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Almería Village Of Benahadux Shocked By Couple’s Death

The 50 year old man killed his wife of 25 years and then himself Before going out to dine with his wife, as he did every Saturday, 50 year old Juan from Rioja, Almería, left a note to the couple’s three children. In it he outlines he intention to kill their mother Carmen that night, and then kill himself afterwards. He tells the children what to do with the life insurance, and the deeds to the family home in the hamlet of Benahadux. The letter was not found

until midday on Sunday when the children were already worried about their absent parents, thinking they had been involved in a traffic accident. It was some hours after that when the Guardia Civil confirmed that a shepherd had found the two bodies in a car, where Juan had shot Carmen and killed himself parked 55 kms from their home. The couple had been

married for more than 25 years and had never complained of any domestic violence. Local Mayor, Juan Jiménez, commented that the couple never fought, and had no money problems. The village of Benahadux remains in a state of shock as a joint funeral takes place and the Town Hall has declared three days of official mourning for the death of the woman.

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The lawyer representing the eight British families whose homes are under final order of demolition in Albox, Almería, has appealed for the orders to be declared null and void.

now before the contentious/ administrative courts 2 and 3 in Almería which has provisionally suspended the demolition sentences handed down by the Andalucían High Court.

Francisco Alonso, from the lawyers ‘Alonso y Garrido’, claims that two of the couples, in their 80’s, received the demolition notices on 20th December 2009, just before Christmas, after having received no previous warnings for some seven years while the procedure was underway.

However, in the case of Helen and Len Prior, their application to nullify the demolition order was unsuccessful and their home in Vera was demolished in January 2008, however the Constitutional Court later backed the couple.

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The eight British owned properties are part of about 11,000 homes which

have been built outside the ordination regulations in the province of Almería, where the owners obtained a municipal licence despite an unfavourable report from the Provincial Town Planning Commission. All the owners say they acted in good faith when buying the properties and say that there is something wrong in a system which wants to make retired couples in their 80’s homeless without any guarantee of any compensation, therefore breaking the most basic of human rights.

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NEWS UPDATE... ALMERIA The Coastguard has reported that two patera small boats were intercepted off the coast of Cabo de Gata in Almería last Sunday. They were carrying 21 paperless immigrants between them, all of them Algerian males and all reported to be in good health. Both boats were escorted into Almería port. Velez Rubio has announced plans to give grants of up to 6000€ to unemployed people opening a business and grants to those who create employment in the area. The plan is aimed at lowering the unemployment rate in the town and reenergising the local economy. The European Week of Sustainable Energy was held in Mojacar recently. Its aim was to raise awareness of the positives of using sustainable energy sources in protecting our planet. The ‘Association of People with Disablities’ in Cuevas del Almanzora has been given a much-needed donation of 7800€ from Desert Springs Golf Course The sports department of Albox town council is investing money in the refurbishment of 2 sports tracks in Las Pocicas and Velezquez. The improvements will include more lighting, new fencing and better upkeep of the facilities. The local Mayor has said he wants every citizen to have access to good sport facilities. Oria is to get a new library and have its gym improved with the help of 5000€ from the ‘anti-crisis funds’ from the Junta de Andalucia. Investment in the two projects will cost some 315,000€. ASTURIAS The BBC was in Oviedo, Asturias, filming a programme on cuisine and Holy Week. They film crew starts work on an episode of the series ‘Hidden Spain’ and remained in the region over the weekend until Easter Monday. The programme is presented by Rick Stein, and will concentrate on the regional cuisine. He is accompanied by a team of five crew, who will record in a pre-planned list of local establishments. The Asturias regional government says they will also film the Easter processions in Oviedo and look at fiestas in Avilés and Gijón where cider is king! VALENCIA A three year old girl has died after falling from a 6th floor flat in Valencia. The child was playing when she fell, accidentally, into the building’s internal patio in Calle Salvador Rodríguerz Bronchu. It happened at 6pm last Wednesday; emergency services could do no more than confirm the death on their arrival. SPAIN - CULTURE The Spanish are drinking less in the recession, or at least are having more parties at home to save money. The average number of ‘cubatas’ drunk on a night out has fallen from an average 2.5 to 1.2, with sales of whisky, vodka, gin and rum sold in bars and restaurants down between 7% and 14%. Beer sales have remained practically unchanged however with beer sales are expected to rise in line with the temperatures. Restaurants report lower wine sales. The recession is thought to have closed 25,000 bars across the country. Increased sales of ice at petrol stations though show that more Spaniards are partying at home, and the bar sector is concerned on two fronts, increased IVA in July and the smoking ban on the way.


Judge Calls For Changes To Town Planning Laws The President of the Málaga Provincial Court says the Junta de Andalucia should remove demolition responsibility from the Town Halls The President of the Provincial Court in Málaga, Francisco Javier Arroyo, has said that responsibility for town planning should be removed from local Town Halls where there has been some irregularity and they have failed to stop illegal constructions being built. The judge considers that not all the town planning infractions should end up in Penal Court, and speaking to Europa Press, he considered the role of central government had to be strengthened in the area, and the Penal Code reformed.

more workers and more residents to the town concerned. He noted the Penal Court could be quicker and more effective because of the long delays seen in the contentious courts. He said that the Junta de Andalucía should have a method to immediately halt illegal construction when detected, as we have seen that the local Town Halls are incapable of doing so.

The new ‘Express demolition’ regional legislation which can see demolition of a structure within a month of it being detected, was welcome according to Arroyo, who noted that if the local Town Hall did not have the resources to act, they could turn to the Junta, although in that case the demolition procedure would take a second month.

Meanwhile the Ministry for Development has said that controls by the company Dragados-Tesca and the state railway infrastructure company ADIF, have not shown products at any time which could damage the environment, and that the lubricants used in the tunnel are biodegradable and in common use in such work. The Arroyo de la ViñuelaQuejigares, near Loja, has been contaminated by a frothy

One of the principal measures is a reduction in the paperwork necessary to open establishments dedicated to the tourist sector. Businesses looking to open hotels, camp sites or rural houses will no longer need to obtain the express permission of the regional government to do so. The Junta said the modification of the law aimed to “simplify the legal and administrative paperwork” that sometimes made it difficult for new businesses in the tourist sector to open. Additionally, camp sites and hotels will now no longer be obliged to communicate their prices to the Junta. Instead, regular inspections carried out by Junta officials will ensure that these prices comply with the required regulations. The Junta de Andalucia’s Tourism Minister, Luciano Alonso, commented that the changes in the law would “strengthen the role of councils in promoting tourism”.

The Spanish Ministry of Defence is to use military land in Andalucía for the protection of three threatened species, the Imperial Eagle, the Northern Bald Ibis, and the Common Chameleon.

The problem has arisen from the construction of a tunnel at Loja, in Granada

The problems have arisen from a lubricant used during the boring of the 3.3km tunnel for the AVE high speed train at Quejigares near Loja, and now work has been halted at the site while a full investigation into the environmental damage is carried out.

The Junta de Andalucia has announced a range of measures which it hopes will stimulate the tourist sector in the region.

An agreement between the Ministry and the Junta de Andaulcía is designed to protect three threatened species

AVE Construction Pollution Poisoning Goats

The Junta de Andalucía has said it will fine, by upto 30,000 €, a construction company which has been deemed responsible for pollution affecting the water course between Málaga and Granada provinces.

Junta de Andalucia Implements New Measures To Boost Tourism

Imperial Eagle Gets MoD Protection In Spain

When there had been monetary gain or economic corruption from the construction the case should go to the Penal Court as it is a crime, but that had been cases where the local Town Hall had permitted it as it had brought wealth,

Works to build the AVE high speed train line between Antequera and Granada are being blamed for a chemical pollution in the area.


lubricant which is used in the tunneling process, and the pollutant has reached the Salado River. The 3.3km long Quejigares tunnel is the problem. An investigation by SEPRONA, the Guardia Civil Environmental wing has concluded that water quality has been affected in the area and among the businesses affected are the caviar producers at Riofrio. The manager there, Diego Pozas, commented that the pollution amounted to ‘economic bankruptcy’ following the order to isolate his facilities, which effectively stops their normal functioning. The first alerts to the problem were made in December, and one local farmer has said that 50 of his goats have died, and others are aborting their young. The PP has claimed that the environmental impact report for the AVE construction in the Sierra de Loja is not been adhered to. They have asked for a statement in Congress from the Development Minister, José Blanco, on the matter.

The agreement has been signed with the Regional Government Environment Department, and is hoped will result in the survival of the Imperial Eagle, of which there are now just 250 pairs in Spain, 60 of them in Andalucía. None have been seen in Cádiz province for decades. Under the plan 3,500 hectares of military land at Cría Caballar de Jerez will be used, with feeding and drinking posts installed for the birds, nesting boxes will be created where they will hopefully breed away from other threats. Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón, said the measures being taken were considered to triple the chances of survival of the species. The Ibis was reintroduced to Andalucía in 2004, and is now nesting again after 500 years. The Chameleon will be cared for on land belonging to the Rota Naval Base in Cádiz among other areas.

Spanish Police Seize 2.5 Tonnes Of Cocaine

Spanish police seized the drugs from several shipping containers arriving from Colombia & Mexico & detained three men

The drugs were hidden amongst shipments of electricity generators, fizzy drinks and other merchandise that arrived in the Mediterranean port of Valencia. Police began their investigation in February after finding 400 kilos of cocaine in a shipping container at a company in Humanes de Madrid on the outskirts of the Spanish capital. The authorities gave no estimate for the value of the seized drugs. The three detained men are all Spanish nationals. Spain’s close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it Europe’s main entry point for the drug.



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Hollywood Considering Withdrawing DVD’s From Sale In Spain

The Los Angeles Times says the measure is being considered in response to the level of illegal downloads here



Smokers Cost Spanish Health Service 5.5 billion Euro A Year

It has been revealed that the taxes collected from smokers do not cover their cost to the health service Smokers are costing the Spanish Health Service more than 5.5 billion € a year. Juan Ruiz Manzano, President of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery, said on Monday that the costs attributed to smokers in 2008 were 14.7 billion, while the income from taxes on tobacco in the same year reached only 9.26 billion. In 2008 the Government paid 6.87 billion to treat only the five main illnesses associated with smoking, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, lung cancer, and heart and brain illnesses. The estimated cost of smoking to Spanish businesses was 7.84 billion € - 76% of which comes from a loss of productivity, while 20% is down to additional cleaning costs and decoration, and the rest in absenteeism. The Government continues to insist that all the studies on the economic impact of new laws to ban smoking in all closed public places, show that there will be no negative consequences for the hostelry sector.

Spanish Rescuers Search For Missing Crew From Capsized Freighter Spanish rescue services scoured the seas off north-western Spain for two crewmen who are missing and feared drowned after the freighter they were on sank in bad weather. Hollywood is reported to be considering withdrawing DVD’s from sale in Spain because of the high number of pirated copies of films which are being downloaded here.

between 2006 and 2009, the number of films downloaded in Spain went from 132 million a year to 350 million, while over the same period DVD sales fell by 30%.

The Los Angeles Times reports that digital piracy is part of the Spanish culture to such an extent that the country is set to become the second in the world where DVD sales are no longer profitable. The first country was South Korea where piracy was so common that the studios decided to stop selling DVD’s there.

The President of Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton, is among those to say he is one step away from considering the entertainment business is no longer viable here.

The paper also notes that downloading films from the internet is not considered a crime in Spain, provided that it is not done for lucrative means. There were 12,000 video hire stores in Spain in 2003, at the end of 2008 only some 3,000 remained open. Media Control GfK estimates that

For the Spanish Government, the Minister for Culture, Algeles GonzálezSinde, is supporting articles in the new Sustainable Economy Law which would make it easier to shut down the web sites which link to the unauthorized downloads. She recognizes that the culture is here is part of the problem, and also say part of the blame lies with the Internet Service Providers who she said subtlety sell broadband connections with the right to download films

Two Arrested After Fights Break Out At Former Mosque

Two men were arrested after fights broke out between police and tourists who broke a ban on Muslim prayers at a cathedral in Spain which was once a major mosque, the local bishop’s office said. The trouble broke out on Wednesday when six members of a group of 118 Muslim tourists who were visiting the cathedral in the southwestern city of Cordoba knelt to pray and were promptly ordered to stop by security guards. As they refused to stop praying, they were “invited to continue with their visit or leave the cathedral” after they refused to stop praying, the Cordoba’s bishop’s office said in a statement. The security guards then called in police, who were attacked by the visiting Muslim tourists, it added. Two policemen were injured and two of the Muslim tourists were detained. “They provoked in an organised fashion a deplorable episode of violence,” the statement said, adding “this was a one time incident that does not represent the genuine Muslim identity as there are many

who display attitudes of respect and dialogue with the Catholic Church.” “We deplore the damage done to the image of our city and to the peaceful coexistence of visitors and citizens. We hope and desire that this type of incident will not repeat itself in the future,” it added. The bishop’s office did not give the nationality of the two men who were arrested but news radio Cadena Ser said they were Austrian. Police found a knife on one of the arrested men, it added citing anonymous local police sources. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez recently reiterated that a ban on Muslim prayers at the former mosque which turned into a Christian cathedral in the 13th century must remain in place despite calls by local Muslims for the rule to be loosened.

Spanish and Portuguese maritime services rescued 22 of the 24 crew on the freighter the “Kea”, most of them Filipinos, late last Monday and early Tuesday.

from the coast complicated the rescue effort. Nineteen of the crew were from the Philippines, two were Croatians and the others were from Russia, Ghana and Latvia. It was not immediately clear which of them had been rescued.

The 147-metre (485-foot) Barbadosregistered vessel sank last Tuesday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean about 160 nautical miles off Cape Vilano, in the north-western region of Galicia, the Spanish rescue services said in a statement.

The Kea was en route to Santa Marta in Colombia from St Petersburg in Russia. It was carrying a cargo of ammonium nitrate, but there was no danger of environmental pollution as the substance is very soluble, the statement said.

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The signing of a merger agreement between British Airways and Iberia, initially planned for the first quarter, has been delayed for “technical issues”. A BA spokesman told the newspaper that the delay was due to “technical issues that need to be resolved,” without giving further details while an Iberia spokesman said the postponement “does not put the merger at risk.”

planned merger and both companies were “still working on the deal.”

Iberia could not be immediately contacted for further details.

The two airlines signed a preliminary deal last November after more than a year of negotiations but Iberia said at the time it would back out of the agreement if BA’s giant pension deficit problem


The Spanish airline said after its last board meeting on March 25 that “nothing had been decided about” the

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

was not resolved. A tie-up between Iberia and BA would create Europe’s secondbiggest airline by market capitalisation after Lufthansa, combining Iberia’s strong presence in Latin America with BA’s position in North America, Asia and Africa.

Former Spanish Cabinet Minister Charged With Embezzlement

Former Spanish Environment Minister, Jaume Matas, has been charged with embezzlement, a judicial official stated, deepening a scandal that has tainted the main opposition Popular Party. enrichment, including the purchase of real estate, and the illegal financing of the conservative Popular Party. Matas has denied the allegations against him. He is one of around 30 people who have been charged in the affair.

Under the terms of the preliminary agreement, BA will hold 55 percent of the new company and Iberia 45 percent

Toddlers Given Tranquilisers

A daycare worker has been charged after six toddlers fell ill after being given sedatives. The children, aged from just a few months to two years old, were taken to hospital earlier this month after showing signs of drowsiness at the nursery in the north-western port of Vigo. Four of the children spent several days in hospital but all six have recovered and are in good health.

benzodiazepines, often prescribed to manage anxiety, panic and sleep disorders, the newspaper reported citing investigators.

The cause of the children’s drowsiness was at first a mystery, with a chemical or gas leak cited as possible reasons. But urine samples taken from the children detected traces of

The judge who is leading the investigation into the case will question the other staff members of the nursery next week after the four-day Easter break.

An employee of the nursery has been charged with acts endangering public health, it added.

The former minister announced Monday that he was “temporarily” suspending his party membership. Bail for Matas, who served as Environment Minister between 2000 and 2003 under then Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, was set at three million euros (four million dollars), the highest amount demanded by a Spanish court in a decade. The court in the Mediterranean island of Majorca charged the 53year-old with 11 other crimes, including false

documentation and money laundering. The charges relate mainly to the construction of the Palma Arena sports in Majorca between 2003 and 2007 when Matas headed the regional government of the Balearic Islands. The facility suffered a cost overrun of 41 million euros. Prosecutors accuse Matas of using part of the money for his personal

PP leader Mariano Rajoy, who is struggling to boost his lead in opinion polls over Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialists, urged Matas to “prove his innocence, if he can”. The PP has been rocked since early last year by a scandal involving a number of its members in the Valencia and Madrid regions in which bribes were allegedly paid for public contracts.

