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UK-based scheduled leisure carrier Monarch Airlines is expanding its operations in the Midlands region of England with the launch of a new base at East Midlands Airport and also the growth of services from Birmingham Airport. The move follows the announcement that International Airlines Group (which owns British Airways and Iberia) is shutting down East Midlands Airport-based Bmibaby, a low-cost subsidiary of BMI which IAG acquired from Lufthansa Group along with BMI and BMI Regional. Bmibaby has consistently made heavy losses for several years and IAG deemed it unlikely that it would be able to sell the company. Monarch Airlines, already a leading leisure carrier at Birmingham Airport, will introduce a new base at East Midlands Airport from late summer 2012 and launch new services to key leisure destinations across the Mediterranean, including Malaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca and Faro in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. In addition, Monarch Airlines will expand its operations from Birmingham Airport by introducing additional frequencies on existing routes to Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Rome and Palma, plus the addition of new flights to Barcelona. Birmingham Airport has been a base for Monarch since 2005 and the airline flies more than 875,000 passengers every year from there to more than 20 destinations across Europe. “In light of recent industry changes, opportunities have opened up in the market,” remarked Kevin George, managing director of Monarch Airlines. “It has become clear that the Midlands will be under-served as a region in the future, and that there is a lack of quality carriers to serve customers travelling from the area.” sOURCE:

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local news.. Águilas Officers of the Guardia Civil de la Unidad Orgánica de Policía Judicial de la Comandancia de Almería have arrested FJCG, 33, a resident of Águilas on suspicion of a crime of falsification of a public document. A patrol of the Servicio Marítimo Provincial de la Guardia Civil de Almería, requested FJCG produce his license to navigate a sailing boat as he was sailing out of San Juan de los Terreros. However, he was unable to do so, claiming that he didn’t have it on his person, so he was requested to present his license to the Capitanía Marítima de Almería. He did present a pleasure craft license issued by the Dirección General de Transportes y Logística de la Consellería de Infraestructuras de la Generalitat Valenciana, but there were doubts about its authenticity. Upon conducting checks, it transpired that the license was not pertinent to the person or craft, so he was arrested and charged.

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There will be operations to control Legionella through the cleaning of lakes and fountains in the city. Lakes will be cleaned twice a year and fountains once a month. The Ayuntamiento has invested 97,940 euros in this project. The lakes and fountains are: Fuente plaza Circular, Fuentes jardín Cuartel de Artillería, Fuente avenida Miguel Induráin, entrada Puente Tocinos, Fuente El Charco, Santo Ángel Lago Ronda Sur, Lago jardín de La Seda, Lago jardín del Salitre Nitrate, Lago jardín del Fofó There will be daily cleaning of leaves, plastic, bottles or anything that floats on the lake or fountain. Fountains and ponds will be cleaned at least once a month. Lakes will be cleaned twice a year by emptying, collecting the fish, cleaning the surfaces and repairing fountain heads. In the warmer months from May to October, the water will be analysed weekly to control legionella. This will be in line with recommendations from the Consejería de Sanidad. All installations will be tested regularly, which will keep all fountains and lakes in good operational order, assist in water conservation and the preservation of those services such as

wells, pump rooms, control stations, etc. All pipes will be painted once a year with layers of antioxidant protection, as well as being cleaned and the height of the water jets adjusted.

Lorca A new block of aid to victims of the earthquake in Lorca will benefit 28 Families. The Concejal de Servicios Sociales del Ayuntamiento de Lorca, María del Carmen Ruiz , has reported that the aid approved by the Governing Board at its last meeting involving the sum of 35,170 euros. She said that ‘this financial assistance, along with the other help lines established by the Solidarity Committee can be requested in the citizen service, which is established in the Cultural Centre of the City. This current aid will address, among other issues, needs not covered by any other system.

Murcia The UPyD calls on the Ministry of Culture to clarify the circumstances surrounding the purchase of 500 books by Consejero de Cultura, Pedro Alberto Cruz. The Coordinador Regional of the UPyD, Rafael Sánchez, has asked the Consejeria de Cultura to clarify the circumstances surrounding the purchase of 500 copies of the book ‘Diario de la decepción’, whose author is - the Consejero de Cultura, Pedro Alberto Cruz! Sanchez was referring to the information published recently, in which the purchase is mentioned at a cost of 3,000€, at a price of 5.78€ per copy plus IVA. He said ‘Until 2010 it was usual to purchase 100 copies of books by Murcian authors, which are of interest to public libraries, but not 500 books by the same author.

Orihuela The Ayuntamiento has taken a bold and positive step towards addressing the unemployment problem by acting as an employment placement agency for Leroy Merlin at the new Shopping Centre at La Zenia Boulevard. The Shopping Centre itself will account for maybe as many as 1,500 jobs. The Consejaria, Juan Ignacio Lopez-Bas, who is supported by the Consejal for Beaches and Tourism, Pedro Mancebo and Consejales from Education, Training and Employment, has signed the agreement with Leroy Merlin for staff at the

new store, due to open in the autumn. It is hoped that the store will directly provide around 130 jobs, with a further 40 arising indirectly. The Ayuntamiento will provide a computer system which will profile job seekers and direct them towards suitable opportunities or vacancies. Leroy Merlin is looking to hire staff who are registered as local to the Municipality according to the Padron. Anyone interested in taking up this new opportunity should submit their CV to the Ayuntamiento in Playa Flamenca.

Alicante The bad state of the Chamber of Commerce in Alicante has finally led to a potentially serious event when a huge stone ledge from one of the cornices fell to the ground. Local Bomberos and Policía roped off the area, and the Alcalde, Sonia Casted accompanied by Consejal Andres Llorens, pronounced the building to be in a ‘serious’ condition, and in need of urgent repair measures. Fortunately the accident occurred on a Sunday early evening, when there were very few pedestrians around.

Torrevieja The Alcalde, Eduardo Dolon, has announced the creation of several new short stay car parking spaces in the City. There will be 100 new spaces, each with a waiting time of 1 hour, on Calles Bazan and Orihuela, Rambla Juan Mateo, Ramon Gallud and the Paseo de La Libertad. The new parking initiative is a result of talks between the Ayuntamiento and the Torrevieja Association of Small and Medium Businesses (APYMECO). The spaces will allow shoppers to park in the commercial zone of the city on a rotational basis, and will be free of charge, but with a time limit of one hour. The spaces will be signed by a circle in blue with a red border, (the normal No Parking sign) but with the following wording: EXCEPTO De 9.00 a 21.00 h Max 1 h Further rectangular white signs will read: ESTACIONAMIENTO AUTORIZADO Max 1h De 10.00 a 13.00 h de 17.00 a 21.00h - Underneath will be the official City headings. *These times denote the times at which parking is permitted.*

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Madeleine: Police Review Phone Calls

Potential new clues in the Madeleine McCann case have been passed to British detectives on the fifth anniversary of her disappearance.

Logs of around 100 pieces of information sent to Crimestoppers have emerged that were never sent to investigators in Portugal or the UK. The logs contain details supplied by psychics and others who claimed to have dreamed what happened to Madeleine. The information was sent to a special Crimestopers hotline set up a week after Madeleine vanished in May 2007. For several months all of it was passed to Leicestershire police, the McCanns’ home force, who were investigating UK angles. But sources say the force was so inundated with

information it asked Crimestoppers to stop sending details supplied by psychics and dreamers. Now it has been discovered the logs were never sent to any of the investigation teams. A source said the material may prove of no value at all, but it was important it was at least looked at. “Psychic stuff is often very precise and is therefore easily eliminated, if nothing else,” the source said. “But sometimes it can corroborate more tangible information already in the system.”

Scotland Yard said: “We are in close dialogue with Crimestoppers to ensure that all material in their possession - from any source - is shared with us.”

On Wednesday, Madeleine’s parents told Sky News they were more hopeful than they had ever been that their daughter will be found alive. Kate and Gerry McCann also said they were confident the abandoned police investigation would be reopened by the Portuguese authorities soon. Police have released an age-progressed image of how Madeleine could look today, aged nine. A statement issued with the photo said: “As a result of evidence uncovered during the review they now believe there is a possibility Madeleine is still alive and are appealing for anyone who is able to provide direct information as to her whereabouts to contact the team.” The three-year-old disappeared just days before her birthday from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. She has never been found.

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Cheap flight firms could be investigated for ‘unacceptable’ treatment of disabled passengers Low-cost airlines have come under fire for failing in their duty of care to disabled passengers. Numerous complaints have been received by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Disabled Persons (CERMI) from travellers who have difficulties with movement, sight or hearing, pushing them to call for an investigation by the European Commission into whether budget flight companies comply with the relevant directives. The offending airlines have not been named, but CERMI stresses that according to EU rules, they are all obliged to assist disabled persons in embarking, disembarking and all other activities without discrimination of any description. According to CERMI, there have been ‘proven incidences of discrimination’ and ‘unsatisfactory treatment’ of passengers with mobility problems, and the French authorities have recently fined a cheap flight company over one such case.

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A six-year-old child died last Wednesday when the concrete pillar supporting an advertising hoarding fell on his head whilst he was playing in the garden with his four-yearold sister. The child died instantly from the huge impact of the concrete pillar that hit him in the garden of his home in Sant Antoni de Portmany in Ibiza. Emergency services were quickly on the scene, but paramedics were unable to do anything to save the child’s life. The child’s parents, 16-year-old sister and the four year old sister, who was playing with him out in the garden at the time, are all being looked after by psychologists with the emergency services.

LARGEST ‘Labour Day’ demonstrations FOR years

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and Dignity” some 100,000 people, according to the trade unions (15,000 according to the Mossos d’Esquadra) converged upon the Paseo de Gràcia and Ronda Sant Pere in Barcelona, filling the avenue leading up to the Cathedral, in a demonstration called by the CCOO and UGT unions and which passed off without incident. Far more people took

Huge queues built up at toll booths in the Valencian Community and Catalunya on 1st May after hundreds of drivers refused to pay tolls on the AP7 motorway, in response to the ‘No Vull Pagar’ (I don’t want to pay) protest movement.

Workers at the toll booths said that they werefaced with drivers refusing to pay, many of them in cars decorated with flags and banners complaining about the cost of the tolls, and shouting that “the motorways were paid for by the users years ago”.

their action. In the end, there was a lot less disruption than had been anticipated, with queues only building up around the peak protest time of between 12 and 1pm. The protest was mainly concentrated around Catalunya’s various exit points (Vilassar (c-32), Martorell (AP-7), Mollet (C-33), Manresa (C-16), Girona sur, Figueres sur, Túnels del Garraf, Amposta-Deltebre, Ulldecona-Vinarós, Terrassa-Les Fonts y Reus), with additional protests being seen at Algemesí, Sagunto and Castellón in the Valencian Community. According to the protest movement ‘Prou Peatges’, 1,500 people have refused to pay at the toll booths over the past three weeks.

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part this year than last year, when the unions claimed a 40,000-strong following (8,000 according to the police). Thousands of citizens took part in other ‘Labour Day’ demonstrations in Madrid, Lleida, Girona, Tarragona and Tortosa. The demonstrations come as Spain falls back into recession, with unemployment at an all-time



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Concerns are growing over the upcoming Euro 2012 football competition, to be held jointly in Poland and the Ukraine, after the latter has become increasing ostracised by leading European politicians over its treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission and EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, have both said they intend to boycott the Euro 2012 tournament in Ukraine. Several European leaders have also cancelled visits to Ukraine amid growing concern over the alleged mistreatment of Tymoshenko, and it has been suggested that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the next to do so. The presidents of Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have all pulled out of the summit of Central and East European leaders to be held in the Ukrainian city of Yalta on May 11th & 12th. The imprisonment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has been seen by many Western politicians as politically motivated and is just another thorn in the side of tournament organisers UEFA, who are already struggling with transport, accommodation and security issues in Ukraine, brought to a head by last Friday’s bombings in Dnipropetrovsk. Ms Tymoshenko, who claims the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych is “exacting political revenge” on her, is said to be on hunger strike and is allegedly “very ill”.


