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Fires raged in Mojacar on Saturday night and some 100 people were evacuated from Mojacar Playa near the Hotel Indalo as a preventative measure; the fire appears to have started in the Las Ventanicas & Puerto Marina area

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Emergency services were despatched from Turre, Almeria and Granada to tackle the blaze which continued into the early hours of Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and fire services remain on the scene Meanwhile, in Northern Spain, a 76-yearold woman died and her husband is missing Friday due to flooding caused by heavy rains in Spain. The body of the woman was found beside a river bank near her home in the town of Vegadeo in the northern region of Asturias, a police spokesman said. Her 82-year-old husband has been reported missing and a search was underway to find him, the spokesman added: “The alarm was sounded by the couple’s son who found water in the house and his parents missing when he returned home after work.”



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Spanish Public Sector On Strike Repairs To Municipal Infrastructure In Laroya Against Austerity Plan Spanish public sector workers have held a day-long strike in protest against an average 5% cut in pay that comes into effect this month.

The cuts are part of a government austerity package aimed at reducing the country’s budget deficit, swollen by almost two years of recession. Earlier, several thousand protesters gathered at Madrid’s finance ministry blowing horns and chanting slogans. Heavy rain hampered an evening rally through the city’s streets. Spanish unions said 75-80% of public sector workers had joined the day-long strike. The labour ministry, however, put the figure at 16% “We are very angry because this is not only an attack to our rights and to our salaries - there is an attack to

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In May, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced a 5% cut in public sector pay, starting this month. Salaries will be frozen in 2011, pensions will no longer be adjusted for inflation and tax breaks for new parents will be dropped.

Spain has suffered one of the toughest recessions in the EU, and has its highest unemployment rate. It recently had its credit rating downgraded, amid fears it could follow Greece into a debt crisis. More than 2.5 million Spaniards work in the public sector, and the strikes were reported to be affecting hospitals and schools, fire stations and local government. Emergency responders were providing minimum services. With a budget deficit currently running over 11%, the government is

The cuts are part of a 15bn euro (£12bn; $18bn) package of austerity measures also meant to reassure the financial markets that Spain will meet its debts.

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Hundreds Protest In Spain Over Gaza Blockade Several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to condemn Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip

At the head of the march were nine fake coffins symbolising the victims of the Israeli assault on a Gaza aid flotilla on May 31 that killed nine Turkish activists.

The demonstrators called for an “intifada of flotillas” toward Gaza and a “boycott” of Israel. The protest coincided with a visit to Madrid

on Saturday by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who met with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. After the talks, Zapatero, whose country holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, called for a “strong, joint EU position” on Gaza and Israel’s blockade.

Spanish Savings Banks Race To Complete Merger

Spain’s regional savings banks are racing to consolidate ahead of a 30th June deadline to tap a government rescue fund, but analysts warn that the outcome of such “cold mergers” is less than certain


Under a “cold merger” each bank keeps its own brand, workforces, balance sheets and branch networks but they combine some central functions such as the monitoring of liquidity under a single management. Formally known as a merger by System for Institutional Protection (SIP), it contrasts with a full-scale merger involving the takeover of weaker lenders by their stronger peers. But Marc Chandler of US investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman said he had his doubts. “It is not clear at this juncture, whether this will really lead to the kind of restructuring needed that leads to true consolidation or whether it is just superficial or cosmetic change,” he said. The “cold merger” model has been endorsed by the Bank of

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Beatles Memorabilia Fetches Thousands

ROCK fans and record collectors descended en masse on yesterday’s International Music Fair in Madrid, where they were able to find 12” and 7” vinyls for prices ranging from three euros to 2,000 euros. The star attractions were original vinyls by The Beatles, together with a lock of John Lennon’s hair which was auctioned off for a cool 5,000 euros. Fans who paid exorbitant sums for Beatles memorabilia knew they were making a sound investment – a drum-lid signed by Ringo Starr, bought by its previous owner for 1,000 euros, would ‘immediately treble in value’ when the artist eventually passed on, the seller explained. A vinyl of their hit Let it be was bought for the ‘bargain’ price of 200 euros, and sold for considerably more.

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create the country’s biggest savings bank, surpassing Barcelona-based La Caixa. Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo has already agreed to a similar tie-up with three smaller savings banks, as have Caja Navarra, Caja Canarias and Caja de burgos. “The system of ‘cold fusions’ are an unknown. We will see how this will end up,” said Juan Carlos Martinez-Lazaro, an economics professor at the IE Business School. Analysts say the model leads to fewer savings than a full-scale merger as it does not lead to as many staff cuts or the closure of branches. Another problem is that both full-scale mergers - such as the one planned between La Caixa and Caixa Girona in the rich northeastern region of Catalonia - and the “cold mergers” have been among lenders in the same region.

And a pipe that Lennon used to use to smoke marijuana, sold by his first wife, Cynthia, also fetched thousands of euros. Among other legendary bands and artists from yesteryear whose records and memorabilia were seen at the fair were The Police, Bob Dylan, Serrat, and Elvis. Cassettes and CDs of music from later on – from the 1970s to the present day – were on display and on sale, including sound tracks, remixes and compilations. This is the first international record fair to be held in Madrid, and its roaring success means it is likely to continue every year.



Spain To Reopen Access To Prehistoric Cave Paintings Spain’s Altamira cave, which contains some of the world’s most important prehistoric paintings, will reopen to the public at the end of the year for the first time since 2002

A panel of experts will determine how many people can enter the cave located some 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of the northern city of Santander without damaging the paintings, Culture Minister Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde told reporters. The cave, dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of prehistoric art”, is covered with paintings of bulls, bisons, boar and other animals etched in red, yellow and black that are estimared to be at least 14,000 years old. Miguel Angel Revilla, head of the government of the northern region of Cantabria, said he hoped US President Barack Obama would be the first person to visit the cave when it reopens to the public. “I have already written the invitation letter, and in English,” he said.

The cave was first closed to the public in 1977 because the paintings were being damaged by the carbon dioxide from the breath of large numbers of visitors. It was reopened in 1982 but with restrictions on the number of people who could visit it and remained open until September 2002. Over the past eight years people have been able to visit a replica of the cave located nearby in the northern town of Santillana del Mar which has drawn 2.5 million visitors since it opened. The cave, which was discovered in the late 19th century, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Bond Girl Weds In Spain Spain & Portugal Need More Cuts & Reforms

British actress Gemma Arterton, currently appearing on cinema screens in “Prince of Persia”, married businessman Stefano Catelli last Sunday in Zuheros (Córdoba)

Spain & Portugal, favourites on markets to tap the eurozone’s new emergency loan fund, need to make fresh cuts and reforms to fix their economies, leading eurozone figures said last Monday.

“More needs to be done and I can only encourage both countries to pursue structural reforms for instance in labour market and banking reforms,” said the EU’s commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Olli Rehn.

The chair of the group of finance ministers for the euro countries, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, also said it was “clear (that) further consolidation is needed beyond 2011 with further structural reforms.”

Property Market Continues Positive Trend The number of property sale & purchase agreements increased by 117,911 in the first quarter of 2010, a 7.04% increase on the same period in 2009.

Compared with the last quarter in 2009, property sales increased by 16.28%, making it the busiest month in terms of sale & purchase agreements for over a year and a half. The first quarter of 2010 saw used property sales increase by 16.9%, slightly higher than that of new-build property, which went up by 15.6%, compared with the previous quarter.

Agreement Reached For High Speed Rail Links

24-year-old Arterton, a former “Bond girl” (Quantum of Solace) and star of other box office hits like “RocknRolla” and “Clash of the Titans”, and her partner decided to keep the location of their marriage a secret, even from their guests, apart from giving them the clue that it was “up in the mountains in the south of Spain”. “People” magazine reports that she was wearing an ivory coloured dress , was carrying a bunch of white roses and that the ceremony was performed in the open air. Catelli, the 37-year-old bridegroom, is a salesman with a fashion company. He asked Arterton for her hand in marriage in England last summer at a music festival. The actress’ agent has made no official comment about the wedding. Some time ago, Arterton herself told “InStyle” magazine what her dream wedding gown would look like: “There’s a beautiful scene in Franco Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, in which Juliet comes out of her bedroom, wrapped in her bed sheet, after spending the night with her lover. She looks beautiful; my wedding dress will be something similar”.

Spain, Portugal and France have agreed to coordinate the development of their high-speed rail networks at a meeting of European Union transport ministers in Zaragoza in northeastern Spain. The declaration of intent signed by the transport ministers of the three nations also called for the creation of a joint cross-border passenger company, the French transport ministry said in a statement. The company would be made up of national railway operators and it would be modeled after Thalys, the high-speed passenger operation jointly offered by Belgian, French, Dutch and German railways, it added.

A high-speed rail link between Lisbon and Madrid is in the works as well as one linking Aveiro on Portugal’s Atlantic coast to Salamanca in central Spain. Another high-speed railway will link Madrid with Irun on the border with France from where it can link up with the French network. The high-speed railway linking the Spanish capital to Zaragoza is to be extended to Figueres near the French border

from where it also can link up to the French TGV network. French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau told AFP that the austerity measures adopted by the three countries would not affect the advancement of the planned high-speed railways in the three nations. France will have a TGV service to Figueres by the end of the year even if it will not operate at high-speed across the entire route, he added.


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‘Time’ For Spanish Photo Festival To Open

Spain’s biggest international photography festival, PHotoEspana, opened in Madrid with works by 379 artists from 42 countries dedicated to the theme of “time”

The 13th edition of the event, runs until July 25 and includes works by Hungarian-born artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as well as American photographers Harold Edgerton and Helen Levitt. Madrid’s ICO Foundation will host the first anthology of works by Levitt since her death last year aged 96. Images taken in New York during the deindustrialisation in the 1970s by Levitt and other photographers such as Zoe Leonard and Gordon Matta-Clark are the focus of an exhibit at the Reina Sofia museum. The Casa America will feature a retrospective of works by Adriana Lestido, a key figure in contemporary Argentinean photography, from her 30-year career. The event will also include an exhibit of photographs by French-Argentine photographer Daniel Mordzinski of French and Latin American writers such as Patrick Modiano and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez. “These are daring photos but that are respectful of the writers, a humble tribute to the wonderful world of literature,” said Mordzinski who is known for his photographs published in top-selling daily Spanish newspaper El Pais. Most of the exhibits will be staged in the Spanish capital but a handful will be held in Cuenca on central Spain and in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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Abu Dhabi To Build ‘World’s Largest’ Solar Plant

French oil firm Total and Spain’s Abengoa Solar will partner with Abu Dhabi’s alternative energy company Masdar to build “the world’s largest” concentrated solar power plant The state-owned firm said it has selected a “consortium of Total and Abengoa Solar as a partner to own, build and operate Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant and the first of its kind in the Middle East.” “We are moving on the right path to make Abu Dhabi the main source and the international capital of renewable energy and sustainable development,” Masdar CEO Sultan al-Jaber told a news conference in the oil-rich emirate. The plant “will offset 170 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.” Construction of the plant, which will cover an area of 2.5 square kilometres (1 square mile) and have a 100


megawatt capacity, will begin in the third quarter of 2010 and be completed in approximately two years, Masdar said. “We expect the cost of this project to be around 600 million dollars (504.2 million euros),” project manager Mohammed al-Zaabi said. Masdar will hold a 60 percent stake in the project, while Total and Abengoa Solar will each have 20 percent. “Shams (Arabic for sun) is the first major step for Abu Dhabi to achieve its seven percent target” for renewable energy use by 2020, Zaabi said. “It will be followed by the next projects, Shams Two and Three.” Power demand in Abu Dhabi peaks

during the day due to air conditioner use, Zaabi said, making solar power ideal, as sunlight is strongest at the same time. “This is the first time in the United Arab Emirates where we can provide significant (power) capacity that does not rely on fossil fuel,” said Nicholas Carter, head of the Abu Dhabi Regulation and Supervision Bureau, which regulates the water and electricity sectors. Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to heat liquid -- a type of oil, in the case of Shams 1 - to then heat water to run a steam generator and produce electricity, Zaabi said.



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Abengoa Solar CEO Santiago Seage said that, compared to other types of solar power plants, “the main advantage of CSP is the fact that it is less intermittent.” “You have a solar field ... but you also have a boiler where you use natural gas to create the steam if the solar resource is not enough,” he said. Abengoa Solar has already constructed four CSP plants in Spain, and is building others in Spain, north Africa and the United States, Seage said. The plant will be located in Madinat Zayed, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi.