Bulger Killer Venables ‘Faces Year In Jail’

James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables could stay in jail for up to a year - even if he is not convicted of any alleged new offences, it has been claimed

Officials at the Parole Board began work yesterday on reviewing whether Jon Venables, the killer of James Bulger, should remain in prison.

The Ministry of Justice said that the proceedings at the Parole Board are separate from the ongoing police investigation into Venables’s alleged crime.

Venables, now 27, was returned to custody last month for breaking the terms of his release on life licence after being found in possession of child porn.

Venables and his co-accused, Robert Thompson, were jailed in 1993 for the murder of James Bulger. They abducted the two-year-old boy from the Strand shopping centre in Bootle on Merseyside and then killed him.

The Ministry of Justice referred Venables’s case to the Parole Board, which will decide whether he should remain in prison or be released again on life licence. A statement from the board said: “The Parole Board will now start the process of reviewing this case in the normal way. We are not able to set a timescale on the review but will confirm when it has been concluded”.

His battered body was found by children playing on a freight railway line more than two miles from the shopping centre and 200 yards from Walton Lane police station in Liverpool. Both boys, who were 10 at the time of the killing, were sentenced at Preston Crown Court to be detained at Her Majesty’s

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They were released in 2001 with new identities and on a life licence including conditions such as keeping in touch with their probation officer and not contacting each other or the family of their victim. The Parole Board review of Venables’s case will take months to complete and will not conclude until after the police inquiries into his alleged offence have ended. Among the papers the board will receive are details of the murder of James, the remarks made by the judge when sentencing Venables and Thompson and the statement from James’s parents about the impact his death had on them. The reports that persuaded the courts

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Was VAT On Haiti Record Cut From Aid Budget?

No 10 has denied that thousands of pounds will be lost from aid budgets after Gordon Brown pledged tax would be waived on a Haiti charity record. The Independent reported that the Treasury would send the Department for International Development (DfID) a bill for the lost revenue. But a Downing Street statement insisted: “The story is wrong.” It said DfID will reimburse the cost of the VAT, but would receive extra Treasury funding to cover this. The statement added: “There will therefore be no impact at all on other areas of DfID’s work or budget.” ‘Everybody Hurts’, recorded to help Haiti’s earthquake victims, sold more than 453,000 copies in its first week to go straight to number one in February. The REM cover organised by Simon Cowell - featured a host of stars and proceeds were split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun’s Helping Haiti campaign.

At the time, the prime minister announced that he had decided VAT would be waived on the single. But the Independent reported that DfID had been told by the Treasury that the equivalent of the “lost” VAT would be deducted from its budget. The paper said fears had been raised that record-buyers may have unwittingly reduced money from the government’s aid budget for other countries. However, Downing Street said: “DfID will reimbuse the initial cost of the VAT for the single but has an agreement with HMT that they will provide additional end of year financing to cover that cost. “There will therefore be no impact at all on other areas of DfID’s work or budget.”

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Business Executives Back Tory National Insurance Plans Another 14 top executives have backed the Conservatives’ pledge to cancel the planned rise in National Insurance (NI) contributions.

The bosses said they supported the Tories’ position after 23 others wrote to the Daily Telegraph warning the increase would endanger the recovery. The British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI and five other organisations also praised the Tories’ stand. Labour said the Tories’ backers were victims of “cynical deception”.

The two parties have been exchanging blows over whose tax plans are better for the economy - just days before Gordon Brown is expected to call the general election. The fight was sparked by the publication of a letter by 23 company bosses - including the heads of Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Diageo - backing the Tories’ pledge to scrap part of the planned NI increase should they win power. The executives, emphasised they

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speaking in a personal capacity, said the tax rise - due to come into effect in April 2011 - would hit business and jobs.

“Gordon Brown now finds himself increasingly at war with British business - he is part of the problem not the solution,” he said.

The Daily Telegraph disclosed that 14 more executives including McLaren boss Ron Dennis, HMV chief executive Simon Fox and entrepreneur Brent Hoberman, a member of Mr Brown’s Business Council for Britain - also endorsed the Conservative position.

Labour said the businessmen had been taken in by its opponents but several of the signatories hit back, saying such claims were “patronising”.

A number of the 37 backers have links to the Conservatives, some donating money to the party in the past, although others have no previous connections with the party. Tory leader David Cameron said the intervention was a “very significant moment” while shadow chancellor George Osborne claimed the “business community had come together to reject Labour’s tax on jobs”.

Seven business organisations - representing both large and small firms also joined in the dispute by backing the Conservatives’ position. In their own letter, the organisations said they “applauded the public stand” taken by the businessmen in criticising the NI rise, describing it as “clear and unequivocal tax on jobs”.

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Timetable to Election 2010

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10 simple spring-cleaning tips Winter’s finally over - and it’s time to give your home a new lease of life. But before you pick up a duster or delve into your wardrobe, here are 10 top tips to help you clean up, declutter and revitalise your living space with the minimum of fuss...

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Matt Smith was New Doctor Who security at Heathrow reportedly stopped by sonic screwdriver in airport - for packing a his luggage. was flying to Belfast The 27-year-old actor the prop in his hand when a scanner revealed luggage. did not recognise Security officials, who lled him to one side the new Time Lord, pu be a weapon. believing the gadget to “Matt’s a huge fan of A source commented: n’t think anything of the screwdriver so did the plane. It’s basically carrying it with him on doesn’t exactly do just a fake prop and gh the X-ray scanner much. But going throu

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A 1929 Austin car fou nd languishing in a garage started first time - five decade s after it was last driven. The rare Austin 12/4 was owned by Roger Bulled ’s late father, Leslie, who had been given it brand new by his parents. Mr Bulled, 63, discovere d the old car whilst going thr ough his father’s possessions shortly after his death in 20 08 . He turned the sta rter handle, to try to fire up the engine for first tim e since 1961, and was amazed to hear it turn over as if it had been driven every day. He was too frightened to start the engine up ful ly in case it ruined the car, but is now puttin g it up for sale to allo w an expert to restore it fully and hopefully get it onto the road. He said: “I pumped up the tyres and they stayed up. The rubber is cracked but the inner tubes are obvio usly still intact, which is remarkable really. “And the engine turned over when we tried it with the starter han dle, but I didn’t try to

start her up in case I did any damage but I’m sure it would go.” Mr Bulled added: “My grandparents bought it in 1929 for my father to drive them around in. We lived in Barnet in North London and used to go on holiday to Cornwall or Devon. “We used to set off ver y early in the morning, so I used to sleep on the floor in the back, there was no transmissi on tube so it was flat, and my sister laid on the back seat.” The car is expected to attract nationwide interest when it goes under the hammer at Unique Auctions in Lin coln on April 5.

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I have news about the Albox Bypass; they have been digging, moving and filling, digging, moving and filling, and eventually tarmacing pieces of the countryside in an apparently random manner for the last three years with no discernable order, no sequence of progression, in fact no rhyme or reason to their vast eternal plan, yet somehow it all seems to join up in the end. I remember when I was a child a bypass for Axminster was mooted. In those days bypasses had only just been invented, and were considered radical, a ruination of the countryside, and certainly not necessary in the sleepy Southwest. But as the years went by, Axminster’s one through road became so busy that it was only early on Christmas morning that you could cross the road without first packing sandwiches and a flask of coffee and taking something to sit on while you waited to cross. Then came the bypass! For a couple of year’s, twentieth century Axminster resembled twenty first century Albox; diversions were daily, and the earth was moved in mysterious ways. This firsthand experience of bypasses has given me insider knowledge. I can see past the chaos, I know what is going on. What you currently see around Albox is something far more exciting. It is a bypass in name only; in reality it is merely there to transport traffic to – the Theme Park! The New Bridge is going to be a sort of giant swinging contraption which will spin round through 360 degrees, and will probably be called El Vomito, or something similar. I know this, I’ve seen the support struts. And have you noticed the height and curve on the two bridges between Albox and Arboleas? The road is never going to reach up to them, instead they are going to join them up in a giant circle, thus making an aerial gokart track, named El Circuito Kamikaze.

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The Estación de Delicias was used for the filming of Dr. Zhivago in 1965

Tuesday 30th March 2010 marked the 130th birthday of the Delicias railway station in Madrid. The oldest railway building in Madrid is now home to the Railway Museum, but its platforms are famous for the many films shot there, including Doctor Zhivago in 1965. It closed its platforms to trains back in 1969, when on June 30th all the locals turned out to see the last train depart, and it was not until 1984 that the Railway Museum brought life back to the building. Inaugurated in 1880 by King Alfonso XII, it was the departure point for those travelling from the Spanish capital to Lisbon. It’s two years old than the other great Madrid station, Atocha, as 12 years older than Prínciple Pio. Later it because used greatly for freight transport.

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It’s iron structure was designed by three Spanish engineers, headed by the architect, Emile Cachelievre, and was partially built in the French workshops at Estación d’Orsey in Paris. Curiously nobody is sure why it is called ‘Estacion de Delicias’, except many say the local area was said to be known by the same name. The two Iberian lynx cubs born to ‘Camarina’ at La Olivilla breeding sanctuary in Sierra Morena, brings the total of lynx cubs born this breeding season to four. ‘Camarina’, daughter of ‘Saliega’ and ‘Garfio’, has given birth to two cubs after being mated with ‘Cuco’, a four-year-old male captured in the Sierra Morena in 2007 in order to be introduced into the lynx breeding programme in face of the species’ high risk of extinction. According to a press release from the breeding centre, the birth was trouble free despite the mother’s inexperience and she is caring for her two healthy cubs normally. The only other live births in captivity registered this breeding season have also been in the La Olivilla breeding centre, when ‘Dama’ a female born in captivity in 2007, gave birth to two cubs on March 13th, after being mated with ‘Candiles’. It had initially been hoped that up to 27 females would give birth in the breeding centres in La Olivilla (Sierra Morena), El Acebuche (Doñana), Silves (Portugal) and Jerez Zoo this season, but breeders now only expect eight births, yielding about ten cubs, because of the negative impact of the harsh winter and the chronic kidney disease affecting Spain’s captive lynxes.


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Every so often, we see, hear or taste something that miraculously whisks us back to our childhood days. Days that for most of my generation, I believe, were happier and better times.

April Showers So surprise, surprise when I tell you that in our house, one thing we always had plenty of, was biscuits. At their height, H&P were producing 500 different types of biscuit, and I remember with great affection such goodies as: Suncake - a shortcake biscuit, round not oblong, which you would scoff hamster-like, by nibbling around the outside working inwards, making an unsightly mess in the process. Banana Cream looked like the present day Custard Cream, but with a banana flavour, and a banana shape cut-out in the biscuit so that you could see the filling, and was put there for the people with no sense of taste. Iced Party Biscuit - My favourite; a rectangular biscuit, coated on one side with one of four different flavoured icings. Coffee was the yummiest, but then so were the other three. Sadly all of these delicacies are now deceased, and have gone to meet the Great Cookie Maker in the sky along with H & P’s themselves. Today’s feeble offerings come nowhere near to matching them for scrumptaceousness and originality. And those tins! Some of them were nothing short of masterpieces, and I reckon just about every household in the country had several of them stashed away. They were just too good to throw away, and came in very useful for storing anything from dog biscuits, to old photos, to cigarette cards. I thought I would check to see if there are serious collectors of these tins out there, and of course there are . . . just take a look at Ebay! I have problems finding room for stamp albums, so it beats me where you would keep a couple of hundred biscuit tins?

A ‘Wagon Wheel’ for instance, which brings back distant memories of calling into the local sweet shop on my way home from school for this iconic treat. And they were not called Wagon Wheels for no reason . . . they were huge! You could eat one and get chocolate on your ears. And by the way, after extensive research that took me to the four corners of Scunthorpe, I can state, categorically, that it’s a fact that todays equivalent may just about taste the same, but is definitely far smaller than the original! And I wonder if anyone can remember Cadbury’s Lucky Numbers? Individually foil wrapped chocolates that you bought by the quarter pound – each with a specific number printed on it, which signified the centre; No6 Orange Cream, No28 Nougat, No60 Praline Cracknel (whatever that was) and so on. I don’t know why the numbers seemed to make them taste better, but they did, and there has been nothing like them since. And a plague on the chocco-snobs and nutritionists, who tell us that the only good chocolates are the ones with a high cocoa content. Cadbury’s is unique, and in spite of Kraft, is still the best tasting chocolate in the world! I come from a biscuit family who come from a biscuit town. My Mother worked at the Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading – then, the biggest biscuit manufacturer in the world – and my Father made the tins at Huntley Bourne & Stevens. They both used to come home from work cream crackered Q. “What do you collect then?” A. “Biscuit tins!” . . . that’s a joke! They walk among us! Even Reading FC were known as The Biscuit Men By Colin Bird in those days, whose height of fame was when the pools panel awarded them a home win in 1971. But …share your childhood biscuit memories with I digress… Colin by emailing

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would lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks, with a stronger effect being seen for stroke.” This is, in fact, what the study found. Those who ate more chocolate cut their risk of heart attacks by around a quarter, and of stroke by nearly half, compared with those who ate the least.

Well, don’t worry as latest research suggests that Easter eggs and other chocolate can be good for you, as long as you eat only small amounts! The study of over 19,000 people found those who ate half a bar a week had lower blood pressure; they also had a 39% lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Heart campaigners warned that too much chocolate is damaging because it has a lot of calories and saturated fat. The study looked at the chocolate consumption of middle-aged men and women over eight years and compared the health of those who ate the most and least chocolate. The difference between these two groups was just 6 grams a day, equivalent to one small square of chocolate a day. The lead author, Dr Brian Buijsse, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition said: “Our hypothesis was that because chocolate appears to have a pronounced effect on blood pressure, therefore chocolate consumption

But Dr Buijsse warned that it was important people ensured that eating chocolate did not increase their overall intake of calories or reduce their consumption of healthy foods. “Small amounts of chocolate may help to prevent heart disease, but only if it replaces other energy-dense food, such as snacks, in order to keep body weight stable,” he said. The researchers believe that flavanols in cocoa may be the reason why chocolate seems to be good for people’s blood pressure and heart health. And since there is more cocoa in dark chocolate, dark chocolate may have a greater effect. However, heart campaigners were quick to indicate that chocolate is still bad for you if you eat too much. Victoria Taylor, Senior Heart Health Dietician, at the British Heart Foundation said: “This sounds like a dream for chocolate lovers and just in time for Easter too, but it’s important to read the small print with this study. The amounts consumed on average by even the highest consumers was about one square of chocolate a day or half a small chocolate Easter egg in a week, so the benefits were associated with a fairly small amount of chocolate.”

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• Sports Fitness • Reiki • Massage • Reflexology • Psychic Drawings • Acupuncture • Yoga • Skin Care • Health Care • Hair & Makeovers • Cosmetic Procedures • Aesthetic Procedures

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Talks & demo’s every 30 minutes throughout the day include: Pilates with Vivienne from Tar’s Retreat

Safe Spray Tanning with Yvette

Personal Training & Various Massage with Becks

Mosaic Art with Dan Rust

Botox with Linda

Tarot Card Reading & Mediumship with Barbara Clarke

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in our Charity Draw. Proceeds to Vera Orphanage Therapists & local businesses that would like to take part please contact Becks on 671 433 896 or email: Golf Spa & Beach Hotel, Urbanización Valle del Este Autovía E-15 Salida 529, 04620 VERA Almería Tel. 950 548 600

Botox & Restylane Clinic with Linda Gibson Thurs 8th April Tel: 950 473 244 Opposite El Patio 2000, Mojacar Playa

Wands/crystals, Organic Hair & Body P with Taylor Sloan Threading & Mycrodermabrasion with Sharon Reflexology, Hopi Ear & Hot Shell Massage with Diana Dudas Past Life Regression with Tina Life Coaching & Massage with David Millner

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Painting with Debs & Jade Tarot & Psychic Art with Rosa Hypnotherapy with Pauline Massage with Jaki Tagg Pilates with Sharon Yoga with Sharon Fisher Colonic Hydrotherapy with Sharon

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Almeria Angels are dedicated professional caring agency working in Almanzora Valley providing individual care packages to all our clients within their homes or during hospital stays. Now Home Visits : We visit you in the comfort of your own Carin g in home, this can be on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. the Costa Hospital Visits : We can assist you in any visit Calida you may have to the hospital, pick up service Area! available on request.

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try before you buy!

I have written before about the importance of trying out a goal or aspect of it to ensure it is right for you. It is a strategy that serves two purposes. Firstly, having experienced the goal (by test driving the car, viewing the house or whatever it is) your visualisation will be stronger as you will know how it really feels and exactly how it looks. Secondly, should it transpire that it is not for you (car not comfortable, house not as you expected) you have the opportunity to change your mind and make new choices before committing fully to the goal.

