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Flights to England, Holland and Ireland are those currently most affected.
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AENA, the Spanish Airports Authority, has said that the cloud reduced air traveller numbers by 8.6% during April, compared to the same month last year, after the first three months of the year had
Curiously cargo flights were not affected with volume up 39.3% on last year and 111 additional cargo flights seen in April at Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Vitoria airports.
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It comes as the United Nations has joined Zapatero’s Alliance of Civilisations Spain is to become a member of the United Nations Council on Human Rights for the first time. It’s the main international body which has the job of evaluating fundamental rights around the world. The Spanish candidacy was supported by 177 of the 192 countries in the United Nations. An earlier application by Spain in 2008 was defeated by a single vote. Also chosen for the first time on Thursday were Guatemala and Ecuador. Meanwhile the United States has joined up to the United Nations ‘Alliance of Civilisations’, the group which was
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two main parties has now widened to 9.1%. Meanwhile the Minister for Development, José Blanco, has called for a ‘proportional response’ from the unions, which have already organised demonstrations and a general strike from public workers.
The Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has been defending the Government’s austerity plans, and has said that he has the responsibility of thinking of the country and not of himself. He said that he understood how the measures, which he described as ‘harsh but necessary’ will have an impact in the support for the Government.
ALBOX The water problems in the north of Albox are set to be improved this month. The action focuses specifically on the construction of pipelines, water treatment stations and reservoirs suppling drinking standard water. The main areas to benefit are the Fuente del Mojon neighborhoods, Llano del Espino, Llano de las Animas, Rambla en Medio Saliente Pocicas, Fuente del Carmen, etc. The work will extend through the Rambla de Oria, Albox and Saliente, coming together at Llano de los Olleros. Two tanks will be built, one in each zone, with a total capacity of 4,500 cubic metres. Water will be transported via nearly 50 miles of pipeline. Albox’s Mayor, José García, said that this was one of the most important projects to be undertaken in Albox, will end a historical problem in this municipality, and will give the residents of these areas a water supply to their homes.
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Zapatero was speaking after the EU-Mexico summit held in Comillas, where he was asked about the measures by the journalists present. An opinion poll showed that the gap between the
The Partido Popular have been continuing to criticise the plans, with party leader Mariano Rajoy saying they do not go far enough, and saying that pensioners should not have been hit – ‘Let them look pensioners in the eye’, say the PP. Zapatero has responded to those attacks by underlining that, taking this legislature as a whole, pensions have not been cut, because of the increases above inflation granted in previous years. The measures were welcomed as being ‘brave and necessary’ by the European Council President, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso.
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The merger between the Unicaja and Cajasur savings banks in Andalucía is now entering the final stages, but still depends on an agreement on staffing levels where 57 million € a year in personnel costs has to be found. Press reports indicate that the two banks are putting 200 million € on the table for the purpose and anyone who accepts early retirement is being offered 200,000 € on average. A report for the banks drawn up by Boston Consulting Group concluded that 1,224 jobs have to be lost. The Bank of Spain says it wants the deal in place by May 21, and that means that the boards of both banks must approve it by then. Cajasur, based in Córdoba and still controlled by the Catholic Church, is expected to see losses this year of 500 million. Union UGT has called for an end to what it called the ‘immoral privileges’ of the Catholic Church in the banking sector.
ALBOX The Deputy Social Welfare Officer of Almería, Maria Lopez Cervantes, has signed a two-year extension of contract with Clece, the home-help service in Almería for municipalities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. She expressed satisfaction with the service provided by the company, saying that they are managed by great professionals and offer efficient work. Their manager, Javier Gallego, said that Clece serves about 1,400 people in 65 municipalities. Clece, as of March this year employs 720 people, 90% of them are people from the municipality itself, who have been selected and trained by the company.
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Before the public sector workers general strike, called for June 2, the UGT union is calling for demonstrations from public workers in all provincial capitals on May 20th. This call is supported by other unions CCOO, the CSIF Civil Servants Union, the SUP Police Union and the Unified Association from the Guardia Civil.
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Enrique Fossoul, General Secretary of the Citizens’ Services Federation of the CCOO said that they are ‘criminalising’ the civil servants because 90% of public sector workers earn less than 1,500 €. He also expressed concern to the fact that the Government has opened the door to more adjustments, and lamented that now it was the ‘speculators’ who are dictating Spanish economic policy.
The Chairman of the CEOE Employers’ Organisation, Gerardo Díaz Ferrán, met with the Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon, with Jesús Bárcenas, the President of the CEPYME small business group. He said that the Government should be allowed to govern, and distanced himself from the unions. ‘The country should come together and look for solutions’, he said. He also suggested that the Government could cut subsidies for those public services which are not free at point of use.
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He described the new measures announced by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as an opened door which would be difficult to close. The unions found support from the IU left wing coalition. Their general coordinator, Cayo Lara, said that a
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Speaking last Thursday, the Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, has said that taxes will not increase, for now. However other Ministers have failed to give that undertaking to the media, leading to reports of a lack of coordination over the planned measures.
British Paedophile Arrested In Barcelona Martin Anthony Smith has been on the run from the U.K. for the past two years
One of Britain’s most wanted paedophiles, 45 year old Martin Anthony Smith, originally from North Shields, has been arrested in Barcelona. New of his arrest by the Catalan police, Los Mossos d’Esquadra, last Friday in the HortaGuinardó district of the city has just been released. The man, who has claimed to be a medium in the past, is accused of several sexual aggressions between 1995 and
2005 and is also accused of repeatedly raping his step-daughter. He has been living in Barcelona for the past two years that he has been on the run from the British authorities. They had thought that he was in Spain with his wife and daughter, and included him in their Operación Captura campaign. He will now be extradited back to the UK to face justice.
SOLTIMES MAY 2010
The Ramones Kick Off Spanish Tour 14 years after disappearing off the rock scene, mythical punk rock band The Ramones has been brought back to life again by the sole surviving founder member
Drummer Marky Ramone started an eight-gig tour with ‘The Blitzkrieg’ in Palma on 13th May, performing all the band’s classic hits. More than a decade after The Ramones’ last concert in Los Angeles in 1996, Marky Ramone has decided to give new life to the distinctive punk rock sound that made the band from Queens so famous and that inspired entire generations of rock musicians. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, The Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom. They performed 2,263 concerts,
touring virtually non stop for 22 years. By a little more than eight years after the breakup, the band’s three founding members — lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone — had all died. In ‘The Blitzkrieg’ former lead singer of the Misfits, Michael Graves, will take on the task of replacing Joey Ramone, accompanied by Alex Kane on guitar and Clare B on bass. The Ramones formed in Queens, New York in 1974. Marky Ramone, whose real name before changing it to take on the band ‘surname’ was Marc Bell, joined the group in
Telefonica Reports Slight Profit Gain Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica reported a 2.0 percent gain in first quarter net earnings Thursday, as well as a slide in operating profit, and maintained its targets for this year. The company said net earnings came to 1.656 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) compared with first quarter 2009 while operating profit before depreciation fell 4.1 percent to 5.114 billion euros. Sales in the first three months of the year totaled 13.932 billion euros, a gain of 1.7 percent from the first quarter of 2009. “First quarter results are in line with the company’s expectations and allow it to reiterate all financial targets for 2010,” Telefonica said in a statement.
Spain Unveils Cabin To Recharge Electric Car Batteries Spain has unveiled a telephone box in which users can both make a phone call and recharge the battery of an electric car The cabin in a Madrid suburb close to the headquarters of the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica has the appearance of a normal telephone box but is also equipped with electric sockets that can be used for recharging. The dual-purpose phone cabin, the first of its kind, has been developed by Telefonica and electricity company Endesa, a statement said. Spain’s socialist government wants to see up to 250,000 electric cars on the country’s roads by 2014.
European Spies Meet In Secret
News of the secret meeting held earlier this month has only just emerged It’s been revealed that 29 European spy chiefs met secretly in Madrid last May 5 in what was the least publicised summit organised as Spain’s six month Presidency of the EU continues. There were no press releases or photographs to emerge from the meeting which was held in Alcalá de Henares, and the Presidency website overlooked the event. It was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, and saw the chiefs of the British MI5, the German BIV, the French DCRI, the Italian AISI and the Spanish CNI, among others. The 29 who attended represented the secret services of all the EU countries with the exceptions of Norway and Switzerland. The meeting, which coincided with the frustrated attack in Times Square in New York, has the threat from Islamic terrorism as its central talking point.
1978, before “Road to Ruin” was recorded. His history with the band was chequered, having been expelled by the other members after recording “Subterranean Jungle” in 1983 because of his problems with alcohol and he did not rejoin them until 1987, in time to record “Brain Drain”. In total, he played on 15 of the 21 albums recorded by the band. The Ramones’ Spanish tour now moves on to Cornellà, Castellón, Alicante, Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza before ending iny Pamplona on May 22nd.
Spain’s ‘Superjudge’ Baltasar Garzón Is Suspended The judge has been removed from his post as the case against him investigating disappearances during the Franco years has put him on the accused bench of the Supreme Court where he faces charges of perversion of the course of justice
National Court judge Baltasar Garzón has been suspended from his position by the General Council for Judicial Power, who told the judge of their unanimous decision on Friday afternoon. All 27 members of the council and the President approved the measure. It’s a temporary suspension which is in force while the Supreme Court case against him, in charges of perversion of the course of justice proceeds as a result of Garzón starting an investigation into the disappearances of people during the Franco years. The prosecutor alleges that the judge knowingly acted beyond his remit and responsibilities by opening the case. Garzón heard of the decision while he was taking the declaration of a person in another case, when several judges came into his office to offer their condolences. El Mundo reports that Garzón was crying when he left the Audiencia building to the applause of his colleagues.
Garzón’s wife, Rosario Molina, also went to the court as the news broke.
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A dozen or so people protesting at the decision gathered outside the National Court shouting ‘We want justice’ and ‘You fascists are the terrorists’.
22 years and seven months of service in the National Court was ended in less than three hours by the CGPJ, the body which oversees the judiciary in Spain. They considered that the move was necessary following the decision of the Supreme Court judge, Luciano Varela, to open the oral case against Garzón.
Many intellectuals and others have already come out in defence of the judge following the news of his suspension, Almudena Grandes, and Pedro Almodóvar for example, who have voiced an increasing unease and lack of confidence in the judicial system. A protest has already been called for 8pm Friday evening outside the National Court, followed by weekly demonstrations in the Puerta del Sol in the centre of Madrid, in solidarity with the victims of the Civil War and
A statement from the Government asked for people to continue to respect the presumption of innocence. The CGPJ are now reported to be considering whether Garzón’s application to accept a post as external advisor in the International Criminal Court in The Hague can proceed or not
Carlos Fabra Failed To Declare 3.6m € To Hacienda The PP President of Castellón has been suspected of fiscal crime for some time
Hacienda technicians have drawn up a report on the assets of the PP President of the Diputación de Castellón, Carlos Fabra, has indicated that he has committed five fiscal crimes between 1999 and 2003. They say he failed to pay 900,000 € owed in tax, and committed another fraud worth 94,000 in 2004. In total his unjustified earnings are 3.6 million. His wife should also have
paid hacienda 1.7 million between 1999 and 2004. Fabra’s claim that he had taken the money out of cash dispensers to pay into other accounts has been dismissed by Hacienda for one simple reason – Cash machines only give 50 € notes, but many of his payments into other accounts were made in 100€, 200 € and 500 € notes. Meanwhile
from the Supreme Court to the Valencia High Court to reopen the case against the PP leader in Valencia, Francisco Camps, who faces charges of passive bribery for accepting gifts in the Gürtel case, is reported to have resulted in splits in the regional party. Several top members are reported by El País to be expressing their concern in private, and the Provincial
President of Alicante, José Joaquín Ripoll, has confirmed he failed to appear at the executive meeting called last Wednesday to support Camps, but said he had an excuse for his absence. Meanwhile the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has tried to play down those who have named her as Camps obvious successor.
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Euro Falls To Four-Year Low Against Dollar The euro has fallen to a four-year low against the dollar, after being hit by renewed fears over the strength of the eurozone economy. The euro fell to $1.2237, while one pound was worth 1.1702 euros.
euro have begun falling again.
Despite the huge sums of money pledged in support for eurozone countries, severe austerity measures are needed to cut budget deficits and debt.
Italy Fines Ryanair Over Volcano Ash ‘Failings’
Italy has fined Irish low-cost airline Ryanair 3m euros (£2.5m) for failing to help passengers after cancelling their flights during the volcanic ash crisis.
Italy’s civil aviation authority said it knew of 178 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance, such as food, between 17 and 22 April.
Ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano triggered a massive shutdown of European airspace last month. A spokeswoman for Ryanair said the allegation was “complete rubbish”:“Ryanair fully complies with EU [Regulation] 261 and has been complimented by the EU,” she said.
This is affecting the value of the euro as analysts worry the cuts will hold back economic growth in the eurozone.
The ash cloud paralysed many airports and left an estimated eight million tourists and business travellers stranded. Italy’s air agency, Enac, accused Ryanair of failing to provide passengers at Rome’s Ciampino airport with drinks, foods and
John Kyriakopoulos, from the National Australia Bank in Sydney, said: “Concerns that severe fiscal austerity in the eurozone will crush growth in the region continues to weigh (on the euro).”
accommodation as required by European law. Enac found that most other airlines had managed to meet their obligations despite the difficult circumstances. Ryanair initially insisted it would only refund the cost of passengers’ tickets, but later agreed to fully implement European regulations and pay all “reasonable expenses”. Under EU Regulation 261, if a flight is cancelled, those flying with European carriers into or out of the EU have the right to a refund or to be re-routed. If passengers chose the latter, they have the right to care - such as accommodation and meals - while they wait.
US Says BP Move To Curb Oil Leak ‘No Solution’ On F r i d a y, t h e r e w e r e sharp falls in European s t o c k markets, with Spain’s stock market dropping 6.6% and France main share index down 4.6%.
