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The Consejo de Gobierno has approved a total expenditure of 11,324,173 euros for the centralised purchase of medical equipment through the Unidad de Aprovisionamiento Integral del Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS) so as to guarantee sufficient supplies for the next two years. The centralised purchase of these materials will save 2,412,525 euros and is part of the cost optimisation policy of the Comumidad. Specifically 4,977,800 euros is earmarked for the purchase of pacemakers and electrodes, giving a saving of 743,161 euros, while the purchase of volumetric infusion pumps and syringes at 3,625,158 euros will yield a saving of 969,051 euros over 2 years. The 1,897,270 euros for intraocular lenses will save 296,074 euros, while the remaining 823,942 euros will be for the purchase of thermal blankets, compression stockings and sequential compression sleeves, which will save 404,239 euros. All ten hospitals in the Region, the 061 emergency services, the psychiatric hospital Román Alberca and the Centro Regional de Hemodonación will all be supplied in this way. The Ejecutivo Regional has approved the allocation of nearly one million euros to cover over 117 people in a situation of dependency in the towns of Ceuta, Fortuna, Mula, Puerto Lumbreras and Totana.

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The Concejal de Servicios Sociales del Ayuntamiento de Lorca, María del Carmen Ruiz, has announced that aid granted by the Mesa Solidaria for the city and people of Lorca at their last meeting would be 23,200 €. 10 applications for rent payment aid to families affected by earthquakes would be 18,400 euros. The official figures include: Aid for basic needs - 690 applications approved, or 2,049 beneficiaries. Aid for repayable advances for rent review - 595 applications approved. Financial assistance to families displaced because of earthquakes – 554. Exceptional aid to families affected by the earthquake6 Other expenditures include - Financial Assistance to boost trade. Financial assistance for upgrading the new headquarters of the food market. Economic assistance for the rehabilitation of housing in Calles San Pedro,

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The Consejo de Gobierno of Murcia has given the green light to the investment of 330,000 euros towards improvement of the paving of lanes, sidewalks and roads, and for the strengthening and improvement of public lighting in a total of seven districts of the municipality. The total amount, 333,211.59 euros is available for works to take place within three months. The works are part of a collaboration agreement signed with the autonomous community of Murcia and focuses on improvements to surfaces in La Raya, La Arboleja and El Raal, as well as strengthening and improving the lighting in Rincón de Seca and Los Torreagüera Garres.

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Spain’s best known heartthrob singer, Julio Iglesias, will be performing in Los Alcazares in the Pabellon Deportivo on Saturday 4th August. 4,000 tickets will be on sale from 35€ upwards, with a further 8,000 tickets available, but at a sliding price scale according to position. For instance, 50€ will get you a spot on the astro turf towards the back, for 80€ your space will be on the grass in front of the stage. For three figures, (120€) you will get a ticket classed as Silver VIP; for an extra 30€, bringing the price up to 150€ you will be classed as a Gold VIP, but the ultimate is the Gold ticket, 295€, and for that you not only get the best seat, but also a Gift bag including in it a CD. Tickets are on sale from Cortes Ingles, or are available on Ticketmaster or similar websites. Doors will open at 21.30, but the great man is not appearing on stage until 23.00. Mayor of Los Alcazares, Anastasio Bastida, suggested to Julio that he stage a concert at the Pabellon, and he said that the singer ‘jumped at the chance.’

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Murcia’s exports grew for the third consecutive month, reaching a figure of 59.8 per cent per annum. According to data released by the Centro Regional de Estadística de Murcia Regional exports reached 791.6 million euros, representing growth of 59.8 % over the same period last year. Growth remains highest among energy products, accompanied by the traditional products of the region, such as animal exports (83.6 %), vegetable products (10.6 %), footwear (40.8 %) and metals (22.8 %). The expanding Repsol plant contributed to the regional energy coverage rate going from 0.8 % in the first quarter

of 2011 to 42.3 % in the first quarter of this year. The non-energy trade has also seen an improvement, an increase of 0.9 % in the first quarter, while non-energy imports fell by 1 %. In the whole of Spain, foreign export sales in March reached the 19,888 million euros, 1.2 % more than a year ago, while purchases stood at 23,134 million, 4.6 % lower than March last year. In the first quarter of this year exports increased by 3.2% while imports fell 0.6% which has helped reduce the trade deficit by 16.5%.

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The Young Art Laboratory (LAB) is continuing its schedule of artistic workshops through June. Cartagena is the venue for ‘Geocaching: Another way of seeing the world’ on between 26 May and 2 June in the Muram. It is an adventure game for finding objects and places through geolocation, and links to the online project ‘Beltripedia’. On 22 and 23 June ‘Project Management and Independent Cultural Initiatives’ covers an exchange of management experience and self-management abilities. Following the working sessions, ‘The Athenaeum Birds’ will offer a concert to attendees, and other artists will be invited, to be disclosed at a later date. Music, performance and polypoetry will be held from 26 to 30 June. This is a multidisciplinary theatre workshop, concentrating on using the body as an essential tool to create a language of expression and communication by visual and audible means such as voice, body, movement, music or text. This workshop will feature various techniques used in actor training, such as establishing characters, situations and dramatic action. This workshop will conclude on June 30 at 20:00 pm with a polypoetry session. Past workshops included ‘Microguiones’ based on the creation of scripts for publication on the Web, taught by Juan Carlos Martinez, director, writer, photographer and producer of documentaries and short films. Also, dancer Alicia Bernal held a training session of contemporary dance. Exhibitions of photographic works by students of the School of Art, Murcia, under the title ‘ Abstract Murcia ‘, will run from May 28 to June 14. For further information go to: laboratoriodeartejoven@ gmail.com

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Volunteering rates have gone up in recent months. Assisting a person in the process of detoxification, assisting the elderly or hospital visiting are some of the activities undertaken in the last 4 months by 25 volunteers who have joined the project ‘Voluntariado Social Municipal’, put into action by the Concejalía de Voluntariado del Ayuntamiento of San Javier. These 25 volunteers, plus many others who participated on a part-time basis walked, talked and did errands for the elderly in Nursing Homes and Centres. They collected prescriptions, accompanied patients to medical appointments and undertook hospital visits. Specifically, they provided educational support for three children from a family with limited resources, collaborated with Caritas socio workshops, taught Spanish to foreign mothers, and conducted various workshops for older people. The majority of the volunteers are women aged 40-50 years, although more and more male volunteers are coming forward. The Programa de Participación Social y Voluntariado reported the gradual increase of young people who want to volunteer, probably due to the current crisis environment, and the social and educational importance of becoming volunteers. The Concejalía has put together a Reglamento de Voluntariado Social, (Volunteer’s Regulations) which is pending final approval. It will stipulate, among other things the rights and duties of volunteers and the City of San Javier, and establish mechanisms for recognition, measurement and development, and recognising the distinction of the altruistic volunteer efforts made towards contributing to the achievement of a better society. The Concejal de Educación, Participación Ciudadana y Voluntariado , Cati Pérez praised the volunteers, and pledged the support of the Department, while encouraging citizens to join this project ‘because right now more than ever, volunteering is of particular value.’ Alcantarilla The Alcantarilla UPyD hailed as ‘crazy’ the plan by the Consistorio to spend more than 11,000 euros to hire DJ Francisco Rivera, ‘Paqurrín’ and three assistants. Head of UPyD Organization in the Region of Murcia, Alvaro Fernandez, said that, after borrowing 23 million euros from the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), the plan by Mayor Lázaro Mellado, was a ‘frivolidad.’

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The Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo has launched an information campaign to raise awareness of the risks arising from the high temperatures recorded in the region in the summer months. For this reason the Director de Trabajo, Fernando Vélez, and the Director del Instituto de Seguridad y Salud Laboral (ISSL), Tomás Pérez have held informational meetings with union and business organisations from the agricultural and construction sector. The Consejaría urged all social organisations and business representatives to take preventive measures to avoid the risk of over exposure of their workers to sunlight or heat, and to implement specific measures to ensure their health. The campaign will provide a training seminar to disseminate knowledge of risk assessment forms, how to deal with heat stress, and how to calculate the metabolic load of the various professional activities. The Seminar will be held on 19 June at the ISSL (Instituto de Seguridad y Salud Laboral). The Department will distribute further information pamphlets in Spanish and Arabic aimed at workers who work outdoors or in contact with heat sources, and disseminate recommendations and scientific studies through the Institute’s website (http://www.carm.es/issl). This campaign is part of the Regional Plan IV Occupational Health and Safety 2008-2012, aimed at improving the workplace accident record of the region of Murcia. According to the ISSL, last year there were three minor accidents due to heat stroke, two of them in the construction sector and one in the hospitality sector. Measures to prevent heat stress in the workplace include: Maintaining the work environment as cool and dry as possible. Decreasing the intensity of work during the hottest part of the day. Conducting periodic breaks. Wearing suitable light clothing. Drinking fresh water (12 ° C) frequently and in small amounts (one glass every 15-20 minutes). Workers should know the symptoms of heat stress and ways to combat it. Workers must be ‘acclimatised’ to the heat – i.e. should not have health problems that enhance the risk (cardiovascular or circulation problems, be overweight, elderly, alcohol or medication contraindicated, etc.). Symptoms of heat stress include the following: Accelerated heartbeat, elevated body temperature, strong, sudden fatigue, nausea, vertigo or dizziness, a feeling of illness, disorientation or confusion, cramps, cessation of sweating, with the skin becoming hot and dry.

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a fifth time overall. Doha, the capital of Qatar, and Baku in Azerbaijan were rejected for a second straight time after failing to make the final list of contenders to host the 2016 games. In 2010, Qatar won the bidding to stage the 2022 soccer World Cup. The IOC’s working group report on the five bids concluded that Baku’s infrastructure and experience in hosting major sports events “are not sufficiently developed at this stage to deliver a successful Olympic Games in 2020” and that Doha’s bid to host the Olympics two years before the soccer World Cup “presents significant challenges and risks”. The IOC said the three candidate cities will need to submit a new file with an “in-depth description of their Olympic project” by January 7th and prepare for visits by its evaluation commission starting in February.

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Eight out of ten Spaniards against a return to smoking in public places

Almost eight out of ten Spaniards (78%) are against a return to smoking in bars and restaurants and 82% feel it was the “right” decision to ban smoking in enclosed public places. These are just some of the findings of a survey conducted by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (Semfyc) on over 4,000 citizens in health centres across Spain, some of them smokers, some non-smokers and others former smokers.

The data contrasts with recent calls for the relaxation of the smoking ban, “especially for revenue purposes,” said vice president of Semfyc, Ana Pastor, who has called

on governments to “listen to the people”. The survey also showed that 37% of Spaniards believe that generic packaging - a simpler packet, without colours, logos or distinctive features - could decrease the attractiveness of cigarettes among adolescents. By contrast, a large majority (62%) of respondents believe that it would have little or no deterrent effect. 26% of those surveyed also wrongly believed that “roll-ups” were less harmful than regular cigarettes, a percentage that rises to 32% amongst the under-30s. The survey also explores how smokers’ habits have changed a year and a half since the laws banning smoking in public places came into force. A massive 90%

said they were “as likely” or “more likely” to go to public venues despite not being able to smoke there. Meanwhile, 20% say they smoke less at home, and smoking in the car has seen a similar drop (15%). 9% of smokers said they now smoked more often, and 46% said they smoked as much as before. Dr. Pastor said a decision to extend the smoking ban to private cars would be “a breakthrough” in terms of passive smoking, but “quite risky in terms of personal freedom”. The survey shows that 35% of smokers had tried to give up cigarettes in 2011, compared with 31% in 2010 and 25% in 2009.

