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Unemployed Immigrants Prefer To Stay In Almeria
Almería has the highest rate of unemployment among migrant workers in Andalucia - behind Malaga.
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The province has more than 130,000 immigrants, and recent data for July show that 19,826 were unemployed. Despite this figure, Almería has processed only 226 cases of people who wanted to benefit from the Voluntary Return Plan which allows them to return to their countries of origin.
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If the options of working in the province are difficult at the moment, the low number of people who want to return voluntarily to their country goes to show that expectations there should be better.
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Those who have opted to return have received 40% of the payment of unemployment benefit here, and the remaining 60% in their country of origin. In addition, they have also been able to seek additional aid to facilitate travel to the country of origin.
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Of the 225 immigrants who have opted for the Voluntary Return Plan, 90% are in South
America, especially Ecuador and Argentina, the rest from Eastern European countries outside the EU. After a period of three years, workers and workers who have chosen to leave Almería may request authorization to work and live again in the province and, likewise, have a prior right to enter the annual quota of non-EU foreign workers. People who have taken voluntary return and subsequently return to Spain, regain, in addition, their previous status as temporary residents or permanent. In countries where Spanish co-operation is present, guidance and support to facilitate socioe c o n o m i c reintegration is available and it is perceived that upon their return people will be able to better contribute to the development of their countries, allowing them to rejoin their families and take advantage of better career options or
even create a business with experience and qualifications they have achieved in Spain. To qualify for the Voluntary Return Plan certain conditions must be met. These include being registered as unemployed at the Employment Service and to have previously been in legal unemployment. In addition, the applicant must undertake to return to their home country no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the first payment of the benefit and not return to Spain within three years.
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Authorities Issue Forest Fire Warning
The Civil Protection service has warned today that there is a high risk of forest fires in Galicia, Andalucía, Asturias, Extremadura, Canarias and Cantabria, although the situation is not yet extreme. There is a very high risk of forest fires in the western part of Galicia, the inland areas of Asturias, Cadiz and some areas of Cáceres and Seville. In the Canary Islands, specifically in La Palma and El Hierro, there will be maximum risk this week. People are being warned not to light fires in the mountains, or on any land close to wooded areas and to make sure that their cigarette butts are completely extinguished. Throwing litter should also be avoided, especially glass bottles that can magnify the sun’s rays and cause fires. Fruit farmers are being reminded to be vigilant when burning the stubble in their fields. The Civil Protection service has also informed
More unstable weather will be settling in on inland areas this week, with the possibility of localised storms. People in the affected areas are being told to cover up with light clothing, eat light, regular meals, avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day and to drink plenty of water.
Several more full days of strike action are planned for August, and workers are threatening an indefinite strike in September if company bosses do not sit down at the negotiating
table. There will be further strike action throughout the day (and only a minimum service) on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 29th and 31st and on September 1st. Auto Res, which belongs to the Avanza group, has 400 employees, 270 of whom are drivers. Some of its most important routes are the ones between Madrid and a number of towns along the Mediterranean coast, like Valencia, Castellón, Peñíscola, Benicasim and Oropesa, as well as routes between the capital and Vigo and Pontevedra, in Galicia.
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Guardia Civil officers and coastguard services have rescued 29 would-be migrants attempting to sail into the coast of Almería on two rafts. They saw the first boat-load of immigrants, all of whom are of north and sub-Saharan African origin, at around 23.00hrs last night around eight miles to the south-east of Punta Polacra, near Cabo de Gata. The next was intercepted near El Ejido at 04.30hrs this morning, with 17 men on board. All are said to be in a good state of health.
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The mercury is also set to rise, although not quite so high, in parts of Galicia, Castilla y León, Madrid, Castilla La-Manchaand Andalucía.
Between 10,000 and 12,000 coach passengers were affected today as Auto Res workers held their first full day of strike action, with the threat of further strikes in the coming weeks.
The unions called the strike after company bosses refused to negotiate with them. 15 people were made redundant in June and a 5% salary cut was proposed, rising to a cut of over 8% for drivers.
Some 14,000 Spaniards hit by their country’s soaring rate of unemployment will cross the French border to take part in the grape-picking season, a Spanish union stated.
the public that the very high temperatures in the south-west of the country today, especially in Extremadura, where temperatures of up to 40 degrees are expected, will intensify the situation.
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Only 30% of coach services were operated on Monday 9th August (the statutory minimum level of service).
Jobless Spaniards Turn To Grape Picking In France
A racket thought to be behind hundreds of ‘green card’ weddings in Madrid, Valencia and throughout Catalunya has been broken up. The number of Spaniards heading for France’s vineyards is up 3.7 percent compared to 2009 -- an increase which the union says has been spurred by Spain’s unemployment, which has reached an EU record high of 20.09 percent. “In an economic and employment situation such as ours, workers from other industries are beginning to come back to this refuge industry,” Ana Maria Corral from the Spanish Union of Workers said in a press conference. Before 2006 an average of 11,000
Spaniards travelled to various parts of France every year to pick grapes for winemaking. Since the economic slowdown, Spaniards have been attracted by the higher hourly wage for grape-picking in France, which offers 8.86 euros (just over 11 dollars), compared to Spain’s 6.10 euros, according to unions. The grape-pickers will start making their way to France at the end of August and start of September, staying between 20 to 25 days.
British tourist sleep walks off balcony Aled Thomas Davies, 28, suffered severe head and facial injuries and a broken leg after plunging 35 feet from a third floor window to the tarmac below in the seaside resort of Port d’Alcudia on the north of the island. It is thought he got out of bed, wandered around the room then climbed over the balcony while he was still asleep. His girlfriend raised the alarm at the Lago Garden Hotel Apartments at 8.30 am Wednesday morning. She told police investigating the incident that he regularly sleepwalks. Mr Davies was treated at the local hospital in Inca before being transferred to the Son Dureta hospital in the island’s capital Palma. Doctors described his condition as “very serious but stable” and said he will undergo surgery. It is feared that he could lose his sight in one eye. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Madrid said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Majorca. Our consular staff on the island are providing assistance.” The Civil Guard confirmed that they have opened an investigation: “We are looking into the possibility that he fell accidently from the balcony during a sleep walking episode,” said a spokesman at the police station in Alcudia.
National Police arrested 123 people, including a lawyer of Colombian origin from Terrassa (Barcelona) and a civil servant from the registry office in Rubí (Barcelona). The gang are said to have charged 3,000 euros to non-EU citizens to arrange a wedding with a Spanish national, in order to obtain residence in the country. Investigations began a year ago when an unusually high number of weddings between Spaniards and foreign nationals was detected in the area. Police have not ruled out further arrests.
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Marbella Accused Of Pandering To Michelle Obama Michelle Obama and her nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, arrived in the Costa del Sol amid complaints from neighbouring towns that tourist authorities were fawning over the First Lady in an “undignified” way. democracy,” he said.
His words highlighted a growing polemic over the arrival of Mrs Obama, who checked into the five-star Villa Padierna spa and golf resort, reportedly on the recommendation of close friends.
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she or her daughter felt like going for a swim. “New trees have suddenly gone in, roads paved, and flowers planted. All ahead of the four-day visit - they’re bending over backwards.” said Chris Chaplow, a local resident and director of Andalucia. com, an independent tourism website for the area. Socialist congressman, Juan Luis Rascon, from Andalucian city of Cordoba condemned the behaviour, writing on his blog that Spaniards should be “more natural and behave less like hicks.” “Idolatry and servility do not sit well with a dignified
beach of San Juan yesterday morning, and a further three being found out at sea on July 28th and 29th, two of them 20 miles off Cabo de la Nao in Javea and the third off the coast of Calpe.
Guardia Civil officers arrived on the scene shortly afterwards to recover the body and take it to the port of Altea, where police will endeavour to identify it.
Furthermore, a five-metre boat with no passengers on board was found off the coast of Altea last Tuesday.
He had suffered 95 per cent burns and was airlifted to Sevilla’s Virgen del Rocío hospital after the plant blew up.
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The body of another worker was found in the refinery immediately after the explosion, and two injured members of staff were taken to the Juan Ramón Jiménez hospital in Huelva city, where they remain stable but with little hope of recovery. They are waiting to be transferred to the burns unit at the Sevilla hospital where their colleague died today.
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A police helicopter buzzed overhead and the area was marked by the presence of an estimated 250 members of Spanish police forces drafted in to ensure security of Mrs Obama and her daughter until they leave
The fifth body, that of a man, was discovered at 8.30pm on Sunday 8th August by holidaymakers in a pleasure craft, who immediately alerted the authorities, providing them with exact co-ordinates.
As of Friday 6th August, reports indicate that a second seriously-injured worker has died following the massive explosion at the CEPSA refinery in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) on 4th August.
Around the hotel where Mrs Obama is staying, streets were closed off and local residents were prevented from parking their cars throughout the duration of the visit.
Altea, bringing the total number of corpses to have been found in the waters off Alicante in the last fortnight to five.
Second death in CEPSA plant explosion
The town’s head of tourism attempted to play down the visit and countered that the town was behaving “completely normally” despite the important visitor.
Fifth Body Found Off Altea Coast A badly decomposed body has been found two miles off the coast of
This is the fifth body found in waters off the province of Alicante in the last fortnight, with another one being found floating off the
A huge sign at the entrance to Marbella emblazoned with the words “Welcome Obama Family. Thank you for choosing Marbella,” was removed the eve of the visit after complaints that it was “tacky”.
CEPSA has sent out its ‘greatest sympathy’ to the family members of the victims and says it is willing to cooperate with any investigations into the cause of the explosion. The flames were brought under control at around 15.10hrs yesterday.
Officers from the Guardia Civil are now examining documents and clothing found on board the boat to see if the bodies are connected to the vessel in any way.
Ruins of dwelling from High Roman Empire found The remains of a house built in the time of the High Roman Empire (roughly between one and two centuries A.D.) have been found under the main square in Segovia. The Roman ruins were discovered during the course of excavation work in the Plaza Mayor, which had already revealed a 17th century house. The archeologists in charge of the excavation, Clara Martín and Txemi Labrador, are working on the hypothesis that the building formed part of a “domus” or series of living quarters, rather than a monument. One of the rooms revealed by the archaeologists’ dig boasts murals and a clay floor and is one of the few ruins from the High Roman era to have been found in tact in Segovia. These new findings, coupled with other Roman ruins recently discovered around the Plaza de Guevara, have brought shape to Segovia as a Roman settlement at the highest and flattest part of the town, a much richer view of the historic town than was previously available looking at the famous aqueduct alone.
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Air-traffic Controllers Offered 200,000€ If Strike Called Off AENA bosses have offered striking air-traffic controllers an average salary of 200,000 euros a year until 2013 on the condition that they change their minds about downing tools.
They met with members of the air-traffic controllers’ union, USCA, on the afternoon of 4th August to negotiate.
The airline governing body, AENA – which is part of the ministry of public works – has offered salaries ‘way above staff’s European colleagues’ in a bid to make them re-think. But air-traffic controllers, who have threatened to strike for up to three days starting from either August 18 or 20 – to be confirmed – say AENA has been
attempting to bribe them with higher pay and failing to address their real concerns.
around an hour a week from the previous 1,800 hours a year (on average, 35 hours a week).
These include poor shift management, meaning long hours without a break, and the fact that they want to be given the right to retire early at the age of 57.
The plan will include fixed rest periods, programming of working days or nights and 24hour shift sharing, as well as bonuses for productivity.
AENA has attempted to address working times by restricting annual hours to 1,670, with a further 80 hours’ overtime.
If the strike goes ahead, it could cost airlines millions of euros and leave holidaymakers heading for the Mediterranean this summer having to forego their trips.
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Spain Clears Captain Of US Treasure Hunting Ship A Spanish court has cleared the captain of the Odyssey Explorer ship of charges relating to the dispute over priceless treasure recovered from a 19th century shipwreck, the Florida-based company said.
A court in Algeciras, Spain found Captain Sterling Vorus innocent of charges that he obstructed Spanish police when they boarded the Odyssey Explorer in 2007. “The Spanish court ruled that Spanish officials did not have proper authorization to board or search Odyssey’s ship,” the company, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., said in a statement. According to Spanish law, police are prevented “from boarding or searching foreign ships without authorization of the captain or the vessel’s flag state, which was never obtained,” so Vorus’s actions “did not rise to the level of illicit conduct.” The incident took place after the Odyssey recovered a priceless trove from a sunken 19th century ship they code-named the “Black Swan.”
In May 2007 the Tampa, Floridabased company announced it had found half a million silver coins and hundreds of gold objects from the ship, which went down in 1804, in the Atlantic Ocean off the Strait of Gibraltar. Spain’s suspicions were raised when the company discreetly shipped its massive find to the United States via the Britishowned port of Gibraltar. Madrid contested the company’s claim to the wreck in a US court in Florida, arguing that if it was a Spanish military vessel -- instead of a private commercial ship -- or if it was located in Spanish waters, any treasure would belong to
Spain. Odyssey said the treasure was found in “international waters in the Atlantic Ocean,” but never gave an exact location citing security concerns. Spain has identified the ship as the Our Lady of Mercedes. When the Mercedes sank in 1804 it led Spain to declare war on Britain and re-enter the Napoleonic Wars. In December a Florida court ruled that Odyssey must return the treasure to Spain, but Odyssey has appealed the ruling. The company “has consistently acted legally and appropriately in accordance with all laws and regulations related to the ‘Black Swan’ arrest and recovery,” Odyssey said.
Spanish Official Unemployment Eases Further In July
The number of people unemployed in Spain, which has the highest rate in the eurozone, fell for the fourth month running in July as the tourism industry hired workers for the summer, the government stated on 3rd August. At the end of July there were 3.9 million registered unemployed, 73,790 fewer than in June, the labour ministry said. It was the fourth month running of falling unemployment. A drop in April had reversed an eightmonth upwards spiral. The service sector showed the largest fall, down 44,496, amid demand by the tourism industry. The ministry does not provide a jobless rate, but the National Statistics Institute, which uses a different calculation method from the labour ministry method, said on Friday that the rate in the second quarter had risen to 20.09 percent in the second quarter from 20.05 percent in the first. It is the highest rate in the 16member eurozone and more than double the 9.6 percent average of the whole European Union. The rise in the overall rate despite the lower monthly figures is attributed to the country’s growing working-age population. The high rate means that the
60% Of Retirees Want To Work Beyond 65 Some 60% of 2,500 over-65s interviewed claim they would like to be able to carry on working in paid employment. Most value their independence very highly, with 87 per cent saying they prefer to live in their own homes even if this means living alone. In fact, only 16 per cent of the elderly live alone, and they are mostly women living in rural locations. Head of the institute of the elderly and social services, Francisco Moza, says the same questionnaire was carried out in 1993 and that ‘things have changed a lot’ since then.
