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The formal ceremony gathered, among other dignitaries, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, President of the Autonomous Community of Murcia; Joaquín Bascuñana, Delegate of the Government for the Region of Murcia; Alfonso Fernando Cerón, Mayor of the Town Hall of Alhama de Murcia; Michael Bartok, Executive Vice President of Paramount Licensing Inc.; and Jesús Samper, President and CEO of PREMURSA. The project, opening in 2015, is estimated to welcome more than 3 million visitors per year and will generate more than 22 thousand jobs. Dr Hans C. Madsen Laser Specialist

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Paramount Resort Development moves ahead with ‘La Primera Piedra’

Thursday 31st May was an important date for Costa Calida and surrounding areas. “La Primera Piedra” (first ground breaking and stone laying) at the Paramount Park Life Style Centre went ahead under the watchful eyes of various dignitaries and invited guests and press. Sol Times were pleased to be invited to the event and see first hand the speeches, the latest promotional video and the burial of the Perspex time capsule, containing newspapers printed on the day and a signed document. The event was quite an affair and was attended by the Regional President of Murcia, Ramon Luis Valcarel, President & CEO of Premurser, Jesus Samper, Vice President of Paramount Licensing Michael Bartok plus a couple of hundred other dignitaries representing Local and Regional Authorities. Rosemary Wallsworth, Group Sales and Marketing Manager with Sol Times said “I was thrilled to be invited and experience first hand this eventful day. This fantastic project is exactly what the area wants and needs and Sol Times are happy to keep our readers updated as and when things happen.” See the link below to download the video of the ceremony in short: www.

Murcia calls for A Clean-up!

The Grupo Socialista has called for the immediate cleanup of grounds in sites in El Puntal, which are full of weeds, rodents, snakes and insects. The Councillor of the Grupo Socialista, Susana Hernández, denounced the abandonment and neglect of some plots in El Puntal, particularly those in the block formed by the Calles Federico Balart, Escuelas and Tierno Galván, which were in ‘a deplorable state.’ The overgrown state of the plots is causing the proliferation of rodents, snakes and insects. The neighbours have already expressed their displeasure over the poor image it offers, but above all, the risks it poses to health. Two years ago the residents reported the problem to the Planning Department, the Gerencia de Urbanismo. No action has yet been taken. In addition, action is to be taken on environmental improvement and signage in the Municipal Gardens. Children’s play areas are to have signs indicating the emergency number, the nearest hospital and the nearest telephone. The Concejalía de Medio Ambiente is installing new signs in the green areas of the municipality. Children’s areas will for the first time have emergency phones for use in the case of an accident and information on the nearest hospital. 500 new bins are to be installed with drawings that show four simple rules such as keep off the grass, do not allow pets to relieve themselves in the gardens, keep dogs on a collar and leash and dispose of rubbish in the bins. The new bins will replace the old, damaged ones. Panels will be put up in 17 playgrounds in the garden of La Seda, Malecón, Jardín Chino, La Pólvora, Floridablanca, Tres Copas, Plaza Circular, Juan Carlos I con Príncipe de Asturias, Fofó, La Fama, Santa Isabel, Pedro Flores y La Constitución. These panels indicate that the playground is for children aged 2 to 12 years, children under 3 years must be accompanied by an adult, the games or installations are age specific, areas where dogs, bicycles or motorcycles are not permitted, areas where ball games and glass bottles or glasses are not permitted. The panels will list the nearest hospital and emergency telephone (112) in case of accident. In addition, 200 notices will be installed to underline that the green areas of Murcia are irrigated with untreated water. The posters will also read: ‘The water that is not good you is good for me.’ ‘El agua que no es buena ti, es buena para mí’. All signs are made with galvanized steel and thermolacquered paint. The wood panels are water and high temperature resistant. The panels are backed with vinyl printed with acid-free ink. The Concejal de Medio Ambiente, Adela MartínezCachá, explained that the aim is to improve the signage in parks and gardens and provide more information for citizens so that they become more aware of the need to protect and respect the gardens and children’s play spaces.


can be balanced.’ He said. He explained how the situation came about – the previous Government operated on the basis of spending a figure of 40 million euros even though income was going down, in 2011 it was 27 million euros, which explains the debt situation. ‘The municipality had spent what it did not have and now it has to be paid for.’ An audit of the situation showed that spending had to be drastically slashed - 76 Town Hall staff were made redundant, while the wages of staff, politicians and advisors had been cut and many council services, such as the indoor swimming pool and nursery school, had been privatised. Mr Sanchez explained that this new budget accounted for a reduction of 40% of overall costs, and spending in the mayor’s office had been reduced by 82%. ‘One has to make assumptions but I feel it is realistic. I am aware that there could be small surpluses or deficits, but the prime objective is to ensure there is no increase in the overall burden of debt.’

Mayor Cesar Sanchez told residents that he had drawn up a ‘realistic’ budget - 28 million euros for 2012. This is the first budget that the Town Hall has drawn up for 4 years, in fact the first budget since he took office in 2011. Speaking at his first public meeting with English-speaking residents, he said that the town was 60 million euros in the red after years of reckless spending. He told the meeting that he had inherited a situation where the accounts bore no resemblance to what was actually going on. ‘Between 2007 and last year Calpe had failed to comply with the law and present a budget, but instead had continued to spend on the basis of the figures agreed in 2006 – 40 million euros.’ He admitted that it was a very complicated budget, painful cuts had to be made but the new budget was realistic, truthful and just. He underlined that the debt had to be managed and, most importantly, not increased. ‘We have balanced the budget to the extent that any budget

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The Secretario General of the PSRM, Rafael González Tovar, expressed his absolute rejection of the night closing of emergency services in various Health Centres. González Tovar said that ‘the accessibility and quick response to patients in emergency situations is vital to the sick and fundamental to the health system and such measures will surely backfire.’ The Consejería de Sanidad has announced this measure, contained in the Plan de Reequilibrio Económico Financiero, approved by the Gobierno Regional and submitted to the Gobierno de España. It is aimed at saving one million euros. ‘Emergencies are more expensive than Health Care, and what should take priority is the quality of care.’ He said. The measure affects the Centres Campos del Río, Librilla, La Parroquia (Lorca) and Cañadas de la Cruz (Moratalla), which will close at night, while Benízar and El Sabinar will open alternately. Patients from Moratalla who require hospitalization will


go to Caravaca. González Tovar denounced the justification of these savings, pointing to the enormous social harm caused to the residents of these villages with the total or partial closure of these Centres. ‘People will be forced to move to other locations for emergency treatment, let alone that the doctor on duty will have to move from one place to another to meet someone too ill to be moved. ‘ He added ‘This measure will cause 061 calls to increase to address incidents that could be solved by the emergency services in these Centres, and will increase overheads in hospital emergency rooms, where many people will come to have no other course open to them.’ The Socialist Party believes that the expense of keeping open the emergency Centres could be solved by removing advisers and positions of trust in the counseling.’ González Tovar said that one million euros is what is spent on the salary of 16 senior management positions annually.



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Spain presented and discussed to socio-economic development opportunities offered by protected areas. The Conference will develop five workshops to present and discuss new methodologies aimed at job creation, cooperation and volunteerism for protected area management, quality planning and assessment of natural heritage conservation, models for space management of Natura 2000 and the impact assessment of plans, programs and activities in protected areas. There were trips to the Regional Parks of Espuña, Salinas, Arenas de San Javier and Calblanque, and commemorates the 20th anniversary of the declaration of natural areas in the Region of Murcia, which has 19 protected areas, 22 Special Protection Areas for Birds and 50 Sites of Community Importance.


was usually the independent travellers who were most likely not to have emergency cash or adequate travel insurance. Mr Rodwell praised the reps in general, but appealed for them to inform the Consulate of any deaths in suspicious circumstances. ‘We haven’t seen the ‘balconying’ craze here – if you jump from a building in Benidorm, the chance of surviving is pretty remote given the height of the buildings.’ He asked reps to contact his team about vulnerable people who might aimlessly wander off, get lost or simply go missing, saying that a rep from another group or hotel might have reported them missing. And he said the Consulate could help the victims of serious crimes such as assault or rape. ‘The way the victim is treated in the first couple of hours can affect how they survive this horrific experience.’ Mr Rodwell said reps could access the constantly updated ‘ukinspain’ website and pass on safety tips to visitors, especially the ‘Know Before You Go’ initiative.

The Director General de Medio Ambiente, Amador López, closed Europarc XVII Annual Congress of-Spain, in which over 120 experts have discussed the management and future opportunities of protected areas. He defined protected areas as ‘areas of interaction between the natural and socio-economic, which as well as conserving biodiversity, landscape and its processes, become engines of cultures and local economies, support research and development and strengthen social bonds.’ The director general said that one challenge is to plan a ‘proper conservation of biodiversity, to ensure a sustainable and harmonious development of society.’ Under the motto ‘Protected areas: future opportunities’, national experts in planning and management of protected areas in

The representatives of Thomas Cook, TUI UK and Ireland,, SAGA and Med Hotels had a meeting with Mr Rodwell, of the British Consulate in Alicante. He was giving them a talk on the role of the Consulate, and on measures whereby the Consulate, the Tour Representatives and the tourists could work together for their mutual benefit. He stressed that the Alicante consulate was one of the busiest in the world, and appealed for the companies to keep tourists informed of what the consulate team could do to help. The reps were shown a new information video encouraging people to take better care of their passports with the message: ‘Lose your passport, lose your holiday.’ Last year the consulate issued 1,250 emergency passports after travel documents were either lost or stolen. With emergency travel papers costing 122€, Mr Rodwell said it was important passports were kept safe, and added that it

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Spain’s poor economy puts Retail 2020 Olympic bid at risk sales see record fall

Madrid’s application to host the 2020 Olympic games could be in jeopardy because of Spain’s precarious economy – despite the city having netted the highest score out of the three remaining candidates. Istanbul - applying for the fifth time - has 6.98 points, whilst Tokyo – applying for the fourth time – has 8.02 and Madrid, 8.08. However, the International Olympic Committee says it is conscious of the country’s delicate finances, which could act as a barrier to Spain’s hosting the games in eight years’ time. Additionally, the former Brazilian capital, Rio de Janeiro, was neither

the favourite nor the highest-scoring candidate when it won the honour of hosting the 2016 Olympics three years ago. The Olympic Committee has reservations about all three cities, although mainly with Madrid, given that the poor state of Spain’s economy could mean difficulties in finding sponsors for the games. Tokyo, although it has the cash, the infrastructure and the experience – having hosted the 1964 Olympics – may have problems with power supplies following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear explosion in 2011, and Istanbul is also vying for the chance to host the football Euro Cup in the same year, which the

Committee considers unrealistic. And if the Committee follows its own unofficial rule of alternating continents, with Europe hosting this year’s games, in London, and the Americas having been chosen for the next games, in Rio de Janeiro, it will be Asia’s turn to act as venue for the 2020 Olympics. All three candidates have been invited to the London 2012 Olympics to see how the games are run, and at the beginning of next year, the Committee will visit each city, which will then have to submit a full report and verbal presentation. The final decision will be made in September 2013.

Out-of-work doctor delivers baby in dole office

A woman who went into labour in the dole office in Alcorcón (Madrid) on Wednesday gave birth with the help of an unemployed doctor. The Nigerian mum, aged

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Interior Minister gets hard time from opposition MP after losing iPad and iPhone The former coordinator general of the left-wing Izquierda Unida (IU) and current MP for Asturias, Gaspar Llamazares, has lodged a barrage of questions with Congress, to find out the extent of the consequences of the Interior Minister’s latest “absentmindedness”. In the past two weeks, Jorge Fernández Díaz has managed to lose both his iPhone and his iPad, although both have since been returned to him. Llamazares has asked the government to confirm whether the iPad stolen from Fernández Díaz on the AVE and the iPhone he left behind in a radio station studio, are his own personal property or “work” items. Furthermore the IU MP wants to know whether either the iPad or the iPhone, which have “luckily” been returned to their owner, contained and “sensitive” information related to his position as Interior Minister. Llamazares says that if this information has fallen “into the wrong hands” State security could potentially have been compromised and has thus asked: “What is the Government’s evaluation of what has happened with in terms of State security”.

into action when she saw the woman’s predicament. “I had been watching her for a while and saw that she was not feeling very well,” admits the doctor, whose spell as an intern at a hospital in Leganés (Madrid) had just ended. “Then I suddenly noticed her waters had broken and contractions had started.” With the help of two other women who became impromptu midwives at the scene, Simone delivered the baby in under 10 minutes – despite not having performed such a task since her training days.

