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Starting from Sunday, police will be out in force on Spain’s roads breathalysing drivers to test for drug and alcohol consumption. They have pledged a zero-tolerance approach to offenders, saying 45 per cent of drivers who were killed in accidents last year tested positive for substance abuse or drink. Drugs are behind one in four road deaths in Spain, and the chances of having an accident following consumption rise by between two and seven times. A saliva test will determine whether the driver has recently consumed drugs, but he or she will not be charged until a laboratory test confirms this. The driver may request a further test in a hospital if he or she does not agree with the results, and this will be carried out immediately. Severity of sanctions will depend upon to what extent the motorist’s senses were impaired by the substance he or she had consumed. The minimum punishment for either drugs or alcohol consumption is a 500-euro fine and six points deducted from the offender’s licence. Spain is said to be the country with one of the highest levels of cannabis and cocaine consumption, according to the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (INTCF). A total of 19.4 motorists drive after consuming drugs, and three per cent do so following ingestion of an explosive combination of drugs and alcohol.

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NEWS UPDATE.. Moratalla After 5 days of intensive effort the fire in the countryside around Moratalla has been extinguished. The fire is not thought to have been artificially ignited. Around 1,100 acres fell within the scope of the fire. ‘Work is already taking place to quantify and value trees and shrubs affected by the fire, a critical element in assessing the damage of this tragic event for the Murcian environment.’ Said the Consejero de Presidencia, Manuel Campos. ‘The rapid extinction of the fire is great news for the region, which is one of the richest natural areas in the Community for its diversity of flora and fauna.’

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The Councillor was referring specifically to the Paraje Sierras and Vega Alta del Río Segura, and the Ríos Alhárabe and Moratalla, which are catalogued as Sites of Community Importance. The area is a dense thicket formed by esparto and rosemary, as well as pine in various stages of growth and other shrubs, and harbours a large number

of species of animals such as wild boar, ibex, fox, genet, squirrel, wild cat, booted eagle, serpent eagle, hawk, owl, eagle owl, peregrine falcon, smooth snake, lizard and natterjack toad, among others. The fire originated in Hellin (Albacete) and within hours got into the Murcia region, particularly affecting the areas of Salmerón and Cenajo, prompting the level 2 Infomur Plan to be implemented, and the pre-emptive eviction of 17 residents of Salmerón. The fire was fought with more than 400 land and air deployments of the Civil Protection Plan for Wildfire Emergency in the Region of Murcia (Infomur Plan), including fire extinction groups, monitoring, coordination, and logistical support for health, Security Forces and members of the Emergency Military Unit (UME). The intervention of aerial bombardment was ‘final’ for the rapid control of the flames, which were extinguished by the continuous discharge of water by three helicopters from the Presidential Council, five seaplanes

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Lorca The Councillor of Social Services for Lorca, Maria del Carmen Ruiz, has announced that 12,250€ is to be awarded to 7 families in line with the ‘comprehensive social care plan for the normalisation of the families affected by earthquakes.’ She explained that the purpose of this plan is to ‘study and comprehensively address the specific and particular needs of each family directly or indirectly affected by the earthquakes last year, to promote their integration and standardisation.’ The project has a duration of six months (July-December 2012) and may be extended if there are funds in the Bureau for Development and evaluation is positive.

Cartagena The Secretario de Educación de las Juventudes Socialistas de Cartagena, Manuel Paredes, claims that young people do not have libraries from which to

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Murcia ‘Project Abraham’ created 27 permanent jobs, and hired 46 people at risk of exclusion during 2011, according to the Consejería de Sanidad y Política Social. ‘Project Abraham’ is a group dedicated to the recycling of mainly clothes, shoes and toys. Consejera María Ángeles Palacios stressed that this association is a ‘role model that has managed to channel their training activity towards those most vulnerable and therefore at risk of exclusion, to create jobs and also finance themselves by selling recycled products.’ The Regional Head of the Servicios Sociales said that this project, which is funded by the Autonomous Community, ‘would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers and especially the municipalities of the Region, which have provided urban spaces for the placement of containers of clothing and footwear.’ Diplomas were handed out to those who took parting training this year - a total of 59 people, men and women, natives and immigrants. This year ‘Project Abraham’ has reached a total of 309 users from 23 municipalities in the region, who participated in the 35 occupational workshops. These workshops included: Repair courses on footwear and handbags, as well as sewing and

computer science courses.

Murcia The Secretario General of the PSRM, Rafael González Tovar, rejects as unfair the prescription charges levied on the most vulnerable – pensioners. Together with the Diputada Regional, Teresa Rosique and the Concejales del Grupo Municipal Socialista y militantes of the PSOE, explained the thinking behind the campaigns taking place outside Health Centres and Senior Citizens’ Centres in 45 municipalities of the region. González Tovar reported that ‘it is an unfair measure, because the ‘repago’ (tax) is levied on pensioners, the most vulnerable and the sick generally, and will not solve economic problems.’ He added ‘this cut is a mistake that should cease to apply because it is not fair that the weakest groups, those most in need of solidarity generally have, for the first time in the history of democracy, to pay for their drugs.’ ‘Our healthcare system is not expensive, is the most economical and efficient in Europe.’ According to 2011 data from the OECD, the Spanish public health expenditure was 6.5% of GDP, while the average of European countries is 8.5%.’

Calpe Legionnaires’ Disease has struck the 4 star Diamante Beach Hotel for the second time this year. The hotel hit the headlines in February when 3 British pensioners died and 15 were taken ill following an outbreak. Valencia’s Director of Public Health Manuel Escolano and Calpe’s Mayor Cesar Sanchez said at a press conference that to date 11 people had been taken ill, though none were thought to be in a serious condition. The hotel was closed, and the 500 guests were moved to alternative accommodation. The source of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed, though it is thought that it may have begun as long ago as the third week in June - the first diagnosis was made on 25th June. Guests who have stayed in the hotel on or since that date have been contacted, and warned to watch out for ‘flu-like symptoms.’ More outbreaks may well occur, but as the disease is airborne and can not be spread from person to person these will be

restricted to those working in the hotel. Mayor Cesar Sanchez said that the outbreak was a ‘great blow’ to the Calpe tourist trade, and that the outbreak was a ‘complete surprise’ as the hotel had been deep cleaned and exhaustively tested after the first outbreak. He emphasised that the hotel management was co-operating fully with the authorities, and that it would not be open for business until there was ‘no further risk’ to the public.

Costa Blanca Cancer Care Javea is about to launch a revolutionary project based at Denia Hospital. The charity has purchased state of the art machinery which will enable the mix of chemotherapy drugs to be adjusted with greater precision for each individual cancer sufferer. The machinery is for the ECMOR project (the English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research) based at the Hospital. Cancer Care Javea will continue to pay for the running costs, while the University of Alicante and the University Catolica in Valencia provide the required medical and operating skills. The new machinery will allow treatments to be tailored and delivered to each individual patient, administering only those drugs which their body requires, thus saving some unpleasant side effects. At a meeting with Javea’s charity volunteers lead oncologist Dr Joan Gasent explained that the two universities had agreed to supply the expert laboratory staff for ECMOR and that research data would be shared with the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Dr Gasent discussed the finances required to run the project, saying that around 200,000€ per year was needed for staffing, and that such a serious and important project required highly trained staff. ‘We will have top doctors working on the project, and the trials will be linked to the Royal Marsden Hospital. The laboratory will receive a sample of a tumour and by using the patient’s DNA, thus combining oncology with genetics, we can work out an individual treatment for each and every patient.’


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Police Probe Madeleine ‘Grave’ Theory

A self-styled investigator sends radar scans to police that he says show a burial site in the resort where she disappeared. British detectives are examining an extraordinary claim that Madeleine McCann’s body is buried near the holiday apartment from where she vanished, according to a report by Sky News’ Crime Correspondent, Martin Brunt. A self-styled investigator has sent police ground radar scans he claims show a burial site. Stephen Birch says he took the scans last week in Praia da Luz, the Portuguese holiday resort where Madeleine disappeared five years ago. He passed them to Scotland Yard detectives who are carrying out an investigative review of the case. They have asked him for more information to help them interpret the scan results and

the “raw data” the machine collected.

human bones.”

He has also sent the material to Portuguese police who abandoned their search for Madeleine 15 months after she disappeared.

Scotland Yard said it would always consider any new potential evidence and pass it on to the Portuguese authorities.

Mr Birch, a commercial property developer in South Africa, admits he is “obsessed” with the Madeleine mystery. He claims to have spent £40,000 on buying the ground-penetrating scanner and being trained in its use. He said: “All I want to do is solve the mystery and bring closure to Madeleine’s family. I am convinced she lies where I have scanned. “I’ve had the scans analysed and they show digging, a void and what could be

Earlier this year the detective in charge of the review said he believed there was a chance Madeleine was still alive. She was nearly four when she disappeared without trace from the apartment in May 2007. Despite dozens of potential sightings around the world no credible evidence has emerged to indicate whether she is alive or dead. Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann believe she is still alive and would not comment on Mr Birch’s claims.

Guadalajara hiker jailed for 2005 inferno

Only one of the three hikers who caused a devastating forest fire in Guadalajara that killed 11 firemen has been sentenced. Marcelino H. S., the one who lit the barbecue in July 2005 which got out of control and wiped out 13,000 hectares, has been fined 10 million euros and will face two years in jail. The other two walkers, Iasson K. - a German national - and Juan José J.C. who, like the accused, is Spanish, have been acquitted. Negligently causing a forest fire, even if not deliberately, attracts a prison sentence, although Marcelino H.S.’s guilty plea and the fact the trial had been so drawn-out – taking seven years to reach a conclusion – were considered mitigating factors. Although barbecues were authorised in the

area in question, it was found that the accused ‘acted without taking the most elementary precautions to prevent the flames from taking hold’. The group had agreed he would watch over the fire, but the court found he did not do so sufficiently. A spark from the fire – probably a piece of wood or burning ash – set light to the dry pasture near the picnic zone in the Cueva de los Casares area of the Alto Tajo nature reserve in La Riba de Saelices (Guadalajara). Of the 12 firefighters working on site around the clock to bring the flames under control, only one survived – by hiding under his fire engine to escape the inferno. The other 11 were killed by the flames rather than the smoke.

CAM winds up and shares reduced to zero value

After 137 years in business, the CAM bank has officially dissolved, with its shares valued at zero euros as at the close of trading today. The board of governors all voted against the winding-up of the savings bank, which was launched in 1875 under the title of Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Alcoi. Presided by the bank’s directors and leaders of the Ordered Bank Restructuring Fund (FROB), the tense fourhour meeting ended with an explosion of outrage and insults aimed at the bank bosses by over a hundred of the CAM’s shareholders, who represent a total of 54,000 people who have lost all their money as a result of the dissolution. Two-thirds of those present

voted against the move, despite the FROB having advocated it from the start and the fact that the decision arising from the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was not binding. But the bank’s closure meant the next point on the agenda could not be voted on – that of transforming the CAM into a cooperative, or social welfare foundation. Its assets will be liquidated and the resulting funds will be passed to institutions already linked to the bank, such as the CAM Cultural Foundation. According to Carlos Pena, head of the association of those affected by shares being rescinded, the board’s rejection of reducing these holdings to zero value should

The CAM which has now wound up is a separate entity from the so-named Banco CAM – the former passed all its financial activities to the funds of the latter, which was intervened by the Bank of Spain on July 22, 2011 and later sold to Banco Sabadell, its current owner. This final board meeting has taken place a day before the trial in Madrid of five former CAM directors over their dubious fund management – Vicente Sorian, Teófilo Sogorb, Modesto Crespo, Roberto López Abad, and María Dolores Amorós.

Selectividad to be revamped as ‘too many students pass’, says Wert

Education minister José Ignacio Wert wants to change the structure of the Selectividad, or university entrance exam, claiming it ‘does not sort the wheat from the chaff’. Wert claims that the exam ‘is pointless’ because 94 per cent of those who enter pass it, and that this makes for a ‘mediocre’ level of education in graduates. Whilst most would argue that the majority tend to pass selectividad because their desire to get to university means they work hard to ensure they do, Wert has decided the high success rate means it is ‘too easy’. He also says there are too many differences in selectividad exams between the 17 autonomous regions in the country, and he

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force the FROB or the Banco Sababell to bear the cost of refunding the 292 million euros sold in shares – but he doubts that this will happen.

wants to see a more uniform approach.

The ministry of education recently said that the requirement of obtaining a mark of 55 per cent in order to qualify for tuition fees being paid by way of a grant will rise next year to 65 per cent. Already, those who failed to achieve 60 per cent will now no longer qualify for a grant to help them towards their basic living expenses whilst they are at college, potentially meaning many teenagers will be denied the opportunity of a higher education because neither they nor their parents can afford to support them or pay college fees.

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The Consejo de Gobierno has been authorized to spend 5.2 million euros to clean up the Rambla de Biznaga, Lorca. This will be spent on sewage works in the upper reaches of the Rambla de Biznaga. The works will be funded 80% by the Cohesion Fund of the European Union, and will take place in 2012 and 2013. The area in question is five kilometres long, is part of the sanitation infrastructure of the Lorca horticultural supply, and is fed from 3 major flows, Purias, Águilas and Sur de Lorca. Water will flow through the water pumping station, through the lower section and through the water treatment works. As a result 130,000 residents of the area will be able to be connected to the network. The works are part of the General Plan of cleansing and purifying the water of the Region of Murcia. Other agreements include: An agreement to disclose environmental audits between companies and professionals. The creation of an interdepartmental committee to coordinate the work related to the protection of natural habitats of regional wildlife. The creation of 270 places for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness in Molina de Segura and Las Torres de Cotillas. A day Centre for elderly dependents in Cehegin, and Adult education facilities in 33 municipalities.

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Anxiung Du committed the crime on the day of the Royal wedding last year, but his movements have since been traced – although once he hit Tangiers, he disappeared off the radar. British and Spanish police suspect he may be attempting to get back to Spain, a country he has visited several times on holiday and where he feels ‘very comfortable’, in the hope of blending in unnoticed among the multi-national expatriate populations on the coasts. And the British police force is offering a 25,000-pound reward for any information that leads to the fugitive’s

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They say he speaks perfect, nonaccented English, due to being a British citizen, but also fluent Mandarin Chinese. The suspect is of average build, around 5’9” (1.75m) tall, sometimes wears glasses and is habitually seen in baseball caps. Anyone who has any information, however apparently insignificant, is urged to ring 900 555 111 from Spain or 0800 555 111 from the UK, both of which are toll-free, and to call the Spanish police. They can also contact Crimestoppers via details on their website, www. crimestoppers-uk.org. Ever since Crimestoppers and the UK serious crime squad launched an appeal to residents in Spain for information, 27 of Britain’s 60 most-wanted criminals have been caught and are all currently serving prison sentences.

Hottest and driest June in over 50 years

June this year has been the fourth-hottest since 1960, with average round-the-clock temperatures throughout the country standing at 22.7ºC.

below 5ºC in Galicia and the Basque Country – elsewhere, the mercury soared to the high 30s and low 40s during the day.

This figure is skewed by record lows in the Navarra region, and León and Valladolid in Castilla y León, of 1.7ºC, 3ºC and 3.6ºC respectively, and

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This was closely followed by Alcantarilla (Murcia) at 44ºC on the same day, and Murcia city at 42.5ºC on June 29.

In the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, temperatures frequently rose to between 33ºC and 38ºC in the shade throughout the month of June, barely dropping below

22ºC to 26ºC at night. And rainfall was half the amount it usually is in June, making it the driest since records began. Only two centimetres of rain on average was recorded, and this was only because parts of central and southern Spain saw regular showers.

