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Protests Over Pope’s Visit NUMEROUS anti-religious people have announced protests against the Pope’s visit to Barcelona. Atheists and agnostics, as well as those in general who believe that the Vatican should ‘move with the times’ are planning demonstrations in the city on the eve of the arrival of Benedict XVI.


They include free-thinkers, feminists and the gay and lesbian community, all of whom feel rejected and persecuted by the Catholic church.

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have also criticised the amount of money that the visit will cost. “Every




Pontiff spends in Spain will cost the state 800,000 the protesters revealed. “Benedict XVI has every right to visit Spain, but his expenses should not come out of our pockets.”

Unemployment In Spain Reaches New All-time High

The unemployment rate across the EU remained stable in August for the seventh month in a row and for the fourth month in a row in the eurozone, but rose again in Spain. In the eurozone unemployment has remained stable at 10.1% since May, with the EU as a whole recording a rate of 9.6% since February. In Spain, however, it went up again, rising 0.2% to a new alltime high of 20.5%, making it the member state with the highest unemployment rate, and double the average for the rest of the countries in the eurozone. According


Eurostat figures, there were 23.06 million unemployed in the EU in August, with 15.83% of those people belonging to the eurozone. After Spain, the countries with the highest unemployment rate are Latvia (19,5%) and Estonia (18,6%). At the other end of the scale is Austria, with only 4.3% unemployment, the sanme rate as the previous month, followed by Holland with 4.5%, 0.1% less than in July.




Elton Wows The Crowds In Madrid SIR Elton John proved to be a crowd-puller at Madrid’s Palacio de Deportes To an audience of 9,000 fans, the pop legend kicked off with The one and went on to pay homage to Spain’s national football team with a rendition of Que viva España.

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Elton’s two-and-a-half-hour show included his best-selling tracks from the 1990s to the present date, including The ballad of the boy in the red shoes; The greatest discovery, and Rocket man.



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General Strike Slows Down But Doesn’t Paralyse Country Last Wednesday’s General Strike, in protest at the government’s proposed labour reforms, was supported by 70% of public sector workers, according to the trade unions, but had little effect on private businesses. supported the strike.

On the transport front, over 60% of flights were operated, and although the Madri metro was reduced to a 20% service, lower than that agreed with the minister of public works earlier this week, during rush hour, it rose to over 80%.

Bank branches reported that less than 3% of their staff supported the strike, and 95% of privately owned companies opened as normal.

On the roads, pickets stopped a number of buses leaving bus stations; their unruly behaviour coming in for heavy criticism from Esperanza Aguirre, the regional president for Madrid. No more than 5% of delivery company drivers

School improvements for albox The Junta has made available 800,000 Euros for renovation of the Infant and Primary School Virgen del Salient in Albox, which has opened its doors to more than 400 students. Works include general to set to and study, get structural repair, good grades and keep painting inside and out, all due respect for their repair to a paved patio teachers.’ and covered porch, and The CEIP ‘Virgen del fixing the boundary wall. Saliente’ has 21 units, The dining room has 6 for Early Childhood also been completely Education, 14 revamped at a cost of classrooms for Primary 27,000 Euros. School children and Delegate of Educación de la Junta, Francisco Maldonado and Mayor José García Navarro said that ‘the students have the best facilities and teachers, it is up to them

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Almería, Jaén & Granada Face High Winds Whilst Valencia Boils

Three provinces in the south of Spain remain on alert over high winds. Almería, Granada and Jaén could experience gusts of wind of up to 70 kilometres per hour, says the met office. The wind will mainly hit Granada and Almería on the coast, as well as Almería city but is expected to subside over the course of the week in Jaén. Further up the coast, in the Comunidad Valenciana, highs reached 28ºC in the shade on Sunday with millpond-calm seas.

Tunisian Immigrants Caught Sailing Into Almería

Coastguard workers and the Guardia Civil have rescued 15 Tunisians who attempted to enter Spain on a jerry-built raft. They were caught trying to dock in the port of Almería at around 23.00hrs this evening. Police say two of

those on board were children. Red Cross volunteers attended the scene, and provided blankets, dry clothing and shoes, water and hot drinks to the would-be migrants. They are all said to be in a good state of health.

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Very few incidents were reported in Spain; nine people were injured in scuffles outside the EADS-CASA company in Getafe (Madrid), and in Huelva, three trade union members were injured after being run down by a vehicle. Three more people have been injured outside the Michelín factory in Valladolid.

Arboleas On October 3, the sixth edition of Open Mountainbike ‘Circuit La Mina’, organised by the Sports Department of the Municipality and Albojense Cycling Club, with the support of the Sports Area of the County Council, took place in La Cinta. The 4 lap circuit of 4 kilometres started and ended in the village. It included 2 hills, an off-road section, and took the riders through the stone tunnel known as “La Mina”, which gave the race its name. Around 50 participants rose to the challenge of the varied terrain, and were enthusiastically supported by the onlookers.

Turre The City Council will soon receive a grant of 48,917 Euros from the Civil Protection Unit to cover the cost of repairs to the damage caused by last winter’s heavy rain. Specifically, expenses incurred by the Council immediately after the rains, when various emergency actions were undertaken to remove landslide debris in streets, houses and roads, slope stabilisation and repair of gates to roads and runways, and the provision of equipment for this work. In particular access and security was secured for the areas of: Las Tiendas, La Ermita, el Barranco El Negro, el Camino Cañada del Palmar, la carretera Cortijo del Cura, el Camino de La Nava and Puerta Azul, among others.

Bédar Bedar received grants of 5,724 Euros for damage suffered in the torrential rainstorms of February and March. This was for the areas of: Los Rubiales, El Curato and Los Micaelos and the area of Serena.

Carboneras 59 immigrants of Algerian origin, 56 adult men, two women and a child, who were in three boats, were rescued off Carboneras. The first boat, with 10 men and one woman, was found about five nautical miles from the town. The second boat was intercepted 12 nautical miles from Carboneras, and held 19 men and one woman. The remaining immigrants were found in a small boat in the same vicinity. The immigrants were treated at the Port by Almeríapor Immediate Response Team Emergency (ERIE) Red Cross. All the immigrants were given blankets, dry clothing, footwear, water and hot drinks before being were released to the National Police.

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Workers Swarm Europe’s Streets In Anti-Cuts Protests Angry workers mounted mass street protests against spending cuts across Europe last Wednesday, bringing cities to a halt, clashing with police and even ramming the gates of Ireland’s parliament. by governments or by European institutions,” said Bernard Thibault, head of the major CGT French trade union. “Our message is to avoid adding an unprecedented social crisis to the financial crisis, with the workers paying the cost.”

In Brussels, the heart of the European Union, tens of thousands of people from 30 countries joined the city’s biggest march in a decade as riot police barricaded the EU headquarters against the backlash to brutal spending cuts.

Stepping off buses from as far afield as Britain and Poland, or from mines in Germany, protesters said they had travelled to the EU’s hub to show the human cost of public sector cuts.

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“Our governments, virtually all of them, are about to embark on solid cuts in public expenditures.”

The value-added sales tax would rise two points to 23 percent.

As Europe tries to clean up its postrecession books, the backlash has focused on feared vast numbers of public sector job cuts. Millions of jobs fell off the European map in the global downturn and many more look set to be squeezed as governments axe public spending. In Spain, where unemployment has more than doubled and one in five workers are jobless, strikers clashed with police, provoked rush-hour chaos and forced airlines to cancel flights.

“We’ve sat on a bus for two days and two nights to tell Europe this must stop,” said Romanian policeman Ciobahu Ahgecih, citing a 25 percent wage cut, a pension freeze and the threat of 20,000 redundancies among officers.

Tens of thousands also took to the streets in major cities in evening protests over the government measures, aimed at slashing unemployment which has soared to more than 20 percent and reviving the battered economy.

“We are here to tell the EU it must slow down cuts,” said German miner Markus Machmik, part of a group of 100 from the Ibbenbueren coal mine dressed in white from hard-hat to boots.

“This clamour, this expression of democracy, of freedom... cannot pass unnoticed by the government, which must react,” the head of the CCOO union, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, said at the march in the capital.

Between 56,000 and more than 100,000 took part in the giant cortege that crossed half of the city, according to various sources, and police said 218 “troublemakers” were detained.

The protest was the biggest in the city since 2001 when 80,000 people took to the streets of the Belgian capital, and coincided with the release of details of a EU plan to fine governments in the 27-nation bloc that run up deficits.

Portugal’s leading labour confederation, the CGTP, which is close to the communists, called protests in Lisbon and Porto.

“We’re here to say ‘no’ to the multiplying number of austerity plans, whether adopted

“This is a crucial day for Europe,” said John Monks, British general secretary of the

Spain staged its first general strike since 2002 and thousands more also rallied in cities from Portugal to Poland, although leaders such as France’s Nicolas Sarkozy pressed on with a “historic” attack on soaring overspending. The focus of the protests was the Belgian capital, where a sea of marchers snaked past heavily guarded banks and designer stores to say “No to austerity”.

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates meanwhile announced that his government would cut civil servants’ pay by 5.0 percent next year, affecting salaries of more than 1,500 euros (2,000 dollars) in the public

Thousands rallied outside the government headquarters in the Polish capital Warsaw under the slogan “No to cuts, yes to development”, demanding job security and a higher minimum wage. Marching to whistles and trumpets and brandishing a multitude of flags representing various trade union branches, they also protested public sector wage freezes and a proposed VAT hike. About 4,000 protesters turned up in Serbia’s eastern town of Bor -- once a regional mining centre -- and complained of a worsening economic situation in the country. “Living standards have fallen 30 percent, the government has been ignoring workers’ rights,” said Independent Unions of Serbia chairman Ljubisav Orbovic. Similar rallies were staged in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia and The Netherlands, with labour leaders clamouring for growth and protesting the injustice of workers paying for the errors of the financial sector. Violence was sporadic: Irish police arrested a man after a cement mixer truck with “Toxic Bank Anglo” written on it was crashed into the front gate of Ireland’s parliament building in Dublin, and a Croatian consulate in Duesseldorf, Germany, was firebombed.

Matadors To Meet With Culture Minister The Ministra for Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, will meet with a group of bullfighters on Thursday to hear their concerns after bullfighting was outlawed in Catalunya by the regional parliament in July.

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Germany Marks 20 Years British IVF Pioneer Robert Edwards Wins Nobel Prize As Reunified Nation Chancellor Angela Merkel led the official

celebrations, hosted by the northern city of Bremen and attended by tens of thousands of people Capitalist West and communist East Germany merged on 3 October 1990, nearly a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall which divided them.

efforts that we have been able to rebuild so quickly and make Germany a country that is respected in the world.” Since the two countries became one, more than 1.5 million people have migrated west.

Mrs Merkel was joined by many leading German and international figures in Bremen to mark one of the 20th Century’s historical turning points.


The BBC’s Stephen Evans in Berlin says opinion polls show some unhappiness in the west about the so-called “solidarity tax” on incomes to pay for eastern reconstruction but on both sides of the country the polls indicate a big majority in favour of a united Germany.

German President Christian Wulff told the assembled dignitaries: “We remember the momentous day that a people experience only rarely. I bow before everyone who fought for freedom... your courage moved the world.” He called for a “new solidarity” that encompassed Christianity, Judaism and Islam. “We must not allow the cementing of prejudice and exclusion,” he said. On the eve of the anniversary, US President Barack Obama passed on his congratulations and said Germany was “one of our closest allies and greatest friends”.

British scientist Robert Edwards, the man who devised the fertility treatment IVF, has been awarded this year’s Nobel prize for medicine

British physiologist Robert Edwards, whose work led to the first “test-tube baby”, won the 2010 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology, the prize-awarding institute stated. Edwards, 85, won the prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.5 million),

Sweden’s Institute said.

“His achievements have made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition afflicting a large proportion of humanity including more than 10 percent of all couples worldwide,” the institute

said in a statement. Medicine is traditionally the first of the Nobel prizes awarded each year. Prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel.

London Mayor & CBI Call For Tougher Laws On Strikes

However, not everyone welcomed the reunification festivities.

The Mayor of London and the CBI have called for changes to the law governing strikes to make it harder for workers to take industrial action.

Thousands of police were deployed in Bremen on Saturday as some 1,800 mainly left-wing activists marched through the city in protest. The demonstration passed off peacefully.

CBI deputy director-general John Cridland said: “The CBI believes the law needs updating to reflect the fact that 85% of private sector employees are not members of a union, and that most employers now negotiate directly with staff or their representatives to bring about changes in the workplace. “While workers have the legal right to withdraw their labour, employers have a responsibility to run their businesses. “The public increasingly expects it to be business as usual, even during a strike, so firms must be allowed to hire temps directly from an agency to provide emergency cover for striking workers.” The CBI also called for the notice period for industrial action to increase from seven to 14 days after the ballot takes place to give businesses more time to prepare for strikes. The TUC condemned Mr Johnson’s idea, and warned it would be a betrayal of the government’s claim to want better relations with the unions. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The UK has some of the toughest legal restrictions on the right to strike in the advanced world. Already the courts regularly strike down democratic ballots that clearly show majority support for action.” This year the High Court prevented a strike by BA workers, ruling that the Unite union had failed to make enough effort to inform its members about 11 spoilt ballot papers that resulted from its poll of 12,000 members. Mr Barber added that the decision to strike was not one taken lightly: “Strikes are always a last resort as union members lose their pay.” Ministers say there are no immediate plans for new strike laws. However, they have kept open the option of fresh legislation to curb industrial action if there is a wave of public sector strikes this winter in protest at the cuts.

Sunday also marked the final day of German reparations for World War I.