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Retail sales in Spain took a record dive in April, showing the biggest fall since figures records were first recorded in 2003.

According to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics, sales fell 9.8% last month compared with April 2011, having already fallen by almost 4% in March. The drop was much worse than had been expected, and marked the 22nd consecutive month of declining sales. It is the latest bad news from the Spanish economy, which saw the level of risk attached to its government bonds hitting record levels on Monday after it emerged on Friday that banking group Bankia was going to need a bigger bail-out than had been expected. Spanish shoppers are being discouraged by government austerity measures, rising taxes and Europe’s highest rate of unemployment at over 24%. The economy is back in recession having contracted in the last three months of 2011 and the first three months of 2012. On Tuesday, a report from the Bank of Spain predicted that the recession would continue in the second quarter of this year. “Available indicators for the second quarter are still scarce but they do anticipate that activity will continue contracting in this period,” the report said.

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Spain says 70% of its banks will pass IMF stress tests

The majority of Spanish banks, 70 percent, will pass the International Monetary Fund’s stress tests of the country’s lenders, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Thursday. The IMF will on June 11 publish results of its tests of how Spanish lenders -- struggling with bad real estate loans following the 2008 collapse of a property bubble -- would fare if the economy were to decline further. “What it will say fundamentally is that 70 percent of Spanish banks are perfectly healthy and that problems are concentrated in the remaining 30 percent,” De Guindos told an economic conference in the resort town of Sitges. Bankia, which is asking the state for the biggest rescue in Spanish banking history, is responsible for “an important percentage” of the 30 percent of lenders “that have more

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Bankia, born out of the merger of seven savings banks in 2010, is asking the state for 19 billion euros ($24 billion) to repair its books, in addition to 4.5 billion euros already injected. Spanish banks are at the heart of fresh market fears that the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy might have to seek an international financial bailout. Moody’s on Thursday cut the debt ratings of 16 Spanish banks by one to three notches, citing the effects of the ongoing recession and the Spanish government’s own reduced creditworthiness. The leading bank, Santander, and the number two, BBVA, were both hit with threenotch downgrades from Aa3 previously to A3, which for Moody’s is a upper-medium credit grade, with still low credit risk.

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Investors pulled a record amount of money out of Spain during the first quarter, official data showed Thursday, in a sign of deteriorating confidence in the country’s debt-ridden economy. Capital outflows totaled 97 billion euros ($120.7 billion) during the first three months of the year, the highest amount since records started being kept, the Bank of Spain said. The figure compares to a net entry of capital of 20.9 billion euros during the first quarter of last year. The amount of money which both domestic and foreign investors pulled out of Spain in March alone hit a record 66.2 billion euros compared to a net entry of capital of 5.4 billion during the same month last year. Speculation has mounted that Spain will seek a Greece-style rescue loan from the IMF and the European Union as the country endures economic recession and its banks crumble under the weight of massive bad real-estate loans. The sharp rise in capital outflows took place before the nationalisation earlier this month of Bankia, Spain’s fourth-largest bank, which has heightened fears over the state of Spanish banks. Bankia is asking the state for 19 billion euros to repair its books, in addition to 4.5 billion euros already injected, the biggest rescue in Spanish banking history.

EU urges Spain to explain Bankia rescue

The European Union urged Spain on Thursday to rapidly clear up doubts over its mammoth rescue of stricken lender Bankia so as to calm investors fearing a financial breakdown.

As Spanish government bonds and stocks took a hit, the bloc called on Madrid to provide details of its bailout of Bankia, which is seeking a total 23.5 billion euros ($29 billion). Bankia has asked the state for 19 billion euros to repair its books, in addition to 4.5 billion euros already injected, the biggest rescue in Spanish banking history. “What we need from the Spanish government is for it to communicate the restructuring plan for Bankia and the options it is considering to restructure and if possible recapitalise,” said EU spokesman Amadeu Altafaj. “We will then study it to see if is fulfills conditions for public aid,” Altafaj, who is spokesman for EU economics commissioner Olli Rehn, told Spanish public broadcaster Radio Nacional de Espana.

with these negative results from some banking entities the markets are going to react with euphoria. So the sooner we eliminate uncertainties the better.”

10-year on rate The hit bonds government 6.68100, only a little down from six-month highs hit the day before and still at levels regarded as unsustainable over the longer term. The extra premium over safebet German bonds spiked to 5.41 percentage points, matching the previous day’s before record, euro-era easing to a still-punishing 5.27 percentage points. Stocks also suffered. Madrid’s IBEX-35 index floated just 0.22 percent above the previous day’s close, a nine-year low. Altafaj said that although the Europe Union had a rescue mechanism, any use of it would require negotiating a bailout of the Spanish economy, even if it was focused on only one sector.

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The Royal British Legion Torrevieja Branch joined the Orihuela Branch to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee Grand Charity Event in support of Cruz Roja and the Royal British Legion at La Zenia. All branches assembled at the start of the parade in Consum car park, La Zenia and the crowd were entertained by The Torrevieja Pipes and Drums followed by a display of Scottish Dancing by one of their members Mr Mark McMillan. The parade led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, along with various branches of the Royal British Legion set off at 12.00 to march down Calle San Antonio to La Zenia Village, During the afternoon many local artist performed and there were various stalls selling brick a brack and various raffles. All the proceeds for the day went to Cruz Roja. The Torrevieja Branch have a newly formed RBL Legionnaires Bowls Club who will welcome you, we meet every Tuesday and Saturday 1.30 for 2.00pm at La Siesta Bowls Club. Membership to Torrevieja Royal British Legion is open to ex-military and non-military, all are welcome and we hold meetings on the second Friday of every month at Casa Ventura, San Luis. For further information contact Pauline on 966704146.

Another Great Donation from The Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group. At the end of the show on Friday night a cheque for 1000 euros was handed to the local ambulance service SEM who serve the San Fulgencio and La Marina Urb. This was only possible due to the wonderful generosity of the public who had bought tickets to see the latest production “Here we go again”, a night of musical variety. Judging by the comments and feedback a good time was had by all, with lots of audience participation during the first half which was a visit back to the Old Time Music Hall days. The second half brought back all those fond memories of being beside the seaside before we all started travelling abroad. That feel good feeling has got last through to October when the show will be presented again, so don’t worry if you missed the May show, “We’ll have to do it again then”! Check out our new website www.thecardenalbellugatheatre


The ever popular San Miguel de Salinas Wednesday street market has, after months of negotiation with the Ayuntamiento, allowed HELP Vega Baja to run a Charity Stall there on a regular basis.

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Stage Struck StageStruck ! are pleased to announce that due to our recent showing of Ancient Grease at Los Montesinos on May 24th,25th and 26th with The Full House sign up every night, we have been able to donate 1500 euros to Adismon, which is a Los Montesinos based charity for disabled children and a further 500 euros to The Alzheimers society, who Kindly loaned us some of our stage furniture The photographs are of Stella Reardon (Stagestruck’s writer and director) presenting cheques to the President of the Alzheimer’s Society, Matilda Sanchez and to The Director of Adismon


IN SAN FULGENCIO IS CELEBRATING RAISING OVER 1200€ FOR EMAUS WITH THE FANTISTIC HARRY VALENTINO BAND On Friday the 1st June The Power pub in the village of San Fulgencio will be having a celebration evening to present over 1200€ to Emaus the Childrens home in Elche. After hearing about Emaus bar owners Vicente and Fina Peres teamed up with local fundraises Dave and Emma Goben to raise money for the charity. Vicente and Fina recently completed a sponsored half marathon in Elche whilst Dave and Emma have been organising dog raising evenings in local bars. Montgomerys bar in Formentera, the Thistle and Dragon in Benimar 2 and Rubys bar in El Raso. The amount raised so far is in excess of ove 1200€. To help celebrate the evening in the Power pub The Fantastic Harry Valentino band will be playing It is free entry so it is hoped that many people will attend. A raffle will be held on the night to hopefully boost up the funds to be presented to Emaus. IN THE PICTURE IS VICENTE AND FINA PERES BEFORE THE HALF MARATHON MANY THANKS DAVE GOBEN

STANDING OVATIONS FOR ANCIENT GREASE! Stagestruck’s production of Ancient Grease enjoyed three fabulous nights of song and dance with much audience participation of dancing in the aisles and singing along to all the songs. The tickets were all sold out long before performance dates but people were still waiting outside the theatre on all three nights hoping for cancellations. Unfortunately a lot of people were disappointed so hopefully they will book earlier for the next show. There were standing ovations on all three nights and every single member of the audiences left the theatre grinning from ear to ear. The most popular comments

were ‘fabulous’, ‘absolutely brilliant’ and ‘can’t wait for the next one’. Final figures for the monies made for charities is not available yet but donations in excess of 2000 euros will be divided between Adismon for disabled children and Alzheimers Association who kindly lent us the chairs used on stage. Founder and director of the group Stella Reardon said, ‘The success of this group is down to the dedication and hard work of every member and the generous support of the public. A big, big thank you goes out to everyone involved.’ The next production will be in December so watch the press for details.


On Sunday 17th June, Crescendo Choir will be giving a concert at Guadamar Church of Santiago Apostol (opposite the town hall) This concert has been arranged by the choir’s new pianist Toni Guillen who lives in Guadamar. It will take place after the midday mass at approximately 1pm. There will be a varied programme of a dozen or so pieces. All donations from the concert will go to local charities. For full details see the web site at

THANK YOU FROM AFA TORREVIEJA! AFA Alzheimer’s Torrevieja would like to thank all the volunteers who made it possible to run the drinks bar at the Queen’s Jubilee Party in the Park on Sunday 3rd June. Without their generous help, on both Saturday and Sunday morning, to set up and run the bar and kiosk it wouldn’t have been possible. Matilde Sanchez, President AFA Alzheimer’s Torrevieja said “It was a fantastic day for us. The generosity of the party goers was amazing both in buying drinks and raffle tickets to support our Alzheimer’s Association. I thank everyone immensely for making it a memorable day for us”. The winning ticket for the AFA raffle was drawn at the event but the winner was not

in the park at the time. The winning number is 0071. So well done to the winner, who can contact Matilde to pick up his/her prize of a 32 inch, flat screen television.. AFA Alzheimer’s Association Torrevieja is available for advice and support. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work in our day centre and now have a “Buy a Brick” campaign to raise money to build a much needed residential care home for sufferers. If you need help or advice, or feel you can contribute, call at the AFA shop in Calle Maestro Francisco Valejos in Torrevieja, the AFA Centre in Avenida de La Estacion or by calling Matilde Sanchez on 647119991 or Judy Ferris on 610082593. Email:


‘Big Band Dance Night’

‘Big Band Dance Night’ last Thursday 24th; May, at Hotel Spa Costa Narejos, was another of those events not to be missed. Live music played by Gil Monks and his band of very gifted musicians with the exceptional vocal talents of Ms Patti Ross. A night to remember! - and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there - including the band and the hotel staff. The ‘Magic’ of music that makes people want to get on their feet and dance to it! The evening closed with the proceeds of the raffle being presented to Bernard Ash the President of he HELP Murcia Mar Menor Organization - and with thanks to HELP, local businesses and the hotel management for their donation of prizes. The next ‘Big Band Dance Night’ will be on Thursday 20th; September - tickets will be on sale in August.”


