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Torrevieja struck by earthquake

On Sunday morning an earthquake measuring 3.1 on the Richter Scale, struck just 5 kilometres off the coast of Torrevieja. The epicentre was only 11 kilometres below the service and tremors were felt in Algorfa, Almoradi, Los Montesinos, Orihuela, and Rojales. Although the Guardia Civil received a large number of phone calls no major damage seems to have occurred. Mrs. Wilson who lives in Almoradi told us, ‘We were awoken in the early hours of Sunday morning by a loud roaring noise, followed by a shaking of the building. Although we were alarmed, there was no damage to our building and did not feel it necessary to leave.

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Negative news about ‘The Crisis’ has been surrounding us for longer than we care to remember, but at last there is some definite good news. The FTSE and the NASDAQ are both on the up – between 1 and 2 per cent. This heralds a return of confidence by the major international investors, which will give a much needed boost to investments and pension funds. At a time when pensions and investments seem to be shrinking month on month, this is indeed a ray of hope for the future. Two years ago, when the euro and the pound sterling very nearly achieved parity the outlook was bleak, especially for those who were reliant on a pound pension, and who had seen the value of their property plummet due to the fall in the relative pound/euro value. However, the euro has been making steady headway over the past few months, and now stands fairly steadily at the 1.20 mark against the pound. This represents a 20% increase, meaning in practical terms that the pound is worth 20% more against the euro than it was two years ago. This news coincides with a recent survey by the Halifax, where homeowners expressed the belief that house prices and sales were due to rise this Spring, thus giving a shot in the arm to the stagnant housing market, and revitalising the plans and hopes of those who have seen the value of their biggest asset, which is their house, and their income, their pension, constantly shrinking. So take comfort in the knowledge that in general we are 20% better off than we were 2 years ago!

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Children from years 3 and 4 at St John the Baptist School have been forced to wear hats gloves and scarves in class due to the cold weather. The classrooms have no heating, and teachers have been bringing in radiators from their homes to heat the classrooms. Susana Hernández, PSOE Councillor, has written to the Councillor of Education, Maria Dolores Sanchez, with numerous complaints from parents, who are outraged that this situation should arise, especially as the cold weather was expected.



The Director General of the Servicio Regional de Empleo y Formación (SEF), Ginés Martínez, said that the unemployment data for the month of January showed that ‘the Region of Murcia was the third region with the lowest increase in unemployment, with an increase of three percent compared to the national figure of four per cent. Specifically, in the Murcia region, unemployment increased by 4,299 people, bringing the number of unemployed to 147,220 people, which reflects an unemployment rate below the national average. Unemployment affected all productive sectors, but primarily the service sector, due to the end of the Christmas season.


Torrevieja and Guardamar

The Original Charity Library in Javea Park is putting on a very tempting offer for readers next week. From Monday 6th February until Saturday 11th February readers can browse the huge selection of titles and select any four paperbacks for just 1€. The Library also stocks a variety of greetings cards at good prices. Those who wish to continue with the reading habit should speak to one of the volunteer helpers, it is possible to join the Library for a four monthly stretch, perfect for those who are not full residents. The library’s normal opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am until 1pm, and as a one-off on Saturday 11th February until 3pm. For a full description of the Charity and its many aims and undertakings go to: The Original Charity Shop & Library, Javea. Or call the Charity Shop: (0034) 96 646 0803 or the Library: (0034) 653 630 413

The Town Halls of Torrevieja and Guardamar del Segura have joined to form a special committee for the monitoring and combating of forest fires. Recent fires in the Natural Parks of La Mata and Torrevieja and in the Pine forests of Guardamar have demonstrated the need for this cooperation between the Town Councils. The committee will monitor the natural parks with the aim of exerting leverage to secure all existing resources in order to eradicate these incidents. For the public, as well as the usual 112 number, an email address has been created solely for this purpose at The public can also call the Torrevieja Local Police on 96 571 0154 or the Local Police in Guardamar del Segura on 96 572 9600. .

Marina Alta The restoration work around Arenal Beach, Javea, has been put on hold until after the summer. This is due to delays in the tender process. Mayor José Chulvi said that the Arenal Business Association had been informed, as its members were those who would be directly affected by the renovation project, and it had been agreed that to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted holiday season it would be better to postpone the work until October. There has been an official request to the Regional Department of Infrastructure to extend the deadlines for the ‘Plan Confianza’ funding, and it was not thought that there would be any objections. It is expected that, once commenced, the works will take around four months to complete.

Torrevieja A WORKING group including the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon and the Councillor for Police and Public Safety, Eduardo Gil Rebello has been formed in Torrevieja to develop a municipal earthquake action plan. The group was formed last week in compliance with the Valencia Special Plan against Earthquake Risk, which is already in place. The Municipal Action Plan requires the collaboration of policy makers and technicians and will require the participation of representatives of companies, institutions and agencies outside the Town Hall, such as the Forces of State Security, Agamas, Iberdrola, mobile phone carriers, the

Alicante Michael O’Leary will clash head-to-head with AENA in court over the use of air bridges at Alicante’s El Altet airport. He said at a press conference in advance of the court hearing that in his opinion AENA was not concerned with the rights and wrongs of the matter, but were pushing their case for the use of air bridges to assist them to recoup the vast amount of money that they had spent on the new airport, which Mr O’Leary compared to ‘a vast Cathedral.’ Should AENA win, it will result in the withdrawal of 300 flights, the loss of 1.5 million passengers and 1,500 jobs, but if the court backs the appeal Mr O’Leary has promised that ‘we will reverse the decision immediately and by the end of February all those flights will be back on sale on the website for the summer months.’ He added ‘We will do

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Villajoyosa The Ayuntamiento has organised a trip to the MARQ Museum in Alicante for those interested in discovering the area’s Roman past. It has been arranged for Saturday 11th February at an inclusive cost of 5€, which includes entrance, an English guide and transport. The tram leaves Villajoyosa’s Creueta Station at 9.21am and arrives in Alicante at 10.17am. The visit, which lasts one hour begins at 10.30am. and gives visitors the chance to see artefacts found around the Marina Baja resort. The return journey leaves Alicante at 13.15pm and will arrive at Villajoyosa at 14.07pm. To reserve places ring Jacques on 619 858 678 before 9th February. Payment must be made at the European Residents’ Office between 10am and noon. 22 Health Area of Torrevieja, as well as from various Councils and local Government areas. The Town Hall departments involved will be the Police and Public Safety, Planning, Environment and Housing, Health, Works and Services, Street Lighting and Water Circulation as well as the Department of Innovation, through the Centre for Innovation and Information Technology and Communication (CITIC) The group will start work with immediate effect. The Valencia Government ordered every municipality to approve a Special Plan against Seismic Risk in order to provide an ‘effective and coordinated’ response in the event of an emergency such as occurred in Lorca last May. what we have to do to keep our costs low and our flights cheap.’ He openly admitted that he plans to capitalise on the bankruptcy of Spanair by taking over the Barcelona to Alicante route. Currently he has 11 bases in Spain, flies to 22 airports and carries 34 million passengers per year. He is expecting a delivery of 11 new planes from Boeing later this year, but he is resolute in his determination to stick to his resolutions regarding El Altet. He makes the point that ‘If we have to use the air bridges, passengers will only be able to leave from the front of the plane, which will take too long for our 25 minute turnaround to happen. We have to adhere to strict air traffic slots, and even a delay of five minutes could result in a missed slot and would mean a delay of up to an hour, which will throw our whole operation into chaos.’ AENA did make an offer which would allow Ryanair passengers to disembark by foot during the winter, but not during the summer months, due to greater passenger numbers affecting the health and safety rulings. When this was rejected the company offered the use of buses - however, the charge being made for these was greater than the charges for air bridges, so was rejected immediately.

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Ex-president ‘often in tears’ during his reign

FORMER president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero says he ‘sympathises’ with Mariano Rajoy and is ‘more relaxed’ now he does not have to bear the weight of the recession on his own shoulders. The ex-leader of the socialist party admitted during an interview on the Hora 25 slot of radio station Cadena Ser that he was often in tears during his presidential reign, particularly when ETA broke its truce at the end of 2006 with the Madrid airport bombing and when they murdered two Spanish Guardia Civil officers in France; when he found out about the Spanair crash in 2008; when he was forced to make unpopular decisions to cut the State deficit, and when he was presented with the ever-rising unemployment figures. He also cried with joy when he heard ETA had published a notice of its ceasefire in the Basque newspaper they use for their communications. “Within a minute and a half of the notification appearing in the Gara, I called ad load of my colleagues, firstly Eduardo Madina, and we said to each other, ‘that’s it! It’s over!’” Rajoy was recently heard to be telling the Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen, during the EU Summit, that he took for granted the fact that his cutbacks in public spending would cause mass strikes and protests. Next thing he knew, this casual conversation was made public. “I should have warned him that the EU headquarters are a high-risk area,” admits Zapatero. “You never know how far a

conversation is ‘off the record’, until you see it on the TV. “I can’t tell you how much I sympathised with Rajoy when I saw what he was going through on camera. “I should have told him that in the Council of Europe, the building and even the entrance hall are extremely high-risk areas because there are cameras everywhere. “The cameras are at very close range...and you have to greet and acknowledge everyone’s a high-risk zone and when I heard

about it I said I should have warned him.” Speaking of his own decision to abandon politics, Zapatero reveals he has every confidence in either Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba or Carme Chacón to lead up the PSOE, and that he is now making up for lost time with his family. “I’m so happy to be able to do things with my wife, Sonsoles, go to the supermarket, be with my daughters – it’s very rewarding,” the former president reveals.

Over 1,000 speed traps added in just six years

In July 2005, the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) introduced the first 37 speed cameras on Spanish roads. Since then, in what the government maintains is an attempt to reduce the death toll on the roads, the DGT has extended their use year after year, adding a thousand new cameras in under six years. The national traffic department now has 500 fixed speed cameras. There are another 218 in the Catalan Traffic Service and 73 in the Basque Country, both areas with their own responsibility for traffic control. The rash of radar controls has been extended to municipal and local services that are responsible for the safety of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. Thus, another 303 locally administered radars takes the total to 1,093 altogether. Multanova, the company selling 80% of these devices, puts the figure at 1,200. Region by region, Catalunya has more cameras than anywhere else with 218, followed by Andalusia (140), Castilla y Leon (129), Castilla-La Mancha (93), Galicia (92) and Madrid (77). The Balearic Islands have the lease with 9, Cantabria (11) and La Rioja (12). The DGT also operates 300 mobile radars, located mostly in patrol cars. Catalunya and the Basque Country also have their own mobile radars. Average speed radars, costing an average of 120,000 to 150,000 euros each, are also being introduced. These devices have two cameras installed at the beginning and end of a stretch of road, capable of recording both entry and exit times of any vehicle. The radar then calculates the average speed maintained

Traffic police officers on trial over pocketing of ‘illegal’ charges and fines NINE Local Police officers in Sevilla are due to appear in court charged with fraud after allegedly having charged traffic taxes illegally and pocketed the cash. Details of the case indicate that the officers charged between 800 and 1,000 euros for permission to block streets due to roadworks, loading or property renovation, among other reasons, as well as for escorting wide loads and towing vehicles away. Investigations led by an inspector from the same Local Police station found that two employees of a tow-truck company were also involved, and that taxes were divided out between the 11 accused parties. The inquiry was opened back in 2009 after 12 people, including a Local Police officer, were thought to be dealing cannabis, of which 1,500 kilos was found on the property of one of the suspects. And the fraudulent tax collection was uncovered through telephone-tapping related to the hashdealing. All 12 suspects were released on bail to the tune of 6,000 euros. The person thought to be the ringleader of the tax-collection scam is said to have died of cancer some months ago. A probe into the case also led to an officer charged for allegedly wiping out fines netted by the other accused parties in exchange for details about owners of various vehicles to enable them to keep abreast of any police tracking.

by the vehicle in question and, if it is higher than the speed limit, the offender is photographed and receives a fine in the post. There are currently eight average speed cameras on Spanish roads, four of which have been installed this year in the following tunnels: Guadarrama (Madrid), Sartego (A Coruña), Despeñaperros (Jaén) and on the Zaragoza ring-road. The new director of the DGT, María Seguí, who took over on Monday from Pere Navarro, said she will try to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads, but did not reveal whether her intention was to do so by increasing the number of speed controls.

