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local news.. Murcia The Centros de Artesanía opens for new creative artists in the Mes de los Jóvenes Artesanos’. The Consejero de Universidades, Empresa e Investigación, José Ballesta, and the Consejero de Educación, Formación y Empleo, Constantino Sotoca, has inaugurated the exhibition ‘Jóvenes vs. Artesanía.’ Jóvenes vs. Artesanía is taking place at the Regional Handicraft Centres of Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca, while students at the School of Art demonstrate their artistic jewelry projects, modeling, sculpture, art photography and illustration. José Ballesta explained that ‘this type of exhibition is vital to revitalize the craft sector in the region and to adapt to new market demands.’ He emphasised the importance the Government attaches to regional initiatives such as this, which seek to promote integration of young people into the labour market through an industry relevant to the Region of Murcia. For his part, the Consejero de Educación, Formación y Empleo, Constantino Sotoca, emphasised the ‘extraordinary’ opportunity that the exhibition of these works took to show the diversity and richness of these teachings, and the result of training and preparation that is acquired by enrolled students.

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The Socialist Party has once more denounced the state of the pavement of the road linking the San Javier highway with Gea and Truyols. The Socialist Leader José Zapata said that, if the money had not been badly invested over the last 10 years on the improvements to the F19 road in San Javier in the area of Gea y Truyols, or if a suitable project could not be devised, then the administration should not continue wasting money on repairs. Zapata explained that since 2003 he has repeatedly asked the local government to urge the CARM (owner of this road) to give a final solution to the insecurity caused by the continuing poor state of the pavement. It is not acceptable as a final solution to spend money on patching, putting the road out of use for several days and

creating risks to drivers. The road is very busy with heavy vehicles, including school transport for children in the Murcia Golf districts.

Molina de Segura, Yecla The Ejecutivo Regional approves more than two million euros for 188 places in Day Centres for people with intellectual disabilities. The Consejo de Gobierno has approved a proposal from the Consejería de Sanidad y Política Social, for a total of 2,104,396 euros to be set aside for the creation of 188 different places in Day Centres in the region for people with intellectual disabilities. 150 are to be in Molina de Segura, for an investment totaling 1,679,040 euros, and are contracted until August 31, 2013. Yecla will take the remaining 38 places at a cost of 425,356 euros. This contract will be valid until September 30, 2013. The Day Centres offer comprehensive care for dependent persons, and aims to improve or maintain the highest possible level of personal autonomy and support to families or caregivers. Other agreements include: The Consejo de Gobierno has approved the inclusion in the Plan Regional de Instalaciones Deportivas of works to the Centro Deportivo Europa de Lorca, which was closed after the damage caused by the earthquakes of May 11. The Gobierno also allocated to Lorca, Cartagena and Yecla a fixed amount of 230,000 euros for the development of vocational classes in order to reduce truancy among students in secondary education. The Consejo de Gobierno has approved an agreement with ADIF to prevent forest fires.

Denia Denia’s Marina Alta Hospital has received top marks for the way in which it handles the electronic medical history of its patients. The Society for Management Information Systems in Health, (HIMSS) in Europe, has awarded the highest possible score, 7, to the Marina Alta Hospital. This level is only awarded to those hospitals which have their records fully digitalised. In all 6 hospitals across Europe have been awarded the level 7. The Marina Alta Hospital is the first one in Spain to reach this top standard.

Stiffer sentences for most serious crimes The government has announced changes to the penal code, which will allow them to add a so-called “custodia de seguridad” - a custodial sentence for security reasons - to sentences passed on those found guilty of the most serious crimes (excluding terrorism) adding up to a maximum of ten more years onto their imprisonment. The announcement was made this morning byJustice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, after his meeting with Antonio del Castillo, the father of murdered Seville teeanger, Marta del Castillo, who was killed in 2009 and whose body has never been found. The new law will affect sexual crimes, serious crimes where violence or intimidation have been used, and for drugs trafficking. It will also be applicable to criminals who have a past history of serious crimes or those who reoffend after completing their sentences. At the end of the meeting, Gallardón thanked Marta’s father for using his “personal pain” as a “preventative measure and to help society as a whole”. Mr Del Castillo made it clear he was only “partly” satisfied, as the minister decided not to adopt “permanent, reviewable life sentences” in cases where there is “some legal or judicial reason to keep those who commit this type of crime behind bars”. Del Castillo also handed over a document asking for the promises made during the electoral campaign to be honoured, demanding, for example, that those who “torture, rape or murder children” are given the “maximum custodial sentence” with “reviewable life sentences”. He also asked for the age of legal responsibility to be lowered. In addition, Del Castillo demanded additional security measures once a convicted criminal is released after his or her sentence (supervised release) for those who have committed particularly serious crimes (murderers, rapists, paedophiles). Finally, Del Castillo’s document, which the minister promised to study in detail, also asked for the “destruction or desecration” of a body so that it cannot be used as evidence in court to be legally classified as a crime in itself.

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Eight arrests as 15-M ‘indignados’ protest a year on

Police moved the “indignados” - 15-M protestors - out of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol for the third time last night, and made eight arrests. Three people, two of them police officers, were injured in scuffles. At around 4.15am, anti-riot police moved into the Puerta del Sol square with around 40 vans and moved on around 100 protestors, who had been given until 10pm to complete their demonstration to commemorate the first anniversary of the 15-M movement. Over 2,000 people had gathered in the Puerta del Sol earlier in the evening, of which 200 stayed behind to try to camp out in the square overnight, despite the fact that the city authorities had set a 10pm curfew for demonstrations. A number of scuffles broke out as some of the “indignant” refused to leave the area, and police arrested eight people for public order offences. This is the third forced clearance of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square in as many days, as protestors attempt to recreate the demonstrations against the government seen this time last year. The square was cleared of demonstrators in under 15 minutes, although small groups tried to continue their protest in neighbouring streets before police cut off access to them to prevent them returning to the main square.

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More “Movimiento 15-M” demonstrations are planned for today, including a march along the River Manzanares to celebrate the feast of San Isidro, followed by a gathering at 7pm back in the Puerta del Sol.

Spain’s battered banks boosted borrowing from the European Central Bank to a new record in April, data showed Monday, as they took advantage of emergency cheap loans.

Ruud van Nistelrooy announces retirement

Borrowing surged to 263.5 billion euros ($339 billion) from 227.6 billion euros in March and the fourth consecutive monthly record, Bank of Spain figures showed.

Former Dutch international and Manchester United star, Ruud van Nistelrooy, 35, currently playing for Málaga, has announced his retirement from professional football.

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The Dutchman has had a difficult season with the Spanish side, scoring only five times in 35 games, but has helped them realise their European dream as they snatched the last Champions League place in yesterday’s final game of the season.

Van Nistelrooy started his professional career with Dutch side Den Bosch, before moving on to Heerenveen and then Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, where he made his name, winning the league title twice and establishing himself in the Dutch national side. He made a total of 70 appearances for his country, scoring 35 goals.

Van Nistelrooy’s contract had come to an end and he made his last appearance in the Andalucian outfit’s 1-0 win over Sporting Gijón. “I’ve played my last match in my professional career,” he said upon quitting the sport. “I wanted to play in the Champions League, but it is the moment to leave. “I have arrived at my physical limit and I can’t play at the maximum level. I couldn’t have had a better send-off

“I feel happy that I am the one taking this decision. I would like to thank Malaga, the technical and medical staff for an unforgettable year.

He signed for Manchester United ahead of the 2001-2 season in a £19m deal, becoming a favourite with the Old Trafford fans and bagging 150 goals in 219 games, including 95 in the Premier League, winning the league title, FA Cup and League Cup. After five successful seasons, he moved to Real Madrid where he won another two league titles, before spells at Hamburg and Málaga where he announced his retirement.

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The ECB pumped more than 1.0 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) in cheap loans into the banking system in two operations in December and February, seeking to avert a dangerous credit squeeze. Spanish banks have found it hard to borrow money from banks in other eurozone countries because many in Spain are heavily exposed to the real-estate sector, which has been in a slump since a bubble burst in 2008. Spain’s government announced Friday new rules obliging Spanish banks to set aside an extra 30 billion euros in 2012 in case loans to the collapsed property sector go bad. That was on top of the 53.8 billion euros the banks were told to set aside to comply with reforms enacted in February.

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The official opening of Barcelona’s Cannabis Museum yesterday proved to be the perfect opportunity for experts to renew calls for the legalisation of the drug, with Richard Branson saying that Spain could solve its deficit problem by legalising cannabis alone.


The multi-millionaire founder of the Virgin emporium is also a member of a global commission on drugs policy which includes five

ex-presidents and Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and which concluded last year that the war on drugs had failed and called for experiments in decriminalisation.

Branson said that if Spain were to legalise cannabis use and collect taxes on its consumption, marijuana could go a long way towards solving its current economic problems: “it would help get the country back on its feet”, he said.

Branson was in Barcelona to receive an award from the promotors of the new Cannabis Museum the biggest in the world at 900 square metres - in recognition of the work the commission has done since 2004 to promote the acceptance of the plant in all its forms and the reintroduction of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

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50 years ago on 14th May, King Juan Carlos married Queen Sofía in the presence of 137 kings, queens, princes and princesses from all over Europe, but the royal couple have decided not to hold an official celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. The Royal Household has produced a CD for those interested in the anniversary, entitled “Their Majesties’ Golden Wedding: 50 years, 50 pictures”, a compilation of images chosen to reflect the couple’s life together, including some taken inside the Zarzuela palace on their silver wedding anniversary 25 years ago. The final image on the reflects the moment when, during the official opening of the X Legislature of Parliament on 27th December 2011, the monarchs received the longest applause ever recorded in the congress building. The King and Queen, who were married on May 14th 1962 in Athens in a combined Catholic and Orthodox service, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with an official ceremony, receiving members of other European royal houses and members of the Government, headed up by Felipe González at the time. They also celebrated a private mass and held receptions for 17 other couples celebrating their silver wedding anniversary the same day. The fairytale began over 50 years ago, when, in September 1961, Don Juan Carlos called out a spontaneous “Sofia, catch!” as he threw her a box containing an engagement ring during a royal dinner in the hotel Beau Rivage in Lausanne.


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Spain celebrates Europe Day with the message “Together we are stronger”

Europe Day was celebrated with over a hundred different official events in various cities across Spain today, with this year’s slogan - “Together we are stronger” - which politicians hoped would promote a greater degree of unity amongst European citizens, especially in the current economic crisis. Europe Day commemorate’s the historical declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on May 9th 1950 in favour of a united Euope and

has now become an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. Schuman’s declaration proposed the pooling of French and West German coal and steel industries, leading to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the first European Community, and hence is considered a principle founding moment. The programme of events organised to celebrate that historic day in a number of different Spanish cities covers everything from conferences,

talks and workshops, to children’s activities and leaflet distribution. In Madrid, representatives of all the European institutions took part in an official ceremony, which saw the European flag hoisted permanently at San Vicente square, and there was a reception for European politicians in Barcelona. At its headquarters in Madrid, the PSOE organised a conference with young Europeans to commemorate Europe Day.

