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Hundreds of furious expats have staged a march in Malaga last Wednesday over Spanish government plans to demolish illegally built holiday homes in Andalucia. The protest group took part in a rally in the southern city carrying placards in Spanish and English which read ‘We’ve done nothing wrong’ and ‘Citizens Betrayed’. Demolition orders have been served on a score of houses across southern Andalucia and the regional authority passed a law yesterday which means illegal properties can be bulldozed with just one month’s notice. The authority, which has semiautonomous powers, is determined to rescind planning permission granted illegally by formerly corrupt councils. Maura Hillen, president of the pressure group AUAN, said: “In the wrong hands, this legislation would be like putting machine guns in the hands of babies.” A conservative estimate states there could be as many as 100,000 illegally built properties across Andalucia,

many of which are owned by British expats. The owners, the majority of whom are pensioners, were either duped into buying homes by unscrupulous private sellers who had had their planning permission revoked or were granted permission incorrectly by councils. Many of those served with demolition orders have developed serious health problems as a result of the stress of possibly losing their homes. Helen Prior, 64, whose £350,000 villa in Almeria was bulldozed more than two years ago, took part in the march without her husband Len, also 64. She said: “The stress of this for two and a half years is unbelievable. It’s exacerbated Len’s heart trouble.” The couple, who are due to receive compensation after a Spanish supreme court ruling, are still living in their garage - the only part of their house, called Tranquility, which wasn’t razed to the ground.

Marta Andreasen, UKIP MEP, criticised a visit by Minister for Europe Chris Bryant to the region earlier this month. She said: “I don’t think he achieved very much. I don’t think his visit was very sincere. He’s not doing anything to resolve the problems of the people who are already suffering.” There are fears among the expat community that the new laws could lead to more homes being demolished. Phil Smalley, president of SOHA which organised the march, said his legally obtained planning permission had been annulled in the courts last month. At a meeting with Ana María Moniz Sánchez, director general for the inspection of housing in Andalucia, he says he was told all illegal properties would be legalised or ‘returned to dust’.

Junta Asks For Patience From Foreign Community

The Junta de Andalucía has asked for patience from the foreigners who find themselves to be living in property now deemed to be illegal. The Councillor for Housing and Territorial Ordination, Juan Espadas, commented that the LOUA territorial ordination law was not a law to a single end, adding that guarantees would be given to purchasers. He told journalists that in the cases where the property could be brought into legality it would be the owner who is expected to compensate the municipality, either by the payment of a sum of money or by handing over land. He referred to this idea as ‘criterio de equivalencia’ saying it was needed because it would be impossible to return the site to how it was given that an illegal property had been built on it. He continued that those homes already built and occupied would be looked at case by case, and that in the most delicate cases where legalisation was not possible, compensation would be paid when necessary. However he repeated earlier comments that homes could not be legalised with the sweep of a pen. During the march in Málaga, the message the mostly foreign demonstrators wanted to get across was that the Junta de Andalucía has been carrying out a policy of punishing the innocent victims, when it should be the promoters, politicians,

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CARBONERAS People can now enjoy the new Heart of Carboneras with the opening of the new Glorieta del Castillo. The total spending stands at 1,339,800€, funded mostly by the Junta de Andalucia’s Plan E. The large open area has been made from tiles and granite; tThe original area was built in the early 20th century.

TURRE School pupils from Turre have planted a tree to signal the start of a new initiative to raise awareness of how important the local environment of the Sierra Cabrera really is. Turre Ayuntamiento launched the project called “Bosquedetodos” with the participation of local schools, education associations’ and Local Government departments.

GARRUCHA Works have begun in Garrucha to bury the large transformer that has been ruining the view of the council house and the town centre for some time now. Garrucha’s Mayor, Juan Francisco, said the transformer has ‘blighted’ the town centre which is currently being regenerated with the building of a totally reformed Plaza Pedro Gea. The ‘newlook’ Garrucha should be fininished by the end of 2010; no fixed date has been set for the finalising of the underground car park though!

VELEZ RUBIO Velez Rubio’s Ayuntamento has bought a mini-excavator to work on the public streets and roads in the town. This was an investment of 42,000€; 38,000€ subsidised by the Junta de Andalucia. The remaining 4,200€ has been paid by the council itself with public money.

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NIJAR A large fire broke out at a transport and mechanic warehouse located Nijar. The fire was reported to the emergency services at 2045 hours on Monday; 8 firefighters and 3 police failed to quell the fire until Tuesday morning. The fire caused damage to the contents of the building but no casualties.


Are Spanish Town Halls In Crisis?

Andalucía Approves Dignified Death Law Andalucía has approved Spain’s first law on dignity in death, with the legislation obtaining cross partysupport in the Sevilla chamber last week. The law, called La Ley de Derechos y Garantías de la Dignidad de las Personas en el Proceso de la Muerte allows for a patient to refuse a treatment which will artificially prolong his or her life. It clears the doctors’ obligation of having to give treatment in such cases, and applies both in public and private hospitals and clinics, including those of religious character. Many have applauded the legislation as brave and necessary,

while others say the law is merely ‘conceptual’. The Partido Popular supported the legislation but voted against three of the articles wanting to give health professionals the option of objecting because of conscience, something the legislation does not grant. Some judicial experts say that such a law by its nature needs to be a national one, and clear recommendations still have to come from ethics committees.


Total debt across the country has reached 35 billion Euro Recent reports indicate that local Town Halls are on the edge of financial collapse in Spain, and many are now planning sackings and increased taxes to survive. Municipal debt across the country has reached some 35 billion€, with Madrid City Hall representing 7 billion of that alone. The Madrid debt has doubled in the last five years.

More than 30 municipalities owe more than 3,000 € per head. Many have been hard hit by the collapse in the building market, as 30% of their income on average used to come from construction. Harsh times are ahead with reduced services, manpower and increased taxes, but under Spanish law an ayuntamiento cannot go bust or be embargoed.

Spanish Link To Kidnapping Of Sahil Saeed Three people have been arrested by Spanish Police in Tarragona

National Police last Tuesday arrested three people, two Pakistani men and a Romanian woman, in Constantí, Tarragona, in connection with the kidnapping of the five year old British child, Sahil Saheed, in Pakistan at the start of the month. The child who comes from Oldham, near Manchester, is now reported to be found and well, but the police investigations continue open.

Police sources are quotes as saying the kidnappers were part of a group which had asked for as much as 90,000€ ransom. Ransom phone calls were reportedly traced to Spain and some reports speak of a longstanding family debt. The three arrested in Tarragona are now in the National Police cells awaiting an appearance in court.

Holy Week Being Used As Tourist Attraction For Andalucía The Junta de Andalucía says that beaches will be ready for Easter tourists

The Junta de Andalucía has said that the beaches will be ready for the tourists at Easter. The Tourism Department of the regional government is spending 709,000€ on recovering and restoring the beaches, an amount larger than last year, and more money is going too on flood prevention.

The Junta says it wants to learn a lesson from the winter’s prolonged rain.

on the 37 beaches most affected by the storms.

Central government has also made 150 million € available for the cleaning of the beaches.

The Junta is using Holy Week and the processions in a new campaign to attract visitors.

Regional head for tourism, Luciano Alonso, highlighted the ‘rapid response’ from the Government and the Junta, and said efforts would be concentrated

It goes under the slogan – ‘Live the Passion of Andalucía’, and the target is to beat the 740,000 visitors who came to the region last Easter.

Local Residents Raise Awareness Of Sand Loss On Almeria’s Beach

Like most beaches around the Almeria region, the loss of tons and tons of sand from Costa Cabana beach is no different to others, however the local residents have created an organisation to remind local government bodies just how bad the sand loss is and how it effects local tourism and trade. The local residents have presented the council with photographs of the cost line from 2005 through to 2010 which shows just how bad the coastal erosion

is; and not just from year to year as some photos show a startling erosion process happening within 6 months. In the storms of late 2009 and early 2010, large sections of the beach and promenade were lost. This section of coastline suffers more than most due to its geographical location - not receiving natural sand anymore. Local residents are fighting for more permanent solutions as sea levels year on year are rising.



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Spanish Government Wants To Save 1.5 billion Euro On Health

The savings will be made by turning to the cheapest medicaments The Ministry of Health has said it wants to see savings of 1.5 billion € in pharmaceutical costs, and at a meeting with the health regions on Thursday, Minister Trinidad Jiménez, said she only wanted the health service to pay for the cheapest generic version of any drug, and the use of the cheapest medicament provided its efficiency had been proved.

plans to bring all spending on medicines across the regional health services into one central place. In addition the Minister has proposed a global wage freeze from now and in the future other proposals on a cohesion health fund. Indications are that the regions are prepared to cut costs in this way.

Such savings are likely to be enforced by royal decree, and were revealed after the meeting by Mercedes Roldós, the health delegate for the Canaries. Other reports speak of

The text of the measure could be approved as early as tomorrow in the regular Friday cabinet meeting. Last year the health service in Spain spent 12,506,217,283 € and 92 cents on prescriptions alone.


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Court Confirms Jail Terms For Spanish Soldiers In Air Crash A Spanish court upheld Wednesday prison terms handed to three soldiers over the wrong identification of 30 troops killed in a 2003 plane crash as they were returning from Afghanistan.

The Supreme Court unamimously confirmed the 2009 sentences of three years in jail for General Vicente Navarro, head of army health services at the time of the crash in Turkey, and 18 months for two of his


The three were found guilty of falsifying documents because they misidentified 30 of the 62 soldiers who died when the plane crashed into a mountainous area in

northeastern Turkey on May 26, 2003. After the disaster, many families discovered that they had been given the wrong bodies, which had to be exhumed for a correct identification.

BA & Iberia To Approve Merger

Sources close to the companies have stated that the boards of British Airways and Iberia will approve a merger of the two airlines on 25th March.

Contacted by AFP, Iberia said a meeting of its board of directors is scheduled for March 25, which is next Thursday, but it did not reveal the agenda.

negotiations, but Iberia said at the time it would back out of the agreement if BA’s giant pension deficit problem was not resolved.

Last month Iberia chairman Antonio Vazquez said that there would be a deal within weeks and that the merger would be finalised before the end of the year.

A tie-up between Iberia and BA would create Europe’s second-biggest airline by market capitalisation after Lufthansa, combining Iberia’s strong presence in Latin America with BA’s position in North America, Asia and Africa.

The two airlines signed a preliminary deal last November after more than a year of

Spain Gets ‘Last Warning’ From EU On Air Pollution Six EU countries have been sent a letter by the European Commission

and disposal of industrial waste. The case concerns the stockpiling of solid industrial waste in the Huelva estuary without the necessary waste management measures for the protection of the environment.

The European Union has given what it describes as its last warning to Spain because of high pollution levels in the air. The European Commission has written to Spain, Cyprus, Portugalm, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Sweden, saying that they fail to meet the limits on dangerous particles in the air, and that it faces being brought before the European Court of Justice. Of



in Spain are the PM10 particles which can be dust, ash, metallic particles, cement or pollen, that have a diameter between 2.5 and 10 micrometres. They are released by industry, traffic and home heating systems. Also mentioned by the Commission are the high levels of Sulphur Dioxide. Additionally, Spain has received a final warning about a breach of EU laws governing the treatment

The stockpiling has been going on for more than 40 years, and some 120 million tonnes of waste have now been dumped. European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “Nature is not a dustbin and Member States must manage the waste they produce each year in an environmentallyfriendly way. I do not like to see waste dumped without adequate disposal plans, and I urge Spain to put its house in order quickly.”

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Economists have warned of a “sluggish” recovery in the UK economy this year

Industry body the CBI said it expected the economy to grow by 1% in 2010, with the recovery remaining subdued until the middle of next year.

that is unlikely to materialise,” said Peter Spencer, chief economic adviser to the ITEM Club.

Meanwhile economists at the Ernst & Young ITEM Club warned that the government’s current forecasts for growth were too optimistic. The government forecasts growth of 1.25% this year and 3.5% for 2011. However the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, may revise those predictions in this week’s Budget.

“The economic outlook is improving, but the lack of a clear drivers for growth will make for a bumpy ride in the months ahead,” commented Richard Lambert, director general of the CBI. “[We expect] the recovery in 2010 to be slow and sluggish, with few signs of real strength until well into next year.”

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On Sunday the chancellor repeated his warning that there would be “no giveaways” in Wednesday’s budget.

The CBI said it expected the economy to grow by 2.5% in 2011.

budget over the coming years. The borrowing required to fill the deficit is now expected to be less than the £178bn predicted by Mr Darling in the pre-Budget report last year.

The CBI called for a “credible plan” to balance the budget by 2016 in order to reassure international investors.

Sport Stephen Byers Faces Parliamentary Lobbying Inquiry Ex-Transport Secretary Stephen Byers has asked for an investigation into claims that he worked for companies to secure secret deals with ministers. He said he hoped standards watchdog John Lyon would find he had “complied with MPs’ code of conduct” and “fully disclosed” his outside interests. Mr Byers was secretly filmed saying he was a like a “cab for hire”, but later said he had “exaggerated”. Downing Street has ruled out a separate government inquiry into the claims. Former Labour ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt were also secretly filmed apparently offering influence for cash. They, and Mr Byers, deny any wrong-doing. Conservative leader David Cameron has said Prime Minister Gordon Brown should initiate an investigation. He said of the allegations against Mr

Byers: “I think what it shows is a party that has been in power for far too long and has lost touch with what it’s meant to be doing.”

reporter that he had quietly engineered a deal with Transport Secretary Lord Adonis over the termination of a rail franchise contract.

But a Downing Street spokesman said: “The PM is of the view that Byers has done the right thing by referring himself to the parliamentary authorities”.

The firm involved, National Express, told the BBC it had paid no money to the former minister and had only spoken to him in his capacity as an MP for a constituency on the “eastern side of the country”.

In a statement, Mr Byers, MP for North Tyneside and also a former trade secretary, said: “I have this morning referred myself to the standards commissioner, John Lyon, and asked him to investigate my actions. I am confident that he will confirm that I have complied with the MPs’ code of conduct and have fully disclosed my outside interests.” Mr Byers claimed to an undercover

Mr Byers also claimed his intervention on behalf of Tesco had got Business Secretary Lord Mandelson to change regulations on food labelling. But a spokesman for the supermarket said: “We did not speak to Mr Byers on food labelling, regulation or indeed any other issue. These claims are completely fictitious and Mr Byers has acknowledged this to us.”