Miracle escape for boy who Rajoy meetS with Hollande in Paris falls from 9th floor

A four-year-old boy has escaped practically unharmed after falling from a 9th floor flat in the district of La Coruña de Fuenlabrada in Madrid after the branches of a tree broke his fall and probably saved his life. Relatives explained how they think the little lad, who was at home with his family, clambered out onto the terrace to try to reach something and then fell into the tree below at around 3.30pm yesterday. Several witnesses have confirmed that the branches of the tree broke the child’s fall, and the emergency services have reported

that the child “appears” to have escaped with nothing but a slight head injury after his dramatic fall. A neighbour said he heard a Nigerian woman shouting and then saw the woman’s child lying in the garden adjacent to the block of flats. The child was conscious, but “with a glazed look in his eyes” and was crying and complaining of a pain in his side, so the neighbour called 112. Sandra, a friend of the little boy’s parents, said it was “a miracle” he had escaped almost unhurt.

Immigrants in Spain feel more integrated than those in Northern Europe

According to the latest survey of immigrants carriedou by the King Balduino Foundation and the Migration Policy Group, legal immigrants in Spain feel more integrated than those in Northern Europe thanks to the ease with which they can handle bureaucratic matters, like requesting residence permits or family reunification; find work and learn the language. Despite the recession, between 65 and 70% of immigrant surveyed in Spanish cities have jobs, but most say they are over-

qualified for their position, but working conditions make it hard for them to improve their training. The survey was carried out in 15 cities in seven European countries Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy and Portugal - to investigate what kind of problems immigrants face when trying to integrate in their adopted country. Although immigrants in Spain were positive about their experiences in finding work or applying for a resident permit, and said they came across very little

discrimination, they did complain about only being given temporary contracts. They said the language was easy to learn and particularly valued the Spanish classes available through integration programmes. On a Europe-wide basis, the survey showed that the most frequent problems in relation to the labour market were the amount of illegal work on offer in Southern Europe, and discrimination and lack of confidence in qualifications in Northern Europe.

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy was in Paris last week to meet with France’s new President Fraçois Hollande to work out ways of guaranteeing financial stability in the eurozone. He is expected to ask the European Central Bank (ECB) to take measures to ease debt. Just a day after returning to Madrid after taking part in the the NATO summit in Chicago, Rajoy is having lunch with Preisdent Hollande in the Elysée Palace. Mariano Rajoy is the first head of government Hollande has received since taking over from Nicolas Sarkozy on May 15th. Rajoy, who had enjoyed good relations with Nicolas Sarkozy, will have to get along with Hollande, with whom he has already had a brush. At the most recent G8 summit, Hollande suggested that Spanish banks needed to be recapitalised using European

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Gibraltar authorities and Nissan announces electric Spanish fishermen clash again van production from 2013 Nissan Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will launch global production of an all-electric van, the e-NV200, as early as next year in the Spanish city of Barcelona, creating 700 jobs.

T h e Japanese carmaker said it would invest 100 million euros ($126 million) in Spain to start production in its 2013 financial year at its Barcelona plant, which already makes the fuel-powered NV200. “The e-NV200 represents a genuine breakthrough in commercial vehicles and further underlines Nissan’s leadership within the electric vehicle segment,” executive vice president Andy Palmer told reporters at the plant. The new model is Nissan’s second allelectric vehicle after the LEAF passenger car and the manufacturer said it expected to create 700 jobs at the plant and among local suppliers. Barcelona will supply the e-NV200 to the global market, said the Yokohama, Japan-based firm. Nissan said range and performance would be similar to that of the LEAF,

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There was renewed conflict in the waters around Gibraltar last night as boats manned by the Royal Gibraltar Police and the Royal Navy followed fishing boats that had set sail from Algeciras port, to stop them casting their nets near the British colony, provoking a confrontation with the Spanish Guardia Civil who were protecting them. Three boats put out from Algeciras port at around 9pm and headed towards an area south of Gibraltar port, with the intention of casting their nets.

According to the fishermen, as they switched on their lights to light up the seabed before casting their nets, a number of Royal Gibraltar Police boats approached, zooming past them time and again at high speed, creating tension and danger. Several Guardia Civil boats and a helicopter responded immediately

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only to use longline hooks and to not contravene Gibraltarian law until a committee of experts have analysed the type of fishing equipment that can be safely used in the area, as the Spanish fishermen allege that their methods are legal in the EU.

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A third of Spaniards take their mobile everywhere even to the bathroom!! One in three Spaniards say they’d rather miss a flight or lose a gift for a loved one than lose their mobile ‘phone, and admit to taking it everywhere with them, even to the bathroom according to a recent survey by insurance multinational, CPP. The results, published today in a press release from the company, are just a sample of an indepth study on mobile ‘phone addiction and dependence carried out by CPP and due to be published in full in June. Over 1,500 Spaniards from all over the country took part in the survey, which asked people about their mobile habits, the level of security on their mobile ‘phone and what their reaction would be to losing it. A test was devised to ascertain the level of mobile use and a person’s dependence on their own mobile. The results show that more than half of Spaniards use their mobile as a laptop and only 25% turn it off during intimate moments with their partner. 20% of Spaniards leave their mobile on the table during mealtimes, and

over 36% keep it switched on and read messages they receive while they are in the theatre or the cinema. It seems that even at nighttime it’s ever present, with 58% using it as an alarm clock and 5% waking up during the night in order to use it. Although 2% of those surveyed admitted to using applications (sending messages, checking social networks, etc.) whilst driving, 28% said they either turn it off or switch it to silent whilst behind the wheel. Only 1.5% of Spaniards said they would leave their mobile behind when they go on holiday, and half of those surveyed said they carry it at all times in case of an emergency or to be able to contact their family. The analysis of people’s levels of dependence on their mobile showed that a third of those surveyed would sooner lose a day’s holiday than lose their ‘phone and 1% actually said they’d rather their partner was unfaithful to them than lose their mobile.

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Spanish and Chinese businesses have taken another step along the road of business cooperation today with the signing of five new agreements on collaboration and nine sales contracts for Spanish products to the value of some 500 million euros. The signing ceremony was presided over by Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of the Chinese National Popular Assembly, Wu Bangguo, who met to discuss the Spanish economic situation and the eurozone crisis. Sources say that Rajoy expressed his gratitude for China’s support - it is one of the main holders of Spanish debt - and Wu reiterated his confidence in Spain and his desire to see the eurozone economies back in a stable position.

Contracts worth in the region of 500 million euros were signed today, the most valuable of which being the one signed between Telefónica and the Chinese company ZTE, which will become the Spanish firm’s exclusive provider of visual control equipment for the next few years. The sales contracts signed involve a number of different industries, including food, wine, textile, metal

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China National Pharmaceutical Group will import oil from Borges, Migasa and Sovena España; San Valero vineyards have closed a deal to sell Spanish wine in China; the Pascual Group has signed a contract to export 200 tonnes of yoghurt from Spain; Jaime Llorca will be selling seafood to the China Agricultural Development Group. Concept Class will be exporting Spanish wool to the China Hengtian Group and Chinatex will be importing 20,000 tonnes of Spanish cotton via the English company Liverpool Cargill Cotton Limited. The export of copper to China will be handled by Trafigura; whilst Anrucasol has signed contracts to export Spanish marble and other natural stones. According to the government’s press statement, these contracts reinforce bilateral cooperation in the field of commerce and promote business between the two countries, which was worth 22 billion euros last year. Over the past two years, exports from Spain to China have seen a 30% annual growth rate.


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New protests in Spain against labour law reform

Protesters took to the streets of Madrid and several other Spanish cities on Thursday against a government reform of the labour code that makes it cheaper and easier to fire workers. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered near parliament in the Spanish capital as lawmakers inside debated proposed amendments to the reform, which was passed by decree in February. Some were holding signs including “No to junk contracts” and “No to a labour reform that is unfair to workers.” The protests were organised by Spain’s two main unions, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and the Union General de Trabajadores (UGT), which in March staged a general strike in protest at the labour market reform. “This reform will provoke an acceleration in the pace of

the destruction of jobs in Spain,” said CCOO head Ignacio Fernandez Toxo at the Madrid rally. UGT leader Candido Mendez said unions “will not stop denouncing this law and demanding that it be changed in depth.” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government says the labour law reform, which reduces severance pay, is needed to attack Spain’s 24.4 percent jobless rate, the highest level in the industrialised world. But critics say the reforms unfairly favour employers and destroy hard-fought rights. “They are making fun of us. This reform destroys all rights which workers had,” said Luis Lopez Garcia, 37, who works for Madrid city hall.

Spain to close up to 30 state-run airports

According to a report in the Telegraph, some of the airports have no scheduled flights yet are fully staffed and operational in what has come to symbolise the reckless public spending projects that have left Spain crippled with debt. Now the ministry of industry and AENA, the staterun company that controls the nation’s airports, are considering plans to reduce operating hours at three quarters of the airports to include only those when flights are due or with a skeleton staff to operate in an emergency. Among the worst performers are Badajoz airport, near the Portuguese border in western Spain, which saw its last commercial flight take-off in January. In Huesca, a town in northern Spain billed as the “gateway to the Pyrenees”, local authorities have subsidised the rare passengers flying in, just 2,781 of them in the whole of 2011, spending an estimated

€1,600 on each traveller through its terminal last year. The fully staffed terminal in Huesca, including numerous restaurants, are open year-round even though the commercial flights bringing skiers to the region only operate during the winter months. In all, there are 20 airports that handle fewer than 100,000 passengers a year, well below the estimated half a million they need to be profitable. The nation’s two private airports are faring no better. Ciudad Real, which opened in 2008 with the expectation of becoming the capital’s second airport to rival Barajas to the north, was cut from scheduled routes in October last year due to a lack of demand from passengers. To the east of the country in Castellon, the town’s airport inaugurated in March

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Spanish doctor ordered to pay child monthly maintenance after botched abortion

A judge on the island of Majorca ordered the unnamed gynaecologist to pay the mother 150,000 euros (£120,000) in “moral damages” for his negligence and a monthly maintenance of 978 euros (£780) until the child reaches its 26th birthday. The court in Palma heard how the woman had sought to terminate an unwanted pregnancy at a clinic in April 2010 when she was eight weeks pregnant but, unbeknown to her at the time, the procedure failed. She returned to the clinic three months later seeking another abortion because she believed that she had fallen pregnant again. But an ultrasound revealed she was five months pregnant and she was refused a termination because it was over the legal time limit of 14 weeks. She was offered a refund of the £320 she paid for the initial procedure and referred to a clinic in Barcelona, which, it was suggested, might have performed a lateterm abortion, but doctors there also refused. She later gave birth to a healthy son, who is now 18

months old. Judge Jose Perez Martinez, in a written ruling ordered the gynaecologist and the private clinic he worked at to pay compensation to the woman. He also ordered the doctor to foot the bill for the upkeep of the unwanted child until he turns 26. The woman, whose identity has been kept secret, spoke through her lawyer of her happiness at the sentence and how she had no regrets about having the child. “I’m fine now and have accepted things, I haven’t any other choice,” she said. “When the day comes for me to explain to my son what happened I will tell him hoping he understands. “I didn’t want him when I went to have an abortion but that’s not the case now.” Her lawyer Eva Munar, admitting the sentence was a legal first in Spain, added: “It’s a fair sentence for what is medical negligence.” The doctor will launch an appeal to have the sentence overturned. Spain reformed its abortion laws under the previous socialist government of Jose

Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in 2010. Under the new law, women have the right to choose an abortion on demand after up to 14 weeks of pregnancy in public hospitals. Under previous legislation, abortion was illegal across Spain unless in the case of rape, serious deformity or if the woman’s health was at risk. More than 100,000 abortions were carried out annually under the old legislation, the vast majority in private clinics and under the justification that the pregnancy posed a “psychological risk” to the mother. The relaxation of the laws was meant with fierce opposition from conservative elements within Spain and especially the Roman Catholic Church. Spain’s new conservative government of Mariano Rajoy, which came to power in December, has suggested it may overturn the reform – provoking a backlash from women’s groups.

