubs THIRD manager of the season - this follows a win’less run of 7 matches, in which only ONE goal was scored. Carlos Rios immediately got off on the right foot in my estimation, when he left out the hopeless Spanish donkey, who goes by the name of Goiria (Gloria). Los Albinegros started brightly, Mariano just missing the target with a firm header after 8 mins. Collantes came close with a long range drive, before the home side took the lead on 25 mins. Not renowned for his attacking prowess, full back Dimas found himself in a good position to lash home a loose ball beyond the reach of keeper Garcia. Only 6 mins had elapsed before the lead had doubled. A glorious pass by the impressive Lafuente found the unmarked Chamorro, who

from 5 yards out, hammered the ball into the back of the net. In a half dominated by Cartagena, Collantes once again came close to adding to the score on 42 mins, before on the stroke of half time, Reina saved well from Huesca striker Camacho. New half, same story. Twice in the opening 2 mins, Carlos Rios black and white army, forced fine saves from the over worked Garcia. First off, he got down well to deny Chamorro adding to his tally, then from the very next attack, the giant striker repeated the feat. The game then developed into a scrappy affair, not helped by fussy refereeing by Senor Mariscal, who along with a couple of visiting players, booked Dimas, Txiki, Reina and Herrero. Hearts were in home fans mouths when on 79 mins, a powerful long range drive by the dangerous Camacho, brought off a spectacular save from Reina, who for long periods had been a mere spectator. Substitute Marc had the final word deep into 5 mins of stoppage time, when the home striker unleashed a fierce drive which was once again well saved by the excellent Garcia. Attendance: 7,283 Next week Cartagena start the 2nd round of matches, with a visit to De Riazor Stadium, home of Deportivo La Coruna. This div 2a match takes place on Sat 14 Jan, ko 6pm. For regular updates on FC Cartagena, visit www. or www.


RODS and REEL This weeks match the first of 2012 and was held on the Rio Segura Eden canal stretch. It was the 4th in the Roundtown news challenge cup series. When we arrived at the water the temperature was just above freezing!!. Knowing that the day was to be warm, we were not overly concerned. Little did we know!!!!. The sun came up and started to warm everybody. With the exception of the fish. Well, over half the field either did not catch or only caught one fish, this was people trying to catch mullet which at any other time would be a certainty. Top rods on the day 1st Doug ( Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using bread with 4.34 kilo´s. 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using bread with 4.04 kilo´s. 3rd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using maggot with 3.66 kilo´s. RESULTS Abbey Anglers with 8.72 kilo´s Rods and Reels with 11.41 kilo´s Accumulative results to date Abbey Anglers with 38 points Rods and Reels with 26 points PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 667 407 026. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The New Year saw the beginning of the Abbey Angling Series with the first round fished on the 3rd January on the Sweet Water Canal at Nancy’s. The excess water has now run off with only a little flow, and with the water temperature now cold making fishing patchy with low weights. 1st “Girl power to the fore” Marlene (The Sweetie Lady) Hutchinson with 7.340kg on

feeder and maggot (I believe Dave has now to do the washing up for the week) well done Marlene!!! 2nd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 5.880kg on feeder, pole using maggot and sweetcorn 3rd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 4.280kg on pole using maggot, (this weight was for just one Carp) Nice one Micky Just to remind members that the A.G.M is on the 30th January at the Abbey Tavern and the date for any proposals or amendments is now closed All details are available from our web site www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368 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 to obtain your license. ie passport photo-page, NIE and insurance. THERE WILL BE NO MEETING S IN JANUARY. The next meetings are: Friday 10th February at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada). Saturday 11th February 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. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE


DAYA NUEVA 0 V. CREVILLENTE B4 INFANTILS G9 25 members and five guests with Dave Lewis winning the After a good opening travelled to Bonalba on back also with 15 points.    spell from Daya, Crevillente Friday 6th January for our Dave Nichols came third countered and on 4 minutes first monthly competition with 29 points however of the year.   Bonalba is Tony Stead and Dave Pretty opened the scoring. The becoming a favourite with a tied with 30 points to be the visitors repeated this again on 8 minutes to go 2 - 0 number of our members as joint winners up. Now the home side the course is always in good  After the match we condition and the staff are returned to Clapton’s Bar were really up against it and very accommodating.    We for refreshments and the needed to get back into the game quickly. Following a played the usual Stableford presentations.      The good cross from Francisco, format but high scores were Captain, Bob Shorley, Daya went close to pulling not to be found due to a presented the prizes after one back but the visitors’ surprisingly strong wind and some tricky pin positions which our former President, keeper saved well. Then on on fast greens.       The best Bill Martin conducted the 20 minutes Crevillente took guest on the day was Danny “fines” ritual.     Somewhat a quick free kick to score Weekly and nearest the pin surprisingly he had to their third. The visitors by prizes went to the following:  contribute himself which now were making the home Hole 4, Bev Fairhurst, 8, John is odd when he dictates side look very poor with punishment!   Our their quick inter-passing Harvey, 11, Jim Weston and the Hole 14 Danny Weekly.     The next meeting is also away play and solid defence. Half best front nine score went to at Alicante on Friday 3rd time came with the score Bev Fairhurst with 15 point February. at 3 - 0 to the visitors and