Gordon Brown’s Super-fast Broadband For All Plan Gordon Brown has said Labour plans to give every home in the UK access to super-fast broadband.

In a speech, the prime minister called highspeed web access “the electricity of the digital age” which “must be for all - not just for some”. The Conservatives say they have made a similar pledge and have attacked a £6-a-year landline levy planned by Labour. The PM also promised to create a single website bringing together all government and public sector services. The “mygov” portal will allow people to manage pensions and benefits, pay council tax, apply for school places and jobs, and book doctor’s appointments all

online. He said it would end the “one size fits all” style of public services and would help the British government become “the most efficient, open and responsive” in the world. The PM also said Labour planned £30m of funding for a new Institute of Web Science, to be based in Britain and jointly headed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web. And he announced the creation of a new digital Domesday Book, bringing together vast swathes of information about life in Britain today.

Reading Hopes To Celebrate Olympics With Tent City Reading businessman Sir John Madejski and Reading Festival organiser Melvyn Benn are behind plans to develop a tent city for the 2012 London Olympics.

Their consortium wants to attract visitors who may not be able to get to Olympic events by putting up giant screens. They plan to use the town’s experience of staging major music festivals.

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The consortium will approach Reading Borough Council with the plans before working up a detailed proposal. Mr Madejski and Mr Benn said Reading was well located for sailing competitions on the south coast at Weymouth or the rowing at Eton. Mr Benn said Reading’s experience of staging Womad and the Reading Festival, made it uniquely placed to provide the facilities required. He said: “This is a fantastic idea for Reading and Festival Republic look forward to working with the local council and local business to bring the Olympic celebrations to Reading.” Sir John added: “I believe that the London Olympics will have a very

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Harry Carpenter, The BBC’s ‘Voice Of Boxing’, Dies, Aged 84 Former BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter has died at the age of 84. Carpenter was the BBC’s voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949, when he first began commentating on the sport. Known for his double act with British boxing great Frank Bruno, Carpenter also presented Sportsnight, Grandstand and Sports Personality of the Year. He retired in 1994 and died in his sleep

at King’s College Hospital in London in the early hours of Saturday. Carpenter’s lawyer David Wills said: “He had been unwell since last summer when he had a minor heart attack. “The funeral has not been arranged but will be a family funeral, to be followed by a memorial service in London.” The world of boxing has paid tribute to Carpenter, with promoter Frank Maloney describing him as “probably one of the greatest commentators of all time.”

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US House Passes Key Healthcare Reform Bill The US House of Representatives has narrowly voted to pass a landmark healthcare reform bill at the heart of President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The bill was passed by 219 votes to 212, with no Republican backing, after hours of fierce argument and debate.

The bill’s final approval represented a stunning turnaround from January, when it was considered dead after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority in the Senate, which is required to defeat a filibuster, a method used to delay or block the passage of legislation.

It extends coverage to 32 million more Americans, and marks the biggest change to the US healthcare system in decades.

To avoid a second Senate vote, the House also approved on Sunday evening a package of reconciliation “fixes” agreed beforehand between House and Senate Democrats and the White House - amending the bill that senators adopted in December.

“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” Mr Obama said in remarks after the vote. “This legislation will not fix everything that ails our healthcare system, but it moves us decisively in the right direction,” he said. Mr Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly. But a new challenge is expected in the Senate, where Democrats hope amendments to the bill will be enacted by a simple majority. Republicans say the move is unconstitutional and plan to stop it.

The president is expected to sign the House-approved Senate bill as early as Tuesday, after which it will be officially enacted into law. However, the bill will contain some very unpopular measures that Democratic senators have agreed to amend.

Under the legislation, health insurance will be extended to nearly all Americans, new taxes will be imposed on the wealthy, and restrictive insurance practices such as refusing to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions will be outlawed.

The Senate will be able to make the required changes in a separate bill using a procedure known as reconciliation, which allows budget provisions to be approved with 51 votes - rather than the 60 needed to overcome blocking tactics.

US Firm Wins UK Tank-making Deal US defence firm General Dynamics has won a contract to build a new light tank for the British Army.

The firm, which plans to manufacture most of the new tank in the UK, beat rival bidder BAE Systems - where 500 under-threat jobs will now be lost. The news is a blow for BAE’s factory in Newcastle, which was earmarked to build the company’s tank. General Dynamics UK claims that the contract will safeguard or create 10,500 jobs in the UK. The new light tank is designed to replace the Scimitar scout vehicle, providing troops with more protection and firepower.

The contract is reported to be worth £4bn ($6bn).

announced the closure of its Telford and Leeds sites.

BAE had planned to build its contender at its Newcastle plant, protecting or creating 800 jobs in the region.

Announcing the tender decision, the Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said replacing the older vehicles was “one of the highest equipment priorities for the Army”.

However following the tank decision 500 job losses, announced last year, will now go ahead across England. It had hoped to prevent the job losses if the new contract had been secured. The jobs will be lost at BAE sites in Newcastle, Leicester and Telford. BAE



He said that General Dynamics UK’s bid had been favoured because it represented “value for money”. He also said that the majority of manufacturing would take place in the UK, ensuring UK skills and capabilities in the armoured vehicle sector are retained.

UK Opens Centre To Tackle Security Risks At Sea

A national control centre to help protect the UK’s interests at sea has been set up by the government. The National Maritime Information Centre will target terrorism and other crime, and respond to disasters. Security Minister Lord West said piracy off the Horn of Africa and the seaborne Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 highlighted the need for such a centre. The facility is based at the national military control centre at Northwood in north-west London. Lord West said the maritime base would allow government agencies and departments to share information about activity at sea more efficiently, which would protect UK interests at home and abroad. Sharing information would help officials to identify and counter potential threats to the UK at an earlier stage, he added.

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Friday March 26th Quiz night from 7.30pm Good Friday April 2nd Live music with Mel J from 8pm Easter Sunday Three course Sunday Roast 12.95€ Thursday (Lunch or Dinner)

Two Argentinian Ribeye Steaks

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Cactus Azul Zutijar, Cuevas del Almanzora

Experience the fantastic Semana Santa procession in the historical castle town of Cuevas del Amanzora. B&B rooms 25€ per night. Enjoy a drink on our sunny terrace overlooking orange groves & mountains. Discover Cuevas del Almanzora, come and chat to us about what’s on offer here. Open 7 days from midday until late (Tuesday & Thursday market days from 10am)

Exit Motorway 537 Cuevas del Almanzora. Follow A332 turn left at sign El Martinete, Aljarilla. Follow road for Cactus Azul signs. Please drive slowly through village.

Tel: 600 043 107

The silver trumpets rang across the Dome: The people knelt upon the ground with awe: And borne upon the necks of men I saw, Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome. Priest-like, he wore a robe more white than foam, And, king-like, swathed himself in royal red, Three crowns of gold rose high upon his head: In splendour and in light the Pope passed home. My heart stole back across wide wastes of years To One who wandered by a lonely sea, And sought in vain for any place of rest: ‘Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest. I, only I, must wander wearily, And bruise my feet, and drink wine salt with tears.’

by Oscar Wilde

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Fairways Restaurant Tel: 950 461 102 ~ Valle del Este Golf Resort Open Tues to Sun 12 - late. ~ Closed Mondays.

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Wear your purple to support epilepsy awareness globally

Purple Beginnings

Cassidy Megan created the idea of Purple Day in 2008, motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Cassidy’s goal is to get people talking about epilepsy in an effort to dispel myths and inform those with seizures that they are not alone. intelligence as general public


A single seizure does not constitute epilepsy. At least one in every 10 people will have one seizure in their lifetime What is a Seizure

What is Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting 300,000 people in Canada and 50 million people worldwide Epilepsy is a group of disorders of the central nervous system, specifically the brain, and is characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures Epilepsy can occur at any age Epilepsy is not contagious, and is rarely fatal Epilepsy has many different causes, and determining the specific cause for any one person’s epilepsy may be difficult People with epilepsy have the same range of

A seizure occurs when the normal electrical balance in the brain is lost. The brain’s nerve cells misfire, either firing when they shouldn’t or not firing when they should. Seizures are the physical effects of these sudden, brief, uncontrolled bursts of abnormal electrical activity The type of seizure depends on how many cells fire and which area of the brain is involved. A person that has a seizure may experience an alteration in behaviour, consciousness, movement, perception and/or sensation

Types of Epilepsy

Generalized seizures

In generalized seizures, abnormal excessive electricity occurs throughout the whole brain at once, with no apparent focal point of onset or warning beforehand. Generalized seizures alter

consciousness. They can be convulsive or nonconvulsive Partial seizures Partial seizures begin with an abnormal burst of electrical activity in a restricted area of the brain. The signs and symptoms of a partial seizure depend on what part of the brain is involved during the seizure. Partial seizures may be simple (with no loss of awareness) or complex (with loss or alteration of awareness)

How is Epilepsy Diagnosed

The doctor’s diagnosis is based on a thorough evaluation of a seizure (including any witness observations), a physical examination, family history, and clinical tests of the brain function and structure. Brain function is tested via EEG (electroencephalography); brain structure is tested via CT Scan (computerized tomography scan) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) Epilepsy is a clinical diagnosis – there is no single diagnostic test that diagnoses this disorder

How is Epilepsy Treated

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) : AEDs are the principal therapy for treating epilepsy. AEDs help control seizure activity. The ultimate goal of AED therapy is to establish perfect seizure control with minimal or no side effects from medication.

AEDs may be prescribed alone or in combination. Seizures are eliminated in about 50% of cases with the use of one AED (monotherapy) AEDs reduce the frequency and/or intensity of seizures in another 30% of cases. The remaining 20% of people may require large doses or more than one drug to control their seizures, or they may be drug-resistant. Therefore, there is a need to develop new drugs In a case of partial response to the first monotherapy, another AED can be added (adjunctive therapy) Surgery: In a small percentage of cases, the surgical removal of the seizure focus (the part of brain where the person’s seizures start) can eliminate all seizure activity Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS): Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) involves periodic mild electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck by a surgically implanted stimulating device (battery). VNS has been found effective in helping to control some epilepsies when AEDs alone have been inadequate or intolerable, or neurosurgery has not been an option For more information about epilepsy, visit or


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I am not the world’s most enthusiastic shopper, but I showed willing. I shuffled through the contents of my wardrobe, determined to find enough things that I really needed to make the trip worthwhile. I came up with: A pair of walking trousers, and a belt with which to hold them up - hardly enough to justify a 2 hour drive! I revisited the wardrobe, and widened the search to include things that I didn’t need, but which I might like to have. That at least added to the checklist, even if it did little for the enthusiasm level.

If I ever get to write the ‘Good Guide Book to Murcia’, I will give top tourist rating to the Thader Centre’s loo’s; these labyrinthine constructions stretch seemingly for miles, with corner after marble corner encouraging you towards your destination.

Arriving at the Thader Centre, we struck first at Decathlon, then C & A, and within an hour we had effectively completed our shopping trip.

The young lady in the Gents is not so shy. She is present right up to wall above the urinals, where she is pictured gazing down with an astonished expression through a pair of binoculars. …Or so I am told!

With ‘too much day’ left over, we meandered morosely through the rain and in and out of umpteen shops until Nature - and the consumption of two large Coca-Colas - drew our attention to the public toilets.

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Fetching our neighbours from the airport after their visit to the UK meant a trip to Murcia. Murcia is enough of a hike from Albox that it seemed a prudent use of fuel and time to combine the airport and the shopping centres into one journey.

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Dear Editor, I get so mad when I read about all the poor families in Albox threatened with demolition, through no fault of their own. Especially as I watch all the Casetas been erected in the El Saltador area of the campo (Huercal Overa) which in no time turn into full blown cortijos, with all the mod-cons such as Electricity, Satellite TV, etc which many of us Ex-pats have to pay an arm and a leg for. Where’s the Justice here I ask myself! Yours faithfully Donna Jenkinson




Rodney Graham - Through the Forest This exhibition brings together about hundred works by the Canadian artist Rodney Graham created between 1978 and 2008 and taken from public and private collections in Europe and North America. Graham uses different mediums including books, video, sculpture, device-machines, painting, photography, installation, printed material and music, to produce works that defy authority and some key concepts of contemporary art. The highlight of the exhibition is a major compilation of books and sculptures, installations and machines based on books of Graham that come from a rather peculiar library. The exhibition also includes the series of 21 pictures ‘Picasso, My Master’ (2005), his first incursion into painting, which reconstructs the aura of mastery that surrounds Picasso’s work with a touch of humour.

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I am really seriously, and comprehensively brassed off with gadgets and appliances only lasting five minutes before they give up the ghost, and depart for electronic Valhalla! Being in the market for a new kettle last year, we decided to splash out (an unfortunate pun) and buy the slinkiest, shiniest conversation piece in the shop. It was the dogs . . . a top brand, and well worth the 65€s we paid for it – or so we thought. Fourteen months later, and just two months out of guarantee you will notice, it started to leak and proceeded to blow all the fuses in the house. On top of that, the shop where we bought it had ceased to trade, so I didn’t even have the satisfaction of making my feelings felt by burning the place down. I remember when my parents bought a fridge back in the late fifties. That thing just kept on trucking through three decades, and after I lost my Dad in 1988, it was still humming away contentedly in the corner. I say humming, but I have to admit it had developed more of a throaty roar; but be that as it may, it was still doing the job it had been designed to do, albeit more vocally. It was an Indesit, and yes, I know that’s advertising, but credit where credit is due. The same applied to my Dad’s electric razor; he only ever had one, and it had the stamina of a gazelle and was still whizzing away at the end. Okay, it had taken on the appearance of a partly exploded grenade over its thirty year life span, but it still shaved chin stubble damn it! Not like the ones you buy now that go belly-up at the least sign of hard work. Or in my case, having spent £100 in Boots, on a sporty new GT shaver with racing stripes – that’s right

100 quid, and that was on offer – then after a year, all the bit’s and bobs that went with it, were suddenly unavailable. It was one of these self-cleaning jobs that came complete with a sort of disposable bath-thingy. Well, it has to go unbathed these days because they are now unobtainable - not that it matters because the blades are as blunt as a Piers Morgan interview. And guess what . . . you can’t get them replaced either! And as for computers – hold me back!! I’ve been getting more and more problems recently and worried that I might get stuck with the additional cost of replacing a broken window, I decided to have somebody in to look at it. Three hours and 45€ later, he asks me how long I have had the thing. “Only four years”, I tell him. He takes on the look of a man who has just learned that his genitals are about to fall off, and shaking his head sagely, says; “Well that would explain it. I suggest you invest in a new one”. Invest? INVEST! Investments are supposed to gain in value and provide a secure future, not wave the white flag after four lousy years! I would go and make myself a strong coffee to calm me down, but the ruddy kettles knackered, so I’ll just have a brandy instead and turn on the telly. As long as I don’t want to watch any of the terrestrial channels . . . they’re not working!


