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Over 370 women victims of domestic violence have managed to get jobs with the labour insertion protocol. A total of 372 women victims of gender violence in the Region of Murcia have obtained a job in the last two years after participating in the training courses offered through the Protocolo de Coordinación, to improve the social inclusion of victims in situations of unemployment. One in three women who have requested this service, which has been in place since March 2010, have achieved a contract in the regional production network, according to the latest report on employment for ill-treated women. After identifying their needs, professionals from the Centros de la Red de Oficinas de Empleo in coordination with the social workers of the Red Regional de Centros de Atención Especializada para Mujeres Víctimas de Violencia de Género (CAVI), found employment for 1,160 women affected by domestic violence. This initiative, promoted by the Consejerías de Presidencia y de Educación, Formación y Empleo facilitates and promotes the recruitment of women in paid employment, including self-employment through entrepreneurship. The Consejero de Presidencia, Manuel Campos, said that users of this program ‘are women who, as well as their situation of ill-treatment, have a serious economic dependence on family income, which, in many cases, becomes an obstacle to their leaving their situation of fear and helplessness at the hands of their attacker.’ ‘Lack of employment or equity fosters an unequal relationship between the two partners.’ said Campos, who noted that the program ‘gives a great opportunity for those affected to achieve the economic and personal independence required to break the bond with their attacker and achieve an effective full recovery.’ He added that the Gobierno regional are ‘actively working on education from an early age with the program ‘La Máscara del Amor’ (The Mask of Love) to change attitudes and promote respectful values among young people which will lead to full and effective equality between men and women.’ The profile of the victim of domestic violence throughout the region is of a woman aged 34, Spanish national, and in a situation of long-term unemployment. 60% are aged 34 years, followed by those between 25 and 34 years (30%) and 10% of women younger than age 25. In terms of nationality, 72% are Spanish, 8% come from Ecuador, 6% Morocco and the remaining 14% are from Romania, Colombia, Bulgaria, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, among other countries.



The Director General de Personas Mayores del Instituto Murciano de Acción Social (IMAS), Enrique Pérez Abellán, (CEO Institute of Older Persons of Murcia Social Action (IMAS), applauded the work done by local professionals in Day Centres in the region throughout the year and especially during the summer months. The Community, through IMAS, has 933 places in Day Centres providing care

to older people with physical or mental problems. Different activities are held continuously to promote personal autonomy and to enable them to stay in touch with their environment. The Social Day Centres schedule a calendar with various initiatives such as workshops and gerontogimnasia, games or music therapy workshops, among others, throughout July and August in all municipalities in the region. The role of Day Centres is to provide comprehensive care to maintain the skills and abilities through participation in occupational tasks thereby safeguarding the quality of life of the older person.

Orihuela Costa

Cala Bosque beach in La Zenia, Orihuela Costa, was the site of a sad scene and disgraceful lack of co-ordination by services when the body of a man who had died of a heart attack was left for several hours on the beach before being collected by undertakers. The man, a 67 year old French tourist from Madrid was found by a fellow bather at 10 am unconscious in the water just off the beach. He was dragged out of the water, but there was a delay in treating him as the Life Guards did not arrive for duty until 10.30, so the emergency services had to be called. He was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the emergency services working on him for an hour and employing a defibrillator. He had a history of heart problems, and wore a pacemaker, yet despite this it seems that he died from a heart attack. The paramedics arranged for an undertaker to collect his body from the beach and handed the care of it to the Life Guards, who left it at the side of their station, in full view of the public, their only concession to his dignity and the feelings of other beachgoers was to cover his body with a sheet. This situation was allowed to continue until his body was eventually recovered at shortly before 3 pm, about 4 hours after his death. The hot weather has probably been the root cause of more deaths on the beach up and down the Costa beaches this summer. People have been desperate to seek the cool of the sea, and at times have overestimated their exposure to sun and heat, or the strength of their swimming capabilities, leading to more than the usual number of callouts for Life Guards and attendances at First Aid and Urgencias.


A 20 month old girl died and her mother was injured in a freak boating accident off Cala Blanca. It seems that the mother and child were in an inflatable boat with the child’s father when the mother disembarked the boat with the child in her arms to take a dip in the sea. After a short while the father returned with the boat to pick them up, but underestimated his speed and distance, and drove into them, causing injury to his wife’s arm and serious head injuries to the little girl. They were rushed to Denia hospital, but the child died of her injuries. All members of the family are Spanish.


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Javea’s mayor, José Chulvi, is full of hope that his long-term dream of the urban renewal project for Paseo del Arenal is going to become a reality – after only 20 years of waiting! 1.5 million euros will be needed to replace the paving with a white and brown decorative hexagonal stone tile mosaic. Benches will be placed along the promenade, and steps down to the beach will be added at intervals. There will be a wall erected to prevent the sea encroaching onto the promenade and help to keep sand and seaweed off it, and bollards will be installed to prevent vehicle access. A wooden pergola will be erected next to an area of green which will separate the Arenal from the parking area and also will provide shade. Lighting on the Arenal will be replaced with energy efficient lighting columns 10 metres high and 25 metres apart, and will illuminate both the promenade and the beach. Mayor Chulvi announced that work will begin on 15th October, estimated to be complete by mid-March, and in his view will greatly enhance Javea’s promenade and its environs.

Playa de San Juan

An 8 year old girl was almost abducted from one of the souvenir kiosks at Playa de San Juan. The child was with a group of young friends buying confectionary and trinkets on display at the kiosk at 10 pm. They had spent most of their pocket money and were asking the proprietor the price of several items, as they only had 25 cents left. A 32-year-old man approached them and offered to buy toys or sweets for them. The older children refused but the youngest allowed him to buy her ball. The man was known to the kiosk owner, who was not unduly alarmed at his behaviour. The man left with the little girl, unnoticed by the two older children. However, by great good luck they had not gone many metres when they were spotted by the child’s uncle, who released his niece and apprehended the man. The police were called and the man was arrested. He was later released by the High Court of Valencia despite having a criminal record and the prosecution’s request for custody without bail. He denied kidnap and claims that he was drunk.

Petrol prices hit record highs at over 1.50 euros per litre

Petrol and diesel prices have reached historic highs this week - just in time to coincide with thousands of Spaniards’ return home from their holidays.

This has occurred in a month when there are more drivers on Spanish roads than at any other time of the year - over 40.7 million car journeys were made across the country in August alone, according to the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT).

Diesel is now over 1.40 euros per litre and petrol over 1.50 euros for the first time ever. Although prices higher than these have been seen earlier in the year, the average petrol price for Spain as a whole had never yet gone above 1.498 euros per litre, nor diesel over 1.399 euros per litre. Prices of up to 1.57 euros for petrol and 1.44 for diesel are commonplace in major cities and coastal areas at present, representing an increase of 12 and 8.56 per cent respectively since the beginning of July.

The average family saloon car will now cost around 83 euros in petrol or 78 euros in diesel to fill the entire tank, and a small ‘runaround’ - such as a Ford Ka - will cost about 55 euros to fill a petrol tank rather than the average of 40 it was in 2010 or 28 euros in 2005. Crude oil prices continue to rise which, combined with higher taxes, is forcing fuel costs up. Brent crude oil stands at 116.01 dollars a barrel and Texas American at 97.63 dollars a barrel.


José Gallego, aged 72, who describes himself as a ‘loyal retired Republican’ has been caught red-handed spray-painting over a wall memorial to those who died on the Nationalist side during the Spanish Civil War. After Franco’s death in the ‘70s Gallego formally requested that the Ayuntamiento remove all vestige of the dictatorship from the town in line with Article 15 of Law 52/2007 (Recovery of Historical Memory). This, however, was never completely carried out. Gallego again requested the Socialist mayor Manuel Díez last November that the signs be removed, but no action was taken. Since then he has been climbing the security barriers to gain access to Nationalist and Francoist tributes in order to obliterate them with red paint, beginning with a memorial to General Moscardo. However, the Polícia have now arrested him for defacing the ‘Tribute to the Nationalist Fallen’ at the church in Aspe. He is unrepentant, and is quoted as saying that he ‘got tired of waiting for the council to fulfil the law so I decided to do it myself. Unfortunately I cannot reach the names at the top.’ When accused of committing an illegal act, he countered with ‘What is really illegal is that all those Francoist symbols are still there. And furthermore I intended to address the Ayuntamiento for its repeated breach of the Law of Historical Memory. Law enforcement is not a crime – at least not in a free and democratic country.’


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An elderly lady who voluntarily restored a fresco of the Ecce Homo (‘every man’) has come under fire for allegedly ‘destroying’ the painting. The final result looked nothing like the original, and expert painting restorers now say they have a long task on their hands to return it to its former glory.


Antique fresco gets ‘unfortunate’ new look by elderly volunteer

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And she says it is not the first time she has attempted to restore the painting, originally created by Zaragoza-born artist Elías García Martínez in the early 20th century.

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But his granddaughter, Teresa García, says that although Cecilia had previously taken it into her own hands to restore the painting, in the past she had only done so with the tunic being worn by the subject. This time, she restored the entire face, distorting it completely, says Sra García. Cecilia said that ‘whenever a painting had deteriorated’, she would restore it with the vicar’s permission. Councillor for culture Juan María Ojeda says she could face legal action, although to a lesser extent than if the fresco had been a catalogued item of major value. But he added that the lady’s intentions were good ones, and that she led ‘a very difficult’ life, caring for her disabled 60-year-old son. Ojeda says the situation is ‘very delicate’ but that the council ‘cannot be seen to condone’ Cecilia’s actions. The featured ‘before and after’ photograph of the painting supplied by the local history research office, the Centro de Estudios Borjianos, has already been parodied on social networks. Twitter users have re-named it the Ecce Mono


Cecilia Gimenez, is said to be very upset at all the attention after her botched repair job became public and made headlines across the world and insisted that she had not yet had a chance to finish the job. Mrs Gimenez, a regular volunteer at the Sanctuario de Misericordia in the village of Borja near Zaragoza, explained that she had been saddened by the deteriorating state of the fresco. “We have always repaired everything here ourselves,” she told Spanish state television RTVE after being tracked down in the village. And she denied that she had undertaken the work without permission. “The priest knew about it, he did. How could I do something like that without permission? I did not do it secretly, anyone who entered the church could see me painting.” “With nothing but good intentions I did what I believed was the right thing,” the good Samaritan explained. “Besides, I hadn’t finished it”. The image was painted by local artist Elias Garcia Martinez more than a century ago but had recently suffered surface damage due to damp conditions in the church. A local councilor for culture called the amateur restoration “unspeakable” but conceded that it had been undertaken only out of concern for the fresco’s condition. “She is an elderly woman who has had a hard life and I think she acted with good intentions,” said Juan Maria Ojeda. “Next week she has agreed to meet with a repairer to explain what kind of materials she used.” But he admitted the chances of reversing the damage were slim. “If we can’t fix it, we will probably cover it over with a photograph of the original.” The family of the artist, Elias Garcia Martinez, who discovered the DIY restoration when they donated money towards its upkeep, are less forgiving. “It was bad enough that she painted the tunic,” said Teresa Garcia Blanc, a granddaughter of the artist. “But the problem worsened when she started on the face because now the painting is completely destroyed.”

Highest night temperatures on record

Night temperatures across the country have broken new records with lows reaching 27ºC, reports the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Last Tuesday night, the mercury soared to 21.6ºC in Burgos, one of the coldest parts of the country, and between 23.8ºC and 25.4ºC in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), Zaragoza and Madrid city centre. In Margalef (Tarragona), the thermometer rose to 27ºC on Sunday and Monday night.

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Pensioners to take ‘temperature tests’ before receiving winter fuel allowance

Pensioners will have to take a ‘temperature test’ before claiming their £200 winter fuel allowance after a European Union rule has meant 444,000 in tropical countries would be eligible for payment, according to a report in the telegraph. Pensioners will have to take a “temperature test” before claiming their £200 winter fuel allowance after the European Union ruled the British expats in tropical countries are eligible for the heating benefits. Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has promised to fight the “ridiculous” EU ruling that could cost the UK almost £100 million per year. The diktat means 444,000 expats who have spent most of their working life in Britain would be eligible for the payment. Currently, only 73,000 who currently get it because they still lived in the UK when they retired. Mr Duncan-Smith is now planning to bring in a new rule saying the payments can only go to people living in cooler climates. “The winter fuel payment is about helping British pensioners with heating costs,” he told a newspaper. “It is ludicrous we could have to pay more pensioners in hot countries.” More than 150,000 British pensioners who have retired to the warmer climates of Spain and France would be able to get the free heating subsidy. The winter fuel allowance has previously been criticised because the £200 cheque goes to all pensioners regardless of their income and does not have to be spent on heating bills.

Firefighters battle massive blaze in northern Spain

Firefighters battled a heat-fuelled wildfire in northern Spain Wednesday that has already ravaged 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of land, local emergency services said. About 600 firefighters, police and volunteers were working to put out the blaze which erupted on Sunday near the town of Castrocontigo in the province of Leon, emergency services said in a statement. “At the moment there is no risk to the local population,” it added. “Even though the fire is stabilised, the difficult weather conditions due to a pocket of hot air from the Sahara located over the Iberian Peninsula can cause a change in

Holidaymaker numbers reach record high

The number of tourists who travelled to Spain in July was at an historic high this year, having risen 4.4 per cent on the figures for 2011. Most of them came from the UK, Germany and France, although the national group which has increased the most is that of the USA. In total, in the first seven months of 2012, more than 32.8 million holidaymakers came to Spain from abroad, being 3.3 per cent more than in the first seven months of last year. And the month of July itself saw 7.7 million tourists travelling to Spain - a rise of 4.4 per cent on the previous year.

These figures, issued by the agency Frontur and published by the ministry for industry, reveal that 1.76 million British people took their holidays in Spain in July, followed closely by French tourists - 1.27 million - and Germans, at

1.17 million.