Pile-up on ring-road as drivers distracted by suicide attempt

A crash on the Valencia ring-road today that left three women injured was caused by a long queue of drivers becoming distracted by a man committing suicide by the side of the highway. He had hung himself from a tree in the Turia riverbed just off the Pista de Silla, or V-30, in the outskirts of Valencia, and was surrounded by police. The macabre scene literally became like carcrash TV as drivers took their eyes off the road to stare in horror. Some slowed down without warning and

others stopped dead, which led to a pile-up. Three cars and a lorry collided, injuring three people. A 91-year-old woman suffered two broken bones in her foot, whilst two other ladies aged 58 and 26 sustained severe bruising. They were all taken to the Doctor Peset hospital in the city by ambulance. Police and medics confirmed that the man who hanged himself was found dead at the scene.

Underage youths spend 11 hours a week drinking alcohol in summer

Over a million teenagers spend a total of 144 hours in leisure activities that involve drinking alcohol over the course of the summer – the equivalent of around 11 hours a week over a three-month period, shock statistics show. On average, two in three teenagers between 14 and 18 either drink or take drugs of some description, with over a third having consumed alcohol at least once in the last month. Just six years ago, the latter figure was much lower – around a quarter had had a drink in the month prior to being interviewed. The average age at which Spanish youngsters first hit

the bottle is 13 years and eight months, and by the time they are 14-and-a-half, they will probably have taken part in their first ‘bring-yourown-bottle’ street gathering, known as a botellón. And fewer than half of those aged 13 to 18 believed it was potentially harmful to health to consume five or six glasses of wine, spirits or mixers in one weekend at their age. These figures were produced by the Help against Drug Addiction Foundation (FAD) following research as part of its campaign to persuade teenagers to avoid the bottle this summer. Its head, Ignacio Calderón, said the upward trend in

alcohol consumption among under-18s was becoming very worrying, and even more so those who took a cocktail of drugs with it – a potentially fatal mixture. FAD is attempting to show kids other ways of enjoying the summer with activities that give them a real kick, a sense of risk-taking and a confidence boost – such as learning to surf. The TV advert run by FAD shows a real-life case of a youth named Pablo who starts to learn wind-surfing as a complete beginner at the start of the summer and is fairly confident at ‘treading the boards’ by the time the new school year commences.


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Scrapping snacks for prisoners saves taxpayer two million

Catalunya regional government has found a way of saving two million euros without any cost to the taxpayer – by stopping prisoners from having their afternoon snack. They will also restrict Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners and celebrations for inmates and cut the amount of food served in daily canteen meals by two per cent. Not only prisoners are affected, however,

Court upholds 110kilometre speed limit a year after it was abolished

A Supreme Court judge has upheld the decision to cut speed limits on Spain’s motorways to 110 kilometres per hour – a year after the move was scrapped.

Rocketing crude oil prices led the previous national government to the unpopular decision of reducing the limit to 110 from 120 kilometres per hour in order to save money on petrol – despite experts saying cars use the least petrol when cruising at 130 kilometres per hour and it is nose-to-tail traffic jams which require the highest fuel consumption. The ministry of traffic attached ‘110’ stickers to the signs, costing several million euros – then, when the speed limit went back up to 120 kilometres per hour, found they could not get these off and had to shell out several

million more for new ones. Legal action against the reduced speed limit was taken by the European Automobile Association (AEA). But the Supreme Court has just rejected their case. Although the speed limit was put back up to 120 kilometres per hour at the end of June 2011 – having been reduced in March of that year – the president of AEA, Mario Arnaldo, says the group intends to pursue the matter in the Constitutional Court. This will be on the basis of the move being ‘unjustifiable’ due to having ‘having cost the taxpayer thousands of millions of euros’, ‘lacking in proper consultations and financial analyses’ which ‘should have involved all public bodies and private sector industries affected’.

Father hands over son to police for stabbing elderly couple A teenager has been frogmarched to the police station by his father and forced to confess to stabbing an elderly couple in their own home. The brave dad suspected his 15-year-old son had been behind the murder of a 72year-old woman and the attempted killing of her husband in the O Viso area of Redondela (Pontevedra) in Galicia. When National Police found that the father’s statement coincided with that of the surviving victim, the teenager was arrested. Neighbours of the couple had said all day on Wednesday they saw a vehicle with several people inside acting suspiciously. Police treated the wife’s death and

husband’s injuries as an assault, ruling out domestic violence based upon witness statements. The woman’s body was in a pool of blood in their house, and her husband was lying near her, seriously injured. He was taken to hospital, where he reported that he and his wife had been stabbed by two individuals. Officers say the teenager is proving to be uncooperative with their inquiries. Numerous people have praised his father for his courageous act in taking his son to the police station, but believe that overprotective national laws dealing with underage criminals will mean the accused may get off very lightly.

since the cost-cutting exercise will also see lunchtime menus for governors and wardens rise from 3.19 euros to six euros. Prison canteens will now only be open from 09.00hrs to 19.00hrs on weekdays and to 17.00hrs at weekends, rather than late into the evening, in order to save money. The regional ministry of justice says the move will not affect the ‘basic quality’ of the food served to inmates, however.

Electrician charged over theft of 12th-century manuscript from Santiago Cathedral

An electrician working at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has been arrested on suspicion of stealing an invaluable ancient document. The Calixtine Code – a 12th-century pilgrims’ guide – was found in his garage wrapped in plastic, along with various other artefacts from the famous temple, such as coins. His wife and son have also been taken into custody for possible aiding and abetting. The electrician was ‘let go’ when the Ecclesiastical authorities were forced to legalise all their workers, providing proper job contracts and paying tax and Social Security. Police say the suspect ‘does not seem willing to cooperate’ in their inquiries into the theft of the 40,000euro document. He claims the Church

authorities owe him at least this amount of money in unpaid fees for his work at the Cathedral. The manuscript disappeared a year ago today and the Cathedral Museum’s director, Ramón Yzquierdo, had said all along he believed it was an inside job. It also cost the Dean of the Cathedral, José María Díaz, his job. Díaz, who declined to comment on the recent turn of events on the grounds of ‘higher orders’ and because it ‘wouldn’t do his health any good’ was the Cathedral archive manager at the time of the theft. Poor security measures at the vault from which the manuscript was stolen, and reports in various media about how the keys many have been left in the lock, forced Díaz to resign – a decision that was accepted by the Archbishop Julián Barrio. Police searched a number of houses belonging to the same family in the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra. A dedicated team of 12 specialist officers have been working on the case for a year, and have long believed it to have involved a desire for revenge or a theft-to-order for a private collector.


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news flash Italy approves deep spending cuts Italy’s government agrees to cut spending by 26bn euros (£21bn) over the next three years to plug the gap between spending and income. ------------------------

Romania impeachment vote expected

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Seven UK arrests in terrorism raids

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New co-payment scheme for Spanish medical prescriptions

The Spanish health service is under pressure. One of the ways in which it is hoping to increase revenue is through prescription charges. But announcements about the increase in the cost of prescriptions have caused both consternation and confusion. This is the information we are aware of at the time of writing. On July 1 a co-payment system for prescriptions in Spain was introduced. Everyone now has to make a contribution towards the cost of medical prescriptions in Spain according to their income. This new co-payment system is being implemented in two stages: Stage 1 From July 1 anyone given a prescription in Spain should notice that it will include the percentage of the cost of the medication that

important to note that no income information means no cap on your monthly contribution. Stage 2 Longer term, the intention is that this rate of pay information will be incorporated into your Spanish SIP card. A chip inside it will link to your resident tax declaration. This information will be much more specific and it will be increasingly difficult to obtain a discount if you havent presented a tax return in Spain, even if it is a zero one. Evidently, we would all prefer prescriptions were free. However, drugs and medicines remain a substantial drain on the economy. The Spanish government is trying through this means testing to ensure that the contributions people are asked to make are administered as fairly as possible. Article courtesy of Iberosphere

Miners march to Madrid from Asturias and mayors stage town-hall lock-in

Protesting miners who blocked roads and railways in Asturias and arranged lock-ins in their pits are now marching on foot to Madrid. They intend to call a meeting with minister for industry José Manuel Soria to convince him to change his plans to close off many of the mines in Asturias and the provinces of Teruel (Aragón), Palencia and León (Castilla y León). Mayor of the village of Páramo del Sil (León), Ángel Calvo, is joining the march, even though he is also on the PP.

Calvo is a miner by trade himself, and says he owes it to his people. “I might be a PP member, but I’m the first to say that the government is wrong – the government has put its foot in it and the longer they spend taking it out again, the more it’s going to cost them.” Mayors from mining towns in all three provinces – some of whom are also miners – are actively supporting the protest, irrespective of their political colours. Those in Asturias have planned a lock-in at their town halls between

10.00hrs on Sunday and 14.00hrs on Tuesday, before heading off to join the marchers in Madrid on Wednesday, July 11. The protesters have some way to go as yet, but have already walked from their villages in Asturias as far as Sanchidrián (Ávila province) in Castilla y León. Their mayors say they intend to speak to Sr Soria by Sunday, July 15 at the latest and if he refuses or a solution is not forthcoming, they will take collective legal action.

Spaniards’ hotel visits decline 30%

Spanish holidaymakers have made 30 percent fewer summer hotel bookings this year compared to 2011, the industry said Thursday, as the key tourism sector suffers from a recession. A study released by the Spanish Federation of Hotels and Tourist Lodgings showed the decline in domestic bookings particularly hit northern and central parts of Spain, prized more by Spaniards than by foreign visitors. But it also affected major international tourist sunspots such as the Balearic and Canary Islands. The tourism sector is one of the motors of the economy in Spain, the world’s fourth most popular tourist destination, where the sector accounts for some 10

percent of gross domestic product. Spain is suffering its second recession in four years and the unemployment rate has surpassed 24 percent, in the wake of a building boom that went bust in 2008. The country hopes tourism can help it recover, with the World Tourism Organisation forecasting worldwide growth of three to four percent in the sector this year. The chairman of the federation Juan Molas said Spaniards were being put off taking even domestic holidays due to uncertainty in the recession. “We have to start sending everyone a message, if not of calm, then of hope, to say that the worst is past,” he said. “Every day we wake up to bad news.”

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The Finnish finance ministry said Thursday that Finland would begin negotiating with Spain next week in order to obtain collateral in exchange for taking part in a bailout of ailing Spanish banks. “Negotiations regarding collateral for rescue packages for Spanish banks will begin next week,” after the Eurogroup

meeting on July 9, a finance ministry spokesman, who asked not to be named, told AFP. Finnish Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen said last month her country “would want shares of viable Spanish banks in exchange for support for those banks,” and that Spain’s weak banks should be

shut down. Spanish officials said Wednesday they were negotiating with the European Commission on the details of the rescue and hoped to present a figure for the amount needed when the Eurogroup meets on Monday. Last month Spain formally requested a

banking rescue of up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion). On Thursday, Urpilainen acknowledged in an interview with the Helsingin Sanomat daily that Finland, one of only a few EU countries to enjoy a triple-A credit rating, “represents a tough line” when it comes to the eurozone bailouts. “We are constructive and want to solve the crisis, but not on any terms,” she said. Finland has for instance voiced concern about an agreement reached at an EU summit in Brussels last week to use the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to buy bonds to ease the punishing borrowing costs that have dogged Spain and other vulnerable eurozone economies. And last year, Finland created a significant stumbling block for the eurozone’s second rescue package for Greece, only agreeing to take part after striking a collateral deal with Athens in October 2011.

Spanish F1 test driver loses her eye in crash Formula One test driver María de Villota has lost an eye during an accident at Duxford Airfield. Madrid-born María, 32, collided with the tail-lift at the back of a truck during her first-ever drive for team Marussia in a straightline aerodynamic test. She was said to have slowed down to go back into the pits, but the car suddenly plunged forwards and hit the back of the truck. Her only previous Formula One experience had been when she testdrove a 2009 Rénault a year ago, but her career now appears to be over before it has begun following the accident. María was rushed to Addenbrookes hospital, where she underwent an emergency operation lasting several hours. Neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons worked round the clock to repair her head and facial injuries, but team leader John Booth confirmed today that medics were unable to save María’s damaged right eye. He said the Marussia team was carrying out extensive analyses into how the crash could have occurred, and are providing every support for María’s family, who are with her at the hospital. Messages from the Formula One community have come gushing in, and Spain’s Fernando Alonso and the UK’s Jenson Button were among those who posted well wishes on Twitter after the news broke.


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Spain borrowing costs Marching miners reach Madrid rise in key bond sale

Spain paid sharply higher borrowing costs on key 10-year bonds Thursday, a sign that a European Union deal to tackle the eurozone crisis has failed to dispel investors’ concerns.

Spain sold 3.0 billion euros ($3.8 billion) of three-, four- and 10-year government bonds in its first debt auction since EU leaders claimed a breakthrough at a summit on June 29, the central bank said. Despite raising the full amount it had aimed for, on the 10-year bonds it had to offer investors an average return of 6.430 percent, up from 6.044 percent in the last comparable sale on June 7. The rise in rates on the 10-year bond indicated investors remained concerned about Spain’s longer-term financial strength despite the EU leaders’ deal to boost growth and eventually allow direct aid for troubled banks.

the eurozone amid fears that the debt crisis could spread. Repayment rates on Spanish four-year bonds rose to 5.536 percent, from 5.353 percent on June 7, the Bank of Spain said in a statement.

On the three-year bonds the rate fell, however, to 5.086 percent from 5.457 percent in the last comparable sale on June 21.

They are heading for the capital, where they intend to speak personally to minister of industry, José Manuel Soria, about his plans to shut down a large number of the country’s coal mines.

The yield on Spanish debt also rose on the secondary debt market, another closely-watched indicator of market confidence, where its 10-year bonds were changing hands for 6.489 percent, up from 6.375 percent on Wednesday evening.

Since they began their demonstrations on May 23, numerous major roads and railway lines have been blocked off by human chains and barricaded with concrete posts, fallen trees and piles of bricks.

Spain’s risk premium, which measures the extra yield demanded in comparison with safe-haven German 10-year bonds, also remained high at 500 basis points.

A woman and a little girl were injured when the disturbances became violent on Thursday in Pola de Lena (Asturias), whilst last month six miners staged a lock-in at the provincial council offices in León.

Investors were waiting for the outcome of a meeting later Thursday of the European Central Bank, widely expected to lower its main interest rate in an effort to boost economic activity.

The high interest rates on offer in the Spanish auction attracted solid demand of 7.8 billion euros but was nevertheless weaker than during other recent debt sales.

The borrowing costs of Spain, the eurozone’s fourth-biggest economy, are seen as a crucial warning for the rest of

Madrid’s IBEX-35 leading stock index was down by 0.46 percent in late morning trading after the sale.

Costa Concordia: Capt Francesco Schettino claims ‘divine hand’ guided him The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground off an Italian island with the loss of 32 lives six months ago, claimed on Thursday that the disaster would have been much worse had a “divine hand” not guided him.

