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President Griñán of the Junta de Andalucia spoke about the state of Andalucia, referring to the private sector confinancing of the public works to complete the Autovia del Almanzora, and increasing the doubts of the IULV-CA about the completion of this important infrastructure. Photo Courtesy of www.somosalbojenses.com

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According to the manifesto of Rodrigo González, secretary of the Organización Provincial de IULV-CA, the Izquierda Unida will not be part of private firms financing public works, because in the end it works out more expensive for the citizens. “If we give the Junta a brief financial estimate every year we may need to spend more to secure dedicated finances. In the times that we are now experiencing we do not know

if we will be able to delay this work.” Izquerda Unida recalled that in fact hardly 8 kilomtres were in use. Two sections have been halted because of problems with the soil, two are awaiting commencement, two are still in the project phase, which adds up to 40 kilometres or more. 50 kilometres between Purchena and Baza are being studied, as is the famous link between the motorway and the Polígono la

Perdiguera. Representatives of the IU questioned the Junta de Andalucia: “When do the gentlemen of the Junta calculate that the Autovia will be complete? We expect much of the Izquerda Unida for our province, and for the area of Almanzora, and it would be most harmful if the management of the economic crisis was down to a political error by the Junta.”

Mojacar Seeks To Prevent Mosquito Invasions

Throughout the year the Health Services have been actively controlling the problem of mosquitos in Majacar. On Tuesday, 8 June, they returned to fumigate the area from the air. The firm LOKIMA, contracted by the Ayuntamiento to control the infestation have used airborne and terrestrial measures. They have a helicopter adapted especially for this end, as well as 4X4 vehicles fitted with powder dispensers. The product used, “bacillus thurigiensis” is a biological agent which is mixed with water and attacks the mosquito’s larval phase. It is a very selective agent, and does not cause any type of damage to other insects or vertebrates. Throughout the present campaign more than 1,000 litres of biological larvicide have been used, causing the death of the mosquito larva when they ingest it, without affecting the rest of the fauna present in the environment. From the end of March, with the arrival of good weather, there has been an intensification of efforts at disinfection to prevent the

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Open Days To Encourage Tourism In The Almanzora Valley

On Tuesday 8th June, the first ‘Jornadas AlTurismo para el Impulso del Turismo en el Valle del Almanzora’, (Open Days to Encourage Tourism in the Almanzora Valley) was held. Organised by the Andalucía Emprende, Fundación Pública Andaluza and through the Centro de Apoyo al Desarrollo Empresarial de Albox (CADE Albox) and the Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural del Almanzora (ADRAlmanzora).

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Spain Raises New Loans - But At Sharply Higher Rates! The Spanish Treasury successfully borrowed 3.479 billion euros by selling bonds but at higher rates as investors sought more reward for lending after recent debt scares

The treasury issued 3.0 billion euros in 10-year bonds and 479 million euros of 30-year bonds, for a total at the top end of its expectations of 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion.

rumours concerning possible strains within the Spanish banking system and suggestions that Spain might need help amounting to 200-250 billion euros (246307 billion dollars) from the European Union.

Despite strong demand for the two issues, Spain had to offer higher interest rates than at the last similar auctions on May 20 and March 18 respectively with investors increasingly concerned about the country’s public finances.

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Hollywood Glamour In Seville

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to the streets of Seville, ahead of the premiere of their latest US super-production “Knight & Day”, which was screened in the Andalusian capital last night.

Zapatero Slams Rumours Of Financial Collapse

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Thursday slammed what he called “all these unfounded rumours,” referring to reports Madrid was preparing a request for bailout aid or that its banks were insolvent. “There is nothing better than transparency to demonstrate solvency to give confidence and to leave behind us all these unfounded rumours,” Zapatero said after highlighting a decision by all 27 EU leaders to follow the Bank of Spain’s lead by making public stress tests on “all our finiancial institutions.”

Tourists and locals alike were able to enjoy the “glamour” of the red carpet, with hundreds of cameras rolling into action as the two stars recreated scenes from the film, Cruise on a motorbike and Diaz in a car, accompanied by journalists from all over the world. Before going into the Lope de Vega theatre for the film’s premiere in the evening, the two stars spent over an hour signing autographs and having their photos taken with fans, some of whom had been waiting for over four hours to catch a glimpse of them. Tom Cruise, accompanied by his wife Katie Holmes, expressed his admiration for the Spanish

Cameron Diaz, looking glamourous in a short black dress, revealing her right shoulder, apologised for her inability to speak Spanish, jokingly adding “I barely speak English!”. The film, translated into Spanish as “Noche y Día” will open in the United States on June 25th and in Spain on July 16th.

Police Arrest Six In Spain In Russian-Mafia Linked Operation

Police in Spain confirmed they had arrested six people suspected of money laundering and criminal conspiracy in an operation media reports said was linked to the Russian mafia. “This operation has resulted so far in six arrests,” a spokeswoman for the regional police in the northeastern region of Catalonia told AFP.

are prominent members of the Russian mafia. They were arrested in several cities in Catalonia, including Barcelona and Tarragona, it added.

The six are suspected of conspiracy, forgery and money laundering, she said but refused to confirm if the arrests were related or not to the activities of the Russian mafia.

The arrests were coordinated by the anti-corruption prosecutors in Barcelona and Madrid.

According to the online edition of daily newspaper El Pais, the six people arrested

“Spain has shown great solvency in our financial system,” he added. “We are one of the few countries that did not have to inject capital, we only had to rescue a couple of minor instututions.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered his support when he said there was “no problem” with Spain’s finances. “We are showing full confidence in the Spanish authorities,” he added.

Zapatero’s government has already denied persistent reports it would call on a trillion-dollar rescue fund of loans and guarantees set up by mainly eurozone partners in conjunction with the International Monetary Fund.

film industry and underlined the “friendship” he enjoys with Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

In March 69 people, including 24 in Spain, were arrested in several European countries in an operation against the Russian mafia.

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Spain passed a critical loan test on Thursday by offering higher interest rates, raising 3.479 billion euros (4.305 billion dollars), towards the top end of its expectations.

IMF chief Dominque Strauss-Kahn will visit Zapatero in Madrid on Friday, having described their planned talks as a “working visit.” Zapatero said that “people have said a lot about whether Spain would call on the Fund,” but pointed out that rather than lodging any request for help, Madrid had “contributed to Greece, as a diligent member of the EU.” He said that followed a previous

spate of rumours a few weeks ago, but stressed: “I did say then that people should bide their time, be patient, listen to what the Spanish government is saying and not listen to any rumours.

Analysts said strong demand for the government bonds will reassure markets alarmed about the nation’s finances. That came after Zapatero’s government on Wednesday passed crucial reforms of the rigid job market, also deemed essential for reviving the economy and fending off a Greek-style debt crisis.

60,000 Sign Petition To Outlaw Bullfighting

The animal protection society ‘El Refugio’ (The Refuge) has delivered to the Electoral Census office in Madrid a petition containing over 60,000 signatures, in protest against bull fights in the capital. According to information provided by the society, a total of 60,208 people have signed the petition to get bullfighting abolished. The president of “El Refugio” Nacho Paunero, underlined the “success” of the campaign “dosorejas.org”, whose 400 volunteers have been collecting signatures for the past three months at the Book Fair, at the Puerta del Sol, in the universities,outside the law courts as well as in a number of different districts of the city including Chueca, Moncloa and Cuatro Caminos.

time the parliament in Catalunya was debating the possible outlawing of bullfighting, the president of the Comunidad de Madr id, Esperanza Aguirre, announced her intention to try to get bullfighting declared an event of National Cultural Interest.

Paunero claims that “Madrid is now more anti-bullfighting today than it was”.

The society was quick to point out that bull fights are “a highly lucrative business, which result in the public torture and death of more than 13,500 animals every year and which have so far caused the deaths of 227 human beings”.

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EU Votes On Standard Food Labels

Euro MPs have backed plans for more uniform food labelling in the EU, but they rejected “traffic light” colour coding of foods. salt, fat and sugar content, will have to go on the front of the pack.

EU government ministers will now consider the legislation, and more amendments are likely. Country of origin is another area where MEPs and the European Commission feel that food labels are often misleading.

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MEPs opted for Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs), instead of red warning labels for foods seen as unhealthy because they are high in fat, sugar or salt. Some food producers lobbied intensively against colour coding, fearing it would demonise their products.

Some British MEPs are unhappy that Danish bacon, for example, is sometimes labelled “UK produce” even though the pigs were reared in Denmark. The MEPs’ vote could lead to new food labels in three to five years’ time. The leader of the UK Labour group in the European Parliament, Glenis Willmott, said that despite the rejection of “traffic lights” the new rules “make it clear that we won’t stand for people being misled by food packaging”. Key nutritional information, including

Arguments are raging over how much information to give consumers on the front of the pack. Food industry lobbyists fear an excessive administrative burden. Legibility is a key issue too, with the European Commission proposing a minimum 3mm font size for the lettering.

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German MEP Renate Sommer, who has drafted a report on the legislation, said the amount of information proposed by the Commission for food labels was excessive. Under the new rules, country-of-origin labelling may become mandatory for meat, poultry, fish, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables. Meat labels would also state exactly where the animal was reared. The Commission says food labels need updating because many shoppers now buy food on the internet and because food is packaged in new ways. Advocates of clearer labels also point to rising obesity rates in Europe, saying consumers need help to make the right choices. “Traffic light” coding is already used by some supermarkets and the idea is backed by the European Consumers’ Organisation BEUC. “Independent research tells us that

the colour-code labelling scheme... is the system of labelling that shoppers find the most useful and easiest to understand,” said BEUC director general Monique Goyens. The new legislation would include on the front-of-pack label the energy, fat, saturated fat and carbohydrates, with specific reference to sugar and salt content - all expressed as per 100ml, per 100g or per portion. A portion, however, needs to be clearly defined, argues Renate Sommer. She prefers “per 100ml” or “per 100g”, saying consumers understand that better. Mandatory allergen labelling would be extended to food that was not prepacked, including restaurant food. Once it is agreed, food producers will have three years to update their labels, and small firms with fewer than 100 employees will have five years to do so.

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EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the results would be published “on a bank by bank basis - this should reassure investors”. The announcement came after EU summit talks dominated by the debt burden weighing on many member states. The EU is wrestling with Europe’s worst public debt for decades. Leaders are intent on preventing contagion from the Greek budget crisis. The summit came amid particular concern about public finances in Spain, the fifth biggest eurozone economy. “Stress tests of banks will be published at the latest in the second half of July,” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said. This week, Spain published the results of stress tests showing how its financial institutions would behave in a future crisis. Now, overcoming German reluctance, all EU countries said they would do the same. Sources in Brussels stateit is an unprecedented move which they hope will restore market confidence

The leaders also agreed on the need for a bank levy, to ensure that any future bail-out is funded mainly by banks, rather than taxpayers. Although details remain unclear, they will urge the US and other major economic powers to embrace a bank levy system at the G20 summit next week. “In the G20 we will also propose to explore and to develop the introduction of a financial transaction tax,” Mr Van Rompuy said. “There is no need to create new [EU] institutions, it is... a matter of working better together,” he added. Both he and Mr Barroso have spurned suggestions by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that EU treaty changes might be necessary to enforce budget discipline. The EU leaders agreed on tighter collective supervision of individual member countries’ budgets. In addition, the rules governing debt levels among the 16 eurozone countries will be strengthened. Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron, attending his first EU summit, promised to play a “positive” role in the bloc. “We will of course always defend our national interests, as others do, and our national red lines,” he added, speaking alongside Mr Barroso. Both Mr Cameron and Mr Barroso said the EU should be focusing on “substance” rather than institutions.

Santander Makes Bid For RBS Spanish bank Santander has submitted an offer to buy Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Williams & Glyn’s subsidiary.

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RBS is selling the unit and its 318 branches after the European Commission ruled last year that it must dispose of the business as a condition of the bank being bailed out by the UK government.

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Santander said it had joined the tender process for the sale, but it was not sure when the process would end.

“This remains a competitive process and we will continue to do what is right for our shareholders in disposing of these assets,” it said in a statement.

Santander is reportedly now the only bidder for the business. When the process began there were reports of five potential bidders, including Virgin Money, National Australia Bank and US private equity

RBS said it was “seriously reviewing” Santander’s offer, but added that the tender process remained open to other interested parties.

RBS has until 2013 to complete a sale. Santander already has a substantial presence on the UK High Street having bought Abbey National, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley in recent years.


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Emergency Budget Set To Include Council Tax Freeze The government is to press ahead with its plans to freeze council tax in England next year despite the budget deficit

The move is expected in this week’s Budget to soften the anticipated blow of harsh spending cuts and tax rises. Chancellor George Osborne has said Britain is “on the road to ruin” unless the deficit is cut.

The Tory manifesto promised a two-year freeze, and the coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats said it would be frozen “for at least one year” with aspirations to extend this into a second year.

He has already announced ex-Labour minister John Hutton will head a commission into public sector pensions.

Mr Osborne said the coalition had inherited “a truly awful financial situation” and he would set out a four-year plan to deal with it.

The chancellor has also promised to work with local authorities in England to freeze council tax for one year from next April. It is not entirely clear yet how he will do this or how much it will cost but the expectation is that councils which keep their planned tax rises low would be compensated from central government funds.

Tough action was “unavoidable” but he aimed to provide “prosperity for all”. If action was not taken, he said, “we will find higher interest rates, businesses going bust, unemployment rising and our living standards declining. I am not prepared to put up with that,” he said.

UK Time Change ‘Would Save CO2 Emissions’ Moving the clocks forward one hour would save hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, campaigners say.