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Bank robbery shootout leaves passer-by dead A woman has died during a shoot-out after police surprised two robbers holding up a bank in San Juan de Aznalfarache (Sevilla). According to local sources, the shoot-out began just before 9am and the woman, thought to be about 50, died out in the street after getting caught in the crossfire. It appears that two men were trying to rob the branch of Banca Cívica in Calle Antonio Machado in the San Juan Bajo district of San Juan de Aznalfarache, one of the towns on the outskirts of Seville, and were caught in the act by a pair of local police officers on patrol. The same sources have confirmed that one of the would-be robbers has been detained, but the other managed to escape the scene. There is a police manhunt out for him. Although the exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death have not been established, it appears that she was hit by a stray bullet whilst waiting at a bus stop opposite, about 15 metres away from the bank.

Spain is to partially close 30 of the nation’s 47 state-run airports in an attempt to reduce the costs of its “white elephants” built throughout the nation during the boom years. 2011 at an estimated cost of €150m (£130m), has yet to have a single plane touch down on its runway. “We are analysing each one, airport by airport, to find where we can make cost-cutting,” said a spokesman from AENA. He went on to warn that it was not a simple job and that three quarters of the airports could face being partially closed.

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HELP Murcia Mar Menor held a bargain hunt/auction on 22nd May at the Novo Carthago at Los Urrutias. There were many bargains to be had, as well as good quality second hand clothes. Bernard and Graham were excellent auctioneers, their remarks about their glamorous assistants sometimes going over the top. It was a hilarious occasion, with some husbands bidding against their wives for the same item.

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On Friday 25th May the Friendship Group met at the Puerto 3 restaurant in Los Alcazares when 60 people, including our ex president four days after a hip replacement, enjoyed lunch and raised €70 for Friendship Group funds towards a free lunch later, which can’t be bad! Their next event is on Friday 29 June when they meet at the Café Golf at 12pm. for 12.30, when there will be a demonstration of anti-aging cream. Let’s hope it can work miracles! Our July Friendship meeting is being held a week earlier than usual on 20th July at the Golf Deluxe minigolf centre on the Torre Pacheco road out from Los Alcazares at 6 p.m. 60 people enjoyed lunch at the Puerto 3 restaurant on 25th May

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Brits spend 14 YEARS of their lives counting calories More of us than ever are turning to dieting in a valiant effort to beat the bulge for the summer. But we are mainly doomed to failure, with the average British person spending 14 years of their life counting calories. That adds up to a gut-busting four or five months out of 12 of attempting to stick to a strict healthy eating regime - and beating ourselves up as we fail. One in four people said images of super-thin celebrities made them want to diet, according to the survey of 2,000 people by Philips. A huge 66 per cent said it was the thought of wearing skimpier clothes in the summer that motivated them to get into shape.If the trend continues, as many as one in ten women will spend 18 years of their lives on a diet in the future, the reported concluded. It is not just women who are obsessing about staying thin, either. One in three men are now spending around two to

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Supermoto comes to the Costa Blanca

Sunday 3rd June will see some of the countries best supermoto racers arrive at the Oliva Kart circuit, near Denia for the second round of the Valencian Supermoto championship. Murcia’s British expat racer Anthony Ford-Dunn will be lining up on the grid alongside his brother Mat for what promises to be a spectacular days racing. Anthony has just come back from a double victory in Portugal that sees him leading the Portuguese Supermoto championship, and he is currently running 3rd in the Spanish, and 2nd in the Catalan championships. So far this year he hasn’t finished a race off the podium! The Oliva Kart circuit is situated at km206, on the N332 between Oliva and Denia. The circuit is easy to find as it runs alongside the N332 with easy parking and a restaurant on site. Directions to the circuit can be found at: www.kartingoliva.es Entrance to the event is free and the first of the two races starts at 11.30 am. As usual the brothers Supermotoland team sponsors, Advance Moves International removals and Stratton Motorsports, will be in the Paddock to welcome anyone attending the event to support Anthony and Mat in what should be a great days racing.

DANCERS’ CHEQUE for HELP MMM The Arches Line Dancers presented a cheque for the remarkable sum of €1551 to Bernard Ash, president of HELP Murcia Mar Menor in the entertainment room of the Arches Cafe/Bar on Wednesday, 23rd May. After the presentation the members gave an exhibition of their Line Dancing before enjoying a very nice buffet, provided by Alison Chaplin. This money was collected over this last year, with each member contributing €3 per session. Ray & Lin Chitty, who run the team, said that it as much a social get-together and exercise for all ages as it is a dancing experience. They have donated to other charities in the past and with HELP MMM paying for the buffet, €80 will be donated by Lin to “Help for Heroes Holidays” This has been an exceptional week for HELP MMM, with income from this, the Car Boot stall and an Auction giving our charity the opportunity to donate money to other good causes in the community.

Samaritans in Spain are delighted to announce the following sponsorship for their Annual Golf Day to be held at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club on Saturday 16th June 2012: From John Williams, of the Rental & Sales Centre, Los Dolses, the first prize of four flat screen TVs, and from Violetta Kolodziejczyk of the Rental & Sales Centre, Villamartin, the second prize of four sets of travel luggage. Other sponsorship is being provided by Gavin and Paula of Albatross Golf Tours, Los Dolses; Ann and Richard of Munchies; Ted and Ann of Chemies Bar; and Cameron and Simon of The Hub. (All located in Villamartin Plaza). The golf day is already looking close to being a sell-out, but there are still a few places left. Please contact: Las Colinas Golf & Country Club or John Stephenson on 679 871 156. The Evening Dinner & Dance, also at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club on 16th June, is attracting a lot of interest in the local community with tickets priced at 45 Euros. This includes a cava reception at 7.30pm followed by a four-course meal with wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee. Music throughout the evening will be provided by Paul Allan. For further information please contact Denise on 966 764 279/699 416 819 denise1sams@hotmail.com ...however, they need additional help and are requesting volunteers to assist them on June 16th during both the day and the evening to carry out certain duties (i.e., selling raffle tickets, delivering spot prizes to the venue, and the myriad of other duties that it takes to make a big event like this a successful one). If you can spare a couple of hours on June 16th or if you can help sell raffle tickets in advance, please contact Denise: denise1sams@ hotmail.com

Samaritans North Branch, leading the way with a New Exciting Project

Enthusiasm and excitement abounds among our Samaritans Volunteers in the north Costa Blanca as they prepare to take on a new project entitled “Samaritans in the Community”. This talented group of Volunteers brainstormed amongst themselves to come up with the idea and how best to deliver this new service to their community. A chance conversation by one Volunteer with an executive of her local council responsible for foreign residents in her home town provided an opportunity to explain what the Samaritan organisation is all about, and how they could work more closely to serve the community. This resulted in the executive offering a number of locations within the town where “one-toone” private emotional support could be delivered to individuals. This development was discussed at their Listeners’ monthly meeting in March and the idea of reintroducing a Drop-in Centre, offering daytime listening services and face-to-face sessions by appointment, were all added into the melting pot and the project was born. As ideas were thrashed out, it soon became known that other charitable groups in the area had been exploring similar possibilities as to how listening services could best work in conjunction with other organisations and local councils. Realising that the team had a very exciting proposal on its hands, it concentrated on what services it could offer, who they would be co-operating with, how it would operate and when it would commence. After much discussion it was decided that starting in May, a weekly Drop-in Centre would open in Calpé on Monday mornings. This will be followed by the La Nucia Drop-in Centre opening in June, and hopefully another in Alcalali later in the year. Each centre will be manned by at least two Listeners each week. They will also have a mobile phone in order to offer a daytime listening service, which will be available on the normal Samaritans in Spain number - 902 88 35 35 - whilst the centres are being manned. This pilot scheme will be monitored for a three-month period and if the project proves to be successful, the Samaritans are keen to replicate the model in other areas of Spain as soon as practicable. The Trustee Board fully supports this initiative, applauds the team’s proactive approach and forward-thinking, and wishes them every possible success.

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READER Buzzard capture plans condemned REPORTER

Your recent edition of SolTimes asked for pictures of Bee-eaters...I have attached one I took recently, together with one of a European Roller... another Summer visitor… took these in the Rambla Nogalte which runs between between Puerto Lumbreras and Velez Rubio… and some Griffon Vultures taken by the Muela in Los Velez Natural Park Damian Kampesan

Conservationists have condemned a plan that would allow buzzard nests to be destroyed and enable the birds to be captured to protect pheasant shoots. The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is to research ways of keeping buzzards from targeting the game birds. Defra says it wants to maintain a balance between captive and wild birds that allows both species to thrive. The study is to last three years and could cost up to £375,000. The RSPB said the idea of taking wild buzzards into captivity or destroying their nests was “totally unacceptable”. The bird protection society criticised Defra for spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on the project when money was tight for conservation measures. The RSPB’s conservation director, Martin Harper, said: “We are shocked by Defra’s plans to destroy buzzard nests and to take buzzards into captivity to protect a non-native game bird released in its millions. “Destroying nests is completely unjustified and catching and removing buzzards is unlikely to reduce predation levels, as another buzzard will quickly take its place. “Both techniques would be illegal under current wildlife laws.” A Defra spokeswoman said: “The buzzard population in this country has been protected for over 30 years, and as the RSPB says, has resulted in a fantastic conservation story. “At the same time we have cases of buzzards preying on young pheasants. We are looking at funding research to find ways of protecting these young birds while making sure the buzzard population continues to thrive.” In a document setting out plans for the research project, Defra said the 2011 National Gamekeepers Organisation survey found that three-quarters of gamekeepers (76%) believed buzzards had a harmful effect on pheasant shoots. Buzzards are thought to target pheasant release pens if they find there is a readily available source of food, and the government’s conservation agency Natural England has received a number of requests to license the killing of the birds of prey,

which are a protected species. In one case it was claimed that 25% to 30% of young pheasants were lost to buzzards, making the shoot unsustainable. Buzzards have seen numbers increase by 146% between 1995 and 2009, although the increase appears to have levelled off between 2009 and 2010, according to the British Breeding Bird Survey. But the RSPB said buzzards were eradicated from swathes of Britain by persecution and were only now recovering, as a result of legal protection and changing attitudes by many lowland land managers towards birds of prey. The government’s document said the impact of buzzards on pheasant shoots had not been investigated in detail, and the extent of the issue was unclear. But it said there were a number of sites where buzzards could be contributing to losses, and that there was an urgent need for management measures to reduce the impact on pheasant shoots. The Countryside Alliance welcomed the government’s study, saying it showed the issue of predation by buzzards was being taken seriously. But David Taylor, shooting campaign manager for the group, added: “It is a shame the government have had to commission this expensive exercise simply to appease a group of people who believe that raptors have a greater significance than any other bird. “Such a mentality is dangerous for conservation and scarcely justifies the large cost to the taxpayer.” Tim Russell, director of conservation at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Basc), said: “In recent years there has been growing concern amongst some gamekeepers that buzzards are causing serious damage around pheasant release pens. Basc believes that good scientific research is essential when making decisions about wildlife management and so we welcome this research.” Nigel Middleton, of the Hawk and Owl Conservation Trust, said destroying the nests of buzzards was tantamount to persecution. “We believe that alternatives should always be sought to lethal control where the commercial interests of humans come into conflict with birds of prey,” he explained.