Spanish government faces an even bigger bill for jobless benefits as it tries to rein in a public deficit that hit 11.2 percent of output last year. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Friday that unemployment “is the key issue we still have to tackle.” The Spanish economy, Europe’s fifth-biggest, slumped into recession in 2008 owing to the collapse of a property boom which had long fuelled growth.
He said the over-65s were becoming more and more active, in better health, and were mainly more highly qualified. “We should not waste what these people still have to offer – aside from just being babysitters for the grandchildren,” Moza states. This said, around 70 per cent of over-65s regularly look after their grandchildren, often to a greater extent than the children’s own parents do.
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Britain To Challenge Eurocrat Salaries
Britain is set to challenge European Union salaries after the number of its most senior officials, earning up to £180,000, rose to 100 at a time of deep cuts to national public sector budgets
The European Commission has been accused of breaking its own rules over the promotions of eurocrats who are paid more than David Cameron. Britain is already trying to block a Commission demand for a six per cent budget rise next year and is now demanding a review of how the EU rewards its staff.
“Given the current economic and financial situation, the EU institutions need to ensure that they are not out of step with the situation across the continent, where millions of employees have
faced pay cuts or even lost their jobs in recent months,” said a British diplomat. The latest promotions bring the number of Commission director generals to 100, an increase of a fifth over the last three years, breaking a target ceiling for the top post set at 87. Over the same period the ranks of Commission directors, officials who also earn more than Britain’s Prime Minister, has reached 313, 25 over the planned number. It means that 997 European civil servants are earning £146,267 to
£179,703. Mr Cameron’s annual income is £142,500. Inge Grassle, a senior German Christian Democrat MEP, compared the Commission to a “self-service shop” where officials can pick senior job grades off the shelf. She also accused of deliberately approving the latest promotions during the summer recess to avoid them being spotted by MEPs and the public.
She said: “While member states are cutting down their budgets and slashing posts - roughly 10,000 have gone in the German Federal administration alone - the
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‘Hypocrisy’ Of Speeding Middle-class Motorists
Speeding motorists are hypocrites guilty of “middle class anti-social behaviour” who believe they can get away with breaking the law, one of the country’s longest serving chief constables has claimed
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Julie Spence, the outgoing head of Cambridgeshire police, says drivers consider speeding as acceptable and change their minds only if they lose a child in a road accident.
the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers, who became the first senior officer to suggest that front line policing could be undermined.
She claims, during an interview with the Telegraph, that the biggest problem perceived by the public in her county is speeding drivers in rural areas and illegal parking by parents outside schools: “Speeding is middle-class anti-social behaviour,” she says. “People think we should be able to get away with it. They wouldn’t tolerate lawbreaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking. It all seems OK until something tragic happens, like their child dies because of a road traffic accident.”
But it is her criticism of motorists that is likely to cause controversy. Many motorists who are caught speeding complain that they are “soft” targets used to produce funds — speeding fines raise about £100 million a year — and that the police should be targeting serious criminals instead.
Mrs Spence says that while anti-social behaviour is usually defined as rowdy youths or vandalism, “for too many it is the antics of drivers who refuse to accept that speed limit signs apply to them.
Mrs Spence’s comments on the potential impact of spending cuts are the most outspoken yet by a serving officer. Chief constables fear that their budgets could be cut by up to 25 per cent in the autumn spending review. “That scenario is ‘undoable’ — just not achievable if you want any semblance of a police service,” says Mrs Spence.
“Driving without care or consideration for other road users is probably among the worst kind of anti-social behaviour in its truest sense, because serious offenders can, and do, kill,” she says. Mrs Spence, an outspoken police chief who has claimed that much of police time is spent on “social work”, says many social problems in the past decade stem from a “have-it-all” society. “Easy credit, drink as much as you can, have it when you want, buy this, buy that and buy the other,” she says. “This irresponsibility costs — you play while others pay — and I think we have got to the point where we need to have a little more responsibility.
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“With the public purse in such dire straits we need a responsible public who don’t cost public services unnecessarily.”
Mrs Spence warns that cuts to police forces could lead to an “anorexic” service. In voicing fears about the impact of the Government’s austerity drive, she is following Sir Hugh Orde,
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Exceeding the speed limit or going too fast for conditions was reported as a factor in 4,187 deaths and serious injuries in 2009, according to the Department for Transport.
The effects of the cuts are magnified in smaller county forces such as Cambridgeshire, which has a £130 million budget and 2,500 officers and staff. Mrs Spence says some of the better-funded forces have to take a bigger proportion of the cuts to save the 16 whose funding is under the national average. She also suggests that officers would be willing to take a pay cut, or a change in their rates of overtime and allowances, if it meant saving jobs. “Talking to officers and staff they do not like it, but they’d rather jobs were kept and pay was reduced,” she says. “Everyone understands the economic climate we’re in and they recognise they have a role in trying to support the country out of it.”
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Barnardo’s Says Court Delays Damage Children
Vulnerable children are being “damaged” by delays in care proceedings in England and Wales, a charity has said.
Barnardo’s wants to see a 30-week limit after figures showed children waited an average of 57 weeks - sometimes in abusive homes - for county courts to make care or supervision orders. In family courts, proceedings took an average of 45 weeks, it said. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the government was “committed to reducing unnecessary delays”. Barnardo’s said court data showed that at the end of 2009 there were 50% more unresolved care proceedings cases than at the end of 2008.
According to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) in England, new applications accounted for less than half of this increase - suggesting the courts were taking longer to close a significant number of cases, it argued. Barnardo’s chief executive Martin Narey said uncertainty had spread through family courts, with “additional, sequential expert assessments being routinely ordered”. “This, paired with the evident lack of credence given to social workers, is causing unnecessary delay,” he said.
“The courts need urgently to reflect on the damage these delays are having on extremely vulnerable children.” He said a year of a child’s life was “an inordinate amount of time for them to be trapped in desperate limbo, unclear of their future and very possibly at risk”. “During this time, these children might remain at home with neglectful or abusive birth families or be living in emergency foster care, expected to settle with families they may subsequently have to leave.
Free Milk Row: Dorrell Backs No 10 Rethink Former Conservative Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell has downplayed apparent government confusion over the proposed scrapping of free milk for under-fives.
The coalition said on Sunday 8th August that the benefit would not go, after health minister Anne Milton suggested plans for such a move were in place.
might be better used to deliver the same objective by different means.
Mr Dorrell, an ex-health secretary, said it had been judged the political risk “didn’t merit the rewards”.
“It was a proposal that was being discussed at a junior level in the government. Downing Street... clearly reached the conclusion... that the [political] risks didn’t merit the reward.
He added that the proposal had been discussed only at a “junior level”. The Nursery Milk scheme allows children under five in approved day care to receive 189ml (1/3 pint) of milk each day free of charge. It dates back to 1940, when milk was issued to pregnant women and young children to protect them against wartime food shortages. In a letter to the Scottish government, Mrs Milton had said the milk scheme was too expensive - costing almost £50m this year - and the coalition was considering increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers for the poorest families instead. She said there was no evidence the scheme improved health and that the government was looking at abolishing it by April 2011. But Downing Street later ruled this out. Mr Dorrell, who is chairman of the Commons health select committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “This was a proposal from Anne Milton suggesting that this money
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Councils In England Offered New Homes Bonus
Councils in England are to be offered extra money for every newlybuilt home, as part of a government programme aimed at easing housing shortages.
Under the New Homes Bonus scheme the government will match the council tax raised on each new house for six years. Housing Minister Grant Shapps said action was needed as home building was at its lowest level since the 1920s. Shadow housing minister John Healey described the announcement as a con and said the scheme would cost billions. Mr Shapps said: “We will not tell communities how or where to build. But the New Homes Bonus will ensure that those communities that go for growth reap the benefits of development, not just the costs. With house building falling to its lowest level since 1924 under the previous government, action is needed now to build the homes the country needs.” According to Mr Shapps the current arrangement does not help residents to get the building projects that they need in their communities. “We think this topdown system which pitted communities against developers meant they spent loads of time in court and at planning appeals. We think that’s crazy.
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Not everything in life makes perfect sense. For instance, why is it that weeds grow all the year round, while the rest of the garden plants have ‘seasons’? Why do creepy-crawlies always head straight for the person who is most scared of them? And most worryingly, how is it that we don’t get thrown off the world as it spins in space?
But these idiosyncrasies are part of the charm of a rich and varied universe; if we could account for everything with rationality, apply the laws of logic to each and every response, I feel our lives would be dull, predictable, without spontaneity. We recently did our bit for spontaneity. We crossed from the Correos side of Albox to the Mercadona side, hardly giving the splendiferous new bridge a glance. We are so used to seeing it sitting in pointless and halffinished grandeur over the rambla that we have given
up encouraging ourselves with “It’ll be nice when it’s finished!” But hold the front page! It is finished. Well, sort of! To be exact, the bridge itself is finished, it’s just lacking a bit at either end. We reached the roundabout - all pristine black tarmac and perfectly circular - and felt compelled to enjoy the million-euro’d magnificence of the bridge itself. Sedately and with due reverence we drove ‘Del’ along its length, circumnavigated the perfectly circular roundabout at the other end, and proceeded back to the Point A from which we had so recently departed. Of course, I am overwhelmed by the bridge’s artistic impact. It would be rude not to be, but as we drove away the unspoken thought hovered in the air between us – Does Albox, which already has two bridges within spitting distance of each other, really need a third? However, the bridge has proved to be of some worth. As we reached home, our neighbours greeted us excitedly with ‘Have you been over the new bridge yet?’ It seems that we are not the only ones who have enjoyed a brief moment of purely pointless pleasure traversing its virgin length!
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From spending hours in the park to holidaying in exotic climes, every year thousands pursue an elusive all-over sun-kissed glow. Now scientists say their attempts may have been in vain because an even tan is impossible to achieve. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found some body areas are much more resistant to tanning than others. The findings show that your bottom is much more resistant to sunshine and when it does go red it tans less well than other areas. It also found that people with no freckles tanned more easily than those with freckling. The study - funded by the Medical Research Council - represents the first time that the depth of a person’s tan, and not just skin redness, has been quantified. Scientists carried out the study to try and solve the puzzle of why different types of skin cancer tend to be found in different parts of the body, given that they are all caused by exposure
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Scientists have discovered that the longterm ingestion of capsaicin, the ingredient in chillies that makes them taste hot, can reduce blood pressure – at least in rats.
The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, suggests that capsaicin works by activating a special “channel” in the lining of the blood vessels called the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1). When the channel is activated, it increases the production of nitric oxide in the blood vessels that is believed to protect against inflammation and other vascular problems.
Previous studies have produced mixed results when it comes to finding a link between hot chillis and blood pressure, but this may be because they were carried out over relatively short time periods, the scientists said. The latest findings are the first to establish a link between the ingestion of capsaicin over a longer period of time and a subsequent lowering of blood pressure in animals genetically predisposed to having hypertension. “We found that long-term dietary consumption of capsaicin, one of the most
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“People in these regions like to eat hot and spicy foods with a lot of chilli peppers. For example, a very famous local food in my hometown, Chongqing, is the spicy hot pot,” Dr Zhu said. He added that eating hot, spicy food may not be necessary to gain the benefits of chillis because similar compounds are present in sweet peppers. There is, for instance, a mild Japanese pepper, which contains a compound called capsinoid that is closely related to capsaicin. “Limited studies show that these capsinoids produce effects similar to capsaicin. I believe that some people can adopt this sweet pepper,” Dr Zhu said.
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Along with friends and colleagues from San Pedro, we waited with anticipation, to our trip on the “Land Train”, up the Sierra Minera, to be one of the first groups, to visit the Agrupa Vicenta Pyrite Mine. We were booked on the 10.45 Hrs., journey up “Road 33” to the mine.
