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Figures for September show that almost 99% of newly unemployed people are young women. Last September unemployment rose in the Region of Murcia by 0.98% to a total of 149,569 registered unemployed persons, 9.74 % more than the previous year. Out of the number of newly unemployed 1,427 are women and 22 men. Last month, in Murcia, there were 44,000 contracts, representing an increase of 7,712 (21.25%) from the previous month, though only 7.50% are permanent and 92.50% are temporary. The number registered on Social Security decreased by 7,394 (-1.49%) last month.

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The Roman Catholic charity Caritas is struggling to keep up with demands on its resources as more and more people become victims of the recession’s austerity measures. Figures released by the charity show that in 2010, Caritas was feeding one million people across Spain. This year the charity estimates that 22% of Spanish households were living below the poverty line, or about 11 million people, which is double the figure for 2007. Further grim reading from their statistics shows that nearly a third of families were having difficulty surviving until the end of each month and 600,000 were without an income of any sort at all, while homeless estimates stand at over 30,000 people. These figures are largely a result of the unemployment rate - 25% overall, with more than 50% of this number being in the under 25 age bracket. Caritas branches along the Costas are launching campaigns for more donors to help fund its work. This work is far wider than the commonly known help with food and clothing; the charity also offers assistance with rent and utility bills. It has intervened directly in cases where landlords have threatened to throw families out into the street, discussing realistic rent reductions, and has stepped in with emergency payments of rent and bills. Money is never given directly to the people requesting the help, but help is given irrespective of race, colour or creed. The problem is a double one, in that as times get harder, those who gave are now themselves finding it hard to make ends meet. Financial donations have dwindled over the past year, and it is only very careful housekeeping that has enabled the charity to keep fulfilling its aims. Caritas branches are appealing for help in the form of donations of money and nonperishable foods, and is looking with hope towards the ex-pat community, who have over the years been some of the most generous donors.



More than 200 people attended a meeting at the Casa de Cultura with Javea’s Councillor for Finance, Oscar Anton, who was attempting to answer concerns by

ex-pats and to explain how this year’s tax would revert to 1994 land values, thereby cutting Ayuntamiento income by seven million euros, but at the same time almost halving the tax bill. He said more than 3,000 claims for repayment had been received by the Ayuntamiento but after taking advice from the independent body SUMA, the council would not repay people, and that in any case, the money was not there with which to do this. The Ayuntamiento believes that the valuations made by the Catastral Office were completely wrong. ‘Yet the Ayuntamiento have been sending out those valuations year by year!’ said Mr Anton. ‘In 2007 they concluded the valuations were wrong but continued to send out bills that were completely wrong – so our lawyers say the best option is to claim against the Catastral Office.’ He hoped it would be possible to contact all of those who had made a claim against the local authority and to explain the view of the Ayuntamiento. Another alternative would be to take court action, with all its risks and expenses, or to make the complaint against the Catastral Office. Property owners have until April 1013 to make a claim for repayment and the Ayuntamiento has prepared forms for this, which are available from Monday 8th October. These can be filled in online, but a special software programme is needed, or assistance can be sought from the Ayuntamiento Helpdesk. Mr Anton said it was estimated some 38,000 people could be demanding repayment. He said ‘Our lawyers were asked how people could recover their money, and they said the Catastral Office which is part of the State, should repay it. However, I cannot say whether this will be successful.’

Valencia/Alicante According to data released by the Department of Health around 130,000 throughout the Valencian region, including 60,300 people in the province of Alicante have lost their right to free health care. All of these people are recognised on the National Security Institute’s (INSS) databases and will be billed for treatment in Health Centres and Hospitals according to the Government’s agreed policy of a 771€ payment per year for those under 65 and 1,864€ for those over 65 for private health cover, although this will not cover the cost of drugs. Many of those excluded are foreigners without papers or people who have never worked in Spain but whose income exceeds 100,000€ per year. Worryingly, there are also many of them aged over 26 but unemployed, with no entitlement to benefits and with no independant resources. These figures far exceed the Health Department’s estimated 30,000 who it was predicted would be left outside government health care system.


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Pyrotechnician Vicente Albarranch has died in the Hospital La Fe in Valencia from burns he sustained during the disastrous Nit de l’Albá on 15th August, when rockets he was in the process of setting exploded prematurely. The 56-year-old was concerned that the consequences of his accident might affect the future of the traditional Nit de l’Albá. He suffered burns over 50% of his body, which became infected, and ultimately caused his death.

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The Consejería de Universidades, Empresa e Investigación, through the Dirección General de Industria, Energía y Minas, has announced a pilot project for electronic digital signature cards for Inspección Técnica de Vehículos (ITV) in the region. The aim is to improve safety and avoid manual errors in the inspection process. ‘This new system is much more modern and, above all, effective and responsive to both the inspection process itself and to immediate verification of the checks carried out by road safety officers.’ said the Consejero de Universidades, Empresa e Investigación, José Ballesta. The digital signature will be launched immediately in several ITV stations in the region, specifically in Cartagena and Espinardo, and initially used for regular inspections, but is expected soon to be used for other inspections, including pre-registration, reforms, service changes, among others. The new card will contain data on registration, number and date of inspection, expiry date, a security hologram for a stamp, insurance verification code (CVS), two-dimensional electronic signature insurance or QR code verification or both with the station number. The Minister stressed that this new system is to increase the quality and control of the ITV regional services as well as security and reliability, and combat the faking of certificates. He said that it costs nothing for the citizen and that this level of security is a pioneering procedure in Spain. It is expected that once the pilot phase has been successfully completed, the system will be implemented throughout the Region’s network of stations. The Region of Murcia has eight stations: Alcantarilla (carretera de Mula), Caravaca de la Cruz (Polígono Industrial Venta Cavila), Cartagena (Carretera de la Asomada), Espinardo (Avenida Juan Carlos I), Jumilla (Carretera comarcal 3314), Lorca (Polígono Industrial La Torrecilla), Molina de Segura (Polígono Industrial La Serreta) and San Pedro del Pinatar (Polígono Industrial Las Beatas).

Police debate putting video cameras in riot officers’ helmets The police are considering installing video cameras in riot officers’ helmets in order to record clashes with demonstrators so that there is a digital record of any aggression towards the police as well as the police reaction to it. As well as incorporating video cameras into the officers’ helmets, they are also considering other options like placing them on the lapels of officers’ uniforms or on police vehicles, from where a wider area could be covered and the images would be of a better quality because they would originate from a still camera. At the moment, the UIP (Unidad de Intervención Policial, or riot police) use hand-held video cameras to record

footage from demonstrations. One fo the main objectives of installing these cameras would be to clear up any doubts about the way police had behaved during clashes with the public, as well as to serve as a more effective way of identifying any violent or radical elements within the crowd. A police source said the move “would provide greater security for all concerned”. Cameras like the ones being considered are already in use in a number of other European countries and have been well-received by the police authorities, although the initial investment would be hard to find in the current climate of cutbacks. No budget allocation for this initiative has yet been approved.

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A denuncia, taken out by the two political parties in opposition to the PP and PIPN coalition in San Fulgencio was acted upon with great speed by the Alcalde, Carlos Ramirez. Local residents had complained about the rubbish being dumped on a large vacant plot in La Marina urbanisation, at the junction of Calle Alfredo Kraus and Camino del Convenio. Within 3 days Council workers arrived with front loaders, lorries and skips, loaded the waste and removed it post haste – to Calle del Bosque, a nearby green park area which is close to a number of houses in Calle Extramadura, Calle Asturias and the Marina del Mar urbanisation. The rubbish in question is mainly garden rubbish, but contains a substantial proportion of non-biodegradable materials. Opposition councillors from the APSFU and PSOE in San Fulgencio are accusing the Alcalde of a crime against the environment, serious ecological transgression, destroying an area of great natural beauty, contravening local and regional by-laws and transforming the area into an unlicensed and illegal dump site. They point to the pollution, infestations and disturbance to which the local residents will be exposed.

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Mayor of Lorca hospitalised with stress

The mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jódar, was taken into hospital last Thursday evening suffering with stress. Although his condition is not serious, he has been ordered to stay on bed rest for several days. Deputy mayor, Francisco Montiel, has taken over command

for the time being and read a brief statement out this morning saying that Jódar had gone into hospital of his own accord after experiencing numerous physical symptoms over the course of the yesterday. According to Montiel, his colleague is being kept under observation, but “is OK and not in any danger, although he is waiting for the medical diagnosis which will be provided today by the hospital”. Montiel said it was “a consquence of the stress and intense work carried out by Jódar over the past months”. “All of us here have witnessed the pace the mayor has been working at, which has intensified over the past few days because of the events we are all familiar with and because of his total and absolute dedication to the town”, he added.


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In the five days since flash floods hit the area, more than 200 tonnes of dead animals have been removed from the farms, a task which has been completed with speed to avoid “a sanitation problem”. “Now we are finding just the occasional animal as areas of intense flooding gradually dry out, or where mudslides have been cleared away” said the mayor. Around 10,000 hectares of arable land “are severely affected” especially in the areas where the rivers Béjar, Biznaga, Torrecilla and Nogalte converge. The most serious damage occurred in the villages of La Escucha, Altobordo y Campillo, which are being considered the “core” of the natural catastrophe. In terms of local infraestructures Jódar pointed out the 260 km of minor roads and dirt tracks that have been practically erased from the map - the equivalent of 20% of the town’s road network. Around 130 km of rural roads will have to “completely replaced”, whilst the other 50% will require “major repairs”, added the mayor. The town council has also been working to evaluate the losses and damage to ground-floor shops and offices in the centre of town and to warehouses on the town’s three industrial estates, which were visited by the mayor.

Catalan police foil 5,000,000 Euro kidnap plot An 11-year-old Valencian boy, who had been kidnapped by a group demanding 5,000,000 euros for his release, has been rescued in Barcelona by an armed Special Forces group of the Catalan regional police (Mossos d’Esquadra). According to a Mossos d’Esquadra source, the kidnapping occurred on


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September 25th, when the child and his mother, both of Colombian origin, had been duped into travelling from Valencia to Barcelona, after being promised help with getting their immigration papers in order. On arrival in Barcelona, they were tricked into a car being driven by a young man and taken to an area of wasteland in Baix Llobregat. There, four armed men wearing balaclavas appeared, snatched the child and shoved him into the boot of another car, demanding 5,000,000 Euros in ransom money from the

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Spain debt rises on aid to banks and regions

Spain’s debt level and borrowing needs are set to rise next year, piling pressure on the government to apply for international aid, as it pours funds in to cashstrapped regions and an ailing banking system, its budget showed on Saturday. Spain’s debt as a ratio of gross domestic product will reach 90.5 percent by end 2013, according to the document presented to Parliament for approval, almost three times that registered before the property bubble burst in 2008. The budget aims to make savings of around €13bn next year by cutting spending by the public ministries, education, health and infrastructure investments and freezing public workers’ wages. “This is an austerity budget, but will serve to help us get over this long economic crisis and once again show that Spain is a trustworthy partner within Europe,” Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro told journalists after delivering

Mummified corpse found on roof terrace in Córdoba

The body of a 50-year-old woman who disappeared in Córdoba in June has been found, in a “mummified” condition because of the extreme heat in recent months, on the roof terrace of a neighbouring block of flats. A police source confirmed that a resident in the block had alerted the police to a body on the roof terrace on Sunday, having initially mistaken it for a tailor’s dummy. Police officers were able to confirm that it was a corpse, with very dried out skin giving it a “mummified” appearance. There were no signs of violence on the body and next to it police found a handbag containing cash and a social security card, which is what enabled them to identify the corpse provisionally, before DNA tests were carried out. Access to the place where the body was found is particularly tricky, which is why residents had taken so long to come across it, and the height of the building meant that the smell was not noticed down below. Neverthless, Visitación Fabio, the neighbour who found the body on Sunday, told the press she had noticed a funny smell outside her window, which is close to the roof terrace, all summer, but thought nothing of it as persistent hot temperatures often make the drains smell. It appears that no-one had used the roof terrace during the summer until Visitación Fabio went up there to hang some washing out on Sunday. Residents have requested that the roof terrace be cleaned and sanitised by professionals to remove all traces of the human putrefaction. The missing woman’s family had distributed photos of her all over Córdoba in June in an attempt to find her. The police search covered the whole of Andalusia.

the budget. Spain is at the centre of the euro zone debt crisis as nervous investors demand ever higher premiums to hold Spanish debt on concerns the government cannot control its finances in the midst of a deepening recession. Calls by wealthy northeastern region Catalonia for independence and the rising number of demonstrations on the streets of major cities have fuelled doubts Spain can fix its problems without help. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has delayed any plea for aid, which would kick-start a European Central Bank plan to buy debt and ease financing costs, though this week has passed reforms and the budget plan in what many see is an effort to pre-empt the likely terms of a bailout. The budget details spending cuts of 3.1 percent in health, 14.4 percent in education and 6.3 percent in unemployment benefits, as the recession, which began in the first quarter, drags on. The government would also have to increase its reliance on international markets for funding next year, with gross debt issuance requirements of €207.2bn euros after budgeting in 2012 for gross issuance of €186.1bn. Spain faces debt redemptions worth €159.2bn in 2013, up slightly from €153.2bn in 2012, the document showed. The increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio was due to a greater debt on the back of the economic crisis and the effect of state instruments on public accounts, the Treasury said in the document. The instruments include the power deficit bond programme, FADE, the service provider fund for regional governments, Spain’s part in aid granted to Ireland,

