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PREMURSA exercise its option to purchase the lots of the future Paramount Park and LifeStyle Center in Alhama de Murcia for 15.8 million Euros

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It is anticipated that on February 6, 2012, the public deeds will be granted and payment will be made by Proyectos Emblemáticos Murcianos (PREMURSA). The lot, situated in Alhama de Murcia (Murcia) has a total area of 1,812,926.83 m²; of which 774,777.83 m² will be for Paramount Park and 1,038,149 m² for the LifeStyle Centre.




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On December 16th, Proyectos Emblemáticos Murcianos (PREMURSA) exercised its option to purchase the lots of the future Paramount Park and LifeStyle Center located in Alhama de Murcia for 15,812,851 €. PREMURSA, the company promoting this project, will make this payment on February 6, 2012, at which time they will be granted the public deeds to the lots. This action is a step forwards in the project, which includes the Paramount Theme Park in Europe and the LifeStyle Center, A large cultural, business, and entertainment complex, located in an area privileged by its geographical, historical, and climatic characteristics. The lot, located in Alhama de Murcia, has a total area of 1,812,926.83 m²; of which 774,777.83 m² will be for the Paramount Park and 1,038,149 m² for the LifeStyle Center. Jesús Samper (pictured), President and CEO of PREMURSA, has stressed “the importance of exercising the option to purchase these lots”, which implies “a considerable step toward the project’s execution”. The Paramount Park and LifeStyle Center, officially presented on October 4th in Madrid, will require a total estimated investment of over 1 billion Euros and will create an international tourist destination, which is expected to be visited by over 3 million visitors annually, both national and international. Thus, the Paramount Park will become a singular destination in Europe, which will feature the latest attractions, for all ages, distributed over 4 thematic areas; as well as 2 themed hotels. For its part, the LifeStyle Center aims to become the business, culture, and entertainment hub of the area throughout the entire year, thanks to its 7 hotels and its entertainment district which will include a Street Mall, restaurants, bars, night clubs, casino, etc.; as well as a business district which includes cutting-edge office designs, a convention center and an auditorium. The opening of the Paramount Park, as well as the first phase of the LifeStyle Center is planned for April 2015. ARTICLE PROVIDED BY PREMURSA: The Paramount Park and LifeStyle Center are promoted by Proyectos Emblemáticos Murcianos S.A. (PREMURSA), consisting of Santa Mónica Financial Services S.L., Región de Murcia Turística S.A. (REMUTURSA), and the Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia (INFO). This corporation has been granted the license from Paramount Licensing Inc. for constructing and operating theme park exclusively in Spain for an extendable period of 30 years.





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local news...local news... local news Murcia People with disabilities may find parking spaces more easily thanks to a system for mobile phones. Parkible will show on iPhone and Android all disabled spaces available near the user’s destination, and the distance of the spaces from the destination. Parkible is a free downloadable application for iPhone and Android phones showing where there are handicapped spaces in Murcia, how to get there and the distance involved. People who have these phones will simply choose where they want to park, and the nearest suitable disabled parking space will be displayed on a map or in a list. Through the phone they will be able to see the route, or can even be sent information by email. The search for parking spaces is made from a mobile GPS position. The application provides detailed information on each position, direction, straight line distance and actual road distance, and if it is indoor or outdoor. Furthermore, the actual place can be viewed using StreetView. Parkible can be downloaded in the AppStore for iPhone and in the Android Market. This application has been developed by Innube and GEOSS, with the collaboration of the Department of Equality Policies and Cooperation Aspaym advice. The server that hosts the database of parking spaces has been provided by the Science Park Foundation.

Marina Alta Bull running returned to Javea Old Town after an absence of around 20 years. The Associacion Cultural Taurina de Xabia (ACTX) staged the event in the Town Centre as part of the Festival of San Sebastian Celebrations. San Sebastian is the Patron Saint of Javea. Juan Ortola, Councillor for Fiestas said that the Town Hall had processed the necessary permits and insurance and had discussed the details of the weekend and its organisation with local businesses. He added that the Association would organise and finance the event, so that the Festival would not cost the local authority ‘a single euro.’ He added that he hoped the celebration would provide a much needed boost to the local economy. He believed that due to the scarcity of bull running events nowadays many ‘aficionados’ would head for Javea to partake in this spectacle, and to spend time in its many cafes and hotels. José Juan Ribes, President of the ACTX, commented that the Association had been working hard to raise enough money to undertake the revival of the San Sebastian Festivals of old. This year’s bull running was held in the Placa de L’Esglesia and Placa de Baix, selected for safety reasons, – namely so that businesses would not have to protect their windows. If the event proves to be as successful as hoped, it will be repeated in 2013.

Torrevieja Torrevieja’s Ayuntamiento Parks and Gardens Department has begun pruning the municipality’s palm trees. Carmen Gómez Candela, the Councillor for Parks and Gardens, announced the commencement of the programme, which it is hoped will help to prevent, control and eventually eradicate the red palm weevil from the area. This pest has already killed thousands of palm trees all over the province, but pruning on its own is not sufficient. After pruning further treatment must be undertaken. The programme of pruning will continue through January and February, a dormant time for the weevil. Anyone who has a palm in their garden is welcome to consult the Department of Parks and Gardens on measures to protect or treat their trees. It is only through a concerted attack on the pest that there is any chance of eradicating it.

Benejúzar Spare a thought for the unfortunate police of Benejúzar! Their facilities at the local police station are less than ideal. For instance, the office is also their changing room – they are not allowed to wear their uniforms when not on duty, so they have to change at the beginning and end of each shift. They have to eat at their desks, they have no lockers, so clothes have to be stashed wherever they can find room, and, though there is a washroom, there is only one for male and female staff. Not only do they have to keep their clothes in the office, change in the office, eat in the office, but all these activities go on around vital equipment, which, yes, has to be stored in the same office! The Labour Inspectorate has put its foot down, and the Mayor, Antonio Bernabé, has acknowledged that the situation is not ideal, and has assured the Inspectorate that the problems will be addressed ‘in due course.’

Torrevieja 14 co-ordinators from the Torrevieja Neighbourhood Watch attended the Local Police Station in Torrevieja to meet with representatives of the Local Police and the Councillor for Security and Police, Eduardo Gil Rebello. They were given a full demonstration of the new ‘VYRIATO’ system of traffic and vehicle recognition cameras as well as the new technology that the Torrevieja local police are using. The VYRIATO control room is located within the main building and houses ten large screens and an array of computer terminals. It is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week and monitors 75 traffic cameras, 57 fixed cameras located throughout the municipality as well as 15 cameras located within the national park. The system is unique to Torrevieja, and can be programmed to pick out specific problems and areas, while the traffic cameras can be programmed to pick out any cars that are travelling

above the speed limit. Fixed cameras have been installed on Municipal buildings, churches, schools, parks, shopping areas and the sports city, and more cameras are currently being added - there is now a camera within the harbour area after fishermen recently reported a spate of vandalism and equipment robberies. The traffic cameras are on 24 hours a day but the fixed cameras are used according to the time of day. For instance the school cameras are on during the evening and night when the children are not in attendance. The vehicle recognition system is so sophisticated that the police can tell exactly where a car was and at what time just by entering the registration number into the computer. All number plates, including international plates, can be recognized by the system. Of course the beaches and the sea front are covered, much to the disgust of the itinerant traders, who can now be moved on by the police before they have a chance to utter their famous Looky-Looky call! This is great news to all law-abiding citizens of Torrevieja. If you are not breaking the law, you will have nothing to fear from Torrevieja’s Eye on the Street!

Torrevieja A second protest, this one much larger, is planned for teachers, parents and pupils of Las Culturas CEIP primary school outside the Torrevieja Town Hall. The first protest was well supported and peaceful, and was held to draw attention to the plight of teachers, cuts in budget, and the lack of funds for equipment. The problems go back to April, when the Valencian government fell short on the provision of funds – a spokesperson has claimed that the money is ‘on its way’ but as yet there is no sign of it! No budget for basic equipment has been received by many schools in the Valencian region for almost a year. In some cases the schools have only been able to remain open through the co-operation of parents, who are providing meals and funding the purchases of paper and other necessities. Teacher’s pay is another point of contention. The pay of fully qualified teachers has been cut, but the pay of the ‘interinos’, who are similar to Teaching Assistants, has taken even deeper cuts – sick pay and summer holiday pay has been stopped, leaving them without income for the entire summer.

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UK to extradite alleged ETA member to Spain to face terrorism charges A judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has today ruled that Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, an alleged member of Basque separatist group ETA, can be extradited to Spain to face terrorism charges. There are eight arrest warrants out on 44-year-old Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, who was arrested in Cambridge last July, including a series of alleged terrorist offences in Spain. Deputy Senior District Judge Daphne Wickham rejected two parts of the Extradition Warrant, including his defence lawyer’s submission that the charge of plotting to kill Spanish King Juan Carlos II in Bilbao in 1997 was unsustainable in Spanish law, but confirmed the remaining warrants as valid. “There are no bars to this defendant’s extradition,” she said. At an earlier hearing the court heard that five days ahead of the monarch’s visit to Bilbao to inaugurate the Guggenheim museum on October 18th 1997, Mr Gogeaskoetxea and others, posing as gardeners, were stopped by police at the entrance to the museum whilst unloading flower pots filled with explosives to be triggered by remote control. During the course of their getaway, a police officer, José María Aguirre Larraona, was shot and killed, Julian Knowles QC, for the Spanish authorities, told the court. ETA later claimed responsibility for the foiled attack. Mr Gogeaskoetxea, a computer program designer who had been living under the alias of Cyril Macq, was arrested after the Spanish interior ministry said police were tipped off when a Spanish national recognised him at a squash club in Cambridge. Born in Guérnica in the Basque region, Mr Gogeaskoetxea was believed to have been hiding in France. His elder brother Ibon, 55, and two other senior ETA members were arrested in a Spanish-French raid in Normandy in February last year. His lawyer confirmed his intention to appeal against the decision.


30% of parents know their kids use their credit cards to buy on the Internet

About 30% of parents say their children have used their credit cards for online shopping. This is what a report conducted by the computer security company, Norton, has revealed. The report also showed that one in five teachers have experienced or know a colleague who has suffered “ciberhumiliation” - where students first irritate or provoke a teacher until he or she explodes and their angry outburst is recorded on a mobile ‘phone and uploaded to a social network. The report, Norton Online Family Report, based on 19,636 surveys carried out in 24 countries on 12,704 adults, 4553 young people aged between eight and 17 years and 2,379 teachers of students aged between eight and 17 years. In a press conference, Norton’s chief marketing officer for Spain and Portugal, Roberto Testa, stated that “ciberhumiliation” is one of the main examples of “alarming” bad behavior across social networks. Furthermore, the analysis reveals that 51% say their schools have a code of conduct for how teachers and students should communicate through social media, and 80% of teachers requested more education about using networks safely, for which 70% of parents were also in favour. Another of the highlights from the study reveals that 23% of parents allowing their children to use their credit or debit cards for purchases on the net say that their children exceeded the agreed amount, and more than half (53%) of those who allowed their children to buy over the Internet said their credit cards had, at some time, been used without permission. The report shows that 33% of young people make purchases online, but as Testa noted, it is “not all bad news,”: the report shows that the house rules are generally followed and that children behaving “responsibly”

on the Internet has “significant” significant impact on preventing network experiences being negative. Nevertheless, 62% of young people around the world said they had had “negative” experiences, and 39% described them as “serious”, including things like receiving inappropriate photos of strangers, being harassed or victims of cybercrime. Norton’s chief marketing officer for Spain and Portugal made it clear that the 77% of parents who impose a set of rules for Internet use are “great” help in making sure young people have more positive experiences and that their children are “relatively safe”. The study was conducted in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Mexico, South Africa, Singapore, Poland, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.




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Spain threatens criminal action for public overspending

Spain’s new right-leaning government threatened criminal action against public officials who run up unauthorised deficits the line of credit in return for accepting greater budget discipline.

domestic product in 2011, missing the 6.0-percent target by a wide margin.

Besides the credit line, Montoro said the government would give the regions 10 years instead of five years to repay money owed to the central government, widely reported to be 31 billion euros ($41 billion).

But he has vowed to meet the 2012 goal of reducing the deficit to 4.4 percent of GDP, even if that means he must find a way to lop an estimated 40 billion euros off the budget.

Madrid also planned to bring forward other payments to the regions that were originally not due until mid-2012, a sum reportedly amounting to eight billion euros. Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro (pictured) issued the warning as the government sought to mop up red ink in the powerful regions by imposing greater discipline while also offering a new line of credit.

responsibilities if he falsifies his company accounts, especially if it is listed.”

The government blames the 17 regions, still hurting from the 2008 property bubble collapse, for 15 billion euros ($19 billion) out of an estimated 20 billion euros in national budget slippage in 2011.

“But what is not right is falsified bills in the drawer, the lack of transparency and running up debts which then become unpayable, which is what is happening now.”

