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local news.. San Javier

The Guardia Civil of Murcia has arrested six members of a criminal group engaged in the commission of robberies on holiday homes in San Javier. Their research brought to light a dozen crimes and the retrieval of some stolen effects, which were returned to their rightful owners. The officers were made aware of an increase in robberies on holiday villas in Santiago de la Ribera, and initiated an investigation. As a result they were able to identify the gang who were behind the thefts, their organisation and execution. The members of this criminal group were allocated different functions, some were on lookout while others would enter the houses by climbing fences and breaking windows. All communication was by coded whistles. After the robbery, the stolen effects were stored and hidden in their homes until such time as they could be handed over to another person who would sell them on in the illicit market. After obtaining all necessary evidence, the officers arrested six people, including two children. The arrested are: MAFF, Peruvian, 18 years old, living in Santiago de la Ribera. JRG, Spanish, 21-year-old from San Javier. RML, Spanish, 18-year-old from San Javier. MIJP, Spanish, 39-year-old from San Javier, and 2 minors. Several of those arrested have previous convictions for similar crimes. The investigation remains open, the police are not ruling out further arrests.

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More than 150 professionals were involved in a conference ‘Environmental Biosafety in high-risk areas in hospitals’ Murcia Health Service (SMS), through the Preventive Medicine Unit of the Health Area VII-Murcia organised the conference ‘Environmental Biosafety high-risk areas in hospitals’ in which more than 150 professionals attended to address the impact of ventilation standards and validation of controlled environment rooms in hospitals. SMS Managing Director, José Antonio Alarcón said at the opening of this meeting that ‘Prevention and hygiene are key tools to prevent infection during the hospitalisation.’ He added that ‘in recent years, thanks to programs for prevention of infections progress has been made.’ The ‘Study of Prevalence of Nosocomial Infection in Spain’ explained Alarcón, shows that between 1990 and 2011 the number of patients hospitalised for various reasons and that have suffered a nosocomial infection decreased from 8.4% to 6.3 %. He said ‘The purpose of this meeting is to present the innovations of the new rules for validation of controlled environment rooms and to achieve an optimal level of environmental biosafety in high risk areas.’ He added, ‘we are looking to eliminate bio-contamination in areas where invasive procedures are performed so as to ensure patient safety and product

handling by the professionals who manage them.’

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The Ministry of Universities and Research Company,(Consejería de Universidades, Empresa y Investigación) through the Institute of Development in the Region of Murcia, (Instituto de Fomento de la Región de Murcia) is working with companies in the region to get more funding for research projects of the funds of the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI). To this end, there has been a training workshop for partners and intermediaries who manage research projects of the business of the CDTI, which is the main organisation that promotes innovation and develops the technology between companies nationwide and is under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The director of the Institute of Development, Juan Hernández, said the ultimate goal of this workshop is to increase both initiatives arising in the Region of Murcia and the financing that companies need for their development. The workshop was attended by a score of technical experts in the handling and management of such projects, and who are operating in the Region of Murcia and are partners with companies that promote research and innovation.

Torrevieja

Torrevieja’s first four star hotel and spa, the Doña Monse, has been opened by the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon and the Alicante Diputada for Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo. Also present were the Torrevieja Councillor for Tourism, Luis Maria Pizana, the Councillor for Trade and Hospitality, Agustina Esteve, and the Councillor for Town Planning and the Environment, Francisco Moreno. The hotel, which is in Los Balcones, is opposite the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de La Mata. At times it may have seemed as if the hotel would never be finished, its on-off progress has stretched over a period of nine years. However, now it is ready for visitors, who will have the choice of a total of 70 rooms, 57 of which are standard, three have with disabled access, six are singles, two are superior quality double rooms, while there is one junior suite and one suite. Apart from the rooms and the restaurante and cafeteria there are three multipurpose rooms which will be used for events; a spa were beauty treatments are available, and a most spectacular panoramic terrace with an outdoor pool. On a more practical note, there is ample underground parking, and a car hire service and courtesy car service is available. It is expected to generate jobs for 30 people and is already attracting customers from all over Europe.

Calpe

Calpe’s salt water lake, Las Salinas, is to be granted Natural Park status. Alberto Fabre, President of the Valencia Community, said it will be protected under natural park status. It is home to a diverse population of wildlife and rare fauna, and for that reason Environmental groups have waged an incessant 12 year campaign to preserve it and save it from development. Fabra gave this news at a ceremony to mark the 25 years since the

Peñón de Ifach was declared a natural park. The Peñón, which receives 130,000 visitors a year, was the first area in Valencia to receive the status. The spectacular rock, which is listed as one of the natural wonders of this area, and which rises 332 metres above the sea, is the smallest, and possibly the busiest, of the 20 natural parks and 400 protected areas. However, the Peñon will now add its 45 hectares with Las Salinas, which will make a new continuous wildlife habitat. Sr Fabra and his Environmental Minister Isabel Bonig were present at a ceremony at the Peñón by the Mayor, Cesar Sanchez. A plaque was unveiled to mark the 25 years since the Parque has been declared of National status. Sr Fabra said that there were plans to create a ‘green’ route through the parks, to encourage visitors to Valencia to further explore the area. Valencia had the second greatest number of natural parks in Spain, while Calpe itself was home to three unique sites with the Peñón, the Roman ruins of the Queen’s Baths, and now the recognition of Las Salinas.

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Members of the police force who took part in the protests outside Benidorm Ayuntamiento could be victims of their own law enforcement. The noisy gathering by around 50 officers wearing Hi-Vis jackets and carrying placards was in protest against pay cuts. The protesters wanted an interview with Chief Jorge Fauró, and tried to force the door of the building. The Mayorial Representative, John Strong, said that investigations will be initiated pending formal charges of intimidating behaviour.

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Spain suspends economic aid to Hoods, masks and ‘botellón’ to become serious offences in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico Public Order Law reform

The Interior Ministry is working on a new draft of the Public Safety Law, which has not been reformed since 1992. Amongst the fundamental changes likely to be introduced is that the use of garments or objects to cover one’s face during clashes with the police, will henceforth be considered a “serious” crime, as will illegal drinking (botellón) or drug taking on the street. Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, esplained that the main objective of the changes to the law was to “dissuade” and prevent violent behaviour against the police during demonstrations and protests. Public order offences divided into three categories: “very serious”, which will carry fines of between 30,000 and 300,000 euros; “serious”, which will carry fines of between 3,000 and 30,000 euros; and “minor”, which will carry fines of between

300 and 3,000 euros.

Thus, civil disobedience and lack of respect for authority will be considered “serious” or “very serious”, provided the incident is not classified as a crime, in which case the Penal Code will be applied. Within the category of “serious” offences will be the improper use of uniforms or insignias; the use of masks, scarves, hoods, helmets, or any other garments or items that cover the face during violent clashes. The minister pointed out that the law had not been changed since 1992: “Twenty years has gone by and it is evident that a thorough overhaul is required”. The changes are designed “to guarantee the right to demonstrate peacefully and to ensure that those who resort to violence cannot contaminate this right; the reform is in favour of freedom and rights and against violence”, he explained.

Over 3,000 anti-toll protesters arrested on AP-7 Massive tailbacks on the AP-7 in Catalunya and Valencia were seen as demonstrators refused to pay tolls during the second protest so far this year. The pressure group, No Vull Pagar (‘I don’t want to pay’) blocked 13 toll-booths on the motorway and caused gridlocks at the exits in Vilassar de Mar on the C-32, and Martorell and Girona South on the AP-7. Only around half as many non-payers were seen this time, compared to the protest on May 1, say the toll companies, but over 3,000 motorists were arrested. As well as facing fines of 100 euros apiece, drivers will also get a bill from the toll company, Abertis, for the unpaid tickets. Catalunya’s regional traffic authorities have received 16,000 penalty notices for drivers who refused to pay their tolls, although they have only processed just under 1,300 of these so far.

Bankia needs another 7-7.5 billion euros of public funding

BFA-Bankia, the bank in which the Spanish government recently took 4.5 billion euro stake, needs an additional 7-7.5 billion euros to get it back on its feet, according to Economy Minister, Luis de Guindos.

Over the past few days, the new chief executive of BFA-Bankia, Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, has been working on a viability plan for the bank, which will include a request for additional state aid, in the form of capital investment or share options. Bankia share continued their upward trend this morning, rising 6.89% to 1.87 euros. The Economy Minister said today that “Bankia is much more secure than it was a month ago”,

but admitted that it needed a period of “public support” before being “privatised again”. News broke today that the chief executive of Bancaja, José Luis Olivas, has called a board meeting for 7pm in order to tender his resignation. Olivas already resigned as vice-president of BFA and of Bankia back in November, after the Banco de España had to rescue the Banco de Valencia, in which Bancaja had a 27% share. Since the resignation of Rodrigo Rato as chief executive of Bankia a fortnight ago, many sources in the financial world had predicted Olivas’s resignation.

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The Spanish government has announced that it will not be giving any economic aid to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico in 2012 since it already surpassed the average investment on the worldwide scales used to decide this type of cooperation for developing countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied that this decision had anything to do with the controversy caused by the expropriation of YPF, Repsol’s subsidiary, by the Argentine government, maintaining that the decision had already been taken in advance. The amount of aid sent by Spain to these countries has been dropping consistently over the past few years, in correlation with the rise in average earnings in the destination countries. Argentina, for example, only received four million euros in economic aid from Spain in 2011. These grants to developing countries

have been affected by the general budget cuts imposed by central government. Back in March, whilst addressing the Cooperation Committee in Congress, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo admitted that cutting economic aid was “a very painful option for the government”. He explained that in addition to sending aid to Latin America, development aid would be concentrated in Northern African countries, especially those in transition towards democracy, in Subsaharan Africa and in the Horn of Africa. According to the governmental budgets, the Foreign Office has earmarked 831 million euros in official economic aid for developing countries in 2012 , 1.3 million less than last year.

Catalán president gets Rajoy’s condolences for death of ‘his father’, Carlos Fuentes

A blunder by Spanish president Mariano Rajoy’s staff has led to the regional president of Catalunya receiving condolences for the death of ‘his father’, Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. Artur Mas, leader of the Generalitat de Catalunya, is not related in any way to the 83-year-old literary cult figure, although he did in fact lose his father on March 14 this year. Fuentes, who was born in Panamá City to Mexican

parents, died on Tuesday in the capital of his native country, México D.F. He had suffered a massive internal haemorrhage due to a burst gastric ulcer. One of the greatest Latin American writers of the second half of the 20th century and Nobel nominee several times over, Carlos Fuentes is credited with numerous essays on politics and society, novels, and film scripts, the most famous being Tiempo a morir (‘time

to die’) penned jointly with Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez in 1966. Sources from the Spanish leader’s residence, the Moncloa, said the error was immediately rectified. They believe that a template for the condolence letter, originally addressed to Artur Mas, was used for Carlos Fuentes’ family but not properly proof-read, leading to some of the text from the previous copy slipping through the net.

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Queen Sofia cancels London trip as Gibraltar debate hots up again

Queen Sofia today cancelled the trip to London she had planned to make on Friday in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, because the Government felt it was “inappropriate” in the light of ongoing conflicts with Gibraltar - first the Andalusian fishing controversy and then the official visit planned by Prince Edward. Sources in the diplomatic community have confirmed that the final straw came yesterday, when talks between Gibraltar Field fishermen and the Gibraltar government to try to find a solution to the fishing blockade in Algeciras Bay broke down. This political controversy was further fuelled by the announcement last week that Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are planning an official visit to the Rock from June 11th to 13th. If that weren’t enough, the British regimental band of Gibraltar has been chosen to play at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Royal Household limited its comments to explaining that the presence of Queen Sofia at Friday’s Diamond Jubilee luncheon at Windsor Castle was now considered

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“inappropriate” given the “current circumstances”. Last week, Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel GarcíaMargallo, summoned the British ambassador, Giles Paxman, in order to express his “displeasure and unease” about Prince Edward’s official visit to Gibraltar. Before undergoing hip surgery last month, King Juan Carlos was supposed to have been travelling with his wife to the Diamond Jubilee luncheon, as well as to a dinner at Buckingham Palace to be hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. After his operation it was decided that Queen Sofia would travel alone, and only to the Windsor Castle luncheon, but now her visit has been cancelled too. In 1981, the Spanish royal couple declined an invitation to Prince Charles’ wedding to Diana, Princess of Wales because they planned to visit Gibraltar as part of their honeymoon. And a visit by Princess Anne to Gibraltar in 2009 sparked an official complaint from the Spanish government.