He said the US honoured “the courage and conviction of the German people that brought down the Berlin Wall, ending decades of painful and artificial separation”.


A last payment of 70 million euros (£60m) will draw the debt to a close.

Mrs Merkel, who was brought up in the East, praised former East Germans for fighting for their freedom.

In 1919, the victorious allies wanted to ensure Germany would not be capable of war for many years and set reparations at the equivalent of 100,000 tonnes of gold.

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Child Benefit To Be Scrapped For Higher Taxpayers Child benefit is to be axed for higher rate taxpayers from 2013, Chancellor George Osborne has announced. year.


Ministers estimate the change will affect about 1.2 million families.

“But given the scale of the debts Labour’s left us with, and given they’ve left us with no plan and we’ve had to come up with proposals, we think this is fair.

The coalition saysbigreductions in expenditure are needed in nearly all areas of government, if it is to bring down the budget deficit.

He told the BBC it was a “big decision” but “absolutely necessary” as it would save £1bn a year at a time of extreme pressure on government finances. Any couples where one parent earns about £44,000 - roughly the 40% tax level - and above will be affected. But critics said single parents and couples on relatively modest incomes would be penalised. Currently child benefit is paid to 7.7 million families with children, costing about £12bn a

Mr Osborne said: “It’s very hard to justify taxing people on much lower incomes in order to pay the child benefit to some of the better off in our society.” He confirmed the cut would hit homes with a single or two high earners but families with two parents on incomes up to £44,000 - which might add up together to over £80,000 - would keep the benefit. The chancellor defended this by saying his plan was “the most straightforward” option - which would avoid across the board means testing. “It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly,” he

Winston Churchill Scores Chart Hit Winston Churchill has become the first prime minister to enter the album chart with a record marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Reach For The Skies, by the

RAF’s Central Band, featuring Churchill’s rousing Word War II speeches set to music, was a new entry at four. But the highest new entry was Mark Ronson’s Record Collection at two, with The

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Tinie Tempah topped the singles chart with Written In The Stars. It is the musician’s second number one track following Pass Out, which achieved the feat in June.

“It means we’re all in this together. Each part of society is going to be making a contribution” At the moment, parents are paid £20.30 a week for the eldest child and £13.40 for subsequent children, with payments continuing until the age of 19 for those in full-time education. Families with three children who will no longer be eligible to receive child benefit face being £2,500 a year worse. The chancellor insisted this was a “one-off” measure and did not mark the end of the principle of universal benefits which have underpinned the welfare state for decades.

Under the proposed changes, a family where both parents are earning just under £44,000 will continue to receive child benefit while a family where only one person is working and whose income is just above £44,000 will lose the payment. Asked whether this was an anomaly in the proposal, Mr Osborne said the alternative was to introduce a “complex” system of means testing where all households had their incomes assessed. People will be expected to declare on their tax returns whether they fall within the 40% and 50% tax brackets and the money will then be clawed back through the tax system. However, Mr Osborne urged top-rate taxpayers to stop claiming child benefit altogether, saying this would be the “most sensible” thing to do.

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By Robert Bovington The Spanish celebrate Día de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day) on 12 October every year. Why? Firstly, Christopher Columbus was not Spanish - he was an Italian born in Genoa. Secondly, he is credited with discovering America so we can blame him for the proliferation of fast food outlets like McDonalds. Thirdly, most of the time he did not know where he was - he thought he was in the Orient when, in fact, he was in Central America. Seriously, though, Christopher Columbus was a famous explorer who, convinced that the World was round when most thought it was flat, persuaded Ferdinand and Isabella to sponsor him on his voyages to the New World. Of course, he did not know it was the New World at the time - he thought that travelling in a westerly direction he would arrive in India. He did not bargain for the small matter that the continental masses

of the Americas were in the way! Columbus embarked on his first voyage from Palos de la Frontera near Huelva on 3 August 1492 in the Santa María. On 12 October he reached San Salvador island in the Bahamas - hence the celebration date. On further trips he discovered Dominica, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and the east coast of Central America including Honduras and Panama.

He had spent several years as a mariner in the Portuguese marine. However, he yearned for more status and wished to accumulate riches for his family. He also believed that China and India could be reached by sailing in a westerly direction. Columbus sought sponsorship for his aims and, after a number of rejections, he finally obtained royal support from Spain - King Ferdinand and

Queen Isabella agreed to bankroll his first voyage in January 1492.

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He discovered most of the islands of the Caribbean as well as countries in Central America including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela. He established a base in Hispaniola - an island now divided into Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Christopher Columbus died in 1506 at Valladolid but his bones were taken to Hispaniola - to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo that is now in the Dominican Republic.

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On Saturday, 6th November, the annual Wacky Races will once again cruise around the streets of the small village of Villaricos, near Vera, for the 4th annual ‘Autos Locos’ in aid of local centre for people with learning difficulties, Asprodalba. In the words of the famous Murray Walker, “Go! Go! Go!“ will echo through the pueblo, when parts of the village will be transformed into an exclusive race track for this fun event. There will be stalls, line dancing, a young Micheal Jackson impersonator, and a Rock’n’Roll show. So far six teams have pledged carts for the event but the organisers would like more. They also need helpers to act as marshals and to sell raffle tickets, and are asking for any unwanted presents or anything that could be donated for the raffle or auction. All the proceeds from the event go to Asprodalba - who will be entering one of their own uniquelystyled go-carts. It is hoped that thousands of euros will be raised for this very worthy cause. Christina´s Bar - the nerve centre for the event, has a wacko-meter on the wall which is already ref lec ting progress.

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Friday 13th August, an unlucky day for some but not for Maureen Nolan of The Nolans and fiancé Ritchie Hoyle who finally tied the knot at La Envia Golf Club after 22 years together. Guests, including Bernie, Coleen and Linda Nolan, started arriving on 7th August and the celebrations began! A number of guests stayed at the Envia Hotel with the majority staying at Las Colinas Apartments at La Envia managed by Envia Property Services. Golf featured high on the agenda with the golfers amongst us managing to fit in games at La Envia, Playa Serena and Almerimar. Early arrivals joined Brian and Annie Nolan and Mick and Fran Sheppard to celebrate their wedding anniversaries at La Vita Restaurant in Roquetas. Pierre, as always, made everyone welcome and put on a fabulous meal. It was party time at Las Colinas Apartments on the night before the wedding with all of the guests and other people staying at the

apartments enjoying a buffet meal and a fun get together. The wedding on the Friday was hosted by La Envia Golf Club – thanks to the staff that arranged everything there. Thanks also go to Linsey Pagan, a local hairdresser from Almerimar, who was on hand all afternoon to do the guest’s hair before rushing to the hotel to do the hair of the ring bearer and flower girl, Erin and Ciara, daughters of Bernie and Coleen Nolan, respectively. Linsey was so busy that she had to finish my hair 15 minutes before the wedding in the ladies at Envia Hotel!! The bride and bridesmaids looked beautiful (as did the groom, best man and ushers) and the pictures were featured in OK magazine on 23rd August. The service was conducted by Father Alan Bennett of the Anglican Church at Costa Almeria in Mojacar – it was a lovely ceremony and the Nolan family sang in tribute to the happy

couple. Maureen was given away by brother Brian and Linda, Bernie and Coleen Nolan were bridesmaids along with Maureen and Ritchie’s future daughter-in-law, Maddison. Luckily the weather held up although everyone was worried as black clouds loomed overhead as vows were exchanged. The reception was fabulous with the kitchen and bar staff providing a wonderful meal and excellent service (rather too good a service for those still going at 6 a.m.!!) A few sore heads and delicate stomachs emerged the following morning and made their way to Spinnakers Bar in Roquetas – as always Dave and Jan’s breakfasts hit the spot and people started to come round. The week finished with a “bull fight”, a meal and a sing-along at Las Palomas Restaurant. Mark and I would like to thank Maureen and Ritchie for choosing to share their celebrations here with us at La Envia (and for taking the time to thank us in OK Magazine) and all of the guests who made the week such a special week and helped to put Envia and the surrounding area on the map. Sharon Venters, Envia Property Services

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SOLTIMES OCTOBER 2010 Which of the following lowers your risk of breast cancer? Regular exercise, Starting your family young, Breastfeeding, Ethnicity Answer: All of them. Exercising regularly, having a baby in your 20s and breastfeeding all lower your risk of breast cancer. We’re also at lower risk if we come from certain ethnic backgrounds – in the UK, white women are diagnosed with breast cancer the most frequently, followed by black women, Asian women, mixedrace and then Chinese women. A healthy diet can prevent breast cancer. True or false? Answer ‘The jury is still out. Researchers have been unable to draw any firm conclusions, as people who eat a healthy low-fat diet with lots of fruit and veg also tend to exercise regularly and drink less alcohol. What we do know is that a healthy diet helps keep us at a normal weight,’ says Dr Palframan. And a University of Leeds survey of 35,000 women over seven years suggested that eating red meat significantly increases a post-menopausal woman’s chance of breast cancer. Older women who ate the most processed meat increased their risk by 64 per cent. Breast cancer is faster growing in younger women. True or false? Answer True. ‘Although every case is different, tumours in younger women do tend to be faster growing than the hormonesensitive types that older women tend to get,’ says Dr Mark Verrill, consultant medical oncologist at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle. ‘These tumours don’t respond to hormone treatment and, although they respond better to chemotherapy, the prognosis is very slightly worse and the cancer more likely to return.’ Having a benign breast lump can put you at risk of cancer. True or false? Answer True. But most benign breast lumps, such as cysts and fibroadenomas, don’t increase your risk. Benign breast

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conditions with ‘proliferative’ (rapidly growing) or ‘atypical’ (abnormal) cells – both rare – make your risk of future breast cancer five times higher than average. If you’re unsure what type of benign lump you’ve had, or worried about a breast condition, talk to your GP. The best way to prevent breast cancer is through regular DIY breast checks. True or false? Answer True. Most cases are discovered by women who have spotted something different and gone to their GP. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment. Dr Palframan says: ‘Be breast aware – know what’s normal and what’s not. Any changes should be taken seriously.’ For more information,

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Sort facts from fiction… Discover what raises - and lowers - your risk of breast cancer Which of the following raises your risk of breast cancer? Cigarettes, Abortion, Underwired bras, Deodorants Breast implants, Bumping or bruising your breast, Chemicals in the environment, Being overweight, Being older, A family history of breast cancer, The Pill, A late menopause (after 55), HRT, Being tall, Alcohol Answer Only the last eight are genuine risks. We can’t change our height, age or family history (one in 20 breast cancers are thought to be due to a faulty gene). But, says Dr Caitlin Palframan of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, we can reduce the amount we drink. ‘One alcoholic drink a day slightly raises the risk of breast cancer. Research also shows that the more weight we gain as adults, the higher our risk of breast cancer after the menopause. The Pill and HRT raise the risk. But this risk subsides when we stop taking them.’


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white teeth, brilliant smile By Nuria Laguna, Hygienist @Centro Dental Vivadent(Vera) Can teeth with tetracycline stains be whitened? Yes, but the patient with this condition should know that the whitening process will take longer (more sessions) than on normal teeth. What are the steps to a whiter smile? A smile is the centrepiece of one’s face. A captivating smile can leave one speechless. What better way to achieve that effect than with a professional whitening treatment?

In the dental surgery, a whitening gel is applied directly over teeth and a special “whitening” lamp activates the gel for approximately 20 minutes. The patient rests for ten minutes, and the process is repeated.

There’s plenty of talk on Approximately 2 months later, techniques, as well as doubts and the patient returns to the dental surgery for the whitening plates and misinformation on the subject. “reminder” kit, to be used at home As we age, our teeth discolour. for 30 minutes/day until the kit is “Staining” foods (coffee, tea, finished. The results are noticeable strawberries, bets, red wine) and from the first week of treatment. smoking also produce pigmentation How long does a whitening of tooth enamel. Certain antibiotics, treatment last? taken at an early stage of life, can The results depend on the also stain teeth. patient’s hygiene and eating/ Teeth whitening occurs when smoking habits. The whitening an oxygen-producing agent is effect can last approximately two introduced over the affected enamel years, but the use of “reminder” and “dissolves” the organic stain kits is recommended for maximum and enhances the shade of teeth to results. produce a whiter and more brilliant What are the side effects? smile. Most patients have no side effects. Before signing up for teeth Some patients notice temporary whitening, you should be aware that sensitivity in the whitened area, fillings, crowns, bridges, porcelain which ends upon completion of the jackets, and other prosthetics treatment. For the more sensitive DON’T whiten. patients, there are both toothpastes and mouthwashes available which Is the treatment safe? provide relief. Yes. The whitening products available and applied by dental Am I a whitening candidate? professionals have been tested and Your dental hygienist has your approved as safe for both teeth and reply; your whiter, brighter smile is just a visit away! gums.

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Pumpkin power Why they’re good for you Thefleshishighinantioxidantsandtheseeds are rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-6 fatty acids, zinc and potassium. Shell, dry and sprinkle the seeds in salads. What the experts say ‘The orange-fleshed varieties, such as ‘Crown Prince’, as well as butternut squash, contain high levels of carotenes, as well as good amounts of vitamin C and E,’ says Judith Wills. ‘These antioxidants are thought to help prevent the illnesses associated with old age, such as cancers and heart disease’

Have an apple a day Why they’re good for you Apples are rich in immune-boosting vitamin C - fresh ones much more so than stored, so opt for British varieties such as pippins and russets, which won’t have travelled far. But don’t just eat apples drink the juice. Even a small amount of apple juice every day could help lower the chance of developing coronary heart disease, according to research published in the ‘Journal of Medicinal Food’. What the experts say ‘Basically, the tarter they are, the more



vitamin C they’re likely to contain,’ says Dr Joan Morgan, one of the world’s leading apple experts. ‘They’re also a good source of fibre - ancient medicinal recipes make a lot of play on apples being good for the bowels.’ And recent studies suggest that regularly eating apples can reduce the risk of bowel cancer.