coach Paco needing to give an inspirational team talk to his Daya players during the break. The second half saw the visitors take total control, pushing Daya back into their own half for long periods. The home side wasted a good chance on 55 minutes that they really should have scored from. This seemed to lift Daya as they had a little more of the play. Then on 65 minutes Crevillente scored their 4th goal following good build up play. So final score 4 - 0 with Daya being well beaten. All credit to Crevillente, they played good quick attacking football but their victory was made easier by a very very poor performance from Daya. Match Report, Daya Dave Team Sponsors, Segurlab


FUN WEEKEND FOR ITV ORIHUELA RFC....................... EUROGOLF SOCIETY..................... The first Monthly Medal 33.5

This last weekend ITV Orihuela RFC had a fun day at the club in preparation for their big clash against Murcia UCAM this coming weekend at home. So the club had a training game to work off the Xmas fun with the junveniles against the seniors, while some of the vets joined in both sides for the fun. It was all good fun where for once the score did not matter, just having a good workout on the pitch, and for the coaches to see what work needs to be done on training nights. This week it is back down to the serious stuff with the league starting up again for the New Year, so come on down and support local rugby on match day. I also still have some tickets left for the last home game in the Amlin Cup game for La Vila v Sale Sharks on Saturday 14

January, kick off at 16.00, so get your tickets from me before they all go due to the popular demand for this game. On 24-26 February ITV Orihuela RFC will have their usual stand again at the “This is Spain exhibition” at La Zenia Hotel supporting as always The Butterfly Children, stand number 7. And there is now a new rugby union supporters bar in Rojales for the New Year. The new rugby bar is the Steak House in Rojales and will be showing all televised rugby games on Sky Sports and free to view channels. This coming week and weekend will be showing the Amlin and Heineken Cup games, starting on Thursday and continuing every day through to Sunday evening. So come along and see for yourself and bring all

your rugby friends along. 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 the same day 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 or anything else above, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors training contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

Benijofar Far Far Away!............................................

In what can only be described as a ‘Dire’ game, San Fulgencio took three points today against the bottom club of Benijofar. The game started well with a well worked plan with Gary crossing to Samu who shot just wide. Our captain Fernando was booked then their keeper fouled Giaco in the area and the ref gave a penalty which Giaco put away nicely, 0-1. Giaco was involved five minutes later with a long run but had to pass to Gary who could not control it quick enough and it went to nothing. Samu was then booked for dissent. A hard charge on their forward in the area should have given them a penalty but the ref was coming up with peculiar decisions. Gary scored next to take it to 0-2. Gonzalo was having a good game being

involved in the centre but our forwards tended to over hit the ball sending it over the bar. Gary was booked two minutes before the end of the first half but no one knew why. Soriano had to make a good save from a cross then Gary picked up the ball half way into our half and went for goal. Beating three men and running down the wing he then crossed it into the top left of the net.30. On 65mins a tussle started in which a player from each team was sent off so we lost Piti. Another of the Benijofar team was sent off with a straight red

and then the ref sent another player off for a second yellow. They were now down to 8 players and the game went steadily downhill from there with handbags being waved by everyone. With a well taken free kick in our half the centre half placed a perfect ball in to the goal mouth which Soriano had no chance of stopping,13. This was to be the final score on a cold January evening. We are at home next week against Murada 12.00 kick off. This will then finish the first half of our season. Special thanks to our main Sponsors 900telecom. Please check out our website on www. sanfulgencio/ ‘ Team: Soriano, Alonso (Jake, 85), Kike, Victor, Foxy, Piti (red, 65), Gary (Y) (Omar, 73), Fernando (Y), Gonzalo (Moya, 62), Giacoand Samuel (Y) (Jimmy, 65). (Jovi)

Orihuela Costa F. C. 2 v Elche C.F. 8 ................