The 10.15 “Train” was filling up nicely. Profesor Jose’ Manteca, from the Department de Ingenieria Minera, Geolo’gica y Cartografica, Universidad Polite’cnica De Cartagena, who is a member of the team that has put this Mining Park of La Union, on “The Map”, along with the work on opening the Agrupa Vicenta Mine to the public, greeted your reporter, as he climbed into the carriage, that was to take him, and his fellow travellers, to the mine entrance, wishing us all a visit to remember. Yes Profesor, but as it turned out, perhaps for the wrong reasons! It was 15 minutes later, that we had a feeling that all was not as it should be. The “Land Train” arrived back to the carpark, with the driver looking a little shaken and concerned. It would seem that break warning lights had indicated a problem! Not good on a 1 in 6 incline! Bonnet, or should we say, boiler and smoke box up, and after much shaking of heads and shoulder shrugging, it was decided that the “Train” was going nowhere, apart from the repair shop! “Never happened before” he stated. “No problem” said Ana, our guide, “We have sent for a Mini Coach, won’t be too long”. Just under an hour later, we at last took our seats in the Mini Coach, and made our way up to Agrupa Vicenta, passing passengers from the first train of the day, making their way down Road 33, on foot. I caught a glimpse of the “Good Profesor”, in the back seat of a private car, making it’s way back down the dusty track, no cheery wave this time! We, at last, arrived at the entrance to Mina Agrupa Vicenta. Nothing could wrong now. Don’t you belive it! “Smoke Ana, can’t get rid of it!”. The problem now it seemed, was the high-tech smoke generator, installed to give the visitor, a view of what happend after gunpowder is exploded deep underground. The duty engineer for the day, explained that the “Controlled” smoke injection, and gone out of
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control, and the mine had taken on the look of a London pea-souper! “Can’t explain it” said the engineer, “Never happened before”. “We can go in”, said Ana, “But keep close to me, and I’m sorry, but we can’t visit the lake level, too dangerous”. We made our way down the adit, to view the workings, but it was difficult to appreciate, in the fog and gloom, all the hard work, which I know, from a visit I made some months ago, has been undertaken, to open this mine to visitors to La Union. I remained behind as our group made their way back to the entrance and sunlight, to take a couple of photographs. Film exposed, I headed back through the fog, towards the adit entrance, when I felt a hard push, in the small of my back, just as if a hand had been thrust out, to urge me on. I turned to tell my fellow visitor, that I was going as fast as I could, in such conditions, but there was no one there, I was alone! Now you tell me!!!! Finally, returning to the car park, Ana offered all visitors their money back, which was good of her. As I made my way back to my car, my companion asked if I was o.k., as I looked as if I had seen a ghost! “No, but have just felt one” I replied. “It’s ain’t meant to be, it’s an omen, that’s what it is”
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We all know that time passes more quickly with the passage of years. Not seems to pass more quickly mark you, but I truly believe that time actually does pick up speed. I sometimes want to shout for God to take his foot off the accelerator and just cruise into the next straight bit of road, but I know it would have no effect, and the days will continue to pass as a blur. When I was a kid, the six weeks school summer holiday sauntered along at its own pace, and we filled our long days with fishing or getting on our bikes and disappearing until sundown. And my recollection is that every day was sunny – the whole six weeks of it. They try to tell us that only the good memories come through because the brain automatically filters out the not so pleasant stuff, but I’m having none of
up with drinking, partying and playing best out of three on the paddle tennis machine in the bar for female American tourists. It was the same at weekends, with a few hours on the beach thrown in. The only exception was when a tropical storm was raging outside, and we played Crazy Eights. Life was still good…
And then zzzzzip . . . we went to bed one night, and woke up in the future. What happened to the last 40 years? “Okay”, I want to tell my now departed parents, “You were right, can we start again”. But of course we can’t. These days we go through the ritual of assuring everyone in our circle of friends that, “We don’t feel any different now than we did
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that. The endless days lying on a river bank, chewing a blade of sweet grass and watching the fish glide to the surface to snaffle an unsuspecting fly, and just as effortlessly glide away again, are still fresh in my mind. Likewise the winter, when snow would fall on cue just as it should, and lay around for weeks on end. The icy slide that we painstakingly made in the road, remained a death trap for unsuspecting pedestrians for ever, and the snowman in the back garden stood sentinel until his nose fell off and he started to wet his pants about the time that the daffodils began to appear. Or so it seemed. Life was good. The only annoyance was having to listen to our parents telling us to “Pull our socks up”, keep our noses to the grindstone at school and make something of our lives. Because, they assured us, we needed to make something of ourselves or life would pass us by. They kept harping on about life being short, and we kept thinking – “Leave it out, we’ve got loads of time.” Then in my twenties I shared a house with three other blokes, and we all believed that there was still plenty of time to knuckle down and become self-made millionaires. We didn’t even own a telly because every night was taken
then”, and they sagely nod in agreement. But we all know the truth, and the truth is that we don’t go home from the bar these days because we’ve drunk the place dry. We go home because we are tired. We no longer wish that the phone would ring, with friends inviting us for an evening out clubbing. We take it of the hook, and watch Midsomer Murders on the box. And cards are no longer an intrusion into an evening with friends . . . they are an evening with friends! And here’s a thing, we like to think that we are ageing well, but one look in the mirror every morning only to be greeted by a watery eyed stranger, tells us otherwise. And in any case if it was true, why do so many of us put 20-year-old photographs on our Facebook pages? Old friends check out with ever increasing frequency, and you see faces from the past at funerals in greater numbers than you ever did by signing up with Friends Reunited. And where there were once slim attractive individuals, there are now only grey flanneled lookalikes, sporting more chins than the Beijing telephone directory. But does it worry me? cotton pickin’ shirt on it!
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Hey, I am still on holiday! Three long weeks – just like the Spanish do it. Whoa! Never done that before!
I am in a so-called serious business; one of those that people consider a necessary evil. I always hear people talking about the conditions in insurance policies being in small print. Truth is that I have never seen an insurance policy with small print, definitely not a health insurance policy as they all give the general conditions in a separate book. Small print taken to whole new heights must be the contract I got for a credit card. Even when I photo copied it up, I had trouble reading it. After having strained my eyes to their limit, I think it said that I had so-and-so much money available on the card, and that I had to pay it off – preferably in instalments, so the credit card company could charge me ridiculous interest rates. And, if I did not pay they would charge me even more ridiculous fees and harass me with nuisance phone calls at all times of the day, 7 days a week until I paid the full amount …. after which they would slap a couple of extra fees on, in order to exhaust me totally. Okay, maybe those were not the words, but it was certainly what happened to me, when I due to freak incidents fell into arrears. When I expressed my distrust in the company, the answer was: “But Madam, this is Barclays”. I honestly do not care whether it was the Spanish National Bank, dubious business practice, is dubious business practice no matter who practices it. Well, now you are warned! Before the crisis, the number of golf resorts being built in the region was unbelievable. Before the word “crisis” was ever mentioned, we asked ourselves in our house hold who on Earth was supposed to buy all those houses. Among the Spanish, we heard a lot of grumbling about the usage of precious water to keep all the new golf courses Well, with the crisis both “problems” were solved. The banks have taken the houses for non payment – they are now the biggest property and land owners in the region -, the golf courses were never built – saving all the water for growing crops that are never harvested, because growing them is not profitable -, and many of the promoters have gone bankrupt – some prominent ones not needing to worry about board and lodgings for several years as the Spanish penalty system is providing this free of charge. Now the remaining promoters are trying to blow a bit of life into the market and improve on tax collection. A couple of weeks ago the Associación de Promotores Inmobilarios de la Región de Murcia suggested a discounted tax for the foreigners who buy a property in the region. The suggested tax exemption is applicable on personal tax, which means that foreigners, who want to take advantage of the discounted tax, have to move their residence to the region and register here – and therefore pay tax to the region. And I must add, spend money in the region! Seems as if at least someone has discovered the importance of this consumer segment, and their value for the local economy. Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Churchill ordered a cover-up of a wartime encounter.
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Poetry Corner Easy Life In Spain Come out to Spain,it will change your life, You can bring the Kids,perhaps the Wife, Your aches and pains will dissappear, “Illegal builds” is all you will hear.
They Lied to us here,they Lied to us there, The Builders,The Agents,even the Mayor! We Trusted them all,as we Brits do, we were brought up Decent,Honest,and True.
A collection of saucy seaside postcards banned from UK resorts more than 50 years ago have gone on display together for the first time. A collection of saucy seaside postcards banned from UK resorts more than 50 years ago have gone on display together for the first time. All 21 comic cards by prolific artist Donald McGill have finally gone on show 56 years after the designs were burned because of their bawdy humour. McGill, who was dubbed the King of the Seaside Postcard, published saucy classics from 1904, featuring fat old ladies, drunken middle-aged men, honeymoon couples and vicars. He produced a massive 12,000 designs over nearly six decades and sold more than 200 million cards in small shops in British seaside towns. But in 1954, after a clean up at seaside resorts across the UK, he was charged with publishing obscene images and four of his cards were immediately banned and 17 withdrawn from sale. Now these censored seaside postcards can be seen alongside other postcards that did pass the censors approval at a new museum in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. “What is startling is how innocent the majority of these ‘obscene’ cards were,” said James Bissell-Thomas, owner of the Donald McGill Postcard Museum. “It seemed to be a bit of a witch hunt and was really very sad. Many of the images had been on display in the 1930’s and 1940’s and they were suddenly seen as a threat to society. McGill’s work was enjoyed by millions during his lifetime, but he remained a modest man and, in my opinion, never really received the recognition he deserved. “The museum gives people a chance to see all his work, including the whole series of postcards which were banned, and celebrate his career.”
I bought a nice Villa,and its very Grand, But Nobody told me its on Rustic Land, I believed in them then and everything that they Meant, Don’t ever Buy,its Better to Rent. Our Man at the Top,he’s a nice Man, He’s decided to change “The Urban Plan” We will be” Regular Soon”,so have no Fear! The Decisions Are Made Down In Almeria Its been in the Papers,and on the News, They’ve Taken our Money,and So much to Lose, Face up to the Facts,and Dry up those Tears, To get Legal Here, is going to take Years. Come out to Spain,it will Change your Life, You can Send back the Kids,perhaps the Wife, The Weather in Spain,will ease All your Pain I’m Never going Back to Wet England Again!
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Maintaining a ‘keep fit’ lifestyle doesn’t have to mean slogging it out in a sweaty gym. Just boosting your levels of general daily activity will reap big rewards in improved health and energy. Why get fit? There are all kinds of reasons why many of us find it hard to start exercising - our day-to-day lives require a lot less physical activity than in our grandparents’ or even parents’ day, most of us own cars and rely on them to get around, and more and more people spend hours sitting in front of computers.
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The pressures of home and family life can also mean it feels as if there’s little time left to fit in exercise. It’s certainly tough to get started. It’s worth thinking about what you gain from regular exercise and making even a partial improvement to your fitness.
Being physically active can bolster good mental health and help you to manage stress, anxiety and even depression. Regular exercise can help you achieve and maintain an ideal weight, which can be important in managing many health conditions, or may just make you feel happier about your appearance All exercise helps strengthen bones and muscles to some degree, but weight-bearing exercise, such as running, is especially good in promoting bone density and protecting against osteoporosis, which affects men as well as women. Different exercises help with all sorts of health niggles, such as digestion, poor posture and sleeplessness, and physical activity can be beneficial for a range of medical conditions, from diabetes to lower back pain
Don’t be a statistic! There are lots of positive reasons for getting fitter, including meeting new people, discovering new interests and generally feeling better, but if you need to be scared into doing more exercise, consider the following: On current trends a third of men will be obese by 2010, according to a 2006 Department of Health report. Between 2003 and 2006, obesity in adults rose by nearly 40 per cent. The picture is just as worrying for youngsters - by 2010, it’s predicted 22 per cent of girls and 19 per cent of boys between the ages of two and 15 will be obese, with girls under 11 at particular risk. Obesity is responsible for 9,000 premature deaths a year in this country, and is a major contributory factor to heart disease. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is still the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for about a fifth of all deaths, according to the Office for National Statistics. About a third of deaths caused by CHD are among people aged under 75
Keep active! We tend to assume the benefits and pleasures of sport, exercise and fitness are only for younger people, but think again. The rewards of improved fitness later in life can be great – both for your health and social life. Statistics show activity levels decline steadily with age, and by their mid-50s few people take regular exercise. But regular activity is especially important as you age because it has beneficial effects on conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and helps you maintain mobility and mental well-being and, consequently, your independence. There’s no reason you should give up the sport you love just because you’re getting older. There are plenty of exceptions to the statistical trend of decreased activity as we get older – at clubs up and down the country, for example, there are runners in their 50s, 60s and beyond whose fitness puts people 20 or 30 years their junior to shame. And even if you weren’t especially active or sporty at a younger age, it’s never too late to start. Male or female, single or with a partner, there’s lots you can do, and enjoy.
Some of the health benefits you’ll get are the same as younger people, but there are things that are of particular benefit as you get older: • More energy - exercise makes you feel more energetic, while sitting around not doing much makes you feel sluggish and unable to do anything • Improved sleep - your body and mind feel as though they’ve done something and are ready for rest at night • Stable weight - regular exercise helps to keep you at a healthy weight • Improved circulation and lower blood pressure • Delayed ageing - keeping active strengthens your muscles, joints and bones as well as helping with mobility and balance, important as it helps to prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injury and death for the over-75s On top of the health benefits, exercise can be an excellent way to meet new people, whether it’s at a gym, a rambling or running club, or just people you meet while walking the dog!
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Summer home decorating should be light and fresh, not a big project. Here are ideas to keep your summer home decorating easy, fast and inexpensive. Interior Painting Summer is a good time to add a new colour or a fresh coat of paint to your walls. Make painting a room easy by painting only the focal wall. Use a complimentary colour to the existing walls or, for a dynamic affect, choose a completely different colour and add a picture or other wall art to tie the room together. This makes painting a fast and less expensive home decorating idea.
Fabric Accessories Put away the throws and heavy pillows from the winter months. Make new pillows without sewing. Take a light weight piece of fabric and wrap a pillow like a present, using a complimentary ribbon to secure it. Easy and inexpensive way to add a fresh décor to your bedroom or living room.
Less Is So Much More! Declutter your fireplace mantle, end tables, and shelves by putting all of your knick knacks, pictures, and collectables
away. Now put out only the three you like the most and put them in a different location. This will create a new home decorating look, be less cluttered, and be less dusting during the summer.
Hello and once again welcome to this weeks article, where I am going to discuss with you very important points when buying or selling property in this current market. Even though there has been a massive increase in the amount of interest in property around this region of Almeria recently, and that this increase in interest has also been accompanied by an increase in the number of properties being sold in the region. This is Fantastic news for all of us, isn’t it? Well yes it is, but One Very important thing to remember is that the properties that have and are still selling within this region, are the properties that have been well priced and that have taken into account the market place that property is current experiencing, and that this has been addressed by the property owners wishing to sell who have also taken the advice they have been given by there agents. Please always remember that Good Professional Estate agents, always have there finger on the pulse of what is happening in the market place and because of this they know how to market and how to sell a property. Please also remember that Good Agents never take any fees from a client until the sale of there property has taken place. When buying in Spain, particularly if it is your first
here. Please, Please, please speak with Good property agents and show them your honest intent and share with them what you want from your Spanish property, and all good agents shall then be able to give you so much help and guidance to achieve your dream in the most cost effective way for you. Also when buying in Spain, I would strongly recommend that you only use the specially selected estate agents who have been accredited to provide you Free of any charge, with the 20 year safe purchase guarantee of Caser, who are one of the largest insurance companies in Spain, and are the insurers of the Spanish Savings Banks. As only with this 20 year safe purchase guarantee are you financially protected from any future problems or changes in the law, which may affect your property? If you would like more information on this please just call into our offices.
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Colourful Table Décor If you love the look and colours of fresh flowers in a vase on your table but can not afford buying new flowers every week make a silk flower arrangement. Silk flowers look real and come in a variety of colours to add the colour of summer to your home decorating. Easy and inexpensive.
Mix Up Your Home Décor Take a few minutes and change the furniture around in one room a week. You could even swap furniture from one room to another. There is no need to buy anything extra so changing the look of the rooms is inexpensive and easy. Make sure all the window treatments are letting the sunlight into each room and the windows and screens are clean.
