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Spanish Armada Sets Sail To Claim Deep-Sea Treasure

Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to seek out hundreds of shipwrecks in an attempt to head off a US marine exploration firm accused of plundering Spanish property from the seabed. Over the past month, more than 100 suspected shipwrecks have been located by the Spanish navy in the Gulf of Cádiz, considered one of the world’s richest hunting grounds for underwater treasure. Dozens of Spanish galleons returning from the colonies in South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are believed to have sunk in waters around Cádiz.

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at the bottom of the Gulf of Cádiz. Three Spanish navy vessels, including two minesweepers, and 100 navy personnel are devoting two months to the project, which will end in mid-November. Spain’s navy said it had recovered evidence from potential wreck sites which was being analysed by archeologists. It said the sites could contain anything from crashed aircraft to ancient settlements. The Naval Museum in Madrid and the National Subaquatic Archaeology Museum in Cartagena will receive much of the material recovered from the seabed.

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The opening of Lidl’s new store in Albox on 7th October caused quite a stir; the 250 capacity car park needed the assistance of the Security Guards to manage the onslaught of eager shoppers. The store brings muchneeded variety to the grocery-shoppers of the area, providing a bright and clean environment in which to purchase the weekly supplies as well as special offers in abundance We’d love to hear what you bought! Send an email to: editor@soltimes.com


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Sean Connery Threatens Legal Action Against Marbella Court

James Bond actor Sean Connery has announced he will take legal action against the court of Marbella for having publicly revealed his suspected implication in a property fraud case under investigation on the Costa del Sol.

British Ambassador in Spain, Giles Paxman – brother of TV presenter Jeremy – has sent a letter drafted and signed by the 007 actor to the judge in charge of the so-called ‘Goldfinger’ case. Connery says the fact that his charges have been made public before he has had a chance to defend himself or declare his

innocence has ‘affected his public image’, and caused ‘notable, evident and quantifiable’ financial loss to him. The film star says neither he nor his spouse have received any written communication of the offences he is accused of from either the court or any other legal, fiscal or police authority in Spain. He claims he has no idea what the charges relate to, nor the evidence found that allegedly incriminates him. Connery has called for the

court to release details to him of any action that ‘has been taken, is in course, or is envisaged for the future’. Paxman has asked for all relative documents to be sent to Connery’s permanent residence in Nassau (the Bahamas). The case involves around 20 suspects, including former mayor of Marbella, Julián Muñoz, and his property assessor and main suspect in the infamous Malaya case, Juan Antonio Roca. It relates to illegalities concerning the land in Marbella where Connery’s villa is, on the Malibú residential complex. Sean Connery and his wife lived there for decades.

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Spain’s El Pais newspaper said Monday its Tehran correspondent has been given two weeks to leave Iran, apparently for interviewing the son of a dissident cleric. Correspondent Angeles Espinosa was detained in Qom in July and her press card withdrawn after she interviewed Ahmad Montazeri, son of the late reformist cleric Ayatollah Montazeri, the daily said. “Journalists do not have the freedom to leave Tehran. We have to ask for a permit and I never would have received it for that interview,” Espinosa was quoted as saying in El Pais. The Foreign Press Office had indicated she could recover her card after her vacation, the

paper said. But after returning to Tehran to get her accreditation, she was instead deprived of her passport for three weeks. The passport was returned on Sunday with her residency permit cancelled and a stamp giving her until October 24 to leave the country, according to the newspaper. “No-one has explained anything to me. Since I got back from vacation, the Foreign Press director general has refused to see me and the office manager indicated that he could not help

me, that the instructions came from elsewhere,” Espinosa was quoted as saying. “Through third parties they let me know that the interview with Montazeri, who criticized the supreme leader, was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she said. She said the authorities were already unhappy with her coverage of the June 2009 presidential elections and with an El Pais campaign in support of Sakineh MohammadiAshtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

AUAN Press Release The Provincial Delegation of Public Works and Housing has confirmed to La Voz de Almeria that the 18th October is the date of the planned meeting between the Junta de Andalucia, the town councils of the Almanzora Valley and AUAN.