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Government Has No Plans To Increase VAT In Tourism Sector

At a luncheon organized by KPMG and Europa Press, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, said that “there is no provision” on the table of the Government for a VAT increase for the tourism sector next year. Soria explained that if a tax increase were to be carried out, they would have to consider the impact it would have on all sectors of the Spanish economy, including tourism. He insisted, however, that at this time this measure has not been raised. Continuing on the subject of taxes, Soria acknowledged that, although there was a Government commitment to reduce taxes in the tourism sector, the current situation does not permit this measure to be carried out. In relation to some of the problems facing Spain, the Minister of Industry indicated that the rise in the risk premium, and even the evolution of the stock markets, are more affected by what is happening with Greece than by the adjustments undertaken by the Spanish

Government. In addition, Soria said that while the evolution of the stock markets and the prime risk are “relevant” indicators, they should be of concern in “relative” and not “absolute” terms, and he is convinced that the situation will improve as soon as the ongoing reforms begin to take effect. With regard to the European environment, Diario Sur reported that Soria warned that the departure of Greece from the euro would be, in his opinion, “extremely damaging”. The Industry Minister said that the Government of Spain has made a “commitment to the euro”, which involves “significant” budgetary discipline, macroeconomic stability and structural reforms, and which can place Spain as a “paradigm”. In addition, the Minister has asked the ECB to play a more active role as the monetary authority, in order to resolve the crisis. Soria, while stating that the Spanish Government has taken charge of the situation, stressed

that the Government knows the “recipes” which need to be applied though, he pointed out, they would have no immediate effect. “The only way back to the path of growth, prosperity and employment is that of fiscal consolidation and reforms,” Soria added, and described the challenges facing Spain as “colossal”. “The dimension of our challenges as a country and as a nation is only comparable to the political and economic transformation that Spain lived through in the transition,” he said. Soria clarified that the initial situation was not “as expected”. Thus, compared to the former government’s projected deficit of 6%, the final figure was 8.9% in 2011. “Having met the budget deficit target, with the adjustment approved in December by 15,000 million, it would have been enough to meet the target of 4.4% originally planned for 2012,” he added.

LEGAL CORNER WITH MICHAEL DAVIES, ABOGADO/SOLICITOR

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EXTENSIONS AND/OR SWIMMING POOL IS NOT ON OUR TITLE DEED AND WE ARE TOLD WE CAN NO SELL. WHAT CAN WE DO? Q: We Are Going To Sell Our Property And The Estate Agent Has Told Us That Our Deed Only Contemplates Two Bedrooms,120 M2 And No Swimming Pool , When In Fact Our Property Has Three Bedrooms, 150 M2 And A Very Large Pool. He Has Told Us That He Cannot Market The Property Until This Is Sorted Out. Can This Be Done? A. The normal solution to this, is to gather the documentation to the extension and pool (i.e., building licence, and certificate of end of work from the arquitect with description), and to go to a solicitor, who will prepare a new description to the property and organize for the signing of a new title deed (escritura), the payment of a document tax, and then present the new deed to the property register for registration. When all is finalized (a couple of months) a search certificate should be requested to make sure the registrar has taken note of the new description. What happens when the extension was built many years ago (no less than four in any case), and paperwork cannot be found or never existed?

In this case their is a procedure called “Obra Nueva por Antigüedad” - a rough translation would be declaration of build by antiquity - which will permit you to create a new deed to the property with a correct description. This procedure involves a solicitor, an arquitect, the town hall, the tax office and the property register. This procedure is not possible if the town hall or other urbanistic institutions have questioned the legality of the work within the last four years. It is also not possible when the extension or pool ha been built in one of the areas contemplated in article 185 of the LOUA (essentially beach front and other protected area like for example natural or national Parks). This procedure is not always possible, and the exact requirements and exceptions vary slightly depending on the approximate year that the building took place. The above procedures are not possible when you are part of a División Horizontal (part of a complex), as it would require the previous agreement of all the owners with changes to the original title from which all the deeds derive with changes to the percentages of participation etc. (in other words all but impossible in practical terms). 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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The Brothers of the Patience Lodge No.2177 Grand Council ...would like to thank Charlie Dimmock for helping to promote the R.A.O.B. here in Spain, when she stopped by to have a cup of tea and a chat with us. Whilst she was at the Homes and Gardens Show San Miguel

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AECC was presented with €820 by the owners of Bar Kenz in San Luis as a a result of their recent comedy fun night, which included Karaoke with DJ Leezy and Dodgy Diva Carolyn performing live. Bar Kenz owners Ken and his wife are shown presenting the money to Maria Wilson of AECC and longtime AECC supporter Debbie Weedon. Ken said afterwards that he thanked all his customers for their fantastic efforts in raising the money and hoped that they enjoyed the evening as well.

On Thursday 31 May,Friday 1st June at 7.30pm and on Saturday 2nd June at 2.30pm. In the Escuela de Musica in Los Montesinos. The Rojales Pantomime Group are presenting their first ever Summer Production which will be The Wizard of Oz.As you may be aware,the Group were thrilled to recieve Sponsorship from Local Spanish buisnesses and rehearsals are going like a Tornado.The Group encouraged by the town hall in Los Montesinos also got the Carmen Lorente Dance school involved and so we’d like to introduce you to these delightful Munchkins of LOZ MontesinOZ along with their proffesora of Dance, Carmen Lorente. The Wizard of Oz has been written in a pantomime style by Barry Cox who also directed the production and will also feature explanations in Spanish to help our Spanish friends follow the action .Along with colourful costumes by Christine Smith and Tina Sinclair and a host of foot tapping songs,this promises to be a real summer spectacular, and you are actively encouraged to participate in true pantomime style and help show our international friends what british panto is all about. We hope to raise as much money for the childrens band in Los Montesinos and to CARITAS as we can. So put on those Ruby slippers and follow the yellow brick road to LOZ MontesinOZ. Will you be off to see the Wizard? Tickets are priced at 7 euros adults and 5 euros children if bought in advance. If any tickets are left they can be purchased on the door but an Adult ticket will cost 8 euros. Children at 5 euros Tickets can be purchased at Bargain Books Torrevieja and San Miguel.The Hire Centre San Luis, Acadamia de baile de Carmen Lorente Los Montesinos (after 4pm weekdays) BJ’s Los Montesinos, Quesada Fish and Chips. Halfway House Quesada. La Marina Fancy Dress,Cards4U La Marina. The Rojales pantomime groups next production will be the ever popular Dick Whittington and the group would love to attract new members,If you would like to recieve more details then they would love to hear from you. For more info please contact Chris at shimserv@googlemail.com or Barry atbazbov@yahoo.co.uk - the Photo shows Carmen Lorente with the LOZ MontesinOZ Munchkins.

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Investments and Exports Suppress Spanish Economy

According to the Quarterly National Accounts data published on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute, the contraction of 2.6% in investments and the 0.9% drop in exports, coupled with stagnant consumption and public spending cuts, caused the economic decline between January and March, and puts Spain officially in recession after registering in the first quarter of the year, a quarterly drop in GDP of 0.3%, equal to that experienced in the latter part of 2011.

Number of Mortgages Down 42% Year-on-Year According to figures released yesterday by the National Statistics Institute, the number of mortgages granted on homes in March this year totalled 24,918, marking one of the lowest figures in the series, with a drop of 42% over the same month of 2011.

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According to the Institute’s data, during the third month of the year 42,117 mortgages were granted on rural and urban properties (the latter includes houses), representing a 38.9% decrease compared to March 2011.

Including the year-on-year decline in March, mortgaged homes recorded 23 consecutive months of decreases. The March decline was more moderate than that of February, when mortgaged homes fell by more than 47%.

The mortgage capital loaned fell by 41.5% to 4,743.8 million euros, while the average amount of these mortgages amounted to 112,635 euros, 4.3% less than in March 2011, reported Cinco Dias.

The average value of mortgages granted on homes in March amounted to 103,782 euros, which is 7.8% less than the same month of 2011, while the capital loaned reduced by 46.5%, to 2,586 million euros.

Banks were the institutions that granted the greatest number of mortgages in March, collectively accounting for 70.2% of the total, followed by the savings banks (14.1%) and other financial institutions (15.7%). As for the borrowed capital, the banks provided 73% of the total, the savings banks, 12.4% and other institutions, 14.6%.

Comparing March to February, mortgages on residential property fell by 5.7%, against a 9.4% drop experienced in February, in

The contraction of the first quarter, driven by the stagnation of consumption and the decline in investments, has produced what is called a technical recession, for which at least two consecutive quarters of negative growth are required. This is the second time during the crisis that Spain has entered recession. It first entered recession in the fourth quarter of 2008, after accumulating two quarters of decline, and did not leave it until the first quarter of 2010, when the quarterly GDP advanced 0.2%. Two years later, the Spanish economy is back in recession. In annual terms, the Spanish economy contracted by 0.4% in the first quarter after seven consecutive quarters in the positive. The National Statistics Institute explained that the annual decline in GDP between January and March was due to a more negative contribution in domestic demand, which was partially offset by a positive contribution of external demand. According to the Institute, the contribution to aggregate growth in domestic demand was three-tenths more negative in the first quarter of this year than in the fourth quarter of 2011, standing at -3.2 points,

while external demand (the difference between imports and exports) reduced its contribution to quarterly GDP from 3.2 to 2.8 points. The statistics agency said that the eurozone economies recorded zero quarterly growth during the first quarter. Germany and Austria rose 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively, the French economy stagnated and the other major European economies experienced declines in their GDP, with contained declines in the case of the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain, and more intense in the case of Italy (-0.8%). The use of the economy, measured in terms equivalent to full time jobs, fell at a rate of 3.8%, a rate half a point higher than the fourth quarter, representing a net reduction of almost 655,000 jobs in one year. The year-on-year decline in the Spanish economy during the first quarter has also caused the greatest slowdown in consumer spending of public administrations and the decline, more pronounced than in the previous quarter, in investment. In particular, Cinco Dias reported that household consumption contracted by 0.6% in the first quarter, year-on-year, compared to -1.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, while consumption of institutions stagnated, in contrast to -0.8% the previous quarter. Public consumption fell by 5.2% against the 3.6% decline experienced in the fourth quarter of last year. Investments also accelerated their decline from 6.2% the previous quarter to 8.2% at present. The construction sector (-10.2%) and capital goods (-5.9%) are the areas most affected.

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FRIDAY 1st JUNE 2012 7.45pm at MARIANOS RESTAURANT, CAMPOSOL ~ Supper of Sausage & Mash Dancing to the Music of JOHN SLOMAN Tickets 10€ (or on the door 5€, but no food!) June ! Almost half the year gone and soon to be the longest day – the weather does seem to have improved to the sunshine most of us came for and Sister Bobbie has been the first in the pool ! It will be July before I venture a toe in. Talking water, and for those of you who follow the newsletter, we have now separated the turtles from the main pond and fish well almost - the separation area is built and 3 of the 4 turtles are in it and seem to be at home but we can not catch the 4th one – it is just to shy and quick for us ! Anyone have a turtle trap ? ! At least the lilies seem to be making an effort with out the captured 3 eating them – if only we could catch the 4th... TV NEWS. There is still so much talk but about – but no concrete news of - what will happen to our UK TV down here when the Astra “F” satellite is in operation later this or early next year – I suspect that larger dishes will be required – bigger than many of you have – but until it happens I don’t think anyone will be able to answer that question for sure. In the meantime enjoy “FREESAT” on a 1.00m dish – it’s cheap and has no monthly subscription charges. Time for those of you on a rebroadcsater system to think about changing – get rid of the monthly charges and get crystal clear digital pictures 24/7.... Contact us for full details. Those of you on standard FREESAT (SKY or BBC/ITV FREESAT) with old nonrecording boxes then now is the time to This article is sponsored by RAINBOW SATELLITES – the company for ALL you TV needs in the Murcia region of southern Spain. Contact Alan or Matt for free friendly advise on any issue relating to TV watching – email rainbowsats@gmail.com or phone (0034) 686 358 475. The web site – soon to be updated – at www.rainbowsats.org gives some good basic information on watching TV in Spain.

think about changing to a box that lets you watch what you want when you want to – NOT when the broadcasters put it out. HUMAX FOXSAT PVR boxes were our preferred favourite digibox but they were also the most expensive. We have completed testing the new upgraded ECHOSTAR and really like it – all the features of HUMAX with the addition of a “SLINGBOX” feature – connect the box to your internet router and access it from ANY internet point in the world – watch UK TV wherever you go including the recordings you have made. For example if you are holidaying in Singapore with your laptop you can access the ECHOSTAR located in your villa here and watch UK TV along with setting / watching recordings. You don’t have to use this feature but it is there for any travels – and the box is cheaper than the HUMAX - we are stocking both. Lots of word in the industry about the EPG’s being vastly improved soon. THE EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) – the screens that show you what’s going to be on the box for the next 7 days – are at present fairly basic. Improvements will be made to the search menu so that you will be able to find when a programme is on much easier – also by some form of highlighting a programme you will be able to watch a short clip of it. Digital TV is in its infancy - so many new things will come along...watch this space for early information.