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Poor Saving Rates Drives Funeral Plan Boom

They opt to invest money in a funeral plan to ensure their families have peace of mind at a time of great emotional distress. Whilst banks are providing miserly returns of around 3%, funeral inflation is accelerating at over 10% each and every year. This makes funeral provision a potentially expensive consideration, the longer you leave planning, the more costly it becomes. So… if leaving money in a bank is not such a good idea, what options could be taken? Avalon takes away the risk of costly increases to funeral expenses by fixing the price to members at the time the plan is purchased. This effectively ‘Stops the Clock’ leaving our customers with valuable savings for other enjoyable uses! These ‘Fixed Price Plans’ represent remarkable value for money today, for two very important reasons Funeral Directors’ cost increase by 10% and in Spain they are the first creditor of your estate, meaning that they can effectively charge what they want. Current bank returns are miserly and are

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When you set out on a journey to a new destination I imagine that you use either a SATNAV or a road map in order to have some chance of arriving. But so often we don’t plan as well for the journey of life. I wonder why?

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You need to be able to visualise it clearly and you need to be passionate about it. It has to be what you want not what other people want for you. Your goals should excite you enough for you to want to take action to achieve them. The next ‘rule’ is to get out of your own way and stop sabotaging your efforts. It is absolutely essential to take action to achieve your goals, but at the same time remain open as to how they will be achieved. Explore all the opportunities that come your way, but remain detached about the outcome. You may achieve your goals in a surprising way if you remain open. There is, after all, more than one route to a destination.

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If you’re experiencing a little stinging too then it’s almost certain. In men, severe cases can often cause the skin on the nose to thicken and swell leading to a condition called rhinophyma.

The exact cause is still unknown though the list of potential triggers is endless – including stress, saunas and sunlight. The main ones, though, are (and I’m sorry to tell you this) alcohol and spicy, rich foods, which makes the recent festive season a particularly bad time of year.

what makes the rosacea worse by a process of exclusion and by treating the skin with topical antibiotics – usually metronidazole.

If the problem has only just flared up it’s possible that all that rich living is the cause.

The bad news is that the condition can be lifelong, especially in men, but it does often clear up of its own accord. If you think you might be a sufferer, the first step should be to consult your doctor for a positive diagnosis.

At the moment there’s no cure for rosacea so management is the key. This is partly done by identifying


People with severe eczema often find that it has a significant impact on their daily lives. It may be difficult to deal with, both physically and psychologically. However, there are many different treatments that can help control symptoms and manage the eczema. The symptoms of atopic eczema may always be present, but during a flare-up they will worsen and you or your child may need more intense treatment. Atopic eczema can cause your skin to become dry, itchy, red, broken, thickened and cracked. During a flare-up, your skin may be extremely itchy, red, hot, dry and scaly, wet, weeping and swollen, and infected with bacteria (usually staphylococcus). The symptoms of atopic eczema will vary according to how severely you or your child are affected by the condition. People with mild atopic eczema will normally only experience small areas of dry skin, which are occasionally itchy. However, in more severe cases, atopic eczema can cause widespread dry skin, constant itching and oozing fluid. Scratching can disrupt your sleep and make your skin bleed. It can also make an itch worse and an itch-scratch cycle may develop, with regular scratching. In children, this can lead to sleepless nights and difficulty concentrating at school.

Causes of atopic eczema Atopic eczema is an inherited condition, which means that you are born with it. It may be made worse by ‘external’ factors, such as pet fur and pollen, or ‘internal’ factors, such as stress and hormone levels.

Environmental factors There are a number of environmental factors that can make atopic eczema worse. Allergens are substances that can cause the body to

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Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema, and mainly affects children. The exact cause of atopic eczema is unknown, but it often occurs in people who are prone to allergies. Atopic eczema can vary in severity; some people are only mildly affected and have small areas of dry skin, which are occasionally itchy. Others may experience more severe symptoms, such as cracked, sore and bleeding skin.


What are these red patches and tiny spots around my nose and forehead?

It could be acne rosacea, a chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin which causes a ruddy complexion and small acnelike eruptions, usually around the cheeks, nose and forehead.

Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, reddened, dry and cracked.


react abnormally. This is known as an allergic reaction. Some of the most common allergens that can worsen atopic eczema include house dust-mites, pet fur and pollen. Atopic eczema can also sometimes be aggravated by food allergens. Foods that typically cause allergic reactions include cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, soya and wheat. Approximately 10% of children with atopic eczema are affected by the food allergens listed above. It is relatively rare for food allergens to trigger atopic eczema in adults.

Hormonal changes Many women find that their eczema is worse at certain times during their menstrual cycle. This is because hormonal changes in the body can affect the symptoms of atopic eczema. Approximately 30% of women experience a flare-up of their eczema in the days before their period. Pregnancy can also have an adverse affect on those who have atopic eczema, with up to 50% of pregnant women finding that their eczema symptoms worsen during pregnancy.

Stress Although it is known that stress is associated with atopic eczema, precisely how it affects the condition is not yet fully understood. Some people with eczema feel that their symptoms are worse when they are stressed. Others find that it is their symptoms that cause them to feel stressed.

Seasons Most people with atopic eczema find that their symptoms improve during the summer months and get worse in the winter.

Exercise After vigorous exercise, you may find that sweating makes your eczema symptoms worse. You should therefore try to keep cool when you are exercising by drinking plenty of fluids and taking regular breaks.

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Are you the jealous type?

There can be many reasons for feeling envious, or jealous. Sometimes you can justify your response and other times.... Jealousy can be described either as a state of mind, or a learned response to a set of stimuli, but the jealous r e sponse is pointless, destructive, it ruins lives and damages people not just the envious individual, but it eats those around them.

If you are the jealous partner it will sometimes cause you to be moody and withdrawn and at other times feelings of anger - blind rage - fury and associated feelings take over and are inflicted on the bystanders living, or working with you. The bystanders are helpless and unable to rationalise with you, or indeed influence your feelings; all they can do is to take the brunt of the anger. Afterwards you will feel sorrow, remorse for your outburst, irritation with yourself and your inability to control yourself and the way you think and feel and react. This can lead to fear, anxiety, and depression. Living with a jealous partner can be the death knoll for a relationship - if you’re on the receiving end of the outbursts you may

be puzzled - bewildered even because you’ve done nothing to provoke the outburst. You may live in fear of the outbursts because the consequences a n d behaviour that follows may be v i o l e n t and severe and for the person(s) on the receiving end simply because it is impossible for them to anticipate. Jealousy is a major cause of domestic violence.

In the previous paragraphs I’ve described the stereotypical jealous behaviour pattern, but this is not the only way that jealousy manifests itself. The jealous person may not have violent outbursts, they may control their outward signs and mask them with other behaviour patterns, perhaps they turn their anger inward and suffer from depression, or they may disperse their anger using another method – it may be sport, it could be chopping wood, or knocking the wind out of bread dough and it may well become a compulsion. If patterns of behaviour are adopted and repeated through relationships, it could be decades later and a number of relationships down the line that the cause of the behaviour is established.

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27th March

World Theatre Day is an occasion for theatre people to celebrate the power of the performing arts to bring people together; it is an opportunity to share with their audiences a certain vision of their art and its capacity to contribute to understanding and peace between peoples.

19th march 2010 The Spanish Government has today approved the Sustainable Economy Law which has the intention of changing the model of the Spanish economy, from one based on construction to one based on innovation. Discussions have been held over recent months with social groups, opposition parties, and unions on the wide ranging proposals, and this has resulted in several modifications to the legislation. The announcement was made in Sevilla where the cabinet has taken its Friday meeting on the road.

Each year a figure outstanding in theatre or from another field, is invited to share his or her reflections on theatre and international harmony. What is known as the ‘International Message’ is translated into more than 20 languages, read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world and printed in hundreds of daily newspapers. As well as the wide diffusion of the ‘message’ the central feature of the day, since its inception in 1961, is that it has included numerous events in all corners of the world, ranging from the almost intimate demonstration to the big popular celebration. The International Theatre Institute was created in 1948 under the auspices of UNESCO, and it aims to promote cultural exchange and deepening mutual understanding between nations and thereby participate in the promotion of peace.

The author of the World Theatre Day Message 2010 is Dame Judi Dench. “World Theatre Day is an opportunity to celebrate Theatre in all its myriad forms. Theatre is a source of entertainment and inspiration and has the ability to unify the many diverse cultures and peoples that exist throughout the world. But theatre is more than that and also provides opportunities to educate and inform. Theatre is performed throughout the world and not always in a traditional theatre setting. Performances can occur in a small village in Africa, next to a mountain in Armenia, on a tiny island in the Pacific. All it needs is a space and an audience. Theatre has the ability to make us smile, to make us cry, but should also make us think and reflect. Theatre comes about through team work. Actors are the people who are seen, but there is an amazing set of people who are not seen. They are equally as important as the actors and their differing and specialist skills make it possible for a production to take place. They too must share in any triumphs and successes that may hopefully occur. March 27 is always the official World Theatre Day. In many ways every day should be considered a theatre day, as we have a responsibility to continue the tradition to entertain, to educate and to enlighten our audiences, without whom we couldn’t exist.”

Among the changes, the payment times of public administration to small businesses and the self-employed are to be reduced from 60 to 30 days, and payment times to suppliers in the private sector will now have a 60 day maximum. Improvements in financial regulatory bodies are envisaged, as well as more inspections. The process to create a business will be simplified, and there will be 12% tax breaks on company tax for businesses involved in innovation, doubling the previous refund. PP leader, Mariano Rajoy, commented that the reforms were ‘neither good nor bad’.

Spanish Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, has attacked the suggestion made earlier by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who said that countries which failed to meet EU requirements could be expelled from the Euro. Salgado called on Germany not to send out messages on leaving the Euro which could be ‘misunderstood’. Salgado said what we need to do is coordinate economic policy. The International Monetary Fund has advised the European Union to create a plan against the collapse of a bank. Strauss-Kahn said the ‘fire service’ as he called it, could be financed by a tax on the entities protected. Endesa has announced it is to invest 10.5 billion € over the next five years, some 22% down on previously. It comes as its EGP renewable energy subsidiary is preparing for a launch on the stock markets of Madrid and Milan in the summer.

and finally... Following the lead of Inditex, the owner of the Zara brand, who announced earlier this week they would not be passing on the VAT increase to consumers, Carrefour has today said that it too will be pegging prices. However the supermarket giant said there would be a few exceptions ‘where there are narrow margins’.

Zapatero gets another invitation to Washington

Barack Obama has invited the Spanish Prime Minister to Washington next month for a summit on nuclear safety. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is invited to take part in a two day event on April 12 and 13 which has the fight against nuclear terrorism as its objective. The White House has invited around forty heads of state to the summit. Last April, speaking in Prague, Obama launched an initiative to reduce, and in the future eliminate, nuclear arsenals, and to stop the proliferation of nuclear arms and the possibility of terrorists obtaining nuclear material.

Zapatero offers energy savings worth 3 billion €

Spanish Prime Minister has proposed energy savings worth 3 billion € across some 2,000 public buildings, 1,000 from central government and 1,000 in regional administrations and local town halls. The measure is one of those agreed by the inter-ministerial commission headed by Elena Salgado and all political groups. The Government plans to put many of the ideas agreed into immediate effect by Royal Decree. IVA/VAT reductions and other tax breaks on the renovation of property are to be introduced in this way. The Prime Minister, speaking in Sevilla on Saturday, also announced the immediate new line of credit from the ICO, Official Credit Institute, worth 200,000 € for Pyme small businesses. Zapatero said he was confident that businessmen would make ‘reasonable’ use of the credit and repeated his belief that net jobs would be created in Spain ‘in the last part of the year’.

ETA says ready for ‘path of political change’

The Basque armed separatist movement ETA said Sunday it is ready to move forward on the path of political change, but it stopped short of renouncing violence as demanded by the Spanish government. “ETA ... makes known its readiness to take the necessary steps on the path of political change, in its corresponding space,” said an extract from the statement published by the Gara daily, translated from Basque into Spanish. In February a number of prominent separatists close to the banned Batasuna party called for the Basque question to be resolved through a democratic process and without violence, although they did not explicitly criticise ETA. The former spokesman of Batasuna, ETA’s political wing, Arnaldo Otegi said earlier this month that the group would soon give up violence or be defeated. But Sunday’s statement made no explicit reference to a laying down of arms. ETA expressed its “will to resolve the conflict” while at the same time reaffirming “its engagement with the Basque country” and its determination to “struggle staunchly for the Basque country.” “We will not stop before reaching freedom,” the statement said.

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Bad weather is being blamed for a reduction in the number of tourists visiting Spain in February, according to data from FRONTUR, under the Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Trade. 5.3 million tourists came to the country in January and February, 1.5% down on the same months last year. The weather did see flights and reservations cancelled according to the survey, and the tourist authorities are underlining that February was the wettest month for the past 30 years.