Earlier this month, the European Union and International Monetary Fund agreed a package worth 750bn euros to try to prevent the Greek crisis from spreading to other weak eurozone economies. But despite the initial euphoria that greeted that announcement, fears have returned and shares and the
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The success of a move by oil giant BP to curb a leak in the Gulf of Mexico is “not clear” and the technique provides “no solution”, the US has said.
It was responding to BP’s move to siphon oil from the leaking well head to a tanker on the surface. A government statement said it would not rest until the leak was permanently sealed and the spill cleaned up. BP executive Kent Wells earlier said that the siphoning process was “working extremely well”. This was the third attempt it had made to insert a long narrow tube into the leaking pipe, using underwater robots. It is thought that BP’s 6in-wide (15cm) tube and stopper could capture more than three-quarters of the leak, although a smaller spill nearby also has to be contained.
Mr Wells said on Sunday at the firm’s US headquarters in Houston, Texas, that over the next few days the company planned to slowly increase the amount of oil and gas flowing through the pipe to the tanker. But a joint statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said the latest technique was “not a solution to the problem and it is not yet clear how successful it may be”. It added: “We will not rest until BP permanently seals the well head, the spill is cleaned up, and the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast are restored and made whole.”
It was the second strong statement to BP by the government officials on the current crisis. Earlier they sent a letter saying they wanted to be sure BP would honour commitments not to limit costs to a US statutory cap of $75m (£50m). BP responded by saying it had already made clear its position on paying damages for the disaster. It said last week the cap was irrelevant and it would settle all legitimate damages claims. “What they are requesting in the letter is absolutely consistent with all our public statements on the matter,” said BP spokesman David Nicholas.
EU Prepares To Vote On New Hedge Fund Rules A key committee of Euro MPs is preparing to vote on a controversial new directive regulating hedge funds and venture capitalists. London-based fund managers have said the proposals will make it impossible for funds based outside the EU to raise money within Europe. The US government has argued those plans are protectionist.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said in the past that EU plans to regulate the funds could “strangle” London as a financial centre.
The European Parliament’s economics committee is set to vote on the legislation this week, then EU finance ministers will discuss it. The parliament and member states’ governments have equal powers to shape the new regulations.
The legislation seeks to: limit the rewards paid to hedge fund managers; impose new marketing rules on non-EU hedge funds in Europe and on EU hedge funds investing outside of the EU; ban naked short-selling - that is, selling shares that the seller does not yet possess. The legislation also seeks to curb highly-leveraged funds - that is, funds that borrow a high multiple of their capital to increase the size of their investment.
Hedge funds use sophisticated, complex investment strategies to make returns, and often make money when markets are falling. They are more important to the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe. It is estimated that 80% of Europe’s hedge funds are based in London, and about a quarter of the world’s such businesses.
The EC wants new rules to overcome what it sees as gaps and inconsistencies in existing, national regulatory frameworks. It has already delayed one vote - taking it off the agenda at a meeting in March after Britain’s former Prime Minister Gordon Brown persuaded EU officials that more time was needed to reach a consensus.
Britain’s new government wanted to delay the vote, but a report suggests efforts failed.
SOLTIMES MAY 2010
George Osborne Promises Spending Cuts Plan Next Week Chancellor George Osborne has said the government will announce next week how it plans to make £6bn in spending cuts this year.
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There will be significant reductions to the costs of quangos and some Whitehall departments, he said. Mr Osborne also pledged to make it harder for the government to “fiddle the figures” by giving up the job of making economic forecasts. The coalition’s emergency Budget will be on Tuesday 22 June, he added. Mr Osborne, in his first speech since becoming chancellor, said the newly formed independent Office for Budget Responsibility would publish economic and fiscal forecasts, rather than the government. He said these forecasts, the first of which will come out before the Budget, would create a “rod for my back down the line and for future chancellors. That’s the whole point.” Mr Osborne said: “This is an enormous
He also said: “I’m absolutely clear that, alongside reform, we can improve the quality of education that people receive and the healthcare that people receive.”
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Mr Osborne said: “The Treasury’s assessment is that there is a strong economic case for an immediate spending reduction of £6bn. So we are in no doubt that this action is advisable. By tackling wasteful spending now rather than later, we can demonstrate our commitment to tackling the deficit.” The chancellor said he would like his first Budget to be about “handing out goodies”, but the UK had to “live within its means”. Lib Dem David Laws, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said the task ahead was “colossal” and that Labour had left the public finances in an “unacceptable” state. The reductions would amount to about 1% of government spending, he added.
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During an interview on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show he commented that deciding to take on brother David for the leadership had been one of the hardest decisions of his life.
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The two Milibands are the first and so far only Labour MPs to have thrown their hat into the ring. They have both promised to reconnect the party with voters and move beyond the Blair/Brown era. Ed Miliband refused to be drawn into commenting on why he thought he would make a better leader than his older, and better known, brother. The former energy and climate change secretary told Andrew Marr: “I would try and bring my sense of idealism and values, my sense of empathy and my ability to reach out and understand people’s lives and my ability to unite the party.” Asked whether he was “more human” than his older brother,
he said: “Honestly that’s all rubbish, one thing I’m not going to do in this contest is mischaracterise my brother because I think he’s got an enormous contribution to make to our country.” He said Labour had lost the support of traditional Labour voters on issues such as immigration but had also “lost the voters that Tony Blair attracted to our party in 1997 and I would want to win them back and I would make that a very important part of my leadership”.
The two brothers have pledged to work together regardless of who wins the leadership. David Miliband told the Observer it was time to for the party to move on from the New Labour, saying tensions between Blairites and Brownites were “gone and over”. “Anyone who thinks that the future is about re-creating New Labour is wrong. I think we’ve got to use this period to decisively break with that. What I’m interested in is Next Labour.”
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From March until May and occasionally early June in the UK we listen to the weather forecast and impatiently await the arrival of spring. It is a provocative time; some weeks full of promise, only to disappoint when the cool winds sweep in from the north east. I wait for a good day in the garden to potter and make a difference; clear out the winter blues and replace with a well-ordered paradise.
When spring gets under way the garden centres are full of busy lizzies with petunias in great demand. Owing to a misunderstanding I have acquired nearly one hundred tiny stubs of busy lizzies and petunias this year. They arrived very fragile, so all the geraniums nursed through the winter have been removed from the window sills to make room for the new arrivals. Looking out through my conservatory glass doors there is a wonderful display of massed white and gold daffodils - in the words of Wordsworth, “A host of golden daffodils swaying and dancing in the breeze” – just coming to the end of their season, allowing space to pot out the summer crop! So much to do when spring starts! At the bottom of the garden the wooden eighteen foot greenhouse, a fixture for nearly fifty years, has once again withstood the winter winds. Although there is a distinct lean to the right all it requires is a still breeze from the west and a slight adjustment on the guy ropes attached to the apple tree to bring things back to normal. My garden shed at long last has had a clear out. I hope the dustman does not ignore the overweight dustbin! An optimistic weather forecast promised well for the week that lay ahead and on Monday I was determined to make a start in the garden. Following a leisurely breakfast I ventured out, the mind and spirit quite willing but the
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A recent survey has revealed that Spain ‘is the highestrated expat destination’, with people, who have moved here expressing a higher level of satisfaction than those living in other countries. The report comes after official figures revealed that more than 200,000 British citizens have chosen to relocate to places such as Spain and Australia. A study revealed that 91% of British expatriates who had relocated to Spain were happy with their new lives. This made it more highly rated than other top destinations such as New Zealand, where 88% of foreign nationals expressed satisfaction with their new home; 86.4% per cent of expats praised Canada, placing it slightly ahead of Australia. The majority of foreigners looking for a place in the Spanish sun still head for the coast. Despite the spectacular amount of development over the last forty years, there still seems to be enough sun, sand and space to go around. The most popular areas tend to be those in close proximity to an airport, the most popular of all remains the Costa del Sol. The Costa Almeria & Calida are, interestingly, still thought of as a relatively undiscovered part of the Spanish coastline, although the Spanish have been holidaying here for years.
Again, thanks to the low cost airlines and new coastal motorways, the area proves popular with British buyers and those already living here are reaping the rewards of improved road networks and retail developments. At present, some five million Britons currently live overseas, while another million are expected to join them in the next five years; so, why are people heading abroad? Experts have stated that the main reason in to escape domestic economic problems. Many British nationals are worried about the growing levels of antisocial behaviour, binge drinking and unaffordable house prices. Many are now entertaining the possibility of relocating abroad in order to get better value for money and improve their quality of life. This may also explain the current popularity of property for sale in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) among Britons. According to figures released from NatWest International, a typical salary in the UAE can be as high as £79,000, whereas the average professional in the UK earns £47,000 a year.
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The first romería brotherhoods were established towards the end of the 17th century, and in 1758 the brotherhood of Almonte drew up the beginnings of the set of rules that we know today. According to these rules, the pilgrims must follow the route either on horseback, on foot or by cart, and they must wear flamenco costume dress. They must accompany the Simpecado, the oxcart that houses the Virgen. The different brotherhoods set out from different parts of Spain, especially from Andalucia, and the village somehow finds room for more than a million pilgrims. A Sunday Mass is held for the multitude in El Real, the site of the romería, with offerings and prayers. The festivities continue as the pilgrims of El Rocio form rings, improvise songs or dance to the sound of a small drum, usually helped along by copious quantities of wine. On the Monday, at dawn, the Salto de la Reja takes place. This is the privilege of the brotherhood of Almonte, as they take the
Virgin out of the shrine and parade her through the crowd who acclaim her as Queen of the marshes, and The White Dove.
on to their shoulders. Then, the portable platform is paraded around the whole village, with a stop at most of the houses of the different brotherhoods until midday on Monday. So, the Virgin goes around the village for twelve long hours until she is returned to her altar and the main part of the pilgrimage ends.
Then the proces sion moves to the headquarters of each of the different brotherh o o d s , where the Salve is sung, until the Virgin is finally taken away again and the festivities
The pilgrimage of El Rocío is an instrumental part of the history and natural surroundings of Doñana. It is , by all accounts, a strange marriage between Europe’s largest pilgrimage and one of the world’s most significant national parks, but with seven centuries of shared tradition and legend bring together a pilgrimage brimming with spirituality and warmth.
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“Shall brothers be for a’that” Robert Burns had books written about it, but it is a competitiveness heavily tinted with good humour and mutual admiration. Not so with the Scots.
There is often a sneering contempt for anything English, and when it comes to football or rugby, then you had better duck, because it is out and out warfare. Perhaps not surprising in view of the one-sided results, but the vehemence and bitterness that spews forth from the fans from north of the border would leave an unbiased observer speechless. And even if the English football team was playing a New Guinea Head Hunters eleven, you can bet your bottom dollar that Hamish and Co will be cheering on the cannibals. If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! But tell me please, what is that about?
According to census figures I was looking at recently, there are just over 5,000,000 people in Scotland – all but 200,000 or so are native Scots. This got me wondering just how many Scots there are outside of their homeland and throughout the rest of the world. I mean, everywhere you go on the planet you will find the Scots. England is awash with them – they are in every street and every village in the land. They are prominent in the media, business and entertainment, and they dominate British politics in Westminster and thereby every facet of our lives. They are a resourceful and talented people. I envy them. Unlike the English they have a strong sense of identity with the
accent easily identifiable and recognised throughout the world. They have the rousing sound of the pipes; porridge; kilts and tartan; Nessie, and a sheep’s stomach filled with offal that they seem to worship every 25th January, and at every other opportunity throughout the year for that matter. And of course the greatest gift to the civilised world – Scotch whisky. The highlands are stunningly beautiful, and Arbroath Smokies are to die for. Why then do the Scots seem preoccupied with forever slandering the English and generally trying to outdo them whenever and wherever possible and in the most vindictive of ways? There has always been a strong competitiveness between the Australians and the English, and a banter that has
We English, on the other hand, have always supported the home countries in their endeavours against foreign opposition, although I sense that in light of this never-ending hostility, this has begun to change. Now look guys, Culloden was 264 years ago and I’m sorry if Edward Longshanks removed William Wallace’s entrails in public, I truly am, it was very unsporting of him. But you don’t hear us slagging off Mel Gibson for leading the slaughter of our blokes at Stirling Bridge. We don’t keep on about the Scots breaking a treaty and invading England in 1513 in order to support their French pals. And you will never hear us gloating
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After two months developing the idea the pair finally had their finished product and the design was so well received that it won the Arthritis Ireland Easy to Use Design Award. The Kug is made up of two cups. The outer cup contains the heating filament and is plugged into a base, powered through mains electricity, while the inner cup contains the liquid.
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“Half the costs of illness are wasted on conditions that could be prevented,” so says an eminent naturopathic doctor, Dr Joseph Pizzorno. Of course not every illness can be prevented, but take heed of these measures, and maybe you can to ward off any bugs that think you are an easy target! As we age (which is unavoidable) our body’s needs change.
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Stress less. In your 30s, you may be coping simultaneously with small children, a career and ageing parents. Learn to calm yourself, and take control of your stress. Learning to relax is not a mystic technique, there are a multitude of self-help books and CDs, as well as professionals who are but a call
away. Use them. Watch your birth control. Have a word with your doctor, especially if you have been using the same oral contraceptive for a period of years. Your body’s hormonal needs change as you reach the thirties, and it may be beneficial to change pills, even if you are experiencing no adverse effects. Of course, if you have any worries, see your doctor immediately.
Get enough calcium. Optimal bone mass is obtained by the age of 30. 80% of osteoporosis sufferers are women. You need to address this now to prevent problems later.
Eat cancer fighting foods such as spinach, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, and selenium rich foods such as sunflower seeds and Brazil nuts. Act now, benefit later! Take care of your skin. This is the age when the dreaded wrinkles begin to appear, because the rate of formation of new skin cells begins to slow down. Don’t stint on moisturisers, cleansers, or sun protection creams.