Spain, EU demand compensation for Bolivia ‘asset snatch’

Spain and Europe demanded compensation Wednesday after Bolivia snatched Spanish firm Red Electrica’s local network, raising broad concerns over foreign investment in Latin America.

The announcement by Bolivian President Evo Morales was the second blow to corporate Spain in just 15 days, coming after Argentina’s much larger expropriation of oil giant Repsol’s YPF subsidiary. Though the nationalisation of the offshoot was relatively small, it sparked fears that other populist Latin American governments, especially those facing elections, could follow suit. Pressure grew on Madrid to take a tough stance to deter other Latin American countries from raiding Spanish companies. “The Spanish government does not like this kind of decision, fundamentally because we believe it is key to maintain legal security in investments in countries like Bolivia,” Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said. Red Electrica’s Bolivian network, Transportadora de Electricidad (TDE), had helped the country’s economy and people, the economy minister said on the sidelines of a meeting in Brussels. “What the Bolivian government guaranteed is that it will compensate the firm for the costs invested in the electrical grid,” De Guindos told reporters in Madrid’s first official reaction “Obviously it is an element that the Spanish government will keep an eye on and deal with as regards assistance for a fair price for these investments,” he said. A European Commission spokesman added the bloc’s support, urging rapid and “adequate” compensation from Bolivia. Red Electrica Corp. said the nationalisation had “no relevant effect” on the group’s results, estimating that TDE operations in Bolivia accounted for about 1.5 percent of total revenues. TDE, which three-quarters lines, said the amounted to euros).

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But shares in Red Electrica tumbled 3.59 percent to 31.71 euros in early afternoon trade on the Madrid stock exchange. Concerns grew in Spain, where exports and income from foreign investment are

crucial to an economy that has plunged into recession and is struggling to cut spending to tame sharply rising debt levels. “Next could come Ecuador, then Venezuela,” lamented Arturo Fernandez, vice chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations. “We have invested a lot of money, work, effort, and we have fixed a lot of economic problems in these countries for them to now turn around and treat us in this way,” he said. “They are pulling our leg, attacking the weakest,” Fernandez said. “It seems like Spain is the baddie in the film and now it’s our turn to dance with the ugliest,” he added. “The government should take forceful measures.”

Francisco Pineda Zamorano, international relations lecturer at Santiago de Compostela University and author of a book on Morales, said the government should take action. “You have to take some care in relation to elections in the next few months in Latin America, which could lead governments into this kind of action,” he warned. The Spanish press blamed Madrid for failing to react more forcefuly to Argentine President Cristina Kirchner’s expropriation of YPF. “Morales interpreted the expropriation of YPF as a sign of weakness by the Spanish government. Although it caused a few international protests, no measure was taken that really punishes the expropriator,” said leading daily El Pais, noting that the Spanish state is directly concerned in Red Electrica’s case because it holds 20 percent of the firm.

Mothers in Spain spend five hours a day on their children Spanish mums spend more time with their kids in a typical day than the European average, according to a survey of women across the continent. Despite having the least amount of free time in the whole of the EU – as shown by the same statistics – a total of fourand-three-quarter hours a day is taken up with caring for, feeding and playing with their children, compared to four hours for the average mum elsewhere in Europe. Two-thirds say that when they have time to spare, they prefer to spend it with their children than on themselves or with friends and partners. According to the survey results, seven in 10 Spanish mums say their male partners helped out with childcare and housework, although still did less around the home than they did. Only five per cent said their husbands and boyfriends did nothing. The mothers interviewed said they generally felt independent, even where

they dedicated themselves full-time to childcare and their partners worked and supported the family financially. A leading psychologist, Dr Vallejo Nágera, says Spanish women tended to wait an average of seven years longer nowadays before having children, since they preferred to study and start a career first in order to be able to retain their independence. But once they decide to have a baby, the child becomes their sole focus, says Dr Vallejo Nágera.

Despite the recession and the obvious financial problems which bringing up a child creates, most women who decide to have a baby decide to just ‘go for it’ even in the face of difficulties, with 48 per cent believing that ‘being a good mother’ was more important than being comfortable financially, the psychologist adds.

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The conservative El Mundo agreed. “The new expropriation adds presure to the government and leads one to think that the response to Kirchner over YPF was not sufficient,” the paper said in an editorial. “If Argentina had noted immediate punishment -- also in the international arena -- for its confiscation, Morales would certainly have thought again about yesterday’s decision,” it said. Repsol has estimated the value of its 57.4-percent stake in YPF at $10.5 billion (8.0 billion euros).


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Ryanair forced to compensate passenger not allowed to board

Ryanair has been forced to pay 479.49 euros in damages to a passenger they refused to allow to board a flight from Barcelona to Valladolid, after he had his wallet containing his DNI card stolen. Despite presenting Ryanair staff with a copy of the police theft report, a photocopy of his DNI card and his driving licence as proof of identity, Antonio R., from Granollers (Barcelona), was not allowed to fly and subsequently had to make the journey by car with all the associated additional costs involved and time wasted. The incident occurred on April 6th 2011. The claimant had his wallet stolen approximately two and a half hours before the flight was due to leave. He reported the theft to the police, but despite presenting Ryanair desk staff with all the relevant documentation from the police along with other forms of identification, they refused to grant

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Believing that his rights had been violated and after receiving no answer to his official letter of complaint to the Ryanair, Antonio R. decided to take his grievance with the airline to the State Air Security Agency (AESA) who ruled in favour of the claimant, ordering the airline to pay him 250 euros in compensation plus the cost of the ticket for “unlawfully refusing to allow a passenger to board”. Nevertheless, with no response still from Ryanair after that ruling, Antonio R. decided to take the company to court in Granollers (Barcelona), at which point the claim was increased to 479.49 euros to take into account the time wasted by having to make the journey by car. Faced with court action, Ryanair have now settled out of court and awarded Antonio R. the total he had claimed.

Interior Ministry saves 3 million a month by cutting number of bodyguards

The Interior Minister calculates that the bodyguard redction plan now in operation, and affecting some 240 people being protected by private security firms in the Basque Country and Navarra, adds up to a saving of around three million euros every month. The plan was introduced on March 23rd and translates into the removal of 404 bodybuards (more than half of those under contract to the Interior Ministry) and 135 protective vehicles. The minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, is also preparing a second plan to

reduce the amount of security work carried out by around 3,000 police and guardia civil officers across the country, with the intencion of introducing it immediately. The idea is to reduce by half the number of officers involved in security duties, for the purpose of which a new list has been drawn up, evaluating the individual risk of each public figure. The Interior Ministry’s intention is to adapt to the new situation in Spain in the aftermath of the ceasefire declared by ETA on October 20th last year, as well as

introduce the cuts necessary to stay in line with the government’s austerity budget. The Ministry is also studying replacement jobs for all the bodyguards being made redundant in the move, and has suggested they take over security positions currently carried out by around 2,000 guardia civil officers around the outside of Spanish prisons. In addition to reducing the number of personal bodyguards, the government is also planning to revise and redefine security operations at public buildings.

Tolls to be introduced on main Madrid roads

The president of the Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, has announced her intention to introduce tolls on some of the roads in her region, citing the M-501 and the M45 specifically. “We are going to have to put tolls on some of the roads in Madrid. They will be small, but we cannot pay for their maintenance alone”, replied Aguirre when asked about recent cuts. “We have a lot of dual carriageways... they cost us 30 millions euros a year. We don’t have any choice,” she continued.

gave was masters degrees: “Why should we pay for master degree qualifications for people with plenty of money,” she asked, “if the Constitution only says that basic education should be free for all... and masters are not considered basic”. Aguirre also asked the question: “Why are we paying for medicine for the wealthy?”.

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Francois Hollande to set France on new course after win French President-elect Francois Hollande is to start work on forming a new government, after telling supporters his victory gave hope of an end to austerity. Mr Hollande has vowed to rework a deal on government debt in eurozone member-countries to focus on promoting growth. The Socialist leader won just under 52% of votes in Sunday’s run-off election. Centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is the first French president since 1981 not to win a second term. He will hand power to Mr Hollande on 15 May, following talks between the two camps, the presidency has said. Mr Hollande must act quickly to reassure other eurozone countries he is up to the considerable challenge he faces.

Heathrow chaos: new figures show Border Force

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Figures compiled by BAA, which operates the airport and seen by The Daily Telegraph, will prove hugely embarrassing for Damian Green, immigration minister. They show that on April 30, when he told MPs the longest waiting time at Heathrow as only 90 minutes, the immigration queue at Terminal 4 reached three hours. The figures appear to justify the attack on the Border Force’s performance by Willie Walsh, the head of the International Airlines Group, who clashed with Mr Green on the radio on Wednesday morning. They emerged as airlines prepared to meet Theresa May, the Home Secretary, over the crisis which has engulfed the Border Force and triggered fresh demands for action from influential business leaders. “These figures more closely reflect our members experience – we now have to stop playing the blame game and find a solution that gives the Border Force the resources it needs to maintain national security and meet their service level agreements with airports,” said Baronnes Valentine, CEO of London First.

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Two Welsh tourists who stole a penguin named Dirk from a theme park following a night out have each been fined 1,000 Australian dollars (£637).

took place on 14 April.

Rhys Owen Jones, 21, and Keri Mules, 20, admitted the theft when they appeared before Brisbane magistrates.

The two Welshmen admitted snatching a seven-year-old fairy penguin called Dirk from an aquarium, before waking up with the flightless bird in their apartment the following day.

The friends, from south Wales, broke into Sea World on Queensland’s Gold Coast, swam with dolphins and let off a fire extinguisher in a shark enclosure. The pair were told the prank could have seen them end up “in a morgue”. Jones, 21, and Mules, 20, pleaded guilty to trespassing and stealing and keeping a protected animal, Australia’s Department of Justice said. Jones, reported to be a former Royal Marine and Mules, reported to be a bricklayer, were in Australia on a working holiday visa when the incident

They got into the animal park, allegedly with an 18-year-old Australian man, after attending a beach party.

Magistrate Brian Kucks was told the tourists’ actions were immature and stupid, but there was no malice involved.

He also heard how they had written a letter of apology to Sea World and the Australian public, and how they deeply regretted their actions.

The friends’ legal representative told Southport Magistrates’ court they meant the animal no harm.

Mr Kucks accepted an appeal not to record convictions against the pair and fined them 1,000 Australian dollars each.

They tried to care for it by feeding it and putting it in the shower when they woke up with hangovers.

He said: “You could have found yourselves in a morgue if you’d gone into the wrong enclosure.

They later released Dirk into a canal, but were spotted by locals who called police.

“Perhaps next time you are at a party you will consider drinking a little less vodka.”

Dirk was later rescued and returned to Sea World unharmed, before being reunited with partner Peaches.

The 18-year-old Australian, who is facing a single charge of trespassing, had his case adjourned to 27 June.

Europe selects Jupiter mission

The European Space Agency (Esa) is to mount a billioneuro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons.

The probe, called Juice, has just been approved at a meeting of member state delegations in Paris. It would be built in time for a launch in 2022, although it would be a further eight years before it reached the Jovian system.



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“There are four conditions required for life to form. You need water; you need an energy source - so the ice can become liquid; you need the right chemistry - nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen; and the fourth thing you need is stability - a length of time that allows life to form. “The great thing about the icy moons in the Jupiter system is that we think those four conditions might exist there; and Juice will tell us if that is the case,” she told BBC News. The mission will cost Esa on the order of 830m euros (£695m; $1.1bn) over its entire life cycle. This includes the cost of manufacturing the spacecraft bus, or chassis, launching the satellite and operating it until 2033.


Juice stands for JUpiter ICy moon Explorer. The concept proposes an instrumentpacked, nearly five-tonne price 8 l satellite to be sent out to a the Solar System’s biggest planet, to make a careful investigation of three of its biggest moons.

“People probably don’t realise that habitable zones don’t necessarily need to be close to a star - in our case, close to the Sun,” explained Prof Michele Dougherty, a Juice science team member from Imperial College London, UK.