As I have been saying for a while now and as with everything in life, opportunities need not be just identified but also acted upon very quickly otherwise they just come and go. Bargain hunters looking to buy a property in Spain must have this thinking very clear in their minds at all times if they are to succeed in achieving their aim. The wait and see approach that some are still willing to pursue will take them nowhere as no matter how good a deal is, it will only be a good deal to those quick and astute enough to take the plunge. Those still unsure about the property market should be made aware that despite the downturn, plenty of properties are changing hands. I am yet to see a client of ours that have bought in the past year or so that wished they had not bought. This is very comforting but the reason for that is quite simple really: these clients bought cheaply and above all they have bought thinking long term.

on the market waiting to be grabbed, but as with everything in life these good deals are not going to be there forever. As for the vendors, all I can say to those wishing to sell now is that the strategy of price reduction works. This is not rocket science and therefore those wishing to sell their properties on a buyer’s market environment must ensure that their property is priced according to today’s market conditions. If you bought during the boom, do not think of the amount you will lose if you were to sell at a realistic price of today’s market but rather what opportunities you can realise with the proceeds from the sale of your property! This 3 bed / 3 bath townhouse with unbelievable sea views on Mojácar

Whether or not one has an interest in property in Spain, one cannot fail to acknowledge that prices have come down significantly. Currently there are still opportunities beach and within a short walking distance to the sea is a great example of a bargain property where the vendor has decided to slash the asking price and put it on the market for an unbelievably 240,000 euros. More details as well as pictures are available at our office or on our website under ref. 1431

The example above highlights only one property but we have many others on our books that are being offered for sale at a massive discount. This of course is the reason why here at Veritas Homes we are being so successfully in shifting properties around. If you have a quality property that you wish to sell at a realistic price in today’s market then please get in touch with us. Those wanting to discuss about any of the issues raised in this article please pop into the Veritas Homes office, on the square just before the Hotel Puntazo and Rohha Lifestyle between SunFlower and Viva Restaurant or e-mail André at

Despite numbers, remained contingent down 7.9%

the smaller the British the largest at 600,000, in February,

but the British were up 4.4% in number on the Canaries. The 465,000 German visitors were followed by 166,000 Italians. Andalucía saw 4% more visitors than last year, Valencia 3.3% more and the Canaries 2.3% more, while there were large falls in visitor numbers to the Baleares, down 18.6% and Madrid, down 11.7%. Hotel stays were up 4.4% in total across the country while there was a 7.5% fall in other forms of accommodation.

At Last - Some Good News For The Pound! Market Commentary 17th March 2010 And it came in the form of the unemployment numbers…the number of Britons claiming unemployment benefits in the UK fell unexpectedly by 32,300 in February against the expectation for a rise of 8,000. January’s reported rise of 23,500 was also slashed to 5,300. This fall is the biggest monthly fall since November 1997 and the claimant count rate eased to 4.9%- the lowest since August 2009. This is timely feedback on the job sector for the Labour government as we draw nearer to election day. Although the data is certainly encouraging we should not carried away as there is still a significant risk of a stuttering recovery. The labour market is still adjusting to fragile market conditions and this will lead to schisms in employment data. Looking forward we still have the threat of sharp public sector cuts which will lead to a rise in unemployment going forward. The pound has welcomed the news by rallying sharply against the USD and the Euro- gaining over 1% against the USD and 0.8% against the euro. This is a welcome relief rally for the pound which has been on the ropes especially since the beginning of March.

The pound was also lifted by the Monetary Policy Committee minutes which showed a vote of 9-0 to hold interest rates and Quantative Easing. The unanimous decision has helped ease fears of further Quantative Easing and division within the Monetary Policy Committee. Tomorrow we will see the release of the UK monthly Public Sector net borrowing. Although this does not have a consistent effect, there are both debt and investment implications, and the expected deficit may further dent sterling in the lead up to the confirmed figures. The forecast level is a whole £10bn higher than last months with the deficit reaching a staggering £14.5bn. The figure itself represents the difference in value between spending and income for public corporations, the central government and local governments during the previous month. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email

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A Black & White Year?

Despite the launch of interior design ranges from John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, notable for their vivid colour designs, floral patterns and natural materials (including deer antlers used to make candlesticks), it appears the more modern and minimalist approach to interior décor is not officially dead and buried. The release of home improvement products by Vivienne Westwood, Ella Doran and Thomas Paul amongst many others appear to compete directly with the belief seemingly shared by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer that interior design trends are set to depart from the sleek and sophisticated, modern and minimalist and, most notably, the monochrome colour scheme. The traditional black and white or monochrome colour scheme is one that has become synonymous with sleek modern interior designs. In fact, 2009 saw Emily Dupen-Hopkins’ monochrome Dupenny wallpapers dominate the black and white interior design scene, which enjoyed a modest revival despite worsening economic conditions (see right). With the emergence of more vivid home improvement products on the high street and in consideration of the commonly held belief the black and white home requires a certain obsessive neatness and cleanliness, the monochrome look appeared to be destined for a rather colourful demise. Nevertheless, it would seem the monochrome look is likely to survive all attempts made to undermine its appeal in 2010. Ella Doran ( has recently launched a new digital stonework print that works exceptionally well in modern monochrome houses, whilst Vivienne Westwood’s ( range of ceramics also provides a certain black and white charm for use in the kitchen and dining room – however, few such items are as cheap as those provided by John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

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A well-designed bedroom can not only provide a calm, tranquil environment in which you can escape the pressure of modern living, but also add value to your property through its appeal to potential buyers.

Bedroom Basics The emphasis in any bedroom is on relaxing and sleeping, but depending on what else you what you want to do in your own space – working, watching TV, etc. – there may be other elements that you wish to incorporate into your bedroom design.


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You have the choice, of course, of fitted or freestanding bedroom furniture. Fitted furniture allows you to create your own, coordinated look, and can be useful if your bedroom is an odd shape, or there are awkward areas to be filled. Fitted wardrobes also usually extend from floor to ceiling, creating extra storage space for bedding, etc. that needs to be stored separately from your clothes, shoes and accessories. You do need to exercise a little caution when planning fitted furniture, however, as filling more than one of your bedroom walls with fitted wardrobes may make the room feel a little claustrophobic. If you prefer the flexibility – in terms of being able to rearrange various items, at will – of freestanding furniture, you can mix and match pieces that suit your needs, both externally and internally. If you wish to store long winter coats, or party dresses, for example, you’ll need the full height of a wardrobe to hang them in, and don’t forget drawers and shelves, for sweaters, shoes, etc.. The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, of course, and dressing the bed is as important as your choice of furniture. The trend in bed linen this year is likely to be towards brighter and warmer styles, which are reflected in colour and texture in curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings to create a sense of style in the bedroom. The easiest and most straightfor ward way of opening up any room is to whitewash the walls. White helps to redefine the space available in a room by distorting the mind’s perception of where the boundaries actually lie – in effect, white walls can make a small room look spacious and airy. In contrast, dark walls have the effect of closing the boundaries in considerably, therefore giving the impression of less space than there is in reality. Nevertheless, refreshingly white walls ought to be complemented by bold bedroom furniture colours. The bed in particular must be a focal point in the room, therefore it is advisable to opt for rich, deep colour schemes with vivid and imaginative patterns that will instantly draw the eye’s attention. Furthermore, it is essential that the bedroom is clutter-free and, unless it is absolutely necessary, electrical equipment in the room should be limited to a radio alarm clock and television – peace is essential. And, when it comes to bedroom furniture, a cabinet with multiple drawers or a chest or ottoman placed discretely at the end of your bed can provide crucial extra storage. You need not be restricted solely to bedroom furniture either; bookshelves and/or a small desk area in a guest bedroom, for example, can be an excellent method of using the available space to maximum effect.

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Outdoors the New Indoors A garden patio has become an essential element of almost any garden design, providing not only a space in which to eat, or simply to relax in comfort, but also transitional space between the exterior and interior of your home. As such, a patio needs to be large enough to accommodate you and your family and/or friends, but as a space that will be seen and used or a regular basis, it also needs to be attractive and hardwearing. There are, of course, many different materials that you can use for the basic construction of a patio.

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Advertise your property in the monthly price down to a realistic & attractive local press – thousands will see price, enabling his property to be rented out it every week within 48 hours of being advertised. Professionally printed sheets We also have given property details out to are provided for buyers to pick over 15 people who are interested in buying up from our office in Mojacar or renting property at the attractive prices – your contact details are there in advertised by our clients. the buyers hands ready for them to Gary Funnell runs Solomojacar and decided on this venture due to the success of his Telitec arrange a viewing agency that he has been running in Mojacar

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sure to get more and more viewings. You only need to send 6 or 7 quality photos of your property - or he’ll come and take some - and a description of the property and your contact details and your property will be displayed in his window within 48 hours. If you would like to discuss any details of this great service and save yourself thousands in agents fees call Gary on 950 473 102 or e-mail him on For a one-off fee, your property will be advertised in Solomojacars window display, on the digital screens in Solomojacar & also in Bar Cielo Rojo, The Irish Rover, The Petrol Station & GB stores, in the local press and on the Solomojacar website, specially designed to move up the search engines quickly. Even if you are already with an estate agent, advertise your property with us, you will really be advertising it yourself as all details given out will have your contact details on therefore giving your property more exposure.


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No, I don’t think so, but that may depend on the variety you are trying to grow. Propagation is simple and can be by layering in The two most common are Jasminum officinale with pure white flowers and Jasminum stephanense summer; pull down a long shoot, make a slight cut whose flowers are pink. Both are quite robust but partway through the stem and pin into a pot of Jasminum polyanthum, which flowers from late compost, leaving about a foot still growing above autumn until spring, needs more warmth. the pot. I have several of both J.officinale and J.stephanense When the pinned piece produces it’s own roots it growing successfully up here 831 metres above sea can be cut away from the parent and planted in it’s level with frequent winter frosts. One regularly loses new home. Alternatively, you can detach suckers all its leaves in winter and they regrow in spring but another is reasonably sheltered and retains all its which tend to spring up around the bottom of the leaves. parent plant or take hardwood cuttings during Jasmine will grow in virtually any soil and can spring and summer. be quite a rampant climber. It needs to be kept in I put cuttings to root in dark beer or wine bottles check by fairly hard pruning in early spring once the as I find they root quicker. danger of frost has passed. Jasmines are among my favourite climbers with a As it flowers on growth made the previous season, powerful fragrance on summer evenings which the leave some of the newer shoots uncut. Some of the problems with Jasmine are greenfly, Spanish believe deter biting insects which is why red spider mite and scale insect. All these can be they grow them around their houses.... easily treated when first spotted. I don’t care if that is true or not, I just love the I use dilute ‘Aceite de Neem’. Often a lack of flowers perfume! is due to wrong or insufficient pruning. Yellow leaves occur send your gardening questions to Frankie from lack of nutrients, although c/o they are not greedy feeders. I

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Who’s an ugly little Rascal then? A pure bred Chinese Crested named Rascal has taken top prize in the annual Ugly Dog Contest in California. Mar Kiwanis Club in San Diego county to raise money for animal charities.

Rascal’s proud owner Dane Andrew insisted: “I think he’s the most handsome dog I’ve ever seen.

Show producer Sheila McDonnell said: “I know dogs aren’t ugly, though some kind of are but they are so loved by their owners that it doesn’t matter.”

“People just say, ‘Your dog is ugly’. So we just go with it and have fun with it. He’s the best at what he does, I guess. He’s ugly.” Rascal outdid four other unfortunate pooches, including last year’s winner, Chomper, who took third place. The contest is organised by the Del

She said the event had raised about $10,000: “It was standing room only,” she said. “We had a 20,000 sq ft building and we took up every darn inch.”

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Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Yogi is owned by Naomi Cragg and Kathryn Armstrong from Carlisle, Cumbria Communications Director, said: “We give our congratulations to Naomi, Kathryn and and was handled by John Thirlwell. John Thirlwell, said: “It hasn’t sunk in, it Yogi who has taken the prestigious Best in is just so surreal. Yogi is seven now and has Show Award. DFS Crufts is a celebration of had a fantastic year. We are just absolutely healthy, happy dogs which recognises the special and unique bond between dogs delighted!“ and their owners. Anybody who has been The Reserve Best in Show went to Rico, a watching the television coverage provided Scottish Terrier, owned by Valentina Popova by More4 will have seen the wonderful from Russia. diversity of dogs, the fact that they truly The crowning of the Best in Show winner are fit for function and how much dogs and was preceded by the presentation of the people enrich each other’s lives.”

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entertainment news... entertainment news... Bullock ‘Moves Out Of Marital Home’

Sandra Bullock has moved out of the home that she shared with husband Jesse James, according to reports. The news comes amid an infidelit y scandal which surfaced yesterday when model Michelle McGee claimed to have been sleeping with James for almost a year. People reports that Bullock left her Southern California home a few days ago - before the allegations against James were first printed. McGee has insisted that James gave her the impression his marriage was over throughout their alleged affair, saying that she would have “never” proceeded with their meetings otherwise. Bullock yesterday pulled out of the UK premiere of her . movie The Blind Side, citing “unforeseen circumstances” for the decision for her Oscars the at ’ Actress ed ‘Best Earlier this month, the 45-year-old was nam work on the film.

Antonio Banderas Signs On As Ambassador Antonio Banderas has signed on to serve as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. The actor and his wife Melanie Griffith have agreed to work on the eight Millennium Development Goals, which specifically targets poverty. “Povert y robs us of our potential as a people, preventing us from being all that we can be,” Banderas said. “This is why it is so important to mobilize all of our efforts to defeat it, especially if today we have the knowledge, the tools and the resources to do it.” Banderas is among a host of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom, David Beckham and Nicole Kidman who have joined the UN in the fight against global poverty.

Winslet & Mendes “Just Grew Apart” A source close to Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes has claimed that the couple separated amicably. Mendes officially and Road actress The Revolutionary week. The pair, this earlier media the to split r ced thei announ who have a 6-year-old son together, privately broke up in January. “[Kate and Sam] just grew apart,” the insider told commented Their seven-year marriage was reportedly strained due to Mendes’s tendency to be a workaholic, despite outside views of the couple’s normalcy. “They seemed like they had a solid marriage and relationship,” another source said. “They put as much effort into having a real life as they did on their careers.” Winslet is currently in Mexico on a “long-planned vacation” with her brother. In April, the star will begin filming an HBO miniseries based on the novel Mildred Pierceby James Cain.

Cole: ‘My Next Man Will Have a Belly’ Cheryl Cole has claimed that she will be searching for a man with a “pot belly” when she tries to find love again. The X Factor judge made her remark in an interview with Bauer Radio Network after being asked whether she prefers members of the opposite sex to wear Speedos or Bermuda shorts on the beach. Hinting that her taste in men has changed, Cole replied: “Bermuda shorts please, all the way. A guy could be in Speedos and be ripped to within an inch of his life and I don’t think I’d look again. It would have to be the Bermud a shorts and pot belly.” The Girls Aloud singer was speaking in her first UK interview since splitting from footballer husband Ashley last month. The couple separated following allegations that Ashley had cheated on Cheryl with a number of different women.

Katie Price Make On-Air ‘Andre’ Blunder g the names of new Katie Price made a slip-up during a TV appearance today by confusin husband Alex Reid and ex-partner Peter Andre. when she used Andre’s The glamour girl was speaking on This Morning about married life name instead of Reid’s by mistake. Price said: “Me and During the chat with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Alex…” and “Me saying: herself, d Pete…” She then quickly correcte relationship with Reid The interview also saw Price explaining how much she is enjoying her after tying the knot with the cage fighter in Februar y. t. We’ve done the She commented: “I love being married again. It’s completely differen house together, it’s a buy to looking We’re house. house up so there’s a different feel in the how it should be done.”.