UK holidaymakers rose in number by 0.5 per cent, although greater increases were seen in the influx of German and French tourists - 9.7 and 7.7 per cent respectively. Irish tourists were among those whose numbers dropped dramatically last month, falling by 15.6 per cent, followed by Holland with a decrease of 5.4 per cent and Belgium with 4.9 per cent fewer holidaymakers.

Significant rises in tourist numbers were seen among those travelling from the USA - 180,000 visitors, being an increase of 27 per cent; Portugal, with nearly a quarter of a million holidaymakers, accounting for a 14.7per-cent rise, and the four mainland Europe Scandinavian countries, with 477,911 visitors translating to an increase of 14.5 per cent. Catalunya was the region that saw the

the fire’s evolution at any moment.” Twenty-six helicopters and water-dropping planes were taking part in the effort to put out the blaze which raged amid temperatures that soared up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the region on Wednesday. Local authorities suspect the wildfire was deliberately set. Spain’s interior ministry warned Friday of a high risk of

highest rise in holidaymaker numbers - a total of two million, or just over a quarter of the total for the country and a nine-per-cent increase, followed by the Comunidad Valenciana and Madrid, whilst the Canary Islands and Andalucía both saw a fall in figures. This said, the latter regions’ total visitor numbers - 820,000 and 930,000 respectively - were still slightly higher than those of Valencia with 811,354. Travel to Spain by air rather than road proved to be the most popular method and, although more holidaymakers stayed in hotels than any other form of accommodation, rented self-catering holiday apartments and villas saw the greatest rise in popularity, going up by over a quarter. A slight rise was seen in those staying in their own holiday homes or in those of friends, but package tour numbers continued to fall.

wildfires across most of the country over the coming days to the arrival of high temperatures and the dry state of fields of forests after a year with little rainfall. Wildfires have ravaged a total of 139,886 hectares of land this year up to August 12, three times the amount during the same time last year, according to Spanish government figures.


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news flash Tycoon Asil Nadir jailed for 10 years

Palace raised Harry photo concern

Sport UK royal officials confirm they contacted the press complaints body over the possible use of naked pictures of Prince Harry ------------------------

France eases job access for Roma

France plans to give Roma (Gypsy) migrants more access to jobs and cancel a tax levied for hiring them, after demolition of their camps was criticised.-----------------------

Deadly balloon crash in Slovenia

A hot air balloon crashes and catches fire in Slovenia, killing four people and injuring at least 21 others, including children. ------------------------

Male giant panda, Bao Bao, dies at Berlin zoo One of the oldest male giant pandas in the world has died at Berlin zoo aged 34. ------------------------

Consumers are to get new rights to stop them being hit with hidden extra charges including fees for using credit cards.

The British Government is setting out plans to help ensure that costs and contract details are clearly set out, so that consumers have all the information they need before spending their money. Under the new measures, customer service helplines will not be able to charge above the basic rate for calls.

debit cards.

Consumers will also have to “opt in” to agree to make any additional payments on top of the price for the product itself – meaning that companies will not be allowed to use pre-ticked boxes on booking forms.

“It will also boost business confidence, setting out clearer rules and responsibilities and cutting red tape by reducing compliance costs.”

Fees charged for a particular method of payment are also set to be cut, signalling an end to credit card surcharges. The plans are part of the European Consumer Rights Directive. A consultation on how to implement them is being launched on Monday. Consumer Affairs Minister Norman Lamb said: “This is an area where Europe can make a big impact on our day-to-day lives. Many people will have been ripped off at some point by hidden online charges while booking a holiday, premium rate helplines when returning a purchase or disproportionate and often unexpected charges for paying with credit or


Former fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir is jailed for 10 years by a London court for stealing $46m from his Polly Peck business empire. ------------------------

Consumers to be protected from hidden charges “The Consumer Rights Directive will put an end to certain bad business practices and help consumers make well-informed decisions when buying products or services.

The proposals also cover the information to be given to a consumer before they buy products on the internet, and the cancellation rights they have after purchase. There will also be clarification on deadlines for deliveries of products and who is responsible if there is a problem. Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director, said: “Protecting consumers from hidden online charges, cracking down on rip-off premium rate customer helplines and improving delivery services are actions Which? welcomes. “Strengthening consumer rights is better for

Spain boosts security at north African enclave

Spain is boosting its security at its border between its north African enclave of Melilla and Morocco following recent attempts by migrants to enter the Spanish territory by force, officials said. The height of the fence separating the two sides has been raised and work has been done to prevent migrants from being able to climb it, said the representative of Spain’s central government in Melilla, Abdelmalik El Barkani. “There are also video cameras and more staff,” he added during an interview with Spanish public radio. Over 400 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa tried to force their way into Melilla on Saturday night from Morocco, said a spokesman for the central government’s office in Melilla. “There were two assaults, one at around nine involving some 300 migrants in which some 60 people managed to cross over, and another at five in the morning involving 150 people where no one was able to enter,” he said. Last week another group of some 150 migrants tried to force themselves into Melilla. In 2005 14 migrants were killed while they tried to cross over into Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish enclave in north Africa, from Morocco. They included several shot by Moroccan or Spanish during assaults on the borders of the two territories, which are both claimed by Morocco.

businesses and benefits the economy. However, we’re surprised the consultation to ban excessive debit and credit card surcharges has still not been published. “More than 50,000 people supported our campaign, so we hope the Government sticks to their promise to ban these charges by the end of the year.”

Cannabis-smokers spend 1,163 million a year on their habit

Spanish people spend around 1,163 million euros a year on cannabis, according to associations of marihuana users.

Although regular cannabis-smokers only account for two per cent of the population, they spend around 100 euros a month on the drug. Another 7.6 per cent spend approximately 13 euros a month. Cannabis-users say that if the drug was able to be sold legally - meaning it could be taxed - it would generate millions of euros for the State. Based upon current figures, Spain would net an extra 86.9 million euros in taxes.

according to those behind it.

They say around 38,000 jobs could be created in Spain, of which 6,000 in Catalunya, through harvesting and maintaining plantations and managing marihuana clubs. This would bring the State a further 400 million euros - 64 million euros in Catalunya - through income tax and Social Security payments, in addition to the nearly 90 million from cannabis sales. The drug would be sold only through legal consumer clubs who harvest their own marihuana, the associations say.

With it not being legally sold, money generated from cannabis lands in the hands of mafia-style drug-dealers and the criminal underworld, the user associations say.

Whilst all this sounds an ideal solution for Spain’s flagging economy, however, medical experts are not so keen on marihuana being mass produced and made readily available for sale.

In Catalunya, around 200 stringentlycontrolled and closed ‘clubs’ of cannabisusers have been set up.

Research has shown that regular, albeit infrequent use of cannabis can permanently affect the brain.

Members must be at least 21 and have to pass tight controls at the hands of the prosecution service.

Marihuana can cause depression, memory loss and dull reactions, as well as generally limiting mental capacity, even when the immediate effects have long since worn off.

They are not allowed to grow their own marihuana. A failed attempt to set up a public cannabis allotment in Rasquera (Tarragona) would have created a healthy number of jobs,

And where regular use becomes frequent, consumers regularly suffer extreme paranoia on top of depression, as well as becoming verbally aggressive and withdrawn.


Long-term unemployed with dependants can claim 450 euros a month instead of 400 euros

Jobseekers whose dole money has run out and who are forced to claim the 400-euro monthly payments may be entitled to slightly more if they have family responsibilities, according to government vice-president, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (pictured left with tax minister Cristóbal Montoro and work minister Fátima Báñez).

Where a claimant has two or more dependent relatives living with them normally children under 18, or over 18 if they are disabled, but also elderly, disabled or

sick parents, siblings or spouse - the person will be able to claim 450 euros instead of 400. The six-month benefit to help the long-term unemployed back into work by giving them an income whilst they are searching for a job will still be paid for the moment, despite Rajoy’s cabinet threatening to withdraw it. Even then, once this has expired, thousands of people out of work find themselves with no prospects and no income.

Spain to ease liquidation of troubled banks

Spain will empower its banking authorities to swoop in on lenders that appear to be heading to trouble and if necessary liquidate them, Spanish media said Thursday.

nationalised banks would be first in line for the new treatement, except for those whose liquidation would present “systemic risk”, an allusion to Bankia.

The new legislation, reportedly to be passed by government ministers either this Friday or on August 31, was leaked to the leading daily El Pais and the business paper Expansion.

Non-viable banks may be placed in bankruptcy or subjected to a resolution plan by the FROB.

Aimed at preventing new banking catastrophes, it gives the Bank of Spain and the state-backed Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB) new powers to intervene before crises erupt. Spain’s eurozone partners agreed in June to lend up to 100 billion euros ($124 billion) to salvage the nation’s banks, buckling under record bad loans built up since a 2008 property crash. Eurozone powers agreed the loan in return for a list of conditions drawn up in a June 20 memorandum of understanding. The new laws aim to comply with those demands. The Bank of Spain could intervene early even in a bank that complies with liquidity and solvency requirements, if there is objective evidence that it cannot continue to meet those standards, the papers said. The central bank would have extensive powers to demand that the suspect bank provide an action plan within 10 days, agree a debt restructuring plan with creditors or fire the management. The FROB would be in charge of the restructuring or “orderly resolution” of banks, with powers to liquidate those entities it considers to be non-viable and unable to repay public money in a reasonable time frame.



TORREVIEJA BRANCH Members, future members and guests, please note that the next meeting of the Torrevieja Branch Royal British Legion, will be held at the Rocajuna Bar at Punta Prima, (behind the Punta Marina Shopping Centre) on 14 September 2012 at 6.30 for 7.00 start. (For anyone who is unsure of the venue, the Royal British Legion website will show a map). Following the meeting members and guests will be entertained by Andy Jones, who has been sponsored by Lloyds International Bank. From October the regular meetings will continue to be held at Casa Ventura , membership to Torrevieja Royal British Legion is open to ex-military and non-military, all are welcome and we hold meetings on the second Friday of every month. For further information contact Pauline on 966 704 146. The Torrevieja Branch also have a newly formed RBL Legionnaires Bowls Club who will welcome you, we meet every Tuesday and Saturday 1.30 for 2.00pm at La Siesta Bowls Club

A FROB resolution plan would have to include a valuation of the lender, the method to be used to dispose of the bank, and the financing required by the Deposit Guarantee Fund. The FROB has three options to dispose of a bank, said Expansion: Sell the business; transfer its assets and liabilities to a “bridge bank”; or cede them to an asset management company. The new legislation foresees the creation of a “bad bank” to pool troubled banks’ bad assets and also a “bridge bank” to manage healthy assets for up to five years until a buyer can be found, the reports said. Whether a bank is restructured or liquidated, investors in the lender would suffer, the reports said. Shareholders and subordinated creditors would have to suffer losses in case of restructuring or liquidations under the new law, Expansion said, complying with a condition set by the eurozone. Such a requirement would hurt many ordinary customers who were pursuaded by their banks to invest in preference shares without fully understanding the risks, Expansion said. Three nationalised banks -- Bankia, CatalunyaCaixa and NovaGalicia -- alone had 150,000 such customers with a total investment of 4.5 billon euros in preference shares, Expansion said.


It’s alright for some, the heat may be off for you but we have a show to put on!!! And that means REHEARSALS start on Monday 10th September through to FRIDAY 19th October at The Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio. The show is “Here we go again” a Night of Music and Variety. Tickets will be available from Maria on 966 715 891. The theme of the show:- In the first half we escape to the good old days of the ‘Old Time Music Hall’, many of the songs

you will know but for those who don’t, the words are emblazoned on a screen so there will no excuses you’ll have to join in!! The second half: - revisits the seaside, as we all did many years ago before we discovered ‘Sunny Spain ‘. I don’t know about you, but I find you can’t beat a bit of reminiscence. The Show Date is Friday 19th October so make sure you mark the date in your busy diaries and please let your friends know too. Also check out our website. www.

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Suggestions from the public about the upcoming education law reform include a ‘points-based licence system’ where pupils have marks deducted for misbehaviour. Over 900 ideas were collected from citizens about how Spain’s education system could be improved. They included cash prizes for good marks, effort and hard work, and penalties for laziness. More libraries, computer rooms and dedicated classrooms, as well as more attention paid to subjects such as the applied sciences, Latin and Greek - not just maths, Spanish and foreign languages - were called for by those interviewed. They also want to see more school subjects related to social and economic disciplines, and for learning to involve logical and rational analysis rather than merely memorising by rote

and regurgitating. Points deducted for misbehaving or added for effort and good behaviour, activities that motivate pupils, and maintaining the system whereby a child has to repeat a year if he or she underachieves were also suggested. They also want to see more options available in vocational training - which comes under the FP (Formación Profesional) heading in Spain with work experience included, and also work experience incorporated into university study. To combat bullying and violent behaviour in schools, parents suggested a form of ‘community service’ for offenders, codes of conduct, pupils being forced to repair damage to property they have caused, more freedom to expel anti-social students and more freedom for teachers to impose discipline. Overall, they want to see less bureaucracy and more professional training and autonomy for teachers.

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September............................................................................ Thursday 6th September at The Arches, Los Alcazares – Late Summer Fayre. Ziggy’s fashion show, entertainment and stalls. Starts at 1pm.

Tuesday 11th September charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 10am - 1pm

Tuesday 18th September General meeting at Las Claras, 12 noon. Friday 28th September Friendship Group – Chicken Scratch!! At Café Golf, San Javier at 12 for 12.30

October................................................................................ Friday 5th October Night at the Proms, Puerto 3 restaurant, Los Alcazares 7.30pm. €11 including supper with wine

Tuesday 9th October charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 10am - 1pm. Saturday 13th October Night of the Proms at Lo Monte hotel, Pilar de la

Horadada starting at 7.30 p.m. €7 bring your own food and drink, but bar and food available if required

Tuesday 16th October General meeting at Las Claras, 12 noon. Friday 26th October Friendship Group – Crown Jewels at The Arches, Los Alcazares at 12 for 12.30.