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This sum does not however include Juice’s 11 instruments. Funding for these comes from the member states. When this money is taken into account, the final budget for Juice is expected to be just short of 1.1bn euros. It has not yet been decided which European nations will provide which instruments. An Announcement of Opportunity will be released this summer with a view to identifying the instrument providers by the start of next year. The final and formal go-ahead for Juice should be given in 2014



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The General Meeting of the Torrevieja U3A, held on 30th April, opened with a presentation of a cheque for 520 euros to the Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Torrevieja, José F. Sánchez. The meeting was also attended by the Councillors for the 3rd Age and Foreign Residents, Inmaculada Montesinos and Rosario Martinez, the President of the Cultural Asosciation ‘Ars Aetheria’ Pelayo Mellado and ex-Councillor Pedro Valero. The presentation party were joined on stage by members of the Committee, Bob Hill, Penny Godfrey, Sheila Rolt, Barbara Hill and Jean Cook who had been instrumental in organising the Gala Event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the establishment of Torrevieja U3A in October last year. After the Gala those members

who had attended were offered the option to donate their refund ticket money to the Torrevieja Symphony Orchestra and it was with great pleasure that Bob Hill was able to hand over a cheque to Snr. Sanchez. The meeting then continued with a presentation on the Spanish Civil War by members of the Play Reading and Spanish History groups, which told the stories of a cross-section of people who were affected or involved in the conflict. The next monthly meeting of the Torrevieja U3A will be held at the CMO on Monday 28th May at 10.00 a.m. If you would like to come along and see what we do please contact the Secretary via email or visit our website

The ADAPT Association meeting was very special this month with a visit from San Pedro mayoress Visitacion Martinez Martinez and also the presentation of cheques to two charities, Help at Home and El Samaritano.

supportive of ADAPT and the mayoress was very interested in our various activities and projects many of which were in conjunction with the local Spanish community.

ADAPT MEETS THE MAYORESS The town hall of San Pedro is always very

There was a Questions and Answers section which was very informal, relaxed and informative. Also on the agenda this month was the presentation of cheques which were the result of some very hard work on the part of 14 members at the CHARITEA event in San Javier last month. President Jane Cronin, along with Dennis Gill who co-ordinated the CHARITEA event, handed over 411 euros to Dolores Rueda and Begoña Rodriguez-Madridejos of El Samaritano and another 411 euros to Lesley Eburne and Lynda Christopher of HAH, Help at Home. The next meeting of ADAPT is June 2nd at 10.30 am in the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro. See www. for more information.


The premiere of A Night at the Musicals was performed in Los Montesinos last Thursday & Friday evening. The show was well received by packed audiences and a total of 2,696 Euros was raised by ticket sales. Rascals rounded this up to 3,000 Euros so that ADISMON and AGE CONCERN both received a cheque for 1,500 Euros each. If you missed the show you have a second chance on Thursday 14th or Friday 15th June at the Virgen del Carmen Torrevieja. Curtain up at 19.30. To reserve tickets call Sue on 96 678 4874 or Jill on 96 672 7282. If you are in Torrevieja you can obtain tickets from the box office or even book on line at Servicam. Tickets are only 6 Euros so don´t miss out on a good evening´s entertainment.

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Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. It can also be described as the constant, conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential. It is a state that combines health and happiness, as well as an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward, a more successful and rewarding life. (Success here is not defined as acquiring large amounts of financial wealth – rather, it is defined as being in balance in all areas of your life). Let´s just look at the opening sentence again, specifically ‘healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit´. Those few words can be also be taken to read ‘heal thy balance of the mind, body and spirit’.

In other words ‘heal thy mind, body and spirit’. How?

As human beings we spend a lot of our life more as human doings. We are forever ´doing´ -something; whether it be working, playing, socially interacting – with another individual or a group. We are constantly ‘on the go’ - working towards this, working towards that – always in pursuit; forever chasing that which eludes us. And it eludes us simply because we are always ‘chasing after it’. What is this it? People often use the phrase “I´ll be alright when I get there”, or, “I´m getting there” only to find they are getting nowhere. Maybe that´s because they are now here! Right here in the here and now – only they cannot see it! By always ‘doing’ and not spending time just ‘being’ we get out of balance. When we get out of balance we begin to feel unwell, we get aches and pains, we become ill, we struggle on, life becomes a chore instead of a joy. Feeling well and feeling good is our birthright, but we give it up and only a few reclaim it. We give up that feeling of wellness as though we do not deserve it. But we do, you do! So

To achieve a state of wellness one has to work on its determinants. This in my view means developing a better understanding of the concept of health – the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. Get these in balance and other determinants such as family, wealth, healthy practices, the environment, social support and leisure seem to fall into place with much more ease.

Being out of balance will result in ‘pain’ in some way shape or form – maybe it is physical , maybe it is emotional, perhaps it is both, either way a good starting point would be to gain some element of control over this pain without the need or use of drugs. Over use of pain relieving drugs causes havoc on the physical body, especially on the internal organs. Once your pain is eradicated or at least, is under your control, your mind is freer and able to concentrate more, your physical body becomes easier to move and your spirit is lightened. As a Personal Wellness Practitioner it is my job to enable you to work with your pain to control it rather than have it control you. My role is to reempower you to engage your body´s own healing mechanism so you can indeed ‘heal thy mind, body and spirit’. “The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behaviour affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.” Greg Anderson For a free 30 minute consultation to see how you may benefit from my ser vices please call me on 660326194 or email info@ drewr This ar ticle has been compiled and written by Personal Wellness Practitioner Drew Ryder Bsc. Psychol Hons, IIHHT, MICHT, ThAT



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tiredness syndrome. ‘How are you today?’ you might ask a colleague who is slumped practically comatose across their keyboard. ‘I only got an hour’s shut-eye last night,’ they’ll whimper wearily. ‘God only knows how I’m going to get this report done — I can’t even think straight!’ Another will join in, notching it up a gear. ‘Well, I didn’t leave the office until nine last night and then stayed awake half the night worrying about stuff — I’m delirious.’ And one more for good measure, this time cunningly introducing illness to gain extra points: ‘I shouldn’t even be here! This cough means I haven’t slept for four nights.’ Much of this need to relay our tales of tiredness in (exhaustive) detail is reflective of the way we live now, says counsellor Dr Andrew Reeves. ‘Society values hard work and sacrifice,’ he says. ‘What better way to show how determined we are to do our bit than through exhaustion? ‘We’re hard-wired to be competitive anyway — even a race to the bottom can be hard to resist — so plodding on regardless is a way of saying: “Not only have I got an incredibly stressful life already and am working hard, but I’m doing it on hardly any sleep, too!”’ According to Dr Frank Lipman, author of Revive! End Exhaustion And Feel Great Again (Hay House, £10.99), we’re in the middle




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THE SCENT OF A WOMAN 1950s Youth Dew by Estee Lauder, from £24 Estee Lauder’s first fragrance, created in 1953, has sold more than 250 million bottles. She wanted to create a scent that women could wear every day. With notes of jonquil, lavender, chamomile and bergamot, this fragrance remains a firm favourite. 1960s Y by Yves Saint Laurent, £73 The first fragrance by YSL was created in 1964, and has been relaunched by the brand in a collection of five classic scents. This was the decade the men’s fragrance market was born and, as a result, most women’s scents became more feminine and sweet. But this is a musky, more woody scent, with notes of bergamot, coriander, iris and patchouli.

1970s Charlie by Revlon, from £4.23 Named after Revlon creator Charles Revson, this sweet scent, launched in 1973, soon became the world’s best-selling perfume. The ad campaign featured model Naomi Sims, who made history as the first black woman to be featured in a cosmetic campaign

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S p a n i s h, who have never experienced the delights of stock car or even banger racing. With a guaranteed 320 days of sunshine and located about 30-minutes from the site of the new Paramount Studios Theme Park, it’s also a perfect location for UK and Irish drivers looking to practice during the winter months. Open Day just happens to coincide with the Barcelona Formula One race, so it’s easy to remember as May 13. The first race day proper scheduled for June 3, 2012, another easy date, as it’s the Queen’s Jubilee. Organisers Velocity Racing are proud to have the one and only Mr Colin White, three times National Hot Rod World Champion, to officially open the track, with his national hot rod in tow! Adding to the action is the Terry Grant Stunt Show, who will be making an amazing appearance at the opening. All this, plus even a few cars fighting it out for Kudos during a few fun races to entertain the crowd. Oval circuits can vary dramatically in length and

especially when it comes to tyre wear. Velocity Racing Spain, intend to bring a range of formulas, including 1300 Stock Cars, 2.0 Hot Rods, Lightning Rods, Junior Rods, Rookie Rods and National Hot Rods, with Legends cars hopefully coming in the not too distant future. They are seeking sponsors, volunteers, marshals, officials, medical staff and just anyone wishing to help, drive or in need of a car to race (they will build you a car to your specifications and budget), so please contact them on (+34) 674 256 147 or by email at There are more details to be found on their website, or find them on Facebook.

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AFA TORREVIEJA GETS 300 FROM CRAZY LADIES! AFA Alzheimer’s Torrevieja has received a generous 300 Euros from the Crazy Ladies tap dance group. The tappers, who practice at the Asturias Restaurant in Punta Prima twice a week, held a show and managed to raise a generous 300 Euros for the Alzheimer’s Association of Torrevieja. The Crazy Ladies group has 18 members attending from all over the Southern Costa Blanca. They meet twice a week to practice, Wednesdays and Saturdays, to keep fit and do something worthwhile at the same time through the shows they host. Georgie Anderson and Jackie Hamnet invited Judy Ferris and Janine Lamont, from AFA, to explain the issue of dementia to the group and answer questions. Judy Ferris, Treasurer of AFA Torrevieja said “This donation is a wonderful surprise for us. The Crazy Ladies tap group not only work hard to keep fit

but they also work hard to enable charities like us to continue to do what we do. Tap dancing is an excellent way to exercise the body and mind and as we all know how important it is to maintain cognitive activity”. The Crazy Ladies will be organising another show for AFA later in the year... AFA Alzheimer’s Association Torrevieja is available for advice and support. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work in our day centre and now have a “Buy a Brick” campaign to raise money to build a much needed residential care home for sufferers. If you need help or advice, or feel you can contribute, call at the AFA shop in Calle Maestro Francisco Valejos in Torrevieja, the AFA Centre in Avenida de La Estacion or by calling Matilde Sanchez on 647119991 or Judy Ferris on 610082593. Email:


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Dogs have been a loyal companion to mankind for more than 30,000 years. However wolves treat us a little differently - they have not had generations of inter-species co-operation and behaviour modification, and so they remain aloof or uneasy - if not downright aggressive - in our presence. To test their hypothesis that the process of domestication actually altered the genetic code of today’s dogs, scientists at Eotvos University in Budapest raised a group of dog pups and a group of wolf pups by hand to see what happened. The researchers believed that any differences between the

two sets of behaviour could be attributed down to genetics, not learned behaviour, on the basis their experiences in those early formative days would be roughly comparable. Both sets of pups were raised by humans from their fourth day after birth, before the puppies had even fully opened their eyes. For the next few months, the puppies were in close contact with their human foster parents nearly every hour of the day - living in human homes and sleeping with their owners at night. They were also bottle-fed and hand-fed, and carried in a

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Search for a pal for orphaned baby wombat found weighing less than a bag of sugar by Aussie farmer It has been a tough start to life for little Yogi the wombat.