Corey Haim Was ‘Tormented Soul’ Says Feldman The Lost Boys actor Corey Haim was a “tormented soul”, friend and fellow actor Corey Feldman has said. Paying tribute to the star, Feldman said he wept when he heard Haim had died at a California hospital on Wednesday 10 March aged 38. “This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend,” he said in a statement. A post-mortem is due to be held to determine the cause of death. Troy Searer, an executive producer of the short lived reality show The Two Coreys starring Haim and Feldman, said Haim’s “heart and his potentia l were only outmatched by his demons”. The assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner ’s office, told local television reporters Haim had been suffering flu-like symptoms. Ed Winter said Haim’s mother, who lived with the actor, called paramed ics after he collapsed while getting out of bed at his apartment. He later died at Providence St Joseph Medical Center. Winter added coroners found some prescription medication in Haim’s apartment but “no illicit drugs”.

John Hurt receives lifetime achievement award

Veteran actor John Hurt has spoken of his “constant fight” for independent films shortly before he received a lifetime achievement award. The star of Alien and The Elephant Man accepted the award at the Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF). Speaking before the event, Hurt said he wanted films other than Hollywood blockbusters to be successful. He said he was not ruling out the importance of large-scale studio films, but wished the balance was more even. “It’s been my constant fight all

my life,” he said.

he said.

whimsy or plain bafflement.

“All you can do is prepare the ground. You can’t just say this is how it ought to be because you’ve got to create a public that actually enjoys it - and therein lies the difficulties.”

Hurt received his lifetime accolade from BIFF artistic director Tony Earnshaw at the National Media Museum.

“He appears in the final films in the Harry Potter franchise, thus enchanting an entirely new generation of admirers. It’s what going to the cinema is all about.”

At the event, audience members asked questions prior to a screening of The Elephant Man.

Hurt said he had no plans to stop making films.

He said one solution was for big-budget films to just be shown in big cinema franchises, leaving others open for independent films. “Of course it hasn’t worked out that way because of avarice and greed and (it’s) too fierce,”

Mr Earnshaw said: “John Hurt has been leading man, supporting player and scene-stealer. “Always he has breathed vivid life into believable, plausible and credible characters, often against a backdrop of fancy,

“I can’t see any other reason to be alive unless you’re taking an active interest in your area of life,” he said. “If life was to be just to stop and watch television - I couldn’t contemplate that as being worthwhile at all.” The festival runs until 28 March at venues across Bradford and Yorkshire.


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Salt & Pepper 1/4lb Green Beans 14 fresh asparagus, ends snapped off 2tbsp olive oil 1 spring onion, trimmed and slices 3 cloves garlic, finely grated 1 piece (1”) ginger root, grated 3 slender carrots cut in thin 2” matchsticks 1 small fennel bulb, white part thinly sliced ¼ lb sugar snap peas 1 cup green peas 1 small courgette, cut into matchsticks 1 tbsp brown sugar ¼ cup water 2 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tbsp chopped basil

METHOD Set your grill to high. Brush each side of the bread slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet. Toast each side until golden brown.

INGREDIENTS SERVES 4 2/3 cup tomato pasta sauce (e.g. Ragu) 4oz goat cheese 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped 10 – 12 slices French bread 1 tbsp olive oil

Pour tomato sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Slice the goat cheese in half and place in the centre of the tomato sauce.


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the green beans for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse them with cold water. Cut the asparagus stalks into 1-inch pieces; reserve the tips. In a large frying pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Cook the onion for 1 minute. Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute more. Add the carrots, fennel, and asparagus stalks. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes. Add the sugar snaps, peas, courgette, asparagus tips, sugar, water, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 9 minutes. Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with parsley and basil. Add more salt and pepper, if you like.


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Bake under the grill for 4 – 6 minutes or until the goat cheese is soft and slightly golden. Sprinkle the mixture with fresh basil before serving.

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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Cheese-only restaurant opens

For turophobics, it is a new and rather pongy circle of hell. In fact, even for those without the (admittedly rare) fear of cheese, the smorgasbord of nearly 100 fromages, sourced in Lyon and shipped weekly, is the stuff of nightmares. The inebriating whiff of Roquefort draws one to the door of L’Art Du Fromage, the first speciality cheese restaurant in Britain. The menu is built around cheese-based dishes: there are fondues, raclettes, a glorified version of cheese on toast and even cheese ice cream. Mr Ledogar and his business partner Jean-Charles Madenspacher, who are both 24, have left their village outside Strasbourg, Alsace, to move to the UK. Their mission: to banish the British obsession with mild cheddar and ignite an altogether fierier relationship with aged milk curd. Their restaurant, off London’s King’s Road, near Chelsea, has just opened for business. Experts believe they could have a battle on their hands. Cheese has traditionally failed to capture the imagination in the UK beyond the dinner party set. “Much of this is down to the running order of the traditional British meal,” says Bob Farrand, chairman of the Guild of Fine Food and author of The Cheese Handbook. “In France, it comes before the pudding. In Spain, it’s accompanied by tapas before the meal. In Britain it’s stuck in a limbo – after pudding, if at all, where most diners barely have any appetite left.”

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Using another bowl, Mix together the butter, sugar, banana, eggs, vanilla extract and choccy chips in. Add to the dry ingredients and stir well but be careful that you don’t over mix. Pour the bread batter into a non-stick 19 x 11 cm loaf tin and bake in the oven for around 1 hr 15 mins. Leave the bread to cool in the tin for around 5 mins. Then leave on a wire rack to cool further.

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Nann y Bar bar a Bow er

is 60 on Monday 22 March 2010 Sorry Nanny that we can’t be with you but we send all our love and cuddles to you See you very soon in the summer From all your Grandchildren in the U.K. Charas, Ellie-Mae, Jules, Peaches and MacKenzie xxxxxxxxxxx


Friday 26th March 2010 - 5pm From the Town Hall in Arboleas

Congratul ations to Vicky & Tommy on the birth of their lovely son Lucas Thom as Born 7th march 2010 a whopping 10lb 4oz Love Mom,Dad & Jordan xxxx LADIES & MEN´S BREAKFAST MEETING OF THE FGBMFI

OUR SPECIAL MUM IS 60 Barbara Bower, our mum and best friend is having a special birthday this year We all send you lots of love and we will see you in the summer Daughters Sam & Chrissie, and Son Phil xxxxxxx

Happy 60th birthday

BARBARA BOWER Have a lovely day, Much Love John, Judi, and the girls Little Annie Tart and Ella Moo xxxxxx


(Full Gospel Businessmen´s Fellowship International) HOSTAL FLAMENCO (opposite Mariela´s Bar, Mojacar Playa) SATURDAY 17 APRIL SATURDAY 8 MAY SATURDAY 19 JUNE All at the Hostal Flamenco, all at 10am. Breakfast costs 4€; those coming for the first time are free of charge. A firm booking is required for catering purposes. Come and hear some GOOD NEWS of how God changed a Man´s life forever. You will be made very welcome. Tickets available from Geoff Ward on 950 615 068 or David Templeman 950 168 349

IS 60 on 22 March 2010 Enjoy and have fun. See you soon. Love from Kelly and Glenn, Matt and Tammy x

Approx 6km walk finishing outside Sophia’s Please support us in our Sponsored Walk, either by walking with us and collecting sponsorship or just donate a few euros. Half the monies raised will be given to F.A.C.E. towards a mobile mammogram unit in Arboleas; the remaining half will be used to help anybody in the area associated or affected by cancer. Please bring your pets, your kids, your partner, your neighbours - this will be a walk at your own pace and if you stop off for a cheeky coffee all well and good! The Mayor will open the event and join us on the walk, so please help support the local community. Sponsor forms are available from Sophia’s reception. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Please call in for details or phone 950 449 451.

St. Marks, Huéscar Anglican Communion EASTER DAY - Sunday 4th April Holy Communion (In English) 11am at Barrio San Isidro 92 For more information call 958 065 966


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Mojacar Bridge Club

Valle del Este Hotel every Wednesday night 7pm - for more information Contact Les on 950 163 524

Charity Night in aid of F.A.C.E 3rd April 9pm Blues Night with Ed Stacey, at the Trinidad Bar & Restaurant Donation Buckets and raffle on the night.

Happy 2nd Birt hday Sofi a Sanchez Bow les

Our beautiful granddaughter Keep smiling All our love Nan and Grandad


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Royal British Legion

We are hoping to form a new group of The Royal British Legion in Huercal Overa area. If anyone of any age is interested in joining this new group, then why not come along to a meeting The Pepper Tree Bar, Huercal Overa Monday 19th April at 2pm Learn more about the group Call 635 353 502 for more information ...and remember, you do not need to have been in the Armed Forces to join!


Alan Swain sadly passed away in his sleep on Monday 22nd March 2010. His funeral is to be held today, Wednesday 24th March, at 12pm at Arboleas RC Village Church. Alan’s wife, Carole, would like to thank friends, neighbours and hospital staff for all their help and kindness. A special thank you goes to Stella, without whose help, Carole could not have managed to have Alan at home. Also thank you to Maggie, Dawn, Jim, Pat, Mick, Chris & Dougie for all of their help and support whilst Alan was at home. Love from Carole, Adele, Katrina, Richard & Grandchildren

Sales: 950 430 820 email:


Sales: 950 430 820 email:



YOUR EVENTS... YOUR LETTERS... YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS...YOUR EVENTS... Hola, I was passing a beach between Carboneras and Mojacar yesterday and came across this scene. It was obviously a dolphin, struggling on the beach with a crowd of onlookers standing by. The Guardia were there too, but they didn’t seem to know what to do. A man (he looked English) walked down to the dolphin, picked it up and chucked it back in. He fell doing it and obviously hurt his leg, because he limped all the way back up the beach!! Well done that man!! It would be nice to know if the dolphin made it, because he didn’t seem to be heading out to sea, the last I saw. Kimberley Warner, La Perla, Arboleas.

Exhibition Of Paintings By Ruth Rodman



Mesa in Parque Commercial is still running their ‘Buy One Get One Free’ on Sunday lunches… a bargain… and their sticky toffee pudding is to die for! Sol Passion are offering half price discounts on all sun beds and spray tans this week! Time to get those legs out ladies… (and gentlemen!) If you haven’t signed up already Rock Road and Surf are arranging a bike ride on Easter Sunday – all welcome! And they are even providing the bikes for those who haven’t got one! Give them a call for more details!

Bowl Over Poverty

At the Parador Nacional, Mojacar Playa Until 19th April - all are welcome For more information contact

Be part of the ‘The Super Soup Lunch’ Friday 26th March - 12-2pm at Turre Evangelical Church Come and have a free bowl of homemade soup and some bread and donate what you would have spent on lunch to Christian Aid. Christian Aids’ vision is to end poverty and by joining in our soup lunch you can be part of making that a reality.

Dames In Spain - March Meeting

We had a ‘Bring & Buy’ Plant Sale and a talk by Heather White, a Royal Society of Horticulture Judge on raising shrubs, plants and soil content in Spain. Forthcoming Events: April 19th - AGM & Lunch at The Puntazo May 17th - Social, Nibbles and Wine at The Kimrick June 21st - Beach Lunch at Lua, Vera Playa Further information from Gail Creasey 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton 950 475 863

Cristina and Paul have now taken over as the new owners of The Cave Bar in Mojacar – ready for the summer season… a wonderful spot on the Playa… away from the hubbub of the road but close enough to see the sea! And yes…Easter is just around the corner. Next week’s issue will include times and places of parades and bits to do over the Easter break...


C/Mojana, 9 -El Real Ind. Est. 04628 ANTAS, Almeria

• House Clearances • Motor Vehicles • Antiques • White Goods • Furniture

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NEXT AUCTION 7th April Starts 5pm

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Teatro Saavedra Fri 23rd April Sat 24th April

Teatro Gilabert Fri 30th April Sat 1st May

Doors open 7.15pm - Curtain up 7.45pm

Tickets 7.50€ Available from:-

Girasol - Albox Albox Rugs - Albox Shandmade - Bar International Car Boot Essentials - Arboleas

Tel: 617 029 645

Mountain Murmurs

MercamundoonEl Real have now incorporated Baloo’s Children’s Clothes Shop from the Parque Commercial…and the fastfood van outside has a free drink with every food order! Traditional sausage

s sy ye ed dp pu ur r sandwich and a cuppa – lovely! The Sunburnt Arms in Piedra Amarilla has new owners – Paul and Jacky… lots of love to Nickie and Marlon – whereever your jollies take you! Joan’s Cakes and Bakes

have new owners taking over next Thursday… but the good news is that Joan and Ted will still be baking all the pies and cakes! Yum! Syedpur is now running their ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

night… and with their all you can eat buffet on a Thursday… well you can’t say fairer than that!!! Amigoes Bowling Centre put on a fantastic night for St. Patrick’s day…as did Maloan’s in Arboleas… see photos above!



syedpur are pleased to announce their


all you can eat buffet every thursday

market day special tuesdays & wednesdays daily special main meal

only 5€ call for more details


10% off all takeaways limited period only

Tel: 950 120 606


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600 007 175 Tel Spain: 634 960 115 950 064 576 Tel: UK 07961 563 263

SERVICES art & craft Arts & Crafts

For card making, drawing or painting • 104cm x 7cm large sheets of cream raised embossed card. • 100cm x 72cm large sheets of polar white thick paper. • 64cm x 45cm shiney paper. Just 1€ per sheet • 40 polythene bags for cards, assorted sizes 1€ • 20 envelopes - good quality pink & white assorted sizes 1€. • 20 inserts - Lemon or purple 1€

Tel: 659 555 323



spanish lessons

business for sale

Multi-skilled handyman Requires work

Knowles & Abbott



Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729

No.1 for Plumbing & Electrics. Incl. Central Heating, Solar Electrics & Hot Water Office: 950 137 197 Plumber: 606 807 797 Electrician: 638 010 691



professional massage therapist


Over 30 years experience. Anything considered, driving, painting, property repairs etc.

swedish • sports • indian head

MINI DIGGER & DRIVER For Hire. All types of building work References Available. Call: Kevin 610 926 833

cleaning CHAR LADIES

for all your cleaning needs. blinds From homes, offices, bars and INTERNAL & windows. Pool EXTERNAL BLINDS cleaning from 15€. No contracts. You ring, we clean. Tel: 606 014 099


1 hour full body massage only 30€

Tel: 671 433 896


Tel: 627 907 207 Email:

block paving

PREMIER PAVING Block paving for all

driveways, patios and paths. various colours. Call now for FREE estimate.