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Madonna announces one live date in Spain this summer

Sport Alberto Contador gets two year ban for doping

Madonna, who has just released a new single “Gimme All Your Luvin” and who will be releasing a new album “MDNA” in March, has announced a concert for June 20th at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the only live date she has planned Spain during this summer’s world tour that begins on May 29th in Tel Aviv. According to the promoter, Live Nation, tickets for the “Madonna World Tour 2012”, will go on sale on February 16th. This week, Madonna released the first videoclip for “Gimme All Your Luvin”, the first single of her new album “MDNA” - a clip full of cheerleaders and American football players, reminiscent of some of her early videos, and featuring rap artists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. The singer, who was the headline act at last weekend’s Super Bowl final in the USA, will be performing in Zagreb (June 11th), Florence (June 16th), Coimbra, Portugal (June 24th), Berlin (June 28th), Paris (July 14th), London (July 17th), Vienna (July 29th) and Moscow (August 7th). The north American leg of her tour begins on August 28th in Philadelphia, moves to Canada for gigs in Montreal and Quebec on August 30th and September 1st repectively), then onto cities like New York, Washington, Dallas and Seattle, with about 50 dates already confirmed.

The Spanish Cycling Federation has today confirmed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has banned cyclist Alberto Contador for two years for doping offences. The three times Tour de France winner’s suspension runs until 6 August 2012 so he will miss this year’s Tour as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. He will also be stripped of his 2012 Tour de France title (which goes to Andy Schleck), the Giro 2011 (goes to Michele Scarponi), the Volta a Catalunya 2011 (goes to Michele Scarponi) and the Vuelta a Murcia (goes to Jerôme Coppel), amongst other titles. The Spaniard was found guilty of doping after testing positive for clenbuterol on the second rest day of the 2010 Tour. Contador has always maintained that the doping test failure was the result of eating contaminated meat and was initially cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) on February 14th 2011. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regards clenbuterol - a fat-burning and musclebuilding supplement - as a zero-tolerance drug, and, together with world cycling body UCI, appealed against the decision. Contador said before the hearing that he “would not accept any kind of sanction”, so he is expected to appeal against today’s decision.

Snow in the north, gales in the south and east, and UK-bound flights cancelled

MONDAY will bring thick snow in the north of Spain, particularly at high altitudes, and gale-force winds along the east and south coasts, according to the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Ground frosts are expected inland in Murcia, Valencia and Alicante, with windspeeds reaching 80 kilometres per hour. Cloudless skies and a very slight rise in temperature are forecast for the east and south, but the cold snap will continue with snow in areas exceeding 300 metres above sea-level in inland parts across the country. In the meantime, thick snow has led to flights to Birmingham and all London airports being cancelled or restricted this weekend. Anyone due to fly back to the UK should check with their airline before leaving.

Antoni Tàpies dies at the age of 88

Antoni Tàpies i Puig, the Catalan painter and sculptor who helped found the first post-war movement in Spain, known as the “Dau al set,” and who was connected to the Surrealist and Dadaist movements, has died at his home in Barcelona. Tàpies was 88 years old and in delicate health when he died at home on Monday afternoon. Born in Barcelona on December 13th 1923 into a liberal bourgeois family, Tàpies studied law for three years before deciding to devote his time to art. He opposed the Franco regime, and persistently defended Catalan culture. He went on to become one of the most important Catalan painters to emerge after the civil war. He was married to Teresa Barba Fábregas, and together they had three children Antoni, Clara and Miquel.


Ryanair to take over six Spanair routes

The chairman of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, today announced six new routes from El Prat airport (Barcelona) from April this year. They are all routes previously operated by Spanair - Barcelona to Alicante, Bilbao, Stockholm, Hamburg, Menorca and Munich. In addition, the Irish company will increase frequencies on another six existing routes from Barcelona, including Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Malaga, Palma, Seville and Tenerife. With this, Ryanair will add more than 190 flights to Barcelona airport and will carry more than 5.8 million passengers to the city in 2012, and more than 9 million to Catalunya, where it employs about 5,800 people. Michael O’Leary said that the Irish company would absorbs the air capacity left when Spanair ceased trading, and that this in turn would mean “the growth and consolidation of Ryanair in El Prat”. For the time being, O’Leary ruled out Ryanair operating a route between Barcelona and Madrid, saying it is already “well served”, nor will it fly to London or Paris. O’Leary also ruled out operating from Lleida, an airport he believes “could have a future, but is not currently viable.” Ryanair already operates from

Barcelona, Gerona and Santander airports, which, in his opinion, could be considered catchment areas for Lleida. The head of Ryanair said that the closure of Spanair was “an inevitable tragedy” because of the airline’s high management costs, and invited former employees of the Catalan company to seek employment with his airline. Asked whether the Government has been in contact with Ryanair to mediate the recruitment of workers, O’Leary commented that the Catalan government “has already intervened in the management of Spanair and we all know the outcome,” and added that Ryanair was a private company and nobody needed to interfere in its running. O’Leary said he could not specify how many Spanair employees he could hire, but indicated that his company needed more staff in Girona, Barcelona Advance Moves specialises in removal services between Spain and and Palma de Mallorca.

Spanish banks book provisions against property sector Spanish banks said on Tuesday they would book more weighty provisions against risky property loans as part of a government plan to clean up the financial sector once and for all. Santander, the biggest eurozone bank by market capitalisation, planned to book an extra 2.3 billion euros ($3.0 billion) in provisions to respect the “new standards of real-estate assets,” it said in a statement. The move, which comes in addition to 3.18 billion euros in provisions booked in late 2011, was taken to ensure compliance with a Spanish government plan presented on Friday, a statement said. That reform requires Spanish banks tao scrape together a total of 50 billion euros in provisions and capital reserves to offset possible losses on loans to the feeble real-estate sector. Santander’s share of the total is 6.1 billion euros, the bank said. The second-biggest Spanish bank, BBVA, put the net impact on its bottom line at 1.36 billion euros in a statement to the Spanish financial market regulator CNMV. Number three Caixa said it would book an additional 2.436 billion euros in provisions to conform with the government’s plan. The Spanish banking sector as a whole is estimated to be carrying risky real-estate loans worth 176 billion euros. Santander also said it would set aside 2.3 billion euros from capital gains and operating profit in 2012 to feed the fund, of which 900 million would be provided by the sale of Banco Santander Colombia.

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Poppy Appeal Total ASTOUNDING!!

As 2011 had been such a difficult economic year, it was expected that the Poppy Appeal for the District North area would reflect this downturn. However, this was not the case and the Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator Tony Dengate revealed that the District had raised a staggering 134,131.18€. This is an increase of 25% over last year. Tony thanked all those who helped raise the money for this tremendous result - the local Legion Branches, their members and businesses, as well as the many people who asked for boxes of poppies to distribute in their areas. The Chairman and Committee of The Royal British Legion in Spain would like to add their profound gratitude and thanks to all their volunteers, those dedicated men and women who gave up so much of their time to distribute Poppy boxes and collecting tins, who spent hours of time at various shops and airports and who then had to spend further hours counting it all!

Our thanks also goes to all those who gave so generously to the Poppy Appeal this year. We couldn’t run this charity without your contributions and you are helping us to help our people in need. The last year was an extremely busy one for the Legion in Spain. In April, in collaboration with the Diputación de Alicante, we hosted the highly successful 90th Anniversary Celebrations when many Spanish Mayors together with dignitaries and Consuls from other European countries, joined us to enjoy a truly memorable event. Photos of the performances are able to be viewed on our website:


M.O.V.E. is exciting, interdenominational, Christian men’s organisation which held it’s first conference in Puerto Mazarron on the Costa Calida five years ago, in 2007. It is headed by Richard Hewes, who has a holiday home near Mazarron. Richard is a frequent visitor, and has a great affection for the area and its people. For many years it had been on his heart to see an organisation specifically for Christian men in this beautiful part of Spain. The aim of M.O.V.E. is to draw together Christian men from all church backgrounds for friendship and fellowship, so that we can encourage each other, and draw on each others experiences, and so create strong bonds between the many different churches in our area, and ultimately far beyond. It is our aim to draw men together and provide an opportunity for them to fellowship with a wide cross section of fellow believers. Another vitally important aim of the organisation is to give men who are not yet Christians an opportunity to come to know the Lord Jesus. The highlight of the year is always the M.O.V.E. conference, which is usually held in March. Previous conferences have been held in Puerto Mazarron, with people travelling from as far afield as Madrid, the UK and Ireland to attend. We have had many gifted speakers and worship leaders, all


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uk/counties/spain-north. On this site there is also information about all our Branches as well as how we assist our beneficiaries in Spain. The District area covers from the French border to Baza and Roquetas de Mar in Almeria. The Legion is well known for its support of those serving, and who have previously served, in the British Armed Forces. Our welfare caseworkers have also been busy during the past year. Amongst our successes - have been 31 immediate need grants, in three cases we were able to get assistance with War Pensions, and 12 were given support and information. This is in addition to the many requests where we have successfully “sign posted” those needing help. Enquiries are varied and anyone who feels we may be able to assist, is asked to ring our Welfare Co-ordinator on 676 451 780. The Royal British Legion is at the forefront, constantly campaigning on behalf of Armed Forces personnel in order to get the best possible facilities and financial support for our beneficiaries in times of great need. We acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by so many people in order to aid our service men and women. Thank you one and all.

Men Of Vision Espana very well known in Christian circles, and all those who have been fortunate enough to be there have been deeply touched by the experience. This year, 2011, the conference will be held on Saturday 10th. March, at the Hotel Lo Monte in Pilar De Horadada, just 15 minutes from San Javier airport. This is part of our declared policy of drawing men from different churches and different areas. Our main speaker this year will be Jeff Lucas. Jeff is the author of 18 books which have been translated into French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Spanish and German. Jeff has a light hearted and humorous manner whilst at the same time being able to bring home the serious side of his message. Our music is always an important part of the conference, and this year will be provided by Noel Richards. Noel is an inspirational worship leader and a gifted singer/song writer, he has written many well known and popular Christian songs. This will be a great opportunity to come along and be inspired. The M.O.V.E. conference is a lively, friendly, fun event with a deep purpose. Come along and have a good time. It may change your life. For more information Or telephone Duncan on (0034) 607 382 033

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NEIGHBOURHOOD Los Amigos WATCH Altos de la Bahai / Aguas Nuevas Altos de la Bahai and Aguas Nueva now have a new Lead Coordinator (Kathy) and are looking for new and existing members to join them to combat the crime in the area. If you are already a member and would like more information please contact me on the address or number below. Neighbourhood Watch is a free to join association; all we require are your eyes to be alert and to report any crime you see or hear about. All crime in operation should be reported to the Police on 112 immediately. As there are many new houses being built or recently completed in the area they do tend to become a target for criminals with all new household goods in situation. If you live in these communities or any other area in Torrevieja and are interested in joining a group please contact Jan at or phone 627614340.