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It promises to be the bigges t pa days of pomp, pageantr y an rt y the capital has ever witnessed. Four of people taking to the stre d fest ivities that are likely to see mill ions ets to join in with the spec tacular D Jubilee celebrat ions taking place throughout the weeke iamond nd.

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As well as the more traditional events, such as a Service of Thanksgiving and formal receptions, there will be incredible spectacles such as the 1,000-strong flotilla along the Thames and the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. There will be more informal affairs, too, like the Big Jubilee Lunch with 10,000 street parties planned across Britain – double the amount held to mark last year’s wedding of Kate and William!

A magnificent flotilla of boats along the River Thames will provide one of the most spectacular Diamond Jubilee sights. The Queen will be joined by members of her family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as she and the Duke of Edinburgh travel on the Royal Barge. Other senior royals will board different vessels for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which will consist of up to 1,000 boats, many of them historical in nature to reflect Britain’s unique maritime heritage. At seven miles in length, the flotilla will pass by London’s key landmarks and take an estimated 75 minutes to complete the route.

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On Monday 4th June, a special concert organised by the BBC and singer Gary Barlow will be held at Buckingham Palace. It will be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family in the surroundings of the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace. Guests, who were granted tickets by ballot, will also be invited to attend a Jubilee picnic in the Buckingham Palace Gardens. The concert will begin at 19:30BST. Headline acts include classic hits and one-off collaborations from artists including Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Jools Holland, Jessie J, JLS, Elton John, Tom Jones, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard and Ed Sheeran. When the concert ends at 22:00BST, more than 4,000 beacons will be lit in the UK and around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. Beacon lighting takes place between 22:00 and 22:30BST in the UK and 22:00 in other countries. The Queen lights the UK’s last beacon - the National Beacon - at about 22:30BST. Then there will be a firework display at Buckingham Palace. Religious buildings are also being encouraged to light a church tower beacon to mark the occasion. Many communities are organising special events around their beacon lighting, with fireworks and music. The final day of the Diamond Jubilee weekend - Tuesday 5th June - will be marked by a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. There will be a special prayer for the Diamond Jubilee. This will be followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall and a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, with a balcony appearance and a fly-past.

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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 threeyear 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 lowestever level at just 0.028 percent. Investors were spooked by a ratings downgrade of 16 Spanish banks by Moody’s Investors Service, although the

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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 the euro zone would look more secure and the threat of contagion engulfing countries such as Spain would diminish. “European markets are still in a very fatalistic mood because of Greece and possible contagion,” said Lex van Dam, hedge fund manager at Hampstead Capital, which manages $500 million of assets. “My view is that it is very likely that the ECB will step in before the situation spirals out of control, which will support the markets.” The safe-haven dollar rose against a basket of major currencies to hit a four-month high of 81.758 .DXY, while the euro marked a four-month low around $1.2649. Greece has captured the headlines in recent days but the much larger Spanish economy poses an equal threat. Spain’s banks, saddled with bad loans after a property

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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing The History History Of Of The The Quickstep Quickstep The

There are several dances thought to have been the influence into the development of the Quickstep. During the 1920s, as Ragtime music evolved into Swing, new dances such as the Charleston, the Shimmy, and the Black Bottom became popular. The Charleston was said to have originated in the Cape Verde Islands. It evolved into a vigorous round dance done by Negro dock workers in the Port of Charleston. It was first performed on stage in New York in 1922 in a black revue by George White and became popular in white society in 1923 after appearing in the stage show ‘Running Wild’ by the Ziegfeld Follies, which toured the USA. It became popular in Europe in the 1920s by Josephine Baker in Paris. It was danced with wild swinging arms and side kicks to music at 200 to 240 beats per minute. It then became very popular worldwide, but the wild character of the dance meant that many ballrooms either banned it altogether, or put up notices stating

simply ‘PCQ’, standing for “Please Charleston Quietly The Black Bottom presumably originated in the suburbs of Detroit of that name, although it has also been said to have come from New York or New Orleans. The dance became popular after its inclusion in the stage show of 1926 George White’s “Scandals”. It was done to music at 140 to 160 beats per minute, and involved swaying the torso, bending the knees and short kicks. The Shimmy was probably derived from a Nigerian dance, the Shika, taken to America by the black slaves. It was mentioned in the song of 1909 ‘The Bullfrog Hop’ by Perry Bradford. It became very popular in the USA between 1910 and 1920, and became a national craze in 1922 after Gilda Gray introduced it in the Zeigfeld Follies. She claimed the name comes from “chemise”, having been asked by a reporter what she shook when dancing it. However in 1919, Mae West claims to have done it earlier, in the

show ‘Sometime’, although she was arrested for it only in 1926 in her stage show “Sex”. Mae West’s Shimmy was described by the singer Ethel Waters saying “she put her hands on her hips and worked her body fast without moving the feet”. Today, the word means to shake the shoulders or hips rapidly, rotating them alternately left and right forward and back about a

vertical axis. All of these dances became absorbed into a faster version of Foxtrot after a visit in 1923 by Paul Whiteman’s band to the UK. During the 1920s many bands were playing the Slow Foxtrot too fast and eventually they developed into two quite separate dances the Slow Foxtrot and the QuickTime Foxtrot. The Quickstep as we know

it is English in origin and it is through the change in tempo played by the bands, and the Charleston influence of the 1920’s that was responsible for the evolution of the Quickstep. The English developed the Quickstep from the original Charleston as a progressive dance without kicks and mixed in the fast Foxtrot. They called this dance “the QuickTime Foxtrot and Charleston”. The Charleston was originally a dance for individuals but in 1927 at the ‘Star Championships’ an English couple Frank Ford and Molly Spain performed a version of the QuickTime Foxtrot and Charleston without the Charleston knee action and turned it into a dance for couples instead of individuals. The Charleston step and the Scatter Chasses were introduced into the Quickstep by Wally Fryer and Vi Barnes in London in the 1940’s. It is not known for sure, but it is thought that the Quickstep became so popular in Britain as a way to keep warm indoors during the cold Winter weather. It is a proven fact that the energy exerted performing a 60 second Quickstep is equivalent to

By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ MUKA (class details 635 584 431) running a mile in record time. (Which would you prefer!!) The Quickstep gradually evolved into a very dynamic one with a lot of movement around the dance floor, with many advanced patterns including hops, runs, quick steps with a lot of momentum, and rotation. The tempo of Quickstep dance is rather brisk as it was developed to ragtime era jazz music which is fast-paced when compared to other dance music. By the end of the 20th century the complexity of Quickstep as done by advanced dancers had increased, due to the extensive use of syncopated steps some being as quick as an eighth of a beat duration. While in older times quickstep patterns were counted with “quick” (one beat) and “slow” (two beats) steps, many advanced patterns today are cued with split beats, such as “quick-andquick-and-quick, quick, slow”, with there being further steps on the ‘and’s. Next week we will look at the characteristics of the Quickstep and what makes a good Quickstep.

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Should you ever be in Cádiz and be inclined to visit the Holy and Apostolic Cathedral I have some experiences that I feel I should share with you – forewarned is fore armed, they say. The Cathedral is easy to find; indeed it would be hard to hide such a thumping great building in such a flat city. Having found it the exterior, in my opinion, is very impressive, and the square in which it stands is lovely. Feeling inclined to see if the interior was as pleasing as the exterior, I poddled through the door, undaunted by the proclamation announcing that pensionistas would have to pay 3€ to proceed further, but that the rest of the world would have to stump up 5€. Confident in the knowledge that I had a magic card proving that I was of the reduced entry fee age I approached the desk behind which a bearded gentleman of clerical appearance was piously reading a book, probably about the life of a Saint, or something equally improving. As I approached he glanced up from his studies, and with certainty but without pause said ‘Tres euroes.’ if I josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk Even

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did look my age I felt he could have been a little more tactful, but I decided that rebuking a man of God, especially in God’s own house, was certain to end in hell fire and brimstones. I circumnavigated the interior, suitably impressed, then noticed the Crypt. Aha! I thought, as I descended into its dimly lit interior, ready to meet its silent inhabitants. I stepped into its circular stone atrium, which is topped by a huge stone dome. As I walked forward to admire its beautiful symmetry hundreds of small hands softly and reverentially applauded my every step from all around the atrium.

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footsteps echoing from the round dome! But for a second there, it had me going! Emerging once more into the sunlight I headed for the port, passing the Casa Consistorial (Town Hall) on my way. It’s not a shy building – above its front door is the message that it is the Casa Consistorial of the Very Noble, Very Faithful and Most Heroic City of Cádiz. Funny, I don’t remember ever seeing such an inspiring inscription above Axminster Town Hall!

I paused. Were the long-dead Archbishops and nobles buried here pleased to see me? Would they emerge from the walls to take me with them to a better place? Or was I about to vanish without trace from this earth, to reside forever with the blesséd dead behind the stone walls? No, it was my sandaled

Life’s a lottery for Forgotten Causes....

With the exception of those people who have the emotions of mosquitoes and are as hard hearted as Cinderella’s step mother, it would be impossible not to be moved by the National Lottery advertisement on television, currently being shown. It features a Second World War veteran who, with the aid of lottery money, was able to return to the Far East where he spent time as a prisoner of war under the harsh regime of his Japanese captors.

The old soldier’s name is Jack Jennings. The ad features harrowing flashbacks of his experiences there and the camera close ups show Jack visibly affected as he visits the war graves of his dead comrades in Thailand. It’s a brilliant piece of filming designed to underline the good causes to which lottery

money has been put and of course to sell yet more lottery tickets to you and me.

I have listened to Jack on YouTube and it is heart warming to hear that his haunted dreams of the last sixty seven years have been finally laid to rest, having now re-visited the country where he experienced so much brutality and suffering. Jack is one of many who have been helped under the Heroes Return scheme and if ever there was ever a good example of a worthy target for lottery grants, then this is it. But what constitutes a good cause? Well if you are a cross dresser from Accrington who feels that there are no facilities in the area where others of a like mind can meet and swop fashion tips, then for you this is a good cause. Likewise for basket weavers in Uganda and devil worshippers in Henley-on-Thames. Each could make a case for receiving a slice of the action because to them, what they do is a worthy enterprise. Extreme examples perhaps, but some of the recipients of lottery cash down the years have been questionable to say the least.

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There are without doubt thousands of deserving organisations, individuals and laudable projects, but even with the vast resources of the lottery fund it can only be a selection that will actually receive backing. Therefore it has to be a simple case of priorities and this is where I have the biggest problem.