According to the newspaper report the meeting will analyze the inventory of houses collated by each of the towns, the measures carried out by the councils and will establish a timetable of specific actions. The newspaper also reported that the towns of Carboneras, Alhama and Macael would join Albox, Albanchez, Arboleas, Lubrin, Oria, Partaloa, Cantoria and Zurgena on the list of towns requiring special measures to resolve urban planning problems.

Lubrin Accused Of Misuse Of Funds

The United Left reported the misuse of funds in the municipality of Lubrin, claiming that the City has spent an unnecessary amount of money in the placement of iron bollards in the narrow streets, forcing pedestrians into the road. The bollards are intended to protect pedestrians from traffic

in places where there is no pavement. Unfortunately, they have been placed in such a manner that pedestrians have to step into the road to pass them. The United Left asked for them to be moved, pointing out that they were a particular hazard for the disabled using wheelchairs, and mothers pushing prams.

New School For Las Pocicos

The construction has started of a new rural school building in Las Pocicos. The work is expected to take 4 months, and should be completed by January 2011 for a budget of 123,793 Euros and will be one hundred percent funded by the Ministry of Interior

of the Government of Andalucia through the Transitional Employment Plan (Plan Protect 2010). The school is being built on an area of 170.36 metres, and will have two fully equipped classrooms, toilets and an office as well as an athletics track.

Bédar A British woman was killed late on the night of Monday October 4 when she lost control of her car, which plunged down a 10 metre embankment opposite her house in the village of Bédar. Sixty-five-year-old Susan Tapper, who had been celebrating her 65th birthday, died instantly. It appears that she was not wearing a seatbelt, as the body was found some metres away from the car. The emergency services had to call upon friends of the deceased to identify her body at the scene of the accident shortly afterwards.

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Faced with dim prospects at home, Spanish builders go abroad

Spanish builders are looking abroad for work to shield themselves from the collapse of a decadelong property boom that has left hundreds of thousands of unsold homes across the country. In perhaps the most high-profile case, Sacyr, one of Spain’s top groups, is leading a massive expansion of the Panama Canal that will double its capacity and accommodate a new generation of super-size container ships. Nearly 2,000 people are working on the project, one of the world’s largest and most lucrative, a number that will swell to 7,000 when construction is at its peak, a Sacyr spokeswoman said. It is the largest project for Sacyr outside of Spain since the company was founded more than two decades ago, she added. Sacyr’s consortium won the threebillion-dollar (2.15-billion-euro) contract last year, beating two other bids, including one led by ACS, Spain’s largest construction firm. Sacyr’s revenues from overseas activities rose to 4.62 billion euros last year from 4.28 billion euros and are expected to rise further this year. Mauro Guillen, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania who wrote a book about the rise of Spanish multinationals, said the groups began moving abroad, as well as into other areas like waste management, in anticipation of the property market cooking down at the end of 2007. “They realised that construction

is a cyclical business and that they needed to diversify,” Guillen told AFP. In the second quarter, the order books of Spain’s six largest builders -- ACS, Acciona, FCC, Ferrovial, Sacyr and OHL -- were almost evenly split between projects at home and abroad, totalling 26.9 billion euros against 25.9 billion euros, the El Pais daily reported last month. That contrasts with the situation during the last quarter of 2007 when the six firms had overseas projects worth 13.9 billion euros, less than half of the 33.3 billion euros in projects in the pipeline in Spain. The growing importance of the foreign market was highlighted last month when ACS launched a 2.76billion-euro all-share takeover bid for German rival Hochtief just as Germany’s economy is rebounding.

massive boom in Spain in the decade through 2007 as the cheap credit that came with the arrival of the euro single currency fueled a building frenzy and an unprecedented economic upturn. But the global credit crunch at the end of 2008 hastened a correction, plunging Spain into its worst recession in decades.