Get cracking Why they’re good for you Nuts are packed with nutrients that will boost your health. Walnuts and chestnuts, which are both ripe for the picking now, have the highest content of antioxidants of all nuts, according to researchers at the University of Oslo. As well as antioxidants, including the ‘anti-ageing’ vitamin E, nuts are packed with monounsaturated fat, which lowers levels of the bad type of cholesterol. Chestnuts are the only ‘lowfat’ nuts, containing a third of the calories of most other types. They have high levels of tannic acid, however, so shouldn’t be eaten raw. Roast them or make them into stuffing or purée. Hazelnuts are also high in fibre, calcium, antioxidant minerals and vitamin E. What the experts say ‘Buy nuts still in their shell, as this helps them to keep their nutritional quality,’ advises dietician Catherine Collins. And limit yourself to a small handful a day, as even good fats are fattening if eaten to excess.

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“First, identify the positive change you would like to make,” advises master hypnotherapist Emma James. “Then identify the ‘trigger’ for when you would like to feel this, for example, when your boss walks in and you want to feel relaxed. Make sure the way you want to feel is something you have felt before so you can recreate it.”

Going under, stage one

1 Look at a spot on the wall, keeping your head and eyes facing forward. Gradually start to notice the things either side. 2 Keep expanding your peripheral vision until you can see 180 degrees. 3 Notice new sounds and pay attention to the sensations of the chair/bed/floor against your back. 4 Imagine a 360-degree picture of your surroundings while still looking forward.

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1 Take a deep breath, hold, exhale, and let go of all the tension. Repeat four-five times. 2 Relax your eyes and the muscles around them. When completely relaxed, allow them to close and hold on to that relaxation. 3 Briefly open them, and each time you close them again double your relaxation. Repeat four times. 4 Allow your whole body to relax and become heavier.

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This is where you can talk directly to your subconscious to achieve your goals. “Go over the desired scenario in your head and remember the reaction of feeling assured,” advises James. “Keep playing it over until the sequence becomes almost second nature. Feel how it feels, hear what you would hear and see everything that is happening while you play out the scenario.”

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To come back, begin to imagine light on either side of the darkness and a cool breeze blowing over you. You should feel your body awakening step by step. Open your eyes and take in all the details of the room. All that’s left now is to bask in the glory of your new relaxed attitude.


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As summer cools longer evenings offer opportunity for other interests. You are each authors in the making so where do you go from here? It may make you a fortune as fate is fickle but the most important accomplishment is your work achieving readable status for the enjoyment and enlightenment of others. THE SINS OF THE FATHERS...If you allow yourself to be distracted by searching for perfect writing style you are wasting your time; it is an illusion. Write as you speak; write as though you were setting it out for a favourite relative. It is your story but it is my responsibility to ensure your book is readable, entertaining, and informative. Let me give you an example. I recently completed The Sins of the Fathers; a true account of my eightyyear old client’s troubled childhood and subsequent problematic marriage to a man who turned out to be a paedophile. When I saw her copy I groaned. It was 44,000 words badly written in seven exercise books, which frankly would have gone straight into a publisher’s waste paper basket. It needed to be 75,000 words to be paperback size. After I had re-written and added flair to her copy it ended up at 80,000 words. The authoress is over the moon; she is getting it published and because of the nature of the story it could easily be a bestseller; even a TV drama. My relationship with you the author is that of co-author; to turn potential failure into success. YOURS IS A FORTUNATE GENERATION OF WRITERS...Your generation of writers is fortunate. Until recently writing the book was the easy bit. The hard bit was getting a publisher, or if self-publishing, distributing and selling copies; a thankless task which often left the author out of pocket. Today, if you wish to publish your book in the conventional sense then fine; it is your money and your time. Most are opting to publish their title as an e-book. Basically it means that after purchasing the right to access your book buyers can read it online. Conventional books and bookshops are going the same way as typewriters; most books are now read online.


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Mascot Grand National Is In A Fix Just when it seemed that the reputation of sport couldn’t be brought much lower in the wake of match-fixing allegations comes news of dastardly goings-on in the Mascot Grand National.

Thieves Steal Entire Grape Harvest Thieves in France have

broken into a vineyard and This much-loved contest between football club stolen a farmer’s entire crop mascots, in which weirdly dressed contestants of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. struggle along a 220-yard course and over six They struck in Villeneuve-lesfences, has been infiltrated by contestants who Beziers, taking advantage of a are bent on actually winning. full moon and using a harvesting And if that weren’t bad enough, some of these machine to seize 30 tonnes of participants are not the actual mascots who grapes. attend matches, but ringers in stripped-down Farmer Roland Cavaille, of costumes, designed for velocity rather than Languedoc-Roussillon, one levity. of France’s best-known wine The Daily Telegraph says a possible solution growing regions, said the theft would be to replace the fabulous creatures of amounted to a year’s work. the club mascot universe with the actual beasts “They used a harvesting machine to used by the British Army. gather grapes. This means there was no A race of regimental mascots would make for a need to have lots of people, two people lively event, testing the paces of Irish wolfhounds, would have been enough,” Mr Cavaille Staffordshire bull terriers, rams, goats, Shetland told Le Parisien newspaper. ponies and ferrets.

“The area was quite isolated, it is a a few kilometres from the village and near a river. So the thieves were able to work safely.” One witness repor ted hearing engine noises in the early hours of the morning and police have been examining footprints left at the scene, said the newspaper. But Mr Cavaille said the thieves were clearly professionals who could easily sell on the grapes. He said there had been a similar grape theft had been reported in the area four years ago and that another complaint had also been filed this year. While his vineyard was insured, it did not cover the loss of the grapes themselves.

Doctors Warn Of Wii Injury Problem

Interactive electronic games such as the Nintendo Wii are producing their own brand of player injuries, according to doctors. A conference in San Francisco was told that movements involved in interactive play were leading to strains and sprains in feet, shoulders and ankles. Wild swings of the console’s remote also accounted for dozens of “bystander injuries”, reports the BBC. A Nintendo spokesman warned new players to be careful not to

“overdo it”. The phenomenon of gaming console injuries is not a new one, but the arrival of the Nintendo Wii in 2006 heralded a new type of gaming, in which the handheld remote could be swung to mimic the movements of a particular sport. Researchers in Philadelphia looked at data kept on the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System which showed that over a five year period, there were a total of 696 video game-related injuries.

Women, Prawn Balls & Writers Block

We get no visitors throughout the summer (thank heaven) then suddenly we are inundated with people and invitations and events to attend, all within a short space of time. At last though, we are back to normal and I can get on with doing nothing. Or at least I would if I could, but I am frantically searching my innermost memory banks for something to write about – I am beginning to think that there are more grey cells in Alicante prison. My wife asked me this morning what I was going to do today, and I said “nothing”. Then she says, “You did nothing yesterday”. So I say, “But I wasn’t finished”. Women are so annoying like that – they always want to manage us and know that we are engaged in some activity or other. Us men think we know everything, and women know that they know everything, and therein lies one of the fundamental differences between us. We blokes are always prepared to concede that perhaps we are wrong; listen to the arguments and if necessary back down once we have mulled over the pros and cons. It’s called being rational. Women on the other hand – because they know they are never wrong – allow no room for debate. Irrational. What to write about...? We were at the pool the other day and two of the lady residents were giving it large with the local gossip when I jumped in. I received black looks and an admonishment for splashing them . . . they are in 2 metres of water and they give me a rollicking for getting them wet? Irrational.

Then there is the strange notion that the house has to be cleaned just before you go away for a few days, in case “someone comes in”. I don’t have too many burglar acquaintances, but I am pretty damned sure that if one paid us a night time visit, he would almost certainly not tut-tut at the dust and have a quick flick round with a duster before nicking the family silver. It’s the same as my old mum making sure that I had clean and hole-free underpants on before I went off on my bike for the day in case I had a tumble and got taken to the hospital. Even as a kid I realised that in those circumstances, grubby kacks would be the least of my problems. Irrational! And get this - women spend years trying to change you, and then complain that you are not the man they married. Yet ironically, when they are not telling us where we are going wrong, they are invariably

changing their minds about something or other. That’s why women have cleaner minds than us . . . they change them more often. They also say that women are the weaker sex, but you try pulling the sheets over to your side. Ho’s starting to look like there will be no column this week... What is it with these Chinese bazaars springing up all over the place? I read the letters in the various papers and I hear people talking about tax holidays from the Spanish government, or the Chinese government sponsoring them – even Triad involvement. But I don’t want to get into that discussion because I don’t know enough about it, and I am rather attached to my genitals. Mind you, some of the stuff! I bought a pair of shorts the other day that had three buttons and two buttonholes on the fly. By the by, why are womens buttons on the opposite side? I’ve never really understood that!

And the stated size on the garments can be meaningless. I had to return another pair I bought because although it said MEDIUM in the waistband, they were obviously made for an Action Man who had been to Slimmers World! Bt Chinese food is great; I love their restaurants. Nothing is too much trouble, and busy or not they give you a wide-screen welcoming smile before they ask, “Wha you wan to drin?” And where else would you get a three course meal with half a bottle of wine; complimentary liqueurs; a piece of jewellery; a box at Le Mis and Ryanair tickets to Beijing thrown in for less than 6 Euros? Dum di dum di dum... It’s no good, I can’t think of a thing. I’ll just sit back and enjoy this new Belgium beer a friend gave me. He raves about it. It’s 14% proof. I dunno though, can’t see waht all the fush ish abooo...

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Carried on the wave of “television rubbish”, a grotesque figure has been promoted by The Spanish Celebrity Press – magazines as well as television - as “The People’s Princess”. Belén Esteban was once the sweetheart of a famous bullfighter, and is now using her participation in Tele5’s programme, “Sálvame” (Save me) as platform for constant attacks on the same bullfighter’s wife. The programme is all about rumours – the saucier, the better, and Belén Esteban is with her foul mouth and plebeian behaviour showing her ugly nature whenever she sees a microphone, whether on the programme or in the street. To add insult to injury, Tele5 has made a programme about her life. Oh, yawn! Latest addition to this bizarre saga is Belén wearing a dress identical to one Princess Letizia wore on a visit to León earlier in the week, which prompted pictures of both of them on the front page of nearly all magazines with headlines like “Two Princesses and one dress”. What an insult! What an insult to both the late Princess Diana (not that I particularly was a fan of her) and Princess Letizia. In my opinion is does not matter who or how you plagiarise, whether it is in dressing or name, style and beauty come from within. This one is like Africa; everybody knows where it is, but nobody wants to go there! Pass the bucket, I feel sick! Last Wednesday Spain came to a halt – nearly! The effect of the General Strike depends on which fence you are sitting on. The authorities say that the effect was moderate; the unions say it was massive. I actually only detected a massive exercising of shop shutters, which were going up and down like yo-yos as pickets approached and left. One thing is for sure; it had a great effect on Spain’s energy resources. It was reported that the usage of electricity went down by an average of 10% all over Spain! In Spain it is mandatory by law to send your children to school. Failure to do so is in violation of Código Civil (Art. 154) and the penalty according to Código Penal (Art. 126.1) is three to six month in prison or a fine of six to 12 months. Last week the family court in Cartagena had its first case of parents neglecting this obligation, brought to court by the town hall in Cartagena. This reminds me about stories I have heard about British parents who do not want their children to attend Spanish school – their reasons being their private matter -, but are teaching them at home under British authorities’ supervision. This, unfortunately, is still against Spanish law if you are registered as living in Spain. Move to Spain, and you are subject to Spanish law, not your home country’s. You cannot choose, which law you want to subject yourself to – I mean, you would never start driving on the left side of the road, using the argument that you are British and that driving on the left side is law in Britain. Or would you? One of Cartagena’s most famous sons, the bullfighter José Ortega Cano, is now home from hospital. Oh, you did not know he has been in hospital? You do not even know who he is? Well, he is, as I said, a very famous bullfighter and comes across as being a very loving husband and father. What I know about the guy, I quite like, with the exception of his choice of occupation. But, true to the picture I have of him, he was injured when he came to the aid of a trainee bullfighter. In the process he fell and hit his head, rendering himself unconscious with a temporary memory loss.

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

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Property Company Reports Surge Of Interest For Spanish Homes

Taylor Wimpey Espana, the leading UK developer in the Spanish market has reported a significant rise in interest from British buyers seeking to buy holiday homes in Spain. Article courtesy of

Easter has traditionally witnessed a surge in interest from the UK market, April being just behind July as the best month for sales in Spain, but this year has seen a noticeable jump in enquires and sales. Appointments to view homes across the whole Taylor Wimpey Espana’s development portfolio are up by 40% compared to the Easter period of 2009. Interest is particularly strong in the Costa del Sol and in the Balearics evidenced by sales at the company’s newest development, La Floresta de la Mairena outside Marbella, which are significantly ahead of target with a third

of the properties sold off plan within the first month since launch. After closing a first quarter in which they have doubled the number of sales against that in 2009, Taylor Wimpey Espana is looking forward to the arrival of a number English people in the coming days which the company expects to be reflected in increased sales in April. Interestingly the company is also reporting that the profile of the typical British home buyer in Spain is not the traditional stereotype of a retiree. On the contrary, according to Taylor Wimpey Espana 75% of buyers are middle class

executives, between 35 and 50, with a wife and children. More than 50% are looking for a second home for family holidays, attracted by the climate and culture. Although these buyers’ stays are concentrated during the summer, on average they spend between 45 and 60 days a year in Spain. Typically buyers are taking a long holiday of 20 or 30 days between July and August and the rest in the weekends throughout the year. During their time in Spain buyers spend an average of 6,300 euros a year which covers the maintenance costs of the home and food and transport (70% rent a car).