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Read the label. Your metabolism begins to slow in your 40s – it is at this age that the saying ‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ kicks in. Every four grams of carbohydrates is equal to one teaspoon of sugar, and one 20-ounce bottle of fizzy drink equals 17 teaspoons of sugar. More than 60 physical ailments have been associated with excess sugar intake! Check potential cancer spots. Especially your breasts. If you find any changes, or have any worries at all, ask your doctor to arrange a mammogram. Check your skin. Keep a close watch on any moles or
skin discolourations. Changes in size or shape should be brought to the doctor’s attention, even though they may be completely harmless. Always use a SPF factor 15 or more sun cream. Stretch. Learn some yoga stretches to maintain your flexibility. Do them morning and night. A flexible body is less likely to suffer strains or muscle tears. Your menstr ual cycle may begin to change. Periods may be shorter or longer or change in bleeding profile. This is another area where the doctor’s advice can be really helpful.
Eating nuts can lower cholesterol, say experts Eating nuts may help lower cholesterol levels, US research suggests. The review of 25 studies, involving nearly 600 people, showed eating on average 67g of nuts - a small bag - a day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%. The US Loma Linda University team believes nuts may help prevent the absorption of cholesterol. UK experts said the research showed nuts were an important part of a healthy diet, but warned against eating nuts covered in sugar or salt. Previous work has indicated eating nuts regularly is beneficial, but the Archives of Internal Medicine study set out to put an accurate figure on the effect. The people involved ate 67g of nuts a day on average, over a period of three to eight weeks. As well as improving cholesterol levels, it also reduced the amount of triglyceride, a type of blood fat that has been linked to heart disease. However, the impact was least pronounced among the overweight. It is not yet clear why nuts have this effect, although one suggestion is that it is down to the plant sterols they contain, which are thought to interfere with cholesterol absorption. Lead researcher Joan Sabate said increasing nut consumption as part of a healthy diet should be recommended. He added: “The effects of nut consumption were dose related, and different types of nuts had similar effects.” Ellen Mason, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, agreed, but she urged people to go for unsalted nuts. “Apart from salted peanuts at the pub, nuts in sugary cereals or the traditional Christmas selection, nuts have been largely lacking in our diets in the UK,” she added. The study was carried out by independent researchers, although it was partly funded by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.
IN YOUR FABULOUS 50’S... Don’t mix medicine with alcohol. Did you know that more than 150 medicines are affected by alcohol. Alcohol is not necessary to your life, but your medication may be! Practice your Kegels. Urinary leakage is an unpleasant reality for many women in their 50s. Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles More about this in a later issue. Check your eyesight. Long-term exposure to ultra violet light increases the risk of macular degeneration. Always wear sunglasses that block UV light. Exercise your brain. It has been proved that
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Before you decide on a pair of sunglasses, it is absolutely vital to ensure that your chosen shades have good UV protection. Many eye care professionals believe that exposure to sunlight can contribute to cataracts and other eye disorders, so be sure to check the labels on your sunglasses. If you are unsure of the UV rating, ask your eye doctor to recommend brands with good UV protection. Check for sunglasses with a sticker that reads “Z80.3.” This label indicates that they meet the standards for UV protection established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
T h e s e sunglasses s c r e e n anywhere from 60% to 98% of harmful radiation. The American Optometry Association (AOA) also issues a label, which indicates that 99% of all UVA and UVB rays are blocked.
Try something new It’s all too easy to fall into a fashion rut, so try mixing up your style by choosing a pair of fun sunglasses. Some of the latest popular trends include ultra-sized shades and aviator glasses. Stick with a classic style if you’re wary of looking too trendy, but try out a style in a bold or unique color. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles, colors, and trends when shopping for sunglasses.
progress update It is all very well to set goals and take action towards them, but a regular review of progress is vital. It provides an opportunity to check that you aren’t forgetting an area that you wanted to work on and also to monitor how well each area of your life is working.
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currently doing and where I still have work to do. Life being what it is, and my memory being what it is, I found that I had overlooked (or forgotten) some of my planned actions so it proved a very helpful exercise. There are two parts to the review process – 1. Assessing whether your response to the question remains the same. 2. Assessing whether you have taken the actions noted, how successful they have been and whether any new actions now seem appropriate. Give yourself credit for all that you have achieved and note what is still to be done. Frequent reviews enable you to assess which areas of your life are working well and which could use an overhaul. It is a useful way to keep your life on track, celebrate your successes and maintain momentum.
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health news...health news...health news... Champagne is good for your heart! Reduce your risk of strokes and heart disease with a few glasses of champagne Food scientists at Reading University have discovered that raising a few glasses of bubbly will lower your chances of suffering some serious ailments. “A couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels, which suggests Champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease,” explains researcher Dr Jeremy Spencer. The study published in the British Journal of Nutrition outlines that chemicals called polyphenols reduce the loss of nitric oxide from the blood, dilating vessels and improving circulation.
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DNA clue to life at high altitude... The ability of Tibetans to live on the “roof of the world” may be down to their DNA, US researchers say. University of Utah researchers found 10 genes which help Tibetans thrive at heights where others get sick. Two of the genes are linked to haemoglobin - the substance in blood that transports oxygen round the body. Doctors say the research could lead to treatments for severe forms of altitude sickness and other illnesses. Altitude sickness is the name given to ill-effects caused by the body’s struggle to deal with a lack of oxygen at high altitude. It can lead to brain and lung complications, which can threaten even the fittest mountaineers. People native to high altitudes appear to be immune to such effects, through thousands of years of genetic selection. Tibetans have evolved genes that others living at high altitudes - such as in the Andes - have not. Professor Lynn Jorde, of the University of Utah School of Medicine, said: “For the first time, we have genes that explain that adaptation.” The study looked at DNA extracted from blood samples taken from 75 villagers living at 15,000ft (4,500m). The Utah team, in collaboration with the Qinghai University Medical School, China, compared stretches of their genetic code with that of lowland Chinese and Japanese populations. A handful of genes turned up, including 10 unique oxygen-processing genes. Two appear to contribute to lower levels of haemoglobin in the blood, which may help the body fight altitude sickness. Prof Josef Prchal of the University of Utah said the work could help in developing treatments for illnesses that affect people everywhere.
Diabetes is a longterm (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. In the UK alone, diabetes affects approximately 2.3 million people, and it’s thought there are at least half a million more people who have the condition but are not aware of it.
How does diabetes occur? Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy. However, in those with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly. There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body produces no insulin. It is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes, because it usually develops before the age of 40, often in the teenage years. Type 1 diabetes is far less common than type 2 diabetes, which occurs when there is too little insulin produced by the body to work, or when the cells in the body do not react properly to insulin. People with type 1 diabetes make up only 5-15% of all people with diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests. Type 2 diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body for it to function properly, or when the body’s cells do not react to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the body does not produce any insulin at all. Around 95% of all people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet, and monitoring your blood glucose level. However,
as type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need to take insulin medication, usually in the form of injections. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. Obesity-related diabetes is sometimes referred to as maturity onset diabetes because it is more common in older people.
Diabetes in pregnancy During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of glucose in their blood that their body cannot produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes, and it affects approximately 27% of pregnant women. Pregnancy can also make existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes worse. Gestational diabetes can increase the risk of health problems in an unborn baby, so it is important to keep the levels of glucose in your blood under control. In most cases, gestational diabetes develops in the second half of pregnancy and disappears after the baby is born. However, women who develop gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Symptoms of diabetes The main symptoms of diabetes are feeling very thirsty, producing excessive amounts of urine, tiredness, and Weight loss and muscle wasting (loss of muscle bulk). Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can develop quickly, over weeks or even days. Other symptoms are itchiness around the vagina or penis or getting thrush regularly, blurred vision (caused by the lens of your eye becoming very dry), cramps, constipation, and skin infections. If you have type 2 diabetes, the symptoms will usually develop over weeks or months. Your symptoms may develop so slowly that you do not realise that you are unwell for some time. Type 2 diabetes may also cause additional symptoms; for example, if you have cuts and sores, they may take longer to heal. It is sometimes possible to develop type 2 diabetes without having any symptoms at all, or only having a few symptoms. However, you will still require treatment to prevent other health problems such as kidney disease, from developing later on.
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He said: “What’s unique about Tibetans is they don’t develop high red blood cells counts. If we can understand this, we can develop therapies for human disease.” Professor Hugh Montgomery is a geneticist and director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. He said the study helped in the understanding of how patients with the likes of heart failure and lung disease cope with low oxygen in the blood. He commented: “It’s important clinically because it helps us understand how patients cope with low oxygen levels. There are opportunities here for developing new drug therapies.” He said the work was also important scientifically, by showing how Darwin’s science coupled with modern technology could be used to identify beneficial genes: “It’s a lovely example of Darwinism,” he added
Doctors cause blood pressure to rise... The ‘white-coat’ effect - where blood pressure rises during a check by a doctor - is even worse in someone whose level is already high, researchers say. The effect is due to patients becoming stressed by being in a doctor’s surgery or a hospital. Writing in the British Medical Journal, an Australian team say giving people a cuff to wear for 24 hours is a better way of checking blood pressure. A UK expert said it showed clearly that external factors affected readings. High blood pressure affects about 40% of adults in the UK and is a major risk factor for heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke. In 2001, 90 million prescriptions for blood pressure lowering drugs were issued by the NHS at a cost of £840 million. The researchers monitored over 8,500 patients who were being assessed at 11 blood pressure clinics around Australia. They compared ambulatory blood pressure measurements with those taken by doctors and nurses and found that there can be a difference of as much as 29 units if a doctor checked it, compared with a rise of 17 units if a nurse took the measurement. The differences also varied depending on the sex and age of the patient. However, the study also found that the closer the patient’s blood pressure to normal levels, the less of a difference between measurements taken by ambulatory monitoring and those taken by a nurse or doctor. Professor Arduino Mangoni, who recently joined the University of Aberdeen from Flinders University in Adelaide, said: “Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the tool of choice to correctly diagnose high blood pressure. “Clearly, if you’re going to be treating a person for the rest of their life, you want to get the readings right, and often the reading in the doctor’s office is much higher.” Professor Mangoni said the fact there was a difference between doctors’ readings and ambulatory measurements was already known - but the surprise finding was how big the gap was for those with high blood pressure. He said the team’s findings should be used to help shape new blood pressure monitoring guidelines.
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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson
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Apparently, a third of the population still feels uncomfortable at gays holding hands or kissing in the street. A sizeable percentage therefore, who according to current thinking, are ignorant and homophobic. It’s such a serious problem that ITV felt duty bound to screen ‘Afraid To Be Gay’, where hidden cameras were used to elicit the real feelings of members of the general public towards to gay community. The objective of the programme, it was stated, was to find out the truth about our attitudes to homosexuality, and to explore the reason for a recent rise in homophobic attacks, with Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star, enlisted to conduct the interviews. Two things immediately struck me about this programme. Firstly, the fact that hidden cameras were deemed necessary, suggests that people are frightened to state their opinions openly, and therefore begs the question why? I am not including the mindless morons with the intellect of rhubarb and brains the size of sultanas here, but the ordinary man and woman in the street. Your typical average citizen.
There are strong parallels with the racist issue here. Prior to the recent election campaign in the UK, people had become almost as frightened of being labelled racist by the politically correct nazis, as their very real fears of the dangers of unbridled immigration itself. The main political parties were not listening, so, many turned to those that were, hence the rise in BNP support and their breakthrough in local politics, and the fact that they now have two MEP’s. As soon as commenced, issue into the expedient for
the general election campaign public demand forced the open, and it became politically Cameron and Brown to make
certain assurances. Ipso facto, support for the BNP melted away like snow in Nairobi, and they did not come close to winning even one seat. Which brings me neatly on to the other thing that hit me. Why were ordinary people’s attitudes towards gays used in the same context as the violent, sometimes fatal attacks perpetrated by psychopaths? The inference was that if you have an objection to gays, then it is a natural progression to go out and indulge in a bit of ‘queer bashing’ as part of a normal evening out. This is like making a programme about dangerous dogs, and suggesting that all dogs, from chihuahuas to spaniels, will maim and kill humans given half a chance. It’s nonsense.
I have a great respect for Gareth Thomas. Here was a man at the top of his game in a sport that is the epitome of all things macho, and to have the courage to announce to the world that he is gay, is admirable. We must remember though that having been married for four years, Gareth is not the only victim here. It seems to me that this is yet another example of the politically correct establishment making dangerous pronouncements. Whilst there is a lunatic minority who will verbally and physically abuse gays, most people who genuinely feel that homosexuality is wrong do so through a strong belief based on faith, and the teachings of their religion. But even without that religious element in place, everyone has the right to accept or reject homosexuality if that’s what their conscience dictates, and as long as this does not impair the lives of gay people in any way – either socially or professionally - that right should be defended not condemned. Theirs is an opinion not a phobia! So, as with the BNP situation, there is a very real danger of a backlash here if the thought police are allowed to have their way. Tolerance is a two-way thoroughfare, and those that have been discriminated against, should know this better than most.