Greece and Portugal and the recapitalisation loan for the country’s banks, it said. Brussels on Thursday said the budget was a large step in the right direction. But many economists expressed doubt that Spain’s conservatives would be able to raise the cash the budget demanded as pension and debtservicing costs rise. “My general view is that this is an optimistic budget, in the sense that predictions for the contraction in 2013 are very optimistic,” said Xavier Vives, economist at business school IESE, adding that he expected the plans to be revised as with every other budget over the last four years. Spain will meet its 2012 public deficit target as dictated by European guidelines, Montoro said, but the shortfall will jump by more than one percentage point if aid to its struggling banks were taken in to account. The Spanish deficit this year would be 6.3 percent of GDP, not including these payments to its banks, he said, but would rise to 9.4 percent of GDP last year and 7.4 percent of GDP this year if the aid was considered. “Everything within the deficit derived from financial operations aren’t included ... they’re considered oneoffs,” Montoro said. Spain has asked for up to €100bn for its crisis-hit banks, though the debate among Spain’s European partners rages over whether that money would go directly to its lenders or first via public coffers. On Friday, an independent report showed Spanish banks will need up to €59.3bn in extra capital to ride out the economic downturn. The budget details on Saturday showed Spain’s debt ratio included €30bn of the planned €100bn aid request for the country’s banks. (Source: Reuters)

Motorists’ association criticises unmarked accident black spots The European Motorists’ Association (Automovilistas Europeos Asociados AEA) has published a report in which it says it has identified 150 points on 60 different roads in Spain that it considers dangerous to road users. The report says only six of these have “accident black spot” warning signs and the Directorate General for Traffic (DGT) only has 14 fixed radars at these points, out of the 600 they have operative all over Spain. According to the motorists’ association, Spain’s roads still have “too many accident black spots” and it criticised recent cuts in the infrastructure budget, saying a systematic signage project needs to be undertaken to alert motorists to the dangers so that they can take the

appropriate precautions. Between 2006 and 2010 these 150 kilometres of road have claimed more than 2,000 victims. According to the AEA, the worst black spot is at km 415 on the N-630 in Béjar (Salamanca), followed by two in Castellón province - at km 59 and 60 on the N-234. Other notable black spots are in Albacete at km 594 on the N-430 and in Granada at km 173 on the N-323. With regard to dangerous stretches of road, two in Asturias (kms 56 and 57 on N-632) were highlighted, along with two in Salamanca (kms 418 and 407 on the N-630) and one in Cáceres (km 512 on the N-630). On the motorways, the most

dangerous stretches are in Pontevedra (km 12 on the A-55) and in Seville (km 75 on the N-630).

The AEA’s report concludes that the overall condition of road surfaces plays an important role in road safety in any country and claims that in around 47% of traffic accidents the general upkeep of the road is a contributory factor. The report recognises that the average danger index on Spain’s roads was four times lower in 2010 than in 2006-2010, but maintains this improvement is the result of improved infrastructures “and not the introduction of the points system, as others would have us believe”.


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15,000 turn up for 150 jobs at Madrid’s John Deere factory

More than 15,000 of Madrid’s jobless queued to apply for 150 vacancies at the John Deere factory on the outskirts of the capital, the day before new data showed unemployment across Spain had soared by 11 per cent over the last year.


Overwhelmed by the huge response, the agency has said it will hold a draw of those who applied to narrow the list to 1,500 before considering suitable applicants for the positions. The government on Tuesday released figures that showed half a million people lost their jobs in the year ending September and that now 478,535 Spaniards are registered as unemployed. Spain’s official unemployment rate reached 24.63 per cent in June, the highest in the industrialised world and a survey by Spain’s workers union, UGT, revealed that close to a million people have been looking for work for at least two years. Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, has denied that he will seek a eurozone bail-out this weekend, contrary to reports that Spain had signalled to European officials that it would be ready to make the request by October 8, when eurozone finance ministers are due to meet.

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The applicants had no idea what positions they were applying for – except that it would mean employment at a factory of the agricultural machinery company – and they had not been told what wages to expect. But still they queued on Monday in the hope of securing regular employment as the nation mired in a deepening recession lurched towards a sovereign bail-out. “The truth is I have no idea what the job is, beyond that it is at a factory,” one 23-year old applicant who gave his name as Samuel, told Spanish daily newspaper El Pais. “I spent from 12.30 to 4pm in the line and I don’t care what the work is.” Employment agency Adecco in the Getafe district of Madrid, which advertised the job, said it had seen more than 15,000 applicants for the 150 positions in the week before the application closing date on Monday.

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5,000 operations to combat morbid obesity carried out in Spain each year

The Institute of Obesity (IOB) has today published a report revealing that almost 5,000 operations to avoid morbid obesity are carried every year in Spain, the country with the third highest rate of obesity behind the USA and the UK. In its report, the IOB outlined how obesity and excess weight have, over the past decade, become one of the main concerns for modern society. Obesity is now the leading preventable cause of death worldwide and authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. In Spain, roughly one in every five children 19% - are clinically obese, even more than in the USA (16%) and it has more cases of excess weight or obesity amongst minors than any other European country.

As a solution to this growing problem, the IOB recommends combining healthy eating habits - foods rich in fibre, fruit, vegetables, fish and white meat - with physical exercise. The report also pointed out that 60% of the adults in Spain lead sedentary lifestyles and that their last report on Health Risks on a Global Level (2009) listed a lack of physical activity as the fourth biggest cause of death. “Not doing enough exercise is damaging to one’s health, because the human body is designed to move, and when the different muscle systems are not used, our bodies atrophy and we fall ill”, the report warned. Nevertheless, in severe cases, the IOB offers a range of invasive techniques to control obesity, like the gastric balloon, the gastric band, tubular gastroplasty or gastric reefing.

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A third tug boat has arrived in Valencia this morning to help refloat the BSLE Sunrise, one of two cargo ships left grounded off El Saler beach south of the city since Friday night’s storms. The operation to try to refloat the 113-metre-long ship is being coordinated by the Harbour Master in Valencia, with the assistance of the Marta Marta tug, that has come over this morning from Palma de Mallorca, the Punta Mayor and the Sar Mesanar. So far, the Punta Mayor and the Sar Mesana, which began the operation to refloat the BSLE Sunrise on Saturday morning, have managed to move the ship, which is grounded on a sandbank, about 45 metres and 90 degrees, getting it in line with the coastline. The Dutch company Svitzer, has been brought in to try to refloat the other stranded ship - the 118-metre-long Celia. Preliminary operations in this case have involved unloading the Celia and dredging the sand around her, with the aim of refloating her using the Med Fos tug boat that arrived on the scene on from Gibraltar on Monday afternoon. Both the Celia and the BSLE Sunrise ran aground on El Saler beach on the night of Friday September 28th beause of the 60-knot north-easterly winds and the heavy swell.

SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER - 10am - 4pm IT´S TIME TO GET DANCING!! All for a good cause - as October is breast cancer month and the Dance World of the Costa Blanca are coming together to raise funds for the AECC and the local children´s home EMAUS in the form of a Danceathon to be held at Casa La Pedrera - The Grand Design House. The styles of dance represented on the day will be modern and jazz led by Ruth Kingsbury of Kingsbury Academy of Dance which will kick the day off at 10am and last for an hour. Next will the the combined efforts of Cindy´s Zumba and Lisa´s Zumba at who will lead the Zumba section for a couple of hours and finally Lyn Aspden of Strictly Dance will follow at 2pm representing ballroom and latin american dancing. To


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Coffee and Cake for MABS MABS Cancer Support Group’s volunteers and supporters were busy during the month of September, holding coffee mornings to coincide with Cancer Week in the UK. The first get-together was held by MABS volunteers, Alicia and Tony, who raised 176€. The second event was held by Marie, who is one of MABS Murcia North West’s keenest supporters, raising a further 404€. These funds will help MABS to continue providing support to all those affected by cancer in the Murcia North West area, which covers Calasparra and Cehegin. “We’re lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers” remarked MABS Co-ordinator, Peter Law. “They work hard, not only to raise funds, but to ensure that cancer patients get to hospital to receive treatment and to provide muchneeded equipment in the home.” The next major fundraising event will be a Christmas Party on 12 December, featuring ‘Woody’, at the Sanctuary Restaurant. For further details, please call Liz on 633 298 021 MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their


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The attached photograph shows Dave Capper, President of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC and Social Secretary, Andy Riley presenting a cheque for €1,100 to Jose Rodriquez, President of Mazarron Football Club. This is the proceeds of a Beatles Night Tribute, organised by Los Amigos as one of their many fund raising efforts in support of Mazarron Football Club.

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Age Concern, third Black and White Ball

Over two hundred helped Age Concern celebrate at the Black and White Ball. The Balls really seem to have hit a chord with ex-pats. The weather always helps, the heat of aAugust is gone, but it is still lovely and warm. The setting in the port helps, very romantic, and the combination of a chance to dress up, good food and music at a reasonable cost is a winning one. The evening went very well, with the buffet proving more than adequate Wednesday October 17th sees an afternoon of popular song with Berni Mac and local singers at the Vista Bar on Camposol A. Its 4PM until 8PM with a buffet included. Thursday October 18th sees the third auction at Marianos. It is now only 5 Euros for up to three items, and you keep all the proceeds. You can put a reserve price on. You register the items beforehand and bring them to the sale

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The next show by Dramatic Licence will be Entertaining Angels, a wonderful play by Richard Everett, As a vicar’s wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her husband Bardolph, she can enjoy the new-found freedom of being able to do and say exactly what she wants. But the return of her eccentric missionary sister, Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations forces Grace to confront the truth of her marriage. Set in a lush vicarage garden, the play is filled with sharp-edged comedy and probing wit. Grace was performed by Peneope Keith in the widely acclaimed British tour, but we are delighted that our own Eileen Hamilton will be portraying this complex, funny and emotional role for Dramatic Licence. In the U the play received widely positive reviews, receiving 5 stars from the Edinburgh Guide with The Sunday Times writing that “Richard Everett has written a warm, glowing, serious comedy, like an Ayckbourn play finished by JM Barrie”, The London Evening Standard reviewed the play as a “very English comedy with

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Animal owners warned they might be infecting pets with their germs Pet owners have been warned next time they have the flu, they may not just pass it on to friends and family - they might also infect their animals. Thankfully, the chances are relatively slim, but US researchers said greater awareness was needed of the phenomenon, known as ‘reverse zoonosis.’ They added that people who experienced an influenza-like virus, should distance themselves from their animals. Around 80 to 100million households have a cat or dog in the U.S, with 20million domestic felines and pooches in the UK. It’s well known that new strains of influenza can evolve from animal populations such as pigs and birds and ultimately move into human populations, including the most recent influenza pandemic strain, H1N1. It’s less appreciated, experts say, that humans appear to have passed the H1N1 flu to cats and other animals, some of which have died of respiratory illness. Professor Chistiane Loehr, from Oregon State University, who is looking into the phenomenon, said: ‘We worry a lot about zoonoses, the transmission of diseases from animals to people. ‘But most people don’t realize that humans can also pass diseases to animals, and this raises questions and concerns about mutations, new viral forms and evolving diseases that may potentially be zoonotic. ‘And, of course, there is concern about the

health of the animals.’ So far there are only a handful of known cases of people spreading flu to their animals but this could be due to poor awareness of the phenomenon. Researchers at Oregon State University and Iowa State University are now working to find more cases of this type of disease transmission to better understand the risks to people and their pets. They said people with influenza-like illnesses should distance themselves from their pets. If a pet experiences respiratory disease or other illness following household exposure to someone with flu, they should take them to the vet for tests. The first recorded, probable case of fatal human-to-cat transmission of the pandemic H1N1 flu virus occurred in Oregon in 2009, Loehr said. Details were published in Veterinary Pathology, a professional journal. In that instance, a pet owner became severely ill with the flu and had to be hospitalized. While she was still in the hospital, her cat - an indoor cat with no exposure to other sick people, homes or wildlife - also died of pneumonia caused by an H1N1 infection. Since then, researchers have identified a total of 13 cats and one dog with pandemic H1N1 infection in 2011 and 2012 that appeared to have come from humans. Pet ferrets have also been shown to be infected,

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to increase the rate of ageing, leading to lines and wrinkles. Researchers from the Population Health Department in Australia, in an accompanying editorial, said young people in particular should be made aware of the dangers of sunbed use. ‘The known risks of skin cancer from indoor tanning currently outweigh its potential benefits’ they said. ‘Many countries have enacted legislation to tighten regulations on the sunbed industry during the past decade. A total ban is in place in Brazil, and legislation prohibits use by people under 18 years in France; Spain; Portugal; Germany; Austria; Belgium; the United Kingdom; and parts of Australia, Canada, and the United States. ‘These regulations must be tethered to warnings by health professionals and educators about the risks of indoor tanning. Young people in particular should be made aware that the use of sunbeds for short term cosmetic tanning carries the long term price of an increased risk of skin cancer.’ Gary Lipman, chairman of The Sunbed Association, said ‘Unlike in the USA where the study was conducted, we already have legislation throughout the UK prohibiting sunbed use by under 18s. ‘Over 18s using sunbed salons in membership of The Sunbed Association are carefully screened to ensure appropriate use or refusal of use where contraindications exist. ‘In addition, the USA has a history of high-pressure sunbeds, whereas the UK industry is predominantly low-pressure. ‘Responsible tanning should be the key message to young people. Increased incidence levels will be due in part to increased awareness, as well as sunburn incidence and other factors. ‘What the study fails to mention is that basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are called cancers because of their appearance under the microscope, not in the way they behave. They are skin lesions and functionally benign, ie they do not spread from the skin and kill. ‘Responsible use of a sunbed is a reliable source of obtaining UVB to obtain and maintain vitamin D levels. Vitamin D levels are low in nearly all European countries, including the UK, and experts believe increasing vitamin D status would be the most cost effective method to improve health across Europe.’