Capt Francesco Schettino’s extraordinary claim came as Italian judges released him from house arrest but said he must remain in his hometown of Meta di Sorrento, south of Naples, as he waits to go on trial on charges of manslaughter and abandoning ship. He has been accused of gross negligence by sailing the 1,000ft luxury liner into a rocky reef off the Tuscan island of Giglio, ripping a massive gash in its hull. But he claimed that rather than being responsible for the 32 dead, he had saved lives with his nautical skills and quick-thinking. “If I had continued on that path the ship’s prow would have hit the rock. It would have been carnage,” he wrote in a letter to his lawyers. “A divine hand surely touched my head. There are those who say the impact with the stern was caused because I was suffering from a hallucination. What hallucination! It was rather my instinct, my skills, the ability to know the sea and suddenly change direction,” he said. To his critics, the extraordinary justification may fall into the same category as his now infamous claim that he did not deliberately flee the sinking ship, but “tripped and fell” into a lifeboat. The lifeboat took him to the safety of shore even as hundreds of panicstricken passengers and crew were

Protesting miners who set off en masse from Aragón, Asturias and Castilla y León on June 22 have reached the Madrid region.

trying to flee the listing ship in the darkness, inching their way down rope ladders and clambering into wobbling lifeboats. “I created the most optimal conditions to save everybody, independently of how events were unfolding,” he wrote. It was “pure luck” that he had seen the white wash of breaking waves on the left side of the ship as it hit the rock, and had managed to immediately steer the vessel to the right “out of sheer instinct”. He defended himself from accusations that he delayed giving the order to abandon the ship for far too long.

The headquarters of various PP offices in the region of Asturias have been decorated with graffiti in black, and a month ago two officers were injured and 30 miners arrested in Grado (Asturias) when a demonstration got out of hand. Mayors of mining towns and villages in the three autonomous regions – irrespective of their political colours, and many being PP members who are miners by trade – staged lock-ins last week at their town halls, whilst various pit workers did the same in their mines. So far, the protesters heading south from Asturias and Castilla y León have reached the town of Collado de Villalba and those coming from the province of Teruel (Aragón) have made it to Alcalá Meco, both in the region of Madrid.

Bars and restaurants call for permission to set up smoking rooms on their premises

A year and a half on from the anti-tobacco law banning lighting up in public places, bars and restaurants are calling for smoking rooms to be allowed on their premises.

Spain’s president, Mariano Rajoy said during his electoral campaign that he was in favour of allowing catering establishments to set up separate, ventilated and sealed-off smoking zones, but health minister Ana Mató vetoed this from the start. The issue has reared its head again amid plans for a casino city in either Barcelona or Madrid, known as Eurovegas. But

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law would mean far fewer customers, which prompted speculation that the rules may be changed. Mató, however, has stated quite categorically that there is no chance of this happening.

Head of Spain’s hotel and catering federation, Emilio Gallego, says it is ‘a shame’ that for local traders’ voices to be heard, a multinational company had to speak up. And were it not for Eurovegas, adds Gallego, the fact that numerous bars and cafés have gone out of business or lost thousands due to a sudden shortage in customers and in drinks

ordered would continue to be ignored. “A significant number – if not the majority – of bar customers smoke, and enjoy having a cigarette with their coffee or beer,” Gallego states. “And this is now impossible in Spain, meaning lose even more points as a tourist destination. “I cannot see the problem with having separate smoking rooms in hotels, bars, cafés and restaurants – it’s no different to having baby changing rooms; those who don’t want to see it or be affected by it do not have to go in there.”

“A ship is in fact the best lifeboat that exists. The captain needs to take his time to evaluate the emergency without creating panic. It is he alone who is responsible – first before God, and then before men.” Francesco Verusio, the chief prosecutor in the case, said: “Schettino is playing his game, but it will be the judge to decide how things went that night.” The next pretrial hearing in the case will take place in Grosseto, Tuscany, on July 21. The operation to refloat the Costa Concordia and tow it away for scrap is expected to be completed by December.

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EU finance ministers ‘play up’ aid for Spain

Eurozone finance ministers claimed new progress in fighting

difficult economic conditions it faces.

the debt crisis on Tuesday, saying measures agreed to help

Financial markets signalled some approval of the decisions.

Spain and its stricken banks put in place plenty of firepower.

European stock markets were slightly higher in early trading on Tuesday after a muted showing in Asia on the news and Spanish long-term borrowing costs eased slightly to just below the red-line 7.0 percent level.

With Spain under pressure on the financial markets, eurozone finance ministers approved plans overnight to provide 30 billion euros for its banks this month, with 100 billion euros ($123 billion) potentially available in all. At the same time, the 17-nation single currency bloc agreed to extend a deadline for Spain to cut its public deficit to the EU’s 3.0 percent limit by one year to 2014 because of the

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But the euro was easier at $1.2288 in mid-morning trading, down from $1.2312 in New York late on Monday. The eurozone bond market had come under acute pressure on Monday when Spanish and Italian bond rates rose sharply and German and French rates fell, on scepticism that the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers would amount to much. “The markets have to realise that the money is there, more than they realise,” said Luxembourg Finance Minister Luc Frieden as he went into the meeting of all 27 European Union finance ministers. “We must try that these states get back to their feet and I think that one year more or less, if that can help a state, is not a wrong signal,” he added. Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the “two agreements are very positive,” giving Madrid the time and the money “to thoroughly clear up the banking sector.” Austria’s Maria Fekter, a hardliner on aid for eurozone states needing help, noted that the deal for Spain “contains a lot of conditions, items and formalities Spain has to meet ... (Spain) needs time for that.”

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“The eurozone is learning from past errors,” said Christian Schulz, senior economist with Berenberg Bank, adding that “the outcome will probably not be enough to stop the rise in Spanish and Italian” borrowing costs. Schulz, noting that Spain will announce new and ambitious deficit cutting measures shortly, said Tuesday’s moves reduce “the risk of Spain falling into a Greek-style economic downward spiral.” Yosuke Hosokawa, head of FX sales team at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, said the Tuesday announcements were “details of procedures and unlikely to affect the entire picture of the eurozone trouble. “Everybody knows it will take considerable time to resolve the problem.” In another test for the eurozone on Tuesday, Greece is seeking to raise 1.25 billion euros in six-month treasury bills, its first auction since the new coalition government won a confidence vote in parliament. Eurozone finance chief Jean-Claude Juncker told a late-night press conference that he had agreed to stay on in his post as head of the Eurogroup but would not serve a full two-and-ahalf year term, expecting to step down early next year. In another key appointment, Germany’s Klaus Regling, head of the eurozone’s temporary EFSF bailout fund, was named to run its permanent successor, the European Stability Mechanism.

A continuous series of meetings and summits have marked the course of the near three-year debt crisis, with EU leaders repeatedly being outflanked by investors sceptical that they really can put their house in order.

The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) was set up in 2010 after a first Greek bailout but it became clear after Ireland and Portugal also had to be rescued that a more powerful backstop was needed.

A June 28-29 EU summit was hailed as a “breakthrough” after it promised Spain aid for its banks, the setting up a new bank regulator and made it easier for the new permanent ESM eurozone bailout fund to fund struggling members.

The ESM has funds of 500 billion euros and was supposed to be operational from this month but it has been delayed, with final ratification still pending in several member states.

After an initial euphoric welcome, however, market sentiment quickly turned negative, putting Spain and Italy back under pressure and the eurozone on the the defensive. Analysts gave the latest accords some grudging praise on

Juncker said the meeting had also discussed the situation in Greece and in Cyprus, which has just asked for EU aid. Cyprus, current holder of the EU’s rotating presidency, blames its problems on its banks’ heavy exposure to Greece, and its aid programme is expected to be completed by September.

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Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, under investigation for his management of crisis-hit Bankia, on Monday quit the board of IAG, parent of British Airways and Iberia. “Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo has resigned with immediate effect from the board of directors of International Consolidated Airlines Group,” said a statement by IAG. The one-line statement, signed by IAG chief financial officer Enrique Dupuy de Lome, was delivered to the Spanish stock market authority. Bankia and its parent group BFA are the biggest shareholders in IAG with a

12.09-percent stake. Spain’s National Court agreed on July 4 to hear suits being filed against Bankia, its parent BFA, Rato and 32 other officials from the bank, which had to be nationalised to avert the risk of a collapse. They are accused notably of fraud, embezzlement, falsifying annual accounts, criminal management and price manipulation, according to National Court documents. Four cases have been filed against the bank and its directors in the past weeks. Anti-corruption prosecutors also have opened a preliminary inquiry into

possible fraud committed during the creation of Bankia and its listing on the stock market in July 2011. Rato, who was economy minister from 1996-2004 and then IMF managing director until 2007, resigned from Bankia on May 7 shortly before the lender was nationalised. He has since given up 1.2 million euros in severance pay that had been agreed in his contract. A few weeks after Bankia’s nationalization, the euro zone agreed to offer Spain a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros to save the banking sector from loans that turned sour in a 2008 property crash.


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Four injured in quick Pamplona bull run

Half-tonne fighting bulls trampled and knocked over runners on a break-neck bull run in Spain’s San Fermin festival on Tuesday, injuring at least four people, officials said.

Two men suffered bruises to their legs, one was treated for a bruise to the face and the fourth bruised his arm in spills along the route, a Red Cross spokesman said. All four were taken to hospital but their injuries are not serious. No further available.

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“You really have to control your nerves, especially at the beginning when it is really crowded and people are pushing you,” said Jonathan Llanos, a 23-year-old immigrant from Ecuador who came from Zaragoza to run with the bulls. Runners dressed in red clothes with red handkerchiefs around their necks jogged on the spot and did stretching excercises before the start of the fourth bull run of this year’s San Fermin festival as they stood behind a line of police. One man prayed and kissed a crucifix he wore around his neck minutes before the rocket was fired to signal that the bulls had been released from their holding pen. A giant bull skwered two Britons and an American, none seriously, with its horns during

Jamie Oliver apologises after being accused of backing bullfighting

TV chef Jamie OIiver has had to apologise after being accused of supporting bullfighting in a city guide on his website. One fan said he should be “ashamed” of a description of the Spanish town of Ronda, which OIiver says is the “birthplace of modern bullfighting”. But a statement on his Facebook page yesterday made clear that the chef did not support bullfighting and apologised for any offence caused, a newspaper reported. He has previously campaigned for animal welfare, including campaigns to improve the conditions in which pigs and chickens are kept. The city guides on his website were devised as part of his Jamie Does series, which was first screened on Channel 4 in 2010. In the show he visited Ronda as well as a number of other places around the globe. In his comments on the town, Oliver wrote: “The bullring in Ronda is right in the middle of the old part of town and it’s definitely worth stopping by

for a look. “There’s a little museum inside where you can buy really great limited edition bullfighting prints and books. If you’re new to the culture of bullfighting, like I was, it’s a great way to get a basic understanding of it. “Some of the local kids take matador classes so if you’re lucky, you might get to see these guys in action.” In the past week there has been an angry backlash over the guide, on the chef’s Facebook page, the Daily Mirror reported. One fan said: “You should be ashamed.” Another commented: “Jamie, I have always enjoyed your programmes and all the good you have tried to do but surely you must realise the savage brutality involved in bullfighting, not to mention other Spanish activities involving animals. “Why then are you doing your best to encourage it?” A third wrote: “Nice food shame about you supporting bullfighting.” Yesterday a message on the page from Oliver’s team said: “We’ve been responding to many emails and posts

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Spain is close to launching a scheme to guarantee bonds for regional governments aimed at helping to reduce borrowing costs for public entities that have been shut out of capital markets, a government official said. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s administration will consider the proposal for regional governments this Thursday, Deputy Budget Minister Antonio Beteta told reporters in Madrid. The government last month had put on hold plans to create a new financing instrument for regions, known in Spain as “hispabonos,” while it focused on securing a European Union bailout for the financial sector. Spain’s regions face EUR35 billion ($43 billion) in redemptions this year. “The mechanism, in principal, will aim for issuances that are more liquid, and therefore are more easily placed in the market, and will be guaranteed by the state,” Mr. Beteta said. In exchange for government backing, regions will have to meet strict conditions to ensure that they bring their budgets back into equilibrium, Mr. Beteta said. Spain is struggling to balance the need to keep the public sector solvent against efforts to reduce the government’s overall debt burden, at a time when investors have demanded higher interest rates on the country’s sovereign bonds. The yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond rose above 7% Monday--a level widely considered unsustainable for the country’s finances--before retreating Tuesday to around 6.9%. European leaders meeting in Brussels relieved some pressure on the Spanish government on Monday, agreeing to give the country an extra year to bring its deficit into compliance with EU rules. They also promised to send EUR30 billion before the end of the month to begin bailing out Spanish banks, which are struggling with real estate losses.

Pastora Soler to release Eurovision entry in English

Spain’s Eurovision candidate this year will release an English version of her entry, Quédate conmigo, which came 10th in the competition. Sevilla-born artist Pastora Soler is due to launch Stay with me on July 24 – but she stresses that Spain will continue to enter the Eurovision with songs in its native language, rather than resorting to English for commercial reasons as many other nations do nowadays. After Pastora won the honour of representing her country at the Eurovision, the track she performed to critical acclaim was included in a remix of her most recent album, Una mujer como yo (‘a woman like me’).

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Adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay, a team of UK scientists have said.

Researchers at Newcastle University had been studying Bacillus licheniformis to see if it could clean ships’ hulls. But the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing. Their lab tests suggest the microbe’s enzyme cuts through plaque, stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

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world’s heels with great copies. More and more, the world wide web is where consumers confirm their desire for handbag brands, and increasingly, specific models. And consumers shift from the boutique to their smartphones, tablets and computers to learn more about the products they covet. The study also unveiled for the first time, a ranking and analysis of the most searched-for handbag brands within the luxury industry, based on the unbiased search inputs coming from global luxury consumers in major search engines. The research examines over 130 brands, through 130 million+ searches, in eight countries. Coach held the top spot as mostsearched handbag brand, followed by Louis Vuitton and Chanel. As for Mulberry, which ranked eighth globally, the study found that every nation has a varying taste in style. In the US, UK & France, crocodile is the most-­searched for material, where the Americans prefer Orange, the British Tan and the French Black.


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According to a University of Miami study, massaging yourself at work reduces stress and boosts job performance. It can also help you get to sleep and start your day feeling calm, clearheaded and energised. ‘The great thing about self-massage is you can personalise it – pinpoint the exact area of pain and apply exactly the right amount of pressure. You can also act fast and nip a headache in the bud before it builds up,’ explains reflexologist and aromatherapist Mary Atkinson (www. maryatkinson.com). ‘What could be more empowering than being able to soothe pain, without the need for pills, no matter where you happen to be?’ Here are some of Mary’s simple techniques that combine massage, acupressure and reflexology. The only caveats are: it’s okay to massage sore areas, but never recent injuries or open wounds; stop massaging if it creates more pain rather than soothing; and check with your doctor if pain is severe or ongoing.

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The neck area can be extremely sensitive, so take extra care when massaging it. If you’re flagging, this exercise will also improve blood circulation to the brain. Use the fingertips of both hands to press into the muscles at the back of the neck on either side of the spinal column at the base of the skull (an acupoint called the Heavenly Pillar).

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Spain moots VAT sales tax rise Nigerian lottery fraud ring

Spain’s conservative government said Monday it was being pushed towards a rise in VAT sales tax, which would be a U-turn on its pre-election promises.

Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro said the underground economy was largely to blame for an expected increase in valueadded tax, which has been requested by the European Union. “If VAT was paid by more of those who are supposed to pay, it would not have to be raised by so much,” Montoro told a conference at Madrid’s Complutense University. “This debate of whether or not to raise VAT would not exist so much if the the submerged economy really did not exist,” the minister said. He

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He said: “Do we have VAT that is comparatively low compared to other countries? Yes. Do we have VAT that is infrequently paid compared to other countries? Yes.” The International Monetary Fund warned in a report on June 15 that Spanish government revenue may fall short of expectations, and it urged the government to raise VAT immediately. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in January he had no plans to raise VAT because a general rise in prices would affect everyone, and he did not believe it would be fair.

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A Nigerian fraud ring which tricked some 500 people out of more than a million euros in a year by convincing them they had won the lottery has been busted by Spanish police In a case mirroring many others from recent years, police detained six people in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, and Malaga in southern Spain, on suspicion of working the fraud.