Mrs Clegg Lands Top Job With Spanish Firm

The appointment of Miriam González Durantez as an independent adviser to Acciona, the world’s largest provider of wind farms, a company with substantial interests in the UK, has raised a few eyebrows The company, one of the biggest in Spain, with annual revenues of over five billion pounds, specialises in energy, construction and services, and was recently awarded a contract to run Britain’s first desalination plant on the site of the Thames Barrier and is currently building four wind farms in the UK. González, a high-flying

lawyer and mother of three, met with Sir Gus O’Donnell, head of the civil service, and the Standards and Ethics board at the Cabinet Office, where Mr Clegg is based, to clear all her work within days of his appointment. According to press sources, Mr Clegg’s wife, whose appointment will be confirmed at Acciona’s next shareholder general

assembly, has agreed to stand aside from any future projects the company works on in Britain. A spokesperson for Nick Clegg said that “Miriam is cooperating fully with Sir Gus (O’Donnell) and the ethics board, and everyone is confident that her work will not stray into any areas of domestic policy”.

Ricky Gervais Speaks Out Against Bull Fighting British actor and comedian, Ricky Gervais, well known in Spain for his series “The Office”, has recorded a video supporting the legal iniciative launched by the people’s pressure group “Prou!”, demanding an end to bull fighting in Catalunya. His protest video, posted on YouTube, has already received 22,000 hits. Gervais, who had already made his feelings clear in public in December last year and had come out in open support of the animal defence organisation “Prou!” (Enough!), has taken the additional step of issuing a press release. With the collaboration of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Gervais

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Lord Young, who served as a cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher and will lead the study, said many rules were “absolute nonsense”. Restaurants had banned toothpicks on safety grounds and contestants in a pancake race had been told to walk, not run, because of rain, he added. But unions have warned against attacks on rules that protect staff at work. Lord Young’s review is expected to report its findings over the summer. The peer, who was trade and industry secretary in the 1980s, will investigate concerns over the “application and perception” of health and safety legislation and the “rise of the compensation culture over the last decade”. He commented: “There is no question, in any dangerous occupation, in any place where people are in danger, health and safety rules will apply. But there are so many parts of life where it is an absolute nonsense. If there were still music halls, it would be a music hall joke.” One school had taught pupils how to put on make-up but told them their adult supervisor could not use wipes to remove it because this contravened the rules, he added. Lord Young said the system had to be “proportionate and not bureaucratic”. He added: “Health and safety regulation is essential in many industries but may well have been applied too generally and have become an unnecessary burden on firms, but also community organisations and public services. “I hope my review will reintroduce an element of

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A number of familiar faces will be returning for the 124th Wimbledon Championships, with Rafael Nadal, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters among those coming back to Wimbledon after a two or more years away from The Championships. However, it is an extr a special guest who will be the most notable visitor to this year’s Championships: after 33 year s since the Queen last took her place in the Royal Box on the Centre Court, Her M ajest y will be visiting Wimbledon on 24th June. These days the Queen - like all Centre Court visitors throughout the fortnight - can rest assured that the day’s viewing cannot be ruined by rain. Twelve months ago the roof was operational for the first time, which naturally prompted the British weather to become uncharacteristically sweet-natured. So few people have seen the roof in action (either in last year’s Centre Court Celebration or the solitary day when the roof was closed last year), that one year on it remains a novelty, with the very sight of the structure still a startling feat of engineering. Elsewhere, other innovations are rising from familiar old sites, with the construction of the new Court 3 taking place where the famous old Court 2 - the socalled “graveyard of champions” - used to be. The new court will be ready for next year. One other change of note has taken place. The splendid statue of Fred Perry, having been necessarily shunted this way and that throughout the works taking place under the Long Term Plan, has finally found its permanent home. Fred is to be found at the north-east corner of the Centre Court, opposite the Museum, and very splendid he is. And so to the tennis itself...after being denied the chance to defend the crown he won in the extraordinary 2008 final, Rafael Nadal’s will return to Wimbledon raising the possibility of another thrilling encounter with six-time champion Roger Federer in the final.

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Prize Money for The Championships The All England Club, Wimbledon, announced that the Men’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions at this year’s Championships will each receive £1,000,000, an increase of £150,000 on 2009. The total prize money for the event will be £13,725,000, an increase of £1.175 million on 2009. Tim Phillips, Chairman of the All England Club and Wimbledon Championships said: “Wimbledon exists in a highly competitive global marketplace and it is the world’s best players who create and drive the interest. It is important that we offer a level of prize money which is both appropriate to the prestige of the event and which gives the players full and fair reward.” Wimbledon continues to contribute towards the pre- and post-Championships grass court tournaments that form an integral part of the grass court circuit. Wimbledon2010 is all set to present another gala tennis event with Roger Federer and R afael Nadal set to renew their battle on the gr ass court. Wimbledon 2010 tennis tour nament will start at the All England club on June 21 and tennis lovers across the world will be looking towards Federer to get his French Open revenge.



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Elephant causes traffic jam

An elephant brought commuter traffic to a halt when she went for a stroll through a Swiss city centre. Sabu the elephant escaped from her circus home when she broke free while being loaded into her trailer. The four tonne animal then went for a dip in Lake Zurich, before walking into the nearby city centre. Startled motorists gave Sabu, 26, a wide berth as she strolled across Zurich’s six lane one way system. She was eventually recaptured by animal welfare experts and keepers from her home at the Circus Knie after two hours on the loose. Circus spokesman Nik Leuenberger, 36, said: “Sabu took a bath in Lake Zurich. We are relieved that nothing happened. She didn’t mean any harm.”

Students set Coke fountain record Students in China have set a new world record for the number of fountains created by dropping mint sweets inside bottles of Coca Cola. A total of 2,175 students at Changchun University, in northeast China’s Jilin province, simultaneously created geysers. They wore plastic coats to stay dry during the spectacular stunt on the university’s basketball court. On a sunny day, the students dropped skewers of sweets into bottles of Coke after a countdown was broadcast through loudspeakers. Zhang Bofa, vice dean of the university’s tourism school, said a lot of preparation went into the successful record bid: “We tested two ways of putting in the mint candies. One was to drop them through paper pipes and the other was to use skewers. After numerous tests, we chose the latter,” he said . “We ordered 2,450 packs of sweets from a local supermarket, and the day before the event, we had to unwrap them all, put them on skewers and then wrap them again to stop them melting in the heat.” Dropping Mentos mint sweets in bottles of Coca Cola causes a harmless chemical reaction which can create a 25ft high geyser. The previous record was 1,911 simultaneous fountains set by students in Latvia in 2008.

Promises Unfulfilled I have to admit that I have come to enjoy television advertising. I think it is a sort of unconscious release response – I can hum the tune, but very seldom has my brain bothered to note which particular product is being touted.

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Or alternatively, I leap into life at the first note of an advertisement, and go and do something else until the programme that I was watching recommences.

Agog with anticipation for whichever lifeenhancing experience is on offer I read on to the end, where it says, “Ring us on…”, followed by a number that could encompass anywhere in Andalucia, or Spain, or possibly even outer space?

I know that these two responses negate the purpose of advertising, but it works for me! After all,exactly how many slimming products/ frozen meals/make-up/supermarket best buys/family cars/household cleaners/ dresses/power tools/sofas can one person possibly need in the course of an average week? But at least these adverts tell you where to get the slimming products/frozen meals etc. How many adverts here in Spain will extol the virtues of their product, and then go all shy, and refuse to reveal where they can be found? They trumpet loudly about the quality of the service, the standard of the workmanship, the unbeatable price, the fact that my life was a

Or how the best ever meal out in the whole history of mankind can be had for less than nuppence, in surroundings more sumptuous than Caesar’s Palace, and with the possible addition of dancing maidens.

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Mainland Spain has distinct climatic zones: The Atlantic climate of the northern coast, where the average temperature is 9C in winter and 18C in summer is also the wettest part of the peninsula. The annual rainfall here is between 800-1500mm, particularly in autumn and winter. Summers are cooler and wetter than in the rest of Spain, but still plenty of sunshine! The Continental Mediterranean climate of the interior central plateau, or meseta, has temperatures -15C in winter; -20C occurs regularly, while summer temperatures average at 24C. The annual rainfall is under 400mm. with heavy snowfalls in winter. There is a Castilian expression: “nueve meses de invierno y tres meses de infierno” translates as ‘nine months of winter and three months of hell!’. The predominant Mediterranean climate - the eastern and southern coast and much of the Guadalquivir Valley – has average temperatures of 11C in winter and 23C in summer, with an annual rainfall between 250 mm and 600 mm. The official record of the lowest temperature in Spain is at Estany Gento in Lerida with -32C in 1956, though on peaks in the Aragonese Pyrenees it can easily fall to -40C. On peaks above 2,500m in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Sistema Central & Ibérico and Sierra Nevada it snows between 90 and 120 days a year. In fact the Sierra Nevada hopes for snow from October to June, though it only hangs on in the highest and shadiest spots. Snow does, however, remain all the year round in the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Unsurprisingly the valleys of the Sistema Ibérica have the highest numbers of frosts, with Calamocha and Molina de Aragón having an average of 120 frosts per year. On the other hand, Ecija, known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’, has the highest temperatures, at around 47ºC. Due to the curvature of the earth, and their respective

positions upon it, there is a significant difference in sunlight received at Bilbao in the north, which receives 1,525 sunlight hours, down to the Costa de La Luz in the south, where Huelva and Cadiz receive around 3000 hours. Taking this statistic a little further, there is a rule of thumb which gives a decrease in average temperature of 0.65C for every 100m in altitude ascended. This means that there is a difference of some 22C between the freezing peaks of Mulhacen - the ceiling of the Sierra Nevada at 3,478m - and the semi-tropical Granada coast just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semi-desert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia. Why? Because one of the wettest villages in Spain is right here in Andalucia. Grazalema in the Sierra de Grazalema has an average of 2,153 mm of rain a year, caused when the warm, humid winds blow in from the Atlantic and cool and condense as they pass over the Sierra’s limestone peaks.

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Before you sign anything in Spain, even a small reservation deposit agreement when buying from a private re-seller, there are some pieces of paper you should see. These include: The seller´s own title, known as the escritura pública, and a report from the Property Registry called a ‘nota simple’; The paid-up receipt for his annual property tax, the IBI; The Catastral certificate giving the exact boundaries and square metres of area; Paid-up receipts for the annual fees of the community of property owners, the statutes of the community, and the minutes of the last AGM & Paid-up receipts for all utility bills.

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Summer Solstice begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21st and with it the strange ceremony that occurs each year on the remote Salisbury Plain.

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Travelling out of Amesbury Wiltshire in a westward direction, you suddenly breast a rise in the road, and there below you nestled in the fork of the A303 and the A344 stands the awesome stone circle of Stonehenge. It’s a sight that always inspires and humbles, but what I always wanted to know was . . . what the hell is a Henge? I’ve read a lot of theories regarding the origin and usage of Stonehenge, but they all sounded highly unlikely and based on myth and legend rather than stone cold fact. But I have just concluded extensive research into the subject, and I have come up with some startling findings. It seems that ‘Henge’ is a suffix that has it’s origins far back in the mists of time when man first began to sell his excess produce, and simply means ‘Place of trade’ or to put it simply, ‘Shop’! My research has led me to the conclusion therefore that in fact Stonehenge was the first big ‘Stack Em High’, ‘Sell

From a well preserved copy of the Pirelli calendar found buried near the site, I have been able to accurately date the founding of Stonehenge by the Druid brothers in six thousand and four BC (Before Carrefour). I have also discovered that their first store was a modest Strawhenge just outside Basingstoke, but this blew down one night in a storm. Under threat of litigation from the Druid brothers, the builders who had used inferior quality straw, offered to build a brand new Woodhenge store on the old sight. The Druids agreed, but insisted that the new establishment was sited near Weymouth on a plot they had pillaged from the Iceni family . . . even then Basingstoke was a nowhere place! Records show that the Iceni’s were illegal immigrants having arrived from Norfolk hidden away on the underside of an articulated ox cart.

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The demise of the Druid brother’s empire began when an even bigger Henge was built by the Pagan twins at nearby Avebury. This massive stone circle is so large, that today a whole village nestles inside it. The Pagans introduced a hovel delivery service, and a number of other inventive sales schemes, notably the “Buy From Us Or We’ll Send The Boys Round And Slaughter Your Family” plan. The competition was intense, but then suddenly both sites were abandoned, and history does not record exactly why. Some say swine plague, others that the bottom fell out of the slave market. It is also possible some scholars say, that the Romans destroyed the henges in their conquest of Britain . . . not for any military reason but because the wine was rubbish, and there was no garlic or olives on the deli counters. But it seems that the true reason will forever remain a mystery.

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Women are saying goodbye to glitzy, flashy, teeny bathing suits and embracing more demure one-pieces, boy shorts, and flattering halter tops. Hallelujah! If you’re making a splash poolside this season, try a one-piece bathing suit; it’s a dose of retro style that falls in line with the overall fashion of more modest looks.

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Homeopathy Awareness Week 14-21 JUNE 2010

Women ’s Health will be the theme for Homeopathy Awareness Week for summer 2010, as The Homeopathy Societ y joins forces with natur al healthcare specialist N elsons, to promote homeopathy around the country.