After his mum was run over by a car, the little ball of fur was left to try and make it on his own. But fortunately help was at hand in the form of an Aussie farmer who spotted the tiny tyke in a field in Melbourne, Australia. At just seven and a half months old the little wombat wonder was discovered by an inquisitive alpaca who was staring at the creature. Named Yogi, the cute character is now being looked after by wildlife carer Annie Williams at Darraweit Guim Wildlife Shelter. The aim is to match him with another wombat to help in his development and prepare him for his ultimate release. Ms Williams said the tiny wombat was found in early February. She added: ‘A couple with a property near Wandong noticed one of their alpacas staring intently at something on the ground, and when they investigated they found Yogi. ‘He was only 920g but he was trying to dig a burrow. To put that in perspective, most wombats stay in their mothers’ pouches until they are about 3kg, and they usually live with their mother until they are about 25kg.’


pouch to keep them close to their care-giver. During those early months, they also socialised with other dogs and puppies, and other humans. According to Scientific American, experiments started when both sets of pups were nine weeks old. Food was presented to the pups, but they would need human help to get the food. All the animals had to do was make eye-contact with a human, and the food would be released. Both sets of animals at first tried to reach the food. But two minutes into the test, the dogs began to look towards the humans. This behaviour continued and after four minutes there was a statistical difference between their behaviour and that of the wolves. The experimenters also noted that not only did the wolves not spontaneously lift their eyes from the food to the adult, but if and when it did happen, they did not learn that eye-contact would solve their dilemma. An experiment carried out between four months and eleven months say the puppies presented with two other problems obtaining food by opening a bin and obtaining food by pulling a rope. When they had mastered this trick, they were faced with the problem again, except this time it was impossible for the animal. After a few attempts, the dogs looked to their human caregivers to help them - but the wolves didn’t. Scientific American concluded: ‘Both dogs and wolves were equally adept at learning the two tasks, indicating that there were no group differences in terms of motivation or physical abilities, but large differences emerged when given impossible problems to solve ‘In both impossible tasks, as well as in the earlier eye contact experiment, dogs instinctively shifted their attention away from the food and towards the humans. ‘Despite the fact that they had been fully socialized, the wolves treated each of the situations as physical problems rather than social ones. ‘Only rarely did they ever attempt to engage in a communicative problem-solving interaction with a human. ‘It’s not that wolves are unintelligent; it’s quite the opposite, in fact. Wolves are cooperative hunters, skilled at negotiating within their own social networks. ‘It’s just that even after being raised by humans, wolves simply do not see humans as potential social partners. ‘The dogs, however, quite rapidly took a social approach to solving each problem they were given. In one sense, this is a remarkable example of tool use. Only in this case, the humans were the tools, and the dogs the tool-users.’


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The largest contribution to tourist expenditure in March 2011 was made by British tourists, who spent a total of 631 million euros in the month, which is a 10% increase over 2011. Second on the list were German tourists (spending 598 million euros – a reduction of 0.6%) and third were tourists visiting from the Nordic Countries (spending 507 million euros with a year-on-year increase of 14.3%). By autonomous region, La Moncloa reported that Catalonia recorded the largest increase in tourist expenditure (31.2%) with total revenue of 754 million euros. This was followed by the Madrid with a 22.5% increase and revenue from inbound tourists of 380 million euros. The Canary Islands recorded the highest revenue figure (1.08 billion euros) and growth of 3.6% over March 2011. Average daily expenditure rose sharply by 19.3% to 115 euros. Germany was the top emitting market

in the period January to March, with expenditure of 1.52 billion euros and accounting for 16.9% of the total. Expenditure from German tourists in the first three months of the year grew by 3.7% over the same period of the previous year. British tourists spent a total of 1.47 billion euros to March, which is 5% more than in the same period of the previous year and 16.3% of total expenditure. The Nordic Countries, with 10.6% growth in tourist expenditure to 1.24 billion euros, occupy third place on the list and account for 13.8% of the total. The Canary Islands, the leading autonomous region in terms of expenditure between January and March (3.05 billion euros), recorded growth of 6.2% and accounted for 33.8% of total spending by inbound tourists in Spain. Catalonia accounted for 20.2% of inbound tourist expenditure in the period, recording year-on-year growth of 17.6%, to 1.82 billion euros. The Region of Madrid, accounting for 11.3% of inbound tourist expenditure in Spain, recorded growth of 14.3%, to 1.02 billion euros. The number of tourists who opted for hotel accommodation (62.4%) increased their spending by 6.5% to 5.62 billion euros. Those tourists who travelled on a package holiday spent 3.01 billion euros, 13.9% more than in the first three months of last year.



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European Central Bank applauds Rajoy’s measures Mario Draghi, president of the Central European Bank (ECB), applauded the measures taken by prime minister Rajoy thus far, but said he believed that, like other European Union countries, Spain needed more “ambitious” structural reforms in order to be competitive. “The Spanish government has made great efforts in terms of economic reform in a very short space of time and that effort needs to be recognised”, said Draghi in a press conference after the ECB council meeting in Barcelona. The ECB president insisted that the key to economic recovery lay with getting public finances in order and that it was better to do this by reducing running costs, rather than increasing taxes. He was confident

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Jobless figures improve slightly in April

After eight months on the increase, unemployment figures dropped slightly in April, with 6,632 fewer people on the dole than in the previous month - a fall of of 0.14%. There are now 4,744,235 people officially out of work in Spain according to the Labour Ministry - fewer than last month, but still 11.1% more than at the same time last year. The Easter holidays tend to cause a seasonal drop in unemployment, especially in the services sector, but this year the drop was ten times smaller than last year, when it fell by 64,309. This year’s April drop is the smallest since 2006, but still an improvement on 2008 and 2009, when unemployment actually went up over the Easter period.


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Unemployment amongst the male population went down by 7,015 in April, but increased by 383 amongst the female population. The number of foreigners unemployed in Spain also saw a drop, with 10,185 fewer on the dole than the previous month, although this still equates to 13,887 more unemployed than at the same time last year. There are now a total of 645,064 foreigners out of work in Spain. Unemployment went down in ten autonomous communities, led by Andalucía (7,571 fewer), the Balearic Islands (6,315 fewer) and Catalunya (2,526 fewer) and went up in seven, most notably in the Canary Islands with 5,053 more out of work and the Valencian Community with 2,961.

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Bankia is about to receive an injection of between 7 and 10 billion euros via the Fund For Orderly Bank Restructuring (Fondo de Reestructuración Ordenada Bancaria or FROB) - a banking bailout and reconstruction programme initiated by the Spanish government in June 2009. The bank has also just announced that Rodrigo Rato, former managing director of the IMF, has also stepped down as president of the financial entity, as part of a high-level reshuffle hammered out by the government and the Bank of Spain. Sources within the Ministry of Economy have confirmed that Bankia will be receiving public money in the form of contingency bonds effectively a loan that converts into shares in the bank at the end of an agreed timescale. These changes will be in line with those outlined last week by the International Monetary Fund, which, without actually

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New business contracted for the ninth straight month, while employment fell for fourth month in a row. The eurozone’s services sector PMI dropped to 46.9, down from 49.2 in March, a figure described by Howard Archer from IHS Global Insight as “truly dire”. Markit’s chief economist Chris Williamson said business and consumer confidence “appears to have deteriorated markedly across the region since the upturn at the start of the year”.

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Once again Mazarron failed to convert any of many good chances they created and with the usual defensive lapses came away pointless, although the final score of 4-0 was an injustice with two of the goals coming in the last 5 minutes of the match.

Murcia Dance Celebrates A Fantastic Start to the Summer Programme Young Dancers from the Murcia Dance programme celebrated their hard work last weekend at the Costa Blanca Performing Arts Festival. Held this year at the Kings College, Murcia, the school was very happy to be competing in their own region.

Early in the game Mazarron had three shots in quick succession, two of which were blocked and the third one went over the bar. Not to be outdone they continued to press and following a through ball from Edin, Pescau shot wide and then shortly afterwards he put another opportunity over the bar. However, after 20 minutes with the Mazarron defense nowhere, a break down the left saw the ball crossed into the middle and the centre forward netted easily to give Puente Tocinos the lead. In the 30th minute a corner from Matt Clarke was headed against the bar but shortly afterwards Puente Tocinos doubled their lead when Ruben tried to gather the ball one handed on the edge of the area only to lose possession and the ball eventually ended up in the net. The second half started in much the same way with Mazarron matching their opponents but unfortunately they were unable to score. In the 64th minute Matt Clarke blazed wide in front of an open goal and several more chances also went begging. At this stage Ruben made several good quality saves to keep the scoreline down but with two minutes remaining he was powerless to prevent a well worked goal, again originating from the left wing. To add insult to injury a fourth goal was scored well into injury time to give a false final score of 4 – 0.

Holly 1st place Junior Solo

Jack Dawson, Kian Davies, Shannon Moran, Holly Ryan and Mia Stokes collectively won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Junior Troupe and Holly Ryan won 1st Place Junior Solo.

Principal, Louise Bremner commented “It really is a fantastic achievement for young dancers from the age of 9 -11 years. They have worked very hard over the past month and they fully deserved the winning places. They all looked wonderful and they presented their dances with much enthusiasm. I’m very proud to be collaborating with a great group of young dancers and supportive parents”.

Murcia dance happy day out

Over the next month you can get an opportunity to see performances by Murcia Dance at their Annual Awards Performance and Presentation, held this year at the Camposol Fiesta between 16th - 17th June, and, at the Mazarron Festival de Baile 2012 which will be held in Mazarron between 23rd -25th June. Murcia Dance is member project of the Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia. It is supported by a Parents Association through membership donations, fund raising activities and local grants. For more details about the Murcia Dance programme please contact Louise Bremner 655 421 120. Murcia dance winning competitors

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The dance school that I go to is called ‘Murcia Dance’ and my teacher is called Louise Bremner. Back in March Louise told us that we were going to do a dance competition and I felt really excited. The competition was the ‘Costa Blanca Performing Arts Festival’. On a Monday in March I went to dance and Louise played us the music and showed us the dance. We all felt really excited and loved the music, it was called ‘Boogie Wonderland’ from the film ‘Happy Feet’. When we were learning the dance, it was hard at first as some of the steps were really fast but with more practice it got easier. We started having extra rehearsals on a Saturday because it was getting nearer to the dance competition and we wanted it to be perfect. My friend, Holly, came around to my house to practice aswell and we had really good fun together. As a group we talked about what costumes would be good to wear. Our tshirt had penguins on saying ‘Happy Feet’ and my baseball cap also said ‘Happy Feet’. My trousers and shoes were black and my socks were orange, The whole costume was black, white and orange like a penguin! We looked brilliant. On Sunday 29th April 2012 I had to wake up really early because it was finally the day of the competition and we had to be at Kings College, Roldan for 9.30am, but I didn’t mind because I was so excited. When I arrived there were lots more dance schools and dancers and that made me feel even more nervous. We were dancing at 1.35pm, after lunch, so I spent the morning watching other dancers who were really good. When it was my turn to dance I felt really, really nervous, scared and excited. When we went on the stage all the judges smiled at us, the music started and then we just danced as best as we could, I think we performed really good. We came off the stage and I was so happy! We then had to wait for ages to find out the results and guess what.....we won!!!!! The four of us in my dance got a gold medal but we also won a trophy for the ‘Best Junior Dance Troupe’ so it was brilliant. The other Murcia Dance dancers got medals too so we all had an amazing day. When I went to bed that night I was sad because the day had finished and I wanted to do it all had been my best and most favourite day in a long, long time!!! Mia Stokes


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War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

I cheated, yes I did. I watched the film then I read the story. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way round? Oh well. I loved both of them and admit to having a bit of a cry when it seemed that Joey wasn’t going to pull through. This is the second Morpurgo story that I have reviewed and I am already searching for the next one in keen anticipation. He is a wonderful writer. In a tv interview he talked about his motivation in writing War Horse to show how the second world war had torn his world apart and this comes across poignantly in the film with the massacre of human as well as animal life. Albert works on a farm for his parents in Devon and when his father goes to market looking for a horse to plough the land he comes home with an expensive but remarkable horse, not exactly what he wanted. Albert forms an incredible and moving attachment with Joey, trains him and basically worships the ground he treads on. Interestingly in the story Joey narrates and shows how intelligent animals are by expressing his thoughts and feelings. I loved that. With the onset of war, Ted the father sells Joey to the army surreptitiously and when the son discovers this a tear-stained Albert parts from his best friend, tying his father’s war ribbons around his harness vowing that they will find each other again and they will be reunited for ever. Inevitably Joey becomes one of the hundreds of thousands of war horses that became associated with the war effort, massacred during battle with their riders those brave soldiers who fought for our freedom. Joey has a number of owners and we follow his traumatic journey constantly wondering whether Albert is able to keep his promise. Albert signs up hoping that if he goes to France he can find Joey. So does he? We do know that Joey becomes seriously injured and it looks as if he won’t make it. The book is more

graphic at this point than the film surprisingly and the prognosis doesn’t look good. You will have to read it to find out whether Morpurgo opted for a happy or sad ending. Steven Spielberg directed the film which stars Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddlestone and one of my favourites, Emily Watson. It was filmed in Castle Combe, Wiltshire and the writer took on a role as one of the extrasCaptain Arthur Budgett. The original painting of Joey hangs proudly in Iddesleigh village hall in Devon. Once again, to serve as a reminder of all the horses whose lives were also torn apart because of the destructive forces of countries at war! This is where Joey’s story starts and ends. Farm Boy is the “reluctant” sequel that followed the success for Morpurgo. The stage adaption is currently on at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane near Holborn tube station. ISBN 978-4052 26660

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‘Sherlock’ series three details revealed by Mark Gatiss

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has revealed the first details about a third series. Gatiss - who also plays Mycroft in the BBC drama appeared to confirm that the first episode of the new run will be an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ The Sherlock series two finale - which saw Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) apparently plummet to his death - was a loose adaptation of Conan Doyle’s

‘The Final Problem’, with ‘The Empty House’ being the next story chronologically in the canon. “There’s certain things about ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ which feel set in stone because that’s how Sherlock comes back, but at the same time we feel free to invent and to introduce new stuff to it,” Gatiss said. “I always found it a little unlikely that Dr Watson’s only reaction was to faint for instance - as opposed to possibly a stream of terrible

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Britain’s Got Talent fans will be able to access two new ways to vote on the 2012 live shows, including in-app voting and a new system for cheaper mobile votes. Starting this weekend with the first live shows, viewers of the ITV1 programme will be able to vote for their favourite contestants via the existing Britain’s Got Talent app on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app has already racked up 500,000 downloads and saw peak traffic of 130,000 users per episode, accessing its trademark ‘buzzer’ feature.