November.............................................................................. Wednesday 7th November – Elaine’s Quiz with a Difference at Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras at 7 pm €11 which includes chicken and chips

Tuesday 13th November charity market at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares 10am -1pm.

Tuesday 20th November General meeting at Las Claras, 12 noon. Friday 30th November - menu del dia at Puerto 3, Los Alcazares, Christmas lunch for the Friendship Group 1pm.

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On Saturday 15th September, at La Siesta Church, the Costa Blanca Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, are holding a ‘Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving’ to remember one of the most significant parts of history associated with the Second World War, The Battle of Britain. Winston Churchill remarked after this decisive air battle ‘ The gratitude of every home in our Island, in the Empire and indeed throughout the World, goes out to the airmen, who undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the

World war by their prowess and devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’. His words truly describe a heroic episode that we should never forget. This special Church Service, commences at 11 am and is open to anyone who wishes to remember those who gave their lives or were involved in this significant part of history that helped secure the freedoms, many of us take for granted today.” Thank you in anticipation Bruce Heath - Branch President


Members of The Campoverde Theatre Group presented a cheque for €250.00 raised by the group and presented to the Orihuela Costa and District Branch of The Royal British Legion at their last meeting. The Branch who hold their meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month at The Olympia restaurant in Mil Palmeris had a very good evening finishing off with drinks around the pool. The Compoverde Group informed everyone that their next show is ANYTHING GOES and would be performed at the San Miguel Theatre late October. Tickets and more information from Colin Nelson 966774127. For more information on the Orihuela Costa and District Branch please visit there Web Site www.orihuelacostarbl. com You do not have to be ex military to attend or join. Pictured are two of the chorus girls Jan Holden and Helen Lloyd presenting the cheque to the Branch Chairman Keith Carter


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INVITATION TO ROJALES WATER PARK FOR EMAUS The water park in Rojales - which opened in 1986 - have invited all the Children of Emaus children’s home in Elche for a free day at the Water Park. The Children who will be met at the park by Director Pepe Camara and Manager Victor Lorenzo are all really excited and looking forward to making a big splash on the day. Having seen the information leaflet they can’t wait to try out the amenities which cater for children of all the ages. The younger children will be taking full advantage of the Splash pool, Amazon Lake and Yakatan River Trails, while the older Children are raring to go on the much bigger slides which include the Magic Carpet Slide as well as for the dare devils the Giant Kamikaze Slide. Even the Children’s Assistants are eager to help on the day (not sure about on the Kamakazi !!) Thanks to Pepe and Victor it will be a Great Day. Photo from left to right are Victor Lorenzo (Park Manager) and Pepe Camara(Director)


The Lions Are Turning Up The Heat On The Ducks

With less than four weeks to go until their first annual duck race, the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club are getting ready for their big day. This years event will be used to raise funds for 6 year old Dayron Blanc from Formentera del Segura, who needs to travel to hospital in Palma, Mallorca for remedial therapy. Dayron who suffers from chronic non-progressive encephalopathy secondary to perinatal cerebral hypoxia, undertakes hydrotherapy at the hospital which helps his muscles to develop and encourages him to be more active, a significant improvement can be seen after each session. It is hoped with continued therapy , one day in the future Dayron will be able to walk. The Lions President J a n e t t e Bennett and Lion member Maureen Moss visited Dayron in Formentera r e c e n t l y meeting both

his parents Elisabet and Basilio. Dayron despite his disabilities is a very handsome, sociable and happy boy.

After the very successful production of The Wizard of Oz which raised 1500€ for local worthy causes, the short summer break is almost over for the Rojales Panto Group. Scripts and work on scenery for their next production Dick Whittington directed by Christine Smith has already begun and rehearsals start on Sep 5th at the Cultural Centre Quesada. Dick Whittington will once again be staged at the Escuela de Musica in Los Montesinos in January. We are currently seeking new members of all ages to join us for what promises again to be a fun filled family show. Whether you fancy treading the boards or helping with backstage work and scenery, why not give us a call. We can’t promise you streets filled with gold but we can promise a warm welcome and lots of fun.

All the funds raised at the Duck Race will be used to provide Dayron with the best chance to live a normal life. The Duck Race takes place in Paraje Natural Soto de Molino in Formentera del Segura on Sunday 23rd September 2012 at 1400 hrs. A fun afternoon of games and entertainment is planned by the Lions. Entry to the event is free to all. There will be a barbeque, bar, ice cream van. Musical entertainment will be provided by JB Brass, Peter Hull and the acclaimed TKO Roadshow until 1800 hrs. The main attraction is of course the Duck Race where you can back a duck for only 2.00 euros, the more ducks you back the more chance you have of winning a good prize. Come along, bring friends and family and make Dayrons day very special.


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Giant dog launches Fringe play

Passengers file civil suit against Ryanair for 12 hour delay in Mahón

Around a hundred Ryanair passengers have decided to initiate legal proceedings against the airline after being subjected to a 12-hour delay on a flight from Menorca to Madrid because of a technical fault. They were told to wait in the Balearic Island airport but were not given any official information by the airline during their long wait. According to information from a source with Spain’s airport authority, AENA, the aeroplane due to operate flight RYR3057 and should have taken off at midday yesterday, but the pilot decided to abort take-off after detecting a technical fault. The passengers were taken back to the terminal, where scenes of disgust and indignation quickly broke out when no representative of the airline came to explain the nature of the fault or the potencial solution to the situation.

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One of the 180 passengers affected told members of the press that she and over a hundred of her fellow passengers had decided to bring a civil suit against the Irish airline, in which they will ask someone to take responsibility for the incident and compensate them for their inconvenience.

And one of the characters brought to life by Ms Peace is based on the enormous hound which stands 36.5 inches from ground to shoulder.

According to this passenger, who asked not to be named, not a single member of the crew came to give them any information about the fault and if or how it could be repaired.

The play, by New York group Rising Solo, tells the story of Turbo the cat and his longing for the sounds of the river after he is forced to leave his rural home for New York City.

Both the local police and the Guardia Civil were called in to control the situation and officers forced the airline to put their official stamp on the passengers’ complaint forms so that they would have legal validity in any future court case.

Because the show deals with the rehoming of pets, the production is being staged in partnership with the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. A proportion of ticket sales will benefit the rescue home where Yorkshire Terrier Glen - pictured with Cooper - is currently waiting adoption.

Despite enquiries by the media, Ryanair has refused to comment on the incident. The Irish airline is already being investigated for the recent spate of emergency landings that pilots are attributing to official company orders not to take on board any more than the absolute minimum amount of fuel necessary for a journey. Three planes had to make emergency landings in Valencia on July 26th after air-traffic delays left them dangerously low on fuel.

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Writing this in mid August we are in the middle of the hottest few days of the year – and it feels HOT and HUMID ! But rather this than January / February in the UK ! Despite daily watering from the wells the garden is suffering, the Terrapins do nothing but sunbath, the fish just lazily mooch around the pond, the dogs sleep all day and the cat seems to always find a spot where the A/C is on ! Mum sits with the A/C on most of the day and any regular readers will be pleased to know she is well on the way back to herself after the fall 3 weeks ago... TV NEWS… Our big item must be the success of the new reduced rate FULL SKY PACKAGE we offer…lots of you have taken it up and pleased with the result. If you ever wanted SKY (including all sports) but could not justify the expense or you are paying full UK prices for an existing pack then contact us – preferably by email – for full details. Installation is easy but you will need a broadband connection. We now have a range of FREESAT PLUS boxes in stock and as all things “technical” prices are coming down as time goes on – if you ever wanted a recording box with all the latest features for pausing and simple recording then contact us for some more details. Remember our prices always include the LNB upgrade (the bit on the dish that the wire comes out) and the additional cable run as required by any plus box. Don’t get caught with a cheap initial box price and then when someone comes to fit it quoting you an inflated price for the necessary upgrades ! For those of you who want a real bargain recording box we also stock Article sponsored by RAINBOW SATELLITES – the company for ALL you TV needs in the Murcia Region of Southern Spain. Contact us – Alan or Matt – for free friendly advice on all things to do with TV / Radio. Email telephone (0034) 686 358 475. Our website has lots of good information – especially for new comers to the region.

a unit that records onto a memory stick or external hard drive – this is not as flexible or simple as a proper PLUS box but it sure is better and simpler than a video recorder. ! From around euro 150.00. Did you enjoy the Olympics on the TV? We thought the opening ceremony was magic and really enjoyed the closing extravaganza – the bits in between were up to your sporting tastes but well done team GB. The BBC did us proud with their coverage and showed what digital TV can do – there were some hiccups but this was really the first full multiscreen system on the digital platform - wait and see what’s to come in digital ! Just a brief word on all the bar talk that’s around saying that there will be no more UK TV down here when the new “F” satellite gets launched and is working sometime next year - there is NO definitive answer as yet – NO TV may be the case but I personally doubt that will happen – can you imagine the flood of Brits back to the UK if there are no more British soaps to watch ! Seriously there is NO definitive answer yet so stop worrying about what might be. Keep reading our newsletters for factual information – and forget the Brit Bar Talk. Are you FREESAT watchers seeing the new channels appearing - you need to occasionally run through your EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) and see what’s new – there may be a channel you would like – I often watch the new “4seven” – yes repeats but often stuff I have not seen or recorded. That’s it for this month ---- got to go and jump in the pool !

Wednesday 5th September – Volunteers meeting, Las Claras, Los Alcázares – 11am. If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS, come along to our meeting. For further info ring Bev on 693 362 823 Wednesday 5th September – The Art Workshop - Café Golf, San Javier – 1pm Every Wednesday during September. This is an informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2 € per head for MABS. For further info call Geoff on 968 192 768. Tuesday 18th September - EBONY & IVORY LADIES LUNCH CLUB, Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojón - 1.30pm for 2pm. With entertainment! Three course lunch with glass of wine 10€. Raffle in aid of MABS. Come along and make new friends. Book your place with Diamantes on 965 352 947 Friday 21st September - SHARE & CARE GROUP - MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier 11am. An informal get together for anyone affected by cancer. Come along for a coffee and a chat. For more info call Anne 693 795 247 Wednesday, 3rd October - Volunteers meeting, Las Claras, Los Alcázares – 11am If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS, come along to our meeting. For further info ring Bev on 693 362 823 Wednesday 3rd October – The Art Workshop - Café Golf, San Javier – 1pm Every Wednesday during October. This is an informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2 € per head for MABS. For further information call Geoff on 968 192 768. Tuesday 16th October - EBONY & IVORY LADIES LUNCH CLUB, Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojón - 1.30pm for 2pm. With entertainment! Three course lunch with glass of wine 10€. Raffle in aid of MABS. Come along and make new friends. Book your place with Diamantes on 965 352 947 Saturday 27th October – Fun Night with Bernie – The Arches, Urb Oasis, Los Alcázares – 7.30 pm Music quiz and songs, old and new. Buffet included. Raffle. Tickets are 8€ – available from the MABS Centre, San Javier Call 615 016 035. Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm start EVERY SATURDAY – BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10am - 1pm (weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant

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A Canadian comedian has won the award for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

No larger than a tennis ball l atest addition to a family of armadillos, is small enough to fit into your pocket!

This is the latest addition to a family of armadillos, he’s small enough to fit into your breast pocket! The unnamed baby armadillo is the size of a tennis ball, which may sound petite but it has almost doubled in size since it was welcomed to the world two months ago. Born the size of a golf ball to proud parents, Zowie and Ollie in June, he has been the centre of attention at Florida’s Busch Gardens animal park.

Rangers in the Jambo Junction area of the family park in Tampa Bay, Florida are keeping a watchful eye on the eight-week-old Three Banded armadillo for now, but once the baby reaches 72 days old, it will be strong enough to survive without its mother’s milk and ready to explore the park on its own. When the armadillo was welcomed into the world he was blind and could easily fit into the palm of a hand, but he has quickly learned to walk and close its shell and has a tasty

Stewart Francis took top prize with a gag cracked at the expence of David and Victoria Beckham. “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks,” was the winning joke. The celebrity couple named their children Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Seven. Stewart commented of his win: “1969 West Mall Soccer Association’s Most Valuable Player, and now this.” Digital TV channel Dave awarded the prize after a panel chose a selection of jokes which were then put to a public vote.

British comedian Tim Vine, who won the award two years ago, took the runner-up spot for the second year in a row. The top jokes were: 1. Stewart Francis - “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.” 2. Tim Vine - “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. “ 3. Will Marsh - “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.” 4. Rob Beckett - “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”

appetite for ants and termites, which it scoops up with its long sticky tongue.

5. Chris Turner - “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet... I don’t know Y.”

The armadillo will continue to grow, but will only get slightly bigger until it reaches the size of a soft ball.

6. Tim Vine - “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics - I just got Bronze.”

Three Banded armadillos are native to South America and they are the only species of armadillo who are capable of rolling in to a ball to protect themselves from bigger predators.

7. George Ryegold - “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”

On top of that, armadillos are protected by their leather armoury shell made of tough keratin and the three types of banding on its shell allow it to fit its head and tail together underneath the shell. Staff at the animal park is still puzzling over what to call the little rascal and are looking for suggestions from visitors to name the third member of the Three Banded Armadillo family.

8. Stewart Francis - “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!” 9. Lou Sanders - “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.” 10. Nish Kumar - “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism... she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”

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Bank bosses’ wages capped at half a million per annum Bank managers’ and directors’ salaries will be limited to half a million euros a year, and the bosses of those entities which have received financial assistance from the banking organisation restructure fund (FROB) will see their pay-packets capped at 100,000 euros per year. This latest reform in banking law was announced by minister of the economy, Luis de Guindos (pictured) in Congress today. Where the FROB is the minority shareholder in a bank - as is the case with Bankia, CatalunyaCaixa and NovaGaliciaBanco, top bosses’ salaries will have a ceiling of 300,000 euros per year. The government says this is the first stage in making banks pay for their actions which have led the country into recession - an historic exemplary sanction whereby for the first time ever, bank bosses will be personally accountable for their poor management through losing part of their wages. It also wants to give the FROB more powers to intervene and liquidate banks. One of the first that may be liquidated is the Banco de Valencia, and preferential shareholders may lose their investment. In the meantime, the newly-merged SabadellCAM has announced over 2,200 redundancies in the next few months. The wage limit of 300,000 euros a year will not necessarily apply to bank directors and managers who took up their posts after the entity had already been helped out by the FROB, or where the bank had

not had assistance itself but had merged with another which had been bailed out.