Halifax names UK Property Hotspots... Ilford in Essex is the leading property sales Sixteen of the top 20 towns are in London and Households have been making great efforts to reduce their debts since the crisis struck, injecting a total of £44.2bn into their mortgages over and above their repayment schedules since March 2008, according to the Bank of England. For the 10 years before the crisis, homeowners had consistently cashed in on the equity stored in their homes. At its peak, in the final quarter of 2003, equity withdrawal reached £17.1bn. In 2006, the last year before the financial crisis, total equity withdrawal was £50bn. Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said: “Homeowners no longer view their property as a cheap source of finance to boost their spending power.” The UK’s outstanding mortgage debt totals £1.24 trillion.

hotspot in England and Wales, with an 85% rise in the number of homes sold in the first half of 2010, compared with the same period of 2009. Research from Halifax has identified Croydon and Maidenhead as the runners up, with sales rising 73% and 71% respectively. While the lender’s study found “considerable variations” across the country, only three towns saw no increase in sales over the year as follows: Blackpool -1%; Grimsby 0% and Sunderland 0%. Turning to the bigger picture, there were 290,227 home sales in England and Wales in the six months to the end of June, or 27% more than in the first half of 2009.

the South East and most have good commuter links to central London. The four non-southern towns in the top 20 hotspots are Stockport and Chorley in the North West, Shrewsbury in the West Midlands and Durham in the North. Halifax has also recently reported that a growing number of couples are opting to live in separate homes. “Live-apart-ners” now account for one in twenty long-term relationships, a 40% rise over the last ten years, as couples become more comfortable living apart but staying together, according to the research.

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Decorating With Art You will be surprised at the important role that art pictures play in home decor accessories. Not only do pictures add your own personality into the room, they absorb noise and can actually help change the illusion of a rooms’ shape if placed in the right places. ~ Horizontal landscape pictures help widen a room ~ Portrait floral pictures help give the illusion of height ~ One large picture reflected through a mirror gives the sensation of additional broader space. Whatever your artwork includes – valuable prints, family photographs, or originals from your kids – you want it to capture people’s attention. Large paintings are more effective when displayed alone on walls. However, small pieces have more impact when grouped together. When choosing frames, coordinate with other existing frames and the overall look of the room. Buy quality frames and make sure there aren’t any gaps at the corners and check the finish for flaking or discoloration.

Create Illusions With Mirrors Mirrors are great to help create the illusion of space. By cleverly placing mirrors on an adjacent wall to a picture or something that is interesting in your room, will reflect the image and add a sense of space. For darker rooms, hang a decorative mirror near a window. The light will then bounce off the mirror into the room portraying more natural much-needed light back into the area. To give the illusion of depth in a room paint one of your walls in a darker contrasting color to your other walls. Then hang a mirror on that darker wall. This instantly gives the additional sense of depth to the dimensions of the room. Accessories play a crucial part in your home decorating; you can change the look of your room simply by adding flower arrangements and plants, grouping favourite photo’s together or simply buying new cushion covers!



Eurodollar! What Is Going On? Market Commentary 1st October 2010 It’s a brand new month, but the underlying issues from September are still controlling the markets. The question is why is the Euro so strong and how long will this rally last? Rumours have been circulating the markets for months now about whether the FED will go into a second round of quantitative easing. A move into Quantative Easing 2 (QE2) would weaken the Greenback significantly and as a result, investors are running scared into the Euro. Why would they do that I here you ask? The Euro should be tumbling, downgrades in Spain and a bailout of Anglo Irish which totals more than the entire tax income of Ireland. The single currency should be sitting unclaimed in the lost and found with the Dollar. The problem for the USD holders is that selling vast amounts into many other currencies will push those markets through the roof thus costing them even more to get rid of their Dollars. Eurodollar is the most liquid pairing of them all and as a result, traders have moved billions of USD into Euros. As a result, cable has shot up back towards the 1.60 level again, but SterlingEuro is trading on 3 months lows. Yesterday afternoon, we had some very positive data from the FED with the GDP figure coming in at 1.7% ahead of a forecast of 1.6%. Strong figures from the jobs market and the Chicago PMI strengthened the Dollar over 2 cents against the Pound and as a

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Outdoor Heating: Stay Outside Longer!

It’s that time of year again; there is a slight chill in the air and the sun is quick to escape beyond the horizon shortly after dinnertime. For many, the change in weather is welcome. For those that love the outdoors, though, the change in seasons comes all too quickly. Chilly nights can make even the most adventurous head indoors to search for warmth and comfort.

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of schools are key factors, according to the survey by high street bank Santander.

But now it seems being close to family and friends is actually our the number one priority - unless you live in London, new research suggests.

Andy Smith at Santander, said: “It’s interesting to see the differences across the country in what influences people to live where they do. Those who live in London won’t be surprised to hear that transport links are so important to Londoners, but it is revealing that the capital is the only place in the UK where friends and family aren’t the top factor governing where they live.”

A total of 39 per cent of Britons said being close to family and friends is a main factor in influencing where they want to live. It is followed closely by 29 per cent who move to an area for work reasons and 20 per cent due to how cheap the area is to live in. In contrast, just 2 per cent think local hospitals and 9 per cent think the quality

For Londoners, where they work is the most important factor in deciding where they end up living, while for those in the North East, affordability is the determining issue.

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Only use your patio heater outdoors… If a tabletop heater works well on your patio, it should warm up your kitchen table in a pinch, too, right? Although that is a logical assumption, if your heater is designed to be used outdoors, it should only be used outdoors. Your heater may not have the proper venting or emissions standards to be used in your home.

Consider hazards in the area where you set up your electric heater… Before you plug in your heater, take a moment to consider the potential hazards in the surrounding area. Some examples include: Is the electric cord lying across a pathway where people might trip over it? If the heater is below a tree, is there a risk that leaves or small branches might fall into the heating element, causing a fire? Is the heater in a high-traffic area, where it would be easy to brush against a hot surface accidentally? Have you followed the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding proper floor surface and distance from flammable materials? Be careful of high winds while using your outdoor heater. Although a patio heater can keep you warm even on the coolest nights, it’s not recommended to use one if the winds are too strong. Heavy gusts can knock over your electric heater, causing a fire hazard.

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The Land Registry’s latest house price index shows the average cost of a home in England and Wales rising by 0.3% in August. Having seen the fifth consecutive monthly increase, the value of the average home stood at £167,423, although on an annual basis the typical house price gain fell slightly compared with July, to 6.7%. The West Midlands experienced the greatest monthly rise, with a movement of 1.2% in August, while London homes put on 0.9%, bringing the average property price in the Capital to £345,734. Yorkshire & The Humber saw the most significant monthly price fall, at -1.4%. The index shows all 10 regions in England and Wales experiencing increases in their average property values over the 12 months to the end of August, with London sporting the highest annual change at 11.4%, compared with a movement of 1.6% in the North East, the region with the slowest annual growth. Finally, sales volumes have increased from last year: in March to June 2009, transaction volumes averaged 43,825 per month, while in the same period this year the average was 53,089. While Land Registry figures are normally published a month behind other house price indices, they are generally regarded as the most accurate because they are based on completed sales, rather than mortgage approvals.

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Question Please can you suggest a few quick growing climbers that I can use to give a bit of privacy in my open garden?

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You are almost spoilt for choice here in Spain and only limited by the amount and strength of the supports you can provide; even up here in the mountains, my garden has its fair share of climbers. As I never cease saying, my two favourites are honeysuckle and jasmine. Both are rampant growers and you will need to be quite drastic in your annual pruning to keep them in check but they will more than reward you with their fragrant flowers which will fill any Mediterranean garden. I find honeysuckle prefers to have its feet in shade but will soon grow up into the sunshine. Plumbago is another one which will give value for money with it’s proliferation of small beautifully blue flowers. Wisteria is renowned for longevity so buy a good quality plant to begin with. As well as the standard blue colours there are also white, pink and purple flowered varieties. Why not mix colours if you have the room for maximum affect? Passion Flowers are vigorous climbers and have the added bonus of truly spectacular flowers. If you live in a sheltered, low-lying spot you may be able to get away with growing some of the more exotic varieties. There is a fabulous red one. This is one climber which will need support and a drastic prune each year to continue to look its best. Morning Glory are easy to grow from seed and once established will selfseed every year. Don’t forget the lowly grapevine. Whether you use it for shade or fruit it’s a must for every garden here. Place plenty of well-rotted compost in the planting hole (the Spanish say a dead cat, rat or other small animal is a must, but possibly a tin of cheap dog or cat food will substitute!). Water well in spring and summer until established, but infrequently thereafter. There’s nothing like lazing in the shade of a grape vine in the warm Mediterranean sun and as they tend to shed their leaves up here in winter, they allow the warmth of the sun into my house when I need it the most. Last but by no means is least there’s the Bougainvillaea. In stunning pink, white, purple, yellow and many other combinations, alongside grapevines they are essential for our gardens here. They do need sturdy support and do need to be told whose ‘Boss’ right from the beginning or these thugs will take over. They do not require over watering or feeding in winter. Once they’re happy in their roots they will reward you with a lifetime of colour. A timely word of caution, though, it is advisable not to plant any deep rooted plants anywhere near your swimming pool or house or they could disturb its foundations.

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Film star Tony Curtis dies at 85

Hollywood star Tony Curtis has died of a cardiac arrest at his US home in Nevada aged 85. The Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in Some Like it Hot opposite Marilyn Monroe, passed away peacefully in bed, a family spokesman said. The star received an Oscar nod in 1959 for The Defiant Ones, in which he starred with Sidney Poitier.




He began his career as a heart-throb, but became a respected actor after starring in more substantial roles, starting in 1957 with harrowing showbusiness tale Sweet Smell of Success. He went on to appear in The Defiant Ones as an escaped racist convict handcuffed to a black escapee.

His career spanned six decades and he made more than 120 films including Trapeze, Spartacus and The Vikings. Clark County coroner Murphy told the Associated Press that the actor died at 2125 local time on Wednesday.

before taking on the name Tony Curtis when he began his film career in 1949.


But he became best known for his role in Billy Wilder’s acclaimed comedy Some Like It Hot, where he donned women’s clothing. After his star faded in the late 1960s, Curtis shifted to lesser roles and fell into drug and alcohol addiction.

Born Bernard Schwartz on 3 June 1925 in New York, the actor served in World War II

In the 1970s he turned to television, starring in a number of TV series including The Persuaders! opposite Sir R o g e r Moor e, and

Glastonbury Festival Tickets Sell Out In Four Hours

Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2011 have sold out in just over four hours after thousands of fans flooded the website and phone lines.

Michael Mann’s Vegas. Sir Roger led the tributes to the actor, calling him “a fine actor”. “We had a lot of laughs together for about 15 months, working together every day. He was great fun to work with, a great sense of humour and wonderful ad libs. We had the best of times.” After recovering from addiction in the early 1980s, he later became a painter whose canvasses sold for as much as $20,000 (£12,600). The actor was married six times, including to Psycho star Janet Leigh, with whom he had two children including daughter and actress Jamie Lee Curtis. He is survived by his wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis, and six children.

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Paula By Isabel Allende

What a legacy to leave behind! “Paula” is an incredibly intense, emotional memoir of Allende’s life written for her daughter who was taken ill in 1991 from porphyria, a genetic condition that appeared to have been passed down from her paternal side. Allende wanted her daughter to know about her past so that when she “woke up” and resumed her life she would have that knowledge. She was concerned that Paula would wake up one day without any memory of who she was. It started off as a letter to Paula but what materialised became an outstanding account of a mother’s fears intermingled with political histories and violent coups and periods of exile from Chile.

The festival’s website and Twitter feed apologised to those who missed out, adding there had been some issues with getting through “due to the sheer volume of people”.


Tickets sold out eight hours quicker than last year, the festival said.

The festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset has 137,500 public tickets and a site capacity of 177,500. Last year for its 40th anniversary its huge line-up included Stevie Wonder and Kylie Minogue.

Fans were able to reserve up to eight tickets at a time. They had to pay a £50 deposit now and the rest when the booking site re-opens on 1 April 2011. But they needed to have registered on the site before Sunday. Michael and Emily Eavis, the festival’s organisers, said: “Thanks for all your continual support. We’re looking forward to seeing those of you who got tickets next June.” Emily Eavis added: “Sorry those of you who waited on the lines but couldn’t get tickets. Wish there was a way to fit everyone in.” Passes for next year’s festival, which starts on 22 June, cost £195 - up £10 on last year’s

The site had to switch its front page to text only due to the thousands of people trying to access it.

Concerns about overcrowding at Glastonbury Festival were raised afterwards by Mendip District Council in its annual report on the event. The council report said “subjectively the site felt extremely busy”. But it added it was an “unqualified success” and that all recommendations were about building on good practice. Glastonbury Festival organisers were unavailable for comment on the council’s report.

I love Allende not just as a writer but as a person, her intimacy with the reader allows us to empathise with her despair scattered amongst moments of joy. This Chilean writer is well-known and respected by Spanish speakers. Margaret Sayers Peden has translated the books into English to make them accessible to non-Spanish speakers. “Paula” is an accolade to motherhood, faith and love. It was Allende’s conviction that Paula would recover and we are taken on a rollercoaster of an uncomfortable but enlightening journey when she realises that instead of sustaining Paula’s fruitless existence she must allow her daughter’s spirit to be set free which will ultimately lead to Paula’s death. The family believe in rituals and superstitions. They all seem to share strong spiritual bonds. When the family support Paula as she dies her room is full of her loving family as well as the spirits of her dead relatives preparing her for her final journey. By this point the tears flowed freely and paradoxically there is a feeling of warmth and peace. If you haven’t read any of Isabel Allende’s books try this one and her first one: “The House of Spirits ” which I will be reviewing soon. Happy reading.