What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits. - Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring health and well being. - Patients are treated as individuals, not as a collection of disease labels. - Homeopathy treats all your symptoms - mental, emotional and physical. - Homeopathic remedies are gentle, subtle and powerful. Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient. It works on the principle of “like cures like” - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee. Scientifically it can not yet be explained precisely how homeopathy works, but new theories in quantum physics are going some way towards shedding light on the process. What we do know is that a carefully selected homeopathic remedy acts as a trigger to the body’s healing processes.

What happens when you see a homeopath? At the first consultation your homeopath will usually spend at least an hour, sometimes longer, asking detailed questions about your current health, medical history, and lifestyle. Some of the questions may seem strange, but the important thing to remember with homeopathy is that it treats the individual in a holistic way, and so your homeopath is looking to understand how you experience your symptoms and how they effect your life, so that s/he can match you with the most appropriate medicine. Subsequent consultations will involve you discussing the changes that have occurred with your homeopath, so that s/he can understand how you have responded to the prescription and what the next step of your treatment will be.

Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are few if any side effects and they are safe even for pregnant women and babies.

What can homeopathy help? Homeopathy treats the person rather than the named “disease” so potentially it can help patients with a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic. Illnesses commonly seen by homeopaths in the clinic include recurrent infections (such as colds, tonsillitis, cystitis), skin conditions, menstrual and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, migraine, and stress related symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

Did you know that... In India, alternative treatments, including homeopathy, are well established and integrated into the healthcare system, with 94 per cent of people saying that they have faith in alternative remedies, and 62 per cent trusting homeopathy.

Homeopathy is the most frequently used CAM therapy in five out of 16 surveyed countries in Europe and among the three most frequently used in 11 out of 16 surveyed countries.

People with longterm chronic illness are most likely to use CAM (Complementary & Alternative Medicine) most commonly seeking treatment for musculoskeletal problems, stress relief, anxiety and depression.

In April 2007, Mintel published research on complementary medicines which showed that public interest in the UK was growing. Over-the-counter homeopathic treatments, such as arnica cream, had seen a 24 per cent growth over a five year period from 2002-2007.

Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Roger Daltry, Annabel Croft and Meera Syal, as well as The Queen and Prince Charles, are all users of homeopathy.

An estimated 5.75million people a year in the UK go to see a complementary practitioner for treatment and it has been estimated that one in four members of the public would like to access complementary medicine on the National Health Service. In a survey conducted by One Poll, 78 per cent said they would like to access both conventional and complementary treatment on the NHS.


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football myths DISPELLED Experts in biomechanics, physics, nutrition and psychology shed light on some of the great game’s riddles and rumours.

Faking a fall

How can you tell when a player is diving? One telltale is the ‘archer’s bow’, says British psychologist Paul Morris. This is when a player falls with both arms in the air, with open palms, chest thrust out and legs bent at the knee, like a sprung archery bow. “This occurs in many dives but biomechanically it does not occur in a natural fall,” says Morris. “Instead, instinctively the arms go down in an attempt to cushion the fall or out to the side for balance.”

Now it’s official

Those who say football is the world’s most exciting game can take comfort in statistics. Footy beat four other major sports (American football, ice hockey, baseball and basketball) for ‘upset frequency’ when the underdog won, according to data crunchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Mexico, whose 2006 study pored over top club results dating back to 1888. American football was the most predictable. Its upset frequency was a whopping 25% less than that of football!

Highs and lows

High altitude countries are known for the advantage they have when playing at home, when low altitude opponents struggle in the thin air. Less well known: they retain an edge when playing away. A 2007 paper in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at a century of results among international matches in 10 South American countries. In the case of two teams from the same altitude, the probability of the home side winning was 53 percent. This rose to 82 percent for an altitude difference of +3,695 metres (12,008 feet), as when high-altitude Bolivia were at home to sea-level Brazil. But it fell to 21 percent when the altitude difference was -3,696 metres (12,008 feet), such as when Brazil played at home to Bolivia.

No net gains

Three common beliefs about patterns in goal scoring are false, according to football statisticians gathered at a workshop at Germany’s University of Mannheim in 2006. 1) There is no evidence that players who scored in a previous match are any likelier to score in their next game; 2) a goal scored just before half time has no greater impact on the outcome of the game than a goal scored earlier in the first half; and 3) teams that have just scored are not especially more vulnerable to conceding a goal than at other times.

How it’s spun

Remember Roberto Carlos scoring ‘the Impossible Goal’, a swerving spot kick against France in 1997? How did he do it? Some say it’s because Carlos is Brazilian. Physicists, though, point to a combination of the Magnus force and Bernoulli’s principle. Just after a kick, a spinning ball moves forward at relatively high velocity, and the air flows irregularly over it. When the ball slows – specifically, when it is between 29-37 kilometres (18-23 miles) per hour – the airflow becomes smooth or ‘laminar’, which instantly boosts the air’s braking effect, sometimes by as much as 150%. This drastically slows the forward movement of the ball and enhances a curving movement derived from the ball’s spin. So Carlos’ goal initially dipped to the right of the defensive wall and then suddenly swerved into the net, leaving the French dumbfounded

Home and hormones

Stoppage time

Unhealthy men should beware when watching a penalty shoot-out. Hospital admissions for cardiac arrests in England and Wales rose by 25% when England lost to Argentina on penalties on 30 June 1998 and on the following two days after their World Cup tie. In the 1996 European Championships, the death rate in the Netherlands from heart attack or stroke went up by around 50% on the day when Holland were knocked out by France on penalties. In both cases, the sharp increases were only seen among men, not women.

Could biology explain home advantage? British researchers Sandy Wolfson and Nick Neave took levels of testerone from players before a home game, an away game and at a training session. Levels were much higher before a home game. The male hormone is linked with dominance, confidence and aggression, which implies the lads psyched up to defend their territory.

Seeing red

Football clubs with red team strips are more successful than rivals with other colours, according to a 2008 analysis of post-World War II English league data by experts from the universities of Durham and Plymouth. Teams wearing red (such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal) won more often, while teams wearing yellow or orange fared worst. The theory: there’s a psychological boost from wearing red, a colour which is often associated in nature with male aggression and display.

Digital future

Punters looking for a tip on this year’s World Cup winners might be advised to take a close look at players’ hands. John Manning from Britain’s University of Liverpool suggests there is a link between the lengths of a footballer’s fingers and his ability as a player. Looking at British players, Manning found that the footballing elite had longer ring fingers compared to their index fingers. Manning’s theory is early exposure to testosterone in the womb is a key to heart formation and spatial judgement and finger length, which is why digits can be a telltale sign, but not a prediction, of prowess.

Ale’s out

Those who contend that drinking beer or other alcoholic beverages helps postmatch recovery are addled, say medical researchers. In a New Zealand study published in January in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, volunteers carried out strenuous exercise, which was followed by a meal. Some drank orange juice, while the other drank OJ and vodka, the equivalent to around eight standard alcoholic drinks. The guinea pigs were measured a day and a half, and then two days and a half, after exercise. The alcohol group had 15-20 percent less muscular force than the non-alcohol group, and also reported more soreness. ‘Even moderate amounts of alcohol’ are out.



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Lighten Up! Outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces. The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories:

Security lighting needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it’s not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination.

Task lighting

a cloudy day.

Battery-operated and rechargeable units ...are wireless and very portable while in use.

Line-powered or hard-wired lights ...are connected to the electrical system of your home. Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house runs through buried for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. You should place task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light will blind rather than guide.

Accent lighting ...adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light between an object and a fence or wall, dramatically displays an unusual tree or bush.

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Be subtle: try to hide lights where possible and use a low watt bulb. Avoid setting lights in straight lines up and down paths, drives or patio edges. Yellow lights are unflattering to both people and plants. Where possible, install bluewhite bulbs or purchase daylight-blue filters for your fixtures. Position outside lights where they are easily accessible for changing light bulbs. Investing in long-life outdoor bulbs will make the maintenance even easier. With any unit requiring electricity, use the protection of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all outdoor circuits.

General or ambient lighting ...provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature – moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights in mature trees, pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light – some just plain fun!

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Freestanding parasols ...are a popular choice as they can sit in the middle of a garden table and can also be moved around the garden to different positions. You can choose from a wood or metal pole and base, and the parasols come in a variety of colours that will either make a statement or blend in with the surroundings. Choose a parasol that is fade, stain and rot resistant and one that can be detached for cleaning.

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Here’s what to do in case of stroke, burns and scalds, shock and choking, and how to carry out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation(CPR)

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STROKE... Check face: Keep the casualty comfortable. Ask them to smile. If they’ve had a stroke, they may only be able to smile on one side, the other side of the face may droop. Check arms: Ask the casualty to raise their arms. If they’ve had a stroke, they may only be able to lift one arm. Check speech: Ask some questions. Can they speak and/or understand what you are saying? Call for emergency help: saying you suspect a stroke: Reassure the casualty and monitor and record their vital signs, level of response, breathing and pulse, until help arrives. CAUTION: Do NOT give the casualty anything to eat or drink; they will probably find it difficult to swallow. If they lose consciousness, open the airway and check breathing.

BURNS & SCALDS... Cool burn: Make the casualty comfortable by helping them to sit or lie down. Flood the injury with cold water; cool for at least ten minutes or until pain is relieved. Call for emergency help: depending upon the severity ensure you seek emergency advice and explain that what caused the burn and the size and depth. Remove any constrictions: While you are cooling the burn, carefully remove any clothing or jewellery from the area before it starts to swell. Do not remove anything that is sticking to the burn. Cover burn: Cover the burn with clingfilm placed lengthways over the injury, or use a

plastic bag. Alternatively, use a sterile dressing or clean, non-fluff y pad. Monitor and record the casualty’s level of response, breathing and pulse while waiting for help. • DO NOT use adhesive dressings. • DO NOT touch the burn or burst any blisters. • If the burn is severe, treat the casualty for shock. • If the burn is on the face, do not cover it. • Keep cooling with water until help arrives. • If the burn is caused by contact with chemicals, wear protective gloves and cool for at least 20 minutes. • Watch for signs of smoke inhalation,such as difficulty breathing. CAUTION: Do not apply lotions, ointment or fat to a burn. Specialised dressings are also not recommended

SHOCK... Initial signs of shock are a rapid pulse, pale, cold clammy skin and sweating. As shock develops, this turns to rapid shallow breathing, a weak pulse, grey skin, dizziness and nausea. Treat any possible causes of shock, such as severe bleeding.

Help the casualty to lie down, on a rug or blanket if there is one. Raise and support their legs above the level of their heart to improve blood supply to the vital organs. Keeping their head low may also prevent them from losing consciousness. Stop them from making any unnecessary movements. Loosen tight clothing at the neck, chest and waist. Keep them warm by covering the body with coats or blankets. Call Emergency Service and monitor and record vital signs - level of response, breathing and pulse - while waiting for help.

CHOKING ADULT... Encourage casualty to cough. Give up to five back blows - if the casualty cannot speak, cough or breathe, bend them forward. Give up to five sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. Check the mouth. Give up to five abdominal thrusts - stand behind the casualty, put both arms around them and put one fist between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone. Grasp your fist with your other hand, and pull sharply inwards and upwards up to five times. Recheck the mouth. Repeat steps two and three


until the obstruction clears. If, after three cycles, it hasn’t, call the emergency services, continuing the sequence until help arrives, the obstruction is cleared or the casualty loses consciousness.

CPR FOR AN ADULT... Position hands on chest - place one hand on the centre of the casualty’s chest. Place the heel of your other hand on top of the first and interlock your fingers, keeping fingers over their ribs. Give 30 chest compressions - lean directly over the casualty’s chest and press down vertically about 2in. Release the pressure but do not remove your hands. Give 30 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute. Check that the airway is open - tilt the casualty’s head with one hand and lift their chin with two fingers of your other hand to ensure the airway is open. Begin rescue breaths - pinch the casualty’s nose to close the nostrils and allow their mouth to fall open. Take a breath and seal your lips over their mouth. Blow steadily into their mouth until their chest rises - this should take about one second. Watch chest fall - maintaining head tilt and chin lift, take your mouth away from the casualty’s. Look along the chest and watch it fall. Repeat to give two rescue breaths. Repeat 30 chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths. Continue until they start to breathe normally. If you are unwilling or unable to give rescue breaths, you can give chest compressions alone. Techniques taken from First Aid Manual, 9th Edition (DK, £12.99), written and authorised by the UK’s leading first-aid providers, St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and British Red Cross.


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gardening...gardening... gardening... gardening...gardening... gardening... ANSWER:

Yes, sadly it does! Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been happening for a number of years and the problem isn’t getting any better. The most worrying thing is that scientists working on the project do not really understand why it is happening and until they do we will not be able to eradicate it.

n e d r a G Frankie’s e been QUESTION: I hav declining

es are hearing that be o apply ls a t a h t s e o D in UK. here in Spain?