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The Williams mechanic who suffered seconddegree burns to 15 per cent of his body when the team garage erupted in flames after Sunday’s Prix Grand Spanish flew home after being released from hospital. Martin Betts, 50, was airlifted to the burns unit of Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron hospital after the celebrations to mark Maldonado’s Pastor maiden Formula One win and Williams’ first victory in eight years were brought to an abrupt halt as the fire

broke out. Betts left hospital in an ambulance and Williams confirmed he was on his way back to the United Kingdom. operational Chief engineer Mark Gillan said: ‘I would like to reiterate our thanks to everyone in the paddock who helped the Williams team on Sunday to control the fire. ‘There were a number who people of attended the circuit medical centre, mostly as the result of smoke inhalation.

Government rejects ETA’s request for talks

The Spanish government has rejected a request from the Basque militant group ETA for talks, saying it has to disband and disarm before any talks can take place. The separatist group sent a press release to the AFP news agency today, addressed to “the European Community” explaining that it had set up a special team to conduct a “direct dialogue” with the governments of Spain and France in an attempt to find “definitive solution” to the “ongoing conflict”. But Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said Spain would never negotiate with the group. ETA’s campaign of shooting and bombing lasted more than 40 years and left some 830 people dead. In recent years, the terrorist organisation

saw many of its key members arrested in Spain and France, diminishing the group’s strength. When it announced a “definitive end” to its armed campaign on 20 October last year, some 700 ETA members were in prison. Earlier this month, an independent International the group, monitoring Verification Commission, issued a report concluding that ETA was abiding by its ceasefire and was ready for dialogue. However Mr Fernández Díaz told parliament that the “only communication” expected of ETA was an announcement of its unconditional disbandment. “There is no need for a dialogue to hand over weapons,” the interior minister said.

Moody’s downgrades 16 Spanish banks

Moody’s on Thursday cut the debt ratings of 16 Spanish banks by one to three notches, citing the effects of the ongoing recession and the reduced creditworthiness of the Spanish government. The action hit the leading bank, Santander, with a two-notch downgrade to A3, and the number-two bank, BBVA, was lowered by three steps to A3. Two other large banks, Banesto and CaixaBank, were also cut to A3. Moody’s cited “renewed recession, the ongoing real-estate crisis and persistent high levels of unemployment” as key to the ratings reduction. It also blamed the “reduced creditworthiness of the Spanish sovereign, which weighs on banks’ standalone profiles and affects the ability of the government to support banks.” Banks are suffering from the sharp deterioration of asset quality, with non-performing loans to realestate companies “increasing rapidly,” the agency said.

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At 10 o’clock on 17th May, firefighters in Catalunya finally managed to put out the wildfire that has been burning for three days around the towns of Rasquera, El Perelló, Benifallet and Tivenys. The blaze has now been completely extinguished, although there are still some hotspots in the heart of the affected area. Civil protection officers and firefighters are working together to dampen down the whole perimeter and ensure that it does not re-ignite. Over the past three days, the flames have razed a total of 3,081.59 hectares of pine forest and shrubland around Rasquera (1,370.57 ha.), El Perelló (1,248.79 ha.), Tivenys (462.12 ha.) and Benifallet (0.1 ha.). Of this area 76.28% is shrubland, and the remainder split equally between pine forest and pasture. Local residents, who were evacuated as a preventative measure, have now been allowed home and the TV3002, which had been closed in both directions, is now operating normally again.


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Smoking ban spreads to football stadiums, monuments and beaches

Some beaches in the Canary Islands, Barcelona’s football stadium and the Muralla de Ávila (Ávila Wall) have hung up ‘NO SMOKING’ signs depite the fact that Spanish law currently allows smoking in all those areas, as they are outside and not enclosed. Ávila’s famous wall, declared a World Heritage site, is the last to join this short, but ever-gowing list of outdoor places where smoking is banned, as one by one local councils give into “pressure” from the anti-smoking lobby. The idea of declaring open-air spaces “smoke free” is a response to public demands for greater cleanliness, greater respect for the environment and raising social awareness about the health risks of smoking. There are no scientific studies that prove that passive

smoking in the open air is dangerous to one’s health, as has been proved with enclosed areas. Dr. Francisco Camarelles, the secretary general of the National Committee for the Prevention of Nicotine Poisoning (CNPT) admits that it is difficult for the concentration of toxic particles in cigarette smoke to reach dangerous levels in the open air. However, he supports a smoking ban in all public places as a way of drawing the public’s attention to the dangers of tobacco. “Here at the CNPT, we support any and all measures designed to raise social awareness and control tobacco use”, he said. Although there is a European network of smoke-free football stadiums, Camp Nou is the only stadium in Spain one where smoking is banned, after the club’s General

Assembly pushed through the new rule with an absolute majority in September last year. This summer, visitors to the beaches in Mogán, a popular tourist destination in the south of Gran Canaria, will find that 75% of the beaches has been reserved for nonsmokers, after the local council brought in new legislation in March. There is pressure to make all Spanish beaches nonsmoking (or at least to have non-smoking areas on all of them) not only because of the passive smoking issues, but also as a way of educating children about the risks and social acceptability of smoking and as a way of cleaning up the sand by getting rid of all the cigarette butts from the sand.

Spain secures 30-billion-euro loan to aid local governments

The Spanish government has secured a five-year syndicated loan of 30 billion euros ($38 billion) with 26 banks that will allow regional governments and city halls to refinance their debt and pay suppliers.

The loan can be extended to 35 billion euros if needed and has an interest rate of around 5.9 percent, the finance and budget ministries said in a joint press release late on Wednesday. “In this way we have

taken the last step to ensure that cities and regions can refinance their debt and put in place the mechanism that will allow suppliers to start being paid,” the statement said. The massive loan will allow city halls to start paying their suppliers as of May 31 while regions will be able to begin payments as of June 30.

The government has promised to cut Spain’s public deficit from 8.5 percent of output in 2011

to 5.3 percent this year and 3.0 percent next year, requiring a big effort by the 17 regional administrations that control key budgets.

The regions are blamed for much of the overshoot last year and the government has ordered them to cut their deficits -- the shortfall of revenue to spending -from 2.94 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 1.5 percent in 2012. Spanish municipalities and regional governments have built up heavy

walker dies on the Canary Islands Details have been released of the death of an Irish walker in the Barranco de Azuaje near the town of Moya on Gran Canaria on Sunday. 74-year-old Thomas Willoughby was out walking with his wife in the narrow ravine to the north of the island, when he fell off a ledge. The Azuaje national park has one of the island’s last remaining laurel forests and is a popular spot with tourists and walkers alike. Emergency services got a call at around 2pm on Sunday telling them that a walker had fallen into the Azuaje ravine, in an area with tricky access and that he needed urgent assistance. Ambulances and a helicopter were dispatched immediately to the area and Willoughby was airlifted out of the ravine and taken to a football field in nearby Moya - the closest place with a suitable landing strip. Paramedics attended to him once on the ground, but they could do little more than certify his death. Willoughby’s death follows that of another Briton, aged 78, from a heart attack whilst out walking in Morgán the previous day.

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On Thursday, the central government is to examine austerity plans proposed by the regions to ensure that they meet their deficit targets this year.

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One in four Spanish children between the ages of three and five are overweight A study by the Thao Foundation, which creates programmes to promotes healthy eating habits amongst schoolchildren across Spain, has revealed that one in four children between the ages of three and five are overweight. “It is a very premature age, it’s alarming and we need to make a massive effort to take action at an even earlier age if we are to prevent childhood obesity”, declared the foundation’s scientific director, Rafael Casas, in a press conference today. The report, published yesterday in Barcelona, is one of the most extensive ever carried out in Spain, studying 38,008 children between the ages of 3 and 12, and its results show that 30% of children in Spain are either overweight (21.7%) or obese (8.3%). “These are percentages very similar to those recorded in the USA and we are hardly investing any money at all in preventing childhood obesity - only about 5 or 6% of the total health budget”, underlined the president of the Thao Foundation, Henri García. Contrary to what was previously believed, the study showed that obesity is beginning at ever younger ages, with 7.3% of three to five year olds clinically obese, with a slight reduction from the age of ten onwards, with 6.6% of 10 to 12 year olds categorised as obese. Experts from the Thao Foundation, who work closely with the Ministries of Education and Health to promote childhood health, warn that far too many children are still leading very sedentary lives and that the Mediterrarean diet is not all it’s cracked up to be, with 75% of children eating only one piece of fruit a day.

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Greeks prepare for another trip to the polls

Greece is to have another election, following the failure of last-ditch attempts to form a coalition government. The Radical Left may be in a position to increase its share of the vote.

A senior judge took charge of an emergency government in Athens on Wednesday. With no political decision-making power, Panagiotis Pikrammenos will lead the country to new elections scheduled for June 17. The next election will place different demands on the participants. The political parties must finally adopt clear positions on the issues at hand and come up with pragmatic solutions, according to the political scientist Manolis Kottakis in a recent television interview. In the last election voters simply closed their eyes to the urgent need for debate over the issue. It is a debate, Kottakis said, can no longer be ignored. “Last time the main focus was on the question of whether the traditional parties would be punished for the current economic disaster. There was never really a factual debate about the actual problems in the country,” he said. Athens-based journalist Babis Papapanayotou said the focus of the next elections will no longer be on adopting attitudes of protest and rejection of political policy. In an interview with ALPHA television, Papapanayotou predicted that voters will be called upon to secure the future of their country in Europe. “In the next election there will be a clear division between those on the side of Europe and the euro, and those who would rather go a different way,” he said. He said he expects a confrontation a between the traditional center-right parties and the leftists, adding that the this time around Left is led by the radical left-wing Syriza party, rather than the Socialists, which could lend a sharper tone to the debate. In the last elections the Radical Left (Syriza), led by Alexis Tsipras, obtained 16.78 percent of the vote and 52 seats in parliament. Recent opinion polls suggest that Tsipras could come out on top in a repeat election, meaning he would be in a position to lay claim to the office of prime minister. Tsipras’ election manifesto promises the best of two worlds. He said he wants Greece to stay in the eurozone and also plans to cancel the austerity program and suspend repayment

of its debts.

Election promises like these scored highly for Tsipras with angry voters and victims of the economic crisis as they felt that with the Left they were in good hands, according to economist Michalis Argyrou. “The leftist party’s economic program envisages new public sector jobs, nationalization, and all sorts of things - but no reforms,” the economist said. “These politicians, of all people, who see themselves as young and dynamic, are unable to come up with any alternatives and are promising their followers ideal conditions that are simply impossible.” Public opinion polls indicate that 80 percent of Greeks want to keep the euro. Yet just as many believe that Greece’s austerity program cannot be maintained in its current form because it is destroying the country at record speed. It’s a fear that seems to be confirmed by the latest figures from Athens: in the first quarter of this year the Greek economy shrank yet again, this time by more than 6 percent. Left-wing politicians are currently in the ascendant, but they are also increasingly being confronted with the question of where they intend to find the money to implement their good intentions. Their answers could not be more diverse. Where one wants to use bank deposits for economic growth, another suggests a mandatory loan from every citizen earning more than 20,000 euros a year. There is also talk of introducing a top income tax rate of 75 percent.

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Thousands of people left homeless by a powerful earthquake in northern Italy have spent the night in shelters as aftershocks continue to hit the region. At least seven people died and more than 50 were injured when the quake struck in the early hours of Sunday. The magnitude six tremor, centred north of Bologna, destroyed or badly damaged many historic buildings. Italian officials say the priority is to find safe accommodation for an estimate 3,000 displaced people. Civil protection officials in the town of Finale Emilia organised the setting up of tents on a football pitch to accommodate hundreds of residents. Many had seen their homes destroyed but others were simply too afraid to return home. “The current situation is really tense but not dramatic,” said co-ordinator Diego Gottarelli. “People are obviously afraid of staying inside their homes so we are setting up these emergency camps to let them spend the night and maybe some days in a safe environment, until these earthquakes finally stop. We are trying to make the citizens feel safe.” One woman said she just wanted her elderly parents to have shelter for the night. “We are going to sleep in the car, it is not a problem for us. The important thing is that they (Civil Protection authorities) finish setting up the camp so that my parents can go inside,” she said. A 5.1 magnitude aftershock struck Sunday afternoon, destroying several buildings already weakened. One firefighter was seriously injured after falling from a wall in Finale Emilia. The original earthquake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10km just after 04:00 local time (02:00 GMT) on Sunday. Its epicentre was between the towns of Finale Emilia, San Felice sul Panaro and Sermide, about 35km (20 miles) north of the city of Bologna. It was felt across a large swathe of northern Italy, as far away as the cities of Milan and Venice.