Grants are divided into four main categories – The Arts, Sport, Heritage and what is known as: the Big Lottery Fund, so named because it receives around 50% of the total allocation and covers health, charities, education and the environment. Over 15million has been pumped into exploring faiths and religion for example. But what the hell does that mean. Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons operate a door to door service completely free of charge and usually when I am in the middle of lunch. But if I want to explore these subjects more deeply, I am well equipped to do so under my own steam and surely faith by definition means that this is a highly personal matter and has come about in a natural and organic way. And the worryingly termed

‘exploration of religions’ is usually carried out at

the exclusion of our own Christian heritage. If the powers that be are so keen to promote this philosophy, then let’s bring back Christianmorning assembly in the schools where it has been banned in case it offends members of other faiths and castigate those politically correct morons who have bent over backwards to denigrate Christmas and Easter. The point is if I choose to ‘explore’ the religion of those Satanists in Henley, I can do so without the aid of lottery money. Nearly 16million has been earmarked to re-generate town centres up and down the country, but what’s the point. Town centres have been dying, largely due to the granting of licences and planning applications to the likes of Tesco and Primark to build humungous supermarkets

and shopping malls on out of town sites. Reverse this trend and we will be on the way to solving the problem – no lottery grants needed. Then there is the 1.4billion to museums and galleries. Don’t even get me started on this one. With some of the garbage that is passed off to the public as art and the millions that the perpetrators of such works as dirty laundry, dead cows and, now we hear, empty rooms rake in, it’s as obscenity that any amount of money can be spent in such a

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surrounding diagram (10) 7 Tangy pie cooked from an African country (8) 8 Large numbers shudder all over the place, taking in new leader (8) 13 Enough ribs to change those living nearby (10) 15 Switch former partner’s money? (8) 16 Snaring and bugging without redhead (8) 17 Dens duly collapsed without warning (8) 21 Holds on tight to China’s first adapted sling (6) 22 The East part of Bangor I enthralled (6) 23 Half of soap covers shapes (6) 26 Smooth element (4)

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Rosemary Hume’s coronation chicken The original coronation chicken

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recipe, conceived by Rosemary Hume for Elizabeth II’s Coronation lunch in 1953. The famous coronation chicken served at the Queen’s coronation lunch is usually attributed to Constance Spry. Popular lore has it that Spry based the recipe on its similarly rich and spicy royal relation, jubilee chicken, prepared for the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935, which mixed the chicken in mayonnaise and curry. However, it was Rosemary Hume who was actually behind coronation chicken, the recipe for which went on to appear in the first edition, in 1956, of The Constance Spry Cookery Book and is indeed still to be found in the modern edition. Serves 6-8 “One would not venture to serve, to a large number of guests of varying and unknown tastes, a curry dish in the generally accepted sense of this term,” wrote Spry. “I doubt whether many of the 300-odd guests at the coronation luncheon detected this ingredient [curry powder] in a chicken dish which was distinguished mainly by a delicate and nutlike flavour in the sauce.”

RECIPE - INGREDIENTS & METHOD Poach two young roasting chickens with carrot, bouquet garni, salt and peppercorns in water and a little wine, as well as enough barely to cover, for about 40 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool in the liquid. Joint the birds, removing the bones with care. Cream of curry sauce: Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 50g/2oz onion, finely chopped 1 dessert spoon curry powder 1 good tsp tomato purée

1 wineglass red wine ¾ wineglass water A bay leaf Salt, sugar, a touch of pepper A slice or two of lemon and a squeeze of lemon juice 1-2 tbsp apricot purée 450ml/¾ pint mayonnaise 2-3 tbsp lightly whipped cream • Heat the oil, add onion, cook gently for 3-4 minutes, add curry powder. Cook again for 1-2 minutes. • Add purée, wine, water and bay leaf. Bring to boil, add salt, sugar to taste, pepper, and the lemon and lemon juice. Simmer with the pan uncovered for 510 minutes. •Strain and cool. Add by degrees to the mayonnaise with the apricot purée to taste. • Adjust seasoning, adding a little more lemon juice if necessary. Finish with the whipped cream. Take a small amount of sauce (enough to coat the chicken) and mix with a little extra cream and seasoning. • Mix the chicken and the sauce together, arrange on a dish, coat with the extra sauce. Rice salad The rice salad which accompanied the chicken was of rice, peas, diced raw cucumber and finely chopped mixed herbs, all mixed in a well-seasoned French dressing. For convenience in serving at the Coronation, the chicken was arranged at one end of an oblong dish and a rice salad at the other.

As WE prepare for the barbeque season, homeowners have been warned to watch out for a new breed of social menace...

the drunk barbecue chef!

A quarter of people admit to being drunk whenever they take charge of the family barbecue, according to new research. Men may like to think of themselves as experts of the outdoor grill but they are responsible for eight out of 10 accidents, causing an average of £383 of damage. Flammable garden features such as gazebos, wooden furniture, sheds and trees, safety experts are commonly accidentally set alight. Women have fewer accidents, but when they do have one they cause more damage with a typical bill of £525. Careless behaviour by tipsy grillers has caused fires in almost one garden in every 30 in Britain, according to the findings from insurance company More Than. With the Jubilee, the European Football Championships and the Olympics this summer, experts are warning that barbecue-related accidents will increase. Based on analysis of past figures, More Than estimates that there could be 900,000 garden fires before the end of August. Retailers are preparing for this weekend to be the first “barbecue weekend” of the summer. However excitement brought on by a combination of warm sunshine and cold beer can lead to Britons failing to take basic precautions when it comes to barbecuing. Janet Connor, More Than’s managing director, said: “For many, firing up the barbecue is a symbol that summer has finally arrived, and with the UK’s sketchy weather it’s no surprise that we want to

make the most of these outdoor occasions by enjoying a few drinks. “However, as this research shows, it doesn’t take much for a pleasant barbecue to turn into a smoky disaster.” Barbecue-related injuries have also risen in recent years. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), almost 2,000 people are rushed to A&E units each year having had an accident involving a barbecue. The most common types of injuries are burns or scalding relating to the flame. Hundreds of people also go to hospital each year with injuries inflicted by the sharp edges of knives and other barbecue implements. Sheila Merrill, public health advisor at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), urged people to take “a few simple precautions” to protect themselves from barbecue injuries this summer. “With the arrival of warm and sunny weather and the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations, we’re expecting barbecues to be the order of the day for many people. “By taking a few simple precautions people can ensure that they have fun, eat well and stay out of A&E,” said Ms Merrill. RoSPA’s tips for barbecue safety include ensuring that the device is stable, never using it in an enclosed space and never pour petrol or mentholated spirits on it.

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Jubilee sandwich cake

Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190°C (170°C in a fan oven). In bowl of a food mixer add sugar, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder and milk, and using beaters, beat to a smooth and creamy batter, about 5-6 mins. Using a spatula, divide mixture evenly between tins and smooth tops. Put in oven to bake for about 25-45 mins or until golden on top and bouncy to touch – or insert a skewer and if it comes out clean it is ready (if not, give it a couple more mins). Remove from oven and leave to cool for 10 mins, then release from tins and sit on a cooling rack to cool completely. When ready to serve, whisk cream together

INGREDIENTS 225g/8oz caster sugar 225g/8oz softened butter

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Preheat oven to gas mark 5/190°C (170°C in a fan oven). Add butter and sugar to bowl of a food mixer and using beaters, beat until pale and creamy, about 5 mins. Add vanilla extract and one egg along with 1tbsp fl our (to stop it curdling) and beat until combined. Add other egg and a little fl our and beat again. Fold in remaining flour and baking powder until all combined, then gently stir in yoghurt. It should be dropping consistency. Spoon equal amounts into paper cases. If you wish to make smaller cakes, use another tray and more cases. Put in oven to bake for about 20-25 mins until cakes are golden and springy to touch. Remove and leave for 5 mins, then remove from tin and sit on a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before icing. For white topping, add icing sugar to a bowl and drizzle in a little warm water and beat until smooth and fairly stiff, adding more water as needed (don’t make it too runny or you won’t

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

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.

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PALS EVENTS 2012 Summer Jubilee Ball –3rd June Superb menu, wine and beer included. Dance the night away at the Costa Costa Hotel. With The John Lindo Trio Still only 27.50 Euros per head. Coaches available for an extra 7 euros. This promises to be a very pleasurable evening

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

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2nd June - The first big music event on Condado del Alhama get ready for non stop music! From 4pm till 2am the next day a full afternoon and evening of non stop live music with several bands and artist’s at The Clover in the Al Kazar on Condado (Polaris) …country , rock you name it we have it . There will be side shows and fun games for all, including duck racing , try your hand at water golf, fun for all the family - A day not to be missed!

BBQ on the Beach friday 29th June bring the kids. An evening event from 6 till 9 food and drink included 13 Euros Sponsored Bike Ride – 22nd - 30th September TJ’s bar are organising a bike ride from Camposol to Madrid and back. All proceeds to PALS. Forms in TJ’s or from PALS Cruise – 20th to 27th October 7 nights, 8 days FULLY INCLUSIVE from Camposol to Valencia, then Malta, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Palma de Mallorca. Pullman tours from 600 euros per person sharing. Tickets going fast. Please ensure you GET YOUR tickets early... For more info: www.pals.sm4.biz or call 626 460 465

Mazarron Festival de Baile 2012 – Call for Volunteers

The first Mazarron Festival de Baile Volunteers Meeting will take place at the Business Centre, Camposol A on Friday June 1st from 3-5.00pm. It’s a drop in meeting which will give information on the MFDB event and the support that is needed. The festival is now in its 3rd year. There will be 150 dancers with family and friends from 7 different dance schools travelling to the event. The event will take place at Mariano’s, Camposol A on the 23rd June and at the Playa Grande Hotel, Mazarron on the 24th & 25th June.

From 10.00am to approx 10.00pm each day the programme will consist of Dance Workshops for participants, Competitions and Awards Presentations. Dancers of all ages and abilities will present many different styles of dance to celebrate the hard work that they and their teachers dedicate throughout the year. Do you think you could offer 4 hours or more on one or more of the days? Would you like to be part of the development of arts in the region? Can you support the delivery of quality leisure activities for the community of Murcia and its’ visitors? Volunteer roles are needed in the following areas:Supporting visiting dance schools / judge & compare liaison / checking marks and completing forms / front of house. If you would like to find out more then please do come and visit us on Friday 1st June at the Business Centre Camposol A . If you are unable to make the meeting but would still like to help please call Louise on 655 421 120. All volunteers will get lots of information about their role and get a free spectators pass for the whole weekend. Refreshments will also be funded and where volunteers are supporting 8 hours or more they will receive a MFDB T-shirt and food.

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Alqueria

The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria - part 3 The mood in the village was ugly. The Rattlebag family of Rotherham had failed to return from a pony trek in the Sierra Alhamilla. Their relations in Yorkshire had received a ransom note from El Tonto, a local petty criminal demanding a ridiculous amount of money for their freedom. True to his name he had put a return address on the envelope. The Guardia Civil swooped on his hideout arresting him and freeing the family. The Rattlebags said they preferred life as a captive rather than in the Riverside Holiday Village and thanked El Tonto as he was led away. To try and avert an uprising amongst the holiday makers Manuela was ordered to bring some fun into their daily lives. Unfortunately, she took this entirely the wrong way and was arrested for corrupting morals. The Río Verde situation was desperate. Of the eight children that entered the ‘Little Dolphins’ Fun Race’ only two left the water unscathed. Three had to be rescued from the River’s evil slow moving slime. Two developed a disgusting foot fungus with the most foul odour and one barely survived a tugof-war between his Mother and some unidentified amphibious creature unknown to science. Ambulances ferried the sick, injured and chronically depressed to the Hospital Santa Maria Magdalena in Almería thinning out the residents of the Holiday Village. One of the holiday chalets collapsed putting a further four in the casualty department. The weight of a glider they were constructing in the roof space

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Elton John cancels Vegas shows on doctors’ orders Sir Elton John has pulled out of three performances of his current Las Vegas residency, after being taken to hospital with a respiratory infection. The singer was admitted to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre on Wednesday, but released the same day. Doctors have advised the 65-year-old star against working while he completes a course of antibiotics. The remaining 11 concerts of his Million Dollar Piano residency at Caesars Palace take place in October.