As many crops worldwide rely on pollination by bees in order to reproduce, it is a cause of very great concern. In the US a staggering 36% of hives have already been lost to the disease. In the UK, the losses have increased by 15% over the past two years alone and the knock-on affect is the decline in the butterfly and insect population. This will eventually mean fewer birds which feed on the insects.

Last year, up here in my mountains, I only saw a couple of Bee-eaters as there were very few bees; fortunately this year there appear to be more bees and I have seen a few more of these beautiful coloured birds.

So far the countries affected, apart from the USA, UK and Spain, are Canada, Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland and there have been recent reports from both Germany and as far a field as Taiwan. It’s spreading… We can all do our small bit to try and stop the decline by planting things in our gardens which produce the nectar

that bees love. This morning my honeysuckle in flower was buzzing with hungry bees but as soon as the afternoon wind came up they left. This reminded me that bees do not like to be blown around when trying to land and prefer their flowers to be sited in sun rather than shade. Can’t say as I blame them, either! One of the favourites which will do well here is Lavender and has the bonus of needing very little attention apart from a haircut with the shears in early spring. The Ice Plant (or Sedum) we all had in our gardens back in UK also grow happily here along with good old Buddleia and Hebe. There is a nursery on the main road up to Baza which sells both of these. I’ve already mentioned Honeysuckle; Jasmine is another climber the bees are attracted to but which mozzies hate, according to my Spanish neighbour - another reason to plant one in your garden. When my citrus were in flower earlier in the spring my garden hummed and I now have lots of small Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons and Kumquats as a result. How sad to think that if a cure for this dreadful disease is not found soon we may not have these fruits. Already in the USA many hundreds of hives are transported to citrus growing areas and rented out to worried farmers in order to try and ensure a good crop. Try and protect bees from sprays and chemicals, especially the non-organic ones. If you feel you must use a spray try and use a product which doesn’t harm bees and spray insecticide in the evening when bees have all returned to their hives. To lose our bee population altogether would be a Worldwide disaster, leading to mass starvation, so please everyone, let’s get planting now!

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Kick off your flip-flops & relax with a great book this summer! The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison - A cat and mouse game begins between a serial killer and a young boy...

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Sacred Hearts is a novel about power, creativity and passion – both of the body and of the soul. Hidden history brought alive by a wonderful storyteller...

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

From the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, this is both a richly visceral epic & a riveting family story.

The Rapture by Liz Jensen

The Rapture is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind’s self-destruction in a world on the brinK.

Brixton Beach By Roma Tearne

Opening dramatically with the horrors of the 2005 London bombings, this is the profoundly moving story of a country on the brink of civil war and a child’s struggle to come to terms with loss.

The Way Home by George Pelecanos

Summoning every bit of maturity and every lesson he’s learned the hard way, Chris leaves what he found where he found it and tells his job partner to forget it, too. Knowing trouble when he sees it - and walking the other way - is a habit Chris is still learning.

The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick

There is a silver lining, however, in the form of tragically widowed, physically fit and clinically depressed Tiffany, who offers to act as a go-between for Pat and his wife, if Pat will just agree to perform in this year’s Dance Away Depression competition . . .

Summer Reading Essentials...

NO MORE POPCORN! Pilar De La Horadada’s much loved cinema has closed. Senor “Fran”, the gentleman whose idea it was so many years ago, to set up and run a picture house in Pilar, has finally allowed the arc lamp in the projector room to cool for the very last time. It had become increasingly difficult to obtain English films that would attract enough “Bums On Seats” to pay for their hire. Fran was also having to travel great distances to collect and return suitable films, on the occasions these could be obtained. Working as a teacher, full time, didn’t help matters. This was more that just a picture house to the many thousands of ticket buyers, over the years it doubled as a social club, coffee bar, information exchange office, and served the best “Popping Corn” on the Costa Blanca. Yes, the rain poured in, and the ceiling looked a little like it might collapse at any moment, but it was comfortable, friendly and fun, and will be greatly missed. Thanks Fran! By Robert W. Barnes


having one waste not.... residence galvanised dustbin sitting in

One of the curses of the modern age, and a growing crisis of monumental propor tions, is the problem of w a s t e from packaging and its safe and suitable disposal.

It is only in fairly recent times that ugly and intrusive waste disposal units have sprung up all over the UK and indeed here in Spain, from street corners to supermarket car parks; you can even find them in once picturesque country lanes. Then in Britain we have those God-awful wheely bins that have been inflicted on every household in the land. Blue for paper; green for garden waste; black for general household waste or whatever the colour codes are. I remember as a boy, each

the garden, which rarely got filled to capacity, except perhaps at Christmas time. And in our particular neighbourhood, we were provided with a ‘pig bin’ where uncooked vegetable scraps would be placed, and collected every week by the local farmer. Even with a capacity of no more than 20 litres, there was always room to spare. With parents who had experienced the hardships and shortages of wartime Britain, food waste was simply not acceptable, and this was instilled in the baby-boomer generation of the late forties and fifties. Unfortunately this concept has become diluted to the point of non-existence with the current generation. Today with household waste disposal a massive business as well as a social problem, draconian measures have been implemented in some areas making it an offence


to dispose of items in the wrongly designated bin, or over filling to even a ridiculously small extent. Simply not being able to close the lid fully can, at the very least, give the council or its contractor, the right to refuse collection. Because of a problem not of the publics making, ordinary decent law abiding citizens are being criminalised for infringements of these ridiculous laws.

And yet from where I am sitting, this is a situation that could be solved simply, and at a stroke. The often double and triple packaged food products are excessive, unnecessary and wasteful, and if laws were passed banning these excesses, the mountains of discarded, plastic, and paper based products would be slashed dramatically. It’s the manufacturers who should be brought to account and made to clean up their act and the responsibility for the problem taken off the shoulders

of the consumer and placed firmly where it belongs. But as with so many of the problems that we face today, the necessary will to do this by the government of the day is simply not there, even though the overall advantages are obvious. We may have become attuned to buying our food in attractive and eye-catching containers, but if all food products were sold in the same plain, basic packaging, the onus on the manufacturer would be to produce food to the highest standard. Freshness, taste and quality would then be the main criteria to purchase, and with the costs of packaging slashed, this could be passed on as an added bonus to the shopper. The circus that is the Football World Cup, is now in full swing, with fans from the 32 competing countries having converged on South Africa and falling over themselves to support the event

with their hard earned cash. The theory is that it will bring a financial bonanza to South Africa and it’s people. But with FIFA on course to earn in excess of 3 billion dollars in World Cup licencing revenue, and ruthlessly suing unlicenced traders and local entrepreneurs who dare to step out of line, I doubt very much if the average South African will see much of this windfall. There is a lot that is wrong with the beautiful game, but it is not at club level that changes need to be made first, but at the very top and with the fat cats at FIFA itself. Meanwhile, the new guidelines to referees regarding swearing by players, are long overdue and in my opinion should be standard procedure in our own domestic game. But expecting Rooney not to swear at officials is like asking a cow to quack.



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STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES down 1. Novice (8) 2. Do away with (9) 3. Regret (3) 4. Happens simultaneously (9) 5. Bizarre (9) 6. Ire (5) 8. Gathered a crop (9) 9. More recent (5) 12. Guess (8) 16. Tree (3)







5 Way for Stewart to catch one (4) 6 Transgression of lacking barrier (5) 7 More certain without tear to give up (9) 12 Shift equipment at middle of farm for bird (10) 13 Charms sit awkwardly at birth celebration? (9) 15 Call ringer? (9) DOWN 17 Diane shortly to sign journals (7) 1 Frame rough sea in middle of felt (5) 2 Young people showing support for golfer at new ranges 18 Heads of Japan and India move a gun’s province of China (7) (9) 3 The thought of what’s seen in The Mirror? (10) 20 Prepared set (5) 4 Charged a Chinese leader 100 US Dollars, including final 22 Gets rid of small buildings? (5) fee (7) 23 Greek character left eastern animal (4)


Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

ACROSS 2. Avid (5) 4. Customers (9) 6. Legal excuse (5) 7. Moral (7) 10. Wizard (8) 11. Frantic (8) 13. Steering devices (7) 14. Mistake (5) 15. Numerical indicator (9) 17. Cache (5)

ACROSS 1 Go into public transport without right to amuse (9) 5 Lots of things that float? (5) 8 She will almost initially forget ledge (5) 9 Ruined or ancient vessel (9) 10Guidance for the one coming first’s joint (10) 11 First hospital before this place (4) 13 Made system of belief without a prudent ending (7) 14 Turn around in empty garage, first daughter made a noise like a pig (7) 16 Some stores ponder reply (7) 18 Performer starts to join underground groups, getting less exposure regionally (7) 19 Waves at slave, we hear (4) 21 Average, with a good start, sharp adjustment needed to parts of text (10) 24Ascertaining the dimensions of geraniums, perhaps (9) 25Part of the Maglev, or “ghost-train”, coming back to small wood (5) 26 Where pigs live with the French fashion (5) 27Rows, bringing one in for a skinhead’s first animals (9)



entertainment news...

nion’ nce Of Spice Reu Mel C: ‘No Cha k tour, comebac a for regroup will claims that the Spice Girls

Melanie Chisholm has dismissed because they are too busy. a second time, with It was reported last month that the group were planning to reform for them. join to refusing Victoria Beckham reportedly of a reunion . “There’s no chance of that happening,” Chisholm said on the possibility we have no plans to “Don’t believe what you’ve read elsewhere, because I’m telling [you that] couldn’t find the we so too tour again. We all have our own projects going on and have families time even if we wanted to.” after their 1998 hit. The band are currently working on a musical called Viva Forever, named

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Lily Allen: ‘I Want To Fade Into Oblivion’

Lily Allen hopes to vanish from the limelight now that she has retired from making music. The ‘Not Fair’ singer told Closer that she hoped her decision in Februar y to move into the fashion industry would allow her a greater amount of privacy and anonymity. She said: “I hope in a year’s time I’m not gonna be asked to awards and I won’t be nominated because I haven’t put anything out there. And hopefully I can fade into oblivion.” Allen also revealed that her desire to have children within the next year with boyfriend Sam Cooper played a big part in choosing to give up her pop career and slip into obscurity. She added: “Because people have stopped buying music, the only way to make money is on tour and I’m just not willing to do that with babies around.” Despite previous suggestions that she was regretting her retirement, Allen stated that she is content with having a normal life. “’I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” she said. “Suddenly I have a sense of who I am. Having Sam around gives me confidence and makes me feel I’ve got him to lean on, whereas before I felt really lonely.”

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Menu del dia 10€ for 3 courses

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A perfectly chilled glass of white wine refreshes the parts that red wine can’t at this time of year. Certain styles work better as summer drinks than others, though. Below is a selection of grape varieties and wine regions to look out for, and some recommendations for pairing with summery foods.

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...this wine from Galicia in northwest Spain has become deservedly popular recently. Its lemony, floral character makes it a great summer quaffer. It’s also great with a range of seafood, from oysters to Galician-style grilled octopus.

FRIDAY IS Fish & Chips (Cod or Haddock) from 5€ 1pm - 9pm plus live entertainment 9pm

evening entertainment IN JUNE 17th - Ladies Ascot

Day Tomorrow

Flutters Available Design your own hat + 1€ buffet

18th - Chris Keen “70’s, 80’s music” (starts 8pm) 25th - Tony Justice “Rat Pack tribute” (starts 8pm) July 2nd - Baz “Rock” July 10th - Stevie Fisher (5€ entrance fee)

Live WORLD CUP football


Sunday Lunch underrated grape variety with flavours of green apple and citrus. It’s made in styles from bone-dry to very sweet, but look out for dry or offdry styles from Germany, Austria and Australia’s Clare Valley. They make great aperitifs and are a great match with Thai and Vietnamese cooking.

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...has forthright aromas of gooseberry, grass and green herbs. Wines from France (such as Sancerre), New Zealand and South Africa are among the best samples. Makes a great match with summery salads, asparagus and goat’s cheese, as well as fish dishes.

Every Mon 2.30pm 100€ JACKPOT

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England & Spain matches on 6ft x 4ft screen

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2.4m2 with full surround sound Showing all matches

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includes pint or a glass of wine & homemade ‘pie n’ peas’ at half time

jugs san miguel 7€

Pre order your half time drinks to avoid the queue!

Kitchen Open: Wednesday to Monday 12pm - 4pm & 7pm - 11pm Closed on Tuesdays


Happy Fathers Day 20th June

tO Grandad Love from Darcey Anna xx

Dad, with all our love Pauline, Cathy, Michael, Jacki and all your grandchildren. Thank you you’re the best Grandad!

