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SOLTIMES AUGUST 2010

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slash odds on aliens existing oh, by the way.... Bookies Bookies slashed the odds on aliens existing after it emerged Winston

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 lbtmarshall@yahoo.com.

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

Churchill ordered a cover-up of a wartime encounter.

William Hill reported a surge of people placing bets after claims were published about Churchill fearing public “panic”. One gambler placed a bet that would see them win more than £1 million if any such claims are proved. The Second World War incident supposedly involved an RAF bomber encountering a UFO off the east coast of England. Churchill allegedly banned reporting of the “bizarre” incident for half a century amid fears disclosures about unidentified flying objects would create public hysteria. He is said to have made the orders during a secret war meeting with US General Dwight Eisenhower, then commander of the Allied Forces, in the US. The grandson of one of Churchill’s bodyguards wrote to the Ministry of Defence in 1999 inquiring about the incident after his grandfather disclosed details to his family. After investigating the claims, an MoD official said there was no evidence to support the claims as all UFO files before 1967 were destroyed after five years. But the claim forced bookies to slash the odds that David Cameron or Barack Obama would admit the existence of aliens within a year from 100/1 to 80/1. “We have had loads of calls. There are thousands of believers out there many of whom are putting their money on an imminent announcement,” said a Hill’s spokesman.

saucy postcards go on show

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!

By Robert Liddell sEND YOUR POEMS TO EDITOR@SOLTIMES.COM

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