We will be leaving the Arches Quesada at 08:30 for this all day coach trip to Caravaca and we will travel south towards Murcia, with a brief comfort break before continuing to our destination. Our tour will commence at 11:00, with a Tourist Train journey through the centre of the city, before climbing to the Sanctuary of Caravaca de la Cruz, you will then enjoy a tasting of many of Northwest Murcia’s finest sausage, chorizo, cheese and Jumilla and Bullas wines. There will be free time until we return to the Tourist Train for the short journey to the restaurant. Lunch will be before 2pm, with a set menu of Cream of Vegetable

Soup, followed by Baked Chicken or a menu of snacks or salad and Paella. You will then have a demonstration of the preparation of the typical local dessert ‘wafer Alfajor’ which each person will make. Around 4pm will commence a demonstration of how to dress a ‘Wine Horse’, before our return journey to Quesada and we should be back in Quesada before 7:30pm The total cost of this trip will be 25 euros pp.; seats are limited and must be purchased before 19th June. Tickets are available from the HELP office in San Miguel Monday to Fridays 10:00-13:30 tel: 966 723 733

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The Knitting Club of La Siesta once again used their knitting skills to raise funds for the benefit of charity, This time it was AFA, The Alzheimer’s Association of Torrevieja who were the beneficiaries. Ros Bishton, who belongs to both organisations said that when she told other members of the La Siesta Knitting club that Alzheimer’s had no official banner to show when they were at fund raising events, and therefore people often were not aware of AFA’s participation, they decided to use their hand knitted garments and gifts to raise funds to help towards doing something about it. The idea came to a head when Graham Milton Jones and his sister Diane Probert, friends and supporters of AFA due to their own mother having recently been admitted to a residential home with Alzheimer’s disease, donated the metal frame for such a banner. A mutual friend, Karen Drewit then offered to help with the design, and Alex Dunn from the Full Monty, persuaded a friendly printer ( or is that a printer who is a friend ???) to screen print the design. And the photograph shows the superb result of all this team work. Matilde Sanchez, Presient of the Alzheimer’s Association happily received the finished banner from the

ladies of La Siesta Knitting Club on Monday 28th May, just in time for the “Party in the Park” at the weekend. Thank you so much, La Siesta Knitting Club, because without your idea and fund raising this fantastic banner would not have been possible, and it will certainly make sure our supporters will be able to spot us at future events. Photo shows Matilde Sanchez, AFA President, receiving the banner from Ros Bishton and other members of the Knitting Club of La Siesta.

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Bear takes a dip in family’s pool A video of a bear which sneaked into a family’s backyard to take a relaxing dip in their pool has gone viral online. Sisters Rachel and Valerie Gasparini returned to their home in Monrovia, California, to find the black bear cooling off.

It appeared to be enjoying its time in the luxury pool and the stunning panoramic views as it looked out across the Golden State. His unlikely excursion was filmed by the teenagers from the safety of their kitchen on a

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around there, chilling.” The girls called their parents following the incident but said they found it more entertaining than scary “It wasn’t any making a ruckus or it wasn’t like destroying things in our backyard, so we didn’t really feel the need to call anybody,” she added.

Giant, imposing and strong enough to bring down ships, they aren’t often associated with sudden, dramatic movement. But, as this astonishing video shows, icebergs can move very quickly when conditions suit - and without warning. A lucky tourist on a boat journey was on hand to capture the incredible moment that an iceberg flipped over, bringing a huge mass of ice above the surface of the water. The phenomenon is not uncommon for icebergs, but it is rarely seen on video. Icebergs flip because they become unbalanced after melting and changing shape. The video, which is less than two minutes long, was only uploaded on to the site yesterday, but it has already been viewed more than 37,000 times. About 15 seconds into the clip, the top of the iceberg begins to sink into the water. As it disappears beneath the surface, previously-unseen ice from the bottom rises out of the water, creating waves and spray. Spectators on the boat can be heard hollering and laughing as the ice comes into view. The iceberg’s transformation was witnessed by tourists visiting the Upsala Glacier, which is found in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The glacier, which stretches for 60 kilometres, was once the biggest in South America, but scientific tests suggest it is disappearing at a rate of 200 metres per year. Excursions to the area are popular among holidaymakers visiting the south of Argentina. Watch the video: watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ox0gdewCGgU



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Mortgage Sucks 39% of Spanish Family Income

According to a recent real estate analysis carried out by Deloitte, Spanish households spend 39.4% of their income on mortgage payments, despite the fall in house prices in recent years. A fact that explains why the ‘stock’ of unsold new homes is not being absorbed at the speed desired by the domestic property sector.

The average effort needed by households to pay the mortgage is higher than estimated by the Bank of Spain even after allowing for deductions in the first quarter of 2012, of 36.2%, and is above that recommended by the current State Housing and Rehabilitation Plan, of 33.3%. Despite this fact, Deloitte says that the ‘stock’ of housing, which the Ministry of Development puts at 680,000, has remained “fairly stable” over the last year. In addition, they specify that most of these properties are located in Barcelona (60,000), Madrid (51,000) and in the main Levante provinces, which collectively account for around 150,700 homes and where the assets have less exposure to the market. The report states, published El Mundo, that the ratio of unsold new homes per 1,000 inhabitants, which stood at a national average of 17 properties, has started to decline in 37 Spanish provinces. The most significant decreases from last year are those in Álava (-38%), Cantabria (-27%) and Navarra (-19%). According to the study, the provinces that have most

UN seeks Spanish graduates for jobs

The United Nations is seeking young Spaniards to apply for jobs in all areas, including architecture and social, economic and political affairs. Candidates must be under 32 years of age, with a good university degree, work experience, and an excellent level of French and English. Other ‘official’ UN languages, such as Russian, Chinese, Arabic and of course, Spanish, will gain points. The organisation’s work with Africa also means that in addition to English, French and Arabic, languages such as Portuguese and Swahili will be highly valued. Applications are accepted between July 13 and September 12 this year, and an examination for selected candidates will be on December 5 in Madrid. Next, a total of 40 Spanish candidates for each area will be called forward for a written examination.

Homes Sales up 21.9% Over Last Quarter of 2011 ‘stock’ for every 1,000 inhabitants are Castellón (76 homes), Toledo (38) and Almeria (34). On the other side, the provinces with the lowest proportion of unsold homes per 1,000 inhabitants are Badajoz (2.9), Cáceres (3.9) and Vizcaya (4.1). The Deloitte report says, however, that six northern Spanish provinces – Álava, Cantabria, La Coruna, Guipúzcoa, Navarra and Vizcaya – in addition to Madrid, are in a better position from which to recover their real estate activity, taking into account both their macroeconomic situation as well as their real estate fundamentals. In addition, they say that another group of 22 provinces, which includes Asturias, Barcelona and Zaragoza, who do not present such a favourable situation, would be able to normalise their activity, but at a slower rate. Finally, they say that a third group of 21 provinces would need more time to absorb the existing ‘stock’ and boost the confidence of the local real estate sector.

According to statistics from the College of Property Registrars released on Friday, home sales fell by 26% in the first three months of the year, over the same period last year, but increased by 21.9% over the last quarter of 2011.

The number of transactions recorded in the first quarter is a “relative recovery” over the last nine months, which the registrars attributed to the “especially intense” lowering of prices. This drop in house prices has been facilitated by the disposal of real estate assets in the financial sector, and from the continuation of the 4% super tax levied on the purchase of new homes. Therefore, El Economista reported that, compared to the previous quarter, new home sales rose 29.4% (48,691 sales), while second hand home sales grew by 14.4% (43,520 transactions). All regions experienced increases in home sales over the previous period, with the greatest volumes being reached in Andalusia (17,240), Madrid (13,685), Catalonia (12,760) and Valencia (11,590).


If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic, please e-mail Mortgages: Please note that mortgages are gradually getting more and more difficult to obtain due to the credit crunch, so do not put a non returnable deposit down on a property until the mortgage has been granted as you can be in for a nasty surprise Q. What do we do to get the best loan possible? A. Spanish banks are competitive and is is worth shopping around. The following advice refers only to variable mortgages. On fixed mortgages you pay a high premium for the risk that the bank takes regarding the changing interest rates.). What you need to look out for when comparing the offers made to you on variable mortgages are: (you are entitled for the bank to provide their in principle conditions in writing to allow you to compare with other banks) a. Start up commission: this will range from 0.5% to 2% of the loan. b. R  eference rate: the banks use different reference rates. The most transparent reference rate is the EURIBOR, which is published daily in all the newspapers. This is the most widely used and the one we recommend. The EURIBOR at present is running at aprox. 1.25% c. D  ifferential: This is the percentage that the bank charges on top of the reference rate. If the reference rate is Euribor, the differential applied will be between 1% and 2%. d. Early repayment commission. This will range from 0% to 2%. Beware also that most banks offer a special deal over the first year. There is nothing essentially wrong with this as long as it is not hiding bad conditions on the rest of the duration of the mortgage. You need to count also on the following extra expenses (apart from the ones on the purchase itself) : a. T  he bank will charge you for the valuation, which will be done by an independent company chosen by the bank. The charge will be between 200 and 300 euros. You will lose this even if the mortgage is not granted. b. Notary fee for the mortgage deed: between 270 and 600 euros. c. Registrars fee for registration of the mortgage deed: between 150 and 250 euros. d. D  ocument tax: 1,2% of the responsibility, which is normally aprox. 50% more than the amount borrowed. (i.e. on a loan of 100000 euros, the document tax would be apron. 1800 euros) When cancelling the mortgage apart from the cancellation commission to the bank, you need to count on the following fees to complete the documentation: a. Notary fee for the cancellation deed: between 70 and 250 euros. b. Registrar’s fee: between 50 and 150 euros. c. Document tax:exempt. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.



5km walk for AECC

It’s getting close to the time of year again when Maria and The Pink Ladies hold their annual 5 kilometre walk in aid of AECC, to raise much-needed funds to help in the fight against cancer. This year’s walk will be held on Sunday 10th June at the promenade in Playa Flamenca, in front of Surfers Bar, adjacent to the Post Office. Last year’s event, with over 470 people walking, raised nearly €14,000, all of which was donated to AECC. In the two years since they started raising funds for AECC Maria and the Pink Ladies have raised over €38,000 and this year aim to improve on the money raised at last year’s walk. In addition to the walk there will be a full day’s entertainment, with live music provided by some of the top acts on the Costa Blanca, fitness and Flamenco displays. Supported by Vibe Radio, who will be broadcasting live programmes throughout the day, the named groups and artists are: Suzy4Fitz Dance Routine, Raquel Penya Flamenco Dancing, Jason from Fit4All, Nikki G, Zumba Demo from Fit4All, Incognitos, Blues Sistas, Kids Karate Demo, Body Combat Demo, Showaddywaddy Legends, BackBeat Beatles Tribute, Bono Tribute, Chris Jonson Reggae Tribute, Inside the Lines, Nick Gold, Dan Davy, and Pinnacle. There is something for everyone, old and young alike, with a Bouncy Castle, face-painting and a number of market stalls. There will be bars on site and plenty of food for sale, including paella, tapas, hog roast and much more. Maria, who is recovering from breast cancer and a further secondary cancer said she is hoping for an even bigger turnout this year and invites all bar and restaurant owners to enter a team of walkers to help raise funds for this very worthwhile charity. Maria said to business people “Why not advertise your business as you walk the 5km?” and also appealed to urbanisations and communities to enter a team, have a fabulous day out at the same time as helping in the fight against this terrible disease. The registration fee for all walkers is only €5 and for those who wish to raise more there are sponsorship forms available. There will be prizes for the best fancy-dress and most money raised, for both individuals and teams. For more information and to register either a team or individually call Maria on 603292963 between 10.00am and 4.00p.m., log onto, or email


After many years of giving concerts at the Iglesia La Caridad in Los Alcazares, Coro Pilar was delighted to be invited to present a musical evening at the Las Claras Community Centre. Having sung there previously this was the choir’s first performance under the leadership of their Musical Director, Zinoviy Harvat. With members of the public starting to arrive in the hall an hour before the concert was due to start it looked set for a full house as indeed it proved, with the organisers squeezing in more seats to accommodate the ever increasing arrivals. The choir opened the programme of international songs with Tim Rice’s ‘Anthem from Chess’ followed by songs sung in Spanish and German which were well received by the mixed audience, ‘Jesus Blieibet Meine Freude’, accompanied by Nazariy Harvat on his flute was a favourite with the Choir’s German supporters. The main choir then took a break whilst a quartet of the ladies gave a beautiful rendition of the Titanic theme song followed by a surprise solo performance from Zinoviy who played ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’ by Johannes Brahms on his accordion. A mixed group performed ‘One Voice’ followed by Nazariy who gave another stunning performance on his flute with ‘Dedicatoria de Federico Moreno Torroba’, the gentlemen of the choir then gave a rousing performance of ‘Blow High, Blow Low’ from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’. The full choir re-assembled and performed several

other pieces including ‘Any Dream Will Do’ from the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘I Have A Dream’, quickly followed by ‘Gloria’ at the end of which the audience were on their feet applauding. Having explained that the concert was not over calm returned and Zinoviy led the choir into one of his country’s most well-loved pieces, ‘Kalinka’ which the audience joined in with enthusiasm. Coro Pilar have been asked to perform another concert in October, details will appear in the Press nearer the date. This concert was made possible with the help of Pedro and Pepe who work part-time at the Las Claras and the Ayuntamiento de Los Alcazares. Pepe presented flowers to Natalia Khomyak, the choir´s pianist, at the end of the evening The Choir are always looking for new members so if you would like to join us please telephone John Robinson on 966763446 for more details. If you would like to receive advance notice of future performances by Coro Pilar please contact June Marsh on 966763258 or via email, rayandjune@ (please mark as ‘Coro Pilar Info’). Our next concert will take place on 9th June 2012 at the Casa Culture in Pilar de la Horadada commencing at 19.30 hrs and entrance is free. We hope to see you there.