BBVA Research predicts almost 6 million jobless in Spain next year

BBVA Research has lowered its predictions for the labour situation in Spain, estimating that unemployment will reach 24.6% this year, and will climb as high as 24.8% in 2013, according to its latest report in ‘Situación España’ magazine. These predictions are lower than earlier ones (24.4% and 24.6%) the government included in its macroeconomic budget plan for this year, which predicts 24.3% unemployment in 2012 and 24.2% in 2013. The government has already admitted that the jobless figures could rise

from 4.7 to 5.6 million, but the BBVA figures suggest that this figure could actually be closer to 6 million. Spain currently has its highest unemployment figures ever recorded. It is also the the European country with the highest unemployment rate (number of jobless in relation to total population). Both the government predictions and those made by the BBVA suggest that Spain will continue to be the worstperforming country on the continent in relation to employment, for at least the

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Arbitrator in Iberia pilots’ dispute asks for more time

Jaime Montalvo, the arbitrator brought in by the government to try to bring the stand-off between Iberia and its pilots to a conclusion, has requested an extension to the original ten-day deadline he was given on April 29th before he presents his findings. Sources following the case have said that the arbitrator has asked to extend the ten working day time limit he was initially given because of the “complexity and importance” of the dispute the pilots have with Iberia. Owing to this complexity, Montalvo has made an official request to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and to the

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and next year’s GDP (at 1.3% and +0.6%) and the deficit reduction at 5.3% this year and 3% in 2013, in line with the government’s own predictions. In fact, the bank said the measures adopted increased credibility about the possibility of reaching fiscal objectives and mentioned, in particular, the plan to pay suppliers, which could make a seven point difference in the GDP in 2012.


Hugh Laurie brings the blues to Spain in July Actor Hugh Laurie, best known in Spain for his role as Doctor Gregory House in the series of the same name, will be playing gigs in a number of Spanish cities in July, as part of a world tour to promote his blues album “Let them talk”. Laurie sings lead vocals and plays the piano and guitar. The first concert will be in Barcelona on 26th July, in the Arteria Paralel theatre; the following day, Laurie and his band will play at the Circo Price in Madrid, as part of the Los Veranos de la Villa programme; and on 29th July they will play in Marbella as part of the Starlite Festival. “Let them talk”, released last year by Warner Music, topped the charts in a number of countries and is now the inspiration behind

a world tour that will take Laurie and his backing group to the United States, Argentina, Chile, Russia, the UK, Holland, France and Germany, amongst other countries. Laurie has previously played guitar in different episodes of House and guested as a pianist on Meat Loaf’s’s 2010 album Hang Cool Teddy Bear following an appearance from the US rock star on the TV show. He also appeared in the music videos for the Kate Bush single Experiment IV in 1986 and the 1992 single Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox. Other actors to have embarked on musical careers include Woody Allen, Bruce Willis and Kevin Costner, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Juliette Lewis.

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Spain slips four places in EC declares public funding of world maternity ranking Alicante film studios ‘illegal’ Spain has slipped four places in Save the Children’s world ranking of how safe a country is to become a mother, dropping to 16th in the list. The report aims to find the best and worst countries to become a mother, in terms of women’s health, educational and financial situation, as well as babies’ “basic” welfare. The ten best countries to go through maternity are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Holland and the UK, the last two sharing tenth place. Whilst eight of the top ten countries are in Europe, eight of the worstperforming countries are in Subsaharan Africa, and seven of them are currently suffering from food shortages. The worst country in terms of becoming a mother is Niger, performing slightly worse than last year’s bottom-placed country Afghanistan, with Yemen, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Eritrea, Chad, Sudan, Southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo just ahead. Spain, with 16 weeks of statutory maternity leave, is now below France and Portugal, but ahead of Estonia and Switzerland in terms of how much maternity leave is granted by the state, but behind countries like the UK and Denmark where women get 52 weeks. The Save The Children report showed that women in Spain had a life expectancy of 85 years, similar to that in France or Switzerland and inferior only to Japan’s, and an infant mortality rate of 5 in every 1,000. Save the Children highlighted the fact that in Norway, women study for an average of 18 years, have a life-expectancy of 82, 82% use contraceptives and only one in every 175 women are at risk of losing a child before its fifth birthday. In contrast, in Níger the life expectancy for women is 56, they receive an average of only four years’ schooling, only 5% use contraceptives and one in seven children dies before its fifth birthday. In addition, one in 16 women there die as a direct result of pregnancy or childbirth. Save the Children said that malnutrition is the cause of “at least” a fifth of all maternal deaths and more that a third of infant deaths. A third of all children in Asia, about 100 million, suffer chronic malnutrition, with that figure rising to two in five children in Africa, or about 60 million in total. The charity has outlined six “essential” measures that they believe to be “life savers” and should be available to every new mother in the world: the possibility to breastfeed, nutritional supplements, vitamin A, iron, zinc and good hygiene practices. They believe, in fact, that by breastfeeding alone, a million infant deaths alone could be prevented each year. “Our report demonstrates that breastfeeding saves lives. Every country ought to put policies and progammes into place that promote breastfeeding”, their statement reads.

project 100%”. For his part, the president of the Generalitat, Alberto Fabra, defended the regional government after meeting with Almunia in Brussels last week, saying his office “acted correctly”. “We insist that we acted in accordance with the law and there was no infair competition” in awarding the funding, declared Fabra.


The European Commission (EC) has declared financial aid given by the Generalitat (Valencian regional government) to the Ciudad de la Luz film studios in Alicante “illegal” and has told Spain to claim back the 265 million euros invested in the creation of this audiovisual centre. The EC claims that this public funding “was not given in market conditions and should therefore be returned by the beneficiary”, says a press statement today. Furthermore, the EC also questioned whether the decision to create another film studio in Spain, which already has established studios in Madrid and Barcelona, was entirely “commercial”. “The Spanish film sector is dynamic and competitive”, said the EC commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, who claimed there was “no need to spend public money to

finance a new studio”. Almunia claimed that financing this project with public money was detrimental to existing studios and, in the current economic climate, could be “disastrous”. The EC opened an investigation in 2008 after a receiving a number of complaints, with the aim of deciding whether the financial assitance provded by the Generalitat to the Ciudad de la Luz was in line with European regulations on state funding. “The Commission has serious doubts that, in the competitive climate, the decision to invest in a totally new project away from the established moviemaking centres in Madrid and Barcelona could be based on commerical considerations”, the report underlined. The CE also added that both its own investigation and an independent business plan had concluded that “a private investor would never have financed the Ciudad de la Luz

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The Spanish state will take control of the fourth-biggest listed bank, Bankia, the government said Wednesday, as it races to shore up the bank’s bad loan-ridden balance sheet. The state would take a 45-percent stake by converting a state-backed loan of 4.465 billion euros ($5.8 billion) into shares, “meaning it will take control”, the economy ministry said in a statement. The dramatic but widely telegraphed move comes two days before the government is to announce broad banking reforms to ease the crushing burden of loans extended during a property bubble that imploded in 2008. Bankia, an amalgam of seven shaky savings banks created in 2010, was at the centre of market concerns over fragile balance sheets, but analysts fear the rot goes much deeper. One of the biggest worries for investors is that they do not know the real value of the banks’ exposure to the property sector. For the economy, it means many banks are struggling to clean up their balance sheets and are therefore reluctant to lend

to households and businesses, potentially freezing up activity. Bankia had the industry’s largest exposure to the property market at 37.5 billion euros ($49 billion) at the end of 2011, of which 31.8 billion euros were classed as problematic. Madrid is throwing a lifeline by converting into capital the state loan extended in December 2010 to Bankia parent group Banco Financiero de Ahorros (BFA). The loan, which was handled by the state-backed Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB), demanded an interest rate of 7.75 percent and was repayable over five years. The Bank of Spain said it received Bankia’s request for the state to convert the loan into capital on the same day new executive chairman Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri was appointed. The former Bankia’s executive chairman, Rodrigo Rato, who was previously a Spanish economy minister and who once led the IMF, announced his resignation on Monday as news emerged of the impending rescue.

British Jubilee Gibraltar Visit Annoys Spain Spain told Britain it was “upset and uncomfortable” at a planned visit by Britain’s Prince Edward to the disputed territory of Gibraltar, the Spanish foreign ministry said Thursday. In talks with Britain’s ambassador in Madrid Giles Paxman, ministry official Santiago Cabanas “expressed how upset and uncomfortable the government is with the visit” by Edward and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones from June 11-13, a statement said. The visit is part of a summer of celebrations to mark the 60th year on the British throne of Edward’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the British embassy in Madrid told AFP. It made no immediate direct reaction to

Spain’s complaint. Gibraltar, a largely self-governing enclave complete with British pubs and red telephone boxes nestled under a cliffside at the eastern neck of the Mediterranean, is a rare diplomatic sore point between London and Madrid. Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht but has long argued that it should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. Britain refuses to renounce sovereignty against the wishes of Gibraltarians. The last British royal visit to Gibraltar was by Edward’s sister, Princess Anne, in 2009, which likewise annoyed Spain.

Euro MPs criticise managers of EU agencies

The European Parliament has delayed approval of three major EU agency budgets because of concerns about their managers. MEPs have criticised one of the agencies - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - for links to the food industry, considered a possible risk to EFSA’s independence. The head of EFSA’s board, Diana Banati, resigned on Wednesday. She is joining a powerful industry lobby group based in Washington DC. EFSA is based in a grand old palace in Parma, Italy, and its total budget in 2010 was 74.7m euros (£60m; $97m). The other agencies criticised by MEPs are the EU Medicines Agency, based in London, and the Environment Agency, in Copenhagen. The parliament’s budget committee said it was “seriously concerned” that in 2010, while the Environment Agency’s executive director, Jacqueline McGlade, was “directly involved” with Earthwatch, an environmental NGO, she and 28 agency staff

went on research trips to Earthwatch projects and the agency paid 33,791 euros to the NGO. The committee urged the agency to publish the declarations of interest provided by its staff, to help prevent any conflicts of interest. A parliament spokesman told press sources that the budget delay - refusing to “grant the discharge” in EU jargon - could have a negative impact on an agency’s 2013 budget. The MEPs’ budget committee could decide to put part of the agency’s budget in reserve and put a block on the agency hiring new people, he said. Such a move means “the prestige of the agency is not good,” he added. MEPs’ concerns about potential conflict of interest have dogged EFSA. An EFSA statement said Ms Banati resigned at EFSA’s request, in line with the agency’s code of conduct, which warns against “activities which could raise doubts about their independence,

even with respect to potential conflicts of interest”. She is moving to the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a body which acts on behalf of numerous food and biotech multinationals, including Danone, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, Nestle and Procter & Gamble. A report by the parliament’s budget committee, issued before Ms Banati’s resignation, raised questions about her links with ILSI, going back to 2010. It said she had “failed, in 2010, to declare her membership of the Board of Directors of the ILSI”. It called the EFSA board’s scrutiny of its members’ declarations of interest “insufficiently rigorous and detailed”. And the MEPs urged EFSA to cut the “unacceptable” cost of board meetings, pointing out that each meeting of the 15-member board cost on average 92,630 euros.


Man with loaded gun threatens passengers on Madrid rush-hour metro An off-duty police officer arrested an irate man who was threatening to shoot passengers on the Madrid metro during the rush hour this week. Whilst travelling on Line 7 at around 14.30hrs, the National Police officer - who was on his way home after his shift - heard a man yelling inside a packed carriage and terrifying the passengers into giving him money. He was heard to say, “I’m fed up with weeping and wailing and I can’t understand why nobody helps people who live in the street, so I’m going to be forced to get my gun and knife out and I’m not afraid of causing harm.” When someone reproached him for

his behaviour and he looked set to carry through his threats, the officer identified himself and forced the aggressor to get off at the city-centre station of Gregorio Marañón. The officer called his colleagues on 091 and, when the accused went to get something out of his rucksack, the policeman snatched this off him. He found a 22-calibre pistol inside, loaded with five bullets and ready to fire. The suspect, who was arrested as soon as back-up arrived, is said to have previous offences to his name relating to violence, including aggravated robbery and two charges of sexual assault.