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Three famous ex-footballers flew to Spain this weekend to support Los Amigos de Mazarron FC’s 3rd Annual Gala Evening and Dinner in support of Mazarron Football Club to be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron tonight, Wednesday. Duncan McKenzie, formerly of Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers is the guest speaker at the event and Tony Currie and Mark Higgins will be joining the sell out audience. Tony was an England International who played for Watford, Sheffield United, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers and Mark had a distinguished career at Everton, Manchester United, Bury and Stoke City. They will be joined at the Dinner by the Mayor of Mazarron, Gines Campillo Menzez, with his wife, and also the Mayoress of El Saladillo, Kelly Ensor. The President of Mazarron Football Club, Jose Rodriquez will also be in attendance. Jose has kindly donated an autographed Real Madrid shirt which will be one of the numerous items in the auction of football memorabilia. The prestigious event is jointly sponsored

by New Images of Commercial Sector B, Camposol and Ibex Insurance of Puerto de Mazarron. This will be the third year that New Images have jointly sponsored the event. Ibex Insurance Managing Director Richard Hill and Director David Whitmore are travelling up from Gibraltar and a party from the Everton Southern Spain Supporters Club are driving up from Almeria to support Duncan and Mark who played together at Everton in the late 1970’s. As well as enjoying a four course meal in the splendid surroundings of the Hotel la Cumbre, guests will be entertained by the fabulous sounds of the Beagles and the comedy of Master of Ceremonies, Justin Sane. Duncan McKenzie and Tony Currie also attended a Reception for Sponsors and VIP guests hosted by Rick and Claire Daibell at Don Ricardo’s Bar and Restaurant on Monday and played golf in the Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Golf Society’s monthly competition at Hacienda del Alamo on Tuesday.


Age Concern have launched their project ‘Lend me your Eyes’. This is for people with poor eyesight who would like someone to come along and read to them or anyone who just does not like to read themselves. This could be a favourite book, poetry or just the news from a newspaper. An initiative started by the Spanish reading group ‘Ambigu’, and supported by the Town Hall and Municipal Library in Torrevieja and initially intended for residents in Care Homes. Age Concern thought it was a very worthwhile project and supported and encouraged by Graham Knight in the AMICS office, decided to start a scheme for British Expats, or any nationality who has the English language, and we would like to extend this to people in their own homes.. If you know of anyone who is in a Care Home or their own home, who would like to have a volunteer to read to them please let us know. If you would like to sign up as a ‘reader’ it is very simple, register with Age Concern in La Siesta, and with the Municipal Library. All details can be obtained from our office, contact Tel No. 966786887 or by contacting Maureen Payne on 966774270.


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Every Wednesday ART WORKSHOP - Café Golf, San Javier 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Bring out the art in you! Informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2€ per head for MABS. For further information call Geoff on 968 192 768. Friday 10th February - CHARITY FUN RACE NIGHT - Lui’s Lounge, San Javier Mobile Home Park. 6.30 pm. Own a horse, be a jockey, have a flutter all in a good cause! Chicken, Chips & Peas on arrival. Tickets 6€ (meal included) available from MABS Centre, San Javier or call 634 362 826 EVERY SATURDAY – BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books. Keep watching the press or visit our website www. for more events For further details, please call 634 362 826

MABS EVENTS IN FORTUNA (MURCIA NORTH EAST) Every Other Monday - Sew’n’So’s - Sewing Group with Jan Gough - 2.00 pm Urb. Las Kalendas, Fortuna 1st Tuesday of the month - Auction at Bob`s Bar - 2.00 pm Carretera Pinoso, Fortuna Tuesdays & Thursdays – “Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate” second hand store - 10.30 am - 12.00 pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. 2nd Wednesday of the month - Fortuna Ladies’ Luncheon Club - 1.00 pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna Last Wednesday of the Month - MABS Fortuna Meeting - 11.30 am La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas. Fortuna.

Vivace Choir to perform Carmina Burana

After a very successful informal Carol Concert with the Phoenix Band from San Miguel, the Vivace Choir are progressing well with rehearsals for their next concert, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana. This is an exciting and rhythmically demanding piece of music and will be accompanied by two pianist and 5 percussionist all of whom are professional musicians, in an arrangement by the composer. This will be the choir’s most adventurous undertaking since its inception in 2006 under the direction of Tom Pargeter. The music for Carmina Burana was composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and based on 24 of the surviving poems which were part of a collection from a manuscript probably dating between the 11th and 13th centuries. The text which is mainly in mediaeval Latin also contains poems in High German.and tell of the joy of the coming of Spring and the pleasures and perils which accompany it, along with the fickleness of fortune! The choir of more than 60 singers will be accompanied by Nataliya Khomyak and Jean Hancock on two pianos and five local percussionists led by Santiago Dura Mascarell of the San Miguel Music School, all of whom are professional musicians. The soprano soloist is Mary Coffield from England, is no stranger to San Miguel as she has taken part in several Opera Weeks and will be joined by Arthur Berwick, baritone. The performances will take place on Friday 16 March 2012 at the Casa de Cultura , San Miguel de Salinas at 8.30 pm and Saturday 17 March 2012 at the Teatro Circo in Orihuela also starting at 8.30 p.m. For tickets for either performance which are 5 € please telephone 659 616 356. Tickets for the Orihuela concert can also be bought at the theatre box office, telephone: 96 674 01 04.

San fulgencio and Age concern town hall open consultative service

Last year, Jeff Wiszniewski, Councillor for the Urbanisations, met with several representatives with Age Concern. On discovering the wonderful service they provided, he gave them a promise, to assist in bringing their services to San Fulgencio. Therefore, Age Concern has been granted use of the offices of the Concejalía de Urbanizaciones at 5 Calle Madrid, every other Friday from 10th February. Their hours will be 10.00 until 13.00 hrs. They will provide a “Lifeline” service, which will consist of making home visits and carrying out in depth assessments. Advice on where to get Nursing Care and liaising with the Spanish Social Services . Giving advice on care aids and information about residential care homes. Age Concern Costa Blanca South was formed


way back in 1998 and covers the area south of Alicante down to the borders of Murcia. It is legally registered and is a member of Federación de Asociaciones de Age Concern España and has merged with the Help the Aged since 2009. Age Concern also encourages people from other countries to integrate with the Spanish people and seeks to establish relationships with Spanish Associations that work for the benefit of older people. For further information and appointments, please contact the Offices of the Concejalía de Urbanizaciones on 966 443 002. If you wish to become a volunteer or “Friend of Age Concern”, application forms can be found in the Age Concern leaflet held at the office above.

Lions and friends walking for Children The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club are hosting a sponsored walk on Monday 27th February 2012, the walk is an easy walk/stroll from La Zenia to Cabo Roig and back. The walk starts at 1200 at the La Zenia Lifeguard station and following an easy stroll there is an optional menu del dia at any Punto Marina Restaurant of your choice. You can get sponsorship forms, maps and photographs of the route from Lion Secretary Peter Long at or on 965 719 216. You can also get sponsor forms from any Lion member or at the Lions Stand at the This is Spain Exhibition in Hotel LaZenia on 24th - 26th February. There will also be a prize draw with all funds raised going to help disabled and disadvantaged children in the area. Walk with your friends, take you dog for a walk, walk with strangers and make new friends, you will enjoy.


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The theme for this week was pop tunes from the past 30 years. Jennifer and Daniel opening with Vogue by Madonna. Her Vogue poses were superb but she becomes hesitant during basic required elements which is such a shame as she would have much higher scores if she could just keep it going. The judges awarded her a total of 17.0 and I gave her a 6.0. Next were Sam & Alexandra with Wham’s Wake Me Up. A lively upbeat number which didn’t really get going for me. Even though Sam is improving every week for me the whole performance looked hesitant. He needs more speed and confidence to get those marks up. I awarded him a 5.0 and the judges 16.5. Third to skate were Charlene and Matthew performing to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. She acted this well and had great flexibility but rather slow over the ice and lacking skating content for me and the judges thus the low scores. Judges 13.5 and 5.0 from me. Next to skate was Sebastien and Brianne skating to Fire with Fire. As ever one of the more exciting competitors. Sebastien is not one of the tidiest skaters but he more than makes up for it with his nerve and attack on difficult tricks. If he can refine his dance element a bit more he will be a contender in the show and he is still my one to watch as he has been from week 1. I awarded him a 7.0 and he had 21.5 from the judges. Fifth to skate were Heidi & Andre with Jessie J’s Price Tag. She gave a good overall performance but is still not confident skating solo. She is still relying on her partner to help her around the ice. But good entry and exits from her lifts. I awarded her a 5.5 with judges total 16.5. Next to skate were Andy and Vicky dancing to the Proclaimers 500 miles. This was for me the most improved skater of the week, he looked to really enjoy himself and was much more confident over the ice. That said he still has a long way to go. For me a 4.5 and the judges a combined total of 17.5. Following came Chemmy & Shaun skating to Kylie’s Loco Motion. This was a much more confident performance than normal with good speed and energy but for me lacking elegance and finesse. Chemmy’s timing for me was

not good so I awarded her a 5.5 with the total from the judges of 20.0. Next to skate were Matthew and Nina who missed out of a couple of days skating because of a back injury from the previous week. They were skating to The Look of Love and even though the technical difficulty was still in Matt’s performance for me it lacked the usual perfection and he was wearing a jacket which made him look as if his shoulders were permanently up - not his fault but marring the performance for me and I gave him a 7.5 with the judges 23.0. Next to skate was another of my favourites Chico with his partner Jodeyne. He thoroughly enjoyed his performance skating to S Club’s Don’t Stop Moving. He has great speed and difficult footwork with nice lines and step sequences. He always skates with confidence and he is rhythmically great and still one of my contenders. Judges scored him 21.5 and I gave him a 7.0. Next were 65 year old Rosemary with her partner Mark. She is elegant and clean and it is a nice partnership but there is very little improvement from week to week. Rosemary is still relying on Mark totally and for me it is her time to go. 4.0 from me and 17.0 from the judges. Closing the show were Jorgie & Matt skating to Britney’s Baby One More Time. A great degree of difficulty in speed and step sequences in this routine but not quite as confident as she has been in previous weeks, but nonetheless a great performance. She received 24 from the judges and 7.5 from me. The judges bottom 3 were Charlene with a tie between Heidi & Sam. My bottom 2 were Rosemary and Andy but we agreed on the top 4. In the skate off were Sam & Alexandra and Charlene & Matthew with Charlene & Matthew being unanimously eliminated - well I suppose so many times in the bottom 2 has to signify something? I hope that the top 2 are back on form again next week or Chico and Sebastien will be nipping at their heels. What do you think will happen? Let’s wait and see!