New French prime minister ‘spricht deutsch’ French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who studied German, could prove a key asset as France seeks to assuage Germany’s austerity drive in the eurozone. He told DW Paris and Berlin were the driving force in Europe.

If newly elected French President Francois Hollande wanted to send a signal to Berlin about establishing constructive relations, he succeeded with his choice of Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minster. Ayrault speaks German, understands the political culture in Berlin and brings a wealth of knowledge as a policymaker with more than 25 years of experience in the French parliament. A long-time ally of France’s new Socialist Party president, the 62-year-old politician is also known for his pragmatism - a quality surely to come in handy in the tough negotiations on the euro and the future of Europe that lie in the months ahead. Those talks will be tough, judging by remarks Hollande made during his bruising presidential campaign. Chief among them was that he would try to renegotiate the German-inspired fiscal discipline pact for Europe.

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Talk like that was not exactly what German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minster Wolfgang Schäuble wanted to hear amid an escalating euro crisis. In an interview with DW shortly before the election, Ayrault conceded that some French policies would change if Hollande took over as president. “Balancing the budget is a priority in France, but it can’t be the only valid economic policy in Europe: otherwise, the frustration with Europe would grow,” he said. “That is why we want to negotiate a new version of the current fiscal pact by adding to it.” The additions would include a new strategy for growth, he said, adding that measures in addition to austerity did not serve only France’s interests but other eurozone members’ as well. “[Growth is] not only a question for the French; it’s also an issue in Germany, Italy and Spain,” he said. “The crisis in Europe is not over. We have to solve this problem of growth, and that’s what we want to discuss with Germany.” Ayrault said he saw himself as a potential bridge-builder between the two large European

neighbors and key forces in the eurozone. “I have good relations with my friends in the [German Social Democratic Party] and also with some in the inner circle of those currently in charge in Berlin,” he said in the DW interview. “I have long had good relations with German politicians, and it’s important that we get to know each other if we want to work better together in the future.” In a blog on his website in early May, Ayrault referred to the Franco-German ties as the “driving force” of Europe. “There is no Europe without the close collaboration of our two countries,” he wrote. “We therefore need to

reinforce this friendship with Germany but also with our other European partners.” Ayrault, the son of a factory worker, is expected to wield substantial power under Hollande. In the run-up to the election, the president said he would govern differently than his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was known to keep a tight rein on daily operations. Under the French constitution, the prime minister is responsible for running the government and is held accountable by parliament. article courtesy www.dw.de

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Turkey villagers see Israeli spy in migratory bird

A migratory bird has caused alarm in a village in south-eastern Turkey after locals mistook it for an Israeli spy. Villagers’ suspicions were aroused when the bird, a common European beeeater, was found dead in a field with a metal ring around its leg stamped “Israel”. They called the police after deciding its nostrils were unusually large and may have carried a microchip fitted by Israeli intelligence for spying. It was taken to government experts for examination and declared safe. The BBC’s correspondent in Istanbul, says the regional office of the Turkish agriculture ministry examined the colourfully plumed corpse and assured residents of the village, near the city of Gaziantep, that it was common practice to fit a ring to migratory birds in order to track their movements. An official at the ministry told the BBC that it took some effort to persuade local police that the little bee-eater posed no threat to national security. At one point a counterterrorism unit became involved in the case. Our correspondent says that wildly implausible conspiracy theories take root easily in Turkey, with alleged Israeli plots among the most widely believed. Ties between Turkey and Israel deteriorated sharply after nine Turkish pro-Palestinian Islamic activists died in a raid by Israeli security forces on a boat trying to break the blockade on Gaza two years ago.


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Two members of Basque separatist group ETA have been sentenced to 843 years each in jail over the terrorist attack in Santa Pola (Alicante) in 2002. Óscar Zelarain and Antoni Otegi were said to have planted the bomb in the Guardia Civil station on August 4 which led to the death of a six-year-old girl and a pensioner. The attack targeted the residential area of the police station, where officers lived with their husbands, wives, children and, in some cases, dependent relatives. Both members of the Argala commando have been charged with two offences of murder, 51 cases of attempted murder – one for each of the people living in the block which they blew up – and various other offences relating to terrorism. Once all the charges had been added

up, the total sentence reached 843 years each, although in practice they will probably serve the maximum of 40 years apiece. They have also been ordered to pay compensation to the parents of the little girl who died – who would now have been 16 years old – in the sum of 211,768 euros, and 75,539 to the family members of the retired man who lost his life. The accused parties have also been ordered to pay over nine million euros to the State and to the government-run Insurance Compensation Consortium, which intervenes in the event of natural disasters, war or terrorism, for the material damage caused by the blast and in damages to the survivors.

Olympic flame handed British Youth Killed In Drunken over in Athens The Olympic Flame was handed over to London on Friday 18th May.

islands since it was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia last week.

David Beckham was at the ancient Panathenaic Stadium to help collect the flame and bring it back home. The historic event took place in a rain-hit sundown ceremony at the stadium in Athens, venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

It has visited Crete, Piraeus, Thessalonica, Xanthi and Larissa, among other places.

The flame has been handed over to London to host the Games for the third time since the birth of the Olympics – in 1908, 1948 and now 2012. No other city has staged the Games three times. Despite the buzz triggered by the lastminute news that the LA Galaxy star and former England skipper was flying in specially to be part of the ancient ceremony, the more formal duties came down to the Princess Royal as leader of the British delegation to Athens. Both she and Karolos Papoulias, the Hellenic Republic president, sat in ancient thrones that are part of the stadium during the hour-long ceremony. The flame was handed to the Princess, who was watched closely by other members of the official delegation including London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, London mayor Boris Johnson, Beckham and five British sporting teenagers. Each member of the British VIP delegation sheltered under blue umbrellas as they walked through the centre of the stadium to their front-row seats. Everyone from the Princess Royal to Mr Robertson was named over the loudspeakers and greeted by cheers from the crowd. There was also a chuckle from Britons in the crowd as the announcer twice insisted on introducing Beckham as Sir David Beckham. The youngsters were picked by London 2012 for displaying Olympic values. During the ceremony they exchanged symbolic olive branches to the tune of John Lennon’s Imagine. The five, who come from different national regions, are from schools and colleges which are part of London 2012’s Get Set education network and school linking programmes run by the British Council. The Olympic Flame has been taken on a relay around the Greek mainland and

The torchbearers have been taking it from Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium. The Olympic flame was “laid to rest” at the Acropolis overnight before being taken on the eighth and final day of its Greek relay -taking it to the Acropolis Museum, the centre of Athens, Zappeio and to the handover ceremony. A trio of world champions brought the flame safely to the stadium. It arrived in the hands of rower Christina Giazitzidou and was carried by gymnast Vasilis Tsolakidis and rower Alexandra Tsiavou. Chinese gymnast Li Ning, who lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Games, and Greek weightlifter Pyrros Dimas were the last torchbearers in Greece. In a new symbolic move by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, they were picked to represent a link between the last Olympics in Beijing, with Greece as the birthplace of the institution and also the next Games in London 2012. Li Ning is the 14-time world champion who won six medals at the 1984 Olympics including three golds, while Pyrros Dimas is something of a modern-day Greek sporting hero. He won Greece’s first Olympic weightlifting gold since 1904 when he was a 20-year-old competing in the 82.5kg weight class at the Barcelona 1992 Games. He was on his way to winning three Olympic gold medals during his career, which he ended with a bronze in front of his home crowd at the 2004 Athens Games. The image of him symbolically leaving his shoes on the platform to a standing ovation is one of the most memorable of the Games. A 70-day relay, involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles, will then take the flame to east London’s Olympic Stadium and the opening of the Games on July 27. The arrival of the flame on British shores will be a “resounding clarion call” to the world’s top athletes to gather for the Games and millions of Britons have been working hard to create a great welcome.

Brawl In Lloret de Mar

A British man’s body has been found at the scene of a pub fight in Lloret de Mar (Girona). The youth, whose age and name have not been revealed, allegedly became involved in a drunken brawl in an area of the popular Costa Brava holiday town where a large number of nightclubs and bars are found. According to the Mossos d’Esquadra, the British man was somehow involved in an alcohol-fuelled fight between a group of holidaymakers. It is not yet known whether the

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wine. On the Monday, at dawn, the Salto de la Reja takes place. This is the privilege of the brotherhood of Almonte, as they take the Virgin out of the shrine and parade her through the crowd who acclaim her as Queen of the marshes, and The White Dove. Then the procession moves to the head-quarters of each of the different brother-hoods, where the Salve is sung, until the Virgin is finally taken away again and the festivities end. After the Rosary a solemn procession through the village begins and ends at the Hermitage at 2 or 3 a.m. Nuestra Señora del Rocío is paraded before the faithful, early on the Sunday morning. Once the processional banner of the Parent Brotherhood is safe in the Hermitage, the culmination of EI Rocío occurs - the Salto de la Verja or “Leap Over the Railings”. The many young

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Vogue’s fashion editors calls for ‘healthy’ body image

Nineteen international editors from fashion magazine Vogue have jointly agreed to a pact where they they will only work with “healthy” models. The guidelines appear in the UK magazine’s June issue to encourage a healthier approach to body image. UK editor of Vogue magazine, Alexandra Shulman, said: “We have to have a conversation with designers, models and take the message out to schools. “We can make a difference but won’t change things overnight.” The fashion industry has been criticised in the past for using models that some say promote unrealistic body types and help contribute to eating disorders among women. The editors have agreed to ask modelling agents to check IDs and say they will “not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder”. Alexandra Shulman said: “Model agents are not dishonest about the girls’ eating habits but they can be a bit flexible with the truth over all aspects of the girls.” She said that while it was impossible to be completely scientific about the health of a girl, the magazine did not want to use pictures of girls with eating disorders. “Sometimes I will say to photographers, ‘She looks too thin’ and we won’t use her.” In 2009, she also criticised fashion houses for

sending sample clothes too small for many models to wear. She said that she was frustrated that the industry hadn’t acted. “Nothing has changed monumentally about sample sizes and I am disappointed as it would be a good starting point,” she said. In the pact, Vogue editors have now promised that they will “encourage designers to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing... [because it] encourages the use of extremely thin models”. Earlier this year, Israel brought in laws on using skinny models on the catwalk and in adverts. However, Alexandra Shulman said that she was against a similar move in the UK. “I am very anti any legislation,” she said. “The idea that you start weighing in girls and checking the body mass index is treating them like cattle. “It goes too far. It’s not to do with how much someone weighs. This is to do with healthy eating.” Eating disorder charity beat described the pact as a positive step. “We are pleased to see the doyennes of fashion taking their responsibilities seriously because they influence young people,” it said in a statement. “We would like these proposals to be far-reaching and followed across the whole industry.”