Petition for Catholic Church to pay taxes presented in Parliament

A secular pressure group has presented a petition of 33,500 signatures to Congress calling for the Catholic Church to pay IBI tax. According to Europa Laica, if all religious faiths had their tax exemptions removed, the total income amassed by councils throughout Spain would exceed 3,000 million euros a year. Already, in Zamora (Castilla y León), the city council has announced it will start to charge the Church rubbish collection rates. The association, which has the backing of political party Izquierda Unida (United Left) presented the petition to the Lower Chamber this week, and also called for the tick-box on income tax return forms allowing contributors

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Orang-utans using iPads Goat hijacks car

Orang-utans at a zoo in Miami have been using iPads as part of a communication and mental stimulus experiment. Linda Jacobs, who oversees the programme at Jungle Island, hopes the devices will eventually help bridge the gap between humans and the endangered apes. “Our young ones pick up on it. They understand it. It’s like, ‘Oh, I get this,’” Ms Jacobs said. “Our two older ones, they just are not interested. I think they just figure, ‘I’ve got along just fine in this world without this communication-skill here and the iPad, and I don’t need a computer.’” Ms Jacobs said she began letting the orang-utans use iPads last summer, based on the suggestion of someone who had used the devices with dolphins. The software was originally designed for humans with autism and the screen displays pictures of various objects. A trainer then names one of the objects, and the ape presses the corresponding button. The devices have been a great addition to the enrichment programmes Jungle Island already does with the orangutans, Ms Jacobs said. Keepers have long used sign language to communicate with them. Using their hands, the orangutans can respond to simple questions, identify objects and express their wants or needs. The apes can also identify body parts, helping the trainers care for them and

even give them shots. “We’re able to really monitor their health on a daily basis,” Jacobs said of the need for communication with the orang-utans. “We can do daily checks. If somebody’s not feeling well, we know it immediately.” While Ms Jacobs and other trainers have developed strong relationships with the orangutans, the iPad and other touch-screen computers offer an opportunity for them to communicate with people not trained in their sign language. Orang-utans are extremely intelligent but limited by their physical inability to talk, she said. “They are sort of trapped in those bodies,” Ms Jacobs said. “They have the intelligence that they need to communicate, but they don’t have the right

equipment, because they don’t have voice boxes or vocal chords. So this gives them a way to let us know what they know, what they are capable of, what they would like to have.” When it comes to orangutans, the iPad itself has limitations. First, the relatively small screen causes orangutans to hit the wrong buttons sometimes. Also, the touchscreen will not register if they try to use their fingernails. Most importantly, the devices are just too fragile to actually hand over to the apes – the trainers must hold them. “If I gave them the iPad, I could just basically hand them $600 and say, ‘Go have fun,’” Ms Jacobs said. “So until we come up with a better screen or a better case, I’m going to hold onto the iPad.”

An Austrian motorist felt a real silly-billy when he had to call police to report his car had been hijacked - by a goat. Gunther Hauser had been forced to brake as he drove trough the countryside in Radkersburg, Austria, when

he came face to face with the escaped beast on a remote road. But as Mr Hauser, 45, tried to chase the goat away it doubled back, jumped into the car and refused to budge as it began eating his seats. Finally, he trudged off to a


local farm only to be chased off as a suspected burglar. When he called the police, they rounded up local farmhands to remove the ram raider and take him back to his nearby enclosure. “I had to take a picture of the goat because my insurance company would never have believed me,” he said later.

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Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said this week that the measures taken by the Government “on Friday and previously” to complete the consolidation of the Spanish banking sector, would solve a “good part” of the economic problems facing Spain. “These are important and far-reaching decisions. These are difficult and hard times, but we must have courage and clear ideas,” Rajoy said at a news conference, after meeting with the President of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, in the bilateral meeting held in Oporto on the occasion of the XXV Portuguese-Spanish Summit. The Prime Minister also assured that the new phase of financial reform would further “deepen” the adjustment of housing prices, in order to meet their market value, and thus stimulate real estate sales. In addition to a drop in property prices, Rajoy moved that these measures will facilitate the provision of credit and will eliminate any “doubts” about the Spanish financial institutions. “We know that the situation is difficult and we know what needs to be done and what we are going to do,” assured the leader of the Government, saying he was confident that the new leaders of Bankia would take “relevant” measures in order to revive the institution. El Mundo reported that Rajoy, who refrained from ruling on the possible nationalisation of the company, wanted to send a “message of reassurance” to Bankia customers saying that the Government would guarantee the “stability” of the financial system. “The Government will take appropriate measures to maintain the financial system’s stability,” he concluded.



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Wednesday 16th May (and every Wednesday thereafter) ART WORKSHOP Café Golf, San Javier 10am - 12.00 Bring out the art in you! Informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2€ per head for MABS. For further information call Geoff on 968 192 768.

Tuesdays & Thursdays – “Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate” second hand store 10.30am - 12pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna.

Friday 18th May - SHARE & CARE GROUP - MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier 11am An informal get together for anyone affected by cancer. Come along for a coffee and a chat. For more information call Anne on 693 795 247

On a very hot day, some volunteers donned their clown outfits and even the Policia motorcycle escorts enjoyed the occasion. The total sponsorship money is still coming in but it seems clear that Carol Sherry will top the sponsorship poll.

2nd Wednesday of the month - Fortuna Ladies’ Luncheon Club - 1pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna

Well done and a big “Thank You” to everyone who participated.

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First and Third Friday of each month - MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market – 9am - 1 pm Situated opposite the Gran Via café


Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10am - 1pm (weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books.

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Keep watching the press or visit our website for more events For further details, please call 634 362 826

- MABS Book Stall – 11am – 2pm Outside the Trevol Bar/Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month)



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It was with great regret and sadness that the Cancer Support Group of HELP Murcia Mar Menor recently felt obliged to cease their fund raising activities because the AECC have had to withdraw their Cancer screening facilities. However, they will still remain active members of HELP MMM and support our activities. Shortly after this decision was taken the Cancer Support Group telephone was stolen, therefore the emergency telephone number 680393257 is no longer valid. The advert that is now in the local free papers states that Prostate and Breast screening in Alicante is available to people living in the Murcia Region, the person to contact for information on this is:- Maria Wilson Telephone Number 634 198 351.

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New Charity Shop For EHC bargains and is also a place for you to recycle your unwanted clothes. As always they are in need of more items of clothing to sell, bric a brac and coat hangers. Mo says, “Please take your items to any of our shops; in Quesada, La Siesta or Los Montesinos and we will distribute them accordingly.” She continues, “We also need more volunteers to man the shop here in Los Montesinos.”

Mo and her dedicated team are firing on all cylinders and have opened a new charity shop in Los Montesinos. Just 6 months ago Easy Horse Care had no charity shops, now we have 3 with a fourth one planned! These are proving essential in raising money to keep up with our daily ongoing costs.

There is also an added incentive of visiting the newest charity store on the block as every purchase will result in a voucher for the Royal Indian restaurant. Present that voucher at the end of your meal and they will kindly donate 5% of your bill to Easy Horse Care.

“We moved in over the Easter period, but the actual opening was just slightly delayed as there was a cherry picker and pile of marble slates right outside the shop which is located in the lovely square of Los Montesinos opposite the pharmacy.” Explains Mo, the charity shop co-ordinator.

With Los Montesinos being opened less than a month, plans are already turning to shop number four, in La Zenia, at a great location which can been seen directly from the N-332. It will be the largest premises and means we can now take any unwanted item including furniture and enable us to carry out house clearances.

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Sue Weeding, co-founder of Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre agreed, “Support for the shops is excellent, the people are just fantastic!” It topped off a great week for the Centre who found out they had been featured in a double page spread in Pony magazine; the UK’s leading equestrian magazine for teenagers showing that the charity’s reach is far spread, inspiring people internationally to raise funds. The Los Montesinos store is open Monday to Friday from 10am2pm. For more information or to volunteer your services email Mo at admin@ easyhorsecare. net or call 682 288 304. Or why not pop down to one of the open days at the Rescue Centre to see for yourself the work they do, every Sunday and Wednesday from 1-4pm.

The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club hold hands across the sea

At the May business meeting of the Torrevieja Costa Lions, Lion President Iain Bennett was delighted to announce the twinning of our local Lions Club with the Engey Lions Club of Reykjavik, Iceland. There are over 40,000 Lions Clubs in the world today, all under the stewardship of Lions Clubs International ,all of the clubs have an affilliation with each other as a result. The Twinning process brings Clubs closer together in understanding, fellowship and friendship and Clubs may only twin with Clubs from another country. To mark the occasion two of Engey Lions past Presidents, Halldora Thorvaldsdottir and Kata Arnadottir attended the Club business meeting and presented Iain with a pictorial book of the stunning scenery and lifestyle of Iceland and its people. Both Clubs look forward to a close bond between the Clubs and the prospect of inter club visits in the future.


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I am working very hard at the moment, sorting out our summer events and am very fortunate that close by, there is a Spanish Stable that specializes in breeding Pura Raza, Spanish Horses. This breed is famous for their Doma Classica, and together with this, they have an amazing show whereby a Flamenco Dancer, dances together with the Horses. I am very interested in bringing this show to Casa La Pedrera and just as I was finalising details, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a Poster, advertising the sale of Horse Sperm for artificial insemination. Prices for various stallions ranged from 300 to 500 euros, but the last picture on the poster was that of a Donkey with sperm for sale for 50 euros. I did a double take, as I realised that the picture was the splitting image of my Bernado, my Spanish Donkey, that I rescued some years ago.

Initially, I thought that was very funny, but then I got to thinking. Why would they be advertising this particular type of Donkey´s sperm for sale? I had always known he was an Andalucian Donkey, however a little further investigation, has revealed an astonishing result. The fact is that there is less than 150, some say 100 pure breed Andaluthian Donkeys left and current state is critical. If it were not for breeding programs such as this, and others, this particular breed would be extinct. Considering there was an agricultural census done between 1930 and 1940, there were between 900,000 and 1,200,000 donkeys in the Adalucian. region alone, the decline in numbers are shocking. They once were highly valued in the production of mules and the principle breed used in the development of the American Mammoth Jackstock.

yet also and docile and calm. The breed was spread from Córdoba to the south and center of the Iberian Peninsula. The rate of decline in numbers is attributed to the change of farming practices. Farming mules were replaced by machinery, so therefore the demand for Andalucian donkeys in the production of mules decreased, so did their numbers. Once, they were the mainstay of transportation, aided by mules, the offspring of donkey and mare. Donkeys toiled in the fields, hauled the produce, took their masters to market and home again. Entire populations fled from invaders on the backs of donkeys, and new lands were settled with the help of these same reliable servants. Donkeys transported baggage and field guns for the army, turned the irrigation wheels, laboured on building sites and carried all the gold of the Indies on their backs to the Royal court in Madrid. For all this, the donkey has received little thanks and knowing what I know now, thinking about the condition ,Bernado was in when I found him makes me even more incensed. His coat was so matted and infested with lice and his legs so infected he could hardly walk. His age is unknown, probably anything between 25 and 30 years, and according to the Spaniard I got him from ¨has been around since Christopher Columbus¨. It is well known that Donkey´s are more intelligent than horses, and their hearing is 50 times more efficient than that of humans.

