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The Feria de Artesanía de la Región de Murcia has almost one hundred exhibitors from eight countries attending. The Consejero de Universidades, Empresa e Investigación, José Ballesta, spoke about the twenty-ninth Murcia Craft Fair, to be held from 27 to 30 September at the Recinto Santa Quiteria in Lorc. Ballesta said that ‘for four days every citizen can enjoy the largest showcase of craftsmanship in the Mediterranean, where tradition and innovation are intertwined, with all the latest trends and developments in the craft sector, both nationally and internationally.’ 36 trades, including weavers, fan-makers, embroiderers, lace makers, glassblowers, potters, bookbinders, enamellers, toys, beekeepers, bakers, chacineros, perfumiers, among others. In addition to a broad representation of craft activities throughout the region, visitors can view crafts and trades from the rest of Spain and Morocco, Mexico, Turkey, Senegal, Thailand, Colombia and Hungary. During the Feria the by recommending our fantastic & varied range second pottery contest ‘Artelor 2012’, will be of products ‘direct from the UK’ at ‘UK prices’ held. This is organised by the Asociación de Artesanos de Lorca in order to promote and reward the traditional as a Team Leader craft and skill of the Full Training & Support potters. There will also be craft No Investment Required demonstrations, glass open Day 28th September at carving, sculpture in clay nativity figures, Hotel Riscal, Puerto Lumbreras just of the E15, (the lego coloured restoration and clothing in handloom rugs. Also, hotel) 8pm start - register at: a raffle for the public of pieces that the artisans themselves have donated email: will be drawn daily.


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The Consejo de Gobierno has approved 3.3 million euros in EU aid to the Bodegas García Carrión and Hijos de Juan Gil, wineries in the region. The purpose is to support implementation of the Spanish wine sector to promote wine in third country markets. The amount awarded for the payment represents 50 percent of the investment of the wineries in advertising and promotional activities to be carried out in the period from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013. These grants are an essential support for the region’s wines to be marketed outside national borders, especially in countries like United States, Canada and China, and for expansion into the markets of Mexico, Russia and some African countries. The wineries and cooperatives, whose head office is in the Region of Murcia have a total of 17 projects for the promotion of wine products in third countries. In total, these 17 projects will receive a grant of €3.8 million and a total investment of 7.6 million euros for promoting wines from Murcian companies in countries outside the European Union. Specifically, the Consejo Regulador del Vino de Jumilla has presented an ambitious program that includes promotion activities in China, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland which will involve trade missions, advertising and trade show participation, all aimed at promoting the quality wines under this appellation.

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The first radio station to fall under the axe of the the Generalitat de Valencia. TKO, has ceased broadcasting. The owner, Barry Newlove, said that faced with the possibility of a 200,000€ fine they had no option but to close down. However, he added, ‘We’ll be back.’ It seems that many radio stations, both British and Spanish, will be affected, and will be contacted and ordered to cease broadcasting, unless they have the new licenses to do so. There is a thought that these moves to introduce the new licenses is a revenue opportunity for the cash-strapped Valencian government. Although it is no secret that while some operators are using the airwaves without any license whatever, this is seen as a broad brush approach, which can only have a detrimental effect on the communication between the Brits and the communities in which they live – events and services publicised by the local radio stations will no longer be brought to the public’s attention.


Denia Town Hall is increasing the number of plots for use as allotments at Torrecremada. The number of plots, each of about 47 square metres, will be increased by 50. They will be connected to the existing irrigation system, which is fed by a well, and which will be extended. Although the area for cultivation has been increased, the boundary, which is wooded, will be preserved. This move is in response to the success of the previous issue of plots as a community project.


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High winds hinder iberia’s contract of carriage are ‘abusive’ firefighters’ efforts in Valencia

Two villages have been evacuated after a forest fire broke out on Sunday afternoon just north of Valencia – and the warm air from the flames was felt nearly 150 kilometres further south.

The flames were first spotted between Chulilla and Sot de Chera (Valencia) in the Los Serranos district to the north of the province, and by nightfall had surrounded the urbanisation La Ermita.

The entire village of Gestalgar and Chulilla – of 800 and 750 inhabitants respectively – have been evacuated, including 80 people from a spa near the latter. Emergency services do not yet know how the blaze started, but already have at least 350 firefighters, police, medical workers and members the emergency armed forces unit (UME) on site.

They were due to draft in 15 hydroplanes by Monday morning.

Winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, dry conditions and high temperatures are not helping the efforts of rescue forces, who were notified of the inferno at around 16.30hrs on Sunday by a person who had seen flames near the electricity substation in Chulilla.


The Vice-President of the Valencian Government, José Cisca, has assured users that the Tram Line 9 will continue in use. This was in answer to rumours that the line was to be axed at the end of the year after a feasibility study showed the line, ‘El Trenet’, which is run by Tram Alicante, needed urgent engineering work, backed by the warning from the Unions that the final section in the Alicante to Denia link would fall a victim to cuts. The rumours sparked an on-line petition, posters ‘Defensen El Trenet’ were put up in carriages and at stations and protests were held in Marina Alta. If the line were to close this would have serious consequences for commuters. It is also an important link for visitors to Denia Hospital – which has its own station. In a press conference Cisca said ‘We must invest in the infrastructure. It is very old and a number of improvements need to be made, and made quickly. This means a fiscal effort by the government but it will not mean the closure of the railway line between Denia and Benidorm.’

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The Ayuntamiento of San Fulgencio has announced its support for the continued excavations at La Escuera by the University of Alicante (UA). It is one of the most important archaeological areas of the Mediterranean/Iberian peninsula, and later this month the University’s Department of Archaeology will begin a new archaeological excavation project. This excavation will form part of a research project, entitled ‘The Iberian Settlement of the Vega Baja del Segura River.’ The Swedish archaeologist, Solveig Nordstom originally excavated La Escuera in the 1960s, and projects that have already been conducted have established the site’s historical and archaeological importance.

A commercial court in Madrid has ruled that three clauses in Iberia’s contract of carriage are “abusive”, including the so-called ‘noshow clause’ that allows the airline to cancel a return ticket if the passenger has not used the outbound ticket, considering that to be no reasonable justification for such action.

Specifically, the court declared invalid the Iberia clause which says that “if necessary” it may be represented by another company, and even use other companies’ aircraft, and alter or omit stopovers.

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OCU has launched several lawsuits against other airlines such as Spanair, Vueling and Ryanair recently, recording legal victories against the first two, with the case against the ‘low-cost’ Irish company due to be heard on October 24th.

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It also rejected outright the airline’s policy of not allowing passengers with subsidised tickets to board if they could not provide proof of their status as a family with three or more children, describing the punishment as “disproportionate”.

The court’s decision came after the Spanish Consumers’ Association (OCU) launched a lawsuit against the airline in July last year.


A cat may well have donated 2 of his 9 lives to a British couple! Matt Woods, 24, and his 22-year-old girlfriend Chelsea Eastwood were returning from a shopping trip in their Mitsubishi when the cat wandered into their path. Rather than hit the cat, Matt swerved the car, but lost control. The car crashed through the safety barrier, plunged 120ft down a rocky cliff face before smashing into a tree and landing on its roof next to a walkway, below which there was a 300ft fall to the sea. The car was a total wreck, and onlookers were certain of the worst, when to their amazement, Matt and Chelsea climber unhurt except for scratches and bruises, from the barely recognisable remains of their car.

It also called the ‘no-show clause’ invalid, saying the airline had no right to cancel the return leg of a ticket if the passenger had not used the outbound ticket, saying there was no reasonable justification for this rule.



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Supreme court shelves Spanair disaster case, blaming pilots

The Supreme Court in Madrid has closed the criminal investigation into the Spanair accident at Barajas airport on August 20th 2008, ruling that the problems leading up the crash were not caused by the mechanics responsible for the plane, but were the result of “mistakes” by the pilots.


The case against the two Spanair mechanics - Felipe García and José Antonio Viñuelas - who had been charged with 154 counts of involuntary manslaughter and 18 counts of causing injury, has therefore been dropped, despite the fact that many questions remain unanswered.

In addition, there have been reports that malware which had infected the airline’s central computer system resulted in a failure to raise an alarm over multiple problems with the plane. An internal report issued by the airline revealed that their central computer system used to monitor technical problems with the aircraft was infected with malware and may have prevented the detection of technical problems with the aircraft. A judge has ordered Spanair to provide all of the computer’s logs from the days before and after the crash. Families of the victims made an official complaint

The court has determined that “the crew lost control of the aircraft as a result of a stall immediately after take-off, because they did not have the correct plane configuration for take-off (by not deploying the flaps and slats, following a series of errors and omissions), coupled with the absence of any warning of the incorrect configuration. The crew did not recognize the indications of stall, and did not correct the situation after take-off, and – by momentarily retarding the engine power and increasing the pitch angle – brought about a deterioration in the flight condition. The crew did not detect the configuration error because they did not properly use the checklists to select and check the position of the flaps and slats

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The average person in Spain throws away 179 kilos of food a year – and most of it is edible at the time, a recent survey has shown. And this is in a country where 1.3 million people have to turn to soup kitchens and food banks because they cannot afford to eat. This figure of 179 kilos per head is the average for the European Union as a whole, and is fairly consistent across member States. It translates to 89 million tonnes of food per annum, says the UN, of which 60 per cent is still perfectly edible. The EU intends to look into clarifying food labels to a greater extent, by making ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates more realistic and easy to understand, in a bid to cut this figure by half by the year 2025. They say the ‘use by’ date means a food item is probably not in conditions to be eaten and cannot be sold, but once the ‘sell by’ date has passed, it may still be of sufficient quality that it poses no risk to health, nor will the taste be affected. An association which manages 54 food banks in Spain, with 2,000 volunteers distributing donated food to 7,000 charitable organisations, says its requests for help have risen by 40 per cent in the last year – but that it is unable to attend to everyone. They hand out rice, milk, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, and biscuits, among other items, usually in perfect conditions but some with damaged packets or tins or which are close to their ‘sell by’ or ‘use by’ date and would not otherwise be sold by supermarkets in time. But as a result of the recession, donations to food banks are falling even further, particularly as supermarkets choose to sell off damaged items or those close to their ‘use by’ dates at lower prices instead of giving them away. This said, food bank associations have agreements in place with certain producers, such as Danone and Marcilla, for providing yoghurt and coffee, involving supermarkets such as Carrefour which will match the total donated directly by the brands, and also with Día, which is preparing a mass food collection operation in the 300plus stores it has in Andalucía, Catalunya and Zaragoza.