Happy Father’s Day Daddy I love you to the stars and back Felicity xxx

Happy Father’s Day dad Thanks for everything Love you lots Jodie xxxxx

Happy Fathers Day to the best Dad and Grandad in the world. All our love Emma, Ben, Nick and Fliss xxxxxxxx

Happy Fathers day to the best dad in the world! Lots of love Justin, Joanna and Claire xxxx

Happy Fathers day DADDY Lots of love Dani xxx

Happy Fathers Day Dad, All our love Rosemary and Greg xxxxxxxxx

Jack Brennan To the best Dad in the world. Love you, always in my heart Chrissie xxxxxxx

Happy Father’s Day “Taxi-Dad”. Thanks for everything you do. Love you! Claire & Danny xx

Happy Father’s Day We Love You Thanks for being such a great Dad & Grandad Joanna, Charlotte & Sophie xxxxxxxxxx

To the best dad Happy Fathers Day Love from Soph Ab & Jody xxx

To the best daddy in the world Lots of love Daisy Leigh

To the best daddy Love you loads from Jake & Milli xxx

thank you Daddy .... for choosing me out of all my brothers and sisters! xx Fiji xx

To Dad, Happy Fathers Day …you are a legend! Love you very much, Melanie



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letters...letters... Dear Sol Times You ask for our thoughts on the Eurovision Song Contest. Actually I thought overall this was one of the better years as regards quality of songs, except for the UK entry which sounded 20 years behind the times. Incidentally, I take issue with you about our “dismal” performances of past failures: Jemini - yes, but not so much dismal performances as dismal songs with Andy Abraham and Dubovie (despite some shaky high notes). However, how much longer can this competition survive given the ease of downloading music from the internet and the other inconsistencies and controversies that plague the competition?

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Yes, I remember Andrew Lloyd-Webber having an audience with Vladimir Putin last year to promote Britain’s 2009 entry, but this year was something else, in terms of pre-competition Europe-wide promotion. This sounds like foul play to me, but how on earth do you stop the universal airplay of music in the run up to a supposed competition, in this high-tech age. Unless there can be a return to something resembling a level playing field of fair play, then perhaps the four nations (including the UK and Spain) who contribute the most cash to this competition, should reduce their giving to the level of the average contributed by the other nations. Then let us see if the competition can survive.

Here are some photos of the damage caused to the land surrounding my house when the storms decended on 28th May. We had hailstones the size of golf-balls!

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We have always had foreign singers and foreign song writers providing entries for various countries (the Canadian Celine Dion for Switzerland, the Greek Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg, and the fancied but unsuccessful Azebaijan entry this year). Then we had the political block voting between Balkan Countries who only a few years earlier had been killing each other on the battlefields, and within the Eastern Bloc countries, not to mention Greece and Cyprus (though Greece did give us 12 points last year when there was no Cyprus to vote for!). However, this year, as never before, we had a song winning which seemed to be well known by half of Europe weeks before the competition. The song itself was OK, though nothing particularly special, but not only had it been top of the charts for 5 weeks in Germany - no problem there as they couldn’t vote for their own song - but it had also been in the charts of several other countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and the Czech Republic. Not all these nations participate in the contest, but some do, and if a song is familiar and has been in your own charts for several weeks and on your radio, then surely you are more likely to vote for it than for a song you’ve never heard before.

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Royal British Legion Meeting

Olive Museum

cinema 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

New members always welcome. Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month, at 15:00 at ‘Y de Wakes’ on Calle Serena. Contact Joan, Secretary, with any questions, Tel: 950 333 243 or Y da Wakes at Tel: 637 903 559

WORLD CUP FOOTBALL IN HD! 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

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Sweepstake every England Game Free Tapas & prize Draw San Juan – 23rd June Stumble In , Almerimar Invite you to join them on the beach to celebrate San Juan ~ Tickets available now at the bar – 664 190764 WIFI ~Secure WIFI Access for Customers At The Stumble Inn, Almerimar With printing services next door at Holland Yachting ~ Stumble Inn, Almerimar ~ 664 190 764

Leo’s Variety Bar


Real Haddock and Real Mushy Peas

Live Entertainment & Karaoke Every Night

Tel: 645 066 538

Bridge Club - Every Monday! s in Spain

The Dame Priest Canon ing Report Monthly MeetKim Hugh Broad rick. Mojacar The Wine & Nibbles at Tel: 950 478 432 iz; They also took part in a Picture Qu The holds the Roquetas there was great pondering going on! Sea Eucharist service on the next and last event of the “Dames son” 3rd Thursday in month will be the Beach Lunch on Monday 21 Beach Club. at 11:00 in the Lutheran June to be held at the Vera The Dames will meet again on 20th Church, C/Mar Egeo, eting September at The Meet & Greet Me Roquetas.The Church Wardens are: Alan Smith serving breakfast & LUNCH Tel: 950 478 066 & Meals Served All Day till 10pm John Salmons utch Food English& D Tel: 950 472 112

Shaz & Dee’s Discos & Karaoke

Tuesday 8-late - Stumble Inn - Almerimar Thursday 7-late - SHIL8-C - Roquetas del Mar Friday 8-late - Stumble Inn - Almerimar Saturday 8-late - The Blues Bar, Roquetas del Mar Sunday 7-late - SHIL8-C - Roquetas del Mar

Call 600 585 789 or 619 806 619

The Blues Bar

watch the World cup in our air conditioned bar

Disco Karaoke SATurday~ 9pm English / Dutch Satellite World cup

Happy 2 hour 6-8pm Opposite Portobello Urbanization Roquetas De Mar tel: 667 923 881

645 066 538

Calle Faro


At the entrance to the port

Open every day 12-3pm for Tapas Curry every night @ Leo’s Also, we do party bookings Live entertainment & Karaoke every night throughout the season Friday nights 7pm Fish & Chips real Haddock, real Chips, real Mushy Peas Stones Bitter 1€ a pint Branded drinks at cheaper prices

Variety Bar

Arkrites British Food Store

in Roquetas (near Theos) Groceries and frozen foods including legs of New Zealand lamb, gammon joints, lambs liver. Large selection of greeting cards

Free Home Delivery Always well stocked Tel: 950 334 081

Mon - fri 11 - 5

Every Friday Night 7pm - Fish & Chips

throughout the season Calle Faro, Almerimar (entrance to the port)


sat 10 - 2

In the Urb of Roquetas de Mar, just off Avda de Mediterraneo in the square neat ‘Gamba de Ora’ Todcana & Theos

La Grappa

Ristorante - Pizzeria open daily & bank holidays Excellent Italian & International Cuisine served in comfortable surroundings by friendly, English-speaking staff Italian food to take away Fresh homemade Pastas Confirmations Anniversaries & private Parties for up to 70 people 12.30 - 4pm and 7 - 12am Situated on the ground floor at the HOTEL PLAYA SOL • URB. PLAYA SERENA

TEL: 950 33 41 88

Bar Spinnaker


We are located on the paseo between the Zoraida Garden Hotel and the Port of Roquetas De Mar

950 325 867

Open 7 days a week from 10am till late For all day breakfast, Snacks, 3 Course Meals

Now serving Tasty Tapas Small beer, wine, coffee, tea or water with Tapa €2 / Extra Tapas €1 Curry Night - Saturdays 7pm -10pm Onion bahjee, chicken curry, naan bread & small beer or wine. All for €8.50

MON: 7pm Barbeque / TUE: 9PM BINGO wed: 9pm ‘the big quiz’ / fri: 9Pm race night Sunday lunch - 1.30-4.30pm - Booking Recommended


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G a r d e n furniture, parasols, bases, garden ornaments, water features, solar lights, etc, HSH, Turre (next to Dia Supermarket on main road) 950 479 487 Hozelock reels, hoses, fittings, watering cans and roses, fertilizers, etc etc HSH, Turre Free after sun lotion with Malibu Sun Tan Lotion F40 Childs Sun Lotion only 5.99€ HSH, Turre Acrylic and p ol yc a r b o nate glasses in stock now at best prices. HSH, Turre Cabin friendly luggage just in and wide range of accessories. HSH, Turre In stock now paint by Dulux, Crown, Berger, Sandtex, etc. The best makes at the best price. HSH, Turre. 4.5 Tog summer duvets in stock now and Egyptian cotton cool sheets, half price percale sheets, pillows, cushions, towels, curtains, etc etc HSH, Turre Wide range of car accessories including Scissor and Trolley jacks, tyre inflators, battery chargers, wheel trims, seat covers, car matts, cleaning products, scratch removers, T. Cut, Radweld, wiper blades etc etc HSH, Turre. Over 1000 D I F F E R EN T h o u s e h o l d products now in stock, we have simply the best range bar none. HSH, Turre B u n k b e d s beautiful condition, as new, wood and tubular steel, bottom bunk folds into sofa. 250€.ono.also single bed & mattress 70€ ono. Tel 679 765 403 anytime. Fissler Vitavit pressure cooker with recipe book 10€- Tel: 966 760 100 / 649 045 156 Royal Albert Tea Service. Complete. Lavender Rose. 60€ Tel:950 472 698 Aynsley China Clock. Good working condition. 40€.Tel: 950 472 698 Westminster Stamp Albums. New. Plus Stamps and Fist Day Covers. 60€ Tel: 950472698

wanted We buy quality used furniture and white goods to furnish our own rental apartments. Tel: 965 720 817 or 966 723 437 Rotary blade, petrol lawnmower TEL: 681 167 837



Want all of your unwanted items! Call

600 007 175 950 064 576

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


HANDYMAN available 24hours / emergency callouts, general maintenance home and garden, accountancy references available SR Accountancy Tel: 950 067 026 or 686 626 406 offers Completion of


Non-Resident Tax returns, Renewals of Residencia, European Health Cards and Registering of E121 etc. For more information, call 685 248 999 or email sharon@

air conditioning MD Air-Con & Refrigeration S.L. Sales, service, installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_ aircon@mobileemail. v o d a f o n e . e s

Alternative Energy Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil on 636 261 240 Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente. com Tel: 968 969 962


Neil Bates Builder

City & Guilds Qualified

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices

Summer’s HERE

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

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592


For Hire - All types of building work - References Available. Call: Kevin 610 926 833 Ross Regan We cover all aspects of work from total reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors design & build Call for a free no obligation quote 671 843 155 / 646 234 222

L o c a t i o n Auctions, Antas

Andrew Morrison All electrical undertaken. W i l d w o o d work available. Discount Bespoke Joinery Boletin High quality made to Tel: 627 250 204 For all SOL TIMES measure carpentry readers & joinery. Reliable & Got a letter from the professional service Electricity Board? contact Claire at competitive prices. Supplied & installed 691 987 454 A v o i d disappointment, call an I.C.P. Trip (curcuit for details! James on: 950 067 breaker). Call now for 011 or 685 955 768 more information. Tel: 627 250 204 heating





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

COMPUTERS Steve Hayes Informatica

Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs onsite callout / tuition. Consumables

Opening hours for July & August 9.30 until 5pm Mon-Fri & Sat 10am until 1pm

Tel: 950 120 900


PC hardware & software specialist. Unbiased advise on purchases Installation, help and training. Diagnosis & Repair 15€ an hour min charge 1 hour + parts

I come to you Comp TIAA+certified Tel: 646 587 746 E:

dampproofing electro-os s.l. damp proofing English / Spanish 15 years in Spain

Tel: 958 656 560 or 619 666 363

for hire

Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@

Electric bicycle & Tricycle hire - www. rainbowsendmojacar. com. Tel: 608 719 015


Potty finca Services

All types of Tree work undertaken. Also hedge cutting and heavy duty strimming.

Tel: 950 163 930 Mob: 616 855 294

gENERATORS Generators – we buy working/nonworking. We sell new and reconditioned generators. Service and repairs. Tel: 667 926 301


or Email: SALON ALKEMI Chair for rent in busy hair Salon.


Bouncy Castle for hire, 50€ per day. Tel: 686 923 578

to advertise 950 430 820

craft & hobby


Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol, Mazarron number one & Huercal Overa. broadband internet Call: 667 273 889 provider in the area 17€ for a elaineswools@gmail. 256from kbps connection com per month call 678 813 505


Internal & External car boots Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free Boot sale at El no obligation quote Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, on 627 907 207 pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, to advertise for more information 950 430 820 call Julie 646 675 297

repairs, gazebo covers & mosquito nets. Tel: 649 503 875


Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962


Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Professional Baby Partaloa. One to one Equipment Hire. or group lessons, latest EN standard FREE delivery hats provided. & collection. Escorted hacking and Tel: 649 332 134 treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

Stylist wanted Min 5 years experience. Send CV to B e s p o k e c u r t a i n s , a l t e r a t i o n s , Tel Diana 663 397 789

El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auctionWed 16th June. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon/Tue and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 667 698 795

Bouncy Castle

to place your BY PHONE call: Lynn or Paulette 950 430 820 By EMAIL: advertisment.... By PERSON: Avda 28 Febrero, 54, Albox

rejas. Quality product. Ref available. 648 898 719 or 677 577 190 europaintersspain@

HOUSE CLEARANCE Proffesional House Clearance. Turn your unwanted goods into immediate cash. Single items to total contents. Tel: 689 023 602 email:

Is your house too hot in summer, too cold in winter? Foam cavity insultaion is the solution. Call 950 527 134 or 618 928 451

insurance For all types of insurance. Call Knights Insurance, Albox on 950 121 943

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

ironworks Real



Come and see us on the man looking for work. all quality metal Albox road for a free no Labouring, gardening, work, rejas, gates driving, anything etc, and chain link obligation quote considered.