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Florals, vintage fabrics and soft pastel colours have taken the fashion world by storm - and all the signs are that this look is set to take over our homes too. After the trend in recent years for neutral, minimalist interiors, this refreshing return to colour, texture and comfort is likely to be embraced in homes everywhere. Vintage-style decorating has the potential of bringing you back to your grandparent’s home; your furniture may be well-loved and well-used with peeling paint and many dents and scratches
Fabrics Fabrics are an important ingredient in creating this style. If you love the old cabbage roses of the 40’s you are well on your way to enjoying this style. Calico prints from the 30’s and 40’s are also used extensively. In the kitchen, oilcloth tablecloths were often used – and prove extremely practical in the modern home today. Another kitchen staple was the terrycloth towel with the crocheted buttoned handle that could be attached to a drawer knob or the oven door handle. Dishcloths and towels often had hand crocheted edges to keep them from fraying and help them last longer. During wartime when fabric was scarce,
g r a i n bags were printed with patterns so women would have access to fabric they could use. Often bags were sewn from these to keep dry goods in the pantry. Beans, rice, pasta were stored in these homemade bags made from the grain bag fabric. Since many women canned in those times and many gave their specialties as gifts, jar toppers were also made from these bags. Many of these grain bag patterns are avidly sought for by collectors today.
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Kitchen ideas One idea for vintage decorators is to have a coat rack in the kitchen displaying a variety of colourful aprons from the 40’s and 50’s. Enamelled pots, both blue speckled and white were found in vintage kitchens. The variety of tools used is huge and great fun to look for at flea markets. Look for gallon butter churns, butter moulds, wire egg baskets, rug beaters, a display of old keys, coloured jars, milk bottles, antique cookbooks, vintage pottery and canisters, tin breadboxes, vintage salt and pepper shakers. If you have a laundry area, a washboard could also be hung on the wall. To go along with that, everyone had clothespin bags that were hung from the clothesline, keeping the pins handy for use. Ironing boards were often covered with colourful calicos or cotton floral prints; ticking was also a favourite fabric for covering ironing boards.
Living Room If you have a living room with a fireplace, you can use an old trunk, wooden tool box or toy chest for a wood box. A basket piled high with pine cone starters along with some vintage fire andirons and hand wrought tools will complete the picture. Don’t forget to look for really great bellows while you are at it.
Bedrooms In the bedroom you can transform your linens by sewing crocheted lace to your sheets and pillowcases. Be sure to pile plenty of pillows covered with vintage pillowcases on the bed; quilts and comforters will also help you create the vintage style look. Shop at markets for some vintage lamps and lampshades. Beautifully shaped lamp shades fit this style as do padded hangers covered in vintage fabric, hang scented packets of potpourri from the hangers too
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Antique water pitchers with matching bowls are highly sought for this style of decorating. Even chamber pots are used for an authentic look here! Antique jewellery placed in a vintage
jewellery box is another way to add character to a vintage-style bedroom. Look for some old heavy glass vintage candlesticks for added romance.
Decorating Tips collection of shaving mugs with brushes A would look good in the bathroom...along with the shaving mugs would fit a razor strop used to sharpen straight edge razors lace a wooden peg rail in the entryway P for hanging hats...an umbrella stand would be appropriate in the front hall intage frames holding a collection of old V family portraits would fit in almost any room...
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Most houseplants will thrive in a well-lit, draught-free spot with an even temperature and reasonably high humidity. However some plants have specific needs. For instance, flowering plants and those with variegated foliage need m o r e light than plants with plain green foliage, while ferns like a darker position. Cacti, succulents and carnivorous plants like a bright windowsill, but avoid putting on a south-facing sill in summer, where they could scorch. Orchids prefer bright, indirect light and if possible, lots of fresh air and high humidity. Generally, if growth is poor and spindly, flowering plants are shy to flower or variegated plants revert to plain green, improve the light conditions.
Most houseplants are killed by overwatering. Aim to keep the compost moist but wait until it has almost dried out before rewatering. You can check by pushing your finger into the compost. Water from above and put saucers under plants to allow excess water to drain away. Generally plants will need watering more during the spring and summer growing seasons, than when dormant in winter. Tap water is fine for most houseplants, but some specialist plants, such as orchids and carnivorous plants are fussier. Water less in winter than in summer when actively growing.
Ferns, orchids, bromeliads, calathea and other tropical plants enjoy a daily mist with a hand-held spray. Grouping plants on a tray of damp gravel will also help.
Most houseplants can survive being left for a couple of weeks with some preparation. Water all pots thoroughly before you leave. Plants in large pots will be fine left in a shady room. Those in smaller pots, the very potbound and plants that enjoy humidity will do better in the bath, lined with an old towel soaked in water. If direct sunlight falls on your bath, shading the window will also help.
Many plants will grow without feeding, but flowering plants are very hungry and will do best when given a weekly dose of liquid feed. When moving plants into bigger pots, add a few granules of slow-release fertiliser to the compost, but follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to avoid overfeeding.
Most plants are easy to look after. Pinch off dying flowers with your thumb and forefinger and remove any damaged or yellowing leaves. Remove wayward branches with secateurs if necessary.
Dust can quickly build up on leaves This isn’t only unsightly but also prevents plants from growing properly. Clean with a piece of cotton wool dipped in water.
If the plant is lacking in vigour, check for tufts of white fluff. This is either mealy bug or woolly aphid, pests that suck the sap of houseplants. Remove with an organic soft soap spray. Tiny limpet-like bugs on stems or leaves of plants are a sign of sap-sucking scale insect. Rub off by hand with a piece of cotton wool. Fine webbing at the tips of plants and yellow speckling on leaves is a symptom of tiny red spider mites. They thrive in a warm, dry atmosphere - cut off the affected parts and mist around the plant to prevent another outbreak.
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the early bee gets the best pollen! A study has found that bees are better at learning new odours in the morning. This early brain power may have evolved to help the insects sniff out flowering plants and forage for nectar more efficiently. An experiment in which a team tested more than 1,000 bees is described in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. Previous research has shown that most flowers accumulate their nectar during the morning, so this would be the period during which learning many new odours would be most useful to the bees. The process of memorising the new odours released by flowers is very energy-intensive for the bees’ brains, so being a little “less clever” later in the day could help the insects to conserve that energy.
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There are nearly a thousand varieties of mint, but only six or so are worth cultivating. They are easy to grow in both shade and sun and require very little maintenance needed.
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Where To Grow… Mint is very tolerant of almost all conditions, but like all plants it will grow best in certain conditions. The soil should be well-dug, fertile and water-retentive, but not water-logged. Whilst mint will grow well in full sun, it does not like dry conditions. Its preference is therefore for partial shade, and it is well suited to a North facing wall Mint is sold at most garden centres in small pots - they can be planted straight outside.
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Mint has shallow, creeping roots which can be broken off and placed either directly in the ground or in pots containing potting compost. Because mint is such a strong-growing plant, it can easily kill nearby plants. The solution when planting outside is to sink a bottomless container, such as an old bucket, in the ground and plant the mint in this area. The roots might not be stopped 100%, but it will do the job. Another alternative is to dig a hole to a depth of 30cm (1ft) and line it with black plastic (pierced with small holes for drainage). The soil is then replaced in the black plastic and the mint planted in that area.
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Care of Mint… Mulching the soil will go a long way to keeping mint happy - it will achieve the all important job of keeping a moist root run which mint likes so much. A twice yearly feeding with bonemeal will keep it even happier. Remove the flowers by hand as soon as they appear because if left, they will reduce the amount of leaves. There is very little else to do except enjoy it. Mint suffers from only one disease and that is rust allow it to get a hold and it will kill all your mint plants. There are chemical sprays for rust, but they can often be only a part solution. The best method is to examine each plant carefully for signs of rust (orange blobs generally on the underside of the leaves) and remove any leaves affected - spray as well with a chemical if you want. If this does not remove the infection chop the plant down to ground level and burn it all - drastic, but the only cure in the late stages of rust infection.
Recommended Mint Varieties… Choosing a variety of mint is a matter of personal taste. However, for starters, shown below are a few tried and trusted varieties: Spearmint (Mentha spicata) - a traditional mint for mint sauces. A strong grower with attractive dark green leaves. Alpine Mint Bush (Prostanthera cuneata) - try something different, mint leaves with pure white flowers, a herb with true beauty. Chocolate Mint - really does taste a bit like mint chocolate! A novelty worth a try?
Harvesting Mint… Basically, cut the leaves when needed - a pair of scissors or nipping with the fingers both work well. It pays to cut the top leaves first, because this will encourage the plant to shoot out again further down the stem. Never strip the plant of all its leaves. It is possible to store the leaves in a warm place to dry, but some of the flavour goes.
Container Growing… This herb is ideally suited to container culture and will grow happily in potting compost. Attention throughout the year is minimal. Water if the compost is drying out, and feed with liquid plant food monthly throughout the growing season. Container grown plants are more likely to affected by severe frosts, so move the containers close to the house walls in colder months.
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Suddenly I’m brought back to earth by the dulcet (?) tones of ‘Er Indoors shouting “Have you finished picking the raspberries yet?” Back to work… if you are lucky enough to have autumn fruiting raspberries, now is the time to give your canes a good soaking, and I mean a REALLY good soaking; not just a can full. Then put at least 10cms of mulch around them to keep the soil moist because the sun will dry out the moisture as fast as you can put it in. I know that this is a veg page, but soft fruit is often grown in the veg plot. I also have a grape vine growing along the fence of the veg garden, courtesy of a bird, so I’m leaving it there to see what happens...there are a few grapes on it about the size of small pea!
AUGUST... If your plot is empty now, make sure it is well weeded then dig in the horse and cow manure; the older the better, but check for those CHAFER grubs! Now is the time for the seed bed to be prepared. Select a patch, preferably with a bit of shade at midday. Rake the soil to a fine tilth, make a depression (drill) and water. Sow seeds in moist drill then cover with fine dry soil. Using a watering can with a fine rose, keep the seedlings damp and shady until they are strong enough to look after themselves. Seeds suitable for planting now are:- cabbage, leeks, lettuce, onions, caulis, broccoli etc, NOT carrots as it’s still too hot for them. Seed potatoes are not available yet but look out for sprouting potatoes in the veg market Plant a few plugs of lettuce for those summer salads, and keep the tomatoes, cucumber, and peppers well watered. Keep an eye open for wasp nests amongst pots or near water butts.
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Global hunt begins for ‘extinct’ species of frogs
A frog hunt like no other is about to begin, as conservationists scour the world for species thought to be extinct but which may just be hanging on. Over the next two months, missions will begin in 14 countries searching for species such as the golden toad, the hula painted frog and the scarlet frog. Amphibians are the most threatened animals on the planet, with one third of species at risk of extinction. Many have been eliminated by a fungal disease carried in water. The scientist leading the project, Robin Moore, said he believes some of the 100 amphibians targeted in the survey will turn up. “A couple of years ago when I was in Ecuador with a team of local scientists, we went in search of a species that hadn’t been seen in 12 years,” he told BBC News. “We weren’t very hopeful that we’d find it, but after a day of searching we uncovered a rock and found one of these little green frogs. “Similar stories have started popping up of people finding frogs that we thought had gone; so it gives me hope that there are a lot out there that we think may have disappeared but may actually still be alive.” Dr Moore, of Conservation International (CI), is organising the search for the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The biggest issue for amphibians globally is loss of their habitat, as forests are cleared and wetlands drained. But this survey will target many species that have fallen prey to a newer and starker threat - the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. There is currently no way of preventing infection in the wild, or of preventing its spread across the world. Although some species are immune, the chytrid fungus wipes others away suddenly. The iconic golden toad of Costa Rica (Incilius periglenes) went from abundant to extinct in little more than a year. This spectacular species has become a poster-child for the amphibian crisis, and finding some specimens still alive - about which the team is not optimistic - would be a major coup. The same applies to the gastric brooding frogs of Australia, which uniquely in the animal world raise their tadpoles in their stomachs. This involves turning off production of stomach acid. Medical researchers hoped that understanding how the frogs did it could lead to new treatments for stomach ulcers. But their disappearance in 1985 - probably another victim of chytridiomycosis - put paid to such notions. If it turns out that a few of them do still exist, or of any of the other species to be surveyed, conservation measures would be implented in full. “We’re limited by our knowledge of many of these species and whether they even exist - if we don’t know whether a species exists, we can’t protect it,” said Dr Moore. “So it really is a mission to increase our knowledge of what’s out there, what’s still alive, so that we can follow up and hopefully do some conservation work on species that are found.”
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‘Beanstalk’ sunflower just keeps growing and growing
A family told how a sunflower in their garden is set to be Britain’s tallest after shooting up by more than 10 feet in one MONTH. The sunflower, planted by Claire Townshend, 31 and her two green-fingered children, Charlie, seven and Rosie, four, in their back garden, now stands at a towering 14ft1in. Full-time mum Claire bought three £1 pots of sunflower seeds from Asda on March 9 and along with husband Dean, 34, planted nine seeds later that evening. Charlie and Rosie were initially disappointed when the five shoots grew by just three feet from March to June - but then to their delight the plants began an astounding growth spurt, putting on 10ft in just one month. Now one of the sunflowers is just six inches off the UK record of 14.7 ft, while the four others, only one with a fully-formed head, stand at around 11 ft in the 130 ft garden. Claire said the family, who moved in to the three-bedroomed semi-detached house Borehamwood, Herts., a year ago, were astonished” the seeds had grown so tall. She said: ‘We still can’t believe it. Charlie and Rosie have been watering it every evening but it must have been the hot weather that made it shoot up.’ ‘’The current record is 14.7ft but we are confident this one will beat records if there is enough rain and sunshine.’ ‘Charlie loves gardening and has already grown strawberry plants, which were a great success, but this is his greatest achievement yet.’ ‘The stalk is so thick, it’s like a tree trunk and the leaves are absolutely massive too.’ ‘Everyone is so shocked when they see it - it reaches above our upstairs windows.’ ‘Only one of the heads has flowered at the moment so we are looking forward to the others coming into bloom, and of course beating the record.’ Claire and Dean, an industrial waste loader,
decided to pull up a patch of weeds in their back garden in March for Charlie and Rosie to start gardening together. Charlie, who is three ft 11ins, and 3’7” Rosie, who both attend local primary schools, are still amazed by the ‘monster’ that towers above them. The family are continuing to water the sunflowers and are measuring the tallest every day to make sure can track exactly when it becomes a record-breaker.
Puffin chick ‘bullied’ by adult ‘Asbo’ bird on Shetland An adult puffin has been nicknamed Asbo after being filmed bullying a puffin chick on Shetland. The fully-grown puffin was filmed several times going underground and pecking and kicking the young bird. RSPB Scotland said the footage in a burrow, at Sumburgh Head, revealed previously unknown behaviour. South Shetland warden Helen Moncrieff said: “What we never expected to see was any violence.” She said the baby puffin had recovered from the attacks. She explained: “As this anti-social behaviour has been captured on CCTV,
we’ve nicknamed the intruder ‘Asbo puffin’. “Thankfully, the chick found the strength to recover from the attacks and seems to be making good progress. “It could leave the burrow any day now. It’s been a privilege watching the puffins and we hope to do it all again next year.” The puffin egg was laid on 6 May, and it hatched on 15 June. Edited footage from the nest made available online by the RSPB does not feature the attack, which is said to be distressing.