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Travel agencies predict 5% SPAIN DIGS IN ITS HEELS! Spain is digging in its heels against further austerity as increase in tourism for 2012 protests sweep the country and mounting tensions with

The latest figures are not potentially biased government predictions, but rather the tourism sector’s own statistics, showing an estimated increase of between 4% and 6% in terms of tourists visiting the country and turnover in for the current year. The data has been published by the National Union of Travel Agencies (UNAV), whose president, José Luis Prieto, is predicting an increase of roughly 6% in visitor numbers and turnover by the end of December, although he did point out that some 4,000 travel agencies had been forced to close since the recession began in 2008. “There was a tremendous saturation in the market” and it was “not logical for us to have

twice as many travel agencies as Germany; it wasn’t a country for 8,000 agencies”, explicained Prieto.

The sector “has been cleaned up and is now adapting supply to demand”, Prieto went on, adding that vacational tourism is the “most affected” by the recession. The president of UNAV said he understood that “many people had travelled within Spain rather than overseas this year”, and that there had been a notable increase in the number of people taking advantage of last-minute offers. Prieto explained that purchases via on-line travel agencies had increased by 10% so far this year, and that in Spain, 95% of business travel was now booked in this way, whereas the number of people booking holidays via travel agencies “had increased by four or five times over the past 20 years”

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In an almost unique demonstration of optimism in the current climate, Spanish travel agencies have predicted that 2012 will close with a 5% increase in tourism.

Catalan nationalists threaten to split the country

Finance minister Luis de Guindos (pictured) ruled out further fiscal cuts needed to qualify for a eurozone rescue, leaving it unclear whether the European Central Bank can activate Europe’s grand plan to stabilise markets, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Mr de Guindos said over the weekend that Madrid’s €100bn (£81bn) austerity measures are “sufficient” to meet a deficit ceiling of 6.3pc of GDP this year, although it is an open secret that Spain will miss its target. Germany’s parliament is unlikely to approve any rescue without deeper cuts, but further austerity risks pushing Spain into civil conflict. Tens of thousands marched in Madrid at the weekend to protest against drastic cuts, including a 7pc cut in public wages. A man set fire to himself in Portugal, where clashes t u r n e d violent. T h e protests followed a traumatic week in Catalonia, where 1.5m took to the streets amid a wave of secessionist

The Spanish state ombudswoman (Defensora del Pueblo), Soledad Becerril, has issued a memo to the National Air Safety Agency (Aesa) asking it to open an official investigation into the recent spate of incidents that have occurred on Ryanair flights, on the understanding that they could well breach air safety regulations and passengers’ rights. In her memo, the ombudswoman, points out that 1,201 incidents involving the Irish airline were reported in the first six months of the year, and similar incidents have continued to occur throughout July and August. For its part, the airline cites discrimination by the Spanish authorities and claims that all other airlines have a similar number of incidents and complaints against them. According to the office of the ombudswoman, the fines amounting to over 2.3 million euros imposed on Ryanair since 2007 have not led to any significant changes in the airline’s controversial policies. Becerril underlined the fact that the Ministry of Public Works, to whom Aesa reports, ordered a study into possible malpractice within the airline back in July, and confirmed that she had requested a copy of the report. She has also requested information about measures already taken or currently in the pipeline, and in the case of malpractice, will be referring the issue to the Irish government, who is responsible for issuing, renewing or withdrawing Ryanair’s licence. The ombudswoman has also requested a comparison between the number of complaints made against other airlines and those made against Ryanair.

Santiago Carrillo, the leader of the Spanish Communist Party between 1960 and 1982, died at his home in Madrid on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 97. The veteran activist, who was Spain’s last surviving public figure to have taken part in the civil war, had been admitted to hospital in July due to blood circulation problems but was later discharged. Although he lived in exile for decades, mostly in France, Carrillo was a central figure in Spanish politics during much of the tumultuous 20th Century and a key player in the difficult transition to democracy in the late 1970s after dictator Francisco Franco died. Carrillo put his longevity down to continued active participation in Spanish political life, writing essays and making contributions to public seminars and a weekly nationwide radio debate well into his 90s. The son of a union organiser, Carrillo’s activism began in 1931, when, at the age of 15, he began reporting for the Socialist Party newspaper and joined crowds to cheer King Alfonso XIII fleeing to exile and the declaration of Spain’s Second Republic. In 1936 he joined the army to defend the Republic from a military revolt which turned into a bloody civil war lasting almost

demands. Catalan leader Artur Mas has been swept by events into open confrontation with Madrid. Mr de Guindos pleaded for time, insisting that the reforms would lay the foundations for recovery. “These sacrifices are absolutely unavoidable.” His claims were badly undercut by Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz, who told a Spanish forum that German austerity medicine is “utterly misguided” and will push Spain deeper into a downward spiral. It would be “suicidal” for Spain to accept a rescue if it involved more fiscal tightening, he said. Spain’s attempt to resist a rescue until forced by markets leaves the eurozone in an impasse. The ECB cannot purchase Spanish bonds until Spain formally requests help from the bail-out fund and signs a “memorandum” ceding fiscal sovereignty. Mr de Guindos called on the eurozone to fulfil its pledge to recapitalise the Spanish lenders directly with ESM funds to take the burden off the Spanish state, but this too is in limbo. Eurozone finance ministers were deeply at odds on Saturday over plans for a banking supervisor, with little chance of a deal ahead. Germany will not let the ESM recapitalise banks until the supervisor is in place.

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three years and ended up installing Franco as dictator. After Franco’s forces won in 1939 with the help of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, Carrillo went into exile, from where he helped organise resistance to the dictatorship. In 1960 he became general secretary of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE), and began to draw criticism from the Franco regime for his alleged role in the 1936 massacre of several thousand supporters of the military revolt in Paracuellos on the outskirts of Madrid, for which far-right Spaniards blame Carrillo to this day. Carrillo always protested his innocence in the Paracuellos affair, saying he had little influence as a young and minor official and had no idea what was happening in a chaotic and lawless city under siege. An estimated 50,000 Spanish civilians were killed in the Republican rearguard, and another 150,000 behind Franco’s lines in what has come to be known as the “Spanish holocaust”. Carrillo had to wait until after Franco’s death in 1975 to return to Spain. In 1977 he became a member of parliament in the first elections held in Spain since 1936, but the PCE did poorly and he was expelled from the party in 1982.


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Driving along a sunlit road along Gibraltar’s western slopes, a tourist stops by one of the city’s top attractions - St Michael’s Cave - and consults his travel guide. Soon he won’t need a book to learn more about this tiny British overseas territory in the Mediterranean, just south of Spain. Following the lead of the UK town of Monmouth, Gibraltar is aiming to spill the content of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia into the real world, according to a report by BBC. To do this, it is equipping Gibraltar’s tourist attractions with QR codes - “quick response” barcodes that can be scanned with a mobile phone. These black-and-white pixelated images have been around for more than two decades but have started to gain mainstream acceptance only in the past few years, appearing on everything from walls and billboards to newspapers and detergent packs. As well as other technologies such as near-field communication tags (NFC) and augmented reality (AR) apps, they give mobile phone users information about a particular object. QR codes store text, phone numbers, email addresses and calendar events, and once scanned, create links to websites or generate some interactive content on your smartphone’s screen. Tourism is a big part of Gibraltar’s economy, with more than 11 million visitors spending £280m last year, and the authorities are keen to seize any opportunity to increase revenue. The QR codes take users directly to a Wikipedia page of the relevant tourist attraction, says Clive Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum. “Gibraltar is a multi-layered cake of historical events, starting with the Neanderthals of 50,000 years ago through to modern humans,” he says. “Our own caving unit has now catalogued over 200 caves in Rock, with many being rich in archaeology but inaccessible to most people. Here we have another way of getting all this information across to the world.” “Gibraltarpedia” organisers want their QR codes to communicate with the user’s phone to determine its set-up language, so a Brazilian tourist

What are QR codes’ chances? QR codes have been around for years, but only 11% of UK smartphone users scanned one in July 2012, according to data agency Comscore. Some analysts have been saying that other technologies such as NFC, which lets you get information wirelessly just by waving your phone in front of the chip, may eventually replace QR. But QR supporters argue that NFC is not quite there yet - it is expensive to create tags, and for now, not many phones can scan them. QR codes are free to create, cheap to install and nearly all modern smartphones have apps that can read them. Augmented reality apps are also a potential threat - they allow information to appear on your handset’s screen simply by pointing the phone towards an object of interest. Google Glass headset could even take this one step further, and make information appear right in front of the user’s eyes. But QR is far from being dead - and recent moves by the electronic giants Apple and Microsoft could give it a push. The technology will be integrated into Apple’s Passbook ticket/coupon wallet service, available on the forthcoming iOS6 operating system. It will allow users to get into a cinema, check in for a flight, or redeem a coupon via their phone. Microsoft has recently signed a licensing agreement with NeoMedia, one of the pioneers in the mobile barcodes field, to acquire all of the firm’s QR code patents. Check out our QR code that’ll take you to our website! can be taken to a page in Portuguese, a Turk to one in Turkish and so on, says Roger Bamkin, a consultant to the Gibraltar government and a volunteer from Wikimedia UK, the charity that supports the online encyclopaedia. “By scanning QR codes around them, tourists will be to able to find out about the place they are visiting in their own language, with the description written by a volunteer speaking that language,” he says. Volunteers have been producing up to 20 articles a day in various languages, and Mr Bamkin has been in Gibraltar this week seeking more people to contribute photos, maps and information on the territory’s history. But once all the landmarks are equipped with codes and all the articles are written, other factors need to be dealt with for the project to take off. Roaming charges may deter visitors from connecting to the web - and the government of Gibraltar says it is considering the possibility of free wi-fi. Also, tourists should be familiar with QR codes and be willing to use them. Although

people may be used to seeing them, not many in the Western world actually scan them. On the other hand, in Japan and South Korea many use them on a daily basis. Tesco Korea lets consumers shop in a virtual supermarket while standing on a subway platform. They scan images of groceries with a QR code reader and buy them with a click. But Gibraltarpedia organisers say that they realise QR codes may be replaced by other technology - just as DVDs replaced CDs, says Mr Bamkin. However, he believes that the project will be a success and be it QR, NFC or any other future tech, Wikipedia is aiming to bridge online and offline worlds. “Projects like Gibraltarpedia are a test of our mission,” says Mr Bamkin, adding that the next target is expansion into northern Africa. “Africans have a great need of free information - there are many more Wikipedia articles in the UK or France than there are in Morocco, Algeria, or Mali.”



Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, made headlines across the world after attempting a DIY restoration that left the 19th century fresco of Christ at her local church in Borja resembling a monkey. The altered image of Ecce Homo – Behold the Man – became an internet sensation and sent thousands of curious sightseers to the Sanctuario de Misericordia to laugh at her handiwork. Authorities threatened to sue Mrs Gimenez for her unauthorised attempt, which she insisted had been carried out with only good intentions because the painting was in need of repair. But popularity for the modified masterpiece grew with even budget airline Ryanair offering cheap deals to nearby Zaragoza airport encouraging “pilgrims” to visit the work that was quickly dubbed “Ecce Mono” – Behold the Monkey. An internet petition to keep the repair job garnered widespread support and seizing an opportunity to swell its coffers, the church began levying a 4 euro (£3) entrance fee on visitors, earning 2,000 euros in the first four days. Lawyers acting for Mrs Gimenez now insist she should be entitled to a cut of the profits, which she wants to go towards a charity of her choice. “She just wants the church to conform to the law,” lawyer Enrique Trebolle said. “If this means economic compensation she wants it to be for charitable purposes”. Her lawyer added that she would want any money made from the painting to go towards Muscular atrophy charities, because her son suffers from the condition. The image was painted by Elias Garcia Martinez, a local artist, more than a century ago, but had recently suffered surface damage due to damp.

Family of the original artist have called for the image of Christ with a crown of thorns to be restored to its former glory and have said they will seek legal action against Mrs Gimenez for “destroying” the work. The Sancti Spiritus Hospital Foundation, which owns the Sanctuario de Misericordia, has also retained lawyers to defend the action and retain their right to proceeds from visitors to the church. However, the latest update on the story has revealed that Giménez has offered to help official art restorers repair the painting of the Ecce Homo she ‘damaged’. A preliminary study of the fresco, which is on a wall in the Cathedral of Borja (Zaragoza), has shown that the oils used by the 81-year-old artlover have not penetrated the stone and can therefore be easily peeled off to reveal the original painting underneath. Experts say that as Cecilia did not know enough about art restoration, she would have been unaware of the type of paints and chemicals that should be used to soak into the wall and ensure the colour takes hold, becoming permanent. Cecilia, who ‘restored’ the badly-deteriorated picture voluntarily and of her own free will, says she has often repaired other paintings in the Cathedral with the full knowledge of the vicar, as a favour. But the vicar denies this is the case. However, Cecilia’s work – which she said was unfinished when the story hit the headlines – has caused such a furore around the world that tourists have been turning up in thousands to see it. The small market town of Borja has never seen so many tourists, say restaurant and café owners, who claim they have been constantly busy and have had to put extra tables outside to cater for the visitors. An internet campaign has been calling for


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the ‘new’ version of the painting to be left as it is. The image is now behind a screen and cordoned off to prevent people from touching it. As yet, Borja council has not confirmed what it intends to do with the painting, and it is not

known whether the art restorers who have been studying the work will take up Cecilia’s offer of help. But they have concluded it will be impossible to peel off the ‘new’ Ecce Homo and keep it intact to display elsewhere in the Cathedral, as was originally considered.

Solicitor found dead in her car; policeman arrested A local Police officer has been arrested after the body of a lady solicitor was found in the boot of a burnt-out car. Investigators say the accused was a client of the deceased, Rosa Cobo, 51, and had been rowing with her as he was unhappy with the way she had handled his case. Rosa’s body showed clear signs of violence, but had not been affected by the flames. She was in the boot of her own car – which had been torched – on the driveway outside her house in Granada, and paperwork relating to the case she had been working on for the officer was littered all over the ground. The victim’s blood was also found near the scattered files. Guardia Civil officers found the accused policeman, aged 37, in a car in Purullena (Granada), semi-conscious and sleepy, after he

had allegedly attempted to go on the run. He was taken to Guadix hospital amid suspicions that he had taken substances which had left him in his present state. National Police, who are also involved in the case, say the arrested man has an existing criminal record for domestic violence against two former partners, but do not consider the murder to have been related to any relationship other than a professional one between the suspect and Sra Cobo. Granada’s Official College of Lawyers intends to take action against the policeman personally if it is found that he is guilty of Rosa’s death, as a way of expressing their ‘firm condemnation’ of the crime. Rosa, who was separated, leaves behind two children.

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Second Rescue Centre Planned to Open Next Month There are exciting times ahead for Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre as they plan to open their second centre next month within Villa Vera, Daya Vieja. Sue Weeding, co-founder of Easy Horse Care said, “Our young, fit horses will move to Villa Vera where they will be schooled and used at the riding centre whilst the older horses and donkeys and those needing medical care will remain at our Centre in Rojales. This will also give us much needed space for future rescues.” Daya Vieja’s Mayor Rafa Vives Pertusa fully supports the project and is behind the charity and the work they are doing in trying to eradicate animal cruelty and neglect saying, “I think the activity of the Rescue Centre is very special for the province and Villa Vera has optimum conditions to make this even more special.” The Villa Vera site with also become an educational centre where students will be able to study for their ABRS and BHS equestrian qualifications. “We will be aiming to be the only BHS exam centre in Spain and no where in the Costa Blanca offers BHS exam training. The BHS qualifications are recognised as one

of the best for employment world wide. Previously, anyone wanting a career with horses had to go back to the UK to get the BHS training.” Sue added, “There will be pony club activities but we also want to throw open the doors to groups, the underprivileged children, vets seminars and clinics. It will be the place to learn.” The Mayor of Daya Vieja has formalised an agreement with Easy Horse Care in allowing them to use the premises and hopes it will also benefit the village as he has plans for a future hotel there that would create a unique centre for education and tourism. Livery facilities for 4 horses will also be available to help fund the venture. They will be in top of the range facilities and receive the benefit of being cared for by fully qualified staff. “This is all quite ground breaking and we are very honoured to have Spanish collaboration.” Sue concludes, “This is just the start of a very exciting future for us with more to come.” If you are interested in becoming part of the Easy Horse Care team or would like more information about the livery facilities, email pr@

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A new G & S society rises from the old

After the Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s Musical Director, Accompanist, Social Secretary and a number of singing members all left the Society to return to the UK or to do other things, many thought the Society was at its end. However core elements of the Society are determined to continue and with a new Musical Director (Judy Phillips), a new accompanist (Antonio Guillen) and a new Social Secretary (Ingrid Bouwer), the society is reborn with a new sense of dedication and vigour. The society are determined to continue with the wonderful music of Messrs’ Gilbert and Sullivan, but also to perform music from more modern musicals, from other popular composers. Rehearsals are now being held at Bar Oasis, Torreta III, Torrevieja on Fridays between 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. in preparation for a concert on the 17th and 18th November at Casa Ventura. The program will still include items from G & S shows but will also include many other Show songs. New members would be very welcome, so if you can sing, act or play piano, then this friendly society with its varied social events as well as performances is bound to be just what you are looking for. You would be very welcome to attend a rehearsal to see if you would like to join them or contact the chairman, Sue Woodward-Prior on 966784108, email or look at their website for more information.






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This week’s column addresses one frequently asked question which is “Can EFT help with weight loss?” The short answer is “Yes it can”. The real answer is it can do much more than that. EFT can help you to get to the underlying reason or cause as to why you are overweight. The underlying cause or reason is usually linked to an emotion. Once the emotional cause is identified and worked upon, any excess weight is easier to release. “I am fed up with yo-yo dieting. How can EFT help with that?” EFT as stated helps to get to the root cause of any underlying issue that does not support you with regard to weight loss. In fact whenever I work with anyone to lose weight I prefer to refer to it as a Weight RELEASING Programme. The reason being thus: Just imagine for a moment you have lost your car keys or your house keys. What do you do after the sudden realisation of the fact? You start to look for them and you keep going until you have found them! Similarly, nine times out of ten when people lose weight they have a tendency to put it back on. They subconsciously, ‘look’ for the weight they have lost and regain it. Why would anyone want to do that? The truth is once someone has lost weight, they don’t consciously want to put it back on, it ‘sort of happens’. It is my belief that ‘it sort of happens’ simply because the internal mechanism that is used at a subconscious level to keep them overweight has not been ‘switched’ off. In other words the underlying root cause has not been dealt with. “How does it work?” EFT helps to identify ‘self- defeating patterns.’< Having worked to identify these patterns it is then possible to change them into positive patterns to enable weigh to be released safely and effectively. Moreover, EFT is used to establish new healthier eating patterns using normal everyday foods. There is no need for ’fad’ diets or special foods. If you have an excess weight challenge and would like to overcome this either on an individual basis, or within a small group, then please email me at – info@drewryder. com or call me on 660326194 to discuss.

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Today’s obsession with perfuming everything from candles to bin liners could be to blame

The smell of fresh air is becoming something of a distant memory, thanks to our increasing use of fragrance. From air fresheners to scented candles, perfumed loo roll and bin liners, in-car scents and even scented socks, we live in a miasma of scent. Share a lift or train carriage and the aroma of spray deodorant and perfume can be overwhelming. Yet recent reports suggest that perfumed products could affect our health, causing problems including allergies, asthma and migraine, and even interfere with sexual desire. One leading expert suggests nearly a third of people suffer adverse health effects from being exposed to scents. A major problem is so-called ‘contact’ allergy — where perfumes and scented products trigger eczema and dermatitis when they come into contact with skin. Molecules in the product trigger an immune response, causing itchiness and even scaly, cracked skin. About one in 20 is thought to be affected by fragrance allergy — though this number