Developed by ITV and production company FremantleMedia in partnership with the Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) and app developer Tellybug, the in-app voting system allows audiences to vote from the app when prompted on the live shows. At this point, the voting button will automatically replace the buzzer. Votes will be available in bundles of three, priced at £1.49, making the cost of each vote around 50p, the same as traditional voting phone lines.

The writer and actor added that the “overall feel” of Sherlock’s third series will dictate which Conan Doyle tales will make up the second and third episodes. “Steven [Moffat] and I have our all-time favourites, but it’s really a question of what will fit into the structure,” he explained. The third series of Sherlock is expected to begin filming in early 2013.

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With summer once more on the horizon the good folk of Alqueria turn their thoughts to the tourist season. Not that they have many tourists. A coach full to the brim did arrive last August, unfortunately it was lost. The passengers were football supporters making for Madrid, however their sat-nav had a sense of humour. So keen were the villagers to keep their accidental visitors that they took the wheels off their coach. It was a week before the supporters finally left Oficina de Turismo & the village. When they did the Holiday Village they took the receptionist from the olive mill, Carmen Golpeara with them. Apart from a very rude postcard from Manilla, she h a s n’t perma-pong are the most obvious and troublesome of these. A public relations consultant, one Alvaro been seen or heard of since. Spineto was employed but he contracted a rather The tourist office is at the southern end of the Calle rare form of foot rot from swimming in the Río Verde del Siniestro, with a rear window opening onto the and had to be hospitalised. Judging from his notes village’s goat and donkey pasture. The odour from the only way to attract visitors to Alqueria would which mingles with Alqueria’s natural fragrances to involve mass kidnap and unlawful imprisonment. produce a unique aroma said to cure blocked sinuses It was therefore decided by an unusual display of and to dissolve eye cataracts. An ancient building unity to build a holiday resort in the village. This at of Moorish construction, it dates from the village’s least would satisfy the second of Spineto’s methods. reconstruction at the foot of the Sierra Alhamilla. Although the decision to build the resort was The whitewashed walls and beamed ceiling add a multilateral, where, when and how to build opened charm to the place while the uncluttered desks and neatly arranged brochures gave the impression the proverbial can of worms. Rodriquez wanted the of disuse. One could even imagine Tumbleweed village to buy his land which lies between the Camino blowing gently across the floor. Very few people de Alqueria and his olive mill at an inflated price. came here. A grant from the European Union had Poyato suggested bulldozing Rodriquez’s house and been received, paid pro-rata on the number of outbuildings with no compensation and preferably tourists to the village. Two Euros and fifty five cents with Rodriquez still inside. So the arguments started and continue with progress painfully slow. doesn’t buy a lot these days however.


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Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley has predicted that viewers have not seen the last of Cain Dingle’s nasty side. Cain has behaved more calmly in recent months as he continues to recover from his father Zak’s brutal attack on him. Hordley commented on his character: “He’s gone into his shell a bit because of everything that’s happened to him over the last year, but I’m sure he’ll come out of it and start doing nasty things again. “I hope so anyway, because it’s fun playing a bad lad. But it’s also good playing a softer, gentler side - that’s probably a bit more like me.” Cain comes to Zak’s rescue next week when the unstable pig farmer goes wandering on the moors and ends up in danger. However, Hordley warned that they will not necessarily settle their differences any time soon. He said: “Cain told Zak and Lisa that while he would always keep up appearances in front of the family, his relationship with them was over because of Zak’s attack on him. “Going up on the moors is a massive thing for him to do, but I’m not 100% sure it will change things. You can’t forget something like that.” Emmerdale airs weeknights on ITV1.

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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing What Makes A Good Waltz

I would like to try to explain some of the aspects which make the ballroom Waltz one of the most elegant of the dances. The waltz is probably one of the first dances most people will want to learn and we have had many students wanting to learn it for their first cruise or for their wedding. The Waltz is a dance which glides elegantly across the floor and is supposed to emulate a pendulum swing. The waltz is danced in 3/4 time which means that is is counted 123,123 etc. As a pendulum swing the lowest point of the waltz is in the middle of beat 2 and not beat 1 which is one of the many errors encountered. One of the myths of ballroom dancing is that you have to take big steps and beginners often try to do this resulting in a problem with balance and connection to their partner. In fact dancing it is no different to walking, your weight is pushed from one foot to the other, next time you are walking think how you move your weight from one foot to the other. The only difference is that it is slightly more exaggerated and the more you learn the more this push is used, hence the movement that you see in ‘Strictly’. In ballroom dancing there are many optical illusions, what you think you see does not mean that this is what is actually happening. I have often had to correct students when dancing because of what they think is happening. But a good teacher can correct faults or explain how to correct them very easily. My students are amazed when I can tell if they have done something wrong even if I have had my back to them! Two dance as one in ballroom dancing and so it is no wonder that it takes years to perfect the art (if it can ever be perfected!) Unfortunately there are no quick fixes so therefore it is very important to practice to enable you to move on successfully from one stage to the next. If you think of how many hours the contestants from ‘Strictly’ rehearse for each weeks performance (normally around 60) and you think if you are attending classes (not private lessons) for perhaps 1 or 2 hours per week just how long it would take you to cover the same number of hours, this puts everything into perspective.

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I have found that the more you put in the more enjoyment you get out and you often hear the contestants saying that they have been bitten by the dancing bug. One of the most difficult things to master is moving backwards. The girls tend to master this quicker than the boys as they move back most of the time, but I’ve always found this needs most work as we don’t walk backwards in normal life, If we did our job would be much easier!

I don’t think there is anything more graceful than seeing the waltz performed at its best. Don’t forget that dance professionals have rigorous training, exams to be taken and thick theory books which have to be studied and understood to enable us to teach correctly. I have a great love and passion for my dancing which will never leave me, it is a part of who I am, but unfortunately there are all too many so called schools around who claim to be professional but in fact aren’t. Don’t be fooled, there are unscrupulous people taking money under false pretences, but if you walk into a ballroom and the teacher doesn’t stand out in the group, the chances are that they are not qualified.

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By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ MUKA (class details 635 584 431)

A good waltz will glide across the floor seemingly effortless with the 2 people moving as 1, looking as if they are controlling the music and not the other way around. If it looks like hard work, bumpy, or if the couple are not ‘sticking’ together as they move then let’s just say that there is room for improvement!

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Ingredients: 400g Asparagus Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper 125g Dried Egg Tagliatelle 20g Butter 2 Egg Yolks 30ml Grated Parmesan, Plus Extra To Serve Timing depends on the freshness and thickness of the spears - fresher is faster - and the cooking time of the pasta, which should be indicated on the packet. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Snap off the ends of the asparagus stalks and discard or save them for soup. Cut off the tips, which need less cooking, and put to one side. Cut the stalks into short lengths. Salt the boiling water and add the stalks.

Cook for four minutes when the water returns to the boil. Add the tips and cook for 2 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, until ready. Drain, saving a cupful of the cooking water, and return the pasta and asparagus to the pan. Mix together the butter, egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan, pepper and salt, and stir this into the dish. Mix lightly, adding a little of the reserved cooking water to moisten the pasta - the yolks, cheese and pasta cooking water combine to form an instant sauce. Serve at once on warm plates with more Parmesan to sprinkle over the top

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In a bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, grated Gruyère, egg yolks and tarragon, seasoning the mixture with salt and a pinch of cayenne.

Heat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan oven) gas mark 7. Divide the asparagus spears between the pastry cases, laying them side by side and trimming them to fit (if need be). Spoon the crème fraîche mixture over the asparagus and brush the exposed pastry rims, but not their sides, with the egg-yolk glaze.

Ingredients: 500g Asparagus Salt 120g Crème Fraîche 50g Gruyère Cheese, Finely Grated 2 Large Egg Yolks 5mls Finely Chopped Tarragon Cayenne Pepper Plain Flour, For Rolling Out 500g Butter Puff Pastry, Fresh Or Frozen 1 Egg Yolk Plus 2 Tsp Milk, To Glaze The Pastry

Divide the pastry into four equal pieces and roll it out, on a lightly floured surface, to a thickness of 3mm. Trim each piece into a rectangle

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Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and puffed, and the filling is gilded, too. Serve the tarts hot or warm, on their own as a first course, or accompanied by a salad of tender young leaves or very finely sliced raw fennel.

Asparagus and Mint Couscous

Season the chicken breasts. Drizzle a hot frying pan with the olive oil and cook the chicken for 10-12min on each side or until the juices run clear when pierced with a metal skewer.


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MAGGOTS END............................................................ Sailing Association Mar Menor...................... RODS AND REELS This weeks competition was the 4th round of the Coastrider Team Championship. The venue being the Embalse de Ojos. A.K.A. Blanca. As can be seen from Terry´s report, Abbey Anglers fished here the day before. The results were not good then, with half the field blanking. Well, the fishing for us was even more dire, with 5 blanks and only 2 anglers catching 2 good fish each. Weather was good with little or no wind for most of the day. Again from Terry´s report the picture shows that there are some really good fish to be caught.??? If nothing else, the venue

never fails to let you down. Top rods on the day 1st Andy ( The Webman ) Stevenson fishing the feeder using corn with 4.86 kilo’s 2nd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the feeder using corn with 3.24 kilo’s. 3rd Mick ( The Arsenal ) Hill fishing the feeder using corn with 2.28 kilo´s. TEAM RESULT Abbey Anglers with 7.66 kilo´s Rods and Reels with 10.59 kilo´s Therefore points after 4th round Abbey Anglers 36 points Rods and Reels 36 points. Last round next month so it is going to be a good final. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen We fished the 7th round of the Spring Series at Blanca on the 1st May. The venue is set in a beautiful area with lovely views and is surrounded by hills forming a basin and the lake area also has lots of wild life. The fishing is still very hard even the Bleak are reluctant to feed, and only the odd few pegs producing any fish, leaving quite a few dry nets. The main baits used were corn, paste, and pellet,

the feeder and straight lead producing the best weights on the day. Alan Reid caught a big Carp weighing 6.320kg on feeder and corn, this one fish being big enough to win him the match 1st Alan (The Chairman) Reid with 6.320kg on feeder using corn ( Pictured below with fish ). 2nd Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare with 5.680kg on straight lead using corn 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 2.660kg on the pole using paste All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached ( which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

Third Race Day of the SAMM Spring Series Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) was pleased to hold the Third Race Day of the SAMM Spring Series on Sunday May 6th which had been postponed from the previous weekend. The race took place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor. There were 10 boats taking part with a southerly wind of five knots and gusts of more than 8 knots. The first race started at 12.10pm, it was a square course which started well out into the Mar Menor, sailed in

an anticlockwise direction and consisted of three laps. In the first race six boats finished, one capsized and three did not start due to the high gusts of wind. The first three on corrected times were: see box below.... There were 9 boats taking part and the first three on corrected times were: see box below. The next race will be Sunday (May 13). For more information see www. or email:

Sailfish Mistra from the Balaton Group of SAMM

First race: Place Boat First Sailfish Mistral Second Deltania Dos Third Catamaran Hamoor

Helm Rob Hudson Pete Ewers Brian Blackburn

Crew Bob Miles, Julian Pering C.Wilkinson,J. Humble, L.Ewers G. Warrad, G. Lewis, J. Parker

Second race: Place Boat First Sailfish Mistral Second Miracle Third Shoestring Tres

Helm Rob Hudson John Clarke Tug Wilson

Crew Bob Miles, Julian Pering Doreen Squires Ingo Wilson

British & Irish riders - Global Champions!