In order set and achieve goals that will truly enhance your life you really need to know yourself well. There is a line in a song that says, “I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” I think that this is the case for many of us who never manage to connect with ourselves and find out what we truly like and want. Most of us never really learn about who we are, what we really think and what would truly make us happy. Taking off the ‘rose-coloured spectacles’ and seeing the true impact that any goal may, ultimately, have on you and your life, is an empowering experience. It is an opportunity to be really honest with yourself and find out whether it is what you want or what other people expect you to want. You may find that there is another, more authentic way for you to achieve the happiness you desire. The goal may, in fact, not be the answer. But only complete honesty and self knowledge will reveal this. So take some time out to explore yourself and discover who you really are and what you really need. Sue Courtney is a Personal Success Coach and Stylist. For more information please see her website at or email her at

Have you stopped to think about what empathy is? The word to describe the emotion that we know as empathy originated in the 1880s, when a German psychologist called Theodore Lipps labelled it ‘einfuhlung’ translated, it means ‘in feeling’; simply appreciating another’s feelings. A trained observer can literally sample a client’s emotions to understand what they are feeling. Empathy is concerned with a much higher order of human understanding, that of engaged detachment. We “borrow” another’s feelings to observe, feel and understand them. By being a participant-observer, we come to understand how the other person feels through sharing. An empathetic observer enters into the equation and then removes themselves. Empathy is used by skilled clinicians to enhance communication and delivery of care. To an extent they place themselves in that person’s place, to gain a sense of what they feel, and gain a level of understanding. They can then detach themselves, make an objective appraisal and provide treatment; it’s a much more active process. Whereas a sympathetic person, to a degree, also samples the feelings through imaginative identification with the situation but

this as seen through media advertising campaigns such as the NSPCC who does some brilliant ads depicting children who are ‘apparently’ abused to persuade people to donate money to stop the children’s’ suffering. The clever thing about these advertisements is that they play on the emotions - to persuade people to donate to their cause. The Heart foundation and cancer research charities also do some good ones, showing apparently healthy people gradually becoming ill. The exploited emotions may involve sympathy, guilt (how many people are we aware of that are in a similar plight?) anger, a degree of empathy, fear. For me this brings forward a host of ethical issues particularly where child models have been used - What emotional ill treatment have the child models suffered in the gaining of the photographs? If they are happy and balanced children how have they been encouraged to adopt the particular poses? What have they been told? Do they know what the photographer is trying to achieve, and why?

Empathy absorbs them as their own, so it’s passive.

Sympathy can be burdensome and emotionally exhausting because you share the pain and don’t leave it behind; we sympathise with other human beings when we share and suffer with them. It would stand to reason, therefore, that completely shared suffering can never exist between physician and patient, otherwise the physician would share the patient’s plight and would therefore be unable to help. Empathy is an emotion with many different definitions and it is very easy to get bogged down with semantics and blur the definition between pity and sympathy. The set of emotions are used very effectively by charities exploiting the human desire to help others. Marketer’s are very good at

Do you need help to resolve an emotional issue? Call today to cla im your free evaluation and regain bal ance in your life - 950 069 238 Chr istine Hargan, BSc (Hons) Psychology



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...It’s hardly penitence when it comes to the economy of Holy Week in Spain. The processions in Sevilla for example are estimated to bring 160 million € to the city, and that amount does not include the added value to the city in tourism promotion. Hotels and bars and restaurants are as full as the streets throughout the entire week. The cost to each brotherhood in preparing their throne for procession has been put at an average 73,000 €. That cost is met by donations and a grant which comes from a central Brotherhoods’ Council. Florists say that a brotherhood will spend between 2,200 and 4,000 € a year on flowers to decorate the ‘palo’ which on average needs at least 130 dozen. The maintenance of the carvings and statues is an industry in itself which in Sevilla sees a yearly spend of more than 5.2 million €, and then there is the cost of all the tunics. Much of the sewing is done by families or on the black market, but still more than 600,000 € can be declared each year. Some tourists may be upset to learn that the person who sings a Saeta, the mournful lament to the Virgin during the procession, may have been paid to do so. Prices in Sevilla range between 700 and 1,000 €. ...Gas prices increase in Spain by as much as 4.15% today, while the price of a gas ‘bombona’ goes up 5.65%. The TUR T2 gas tariff applies to the homes which consume between 5,000 and 50,000 KWh per year, where a fixed per client charge of 7.84 € per month is levied, in addition to a variable which today goes up by 4.4 cents per KWh. The T1 tariff for smaller consumers is now 3.9 € a month plus a 3.6% increase on the consumption. The 12.5 kilo Butane bombona now costs 11.68 €. ...Iberia and British Airways have once again postponed the signing of their merger deal, with this time it being BA claiming technical reasons for the problem, the same reason given a week ago by Iberia. Observers think that BA is concentrating on its ongoing cabin crew strikes, and has forced the merger delay as a consequence. It means the companies have failed to meet the March 31 deadline they had set, hoping for each firm to hold shareholders meetings in the first week of April. A BA spokesperson told Reuters that the agreement would be signed ‘at the right time’.

European regulators have agreed a plan to reduce the cost of using mobile phones and laptops abroad and have fired the first shot in a new battle against mobile phone companies over the length of time it takes to switch providers.

Viviane Reding, the European Union telecoms commissioner, has been fighting to bring down roaming costs since 2007 despite fierce opposition from mobile phone operators that argue that prices have declined below the capped rates due to competition, not regulation. The price of speaking on a phone while overseas was reduced by regulators last summer and the new agreement will see the price of texting while abroad as well as using a laptop to connect to the internet overseas slashed. The cost of sending a text abroad will be capped at 11 cents, about 10p, from July equating to a fifth of the current average rate. The cost of downloading a megabyte of information over the internet will be capped at one euro (about 92p) falling to 50 cents by 2011. The EU also agreed further cuts to the cost of making and receiving a call when overseas. Mobile phone companies had braced themselves for cuts of this magnitude and argued that data and text roaming only contributes a small portion of overall roaming revenue. However with roaming revenue already under increasing pressure as cash-strapped mobile phone customers cancel international holidays, further regulation of tariffs added to the industry’s frustration. Yet Ms Reding is set to wage a new battle against the mobile industry by arguing that all customers should be able to switch telecoms provider, whether mobile or fixed, within one day. It takes

around two days to switch mobile phone companies in the UK and longer for fixed-line customers due to technical reasons. Additionally, the cost of connecting to a mobile phone from another network or a landline, known as mobile termination rates, has been set in Britain until 2011 and Ofcom had launched a review to examine how they should be set after that period. The regulator unveiled plans to cut the rate from around 4.3p a minute to 0.5p a minute by March 2015. “As rates fall and operators adapt, consumers will benefit from cheaper calls and competition in both the UK fixed telecoms and mobile markets,” Ofcom said. Ofcom also confirmed that, subject to the outcome of a further short consultation, consumers will be able to transfer their existing mobile phone number to a new provider in just one working day rather than the current two days. In addition, the Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) that consumers need to

switch provider a n d keep their number will in future be issued immediately or within a maximum of two hours by text message. The topic of termination charges gained prominence in Britain after smallest operator 3 and fixed-line telecom group BT led a campaign to get the rate either cut or dropped entirely. However the proposal is likely to disappoint the larger operators, including Telefonica’s O2, Vodafone and the new merged entity from T-Mobile and Orange A smaller operator tends to pay more in mobile termination rates because its users are likely to spend more time on other networks than its own. However 3 had been given slightly lower rates to let it build out its own network. Ofcom had looked at six options, ranging from maintaining the current pricing to more radical alternatives, such as the customer’s own network being responsible for all costs of making and receiving phone calls. The European Commission had urged the British telecoms regulator to impose appropriate price control.

AVOIDING DIFFICULT TENANTS Q: I am thinking about renting my property but I am concerned at some stories I have heard. Tenants who refuse to pay their rent or will not leave on expiry of their tenancy; others who destroy or steal furniture. Surely there is a way I can protect myself from these risks?

...Air Europa has started to charge 50€ or 60€ for any second suitcase checked in on its flights. The new tariff came into effect on bookings from today, and there are reduced prices for residents of the Canaries and Baleares.

It is advisable to get the best possible protection. This would be to require a bank guarantee to ensure indemnification relating to damage, non-payment of rents or services. Alternatively one can request several months advance rental.

...The Spanish manufacturing sector has seen growth for the first time since November 2007. The PMI market index has been under 50% for more than two years, but is now back to 51.8% in the numbers for March. This ties up with an 8.9% increase in electricity demand across the country in March, compared to the same month last year. The month saw a new record for renewable energy generation in Spain with renewable, mostly wind, making up 45% of the total demand.

With this in mind it is advisable to request references from previous arrangements and reasonable to ask for a bank reference, pay slips or evidence of income. This will help towards adding credibility. It would be wise to be suspicious of any refusal to meet such a sensible request. Remember, the tenant is reassured to know that you take your duties responsibly too.

...The Government is proposing lower social security payments for companies where there are no accidents in the workplace. The reduction will be between 5% and 10% depending on the degree of accident prevention introduced and will be funded by the fines imposed on those breaking the safety legislation.

And finally... ...13,300 passengers were affected by the recent 24 hour stoppage in RENFE Spanish railways long distance and AVE routes. Most of those affected caught another train. Union CGT says that 70% followed the strike call, RENFE say the number was 2%.

However, in the present economic climate acquiring a bank guarantee is problematic and advance payment of rent creates a barrier that potential tenants don’t feel obliged to assume. The reality is that we are in a market with an excess of rentable properties so one runs the risk of tenants favouring those whose screening is less onerous.

It is important to acquire a rental contract that protects the landlord. Much of our work is taken up solving problems caused when tenants abuse loopholes in off the peg contracts; a clear case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. There is no such thing as one size fits all contracts. Avail yourself of a tenancy agreement tailored to your needs. Arbitration is best when there is need to resolve tenancy disagreements. It is advisable to establish a clause in the rental contract stating that the resolution of conflicts arising from the execution and interpretation of the contract is put to arbitration of a named institution. These arbitration institutions offer their services for less than 60€ and are well placed to resolve such conflicts by committing to dictate resolution (Laudo Arbitral) within a period of 30 days. Once you get the laudo there would still be need for court resolution but it will assist enormously in resolving the dispute. In all cases we advise landlords to avoid action such as cutting electrical and water supplies; or changing the locks since such actions are considered crimes of coercion being sanctioned by the Criminal Law Although it is difficult to obtain total protection the risks can be much reduced by a little self discipline when imposing conditions of tenancy. Supported by a bespoke tenancy contract, with an option to refer disputes through an arbitration service, will provide peace of mind to both landlord and tenant.

If you have a legal problem that may need addressing contact Javier Moya or Michael Walsh on 662 067 490 or e-mail quite _

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Our Parking facility caters for both long term and short term Car Parking. We have Parking spaces for up to 500 cars. Our parking compound is completely secure with the latest state of the art, 24 hours a day, surveillance and monitoring, giving you the assurance that, whilst you are away, your vehicle is secure at all times.

Sleep is rejuvenation, a human necessity along with air, water and food. It’s more than a simple break from daily routine or a passive retreat; a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling refreshed, alert and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel lethargic, stressed, confused and irritable. Lack of sleep affects not only your energy level but also your mental and social functioning. It is more difficult to concentrate, you lose patience quickly, which stresses relationships and affects your ability to work at full efficiency We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, but what exactly is going on while we sleep? Sleep has phases, and a surprising amount is going on while we are apparently giving the duvet the full benefit of our attention. It breaks down into five different stages: Wakefulness: Happens every night between 3 and 10 times. This is normal, and not usually remembered, but is a vital part of our body’s defence mechanism, and keeps us aware on a subconscious level of what’s going on around us. Stage One: During stage one, we sleep lightly and drift in and out of sleep. Our muscles begin to slow down and our eyes move very slowly. We are easily wakened in this stage. Stage Two: Our muscles relax and our brain waves slow down, though occasionally we may have bursts of brain activity. About half of our sleep time is spent in this stage. Stages Three & Four: Deep sleep sets in. Our brain waves become large and slow. Our breathing becomes rhythmic, and our muscles remain relaxed. At this point our bodies begin releasing reparative hormones. Stages One to Four are referred to as non-rapid eye movement, or NREM.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) During REM sleep our muscles stop moving completely. Our breathing and heart rate become rapid and irregular, our blood pressure is more

variable, and our eyes move rapidly in bursts of activity. Our brain waves show a pattern similar to wakefulness, and scientists believe that our brains are using this time to sort out and organise our memories. This is when dreaming takes place. If we are woken during REM sleep, we may recall our dreams.

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Throughout the night, we continuously move from one stage or type of sleep to another in cycles that can last from 70 to 90 minutes each. Early REM periods are very short, however, usually 5 to 10 minutes long, increasing in length as the night progresses. Many of us experience problems sleeping now that the days are getting longer and the sunlight in the morning stronger. It’s all to do with our body’s biological clock and circadian rhythms. The circadian rhythm is the twenty-four-hour cycle of light/dark, wakefulness/sleep to which most human physiologic processes are set. At regular intervals each day, the body tends to become hungry, tired, active, listless, energized. Body temperature, heart-beat, blood pressure, hormone levels, and urine flow rise and fall in this relatively predictable, rhythmic pattern - a pattern initiated and governed by exposure to sunlight and darkness. NEXT ISSUE: TIPS TO ENSURE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP • S ituated just outside San Javier Airport (Murcia) with the latest state of the art security system, CCTV and manned 7 days per week • Immediate transfer to Airport, NO WAITING, dropping you right outside departures for your convenience. On your return your car will be outside arrivals receiving a complimentary external clean • Unlimited free transfers • Completely legal and insured



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This April, celebrate ‘Welly Week’; an initiative that considers the benefits of going ‘organic’. Organised by ‘Garden Organic’ to raise funds to help educate and inspire people about organic gardening, farming and food for a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, our environment and our planet, during ‘Welly Week’ everyone is invited to host a welly walk or wear their wellies to work and celebrate all that’s good about organics! Whilst I’m not sure that this will be possible for us here in Spain – it’s a bit warm for wellies - but we can certainly do our bit, in fact you may be already! So what are the benefits of eating organic? People who choose to go organic may do so for many reasons: because they think it tastes better, they believe that it’s safer, more nutritious, better for the environment or better for animal welfare. Or perhaps simply because it’s more ‘natural’. But is organic food actually better for you? Interestingly, current scientific evidence does not show that organic food is any safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food. But, of course, scientific evidence is dynamic (dare I say ‘organic’!) and therefore we must be open to new evidence. So, suppose, for example, you wanted to find out if organic food

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is better for you because it is more nutritious. Which nutrients should you measure? Should you compare the produce as it comes out of the ground or as it is sold in the shops? Would you count any nutrient difference as important, or only differences that can be shown to have an effect on health? The answers to these questions are under investigation by many white-coat-wearing suitably-qualified researchers. However, in the meanwhile, here are some thoughts, relevant to all food, whether or not it’s organic! As consumers, we are right to be concerned about our diet and health. Diet probably contributes as much as one third of the risk to two big killers – cancer and cardiovascular disease. The safety and quality of our food depends on the care and controls in place throughout the food chain. Take pesticide residues, for instance, the safety levels for pesticide residues in food are assessed by independent scientific experts, and they take into account the uncertainties by including a large safety margin. Nevertheless, many people would prefer not to have detectable residues in their food, even if they are not a risk to health. Organic food contains fewer residues of pesticides used in conventional agriculture, so buying organic is one way to reduce the chances that your food contains these pesticides. But it is also

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While blinds do an excellent job of blocking out unwanted light, they are also great at providing privacy. In the hot summer months blocking out sunlight also means blocking some of the heat. Venetian blinds are by far the most popular types of blinds, although there are several other types on the market. Varieties of Window Blinds With so many different types of blinds available, here’s a quick guide to find the best one for you; it’s easiest to distinguish them by their construction and the types of materials that they use.

Venetian Blinds These are what most people think of when they hear the word blind.These blinds are constructed with slats, most often made from metal or plastic. When bamboo or wooden slats are used they are called either bamboo or wooden blinds instead of Venetian blinds. The widths of the slats can vary, but they are most commonly about 50mm. Wider slats look better on larger windows. There are a couple of variants to the Venetian blind which have become very popular – mini blinds and vertical blinds. Mini Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds are never more than 19mm. They get their name from their very narrow slats. Vertical Blinds ~ The slats of these blinds hang vertically instead of horizontally, as their name implies. The slats of these blinds are often constructed from stiffened fabric.

Solid Blinds These blind open and close by pushing and pulling. These types of blinds have a solid piece of material instead of slats.

Holland Blinds These are blinds constructed using woven wood. They open and close by being rolled up using the attached strings. These are great at controlling sunlight and thus very popular in tropical locations. They provide a tropical ambience wherever they are used.