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government would introduce legislation to reform transparency in the public accounts, Montoro said in an interview with Cadena Ser radio. “We are going to demand criminal responsibilities -criminal in the sense that a public manager, who could be a politician or a manager appointed by a politician, cannot spend more than the budget limit,” he said. A government official overrunning the limit “is falsifying public accounts in the same way that a private manager has to face criminal

If a government wants to spend more money it should raise taxes and face the public’s reaction in elections, Montoro said.

A new line of credit to regions, whose size has not been decided, “could be open and ready in very little time, in a couple of months,” the budget minister said.

In return for the central government’s support, the regions would accept stricter budget controls, Montoro said. The new rules will be brought in under budget legislation, which is to accompany a constitutional limit on budget deficits already passed last year, Montoro said. Penalties on wayward regions could include “financial sanctions depending on the magnitude and repetition of the deviation (from budget limits) and could go as far as intervention,” he said.

This financing from the Official Credit Institute would help the regions to pay overdue invoices to their suppliers, he said.

“It could go as far as the central government, with the local or regional regional government, agreeing an economic recovery plan,” the minister explained.

Many small businesses and self-employed suppliers were suffering because regional governments had not paid their bills, some even being forced to close, Montoro said.

Rajoy said Tuesday his government would approve urgent reforms of the budget, labour market, and banking sector in cabinet meetings to be held between January 27 and February 10.

The minister held a meeting with financial chiefs from the cash-strapped regions on Tuesday and offered them

The prime minister has said Spain’s public deficit will amount to the equivalent of about 8.0 percent of gross

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Spain’s new leader vows major reforms by mid-February

Spain’s new right-leaning prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, vowed Tuesday to launch urgent reforms of the budget, labour market and banks by mid-February. The three reforms were the “most urgent” for Spain’s economic recovery, said Rajoy, who has already started on a program of spending cuts and tax increases to squeeze 40 billion euros ($50 billion) out of the budget. The Spanish leader, speaking in a joint news conference with European Union president Herman Van Rompuy, said his cabinet would likely approve legislation on all three major reforms between January 27 and February 10. Regional governments, which failed by a wide margin to meet their 2011 deficit-cutting targets, must be included in the budget reforms, the 56-year-old premier said. “We will ask the regional

governments to meet their deficit goals for 2012, that they have a spending ceiling and a debt limit,” Rajoy said. “We are ready if any of them have liquidity problems to come to their aid but in that case it would have to be in exchange for a programme that will guarantee those results,” he said. Rajoy said last week that regional governments’ budget deficits would be equal to about 2.7 of gross domestic product in 2011 -- more than double their 1.3-percent target. In his latest estimate, he said on Tuesday their deficits would be 2.3 or 2.4 percent of GDP, although he said these were not final figures. The Spanish leader promised to launch a labour market reform, decrying the high level of unemployment in a country that reported a 21.5percent unemployment

rate in the third quarter of 2011. “This needs a reform of labour legislation. We cannot live in a country where 22 percent of the people who want to work cannot do so, and 45 percent of young people.” Banking reform would be crucial, he added. “Restructuring of the financial system is urgent because the recovery of credit is capital to the recovery of the economy,” Rajoy said. The premier called for measures to guarantee liquidity to countries meeting their reform commitments, saying tough reforms took time to have an economic impact. “It cannot be that in a situation like this, economies cannot finance themselves.” Nevertheless, Rajoy said, Spain must tighten its belt. “We have to carry on cutting the public deficit, especially in a year like the

one ahead, which is going to be very difficult,” he said. “But we have to accompany it with structural reforms and the maintenance of levels of liquidity without which it is very hard for economies to function.” Van Rompuy agreed. “Rajoy and I fully share the view that a reform agenda based on fiscal austerity alone is not enough,” he said after the meeting. “We need to focus also on growth and job creation,” he added. “We must urgently put in place an anti-recession strategy, mobilizing means and efforts at the Union

level and at member states’ level.” The European Union president called for measures to prevent the cash being cut off to business. “We must avoid a credit crunch for our enterprises,” he said, describing the European Central Bank’s decision last month to offer three-year refinancing to eurozone banks at 1.0 percent interest as “essential”. “But we also need to mobilize all available EU financial resources in the most effective way to contribute to the proper financing of our economies,” Rompuy said.

Germany cuts its growth forecast

Germany, Europe’s largest economy, lowers its economic growth forecast for 2012, a sign of the impact of the debt crisis.

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Spain’s dictator-hunting judge Garzon stands trial

A Spanish judge who gained international attention by pursuing former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet went on trial Tuesday, accused of abuse of power in an illegal wiretapping case. Judge Baltasar Garzon appeared in the Supreme Court in Madrid in one of three cases which his defenders say are politically motivated bids to stop him prosecuting crimes dating from the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Garzon is alleged to have ordered illegal wiretaps in a corruption case involving members of the conservative Popular Party, which returned to power in Spain last month. Garzon “tried to intercept communications of the lawyers with the inmates Francisco Correa and Pablo Crespo,” two of the suspects in the corruption investigation, a court official said, reading out the charges. They accuse him of recording confidential conversations they had with their lawyers in jail. Garzon argues that the wiretaps were justified since the lawyers themselves were implicated in the case. Garzon, 56, sat in court dressed in his own black judge’s robes, next to his lawyer, and listened to the charges. The accusation then began its arguments in the trial, which is due to last three days. Garzon won international prominence in 1998 by ordering the extradition of Pinochet from Britain for alleged atrocities during Chile’s dictatorship. He has also pursued members of the former dictatorship in Argentina. If convicted in the current trial, Garzon would not go to prison but could be suspended from the legal profession for 17 years. In a second case opening January 24 he is prosecuted for ordering an investigation into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during Spain’s 1936-39 civil war and Franco’s subsequent dictatorship.

Garzon is charged with exceeding his powers on the grounds that the alleged crimes were covered by an amnesty agreed after Franco’s death. Garzon argued that the acts were crimes against humanity and not subject to the amnesty. In a third trial, for which the date has not yet been set, the judge -- who has been suspended since May 2010 -- is accused of taking bribes over payments he allegedly received for seminars in New York. In that case, Spain’s biggest bank Santander allegedly made indirect payments to Garzon for the seminars and the judge later shelved a tax lawsuit against the bank. Arriving at court on Tuesday, Garzon smiled as he was applauded by a small crowd of supporters who were held back behind a police line. “They are covering up their crimes by going after Garzon,” read one of the signs held by protestors. Garzon’s supporters argue the cases against him are a politically motivated attempt to stop the judge probing into abuses during Franco’s regime, still a divisive subject more than 35 years after the dictator’s death. Among the protestors outside the court was Gaspar Llamazares, a prominent member of parliament for the leftwing IU party. “We are faced with an act that shames Spanish democracy, justice and the Supreme Court itself -- judging an innocent person for trying to judge Francoism and also for trying to fight corruption,” Llamazares said. “I think the damage is done and the sentence is predetermined.” “I don’t know the law, but I can see there is an injustice,” said another protestor, Angel Fernandez, 68. “I can see there is absolute corruption and that they are not judging those who should be judged.”

Mayor of Alhaurín el Grande suspended for corruption

The mayor of Alhaurín el Grande (Málaga), Juan Martín Serón (PP), and the town planning councillor, Gregorio Guerra, have both been found guilty of corruption in the “Troya” case, have been given fines of 200,000 euros and have been banned from holiding public office for a year. The sentence, finds both men guilty of one charge of bribery, but clears them of 12 other charges of bribery which the Public Prosecutor’s office had accused them of.

The Public Prosecutor had asked for fines of 2 million euros for each of the accused, and a three year and nine month ban from holding public office. The court, however, found no evidence that an alleged plot within Alhaurín el Grande’s town council to make Mssrs Martín Serón (pictured leaving court with his wife) and Guerra rich by underhand means between 2002 and 2006, had worked.

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Pedro Almodóvar is in the running for his fifth BAFTA award, the Oscars of British cinema, after his film “La Piel Que Habito” (The Skin I Live In) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 2011. Other strong contenders for awards at the gala to be held on February 12th are Meryl Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady”, and the French film “The Artist”, which has twelve nominations. The British Academy of the Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) released its list of candidates, led by France’s “The Artist”, with twelve, and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, with eleven, including Best Music for the Spaniard Alberto Iglesias. Almodóvar faces tough competition from Iranian Asghar Farhadi’s film “Nader and Simin, a separation,” which won the Golden Globe last Sunday. Almodóvar has been previously recognised by

BAFTA, winning awards for “All About My Mother” in 1999 and for “Talk to Her” in 2002, both for best foreign language film and best screenplay. The list released today by BAFTA includes strong candidates for some of the main awards for Best Actress, with Meryl Streep highly praised for her interpretation of ex-Prime Minister Thatcher, and George Clooney for Best Actor in “Descendants.” Both won Golden Globes on Sunday in these categories, although the BAFTA awards often focus on the British cinema. The silent, black and white movie “The Artist” by French director Michel Hazanavicius is the favourite with twelve BAFTA nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Leading Actress. Starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”, which recreates the golden age of Hollywood, won three Golden Globes as well as

Critic’s Choice for Best Picture and Best Director. Britain’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, set during the Cold War and based on a novel by John Le Carré, has eleven nominations, including Best Film, Best British Film, Best Director and Best Soundtrack for Alberto Iglesias, who also composed the music for “The Skin I Live In.” The big favourite for Best Animated Film is Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”, which will again be in contention with “Arthur Christmas: gift Operation 3D,” by Sarah Smith, and “Rango”, by Gore Verbinski, which it pipped to the post in Sunday’s Golden Globes. Martin Scorsese will receive an honorary award for his career, as other filmmakers like Charles Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg have done in the past.


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The first event of the Torrevieja U3A Travel and Social Diary occurred on Monday 16/1/12 with a visit to San Javier Royal Air Force Base. The group of 69 were assembled at the entrance to the base and was escorted to a lecture hall where an interesting film was shown that detailed the work of the base. We were surprised to learn that a pilot was expected to be able to fly solo after only 25 hours of training; and then train for a further 5 years to become fully qualified. Other officers were trained in engineering and various associated skills on the base. After the film an officer was able to answer a wide range of questions about the base and the Air Force in general. The group was then able to inspect two types of aircraft, a basic trainer and the type used by the Eagle Patrol Aerobatics Squadron. An engineering officer was at hand to answer questions about the two aircraft. The Eagle Patrol is based in San Javier and those who live nearby are lucky, on occasions, to be treated to displays by the Squadron. The group left the base after an excellent and informative visit.


Age Concern has two functions; helping families and individuals with advice and practical help is one strand. It also has a social function, providing entertainment, socials and get togethers. Growing older is not just a physical issue, it can often mean a lower income, fewer friends. The advent of retirement for men can be very destructive since for many, their work is also a mainstay for their social life. Retirement brings time, but seldom energy and sometimes isolation from others. Camposol whilst not a retirement centre, does have a predominately older and retired population, many on fixed incomes and who have seen their income eroded by the fall in the pound. It runs two social functions a month under its Talking Shop heading. At the beginning, the first Wednesday afternoon of the month in the Cultural Centre, Los Palacios on Sector B Camposol, it has an open social with very light refreshments, a friendly get together and discussion, or perhaps gossip, with others, coupled with some useful and entertaining talks by a variety of knowledgeable people. This is free and all you have to do is turn up at the centre at 1.30PM. The last Wednesday is menu del dia afternoon. Again a 1.30PM start but held in a variety of eateries,



OFFICIAL PRESENTATION The official presentation of the FLAMENCO FOR ALL non profit cultural association was held on Wednesday, January 18th at the Casa Cultural in San Pedro del Pinatar presided by the Counsellor of Culture and Citizen Participation Silvia Egea. Ms. Egea opened the ceremony explaining the work of this Association in the fields of Spanish cultural and art by introducing the flamenco in understandable terms to the general public and the high level of integration it has achieved in a very short time. Raquel Peña, the President of FLAMENCO FOR ALL welcomed the numerous audience and briefly explained the plans and goals for the near future. Plans include many activities for all ages and nationalities, performers, students and general audiences. The up and running very successful Sevillanas Social Club meets every last Sunday of each month and is open to all, dancers & non dancers alike. New classes for learning Flamenco dancing including the Sevillanas will start in February and have you dancing in time for the many Spring Sevillanas fairs held in this area. Conferences on understanding the Flamenco for the nondancer will be held, learn to clap your hands properly, play the castanets and know what to look for with a general understanding of what you are seeing. The amateur performing dance group is made up of over 10 different nationalities and the ages range from 35 to 75 years old, this group performs free for charities and Folk festivals and is very much in

demand. Plans include trips, social events and many activities year round. Jane Cronin, the President of the ADAPT Association of San Pedro del Pinatar gave a very warm speech congratulating this new Association and talked about the important job the two Associations are doing to bring Spanish Culture to the many nationalities in this area and how the two Associations have been working together towards this goal. The evening had the special entertainment of the FLAMENCO FOR ALL amateur dance group performing between the different speeches. The group danced Guajiras, Alegrias, Bulerias and the very popular Sevillanas. Lucy Steward, a youngster with Downs Syndrome performed a solo dance and is a shining example how the art of Flamenco has transformed her life, winning many competitions, wowing the audiences and proving what can be achieved. Guest Artist was Irene Martinez, from San Pedro del Pinatar, who is only 11 years old but already a very accomplished dancer, she has been performing since she is 5 years old with Raquel Peña’s professional Flamenco Dance Company and danced two solos and a zapateado without music that brought the house down. For more information about the activities of Flamenco For All, please contact Raquel Peña: Tlf....630 689 431 or raquelpenya@hotmail. com, web site:



At the beginning of February, Friday the 4th in Marianos to be precise, a new initiative is being held. This time it is an auction. There is an administrative charge of 10 Euros for up to three items. You keep all the proceeds This could be the right opportunity to finally clear out the attic, those items, too good to chuck or give away, but really difficult to know what to do with them. You do have to book them in with Maggie beforehand, and bring them to the sale between 9AM and 10AM on the day. You can look round at all items and decide what to bid for, or not! Between 10AM and noon. Age Concern hopes this service will take off and enable them to help you raise some cash! If it does then these auctions will run every three months. You can even put a reserve on your items and the gavel goes down at 1PM. Interested? Phone Maggie on 634 310 215 or 634 336 484 Tickets can be had from outside the Salud bar on Camposol B on a Friday morning, or in the Bar Peyma just by the tourist information bandstand on a Thursday morning. They can also be had from the main office, 968 970 687 Calle Retama No 29, on C5 turn right after bridge and follow road round. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, 10AM while 2PM, when the office is also open for advice & information. Age Concern is also looking to increase its stock of bric a brac, books and clothes, which can be brought to the offices.