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Lady GaGa has paid tribute to John to celebrate the Beatles singer, who would star joined Yoko Ono and her Plastic Ono Band on stage in Los Angeles have been 70 this year. ugh outfit which exposed her rear. She New York Daily News reports that Ono praised GaGa, who wore a see-thro inspiration to so many women”. an such and brilliant “so was singer is quoted as saying that the ‘Poker Face’ and Sonic Youth members Thurston Moore Also performing at the event were Lennon’s son Sean, rapper RZA and Kim Gordon. a guest musician GaGa later tweeted: “WE ARE PLASTIC ONO. I got to sit in as (sic).” Yoko tonight, what a legendary band+mother, ol. Further tribute concerts will take place in New York, Iceland and Liverpo

Cumberbatch Reveals ‘Sherlock’ Hopes

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed some of his hopes for the upcoming second series. It was previously confirmed that three more 90-minute episodes will air on BBC One in autumn 2011. “I’d love Irene Adler to crop up,” Cumberbatch told Collider. “I’d [also] love The Hound of the Baskervilles to crop up. There’s all sorts of things that I’d love to do, or characters that I’d love to be involved.” However, the actor admitted that he is keen for the show to explore new ideas and storylines. “Some of the plot borrowings and deductions, the characters, their relationships and the detail of their lives is very much drawn from the original because there would

be no point [in] messing with what ain’t broke,” he explained. “But as far as adventures go, I think they can definitely take it into a new realm.” Cumberbatch also hinted that the new episodes could surprise viewers. He said: “I’m excited about doing things that fans expect, as well as letting [the writers’] imagination have free rein and going new places with it.”

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Bookies Still Take Bets On ‘X Factor’ Gamu kers are still taking bets on Gamu winning the X Factor

Bookma despite her not making the top 12. Paddy Power are allowing punters to bet on the Zimbabwe-born singer following speculation that she may be brought back on Saturday’s show as part of a wild card twist. It is rumoured that one, or possibly even four acts, may be brought back and given a second chance by the judges. Gamu is getting plenty of support at 11/2 to win the series and Paddy Power will refund bets if she does not return to the show as a wild card. Paddy Power spokesperson Sharon McHugh commented: “There’s a lot of drama in this year’s X Factor. We’re not at all surprised to hear that Gamu may be returning. She has been by far the most consistent act and the most popular with punters. Viewers can relax - Gamu is still very much in the game!” Meanwhile, ex-painter and decorator Matt Cardle is currently the bookies favourite to win the series with short odds of 11/4. Single mum Rebecca Ferguson (10/3), boyband 1 Direction (4/1) and Cher Lloyd (5/1) are also getting plenty of support.

sir norman wisdom ~ 1915-2010

the beloved comic who spent a lifetime playing the fool

Sir Norman Wisdom died on 4th October at the age of 95.

The star, who was one of the country’s best-loved comedians, had been in very ill health in the days before his death at an Isle of Man nursing home. In a statement, his family said: ‘Over the past six months Norman has sustained a series of strokes causing a general decline in both his physical and mental health. ‘He had maintained a degree of independence until a few days ago. However, over the last few days his condition rapidly declined. He was in no pain or distress and peacefully passed over.’ Sir Norman retired in 1990 after a career that spanned six decades and won him global fame. He discovered his talent for comedy while serving in the Merchant Navy and later the Army. After seeing one of his performances, the actor Rex Harrison advised him: ‘If you don’t become a professional comedian when you’re back in civvy street, you’re mad.’ Five-foot tall Sir Norman took the advice to heart and, in December 1945, persuaded the manager of Collins Music Hall in Islington, North London, to give him break as a performer. He was billed as Norman Wisdom, The Successful Failure.

against adversity.

In titles like The Early Bird, The Square Peg and A Stitch In Time, he worked for his nemesis Mr Grimsdale, sparking the catchphrase ‘Ooo, Mr Grimsdale!’. Between 1955 and 1966, Sir Norman beat Sean Connery’s James Bond to become Britain’s biggest box office draw. Gump was Sir Norman’s own word for his accident-prone fool character, often called Norman Pitkin. Charlie Chaplin called the diminutive star his favourite clown and Sir Norman was seen as the natural heir to entertainer George Formby. Sir Norman summed up his appeal: ‘My comedy is for children from three to 93. You do need a slightly childish sense of humour and if you haven’t got that, it’s very sad.’ His little man against the world films peaked commercially with A Stitch In Time in 1963, where he unleashes chaos in a hospital. He also branched out, away from his traditional formula, in films like There Was A Crooked Man (1960) and The Girl On The Boat (1961), based on the PG Wodehouse story. Sir Norman wowed Broadway in the 1960s and was brought to the attention of Hollywood, where he made The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), starring Britt Ekland.

Over the next few years he developed his hallmark character, The Gump – an innocent, enthusiastic, but hapless little man always anxious to help.

In the early 1970s, Sir Norman’s star was beginning to wane. He made a number of sitcoms like Norman, Nobody Is Norman Wisdom and A Little Bit Of Wisdom.

‘I began to play it up, laying on the pathos to see how far I could stretch it,’ he once said. ‘I felt I had hit upon a unique image.’

Sir Norman won critical acclaim for his non-comic role as a cancer patient in the TV play Going Gently (1981), directed by Stephen Frears.

His first film for Rank, Trouble In Store, was an instant hit in 1953 and launched the song that would become his theme tune: Don’t Laugh At Me, which made number one in the charts.

In later years, Sir Norman’s roles were one-off appearances in TV dramas ranging from Coronation Street to Last Of The Summer Wine.

The movie, in which his window-dressing ambitions spark chaos in a department store, set the template for the films that followed.

Sir Norman’s last film appearance was in 2007, when the comedy legend came out of retirement to appear in short film Expresso - doing a comic turn as a vicar being plagued by a fly.

Sir Norman always played the ‘clown’, the clumsy underdog in turned-up cap and ill-fitting suit battling

He moved to the Isle of Man in 1980 but kept on touring. A dedicated charity worker, he was knighted in 2000.


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300 g fresh spinach 3 potatoes Vegetable broth, enough to cover vegetables 2 tbsp butter Pepper Sea salt Chives to decorate Cream


Wash and clean the fresh spinach. Peel the potatos and cut in big chunks. Take a large pot and heat. Add the butter to melt, then add the chopped potatoes and spinach. Cook for 5 mns or so, until the spinach gives its juice. Add the vegetable broth and pour as much as needed, enough to cover the vegetables and a little more. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 20 to 25 mins, or until the potatoes are cooked. Use a hand blender to mix your soup. Add a dash of cream & chives and serve!

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Mild Indian Lamb Curry

To prepare the garam masala, heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. On low heat, cook the spices in this order: the cinnamon stick (for 5 min), coriander seeds (3 min), cloves (2 min), cardamom pods (2 min) and cumin (30 s). Let cool and grind using a coffee grinder or a spices grinder. Keep. Heat 2tbsp oil in the pan and brown the meat on all sides. Season with salt and pepper. Keep. In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp oil and add the onion. Cook until soft on low to medium heat for 2 min, then add the garlic and ginger. Add the slices of carrots and the tomato. Cook for 3 to 4 min, then add the turmeric and a few tbsp water. Season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil, while stirring. Add the meat and reduce the heat to low. Simmer covered for 2h 30min. Ten minutes before the end, add 3 tbsp of your garam masala. Season to taste, and add the chopped coriander Serve with white steamed rice to which you add pink peppercorns.


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Mince Pie With Cream, Ice Cream or Custard Christmas Pudding With Cream, Ice Cream or Custard (Brandy Optional) Apple & Fruits of the Forest Crumble With Cream, Ice Cream or Custard Bailey or After Eight Cheesecake With Ice Cream .......................................

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1 tbsp unsalted butter 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced finely 1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons for the apples 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped out 1 tsp finely chopped lemon thyme (optional) 4 eggs Pinch of sea salt 80ml olive oil 200g all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder


In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. When warm, add the diced apples with 2 tablespoons sugar, the vanilla bean and seeds and cook for 5 minutes, or until the apples are softer. Discard the vanilla bean; set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 10-inch mould and set aside. In a bowl, combine the flours and baking powder and lemon thyme, if using. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the olive oil and then the flours. Fold the apples in the cake batter. Transfer the batter to the mould and bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a sharp knife inserted in the middle comes out dry. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes before unmolding.


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Open Tuesday - Sunday 1pm till late Closed Monday Wednesday ~ Pizza Night Friday ~ Fish & Chips 8€ Sunday ~ Live Music Selection of Fresh Tapas Wi-Fi available Afternoon Tea 4 - 7pm Cocktails Large Terrace & Relaxing Area Free Parking

TeL: 677 420 243

Skip the all-inclusive menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you may eat less. And won’t losing weight be worth it? Take one small bread roll, then either move the bread basket out of reach or have it taken away completely

Make Special Requests You’re paying good money for that meal, so don’t be afraid to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not


Bistro / Restaurant On the square in Mojacar Playa

formerly the Corner Bar

Pizzaria Opening Soon Pizzas - Burgers Take Away or Eat In! Pizzas Served From 1pm - Late

Mark & Val would like to thank all our customers for a successful and enjoyable first month. To celebrate we are launching, in addition to our great menu, a menu del dia at 12 euros, an extensive day time tapas menu with over 20 tapas from only 1 euro and our autumn specials including liver and onions, marinaded sticky ribs and chicken danois. So come on down to Viva! and tempt your taste buds !!!

For reservations tel 637 270 594 I love Viva me, I say, I love Viva me !!!

cafe bar Los Mellizos

“Could I have that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?” “I’d like a salad instead of fries with my burger, please.”

Don’t Go Top Heavy Salad bars and gourmet salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly health conscious choices: Go easy on the croutons, grated cheese and bacon Opt for small amounts of low fat or fat free dressings on the side

Stay Committed A glass of wine with dinner is fine, but too many may wreak havoc on your weight loss resolve. Stay in control by: Alternating alcoholic beverages with zero POINTS value sugar-free drinks or sparkling water Not drinking alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach

Resign From The ‘Clean Plate Club’

Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them! For instance:

Coffee & Bar


You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories. Downsize by: Eating half of larger meals, sharing or leaving the rest. If leaving food is difficult for you, ask for a second plate and move part of your large portion onto it as if you were sharing, then focus on the scaled down portion in front of you and enjoy! Pushing your plate away when you’re full. And remember to eat slowly. It takes around 20 minutes for your body to recognise that it’s full!

The new delhi Indian Restaurant fine indian cuisine

Banquet menu Now available Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Evenings

4 Courses 9.95€

10% discounT off take away with this voucher

BANQUET MENU - Booking Essential!

Avda. America opposite Strictly Hair & gb Stores, Albox

Open: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 12pm, Sun: Closed

Tel: 950 431 705/639 231 507


ALBOX La Alfoquia

Every Friday

KARAOKE with Graham D from 9pm Sat 9th Oct Live Music with Tom Lee ‘Chill Out Ballads, Blues, Chart Hits, Pop, Soft Rock & Popular Love Songs Across Six Decades’

Open every day 10am - Late

Telephone: 638 889 520

Fish & Chips only 4.95€ Friday night special 6.30-9pm

Bar & Restaurant Traditional

sunday lun

ch only 4.95 €

available 1-5 pm Starters & Sweets

Booking recommended



Tel Bar: 610 641 567 Tel Tracy: 690 943 897 WE ARE OPEN ALL DAY!


What’s On

your events, announcements & letters Bridge Club Roquetas Meets On Mondays At The Golf Centre Restaurant At 15-00. Contact Sue Barlow On 950 33 33 44

birthday girl shirley barker

Happy Birthday Mum We hope you enjoy spending it with us here in Spain. All our love, Steve & Tracy xxx

Happy 1st Birthday Chloe & Shaun Lots of love Mummy & Daddy, Nan & Grandad Have a wonderful day! XXXXX

Congratulations Clive & Rachael

Congragulations on the birth of your baby boy C J Now the fun really begins! love Soph Paul Jake and Milli


Free Home Delivery Always well stocked

Mon-fri: 11-5pm sat: 10-2pm

TEL: 950 334 081

In the Urb of Roquetas de Mar, just off Avda de Mediterraneo in the square near La Gamba Toscana & Theos almeriservis

send your news and views, birthdays & announcements

Groceries & frozen foods including legs of New Zealand lamb, gammon joints, lambs liver. Large Selection of Greeting Cards


we want to hear from you...

in Roquetas (near Theos)




ALMERISERVIS construcciones y reformas

General repair & constructions Painting & decorating, plumbing electricity and doors,windows, patios, security fencing, aluminium PVC, iron & wood, kitchen furniture & fitting, built in wardrobes, hard wood floor installation, furniture and repairs of awnings, blinds, bath screens, suspending ceilings Movil: 610 404 444 Fax: 950 563 311 04711 ALMERIMAR EL EJIDO

MacGowan’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Open 365 days a year

Guinness, Murphy’s Cider, Lager, Large Selection of Spirits

* 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)

Tlf. 950 609 546

Open 7 days a week from 10am till late For all day breakfast, Snacks, 3 Course Meals Menu del Dia from 12 noon daily 9€ Now Serving a choice of 20 TASTY TAPAS

Small beer, wine, coffee, tea or water with Tapa €2 / Extra Tapas €1

Starting 6th October: Spanish Lessons 5€ per hour Curry Night - Saturdays 7pm -10pm

Onion bahjee, chicken curry, naan bread & small beer or wine. All for €8.50 TUE: 9PM BINGO wed: 9pm ‘the big quiz’ / fri: 9Pm race night Sunday lunch - 1.30-4.30pm - Booking Recommended

Calle Galeon 37 Darsena 1, Almerimar

METALFORM Helping you to secure your property

Arkrites British Food Store


950 325 867

Quality and Service

Ask us if you have any doubts about delicate items Tel: 950 103 557 - Open daily 10 - 22 - Closed Sunday Centro Comercial Copo - Local 61 Ctra. Almerimar, s/n - El Ejido (Almeria)

Tel: +34 950 609 525 mob: +34 667 487 292

Have a great birthday Lots of Love, from all the Phelans


We are located on the paseo between the Zoraida Garden Hotel and the Port of Roquetas De Mar

...on her birthday from Paco & Pepe

To a wonderful, wife, mother, mother-in-law & grandmother

Bar Spinnaker


..Wedding / Communion dresses Jackets .Leather Suede Jackets .Ironing Service

The Number 1 Yacht Broker in Spain!

