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SOLTIMES AUGUST 2010
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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!
By Jos Biggs Send us your thoughts on the new bridge in Albox to firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo courtesy of http://albox.mforos.com)
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ‘SPANISH EYE’
Leon Cazador is half-English, half-Spanish and wholly against the ungodly. Read his tales and glean insight into his past and the people with whom he rubbed shoulders; his connections run wide and deep. Dive into his fascinating stories, based on real events. Cazador translated into English means hunter. ‘The Spanish sounds less pretentious, I think,’ he says. He is indeed a man driven to hunt down felons of all kinds, to redress the balance of good against evil.
Sometimes, Cazador operates in disguise under several aliases, among them Carlos Ortiz Santos, a modern day Simon Templar. He combats drug-traffickers, grave robbers, al-Qaeda infiltrators and conmen. Dodgy Spanish developers and shady expat Englishmen face his wrath, while traders in human beings, stolen vehicles and endangered species meet their match. Kidnappers, crooked mayors and conniving Lotharios come within his orbit of ire.
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In his adventurous life, he has witnessed many travesties of justice so, as a private investigator, he uses his considerable skills to right wrongs in the most clever and unexpected of ways. Leon Cazador fights injustice in all its forms and often metes out his own rough justice. It’s what he does.
Nik Morton started writing Cazador’s stories in 2005 and they’ve been published in several magazines and a couple have won awards. All the stories for this collection have been revised and enlarged. ‘Cazador has plenty more tales to tell,’ Nik says adding, ‘At our first meeting, Cazador said, “When I was growing up in England, I never imagined there would be no-go areas in those great cities, places where the shadow of light falls on streets and minds. At weekends, some sections of many towns seem to be under siege.” Now that he has returned to live in Spain, Cazador finds that it is not so bad here, though he admits that he has seen many changes over the last thirty years, most of them good, yet some to be deplored. ‘It is heartening to see that family cohesion is still strong in most areas, but even that age-old stability is under threat. Even so, most nights you can stroll through the streets and feel safe here in Spain.’ Expat Nik Morton’s tenth book is just out. Spanish Eye has been published by Solstice Publishing as an e-book. It can be obtained online from the publisher or you can get the Kindle version, which is available at amazon.com (231KB), ASIN B003UNKYW8 for about 4 euros. The book is bound to appeal to readers on the Costas as it’s set there and features 21 tales from Leon Cazador, Private Investigator.
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The Solstice editor remarks, ‘You are an amazing storyteller and put together a short story better than anyone I have read in quite a while. Your book is a joy to read!’ While a review states, the stories are ‘as thought provoking as they are entertaining.’ If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download for free the Kindle for PC which enables you to read e-books on your computer screen.