Call fencing.


ELECTRICAL Knowles Abbott


no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

Acupuncture, Auriculotherapy, No-Needle ElectroAcupuncture & Aculaser, Cosmetic Rejuvenation, ultrasound & Infrared laser Injury Management

950 439 194

Lock, Stock and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith. Change any lock, upgrade, break-in or lockout. 24 hour service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086 Phil the Pick 24 Locksmith hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing&heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente. com Tel: 968 969 962 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & Plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing and electrics. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel 950 137 197 or 606 807 797


Tel: 950 527 134 or 618 928 451


Animal Hotel, Aquilas, every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly Experienced Interior obedience classes, & Exterior Decorator Tuesday & Thursday Using quality materials. mornings. Call: 639 This fast, friendly, clean and 722 197 efficient service will never be beaten on price. No payment until complete satisfaction.

TEL IAN: 617 904 774


Multi-skilled handyman Requires work

Call 677 114 576 Stephen on 655 772 127 or 950 135 564


Can you help please? Due to sudden bereavement, Margaret needs desperate help to foster 7 dogs for at least one month. MINI digger All are chipped and Reliable Plumber over ready to travel back to HOuse painter Mini Digger and the UK for rehoming. 20 yrs experience (8yrs in Spain). For customer House painted Driver Hire. Tel: 610 If you can help, call reviews visit www. Cathy on 950 523 outside villa to include 345 725 346 for more details minor repairs plus 10


Call Dave: 950 064 342 ENCLOSURE Mobile: 617 621 729 SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS Hard working

Palomino Kennels Plastering – exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Heritance Wills, Warm, friendly RDS Plastering English Wills, Power secure Services countryside of Attorney, Property environment. Walls & Ceilings. Call Trusts, Children’s 619 306 870 or In & out. Floor screeding. Trusts, Inheritance Tax 950 067 051 www. Coving - plain & Planning patterned. Landscaping, Hilton Cattery, the Tiling. Decorating in & best care for your cat. out. Best rates. Quality Tel: 660 887 723 Tel: 950 163 489 or work. No money upfront. 637 546 590 Tel: 664 788 053 /


Call: 689 524 024 or visit www. The Metalworks -Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Made to measure. Tel: Keith Wood on 600 438 436 to advertise

950 430 820

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KENNELMATES Small family run kennels and cattery,30 yrs experience in pet care,large secure exercise area, inspection welcome. 15 mins Huercal Overa 10 mins Urcal, for more details: 950529007 mob 616615528


WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY ARBOLEAS Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tel: Tracy

P r i n t i n g Specialists in Brochures & Magazines, unbeatable prices. Tel: 616 493 487 or 965 720 817

Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952

Puppy Rescue if you would like to help Phone Ken: 634 336 024 in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or Male Masseur 667 623 254. www. – Men ONLY Relaxing puppyrescueinspain. & affordable. Tel: 676 com 902 388 Attractive couple (m42/f29) offer exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house and hotel visits possible. Tel: 629 483 618 TRAVELLING IN AIR Sensual, tender CONDITIONED VEHICLE woman (30) with DELIVERED TO DOOR sexy curved body PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED spoils you daily on TRAVEL AVAILABLE her private, descreet 0044 7533 285 918 finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms, in the Jacuzzi to advertise or outdoor at the 950 430 820 pool. Tel: 669 101 316 Sexy German beauty, busty and parking shaved, enjoys to please you with arousing massages AAParking and more. Affordable & storage rates. Call 676 565 128 funinthesun1950@



Almeria Murcia Alicante Tel: 639 081 067

to advertise IN THE CLASSIFIED SECTION cALL 950 430 820

removals House Clearance Man with a van

Going back to the UK? We will sell your second hand goods!

Tel: 692 285 129 ABBOTTS


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

James & Son Removals / Storage

UK, France & Spain

Pet Transportation

651 519 307

Man & large van, Lornas Mobile Dog very cheap rates. Tel: 950 163 Grooming Service 489 or 637 546 590 Tel: 667 722 225


situations vacant


A1 Sky Television Systems

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also broadband & Internet via Satellite Tel Dave: 628 607 778 Sky Digi Box, PACE with blue sky card BBC1, 2, 3, 4, ITV1, 2, 3. Ch4 & 5. 79€ Can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 657 478 771. Skystars – satellite installations, relocation & alignment of dishes, all areas covered. Tel: Paul 687 042 335

Have you got factor? the


We are looking for a star to join our sales team ARE YOU: • Confident & energetic? • Able to work to deadlines? • Able to keep your smile when the pressure is on? • Well organised and able to work on your own initiative? • A team player with the ability to work with existing clients but also generate new business? Then we want to meet you! Experience is not essential as full and on-going training is provided. In return we offer: A high commission package, mobile phone & expenses.

Wanted Trainee Car Sales Person

Must have a good technical knowledge of cars, speak Spanish, be enthusiastic and well mannered.

Contact Jonathan or David

Tel: 950 459 136 FREE SATELLITE SYSTEMS FITTED FROM 299€ call 678 813 505

Swimming pools

Tropicana Pools Construction & Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776

CLEAN & CLEAR Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service Take advantage of our unbeaten Summer offer.


For more information please call:

NEWSPAPER GROUP Chrissie on 950 430 820 or email your CV to: rob@

Hard Working Man looking for work, Anything considered Call 655 772 127

specialist Carpentry, joinery & building refurbishment specialist. Tel: 627 907 207

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

WEEKLY POOL CLEAN WE WANT YOU! (inc all chemicals) Enthusiastic and committed sales for less than people wanted to work 17€ per week on commission only Also offering pump repair & services FULL SAND CHANGE ONLY 95€ Call: 689 200 671 4yrs established in Albox area.

Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all storage Floor / Wall tiling trades, just a master Caravan & boat rendering and garden of one! Call Steve storage & sales, Antas services. Tel 647 379 Holman: 697 678 708 Tel: 661 508 776 795


basis, must have own transport, if you can close a deal and have a desire to work for an tRANSPORT established company. Airport Transfer, Call 965 720 817 or 24hr service, 616 493 487 Alicante, Almeria, Floor and Murcia etc. 9 seater, cheap rates. Tel: 634 Wall Tiling 344 699


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

van hire

motoring section OPEL VECTRA 2.0i Blue automatic - 1993

ITV end June, good little runner

appliance repairs

house clearance



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


For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered

building & maintenance

House Clearance


ross regan s.l.

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

get your property ready for summer! bbq areas, patios, gardens - no job too small


1993, V6, 3.2 Petrol, taxed, Top prices paid. DVLA ITV, 1,700€ ono. Tel: 678 notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts 166 272 Twin Trailer



tailgate door, 800€ ono. Tel: 678 166 272 Honda


Petrol /Gas LPG 250€ Tel 647006180 Black SEat Leon TDi Sport, 2 litre 140hp, Sept 2006 Sapnish reg RHD Full Service History from new 9,900€ Tel:629 864 121

950 369 124

Best prices paid

We want all of your unwanted items!

All areas covered

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


MOSQUITO SCREENS Mosquito Screens& Blinds


business for Sale All realistic offers considered Tel: 610

601 458

job vacancy


■Made to measure ■To fit any size ■Door or window

Best Quality at Affordable Prices All Areas Covered - Ring for VIP Service

TEL: 600 049 515


Opportunities available to dynamic people throughout the Almeria area.

Self-employed, commission based, work from home. Zone exclusivity, Rewards Package, OTE €4200pm Your chance to work with a fantastic team - bringing a new concept to Estate Agency Email CV to

mechanicAL SERVICES Mikes Mobile Mechanics. All types of service, repair and ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

Call 950 109 699 or 661 443 443




Fully installed from 295 euros BBC, ITV, CH4, CH5, radio etc.

New white Sky Freesat cards 70 euros Freesat HD and Sky HD systems Spanish TDT servicing & installations


available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, Aluminium and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 687 314 775

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

car body repairs


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

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

to advertise IN cLASSIFIED SECTION TEL: 950 430 820

Tel: 609 199 394 or 647 379 878 Trooper,

And we mean total!

Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222 Email:



If so – call us on 686 140 034

Tel Rod: 687 261 280

1050€ ono


* Are you returning to the U.K.? * * Moving House/Downsizing? * * Need extra cash? * * Have unwanted items? * * Immediate Cash Payout *

tuition Conversation & Pronunciation Spanish Classes Preparatory courses for official qualifications in Spanish Spanish and lengua support classes for childen Victoria - 950 472 590




TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

Call 636710559 for details

to advertise IN this cLASSIFIED SECTION telephone: 950 430 820

windows & doors


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket! Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

• We supply & fit top quality Aluminium, UPVC and Wood

• Free home survey, professional advice & 10 year guarantee • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed • All types of building work undertaken • No job too big or small

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311


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94 sqm, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, air-con, garage & solarium, fully furnished

Whether you´re looking to buy or sell a home, having the right agent can make all the difference.

Contact Ann 666 260 792

Get yourself a bargain 3 year old villa on the outskirts of Turre 2 bedrooms, Bathroom, Lounge, Kitchen, Shower room, 9x4 pool, Mature gardens, All paperwork 400sqm plot

€188,000 Tel: 950 069 660 HOUSE FOR SALE IN REAL DE ANTAS

Luxury 2 and 3 bedrooms (2 bathrooms) apartments in the centre of Miguel de Salinas, video entry, marble entrance, lifts to all floors, underfloor heating, roof top pool, next to supermarkets, stunning view from 385€ per month. Tel: 965 720 817 or 616 493 487 Blaumar Estate Agents Huercal Overa Avda. Guillermo Reyna 53 Tel/Fax: 950 135 512 Mobile: 678 002 006

property of the week

on small duplex of 4 houses. Shared pool, 3 bedrooms, 1 en-suite, bathroom, lounge, kitchen with dispensary behind, garage, patio and bedroom terrace. Sold part furnished. 175,000€ Tel: 950 453 161

Semi-detatched furnished apartment in Limaria lounge, diner, kitchen, 2 beds, shower room, private courtyard & parking 300€ pcm + bills Call for more info 868 931 801 or email:

Long-Term Let

Established Bar For Sale In Villaricos

TEL: 600 890 631

Mojacar Playa, 2 bed, 1 bath apartment. Lovely sea views, large sunny terrace, small quiet community, 300mt from beach. Fully furnished, air/con, Sky TV. 350€ + bills Tel 950615 033 / 610691128 after 12pm

Furnished & Unfurnished Medium or Long Term ALMANZORANew 3 bed, 2 bath villa. Walking distance to village €450 pcm CHIRIVEL - Charming character property 4 bed,3 bath €350 pcm LOS HIGUERALES - Spacious modern villa 3 bed, 2 bath + pool €525 pcm MOJACAR - Superb 2 bed, 2 bath apartment + pool. €375 pcm CANTORIA - Fabulous 3 Bed villa + pool Gated & private €600 pcm TURRE - Huge 3 bed, 2 bath apartment + pool & hot tub. €375 pcm More available other areas!

Phone 638 849 254

• 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms • Quality renovation • Quality furniture included • 163m2 house / 16,402m2 land • 146m2 apartment block / stables • Mains water, electricity etc • 3 mins to village, bars, shops etc • 8 mins to Huercal Overa town

bargain 35,000€

Properties for Sale & Let in the Granada Region

Owners Relocating

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Cherri Bar Park Homes S.L ‘La Hierbabuena’ - Los Lobos


2 Bedrooms, large bathroom, fitted kitchen, lounge, fully furnished


with 1 years plot rent paid

Tel: 629 688 153 - 950 396 908 business for sale For Rent Only 250€ p.c.m. 2 bedroom apartment, near Successful, Modern Beauty Taberno. Tel: 697 772 941 and Tanning Salon

to advertise

950 430 820

tel: 636 907 542

RENTAL PROPERTIES WANTED IN Partaloa, Arboleas, Cantoria, Retamar, Albox, Albanchez & surrounding areas for existing clients.