Sponsored By: Morgans Bar - Amber Pools Sunworld Properties - The Shandon Bells Bar Specsavers - The Central Grille - Blue Hill Security Grilles. This week Costa Cadetes entertained Elche at home with Costa still awaiting their first home victory. Both teams started brightly but it was the Costa keeper Brunton who was called upon on several ocassions to come out of his line to rescue his defenders on several Elche attacks. Costa for all their effort couldn’t create any efforts to trouble the Elche Keeper. On 13 mins Elche scored from a corner to take the advantage. Costa 6 mins later were undone again after conceding a cheap free kick which they didn’t deal with and were 2 - 0 down on 19 mins. Both goals were very disappointing due to the time spent this week in training dealing with such set plays. To Costa ‘s credit they

did fight back and despite the continued failure to award free kicks for shirt pulling Alex Cope managed to breeze past two elche players who fouled him and set up Gudmundur Gudmundsson for his first ever federation goal and to bring Costa back into the game on 25 mins. This spurred Costa on and they became more confident on and off the ball but on the counter attack Elche hit their 3rd on 35 mins and then after some terrible lack of concentration and movement off the ball Costa conceded another goal on 36 mins from a center kick. Half time score 1 - 4 to Elche. Things couldn’t of got worse in the second half as within 1 minute Elche grabbed their 5 th goal although it was clearly off side but without linesman in this league it makes it difficult for the referees to call these important decisions. Then

on 45 mins Elche grabbed another goal when an Elche player dribbled past half the Costa team untackled and finished off the move with a great goal. Within one minute the ball was once again in the Costa goal due to lack of concentration from several Costa players. Elche got their eighth on 52 mins from some dreadful defending and lack of closing players down. Possibly the best goal of the day came from substitute Luke Deegan who’s determination and skill saw him ease past several challenges to give himself a one on one with the keeper and finished off with a terrific shot past the Elche keeper. Next week Costa face local a local derby against Pilar Horradada A team. For moe information on the Orihuela Costa Youth football team contact Club Secretary George : 679 77 44 88 or visit Training takes place every Tuesday/Thursday 6.30 pm - 8 pm at the C.D.M. sports ground playa flamenca.

competition of the New Year was played by the Eurogolf Society on Thursday 5th January 2012, at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales. The weather conditions were near perfect, with sunshine and clear blue skies – if anything, it was un-seasonally warm but there were no complaints! And after the reduced numbers of entries for the competitions over the festive season, there was a very good turnout with numbers back to near normal. Our overall winner this month was Dave Nicholls, with an excellent score of 69 net. This was the first time Dave had won a Monthly Medal having been a Member of the society for sometime, so he was particularly pleased with his result. Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st Dave Nicholls 69 (Overall Winner) 2nd Peter Butterworth 74 (c/b) 3rd Mike Harris 74 Silver Division 1st Joe Ogden 74 2nd Cindi Green 76 3rd Jill Young 78 Nearest the Pins 5th – Malcolm Foskett, 11th – David Blanchette, 12th – Maggie Osborne, 15th – Bill Martin and 17th – Manny Niessen Best Front 9 - Bruce Gordon 36 Best Back 9 – Manny Niessen

Best Par 3’s – Malcolm Foskett 12 Best Par 5’s – Dave Nicholls 21 Best Gross: - Bill Martin 81 Football Draw:- Ian Turner, Lew Joss and Keith Wright Many thanks go to the sponsors of the competition – Sierra Golf Restaurant & Bar, Manolo’s Restaurant, The Beauty Room, Stan & Ollie’s Restaurant and Clapton’s Bar. TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 3rd January 2012, were as follows:Gold Division  1st David Gray 35 pts 2nd Keith Wright 34 pts 3rd Mike Young 33 pts (c/b) 4th Bob Buckeridge 33 pts Silver Division 1st Margaret Perito 36 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd Mike Gillett 35 pts 3rd Gill Britten 34 pts (c/b) 4th Jill Pegg 34 pts



Bronze Division 1st Marilyn Eckersall 35 pts 2nd Jan Tocker 34 pts 3rd Cindi Green33 pts 4th Tom Hull 32 pts Football Draw: Frances Buckeridge, Ian Turner, Terry Glazier and Liz Menzieswww.