Police said the network fished for victims by mailing out letters, mainly to Italians, claiming the person had won a million euros but needed to advance 4,000 euros in administrative fees to claim the jackpot. “In 2012 alone nearly 500 victims, mainly Italian citizens, handed over various sums of money,” the police said about the network, which they had been investigating since late 2011. In total, more than 600 people took the bait and called the number on the letter. At the other end a man in Malaga would explain how to proceed with the bank or postal money transfers. The alleged fraudsters collected the money at the post office with the help of forged passports bearing internet photos of famous stars, including American singer Alicia Keys. The network then broke off all contact with the victim. Police seized “800 Nigerian letters

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La Virgen Del Carmen 16th July

As the patron saint of sailors and fishermen, on the evening of 16th July, in the fishing villages and towns up and down the coast, her muchloved effigy is not only paraded through the streets but also taken on a floweradorned boat, accompanied by a flotilla of “jábegas” (fishing boats) whilst ashore, brass bands play, crowds cheer, rockets shoot off and fireworks fill the sky. Religious Virgins are hugely popular in Andalucia; they are normally handcrafted from wood and porcelain and spend most of the year in glass-covered alcoves at the local church, dusted down and placed on flower-decked thrones at Easter-time when they are lovingly and solemnly borne through the streets. The Virgen del Carmen, however, has her own special day!

Celebrations vary slightly from town to town. In Málaga, for example, the procession takes place not only on 16th July but on the following Sunday. A recent Malagueñan tradition, started in 1981, shows the Virgen del Carmen embracing all lovers of the sea including scuba divers. That year, the City scuba diving club placed an image of their patron at the bottom of the sea and since then divers have paid their underwater homage annually. The festival is especially important in the fishing villages of

neighbouring Rincon de la Victoria and La Cala, both of which have the Virgen del Carmen as their town patron. To understand why the Virgen del Carmen should be held so dear, tradition has it that the Carmelite monks, who inhabited the slopes of Mount Carmel and worshipped the Virgin Mary who had appeared there in a vision, were forced to flee by a Saracen invasion force. During this eviction the Virgin appeared to them again and promised to be their “Star of the Sea” and to guide them to safety. Since then she has been the patron saint of mariners and as such, La Virgen del Carmen is revered amongst the local fishing communities of southern Spain. Although long overtaken by tourism, many Costa towns still retain fishing communities and a strong attachment to “la Reina de los Mares” (the Queen of the Seas). It was once believed - perhaps in the days before water-purifying plants! - that the Virgin cleared up the waters with her presence and that only after 16th July would the sea be fit for swimming in! So, head to the coast and get involved in a truly Spanish celebration!

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Government Proposes Longer Opening Hours in Major Tourist Areas

The Spanish Government is to propose amending the law on opening hours (1/2004) in order to oblige tourist cities to fully liberalise opening times in the areas with greatest numbers of visitors, and is also to propose to the regions that, from 2013, the minimum number of Sundays and holidays where businesses can open to trade, be raised from eight to ten. Secretary of State for Trade, Jaime GarcíaLegaz, explained that to define which cities these changes shall apply to, they have established objective criteria, such as that in the last year they have registered over one million overnight stays in their city, or they have received 400,000 visitors who arrived via cruise ships.

El Mundo reported that within six months from the entry into force of the new regulations, the municipalities of the 11 remaining cities will have to define what they consider to be their areas with the greatest tourist inflows, and the proposal must then be approved by the corresponding regional authority.

Currently meeting these criteria are Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, Zaragoza, Malaga, Seville, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Bilbao, Cordoba, Granada and Cartagena (Murcia), as well as Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, although the latter three are already permitted to open freely to trade in certain tourist areas.

“Spain is one of the most restrictive countries when it comes to open hours on holidays, which puts us at a disadvantage,” insisted GarciaLegaz, who then said that these measures are intended to prevent the millions of visitors who come to Spain, from leaving the country without being able to buy anything because they find the shops are closed.

The Government’s proposal includes unifying criteria to establish a timetable of opening hours in all the communities. In addition, they propose increasing the number of hours per week a shop can open (weekdays) from 72 to 90, and to relax the timetables of all establishments with less than 300 square metres, compared to the 150 metres limit set in some regions.

The Government also showed the regions an example of the declaration statement, prepared together with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, which will allow certain stores to open without a municipal license. This will enable the “Auto-Licence Express” to be launched with immediate effect.

Percentage of People Considering Buying a Home Rises Although the storm of the crisis continues to rage hard over the housing market, it seems to have subsided slightly. According to the Consumer Confidence Indicator (CCI) for June, prepared by the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS), the percentage of Spanish people who are studying buying a home in the next year, has risen more than one point from May. 4.5% of those surveyed admitted that they plan to purchase a home in the next year compared to the 3.4% recorded in the fifth month of the year. In this sense, more than half, 54.5% (against 48.4% in May), believe that the property prices will drop further next year, mainly because demand is falling. These real estate data are consistent with the general confidence of consumers, which has increased slightly, one-tenth, due to better expectations over the progress of the economic situation of the country and, to a lesser extent, employment, although the number of households that cannot make ends meet without resorting to savings or debt have grown.

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Q. My husband deceased nine months ago in the U.K. with an English will, but no Spanish will. We had a holiday home in Spain in joint names. What do I have to do now?

A. As there is no Spanish will unfortunately it will be necessary to convalidate your husbands U.K. will and probate document for use in Spain. The first step will be to obtain probate on the U.K. will. When this has been done it will be necessary to have Hague´s Apostille affixed to the U.K. documents and then have the translated and stamped by an official translator. When this has been done your solicitor in Spain will inform you if any further documents need to be obtained for the documents to be acceptable in Spain. (English wills very often refer to trusts, which cause complications and expense when convalidating for use in Spain). In this case I am afraid your inheritance tax will be subject to surcharge as the time limit to deal with the tax office in Spain is 6 months unless you request and extension in writing within the first 5 months. As you and the deceased are non residents of Spain, the inheritance tax is paid in Madrid, but no traveling is needed as your solicitor will have and agent in Madrid who for a very small fee will do the legwork in Madrid under the solicitors instructions. The expense and timescale of the convalidation for use in Spain of the English documents will depend on the wording of the will. To avoid complications in the future make sure you instruct your solicitor to prepare a Spanish will for yourself after you have f,kmyhh6inalized your acceptance of inheritance. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.


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A weekend of jazz and craft in Hondón de las Nieves to admire (and hire if you want to get spliced) and one and all are dolled up to suit the period. Why, perhaps we might even get some of the older folk of the Costa to dive into their wardrobes and dig out the glad rags they stored at the time - you never can tell.

Tuesday 17th July - EBONY & IVORY LADIES LUNCH CLUB, Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojón - 1.30pm for 2pm. With entertainment! Three course lunch with, glass of wine 10 €. Raffle in aid of MABS. Come along and make new friends. Book your place with Diamantes on 965 352 947 Friday 20th July - SHARE & CARE GROUP - MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier - 11.00 am An informal get together for anyone affected by cancer. Come along for a coffee and a chat. For more information call Anne on 693 795 247 Saturday 28th July – Summer Fayre – Iceland Overseas, San Javier - 12.00 pm - 3.00 pm BBQ cooked by Russell with donations to MABS. Raffle. Overseas FM live radio. face painting, nail art, tasting tables, car filled with balloons etc. Classic cars on display from 12.30pm. MABS goods, books and quality clothes from MABS Centre also on sale. This forms part of Iceland Overseas’ fundraising for MABS for 2012, so please come along and support this event. NO VOLUNTEERS’ MEETING IN AUGUST Tuesday 21st August - EBONY & IVORY LADIES LUNCH CLUB, Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojón - 1.30pm for 2pm. With entertainment! Three course lunch, with glass of wine 10 €. Raffle in aid of MABS. Come along and make new friends. Book your place with Diamantes on 965 352 947 Wednesday 5th September – Volunteers meeting, Las Claras, Los Alcázares – 11am. If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS, come along to our meeting. For further information ring Bev on 693 362 823 EVERY SATURDAY – BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books. Keep watching the press or visit our website www.mabsmurcia.com for more events For further details, please call 634 362 826

MABS EVENTS IN FORTUNA (MURCIA NORTH EAST) Sunday, 14th July – COUNTRY & WESTERN FANCY DRESS – Bob’s Bar, Fortuna – 8.00 pm ‘til late Tickets 5€. Enquiries: 968 685 278 Every Other Monday - Sew’n’So’s - Sewing Group with Jan Gough - 2.00 pm Urb. Las Kalendas, Fortuna 1st Tuesday of the month - Auction at Bob`s Bar 2pm Carretera Pinoso, Fortuna Tuesdays & Thursdays – “Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate” second hand store - 10.30 am - 12.00 pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. 2nd Wednesday of the month - Fortuna Ladies’ Luncheon Club - 1pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna Last Wednesday of the Month - MABS Fortuna Meeting - 11.30 am La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas. Fortuna. Call 968 685 278 for information. For further information on Fortuna events, please contact: mabsmurciane@gmail.com

MABS EVENTS IN CALASPARRA (MURCIA NORTH WEST) First and Third Friday of each month - MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market – 9.00 am - 1.00 pm Situated opposite the Gran Via café Second Wednesday of each month - MABS Murcia NW Volunteer Monthly Meeting – 5.00 pm New venue: Don Gomez Restaurant (Next door to the garden centre on the Valentin Road) – new volunteers welcome. Call 650 103 095 for further details. Last Friday of every month - MABS Book Stall – 11.00 am – 2.00 pm Outside the Trevol Bar/Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month) Plans are well under way for the Garden Fete to be held in Cegehin on the 10th June. There will be various stalls and games, including a BBQ. Please see next month’s issue for further details. For further information on Calasparra events, please contact: mabsmurcianw@gmail.com

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The prospect of a cool weekend with some live jazz and real craftwork is just the thing to pep up all us bored inhabitants of the Costa. The Jubilee Jazz Band makes with the noise, and the craft association Amata sets the scene with 30 genuine craft stalls. With the chance of some spontaneous Charleston dancing, antique portrait photography while you watch and wait, classic cars just to lust over, lots of people in 20s costumes and some really crazy types to liven up the show. Hondon de las Nieves is the place where the action will be and 14 and 15 July is when. The Roarin’ 20s - almost authentic and can you tell the difference?. Hondon Town Hall wanted something different, and not just another one of those endless Medieval Markets with bits and pieces from various pound shops. So they got in touch with Amata, and the result is a Craft Fair with more than a touch of the Roarin’ 20s. The Jubilee Jazz Band swings Dixieland as it has been putting out ever since, Ly walks on stilts and juggles (no mean feat in those tight dresses), there is a photographer to take black-and-white photographs in period dress of anyone with the readies, there are some classic cars

high quality craftwork made by the people selling the stuff would be on show. Which makes for a change - there’s nothing here that’s imported or from the factory, just thirty stalls with ceramics, soap, wooden toys, puppets, turned and carved wood and leather belts, shoes and bags. Some of the people that are so clever with their hands will be running workshops for younger citizens, where they can make something to take home. There’s even a merry-go-round for the kindergarten set and non-electronic arcade games for the juniors. Hondon de las Nieves Craft Fair will start at 6 pm on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July. Dress up and join the fun - it promises to be a gas. Hondón lies between Elche and Novelda; to get there, take the exit “Aspe” on the A7 or A31 motorway and in Aspe itself follow the signs “Hondón de las Nieves”. For more information, ring 639 979 678, we even speak English. You want to see pretty pictures of other events, you just type in www.amata.es, go to Photos and watch the show.

The JB Band gets more adulation...... It’s been another amazingly successful couple of months for the JB Brass Band. Audience reactions have been consistently excellent and the band members are really gratified by the responses of Spanish, ex-pat and mixed audiences. After a very successful June with 7 concerts the July calendar has o n l y two more dates before the August b r e a k . Despite the tradition for band members to take their holidays in July and August, enough players have joined, rejoined or visited the band so that July has been another successful month. Recently concert venues have included Fuego Bar in Villamartin, the Spirit of England concert in Torrevieja, Morgans’ Bar at Eagle’s Nest, Laurel and Hardy’s in Quesada, Casa La Pedrera, and near the Paseo in Torrevieja, to a very appreciative local Spanish audience. The band also shared a concert with

a visiting jazz band at the Teatro Municipal in Torrevieja and entertained in the Plaza in San Miguel to the usual appreciative crowd. Under Musical Director Dr Ian K Tinsley and with a number of excellent soloists, the band is building on its growing reputation so much so that many players from top-class bands in the Uk and Ireland are planning to visit the band after the August break. The last two concerts before the break are a street concert in Torrevieja on Saturday 21st July at 17.45 and the Entre Narancos fiesta between 19.30-21.00 on Friday 27th July. These two events are not to be missed by the growing army of fans. If you don’t know what a British style brass band sounds like when playing a varied programme of music including traditional brass band music, music from the movies and shows, Spanish music and even some pops, this is your chance. The Band asks all their friends and supporters to join in the calendar of events between September and December. Don’t forget the traditional Christmas Day concert on La Zenia beach where 2-3 thousand people will join you to celebrate the festivities. If you need assistance with the calendar or would like to book the Band contact Sue Jones, Concert Coordinator – suejones63@googlemail.com.


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Spanish Could Buy 14,725 Homes with Unredeemed Pesetas

According to latest data published from the Bank of Spain, Spanish citizens could buy 14,725 average-size households with peseta currency notes and coins which have not yet been exchanged for the single European currency, and the value of these unredeemed pesetas at the end of May totalled 1,700 million euros, a figure similar to that of a month earlier. According to the Ministry of Development, between January and March the average price of a private home stood at 1,649.30 euros per square metre, putting the cost of an apartment of about 70 square metres at 115,451 euros. In May, the number of unredeemed peseta notes held by members of the public and companies, both Spanish and foreign, amounted to the equivalent to 890 million euros, which was 13 million euros less than a year earlier, but money that would enable over

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French tax grab could breach EU law France’s decision to slap steep, retrospective taxes on British holiday homeowners in the country could breach EU law, a former French finance minister has warned.