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station puts it off to another day (8) 9 Senior member of lair - “Without You” nearly coming up (5) 14 Social worker goes after former “Gold” piece that’s excessive (10) 16 Spirit holder’s folk opening, with “Heart Of Glass” down initially having disrupted kip outside (8) 1 A cat I put before beginning of “Cars” is minute (6) 17 Those providing the rhythm for start of “Millennium” 2 Fruit of “Father and Son” - replacing daughter with taken in by shocking murders (8) maiden (6) 18 Peculiar two taken in by one who can’t stand 3 Lacking the beginning and end, “Move Closer” for Bush (4) “Trouble” (3,5) 4 Centrepiece of heavy metal without final tune from “Ten 19 T wice left track embraced by “America” after British Thousand Years Ago”, perhaps (3-3) animals (8) 5 Adore “Crazy”, a key riff for romance (4,6) 6 Starts to entertain many bands - “Alright” led musical 23 “Born To Be Wild”, losing BT’s island (6) 24 Repeals shuffle, with “Runaway” to go by (6) extravaganza, dignity preserved (8) 7 Not one for “Help!”, writer leaves out a list and head of 27 So, “The Final Countdown” (4)
SUDOKU PUZZLE ...Very Hard!
Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.
ACROSS 2. Large ungulate with fleshy snout (5) 4. Expanse of scenery (9) 6. Furtive (13) 9. Myriad (8) 10. Shortened (8) 13. Repayment (13) 15. Arduous (9) 16. Value of Roman L (5)
8 Went fishing, wasted time with “A World Without Love” (lame ending) (7) 10 Prepared (almost) to produce “Love Me Do”? Not for nothing! (7) 11 Closed book - “My Way” - with entertainer’s first lines (7) 12 Alternative number taking most of “Get Back” with a herb (7) 13 Sentenced men coded new “Changes” (9) 15 Half of “Woman” centrally churns to the bone (5) 16 “ Bohemian Rhapsody” lacking means to create rabies (11) 20 At first, “Days” lost middle at parties (3) 21 “Penny Lane” initially to turn doctor? Precisely! (5) 22 With first tune dropped, better “Lola” version is passable (9) 25 Illuminated without mime, “Release Me” is as far as something can go (5) 26 Examination of accounts of “Goldfinger” removed soldier (5) 28 “Starman” misses mother, switching two letters and bringing back example that’s alien (7) 29 Good ending of “True” - note repeated with stable’s first horses (3-4)
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Opening Hours 10am - 2pm
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BAR - RESTAURANT - CERRO GORDO
Saturday 14th august
Karaoke/Party Night with Graham D from 8.30pm ‘Dust off those dancing shoes Come along & sing the Blues’
Cold meat salad Fillet of salmon Ploughmans
Watch this space for our Wednesday specials or call for more details For all enquiries & reservations please call 650 599 739 Email: bistrobonita1@ hotmail.com
Only 5 minutes from Albox
Petrol Garage IVECO Cerro Gordo 3.5km
Reverté Bistro Bonita
Follow the signs from the roundabout
PROPRIETOR: Terry Jackson
The Kimrick Private Functions, Private Functions, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc
Free entry to Swimming Pool & Terrace serving snacks & main meals
Pool-side snack menus Non-smoking restaurant Air - conditioning Free wifi (Password Protected)
menu del dia 12€ menu del Noche 14€ Sunday Lunch from 9€
special 3 course menu inc 1/2 bottle of house wine pp with Arribba Arriba Saturday 16th October
Approx 300 metres
Use this checklist to ensure that you have everything you need to decorate your garden, create a beautiful table and set the mood for the perfect summer party!
Please specify your choices when booking as all food is freshly cooked to order
under new management
Summer Party Decorating Checklist
NOW OPEN EVERY DAY
Tel: 950 475 198 Kitchen Open: 12 noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm
Tablecloths and table runners:
Choose a tablecloth that fits your table. Try a brightly colored one or a summer-themed pattern.
have enough plates for each course. Are you serving soup, salad and bread? If so, you’ll need dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, dessert plates and bread plates.
Make sure you have enough napkins for all your guests. You can even mix and match different sets. Paper and cloth napkins come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. When you’re picking out napkins, select colors that will coordinate with your tablecloths, table runners and place mats.
Set your table with wine and water glasses for adults and juice glasses for children. Plastic and paper are convenient and attractive for a casual party, while glass works best for formal occasions. Make sure you have enough for all your guests.
Make sure your guests stay well hydrated on warm summer days. Place a pitcher of water on the table so that guests can refill their glasses without having to leave the table.
For a casual party, paper and plastic make cleaning up a breeze, and there are many eco-friendly options available. If your party is more formal, consider setting your table with brightly colored china pieces. Make sure you
Assemble a summer centerpiece for your table. Try an arrangement of different-sized candles with a scattering of seashells or stones. Plastic beach buckets filled with sand also make sturdy candleholders. Pair them
Consider your menu and the tone of your party. Are you hosting guests for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by the pool or a sit-down dinner under the stars?
LA PARATA Shea, formally of Neptuno’s presents Sunday BBQ Extravaganza on our suntrap terrace, including sangria Call for more details
Menu del dia 10€ for 3 courses
our exciting new menu is now here ! For Reservations please call
950 478 186
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with other beach toys for a whimsical theme.
A corkscrew, bottle opener, cocktail shaker, strainer, muddler, jigger, bar spoon and cocktail picks will provide guests with everything they need to pour their own drinks. Colorful cocktail umbrellas add a dash of summer whimsy to cocktails, and wineglass tags will ensure that guests never confuse their drinks with someone else’s.
Open all day freshly made food twist with a canadian & Available all day late serving food til every thurs, fri & sat
Before you put dinner on the barbecue, make sure you have everything you need to finish the job. A spatula, tongs, a fork and a basting brush are essential tools for
drinks specials available daily
Tel - 647 106 129 Situated on MojacarPlaya
Ice Bucket or Cooler:
An ice bucket or a cooler at the bar or the dinner table is a summertime essential. It will let guests keep their drinks cold without having to run back into the house to get more ice.
Bar la Union
FRIDAY IS Fish & Chips (Cod or Haddock) from 5€ 1pm - 9pm plus live entertainment 9pm
Hot summer days and cold drinks bring the inevitable water rings on your tables and drips on your guests. Avoid this problem by leaving coasters on surfaces where guests might put down their glasses.
evening entertainment IN AUGUST (starts 9pm)
If you’re hosting a party in your backyard, make sure you have enough chairs for all your guests. If you’re going to be seating some of your guests in folding chairs, consider using chair covers. They’ll keep your table looking lovely by dressing up the seats, which can be unsightly.
Sunburn is always a hazard during the summer months. Help your guests avoid this uncomfortable condition and protect their skin by leaving suntan lotion in convenient places. Provide plenty of areas where they can escape the strong summer sun, such as underneath an awning or a large picnic umbrella.
If you’re hosting a summer pool party, make sure your guests have floats or toys to help them relax in the water.
Provide loungers and extra towels just in case!
Tel: 950 634 533
Established 6 years
Bar, Restaurant and Terrace for Lunches & Drinks Wed - Sun 12 noon to 3.30pm (last orders)
Special Wednesday Lunch Roast Beef or Pork & Tea or Coffee Open Evenings Thursday Evening
Weds to Sat 7pm to 10pm (last orders) Evening 3 Course 13€ inclusive
8oz Rump Steak Homemade Chips, Peas, Mushroom, Tomatoes inclusive
A la Carte Menu always available
Sunday Lunch Choice of two 9.75€ or 1 3€ 3 Course set menus Served between 12pm - 4.30pm last orders Limaria, Arboleas 4.5km from Albox Tel: 950
s o z i l l e M s Lo
formerly the Corner Bar
Every Friday Evening
Karaoke with Graham D
Sunday Afternoon Disco with Toppo (6pm-late)
Open every day 10am - Late
Telephone: 680 966 310
Specialities Cod, Chickpea, and Lentil
Monday Roast Chicken Tuesday Fresh Fish Wednesday Roast Pork Ribs Thursday Roast Pork Ham Friday Roast Lamb
MENU DEL DIA
4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Available Mon to Sat inclusive.
Lunch 1pm-4pm 10 € Dinner 7pm - 11pm 11€
sunday 14 €
All inclusive in our
4 courses menu
As well, we have Fresh Galician Beef Sirlon and fillet steaks flame grilled to your liking
All inclusive on the menu del dia We are open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘till late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking recommended. Spanish speaking 950 430 145 English speaking 647 730 103
menu del dia
including Sunday Roast Lunch with all the trimmings Now including whole Roast Lamb Shank 600g with roast potatoes 1pm - 4pm ITV
MESON DE IRENE
Make sure that children, who aren’t strong swimmers but who still want to join in the fun, are also catered for with armbands & floats.
Avda Andalucia 41, La Alfoquia - Zurgena
Baza/Fines ► ◄ Albox
Suntan Lotion & Shade:
Every Mon 2.30pm 100€ JACKPOT
Nothing spoils an outdoor party faster than an attack of mosquitoes or flies. Burn citronella candles or provide guests with bug spray to help ward off any unwelcome insects.
menu del dia only 8€ (3 Courses)
Pie Chips & Gravy 4€
Citronella Candles or Bug Repellent:
All Day 12-7pm from €6.50 inc free glass of wine pp Beef/ Lamb/Chicken/Pork
Set the tone at your party with the sounds of summer. Guest can kick back or get up and dance to the sounds of your favorite CDs.
have a fantastic summer party! me Strang o c l e Restaurant er W
Friday 13th August - Brian Dee Saturday 14th - Quiz (starts 8pm) Friday 20th - Driftwood
Candles or Lanterns:
Set the mood for your party with candles or lanterns. Hanging lanterns will create a pretty summer scene, while votives, tapers and pillar candles can be used separately or mixed to create a warm and inviting centerpiece for your table.
Pol. Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage
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MacGowan’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Open 365 days a year
Guinness, Murphy’s Cider, Lager, Large Selection of Spirits
CAFE BAR ANKARA
Welcomed by Kay & Ray
Specialities: Paella, Fried Fish, Fish, Meats
Darsena de la Batea - Tel: 950 49 73 68 Pto. Deportivo Almerimar - EL EJIDO
Almerimar is a modern seaside town in the province of Almería which is part of Andalucía. The town is situated approximately 40 km west of the city of Almería and it´s airport. It is also about 2 - 2 1/2 hours drive east from Málaga airport. The town of Almerimar did not exist until the 1970s. Early on there was just the golf course and 3 hotels on the site of the current Spirit Mar complex close to the Puntas Entinas nature reserve. In 1976 the Almerimar Golf Hotel opened. The next big development was the creation of the marina. The marina which has around 1000 births is made up of three linked areas called Darsenas. These are very imaginatively named Darsena 1, Darsena 2 and Darsena 3. When the marina was first built there was very little development around it. Over the years the town has grown significantly. There are now buildings all around the marina with restaurants, shops and bars scattered across all 3 darsenas and in the areasnearby. More recent developments have included the addition of a further 9 holes on the golf course and the refurbishment of the original 18 holes in the early 2000s. Also, there is a second area close to Almerimar known as ´the lakes area´. This is situated in the Bahía San Miguel (Bay of San Miguel) between the core of Almerimar and the town of Guardias Viejas where there has been a large number of additional holiday properties built in the last 10 years.
MESON RESTAURANTE El Laurel Speciality in grilled meat fish & Paellas
Calle Darsena de la Batea 28 Puerto deportivo Almerimar 04711
Tel: 950 497 274 or 667 443 743
international Yachtbrokers and charter agents
The Number 1 Yacht Broker in Spain! Calle Galeon 37 Darsena 1, Almerimar
www.hollandyachting.com Tel: +34 950 609 525 mob: +34 667 487 292
CHURCH TURRE EVANGELICAL ria. Alme de ida rquillica, Aven Calle Albe tea or coffee Sunday services at 11am followed by 10.30 to 1pm at ays nesd Wed le circ ing Ladies sew 12pm Mums and toddlers Fridays 10am to 8pm ay nesd Prayer meeting on Wed Bible study on Wednesdays 833 444 Tel: 950 617 549 or 950 472 349 or 686
A Summer Evening With Live Entertainment
The Blues Brothers - Baz & Ed Raising Funds for Puppy Rescue’s Dogs to Holland Appeal Thursday 26th August ~ 7.30pm till Late at Bar International ~ Tickets 10€ per person (Price includes Cold Buffet) Ticket available from: Essentials (Arboleas), Bar Lepanto (Nr Mercadona) Puppy Rescue Charity Shops & Puppy Rescue Stall at Albox Market (Tuesday) or Car Boot (Saturday)
Tlf. 950 609 546
Mon - Sat 10.30 til late Sunday 2pm til 9pm Tel: 610 m900 320 Address: Calle Canoa Darsena 3 Almerimar 04711 10% discount with this advert
To reserve a table Tel: 696 89 35 69
By John Woodhead www.almerimartoday.com
* Full International Menu * Argentinian Steaks * Authentic Indian Curries (Punjav chef) * Sports channel incl. GAA * Irish Breakfast * All food freshly prepared
Calle Varadero Almerimar 04711 (Almeria)
Full English Breakfast served all day Tapas 2 - 6 Full sky sports package including ESPN
...over the years
what’s on... what’s on...
Every Friday Karaoke from 9pm Saturday & Sunday Disco Karaoke on request Every Saturday 3pm Barbecue Puerto deportivo, Almerimar Calle Galeon, darsena 1
Tel: 664 190 764
Almerimar office Services
We offer assistance with all aspects of Office Services Resolving Computer Problems Netbook Laptops for sale Printing/Photocopying/Faxing Flight Searches & Bookings Translations in English/Spanish/Dutch/German Real Estate Sales and property Rentals
Almerimar Office Services Tel: +34 671 232 906 or +34 667 487 292 Holland Yachting Office, Calle Galon 37, Darsena 1, Almerimar email@example.com
Tel: 950 591 893
Co-owner’s of the Sophia Wellness Centre in Arboleas, Paula Read-Kenny and Jacky Rusholme, recently presented F.A.C.E. (Fundraising In Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) President Adele Wrigglesworth with a cheque for 2,500 Euros. The cheque was part of the proceeds raised through a sponsored 6 kilometre walk around Arboleas held in March of this year and through many other various activities organised by the Wellness Centre. The total of monies raised was over 5,000 Euros and Sophia’s would like to thank all their clients and associates for helping to raise this tremendous sum. F.A.C.E., who assisted in the organisation the sponsored walk, were presented with half the total raised; the remainder will go to Cancer Support in The Community. PIC: Jacky Rusholme (second from left) with F.A.C.E. President Adele Wrigglesworth (centre) and Paula Read-Kenny (right of centre), surrounded by other members of the F.A.C.E. Committee. (Report by Richard B.Tolman)
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LOOK WHO’S 50 ON 14TH AUGUST! ANGIE KENDALL!