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In a discovery that sounds uncannily like the plot of an Indiana Jones film, researchers have discovered that a 1,000 year old buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938 is made from a meteorite.

The findings, published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, reveal the priceless statue to be a rare ataxite class of meteorite. The statue, known as the Iron Man, weighs 10kg and is around 24cm tall. THE IRON MAN The statue is is believed to represent a stylistic hybrid between the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Bon culture that portrays the god Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet.

‘The statue was chiseled from a fragment of the Chinga meteorite which crashed into the border areas between Mongolia and Siberia about 15,000 years ago,’ said Dr Elmar Buchner from Stuttgart University, who made the discovery. ‘While the first debris was officially discovered in 1913 by gold prospectors, we believe that this individual meteorite fragment was collected many centuries

before.’ The team was able to classify it as an ataxite, a rare class of iron meteorite with high contents of nickel. The largest-ever known meteorite, the Hoba meteorite of Namibia, is an ataxite meteorite that may weigh more than 60 tons. The statue, known as the Iron Man, weighs 10kg and is believed to represent a stylistic hybrid between the Buddhist and pre-Buddhist Bon culture that portrays the god Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North, also known as Jambhala in Tibet. It was discovered in 1938 by an expedition of German scientists led by renowned zoologist Ernst Schäfer. The expedition was supported by Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler and the entire expeditionary team were believed to have been SS members. Schäfer would later claim that he accepted SS support to advance his scientific research into the wildlife and anthropology of Tibet. However, historians believe Himmler’s support may have been based on his belief that the origins of the Aryan race could be found in Tibet. It is unknown how the statue was discovered, but it is believed that the large swastika carved into the centre of the figure may have encouraged the team to take it back to Germany. Once it arrived in Munich it became part of a private collection and only became

THE CHINGA available for study METEORITE following an The statue is auction in believed to have 2007. been chiseled Meteor ites from a fragment inspired of the Chinga worship from meteorite which many ancient crashed into the cultures border areas ranging from between Mongolia the Inuit’s of and Siberia about Greenland to 15,000 years ago. the aborigines The Chinga of Australia. meteorite field holds at least Even today one of the 250 meteorite most famous fragments. worship sites Fragments are in the world, common, and are Mecca in often sold among Saudi Arabia, collectors. is based upon the Black Stone, believed to be a stony meteorite. Dr Buchner’s team believe the Iron Man originated from the Bon culture of the 11th Century. “The Iron Man statue is the only known illustration of a human figure to be carved into a meteorite, which means we have nothing to compare it to when assessing value,” said Dr Buchner. ‘Its origins alone may value it at $20,000; however, if our estimation of its age is correct and it is nearly a thousand years old it could be invaluable.’

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Día Día de de lala Hispanidad Hispanidad && Christopher Christopher Columbus Columbus The Spanish celebrate Día de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day) on 12 October every year. Why? Firstly,Christopher Columbus was not Spanish - he was an Italian born in Genoa. Secondly, he is credited with discovering America so we can blame him for the proliferation of fast food outlets like

McDonalds. Thirdly, most of the time he did not know where he was - he thought he was in the Orient when, in fact, he was in Central America. Seriously, though, Christopher Columbus was a famous explorer who, convinced that the World was round when most thought it was flat, persuaded Ferdinand and Isabella to sponsor him on his voyages to the New World. Of course, he did not know it was the New World at the time - he thought that travelling in a westerly direction

he would arrive in India. He did not bargain for the small matter that the continental masses of the Americas were in the way! Columbus embarked on his first voyage from Palos de la Frontera near Huelva on 3 August 1492 in the Santa María. On 12 October he reached San Salvador island in the Bahamas - hence the celebration date. On further trips he discovered Dominica, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and the east coast of Central America including Honduras and Panama. He had spent several years as a mariner in the Portuguese marine. However, he yearned for more status and wished to accumulate riches for his family. He also believed that China and India could be reached by sailing in a westerly direction. Columbus sought sponsorship for his aims and, after a number of rejections, he finally obtained royal support from Spain - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella agreed to bankroll his first voyage in January 1492. He made four voyages and we know now that he did not reach India but, instead, discovered America - or part of it! It is widely believed that he was the first European to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and to set foot on the American continent. He discovered most of the islands of the Caribbean as well as countries in Central America including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela. He established a base in Hispaniola - an island now divided into Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Christopher Columbus died in 1506 at Valladolid but his bones were taken to Hispaniola - to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo that is now in the Dominican Republic.

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In 2010 Tim ran the Torrevieja half marathon in aid of The Alzheimer’s centre in Torrevieja, this October the money raised will go towards the must bigger picture – the research of Alzheimer’s, helping people not only in Torrevieja but globally.

His goal is simple – to walk from Torrevieja to Madrid in Aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Tim’s Trek has currently raised an amazing 4500 euros! Tim will start his walk on Sunday 21st October at 7am from the Alzheimer’s centre in Torrevieja and walk the equivalent of a marathon and a half every day, resting each night in villages he walks through along the way, and finishing at the Alzheimer’s centre in Madrid 7 days later. Tim is currently walking 200k a week in preparation for this mammoth trek. Worldwide, there is a new case of dementia every seven seconds. The terrible disease takes away the ability to reason, communicate and leaves you with little ability to retain or recall past memories, deteriorating as you get older. Tim told us, “having witnessed my Grandfather suffering, it is an awful disease, not only for the person, but also for the family” 35 million people are currently estimated to have dementia, which is why Tim is hoping his fundraising challenge will not only raise vital funds for the research of Alzheimer’s but also to raise crucial awareness of the disease that his Grandfather suffered with for many years before his passing. Dementia costs the UK economy £23


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Linzi in the baby pouch and off we would go for a wander. Sometimes I would stumble upon some yellow and white lines painted on various rocks and trees which I found out later were indicators for walking and hiking trails. These 2 horizontal stripes and in some areas they are red and white are indicator markers of walking and hiking routes that can be found all over Spain and you will be surprised how many are marked locally. The photo above was actually taken here, at La Pedrera. The route starts somewhere in Bigastro and comes up by the towers along the CV950 and down by the white villa across the front of ours, and then up onto the cliffs overlooking the lake and then down along the canal to San Miguel. Unfortunately most of the markers have been removed but you can still find them every so often. Hiking and walking in Spain is wonderful, as few countries can offer its combination of good weather and spectacular, unspoilt countryside (campo). Spain as I have

But you do not even have to go that far, as we have here, as I mentioned previously, fantastic walks, right on our doorstep. Now is the perfect season to get those boots on and hit the trails, however you do need to have a good level of fitness to tackle some of these routes and you do need to take all the necessary precautions of taking plenty of water, snacks etc. Most of you know that I have a walking group at La Pedrera where we walk around the reservoir and in the surrounding areas but for the Áway Walks it can take me days to find a circular route that is suitable for all abilities. Joining a local walking club is the best way, but they are often over subscribed and one that I know of locally cannot cope with the numbers that are presently turning up on each occasion, so they do not want anymore publicity. One magnificent walk but not for the faint-hearted is the Sierra de Orihuela which is a 15km stretch of mountains located north of the town of Orihuela in the Alicante province. It extends west to the municipal district of Santomera, which is situated in the adjacent autonomous community of Murcia. At its highest point, the Sierra de Orihuela reaches a height of 633m at the Leja de Millamón in the Peña de Orihuela section, and to the east the mountain peaks at the Cruz de la Muela with a height of 464m. I have done this route in sections once with a group of girl friends and I stupidly ran down (showing off) and suffered days afterwards with knee pain and the other with my daughter, Jenna who managed to rip her pants on the way down as she decided to slide down various sections of the mountain on her bottom and not climb down like any normal person. Both were wonderful adventures that will be repeated and once again it will be WHEN I HAVE TIME! So finally all of those who have been bugging me for the start date for the walks at La Pedrera will be next the 15th of October and then its the half term break where all will be really busy with the outdoor activities. Following that we will commence again on November the 12th after our Bonfire and Halloween Celebration which takes place on November 4th and will continue until the end of the month with some away walks , one of which will be to the Alcoy region. If anyone would like further information on these walks and events please email me on campolifewithjenni@gmail. com or call 660 816 620 Jenni

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By Lyn Aspden of ‘Strictly Dance’ Class Info See Community News It’s finally here again and it looks just as exciting as ever. 14 more celebrities looking to lift that glitter ball trophy for series 10. Who will it be?? With no eliminations this week the couples were either dancing Waltz or Cha Cha Cha and then the other dance next week with a cumulative total from the judges and a dance off from the 2 lowest rated couples. Opening the Friday show were Fern Britten (TV presenter) & Artem and a Cha Cha Cha. She does have a long way to go but had quite a nice foot and leg action but for a stronger look it needed to be attacked a little more however Ferns performance was confident and cheeky. I awarded her a 4 and the judges a total of 19. Next to take the floor were Nicky Byrne (westlife) & Karen (this years new professional) performing a Waltz. I expected more from Nicky, his posture was like an old man with his bottom sticking out and his neck poked forward and instead of moving across the floor he was bobbing up and down on the spot. Nicky will have an awful lot of work to do, let’s hope his latin is stronger! The judges gave him a 17 and I gave him a 3. Next to take to the floor were cricketer Michael Vaughan and Natalie dancing a Waltz. Michael had a nice line and looks good for ballroom his back was a little stiff and his weight a little too far back but not a bad first attempt. I awarded him a 5 and a total of 20 from the judges. Following were Victoria Pendleton and her parner Brendan who danced a Cha Cha

Cha. She has great potential and had quite complex choreography for her first week but unfortunately her nerves got the better of her and she had a train crash, she went wrong near the beginning of the routine and couldn’t recover. What a shame, if she can overcome the nerves she will be a force to be reckoned with. I awarded her a 3 and the judges gave her 16. The fifth couple were Colin Salmon (actor) and Kristina with a Cha Cha Cha performed with great attitude. He has great rhythm and presentation even if a little flat footed, looking forward to seeing his Waltz next week. Judges awarded him 23 and I gave him a 6. Closing the Friday show were Denise Van Outen (west end performer) and James with a Waltz which had great characterisation. She was a little shaky when dancing solo with her posture too far forward, but much better once in hold. This was excellent for week one and she has to be of of the front runners for this year. I gave her a 7 and she received a total of 25 from the judges. The Saturday show was opened by Kimberley Walsh (of Girls Aloud) and Pasha demonstrating a Cha Cha Cha. This was an excellent start to the show and she will definitely be one to watch. She had quite good feet and legs which will be improved by slightly more attack but a super first performance. I awarded her a 7 and a total of 28 from the judges. Next to take to the floor were Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher from Eastenders) who danced a Waltz. He certainly looked the


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part and had a great affinity with the music and his partner. He is a little stiff in the back at the moment but otherwise the posture was good. I look forward to see if his latin is as good next week. I gave him a 6 and he received 26 from the judges. Next onto the floor were Johnny Ball (former childrens TV presenter) with his partner Iveta (a replacement for Aliona who had to pull out after fracturing her ankle in rehearsal!) I know that he is by far the oldest member of this years celebrities but oh dear! I think the only connection was between his mouth and his hips, whichever way his hips went his mouth followed and it put me off sorry Johnny! However his timing was quite good. I awarded him 2 and the judges a total of 17. Next to the floor were Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) and her partner Vincent dancing a Waltz. I loved Dani’s nickname for Vincent papa smurf!! She had great posture except for tucking her chin in but when turning solo was a bit unsteady which was caused by a weak core. If she can correct this and strengthen, she again will be a strong contender. I gave her a 5 with the judges 21. The following couple were Lisa Riley (Emmerdale’s Mandy Dingle) and Robin performing a Cha Cha Cha. I was really surprised by her, she was full of fun and energy, with a good Cha Cha action and very rhythmic. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance and awarded her a 7 and with a total of 30 from the judges their favourite

for this week. Next to the floor were Richard Arnold (TV presenter) with Erin and a Waltz. He had quite a good top line although a bit flat footed but his pivot turns looked like he had one leg longer than the other due to him dropping his weight back, otherwise a commendable performance. The judges gave him a 22 and I gave him a 4. Next to dance were Jerry Hall (model) with Anton performing a Cha Cha Cha. I have little to say of this performance as she spent more time standing doing model poses than actually dancing so I gave her a 3 and the judges a total of 18. Closing the show were gymnast Lewis Smith with Flavia and a Cha Cha Cha. This was promising but for me, somehow didn’t quite deliver, he has great flexibility and great rhythm but I think it was the shape of his drainpipe trousers which detracted from his performance as his legs are yet weak. However I think he will also be a strong performer. I awarded him a 5 and the judges 27. Next week the celebrities swap dances from the Waltz to Cha Cha Cha or vice versa so we will be able to see this years possible contenders as they have to be able to dance both styles to have any chance of lifting the glitter ball. I’ve outlined a few possible contenders but do you agree with me? Do you have a favourite? More next week. Don’t forget that you can come and join our classes for all the tips and latest gossip from the show!!