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Spanish Business Update ...The Spanish Stock Market fell back into negative territory to end the week, in what was poor day’s trading across Europe. The IBEX 35 closed down 6.64%, losing the 9,400 level at 9,314.7, and with bank shares leading the way south. Banco Popular shares lost nearly 9% on the day, Santander the same, BBVA nearly 8%. Meanwhile the Euro is down to 1.24 against the $, and gold has reached another high. It’s all over fears of another fall into recession. ...In an interview in the Financial Times, Spain’s Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, said it was important for Spain to generate confidence in the markets. She admitted to the paper that it was difficult to differ with the unions regarding the austerity plan, but said that the Government had no option. Meanwhile Angela Merkel has said that Europe faces its biggest challenge since the fall of communism. ...Spain’s debt to the European Central Bank grew by 10% in April and now stands at 74.6 billion, still 7.3 billion below the high seen last October. ...The Government’s hopes to pass the new austerity plan for the country, cutting civil servants wages by 5% and freezing pensions, today, have been dashed because ‘of the technical complexity of the content of the decree’. The plans had been drawn up at breakneck speed and it was hoped they would be approved in cabinet today, but now that approval will not be given until Friday next week, after which the measures are expected to be approved immediately by Royal Decree. ...It has now been made clear that the 5% wage cut does not affect workers who are employed by public companies, such as RENFE, AENA, CORREOS and RTVE. Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, clarified that in such companies only management would see the 5% reduction. ...Catalan party CiU has warned that it will not support the pensions freeze proposed for next year by the Government. However the Catalan nationalists have said they don’t see a vote of confidence in Zapartero valid at this time. ...The IPC Consumer Price Index in Spain rose by 1.1% in April from the data released today by the INE National Statistics Institute. It takes the annual rate to 1.5%. It’s the highest annual level of inflation since December 2008. The biggest contributors to the increase were clothing and footwear, up 9.5%, transport up 1.5% and housing up 0.7%. Underlying inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, fell by three tenths to -0.1% in April, taking it into negative territory for the first time since August 1986 when the index was first introduced. ...The Reyal Urbis real estate company has managed to refinance its debt which had risen to 4.6 billion. The company avoided bankruptcy by signing an agreement with 50 banks, granting them some assets in exchange for the restructuring of the debt. ...Iberia airlines estimate that the Icelandic volcano has cost the company 17 million €, with the disruption caused in April. The airline had to house more than 6,000 passengers in hotels, contract coaches and taxis to get 5,000 clients to their destinations and change the reservations for 40,000 people. In the first quarter the company reduced its losses by 44% to 52 million € thanks to a program of cost cutting and a 5.2% reduction in the number of the workforce.
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Market Commentary 13th May 2010 David Cameron finally entered Downing Street on Tuesday night after days of behind the scenes deal making. Mr Clegg has secured the deputy prime minister post and several other prominent cabinet positions for his team including a business/banking role for Vince Cable. Changes to the voting system were also part of the deal, and can be seen as the major issue conceded by the Conservatives in forming the alliance. Quite how this full coalition will work out after the honeymoon period is far from clear and may explain Sterling’s slightly muted reaction thus far. The markets now wait to see details on the immediate reduction of the Government deficit. The Sterling rally may not last long if the new Government cannot decide on the swift policy responses that the market thinks is required. The new PM’s main priority is to reduce the size of the £163billion budget deficit, starting with £6 billion of cuts this year. This plan was publicly endorsed by Bank of England Governor Mervyn King yesterday, who spent the morning discussing the plan with the Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne. An unusual move by King to make political alliances with a party but indicates the Governor’s concerns over the economy as opposed to politics. King’s Quarterly Inflation Report projected that inflation will remain above target for the rest of the year, March figures we upwardly revised to 3.4%. Also in the UK unemployment for the three months ending in March stood at 8.00%, the highest level since 1994. Unemployment
increased by 53,000 to 2.51 million according to the office for National Statistics. After the bounce on Monday from the EU/IMF rescue package, the Euro is now trading lower as the details of the deal are digested. The general impression we now have is that although the size of the deal is unprecedented, the further you get into the details, the less impressive it seems. It does not seem to address the root problem – namely that Eurozone countries need to deliver drastic spending cuts. The rescue package may just be pushing the problem further down the line. Another point to consider is that €750 bln may not go that far if a country like Spain were to get into real trouble – which would then almost certainly drag Italy & Portugal down as well, and the cupboard would be well and truly bare. So the outlook remains gloomy in the Eurozone with the Spanish PM announcing a 5% reduction in public sector pay. The comments were relatively ignored by the markets as investors are waiting to see the reaction of the latest austerity measures to hit one of the Pigs (Portugal Ireland Greece Spain). The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email email@example.com
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There’s nothing like summer to get people excited about summer outdoor decorating. One of the wonderful things about summer weather is that it lets you expand your living space without a costly home renovation or addition. In many cases, you don’t have to do much decorating at all; all you really have to do is sweep off the terrace and move a comfortable chair outside. Others of you may want to create a room outside, and the newest products for outdoor living can help you do that at a minimal cost.
..and, they say, the living is easy! It’s time to enjoy the wonderful weather and beauty of nature. Comfortable outdoor furniture is a must, but doesn’t have to be expensive. Two lounging chairs and a table with four chairs for eating will really make your outdoor space comfortable. Many products are available in a wide range of prices and come ready-to-assemble. Make a modest investment in cast aluminium or wrought iron pieces that will last longer. More substantial furniture pieces made of teak, redwood, or the new, less-expensive eucalyptus will give you many years of service if treated properly. Wicker furniture looks wonderful and classic outdoors, but does not wear well in the elements. Cushions must be brought in from the rain and the wicker will deteriorate in the hot sun and humidity if not cared for properly. A glass- or porcelain-topped table will hold up well throughout the season. Top it with an umbrella to keep the sun off. You may want to look at a fade-proof umbrella. Some new umbrellas are enhanced with solarpowered LED lights strung up the inside on the spine; they give a wonderful light for 8 hours after dark and are easy to maintain. To enhance your outdoor space, flowers and plants are a must! Classic terracotta pots can be put anywhere to create a border around your outdoor space and with the choice of style and colour available here in Spain, there’s no excuse!
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These official statistics are good news for both buyers and sellers and for the property market as a whole. If you are selling a property the key to achieving your objective is being realistic about what your asking price is going to be. It is imperative that you follow the advice of a reputable estate agent who is abreast with the property market at the present and is willing to tell you the truth i.e. that your property may not be worth what you think it is. In my view, an agent that has your interests at heart will quickly make it clear to you if your desired asking price is unachievable and advise you on how to better your chances to sell and move on.
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At Veritas Homes we are already getting more enquiries and viewings and therefore we have a real need for more well priced properties of all types and areas but more so in Mojácar Playa. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen.
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By the time this article goes to print hopefully the saga following the hung parliament would have been sorted and we have a coalition government that will, hopefully, provide some stability and help the battered pound to regain the ground that many English buyers are waiting for. I am in no doubt though that English buyers will soon realize that they will only be able to capitalize on the current property market in Spain if they act quickly.
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The surge in the property market that we have been experiencing lately and I have been reporting on is finally being felt across the country. The numbers just released for March 2010 confirm the upwards trend. In March 2009 we saw an increase of 9% in the number of properties sold compared with the same month last year. According to the National Institute of Statistics in March alone there were 37,561 properties changing hands. The cumulative increase for first two months of the year stands at 9.7% in relation to the same period of 2009. We expect this trend to continue.
My advice to buyers, really, has to be to “take the plunge” because if you don’t somebody else will! We are beginning to see clients losing their dream property simply because they have not moved quickly enough. The perception of non urgency that many would be buyers have developed in the last couple of years is now a fallacy!
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• Delightful detached villa of 180m built • There are 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms • The property boasts a very spacious lounge • Lounge has a log burner, sets on 5,400m plot • Has a large pol 8x4 with open mountain views. • Large fully fitted amble kitchen + white goods • 3 large storage area/garage/ work shop.
• Enormous farmhouse measuring 210 m2 • With a guest house measuring 80 m2 • 5,230 m2 flat plot with spectacular 360 view • It boost 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 2 X Lounge /diner, fitted kitchen, • Landscaped pool with beach features • private drive way, totally fenced & gated • Various terraces with open mountain views
PRICE NOW €139.000
PRICE NOW €139.000
• Luxury 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Apartment • Sun terrace 39m with fantastic sea view • Sold fully furnished & totally equipped • Private locked garage of 18m for storage • Good size kitchen fully fitted with white goods • All the property fitted with A/C (hot & cold) • Beautiful communal pool & garden • Price before reduction 199.000€
• Fully renovated semidetached country property • 5 beds, 3 baths, 2 lounge, 2 kitchens, dining room • En-suite master bedroom with door to terrace • 4,000m of land with 10x5 half finished pool • There is a 34,500€ mortgage can be transferred • Beautiful large drive way to park 5/6 cars.
Property of the week MOJACAR - Ref: 134 price: €109.000
• Luxury large furnished Penthouse of 50M • 1 double bedroom + wardrobes & 1 bathroom • Large Terrace of 39m with open sea & mountain views • Fully-fitted & equipped kitchen with all white goods • Sold fully furnished & fully A/C (hot & cold) • Private locked garage of 18M for extra storage • 2 communal pools, south facing and sunny PRICE NOW €175.000
MOJACAR PLAYA • Half finished detached villa on 1,500m plot • 3 beds, 2 baths, lounge, kitchens • Possible to extend double the current size • Located in a cul-de-sac with fantastic sea view • Space for a large pool, garage or drive way
RENTAL PRICE €1,200
MOJACAR BEACH • Busy modern Restaurant /Bar for Lease • Newly decorated, fitted to high standard • Sets 60 persons in and out, fully fitted • 2 Bathrooms & large lounge area • With beautiful sea view & sunny terrace • In a quiet busy area of Mojacar Playa. • Lease for 9,500€, income of 50k a year
RENTAL PRICE €1.200
RENTAL PRICE €600
RENTAL PRICE €699
• Busy modern Restaurant /Bar for rent • Newly decorated, fitted to high standard • Sets 90 persons in and out, fully fitted • 2 Bathrooms & large lounge area • With beautiful sea view & sunny terrace • Front line In a quiet busy tourist area • No lease hold to pay to start trading
• Busy modern Café/Bar for lease hold • Newly decorated, fitted to high standard • Sets 60 persons in and out, serving snacks • 2 Bathrooms & lounge area + sky TV • With beautiful sea view & sunny area • In a quiet busy tourist area • Suitable as a start up business
• Large Bar/Restaurant for sale or rental • On the ground floor lounge of 60m • Top floor terrace & bar area of 60m • Large bathroom & clock room • Fully fitted, & has small store room • In a quiet busy tourist area of the village • Rent with option to buy if required.
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RENTAL PRICE €600
• Free hold Very busy well known Restaurant /Bar • Decorated & fitted to a very high standard • Sets 90 persons in and out, with fully fitted kitchen • 2 Bathrooms & large lounge + winter fireplace • With beautiful sunny terrace, mountain views 360 • Over 400 client list to hand to the new buyer • Come with an apartment for living accommodation
• First line beach well known French Bar
• Busy modern Restaurant /Bar for Lease • Newly decorated, fitted to high standard • Sets 75 persons in and out, fully fitted • 2 Bathrooms & large lounge area • 100m inside plus outside sunny terrace • Near to supermarket Mircadona of Carboneras. • Lease hold to be negotiated with the owner
• For lease hold, inner space of around 200m • Plus outside terrace seating area of 60m • 2 X Bathrooms & a Extra large store room • Good size kitchen and beautiful Bar area • Located in 4* hotel quiet busy with tourist
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! o c s e r F l A One of the pleasures of long summer days is being able to entertain friends in the garden. For a seamless transition from indoors to out choose a toning colour scheme for a harmonious feel. Take inspiration from the colours of the room leading to the garden, choosing furniture and accessories in complementary shades for your outdoor entertaining space.
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Dining Set up an alfresco kitchen where food can be prepared within easy reach of the table and you don’t have to leave the party to prepare nibbles!
Lighten Up The sparkle of outdoor lights wrapped around a metal chandelier will make every evening in your garden feel like a party. If an electric plug isn’t handy, try a wroughtiron chandelier that holds pillar candles.
Add Comfort A generous helping of scatter pillows will instantly make a seating area look and feel inviting.
Make It Portable Assembling and dismantling an outdoor room is easy if you stash rugs, pillows, candles, and other necessities in an old trunk or basket; it can also double as a coffee table or a place to put up your feet.
Set the Mood Recycle everyday containers to create ambience outdoors. Jars filled with candles can be quickly turned into hurricane lanterns.
Room With a View Place a table in just the right spot and you’ll be amazed at how often you use it. Depending on which part of your garden is looking best you can relocate your dining area to take advantage of the landscape.
Set the Scene A homemade canopy becomes a striking backdrop and helps define the outdoor room (see below for a guide to making one). Offering much-needed shade during the day too, try draping floral fabrics or crisp duck cloth to keep summer breezes at bay.
Take a Seat Folding chairs are a natural choice to pair with a movable dining table because they’re easy to transport. Add plenty of cushions (matching or not) for everyone at your table. Look out for faded floral and soft stripe designs at sales and markets.
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How to Do It... Place two poles on the ground seven feet apart. Take a third pole and place it across the poles six inches from the top. Using sisal or garden twine, lash the poles together where they meet to create a frame. Repeat the process with the other three poles to create a second frame. Place two umbrella stands at each end of the table and insert the frames into them. Loosely drape muslin over the crossbar of each frame and secure the fabric with spring clamps — one at each corner and one in the centre of each crossbar. To allow more light into your dining area, use clothespins to fold away excess fabric.
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QUESTION: What is the very big cactus growing wild which has the very tall flower spikes? I think you are referring to the wild Agaves which are very common around here. Agaves are not strictly speaking cactus but a succulent. Originally from America the most common is the Agave Americana and is a grey-green colour. Almost as common is the variegated Agave Americana Marginata, similar to the grey-green one but with a distinctive yellow stripe down each side of the spiky leaves.
Given the right conditions they will grow to a spectacular 4 metres across and 2 metres tall.
All Agaves have one thing in common and that is the lethal spiked ends to the leaves and the vicious needles along each side.
At one time Agaves were thought to flower once in 100 years and then die and had the nickname ‘Century Plant’. In fact, they will flower when mature after about 10 years. The parent will then die but will be replaced by the many clusters of smaller plantlets at its base. The flowers will grow at approximately 1 foot per day to a staggering height of up to 33 feet!
Agaves are drought tolerant and easy to grow but not advisable in any garden with young children or anywhere with limited space.