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Members of the Pantomime Group presented a cheque for 300 Euros to Caritas on Monday. This was accepted on behalf of Caritas by the deputy mayor of Rojales town hall. The Pantomime group had staged their annual pantomime Aladdin In Los Montesinos in Decembe,r and had already presented cheques

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It is worth planting an almond tree as once they start fruiting, almond trees can produce fruit for more than 50 years but ensure that it is the sweet variety and not the bitter which is poisonous and contains cyanide. Almonds grow best in well-drained, sandy soil, in hot dry weather so they are perfectly adapted to grow in Spains hot climate and a huge bonus is that they do not require any additional irrigation. Spain is the largest producer of Almonds in Europe exporting over

280 tons annually but the majority of the worlds crop is grown and exported from California thanks to the Spaniards. During the mid-1700s, the Franciscan Padres planted almond trees to grace their missions along El Camino Real (The Royal Road) that stretches along the California coast from San Diego to Sonoma. Prior to that it was the Moors who first introduced almond trees to Spain in any numbers. According to one charming legend, an 11th Century ruler of Seville, the Caliph Al Mutamid, was responsible for planting great almond orchards all around Cordoba. His favourite wife, Al Rumaikiya, was homesick for the winter snows of her childhood home in the north, and to please her Al Mutamid had the plains and hillsides surrounding the city planted so thickly with almonds that when it blossomed the entire countryside looked as though it was blanketed by a late winter snowfall. Many have been inspired by this beautiful sight including Vincent Van Gogh who painted a picture of the Almond Blossom for his brother to commemorate the birth of his nephew on January the 31st 1890. In classical times, the Romans distributed sugared almonds as gifts to great men at public and private events. Distributing sugared almonds wrapped in tulle as a wedding favour is a tradition that dates back to early European history. These almond “bonbonieres” symbolize children, happiness, romance, good health and fortune and with Valentines Day just round the corner, it might be a nice gift to give to your partner rather than the fattening choccies! Alternatively the oil from almond is good for application to the skin as an emollient, and has been traditionally used by massage therapists to lubricate the skin during massage sessions - Another Valentine suggestion perhaps? With Valentines Day on the 14th, don’t forget we are hosting a Valentines Lunch with a 3 course meal for 15 euros per head which includes a glass of cava on arrival and a free gift for the ladies within the Grand Designs House. Finally, join with me on our weekly walks, meandering through the Almond Groves, Mondays at 10.30 and 2.00pm in preparation for the Charity Lake Challenge, walk or cycle which takes place on the 26th of Feb. For any more information on both of the events please call me on 660 816 620 or check our website ....... Jenni

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A Premier League clash between Liverpool and Tottenham was held up after a pitch invasion - by a cat. The animal was arguably the highlight of the 0-0 draw between the two sides at Anfield. It made its unexpected appearance 11 minutes into the game, prompting the referee to call the game to a halt. The cat then proceeded to prowl around the Spurs penalty box as keeper Brad Friedel watched on. After a minute-long delay,

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Goating around Police officers spent hours chasing an elusive runaway goat through an Australian city. They were called out after the after the animal was sighted running in and out of traffic in Melbourne. It is unclear where the goat came from but Australia’s Nine Network television

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Run rabbit run An incredible video of a rabbit rounding up a flock of sheep on a Swedish farm has gone viral on YouTube. The maker of the video, who writes a blog on farming, heard about the bunny’s unusual talent and went to the farm in the village of Ornskoldsvik to capture it on film. Champis the grey rabbit apparently picked up her skills from the farm’s sheep dogs.

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Painting by animals Chimpanzees, elephants and apes are involved in one of London’s most unusual art exhibitions. Instead of being the subjects, the animals are the artists for the exhibition at University College London’s Grant Museum of Zoology. The show features paintings by elephants and apes. Cu-

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President Neelie Kroes told a Dutch newspaper that there would be “absolutely no man overboard” if Greece left the euro. Greek party leaders are meeting on Tuesday amid a general strike. A previous meeting on Sunday night proved inconclusive, leading to further last-minute talks between Prime Minister Lukas Papademos and the troika of official lenders on Monday. The leader of the left-wing Syriza party coalition, Alexis Tsipras, repeated a call on Tuesday either for Greece’s debts to be written off, or else for the country to pause its debt repayments for three years. Meanwhile, public transport and the country’s ports ground to a halt as two of the largest Greek publicsector unions began a strike on Tuesday in protest at continuing austerity. Police had to use tear gas to prevent some protesters on Syntagma Square from breaking a cordon around the parliament building. The Greek economy is expected to suffer a fifth consecutive year of recession this year, and has already shrunk 12% since 2008. ‘Good will’ “What’s a man overboard?” Mrs Kroes told the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. “It’s always said that if you let

one country get out, or ask it to get out, then the whole structure collapses. But that’s simply not true. A similar message was delivered with a more optimistic spin by JeanClaude Juncker, chairman of the “eurogroup” of eurozone finance ministers, who said he had no doubt that Greece would remain within the eurozone, provided that it met its obligations to other members. “The euro will outlive us all,” he said. Mrs Kroes’ boss, Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso, also weighed in, insisting “we want Greece in the euro”. There has been growing speculation that eurozone leaders are preparing the way for a Greek exit from the single currency. “It would take a true optimist to expect [that] Greece’s fiscal difficulties will start to improve once its second bailout is agreed,” said Dutch bank Rabobank in a research note on Tuesday. “For [eurozone] politicians it is not necessary sympathy with Greece’s position that is keeping Greece in [the euro], but rather the potential for the Greek crisis to deal the rest of [the eurozone] an enormous blow through contagion, that is underpinning support to maintain the status quo.” Greek deadlines • This week: Eurozone

finance ministers to hold a meeting or conference call to approve the latest bailout, as soon as Greek politicians agree to conditions • 15 February: The latest a deal can be finalised in order to allow enough time for the Greek debt exchange, according to the Commission • 20 March: Greece must have received its next tranche of bailout cash to meet a 14bn euro debt payment • April: Greek elections expected Fears have most recently focused on Portugal, whose government is rumoured to be sounding out lenders about a restructuring of its own heavy debtload. As part of Greece’s new 130bn euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout deal, private sector lenders have agreed to write off up to 70% of the value of the money that the Greek government currently owes them. However, Mr Tsipras of the Syriza party coalition repeated on Tuesday reservations about the debt deal. “The debt is not sustainable,” he told Greek television channel SKAI. “With the [debt restructuring], most of the [bailout] money will go to the banks and to the bondholders.” Eurogroup chairman Mr Juncker has given his

backing to a German plan that a proportion of future bailout money should be paid into an escrow account that can only be used by the Greek government to repay its other, private-sector lenders. On Monday, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the negotiations in Athens - which went on until four in the morning - were “so tough that as soon as one chapter closes another opens”. He was speaking after meetings with EU, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank delegates. Mr Venizelos went on to criticise the political parties for not reaching a deal with the nation’s benefactors. “Instead of looking at this tragic dilemma... there are many who spend their effort on a conventional, outdated, party confrontation as if nothing has happened. “Sadly, we are distracted and we are not telling the Greek people the truth,” he said in a statement. Greece was bailed out once in 2010 and another bailout deal was agreed last year by the EU and IMF. On Monday, Greece agreed to pass a new law allowing more government employees to be fired - it is likely to lead to 15,000 civil service jobs being cut. They also agreed to a 20% cut in the minimum wage.

BP ups dividend as profits rise BP has raised its dividend to shareholders by 14%, the first increase since the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, following sharply higher profits. Replacement cost profit, which is profit stripping out the effect of oil and other price movements, for the three months to the end of December 2011 was $7.6bn (£4.8bn). This compares with $4.6bn for the same period in 2010. For all of 2011 BP’s profit was $23.9bn compared with a $4.9bn loss in 2010. BP’s dividend was raised to 8 cents per share for the

fourth quarter of 2011. Amid intense political pressure, the company suspended dividend payments to shareholders for the the first time in 60 years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. “BP’s earnings certainly benefited from oil prices, and investors will no doubt welcome the rise in dividend payments,” said Saket Vemprala, oil analyst at Business Monitor International. “However, the legal liabilities stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill continue to weigh on the company’s shares, and we

would not be surprised to see a financial settlement between the company and the US government.” BP is asking contractor Halliburton to pay for all costs and damages that arose from the Gulf of Mexico spill. The trial between BP and its contractor Halliburton is expected within weeks. BP has so far paid out $8.8bn in damages claims. The blast at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and created the worst offshore spill in US history. BP’s profits were boosted by the price of oil which has

remained at relatively high levels of about $100 a barrel throughout the final three months of 2011. Separately on Tuesday, BP’s chief executive, Bob Dudley, told the Reuters news agency that the company was set to begin a new project in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr Dudley said BP agreed with Chevron BHP, its partners in project, to go ahead the investment.

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the search for power The nights have been a bit nippy recently – indeed so nippy that I have heard rumours of brass monkeys descending en masse on the Chinese shops and buying up all the available stocks of warm underpants. The freezing nights have sounded the death knell for the battery of our neighbour’s car. Our car, Dell, bless his little French soul, is holding out manfully. If it is a particularly cold morning he might have to clear his throat once, but then he springs into action as eagerly as ever, whereas the neighbour’s car, which is a much more white-collar version than work-a-day little Dell, has succumbed to the ravages of Nature. However, no matter how feisty, Dell’s battery is not immortal, and one day it will give out, and with that in mind we decided now was a good time to buy a battery charger. As I had no idea what a battery charger was in Spanish I looked it up - Cargador de baterías. That made sense, but I still had no idea what a cargador de baterías looked like – was it big, tall, long, small, or what? Pete confidently steered me with my new-found vocabulary into a sort of warehouse full of all things automechanical, and therefore a mystery to me. He found the required thing, a sort of box with dials, and asked me


to ask the price – with a sharp intake of breath we left, cargador-less. Next stop the Chinese shop. Rather than traipse endlessly round I asked the young Chinese lady if they had cargadores de baterías. With a smile to brighten the darkest of moods she produced a car cigarette lighter. Seeing my disappointment she queried 3 further young ladies (were they identical quadruplets, or do all Chinese ladies look the same?) before the saviour of the day arrived in the form of a small Chinese man. With the alacrity born of certainty he led us to – the jump leads. Undeterred by failure he tried the tow ropes. Still all toothsome smile and little obsequiences he pointed out the extensive range of luggage straps. Then the penny dropped. He hastened proudly to car seat and steering wheel covers! I could hardly bear his disappointment as we once more shook our heads, and I very nearly bought one out of pity! We departed the Chinese empty handed, all guilty conscience and gracias and wandered hopelessly into the ferretería where we found not one, but several, all with Battery Charger written on them in 45 languages plus English! So should I ever need another one, I will know where to go and what to ask for. I have the power – of knowledge!