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may be growing. ‘Allergies are on the increase, and the amount of perfumed products is also on the rise,’ says Dr Susannah Baron, consultant dermatologist at Kent & Canterbury hospital, and BMI Chaucer Hospital. ‘Fragrance allergy can show up as contact dermatitis in the site a perfumed product is applied, or as a flare-up of existing eczema. It can be a real problem.’ In July, the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety asked p e r f u m e manufacturers to list potential allergens in their product after reports that they triggered skin reactions. Earlier this year, the U.S. state of New Hampshire banned workers from wearing scents to protect their co-workers. Often it may not be immediately obvious that you’ve developed a fragrance allergy, says Dr Baron. ‘You don’t react immediately; the body notes that it does not like the chemical and develops “memory cells”, which cause inflammation when the body is next exposed to this chemical. ‘Gradually, as you are exposed more and more, the body ramps up its reaction, until it becomes more noticeable to you.’ People with pre-existing eczema are particularly vulnerable. ‘The eczema worsens in areas in contact with perfumes or perfumecontaining shampoos, conditioners and shower gels,’ says Dr Baron. But even those without allergies can be at risk of fragrance allergy. ‘You can become suddenly allergic to perfumes and personal care products that

you have been using for years. ‘You can also have problems with unexpected products such as scented toilet roll and scented wipes which can cause irritation.’ And strong scents can also cause headaches. According to Dr Vincent Martin, a headache specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, fragrances activate

the nose’s nerve cells, stimulating the nerve system associated with head pain. UK charity Migraine Action warns that intense or penetrating smells can even trigger migraine for the same reason. The biggest problem is detecting the substance to blame. Since the body reacts slowly, an affected part of skin could have been touched by fragranced soap or deodorant, or clothes washed in fragranced powder as much as perfume applied directly. So finding a culprit is hard. Lindsey McManus of charity Allergy UK warns: ‘Many chemicals have the potential to irritate skin, including rubber or formaldehyde, which is added to preserve the fragrance. People have to be their own detectives.’ But it is not just chemicals we have to watch out for: Dr Baron cites a natural ingredient — balsam of Peru (a sticky aromatic liquid that comes from cutting the bark of the tree Myroxyolon balsamum,) which is common in fragrances — as a trigger for fragrance allergy. Would reducing the number of scents surrounding us

help? Dr Baron does not think it is the number of fragrances around us that may be responsible for rising numbers of cases, ‘but there are more cases of eczema so that increases the chance of contact allergies developing’. She recommends that if you do have sensitive or eczema-prone skin, use non-fragranced products if possible in order to prevent an allergic reaction. Eczema sufferers should limit their use of soap and instead wash with non-fragranced emollient products. But avoiding all perfume is not an easy task. Though you can have allergy testing for the constituents in fragrances and other common allergens at your local dermatology department, we are surrounded by scented products. ‘Even if you know which fragrance causes a problem, it can be difficult to avoid as most personal care products - soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, sun cream, shaving gel and washing powder - contain fragrances,’ says Dr Baron.

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Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from ‘disabling’ headaches caused by overuse of painkillers, experts warn. As many as one in 50 of the population regularly has headaches triggered by the very drugs meant to be numbing their pain. The risk is highest for those who take aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol at least every other day to treat either a headache or another condition such as joint pain. The health watchdog NICE says that taking too many of

which is a disabling and preventable disorder. ‘Patients with frequent tension-type headaches or migraines can get themselves into a vicious cycle, where their headaches are getting increasingly worse, so they take more medication which makes their pain even worse as they take more medication.’ Official figures show that the NHS spends over £470million a year on painkiller prescriptions, although not all will be for headaches. Some 62.5million prescriptions were handed out by GPs last year, a 4 per cent rise in just 12 months.

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these pills can actually make the brain more sensitive to pain, leaving the sufferer prone to further headaches. Often they get into a ‘vicious cycle’ whereby their headaches get worse, they take more drugs and the pain becomes even more debilitating. As many as 10million Britons suffer from severe headaches but NICE is concerned that many doctors are not properly diagnosing the type of pain or offering the best treatment. Many could be better off taking alternative drugs called triptans, inhaling oxygen or even having acupuncture, the watchdog says. Professor Martin Underwood, a GP and Warwick Medical School researcher who helped draw up the guidelines, said: ‘We have effective treatments for common headache types. ‘However, taking these medicines for more than ten or 15 days a month can cause medication overuse headache,

But Dr Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, said that too many people were not being given a ‘correct or timely diagnosis’ by their doctors, adding: ‘The key features of medication overuse and the symptoms that distinguish the types of primary headache can be overlooked, and concerns from patients about possible underlying causes can lead to unnecessary hospital investigations. ‘These can mean people experience delays in receiving adequate pain relief from what can be an extremely disabling condition.’ Doctors advising the watchdog said some patients were so worried about their headaches they were begging their GPs to refer them for expensive brain scans to rule out tumours. Dr Manjit Matharu, a consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology in London, said: ‘Most people’s headaches will not be caused by brain tumours or other serious health problems, and so these should not be offered to patients solely for reassurance.’

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WOMEN: Yoga holds no barriers when it comes to age, and gentler approaches of the ancient discipline can be hugely beneficial for women in their 70s. Researchers at Temple University, in Philadelphia, found that a nine-week course of yoga led to improved walking speed and better balance in 24 women aged 65 to 80. It also increased their height by a centimetre, possibly due to them standing more upright with better posture. Meanwhile, psychologists at RMIT University in Melbourne showed that practising soothing yoga for at least 25 minutes a day for 12 weeks improved elderly participants’ sleep patterns and enhanced their psychological and emotional well-being.

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Growth worries, Spain concerns keep global markets in check

The euro dipped, European shares were little changed and some commodities recovered in cautious trade on Tuesday as investors remained concerned about global growth and waited for Spain to unveil plans to resolve its fiscal problems. A report in a German newspaper saying the Bundesbank was checking the legality of the latest move by the European Central Bank to ease the region’s debt crisis also weighed in the fixed income markets. “The near term outlook is likely to remain one of caution until some progress in the euro zone is in evidence,” said Mitul Kotecha, head of global FX strategy for Credit Agricole. Later this week Spain is due to present its draft

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Mario Draghi’s promise to do whatever it took to preserve the currency and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to ease policy. German Bund futures inched up 15 ticks to 140.40 on fears that any Bundesbank challenge to the ECB latest debt plan may delay its implementation. In commodity markets, where concerns about slowing global growth predominate, copper prices rebounded slightly to $8,227.75 per metric ton from one-week lows hit on Monday while gold steadied around its mid-September lows at $1,765.10 an ounce.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that financial markets were worried about the ability of some countries in the euro zone to repay their debt. “There is a lack of confidence on financial markets that some euro zone states can pay back their debts in the long term. The world wonders how competitive euro zone countries are,” she told a meeting of the Federation of Germany Industries. Merkel said it required stamina to solve the crisis but the fiscal compact for budget discipline was a sign

of progress, as was progress on banking supervision across the bloc.

Merkel says markets worried about euro states repaying debt


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The German leader said it was premature to talk of any recapitalization of banks in the euro zone through European mechanisms before a supervisory body with robust intervention rights was in place. She added that Germany’s overall budget deficit was likely to come in at 0.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year and that the country needed to continue to boost domestic demand.

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budget plan for 2013, outline new structural reforms for its economy, and release the results of stress tests on the banking sector. The FTSE Eurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 of top European shares, which has surged in the third quarter partly due to the efforts by the ECB’s to ease the burden on heavily-indebted euro zone nations, was unchanged in early trade. However, the main German and French stock indexes opened lower. .GDAXI .FCHI The euro inched down 0.1 percent to $1.2915, retracing some of the gains made since ECB President


Decklid Auto Services Mazarron, Murcia

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The French government has summoned Facebook Inc managers to appear before the country’s data watchdog to explain how some of its users came to believe their privacy had been infringed on the

social network, it said in a statement early on Tuesday. Two ministers said they had intervened after seeing reports that private messages between Facebook users in France had appeared on their “Timelines”, which can reach a wide Internet audience. Metro newspaper reported that a “nonsystemic” problem at Facebook had caused certain personal messages, some several years old, to be displayed on the Timelines which serve as a profile page with details selected by the user. Facebook France denied any breakdown in its


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security systems and said that while some old data had appeared where it should not have, none of it originated from private messages. “A minority of users were worried after seeing messages they thought to be private appearing on their Timelines,” a spokesman for Facebook France said. “Facebook engineers examined the situation and confirmed that the messages in question were old postings, which had previously been visible on the users’ profiles,” he added. Announcing the appearance of Facebook bosses in front of the CNIL data privacy agency later on Tuesday, Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg and Small Businesses Minister Fleur Pellerin called for “clear and transparent explanations” and said the episode demonstrated the need for better data protection.

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Duchess the blind elephant will finally be able to see again after receiving what was quite possibly the world’s largest ever cataract operation. The 43-year-old Asian elephant, who only has the one eye left, had been able to do little more than distinguish between light and dark for years. But thanks to surgeons at Paignton Zoo, Devon, she should soon be able to see clearly once again.

years of life if things go well.

The first ever elephant cataract operation in the UK: Duchess prepares for her treatment for a cataract, to hopefully regain sight in one eye... The huge creature was put under by anaesthetists David Burton and Jo Jago for around three hours, while the delicate operation was carried out by consultant opthamologist Jim Carter and assistant John Lewis. After she came round Duchess seemed to be fine and was tenderly rubbing the sore eye with her trunk. The zoo’s curator of mammals, Neil Bemment, said although

Duchess was groggy after the operation, the signs were looking good. He said: ‘She’s up and about but like anyone who’s had a major operation it will take some time for her to fully recover. ‘She’s been making her usual bellowing sounds which is a good sign. But it will be some time before we are able to tell if we’ve saved her sight.’ He added she may have another ten

It’s not the first time Duchess has had groundbreaking surgery. She was the first elephant to have an eye removed last year because of glaucoma. Because of the cataract in her left eye she was to all intents and purposes blind although she can probably still tell the difference between light and dark. Zoo staff have been caring for Duchess’s eyesight for some time and she has been trained to accept eyedrops and other medication. She has been on her own since her long-time companion, Gay, a female

Asian elephant, was euthanised in March 2010 due to ill health. Mr Bemment said: ‘In spite of this, she seems to still be in good spirits and as keen on her food as always. ‘She receives a lot of attention from her keepers. ‘Duchess’s welfare and quality of life are our primary concern. ‘Elephants have an acute sense of smell and terrific hearing, so she is well aware of things happening around her even if she cannot actually see them.’

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1. Y  our estate will be left to the people of your choice and not to those determined by law. 2. You can mitigate inheritance tax by planning the distribution of your estate. A will can be the single most cost-effective document you will sign during your lifetime. 3. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that things are in order for your heirs and that your heirs will not end up dealing with a complicated and costly procedure in a foreign country. We like the challenge of complicated inheritance work but we will never stop insisting that all our clients should make a Spanish will. ¨ Since setting up office in 1993, I have been surprised by the amount of people who have come to me to ask whether it is convenient to make a will in Spain concerning their Spanish assets. The answer to this is most definitely yes. In England if you do not make a will, then the law has rules, which will determine the distribution of your assets. These rules could mean that your assets are distributed in a way very different from what you would have liked. In Spain the situation is the same, with an additional factor.Your heirs will have to deal with a foreign language and legal system. All the more reasons to leave everything as organized as possible. Some people include their Spanish assets in their English will. This is legally binding, but to obtain probate in Spain, it will be necessary for the will to be translated and legalized.This is a long and costly procedure. My advice on the subject is to have two separate wills, one in England for your English assets and one in Spain for your Spanish assets. Drawing up a will in Spain does not take long and is not expensive, and will definitely save your heirs a lot of time, problems and money.Your Lawyer will draw up a rough draft, and then he will make an appointment at the notary to sign the final document. One copy is sent by the notary to the central register in Madrid. He will hold on to the original copy. You will be given a copy that I suggest you inform your heirs and lawyer in England about, and then put it in the bottom draw, with the peace of mind of knowing that everything is taken care of.