Many old homes here in Spain have the dried stalk of the Agave flowers incorporated into their ceilings as beams; Wood is an expensive
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and s c a rce commodity here and the Agave flowers were a cheap alternative growing in abundance in the campo. Historically, the Aztecs manufactured a form of paper from the pulpy leaves and they were further refined to make cloth. The heart could be boiled and used as food for both man and animal and the sweet liquid extracted and used in other culinary dishes instead of sugar. When dried the dead leaves could be used as fuel. These days the most important use of the Agave is in the manufacture of Tequila! Mature plants are roasted, the sap extracted and allowed to ferment. This process has been carried out for centuries in South America and is now legally regulated! The Mexican Government passed laws in 1994 to limit production to 6 areas around the town of Oaxaca where over 100 million plants are farmed on legal plantations. Many Mexicans continue to make their own tequila as they believe the current production and storage methods have destroyed the taste and flavour of the original drink. Perhaps we could start our own little bootleg business here in this corner of Spain?
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Climate change threatens lizard population Climate change could wipe out 20% of all lizard species on the planet by 2080, a process that could be slowed down if we reduced CO2 emissions, but not stopped altogether. According to a new study published in “Science” journal, even if steps are being taken to reduce the emission of polluting gases, it is “inevitable” that 6% lizard species will be extinct by the year 2050. These are two of the main conclusions of the study, presented yesterday in Madrid, which was headed up by Barry Sinervo, a researcher at the University of California in Santa Cruz, and among others, Ignacio De la Riva, from the National Museum of Natural History. The study explicitly states that viviparous lizards are at particular risk of compared with the more common oviparous ones. According to forecasts, between 1,300 of the 5,100 known species of lizards extinct within 70 years.
The authors have indicated that for many lizards climate of “life or death” and acknowledged that the data collected and devastating”, although “there is hope” for lizards in action is taken now. The research began with the observation that certain lizard (Zootoca vivipara) of France had died, as well as a species of lizard (of the genus Sceloporus) in Mexico, they had disappeared from 12% of the 200 even though their habitat
change is a matter is “disappointing the world if global populations of bog study of 48 different which revealed that locations sampled, remained intact.
These findings led Sinervo to develop an artificial lizard with microchips, capable of replicating the body temperature of a lizard lying in the sun. His team placed these thermal models in sunny areas for four months, both in areas where lizards where still living and others where the lizard population had died. He evaluated the number of hours per day the reptiles would be forced to take shelter from the sun and found that in places where the lizard population had died out, lizards would not have had time to eat or reproduce, because high temperatures w ou ld force them to spend most of the time sheltering from the heat. From this first study, the team developed a mathematical model of extinction risk, which showed the climatic and physiological variables related to thermoregulation of reptiles. They then gathered dara from the largest possible number of sites and species, to produce global predictions. In total, they collected data from 1,216 lizard populations covering 587 species in 34 families of lizards, and concluded that Madagascar could be one of the areas most affected by the impact of global change, with 21 percent of lizard populations extinct. According to Ignacio De la Riva, the loss of diversity of lizards “will have huge consequences for the entire food chain, as these reptiles are frequent prey of many predators,” and added that there was an urgent need to “implement measures such as limiting deforestation and protecting mountain areas”. In Spain, he said, climate change will change the distribution of several species of lizards typically found on the peninsula, “putting them at risk in many cases.”
Concert for dogs at Sydney Oper a House
Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the world’s most iconic kennel - when it stages a concert for dogs. The one off concert will feature music in such a high pitch that only dogs will be able to hear it. The 20-minute outdoor show will take place on the worldfamous building’s northern foyer. The experimental concert, to be held on June 5, is part of the
upcoming Vivid Live music festival at the Opera House from May 27. Local dog owner Renee Russell said she would definitely be bringing her spaniel Ollie along to enjoy the show. “I’m definitely going, I want to see how he’ll react,” she said. “It’s getting harder to find places you can take dogs so it’s nice they are putting on an event for them.”
Pests can be a big problem in the garden and cause a lot of damage to our much loved plants. However, not all of the insects in your garden are undesir able. There are many, such as predatory beetles, mantids, and par asitic wasps, which are valuable allies to gardeners. Care should be taken not to har m or discour age these helpful creatures when we do battle with our garden pests. Plant selection to attract an onslaught in your region, because something else, unless
Prob l e m Pe st s Having a few unwanted guests in the garden is a good thing if it ensures that you also have a healthy resident population of beneficial insects. It is much better - and infinitely more achievable - to maintain a healthy balance in the garden than it is to create a situation in which populations of insects swing from one extreme to the other. The first, best, and most obvious way of controlling pests is to incorporate pest control into normal, everyday garden maintenance. This means tailoring what you do in the garden to making it as inhospitable to pests as possible, while giving the plants in your garden every opportunity to flourish. Tidiness - Many insect pests spend at least a part of their life cycles in leaf litter and garden debris. By keeping your garden tidy and not allowing leaves and such to accumulate around your plants, it is possible to deny many insects the opportunity to reproduce. Pruning - Pruning shrubs to remove dead or diseased branches and improve air flow will greatly improve the overall health of the plants and assist them in combating pests, many of which are chemically attracted to plants in distress. The routine removal of older branches also serves to reduce egg masses and places of natural cover. This is particularly effective during winter pruning, when pupae and egg masses are relatively easy to spot. Simply put, this means not planting the things that are likely of pests. If there is a high incidence of a particular pest of the climate or other factors, it makes sense to plant you are willing to commit to a long-term battle.
Companion planting - It is plants in your garden to the insects don’t like. Many nasturtiums amongst their
often possible to offset the attractiveness of certain insects by interplanting them with other things that vegetable gardeners, for example, plant marigolds or crops in order to discourage pests.
The use of chemical pesticides is a contentious issue. It is also one that is strictly governed by laws, which may vary from place to place. Chemical pesticides are important tools which can be a very effective means of controlling insects. But it should be remembered that they are all toxic to humans to some degree, and many have residual effects on the environment that are only beginning to be understood. In general terms, it is always best to avoid the use of pesticides whenever an alternative solution is available. Be extremely cautious about when and how chemicals are applied. Wind and rain can carry chemicals with unhappy consequences, but so can calm, sunny weather. Chemicals can drift as a vapour in warm weather, and cause damage to nearby plants. Never apply pesticides when children and pets are about; and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding a safe re-entry interval. Always store pesticides in a dry place with good ventilation, preferably to the outside - a shed, for example. Keep them under lock and key, out of the reach of children and pets too. Many insects are capable of developing immunities to pesticides, particularly the relatively benign products available to home gardeners. To make this more of a challenge for them, it is a good strategy to rotate two or three products with dissimilar chemical compositions.
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Jeremy Clarkson has been ordered to reopen a footpath near his home after a public inquiry. The Top Gear presenter diverted a path away from his Langness peninsula lighthouse holiday home on the Isle Of Man, which sparked complaints from local ramblers groups. Clarkson claimed that there had never been any right of way across the land, but the inquiry inspector Roy Hickey has argued that there is “strong and persuasive evidence”
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Sinitta: ‘Cowell Probably Won’t Marry’
Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Sinitta has reportedly admitted that she does not expect the music mogul to go ahead with his wedding plans. The X Factor judge announced in March that he is engaged to marry make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy, who he met on the set ofAmerican Idol. However, Sinitta is quoted as saying: “I really don’t know if he will go through with it. If he is really true to himself, he probably won’t... He always said he never wanted to get married.
He surprised us all.”
According to sources, Sinitta’s doubts are shared by a number of Cowell’s other friends, with one insider claiming that he is “overwhelmed by the whole marriage thing” and “hates everyone talking about it”. However, another source insisted: “They make a great couple and Simon’s intentions are totally genuine.” A spokeswoman for Cowell said: “We do not comment on Simon’s private life.”
Alex Reid ‘To Work As Fitness Expert’
Alex Reid is planning to reinvent himself as a Mr Motivator-style fitness guru, a report has claimed. The cage fighter is rethinking his career prospects after failing to secure television and movie roles as he had hoped. A source commented: “If there is one thing Alex knows about, it’s how to look after your body, you only need to look at him to see that. “His time in the Celebrit y Big Brother house really showed people what he is made of and he needs to exploit that.” Reid recently hinted at a fitness expert role by revealing that he would consider releasing a workout DVD with wife Katie Price. He said: “I’d love that, it’d be great.” Mr Motivator - real name Derrick Evans - was a regular on GMTV in the ‘90s and made a brief return to the breakfast programme last year.
Joan Collins To Appear In Panto! Joan Collins has signed up to make her pantomime debut in Birmingham. The 76-year-old Dynasty legend is to play the role of Queen Rat in a production of Dick Whittington at the city’s Hippodrome venue this Christmas. and Clary Julian Comedian Coronation Street star Nigel Havers have also been cast in the play, along with ventriloquist Keith Harris and his famous puppet Orville the Duck. Speaking of the signings, Hippodrome chief executive Stuart Griffiths said: “It’s very exciting to confirm such a star-studded pantomime cast. Birmingham audiences really love their pantos and this is a real coup for the city - the news will be greeted with huge anticipation.” run until Dick Whittington will launch at the theatre on December 18 and January 11, 2011
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Cook the rice in boiling salted water for 20mins or according to pack instructions. Whilst this cooks, mix all the dressing ingredients together with a fork and season to taste. Drain the rice in a sieve, rinse until cold under cold water. Drain again and empty into a bowl. Add the dressing, celery, onion, sweetcorn, kidney beans, tuna and salad leaves and toss to mix.
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Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/450F/Gas Mark 7. Place the onion, mushrooms and tomatoes in a roasting tin, add the garlic and olive oil and toss well. Roast for 20 mins or until tender and lightly charred. Remove from the oven. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan until
really hot. Season the steaks on both sides and lightly brush with a little oil. Cook the steak on the griddle for 8-10 mins turning once until the steak is cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate to rest for 3 mins, before slicing. To make the dressing, slip the roasted garlic from the papery skin and crush to a paste with the edge of a knife. Place in a bowl, add the oil, vinegar and sugar and seasoning to taste. Whisk together until smooth. To serve, empty the salad leaves into a large bowl, add the roasted vegetables and dressing and toss together. Divide the vegetables between two plates and top with the sliced steak. Serve straight away. Cooks tip: For those with a healthier appetite, try boiled new potatoes, which can be tossed whole into the mix.
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FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... Bar Restaurant Ingredients 250g smoked salmon, finely sliced 250g crème fraîche 25g caviar 1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 1 lemon, sliced into wedges freshly ground black pepper, to serve For blinis: 300ml milk 1 bay leaf 1 tsp dried yeast 50g plain flour, sifted a pinch of sugar 4 egg whites 2 tbsp sunflower oil
what is a blini? A Russian type of pancake, traditionally made from buckwheat flour and served with caviar. They make a great party dish served with soured cream and smoked salmon. Make batches of them as they freeze well.
First make the blinis. Gently heat the milk with the bay leaf in a saucepan. Add the dried yeast to a large mixing bowl. Add the sifted flour to the yeast. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the yeast mixture, discarding the bay leaf, making a smooth thick batter. Mix in the sugar. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Using a metal spoon, gently fold the beaten egg white into the dough. Leave the batter to rest for at least 10 minutes. Heat a heavy non-stick frying pan. Lightly coat with oil. Drop tablespoons of the blini batter into the pan, spacing well apart. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the blinis. Turn the blinis over gently using a palette knife or spatula and cook on the other side for a further 2 minutes. Transfer the cooked blinis to a large flat serving plate. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used to make blinis. Bring the smoked salmon to room temperature, which brings out its flavour. Cut the smoked salmon into squares roughly the size of the blinis. Mix together the crème fraiche, chopped chives, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Using a teaspoon place a small dollop of crème fraiche onto each blini. Top with a piece of smoked salmon and follow with another dollop of crème fraiche. When all the blinis have been topped in this way use the handle of a teaspoon to add a small amount of caviar to the top of each blini. Serve the blinis with lemon wedges and black pepper.
LA PARATA Menu del dia 10€ for 3 courses
Menu del noche
12€ for 3 courses Sunday Lunch served as normal
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on Closed for a wedding Friday 21st May normal. Otherwise services as
La Parata Total Entertainment and Emporium
For Reservations please call 950 478 186
Bar la Union
FRIDAY IS Fish & Chips (Cod or Haddock) from 5€ plus live entertainment 9pm
entertainment every friday 9pm
May 21st - Brian Dee “70’s, 80’s, Elvis” 28th - Tony Justice “Rat Pack Tribute” June 5th - Sabrina Lloyd “60’s to modern day” 11th - Brian Dee “70’s, 80’s, Elvis” 18th - Chris Keen “70’s, 80’s”
Live WORLD CUP football England & Spain matches on the big screen
12pm - 4pm & 6pm - 7pm from €6.50 inc free glass of wine pp Beef/ Lamb/Chicken/Pork
Saturday night QUIZ at 8pm followed by
Monday 24th May 100€ JACKPOT
Avda Andalucia 41, La Alfoquia - Zurgena
Tel: 950 634 533
under new management
PROPRIETOR: Terry Jackson • CHEF: Julia Golding • MAITRE ‘D: Janine Maloney
19th may 10am - late
under new management
Swimming Pool NOW OPEN with Poolside Snack Menus
Kimrick kimrick correos farmacia red cross
Approx 300 metres
The Stunning New Look Restaurant
Telephone: 950 475 198
A La Carte & Private Functions
Free WIFI ‘Password Protected’ Air-Conditioning Restaurant non-smoking
MENU DEL DIA MENU DEL NOCHE
Kitchen Open: Wednesday to Monday 12pm - 4pm & 7pm - 11pm Closed on Tuesdays
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Come along and learn to Rock’n’Roll With Trev & Suzie MONDAY: The White Horse, El Cucador TUESDAY: Bar Rumores, Albox FRIDAY: The Piano Bar, Turre Starts at 7:30pm ONLY 3€ per person A Great Way To Keep Fit & Have FUN! For more information call 689 892 745
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Movie theatre showing English-language movies!
Yelmo Cineplex, Gran Plaza Parque Comercial, Centrale Alicun. Note: English films are marked VOS and have Spanish subtitles. call 950 326 482 for more information
Every Sunday Texas Hold ‘em at the Miners Arms, Avenida de Playa Serena, 04740. Opposite the Hotel Playasol Commences 21:00
Bar Spinnaker BRITISH BEACH FRONT BAR
We are located on the paseo between the Zoraida Garden Hotel and the Port of Roquetas De Mar
950 325 867
I have been asked to write an article about the bars and bar/restaurants in my Spanish home town of Almerimar in the province of Almeria.