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Tennis Tournament Boosts MABS Mazarrón Mazarrón Ayuntamiento and the Bahia Tennis Club, Puerto de Mazarrón, recently sponsored a tennis tournament, organised by Aurelio and Adena, raising a magnificent 1021.50 € for MABS Cancer Support Group in Mazarrón. The doubles tournament started on 4 May and was played over 3 weekends, culminating in the Finals on Sunday 20 May, with around 50 matches being played altogether. The winners of the men’s final were Victor and Pedro; the runners up were Daniel and Norbel. The winners of the women’s final were Nora and Aoki; the runners up were Frances and Sara. The trophies were presented to the winners and runners up by the Sports Minister for Puerto de Mazarrón, Andres Valera, and MABS Mazarrón’s Fundraising Co-ordinator, Di Choularton. A Grand Draw was held, offering a fabulous first prize of a two night stay at the Mariposa in the Sierra Espuña, which included half board and quad biking for two people; this was won by Victor, who was one of

the finalists. A cheque for 1021.50 € was presented to MABS Mazarrón’s Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess, by the Sports Minister, Aurelio, and Adena. Di Choularton thanked the Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón and Bahia Tennis Club for sponsoring the event and making it possible, and Aurelio and Adena for all their hard work organising the tournament, with a special thanks to all the competitors and supporters who helped make this event such a success. “We are delighted to have worked closely with our Spanish neighbours on this event, because MABS provides help and support to all nationalities” she said. MABS Mazarrón is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 620 422 410 or visit their website: www. mabsmurcia.com Photographer: Stan Laird

Friday 13th April proved to be lucky or was it divine intervention?, for the GOmaD team who organised their first ever Fashion Show at the Trevi Bar on Camposol B. With the generous and greatly received donations of designer labelled ladies garments collected through the year, the team were able to put together not only some beautifully modelled outfits but many more rails of clothing for sale on the day. This idea came to fruition from a passing comment, last June at the Camposol Fiesta. It took a lot of hours and effort by several volunteers but it was a huge success. The models April, Brenda, Carol, Chris, Denise, Eileen, Marge, Jean and Sandra all looked absolutely fabulous and most of all they thoroughly enjoyed taking part and making a contribution to this very worthy charity. The show was compèred by Brenda one of the organisers and a GOmaD volunteer. Brenda also compiled the wonderful music, which was then performed by Paul Hogarty, who kindly offered his services free of charge. Together with back stage dressers, model coordinator and many more helpers it proved to be a great success. Despite the weather on the day it was very well attended, the place was packed and so a great thank you to all who came along to support us and make all our efforts worthwhile. GOmaD is planning an Autumn Fashion Show sometime at the end of September, the time and venue to be determined. So we all hope to have a repeated success and look forward to your continued support, together we are Making A Difference. Our Outreach Team would like to thank the services of Dawn at ´Calida Caring Agency´ who generously gave up her precious time to attend one of our Aid Days to address two of our clients. Maybe you have a skill which would equally Help those less fortunate ? Just a few hours of giving a week can Make A BIG Difference to those we Reach-Out to. Contact us via details below, or visit our stall at the Camposol Fiesta on 16th & 17thJune and see how MAD you can be !! Maybe you would like to support GOmaD by helping to form a Gospel Choir/Songs of Praise - for more information please contact Patrick on 968 199 472.

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THE FIRST rule of this Fight Club is — use insects!

That’s the fighting talk from Polish photographer Igor Siwanowicz, who has spent hours capturing head-to-head stag beetle battles. His shots of battling insects, which are all male, also include nymphs and caterpillars all showing their true colours in a variety of interactions. Although the beetles are between four and seven centimetres long, and the mantids less than six centimetres, Igor uses macro photography to capture them in all their creepy-crawly glory. “The mantids are suspicious of each other and display their wings to appear much larger, but the stag beetles really go at each other,” said Igor. “They never fight to the death, but in the wild, the loser is tossed down from the tree trunk where the fight has taken place and the victor gets to mate with the female.” Igor, 35, a research specialist at Howard

Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, US, took many of the shots in his former home studio in Munich, Germany. He said: “I do keep some of my ’models’ as pets. “Back in Munich, at the peak of my interest in keeping exotic animals, I owned three chameleons, two tree frogs, and 20-some species of praying mantids.”

bitten. “I’ve never felt threatened when taking photos, even when dealing with an angry hornet or a short-tempered tarantula.

Igor insists that all the insects are alive during the shooting.

“The most discomfort I’ve ever experienced as a result of photo session came from a New World Tarantula.

“I’m often asked if the animals are dead, or if I freeze or stun them in any way. That is never the case.” He adds: “The work requires a lot of patience.

“Its venom has no medical significance, but it kicks off the hairs on its abdomen when it gets annoyed and they spread around like a cloud of itching powder — not a nice sensation.”

“The animals cannot be trained into displaying more complex behaviour, but you may learn how to trigger a certain response, such as a threatening display.”

Igor bought his first camera nine years ago, but he has always had a fascination with bugs.

Even though he deals with some poisonous creatures, Igor claims he has never been

“My parents are biologists and I grew up surrounded by biology textbooks,” he said. “I enjoyed browsing through the illustrations

and photographs before I learned how to read.” He hopes to change misconceptions that insects should be feared. He said: “I often hear that my photos make animals that people would normally step on or run away from look strangely adorable. “The highest prize a macro photographer can hope for is positive feedback from someone with a phobic fear of creepy crawlies. “Some people have even turned my photography into art. I’ve seen it transformed into an oil painting, water colours, and there are six people I know of walking around with my photos tattooed on to their skin. How weird is that?”


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LEGAL CORNER WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR

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THE SPANISH DEFICIT IS CAUSING MORE PAIN: TAX AUTHORITIES ARE SENDING OUT THOUSANDS OF LETTERS DEMANDING PAYMENT OF NON RESIDENT INCOME TAX TO BRITISH AND IRISH SPANISH PROPERTY OWNERS. THEY ARE CLAIMING TAX GOING BACK TO 2007: Towards the end of 2011 the Spanish tax authorities have decided to clamp down on non-resident property owners who have not been paying non-resident income tax. They have created a special task force dedicated to pursue non -residents not paying their tax. For many years many non-residents have not been paying this tax and the tax authorities have not been very active in pursuing them. The Spanish deficit has put an end to this. The Spanish tax authorities are now getting very serious about collecting as much tax as they can and non-residents of Spain who have not been paying their tax are now on their radar. If you are a non resident property owner of Spain be aware that you should be paying rates (IBI), electricity, water, rubbish collection and community of owners (if part of a community).In addition to the above which are normally paid by direct debit once a year normally using a fiscal representative you should be filing a non resident hypothetical income tax return (shortly wealth tax also). If you are not paying this tax it is necessary that you take control of the situation by contacting your solicitor or tax advisor. If you have doubts regarding if you are already paying this tax it is probably because you are not, as it requires the presentation of a tax form etc. The good news is that by law they cannot demand payment of more than four years back taxes. Our advice: Start paying the tax because if you do not they will be contacting you with the risk of you not actually being hear to receive their letter etc. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.

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Melody Makers International MANCHESTER CITY present their major summer LEGENDS tour concert

The Velvetones’ New Musical Director June Brady (right), chairwoman of the Velvetones Harmony Chorus, welcomes Judith Phillips (left) as the new musical director and presents her with a new name tag. Judith has been singing with the chorus since its start in 1998 and for the past year has also been the assistant musical director. The ladies of the chorus look forward to working with Judith in her new role. The Velvetones meet at the restaurant El Paraiso, Jardin del Mar, near Carrefour in Torrevieja on Thursday afternoons 2 pm – 4.30 pm. Potential new social and singing members are always welcome to come along and see what we get up to at our rehearsals. Contact June: 965 327 446 or Judith: 634 363 556

Following the great success of both ‘An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber’ and more recently ‘An Evening with Disney’, Nigel Hopkins announces the next major concert which will take place on Saturday 30th June at the Orihuela Costa Hotel Resort at La Zenia. The concert is entitled ‘The Magic of the Musicals’ and will again feature both Melody Makers International and Cantemos! Children’s Choir. There will again be two performances on the day ... in the afternoon at 2pm ... and the evening performance at 8pm. Tickets remain at 10 euros each and may be obtained from the O.C. Resort Box Office (Tel: 966 760 800) or if more convenient at CALLNET - next to Paddy’s Point, La Zenia - (Tel: 966 781 171). The newspapers will be informed next week, which gives members of our Mailing List the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general audience is made aware. The concert will include numbers from very popular musicals including:- Fiddler On The Roof, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Showboat, Chess, Oliver, We Will Rock You, Camelot, Mamma Mia!, and many more. The concert will be accompanied by our professional band made up of both professionals from the UK and locally. The whole production is directed and conducted by Nigel Hopkins. This promises to be our best yet, and it is highly commended to our special friends and supporters. We do hope that you will be able to join us, and we will do our best to make your evening at the Musicals a memorable one. Please note that the seats/tickets are not numbered, and apart from wheelchair carers, prior reservation of seats will not be allowed, so please arrive early if you wish to sit near the front. Please contact Linda Harris (Front of House Manager on 966 764 479 or 646 784 261 who will arrange to reserve an aisle seat for each wheelchair carer.

The line up for the Manchester City legends tour of Orihuela Costa is taking shape with news England former that goalkeeper Joe Corrigan will be among those footballers taking to the pitch at the new Deportivo in Playa Flamenca on the evening of Saturday 9th June. Not only that but he will be joining some of his fellow former footballers in a pro-am golf tournament at La Peraleja the prevous day.

The entire event on underway gets Thursday 7th June with a gala dinner hosted by restaurant Goodfellas Beach Flamenca on comercial centre who along with neighbouring bars Legends and The Lansdowne - are acting as prime sponsors for weekend. whole the and Entertainment special events, including and raffles auctions, autograph signings are planned for all three culminating evenings

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Lighten Up! Outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories:

Security lighting ...is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it’s not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination.

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Battery-operated and rechargeable units ...are wireless and very portable while in use.

Line-powered or hard-wired lights ...are connected to the electrical system of your home. Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house runs through buried

...is for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. You should place task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light will blind rather than guide.

Accent lighting ...adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light between an object and a fence or wall, dramatically displays an unusual tree or bush.

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Be subtle: try to hide lights where possible and use a low watt bulb. Avoid setting lights in straight lines up and down paths, drives or patio edges. Yellow lights are unflattering to both people and plants. Where possible, install bluewhite bulbs or purchase daylight-blue filters for your fixtures. Position outside lights where they are easily accessible for changing light bulbs. Investing in long-life outdoor bulbs will make the maintenance even easier. With any unit requiring electricity, use the protection of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all outdoor circuits.

General or ambient lighting ...provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature – moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights in mature trees, pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light – some just plain fun!

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conduits. The most permanent of outdoor lighting, it is also the most expensive, and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Lowvoltage units also connect to the electrical system of your home, but are fitted with a transformer that reduces the electrical current from 120 volts to a safer supply of 12 volts. Although they are less durable than line-powered fixtures, they are also a lot less expensive and are ideal for a small outside space where only short cable runs are required. They are designed for an easy do-ityourself installation.

...is the oldest source of light and considered by some to be the most romantic. Flames, produced by candles or oil-burning lamps, are warm and flattering to faces, and have a hypnotic effect that induces calm and relaxation. Firelight on reflected surfaces such as ponds, mirrors and even gazing balls is a particularly effective way to create atmospheric lighting and enhance the impression of light.

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BBQ SAFELY THIS SUMMER Tips on BBQ Fuel: The first choice with any charcoal BBQ is which charcoal to use. Personally I reckon those fast lighting bags you can get (one match is all you need!) are pretty awful. They light fast and burn out fast and never really settle into a good cooking temperature. That said they are quite handy if you just want a quick barbeque (maybe for a steak or something) after work and can’t light it in advance. My preferred choice is briquettes. They take a long time to reach optimum temperature (at least an hour) but then they stay at a good temperature for a long time too - I have cooked joints of ham on briquettes and still had heat enough after all that to cook longer. You can tell the optimum temperature by the thin layer of ash over the charcoal.