Spanish builders have cast a wide net.

The International Monetary Fund estimates there are some 700,000 unsold housing units which will take two to three years for the market to digest.

FCC has signed contracts this year to build a highway in Slovakia, a railroad in Algeria and a media broadcast centre for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, among others.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s socialist government initially responded to the economic downturn by pouring billions of euros into infrastructure projects.

Last month, a consortium led by Acciona won a 1.1-billion-euro contract to build, maintain and operate a traffic tunnel in Brisbane, its first contract in Australia.

But as the economic downturn dragged on and a budget surplus was transformed into the third-biggest eurozone deficit after Greece and Ireland last year, it suspended dozens of road and rail projects.

The construction sector enjoyed a

Spain Calls For Release Of Nobel Peace Prize Winner The Spanish government has added its voice to the international call for the release from prison of Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace prize.

Now builders face bleak prospects at home. “The decline in construction activity in Spain will be permanent although I can’t say that is necessarily bad. The problem now is how to manage it,” OECD secretary general Angel Gurria said last week during a visit to Madrid.

Seat to lay off thousands of staff members until spring 2011

Spanish motor giant Seat has announced that around 7,500 members of staff will be laid off until the production of the new Audi Q3 starts in the spring.

As president of the EU, Spain had already called for the release of Liu Xiaobo and other political prisoners during EU-China talks on Human Rights in Madrid on June 29th. Via a press release from vice-president María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Spain has congratulated Liu Xiaobo on winning the Nobel Peace prize. Many other countries have shown their support for the Nobel committee’s decision to award this year’s peace prize to Liu Xiaobo, and several, including the United States, France and Great Britain, have demanded his release from prison. 54-year-old Liu Xiaobo has spent almost three years behind bars, after being sentenced to eleven years for “subversive behaviour against the state” for helping to draw up the now famous “Letter 08”, a manifesto demanding democratic change in China.

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Seven dead on the roads on first day of holiday weekend With Saturday and Tuesday being national fiestas, many people have taken Monday off work and gone away for a few days. As always, this results in tailbacks and gridlocks on major roads throughout the

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Murder verdict in greek riot case A Greek police officer is convicted of murdering schoolboy Alexandros Grigoropoulos during protests in 2008, an incident that sparked the country’s worst unrest in almost four decades.

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EU experts are to begin work in Hungary to assess the toxic sludge spill as officials try to lessen the impact of an “inevitable” new reservoir collapse.

Delhi 100m winner tests positive Commonwealth Games women’s 100m gold medal winner Damola Osayemi of Nigeria fails a drugs test.

7 July bomb attack inquests begin The inquests for the 52 people killed in the 7 July 2005 bomb attacks have begun with a minute’s silence.

The hearings were delayed because of criminal investigations and questions over what the inquests should cover. Lady Justice Hallett, the coroner, will preside over five months of hearings without a jury into the attacks in London on three Tube trains and a bus. She will look at whether MI5 could have stopped the bombers - but many victims’ families still want a public inquiry. In addition to the 52 people killed, some 700 people were injured, many of them severely and permanently, when four al-Qaeda-backed suicide bombers, all British men, detonated their devices. The hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice in London are expected to last until at least March next year and will look into the precise details of the 2005 attacks. Witnesses will include survivors of the attacks on underground trains near Aldgate, Edgware Road and Russell Square Tube stations, and on a doubledecker bus in Tavistock Square, near King’s Cross. Members of the emergency services who tried to

save lives will also give evidence. Lady Justice Hallett asked for the minute’s silence before adding that as much material as possible would be released during the hearing. “I will balance carefully the needs of national security with relevance and fairness. “It is in the interests of everyone that these inquests are conducted in as open a manner as possible.” She added that she had yet to decide “whether it is in my powers, and if so, if it is in the interests of justice to conduct any closed hearings.” The hearings are also expected to be shown footage and pictures of the aftermath of the attacks that have never been seen before. Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the inquest, said in his opening statement that the bombs “detonated amongst the innocent and the unknowing, indiscriminately killing and maiming passengers”. “The bombs struck down men and women, the old and young, British nationals as well as foreigners. “They had no regard to whether the victim was

Pop star George Michael has been released from prison in Suffolk after serving a sentence for drug driving.