Happy 7th Birthday Love You Loads Mum, Dad, Jake, Mops, Pops, Dfer, Pita, Bullet xxxxxxxx


Priest Canon Hugh Broad Tel: 950 478 432 holds the Roquetas Eucharist service on the 3rd Thursday in month at 11:00 in the Lutheran Church, C/Mar Egeo, Roquetas.The Church Wardens are: Alan Smith Tel: 950 478 066 John Salmons Tel: 950 472 112

Duvets Curtains Blankets Party Dresses

international Yachtbrokers and charter agents


Anglican Chaplaincy.........

. . . .

Price for suit trousers and jacket ONLY 9.60€

Holland yachting

Charlie & The Owl

Yelmo Cineplex, Gran Plaza Parque Comercial, Centrale Alicun Note: English films are marked ‘VOS’ and have Spanish subtitles call 950 326 482 for more information


Don’t forget to collect your discount card!

Charlie’s dad come home from the harbour at midday to find the baby owl exhausted and cold in their pool. It had managed to get to the pool step but did not have the strength to get out of the pool. Her dad fished it out with a net and left it on the side to dry. Charlie came home from school and wrapped it in a towel and nursed it all day until it was stronger. Initially it could not even stand up but after nursing it, it slowly got better and by the end of the day, it was trying to fly off. We got in touch with the vets, Ayuntamiento and Guardia Civil and no one knew what to do with a sick baby owl. Eventually we found a local bird lover who has been looking after it in a cage for the last 3 weeks. In a week or so, we are going to let it go and see how it fairs in the wild. Charlie is proud of her owl and feels that without her help, the owl may not of survived.

cinema.................................... showing English language movies!

Love to Mummy

happy birthday milli Moo


Beer battered cod, chips & mushy peas every Friday 7.95€ Pie night – Home made choice & soups only 8.95€ Carvery every Sunday only 7.95€ Served 1 pm – 4 pm Look out for Monthly cabaret evenings & special A La Carte Menu call for details Also available Childrens menu Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat from 7pm Sun from 1pm (carvery only) Avenida Mediterraneo,opposite Hotel Zafiro, Roquetas De Mar Booking highly recommended 950 333 484 / 664 165 372

Fly Screens - Aluminium Windows & Doors Rejas - Gates - Railings - Spiral Staircases Scissor Doors - Pergolas - Toldos - Stainless Steel

Tel: 617 706 606 -

Property management Sale & Rentals Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

Services include Key Holding, Maintenance, Furniture Packs, Cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & Post-box Checks

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

burty’s bar Private Parties Catered For


Starting Mon 4th oct Menu del Dia Mon - Fri 1pm - 5pm 8.95€ sunday Lunch 5.95€ Cash prize quiz every Thurs + Bingo 2pm Open every day from 11am ~ Closed Saturday

Call & Reserve 679 156 715


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES



Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email:

for sale for sale SERVICES Frame Walking Solar power Aid. C/W Seat & controllers mppt

more Wheels. Foldable. type(30% 8 weeks old. As power)new in box new cost 65€. 95€ 619 744 516 Sell 45€. Tel: WANTED 697 580 971 Commercial Dough Mixer.

Bread or Pizza. 2 years old. As new cost 1280€. Sell 400€. Tel: 697 580 971

H o u s e Clearance, all

items wanted. Large or small. Tel: 615 214 562 Dining Table Dark Oak, drop leaf, gate leg. 175x90cm. 6 balloon backe brocade chairs (will separate) 285€ Tel: 950 466 282 L e a d l i g h t display cabinet. Dark Oak with base cupboard, drawers & cocktail cabinet. JC Linen fold design 230€ Tel: 950 466 282 Coffee Table Dark Oak Tiled inlay top 140x80cm 85€ Tel: 950 466 282 G ENERA T OR Kipor KGE2500C petrol 2.2KVA used 3 times 230V Output Cost New 280€ Brand New Condition 140€ Tel 670 309 878 BARBECUE round black cast iron 40cm wide plus tools 25€ Tel 670 309 878 4 Beige leather and stainless steel dining room chairs in perfect condition 50€ Tel: 634 321 101 (Mojacar Area) Table tennis table. In excellent condition. Only used a few times. 75€ Tel: 667 286 130 or 697 506 087 Weights bench In really good condition. Includes a bar and various weights. 50€ Tel 667 286 130 or 697 506 087 Black and cream 3 seater settee. Dark Wood dining table with 4 chairs. Mahogany display cabinet/ book case. Full length bathroom unit with mirrors. All in good condition and reasonably priced. Tel: 950 430 957 Advance Digital P.C Solutions Tel: 616 506 569 Hawker deep cycle

batteries for solar power not cheap leisure type 12v 100amp as new 65€ each 619 744 516


Small, privately owned car for my daughter. Up to 2000€ Tel: 950 369 124 or 629 864 121

Accountancy S R Accountancy offers Completion of Non-Resident Taxreturns, Renewals of Residencia, European Health Cards and Registering of E121 etc. For more information, call 685 248 999 or email sharon@

business for sale



19,000€ TEL: 666 032 776

Re - advertised due to timewasters

business for Sale All offers over 12,000€

Tel: 610 601 458 blinds


Internal & External Blinds

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207


Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote Tel: 627 907 207 Email:

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

cleaning pools

alternative energy

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.

Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil on 636 261 240 C a r l o s (Saliente) p l u m b i n g & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962

Airport services A i r p o r t s e r v i c e s Airport, social & shopping run. Tel Charlie on: 677 667 722



advertise IN


Almeria price from 8000€ ono Tel: 646 Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots 697 816 etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 Camper van, Spanish registered, 5 berth. ITV July 2011.Wonderful vehicle 6500€ ono. Tel: 646 697 816


A.N.S.T.E.Y Professional & Reliable

Tel: 649 332 134

Indoor & Outdoor furniture repair & Replacements Gazebos, pergolas & decking bespoke solid wooden kitchens flaT pack kitchens installed windows & doors

car boot sale Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, for more information call Julie 646 675 297

coach trips

bbq areas, patios, gardens - no job too small -

craft / hobby

Coach Trips Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Pepe Tours 950 33 32 32 Maintenance Terry 646 234 222

Elaine’s Wools

Email: quality UK wool

patios, terraces & enclosures Ring Alan


on: 600 268 176 or 950 450 347

Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service

Steve Hayes Informatica

& accessories. Also available at Camposol, Mazarron & Huercal Overa. Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools@

Tel: 646 587 746 E:

digger for hire Mini

Digger & Driver for hire Tel: 610 345 725

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


for less than 17€ per week Also offering pump repair & services. FULL SAND CHANGE ONLY 75€

Call: 689 200 671

4yrs established in Albox area.

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices

Over 30 years experience. Anything considered, driving, painting, property repairs etc.

Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729

advertise your skills here TEL 950 430 820 sales@


Hard Working Man

healthy and beauty


Looking for Work Labouring, Painting, Gardening, Driving, Anything considered Call Stephen 655 772 127

C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating ...and all the latest services. If it cosmetic trends. involves water, we Available from your can help! www. Avon representative CLAIRE 691 987 454 Tel: 968 969 962


horse riding

mosquito screens

of work from total reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors design & build Call for a free no obligation quote 671 843 155 / 646 234 222

City & Guilds Qualified

Multi-skilled handyman Requires work

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

Ross Regan We cover all aspects

Neil Bates Builder

handy man

30 years experience Free, friendly advice and quotations

(ref 256)

(inc all chemicals)



Sand, gravel and other building materials delivered Tel: 687314775



ross regan s.l.

Paul on 671 843 155

Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

Carpentry & Joinery Services

L o c a t i o n Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. cLASSIFIED Auctions, Antas Sales & Repairs onEl Real Ind. Est. site callout / tuition. SECTION Every 2 weeks. Consumables auction TELephone Next Opening hours Wed 6th October. Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm 950 430 820 Starts 5pm. & Sat 10am until 1pm Viewing Mon/Tue sales@ Tel: 950 120 900 car hire and all day Wed. soltimes. House clearances One way car hire to DON ROBINSON speciality. Tel: 950 and from airports, PC hardware & software com specialist. Unbiased very competitive 391 412 advise on purchases rates. Free delivery Installation, help and training. Diagnosis & and collection builders from hotels. www. Repair 15€ an hour min charge 1 hour + parts I come to you Tel: 950 336 626 Comp TIAA+certified


for hire

Hobby caravan 650, on a site near

Mosquito Screens& Blinds

advertise your business TELephone 950 430 820

Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics


Andrew Morrison All electrical work u n d e r t a k e n . B o l e t i n available. Tel: 627 250 204

electrical and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691



■Made to measure ■To fit any size ■Door or window

Best Quality at Affordable Prices All Areas Covered - Ring for VIP Service

TEL: 600 049 515




Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email:

WANTED Are you desperate for cash?

Need to move in a hurry? We want all your houshold goods! Anything considered for fast efficient service


* Are you returning to the U.K.? * * Moving House/Downsizing? * OR SIMPLY

* Need extra cash? * * Have unwanted items? * * Immediate Cash Payout *

If so – call us on 686 140 034


Experienced Interior & Exterior Decorator Using quality materials. This fast, friendly, clean and efficient service will never be beaten on price. No payment until complete satisfaction.

TEL IAN: 617 904 774

House Clearance

And we mean total!

From Car to Caravan, Cats to Dogs, Fridge to Cooker, Curtains to Carpets

H o u s e Clearance, all items wanted. AL M ERI M AR Large or small. Tel: IN S URANCE 615 214 562 Your local insurance broker Tel: 950 498 iron works 000 or 667 479 940 Metal Email: info@almerimar The i n s u r a n c e . c o m works Grills, For all types railings, gates of of insurance. all types, security/ Call Knights Insurance, sliding/roller, rejas, Albox on 950 121 943 concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on600 438 436 Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 or visit

Cattery Open !

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


0044 7533 285 918


Everything your pet needs

Special offer: 10% off

all accessories in February Doggy Day Care, Cattery, Cat Bathing & Grooming Dog grooming & clipping

Tel: 950 475 502 Open all day: Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 3pm

Dog & Horse Sitting Service

Professional Decorator

From only 495€ 3 bed, 2 bath villas (not inc. rejas), over 30 years experience for more details call Barry: 664 753 280

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.

parking AAParking & storage

SMITH PLUMBING SL official gas installers New Installations Safety Checks 17 years experience in this area

removals Large Van SpainUK-Spain. Full or half loads, plus car transport Tel: 0044 7969 123588


A1 Sky Television Systems


679 659 397 LIBIDUS

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motor sales Ford estate


1.6 automatic, 2001, LHD, ITV Feb 2012, 3500€ ono. Tel: 950 439 083 or 618 453 437 email: andyedwina@

Rover 214i

16v twin cam 1998 9 months ITV, new cambelt & water pump, brakes & belt changed 6 months ago. Electric windows, CD & airbag 1295€ Tel: 677 557 190 or 634 319 472

advertise HERE TEL 950 430 820

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708

windows & doors


Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

• We supply & fit top quality Aluminium, UPVC and Wood

• Free home survey, professional advice & 10 year guarantee • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed • All types of building work undertaken • No job too big or small


Carpentry, joinery & Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311 b u i l d i n g refurbishment advertise van hire specialist. Tel: your 627 907 207


business tELephone 950 430 820 Email: sales@

tattoos Appentice tattooist offering apprentice rates Certified in tattooing, health & safety call for a quote done in the comfort of my own home! Tel:662 414 537

British plaster reliable, competitve quotes,

Floor and Tropicana Wall Tiling P o o l s Construction & Specialist Repairs. Tel: 661 Not a jack of all trades, 508 776 just a master of one!



7 years experience in spain. friendly,


The people you can trust

Restoration / Rebuild of Historic Buildings, Satellite TV installations, Fincas, Cortijos, alignment of dishes etc. Stone Carvings, Also Spanish “freeview”systems supplied Design, New Build, & installed Walling, Paving. 20 Tel Dave: 628 607 778 years experience. Tel: 652 294 131 Sky Digi Box, PACE with white sky storage card BBC1,2,3,4, ITV1,2,3 Ch4 & 5. Caravan & boat 120€ Can deliver. storage & sales, Tel: 667 235 205 or Antas Tel: 661 508 776 667 478 771.


swimming pools

Prices to suit your pocket!