WIN A MEAL FOR TWO!
Each month, APSA, the animal charity in Albox, runs a draw for a buffet meal for two at Syedpur Indian Restaurant in Albox. The draw raises much - needed cash for the many dogs in our care and for the neutering programme. Tickets are just 2€ and can be bought at the APSA shop, Rumores bar and restaurant or from volunteers in your area. Please ring 950 437 080 for details. Please help the charity and give yourself the chance to win a free meal!
MAISY MARY JOAN PRIN. ON SPECIAL BIRTHDAY WISHES YOU LOVE YOUR 3RD BIRTHDAY ~ WE LOTS & LOTS OUR LITTLE PRINCESS & DADDY LOTS OF CUDDLES MUMMY XXXXXXXXXXX
Happy Birthday Phil (Securitas Direct) from all of his girls with lots of love Kelly, Sophia & Alicia XXXXXXXX
A SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA At Restaurante La Cumbre 24th August from 7pm~ 12 Euros With performance
This event is to help support a loca l registered charity in Los Gallardos, called ASADIS. The charity supports 13 mentally and physically disabled children. The funds raised helps pay for physiotherapy,speech therapy and field trips etc. The last event we organised we hoped 200 would attend, the support from ever ybo dy was immeasurable we doubled that amount plus. This year we have changed the venue for different and better facil ities, unfortunately this means we can only cater for a limit ed amount. If you wish to join in please do not hesitate to purchase your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment
DDING ANGIE AND PHIL’S 17THTHWE ANNIVERSARY ON 14 AUGUST A WONDERFUL WITH ALL MY LOVE PHIL FOR 17 YEARS OF HAPPINESS. XXX ALL MY LOVE ALWAYS, ANGIE r who came to ou P.S Thank you to everyone a lovely night!XXX party on 21st July. It was
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Pirate Friday t 13th Augus Mojacar Playa
Music from 70’s & 80’s
Call Claire on 677 993 717 for more information
mondays & tuesdays
s from: The Kings Of Swing (Tony Justice & Brendan O’Dee) ~ The Yank ee Blues Brothers ~ Arribe Arriba (Ellen Turner & Jim Mackie) ~ Drift wood ~ Mel Jay
You can purchase your tickets from Bar El Naranjo Los Gallardos, Ali, Michelle and Mick are large supporters of Asadis,they arrange many even ings in the bar to raise funds, they will be more than happy to see you. Restaurante La Cumbre and Gat sby’ s Boutique near Hotel Puntazo, Mojacar Playa. OR CONTACT JULIE ON 950398846 OR 697462746 or ww w.jujuentertainment. com
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or challenge yourself to up to 25 courses only 12.95€ again All for....
Sheryl and Terry would like to wish their daughter Amanda Rivett and future Son-in-Law Simon Jameson a huge congratulations on their engagement. On July 31st friends and family were in Bistro Bonita in Cerro Gordo as Simon got down on one knee and proposed. We wish you both luck and good fortune for your future together!
5 course meal mondays & tuesdays
Tel: 950 120 606
British Food Store
in Roquetas (near Theos) Groceries and frozen foods including legs of New Zealand lamb, gammon joints, lambs liver. Large selection of greeting cards
Free Home Delivery Always well stocked
950 334 081 Mon - sat 10-2 In the Urb of Roquetas de Mar, just off Avda de Mediterraneo in the square near La Gamba Toscana & Theos
BRITISH BEACH FRONT BAR
MAISY MARY JOAN PRIN RD VERY HAPPY 3 BIRTHDAY OUR LITTLE PRINCESS (21ST AUGUST) KISSES ALL OUR LOVE, HUGS AND FROM NANNA & GRANDAD XXXXXXXX
We are located on the paseo between the Zoraida Garden Hotel and the Port of Roquetas De Mar
950 325 867
Open 7 days a week from 10am till late For all day breakfast, Snacks, 3 Course Meals
Now serving Tasty Tapas Small beer, wine, coffee, tea or water with Tapa €2 / Extra Tapas €1 Curry Night - Saturdays 7pm -10pm Onion bahjee, chicken curry, naan bread & small beer or wine. All for €8.50
MON: 7pm Barbeque / TUE: 9PM BINGO wed: 9pm ‘the big quiz’ / fri: 9Pm race night Sunday lunch - 1.30-4.30pm - Booking Recommended
BOOT SALE EL RANCHO EVERY AT
Pitch Only 2€
NOW moved to the restaurant car park - cool shaded area
CAR BOOT SALE STARTING SATURDAY 14TH AUGUST FROM 3PM Menu deL dia I‘F ESTAEND’ mon-fri 3 courses €7 K E E pool is now open W For further information contact Julie on
646 675 297
‘Situated on the Huecal Overa/Taberno Road to the junction of Los Llanos & Santo Petar crossroads’
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Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for sale 1.20 Satelitte Dish and digi box 120€ ono 664 180 215 UPS battery back up pack for computer/ digi box etc only 30€. As new. Tel: 950 369 124 or 629 864 121 (ref:251) BBQ Very large American style, stainless steel, gas barbecue, ‘Anthony Worrall Thompson’, 4 burners, side burner, oven. 600€ new. With gas bottle. As new, only 250€. Tel: 950 369 124 or 629 864 121 (ref:251) Sony Blu-ray DVD player with remote control. As new. €70 Tel: 950 432 333 (ref:251) Wingmaster PC gaming joystick complete with installation disc. Never used. €10 Tel: 950 432 333 (ref:251) 2 wash basins & pedestals. Standard Size. White. As New. 25€ pair or 15€ each. Tel Skype 0121 887371 or mob: 671684528. (ref:251) C h a l l e n g e upright drill. 13mm chuck. As new 60€ Tel: 670 595 932 (ref:251) 8mm Sony handy-cam, 560 zoom, nightshot, flip out screen, bag, tape, remote control.60€ Tel: 670 595 932 (ref:251) 5mp digital camera, hp, video function, lead, CD, bag, 40€ Tel: 670 595 932 (ref:251) Cream leather 3 seater settee immaculate condition €200 Tel: 686 230 732 Durst RCP20 a u t o m a t i c printer for silver photo printing. Complete with original instructions. €75.00. 6 solar lawn lanterns €18 Tel: 950 523 215 / 628 661 075 Santopetar, near Taberno (ref:250) VAX 1900 Upright Vacuum cleaner only used a few times, 50€ ono Tel 638 546 440 (ref:150)
batteries for solar power not the cheap leisure type 15 yr guarantee from new 2 yrs old never used kept on float charge only bargain 65€ each Tel: 619 744 516 (ref:250)
Tel: 950 523 215/ 628 661 075 Santopetar, near Taberno (ref:249 IKEA Double / King Size Black Metal Headboard, Fits to the Wall lovely design email me for photos lyndabmack@ Rocks: 25 Large / yahoo.com Tel 638 mid sized decorative 546 440 (Turre) only (sandstone), ideal for 30€ (ref:249) rockery or decoration. 20€. Buyer must Wood burning good collect. Call Gerry in Stove, Albox on Tel: 666 617 condition. 56cm wide 931 (ref:250) x 93cm high x 38cm deep, 15cm top flue 3 gas bottles for outlet. Brass handles. sale 15€ each Tel: 697 €50 Tel: 664 222 404 686 273 (ref:250) (ref:249) Free standing Alfred Angelo air conditioner / Wedding Gown. heater / dehumidifier. Ivory white with Nearly new. Can be deep red trim top seen working. Venting and bottom. Beaded kit included. Only 105€ bodice and hem-line. Tel: 628 609 961 Velez Size 14 adjustable with Rubio area. (ref:250) red ribbon tie-up back. Hanger and waterproof Aircon Unit, bag included. 280.00 Delonghi free standing. euros or NCO. contact: A godsend on these Zara: 645 112 300 scorching days and Ceiling Fans 4 blades, nights.���85 ono Tel: 4 speeds, white, good 699 178 772 (ref:250) working order can be 2 AC 250w RMS seen working, five in speakers 15 inch total for quick sale with horns new 350€ 15€ each Tel 950 475 and 1 AC 600w stereo 455 or 661 016 366 amplifier new 200€ Tel: (ref:250) 647 202 599. (ref:250) Sky box with all leads and remote control, still in box 80€ tel : Mike / Maureen 634 340 406 (ref:250) Two bed bases - a new one (1m60 X 2m) 50€ (value 100€) - a used one in very good condition (1m40 X 1m90) 20€ Kitchen cabinet (white) 0,40 x 0,60 x 0,70 in good condition 15€ Tel: 679 32 93 14 (ref249)
Air-con MD Air-Con & Refrigeration S.L. Sales, service, installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_aircon@mobileemail. vodafone.es
PENGUIN AIR CONDITIONING Quality air-conditioning & electric boilers supplied & fitted 6 years experience Call Lee on
670 595 932 Airport services
services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel Charlie on: 677 667 722
Airport Transfer, 24hr service, Alicante, Almeria, Murcia etc. 9 seater, cheap rates. Tel: 634 344 699
Supplied and installed Will call 6 numbers if triggered can be remote controlled by phone from anywhere No landline required Tel: 628 607 778
Massage chair portable must be in alternative good condition 950 energy Mens golf clubs. 064 801 or 647 379 878 9 graphite shafted Solar & wind Mercury metal woods power Best equipment Shop work or in carry bag. €70.00 C&G qualified 15 years Tel: 950 523 215/ 628 labouring for local experience, electrical builders in Huercal-overa 661 075 Santopetar, work and pool heating. area Tel Steve: 619 932 992 near Taberno (ref:249) Rolex or Cartier Call Phil on 636 261 www.sunergy.com Mitsubishi golf woman’s watch must 240 trainer GL-500. be good quality private Carlos (Saliente) Reads length, height, buyer tel 647 379 878 plumbing & heating services. fade/draw etc. €100 If it involves water, we can Tel: 950 523 215/ 628 help! www.carlossaliente. ALBOX com Tel: 968 969 962 661 075 Santopetar, near Taberno (ref:249) SUPERKING Size Bed Memory Foam Matress only 6 months old, so comfortable and great for relaxing only 6 months old , as new bargain at 250€, buyer collects , we live in Turre Tel 638 546 440 (ref:249)
Want all of your unwanted items! Call
IKEA Red Rugs 160x130 short shag pile, very modern look great, 70€ for both Tel: Patio Heater, Tall 638 546 440 (Turre) Gas Patio Heater, (as (ref:250) used by restaurants) those chilly Medium sized for Fridge Freezer evenings on the patio 50€ & very ornate only used for 6 weeks, English double bed with full gas bottle Accountancy frame 30€ Tel: 634 319 100€ tel 638 546 440 (Turre) (ref:249) SR Accountancy 885 (ref:250) offers Completion of Complete set Air-Con: very large of ladies golf Non-Resident Tax air-conditioning unit hot / cold suit bar or large clubs, Lynx Tigress returns, Renewals of 184.108.40.206 Residencia, European room as new condition comprising metal woods, all instructions included Health Cards and irons, genuine reason for 4,5,6,7,8,9 Registering of E121 wedge & sand iron, sale 299€ Tel: 619 744 etc. For more informaping putter. All in 516) (ref:250) rainbow Kinbag. Ball tion, call 685 248 999 rainbow or email sharon@sracBatteries: heavy retriever, €125.00. countancy.com duty 12volt deep cycle umbrella.
661 759 882 950 064 576
healthy and beauty
Mobile pedicure and manicure Tel: 615 806 126
Building maintanence and construction company Professional team of tradesmen specialising in all building services, electrical,carpentry, tiling and painting.Offering an hourly rate (min 5 hours)
Local Representative established 3 years in Arboleas and surrounding areas. For latest special offers or to request a brochure contact CLAIRE 691 987 454
Renovating old and building new houses Tel office: 950 421 163 Mob: 647 843 486
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Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance Ai r p o r t
Wireless blade, Intruder Alarm lawnmower Systems 167 837
Rotary petrol TEL: 681 Wanted RH UK reg car or people carrier must have all paperwork and service history cash private buyer 647 379 878
get your property ready for summer! bbq areas, patios, gardens - no job too small Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222 Email: email@example.com
Neil Bates Builder City & Guilds Qualified
All aspects of building work
Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices
Any small building jobs including Patio’s, Brickwork, Rendering, Custom Made & Fitted Rejas and more...
Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592
Ross Regan We cover all aspects of work from total reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors design & build Call for a free no obligation quote 671 843 155 / 646 234 222
business for sale
business for Sale All offers over 12,000€ Tel: 610 601 458 car boot sale
ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote
Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564
electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691 A n d r e w Morrison All electrical work u n d e r t a k e n . Boletin available. Tel: 627 250 204
HIRE A HUSBAND ? Local handy man available for all the jobs he does not get round to! Painting,small plumbing jobs,shelves,garden clearance,all outside work. Walls,stone cladding,rendering etc. Good hourly/daily rate
Call Jim 677 557 190
4x4 with big box trailer and Professional Baby driver for hire, Equipment Hire. deliveries, collections, FREE delivery house clearances and & collection. removal of excess building Tel: 649 332 134 materials. Tel Chris on 699 firstname.lastname@example.org 178 772
Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@ endmojacar.com. 608 719 015 hotmail.co.uk
Internal & External Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS SHADING SPAIN, WITH...
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dress making B e s p o k e c u r t a i n s , alterations, repairs, gazebo covers & mosquito nets. Tel: 649 503 875
horse riding Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547
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Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Opening hours Also available for July & August Camposol, 9.30 until 5pm Mon-Fri at & Sat 10am until 1pm Mazarron & Overa. Tel: 950 120 900 Huercal Call: 667 273 889 DON ROBINSON e l a i n e s w o o l s @ PC hardware & software gmail.com
C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962
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Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and auctions bargains, for more information call Julie 646 L o c a t i o n 675 297 Auctions, Antas El to advertise TELephone Real Ind. Est. Every 2 computers 950 430 820 weeks. Next auction Wed sales@ 11th August. Starts 5pm. Steve Hayes Viewing Mon/Tue and all Informatica soltimes.com day Wed. House clearances Pc’s, Laptops, craft / hobby speciality. Tel: 667 698 795 Printers etc.