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Ford Focus Estate

estate, 2008 136 BHP 32,000kms €18,950


2006, 2.0, Diesel 138,000 kms €13,950

audi quattro

Auto, July 2003 2.5TDi, 96,000 kms €12,950

Mini cooper 2004, automatic 91,000kms €11,450

Peugeot 308

1.6 HDi, SW Estate, 2009 premium 150,000kms €10,950


2005, 2.0 Petrol 38,000 kms €10,950


2006, 2.7 V6 Petrol, 77,000 kms 1 Owner €9,950

1.8 TDCi, 2007, 116,000 kms €8,950

•M  ercedes ml, 320 cdi, 2006, automatic, diesel, 124,000km ........................................….........................€29,950 •T  RANSIT WESTFALIA MOTOR HOME, 2005, 2L TDCI, 114,000 KMS ..................................................................€23,950 • HONDA CIVIC type R, 2L VTR, 6 speed box, 9,600km … ............................................................................................€19,950 •C  itroen c5 estate, 2L, hdi, 2008, diesel auto, 32,000 km....................................................................................€18,950 • HONDA CRV, 2.2 CRDi, Diesel, 2007, 23,000kms. ............ ........................................................................................€17,950 •2  011 FORD FOCUS 1.6 TDCI TREND KM0 BRAND NEW CAR ................................................................................€17,950 •2  001 MERCEDES CLK KOMPRESSOR CABRIOLET 2.0 PETROL .........................................................................€10,950 • SEAT ALHAMBRA, 2004, 1.9 TDi, 175,000 KMS, .......€8,950 •P  EUGEOT 1007, 2006, 1.4HDI, 112,000kms … .....€7,950 •C  ITROEN C4 2005, 1.4 petrol, FSH, 1 owner, 41,000 kms .............................................................................…. €6,950 •R  ENAULT MEGANE ESTATE, 1.5CDI, diesel, 2005, 145, 000kms.…...................................................................€6,950 • TOYOTA COROLLA, 1.4 D4D, 2005, 150,000 KMS.....€6,450 • FORD FUSION 1.4 TDCi, 2004, 69,000 KMS........€6,450 • Renault Megane 1.5dci, 2--5. 145,000kms......... €6,450 •H  onda CRV, 2000, 2L petrol, A/C. Elec windows, sun roof, 116,000km...................................................€5,450 •H  ONDA CRV 2000, 2L PETROL, A/C, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, 116,000 KMS.....................................................................€5,450 •H  YUNDAI GETZ, 1.5D, 2005, 60,000km …................. €4,995 • Honda hrv. 1.6 petrol, 1999...................................€4,950 • CHEVROLET ASTRO DAY VAN, 1994, 48,000kms ...€3,950 • Mitsubishi Carisma 2000, a/c ............................... €2,950 • FIAT BRAVA 1.9JTD, 2000..............................................€2,950 • RENAULT CLIO 1.9D, 2000, 134,000 kms...................€2,750 • MITSUBISHI PAJERO 3L, V6, PETROL, 1996..............€2,450 • Fiat Brava ELX1.9D JTD, 105, a/c ........................... €2,450 •R  ENAULT MEGANE CLASSIC 1999, 1.9 diesel, 132k Kms ............................................................................................€1,950

Right hand drive vehicles

• RENAULT  MEGANE ESTATE 2006, 1.6 Petrol, 48,000 miles.........................................................................................€6,450 • rolls royce silver spirit, rhd, 51,000 miles..€13,950 •R  enault Espace 2005, 2.2dti, diesel, automatic, 56,000 miles, 7 seats .................................................................................€7,950 • SAA  B, 1.9TDi ESTATE, 85,000 miles...........................….. €7,950 • 2006 RENAULT MEGANE ESTATE 1.6 PETROL AUTOMATIC 1 OWNER .................................................€6,450 •F  ORD MONDEO ESTATE, 2005, 2 litre TDCi, diesel, 62,000 miles …..................................................................... €5,950 • PEUGEOT 307 SW, 2l HDi, Diesel, 2004, 72,000kms … ..............................................................................................€5,950 • SUZUKI GRAND VITARA, RHD, 2L, 16 v, petrol, 49,000m ............................................................................€4,750

Right hand drive - spanish reg.

•V  AUXHALL ASTRA, 2002, 1.4 petrol, RHD, 119,000 miles, Spanish Plates ….......................................... €2,250 •V  W GOLF CABRIOLET, 1995, 1.8 petrol, RHD, Spanish Plates …........................................................................ €1,950 •T  OYOTA COROLLA, 1996, RHD, 1.3 petrol, FSH, 1 owner, 113,000 miles, Spanish Plates …............ €1,750

~ RHD / LHD Taken in Part Exchange ~ RHD / LHD Vehicles purchased for cash ~ Full procurement service


2005 2.0L CRDI Diesel 108,000 kms €8,450


2005 1.4 Petrol FSH, 1 Owner 41,000 kms €6,950

peugeot 1007 2005, 1.4 HDi 58,000kms €6,950

peugeot 207 2008, 1.4 30,000kms Metallic Grey


Ford focus estate 1.6, 72,000kms Metallic Blue


opel combo

2005 1.4 petrol 87,000kms €6,950

CITROEN C3 1.4HDI, 2005 €5,950

seat arosa

1 litre, 5V, FSH 79,000kms €2,950

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Sol Times Newspaper issue 210 Costa Blanca Edition

Sol Times Newspaper issue 210 Costa Blanca Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper issue 210 Costa Blanca Edition