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Torrevieja Town Hall to turn out to support eye health seminars Representatives from Torrevieja Town Hall will be attending Specsavers Opticas’ free eye health seminars on 26th January and showing their support for this important initiative. These seminars mark Glaucoma Awareness Month and will educate the community on how to spot the signs of glaucoma and cataracts and how to care for their eyes. Rosario Martínez, from the Department for Foreigners and Youth, Agustina Esteve, from the Department of Commerce and Graham Knight, Director of the International Residents Office at the Torrevieja Town Hall will all be attending the seminar. Iain Bennett, president of Torrevieja Costa Lions Club will also be in attendance. As part of their ongoing support of The Lions Club, Specsavers will be presenting him with their collection of second hand glasses for people in the Third World. Store Director Colin Evans explains why they have decided to hold these seminars. “We believe that prevention is better than cure when it comes to eye health and this is certainly the case with glaucoma. If

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The ‘Race is On’ at Billee’s Sports Bar in Algorfa At Billee’s Bar in Algorfa it is Race Night on Saturday 28th January. Owners Mel and Sue Courtney have decided to hold a race night in aid of Paul Cunningham Nurses, the charity that provides Hospice Care at Home. Race night starts at 9.30p.m. and you can even own your own horse for the night. There will be 9 races in total 8 with horses and one with pigs!!! Bets will start from just 50cents!! Billee’s Bar is a sports bar catering mainly for the British but they do have all nationalities visit them and everyone is made most welcome. It is a lively bar with Bingo

Calling all actors - now is your chance to show off your acting skills! After much deliberation, Adhoc Theatre Company have chosen their next exciting play for production in the Spring. The cast will be chosen at an Open Casting which is to take place on Wednesday February 1st at Bar Catorce in Benijofar from 7.30pm prompt. Bar Catorce is found by taking the sign for the Ayuntamiento from the main street in Benijofar. The restaurant is found in the square on the left after the first crossroads. Acting experience is not essential, as many of the company had never

acted before, but a willingness to learn, enthusiasm and dedication are a must. Anyone wishing to be considered for a role will need to be available for most of February until the end of April. All age groups are welcome from teens to those who have retired. Men are especially in short supply, so now is the time to get him off the sofa and out of the house! To learn more about Adhoc or show your interest, please email Jax:-adhocspain@ or tel 677600809 or join our Facebook page – Adhoc Theatre Company.

an Thursdays and a Quiz night every Sunday and has been owned and run by Mel and Sue for nearly three years now, this will be their fouth race night so you could say they are experts! The race nights are lots of fun and you will have a sporting chance win some nice prizes too as well as supporting the charity Paul Cunningham Nurses. Billees Bar is very near to The Vestry in Algorfa, if you come through the traffic lights when you see the sign for the vestry you turn right. go over the junction, then at the next juction turn left and you will see Billees Bar. For more directions or further details you can call Mel on 966 198 398. Hope to see you there!

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In Munchen, Eins, Zwei, G’suffa! The “OOMPAH” party was another successful event for HELP Murcia Mar Menor, as 81 people enjoyed the sunshine, food and music at the Don Lorenzo restaurant, Los Urrutias on Saturday 21st January. The meal was excellent and the singing along to rousing songs afterwards kept everyone entertained. Though not the objective, the sellout event raised €150 for HELP Murcia Mar Menor. Watch out for future events to be held in this our tenth Anniversar y year.


Elusive endangered monkeys caught on camera in Borneo

One of the world’s most endangered primates has been caught on camera by scientists on the island of Borneo. Using time-lapse recordings to investigate the diversity of the remote Wehea forest, the team were surprised to see an unusual sub-species. Close analysis confirmed that they had photographed a group of Miller’s grizzled langurs. Fears for the monkeys’ future were sparked last year when none were recorded in previously known habitats. The international team of researchers suggest their evidence could indicate a more optimistic future. “Our findings confirm that indeed

this monkey still lives in the forests of Borneo and we found that its range extends farther inland than scientists had previously thought,” said PhD student Brent Loken from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

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“This gives us hope that we may still be able to find large enough populations of this monkey to ensure its survival.”

Stunned by the results of their initial camera-trap study, scientists returned to the location to photograph the little-known monkeys in greater detail.

The team’s findings are published in the American Journal of Primatology. Populations of Miller’s grizzled langurs were first described in Kutai National Park and Sangkulirang Peninsula, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in 1985. However, due to habitat loss and hunting, subsequent studies recorded falling numbers of the monkeys in these areas with no activity recorded

Scientists from Indonesia, the Czech Republic, US and Canada worked together to set up hidden cameras so they could learn more about the animals living in the rainforest.

“It was a challenge to confirm our finding as there are so few pictures of this monkey available for study,” said Mr Loken. “The only description of Miller’s grizzled langur came from museum specimens. Our photographs from Wehea are some of the only pictures that we have of this monkey.”


ancient Peruvians ‘ate popcorn’ A new study suggests that people living along the coast of northern Peru were eating popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers say corncobs found at an ancient site in Peru suggest that the inhabitants used them for making flour and popcorn. Scientists from Was hington’s Natural History Museum say the oldest corncobs they found dated from 4700BC. They are the earliest ever discovered in South America. The curator of New World archaeology at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, Dolores Piperno, says maize was first domesticated in Mexico nearly 9,000 years ago from a wild grass. Ms Piperno says that her team’s research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that only a few thousand years later maize arrived in South America, where it evolved into different varieties now common in the Andean regions. Her team discovered the maize in the archaeological sites of Paredones and Huaca Prieta. “This evidence further indicated that in many areas corn arrived before pots did, and that early experimentation with corn as a food was not dependent on the presence of pottery,” Ms Piperno explained. She says that at the time, though, maize was not yet an important part of their diet.


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De Guindos Calls for Simplified Employment Contracts

The Spanish Minister of Economy, Luis de Guindos, said that he believes that to tackle the economic crisis and fight against unemployment we must not forget the need to address, without delay, necessary structural changes. At the same time he criticised the current wage bargaining system and the wide range of contracts which exist at present. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the minister pointed out that in Spain there are “about 40 different employment contracts” – a situation which he said “should be simplified” to “one unique full-time contract” with common clauses for all new workers, and another to encourage part-time hiring. In the newspaper he pointed out that the Government will call for the implementation of measures to boost fiscal consolidation, reduce deficits and improve labour productivity, while at the same time he noted that the wage bargaining system has been “one of the main reasons” for the loss of competitiveness that Spain has suffered in the last decade. In addition, El Mundo reported that De Guindos stressed that the “new financial system reform” will “soon” force banks to increase their reserves to cover the loss of value of assets, such as those related to the real estate sector. De Guindos assures that no tax money will be used to finance additional requirements that may be carried out in this bank restructuring process. The Council of Ministers were to discuss the labour reform, financial restructuring and the future Budget Stability Law, amongst other matters, in a Government meeting on Friday.

Expats add to January sales surge on British high street The British high street has been receiving a boost this month from visiting expats seeking out sales bargains

Selfridges was just one of many stores reporting a surge in expat buyers, as well as wealthy visitors from abroad. Top buys included caviar – which saw sales rise 23 per cent from last year’s figures – as well as designer shoes, tailoring, jewellery and watches from brands such as Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Pucci and Van Cleef. John Lewis stores reported a significant uplift in tax-free shopping, particularly in John Lewis Oxford Street, which saw a 27 per cent sales uplift. Specifically, tax-free sales from India increased by 11 per cent; China increased by 64 per cent; Russian Federation 33 per cent; United Arab Emirates 12 per cent; Australia 47 per cent and Saudi Arabia 42 per cent, according to the John Lewis corporate team. Expats who didn’t make it back home to take advantage of the sales could use John Lewis’s expanded international delivery service on its website. Shoppers in France made the most orders overall, followed by Ireland and Germany in Europe. Australia and USA were respectively the second and fourth top-performing countries for John Lewis in terms of internet sales. While the reductions have now ended in store and online, John Lewis still expect strong demand, for gadgets in particular, from well-travelled expats. “In 2011 sales of headphones did phenomenally well, with customers embracing more fashion-led brands such as Monster, and we expect this to continue for 2012,” said Johnathan Marsh, head of buying for electricals and home technology at John Lewis. “Ultrabooks are new to the market place and with more of us now commuting and working on the go, we expect these to become one of the must-have gadgets for the year.” Expat Tara Sillery, who is based in Kuwait and Dubai, joined the crowds in London this month at Harrods and Harvey Nichols. “Harrods had the best sale, with Gucci at around 40 per cent off,” she said. “The best reductions in Harvey Nichols were on perfumes and

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Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) were introduced in April 2006. They offer various benefits and there has been a huge increase in the number of people transferring to QROPS. On 6th December 2011 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said it had found increasing evidence that the system is being undermined and announced new draft regulations for QROPS, to come into effect on

6th April 2012. Some have seen QROPS as an opportunity for members to take their whole pension fund as cash, and/or to avoid paying tax on what should be taxable income. While taking 100% cash is technically possible under the current rules once the member has been nonUK resident for five tax years, this goes against the spirit of QROPS legislation. The proposed

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the Clarins beauty range. I also picked up five dresses in Reiss, which were less than half price - reduced from more than £200 to around £90 per piece.” One of the motivations for hitting the British high street is lack of availability in an expat’s chosen home. Briton Virginia Spielmann is based in Hong Kong but extended her Christmas break in Britain to stock up. “I recently dropped from a size 16 to a size 10 so I had a whole new wardrobe to buy,” she said. “Despite the weight loss, I’m still a relatively tall and pear-shaped expat – which means buying clothes in Hong Kong can be pretty tricky. So I bought a year’s worth of clothes. “I always make sure I go to Debenhams and I had a particularly successful day at the Trafford Centre. Everywhere I went, I was tempted by the children’s clothes, so that means my two boys are pretty well kitted out now too. “My favourite deal was at the Levi’s store – £40 for a pair of skinny jeans. And our most practical deal was the suitcases we bought from Debenhams to take everything home in.”

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g n i c n a D On Ice By Lyn Aspden

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4 431 cl ass info 635 58 We’re only at week three and already for me there are 5 skaters who could grace the final with ease. This was a marathon week with all 13 skaters performing together for the first time so here goes! Opening the show one of my favourites Chico and Jodeyne who turned in another confident performance. Chico creates great lines he has good speed over the ice and leads his partner well. He was awarded 18.0 by the judges and a 6.0 from me. Next were Rosemary and Mike. Unfortunately Rosemary still looks extremely unsteady on the ice. She looks as if her partner is pushing her around the ice and she has problems getting in and out of her lifts. Despite this she still has an elegance about her for her age. I awarded her a 3.5 and she had 10.5 from the judges. Third to skate were Sam and Alexandra who looked as if he thoroughly enjoyed his performance. He still looks a little tense in his shoulders for me but manages to cover the ice well. I scored him a 4.5 and the judges a total of 16.0. Next were Chemmy and Sean. Chemmy is a very tall girl and looks heavy and uncomfortable on the ice. Sean looked as if he was having great difficulty getting her up and down in the lifts. I awarded her a 3.0 and the judges a combined total of 10.5. Corey and Brooke performed next. Apparently it would appear that Corey knows better than Jayne & Chris and likes to do his own choreography - oh dear! It didn’t fit the music and he looked like someone who had just stepped onto the ice for the very first time. He was also disappointed in his marks bottom of the leaderboard and deservedly so Corey! Judges total 8.0 and 2.5 from me - out this week?