Tel: 950 468 041


Sensual, tender woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her private, discreet finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms or outdoor at the pool. Tel. 669 101 316 Attractive couple (m42/f29) offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also houseand hotel visits possible. www. Tel. 629 483 618

Carlos(Saliente)plumbing&heating services. If it involves water, we can help! Tel: 968 969 962 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

Tel: 607 554 984

or 620 112 193

We want all of your Almeria Best unwanted items! Murcia s e ic r p All areas Alicante paid covered Tel: 639 081 067 Just call Mr Cash Man on: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545


P a l o m i n o Kennels exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 619 306 870 or 950 067 051 www. palominokennels. c o m Lornas Mobile Dog Grooming Service Tel: 667 722 225


Need cash?

to good home Owner going back. Tel: 666 617 931

Multicentro Mojacar Playa (The old square behind Sol Bank)

Capital Clearance Tel: 689 023 602

Beautiful young Golden retriever bitch, 2 yrs old. Chipped, Jabbed and Spayed. Very gentle. Free to good home Owner going back. Tel: 666 617 931 2youngtabbycatsJabbed and Spayed. Free


For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered

Immediate payment Best deal on all unwanted goods Contact Jane for advice or prompt appointment.


Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses Twice weekly obedience classes, Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197

Phil the Pick 24 Locksmith hours. Locked Tel: 669 778 410 Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding Special CASH CONVERTOR area. weekend rates. We will buy, exchange or sell your unwanted items at Mercamundo 7 day Tel: 697 243 181 Lock, Stock indoor market visit us at El Real poligono Antas from 10am-till late and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith. we can also offer local removals & Change any lock, transport to and from UK upgrade, break-in Your ONE stop shop or lockout. 24 hour 950 459 264 service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086




house clearance


Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, Aluminium and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

Toyota Paseo 1996 9 months ITV 2 airbags Electric windows,mirrors, 1.5 litre, 16v twincam RHD, Spanish plates 1295€ Tel: 677 557 190 or 634 319 472

mechanics Mikes Mobile Mechanics

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

motoring section

JT METAL RECYCLING Turn your old or unwanted CAR into CASH. We will dispose of in our Authorised Depollution End of Life Treatment facility.




TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES


OPEN for business plas-tech GUTTERING

Tel: 950 430 820

James & Son

Removals / Storage UK, France & Spain


Pet Transportation & Competitve Rates


From Cleaning to Clearing Welcome Packs to Baby Equipment Hire

Interior & Exterior Best Price available Free Estimates Contact: Ian 950 064 301 Mob 608 376 314

651 519 307

After the summer season when your property may need a special deep clean we offer a non chemical alternative you will be amazed at the result

Special for this month

See our website

Tel: 687 845 993 Paulines Hand Made Cards

For all occasions Can be seen below Mojacar post office every Saturday 9am - 2pm Other stalls also available Tel: 950 132 334 or 627 082 856


616 50 65 69 7 Days a week, no call - out fee

Sooty & Sweep

Furniture & Home Decoration

Prices & Service Beyond Your Dreams

Urb. La Solana del Mar Local 18 Garrucha, Almeria Tel/Fax: 950 132 458 Mob: 617 575 093

Mobile - laptop - desktop - diagnosis & repairs upgrades - virus cleaning - networks macs repaired here complete computer servicing your personal IT department complete computer clean up service 35€

Home Users & Small Businesses Mon - Fri 9.30am - 2pm 4.30pm - 7pm Sat by prior appointment

Plaza Vulcano 13 - VERA (Almeria) (close to Intermache) Tel: 950 393 689 Email:

Solar Hot Water & Pool Heating Full Heating Installations Water Treatment Systems Water Deposits & Pumps

Solar/Oil/Gas Hot Water Hot Pool Hot House

All At Unbeatable Prices. Fully Guaranteed And Insured.

Cortijo Pipa, Avenida de Limaria, 1, Lamaria, Arboleas (next to the Welcome Stranger)

968 969 962



24 hour service ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

domestic & commercial supplied & fitted many colours & styles all areas covered free quotations signwriting service FOR COMMERCIAL

Tel: 627 907 207




- Grade a Olive - No Roots - Best prices Available

Tel: 687 314 775

Same day delivery & stacking service available

Part of the Piscinas Octopus Service Tel: 950 121 927 Emergency 666 223 295



GARDENING - PAINTING & DECORATING WINDOW CLEANING - D.I.Y CAR SEVICING / VALETING NO JOB TOO SMALL Good Hourly Rates - Please phone Shaun on 682 324 260 - Arboleas and surrounding areas


LOCKSMITH & CARPENTRY SERVICES Over 25 years experience in the trade

MLA registered City & Guilds Advanced Carpenter All types of carpentry undertaken CALL US: 608 673 086 Email:

Chimney Sweep Chimneys and Flues

4 Blocked toilets sinks & baths 4 New showers, baths & toilets 4 Blocked drains & pipes 4 Turbine root cutting 4 CCTV surveys & inspections 4 Blocked cesspits 4 Drain tracing All domestic and commercial work carried out All work guaranteed Call out within 1 hour when possible Mojacar, Arboleas & all other areas covered

Tel: 950 091 109 / 648 768 587 / 950 069 186

Structural Surveys swimming pool engineers Pool leak Complete sand change, labour det ection & & sand media ONLY 80€ repair service


Mobile Mark: 671 220 162 email:

By Qualified Spanish Architect Daniel Gonzalez Aranda

Tel. 686 846 624

Total independent report outlining any visible defects in accordance with the photographic illustrations Certified legal reports available for litigious cases of building negligence or house damage Certificates for legal uses (Notary’s and Land Registry’s offices). Professional inquiries welcomed from Lawyers References available on request


Marine census publication marks ‘decade of discovery’

Scientists are celebrating the completion of a decade-long study of life in the world’s oceans - watch a selection of rarely-seen footage from their research

The first Census of Marine Life (CoML) hopes to act as a baseline of how human activity is affecting previously unexplored marine ecosystems. The international project involved more than 2,700 researchers from 80 nations, who spent a total of 9,000 days at sea during at least 540 expeditions. It has been described as the most comprehensive study of its kind. “This co-operative international 21st Century voyage has systematically defined for the first time both the known and the vast unknown, unexplored ocean,” said Ian Poiner, chairman of the Census Steering Committee, speaking before a conference that is being held in Central London to mark the “decade of discovery”. “All surface life depends on life inside and beneath the oceans,” he added. “Sea life provides half of our oxygen, a lot of our food and regulates the climate. While much remains unknown, including at least 750,000 undiscovered species and their roles, we are better acquainted now with our fellow travellers and their vast habitat.” The $650m (£413m) research programme, involving more that 670 institutions, set out in 2000 with the aim of answering three questions: what lived in the oceans? What does live in the oceans? What will live in the oceans? Even after a decade of exploring the planet’s marine habitats, Census scientists say it is still not possible to reliably estimate the total number of marine species.

People in the UK pay the highest prices for food and diesel, yet the government spends below the European average (as a percentage of GDP) on health and education. We also work longer hours, expect to die two years younger than our French counterparts, with Poland the only country spending less on health. This year the average national wage is only £5,000 above the European average compared to £10,000 last year. Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer policy at uSwitch commenting on the findings said, “Last year compared with our European neighbours we were miserable but rich, this year we are miserable and poor. Whereas some countries work to live, UK consumers live to work.” The statistics go on and on, with no glimmer of hope to lighten the gloom for us Brits, but frankly none of this comes as a shock and only confirms what most of us already know. That Britain is sinking deeper and deeper into oblivion and bears no resemblance to the proud country that once stood tall and served as a beacon for the rest of the world in such areas as education, health, technological innovation and living standards. The mystery to me is why does mass migration to the UK from the Eastern European countries continue apace, when clearly standards and conditions appear to be more favourable in countries like France. But then what this report does not highlight, is the range and nature of handouts that are available to migrants in other countries compared to our own. Mystery solved.


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The findings also prompted scientists to increase the estimate of known marine species from about 230,000 to almost 250,000. The Census’s 17 projects covered a diverse array of research, from improving our understanding of coral reef ecosystems to exploring mid-Atlantic ridges. Over the past decade, scientists working on the projects have published more than 2,600 scientific papers and compiled the largest dataset of marine species. Technological advances, such as “DNA barcoding”, have also given researchers access to information that was previously unobtainable. “Many Census technologies can soon become part of a regular ocean observing system that provides timely reporting on the health of life in the oceans,” explained Professor Ron O’Dor, co-senior scientist. Although the current programme was complete, leader of Census Studies of the Future, Professor Boris Worm, said many more challenges remained. “The rapidly changing ocean that we are now uncovering helps us to understand ourselves,” he said. “It compels us both to continue with journeys of discovery and to make wise choices in the future.”

Statistics That Shame Britain...

Whilst Spanish citizens enjoy 43 days holiday a year– the highest in the study – and the weather to enjoy it, the Brits entitlement is a mere 28 days, less than most of our European counterparts.

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However, the collection of millions of specimens has led to researchers identifying more than 6,000 potentially new species, of which 1,200 have been formally described.


It will come as no surprise to any of us that Spain has been acclaimed the second best country in which to live in Europe, with France at number one. The depressing statistic in the survey is that the UK and Ireland are the worst countries. This is according to a uSwitch quality of life index report that looks at comparisons across ten European countries.


over, with Milliband minor emerging victorious over Milliband major (I still cannot get this image out of my head of two sixth formers competing for the job of school head prefect). But as I write, the speculation over Davids future in politics continues, not only whether he will be offered a post in the shadow cabinet or indeed if he will continue in politics at all. Which raises an interesting question. Where is the dedication to the country that he has shouted about from the rooftops time and again? Where has the commitment to “building a better Britain” gone? Time and again we hear from politicians how it is they entered politics in order to better the lot of the masses, or to serve the country that they purport to love and to generally do good. But no sooner has David M lost the fight for his party’s leadership than he goes into a sulk and refuses to commit himself either to support his beloved bro by serving under him (if asked) or even to continue as an MP. It makes you wonder why this former Foreign Secretary did enter politics, and gives reason to suppose that – heaven forbid - he was merely in it for himself.


Enter Viviane Reding . . . a name to conjure with and the current European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in the EU. Even the title sends shivers down the spine. The EU Commission egged on by Ms Reding, is taking France to court for dismantling illegal Roma gypsy camps on their territory and sending the squatters back to eastern Europe from whence they came. The impeccably PC Viviane has implied that it resembles the deportation of gypsies by the Nazis during the Second World War, which led ultimately to the gas chambers. A shameful and ill informed suggestion. France may often be a law unto itself in terms of the European Union, often adhering to EU laws only when it suits, but this time good on ‘em, they deserve a pat on the back for putting their own people first. Another example of a small-minded politician trying to punch above her weight as a representative of her equally small country. You might just as well have Yorkshire as a member state – there would certainly be a damn sight more sense spoken.



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.


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.

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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When is cheap insurance not that cheap? With so many insurance products on offer today, it’s not easy to know which insurer would be best suited to you and your needs in Spain. With the market as it is at present, many are lowering the price of their premiums to make insurance products more attractive – but is choosing the cheapest insurance always the wisest option?

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It’s official! Aston Martin has announced that another milestone has been reached in creating its new £1.2 million One-77 hypercar. As part of the engineering sign-off process, the car’s engine has been certified as developing 750bhp and 750Nm, making it the most powerful naturally aspirated road car engine in the world today. The 7.3-litre V12 unit is being built with input from legendary enginebuilders Cosworth, which also provides engines for F1 teams Lotus, Virgin, Williams and HRT. The car is now in the latter stages of the sign-off process, which has included hot and cold extreme weather testing, as well as many punishing laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife undertaken

from the firm’s technical base located just outside the circuit. Aston boss Dr. Ulrich Bez said, “The One-77 is approaching a production reality and of course, there is considerable excitement in the project. Now the next steps are all about details and refinement to complete the composition. I know the final car will demonstrate what the Aston Martin team is capable of.” Deliveries of the One-77 are expected to commence in early 2011. Aston claims that around half of the cars have been sold, with the remaining cars accounted for by reliable and strong expressions of interest.


Vauxhall confirms new city car

Saabs get BMW power

Swedish firm’s A1-rivalling 9-1 supermini to get BMW petrol engines in 2012. emissions and performance,” Robertson added.

Saab and BMW have signed a deal that will see the German firm supply Saab with four-cylinder petrol engines. The agreement will see BMW build four-cylinder units, which feature stop-start, at its Hams Hall engine plant in the UK. Saab will use them in its new 9-1 supermini.

New sub-Corsa-sized city car inspired by Opel Trixx concept to debut in 2013. It’s official! GM boss Nick Reilly has confirmed that Opel and Vauxhall will introduce a new, sub-Corsa-sized city car in 2013. The newcomer, which will be inspired by the 2004 Geneva Motor Show Opel Trixx concept pictured here, will be built at GM’s Eisenach plant in Germany. Codenamed “Made in Eisenach”, the new car represents a 90 million Euro (£76.5 million) investment in the plant which currently builds the three-door Corsa. The new city car will take over the plant, while the next generation Corsa will be made in Zaragoza in Spain. Speaking at a press event at Eisenach today, Reilly said, “This is a further milestone in the growth strategy for our business,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly. “Our €90 million investment in the Eisenach plant will significantly strengthen its role within our European manufacturing network, and will offer customers a brand-new model with innovative technology and exciting design.” The new car will debut in 2013 with conventional powerplants, although it will be engineered from the start to accept alternative powertrains, including an all-electric version.

Jonsson said, “It gives me great pleasure to confirm this exciting new relationship. BMW Group’s engines and their fuel savings innovations are widely regarded as a benchmark in the premium segment. We look forward to integrating this technology into our nextgeneration vehicles in a true Saab way.”