A.YES: Do not forget that if you are a non-resident of Spain (even if you are making no income), you must present a non-resident income tax return every year. It is obligatory, and if you are not doing so you must start.If you wish to receive a full explanation about this tax, please email me and I will send you the full article written about this subject.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE DEFICIT: TAX AUTHORITIES ARE VERY HOT AT COLLECTING NON-RESIDENT INCOME TAX AND HAVE CREATED A TASK FORCE TO PERSUE NON-PAYERS... Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.


“Get on yer Bike” Cycle Route 23:

Leave Quesada and head for Benijofar, turn right at the town square ( cobbled area ) and pass through Benijofar. At the roundabout for Rojales turn left, cycle up and over the bridge to the next roundabout, go straight across and follow the road to San Fulgencio where you turn left at the roundabout following the signs for Elche. Follow this road past La Marina Urbanisation and stay on this road which is a relatively good straight road. Pass the petrol station on your left

and you will come to a roundabout where the road becomes a dual carriageway with a cycle track on the left, cycle on this track until you come to the next roundabout. Turn left here onto the CV851 and follow this road for approx 1km then turn left, once on this road follow it for approx 12kms passing El Hondo nature reserve, just stay on this road and you will come straight into San Felipe Neri. There is a beautiful church in the town square which looks like something out of a John Wayne movie. On your left you will see The “Bonnie Mackintosh” Tavern / Restaurant which is owned and run

Quesada to San Felipe Neri

by Debbie and John Mackintosh. This is an excellent restaurant to stop at for a refreshment / snack or meal. They have a fantastic menu which caters for everyone’s needs. Lynn and I had an excellent meal one Friday evening and can highly recommend it. Debbie and John have offered all cyclists stopping for a snack a free water bottle refill (water only) which is very good of them. For the route back we cycled on into and through Catral heading for Dolores following the road back to Formentera, Benijofar and finally Quesada. This is a beautiful flat cycle route with lots

Cycle Trip: Gary and Lynn will be leading a trip out to the Bonnie Mackintosh for coffee and sandwiches on Saturday 6th October at 2pm if anyone would like to join them. Booking is essential. All riders must be of an average cycling level and able to cycle at a steady pace. All of our routes are now available from our website on

or from our newly published book “Cycling Routes, Maps, Tips and Advice”. Gary and Lynn are available at “Cyclogical” in Quesada, Monday to Friday from 9.30am - 5.30pm and from 10am - 2pm on a Saturday to assist and advice you on all your cycling requirements.

Galgos del Sol Galgos del Sol is a small registered rescue based in Murcia. GdS rescues abandoned and injured galgos (Spanish hunting greyhounds), rehabilitates them and finds them forever homes in the UK & other parts of Europe. Thousands of galgos are abandoned or killed annually at the end of each short hunting season and as they are not always viewed as potential pets in Spain, they usually end up in perreras (pounds), where their lives are ended, often not in ways we would consider humane. Galgos del Sol is entirely dependent on fundraising for its survival and is run by several dedicated women who rescue them and then find them homes across europe and America.


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We have started a billboard campaign where we are promoting respect for the galgo espanol. The first board went up on the CC319 in Pozo Aledo and the second in Dos Mares. In connection with other charities we will now be putting up more around the Murcia area! Watch this space. Please see our webpage www. to see our rescue missions, happy endings and aims. If you like what you see please support our work in the way of a donation, your time or even better to adopt one of our beautiful galgos if the time is right.

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The small town at Turre is a few kilometres inland from Mojacar Playa and nestled at the foot of the beautiful Sierra Cabrera mountain range. The place is of Latin origin, the word ‘Turris’ meaning ‘tower’ is based on the watchtower that was built by the Moslims from Mojacar in the Nazaria period; this watchtower, was to protect the people from the continuous attacks by the Christians of Lorca

Due to demand we will be opening six days a week with one late night on a Tuesday also half-day Wednesday

Over the past years the towns population has grown rapidly and many expats have moved to this expanding town of many nationalities. With the main high street, many meandering side streets, town square, the Parish Church de la Purísima Concepción, constructed between 1861 and 1887 as well as other significant monuments, shops, bars and restaurants Turre has plenty to offer its residents and the many people who holiday in the area.

Mon/Thur/Fri: 10am-6pm Tuesday: 10am - 9pm (2-4pm Siesta) Wed & Sat: 10am - 2pm

Market square on left, next to Connections



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There are a number of fiestas that take place, one for your diary takes place from the 3-6th October St Francis of Assisi, Local games, live music, tasty tapas and plenty of dancing take place on this end of Summer fiesta.  During the summer months the town hall organised the Turre tapas trail where over 20 bars and restaurants took part. Many local special tapas are abundant to taste including Gurullos (Fried bread with garlic, spicy sausage, bacon…). Migas (Fired bread with garlic and spicy sausage) Snails and Wheat stew.  Festivals: Old Lady’s Day, 20 days before Holy Week; St Anthony of Padua, June; Festival of the Gypsies, 25th July; Summer festival, first week in August; St Francis of Assisi, 3-6th October; Inmaculada Concepción, 8th December

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Tina & Dave offer you a warm welcome friday Fish & chips only 7€ all day breakfasts from €3.50 Sunday Roast

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Chili bar and restaurant newly situated at the top end of Turre. It boasts a spacious terrace where you can sit in the sun or  shade every day  serving delicious authentic Indian tapas, Menu del dia/noche, Indian themed pizzas and kebabs, special cocktails and a full range of house and special dishes to sample eating in or Take away. Meet Ali and his friendly team who will always give you a warm welcome. Greg and co have recently opened their doors in Turre high street under Spanish / English ownership. Serving typical Spanish tasty tapas, tostadas and raciones that you can eat out on their shady terrace. A modest A al carte menu is available and if you wish to eat inside there is a comfortable and spacious dining area. Gillee’s Bar is situated at the entrance to Turre and has a  large projector screen to cover all football, English/Spanish and major sports events. Food menu includes Full English breakfasts, served all day, Friday is Fish & chips day and on Sundays a traditional roast dinner is served Tina and Dave will certainly give you a warm welcome and a great service. Solo sat is the number 1 company to use for all your satellite tv, air conditioning  installations and repairs. Nik has over 10 years experience of fitting all types of satellite TV systems and air con units domestic and commercial you can rely on his quality


of work and he is always happy to answer any queries you may have at anytime. Etticut has been in Turre 18 months now and thanks to the commitment, hard work and professionalism of a great team and your support, we continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date with the latest hairdressing techniques and treatments. Pauline, one of our highly trained holistic therapists now offers Shellac Nails after extensive training in nails. And if you’ve never had a pedicure by Fiona then book an appointment NOW! You won’t be disappointed with any of the treatments we offer. Super Corner has opened earlier this year under the friendly ownership of couple You can shop for all your British branded supplies whether the food you require is tinned, frozen, packet, frozen or fresh, all at bargain prices. Open everyday. After the opening of Donna’s Boutique in June, the shop has gone from strength to strength. There is available, a large selection of fabulous, quality clothing, sizes

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ranging from 8 - 28, which is constantly being updated. You will also find a large selection of many accessories including sparkly costume jewellery, hats, handbags to name a few, all at excellent prices! Donna’s eye for fashion, passion & motivation makes every lady feel good in their outfit & that’s why her customers come back time after time. Look out for her Face book page, Donna’s Boutique & her online shopping website, which will be available mid October

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Restaurante pizzeria is situated in Turre high street. It has a lovely outside terrace and roomy indoor area. Specialising in grilled meats, fish & regional dishes as well as A great variety of wine, beers, tapas and an excellent variety of homemade pizzas and pastas is available to eat in or take away. There is Lounge for meetings, company dinners, small events and birthdays...Now you can follow us on face book. Find us as “Pizza Mari Cruz”.

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the UK could well be in the hundreds of thousands. But there is now a distinct difference between being a millionaire and living a millionaire life-style. Let’s say you went all the way winning a million smackers and had the dubious experience of Chris Tarrant pumping your hand and giving you best-of- mates-hugs under a snow storm of confetti. What would it buy you? Well presumably a nice house would be on many people’s shopping list, but let’s face it, if you opted for London or leafy Surrey; there wouldn’t be a lot of change left over for things like food and lottery tickets. So a more modest target would need to be looked at – say five hundred thousand. That would get you an above average four bedroom detached in many areas. But then maintaining it and living comfortably would be mighty difficult with the depressing interest rates today. You would seriously have to consider keeping the day job just to tread water. If you opted for an even more modest property at say 200k, then welcome to Birkenhead or Goole – at least you would be near the sea. The interest on the rest, even without buying a new motor and a round-the-world-cruise, should just about ensure a reasonable life style if you were careful. No, I reckon that By Colin Bird : to live that fabled

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‘If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly.’ So said Shakespeare, whose character Macbeth seems to have lapsed deep into a West Country dialect whilst planning murder.

‘No Bill, I can’t. The fire’s burning, the cauldron’s bubbling, and the Banquos is coming to supper at fall of this fair day. Oi’ve toiled and troubled but Oi can’t stretch half a chicken, a cow’s foot and two carrots to feed the Banquos. You knows how that fat boy Fleance eats!’

Don Sageo draughted the letter to the Ministro del Interior. He wanted clarification regarding Alqueria’s statehood. The total absence of any charter and being sidetracked by Ferdinand and Isabella during the Christian Re-conquest called Alqueria’s allegiance into question. The total indifference of the villagers allowed him to send it on their behalf, signing it ‘from those in Limbo’. The motive for sending the communication had been twofold. First, out of academic interest. He wanted to know how the laws and precedents of antiquity affected modern statute. The second motive he couldn’t remember, but he knew there were two. An over indulgence of Remitroot liquor accounts for the obscurity of the second motive. The drink generates its own logic and a subsequent loss of memory. The letter was known about but due to the apathy of the village, totally forgotten. The people of Alqueria dislike bureaucracy and view all officials whether petty, state or European with suspicion. The letter was just seen as another example of red-tape. Surely it could not upset the everyday life of the village. The Ministro del Interior, on receiving the despatch and seeing who the sender was quickly passed it to another department. To be involved in the affairs of Alqueria is not a good career move. The Great Pepino Scandal of 97 had taught those in power not to associate themselves with the intrigues of that troublesome little village. Government department after department handled, ignored and passed on the letter. Finally the fabric of the envelope succumbed to fatigue and the contents tumbled out. On seeing the suggestion that Alqueria may no longer be part of Spain ministers of state clambered for the kudos of finally solving the Alquerian problem. Even the Department of Sanitation and Vermin Eradication tried to bask in the reflected glory of Alqueria’s possible exile. It was the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación who took responsibility and gleefully accepted Don Sageo’s assumptions. The papers were duly signed and the Royal Seal affixed. Alqueria was no longer part of Spain and therefore not answerable to the Madrid Government. All that needed to be done was to despatch the papers making Alqueria foreign soil and organise the biggest fiesta in the history of the Spanish Civil Service. Don Sageo read the reply several times. He thought perhaps he should say nothing but this was not the sort of thing that could be kept to oneself. Rodriquez representing the Newcomers and Antonio Poyato the Hill People stared in disbelief as the Don acquainted them with the letter’s contents. The implications of Don Sageo’s handiwork had to be communicated to the people of Alqueria. An emergency meeting is to take place in the village square and Don Sageo has gone into hiding.