The Spanish phase of the Global Champions Tour kicked off on Friday at the Oliva Nova Equestrian Centre, with the world’s 40 highest-ranking showjumpers facing Olympic-sized fences and stiff competition for prize money reaching 94,000 euros. Britain and Ireland dominated the podium in Saturday’s Grand Prix, a gruelling test for horses and riders alike with fences of 1.6 metres (5’3”) and a number of challenging elements where a snap decision could make the difference between pocketing nearly a six-figure prize or going home empty-handed. Relative newcomer Ben Maher for the UK, on his bay gelding Triple X, went clear in the jump-off with an unprecedented time of 41.35 seconds, beating his compatriot and arguably one of his country’s longest-standing and most talented riders, Michael Whittaker, on his

chestnut gelding, Viking. Denis Lynch, for Ireland, netted the best time of the competition, with 40.91 seconds, but four fault in the third and final round, and at the last fence, immediately halved what would have been his winnings. Brazil’s Álvaro de Miranda and France’s Penelope Leprévost took fourth and fifth place respectively following an eightfault total. Ben Maher, who won the Banco Sabadell silver tray and a top-of-the-rang watch from Longines – both sponsors – said his gelding had been jumping particularly well, having benefited from a long rest from the showjumping circuit in February. Michael Whittaker, a showjumping legend of more than 20 years’ standing, produced a hair-raising clear round on a horse he described as ‘not easy’ but with great potential.

The double winners were Rob Hudson, Bob Miles and Julian Pering.

NO MORE DAYS OF HURT........................................... FC CARTAGENA - 2 CD NUMANCIA - 1

BY STEVE HIBBERD It was 77 days since Cartagena last won a div 2a match - Sun 19 Feb, at home to Sabadell, to be precise. So, when Los Albinegros comprehensively disposed of mid table Numancia last Saturday afternoon, a massive feeling of relief amongst the 3,650 fans scattered around Cartagonova Stadium, was pretty much in evidence. The players wearing black and white striped shirts also showed their immense pleasure, for not only was this a huge psychological boost, but these 3 points lifted the club off the bottom, to within 9 points of safety. On Tues night (9.30 ko), they resume the abandoned Celta Vigo match, when the remaining 31 mins will be decided (score stands at 11). Then on Fri night (10.00 ko), they travel to the Canary Islands, where Las Palmas await with baited breath (both matches to be shown live on tv). With only 6 matches remaining, the odds are still heavily stacked against retaining div 2a status,

but a nice little run of wins could make the seasons end interesting. Numancia completely dominated opening exchanges, with the lively Cedric into everything, including the refs black book for a handball offence. But by midway through the half, off target efforts by Paz and Moral, were an indication of how the game would swing in the hosts favour. An exquisite through ball by Collantes on the half hour mark, found Lafuente with space to run at the defence. The diminutive Jimmy Sommerville look alike, then executed an inviting inch perfect pull back from the dead ball line, for Braulio to side foot home at close range. Back came Numancia, when Cedric was oh so close to grabbing an equalizer, but he shot wide. A Rooney-esque over head bicycle kick by Toni Moral, was tipped around the post, then from the corner, a Collantes effort was wrongly disallowed for offside, as

Cartagena seemed hell bent on getting a 2nd goal. From the very next attack Numancia equalized, following a well worked move, which Julio had the simple task of stroking the ball into an empty net. With 3 mins remaining on the clock, a rasping shot by Paz squeezed just inside the far post, to give Cartagena a deserved half time lead. Cartagena started the new half brightly, Collantes just missed the target on 55 mins, then Moral watched his powerful drive on 68 mins saved at the foot of the post. Although Cedric put in a good effort a min later, twas the hosts who should have extended their lead shortly afterwards, when Braulio rounded the keeper, but just ran the ball out of play. Apart from searching efforts by Collantes and Lafuente, the remainder of the half tamely reached its conclusion, leaving Cartagena to finish this disappointing season still with something to play for - just!!

This was golf as you might dream of it, a lovely sunny day, warm with a gentle breeze. Having seen my score, What went wrong?? Oh Well, for the rest of us today was perfect and the scores reflected this, Todays competition was the Joker where each competitor had to choose one hole on the front and one on the back nine to be their Joker hole, this is where the scores on that hole

are doubled. 18 players today, somewhat depleted numbers due to a few members returning to their home country for visits to family etc.. The results were as follows: Nearest the pin: hole 4 Dave Smith Hole 8 Keith Smith 3rd place: Gordon Wayne with 42 pts H/cap 13 2nd place: Graham Blakeway with 44 pts H/cap 18 1st place William Murphy with

46 pts H/cap 20 Congratulations to them all, well played. Next Tuesday 8th May is a Stableford competition get your names on the board by Monday at 2pm or phone Ian Henderson on 966716616 Visitors are very welcome. El Plantio 2 Golf Society play at El Plantio every Tuesday 9am for a 9:30 tee off. Hope to see you there. John O’Brien Secretary

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MABS MAZARRON EVENTS..................................................

Saturday 26th May - MABS SPRING FAIR - Sensol Golf Club Camposol – 1.00 pm

Tuesday 26th June - VOLUNTEERS MEETING- Trevi Bar, Camposol Sector B - 11.30 am

The MABS Spring Fair with a variety of stalls including Cakes, Tombola, Ladies’ Fashions, Shoes, Bags, Jewellery, and many more. Call 620 582 418 for further details.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting.

Sunday 27th May - JIGSAW BEREAVEMENT GROUP LUNCH - Cats Bar, Sector A - 1.00 pm The group will meet for Sunday lunch this month. Tuesday 29th May - VOLUNTEERS MEETING - Trevi Bar, Camposol Sector B -11.30am If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS, come along to our meeting. For further information please ring David on 634 362 954. Thursday 7th June - PETANQUE COMPETITION - Cañadas Social Centre, El Paretón - 4pm To include Fish and Chips or Sausage and Chips. Come along and join in the fun - for further details call 620 582 418

For further information please ring David on 634 362 954. Friday 29th June - JIGSAW BEREAVEMENT GROUP Cats Bar, Sector A – 2.00 pm The MABS Mazarrón Bereavement Group - Jigsaw meets on the last Friday in the month at Cats Bar, Camposol Sector A. Call 620 582 418 for further details. Every 2nd and 3rd Friday – BOOK SALE – Camposol Sector B Commercial Centre. Event tickets are on sale outside Alley Palais every Friday between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm Keep watching the press or visit our website www. for more events For further details, please call 620 582 418

COSTA CÁLIDA Presents A SUMMER FAYRE.................

SATURDAY 12th MAY 2012 11.30am – 3.30pm LAGARTO VERDE {Next to the cinema, on the Via Axial, Puerto de Mazarrón} By kind permission of the proprietors of Boca Pizza & the New Royal. €1 ENTRY - Includes FREE Raffle Ticket Lots of Stalls: Books, Glass, Pottery, Music, Jewellery, Cards, Refreshments, Bric-a-Brac, etc. To book a pitch NOW and get your Summer Sales off to a great start contact: 634 310 215 & 634 336 484

B CLEAN CAMPOSOL PRESENTS SPRINGTIME DISCO...................................

at the GOLF CLUBHOUSE on FRIDAY 25TH MAY - 7.30 TILL LATE Food: Bangers and Mash or Hamburger/Salad/ Potato (starts at 7.30) Music: Felipe Disco and Fun Quiz LAGER only 1.80 BOTTLE OF WINE From 4.50 EUROS! RAFFLES, DANCING, ETC TICKETS: 10 € Tel: Sandy 968 986 030 Rose 968 974 953 All profits go to help B Sector Gardening Group keep ‘B’ Clean & Tidy

PALS EVENTS 2012 Summer Jubilee Ball –3rd June Superb menu, wine and beer included. Dance the night away at the Costa Costa Hotel. With The John Lindo Trio Still only 27.50 Euros per head. Coaches available for an extra 7 euros. This promises to be a very pleasurable evening BBQ on the Beach friday 29th June bring the kids. An evening event from 6 till 9 food and drink Sponsored Bike Ride – 22nd - 30th September

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Dance Night with Trev & Suzie

Every Thursday at Mariano’s Restaurant Camposol Sector ‘A’ - 8pm - €5 pp Can’t dance or a little rusty and want to learn or practice in an informal FUN atmosphere? Learn Basic Steps... Absolute Beginners usually dancing by the end of the first session... Practice what you already know... A partner is helpful but not essential!

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For More Information Call: Trevor Mob: 689 892 745 Suzie Mob: 662 607 371

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General knowledge quiz tues & thurs from 9pm mon from 9pm Sunday Lunches from 12.45pm onwards 2 menus 4.50€ or 6.50€... Booking Advisable 4th June ~ Jubilee celebration in conjunction with Cats Entertainment with Bernie Mac - (More info to follow)

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TJ’s bar are organising a bike ride from Camposol to Madrid

Wednesday 20th June - Summer Ball at Pinoto De Oro, Aledo, with 6 course meal, all drinks, champagne reception, entertainment by Pat Martin plus mystery guest. €29. Coach available at €6.

HELP Murcia Mar Menor.........


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Welcome Events ..............

Wednesday 23rd May - dance at Mariano’s with comedian Alan Wallace. A night of laughter and dancing for just €9. Don’t miss it. Wednesday 13th June - Ladies Day at Mariano’s, with fashion show, raffle, bingo, buffet and drinks. Entertainment by Pat Martin. Ladies, don’t miss this one. Just €12.


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DRUMMER, seeks a band 50’s, 60’s, 70’s Table lamp, Thai etc. Contact Mick Tel: 965 701 525 / 676 122 porcelain, wood base, 051 blue/white €40 Blue Lenny Mitchell, Lagoon area Tel: 608 guitarist singer, international, 700 698 professional, solo act. Memory Foam €14.95 lenny Mitchell & his musical time machine Pillows Linen Mills, Calle Los invite you on a trip back to the 60’s & 70’s. Arcos, Quesada Tel: Available to play in any venue. 620 582 063 Gran tel: 658 321 891 or Alicant Tel: 865 663 email 333 bedside tables x 2, wicker/wrought photography iron, top drawer plus bottom space 42 x 32 x 50 high (can email photo) €20 for the pair! (Playa Flamenca area) Tel 606 850 666 Cushions from €3.95 Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, Quesada Tel: 620 582 063 Gran Alicant Tel: 865 663 333 .Pillows from €4.95 Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, Quesada Tel: 620 582 063 Gran Alicant Tel: 865 663 333 piano tuner Denon Music System, Amplifier, Tuner, Tape deck and CD player together with two box speakers. 30€ euros. Tel 647 101 663.