A ceiling of 600,000 euros a year had already been applied in February, at the same time as stipulating that the total of payments, bonuses, incentives and other non-basic salary income for heads of banks which had been given funds by the FROB could not exceed 60 per cent of their wages. This limit is also removed where the bank director took up office after the entity had received financial help, but only with authorisation from the Bank of Spain. Until now, directors of banks which have been at the centre of the financial crisis and either been bailed out by the FROB or have the organisation as its majority shareholder have been taking home multimillion wage-packets. Rodrigo Rato, former chief executive officer of BFA-Bankia admitted to earning 2.34 million a year, whilst the delegate executive of Bankia, Francisco Verdú, took home 2.26 million per annum. Chief executive officer of CatalunyaCaixa, Adolf Todó was earning 1.55 million annually, and his director-general 860,000. Director-general of Unnim, Jordi Mestre, earned 960,000 euros a year, whilst both the chief executive officer and delegate executive of NovaGalicia, José María Castellano and César González-Bueno respectively, earned 890,000 euros per annum.

Opening hours and jobs slashed at 17 airports and two heliports

A total of 17 airports will be operating on reduced hours from today, confirms airline governing body AENA. They are all terminals with fewer than half a million passengers a year, and will now only operate 725 hours a week instead of 2,002 hours.

At the orders of the ministry of public works, all 17 airports have cut their hours by 185 per day in order to reduce their losses by half in 2013. Collectively, the terminals in question are 15,000 million euros in the red, but minister Ana Pastor says they will save 50 million by only opening when they need to. Unions, staff and management have already begun to organise demonstrations and strikes, saying this is merely an

excuse to cut 300 of the current 13,000 jobs in the airports in question, and to get rid of all employees earning more than 1,500 euros a month.

They also say it is probably a prelude to privatising these airports. Additionally, should business pick up, their hands are tied and they will not be able to increase their hours in time to take advantage of it, they claim, since they have to give a week’s notice if they wish to do so and pay airport taxes at seven times the normal rate - for each day’s notice given, when they will not be able to see a return on their money because of having to wait the full week to open longer hours. The 17 airports and two heliports affected are those in Valladolid, Salamanca,

León and Burgos (Castilla y León); Ceuta and Melilla (the two Spanish-owned cities on the northern Moroccan coast); Pamplona (Navarra); San Sebastián, and Vitoria (the Basque Country); Torrejón and Cuatro Vientos (Madrid); Badajoz (Extremadura); Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha); Algeciras and Córdoba (Andalucía); Huesca-Pyrénées (Aragón); Logroño (La Rioja); Sabadell (Catalunya), and Son Bonet (Mallorca). Protests are set to take place shortly at Pamplona, Vitoria and Santander (Cantabria) airports, and staff at the Córdoba terminal intend to stage a lock-in. Santander airport has not as yet been affected, but could be the next to see its hours cut due to its reduced number of passengers.


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Now how about using colour? Personally, I don’t try to match colours for accuracy.

I mentioned last week too - & we’ll deal more with that next week.)

Sure there are all sorts of colour wheels and methods to get it ‘right’, but colour is affected by ambient light reflecting off and transmitting through an object.

So to draw her legs I looked for and made use of the ‘negative spaces’ we mentioned last week.

For instance, what colour is a mirror or a pane of glass? ‘Skin tone’ is a good example. If you hold a piece of skin up to the light it is opaque with not much natural colour, but when you look closely at an area like the back of your hand you can see the colours of blood vessels, veins, reflected lights, etc - a whole plethora of blues, greens, reds, yellows, greys and purples. So I regard the choice of colours as another stage of creativity.

In this picture I used the shape between the model’s right leg and the sofa edge to help as well as the ‘negative space’ between her legs. But getting back to colour, this is an interpretation I did of the waterwheel in Rojales in acrylics using my selection of colours carefully chosen to represent ‘life’, heat & cold. - (I call it ‘The Wheel of Life’.)



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And my limited colour selection of red, green, yellow, blue & white was laid straight onto the canvas with little blending before hand on my palette.

When starting with colour I like to use soft pastels which blend nicely with your fingers. I suggest limiting the palette to 5 colours as a maximum allocating them to different tones, then draw with them in the same way as charcoal. If the object is hard - glass, china, etc leave the lines hard, but if it is smooth - skin for instance smudge & blend the colours together. Try to ‘feel’ the surfaces and their textures as they develop. Here is one of my pastel nude studies using five colours - red, green, yellow, blue & black. And although individually none of the colours might be regarded as ‘flesh tone’, I think the result looks a little like skin colours perhaps?

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Of course when I drew this picture of Cheryl, it was very important for me to draw what I was actually seeing rather than what my mind might tell me. In this case I knew her thighs were the longest bones in her body, but because they came towards me it didn’t look like it. (This is called foreshortening - which

Next week we will look at perspective Martin the artist’s 6 week observational art course will run on Mondays starting on October 1st from 10am to 1pm in his studio in Rojales and costs 30€ with materials provided. To book phone Martin on 648 535 165 or email



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Flamenco Fenomenal!!! will be the final show of Afghan Heroes second year of fundraising, The charity has come a long way in that time, from only having 2 volunteers, including Jax Lawson here in Spain, to winning a military award within the year. Their plan has always to help retrain and rehabilitate any military personnel that have been badly wounded in the Afghanistan war. With no government funding, all their projects have been funded by a very generous public. From sending over 30,000 gift boxes, to providing free holiday homes, Afghan Heroes now have their sights set on building a post trauma centre that will provide free rehabilitation and career training. On Tuesday 28th August, Restaurante Los Rosales on the Lemon Tree Road in Guardamar will be holding “Flamenco Fenomenal” to help the cause. This all Spanish show will star the legendary Filiu and Cía. Filiu is well known for his remarkable guitar talents and his unique styling has gotten him many appearances on Spanish television. Providing the rich flavour of flamenco dancing will be members of the Ballet Al Andalus. An inspiring e v e n i n g showcasing the music and dance that is at the heart of Spanish culture. T i c k e t s 12.50€ for show and meal. On sale at Restaurante Los Rosales Guardamar/

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“On The Beach” with Cliff as he returns for another tour with Elvis

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Return of the sell out - Cliff & Elvis Spectacular tour! Cliff-asif is back and what a spectacular tour it’s going to be as International Cliff Richard tribute Cliff-asif returns in September for the Cliff & Elvis Spectacular! This fabulous artist has just returned from Portugal where he was at Cliff’s vineyard and entertained Cliff’s fans while there. He is recognised as the Worlds best Cliff tribute and endorsed by the great man himself! In 2011, this Costa Blanca tour was a sell out and it expected to do the same again this year as it is such an amazing show.

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The charity ‘Help Vega Baja’ has many functions but the part that I organise is called ‘The Hospital Visiting Team - Vega Baja’. I have a team of men and women, two of whom visit the Vega Baja Hospital each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. During our visit we seek out all English speaking patients in the various wards, spend as much time as they wish chatting and offering a selection of books, magazines and local English language newspapers - obviously including ‘Sol Times’. For any patient having eyesight problems we have ‘Audio-books’. We also have with us Fact Sheets giving information on all sorts of subjects to do with living in Spain. We can also advise and assist when patients are due to leave hospital and might require medical equipment such as Wheelchairs, crutches, bathroom aids etc. Basically our aim is to lessen the stress of being a foreign patient. You will note that we look for English speaking and not British patients; over the years we have been able to help patients from Holland, Scandinavia etc. However, as some of our members have left the area or have become patients themselves, our numbers have reduced and team members are having to do more visits than we would wish. On the other hand there is no way that we want to reduce the number of visits, therefore WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS. Normally each team member would make two visits of two hours to the hospital each month and our people live in the area from Catral, Dolores, Almoradí, Quesada and La Marina. I would be very happy to explain our visits system in more detail to anyone who might be interested. To contact me there is the usual choice: Tel: 966 780 564, Mobile: 666 105 307 or e-mail: Regards Jim



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This tour will also feature the 60s side of Jukebox Legends Queen of Music, Fiona McLean. If you want to see the best Cliff Richard tribute in the World and Elvis 2000, voted the “BEST TRIBUTE 2012 - Costa Blanca” together on one stage, get tickets booked asap to avoid disappointment! Tickets will be limited at all venues and are already selling fast! With ticketed seat allocation, it’s best to book early to get the BEST places!!! Tickets are 8-50€ (except where stated) and all shows start at 8-30pm Tuesday 18th Sept - La Marina Sport Complex 966796389 Wednesday 19th Sept The Lounge Bar, Torrevieja 966 922 134 Thurs 20th Sept Rocajuna, Punta Prima (10€ - includes pre show buffet) 664591795 Friday 21st Sept - Casa


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The Rioja Centre is a calm oasis in this busy and bustling world. This delightful centre has a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful atmosphere that suits both residents and visitors alike. The centre boasts an amazing range of businesses, which should cover pretty well all of your needs and there are plenty of excellent bars and restaurants to enjoy a cooling drink when your shopping is done! Barry and Janice welcome you to Leesons Bar. Situated in the Rioja Centre, Villa Martin, this large bar also offers an absolutely fantastic outdoor terrace area on which you can enjoy the cool evening breeze. Barry and Janice offer a food menu to compliment your drinks, including a large range of ‘Super Filled – Fresh Baked Baguettes’, both hot – (steak, pork and chicken with their famous pepper sauce,) and cold – smoked salmon and cream cheese, prawn cocktail, brie and cranberry, Club Sandwiches, Burgers & Pinchos. Then to follow fantastic desserts including Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake & Ice Cream & “Fun” Ice Cream Sundaes – including “Life on Mars” –topped with a mini mars bar & “Lets Twix Again” – topped with a mini twix bar Leesons signature dish is a “Cheese Board with Port”, with an extensive selection of cheeses. Cheese Board for 2 includes 2 glasses of Port, for 4 half a bottle of Port & for 6 a full bottle of Port & you can choose from Ruby Tawny or White. We love our Wines!! & therefore offer an excellent selection including Riojas, Riberas , Albarinos, & Cavas. We serve a full range of Cocktails - including our House Special – “LeesonS Lush” blended with Vanilla Ice Cream, & Beers of the World. All these are displayed on our large blackboards all around the pub. The pub is tastefully decorated with lots of Sporting Memorabilia, & we show all major sporting events, including Premier League matches at weekends We are open from 5pm Monday to Friday & 1pm Saturday & Sunday for the sports, when we offer free

The IT Place is a one stop shop for all your IT needs based at the Rioja Centre in Villamartin. As well as the shop presence we specialise in providing on site services to small & medium companies on the Costa Blanca. An example of some of our projects this month include a commercial rental centre complete IT installation including fax and print services, an Internet Café in Torrevieja and a remote working solution for a large UK based food ordering service. We can provide hardware & advice, software and advice, cabling solutions, Voice Over IP solutions, EPOS solutions and much more. We offer a comprehensive annual support package designed to provide fixed costs and 100% service. Our fixed monthly support package includes free initial health checks for all computers and wholly inclusive hardware & software support. As a value add we will install monitoring tools on your computers which will report back to us on an hourly basis. Thus we can advise if your machines have virus infections, low hard disk space, faulty hard drives and a multitude of other services. If you wish we can for no extra charge send you an automated daily report. Jack and I have between us nearly twenty five years commercial IT experience. I personally have been an IT consultant for 18+ years engaging with clients such as British Airways, Allianz Insurance, Rolls Royce, UCB Pharmaceuticals and many others. We both have Microsoft, IBM & Symantec specialist accreditations and I speak Spanish - I look forward to seeing you! Neil

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Paelleras are traditionally round, shallow and preferably made of iron, but now often made of stainless steel. The base of the paella is flat and should be of a good thickness. The pan is circular and shallow, and has two round handles on opposite sides. The word itself is old Valencian and probably has its roots in the Latin ‘patella’ (a flat basket in Galicia). Well now we know where the word comes from and understand that paella and paelleras are the same thing how did it all start? There is definitely a Moorish influence as the people of Moorish Spain often made casseroles of rice, fish and spices for family gatherings and religious feasts, thus establishing the custom of eating rice in Spain. They also introduced ´saffron´ which gives the rice the yellow flavour.

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However, in most other parts of Spain and throughout Latin America, the term paellera is more commonly used for this pan, though both terms are correct, as stated by the Royal Spanish Academy, the body responsible for regulating the Spanish language.

This then led to rice becoming a staple by the 15th century when Spanish Catholics expelled the Muslims and the Jews. Afterwards, it became customary for cooks to combine rice with vegetables, beans and dry cod, providing an acceptable meal for Lent.

Flamenco Evening Don’t worry if you missed out on the show however, as we will have this talented team back at our Bonfire Night on November the 5th.This year is falls on a Sunday so it will be a great afternoon’s entertainment ending with our popular firework display in the early evening. Not only did we have the dancers, the horse display but we also had a giant paella. Normally we get it from our local restaurant , but they doubled the price so it was not affordable anymore. I then asked a friend to help but at the last minute his wife slipped and hurt her back. Panic ensued, a late night phone call was made, and at the 11th hour local paella expert.Antonio stepped in, and as long as I plied him with beer (ice cold I might add) he would make the paella. And make it he did, and very proudly in the Valencian tradition. Even though I had brought him some chorizo, ,he looked at me in disdain and stuck to the old recipe, which got me thinking. How and where did it all start? How has this, which is essentially a rice dish, become so popular? When you think of Spain, you first think of Flamenco and the next breath, Paella.