A study for the 10:10 climate campaign suggested putting clocks forward during winter to an hour ahead of GMT could save almost 500,000 tonnes of CO2. They say it would make evenings lighter and reduce peak electricity demands. Researchers say cutting carbon emissions by 450,000 tonnes would be the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off Britain’s roads. 10:10, which is running a Lighter Later campaign to have the clocks permanently changed, also say that continuing to move

the clocks forward in summer, so they become one hour ahead of British Summer Time - two hours ahead of GMT - could also deliver carbon savings.

at an event at Parliament this week.

Dr Elizabeth Garnsey, who led the research for Cambridge University, said: “The carbon savings associated with this clock change are significant, equivalent to the carbon footprint of the production of 1,800 plastic bags for every home in Britain every year, or taking around 200,000 cars off the road.”

“Lighter evenings make us happier, healthier and safe. After today the nights will start drawing in again. We’re renewing our call to the government for a trial of Lighter Later’s proposals.

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Eugenie Harvey, director of the 10:10 campaign, said: “In the UK we love our long summer days.

FSA Scrapped By Osborne Market Commentary 17th June 2010 Last night, in the Chancellors annual speech at the Mansion house, George Osborne outlined his widely expected plans to abolish the FSA. Mr Osborne believes that the FSA, which as part of the tripartite arrangement along with the Bank of England & Treasury, was at the root of Britain’s problems during the financial crisis. The Bank of England will assume responsibility for ensuring financial stability, with the handover completed in 2012. He also announced the first details of a planned bank levy to be announced in the emergency budget on Tuesday. At the same event, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King also gave an important speech in which he touched on several important areas that are key to Sterling. Firstly, on the issue of financial stability he said the Bank would “turn down the music when then dancing gets to loud” a clear a warning to the City that the BoE will use direct involvement to ensure stability and a u-turn from the light-touch approach favoured by the FSA. Secondly, Mr King said that several leading indicators suggest significant spare capacity left in the economy rather than excess demand, dampening the bullish Sterling sentiment in the market after Andrew Sentence suggested earlier in the week that rate hikes could come as early

as the second half of the year. Finally he indicated that the banks primary monetary policy tool remains interest rates, with the unwinding of the asset purchase scheme coming in an orderly fashion after any increase in rates. As ever lately, when Mr King speaks, Sterling weakens and we saw heavy selling in the US session last night. The sell off was given a slight rest bite with stronger than expected retail sales figures released this morning, 0.5% Today is a big day for the Euro, the planned Spanish bond auction of €3.5 Bln Euros was placed with very decent bid-cover ratios of 1.88 on the 10 year and 2.44 on the 30 year, extremely good news but we will need to wait to see the order book to pick over the details of who is buying the bonds. Greece successfully placed bonds until the market realised who was buying most of them…. We also get to see the results of the stress tests that were carried out on Spanish Banks, with the general feeling that if they are releasing the results, then they won’t be that bad! The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email almeria@currenciesdirect.com

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Cat Burglar in Limaria

Our neighbourhood seem to be the focus of attention for those who have little regard for the rights of ownership. I think it is a little alarmist to call it a crime wave, two crimes hardly makes a wave, more a raising of the hand, a nod of the head, but not quite a full-blown wave. The incident that started this slide into criminal activity was when the goats made off with Graham’s plants, and now this lawlessness has spread from Los Higuerales to Limaria.

It was Dave who first noticed a number of chicken bones attracting ants on his patio. To his shame his first thought was that his wife had made a bad job of wrapping and binning the remains of last night’s dinner. Then he went into the where he found the part of a chicken carcase randomly about the floor. His eyes rose disbelievingly to the worktop, where a plastic bag, now completely empty

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No doubt in a mute plea for guidance from a higher being, his eyes rose further, to see that the window and the blind had been pushed open. Calling upon years of experience in crime detection, Dave went into investigative mode. The facts of the case were: (a) a robbery had been committed; (b) it was an outside job; (c) the perpetrator was carnivorous and had a keen sense of smell, as no chicken was visible from the outside; (d) the perpetrator was dexterous enough to open the window and blind and (e) the perpetrator was no more than 2 inches wide, that being the gap through the entry and exit was made. Given this information, the Limaria Special Forces are conducting enquiries into the movements of all persons who were in the area during the hours of darkness, and would ask them to present themselves for questioning at the scene of the crime, so that their alibis may be verified. At this stage the main suspect is

b elieve d to be a local feline of unknown appearance!

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Stuck for something to do? Why not take a trip to Lúcar? Head out from the Albox direction towards Baza, through the magnificently named Olula del Rio, then keep a eye open for the turn to Lúcar, which will also try to persuade you to go to Somontin, a lovely, but tiny, village. Lúcar itself has been inhabited since pre-history. During its history it has inherited a Roman bathing pool, the obligatory Mirador, from which there are huge views of the cultivated land, and of the village itself, which has the rambling little streets, overhung with balconies, each dripping with hanging baskets, so typical of this area. In its time Lúcar has made its living from linen, and most famously, French Chalk. The routes taken by the miners has been preserved and waymarked by the Ayuntamiento, and is known as El Sendero del Talco.

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This is a circular walk of 13 kilometres and takes about 4 and a half hours. It is graded Medium, there are some gradients, and the views are varied and spectacular, making it well worth the effort involved. There is an information board at the start of the route, on the outskirts of the village, and further information about the route is available from the Ayuntamiento de Lúcar, Plaza de Isabell 2nd, telephone 950 424 654, or e-mail aytolucar@hotmail.com


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Granada International Festival of Music & Dance head to this years International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada! The Festival plunges the city, and the visitor, into an atmosphere of celebration! Held in the exquisite setting of Granada’s Alhambra, the Generalife Gardens, monasteries and the cathedral, around the Alhambra and all over the city the streets are filled with the sound of Spanish guitars, the click of castanets, the whirl of flamenco dancing and much, much more.

History The ‘Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada’ dates back to the symphonic concerts performed at the Palace of Charles V during the Corpus Christi holidays since 1883 and the “Cante Jondo” (flamenco singing) Contest convened at the Alhambra in 1922 by García Lorca, Falla and other intellectuals and artists. Since 1952, it has become known not only for the talent on display, but also for the extraordinary settings where concerts and performances are held. The history of the Festival is linked to the landscape and to the main monuments of Granada. Its stages are to be found all over the city: to the traditional settings in the Alhambra - Patio de los Arrayanes, Palace

of Charles V, Gardens of Generalife, the Cathedral or the Monastery of San Jerónimo, other, not less singular, settings have been added, like the Corral del Carbón, the Hospital Real, the Palace of Daralhorra, the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, the Albaicín and Sacromonte districts and, most recently, the Planetarium in the Science Centre and even some nearby villages.

The Performances The programme of the Festival is traditionally based on classical music, ballet and Spanish dancing, but together with this classical repertoire it also attracts more contemporary music and exhibitions. The more than 60 performances are offered – the invitation to enjoy music and dance at very diverse hours of the day & night and in a variety of manners, ranging from conventional concerts for very large audiences to recitals almost in intimacy, and from polyphony matinees during week-ends to very late flamenco shows finishing in the small hours – is what makes this festival unique.

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Gran Canaria If you wanted to be unkind, you could call Gran Canaria a blob in the Atlantic Ocean. Blob-shaped it may be, but it is a unique and extremely popular holiday resort, made up of volcanic fissure vents. Situated only 210 kms from the northwest coast of Africa, southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura, the first inhabitants, the Canarii, arrived around 500BC and called the island Tamarán; it was not claimed by Spain until the 15th century. The capital, Las Palmas, was founded on 24th June 1478, as “Real de Las Palmas” by Juan Rejón, head of the invading Castilian army. In 1492, Christopher Columbus anchored here on his first trip to the Americas. It is a very user-friendly island, the road connections are good, probably the best in the Canary Islands as a whole, though there are few roads in the west and northwest of the island. The International Airport, Gran Canaria-Gando, is also one of the busiest in Spain, and all Canarian air traffic is controlled from here. From a tourist point of view, the bus service is excellent and one of the best ways to see the island. Also excellent is the climate, with average daytime highs from 20°C in winter to 26°C in summer. Lows below 10°C are unknown. Hot winds from the Sahara can push temperatures above 38°C occasionally and July, August and September are normally rainless, with cloud cover and rain only occurring in the winter months. The south is warmer and sunnier than the north. The east coast is flat and dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier and mountainous; the highest point of the island is Pico de las Nieves at 1,949 metres and is almost centrally placed. The central eastern part of the southern coast is the location of the

famous Dunes of Maspalomas, an other-wordly expanse of sand rising into dunes, their ever-changing shapes dictated by the wind. They are between the towns of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, which is famous for its lagoon, magnificent beach, and lighthouse. Starting from Maspalomas is 17km of wonderful coastline; the sand dunes, wide, sandy beaches and shallow waters make it a fantastic spot for families. The Maspalomas resort itself has smart hotels, luxury residences and the largest golf course on the island. Between it and neighbouring Playa del Inglés is a spectacular stretch of 400 hectares of dunes. These have been declared a natural protected area, with rare plants unique to the Canaries. You may only cross on foot or on camels, giving you the feeling that you are on a film set, miles from anywhere. At the western end of the nature park are the ultra-chic hotels of El Oasis, and La Charca, where the remains of a sea-water lagoon is bordered with palm trees. Many species of migratory birds stop here on their route to Africa from Europe. In all the island has 32 Natural Protected Spaces, not to mention its fascinating villages, such as Puerto de Mogan with its numerous canals, the cave houses of Cenobio de Valeron, the archealogical park, the botanical gardens, the rock formations, and the numerous offshore and underwater attractions. Blob-shaped or not, this island crams more interesting and unique features into its 1,560 km² size than you would believe possible!

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Listen Up!

Do you know what the definition of a listener is?

...To make a conscious effort to hear; to attend closely, so as to hear.

How many of us actively listen? Actively make a conscious effort to listen, so as to hear? Life is so busy these days that we think we do not have time to listen to what people have to say. We interrupt, we jump in with our own opinions and with any luck we take over the conversation. Why do we find listening so difficult? For those of you who can remember what it feels like to be truly seen and heard you’ll know what wonderful feeling it is. Sometimes we don’t want advice or an opinion, we just want someone to be a sounding board.

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Tea and coffee ‘protect against heart disease’

Drinking several cups of tea or coffee a day appears to protect against heart disease, a 13-year-long study has found. It adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting health benefits from the most popular hot drinks. Those who drank more than six cups of tea a day cut their risk of heart disease by a third, the study of 40,000 people in the Netherlands found. Consuming between two to four coffees a day was also linked to a reduced risk. While the protective effect ceased with more than four cups of coffee a day, even those who drank this much were no more likely to die of any cause, including stroke

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But the study in the Journal of the American Heart Association finds those who drank between two and four cups a day lowered the risk of the disease by 20%.

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“It’s basically a good news story for those who like tea and coffee. These drinks appear to offer benefits for the heart without raising the risk of dying from anything else.”

The term ‘sensitive skin’ covers a multitude of conditions, from dryness to product intolerance to fully blown skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. Statistics show that 50% of the UK population alone suffer from sensitive skin, a figure that is matched by studies on populations throughout Europe; and if you have sensitive skin, finding the right products and a good skincare routine can be a problem.

HOW TO COPE: BASIC GUIDELINES • Make sure the water you bathe and shower in is not too hot - the ideal temperature (for everybody, not just sensitive skin suffers) is 34 degrees Celsius. This feels quite cool on the skin, so be warned - most of us wash in water that’s too hot! • Don’t stand under running water as you shower. Wet your body, turn off the water, apply skincare products, then turn water back on to rinse off. This will also save you money as you are not washing away products as quickly - particularly important if you are using expensive products, what’s the point of rinsing them down the drain!

• Use soap-free products. Soap has a drying effect on the skin, use products that have been specially formulated for your skin condition or for sensitive skin in general. • For women, remember that the menopause is likely to aggravate dry skin conditions, so pay particular attention to your skincare routine at this time of your life. • Don’t use cotton pads to cleanse your skin - they will only irritate your skin further. • Make a cold water compress to give your skin a super-hydrating boost; spray your face lightly with water before covering your face with a tissue, slit open over the mouth and nose so you can breathe easily. Spray the tissue again with the water, and relax for five to ten minutes, face covered. • Take particular care in the sun. Sun is not harmful to all skin conditions, provided you use the right sun protection, but if you have a serious skin problem you will need to avoid strong sunlight - check with your GP if you are in any doubt. Remember that sun cream won’t necessarily offer enough moisture for your skin, so it can be a good idea to use a serum under the cream to reduce the drying effect.


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While light-skinned people will be very sensitive to the effects of UV rays from the sun, those with darker skins can still be affected by damaging UV radiation. The recommendation of using sunscreen use with a minimum SPF of 15 applies to EVERYONE!!

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2) Dark-skinned people don’t need sunscreen… People with lighter skins have less melanin, the pigment that absorbs UV radiation and protects skin, than darker-skinned people.

Universally accepted as a child, the myth involves the possibility of suffering severe muscle cramping and drowning from swimming on a full stomach. While it’s true that the digestive process does divert the circulation of the blood toward the gut and to a certain extent, away from the muscles, the fact is that an episode of drowning caused by swimming on a full stomach has never been documented. There’s a theoretical possibility that one could develop a cramp while swimming with a full stomach, but a person swimming in a pool or controlled swimming area could easily exit the water if this happens. As with any exercise after eating, swimming right after a big meal might be uncomfortable, but it won’t cause you to drown!

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Brain ‘distorts own body image’ The brain naturally distorts body image - a finding which could explain eating disorders like anorexia, say experts.

Scientists at University College London discovered people tend to think that their hands are wider and their fingers are shorter than they truly are.

to psychiatric conditions involving body image such as anorexia nervosa, as there may be a general bias towards perceiving the body to be wider than it is.

They say the confusion may lie in the way the brain receives information from different parts of the body.

“Our results show dramatic distortions of hand shape, which were highly consistent across participants.”