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. . . And The Rest Is History It is said that no matter how well or how badly prominent people behave – whether they be politicians, film stars or Jeremy Clarkson – history will have the final say and future generations will make a judgement accordingly. That’s all very well, but of course not everyone is a history buff and our views on personalities from the past can be badly distorted as a result of that ignorance . . . For example Alfred the Great. As King of Wessex he gave those nasty Vikings a long overdue pasting, and sent them and their silly hats back to Scandinavia so that they could concentrate on dreaming up new wheezes like Volvo and Abba. Alfred, more than any other monarch, was instrumental in starting a process that led to the eventual unification of the many kingdoms and warring factions into a single entity that later became England. He was a great administrator; a renowned religious reformer and a sponsor of literacy. But how is he remembered by the majority of us? Why, for burning some flippin’ cakes that’s how! Sods law: he gives the cook

the day off and what happens? His oven breaks down and so left to his own devices he lights a fire and scorches a couple of Victoria sponges. Some reporter get’s hold of it and typically the next day the front page of the Saxon Sun screams the headline: ‘king Cakes Inferno, and that’s how he is remembered. Wat Tyler is regarded as the great working class hero who assembled a serf army and marched on London in the fourteenth century, and bearing in mind that surnames came about largely as a result of the trade, craft or occupation in which their owners were engaged, it can be safely assumed that Wat was probably a painter and decorator. But he was also a halfwit because after he gets to London; slaughters a few conservatives and extracts certain assurances and guarantees for the peasants from the boy King, Richard II, he decides that this is not good enough and confronts the King and his entourage at Smithfield. Sensing weakness in young Dickie, he now demands final salary pensions for his serfs; a limit on overtime and just for good measure, two jags for all his trouble. Wat, having sworn like a trooper in front of the assembled nobles; swilled some water noisily around his tonsils and barfed it out at the

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King’s feet. This prompted the Lord Mayor of London – a sort of Boris Johnson with tights – to draw his sword and end Wat’s tiling days forever. So the serf army - grumbling and breaking wind loudly about turned and went back to their serfing having gained nothing. Then there was Richard the Lionheart – believed by some to have been England’s greatest King because of his exploits in the crusades – whose main hobby was wearing natty white doublets with embroidered red crosses, and slaughtering whole cities in the Middle East. But nah! He hardly spent any time in England during his reign, and didn’t even speak the language! Not only that but he got himself captured by an Austrian of all people, which cost the English tax payer 100,000 marks in ransom. He even had the cheek to die in a foreign country and thereby not get a tomb in Westminster Abbey for future American tourists to gawp at. It can work in the opposite direction too. I mean, there are some historical figures who are remembered for certain things, but their greatest achievements go virtually unnoticed. Take King Harold for instance. He has gone down in history as the man who was stuffed by the Normans at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and got an arrow in one of his mincers for his trouble. But what is rarely mentioned is that earlier in the year he defeated the King of Norway’s team at Stamford Bridge near York (3-2 after extra time) and

was the hero of the hour. It was almost certainly because of this and having to endure the long trek to the south coast to take on the French, that the result went against him and his Saxons. The same goes for Jethro Tull – recognised as a great inventor and hero of the Agricultural Revolution with his famous seed drill. But what about his prowess at playing the flute whilst standing on one leg? Hardly ever mentioned. So when I hear that Anthony Blair will be judged by history regarding the illegal war waged in Iraq, which was based entirely on lies and against the wishes of the majority of his people, I have to wonder. Because as we have seen: the concept of what goes around comes around, is not necessarily how it pans out, and history does not always expose the phonies.



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Children and parents have always been a subjective subject. Bringing up children is a big responsibility, yet at the same time it can be full of fun. We all think that rich and famous people’s children have everything served with a silver-spoon. However, this is apparently not the case for Madonna’s daughter Lourdes. At the last minute, Madonna cast Lourdes to play the young Wallis Simpson in her new movie WE, but poor Lourdes ended up on the cutting room floor. Whether pedagogically right or wrong, Madonna has taught her daughter an important Hollywood lesson – which actually will serve the girl outside Hollywood as well. Brad Pitt has his own, very special tool in child-rearing. Six young kids can be difficult to handle, not to mention to get out of bed in the morning. Brad uses Cola – sure the manufacturers of Cola will be ever so pleased to discover that, though I think my dad – the old headmaster –, who named Cola ‘Repetition Water’ due to heavy belching after consuming the drink, will be turning in his grave on hearing this. I have - like Brad’s kids apparently also have - a problem getting up in the morning. When my daughter was a toddler, she would get up early and toddle into our bedroom, trying to shake some life into mum and dad. One morning I was more ‘dead than alive’ after having done some re-decorating in our house the day before. After several fruitless attempts to get me out of bed, she gave up. I woke about half hour late, and wondered why the house was so quiet. I found my daughter sitting on the kitchen table with a huge jar of jam, ‘hand-painting’ the walls in a delicious strawberry. Copies of two old statuettes will be bestowed on moviepeople during this month. 12th February a couple of golden masks will be distributed in the UK as recognition of the best specialists within film making, inclusive actors and actresses, and 26th the exercise will be repeated in the USA, landing the winners with a little 13 ½ inches tall golden manikin. There seems to be some agreement between the two jury-panels as both have nominated The Artist, The Descendants, and The Help for best film; Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, George Clooney, and Jean Dujardin for best leading actor; and Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, and Viola Davis for best actress. And the winner is?!?! Well, we will have to restrain our excitement and wait till the end of this week and two and a half week respectively. Sure this will make you feel better. McDonald’s has announced that it no longer is using ‘pink slime’. Isn’t that just great! If you in the future want to include ‘pink slime’ (ammonium hydroxide) in your diet, you have to turn to fertilizers, household cleaners, or homemade explosives! Actually, it is amazing what we stuff ourselves with. When you cool yourself down with an ice cream, you might digest a good portion of propylene glycol; a healthy drink like cranberry juice and sweeties like M&Ms also give you your ‘daily intake’ of carmine, a chemical which comes from a small red beetle that burrow into cacti; industrial dough contains hair, feather, hooves and bristles; and chewing gum assures that you get enough lanolin which are oils from sheep’s wool. Bon appétit! Oh, and do not be too harsh on kids eating sand! Anyway not as long as you consume shredded cheese and fast-food chili! Do not know about you, but I had a ‘deep clean’ of my fridge and larder after I read about this. Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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MABS Cancer Support Group has been selected by La Manga Cricket Club as their charity for 2012. The Club will hold several events during the year, with the main one being their 20/20 cricket, held in September. This

annual competition will be hosted at La Manga Club and features teams from the UK, Spain, Ireland and Belgium, accompanied by a number of sporting celebrities and is sponsored by the UK based

Ideal Group. “We’re over the moon that La Manga Cricket Club has nominated our charity for 2012” commented MABS Murcia Director, Lyn Baines. “They are particularly keen on the fact that we are a

local charity and that all funds raised in Murcia remain here to help those affected by cancer.” La Manga Cricket Club plays their home games at the La Manga Club resort in the Costa Calida area of South East Spain. Their first team is Spanish Costa League Champions and holders of the La Manga 20/20 Trophy and they now have a 2nd eleven who play in the Costa Blanca Development League. The Club’s patrons are Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE and Mike Gatting OBE. They are always keen to welcome touring sides looking for pre-season training games or winter sunshine and hosted teams from Belgium, Norway, Australia, France and the UK as well as hosting The Lady Taverners 20/20 and Spain v MCC. MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website:

Dear Editor, I would like, through your paper, to thank all my friends who attended my recent 70th birthday party at the Lodosol restaurant, San Pedro del Pinatar for their good wishes and lovely gifts. It is much appreciated. Many thanks also to Tony and Jan Morgan, proprietors of the Lodosol for the superb buffet and entertainment. Joan Mitchell, Fundraiser for HELP

Book Review

Calling a dead man by Gillian Cross

Publishers: O.U.P. ISBN: 9-780198326311

Cross opens the novel dramatically with the death of John Cox, a demolition worker who was so badly burnt that he was identified by his medical records. He was considered an expert so it is hard for his girlfriend, Annie and his sister, Hayley to accept that he would not take the necessary precautions and so they travel to Siberia to discover the ugly truth. His mother, Chris, is in such a state that she burns his personal possessions and almost demolished his furniture in his bedroom. She can’t bring herself to talk about him; she is so distraught. Hayley has constant visions of him; wherever she goes she sees his face. Uncanny. Is she suffering from delusions? What does it mean? The plot thickens quickly with an amnesia victim suffering from tickfever who stumbles upon a peasant family in Siberia, filthy and smelly with badly soiled clothes and five ticks embedded in his swollen flesh. It is Frosya who finds him and she nurses him back to health. Before she burns his clothes she rummages through the pockets and hides her “loot”, clues as to the identity of this person. Annie, in spite of being wheelchair bound is determined to unravel the plot which involves a Mafia organisation and petty jealousies of leadership between Viktor and Leonid. Was John mixed up with the Mafia? Will Annie and Hayley discover how John died or why he died? More importantly, when they are faced with danger will they be able to return home alive and unscathed? It’s an exciting thriller with strong characterisation seeking answers to awkward questions and putting their lives at risk. Will they unravel the bitter truth and if so, at what cost? This is Gillian Cross at her best. What happened to John? How did he die? You’ll just have to read it to find out why, won’t you? As always, enjoy!



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FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2012 is Help MMM’s 10th anniversary and there will be many events to celebrate our ten years of giving help and assistance to countless people in the Murcia region.

February Tuesday 14th February – HELP MMM’s general meeting at Las Claras, Los Alcazares at 12 p.m. Friday 17th February - the Friendship Group meet at Cafe Golf at 12 p.m. There will be a cookery demonstration. Open to all. Friday 24 February - HELP Murcia Mar Menor will be holding a dinner dance at the Roblemar Restaurant, Los Alcazares. Tickets cost €30 to include a 3-course dinner with wine. There will be a grand raffle, many of the prizes being worth more than €50, and the grand draw for the reclining chair worth €950. Don’t delay, dig out your dancing shoes and join in the fun. Tickets are now available.

March Thursday 1 March – 40’s Night at The Lodosol, San Pedro del Pinatar 7 p.m. for 7.30. Tickets €9 which includes a 2 course meal. Come dressed up if you like, but you don’t have to! Tuesday 13th March - HELP MMM Annual General meeting at Las Claras at 12 p.m. Saturday 24th March - a Variety Night at Roda Community Hall. Several acts have been booked already. Friday 30th March - Friendship Group meeting (venue to be confirmed) The HELP MMM Car Boot is at the Sunday Market at the Autocine (LOOP), Los Narejos Tickets for most events are available from Joan Mitchell on 868 185685 or 678 135457, or Janice Clarke on 968 134355. Details of these events, plus directions, can be found on the website on the Event Calendar

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Goats’ Cheese Salad with Jamon & Mint.............. Ingredients

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Change of venue.................

The Velvetones Ladies Harmony Chorus is rehearsing until further notice at the Windsor Bar, San Luis, Torrevieja on Wednesdays from 10 am until 1 pm. If you would like to see us in action, join us for a coffee and a chat. The chorus has a wide repertoire and performs at various venues in and around Torrevieja to support local charities. We are always on the look out for new members, singing or social. For more information, contact the musical director, Jan Ryder (966 785 313) or the chairwoman, June Brady (965 327 446).

THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION.......................... Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1700 on the first Wednesday of each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.

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Tuesday 18:00 until 20:00 Rojales Steak House (formerly Tylers) in Los Palacios Hi Everyone Come down for a general chat and find out all about the *NEW* singing for fun club based on the popular US programme ‘GLEE’. Its all about singing for fun for kids aged 5 - 17 years. Session one commences on 21st February and runs for a total of 12 weeks when a show will be put on at the end to show family, friends and the public what we’ve been learning. There maybe an opportunity for an 18+ class ifI get enough interest. If you know anyone who will be interested in this group please could you add them to the ***ALL STARZ COSTA BLANCA*** Group on facebook and inform them of this event. There will be three teams of ages: TEAM 1: ages 5-10 TEAM 1: 5.30pm - 6.30pm TEAM 2: ages 11 - 13 TEAM 2: 6.30pm - 7.30pm TEAM 3: ages 14-17 TEAM 3: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Prices are: 5€ a session for each 1st child 4€ a session for each sibling OR you can pay in advance for the full 12 weeks and receive a discount for each child to pay 3€ a session = 36€ Please come down to have a chat, look at the Aims/ Objectives, meet the Principle and join up! See you there for some SERIOUS FUN!!!! Lorna Cooper, Principal Tel: 679851236

The spiritualist church, quesada...............................