Pleated Blinds These blinds are constructed using pleated fabrics. They can be pulled up to open and usually contain a recess at the top to hold the material.

Honeycomb Blinds Due to their unique construction, honeycomb

blinds are known for their superior performance. Honeycomb blinds are also referred to as cellular shades and are made with two panels of pleated fabric shades have become one the most popular window treatments. The two panels of fabric form air pockets, or cells, which are honeycomb shaped, thus giving these blinds their name. When raised the honeycombs collapse and expand when the blind it is released. Because the honeycombs or cells form a vacuum and trap air, they provide energy efficient insulation and sound absorption. Due to their unique construction, honeycomb blinds are known for their superior performance. With their soft textured fabrics, however, they bring a sense of luxury to any room. Honeycomb blinds come in single, double, and triple honeycomb design as well as a variety of pleat sizes and colored fabrics to offer anyone a customized look. Depending on the thickness of the fabric will determine the degree of light control within the room.

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• Opportunity to own a peace of the paradise • Large finca of rustic land of 30 Hectare • Comes with 700 – 800 cultivated olive trees • Agriculture land not suitable for building • Water well in the land, electric close by • Set in the most magnificent rural location • Divided into 7 plots within the Finca • Each hectare worth around 6,300€.

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• Delightful detached villa in rural location • 118m built set on a 1,700m plot with views • There is a spacious living dining area • 3 double bedrooms, 2 fully bathrooms • Comes with dip pool, fully A/C (hot & cold) • Totally gated & fenced, panoramic country views • Gated parking for 4 cars, fully legal 100%

• 2 Ruins of 180m in need of total reform • Set on a plot of flat land 9,000m • Set in the most magnificent rural location • Electricity and mains water by the house • The property comes with full title deeds • With some caves room with the ruins • Idyllic peaceful location for weekend break

• Beautiful large penthouse with beautiful views • 1 double bedrooms 1 complete family bathroom • Good size Terrace 35m, + large 50m roof terrace • Communal large pool and garden • Fully furnished, A/C & fully fitted kitchen • 2 minutes walking to all amenities & beach • Secure underground parking included

• Ruin of 200m in need of total reform • Set on a plot of flat land 1,700m • Set in the most magnificent rural location • Electricity and mains water by the house • The property comes with full title deeds • Plus a new constructed cave house of 40m • Sold together or separate if necessary

Property of the week Carboneras - Ref: 070 price from: €124.000

New promotion key ready 2 / 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms large size apartment with built size from 85m² up to 120 m² plus large terrace, spectacular sea, port & mountain open 360 views, within easy walking distance to amenities, large lounge-diner, large unfitted kitchen, terrace with open amazing sea views, 2 minutes walking to the beach, private parking, reduced from 170,000€ for a quick sale by the builder. PRICE NOW €89.000


REDUCED €127.950

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• Beautiful new large apartment of 90m • 2 double bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms • Good size Terrace over looking pool • Communal large pool and garden • Fitted kitchen and wash room • Walking to amenities & 5 minutes to beach • Fitted wardrobe and Lift in the complex

• Beautiful Moorish style linked bungalow

• Large Plot of 4.500M of rustic land

• 2 double bedrooms, 1 modern bathroom

• Electric by the land, water need deposit

• Good size Lounge with open fireplace

• Easy access 3 minutes from Turre centre

• Back garden & front sunny terrace

• Suitable for Mobile home & caravan

• Large roof solarium with sea views

• Beautiful mountains views all around

• Sold furnished, with fully fitted kitchen

• Full deeds and land registry 100% legal

PRICE €129,950

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Mojacar • A well presented 1st floor apartment • 70M Terrace with wonderful sea views • Comprises of 2 large double bedrooms • Large family bathroom with walk in shower • Good size open plan lounge/dining area • With log burning stove, fully fitted A/C • Well fitted kitchen, 50 meters to beach.

PRICE NOW €169.000

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Partaloa • Detached luxury villa on raised 550m plot • 3 double bedrooms, 2 complete baths (1 en-suite) • Large covered pool 9.5 x 4,5 + sun bathing area • Complete fully equipped kitchen with white goods • Sold fully furnished & full A/C (hot & cold) • Large lounge / diner with marble fireplace • Private drive way to park 2 cars • Fully legal 100% with all documents inspected. • Reduced from 210.000€ saving of almost 45.000€

PRICE €469.000

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Bedar • Luxurious villa first class material • Plot of 12.000m², fantastic mountains views • 3 double bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, • Extra large living room with fireplace • Comes with separate dining room, • Large fully fitted kitchen all white goods • Garden with automatic irrigation system • Drive way for 5 cars & space for a pool, • Security system. Quiet location.

PRICE €174.950

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Antas • 3 Country properties of 320M built • On a flat 3.000M plot of land • Total 8 double beds & 3 baths • 3 independent kitchens • Space for a large pool 10x5 • Fantastic views over orange groves • Full title deeds for houses & land • 3 minutes drive to Antas town • Mains water & electric connected

PRICE NOW €149.950

Villaricos • Large 2 bedrooms, 2 baths apartment • Massive solarium with sea open view, • Property with front & back terrace • Complete kitchen with white goods • Extra spacious living / Dining room • To be sold fully furnished & equipped • Beautiful communal pool & garden • Reduced from originally 210.000€

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Make the right choice for you!

Over the years, working in Spain for a large and varied client base I have come across a few common misconceptions about air conditioning units and their cost effectiveness as cooling and heating appliances.

I have worked in the AC and refrigeration industry for 23 years and I hope that the following information provides you with some guidance in the purchase of your airconditioning/heat-pump units. The most important choice you will have to make before your purchase is are the units going to be your primary source of heating as well as cooling? This winter has been longer and colder than normal and many have paid the price in the form of high electricity bills or gas bottle/wood consumption. Now due to the new tariff imposed upon high KW consumption on each household it has become imperative for many that the correct choice is made before any purchase of AC or indeed any electrical item is purchased. Heatpump technology - incorporated within the vast majority of the AC units sold here, has evolved to become one of the most energy efficient forms of cooling/heating that you could use. I recently visited a client who required a routine maintenance carried out on his air-con units when the subject of high electricity bills came up. My client (2 people) who lived in a 3 bed villa had just recently paid over 300€ for his electricity bill for the last 2 months. After questioning it came to light that he had been using an oil filled electrical 2.5kw radiator to heat the bedroom and in the lounge the same again but also in conjunction with the log fire. I asked the question “Why did you not use your air-con heat-pumps to heat the rooms?” and the reply was “My friend said they cost to much to use!” With this, I conducted a simple experiment and attached an amp clamp meter to the oilfilled radiator power lead and switched it on;

a reading of 12amps was shown. The same meter was attached to the power lead of the bedroom ac unit and a reading of only 3.2 amps was taken. Not only did the AC unit consume nearly 3/4 less power then the oil-filled radiator but, as it was a forced-air system and did not rely on convection currents, it heated the bedroom to its required temperature after 15 mins running. The radiator would have been running for possibly 2hrs or more to heat the room to the same temperature. The above highlights to me just how costly not having the correct information can prove to be as the AC unit fitted was a standard heat-pump. Within the AC market there are available inverter air con/heat-pumps that can save you up to 30% on your running costs over a standard air-con/ heat-pump. Imagine the savings that can be made on electricity bills. To prove the point, I live with my wife and 3 young children in a four bed villa in the campo. We have the washing machine, tumble drier (when raining) and cooker in constant use every day; our only form of heating is the inverter air conditioning/heat-pump systems that we have installed and our electricity bill from October to March was 612.98€. We do not use logs or gas bottles for heating and I am quite happy to show anyone my bills from Endesa as proof - I only wish my phone bill was as cheap!!! Energy efficiency does not, initially, come cheap but the extra costs are soon recouped within a short period of time. A good, professionally-installed system should last for 10 years in a normal domestic environment. I would always recommend that whoever you use to install your AC/heating systems that you always ask and discuss the ‘pros and cons’ of the different systems available and not just plump for the cheapest option - it may cost you more in the long run!

April 1957, Good Housekeeping

Back in 1957 DIY was relatively new. Here’s how Good Housekeeping magazine (launched back in the 1920s) recommended that its readers approach the DIY concept...

Each year, in the spring, housewives turn their thoughts to decorating and renovating their homes. More and more we are urged to ‘do it ourselves’, and this trend is supported by manufacturers who make a wide range of paints and papers which are easy to apply and many tools to help the amateur. In fact, there is so much for the unskilled and semi-skilled that it is not easy to choose materials and tools correctly. We give here some helpful pointers for wise buying. The following is a selection of equipment which the home handyman will want. Steps: These are essential for practically all home decorating. Obviously they must be safe, steady and tall enough to enable you to reach the highest point on your walls.

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Buckets: Plastic buckets are light and easy to handle. Sponges: Cellulose sponges are made in many different sizes. They are hard wearing and very absorbent. Gloves: Rubber or plastic gloves will protect your hands. Lined plastic gloves are very strong and a good choice for the tougher jobs involving the use of steel wool, etc. Rubber gloves are more pliable; the gauntlet shape gives added protection when reaching up to do high work. If you are one of those people who can’t bear to work in gloves, use a good barrier cream. Don’t forget to supply your self amply with rags and dust sheets. A table is necessary if you are papering.

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RISK-FREE FUNERAL PLANS YOU CAN TRUST Investing in a funeral plan may seem very daunting task but here at Avalon we can offer you peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your life knowing that your family wont be left with the undesirable legacy of funeral costs in excess of 3,000 euros. In five years time the cost of a funeral will be 50% more than today, and could be as much as 7,000 euros as the cost continues to increase at over 10% per year. That is why at Avalon, our costs are frozen, which enables you to pre-pay at todays prices. We have 15 years’ experience in the business and work with blue-chip organisations so you can be sure of a risk-free investment. We accept all new members irrespective of age or health and even have plans for the under 50’s.

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Turn On The Style With Tiles



How can I create a comfortable reading nook in my bedroom? Create a cosy reading area with a chair and an ottoman. Choose an ottoman with built-in storage for books. Have these pieces upholstered in leather or a soft chenille fabric, both of which are durable and comfortable. Place a small round table next to the chair to hold glasses or magazines. To save space, purchase a standing pharmacy lamp to provide light for reading. Place the lamp directly behind the table. …are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

…the one great thing about living in Spain is the choice of tiles available for every room! Tiles – in ceramic, slate, natural stone and a variety of other materials – have become an increasingly popular covering for floors and walls not least because they are hygienic and easy to clean. This means that they can be incorporated as an element of kitchen design, or bathroom design, for example, where they are less likely to harbour allergens than some other floor or wall coverings. Not only that, but tiles are available in a wide range of colours and finishes and so can add a touch of elegance to any room. Ceramic tiles, for example, are no longer restricted to neutral white, cream or grey, as was once the case and are available in brighter, warmer colours in a choice of unglazed, glazed, mosaic and porcelain finishes. Glazing –the application of liquid glaze to the surface of a tile by high pressure spraying or direct pouring – followed by firing in a kiln at a temperature above 1,000°C, creates a hard, water resistant surface.

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Mosaic tiles, although essentially manufactured in the same way, are made from pigmented clay, so that the colour extends throughout the tile, making them more resistant to wear and tear. Mosaic tiles are often sold mounted on paper, rather than loose, and although the intricacies of the production process do make them more expensive than some other type of tile, they are, nevertheless, water resistant and highly durable.

Porcelain tiles are a type of ceramic tile, but the use of porcelain clays means that they have a much lower water absorption rate – typically less than 5% – than other ceramic tiles, and, when glazed, are much more durable and hard-wearing. Porcelain tiles can be used to reproduce the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

Whatever you choose will add a touch of style to your home!

A very good morning for Sterling this morning as the pound hits a one month high against the euro to 1.1268 and it is also up to 1.5150 against the USD. The reason for the move higher has been attributed to the upward revision in 2009 Q4 GDP to 0.4% from 0.3%. However I feel there is a certain amount of profit taking after the dumping of sterling in the last few weeks- the Financial Times highlighted that hedge funds were shorting sterling and we are now probably seeing profit taking from this leading to a squeeze higher.

despite paying slightly above expectations. The gains seen in the Euro since Friday’s EC Summit agreement appear overdone now and with Eurozone economic recovery looking still very much 2-speed, the downside for the currency does look more attractive.

The gains in Sterling comes despite the fact that consumer confidence for the UK in March fell by one point to -15 after two consecutive months of improvement. The dip in confidence has been blamed on intense media focus on the state of the UK’s finances and the increasing likelihood of a minority government. Sterling will also have edged higher against the euro following data showing that Eurozone unemployment hit 10% in February- the highest since data started! More doom and gloom for the euro which is struggling to get above 1.35 and could face more downside pressure.

An important comment was made by one of the MPC’s BoE members, Dale, on Monday evening. He said that inf lation has responded less to the current slack in the UK economy than the Bank of England models suggest it should. This morning’s news that the UK’s 4th qtr final GDP figure has been revised higher, to +0.4% from +0.3% will only add weight to the argument for a sooner rather than later withdrawal of liquidity and a tightening in official rates. The much stronger than expected increase in the Nationwide housing price survey supports a return to growth. Sterling positive, especially versus the softer looking Euro. Sterling will also have been boosted slightly as the latest opinion poll from the Daily Express shows an extension of the Conservatives lead and to win in a narrow majority.

On Tuesday the Greeks attempted to take advantage of the perceived improvement in the fiscal position by tapping the debt market for a 7-year issue, managing to sell sufficient to satisfy their April requirement but only achieving a 1.2 times cover ratio

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Flies hate it! Little bunches, hanging in windows or left on top of tall furniture, work well. Replace when the lavender smells of nothing but twigs. It seems to me that “true” lavender is much more effective that lavendula (the “cheaper” stuff, which has squatter, slightly pinker blossoms) - but this could be mere horticultural snobbery!

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QUESTION: Please can we have a list of jobs we should be doing now – it’s always a help to be reminded! ANSWER: Yes, of course. In my book, this is a month of two halves with a list of different tasks in each! The first half is still good for new planting and the earlier in the month the better. This will ensure that roots get a good hold before the sun is too baking hot and they don’t dry out as fast now. It’s advisable to make sure anything you buy in a pot is soaked well before putting in a prepared hole in the ground or even in another pot, then water well in; if ‘dry’ planted it will struggle to absorb moisture later. In most areas now, danger of frost should have passed and you can safely remove any dead bits on shrubs such as roses etc. which have been attacked over the winter months. To check if it is dead first rub a thumbnail down the bark - if it is still green underneath it is still alive; if not, prune just below the first green bit you find and it should soon start to sprout again. As your plants begin to come to life again

after the winter sleep they will be hungry so make sure you give them a good feed to set them on their way. I find it is better to water a day in advance if I am using liquid feed as it absorbs better and immediately after if I am using dry pellets. The second half of the month is ideal for checking equipment and stock. It is better to ensure that all is in perfect order before you need it and to replace anything which has seen better days rather than be held back from a task later. Check ‘use-by’ dates on feeds, weedkillers etC. Is the wheelbarrow wheel fully inflated? Are all the garden tools clean? Do the secateurs sharpening?




Has the garden hose perished? Do any of the irrigation bits need cleaning out? Now is a busy time outside and as the weather, hopefully, is getting a bit kinder, it is a delightful time to be doing it!

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Dangers To Pets In Spain



With summer just around the corner, it’s time to ensure your pet’s are protected! The caterpillars have a bitter sweet taste and smell, dogs/cats do try to eat them. The results are almost certainly fatal ! as few as 3/4 will kill a medium sized dog and one can kill a cat ! Prevention: Stay away from areas with the pine trees and the obvious line the make when on the move. Seek professional help before attempting to remove nests and do not try to brush a procession away as you will spread the irritation producing hairs and raise the risk of poisoning. The reaction to the poison also causes necrosis of the tongue, by the time you notice the problem it is usually too late for veterinary help other than easing the suffering. BEST ADVICE IS STAY AWAY DO NOT TOUCH OR TRY TO REMOVE WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.


Tapeworms can affect humans, children in particular crawling around in areas where dogs roam. Always use a poop scoop and dispose of safely. Ensure your pet has regular monthly worming treatment.