Distorted perception may dominate in some people, leading to body image problems, a US journal reports.

In the study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr Longo’s team asked 18 volunteers to take part in an experiment.

Lead researcher Dr Matthew Longo said: “These findings may well be relevant

The volunteers were asked to put their left hands palm down under a board and

judge the location of the covered hand’s knuckles and fingertips with a pointer. This revealed striking distortions - the volunteers tended to misjudge their hands as wider and their fingers as shorter than they actually were. The researchers say the distortions are subconscious and involve the ability known as position sense that the brain uses to know where all parts of the body are in space even when the eyes are closed.

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Pause For Thought... I suspect there’s many of us here in Spain who, on opening a newspaper or magazine, go first to the page containing puzzles, to enjoy the challenge of solving the sudoku, crossword, code-breaker or whatever else we most enjoy. But whichever kind of puzzle it is that we like solving, one thing is certain, - that all the answers have to fit in. They relate to each other. They are dependent on each other if the puzzle is to be complete. So it’s no good putting answers that have the right number of letters or numbers if they don’t relate correctly with the other answers. To do that would be to defeat the object of doing the puzzle at all, and deny us the satisfaction of having solved it. And in many ways I find that a bit like those who say they’re Christians but never darken the doorstep of a Church, never meet with other Christians, never pray nor hear God’s word through reading the Bible. They may well lead exemplary lives, but that’s only one of the answers. They’re like a crossword puzzle with only one clue completed and all the rest left blank, or perhaps having the other spaces filled in at random with whatever ideas may seem to fit, even if they’re incorrect. But this is such an easy puzzle to solve, getting the answers right; God compiled it; set the clues and helps us find the answers. We don’t have to be particularly clever or religious as, fortunately for me, it isn’t an intelligence test, for Jesus thanked God that “these things are hidden from the wise and prudent but revealed to babes.” For in the puzzle, or mystery of finding meaning and purpose to our lives here and hereafter, we so often try to be too clever or too religious, hoping to earn favour with God, whereas Jesus advises that we could never of ourselves attain a sufficiently high standard, so should simply trust him with childlike faith and the answers amazingly then become apparent.

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School Days, Broads Nights…

Coincidences and the paradoxical frequency with which they occur, never ceases to amaze me.

For forty five years I have been searching for an old school friend we knew as Herbie. Not every waking hour you understand; that would have seriously curtailed my research into wine production and made inroads into my dedicated involvement in supporting both the British and the Spanish food and drink industries. Nevertheless, I have explored the usual routes, and exhausted all the obvious possibilities - Friends Reunited, Facebook, telephone directories - and even though I have managed to locate a few others of the class of ’62, nobody has been able to shed even the dimmest of lights on Herbie’s whereabouts. It seemed he had vanished from the face of the earth….until last week. I recently reminisced in this column about my first schoolboy crush – a girl called Glenda - and how our first love always stays with us even though we may have made complete horses rear-ends of ourselves. Well, another one of my old school pals read the piece on line and reckoned that Glenda was at primary school with him and so, now armed with a sir-name, I thought Friends Reunited was worth another bash. And there she was; only it wasn’t! It turned out to be a different Glenda – she was still avoiding me. However, I came across someone with the

He Kissed Your What? Are the days of elegance and etiquette over?

As I opened the passenger door for my lady companion her shy surprise was similar to that of another lady as I helped her on with her coat. In their late twenties, neither woman had experienced such small acts of gallantry before! Would such courtesies be regarded as outdated and sexist today? If so, this would be a pity for gender-etiquette was once a form of mutual respect and recognition of a lady’s special status. Hat-tipping is a compliment, not a pass and surely far better than a wink and a leer? Perhaps standing when a lady enters a room may be a little over the top but what about hand-kissing?

Common in Poland The practice is not uncommon in Poland and elsewhere. I have learned that to get a woman eating out of your hand you first need to kiss it. There is a right way and a wrong way of going about it. There are only two situations when hand-kissing is acceptable: If you already know the lady, or, if when introduced she offers her hand. It isn’t the done thing to take her hand and kiss it. You stoop slightly to kiss it without actually doing so.

Extreme Adoration The correct way is to bend in a courtly manner, gently place your hand under her palm at which point your thumb will cross her knuckles. You then brush your thumb with your lips. Only if you know the lady is it permissible to touch the back of her hand with your lips. If you wish to imply extreme adoration, and this takes practice; gently turn the palm of her hand upwards and with dry lips kiss her palm. You then close the lady’s hand on the kiss and murmur something along the lines of: ‘I pray you; keep this as a memory of me.’

same family name as my long lost friend, and although Elliott is a pretty common name, I decided to drop him a line. Then a few days later - Bingo! It turned out to be Herbie’s brother and we have in the last few days re-established contact. And the coincidence that I mentioned? He now lives in Rojales, just 30 minutes from me in Los Dolses! We must have driven right by his house many times. What are the chances of that? Well, naturally we intend getting together in the near future, and to paraphrase Bob Cratchit: we will be making rather merry! No doubt we will make daft jokes, laugh uproariously like silly kids, and bore the frilly knickers off our lady wives with our reminiscences . . . and one in particular.

Just prior to leaving school, we went on a school trip to Norfolk, laughingly called the Broadlands Survey Expedition. With two teachers, one yacht, one cruiser and ten 16 year old oiks, it turned out to be an expedition to survey Broadland pubs, chat up local talent and tell filthy jokes. We had no idea where our teacher-protectors sloped off to in the evenings, and we didn’t much care as it left us to make our own kind of entertainment. If this situation had occurred today, the teachers concerned would have been hauled in front of an inquisitor, had their toenails pulled out with hot pliers and publicly flogged. But things were

different then.

Getting drunk for the first time is a bit like the assassination of President Kennedy or mans first landing on the moon; you remember exactly where you were and who you were with. Thus my first time as an inebriate was on a motor cruiser, moored up outside a pub in the village of Horning on the river Bure. It wasn’t the local cider that did it, neither was it the Guinness. It was a combination of the booze; CocaCola; saveloy & chips; Mars bars, and Consulate menthol tipped cigarettes. A gut wrenching combo that would make a T Rex heave. I remember depositing this chunkily colourful mix into the Rive Bure, and watching a slick that would make BP proud, slowly drift away on the current before staggering to my bunk. At some point the next morning, our expedition yacht had not looked where it was going, and collided with the cruiser, with its bowsprit passing through the hull and narrowly missing the engine. I staggered on deck only to find that my companions had already abandoned ship leaving me to my fate on a Broadlands version of the Mary Celeste, with Herbie and the rest of them jeering and laughing, and slipping me the ‘V’ from the deck of the offending yacht. Well guess what Herbie. long memory!

I have a

Taxi Driver’s £250,000 Tip Of A Lifetime!

A Cornish taxi driver has received the tip of a lifetime - a £250,000 bequest from a grateful customer. Mary Watson left her entire estate to cabbie Don Pratt and his wife Gill who ferried her around Newquay for 20 years. She died, aged 86, last December, leaving the couple her estate, which included a small house and savings, worth £250,000. Mr Pratt, 65, said: “I always try to help old people because one day you will be needing that help yourself.” Mrs Watson moved to Northampton 10 years ago, but Mr and Mrs Pratt kept in touch with her until about two years before she died. “She was a feisty lady, she did not take any nonsense from people. I liked her. She was a lovely lady,” he said. “Her solicitor called to tell us she had remembered us in her will. I couldn’t believe it when we found out she had left us everything.” “I’m not sure how her family feel about it, but the solicitor was clear that she wanted me to have what she left.” Mr Pratt has now sold his taxi firm to a friend and is looking forward to a relaxing retirement. “We worked days and nights. Now we can go travelling and all the other things we have not been able to do,” he said.

Never lick the lady’s hand; she will kill you on the spot if you do so but if you really want to bring the duchess to her knees try this, but only if you are already on intimate terms with her. Raise her hand just enough so you can gaze like a spaniel into her eyes and with a dry tongue gently lick the cleft between her two middle fingers. If she swoons, catch her. Hand kissing is an art form and should always be done with élan. Good luck to you both!

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Poetry Corner dream boy As I walk past you my heart skips a beat How I wish you would notice me All the girls in school are crazy about you But one day you will look in my direction Your long hair blowing in the wind Your blue eyes shining in the sunlight Your loving sense of humour You’re cool, caring and kind All the boys at school look up to you All the girls at school want to be your girl All the teachers think you’re wonderful And I just wish I could be your girl.

By Becky Reily

******* MUMS

Being a mum there are many fears, Lots of laughter but many tears, Always there when we are needed, Always there when not Time goes by and we grow older, Our care never wanes there is always a shoulder.

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My name is Biggy and I am a smoker!

It will not be long before I have to attend SA meetings – the equivalent of AA meeting, but for smokers. I have always considered myself as an average person, but now I am one of these marginalised people, who smoke. I find myself cowering in doorway, beating high winds and getting drenched by rain, to “enjoy” a smoke – or as the government would have it “succumb to my addiction”. What has happened to free choice? I like the current Spanish law, where people can make a choice whether to enjoy a glass or a meal with or without smoke. There have been a couple of stories in the Spanish press about dogs biting children, leaving them either badly maimed for life, or worse, dead. We are talking so-called dangerous breeds like Rottweilers and Pitbulls. Latest incident was in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. This time it was a 3 year old girl, who was killed by a Pitbull. The dog had only been with the family for 1 month and they had been assured by the breeder that the dog had grown up with children. I am a dog lover. I have 5 in my home. I love every one of them and trust them implicitly. I would though never leave them with minor children, and I would never allow a child to pull their ears, ride on them, stick their fingers into their mouth etc. - like I watched to my horror a Pitbull owner allowed his nieces and nephews to do. But, nearly 20 years in Spain has taught me that one of the Spanish national personality traits is that they “stick their heads into the lion’s mouth and turn indignantly angry when the lion bites their heads off”.

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I went to El Corte Inglés the other day, and was served by a very friendly and correct young lady. She had Down’s Syndrome. I admire and respect the store for having hired her, but I admire even more the customers’ reaction – or should I say total lack of reaction. The Spanish are so great with their handicapped fellow citizens.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com.

Sailor Returns After Record-Breaking 1,152 Day Trip! are looking into the claim that the trip sets a new record for the longest voyage.

Mr Stowe set off from New Jersey on a roundthe-world trip which finished in Manhattan.

No matter how hurt or sad with our lot, Our children come first and are never forgot. They may be hurtful, they may be bad, And being a mum you will always be glad, When the protest’s are over and you have given your best, Time will come when you need them, let them do the rest.

A Muslim imam’s crusade against prostitution in the old part of Cartagena, el casco antiguo, (involving insults and attacks according to the ladies, and intimidations towards the local shops’ customers according to the shopkeepers), has reached the Spanish national press. The imam, Yazid Koudri, has told both Spanish national television and El Pais that he and his followers “are not against what these women do, though they should not do it on the street where our children walk”. These women’s trade is the oldest in the World (just shows that women were the innovators of utilising available resources to generate a living). I remember my first visit to the casco antiguo – there were prostitutes, but I do not remember any Muslims. Do newcomers have the right to force the original inhabitants out? Prostitution has always been discredited as exploitation of women and yet it has survived for centuries. So, though society has done its best to disown prostitution, maybe we should legalise and regulate it. I am not defending prostitution; I have no intentions of pursuing a career within that trade. I just realise it is a fact of life. Neither am I against Muslims, I just wish, they would show the same respect towards our religion as we try to show towards theirs.

A sailor has returned to shore after spending more than three years at sea without touching dry land.

He originally set off with his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad, 26, until she had to return to shore after suspecting she was pregnant.

Reid Stowe, 58, docked in Manhattan after his 1,152 day voyage, and was greeted by his girlfriend and 23-month toddler who he had never seen.

The couple agreed that he would continue without her, despite it meaning that he would miss the birth of their son. He said that seeing her go was the hardest part of his trip.

Mr Stowe left in the 70-foot (21m) two-masted sailing boat in April 2007.

“Before we left, we had an agreement that if I had to get off for any reason, he would go on,” Ms Ahmad said.

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“I knew if he came back and didn’t

Homework - Does the word look and sound threatening?

For some of us it may indeed strike dread into the heart.

For most of us, the days when that word could provoke an anxiety reaction are thankfully far behind us. But, on the plus side a bit of pressure and ‘positive stress’ can enhance our skills and provoke us into performing even better than usual. It may be a long time since you had to produce your homework for the scrutiny of an eagle-eyed teacher with a distinct penchant for the red pen. Some of us have been put off further studies for life because of this heavy handed approach. I’m still taken by surprise sometimes when a new group member arrives with a clear phobia about handing in their written work for my approval (or disapproval!). Well, let me assure you, I don’t do disapproval. Nor do I own a red pen. At the write thing we have a policy of positive reinforcement; it’s all about constructive criticism. Most of fear criticism of the negative variety and even those with highly developed writing skills can feel nervous about exposing their work to the public gaze. Self-esteem is hard won and easily lost. But it is important to get feed-back for our work for how else can we expect to improve? Nor do we need shallow praise that means little if it is not sincere. We aim for a trusting environment based on openness and mutual interest in the craft of writing as a means of expression. It is my belief that everyone has a story to tell (or, several). All you need are the basic tools and you can begin. You don’t need to worry too much about the finer details such as spelling, punctuation and so on – you can always get help with such things and if you have a pc you can access tools to do this sort of stuff for you automatically. The main thing is to get your story out and onto paper - and, in the process to find your ‘voice’. The writer’s voice is unique and individual. It is your own special way of expressing yourself. It doesn’t have to be grand or formal, it can be articulated any way you choose. But it should be honest and it should come from a place of truth. That may sound strange if you think of yourself as a fiction writer – but what is fiction, after all? Even fiction is based upon our own experience. A writer is an observer, first and foremost. Even if all you observe are the workings of your own imagination – where did that imagination spring from? Just as a beautiful flower springs from a small seed your imagination grows from your everyday experiences. So, you would-be writers, don’t be shy. We meet every Wednesday morning in Los Gallardos and you are guaranteed a warm welcome and the company of like-minded people. For further details phone Kate: 950 469 540 or email: ask-kat@terra.es

finish the voyage, he would just go back again. There was no way he wasn’t going to finish it.” The vessel was built by Mr Stowe and his family 30 years ago, and named “Anne” after his mother. While at sea, Mr Stowe says he spent his time repairing torn sails, painting, practising yoga and writing a book. He was able to send e-mails and make satellite phone calls. Mr Stowe refers to his trip as a “voyage of love”. “She’s done what no vessel in the world has done,” Mr Stowe said. “She got worn out and beat down to death. I’ll tell you that boat will take me for another year and there is still a years worth of food on that boat... It’s a magical boat, it’s full of love.” Charles Doane, editor of Sail magazine, said he believes that Mr Stowe set a new sailing record. He said that the GPS satellite system that tracked the voyage provides evidence that the boat had not touched land during the trip.