Solo flight for Virgin spaceship Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spaceship, Enterprise, makes its first solo test flight, gliding to a runway after being dropped from an altitude of 45,000ft.

Those deemed fit enough to work, using a points-based system, will be moved to the jobseeker’s allowance. More than 2.5m people claim the benefit or its successor, employment support allowance, costing £12.5bn yearly. Ministers say those able to do limited work should do so but charities claim the new test is “fundamentally flawed”. The reassessment is designed to end the one-size-fits-all approach to those with illness and disabilities.

NZ apology for ‘fat Indian’ slur

Republican House candidate Rich Iott has been criticised by senior party figures after photos of him dressed in a Nazi uniform emerged on the internet

In a ruling earlier this year, Lady Justice Hallett said she would also look into the backgrounds of the bombers and what the security services knew about them. Two years after the attacks, it emerged that MI5 had come across the ringleader and one of the other bombers during their investigations into another extremist cell. Some families believe the security services and police had enough information to work out that Mohammad Sidique Khan, the ringleader, was a threat. Security officials insist they only had fragments of information and could not have predicted what happened. There have been two official reports into the bombings by the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament, both of which said that MI5 should not be blamed.

Incapacity benefit claimants in north-east Scotland and Burnley in Lancashire are to be the first to be reassessed ahead of UK-wide welfare reform.

The Israeli cabinet backs a controversial bill that would require any nonJews seeking citizenship to pledge loyalty to the country as a Jewish state.

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“They were just travelling on the London transport system.”

Incapacity Benefit Claimants Reassessed George Michael released from prison

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Eventually everyone claiming incapacity benefit will have to undergo a medical examination to assess their physical and mental abilities. The 47-year-old star was handed an eight-week sentence on 14 September for crashing his vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. Michael was arrested in July after being found slumped at the wheel of his Land Rover in Hampstead, north London. The singer served the initial days of his sentence in Pentonville Prison before being transferred to Highpoint. While serving his time in jail, Michael - real name Georgios Panayiotou - issued a statement to say that he had

received “no special treatment of any kind”. He said he had been treated with kindness by prison staff and fellow inmates. The star, who had a previous conviction for a similar offence, was told there was no option apart from a custodial sentence when he appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court. Police found Michael at his wheel after he crashed into the Hampstead branch of photographic store Snappy Snaps.

Queen to name new QE cruise ship in Southampton The Queen will officially name Cunard’s new Queen Elizabeth cruise ship in Southampton later.

US soul singer Solomon Burke dies

The ship will leave on her maiden voyage to the Canary Islands on Tuesday - a trip that was fully booked less than 30 minutes after going on sale.

Soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote the song Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, dies at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport aged 70.

Full of art deco flourishes, the latest Queen Elizabeth recalls the era of the 1930s ocean liners.

The Italian-built, 92,000-tonne, 964ft (294m) long vessel arrived in the city on Friday. She joins two other “queens” in the Cunard fleet - the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) and the Queen Victoria.

The ship features mosaics, chandeliers and cantilevered balconies and in the grand lobby is a recently-completed portrait of the Queen by artist Isobel Peachey.

It will work on a point-based system. For example, a person who cannot sit comfortably for more than 30 minutes will score seven points.

Anyone who scores below 15 points in total will be deemed fit for work and placed on jobseeker’s allowance, which in some cases could result in a reduction in benefit of about £25 a week.