Open 7 days a week from 10am till late For all day breakfast, Snacks, 3 Course Meals
Tapas in the price
WE HAVE MOVED, WE ARE 100M FROM OUR OLD BAR NEXT TO ALOHA
Also now serving Tasty Tapas Small beer, wine, coffee, tea or water with Tapa €2 Extra Tapas €1 Regular prices apply if no tapas required TUESDAYS 9PM BINGO wednesdays 9pm ‘the big quiz’ fridays 9Pm race night
British Food Store
Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat Permanent exhibitions at the museum showing old and new techniques to produce olive oil. Visitors also able to sample the local produce at Calle Real 15. Open Monday to Friday 10:00 -13:00 and 17:30-20:00, and Saturday 10:00 -13:00. Admission €3 and free to children
The “Horror Circus” Friday 21 - Sunday 23 May
The Horror Circ us com es to Alm eria for 3 days only at the Maestro Pad illa Aud itor ium. The show is called “Pshycosis” and is set in the cem etry in the 180 0’s. Peformances take plac e at 21:0 0 on May 21st, 18:30 and 22:00 on May 22n d and 17:0 0 on Ma y 23rd. Tckets are 23 € or 27€ from the Culture Kio ks in the Ram bla, Alm eria City or via Servicaixa.
Royal British Legion Meeting
in Roquetas (near Theos) Groceries and frozen foods including legs of New Zealand lamb, gammon joints, lambs liver. Large selection of greeting cards
things to say about Almerimar is that most of the bars and bar/restaurants here still continue the Spanish tradition of providing some tapas with every beer or wine that you buy. Some bars provide the tapas for all alcoholic drinks that you buy. Others only provide free tapas at certain times of the day. Also, for things like our regular Almerimar Today Friday golf competitions the bar hosting the prize giving provides tapas for every drink that you buy, alcoholic or not.
It is now a bit of a shock for me if I go to other parts of Spain and am expected to pay for something to nibble with my drink.
Tel: 950 334 081
In these difficult economic times many of the bars and bar/restaurants in Almerimar are thinking of ideas to try to get customers to come back on a regular basis. These sorts of events include things like happy hours, darts nights, quiz nights, karaoke, book sales, line dancing, painting exhibitions, DJ nights, live music etc.
In the Urb of Roquetas de Mar, just off Avda de Mediterraneo in the square neat ‘Gamba de Ora’ Todcana & Theos
Free Home Delivery Always well stocked Mon - fri 11 - 5
sat 10 - 2
Olé ! café
Tapas, Snacks Cocktails, Fresh Juices Land Wines. Opening Hours Speciality Satay 10am till late Smoothies Edif Albatros 258 Iced Coffee Avda. Playa Serena Organic Vegetable Packs to order
Urb. Roquetas de Mar
Phone 627 035 877
Situated behind Cafeteria Loro Snack
Bar - Tapas
co san Roc
New in Roquetas Traditional Italian Cuisine 30 years experience
Open 7 days a week New members always from 12 noon ‘til late welcome. Meetings held the Tel: 950 334 602 first Tuesday of each month, 178 Playa Serena, Roquetas de Mar excluding July and August, at 15:00 at Y de Wakes on the Horse & Dog Race Night Serena Beach urbanisation. Eve h ry Friday at the Bar Spinnaker wit ry Contact the secreta situ ated on the beach front at Local any questions, Tel: 950 333 9 Las : Alondras. Great fun for all! For Tel at 243 or Y da Wakes mo re information call 950 325 867 950 336 656
From time to time the bars in Almerimar or people like Jacqui and I look to organise some slightly more special events where the bars work together in some way to attract business or raise money for a good cause. The rest of this article covers two such events, the first is the Almerimar Gourmet Tapas week and the second is the annual Almerimar Treasure Hunt.
Almerimar Tapas Week – 17-23 May 2010 The first edition of what I hope will become a regular annual event here in Almerimar takes place from 17 to 23 May 2010. Many bars and bar/restaurants in Almerimar will be competing against each other to try to provide the best tapas. I feel that this is a great initiative and a way in which a number of establishments here in Almerimar are working together to try to promote the town and local businesses.
Almerimar Treasure Hunt Jacqui and I used to work for Reuters in the UK for a number of years. The company had a tradition of organising treasure hunts on foot around central London. Jacqui and I plus many of our friends were involved with organising some of these hunts for various good causes. On moving out to Almerimar we decided that it would be good to continue our habit of organising treasure hunts. We started in 2008 and in October 2009 we organised a snooker based treasure hunt in aid of a fantastic charity called Aldeas Infantiles SOS. I feel that the night was a great success and raised over 1000 euros for a very worthwhile charity. You can see more details about the night at hunt09. almerimartoday.com. Including details of the clues people had to solve, quizzes they had to answer and tasks they had to perform. In 2009 one of the tasks was eating some olives as quickly as you can off a plate without using your hands. We are looking forward to arranging the 2010 Almerimar treasure hunt that we hope will take place in October 2010. Given the complexity of such an event it can take 2-3 months to prepare so it will not be long until we have to start work on the detailed planning. We hope that some of the readers of this article might consider taking part in 2010 and helping us raise some money for a great cause. For more information about Almerimar why not visit www.almerimartoday. com
By John Woodhead
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Wall Tiling Specialist
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Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman: 697 678 708
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FOR SALE CHRYSLER GRAND VOYAGER
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NISSAN X-TRAIL Sport TD 2.2cc
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motoring section OPEL VECTRA 2.0i
Renault Megane 1.6 DOMINIQUE
16 valve 2005 black, english left hand drive spanish plates headlights changed 49,688 miles tax-oct itv-feb
€5950.00 tel 689 200 671
Rails etc+Extensive Stock of Baby/Children's clothing. everything needed to start up own shop.
(inc all chemicals)
for less than 17€ per week Also offering pump repair & services. FULL SAND CHANGE ONLY 95€
Call: 689 200 671 4yrs established in Albox area.
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The fact Files
Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at ‘Google Docs’
Microsoft has unleashed its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google. The software giant has launched its flagship product Office 2010, aimed at businesses and home users. The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps. Analysts believe the web offering is a response to Google, which has been encroaching on Microsoft’s core business with its free online tools. Crucially, Microsoft will also offer its online office suite to all users of one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, Facebook. “There’s no question - Microsoft is responding to Google’s threat,” said Whit Andrews, analyst at research firm Gartner. Google and Microsoft have increasingly begun to stray into each other’s traditional markets. Microsoft has thrown its full weight behind its search engine Bing, whilst Google is about to launch its own operating system, known as Chrome OS. The battle for the Office software market started in 2006 when the search giant launched the first elements of its Google Docs. “Until Google emerged with a credible suite of networked applications, Microsoft was not compelled to do anything.” Google Docs now offers word-processing, spreadsheet software and a presentation tool, amongst others. Businesses can pay for premium versions. “Each release of Office has a new set of competitors and we take those very seriously,” Jeff Teper, vice president of the Microsoft Business Division commented. “[Google] has introduced a product that they have tried to target businesses with - it hasn’t done very well.” Google Docs currently has a small (4%) but growing share of the market. By contrast, Microsoft dominates the office software space, with a market share of more than 94%, according to Gartner. The vast majority of sales are to businesses. Microsoft retains its dominant position despite the free offerings from Google and other alternatives such as Zoho or the free office suite OpenOffice.org. Ahead of Microsoft’s launch Google posted a blog urging businesses to switch to its software, claiming that it represents a real alternative”. “If you’re considering upgrading Office with Office, we’d encourage you to consider an alternative: upgrading Office with Google Docs,” it read. Despite, Google’s focus on businesses, Mr Andrews said its message and software were likely to appeal to younger people, who have not necessarily grown up using Microsoft products. “If all your content is generated in the Google apps system and it lives there, you would need to have a really good reason to move,” he said.
Honeybees: 3D images reveal life inside a live hive
Scientists have devised a new way to peer into the inner workings of a live honeybee colony, without disturbing the insects inside. The technique, known as Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR), scans a beehive, taking a series of 3D images. This reveals in real-time how many bees are inside, where they are, and gives clues as to what they are doing. Such information could help scientists understand what is causing bee numbers around the world to decline steeply. The new technique is being developed by entomologist Mark Greco and his colleagues at the Swiss Bee Research Centre in Bern, Switzerland and scientists at the University of Bath led by Professor Cathryn Mitchell and Dr Manuchehr Soleimani. The researchers used an imaging technology called X-ray computerised tomography to scan a live beehive. This produced a series of coloured 3D images, which over time could be used to record in detail what goes on inside. Preliminary studies have revealed that DR can be used to identify individual bees within the colony, and even keep track of the movements of the queen bee, including her location and where in the colony she prefers to spend the most time. Crucially, “the approach is non-invasive and does not modify their normal behaviour,” Mr Greco said. “We can accurately assess the number of bees and where they are at the time of scanning.” The researchers are working to improve the DR technique, to increase the quality of the images and more accurately measure the bee population and the volumes of pollen, wax and honey within a hive. The team at the University of Bath are also working on producing new computer models that will be able to better evaluate when levels of pests or pathogens within a hive have reached critical levels. “Because the method is extremely accurate, we will be looking for critical thresholds of pathogen and parasite loads and loss of food resources from which bee populations can not recover,” explained Mr Greco, who is completing his PhD thesis. “[We will also be investigating] how pathogens such as mites, viruses, bacteria and fungi might interact, both among themselves, and with environmental pressures or stressors, to produce colony declines or collapses.” The team also hopes the new imaging technique may indicate what is reducing the numbers of other solitary bee species. “Many solitary bees forage on the same floral resources to those of honeybees, some also suffer from the same pathogens, such as fungal infestations in their nests.” Mr Greco and his colleagues at the University of Bath have already passed the first hurdle in their bid to secure further funding for their imaging technique from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which together with the British government is spending £10 million to investigate why bee numbers are falling.
Satellite Visibility Predictions
The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.
Magnitude This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.
Examples of magnitude values; Sun -26.7 Full Moon -12.7 Venus (at brightest) -4.4 International Space Station -2 Sirius (brightest star) -1.44 Limit of human eye +6 to +7 Limit of 10x50 binoculars +9 Pluto +14 Limit of Hubble Space Telescope +30
APPEARING MAXIMUM DISAPPEARING Date Magn Time Deg App Time Deg App Time Deg App
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 19 May -1.8
10 WNW 21:32:05
21:34:44 10 SSE
23:11:27 21:30:50 23:08:56 21:27:50 23:06:33 21:24:55 23:04:23 21:22:04
10 NW 10 N 10 NW 10 N 10 WNW 10 NNW 10 WNW 10 NNW
23:15:26 21:34:02 23:12:40 21:31:26 23:09:51 21:28:48 23:07:02 21:26:08
48 WSW 21 NE 33 WSW 28 NE 24 WSW 38 NE 17 WSW 53 ENE
23:16:27 21:37:10 23:14:07 21:34:57 23:11:52 21:32:36 23:09:38 21:30:06
38 SSW 10 E 25 SSW 10 ESE 16 SSW 10 ESE 10 SSW 10 SE
00:17:31 23:45:51 23:14:10 22:42:30 00:23:06 23:51:25 23:19:45 22:48:05 00:28:41 23:57:01
38 WSW 60 S 38 ESE 19 ESE 33 WSW 55 SSW 40 SE 21 ESE 29 WSW 49 SSW
00:18:06 23:46:48 23:15:39 22:44:39 00:23:48 23:52:29 23:21:18 22:50:16 00:29:30 23:58:10
40 W 82 WSW 50 ENE 26 ENE 35 W 72 WSW 57 ENE 29 ENE 31 W 63 WSW
00:22:57 23:52:00 23:20:38 22:48:50 00:28:31 23:57:39 23:26:22 22:54:39 00:34:03 00:03:18
10 NNW 10 NNW 10 N 10 NNE 10 NNW 10 NNW 10 N 10 N 10 NW 10 NNW
GENESIS II 19 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 23 May
3.2 4.3 3.9 3.9 4.5 3.4 5.0 3.0
ENVISAT 19 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 25 May
3.9 2.9 3.3 4.2 4.1 3.0 3.1 4.1 4.3 3.2
19 May 3.8 20 May 4.0
23:00:17 10 SW 22:59:06 10 SW
23:02:16 14 SSW 23:02:16 14 SSW 23:00:07 11 SSW 23:00:07 11 SSW
COSTA CALIDA - COSTA BLANCA AREA INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 19 May -1.4
10 WNW 20:32:11
20:34:38 10 S
20:33:41 22:11:32 20:30:38 22:09:05 20:27:42 20:24:50 20:22:02 20:22:02 20:19:18 20:16:38
10 N 10 NW 10 N 10 NW 10 NNW 10 NNW 10 NNW 10 NNW 10 NNW 10 NW
20:36:41 22:15:24 20:34:06 22:12:37 20:31:29 20:28:50 20:26:09 20:26:09 20:23:28 20:20:43
19 NE 40 WSW 25 NE 28 WSW 33 NE 45 NE 65 ENE 65 ENE 88 SSW 61 WSW
20:39:37 22:16:27 20:37:28 22:14:07 20:35:10 20:32:44 20:30:10 20:30:10 20:27:30 20:24:41
10 E 33 SSW 10 ESE 22 SSW 10 ESE 10 SE 10 SE 10 SE 10 SSE 10 SSE
22:45:51 22:14:10 21:42:30 23:23:06 22:51:25 22:19:45 22:19:45 21:48:05 23:28:41 22:57:01
55 SSW 41 SE 21 ESE 29 WSW 49 SSW 42 SE 42 SE 23 ESE 26 WSW 44 SSW
22:46:55 22:15:44 21:44:41 23:23:56 22:52:36 22:21:23 22:21:23 21:50:19 23:29:39 22:58:17
72 WSW 57 ENE 29 ENE 31 W 63 WSW 65 ENE 65 ENE 33 ENE 27 W 55 W
22:52:05 22:20:48 21:49:06 23:28:30 22:57:44 22:26:31 22:26:31 21:54:54 23:34:01 23:03:21
10 NNW 10 N 10 N 10 NW 10 NNW 10 N 10 N 10 N 10 NW 10 NNW
22:02:16 12 SSW 22:02:16 12 SSW
GENESIS II 19 May 19 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 25 May
4.5 3.5 4.1 4.2 3.6 3.2 2.8 2.8 2.7 3.2
envisat 19 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 24 May 25 May
3.0 3.1 4.0 4.3 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.9 4.5 3.4
19 May 3.9
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SOLTIMES MAY 2010
Ashes sparks Quattro shortage Popularity of BBC TV show means second-hand parts for Audi’s Quattro are becoming hard to get hold oF!