It is a large breed in which males may reach 1.6 metres (5.2 ft) in height at the withers, and females 1.5 metres (4.9 ft).

It is little wonder then, that Donkeys have a special place in history, even biblical. When Salomon became king he rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey as did Jesus. The Donkey in Shrek is modelled on a real donkey named Pericles who lives in Barron Park in Palo Alto, California and as a result of the movie´s popularity, Donkeys became the ´must have´pet particularly in Ireland. Eeyore, originally created by the British author A.A. Milne for the Winnie-the-Pooh books, has achieved the greatest popularity, by far, of all the characters in the series.

Its head is medium-sized, and sub-convex in profile; the neck is muscular. It has a long loin, and lean and sharp withers.

Eeyore had over 241,000 fans on Facebook—92,000 more than compatriot Tigger and 85,500 more than the Pooh Bear himself.

Unlike other breeds of Spain, its coat is short, including on the ears, and soft to the touch. The coat is predominantly black-gray thrush, sometimes leading to almost white. Given its origin in a semi-arid environment, is well adapted to heat and lack of water. Andalusians are strong and sturdy,

Lest we forget the most famous donkey of all whereby Don Quixote, astride Rocinante, and Sancho Panza, riding Dapple, his donkey, set off on an expedition in secret and under cover of night. “Sancho ran immediately to his ass, and embraced him: ‘How hast thou done?’ cried he, ‘since I saw thee, my darling and treasure, my dear Dapple, the delight of my eyes, and my dearest companion!’ And then he stroked and slobbered him with kisses.¨

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n e d r a G s ’ e i k n Fra ANSWER: When first planted grapevines, along with all other newly-planted, drought-resistant climbers, shrubs and trees will need watering until established. After that a vine will only need an occasional dowsing in spring and summer, together with a feed of a multi-purpose fertiliser such as Azule, if there has been no rainfall.

S pain was one of the first countries to cultivate vines for winemaking on a commercial basis back around 900BC and the tradition lives on. Whether you want to make your own wine or just have grapes for eating, every garden here in Spain should have at least one grapevine, in my opinion. Mine is principally for providing shade in summer. In winter the leaves fall, thus allowing any sunlight into the house but in summer the shadow cast by the thick green foliage helps to keep it cool. There are many varieties of grape, so if you are planting anew decide whether you want it for eating or wine making (far easier here than in UK as the grapes are sweeter due to prolonged sunshine). The best time to plant is between November and February, so possibly too late to be sure of success this year. Vines will grow in almost any soil and aspect but not where they can become waterlogged, so good drainage is essential. Dig a hole larger than the root ball and plant your new vine with equal parts of manure and peat. My Spanish neighbour insisted I also put a large tin of dog food in with the mix when I planted (apparently it’s traditional to put a dead cat, dog, or rat in the hole) but I don’t know how essential this may be! As your vine grows pinch out any side-shoots, leaving one main stem, until the required height is reached and then encourage it to spread across a pergola or along wires as I do. When the bunches of grapes appear remove about half, more if you only want the vine for shade, so those left will be bigger and juicier. Apart from pinching out the sideshoots any pruning should be left until the leaves have fallen in autumn. Traditionally I’m told this should be completed before Christmas Day!


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Walk, Talk, Dance and Relax! CRESCENDO at CASA VERDE, ALMORADI

Something for everyone – first we have Talk on your new mobile and bring us your old one to The Homes Gardens and Outdoor Living Show on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May Charlie Dimmock will be “digging” out and old mobile to bring with her on Wednesday! Then Dance at Swinging Sixties Night at Quesada Country Club on Friday 25th May, tickets bought through Paul Cunningham Nurses are just €12 you will be entertained by the fabulous PDQ and The Variety Show Group!!! Walk for Wendy (In memory of Wendy Vickers) sponsorship forms available or you can just pay a €5 registration fee. This walk organised by David Isaacs and led by Rod Loveday with our own first aider following up the rear starts at 5.00 p.m. Sunday 27th May from the Tu Cantina in the Thursday market car park Rojales – this is a 5k.m. walk along the river and back to Tu Cantina for FREE Paella and entertainment! To qualify for FREE Paella you will need to email, phone or text 639 318 526 and finally Relax on Thursday 28th June at Ladies Pamper Day just €12 for the third year running at Casa La Pedrera, there will be a 2 course lunch with Cava on arrival and treatments at special prices available all day! So please join us to walk, talk, dance and relax with Paul Cunningham Nurses. Full details of all of these and more events for later in the year are on w w w.paulcunninghamnurses. com

On Saturday May 5th, Crescendo International Choir gave a private concert for the residents and staff of Casa Verde Retirement Home in Almoradi. This was at the suggestion of one of the choir members who has a relative living there. There was a lot of foot-tapping as the choir sang a varied programme of sixteen songs. These ranged from religious to swing and included two pieces in Spanish, ‘Sin Ti’ and ‘Guantanamera’ which had the residents joining in before clapping enthusiastically. The Choir’s young Musical Director Irene Oliva and their accompanist Toni Guillen were particularly popular, with many people coming up to chat to them afterwards. All of the choir socialized with residents as refreshments were handed out and everyone agreed that it was an enjoyable afternoon.


At the recent AGM of The Help Association Vega Baja Keith Mead (President), Jean Thomas (Vice President) and Ruth Mead (Charity Events Co-ordinator) announced their wish to step down from their committee roles. All were thanked for their tireless work over the previous years. Although resigning from their committee posts all will continue to work for the Association in other capacities. Richard Garland was re-appointed as Secretary and Chris Stimpson as Treasurer for the Association. Chris announced the purchase of a vehicle for Help Vega Baja, which would eliminate the use of Volunteers´ private cars to transport goods to and from charity events. Ron Perrin was welcomed as the new President of Help Vega Baja. He informed the meeting that, as President, he would continue the good work of previous presidents, towards a modern organisation which continued to meet the changing needs of the local community. Ron is well known to Help members, and has worked for many years, with his wife Pat, as Co-ordinator of Friends Unlimited, the social group of Help Vega Baja. Other committee posts were subsequently appointed, with the exception of a Special Events Co-ordinator, which had become vacant during the previous financial year. The Help Association would welcome enquiries from anyone with some available free time and organisation skills, who would be willing support Help Vega Baja in this capacity. For an informal discussion, please contact the San Miguel Office, tel: 966 723 733. The office is open Monday to Friday 10am to 1.30pm.


The next free concert to be held in the village church in Campoverde will take place next Sunday (20th May) at 8pm. The latest in the “Music in Quiet Places”series, this one will be different, showing a wide variety of musical talent from the surrounding area, from classical arias to Spanish popular ‘classics’ and solo pieces performed on piano and double-bass. As always, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience and singers to take a short time for contemplation. There will be a retiring collection to aid the work of the church. More info from Roger Eames: 966 762 308


Dear Lord Coe I am so looking forward to the start of the Lord Coe Summer Olympic Games in London on 17th July, but I am very worried about several points which don’t seem to have been covered in any press or Internet releases. I am very concerned that the Gods might not be looking favourably on your Games; the failure of the flame to stay alight might be a bad omen. Please reassure me that the appropriate deities were consulted, fitting sacrifices were made and that the credentials of all those High Priestesses were thoroughly checked – they all looked suspiciously young to me, and nothing would annoy a god more than the omission of a decent sacrifice and phoney High Priestesses! Then there is the matter of transporting the flame. I read that it is being flown by the Royal Naval Air Force into RNAS Culdrose. However, I am confused. If each bearer carries the torch for 300 metres,

By Jos Biggs


what happens on the flight? It doesn’t take long for a plane, even a slow one, to cover 300 metres, so if one person holds it for the whole flight they will have held it for very much more than 300 metres. I am sure that there is a Union of Torch Bearers somewhere that will see this as grossly unfair, and



could even call strike action. What then? The whole relay could be thrown into jeopardy! As I see it the only acceptable course would be to do a high-speed pass-the-parcel, or rather a high speed pass-the-Flame throughout the flight, where the Torch gets passed rapidly from one bearer to the next. To add authenticity, perhaps they should all jog on the spot? I’m not even going to try to work out how many 300 metreses there are between Athens and Culdrose, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that you are going to need more than a plane load of people to keep within the 300 metre rule. Perhaps the SAS could airlift some more people in halfway there, just to make up the numbers and keep the Torch Bearers Union happy? I am sure that you have thought of all these little details, though I am concerned that maybe some of your team are not maintaining standards quite as highly as you would have expected. For instance, who was it who found all those extra tickets which are now available? Whose sofa were they down? Perhaps if that same person looked down their sofa again they would find enough ready cash to pay off the national deficit? I remain respectfully yours Worried of Limaria

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In the week after Christmas 2011 and before the old bearded guy with the scythe and hourglass shuffled off in order to allow the New Year in, I did a silly thing. Well not so silly actually, although to the casual observer it would have appeared to be a little premature and a bit hasty to say the least. I booked tickets for a Christmas show in December 2012. This is no ordinary Christmas show however and from a practical standpoint, it is always advisable to get in as early as possible for this particular event. Even though it was so soon after Christmas and I knew from experience how popular the show is, I was amazed at the number of tickets that had already been sold in the opening few days of their release. Out of curiosity I have just looked

again at the website and for the particular performance that we will be attending, there is one solitary seat remaining – seven months before curtain-up.

The show is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular in Norfolk, and without doubt it is the best Christmas show in the Universe. Well alright I haven’t actually attended all the Christmas shows in the Universe, but I have never seen anything that comes close to this. For seven consecutive years before leaving England, I organised coach parties to Thursford and we even flew back especially for the show during our first two years in Spain. It really is that good and Christmas just isn’t complete without that yearly Thursford fix. I will go so far as to say that it should be included on the ‘Things to do before you die’ schedule that newspapers and magazines are so fond of espousing. In fact I have it on good authority that it was right at the top of the list for the movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, but was excluded during the editing when the producers realized

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that the majority of American cinemagoers have no idea where England is let alone Norfolk.

For many, the place Thursford is a complete unknown, let alone the show bearing its name. But when I tell you that there are two performances daily – seven days a week – from November 9th until December 23rd in 2012, at 1400 people a sitting, it will give you some idea of its popularity. Moreover when you learn that the whole run of ninety performances is set to be a sell out, this means that 120,000 people in total will attend the show this year and it puts into perspective even more the extraordinary scale of the thing. The history of the show is fascinating. One Christmas, more than 30 years ago, a small festive show took place in this tiny north Norfolk village, a rural pimple midway between the market towns of Fakenham and Holt. It featured the choristers of King’s College, Cambridge and little did the organisers know that this seasonal offering would be the birth of what is now England’s largest Christmas show. It was staged in the converted

cattle sheds that held the steam collection of the late George Cushing whose love of Christmas came second only to his life time love affair with steam engines. From those modest beginnings, the event caught the public’s imagination and over the years grew into the mega event it has now become - as did the steam collection, now recognized as one of the most important of its kind in the world. The location may be remote, but thousands of visitors make an annual pilgrimage to experience the multi-million pound spectacular. Attending for the first time, the visitor must wonder if they have taken the wrong turning when they negotiate the narrow country lane, once the main A148 Cromer road has been left behind. But suddenly there they

are entering a huge bustling car park filled with vehicles and a collection of coaches from such diverse locations as Swansea, the Isle of Wight and Cornwall. The whole of the complex is given over to the Christmas extravaganza with much of the steam collection mothballed for the winter, although certain exhibits such as the mighty Wurlitzer organ and a vintage fairground carousel are in evidence and are an integral part of the show. Auditions




musicians are usually held in London in June with the dancers being added later in September – all told, 100 members of cast with a back stage and technical crew of 50 or more. And it’s noticeable if you regularly attend Thursford, that many members come back to perform year after year. I should be thinking of barbees and beaches I know, but I have just found some left over mince pies in the dark recesses of the freezer and it brought Christmas to mind.