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Saturday 9th & 10th June ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT, to get your entry in for the ´MY SPAIN¨Art Competition that is being held at Casa La Pedrera, in conjunction with the Music, Arts and Craft Festival on the 9th & 10th of June. The competition closes on the 31st of May and if a fantastic opportunity for budding artists, to display their Work. There are children and adult categories with fabulous prizes to be won. The exhibition is open to the public from the 1st of June - 10th of June and is being held inside the Grand Design House, just off the CV95, between San Miguel and Bigastro. Not only does the public have the opportunity to bid on the paintings that have been donated by the artists, but they will be able to nominate their favourite, which will receive a special prize. Entry is only a euro, and all proceeds are for EMAUS Winners of the competition will be announced at the Festival on Sunday the 10th with a special prize giving. There will be plenty of entertainment over the weekend including music from Just Brass, young singer Emily Hullman, Dancing from Footwork Dancers, StageStruck Morris Dancing and many more. Fantastic Artisan Craft Stalls, plus an all day BBQ and a wood fired paella will be available. So don´t miss out! Get your entry forms by calling Jenni on 660816620 or email More information can be found on the website at which has a link to the Face Book Page.

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A grand charity funday took place in La Zenia on 26 May 2012 organised by Eddie Coleman and Jean Heald in aid of Cruz Roja and the Orihuela Costa District Branch of The Royal British Legion. The day started with a march to La Zenia Village led by the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums, following behind was the Orihuela Costa’s new Branch mascot Megan an Irish Wolf Hound. Also the Standard’s of RBL Branches and other ex service organisations and their members marched proudly along the route. The salute was taken by the British Vice Consul for Alicante Carolyn O’Reilly, the Councillor for the Coast, Pedro Mancebo and the Chairman of The Royal British Legion Spain North, Chris Wyatt. The day was officially opened with a speech from Snr Mancebo. A full afternoon of entertainment followed with the bars, B-B-Q and visitors buying raffle tickets, cakes, bric-a-brac plus serveral other stalls. €2225.70 was raised over the day and shared between Cruz Roja and the Royal British Legion. Keith Carter, Branch Chairman and Eddie Coleman Vice Chairman said they would like to thank everyone who helped raise this amount and to all who assisted over the day. For further information about the Orihuela Costa and District Branch please visit our web site You don’t have to be ex services to become a member.


The final preparations for the Manchester City legends tour to Orihuela Costa are now taking place with the Gala Dinner scheduled for 8pm - assuming their plane lands on time - at Goodfellas Restaurant in Flamenca Beach. There are still a few seats available so contact Lyn on 637 900 008 if you want to book a table. The golf on Friday 8th June is similarly almost full but if you want to play contact Gavin or Paula at Albatross Golf on 966 764 145 or 603 161 532. There will however be loads of space at the new Centro Deportivo Municipal de

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A NIGHT A THE MUSICALS As the title suggests this year´s Rascals variety show contains music, dance & comedy from various popular musicals. These include “Hello Dolly”, “The Sound of Music”, “Brigadoon”. “Anything Goes”, “Starlight Express” & “Mama Mia” to name but a few. For the first time Rascals have invited the Carmen Lorente Dance School to perform in their show.

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The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (formerly the European Nations Cup) is the 14th such competition organised by UEFA.

The joint hosts this year are Poland and Ukraine, who will stage the Euro 2012 Championship from the 8th June to the 1st July. It’s the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament. Sixteen nations will take part, 14 having qualified from a total of 51 others between August 2010 and November 2011, to join the two host nations in the tournament. The winners of Euro 2012 automatically gains entry to the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup which will be staged in Brazil. I haven’t a clue which of the 16 nations will lift the trophy on the 1st July. All I can say is that I am looking forward to the tournament immensely. It will certainly be interesting. There will be some great action, plenty of goals I’m sure, a few sendings-off (there always is in major competitions), some dubious refereeing decisions (penalties awarded, some not), a lot of controversy and without doubt, there will be plenty to talk about in the bars and cafés as the days and weeks roll by. At the time of writing, a handful of coaches/managers had not finalized their squads, but I have a good idea as to who will be out there on the pitch, giving everything he has for his country, striving to become a national hero. Let’s hope we see some exciting football, especially from the countries who I and you expect to produce the goods, namely Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and hopefully England and perhaps the Republic of Ireland, who always tend to come up with something special!

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In another past article, I have mentioned a day trip we made to our land in Benimarful and then popped into the Waterfalls in Guadalest on the way back. However you do not even have to travel that far, and I wonder how many of you have found the little mountain hideaways in Albatera and Crevillente? Slightly further up the coast is the beautiful town of Novelda, with its La Mola Castle and the Art Nouveau style building “GOMEZ TORTOSA”. However what really inspired me was the Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena which is a religious building. It is of modernist style, and the front facade looks like the “Sagrada Familia” by world famous architect. Antonio Gaudí , Further to this the West Park Gardens have a further link to Gaudi in that the park railings are decorated using Mosaics, and that for who anyone who has visited my house in the last few months knows is the bane of my life, my unfinished mosaic. I am actually a big fan of the buildings designed by Gaudi, as

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ANSWER: How about a range of succulents? The most common are cacti but the species cover a huge range of easy going plants. Succulents are water retaining plants which can survive in hot, arid conditions and although nearly all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. Puzzle that one out! Succulents generally appear fatter and more swollen than other plants due to their capacity to store water and this is not just in their leaves. I remember seeing a huge clump of those succulents (Opuntias) which you see dotted around near very old Cortijos, originally planted to absorb waste water from the house. At the end of last summer all were wrinkled and drooping but after the first heavy rainfall in autumn all had swollen up again. Amazing! The surface of a succulent is usually hairy, waxy or spiny, all of which will reduce water loss.

Survival in extremely high temperatures and low rainfall in desert and tropical regions makes them ideal for growing in gardens here. However, if like me, you live high up, most will need protection from frost in winter. Many succulents can thrive in beach conditions prone to salt spray. Some suggestions; Many of us already have the black Aeonium in our gardens somewhere with it’s long stem and big black rosette at the top. There is also a dark green, pale green and even a variegated variety. It is often called the Vowel plant as it has all 5 vowels in it’s name. Then there is the Agave which we see dotted around the campo growing wild with its huge, fast growing flower spike. These too come in all sizes and many colours. Nicknamed the Century plant as it was thought to only flower after 100 years before it died. That is a myth but it will only flower when it is a mature plant and then die but by then there should be many ‘babies’ clustered around the roots ready to

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way! I’m sure if you have danced a Quickstep you will know what I mean! Girls remember not to drop your weight back too early!

By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ MUKA (class details 635 584 431) the speed of the music and the character of the dance invites a free flowing light dance. Beginners will find the basic steps easy to learn and easy to fit to the music. But as you progress you will discover that the music lends itself to an infinite variety of steps. The dancer who masters the basics of the Quickstep will have command of a dance that can never grow stale, a dance that is unquestionably the most attractive expression of rhythm the world has ever known and which is undoubtedly the most popular dance today. Although the advanced Quickstep is difficult to master and perform, it is undoubtedly lots of fun to watch and extremely energetic at this level.

Unlike the Slow Foxtrot, the man closes his feet more and syncopated steps are common. The complexity of Quickstep as done by advanced dancers (and which you will see on ‘Strictly’) has increased, due to the extensive use of syncopated steps using an eighth of a beat. In the past, quickstep patterns were counted with “quick” (one beat) and “slow” (two beats) steps, (as known from Victor Sylvester slow, slow, quick quick slow). Many advanced patterns today use syncopated rhythm, such as “quicka n d - q u i c k- a n d - q u i c k , quick, slow”, with there being further steps on the ‘and’s.

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Alqueria ‘Peña de los Jefes’

The favoured eastern side of Alqueria is the home to Los Recién Llegados the Newcomers, the wealthier of the two main groupings of the Pueblo. Fernando Rodriguez is the owner of the village’s only industry, the olive mill and undisputed leader of the Newcomers, both in ideology and wealth. He and his associates take their ease at the social club located in the tree lined Avenida del Rico. A stone carved inscription by the door reads ‘Peña de los Jefes (Sólo Los Recién Llegados)’. The bar was stocked with the finest wines, Remitroot Liquor and best single malt whiskies. The olives are not Rodriquez’s needless to say. The quality of Alquerian olives has been in decline ever since he inherited the mill from his Father. It had been a long and difficult day at Olivarera de Alqueria. Rodriguez wanted answers. The last of his major customers, La Compañía de Medicamentos de Almería, had cancelled their contract. They had utilised the olive oil to lubricate a piece of medical apparatus used in the treatment of a male geriatric condition. It was however discovered that the Alquerian oil was causing the patients to become hyperactive during treatment. This proved traumatic for patients and medical staff alike. Rodriquez had organised his usual witch-hunt, looking for an imaginary conspiracy and punishing the innocent.

Jean Dujardin, playing the famous Hollywood movie star, George Valentin is the artist, an egotistical, silent movie star with the charisma and plenty of the good lucks to attract the interest of the ladies. It’s not surprising that his accolades include best actor awards for the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Academy Awards. I love his arrogance and his acting which typifies melodrama at its best. Melodrama is one of the features that interested the French director, Michel Hazanavicius in recreating silent movies during the 1920s. The Artist highlights the superficiality of Tinsel town, the glitter and glitz of fame while it lasts. And does it last? Of course not! The silent movies were becoming tedious and dated, the directors wanted something to excite their public and of course, the public yearned for something modern and exciting. This seems to mean the end of a f lourishing career for Valentin whose stubbornness and pride lead him to reject any advancement in cinematography. He is ruined, his marriage ends, he auctions all his possessions, his material wealth and hits rock bottom. A sad demise but an inevitable one. The contrast? A beautiful and enchanting up and coming, aspiring actress, the director’s wife, Berenice Bejo who plays an ambitious and vivacious Peppy Miller whose chance meeting with Valentin and a photograph splashed on the front page of Variety with the headline: Who’s That Girl? is the catalyst needed to propel her career into orbit and attract her leading man into a romantic liaison. She has the beauty, the charisma, the charm and most importantly, the humility, a redeeming quality. Within five years their roles are reversed: she is famous and adored by the public, he is a has-been, no longer enamoured by the fickle masses, a drunkard and suicidal. The romantic link is slow in developing but once the chemistry is in place it is electrifying to watch, especially at the end. I loved the unappreciated, taken for granted valet, Clifton ( James Cromwell) for his ten years of dedication to his master without being paid a cent. That is true devotion. The other star? As an animal lover I loved Uggie, Valentin’s faithful dog who saves his master’s life after his first suicidal bid and who also entertains us throughout with his amazing tricks. An interesting film to watch with large doses of tragedy and comedy. You need to watch the film a couple of times to appreciate what a wonderful film it is, but you will, I am sure about that.

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Those of El Gente del Cerro, the Hill People who worked at the olive mill took the brunt of his paranoia. Bonuses were stopped and privileges withdrawn. The cause of the decline in business was obvious to all apart from Rodriguez himself. His ruinous love of Abyssinian Mountain Goat Shirling financed by the firm’s meagre profits and total incompetence have taken their toll. Manuela, unofficial leader of the Hill People plotted revenge. That night the ‘Peña de los Jefes (Sólo Los Recién Llegados)’ burnt down. The two factions within Alqueria manned the fire engine on alternate nights. That night by coincidence the Bomberos were Hill People. It took them two hours to travel the half a mile to the Peña. Stopping at every bar in the village and on one occasion even stopping for dinner. Invited by Nestor Clacketo the baker who coincidently was also a Hill Person. When they finally arrived a gutted shell was all that remained. Rodriquez stood black faced, holding the singed and dented remains of his goat shirling trophies rescued from the inferno. The cause of the fire was officially accidental but Rodriquez knew better. Manuela denied all knowledge though she was seen throwing brushwood into the flames while standing on an empty Jerry Can. Rodriquez thought twice when dealing with El Gente del Cerro after the night of the fire. He never again had things entirely his own way

Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has won the UNESCO Artist of Peace award in recognition of his lifelong career in opera and his work for European heritage conservation. Domingo, who has worked in the UNESCO headquarters and is head of the Europa Nostra heritage foundation, only discovered two or three days before the award ceremony that he had been granted the prize. It was presented to him at the National Cultural Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, by its president Guilherme de Oliveira. Other Artists of the Peace to date include Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil, Bangladeshi fashion designer Bibi Russell, Cameroon-born musician Manu Dibango, Portuguese singer and actress Maria de Madeiros, Haïtian writer Frankétienne and French actress Guila Clara Kessous, among others.