Terminally ill people and the most disabled will not be expected to look for work but those judged capable of limited work will be supported back into parttime employment. The government has said the high number of people on long-term sickness benefit showed the system was not working. Employment Minister Chris Grayling, who will launch the scheme in Burnley on Monday, said assessors would consider all available medical evidence and an individual’s full circumstances when analysing their capacity to work. He denied there was a target

for the number of people the government wanted to get off incapacity benefit and said he would be prepared to modify the test if it was not working properly. “I am very concerned to make sure we get this right. It is not in our interests to force people off benefits into work who cannot do so,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. But he added: “We have just got to end that situation where employment opportunities are appearing but we are not managing to help those people who are long-term on benefits in this country take advantage of those opportunities.” “I don’t believe it is right to abandon people at home to spend the rest of their life doing nothing.”

Make it harder to sue police, Met chief Stephenson says Britain’s most senior police officer has asked the home secretary to help cut the amount of legal action taken against his force Met Police chief Sir Paul Stephenson suggested making it harder for members of the public to bring civil cases against police, the Guardian reported. He also said staff bringing employment tribunal cases should be charged a fee. The Home Office said it was usual for Sir Paul to write to the home secretary and his opinions would be considered. The Guardian said a confidential letter was written in June and sent to Home Secretary Theresa May, with appendices. The newspaper reported that the appendices were released, but not the letter. Sir Paul called for a “radical shake-up” of the system, to avoid a drain on police resources. “Currently for every pound paid out in compensation, up to £10 or sometimes more has to be paid out in legal costs to the claimants’ lawyers,” he said. “One of the key aspects is that the average settlements are well under £10,000 and most under £5,000, in other words these are not major areas of police misconduct with longlasting consequences, but often technical

breaches.” On employment tribunals, he wrote: “As you will be aware, currently there are no cost disincentives for claimants lodging speculative employment tribunal claims which are withdrawn after considerable public resources have been expended in order to respond to such claims.” He suggested a fee should be introduced for lodging employment claims. The Police Federation of England and Wales questioned the notion of “speculative claims” at employment tribunals, with chief Paul McKeever saying: “Going to an employment tribunal is the last resort people take after being frustrated by the system.” In the appendices, Sir Paul also suggested the introduction of a fee for requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The act gives the public a right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. But legal campaigners have criticised any attempt to curtail people’s rights.


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UK Aid Worker May Have Been Killed By Rescuers’ Grenade David Cameron has said the British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been accidentally killed by US forces during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.

The prime minister said new details had come to light about her death which suggested it may have resulted from a US grenade not at her captors’ hands. He said he had spoken to her family about the “deeply distressing” news. Mr Cameron defended the rescue mission, saying it had his full support as Ms Norgrove had been in “grave danger”. It had been thought that Ms Norgrove had been killed by her abductors just as US forces reached the compound in which she was being held in Afghanistan. But at the start of a press conference in Downing

Street, Mr Cameron said it had since emerged that she may have died as a result of US grenade being detonated during the rescue. Mr Cameron said the manner of her death had not been confirmed and everything was now being done to do this. But he said US military commanders had expressed their “deep regrets” about the possibility that she may have died in this way. “We must get to the bottom of what happened, first of all so the family gets this information and knows exactly how their wonderful daughter died,” he said.

Gender Pay Gap Progress ‘Grinding To A Halt’

Attempts to close the pay gap between men and women appears to be “grinding to a halt”, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.