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LA CENA, in Albox is a fine dining experience without the expense. A beautifully decorated restaurant run by husband and wife team Simon and Carol. At the moment take full advantage of their special 3 course summer menu where you can choose from 3 starters, then from a choice of 3 mains, then finish off your meal with either summer fruit and yoghurt, ice cream or chocolate gateux with cream! They also offer an alternative to the Sunday lunch, a Sunday Sizzler at just €8.95 per person, with a carafe of wine per couple included! They are closed for an annual holiday between 1st and 9th October but will re-open with two more choices added to the menu del noche. If any of this has wetted your appetite, call 950 430 930 after 5.30pm today! THE CRAZY COW BAR & CAFÉ on Mojacar Playa, just opposite Playa Blanca have a new menu available! They are still cooking famous tapas (mini meals) including cottage pie, curry, fishcakes and many other favourites all freshly cooked to order! Just go along and graze on a selection, you will not be disappointed! For more information call 666 891 340 (closed Mondays). The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa serves the Full English Breakfast from 10am – 1pm. 8 items €4.95 or 14 items €6.95! includes tea, coffee or orange juice on a large sunny terrace with fantastic views over the sea. Sundays is the Famous Irish Rover carvery, 3 meats, 7 fresh veg served 1 – 5pm plus a fun quiz. Bookings are now being taken for Christmas Day Lunch, 3 course carvery lunch at the fantastic price of €20 per person and just €12.50 for children up to 10 years old. Dates for your diary are Thursday 27th September which is Arthur Guinness Day – come on down and paint the town black; and Friday28th September which will be an Eagles Tribute Band! Call in for our Christmas lunch menu and for reservations call 950 473 135. Cliff & Julie have owned and run THE WELCOME STRANGER RESTAURANT & BAR in Limaria, Arboleas for 7 years and pride themselves in top quality food and service at this hidden gem in the valley of Limaria. They offer classic choices with innovative twists, vegetarian options, all dishes are made on the premises. There are outside terraces available to dine on or to simply enjoy a refreshing drink. Steak Specials Nights on Thursday & Friday with rump steak, homemade chips, peas, mushrooms & tomatoes for just €7.95! The menu of the night and the a la carte menus are available EVERY evening. They also do an extremely popular Sunday lunch (see main ad for more details), bookings advisable and now offer a mid week roast too on a Wednesday – choose between beef and pork for just €5! For more info and to reserve a table call 950 432 719.

The Food Crazy cow Cafe cooked with love new menu

ALL YOUR OLD FAVORITES & MORE Crazy Cocktails, Cold Beer & Quality Wine All Food Freshly Cooked To Order You Will Not Be Disappointed Just Ask Your Friends

WE ARE OPPOSITE PLAYA BLANCA, MOJACAR PLAYA SEE YOU THERE XX Opening Times:Tues to Sat 11am - Late, Sun 11am - 5pm Closed Monday Tel: 666 891 340 Email: Thecrazy Cowcafe

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Unmissable offer!


Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings

Olive oil prices to soar after Spanish drought devastates crop

On Thursday, 11th October BEACHCOMBER will host a Diana Ross Tribute. Coming over especially from the UK. ‘Lady Sings Ross’ is a classy Diana Ross tribute show that covers this diva’s material from her time with the Supremes to her more recent hits. She is a London based singer who has performed at Shepherds Bush Empire, Hyde Park and many other venues in the UK and Europe, as well as singing live in New York and Los Angeles. All acts from now on will perform on the covered terrace giving every table in the restaurant a good view. This will also allow you to make use of bar stools at the bar. They can organise taxis for you, it is always safer to book in advance and they can do this if you wish, both ways if you like. As usual, Beachcomber continues to serve delicious food at affordable prices – you’ll be amazed at the quality and affordability! For more info call 950 473 099.



Free Bottle

of La Mancha Red or white wine per couple to take away with any of our night menus

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

Great Food at Great Prices Tel: 633 684 855

La Alfoquia, Plaza Santa Ana (Opposite the Old Station) Open Everyday 9.30am - 11pm (except Monday) Kitchen open 9.30am - 4pm, 7 - 11pm

now showing all champions league & la liga games

Sunday Lunch

Served 2 - 6pm

Choose from Beef, Pork or Chicken with all the trimmings! Kentucky

Fried Chicken eat in or take away

From €4,95


Eat in or Take Away Tuesday - Sunday from 7pm

now serving GuiNness & strongbow Caña with a tapas only €1


VidaBar Cucador

menu del dia 12.30 - 3.30 MON - THURS + SAT 2 COURSES 5€, 3 COURSES 7€

all Lite bite take-away Premier food menu league available served football 12pm-8pm until 8pm all welcome live ladies friendly darts wed 8pm


blackthorn cider & TINTO VERANO on tap

ESTRELLA ONLY 2€ PER PINT Open Every Day 12pm - Late Tel: 950 634 562 book the Venue: For your Private Parties, Weddings and Birthdays etc.


decline” in stocks, particularly in Spain. Spanish olive trees have been hit by drought and an unexpected frost in the flowering season in spring. This has led to trees producing less fruit and the olives that have grown are less juicy than normal. “The fruit can be shrivelled and not looking normal, much smaller in size, which means they produce less oil,” Mielke said. The poor crop, due to be harvested in October, comes a year after Spain returned its best crop in years, causing an olive oil glut and a steep fall in prices that left many growers on the breadline. Spain is by far the most important country involved in olive cultivation and accounts for almost half of worldwide supplies. “Whatever happens in Spain causes massive changes in the world price,” said Vito Martielli, senior oil seeds analyst at Rabobank International. “Last year, Spain had a very good season and produced 1.4m tonnes of olive oil, but this season it is expected to be less than

1m. The total global olive oil production is 3m tonnes a year.” Martielli said the average price of olive oil of all qualities has increased from 2,200 Euros a tonne in July to 3,200 Euros a tonne last week. The drop in supply comes as demand for olive oil is at an all-time high with new countries developing a taste for the Mediterranean staple. Miekle said: “Olive oil consumption is in the middle of a long-term increase in consumption. While it has reached saturation point in Spain and Italy, countries like the US and Australia are relative newcomers and are using much more olive oil.” A rising number of the British are also turning to olive oil, according to Zanre. “The appetite is growing continually,” he said. “There’s a bit of a love affair with it among the chattering middle classes, but other people are consuming it too.” He said the average Briton consumes half a litre of olive oil a year, far below the 14 litres a head in Italy, the world’s biggest consumer.

Greek Restaurant Eudoxia

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MENU DEL DIA open every monday 4 Courses with Wine & Coffee

Monday-Saturday inclusive. Lunch 1pm - 4pm

menu del noche

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Everyday 7pm - 11pm

vegetarian menu available

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE wine per couple & coffee included

Lunch 1pm - 4pm, Freshly Baked Bread Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, 12oz Entrecote, 20oz T-Bone, 10oz Pork Tenderloin, Roast Potatoes & Fresh Veg.

Daily roast cooking

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

children’s menu available

every night Pizza & Pasta

All your favorite pasta dishes including Ravioli, Lasagne, Macaroni, Carbonara, Tortellini new smoking and a wide range of pizzas from conservatory Margaritas to a Meat Feast

now open

Open Mon - Sat 8am - 24pm,Sun 10am - 17pm Spanish Tel: 950 430 145 English Tel: 647 730 103

Poligono Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage

We welcome you to enjoy home cooking at its best!


A fresh oil crisis is brewing. However, this time it won’t be hitting the garage forecourts but the nation’s kitchens, according to a report in the Observer. The wholesale price of extra virgin olive oil has jumped 62% in three months after a severe drought in Spain, the world’s largest producer, wiped out an estimated 600,000 tonnes of production. Filippo Berio, the UK’s biggest olive oil supplier, has warned that it will be forced to pass on the increase to consumers. “The [wholesale] prices are going up rapidly daily,” said Walter Zanre, managing director of Filippo Berio, which sells 10m litres of oil a year in Britain. “It’s very difficult to buy olive oil because they [the growers] are waiting for it to go up even higher next week. You’re looking at £2,800 per tonne [of extra virgin olive oil].” Zanre said the extent to which the increase in costs is passed on to shoppers, is “the million dollar question”. He said: “I would say 25% now, but if we had had this conversation 10 days ago I would have said 10% to 15%.” The average 500ml bottle of supermarket brand olive oil currently costs about £2, while a 500ml bottle of Filippo Berio oil sells for £3.39. “We are torturing ourselves because our product will go over the psychologically important £4 barrier,” said Zanre. “This isn’t a 5% blip, we can’t tighten our belts and absorb it.” Consumers who can’t bear the thought of going without olive oil are advised to stock up before the price rise hits. Zanre said supermarkets have a “virtual embargo on retail price increases” in the runup to Christmas, so now would be the time to get your supplies in for 2013. Thomas Mielke, director of Oil World, a trade journal that tracks oil prices, said the staggering price rise results from an “unprecedented

from 9am til late

A traditional Greek Dining Experience Tel: 663 314 445 paseo del med, 85, Mojacar Playa 200m from Best Indalo Hotel


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Café Bar




Breakfast option from 9am See our Daily Specials Board Plus home-made puddings Bar Menu & Snacks Including Burgers, Lasagne, Omelettes, Salads with Home-Made Hand Cut Chips..