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President Barack Obama, the G8 host, has urged European leaders repeatedly to do more to stimulate growth, fearing contagion from the euro crisis that could hurt the U.S. economy and his chances of re-election in November. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been increasingly vocal in urging Europe to do more to resolve the debt crisis, will tell leaders they must work together to stop it from spreading worldwide, an aide said. No major economic policy decisions are expected from the talks but officials said Obama hoped to promote a discussion on a comprehensive approach to resolving the crisis. He will seek to cement a bond with France’s new leader at the White House later on Friday before heading to Camp David for the talks. Francois Hollande, sworn in this week as French president, has already made waves by challenging Europe’s austerity focus and saying he will pull French combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. Obama, 50, may use their introductory meeting in the Oval Office to encourage the 57-year-old Socialist to rethink his Afghanistan plans that put France on an earlier exit timetable than other NATO allies. But the two leaders, who have both expressed support for pro-growth policies in Europe, are expected to form a common front on the euro zone crisis that could dominate this weekend’s Group of Eight talks. Obama’s administration spent heavily to tackle the 2007-2009 U.S. recession, and Hollande is seeking to take the edge off austerity with more job-creating infrastructure investments. He is not alone. Cameron has become increasingly vocal in demanding Europe’s leaders act more decisively, Canada’s Stephen Harper has been a frequent critic, and of the euro

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Euro zone fears propel dollar, global shares in red for year

The U.S. dollar climbed, world shares fell and German borrowing costs hit record lows on Friday as a deepening Spanish banking crisis, uncertainty about Greece’s future in the euro zone and lackluster U.S. data provoked a rush for safe-haven assets. World stocks, as measured by the MSCI index, dropped 0.85 percent and are now below where they began the year, having relinquished all their first quarter gains which were fuelled by the European Central Bank’s creation of more than a trillion euros of three-year money. That rally is now a distant memory as an ugly week for stock markets looked likely to end even uglier. Across the board, riskier assets from commodities such as gold and oil and currencies like the euro and the Australian dollar were all heading for big weekly losses. The FTSEurofirst 300 of leading European shares slid 0.9 percent to 972.69 by 4 a.m. EDT, falling for a fifth day running and taking its weekly loss so far to five percent. Benchmark 10-year German bond yields hit a record low of 1.396 percent and two-year yields also fell to their lowest-ever level at just 0.028 percent. Investors were spooked by a ratings downgrade of 16 Spanish banks by Moody’s Investors Service, although the move had been expected, and an unexpected contraction in U.S. regional factory activity reported on Thursday. Sentiment has soured to the extent that an opinion poll showing Greeks are returning to the establishment parties which support the country’s bailout, had little impact. If they vote that way in the June 17 elections, Greece’s place in

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Samaritans in Spain Announce New Face to Face, Drop in Service Service

The Samaritans in Spain announce that they are opening a further ‘Drop- in Centre’ off the CV70 Benidorm to La Nucia link road. Commencing on the 29th May at the Centro Social Non Espai at ‘Rotunda 3’, (opposite the BP garage), the Centre will be open weekly on a Tuesday between 10.00 am – 12.00 noon, complimenting the Centre in Calpe that re-opened earlier this month at the Casal de las Asociaciones at the top of Avenida Gabriel Miro, now open every Monday at the above times. This extension of the listening service is being facilitated by the Local Councils involved, and in association with other charitable groups concerned with the well-being of English speaking foreign residents. Residents unable to get to a centre can talk to a listener when the centres are open by calling the Samaritans in Spain on 902 88 35 35. The service will continue to be available every evening on this number between 8.00 pm – 12.00 midnight. The Samaritans in Spain offer a free, completely confidential, non-judgemental emotional support service for any English speaker of any age who may be experiencing distress or despair, or who might be feeling suicidal. If you are interested in supporting the service, either as a listener or a fund raiser, please visit the website ‘www.costablancasamaritans. com’. Alternatively, you can now email the Samaritans in Spain in confidence at ‘pat@costablancasamaritans.com’.

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REVIEW it... The Help - Kathryn Stockett

One of the concluding comments, a very simple but poignant one is spoken by Skeeter’s mother who is dying of cancer. When she became an important political figure she betrayed Constantine, the help who had brought Skeeter up to be strong and independent. She dismissed her and her daughter Rachel from her home to show white superiority in front of her political and influential friends. She lacked the courage to openly admit that coloured people were valued and a part of her white family, something she had to live with. Skeeter, a journalist learns the truth when she attempts to write the tortuous accounts of the abuse and humiliation the coloured women had to suffer at the hands of the middle class, racist whites. The story is about the courage to tell the truth even though there were consequences. Skeeter becomes ostracized by the white hypocrites and Aibileen Clark, one of the main coloured characters is dismissed by the worst kind of hypocrite, Miss Hilly. Skeeter’s mother remarks on how courage skips generations and after so much tension with her daughter throughout she makes peace with her and tells her how proud she is of her. What I found remarkable is that this is Stockett’s debut novel which took five years to complete. Definitely a labour of love and a painful and shocking tale to tell. The 1960s was an important turning point in American history with the Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. The setting is Jackson, Mississippi, the writer’s home town. Stockett was born the year after the assassination and she was raised by an African American domestic woman just like Aibileen, Minny and thousands of others. Skeeter represents the writer, a compassionate woman and brave. Her friends deserted her and her boyfriend Stuart walked out on her telling her that she was stirring up trouble. In reality, Stockett’s brother employed a black maid who filed a lawsuit in a Mississippi court against him. Her name was Abilene Cooper. A bit of a coincidence, isn’t it? The lawsuit was thrown out and the writer denied any claim of using Abilene as her main character in “The Help.” The last image will stay with you for some time-Aibileen’s dismissal, tears streaming down her face, the rain soaking through her skin. The pause, the reflection and then a strained smile as she realises that telling the truth has made her feel free. Therapeutic. ISBN 978-1-901-4904-1 or ISBN 13-978-014-1039282

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... Donna Summer ‘believed 9/11 dust particles gave her cancer’

Donna Summer reportedly told friends that she believed the 9/11 attacks were responsible for her lung cancer. The legendary disco and soul singer passed away from the disease on May 17 at the age of 63. Summer lived in an apartment near Ground Zero in New York City on the day of the tragedy in 2001, and allegedly believed that inhaling toxic dust particles led to her illness. In the months and years after 9/11, Summer would constantly spray disinfectant in the air. Dance Fever host Deney Terrio

also revealed that Summer would oftenhangsilksheets in herdressing room in order to stop dust coming inside. Another insider claims that Summer felt that the 9/11 events were an attack on Christianity, and that she was a target because of her religious beliefs. At least 55 rescue workers have died due to cancer since 9/11, although several had already been diagnosed before the attacks. Since 9/11, 75 have been diagnosed with cancer, with over 18,000 people claiming that they have fallen ill due to inhaling toxic dust particles.

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Alqueria The Riverside Holiday Village - part 2

The telephone in the Oficina de Turismo never stopped ringing, well it rang four times in the last week, in itself a record. The advertising campaign had certainly paid off. Over one hundred places out of the two hundred available at the Riverside Holiday Village booked. The consultant Alvaro Spineto had advised them to use a fraudulent approach to their advertising. Promise them everything but get them here. Then get their cash before they realise that as a holiday resort it ranks very close to a wet weekend in Chernobyl. Anselmo Adamso, the village photographer got the interesting commission to photograph the young ladies of the village, perhaps the only viable asset Alqueria has. They posed with lascivious grins and very little else. Anselmo Adamso also had a lascivious grin. The session went on longer than anticipated and the last dozen shots were not fit for publication. Adamso kept these for his own uses however. The charter-flight operated by Spanish Peninsular Logistical Air Transport or SPLAT which they have blazoned across the fuselage in bright red lettering was booked and filling fast. Their only aircraft is rather old but they are able to operate in European airspace provided it can keep below Air Traffic Control radar. The Riverside Holiday Village itself was as ready as it was going to be. Accommodation for two hundred, two dining halls, a games room and twenty bars. The philosophy being, if

they drink enough they will lose all feeling in their lower limbs and won’t notice their surroundings. The only problematic area was the Río Verde. Billed as a swimmers’ paradise, it was in fact lethal. The strange mutant fish were capable of carrying off anyone under seven and the algae caused an aggressive fungal growth which hasn’t as yet been categorised by the World Health Organisation. A powerful poison had been introduced into the water but the river life seemed to thrive on it. The bizarre assortment of waterborne creatures are now even more robust. Everything has to be ready as today is the Grand Opening of the Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria. The charter flight had landed safely at Almería Airport, a fact duly celebrated in the airline’s office. A fleet of four coaches approached the Comino de Alqueria crossed the old stone and drove into the resort. The disembarked visitors stared in disbelief at the ramshackle accommodation, the steaming malodorous river all surrounded by a black effervescing swamp. Events could have turned nasty if the holiday makers had had time to organise themselves and select a leader. Blythe sensing trouble spoke the only words guaranteed to pacify any British holiday maker. “Free beeah at the boozah bonny lads”. Will beer be enough? Are the holiday makers revolting? We will see...

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Brendan Cole: ‘Alesha Dixon won’t be missed’ Brendan Cole has stated that Alesha Dixon will not be missed when Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year. Dixon left the judging panel of the BBC One competition after three series to join ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. Darcey Bussell later signed up to replace Dixon as a permanent judge on the show. Cole explained that he believes the former Royal Ballet principal dancer will be a “fantastic” replacement. “I saw Alesha on BGT. She did really well. However, I don’t think she will be a big miss, really,” he told The Sun. “I am very excited about Darcey Bussell. She is probably the most

famous dancer in the country and is going to be on the panel judging us, which is fantastic.” On his “bad boy of the ballroom” nickname and his falling out with celebrity partner Lulu, he added: “I don’t know why I have that nickname. I’m such a nice person on the telly with my partner. “I’ve had a great couple of years. I don’t think I’ve had an argument in the last four years - I don’t talk about Lulu - I mean in the years before that.” Alesha Dixon recently said that she hopes to return for a second series of Britain’s Got Talent next year.


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coffee break STANDARD CROSSWORD

shade (10) 7 Bold human - fully? Only in part (6) 8 Require the French irritation (6) 10 In exile, without iron, taking bottle opener that cannot be described (13) 14 Brown bread rises under probability (10) 17 Certain new feed in it (8) 18 Is nothing dead? Dead when apart (8) 21 S.U. Bar collapses - with last hammer from treasurer (6) 22 Pester donkey after injury (almost) (6) 26 Starts to desperately evade bank, taking what one owes (4)

Very Hard!

CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SUDOKU PUZZLE SOLUTIONS

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Across 1 Raged wildly at student’s top marks (6) 4 Mother’s in room with new astronaut (8) 9 You French left - number’s up for plant (5) 10 I’m graduate with weapon, showing lack of stability (9) 11 Impel University to return example of Romeo (4) 12 Big creature I follow still (4) 13 Common for University to be taken in by American gangster? (5) 15 Joint broadcasts before Blimp, say (7) 16 A fellow in church and small restaurant (4) 19 At one time in lemon centre (4) 20 Gets the hang of degree (7) 23 Solver reportedly wise to follow custom (5) 24 Remain at rest (4) 25 Daughter left equipment to go back (4) 27 Ely’s Abbot disturbed one working with horses (6-3) 28 To be part of hex is terrifying! (5) 29 Held back wait in colour (8) 30 Go to serve (6) Down 1 “Ultra” gut could make you throaty (8) 2 Symbolic narrative is completely bloody, including egghead (8) 3 Partly moves python’s spot (4) 5 Ban Olympic cup making this sort of business (6,7) 6 Will not run quickly after

SUDOKU PUZZLE

Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

Down 2 Hindrances (9)

3 Wetland (5) 4 NY Times, for example (9) 5 Cone-shaped (5) 6 Gives evidence (9) 7 Woodwind instruments (5) 8 Class (7) 9 Roman ruler (6) 15 A family of languages spoken in southern India (9) 17 Homesick (9) 18 Bargain (9) 19 Small fatty fish (7) 21 Interfere (6) 23 Simplified (5) 24 Move about rapidly (5) 26 Respond (5)

Jim Carrey

HARD SUDOKU

Across 1 Messages (14) 10 Ancient Assyrian city (5) 11 Hurricane (9) 12 Collision (7) 13 Ammunition chest (7) 14 Anagram of “Idler” (5) 16 Retired person (9) 19 A yellowwood tree with aromatic leaves (9) 20 Cloak (5) 22 Bunnies (7) 25 Oxygenated (7) 27 Uplifting (9) 28 Make use of (5) 29 Odd behaviours (14)

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes”

STANDARD SUDOKU

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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing This week we are looking at what makes a good tango which in contrast to the beautiful pendulum swinging waltz is the exact opposite. What should you be looking for from a well performed Tango? A powerfully driven, sharp staccato dance with the lady’s fast head movement are the major characteristics. This is achieved by the weight being pushed forward much faster than with the Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep. To enable this to happen the weight is carried in a slightly different position, the hold is slightly altered and the shoulder line is also changed. The weight is held further back, the left shoulder is further back and the gents right arm as a consequence goes further around his partners back. There is also a compression of the knees and the feet are used with a flatter action (ie you don’t lift up onto the toes). This is retained throughout the dance which enables the sharp movement to be controlled when the hips are moved to lead the lady. The Tango is a difficult dance to get to grips with because it is so different to the other 3 ballroom dances but I love the aggression and passion in the music that this dance brings with it. Any lift in the feet or straightening of the legs will result in the loss of the sharpness or a loss of balance in the dance. This sharpness of movement takes a lot of practice and loss of balance or the lady pulling the gent over is a common fault.