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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing Although nothing can be proved it is thought that the Tango originated in Buenos Aires at the turn of the century amongst a mixture of cultures that was Buenos Aires. Immigrants from several European countries along with those from Africa and South American countries who each brought their own dances were fused and developed into the Tango we know as the Argentine Tango. Traditional polkas, waltzes and mazurkas were mixed with the popular habanera from Cuba and the spanish seaboard, to form a new dance and music, the milonga, which was popular in the 1870s . This was known as the “poor man’s Habanera”. The word tango was used at the time to describe various music and dances, for example the tango andaluza from Spain in the 1880s. At the centre of the ‘milonga’ was the culture of the black population, with their dances such as the candombe, a mix of many different african traditions, which contributed the early canuyengue movement and style - the cuts (cortes) which became a central feature of tango. Because of the severe poverty of the immigrants, many of whom were men hoping to earn money to send back to their families crime, brothels, gangsters and the tango resulted. The generally accepted history has the tango dance originating from the minor toughs, the ‘compadritos’, with nothing to their name except macho pride, imitating the dances of the African population, as they danced on the street. It is possible that the much wilder candombe was mixed with the milonga to form the early Tango. Men learned together from a young age as there were few women, and certainly none to practice with. Tango inevitably moved to where they could be found - in the brothels, and dubious legend has it that the women could choose

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their clients by their dancing skill. The man had three dances to prove himself! By 1910 the rich sons of Argentina made their way to Paris the centre of the cultural and entertainment world. They introduced the tango into a society eager for something new by the dashing, rich latin boys who brought it. In 1913 the Tango had spread from St Petersburg to New York, for those not averse to the risqué new dance. It became. an international phenomena, even if its heart was still in Buenos Aires. The Argentine upper classes who had shunned the tango were now forced into accepting it, because it was fashionable in Paris. Hollywood glamorised the tango to a mass audience through Valentine as a tangoing gaucho. The dance stalled during the first world war but revived during the 1920s and was dominant and danced by thousands of respectable people in prospering cities. The dance was refined into the slick elegant salon style. However it went out of fashion in Europe in the 1930s and due to a military coup in Argentina was supressed for 10 years but subsequently became an expressions of Argentinian culture. The character continued to evolve over the passing years as political and economic conditions forced them to change. By the 1950s the tango again went out of fashion when the rock and roll took over the popularity. The revival came in the 1980s when a show ‘Tango Argentino’ toured the world demonstrating a dazzling version of the dance and championed a revival in many countries as a result. Today there are many places to learn and see the tango danced. Next week we will look at the modern International Ballroom Tango which is taught in dance schools and is one of the 5 ballroom dances on the worlds competitive stage.





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Talks about how to take preventive measures against con tricks and frauds, organised by the Rojales Town Hall, will be held in the following dates and venues: Friday, May 25th, in the Cultural Centre of Ciudad Quesada at 6pm. Thursday, May 31st, in the Cultural Centre of Heredades at 6pm Friday, June 1st, in the Social Centre of Rojales at 6pm Looking forward to see you there José Ramón García, Ayuntamiento de Rojales, Rojales Town Hall

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Thursday 17th May 8pm Morgan´s Bar Eagles Nest is holding a race night in aid of the superb work done by the charity Help At Home. As well as a great night of fun with “Gee Gee´s”, the charity will be holding various games on the night with some fantastic prizes to be won! Help At Home provide a simply essential lifeline to many expats across the Costas and are desperate to raise funds to enable this excellent service to continue. A FUN night is guaranteed as always at Morgans as well raising money for this brilliant cause! For further information you can call the Help At Home Volunteers on 646 371 465 or Morgans Bar Eagles Nest on 966 189 352

The Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group........................................... The Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group will be performing their latest production, at the San Fulgencio Theatre on FRIDAY 25TH MAY AT 8PM. “Here We Go Again” A Night of Variety. The first half will be on the lines of an Old Time Music Hall with lots of audience participation expected. The second half will have a theme of the beach and the seaside. The songs will take you on a trip down memory lane and the comedy sketches will have you rolling in the aisles. It’s the way they tell ‘em! Once again the the costumes will be stunning, especially when we all go to the ball! So don’t forget to put the 25th May in your diaries. Tickets are now on sale at the greatly reduced price of 6e from The Tourist Information Centre and The Butterfly Children’s Charity shop both in La Marina. Or please contact Maria on 966715891

PHEONIX SOLOS CLUB...................

meet Mondays 11.00-13.00 at the International Marina Club, Torrevieja, Join us for Sunday lunches, 10 pin bowling, holidays, and various other social events. Anyone welcome but very popular with the over 50’s/60’s. Please contact Kitty 96 5328 557.

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Services................... La Bamba’s...................................... BALLROOM / LATIN / SEQUENCE LA RUSTIKA [LOS ARCOS] restaurant Avenida Baleares 34, Torrevieja SATURDAY - SOCIAL DANCE 7.30pm – 10pm MONDAY – New Beginners Class - 10am – 11.3am Intermediate Class 11.30am – 1pm Tuesday - Sequence class 7.30pm – 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm – 10.30pm [not 2nd Tuesday of month] CASA VENTURA,san luis, Torrevieja THURSDAY New Beginners class 7.30pm – 8.30pm Intermediates 8.30pm – 10.0pm 5 EUROS For more information CONTACT Andrea and Brian 616 478 157


Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Services are held each Sunday at 10.30 am. when Communion is served and children’s Sunday School, plus Wednesday at 6.30 pm. at Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, (between Iceland and the Needle - opposite Maxi Dia) Torrevieja. A warm welcome awaits you!”

FRIENDS 4US...................................

meet in Quesada area every Friday from 11am. Social and support network. Help with Spanish. Call Lynda for details 965501550

space for a little one?

Do you have any fundraising ideas? Would you like to organize or hold an event for APAH. If you have some great ideas and have some free time please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit Leo is a year and a half old. He was found under a tree in Playa Flamenca with his two brothers when he was 8 weeks old. Leo would love to go to a home that already has another dog as he doesn’t like to be on his own. He has been chipped, castrated and vaccinated. Apollo is a year and a half old, he was found on an urbanisation near Los Montesinos. He was in very good condition but when he was examined by our vet they found that his previous owners had cut his vocal chords, so Apollo does not bark like a normal dog. He gets on well with other dogs and loves to play and go for walks. He has been castrated, micro-chipped and vaccinated. Yet another hanging has taken place between Rocamora and Cox in Alicante. This poor dog was found by a charity volunteer walking their dog. Please see if you recognize him so his killers can be prosecuted. More information can be found at or contact Natasha on 616 210 850 Please visit our website under urgent appeals to see our other dogs in need of finding a foster home.




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insurance asssa medical insurances Asssa Mazarron, Diane Nolan, Tel: 968 153 396, mazarron@asssa. es

locksmiths Locks r us 24hr emergency locksmith, tel: 653 145 300, see main ad on front page.



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664 890 990

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Bed bases from 35€ Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada Tel: 653 634 714 Denon Music System, Amplifier, Tuner, Tape deck and CD player together with two box speakers. 30€ euros. Tel 647 101 663 Table lamp, Thai porcelain, wood base, blue/white €40 Blue Lagoon area Tel: 608 700 698

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English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email:


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Cars, Vans, Bikes Damaged or Scrap Reliable Cars Bought For Cash

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Jilted man gives away holiday

A Nottingham man who spent £1,000 on a holiday for his girlfriend is giving the trip away - after she broke up with him. Tom Frankenburg has uploaded a video to YouTube inviting people who think they deserve the holiday to Malta to get in touch. The 22-year-old guitar teacher and photographer has had hundreds of email responses and more than 20,000 views since the video was uploaded less than a week ago. “I had this holiday that I couldn’t go on. I couldn’t sell it. I couldn’t get a refund. I was pretty stuck,” said Mr Frankenburg. “I genuinely want to get rid of this holiday and after a lot of thought, I thought this would be the best way to do it. “The majority of responses are not people nominating themselves, it’s actually people nominating other people which is really nice actually, that people are doing that,” he said. The holiday in July includes flights to and from East Midlands Airport and a week in a four star hotel. Mr Frankenburg said he hopes his act of kindness can inspire others to do something similar. “Obviously I can’t fix everything but I can fix it a little bit and hopefully this video will inspire you to do the same, even if it’s just a little thing,” he added. “Like sitting next to that lonely kid at school or buying a homeless person a sandwich for lunch on the streets.”

How do insurers determine what your motor insurance quote should be?

As part of the recent launch of its new and improved motor insurance policy, Liberty Seguros, the leading expatriate insurance provider in Spain, has compiled an informative list of factors taken into account by insurance companies when determining insurance rates. While some are general, others are specific to the vehicle and its owner.


The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria - part 1

The land to the east of the River was wet, swampy and unfit for human habitation. This was a worry but as they were to target British tourists it was thought they would feel at home there. The Río Verde itself is a stagnant green soup, with strange genetically altered fish and villainous looking amphibians blundering around in its murky depths. The risk of infection is always prevalent if one enters the water and clothing has been known to disintegrate on contact with the it. A plan had been hatched to introduce antibiotics into the food to counter the worst of the River’s effects, but the cost proved prohibitive. Rodriquez bought twenty prefabricated buildings from the now defunct Ispravitelno-trudovoi lager in Siberia, which he sold to the project at an exorbitant price. The Building Committee did question the suitability of ex-Siberian prison buildings, however the assembly instructions caused more of a concern. Written in Russian, the hieroglyphics meant nothing to the insular Alquerians . When completed instead of resembling the supplied illustrations they took the shape of fanciful Disneyland type structures with no two alike. They would not have

John MacDonald (El Sordo)

The decision had been taken to build the Holiday Village east of the Río Verde. The natural barrier afforded by the River would separate Alqueria from the holiday makers. Rodriguez sensing money to be made wanted the lion’s share of the new venture. He put his full weight behind the project and raised the necessary capital. The sale of eighty hectares of land to a Middle-Eastern gentleman financed the project. The land measured two hundred and seventy kilometres long and three metres wide. It was the disused Alqueria to Valencia railway line. The line became uneconomical ten years ago. This was chiefly due to the trains arriving at Alqueria always being empty and those leaving suffering considerable delay while they were thoroughly searched for illicit Remitroot liquor. The ownership of the land, already in dispute became further confused when Rodriquez sold it without the slightest claim to title.

disgraced Goudí himself. Staffing the resort was easy. Unemployed from Alqueria, of which there are many, would be trained and given a smattering of English. Unfortunately the only person in the village with grasp of English is Blythe Gruntmore and as a Geordie this grasp is somewhat tenuous, his Spanish is also abysmal. Many happy, hilarious and alcohol soaked nights passed as Blythe passed on his linguistic gems. The sound of an Alquerian Spaniard trying to say “ Welcome te wor village the booza is tha wa bonny lad“ is a wonder to behold. In these troubled times it is indeed a bold venture. Alquerians have always been given to bold gestures, stupid ones but bold none the less. We can only see how the first inmates, or rather guests react to the resort.