Honorary doctorate for Spain’s minister of justice

Minister for Justice and former mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the university of Haifa in northern Israel. He was awarded the PhD along with eight other honorary doctors, including Australian health investigator Patrick McGorry, Nobel prizewinner in chemistry, Israel’s Dan Shechtman and Salim Joubran, the first Arab magistrate to have gained access to the Israeli Supreme Court. Ruiz-Gallardón’s award was in recognition of his work in promoting peaceful relations between the two countries. This included setting up the Sefarad-Israeli house in Madrid, to promote intercultural relations, and naming a square in the city after the Israeli prime minister Isaac Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. Dean of the university, Aaron Ben Ze’ev, said RuizGallardón’s ‘support for multiculturalism and tolerance’ within society are ‘values shared by all faculties’ of the ‘most cosmopolitan and multi-religious’ higher education institution in Israel.

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Across 9 Country morning girl (7) 10 R  elative to a thousand thousand before Asian leader (7) 11 T  ook a photo of Shanghai initially, then had a short sleep (7) 12 A nest lies disturbed, as is vital (9) 14 Lift more money? (5) 15 Incomings of headless guards (7) 18 C  ounts on parts of swimming pools lacking extra opening (7) 19 Train manager? (5) 20 Choices made by icon’s side? (9) 24 Sanction a very soft wander (7) 25 F  irst in Italy, almost - I moved around (7) 27 All-purpose military man? (7) 28 Good start, way to go outside - northeast complained (7) Down 1C  omplication of Taiwan’s first fish (6) 2C  ame across Alex’s substances (6) 3B  ound to be on the same score (4) 4S  tarts to help animal with an increasingly irate state (6) 5C  ard game came first, and made a shrill sound (8) 6P  arts of a text are standard, as surrounding diagram (10)

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


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Torrevieja U3A visits the Galapagos Islands!

Well it certainly felt like we were there anyway when Ray Marsh came to speak at our monthly meeting on 28th May about his trip to the Galapagos Islands and we were able to view his wonderful slides showing the abundant and varied wildlife and spectacular scenery to be seen in the Islands. The talk he gave us was really interesting, as he told how many different sub-species of birds and animals there are in this small group of islands and how this influenced the work of Charles Darwin. The story of ‘Lonesome George’, the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, who is about 100 years old, was particularly poignant As if that wasn’t enough we were then introduced to a new group called the Friends of Avinença (FoA) and Paul Pruden introduced the projects that are undertaken by this Group in the north of the Valencian region and told us about some of the field trips that have been taken by the FoA. The field trips are to places not usually open to the general public and include a visit to the Loggerhead Turtle Rehabilitation Reserve, The Vulture Re-introduction Project in Alcoy and the Aitana Radar Station (where there was still snow on the ground in April). The projects include clearing invasive species, plants and turtles, from a lagoon in Moraira; volunteering to help monitor the health of rivers and helping to manage an olive grove – eventually hoping to produce their own olive oil later this year, albeit on a small scale! We have now set up a new

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Friends of Avinença (South) group to expand the activities into this area. If you are interested in finding out more, and you don’t have to be a member of Torrevieja U3A to join us, please visit the website or email the Co-ordinator in this area, Sue Kenyon on torrevieja4all@ The next three meetings of Torrevieja U3A take a different format during the long hot summer months. They are very informal, there is no speaker and it is an opportunity for members and new members to come along and have the opportunity to talk to each other – something that we don’t always get time to do during our usual busy monthly meetings! So if you would like to come along on the last Monday of June, July and August for a social get together, or even to play some board games or join in the discussion group or try your hand at some Spanish Conversation, then we would like to see you. Doors open at 10.00 a.m. Refreshments and snacks are available all morning. For more information about Torrevieja U3A please visit out website or contact one of the Committee. We look forward to seeing you soon!


The Orihuela Costa and District Branch of The Royal British Legion had a stand at the Homes, Gardens and Outdoor Living Exhibition at the Castillo de Conesa in San Miguel on the 22 &23 May 2012. The Branch´s aim was to was to inform the public of the R.B.Ls work within the community, recruitment and raising funds for the 2012 Poppy Appeal. A hamper was raffled and the winning ticket was drawn by UK´s TV gardening guru Charlie Dimmock.


The winning ticket number was 124 and was won by Mr. Neuton from San Pedro. Over €400 was raised over the two days. Keith Carter, Branch Chairman would like to thank everyone who helped raise this amount and to all of the Branch members who assisted over the two days. For further information about the Orihuela Costa and District Branch please visit our web site You don’t have to be ex services to become a member.

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Shrimp Spaghetti & Asparagus Pesto METHOD To make the shrimps: Start by cleaning the shrimps (remove heads and shells); keep a few intact for decoration. Take a frying pan and melt 1.5 tbsp butter. When hot, add 1 chopped garlic clove. Cook for 1min on medium to low heat without turning it brown, then add the shrimps and bring the heat to high. Cook until the shrimps are pink on all sides (only a few mins). Away from heat and quickly, add the cognac and flambé the shrimps. Return to the stove and set aside, keeping them warm. To prepare the vegetables and pesto: Clean the asparagus (remove the end parts). Blanch them for a few mins, then rinse under cold water. Cut the tips that you keep for the dish itself and keep the stems for the pesto. In a food processor, mix together the 3 remaining garlic cloves, the basil, 3 tbsp of butter (soft), the pine nuts, a dash sea salt, pepper and the asparagus stems. Keep on the side. To finish the dish: Grate your parmesan cheese. Cook your spaghetti. Take a large bowl and mix together the spaghetti with the pesto sauce and parmesan. Keep 2 tbsp of the pesto for decoration. Take a plate and place a ring mould in the middle. Start by placing spaghetti twirled around your fingers at the bottom, 2/3 to the top. Add a layer of shrimps. Finish with spaghetti and some pesto sauce on top. Decorate with a few shrimps and asparagus. Sprinkle with a dash of olive oil, a few roasted pine nuts and serve.


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Prehistoric “Panda” Found in Spain—Giant Panda Has European Roots?

A prehistoric relative of the giant panda has been discovered in Spain, a new study says—which suggests that the charismatic Chinese bears might have originated in Europe.

resemblance may have been striking—Abella and colleagues speculate that the bear had panda-like patterns, because most existing species in the family also have the characteristic dark and white patches.

But A. beatrix was not your average bear. For one thing, the 130-pound (60-kilogram) animal was even smaller the smallest modern-day bear species, the sun bear—so it probably wasn’t exactly the top hunter of prehistoric Europe.

Like current pandas and small bears, the newfound species may have scrambled up trees to escape big predators of the day, such as bear dogs—extinct, doglike carnivores—and sabertoothed, feline-like creatures called Barbourofelidae, the team speculated. For another thing, A. beatrix is the oldest known species in the subfamily Ailuropodinae, which includes the giant panda.

in China, where the [giant panda] species lives, but in the warm and humid regions of [southwestern] Europe,” Abella said. But Blaine Schubert, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University who has studied prehistoric bears, said such a claim “seems fairly speculative.” The new study “doesn’t say that this is evidence t h a t

panda bears may have originated in Europe,” said Schubert, who was not involved in the study. “Further, even if this new fossil is a relative of modern pandas, it doesn’t mean that pandas originated there. I would not suggest this based on the evidence and I wouldn’t want to make a claim like that without a lot more evidence.”

“Therefore, the origin of this group is not located

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have raised 225 euros recently for Help for Homeless Veterans - they help exmilitary living on the streets. We have also raised approximately 175 euros for Soldiers off the Streets (the 50 cent collection recentlly publicised)- todate Our next lunch will be on Saturday June 16 13.00 hrs for 1330 hrs at RAYZ BAR EL RAZO On Saturday 30 June 50+ SOLOs will be at UNCLE OTTOs near Mercadona Torretta 3 at the above time. Contact Ruth on 966789063 for information and to BOOK. Many thanks for your support all the time - our group does serve a purpose - some have been coming since we started about 6 years ago. Most recent phone call was from a lady who had only just lost her husband and she is “LOST”. sincerely Ruth Reid


Free Diabetes Club.....................

Living with diabetes can be difficult – especially when you are in a foreign country and may not know where to go for help and support. That is why Medcare holds a free diabetes club, run by a British nurse specialising in diabetes care. The friendly club allows people with diabetes, their families and carers a forum to share any concerns and experiences. At the same time, the diabetes nurse is able to answer questions, hold seminars on various aspects of the disease and make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information on dealing with the diabetes. The club’s next meeting is at the Medcare surgery in Benijofar on April 30 at 12.30pm. No need to book, just turn up. For more information call Medcare on 966 866 258 or visit

PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST CON TRICKS AND FRAUDS............... PASO A PASO CerocStyle and Talks about how to take preventive measures against con Line Dance CLUB........................... tricks and frauds, organised by the Rojales Town Hall, will be held in the following dates and venues: Thursday, May 31st, in the Cultural Centre of Heredades at 6pm Friday, June 1st, in the Social Centre of Rojales at 6pm Looking forward to see you there ~ José Ramón García, Ayuntamiento de Rojales, Rojales Town Hall


are looking for new members as we have lots of shows (for charity) coming in the future. Come along any Friday at 2 p.m. to La Rustica Restaurant Torrevieja. Meet the gang – if you don’t like a good laff – don’t bother!

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

meet in Quesada area every Friday from 11am. Social and support network. Help with Spanish. Call Lynda for details 965 501 550

Alicante Business Club..............

We are a networking group with an informal approach to business networking. No joining fees or membership. We meet on 1st Friday of every month at the So Bar in Benimar at 13.00 to enjoy a drink and make new connections. For more info contact Garry on 618 048 532

ALICE IN WONDERLAND...................

TUESDAY 19th JUNE 2012.VIRGEN DEL CARMEN CULTURAL CENTRE.18.00h. GALA - FIN DE CURSO de la academia de baile “Kingsbury School of Dance”. Admission 3€ (a beneficio a APANEE). To buy your tickets please go to the box office outside the Municipal Theatre Tuesday - Friday opening hours from 11am - 1pm. A pantomime with singing, acting, dancing. Children from the age of 3 to the ages of 16 taking part. Children from all nationalities involved. Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Street Dance, gymnastics, singing and acting!!!

Summer 2012 times and venues. CerocStyle Classes with Adam and Maxine Mondays 7pm-9pm Beginners at Breakaways, Pueblo Principe (new class and venue commences 21st May) Wednesdays 7pm -10pm Beg / Int at Don Decades, Le Reigia, Orihuela Costa. Thursdays 7pm-10pm Beg / Int at Los Rosales Restaurant, Lemon Tree Rd cv895, Guardamar. No partner-Never Danced-No problem. Its the easy jive with latin style. LEARN TO LINE DANCE WITH ADAM: Mondays 10.30am at The Sportsman, Quesada. (new class and venue commences 21st May) Wednesdays 5pm at Don Decades, Le Reigia. (same place, note new time) MAXINE TRUDIE ENTERTAINS AT LOS ROSALES RESTAURANT, LEMON TREE ROAD, CV895, GUARDAMAR. Every other Sunday from 13th May, 1pm-4pm. FREE ENTRY EVENT. BBQ AVAILABLE TEL 670711408

How about volunteering for HELP VEGA BAJA?...........................

We at HELP VEGA BAJA are looking for volunteers to help us...Would you like to get involved? Can you spare a few hours a week? Why not come along and see what we do ? Please contact our office in San Miguel de Salinas for more information - Telephone 966 723 733

CASTILLA AMIGOS..........................