Jennifer and Daniel were next onto the ice and Jennifer performed with cracked ribs this week. Her performance was super, great ice coverage and beautiful lines in the lifts. She was much more confident on the ice than last week, but I think relieved when the performance was over - you could see that she was in great pain. I awarded her a 6.0 with the judges 18.0. Mark and Frankie then performed a much more confident performance than week 1, but like watching a beginner, although still better than Corey. He needs to cover the ice more so needs to keep working hard. I awarded him a 3.0 with the judges a 10.5. Georgie and Matt one of the favourites this year were next to skate. Another very confident performance with smooth transitions from one movement to another with some very difficult choreography. I gave her a 7.0 and the judges putting her in joint 1st place on 21.5. Matt and Nina followed closely behind with for me the best performance of the show. You can’t tell who the professional is on the ice. He gave a performance which was flawless and seemingly effortless despite the complexity of some of the moves and the judges had him in joint 1st place, but he was my winner on 7.5. Charlene and Matthew skated next. It was a bit basic with not much content but not badly skated. Unfortunately the bar has been set exceptionally high this year from very early in the competition and will be hard to compete. I gave yer a 3.5 and the judges 15.0 Sebastian and Brianne then took to the ice with very creative choreography superb lines and movement and an emotional performance. This guy is exiting and my one to watch. For someone who is used to performing alone, the partnership is really starting to gel nicely. I awarded him a 7.0 with the judges a combined total of 18.0. Andy and Vicky were next. This wasn’t a bad performance although for me a little wooden. Andy needs to relax a bit and get further into his knees to cover more ice. This was not the best performance but by no means the worst. He was given a total of 14.0 from the judges and a 4.5 from me. Ending the show were Heidi and Andre with a much better performance than last week. Good transitions over quite a good variety of steps, nice lines and confident ice coverage. I gave her a 5.5 with the judges a 15.5. The bottom 2 for me were Corey and Brooke and between Chemmy & Sean and Mark & Frankie. But Corey for me your time is up! Oh no - how on earth did he stay? Bottom 2 were Mark & Frankie & Charlene & Matthew with Mark exiting this week. Looking forward to the next exciting installment!

TAABS Donate from Easy Horse Care

Sue explains that it costs a 25€ a week to care for a horse at the Centre and that’s before any vets bills or unexpected extras so every donation makes a big difference and TAABS are delighted to be able to help. They have raised tens of thousands of euros since forming around 10 years and raise the money through their own monthly subscription fees and events.

Four horses at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre will be happily fed and sheltered for another week. That’s thanks to the 100€ that was generously donated last Wednesday afternoon from the Torrevieja Amateur Association of Ballard Singers. Marion, Nina and John from TAABS were pleased to present the cheque to Sue Weeding on behalf of the 15 strong singing troupe, a result of their hard work fundraising over the Christmas period. They performed at Easy Horse Care’s Christmas carol service in December and were honoured and privileged to be invited to sing at the Orihuela Cathedral on request of the Ayuntamiento, “We did 15 shows in December,” explains Treasurer Marion, “and we support many charities throughout the year. In October we gave 115€ to the Royal British Legion and 115€ to EMAUS and 100€ to DEBRA in November and December and we are pleased to now donate to Easy Horse Care.”

The team at Easy Horse Care are also grateful for all donations being made to the charity shops; Charity’s Boutique situated at the Centre itself run by volunteer Chris and the stores in both Quesada and La Siesta, but a plea is being made for more items of clothing and bric a brac to be given to the Quesada store as stocks are running low. Any items of good quality can be dropped off at the shop or the Centre itself. Anybody can make a difference to Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre 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 www. or call Sue on 652 021 980.

Velocity Racing Spain Needs YOU!

Velocity Racing Spain are looking for volunteers, marshals, officials, fire marshals and medical staff, to help with their new Oval racing track in Cartagena the affordable way of racing, we will be holding meetings every Wednesday 7.30pm at the Meroil Garage off the AP7 Junction 733 towards Callosa de Segura only 10 minutes from Almoradi. Anyone wishing to get involved then why not come along and see what it is all about, we would also like to announce our open day at the track on 13th May 2012 we need you help to get the track ready for racing. The first race day will be Sunday 3rd June and every other Sunday after that, anyone wishing to help, drive or in need of a car to race please contact us on 674 256 147 or

Jukebox promotions

Jukebox Promotions Continue Their Fundraising Following the huge success of last years King and Country tour, Jukebox Promotions have added new venues and set up a tour of the show in the region during February. The all new show, featuring Peter Day, Fiona McLean and Elvis 2000 will also star Red Strokes and his fabulous Garth Brooks tribute. This unique combination will simply be a must for all lovers of Country music so, if you missed it last year, make sure you get tickets for the 2012 shows asap. Peter, of Jukebox Promotions says “We were very excited about the success of King and Country last year and now, with new songs, the combination of Country & Western, Country rock, Garth Brooks and Elvis will be on a tour circuit again over seven venues in February. The first, on Thursday 16th will be at Punta Prima and it

will then stretch to La Marina, Gran Alacant, Quesada, Los Balcones, San Luis and La Florida during the month. We are very pleased to be working with some fabulous new venues in 2012 and expect tickets for these shows to sell very fast. There is a limited number available so please book early”. The full list of February dates & venues for this show is as follows:


Thursday 16th - Rocajuna, Punta Prima @ 8-30pm - Ticket 10 Euros (includes pre show buffet) Sunday 19th - AREA, The Filton Centre, Los Balcones @ 8-30pm - Tickets 7.50 Euros (tickets at Cyber Cafe, Filton Centre) Monday 20th - La Marina Sport Complex @ 8-30pm - Tickets 7.50 Euros Tuesday 21st - Santa Pola Life Resort, Gran Alacant @ 8.30pm - Tickets 8.50 Euros (this show is theatre style - tickets at Reception) Wednesday 22nd - The Club, Quesada @ 8-30pm - Tickets 7.50 Euros Friday 24th - Casa Ventura, San Luis @ 8-30pm - Tickets 7.50 Euros Sunday 26th - Emerald Isle, La Florida @ 8-30pm - Tickets 7.50 Euros “We have put together a top quality Country music tour at low tickets cost and still allowed

for good fundraising options that are so badly needed by Help at Home (CB). Please book early to avoid disappointment” says Peter. Tickets for all shows are available at the venues now or call 695 135 134 or email: This tour is part of the continued fund raising initiative between Jukebox Promotions and Help at Home (Costa Blanca).


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Saturday 4th February

The 9 piece band of - 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 3 saxes, 3 rhythm- will be playing some Big Band favorites such as Perdido, Love for Sale, Autumn Leaves, Night in Tunisia etc; along with numbers by Benny Golson, Miles davis and some of the lesser know Jazz composers. The band was formed, and is led by Gil Monks on alto sax - and features the best available jazz musicians in the area: John Atkins, Inge Sunde, Andy Briant, - brass , - Gil, Mike Hutchins, Mike Cox, - reeds, Barry Bretton, Geoff Hull, Arthur Buck, -rhythm. The band deliver a bright, punchy, different sound that you won’t fail to enjoy! so come and join us for a night of entertainment with a difference! Bar prices are ‘sensible’ at Cas Ventura, and Kevin, manager will make you very welcome. Admission is by ticket only - 5 euros n the door. For all details call 968 - 432 630. The next ‘Big Band Dance Night’ not to be missed! - at ‘La Rustika’ Avda. Los Baleares, Torrevieja, will be on Friday 17th; February - 9.00 to 11.30 pm. A ‘SPECIAL NIGHT’ with SWINGTET-PLUS BIG BAND - Gil Monks (bandleader) alto sax, flute and clarinet, Barry Bretton, Keyboard/piano, Arthur Buck, drums, - Geoff Hull, bass, - Andy Briant, trombone, - John Atkins, Inge Sundae, trumpets, - Mike Hutchins, tenor sax, - Mike Cox, baritone sax. This 9 piece band of very

experienced musicians , with the very big band sound bring the best-of-the-best entertainment value with music for dancing, to this area of the Costa Blanca. Or just come along and listen -to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glen Miller, Buddy Rich - and a good selection of Latin rhythms and Beatles music as well. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW - 7 EUROS from La Rustika. Tel. 96 - 570 - 3685 / 622 - 760 340. There will be a Raffle with the proceeds for HELP Vega Baja Organization.

Fundraising Inspiration Sandra Broad,69 has always been a very keen fundraiser in the Uk. She hand-embroiders dresses which she gives away or auctions to help very ill children. These dresses can take her up to three weeks to make but it really is a labour of love. Sandra has given away 120 of these dresses over the last ten years. She also works incredibly hard collecting money for the Royal British Legion and Help For Heroes. Although Sandra lives most of the year in South Harrow, she spends about 5 months a year in her “second home” in Spain. Since she has been here, she has heard so many things about the wonderful work done by the expats

for EMAUS and especially for the childrens’ residential care home in Elche. When she returned to Spain a week ago, she came with two suitcases full of brand new clothes for every child at the home. On Monday she visited the children at their home in Elche, with members of the Office for the Urbanisations of San Fulgencio, and handed over the clothes. “All the children and staff were really grateful and gave me a huge hugs and kisses. The children were so polite and well behaved.” said Sandra “It brought a lump to my throat. What a wonderful evening.“


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The highly successful production of ‘Ancient Grease’ last May was a complete sell out for its three-night run and many people missed it because the tickets went like Greased Lightnin’! So . . . due to public demand Stagestruck! will be performing it on 24, 25 and 26 May at the School of Music and Culture, Los Montesinos. All proceeds will go to Adismon for disabled children. Some of the original cast were already in the group but there were no problems casting the remaining roles from the other members plus a couple of new characters so it promises to be even bigger, better and funnier than last time! Tickets are 5€, available from the theatre or by phoning the numbers below and everyone will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine. Doors open 7.15pm and show starts 8pm. All proceeds will go to Adismon for disabled children. There is already a reserve list so it looks like tickets will be going like Greased Lightnin’ again this year! Early booking is strongly advised so remember . . . if you were Born To Hand Jive then You’re The Ones That We Want because We’re Hopelessly Devoted To You and there’s the

guarantee you’ll remember those Summer Nights! The Worst Thing You Can Do is miss it!! An afternoon of fun and frolics was enjoyed by all at Hoggies Bar in San Luis just before Christmas when Stagestruck! performed a very different version of the Cinderella story with characters like Salmonella, ugly sisters Debhorror and Jennycide, stepmother Julevil, Baron Da Do Ron Ron, Smuttons, Vince Charming, his mother Moaner and the Fairy God-waitress. Mickey Mouse also dropped in to see if there was any cheese going (you had to be there!) As well as group members some of the audience were given scripts and roles to play with hilarious results. Drop in at Hoggies and ask to see the photos! Due to the success of that and the murder mysteries the group offer their services to anyone who would like to book them for their ‘Now For Something Completely Different’ occasions! Notice: Would Mary, who visited rehearsals at Casa Ventura a couple of times, please contact the group asap please. To reserve your tickets please ring Stella on 966 786 154 or Sally on 648 783 601.

CRESCENDO and JUST BRASS raise money for APANEE and Alzheimer’s


The Christmas carol service at Torrevieja Christian Fellowship just before Christmas was free entry but raised a huge 1,250 euros in the buckets at the door! Just Brass were given 150 euros for their chosen charity, Crescendo received 150 euros for a charity of their choice, and the rest was split equally between APANEE and Alzheimer’s….475euros each. The audience on the night, besides joining in all the favourite carols with the band and choir, had a surprise treat when Crescendo’s new Musical Director Sixto and his trainee conductor Irene played a couple of duets on saxophone and piano. Cathy Carson sang some Christmas songs, joined in the last one

by her friend Shirley. The choir sang a selection of pieces and the band showed off the talent of some of their members who played solos. Guest speakers from each of the churches said a few words. In the new year, Mary Mitchell, Crescendo’s chairman along with Elly van der Vecht the concert manager, took the money raised to the APANEE headquarters in Torrevieja where they were met by Anna-Maria Garcia and Yaci Valenzuela from APANEE and Cristina Carrillo a psychologist from The Alzheimer’s association. They expressed their thanks to everyone who took part in the concert but especial thanks to all who attended and gave so generously.



Supermotoland Team preparing for 2012!

Rascals Social Evening Beetle Drive

On Monday evening Rascals had a social evening where several new members came along to join in with existing members for a Beetle Drive. This game you get to meet a lot of different people as after each game one from each table moves up or down a table. After a busy morning rehearsing for their new show “a Night at the Musicals” which will be performed in early May and mid June this was an enjoyable and relaxing evening.