Here are some of the general and personal factors that affect insurance rates: • People Have Accidents - over 40 million accidents around the world each year. • Cars are Expensive to Repair – sometimes replacement parts alone can cost about 3 times as much as purchasing the same car new. • Medical Treatment for Accident Victims is Expensive - rising health care costs means upward trends in medical treatment costs in the event of an accident. • People Steal Cars - as car theft continues to rise, so will the cost of car insurance. • Some People File Fraudulent or Inflated Claims - these people believe an accident is an opportunity to make money. • Your Car - The more expensive a car is to repair or replace, the more it costs to insure. It’s important to highlight the car’s safety features as it can help lower your car insurance quote. • Your Address - Where you live and whether or not the car is kept in a garage will affect your quote. • Your Driving Record - Having fewer accidents, violations or claims in your driving record will also help lower your car insurance quote and might make you eligible for a no-claims discount. The new and improved car insurance policy from Liberty Seguros means customers now get more for their money. The policy is specially designed for expatriates and some of the covers included are: • 24 hour Roadside Assistance • Key Loss Cover/Replacement • Up to 65% No-Claims Discount • Tracker Device Discount • Extensive Breakdown Cover • 10% Named Driver Discount • Courtesy Car/taxi No matter what time of day your car breaks down or if you lose your keys, “don’t panic” as the new ad campaign denotes. Liberty Seguros will be there to help. A courtesy car or taxi will be provided to keep you moving if your car is being repaired and if your keys get lost they will be replaced without any hassle. Plus, if you have a tracker device installed in your car you may be eligible to receive a sizeable discount. As Liberty Seguros works only with the best brokers, customers receive premier service with the flexibility to tailor a policy to suit their specific requirements. If you need to buy quality car insurance at an affordable price and want to deal with a reputable, secure company in your language, visit www. or call 902 255 258 to find the name of your nearest Liberty Seguros broker. About Liberty Seguros: Liberty Seguros is the leading expatriate insurance provider in Spain with over 150,000 international clients, committed to providing high quality, competitively priced insurance products and services to both personal and business users. Liberty Seguros has been in operation since 2001 and is one of the top 10 insurers in Spain with a total of 1.5 million customers. It is part of the Liberty Mutual Group of Companies, the 5th largest property and casualty insurance company in the US with more than 90 years experience in the sector.


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pause for thought

In my last item I acknowledged the difficulty some folk have with the concept of Christ’s resurrection; but if that seems hard, then I’ll guess that his subsequent ascension, which we celebrate this year on Thursday, May 17th, may seem even more incredible. But for those of us who consider ourselves to be Christians, the resurrection and ascension of Jesus are two of the most vital and reassuring aspects of our faith. Indeed, without these there’s really little point in being Christian at all, for as St Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in Corinth “if Christ wasn’t raised from death, then your faith is for nothing, and those who’ve died are lost; so if our religion is only for this life, then we really are the most miserable folk on earth.” And it’s the conviction that Jesus rose and ascended that makes our faith so special, allowing us to affirm that death is not the end, but that life continues beyond the grave. For the Bible tells us that just 40 days after rising from the grave, Jesus was taken into heaven, in full view of his followers, whose lives as a result were changed beyond all recognition. And if I as a Christian actually believe this, then it should have a pretty dramatic effect on me too. For Ascension Day, reminds us that not only did Christ overcome death by returning to life that Easter Day, after having been crucified and buried; but that he also returned to his Father to prepare for us, in due time to join him there. Through his ascension Jesus confirms that death is not the end; that there is eternal purpose to our lives here on Earth, and that when this period of our existence comes to an end, then we can look forward to an eternity far more fantastic than anything we could ever dream of. So let’s really celebrate this day as one of the most important dates in the Christian Calendar!

Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at

what, no football? I bet wives and girlfriends everywhere are glad the Premier League season is finally over. No more football at all until the season starts again in August. That’s excepting the Champions League final, three weeks of the European championships next month, Two and a half weeks of Olympic football in July, the start of the Europa League qualifiers and the Charity Shield both in August. Such a boring summer for all us football lovers. Being a Liverpool supporter I and my fellow fans have suffered all the past season with awful results and the final lowly league placing of 8th, one below our rivals Everton so well done to them. At least we won the Carling Cup on penalties after extra time was not enough for us to beat Championship side Cardiff. Liverpool spent 105 million pounds for these fantastic achievements and Everton actually made a 12 million pound profit on their transfers and still finished above us. It’s a work in progress we are told. Players costing millions and making in a week what regular people take years to earn apparently need 12-18 months to get used to their new surroundings to start to do the job properly. Normally people start a job on a month or threes trial to see how they cope with their new position. Footballers however can get 50 grand or more a week and their every need provided for

by a team of specialists and all they have to do is kick a ball for 90 minutes or even just get paid to sit on a bench in a tracksuit and watch their mates play. It’s a hard life and no wonder the poor sods take to shagging each - others girlfriends and drink driving in fast cars. To make up for this lack of sport this summer I have been looking for other ways to entertain us all – cinemas are rather thin on the ground or so I thought until I discovered that Total Entertainment in Albox show movies every week and only for 2.50€. Thursday has The Debt starring Helen Mirren and Friday has My week with Marilyn featuring Kenneth Branagh. Follow Mine Cine on Facebook to keep up to date on screenings. Sunday afternoon 3rd June, Siobhan Tatton is organising the Turre Music festival at Hostal Rural Turre in aid of PAWS. Mama Paulas Blues Band headline along with Marios projects Zambra AllStars, Los Mezcalleros and Ratatoules a new local band featuring Fritz and German Denis. Tickets are priced at only 5€. Tickets are available locally in Turre and Siobhan is selling tickets from a stall every Friday morning at Turre market. Full details can be found via Siobhan’s Facebook page. Print deadline is here and so I cannot confirm the Twitter rumours that Kenny Dalglish has left LFC by ‘mutual consent!’

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World’s oldest backpacker The ‘world’s oldest backpacker’

is poised to embark on his latest globe-trotting trip - at the age of 95. Keith Wright, a sprightly World War II veteran from Australia’s Gold Coast, didn’t enjoy his first trip abroad until he was 85. However, after being well and truly bitten by the traveling bug he is now preparing for his latest two month solo backpacking jaunt to Europe. Mr Wright has planned a twomonth itinerary including Madrid, San Sebastian, Paris, Munich, Vienna and a trip to Britain to see the racing at Royal Ascot. He took up travelling after the death of his wife and carefully saves his pension to ensure he is able to get away every couple of years. “I have had itchy feet all my life and had always wanted to go to Gallipoli on Anzac Day, so I decided to sell our house and put the extra money towards a holiday,” said Mr Wright. “I have seen things that most tourists haven’t seen, because I walk the back streets and take trains or buses to nearby towns for the day. Most people I meet are surprised when I tell them my age and amazed that I have come all the way from Australia.” Mr Wright travels on a shoestring, flying economy class and occasionally sharing dormitories with 18 to 30somethings. In total, over the past ten years has been to 23 countries and 109 cities - his favourite being San Sebastian in Spain. His travel agent comments: “Every booking I have made for him has been an inspiration to me, I like to tell his story to other travellers, particularly those who may have thought themselves too old to travel overseas or feared that it was too expensive.”


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A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting game ended in a deserved draw, with two evenly matched teams going blow for blow until the final whistle. Overall, Mazarron had the edge on chances but tremendous saves from the visiting keeper thwarted them on several occasions. Mazarron had the better of exchanges in the early part of the game, but the first of many good saves, first from a Jose Da shot and a headed clearance off the line from a shot by Dani following a corner were the nearest they came to scoring. In the 21st minute a long range effort bounced off the post with Ruben well beaten but he made a magnificent save from the follow up shot. However a throw in from the left in the 27th minute saw the ball bounce awkwardly over Ruben and onto the head of a Los Garres forward who scored the opening goal. The second half started in similar fashion with Mazarron having some good efforts saved by the keeper. The first of these was when Pepsi was put through by Jose Da and the ball was eventually hacked away to safety. A deserved equalizer came in the 54th minute when excellent work by Jose Da on the left saw

the ball passed to Edin on the right who cut in and crossed brilliantly for Jose to put the ball into an empty net. Shortly after this a cross was headed down by Ahmed for Jose Da to hit the ball towards the top corner of the net but the Los Garres keeper brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar. Chances continued to came at either end with Ruben making a good save and then Edin having a shot blocked by a defender. Mazarron were then denied what seemed a clear penalty when Ahmed was pushed inside the area. One of the biggest cheers of the game was reserved for the referee who got in the way of a fiercely struck through ball with resultant damage to his unmentionables. Despite a glaring open goal miss by Los Garres in the last minute Mazarron were well worth a draw and the youthful team continue to make progress. Team: Ruben, Victor, Diego, Pollo, Dani, Martin (Pepsi), Matt Clarke, Ahmed, Edin (Jaguar), Jose Da, Jose (Fernando). Mazarron are at home to Thader Murcia this Sunday, 20th May kick off 6 pm. Admission is €5 with juveniles free. It is the final home game of the season.

RAIMONDI BAGS A BRACE UD LAS PALMAS - 1 FC CARTAGENA - 2 BY STEVE HIBBERD These 3 priceless points gained last Fri night in the Canary Islands, coupled with a useful 1-1 draw in the resumed previously abandoned match with Celta Vigo the previous Tues, gave Cartagena an unexpected lifeline in their quest for div 2a survival. So that’s now 7 points from a possible 9, pushing Carlos Rios men up to only a point off 3rd to bottom team Alcoyano, and with 5 matches still to play, a fighting change of avoiding the drop. The rescheduled game against Celta might only have lasted for 31 mins (yes, here in Spain, any abandoned match restarts with the number of minutes remaining on the clock - and with a drop ball at the place it was last in play!), but the hectic end to end play, resembled that of a 20/20 cricket match. Braulio hit a scorcher on 76 mins (17 mins real time), that rattled the post before bouncing to safety. With only 6 mins remaining, ex Cartagena and Chelsea star De Lucas hit a beauty, which home keeper Reina acrobatically tipped over the bar, ensuring that Celta made the long trip back to Galicia with only 1 point for their efforts. Encouraged by 2 great results, Cartagena started brightly in Gran Canaria Stadium, making 3 penetrating runs in the first 5 mins. As the home side settled down, so did their confidence to attack, and they deservedly took the lead on 14 mins. A delightful through ball by Viera found Momo, who expertly chipped the on rushing Reina. Back came Cartagena, with Braulio being centre stage. First off, he had a testing 20 yard shot well saved, then from the corner, his firm header inched over the bar. Reina came to his sides rescue

on 34 mins, when he somehow tipped a goal bound effort by Viera onto the far post. With 45 mins almost up, visiting keeper Reina did it again, this time pulling off a majestic save from Portillo. Las Palmas should have scored within 2 mins of the restart. Portillo forced yet another save from Reina, then from the very next attack, Viera sent a delightful chipped shot just wide of the post. On 52 mins, Braulio looked to be bundled over inside the penalty area, but unfortunately the ref could not see what I could on live tv! Cartagena then made a vital double substitution, Raimondi and Josemi making an entrance, and it was the Peter Crouch look alike Raimondi, who made an immediate game changing impact. The ever improving Braulio provided a glorious assist, from which super sub Raimondi expertly chipped over LP keeper Barbosa, and level the scores on 64 mins. Ten mins later, Reina prevented Vitolo from putting the home side ahead, as the game took on a frantic feel to it. Then with 3 mins remaining on the clock, Cartagena went and won it. Collantes provided an accurate cross, which Paz pulled back from the dead ball line to Raimondi. The likeable Uruguayan then blasted home from close range, before being mobbed by overjoyed team mates. Games are now coming thick and fast for Los Albinegros. On Weds 16 May, ko 9pm, mid table Xerez visit Cartagonova Stadium for another highly important div 2a fixture. Another winnable match follows on Sat 19 May, ko 6pm, when Cartagena make the long trip to northern Catalonia to play another mid table side, Huesca.