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Looking for Work Labouring, Painting, Tel: 950 163 930 Gardening, Mob: 616 855 294 Driving, Anything considered to advertise TEL 950 430 820 Call Stephen sales@ 655 772 127 soltimes.com
Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 or visit www.therealsteel. net The Metalworks -Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/ roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on600 438 436
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P a l o m i n o Kennels exclusive boarding kennels AAParking / cattery. Warm, secure & storage friendly Almeria countryside Murcia environment. Call Alicante 619 306 870 or Tel: 639 081 067 950 067 051 www. www.AAparking.es palominokennels. com
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Phil the Pick Experienced Interior Locksmith 24 & Exterior Decorator Using quality materials. hours. Locked This fast, friendly, clean and Out? Locks fitted/ efficient service will never be upgraded house beaten on price. No payment until complete satisfaction. safes. Arboleas TEL IAN: 617 904 774 & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181
mini digger Mini Digger & Tipper Truck Painter / Hire Best Rates decorator 30 yrs 662 118 785 experience Mini Digger and Driver Hire. Tel: Telephone Paul: 649 186 107 610 345 725
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WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY ARBOLEAS Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tel: Tracy
Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952
A&E – Gas
plumbing Tel: 618
Hilton Cattery, the best care for your cat. Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590
Baby Budgerigas. Aviary bred, 6 weeks old, Blues, greens and blue & white males and females 10€ each Chinese painted Quails 4 Cinnamon brested males. Great characters, 8 week old, perfect for keeping an aviary floor clean. 10€ each
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Dog & Horse Sitting Service
Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.
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man & van
Caravan & boat storage & sales, Antas Tel: 661 508 776
Man & large van, very cheap rates Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590
vW Golf 16l Automatic, 2000, Tropicana Pools Construction & UK reg hence 1500€ Call 672 570 611 Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776
CLEAN & CLEAR Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service Take advantage of our unbeaten Summer offer.
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SYSTEMS FROM 600€ 175 PHOTO WATT SOLAR PANELS 399€ CHEAPEST IN SPAIN, 80 WATT BP SOLAR PANELS 240€, HAWKER POWER SAFE BATTERIES 65€ EACH SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM 299€ MOTOR HOME KITS, BATTERIES CHARGER CONTROLLERS, INVERTERS, FUSES ETC... ALL AT BARGAIN PRICES. ALL TYPES OF SOLAR EQUIPMENT BOUGHT AND SOLD
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all types of repairs carried out. Servicing, breakdowns, pre ITV inspection & presentation for ITV if required. 20 years experience, friendly reliable service. Call Charlie on 677 667 722
scrap cars SCRAP CARS WANTED
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Seat Ibiza TDi 2003 manual, good runner Tel: 634 355 956
Abbey 416GTS 4 berth caravan. End bathroom, cooker, fridge. Good condition.
Albox and surrounding areas
Fast efficient service
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4yrs established in Albox area.
Shower & Bath tiling Screens glass or acrylic. Floor & Free quotations Wall Tiling all work Specialist Not guarenteed a jack of all trades, Call just a master of
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Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts Coupe. Automatic, available. Distance reg 2002, LHD, no object. Will collect Spanish plates. and deliver. Buyers ITV 2012, 1 year road of all metals - Brass, tax. A/C, 50,000km Copper, Lead, cruise control, tiptronic Aluminium and top gearbox. Black leather prices paid for Gold. interior. Tel: 645 094 339 Excellent condition or 687 314 775
Also offering pump repair & services FULL SAND CHANGE ONLY 95€ Call: 689 200 671
All types of service, repair and ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974
Hyundai 2.7 V6
(inc all chemicals)
1996 Spanish plates LHD. ITV end Nov Good runner. 350€ ono Tel: 659 580 503. Oria Almeria (ref:250)
Puppy Rescue if you would like to help in any way, phone us on: 950 431 435 or 667 623 254. www.puppy 678 655 453 one! Call Steve rescueinspain.com Holman: 697 678 708 Lornas Mobile spanish Dog Grooming Floor and Service Tel: Spanish Wall Tiling 667 722 225 Summer Animal Hotel, Specialist Courses Aquilas, every Adults & children Not a jack of all trades, Saturday afternoon, for more just a master of one! dog training information call Victoria on Call Steve Holman courses. Twice 950 472 590 weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 697 678 708 Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 solar power
MY PLACE OR YOURS
Rebuild of • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed Historic Buildings, • All types of building work undertaken Fincas, Cortijos, • No job too big or small Stone Carvings, Design, New Build, Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311 Walling, Paving. 20 Taylor years experience. boiler & Tel: 652 294 131 repairs. VW Vento 1.6 062 080
2 cats FREE to good home Cattery Open !
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windows & doors
& R e s t o r a t i o n / • Free home survey, professional advice & 10 year guarantee
for plumbing & electric. Family run. Fully legal, CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Nr Huercal Overa discounts available Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 pet passports 807 797 & CATTERY
1 mate (N) 1 yr old, 1 female (N) 2 yrs old, Both loving & house trained. Owner relocating
Carpentr y, joinery & b u i l d i n g refurbishment Tel: involves water, we specialist. 627 907 207 can help! www.
Knowles THE KENNELS Abbott no.1
Sensual, tender Kittens looking for loving woman (30) with homes, 3 black & white with tortoiseshell head sexy curved body and tail. Please call: spoils you daily on her 616 282 688 private, discreet finca FOR SALE near Albox. Enjoy the different services 3 Mature in luxury rooms or Terrapins. outdoor at the pool. Approx 8” across. Tel. 669 101 316 60€ the lot. Sexy German Will split. music gifts locksmith beauty, busty Tel: 950 369 124 Lock, Stock Stuck as to what to give for and shaved, enjoys / 629 864 121 Birthday present? to please you with and Barrel, Fully Howthatabout the TOP 20 chart arousing massages hits for that date of birth qualified locksmith. professionally recorded onto CD? and more. Call 676 Change any lock, Dates covered are from 565 128
upgrade, break-in MARCH 1960 to DEC 1991 Cost per CD is 25€ or lockout. 24 hour Postal service available. service. No call out email@example.com charge. Tel Dave: Tel: 651 062 124 608 673 086 painter
plumbing Carlos (Saliente) p l u m b i n g & heating services. If it
body repairs AS Auto Shine Body repairs Panel beating, Paint spraying & more. Call Mark on 607 324 623
Ford Mondeo 2.0 Turbo diesel, 2001, RHD, English Reg, Silver/Saloon, excellent runner, A/C, New Tyres & Exhaust. 1500€ Tel:680 389 927
4x4 with big box trailer and driver for hire. Deliveries, collections, house clearance and removal of excess building materails. Call Chris on 699 178 772
RECYCLING Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility.
Certificates issued CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY
Spanish or English Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL & GOLD
TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763
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property for sale & rent
Apartment for rent Turre. 3 bed, 2 bath, 300€ pcm + bills furnished, terrace secure entry
Town house,short walk to the centre of La Alfoquia village. 4 bed,3 bath,fitted kitchen,lounge,diner, terrace,courtyard,sat TV,internet.Build of 127m2.Only
Tel: 687 314 775 Long term rent
detached 3 bed villa in Vera Cabuzana, pool, air-con, sat, open fire, plus wall heaters, min 6 month would consider 2-3 year let. 750€ per month Tel: 634 355 956
in Roquetas de Mar luxury 1 bed penthouse Apartment residential location, large pool, video screen entrance, underground parking, english Sky TV. Long term rental
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3 Double bedrooms, kitchen, diner, lounge, hall, 2 bathroom showers, large shed, is close to shops, garage, restaurants & local pool. Galera is located in land where the cost of living can be much lower. Offers over 42,000€ Tel:634 732 819 email@example.com
5 Bed 4 Bath villa with beautiful surroundings. Private sale Situated in Berja, Almeria. Build size 215m2 Terrace 25m2 plot size 1,752 m2. Ample parking with large out building 15 mins inland from coast. Tel: 666 112 564 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Rent Only 250€ p.c.m. 2 bedroom apartment, near Taberno.
Tel: 697 772 941
We require distributors and advertising sales agents for established magazine. Good rates paid for both distribution and advert sales. Call 965 720 817 or 616 493 487
property of the month
Large Country House €189,000
• 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms • Many more bedrooms possible • Quality furniture included • 163m2 house / 16,402m2 land • 146m2 apartment block / stables • Mains water, electricity etc • 3 mins to village, bars, shops etc • 8 mins to Huercal Overa town
114,950€ Now just
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beat this offer!!!
2 bed 2 bath penthouse apartment in the ‘Salinas de Vera’ complex on Vera Playa. With outdoor & indoor communal pools, Allocated Parking, Gardens and a sea view this apartment is a BARGAIN and now reduced. It is sold as seen with all furniture, fixtures & fittings. It even includes a Fiat Punto car in perfect condition. ref:VER2A09
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*Property Rentals *Property Sales *keyholding *Maintenance *Changeovers
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Cherri Bar Park Homes S.L
‘La Hierbabuena’ - Los Lobos ALUCASA - BUILT 2007 - AS NEW 2 Bedrooms, Shower room, Fully furnished, IDEAL HOLIDAY HOME
29,000€ Plot rental
950 132 708
204.82€ per month
Tel: 629 688 153 - www.cherribar.co.uk
QUALITY VILLAS AND APARTMENTS
FOR HOLIDAY RENTALS
FULL MANAGEMENT SERVICE, SECURITYCHECKS, KEY HOLDING, HOUSE SITTING, MAINTANENCE: GAS, WATER, ELECTRICITY, PAINTING INTERIOR / EXTERIOR, ETC.
2 bed, 2 bath apartment. Fully furnished with underground parking & storeroom. The complex has a communal pool & is easy access of the beach & village. 89.999€
TEL: 634 322 303/4 (SPAIN)
Contact Steve on 950 618 054 or 628 463 656
Call today 950 109 699 or 661 433 443 or visit www.sellpropertyinspain.com
Cafe in Albox for
business for sale
Successful, Modern Beauty and Tanning Salon Fantastic opportunity. Mojacar Playa, excellent price, selling due to relocation. For more info
Sell / Rent
Industrial Unit, Antas
Tel: 634 355 956
380m2 x 12m2 with parking for sale or rent with finance available
situations French Chef nt /
Avda. Guillermo Reyna 53 Tel/Fax: 950 135 512 Mobile: 678 002 006
ESPANOL: 615 91 4 8 54 ENGLISH : 647 84 3 4 86
Tel: 699 483 438
Buying - selling Renting Renovations Construction Maintanence ... and more.
tel:680 389 927
2 bed bungalow set in a quite village in Oria. Outside large patio area,easy to maintain. 275€ pcm + bills furnished / unfurnished
OFICINA: 950 42 11 63
Compraventa Alquiler Reformas Construcciones mantenimientos etc...
For quick sale 255.000 euros ovno
Somos que necesitas We are all you need
Blaumar Estate Agents Huercal Overa
looking for work
• Bac Dip. qualified • Experienced with Restaurants, Hotels & Resorts • Sous / Chef de Partie / Pastry • Excellent food presentation skills • Speaks very good English, & basic Spanish • Hard working, flexible, friendly • References available • Can start immediately
Call Alex: 679 845 526
Mojacar, Turre, Vera Areas etc
Tel: 666 338 463
Busy cafe for sale with good Books available.
9kgs, A bit tubby! Neutered, a friendly, playful and affectionate dog. See more small dogs on the website.
APSA APSA has many lovely dogs just waiting for good homes. Please call
663 762 642
Email: Auraspain@gmail.com Web: Auraholidaysmojacar.com
AURA HOLIDAYS MOJACAR
Advertise your property or business for sale here. call 950 430 820 or email us on SALES@SOLTIMES.COM Puppy rescue
Rinty, D.O.B. 20/11/08. Vac’d & Neutered. Rinty was found in the Campo being used as a football by some teenagers. After having spent most of his early life in kennels, he went to a foster home. Although he seemed to settle he is still frightened of his fosterer´s teenage sons, Rinty spends most of the day under the bed where he feels safe, which is not good. Now 3 months on things have not improved, we need to get him into another home without teenagers, where he can live a normal life. We don’t want to send him back to the kennels. If you can give Rinty a permanent or foster home please phone Diane on 664 768 958 or email email@example.com
SOLTIMES AUGUST 2010
Satellite Visibility Predictions
Moon ‘too dry to have life’, say scientists Contrary to recent reports about water content in lunar rocks, the Moon may be quite dry, say scientists.
magma ocean on the Moon’s surface - molten rocks, capable of retaining high quantities of water.
A study by US researchers, published in Science, analysed chlorine isotopes of the much-studied samples, brought to Earth by the Apollo space missions.
“As the Earth has cooled and crystallised, there were gases from volcanoes coming to the surface and the steam from them has probably formed the majority of the oceans. Our oceans came from water dissolved in rocks,” said Dr Sharp.
They added that there was no or very little hydrogen in the magma ocean during the Moon’s formation. And that would mean the Earth’s natural satellite may have always been too dry to host life. Zachary Sharp from the University of New Mexico led the study. According to one of the theories of the Moon’s formation, a Mars-size object collided with the young Earth billions of years ago. As a result, our planet’s satellite was formed. It crystallised and cooled shortly thereafter, about 4.5 billion years ago. Before it cooled, there was a so-called
“The same thing may have happened on the Moon, except that the Moon is too small; gravity is too weak to retain this water so it would have been lost to space.” In their quest for water on our planet’s satellite, researchers have had to rely on the analysis of lunar rocks that US Apollo space missions brought to Earth in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The main goal has always been to find hints that the rocks were hydrated when they cooled, said the scientist.
bIRD’S EYE VIEW
Do Manners really Maketh Man ? Although I have a daughter from a previous marriage, my wife and I have no children, which has suited us no end even though there have been times in the past where this has raised the odd eyebrow or two.
around the family table, seems to be a thing of the past for the majority.
Mothers and Fathers Days therefore, are like any other to us and we are just observers when neighbours and friends receive cards and bouquets from their offspring. Until this year that is, when our neighbours young son came to the gate with a spray of flowers for my wife. “I knew you wouldn’t be getting anything, so I bought you these”, he said. And according to his Mum, it was an entirely spontaneous action, and without any prompting from his parents.