THE SPIRIT OF ENGLAND’ WITH CANTABILE SINGERS After a successful and most enjoyable run of five Christmas concerts, Cantabile female voice choir is now rehearsing for its next major project ‘The Spirit of England’. The programme, to be performed next June, will consist of songs from Purcell to The Beatles and including Paul Mealor’s wonderful ‘Wherever You Are’ The choir will be joined by Just Brass Concert Band and the Beaux and Belles Morris Dancers. This month Cantabile were delighted to be able to donate €100 to Stroke Awareness, funds raised at their final concert held at Torrevieja’s Palacio del la Música, in which Cantabile was joined by a talented group of young Ukrainians who sang carols in their native language. €220 was also donated to La Siesta Church Management Fund and received by Bruce Heath, representing their committee. Cantabile are always actively seeking new

members. If you are interested in singing and would like to join an established Ladies’ Choir, please contact Chairwoman Phyl on 965077457 or MD Jen Morton on 966 7968 66 or e-mail for details.

HELP.... Are you creative?

I’ve been asked by the artists at the Rojales Caves - Cuevas del Rodeo - if I can organise a big art event there on Sunday 4th March in conjunction with them and the town hall. I have already contacted the artists I know, but am looking for many more of all nationalities and all kinds - e.g. you may do crochet or lace-making or patchwork or face painting or you are part of a dance group, etc. Rather than just being an exhibition of work, it would be good for as many as possible to be doing something too. - e.g. artists could actually be painting, knitters knitting, dancers dancing, art group leaders running class with their students with space for visitors to have a go..... And we need things children can get

involved in too like potato prints, graffiti painting wall, etc. You will of course be allowed to sell and advertise your groups/classes etc The town hall have already indicated they will probably notify TV etc and if it is a success it will help to kick start monthly art fairs there again when there would be more opportunities to display your work. The only charge there may be would be towards publicity which will be kept less than 5€ each So if you would like the opportunity to show your abilities, please contact me a.s.a.p. - theres not a lot of time! Phone Martin 648 535 165 or email

The Supermotoland Race team based in Murcia, Spain has decided to focus its efforts on the Spanish, the Catalan, and the Valencian Supermoto championships for 2012. Anthony Ford-Dunn will be racing in the Elite class with the goal of winning the Spanish championship, whilst his brother Mat Ford-Dunn will be competing in the SM30 class at the same race meetings. Anthony will also be competing in selected rounds of the British and French Supermoto championships to promote the team and its sponsors throughout Europe and to prepare him for an assault on the Supermoto world championship Grand Prix’s in 2013. Both riders have been training hard over the Christmas holidays and are currently testing and evaluating new engine and suspension parts on last year’s bikes, before the new 2012 Honda CRF450R’s arrive to be built up into this season’s race bikes. The Team will once again be sponsored by ‘Advance Moves’, the Expat removal company based in Murcia as well as increased

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We have all come out to Spain for similar reasons, a better quality of life, health and of course the Sun. It is so easy here in Spain to enjoy the weather. Most of us live in close proximity to the beach or the campo, which I am sure all of you know by now, broadly means the countryside, but its literal translation in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish is “field¨. Our little family has embraced the word even further, my nickname is the “Campo Queen”, as I look a state the majority of the time in that I am always walking in the ´campo´, or with the animals. My daughter in Oxford has gone one step further! With her Uni friends they have commandeered the word to mean that they have let themselves go a bit. eg. Not shaving their armpits, legs, not plucking their eyebrows etc. Who knows? The new definition might just spread even more and land up in the Oxford Dictionary.


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So the moral of the story is, get out there, relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside, clean air and warming sun, without even the slightest twinge of guilt. Even better, why not join us for one of our walks or participate in the Lake Charity Challenge on Sunday Feb the 26th? Details on website at with links to our face book page which is updated regularly. Jenni

TEA GARDEN & CASA LA PEDRERA: OPEN HOUSE The Open House the Tea Garden will continute to be held inside the Grand Design House and on the many terraces overlooking the lake serving lunches & cream Teas from 1st Feb. Open daily 11am – 4pm & Sundays from 1pm –4pm Bookings taken for Valentines Luch February 14th Call 660816620 for more information.



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Cycle Route 17 : Quesada to La Murada

We left the shop at Quesada and headed for Benijofar, turn right at the town square ( cobbled area) passing through Benijofar and at the roundabout for Rojales turn left , cycle over the bridge to the next roundabout, straight across and just follow the road to San Fulgencio where you turn left at the roundabout and follow the road past La Marina Urbanisation and just follow the signs for Elche the road is relatively straight and good. Past the petrol station on your left the road becomes a dual carriageway with a cycle track on the left, cycle on this track until you come to the next roundabout , turn left here onto the CV851 and follow this road for approx 1km then turn left, once on this road follow it until you see the sign for Realengo , turn down this road following it right into the village of Realengo turn right at the junction and you will be able to cycle along this road for about a Km however you will need to cycle on the main road up and over the bridge as they are making the new high speed train line and the old road is closed. Once over the bridge turn left at the roundabout and take the camino road which goes all the way into Albatera (running alongside the N340). We stopped here in Albatera and had a coffee and tapas at one of the many roadside cafes. Once you are refreshed and ready to go again pass through the town and at the edge of town turn right onto the CV871 heading for Los Vincentes ( Approx 10kms ) turn right at Los Vincentes and cycle the last 2km into La Murada. The main street in La Murada is full of restaurants, bars and cafes so you are spoiled for choice of Menu del dia. Once you are watered and fed head back for Los Vincentes following the road straight on passing through Benferri and Orihuela. At Orihuela pick up the signs for Bigastro and cycle home through Bigastro, Jacarilla, Benejucar, Algorfa and finally Benijofar turning right at the traffic lights and heading back towards Quesada. This is a beautiful cycle route with lots of gorgeous views of the mountains and hills. Total Cycling time : 6 Hours Total Distance :Approx 90 Kms.

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Summary : Beautiful Scenic route however had to use the main roads a couple of times.

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consumption because of its high acid content. Another option is to substitute a different type of oil entirely, often originating outside the EU where production is cheaper. Last year, two Spanish businessmen were sent to prison for selling extra virgin olive oil that turned out to be 75 per cent sunflower oil, while Mueller recounts the story of a shipment of Turkish hazelnut oil which, after a voyage around Europe, arrived in southern Italy in September 1991 with papers declaring it was Greek olive oil. There it was mixed with the real thing, and sold to unsuspecting customers including Nestle, owners of Buitoni oil, and Bertolli for use in their products. The substantial profits associated with such fraud, Mueller says, enable crooks to bribe low-paid customs officials and police to turn a blind eye to such arrivals. But this deception isn’t just confined to smugglers and gangsters. In 2004, an olive oil producer called Andreas Marz, concerned about the declining quality of Italian olive oil, decided t o conduct his own test. He bought 31 different kinds of extra virgin olive oil from German supermarkets, and sent them to three expert tasting panels in Florence for analysis. Only one was judged to meet extra virgin standards, nine were downgraded to virgin, and the rest, including offerings from several major Italian brands, were graded as lampante. When Marz published the results, those involved in the revelations found themselves hit with lawsuits by Carapelli, makers of ‘Italy’s most beloved extra virgin olive oil’, who seemed to have friends in some very high places indeed. In fact, ‘intimidation’ is the word used by one of the experts concerned. No wonder, then, that Marz’s shocking findings changed absolutely nothing. Such adulteration is deceitful, certainly, but pales in comparison to the toxic oil scandal which killed more than 1,000 Spaniards, and seriously injured 24,000 others, in the Eighties. They fell ill after consuming rapeseed oil intended for industrial use, which had been rendered inedible by the addition of a toxic compound called aniline, used in the production of plastics. Unscrupulous traders had taken advantage of the low pricetag, repackaged it as olive oil, and sold it for culinary use.Even companies which act within the law are happy to appropriate the premium image of Italian olive oil for lesser blends. Don’t be fooled by Italian flags or Tuscan olive groves on a label. Italy is one of the world’s largest importers of olive oil, much of which is then blended, stuck into suitably Italian packaging and re-exported. About 80 per cent of the oil produced in Jaen, southern Spain, for example, is shipped to Italy, where it can be packaged and sold by Italian brands as ‘packed’ or ‘bottled in Italy’, for a far higher price than poor old Spanish brands can get. Indeed, Bertolli, for all its rustic Italian advertising, tells Mueller it actually imports about four-fifths of the oil it uses, mostly from Spain, North Africa and the Middle East. While it doesn’t really matter, from a health point of view, whether our olive oil comes from Tuscany or Tunisia, the much vaunted advantages of this cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet — its apparent ability to help protect the body from some forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease — depend very much on the quality of the oil. Only virgin oils can claim the full range of health benefits attributed to olive oil, because the refining process strips lesser oils of its vitamins. But until the EU imposes tighter controls of the kind in place for wine, there seems little incentive for the olive oil industry to clean up its act. In the meantime, there are a few things the consumer can do to help ensure that the oil they’re buying is of the quality that they’d expect it to be. Go for virgin or extra virgin oil, where the golden rule is that sadly, if it seems too cheap to be true, it probably is. Look for dark bottles, which will protect the contents from damaging UV rays that make it rancid, and search out the longest sell-by date you can. Olive oil may be sacred to many British foodies, but it’s not immune to corruption. It seems that, for the unwary consumer at least, healthy eating is a very slippery business.

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Should you be, like many Brits, a convert to the cult of the extra virgin, a devotee of the Mediterranean magic potion that is olive oil, then I’m afraid we have some bad news. According to Tom Mueller, author of a new book on the subject, Extra Virginity: The Sublime And Scandalous World of Olive Oil, not all virgins are as pure as they might seem — and the world of olive oil is increasingly beset with fraud, smuggling and even poisoning. The problem is that where there’s money, there’s crime, and olive oil is a very valuable commodity. In July, Spanish police arrested the leader of a gang responsible for the theft of more than a million litres of the stuff, siphoned from storage tanks in Murcia, and shipped under false paperwork to Italy for sale. Italian newspapers regularly report producers being robbed at gunpoint by drivers who arrive in the middle of the night with tankers. A few years ago, Bertolli, the biggest olive oil brand in the world, suffered a multi-million euro theft at its plant near Milan — with sophisticated thieves using jammed security cameras, guns and lorries to secure their bounty. Olive oil occupies a unique place in culinary history. Humans have been eating the fruits of these gnarled and tenacious trees for as long as the two of us have coexisted on this planet. But since then, too, the olive oil industry has been dogged by fraud. Clay tablets found at Ebla, in Syria, describe the activities of a 2,500 yearold anti-fraud squad who were responsible for ensuring the purity of oil, while the of classical philosopher and doctor Galen complained unscrupulous traders adulterating their olive oil with liquid lard to make it go further. But ancient foodies were lucky — the Roman Empire had strict controls in place to minimise such double dealing. Two thousand years later, olive oil regulation is back in the Dark Ages. As Mueller’s book observes, when you buy wine, you can usually trust that the contents match the label: if it says Chateau Margaux 1949 on the bottle, you’re not going to find last year’s Chilean Malbec inside. Olive oil labels, by contrast, give very little information to the consumer: an oil costing £20 a bottle will look, on the shelf, very similar to one retailing at a tenth of the price. And with one former producer claiming 98  per cent of what is sold in Italy as extra-virgin olive oil is actually nothing of the sort, how on earth can shoppers tell what they’re getting? In theory, it should be easy: olive oil is graded into several different types for sale, the most common of which is extra virgin. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest quality, made from the very best olives. Virgin oil, meanwhile, is made with slightly riper olives and so is deemed to have a less superior flavour. European legislation dictates that any oil labelled virgin must have been extracted from the olive by physical means, such as pressing, rather than by chemical refinement. It also has to pass a taste test conducted by EU experts. Rigorous enough, you might think — if only the law was properly enforced. Olive oil doesn’t come cheap —beware of anything under about £6 a litre — and many have succumbed to the temptation to cut a few corners. The most common fraud involves diluting extra virgin oil with a lesser grade — such as lampante, or lampoil, judged unfit for human



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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting for members of the HELP Association of Vega Baja is to be held on: TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2011 10am for 10.30am At the RESTAURANTE PIZZERIA ASTURIAS (next to water tower) CARRETERA TORREVIEJA CARTAGENA A current membership card will be required for admission to the meeting. If you have any topics to be discussed under Any Other Business, or any nominations for the committee posts of HELP Vega Baja, please submit in writing by 14th February 2010 to the following address. To: Richard Garland, HELP Association of Vega Baja, Apartado de Correos 395, 03193 San Miguel de Salinas, Alicante

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting for members of the HELP Association of Vega Baja is to be held on: TUESDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2011 10.00 for 10.30 a.m. At the RESTAURANTE PIZZERIA ASTURIAS (next to water tower) CARRETERA TORREVIEJA CARTAGENA A current membership card will be required for admission to the meeting. If you have any topics to be discussed under Any Other Business, or any nominations for the committee posts of HELP Vega Baja, please submit in writing by 14th February 2012 to the following address. To: Richard Garland. HELP Association of Vega Baja, Apartado de Correos 395, 03193 San Miguel de Salinas Alicante

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We’ve just finished a fantastic weekend full of playing at the cortijo with the dogs and bikes and a friends birthday party. It’s great that the children can play outside in the sun during the month of January, the outdoors lifestyle is one of the main reasons so many people move to Spain. I do worry though about the boys getting enough English practice. I speak to them in English at home, but they speak to their Papa and everyone else in their day to day lives in Spanish. I’m finding that we try so hard to help them with their general homework that we skip through the English vocabulary which they need to learn to progress as bilingual. My youngest mentioned that his friend ‘has sick’ and when I asked him to repeat it again I sussed out that he meant that ‘she is six’ and that he was translating the Spanish way of saying it into English. I wonder if any other parents are noticing the same thing? Those who moved here with their little ones who have become fluent in Spanish but now lack the same fluency in English? We can all sing along to The Beatles, Bob Marley, Cold Play, The Killers etc. etc. to help our children appreciate the use of English language in music but we also need to find the time to read to them in English, or encourage them to read rather than glue themselves to the PlayStation screen. I admit that when I was younger I didn’t like reading until I found a book which I couldn’t put down and I began to appreciate the escapism that a book can give you. My boys love the Shirley Hughes ‘Alfie’ books (and I must admit I love to notice the detail in the illustrations ). I also found a fantastic history book in a large British supermarket the other day called the ‘Children’s British History Encyclopaedia: Discover the remarkable story of Britain’s past’ by Parragon Books. It’s fantastic and I wish that it had been around when I was studying my history GCSE as it gives little snippets of facts from the Ice Age up to modern day Britain. What do other parents do to help their children keep up with their English? Email me at Sol Times and we could share information. If you’d like to share your thoughts with Lucy - our Spanglish Mum - email and we’ll pass them on!