FRIDAYS is Cod ‘n’ Chips Beer-battered Atlantic Cod, Homemade Chips, Mushy or Garden Peas… from 5.95€, 12-9pm Also available Saturdays 12-4pm

Saturday’s Football

All Live Premier league Football matches will be shown


Bingo and Play Your Cards Right Today and Every Wednesday Eyes Down 2.30pm Spot Prizes. Cash Prizes. Rollover Jackpot

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Live music now showing horse racing daily

Fish & Chips Available Everyday Cod or Haddock with Homemade Chips From €5



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Freshly Baked Pies with Homecut Chips From €5

Sunday Roast with all the Trimmings Back on from 30th Sept Main course only €5

Open Monday - Friday 8am til late Saturday & Sunday 9am til late

Ceroc Dancing


Every Thursday 8pm - 10pm All Levels Welcome Great Social Night Out Dance to music from all decades No need to worry about step or sequences

Open Mon to Sat 9am - late Call 610 641 567

As you approach Albox from Arboleas at the BP lights bear right into Avda Lepanto, 100m up we are opposite Ferreteria Lepanto, APSA Shop and a large car park. Entrance also on the Baza Road.


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o R y a w l e N RForthcoming events A A

Bar & Restaurant



october Entertainment……………

Friday 5th october Fish and Chips €6 Saturday 6th october Charity Evening in support of Café Concert Friday 12th october Robbie James plus Fish and Chips €6 Saturday 13th october Rock n roll Evening Friday 19th october Quiz Night plus Fish and Chips €6 Saturday 20th october Justin Sane as Elton John Friday 26th october john Sloman “Mr Cool” plus Fish and Chips €6 Saturday 27th october Steve Spit Every Sunday in september from 7pm til 9pm BBQ on the Terrace 5 €

As well as our Great Sunday Roast you can now choose from our regular menu containing a

fabulous selection including fish & chips, menu del dia & much more... also a choice of Warm Chicken Ceaser,  Flaked Tuna, Gammon Ham, or  Ham & Cheese Salads. El Alamillo Plaza ~ Pto de Mazarron find us on Details & Reservations 968 595 864 New royal costa calida




! e d i R e k i B d e Sponsor Well they are well on their way now, The return party for th three cyclists Jonathon, Shaun and Mike from Camposol are heading towards Madrid, aiming for a quick turnaround then back to TJs oN the Commercial sector for a welcome home party on Sunday 300th at about 2.30. Well done Lads keep peddling


The Ex Servicemen´s Association of Mazarron District (ESAMD) are meeting on Wednesday 10th October for a Menu del dia at Viggos Restaurant at 1.30.,p.m for 2.p.m Port of Mazarron, The function is open to all members of ESAMD and invited guests. For more information please contact the Social Secretary on 968 437 074 or 618 591 298 Any Ex Service personnel wishing to join, should contact the Membership Secretary on 629 818 611.

Spiritual Murcia..................

Upcoming Events... Dates for your Diary...2012 12th December 11am - 1pm Unity Consciousness Celebration Puerto de Mazarron / SpiritualMurcia 21st December 11am 1pm Coffee Morning - Who would like to host the next coffee morning? For more information contact: Barbara on 650 796 579

PALS EVENTS 2012 6th October

MABS Murcia Events

Wednesday 3rd Oct....................................... VOLUNTEERS’ MEETING Las Claras, Los Alcázares 11am If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS come along to our meeting. For further information please ring Bev on 693 362 823 Saturday 6th Oct...................................... . CAR TREASURE HUNT + BBQ - Delphin Bar, Los Urrutias 2pm 10€ per person (includes BBQ and 2€ donation to MABS) Quiz and Raffle after Treasure Hunt.Please put your name down and pay entry fee at MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier. Call Pam on 968 134 839 / 618 894 433 for further details. EVERY SATURDAY................................................ BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (weather permitting) The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with booklovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books.

Keep watching the press or visit our website for more events. For further details, please call 634 362 826


Friday 28th Sept............................................. MABS DAY - Castle Bar, Fortuna Call 693 266 770 for information Every Other Monday..................................... - Sew’n’So’s - Sewing Group with Jan Gough - 2pm Urb. Las Kalendas, Fortuna 1st Tuesday of the month Auction at Bob`s

can you give a

dog a home?

Bar 2pm Carretera Pinoso, Fortuna

Tuesdays & Thursdays “Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate” second hand store 10.30am - 12pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. 2nd Wednesday of the month - Fortuna Ladies’ Luncheon Club - 1pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna Last Thursday of the Month - MABS Fortuna Meeting - 10am Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. Call 968 685 278 for information.

For further information on Fortuna events, please contact:

MABS EVENTS IN CALASPARRA (MURCIA NORTH WEST) First & Third Friday of each month - MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market – 9am - 1pm Situated opposite the Gran Via café Second Wednesday of each month - MABS Murcia NW Volunteer Monthly Meeting – 5pm New venue: Don Gomez Restaurant (Next door to the garden centre on the Valentin Road) – new volunteers welcome. Call 650 103 095 for further details. Last Friday of every month - MABS Book Stall – 11am – 2pm Outside the Trevol Bar / Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month)

For further information on Calasparra events, please contact:

Oly, Jess & Mo

Oly was found living under a shed with her 2 puppies, they were all covered in ticks and fleas, taken in by a MARA volunteer who has looked after them until now. Oly is a young Pointer, the puppies being about 5 months old will be much smaller than mum. Jess the little brown girl and Mo the little black and White boy. Can you offer any of these a nice new home? They are inoculated and ready to go. We have a number of small dogs and puppies looking for their forever home, if you are interested in adopting a pet for life please contact Marion on 628 811 187 or Keith on 628 811 188.

CAFE CONCERT 2012 The 6th and largest live music show on the Costa Calida, from mid afternoon till midnight 5€ 12th October

Annual Beach BBQ at Bolnuevo All food and drink included still only 13€. Tickets essential Bring your own chairs and table. 16th November

Coach to Garrucha market Lunch at Bedar and a visit to Iceland on the way home 25€ incl. lunch Sunday 9th December

PALS Annual Christmas Dinner dance at the Costa Hotel in Mazarron - Music by John Lindo Trio and Food and Drink included 27.50€ 18th March

3 nights full board in Hotel Helios BENIDORM Coach included 125€ Great value 29th April

7 night cruise from Athens to the Greek Islands and Turkey - Coach and Flight included for this all-inclusive holiday at an incredible starting price of 745€

Tickets for all PALS events from The Trevi Camposol B on A saturday morning or Saralaras on a Wednesday afternoon or call 626 460 465 for further information

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call clive: 617 268 346 or frank: 639 988 487

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electricity, plumbing air-conditioning

12Mbps Internet ANYWHERE in Europe. Phones in torrevieja & for immediate surrounding areas installation from FREE QUOTATIONS less than 1 cent Tel: 622 381 979 minute, no monthly fee. Computer sales and repairs Denia to Mazarron. Furniture Call Clive 966 260 403 or 648 883 est 202 www. clivegray 2006 sl

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garden services

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care services

providing Support and Care for people who want to remain independent at home. Professional, Personal, Trustworthy, Flexible & Friendly! Call 665 309 709

limousine hire

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644 131 825

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tel: 693 806 409

for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²

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Give Turre a try! Before moving to Turre I did not know much about the place apart from driving down the main drag noticing its selection of British owned bars and shops. Turre seems to be a much maligned and misunderstood place similar to Albox which also gets a bad press; often from people that have never even visited either town. I had visited the old part of Turre before as we at Findmeahome have a beautiful reformed town house there for sale and thought it looked an attractive part of town. Living near Turre now it’s the nearest place to pop to for shopping or a bite to eat and I have to say I really like the place. There is a huge supermarket in the centre of town which is like an Aladdin’s cave as it seems to sell everything however obscure. It also has the best wine selection to be seen outside of the hypermarkets in Almeria City even stocking shock horror! Non Spanish wines no less. Leaving the main drag there are some great little shops and bars serving good inexpensive tapas plus some great restaurants in the town for all tastes. Wandering a side street recently we found a place where they turn reclaimed timber into beautiful pieces of furniture. I bought a pine desk and commissioned the owner to turn a beautiful old door we saw there into an outdoor dining table. There is also a second hand furniture shop at the top of the town. I did wryly smile the other day when ordering some food in a bar, firstly the tapas arrived stone cold as serving staff never seem to understand that if three plates are

put in a microwave then it takes three times as long to heat them up. The plates were also tossed down on the table as far away as possible from us. We had to get up and look for forks, then napkins and crikey when I dared to ask for Tabasco sauce the waitress said no before I had even finished my sentence. The poor girl kept complaining how busy she was but still had time for fags and a sit down with some mates. In the same town is a bar where the owners smile at the customers, the food is delicious and served hot with all the trimmings plus customers are asked if they are enjoying what they eat. I will let my feet will vote for me next time I am out. The Club Sandwich when made correctly and with love is a magnificent beast; by correctly I mean it should have an egg in it and be cut into quarters with each held together by a little skewer. Up until now La Vida in Cucador were streets ahead, then last week the Beachcomber in Mojacar added the magnificent beast to its menu. Alerted by Facebook I tried one at the weekend after Beachcomber John promised mine would have the required egg inside and very good it was too. La Vida still holds my OCD award for the best club sandwich due to the fact that the Beachcomber sandwich was only cut into two!

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There are an awful lot of people going to University now. There are also an awful lot of Universities for them to go to-just as well really isn’t it? I think it is so important that more of us are being educated to a higher level because there are lots of things today that are incredibly complicated. I’m not talking about performing those magic tricks where you saw a person in half, or even simpler things like, taking an appendix out! No, just ordering a drink can be a trial for the highly educated Graduates out there. I’m quite sure that, when an Ethiopian shepherd started chewing on some mysterious seeds which enabled him to have the energy to watch his sheep all night, he didn’t know how complicated things were going to get in that department when they became coffee! I recently went to my local Starbucks and, oh my, what a trial. I wanted a drink. That’s all, just a drink. Silly me! You can’t order just a drink anymore. The days of asking for a cup of tea, cup of coffee or a hot chocolate are long gone. I asked for a hot chocolate, it was like an interrogation and I had to answer, within milliseconds. What size? Did I want cream? Did I want flake? A squirt of caramel? I’ve seen contestants on Mastermind have an easier time! Actually I felt sorrier for the lady behind me who, while I was waiting for whatever on earth it was that I had been harangued into ordering, was asking for coffee. Clearly, neither she nor I were up to the standard of their usual customers, for she also had a terrible time. Did she want House Blend or Colombian Blend? Was it an Espresso she wanted? Did she want medium or blonde? The poor woman stood open mouthed and just nodded. From the look of disgust on the server’s face it was clear that neither of us had passed the test and I half expected Graham is married to receive a leaflet with instructions to revise for my next to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. visit or risk being put into the bottom customer set. Those Ethiopian shepherds never had this trouble five hundred years ago! Anyway, from now on I’ve decided that I’m going to stand outside Starbucks,chewing the beans and making faces at the know all servers… from a distance. That’s a mature response, don’t you think?