Fire up the Quattro...or not. The final series of Eighties-inspired BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes was almost a non-starter due to a lack of spare parts for DCI Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro. Since the series first aired back in 2008, sales of second-hand Quattro’s have taken off according to The Sun newspaper, and as a result it’s almost impossible to track down old parts. Speaking to the Radio Times, show mechanic Guy Bostock said the growth in popularity of the car, meant it was growing increasingly harder to source parts, and that finding stunt doubles for the show’s Sunset Red star was proving tricky, as the asking price for an ur-Quattro has soared since the show began. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980, production of the Quattro finished in 1991. Since then it has become one of the most in-demand Audis ever built.
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Mercedes unveils new engines Updated V6 and V8 engines boast more power but improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions Mercedes is out to prove that there’s plenty of life in large capacity petrol engines yet. Despite a new trend for hybrids and small capacity turbocharged units, the German firm is going against the grain to concentrate on improving its V6 and V8 engines. But, these new units have a clear focus on efficiency. With lightweight, low friction materials, direct fuel injection and a multi-spark ignition system, Mercedes has improved combustion to make the most of every drop of fuel. A new auto stop/start set-up, which re-starts the engine in the most efficient way possible has also been added. All this means that the new 3.5-litre V6 is 24% more economical than the outgoing unit and now puts out 301bhp-
an increase of 33bhp. The first vehicle to be fitted with the new V6 will be the S350 later this year which emits just 177g/km of CO2 and returns 37mpg. By comparison, the hybrid set-up in the Lexus GS450h produces 296bhp and 179g/km of CO2. Mercedes’ ageing 5.5-litre V8 is replaced by a new 4.7-litre unit which produces 429bhp- an increase of 47bhp- and is 20% more fuel efficient than the old engine. The CL500, coming later this year is the first model fitted with the new unit which will allow for emissions of 224g/km of CO2 and a 30mpg economy figure. Elsewhere, torque has been boosted from 530Nm to 700Nm and is now available from just 1800rpm making the new V8 smoother and more versatile than its predecessor.
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Now available our new fixed price 2 year servicing plan! Easy monthly payments from €12.50, that’s less than 45c a day! TO INCLUDE: - 1 x A Service (oil + filter, full vehicle check) - 1 x B Service (as above + air and fuel filters) - 1 x ITV (Spanish MOT) - 2 x 6 month vehicle inspections All paid for over a 2 year period by standing order from as little as €12.00 per month INTEREST FREE! (Conditions apply) SERVICE PLAN EXAMPLE 2 year period 1.4 Ford Fiesta Petrol 12.00€ per month Inclusive of 2 x Services 2 x Interim Inspections 1 x ITV - over 24 month period
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!!!SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SPRING!!! HEADLAMP ALIGNMENT.............................................9.99€ AIR-CON REGAS..........................................................39.99€ LASER TRACKING........................................................39.99€ DIAGNOSTIC CHECK....................................................39.99€ TYRES EXAMPLE: 175 x 65 x 14 (Corsa/Picanto)................ 34.99€ EXAMPLE: 185 X 60 X14 (Focus/Kangoo)................. 54.99€ EXAMPLE: 195 x 65 x 15 (Picasso/Megane/307)...... 59.99€ ALL TYRE FITTING AND BALANCING INCLUDED IN ABOVE PRICES
Our new Mojacar office is now open on the Playa opposite Neptuno’s Beach bar. This year there will be twice the cars, vans and minibuses available so our clients won’t be caught out with the Rental Rush this summer. Don’t forget our budget cars available at only €15 per day. Group day€ week€ car BUDGET 15 75 MAREA/POLO A 20 100 DEMIO / KA B 30 150 AGILA / CLIO C 35 175 MEGANE / FOCUS / BMW D 45 225 TRAFIC VAN E 55 275 TRANSIT VAN F 60 300 MINIBUS 9 SEATER / 7 SEATER
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SOLTIMES MAY 2010
Renault warms up for summer with the Mégane GT
The heat is on for Renault as they unveil two performance hatches to slot in under the Renaultsport Mégane 250, the GT and GT Line Two Renaultsport tuned GT editions of the Mégane are here to heat up inch anthracite alloy wheels, and share a similar suspension set-up as well. the start of the summer! Road-rockets like the Mégane 250 and Clio 200 What’s more, it will also get bigger, ventilated front discs, and the same offer thrills aplenty to drivers willing to sacrifice a little comfort for a lot of chunky leather steering wheel & high-performance Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres performance, but now there is a version for those of us a little less eager to found in the Renaultsport 250. compromise. Visual changes involve plenty of ‘GT’ badges inside and out, plus a revised The GT edition of the Mégane will arrive in June and bridge the gap front-end with new grilles and bumpers both giving the exterior a more between the truly hardcore hot-hatches and the rest of the range, while the aggressive attitude. Inside, there’s alloy pedals, cloth-covered sports seats, GT Line will be a sporty option pack available on all Dynamique models, rear parking sensors and an analogue rev-counter. including the five-door hatch and Sport Tourer estate. The GT Line pack features 17” alloys, and the same sports styling, but Mégane GT’s will come equipped with the two most potent 2.0-litre without the mechanical changes, and will cost £1,290. When the GT model turbocharged engines in the line-up. The first is a petrol unit with 180bhp, while the second is a slightly less-powerful diesel with 160bhp. To capture appears in showrooms this summer prices will start at £21,910 for the petrol some of the handling brilliance of its bigger brother, the GT will feature 18- hatch, and rise to £23,975 for the diesel estate.
RACE REPORT - GUADIX - APRIL 2010
What a start!! 2 podiums and 2nd saloon car home!!
I said at my last testing report that we were going to start our season on the 15th/16th May at Tabernas, Almeria because of personal and business comittments, but the volcanic ash put paid to all that. I was supposed to be at a wedding in Cyprus last weekend, but of course no flights, so at the last minute we put in my licence application and took a new heart test (they did the wrong test last time) and hey presto! my licence was faxed to me on the Friday before the race. We did not even have the required helmet for this year with the dreaded Hans device. It was delivered to the circuit 1 hour before qualifying!! So there we were, passed scrutineering and in the race. The gearbox had a tooth missing off, we think 1st gear, so on the whole we had to treat as an extended public test session, we really did not expect the gearbox to last. In the warm-up we were still struggling for pace, the only tyres we had, had been through more heat cycles than Sally’s hairdryer!!! So on to qualifying, I really had to talk to myself as I am crap at qualifying, so I went and really threw the car around and managed 5th on the grid behind two Porsche GT3 cars and a couple of very well driven Leon Super Cup cars. 1st Race - Well I have always been a good starter. I thought my heart was going to pack in. Lights went out, I dropped the clutch hoping the gearbox wouldn’t join me in the cockpit! and off I went. I arrived at the esses in second position, rapidly got swallowed up by one of the Porsches and a Leon. Put 4th. What goes through my mind? I said, anyone who was listening, take this off me if you dare! I had about 3/4 cars behing me, squabbling and running into each other for about 4/5 laps and then they finally took each other out. Respite at last; I could barely breathe, and could make no headway on the cars in front. The Porsche had 500 horsepower and last years champion on board, and then one of them blew up. Now 3rd! which I held all the way to the flag. 2nd Race - I couldn’t believe we were still in it. Now a little bit too confident? Lights out, 2nd into the esses again, missed a gear, rubbed painwork with the man next to me, engine went off the cam (explaination - race engines have limited rev range in mine under 3000 revs and it splutters to a stop) rapidly changed gear and set off in hot pursuit. Slowly hauled in the 3rd place man and outbraked him into last but one hairpin. Now 3rd, just stay on the black bits and we are in for second podium. The pressure was on right until the end until two of my chasers crashed into each other and visited the gravel trap. Even now I had some opposition only about 50/60 yds back. There was so much gravel on the track from accidents that it was like driving on ice covered with marbles!! So thats it, 3rd place again, and two more cups for the sideboard. Next race is Tabernas, Almeria on the 15th/16th May. We have a few modifications to make, plus a set of new tyres and a gear box for then. The track suits the M3 better, so who knows? depends who else turns up. Best regards, David Hardwick
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sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... boxers Golf society Since October 2009, Boxers Golf Society have awarded prizes to 38 different players, out of the 60 people that have entered our competitions. Well done to all our winners. Dates for your diary Our next three Competitions are as follows: Tuesday, 1 June, Marina. Saturday, 5 June, The Big One…Ladies Night! Tuesday, 15 June, Haciendo del Alamo, coach available. If you would like to join, book a Boxers event, or would like further information on Boxers Golf Society, you can find us every Saturday morning at the Why Not bar in Albox between 10-11am or you can contact Brian Mayhew on 649 202 198, for booking or cancelling any golfing event, Malcolm Nicholls on 600 080 860, or any Committee Member, anytime. You can also find up-to-
date Boxers information on the Arboleas Forum Online, www. arboleas.co.uk Moving away from golf for a moment, CDV Albox Football Club, The British Supporters Player of the Season for 2009/2010 is Valentin Garcia Martinez. This is the fourth year this award has been made on behalf of the British Supporters. The Presentation took place at half time at the last home league game of season. The Trophy was presented by the Captain of Boxers, Malcolm Nicholls and Kyle Ferrier, both long-time Sufferers, I mean, Supporters! The match ended in a 3-2 win over Roquetas B. Valentin came on as a second half sub, made one goal and scored what proved to be the winner, with a bullet header. Congratulations Valentin!
valle del este golf Tuesday we had 24 players who enjoyed a team event. The winning team were Mark Newall, John Walsh, Ray McHale and John Clements. Friday 14th May was our weekly Single Stableford Competition with 20 players in very windy conditions. the winner again was Mark Newall who is in a fine vain of form managing to keep ahead of the field without scoring
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Yet more blustery wind but lots of sunshine made playing conditions last Friday, for the 14 players + 1 guest, pleasant but testing although it didn’t seem to affect several players’ high scores. The course at Valle del Este is under repair at the moment and as a result the men were playing off yellow tees instead of the usual blacks. Alan Diskin scored the only 2 and he also took top honours in Division 1 with 38 points followed by 2nd place Paul Henshaw with 36 points. Division 2 winner was Suzie Roberts with 32 points and Barbara Diskin 2nd with 28. Well done to all! Brendan Cullen and Keith Hughes took the prizes on Tuesday with scores of 35 and 34 points respectively. A quick reminder to all members that membership renewal time is fast approaching - 1st June - Carol 671 971 410 and John 950 477 347 are waiting to hear from you.
on or below his handicap. Marks winning score was 35 points. Second was Ray Harrison with 34 points and third also with 34 points on count back Mally Roberts. Nearest the Pin on the 6th was Mally Roberts. Anyone wishing to play, including guest on Tuesday or Fridays please contact Alan Townsend at least two days before the event on 950 591 991
cortijo grande Wednesday 12 May at Cortijo Grande and our winner with 35 points Alan Woodward, second with 32 points Geoff Bridgman and third with another 32 points David Bawden. No ball sweep winner. Sunday 16th May and a big score of 40 points by Christian Astheimer to win from Lilly Pepper with 34 points and Mike Picken also with 34 points. Ball sweep winners: Patricia Holt and Linda Bawden. Dates for your diary: Thursday 20th May at Aguilon To book for this or any Wednesday or Sunday call 950 469 088. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande - visitors and guests welcome. M P
mojacar angling club
I hear that on Palomares beach there are signs saying no fishing from 8am ‘til 10pm. As far as I’m aware there’s always been a rule with bathers etc having priority over anglers between 8am and 8pm but typical of Spain it has to go over the top. Example: If it’s raining and not one sunbather or swimmer you still can’t fish on the beach. I can’t wait for the ‘No Smoking’ rule in public places; the police will be nicking smokers on the beach. I’m not joking; it’s already an offence to drink alcohol on the beach outside of licensed premises such as beach bars. ‘London Bill’ has spent the last week popping in search of the monster that spat out his lure last week. No joy but he did catch a few sea bass and palomete. Bill says there are some big atlantic scad out there but he only tempted one. He thinks a spinner or rapala will catch more. ‘Grumpy Old Man Shylock’ fished the Indalo Hotel Arm with his granddaughter Sasha and they caught a dangerous weaver which Mick was careful to keep well away from his little treasure. See photo of Mick and Sasha with the weaver, was it worth keeping Mick? Hope you shared it with the other Grumps!
Andy took ‘Spanish Alex’ and ‘Birmingham Gary’ on his inflatable boat (hence his nickname!) I’d have wrongly bet money the fish he said they caught weren’t two lizard fish taken off the top while trolling? I’ve caught them before but always on the bottom. They look very similar to a weaver but are not poisonous and do not have the dangerous spines. However they do have one massive set of sharp teeth and I can remember Brian (Cuba) having one hanging off his hand - it wouldn’t let go!
Talking of Captain ‘Brian’ Cuba, he’s only been out once this week with friends and they caught a few fish. Mainly Atlantic scad so it’s good news they are back in numbers; great fish to catch on light tackle and fabulous eating. More good news is the tuna, probably yellow fins, will be inshore chasing them. Shame I can’t get out for a few weeks yet because my bad back is keeping me land locked. I notice they didn’t ban the Garrucha trawlers fishing in April this year which is a shame because the shore fishing was so good last year.