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Property Prices Have Reached The MuchNeeded Equilibrium! By André dos Santos

If judged by the number of property transactions we achieved in the first two months of this quarter i.e. April and May, the property market as a whole should also see real growth in the second quarter of the year, in line with the increase announced by the National Institute of Statistics for the first quarter. This of course confirms our own predictions that, by and large, the property prices have reached their floor and the much needed equilibrium. The time really has come to those undecided purchasers to strike. Vera Branch Office: Ronda Las Buganvillas Local 24, 04621 Vera (Almeria, Spain)

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property simply because they have not moved quickly enough. The perception of non-urgency that many would-be buyers have developed in the last couple of years is now a fallacy! The example below (Ref. 1121) is a very good example of a life-time opportunity. This magnificent 3 bedroom/2 bathroom Villa set on a large plot with views to die for and with a private swimming pool, garden and large lockup garage. It is located on Mojácar Playa and is within walking distance to the sea and promenade. Asking price: 449,000 Euros.

The recent upsurge of the sterling will undoubtedly bring back into the equation many undecided English purchasers who felt the need to wait for their currency to appreciate before they could commit to buy their dream holiday home. Also, if we experience as good a summer as we had last year - whereby lots of Spanish and other European visitors have made a spur of the moment decision to purchase a property simply because they felt the opportunity could not be missed - then we would all have something to celebrate. Here at Veritas Homes, based on our own sales data so far, we have reasons to be upbeat. In fact we have made a strategic decision to move back to our larger premises on Mojácar’s front line by the “La Parata” roundabout and between the Pueblo and Hotel Indalo. We will be operating from the new office from 1st September. Meanwhile our doors remain open throughout the summer at our existing office between El Puntazo Hotel and Cajamar. Our advice to buyers remains unchanged i.e. “take the plunge now” because if you don’t somebody else will! Don’t be one of those losing out on their dream

If this property or any other on our portfolio attracts your interest, do not leave it for tomorrow, make it a priority and call us today to arrange a viewing appointment! At Veritas Homes we are already getting more enquiries and viewings and therefore we have a real need for more well priced properties of all types, especially in Mojácar Playa. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen.

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Balance - a room where most

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First impressions - it

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Symmetry - this can help bring a designed feel to a room. For example,

if an armchair is placed to the left of the fireplace, position another to mirror it on the right hand side. You may not have the space, furniture or inclination to follow this rule completely, but it can inspire.

Traffic - consider the most

frequently used items in a room and the ease of access to them. In a kitchen, this principle is known as the ‘golden triangle’ and decides where to place the cooker and refrigerator in relation to the sink. The TV, sofa, door and fireplace can create similar traffic paths in a living room.

Convenience - a room must ultimately be adequate for the function it performs in the household and be comfortable for its residents. It may be the ultimate style statement, but if you can’t see the TV or eat comfortably at a table, something has gone wrong!

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Having lived in the Almeria region since he came to Spain, Scott had no hesitancy in taking the position with Sell Property In Spain.com: “Throughout my time in the industry I’ve had an ambition to sell property in the Almeria area as it’s the part of the world I know best”. Scott said the history and good reputation associated with Sell Property In Spain.com is second to none and I was therefore adamant it was a company I wanted to be part of. I’m genuinely excited about this opportunity with both myself and the entire team at Sell Property In Spain.com looking forward to serving our clients with professionalism and distinction”.

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“I remember the day England won the world cup very well, as it was my 15th birthday and I was on holiday on the Isle of Sheppy. I and a friend tried to get into a pub to watch the match in the childrens tv room, but we were thrown out. So we had to listen to it on the radio. What suspense! When Germany equalised I thought it was all over, but you should never underestimate England. What hero’s. They should have all been knighted!” John Wallis

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“My sister was born on the 6 July 1966. While England were on the pitch after the final whistle, my dad held her up to the TV and said, “My darling, you will never see this again in your lifetime”. She is still waiting for him to be proven wrong!” Clare “Yes I remember this day very well. The entire nation “I was eight and my bother was 10. He burst into was huddled around their tears when West Germany scored and ran out TV sets. During the match, I of the house. He only came home after England could not stand the strain any had won.” Keith longer so I went out for a walk. The streets were deserted. No “I was 17 when England beat West cars on the road or people in Germany 4-2. My whole family watched it on the street. TV except my dad. He told me later that at I walked past a neighbour’s half time Bromley high street was deserted house as England scored and he could have driven down it at 70mph the final goal to clinch the if he wanted. Later that night I travelled to cup and was greeted by the Scotland on the overnight train for my ACF householder, who came camp. I have never seen before or since the running out shouting, “We British public so emotional. won! We Won!” Richard Murch Strangers hugged me at the station, everyone

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Carretera MazarrĂłn, Murcia (El Saladillo) 2 mins from Camposol A on the old road towards El Saladillo.

Tel: 650 594 194


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SUMMER SLEEPING

‘Sleep Better’ Tips to Beat Summer Heat Shell out the hundred or so quid for a nice environmentally friendly air-conditioning unit for your bedroom. Air conditioners do more than just cool the air, they also dehumidify. Keep your windows and shades completely closed during the day, and open as many as you can at night. Have fans positioned to generate a nice cross-breeze for maximum cooling For a sneaky little tip, fill a wide, shallow container full of ice cubes and let the container sit in front of the fan. Then just enjoy the cool air as it lasts.

Avoid hot and heavy meals, especially at dinner. Instead, eat cool, refreshing foods like fruits and vegetables. Take a cold (like shivering cold) shower, or soak your hands and feet in cold water before heading to bed. Don’t dry off completely and hopefully you’ll pass out by the time you dry in bed. Add some talcum powder to your skin if you rash easily; Lightly dampen a thin sheet, face cloth or even a T-shirt with cool water and use it to cover you.

...A cold, wet sheet between you and a fan will also do the trick;

Keep blue ice or ice packs by your bed and use them to cool yourself down as needed;

Avoid heat build up in the body by reducing activities and drinking plenty of water from late afternoon through dinner.

Lastly, change your bedding materials to those that retain less heat such as silk sheets.

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gardening...gardening... gardening..

Summer is for flowers...

BACK IN STOCK

Promotional Sets Sunloungers

€89 each

Matching tables €2 5

6 piece oblong set

€299 each

New range of artificial flowers

...whether it’s beds of colour co-ordinated perennials, multi-coloured eruptions of bedding plants from hanging baskets and containers, or the queen of summer shrubs – the rose. Roses have played a starring role in gardens for centuries. But, contrary to what you may have heard, many roses don’t require royal treatment to keep them in top form. In fact, it’s really easy to create a rose garden that blooms all summer with only minimal attention from you. Here are some tips to get you started. Roses are sun worshipers. Be sure to plant them where they’ll receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Eliminate weed competition by spreading a three or four inch mulch of shredded bark or other material under your roses. Because roses have shallow root systems, it’s best to use a long-handled cultivator instead of a traditional hoe.

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Good air circulation is essential if you want to keep your roses in top form. Find out how large your plants will be at maturity and space them accordingly. Do a soil test before you plant. Soil pH is an important aspect of keeping roses, or any other plant, happy and healthy. For roses, the ideal pH is between 5.5 and 6.6. You can use a kit to test your own soil. At one time or another, all roses require pruning. That’s why it’s wise to use top quality equipment. Cheap tools have a short life span and often do more harm than good.

For best effect, plant roses of complementary colors next to each other. If you plant a jumble of colors together, your garden could end up looking more like a circus than a bed of roses.

During dry periods, water your roses in the morning so the plants have time to dry out before nightfall. A drip irrigation system is probably your best bet because it delivers water directly to the root zones of the plants and it does not wet the plants’ foliage.

Grow vertically. Climbers and ramblers trained on a trellis or arbor can add drama, color, and fragrance to any garden setting. Just remember that, over time, climbing roses can get heavy,

Rose gardens look their best when they’re “framed” by a fence, hedge, or wall. Just be sure you don’t plant on the north side of a structure because it will shade your roses.

Opposite the Dia Supermarket, Albox KYROTEX Waterproof paint fot the outside available in white & colour. 15lt

NEW & in stock Aluminium gates and fencing

so be sure your supports are sturdy.

WAS: 40.50€ NOW: 33.55€

DUROSAN Plastic paint fot the interior & the exterior of the house. 15lt

1LT: 9.90€ 5LT: 54.53€

XYLEDECOR Matte or satin. 1lt & 5lt

1 POT: 43.21€ 5 POTS: 39.50€

KENIA Plastic paint for the interior & the exterior of the house.

1 POT: 15.90€ each 5 POTS: 13.90 each

1 POT: 18.95€ each 5 POTS: 16.95 each NEPAL Plastic paint for the exterior of the house.

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environmental news

Push for ‘Great Green Wall of Africa’ to halt Sahara African leaders are meeting in Chad to push the idea of planting a tree belt across Africa from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east

The Great Green Wall project is backed by the African Union and is aimed at halting the advancing Sahara Desert. The belt would be 15km (nine miles) wide and 7,775km (4,831 miles) long.

Harvest Your Herbs Your herb garden is looking fabulous, so how can you preserve them for use in the kitchen all year round?

Air drying herbs is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process also doesn’t deplete the herbs of their oils. This process works best with herbs that don’t have high moisture content, like Bay, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme. Moisture dense herbs, like Basil, Chives, Mint, Tarragon preserve better in a dehydrator, or try freezing them. Only use a microwave or oven to dry herbs as a last resort as these actually cook the herbs to a degree, diminishing the oil content and flavour.

When To Harvest... Harvest before flowering

If you’ve been harvesting all season, your plants probably haven’t had a chance to flower. But non-hardy herbs will start to decline as the weather cools, so late summer is a good time to begin drying your herbs. Cut in mid-morning

Pick before the plants are wilting in the afternoon sun.

How To Dry Herbs... Cut healthy branches from your herb plants. Remove any dry or diseased leaves Shake gently to remove and insects. If necessary, rinse with cool water and pat well dry with paper towels. Wet herbs will mould and rot. Remove the lower leaves along the bottom inch or so of the branch. Bundle 4 - 6 branches together and tie as a bunch. You

can use string or a rubber band. The bundles will shrink as they dry and the rubber band will loosen, so check periodically they the bundle is not slipping. Make small bundles if you are trying to dry herbs with high water content. Punch or cut several holes in a paper bag. Label the bag with the name of the herb you are drying. Place the herb bundle upside down into the bag. Gather the ends of the bag around the bundle and tie closed. Make sure the herbs are not crowded inside the bag. Hand the bag upside down in a warm, airy room. Check in about two weeks to see how things are progressing. Keep checking weekly until your herbs are dry and ready to store.

Storing & Using Your Dried Herbs... Store your dried herbs in air tight containers; zip closing bags will do or use small canning jars. Be sure to label and date your containers. Your herbs will retain more flavour is you store the leaves hole and crush them when you are ready to use them. Discard any dried herbs that show the slightest sign of mould. Place containers in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Dried herbs are best used within a year. As your herbs loose their colour, they are also loosing their flavour. Use about 1 teaspoon crumbled dried leaves in place of a tablespoon of fresh.

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The initiative, conceived five years ago, has not started because of a lack of funding and some experts worry it would not be maintained properly. The BBC’s correspondent, Tidiane Sy, in Senegal says the initiative has the full backing of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who is in Chad with 10 other heads of state to discuss desertification. His government has created the website dedicated to the Great Green Wall. But he also says many other leaders seem ready to forget the project. At the Copenhagen Climate Change summit last year, for instance, the Senegalese delegation made a presentation on the project. It is envisaged that the belt would go through 11 countries from east to west. The trees should be “drought-adapted species”, preferably native to the areas planted, the Great Green Wall website says, listing 37 suitable species. The initiative says it hopes the trees will slow soil erosion; slow wind speeds and help rain water filter into the ground, to stop the desert from growing. It also says a richer soil content will help communities across the Sahel who depend on land for grazing and agriculture. Senegal says it has spent about $2m (£1.35m) on it and communities are being encouraged to plant trees. The BBC’s former Chad correspondent Celeste Hicks says older people in N’Djamena - where the conference is being held - talk anecdotally about how the capital city has become a dustbowl over the last 20 years as the Sahara Desert has encroached southwards. The country has made efforts to plant a green belt of trees around the capital, and tens of thousands of young trees are being grown in nurseries on the outskirts of the city, she says. But so far little has been done to transplant these trees to the northern desert areas to become part of the Great Green Wall.