The taxes could also cause house prices to slump in France as Britons will be reluctant to buy or sell houses, property experts said. Around 200,000 British people own second homes in areas such as Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. France’s new socialist Government announced on Wednesday that it plans to increase tax on rental income from 20 per cent to 35.5 per cent, and raise capital gains tax when people sell properties from 19 per cent to 34.5 per cent. However Jean Arthuis, who was finance minister under right-wing Prime Minister Alain Juppé in the 1990s, said that the increased taxes could be unconstitutional under French law and therefore judged unfair by the European Union. This is because the tax raid would be classified under French rules as a “social contribution” which absent British homeowners would receive very little benefit from. Mr Arthuis said: “What creates ambiguity is to call the tax a “social charge”, as when one is a foreigner one can rightly claim that one doesn’t gain from as many social benefits as the French.” Meanwhile property experts said that the taxes could cause house prices to fall in France. This is because people will be reluctant to buy houses knowing that they will be hit with heavy taxes when they come to sell the properties. The taxes will also deter people from selling houses, causing the market to stagnate. Jean-Michel Crassat, secretary general of the Dordogne chamber for the French real estate agency federation (FNAIM), said: “There is a risk that it will drive prices down.” “Sales prices have already hit a 130,000-euro ceiling in the region, and anyone who bought five years ago is liable to sell for less than their purchase price right now. But this might accelerate the drop

as some people throw in the towel and say: ‘That’s it, I’m off, I don’t want to be a cash cow any longer,” he said. “It could also slow down purchases as people don’t want to buy in a country where you’re taxed to the hilt.” “I think it’s a monument idiocy as it will likely engender fraud and under the table practices that had all but been stamped out. Too much tax kills tax.” Patrick Delas, a solicitor at Russell-Cooke Solicitors in London, said: “I am not sure this will affect the property market immediately but people may think twice about selling and the market will certainly slow down.” Cathy Dursapt, an estate agent in Eymet in the Dordogne, said she had fielded an “avalanche” of calls from concerned customers and acquaintances about the tax rises. But she remained cautious, saying: “I’m French and I tell them never to believe a French law until it takes effect”. Second-home owners were aghast at the news. Nicola and Oliver Turner, both 43, bought a rundown barn in the hamlet of Monbazillac, rural Dordogne five years ago for 100,000 euros. Mr Turner has painstakingly restored the property himself. Given all the restoration work, their holiday home is now on the market for 300,000 euros, meaning they stand to pay up to 69,000 euros given the new capital gains tax. Speaking from her home in Hertfordshire, Mrs Turner said she was “gutted” about the new hike. “As far as the French is concerned it’s all profit and we can’t offset our expenses to bring the profit down. We’re not going to be in a good position once it’s sold, we’ll basically come out of it with nothing.” The rise in tax on rental income will be retrospective, from Jan 1 this year. The increase in capital gains tax may apply from this week,

and certainly by the end of the month, meaning property owners will have little or no time to escape the increased tax by selling their homes. Treasury sources said the department is examining France’s proposals. “If there is any discrimination we will challenge it,” the source said. Jean-Sébastien Dumont, international tax lawyer based in Paris, warned that the new measures were likely “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of new tax for foreign home owners. “We just had a corrective tax law, but we all know that the lion’s share of the new measures were not announced yesterday but will be rolled out in the autumn.” One opposition politician dubbed the measure a “250 million-euro lie” on the part of President François Hollande’s Socialist government, as it had specifically pledged not to raise taxes for non-residents in its electoral programme. Olivier Cadic, a UK based centre-Right member of the Council for the French Abroad, said he found the charges “scandalous”. “The Socialists made it clear during their electoral campaign that they would not impose any specific tax for non-residents bar in Switerland and Luxembourg. This is proof that they lied to the tune of 250 million euros per year,” he said. Karen Tait, the editor for French Property News, said: “It’s not good news, but it has to be put in perspective to a certain degree. If your French home is your main home, it doesn’t affect you at all.” “A lot of British home owners also actually don’t rent out their second homes,” preferring to use them for vacations or to house travelling friends. She felt that since groups strongly campaigned against a similar, dropped proposal by Nicolas Sarkozy, “there’s some hope the same thing could happen again.”


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When most of us think about sun room furniture we think about wicker. Sunroom indoor furniture has traditionally been made from this versatile substance, then finished in a wide array of colours. The airy construction and strength of the material adds a kind of tropical feel to your sunroom, letting you imagine that you are actually soaking in the sun at some holiday destination rather than lounging in your wicker chair in front of your sunroom window. But today, wicker furniture is not limited to just the love seat and chair set that most of us are familiar with. There are also a number of wicker accessories that you can incorporate into your sunroom decorating. Wicker has been used for a number of tools and creations since biblical times. The earliest wicker artefact that has been discovered came from Egypt and is believed to have come from around 1400 B.C. Originally, wicker was formed into tools that were necessary for performing the tasks for day to day living, such as fishing or building shelter. As trade routes expanded and wicker became readily available, it began to be used for more decorative needs such as furniture and accessories. It quickly became a popular material for creating inexpensive, yet durable items. When we use the word ‘wicker’ today, the word actually applies to a number of different materials, all of which can be woven into strong patterns and shapes. Rattan, bamboo, a number of reeds, willow and peel cane all fall into this category. When bent and woven, the materials can be creatively used to form anything from baskets to furniture. When you are looking at wicker furniture for your sunroom, you will find a number of different choices available. Often there are sets of furniture sold, including a love seat or sofa, one or more chairs, and possibly tables that coordinate with the other pieces. However, this is only the beginning of what is available. You can find wicker ottomans, swings, rockers, wing chairs and loungers that you can add to provide additional relaxing, comfortable pieces to your furniture selections.

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You’ll find other options than solid wicker furniture as well. There are a number of products that will combine wicker with a solid wooden structure. These can add a more rustic quality to your furniture, but may also add more strength to the structure if you have larger or heavier members of the household. Many other pieces that appear to be wicker are actually made from a plastic or vinyl type material that has the look of wicker but is less expensive and easy to maintain. Now there are also products beginning to appear on the market that are made of PVC pipe. These products are just as strong, look very similar to actual wicker, and are usually less expensive than wicker furniture.

Selecting Your Sunroom Furniture Fabric...

When you are considering cushions and fabric for your wicker sunroom furniture, there are a couple of items to consider. First, when you see the price listed for wicker furniture, it rarely includes the cushions that may be displayed with the furniture. If you are not happy with the choices that you see, ask if you can order different fabric for the cushions. If not, and if you have purchased standard sizes of furniture, then you will still likely be able to find the kind of fabric that you would like. You should also consider whether or not you will need to protect the fabric with some kind of stain guard. If you plan to entertain in the sunroom, have meals there or expect to have a great deal of traffic in the room, then protecting the fabric is a good idea. It will make cleaning any spills easier and will keep the fabric looking new for much longer.

Maintaining Your Wicker Furniture...

One of the benefits of wicker or rattan furniture is that it doesn’t need a lot of maintenance in order to keep them looking in good condition. Regular dusting will be important since the weave will attract dust just like any other surface. But by using a damp cloth or a vacuum, you can easily keep the furniture clean. The wicker itself may come in a number of colours, or can be painted. However, if the wicker has been finished with a varnish, you will need to use a primer in order to have the colour adhere. Sanding wicker is possible, but if done too harshly, you could damage the reeds. If you ever have splitting or cracking of the weave, you can use any number of glosses, stains, paints or furniture colour touch up products to keep the colour looking uniform. Over time, it is possible that the weave may begin to unravel. If this happens, you can have it repaired by having the weaving redone; get some pricing information on making the repairs, because it may cost less to replace the furniture!


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The Labour leader calls for reform of the banking sector, which he describes as “economically damaging and socially destructive”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Government of “failing to rise to the challenge of reforming our banks” as he set out his blueprint for fundamental reform. Mr Miliband outlined plans for a radical shake up of the banking sector, including forcing the top five firms to sell up to 1,000 more branches to increase competition. In the wake of the rate-fixing scandal, the Labour leader argued that the banking industry has become “economically damaging and socially destructive”. He cited the mis-selling of complex insurance products, a failure in lending to businesses and the “fleecing” of customers with payment protection insurance as further proof of its decay. Mr Miliband, in a speech at the Co-Operative Bank which is in talks with Lloyds to buy more than 600 of its branches, called for a return to the “stewardship banking” of the past. To increase competition, he wants at least one other privately-run “challenger” bank to be given the change to break into a market dominated by the five bestknown names. Further plans include: creating a code of conduct and watchdog with the power to permanently strike off errant bankers; setting up a specialist banking unit with the Serious Fraud Office; creating British Investment Bank to help the business sector. Amid continued controversy over a possible multimillion-pound payoff for former Barclays chief Bob Diamond, Mr Miliband also backed EU proposals - which are opposed by George Osborne - to set a maximum 1:1 ratio of bonus to pay. “Nobody can really believe that the current way of running things

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is in the interests of British business. The revelations of the last two weeks have shown precisely what has gone wrong in our economy in the last decades,” Mr Miliband said. “The rules of our economy were too frequently based on the idea that if government got out of the way and we followed the path of deregulation, we would create an economy that worked for all working people. “In too many ways and in too many places, it hasn’t worked. And the test for all of us is whether we can learn that lesson. And that starts with our banks.” Mr Miliband admitted that Labour had failed to be tough enough in regulating the banks while in power but he added: “The difference between us and the Tories is this: We have learned the lessons. “The Conservative-led Government won’t bring the change we need. They have failed to rise to the challenge of reforming our banks again and again. “Watering down the separation between high-street banking and casino banking. Going slow on new competition in banking. George Osborne heading to Europe this week to argue against action on bonuses. “Refusing a bank bonus tax. And a judge-led inquiry. Once again showing they are out of touch with where the public are. “And most of all, they can’t be the people who deliver tougher regulation because light-touch regulation is what they believe in their bones.” Mr Miliband said the banking scandal had vindicated his warnings at last September’s Labour conference about “predatory” capitalism and the need for a “different kind of economy”. He claimed his proposals would pave the way “from the casino banking we have to the stewardship banking we need”.

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Ballroom & Latin American Dancing The History of the Samba

very popular all over the world during the 1950s. There are two main branches of Samba that exist today, Samba de Enredo (samba of the street) characterised by the strong percussion sounds that are heard in the Carnaval, and Samba Cancao, which blends the former style with more traditional songs. One of the first famous people of Brazil was Ernesto Joaquim Maria dos Santos who lived from 1889 to 1974.

When you think of Samba do you, like me, think of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and those wonderfully colourful and highly decorative costumes and the exciting and contagious music. The Samba’s roots date back to the arrival of African slaves when Brazil was a Portuguese colony dating back to the 1500s.

He was known as ‘Donga‘ and introduced the first carnival Samba ‘Pelo Telefone’ which, performed by the band Oita Batutas, became a huge hit at the 1917 Brazil carnival.

As with many other dances it owes its existence to a fusion of African and Brazilian music and is played with percussion instruments along with guitar and cavaquinho (a small member of the guitar family similar to the ukelele with 4 strings which originated in Portugal).

His aunt Ciata who practised Candomble (an African religion of heavy drums, rituals and steps) is thought to have been a huge influence on his music and many think that it is the African ritual dances that were the origin of the Samba.

In 1888, after the abolition of slavery, many freed slaves migrated from the Bahia province in Eastern Brazil to Rio de Janeiro and it was the music brought by these former slaves from their traditional Bantu music and religious ceremonies, the music of the Portuguese colonists and to some extent the music of the Indians native to Brazil who all came together.

The Brazilian Carnival is an annual event held 4 days before Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. Brazilian neighbourhood associations organise Samba clubs or Samba schools who put on these spectacular parades.

For more than 400 years, Brazil was a mixture of different cultures and languages, rhythms and sounds but eventually the Brazilian culture started to shape into what it is today. Once in the urban setting of Rio de Janeiro, Samba flourished in the AfroBrazilian hillside settlements and grew into the basis for the Samba that became

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Maybe it’s because it is ultra hot at the moment, maybe it is because my back is a little tweaky, maybe it is both of the above together, but I am feeling victimised. For instance, why is it that today EVERYTHING that I touch falls on the floor? Normally the odd object will escape my grasp and obey the Earth’s gravitational pull, and without a second thought I will bend and retrieve it, but I have noticed that the incidence of things heading floorwards escalates dramatically in time with my inability to bend. Plus, anything that falls and can roll will roll - straight underneath any nearby piece of furniture. Now I call that just plain nasty! I grab hold of anything solid that will support my weight, and then slide my bulk cautiously down to floor level in pursuit of the escaped object. I rest uneasily on both knees (how hard are tiles on the knees?) only to discover that that which I seek has rolled out of reach, and is only retrievable by a specially trained pygmy ferret. As I do not

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have a specially trained pygmy ferret I begin the long slow haul back up to my natural altitude of 5 foot 7 and go in search of some sort of long pokey thing with which to bring the errant object out of its hiding place and into my grasp. But there is no point in getting old if you don’t get canny –as soon as my back starts to tweak I search out my trusty Picker-Upper; a retractable claw on the end of a flexible tube, and throw a towel over my shoulder. Thus armed I patrol the kitchen, daring small objects to fall. Should, for instance, a teaspoon be stupid enough to take up my challenge and hide under the kitchen table, I will drop the towel to the floor, drop myself (very carefully and slowly) on to the towel, deploy the Picker-Upper, which being flexible can even reach round corners, and capture the spoon all before my tea has gone cold. I put the relationship of high fallage rate with low bend capability down to Mischief Imps. These creatures range from the size of a mouse up to a large cat, are mottled dark green and grey and completely invisible. However, they are responsible for all manner of annoying anomalies, the best known of which is the Butter Side Down Syndrome. I urge you all to be on the lookout for these little pests. Be warned, they are all around us!

The Soothing Balm of Mother Nature

Sometimes we need to take a giant step back, inhale deeply and review our planet with a new perspective. This is a difficult exercise, because the world and all its conflicts, misery and injustices is pretty much in our faces 24/7. For example, reading the British daily papers can with me, have the effect of bringing on a case of extreme depression and the desire to open a vein with a broken bottle or douse myself with Lidls vodka, ignite myself and run screaming through Playa Flamenca market. Good news is no news - to wreck a well known metaphor - and the hopelessness of the future of the human race is the only conclusion that we can possibly come to when we are bombarded by the media with a daily ration of gloom, doom and Ed Balls. But like iron filings to a magnet, we are nonetheless drawn to these toxic news sheets, as if a regular fix of woe is something we cannot live without. We seem to be addicted to working ourselves

into a frenzy and deploring the lot of our species. So it is understandable that we often forget there is a wonderful other-world out there, from which we can learn and receive some much needed recharging of our Duracells. The world that I refer to is the miraculous world of nature with its uncomplicated and pure order of things where man’s pernicious touch is not in evidence. We have just returned from Canada and Alaska and some of the sights that we were lucky enough to witness, had us rekindling our love affair with planet Earth. There was the breathtaking scenery that we associate with the unspoilt wilderness of America’s 49th state, with its mountains, lakes and glaciers. And similarly in British Columbia

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and Alberta, where endless skies, raging rivers and dense pine forests – viewed from the Rocky Mountaineer train cover areas far larger than our own British Islands. Near the Alaskan city of Juneau, to witness a pair of Humpback Whales breaching – that is, to project their 35 ton bodies vertically from the water – and then commence the strange ritual of slapping the water with their massive 5 meter long flippers, was a sight that could never be fully appreciated until we had seen it at close quarters and felt the spray on our faces. We felt pathetically small in the face of this enormous power, but not in the least threatened by these gentle and spectacular creatures. Similarly, when a large male Grizzly appeared close to the highway in the Banff National Park, we forgot all of the sensible

advice and immediately jumped out of our car to capture this magnificent beast on camera. He continued to graze on the roadside dandelions – a delicacy for Grizzlies we were told – seemingly unconcerned with our presence until he suddenly reared up to full height and started towards us. These were the photographs that on checking later, were somewhat fuzzy – it’s difficult to hold the camera steady when backing up at F1 speed and trying to keep a tight control on the bladder at the same time. It wasn’t an aggressive action by the bear we reckoned later, but simply his way of saying – Yep, I see you and that’s as far as you come. Although it did cross my mind at the time that perhaps he would not be averse to some meat to go with his greens. The point though, was that we witnessed this truly magnificent animal, not via a television screen or even from behind a car window, but almost nose to nose in his natural habitat. It was an awesome and truly humbling experience and one that cannot be conveyed - only encountered first hand. It was perhaps an unwise action on our part, but one that has provided a unique memory that will last a lifetime. The main purpose of the trip was in fact a reunion in Vancouver of old friends from our Bermuda days and the Alaskan cruise and Rockies experiences were add-ons that we had decided upon, based on the assumption that we may

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Alqueria The Pe ace Conference The elders of Alqueria decided to heal the division within the village. A deep seated and fundamental division. A division which has survived countless attempts at reconciliation. Both parties attended talks at El Perrito Travieso in Mojácar. Not a salubrious venue by any means, but the nearest neutral bar that would accept the booking. Rodriquez led the Recién Llegados delegation and Antonio Poyato the Cerro del Gente. The pacification of Alqueria was the only item on the agenda. In order to have a successful peace conference, it is necessary to start with at least two belligerents and finish with smiling delegates in broad agreement. The first criteria was certainly satisfied but the second failed to materialise. The initial scowling and bickering set the tone for the whole meeting. During one of the many outbursts during which things more tangible than insults were hurled, it was remarked that the women of Alqueria reflected the historic origins of each group. The attractions of the various feminine traits soon became the next subject for contention. This led naturally to the suggestion that it should be put to the test. Alqueria was to have a beauty pageant. The elders of the village, in an attempt to bring peace and harmony to Alqueria had decided to stage a beauty contest. The most divisive, bad tempered and catty exercise imaginable. Proving once more that age does not always bring wisdom. Blythe Gruntmore, resident Englishman and one of the few non-partisan villagers was to be one of the judges. His inability to communicate wasn’t thought to be a handicap in this instance. Blythe readily accepted, he always found the effects of massed Spanish womanhood breathtaking. The other jurists would come from outside the village to ensure impartiality. In an attempt to reduce jury tampering women and those men who found it easy to resist feminine wiles would be invited to judge the contest. While the title of Miss Alqueria may not at first-sight be a desirable one, the first prize was a chance to get away from the village if only for a fortnight. Two weeks cruising the Greek Islands was certainly an incentive for the young ladies of the pueblo. The fact that the ‘cruise ship’, a near derelict delivered animal feed to the larger islands wasn’t widely advertised. Applications were sent to every household. Amalia de Vega, the town’s oldest inhabitant at 102 was flattered but confused. She never liked sea voyages so declined to enter. We wait to see who entered and whether or not the pageant actually takes place. never pass that way again. Our friendship has lasted more than 37 years and although we live in different parts of the globe and are separated by thousands of miles, it remains rock solid and genuine. The logistics of getting together are therefore problematical, but when we do, it’s as if the intervening thirty odd years had never happened

and we immediately nestle comfortably back into each other’s company. The magic of nature that we had witnessed and the equally magical gathering of dear friends were all part and parcel of the same phenomenon and gave us the much needed oomph to say: a pox on all politicians, bureaucrats, and tabloid newspapers!