3 BED 2 BATH DETACHED VILLA WITH A 9.5M PRIVATE POOL IN RETAMAR, PARTALOA Tel: 950 469 592 Mob: 697 640 681 or 644 350 361

Fantastic opportunity. Mojacar Playa, excellent price, selling due to relocation. For more info

Carol +34 673 768 828 EN Lisa +34 654 406 679 SP

Going Concern, Leasehold Low Rent 4,500€




Large Country House €189,000

For Sale

Unfurnished 2 bed cave house, in quiet secluded lane, 10 mins walk into Baza Town. Ideal for holiday retreat or rental



Restaurant leasehold 9.500€

5+5 years renewable & transferable Mojacar Playa seafront 30 covers terrace, 30 covers dining room Profit €50.000/year

Potential further profit through re-sale of lease

Ring: 678 719 745

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Euro Painters

Recession Busting Offer!

Average 2 / 3 bed Villa

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

incl. all minor repairs & 10 rejas!

only 1,000€

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

Tel: 648 898 719 or 677 557 190

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

Reasonable rates. References avaiLable.


Coastal Mosquitos

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

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

647 379 795 LOCK STOCK & BARREL

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

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

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The fact Files


Apple shows off redesigned iPhone Apple has unveiled a redesign of its

popular iPhone handset. The revamped gadget has a stainless steel case, two cameras, improved display and is 24% thinner than the most recent version. Apple boss Steve Jobs said the redesign was the “biggest leap” it had taken since the launch of the first iPhone. But analysts said the phone’s popularity could be dented by Apple’s strict control over what owners can do with their gadget. The gadget was revealed during the keynote speech at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The device will go on sale on 24 June. The US price for the 32GB model is $299 (£206) and $199 (£137) for the 16GB model. Apple said prices might be affected by contract conditions. Some of the impact of the announcement was lessened because technology blog Gizmodo had published details of a prototype of the phone after one was left in a bar by an Apple employee. Acknowledging the leak, Mr Jobs said: “Some of you have already seen this.” The new handset includes many features that critics had said were lacking from previous versions. It now includes two cameras - one on the front and one on the back - and allows people to video-chat, although only when it is connected to wi-fi. It also supports high-definition video. Other extras added to the phone include a gyroscope which, when coupled with the existing accelerometer and compass, gives it six-axis motion sensing. This allows people to control games and apps by waving the handset. “These phones are getting more and more intelligent about the world around them,” said Mr Jobs.

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New Suzuki Swift Next generation Swift is almost here

The new third-generation Suzuki Swift hits UK shores this autumn with the Japanese carmaker holding its premier line off ceremony in its Esztergom, Hungary production plant.

Dual VVT (variable intake and exhaust valve timing), which makes it a stronger, betterperforming powertrain than the previous 1.3-litre. Another improvement over the previous model is the significantly lower fuel With new developments in styling, consumption at 56.5 mpg, while emissions performance and sharply lower emissions, are lowered to 116 g/km. the new Swift features a longer body and A 1.3-litre option will become available wheelbase that uses higher strength steel for the UK in early 2011, offering better to make shell lighter and stiffer. emissions and fuel consumption, as well as A new 1.2-litre petrol engine incorporates handling and performance all at once.

Renault’s Citroen C6

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amounts of space and equipment.

A spacious interior and class-leading boot are promised, and standard kit is set to include including a dual-mode air ioniser with double fragrance diffuser, triple-zone climate control, a massaging driver’s seat, Bose Premium audio and Renault handsAt 4.89-metres long, 1.83-metres wide and free card. 1.49-metres high, the newcomer is almost The Latitude will make its public debut at exactly the same size as the Citroen C6. the Moscow Motor Show in August, before Based on the same platform as the Laguna- making its European bow at the Paris show derived SM5, which was recently launched in October. No decision has been made on in Korea, the Latitude will offer generous whether the car will be brought to the UK

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Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo confirms ‘open 599’ to break cover at Pebble Beach Concours in August Ferrari has opened up about its future! In a private press gathering in Central London, Luca di Montezemolo talked about Ferrari past, present and future - confirming in the process that an ‘open 599’ would be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in August. He also added: “The roadster will have a very romantic name,” hinting that it could follow in the mould of the 2005 575 Superamerica. The limited run car featured

a electric roof section that flipped back over the rear windscreen, plus 25bhp extra power to account for the extra weight. But there was bad news too for fans of more focused Ferraris: “We will continue to produce one new model each year – but there will not be a 458 Scuderia,” revealed di Montezemolo. A seperate spokesman for the brand explained: “The more hardcore editions have been a huge success for us over the last few years, so that’s certainly the plan with the 458 too. But unless we can present pioneering and innovative technology there’s no point in making a 458 Scuderia regardless. At the moment it’s hard to

Open-top Ferrari 599 Confirmed

In just 11 years, BMW has built 1,000,000 of its popular X5 SUVs. The landmark car was an anniversary edition sapphire black metallic X5 xDrive35i featuring cinnamon brown Nevada leather trim, and will be shipped to a lucky customer in China. The X5 has achieved its popularity by being the first off-roader which had all the style of a 4x4, but its focus was more on on-road dynamics than pure mud plugging ability. The range was further enhanced with the addition of the X6 which fused coupe looks with the X5’s already impressive road performance. Both the X5 and X6 are built at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, and are exported to more than 120 countries worldwide. Before the end of 2010, production of the latest BMW X3 will also commence at this location.

see how we could move the game forward significantly enough from the standard 458.” Regarding the firm’s hybrid future di Montezemolo said: “The future for Ferrari is hybrid for the 12 and new [turbocharged] technology for the 8. Within 3-4 years we will be ready with a 12 cylinder hybrid based on the HY-KERS concept.” This means the Enzo replacement, plus the next generation of V12 cars including the next 599 and Scaglietti, will all benefit from the V12 hybrid technology. However, the next generation of V8s will not receive the hybrid tech, instead using turbo technology to meet performance and CO2 emissions targets.




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‘Cockney Ken’ fished the Lorca lake where he found it full of water as it has been for most of the last 9 months. He caught lots of carp to 1.1/2lbs including some of the fullyscaled mirrors that the lake was stocked with a couple of years ago.

landed the biggest weaver I’ve seen and he was the one that had the beautiful and unusual sunfish that weighed about 6 to 7lbs.

‘Ham Radio Kevin’ hasn’t been fishing from the shore this week and ‘London Bill’ tells me he’s caught nothing worth mentioning. What with ‘Grump’s Shylock’ Mick of Los Gallardos fame only catching one tiddler when fishing the Garrucha arm and ‘Squidly Sid’ on the Indalo arm where he lost three big predators while fishing a flyer bait, it’s not been a good week from the shoreline.

(See photo of Kevin with this most beautiful creature)

‘Captain (Brian) Cuba’, ‘Ham Radio Kevin’, ‘Farmer Rory’, me and ‘Brian the Griff’ went out and had 80 to 100 fish between us including inc blue mouths, combers, pandoras and a pouting which is my third newest species of the year this week. (Last week, striped and twin banded bream) We were treated to seeing a sunfish around 20lbs floating past sunbathing and eyeing us up. We also saw a swordfish come clear of the water and heard two more big splashes that probably were too. A couple of days later I joined Brian for another morning out and was again joined by Rory and Kevin. Two more friends joined us, ‘Vera Playa Phil’ and his son Michael. Fish caught were pandoras, pickerel, blue mouths, dreaded weavers and a sunfish. Kevin

I was struggling to catch early on because I was fishing with 3.0 hooks, much bigger than everyone else because as usual I wanted monsters! Most of what I was hooking fell off and just when I thought I had one to land on the deck a big predator of some sort grabbed my catch and swiftly brought it and my line to the surface. As it nicked my fish off the hook all I saw was 3 feet of chrome flash just under the surface. Brian’s partner ‘Admiral Phil’ is here in Mojacar at the moment and it will be good to see him and his family out catching some fish. Also out of Garrucha that day in his newly acquired fishing boat was ‘Captain Roly’ who will be taking mates out regularly and I hope he will let me have details of his catches. Almerimar mooring charges have come down because I believe the authorities have been overcharging

marina members golf club Monday 7th June For some players it is the only real test of ones golfing ability, to others it is an agony to be endured on the first Monday of every month. Yes, it is the dreaded Medal competition off the back tees. However, this week’s Medal held no fears for two of our members, one lady and one gent managed to score net 66 which was by far the best score of the day. There were no other scores close to par. In the Ladies Division the results were:1st Liz Bamforth, net 66

IVA at the rate of 16% and it should have been 7%. Of course no refunds will be offered or given I’m informed. Thanks to Chris of for the info. Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John

badgers golf society On Wednesday 9th June, the Society played an individual stableford competition at Valle Del Este. The course was not in good condition with very poor greens.

this year there were not enough buggies (and some of them broke down half way round) so 14 players had to go to Macenas who again welcomed them with open arms.

45 players turned up at Valle del Este expecting a good day´s golf but unfortunately for the second time

So from the 31 players left to play the winner with 43 points was George Crichton, 2nd with 39

valle del este golf society With USA drawing with England our past captain Martin de Bruin (USA) who has just had a hip replacement was cock a hoop emailing all members it sure gave him the lift he needs on his way to recovery. Now for this weeks results and with an excellent turnout on both days Tuesday 8th June 1st Keith Mason 41pts; 2nd Alan Townsend 40pts & 3rd Cliff Leslie 37pts Friday 11th June

1st Mally Roberts 38pts; 2nd Mick Vine 38pts & 3rd Ray Matthews 38pts all on countback. Our handicap secretary certainly had a busy week well done to all. Visitors are welcome to come and play on Tuesday or Friday with us at Valle del Este just contact Alan Townsend beforehand on 950 591 991; this also applies to members as teetimes have to be booked. Have a good round wherever you’re playing!

2nd Linda (countback)




3rd Margaret Budd, net 84 In the Men’s Division the results were:1st John Bridgen, net 66 2nd Bob Tink, net 74 3rd Geoff Owen, net 75 2 “two’s” were recorded: John Bridgen on hole 2 and George Gibson on hole 17.

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With some members returning to their place of origin for the summer, our numbers are being supplemented by guests; and with the course being in great condition the feedback is very positive. RESULTS

points was Alan Thomas, & 3rd with 38 points was Lee Coxon. There were 4 nearest the pin prizes. Lee Coxon was closest at the 6th, Alan Thomas at the 12th Ron Hart at the 17th in 2 and Bill Mumford was also successful in 2 at the 18th. Next week’s competition will be at Macenas.

Thursday 10th June Jim and Margaret Budd organised an Irish Three Ball, 1 to count on the first six holes, two to count on holes 7 to 12 and all 3 to count on the last six holes. Brian Couper gave the competition its name - he’s Scottish! 1st Team - Maxine Mayhew, Jim Budd and Jim Laird (guest) 84 points 2nd Team - Tony Cordingly, Frank Varey and Ian (guest) 81 points 3rd Team - Linda King, Brian Mayhew and Mark Davies 72 points Nearest the pin on the 5th Howard Roper (guest) Nearest the pin in two on the 15th Jim Budd Visitors are very welcome to join our Thursday competitions for a total of 30€ which includes the green fee. Contact Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra on 950 069 438 BT

Wednesday 2nd June - Monthly Medal. On a scorching hot day - a considerable intake of water required - we had some good returns: 1st Graham Jefferies 85-15=70 2nd Kevin Manser 85-14=71 3rd Chris Baker 80-7=73 Twos: John Ryan (visitor) 8th and

Mike Hill 10th

Wednesday 9th June - Individual Stableford The weather and course conditions are combining to keep the scoring high and some handicaps low 1st Bill Gibb 38pts on a card play off 2nd Glyn Ombler 38pts 3rd Louis Long 37pts Twos: Chris Baker 4th, Roger Kaye 8th, Glyn Ombler 8th, Derrick Stephenson x2 on 8th & 12th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday for information contact 650 835 188 or 634 641 199

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Well the weather gods are completely at odds with each other, mmm…..!

We were at Playas Macenas last week and the sunshine was gorgeous but there was a lot of wind - ahem! The course was in very good nick, which was a nice surprise as most courses have been suffering with wet, sun and some green keeping issues, but not always in the correct quantities or methods. The first place went to John Hunt with 34 points and second, on countback which came

to down to the back 3, was awarded to Dave, “I’ll throw a sicky”, Johnson who scored 30 points. The wind really did have an effect on play. Nearest pin was John Hunt and there was only one 2 scored by Mark Curphy. I am sorry to report that there was another act of petulance. Clubs and also some innocent balls were thrown to the cries of “whoops” and “golly gosh”, by a person who should know better. Anger management will be given by the Captain’s wife, who knows the person better than most. No injuries

can be reported at this time but I am sure that the after effects of the 19th hole will have a little, if not significant, bearing on the following day. The Start sheet will be displayed in the Whitehorse Community Inn at Cucador. All members and non-members are very welcome each week. Email enquiries to or telephone Ken Dawkins on 610 036 484.


boxers golf society

LADIES NIGHT - 5TH JUNE What a night! Over 60 Members, Guests and their Better Halves, danced the night away until the wee small hours, to the fantastic sound of JC at the Hotel/ Restaurant La Parilla in Albox. Over 440€ was raised on the night, through the sale of raffle tickets, for a Charity to be chosen by our Captain, Malcolm Nicholls, to be announced at the Captain’s Day Dinner/Dance in September. There were 35 different raffle prizes, kindly donated by the many Sponsors and Members on the night. The successful prize winners are as follows: Pat Stooks; Sue Harwin, 3 prizes; Pam Partridge; Sandy Harrison, 2 prizes; Sylvia Ellis, 3 prizes; Maurice Jamieson; Maureen Hallman, 2 prizes; John Kinch; Pete Tapsell; John Baird, 2 prizes; Deb Dixon, 2 prizes; Ann Blake, 2 prizes; Ian McElroy; Heather McIlMurray; Arthur Davies; Madelin Young; Andria Measures, 3 prizes; Karen Mason; Tony Hammond; Jean Bircher; Gordon Hughes & Tony McIlMurray. Congratulations to all of our prize winners!