Two schools of thought prodominate here in that many believe that it essentially started as a ´labourers meal´ prepared by local farmers and cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using the ingredients locally available which would have been snails and rabbits. Others believe it started back in the 18th century when Valencians used paelleras to cook rice in the open air of their orchards near lake Albufera. Water vole meat was one of the main ingredients of early paellas, along with eel and butter beans. Novelist Vicente Blasco Ibáñez described the Valencian custom of eating water voles in Cañas y Barro (1902), a realistic novel about life among the fishermen and peasants near lake Albufera. However with living standards rising in late 19th century in Spain, many more people could afford outings and reunions in the countryside. This led to a change of paella’s ingredients as well, these being rabbit, chicken, duck. This dish became so popular that in 1840 a local Spanish newspaper first used the word paella to refer to the recipe rather than the pan. On the Mediterranean coast, Valencians used seafood instead of meat and beans to make paella. Valencians regard this recipe as authentic which is accepted as the most globally popular recipe.

On further investigation it seems that the Valencian´s can take the credit for inventing the paella and look on the mixed versions, which our popular throughout the rest of Spain, as inferior, not genuine or even grotesque. No wonder Antonio looked at me like I had offered him poison when opened the bag of ingredients and saw the chorizo (sausage) According to tradition in Valencia, paella is cooked by men over an open fire, fueled by orange and pine branches along with pine cones. This produces an aromatic which infuses the paella. Also, dinner guests traditionally eat directly out of the paellera. I was confused because I have seen it spelt in two ways but now I understand that the word ´paella´ is the word Valencians use for all pans, including the specialized shallow pan used for cooking paellas.

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...HOME & GARDEN CONT’D FROM PG 22 ...So there you have it! - What is so wonderful about living in the region, is that great tradition of communal paella cooking has continued in the village festivals and paella competitions are hotly contested with true Spanish arrogance and passion. So if you are here on holiday, head down to the local restaurant and why not try this regions most famous dish? Alternatively if you missed out on our Flamenco evenings, you can wait until next year, to try open- air wood fired paella. Until then, hasta pronto... Jenni

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the basic on the second beat. Not the easiest thing to get into but once mastered it makes a tremendous difference to the whole look of the Rumba. Once you have sorted out the timing, and you have knowledge of a few basic steps, the next is to master the foot, leg and hip action. The major difference between the Ballroom dances and the Latin American dances is that the weight in Latin American is quite a bit further forward, to test this out stand on one leg as if waiting at a bus stop (this will drop your hip back and your weight will go forward), this is where you would begin a Rumba.

We have finally arrived at the last of our Latin American dances the Rumba. Like the Slow Foxtrot of the Ballroom dances, the Rumba is known as the dancers dance. The art of the Rumba like the Slow Foxtrot, is the control of the slow speed, however that is where the similarities end. The Rumba is the most sensual of all of the dances as we discovered last week and the main characteristics are how the couple interract to portray these. The female teases her partner giving him the signals and then at the last moment changes her mind again, I know guys you’ve heard it all before! But the control between the slow and fast steps giving light and shade to the dance are what give the Rumba its beauty. I think that you will have guessed that it is my favourite dance like the Slow Foxtrot was in the Ballroom section. I just love how the girl teases with the slow steps and then runs away from her partner as he tries to chase her.

Again a few basic rules, which although they don’t come overnight and will take time to master make the whole dance look strong and powerful. The feet should never leave the floor as pressure is one of the key elements to a strong Rumba so strong ankles are also critical. This pressure then transfers into the straightening of the knee and upwards to the use of the hips, this a critical element for the girl but it will also show the strength of the male dancer (no it is not just for the girls). I don’t think there is anything sexier than a strong male dancer who uses his hips well! Guys take note!! A male dancer who can use his hips with strength and foot and leg pressure to me is the ’bees knees’, unfortunately lads you are few and far apart. Come on guys! Because of the use of lots of floor pressure through the feet, this is the reason that a heel lead is NEVER used in a Rumba. Well, I hope that you have enjoyed our journey through the history of the Ballroom and Latin American dances. That you have learned a bit, I know I have, and I hope that it will give you an incentive to have a go if you have never danced before, or that it will get you back onto the dance floor if you haven’t been for a while. I will be back reporting once the ‘Strictly’ season starts, in the meantime do come and join us at one of our classes and in the words of ‘Brucie’ ‘Keep Dancing1’.

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There are not many occasions when I am lost for words. Speech comes very naturally to me, and I can generally find something to talk about. Should there not be a handy human with which to share my thoughts, I can happily prattle the hours away in discussion with the dog, or a tree – even rocks have their conversational moments.

providing a sensibility factor to our flights of fancy. For no particular reason the conversation turned to The Great Hereafter, and Kate expressed the desire to come back as a dog similar to her own, sleek and streamlined, and capable of breaking the sound barrier. Nancy, who owns a cat which can trace its forbears directly back to the sabre tooth tiger, went for the feline option. I gave the matter great thought; ‘I’m going to be a cuckoo.’ I announced.

I have always maintained that my tongue is the fittest part of my body, as it gets the most exercise. I would describe myself as a multi-subject conversationalist, though the less kind have been known to say that I am a chatterbox, while those who wish to impress with their knowledge of the English language would call me loquacious or garrulous.

Seeing a look of blankness on their faces I explained: ‘A cuckoo is a protected species, so less likely to get shot, it overwinters in nice warm Africa, it oversummers in nice green England, and it has no parental responsibilities – it simply dumps its egg in someone else’s nest, for them to run themselves ragged bringing up the chick!’

Whichever, it all means that I talk a lot! However, Kate and Nancy have also been blessed with the gift of the gab, to when we are together it’s not surprising that the conversation purrs along at a good rate, and covers a multitude of topics. The three of us were sitting chattering like budgies on a perch, with Pete at the end,

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I thought I had made a good case for the cuckoo, a bird that has adapted marvellously to the Me culture of no responsibility – in fact as I see it the only improvement it could make would be to persuade RyanAir to provide a free Bird Class service so that the tiring bi-annual flying bit could be undertaken on its behalf by an

I could see my logic impressed them. At this moment Pete, who had been sitting quietly wearing an air of superiority and a yellow shirt, said “You’d never be happy as a cuckoo.” “Why not?”,’ I countered defensively. “Because you’d only ever be able to say the one word – cuckoo!” ....Ouch! How the truth can hurt!

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I have just spoken to a friend in Florida, albeit electronically, and we got talking about his experiences as a Radio London DJ during the heady pirate radio days of the 60’s. It’s been said many times before – mostly by me and in this column – how the power of music has the ability to transport us back to important and memorable times in our lives. My conversation today brought all this to mind once again and it was reinforced when I then heard the strains of Simon & Garfunkel giving it large with Baby Driver on Radio 2. I was immediately transported back to a nursing home roof in Hayling Island, Hampshire. Two of us were stripping and relaying the flat roof over the common room of the home - a job that would take us the best part of two weeks to complete. We were in digs in town for the duration; the weather was glorious and the football World Cup had just started in Mexico. I have listened to the Bridge Over Troubled Water album on countless occasions over the years and therefore also, the Baby Driver track numerous times, but for

some reason whenever it is played, Hayling Island is where it always takes me. I could never figure this out. It was a pleasant two weeks true enough. We were in a seaside location during an uncommon spell of hot weather, but England – the holders - lost to Germany 32 in the quarter finals having been 2-0 ahead, and so it definitely is not the football that represents particularly fond memories. Nor was it the head cook at the care home, who helped make that time a happy and memorable one. She was purported to be a medium of some influence, and standing only a dwarfish four feet something tall with features that resembled those of a frog – she certainly looked the part. Whenever she encountered me, her face creased with distaste and on one occasion I was informed that she could see something terrible in my future, then tut tutting and shaking her head sombrely, she retreated back into the kitchens. The Beeb were slow in taking advantage of the surge in the wave of new music at the start of the sixties and in order to hear the very latest in pop, it had to be via the good graces of Radio Luxembourg – TwoOh-Eight metres on the medium wave band. I can remember as a boy in my early teens, listening to the Beatles first release Love Me Do under the bed covers with my tranny glued to my ear and the weird and

wonderful DJ Jimmy Savile yodelling his way through his nightly programme The Teen and Twenty Disc Club. How about that then! But then along came the Pirates and by far the biggest pull when listening to golden oldies, is the one that takes me back to the those ground breaking radio stations, principally Radio Caroline and Radio London and one time in particular The summer of 1965. Satisfaction by the Stones and Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe conjure up a week spent in Norfolk, when our transistor radio belted out music courtesy of the likes of Blackburn, Everett and Cash every evening. And such hits of the time as Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone and that universal favourite, Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs all have the same magical DrWho time-travelling effect on me. Which brings me back to that telephone conversation. My friend was one of the original presenters on London – Willy Walker - a Bermudian by birth and educated in England. He had met two British DJ’s whilst in Bermuda and later on when visiting his sister in the UK, they persuaded him to join them on the converted US Navy minesweeper MV Galaxy - aka: Radio London – anchored in international waters off the Essex coast. Willy is a yacht captain By Colin Bird : working out of Fort

Lauderdale these days, but even now it’s easy to imagine him as a Radio London DJ. With his long hair, extravagant handlebar moustache and ebullient personality he is larger than life. He was staying with us for the weekend before we moved to Spain, and we all repaired to one of the local hostelries for a meal on the Saturday evening. Willy asked what I recommended and I told him that if he was really hungry, then the mixed grill was a must. Our dinner was duly served, and Willy sat staring at the platter for some time. He adjusted his monocle (another Walker trademark) and dangling a kidney from his fork and holding it up for the whole restaurant to see, he bellowed: ‘Hell, I’m calling the FBI!’ Once a showman, always a showman.


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Alqueria Alquerian custom, epithets and dining Epithets can be a means of implying esteem or in Alqueria’s case the reverse. In Spain generally it is impolite to use one’s nickname to one’s face. Using them openly is however the norm in Alqueria, especially during one of the many heated verbal exchanges that take place nightly after the bars close. The obese olive mill owner Rodriquez, has many such names. These range from the obvious, El Gordo through the sycophantic El Jefe to the unprintable. Manuela has a vast array of names for him all of which fall into the unprintable category. Epithets applied to Manuela are in the main complementary. La Guapa, La Preciosa and even La Lujuria by the young men of the village who know her well. It is the village girls who are less pretty than Manuela who call her La Siniestra. Unkind, true perhaps but unkind. Blythe Gruntmore alone is immune from this onslaught of derogatory titles. He cannot understand a word of the Alquerian dialect and Alquerians are mystified by his Geordie utterances. He is known as El Triste, The Sad One, meant to show sympathy. The villagers think his Geordie accent is a horrific speech impediment. Dining can be a purely functional exercise or it can be a formal ritual. Whichever it is the rite of breaking bread is centuries old. Enjoying a communal bowl of Alquerian Bagre Estofado is an informal affair but still etiquette applies. The bowl’s contents are segmented as in the traditional Spanish way with each person eating almost to their divide. It is not polite to eat to the dividing line but to leave a small layer of food adjacent to it. The Alquerian method has been modified in as much as mining of the adjacent portion is much practised. When the person next to you is distracted for whatever reason a diligent excavator can dig into his neighbours portion. If he possesses the necessary dexterity, he can leave nothing but a thin crust for the unwary diner. This can lead to arguments and spoon fights often break out. Those who practise this method of food reclamation often have their spoons specially sharpened on oilstones to aid swifter hollowing and to help defend themselves. On formal occasions it is necessary to show your appreciation of the cuisine. Simple exclamations of praise are considered vulgar in Alqueria so the ‘belch’ is employed. Probably based on an old Moorish custom of the region, it is exploited with relish in the village. The belch, after or during dinner must resonate and be audible to all. When members of the opposing barrio are present, sectarian rivalry comes into play and the belches become progressively louder and more robust. On such occasions the noise and emitted gases eventually render the dining-room uninhabitable. All naked flames have to be extinguished to avoid explosion. This is a condition on all Alquerian insurance policies. Dinner invitations to those outside the village are rarely accepted.

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8 States of connectedness stop hairlines collapsing (13) 13 I’m chattier when performing numerical calculations (10) 15 A French rising - is a new church a bother? (8) 16 Record book? (8) 18 Pressed “on” in dire mistake (6) 20 Visiting south-east England in middle-age (6) 22 Swelling book to turn politician (4) 24 Departs for shots (4)

Down 1P  ictures of mutilated iceman (6) 2 End score (4) 3 Food and water initially in charge in quiet (8) 4 Plant a doctor in reserve, almost (6) 5 Reportedly my birds deal with magnifier (10) 6 Be at the crease with first team (England) embarassed and beaten (8)


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Adhoc Theatre Company has a budding film star in their midst. Known for his role as Stanley Gardner in “Run for Your Wife”, and “Rene Artois” in “Allo Allo the VIP”, Billie Anthony Gaddess’s talent has also been spotted by British film makers. The Portobello Film Festival starts next week and is known as the UK’s largest festival for independent film makers. Among their many films will be two that have Costa Blanca resident Billie in them. Normally he plays funny and nice men, but that image is about to change!

In November, Billie will be back to playing the nice guy, as he takes on the role of Rene Artois once again but in “Allo, Allo the full stage show” for Adhoc Theatre Company. The company would like to thank everyone who attended “Rock and Roll Again with Adhoc” which raised 400€. If you would like to join Adhoc, they still need backstage and front of house staff, please call 677600809, email adhocspain@ or go to www.adhoctheatre. com

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Spotted online by the director of Solaris Films, Billie was auditioned and got the roll of, strangely enough - “Billy the Debt Collector” in the film “Dead Frequency”. The follow up film “Entwinement”, which also features Mr Gaddess, will be shown at the festival in early September.