PRESENTATION TO AECC A group of ladies,collectively known as the “Way-In Club”, held a coffee morning recently in aid of cancer charity AECC. Meeting every Friday morning at Casa Mia in El Chaparral the fifteen ladies gave a very generous donation of €433 to AECC made by selling home-made cakes and holding a a very profitable raffle.With help from the staff of Casa Mia and generous donations by KCI Hair and Beauty organisers Jill Melenchon and Caroline Richardson achieved their aim, presenting AECC volunteer Ann Bissett with the money at their most recent Friday meeting.

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I wish to clear up any misunderstandings or misinterpretations that may have arisen out of a recent incident in Albox. All was not as it may have appeared to be, and hasty conclusions should not be jumped to! The incident in question took place on the corner adjacent to Mercadona, a spot that is described as having a ‘high footfall.’ I think that means that a lot of people walk along there, rather than the wearing of high heels is obligatory, or that a John Cleese silly walk has to be adopted. It occurred at mid-morning, a time of day when both the night owls and the skylarks among us are up and about, therefore there were many eyewitnesses even though there was nothing surreptitious, no cloak-and-dagger behaviour, and the sun was shining down on the righteous as well as the rest of mankind. It involved 4 ladies, all of impeccable pedigree, with blameless backgrounds and unimpeachable moral standards, and as honest as Midsummer’s Day. This I know for a fact as I was one of the four. So what was going on? Did I imagine it, or did some people cross the road as they reached us, or was it simply that we were standing right by the pedestrian crossing? Why were we the object of suspicious glances? Why did passing car drivers slow down and peer inquisitively in our direction? What did they hope to see? Or were they simply wondering whether we were going to use the crossing? Here is what happened: We 4, Beryl, Tina, Lynette

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and myself were gathered in a tight huddle on the corner in question. We each had our purses out, money was changing hands, and we were engaged in animated conversation. What was going on? Could it have been that us four worthy citizens were engaged in subterfuge? Was a plot being hatched, plans being laid? Or were we dividing the stash from a successful heist? Surely such obviously worthy ladies as we are could not have been engaged in anything less than honest? But perhaps, as in Arsenic and Old Lace, a master criminal gang was hiding behind our 4 innocents fronts? Were we in fact the masterminds behind a new criminal cartel, ready to take over organised crime in the Almanzora Valley? No, we were merely trying to change a 50€ to something a bit more manageable with which to pay for our Spanish lesson. So, I’m sorry to disappoint, but there is no truth in the rumour that a new criminal cartel has been formed in Albox!

Books . . . The Great Levellers. . .

A friend was scanning my fairly extensive collection of books at the house recently and he asked me - if I had to pick my favourite book of all time, which one would it be. Well there is no doubt in my mind that it would have to be the Charles Dickens classic – A Christmas Carol. This is a book that I was introduced to one Christmas many years ago as a very young boy and one that I have read– usually at Christmas time - on numerous occasions since. Strictly speaking it is a novella - longer than a novelette and shorter than a novel - but however you categorize it, for me it is the greatest story ever told in the English language. Dickens’s descriptions of the hard hearted Scrooge; the degradations of the Victorian working classes and the plight of the sick as portrayed in the character of Tiny Tim; still fascinates and moves me. But the eventual redemption of its main character and his transformation into a champion of the Christmas spirit and benefactor of the less fortunate, always leaves me uplifted, smiling and at peace with the world. This book has just about

everything – pathos, humour, tragedy and even a hint of bondage, with poor old dead Jacob Marley wrapped up in chains for all eternity. The story has a unique way of encapsulating the true meaning of Christmas but in a secular way. It is in short, a literary treasure. In his forward, Dickens himself says: “I have endeavoured in this ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me”. There is however another book that invariably raises goose bumps on my extremities and has my stomach groaning with nostalgia and the longing for another time and another place. The book in question is ‘In Search of England’ by H.V.Morton. It’s no secret that I am a fervent – even obsessive - Anglophile through and through, and Morton’s book first published in 1927 is a vivid description of bucolic landscapes; hidden villages, earthy characters and an England teetering on the edge of major changes brought about by the devastating effects of the Great War- the war to end all wars. I wonder how Morton would view his country today with its motorways; supermarkets; tattooed hordes; cosmopolitan population and millionaire footballers. It’s a long way

from the England of the twenties in many respects, although miraculously, most of the locations and landmarks featured in his book are instantly recognisable today and have changed very little - only superficially at most. It is a book that I once described as the one I would choose to take with me if the BBC were forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel and invite me as a guest on Desert Island Discs. One book that never did make the best seller lists as far as I know, and coincidentally was published on this very day (October 10th) 1881, bore the catchy title: ‘The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms with Notes on their Habits’. Sort of rolls effortlessly off the tongue doesn’t it. Could this be where the term Book Worm comes from? The author of this tome was none other than Charles Darwin, who regarded this must-have addition to everybody’s book collection, as his major work. Blimey – the title alone has me reaching for my razor. Not that a Braun Series 7 with ActiveLift™ middle trimmer, the unique OptiFoil™ and a contour adaptive shaving head, would do much damage . . . Unless I swallow it. Books are marvellous things. They are a precious commodity and up until a few years ago, I had never willingly given away or sold any hardback that came into By Colin Bird : my possession. But

tough decisions had to be made as our move to Spain drew closer and for the first time I was forced to find good homes for a hundred or so volumes. It was like saying goodbye to old friends. You see, to me they are not merely items to read once and discard, but they progress to become additions to shelves, cabinets and display cases, sometimes to be read again and again. Their poor cousins the humble paperbacks however, are a different matter and I recycle them as soon as they are read. But we are all different and some people never pick up a book. I was talking to my best friend – the irrepressible Douglas - about this very thing recently and he told me: “I read a book once . . . It had a green cover, I used it to level the TV table and it worked very well.”


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¡ Vi v a l a R e p u b l i c a ! With its expulsion from Spain, Alqueria needed an executive structure. A show of hands would determine the form of government and its officials. The high powered inertia of the Alquerian people meant that only one in eight of the population bothered to turn out. The debate over the form of government saw a contest between a monarchy, suggested by Rodriquez and a republic. Rodriguez’s model involved him being absolute dictator with his family as rightful heirs and therefore successors. Rodriquez’s family were well qualified in the Monarchic stakes as they were already thoroughly interbred. This form of government, he argued would alleviate the necessity for time wasting elections in the future. The people of the village may not be the most astute of folk, but they saw through this one and properly went for the alternative. The Republic of Alqueria duly came into existence. Rodriquez and Antonio Poyato became joint presidents. This was necessary to avoid civil unrest between the barrios. Cartera Tomás became the Minister of Finance. Within an hour of him taking up his post his Greek counterpart phoned requesting a loan. Tomás agreed and insisted the Parthenon was used as security. He sent a cheque for 2bn Raros, the new currency of Alqueria to Athens. This was approximately equal to 2.50 Euros. The Parthenon was dismantled and duly shipped. It is piled to the east of the Río Verde, one gigantic construction kit. The Greek Government has since built a papier-mâché replica on the Acropolis. No one seems to have noticed the difference. The sympathy vote went once again to the town’s resident Englishman Blythe Gruntmore who was made the Minister of Sport. His first task was to write to the International Athletics Association to arrange for Olympic status for the Alquerian over 80s pole vaulting team. Unfortunately he filled in the wrong forms and inadvertently joined NATO. They requested an aircraft carrier, two frigates and a squadron of stealth bombers for peace keeping duties. Blythe went into hiding. Manuela became the Minister of Culture. Her cultural activities were imaginative as much as they were exhausting. The cultural exchanges between Alqueria and certain Scandinavian countries proved extremely popular. Nation after nation queued to recognise the fledgling Republic. Some were however under the mistaken belief that Alqueria was an oil rich North African state. A misconception that the Alquerian establishment were slow to correct. There were many red faces in foreign ministries across the world when the truth was known. Not a potentially lucrative ally but a village of eight hundred misfits and malcontents whose only exports were Remitroot Liquor and an inferior olive oil. As newspapers across the western world carried the details of Alqueria’s story its people began their isolation. Forced back upon their own resources they stood defiantly behind the barricades.

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Anything Goes, The Variety Campo Verde Theatre Group

Through the hot summer months Campo Verde Theatre Group have been working hard to learn new songs, dances and sketches for their next production, “Anything Goes, The Variety”. The group who meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons at the Community Centre, Blue Lagoon, have endured the sweltering heat to rehearse for their October show. The dedicated group have attended rehearsals at the Community Centre during July and August, dancing, singing and acting even though there has been no water or air conditioning in the building! The title of the show is apt, as members have proved that Anything does Go in order to get the show on the road. The members have also enjoyed some valuable leisure time together, enjoying an evening of Mini Golf followed by a meal,

then on Saturday 22nd September they sang and danced their way through the streets of San Miguel when they entered the parade during the Fiesta in the town. They will also soon be taking part in Pilar de Horadada annual Fiesta in October. The members of the group try to enjoy regular social events in addition to their rehearsals and performances, which all add to the friendly and welcoming nature of this well established theatre group. Their next show “Anything Goes, The Variety” will be an evening of music, dance and laughter and will be performed at the Casa de Cultura at San Miguel de Salinas on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 26th October. The show promises to be a colourful, fun production, with songs that will make you want to tap your feet! Tickets cost 8€ and can be obtained from Colin on 966 774 127 or Tom on 966 700 876.


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Cash-strapped shoppers foo d news turn to cheap cuts and tripe to make ends meet Cheeks, liver, heart, tongue- no it’s not a As well as being cheap and tasty, offal is lesson in anatomy, but some of the most popular cuts of meat flying off the shelves at our butcher’s shops. In a bid to make ends meet, shoppers are turning to offal to feed their families. Sales of cheaper cuts - including pigs’ trotters and ears- have rocketed by 24 per cent during the past year, with one in four households reportedly eating them every month. The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company has experienced a boom in sales. Tripe, in particular, has proved its biggest hit, with sales up 300 per cent.

full of iron and protein and its renewed popularity means that less meat is going to waste on farms. Richard Stevenson, of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders, added that the demand for offal is partly due to the economic downturn and the fact that celebrity chefs, such as Heston Blumenthal, have been championing it. ‘People are simply rediscovering it,; he added. So there you have it- it’s good for you and your wallet.

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They have invaded almost every high street in Britain. Now Starbucks is invading our living rooms too, with the creation of their very own Verismo coffee machine. So at the touch of a button (and after parting with £149) you could sip that skinny latte without even changing out of your pyjamas. It’s one of a raft of sophisticated machines for the home using coffee which comes in either capsules or pods. Capsules are little containers designed to fit specific machines, while usually pods are similar to tea bags and can be used in any pod-based gadget. VERISMO By Starbucks, £149 Stockists: Selfridges & Capsules: as above and soon from Starbucks branches - £5.99 for 12 espresso capsules; £5.49 for 6 lattes (espresso capsule and milk capsule). Cost per cup: 50p for an espresso or filter; 92p for a latte. Clever move by Starbucks. A machine like this at home might not stop you popping into Starbucks, but it does expand the brand. The next time you go in to a branch for a coffee, you can stock up on these capsules, too. But if you like real, Italian, syrupy thick espressos this is not for you. However, if you like Americanstyle, less intense coffee — just like you get in Starbucks - this is the one. The Verismo looks smart and sleek and is very easy to use. You just open a compartment on top, pop in the capsule, and close it, press the button for whatever size coffee you want, and out it comes into the cup you place under the spout. The espresso is just like those you have in Starbucks, with a light, golden crema (the creamy foam on top of espresso that is caused by decent water pressure and is considered the sign of a good coffee). The capsules are also very expensive compared with other brands. SCORE: 7/10 FRANCIS X7.1 for Illy, £199 Stockists: John Lewis and other department stores. Capsules: iperEspresso capsules, widely available, £7.50 for 21. Cost per cup: 36p. This is the real deal — a machine aimed at proper coffee lovers. And it delivers a near perfect espresso... very small, very strong, rich and smooth, with a hint of pleasing bitterness. It’s a beautiful machine and simple to use. You pop in a capsule and press one of the soft-touch buttons. The coffee trickles out to deliver an espresso with a great crema and a wonderful aroma. It also has a milk-frothing arm which works effectively and will please cappuccino lovers. SCORE: 9/10 NESPRESSO U By Krups, £107.99 Stockists: John Lewis, department stores and Capsules: £2.90 for 10 from or from their boutique shops in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Cost per cup: 29p. For a long time Nespresso has dominated the market in capsule machines, and it is easy to see why with this, the latest in their range (and their cheapest). It’s compact and well-designed, with a water tank you can swivel to the position that best suits you. Simply choose which size coffee you want and insert your preferred strength capsule (Nespresso has a huge range). The coffee comes