The Pantomime group meet and rehearse every Wed and Fri at Quesada Casa del Cultura from 2pm until 5pm. We have a lot of fun as well as raising money for good causes. If you would like to join us, whether treading the boards or to help backstage, then do come along and meet us.Or if you require further information then please e mail bazbov@ A warm and friendly greeting awaits.

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship........................... (TCF) is a multi-national English speaking church situated on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, Torrevieja 03183. Sunday Service, including Communion and Sunday School, is held at 10.30 am. followed by refreshments. A warm and genuine welcome awaits you! Wednesday evening service commences at 6.00 pm. Ring 966700391 or 650 336 113 for directions or further information


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Gruntmore, El Alcalde Part 3 Sobbing uncontrollably or laughing hysterically seemed to be Blythe Gruntmore’s two options as he stood in front of a long double sided mirror. He had been in the Town Hall since the Guardia Civil had arrested the other council members and made mayor by default. He had written an obligatory speech which he had to present to the population of Alqueria in the Plaza at noon. He now stood bleary eyed dressed in ill-fitting Mayoral robes with a base metal chain hanging like a limp bath-plug from this neck. Blythe had searched for a clue, a hint to his duties or what was expected of him. He had found instead inspiration in the form of six bottles of vintage Remitroot sherry. He had finished three and it was starting to show. Studying his appearance in the distorted mirror he wondered what his friends on Tyneside would have thought of him. Blythe breathed deep. It was high noon. He thought perhaps than one of the eighteen glasses of Remitroot sherry he had drunk was off as he felt dizzy and disorientated. He headed manfully for the square. The village-folk had been gathering all morning. Horacio Stranglardeganso had opened the Bar La Casa Devante early, intuitively knowing a profit was to be made. The crowd in the plaza was in High Glee. Expectation, alcohol and Gruntmore’s passed record promised an afternoon to be remembered. Women and girls giggled in corners while the men tried valiantly to remain straight faced as Gruntmore approached. The ill-fitting robes gave him the appearance of an extra from a school nativity play. His chain of office bounced against his chest as he walked hesitantly towards the hastily prepared rostrum. Silence fell. A fundamental silence, just the sound of the gentle breeze and the birds, unaware of the solemnity of the occasion singing in the warm afternoon. Such a silence was an act of great self control for any Spanish gathering, for Alqueria it was

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braben’s blog... There are definitely some things that I just don’t understand. I’ m not just talking about really puzzling things such as, how to split the atom-which apparently is not done with a bread knife and a vice-or, and this one is a mystery to many of us, how to open one of those vacuum packs of meat you get at the Supermercardo without resorting to several pounds of explosives. No what truly confuses me is why so many awful television programmes are made. When I was a child, the scariest thing I ever came across, apart from Mr. Roberts with his ever present slipper, were the Daleks. They were cold, unemotional, metallic, killing machines. When they said “Exterminate” you were well and truly exterminated-no extra time, no penalties, you were gone! Today, is there anything as frightening as a Dalek on TV? Well, maybe there is and more of that later. But, doesn’t television get tedious with all the American Idol spin off programmes that are around? There’s dancing, acting, modelling and, soon, it seems, being a DJ. Okay there is a certain fascination to these shows but really, where will it all end? I am dying for the show which tries to find the laziest person in the country as an answer to American Idol. I can’t wait for Bone Idle to startweek upon week watching how people do nothing-

reminds me of waiting at the tills of some large supermarkets I can mention! Now back to really scary. Is there a modern day equal to the Daleks? Would it be, could it be, Simon Cowell in full flowno, not nearly scary enough. Would it be the various chefs we see giving their kitchen staff a hard time in the pressurised environment of the kitchen? No, not for me, once the food is cooked and served it’s all smiles. A Dalek never smiles. So who would it be? Easy watch “The Weakest Link”

Would you describe Anne Robinson as cold, unemotional, metallic and definitely, in her own way, a sort of scary killing machine? Well if you do you are braver than me! And, if you haven’t banked get ready to be given a caustic and character ruining commentnot to mention a withering stare. The contestants have my Graham is married to Helen admiration-whilst I hide behind the and has a daughter, Alice. sofa shouting He lives part of the year near “BANK!” and Albox, but works in Qatar, waiting to hear teaching. If you wish to those famous words “You are contact Graham regarding the weakest link… this article email: exterminate, exterminate!”


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Earlier this year it was suggested to those of us who attend the Anglican Church in this area that as a principal for life this year we’d find it difficult to adopt a better motto than “WWJD?”; What Would Jesus Do? In so many aspects of life, as we face decisions or interact with others, that question, I suggest, is one we could all, whether we have a personal faith or not, benefit from asking ourselves. How much hurt; how much misunderstanding; how many quarrels and yes even how many wars could be avoided if only we would realistically ask that question before speaking or taking action. For whilst perhaps unable to precisely predict how he may have reacted in particular situations we face today, we can, I suggest usually make a pretty fair judgement. For in all we read of his life, Jesus always acted out of love – a true caring for others more than himself. He emphasised what’s good and right, and unflinchingly condemned ‘sin’, but always loved the sinner and never took personal offence, never judged others or presumed their motivation. When his enemies cynically sought his judgement on a woman caught

in the act of adultery, he gently shamed them into slinking away with his “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone”, then made it clear that although he didn’t condone her actions, neither did he condemn her. And so this Jesus, who encouraged us to be Peacemakers, to love our enemies and do good to those who hurt us, is an incredibly challenging act to follow, but I’m sure that in any situation, if we’re honest, we’ll have a pretty good idea what he would do. And as I look at the hurt I’ve doubtless so often caused him and how ready he has always been, not just to forgive, but to love so gross a failure as myself; then how can I not in all situations truly endeavour to act or speak as I believe he would have done. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www. Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at


Have I seen it all? Am I nearing my own end times? I never thought I would see Bob Dylan in Lorca, but he came, warbled and conquered. All he had to do for me was spit on the stage and that would have been good enough. But he actually showed and played a couple of years back. Now it’s none other than the two Spanish greats, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali on view right in metropolitan downtown Huercal Overa at the Rafael Alberti Museum in the center of town. Life just doesn’t get any better. Technically their styles do not fulfil the pure artistic framing as the critic Hans Hofmann suggested: “through a painting we can see the whole world”. But, with these two artists you get lots of different worlds to view all blossoming from your own imagination. Just having the chance to glean a glimpse of these masters should send you back to the art books and laptops to search for more about them. You don’t get any more “Spanish” than these two artists on display. If you wanted a perfect afternoon’s journey to complete your university course “ 101 Spain” — you would need to see the exhibition then pop around the corner to one of the café’s and watch the passersby’s stroll by while you read a few chapters of Miguel De Cervantes Don Quixote. For at the end of that day your true understanding of the perplexing Spanish national character— would evolve by eons. The entrance is free and you can even snap off a few pics of the masters as there doesn’t seem to be much security about either. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc ( His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on and, his life long passion!

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Last edition I mentioned about a UK pensions loophole finishing on April 5th; some readers emailed me to ask whether this could help them. The current loophole can possibly help anyone who has lived outside the UK for five tax years and has private pension funds in the UK as the entire amount can be withdrawn tax free before pension age. I am certainly not nor likely ever to be a financial advisor so please get the best advice you can from people who specialise in this field. Normally bad weather in the UK has me watching the BBC News channel to see Britain grind to a halt after a few inches of snow. Funny how after 30 odd years of metric; snow always sounds better when counted in inches, like a pint of beer or half a pound of butter or bacon. Decimalisation; like the German language never sounds warm and sexy. This time however it’s been bloomin perishing here and even the annual British tradition of scraping the ice off the windscreen is being re-enacted across inland areas of Almeria. Walking the dogs in the morning through frosty countryside is an unusual and picturesque sensation especially when later in the day as the sun is warm on the face yet in the shadows linger ice cloaked plants. Barry Baz Morris the significantly taller half of the Yankee Blues Brothers warned me about a wallet scam that befell him; two 18 year old, fit and scantily clad girls approached him whilst he was packing the supermarket shopping into his car, they washed the windows and suggestively rubbed their breasts all over the windscreen, then they asked for a lift down the road as payment. Once in the car they stripped off and made love to each other on the back seat as he was driving. One then climbed into the front and started kissing and touching him whilst the other stole his wallet. The two girls have since stolen 6 more wallets off Barry in the last week but luckily he found some more for 99p each in the Pound Shop. In Murky Donuts I bought up a superb bottle of Anna de Cordoniu Cava for under 8€. Of course we can all buy decent wine for about 3€ a bottle but what a fabulous alternative to banish those winter blues in front of a roaring fire. 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: -




lakeside petanca club............................................... Montecassilas 3 Mazarron 2.................................... The members of Lakeside, and Petanca players from Las Salinas and Costa Blanca league, were given the sad news that Peter Mann, from Lakeside had passed away in Torrevieja Hospital ,on Saturday January 28th. Peter had never fully recovered from a major operation some 15 months ago, and

was rushed into hospital on Saturday. Condolences have been coming in from Sweden, Norway and the UK, as Peter had been a very capable player in the San Luis Serie team, for many years along with his wife Sue, they competed well in numerous competitions making many friends in the process. The funeral was held at

the Tanatorio in Torrevieja, with family, and friends from Lakeside and San Luis Petanca club, attending the service. Condolences go to Sue who herself is recovering from a shoulder injury. Avalon, were very quick to get the Funeral arrangements in hand and all went well. Roger Seymour. Secretary

CREVILLENTE V SAN FULGENCIO.................................... This was played at 5.00 O’clock on a dismal Sunday afternoon with intermittent rain. This sets the scene. The Saints started well with new boy Antonio performing well and Quino passing to Liberto for an attack on their goal. On twenty minutes in a goal mouth mêlée the ball was bundled into the net. Not quite sure who had the final touch but it may have been Cameron. 0-1. Crevillente were attacking all the time and from thirty five yards out the left winger fired a dipping shot on goal which passed over Jovi’s head bringing the scores level. 1-1. In the meantime Giaco and Antonio were playing well together but couldn’t find the net. Our other new signing Jairo who played in midfield was having a good game both passing and defending but received a yellow on 40mins followed

by our captain Fernando.