The contract was signed by BMW Sales and Marketing board member Ian Robertson and Saab boss, Jan’ke Jonsson, in Trollhättan at Saab’s base in Sweden. Both companies have agreed not to disclose any financial or contract volume details. “We are continuing to expand our powertrain system sales business worldwide as planned as part of our Strategy Number ONE. Today’s agreement marks another important milestone along this route,” explained Robertson. “We are delighted to support Saab with our engine expertise. Our engines have a clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption,

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Electric saloon fleet set to roll out in South Korea next month. Chevrolet is joining the electric revolution. The firm is set to introduce a fleet of demonstration electric models in South Korea, based on the Cruze saloon.


The project is due to begin by the end of October, and is a partnership between GM and electronics firm LG. Much like Audi’s A1 e-tron data gathering exercise which begins in Munich shortly, GM’s electric Cruze’s will be used to gather data about how real world users take to driving cars powered purely by electricity. The Cruze EVs will have a 31kW/h battery pack, made by LG Chem, which allows a range of up to 100 miles. The car’s electric motor gives respectable performance, with 0-62mph taking 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 103mph. Charging takes between 8 and 10 hours, although part of the project is to see how well a new quick charge system works when subjected to day-to-day use.




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“Casa Verde Barry” is in Huercal Overa hospital’s intensive care unit. Barry has come through a lot of illness during his life and I’m sure you will all wish him as I do, a fast recovery and our thoughts will be with him and his wife Mary, who I know will be at his side as much as she is permitted. I’m pleased to report that Lake Bolera has been stocked with a ‘lorry load’ of trout. The lake can be found between Pozo Alcon and Castril, the small river that exits the lake ends up in Negratin - thanks to Chris and Ali for the info. “Baza Barry” was pleased to hear the above news; he’s been saying for two years he didn’t think there had been any stocking of trout there. Barry regularly fishes that river and has caught trout to 4lbs and seen them around the 8lb mark. He often catches small trout in both lakes. Barry hasn’t been fishing lately because he has hurt his back, get well soon mate. A bit of news from the “Anglers Together” club in Murcia. They say all venues have been fishing well, although in the last week or so there has been quite a lot of flood water running through the Segura, making fishing there a little difficult. The river from Benijofar downstream is very overgrown due to lack of use over the hot summer months. If visiting this stretch, we suggest that you take some tools to cut your swim out. The next meeting of the all round fishing club is on Saturday

Cortijo Grande

Wednesday 29th September and our winner with 37 pointa Colin Stacey second with 35 Bob Risbey and third with 34 Frank Button. Ball sweep winners: Colin Stacey Ian Jenner. Sunday 3rd October and our winner with 36 points David Hardy second with 35 Len Robinson and third with 34 Doc Bawden. No ball sweep winner. Date for your diary: 10th November - Valle de Este. To book for this or any other Wednesday or Sunday call 950 475 509. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande we have been enjoying our golf on this unique course since the early 1980 ~ MP

9th October at 12pm at Los Galayos Bar/Restaurant, Puerto de Mazarron. “Ham Radio Kevin” and “Chippy Pete” fished the beach in front of the Truffy Bar where Kevin has on more than one occasion seen snorkelers returning from their hunt with loads of big fish on a string. Not even a bite for our intrepid two though, must try harder boys! “London Bill” has been concentrating on spinning lately, mostly on Macenas Beach and Rocks. Nothing big caught but quite a few fish including dorado, Atlantic Scad, sea bass and palomete. He also hooked a blue fish but lost it as he tried to get a net under it in

difficult circumstances on rocks. “Captain Cuba” and partner “Admiral Phil” went out with a couple of friends; Laurence and Phil, Phil (Admiral) caught a 3.1/2lb triggerfish. Other fish caught were weavers, pickerels and pandoras. See photo of Phil and his triggerfish. 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 tel 950 473 099 Tight Lines Beachcomber John

BOXERS Golf Society

Although the weather was good, playing Playa Serena on Wednesday 29 September, was rather like playing “After the Lord Mayor’s Show”, following all the Fanfare of Captain’s Day. However, there were only 22 hardy souls, who, with some very good scores carded, enjoyed the day enormously. Because of the numbers, Boxers only ran two divisions, as opposed to the usual three divisions. The results of the day are as follows:Div 1. 1st Trevor Jones, 37 pts; 2nd Dave France, 36 pts; 3rd Steve Gilmore, 33 pts o.c.b. Div 2. 1st Tony Redston, 34 pts; 2nd Richard Measures, 32 pts; 3rd Pam Partridge, 29 pts. Overall Winner on the Day: Trevor Jones.

Nearest The Pin Prizes: 2nd Hole: John Kinch. 11th Hole: Bob Albery. Nearest The Pin in two: Adrian Ball. Twos Scored: Martin Fisk. Congratulations to Trevor, and to all of our prize winners on the day. If you would like further information, you can find us every Saturday morning at the Why Not bar in Albox between 10-11am or you can contact Brian Mayhew on 649 202 198, for booking or cancelling any golfing event, Malcolm Nicholls on 600 080 860, or any Boxers Committee Member, anytime. You can also find up-to-date Boxers information on our own website on www.boxersgs.

The grumpy old men of los gallardos

Greetings form God’s little waiting room, where this week there was a slight accident on the cooking front. I inadvertently allowed a cooking utensil to boil dry, so I sprayed it with Cilette Bang and left it to soak before taking the “jack hammer” to it. Worked a treat, not only did it get the pot clean, it also relieved me of my finger prints. I can now commit crime with impunity, if I so wished. Grommet has enlisted the aid of a willing little helper, down on his plot, she goes by the name of Charlie Dymock, can’t wait to meet her. Apparently she’s a dab hand with the hose pipe, not only does she spray the plot but anyone else who’s within range. Bagpuss arrived with his daughter, according to the rumour, as they were on the ferry, she being pleasing to the eye, got chatting to some lads. In the course of the conversation, they asked what she was doing, going to Spain, she replied, “Making sure my grandad get’s back safely”, which didn’t sit too well with Bagpuss. From what I hear, he generated enough steam power to get two more knot’s out of the ferry. Dustbin Pete and Billy Bones were sitting on the low wall, by their Casa’s,

chatting and having the occasional libation, Dustbin raised the tinny to his lips, tilted his head backwards and promptly fell off the wall. Sometimes something tells you when you’ve had enough. We are thinking of changing his name to Humpty. I have been told that Wallace accosted two of “The Merry Widows”, on their way home from one of their evening ‘soirees’. All I can say to that is your a braver man than I Gunga Din !!!. Talking of said group, one of the ladies lives opposite me, and the night before her departure, back to the UK, I was invited to join them for a little repast. I felt initially honoured, but then the phrase “like a lamb to the slaughter” kept going through my head. Girded in a pair of short’s and a chastity belt, I attended. A lovely meal in good company. I left, after a little while, to join the lads to watch footy, the cries of derision that greeted me was deafening to say the least. They’re only jealous. That’s all for this week. Time to bath the ferret. Until the next time. Tight lines. Uncle Albert

Marina Members Golf CLub

Monday 27th September In spite of the wonderful weather providing ideal golfing conditions the scores were once again very low, this is thought to be due to the very poor condition of the greens. It is hoped that the remedial work being carried out on the greens will mean an eventual improvement leaving the members with no excuse for their low scores. In the Ladies division there were just five competitors with Nuala Hare and Margaret Budd taking first and second place respectively, they asked me not to publish their scores!! I wonder why? In the Men’s division the results were:1st - Geoff Owen 33 points 2nd - Bob Tink 32 points (countback) 3rd - Jim Budd 32 points Two’s this week were scored by Bob Tink, Brian Mayhew and Mike Rea.

Thursday 30th September Geoff Owen organised a stableford competition. Played in teams of two with one score to count on the odd numbered holes and both scores to count on the even numbered holes. Four of our returning “snowbirds” helped to swell the numbers, enjoying the warm weather and friendly welcome. The results were:1st - Rosalie Fardon and Jim Budd 59 points 2nd - Liz Bamforth and Jarlath Staunton 53 points (countback) 3rd - Miriam Staunton and Brian Mayhew 53 points Visitors will be made very welcome at our Thursday competitions where it will cost them 30€ including the green fee. To book a place ring Jim on 950162727 or Sandra on 950069438. BT


Almerimar Today Friday Golf

30 September 2010: Due to the Ryder Cup our regular Friday golf competition took place on Thursday this week.

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We had 28 players taking part in the competition at Almerimar and we had perfect weather.

The winners were John Woodhead, Eddie McKee, Richard Todd and Angela Carr with a team score of 128 points. Last place and chocolates went to Janne Ristner, Alan Sly, Wilhelm Krings and Christoph Piest with a score of 100.

This week we played Yellow with 2

Nearest the pin was on hole 17

MEMBERS REPORT-ALMERIA It is the time of year when conditions are perfect for playing golf, those of use who prefer to walk can do so in comfort without getting sunstroke and no excuses for a bad round i.e. fatigue. Wednesday 22nd September Individual Stableford Our winner today has got within 1pt of the leader in our order of merit table to make the next few weeks interesting: 1st Peter Shaw 37pts; 2nd Graham Tabberer 36pts on a card play off; 3rd Glyn Ombler 36pts Twos: Graham Tabberer 17th Wednesday 29th September -

On Wednesday 29th September, the Society played an individual stableford competition at Valle del Este. The course was in excellent condition as usual 25 players enjoyed a good day´s golf but for some reason the scores apart from the winner were low but the winner with 38 points was Brian Lowden, 2nd with 31 points was Phil Fellows & 3rd with 29

You can see the full results at golf. 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


Albox Darts League Week 3 News: Corner Bar lead the league after week 3 Don’t forget the Darts & Domino’s evening on 7th October at Camping Valle de Almanzora, Pulpi El Saloon Bar and Restaurant. If you or your team members are interested in attending and would like to book our transport please contact Jane at the restaurant on 950 950 077. The Prizes will be made up from the entrance monies. Which is 5 Euros per entrant. Winnings will be 70% of entry pot to the winner and the remaining 30% to the entrant that scores the highest checkout. The set-up will be as per a tournament match - 501 best of three. Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For On-line results go to www.

and it was won by Peter White with a distance of 0.58m.

Individual Stableford

Forum Golf Society

Forum Golf Society´s stableford competition at Marina on October 1st, which was also the first round of the 2010 Society Championship was notable for some excellent perforamnces by our lady members, with Louise Douglas winning the event with 36 points, Ann Lawrence not only taking 7th place with 32points but also claiming the nearest the pin prize on the tricky ninth hole, and Jenny Davies taking the nearest the pin on the seventeenth.

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

George Gibson capped an excellent week with fourth place on the day (33 points) to follow his victory in the prestigious PAWS charity tournament at Desert Springs the preceeding weekend, and Frank Varey´s second place (35 points) saw him take a virtually unassaible lead at the top of our Ryder Cup standings with just one event to go.

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T h e remaining

Our winner showed good form on his return from the UK, our second came in with a three over par gross and our third has got within 4points of the leader in the order of merit table, its all happening!: 1st Bob Schofield 41pts; 2nd Chris Baker 39pts; 3rd Annette Shaw 36 pts Twos: Chris Baker 4th, Glyn Ombler, 4th and Derrick Stephenson10th

Badgers Golf Society

points on countback was Dave Adams

There were 4 nearest the pin prizes Dave Adams Brian Lowden Tom Fitzgerald and Nick Jones were all successful. Next week’s competition will be at Macenas & the following week also at Macenas. A reminder that Captains Day will be at Valle del Este on the 20th October followed by dinner and dance with

presentations also at Valle del Este in the evening all welcome. For more information contact Keith Bradley at Badgers Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa, call 950 478 525 or 607 305 339. A competition is held every Wednesday starting at 10.00am. New members & guests are very welcome.

top ten places in the day´s event went to Mike Smith, Peter Tinsley, Richard Swaine, Phil Elam , John Bridgen & Paul Douglas, all of whom have a chance to claim the overall Society Championship trophy with a strong final round. Richard Swaine also won a nearest the pin prize, with Dave Sharp & Geoff Owen taking the longest drive honours. Upcoming events are on October 15th Society Championship final round at Marina; October 19th Almeria League match away to Marina members; October 27th Almeria League match home to Media For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@yahoo., or see www.forumgolfsociety. Phil Elam


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Live Studio & reporting from the Stadiums. Pre & Post game analysis. All in English. All available in HD or with standard TV. For the Home or Businesses

10 HD channels 24 / 7 include:


Full live coverage of every single English Premier League match (380 of them this year). With the rights to show them for seasons 2011/12 and 2012/13 so card renewals available. In addition to English Premier League there’s many additional football programmes, F1, Tennis etc. National Geographic Wild HD, National Geographic Adventure HD, Sky News HD, Fox Movie HD. Includes Humax decoder and 1 years subscription to AD Sports Channels with genuine original card prepaid for 12 months, activated when signals received and power applied. Receive either from the satellites Nilesat or BADR ( last year the same offer was via Showtime, so bars and clubs have their dish already setup for Nilesat).


For an additional More Football, More Sport…….

Coca Cola Championship, CARLING Cup, English FA Cup, FA Community Shield, Highest Coverage of SPL (Scottish Premiership), UEFA European Championship, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA World Cup, African Cup, European domestic leagues and much, much more !!! Cricket, Basketball, Athletics, Tennis, Motor Sports, Volleyball, Winter Sports, Rugby, Wrestling & Ice Hockey etc. This is the Al Jazeera Sports 10 channel package.

Trade Orders Welcome!

Offer available in the Spanish Peninsular. Delivery by Correos is included (courier service available at additional cost). Collection from our Offices in Albox or Quesada can be arranged. Dish and installation not included though we can normally suggest installers in your area.


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Sol Times Newspaper Issue 257 Roquets Edition  
Sol Times Newspaper Issue 257 Roquets Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper Issue 257 Roquets Edition