Also known as Mediterranean Disease or Sandfly Disease is transmitted by sandflies. There are two main forms, Visceral (Kala-Azar) which affects various internal organs and Cutaneous which is apparent in the skin. The name sandfly is misleading they are not on the beach, they are found around gardens houses and woodlands. This disease is carried from dog to dog by sandflies. The sandfly is active during the warm season, April/May till Sept/Oct they disappear in winter. It comes out late afternoon, highest activity period 2am till 4 am Dogs with mild symptoms can be treated successfully as well, but dogs with serious anemia or serious alteration of liver / kidney function very often cannot be treated successfully. Prevention: It is very difficult to prevent leishmaniosis 100%, because sand flies are so very tiny they can even penetrate mosquito netting, but there are 3 key points to help avoid risk of infection. Dogs should be kept inside at night to reduce exposure to sand fly bites. Provide your dog with a special anti-sand fly collar which is proven to be more effective than other insecticides. Start in March with the collar application and maintain it until the end of November (ask your vet for the correct collar). A yearly blood test to make sure your dog has not contracted this disease.

Ehrlchiosis (or Tick Disease)

The female tick of the Rhipicephalus can be a carrier of this disease, a bacteria in her saliva. Incubation period varies, the bacteria reaches certain white blood cells and can infect the whole body. Prevention: Check your pet after every walk – or, with cats, when they decide to come home - removing safely ( get vets advice on how too) also where there is a bit tick problem, protect your dog with a special repellent, anti tick collar or liquid again ask your vet for advice.

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In the early stages antibiotic for 10/14 days. Dogs with weak defense system the symptoms can be so violent that they need intensive care, blood transfusions; if not detected in time a dog may die.

Filariosis (Or Heartworm Disease)

It is caused by a parasite which breeds inside the arterial vessels of the host, transmission is by mosquito bites. A lot of mosquitos species are carriers of the infectious stage of the heartworm. Heartworm is also a summer disease, main season April until October and again its the female that is the transmitter. Prevention: There are several topical or oral treatments which are applied monthly April to October - ask your vet. In advance cases, problems may lead to heart failure and sudden death.

Processionary Caterpillars

They are called this because they form processions as they move to soft ground to pupate. Their nests are found in pine trees and can kill the trees. they move in the months October to March/April. For dogs cats and children the best advice is STAY AWAY.


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STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES ACROSS 2. Floral leaf (5) 5. Compatibility (7) 7. Proportion (5) 8. Indeterminate (7) 10. Scoundrels (8) 11. Appeased (8) 14. Seafarers (7)

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entertainment news... entertainment news... Thurman Flop Saved By DVD Sales

success on Uma Thurman’s disastrous Motherhood opening has been saved by DVD. weekend, The DVD has sold 6,000 copies following the film’s UK opening Weekly. ment ntertain in which only 12 people saw it, reportsE The format was given a rushed release after the film’s disappointing debut last month. The film made £88 on its first weekend. Motherhood stars Thurman as a mother- of-two preparing for her 6-year-old’s birthday. The film - which cost its makers £3.1 million - made £58,10 0 at the American box office when it opened in October last year.

Davies: ‘I Wish There Were Less Soaps’

QI star Alan Davies has admitted that he wishes there were less soaps and more sitcoms on television. The comedian claimed that it is a “terrible climate” for writers of original TV programmes, arguing that commissioners are scared of taking risks with dramas and comedies. “It’s really hard to get stuff on television these days. Every idea I’ve had in the last year has been rejected. Sometimes without even having a meeting,” he told DS. “I spend months writing scripts. I wanted to do a chatshow - no. I wanted to do a sitcom – no. I wanted to do a documentary – no. You just keep going back. That’s why I ended up writing a book. It’s better than writing things which just end up in the drawer.” He continued: “My experience is the same as many writers, there is less and less room for original writing. There are returning dramas and there are reality shows. There used to be sitcoms, things like Minder and Porridge, but they don’t make them anymore. “No-one will take a chance or a risk. Everyone is in fear of their lives. Commissioners careers are riding on every decision - it’s crazy. You can’t make good things without the chance to fail. It’s a terrible climate.” However, Davies confessed that it is “pointless” complaining about the commissioning process, saying that there are too “few slots”. “I wish there were more slots. I wish there were less soaps and more sitcoms,” he added.

Katie Price ‘Urged To See Therapist’

Katie Price’s family and friends have reportedly told her to seek professional help. The model married cage fighter Alex Reid in Februar y but theDaily Star claims that she is still struggling to cope with her divorce from Peter Andre. Price is allegedly finding it particularly difficult to deal with recent rumour s that Andre has started dating Kerry Katona. Meanwhile, Reid has reportedly suggested that the couple have marriag e counselling. “Alex is beside himself,” a source claimed. “Kate won’t stop going on about Kerry and Peter. Kate is convinced that Kerry was after Pete straight after the jungle [on I’m A Celebrit y... Get Me Out Of Here!] and now she is saying, ‘See, I was right, I am always right’. “Alex wants to go to marriage counselling but [Price’s brother] Danny and [her mother] Amy want Kate to seek professional help.” However, another insider denied the rumours and said: “Kate is fine. She and Alex are having a great time together and enjoying married life.”

Doctor Who Admits ‘Romantic’ Nature Matt Smith has revealed that he is a “romantic”. Speaking recently, the Doctor Who newcomer explained that he is unsure how his newfound fame will affect his love life. “I haven’t had to cross that bridge yet because I am not as publicly recognisable as I will be in a few months so I don’t know exactly what it will be like,” he said. “I hope I will be able to sort the wheat from the chaff if you meet someone at Tesco or whatever. And you never know - I met my first girlfriend at Tesco walking down the meat aisle with my dad.” Smith added: “A loving relationship is important and rewarding, and I am a romantic.”


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Asparagus, washed & trimmed 2 tbsp olive oil

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Generous pinch of sea salt


Generous fistful of roughly

1. Preheat the oven to its highest setting. Toss the asparagus, oil and salt in a mixing bowl and spread on a baking tray in a single layer. Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes

chopped mint, plus small leaves to garnish 2 tbsp capers, washed and squeezed dry 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper Extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon 200g feta, crumbled Bread suitable for toasting

2. In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the mint, capers and black pepper with just enough extravirgin oil to make it look like a rough sauce. 3. A  rrange the asparagus on the toast and drizzle over the sauce. Squeeze on the lemon juice and sprinkle the mint leaves on top, then scatter with crumbled feta.

Tip: This is a great starter or light lunch, served warm or cold. Roasting asparagus really intensifies its flavour and brings out the sweeter notes. In fact, roasting asparagus is a good way of using it even when it is looking a little sorry for itself. Roasting removes moisture, so the spears will shrink a little. Allow 6 spears per person. You don’t have to stick to feta for this recipe, try with cottage cheese, ricotta, young goat’s cheese or mozzarella.

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A hybrid tomato plant that gives a bumper crop of sweeter tomatoes has been created by scientists, by cross-breeding from two parent plants.

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The discovery could be applied to other valuable food crops such as potatoes, peppers and aubergines, the geneticists hope. The crop-boosting mutation is seen as a potentially valuable tool to increase global food production in the coming decades. The scientists discovered the critical role of the florigen gene, which promotes flowering, by crossbreeding a collection of 5,000 tomato plants that had been deliberately mutated, each in a different gene. The researchers found that plants carrying one normal and one mutated florigen gene showed remarkable “hybrid vigour”, with a significant boost in yield and sweetness. Zach Lippman of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory in New York, who was part of the research team, said the hybrid had just the right balance of the florigen protein to account for the extraordinary 60 per cent boost in tomato production. “It’s the Goldilocks concept. What we find

is that to maximise yield, you can’t have too much or too little florigen. A mutation in one copy of the gene results in the exact dose of florigen required to cause heterosis [hybrid vigour],” Dr Lippman said.

“Mutant crops are usually thrown away because of the notion that mutations would have negative effects on growth. Our results indicate that breeding with hybrid mutations could prove to be a powerful new way to increase yields, not only in tomato, but all crops,” Dr Lippman added. “It is possible that farmers could achieve the same high yields as commercial hybrids by using this one gene, and would be able to grow fewer plants. “Alternatively, farmers could achieve even greater yields than is currently possible, and have higher sugar content – which is a second major component of tomato yield. “We are hoping to test the concept of “mutant hybrids” in other crops to see if yield can be manipulated in a similar way as we have shown in tomatoes. Crops that immediately come to mind are corn, rice, and soybean, among others,” he said. “It’s hard to say now whether our discovery will impact food production and food security, but I think the point to be made is that there is untapped raw genetic material that could be exploited to achieve higher yields, not only in tomatoes, but in other crops.”

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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Stir-fried Beef & Cabbage Ingredients

50g/2oz spring onions, sliced

1 tbsp sesame oil

50g/2oz bean sprouts

300g beef shoulder steak, thinly sliced

50g/2oz mangetout

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

10g/¾oz ginger, grated

1 tbsp sesame seeds

100g/3½oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 lime, juice only

100g/3½oz spring cabbage, sliced

salt & soy sauce, to taste

Method 1. Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add the beef to the pan and stir fry for 1-2 minutes until coloured on all sides. Add the garlic and ginger and stir well. Add the vegetables and stir fry for another minute or until the beef is cooked to your liking. 2. As soon as the beef is cooked, add the five-spice powder, sesame seeds and lime juice, stir and remove from the heat. 3. T  o serve, season with salt and/or soy sauce and divide among four plates.

Banana Mousse

Delia Smith causes rhubarb shortage

Waitrose has had to import German rhubarb treated with an agent called gibberellic acid because an advert by Delia Smith caused British supplies to run out Much of Britain’s rhubarb is grown in a small area of West Yorkshire between Bradford, Wakefield and Leeds known as the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’.

The supermarket chain has come in for criticism for the timing of the advertisement so early in the year, with British rhubarb growers saying it left them without a hope of meeting such large demand.

Early in the year growers ‘force’ it by growing the plant in heated sheds, but there is limited capacity.

In her new campaign for Waitrose, which she fronts alongside Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal, she suggests customers try her newly-concocted rhubarb and ginger brûlée.

Janet Oldroyd, of the Yorkshire Rhubarb Growers’ Association, said this season’s crop had been delayed by cold weather.

She wrote of the recipe on the supermarket’s website: “Rhubarb is just coming into season and at its very best. I have to say that after 40 years of devising crumbles, tarts, trifles and other uses for rhubarb, this season’s offering has narrowly - but positively claimed the top spot.”

Ingredients: 2 tbsp skimmed milk 4 tsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla  medium banana, cut in 1 quarters 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

Method: 1. Place milk, sugar, vanilla, and banana in blender. 2. Process 15 seconds at high speed until smooth. 3. Pour mixture into a small bowl; fold in yogurt and chill. 4.Spoon into 4 wine glasses; garnish each with a strawberry before serving.

That caused a particularly marked example of the ‘Delia effect’, with Waitrose selling enough of the plant for 61,000 desserts in four days alone, or the same quantity as it usually sells in 12 weeks. British growers said they simply could not meet the spike in demand.

tips from the kitchen table.... To separate an egg without getting your hands mucky. Break egg into a saucer, invert an egg cup over the yolk and pour off the white. You then do not get pieces of egg shell, or the yolk if making meringues, etc.

She said: “I can’t understand why Waitrose has publicised this rhubarb recipe at a time when it is difficult getting both forced and outdoors-grown rhubarb in the UK.” She claimed rhubarb treated with gibberellic acid, a naturally occurring and harmless protein used to stimulate growth, did not taste as good. A Waitrose spokesman said that sales of rhubarb were “so extreme” following the recipe being published online that it had to source from abroad. She said that gibberellic acid made no difference to the taste.

K&J English Foods Behind Bar International, Albox/Baza Road, Tel: 600 707 606

Frozen Foods

Range of s Toiletrie

Colemans Mixes 1€

Hartleys Pineapple Jam 1€

ORDER ARGOS English Baby New Potatoes 2€ per kilo

Patak Pastes 2€

Jersey Royals COMING SOO N

Sweet & ce Sour Sau 500g 1€ an e n a r r e Medit 0g 1€ Sauce 50

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all you can eat buffet every thursday

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only 5€ call for more details


10% off all takeaways limited period only

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GAMES EVENING At Turre Evangelical Church

Thursday 15th April from 7pm to 9pm. Please come and join us for this fun evening playing scrabble, chess, upwords, rummicub, cards or other games. If you have a game you enjoy playing just brin g it along. All are welcome. Tea and cof fee will be served. Find us at Avenida de Almeria, at the top of Turre (near Nunez Furnitu re Fac tor y) Tel: 686 833 444 for more informa tion.


sale New lingerie th April 2pm on Monday 12

Albox, 10 at the APSA shop in in all sizes Spring underwear new some for come along changing fitting service and private a have e clothes and makes. W Spring and Summer of full also is rooms. The shop at cheap prices for all the family , turn left at

the bridge in Albox Calle Ancha - over at us visit visit the and come the right - you can are a few yards on we and Bank Santander and restaurants too there are lots of bars and area the in lovely squares

Charity Events In April

Thursday 15th April night, Puppy Rescue Quiz . Bar Lepanto, Albox 3 89 7.30pm ring 950 591 for details Sunday 18th April APSA charity sponsored dog walk - Albox Rambla, 11am - sponsor ring forms from shop, 616 175 291 for details

RS Concert With Special SINGESpring ROSE Rose Singers

Music The 7.30pm As Long As We Have k on 23rd & 24th april Kimric The At - Viola ’ Twist Guest Stuart Green line Frolics - Jazz ‘n Fe ” rge o Ge . St to te and - tickets 10€ “Tribu & Titanic Love, Stars iserables M Les from A song or two : to name but a few Composers No Hey Nonny Tickets available from Cornfields, with a Rutter , Rossini , ozart, Berlin (Turre), Bach, Offenbach, M (Turre), The Word Entertainment ) Total choir members Gills (Mojacar Playa Buganvillas) and as (L Not e-M Busy Bees (Vera), Forget

The Dog House Foundation held a St Patricks Night Celebration on the 19th March 2010 Urcal, to raise funds for the charity. at The Palms Restaurant in The night kicked off in true tradition al

Irish style with Brendan O’Dee pro viding a few of the old popular Iris h tunes. This was followed by a buffet, pro vided by Eileen, which included am ongst others, a traditional Irish Stew with Soda bread and Irish coffees. The fou ndation then held an auction and raffle of items provided by supporters of the charity, as well as many local businesses and shops. The evening then ended wit h more music provided by Brendan, as well as dancing into the night. In total, approximately 600€ was raised for the foundation. The committee wo uld like to thank all those who came along and supported the event. Also, we would like to thank those who donated item s to the auction and raffle. Finally, the committee would like to pass on ou r heartfelt gratitude to Brendan, for making the night so successful and providing the ‘Irish charm’ as well as to Eileen and Tony at The Palms, for providing the venue and buffet.


Could you spare an hour or two to help Puppy Rescue? We urgently need help walking the dogs and puppies in the care of this Albox charity, please try to give just a small amoun t of your time to volunteer - your help wil l be really appreciated by the dogs who are longing to go for walks - and you wil l get fit at the same time!! Call in at the Pup py Rescue shop or ring 600 287 726 for information, or see the volunteers at the Puppy Rescue stall at the markets. Tha nkyou

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EVERY Wednesday

Pitch Only 2€ Wonderful drive from Albox to Taberno then 5km further on to a fabulous Bar & Restaurant, from Tapas to Menu Del Dia - excellent value! Outdoor swimming pool makes for a great day out. Moving soon to restaurant area.

Teatro Saavedra Fri 23rd April Sat 24th April

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

• House Clearances • Motor Vehicles h • Antiques 7t y • White Goods a d nes • Furniture Wed

Lots of stalls and bargains to be had

Open to stall holders from 8am onwards Open to the public from 9am - 2pm Situated on the Huercal Overa/Taberno road at the junction of Los Llanos & Santopetar crossroads. For further information contact Julie on

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Teatro Gilabert Fri 30th April Sat 1st May

Doors open 7.15pm - Curtain up 7.45pm


Tickets 7.50€ Available from:-

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

NEXT AUCTION 21st April Starts 5pm

Tel: Jayne & Mike 950 432 517 Mobile: 667 698 795

Tel: 617 029 645

Mojacar Bridge Club


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

(Full Gospel Businessmen´s Fellowship International) HOSTAL FLAMENCO (opposite Mariela´s Bar, Mojacar Playa) SATURDAY 17 APRIL SATURDAY 15 MAY SATURDAY 19 JUNE All at the Hostal Flamenco, all at 10am. Breakfast costs 4€; those coming for the first time are free of charge. A firm booking is required for catering purposes. Come and hear some GOOD NEWS of how God changed a Man´s life forever. You will be made very welcome. Tickets available from Geoff Ward on 950 615 068 or David Templeman 950 168 349




Dames in Turre April & May

April 26th - Sally Rendell will speak about making a Will in Spain May 11th - 4 Day trip to Seville and Cordoba 250€. Call Lesley 950 478 633 or ema il May 31st - Quiz Guests welcome to join all our trip s!

Exhibition Of Paintings By Ruth Rodman


surprise your friends and family with an announcement online at ~ email all the details & photos to


Mojacar Cancer Support Group


Connections T on i g ht – Wednesday 7th April, there is a Caberet Night in Aid of Aspradolba at the Blue Parrot in Vera. It’ll be a fantastic night for a fantastic cause – head on down!