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Swedish pork meatballs with pickled beetroot

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1 bunch of fresh beetroot, leaves removed and stalks trimmed 1tbsp white wine or cider vinegar 450g/1lb pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and roughly chopped 1tsp allspice handful of fresh dill, finely chopped zest of ½ lemon 1 egg flour for dusting drizzle of olive oil for cooking For the sauce (optional) 450ml/1pt hot beef stock 1tbsp flour squeeze of lemon 1-2tbsp half-fat crème fraîche


Preheat oven to gas mark 6/200°C (180°C in a fan oven). Add beetroot to a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 1 hr until tender. Remove, drain and leave to cool, peel and slice into fine strips, toss with vinegar then put to one side. To make meatballs, add pork to a food processor and pulse until minced, then transfer to a bowl. Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add allspice, dill and lemon zest and mix well. Add egg and mix again and squish together using hands. With lightly floured hands, scoop up 16 walnut-sized amounts of mixture and roll into a ball. Sit on a baking sheet and put in fridge to firm up for 20 mins. To cook, brush a large roasting tin with oil then add meatballs, allowing space between them. Put in oven and cook for about 20-30 mins, turning halfway through, until golden all over. Meanwhile, prepare sauce if making. Add stock to a shallow pan. Mix flour with a little water and add to pan. Bring to the boil, whisking continually. Reduce to a simmer and cook, until sauce begins to thicken a little. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste, then stir through crème fraîche (spoon a little sauce mixture into crème fraîche then add back to pan to prevent any curdling). Serve four meatballs with a ladleful of sauce and top with a generous amount of beetroot.

Piri piri and lemon squid & prawn skewers

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Skewer four prawns and three pieces of squid per stick, pouring over marinade (discard bay leaf). Heat a griddle pan or frying pan to hot and add skewers a few at a time. Cook for about 2 mins each side until lightly charred. Toss shallots with rocket and divide between serving plates. Top with skewers and a lemon wedge.

Crab, crayfish and vegetable noodle salad

Sweet crab and sweetcorn tossed with an oil-free dressing – serves 4 Method First prepare dressing. Mix all ingredients in a jug, season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, taste and adjust as needed and put to one side. Add noodles to a bowl and cover with boiling water, leave for 2-3 mins or as per pack instructions, drain and toss with a little dressing. Add sweetcorn to a pan of boiling, salted water and cook for about 6-8 mins until just tender. When cool enough to handle, chop into chunky pieces (you will need a large knife for this) then rub with half oil. Rub courgettes with remaining oil. Heat a griddle pan until hot, then add sweetcorn in batches until lightly charred, then add courgettes in batches, cooking for about a minute each side. Remove and drizzle over a little dressing. Toss crab meat and crayfish tails with remaining dressing. To assemble, serve noodles topped with vegetables and seafood and garnish with coriander leaves.





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because they keep the body topped up with magnesium and calcium, preventing cramps in the heat. That is why whole grain bread is better but also why beer could help as long as it is drunk in moderation and not too cold - so good old British bitter is probably best. Though the temptation is great, it is probably best to avoid anything that is too cold from ice cream to icy drinks, including lager but even iced water, said Risch. This is because it cools down the part of the body it comes into contact with but this sends other parts of the body into shock so they close down and the body stops cooling down. Hot drinks work though there is some debate over the effects of caffeine. However the tannins in tea - and in wine too - are a good cooling agent for the body. Spicy foods help perspiration which is also the body’s way of keeping cool so curries with the ingredients of either ginger or traditional curry favourite, capsaicin, work well. This is why many hot countries eat so much spicy food, said Risch. She added: ‘Perspiration is actually good for you. ‘It comes to the surface of the skin, and you get evaporative cooling. ‘Alcoholic beverages in moderation can be good and can be enjoyed. Any safe water is good to drink but iced water or other iced drinks do not help. ‘They cool that part of the body in contact with the cold but the rest of the body then kicks in, shutting off some functions to warm the cold parts up to body temperature, providing no relief from the heat. Cold beer does the same.’ Other foods to avoid include those with proteins and fat because the body works harder to digest them, which means avoiding sweet treats as well as meat products in the heat.

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ADAPT and the children of The Sahara How have we been coping with the heatwave this Summer? It´s very difficult, but then imagine living in the Sahara desert where the temperature reaches 55 degrees and you are forced to stay under cover because of the burning heat, the

flies and the sand which blows in your eyes, ears, nose and mouth causing infections. ‘Vacaciones en Paz ´ arranges every summer to bring children to Spain for a little respite and San Pedro del Pinatar welcomed 4 of the children who come each year to stay with their foster families. ADAPT Association are proud to support them and this year ADAPT members have raised and donated 2.000 euros for the organisation. Some of the children have been coming for a number of years and they told us that although they miss their families while they are here, they enjoy their holiday very much. This Summer they have been to the countryside, to camps and to the fairground. They like Spanish food, have made friends with Spanish children and all love music. The older children said that they would like to study and become doctors or teachers. We had a lovely time when we met up at San Pedro Marina with Nuria Mesa, the local co-ordinator from Vacaciones en Paz, the foster families and of course the Saharaui children who were delighted to receive goody bags from the members of ADAPT. Meetings of ADAPT resume at 10:30 on September 1st at the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro del Pinatar and on the 1st Saturday of each month following. New members are welcome. We have a number of very interesting

speakers for the near future and information about clubs and projects for 2013. For more information see our website or telephone Enid Winskill 996 189 402




50+ SOLOs Torrevieja GetCeroc Style ’n’ Jive with Paso togethers for September......... A Paso............................................. 50+ solos will be meeting for lunch on Saturday 8 September at the Chinese restaurant on the rightside of the main road to Quesada from Torrevieja - next to Consum supermarket - 1.00 hrs for 1.30 hrs. Saturday 22 September we will be lunching at El Razo restaurant on the left on Tree Road 1.00 hrs for 1.30 hrs For further information and to book contact Ruth 966789063 or Anne 966786281. If you are a gentleman or lady, on your own, and would like to join us for a meal and a chat please come along and you will be made very welcome. The only criteria is that you are over 50 years of age We do support a small charity that helps to assist mainly young people who have to leave the forces for various reasons and do not qualify for any payment, or do not have a family to help them. Many have psychological as well as physical problems.

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


Strictly Dance’ Ballroom and Latin American Tuition Summer Timetable ......................

Every Monday at The Palms, Punta Prima (Old Asturias next to the Go Kart Track) 8:00 - 8:45 Tuition, 8:45 - 10:15 Social Dancing Every Tuesday at The Club, Quesada 8:00 - 8:45 Tuition, 8:45 - 10:15 Social Dancing We will return to El Paraiso on Thursday September 13 For further info contact Lyn on 635 584 431

STRICTLY FUN DANCING.................

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Every Thursday at Los Rosales Restaurant 895 Campo de Guardamar 7pm Absolute Beginners Information 7.15pm Beginners Class and meet the members introduction 8pm Improvers / Intermediates 8.30pm Social with “Dance Junction Disco” ANY AGE - NEVER DANCED - NO PARTNER .... NO PROBLEM Friends United In Having Fun €5 Whole night €2 Social Tel 670 711 408 Facebook Maxine Goodie (yellow banner)

La Bamba’s - Ballroom / Latin / Sequence Dancing.......................

Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Monday - Sequence class 7.30pm - 8.30pm followed by Social Dance 8.30pm - 10.30pm Friday - Social Dance 7.30pm - 10.30pm Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar CV895 [near Lemon Tree Sunday Market] Starting 5th September 2012 - Wednesday - New Beginners Class 2pm - 3.30pm; Intermediate Class 3.30pm - 5pm Also at Casa Ventura, San Luis, Torrevieja Starting - 6th September 2012 - Thursday - New Beginners Class 7.3opm - 8.30pm Intermediates 8.30pm - 10pm For more information contact Andrea & Brian 616 478 157

PASO A PASO.................................. CANCELLED CLASSES

Due to the very hot weather we have decided to cancel dance classes at Don Decades on Wednesdays and The Sportsman on Mondays. We hope to resume these classes again in September.

The Velvetones Harmony Chorus..........................................

The Velvetones Harmony Chorus starts rehearsals after the summer break on Wednesday, September 5th. The ladies, who come from UK, Ireland, Sweden and New Zealand, meet every Wednesday, 10am - 1pm, at the restaurant El Paraiso, Jardin del Mar 1, near Carrefour in Torrevieja. The chorus has a repertoire of songs in English from barbershop to musicals and entertain audiences at concerts and sing-outs in aid of local charities. Haven’t sung for years? No matter, you’ll soon feel at home on the risers. Drop in for a cup of coffee and see us in action or get in touch with Judith Phillips, our musical director (634 363 556) or June Brady, our chairwoman (965 327 446).

Flamenco Fenomenal.................

August 28th - Flamenco Fenomenal. Restaurante Los Rosales, Guardamar at 7.30pm. Tickets 12.50. Raffle to Afghan Heroes. Call Jax 697 501 992


including handmade babywear and soft toys, household goods, ornaments and secondhand books. Every Thursday 11.30am til 3pm at The Hillside, Calle Bilboa, Urb La Marina. For more information contact Elaine 619 888 259.

Torrevieja Costa Lions Club...

Are still looking for new members. If you like helping people and would like to feel a part of an International Organisation then please contact me for more information on 617 069 064 or by Email on

Rojales Neighbourhood Watch


The next meeting of the Rojales Neighbourhood Watch Group will be held on Monday 3rd September at 11am in the Municipal Centre in Ciudad Quesada. The meeting is open to all residents living in the 03170 postal area and we look forward to welcoming you. Please tell your neighbours and come and join us. For further information about Neighbourhood Watch in Rojales please see our website or contact: David East (LeadCoordinator) david.east82@gmail. com or Helen Tudor (Secretary)



One hour class with Adam imp / int or Maxine beginners. Both classes start at 7pm till 8pm. €4pp From 8.30pm onward free disco plus fun quiz at 9pm. €1 pp for quiz entrants. All welcome.

During the summer. Every OTHER Friday 9.30pm till late. Come along and give us a song on the karaoke, or dance on the outside terrace. All welcome. Food available. Always a fun night. Entertainment with Sherelle on the alternate Fridays.


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Do you have any fundraising ideas? Would you like to organize or hold an event for APAH. If you have some great ideas and have some free time please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit Ronda is 2 years old, she was found dumped on a roundabout. She gets on very well with other dogs due to her soft, kind and gentle nature. She is 100% house trained and is used to being a house & outside dog. She isn’t one to lie on the couch but likes a soft rug for a bed. She walks on and off a lead, when off the lead she enjoys a good run and always comes back. She ignores other dogs and goes about her usual run. She isn’t a chaser in terms of runners and bikers either, just the odd rabbit or two. She is now micro chipped and spayed.

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

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

A friendship group for single people, we meet every Wednesday afternoon from 3 pm at “RUBY’S BAR” El Raso (on the Lemon Tree Road) Guardamar. New friends are always welcome. ANN - 965 070 247 - 666 247 398

Successful Slimming..................

Quesada,Tuesdays 10am at Bar Las Naciones, next to The Spice Hut. La Marina,Thursadys 11am at The Hillside Bar. A very healthy eating food plan with very good results. Only 5 euros weekly with no joining fee or charge for missed weeks. For more information please ring Sian on 965 496 209 / 658 271 553.All welcome.


Are concerned about your own level of drinking? Does your personal or professional life bring you into contact with a problem drinker? Members of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS invite you to attend, without obligation, Calle San Miguel de Salinas 2, (Corner of Calle Santomera), Torrevieja at 1.00pm. Helpline 625 912 078.


Apollo is a year and a half old, and has been with us for a while now. Every new friend he gets, very quickly finds a home but poor Apollo is left behind. He gets on well with other dogs and loves to play and go for walks. He has been castrated, microchipped and vaccinated. To arrange an appointment to see any of our dogs please contact Natasha on 616 210 850 or visit our website Please visit our website under urgent appeals to see our other dogs in need of finding a foster home.



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I’ve never really been a fan of white cars because they look bland and quickly get dirty. But when I took delivery of the Renault Mégane Hatch GT Line finished in striking glacier white, I was swayed.