4 Trophies for Torrevieja Swimming Team............................... In the 15th Municipal Patronato Trophy Competition on Saturday 12 May at the Municipal Pool, San Vincente, the Torrevieja Swimming Club won 4 trophies. The day’s events were split into the younger competitors in the morning and older team members in the afternoon. In total 643 swimmers from 20 regional clubs competed in both sessions. During the morning the team competed in 50m and 100m backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle events. All swimmers worked hard and achieved some very rewarding personal times and new personal bests. The girls 100m Alevin Backstroke event saw Piroska Rideg win 2nd place and a silver trophy with a new personal best

time of 1:18:69. Towards the end of the mornings races Piroska fought a very close race to earn third place and a trophy in her 100m Butterfly event with a time of 1:27:28. The boys Benjamin 4 x 50m Medley Relay event excitingly finished the morning’s events with the boys, Georgy Murskiy, Kasper Goliszek, Bastian Martinez and Timofei Pykin winning 6th position with a time of 2:54:80. The afternoon session saw 14 older members of the club compete in another full calendar of races. All team members swam well, improving on times and personal bests. The most rewarding was Emma Cagigao’s two events, the 50m Absolute Backstroke and the 100m Junior Freestyle. Emma won 1st place

10TH EUROPEAN DAY PETANCA CHAMPIONSHIP............................ The 10th year of the European Day Petanca, attracted 13 Countries. With the winners Hans Karlsson and Lennart Lundahl, from Sweden the supreme champions. They worked well together which paid dividends, they had previously beaten Spanish Fernando, and Rodrigo, then Rufino and Vladimir from Romania in the semi final. They were faced with the inform pair of Jacques Paolacci from Corsica and Pepino of France. Again good team work helped Hans and Lennart build a steady lead this put Jacques and Pepino under pressure , with the Swedish pair opening up a sound lead to win the trophy. Both pairs had played well over the two

days. The Spanish domination seems to have waned of late, with the improving Countries keen to challenge for honours. The Belgium players were out in force with Guy Fernandez, and Veronique Davin, from the San Luis club taking 3rd place, a good performance, with Christiane and Gino Also Playing well in the B Final .The Ayuntamiento of Torrevieja Sponsored this event for the 10th year, with Rosario Martinez and Graham Knight attending one of many events during this busy week. PUNTO PRIMA MENS DOUBLES This is being held at Rocajuna on Sunday May 20th, entries to Nancy on 966 199 288

and trophies in both races knocking a further 2 seconds off her 50m Backstroke personal best with a time of 33:63. Both Adam Stewart and Aleksander Haarberg participated in the Absolute categories achieving good times and enjoying the buzz of team competitions. Well done to all the Torrevieja swimmers. 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

This weeks competition was the 3rd round of the Summer League. The venue being the Rio Segura, Murcia. Well, it has been several weeks since we fished this venue, but nature has decided in that time to take over. Swims that we fished just those weeks ago are now unfishable with the reeds marching along the banks and across the river. If the Murcia federation don´t do anything very soon there will be about 10 to 15 swims only !!!!!!!!!. The flow of the river is now very sedate, to at times virtually non existent. Whether this is the precursor as to the work that will be carried out is anybody´s guess. The good thing is the river is still fishing well. Top rods on the day 1st Neil ( The Boy ) McBirnie fishing the pole using pellet and corn with 20.84 kilo’s 2nd Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attache ) fishing the pole using pellet and paste with 19.00 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 18.42 kilo’s. Individual results after 3 rounds 1st Ian Dalzell with 9 points 2nd Dave Hutchinson with 16 points 3rd Dave Hoare with 17 points PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771.


Supplied by Terry Screen The 8th round of the Spring Series saw us fishing the Embalsa De Argos on the 8th May. I was informed that the moon is now at its closest to the Earth for many years, and there are a lot of Anglers who believe

these lunar phases have an effect on fishing The late Sean Egan a well known fisherman from Athlone published a book on this subject and also advised on what he thought were the best days to go fishing, perhaps this could possibly be the cause of the poor fishing at Argos this week. The fish would not come up in the water for the hemp and catching fish was hard for this time of the year, we would normally expect bags of between 15 and 30kgs 1st Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 21.100kg fishing the feeder using pellet and the pole using hemp. 2nd Bill (The Master) Reade with 14.040kg fishing the feeder using corn and pole using hemp and tares. 3rd Lennie (The ExCultural Attache) Bolton with 11.700kg fishing pole using pellet. All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling. com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368


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

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Captain’s day at El Plantio. Excellent preplanning by El Capitan & El Secretario de Handicap,ensured that not only was the course back to it’s customary pristine condition,but the weather was also fantastic,albeit a little on the warm side! Activities began with a shotgun start on the par 3 course,with the honours being taken by Norman Padmore with 21.1net.with Barry Wright in hot pursuit with 21.8 net After a short break for refreshments and a toasted sarnie,we then made our way to the 18 hole course,where surprisingly,considering the excellent conditions and the 9 hole warm up,the scores submitted were rather lower than normal and certainly were lower than expected. Nevertheless,as always,skill and determination,will always win out,even if coupled with an element of luck. Gold category The winner in the gold category and also overall winner of the Captain’s Cup was Graham Lawrence with 32 points.Well done Graham.Let’s see how long it takes for you to win again after your handicap revision. 2nd. was Derek Briggs with 31 points on c/b 3rd. was Steve Hamilton also with 31 points.With 30 points on his card and 3 holes to play,he must surely have thought that he was on his way to yet more glory,but it was not to be. I’m sure that there was no substance in the jibes about

protecting his handicap! 4th.with 30 points was Geoff Branton despite his so called problems with his swing and current dissatisfaction with his game. Best front nine with 17 points on c/b was Peter Jones. Best back nine with 15 points was Alex Duchart Nearest the pin was Fran Cummins and Longest drive was Alex Duchart Silver category Winner with 31 points was Bill Howie Runner up was one of my playing partners Gerry Williams,with 30 points. Gerry is certainly the one to watch when it comes to the big occasions,and certainly looked as if he was well on the way to repeating his recent successes,before his luck,sorry,his skills deserted him. Hitting his 3,5 and 7 woods a country mile,we should all look out if he ever learns to use a driver. 3rd.and 4th. both with 29 points were Phil Bowditch and Dave Bishop respectively. Best front and back nines were Bill Elrick with 15 and Stuart Taylor with 12 points. Nearest the pin was Malcolm Lawrence and Longest drive was Harry Hunter Next outing will be at Altorreal on 24th.May.10 o clock tee off


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base as well as attract new clients. In addition to our already low prices, we are currently offering fantastic early booking discounts for advance reservations – the earlier you book, the less you will pay ! Avoid hidden costs at the airport, because the price we quote to you, is the price that you will pay on arrival. We do not use comparison web-sites, as we believe in providing an honest up-front price to our clients. The flexibility of the company also allows you to pick up and drop off your hire car at any of our locations with no charge for different location drop-off. The company boasts friendly, helpful and professional staff whose languages include Spanish, English, German and Dutch. Office opening hours are Monday-Friday 09:30-14:15 and 17:00-19:30 and Saturdays 09:30-14:15. Our airport service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Booking a car with F & C is easy, it can be done in person at one of the offices, by phone, fax or email to but the most popular way to reserve your car is through the website or to call our reservations team on 966 796 044.

Sponsored By: Morgans Bar - Amber Pools - The Shandon Bells Bar - Sunworld Properties The Central Grille Restruante - Specsavers - Blue Hill Security Grilles - Morgans On The Plaza. This week was a local derby game for the Costa & Pilar teams. Last meeting saw Costa win 6 - 4 , but we knew they would be up for revenge and they didn’t disappoint and contributed to a great game of football. First half saw Costa dominate possession and camp in the Pilar half but just couldn’t hold the ball up long enough to find the target. Josh Fazzino & Patrick Bass both had good efforts just go wide. Half time 0 - 0. Second half Costa played some great passing and moving football on the floor which time & time again opened up the visitors defence and their keeper made several good saves. On 45 minutes though he could do nothing about a cracking free kick strike from Alex Cope into the top corner which settled any nerves the home side had. 46 minutes

and Costa through Gummi Gudmundsson & Alex Cope chasing down the Pilar defence won the ball for Sam Broadway to fire Costa into a 2 - 0 lead. Supporter’s were playing their part and their noise raised the teams efforts. Credit to Pilar they had nothing to lose and raised their game and for 12 minutes had a real go at Costa and got a deserved goal on 58 minutes when some of Costa midfield didn’t track back quick enough and payed the price. The weather played a part in the hot sunshine both teams were tiring but Costa secured a 3 - 1 lead on 63 minutes from a Glen Lawton free kick which left the keeper no chance. Unlucky for Lawton later as he recieved a second yellow & Costa were down to ten men. Josh Fazzino tucked into a more defensive role and with all round team spirit & work rate it wasn’t that noticeable. Pilar once again hadn’t given up & on 75 minutes struck again to make it a nervous ending for Costa, but there were to be no more gifts and this now sets

up next weeks away game to Formentera nicely who are one point above Costa. For more information on Costa please visit www. or call George: 679 77 44 88. Training takes place at their state of the art home ground C.D.M. Playa Flamenca Sports Ground every Tues/Thurs 18:30 - 20:00. We are currently looking for new players for next season playing at Federation Level. We are a non - profit making club were 100% of all sponsorship goes directly into the club so any potential new sponsors are free to see the clubs balance sheets if interested.

CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES)................................ Ten Pin Bowling League Matches played on May 8th Because of illness LOS BANDIDOS did not have a team for SUNRISE COLEGAS to play against, that left S.C. with the ‘easy’ task of beating their team average scores. They did that quite comfortably, their captain Graham Lewis top scored with a 538 hcp series. The second placed MIXERS team kept their concentration on a night of many lane breakdowns, to beat LOS LOBOS 8-0. Top scorer for Mixers was Bosse

Soderstrom (536), and for L.B it was Roger Phipps (531). Top team HALL y DAY, had a ‘new’ bowler playing for them, Bob Hendry, and he was their top scorer (549), as they beat LUCKY STRIKE 8-0. That defeat moved L.S. to the bottom of the league. Two teams in the bottom half of the table SPLASH and BAR MOSQUITOS, drew 4-4, in a very close match. Splash won the first game by 57 pins, but lost the last 2 games, one of them by only 1 pin. Top scorer for Splash was Ivan Munoz (571). After a run of 7 defeats, the

leagues early run away leaders, TEAM FINLAND, got an 8-0 win against BANDOLEROS. Top scorer for T.F. was Pirjo Koski (557). The nights best team performance was by ODDBALLS, who had all 4 highest team scores, in an 8-0 win against CORNISH PRIDE. Top scorer for Oddballs was Ingrid Wilms (600), her highest of the season. RIOJA ROLLERS, still chasing the third medal position, had a 7-1 win against CARP-R-US, top scorer for the Carps was Maurice Allen (545)

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Last Sunday Torry played their last home game to already relegated Mislata, on a day which was probably the hottest of the year so far. The crowd was just over 400, disappointing but I guess many people had headed off for a day on the beach or to the pub to see the action from the Premiership unfold on the last day of the season. Back to the real “live” football. It was an emotional occasion for the “local” hero Corcoles as it was his farewell appearance. To acknowledge the occasion there was a guard of honour by the Torry players as they took to the pitch, followed by presentations from the president of the football club, the Frente Salineros Supporters Club and the Mayor and Councilor for Sport from the City council. The veteran striker was applauded by the fans on the terraces and was reduced to tears. Torry had nobody suspended or no injury worries. The manager made several changes, leaving out Abel and Manu Amores and bringing in Rafa and Corcoles. On the bench for Torry was a very sleight and youthful looking 15 year old, Damien. Could he be the next Corcoles or Messi ? The Torry Starting Line-Up was: Manolo, Vicente Boix, Rafa, Jorge, Vidal , Burguillos, Corella (Victor, min.73), Manu (Manu Amores min. 69) , Juande, Ramiro, Corcoles (Damien, min. 56) A bit of a scrappy opening

but as the game wore on Torry began to take the initiative. After 6 minutes a chance for Corcoles from close-in after a corner wasn’t cleared but he completely missed the ball. On 18 minutes Torry got the breakthrough after neat buildup play between Corcoles and Juande put Corella in and he stroked the ball into the far corner of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry 1-0. The opposition rallied briefly and had a couple of efforts which were off target. On 24 minutes Manu cut the ball back to Corcoles from the byeline but again he missed the ball. The players and crowd were willing him to score. Torry began to dominate and play some neat and controlled football. On 30 minutes Ramiro, who was seeing plenty of the ball out left and was looking very lively, crossed hard and low and Corcoles got to the ball first and instinctively flicked in goalwards and it struck the outside of the near post. Jorge then gave the ball away and the opposition broke quickly but Rafa managed to get back to win the ball and avert the danger. Ramiro then struck the top of the bar from a freekick with their keeper rooted to the line. On 42 minutes Ramiro set up Manu but his goalbound effort was blocked and the same happened a couple of minutes later. Half-time 1-0 to Torry. In the 46th minute Corella spotted their keeper off his line and from just inside their half

struck a super shot which beat their keeper and rebounded back into play off the crossbar and the ball was seized upon by Ramiro who crossed for Corcoles to stroke the ball into the back of the net and GOALLLLL to Torry 2-0. Torry in control. Corcoles was replaced by the schoolboy Damien after 56 minutes to loud applause. After 65 minutes one of their players was dismissed and trooped off for an early bath. Torry stroked the ball around with consummate ease. In the 88th minute Ramiro cut inside and weaved his way past a couple of players and struck a sublime curling shot into the top far corner of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry 3-0 and that’s how the game finished. Corcoles was raised into the air by the players and the supporters stood and applauded the team for giving them an entertaining season of football. After the game there was a BBQ and 2 for 1 drinks which many supporters stayed behind to enjoy. Roll on August for the friendlies and next season. Finally many thanks to Senor Boix and Jeff Scott for the hard work they have put in this season which all supporters will endorse. A happy Darrylldinho who has thoroughly enjoyed following his adopted team in Spain this season.




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Thursday 10th May, 2012 was the Eurogolf Society Captain’s Day, the format for the day being a Stableford, played at La Marquesa Golf & Country Club, Rojales. Many thanks go to all the sponsors, the Captain’s helpers and, especially, to our Captain, Bill Martin, for making it a very special day. Weather conditions were perfect, there was an excellent turn-out of both members and guests, and with prizes to be won on every hole there was plenty to play for! The best Men’s prize went to Pino Perito with 39 pts and the best Ladies prize to Marilyn Eckersall with 36 pts. Full results were as follows:1st Pino Perito 39 pts 2nd David Blanchette 36 pts (c/ b) 3rd Marilyn Eckersall 36 pts 4th Sue Gillett 35 pts (c/b) 5th Tony Hitt 35 pts 6th Mike Young 34 pts (c/b) 7th Robin Richards 34 pts 8th Mary Sanderson 34 pts 9th Dave King 33 pts (c/b) 10th Tony Stanley 33 pts Individual Hole Winners, were as follows:David Gelsthorpe 1st Hole: Men Debbie Weedon 1st Hole:Ladies Tony Hitt 2nd Hole, 11th Hole Men, and Best Par 5’s Sue Gillett 3rd Hole and 16th Hole John Holland 4th Hole Pat Jackson 5th Hole – Men Liz Menzies 5th Hole – Ladies and 17th Ladies Sam Curtis 6th Hole & 9th Hole

Nico Baken 7th Hole Kirsty Saltiel 8th Hole Will York 9th Hole Margaret Richings 11th Hole Ladies and 15th Hole Ladies Alan Bacon 12th Hole Julian Frutos 13th Hole Pino Perito 14th Hole Mick Reeves 15th Hole – Men Gordon Bourne 17th Hole – Men and Best Back 9 Malc Foskett 18th Hole Alan Venables Best Front 9 David Lewis Best Par 3’s And last but not least the prize for the worst score of the day (again) went to Alan Marshall! Thanks again go to the sponsors of the day:Manolo’s Restaurant, Clapton’s Bar, La Marabu Bar & Restaurant, Pasqual Jimenez, The Beauty Room, JP Sports, Pinada Blinds, Sands Bistro, Danny T-Shirts, Flavour of India, Reeves Butchers, Mike Probert, Fratellis Restaurant, Mick the Grip, Stan & Ollie’s Restaurant, Bill Martin and The Old 9th TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 8th May, were as follows:Gold Division 1st Mike Box 34 pts 2nd Keith Wright 34 pts3rd Alan Bridges 33 pts Silver Division 1st Margaret Richings 36 pts (c/b) 2nd John Holland 36 pts (c/b) 3rd Alan Venables 36 pts Bronze Division 1st Marilyn Eckersall 40 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd Roderick Duff 39 pts 3rd Morag Turner 37 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Chris Stanely, 11th – Alan Marshall, 15th – Doug Spiring and 17th – Morag Turner Diary Dates: Friday 25th May – Captain’s Night at Stan & Ollie’s, El Raso

Lo Marabu Golf Society (in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Vistabella 10th May 2012. For this month’s interim meeting a group of 14 players visited the established course at Vistabella taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The weather was superb and the course was in good condition with the greens recovering well from the recent hollow tining. There were some good scores on the day with the winners as follows: 1st – Bill Fantom – 35 points 2nd – Ray Parker – 35 points 3rd – Andy Jones - 33 points 4th – Julie Blinston – 32 points Best Front 9 – Dave Marriott - 17

points Best Back 9 – Seamus Martin -17 points Nearest Pins – Tony Wilson, Ray Parker and David Johnston After the game we returned to the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next official society meeting is at Alenda on 31st May 2012 and there are still a few spaces available. 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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The final game of the season and a win would give Daya a respectable mid table finish. It was all Daya from the kick off, the visitors could not get out of their half. For all this pressure though, the home side could not create any real scoring chances. As the half wore on Cox came more into the game and wasted a couple of good chances. It was end to end now with neither side being able to produce a clean strike on goal. On 20 minutes Danni in the Daya goal made a good save to turn the ball round the post. The home side then had a good effort well saved by the visitors’ keeper. Daya kept pushing all the way to half time but the score remained at 0 - 0. Daya started the second half well and on 40 minutes a cracking shot from Jose whistled just wide. The visitors struck back and on 43 minutes a fierce shot beat Danni on his near post for 1 0. The goal seemed to drain Daya and the visitors pushed forward sensing a second goal would seal the match for them. To their credit Daya worked their way

back into the game but it was still the visitors who looked the more likely to score. With time running out Daya mounted a late rally that saw two good chances go begging. Cox were hanging on now with the pressure Daya were applying, it accounted for nothing though as the final whistle went with the score still at 1 - 0 to Cox. A very good crowd watched an entertaining game that was fast and furious with Daya only just second best, so another season over but Daya will start again in October and will be all the better for their first term in the Infantils. They had been up against older and bigger opponents in almost very matched played this term. Match Report, Daya DaveTeam Sponso, Segurab A big thank you to the papers for printing these reports. No more match reports until October but may be some tournament reportsd throughout the summer.

ITV ORIHUELA RFC HOLD THE ALICANTE 7’S THIS WEEKEND.... This coming weekend ITV Orihuela RFC will be hold the Alicante 7’s at the Polidepotivo in Orihuela by the palm trees with the top teams of the area playing, La Vila, AKRA, Alicante Uni, Elche and Orihuela RFC at senior, U19 and U17’s with La Vila bringing down some of their first team professionals. After the last two weekends of excellent 7’s rugby we are looking forward to another great weekend of the same. Over the following weekends after the 7’s at Orihuela will be followed by Elche the on 26 May, the same weekend as the Benidorm 7’s. On 2 June there will also be the Alan Davies memorial 7’s as well in Elche. Then the Murcia 7’s on 9 June starting at 10.00. So come along and see some great rugby 7’s in the area by local teams. Also the Centurion Rugby Summer School is now up and running with two weeks already been organised in Formentera del Segura, 9-13 and 16-20 July, with the council giving us permission to use the football pitch, and a huge support to the new venture. For more information of this contact Garry on 692 767 242 or Ian Morrison the head coach on 634 367 295 and join the rest of the children already signed up for the rugby school. We are still looking for

other councils to get on board. So come and join in with this new venture to help promote rugby in the area and also the clubs to get more players so that they can get bigger and strong and maybe one of the local clubs down here can play in the Amlin Cup one day, you never know. This coming weekend is the final of the Amlin Cup between Toulon and Biarritz on Friday down at the Rugby Bar, at 20.30, at The Steakhouse, in Rojales. I will be going down to the 7’s at the weekend selling club and international rugby shirts as well as playing gear for anyone who is interested as well as watch the 7’s. The club is training on Tuesday and Thursday at the Miguel Hernandez University for the juveniles and seniors starting at 20.30, while the juniors are on Tuesday and Thursday at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

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LA PERALEJA 7TH MAY 2012 Match 3 of the League played at La Peraleja. The teams arrived on time to pay their match fees and sort out buggies. We had heard that the course was not in good condition, this we found to be true with no grass on the fairways. This was borne out in the scores at the end of the day although as you can see from the results chart two pairs did at least manage 40 points. Having finished the day we were then entertained at Sams Bar in Quesada for the presentation. Results as follows: Nearest the Pins 2nd No Marker 9th Geoff Tedham (Benijofar Lunes GS) 12th Dave Smith (Claptons GS) 16th No Marker OVERALL PAIRS WINNER : (Sponsored by La Peraleja) Merv Williams & Willie Buchanan 40 pts Bar Sonia GS (Voucher for two green fees including Buggy) TEAM SCORES : CLAPTONS GS Phil Docherty/Steve Clay 37 pts Dave Smith/Mike Wyatt 31 pts Tony Stead/John Harvey 34 pts Ian Faulkner/Terry Smith 32 pts BENIJOFAR LUNES GS Steve Edwards / Colin Edwards TEAM PLAYED WON BENIJOFAR GS 12 8 LUNES G S 12 6 BAR SONIA GS 12 5 CLAPTONS G S 12 3

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