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COFFEE BREAK CRYPTIC CROSSWORD CLUES ACROSS

STANDARD CROSSWORD CLUES DOWN 1. Oar (6) 2. Not at any time (5) 4. Aquatic South American rodent (5) 5. Leave out (7) 6. Aggregates (6) 7. Progeny (5) 9. Last letter of the Greek alphabet (5) 14. Emaciated (7) 16. Item of furniture (5) 17. Colonnade (6) 18. Juicy fruit (5) 19. Breakfast food (6) 21. Parts of a chain (5) 23. Die away (5)

1 2 3 4

Dance that sounds overly plain (3-4) A headless bird at a place of great activity (5) Cut a jewel to confront Edward (7) Tastelessly bright bird in one’s family - note, that is where you’ll find over-optimistic people! (5-6-4)

CRYPTIC

CROSSWORD

STANDARD SUDOKU

HARD SUDOKU

SUDOKU PUZZLE

SOLUTIONS

DOWN

5 You must make this to compensate (6) 6 Nearly dress beneath container with which you might wash or dry (9) 7 Element of witchcraft in polonium, with half gone missing (7) 13 Overthrow of French central state following a masterstroke (4,5) 15 Loud and long complaint is very bad (7) 17 Try to win the support of the French, wearing Liberal new garment (7) 18 Weakness of 22 going wrong in the outskirts of Filey (7) 19 With regard to man, one governing temporarily (6) 22 Attempt to get King and Emperor in most of story (5)

SUDOKU PUZZLE ...Very Hard!

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 1. Knowledgeable person in a particular field (6) 3. Receive something offered (6) 8. Circuitous (7) 10. Luxury craft (5) 11. Prominent (5) 12. Out of the ordinary (7) 13. In front (5) 15. Felt pain (5) 20. Frequent patron (7) 22. Mindful (5) 24. Once more (5) 25. Imbue (7) 26. Firstborn (6) 27. Request for a sum of money (6)

1 Few find car at start of road, wrongly positioned, but this person might! (7,6) 8 Failed on entry into ‘German Energy’ (4) 9 Do less damage in church work, where you need to be in union (6,4) 10 Narrow strip of water with second identifying feature (6) 11 Intended to teach a court, in charge after policeman finally died (8) 12 Being in a dazed state at intervals? (6,3) 14 State of mind over inescapable ruin (4) 15 Enjoyment without a mythical creature (4) 16 Crooked w-when nearly shifted into small boat (4-5) 20 Agonised about city (3,5) 21 Horrible lout with a Welsh criminal (6) 23 Waste outside of Thailand cut and left to be unorthodox (3-3-4) 24 Python not in use (4) 25 Unit lay about with tidal lake parallel to the equator? (13)


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entertainment news...

Jake Wood Wants Long ‘Enders Future

with the soap “far EastEnders star Jake Wood has confirmed that he is keen to stick beyond” the conclusion of his current contract. y committed to The actor has played Walford’s Max Branning since 2006 and is currentl continue in the role until spring 2011. revealed: “At the Speaking to Holy Soap about his future on Albert Square, Wood said all along, I’m I’ve As years. five be will that so moment I’m contracted until next May show. the to ment commit big a very happy here and I’ve got at the moment it’s “As long as they’re happy for me to be here I’m happy to stay. But just until next May, but I hope it will continue far beyond that.” his real-life role as a The 37-year-old was also asked how he juggles his TV part with

father-of-two. four years and it’s He replied: “You have to work hard to make it work. I’ve been there a good balance There’s e. continu can’t it why reason no worked up until now so there’s at the moment.”

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Shatner Helms Documentar y About Himself William Shatner is reportedly directing a documentary about himself. Canada’s Movie Central Channel has announced that it is producing the featurelength film, titled The Captains, which follows Shatner’s life and career. The Captains will also explore Shatner’s Canadian roots and how his life changed after he won the role of Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek. Production on the project will begin in July. Movie Central plans to air the movie in winter 2011. Shatner is also starring in the upcoming CBS comedy S**t My Dad Says and has revealed plans to record a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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chill out

Due to family health problems Chill Out Supermarket & Deli is for sale

Located in Arboleas

(Great location, good rent & fully licensed)

We sell Frozen Produce, Groceries, Cakes & Slices, Books, Greeting Cards, Instore Bakery & Sweets in Jars

FOOD & DRINK... FOOD & DRINK... nt Miint dM And a An FFeetta tteess arreett CCiigga

STARTER

Bargain 20,000€ complete with stock Seriously Interested? Call Colin 652 381 834 Near Hotel Indalo, Mojacar Playa

Tel: 687 108 069

s Bar Snack available r ge beer & bur only 5€

THE PLACE TO BE FOR THE WORLD CUP!

Pool - darts - wifi Open every day 4pm - late

All live sports shown INGREDIENTS

Best Location on Mojacar Playa with Amazing Cuisine

Chiringuito Fantasia NOW OPEN! Sunbeds & Cocktails Snack Menu now available 1-4

Sunlight Menu 10€ ~ Moonlight Menu 12€ Sunday Roast (2 courses) 10.95€ (3 courses) 13€ a la Carte and Pizzas and Pastas

t: 950 475 127 or 617 442 981 Open 6 days a week, closed Mondays. Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua) www.restaurantefantasia.com

The Pepper Tree Huercal Overa

Sunday Lunch: 12pm - 6pm Breakfast 10am -12pm Menu del Dia: Tues, Thurs, Fri 12pm - 3.30pm 5€

coming soon: cheese & wine evening Wine tasting from local bodega 17th July

Forthcoming Events Every Monday: Quiz Night 8.30pm Every Tuesday: Bingo 9pm sunday lunch: Starters 2.50€ Main course 5€, Desserts 2.50€

Book Now to Avoid disappointment!

thursday, friday & saturday evenings

Menu del Noche 7-10pm, 3 Course 10€ Free ‘ password controlled’ WIFI. Pop in for a coffee and bring your laptop - Stay Connected

Saturday Morning: Breakfast Club from 10am - 4pm 7 piece full English Breakfast 2.95€

Sally is now here every Monday with her homemade goodies. Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, 6pm till late. Sunday 12am - 7pm for Sunday Lunch Closed Wednesdays. Available for private functions. For bookings tel: 608 614 540

METHOD Preheat your oven at 425F (220C) Toast the pine nuts in a frying pan without oil and set aside. Mix together the 2 types of cheese. Wash the mint leaves and keep 10 nice leaves. Chop the rest and add them to the cheese preparation. Add the pine nuts and mix well. Season with pepper. Lay a sheet of filo on your counter top. Brush with olive oil. Cut in two halves. On each sheet, place a small amount of cheese at the bottom, in the middle. At the top part, in the middle, place a leave of mint. Fold each side on top of the cheese and start rolling, fom bottom to top, as if to form a cigarette. Brush with olive oil ~ repeat with the other cigarettes. Place them in the oven for 10 min, until golden. Take them out and let cool for 5 min

5 sheets filo pastry 5.5oz feta cheese 2.5oz goat cheese Olive oil 2.5oz pine nuts 1 Large bunch fresh mint Pepper

Italy Raises Alarm Over Blue Mozzarella

A batch of about 70,000 mozzarella balls which turned blue upon opening has been confiscated by food authorities in Italy, officials say. The health ministry said it had activated the European “rapid alert” system to warn of possible contamination, and announced emergency control measures on the cheese. The cheese - made in Germany for an Italian company - has been removed from shelves and samples sent for testing. Mozzarella is Italy’s favourite cheese. About 60% of Italians regularly eat the soft, white cheese, according to the Italian farmers’ group, Coldiretti. The tainted mozzarella was spotted by a shopper in Turin, who noticed it take on a bluish tint when it was exposed to the air. The woman then called the police, national

media reported. Health Minister Ferruccio Fazio alerted German authorities and the European Commission about the possible contamination. Initial tests at an institute in Turin found the colouring to be caused by a bacterium, rather than toxic contamination, AFP reported. Analysts suggested the colouring could also indicate the presence of copper, nickel or lead in the milk used to make the cheese, or the solution used to preserve it. The cheese was made for an Italian company, which distributed it to discount supermarkets in the north of the country. Neither the German producer nor the Italian company involved have been named.


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

Spaghetti (about 12.5oz dry for 4) 10.5oz green asparagus 1lb shrimps fresh basil leaves 2 tbsp pine nuts 3 tbsp cognac 4.5 tbsp butter 4 garlic cloves 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan olive oil sea salt & freshly ground pepper

Bar la Union

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

evening entertainment IN JUNE & July

25th June - Tony Justice “Rat Pack tribute” (8pm) 2nd July - Baz “Rock” 9th July - Matt Black, Elvis & Rock n’ Roll 10th July - Stevie ‘Rod Stewart’ Fisher (5€ ticket, includes FREE buffet)

Live WORLD CUP football

Sunday Lunch

All Day 12-7pm from €6.50 inc free glass of wine pp Beef/ Lamb/Chicken/Pork

Pie ‘n’ Pint

menu del dia only 8€ (3 Courses) bingo

Every Mon 2.30pm 100€ JACKPOT

3.50€ Avda Andalucia 41, La Alfoquia - Zurgena

England & Spain matches on 6ft x 4ft screen

Tel: 950 634 533

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dessert

under new management

PROPRIETOR: Terry Jackson • CHEF: Julia Golding • MAITRE ‘D: Janine Maloney

The Kimrick

Probably the biggest screen in Mojacar world cup free zone

in restaurant & normal restaurant services Swimming Pool Pool side snack menus Non smoking restaurant Air- conditioning Free wifi (password protected)

INGREDIENTS 2 large eggs 4 tbsp melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp finely ground blanched almonds 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp sugar (or light brown sugar) 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out, or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2.5 tablespoons crème fraiche or mascarpone 12.5 oz cherries

Preheat the oven at 400 F and butter four small oven-proof ramekins. Wash the cherries (remove the pits, if you prefer); set aside. In a bowl, beat the butter with the almonds, vanilla seeds and sugar. Add the eggs, one by one, until well incorporated. Beat in the cream. Divide this batter between the ramekins and arrange the cherries on top. Bake the desserts for 20 minutes, or until the flan is set and golden in colour. Let cool before eating

menu del dia 10€ menu del Noche 12€ Sunday Lunch (3 course 11.50€) kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

METHOD

mojacar playa

2.4m2 TV

with dynamic sound system in designated basement bar

Showing all england matches designated Bar, air-conditioned & extraction system

5€ entry

includes pint of San Miguel or glass of wine. Home-made steak pie with mushy peas, sausages and mash with onion gravy or homemade burger with chips. Jugs of San Miguel at half time Pre order your half time drinks to avoid the queue!

Tel: 950 475 198

Kitchen Open: Wed-Mon 12pm-4pm & 7pm-11pm Closed Tues


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GOLD BUYING CENTRE

YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS... YOUR EVENTS... Congratulations to Abbie and Slaw on the birth of their baby daughter Maia, born on 30/05/10, 8.20am weighing 7.5lbs (3.4kg). Mother and baby doing well and Eden is enjoying being a big sister! Love from all the family!

Turn your old broken or unwanted gold into cash

The Gold Buying Centre is a local business serving the community of Almeria and the surrounding areas and can call on over 30 years of experience in the jewellery trade. Based in Mojacar they are members of the local business association ACEM and have been involved in the local community for over 10 years.

rate of gold, and will give you a free valuation with no obligation to sell. The Gold Buying Centre has many customers who are extremely happy with the cash they have received in exchange for gold they no longer want.

The Gold Buying Centre offers clients the opportunity to exchange their broken or unwanted items of gold in return for cash. No item is too small and it doesn’t matter what condition the items are in. The Gold Buying Centre offers a personal and professional service and has an excellent reputation. They offer the best price possible, based on the official

Being local people they also believe it is important to put something back into the community by supporting local charities and community associations. So don’t leave that unwanted or broken gold in the bottom drawer.

Telephone 634 317 401

to arrange a no obligation valuation or visit Rohha on Mojacar Play or The Fundraiser in Turre.

Alternatively visit us at one of our June Events:

The RoadHouse Bar/Restaurant

Cabaret night Friday 25 June ~ 8pm

(on N340a just before Tabernas) Featuring for one night only from the UK, the Fabulous Voice of Chris Keen showcasing songs from 60’s till now. A good night out for all supporting the animals!!! Tickets €6 incl a drink & 2 tapas with full meals from €6.50 available. All proceeds to the Friends of the Animals of Los Filabres. Tickets only, in advance, from The RoadHouse or Liza: 661 291 642

THANK YOU

Doug & Shirley Fryer & Family would like to thank all Bob’s friends for their kindness and support at the extremely sad and sudden passing of ‘Big Bob’

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY TO LILLY MAY ROURKE HAVE A LOVELY BIRTHDAY LILLY, LOTS & LOTS OF LOVE NANA & GRANDAD XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

C.a.t services, Alfoquia Wednesday 23rd June 10am - 2.30pm Bar Plaza, Partaloa Thursday 24th June 11am - 3pm Camping Los Gallardos Saturday 26th June 11am - 2.30pm Rumores bar, Albox Tuesday 29th June 11am - 2.30pm

Now open daily at Rohha, Mojacar Playa, near Harmony Gym

For further information or to arrange a valuation please call

634 317 401

Regency snooker centre

Now open and accepting members

membership 30€ per year and then tables only 6€ per hour

Members only ~ Membership available to over 18’s only ~ over 12 years permitted with adult supervision ~ Due to ongoing refurbishments

join now & receive an extra month free!