within a few seconds and it is good. Not quite as good as Italian espresso, but not far off. Annoyingly, though, the machine does not froth milk. SCORE: 8/10 A MODO MIO FAVOLA PLUS by AEG, £180 Stockists: John Lewis or Selfridges. Capsules: Lavazza A Modo Mio capsules are widely available, from £3.95 for 16. Cost per cup: 25p. This makes good, strong coffee in the Italian style but it is slightly clunky in design compared with some of the slicker machines, but it created a fairly good crema and has some clever functions. You can adjust the height of the spout so you can put large cups under it and the milk frother for cappuccinos was very effective - very authentic. SCORE: 7/10 GAGGIA ESPRESSO COLOUR By Gaggia, £160 Stockist: Pods: Takes standard espresso pods Cost per cup: 18p. Impressive - smart, sleek, bright red machine and great coffee; a rich crema every time. The water tank was easy to fill and generally the machine was incredibly simple to use with all the parts moving smoothly. You can even use ground coffee with this! The milk frother was efficient and made a good cappuccino, but it was the espresso that really stood out — Italian through and through! SCORE: 7/10 NESCAFE DOLCE GUSTO By Krups, £130. Stockist: Capsules: £3.68 for 16 at Sainsbury’s Cost per cup: 23p. It looks like a little penguin sitting on the work surface and is great for anyone who is short on space as it is neat and compact. It’s also great for people who want hot drinks for the whole family. As well as espresso and cappuccino, the large range of capsules includes iced Nestea and Nesquik chocolate milk. You scroll down on the little wheel to adjust the strength of your drink (there is a recommended strength on each capsule) then pop in the capsule and press red for a hot drink, or blue for cold. The coffee itself tastes close to instant, not very strong and decidedly sweet if you go for any of the milky options. It’s not great coffee, but it is great fun. SCORE: 6/10 DUALIT DCM2 by Dualit, £179.95 Stockist: John Lewis Pods: Takes standard espresso pods Cost per cup: 18p. A great-looking, solid machine that produces a rich, deep espresso with a good crema at the touch of a button - but within 20 seconds of pouring. Although not tricky to use, the dial control which you use to choose steam, hot water or coffee is quite clunky. However, the frother worked well, and the resulting cappuccino was the best I made. SCORE: 6/10 too. Cost per cup: 18p


delightful noodle dishes Pork stir fry with chilli and mango

Ingredients 75g Medium Egg Noodles 5ml Groundnut Oil ½ Red Chilli, Deseeded And Finely Chopped 125g Pork Stir-fry Strips 1 head Pak Choi, roughly chopped 15ml Soy Sauce ½ Ripe Mango, Sliced Method Cook the noodles according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, put the groundnut oil into a wok or large frying pan and heat until very hot. Add the chilli and pork strips and stir-fry for 3-4min. Add the pak choi and soy sauce then cook for a further 2-3min. Add the mango and toss to combine. Drain the noodles and add to the pan, then warm through and serve.

Seafood laksa

Prawns in a garlicky sauce


15ml vegetable oil 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2.5cm/1in piece fresh ginger, peeled & finely chopped 2 carrots, cut into thin strips 2 red peppers, halved, deseeded and cut into strips 200gready-to-eat king prawns, tails intact, if available 400g ready-to-wok noodles 1 bunch fresh basil, torn

For the sauce: 3 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped; 45mls dark soy sauce; 15mls tomato purée; 30mls white wine vinegar; 15mls demerara sugar

Ingredients 450 fresh mussels, cleaned 15ml sesame oil 30 mls Laksa Paste 400ml can coconut milk 125g fine rice noodles 6 spring onions, shredded

Zest and juice of 1 lime 24 raw organic tiger prawns, peeled and deveined 1 small bunch fresh mint and fresh basil, finely shredded 50g roasted peanuts, finely chopped



In a jug or small bowl, add all the sauce ingredients and whisk together with a fork, season, and set aside. In a wok or large frying pan, heat oil till smoking, then add spring onions and cook quickly, pushing them around the pan with a spatula. Now add chilli and ginger, and stir for few secs. Throw in carrots and stir furiously, then add peppers and continue stirring. Cook for a couple of mins, till beginning to soften, then add sauce and stir till well combined. Add a little water if too thick. Now add prawns and stir, then add the noodles and basil. Toss gently so noodles don’t break up, but you want the sauce to coat everything well. Serve topped with torn basil leaves.

Discard any mussels that are broken or that don’t close when tapped. Heat the sesame oil in a large pan and stir in the laksa paste. Cook, stirring, over a medium heat for 2min, then pour in the coconut milk and 200ml (7fl oz) water. Simmer gently for 10min. Stir in the rice noodles, spring onions and the lime zest and juice. Season to taste, then bring back to a slow simmer. Add the mussels and prawns to the pan; cook for 3-5min until the prawns have turned pink and the mussels are open. Discard any mussels that remain closed. Stir in half the mint and basil. Serve the laksa in deep bowls with the remaining herbs and nuts sprinkled on top.


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Firefighters carried out an unusual rescue in Essex after a pet rabbit escaped its hutch and crawled onto the roof of a block of flats. Three-year-old Logan Witchell was distraught when Barney the bunny went missing from his second-floor flat in Southend-on-Sea. His mum Sophie Witchell, 28, spotted Barney on the roof of the three storey block and tried to entice him down with lettuce and carrots. But she, and partner Grant Wyatt, 29, were forced to give up after two hours and ask for help from firefighters battling a blaze in a neighbouring street. Miss Witchell said: “Barney was hanging on for dear life. I kept thinking he was going to fall down because he was slipping down the roof tiles as he got higher and higher. “I was really worried about Logan too. He was saying we weren’t going to be able to get him down and was trying to reassure him. “Afterwards, he was giving the firemen high fives though and saying: ‘Fireman Sam saved Barney’, which was really lovely.” Ricky Jones, of Southend Fire Station, explained that firefighers had to use a roof ladder to get to the stranded bunny. He said: “We’ve got two guys on the watch who are retiring soon and they’ve never been to anything like it in 30 years. “After a bit of a run-around, we managed to corner the rabbit and grab it. The child and his parents were obviously thrilled to get it back.”


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At the weekend ITV Orihuela RFC traveled to their arch local rivals Torry who had joined forces with Novelda tp form one team, so it was going to be an interesting match with Orihuela taking along new players who had never played before and players coming up from the juveniles. These games are always very fiery and it’s always just a matter of how many cards Torry will get, but on this occasion, with the Novelda players, it was an excellent hard fought game of rugby played in the true spirit of the game, which both teams can feel very proud of themselves. The game started of with ITV Orihuela RFC on the front foot taking the game to Torry with

Alvin scoring two well worked tries and Alvaro converting one of them, but Torry hit back with some good play of their own with two tries and a conversion to bring in half time all square 12-12. The second half started the same as the first after some strong words from Oscar doing the trick with second row Chema racing through to score a try, after good work from Danny, and he was a bit shocked to see the whitewash in front of him, good to see he remembered what to do when he got there. After another conversion by Alvaro, Jose powered over for another forwards try. Torry then hit back with a converted try of their own before Tirso sealed the game for Orihuela and another conversion by Alvaro to make the final score 31-19. The second half was more

even, but Orihuela have to start to take their chances when the league starts against far tougher opposition as they missed a hat full of chances to score tries. This coming weekend we will be televising the Heineken Cup live rugby matches at the rugby bar in Rojales, The Steakhouse, used to be Tylers Bar, on Thursday Amlin Cup Mont de Marun v Gloucester at 20.00, on Friday in the Heineken Cup at 20.30, Ulster v Castres, on Saturday Racing Metro v Munster at 14.00, then Leinster v Exeter at 16.30, afterwards Quins v Biarritz at 18.45 and finally Wasps v Dragons at 21.00. On Sunday Saints v Glasgow at 13.30, then Toulouse v Tigers at 16.00 and finally Toulon v Montpellier at 20.30, so come along for a full weekend of live rugby at the only designated rugby bar in the area and join the Costa Blanca Rugby Supporters Club as well. Looking forward to increasing the numbers again this weekend down there. I am at the Moncayo Market on Saturday in the morning,

09.00-13.30, with all of the rugby branded gear and club/ international shirts etc, so see you all down there. We start off the new league at home against XV Murcia on 27/28 October, full fixture list in next week’s papers. Training is back at the Miguel University ground at 20.15 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the moment for the seniors and juveniles. The juniors start at 18.00. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter what age or skill level you are. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning myself, Garry on 692 767 242, and for the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun at a club with a great friendly atmosphere.

TORREVIEJA LADIES DARTS ORGANISATION........................................... The Ladies of the League gathered again, and for the start of the Season we had a Blind Pairs which was drawn after every round. Jane Costello & Ann Bartlett won the first Semi-final and Babs Warren & Margaret Watson won the second Semifinal. Then the names went in to be re-drawn for the Final. The Final went all the way, with Babs Warren & Jane Costello becoming Champions and Ann Bartlett & Margaret Watson as Runner’s Up. Congratulations to Jane and Babs. Hot Shots Shirley Stephenson 133 + 100 Mavis Shore 122 Yvonne McIntosh 121 Sue Casey 100 Jane Costello 100 Babs Warren 100 Checkouts Margaret Watson 85 Babs Warren 80 Diamond Wedding During the evening everyone was delighted to celebrate with Sheila and Peter Clements who had celebrated their

Diamond Wedding during the summer. Sheila and Peter were married in 1952, and one lady pointed out that that was the year she was born. Just a few years after the war and so many things that we take for granted today were unobtainable then, and Rationing was still in existence in the UK. Congratulations Sheila and Peter, may you have many more happy years together. During these celebrations, the Ladies took the opportunity of welcoming back into the League the Office Temps, who are now Temping at the Citrus Centre in the Friendly Bar, at Playa Flamenca and have now become the Friendly’s Temps. New Teams During the summer there were several bars with Ladies that had prospective teams hoping to join the League. The Breeze Bar in San Miguel, are trying to get Ladies together, and the Welcome Inn at Via Park III has been trying to get a Ladies team together. Pegasus on Playa Los Locus,

are hoping to put a team into the League next year. So if you are anywhere near these bars and want to join a team in a start up situation then why not go along and make enquiries. Many bars would like to have a Ladies Team, but they seem to lack a Captain who will get involved rounding up the players, and doing the paper work. The League has 5 teams at the moment, and we have “Bye” slots, so for anyone who can get their team together quickly, they could come into the League immediately and take up the “Bye” slot. Please contact me on the

number (or email) below if you want this slot, or if you need any help, I will be only too pleased to help. This is our 10th Anniversary Season, so please have a good season everyone, and enjoy your Darts. Pam Horton 96 571 0066 Ladies Darts Coordinator Email: Photo: Blind Pairs Champions Jane Costello & Babs Warren, and Margaret Watson & Ann Bartlett Runners-Up. Diamond Wedding: and Peter Clements


Spoils shared in feisty affair C.F Sporting de San Fulgencio 0-0 C.D Cox...................................... In a game in which there a typically brilliant cross from thrown to the ground after long range effort as well. were more bookings than clear scoring opportunities, a stalemate was probably the fairest result. The Saints hoped to continue their fantastic start to the campaign, but C.D Cox would prove to be very tough opposition. Both sides had early ventures into their opponents area and Cox were sure they should have had a first minute penalty after the ball struck a stray arm, but the ref waved play on. Then came San Fulgencio’s first attempt of the game, but Marco smashed well over after a scramble in the six yard box. It was then the visitor’s turn to attack after applying some pressure on the home defence without materialising any decent chances. Jose Bonmati then saw his free header sail over the bar after

Fernando Mora for the hosts. The visitors were enraged moments later when they were denied yet another penalty claim when the ball again hit a defender’s arm. Fernando was booked somewhat harshly for a late ‘challenge’ on a Cox midfielder and the trend would continue throughout the contest as Hector Silva, Marco Aurelio, Giacomo Marcello and Jose Bonmati, among others, saw a yellow card. The visitors also received various bookings, some deserved, some rather pedantic. The Cox’s keeper’s first, and only save, was made just before half time as he flung himself to the ground to smartly keep out Marco’s near-post header. The Saints then had a penalty claim of their own when Giacomo was

a scrap for the ball in the box. Despite the home team having a bit more of the ball, Cox came extremely close to taking the lead, but the striker saw his reaction shot hit the post then the back of Manuel Llopis’s legs before going behind for a corner. After the break, both teams had half chances, Giacomo coming the closest with a glancing header. That was San Fulgencio’s last real chance for a goal in the second half. A lot of the play was scrappy and didn’t advance from the midfield area. Cox had the better of the second half, with strikes shaving the post and crossbar before Aaron Lopez put his body on the line to prevent the visitors opening the scoring. Manuel Llopis was tested by a

As the temperature rose nearing the end of a tense contest, Cox’s centerback had a brilliant chance to take all three points, but he couldn’t keep his shot down from a few yards out. The Saints then realised that they could nick it, but the visitor’s defence stayed strong and kept them out. A point each was the right result and the Saints won’t be too disheartened by that as Cox will definitely be near the top at the end of the season. Our next fixture is away against Bigastro on October the 14th at 4:30pm. Thank you to Telecom 900 and the rest of our sponsors! Match Lucas





C O M M U N I T Y N E WS LETTER TO THE EDITOR I wonder if anyone else just gets sick and tired of the moaning minnies who live in Orihuela Costa? We have just come through a horrific downpour and if the local council had not done such a magnificent job of clearing our gully next to the market street in Playa Flamenca we would have been knee deep in water. It’s a shame that the headlines are taken by those people smugly proclaiming that they have helped block a land sale which would have given the area much needed revenue, and yet no congratulations to Pedro Mancebo and his colleagues for the many things they have done/ or trying to do for us. Look at the efforts made to keep those awful posters off our walls, look at the different activities. At least I feel that the council recognises that we exist. Peter Cameron-Playa Flamenca

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF)

This English-speaking evangelical Church is located on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, Torrevieja (opposite Maxi Dia). Sunday Service with Communion and Sunday School 10.30 am. Wednesday night Fellowship Meeting 6.00 pm. A warm welcome awaits you! Contact Secretary 966788771 for further information.”