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Gruntmore, El Alcalde Part 1 The five worthies who make up the local council of Alqueria all owe allegiance to the Newcomers, Los Recién Llegados. It has always been that way. Apathy on the part of the Hill People, El Gente del Cerro, vote rigging and bribery have always assured the status quo remains the status quo. Hard decisions had to be made however. Alqueria is not immune from the present economic climate and cuts had to be made. Fernando Rodriquez had the council in his pocket. Running for office was too much like hard work, he preferred to use his lackeys. Puppets elected by the good people of Alqueria under questionable circumstances. However, Rodriguez had a problem. Unpopular spending cuts had to be made and he needed a scapegoat. Someone he could both control and blame, someone who was outside the normal partisan divisions of the village. The resident Englishman Blythe Gruntmore was duly seconded to the council. Unable to speak the language and never really assimilating with the people of the village he was an inspired choice. Unable to communicate and generally in a state of confused panic he suited the task admirably. A Geordie speaking English is a daunting experience even if you are ready for it. A simple ‘Good morning’ can sound like a declaration of war. When mixed with extremely bad Spanish the linguistic effect is breathtaking. Gruntmore attended the council meetings promptly. This meant of course that he was alone in the chamber for the first twenty minutes or so. He still hadn’t fully grasped the Spanish concept of timekeeping. He would nod wisely and vote when the others did so. Blythe drifted through the

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meetings with vacuous staring eyes as if someone had forgotten to plug him in. They could be electing Rasputin responsible for the morale upbringing of the village girls for all he knew. By this means all of the unpopular cuts were introduced. A leak was then engineered suggesting that Blythe Gruntmore was responsible for the drafting the proposals. Blythe didn’t notice the hostility as no one spoke to him at the best of times. He continued to drink at the Casa Devante but wallowed in his newly found importance. Blythe now disposed himself like a Japanese warlord, instead of in his usual hunched shouldered reticent attitude. What were the cuts? How did they affect the village? We shall see!

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pause for thought It was the American critic and satirist, Alexander Woollcott who first concluded that “all the best things in life are either illegal, immoral or fattening”. And in similar vein, many people accuse Christians of being ‘killjoys’, who judge every pleasure they may wish to enjoy as sinful. There is necessarily an element of truth in this assertion since contrary creatures that we are, we always want what we’re not allowed. Tell a child that s/he mustn’t walk on the grass and walking on grass immediately becomes the most important necessity in life! Ban a book from sale and everyone wants to read it! So it’s hardly surprising that God’s rules for harmonious living (known as the ten commandments) are perceived by many as an unacceptable infringement of personal liberties, designed to prevent them from enjoying themselves. Yet as we watch a world torn apart by greed and terror and see the devastating effect of the loss of family values, few would actually deny the wisdom of the commands ‘Honour your parents; Do not murder; Do not commit adultery; Do not steal; Do not lie; Do not covet what belongs to another.’ So yes, I concede that Christians try to uphold God’s law, but would argue that this does not prevent me from enjoying life to the full.

A f te r a l l , although He suffered a great deal, Jesus hardly came across as a killjoy. Would a killjoy have turned water into 700 litres of the very best wine? Would a killjoy have been loved by ordinary folk like farmers, fishermen and even prostitutes? Would a killjoy have comforted the bereaved, bringing their dead back to life? I think not; and as the Bible asserts that God has given us all things richly to enjoy, then I take that as gospel and enjoy to the full what he has given me, with the added bonus of understanding something of the purpose of a life that won’t end at my death, but will continue to eternity.

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

THE MAN THAT GAVE LIFE TO DEAD AND INERT MOUNTAINS It’s been a good week. I’ve again met the daughter of a long passed friend. He has been gone now some 17 years and in that time the tiny moppet has blossomed into a charming accountant working at the local gas station. Easy to talk with and with the natural grace of the typical Spanish family, who having once shared a drink with you in their homes you are never forgotten. We had a good chat, and thoughts of her father reminded me to write historical vignette. I hope she doesn’t read it. Her father carved mountains for me. He was more than the driver of a massive D-9 Caterpillar, he was a genius engineer and first rate geologists. He knew what types of soil he dug, where I could build a house, how deep the foundations had to be, how wide. He made me look like an avant sculpture, playing with mountains and making them usable for people not just birds. Now in the middle of this development was one of the funniest places that ever existed in Mojacar; a restaurant and bar that reigned for their Sunday lunches of supreme quality and international companionship one of the best places to be on this planet that day. Now, long before it became a house hold name for the entire area (that was to become) they opened. I frequented the place a lot, usually to make apologies for all the dust Ramon and his tractor were kicking up which gave the owners endless duties of sweeping and washing down. One day I went up early and announced to the owner that I needed Ramon to work late and continue ploughing up the mountain. We agreed that for compensation I would bring up a few friends for a long drinking session to put a few pennies in his coffers to compensate for the inconvenience. I loaded my open yellow jeep full of friends and up we drove to what became known as the Oasis. The owner as always regaled us with plenty of snacks and special concoctions that later he became famed for preparing. Rivers of wine flowed and bon humour ruled. Just before we got into full roll a mirage of Ramon blew in as if he were a cloud of dust, which he was. He had come to quench his patched and dry palette. We all then drank, laughed and told stories late into the evening. Ramon’s son joined us about an

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hour later, having arrived at the preconceived hour to take his father home. He too joined our camaraderie and more bottles were required. To Ramon´s son I announced how full praise of I was concerning his father. Ramon always arrived before sunup and never left before sunset. I told my other friends how well Ramon knew the mountains, cutting, and the intricacies of soil and rock change that could prove lethally detrimental for construction of houses. Now in our praise and adulation Ramon was undaunted and enjoyed. But he wished to up the praise and competency. He asked all to come outside and observe. He planned on having his son smoking a cigarette protruding from his mouth lie below the “big cat” while he flicked off the ashes with the solid three meter long iron blade. We were all silent, “Gob smacked” as the English have taught me to utter concerning such extravagant situations. Naturally we all objected and didn’t want to witness such an act. But, the demonstration of his professional dexterity became a thing of honour so as to likewise meet with the approval of those onlookers who might not know of his skills. Before we could remonstrate enough to stop him, Ramon cranked up the tractor and his son was duly lighting up and getting himself positioned. We trundled outside, still beseeching Ramon to climb down and have another drink and forget such folly. But before we could his son had lied down and smoke was billowing into the still night air. Oh the terror the spurred through my body. Then, when the big machine lurched forward, stopped and spun directly into his prostrate son we all gasped. The rasping screeching sound as he lowered the blade sobered us all up instantaneously. Then Ramon´s metal tank jerked forward just clipping the very edge of the lighted tobacco. We all signed a giant breath of relief. I jumped up on the machine and literally pulled Ramon back down to earth. Honour had been justified and skill demonstrated. And, that in fact is how so many mountains were sculpted into living life and history.


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Flowers In The Snow Living in a sleepy backwater, even the opening of an envelope will be sure to attract a crowd. For some reason our annual fiesta is in the middle of January, which is fine when the sun is up but standing in a cavernous unheated marquee at night with a frost forming is not my idea of fun. The community spirit in rural Spain is very much alive and it’s lovely to see just how many people turn up to enjoy the festivities, meet old friends and catch up with family. Seeing people dressed up like a Michelin Man because of the cold gamely trying to dance the Paso Doble is surely worth the entrance fee! The messy, yet traditional, Spanish practice of enjoying a drink and tapas then dropping any rubbish to the floor will ensure the locality will be littered with postparty detritus so my dogs will have to be patient as I walk them whilst at the same time picking up other peoples bloomin’ rubbish for the next few days. After I first wrote last August about the litter that blights Almeria, the self-appointed litter Tsar, Tony Matthews, now writes regularly about places he and others have cleared up. It’s easy to rubbish (pun intended!) his or my writing on the subject but if we all take a few seconds every day to look around our surroundings and pop any rubbish we see into the bin the place will be much better for everyone. Flying from Madrid to Almeria on the Ryanair red eye recently I was surprised to see lots of snow on all the peaks around Baza and Seron. A few days later I was in the car on the hunt for a ruinous cortijo which sounded perfect for a client of mine and sure enough near Caniles there were piles of snow next to the road. Amazing to think it can be tee-shirt weather in Mojacar yet within the hour it can be brass monkeys when driving inland. The mountains look fabulous when dusted with natures icing sugar and when combined with the beautiful almond blossom it’s a treat for our eyes.

NOTE: APSA are relocating their shop to Avenida Lepanto in Albox opening on 1st February close to the ferreteria; please support this fine animal charity by shopping there and donating any quality items sitting gathering dust at home. 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: -




VW up! 5-door

Volkswagen has unveiled a more practical, five-door version of its up! city car...

These are the first official pictures of the new five-door VW up! – and the more practical sister car to the three-door city car is set to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Volkswagen says that it’s due to hit UK dealers in the second half of this year, so you should see it on sale around September. As Auto Express closed for press, there was little official information about the new car, but it’s expected to cost around £400 more than the three-door, which means prices will start at £8,395. VW claims the new five-door model will account for half of all up! sales, too. It’s expected to sit on exactly the same wheelbase as the three-door, with no major increase in dimensions. Under the bonnet is the same choice of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines as the three-door, with 59bhp or 74bhp. There will be a road tax-exempt 99g/km car, too, while VW says it’ll offer the same special editions, including colour-coded black and white launch models. Five-door versions of the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo, both up! sister cars, will also go on sale in the second half of the year.

New Toyota Prius revealed

Updates for 2012 Prius include a new-look front end, upgraded favourite hybrid has received a ...interior and softer suspension

The world’s range of upgrades for 2012, including a restyled front end, more equipment and improved comfort. Fuel economy and emissions of 72.4mpg and 89g/km (or 70.6mpg and 92g/km for models wearing 17-inch wheels) stay the same. Most of the styling changes take place on the lower part of the front end. A redesigned bumper - which adds another 20mm to the Prius’ overall length - houses a larger front grille. Clear-lens headlights are added, while the LED daytime running lights are relocated to underneath the indicators in the front bumper - the fog lights are now imbedded in the lower grille. Equipment levels have been increased with the Toyota Touch central touchscreen now standard on T3 and T4 models. Top-spec T-Spirit models get the Toyota Touch and Go Plus system as


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MAGGOTS END................................................................... RODS and REEL This weeks match was the 4th and final round in the Presidents cup series. The venue was the Rio Segura Murcia. Well, after the rain, the bank again, was a quagmire. The last peg by the road bridge was not put in as it was that bad. The river was flowing a bit quicker than normal due to the rain and this certainly affected the fishing, as float fishing was inaffective. Again this week the better weights came from the top end by the crystal bridge. The workmen are still busy on the far bank and it looks like they are putting the large pipe under the path as the amount of lorries taking soil away is continual. We still may have several months of fishing!!!!!!!!. ( With a bit of luck ). If anyone has any details as to the programme of events to achieve the cleanup, would they please e-mail me and I will put it in the paper. Top rods on the day 1st Mick ( The Arsenal ) Hill fishing the pole using corn with 7.70 kilo´s. 2nd Bill (The Master) Readefishing the feeder using maggot with 6.64 kilo´s. 3rd Marlene ( The Sweetie Lady ) Hutchinson fishing the feeder using corn with 6.38 kilo´s. Presidents Cup Final Results Bill Reade with 12 points Dave Hoare with 17 points Dave Hutchinson with 20


Well done to Bill I believe this is the third year in a row that he has won this cup. 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 3rd round of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished on the Eden Canal on the 17th January on a very cold and wet morning. The heavy rains from the past few days had not affected the flow of the water, but we did have a very heavy storm whilst we were fishing the match that caught a lot of us out as we made a dash to get the brollies up. The fishing does seem to be getting harder, with Mullet and Bleak making up the weights. 1st Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 3.620kg fishing the pole and feeder using maggot and bread 2nd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 3.360kg fishing pole using bread. 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 2.780kg on the pole and feeder using maggot and bread Just to remind all members that there renewal fees are now due and the AGM is on the 30th January at 7.30pm at

the Abbey Tavern. These and all details are available on our website www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 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 photopage, NIE and insurance. 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 sea-front between Isla Plana and Puerto de Mazarron. For further details contact Alan Roscoe : email: anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

standard, which adds sat-nav, voice recognition and allows you to use Google local search through your phone’s 3G connection. The Prius now comes in eight colours, including two new shades - Dark Blue and Cabernet Red. New kit on the T Spirit model includes water-repellent glass, dusk-sensing LED headlights and an electrochromatic rear view mirror. By increasing the number of welding spots, the body is now marginally stiffer, which has a couple of knock-on effects. Firstly the suspension can be dialled back to a softer setting without any loss of body control, and secondly the steering column becomes more rigid - improving the steering feel. Prices begin at £21,350 for the T3 model, £23,080 for the T4 and £24,620 for the T Spirit - and increase of £295, £310 and £335 respectively - and sales begin in March. Later in the year the Prius range will grow with the introduction of the Prius Plug-in and seven-seater Prius +.