We are a friendship group for single people, meeting every Wednesday afternoon from 3 p.m. at RUBY’S BAR on El Raso (off the Lemon Tree Road) Guardamar. New friends are always welcome. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398 or BERNIE - 966 849 057

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Every year on the feast day of St John the Baptist (June 24th) the people of Alicante celebrate by burning huge effigies which have been built throughout the city. We are planning a trip to join in the festivities. It will take place in the evening (so that we can see some of the effigies) and finish with fireworks and burning of the effigies. For more information please come and see us in the office on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 12:00. Date: Sunday June 24th Leaving from Plaza Florida: 18:00 Leaving from Alicante: 01:30 (approx.) Arrival in Plaza Florida: 02:30 (approx.) Price: Members €9 Non-members €12

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Do you have any fundraising ideas? Would you like to organize or hold an event for APAH. If you have some great ideas and have some free time please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit

Benny is a year old, a pedigree Shar-Pei . He had been seen wandering in Campoverde but then made his way on to the busy road. He was in very good condition when found and no problem to catch. He has fitted in very well and has been no trouble at all. He has been chipped, castrated and vaccinated.

We currently have 15 beautiful kittens looking for homes, they are aged between 5 and 8 weeks. If you can give a home to a little girl or boy please contact Natasha on 616210850 or please see our website APAH IS MOVING TO A NEW SHOP IN PILAR DE LA HORADADA. Do you have a few spare hours a week to work in our shop. Our opening hours are 10.00 – 13.30 and 17.00 – 19.30 maybe you could even come with a friend. If you are interested please contact Natasha on 616210850. Please visit our website under urgent appeals to see our other dogs in need of finding a foster home.

Strictly Dance Classes.............

Strictly Dance Classes and practice at The Club Quesada every Monday & Tuesday 8pm-10:15pm. Have you learned the brand new Argentine Waltz yet? Its the latest craze. Come and join us for more details contact Lyn on 635584431

THE ROYAL NAVAL assc.................

THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1700 on the first Wednesday of each month at La Rustika Restaurante (formally Los Arcos Restaurante), Avenida Baleares, Torrevieja. Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 188 701 or Margaret Forshaw, Secretary 966 921 996.

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

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

THE SPIRITUALIST CHURCH, QUESADA.........................................

Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Ray Bailey will take the Divine Service on Sunday, 10th June.. On Tuesday 12th June there will be an Evening of Mediumship with David Darnbrough. The Divine Service on Sunday, June 17th will be taken by Sue Chard from the U.K. There is also a Fundraiser with Sue and Lesley Pickering on Thursday 21st June from 7.30 to 8.45 p.m.. Please support your church. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028.

The Torrevieja Costa Lions club...............................................

We meet on the second Thursday of every month at the Cabo Severa Hotel in La Mata, Torrevieja at 7.30 pm. If you would like to join us to find out what we do as part of an International organisation, then please come along, you will be most welcome. Just ask at reception for directions to our meeting room on the ground floor. Or contact me direct on 617069064 or mail me at

Welcome Events..........................

Wednesday 13th June - Ladies Day at Mariano’s, with fashion show, raffle, bingo, buffet and drinks. Entertainment by Pat Martin. Ladies, don’t miss this one. Just €12. Wednesday 20th June - Summer Ball at Pinoto De Oro, Aledo, with 6 course meal, all drinks, champagne reception, entertainment by Pat Martin plus mystery guest. €29. Coach available at €6. Both the October and Christmas trips to Benidorm are now sold out. For more details plus ticket sales, call Rosemary on 620105179.

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship Services...................

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

Pilar Christian Community Church ..........................................

Calle Canalejas 3. Pilar de la Horadada. Sunday Service at 11am, and Thursday at 5pm for Bible study and Prayer. Home groups meet during the week. All welcome from any church background or none. For further information contact PilarChristian.CommunityChurch@gmail. com or contact Reverend Eddie on 966 769 300 or 650 509 606. Reg No:2009-SG/A

BADMINTON AT PILAR DE LA HORADADA......................................

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call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487

from la Marina to San Javier



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removals cont...


Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, Costa Blanca 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, Lift, Furnished inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² Terrace / Balcony with Awnings Spacious apartment overlooks a newly reformed Plaza, views of the church & mountains, unusually large terrace. 2 min walk away from the town’s attractive central square, all other amenities are also within easy walking distance,12 mins drive from the resort of Guardamar del Segura. Close to La Finca Golf course

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“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the ads in this section offensive” Spanish lady Very discreet. Call Playa Flamenca 677 676 554 San near new Carrefour Policarpo No. 87 before La Florida. Apt 1-17 Cerca 35 years, attractive, Calle Orihuela. classy lady, private Can accommodate house, parking. one person or Offers all erotic accompanied. services, massage, elegant Slim, sexy lingerie, prices sexy italian from 40€. Full lady available discretion. Tel: Ana h o m e / h o u s e 680 735 412 visits. Torrevieja, natasha , La Manga, Torre Divorced, diverse pacheco & super sexy, Mazarron. Escort private apartment, available, home & complete massage house visits Tel: with massage bed. 693 357 526

Doble Sobre.......

Tea, as long as it is proper English tea, made with boiling water and with the addition of milk in one form or another, will disappear down my throat without let or hindrance at any and every opportunity. To my palate it is the elixir of life, yet Spanish tea I can not manage, even if it is made with an English teabag – unless tea is made with boiling water then to call it tea, to my mind, is to run the risk of a visit from the Trade Descriptions Inspectors. But as far as coffee is concerned I am a waste of space. My ideal cup of coffee is an insipid, semi-opaque liquid, which even then has to be heavily disguised with copious quantities of milk. If somebody describes the coffee served in any particular café as ‘wonderful’ or even ‘good’ then I know that I will have to take avoiding action. I know it will not be for me, and as the café in question will be here in Spain, then the tea that it will serve will also be of medicinal quality. Thus I have a problem. Both Spanish tea and coffee are unacceptable to me, and as I am usually driving and have no wish for a close encounter with green men carrying guns, alcohol is out of the question.


But I have grown wily in my more mature years; I have discovered an alternative – a cup of hot milk served with a sachet of decaffeinated coffee, in other words ‘sobre descafeinado con leche.’ This handy ruse allows me to exactly monitor the coffee content of my cup, so that the resulting drink, which hardly qualifies as coffee, finds favour with my taste buds. I was sitting at an expensive and busy café when a waiter swept up. Hardly breaking stride he took my order and continued on his way as fluid and inexorable as an Atlantic breaker. In due course he glided back, and in passing slid a cup of gloopy black liquid onto my table. I gazed in horror at it, half expecting a miniature version of the Loch Ness Monster to rear out of its obsidian depths. I caught him on his next traverse, and queried the correctness of the order. He halted with the amazed expression of a swallow which had just flown headlong into a brick wall. ‘I thought you ordered descafeinado doble’ he said as he engaged Drive and sped away to replace my order. I suppose, travelling at 30kph with a loaded tray, doble and sobre do sound pretty similar!

By Jos Biggs

From Dungarees to Bolero Tops – This is Chelsea

Before Spain, we would often watch Gardeners World on a Friday evening. This was when we actually had a large garden and before we downsized to a pocket handkerchief. So it came as something of a pleasant surprise to see the same old familiar faces, still strutting their horticultural stuff on the recent television coverage of The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show. Good old Alan Titchmarsh was there as presenter-in-chief of course and waxing lyrical in his distinctive Yorkshire falsetto - hasn’t he done well for himself by the way. Presenter, chat show host and novelist – he has also featured in various TV commercials and can be heard in an assortment of voice over’s and is an MBE and Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Hampshire to boot. The list of credits seems endless. Not bad for a lad who left school at 15 and made his early living potting geraniums for Ilkley Council. I wondered who the impressively coiffured presenter was wearing an expensive looking bolero top and matching dress – not that I know anything about Bolero tops or what is and what is not expensive in the women’s clothing department; only when my wife informs me – although she looked and sounded familiar. Then I realised it was Carol Klein. The last time I saw her was as a regular on Gardeners world yonks ago, when the most fashionable things she ever wore were muddy anoraks, dungarees and wellies; sporting

a hair style reminiscent of Ken Dodd and who seemed to like nothing better than digging her hands into endless buckets of horse poo and talking about parsnips. It’s amazing what a bit of TV exposure and BBC cash can do. And who was that other elderly lady wearing a mauve coat and hat? It clashed with the Titchmarsh tie; but again she did look somewhat familiar . . . Ah, sorry Ma’am! I was pleased to see Rachel de Thame there of course and just as fragrant as any of her flowers – she could attend to my hanging baskets any day. Others must be of the same opinion because she has been commissioned to design and craft the floral motif for the Royal Barge at the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the Thames. We have never been to The Chelsea Flower Show and discussing it yesterday, we decided that we have mixed feelings about possibly visiting next year. I mean

By Colin Bird :

it’s all very well watching the coverage on TV where you get to see everything of interest in the comfort of your own arm chair, but the reality of attending is that you are elbowed and shoved by the hordes of Genghis Khan and joining endless queues to view the various exhibits and prize winning gardens. And that’s another thing. I’ve said it before, but being a country boy at heart I like gardens to be gardens, not the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise or an expanse of plastic, concrete tubes or coloured marbles where there is often not even a tea cup full of soil present. British gardens are about flowers, carrots, grass and good old fashioned earth for goodness sake, where the only evidence of manmade accompaniments should be winding crazy paved pathways and gnomes. Water is good too, but not when it comes spurting out of a two storey edifice that resembles a glass condom. Yes, yes I know that it would probably be a little bit samey

and boring if all the exhibited plots were restricted to just one basic theme, but it’s a bit like modern art. In what I remember as the abstract art days, it was a case of enjoying or not - what you saw without the need to have it explained by the artist, but now like some of these gardens, it has become not so much a visual but a cerebral experience. Then there is always the distinct possibility, being England, that it will rain like billy-o and the only things we get to see will be the tea rooms and public toilets where there will be still more queuing. I’m as partial as the next man to a nice cup of tea and a slice of Battenberg, but I can get that here without giving a wedge of cash to Mr O’Leary for the privilege of getting us there in one of his flying battery units. On the upside, we would not have to listen to an endless stream of opinions and gardening philosophy from and equally endless stream of celebrities who probably know as much about gardening as a Royal Corgi, or heaven forbid – me! So all in all it looks as if we will again watch the proceedings on the box, although . . .I wonder if Rachel de Thame will be there?



Treasure chest hoax fools beach goers

Practical jokers buried a treasure chest on a popular beach under the cover of darkness - then ‘discovered’ and dug it up the next day. The pranksters staged the stunt on LA’s busy Venice Beach and posted a video of beach goers’ reaction to their ‘find’ on YouTube. They used metal-detectors to supposedly find the old chest, which they had filled with gold foilcovered chocolate coins, reports the StandardExaminer. They then dug it up with spades, as a growing crowd gathered around them, before finally opening the chest to reveal the ‘treasure’. Joker Johnny Burdock said one of his friends came up with the idea. They bought a chest for $100, piled it on top of Burdock’s car, then drove it to LA. They buried it in the early hours of Sunday morning and then returned later that day when the beach was packed with visitors. “By the time we hit the treasure with the shovel - thump! - there was a pretty big crowd. The people gathered around start screaming with excitement,” he said. “We had maybe 100 to 150 people surrounding us, and we pry one of the ends of the chest lid open and we act like we’re trying as hard as we can. “Me and my friends flip the lid open all at once, quickly, and everyone sees shining, shimmering gold coins, and everyone goes crazy, and some of them start jumping in to try to steal the coins.”

comedy corner....


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braben’s blog.... There are still many things on this planet we haven’t yet explored. Obviously there are parts of the ocean that are so deep that we can’t get close to meeting the scary things down there, some hidden valleys I am sure house creatures that people have yet to be eaten by, whilst there is a cupboard in everyone’s house that hides unimaginable stuff that has exceeded its sell by date by many years!

On this theme, recently a tribe was discovered, somewhere in South America, which has had no contact with the modern world yet, are still living in a very primitive way and who are unable to communicate with outsiders because nobody else can understand them-reminds me of the Sex Pistols. Apparently, every time explorers come close, they throw their rather dangerous and excessively pointy spears in their direction to keep them away-I wonder if we could try that on unwanted summer visitors? Mind you, I can’t say I blame them; aren’t there times when you wish you were in an impenetrable forest? I do wonder what tribes such as this one would think of us, the supposed civilised ones, if they were to experience our lives. For example, there is an exhibition in London by a Chinese artist showing all the things his mother has collected over the last 50 years. Really, this is true! On show are such rarities as, used toothpaste tubes, old kitchen implements, false teeth and so on. I imagine the tribe would be scratching their heads-as indeed am I! Reading about this started me thinking; what could there be that represents our culture today? What could we possibly find that will show those poor deprived people deep in the South American jungle exactly what they are missing in our ultra civilized world? Well, we could reasonably start with football, what else? To represent all that the beautiful game stands for we could have a small Argentinean doll in a sky blue football kit which simply sits and sulks! It isn’t only lost tribes who can’t communicate. What then? Well how about a copy of “The Sun” so they can follow in depth news-no need to understand English, they can look at the pictures. A CD of Boney M’s greatest hits, that would surely help them to appreciate our musical heritage-wouldn’t it? No, stop! The best thing? A map…showing the way back to their jungle! Lucky people.