Snooker Centre includes :

• 7 x Full sized snooker tables • 3 x english pool tables • 1 x american pool table

Bar & Entertainment centre styled on the Old English pub 85” HD screen to watch all the world cup matches... ....watch this space for details! Each member is permitted to sign up to 4 guests each visit - charges apply

stella REal on Ale on tap draught

coming soon...live shows & cabaret watch this space for more details!!! Open: Mon - thurs 12:30 - 12 midnight fri - sat 12:30 - LATE Sun 12:30 - late

Tel: 968 006 149 / 968 006 150 Albox to Arboleas Road next to the Chinese Restaurant

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Thank you Mummy & Daddy for bringing me to Mojacar for my 3rd birthday Love Lilly May XXXXX

Cabrera Fashion Show Update

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! email your local events to EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM

26th May 2010: Once again a great success on a beautiful sunny day! Held in their picturesque courtyard the Los Pastores and, who once again kindly hosted our annual fundraising fashion show event. The 26th May was a spectacular day with the usual abundance of support from local businesses and members of the community. The opening started with a warm greeting from the fantastic 2 piece group ‘Arriba Arriba’, a glass of carver and a fantastic selection of creatively prepared mouthwatering canopies! The catwalk opened to the track of ‘Here Comes the Girls’, and wow, did they! Modelling a wide selection of ‘Donna’s Fashions’ Mia, Margaret, Heather, Mo, Jodie, Hemma, Margaret, Helen, Marcella and Shirley confidently ‘strut their stuff’ down the catwalk as though they had just walked out of a Milan fashion show! Hosted by Chrissy Uzell, hair and make-up by Lou Lou’s of Turre and the latest summer and winter fashions ranging from ‘puffballs’ to ‘jeggings’, Donna created stunning and stylish outfits for all ages, size and occasions with matching accessories, all at affordable high street prices!

to my dad have a very happy birthday all my love kirsty XXXXXXXX


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YOUR EVENTS...YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS...

WANT AUTHENTIC FISH & CHIPS? VISIT LEO’S VARIETY BAR!

Leo’s has the only dedicated chip shop in the area, serving authentic, traditional fish and chips with home made batter and real mushy peas. Leo’s also specialise in homemade steak and guiness pies, home made sausage and homemade 100% beefburgers. Together with branded drinks at great prices and stones bitter at only 1€ a pint, which makes Leo’s the perfect family venue. Karaoke singers are always welcome with Chris Bennett Music Show every night throughout the season. Also please note, a full menu is available every night but Tel: 645 066 538 fish and chips is reserved for Friday Calle Faro nights. Leo’s is open from 7pm daily. Almerimar Closed on Monday. At the entrance to the port

café

Tapas, Snacks Cocktails Wed 23rd & Thurs 24th Fresh Juices WE will be closed Land Wines for refURBISHMENT Speciality Satay Opening Hours Smoothies 10am till late Edif Albatros 258 Iced Coffee Avda. Playa Serena Organic Urb. Roquetas de Mar Vegetable Packs to order Phone 627 035 877 Situated near roundabout behind Loro Snack

EL Restaurant ARROZ

950 60 77 23

Ten types of Paella in the Menu ‘On the bone’ T-Bone Steak Daily Caught Fresh Fish Selected Meat Cuts ’Raciones’

Hand Picked Wines

elarroz@elarroz.net www.elarroz.net

SPECIAL OFFER BUY 5 GET 1 FREE

JOHN SMITH CAN ( 30.80)………………………..………...25,00 € STRONGBOW CAN (29.80 €) ……………………………... 24,83 € GUINNESS CAN (36.80 €) ……………………….……..…. 30,66 € CIDER BULMERS (29.80 €) ………………………......….. 24,00 € CIDER MAGNERS (35.82 €) ……………………...….……. 29,85 € BACARDI BREEZER (32.80 €) MIX SABORES….……..27,33 €

La Grappa

BUY 3 BOXES OF 24 GET 1 FREE STRONGBOW BOTTLE (25.80€)……..….......19,35 €

Ristorante - Pizzeria open daily & bank holidays

EXTRA DISCOUNTS (24 BOTTLES)

Excellent Italian & International Cuisine served in comfortable surroundings by friendly, English-speaking staff

WKD VODKA BLUE (34.81 €) …………… - 5 % .…...... 33,06 € SMIRNOFF ICE (33.78 €)…………….….… - 5 % ………. 32,10 € CIDER KOPPARBERG (30.60 €)……..… - 10 % .……… 27,54 €

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

PARQUE ACUATICO WATERPARK

TEL: 950 33 41 88

Bar Spinnaker

Plazo Batel, local 2 - Darsena 3 Puerto Deportive AlmerimarEl Ejido-Almeria-Spain Closed on Sunday evening and Monday

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

sat 10 - 2

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

BRITISH BEACH FRONT BAR

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

950 325 867

www.barspinnakerroquetas.co.uk

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

Mario Park is a great day out for all the family - offering adventure & excitements for all ages! With 6 large swimming pools - one of the swimming pools has waves to practice your surfing techniques!

There is also swimming pools for children with mini shoots where the water is only 45cm deep - ideal for the younger members of the family! If you don’t want to swim then relax in one of the two jaccuzis. With toilet blocks and shower areas, Mario also have there own medical centre. There are two chiringuitos with shaded area where you can chill out and have a drink and tapa - Try their sardines fresh from the barbecue! A cafe bar sells sandwiches, snacks, drinks and ice cream but if you have a larger appetite, head for the pizza bar or the spacios restaurant where you can treat yourself to a full meal - all these services are very reasonably priced Take advantage of the picnic areas; relax in the shade of the fabulous fig trees ...and end your day in the souvernir shop to grab a memento of your day... ..and we sell a whole range of sun and pool products to ensure that your day out at Mario’s is the best it can be!

So next time you want to take the family for a day out...head to Mario’s Water Park TEL: 950 32 75 75 WWW.MARIOPARK.COM DIRECTIONS: Head towards Roquetas de Mar, the water park is situated only 800m from the Playa de Las Salinas & is signposted.

www.mariopark.com

Tel: 950 32 75 75

Autovia Almeria

Malaga

Almeria N340 El Ejido Almerimar Centre Comercial

Roquetas de Mar

lé O !

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

Strongbow • Stella • Magners • Erdinger • John Smiths • Salitos with Tequila • Leffe • Tetleys • Red Bull • Smirnoff Ice • Barcadi Breezer • WKD • Gusiness • Becks • Budwiser

Aguadulce

we are

Aquarium here

MARIOPARK IN ROQUETAS DE MAR


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SOLTIMES JUNE 2010

SOL CLASSIFIEDS for sale

Shell Mosaic Mirrors. Ideal Gift 20€ each Tel: 950 472 698 Slendertone machine 30e, professional waxing kit 40€, rice/pasta maker 40€, popcorn maker 20e, electric breadmaker 40e, aluminium pool ladder 30e 650 633 365 2 Bedside Cabinets rosewood veneer in good condition 20 euro’s for the pair. Tel: 663 440 259 Sky Digibox. DS 430N with blue Sky card and remote etc. 70€. Also Sky + box. TDS 470N..80GB.. with remote and cables. 90€ Call 950 528 337 / 660 908 870. Huercal-Overa. Westminster Stamp Albums. New. Plus Stamps and Fist Day Covers. 60€ Tel: 950472698 Garden 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 polycarbonate 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 DIFFERENT h o u s e h o l d products now in stock, we have simply the best range bar none. HSH, Turre

wanted Singer wanted Velez Rubio based. Rock & Blues Band require male singer exp.pref. but not essential interested? Phone for audition tel: Steve on 690 735 390 or ray on 678 586 893 Rotary blade, petrol lawnmower TEL: 681 167 837

ALBOX

blindS

car boots

Internal & External Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, for more information call Julie 646 675 297

Want all of your unwanted INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS items! Call

600 007 175 950 064 576

SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

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

heating

ELECTRICAL

Knowles Abbott

SERVICES

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

MD Air-Con & Refrigeration S.L. Sales, service, installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_aircon@ mobileemail. vodafone.es

alarms Wireless Intruder Alarm Systems Supplied and installed Will call 6 numbers if triggered can be remote controlled by phone from anywhere No landline required Tel: 628 607 778

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

Tel: 950 067 026 Mob: 686 626 406

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

MINI DIGGER & DRIVER

For Hire - All types of building work - References Available. Call: Kevin 610 926 833

www.heritance.es

All electrical to advertise carpentry work undertaken. 950 430 820 available. W i l d w o o d Boletin sales@soltimes. Bespoke Joinery Tel: 627 250 204 com

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

DON ROBINSON

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

& collection.

enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com

Proffesional House Clearance. Turn your unwanted goods into immediate cash. Single items to total contents. Tel: 689 023 602 email: janebinspain@yahoo.es

www.thebabyhirecentre.com

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

gardening

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

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

Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564

HOuse painter

HOUSE CLEARANCE

E: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com

broadband

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

Tel: 649 332 134

gENERATORS

dampproofing

HORSE RIDING

House painted outside villa to include minor repairs plus 10 rejas. Quality product. Ref available. 648 898 Professional Baby 719 or 677 577 190 Equipment Hire. europaintersspain@ FREE delivery gmail.com

Tel: 646 587 746

Ross Regan We electro-os s.l. cover all aspects damp proofing of work from total English / Spanish reforms, new builds, 15 years in Spain interiors, exteriors Tel: 958 656 560 design & build Call for a free no or 619 666 363 AUCTIONS or Email: obligation quote 671 L o c a t i o n 843 155 / 646 234 info@electro-os.com Auctions, Antas 222 www.electro-os.com El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next DRESSMAKING auctionWed 16th June. Starts 5pm. B e s p o k e Viewing Mon/Tue c u r t a i n s , and all day Wed. alterations, House clearances repairs, gazebo speciality. Tel: 667 covers & mosquito 698 795 nets. Tel: 649 Bouncy Castle 503 875 Bouncy Castle for enclosures hire, 50€ per day. Tel: 686 923 578

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

(Saliente) Heritance Wills, & English Wills, Power heating services. If it involves water, of Attorney, Property Trusts, Children’s we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Trusts, Inheritance Tax Tel: 968 969 962 Planning

Andrew Morrison

app

air conditioning

Carlos

& plumbing

High quality made to measure carpentry Got a letter from the & joinery. Reliable & Electricity Board? Tel: 627 907 207 professional service Supplied & installed www.solshaders.net at competitive prices. A v o i d an I.C.P. Trip (curcuit Email: solshaders@live.co.uk accountancy disappointment, call breaker). Call now for James on: 950 067 SR Accountancy building 011 or 685 955 768 more information. offers Completion of Tel: 627 250 204 james@wildwood. Non-Resident Tax es www.wildwood.es returns, Renewals of Residencia, for hire For all your European Health CHEAP CALLS Everything for Plastering Cards and the visiting baby. Damp-Proofing Registering of Car seats, high E121 etc. For more Tiling chairs, stair gates, information, call Stonework cots etc. Tel 950 436 685 248 999 or Building Maintenance 581 or 666 375 688 email sharon@ 30 years experience expectingbaby@ sraccountancy.com Calls to all hotmail.co.uk

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

insulation 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

handyman Multi-skilled handyman Requires work

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

Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729 Hard working man looking for work. Labouring, gardening, driving, anything considered. Call Stephen on 655 772 127

health/Beauty

AVON

Keep mozzies away with Avon

skin so soft only

€4.50

Tel Claire

691 987 454

lEGAL

avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es for details

ironworks Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 or visit www. therealsteel.net 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 sales@soltimes. com

Tel: 660 887 723

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

Year old female parking neutered cat grey & white very AAParking friendly and in need of good home & storage Tel 950 163 489 Almeria Pretty 4 year old Murcia mare for sale. Good Alicante in traffic, to shoe and box. 1200€ call 634 Tel: 639 081 067 601 602 www.AAparking.es P a l o m i n o Kennels exclusive Plastering boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure RDS Plastering Services c o unt r y s i d e environment. Call Walls & Ceilings. 619306870 or 950 In & out. Floor screeding. 067 051 www. Coving - plain & p a l o m in o ke nne l s. patterned. Landscaping, c o m Tiling. Decorating in & Hilton Cattery, the best care for out. Best rates. Quality your cat. Tel: 950 work. No money upfront. Tel: 664 788 053 / 163 489 or 637 546 590 950 439 194

plumbing

MINI digger Mini Digger & Tipper Truck Hire Best Rates 662 118 785

Mini Digger and Driver Hire. Tel: 610 Can help 345 725

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! w w w.c ar lossaliente. 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

you please? Due to sudden bereavement, PAINTING/ Margaret needs DECORATING desperate help to Reliable Plumber over foster 7 dogs for at Experienced Interior least one month. 20 yrs experience (8yrs & Exterior Decorator All are chipped in Spain). For customer and ready to travel Using quality materials. reviews visit www. back to the UK for This fast, friendly, clean and efficient service will never be rehoming. If you srfoster-plumbing.info beaten on price. No payment can help, call Cathy Tel: 950 527 134 or until complete satisfaction. on 950 523 346 for TEL IAN: 617 904 774 618 928 451 more details Animal Hotel, Aquilas, every PRINTING Saturday afternoon, dog training courses. Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197

personal LIBIDUS

Herbal alternative to Viagra, Cialis, Kamagra etc. Guaranteed to work. No chemicals or side effects. funinthesun1950@ yahoo.co.uk

Phone Ken: 634 336 024 Male Masseur – Men ONLY Relaxing & affordable. Tel: 676 902 388 Attractive couple (m42/f29) offer exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house and hotel visits possible. Tel: 629 483 618 Sensual, tender woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her private, descreet finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms, in the Jacuzzi or outdoor at the pool. Tel: 669 101 316 Sexy German beauty, busty and shaved, enjoys to please you with arousing massages and more. Affordable rates. Call 676 565 128

pets Lornas Mobile Dog Grooming Service Tel: 667 722 225

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 kennelmates@hotmail.com

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

Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952

Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www. puppyrescueinspain. com

TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

0044 7533 285 918

removals Printing Specialists in Brochures & Magazines, unbeatable prices. Tel: 616 493 487 or 965 720 817 Man & large van, For all local deliveries. Very cheap rates. Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590

House Clearance Man with a van

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

Tel: 692 285 129 ABBOTTS

REMOVALS & TRANSPORT

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: sales@abbottsremovals.com W: www.abbottsremovals.com

James & Son Removals / Storage

UK, France & Spain

Pet Transportation

651 519 307


www.soltimes.com

SOLTIMES JUNE 2010

SATELLITES

situations vacant

A1 Sky Television Systems

sales consultants required

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

FREE SATELLITE SYSTEMS FITTED FROM 299€ call 678 813 505

screens

due to the expansion of a well established company, offering support and innovative healthcare services in the Almanzora Valley area and surrounding areas. Candidates must be self motivated, experienced in sales, and have own transport

Please send your C.V to john@almeriaangels.com

or call john on 686 070 150 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 scott@sellpropertyInspain.com

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

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

specialist

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

storage

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

x

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.