On driving the five-door hatchback other motorists keep a respectful distance. And then the penny drops, they must think it is a police car and perhaps because I am wearing a blue shirt, it makes them think twice. It really is strange though, no undertaking, cutting me up or taking me on in the way that many motorists love to do when they see a new car on the road. The third generation Megane is a capable family hatchback, targeting the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra and in comparison to the competition it does have character albeit in a clinical French sort of way. Build quality is strong and the black interior – a combination of cloth seats and black plastic – does the job well as you can see by my video at There’s plenty of room in the back. And there’s a TomTom sat nav fitted as standard for those geographically challenged motorists such as myself. Its six speed manual gearbox is a pleasure to use but the vehicle feels as if it is a 1.6 rather than a plucky 2-litre – I’ve had to check the spec three times to be

What would you do if you computer decided to refuse to work or even prevent you from getting to your precious data? The uncomfortable truth is that our computers are a bigger part of life than ever before. We shop, work and play using computers. They’ve replaced stereos, encyclopedias - even the good old “Posty” - they’ve become journals, photo albums and canvases for our art. Let’s face it, computers aren’t perfect! Files become corrupt, motherboards malfunction, CPUs call it quits and systems occasionally fry in extreme heat, all taking your precious data with them. Have you ever been the victim of an attack by a virus or malware? This is more common than you might think. So what is stopping you from making a safe and secure backup of all your precious documents? How about - “I don’t know how to backup data.” or “I’m too busy to backup my computer.” or my personal favourite, “My computer won’t crash.” The first gives an opportunity to learn before the event, the second and third reasons eventually puts money into my pocket. Whereas I will happily take your money and put right whatever can be put right. I would prefer to earn less and know your data is safe. So what to do? The solution is to make sure that you have made a copy of your document, music, videos, etc on an external drive (a device not permanently connected to your computer) and if you follow these simple instructions, this will never be a problem again. Most people will use either Windows XP, Vista or 7 and all these have a built-in back program that also does a recovery image. To find it in Windows 7: 1. Click on the “Start” button, find the “control panel” and click it, then find “Backup and Restore” and click once more. 2. You should get a window that asks where

certain. Renault has done away with the traditional handbrake replacing it with a switch, in common with many other manufacturers. That’s all very well but hill starts always bother me in these cars as faffing about with the handbrake switch is not as quick as a standard handbrake and I always get confused whether I should push it down or pull it up - although I shouldn’t it is very simply. What does this say about me? Then there’s the time it takes to engage and disengage. If the handbrake switch isn’t used the driver has to be quick with the clutch and accelerator or risk rolling back into the inevitable vehicle behind. Equipped with a simple to use cruise control, this petrol Megane returns over 50mpg or more than 500 miles on a tank. The trouble with the cruise control is that it only works reliably on the flat. I set it to 29mph going down a hill with a speed camera at the bottom and it actually reaches 41mph before I have to intervene. It doesn’t cut through the wind as well as some cars do – admittedly it

you want the backup saved to. Here you should choose the external drive and click on the “next” button. 3. For your first time “Let windows choose” what to back up. It will default to “all users”, so Click on the button “Save settings and exit”. 4. You are now finished with the setup window and need to press the “Backup now” button. 5. Now just sit back and watch the blue bar indicating your progress (“progress bar” who said it was rocket science?) while your backup is done (which might be quite a while). One thing Microsoft did get right is that the files are all standard “Zip” compressed files and you can easily find and restore any file(s) that you need to. To find it in Windows XP : 1. Click on the “Start” button, and go through “All Programs” → “Accessories” → “System Tools” to find “Backup”. Click on it... 2. When it starts you will see a window that will guide you through the process. Click on “Next” and then “Next” again. 3. I suggest that you select the second option “Everyone’s documents and settings” and then Click “Next” 4. Tell it where you want the backup to go and click “Next” and then click “Finish”. 5. Finally, either, put on the kettle or get off to bed, because this might take a long time dependant on how many files you have! It is that easy! When it is complete, remove the external drive and allow that feeling of smug satisfaction to overwhelm you :-)

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is tested on a particularly windy day. Parkers, the car experts, say: “Renault caused a real stir when it launched the 2002 Megane with its angular styling and distinctive rear. This new Renault Megane is a huge improvement in terms of interior quality, ride and handling but sadly it lacks the same styling flair and looks conventional as a result. The good news is that it is far better to drive, thanks to an advanced steering system, plus there’s more room inside. The new Megane is now 8kg lighter than its predecessor, even though it’s 10cm longer. Aerodynamics have been improved and, as a result, CO2 emissions have been reduced by between two and 10g/km, while fuel economy has improved by between 0.9 and 4.2 mpg. Around 12 per cent of the plastics used in the Megane’s construction – an average of 22kg – are sourced from recycled materials. The Megane also has a fully galvanised engine sub-frame and wax-injected hollow sections which means all models are sold with a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.” Renault has risen to the challenge set by demanding motorists and produced a good all round family car. Certainly worth considering.

Renault Mégane Hatch GT Line TomTom TCe 115 Stop & Start Price: £20,150 0-60mph: 10.9secs Top speed: 118mph Power: 115bhp Economy: 53.3mpg (combined) Watch the video at: Advanced motorist Tim Saunders is the former Business and Motoring Editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo. His regular test reports appear in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites throughout the UK, Ireland & Gibraltar - and now here in Spain! For more information contact Tim on:


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Such a fragile world Firefighters save Bedar from destruction Sitting at my desk last Saturday morning I could hear sirens but thought no more about it until a few minutes later when driving towards Bedar; then all that could be seen was thick black smoke and huge flames as a wildfire caused mayhem and misery throughout Bedar, Serena and surrounding areas. The emergency services evacuated villages and blockaded the roads. Overhead helicopters and planes flew dumping water and fire retardant on the flames. The brave crews worked through the night and even late on Sunday afternoon fire tenders and their crews were still working hard in difficult and mountainous terrain to ensure the fires did not start up again. As I write no one was hurt thank goodness and the fire crews ensured that very little property was destroyed. Often it’s easy to comment on the lack of efficiency in Spain but in such awful circumstances the emergency services and armed forces did a fantastic job. From my desk I look across to the Sierra Cabrera Mountains, its 3 years since the fires burnt thousands of hectares of land there and now the land has recovered and plants and wildlife have returned. The blackened hillsides around Bedar that look

so terrible now just need the rains to come so nature can put a huge green plaster across the wound to heal the landscape. As is the case 90% of the time the cause of the wild fire seems to be man-made; somebody allegedly was welding on their country property. Two other fires were also started deliberately near Vera and Antas, I hope they catch the culprits and string ‘em up! One advantage of living nearer to the coast is that now it’s easier to go out. Before we moved it was too much hassle to drive the 30 minutes down the mountain, then whoever was Des had to eat without drinking any pop so as to have a good chance of escaping the Trafficos lurking everywhere. Finally there was the twisty drive back up them thar hills. In fact it’s so easy now I doubt we have been out more than two or three times in the last month. Human nature is a funny old thing so now we have it on the doorstep it’s enough to know it’s there without having to venture out. We did venture down to Mojacar one evening and it was great to see the bars, shops and restaurants all doing a brisk trade.

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Look I haven’t really got a clue exactly where Siberia is. I know it’s somewhere in Russia, that it’s very cold and not the sort of place to go on a walking tour. It’s also somewhere one of my teachers at school was forever threatening us with being sent to for not doing homework, so I think it will always have a forbidding image about it for me. Having said that, I have never met anyone who has been there for their holidays, lived there or who has a cousin there. Well, now Siberia has finally had a moment of glory. In a remote village the locals have found a piece of metal that has fallen from the sky and claim that it could possibly be from a UFO. There are a number of things that I find strange about this. The first and most obvious would have to be why on earth, after travelling for quite some time, would any UFO head for Siberia? What could there be of interest to an alien civilization? Do they know more than me? Perhaps Siberia is in fact the most interesting place on earth. Or maybe aliens can’t read maps very well. Secondly, what could a Siberian villager, or anyone else for that matter, want with a bit of metal that could, or could not, be from an alien craft. You see I can understand why people want to be first to buy an iPod, iPad, eye patch or any other “i” related thingy, as they seem to actually do something. Actually, when I think of it, what it is they do remains something of a mystery to me and to many other people, although not as mysterious as why anyone would want to horde a useless piece of strange metal- no, not a Hyundai, this time. The third thing that intrigues me is, what happens if they want it back? For all we know it may be of vital importance, or been borrowed from a very large alien friend. Will they know where to look? You know how it is, you leave your glasses somewhere and then spend ages going to all the places you’ve been until you find them-so far , for me, that’s never included Siberia. So, if, you’re weekending in Siberia and happen to see a strange being scouring the tundra, give them a smile, they’re probably pretty fed up!

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REVIEW it... The Unicorn Conspiracy by Quentin Cope

To experience excitement in the world we live in must be an utopian dream. Wonderful. To understand and experience evil, danger and to be terrorised through political supremacy and religious fanaticism leading to total annihilation of human life is not only a violation of human rights it reeks of insanity. Terror. Sheer terror. Cope sums it up in his intense depiction of Middle East politics and religion in the 70s and how it affected the major powers in the world. In layman’s language it is simply “dog eat dog” but with the sophisticated weaponry such as weapons of mass destruction coupled with human knowledge and expertise then it is murder en masse and you’ll find plenty of that to engage your interest with espionage, terrorism and an abduction seasoned with touches of romance and sex. Calling it a political minefield is an understatement. When the stakes are high in this cold war, governments and secret services around the world would justify murder. The means justifies the end. Ordinary people are pawns and victims. Safer reading about it than experiencing it for real don’t you think? The novel initially focuses on 1959 in Oman where Armstrong, the protagonist, an under-cover agent develops a friendship with the Imam of Awabi, a religious figurehead ousted from his role as a political and religious leader of the Oman Interior with a strong following but considered dangerous and wanted alive or dead. The Sultan of Oman wants him captured and the British SAS support him. The Imam’s brother Tammam bin Abdulla is less scrupulous about his religion and principles than the Imam and an extremely dangerous man. At this point Cope tells us that it is a “bubbling pot of religious fervour mixed with economic desperation and political polarization………..about to boil over.” Well it certainly boils over. If you like living on the knife edge then this book is for you. The story then concentrates on the pivotal year of 1973 which sees Armstrong discovering the existence of the Unicorns and his dangerous journey from the Middle East to Africa. One of the climaxes I enjoyed was the explosion in Dubai. Predictably, innocent bystanders are the victims of an act of terrorism: “ Then the screaming started; a sickening, pungent smell of burning flesh filled the lounge as Maxwell retched and retched until he thought he would choke to death on his own stomach fluid.” One of the many things I enjoyed about this book was the realism created and the shocking legacy of how volatile the world was and still is. The author describes his book as a work of fiction built around real events which lead to a genuine fear of the outbreak of W.W.3.Thankfully it didn’t happen and he is here to tell the tale! ISBN: 978-1478-136767 available from and ekindle

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but he also had the help from the only lady playing on the day well done Joan. Results 1st Paul Matthews, Barry Beale, Barry Butterworth, Joan Williams - 154pts 2nd Roy Herbert, Paul Newman, Erine Clarkson, John King - 148pts 3rd Paul Hamlin, Mick Hardy, Richard Philips, Bob Blair The next Society’s game is on Monday, 3rd September 2012 at PERALEJA GC. The format will be a Team - 6, 6, 6. Payday will be on Saturday, 1st September 2012 at RODA Golf, in the bar area, between 11.00 and 12.00 hours. Members 35€ including Buggy, Guests 40€ including Buggy. 3€ Insurance.

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RODS AND REELS Support For Emaus Club de Pesca Rods and Reels with support from Abbey Anglers have raised a total of 1,890 euros from its Charity Fishing match and other events which has been used to make cash advances to help with the payment of utility bills, and the provision of decorating materials, pillows, shower equipment and shoes for the children. In addition, members from both clubs have donated huge quantities of toiletries, clothes and toys. Many thanks to club members and outside supporters who have helped with this much needed support for Emaus. PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966 729 293 or 603 535 771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen With this week so far being the hottest week of the year, we began the first match of the Winter League at the Embalsa de Argos on the 21st August. The water is still receding very fast and is now roughly 20 metres down the bank from the winter water line. I did not see any small fry in the margins which is unusual at this time of the year, but there are shoals of 3-4inch Bass patrolling the edge of the water eating whatever moves. The Barbel were also conspicuous by their absence with only a couple taken on the day, they did

not respond to hemp and pellet up in the water. 1st Ian (The Wizard) Dalzell with 36.120kg on feeder and pellet 2nd Dave (The Sweetie Man) Hutchinson with 29.880kg on pole and paste 3rd Terry (Swing em) Screen with 26.420kg also on pole and paste All details are available on our website www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368, also anyone needing pole or rod repairs can contact me on the above number. ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached (which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE

torre golf gs Vince Lannon presenting Doug Maddison Trophy to Ivie Davies DOUG MADDISON MEMORIAL TROPHY Donated by Barratt Homes in Spain ALICANTE GOLF - 20th AUGUST 2012 It was a welcome return to Alicante Golf for this annual event, it could be said a warm welcome but that would be and understatement as it was hot, hot, hot, in 2010 it rained and we politely asked Doug if he could have a word up there for better weather, he did but is now somewhat over doing it! But we will not be asking for as change if this is Dougie’s track record we could get floods It was good to see a good turnout for this competition and there were perhaps among the prizes should have been loads of ice as it was really hot Alicante Golf, laid on breakfast Spanish style to equip us for the golf ahead, but I wish they had supplied some big fans around the course, to keep us cool as well as strong. From the score board the heat affected a majority of the players; with the few hardy ones scoring well (must have been drinking the water dry from the water fountains around the course). Tony Chandler “Mr

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Consistent” won in 2010 and was second last year and was up there again coming in third with another 30+ points The results were: 1st: Ivie Davies 39 points 2nd: David Jones 34 points 3rd: Tony Chandler 33 points There were three Nearest The Pins but only two were won, in fact only three players got onto the greens of Hole 3 and 17. So the prizes were shared around the one other that got on the green and other winners. Nearest The Pins; Hole 3. David Jones Hole 6: Non Hole 12: Robert Scott Ivie Davies will be having a handicap cut of 0.9 shots now 13.6 Exact Handicap Thank you to Marife and Madeline for their assistance as always with a smile and Rafa for having the course in good playing condition as always. Our next game is 3rd September at El Plantio. If you wish to play, guests are always welcome or require more information on The Torre Golf Society then contact the Secretary Ivie Davies either by email or telephone 669 211 410


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QUESADA GOLF SOCIETY QUESADA GOLF SOCIETY at LAS RAMBLAS Last Wednesday the Society played at La Ramblas. It is a course that you either love or hate. It is a course not for the faint-hearted and presents a real challenge and demands accuracy. Stray off line and you are in real trouble, either in the trees or in a deep ravine. 28 players turned up to pit their wits against it and some loved it while others said they really wouldn’t like to play it again. The course was in excellent condition with the greens being a touch on the slow side. There were as usual a few incidents which occurred on the day. Alan Evans got his buggy stuck on a rock and it wouldn’t move. Playing partners John King and Dave Westerman came to the rescue and gave the buggy a nudge but it still wouldn’t move so Dave “Samson” Westerman gave it a shove with all his might and eureka managed to move it and get the show back on the road. Janet Candlin just loves long grass and she kept finding it. She also must have hit the longest