Tel: 620 112 193


Regular runs to and from Spain – UK – France – Ireland Full and part loads Collections and deliveries within Spain Phone for best service & price Tel: (0034) 689 886 042 or 628 856 554 E: W:

James & Son

Experienced Interior Removals / Storage & Exterior Decorator UK, France & Spain Using quality materials. This fast, friendly, clean and efficient service will never be beaten on price. No payment until complete satisfaction.

TEL: 617 904 774

Pet Transportation

651 519 307

7.5 Ton Lorry to & from the UK once a week


Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote



electro-os s.l. damp proofing English / Spanish 14 years in Spain

Call: 680 742 011 0044 7970 722 744 0044 1443 670 031



City & Guilds Qualified

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141


90 minutes lesson, including printed material, 10€ Old School, Llanos del Peral

tiling Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564


Any small building jobs including Patio’s, Brickwork, Rendering, Custom Made & Fitted Rejas and more...

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

Call Steve Holman Tel: 697 678 708


In trouble with your Spanish?

Call Tomas 600 339 694

TUITION Maths Tutor

with over 30 years experience, especially GCSE. Offers on-line maths tuition (using an interactive whiteboard). First lesson is free with no obligation. For further details contact:


CALL: 690 121 699

Quick R.O.I. Fully legal & Registered. Serious enquiries only please. 12,000€ Tel: 634 316 638

Bar for sale or rent

Busy bar next to Vera Playa Hotel. Completely furnished and ready for business For more details Tel: 950 478 701

sits vac


Home stay required. Look after professional people from Spain in your home - to experience English life. From 1 week to 1 month. Call Beatrice 950 444 175. email: blizana@

building & maintenance


ross regan s.l.

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

get your property ready for summer! bbq areas, patios, gardens - no job too small Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222 Email:


That used to be our name and venue...

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to vacate our original premises and we are now looking for a new home. If anyone knows of, or has an approximate14m x 6m space in a unit or similar in the Albox/Arboleas area please let us know!

Call Dick: 606 198 457 / 958 003 402 or Adrian: 671 947 880

the gallery

for the best framing service at low prices

U NAME IT! WE FRAME IT! Plus a unique collection of paintings

Visit Our Showroom 135 C/Mayor, Garrucha/Mojacar near to the Guardia

Tel: 664 619 819 pet sitting


Dog & Horse Sitting Service

Ex RSPCA Inspector. 50 years experience. Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.

Tel: 607 554 984

house clearance

House Clearance




seeking work Hard Working Man Looking for OFFICE/RETAIL Work SPACE TO LET Labouring, Near Mercadona, Painting, Albox. 75€ p/w Gardening, includes electricity, Driving, water & internet. Anything Contact Mark considered (Total Entertainment) Call Stephen 655 772 127 625 611 498


EMAIL: OR call: 679 017 931

call terry: 676 381 917

SPACE WANTED CHAINSAW - McCulloch MAC335 Split/perished primer button Was working perfectly Cost 200€ new - 80€ ono ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Age 6+, Made by Burswood, Hardly used, 1 broken string, 20€ ono

For all information and photos go to:

For home use

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote

In busy tourist area of Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Fully equipped, large restaurant & terrace, turn key operation, full restaurant & drinks license. Would also suit bar or cafe operation 10 lease, low rent, seasonal turnover in excess of 220,000€. Would consider part exchange. Price negotiable.

pool maintenance business Not a jack of all trades, for sale just a master of one! Can be run part time.

chest freezer

667 235 205

Competitive Prices

Springs coming

Arboleas & Zurgena Area Call Vera 690 375 546


building Neil Bates Builder

Beginners & Intermediate SMALL GROUPS & 1-2-1 TUITION

Tel: 697 830 033

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363

or Email:

Bilingual Teacher

abel decor

For all of your interior/exterior decorating needs. Only top quality materials used, no fuss just a quality finish. We all know times are hard. Worried about cost? Why not try me on 673 421 503 At least the estimate is free. 35th year of trading in the UK & Spain. email:

And we mean total!

windows & doors


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket!

Windows • Conservatories • Doors • Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

• We supply & fit top quality windows, doors, conservatories, patio infills & garden rooms. All with a 10 year guarantee. • Aluminium, UPVC or wood. • Free home survey & Professional advice for your complete peace of mind. • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed. • All types of building work undertaken. No job too big or small. email:

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311


From Car to Caravan, Cats to Dogs, Fridge to Cooker, Curtains to Carpets

We want all of your Best unwanted items! s price All areas paid covered

Just call Mr Cash Man on: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545


* Are you returning to the U.K.? * * Moving House/Downsizing? *


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If so – call us on 686 140 034 For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered

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Call Lynn or Paulette on 950 430 820 email ONE Vauxhall Vivaro Van MINI 1.4 Petrol

vehiclES for sale

• 1870cc Diesel • 2003 • 6 Gears • 35K miles only

• RHD • UK tax Oct 2010 • MOT Sep 2010 • UK VAT paid

2000 opel tigra 1.4I 3,850€ ono Tel: 950 398 030 Metallic Silver, 116.000km, Petrol, Elec windows, A/C, PAS, CD Player, Alloy wheels, 4 new tyres, new exhaust, new windscreenTax up to date and ITV July 2010. Excellent runner and very tidy car.

3,500€ ono Call Steve on 697705421 or 950618634

cars wanted

ENGLISH CARS/VANS WANTED With or without MOT - Must be able to be driven and roadworthy

Call John on 647 011 084



Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, Aluminium and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 687 314 775

van hire

2002, 1.6 petrol, LHD, manual, slate grey, Dec 08, Air-Con, ITV & Taxed until Sept 2010, 73,000kms. CD Radio, Valeted & 27,000km in good condition. Spanish Car, Full service history. 1 year warranty 3,500€ T: 655 772 127 Tel: 664 540 730 HOME SWEET HOME Probably the best stocked English Health Food Shop in Spain! Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre (inside HSH – next to DIA) Huge range of international Fine Foods including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japaenese, Moroccan etc. The best selection bar none. H.S.H., Turre (on main road next to DIA). Organic herb& vegetable growing kits and organic fertilisers and pest control now in stock. HSH, Turre, White emulsion paint at Bargain Prices! Berger 5 litre 14.99€, Dulux Heritage 5 litre 16.99€, Crown 5 litre 18.99€, Dulux 6 litre 19.99€ ! HSH, Turre. Huge range of BBedlinen in stock. Pillows from only 4.50€ ! HSH. Turre. Probably the largest variety of English foods in Almeria! Our 4,000 sqft store is packed with thousands of items you cant find elsewhere. HSH, Turre. Tel: 950 479 487. Open Mon-Fri 9.30 – 8pm (no siesta), Sat 10am – 6pm (no siesta).



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domestic & commercial supplied & fitted many colours & styles all areas covered free quotations signwriting service FOR COMMERCIAL

Ralf motors levante s.l

Tel: 627 907 207



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Stonemason Stonemason

Restoration / Rebuild of Historic Buildings, Fincas, Cortijos, Stone Carvings, Design, New Build, Walling, Paving 20 Years Experience

Tel: 652 294 131

JT METAL RECYCLING Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility. Certificates issued CARS, VANS, LORRIES

W A N T E D Spanish or English


TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

ADVERTISE FROM AS LITTLE AS 20€ A WEEK AND REACH OVER 22,500 READERS... Call: 950 430 820 or email

opp. Mi Case Antas, Cuevas Almanzora Road



Team of two hard working strong lads avaiLable for all types of: • building work • garden clearing & maintenance • ponds

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.


647 379 795

Euro Painters

personal cooling system Bedfan is available at Mercamundo. Perfect for menopausal women. Sole distributor in Spain. SPECIAL OFFER 80€ Tel: 692 285 129

Exotic Pet Rescue Loving home at Little Zoo awaits Reptiles, Fish and Birds. Unwanted, unused cages and aquariums gratefully received.

Tel: The Little Zoo 647 379 795

Recession Busting Offer!

Average 2 / 3 bed Villa

incl. all minor repairs & 10 rejas!

only 1,000€

We only use quality materials Spray Painting and Textured Finish our speciality! References Available

Tel: 648 898 719 or 677 557 190


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We are the first local paper out every week and the first as a web resource. See us at Villa to sell? Reach 22,500 readers every week. Advertise from 9€ per week. Call Lynn on 950 430 820

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PROPERTY for rent

property for SALE Detached villa for sale in Oria. 900m² plot with self

contained detached wooden cabin. Full paperwork. For quick sale 139,000€ ono. Tel: 699 483 438.

cash buyers


Looking for a 3 bedroom, two bathroom villa on a plot of 600m²-1000m² with a pool and garage. Budget up to 190,000€ If you have a property that fits the bill, please call Sarah at Spanish Hideaways.

Three bedroom apartment in Cuevas. Two bathrooms, furnished and fully fitted kitchen an incredible

TEL: 958 003 391 OR 676 604 008

Get yourself a bargain 3 year old villa on the outskirts of Turre 2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Lounge, Kitchen, Shower room, 9x4 pool, Mature gardens, All paperwork 400sqm plot

€198,000 Tel: 950 069 660 Time for smart buyers in Spain!!! 10 years experience selling and renting legal properties around the spanish Costas


Contact Steve on 950 618 054 or 628 463 656


Old Cortijo ruin in La Perulera (Huercal Overa). Electric & water connected. 1,670m2. land/plot cortijo is 60m2. Escritura of land and cortijo available.


Tel: 647 730 103

Best properties for sale and rent in Andalucia

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Bargains, Repossessions and Junta de Andalucia subsidised programs

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Linked House for sale in Villaricos

sale properties wanted

€145.000 Tel: 659 146 134

Call: 638 849 254

Set in beautiful gardens with shared gated pool. 5 mins walk to beach

Is yours Fully Legal & Sensibily Priced? If so, we have Cash Buyers waiting. All areas covered. All property types needed Looking to buy? Call us now!

Want to sell your property with an estate agent that cares? Then phone us today for a quote Our fees are a set price - for example10k to 50k the agency fee would be a standard 1750€ For further infomation please call Carlos 958-710-038 mobile 678-603-178

Urcal, 1 bed Casita, fully furnished

sunny terrace looking out to sea. No

with large Fly Free Patio. 250€ per

stairs. Rent - €400 pcm + electricity

month. Tel: 666 281 323

and Water bills. Tel 950 478070. Email

3 Double Bed, 2 bath furnished villa, with pool, Arboleas (La Perla). Long term rental €500 pcm plus utilities. Tel: 610 054 549 Large 2 / 3 bedroom villa, garage and garden. Good location in La Concepcion. 400€ per month. Plus water & electric. Call Graham on 678 655 453 Nice 2 bedroom. 2 bathroom, townhouse on Valle del Este Golf, furnished, €400 per month. Plus water and electric. Call Graham on 678 655

Bargain resale on Cortijo Grande. 2 bed 2 bath townhouse now reduced even further. Stunning frontline golf and mountain views. Includes aircon, sat tv and off road parking.

Offers invited around 119,950€ 950 469 592 Mob: 697 640 681 or 644 350 361

Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath villa with pool and stunning views available for rent in the sort after urbanisation of Retamar, Partaloa. 450€ per calendar month. Call 634601602. Apartment in El Faro Puerto de Mazarron,



Double Kitchen

Bedrooms, with


goods, Communal Pool, parking space, long term rental 325€ pcm + bills Tel: 968 199 325 or 680 913 840


Urgently Wanted: All types of

For long term rental - Mojacar

properties for sale in Huercal Overa, the

Beach Spacious, furnished front-line

immediate villages & countryside. Call

apartment. 3 double bedrooms, large

Andy on: 678002006 or 950135512

Near Albox

Fully Furnished new 3 bedroom villa, fenced garden for pets. 450€ + electric. and 3 bedroom flat, furnished with elevator 350€ + bills Ring Anne: 662 217 170

Wanted to Rent

3+ bed Villa with pool long term unfurnished near Albox for non smoking, no pets mature family

Tel: 664 770 610




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Cherribar Park Homes Camping La Hierbabuena Los Lobos

Special Offer

Car, Caravan, 2 people, Electric, more than 28 days... 7€ per day Park Homes from 29,000€ Tel: 629 688 153 / 950 396 908

LARGE FAMILY HOUSE IN LOS GALLARDOS PUEBLO 3 double beds, large family bathroom, separate shower room, big fitted kitchen, large lounge, integral garage, balconies etc... Quiet road, furnished, sky dish erected. 5 years old.