For more information please call:

Call 950 109 699 or 661 443 443

CLEAN & CLEAR

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

Have you got factor? the

WEEKLY POOL CLEAN (inc all chemicals)

for less than 17€ per week Also offering pump repair & services FULL SAND CHANGE ONLY 95€ Call: 689 200 671

NEWSPAPER GROUP Chrissie on 950 430 820 or email your CV to: rob@ soltimes.com www.soltimes.com

Hard Working Man

Conversation & Pronunciation Spanish Classes tiling Preparatory courses for official qualifications in Floor / Wall tiling Spanish rendering and garden Spanish and lengua support services. Tel 647 379 classes for childen Victoria - 950 472 590 795 sicvictoria@terra.es Floor & Wall Tiling Specialist tRANSPORT Not a jack of all trades, just a master Airport Transfer, of one! Call Steve 24hr service, Holman: 697 678 708 Alicante, Almeria,

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist

4yrs established in Albox area.

tuition

looking for work, Anything considered Call 655 772 127

Blue automatic - 1993

ITV end June, good little runner

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

van hire

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

JT METAL

Tel: 609 199 394 or 647 379 878 SCRAP CARS WANTED

Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts RHD U.K reg MOT available. Distance until july very no object. Will collect reliable & good and deliver. Buyers condition of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, 1,800€ o.n.o Aluminium and top Tel: 637 061 370 prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 Black SEat Leon or 687 314 775 TDi Sport, 2 litre

Volvo Estate V70

140hp, Sept 2006 Sapnish reg RHD Full Service History from new 9,900€ Tel:629 864 121

950 369 124

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

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE ENGINEER

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

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

OR SIMPLY

* Need extra cash? * * Have unwanted items? * * Immediate Cash Payout *

Tel Rod: 687 261 280

to advertise IN sol cLASSIFIEDs telephone: 950 430 820 or email:

sales@soltimes.com building & maintenance

RR

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 Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222 Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

BUSINESS FOR SALE

If so – call us on 686 140 034

For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered

House Clearance

And we mean total!

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

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 to advertise IN cLASSIFIED SECTION TEL: 950 430 820

MOSQUITO SCREENS Mosquito Screens& Blinds

PULL DOWN & BUGS SLIDING BLINDS & FRENCH PLISSE

■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

removals

business for Sale All realistic offers considered Tel: 610

601 458

drainage

windows & doors

INTERGLAZE DOUBLE GLAZING SPECIALISTS

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

1050€ ono

FOR SALE

APPLIANCE REPAIRS

house clearance

Murcia etc. 9 seater, cheap rates. Tel: 634 344 699

motoring section OPEL VECTRA 2.0i

appliance repairs

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

Certificates issued CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY

WANTED

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

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

• 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

to advertise IN sol cLASSIFIEDs telephone:

950 430 820 or email:

sales@soltimes.com


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SOLTIMES JUNE 2010

PROPERT Y

Properties for Sale & Let in the Granada Region

TO ADVERTISE IN THIS SECTION CALL LYNN ON 950 430 820 OR EMAIL SALES@SOLTIMES.COM

For Sale

159,000€

A FANTASTIC VILLA SPECIAL OFFER!

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

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

bargain 35,000€ TEL: 600 890 631

HOUSE FOR SALE IN REAL DE ANTAS

RENTAL PROPERTIES WANTED IN

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

Partaloa, Arboleas, Cantoria, Retamar, Albox, Albanchez & surrounding areas for existing clients.

638 849 254

To ADVERTISE 950 430 820

House for Rent

20 mins for Baza. 3 dble beds, en-suite, large lounge /diner, secure garden. Small dog / cat allowed. No children. 450€ + bills pcm. not rates.

Avda. Guillermo Reyna 53 Tel/Fax: 950 135 512 Mobile: 678 002 006

www.inmoblaumar.net

property of the month

Please text replies to:

617 891 012

Large Country House €189,000

Cortijo in Cuevas- 3 beds, 1 bath. In need of some renovation. Also you could create a separate apartment 99.000€

Contact Steve on 950 618 054 or 628 463 656

Established Bar For Sale In Villaricos

FOR SALE

Restaurant leasehold 9.500€

4,500€

Going Concern Leasehold

Tel: 692 588 016

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

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

business for sale Successful, Modern Beauty and Tanning Salon Fantastic opportunity. Mojacar Playa, excellent price, selling due to relocation. For more info

Potential further profit through re-sale of lease

Ring: 678 719 745

tel: 636 907 542

Phone 638 849 254

€145,000

FOR SALE VILLARICOS

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

Semi-detatched furnished apartment in Limaria lounge, diner, kitchen, 2 beds, shower room, private courtyard & parking, use of pool 275€ pcm + bills Call for more info 868 931 801 or email: cortijopipa@gmail.com

cortijo in cuevas

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!

Long-Term Let

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Whaling deal splits countries and conservationists A deal that could regulate whaling for the next 10 years is up for debate at the International Whaling Commission’s meeting opening in Agadir, Morocco. The proposal would see Iceland, Japan and Norway given annual quotas with hunts more tightly scrutinised, while international trade could be banned. Some anti-whaling countries and some conservation groups support the idea, while others are implacably opposed. Few observers are prepared to predict whether the deal will be approved. The week-long annual meeting in Agadir marks the final stage in a two-year US-led process that has seen bitter foes such as Australia and Japan working together in attempts to find areas of compromise. Two months ago, the IWC chairman released a draft proposal that was based on discussions held over the two years. Following preparatory talks here on that draft, there were indications that the sides remained far apart. Australia’s commissioner to the IWC, Donna Petrachenko, argued that as things stand, the deal would undermine the commercial whaling moratorium that has been in place since 1986. “The moratorium must remain in place,” she said. “And what we see in this proposal would be sanctioning of commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean, in a whale sanctuary; and commercial whaling in the North Pacific and commercial whaling in the North Atlantic.”

University of Exeter designs blast-proof curtain

A blast-proof curtain is being developed by scientists from a Devon university to protect potential terrorist targets. The curtain can capture debris, such as flying glass, when windows are blown in.

from an explosion extremely effectively, will be backed up by robust scientific understanding vital to ensuring it really can block flying debris and achieve widespread use.” The new curtain aims to remove the need for anti-shatter films by using stronger, more resilient fibres woven into a carefully controlled textile structure. The secret lies in the yarn the curtain is made from, the university said. A stretchy fibre provides the core of the yarn and a stiffer fibre is then wound around it. When this stiffer fibre is put under strain, it straightens, causing the stretchy fibre to bulge out sideways - increasing the yarn’s diameter. Small pores also open up in the fibres when they are stretched and these are designed to let through some of an explosion’s shock wave, ensuring it does not rip.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project is led by the University of Exeter and research and development firm Auxetix. The curtain could also be effective during typhoons and hurricanes.

German TanDEM-X satellite seeks 3D view of Earth The TanDEM-X satellite has blasted into orbit on a mission to acquire the most precise 3D map of the Earth’s surface. The German radar spacecraft will fly in formation with an identical platform called TerraSAR-X launched in 2007. Together, the pair will measure the variation in height across the globe to an accuracy of better than two metres. Their digital elevation model will have myriad uses, from helping military jets fly ultra low to showing relief workers where an earthquake’s damage is worst. “Our aim is to generate a model at a resolution and a quality that does exist today,” explained Dr Vark Helfritz, from satellite image processing company Infoterra GmbH. “This will be a truly seamless global product - not a patchwork of datasets that have been fitted together,” he told BBC News. TanDEM-X was carried into space atop a converted intercontinental ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Dnepr rocket left its silo at 0214 GMT. A signal confirming TanDEM-X had separated successfully from the vehicle was picked up 29 minutes later at an Antarctic tracking station. The new satellite was put into a polar orbit that is ever so slightly inclined to the one occupied by TerraSAR-X, some 514km above the planet. The path of TanDEM-X across the sky means it will fly an extremely tight helix around its more established sibling. “It is the first time that two satellites have been put in such close formation,” said Brigadier General Thomas Reiter, the former astronaut and now executive board member at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). “Their orbits bring them together with a minimum distance of about 200m. This will be very challenging for mission controllers, as you can imagine.”

Fighting back against web attacks

Hi-tech criminals are not very good at securing the tools they use to attack websites, suggests research. Security experts have found that many of the kits used by cyber criminals are riddled with bugs and vulnerabilities. Exploiting the bugs might mean that the attack tools can be turned against those using them. The bugs found by the researchers could be used to identify who is using the tools and even launch a counter-attack While some cyber criminals handcraft their own attack tools, many others take advantage of the so-called malware kits that are widely available online. These programs bundle into one convenient package everything the budding cyber criminal needs to get started. French computer security researcher Laurent Oudot from Tehtri Security has analysed the inner workings of many of these malware kits to see how secure they are. Mr Oudot found that that many of the kits, which have names such as Neon, Eleonore and Sniper, sport significant loopholes that are relatively easy to exploit. In a presentation at the SyScan 2010 security conference in Singapore, Mr Oudot released details of 13 separate unpatched vulnerabilites he found in some of the most popular malware kits used to attack websites. In many cases, said Mr Oudot in his presentation, exploiting these vulnerabilities would allow security researchers to “hack the web hackers”. Using the vulnerabilities would allow people to get more information about attackers, perhaps identify them, steal their tools and methods, or even follow the trail back to an attacker’s own computer. Mr Oudot acknowledged that using the loopholes might “lead to legal issues” but said the research was done to “open new way[s} to think about IT security worldwide”.

Testing has begun at a governmentapproved facility and the curtain could be on the market in three to five years. The curtain has been primarily designed to be fixed over the windows of potential terrorist targets, such as government and high-profile commercial properties. Professor Ken Evans, from the university, said: “In the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, glass accounted for nearly two thirds of all eye and head injuries. “The blast curtain we’re working on, which will be capable of dispersing the shock

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2011 Range Rover revealed All-new 4.4-litre TDV8 and eight-speed gearbox deliver more power and over 30mpg

A new engine-gearbox combination, Terrain Response upgrades and subtle styling enhancements - it’s all change for the 2011 Range Rover! Replacing the 3.6-litre TDV8 is an all-new 4.4-litre V8 diesel capable of returning 30.1mpg - the first Range Rover to better 30mpg. CO2 emissions are down by 14 per cent to 253g/km too. Despite its improvements in efficiency, power is up by 37bhp to 309bhp while torque jumps by 60Nm to 700Nm. The result is a 0-62mph sprint in 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 130mph To reflect the extra performance, the same Brembo braking system from the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 is now fitted as standard to the eight-cylinder diesel. Available exclusively on the new TDV8, the electronically-controlled eight-speed ZF transmission can be controlled via wheel-mounted paddles or left to shuffle between the ratios automatically. A CommandShift lever is replaced by a rotary knob, first seen in the Jaguar XF, allowing you to select between park, drive, neutral, drive or sport modes. A new Exterior Design Pack comprises of a revised front bumper with fog lamp surrounds, a front grille and side vents in Titan finish, new side sills and stainless steel exhaust finishers. Two new colours - Fuji White and Baltic Blue - have been added to the palette too. And to celebrate Range Rover’s 40th Anniversary in style an Autobiography Black limited edition has also broken cover. Finished in a unique shade called Barolo Black, the exterior also features 20inch alloys, a unique Titan mesh front grille and chrome side vents. On the inside three colourways are on offer - Autobiography Black, Jet and Ivory plus Jet and Pimento. Due to hit showrooms in mid-September, prices for the 2011 Range Rover and Autobiography limited edition are yet to be announced.

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Renault prices Clio Gordini

Renault has announced the prices for the second Renaultsport model to get the full limited edition Gordini makeover.

Available to order now, Only 500 examples will come to the UK from July onwards, with each costing a grand total of £19,650 on the road, and each car will come with a numbered plaque showing the build number.

The classic Gordini colours - Malta Blue metallic finish with twin white racing stripes on the bonnet, roof and tailgate – are in keeping with famous predecessors like the Renault 8 racer which swept to victory in the 1964 Corsica Rally. Underneath, the Clio is mechanically identical to the Renaultsport 200, which means it has the same naturally-aspirated, high revving 2.0-litre engine putting 200bhp through the front wheels.

The harder ‘Cup’ chassis can also be specified, but costs an extra £410. The styling pack includes a front bumper enhanced with a gloss black grille surround and white F1-style aero splitter. While the door mirrors are highlighted in white to match the stripes. Exclusive 17-inch ‘Gordini’ alloy wheels with a polished face and black inner rims (or blue for an extra £100) and ‘Gordini Series’ badging finish the visual tweaks on the outside. Inside, the sports seats and all the major controls are finished in grey leather will blue detailing, and Gordini logos can also be found dotted throughout the cabin.

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Mick Evans from Arboleas took some family members out for a day’s fishing on his boat.