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

I Never Saw Star Wars!

Prometheus - Ridley Scotts latest Sci-Fi epic has been released; I will wait for the video to be released and hope that Mini Cine in Albox or La Montana in Bedar screen it as films are much better on the big screen. Star Wars was released in 1977 and Alien in 1979 with both getting many of us hooked on Sci-Fi. Growing up in Guildford cinema was a big part of my life; Saturday Cinema at the Odeon was a cunning way for parents to get a few child free hours. We kids loved it as apart from the ushers and Scary Manager patrolling the aisles we were left to our own devices. When Star wars was released in May 1977 my dad caved in to my pleas to see it and drove us both into town. The queue was huge and snaked round behind the cinema. My dad being a sensible sort dropped me off at the back of the line with instructions to hold the place in the queue whilst he went off to park the car. I was only 10 at the time and nervous of being left alone. The queue quickly shortened and I got nearer and nearer to the ticket office and still he wasn’t back. Then horror of horrors it was my turn at the counter and dad was nowhere. I awkwardly stood to the side willing my dad to come and save me. Nowadays a quick call or text on a mobile would have reassured me but in the prehistoric 70s no such luxury. After what seemed an age I got it into my head that dad had forgotten me and gone home; so I thought I should take the bus home. Mum was surprised to see me as dad was nowhere to be seen. An hour or so later my dad came home thinking his eldest son had been kidnapped. He had finally found a parking space but could not find me in the ticket hall. Thinking I must have gone into see the film he spoke to Scary Manager (who always wore a morning suit) and the two of them walked up and down every row of seats with a torch trying to find me. The incident traumatised me and I stopped going to the cinema for a few years as I feared the scary manager would recognise me and tell me off. Then when I was 15 my mum got a secretary’s job at the Odeon. As a perk she got a little booklet. This magic booklet quickly helped me overcome my cinema phobia as it entitled the holder to two free tickets a week. My mum never liked the cinema and my two brothers were too young so the booklet became mine. I generously treated my girlfriend nearly every week and in those days it was also easy to sneak into anything ‘X’ rated so over the years we saw loads of films; but I never saw Star Wars! Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: -


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sport with a prize awarded for anyone who could get close to him. Ken Brett duly obliged and we were off for a game of many prizes, one or even two on every hole. The Captain had graciously provided everyone with a “doggy bag” of refreshments to sustain us on a hot day. The list of prizewinners for each hole is too lengthy to list however one must observe that a female impersonator infiltrated the field recording her name (Robina) on the nearest the pin markers for women competitors. After some alcoholic consumption later the true identity was revealed (Big Robin). After the competition ended we all retired to our clubhouse (Clapton’s Bar) were


34 members and 6 guests arrived at our home course, La Marquesa, on Friday 1st June for our Captain’ Day competition. On a glorious sunny day with little wind the Captain (Bob Shorley) drove off the first tee to begin the competition

Chris provided us with a much needed repast. Some decent scores were recorded and a number of positions were decided on countback. The best guest of the day was won by our Caledonian friend Willy Buchanan with a score of 34 points. The front nine went to Jan Shorley (on countback) with 17 points. The back nine was won by Stan Matthews (a guest) with 18 points again on countback. Third position, again on countback, was won by our President, John Fairhurst with 33 points. Second position on his own was won by Dave Smith with 34 points. Finally the winner of El Raso Captain’s Day competition with a score of 37 points was no other than the Captain himself, Bob Shorley. The photo show a a number of the winners outside Clapton’s Bar. John Fairhurst

CASUAL WEEKEND FOR ITV ORIHUELA RFC................... At the weekend the club had an extra training practice where over 20 players took part to practice some new plays for the Miguel Hernandez Cup as most of the training has been geared to 7’s rugby with all of the tournaments taking place. This coming weekend ITV Orihuela RFC are at the Lorca 7’s, while I will be at the Murcia 7’s on 9 June with all of my rugby gear, after I was invited by the organisers, starting at 10.00, this will be followed by the Miguel Hernandez Cup in Orihuela on 16 June. After this there is an exhibition 7’s tournament, on 23 June with local teams taking part, to promote the Centurion Rugby Summer School at the Formentera del Segura football stadium, where there will be a bar open for drinks and food. You can also enrol your children at

this event for the summer school, which has been given fantastic support by the local council. The Centurion Rugby Summer School is now up and running with two weeks already been organised in Formentera del Segura, 9-13 and 16-20 July, with the council giving us permission to use the football pitch, and a huge support to the new venture. For more information of this contact Garry on 692 767 242 or Ian Morrison the head coach on 634 367 295 and join the rest of the children already signed up for the rugby school. It is not important if you have not played before. The summer school is for U10’s, U12’s, U14’s and U16’s. This is then followed by the Alan Davies memorial 7’s tournament in Elche on 30 June. So come along and see some

great rugby in the area by local teams. The club is training on Tuesday and Thursday at the Miguel Hernandez University for the juveniles and seniors starting at 20.30, while the juniors are on Tuesday and Thursday at 18.15. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun and great friendly atmosphere at the club.

(in association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services) at Alenda 31st May 2012. For this month’s meeting a group of 26 players visited the established course at Alenda taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services. The weather was superb and the course was in good condition with the greens recovering well from the recent hollow tining. There were some good scores

on the day with the winners as follows: 1st – Seamus Martin – 38 points 2nd – John Chatham - 37 points 3rd – Mike Probert – 36 points 4th – Julie Blinston – 35 points Best Front 9 – Arthur Walker - 22 points Best Back 9 – Sam Matkin -19 points Nearest Pins – Mike Probert, Dave Mason, Dave Marriott and Brian Smith After the game we returned to

the Lo Marabu, which is located at Dona Pepa, Quesada for a welcome meal prepared by the bar and the prize presentation. Our next society meeting is our Benidorm away trip on 13th & 14th June 2012 and there are still a few spaces available. Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at

7 Of the best for C.F Mil Palmeras............................ Lo Marabu Golf Society................................................. the players aged 6 upto 15 came to fruition with this outstanding trophy haul.

On finals day held on Saturday in Rojales no other team came away with more silverware than Mil Palmeras. Coach Martin Naylor said.” The players deserve everything they have got this season through sheer hard work and determination.” C.F Mil Palmeras is running a summer soccer camp running right through July and August, and welcome children from the ages of 6-15 years. C.F Mil Palmeras had their most successful season yet in this years Vega Baja league. Grabbing an incredible 7 trophies in 5 different

age groups. The football club continues to go from strength to strength and all the hard work and effort from

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CARTAGENA END SEASON ON A HIGH.............................. RECREATIVO HUELVA - 1 FC CARTAGENA - 2 BY STEVE HIBBERD Following the previous weeks demolition job of Villarreal, Cartagena ended a season to forget with a deserved victory at lowly Huelva. Since relegation to div 2b has been confirmed, Carlos Rios’s men have done what they should have been doing all season - performing with flair and confidence! Inside Nuevo Colombino Stadium, only 3,500 bothered watching, what in reality, was a ‘nothing match’. The first half started off in tentative fashion, and it wasn’t until the 11th min before Braulio

had a shot on goal well saved by the Huelva keeper. Midway through the half, an excellent through ball found Collantes, who having beaten the offside trap, ran from just inside the opponents half, before placing a low drive beyond the keeper. Towards the end of the half, twas the visitors who doubled their advantage. From a counter attack, Lafuante, then Braulio, fed the ball to Hector Font, whose assist provided Anton the perfect opportunity to score at the far post.

Huelva started the 2nd half in a much more positive frame of mind, with Berrocal heading

wide from a corner shortly after the restart. Unlike the first half (in which Huelva failed to put in a shot on goal), the 2nd half was all the home side. Chuti, Aitor, Berrocal and Matamala, all had good attempts on goal, before the latter took the ball past keeper Reina, only to shoot over the bar. Home fans were booing and whistling their under performing players for long periods, interrupted briefly when Berrocal scored from a header in the 75th min. With less than 10 mins remaining, the same player should have added to his goal tally, but from a good position shot wide.

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RODS AND REELS This weeks competition was the 5th round of the Summer League. The venue being the Embalse de Argos. The water level has dropped slightly and there is now some colour coming into the water. The strange part for this week was, where barbel have been the predominant fish, this week it was carp. The weights are slowly creeping up, but I do not see a return to the 100 lb bags of a few years ago. 1st Doug ( Welsh Goldminer ) Hornblow fishing the feeder using pellet with 42.08 kilo’s 2nd Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attachee ) fishing the pole using paste with 33.78 kilo´s. 3rd Ian ( Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the pole using pellet and tares with 28.32 kilo’s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 11th and final match of the Spring Series was fished on the Eden Stretch on 29th May, the bamboos have now grown back to their full height and the

pegs are clear and safe after the working parties. The water level is really low with hardly any flow at all, there seems to have been an explosion of baby Terrapins I counted five in my swim at one time, and the other anglers were also plagued with them. The fish have cleaned off after spawning and weights are improving. 1st Bill (The Master) Reade with 10.200kg fishing pole bread and paste 2nd Lennie (Ex Cultural Attache) Bolton with 10.060kg fishing pole paste and pellet 3rd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 9.760kg fishing pole paste and pellet The final results of the Spring Series are Winner Lennie Bolton with 81pts 2nd Ian Dalzell 78pts 3rd Bill Reade 66pts WARNING On Friday afternoon whilst fishing opposite Mercadona at Guadamar with my other half, she was sitting at the back of the car with the boot lid up and I was fishing 7 metres away. During the time we were there

someone managed to creep up unnoticed and open the front door of the car and steal our personal belongings out of a beach bag in the well of the car. Another Angler was fishing along side us approx 30 yards away, he did not see anything out of the ordinary either. So, lock your car at all times All details are available on our website or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on Tel No 965 328 368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached ( which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE




FC TORREVIEJA – THE FUTURE...... Torry finished last season in 7th place and next season will be hoping to achieve a higher finish in the top 4. It is understood that Senor Boix will be seeking re-election again as President of the football club and will be ably assisted by the exuberant and ever optimistic Irishman Jeff Scott. Hopefully they will be assisted by a few from the local community. Senor Boix will have learnt from the lessons of last season in not going for broke again and next season setting a budget at a level which will enable the expenditure for the season to be met with the players being paid on time throughout the season. I know this isn’t commonplace in Spain in football and indeed in the public sector, chemists for prescriptions, teachers etc but it is something that needs to be a priority. The smaller decimated squad for the second half of the season kept the dream of reaching a play-off place alive until the last couple of weeks of the season. This demonstrated that the “model” at this level should perhaps be something along the same lines. A squad of 16 to 18 players supplemented by players from Torrevieja CF senior and juvenile teams when the need arises. The players should be from places within a 45 minute drive of Torrevieja.

The players are part-time and generally train 3 evenings a week and on Saturday mornings so travelling can become a burden. Torry should retain the bulk of the squad which finished the season, if the wage demands are realistic and affordable. Torry have some young players on their books who should develop and improve and they should be retained. Local lads Manolo, Burguillos, and Manu Amores. More experienced players and local lads Ramiro, Jorge and Abel. Vicente, Rafa and Manu who are still youthful, should get better with experience and don’t live too far from Torrevieja . If possible Juande and Corella who are good players at the level. Also Meijide should, if possible, be lured back for one more season. 2 or 3 new signings are required in attacking positions. A couple of central strikers are the greatest need followed by an attacking central midfielder with an eye for a pass and goal. Hopefully next season the local community will get behind the team in greater numbers. Enjoy the summer and the Euros and get behind England if they have a team left to field ! Darrylldinho looking forward, in a positive mood, to following his adopted team in Spain again next season.