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

If you ever need to get rid of tension, this is the dance to get to grips with, there is nothing better than attacking the steps in a Tango to do it. With ballroom dancing no matter which dance you select they all have their own character and the art of the dance is being able to recognise and develop these individual characteristics. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, you just have to take it a step at a time but the satisfaction of getting past each of the steps is so rewarding and with a good teacher it doesn’t take that long to progress quite a way down the road. The further along the road you get, the more beautiful each of the dances become until you are truly bitten by the bug. It is also true of dancing as of anything else in life, the more you put in the more you get out. If you have never tried dancing or haven’t done any for some time why not come and join us at one of our classes either in The Club in Quesada or El Paraiso near Carrefour in Torrevieja (see community news for more details). We look forward to welcoming new and past members to our classes and we’ll soon have you moving around the dance floor. Next week we will look at the history of the fast light airy Quickstep.

Every Thursday 8:00pm - 8:45pm Ballroom & Latin American Tuition 8:45 - 10:15 Social Dancing.

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Bistro Bonita is a quaint pub/ restaurant snuggled into the heart of a small village just outside Albox called Cerro Gordo. They have been there for 9 years and to celebrate their anniversary, they have extended so as to provide more music and dance nights. I have been invited to sample their menu and see the new improvements which will mean they are able to cater for more parties in the future. Chris,

the owner and chef, has made one of his famous steak and ale pies with mash and gravy and I’m glad I didn’t eat any breakfast! Everything is home-made, fresh and delicious, it is clear from talking to Chris and eating his food that cooking is his passion. He offers a large selection of homemade family and individual sized pies, Cornish style pasties, sausage platts, scotch eggs, to eat in or

BAR - RESTAURANT - CERRO GORDO

Forthcoming Events not to be missed

Friday, May 25th

Accoustic Music Night Folky Music from 8pm Saturday, May 26th

Fiesta in Cerro Gordo

Saturday 9th June

Bollywood meets Hollywood Indian v American food from 8pm Wednesday 13th June

take away (24 hours notice required). Everyday there is also a menu del dia, only €7.30 for 3 courses, which has never gone up in price since the day he opened, or full a la carte menu. I have been here for Sunday lunch before and never gone away anything less than happy, with 3 courses for just €8.50, I had pork, beef, roasties, Yorkshire puds, a good amount of veg and a large helping of the whole cauliflower cheese that was done just for our table! If it is a party you’d like, with the newly extended seating area, you can have a big group of friends and still have room to dance! Supply your own food, or Chris can put on a superb buffet or sit down meal, tailored to you. You create the mess, let Bistro Bonita do the rest! They have many themed party nights coming up including Bollywood comes to Hollywood and a Mexican Night! For more information or to make a reservation call Chris on 650 599 739/ 950 930 169.

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& Sc allops Ceviche Kumquats

INGREDIENTS 6 large fresh sea scallops (no water) 1/2 English cucumber 6 to 7 kumquats A dash of lemon juice Salt & pepper 1/2 red onion 1 tbsp chives 1 large tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp fresh coriander Dash of cayenne pepper

Karaoke Pary Night with Graham D from 8.30pm

Saturday 16th june

Mexican Night Arriba Arriba!! from 8pm Call for all enquiries & reservations Tel: 650 599 739 / 950 930 169

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A range of edible cake decorations, Glimmer Sugars, candles inc champagne bottles, colourings & flavourings, Asda Wholemeal Flour 1.5kg 2.65€ Further range of cake decorations plus Birthday banners

Carnation Evaporated Milk 410g......................................................ONLY 0.99c Ezee (Rizla) Papers 10 x 100pk........................................................ONLY 1.25€ Sony/Memorex Batteries 4pk AA & AAA.........................................ONLY 0.65c

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We now have chilled goods for your convenience.

Monday-Saturday inclusive. Lunch 1pm - 4pm

a Variety of Cheeses, Butter, Margarines, Lard, Milk & Bacon

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included

Mon–Fri 9-6, Sat 10-4, Sun 10-2

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Grilled 14oz Entrecote Beef Steak Grilled 20 oz T-Bone Beef Steak Slow roast shoulder of Lamb or Knuckle of Pork

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Jumbo Hot Dog & Onions ..............€2.50 Gammon Bap & Salad .....................€2.50 Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad .....€3.50 3 Sausages, Mash, Onions & Gravy.................................................... €3.50 Tandoori or Cajun Wrap, Coleslaw & Crisps ...............................................€3.50 Fish, Chips, Mushy Peas or Salad €4.50

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Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm,Sun 10am - 17pm Spanish Tel: 950 430 145 English Tel: 647 730 103

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Take the scallops and slice them very thinly. Wash the kumquats and remove the seeds. Slice very thinly. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and cut in tiny pieces. Mix all 3 ingredients together and add a dash of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place in a cold bowl in the fridge for about 10 min. Chop very thinly the onion, the coriander and chives. Add to the scallops/kumquats/ cucumber preparation. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and the olive oil, and mix well together. Serve in small spoons (appetizer spoons).

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Homemade Cottage Pie, Chips & Peas ................................................................€4.50 Chicken, Chips & Curry Sauce ......€4.50

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Red Snapper Cooked in ThymeFlavoured Salt

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10€ pp or 17€ pp other

INGREDIENTS 1 whole red snapper (1 lb), not scaled but cleaned inside 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon chopped thyme 2 lbs coarse sea salt

Preheat the oven at 400 F/200 C/Gas 6. In a bowl, combine the egg whites, thyme and salt. Take a baking dish and add a bed of this salt preparation at the bottom. Place the fish on top. Cover it completely with the rest of the salt. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before breaking the crust of salt. The flesh of the fish should be extremely tender. Eat as is, or with a dash of olive oil, and steamed potatoes!

gelatin

4lbs (about 12) juice oranges 1 1/4 tbsp unflavored

1 cup whipping) cream Garnish: orange slices

Tel: 663 314 445

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everyday

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Ali & Mick welcome you! FREE WIFI

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu pizzas Freshly made-to-order from 7pm Eat In or Take-Away

LAST CARVERY Sunday May 26th BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches To Order

Sunday 3rd June 3 courses

brendon o’dee for €15 Private Functions catered for

Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

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jubilee street party

beer & paella at 2pm

bring your own picnic or full menu available all day

live entertainment in the evening

live with Kris Kelly this Fri 25th May

music

5 tbsp sugar

Grate 4 tsp orange zest. Wrap 1 tsp; set aside. Juice the oranges to make 3 cups juice. Pour 1/2 cup into a small saucepan and sprinkle in gelatin; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture over low heat (a silicone spatula is good) until it is steaming and the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in 3 tbsp sugar. When dissolved, pour into remaining juice. Stir in 3 tsp zest. Pour into 8-in. square baking pan; refrigerate 2 hours, or until firm. Up to 4 hours before serving: Whip cream with remaining 2 Tbsp sugar until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Stir in reserved 1 tsp zest. Cut gelatin into 1-in. squares. Using a spatula, place half the squares in the glasses and top them with half the cream. Repeat layers.

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A family run bar within the Condado del Alhama Resort

Paul & Rachel welcome you.

Situated on: Condado de Alhama Jardines Between Gardens 5 &7

Entertainment Dates 26th May Dog house blues from 9pm 1st June Mark the spark’s disco starting at 9.00pm Mark is well known in the area for a great night of fun and entertainment. 2nd June Condado del Alhama music madness. The first big music event on Condado del Alhama get ready for non stop music 3rd June From 4pm til 2am - a full afternoon and evening of non stop live music with several bands and artist’s at the Al Kazar on Condado. Country, rock you name we have it. There will be side shows and fun games for all, duck racing , try your hand at water golf, fun for all the family a day not to be missed

We serve breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as traditional tapas. All the tapas, curries, chillies, lasagnes and scotcheggs are made on site. Our club sandwich is popular as are the giant bbq ribs. We also offer a full range of hot, cold, and alcoholic drinks as well as an ice cream counter. As well as food we offer hire of tennis and padel tennis courts for 5€ per hour.

Bike hire is also available at 7€ per day or 30€ for a week.

There is a yoga class on Monday and friday mornings and Zumba every thursday. All start around 10 am. We have a Petanque pitch where a group meet every Tuesday at 4pm and dominoes session every Thursday evening.

9th June Robbie James - Rock and roll with singer and performer proved very popular when he last appeared so dont miss this one 16th June Martin Ross 23rd June Byron - dance the night away with Byron’s disco

Snack Menu

live entertainment

live sports

The Centro Comercial, Al Kasar

868 082 057

Open 10.00am til late 7 days a week Theclovercondado@hotmail.com

What’s coming up in June?

Diamond Jubilee celebration 5th June from 12 noon - 7pm This will include the following: Indoor market, music, bbq, cream teas, competitions, tarot reading, Murcia school of dance & a tug of war. 26th June: Rock and roll show with meal included, 15€ 28th June: Condado Clubs first curry night, all authentic & homemade plus background singer. Opening times: 10am to midnight Food is served daily, Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm, 6pm -10pm. Friday, Saturday Sunday 10am–10pm

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COMMUNITY NEWS... MABS MAZARRON EVENTS..................................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance Night with Trev & Suzie

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

Everyone welcome

...and Dance the night away to your favourite R‘n’R songs

Email: ready2rock@hotmail.co.uk

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

WELCOME GROUp.................

WELCOME GROUP are going to visit Valencia and Barcelona on September 10th. Stop at Valencia for one night on the way and on the way back with 3 nights at Barcelona in between. 5 nights with Bed and Breakfast at both 3 star hotels, coach travel 325€. For more details call Rosemary on 620105179 or email: rosemarybeak@hotmail.com

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION

FUNDRAISER FOR JJ.s PUPPY RESCUE ASSOCIATION FRIDAY 1st JUNE 2012, 7.45pm At MARIANOS RESTAURANT, CAMPOSOL Supper of Sausage & Mash, Dancing to the Music of JOHN SLOMAN Tickets 10 Entrance on the door 5€, no food! Contact Christine 603 127 984 (Camposol), Mike 634 143 242 (Port) JJ’s shop Monday to Saturday 10.30 to 2.30pm

TROPICAL NIGHTS CABARET SHOWS HOTEL SENSOL

POOLSIDE ~ POOL BAR ~ TUESDAYS STARTING 5 JUNE Fantastic ‘QUEEN’ Tribute by 5pc Band CHESS + supported by ‘BRYAN ADAMS’ tribute 12 JUNE Exciting ‘ROLLING STONES’ 5pc Band Tribute + the excellent TIMEWARP duo from Benidorm

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Organising Organising aa street street party? party? Having Having aa family family get get together? together? Covering Covering your your house house in in bunting? bunting? Joining Joining friends friends at at aa local local bar? bar?

How ever you plan to celebrate – let us know and we may be able to include your event in our

Diamond Jubilee Special Email : editor@soltimes.com

tel: 699 518 535 Entertainment quiz monday from 9pm

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

Friday 25th may

karaoke

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removals

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Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?