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January 2012 sees our first anniversary in our new garage premises, Auto Clinica, La Nucia. Carrying a large stock of Left Hand Drive Headlights, now at our garage we have been able to develop further techniques to modify Right Hand Drive Headlights to meet Spanish ITV requirements. Joe our proprietor hates to discard perfectly working headlights and spend hundreds of euros on new when he can adapt or modify at a fraction of the cost. Only last Autummn we took delivery of the best headlight restoration equipment from the UK. With this advert have your headlights restored to like new and receive a 10% discount. Auto Clinica was the result of popular demand for an English speaking mechanic in our area. We offer an extensive range of services from pre itv checks, air condition re- charge, batteries, oil changes, services to bulb changes. So phone Liz on SPECIALISTS IN SUPPLY OF LHD HEADLIGHTS & RESTORATION OF LHD HEADLIGHTS 618547491 or Joe on 618592396 Auto Clinica on 966877145 for a quote for your next job or contact us at FOR SERVICING TO PRE-ITV CHECKS TO admin@headlights4u. AIR-CONDITIONING RECHARGE com TEL: 966 877 145/618 547 491 EMAIL:


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CD Montesinos Win Again......................................... FC TORREVIEJA - SHATTERED DREAMS !!! ................. News came to light last week it now lacks a goalscorer and substitute Corella. Carrasco CDM side: Cubano, Chulo, Fernando, Becker, Sanchez (Capt), Rubio, M&A, Andres, Vazquinho, Macan, Edu. Subs: Ruben, Lopez (not used), Omar, Dimitry and Javi Goals: Edu and Andres (pen) CD Montesinos stay top of the table for another week with a 2-1 home win against one of their leading rivals, Sporting Saladar. A second half penalty from Andres gave them three points, coming back from a goal behind in this top of the table clash. After a goalless first half in which Monte had the best of the chances on offer, especially their centre forward, Vazquinho, who missed two close range efforts, Monte manager Juanpe made two changes at half time adding more attacking players to his

side in Ruben and Dimity. But five minutes into the second half Saladar took the lead after a good breakaway effort. An hour into the game, Monte manager, Juanpe, made another change, as Ma made way for youth player Omar, and shortly after this, Monte draw level as top scorer Edu equalised after being put through by Macan. With the scores even, the match went through a more physical stage as players on both sides picked up yellow cards. Both sides were going all out for the victory, but on a counter attack, Vazquinho went past his marker and was brought down inside the penalty area with the match referee pointing directly to the penalty spot. Andres stroked home the penalty to put Montesinos 2-1 in front,

much to the delight of the 327 supporters in the crowd. There was still time for further yellow cards, as well as a red, being issued to the visitors, but the three points made sure that CD Montesinos stay top for at least another week. Next match is away at Deportivo Orihuela with a 6pm kick off on SATURDAY 28th January. The supporters’ club are organising away travel for this game so please get in touch if you are looking to follow the club. For more information about CD Montesinos and its Internacional Supporters’ Club, The Full Monte, please visit the website www.cdmontesinos. com email thefullmonte2011@ or tel 637 869 602. In association with CajaMurcia

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Arsenal 1-2 Man Utd. The Gunners played host to The Red Devils at The Emirates Stadium. The Champions were triumphant with efforts from Antonio Valencia & Danny Welbeck. Robin van Persie pulled one back. Bolton 3-1 Liverpool. The Trotters took on The Reds at The Reebok. Goals from Mark Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker & Steinsson won the day up in the North West. Craig Bellamy replied. Everton 1-1 Blackburn. The Blues clashed with The Rovers at Goodison Park. Tim Cahill scored his first goal in over a year only for supersub David Goodwillie to level matters. Fulham 5-2 Newcastle United. The Cottagers entertained The Magpies at Craven Cottage. This was the Clint Dempsey show with the American

scoring a brilliant hat-trick !!! Penalties from Danny Murphy & Bobby Zamora also counted. The visitors scored via Danny Guthrie and Hatem Ben Arfa. Man City 3-2 Tottenham. The Citizens played host to The Spurs at The Etihad Stadium. Strikes galore from Samir Nasri, Joleon Lescott, Mario Balotelli (penalty), Jermaine Defoe & Gareth Bale made for an exciting time in Manchester. Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea. The Canaries took on The Pensioners at Carrow Road. This match was a scoreless draw with both defences well on top. QPR 3-0 Wigan Athletic. The Hoops entertained The Latics at Loftus Road. Efforts from Heidar Helguson (penalty), Buzsaky & Tommy Smith meant that the West Londoners really went to town !!!

Stoke City 1-2 West Brom. The Potters clashed with The Baggies at The Britannia Stadium. Honours went to The Brummies thanks to Goals from James Morrison & Graham Dorrens. Kenwyne Jones netted for the hosts. Sunderland 2-0 Swansea City. The Black Cats played host to The Swans at The Stadium of Light. The North East was lit up by special strikes from Sessegnon & Craig Gardner. Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa. The Wolves took on The Villains at Molinuex. A real thriller in The Midlands with great Goals from Darren Bent (penalty), Robbie Keane (2), Michael Kightly & David Edwards.

EUROGOLF SOCIETY........................................................... The first Monthly Stableford competition of 2012, was played by the Eurogolf Society on Thursday 19th January 2012, at La Marquesa Golf Club, Rojales. The competition was played in near perfect weather conditions with sunshine, blue skies and hardly a breath of wind – not bad for January! It was certainly a welcome change from Tuesday, when many members cancelled due to the rain! The Overall Winner this month and Winner of the Presidents Trophy was Tony Stead, with an excellent score of 38 pts. Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st Tony Stead 38 pts (OVERALL WINNER) 2nd Keith Wright 37 pts 3rd David Gray 36 pts Silver Division 1st Mike Harris 35 pts 2nd David Blanchette 33 pts

(c/b) 3rd Debbie Weedon 33 pts Bronze Division 1st Brian Fenwick 31 pts (c/b) 2nd Petra van Dorp 31 pts 3rd Cindi Green 31 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Vince Tocker, 11th – Ian C. Pegg, 12th – Bill Martin, 15th – Lew Joss and 17th – Alan Wright Best Front 9:- Vince Tocker – 19 pts and Best Back 9:- Ken Brett – 22 pts This month’s winner of the Buddha Award, for the lowest score of the day (still in the Club House at presentation time), was one of our Honorary Members – Allan Bacon, with a whopping 17 pts!! Many thanks go to the sponsors of the competition – El Corazon Hotel & Restaurant, Lo Marabu Restaurant & Bar, Super Valu - supermarket, Le Tournesol Restaurant and Manolo’s Restaurant. TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 17th January, were as


Gold Division 1st Mike Young 34 pts (c/b) 2nd Bob Buckeridge 34 pts 3rd John Davies 32 pts Silver Division 1st Ken Brett 36 pts (OVERALL WINNER) 2nd Bruce Gordon 35 pts (c/b) 3rd Mike Harris 35 pts Bronze Division 1st Brian Fenwick 35 pts (c/b) 2nd Phylis Venables 35 pts 3rd Tom Hull 32 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Stan Low, 11th – Hedy Paehlig , 15th – Mike Edwards and 17th – Bernie Osbourne Best Front 9:- Gordy White – 19 pts and Best Back 9:- Mike Gillett – 18 pts

Quesada Bowling Club ............................................. Sponsored by A Spanish With Cathy Skinner Quesada Pearls have made a good start to the second part of the season in the enterprise league. We played against San Miguel Meteors and won on four rinks drew on one and lost heavily on the other rink. Fortunately the winning rinks

had enough shots between them to cover the losing rink and we won 121 shots to 103 shots Quesada 11 points San Miguel 3 points. Quesada Swallows V La Manga Crusaders Nice game played in lovely conditions and sunshine Quesada won on 5 rinks and lost on 1 12 points to Quesada

2 to La Manga Lovely day had by all. The Swifts were away to lemon tree leopards. The game was played on a very sunny afternoon at Vista Bella. It was a close game with the leopards winning 10 points to 4 with shots 83 to Quesada and 99 to Lemon tree

that the council subsidy to the football club for the season which isn’t paid until March has been drastically cut. This as well as the over-optimistic view that the people of Torrevieja would get behind a good team, pushing for a playoff spot, in greater numbers has meant that the coffers have almost run dry. The President of the football club has put money into the club but there is a limit to this and without the support of the council and general public he has had to take action and this is what he has done. He has had to reduce expenditure and has told the players that they will have to accept reduced wages or find another club during the January transfer window. 2 players have so far done so in Nico and top goalscorer Petu. Petu scored on his debut for promotion chasing Catarroja last weekend. There may be other departures between now and the end of January so we will have to wait and see what happens. The club acknowledges that

will bring in a replacement for Petu if they can find one at an affordable wage. Last Saturday Torry played away to strugglers Llosa. The Torry line-up was: Mendez, Vicente (Manu 78 mins), Burguillos (Corella 50 mins), Meijide,Vidal, Prior, Abel, Juande, Carrasco, Ramiro (Corcoles 62) and Victor Why Corella was omitted is a bit strange but the manager appears to have lost the plot of late so it didn’t come as much of a surprise. Torry came away with a 21 reverse. They dominated the game for long periods but lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Victor hit the post in the first half and the opposition had a man sentoff, for a second bookable offence around the half-hour mark. Torry fell behind to a goal direct from a free-kick. In the second half the opposition scored a second goal, another direct from a free-kick. Torry managed to pull one back in the closing minutes through

then got himself sent-off for a second bookable offence f or what the referee saw as diving in the area and trying to win a penalty. Substitute Corcoles had a clear chance with a header from a couple of yards to equalise, just before the final whistle blew, but put it over the bar. Torry remain in 8th place but the gap between them and the 4th place side occupying the final play-off place is now 8 points. Realism now has to set in and the dream of the playoffs can now be forgotten. The nucleus of the side is still there but without a leader of the line and goal-scorer. On Sunday Torry are at home to mid-table side Eldense. It is a 5.00 pm kick-off. Be there as the club needs all the “local” support it can muster. The team do try and play attractive football and have some decent players. A deflated but not broken Darrylldinho still following his chosen team in Spain.