Torrevieja Christian Fellowship....................................

is holding its popular annual fund-raising Auction at 2.00 pm. 27th October 2012 at Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, Torrevieja. Doors will be open from 1.30 pm for inspection of auction items. Everyone welcome to this fun-filled afternoon. Large and small items available at bargain prices! Auctioneers: Tony Campbell and John Bagnall. Refreshments available

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

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

COFFEE MATES...............................

If you would like to have a coffee and chat, exchange news etc. please join us at La Laguna Hotel, Lo Marabu, Friday mornings from 11.00 Ann - 965 070 247 - 666 747 398

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Get Together for the month of October/November - We are having a big increase in the number of people who wish to come for the lunches and a chat- so we must be of benefit. Due to illness the information regarding our get togethers has been delayed. The lunch on 13 October is fully booked. The lunch on 27 October will now be at JAENS GUARDEMAR (main road past the church) at 1pm for 1.30pm The lunch on 10 November has been booked for 17 NOVEMBER AT NANDOS TORREVIEJA. This is due to Remembrance Day Service and lunch. For further information and to book contact Ruth Reid 966 787 063 There will be a charity event at a bar in Chaperal for HELP FOR HOMELESS HEROES - The charity is voluntary and they assist any militaryleaving the services without assistance or cash and living without homes or jobs.


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IT’S SHOW TIME! On Friday October 19th at The Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio at 8pm the the CBTG present “HERE WE GO AGAIN” a Night of Musical Variety. Tickets are on sale at 6e from the Butterfly Children’s Charity Shop and the Tourist Office in La Marina, ALL ‘SATS’ Charity Shops and Kennels or telephone Maria on 966715891. As usual all ticket sales will go to LOCAL charities, so, not only will you have an enjoyable night of entertainment but you’ll be benefitting your own community, a bit like a 2 for 1 purchase!!

Alicante Business Club

We are a networking group with an informal approach to business networking. No joining or membership fee. We meet on the 1st Friday of the month to enjoy a drink and make new connections. Contact Garry on 618 048 532 for further details or join us on Facebook.

Concerto a Beneficio de Alzheimer’s Torrevieja (AFA) (Torrevieja Youth Orchestra concert for Alzheimer’s) Orquesta de Jóvenes Ars Aetheria Teatro Municipal, Saturday 14th October 2012 At 19.00hrs. ~ entry 8 euros Tickets from Box Office outside the Teatro Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 11.00 ~ 13.00hrs.


BALLROOM,LATIN & SEQUENCE.GRANDE SOCIAL DANCE. Every Friday 8.00-10.30 at: PILAR SOL CLUB, LO MONTE HOTEL. Off The N332 at PILAR DE LA HORADADA. Nice 2 C U 2 C U Nice Tel: James 966 785 610 Email: jimmytheone2@

The Strictly Social Club

...held on the Second and Forth Wednesdays of the month at The Asturias Restaurant on the N332 at Punta Prima just outside Torrevieja. Meetings start at 1500 but try and get there before if you can and finish at 1700. We have the usual raffles, games and some invited speakers but most of all we have fun. People of any age are welcome. See our web site thestrictlysocialclub/

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

Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30 a.m., a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30 p.m. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30 p.m. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Vic Collins from the U.K. will take the Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, 14th October. On Tuesday 16th October there will be an Evening of Mediumship with Morag Bullock . The Divine Service with Mediumship on Sunday, October, 21st October will be taken by Deanna Soparks. Please support your church. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965323028. www.

Rascals donate to Reach Out

There are several families in need of help in Torrevieja and to donate contact Reach Out. You can call Sandra on 688 348 151 to find out where your nearest drop out point is. Rascals are collecting needed items on a monthly basis at their monthly meeting. They also donated 114 Euros from a car boot sale to go towards buying school books. You also get the chance to help other young people by supporting Rascals Winter Variety show Disney Delights & Christmas Crackers being performed at the School of Music & Culture on Saturday 1st December at 19.00 hrs. All ticket sales To ADISMON or Tuesday 11th December at the Virgen del Carmen, Torrevieja at 19.00 hrs where the ticket sales will be donated to APANEE Tickets are only 5 Euros each and in the interval you will be treated to a seasonal drink. To reserve tickets call Sue on 96 678 4874 or Jill on 96 672 7282 As the title suggests the 1st half contains 3 scenes with colourful costumes to delight both young & old of Disney themes whilst the 2nd half will have you singing along to popular Christmas songs and Carols. Another treat will be the dancing of children from the Totally Dance School based in Quesada. Start Christmas off on a happy note by joining in the fun.

We have great fun creating an evening’s entertainment if you think you would like to get involved why not come along to the Theatre on a Monday afternoon. New members will be made very welcome, “Oh yes you will!” This show’s theme is Old Time Music Hall for the first half and Beside the seaside for the second half, many wonderful ‘dejavu’ memories. Try our website:- www.thecardenalbellugatheatregroup. com


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The ultimate brain workout How reading Jane Austen can exercise parts of the brain usually associated with touch and movement

Reading Jane Austen novels closely activates the areas of the brain more commonly associated with movement and touch, U.S. researchers say. The findings surprised neuroscientists who expected to see changes in regions of the brain which regulate attention as the main differences between casual and focused reading. But the results of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans looked as they would if readers were physically placing themselves within the story as they analysed it. Natalie Phillips, professor of 18th Century Literature and Culture at Michigan State University, who led the study, told NPR’s Shots blog: ‘What’s been taking us by surprise in our early data analysis is how much the whole brain — global activations across a number of different regions — seems to be transforming and shifting between the pleasure and the close reading.’ Professor Phillips inspiration for the study came from observing distractability in herself and others. Distractability is also a theme which runs through Jane Austen’s novels, whom she admires. She wondered if modern cognitive theories could help explain the character development of Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennett, one of Austen’s most famous heroines. Professor Phillips believes that Elizabeth’s distractability was the key to Austen’s characterisation of her lively mind, with Austen drawing on contemporary cognitive theories to inform her development. To test her theory, Phillips decided to conduct a study looking at how reading affects the brain. She asked volunteers to lie in an fMRI brain scanner and read Austen. Test subjects were asked to read in two ways: sometimes they were asked to casually browse the text, as they might do in a bookshop; other times they were asked to delve deep, as a scholar might study a text. As volunteers read, Professor Phillips and her team scanned their brains while simultaneously tracking their eye movements, breathing and heart rate. At the end of the session, each volunteer was asked to write a short essay based on their reading Neuroscientists told Professor Phillips there would be few differences in brain function between casual reading and intense reading. She admitted she mainly expected to see differences in parts of the brains regulating attention. She told NPR: ‘Everyone told me to expect these really, really minute and subtle effects because everyone was going to be the same thing, right? Reading Jane Austen. And they were just going to be doing it in two different ways.’ Unexpectedly they found, however, that close reading activated parts of the brain usually more involved in movement and touch - as though readers were physically placing themselves in the story. The research fits into a new interdisciplinary field sometimes called literary neuroscience. Others are looking at how poetry and rhythm affect the brain, how metaphors excite sensory regions. Their research hopes to reveal a more complete picture of the mysteries of human cognition and is an important crossing point between the arts and the sciences. For Professor Phillips, it represents an interesting and surreal new direction in her career as a literary academic. ‘If you asked me on a top 10 list of things that I did not expect to find myself doing as an 18th centuryist when I first started this study on the history of distraction, I would say laying on my back in an MRI scanner trying to figure out how to position paragraphs by Jane Austen so that you wouldn’t have to turn your head while reading with a mirror,’ she said.

share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook.’ A spokeswoman said the company will not receive a fee when someone purchases a Facebook wishlist item from a retailer’s site. Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the new Collections feature could open up new sources of revenue for Facebook, whose stock has taken a drubbing as concerns about its long-term money-making prospects have mounted.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, it is currently working with seven retailers, including Pottery Barn and Victoria’s Secret, and will encourage users to buy products through the site or send them directly to the online stores.

‘E-commerce is one of the best ways to monetise the Internet,’ he said.

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Retailers might also pay Facebook to promote products featured on users’ wishlists, Mr Sebastian suggested, in a similar technique used in the current ads function.

Soon, all US users will begin seeing messages and images from retailers suggesting they flag products using either a ‘want’ or a ‘collect’ button. Products you have clicked on will then appear in your Timeline - which is not how the current ‘like’ button works. Facebook said in a statement: ‘People will be able to engage with these collections and

‘Thinking about how large they are as a platform and how engaged people are, there are lots of levers they haven’t pulled yet in terms of monetisation.’

Shares of Facebook, finished on Monday down 2.4 per cent at $20.40, and earlier the same day, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield downgraded Facebook to a ‘Sell’ rating. In a note to investors, he cited concerns about the company’s advertising business, particularly Facebook’s efforts to expand the business on to mobile devices.

The free ‘gravity’ font that could make reading online easier for dyslexia sufferers It looks looks almost like a ‘melted’ page, but in fact this is the font that could help dyslexia sufferers read online. A free-to-use font created by Abelardo Gonzalez, it has a heavier bottom to give letters ‘gravity’ - making it less likely the brain will rotate them and confuse sufferers. The fonts are now available for mobile phones, and its creator hopes it will become commonplace online. “Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters,’ said Abelardo (Abbie) Gonzalez, a New Hampshire-based mobile app designer, who released his designs onto the web at the end of last year. OpenDyslexic tries to help prevent some of these things from happening.’ ‘Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of ‘gravity’ to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping.’ Although other, paid for, fonts exist, Gonzalez said he wanted to build a free version. ‘I had seen similar fonts, but at the time they were completely unaffordable and so impractical as far as costs go,” he told the BBC. WHAT IS DYSLEXIA? ‘I figured there’s other people who Dyslexia is a learning difficulty would like the same thing but had the that primarily affects the skills same issues, and so I thought I’d make involved in accurate and fluent an open source one that everyone could word reading and spelling. contribute to and help out with.’ Characteristic features of dyslexia He says the response to the font has are difficulties in: been overwhelming. Phonological awareness, verbal ‘I’ve had people emailing saying this is memory and verbal processing the first time they could read text without speed. it looking wiggly or has helped other Dyslexia occurs across the range symptoms of dyslexia.’ of intellectual abilities. There are other, similar fonts being sold It is best thought of as a continuum, that are geared towards people with not a distinct category, and there dyslexia. are no clear cut-off points. In 2010 ‘Dyslexie,’ a font developed by Co-occurring difficulties may be Dutch designer Christian Boer, was shown seen in aspects of language, motor to increase reading accuracy (though co-ordination, mental calculation, not speed) in people with dyslexia in a concentration and personal master’s thesis study at the University of organisation, but these are not, by Twente, according to the Boston Globe. themselves, markers of dyslexia. To download the font for your computer, visit ‘Open Dyslexic’ Source: Dyslexia Action


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Honeymoon scrapped to pay for dog’s op

A newlywed couple cancelled their dream £7,500 honeymoon in Las Vegas - to pay for an operation for their pet dog. Claire and Ceri Morgan were set to fly off on their luxury break when they discovered American bulldog Teeto had cancer. Mr Morgan, 36, a garage worker, from Morriston, South Wales, said: “We were looking forward to our dream honeymoon but Teeto had to come first. “He’s such a special dog, we had no hesitation. We had to use the money for his vets bills.” Since his diagnosis Teeto has had his right leg amputated to fight the cancer in his right shoulder. He has also undergone a course of chemotherapy but is now said to be doing

well. Mrs Morgan, 26, added: “We told the vet that it didn’t matter about the money, just do whatever it takes to make him better. “We can go on honeymoon again when we’ve saved up but a dog is for life and we want Teeto around for a lot longer.” The couple became concerned about Teeto last July when he began to walk with a limp. However, it wasn’t until they watched a TV programme where a dog with similar symptoms was diagnosed with cancer that everything fell into place. As well as forfeiting their honeymoon, the couple also travelled more than 80 miles from their home every three weeks for Teeto’s chemotherapy.