“Elton developed a serious respiratory infection last weekend while performing at The Colosseum on Sunday, May 20,” said a statement by his publicist, Fran Curtis. “This week the condition worsened, even with medication and rest, resulting in Elton being hospitalised.” The statement added that the singer underwent “extensive tests” and was recommended to take “complete rest” for “approximately seven days... to cure his respiratory infection and prevent any

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We’ve had a hectic few weeks what with Holy Communions for various cousins and my Dad moving back to Ireland. Dad is one of the many who moved down to Spain with the dream of his place in the sun and it unfortunately turned sour. I feel very much to blame for inviting him down to be near us, but as it has sadly happened to so many people I really hope that slowly but surely the system here does get better to enable those who wish to live here can do so with confidence. It just means that typing this is quite difficult with my sore hands after spending the weekend lugging boxes, bags and bits to pack into the car. “It’ll all go in” Dad had said... ha ha, that was until things kept on appearing that needed to fit in. Off they went yesterday with the car weighted down and my fingers crossed that they’ll make it up to Santander for the ferry. After we waved them off I then started a marathon cleaning session in our friend’s house where Dad had been staying. My two boys were so well behaved, even with no telly, and actually played nicely together in the garden for the whole time. Maybe that is an example of physically taking the tv out of the house that can turn out be a good thing. Both though were sad to say goodbye. They have seen him every day for over nine months and being little they don’t really understand the problems experienced here. I guess it is the same for so many people at the moment. Times are so tricky and especially if you are of working age. There is no work, or if there is there are hundreds of people applying. I’m really thinking that soon there may have to be a charity set up for Brits in trouble, the red cross of the St George flag has been nabbed already but being serious, I really think that there are British people here struggling and have nowhere to turn. Maybe let’s start the conversation to find out how many people are trying to get by with children, or without, on 300 euros with mortgages to pay (and those who then have that payment stopped and have nothing). We are a generation who are depending on our parents, and that is the guilt we suffer from as our parents should be enjoying their retirement. Spain is a lovely country but it’s burnt so many fingers that they really have to sort things out from top to bottom. There are so many well priced properties for people to make a good buy and live happily here but buyers need to do their homework first.

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was the cause. Other bids for freedom included a tunnel which accidentally came out under the main drain and four people who almost asphyxiated after climbing inside a vaulting horse. Then the beer ran out. Unable to pay the wholesaler all supplies were stopped. The holiday makers took over the camp driving out the staff. This was counterproductive as the only beer within ten miles was in the bar La Casa Devante and the Golondrina Verde both in Alqueria. As dawn broke it was obvious that The Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria was empty, completely deserted. Where the holiday makers went is a complete mystery. No enquiries have ever been made into their fate, no one has complained about missing kith and kin. The SPLAT charter-flight never made the UK bound leg of its journey. In yet another unusual show of village unity it was decided never to mention the enterprise again. Rodriquez piled kindling against the chalets’ walls and set fire to the complex. He successfully claimed the insurance making five Euros and 45 cents profit on the venture. damage”. Sir Elton added his own apologies: “All I can say to the fans is ‘sorry I can’t be with you’.” “I love performing the show and I will be thrilled when we return to the Colosseum in October to complete the 11 concerts.” Sir Elton was previously forced to cancel two concerts in February, after he came down with food poisoning. The singer, whose hits include Your Song and Candle in the Wind, began his threeyear headlining stint in Las Vegas in September last year. Earlier this week, he dedicated his track Don’t Let

the Sun Go Down on Me to Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who died at the weekend. “The Bee Gees were part of my life when I was growing up; they were a huge influence on me as a songwriter,” he told the audience. “Travel well Robin - you were amazing. God bless you.” The singer is expected to perform at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on 4 June, before embarking on a tour of Europe in June and July. He returns to the United States and Canada for a series of concerts in September, before completing the Las Vegas residency.


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pause for thought

Back in the 80’s when such technology was fairly new, we had a secretary at work who absolutely refused to exchange her typewriter for one of those ‘new-fangled word processing things’ and eventually left, rather than accept the inevitable. A shame, as in all other respects she was a brilliant secretary, but her refusal to accommodate change rendered her effectively unemployable in a modern and competitive society. I suspect that many of us may have some sympathy with this secretary, as change can be very daunting and most of us prefer to cling to what we know. In this regard many doubtless regard the Church as the epitome of stability, as represented by the phrase “As it was, is now and ever shall be, World without end”, with which it is so often associated. But whilst God himself may be unchanging, we Christians actually need to be ready and willing at any time to face the most challenging of changes if we are truly to be led and inspired by his spirit. This of course was a lesson the disciples learnt very quickly when the Holy Spirit first came, as celebrated by the Church this past Sunday. In that instant they changed from frightened outcasts, concerned for their lives, to outspoken evangelists, criticising and challenging the very leaders they had but minutes earlier, so feared. And they’d found a new direction, a new confidence, a new authority and a new purpose in life, which quite literally enabled them to change the World, as they gained linguistic ability enabling everyone to understand them. And that should be the common experience of all Christians today, but too often we find ourselves, like the disciples before Pentecost, merely keeping our heads down; disturbed by the continuing degradation of our culture, but doing and saying little. How desperately society today needs Christians entirely filled with God’s Holy Spirit, having that new direction, confidence, authority and purpose that, as the early Church, we may have courage to publicly challenge our nation’s drift from faith. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

Party games that go wrong

When I was little, a popular party game was ‘Stick the Tail on the Donkey; a similar game involving being twirled around blind folded and then trying to hit something soft hanging from a tree. I made up my own version aged 9 years old with almost tragic consequences for my 3 year old brother Justin. We had a hexagon shaped climbing frame that had a T-shaped steel bar hanging as a swing in the middle. One fateful day I removed the 6 foot long bar and as the oldest kid in the street I manage to persuade friends and my 2 brothers to stand in a circle whilst standing in the middle I slowly swung it round me with all ducking as it came towards them. Everyone thought it great fun and ducked in time except unfortunately Justin who was a bit slow off the mark and I managed to hit him slap bang in between the eyes with what now looking back on it was a pickaxe with a 6 foot long handle. Parents came screaming out of the house as Justin laid there out cold with blood pouring; I cried out the catch- all excuse ‘it was an accident!’ I think my parents with 3 energetic boys thought that when we had moved home a few years before; that it would be a good idea to live within a 5 minute drive of the The 3 boys on the climbing frame local casualty department where we sensibly held a season ticket anyway. Justin was fine but to this day has sinus problems. July 1971 Years later overnighting at a girlfriends house, I woke in the middle of the night with a searing pain between my eyes and my face felt strangely wet. The bedroom was pitch black and so I woke my girlfriend up and she sympathetically told me to ‘shut up its nothing go back to sleep!’ So I did. At daylight my pillow and face looked like a scene out of the movie starring Vincent Price and Kenny Everett Blood bath at the house of death. There was a massive gash on the bridge of my nose which had been caused by the steel lampshade of a Directors lamp; the clamp had failed so it had fallen at speed onto my bonce. The scar is still there from the moment I fondly recall as the time God got me back. Anyway back to donkeys as I like donkeys, instead of playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, I now have a new and safer version that does not involve swinging a steel bar around my head. No instead each morning and evening I venture out armed with nothing more sinister than a couple of pieces of fruit and vegetables and play look for the donkey as everyday he mysteriously gets moved to a new spot in the valley. I say strangely as in 2 summers now I have never seen anyone untie him and lead him to pastures new. 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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Sponsored By: Morgans Bar - Amber Pools - The Shandon Bells Bar - The Central Grille - Sunworld Properties Specsavers - Blue Hill Security Grilles - Morgans On The Plaza. This week Costa traveled away with a late Saturday evening kick off with the temperature in the 80’s and looked to continue their recent good form. Costa settle quick and much of the opening half played in the home sides half. Gummi Gudmundsson on Costa ‘s right wing was in devestating form and constantly closed down the Formentera players which led to miss placed passes for Costa to pick up and constantly pressure the home defence and keeper. Patrick Bass had his hands full at right back against a very large & over aged opponent but handle him well while Luke Deegan in center midfield for Costa was causing all sorts of problems with his good ball control and passing. Formentera could only play counter attack with long balls up to their forwards which Jamie Cockroft & Liam Nicholas dealt with well. Finally on 28 minutes Costa got the break through with Alex Cope linking up well with Gummi Gudmundsson to slide the ball past the keeper with ease. Costa however shot themselves in the foot when a long ball down the left wasn’t dealt with on 39 minutes which resulted in players being left on the

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floor and with Scott Brunton having to come off his line only to see the shot lobbed over him into an empty net. 1 - 1 at half time and some work left to do. Second half and Costa carried on from the first period with a lot of possession and contined to press closer to their opposistion player and force Formentera on the back foot. This style of play & pressure paid off on 44 minutes and Sam Broadway latched on to a great pass from midfield and calmly dribbled the ball round a defender & keeper to hit the target and give Costa a well deserved 2 - 1 lead. Costa had several other great efforts which saw Victor Brooks hit the post & Cesar Augusto an Infantil player going close. 2 - 1 to Costa in the end and another 3 points which see ‘s them move up the table. Next week is Costa’s last home game of the season against Benferri with an incentive to narrow the gap on them who are one place above the Costa. For more information on Orihuela Costa call Club Secretary George on: 679 77 44 88 or visit www. orihuelacostafc.com We train every Tuesday & Thursday 18:30 - 20:00 @ C.D.M. sports center Playa Flamenca on Astro Turf pitch and the club is currently looking to add to their squad for next season playing in the Valencian Federation League.

EUROGOLF SOCIETY......................

On Thursday 24th May, 2012, the Eurogolf Society played for the Ken Wilson Memorial Trophy, at the La Marquesa Golf & Country Club, Rojales. Ken was a founder member of the Eurogolf Society, who sadly died in August last year. There was a 40 minute delay due to fog! but the weather conditions were eventually perfect for most of the field. However, because the course was on temporary greens, scoring was to say the least a little erratic – putting, chipping and pitching to the green was more down to luck than judgement! Despite all of that, there were some excellent scores, with the winner of the inaugural Ken Wilson Memorial Trophy going to Marilyn Eckersall, with 11 points. Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st

Bill Martin

15

2nd Malcolm Foskett 16 (c/b) 3rd

Lew Joss

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Silver Division 1st

Pam Davidson

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2nd

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3rd

Peter Sanderson 15

Bronze Division

Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM)

The fifth Race Day of the Spring Series for SAMM was held on Sunday May 27th. The race took place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor. There was an easterly wind of 10 to 11 knots. The first race was three laps and started at 11.30am with 12 boats participating. It was an exciting day’s racing with John and Doreen in their Miracle beating Tug Wilson and Peter Cadwell in Shoestring Cuatro (a Laser) by 1minute 18 seconds in the first race and Tug with John Down in Shoestring Tres (a Laser) by 36 seconds in the second race. Mike Blewitt in his Laser single hander came third in both races. The results on corrected times were: First race: Place

Boat Helm Crew

First Miracle

John Clarke Doreen Squires

Second

Shoestring Cuatro Tug Wilson

Third

Laser

Peter Cadwell

Single hander - Mike Blewitt

Second race: The second race started at 14.40 hrs with 11 boats completing 2 laps in winds of 7.5 knots. Place

Boat Helm Crew

First Miracle

John Clarke Doreen Squires

1st Marilyn Eckersall 11

Second

Shoestring Tres Tug Wilson

2nd Orlando Ferrol

12

Third

Laser

3rd Connie Parker

13

There was a protest, after an enquiry the Sailfish Sorocco was Disqualified.

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Jill Young

44 pts Overall Winner

2nd

Pam Davidson

40 pts

3rd

Graham Cheetham 39 pts

Silver Division 1st

Julian Frutos

43 pts

2nd

Bryan Fenwick

42 pts

3rd Chris Stanley

41 pts

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John Down

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The next race will be Sunday (June 10 ). For more information go to www.sailingmarmenor. com or email sammracing@yahoo.co.uk THE BALATON GROUP The Balaton Group is the most recently formed (September 2011) and fastest growing group within SAMM. It owes it´s existence to the generosity of a past SAMM member Peter Sharpington who offered a boat to SAMM for a modest sum, which included a payment of 500€ to the Paul Cunningham Nurses charity. A waiting list for potential new members soon developed and when, in February 2012, another two boats, both Sailfish 18’s were offered to the group it was decided

to purchase both and enlarge the membership. The Sailfish is similar to the Balaton but has a transom fitted main sheet which makes the larger cockpit very spacious plus a lifting keel so the boat can be easily trailed and beached. Both boats again needed refurbishment and the members decided to do this themselves. The first to be renamed “Sirocco” was repainted inside and out, antifouled, all the woodwork striped back, stained and varnished, new windows for the cabin plus many

other small repairs to the hull, deck and rigging. A new swinging mooring was laid and the boat was launched on the 14th March, a fantastic team effort by the members. Work on refurbishing the second Sailfish will commence as soon as possible. The group members now look forward to some great sailing and racing in the 2012 series. A waiting list for potential new members is available and interested parties should speak to one of the members or can email to julianpering@live.co.uk


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BY STEVE HIBBERD Prior to this final home game of the season, Cartagena had not scored more than 3 goals in a match (and that was only once), then when there was nothing to play for, they go and hammer in half a dozen. Against another relegated side (albeit by default), they played some of their most entertaining football of the season, in front of the lowest crowd (2,383). Earlier in the season, they drew 0-0 against a young Villarreal ‘B’ side, but from as early as the 8th min, when Braulio tapped in the opener, you just knew that this very open game would produce a goals feast. From the restart, the ball was played to Bordas, who unleashed a screamer from fully 30 yards, to square the proceedings. On 13 mins, a Collantes strike rattled the visitors post, before a brave Josemi header 10 mins later, again put the hosts ahead. A glorious Collantes assist, provided crowd favourite Toni Moral, with the opportunity to score, to which he duly obliged, when he rounded keeper Jorge before stroking the ball home. Towards the end of the 1st half, Braulio had a goal bound effort well saved,

before Cartagena deservedly left the field 3-1 to the good at half time.