On 27th April The Fundraiser has organised an evening at Taj Indian Restaurant in Turre, Tickets 10€ raising money for the Red Cross. There will be a buffet of Indian Food, Live Music, and a raffle. They are looking for people to bring Raflle donations to the Fundraiser Shop in Turre in advance of the evening. Sands cafe bar are offering a range of traditional Greek cuisine from tapas to delicious stifado and moussaka! Linda Gibson is at Sol Passion with a Botox & Restylane Clinic on Thursday 8th April


To all Rotarians, Ex-Rotarians and Aspiring Rotarians in the Mojacar, Vera, Turr e, Cuevas area and beyond... Would you be interested in forming a Rotary Club in our area? If so, please email me at:

It’s all happening at

Cafe / Bar Rumores Cafe / Bar

email your local events to

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


Royal British Legion

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

Mountain Murmurs Cactus Azul is now open in Cuevas Del Almanzora! Lucy and Diego are waiting to welcome you for a beer and tapas in the sunshine!


Los Limoneros in Cortijo Grande have a quiz on the last Friday of every month! The

in Albox has special

cleaned for







summer IT’S FREE TO USE! Donna’s offers








chance to get yourself

sorted for the summer! The Sunburnt Arms in Piedra Amarilla has asked us to put out a message to ask all bars with a pool table, who would like to start up a pool league to get in touch! A chance to exercise your competitive nature!

‘Just like mother used to make’


SUNDAY ROAST for just 4

FREE wifi internet access for customers. Open every day for breakfast from 9.30am. See our website for current & forthcoming events - or add your blog!

Come and enjoy food prepared by Tilly & Maz

SUNDAY LUNCH ONLY 4.95 € FRIDAY BEER BATTERED COD w HOMEMADE CHIPS 4.95€ ith SATURDAY SPECIAL STEA K with chips & all the trim OFFER mings 8oz~8.50€ 16oz~13€ A la carte menu served Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 7pm For further information or to make a reservation

Tel: 671 608 498 Function Room Available





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for sale 3sq mtr Timber Shed cost 1800€ selling for 750€. 29sq mtr non slip pool terrace tiles cost 150€ selling for 40€. 16sq mtr terrace tiles 40€. 370 white wall blocks (approx 5 pallets) 225€. Various fruit trees 10€.

Tel: 677 365 587 WANTED




Tel Spain: 634 960 115 Tel: UK 07961 563 263



appliance repairs

Multi-skilled handyman Requires work

Maths Tutor


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

Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729





Arts & Crafts

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

Tel: 659 555 323

air con

air conditioning supplied & fitted call 678 813 505


Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote Tel: 627 907 207 Email:

Pet Transportation

for all your cleaning needs. From homes, PAINTING/DECORATING offices, bars and windows. Pool Interior cleaning from 15€. &Experienced Exterior Decorator No contracts. You Using quality materials. This fast, friendly, clean and ring, we clean. efficient service will never be Tel: 606 014 099 beaten on price. No payment


Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363 or Email:

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592


Preparatory courses for the Official Diploma in Spanish Foreign Language, GCSE & A Level

Call Victoria 950 472 590


chest freezer For home use

call terry: 676 381 917

Hard Working Man Looking for Work Labouring, Painting, Gardening, Driving, Anything considered

TEL: 617 904 774

Call Stephen 655 772 127 sits vac

Parking/storage AAParking & storage Almeria broadband


Enthusiastic and committed sales spanish lessons people wanted to work on commission Murcia SPANISH LESSONS only basis, must have Alicante own transport, if Bilingual Teacher Tel: 639 081 067 you can close a deal Beginners & Intermediate and have a desire SMALL GROUPS number one to work for an & 1-2-1 TUITION broadband internet pets established company. Arboleas & Zurgena Area provider in the area Call 965 720 817 or from 17€ for a Call Vera 690 375 546 256 kbps connection 90 minutes lesson, 616 493 487 per month including printed material, 10€ call 678 813 505 Old School, Llanos del Peral

cheap calls


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

Conversation & Pronunciation

seeking work

damp proofing English / Spanish 15 years in Spain

Competitive Prices

Springs coming


electro-os s.l.

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141

651 519 307

until complete satisfaction.

Calls to all european landlines for 1.4c per minute? call 678 813 505

City & Guilds Qualified

James & Son UK, France & Spain


building Neil Bates Builder

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

Removals / Storage


For card making, drawing or painting

removals ABBOTTS

Fantastic New Price List Beauty Treatment, Waxing, Nails, Massage etc. Ladies & Men’s Pampering Tel: 673 943 705

600 007 175 950 064 576 art & craft

Tel: 697 830 033



Want all of your unwanted items! Call

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

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

Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman Tel: 697 678 708


667 235 205


In trouble with your Spanish?

Call Tomas 600 339 694

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE ENGINEER for all of your repairs of Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Cookers & Tumble Dryers


Tel Rod: 687 261 280 business for sale

RESTAURANT LEASE FOR SALE ~ majorca In busy tourist area of Santa Ponsa, Majorca. Fully equipped, large restaurant & terrace, turn key operation, full restaurant & drinks license. Would also suit bar or cafe operation 10 lease, low rent, seasonal turnover in excess of 220,000€. Would consider part exchange. Price negotiable. For all information and photos go to: EMAIL: OR call: 679 017 931

Bar for sale or rent

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


building & maintenance


ross regan s.l.

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

business opportunity The bodyShop Products remaining stock available at cost price. Retail value 8,000

Only 3,000€

Fantastic opportunity! Contact 616 250 727


the gallery

for the best framing service at low prices

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

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

Tel: 664 619 819 pet sitting


Dog & Horse Sitting Service

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

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


Tel: 607 554 984

house clearance

House Clearance


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

abel decor

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

And we mean total!

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

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

windows & doors


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket!

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

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

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


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


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

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for sale

Vauxhall Vivaro Van

Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service. Take advantage of 2000 opel tigra 1.4I our unbeaten Metallic Silver, 116.000km, Petrol, Elec windows, A/C, PAS, CD Player, Alloy wheels, 4 new tyres, Summer offer. new exhaust, new windscreenTax up to date and Excellent runner and very tidy car. WEEKLY POOL CLEAN ITV July 2010.3,500€ ono Call Steve on 697705421 or 950618634 (inc all chemicals) 65€ pcm cars wanted Also offering pump ENGLISH CARS/VANS WANTED repair & services. With or without MOT - Must be able to be driven and FULL SAND CHANGE roadworthy ONLY 95€ Call John on 647 011 084 Call: 689 200 671 4yrs established in Albox area.


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

BMW 325 TDS 1997, 190,000km. Black with black leather interior. 12months ITV 4 new tyres €3,800 ono Tel: 670 514 731 Kate, Mojacar

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

3,850€ ono Tel: 950 398 030 scrap cars

van hire


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


2002, 1.6 petrol, LHD, manual, slate grey, ITV & Taxed until Sept 2010, 73,000kms. Valeted & in good condition. Full service history. 3,500€

Tel: 664 540 730

Jaguar XJ8

3.2 V8 Sport, Black, 4 doors,1999, Spanish Registration Plates, All Jaguar refinements. Alloy wheels, ABS Brakes, 6 - disc CD changer, twin air bags, electric windows front & back. Good condition ITV March 2011

4275€ or very near offer Tel: 950 064 844 Mob: 634 316 230




Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility.

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Certificates issued CARS, VANS, LORRIES


opp. Mi Case Antas, Cuevas Almanzora Road


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

Tel: 627 907 207


Stonemason Stonemason

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

Tel: 652 294 131

Tlf: 950 393 776 • Vehicle Sales • Air Conditioning • Re-Registrations • Full Diagnostic Service • Servicing & Repairs • Pre ITV Checks

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

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.


647 379 795

W A N T E D Spanish or English


TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

Euro Painters

Recession Busting Offer!

Average 2 / 3 bed Villa

incl. all minor repairs & 10 rejas!

only 1,000€

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

Tel: 648 898 719 or 677 557 190

4 Blocked toilets sinks & baths 4 New showers, baths & toilets 4 Blocked drains & pipes 4 Turbine root cutting 4 CCTV surveys & inspections 4 Blocked cesspits 4 Drain tracing All domestic and commercial work carried out All work guaranteed Call out within 1 hour when possible All areas covered

Tel: 648 768 587 / 950 069 186


LOCKSMITH & CARPENTRY SERVICES Over 25 years experience in the trade 24 hour service

MLA registered City & Guilds Advanced Carpenter All types of carpentry undertaken CALL US: 608 673 086 Email:

Coastal Mosquitos

Mosquito Screens for Windows & Doors For a free estimate call us on 610 000 700 Awnings shower screens replacement window and doors Plisse retracting screens ideal for all types of door openings

Enclosures / Conservatories Convert your patio area into a sunroom or a mosquito free area with glass or mesh


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

Are you looking for a house to rent? Advertise for as little as 3€ and be seen by 22,500 readers Call 950 430 820

PROPERTY for rent

property for SALE Detached villa for sale in Oria. 900m² plot with self contained detached wooden cabin. Full paperwork. For quick sale 139,000€ ono. Tel: 699 483 438. Urgently Wanted: All types of properties for sale in Huercal Overa, the immediate villages & countryside. Call Andy on: 678002006 or 950135512

Harbour lights

2 bedroom apartment overlooking pool. At 126,000€ this apartment even undercuts the developer. Be apart of this prestigious development. Contact Steve on 950 618 054 or 628 463 656

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


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


Tel: 647 730 103

sale properties wanted Is yours Fully Legal & Sensibily Priced? If so, we have Cash Buyers waiting. All areas covered. All property types needed

Call: 638 849 254 Looking to buy? Call us now!

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

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

Linked House for sale in Villaricos Set in beautiful gardens with shared gated pool. 5 mins walk to beach

€145.000 Tel: 659 146 134

Wanted We buy, sell and remove mobile homes &twin units Having problems with the campsite? Struggling with the rent? Don’t risk losing your home. We can remove and store your home for you. Transport to France or UK arranged Tel: 616 250 727

Email: We can help !

Urcal, 1 bed Casita, fully furnished with large Fly Free Patio. Fully equipped kitchen with Sky & Wi-Fi connection. 250€ per month. Tel: 666 281 323

double bedrooms, large sunny terrace looking out to sea. No stairs. Rent - €400 pcm + electricity and Water bills. Tel 950 478070. Email

Nice 2 bedroom. 2 bathroom, townhouse on Valle del Este Golf, furnished, €400 per month. Plus water and electric. Call Graham on 678 655 453

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

For long term rental - Mojacar Beach Spacious, furnished front-line apartment. 3


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

Rental Properties

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

Call: 638 849 254

More rental properties needed

Apartment in El Faro Puerto de Mazarron, 2/3 Double Bedrooms,

Lounge/Diner, Kitchen with white goods, Communal Pool, parking space, long term rental 325€ pcm + bills Tel: 968 199 325 or 680 913 840 3 double bed, 2 bath, furnished Villa with pool. Arboleas (La Perla). Long term rental 450€ pcm plus utlilities. Tel: 610 054 549 Olula del Rio, 1 bed apartment, sun terrace, spa, satellite TV and internet. 200€ + bills pcm. Tel: 678 554 755

Luxury 2 and 3 bedrooms (2 bathrooms) apartments in the centre of an miguel de Salinas, video entry, marble enrance, lifts to all floors, underfloor heating, roof top pool, next to supermarkets, stunning view from 385€ per month. Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 Cherribar Park Homes Camping La Hierbabuena Los Lobos

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Windows White UPVC x3 130 wide x 122 deep open inwards 150€ for the 3, or will split. Tel 659 089 658 or 950 390 964 Job lot of ladies cosmetics, lip stick, lip / eye liner, eye shadow nail polish etc over 100 items (suit car booter) 50 € Tel 659 089 658 or 950 390 964 Sony FD Trinitron Wide Colour TV. Model KV 28LS36S with matching glass fronted video cabinet. Can deliver. €70. Mob: 699244779 Konica Minolta Dimage Digital Camera complete with installation cds, cables and additional 128mb card. €50 Mob: 699 244 779 2 x Goodrich P205/70 R 15 tyres 30€ each Tel: 950 46 95 40 (Los Gallardos) 2 x Bridgestone 215/60 R 15 TYRE 30€ each Tel: 950 46 95 40 (Los Gallardos) Easylift Scooter rack, fits on tow bar in seconds, ideal for Motor Home, cost new 450€, VGC, Accept 230€ Tel 610 505 547 Body Sculpture Air Rower, only used a couple of times, cost new 290€ bargain at 130€ Tel 610 505 547 Drum kit ideal starter kit 120€ Tel 670 514 731 Single bed with 2 foam mattresses 10€ (space needed) Tel 629 967 771 Motor Cycle 125cc Hammel Cruiser 2300km Excellent condition Jacket + helmet included owner returning to UK550€ o.n.o. Tel 697506087 Wet suit (O’Neill) med/large as new 60€, Shoes as new size 9, Life vest (windwood) M/L as new, Race Windsurf Board Mistral F2004 inc Matbase + fin L 8’5” x 39’.4” Tel 679549562 Washing Machine ‘New Pol’ 5.5kg S1290R washing machine (Spanish) good condition and in working order spin speed 1200 rpm 45€ o.v.n.o Tel: 634 305 565. (ref:232) Genuine Toyota roof bars to fit a Rav 4. 30€ Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 E l e c t r o l u x integrated oven. Green. Excellent condition as new. 50€. Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 Various Beauty Salon equipment, for sale, including massage bed, wax pot etc. Details phone: 662 094 372 Washing Machine brand new Techwood spin 110€ buyer to collect (Partaloa). Tel 652294146 (ref:233)

L-Shaped Desk 70€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Filing Cabinet 40€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Bookcase - 30€ Tel: 649 690 964 (ref:232) Rover 218 parts for sale Headlights, rear lamp, alternator, door mirrors, front indicator, jack, wheel trims & 4 almost new tyres. 250€ the lot or will sell separately. Tel: 950163489 (ref:232) Cot for sale in excellent condition used for 3 weeks only, teak in colour, first to see will buy only 60€. Tel 950163809 or 669177421. (ref:232) Coffee table, large, pine wood, with 4 glass segments which also tilt up to a higher level for dining, 50e call 676135462 (ref:231) Sumoto 1.5 C.V. single phase well pump only done 12 months work complete with 100 metres of cable and Guardsman safety unit. Bargain at 225€. Tel 662463337 (ref:231)

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

wanted We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our own rental apartments. Tel: 965 720 817 or 966 723 437 Dog Cages or crates all sizes needed Tel 950163489 Old roof tiles wanted approx, 1,000 Tel 618 244 765. (ref 229) Old roof beams wanted approx 5mts long Tel 618 244 765 (ref 229) Table Tennis Table, Full sized Outdoor, Contact Tel: 950 634 431 (ref:229) Dehumidifier in good working order. Tel: 950 124 835 Table Tennis Table Must be Outdoor type. Tel: Peter at 651 345 701” (ref: 224) Running machine / tread mill required. Tel: 696 792 747

AA Auctions want all of your unwanted items! Call: 600 007 175 or 950 064 576 World War 2 and onwards, military Memorabilia, cash paid. Tel: 950 469 540


boats, trailers, delivered to and from the UK. American Trailers moved and resited. Tel: 600 760 057 (0044) 7851 752 242

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Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. accountancy Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of SR Accountancy stalls and bargains, offers Completion of for more information Non-Resident Tax call Julie 646 675 297 returns, Renewals of Residencia, carpentry European Health Cards and Registering W i l d w o o d of E121 etc. For Bespoke Joinery more information, – High quality made call 685 248 999 to measure carpentry or email sharon@ & joinery. Reliable & professional service at competitive prices. air conditioning Avoiddisappointment, call James on: 950 067 MD Air-Conditioning 011 or 685 955 768 & Refrigeration jame s@w ild wo o d. S.L. Sales, service, es installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: craft & hobby 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_aircon@ Elaine’s Wools, mobileemail.vodafone. quality UK wool & es accessories. Also near Alternative Energy available Mazarron. Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! DRESSMAKING www.carlossaliente. Bespoke curtains, com Tel: 950 121 918 alterations, repairs, Solar & wind power gazebo covers & Best equipment C&G mosquito nets. Tel: qualified 15 years 649 503 875 experience, electrical work and pool MINI digger heating. Call Phil. Tel: 636 261 240 www. Mini Digger and Driver Hire. Tel: 610 345 725


At Location Auctions, Antas El real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 7th April. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon/ Tues and all day Wed. House clerances speciality. Tel: 667 698 795


ELECTRICAL Andrew Morrison All electrical work undertaken. Boletin available. Tel: 627 250 204 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