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

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1 bedroom apartment on This is a unique spanish country cortijo Cortijo Grande with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, Golf Course. kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, New kitchen & white goods courtyard front & back & room for a Lovely views. pool. Mountain views. Parking. possible B& B Close to Mojacar. All legal with Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m² paperwork. Telephone 649 186 107

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It is almost more responsibility than I can cope with – Pat, the Lottery Lady, is on holiday, and has deputised us to purchase the necessary tickets

on behalf of our little syndicate. Pat’s preferred Lottery shop is in town, but for the sake of convenience I go to the local shop, which is marginally bigger than the average wardrobe, and where Lottery tickets are sold cheek by jowl with all sorts of essentials to daily life. Whether by co-incidence or by some cosmic influence I know not, but last week we had two single figure wins, so I was burdened with the task of not only remembering the tickets, but with taking the printouts which were the evidence of wealth with me to the shop. I entered and presented the whole lot to the young mistress of this rural emporium. She placidly took the tickets and began feeding them into the small machine which knows by some technological instinct how

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much cash must change hands, and into whose hands it must go. While she was awaiting the machine’s decision we discussed the weather, always good as a gap-filler. In due course it reached its decision and spat out several bits of paper into the young lady’s hands. She gave them a quick glance and with an expression of



anguish on her face she cast her eyes up to the ceiling, bit her lip and wrung her hands. ‘T, tt, ttt’ she stuttered through clenched teeth. Fearing she was having seizure I felt for my mobile, ready to call 911. ‘Ttt, t’ she repeated, hands writhing in inarticulate agony. The mobile was half out of my bag when she refocused her eyes, released her lip from her front teeth and said ‘To-seventafor.’ I gazed at her in complete non-comprehension. What was a to-seventafor? Her medication, perhaps? If so, where would I find it? Her face took on an expression of sheer panic. She needed help, and fast. She pointed desperately at the heap of tickets. ‘To-seventafor’ she pleaded, her voice becoming soprano with anxiety. Then the penny dropped. She meant two seventy four, the difference I would have to pay between the paltry but welcome winnings and the purchase of next week’s promise of fortune. ‘Ah, doh-setenta-quatr’ I countered, fishing the necessary coinage from the syndicate’s purse. Relief flooded over her like a tsunami. ‘Sí, sankyu’ she breathed, exhausted by her linguistic efforts. I know how she felt. For my part I am getting quite used to not being understood by Spaniards when I speak Spanish!

The English Air has this Effect on Me......................

Like all youngsters I used to fantasize about what I would be when I grew up. There was always the big house, the garage full of cars and loads of money of course, but strangely the one thing that epitomised success to me - and still does - was an invitation to appear on Desert Island Discs. There is something deliciously self indulgent about choosing your eight personal favourite pieces of music and having the luxury of sharing them with the world. Or at least the twenty three pensioners, two cats and the inmates of Broadmoor who still listen to the programme. Also you may remember, the castaway is allowed one book on this island, along with the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible or Qur’an – I think that’s the correct spelling;

you have to be so careful these days – or whatever other holy book that happens to float your boat. And although choosing just eight pieces of music from the hundreds that I love would be next to impossible, the book choice would present no problem. In Search of England by H.V.Morton would be the one. Written in the 1920’s, it is a travelogue detailing the writer’s observations about an England still recovering from the ravages of the First World War, and the dramatic changes that it had brought about. It is a fascinating and charming insight into the landscape, the customs and the people of the day, and is an absolute must for all Anglophiles. I still daydream of the big house and flashy car if and when I grow up, but one thing I have promised myself is that one day I will follow in Morton’s footsteps, re-discover his England and write my own travelogue. I will insert other locations into my journey – ones that are particularly meaningful to me – and draw parallels where applicable with the England of the twenty first

By Colin Bird :

century, to the one of ninety years ago. England has the most fascinating and world shaping history than any other country. England is not Europe, England is not even Britain, England is quite simply . . . England. Incomparable and unique. Whenever you fly home from whatever farflung location, the landscape is instantly recognisable and special – subtly different from the French countryside just over the way. Perhaps it’s the sight of those white cliffs, but I swear I hear Vera Lynn giving it large as I pass over. A while ago, we took two friends to the Cotswolds, our favourite part of the country and the very essence of Englishness. We had previously discovered an old coaching inn in one of the many Gloucestershire villages, and we wanted to show it off. We checked in, dumped our cases in our olde worlde rooms and had an olde worlde lunch in one of the atmospheric bars, after which the girls fancied an olde worlde lie down. So while they rested, my friend Douglas and I decided to relax in our own way and sample one of the house wines - a rather lusty

Chilean Chardonnay, served up in goldfish bowls on stems by our barmaid Virginia . . . who probably wasn’t. Several aquaria down the line we were definitely feeling no pain, and as we were declaring undying love for absent friends; our politicians, the good vintners of South America and the lovely Virginia, we realised with some surprise that the bar was suddenly quite busy. To celebrate this fact we ordered some more wine and decided to dazzle the locals with our repartee and obvious worldly wisdom. We were just getting in to

the swing of it when our better halves appeared done up like Labradors suppers, tut tutting knowingly and pointing to the bar clock – which had taken on a strangely blurred appearance - and announced that we had ten minutes to meet them in the restaurant for dinner. Dinner! Dinner? We had only just had lunch hadn’t we? We vocalised how quickly time seemed to fly when one was enjoying one’s self, and ordered some wine to underline this fact. We forced ourselves to have another for the road, and assisted each other as we walked

in squiggles between the bars to our ladies table, where we were presented with the menus - and of course ordered some wine in order to assist us in our deliberations. This was more for the ladies benefit, who had not had the good fortune to sample the excellent cellar that our hosts maintained and we naturally recommended a very good Chardonnay. Dinner is a hazy memory, although I do recall Dougie and moi going into our Clouseau/ Chief Inspector Dreyfus routine with a French waitress, who I am told, coped with the two giggling drunkards admirably. It must be something in the English air.

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BRABEN’S BLOG.... the perceived risk of travel There was a mermaid in our loft when I was about eight. There was really...well I was absolutely sure but for some reason I was the only one in the house who shared my certainty. Anyway, more of that episode later.

I was only thinking yesterday, aren’t we afraid of some odd things? Now, I have to say that included in this are not the normal very very bloodcurdlingly frightening things like a hairy spider as big as a dinner plate, or one of those creatures with teeth the size of a small Central American country or even, horror of horrors, those times when a repeat of “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here” is on television and the remote control is stuck fast down the side of the armchair with no immediate access to the off button. Yes those things can cause shivers down the spine and cold sweats, but there are other less obviously threatening things lurking just waiting to pounce, most of which are largely a product of our somewhat strange imaginations. My lounge for example is a welcoming, homely, place during the day, but once the sun goes down and the darkness descends-watch out! Suddenly that friendly familiar lounge turns into a menagerie of threatening sounds, heralding the expected appearance of “It” which is a cross between Norman Bates and a Teletubby on speed, wielding something big and heavy and lumbering towards you at a determined pace! But “It” is, as The Temptations so accurately put it, just my imagination, running away with me. So what can we do to stop these imagined terrors? Nothing is the answer! We are stuck with an imagination that goes its own way, I well remember someone saying to me that at night, things have a habit of popping up. Of course, as Eric Morecambe would have said, there is no answer to that, except to say it is true! Which takes me back to the mermaid-you remember the one in my loft? It was all the fault of Mike Nelson and a mermaid he encountered in a television programme called “Sea Hunt”. Of course, being eight and highly open to believing anything I saw on television, I immediately decided that there was one in my loft. There wasn’t and I know for sure because I finally checked it...last week! Ha! Who’s afraid of mermaids now! Oh, hang on, who was that splashing upstairs…

Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email:

There’s been plenty of fodder recently for comedians with all the reported delays at UK airport terminals, not so funny for anyone caught up in the queues. The fear business is alive and well and the huge sums spent by Governments which we pay for via higher taxation and the inconvenience caused is all cleverly justified in the name of keeping us and our borders Noddy is more safe. dangerous than flying At Gatwick luckily a book shop still exists and I found a book called ‘Risk’ by Dan Gardner. I can highly recommend ‘Risk’ to anyone with a curious mind who questions the propaganda we are meant to believe blindly. We remember 9/11 and maybe recall that 3000 poor souls lost their lives. In the USA fear caused people to shun flying for about a year afterwards; driving instead. In that one year studies show an extra 1595 people died in car accidents on American roads. Road accidents don’t make the news as much as a terrorist attack and yet those 1595 extra deaths was a figure six times higher than the amount of people that died on board the three doomed airliners. If governments and the media had not hyped the risk with George Bush for example declaring that the survival of the USA was at stake; then those 1595 people may have lived. In the last 100 years there have been less

than 20 terrorist attacks that have claimed more than 100 lives yet each year in the USA 36,000 people die from flu and related illnesses. Flu doesn’t sell newspapers so instead we get our shoes scanned after 2001 and the infamous failed ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid was caught on a plane whilst clumsily trying to light a match to set a fuse alight. The media are adept at stirring up mass hysteria; remember bird flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, road rage and crack cocaine? Funnily enough we are all here and reading the Sol Times. Either governments have done a fantastic job in saving the world or perhaps the risks were ever so slightly exaggerated. I maintain the position that Al- Qaeda win without firing many shots at the western world at all. Consider all the inconvenience that we suffer every time we want to take a flight anywhere when the risk of dying from a terrorist bomb is less than one twentieth the risk of getting killed when driving down the local shops. In these days of retina scanners, body heat detectors, x-ray machines, physiological profiling, back ground checks, intelligence gathering, and good old common sense why is it that all of us are suspected terrorists when passing through major airports? Surely if a terrorist wanted to destroy a plane they would target a smaller airport where the powers that be deem that security can be much more lax. I did get the last laugh at the Gatwick Gestapo recently when I brushed myself down after my complimentary rub down; in my coat pocket that had been X-rayed I found a forgotten 250ml bottle of juice.

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INTERNATIONAL LADIES PETANCA.......................... FROM Roger Seymour

This first attempt at staging an International competition proved satisfactory, with Poland and Venezuela making debuts. Spain sent the Ladies champion Ester, from Alicante, she was outstanding and with partner Fielx, were worthy winners, they met Sussie Bjarve and Birgitta Jarlestam, the leading Swedish pair, the Spanish pair set a good pace opening up a useful lead, with rain now spoiling the day Sussie and Birgitta started to reduce the deficit, this spurred the Spanish pair who between them regained control going on to win by 13-9. They were warmly applauded at the presentation, they won the cash prize. Runners up Sussie and Birgitta, had played well losing only to Robbie Wylie and Wyn Surridge, of England. They took the cash prize. Third place was an all Norwegian tie, with Tove Johansen, and Ingrid Hojvik, facing Turid Worren and Hanna Krogsæter, this was keenly fought with Tove

and Ingrid taking the points. They won the cash prize. The Final was won by Ann-Katrin Lindell and Margareta Elf, for Sweden, they met Seija and Pipsa from Finland , this was well matched with Ann – Katrin and Margareta, just finishing the stronger to take first place, Seija and Pipsa had played well, and received the second place cash prize, with Sue Johnstone and Joyce Collins taking a well earned third place and cash prize. The Venezuela Ladies Luz Marina Alengen and Nidia Reppe, competed well at this level, as did Polish pair Ewa Bowes and Lina. A big thank you to the San Luis club for a well organized championship., MENS PAIRS. A good entry at Rocajuna, with some very good players. With all teams playing 4 games, it was the top 2 from 8 groups which made the finals. It was home favorites Jacques Paolacci, and Pepino Liabue, who took an early lead, the Spanish pair stayed in contention, only

for Jacques to raise his game and gain valuable points to win t he first prize along with the consistent Pepino, they formed a resilient partnership. Fernando and Nando are a tough pair to beat at anytime, both play in the Spanish La Liga, they had to settle as runners up, with France taking 3rd place through, Antonio and Andre, they held off the Swedish challenge by Kaj Bjarve and Janne Eriksson. The B Final was won by Rolf Norberg and Christer Skiord from Sweden, they beat fellow Swedish pair Kurt and Christer. Third place went to Peter Golding and Roger Burgess for England, a good performance. The League Dinner and Presentation is being held on Friday May 4th at the Asturias Restaurant, at 1-30. On Saturday the 10th EUROPEAN PETANCA DAY, is being held at Club Torrevieja, with the qualifying round on the Saturday, and the final on the Sunday. with 13 Countries competing. Play starts at 9-30.