The home of the Peacocks is the picturesque setting for this mixed triples, which takes place this Saturday June 9th, start time is 10 for 10-30. This will be the first competition to be held here with twelve pistes now available. The club recently staged the KO Cup final between Rocajuna and Lakeside, this went down well, with a good turn out to round off the day. ALTOS DE LIMONAR This will be the new home for Torreta and Torre Bears, with 18 pistes now ready, and toilet and storage facilities expected to be ready by September. The club were advised three years ago that they would be relocated now this is happening, hopefully it will

attract new members from this large catchment. The Grand Opening will be on October 10th, with a mixed triples for openers this will be a good opportunity for pre league practice in both the Costa Blanca serie, and the Las Salinas League. Many more events will be held once everyone is back from the summer break. LOS BALCONES This is a new 12 piste facility which should help the club build its membership and attract more players. Torrevieja Ayuntamiento have again excelled with both of these new Petanca facilities, which are envied by many other areas. Roger Seymour

EUROGOLF SOCIETY............................ The May Monthly Stableford competition, was played by the Eurogolf Society on Thursday 31st May, 2012, at La Marquesa Golf & Country Club, Rojales. The previous week we had played on temporary greens and, whilst we were back on the normal greens, they were a little difficult to read to say the least! The weather was good for golf, although a little on the humid side, there was a pleasant, cooling breeze present most of the day. The somewhat uneven greens clearly did not effect everyone and there were some very good scores in the Club House, but our May Monthly Stableford winner, with a score of 37 pts, was Nico Baken. Full results were as follows:Gold Division 1st Nico Baken 37 pts, 2nd Tony Stanley 35 pts 3rd Alan Bridges 34 pts Silver Division 1st Jill Young 36 pts 2nd Bryan Fenwick 35 pts 3rd Julian Frutos 34 pts Bronze Division 1st Mike Gillett 36 pts 2nd Liz Menzies 35 pts (c/b) 3rd Mary Sanderson 35 pts Nearest the Pins 5th – Robin Richards, 11th – Connie Parker, 12th – Margaret Perito, 15th – Mike Harris & 17th – Cindi Green

Quesada Golf Society Lorca Golf Resort on Wednesday 30 May 2012. The Societies annual golfing “away day” was to the Lorca Golf Resort which was opened towards the end of last year. 44 players including 14 guests boarded the coach at Quesada Arches for an eagerly awaited “fun” day out. Thats what we play golf for isn’t it – fun. On arrival at the golf course, which is situated in “cowboy” country between Lorca and Aguilas, the couple of people at the property sales office on entry to the resort got up on their feet and looked out of their big glass window and rubbed their hands together after seeing our coach arrive with “Atlas” emblazoned on the side. The poor souls were to be disappointed because the occupants had come for the golf and not their sales pitch. When

we got to the clubhouse we were informed that we had the course to ourselves. After a cup of coffee and a buggy ride to the designated tees, the golf got underway at “high noon” with a shotgun start. There were no cowboys and bandits amongst us, just a group of willing golfers keen to pit their wits and golfing skills against what was to prove a very challenging golf course. The course was in good condition. It was not overly long but was narrow in places with its main feature and the greatest degree of difficulty being its long carries over deep ravines with no get outs. You quite simply had to go for it ! Many balls were lost and many balls were found for those brave enough to venture down into the ravines. Our honorary President, 80 +


year old Ken Parker, ventured down one and managed to retrieve his ball + another but when he got out of the ravine had to signal for the buggy as he had just about seized up. Big John Dunnion hit the shot of the day which nearly cost him dearly as his tee-shot on the short par 3 10th landed within a foot of the hole – hard luck John. Some really liked the course while others thought it was possibly a bit too difficult. After the game we all enjoyed a tasty 3 course meal in the restaurant in the clubhouse complex washed down with copious amounts of beer ,wine and the odd spirit. The presentations to the winners on the day were made to loud applause from those gathered. The staff at the golf course and in the restaurant were very efficient and treated us exceptionally

Best Front 9: Dave King - 20 pts Best Back 9:Ken Brett 19 pts Best Par 5’s:- David Gregson – 10 Best Par 3’s:- Tony Stanley - 11 This month’s proud winner of the Buddha Award, for the lowest score of the day, was Brigid Foran, with 21 pts. Many thanks go to the sponsors of the competition – El Corazon Hotel & Restaurant, Lo Marabu Restaurant & Bar, Super Valu supermarket, Le Tournesol Restaurant and Manolo’s Restaurant. TOFF’s Stableford results, on Tuesday 29th May, were as follows:Gold Division: 1st Tony Hitt 36 pts 2nd Mike Edwards 35 pts (c/b) 3rd Sue Gillett 35 pts Silver Division: 1st Tony Stanley 36 pts (Overall Winner) 2nd Margaret Richings 33 pts (c/b) 3rd Margaret Perito 33 pts Bronze Division: 1st Gordy White 36 pts , 2nd Alan Marshall 34 pts 3rd Cindi Green 33 pts Nearest the Pins: 5th – Pino Perito, 11th – Roger Richings, 15th – Bryan Fenwick and 17th – Harry Armstrong Diary Dates: Friday 29th May – ‘End of Season’ Dinner & Dance at the Sierra Golf Restaurant well. All in all a great day out at a very reasonable price. The main competition was a 4 player team Boggie Ball + 2 with also an individual stableford competition. Results Winning Teams 1st Place: Brian Smith, Tony White, Damian Elliot, Dave Westerman 2nd Place: Ann Hobbs, Trevor Hobbs, Cliff Ellis, Darren Finucane 3rd Place: John Sanchez, Dessie Rogers, Dave Bartram, Brian Airey Wooden Spoon: Rod Day, Anne Day, Stan Earl, Susan Westerman Individual Winners 1st Place: Carl Peden 37 pts 2nd Place: Brian Smith 30 pts on C/B 3rd Place: John Sanchez 36 pts Nearest the Pins: Hole 4: Cliff Ellis, Hole 6: Ken Parker, Hole 8: Martin Collins, Hole 10: John Dunnion, Hole 12: Carl Peden Longest Drive: Men: Dessie Rogers, Ladies: Ann Hobbs Our next game is at Las Colinas on Wednesday 13 June and our next members meeting is on Tuesday 19 June at Quesada Country Club 10.30am. Darrylldinho standing in for ace reporter Pam Martin

DAY 30th MAY, 2012 Today was our away day to La Pinaillas Golf Course, Albacete, with 47 players and guests in high spirits has they boarded the coach from Playa Flamenca, Quesada and Alenda to take us on a 2.1/2 hour journey to this beautiful golf course. With major road works going on not far from the course, this resulted in our driver missed the turning, which put 20 minutes on to our time. On our arrival it was a little hectic, with the road up to the club house being too narrow for the coach to use, so everyone had to grab their belongings and walk from the car park, which was uphill, to the club house, with a little moan here and there, we all made it. With not much time to spare, the majority where able to go straight off from Tee 1with 4 other groups going off Tee 10, which certainly helped. The course was in immaculate condition throughout, you could not fault anything. For the ones who had not played this course before, they all loved it, and look forward to playing it again. On the day the weather

turned out to be rather warm with overcast skies appearing later in the afternoon, followed by a light breeze, which by then was more than welcomed. After the game we all sat down for our meal, and with the service being very good, I’m sure it was enjoyed by all. This was followed by the presentation and then it was back to the coach for the journey home. It wasn’t long before some started to close their eyes, but others left one eye open, knowing that camera man Joe might catch them napping, and he did, which can be seen on the website along with the interesting results of the day. Anyone is more than welcome to join us for a game any Wednesday whether you wish to become a member or not. We’re a friendly bunch so even if you’re just here on holiday and you want to squeeze a game in, give us a call and we’ll do our best to oblige. More society info is available by emailing, visiting or calling the match sec. on 966719604.


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Medals for Torrevieja Girls! Saturday 2nd June saw the Torrevieja Swimming Club Alevin girls earn outstanding results in the Valencian 30th Jocs Esportius Competition. This year hosted by the La Nucia Swimming Club at the sports centre in La Nucia, Piroska Rideg, Alejandra Amat and Zoe Connolly compete in three races each over the morning and afternoon sessions. 100m backstroke being the first event saw Piroska Rideg win gold in the 12years category with a new PB of 1:18:03 and Zoe Connolly bronze in the 11yrs group with new PB of 1:23:09. Alejandra Amat in the 11yrs category swam 100m backstroke for the first time with a good time of 1:39:86 and follow shortly after with 100m breastroke and a time of 2:03:23. Last races for the morning saw both Piroska and Zoe compete together

Over 200 entrants lined up for the first running of this “Solidaria Fundación Pepe Ramón” children´s charit y event, at 7:30pm on Saturday (2/6/12). Even at that time of the evening, the weather was humid & ver y warm. Also, despite being described as a “flat” course, the runners were immediately faced with a long, steep hill, which had to be negotiated (t wice!).

in the 100m Butterfly, both working very hard and both achieving silver medals in their age group. The afternoon session saw Piroska and Zoe again in the same heat competing side by side in the 200m medley. Both girls had outstanding swims and both won gold medals. Zoe set herself a new personal best of 2:58:28 and Piroska a time of 2:52:47. This put the Torrevieja Alevin girls first and second in the Alevin category (11 and 12 year olds). For a small club a fantastic achievement. Alejandra followed in the 100m 11yrs freestyle setting herself a new personal best of 1:29:95 improving on a

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“Running Wild A.C.” of Los Dolses, had entered 5 no. vets, 3 ladies & 2 men but the conditions lead to 2 of the ladies being forced to drop out af ter about 20 mins. of hot & tiring ef fort. However, Frauke Gerlach (V W 74) managed to maintain an evenly paced run to finish 1st Vet F (over 60 yrs.) in 64:34, also collecting the oldest lady-finisher.

recent previous best by 6 seconds. Well done to all three girls. The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the

Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602, Rosa - 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on ecagigao@ or at info@

Jim Gavin (VM 70) finished 4th Vet F in 53:56, an excellent pb for his age group. John Pascoe (VM 79) followed him for 5th place in 55:05. Footnote : Also in attendance in a supporting capacit y, was Lin Gossage af ter months of recuperating from leg & ankle fractures. She is positively planning a walking regime & a gradual increase to walk /jog with her target being to run the Barcelona 10K on New Year’s Eve. The Club wishes her well.

Amir Khan tells father of Danny Garcia he will “beat his son”

Amir Khan has told Angel Garcia - the father of Danny Garcia - he “will beat his son” after Khan was taunted by him. Khan and Garcia met in Los Angeles to officially announce their WBC lightwelterweight title fight on 14 July. But Garcia’s father, Angel, stole the limelight by accusing the 25-year-old of being overrated. “Danny’s father does a lot of talking, but at the end of the day he’s not the one who’s going to be in the ring,” said Khan. “You can keep saying what you want that I’m overrated and I’m no good - but when I beat your son, am I still going to be overrated?” Khan’s words came after Angel Garcia opened the press conference with a series of negative remarks about the former champion. “First of all, Khan is an overrated fighter,” said Garcia, who trains his son. “There’s a lot of fighters out there who are rated and we are going to execute every single one of them. We’re coming out here to fight the best.” Garcia Snr also interrupted Khan during his time with the microphone, not allowing the Bolton boxer to speak at times. Khan was due to face Lamont Peterson in a rematch after the American’s controversial win last December, but the 19 May bout was cancelled after Peterson failed a drugs test. With Khan’s promoter Golden Boy attempting to have the WBA and IBF lightwelterweight titles returned to their fighter, his fight with WBC title holder Garcia on 14 July at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, could be a

unification bout. Garcia, 23, defeated Mexican Erik Morales on points in March to capture his first world title, and Khan conceded he will be a tough opponent. Khan said: “He’s a champion; we know how good he is - he’s had a good win against Erik Morales, who I’m a big fan of when he was at his peak. This is going to be a big test for me.” But Angel Garcia failed to reciprocate Khan’s respect, mocking him for his defeats to Breidis Prescott and Lamont Peterson. “First of all, Khan got knocked out in Europe. That happens, that happens to the best,” he said. “Second of all, Peterson whooped him like an octopus, hit him from all kind of angles - and then he [Khan] blamed it on the judges. “When Danny starts hitting you with these hammers, what are you going to start to blame it on? The gloves will have rocks in them? What are you going to do? One-two, roll out, all night?” Danny Garcia, who is currently 23-0 having beaten Morales, as well as former world champions Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt, vowed to make his record 24-0 - but also spoke of his respect for Khan. “Khan’s a great fighter; I’m a great fighter. When you put two great fighters together you get an awesome show - and that’s what I’m here, that’s why I signed up for boxing,” said the world champion. “You know what I bring - blood, sweat and tears. I just can’t wait to show the world what I’m about. You haven’t seen the best of Danny Garcia.

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