What an improvement has taken place to the course at Valle del Este over the last three weeks. The fairways are beginning to resemble Wilton Axminster, most of the greens are smoothing out, though the tees have yet to respond to the magic recovery treatment. With most of the yellow and black tees brought forward to the ladies tee boxes whilst repair work is under way - the chaps had a distinct advantage over the ladies this week - though few complaints were heard - ha ha. Friday’s individual stableford fielded 24 members and 2 guests. There were 5 twos for Den Chalk, Hazel Stewart, Roger Goff and 2 for

After the preliminary rounds for the Champion of Champions Peter Mackey from Trabalon is a finalist and John Walker (Pablos) and Dave Bab (Rumores) to play in semi-final. The remaining semi and the final will be held on Friday 30th July on end of season presentation night.

Special thanks to Pat Stooks for encouraging so many sponsors to donate to our very successful evening. Thanks also to Shirley Ashton, Patra Nicholls and Barbie Tapsell, for selling the raffle tickets on the night. Also, a big THANK YOU to all who bought tickets. If I’ve left anyone off ‘The Roll of Honour’, many apologies… but I was having a great time, as well! Dates for your diary: Tuesday 15 June - Hacienda del Alamo, coach available; Tuesday 29 June - Roda, coach available; Wednesday 14 July - Valle del Este. 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. Up-to-date Boxers information is on or www.

media golf society John Gregory - certain proof that the greens are improving. Division 1 1st Paul Henshaw with 40 points - now reduced to his 10, his lowest handicap ever; 2nd Dennis Chalk with 38 points cpo; 3rd Roger Goff 38 points and 4th George Crichton also with 38 Division 2 1st John Gregory with 38 points cpo; 2nd Steve Grattage also with 38 - his 1st game for months, well done; 3rd Julie Paulett with 33 - the only lady winner of the day & 4th Trevor Scoble with 32 points. Well done to all the above - great

ALBOX DARTS LEAGUE We are still looking for new players if you know anyone interested please get them to contact me at Please find attached the results for this week. I am also advertising the need for new players. Could team captains let me know


Spain Arrive In South Africa Ready For World Cup After a ten hour flight from Madrid, Spain’s football team has finally arrived in Johannesburg, the last of the 32 teams competing in the World Cup to do so.

Euro 2008 champions Spain have arrived in South Africa ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals.

The Spanish national squad, the last of the 32 that will compete at the World Cup to arrive in the African country, landed at Johannesburg’s international airport at around 0915 local time after a 10-hour flight.

The players, who flew first class in an Iberia Airbus A340 aircraft, are now taking care of the required formalities before being allowed into the country.

Spain, who will meet Switzerland, Honduras and Chile in Group H, will now travel by bus to Potchefstroom, a city located 135 km away from Johannesburg, for their training camp.

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scoring, but the cutting pen will be out for 6 of you! Tuesday’s roll up stableford of 14 players resulted as follows 1st John Gregory with 41 points 2nd Paul Henshaw with 38 cpo 3rd Graham Swift with 38 and 4th Roger Goff with with 36 points A last reminder about La Envia Golf’s Top Banana event on Thursday June 17th. More information about Media Golf Society? Contact John Gregory on 950 477 347

if they are interested please, with name of the team, venue next season and numbers required. Finally can someone tell me who is captain of Castillos Two! Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For on-line results go to www.

Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where the invasive tentacles of crime has infiltrated our peaceful enclave. We have suffered a kidnapping and as yet no ransom note has been received. The victim of this heinous crime (see attached photo) is Trucker Tel’s teddy, although to me it looks like a well-fed pig and goes by the name of Porky for some reason; the poor chap is inconsolable. If anyone has any information, please let us know, if only to put the poor chap out of his misery. Porky may look a little different from the photo as Tel’s top dentures disappeared at the same time and he may be wearing them. There is a rumour that Shylock may be in some way involved, but this is pure speculation, but he has been seen recently with a satisfied smug look on his face. I ask all local residents to be vigilant; we don’t want anything like this happening again. I am told that Grommet has placed his Southampton mascot under 24 hour surveillance - who, in their right mind would want to kidnap that is beyond me! Other news, Noah popped down to see me the other day,

climbing the steps into the Casa he caught his “Jesus Sandal” on the step and collapsed in a heap - another medical complaint to add to his ever lengthening list. Bagpuss is back from the ‘wetlands’ and pleased to be so. Also Rab C and his brother ‘quietly’ arrived the other day and from what I hear have been in a semi-comatose state since no change there then. I am now the proud owner of a mobility scooter, kindly given to me by “The Verger”. Having been told by the hospital not to put any weight on my leg until I see them again in August; and they now tell me that I have a frozen shoulder to top it all! The scooter will make life a lot easier for me. When it arrived, the battery charger did not work, so the best minds available were put on the case, so far it has not burst into flames, mainly thanks to Grommet and Puka Pie Pete. That’s all for this week Until the next time. Tight lines, Uncle Albert

Almerimar Today Friday Golf 11 June 2010 It was a windy Friday at Almerimar but not as windy as earlier in the week. The format was Reverse Waltz with 2 hidden holes. Steve Wait joined us for the first time this week. The winners were Alan Sharpe, Barry Castle, Nina Taylor and Isabel Haworth with a team score of 92 points. Last place and chocolates went to Jacqui Mays (a winner last week), Albert Taylor, Jim Shaw and Colin Haworth with a score of 75 points. Nearest the pin was on hole 5

and it was won by Alan Sly with a distance of 5.40m. Please note that there will be no Friday competition on 18th June 2010 as a number of our regular players will be taking part in the Top Banana golf competition at La Envía on Thursday 17th June. You can see the full results at golf. If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact info@almerimartoday. com

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Competition at Almerimar - 13 June 2010

2nd Miguel Pérez López, 39pts

1st Category 1st Leandro López Hidalgo, 39pts 2nd Francisco Jesús Cruz Jabalera, 39pts


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3rd Juan Francisco Garcia Martin, 39pts 2nd Category 1st Francisco José Molina Bonilla, 41pts 2nd Francisco Maldonado, 41pts


3rd Alfonso Rodoriguez Garcia, 41pts 3rd Category

1st Juan Carlos Rodriguez Sedano, 40pts 3rd Francisco José Alférez Altadill, 37pts Longest Drive Men: Leandro López Hidalgo Ladies: Antonia Pleguezuelos


Nearest the pin Hole 5 - Juan Antonio Jiménez Herrera, 250cm Hole 9 - Jacqui Mays, 432 cm Hole 14 - Bryn Jones, 185 cm Hole 18 - Jorge Canton Garbin, 371 cm


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Hans Ooft and his wife, Marjo, have owned properties in Almerimar since the 1990s. Hans has been a professional footballer in the Dutch league and has been involved with football for over 50 years. In that time he has spent over 20 years in football management in Japan including a period of managing the national team there. seniority based on age. This doesn’t really work on a football pitch as in Hans’ words “if you are a sweeper you have to tell the people in front of you what to do, irrespective of whether you are younger or older than them”.

Management in Japan & Holland Hans joined Mazda football club expecting to be there for a period of 1-2 years but ended up staying with the club for around 5 years. One interesting point Hans made about this time was that all of the football clubs in Japan were owned by big businesses and in his view there was too much ‘company thinking’ going on at the clubs. One of the biggest challenges he has faced in his time in the 80s in Japan has been to handle this change in culture of the club to get appropriate focus on footballing matters. His challenge was to get rid of ‘company thinking’. Not long after he took over his first club the president of the company that owned the club came into the dressing room and started talking to the players. Hans took him to one side and asked “What are you doing?”. The president replied “I’m talking to the players.” Hans said “About what?”, the president replied “They have to do their best.”. Later Hans went to the president and asked “When is your next board meeting?”.The president said “Why?”. Hans said “I’ll come to the board meeting”. The president said “Why?”. Hans said “I want to say something”. The president then got the message. For a football team there was also another issue which was to do with the Japanese culture of

Hans returned to Holland in July 1988. In January/ February 1989 Utrecht approached him to work with them and he stayed there until 1992. In that time he managed to transform the club from one that was close to relegation to one that finished 4th in the league and qualified for European football in the UEFA cup. In 1992 Hans and his family were very happy that he had decided to return to Japan to take up the post of coach of the national team. Hans explained to us how managing a national team was very different from club management: “Managing a club team you work with the players and mould them the way you want them. With a national team you have an idea of how the team should play and you go out and find players that can ‘do the job’. This is because you only have preparation time and the matches themselves. You don’t have time to spend with the players “to mould them or squeeze them” on a regular basis.”

Football Management In Japan From 1996 to 2008 Hans had three further periods of working in Japan. During this time there was a poster of Hans, Ossie Ardiles and Arsene Wenger published on hoardings on the Tokyo underground. He still has a copy of the poster in his home in Almerimar. In 1998 he worked in Japan for around a year before returning to Almerimar. In 2002-2003 he managed Red Diamonds (Mitsubishi). There was something wrong at the club that Hans felt was in part still due to ‘company thinking’ and felt he could make a difference. In a two year period they went from an under-

performing team to winning a cup. Hans likened his role to that of a conductor of an orchestra. He decided what to do and how to play. In 2008 Jubilo Iwata was in danger of relegation from the Japanese Premier League and they sacked their manager. The club approach Hans and asked if he would become caretaker manager for the rest of the season. Hans gave up his relaxing golfing lifestyle in Almerimar and managed to turn the team around, so the team just avoided relegation.

Insights Into Coaching “I like to work with Japanese assistants or colleagues, especially at the beginning. If you don’t know the country and you don’t know the customs and the culture, don’t be a wise guy. You cannot project what you have in mind from your own country to another country. You can start painting a little bit but be careful. Later on you can start squeezing and moulding.” “You can have a Japanese group with typical ingredients from your country. That is possible, but they are still Japanese. So don’t try to change people, as that is not possible. What has grown up in 25 years you can’t change in 1 year.” “You cannot change the character of a player. So I try to change their behaviour on the pitch and in the dressing room. But it would be almost impossible to change their habits in their own home.” “A well known equation about performance is Results = Quality x Efficiency. My view is that Results = Quality x Efficiency x Affection. If Affection is not there results are always less.” “If you are a player, do you like football or do you like money? You can see a real football player. If they drive a car and they see youngsters playing, they stop and they watch.” “Consider a pack of dogs and relate this to a squad of players. In a group of 24 people in a squad you have ranking. You have your number

1, maybe he is captain, maybe he is not. You have your number 2 and your number 3. You have 48, you have 9-12 and you have 13-24. You have to get the top right but the biggest problem is in the middle, places 4-8 not being satisfied. 9-12 are struggling to get a starting position, 13-24 are happy to be on the bench. If you buy or sell the wrong players there are problems directly. People start fighting for their position in the ranking. In Japan it is even worse because of the culture, the eldest has seniority.”

About Almerimar When Hans was at a training camp for the Japanese national squad in Italy, a friend got in touch in 1993 about apartments in Almerimar. Hans bought 2 apartments thinking he might come here in 1994. It was 4 years before we got to Almerimar. He arrived in 1997 but went back to Japan in 1998. Hans and Marjo then came back and stayed here for a further four years. They returned to Japan from 2002 until 2003. Since 2004 they have lived in a villa overlooking the golf course here in Almerimar.

Questions & Answers Best player ever managed: Dunga - great to manage because he could read a game. Also, Toto Schillaci but he was more difficult to manage because he was a striker and all strikers are egocentric. Best team even managed: Second year with the Japanese national squad. “The right mix of characters. Some of them football-wise were so so but mentally so strong.” At one point one player was injured before the team was playing in a tournament but Hans took him along as the last member of the squad. Even though Hans knew he wouldn’t be able to play competitive football, as he was such a strong member of the team.

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PROFILE: Hans Ooft – Football Manager, Part 2

Sol Times Newspaper Issue 241 Roquetas Edition  
Sol Times Newspaper Issue 241 Roquetas Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper Issue 241 Roquetas Edition