On the restart we were awarded a penalty for a foul on Libby which Giacomo calmly placed into the right hand corner for a 1-2 lead. A good run by Libby was just too short for Jairo to capitalise on. Jairo made his mark on the game hitting the bar and the upright which if they had gone in would have killed the game and relieved a lot of pressure off our supporters! We were awarded another penalty for hand ball when a ferocious volley from Fernando hit a defender on the hand. The defender was given his second yellow and walked off the pitch. Giaco stepped up to take the second penalty but it was saved by a tremendous save by the goalie and no one was quick enough to have a shot before the goalie gathered it again. Play continued in the same attacking vein by both teams but I didn’t feel the game

was won, fully expecting the home team to level again. Jovi, our goalie, was injured by a very rash tackle and although he struggled to continue was replaced by Soriano with twenty mins to go. There always seems to be a problem for the Saints when they play against ten men. Fernando received his second yellow and also walked. We then followed a rash of substitutions which I suspect were done to play out the time with Omar for Antonio and Gonzalo for Libby. All in all challenging game for those with a very nervous disposition. Team:Jovi,70(Soriano), Alonso, Kike, Victor, Cameron ,Quino, Liberto,85(Gonzalo), Fernando(YY), Giacomo, Antonio,83 (Omar), Jairo (Y). Many thanks to our sponsors ‘900telecom’ Full details on our website at clubs/sanfulgencio/ Peter Horsfield

ITV ORIHUELA RFC BACK TO THE LEAGUE MATCHES............................................................................ After a weekend off in the league ITV Orihuela RFC are at home against Lorca RFC hoping to extend their winning streak this coming Saturday, 11 February, kicking off at 17.00, and continue to march up the league after their last two wins on the trot. With a bit of luck we can get some of the injured players back from the last game against Novelda. While having the weekend off we were able to watch a great weekend of rugby with the 6 Nations and the final round off the LV Cup at the new rugby bar and rugby supporters club. It proved to be a big success with supporters from all of the 6 Nations teams coming down to support their teams and looking to build on the membership of the new rugby supporters club. For me information about the new rugby supporters club, contact me on the number


Hopefully they can show some of the passion that the new players for their country showed by all the teams playing this weekend for their badge. Look forward to seeing plenty of supporters down at Orihuela RFC this coming Saturday to support the local rugby team. 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. At the new rugby union supporters bar and supporters club, the Steakhouse in Rojales, showing all televised rugby games on Sky Sports and free to view channels. This weekend there will be the 6 Nations on both Saturday and Sunday, and league matches over the weekend. So come along and see for yourself and bring all your

rugby friends along. Let us support this rugby bar, as there is nowhere else you can solely watch live rugby around this area. 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.

Mazarron deployed a new tactic on Saturday, arriving without shorts possibly in the hope that the opposition would freeze to death before the game started! Unfortunately this did not happen due to a quick trip to a sports shop by the president and the use of scissors to cut a pair of track suit bottoms down to the right size by the trainer.

Once the game started a much improved performance was seen from Mazarron with the use of Diego jnr and Pescau as attackers. However in the 6th minute a break down the left saw the ball eventually end up in the back of the net to put them a goal behind. Mazarron continued to enjoy as much of the ball as

Montecassilas but after 20 minutes a free kick from 20 – 25 yards out was fired into the net. In previous games, heads would have dropped but not today. Mazarron continued to press forward and were rewarded in the 32nd minute when a quickly taken free kick by Joseda was put away in style by young Diego.

Shortly after this the home keeper missed a corner but the ball was cleared and in the 36th minute Ruben did the same but the ball was not cleared despite there being 3 or 4 chances to do so and the ball finished up in the net to put the home team 3-1 ahead. To say that Mazarron dominated the second half would be an overstatement but they did have most of the chances and they

were eventually rewarded when Joseda struck from distance to put the ball into the corner of the net. The equalizer almost came on several occasions with shots from young Diego, Pescau and the man of the match Joseda but unfortunately the home defence stood form. However this was a much improved performance and at no stage did the heads drop as has been happening for most of the season. Team: Ruben, Pollo, Rollon, Diego, Joseda, Alcaraz (Ahmed), Jaguar, Alfonso, Pescau (Habib), Diego (Jnr) Matt, Bookings: Pollo, Rollon Man of the Match: Joseda

The Premier League Article...................................... Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn. The Gunners played host to The Rovers at The Emirates Stadium. Seventh heaven for the North Londoners thanks to efforts from Robin van Persie (HatTrick !), Alex OxladeChamberlain (2), Mikel Arteta & Thierry Henry. Morten Gamst Pedersen got one back. Chelsea 3-3 Man Utd. The Pensioners took on The Red Devils at Stamford Bridge. A real thriller here with strikes from Johnny Evans (Own Goal), Juan Mata, David Ruiz, Wayne Rooney (Two Penalties) & Javier Hernandez. Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham. This is A Match Prediction for The Monday Night Clash at Anfield. Man City 3-0 Fulham. The Citizens entertained The Cottagers at The Etihads Stadium. Back on track

for the Premier League leaders with Goals from Sergio Aguero (penalty), Chris Baird (Own Goal) & Dzeko.

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Newcastle United 2-1 Aston Villa. The Magpies clashed with The Villains at The Sports Direct Arena. Well taken strikes from Demba Ba & Demba Cisse won the day up in The North East. Robbie Keane scored again in his on-loan spell.



Norwich City 2-0 Bolton. The Canaries played host The Trotters at Carrow Road. Late efforts from Andrew Surman and Kevin Pilkington meant that the points were staying in Northfolk. QPR 1-2 Wolves. The Hoops took on The Wolves at Loftus Road. Bobby Zamora hit a debut goal, only for Matt Jarvis & Kevin Doyle to record a much

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impressive James McClean hit the only effort in a frozen Staffordshire. West Brom 1-2 Swansea City. The Baggies played host to The Swans at The Hawthorns. Mark AntioneFortune opened things up, but the South Wales side hit back thanks to Sigurdsson & Danny Graham. Wigan 1-1 Everton. The Latics clashed with The Blues at The DW Stadium. A Bizarre Phil Neville (Own Goal) gave the hosts hope, only for Victor Anichebe to head the equaliser.



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MAGGOTS END................................................................... Lo crispin golf society............................................... RODS and REELS The match this week was the 10th round in the Winter League series. The venue was the Eden canal, this was changed from the original venue of Murcia due to the atrocious conditions of the pathway. Well, from the results it might have been better to slog through the mud. 18 anglers fished and there were 11 dry nets with a top weight of 3 kilo´s. This could have been worse if it wasn´t for the mullet, there would have been 16 dry nets. A sure sign that the weather is having a real say in the fishing. Top rods on the day 1st Clive (Golf No more) Cleghorn fishing the pole using maggot with 3.08 kilo´s. 2nd Mick ( The Arsenal ) Hill fishing the feeder using maggot with 2.00 kilo´s. 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson fishing the pole using bread punch with 1.16 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club at present does have some vacancies and if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 667 407 026. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS

supplied by TERRY SCREEN This week we returned again to Nancy’s for the 5th round of the Abbey Angling Cup on the 31st January. With the water being very shallow on the upper reaches we decided to put 5 pegs below the boom, and the deeper pegs above. This was very productive for the anglers drawing there, Mick Hill caught 4 fantastic Mullet all but weighing 2.5 kilos each that is roughly 5lb each fish, they were 4 beautiful bars of silver. Andy Stevenson also took advantage of the down stream end peg to win the match 1st Andy (Web Man) Stevenson with 12.600kg fishing the method feeder with corn and pellet 2nd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 9.600kg fishing method feeder and maggot 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade with 6.200kg fishing the feeder maggot and corn All details are available on our web site www.abbeyangling. com 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

Quesada Bowling Club.............................................. Sponsored by a Spanish Life. com With Cathy Skinner Quesada Swallows today welcomed Greenland’s Cedars on a very cold and windy Friday morning. The results were Quesada won on 3 rinks and lost on

3 but gained the overall shots 101 to Quesada 82 to Greenland’s 8 points to Quesada 6 to Greenland’s. Well done everyone. Friday 3 February the Swifts were away to El Rancho Raiders a close game ended

in a draw with both teams winning on 3 rinks. The overall going to El Rancho 124 to 114 with a final score of 8 points to 6 in favour of El Rancho. Congratulations to Quesada who played well on a very difficult green.

FC TORREVIEJA – TORRY WIN AGAIN AND IN STYLE Torry brought in no replacements before the transfer deadline closed to replace the 5 departed players so will make do with a squad of 16 players + players from the Torrevieja CF and Juvenile teams between now and the end of the season. This is good news on the financial front after taking a gamble at the start of the season with a high wage bill which couldn’t be sustained, particularly after the council halved its subsidy, but not such good news if they get injuries and suspensions, so lets hope they don’t get many ! Last Sunday they travelled to Alicante to take on Alicante CF and were followed by 60+ “loyal” Torry fans.The problems that Alicante CF face pale Torrys recent problems into insignificance. They have debts of around 3m and have had an exodus of almost their entire squad in the last few weeks and have had to promote a lot of players from their B Team to their first team. Torry were without the suspended Ramiro and brought in Rafa to replace him and played Rafa at left-back and moved Vidal forward to left side midfield. The Torry starting line-up was: Manolo, Vicente , Meijide, Burguillos, Rafa, Corella, Matías (Abel, min 68 ), Manu (Gonzalo, min 73 ), Juande, Vidal and Victor (Corcoles min 45 ) The game kicked off in sunshine with a cold biting wind, but of course no snow like back in “old blighty”, in front of 300 + spectators. Torry started brightly and took the game to the opposition and as the game progressed took a stranglehold on the

midfield and started to open up the Alicante defence and had several near misses. Vidal had the ball in the back of the net after 16 minutes but was adjudged offside. On 25 minutes Meijide met a corner and his header was heading for the top corner of the net but was acrobatically tipped round the post by their keeper. On 30 mins a free-kick into the mix by Juande was punched out to the edge of the box by their keeper and Matias hit the ball first time on the volley and it flew into the top corner of the net and GOALLLLL and 1-0 to Torry – wonderful strike. 5 minutes later a long ball over the top by Burguillos was run on to by Juande who controlled the ball instantly and rolled it past their keeper and into the net for a GOALLLLL and 20 to Torry – exquisite control and finish. On 40 mins Juande had a very good run to the by-line and cut the ball back to around the penalty spot for Victor who latched onto it and struck a fierce goalbound effort which hit the bar instead of the back of the net and came back out and was cleared. At half time the score was 2-0 to Torry but in truth it could have been 5 or 6 after a great first half performance during which they simply overwhelmed the opposition. Torry made a substitution at half-time taking off Victor, who had picked up a knock, and bringing on the veteran Corcoles. Torry started off on the front foot and Corella had a stinging drive well saved by their keeper at the expense of a corner. Corella then used his dribbling skills and strength to brush aside several

challenges and found himself with only their keeper to beat and curled it nonchalantly beyond their keeper into the far corner of the net for a GOALLLLL and 3-0 to Torry. Torry soon after won a corner and Juande found Meijide whos bullet header found the top corner of the net for another GOALLLL and 4-0 to Torry. Alicante then had a man stretchered off , and having used all their substitutes had to see out the game with 10 men. They managed to pull a goal back through a fine finish by their no.9 who gave Manolo no chance. Torry then took off Matias and brought on Abel and soon after Manu was replaced by youth player Gonzalo. The game curiously became more even as Torry took their foot off the “gas” and the game ended at 4-1 to Torry. Mission accomplished and 3 points on their way back to Torry after a comprehensive victory which could have been a slaughter. Yellow cards were picked up by Mathias and Manu. On Sunday Torry entertain “bottom of the table” Altea who lost 3-2 at home to promotion chasers Muro last Sunday after making wholesale changes in personnel in the transfer window. Get on down to the Torry ground on Saturday for the 4.30 pm kick-off and support Torry and see some goals ! A fully satisfied but not getting carried away Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain..