And as for the blokes of my generation, opening the doors for ladies; allowing them to go first; giving up our seats on public transport and walking on the outside when accompanying a member of the opposite sex down the street, were all as natural as breathing - and indeed still are for some of us.
My wife was thrilled to receive the flowers, and I was delighted that here was a small oasis of hope in the everexpanding desert of bad manners, lack of discipline and spiralling standards. One of the problems with the degeneration of standards, is that we older ones feel ourselves getting sucked into this maelstrom, and it requires conscious effort these days to practice what we were taught as kids – even those of us from relatively poor backgrounds. Neither means nor social standing were divisions in the teaching of basic manners, in fact it has been my observation over the years that often, the so-called upper classes lacked the good manners and respect that were taken for granted by those of us in the lower divisions. One of the things that really gets my goat, is when these superior types say “What?” to a question, whereas we were always taught that “what” was very bad form, and that “I beg your pardon?”, was the well-mannered response. Anyway . . . Some of the basic things that we were taught at an early age are what many today feel are boring and unnecessary. Like simply saying please and thank you when appropriate. Or not getting up from the table before everyone has finished their meal – indeed, eating proper meals together
I can remember my own Mum drumming the principal of politeness in to me. If she met a friend in the street for instance, she would always say to me “Say hello to Mrs . . .” whoever it was at the time.
After all it’s not quantum physics, and there is nothing to be lost by being polite and friendly to all of those we meet – even complete strangers. And what an improved world we would live in if we always smiled and perhaps greeted passing strangers with a Good morning or Buenos dias, even when faced with a blank uncomprehending stare. Mind you, it is dispiriting when you hold the door for a lady, and she simply barges through without a thank you, a nod, or a kiss my . . . Which has happened to me on many occasions. Manners are a two way street, and appreciation from the recipient is a heart warming incentive to go on carrying out these simple but important observances. Why the standards have plunged over the last two generations is beyond me. Perhaps it’s a cyclical thing . . . a passing phase, and as has so often happened in other areas throughout history, perhaps there will be a resurgence in the other direction in the future. I certainly hope so, but I am not optimistic. So those of us of a like-mind, let’s make that extra effort to maintain these standards and keep doing what we know to be good practice. Let’s grin and bear it when we receive grunts or blankness for our efforts, and stick faithfully to our guns in the hope that persistence will pay off eventually. Perhaps we should form a movement right here in Spain. I would be very interested to hear other people’s comments and observations on the subject.
BY COLIN BIRD
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The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.
Magnitude This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined. Date
Examples of magnitude values; Sun -26.7 Full Moon -12.7 Venus (at brightest) -4.4 International Space Station -2 Sirius (brightest star) -1.44 Limit of human eye +6 to +7 Limit of 10x50 binoculars +9 Pluto +14 Limit of Hubble Space Telescope +30
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04:57:37 05:23:14 06:32:18 07:00:35 05:50:40 06:18:41 05:08:50 06:45:32 05:36:39 07:10:50 21:59:29 06:03:18 22:27:02 21:20:38 22:53:56
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Here’s the first ever Land Rover NOT designed to go off-road! Bosses have released these official pictures of the facelifted Freelander, with fresh looks, a revised diesel engine and a new fuel-saving two-wheel-drive option. The front-driven Freelander, badged eD4, will go on sale just ahead of the Range Rover Evoque, which will also be offered with twowheel drive. And the former will be the most efficient Land Rover ever, returning 47.2mpg and emitting 158g/km of CO2. This is an important step for the brand, with two-wheeldrive models now accounting for 23 per cent of SUV sales. The step up in efficiency isn’t only a result of the new transmission, though. The Freelander also gets a more frugal version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine, with a choice of power outputs. Buyers specifying the two-wheel drive eD4 and 4WD TD4 get a 148bhp unit with a six-speed manual box and stop-start as standard.
Those wanting more power can go for the flagship 4WD SD4. This delivers 187bhp – a hike of nearly 30bhp over the outgoing rangetopper. This is mated to an automatic box as standard, although the self-shifter will be offered as a £1,515 option on the TD4. A revised front bumper with new foglamp bezels, a new finish to the front grille and updated lights front and rear give the SUV a fresh look. Plus, three new colour schemes have been added to the options list – Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White – along with new 18 and 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Inside, the instrument dials are revised, and there are four new seat styles, with the option of a Premium Pack that brings leather trim. The new Freelander TD4 and SD4 go on sale from the end of next month, ranging from £21,695 for the TD4 S to £35,510 for the SD4 HSE. Prices of the 2WD car have yet to be confirmed, but it’s likely to cost around £20,000 at launch in January.
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Nissan updates X-Trail
Nissan has put its popular X-Trail under the knife. The comprehensive suite of changes inside, outside and underneath are all aimed at keeping the Freelander rival at the top of its game.
leather chairs. The X-Trail also gets a clever new glovebox which can either keep its contents warm or cold, and optional heated rear seats.
Exterior changes include a redesigned grille, headlights and bumper at the front; a change to a new design of larger 18-inch alloys on higher spec cars, and LED taillights.
Under the X-Trail’s bonnet, the diesel engine is now Euro V compliant, while the manual gearbox gets revised ratios. Tweaks to the aerodynamics have also seen improvements in aerodynamic efficiency, reducing the Cd from 0.36 to 0.35.
On the inside, Nissan has added higher quality trim, including improved, thicker material on cloth seats, and better stitching on models with
Customer deliveries of the revised X-Trail start in October, and prices will be announced closer to that date.
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Angling News with Beachcomber John
The shallow Murcia lake is still not fishing well - a recent ‘Rods & Reels’ club match had the winner with only 9k of fish, a poor do. ‘Baza Barry’ also fished the lake and wished he hadn’t made the long journey. He said he was fed up with fishing Negratin as it was too easy! And says the rivers are not producing much and certainly not worth paying for a day ticket. Barry is off to fish the Bolera lake near Pozo Alcon next, although not as prolific as Negratin there are bigger fish to be had. The Lorca lake is still fishing well with big bags of Mirror Carp coming out. During spawning double figure mirrors were seen so those fish really have put on some weight after being introduced only a few years ago at 1lb. Maybe some bigger stock fish were also introduced as even though well fed fish could put on 5lbs a year I doubt there is that much natural food there. I know of a Moroccan mirror carp that put on 13lbs one year. (This weight gain may have included spawn). Argos lake is also fishing well with big bags coming out. ‘Kote’ and his father have been having more success on the Almendra lake where they caught 15 decent carp to about 7lbs on sweetcorn. Fish were gulping air from the surface of the lake so oxygen must be in short supply. That brings me to the Cuevas canal where I suppose the authorities will soon allow big carp to die like they did last year. It wouldn’t be a big job to net the water and move the fish back into
the lake from where they came. Has anyone heard any more about the boating and fishing lake that we are all waiting for with bated breath? (Should baited breath eh?) Mick ‘Shylock’ - one of the Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos - fished a mark north of Villaricos. He had 7 painted combers, 2 doradas, one weighing 1.5lb, and a white bream. See photo of Mick with his dorada dinner. ‘Kenolo’ and two mates - Craig and George - fished with ‘Captain Roly’. The day started calm but it wasn’t long before the sea became rough and Ken’s friends had to go back in because of sickness. They all caught and Ken says his theory of soaking his raw prawns in pilchard oil overnight worked as no sooner did his weight hit bottom he got bites. Roly took four friends out today but again waves became uncomfortable and the two young guns decided they would rather go in a little early. They caught a few fish though, a scabbard fish, some scad, pickerel, combers and pandoras. ‘London Bill’ fished the Garrucha rocks for a change and had some nice doradas. He says Macenas is still fishing well as can be seen by the amount of rods on the beach, word has got out how many fish he and some Spanish lads have been having there. A massive meagre has been caught from the shore. I estimate the fish weighed 50 or 60lbs and is proof of what we could be catching from our
own shoreline. They grow to 110lbs and what I think are most likely to blame for smashing up our rigs and biting through 2.o hooks, from the shore and boat. Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam: www.almeriafreeads.com/ webcam For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John
Wednesday 18th July and only a few Our winner with 35 points John Park, mad enough to play in the heat. Our second with 32 points Lilly Pepper and winner with 37 points Geoff Bridgman, third with 30 points Yvonne Bridgman. second with 32 points Sheila Picken Ball sweep winner : Lilly Pepper - I and third with 32 points Lilly Pepper. No think Lilly is a sunshine golfer! ball sweep winners. Dates for your diary… Sunday 22nd July at Cortijo Grande and We have a great deal at Playa Serena the same few members braved the sun. Golf and it is so good we cannot miss the
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The summer football competition came to a very tight finish with the winners being West Bromwich who scored 23 points as did the runners up Blackpool but West Bromwich won it on goal difference 10 – 6. Well done to both teams West Bromwich – Gerard Douglas / Keith Sephton / Richard Swaine / Barry Woods and Blackpool – Doreen Hall / Derek Hawkins / Mick Weston / Gill Young. Two of our members, Peter Marriott and Brian Saunders, attended an Umpires course run by Ruth Compton at
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BOXERS RESULT FOR AGUILON: MONDAY 26 JULY 2010 23 Members and Guests enjoyed a very good days’ golf, with some very competitive scores carded. The results of the day are as follows:Div 1: 1st Dave Lees, 40 Pts; 2nd Dave France, 38 pts; Les Ashton, 36 pts o.c.b. Div 2: 1st John Kinch, 42 pts; 2nd Allan Hay, 38 pts; 3rd Arthur Davies, 35 pts o.c.b. Overall Winner: John Kinch. Nearest The Pin Winners: 4th Hole Martin Fisk; 10th Hole Joint Wiiners: Dave Lees and Eddie Vaughan; 17TH Hole Peter Stooks. 2s Scored: Peter Dawson. There were no winners of the “Nearest The Pin in 2”. Congratulations to all our winners on the day. Also, a big “Thank You” to Aguilon GC for their hospitality and for the prizes for Nearest the Pins. Dates for your Diary: Tuesday 10th August, Alboran. Wednesday, 25
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The Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos
Almerimar Today Friday Golf
Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where this week I hand over for a report from our special correspondent, Shylock, the slim one.
6 August 2010 - We had 22 players taking part in our regular weekly competition at Almerimar
This week we played X x Y + Z (teams of 4, multiply two stableford scores together and add a 3rd on each hole). The weather challenged us a bit this week. It was very windy indeed.
…“The riddle has been solved; Porky has been to S.Africa to see the world cup without telling his papa Trucker Tel, he will be in heap big trouble when he gets his hands on him. The amount of sleepless nights Tel has had worrying about him. Now the Guardia will be able to call Interpol and tell them he has been found safe and well. Mrs Tel will also be back to normal now so Tel will be able to go back to his natural duties without the worry of Porky on his mind. As you can see Porky was snapped in Africa with his little fez and his vuvuzela trying to sneak back to his hotel bedroom in the early hours of the morning (the dirty
little stop out) we all know where he gets that from. We have asked Tel not to be too hard on the little fellow when he tucks him into bed tonight
and to read him a nice bedtime story and tell him how much he has been missed! That’s all for this week...
Monday 2nd August Temperatures in the high 30’s and no breeze, for the members Monthly Medal, made conditions quite testing. Scores, however, were very respectable. The Ladies Division was won by Nuala Hare with a nett 70, second place was a three way countback with Sandra Edwards, nett 72 bbn, taking the prize from Linda King and Rosalie Fardon. The Gents Division was won by Gordon
Ross on 67, Andrew Markham was second with 69 and Tony Cordingley 72 in third.There were five gross two’s:Gordon Ross (2), Frank Varey, Sandra Edwards and Andrew Markham. Thursday’s Team competition, organised by Sandra and Peter Edwards, was teams of three with the best and worst scores to count on each hole. The format was not widely welcomed, however the scoring was quite close:-
1st Sandra Edwards, Frank Varey and Malcolm Sibbons - 72 2nd Linda King, Jim Budd and Brian Couper - 70 (bbn) 3rd Val Ross, Tony Cordingley and Robin (visitor) - 70 Visitors are welcome to play in the Thursday team competitions for a total of 30€, including green fee. Telephone Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra on 950 069 438
The winners were Idris Browning, Vic Curran, Richard Cooper and John Flynn with a team score of 133 points. Last place and chocolates went to Jacqui Mays, Paul Weston, Mimmo Pettinicchio and Peter Edgington with a pretty good score of 118.
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Nearest the pin was on hole 5 and it was won by Hans Ooft with a
distance of 3.40m. Afterwards, as usual for the summer, we had drinks at the chiringuito. This week Rudolph Galliart bought the first drink for everyone as it was his birthday. Thanks Rudolph. You can see the full results at golf.almerimartoday.com. If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact info@almerimartoday. com.
Valle del Este Golf Society
With one of the quietist weeks we had for sometime, the heat is too much for some and others heading back home for a few weeks. The new style fairway cuts have certainly brought down the scores for the golfer who does not keep it on the short grass. Tuesday we played a team game with the best 3 from 4 scores to count; winners were John Haydon, Mally Roberts and Sytse Kuiper (a visitor from Holland)
Friday we had our monthly medal and the results were: 1st Mally Roberts nett 73 (gross 86) 2nd Mark Newall nett 76 (gross 85) 3rd Sean Halligan nett 78 (gross 86) We play every Sunday, Tuesday and Fridays at Valle del Este & visitors are always welcome. Contact Alan Townsend on 950 591 991 a least 24 hours beforehand to book a teetime. Enjoy your golf!
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albox darts league
Pablos were winners of the Albox Darts league after a hard fought battle with Rumores, and Dave Babb from Rumores threw well in Semi/Final and Final to win Champion of Champion Trophy,with John Walker taking the highest finish trophy with a
The subsequent Albox & District Darts League presentation night was a great success. Dave Babb was a worthy winner he beat John Walker 3-1 in semis,and then went on to win
the final in good style by beating Peter Mackey 4-2. The food was spot on and entertainment provided by Matt Black - was great and I think every one had a good time at the White Horse, Cucador! By Mark Drew
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The attached photo shows the Team from Bar Andaluz in Almanzora who won the Albox Dart League division 2 Spring season 2010.
Brendan, Pete, Steve.
Back left to right Jim, scorer of most 100+ for the Team, Frank,
Photo call was followed by a celebration with a pear punch
Front Jackie, Alfonso (bar owner), Martin (Team captain) Sue who received a certificate for a high checkout of 114.
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