Internal & for hire External Blinds. Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no The Baby Hire obligation quote on Centre Professional Baby Equipment Hire. 627 907 207 FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 649 332 boats 134 Email enquiries@ XT 2.85 kayak with thebabyhirecentre. double paddle. As com Website: www. new hardly used. Very thebabyhirecentre. strong polyethlyene. com for Similar in decathlon Everything € 499. Sell for € 250. the visiting baby. Car seats, high Tel. 950 466396. chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 builders 581 or 666 375 688 Ross Regan We e x p e c t i n g b a b y @ cover all aspects of work from total haIRDRESSING reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors Fully design & build Call for ELAINE awarda free no obligation qualified, mobile quote 671843155 / winning English unisex 646234222 hairdresser, Albox surrounding carAVANS & areas, Call today for appointment! C a r a v a n s your Wanted: Caravans, 618 427 103




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Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 950 121 918 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & Plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 08 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing and electrics. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

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

HORSE RIDING Rancho Luz Del Retamar, Sol, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

HOsting English family wanted near the coast for 2 hours every Saturday & Sunday to take 2 Spanish children (16 yrs & 13 yrs) to experience English life each weekend. Call Carolina 671 625 098

HOuse painter House painted outside villa to include minor repairs plus 10 rejas. Quality product. Ref available. 648 898 719 or 677 577 190 europaintersspain@

insurance K n i g h t s Insurance. Motor, house & contents, life & health, public liability, pleasure boat, quads, jetski & more. Tel: 950 121 943

ironworks Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 P&D Metals All aspects of metal work undertaken. Specialists in Ornamental Gates, Rejas. Tel: 638 707 406 The Metalworks -Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Made to measure. Tel: Keith Wood on 600 438 436

locksmith Phil the Pick 24 Locksmith hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

Full load of olive 160€, Full load of eucalyptus 160€, or half loads 100€

personal Attractive couple (m42/f29) offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house and hotel visits possible. Tel: 629 483 618 Sensual, tender woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her private, descreet finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms, in the Jacuzzi or outdoor at the pool. Tel: 669 101 316 Sexy German beauty, busty and shaved, enjoys to please you with arousing massages and more. Affordable rates. Call 676 565 128 Sunday Night is Singles Night at Bistro Bonita in Cerro Gordo. Call Chris for more details 650 599 739 bistrobonita1@ Elegant lady (30) fulfils your erotic wishes on her private finca near Albox. Enjoy my different services daily by appointment. Phone: 669 101 316 Attractive Couple offers exclusive eroticservice for women, men, couples. Phone 629 483 618 www. Pretty Woman, sensual and tender, spoils you daily discreet in her private home. Tel: 676 565 128 Male Masseur – Men ONLY Relaxing & affordable. Tel: 676 902 388

pets P a l o m i n o Kennels – exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 619 306 870 or 950 067 057 www. Abandoned dogs looking for good homes. All vaccinated & health checked. Call: 619 306 870 Animal Hotel – Aquilas, every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www. puppyrescueinspain. c o m

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Call Lynn on 950 430 820 new tyres, 183km. Excellent condition, drives well. €6500 Tel 950 477 205 or 664 327 898 Vauxhall Cavalier 2.0 GL hatchback. UK "M" Reg. s/r, t/ b, e/w, £299 ovno. (Arboleas) 620 271 345 (ref:227) Ford Escort/ Orion Estate 1800 petrol, new catalytic converter, full year ITV & Tax. 1,200€ Tel: 606 656 976 Renault Clio 1.2 silver, 2001, low miles, ITV Nov, AC, 6CD, EW, EM, C/L, clean & reliable Tel: 617 708 435

Clean & Clear Complete Pool maintenance. Weekly pool clean including all chemicals, only 65€ car wanted per month. (equivalent to only 15 per week). Renault Laguna Call: 689 200 671 Wanted from 1996 Satellite systems to 1999 years. ITV failure for body and parts, engine not A1 Sky necessary. Phone Television 610 006 432


trailer for sale Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Ifor Williams flat All areas covered. Tel Dave: 628 607 778 bed 14’6’long 6’6’wide Sky Digi Box, PACE with blue sky card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 657 478 771. Skystars – satellite installations, relocation & alignment of dishes, all areas covered. Tel: Paul 687 042 335. Ref 11386

stonemason Restoration/ Rebuild of Historic Buildings, Fincas, Cortijos, Stone Carvings, Design, New Build, Walling, Paving. 20 years experience. Tel: 652 294 131

storage Caravan & boat storage & sales, Antas Tel: 661 508 776

Swimming pools Tropicana Pools Construction & Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776

tiling Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman: 697 678 708

vehicles cars for sale Ford Fiesta 1.8 Diesel ITV, Tax, White. 1,200€. Tel: 606 656 976 Mitsubushi L200 2.5 diesel, 1999, LHD 4 seater pick up, full ITV. Towbar,

drop sides and ramps will take 4x4 or mini digger 5 new tyres V.G.C. 1995€ Tel: 600 760 057

digger for sale Komatso, 3 ton, Track Digger and a Bobeat Mini Shovel. (engine wont start!) Offers. Tel: 629 688 153

car body repairs AS Auto Shine Body repairs Panel beating, Paint spraying & more. Call Mark on 607 324 623

mechanical services For vehicle sales, servicing and repairs, full diagnostic service. Call Ralf Motors Levante 950 393 776 Mikes Mobile Mechanics. All types of service, repair and ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

sits vacant Waitress required for new coffee shop at The Pink House in Lac Concepcion. Experience not essential. Call 950 617 281 for an appointment. Chef - Qualified Professional References essential. Tel: 950 449 163 or 667 273 936


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Renault, France’s number two automaker, is to begin selling four types of electric vehicles from 2011.


The announcement came the same day as Spain’s Socialist government said it plans to invest 590 million euros (794 million dollars) over two years in the development of an electric vehicle in the country. Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian presented a report on the issue at a cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega.

Nissan, Japan’s third-largest carmaker and which is 44 percent owned by Renault, plans to introduce its first electric model in Europe in late 2010 or early 2011.

“The plan envisages a wide range of measures to help the demand, to support investment and the development of the industrial sector and set up the necessary infrastructure to recharge the vehicles,” de la Vega said.

The three companies did not provide financial details of the agreement, which the head of Renault Spain, Jean-Pierre Laurent, said were

The Spanish government hopes to see 250,000 electric or hybrid vehicles in the country by 2014.

Cosworth Impreza Details

Subaru teams up with Cosworth to take on the Evo FQ-400 with 395bhp version on the Impreza STI Subaru has revealed stunning performance figures for the forthcoming Cosworth edition of the STi – in the same week as unveiling an enhanced version of the WRX at the New York Motor Show. The Cosworth fettled STi CS400 will go on sale in June, boasting 395bhp and a 062mph sprint of only 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest Impreza ever produced. Initially limited to 75 cars, the Impreza Cossie will have huge 355mm AP Racing discs

in the front and a bespoke aerodynamic bodykit. It’s likely to undercut the £49,999 Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400. Meanwhile, the revised WRX debuted at New York, featuring a host of handling improvements. Front and rear tracks are 35mm wider, giving the WRX a lower, more aggressive stance. New firmer rear suspension bushes and fatter, 235/45R17 tyres boost grip, but power will remain unchanged.


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car hire

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

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Revised Audi TT Confirmed


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Ford is preparing to unleash a Fiesta ST – and with power from an all-new turbocharged engine, delivering at least 180bhp, it should finally unlock the supermini’s potential for fine roadholding. The ST is a result of the ‘One Ford’ philosophy, which commits the firm to building a handful of global models – including the Fiesta and new Focus. A hot ST variant of the latter has already been confirmed. The economies of scale that this produces mean the manufacturer can now justify building faster machinery. Despite a Ford spokesman dismissing our claims that new spy shots – which you can see at www. – were of an ST, we know different. He said the car was one of four modified US-spec Fiestas prepared for this year’s LA Motor Show. But there are a handful of fundamental differences which disprove his theory. Spotted close to Ford’s global headquarters in Dearborn, near Detroit, the prototype seen on our website is a European-spec car. It features a green sticker in the bottom corner of the windscreen indicating that the model was built in Ford’s factory

in Cologne, Germany instead of in Mexico. The mule boasts some telling addenda too, such as an intercooler clearly visible in the lower front grille, confirming that there’s a turbocharged engine under the bonnet. That almost certainly points towards the 180bhp direct-injection 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit first introduced on the C-MAX people carrier. While no performance figures are available yet, the ST is likely to deliver the 0-62mph sprint in less than seven seconds and a top speed of more than 140mph. This will allow the Fiesta to take the fight to VW Group rivals such as the Skoda Fabia vRS and Volkswagen Polo GTI. To compete with these cars and their hi-tech DSG gearboxes, expect Ford to fit the fast Fiesta with a six-speed Powershift dualclutch transmission, controlled via wheel-mounted paddles. Twin exhaust pipes, a rear diffuser and a bodykit will improve the Fiesta’s sporty ‘kinetic design’ even further and boost the car’s high-speed aerodynamics. An extended roof spoiler will also help to mark out the ST. The Fiesta will make its debut at the 2011Geneva Motor Show and go on sale in summer – three years after the basic model first arrived in showrooms.

Mazda Licenses Prius Tech Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain to underpin new Mazda due 2013

Mazda has announced that it will build a hybrid using Toyota’s Prius technology. The car is due to go on sale in Japan in 2013 and will use a licensed version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive electric system. Mazda will pair this with one of its next generation engines, codenamed SKYTECH. The move is part of Mazda’s ‘sustainable zoom zoom’ vision of the future that will see the average fuel economy of the firm’s vehicles improve by 30 per cent by 2015. The brand plans to implement a rage of measures to achieve this. As well as new engines and an efficient six—speed auto transmission, which arrive in 2011, the firm is working hard to reduce the weight of its new cars, by using composite materials and new, low mass plastics. Wider use of the i-stop stop start system and regenerative braking is also planned.

nch for u a l w o sh r o t o m Leipzig and Coupe r e st d a o R d e t if -l e fac It’s nip and tuck time for the Audi TT. The firm’s stylish coupe and drop top will receive a number of unspecified upgrades which will premier at the Leipzig motor show in Germany on 9th April. Alongside the revised TT, the firm will show no fewer than 25 production cars and two show cars, including the new Audi A1, A8 and the RS 5 Coupé. The firm will also show off the Audi A1-based e-tron show car and its A4 which won the 2009 German Touring

Car Championship. The





prominence in recent years despite its proximity to the Geneva Motor Showin the calendar. A number of the city’s 500,000 inhabitants have jobs which depend on BMW’s factory which builds the 1 Series three-door, coupé and convertible and the X1, and will build the firm’s forthcoming electric car; and Porsche’s Panamera and Cayenne plant.



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Urcal Golf Society

boxers Golf society CAMBANK ORDER OF MERIT Top Ten Positions as at 31/3/10:1. Tony Harwin, 307pts; 2. Eddie Vaughan, 290; 3. Peter Tapsell, 261; 4. Dave France, 255; 5. John Kinch, 255; 6. Mike Doyle, 244; 7. Malcolm Nicholls, 242; 8. Steve Priestley, 233; 9. Kevin Bircher, 224; 10. Ron Gurr, 209. Dates for your diary. Our next three Competitions are as follows: Mon 5 April, Sensol, coach available; Mon 19 April, Alboran, Tues 4 May, Playa Serena. Not forgetting our special date: Saturday 5th June. It was decided

to re-name the Spring/Summer Ball, “LADIES DINNER/DANCE NIGHT”, as a “Thank You” to all you “Golf Widows” for putting up with so much! This event will be held at Bar/Restaurant La Parilla, in Albox, 7.30 for 8pm. The cost of the tickets are 20€ per person, which includes a 3 course superior menu, 1 free drink of 1 beer, 1 glass of wine or 1 soft drink. The night’s entertainment will be supplied by the superb JC, which is also included in the price. There will also be a reasonable fixedpriced bar available during the

on the 14th and Greg Knight the nearest on the 18th. Next week’s competition will be at Marina & the following week at Valle del Este. A competition is held every Wednesday starting at 10am. New members & guests are very welcome; price for non-members is only 5 euros on top of the discounted price for the round of golf contact Keith Bradley at Badgers Bar Restaurant in Mojacar Playa, telephone number 950 478 525 or 607 305 339.

There were 3 ‘twos’: Carol Henshaw on hole 6 and Chris and Mike Armer on hole 14. Division 1’s winner was Hazel Stewart (34 Points) with Adrian Pinder (32 points) and John Gregory (30 points) coming 2nd and 3rd. In Division 2 Lewis Pinder (Junior, off yellows scored 31points)

followed by John Sunstrum and Sandra Bain (both with 30points). Last Wednesday Media played in an Almeria League match against Forum at Marina Golf and were thoroughly trounced . The game was played in good spirit and certainly the best men won. Well done Forum, but watch your backs next year! Friday 9th April we shall be playing a 4 ball better ball team game from 8.45 - and the usual roll up will be at the earlier start time of 9.30 on Tuesday 6th. Please let John know if you want to play and are not already on the list.

marina members Golf club Monday 29th March There was a good turn-out for this week’s Medal competition played over seventeen holes off the yellow tees. Hopefully it will be last time we have to play a shortened course, the staff have worked hard to recover the two water damaged holes and at last we have eighteen holes in play , albeit with a temporary green on the fourth.

with the best two scores to count on each hole, odd numbered holes counting double, hence the high scores!! The results were: 1st Frank Varey, John Pickbourne and Keith Ryder (guest) 1 2 3 points 2nd Margaret Wade (Welcome Back!), Tony King and Jarlath Staunton 1 2 1 points

In the Ladies division the results were, 1st Sandra Larkin, net 62; 2nd Rosalie Fardon, net 67; 3rd Dot Harris, net 71 (on countback); 4th Val Cooke net 71

3rd Miriam Staunton, Tony Cordingly and Geoff Owen 1 1 9 points

In the Men’s division the results were, 1st Jarlath Staunton, net 65; 2nd Frank Varey, net 66; 3rd Mike Breen, net 67 (on countback); 4th Grenville Bamforth, net 67

Nearest the pin Men Alan Humphries

Thursday 31st March 21 Competitors enjoyed a team Stableford competition organised by Val Cooke and Rosalie Fardon

Urcal played a Joker Pairs Competition. Numbers were down because of the Easter weekend but those who played enjoyed their golf in warm sunny conditions.The over all winners on the day were Tony Cook and Terry Hicks, the longest drive went to John (El Presidente) Smith and nearest the pin went to Guest Len Ward. Our next event will be on 17th April at Macenas for the monthly competition For more information email

Captain ‘Brian’ Cuba took me, ‘Farmer Rory’ and ‘Spectrum Radio Carmel’ (who I should rename ‘Two at a time Carmel’ and I’ll leave it to you to ask her why!) out fishing on his Garrucha-moored boat. I know I’ve been making excuses lately but the water temperature is about 60 degrees and still too cold but we caught a few anyway, combers, pandoras and blue mouths with a new species of the year for me, a pickerel. It was Carmel’s first time out fishing in the Med, she said she enjoyed herself. Maybe she will start a new trend, girls that fish’. See photo of Carmel with a pandora (Top) and a blue mouthed, rose bellied rockfish!

media Golf society What a splendid day for this week’s Stableford competition. Summer seems to really have arrived (and we’ve seen more than one swallow). A good turn out of 22 players enjoyed near perfect conditions and there was some generally better scoring than of late.

On Saturday 3rd April Members and Guests of

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badger’s golf society On Wednesday 31st March, the Society played an Individual Stableford competition at Macenas. The course was in excellent condition with very good greens. 26 players enjoyed a good day´s golf with fine weather and the winner with 35 points was Sue Longstreet, 2nd with 34 points was Greg Knight, & 3rd with 33 points was Jan Page. There were 4 nearest the pin prizes. On the 9th Peter Easthope was closest and was also the closest on the 13th, Martin Cahill was closest

evening. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so hurry and book ASAP, as these events prove very popular. If you would like to join, book a Boxers event, or would like further information on Boxers Golf Society, you can find us every Saturday morning at the Why Not Bar in Albox between 10-11am or you can contact Brian Mayhew on 649 202 198, for booking or cancelling any golfing event, Malcolm Nicholls on 600 080 860, or any Committee Member, anytime.