Bonalba Golf Club - 01.02.12 Last Wednesday we played replacement operation and at Las Colinas. The course was his banter has certainly been in good condition except for missed on the golf course. the greens which were lightly Results of the day were as sanded which made putting a follows:bit more difficult than usual. Gold Division:1st –Bob The weather was good for Steward with 39 pts, 2nd the time of year with little – Gordon McGregor with wind with the sun coming 38 pts, 3rd – Les Catt with out and going back in. Charlie 32 pts. Wallace hit a bouncing bomb Silver Division: 1st – Ray Lee of a shot which hit the water with 36 pts, 2nd – Peter Lowe several times before landing with 35 pts, 3rd - John King on the green close to the with 27 pts pin. We had 26 members and The best guest score was 2 guests. The competition John Winchcombe who took was an individual stableford the money off his brother with 2 divisions , Gold and Dave and they are still talking Silver, and we had some good but only just. At least it wasn’t scores on the day. The prizes Daves better half Pam who were kindly sponsored by our took the money off him, Social Secretary Roy Kavanagh which is usually the case, as who hasn’t been able to play she didn’t play. recently as he is awaiting a hip Nearest To The Pins: On

Par3s: Hole 5 – Bob Steward, Hole 7 – Maurice Mills, Hole 10 – Margaret Isaacs, Hole 14 – Paul Flanaghan. On Par 4 in 2 shots: Hole 9 – John Isaacs. On Par 5 in 3 Shots: Gordon McGregor. Best Front 9:- Les Catt and Best Back 9 – Darryll Wright. The “Roy” for the most shots played was won by ex-trawler man Tony Patterson After the the game we went back to QCC. for a beer or two and a buffet kindly laid on by Charlie and Lyn and the presentations. The next game is at Alenda on Wednesday 8 February and the next members meeting is at the QCC on Tuesday 31 January at 10.30 am. Ace reporter Les Lindores.

CORNISH PRIDE................................................................. (LOS DOLSES) Ten Pin Bowling League Matches Played on January 31th This week was the start of the second cycle of league matches, which matched teams against the team they played on the first night of this season. HALL y DAY beat LOS LOBOS 8-0, mainly thanks to Bob Day having his best night so far, with a scratch game of 234 & a hcp series of 629. Top bowler for L.B. was Brian Blackburn with his best score of the season a 595 hcp series. CARP-R-US improved on their first match (a draw), against LUCKY STRIKE, this time they won 6-2, with all 3 of their bowlers having at

least one of their best scores of the season. ODDBALLS got revenge on RIOJA ROLLERS for beating them on the first week, they won 8-0 this time, husband & wife duo, Gunter & Ingrid Wilms both had their seasons best scores. Top bowler for R.R was Gary Walsh. Another team getting revenge was SPLASH, their captain Diego Munoz, top scored for his team with a 601 hcp series as they beat SUNRISE COLEGAS 6-2. The good news for MIXERS is that they don’t have to play TEAM FINLAND again (unless they draw them in the cup), they lost for the 3rd time against them, this time 6-2. That result keeps T.F. firmly

at the top of the league, top bowler this week for T.F. was Markku Maatta, who now tops the male high scratch avg with 201. CORNISH PRIDE, still chasing a top 3 place, beat LOS BANDIDOS 6-2, best performance for C.P. was by Paul Johnson, who topped all 4 of his season’s best scores. The best team performance of the night was by BAR MOSQUITOS, who beat all 4 of their top team scores, and had the highest pinfall of the night, 1781, as they won 8-0 against BANDOLEROS.

VEGA BAJA PREMIER GOLF LEAGUE.................................... Following the disastrous January when the League suffered due to a prebooked course failing on its commitment, in not having enough buggies for the Premier Division players and having no clubhouse open for players and the Leagues administration. This also resulted in the Champions Division game being withdrawn. One match was completed in January on the basis that one team had a 320Km round trip, so0 it was agreed this game should be played, this was between La Manga North G S and Don Cayo G S. La Manga being victors 3 – 1 and the new League table includes the result. The remaining matches will be played at Las Ramblas Golf Club in February and March So it was to Font del Llop who always provided the League

with full facilities and a warm welcome, but they could not do anything about the bitterly cold weather on the day. Although the sun shone with a wind chill factor it was something like -3º. It was arranged by Font del Llop to provide the players with hot soup out on the course. Thank you Vanesa. Although Eurogolf lost their match they took the bonus points as a result of winning more holes. Bonus points went to, La Zenia G S, Eurogolf G S, Results La Zenia GS


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Club Serena and Rocajuna G S Next month its back to the Costa Calida and Mar Menor Golf Village venue of the PGA EuroPro Tour Champion Final. You will also be able to see updated Vega Baja Premier Golf League fixtures, tables, and news on the website www. vegabajapremiergolfleague. com and on Facebook, throughout the season For more information on the Vega Baja Premier Golf League, contact The Secretary Ivie Davies 669 211 410 or



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COMEDY OF ERRORS OUTDOES Orihuela Costa F.C. 0 v’s CARTAGENA....................................... Rafal C.F. 2...................................... FC CARTAGENA - 0 HERCULES CF - 3 BY STEVE HIBBERD The last thing any team needs when playing against strong opposition such as Hercules, is to concede 2 soft goals inside the first 25 mins, but early last Sunday afternoon, that is exactly what Los Albinegros did. Having worked hard to propel themselves above div 2a relegation zone, 2 bad defeats on the bounce has reversed the trend, resulting in them now being 3 points from safety on 20 points (Alcoyano fill the coveted 5th to bottom slot). A disappointing 6,300 fans gathered inside Cartagonova Stadium for this reverse fixture, in which Hercules triumphed last August, and had to wait until the 13th min before witnessing a goalscoring opportunity. From a corner, Urko headed just wide, but less than a minute later, the Hercules front man set up the games opening goal. His routine shot was heading straight for Reina, before a wicked deflection off team mate Sanchon, left the horrified custodian wrong footed, as the ball trickled just inside the post. Alvaro completed a well rehearsed shot on the run, which scraped the paint off Hercules cross bar, before the game turned into a farce once again. When Arbilla appeared set to pull the trigger on a 30 yard drive, there looked to be not the slightest of worries. That was before the ball somehow squeezed past defender Herrero, then through the legs of keeper Reina, who in all fairness was

unsighted by his colleague, before once again rolling over the line. It could have got worse on 32 mins, had ref Lopez penalized defender Txiki for putting his hands up to protect his face inside the box, but thankfully he waved strong appeals away. Lafuente came close to opening the account for Cartagena, forcing a good low down save from keeper Falcon. Raimondi should have done better on 43 mins, but the Uruguayan bean pole leant back before whacking a good opportunity over the bar, as Los Albinegros departed the fray at half time less than happy. Hercules should have made it 3-0 inside 2 mins of the restart, but this time a ricochet did not come to the rescue of a wayward shot. On the hour mark, Collantes produced a pearler of a long range free kick, but alas it failed to test the keeper. Deputizing for suspended Paz, Goni became the next joker in the pack, when he stupidly upended an opponent on the edge of the box. The resultant penalty was suitably dispatched by Michel, leaving the home side dead and buried on 71 mins. Manager Carlos Rios has now got 6 days in which to lift his side for the next div 2a fixture. On Sat 11 Feb, ko 6pm, Cartagena travel to Barcelona, hoping that their young ‘B’ side will not be as awesome as they were when they triumphed last time around. For regular updates of FC Cartagena, visit or www.futbolclubcartagena. com.

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Week 14. This week Costa entertained a high flying Rafal team at their home ground C.D.M. Playa Flamenca. After last weeks great performance away to Benferri the home side were full of confidence. Costa though didn’t get off to a good start when from a corner conceded a sloppy goal from bad defending on 2 mins which was disappointing after weeks of corner taking recently seemed to have paid off in past games. Both teams shared periods of possession with Costa time & time again catching Rafal off side with some good defending , but up front just couldn’t find a cutting edge on attack to trouble the Rafal keeper. Costa keeper Scott Brunton on several occasions was alert and rushed off his line to cover his defense when called upon. At the half time interval Rafal went in 1 - 0 to their advantage. Second half was much the same as the first with very little between the sides and Costa saw several chances to level denied. Then on 52 mins the second killer blow once again came from a corner when Rafal scored their second after Costa failed to clear their zones. To Costa ‘s credit their

CD MONTESINOS 1 – 1 Benejuzar................................ Ten Man Monte Hold out for a Draw. CDM Team: Cubano, Javi, Becker, Sanchez, Ruben, Andres (1), Rubio, M & A, Andres (2), Edu, Macan. Subs: Chulo and Yonhy Despite the driving rain and Arctic temperatures, a decent crowd of over 170 turned out at the Campo Municipal in Los Montesinos to see the league leaders, CD Montesinos, take on Benejuzar. Monte came into the game missing Dimitry and Vazquinho who failed a fitness test before the match, and with an already threadbare squad, manager, Juanpe, could only name two outfield players plus the reserve keeper on the subs bench. Worse was to come as almost straight from the kick off Ruben picked up an injury and had to come off, as did

Macan. Andres (2) was also forced to play the whole of the second half carrying an injury which made him a virtual passenger. Monte did well to take anything from the game, although the dropped points does knock them off the top of the table for the first time this year. Macan, after 24 minutes, opened the scoring after some good work from top scorer, Edu, but Benejuzar equalised in the second half when Andres (1) was unfortunate to head past his own keeper. The match official, who had been having a decent game up to that point, started dishing out the yellow cards, and a straight red to the Montesinos player Becker. This was odd because it was Becker who was kicked by an opponent right in front

of the referee!! In the end, Montesinos manager, Juanpe, was also “shown to the stand” by the match official after remonstrating yet another dubious decision. This was certainly not the best game Monte has played this season and at times it appeared as if simple determination not to get beaten saw them take a share of the points. Next Sunday, 12th February, CD Montesinos travel to Sporting Orihuela for a 12 noon kick off. For additional information about CD Montesinos and their Internacional Supporters’ Club, The Full Monte, visit their website w w email thefullmonte2011@ or telephone 637 86 96 02 In association with CajaMurcia

player’s continued to press and were extremely unlucky to be denied a goal when Alex Cope struck a sweet free kick from the right which hit the bar and when the attacking pack of Costa players managed to kick the ball over the line they were deemed to have been off side. Even in the final minutes kept pressing and with some great skill once again Cope got past 3 players to set up Sam Broadway who failed to hit the target. Final score 2 - 0 to Rafal but in general a clearly improving Costa side who seem to be improving over the last few games with some great heart & effort being shown throughout the team. Training every Tuesday/ Thursday @ C.D.M. Playa Flamenca 18:30 - 20:00. Wednesday 17:30 - 18:15 Fitness Training. For more information contact Club Secretary George Marshall: 679 77 44 88 or visit w w w. o r i h u e l a c o s t a f c . com


sport el raso.............................................. 27 members and five guests travelled to Alicante Golf on Friday 3rd February for our monthly meeting. The day dawned bright but was bitterly cold for the first hour causing members to dig out warmer clothing from their golf bags. The course was in excellent condition and the very reasonable green fee included a coffee and tostada – what a nice touch. For a course that is almost set in a City, Alicante somehow manages to bring a feeling of “openness” and the course has a number of very scenic holes particularly those with water obstacles. A traditional stableford competition was played and the Ladies that were playing appreciated the unique design offering 6 par three holes. The nearest the pins on the 6 par threes were: Hole 3 – Terry Sayers, Hole 6 – Jan Shorley, Hole 8 – Jan

shorley, Hole 12, – David Gray, Hole 15 – Beverley Fairhurst and Hole 17 – Alan Venables. The Best Guest result today was Bruce Gordon with 33 points. The best front score was Jan Shorley with 17 point and best back was Marilyn Eckersall also with 17 points. See I told you the girls would do well on this course! 3rd today with 32 points (on countback) was Joe Ogden and 2nd was Alan Venables with 35 points. The overall winner with 35 points (on countback) was our American member Peggy Hamilton. I’ll say it again the girls will do well on this course. After the match we retired to Clapton’s Bar for presentations and repast kindly provided by Chris. Our next meeting is at Alto Real on Friday 2nd February – Guests will be very welcome.



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