Student lands job as human scarecrow

A student who graduated university with a degree in Music and English has been given a job as a human scarecrow. Jamie Fox, 22, who recently graduated from Bangor University, will use a ukulele, accordion and cowbell to frighten partridges away from a field in Norfolk. He is being paid £250 a week to wear a bright orange coat and play the instruments in a ten acre field where birds are unpeturbed by ordinary scarecrows. His boss, Aylsham farmer William Youngs, even warned him to “bring a deckchair and a good book” for his days in the oilseed rape field. Mr Fox, who says his friends are “slightly envious” of his role, is now saving to pay for a trip to New Zealand next year. “I get to sit and read for a lot of the time but whenever I see the partridges, I have to get up and scare them off,” he commented. “I ring a cowbell and I’ve even played the accordion, but the ukulele doesn’t seem to have any effect on them.”

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Isn’t it funny the things you do when you have time on your hands and nothing to fill it? First of all, I am fully in favour of having time on my hands with nothing pressing to do! Long may it continue. Recently I was in a position where my wife and daughter were away for a week whilst I was stuck in work finishing a few things off-the things that most needed finishing off were chocolate cakes, biscuits and the like-and to pass the time I immersed myself in interesting statistics; there’s two words you never expected to see in the same sentence-“interesting” and “statistics”! Do you know- quite frankly, there is no earthly reason why you would know this unless, like me, you have been ripped from the bosom of your family for a week and are looking round for things to fill your time- that in 1938 a U.S. Presidential Commission declared, with great confidence and no little amount of fanfaring, that the population of the country would NEVER reach 140 million? Note, that was never! Well, they were right, for 8 years, because by 1946 that figure had been reached. I mention this not to gloat that politicians had got something wrong-this seems to happen on a disturbingly regular basis- but simply to point out that, even though a study carries the name of the American President. we still have no reason on earth to believe that what they say is true. Indeed, why not have a study carried out by the Kardashians. They seem to have as much of a following as politicians, more so if you are to believe the opinion poll ratings of the U.K. Deputy Prime Minister-who, by the way is not a Kardashian. I am still not awfully sure what a Kardashian does or where they have come from, weren’t they something from Star Trek…or was that Klingons? But, in my random search through totally meaningless facts I have found a reality star in waiting-well he would be if he was still alive. Apparently Robert Todd, who was Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, was present at the deaths of three American Presidents. Three! Now there’s series waiting to be made. I rest my case and am willing, just for you, to examine more statistics. What was that? Was that the sound of a newspaper being shredded? No… listen… really, it’s interesting! Honest!

Graham is married to Helen and has a daughter, Alice. He lives part of the year near Albox, but works in Qatar, teaching. If you wish to contact Graham regarding this article email: helenandg@yahoo.

REVIEW it... The Pram by Betty Woodcock

How would you feel if you had have been seduced by an aristocrat when you were sixteen and sent away to have an abortion, reminded of your shame and disgrace by a working class father? It happened, didn’t it? Second scenario. Many years later you are haunted by the baby you aborted as a foetus. Now how would you feel if this “baby” merges with an actual baby such as your grandchild and taunts you with “ YOU MURDERED ME!” Intriguing or just freaky? Carrie had to live with the shame and guilt all of her life but fortunately she married and had a legitimate daughter who is about to give birth at the beginning of the story. The pram, a simple purchase of an old-fashioned, over-sized, bulky but regal looking Victorian pram was meant as a special gift for a long-awaited grandchild. It doesn’t take the reader long before we realise there is something sinister about the pram and the appearance of a baby sleeping soundly in it before the arrival of the grandchild. Carrie’s “strange experience” is the beginning of a long nightmare and a disturbing journey where the mind degenerates into insanity just like the female in The Yellow Wallpaper. Almost from the beginning we are given glimpses of the occult that Woodcock wanted to explore in the novel. There are times when the novel is moving closely into the genre of horror but then Woodcock pulls us back into an illusion of domesticity. A dysfunctional family. “The baby had been an old-fashioned baby, like the pram. From the past. A ghost baby.” When the grandchild arrives Carrie sees two babies, one real the other an illusion perhaps? Then the impossible happens-they “merge” into one and for Carrie it has a destabilising effect and her mind becomes obsessed with psychiatrists, neurologists and such like. Her “rampant imagination” goes into “overdrive” and she concludes that getting rid of the pram will mean the demise of the ghost baby. Think again. A reincarnation. A baby who is telepathic. These are the delights of the author. “That weird changeling.” “I had never known such a single word could hold such menace.” Not the three words a parent wants to hear: I LOVE YOU. “You murdered me.” This dallying into the supernatural allows Carrie to see dead people which un-nerves her even more. Carrie is obsessed by the thought that the “changeling” is going to harm her by seeking revenge for its cruel and untimely death. Salvation is at hand in the form of a knight in shining armour, Gervaise, ironically the man who caused the trouble in the first place. Add a touch of romance and lots of black humour and hey presto you have an extremely interesting foray into the world of the occult. ISBN: 978-147-009-1668

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Busters Golf Society Friday 5th October 2012

La Marina Golf Society Captains Day

On Thursday we 31 players arrived at El Plantio to play one of our most important games of the year. Captains day. Despite the major renovations on the course everyone enjoyed the day. Our handicap secretary Barry just arriving back from a very successful few weeks golfing in the UK was brought back to earth with a bump, losing 6 balls in his round. We started off the day with a shotgun start on the par three nine hole course then back to the Clubhouse for a welcome coffee and sandwich. After an hour or so we tackled the 18 hole Course. Some with better fortune than others. The fairways were poor and the greens were patchy but when the work is finished i am sure the course will be back to its normal pristine condition. After the game it was back to the sports complex for a lovely meal and Presentation of prizes.

Results are as follows Par three course nearest the pin hole 7 Steve Warner Overall best score with 33 points Ray Thorpe (guest) Main course nearest the pins Hole 7 Carol Marriner Hole 9 Brian Stewart Hole 14 Alan Craig Hole 18 Steve Warner Longest drive Steve Warner, best guest Ray Thorpe Third place Pete Hutchinson Second place Alan Craig First place Steve Warner mystery prize Brian Stewart for being the biggest bandit. Then we adjourned to the bar. If you would like to join La Marina Golf Society or play with us as a guest just ring bill on 679007756 you will be made most welcome. Our next game is at Bonalba on the 18th Oct. Tee off 10am.

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Our monthly society game this month saw us playing at Alto Real , the course had took a battering with the recent bad weather also it was recovering from the necessary yearly hollow tining , but the greens staff must have worked very hard to keep the course up to scratch and considering that they had everything against them the course was still very enjoyable with the fairways and greens in good condition . Alto Real has always been a favourite of ours with the staff being very friendly and the green fees very competitive , also a very good test of golf with course management being essential to acquire a decent score , but with this in mind three of our players did break par and their scores have been noted by our handicap secretary Alan Gifford who no doubt will be adjusting any handicaps deemed necessary . Over the past months we

have attracted many new members all who have joined us on the recommendation of present members so I would like to welcome them all to Busters , at this meeting our best guest (now a Member) was John West with a score of 30 points , our nearest the pins were won by , hole 5 Mike Kelly , hole 8 Steve Edwards , hole 10 Alan Gifford and hole 17 Bill Peters , all received a sleeve of 3 Srixon golf balls , we had two scores of 37 points from Bill Fantom and John Fullicks with John Fullicks taking second place by means of a lower handicap , our winner this month with an excellent score of 39 points was Colin Edwards , our two winners both received cash prizes . Our next meeting which will be held at La Peraleja will take place on the 2nd of November . Barry Grinsell

MAGGOTS END.................................. RODS AND REELS After the rain of the weekend, finding somewhere to fish was not easy. Rivers looked like they had all of Willy Wonker´s chocolate factory goods colouring them. The venue decided on was the drain by Mercadona near La Marina. Although, being colourful and with some pace on it, this seemed the best option. The weights were certainly not brilliant but all anglers caught. Fishing had to be done right under the far bank and the amount of rubbish was unbelievable that close to the bank. It certainly is a good way to trash plenty of rigs.!!!!! Top rods on the day 1st Ian ( The Irish Wizard ) Dalzell fishing the pole using maggot with 5.38 kilo´s. 2nd Terry ( Swing E´m ) Screen fishing the pole using maggot with 3.20 kilo´s. 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole using maggot with 2.98 kilo´s. After the first 3 matches the standings are as follows Dave Hoare with 7 points Clive Cleghorn with 10 points Terry Screen / Ian Dalzell with 12 points PLEASE NOTE The club has some vacancies at present, if you are interested in joining please contact Derek Swann on 966729293 or 603535771. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS Supplied by Terry Screen This weeks 7th round match of the Winter Series was moved from Murcia due to the bad weather and with most of the other venues being flooded, we decided to try out the Mercadona Stretch. This had also been flooded and by the look of the water level marks on the bushes it had receded around 2 feet and also ran off 6inches whilst we were fishing. This is a notorious hard water

to fish with weights rarely exceeding 5kgs, a few people hooked and lost big fish in the reeds. There are a lot of 2 to 4 inch fish in this stretch of water, which made up most of the weights they have also diverted the left hand channel into this length while they are working on it. 1st Lennie (Ex cultural attaché) Bolton with 2.740kg fishing the pole and using maggot 2nd Terry (Swing em) Screen with 2.680kg fishing the pole and using maggot 3rd Don (Mr Bowls) Whitney with 2.340kg also fishing the pole and using maggot I would also like to thank the Abbey Angling Team for their effort in winning the Inter Club 2011/2012 Gary Smith Challenge Trophy. Our next Club Meeting is at the Abbey Tavern on the 15th October 2012 at 7.30pm and all members are welcome All details are available on our website www. or from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368 ANGLERS TOGETHER The objective of Anglers Together has been reached ( which was to introduce anglers to each other ). Now that newcomers to Spain are few and far between, we have decided that monthly meetings are serving no useful purpose and the friendships that have been made over the past 4 years are now firmly established. We will continue to provide information through our email address if contacted but there will be no membership renewals in May. Thanks to all past members for their support. Email : anglerstogether@ TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE


For the second away game running, Mazarron were involved in a controversial game and once again lost out by the odd goal despite doing more than enough to run out comfortable winners. This time it was the performance of the match officials and not the ground facilities that was the problem. Over the years, Mazarron have been on the receiving end of some inexplicable decisions by referees but this weekend’s game capped the lot. The fun started as early as the fourth minute when an excellent tackle by Alfonso, who made the mistake of winning the ball, was penalised about 30 yards from goal. The Abaran free kick was hit straight tamely into the hands of goalkeeper Jose Iker who dropped the ball straight at the feet of Carrasco and he tapped the ball home to give Abaran the lead. Just a minute later, Serrano thought he had equalised for Mazarron when he slotted home only to find that the referee had brought back play to award a free kick to Mazarron, It was the only time in the game that the referee decided not to play the advantage rule. After 15 minutes Jose Ruben ran onto a superb through ball and with five Abaran defenders trailing behind him, and with no other Mazarron forwards in support, hit a superb low drive into the far corner of the net for the equaliser. Mazarron had dominated the

first half but after 44 minutes a breakaway by Abaran saw Gomez, who seemed to be in an offside position, slotting the ball past Iker to restore Abaran’s lead. The second half saw Mazarron dominate further and after 60 minutes Miguelon forced the ball over the line after Rubens’ excellent cross. Inexplicably, the linesman failed to flag for a goal and, when the inevitably protests followed, Jose Rueben and Miguelon were booked. The referee had now completely lost control of the game and further bookings soon followed, an Abaran player was sent off after 80 minutes following two yellow cards and Mazarron’s Pepe Pollo, who had only been on the pitch for about 10 minutes as a substitute, was also dismissed for two yellow cards. Mazarron’s coach, Antonio Lorente, was then dismissed, apparently for standing too near the touchline and despite more pressure from Mazarron who also had a couple of possible penalty appeals turned down, the game ended in a third consecutive defeat. Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego (1), Pepelu, Urrea (Panocha), Alfonso, Cris (Pollo), Santi, Edu 2 (Miguelon), Jose Rube, Serrano Man of the Match: Santi

CORNISH PRIDE (LOS DOLSES).... Ten Pin Bowling League Matches played on October 2nd SPLIT HAPPENS continued their good start, and moved to the top of the league with another win, this time a 6-2 victory against LOS LOBOS. Top scorer for S.H. was Marion Haynes, with a 635 hcp series, and for L.L. it was Terry Smith with a 616 hcp series. In a very close match BANDOLEROS fought out a 4-4 draw with SPLASH, both the team captains were the top scorers in the match, Juan Vidal for Bandoleros with a 580 hcp series, and Diego Munoz for Splash with a 560 hcp series. In the ‘Finish’ battle, last years runners up, TEAM FINLAND came out on top with a 5-3 win against CABALLO NEGRO. Top scorer on the lanes was Olli Leppanen bowling for T.F. with a 205 scratch game and 586 scratch series. A new bowler to the league, bowling for MIXERS, is the manageress of Ozone bowl, Maria Jesus, but unfortunately she could not stop her team

losing 6-2 to LOS BANDIDOS.