Nearest the pin Ladies (17th) Miriam Staunton (14th)

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

Brian took ‘Squiddly Sid’ and three of his mates out a few days later. They didn’t capture many fish but the catch included some big combers weighing well over a pound. They also caught pandoras, weavers and an unusual lizardfish. The latter look like the dreaded weaver but do not have the poisonous spines. As far as I know neither Captain ‘Duncan’ Sunshine nor Captain ‘Graham’ Gnome have been out on their boats. Our resident expert mullet basher ‘Ham radio Kevin’ is due to receive his NIE document in a few days and our Girl Friday will be going for the next batch of beach and boat licenses around mid April so call in to see me quickly if you want to be included. ‘London Bill’ says although the dorada bonanza in Garrucha marina is over, he is still catching a few bream and mullet there. The rocks between the big hotels and Garrucha are also producing a few fish, mainly bream with striped, doradas and cow bream being the main catch. Razor clam meat is still the best bait from the shore he says. Macenas is not fishing well

and it seems smaller pelagic shoals, probably blue fin tuna included, is the reason smaller predators are not coming closer in. There will be another fishing meeting at the Beachcomber on Tuesday 27th April between 7 and 9pm. I hope to organise a questions and answers panel of four anglers covering coarse, shore, boat and game fishing and I’ll be there to answer questions about fishing licenses. I hope that our resident fly tiers will attend again and also it will be an opportunity to have a ‘bring and buy’ sale of fishing tackle. ‘Inflatable Andy’ will no doubt bring his collection of British design sea leads for sale too. I have some bad and good news, Uncle Albert, president, chairman and secretary of the ‘Grumpy old men of Los Gallardos’ broke his leg and arm in an accident on his motor scooter. He was on his way to attend the last Beachcomber’s fishing meeting when his front wheel decided it didn’t like some gravel on the road. The good news is Dave is on the mend and I heard from a spy at the watering hole they will be cutting down their beer order this week. ‘Baza Barry’ tells me Lake Negrating is still fishing slow but thinks it will be a bumper year for tiddler bashing as the lake has so much water in. He says he can’t wait for the finish of the snow melt as there will be a few weeks when trout fishing on the rivers north of Negratin will be at their best. It’s the end of an era for the ‘Rochdale Cowboy’ (Dave Thomas). He’s selling his boat after many years afloat. The five-metre Quicksilver Commander has raised laughs among the Spanish after he called

it Giggy (which apparently has naughty connotations). Actually, Dave named it after the Yorkshire Dales village of Giggleswick. Still, he aims to use the local Capitanos to carry on fishing, even though his back is knackered! (Just like mine Dave) For your info: the boat is less than 3 years old, is a walk-around, seats 6, with mariner 80hp and 6 standby, all like new, on roller trailer with winch. See me for more details. Just for the record ‘Paul The Boat’s’ Garrucha moored fishing boat with mooring is still for sale. Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam: www. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight lines Beachcomber John

valle del este golf Yet another great week for golf and an excellent year for our society! We held our AGM after golf on Friday which was well attended. Our Captain for the past year, Brian Brown, was thanked for the excellent way everything went during the year. Our incoming Captain, John Haydon, was given the full support of everyone and we wish him the best for the next year. Also our praises went

to our hardworking treasurer Alan Townsend and wife Pat who look after the prizes and finances all year. And thanks to all our members and visitors for their support throughout the year. A special thanks to the newspapers who publish our results which has in no small way brought us new members and visitors during the year. Now for this weeks results. Tuesday 30th March - Team Event

Won by Martin de Bruin, Peter Denham, Carolyn Upton, and Tim Walker Friday 2nd April - Medal Day Won by Phil Townsend nett 72(hcp8) 2nd Martin de Bruin nett 73(hcp21) 3rd Dean Fisher 74 (hcp18) Nearest the Pins: Mark Newall and Bob Batty. Please book early with Alan Townsend on 950 591 991 if you wish to play on Tuesday or Friday with the society.

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LOCAL sport news... LOCAL sport news... LOCAL sport news... Almeria Lawn Bowls club 2010 Frank Sharpe Drawn Rinks Final- Thursday 25th March The Frank Sharpe competition was started in 2004 after one of our very popular bowlers, Frank Sharpe, died and the family wanted to do something to continue his memory. They over the years until this year have presented prizes of vouchers given by Zoe, Frank’s granddaughter, who owns the bowling and golf shop. ‘Full Swing’ located on the Antes Industrial Estate. Unfortunately because of the sign of the times, Zoe hasn’t been able to sponsor anymore, but a big thank you for her support in the past. It has been a very popular drawn rinks competition, taking place on Thursday afternoons, starting November 2009 going through to the final in March 2010. The eight players during the season scoring the most points in their top eight games are drawn on the day to compete against each other. This year the two teams were drawn and one consisted of Richard Swain taking the skips position which is a unfamiliar to him, backed by Ken Sykes and the two ‘Leprechaun’s’

Ray and Siobhan Herrity. The other, the very strong team of Colin Wright, Jim Pike, Patsy Tonkin and returning from a worrying couple of weeks looking after her husband in Huercal Overa Hospital, Pat Beattie. At the time of writing we have the positive news that Alan is alright and waiting for lab reports, hoping to be discharged on Tuesday 30th March. As forecasted by onlookers the ‘Colin’s Dream Team’ started well, leading by 10-2 on end eight. Richards’s team then took six shots on the ninth. This inspired the spectators to think that Richards’s team could really do it! However a steady scoring by Colin’s team eventually won the competition by five shots. There was lots of skilful, quality play by most players and although on paper it was expected that the ‘dream team’ would win, its congratulations to them and well done to Richard and team for giving them a good fight. Photographs were taken with the trophy and it was announced that prizes will be given at the Presentation Dinner and Dance in December this year. Vic Parsons, ALBC Press Officer

Whitehorse Golf Society

Second match, and many thanks to Illumi and her team for fitting us in at the last moment, was at Playas

The final match of this report was held at Playas Macenas. The weather was just about perfect as was the course. The greens, once again, were very tricky to read but at the same time they were consistent. This was evident in the echoes of cries that floated across the course of whoops, golly gosh and flip. First place went to Graham Ablett with 34 points closely followed by John

Hunt with 33 points. Nearest the Pin was awarded to Dave (I’m in the prizes again) Johnson and Captain Brian Lowden had the only 2 of the day. Thanks go to John, owner of the Inn, for supplying polo shirts for all members and for the sandwiches at prize giving each match day. Thanks also to all of the members and guests for their support of the new society. We have had another 3 members join this week, but have plenty of room for more. Anyone interested please call Ken on 610 036 484 or email whitehorsegs@

Wednesday 31st March and 2 divisions. Our first division winner with 33 points Greg Ward, second with 29 points John Park and third with 28 points Dick Thompson. Second division winner with 30 points Frederique Baird from Colin Mason with 29 points and Val King with 26 points. Ball sweep winners: Leif Mhyre, Frederique Baird, Frank McGovern & Colin Stacey. Sunday 4th April and we are back to 18 holes at last. I must say how good all our greens are

despite the weather and less greenkeepers due to the crisis. I would like on behalf of the members to thank Pedro and his small team for the good job they are doing. Our first division winner with 35 points Mike Picken, second with 31 points Dick Thompson and third with 30 points Greg Ward. Second division winner with 32 points Alan Woodward, second with another 32 points David Hardy and third also with 32 points Val King - all on

countback. Ball sweep winners - David Hardy & Alan Greenfield. Dates for your diary: Wednesday 14th April and we have a price to include a buggy which is too good to miss at Aguilon. If you wish to play with us on this day or any other Wednesday or Sunday you will be very welcome. Please telephone Patricia on 950 475 509. Enjoy your golf with Cortijo Grande - visitors and guests welcome MP

Hello again from the Whitehorse Golf Society! Whilst I was away in the UK, my fellow committee members seemed to have developed “Writers Block” so here is a brief summary of the last 3 match days. Firstly we were at Valle de Este and our esteemed Captain, Brian Lowden, came first with a creditable 37 points. Second was the sylphlike figure of Dave Johnson with 32 points who also had the only 2 of the day.

Macenas. Taking the top spot was John Hunt with 42 points. Second was Dave Johnson with 33 points. He also took nearest the pin and had the only 2 of the day (again).

Cortijo Grande


2010 Frank Sharpe Drawn Rinks Runners up Richard Swain, Ray and,Siobhan Herrity, Ken Sykes

2010 Frank Sharpe Drawn Rinks Vic Parsons presenting to Winners Colin Wright,Patsy Tonkin, Pat Beattie and Jim Pike

aguilon golf members At last, we are getting the weather conditions that we are used to so spring must be here! Wednesday 24th Individual Stableford



The scoring looks good, but only because that the yellow tees on 9 holes were moved forward on to the blue tees to accommodate a visiting society, thus making our competition a non-qualifier. 1st Derrick Stephenson 40pt on a card play off 2nd Kevin Manser 40pts 3rd Roger Kaye 38pts Twos: Peter Shaw on 8th and Neil Bott on 10th

Monday 29th March - Individual Stableford A lovely day with calm conditions and we were back to the proper tees and a sterner test, but not so difficult for the Shaw family 1st Annette Shaw 39pts 2nd Glyn Ombler 33pts 3rd Peter Shaw 32pts on a card play off Twos: Sally Keene on 4th and Mick Siggers x 3 on 4th,8th and10th

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

OMM 4-2-2 Open Tournament Indalo BC – 25th to 29th March 24 teams consisting of 2 men unfortunately this proved a real & 2 ladies entered from clubs one-sided affair throughout Spain, theformat Mick & John winning by 16 shots being 3 competitions of rinks, after only 18 ends played. ladies pairs & men’s pairs. The award for “The unsung Hero” Contesting the rinks final were the teams of : David & Carol was awarded to house & grounds Meare, Dave & Jackie Roberts from committee member Stan Milton Benitachell and Margaret Maltby, for all his hard work throughout Graham Marlow, Dean Tew & the year. Sandra Kyle from host club Indalo. As this was the final year for OMM Dave’s team were outstanding in sponsoring the tournament club the final & proved far too strong captain John Colquhoun thanked for Margaret’s team winning the OMM reps Mike & Heather Bear rinks final 7pts to 1pt. In the ladies pair’s final were 2 for their companies support over Indalo teams, Debbie Colquhoun the last 7 years. & Lene Steenstrup The tournament will still go and Jan Dando & Val Wright, this was a very close affair with both teams level at 16-16 after 21 ends, with Jan & Val winning the extra end by 3 shots.

In the men’s pairs final were another 2 Indalo teams, Mick Johnson & John Dedman and Ken Page & David Ebdon,

ahead next year as Indalo already have secured a new sponsor, finally many thanks to the bar & social who provided food & refreshments throughout a very busy but enjoyable 4 days. John Colquhoun, Club Captain Indalo Bowling Club


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Chelsea seized control of the Barclays Premier League title race with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford before manager Carlo Ancelotti rubbed salt into Manchester United’s wounds, saying the Blues’ title rivals are far weaker without Wayne Rooney.

It would be a remarkable turnaround after he suffered the problem in last week’s loss at the Allianz Arena. Ancelotti believes Rooney’s absence has turned the title momentum in Chelsea’s favour. The Italian, though, hopes Sir Alex Ferguson’s side can reach the Champions League semi-finals, even if Rooney is not fit to play.

An ankle injury meant the England and United forward missed Saturday’s loss, which saw the Blues take a twopoint lead at the top of the table with five matches remaining.

“It is not a good moment for United after losing to Bayern during the week and because they have lost a very important player,” added Ancelotti, who saw his side dumped out of Europe at the last-16 phase by Inter Milan.

“They’re not the same team without him,” said Ancelotti of Manchester United and Rooney.


League quarter-final second leg with Bayern Munich, with United seeking to overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit.

“Rooney is a fantastic player who is difficult to “It’s not easy for United to maintain their characteristic replace with another player. (Dimitar) Berbatov is good in any direction. and momentum without Rooney. but Rooney is totally different. “He is an unbelievable player.” “But they have the possibility to move on and I hope “Rooney can sometimes come back to receive the Reports suggest Rooney, who was ruled out for two to ball and use it for all the team and then he can attack three weeks, could feature in Wednesday’s Champions they get to the semi-final.”

vettel & red bull hit top spot The win moves Vettel up to second in the drivers’ championship alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with 37 points and just two points behind Felipe Massa. Red Bull are third in the constructors’ standings with 61 points, behind McLaren (66) and Ferrari (76). The Formula One circus enjoys a short break now before the Chinese Grand Prix on April 18 and the race in Shanghai holds happy memories for Vettel as it marks the scene of his first of four victories last season. Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull have silenced their critics in the best possible way after the German led a one-two ahead of Mark Webber in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The 22-year-old had secured pole for the first two races of the season in Bahrain and Australia but reliability problems with his RB6 prevented him from turning them into victories. That prompted some questions to be raised as to whether they could successfully challenge for the championship, with Formula One great Niki Lauda recently writing off their chances. But they got the reward their evident pace this season has deserved as Vettel shot from

third to first on the first lap, where he stayed to the end of the race. “Obviously there’s always a lot of talking and things happening,” said Vettel. “Yes, we didn’t have great races in the first and second one and we didn’t do the best job we could, but that’s life. You build racing cars to go as quickly as you can. They’re built on the limit and sometimes something breaks. Obviously it depends when. When it happens on Friday no-one cares but if it happens on Sunday obviously everyone is highlighting the issue and poor reliability. We are a team, we stick together in good and bad times. We win and lose together and it’s not like in football where you probably change the coach after you’ve lost two times. So we carry on and we’ve proven that we can come back.”


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“Hopefully we will have the same result in China as last year,” he added. “Every race is a new challenge. We have to work hard and focus on what is happening now to maintain the good performance and then we go race by race. There may be times when we will struggle as well and we won’t be able to win. “We might only get fourth or fifth but we have to make sure we finish fourth or fifth then, and not put the car in the wall or finish eighth or out of the points. I think that’s how it should work.”

a devastating display of overtaking for the second race in a row. Hamilton finished sixth in Kuala Lumpur, but given the Brit started 20th on the grid after his team’s qualifying howler, there is no doubting who will be the man to beat if McLaren get their collective act together. Hamilton, 25, declared: “That was not too bad, was it. I can’t complain. I think the last two races I have pulled out something good. “They are probably the two strongest races I have had for a long, long time. Maybe ever.” Hamilton blitzed down the inside when the red lights went out at the start and, after the first of the 56 laps on the steaming Sepang track had made up an incredible eight places. Incredibly, Hamilton was up to second before he made his stop for fresh tyres and dropped down to sixth midway through the race, where he was unable to pass the ever improving Force India of Adrian Sutil.

However, Lewis Hamilton conjured up a Malaysian masterclass to lay claim to being the world’s best driver. The 2008 champion is in the form of his life, after producing

Haye Promises More Thrills David Haye has promised more electrifying nights as he steps up his campaign to unify the heavyweight division by facing the Klitschkos. Haye retained his WBA world title with a savage stoppage of heroic challenger John Ruiz, who was rescued by trainer Miguel Diaz with 59 seconds remaining of the ninth round. It was the first time the durable Ruiz, a former two-time world champion, had fallen inside the distance in 14 years and only his second failure to go the full duration. When his corner eventually intervened he had endured a sickening amount of punishment, visiting the canvas four times before a noisy 20,000 crowd at the MEN Arena. Showing vicious speed and accuracy, Haye honoured his pledge to ignite the division with a spectacular performance that will have alarmed and encouraged his rivals in equal measure. A lucrative fight with either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, who hold the WBC, IBF and WBO belts, is now a question of when not if. “My plan now is to unify the division. I’m going after whoever has the belts,” said Haye. “My performance against Ruiz was a good one - there were plenty of knockdowns, excitement and drama. That’s something the heavyweight division hasn’t had in a while, so it’s my duty to make the best possible fight and give fans entertainment like this. If I hit the Klitschkos with the same shots I was hitting John Ruiz, both of them would go over. I’d like to fight again this year, in October or November. I’d take on the Klitschkos now, no doubt about it. I wouldn’t have any qualms about fighting anyone. Look at my career to date - I’ll

fight anybody and go anywhere.” Understandably there appears little appetite in the Haye camp to satisfy a rematch clause with Nikolai Valuev, who the 29-yearold from London dispatched last November to seize the WBA belt. Only the hulking Russian would want to restage a dismal contest that was light years away from the fireworks seen in Manchester last night. “Given the option my next fight won’t be against Valuev. I want to fight who the fans who want me to fight,” said Haye. Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth stated logic will prevail, suggesting Valuev will have to step aside, while Haye’s partnership with Golden Boy Promotions could take him to America where he has struggled to make an impact. His reputation across the Atlantic will rise after last night even though the fight was not screened in America, and the Klitschkos will certainly have been interested spectators. While Haye dominated the staggeringly courageous but limited Ruiz, the Ukrainian brothers will have seen the ease with which he was hit. Had Ruiz not had the stuffing knocked out of him by a brutal assault in the opening round, he might have made life more difficult for Haye, who had him on the canvas just 30 seconds into the contest. Ruiz, his face badly swollen, will now consider his future after 18 years as a professional boxer.


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