Murphy’s on Park Golf Society........................ Murphy’s on Park Golf Society (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Campoamor 26th April 2012. For the first months meeting 16 players headed for the established course at Campoamor to play for the Brian Benstock Trophy. The weather was good and the course was in good condition and enjoyed by all. The winners on the day were

as follows: 1st George McIntyre – 34 points 2nd Barney Hickey – 30 points 3rd John Fisher – 28 points Nearest the Pin – Tom Richardson After the game we returned to Murphy’s on the Park which is based near the Parc de Naciones in Torrevieja for the prize presentation and refreshments

provided by Lynn and Hilary. The next society meeting venue is still to be confirmed but new members and guests are welcome. Call Tony Conwell on 644312696 or better still call in the bar. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at www.

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El Valle Wednesday 2nd May: 28 Members and guests set off for El Valle Golf Course to play a Texas Scramble. Everyone agreed that the course was very interesting and in very good condition and the greens very slick. The only problem that we had was with the pampass grass in the landscaped areas it was likened to hungry hippos as like many of did if you hit your ball into these areas the ball was never seen again. Now I had been told that a texas scramble was a bonding game but when you are told that your team captain happens to be your other half this can lead to a non bonding game, fortunately this was not the case for myself and David Winchombe we had a fair game except when it came to the last two holes and we still had to get 2 of Davids tee shots in. He stood on the 17th tee uttering oh god theres water

and promptly put his tee shot, yep youve guessed it straight in the water, oh well three off the tee there then. One of our members a Mr Eddie Scott made lots of new friends out there today after hitting several shots into the gardens of the surrounding properties his playing partners said his Christmas card list has increased 10 fold. Eddie also thought that he was back on his home course in the UK when he went searching for his ball and instead found a ball with his old club name on it (spooky). Mike Thomas had a very expensive round of golf. I was told that he lost virtually every ball in his bag he thought he was going to have to borrow a ball to play the last hole. On Hole 15 a par 3 Alan Evans made it his hole after hitting his tee shot to nearest the pin and then holing out the putt to enjoy his first

birdie ever, well done Alan!! At one point there was a shout of EAGLE and we thought someone had a fantastic hole only to find out that it was actually a Golden Eagle flying above our heads on the 18th green, what a wonderful sight, and finally it seems that after a round of golf all sense of direction goes out the window as practically every one lost thier way home from El Valle. Results Winners with 57.85 David McSweeny - Sue Smith - Les Lindores - Barry Trodd 2nd Place with 62.64 Nick Capasso - Bill Acton Eddie Scott - Mike Thomas 3rd Place with 65.81 Vic Dew - John Dunnion Phil Swain - Glynis Thomas Nearest the Pin Hole 6 David McSweeny Hole 9 Alan Thorpe Hole 12 Tony Patterson Hole 15 Alan Evans Nearest tthe Pin in 2 Hole 4 Brian Smith Hole 14 Barry Trodd Our thanks go to Charlie & Lyn at Quesada Country Club for the refreshments laid on for our return. Next Game is La Peraleja 16th May New members are always welcome please contact our secretary Darryll Wright on 966716624. Reported by Pam Martin

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San Fulgencio Vs Benijofar ST JAMES’S GATE AT EL PLANTIO FC TORREVIEJA...............................

We arrived at the Stadium for the last home game of the season hoping that the Saints could finish here on a high and give the supporters a game to enjoy. With 15 minutes played the Saints were awarded a corner and Samu came to the right side of the pitch and took what appeared to be a soft corner, the ball arrived in the penalty area and it just kept going past all the players, even the goalie, 1-0 the Saints. Another corner to the Saints and again Samu took it, the ball arrived in Benijofar’s penalty area, but was headed out and landed at one of their midfielders feet who mis-hit a pass which landed at their winger’s feet who hit the ball across the Saints penalty area and their forward scrambled the ball over the line, 1-1. Minutes later Jairo got the ball about 25 yards out and looked at the goal and hit a curling shot into the right corner of the goal 2-1 now. Straight from the kick off the Saints were awarded another corner which Samu took. BonMati then hit the ball into the back of the net 3-1., Benijofar broke and headed towards the Saints goal, hit the

ball over our goalie’s head, now it was 3-2, The second half started and straight from the kick off Benijofar attacked, it was 2 on one, the ball was passed from the right hand side to the left the shot was taken, now 3-3. The Saints attacked and a penalty claim was not given so the Saints did the next best thing, Jairo got the ball and threaded the ball through to Gary 4-3 and only 10 minutes gone. Libbi took the ball forward, crossed and the ball landed in the opposition’s penalty area and from out of nowhere Samu arrived and hammered the ball into the net, 5-3. Gonzalo who had come on for Giaco hit a pin point pass through to Fernando who made no mistake 6-3 to the Saints, another great pass by Gonzalo to Libbi who hit the ball low and hard 7-3, this was turning into a rout. Libbi got the ball and crossed and the man of the match was on hand again to volley the ball into the back of Benijofar’s net, Samu’s third goal and the Saints eighth, the final score was 8-3 to the Saints. With thanks to our sponsors ‘900telecom’. Please check our website for more details:- www.


DAYA NUEVA 4 v. ILICITANA ARRABAL 3 INFANTILS G 9s A bright start by Daya and a free kick on 3 minutes was almost put away with a great headed effort from Carlos. The visitors attacked immediately and a good cross was headed just over Daya’s crossbar. It was all Daya now with David running the midfield. On 18 minutes a superb run up the right by the home side’s Angel saw his great cross just allude Carlos’ head. On 20 minutes the opening goal for Daya came when Manuel fired home from close range and just a minute later Daya went close again. For all their possession and pressure Daya’s 1 goal lead made for some nervous moments when the visitors did mount an attack. With 2 minutes to half time the inevitable happened, from sloppy Daya defending the visitors scored the equaliser. So 1 - 1 at half time and all to play for in the second half. Danni in the Daya goal had to make a smart save as the second half got underway. This inspired the visitors who went on the attack again and scored a scrappy goal on 38 minutes to take a 2 - 1 lead. Daya were now struggling to find their rythym and composure and Arrabal looked the likely to score again. Somehow they didn’t and

on 58 minutes Daya won a free kick just outside Arrabal’s penalty area. Up stepped Jose to hit an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner of the net. So 2 - 2 with Daya regaining some of their rythym of the first half. This pressure soon produced the third goal for Daya when Manuel hit a fierce shot from distance that flew in for 3 - 2 Daya. Carlos looked to have made the game Daya’s with a close range effort on 65 minutes. Shortly after a free kick was given to the visitors for an alleged back pass to the keeper. This was converted by Arrabal for their third goal making for an anxious few minutes for the home side. Daya put themselves under pressure as Franciso somehow missed a last minute penalty. The penalty miss did not affect the outcome as Daya held their nerve for a 4 - 3 win. It was a physical side that Arrabal arrived with but Daya gave as good as they got. On the strength of their first half performance and the latter stage of the second half the home side deserved their victory. The match official had a game he will want to forget in a hurry. Many of his decisions were very poor and he should have sorted out the physical nature of the visitors from the start. Match Report, Daya Dave Team Sponsor, Segurlab



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TUESDAY 24TH APRIL. Quite a good turnout for our April away day with a 12.00am tee off. The course was very busy which led to a slow round. Considering the weather we have had ,the course was in good condition,but when we teed off it was blowing a gale which did not affect the scoring ,which was pretty good. Category One was taken by Willie Buchanan with 34 points and Category Two by Rocket

Ron Nicholson with 33 points. Full results can be seen on the Website. The next game is our home game at Vistabella on a date to be arranged. Watch the Website for date. After the game we returned to the St James’s Gate pub for presentation and refreshments kindly supplied by the management. Anyone who would like to join our society or just to join us for a game give Ron a ring on 678-849-142.

Fantastic Results for the Torrevieja Swimming Team

This weekend saw the older members of the Torrevieja Swimming Club compete in the 4th Regional Control in the Municipal Pool Petrer. On both Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th the squad achieved outstanding results against 267 swimmers from 13 regional clubs. Louise Brassington set a new time in the 800m freestyle of 12:31:90, beating her previous 400m time by 3 seconds and knocking a massive 10 seconds off her previous 200m time. Sister Ruth Brassington continued in the same way with a 400m time of 5:29:75 and then knocked 5 seconds off her 200m freestyle time placing her 2nd in the girls’ 1997 category. Colleague Edurne Moreno improved her 200m freestyle time by 4 seconds, 2:47:94 and retaining a similar time in the 100m and having a good swim in the 200m breaststroke. Yovanna Arguelles gained 2nd place in the girls 1995, 50m and 100m freestyle and 4th in the 200m. To round off the fantastic results by the girls Emma Cagigao had three outstanding races in the 100m and 200m backstroke and 200m medley. Emma won 1st position in both backstroke events reducing her times by 2 seconds in the 100m, 1:10:72 and by 6 seconds in the 200m backstroke giving a new personal best of 2:31:26. In the 200m medley Emma came second with a new best of 2:39:72 improving by 4 seconds. The boys matched the girls’ outstanding results with Joel

Tereba breaking the 1 minute mark for the 100m freestyle with a new best of 58:87 placing him 1st in the 1997 age group. Colleague Yuriy Lymar followed with a new time 1:01:02. Joel then swam the 1500m freestyle for the first time with a time of 19:17:11 and on Sunday knocked 6 seconds off his 200m freestyle event with a new time of 2:10:58. Yuriy Lymar matched this with 4 seconds off his 200m event with a new time of 2:18:45 and a good swim in the 50m event. To round off the weekend achievement Adam Stewart had an outstanding swim in his 200m butterfly event knocking a massive 18 seconds off his previous best with a time of 4:06:64. This gives Adam the qualifying time he needs to compete in the Downs Syndrome World Championships. Well done to all the swimmers and a fitting reward for all the hard work put in by everyone and by the coach Juanma Martinez. The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602, Rosa 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on or at info@clubnataciontorrevieja. com

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FC TORREVIEJA – TORRY LOSE TO 2 LATE GOALS TO END THEIR DREAM OF REACHING THE PLAY-OFFS Last Sunday 7th placed Torry made the very familiar long trip north to the city of Valencia to play one of the sides in that area, Ribarroja CF. Torry needed to win to keep their remote hopes of making a promotion play-off place alive and Ribarroja needed to win to ensure their survival in the Tercera division. On their home turf Ribarroja had won 8, drawn 2 and lost 10, scoring 25 and conceding 23. Out of the game for Torry was the veteran of all veterans Corcoles through suspension with Victor being preferred to Manu and playing down the middle with Ramiro moving out to his more accustomed wide left berth. The Torry Starting Line-Up was: Manolo, Vicente Boix, Abel, Ramiro, Vidal , Victor (Manu, min. 35), Burguillos, Corella (Matías, min. 81), Juande, Jorge (Rafa, min. 85) and Manu Amores The sides played contrasting styles with Torry trying to play the more controlled football while Ribarroja took a more direct approach with “route 1”football. The home side had territorial advantage in the first-half but the respective goalkeepers weren’t really troubled. The game was more even in the second halfhalf with Torry getting more into the game. The game looked like being a stalemate until the

83rd minute when a speculative effort from a long way out by one of the Ribarroja players caught Manolo out and the ball went through his fingertips and ended up in the back of the net via the underside of the bar for a GOALLLLL to Ribarroja 1-0. Torry threw caution to the wind and pushed defender Abel up front but couldn’t find a way through and in the 91st minute conceded another GOALLLL from closein after a goalmouth scramble and 2-0 to Ribarroja and game over and that’s how it finished. Victor, Jorge and Vidal picked up Yellow Cards. The teams above Torry fighting for the 3rd and 4th play-off spots in the table either won or drew so had Torry won they would still have been out of reach of gaining a play-off spot going into the final game of the season. This game is on Sunday at home to already relegated Mislata. The match kicks-off at 5.00pm. Lets hope Torry finish off the season with a positive outcome with a hat-full of goals. Be there to show your appreciation of the sterling efforts of the players, especially since the new year after the squad was decimated. It looks like being a very creditable 7th place finish for Torry. A proud Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain not quite make it to the play-offs.


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