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METHOD Roll out the pastry until it is the thickness of a pound coin. Scrunch it up then roll out again into a large square 20mm thick. Cut into four pieces and use to line four individual loosebottomed flan dishes approximately 11cm in diameter. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. With a fork, prick the base of each pastry case 3 or 4 times, then place a piece of greaseproof paper on top and cover with uncooked rice or baking beans. Place the flan dishes on a baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Turn the oven down to 180C/Gas 4. When the tarts are cold, remove the paper and rice. With a very sharp knife, trim the edges of the pastry. Halve the apricots and remove the stones. Finely slice them and arrange on the pastry in a circular pattern. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a small bowl, gradually incorporating the cream. Take care not to over-work it. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug, then pour the mixture around the apricots. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the filling is golden in colour. Meanwhile, heat 50ml water and the apricot jam in a small heavy-based pan, stirring regularly. When the mixture is just about to boil, remove from the heat and strain through a metal sieve. Keep warm. When cool enough to handle, remove the tarts from their cases and brush the pastry and apricots with the apricot glaze. Serve the tarts warm with a scoop of clotted cream or crème fraîche.

Valid only with this voucher Mon - Sat: 19.00 - 22.00

Eudoxia Greek Restaurant

A Taste of Greek Passion Made With Years Of Experience Using Ancient Traditions

Tel: 663 314 445 paseo del med, 85, Mojacar Playa 200m from Best Indalo Hotel find us on

Eudoxia

gastronomy

open

everyday

la vida garden room fly screened with a little shade thursday 19th july 10am - 3pm

Bargain

Uk Dresses & Tops + full length designs, Brand new selection priced from 5€

swarovski crystal angels from 8€

retreat

dee’s

Uk branded ladies underwear lesley from

homemad pickles & e dips

frillies

La Fuenta Mosaico

Handmade Mosaic gifts & pictures made to order with truus

Stain glass Art & Gifts

Bespoke items made to order with Daf

ralph’s music

latest cd ’s

joan’s

homemade cakes & pies

is open right hand side of La Vida

 The air con will be on in the venue  Back Pain? Shoulder & back massage with melissa 15 minute session Sharon o’ Hanlon Reiki & Pilates teacher

Anna Psychic Tarot & Numerology

Shiatsu 15 mins Treatments With wendy

Reiki with Lilian almeria angels free blood pressure check

tarot reader & psychic artist rosa mccombe

Sol Insure, Brian will be here here to answer all your questions on any type of insurance from 10am

Tel: 950 634 562

lavidacucador@gmail.com

We are here

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia

Mojacar

E15

1km

La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables Freshly Baked Bread

Lunch 1pm - 4pm

Daily roast cooking Mon: Roast Lamb Shank

Tues: Rabbit in garlic & beer Wed: Roast Pork Knuckle Thurs: Roast Pork Loin Fri: Roast Lamb Shank Sat & Sun: Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle

vegetarian menu available

MENU DEL DIA

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Monday to Saturday inclusive Lunch 1pm - 4pm Dinner 7pm - 10pm

all nights...

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

menu del noche

everyday

monday - saturday 7pm - 11pm

4 courses including wine and coffee Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm, Sun 10am - 17pm Booking Recommended Spanish Speaking 950 430 145 English Speaking 647 730 103

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~ dessert ~ apricot tart

200g puff pastry or pastry trimmings 8-10 fresh ripe apricots 4 egg yolks 50g caster sugar 200ml double cream 3 tbsp apricot jam Clotted cream or crème fraîche, to serve

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NEW INDIAN RESTAURANT OPENING ON CAMPOSOL

Namaste INDIAN RESTAURANT & TAKE-AWAY (FORMERLY BALI-HI)

TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOOD AT ITS BEST! TH

OPENS FRIDAY 27

SAN MIGUEL ONLY 2€ PER PINT

JULY

Buffet & Live Music Featuring LENNY MITCHELL & HIS INCREDIBLE TIME MACHINE ONLY 15€ PER PERSON

HOUSE WINE ONLY 5€ PER BOTTLE

Reserve Your Table For This Special Evening By Calling 968 131 721, 637 189 114 Or 660 326 194

Things are changing in

Camposol

Bali hi has been a popular restaurant since it first opened its doors serve great tasty food in a comfortable setting, but to ensure that their in August 2010. customers are treated with respect and Bali Hi Indian Restaurant is owned by Gurmit Singh and he is now humility. keen to make some changes at the restaurant. To mark this change in Indeed subtle changes have been going on for a short time now with the upstairs large air-conditioned dining room already having received a minor ‘makeover’. Another change that has occurred is that he has engaged the services of a new manager to work alongside the team as they work towards making Bali Hi an even better restaurant and venue. To mark this change in management the restaurant is to be re-named Namaste. Namaste or ‘namaskar’ is the Indian way of greeting each other. (It is also used in Nepal). It is the traditional or customary courtesy greeting to begin with and more often that not, to end with. It is not a superficial gesture or a mere word, and is for all people - young and old, friends and strangers. Namaste is a Sanskrit word but it is more than just a word that is simply spoken. The Namaste greeting actually involves the act of bowing, as the word

means in its simplest form means “I bow to you”. It is an easy gesture to do which involves putting your hands together as if in prayer, and then by placing your hands together in front of your chest, with your elbows going out to the side, and fingertips pointing upwards. The word Namaste is then uttered as you bow your head slightly. Why Namaste? The name of the restaurant and the meaning of the actual act of Namaste signifies that the team’s commitment to their customers is to, not only provide and to

management even further, the ‘new’ restaurant is being launched on Friday 27th July. This is the formal day when Bali Hi becomes Namaste. To celebrate this there will be a party evening on this day with an Indian buffet and live music provided by the ever popular Lenny Mitchell and his magical musical time machine. See our advertisement below. This is a reservations only evening so please do not delay in making yours. A 50% deposit will secure your reservation as numbers will be limited,

to ensure your evening is an enjoyable experience; and to ensure there is plenty of room to enable you to let your hair down and to dance the night away! Further events are planned with the next event being onWednesday August 8th. Watch this space!! All will be revealed over the next couple of weeks!! Customers dining on Friday 27th will be the first to know what will be happening during August and September. Specialising in high quality Indian food the chefs at Namaste have over thirty yearscombinedexperienceusingspices from all over the different regions of India. Individual needs can be catered so even if you like a particular sauce but would like it mild, medium, hot or very hot you need only ask! All our food is also available for takeaway. If your order is 20€ or more you will be given a FREE bottle of house wine to enjoy with your meal. Delivery on Camposol, Condado del Alhama and Mazarrón Country Club is also free. We want your dining experience with us to be an enjoyable experience, one you will want to return to, time and time again. Namaste!!


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PALS EVENTS 2012

COMMUNITY NEWS...

There will be a Menu Del Dia at the end of the month in the port. Wednesday August 29th sees it at the New Royal. It’s the usual deal, 10 Euros, starts at 1.30PM for the afternoon with entertainment. July saw it at the Vista Bar on Camposol for one of their excellent BBQ’s. In September Age concern will be running its Black & White Ball in the port, last years price at 12.50 for the evenings food and enteertainemnt. This is Age Concern’s event of the year, and a treat to see everyone decked out in black and white, or just black! It will be a sellout so get your tickets early. In November Age Concern needs to re-negotiate its lease on its premises on C. It is looking for alternatives. Do you, or do you know someone who has space to spare? Safe, secure and dry premises are needed to store equipment and all the donated items for sale. Do you know of a decent sized underbuild or outhouse? It doesn’t have to be on Camposol! Please get in touch if you know anywhere. Tickets can be had Thursday morning in the Puerto Mazarron at the Bar Peyma, near tourist information or on a Friday outside the Salud Bar Camposol B. The new office on Calle Retama (968 970 687), Camposol C5 will be open from September for tickets, information and advice on Monday and Wednesday mornings, 11AM until 1PM and for advice on a Friday morning

ESAMD.......... The Ex Servicemen’s Association of Mazarron District (ESAMD) are meeting on 18th July for a meal at La Sienna Restaurant in Mazarron at 7.30. / 8. p.m. The Function is open to all Members of ESAMD and invited guests. For more information contact the Social Secretary on 968 437 074 or 618 591 298 Any Ex Service personnel wishing to join us please contact the Membership Secretary on 629 818 611

Age Concern Hog Roast..

Saturday 14th July, HOG ROAST in aid of AGE CONCERN Coasta Calida at LARAS Bar Camposol A. Live music with the amazing Keely C a very popular artiste on the Costa Blanca. Tickets cost 10€ with at least 1€ per ticket to be donated to AGE CONCERN, Costa Calida. Tickets available at Lara´s Bar, Costa Cafe (in Best wishes) Thurs between 11.00 am – midday, from AGE CONCERN on Thurs at Bar Peyma, Puerto de Mazarron, 11.00 am – 2.00 pm; and outside Bar Salud, Camposol B, 11am to 2pm on Friday, Call 660326194 for more information.

WELCOME CRUISE 2013........ After such a successful cruise this year Welcome are off for another cruise in May 2013.This time to the NORWEGIAN FJORDS. with MSC Cruises.4 different types of cabins available. Prices include coach from Mazarron or area, to Madrid, Hotel in Madrid, Flight to Copenhagen, 7 nights cruise with all inclusive of drinks, food etc Cancellation Ins. Prices from 1040€ For more details contact Rosemary 620105179

PALS............

are having a special evening trip to the Sierra Espuna in a coach with a three course meal in a very typical Spanish restaurant on Thursday 26th July. An opportunity to show your visitors the slendour of this fantastic area. Limited tickets 26 Euros to include food.

send your birthdays, news and events to editor@soltimes.com

TJ’s bar are organising a bike ride from Camposol to Madrid and back. All proceeds to PALS. Forms in TJ’s or from PALS

Cruise: 20 - 27th October 7 nights, 8 days FULLY INCLUSIVE from Camposol to Valencia, then Malta, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Palma de Mallorca. Pullman tours from 600 euros per person sharing. Tickets going fast. Please ensure you GET YOUR tickets early... For more info: www.pals.sm4.biz

call 626 460 465

4* Tropical Nights ~ Poolside ~ Hotel Sensol Camposol Tues 24 July

Tickets 11€ Tel Kim: 699203136 + Mondays Hotel 11-11.30 Special drink discounts at the Pool Bar

4* Tropical Nights ~ Poolside ~ Hotel Sensol Camposol Tues 17 July

+ WOODY

Very simply, Age Concern will only be operating a skeleton service in August.

Sponsored Bike Ride: 22 - 30th Sep

Tickets 11€ Tel Kim: 699203136 + Mondays Hotel 11-11.30 Special drink discounts at the Pool Bar

Wanted

Camposol sector a

tel: 699 518 535 entertainment quiz Monday from 9pm

Events for our readers If you own a bar or restaurant then let SOLTIMES know what events you have coming up...

BINGO-MUSIC-COMEDY QUIZ-CHARITY-DISCO We want you and so do our readers

Tel: Rosemary now on 647 379 795 or email: rosemary@soltimes.com

Chris & Steve of La Peña now welcome you to:

Restaurante Marina

The only English owned restaurant on the Paseo, Puerto de Mazarron

Cod & Chips + Peas From 5€

Every Friday & Saturday 4 Half Cod, Chips & Peas + Bottle of House Wine 20€ Or 2 Large Cod Chips & Peas + Bottle of House Wine 19€

Over 40 different Tapas available

Menu del Dia 10€ - Breakfast – Snacks – Jacket Potatoes Homemade Curries & Pies – fish – Seafood – Paellas

Sunday Roast only 8€ (including glass of wine or small beer) Where Quality is Never Compromised Paseo Maritimo 51 (seafront) Puerto de Mazarron

General knowledge quiz tues & thurs from 9pm mon from 9pm

uly Friday 6th j

Sunday Lunches

karaoke

from 12.45pm onwards

2 menus 4.50€ or 6.50€

Booking Advisable

Thursday Market Day Special Sausage or Bacon Sandwich or a Beefburger. Only 2€ each Homemade Pies & Full menu also available Mon - Sat 10 - 3

Full english breakfast includes bread & 50 butter or toast

€3.

R a o y l w e N Friday 13th July

Tory

& Fish and Chips €6

Bar & Restaurant

Saturday 14th July

dog House Blues A New Menu RA

The summer with Age Concern

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Sunday r Summe Selection

968 595 902 – 619 500 555

Find us on Facebook (restaurante la marina)

El Alamillo Plaza ~ Pto de Mazarron Details & Reservations 968 595 864

find us on

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no job too small & free estimates!