Fishing from the shore is still producing good fish around Villaricos and anglers are being bust up by big dentex bream. I have photos of these fish weighing up to 30lbs caught in shallow water over rocky inshore marks.
At the end of July a new European law is coming in for trawlers and other commercial fishermen. Net sizes are to increase and they are not allowed to lay the nets within 300m of the shore. The bigger holes in the nets will hopefully stop them having to feed seagulls with all the undersized fish they catch.
‘Radio Ham Kevin’ fished Mojacar’s Pueblo Indalo Arm and caught 7 or 8 small palometes. Some whoppers are being caught at Macenas by Spanish fishermen. “Inflatable Andy” saw one Spanish man land a big one while popping.
Our girl Friday is going to get Andalucian beach, boat and coarse licenses on the 1st June. Please see me at the Beachcomber between the 25th and 30th May but phone first to make sure I’m in that day. Remember for beach and boat licenses I need one copy
each, passport and NIE, for each license required. An original English (in date) rod license is also required for the coarse license to save you having to partake in the 24 hour course! (This is for the coarse license only.) Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam: www.almeriafreeads.com/webcam For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight lines, Beachcomber John
the grumpy old men of los gallardos
Greetings from the “Sick Bay” in God’s little waiting room, where over the last few weeks I have become an authority on cooking, property and many other things, from watching the tele! Unfortunately, I made the mistake of looking in on ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’, please tell me where they find all those ‘Fraggles’; they must have a pen the size of Harringay to keep them in, never again!!!. Back to the Hospital saga…the following morning, the surgeon arrived looking pleased with himself, clutching an X-ray of the offending leg. He showed it to me; it looked as if a overactive two year old had built his version of “The Eiffel Tower” in there - at least the surgeon was pleased with the outcome. Later on that morning, after being fed and watered, an apparition appeared in the doorway. ‘Er Indoors had arrived from the UK to look
after me and two days later I was discharged. Back home at the casa, we encountered our first obstacle – ‘The Matterhorn’ - two steps up to the casa, complete with wheelchair, no way! My dear wife immediately had the solution; leave the wheelchair outside, place an ordinary chair on the top step, have the typists chair for use inside, and pull myself up, it worked. I now career around the casa like some demented “bagatelle ball”. I had regular visits to the nurses in Garrucha, ably assisted by the wife and Grommet, to have the wounds redressed and liberally swabbed with iodine, culminating with the removals of the staples, which held the wounds together. The nurse, who looked like a cross between Donovan and Screaming Lord Such, set to with a vengeance with what can only be described as a ‘gardening
implement’. Eventually, after a few choice words from my vocabulary it was over. Back to the hospital for a check X-ray, not good, the fracture was not healing well enough. “You must realize that your getting older” said the surgeon. “But I’m still only 27 in my head” said I , all to no avail. Another month in plaster, so still waiting for my release. At the MENSA meeting, on Friday, Noah announced that Victor Meldrew, who as you know had to return to the UK because of medical problems, had sold his fishing tackle and had donated the sum raised to Asprodalba, it amounted to more than 180€. Now that shows you the measure of the man. That’s all for this week, can’t walk the ferret...until the next time... Tight lines Uncle Albert
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marina members Golf club
Monday 10th May: Warm, slightly overcast weather with a strong breeze, for the Members Stableford. The Ladies competition couldn’t have been closer with three players finishing on 34 points. On a back nine countback 1st was Linda King, 2nd Liz Balmforth and 3rd Margaret Budd. The mens competition saw Grenville Balmforth in first place with 38 points, 2nd was Frank Varey 36 (bbn) and 3rd Andrew Markham 36. Warm sunny conditions with a testing breeze for the Team Event on Thursday 13th May. Organised by Liz and Grenville Balmforth the
competition was a 1, 2, 3 to count waltz with double score on the 3rd and 15th holes. Two teams tied on a score of 100 so the result was decided on countback: 1st Frank Varey, Neville (visitor) and Geoff Owen - 100 2nd Jim Budd, Bill Gill and Liz Balmforth - 100
cabrera lawn bowling club - april & may 2010 Since the snowbirds have flown back to the UK for their bowling season, it has been a lot quieter at Cabrera. PAWS held their annual Open Day in the middle of April when 30 bowlers had a fun day bowling, although the rain stopped play
3rd Kevin Bircher, Brian Couper and Bob (visitor) - 86 Visitors are invited to join us for our Thursday Team competitions. The cost is 30€ incl. green fee. To enter ring Tony on 950 467 687 or Mark on 950 475 242.
AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS CLUB The golf has continued with the course now in almost perfect condition and many visitors treading the fairways RESULTS Wednesday 28th April - Individual Stableford As the condition of the course has improved so has the scoring 1st Graham Jefferies 39pts 2nd Glyn Ombler 37pts on a card play off 3rd Neil Bott 37pts Twos - 7 recorded, Neil Bott, Bill Gibb, Glyn Ombler and Bob Schofield on 4th, Jim Barclay, Louis Long and Colin guest on 8th Wednesday 5th May - Monthly Medal It is still difficult for the members to beat par in a medal, which proves what we all know that most of this game is in the mind! 1st Caroline Willingham 8010=70 2nd Mick Siggers 78-7=71
3rd Steve Willingham 84-11=73 Twos - Bill Gibb 8th, Mick Siggers x 2, 10th and 12th Tuesday 11th May - League Match We hosted our final league against Forum GS at stake was 2nd place in the league, alas we slumped to our first ever home defeat, Forum coming out winners by 3pts to 2pts Wednesday 12th May - Individual Stableford On a day when the strong wind made the course very difficult there was some creditable scoring 1st Sandra Siggers 36pts, on a card play off 2nd Roy Stubbins 36pts 3rd Chris Baker 35pts Twos - a big payout for the one winner Graham Tabberer on 4th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information contact 650 835 188 or 634 641 199
late morning. Over €380 was raised for PAWS. The winning team was L-R John Sephton (CLBC) and Shelagh Allen and Chris Ewer (ABC). We had another fun day wearing red and white to ce lebrate S t G e o r g e ’s d a y , when the winning team was L-R Brian Marsh, Janey Leggate and Len Norgate. One competition, the Almazara Cup Drawn Hong Kong Pairs, was held
over four days at the beginning of May. Following two very close and exciting semi finals, the remaining two pairs who will go through to the Final in March 2011, were Doreen Hall/Gerard Douglas and Ken McKay/Pauline Hawkins. SMS (12/05/10)
mojacar taekwon-do club celebrates 7th anniversary
ALMERIA GOLF LEAGUE Once again the Harmony gym hosted our annual inter-club competition. Fifteen members were able to take part this year, between the ages of 3 1/2 and 15 years. They competed in patterns or techniques; stop/start points sparring and high jumping kick. A good number of parents, relatives and friends enjoyed watching some lively and very entertaining competition amongst
the students, with some of the very young competing for the first time. Many congratulations to all students on their individual performances and very high standards on the day. The club extends its sincere thanks to the referees and officials, Miss Shannon Edwards, Mr. Serge Dewrée and Mr. Steven Hayes, also members of the club, for giving up their spare time to help
run the competition. Special awards of “best students of the day” were presented to Olivia Taylor and Harry BoothRoberts for winning Gold medals in all three disciplines - well done. For further information on Taekwon-do training in this area with the Global Taekwon-do Federation, please call Michael on 670 381839 or visit www.tkdandalucia.com
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With Marina Members already being crowned winners, the last round of games was all about the race to get 2nd spot, Cortijo Grande made a late run with 2 wins, but Forum GS held on to that position with a good away win at Aguilon. And so ends another successful season which saw a lot of great golf played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. FINAL RESULTS Thursday 29th April Media GS 1.5pts V Cortijo Grande 3.5pts, played at Valle Del Este Tuesday 11th May Aguilon Members 2pts V Forum GS 3pts, played at Aguilon Golf Friday 14th May Cortijo Grande 4pts V Boxers GS 1pt, played at Cortijo Grande LEAGUE TABLE P W H L F A PTS
10 7 0 3
10 5 1 4
10 6 0 4
10 3 1 6
10 4 1 5
429.5 470.5 21.5
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for the new clubhouse to open is July 2010. This is just as well as the local Bahía San Miguel golf society has its annual summer dinner for around 150 people scheduled to take place in the new clubhouse in August 2010.
UPDATE May 2010
The Almerimar golf course has been in existence since the mid-70s. Originally it was an 18 hole course designed by Gary Player. Less than 10 years ago a further 9 holes were added making it a 27 hole golf complex.
New Course Layout
Not long after the course was expanded to 27 holes the original 18 holes were refurbished.
When the AR Almerimar Golf hotel closed for refurbishment the layout of the course was changed so that the starting hole was closer to the alternative hotel in Almerimar housing the pro shop on a temporary basis.
During this refurbishment the course was lengthened and the design was enhanced by the addition of more water features, use of a more modern type of grass and re-laid greens with many more humps and hollows on them.
When the new clubhouse opens the course will revert back to its original layout with the current 7th hole becoming the 1st hole again.
During all this time the course has never had its own clubhouse. From the 1970’s, up until a few years ago the golf pro-shop and spikes bar were located in the AR Almerimar Golf hotel which is currently being renovated (according to the owners it is due to re-open in 2011).
I have created a Google map of the course with annotation of the revised layout together with a description of the course. To see the map online type Google Map in the search box on the top of the www.almerimartoday.com site and select the story called Google Map of the new layout of the Almerimar Master Course.
More recently, while the golf hotel is being renovated, the pro-shop has been located in another hotel in Almerimar about 600 metres away from the AR Almerimar Golf hotel on another part of the course.
I am sure that all the regular golfers here in Almerimar are looking forward to the opening of the new clubhouse.
Clubhouse In February 2008 work started on the new Almerimar Golf clubhouse. At that time there were high hopes for an early
finish to the project. However, like many building projects in Spain it has taken longer than anticipated.
The good news is that the owners of the course were recently quoted in the Ideal newspaper saying that the target date
By: John Woodhead www.almerimartoday.com
Dominant Mark Webber takes Monaco win for Red Bull Mark Webber produced a superb display to storm to victory for Red Bull in an incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix. For the second consecutive race, Webber won from pole, controlling the race to win from team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Renault’s Robert Kubica took third, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was pipped to sixth by Michael Schumacher but the Mercedes driver was later penalised 20 seconds for an illegal overtaking move. A stewards’ inquiry after the race found that the German had breached rules in passing Alonso as they accelerated towards the last corner as the safety car pulling into the pits. The stewards ruled the manoeuvre was in breach of article 40.13 of the sporting regulations, which states: “If the race ends while the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.” Alonso had driven a superb race to edge himself into the top six after a crash in final practice on Saturday meant he missed qualifying and started from the pit lane. Schumacher’s penalty dropped him to 12th and lifted all those below him a place, including team-mate Nico Rosberg to seventh, a place down on his grid position. Another German, Adrian Sutil was eighth, 0.3 seconds ahead of team-mate Vitantonio Luizzi. The only other drivers to finish were Toro Rosso pair Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguesuari in 10th and 11th. Jenson Button - last year’s Monaco winner - had his race ended as early as lap three after he was forced to stop at Sainte Devote with smoke billowing from his car from a broken engine. Webber’s victory, his second in succession following last weekend’s win from pole in Spain, sees him surpass previous championship leader Button to head the standings. The Australian is now on 78 points, the same as Vettel, but is classified ahead because he has won two grands prix to his team-mate’s one - with Alonso on 75 points and Button fourth, having added nothing to his pre-race total of 70. “It is absolutely incredible,” said Webber. “It’s the greatest day of my life today, to win here is very, very special. This place is such a test. I knew what I had a lot to do and I’m absolutely elated to join the winners around here. It’s the blue riband event.” Webber made a clean start and held his lead into Sainte Devote but the race momentum was soon halted by Williams’s Nico Hulkenberg crashing into the barriers in the tunnel, ending the
German’s race and prompting the deployment of the safety car until lap six. That was the first of four times the safety car was required - Rubens Barrichello crashing out in lap 31, a suspected loose drain cover on lap 44 and a collision between Jarno Trulli’s Lotus and Karun Chandhok’s Hispania in lap 74 which eliminated both at La Rascasse being the others - but each time Webber picked up where he had left off. Vettel seized second place from Kubica before the first corner and although the Pole challenged hard Red Bull’s one-two was secure. “I wasn’t able to keep up with Mark, there was a big difference,” said Vettel. “By the time I got my grip sorted he was too far in front. It’s very difficult to overtake here in the end so I decided there was no point chasing and I spent a lot of time looking in my mirrors.” Kubica was only just pipped to pole by Webber after the Polish driver had put in a superb display in qualifying but despite his best efforts was unable to pass Vettel decisively. “Normally I would defend the position but I saw Mark pulled away quite slow,” explained Kubica. “However, I went on the power too early, I got a lot of wheelspin and it was too late to close the door to Sebastian. We have to be positive. Nobody expected us to finish on the podium. We have been challenging all weekend and the teams should be really happy.” Massa has e n d u r e d a difficult season so far, playing second fiddle to Alonso, but the Brazilian kept in touch with Kubica to finish ahead of 2008 Monaco winner Hamilton. The McLaren driver came into the pits early on lap 17 to cover Alonso’s rapid progress andhe held onto fifth comfortably through the race. “I got quite a good start and I was challenging for third at turn
one,” said Hamilton. “But it was impossible as those guys are quite aggressive and it is virtually impossible to overtake here especially when the guys are as quick as you. “So I decided to concentrate on getting the car home and getting the points in the bag, it’s a bit of a shame that I am 18 points behind as that’s how many I lost last week.” Webber’s display, though, outshone all as he claimed his fourth career victory. And he is now the second Australian after Jack Brabham to win at the iconic Monaco circuit.
Almerimar Golf Course & Clubhouse Course History