Son-in-law Lee Hadley, grandson Ben Hadley and Chris Elespe who is courting Mick’s granddaughter Abbie Hadley. Chris caught an octopus that spanned 6 foot and is making dinner for the family. Mick’s boat goes out of Villaricos which is where the monster of the sea was caught. ‘Pulpo Greg’, ‘Conger Chris’ and mates Mick and Paul plus Yours Truly spent a morning out fishing with ‘Captain (Brian) Cuba’. It was windy with choppy seas from the start but we managed to anchor in 150 feet just off one of the big holes in front of Garrucha’s Marina. Because of the southerly wind it wasn’t possible to anchor and drift back over deeper water so we made do. We caught big weavers and plenty of pickerel of which about 50% were foul hooked as usual with these fish. Chris was first with a decent fish, a 7 to 8lb conger followed by Greg with an octopus. (Hence their new nick names) After a couple of hours we moved and tried anchoring just off a deep hole opposite the Repsol garage but not a lot of fish were forthcoming. Greg caught a weaver and when we got it aboard it had a few big gashes across both sides. It must have been some predator that did that, barracuda probably, Greg felt the attack. Once the wind got up and the anchor slipped it was back to the harbour for an early finish and a couple of beers. (See photo of Mick with a foul hooked weaver) I joined Brian again the following day when he took out four friends, Pete,

John, Ian and Dave from Sorbas. The day started slow fishing in 500 feet while there was no wind. As it came up we headed for cover of the Garrucha marina and anchored in 180 feet with an easterly wind that put us over the 250 to 300 feet hole we were looking for. A few fish were caught such as blue mouths, pandoras and combers but it was only when the wind came from the south that we started to get some fish. The boat had moved into only 100 to 150 feet and Dave caught two cracking meagre which are similar to sea bass and are sometimes known as rock bass, they weighed roughly 3 and 5lbs. I recognised the fish straight away as a cassava but was confused as I caught them before only in the Gambia and didn’t even know they came into the Med let alone lived and bred here. Other good fish caught were striped and twin banded bream, white bream, pouting and scabbard fish. On a recent fishing trip to Villaricos, Brian (Cuba) met a friend who had caught a most unusual fish and gave it to him. I haven’t mentioned it before because I didn’t know what it was. Eventually I found out its name, a ‘Royal or Mediterranean Flagfin’. Do yourself a favour and look this fish up, try searching in Google’s images. A wonderful looking fish and the one Brian ate was even more so because it was a male in breeding colours. For those of you that know what a rooster fish looks like, it’s similar.

‘Captain Graham Gnome’ hasn’t been out because he’s so busy in his new bar and ‘Squiddly Sid’ will soon be taking mates out on Graham’s boat. ‘Captain Duncan Sunshine’ hasn’t been out because of vehicle problems but I know he’s recently got himself a set of outriggers so some trolling will be on the cards soon no doubt. ‘Ham Radio Kevin’ caught 17 fish while fishing the Pueblo Indalo Arm’ including palometes, cow bream and mullet. London Bill spent the week on Macenas beach and didn’t catch anything worth mentioning. Come on Bill, you’re slacking mate! There is a new pipeline being laid out to sea in front of the Rio Abajo and I presume it’s to get the big hotel’s sewerage further out to sea than at the moment (often in the river). Spanish fishermen will soon find out where the outlet is but I’m not fishing over it! Nothing of interest from the coarse boys so it’s lucky Brian and friends are doing well. 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.

MEDIA GOLF SOCIETY

What a week - 12 members set off for a roll up individual stableford on Tuesday morning, only to hot foot it back to the 19th hole about half way round the course, when we heard the rocket go up from the club house!

The thunder had been rumbling for some time and we’d soldiered on, soaked to the skin, but the lightning was just too much. Thursday was La Envia’s annual event for local Almeria Societies - Top Banana. It was a fabulous day, the course was in excellent condition and our 12 team members were all ready to defend our title as trophy holders of last year. Sadly we were pipped at the post by Boxers who scored just 3 points more than we did, to take the trophy from us. Well done Boxers and well done La Envia for staging an excellent event and a delicious lunch. We’ll be back next year - so watch out Boxers. Finally, Friday saw a reduced number of players - probably tired from Thursday’s tournament! For those ten who did play, conditions again were good but the course management have had the black

tees removed and the yellows are well forward - some might say, ‘on the ladie’s tees!’ As a result it was another game of high scoring for the men. It’ll be tough when all the repair work is completed and you’re all back on the back tees chaps! The results were as follows - only one division due to reduced numbers. 1 two scored by Steve Grattage; 1st Steve Grattage, 39 points; 2nd Bryan White, 37 points; 3rd Paul Henshaw, 36 points and 4th Roger Goff, 36 points. Well done all! Members don’t forget that this next Friday (25th) we will be competing for The Founders Trophy. Please contact John Gregory 950 477347 if you are not already on the list and would like to play and now that it’s getting warmer, let him know if you need a buggie.

FORUM GOLF SOCIETY

Forum Golf Society played a double par Medal competition at Marina on 18th June

A closely fought day, with the top sixteen plyers only separated by five shots resulted in the first win of the year for Mike Duckham. Mike´s winning score of 71 was equalled by both Frank Varey (second) & Richard Brady (third), with countback needed to decide the top three positions. Paul Douglas (72) was fourth, with Malcolm Sibbons (73) fifth & John Bridgen (74) sixth on countback. Richard Swaine´s excellent gross 72 was the best of the day, & he also took the longest drive prize, with nearest the pins going to Fran Elam, Pat Leahy

& Bob Cowan. The day´s results also saw a change at the top of our “Ryder Cup” standings, with Frank Varey now just ahead of previous leader John Farley. Upcoming events include: July 2nd - Pairs Combined Joker Stableford at Aguilon July 16th - Team Coloured Ball at Marina For further details, contact Phil Elam at philjelam@yahoo.co.uk/666 847840, or see www.forumgolfsociety. webs.com

VALLE DEL ESTE Golf Society What a great week we had at Valle del Este with the greens back to normal and the lush fairways, compliments to the green staff.

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Wednesday 9th June ~ One Division 1st: Bob Whinter with 36 points.

Great scores also reflected the condition of the course. Tuesday we had a Texas scramble and the winners were Harry Wilson, Keith Mason and Neil Halliday. Friday stable ford comp. 1st Sean Halligan 42pts 2nd Keith Mason 41pts 3rd Neil Halliday 38pts We play every Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays visitors are welcome. Contact Alan Townsend on 950591991 at least 2

days before to secure your teetime. Finally criticism of Valle del Este by one of the societies was totally unjustified, buggies are available if booked in advance, just don’t turn up on the day and expect a buggy. Other golfers play the course and book buggies in advance. It would also help the course if pitch marks and divots were repaired, enjoy your golf at Valle del Este.

2nd: Dave Bawden with 34 points 3rd: Bob Risby with 34 points Ball sweep winner: Dave Bawden Sunday 13th June ~ One Division 1st: Philip Dunne with 37 points, playing off a handicap of 7, with 5 birdies. 2nd: Bob Risby with 36 points 3rd: Gunner Asteimer with 36 points Ball sweep winners: Bridgman

Philip Dunne and Geoff

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Our trip to Hacienda del Alamo on Tuesday 15th June, ended in a washout, due to the weather.

However, thanks to Hacienda’s generosity We will be having another go this Tuesday, 15th June,……so, fingers crossed! On a happier note, on Thursday 17th June, a Boxers team took on all-comers to win the Top Banana Competition held at Aguilon. A full report will hopefully appear in this paper next week. Congratulations! Dates for your diary Our next three Competitions are as follows: 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. You can also find up-to-date Boxers information Boxers own website on www.boxersgs.webs.com or on the Arboleas Forum Online, www. arboleas.co.uk Both Sites will have up-to-date information, features and results.


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World Cup 2010: Spain coach Del Bosque ‘will keep job’ Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has been told he will remain in the job regardless of how the team perform

The reigning European champions were among the pre-tournament favourites but suffered a shock loss to Switzerland in their opening match in Group H. “Whatever happens, Del Bosque will continue as coach,” said Spanish federation president Angel Villar Mar. He also said “it’s not a disaster if we don’t get out of the first phase”. Del Bosque is under contract until after Spain defend their title at the 2012 European Championships in Ukraine and Poland. Under his guidance, Spain have won

25 out of 27 games, but their defeat at the hands of Switzerland was the first major upset at the World Cup in South Africa. Fernando Torres has stressed the Spanish would not let their unexpected situation compromise their style of play, regardless of the possible consequences. “If we go down we will do so remaining true to our ideas,” said the 26-year-old striker, who hopes to start against Honduras after only being on the bench against Switzerland. “The important thing is to stick to our

style, which is what makes us win, “We must not go crazy and start changing things but retain our confidence in the qualities which have made us one of the favourites. “We are not going to start playing a long ball game, or put pressure on our opponents by pinning them in their own area or being cagey and staying back that is not the Spanish way. Spain want the ball. “If you have a Xavi, a [Xabi] Alonso, a [Sergio] Busquets, a [Cesc] Fabregas and you haven’t got the ball then you are doing something wrong.”

The Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos

Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where, as yet there has been neither news or sightings of poor little “Porky”. There was a tentative sighting of him going through the departure lounge at Almeria airport, but this has not been confirmed. Interpol has been alerted and I, of course, will keep you up to date. I am very happy to report that Noah has been into hospital to have one of his head lamps cleaned, (cataract op) and until he has the eye pad removed will assume the name of “Cyclops”. It is hoped that now that he has had one eye done, some of his measurements will at least be half accurate!!! Noah really is a martyr to the cause, even though he had been in hospital that day, he still turned up for the Grumps soiree to Lucainena, that evening. 35 of us made the trip and we had a very enjoyable evening in this small mountain village, sampling the beers, wines and food they had to offer. As usual everyone showed proper restraint for the first half hour, then they all let loose. I made a point of keeping an eye on our truffle hound - for a “large” man he can move very fast. One minute I was talking to him at the coach, the next, I saw his buttocks disappearing through

the door of a local hostelry, how does he do it? Our thanks’ to the local people for their hospitality and to Damien, who looked after us so well. We returned to our abodes, a happy band of bunnies. Sad to say, this was the last trip, for a while, for one of our stalwarts, Billy Bones, who is returning to a mud adobe in Stoke, to have himself surgically remodelled. He has, however, threatened to grace us with his presence from time to time. I’m sorry, but I can’t finish without some comment on our wonderful football display at the World Cup. I’ve seen Sunday pub sides show more commitment and skill than those

MARINA MEMBERS GOLF CLUB Ideal golfing conditions, no wind, just the right amount of cloud and not a drop of rain in sight.

MONDAY 14TH JUNE

In the Ladies Division the results were:-

1st, Frank Varey, Margaret Budd and Jim Laird (guest) - net 58.9

In the Men’s Division the results were:-

Top Banana Golf Competition

La Envía, 17 June 2010: Five teams turned up at La Envía in good time for the 10:30am shotgun start. As La Envía is very hilly we all used buggies to get round the course. These were all labelled up ready for us when we arrived By: John Woodhead, www.almerimartoday.com

In total there were 48 golfers taking part. Media Golf Society had 12 players , Roquetas Golf had 11 players, Boxers Golf Society had 9 players, La Envía Golf had 8 players and Almerimar Golf also 8 players. It was the stableford scores of the 8 best players to count for the team. The La Envía course was in great condition and the greens are small, hard and really fast making shots into the greens and putting very difficult.

1st,Geoff Owen - 36 points (ocb) 2nd, Brian Couper - 36 points 3rd, Frank Varey - 35 points The only “two” of the day was recorded by John Bridgen on the 5th hole

2nd, Tony Cordingly, Howard Roper (guest) Chris (Guest) - net 62.8 3rd, Jackie (Guest), Jim Budd and Geoff Owen - net 63.7 Nearest the pin on the 2nd hole was Frank Varey Visitors are welcome to join our Thursday competitions for a total of 30€ incl. green fee, contact Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra 950 069 438. BT

ALBOX DARTS LEAGUE RESULTS FOR WEEK 13

Next week will be the season final week for Division One, which Pablos look certain to win. Division Two soldier on and sweat it out until nearly the end of July.

The results were as follows: Team Score Boxers Golf Society 245 Media Golf Society 242 Roquetas Golf 239 La Envía Golf 216 Almerimar Golf 173 Individual Prizes Longest Drive: Colin Lees, La Envía Near Pin (Hole 8): Stan Macal, Media Near Pin (Hole 10): Colin Lees, La Envía Best Individual: Steve Flynn, La Envia, 39 pts Well done to the Boxers Golf Society for winning the competition. The victory was particularly impressive given that some of the other teams had more players. The prize giving was completed

Jim & Margaret Budd organised a Texas Scramble in teams of three which included several welcome guests. The results were:

1st, Nuala Hare - 30 points

overpaid prima donna’s. Thank the Lord I’m Welsh and can disown them. That’s all for this week Until the next time Tight lines Uncle Albert P.S. Photo of Billy Bones in happier times.

Thursday 20th June

Quite a good turn-out in the men’s division but only four of the fairer sex, perhaps the “sales” were on somewhere.

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. around 5pm and a lot of the players then headed off for a well earned rest prior to the commencement of the barbeque and entertainment scheduled for 8pm. The barbecue started just about on time and was delicious. There was loads of food to eat and I think all of the attendees accompanied the meal with quite a few beverages. Once the barbeque was over we were entertained by the Yankee Blues Brothers and many people danced the night away. I am sure that all the people who took part would join me in offering many thanks to Rob Majilton for organising and hosting the event.

You can see more photos from the day and some video of the Yankee Blues Brothers performing on www. almerimartoday.com. La Envía is not my favourite course but the Top Banana package is such a great deal. You get a round of golf (or use of the spa for non-golfers), a share of a buggy, a barbecue dinner, entertainment plus an overnight stay in a very nice hotel including breakfast for under 100 euros a person. For that reason you will probably see me back representing Almerimar in the event next year.

The remaining semi and the final will be held on Friday 30th July on end of season presentation night. We are still looking for new players for next season which will start in September. If you are interested then please contact : albox180darts@gmail. com

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