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REVIEW it... A Bike Ride Through My Life Frank Clements

Frank Clements admits that there were “so many ups and downs” in his life, personally and professionally in his downto-earth style of expression. His autobiography is a fascinating journey for someone who has had an interesting life. Surviving the turbulent times may well have been because of his positive attitude: “Always look on the bright side of life.” It certainly became his saving grace on many difficult occasions. He was ambitious and that is clearly evident here. In his early days as an amateur cyclist before becoming a semi-pro then a pro he wanted to be “the best cyclist in the world.” It would have been a dream come true. He lamented: “I should have won an Olympic gold medal” in the 1956 games held in Melbourne, Australia .He just missed being a member of the team. “I was a likely contender” and it was “50/50 between Harry and me.” Harry Reynolds. As it turned out ironically, the French won the gold and England the silver. The book is a comprehensive accounting of cycling during the 50s and 60s and gives an informative account of the cycling industry and business from the 60s onwards. Clements used his expertise in the industry for many years at a senior level producing bicycle frames, supplying bikes to countries around the world and name-dropping is something to be expected when you are working in a lucrative field such as this and mixing with celebrities and world class cyclists. In spite of this huge disappointment in missing out on an Olympic medal Clements had many moments of success for which the Clements’ family must have felt extreme pride. Success came at a gruelling price with battling against “torrential, chilling, blinding, sense numbing rain” typical of the UK when you felt as if you were riding a bike “in a washing machine!” Competing with an older brother who did manage to win a silver medal must have been difficult for Frank. He does write about the difficult working relationship with Ernest when he was in the “wrong mood “ and described him as being “vicious.” “Jealousy seemed to affect our business relationship.” By 1957 disillusionment began to set in. “Why did I have to be like this continually driving myself on?” Too much pressure. Too ambitious? He stated that “his brain was not in the right gear.” He couldn’t race competitively because his “mental approach to the sport was in a terrible state.” One factor was competing against cyclists who were using stimulants-amphetamines known as “charging “ to enhance performance. Mention was made of Tommy Simpson, Alan Jackson and Ron Coe who all had premature, untimely deaths but no doubt there were many more who died far too early striving for success in sport. We see glimpses of the personal side, the man who married in “haste” who eventually found his soul-mate and I suppose lived happily ever after. After a life-threatening condition and serious business problems the Clements chose the easier “ride” to retire to the Spanish sunshine in Almeria. “I’m enjoying Spain-you just must see, so I’m staying here until I RIP.” A remarkable journey. An enjoyable read. Available from ISBN: 978-1-4269-6266-0

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CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES)...................................... Ten Pin Bowling League Matches played on September 18th This week saw the start of the new season of ten pin bowling for our Tuesday night, Cornish Pride league. We had lost one team from last season, but they had been quickly replaced by a new team, so the league is at full strength with 14 teams. Unfortunately for our new team, CABALLO NEGRO, they only had two bowlers on the first night, and they were drawn against one of the league’s strongest teams MIXERS, so they knew it Hello

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The members golf society TMGS Match Report on Campoamor on 19th September 2012. The day looked overcast with a nice breeze that thankfully, blew the rain clouds out of the way and let the 32 members and guest get on with their game without having to worry about any pesky rain. It is fair to say that the course, in general was in quite good condition but alas one or two of the greens are in need of some TLC. However, that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the game on the day for as we all know; tis the time of the year! Certainly the scoring was very reasonable and even though only one member broke par, there were


This weeks competition was an open match and the only one of this season. The venue being the Eden canal. Well, at present that is a misnomer as the river has continual flow, with all this water flowing straight into the sea?????. Again, the fishing was patchy with the noted pegs providing the best weights. As always you needed your cutters as the bamboo,s are growing at an alarming rate. 1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using paste with 14.48 kilo´s. 2nd Ian (The Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the pole using pellet with 12.76 kilo´s. (The majority of the fish coming in the last hour). 3rd Marlene (The Sweetie Lady) Hutchinson fishing the

others very close to it. We would like to very much thank a relatively new member, Mike Dinmore, for the generous sponsorship of the day’s prizes along with John and Paula Hagart for their continuing sponsorship of the NTP prizes. Your generosity is very much appreciated. Scores on the doors in the Silver Category showed that 35 points was needed to secure 1st and 2nd places and it was Ray Cadman that came out on top with the ever present countback pushing Mick “I can’t get 36 points” Kennedy into 2nd place. Roger Nilsen came 3rd with 33 points. I have a tip for Mick “36” Kennedy and it will help him achieve and surpass 36 points and that tip is, hit feeder using pellet with 12.36 kilo´s. NOTE: Club subs have to be paid prior to the A.G.M. on the 30/09/2012. Failure to do so will mean the joining fee will have to be paid again. 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 This week’s 5th round match of the Winter League also incorporated the first round of the R.T.N. Inter club team match, which was fished at Blanca on the 18th September. There was very little wind on the water and the fish not in a feeding mood on most of the pegs.

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FC TORREVIEJA – TORRY SNATCH A POINT............. Last Sunday Torry entertained Amores were showing any headed back into the middle Jove Espanol CF, a team that where level on points with Torry with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Torry needed to win to climb back up the table and stay in touch with the early leaders. Torry were again without the injured Ernesto who I understand trained on Saturday but is not quite ready to return to action. They were also without Burguillos who hadn’t fully recovered from a knock, and took up a place on the bench. Central defender Pedro Lopez returned to the side after serving a one match suspension. Rafa, who went off injured last week, had recovered from injury and filled the left back berth. Manu Amores was preferred to Luis Carlos on the right-hand side of midfield. The Torry line up was: Manolo, Vicente Boix, Pedro Lopz, Jorge (Burguillos 46 min), Rafa), Abel, Dani, Manu Amores, Cuco Ros (Luis Carlos 46 min), Inajeros, and Gash ( Jose Manuel 58 min). The game kicked off in sunshine with a breeze in front of a crowd around the 450 mark. The game got off to a scrappy start with neither side penetrating the opposition defensive lines. On 9 minutes Jorge gave the ball away with a mis-placed pass out of defence and the opposition capitalised on it and played it through the Torry rearguard to one of their strikers who tucked it away from close range under Manolo’s body for a GOALLLLL to Jove 0-1. Only Rafa and young Manu

true grit and determination for Torry. On 14 minutes Inarejos was felled in the box and Torry won their 4th penalty of the season. However, the previous 3 had been missed so who was going to take the responsibility. Captain Jorge stepped forward and struck the spot- kick into the bottom left-hand corner of the net for a GOALLLLL to Torry 1-1. This to a certain extent atoned for his error which led to Jove’s goal. However, this didn’t spark Torry into real action and they lacked imagination and invention with the ball and were content to play it along the back and then launch it forward in the hope that someone would get on the end of it. There was simply not enough movement up front and options available to the man on the ball. Jove didn’t commit too many men forward but did have a couple of quick willing runners up front. The only real chance which fell to Torry was from a good ball in by Inarejos which the lumbering Abel, who had beat the offside trap, missed completely with a swing of the right foot. The first half drew to a close. The manager took decisive action at half-time to try to arrest the situation and took off the ineffective Cuco Ros and brought on Luis Carlos and also took off Jorge, who had picked up yet another booking in the first half and brought on Burguillos. The opposition created a couple of chances in the first few minutes of the second period but spurned them. Then a free kick into the Jove box was

and Burguillos headed over the top from a couple of yards out when it looked easier to find the net. The game was opening up more with opposition committing more men forward. On 77 minutes after decent Torry build up Dani had a chance with his flick being well saved by their keeper. On 78 minutes a GOALLLLL out of nowhere for Jove, fit to grace any stage and out of character with the game, through a super strike from 25 yards into the top corner with Manolo powerless to do anything about it. Torry kept plugging away and got their reward on 83 minutes, after a ball to the back post by Rafa was met by Luis Carlos with a snap-shot which the keeper parried with Jose Manuel being the first to the ball and forcing it over the line for a GOALLLLL to Torry 2-2. The game petered out with honours ending even. A draw was probably a fair result and takes Torry up a place to 8th in the table. On Sunday Torry travel to Denia and the Torry Army will be taking a coach for a full-day out. If you haven’t booked your place on the coach do so now. A dis-appointed Darrylldinho watching his adopted team in Spain play poorly, without much passion, come back twice to snatch a point. Report sponsored by The Spice Hut, Quesada, proud to be associated with the Torry Army.

Corvera CF 1 Mazarron FC 0

Mazarron were again beaten 1-0 in their first away game of the season at Corvera but the main talking point was the disgraceful state of the ground at Corvera. How the Murcian Football Federation allow teams into its league with such primitive facilities is beyond belief. The playing pitch was simply earth that had been rolled and seemed to have been dug out of a hill with two goalposts placed at each end and sloped heavily from one end to another. There were no toilet facilities for the many lady supporters who travelled from Mazarron and no seats for spectators unless you sat on the few steps which the players and match officials had to use to enter and leave the field of play. Otherwise spectators had to stand at the top of the mounds of earth from which the pitch had been dug. It

beggars belief that Corvera had the gall to charge spectators for admission. Jose Ruben had the ball in the net for Mazarron after only 3 minutes but his effort was clearly offside. Two minutes later Miguelon was put through by Ruben but his shot was saved. Miguelon was then clearly fouled in the penalty area when his shirt was almost ripped off his back by a Corvera defender but, amazingly, a free kick was awarded to the home team. Mazarron continued to attack and Panocha’s fierce shot was saved by the excellent Corvera keeper. However, after 28 minutes a mistake by Pollo allowed Corvera to break through on the left and open the scoring totally against the run of play.



If Mazarron had the better of the first half, their dominance in the second was even greater although the standard of play by both teams left a lot to be desired. Ruben, in the Mazarron goal, was hardly troubled throughout the game while the Corvera keeper had to be at the top of his game. Mazarron had at least ten chances in the second half alone, the best of which was missed by Urrea from a right wing corner from Cris when it seemed easier to score. In the 85th minute, Jose Ruben made a superb run down the right wing and from his perfect cross, Miguelon got to the ball first but was thwarted by another excellent save form the Corvera keeper. Despite the number of chances created, there is still much work to be done if Mazarron are going to challenge for promotion and reward the faith placed in them by their loyal band of supporters. Team: Ruben, Pollo. Diego 1, Pepelu, Barrachina, Edu (Cris), Diego 2 (Serrano), Urrea (Ahmed), Miguelon, Jose Ruben, Panocha.

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