DAYA IN A ONE-SIDED LOCAL DERBY............................. DAYA NUEVA 0 v. SPORTING SAN FULGENCIO 5 INFANTILS G9s Fulgencio started very strongly and had Daya pinned in their own half early on. On 8 minutes this pressure took its toll on the home side and the visitors opened the scoring. Just 2 minutes later it was 2 0 as Danni’s good save came out to a Fulgencio forward for a simple tap in. It was 3 - 0 on 11 minutes and the visitors were threatening to run up a big big score. More pressure followed but somehow Daya

kept their goal intact and even mounted a couple of attacks of their own. So half-time came with the score remaining at 3 - 0 to San Fulgencio. The visitors were soon into their stride as the second-half got underway and on 40 minutes they increased their lead to 4 - 0. A good chancde fell to the home side on 43 minutes but Aure’s shot went agonisingly wide. On the hour it was 5 - 0 following good build up play by San Fulgencio. At final whistle the score remained the same. Although San Fulgencio had the lion’s share of the play the

Daya defence played quite well, refusing to let their opponents over-run them. Danni had a good game in the Daya goal and Jesus had his best game to date for the home side. San Fulgencio are a class side and play exciting football and were worthy winners with what was a sporting contest. Not such a large crowd this week to watch what was a local derby. Those that did attend though, saw an exciting game. Match Report, Daya Dave Team Sponsor, Segurlab

PERECT DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR ITV ORIHUELA RFC This weekend ITV Orihuela RFC needed, a much needed moral boost after last weekend against UCAM Murcia and that is just what they got with both the juveniles and seniors working extremely well as a team and showed just what they are capable off when they want. The juveniles were first up, and only had 13 players with numerous injuries after last weeks hard fought win. They started off well putting San Javier under a lot of pressure, but as in the past could not convert it into points, eventually the pressure paid off when Gabi found a gap in the San Javier defence to go over for his first try of the match. Pablo followed suit driving over from close range with Victor converting. Before half time Gabi got his second try and Victor converting again to go in at half time 19-0 up. In the second half ITV Orihuela RFC took full control of the match running in five more unanswered tries, but only one conversion, running out winners 46-0. Now could the seniors follow suit and do the same against their San Javier counterparts and get the bonus point as well. Well it was just going to be ITV Orihuela RFC’s day, to round off an excellent day of rugby for Orihuela. The home side started off on the front foot, but like the

juveniles just did not seem to be there day, and against the run of play the away side got a penalty in front of the posts to take the lead. Then some excellent defence kept San Javier at bay. After winning a turnover in their own 22 Edu found a gap in the San Javier defence to race away to score a superb solo try. ITV Orihuela RFC kept up the pressure on the aways defence and were rewarded with another excellent try by Edu to go in at half time 10-3 up. In the second half Orihuela came out determined to camp in the San Javier half, but all credit must go to San Javier for some excellent defence work repelling attack after attack with some excellent tackling, but again it was that man Edu who finally broke the defence with his third try of the game, which was turning out to be a one man try fest for him. ITV Orihuela RFC brought on fresh legs, including yours truly, to push for the final and vital try for the bonus point, which they deservedly got, with Joaquin going over in the corner after an excellent 20 plus metre pass from second row Chima to set it up, after excellent work in the build up from the forwards. This weekend, Saturday 28 January, the seniors take on Novelda away, kicking off at 16.00 in Elche, at the moment. See you all down there. Then 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 rugby bar is at the Steak House in Rojales and will be showing all televised rugby games on Sky Sports and free to view channels. This weekend there will be the LV Cup on Friday night and Saturday, also on Saturday the Saxons v Irish Wolfhounds. So come along and see for yourself and bring all your rugby friends along. Let us support this rugby bar. The club is training on Tuesday and Thursday at the Miguel Hernandez University for the juveniles and seniors starting at 20.30, while the juniors are on Tuesday and Thursday at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.




FC CARTAGENA................................................................... CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES) Ten PinbestBowling League.... Matches Played on Jan 17th including a 585 hcp series. seasons scores, including RAIMONDI: YOUR-A-GUY FOR US FC CARTAGENA - 3 RECREATIVO HUELVA - 1 BY STEVE HIBBERD New signing Raimondi, a 6’ 5”, 27 year old striker from Montevideo, Uruguay, became an instant goalscoring hero at Cartagonova stadium last Saturday evening. Replacing the recently released Goiria (aka Gloria), Raimondi made his debut in place of injured Chamorro, whilst Juanma replaced suspended Reina in goal, for the last of div 2a first round matches against mid table Recreativo Huelva. A scrappy 1st half belonged to the home side, who should have scored after 70 secs, when a cross by Lafuente was headed just wide by Alvaro. Next it was Collantes who came close, when his shot from the edge of the box missed the target. On 35 mins, from a similar position, Collantes went

one better and placed the ball just inside keeper Manu’s near post, to give his side a half time lead. Surprisingly, up to now, only Cartagena defender Torres had found his way into ref Miranda’s notebook for an innocous foul, whereas the visitors had been ‘putting it about’ all game! Manolo became the first Andalucian player to be shown a yellow card on 65 mins, for tugging back Collantes, which also led to a 2nd goal for Cartagena. Although the free kick was blocked, the rebound fell to Lafuente, who crossed into the goal area, for Raimondi to stoop before placing a firm header past a helpless Manu. Lafuente for Cartagena, and Alamo for Huelva, were booked, as the game stepped up a gear in terms of excitement. On 69 mins, central defender Paz put in a last ditch tackle to prevent a dangerous move, then from

the very next manoeuvre, his side made it 3-0. A defensive mix up, allowed Collantes to find himself in a 1 on 1 situation with Manu, in which the diminutive midfielder cum striker calmly stroked the ball home. Recreativo did get a consolation goal on 75 mins, through a free header by Villar. At the death Huelva could have stole a point, when first, keeper Juanma saved well at the foot of his post, then they had a ‘goal’ disallowed for offside.

This win now lifts Cartagena out of the relegation zone, and gives new manager Carlos Rios his 2nd win in 3 games (7 points from 9). Next week, it’s a visit to Galician side Deportivo, who although they lost at Cartagena, are now top of div 2a. This game will be shown live on tv, on Sun 29 Jan, ko 4pm.

MAZARRON BOWLS CLUB.............................................. Mazarron “Miners” are off again on the CBBA League challenge having had a few weeks break over the Christmas period. Their first encounter for 2012 was an away match on Friday 20th Jan against the Emerald Isle “Outlaws”. It was an early morning start for the Miners having a good few miles to travel, for some players surprisingly it meant having to defrost their cars. It didn’t take too long for the sun to burn off the frost and for the two sides to enjoy another

Spring like January day. Unfortunately after a tough slog against a very fast and unpredictable green Mazarron managed to win only 2 of their matches. There were 1 or 2 other close encounters and the usual “if only” moments. Well done :- Johnny Sparrow, Alan Benton & Ken Alton 2713 & Colin Sear, John Wright & Keith Salter 22-13. Although this result wasn’t a good start for Mazarron they are still sitting 2nd in the league table and with another

6 matches to play that top spot is certainly within their reach. Their next match is at home against San Luis “Pumas” on Friday 27th Feb. Don’t forget Mazarron Bowls Club always welcome new members. For more information check out our web site :mazar ronbowlsclub.webs. com or tel :- Club Captain 637461038 or Club Secretary 968131619 Report by Wendy Reynolds

LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY............................................... Las Colinas - 18.01.12 We set out with trepidation this morning, wondering if we were going to be able to play, but on arriving at the course there was not much sign of the water which had come down on the two previous days.There was the obvious restriction of buggies on the fairways but at least we could play. The 32 members and guests who ventured out were rewarded with warm sunshine as the day wore on, instead of waterproofs it was shirt sleeves order. The course proved hard to score on and was hard work for most. Don Oliver made scoring harder when he did not notice that someone had taken the flag out of the hole and had walked some metres away with it, he promptly putted up to it. He soon found out his mistake. We

had a sponsor today for the nearest the pins, Rick Hards put up some handsome prizes, really good red wine and hip flasks. Many thanks for your generosity Rick. The winners today were: Gold Division: 1st Martin Collins 32pts, 2nd Phil Rhodes 29pts, 3rd Meirion Roberts 28pts c/b Silver Division: 1st Danny McErlain 26pts, 2nd Dicky Claeys 25pts c/b, 3rd Paul Flanaghan 25pts. Bronze Division: 1st Tony Ellis 23pts c/b, 2nd Chris Nield 23 pts, 3rd Robin Rolfe 23pts Best guest was John Sanchez with 31 pts Nearest the Pins: Brian Coultate 5th hole, John Sanchez 7th hole, Dave Lewis 10th hole and Carl Peden 14th hole. The only two was made by John Sanchez who received

the pot of €32. The free game raffle was gladly received by Chris Nield. At our AGM on 13th January two trophies were presented, Player of the Year won by Dicky Claeys (pictured) this was won by getting the most points throughout the year and the Drawn Pairs won by Dicky Claeys and Geoff Dowsett, also gained by combining their two stableford scores through the year, congratulation to both. As well as our 11 hole games at Vistabella every alternate Wednesday afternoon, our next game will be at Bonalba on the 1st of February and two week later our first major of the season, The Claret Jug, played at Roda. Go to our website at site/locrispingolf for further information.

Today’s game was between the second placed team and the leaders, San Fulgencio V Eldense looking like Crusaders with their white shirts and the black cross on the front. Time for their first defeat this season. The Saints started well applying pressure from the off and were well rewarded after 4 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Giaco by their goalie. Sergio took the shot and converted it, 1-0. Three mins later Kike put Libby through but the shot went just wide. Quino received a dubious yellow for an offence on 21 mins but they all count, unfortunately, as we

were to find out. Giaco, having a good game as usual, centred to Raul which was headed out for another corner. Gary went off injured and was replaced by Piti. Cameron scored our second goal after a good pass by Libby. Quino then received his second yellow for obstruction and went for an early bath. Cameron dropped back to cover as centre half. The referee decided he would hand out yellows freely so Libby gained one, then Kike, then Sergio. In the meanwhile Jovi in goal was having a brilliant game and just managed to tip another shot over the crossbar. Five

minutes to go and Victor, with a cracking header, made it 3-0. Cameron then decided to get in on the act and received his yellow. Omar came on for Raul at the death so final whistle, 3-0 to the home side. This keeps us in second place with only 2 points separating the top four clubs. Team:- 1. Jovi, Kike, Y49, Sergio, Y57, Víctor, Quino, Y21, Y36, Cameron, Y85, Gary(Piti,25), Fernando, Giaco, Raúl,(Omar,89), Liberto, Y36(Alonso,70) :Subs, Soriano, Fox. Details of our next game on our website w w w.p itch m /cl u b s / sanfulgencio Sponsored by 900telecom.

San Fulgencio V Eldense.............................................

BAR MOSQUITOS were well beaten by a strong MIXERS team who were determined to stay in second place to give them an opportunity to close the gap on the ‘Finns’ in next weeks ‘positions round’. Mixers had all 4 of the evenings high team scores, and their captain Bosse, beat all 4 of his seasons scores, and was top male bowler of the night as his team had a convincing 8-0 win. RIOJA ROLLERS ladies, Sue and Julie led the way as they beat LOS BANDIDOS 8-0, Julie Thorpe had her highest scratch game 180, and Sue Walsh had 3 of her seasons top scores

LUCKY STRIKE could not ‘field’ a team, which left their opponents LOS LOBOS to play against a score based on their averages, which they easily beat giving them an 8-0 win. Despite Sue Allen bowling the ladies highest hcp game of the night, 214, her team CARP-R-US lost 8-0 to HALL y DAY, whose skipper Lesley Day had the other 3 ladies high scores of the night. After their shock defeat last week, CORNISH PRIDE got back to their winning ways with an 8-0 victory over SPLASH, top bowler for C.P. was Paul Johnson, who beat all 4 of his

a 601 hcp series. The in form team BANDOLEROS, took their unbeaten run to 6 matches, by beating SUNRISE COLEGAS 6-2, in a very close game. Sam Kearney and Juan Vidal top scored for Bandoleros, as they both had their best scratch and hcp series so far. It was the last night of the 1st ‘cycle’ of matches, the final team to play the ‘mighty Finns’ in this half were the ODDBALLS, but even though TEAM FINLAND were not at their best, they still managed an 8-0 win. Top bowler for Oddballs was their captain Sue Cooper.

Orihuela Costa F.C. 1 v’s Formentera C.F. 7 Sponsored By: Morgans Bar to stay on their feet and put to stamp on the back of Costa - Amber Pools - The Shandon Bells Bar - Sunworld Properties The Central Grille Restruant Specsavers - Blue Hill Security Grilles. Costa entertained Formentera this week on the back of last weeks win against Pilar looking for back to back wins. Formentera took the lead on 9 mins due to a lack of closing down or a tackle from several Costa players. On 15 mins Costa got level from a Josh Fazzino effort on target. Once again in a game a nothing ball entered the Costa area and wasn’t dealt with witch led to Costa going behind on 20 mins. Half time and Costa trailed 2 - 1. Second half saw the visitors toughen up after their first half which saw them falling to the ground far to easily and they managed

in some strong tackles of their own which rattled the home side as the referee only seemed to have cards for Costa players. 2 mins into the second period and Costa conceded a further goal and thing’s got worse on 49 mins when a through ball from midfield stretched Costa and a last ditch tackle from Jamie Cockroft clearly outside the area saw the referee award a penalty which Costa keeper got very close to but saw Formentera take a 4 - 1 lead. For 20 mins the game leveled out, but Costa’s midfield found it difficult through out the game to string any number of passes together and create chances for Cope & Bass up front. On 30 mins the referee finished the game off when he allowed a Formentera player

keeper Marshall and to add punishment see the player go ahead and score. This resulted in Costa being reduced to 10 men when Marshall complained to the referee who then handed out a red card. Scott Brunton came on in goal for Costa but could do nothing when on 34 & 38 mins Costa defence where out paced down their left side and finshed on the back of a 7 - 1 thrashing. Lots off work to do on the training pitch this week before the away game to Benferri next saturday 28th. For more info please contact Club Secretary George on: 679 77 44 88. or visit www. Training takes place tues & thurs at C.D.M. Player Flamenca sports ground 18:30 - 20:00.


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