2nd shot of the day at over 200 metres as the ball hit a buggy path and rolled on and on well over 100 metres before coming to rest. The trees had a bad day and took some punishment as they kept being hit and were probably thinking – hope that Quesada lot don’t play here again for some time. Finally Darryll Wright returned to the car park after the days golf and noticed that the boot lid of a car was open with nobody there. After a second glance it registered. It was his car and he had left his boot lid open 5 hours earlier. Thankfully nothing was missing so that proves that golfers are not really a bad lot. The competition was a 4 ball better ball competition and the results of the day were as follows:In 1st place – Dessie Rogers & Brian Airey with 38 pts, In 2nd place – Victor Dew & Ann Hobbs with 36 pts and in 3rd place Alan Briggs & Dave Bartram with 34 pts. The pairing with the lowest score were the 2 lads from

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The Member’s Golf Society Match report for Campoamor, 22nd August 2012. It was a blistering hot day that greeted the 20 members and guests at Campoamor Golf course, which must be admitted, was in excellent condition. Those that booked and didn’t show sure missed a good day’s golfing. We do have to thank our sponsors of the day and once again, the Chuckle Brothers (John Eyre and Colin Marsden) sponsored the 2nd and 3rd places in both the Gold and Silver Categories and Richard Wale kindly donated the wines for the nearest to the pin prizes and we say a very big thank you to all three of them. This is what you call supporting your society. The scoring on the day wasn’t what was anticipated and only one member

actually broke par and that was Stuart Brown who scored an excellent 39 points to win the Gold Division and we hope he enjoys playing off of his new handicap. I am told that the Handicap Secretary’s face was one of pure delight when he hit the “enter” tab on his laptop and saw the new handicap for Stuart displayed. In 2nd place with 35 points was the smiling Janet Mason who kept Steve Higgins back in 3rd place with 33 points. The Silver was won by the old warhorse himself, Mick Kennedy with 33 points, 2 in front of Colin Marsden (one half of the Chuckle Brothers) with 31 points and with Chris Hamblett coming in 3rd with 29 points. The prize for the best Visitor went to Norway in the guise of R Nilsen with 26 points. Chuckle of the day was derived from our erstwhile

Nottingham, John King & Dave Westerman. Coming from Robin Hood country you would have thought they were used to the forest and that perhaps is why their balls kept being drawn into the trees like a magnet. Nearest To The Pins: On Par3s: Hole 6 – Maurice Mills, Hole 10 – Alan Briggs , Hole 12 – Rod Day , Hole 14 – Alan Briggs. On Par 4 in 2 shots: Hole 5 – John Featherstone , Hole 8 – Alan Briggs Alan Briggs just loved the course and had a very successful day and went home with quite a few bottles of wine to help celebrate with – well done Alan After the the game the players went back to QCC for a drink or two and a buffet kindly laid on mine hosts David and Anita and the presentations. The next game is at Alenda on Wednesday 5 September and the next members meeting is at the QCC on Tuesday 11 September at 10.30 am. A big thank you to David & Anita of Quesada Country Club and member Alan Briggs for their generous donations of 100 and 60 euros respectively to the societies charity fund for 2012. If you live in the Quesada area and fancy joining a very friendly and extremely well run Golf Society contact the Membership Secretary Les Pancott on 966 716 723. Darrylldinho standing in for Ace Reporter Pam Martin Captain, Alan Rickers. 9th tee, first ball slices away into someone garden or pool, no point in looking for that one, it’s OOB, it’s gone to meet its maker. Second ball hit, not too bad. Captain Rickers drives to his ball, it’s gone, it’s just up and gone. The ‘Bermuda Triangle of Golf’ strikes again. The Match Secretary; after searching for the ball with a few scratches to the head then looks at the Captain’s buggy and asks him to move it. Yes, you’ve guessed it, after minutes searching for it and there it was all the time, laughing away at him from under his buggy. Our next match is at VillaMartin on 29th August 2012, so please come along for a game with this friendly bunch and put your name down on the booking sheets via our website www.tmgs. org or by phoning the Match Secretary on 966719604. We, TMGS, will also be running a Monday series of matches in September, Manic Monday’s as they will be known, so once again, if you wish to play with a bunch of happy go lucky golfers, come along for a game. These games will mainly be at VillaMartin and La Finca with Las Ramblas occasionally thrown in to mess with people’s heads!



The 2012/13 season kicked off last weekend with Torry making the long journey to the Port of Saguntino to take on CD Acero, a team which finished in 5th place in the Tercera division last season , 2 places higher than Torry. Not an easy start but one the Torry supporters were hoping would produce a positive outcome and at least a point. In the week leading up to the game Torry lost local hero and crowd favourite Ramiro who was arguably the teams most inspirational player. He was proud to wear the shirt and always gave his all. To soften the blow Torry have brought in a new experienced central midfielder Dani who reached the play-offs last season with Murcian Tercera team La Hoya De Lorca. The manager is still looking to bring in a new forward before the transfer window closes on Friday. The game on Saturday against CD Acero produced just the result Torry were hoping for, a 3-1 victory. The Torry line up was: Manolo; Vicente Boix, Jorge, Pedro Lopez, Rafa; Abel (min 63 Dani), Burguillos, Cuco Ros; Manu Amores (min 75 Luis Carlos), Inarejos (min 83 Josemi), Ernesto The game kicked off in front

of a vociferous crowd around the 350 mark. Torry conceded a couple of early corners which they defended well and Manolo was called into action to parry away a shot from inside the box. Torry started to settle down and try and play controlled football. After 15 minutes Torry got the breakthrough with a GOALLLLL from Burguillos from a cross by Ernesto. 0-1 to Torry. The home side came back into the game but didn’t trouble Manolo too much. On 33 minutes Cuco Ros was sent off for a second bookable offence and Torry were down to 10 men with just under the hour to go + stoppage time . Has the game wore on Ernesto became more influential and created a chance for Manu Amores who’s effort went just wide of the upright. Torry went in at half-time with a slender 0-1 lead which they needed to protect in the second period. After 52 minutes Ernesto had a shot blocked by their keeper at the expense of a corner. Their keeper failed to deal cleanly with the corner kick from Ernesto and and the loose ball fell to Inarejos and he struck it into the back of the net for a GOALLLLL and 0-2 to Torry. 5 minutes later the opposition pulled a back from a GOALLLLL by Oliva and 1-2 to Torry. The opposition created a number of halfchances which they didn’t take advantage of.. Manu Amores then found himself in the clear but failed to capitalise on the opportunity. Jorge was then



lucky to stay on the field after a late challenge which could easily have resulted in a second yellow card and an early bath. The opposition then created a chance from the resultant freekick which Biesla squandered from a good position. With time running out Burguillos played Luis Carlos through and their was indecision in the opposition defence which Luis Carlos took advantage of and put the ball in the back of the net for the 3rd and decisive GOALLLLL to Torry. 1-3 . There was still time for one of the opposition players to receive a straight red for kicking “Man of the Match” Burguillos. As well as a red card for Cuco Ros, yellow cards were shown to Manolo, Jorge, Manu Amores, Inarejos and Ernesto during the game. On the face of it discipline certainly needs to improve A fantastic start to the season by Torry and a platform to build on. Torry continue their campaign with a home game next Sunday September 2 - kick-off 6.00 pm against close neighbours Crevillente who drew their first game last Sunday 3-3 with Novelda. Visit the website of the Torry Army www.fctorreveija. net for the latest news on FC Torrevieja. Darrylldinho looking forward to following his adopted team in Spain continue their winning start to the season.

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“Our Greatest Team Parade” will take place in London on Monday 10 September, the day after the Paralympics finishes. The procession will leave London’s Mansion House at 13:30 BST and will travel past Trafalgar Square, through Admiralty Arch and into The Mall. A similar parade took place four years ago after the Beijing Games. Spectators can turn up on the day to watch the first part of the parade up to Trafalgar Square, although they have been warned to arrive as early as possible because viewing areas will be closed when they are full. The area from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria

Parade for 800 Olympic and Paralympic Team GB athletes

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Places there will go to groups who have made a crucial contribution to the running of the Games and the success of the British athletes. This will include 14,000 volunteers, police, fire and ambulance staff, military personnel, coaches, support staff, friends and family of the athletes and schoolchildren from every London borough.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This is a chance to celebrate the heroes and heroines who have thrilled us with their skills, sportsmanship, and grace during London’s spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games, and whose names and triumphs will live on for centuries to come.”

Once the parade leaves Mansion House, it will travel along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street and pass St Paul’s Cathedral.

Andy Hunt, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, said: “The parade provides a fantastic opportunity for the nation to recognise and celebrate the special achievements of the outstanding group of athletes.

It then moves down Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand before reaching Trafalgar Square, where there will be a big screen at the bottom of Nelson’s Column showing proceedings with live commentary.

“Importantly, it also gives the members of Team GB a chance to show their appreciation and gratitude for the truly inspirational support they received from the Great British public throughout the London 2012 Games.”

The British Paralympic Association chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said: “We know we have to focus on what is still to come at the 2012 Paralympic Games. “But it’s also right we look ahead to what we hope will be a fantastic outcome for our team and in particular the performances and medals won that will excite and inspire the nation once again.” The parade will be broadcast live on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.

Gary Lineker and Gabby Logan will present the programme with guests including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Colin Jackson. Jake Humphrey and Sonali Shah will be on the floats interviewing athletes with Huw Edwards and Hazel Irvine providing commentary throughout.

Paralympics 2012: Sporting rivalries

When it comes to sporting rivalries, the Paralympics has plenty to whet the appetite. Whether it is a duel between team-mates from the same country, the clash between different nations or even sibling rivalry, there is no shortage at the Games, which run from 29 August to 9 September. race in Paralympic terms with the world’s best wheelchair Jonny Peacock has shown Pistorius and Singleton that it is Jody Cundy v Jon-Allan Butterworth

Sport: Cycling

Jody Cundy will go head-to-head with GB team-mate JonAllan Butterworth in the kilo Event: C4/5 Kilo - Date: Friday 31 August Britain’s Para-cyclists swept the boards in the velodrome in Beijing four years ago with 17 golds. But the UCI’s tinkering with the Paralympic programme means that two of Britain’s leading riders will be going head-to-head for gold in the kilo in what should be a top class and thrilling encounter. Cundy won gold in the kilo in his category in Beijing and both men won gold in their respective categories at both the 2011 and 2012 World Track Championships. The gold medallist in London will be the one who gets closest to the existing world record for their category and it would be no surprise if both men beat their own record time.

Oliver Hynd v Sam Hynd

Sport: Swimming

Event: S8 400m freestyle - Date: Friday 31 August It is tough enough being a defending Paralympic champion, but for Britain’s 21-year-old Sam Hynd his biggest rival for gold is someone he knows very well - his 17-year-old younger brother Ollie. Sam enjoyed a successful Games debut in Beijing, winning gold in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m individual medley but Ollie has emerged as one of his biggest rivals for gold in London. At last year’s European Championships in Berlin, Sam won gold in the freestyle with Ollie in second while Ollie gained revenge in the medley with Sam winning bronze. Ollie has the fastest time in the world this year coming into the freestyle but his brother is not far behind and the pair are set for another tremendous tussle for Paralympic gold.

Dave Weir v Kurt Fearnley v Marcel Hug

Sport: Athletics

Event: T54 1500m - Date: Tuesday 4 September The T54 1500m is traditionally known as the blue riband

racers vying for honours. Weir, Britain’s top wheelchair racer, won gold in an action-packed race four years ago and will be keen not to let his rivals take his title from him. But he will face a tough challenge from Australian Fearnley and Switzerland’s Hug who have been his longtime rivals and both beat him over the distance in a fast race in Switzerland in May. Weir won his first race over the distance at the Olympic Stadium in May and although he failed to break the world record held by Hug, a gold medal in September would do nicely.

not going to be a two-horse race, beating Singleton into second at the US Paralympic trials and beating Pistorius’s world record in the process. With American Blake Leeper and South African Arnu Fourie also in the medal mix, this could be one of the best races of the track programme.

Natalie du Toit v Louise Watkin

By his own admission, British discus thrower Greaves had a disappoining Beijing. He went to China as defending champion but only came away with bronze as his American rival claimed victory. Since then, Greaves gained revenge in the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand, winning gold as Campbell took silver and he set a world best. But in Paralympic year, Campbell has had the better fortunes becoming the first man in their F44 category to break 60m in competition, throwing a massive 63.46 in Oklahoma in June while Greaves has struggled to make an impact. But both will raise their game in their battle to win gold in front of a full house at the Olympic Stadium.


Event: S9 50m freestyle - Date: Wednesday 5 September South African Du Toit has been the leading figure in her S9 category for the past decade, winning 10 gold medals at the last two Paralympic Games and she has always said that London will be her swansong. While the South African is particularly strong in the distance events, thanks to her open water training, it has meant she has focused on endurance and the speed events have suffered. Watkin, who at 20 is eight years younger than Du Toit, won bronze behind the South African in Beijing but at the 2010 World Championships, the Briton showed her strength, winning in a time of 29­.26 seconds, 0.39 secs ahead of the South African.

Oscar Pistorius v Jerome Singleton v Jonny Peacock

Sport: Athletics

Event: T43/44 100m - Date: Thursday 6 September Prior to the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand all the talk was how South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius would easily win three gold medals at the London Games. But American Jerome Singleton had something to say about that, beating Pistorius into second in a photofinish in the 100m final to cast doubt over Pistorious’ perceived invincibility. However, this year British teenager

Dan Greaves v Jeremy Campbell

Sport: Athletics

Event: F44 discus -Date: Thursday 6 September

Ellie Simmonds v Victoria Arlen v Mirjam de Koning-Pepper

Sport: Swimming

Event: S6 100m freestyle - Date: Saturday 8 September In Beijing in 2008, there were tears of joy, shock and surprise as 13-year-old Ellie Simmonds triumphed in the 100m in her S6 category in the Water Cube. Now, four years later, Simmonds faces a battle to retain her Paralympic title in the event. The Swansea-based star lost out to the 43-year-old De Koning-Pepper over the distance at last year’s European Championships in Berlin but now the pair face a new challenge in the form of American 16-year-old Victoria Arlen, who set a new world record in the event in June.

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