450€ PCM + BILLS 155,000€ TO BUY TEL: 673 421 503


Two bedroom apartment, fully fitted kitchen, large bathroom, comfortable living space. Good location – country setting 5 minutes away from Cantoria. 225€ PCM Contact Sam 679100048

Rental Properties

available now if you have a Guaranteed Income or UK Pension Furnished & Unfurnished Short & Long Term Lets All areas covered

Call: 638 849 254

More rental properties needed

2 Bed Apartment in Palomares Long

term let. Secure parking, large terrace, heating, Sat TV, swimming pool and sea views. 325€ per month + bills. Tel: 620 190 931

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email sales@ soltimes .com for sale 2 tall pine wood units for livingroom. Both sides have half glass door on top. One unit has 5 drawers below glass door and the other has a drawer with wooden door below. There is also a unit that connects both at top with 2 glass liftup. 150e ono. Call 676135462 (ref:231) Coffee table, large, pine wood, with 4 glass segments which also tilt up to a higher level for dining, 50e call 676135462 (ref:231) Sumoto 1.5 C.V. single phase well pump only done 12 months work complete with 100 metres of cable and Guardsman safety unit. Bargain at 225€. Tel 662463337 (ref:231) Spanish style circular extending dinning table with 4 high backed matching chairs. All as new 125 euros. Tel. 662463337 (ref:231) Ikea Extendable Dining Table and 4 Chairs. Brand new, still in original boxes, modern styling in oak with cream chair covers, cost 375€ Bargain at 299€ Tel: 950 459 523 (ref:231) Phil and Ted’s AllTerrain Pushchair Single/double pram suitable from birth to age 5, includes baby cocoon, toddler seat, raincover, suncover, 2 storage panniers, cost £510, immaculate condition 270€ ono Tel: 950 459 523 (ref:231) Dutailier Glider Chair and Footstool Maple, cream cushions, suitable as a nursing chair, TV /reading/relaxation chair, excellent condition 99€. Tel: 950 459 523 (ref:231) Boosey and Hawkes Regent Clarinet Good condition, ideal for a beginner, includes 3 tuition books 99€ Tel: 950 459 523 (ref:231) Tansformer WAECO PP30 230V 300W 12v never used €40 Tel:617862216 (ref:231) Microwave 700w 20€ Tel:617862216 (ref:231) M i c r o w a v e shelf, still boxed 7€ Tel:617862216 (ref:231) AuqaKem Blue 3 lts 8€ Tel:617862216 (ref:231) Double antique pine headboard 45€ Tel:617862216 (ref:231) Metal 135cm bed base with legs 20€ Tel:617862216 (ref:231) Jamon stand, dark wood 8€ (ref:231)


SOL CLASSIFIEDS Any item for sale UNDER 300€ is FREE to advertise here

Dining table w/4 chairs, solid birch, as new 120€ ono, phone 647 081 737 or 664 429 471 (ref:231) Ladies’ trench coat, blue w/ detachable winter lining, size 16, worn a few times only 35€, phone 647 081 737 or 664 429 471 (ref:231) Canon printer c a r t r i d g e s , compatible w/BCI21,BCI-24, sealed, 5x black, 6x color 20€ the lot, phone 647 081 737 or 664 429 471 (ref:231) Television, big screen tele text, 30€, laser level, new 17,50 € (ref:231) Welding kit with mask 30€ Tel: 667275740 (ref:231) Spanish wooden double bed with mattress in excellent condition, little used cost over 700€, 200€ or near offer Tel: 669 552 416 (ref:231) Bedroom suite 8 pieces, double bed / mattress, chair and much more (white), asking 225€ Tel: 667275740 (ref:231) Weight bench plus bar bell curl bar and many more extras 100€ Tel 697705421or 950618634 (ref:231) Aluminium 3 metre step ladder, 12 steps, very sturdy, great value at only 45 Euros, Tel. 950 473 056 (ref:231) Adult archery set complete all accessories 2 bows 34 lb pull 12 arrows 29 inch long many extras 120€ Tel: 652555577 (ref:231) Adult road racing cycle Claude butler san remo 22inch adult road racing cycle blue & white full racing spec extra wheels with tyres excellent condition 200€ Tel:652555577 (ref:231) White kitchen doors with silver knobs. will fit a rebecca, excellent condition 150€. Tel 634325508 (ref:231) Remorques 14ft boat trailer very good condition offers. Tel 634 325 508 (ref:231) Sony FD Trinitron TV. Wide Colour Model KV 28LS36S with matching glass fronted video cabinet. Can deliver. €70. Tel 699244779 (ref:231) Digital Cameras Konica Minolta Dimage complete with installation cds, cables and additional 128mb card. €50 Tel 699244779 (ref:231) Technics electric piano sx-px664. 299€. Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:231) BH Fitness multi gym. 140€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:231) BH Fitness rowing machine 70€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:231)

Roof bars and Top Box. Has been used on a Nissan X Trail but will fit other vehicles. Large Karite Apollo 550 Top Box. Roof Bars. €120. Tel 671 152 664 Quad Bike Hi-Bird Koayeng Flamingo, new 29.07.08, only done 40kms. 150cc, matriculated. 1200€. Tel: 679 846 941 (ref:229) 6 x Tyres for sale to fit Williamson Trailer 25€ each Tel 600 760 057 (ref:230) Skydish 1.3 mtrs with LNB 160€ Tel 600 760 057 (ref230) Sky knome 60€ Tel 600 760 057 ( ref230) Mens complete wetsuit with boots and gloves 150€ Tel 600 760 057 (ref:230) Do you have the best early music in Karaoke?? Sunfly karaoke Disca No. 1-209 & few extras. The most recognised name in Karaoke. Tel: 634 621 747 for details.

restaurant for sale Bar Lease For Sale, Majorca. In busy tourist area of Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Fully equipped, large restaurant & terrace, turn key operation, full restaurant & drinks license. Would also suit bar or cafe operation 10 lease, low rent, seasonal turnover in excess of 220,000€. Would consider part exchange. Price negotiable. For all info and photos www. restaurantforsale email: rafters38@hotmail. com Tel: 679 017 931

SERVICES accountancy SR Accountancy offers Completion of Non-Resident Tax returns, Renewals of Residencia, European Health Cards and Registering of E121 etc. For more information, call 685 248 999 or email sharon@

air conditioning

car boots



Satellite systems

Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, for more information call Julie 646 675 297

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918

A1 Sky Television Systems



W i l d w o o d Bespoke Joinery – High quality made to measure carpentry & joinery. Reliable & professional service at competitive prices. Avoid disappointment, call James on: 950 067 011 or 685 955 768 jame s@w ild wo o d. es

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Hammel 125cc Cruiser Excellent condition. Jacket & helmet included. Owner returning to UK. 550€ Tel: 697 Sky Digi Box, 506 087 (ref:225) PACE with blue sky card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, car wanted ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: Renault Laguna 667 235 205 or 657 Wanted from 1996 478 771. Skystars – satellite to 1999 years. ITV i n s t a l l a t i o n s , failure for body and relocation & alignment parts, engine not Phone of dishes, all areas necessary. covered. Tel: Paul 687 610 006 432 042 335. Ref 11386

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Striking interior of Kia’s Mondeo-rival previewed, while Magentis name could be no more Here’s the inside story on Kia’s replacement for the Magentis. The Mondeo-rival gets a driveroriented cockpit, with dials which glow in Kia’s signature red hiding behind a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Other highlights include stitched leather on the dashboard and centre console climate controls shaped to mimic the trademark tiger’s snout front grille. A high-specification satnav and multimedia system is also set to feature. The car is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, so expect improved interior space, while interior quality will be at least of the same standard as the new Sportage SUV,

which debuted at Geneva. Kia is so confident of the leap forward that the new car will represent that the Magentis name is likely to die when the newcomer is launched, with the car’s global name, Opirus, or K5 currently being evaluated as potential successors. The Magentis replacement will make its debut at the New York Motor Show on April 1st and will arrive in the UK in around 12 month’s time. A Kia spokesman confirmed that the new car would set completely new standards for the firm in the D-segment, especially in terms of dynamics, where “a range of surprisingly powerful engines” is set to feature.

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Our new Mojacar office is now open on the Playa opposite Neptuno’s Beach bar. This year there will be twice the cars, vans and minibuses available so our clients won’t be caught out with the Rental Rush this summer. Don’t forget our budget cars available at only €15 per day. Group day€ week€ car BUDGET 15 75 MAREA/POLO A 20 100 DEMIO / KA B 30 150 AGILA / CLIO C 35 175 MEGANE / FOCUS / BMW D 45 225 TRAFIC VAN E 55 275 TRANSIT VAN F 60 300 MINIBUS 9 SEATER / 7 SEATER

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Bugatti Releases More Official Pics of Galibier Super Saloon The Galibier is back in black! Bugatti has released these moody new shots of its super-saloon concept which is expected to begin production when the Veyron is discontinued in 2012. Previously shown in a two-tone blue and chrome paint-job, the four-seater now sports a solid black finish. Although technically still a concept, the 16C Galibier is almost production ready. As it stands the newcomer gets the 8.0-litre 16-cylinder engine from the Veyron but detuned down to around 800bhp. To help improve the performance further still, a lightweight body, built of carbon fibre and aluminium will feature. With the emphasis of the design and engineering firmly on ultimate luxury, the £900,000 model also gets a distinctive wood and leather trimmed interior.

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albox darts league

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boxers Golf society Dates for your diary. Our next three Competitions are as follows: Wed 24 March, Aguilon; Mon 5 April, Sensol, coach available; Mon 19 April, Alboran. Not forgetting our special date: Saturday 5th June. It was decided to re-name the Spring/Summer Ball, “LADIES DINNER/DANCE NIGHT”, as a “Thank You” to all you “Golf Widows” for putting up with so much! This event will be held at Bar/Restaurant La Parilla, in Albox, 7.30 for 8pm. The cost of the tickets are 20 Euros per person, which includes a 3 course superior menu, 1 free drink of 1 beer, 1 glass of wine or 1 soft

drink. The night’s entertainment will be supplied by the superb JC, which is also included in the price. There will also be a reasonable fixed priced bar available during the evening. Tickets will be sold on a first-cum-first-served basis, so hurry and book ASAP, as these events prove very popular. To book this event, and any of the competitions above, you can do so every Saturday morning at the Why Not Bar in Albox, between 10 and 11am, or you can contact Malcolm Nicholls on 600 080 860 or any committee member, for more details.

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John Walker, from Pablos 1, won the Champion of Champions Knockout Cup at the recent Albox Darts League Presentation Night, held at The White Horse Community Inn, Cucador. He beat Peter Mackey from The Catolan team, 4 legs to 3 in what turned out to be a fine contest. John is also seen holding the La Cinta Electronic Darts Champions Trophy which he won earlier in the year.

On Wednesday 17th March, the Society played an Individual Stableford Competition at Marina. The course still has holes 4 and 5 out of action because of flooding so we had to play 1 and 18 again so no scores will count for handicap purposes. 15 players enjoyed a good day’s golf with plenty of sunshine and a slight breeze. The winner with 36 points was Lynn Sefton, 2nd with 35 points on countback was Bill Mumford.

There were 4 nearest the pin prizes - Dave Crothers won 2, Gerry Stewart and Jim Laird were the other winners. Next week´s competition will be at Valle del Este & the following week at Marina. A competition is held every Wednesday starting at 10am. New members & guests are very welcome, contact Keith Bradley at Badgers Bar Restaurant in Mojacar Playa, telephone number 950 478 525, or mobile number 607305 339.

media Golf society Waging a constant war against the marauding mozzies on Friday morning, twenty members played a Texas scramble around Valle del Este - thoroughly enjoyed by (almost!) all. It was good fun and made a change from the normal individual stableford played on Fridays with lots of big decisionmaking going on! The winning team was Paul Henshaw, Brian White, George Manus and Jenni Gregory with a

very creditable score of 56.3 and the runners up were George Crichton, Mike Armer, Suzie Roberts and John Sunstrum with 60 points. Well done all. Four of our lady members had been to Desert Springs the week before, to Christine Langford’s clinic. They had an hour’s tuition, followed by 10 holes played with Christine and then collapsed in a heap with wine and tapas on the

terrace. Did you see the proof of the pudding in Friday’s competition, girls? We have a busy golfing week coming up with next Tuesday’s roll-up starting at 12.21 - twenty two members going up to Fuente del Alamo to play a competitive match there and next Friday 26th VDE at 8.45. Please let John know if you haven’t already, if you want to play by calling 950 477 347

the grumpy old men of los gallardos Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where once more the rains have returned, forcing us to spend a lot of time at the “watering hole”, oh how we suffer, but you never hear us complain. A few of us have managed to get some fishing in over the last couple of weeks with very little success; Shylock being the only one to land any. He caught three on one trip and the lot did not weigh more than an ounce! Arkwright’s family are looking emaciated due to the break down in the food chain. The other Sunday, I was coming back after giving the ferret a walk, when I was invited - nay forced - to take some repast and refreshment with Dustbin Pete and his guests. I had a very enjoyable time, and the ferret more so. She had discovered some quails at the bottom of his aviary and was completely fascinated with them. Will have to get her some for Christmas! I have been told that Dustbin has been seen down on Scatterbrook Farm, wielding a spade, the blade of which was glowing red with his efforts; those on the kibbutz

were convinced he was planting “chickens”, you can’t tell them how to grow things! St. Patrick’s Day saw the camp split, half attending a charity do at El Pinar where €600 was raised, which was split between Asprodalba and Cancer Research. A big thank you to “Superman” Matt for all the effort he put in and to all those that helped to raise that wonderful amount. The other half, stayed at “the watering hole” partaking of some light refreshment and being entertained by the duo Replay, very enjoyable. The only problem was that it was a Wednesday - “extreme sports night”. Some of us managed to meander home to freshen up, others, being gluttons for punishment, went the full monty. I can personally tell you, that the spots on the dominoes looked the size of tennis balls, thank God I wasn’t playing pool. That’s all for this week Too wet to walk the ferret. Until the next time Tight lines Uncle Albert

‘Baza Barry’ fished a Murcia lake and caught carp to 4lbs and barbel to 2lbs. Some anglers reported that Argos Lake is fishing well and decent bags are being caught although the water is high and swims scarce.

of a lifetime.

The spring equinox and March’s new moon didn’t live up to expectations of great shore fishing except in the new part of the Garrucha marina where bucket loads of doradas or guilt head bream are being caught. ‘London Bill’ did well using razor clam meat and also caught a couple of sea bass spinning in the same spot. You can get away with fishing between the security fence and the wall belonging to the restaurant. Best mark seems to be next to the wall where there are a couple of boats moored. Fishing is not really allowed but nobody seems to be bothering at the moment.

Brian, alias ‘Captain (Brian) Cuba’, was invited out on Wednesday by Jose, a local boat builder in Antas who wanted him to pose for some fishing photos on his new 9m motor cruiser which he has just built for fishing and inshore cruising.

No Capitanos got out on their boats because of other commitments or bad weather on the days they were booked out. Panga is now being died pink for some supermarkets and looks similar to Perca also known as Nile Perch. Much of the perch for sale in supermarkets is caught in Lake Victoria and although it is not indigenous to the area, it is a sustainable commodity. Panga has so many names such as grey or white sole (depending on whether they have bleached it or not) and is now being sold in some countries as bassa. I just have to wonder when it might be called haddocka, coda or maybe even smoked salmona. (I said salmona not salmonella although that’s what you might get if you eat it.) I hope to go on a fishing trip to SA again in October of this year or if not then April 2011. If anyone is up for making up the numbers to four then let me know and we can discuss it. Off the top of my head flights from the UK are about £880 return and the all inclusive package of fishing, from the beach, rocks and boat with good hotel accommodation and food is about £100 a day. The only extra is alcohol but of course I don’t drink much. (Cough) Come on and we will have an experience

marina members Golf club Monday 15th March The course condition remains unchanged but it is hoped that a prolonged spell of reasonable weather will enable the staff to reinstate the two fairways and greens that have suffered from flood damage. Making the most of the current available holes the members enjoyed a keenly contested Stableford competition in ideal golfing weather, in spite of this none of the competitors managed to break par. In the Ladies division the results were:1st

Sandra Larkin

2nd Nuala Hare

33 points 30 points

3rd June Humphries 29 points In the Men’s division the results were:1st

Geoff Owen

35 points(bb6)

2nd Andrew Markham 35 points 3rd

Jim Budd

33 points

Lots of “two’s” this week: Val Cooke, Brian Couper.Adrian Roberts, John Bridgen and Terry Oliver Thursday 18th March Sandra Edwards Organised a team Stableford competition with the added interest of the use of a yellow ball for bonus points. The results were: 1st

Miriam Staunton, Brian Mayhew and John Pickbourne. 84 points


Liz Bamforth, Keith Ryder and Brian Couper. 80 points


Sandra Edwards, Bill Gill and Frank (visitor) 76 points

Visitors are very welcome to join our Thursday competitions for a total of 30€ which includes the green fee. Contact Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra on 950 069 438.