• Vertical Blinds • Window Blinds • New Covers • Repairs

specialists in all electrical & plumbing works

At least 150 Colours To Choose From

Tel: Mick 676 583 246

from la Marina to San Javier

air conditioning, installation, maintenance, repairs in torrevieja & surrounding areas

FREE QUOTATIONS

Tel: 622 381 979

www.hacerman.webs.com

new icp’s fitted - swimming pool heaters & air-con, electric gates & burglar alarms hot water boilers,gas heaters & solar new bath/shower suites - spanish legal

call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487 www.electriciancostablanca.co.uk

boats

Electrician available for all works. Small or large. Call Dave 693 251 562.

electricity, for sale plumbing air-conditioning M at t r e ss e s ,

BOATING LICENSES ARE NOW A LEGAL REQUIREMENT IN SPAIN in torrevieja & Serenity Sailing RYA Training Centre, surrounding areas Competent Crew to Yachtmaster, VHF & FREE QUOTATIONS ICC. Own-boat tuition on sail and power. Tel: 622 381 979 davendonc@aol.com www.hacerman.webs.com If you have a yacht or powerboat get qualified and certified. Contact Richard Furniture +34 638 056 224 Email: enquiries@ serenitysailing.com or visit: www. est 2006 serenitysailing.com

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COMPUTERS

Sweet Dreams

12Mbps Internet ANYWHERE in Europe. Phones for immediate installation from less than 1 cent minute, no monthly fee. Computer sales and repairs Denia to Mazarron. Call Clive 966 260 403 or 648 883 202 www. clivegray computers.eu

50% off all matresses

See our Advertisement on page 13 for more information

Centro Commercial, Flamenca Beach, La Planta, Playa Flamenca

Tel: 965 321 701 businesses for sale

Mañanas

Popular Cafe Bar in Algorfa Traspaso/Lease for sale full legal license 40 covers inside 20 covers outside Fully stocked Existing business ready for immediate takeover

Please contact Tel: 966 781 307

Bar/Cafe

popular location of Cuidad Quesada main commercial area TRASPASO/LEASE FOR SALE large covered outside terrace with 60 cover + Fully equiped & stocked, available for immediate takeover

Tel: 666 184 942

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Furniture first

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ROJALES SPECIALIST OF PRE - OWNED FURNITURE & AccESSORIES AT SENSIBLE PRICES

house clearance specialist FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SERVICE WE BUY, SELL & PART EXCHANGE QUALITY FURNITURE Open Mon - Fri 10 - 18.00, Sat 10 - 14.00 C/Pablo Neruda 2, Local 5, Rojales

PLEASE CALL JAMIE ON: 966 713 075 OR 680 545 923 www.southcostablancaonline.com

doors

Simply Doors Espana

for sale AL U M I N I U M GATES Double and Electric Sliding. Guaranteed no rust. Call Tracy on 966 726 891 Pool tables, snooker tables, table tennis tables, darts. Tel:666 933 726 www.spainpool. com Pillows from 4.95€ Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada Tel: 653 634 714

brand new from 49€ Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada Tel: 653

Baby’s cot, converts to a childs first bed, in imaculate condition. Only used two or three weeks a year. Comprises cot with drop side, teddy bear motif on the foot. Easily dismantled for storage and converted to a bed. Bargain at only €95. Camposol, Mazarron, can be delivered locally Tel: 650 570 234

cement paving

42” flat screen television can be seen working but needs attention 45€, Tel: 965 073 634 J Zay 8ft Inflatable Boat , excellent condition, photos available 299€ 2x junior golf clubs and bags 20€ each, 2 x Adult golf sets and bags 60€ each. Camposol Area, Tel 634 325 508

A1 Group

heating

insurance

NEATER HEATER

asssa medical i n su r a n c e s Asssa Mazarron, Diane Nolan, Tel: 968 153 396, mazarron@asssa. es

See our main advert on the news pages

limousine hire

Tel: 968 969 648 618 315 933 (eng) 634 321 024 (esp) info@tuxedolimousines.es www. tuxedolimousines.es

locksmith

LOCKSMITH

LOCKED OUT!!! CALL24hr

Tel:

647 151 972

Put this number in your phone. LOCKS CHANGED ALL LOCKS TO WORK OF 1 KEY EXTRA SECURITY WINDOWS & DOORS FREE SECURITY SURVEY MOTURA & DIERRE LOCKS CHANGED FULLY LEGAL IN SPAIN

hearing aids

digital hearing aids

Wide variety of colours & patterns

Free survey & quotation Tel / Fax 966 797 651 Mobile: 606 869 121 email: info@pbpavingspain.com www.pbpavingspain.com

piano tuner

Piano Man Qualified piano tuner & technician-piano man

Pattern Imprinted Concrete

Matt or Gloss finish

photography

Complete Garden Maintenance & Property Services Telephone 628 505 733

Digital hearing

Low maintenance

GOLD WANTED

664 890 990

The ultimate in concrete design

Weed Free ~ Non Slip

jewellery

garden services

(Quesada)

Calle azul, cuidad quesada tel: 966 718 738 see our main ad on page 14

Costa blanca areas christine 966 719 647 Costa calida area Paulette 902 750 190 ext 332

634 714 from Sheets English jeweller wishes to buy 3.45€ Linen Mills, broken or unwanted Gold jewellery, Calle Los Arcos, silver and coins Ciudad Quesada Tel: 653 634 714 IMMEDIATE CASH Over 40 composite PAYMENT and PVC doors, Call Peter fully installed from only €595, Tel: Simply Doors on Member of the 966 718 738, or call National Association of Goldsmiths at our showroom at Calle Azul, Ciudad musician Quesada, see our main ad on page 17 Lenny Mitchell, Bed bases from guitarist singer, international, professional, solo act. 35€ Linen Mills, Calle Los Arcos, lenny Mitchell & his musical time machine Ciudad Quesada invite you on a trip back to the 60’s & 70’s. Available to play in any venue. Tel: 653 634 714 tel: 658 321 891 or email lennymitchell@live.co.uk

uk manufactured, made to measure, composite & pvc doors & windows with up to 25 years guarantee over 40 styles to choose from with colour options on composite doors

from €595 fully installed

By PERSON: Quesada business centre, calle los arcos 7, quesada

for sale

ELECTRICS & PLUMBING

AWNINGS DIRECT

air conditioning

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email them to: blancasales@soltimes.com

electricians

awnings

• Retractable Awnings Plano • Toldo  (Glorieta) • Balcony Blinds

to place your advertisment....

calle los arcos 7, quesada business centre

‫٭‬30 day free trial-money back guarantee ‫٭‬free no obligation hearing tests ‫٭‬fully qualified UK dispenser 95 4 ‫٭‬Michael Burke RHAD MAHA € m ro

f Tel: 698 418 642 www.prestigeguides.com/hearing

607 346 658 + 665 786 226

info.pianoman@gmail.com plastering

English Plasterer internal finishing, external rendering, 15 years experience, good rates. Call Chris 671 444 246 email: c_pettit@hotmail.co.uk

recruitment earn 200-500€ part time per month, Independent distributors required to run home based business, flexible opportunity with well established PLC, call 618 990 571 or register at www.thevistagroup.info

Beautician wanted

(hair qualifications are an advantage) for part time employment with view to progressing to full time. Busy Mazarron salon English speaking. Additional training given to the right applicant. Email cv to janes.salon.bolnuevo@gmail.com

After school position also available In 2013 with training and progression to the right applicant. send CV now gandjhutton@hotmail.com

Kleeneze catalogue staff wanted call

611 611 858 great way to earn extra cash today


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property for sale

removals

Linen Mills

FOR SALE

VANTASTIC 3.5 tonne removals or Apartment (Top floor / Penthouse) Almoradi, any handyman & Costa Blanca van service Also 4 Bed, 2 Bath, Large Terrace, Lounge, Sep Spain-UK tel: 693 Kitchen, Utility Room, Communal Solarium, 251 562 e mail: davendonc@aol. Lift, Furnished inc. White Goods, UK TV , 90m² Interior Living Space plus, 15m² Terrace / com 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

Express

LWB Sprinter van going from south to North of the UK & back every 2 weeks, based near Murcia Airport. Tel: 610 846 260/ 0044 7519 186 355. or email: van.man@ hotmail.co.uk

UK Spain Uk

CALL

Price (Private Sale)

€ 79,950

Tel: (0034) 676 534 978

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pets

Selling Homes In Spain Since 2001 WE URGENTLY REQUIRE PROPERTIES IN COSTA BLANCA / COSTA CALIDA FOR OUR SERIOUS CASH BUYERS...!

RING NOW 0034 966 733 079 FOR AN APPOINTMENT

RENTAL PROPERTIES URGENTLY REQUIRED in Cabo Roig/Villamartin, Orihuela Costa & Costa Calida

We have clients enquiring in this area

Contact CASASOL REAL ESTATE

tel: 965 325 601 Email:

tony@casasolrealestate.com

Cortijo for sale in Los Gallardos area, 4 beds, 2 bath, open living plan area, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back, Mountain views, great family home or possible B& B 160,000€ Email thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

property services

1 bedroom apartment on Cortijo Grande Golf Course. New kitchen & white goods Lovely views. Parking. Close to Mojacar. All legal with paperwork.

€49,950

664 291 793

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FINCA LA CASTELLANA ANIMAL WELFARE CENTRED San Miguel de Salinas Here at the Finca we have many different dogs all of which have unique personalities and histories to match but with one thing in common, all of them are looking for a loving home. Should you be able to re-home, foster or sponsor one of the adorable dogs please contact Eleanor 677-381-111 Sandy: Sandy is an 18 month old lab/x puppy. Sandy was found roaming the street of Quesada. After a spell in hospital Sandy is hale and hearty, having been chipped and inoculated by the vet as a sound dog, all Sandy now needs is a loving home could you adopt or foster Sandy?

For Sale

902 750 190

simply removals Spain ‹ UK › Spain • Full & Part Loads • Local-No jobs too small • Pets Welcome • Experienced owner/driver (Playa Flamenca)

Missy is a bundle of fluff, 12 weeks old Collie cross, good with cats, dogs, and children she will make a great addition to your family. Call: 620 481 137

Tel: 603 192 957/966 848 607

UK: 00 44 790 519 8895 MEL LANDON melvyynleo@yahoo.com

removals low cost spain - uk - uk - spain local moves full or part loads pets welcome

brian Playa Flamenca Tel: 965 326 920 666 847 648 email: beechdale@hotmail.co.uk

LowCostaMoves UK and Spain

we shift most things

Anthony Foster Local moves & deliveries Playa Flamenca

Mob: 616820232 0044 7976367559 tony-foster@live.co.uk

professional& experienced man & large van

for hire

local deliveries, pick ups & removals call robbie

Midge is a female tabby. We think she was Born in 2006. She was abandoned by Brandy is her English owners approx 4 when they returned to months old the U.K. She has been and in urgent blood tested for aids and leukaemia and is in need of a new good health. Midge is a home. She friendly girl and needs is a happy a new loving, secure girl, good with other dogs and cats home of her own.The K9 and will be medium size when fully Club 633 936 501 grown. Call: 966 725 975 www.k9club.es www.petsinspain.com info@ E-mail:  petsinspain.info k9clubinfo@gmail.com

security

644 131 825 Neighbourhood Watch

UK - SPAIN - UK From a parcel to a small house move

Professional,Friendly & Caring Fully insured, scheduled monthly door to door service

uk@fmtransport.co.uk www.fmtransport.co.uk +44 (0) 1582 499 836 +44 (0) 7977 754 389

in Spain

Contact & information on our website www. nhwinspain.com or Geoff Salter Telephone 620417777


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satellite tv

wigs

cars for sale

Vehicles registration

Vehicles wanted

Rainbow Satellites for all your TV needs with clients all over the Murcia Region. Contact Matt or Alan 686 358 475 or rainbowsats@terra.es

S a l o n Margarethas 24 years in Torrevieja hair/ wig specialist for medical illness and hair loss problems. We offer different hair replacements, top fillers, hair prostheses, toupees & wigs. Natural & artificial hair & much more. Also f a s h i o n / f e s t i va l accessories. TV/ TS are welcome to our service. Call Margaretha on 966 921 846 for an appointment.

Looking for a car

“RE-PLATE” MATE

WANTED

swimming pools

Swimming Pool Maintenance • weekly cleaning visits • private & communal • repairs & re-grouts

661 208 917

www.swimmingpoolmaintenance.eu swimming pool safety NEATER HEATER See our main advert on the news pages

wanted

Wanted

Scrap Gold Cash paid for all gold, jewellery or exchange for new

we have a good selection of LHD & RHD vehicles available for sale or exchange. Telephone

600 726 221 / 965 687 976 www.fwreurocars.com

CALL SOLTIMES CLASSIFIED 902 750 190 ext 330

vehicles wanted

JT METAL RECYCLING NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL IN THE REGIONS OF MURCIA

The Treasure Chest: 966 718 100 or 966 765 374

Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility. We also take Certificates issued House & garden fridges, washing cle arances machines, , skips supp lied microwaves, CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, all electrical TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY appliances

WANTED

wanted

dead or ali ve

Spanish or English Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL

don’t i’ll chuck ta k e it it

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

car parts

Spring cleaning, decluttering, moving or just have too much.

Car parts

Need quality new parts for any car

Ring Bill 676 527 348 for sensible prices on all parts or Rita 676 527 186 Clutches, Brakes, alternators, service kits we are interested in your unwanted items including bric a Brac electricals and small furniture. Also Light Removals.

GB

Starter Motors, headlights

Free quote go online or phone www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

CALL

SOLTIMES CLASSIFIED

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The unique 100-year-old Silver Ghost manages 15 miles to the gallon and is said to still be capable of “cruising” at 60mph. Known as “The Corgi” after the toy maker copied it for a range in the 1960s, the car was originally bought in 1912 for about £1,000. It has now gone under the hammer for £4,705,500; the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction. The lengthy sale saw two enthusiasts “duelling” for the car, with the bidding going up in increments of £100,000. Those present at the Bonhams sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed were said to have looked on in hushed tones, breaking out in spontaneous applause when the hammer finally fell. The car was sold following the death of its American owner and will be leaving these shores again to be with its new anonymous buyer. The Rolls-Royce was originally bought by John M Stephens of South Croydon. who employed the best coach-making company, Barker and Co. Ltd, to do the bodywork. The result was an astonishing vehicle that has amazingly survived a century and is still in perfect condition today. Many other Rolls-Royce cars of this era were converted into ambulances and other types of emergency vehicle during World War One. This example is said to still be purring smoothly, with a 7.3 litre, six cylinder engine and doing about 15 miles to the gallon. It was sold after the death in a road accident of its owner, the famed US collector John O’Quinn, and made a grand total of £4,705,500. Still capable of cruising at 50 or 60mph, the veteran vehicle was so desirable that enthusiasts from around the world were bidding on it. Experts were confidant that the car would make £2m but the price paid was well above estimate. The Rolls-Royce still had its headlights, carriage lights, rear lights and inflatable tyres, and it still runs almost silently. The bodywork was designed for comfort, not speed, and the elegance of the Silver Ghosts created the great name of the motor firm. James Knight, from Bonhams, said: “This was a surprise to us - we thought it would make around £2m. There were three bidders then one of them dropped out at £2.3 million and we thought it would end there at about our estimate. But then another bidder entered and both were in the room on the phone to their principals. It went up in increments of £50,000, and then £100,000, and then back down to £50,000. It went on and on and on and was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed. It was pure theatre. “Everyone there was very respectful and kept quiet and when the price reach a milestone, like three million, there was an intake of breath, then some murmuring, then silence. “The bidders were duelling and when the hammer came down there was spontaneous applause. It was fitting because the car is celebrating her centenary. And the car will be leaving these shores. Back in the days when this was made, customers would buy the engine and chassis and would employ coach builders to do the bodywork. “The first owner of this car hired the best coach builders of the day and the car epitomises the upper echelons of Edwardian society. “The quality of this car is great - so great that in the 1960s Corgi designed a toy car based on it. It subsequently acquired the nickname The Corgi Rolls-Royce. “Most Rolls Royce cars of this age have lost their coachwork. Many were adapted in the First World War for use as ambulances. “When this was new it would probably have been driven by a chauffeur and there is no seat next to his. “Speed was a secondary consideration after quality, but it would have cruised at 50 or 60mph, but could have gone faster. “You have to remember that roads in those days were not like the ones we have today and the ride would be much smoother on modern roads. It is a heavy car with leaf spring suspension which was similar to the suspension on coaches that were pulled by horses. The car has graced some of the great collections and has a superb provenance. It has been restored and can be used - but probably sparingly.”