On the hour mark, Braulio was not only brought down for a clear cut penalty, he then coolly dispatched the resultant spot kick (if only the numerous other penalties awarded this season, had been executed in such a manner - at least 6 have been missed!!). Los Albinegros kept up the pressure, and only a superb save by Jorge, denied a powerful header by Braulio completing his hat trick. Not for the first time this season, poor linesmanship gifted the opponents with a 2nd goal, as Bordas was allowed to convert when clearly in an offside position. The remaining 5 or so mins belonged to Cartagena sub Chamorro, who opened his account courtesy of a Font pass, which he dispatched with ease. Inside stoppage time, twas Collantes who was the provider, allowing giant striker Chamorro to expertly chip the ball over the keepers head and into the net. Recreativo Huelva v Cartagena on Sat 2 Jun ko 6pm, will be the last div 2a fixture for the men in black & white stripes for at least a year, so let’s hope that they can go out with a bang.

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with 30 points on c/b was Colin Pepperday

It would seem that summer has arrived early this year.The temperature was just about bearable,(are we ever satisfied ?),and the course was in great condition,albeit the greens were a little on the speedy side,but in fairness could not really be faulted.Whether it was just our fourball or not,I am not certain,but I don’t think I can ever remember a game over the years when so many 3 and even the occasional 4 puts were in evidence.

Best front and back nine winners were Stuart Taylor and Tony McMillan with 18 & 16 points respectively

That said,as usual.there will always be one or two individuals who step up to the mark,and show the rest of us how the game should really be played.Today,those individuals were :Gold Category Winner with 36 points was Dave Harwood.Runner up

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Winner with an impressive 39 points was Steve Cleaver,with Harry Hunter in second place with 31 points Best front nine was Barry Wright with 18 points and best back nine was Phil Bowditch with 14 points on c/b Nearest the pin was Bill Howie and longest drive was Barry Wright. The 2’s kitty was won outright by Bill Howie. In 2 weeks time we will be back at Vistabella for a 0930 tee off.

This week our society game was held at Hacienda Riqueime and what excellent condition the course was in for our Individual Stableford.. I must say this was the best course i have played for condition of greens they where like velvet. I would like to thank everyone at the course for there hard work. After the high winds of Monday and Tuesday it had drop a lot by Wednesday but it was still testing.We had some new and old faces coming out on top with the scores all being fairly close across all 3 divisions The top division seen Glen Macrae win for the first time with 33pts with Bob Gallard in second on 32pts. In division 2 Barry Butterworth made a welcome return to the top with the best score of the day 35pts and George Stein took second on 33pts a bad last hole costing him top spot. Division 3 was an all ladies affair with the men left in there wake winner was Joan Williams on 31pts and Lyn Gallard in second on 30pts well done ladies. Mare of the day went to Dave Archer who scored 7pts on the first two holes and then only got another 9pts o the next 16 holes. Next society game is at Mar Menor Golf on the 4th June 2012.

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Ceuti 3 Mazarron 1 On a perfect pitch and in wonderful weather conditions Mazarron´s season petered out with another defeat. Due to work and other commitments only one senior player was available and with ten juvenile players in the starting line up and only one substitute (the reserve juvenile goalkeeper) tiredness once again become a problem in the closing stages. All four goals came in the last 15 minutes and Jose scored for Mazarron for the third week running in injury time. Had he taken a far easier chance some 30 minutes earlier who knows what the final score might have been? In the first half Mazarron were perhaps the better team and had a succession of chances which came to nothing but at the other end only a last ditch tackle by Ahmed kept the scores level. The only other highlight in the

RODS AND REELS This weeks competition was the 5th round of the Summer Championship. The venue was the Eden Canal stretch of the Rio Segura. This was the first time for sometime, since we have fished it, and the bamboo reeds are desperately trying to take back the areas that we have cleared to fish. Virtually all pegs needed some T.L.C. although they are continually fished. The water level was down some 18 inches to 2 feet but with a slight flow. The weights were not as good as some previous matches, and quite a few anglers lost big fish. Top rods on the day 1st Dave (Yours Truly) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 9.40 kilo’s; 2nd Lenny (Ex Cultural Attachee) fishing the pole using pellet with 7.96 kilo´s. 3rd Doug (Welsh Goldminer) Hornblow fishing the pole using pellet with 6.42 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 10th and penultimate round of the Spring Series was fished on 22nd May at Blanca, which is aptly named because of all the blanks that occur. Today there were five dry nets and there would have been more if it had not been for the Bleak. When you think that some of the top anglers in the area are struggling for bites, but the “Sweetie Lady” showed these anglers the way home winning the match with 9kgs. I have been reading a report in one of the local freebie papers that the Reservoirs are only half full, but the three large ones that are used for match fishing i.e Beniarres, Argos and Pedrera have just started to recede from being brim full. I have not seen any of these three Reservoirs half full for 6-7 years. The road over the broken bridge at Pedrera was always accessable until 3-4 years ago, and is now flooded to a

depth of 5-6 feet, this has made fishing Pedrera almost impossible to fish in many places. 1st Marlene (The Sweetie Lady) Hutchinson with 9kgs fishing the feeder and using corn 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell with 4.360kgs fishing the feeder and using pellet 3rd Mick (The Arsenal) Hill with 3.300kgs fishing the feeder and using corn 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 CHARITY MATCH This charity is ASOCIACION EMAUS and was founded in 1979. This charity looks after children from the day they are born up to the age of 6 years, where they move to a further Asocicion. The government, due to the austerity measures, have cut all funding and the charity is now struggling with utility bills and basic items. Within the club on a weekly basis ,we are providing some basic items e.g. Toilet rolls, soap powder, shampoo, soap, shower gel, tooth brushes , tooth paste, nappies, baby milk etc. If you feel that you could help, even if it is only one item to give to the above charity, please see Web site www.emausongs.es who will give you the nearest location for this charity. TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

first half came when a helicopter landed near to the pitch and caused a minor sand storm. Unfortunately it was not bringing Edin and the other missing Mazarron players. At the start of the second half, Ruben made the first of many good saves which kept Mazarron in the game. Then a lovely through ball from Jose Da found Rollon, who had been moved forward from right back for the second half, and, from his excellent cross, Pepsi only just failed to turn the ball home. Ruben was finally beaten when

Ceuti were awarded a very dubious penalty for a tackle by Jaguar in the 75th minute and took the lead. Tiredness then set in and with the marking in disarray Ceuti scored twice more in quick succession before Jose scored his consolation goal. A 3 – 1 defeat was certainly not justified but perhaps not surprising in view of the inexplicable number of key players absent. Team: Ruben, Rollon, Alfonso, Victor, Dani, Martin, Ahmed, Jose Da, Jose, Pepsi (Edu), Jaguar. Man of Match: Ruben.


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PETANCA PRESENTATIONS......... FC TORREVIEJA – LOOK BACK PART 2.................... LAS SALINAS PETANCA Rocajuna are holding an Open Doubles on Sunday June 3rd, start time is 10am. Entries can be made to Jackie on 663 144 093. LA DOLORES PEACOCKS Are holding a mixed triples competition, with entries from all clubs welcomed. With 12 pistes now completed this will be a popular venue. Please contact Nancy on 966 199 288. SAN LUIS Will be playing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at 12am, guests are very welcome to join in Roger Seymour

After the long Christmas break Torry re-newed their league programme on 7 January 2012. During the Christmas break news emerged from the club that the revenue for the season was well under that which had been anticipated or should I say “hoped for” and that the council had substantially reduced their subsidy to the club for the season. Action had to be taken to reduce expenditure and the President took decisive action and met with the players and informed them of the position and said that if any player wanted to leave then they could. The first to go was Nico followed by Carrasco and Prior and then Petu. Mendez and then Meijide left later. The heart had been ripped out of the side. Torry were left with a depleted squad and in

some games supplemented the squad with players from the 1st Regional Torrevievija CF team and also the Torrevieja CF Juvenile team. With the small squad the side appeared to become more united and took to the field with a “we are in it together” mentality. The football was not as slick as before but the passion and determination never waivered and between the start of the year and the end of the season the team remained in contention for the play-offs until the final 2 or 3 games of the season. In the second half of the season Torry won 10, drew 5 and lost 6. At one point they climbed to 5th spot but the challenge faded and Torry eventually finished a very creditable 7th only 5 points off a play-off place. The positives from the loss

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CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES) Ten Pin Bowling League Matches played on May 22nd: It was the last week of the season for the Cornish Pride league, and there were still two trophy places to be decided. They were for 2nd & 3rd positions, and which team would end up at the bottom. Last years champions MIXERS still had a chance of second place, so were disappointed to loose their first game against BAR MOSQUITOS. They went on to win the last 2 games, and a 6-2 win, their top scorer was Bosse Soderstrom (626). So now they had to wait for the result of the other team fighting for second place. That team was TEAM FINLAND, who were at the top of the league for most of the season, they were playing ODDBALLS. T.F. were determined to make up for a poor second half of the season, and put in a strong team performance to beat Oddballs 8-0, top scorer was Olli Leppanen (632). Those points guaranteed

of some of the better quality players was the emergence of youngsters Manolo between the “sticks” and Manu Amores on the right–side of midfield. They got their opportunity and took it well and impressed. After the departure of Meijide, Jorge took it upon himself to be the defensive leader and towards the end of the season with the added responsibility performed magnificently. Abel got more games and proved his versatility as a central defender or holding player in midfield. Ramiro had a great season and entertained and played for the “Badge” and Juande had his moments as did Manu. Juande for me was the best player “technically” I have seen in the league in the season but unfortunately this ability was not always used effectively as he went to ground

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to easily or held on to the ball too long. Young Burguillos and Corella performed well and the former should develop into a fine defensive player with more experience. Vicente had a better second half to the season and young Rafa didn’t disappoint when called upon. The veteran of veterans Corcoles made a few appearances and made an emotional farewell in the last game and fittingly found the back of the net. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable season, full of incident and ups and downs and whether Torry would have made the play-offs if there hadn’t been the player departures we will never know. A reflective Darrylldinho looking forward to following his adopted team in Spain again next season.

T.F. second place, and left Mixers finishing in third place. The team in bottom position SUNRISE COLEGAS were 5 points behind their rivals, they managed to get a 6-2 win against BANDOLEROS, with Jackie Priest top scoring with a (569) series. That left S.C. awaiting the result of the team above them, LUCKY STRIKE, who were playing LOS LOBOS. Not wanting to end up, ‘bottom of the pile’ L.S. dominated their match and eventually won 8-0. Which left Sunrise Colegas with the ‘strongest team in the league’ award. Other results on the night were SPLASH 8 – CORNISH PRIDE 0, CARP-R-US 0 – HALL y DAY 8, LOS BANDIDOS 2 – RIOJA ROLLERS 6 - That just leaves us to hold our presentation night at Bar Catorce, Benijofar on June 2nd.

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