‘Paul The Boat’s’ fishing boat which is about 18 feet is for sale and comes with a berth in Garrucha Marina that could be worth more than the boat, see me for more details.

The boat was launched on Wednesday morning in Garrucha harbour where it was photographed for its promotional brochure and put through its paces. Brian was impressed by the boat’s quality and performance which comes from a single turbo diesel engine and he says he would have been happy to head out to sea there and then for places afar, Majorca and North Africa sprang to mind. Brian and another local angler, ‘Farmer Rory’ from 63km away up in ‘dem ‘der hills and a local French fisherman posed for the photographs and pretended to fish from the stern of the boat while the professional photographers took their pictures. Needless to say they didn’t catch anything in the marina except in Brian’s case, a bad cough and cold. Some might say that’s the most he’s caught for months! Brian has since lived to regret the experience as is now thoroughly disenchanted with his own boat which he and ‘Admiral Phil’ keep in Garrucha harbour. He thought their boat was the ‘ideal fishing boat’, but now knows differently. Brian is going to start buying lottery tickets from now on and keep his fingers crossed. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight lines Beachcomber John

valle del este golf What a great week we had for golf! Many of our golfers shaking off the winter blues and members returning to Spain for holidays, we had large numbers playing and just look at the scores. Tuesday 16th March and a team event winners were Martin De Bruin John Clements Mike Parmee and Moira Mason. Friday stableford competition 21 members played 1st Peter Denham 40pts 2nd Alan Townsend 38pts. 3rd Mally Roberts 37pts (on countback) nearest the pins on 6&14th hole went to George Bennett, well done to all, and just now writing this report the email has just come in from our handicap secretary who has been busy cutting handicaps this week can just see the smile on his face. Again we would like to remind members and visitors who wish to play to contact Alan Townsend at least 2 days in advance so every one can be facilitated and golf formats arranged. We play every Tuesday Friday and Sunday At Valle de Este.

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LOCAL sport news... Almeria Lawn Bowls club The ALBC Drawn Triples commenced with the first four games of the first round played in the morning of 15th March followed in the afternoon with the remaing four games, 16 teams in all. This is always a very competitive competition and this year was no exception. All the quarter finals taking place on the morning of Friday 19th were good wins with few surprises for those who went through to the semi-finals. One however was the team lead by Peter Burton, Jim Anderson and fairly new bowler Gordon Byatt who cruised into this position. Another was arguably the favorites’, Roy and Patsy Tonkin and Graham Patrick who won, but not easily against Alan Deacon, Brian Saunders and Joan Parsons. The remaining semi-final was Dave

Allen, Stan Brisco, Chris Ewer and Jenny Thompson, Mal Fritchley with Les Pratchett. All set in the afternoon for the two semis. Jenny’s triple fought hard and at twelfth end scores were even at 11-11, however Jim’s team, who had done so well to date, wasn’t going to let this one go without a fight and crept ahead winning by five shots. The other unfortunately was one way traffic with Roy’s team not letting Dave’s triple get a look in winning very easily. The final was a little closer but once again the ‘dream team’ did not let up to celebrate an unsurprising result. Well done Roy, Patsy and Graham. Vic Parsons, ALBC Press Officer

2010 Drawn Triples Runners Up Peter Burton, Gordon Byatt and Jim Anderson

aguilon golf members When will this weather settle down? It’s more like the UK! RESULTS Wednesday 3rd March - Monthly Medal Just one outstanding score on a difficult day for scoring 1st David Street 81-14=67

thankfully dry day, Aguilon succeeded in consolidating the lead they had built up over the first two legs and ran out winners by 28points with Alboran 2nd and La Envia 3rd Wednesday 17th March - Individual Stableford

3rd Caroline Willingham 84-10=74

No problem with the weather today, ideal sunny conditions and a good turn out

Twos Graham Jefferies and Derrick Stephenson on 4th and Steve Willingham on 17th

1st Peter Shaw 36pts 2nd Glyn Ombler 35pts 3rd Graham Jefferies 34pts

Friday 12th March - Individual Stableford

On the day no twos

Our first attempt to player a qualifier on a different day proved to be a bad decision, the competition being cancelled due to bad weather Saturday 13th March

Our league match away to Boxers played at Alboran Golf on another grey day proved to be just that “grey” with Boxers running out winners by 4pts to 1pt

The final round of the triangular competition between Aguilon, Alboran and La Envia was played out at La Envia, on a grey but

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. For information contact 650 835 188 or 634 641 199.

2nd Roger Kaye 91-18=73



hispania racing team Known formally by the acronym HRT F1 Team, and previously as Campos Meta 1, is a Spanish Formula One team initially founded by former driver Adrián Campos, before being taken over by José Ramón Carabante. The team is making its debut in the 2010 Formula One season. It is the first Spanish team to race in Formula One; a previous effort known as Bravo F1 failed to enter the sport in 1993. Formation

2010 Drawn Triples Winners Graham Patrick, Patsy Tonkin, Roy Tonkin with Joan presenting


Friday 19th March

The team began as a collaboration between Adrián Campos of Campos Racing and Enrique Rodríguez of Meta Image, under the name of Campos Meta. Campos Racing currently runs a team in the European F3 Open Championship and used to run the GP2 Series team now known as Addax Team. Campos was running the Formula One operation in conjunction with Meta Image, a Madrid-based sports agency, who managed one of Campos’ F3 Open drivers at the time, Bruno Méndez. Campos and Rodríguez began looking at the possibility of creating Spain’s first Formula One team in February 2009. In March, the team gained shareholders such as Spanish businessman José Ramón Carabante and basketball players Pau Gasol and Jorge Garbajosa. The team’s headquarters were originally located at Meta Images’s offices in Madrid, housing marketing and administration, while its technical centre is located at Campos Racing’s headquarters in Alzira, Valencia. In October 2009 the team completed a deal with the local government of the Region of Murcia to build new facilities for the team at the Parque Tecnológico Fuente Álamo science park. Italian constructor Dallara built the 2010 cars in Parma, which will use Cosworth engines. On June 12, Campos Meta were named by the FIA as one of three new teams granted entry to the 2010 season, along with US F1 Team and Manor Grand Prix. On the weekend of the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Campos confirmed that Bruno Senna, the nephew of former world champion Ayrton Senna, would be one of their racing drivers for 2010. 2010 Season With no pre-season testing, the Bahrain Grand Prix was never going to be an easy undertaking for new

team HRT. But following a disappointing double DNF at Sakhir, the Spanish outfit are targeting a much more successful outing at this weekend’s Australian race. “We have worked extremely hard since the Bahrain season opener,” said team principal Colin Kolles. “We have worked long hours and successfully with Bridgestone, Cosworth and Xtrac learned from our first laps with the car and found a good basis from which to start preparation for our second Grand Prix in Australia in a few days.” Karun Chandhok covered just eight laps over the course of the Bahrain weekend, with technical issues on his car preventing him from carrying out any practice runs. He completed seven laps in qualifying and just one in the race itself, before spinning off into retirement. Team mate Bruno Senna managed several practice runs in Bahrain, but retired from the race when a radiator leak stopped his car in its tracks on Lap 18. With a win on the Albert Park track already under his belt, albeit in Formula T h r e e , Senna is hopeful HRT can enjoy a b e t t e r finish this weekend. “We need to continue building on what we achieved in Bahrain,” said the Brazilian. “We put two cars together and ran successfully in Bahrain. Now we must continue to work as a team. I came early to Australia to acclimatise to the time difference. I love Australia more and more, as I spend more time here! I have already driven on the Melbourne track, back in 2006.


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Kenny Miller’s late header gave nine-man Rangers victory over St Mirren in a dramatic Co-operative Insurance Cup final at Hampden.


Ibrox midfielder Kevin Thomson was deservedly sent off in the 53rd minute for a lunging tackle on St Mirren namesake Steven Thomson. Teenage defender Danny Wilson was also sent off for a last-man challenge, leaving the Govan side two men short for the last 20 minutes. But with seven minutes remaining, Scotland striker Miller rose to head substitute Steven Naismith’s cross past Paul Gallacher and complete the first part of a possible treble for Walter Smith’s men. Playing 11 v 11, St Mirren had enjoyed the better of the first half but the closest they came to a goal was when David Barron’s long-range drive beat Neil Alexander but clipped the crossbar on its way over.

After collecting the trophy, Smith claimed the dismissal of Thomson and Wilson had actually helped spur Rangers on. “I am delighted,” Smith said. “At one stage it was unlikely that we would win. The first ordering off, in the

context of some of the challenges that had gone before, might have been a bit harsh. The second one, young Danny misjudged the ball coming down, by the laws of the game at the present moment, I don’t think the referee had any options than to do what he did. But there was nothing really unjust, it was the referee’s opinion. The refereeing decisions really didn’t have that much affect, maybe, if anything it woke us up a little bit because we hadn’t been at our best prior to both of them.” St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson revealed the Buddies’ dressing room was “sombre” and said: “It is extremely sore to take having being in control for the large percentage of the game. People will talk about Rangers going down to nine men but even with a full complement we were the better team. We created more chances when it was 11 versus 11. We had chances that we have to take but that has been a frustration for us for most of the season. But the players were outstanding and I am proud of them after putting so much in to it.”

man u in pole position for title a very experienced goalkeeper. That gives us a real outstanding chance,” said Ferguson. “There are seven difficult matches - but we have all got difficult matches, so what does it matter? “No-one is going away. We are all knocking on doors. “If you look at the run-ins for the teams, it could very well go to the wire.” Manchester City and Tottenham look to be the most arduous tests on the run-in, once Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on April 3 has been negotiated. Given their goal difference advantage on Arsenal, Ferguson is now aware a draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s men, attached to six victories, will likely be enough to give United the prize. Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United’s defence will provide the platform for a record 19th league title this season. United emerged from a potentially decisive day of Premier League action with the leadership retained thanks to their 2-1 win over Liverpool, and a four-point gap over former favourites Chelsea following their failure to beat Blackburn at Ewood Park. Although Arsenal split the pair, just two

points behind the Red Devils after playing the same number of games, the odds on an unprecedented fourth successive championship ending up at Old Trafford have started to tumble. And, with the defence that was so ravaged by injury earlier this season now pieced carefully back together, Ferguson is looking forward with optimism. “We have a very experienced back four and


It is not beyond them either now heroes are emerging from unexpected sources. Wayne Rooney’s 33rd goal of the season, not that long after Fernando Torres had given Liverpool a fifth-minute lead, merely confirmed what a key figure the England star is - even

Woods Nervous About Comeback Tiger Woods is feeling the tension ahead of his return to golf after four months in self-imposed exile.


Woods, giving his first interview since the November car crash outside his home which was the trigger for a slew of revelations about his private life, is set to return to action at the Masters in Augusta on April 8. The 14-time major winner is expected to be protected from too much media intrusion at Augusta, but it is the reception from the fans that is giving the American most cause for concern. Asked what he expected from the crowd, Woods told ESPN: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m a little nervous about that to be honest with you. It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too. I’m excited to get back and play. I’m excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing.” Woods announced he was taking an “indefinite break” from golf in December, and two months later confessed to a number of extra-marital affairs in a lengthy statement.

Woods admitted his life had become a “lie” prior to entering rehabilitation. He said: “I was living a life of a lie, I really was. And I was doing a lot of things, like I said, that hurt a lot of people. Stripping away denial and rationalisation, you start coming to the truth of who you really are and that can be very ugly.” Woods was hesitant when it came to discussing his affairs, saying: “Well, just one is, is enough. And obviously that wasn’t the case, and I’ve made my mistakes. “I’ve hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that’s living a life of amends.”

if Rafael Benitez claimed Antonio Valencia dived for the penalty. Rooney tapped home the rebound after his spot-kick had been saved by Pepe Reina. The winner though was created by Darren Fletcher’s cross and converted by Park Jisung’s diving header, confirming the South Korean is worth far more to United than a mere shirt-seller. “Park was fantastic,” said Ferguson. “He is one of those players we can give roles to. He has such intelligence and discipline. “He is a very important player for us and he is such a brave little lad too. It was his courage that got him the goal.”

Hamilton Wary of Red Bulls

Former world champion Lewis Hamilton believes Red Bull will be the team to beat in Melbourne this weekend as the cars are “ridiculously faster” than anyone else on the grid. Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, finished third in the season-opening grand prix in Bahrain, edging out Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished fourth, and Mark Webber, who was eighth. But Hamilton, who profited from Vettel’s spark plug problem in Bahrain, said: “The Red Bull is ridiculously faster than anyone else’s car. It’s insane.” He added: “The downforce they had on their car last year was at some points just about double what we had. Even at the end of the year, they had so much more than us, even though we had won a couple of grands prix.” However, the 25-year-old is confident the McLaren set-up will be suited to Melbourne, where he won in 2008. “I’m looking forward to Melbourne. I like the circuit, I think we’ll go well there and I don’t think we’ll have the same problems that slowed our progress in Bahrain,” he added. “I’ve always enjoyed Albert Park. I had a great race here on my Formula One debut in 2007, won the race a year later and made full use of KERS to drive through the field there last year. But, for me, the best things about the Australian Grand Prix are the people and the atmosphere. The fans in the grandstands, the people in the city and the organisation at the track are all fantastic, and it is one of the most welcoming and relaxing events of the year. I really love it.” Team-mate and current world champion Jenson Button agreed that much had been learned from the MP4-25’s first serious outing in the Middle East. “We learned some very useful lessons about MP4-25 in the opening race and the whole team is keen to put them into practice this weekend,” he said.


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