L.B. were inspired by a 246 scratch game from their Barry Tolson. CRAZY PINZ made it 3 defeats in a row, as they were easily beaten 8-0 by HALL y DAY, the leagues top male bowler on the night, bowling for H & D was Bob Day, who bowled the seasons highest scratch scores so far, a 262 game and a 624 series. CARP-R-US picked up their first points of the season, with a 6-2 win over BAR MOSQUITOS, top bowler in that match was Bill Hogg, with a 642 hcp series. CORNISH PRIDE, the leagues sponsors team, are still unbeaten after a 4-4 draw against LUCKY STRIKE, the top scorer in that match was Paul Johnson, bowling for C.P. with a 606 hcp series. Finally a big thank you from all the league bowlers to Ruth & Bernard, owners of Mosquitos bar and restaurante, in Torreta II who have agreed to sponsor the leagues xmas ‘turkey’ competition this year.



facilitate the desired tee times for the regular club members off tee one, so for San Miguel Golf Society - Villamartin is synonymous with early mornings for the next couple of months. The heavy dew put pay to virtually any run on the fairways and the damp semi-rough added a few more degrees of difficulty to any rescue shots, that’s IF you could find the ball which had a nasty habit of always nestling down. On the plus side though was the generous positioning of the yellow tee markers which were well in front of their usual slots which does make a noticeable difference on this course….as the scores

clearly showed. NTP prizes went to Geoff Giddy, Marg Birtwistle, Jackie Rust and Glen Rapley and in the Stableford competition the top 3 visitors were Tom Evans (38), Scotty Phillips (35) & brother, Geoff Phillips (34). Silver division was won AGAIN by Mark Busson with 38 points followed by Jackie Rust with 36 and Keith Wraithmell (35). Another regular winner, Phil de Lacy, took the gold category with an obscene 43 points which was followed in by a pair of 39’s. The count-back soon showed it was Colin Rust in 2nd place & Geoff Giddy in 3rd. Coming in with a not too bad score of 28, I’m sure the last thing on Ian Parkinson’s mind was being presented with the special “Abacus” award for the lowest score – still, Ian, you could drown your sorrows with the very pleasant bottle of wine! Full details of the forthcoming Wednesday meetings are available from Barry on 966 731 033 or by visiting, visitors are always made very welcome.

to be classed as GUR due to the heavy rainfalls of late. The prizes were once again derived from very generous donations of Society Captain, Alan Rickers who donated 2nd and 3rd places in both categories and NTP prizes of bottles of wine were donated by Michael Fearneough who even had the audacity to win a bottle back. Thank you to you both, these generous donations enable to coffers to grow. The results on the day were a little on the low side considering the good condition of the course, but then again, Alenda isn’t a piece of cake and we only had one member who broke Par. That was local member and Society Secretary Alan Rixson who showed his local knowledge and came in with 37 points to secure victory in the Gold Division. Not too far behind on 35 was

Chris Hamblett with Theo Boelhouwer taking 3rd spot with 34 points. The Silver Division was won by Ray Ewins on 33 points and in 2nd and 3rd places came two of our esteemed Lady members where June Leonard claimed 2nd place with 30 points and edged out Sheila Dean on 27 points to secure 3rd spot. Our next match is at Roda on Wednesday 11th October 2012 and we welcome players of all standards and gender to come along and join in. If you fancy a knock around at Roda with us, please check out our website at www. or call the Match Secretary on 966 719 604. Photo: Silver Category winners, L-R Shelia Dean, Ray Ewins and birthday girl (80 years) and honorary life member of the Society June Leonard

Some of the SMGS winners at Villamartin. After the searing heat of the recent summer months it was a welcome change to experience that slight autumnal chill in the early morning air as we arrived in the semi-darkness for our early tee times at Villamartin. In the wake of the tremendous weekend excitement of the Ryder Cup we had a few players doing a “Rory” on us and turning up with only a few minutes to spare but, to be fair, they did ALL eventually arrive and with a nifty bit of juggling we didn’t lose any time. Now that we are in October, we tee off on the tenth early in the morning in order to

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Match report for Alenda Golf, 3rd October 2012 24 members arrived at the Alenda Golf course to take part in Stableford event and how pleasing it was to actually play in a heat that was very comfortable and I think we all hope that the unbearable heat has left us for another year. They also found the course to be in excellent condition and I’ve never seen so many smiles on golfers faces when they learned that all bunkers were


The third day of the SAMM Autumn Race Series was held on Sunday 7th October. The races took place from the CAR Sailing Centre at Los Narejos on the Mar Menor. It was a calm morning with very light west south westerly winds. Ten boats were competing and the results on the corrected times were:First race: Place Boat First Sailfish Sorocco Second Showstring Mirror Third Shoestring Uno Fourth Shoestring Cuatro Fifth Weta 15 Sixth Shoestring Tres Seventh Martin Eighth Weta 14 Tenth Balaton Conny Ninth Balaton Conny DNF

Sailfish Mistral

Second race: Place Boat First Sailfish Sirocco Second Shoestring Tres Third Weta 15 Fourth Martin Fifth Weta 14 Sixth Shoestring Uno Seventh Sailfish Mistral Eighth Shoestring Cuatro Ninth Shoestring Mirror

Helm Robert Hudson John Down Roy Taylor Peter Cadwell Brian Murray Jack Moss Tony Jones Edd Penning Julian Pering Julian Pering

Crew Anne-marie Tasney Gilll Brown T Blakeley, C Vogt, B Blackburn Doreen Squires Linda Coates Oakley Petts Neil Coats Heinz Lenhard Val Preston Val Preston

Bob Miles Marinne Elias, Andy Kaluza Helm Rob Hudson Jack Moss Brian Murray Tony Jones Edd Penning Roy Taylor Robert Cheshire Peter Cadwell Bob Blinkhorn

Crew Anne-marie Tasney Oakley Petts Linda Coats Neil Coats Heinz Lenhard T Blakeley,C Vogt, B Blackburn Bob Miles Doreen Squires John Down

The next race day will be on Sunday 14th October. For more information see www. or email



GREENLANDS BOWLS CLUB REPORT............................ Di Lawton, Phil Goodfellow, Angie Goodfellow 22-10 Noel Cork, Tony Hodges, Bill Pain 13-15 Jeannie Clements, Avril Toozer, Dave O’Sullivan 41-11

BY STEVE HIBBERD The first ever play off between respective champions of SABA and NABA, was played last week at Monte Mar. Greenland Gladiators representing the South, took on a strong looking Northern based Javea Emeralds, for the right of ‘Champions of Alicante’ crown. Winning

on 4, drawing on 1, and only narrowly losing on the other rink, gave our Gladiators a very satisfying 9 (134) points to 3 (84) victory. Well done: Helen Langlios, Hilda Cork, Ted Upham 18-16 Ronnie Cairns, Terry Lawton, Derek Toozer 20-12 Ian Kenyon, Colin Lloyd, Lynne Greenland 20-20

Captain Jeannie Clements sends her appreciation to Arthur & Barbara Brown for all their hard work in organizing the event, and to Jean ‘2 hats’ Cooper for not only umpiring the match, but for then presenting the trophy as president of the CBBA. She would also like to offer many thanks to all Gladiators players, Vice Captain Hilda Cork and selectors, for all their support throughout the season.

Thanks from GREENLANDS BOWLS CLUB REPORT BY STEVE HIBBERD Pictured are Bill Pain and Lynne Greenland, Greenlands Bowls Club, with a hamper donated by Jumerca (Gama) in Dona Pepa. They would like to thank everyone who helped them with fund raising for their forthcoming trip to Adelaide, Australia, to represent Spain in the World Bowls Championship. In particular Greenlands Bowls Club members, Quesada Mini Golf and the Jumerca supermarket. The hamper was first prize in a raffle later that day. Good luck to them both.”

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Flannghan reminded about the time I had taken my shot and then proceeded to try and climb back through the front end of the buggy my mind still being on my shot and not where I was walking, Cliff Ellis tried to swerve his ball round the trees at one hole only to hit the marker post instead , he then took his next shot and hit his playing partners buggy, maybe we should all start wearing crash helmets, Barry Trodd on hole 11 had the best shot of his day when his ball hit the top of the pin, the pin bent under stress and flipped his ball back at him, bearing in mind that this hole had a nearest the pin prize up for grabs.

97pts Fourth David Winchcombe - Ray Lee - David Westerman - Sue Westerman 93pts Nearest the Pin Par 3s Sponsored by Mick the Grip Hole 3 Trevor Hobbs Hole 7 Anne Day Hole 12 John chatham Hole 17 Paul Flannaghan Nearest the Pin in 3 Hole 11 David James Once again our thanks to Pinaillas Golf Course also to Pinares del Jucar Restaurant and our sponsor Mick the Grip.


Also a special thanks to our secretary Darryll Wright for organising a wonderful away day for all the members.

First Brian Smith - Mick Budd - Bill Acton & Chris Neilds 109pts

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Second Alan Briggs - Les Lindores - Eddie Furness 105pts

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Third John Dunnion - Ron Stevenson - Les Pancott


Last Sunday, on a warm and sunny day, Torry entertained 4th placed Atletico Saguntino , who had won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their opening games in the Tercera this season. Torry were looking to kick-start their season after taking a solitary point from their last 4games.Torry were without the injured Ernesto, who had picked up an injury in training, so he couldn’t re-new the partnership up front, he enjoyed at Catarroja last season, with debutant Koeman. The Torry manager Casimiro Torres made one change to starting line-up from the previous week with Koeman coming in for Jose Manuel. Torry had a strong bench comprising of Javi Tur, Pedro Lopez, Gasch, Manu Amores and Jose Manuel. Torrys starting lineup was: : Manolo, Jorge, Vincente, Abel, Rafa, Burguillos (Gasch, 66’), Dani, Luis (Manu Amores , 73’), Inarejos, Cuco Ros and Koeman (Jose, 84’). The pitch was in excellent condition with a crowd of around the 450 mark gathered at kick-off time. The opposition started the better and during the first half enjoyed greater possession and territorial advantage without creating much and troubling Manolo, chiefly through the resolute

play of Jorge and Abel in central defence. Torry kept men behind the ball and played more of a long ball game with the intention of hitting Saguntino on the break. Torry scored against the general run of play in the 13th minute through an opportunist GOALLLLL from Koeman with a header from a Luis Carlos cross after getting to the ball before the opposition keeper. The scoreline remained at 1-0 to Torry at the break. Torry opened up a 2-0 lead and a cushion after 49 minutes with a GOALLLLL from the alert Koeman. Koeman initially won a header from a ball played forward and directed it to the right to the energetic Luis Carlos who took the ball to the bye-line and swung over a good cross which Koeman beat the opposition keeper to and found the back of the net. Saguntino pulled a GOALLLLL back after 82 minutes after a corner was not cleared and was played back into the box and struck fiercely into the back of the net. An anxious last few minutes for Torry which was helped in the 85th minute when one of their players received a straight red card following an altercation with Dani. With time running out substitute Gasch did well to create a chance for himself and get a shot in from an

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acute angle which their keeper parried with the ball falling to fellow substitute Manu Amores who had a shot on target very well saved by the Saguntino keeper. Torry then had an anxious moment when a ball was threaded through the Torry defence with Manolo just getting to the ball before their centre forward who received a caution for following through on Manolo. The final whistle blew soon afterwards with loud cheers from the crowd celebrating a Torry victory. . Torry move up to 8th in the table after this win in what looks like being a very open division with no stand out teams.On Friday Torry travel to Villarreal to play Villarreal C who won away at table toppers Novelda last Sunday and in the process taking away their unbeaten record. It won’t be easy for Torry but they need to get at least a point from the game. It is likely that captain and defensive linchpin Jorge will be missing after picking up his 5th booking of the season on Sunday, which will be a blow. Hopefully, Ernesto will be fit again to provide the creativity which is so obviously missing when he doesn’t play. A relieved Darrylldinho following his adopted team in Spain return to winning ways.




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Wednesday 3rd October at Pinaillas Albacete We had a very early start, the coach picked us up at 7.45am for our journey to Albacete we were all in high spirits and looking forward to our day at Pinaillas Golf Course in Albacete, 42 members and guests were on board for the 2.1/2 hr trip, the driver had no problem in finding his way to the course and his expertise in getting the coach round some very tricky small roundabouts at the entrance to the course was amazing as we thought this was impossible, we were playing a four person team stableford the first tee time was 11.30am off of two tees, the management were very accomadating and soon we were all out there doing our best, the weather was perfect for golf, the course is parkland and very pretty, and also in very good condition, the greens I believe gave almost every one a run for thier money in more ways than one. At the end of our game we were taken off to a restaurant called Pinares del Jucar about a kilometre from the course where we were entertained by some wonderful staff to a 3 course meal. There were a few incidents happening around the course, Les Lindores said that his buggy appeared to have a mind of its own as at one point having applied the brake and gone to play his shot the buggy took off on the 10th hole and nearly ended up on the 12th hole scary!!Paul

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