Millions of years ago Prehistoric Woman discovered that Prehistoric Bison, once caught and killed by Prehistoric Man, tasted a lot nicer once it had been burnt a bit over a Prehistoric fire, or cooked, as we now call it. About the same time she told Prehistoric Baby not to stick its finger in the fire, as she had done that once, and it was painful. Prehistoric Baby probably did stick his finger in it anyway, but the moral of the story is that we learn by experience. I put this to the test last week: Feeling the need for bladder relief I sought out the Servicios in an unfamiliar café, where, as usual, there was only one Ladies. I tried the door, which did not yield, but instead a female voice called out

By Jos Biggs

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from within. What it called I know not, as it was rendered unintelligible by the solidness of the door, but I assumed that it was something along the lines of ‘Go away, I’m busy’ in Spanish. I retreated a polite distance, but the calling increased, and was accompanied by an urgent knocking. While I wondered what was going on the small elderly patron approached the door with a large lethal screwdriver and a stream of Spanish. While both sides of the door were being verbally harangued he inserted the screwdriver in the lock and twisted it, upon which the door opened to reveal a very relieved English lady, now freed from her prison of convenience. Her releasing angel then demonstrated how to operate the lock; obviously he thought that the English were not sufficiently technologically advanced to understand its workings, (it was one of those with a small twisty bit in the

I wish I were what people could refer to as an eccentric. I would even settle for, “I dunno, that Colin – he’s a character isn’t he”, being said about me. Mind you I reckon I am half way there, because the pre-requisite of becoming a character is to be a miserable old git, or in more recent parlance, a grumpy old man and these are traits that I am frequently accused of possessing. During a trip back to the mother country, we happened to drive past a house on the outskirts of our village that was once occupied by one of life’s great characters and a very interesting man to boot. He was a retired colonel of The Brigade of Guards, known to

all his friends and fellow exofficers as Seamus because of his Irish antecedents. He was an aristocrat through and through, but treated everyone he came into contact with in exactly the same uncondiscending way - be they royalty or street cleaner. His language when telling one of his famous stories to the boys, was barrack room vernacular at its bawdy best, with more f****rs flying around than in the entire German air force. But then when engaging ladies in conversation or delighting them with stories of a more romantic nature, he was the epitome of charm and courteousness. Kissing hands or tipping his hat were as natural to him as eating peas off a knife is to me. I first came into contact with him when I was engaged in transporting some blue clay dredgings from a nearby lake to the Colonels’ trout pond that lay to the rear of his

By Colin Bird : badbirdnow@gmail.com

house. Blue clay is the ideal natural material to line new or old ponds in order to stop seepage and as his was losing water at an alarming rate, this was the perfect solution. He could often be seen in the early evening casting a fly from well back on his lawn, onto the pond that was about half the size of Nick Clegg’s ego. So still fairly large. There was no short cut method or mechanical means to execute the work and it was a crude affair of manually

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centre of the knob, which I never trust anyway) before allowing me to enter. I surveyed my destination, which lived up to the euphemism of ‘the smallest room’, and determined that I would learn by its previous occupant’s experience, and not get locked in. I estimated the distance between the toilet and the door, compared it with the length of my leg, and decided that I could fulfil the needs of Nature while keeping my foot firmly on the inside of the door. Thus I emerged relieved, suffering neither the embarrassment of interruption nor the vagaries of the unreliable lock. It brought to mind a ditty we used

My Friend The Colonel.............

lobbing great gobs of wet clay at the sides and bottom of the temporarily drained pond, until all surfaces were completely covered. It was the height of summer, and therefore hot and tiring work – but strangely satisfying. I mean, who doesn’t like to get completely messed up with muddy water and smelly gunge and get paid for it? Alright just me then. Enter Seamus – a man of unexpectedly slight stature, sporting a clipped military style moustache and dressed

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to sing with much giggling at Primary School; ‘Oh dear, what can the matter be? Two old ladies got locked in the…… Hold on, not so much of the old, please!

in his gardening clothes of pressed combat fatigues and clogs. With his arm extended in introduction, and without turning a hair, he grabbed my clay-caked hand enthusiastically and very soon began relating the first of what was to be a plethora of stories spread over that summer. His mother he informed me, was of genteel birth and as with all such ladies of good breeding at the turn of the century, further education was frowned upon. The emphasis was to marry well and acquire a husband from the aristocracy or upper classes. But being something of a rebel, she had persuaded her parents otherwise, and she attended a finishing school for young gels somewhere in the English countryside – an establishment that was to all intents and purposes, a stately home of some magnificence. There was a blue-blooded principal of formidable appearance and character and an old retainer of advanced years who ‘did’ for the young ladies at meal times. One evening over dessert the old butler shuffled in, in his usual

unhurried way and bending down painfully to engage the principals ear, said: “Begging pardon Ma’am, no need for alarm, but there ‘as been a occurrence in the kitchen and the ‘ouse is on fire”. There was a sharp intake of breath from the young ladies and I suspect a hint of nervous flatulence, but no noticeable reaction from the head of the table from where, ramrod straight, she informed her gels that the meal should be finished with due decorum. Satisfied that nothing – no not even a raging inferno which part of the house had now become – would interrupt their set routine, they were eventually led to the safety of the gardens in an orderly and dignified manner and watched the house burn to the ground. It was an illustration of the once famous and now sadly defunct, British stiff upper lip. The colonel is sadly no longer with us, but he was the finest example of those few of the upper classes who have no pretentions about their status and treat everyone with the respect and courtesy they merit, regardless of background or station in life.

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braben’s blog.... ...there is a frog in my pool I was in the waiting room to see the Doctor the other day. It was nothing serious, I had gone to see if I could have my overdraft surgically removed. The visit was a disappointment though, it turns out that the waiting list for that particular medical procedure is longer than the zeroes in a banker’s bonus! While I was there I made a discovery, waiting rooms house the biggest collection of the most boring and massively out of date reading matter in the Western world. That being the case, why, remarkably, was everyone reading any magazine they could get their hands on so avidly?

It’s true. Every person in there was absolutely riveted to an ancient copy of Readers Digest or “Hello” magazine, containing the latest exclusive photographs of Jennifer Anniston’s marriage to Brad Pitt. I have to say that I was fascinated to know what treasures were inside those magazines, as the ones nearest to me held my attention for less than the blink of a goldfishes’ eye. Fortunately, the person devouring Readers Digest went in to the Doctor, so quicker than you can say Lllanfairpwgyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch- I swooped for it, whilst trying to unravel my tongue. What a disappointment-it was as bad as the others I had tried. Yet still the people in there were glued to every word they read, not moving their heads, not making eye contact. Then I realised, that’s it! Nobody was looking at anybody. Everyone in that room was using the magazines not to expand their knowledge, but to avoid making any contact with their fellow patients. I suppose you can understand it-what after all would you talk about? Swap illness stories? Compare symptoms? But then it struck me, we’re all guilty of doing it! In lifts, don’t we all ignore the stranger who is only inches from us? On the tube in a busy city, nobody stands, staring at their neighbour, rather we devour the adverts and the underground map, as if to look away would bring upon us the wrath of the communication police! So, next time you are in a crowded waiting room, or on a rather cramped train, be aware, the rule is that you don’t look at anyone. Dare to talk to anyone and you will be immediately whisked away to a solitary room and made to listen to Hannah Montana’s Greatest Hits until you beg for mercy - shouldn’t take long!

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

To mark the passing of the seasons I note the first of this or the last of that. Summer officially started for me when the cursed socks were relegated back to the drawer. In the village where we live Donkey is back in a nearby field and chomping daily on the carrots myself and another neighbour provide him. The Swallows (or are they House Martins ?) are back and are busy making their nest in the front porch; designing it with geometrical accuracy so that when they pooh over the side it will land on any visitors head if they happen to be passing through the front door. We use the back door just in case. The warmer months encourages nature’s creatures to strut their stuff. A frog has taken residence in our swimming pool and has cleverly worked out that if he sits in the skimmer it works like an echo chamber so giving him the loudest croak in the village! This boy racer frog will soon no doubt have the lady frogs hanging off his frog legs! In respect for his ingenuity I don’t have the heart to turf him out. This is apparently usual behaviour for frogs as a friend of mine who used to clean pools for a living told me of a frog that he removed every week from a clients pool and took him to a rambla. Every week afterwards the frog was the donkey back and as summer went on he got paler and paler for returns as the chlorine bleached his skin; maybe that’s how the summer Michael Jackson did it? I mentioned Mini Cine in Albox last week and then discovered an outdoor cinema running every Wednesday evening throughout the summer; La Montana Restaurant near Bedar hold their movie nights in conjunction with Desert Stars run by Laurence and David. Recently they showed the Almodovar film Volver starring Penelope Cruz. Screened in Spanish with subtitles it was not only very funny but I for one picked up a few new Spanish words. Every fourth week a film will be shown in Spanish so giving us all a chance to practice the language. This week is in English with the film Calendar Girls and next week is Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. It costs 2.50€ per person with the full menu available pre-film and then snacks available during the movie featuring hot dogs, fries, and popcorn of course. In these turbulent times all extra marketing Findmeahome can do to help owners sell their properties must be a good thing. We have a Facebook page and all readers are invited to visit it and like our page https://www.facebook.com/findmeahome Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

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FC CARTAGENA............................. CLOSING TIME AT LAST CHANCE SALOON BY STEVE HIBBERD It’s official. FC Cartagena are returning to div 2b after only 3 years in Spain’s second tier (div 2a). Having got themselves into a realistic position of avoiding the drop, once again they went and shot themselves in the foot - twice in a week!! FC CARTAGENA - 0 XEREZ CD - 0 Los Albinegros went into this midweek match, with the knowledge that because Villarreal had been relegated from La Liga, their ‘B’ side would automatically be demoted from div 2a. This effectively meant that as Villarreal were a mid table side, only the bottom 3 would join them in the drop to div 2b. A huge crowd of 10,586 passionate fans inside Cartagonova Stadium, willed their team on from the very 1st minute, but alas, the expected victory was not to be delivered. The 1st half of the 1st half (you know what I mean!), was dominated by the home side, as they completely encamped in the opponents zone. Only problem was, they failed to convert many of the chances created. Raimondi, Paz, and especially Collantes, had good chances to open the scoring, but all lacked the killer touch. Xerez took control of the remainder of the half, but they too failed to open their

account. Shortly after the restart, the visitors did put the ball in the net, but due to a linesman correctly flagging for offside, the goal did not stand. Raimondi and Lafuente put pressure on the visiting defence, but their efforts came to nothing. Having already been booked in the 1st half, Gaspar not only conceded a penalty, when his mistimed tackle resulted in a clear foul, but he was rightly shown his 3rd red card of the season. Keeper Reina pulled off a magnificent save from the spot kick, leaving the 10 men of Cartagena 15 minutes to score the all important winning goal. A spectacular long range drive by Abraham Paz just missed the target, but frustration got the better of his manager Carlos Rios, who was dismissed from the bench for verbally abusing the referee. As the game entered its conclusion, a Raimondi header was cleared off the line, before ex Cartagena striker Tato, was denied what looked a clear cut penalty, when he was blatantly tripped inside the box. SD HUESCA - 1 FC CARTAGENA - 0 With only 4 games remaining, this was (again) a must win match for Cartagena. Unlike the spirited performance against Xerez only 3 days earlier, the words pathetic, pitiful, awful and wimpish come to mind, when describing the way a group of over paid players so

easily capitulated!! I almost fell asleep watching this feeble excuse for a football match, in which neither side showed any urgency until Huesca should have scored midway through the 1st half, but wayward finishing let their opponents off the hook. Apart from a long range Toni Moral effort, Cartagena had offered nothing, and it was no surprise when the home side took the lead through a Mario Rosas strike, following a well worked move. On the stroke of half time, Carlos Rios men were offered a lifeline in the form of a penalty, following Toni Moral almost being castrated by a fierce belt in the nether region!! Anton shot tamely to the keepers right, allowing him time to comfortably save what can only be described as a soft spot kick (and that’s being kind!). On for only FOUR minutes, Hector Font proceeded to pick up 2 yellow cards for mistimed challenges, and was deservedly dismissed on the hour mark. This sending off brought the number of red cards given to Cartagena players this season, to a shameful and inexcusable FIFTEEN!! Huesca almost added another goal, but the woodwork came to the rescue following a firm headed effort from a corner. In stoppage time, Collantes placed his free kick agonizingly wide, then with virtually the last kick of the game, keeper Juanma could only watch as Rosas somehow failed to add to his tally.

CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES)................................ Matches played on May 15th: It was a close high scoring match between MIXERS and SPLASH, which eventually ended in a 4-4 draw. Mixers won the first 2 games, by just a few pins. But in the third game Juanjo Carral bowling for Splash, had a 233 scratch game, which helped to give his team enough overall pins to share the points. Top scorer for the Mixers was Antonio Berenguer (589). TEAM FINLAND won again, and are still chasing the runners up position, they beat RIOJA ROLLERS 6-2. Top scorer for T.F. was Jukka Koskinen (602), and for R.R it was Bill Thorpe (605). LOS BANDIDOS ended their recent run of defeats when they beat CARP-R-US 8-0. Top bowler for L.B was Brian Tomlin who had his highest game of the season, 208 scratch & 237 hcp. The biggest cheer of the night came for the HALL y DAY bowlers when they won their second game against BANDOLEROS, those points gave them enough points to be the

new league champions, even though there is still one week to go. Top bowler for HyD was their captain Lesley Day (602), and her team had all four highest team scores of the night. A good way to win the league. LOS LOBOS had a 6-2 win over CORNISH PRIDE. Irene Lakin, bowling for L.L had her highest scratch & hcp games 180 & (219). Top scorer for C.P. was Paul Johnson (588). SUNRISE COLEGAS lost 6-2 to BAR MOSQUITOS, even though Phil Adams had his best hcp game of the season, 231, and a 610 series. Top bowler for B.M was Stewart Hamill (583). The LUCKY STRIKE team showed they are determined not to finish at the bottom, as they put in one of their best performances of the season, beating ODDBALLS 8-0. All three bowlers played well, but their top scorer was Sue Duke (573).

El Plantio 2 Golf Society................................................ As you would expect for this time of year here in Spain, the day started with the promise of warmth and wall-to-wall sunshine. Todays competition was a Greensome, this is where teams of two players both tee off and then choose the better ball and continue play with that one only whilst taking alternate shots. Some great scores came in today and for those not in the top 3 places well no excuses this time as Gordon Abba went out to

play with a problem hip and still managed 3rd place, well done Gordon, that left me with no excuses for my 8 on hole 16....... Results today: Nearest the pin hole 1 Dave Smith Nearest the pin hole 6 Ian Henderson 3rd place Gordon Abba & George Stanhope with a nett 50.02 pts 2nd place Charlie Stewart & Frank Stanhope with a nett 48.48

pts 1st place Ray Housley & William Murphy with a nett 47.94 Next week, 22nd May is the 3 club competition, remember you need a putter and two other clubs. Anybody wishing to play, Visitors are very welcome, get your names on the board in the club house by 2pm on Monday 21st May or phone Ian Henderson on 966716616 John O’Brien, Secretary

RODS AND REELS This weeks competition was the 4th round of the Summer League. The venue being the Embalse de Argos. The water level has dropped slightly, but very surprisingly the water was very clear. This is quite strange for this time of the year, as the weather of late has been very warm, which normally increases the plankton to breed and give colour to the water. Barbel never really showed by being caught up in the water, this really could be put down to the clarity of the water. We are back there in several weeks so it will be interesting to see if this has changed. Top rods on the day 1st Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow the feeder using pellet with 38.50 kilo’s 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attache) fishing the feeder using pellet with 31.10 kilo´s. 3rd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using pellet with

24.98 kilo’s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 9th round of the Spring Series was fished on the River Segura at Murcia on the 15th May. The work on the pipe laying has now been completed and nothing further is happening at present, we await developments. The fish have now finished spawning, there is not a lot of flow, and the water is coloured from the fish stirring the bottom up from spawning activities. The weights are now getting back to normal with nine double weight figures and no dry nets 1st Terry (Swing Em) Screen fishing the pole using paste with 28.500kg 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton fishing the pole using paste

and pellet with 21.540kg 3rd Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 17.380kg All details are available on our website www.abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email: anglerstogether@hotmail. com TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE

Top scorer of the day was Ivie Davies who retuned 38pts and of course will get a cut. He was Category One winner with Alan Moody & Seamus Martin with 32 points Second and third. We had two players on 32 points from Peter Root and Rocket Ron first and Second in Category Two with Malcolm Wood in Third place. Nearest the Pins

were Malcolm Anderson and Brian McKenzie with Seamus Martin taking the Longest Drive. Alan Clifford and Brian McKenzie were the best two Guests with 32 points each. We returned to the St James’s gate for the Presentation and refreshments supplied by rhe Management with thanks from all players. Next game at Alenda on Tuesday 22nd at Alenda

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HOME GAME AT VISTABELLA TUESDAY 15TH MAY. Today we were going to play a 6x6x6 but with the rearrangement of the course (which is better for it) because it no longer has any White tees, so we played a Stableford competition. Some good scores were returned from the 24 players.

sucina golf society......................................................... Played at La Torre resort on 15th May 2012 This month’s game at La Torre attracted 26 members and guests to play an Individual Stapleford. The course was not at its best due to hollow tinning on the greens which made putting difficult. We met for a 10a.m. start with a lovely sunny day forecast and all players prepared for a hot day wearing shorts & plenty of sun cream. Hopes were high for some good scores but this course, although the shortest of the Polaris/Global group is not as easy as it seems, with plenty of bunkers costing playing a shot or two. The negative slope came as a surprise to some players and

with only one player beating the 36 points mark {well done Doreen} the course was probably the winner on the day. What are you guys doing in Div 3 all prizes were won by the ladies! {Well done girls} The prize presentation was held after the game on the terrace at La Torre. The result of the competition was as follows:Division 1: 1st place Sofie Ekberg 33 points, 2nd place Roger Major 32 points, 3rd place Tom Crowhurst 28 points Division 2: 1st place Damien Garvin 35 points, 2nd place Ray Banks 33 points, 3rd place Brian

Southgate 32 points OCB Division 3: 1st place Doreen Crowhurst 38 points, 2nd place Marion Dobbins 32 points OCB, 3rd place Daphne Southgate 32 points OCB Guest division: 1st place Michael Dahl-Bere 32 points {one prize for guest’s this month} Nearest the pins: Hole 3 Tom Crowhurst, Hole 11 Roger Major, Hole 5 Sofie Ekberg, Hole 15 Daphne Southgate Hole 9 Michael Dahl-Bere Hole 17 Sofie EkbergOur next game is at Saurines De La Torre on the 19th June 2012. Start list is in F & L’s bar in Sucina or contact any committee member. Visit our website sucinagolfsociety.com


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Pilar Badminton Club............ Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM)...... FRIENDLY BADMINTON MATCH (Sunday 13th May 2012) Two teams from Pilar de la Horadada and Los Alcazares met in a Badminton Match at the Duques de Palma Sports Centre in Pilar. The Match was a composite doubles of four mixed pairs with the four men and four ladies then forming two level doubles pairs. The mixed doubles resulted in a win for Los Alcazares by 11½ to 4½. The mens doubles saw a reversal of fortune with Pilar coming out on top by 2½ to 1½.. The ladies doubles again saw a win for Los Alcazares by 3 games to 1. This resulted in an overall victory for Los Alcazares by a score of 16 to 8, although 14 games were won by a margin of 3 points or less. The Pilar team were Steve Bates and Jean Yeates. Stuart Denham and Sylvia Crabtree. Geoff and Gillian Beard. Roy Aston and Linda Mersh. The Los Alcazares team were Peter Anderson and Linda Andan-Smith Graham

Bryant and Gill Smith. Steve Nobbs and Janet Brammeld. Roy Brammeld and Angela Bryant. Top scorer for Los Alcazares was Linda Andan-Smith with 100% record of 10 games out of 10. Top scorer for Pilar was Stuart Denham with 7 wins out of 12. The match was played in great spirit and all the players are to be congratulated on their competitiveness on such a humid day. Pilar Badminton Club caters for all standards, Mondays 10am to 1 pm are for experienced players using feather shuttlecocks. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am to 1 pm is social badminton played with nylon shuttles. The emphasis of the Club is fun for all, so if you want to get fit in a fun atmosphere contact: John and Carole on 966786774 E mail carolejohn_ 3@hotmail.com

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Fourth Race Day of the Spring Series 2012 Fourth Race Day of the Spring Series for SAMM was held on Sunday May 13th. The race took place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor. There were 10 boats taking part in a two lap race with an easterly wind of 4-5 knots. The first race started at 11.35am. The results on corrected times were:First race: Place Boat Helm Crew First Miracle John Clarke Doreen Squires Second Sailfish Sorocco Bob Miles Marian Elias, Vernon O’Byrne Third Sailfish Mistral Mick Burgess Val Hewitt, Justine Sylvester Fourth Shoestring Cuatro John Down Phil Roper Fifth Deltania Dos Clive Wilkinson Lynn and Pete Ewers, J Humble Sixth Shoestring Tres Peter Cadwell Tug Wilson Seventh Laser Single Hander Mike Blewitt Eighth Balaton Conny Terry Chapman Robert Hudson, Dave Lees Ninth Shoestring Uno Bob Blinkhorn Donaugh O’Byrne, Kath Roper Tenth Weta 14 Brian Murray Linda Coates Second race: In the second race started at 14.20 hrs with 9 boats and they completed 3 laps with southerly winds of 5-6 knots. Place Boat Helm Crew First Shoestring Tres Tug Wilson John Down Second Miracle John Clarke Doreen Squires Third Laser Single Hander Mike Blewitt Fourth Weta 14 Brian Murray Linda Coates Fifth Sailfish Mistral Mick Burgess Val Hewitt, Justine Sylvester Sixth Balaton Conny Robert Hudson Terry Chapman, Dave Lees Seventh Sailfish Sorocco Bob Miles Marian Elias, Vernon O’Byrne Eighth Shoestring Uno Peter Cadwell Bob Blinkhorn, K and P Roper Ninth Deltania Dos Pete Ewers C Wilkinson, J Humble, L Ewers The next race will be Sunday (May 27). For more information go to www.sailingmarmenor.com or email sammracing@yahoo.co.uk

6 Medals for Torrevieja Masters Mazarron FC Mazarron FC 1 Thader Murcia CF 0 Mazarron’s improved performances continued with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Thader Murcia. On a playing surface which had benefited from fewer games being played in recent weeks and a heavy downpour shortly before kick off, Mazarron created most of the chances in the first half. A fierce Diego header from a corner was well saved by the visiting goalkeeper and a shot from Pepsi, after he had cut in from the left wing, went into the side netting. However, in the 35th minute Mazarron’s juvenile striker, Jose ran, onto a through ball and beat the entire defence before calmly slotting the ball into the net to score for the second week running. Mazarron continued to attack and Edin had a shot saved but the resulting corner came to nothing. Then Jose again ran on to a through ball but the Thader keeper came out of his area to clear. In the second half Mazarron seemed to lose all their composure and Thader came more into the game. Edin, back in defence to help deal with a Thader corner sliced his clearance high into the air causing Mazarron keeper, Ruben to flap at the ball before it was finally cleared. Then Diego’s misdirected header was played towards his own goal by Pollo but fortunately, this comedy of errors came to nothing. Mazarron should have increased their lead when, with Jose and Edin better placed, Pescau blazed well wide, but in the 75th minute the same player was unlucky not to score with a fierce left foot volley which just cleared the bar. Despite more Thader pressure in the closing minutes, Mazarron held on to register only their fourth victory of the season. Team: Ruben, Alfonso, Pollo, Diego, Ahmed, Dani, Matt Clarke, Jose Da (Guillermo), Jose, Edin, Pepsi (Pescau). Man of the Match: Jose.

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This weekend Torrevieja Swimming Club Masters Beth Altabas and Vicki Connolly enjoyed success in the 2nd Valencian Regional Championships. Beth and Vicki collected five gold and one silver medal throughout the championships held in the Municipal 50m Pool Castellon on Sunday 20th May. Both achieved new personal best times in each of the three races entered. In the morning Vicki started with the 50m freestyle event winning gold in the 45-49yrs category, with a time of 34:90, Beth then followed with gold and time of 4:07:59 in the 65-69yrs category 200m medley. Second races of the morning gave Vicki and Beth two more gold medals, Vicki swimming first in the 100m freestyle with a time of 1:20:38 followed by Beth in the 400m freestyle with a new personal best of 7:03:74. The afternoon session started with Vicki’s 50m breaststroke event, diving in Vicki lost her goggles but recovered to win silver medal, one second behind the winner, with a time of 47:81. Last race for the team saw Beth win gold in the 200m freestyle, tired but determined Beth did another personal best time of 3:25:24 gaining a third gold medal. Arriving back late Sunday night Beth and Vicki now look forward to the Spanish Open National Masters competition in July. The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602, Rosa - 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on ecagigao@hotmail.com or at info@clubnataciontorrevieja. com

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