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This past week saw me returning to Britain for my big brother’s funeral. What an inspiration, and what a loss to society he’s been. A brilliant mind, Michael qualified as a Doctor just prior to his 21st birthday and after a period working as a GP, he settled in Medical Research at Cardiff University. His research has, I’m told, been pivotal in developing understanding and treatment of both Asthma and Heart Disease, but he will doubtless be remembered best for the evidence he collected in the 80s, proving the benefits of a daily glass of red wine. My brother, Michael Burr, officially retired in 2002, but continued working both at hospital and University on a voluntary basis, continuing his research, without any remuneration, simply because of the benefit he believed it could bring to others. Sadly two years ago, he noticed an “ulcer” beneath a tooth, that his dentist was reluctant to remove, which subsequently proved to be cancerous, and despite much surgery and other treatment, he was eventually told last Christmas Eve, that there was nothing further could be done and that he probably had just 6 months remaining. Far from giving in and moping, as I may well have done, my brother redoubled his efforts, determined to complete documentation of his latest research project; taking the bus to work each day when he could no longer drive, until in late May, just days after his Golden Wedding, he returned home satisfied that this was now ready for publication. A great man indeed, but a great Christian too, with a deep personal faith, who faced his final months as he had his entire life, a servant of Jesus, entirely confident that his life would continue, without a pause, from the pain and suffering of Earth, to the wonder of being in God’s almighty presence. So no, although I and his family will of course miss him, his funeral was not a time of sorrow and misery, but one of celebration of his life, and rejoicing that he is now with Christ. An inspiration indeed; so join me as I celebrate his most notable research in raising that glass of red wine. Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any who wish to Worship, but further information about the Anglican Church and details of forthcoming events may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

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Maine, has faced some scepticism for the clip, with some viewers asking which ‘child actor’ played his younger self. But he is resolute that it is indeed himself performing for a home video made for his future self. And he added: “I’m not exactly sure what I would say to myself at age 50, though. I’m pretty sure that me in 24 years would hate the current me. “Maybe that’s how we all should strive to live our lives. Strive to make sure future you won’t hate current you and vice versa. “It may help to simply imagine the conversation the two of you would have, if it ever came to that.”

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MAGGOTS END........................................................................ Fairwayz Golf Society..................................................... RODS AND REELS The competition this week was the annual memorial match, held in memory of one of the clubs former anglers and committee member. The venue was the Rio Segura at Murcia. For those who know the venue, the water was right under the road bridge, ie some 18 ins or so higher than normal. Where this water has come from is a mystery to all of us as we have had no rain!!!. Several brave souls managed to drive under the bridge with a few of us deciding to walk to the higher numbered pegs. The river fished reasonably well considering that it was in flood , with all anglers catching fish. Top rods on the day 1st Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using bread with 20.98 kilo’s. 2nd Alan ( The Quiet Man ) Read fishing the feeder using bread with 20.48 kilo’s. 3rd Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the pole using paste

and pellet with 19.85 kilo´s. This week was also the final of the Knockout series. The winners on the day are Lenny Bolton with 14.48 kilo´s Alan Roscoe with 13.50 kilo´s. Terry Screen with 9.48 kilo´s. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen The 5th round of the Summer Series was fished on the 3rd July at the Sweetwater. There was plenty of colour in the water, with a lot of flow. However as soon as the flow stopped so did the fishing. 1st Bill ( The Master ) Reade with 15.06kg on the pole and using corn. 2nd Lenny ( Ex Cultural Attachee ) Bolton fishing the pole using maggot with 14.06 kg. 3rd Bob ( The Major ) Rafferty

fishing the pole using corn with 12.04kg. All details are available from our website www. abbeyangling.com or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 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 : anglerstogether@ hotmail.com TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

On yet another very hot day,we returned to Altorreal,where we were faced with very fast greens but extemely long,punishing grass just off the fairways. Those who had problems finding the fairways would also have probably lost one or two balls. Whilst such conditions can possibly be justified during such hot weather,they do little to speed up the play itself,when individuals have to spend a great deal of time searching for balls that may only be a few inches off the fairway. It was decided to play both the usual individual stableford competition,together with a 1,2,3 team event. The team event was won by Fran Cummins,Phil Bowditch,Peter Jones and Barry Wright with 80 points. First in the Gold category was Ali Rich,resplendent in his all red outfit with 32 points,with Peter Jones runner up with 29

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Front & back nines were won by Steve Hamilton and John Saunders with 17 & 14 points respectively Nearest the pin and longest drive winners were Peter Jones & Geoff Branton In the Silver category,Phil Bowditch won with 36 points and Stuart Taylor came second

with 34 points . Front nine was won by Bill Elrick with 18 points and back nine by Malcom Lawrence with 15 points, Dave Bishop won the nearest the pin and Harry Hunter the longest drive. The 2’s kitty remained intact,and will rollover to our next event at Vistabella on Thursday 19th.July.First tee off at 0930 hrs.

La siesta.................................................................................................................... Over the weekend of 30 June and 1 & 2 July La Siesta hosted their second Triples Competition. With twenty-four teams from nine different clubs the wealth of experience was in plentiful supply. The weather was extremely hot and humid making for a very tiring weekend. The game was played on a round robin basis with each team playing two games of twelve ends on days one and two and one game of twelve ends preceding the semi finals and finals on day three. After the first two days there were

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still several teams who could qualify for the semi finals and therefore every game was important to win. The four semi finalists teams were; Brian and Pat Harman with Jenny Bowman, Keith and June Jones with Maggie Furniss, both teams from Vistabella, Ian Kenyon, Gail Watson and Fred Willshire from Greenlands and Joy and Brian Gardiner with Jean Cooper from La Siesta. After two good semi finals the final was between Brian and Pat Harman with Jenny Bowman and Joy and Brian Gardiner with Jean Cooper.

With only nine ends to be played no one could afford to fall behind. After nine very good ends the winners were Brian and Pat Harman with Jenny Bowman. Prize money, Certificates and the Trophy were presented by Natasha from Avalon, one of our Competition sponsors. We would like to thank both our Sponsors, Avalon and Quesada Fish and Chips for their support. We also wish to thank all the players for the participation, the supporters who came to support their teams, everyone who donated raffle prizes and

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TORREGOLF.EU at Altorreal Golf Friday 6th July................................. Today saw us back at this lovely course just north of the city of Murcia to play our usual Stableford competition. With very little breeze to cool everyone down in the severe heat it was going to be a hard day, WRONG, because 14 players recorded more than 30 points. Results were as follows nearest the pins Hole 5 Geoff Betts. Hole 8 Mick Gossage. Hole 10 Mark Palmer. Hole 17 Mike Zebadee. The winners of our Stableford game being: Category 1. 1st. Geoff Betts 40 points. 2nd.Phil Brigham 36 on c/b from Chris Butler. Category 2. 1st.Vince Lannon 43 points. 2nd.Alan Darby 32 and 3rd. Reg Palmer 31. Catedory 3.1st. Mike Zebadee 40 points. 2nd. Peter Kerr 30

3rd.Roger Twigg 30. Best front 9. Geoff Betts 23 points Best back 9. Vince Lannon 22 points Incident of the Day….Alan Moody on the 13th.Hole hit his tee shot into trees on the left hand side and finished up in a ditch some 2+ feet deep with his ball hard up against the edge of the ditch. Not playable, but Alan said give me an 8 iron and proceeded to balance on the edge of the ditch hardly able to reach the ball and proceeded to hit the ball not only out of the ditch but miss all the trees and finish up just off the fairway with and easy shot to the green and then made a comment “should have taken a 7 iron”. While talking about Alan he also was able to complete

another mission while here on the Costa Blanca, his brother died 2 years ago and just before he passed away they played a round of golf at Villamartin which he loved and Alan on his visit now was able to deposit his ashes behind the 13th.green and complete something he has wanted to do for the last 24 months.

Our football scratch cards on the day each winning 20 Euros goes to 1. Paul Looseley

and 2. Alan Moody Our next outing is back to our home course El Plantio on the 24th.July followed by Font del Llop on the 5th. August both with rates that are perhaps some of the cheapest on the Costa’s. If interested in joining our golf club and maybe follow the exploits of CD Montesinos in their quest for promotion in the new season then contact David Winder at davidwinder. torregolf@gmail.com or call him on 626 774 157.

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Gallard and Pete Ramsden a guest well done to both of you they finished on a score of 62.5. With Paul Matthews and Ian Smith on 66.0 they just held of Dave Archer and Bob Gallard on 66.7. The next society game is on Wednesday 18th July 2012 at Saurines DE La Torre the format is Individual stableford. First Tee 10.00am.

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Alenda Golf Course 6th July 2012 We played our fourth monthly stable ford competition today at Alenda , with 21 players , as usual at Alenda we had a very warm and welcome greeting . I have to say that the fairways were in exceptional condition and the greens first class but required to be treated with respect , although the conditions were ideal for golf our best card in was 35 points , having said that in most cases the pins were tucked away and not always easily accessible , making things more difficult . Alenda as the norm with most courses gave us some complimentary golf , for either our Captain or secretary ,

however we always use the cash from any of these free games towards our prize money . On to our winners , our nearest the pins were , on hole 3 Alan Gifford , hole 5 Terry Pocock , hole 13 Alex Humphries and on hole 16 Nikki Ead , they all received a sleeve of 3 Wilson Staff golf balls which were purchased from Alenda’s golf shop , the runner up today was Alan Gifford with 34 points receiving a cash prize of é15 and our winner was Alex Humphries with 35 points receiving a cash prize of é25. Barry Grinsell secretary Busters Golf Society

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The Torrevieja Swimming Club has had a very busy weekend competing in 3 different competitions in Valencia and Villena. Zoe Connolly had qualified throughout the year for the 2 day event, the 34th Jose Sagreras Trophy, the national competition for 10 and 11 year olds in Xirivella, Valencia. Emma Cagigao qualified to swim in the two day Regional Junior and Absolute Chamionships that took place in the Park West Complex, Valencia and the rest of the swimming club travelled to Villena, Alicante, for the 22nd City of Villena Trophy competition. Throughout the weekend Zoe and Emma worked hard in all their races, Emma, competing against 32 other regional clubs, swam 100m and 200m backstroke followed by outstanding swims in the 200m medley 2:41:13 and 100 freestyle 1:05:02 placing her 3rd for her age in the freestyle. At the same time in Xirivella , Zoe competed in the national competition against swimmers from 65 clubs across the whole of Spain. After swimming in the heats Zoe managed to qualify in each of her events for the finals. Zoe worked hard and gained 7th in the 100m backstroke final 1:24:19, 12th in the 200m medley final 3:03:18 and 13th in her 100m butterfly final 1:31:25. In the Villena Trophy the rest of the To r r e v i e j a Swimming Club were fighting hard against 13 other clubs in the area and won 2 gold medals, a silver and bronze medal. Gold medals

were won by Yuriy Lymar in the boys Absolute 100m freestyle 1:02:48 and Piroska Rideg in the girls Alevin 100m freestyle 1:10:09. Silver medal was won by Yovanna Arguelles in the girls Absolute 100m freestyle 1:08:41 and the final medal of the day was an outstanding team effort by the boys Benjamin 4 x 50 medley relay winning bronze medals with Timofey Pykin swimming backstroke, Kasper Goliszek breaststroke, Bastian Martinez butterfly and Jonathan Izquierdo freestyle. The Torrevieja swimming club is always looking to invite new members. The club meets each evening, in three sessions, Monday to Friday between 5.30pm and 9pm. The club trains in the 50m pool at the Palacio de Deportes Infanta Cristina, Torrevieja. For more information regarding Torrevieja Swimming Club please contact Eddie Cagigao on 637869602, Rosa 665454126 or President Felipe on 609418776 or by e-mail on ecagigao@hotmail.com or at info@clubnataciontorrevieja. com

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QUESADA GOLF SUPER LEAGUE...... MATCH 5 SAURINNES DE LA TORRE 2ND JULY 2012 This was match 5 and the penultimate match of the Quesada Golf Super League in what has been a highly successful first season. Where all the players have enjoyed golf at reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere. Scores over the five month period have been consistently high and the difference between winning or losing has often been down to a single point. Today’s match was played at the delightful Saurinnes de la Torre course where the greens were running true and with the sand, water and desert all coming into play, and the fairways being split with grassy, sandy hillocks makes it very much a thinking course, and the level of difficulty high. To this avail the high scores still came and the eventual winners making 44 points, congratulations. Our thanks to the green keeping staff for a course in very good condition. With everybody finished we journeyed back to Championes Bar for the presentation and meal. Our thanks to the staff for their hospitality. Scores as below. The League is now starting to put together the venues for next season, so if there are any golf societies within the Quesada and local areas wishing to apply for entrance to the League please contact Ian on 966 718 361 or 671 281 361 or Mike on 965 725 455 or 650 826 952 or by

email quesadagolfleague@ mail.com or web site www. quesadagolfleague.webs.com SAURINNES DE LA TORRE 2ND JULY 2012 TEAM SCORES: Benijofar GS Andy Trefry / Paul Whatley 41 points Colin Edwards / Steve Edwards 42 points Carol Firth / Bill Fantom 41 points John Kemp /John McMillan 42 points Bar Sonia GS Arthur Williams / Ken Hopkins 35 points Geoff Wild / Malcolm Wood 33 points Merv Williams / Rodney Smith 37 points Peter Nichols / Tony Wilson 31 points Lunes GS Brian Abbott / Jeff Creswell 35 points Phil Docherty / Dave Mace 40 points Tony Simmonds / Keith Lowe 39 points Roger King / Norman Wood 44 points Claptons GS David Gray / Willie Buchanan 43 points Dave Smith / Mick O’Grady 37 points Chris Gridley / Peggy Hamilton 36 points Ian Faulkner / Mike Wyatt 39 points

Lo Crispin Golf Society Lorca Trip - 4-5 July 2012

You should have been there, you missed a real treat, a two day visit to Lorca Golf Course and Aguilas. This was the Society’s first trip away staying the night at the Puerto Juan Montiel Hotel and Spa in Aguilas, where the Castle of St John of the Eagles overlooks the town and beaches. The Lorca course is difficult, demanding accuracy with many long carries over ravines, but the format was a 4-man Texas Scramble Medal which made the day less stressfull. A shotgun start was organised so everyone could finish at the same time and get back to the hotel to enjoy the facilities and town. Ian Carmichael was so eager to get started that he left his phone on the driving range and also proceeded to drive his buggy into a waste bin but he was with Brian Coultate who is used to this sort of thing! On the 18th hole, Meirion Roberts drove down the 9th and choose to play that ball, instead of the one in the middle of the 18th fairway, it must have been the heat that got to him. To spice up the day a raffle was run to guess the number balls lost, the number was 100 guessed by John B. Henderson and Tony Rowley. The presentation was made at the course and

the winning teams were: 1st: Colin Ranson, Steve Cosgrove, John Henderson and David Dodd with 58.3 2nd: Brian Coultate, Paul Flanaghan, Ian Carmichael and Mark Good with 58.6 3rd: Bill Mackay, Martin Collins, Don Oliver and Geoff Dowsett with 61.3 NTPs: 4th Brian Coultate, 8th Harry Wilcock, 10th Danny McErlean and 12th Bob Berry. So whilst the golfers were away the ladies were enjoying the Spa treatments at the hotel and after much hilarity we emerged relaxed and hungry so a nice lunch and bottle of wine completed the treatment. Many thanks to David Dodd who did the hard work in organising this event and a special thank you from the Ladies who lunch and spa, you can be our front man anytime. The day finished in good style with a buffet dinner and plenty of wine and then there was this nice little bar over the road for a nightcap, great day. If this account has sparked interest in our Society then you can found out about us at http://sites.google.com/site/ locrispingolf/ or email us on LCGSinfo@gmail.com. Go on, I am sure you will like us.

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