Its wide-ranging 700-page report said women on average earned 16% less than men, widening to 27% for women aged 40. It also found schoolgirls of all ethnic backgrounds outperformed boys, with Chinese girls the top group at 16. Commission chairman Trevor Phillips said today’s Britain was more tolerant but inequality threatened to divide it. The study entitled How fair is Britain? draws on a range of data and surveys and is the first in a series of reports to be produced for Parliament every three years. It describes today’s Britain as more tolerant of diversity and much less tolerant of

discrimination against women, different races and sexual orientation than in past years. It said there was less opposition today to working for an ethnic minority boss or to inter-ethnic marriages, while stereotypical views of women and men’s roles in the family and society had moved on. However, the report highlighted concern that racial and religious prejudice were increasing. It said the British public were broadly positive about the economic contribution of immigrants. While three-quarters said they were concerned about the scale of immigration at a national level, about the same

proportion felt immigration was not a problem for their own communities. The report also warned that the ageing population was creating new kinds of “chronic disadvantage”, as many middleaged couples struggle to look after two generations - their parents and teenage children. A quarter of women in their 50s are carers. When it came to pay, the report said the gap between men and women was lowest for those under the age of 30, rising more than five-fold by the time workers reached 40, with a “pernicious earnings penalty” affecting some ethnic minority and disabled people.

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Feria de San Lucas

The San Lucas Feria in Jaén closes the bullfighting year in Andalucía, a closure starring some of the most famous of the current matadors. Residents and visitors to Jaén can also enjoy musical performances and other competitions, among them the National Show Jumping Championship. This has seen, since 1942, the participation of a large number of well-known jockeys and is held in the La Alameda Horse riding club.

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The Sound of Music We all live in a very exciting and fast moving environment in which a small number of egg heads are continuously updating new technology that lasts for a short while only to be made redundant by a more up to date product. A perfect example is the humble vinyl record, once housed in a cardboard sleeve and carefully handled, is now a collector’s item fit for a museum. Everywhere I go my ears seem to be assaulted by downloaded music; various groups consisting of mediocre singers spouting nursery rhyme lyrics, backed by a constant throbbing of drums and the harsh twanging of guitars. Some of the well-known artists are more famous for their misbehaviour than natural talent and yet their music has had an influence on a whole generation of school children who do not understand the basics of what makes good music. Every week massed choirs of football fans raise their voices in a monotonous noisy chant that re-echoes around the stadium then dies away. On the more positive side famous name bands have raised millions of pounds towards various charities, although a few have demanded generous expenses to cover costs. We are also fortunate in having a number of famous international singers. These artists have a great influence on thousands of adoring fans and their loyal devotion can continue over a lifetime. There seems to be a change for the better throughout the British Isles to promote music; school choirs are becoming fashionable and are being encouraged by live television and the public vote. Poetry is also making a comeback with new musicals encouraging the appreciation of good lyrics and beautiful music. The Irish, the Scots and the Welsh still cherish t h e i r

sentimental old songs. ‘Bonny Mary of Argyle,’ ‘There’s a welcome on the hillside’ and not forgetting the haunting melody of ‘Danny boy,’ a ballad that is sung all over the world and guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes over many a pint of Guinness. Today change is in the air. Downloading music is threatening to undermine the gravy train. Many international artists no longer carry extra baggage; the back up crews and the follow up army are not acceptable in new contracts and for a small fee the public have access to thousands of musical recordings and in some countries royalties are rather difficult to collect. In a world of change there is still a lot of hidden talent waiting to be discovered. If only producers co u l d find time to listen on the

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October brings celebrations to Aragon; its towns and cities are crowded with people enjoying a broad range of activities, filling the streets with fun, colour and entertainment. Of particular significance is 12th October, when Zaragoza becomes a place of celebration and homage for the Virgin of Pilar, the patron saint of the region of Aragon. Centuries of history, faith and devotion surround the Virgin of Pilar, and serve as the foundation for the festivities practiced in modern times. Today, an abundance of music, dance, theatre, parades, flowers and ambiance make the Fiesta del Pilar a fine example of the spirit of Spanish history and culture, as well as an internationally recognized event. The “pilar”, or pillar, a symbol of the fortitude of the Catholic Church, and the unity between heaven and earth, is the base for these elaborate and beautiful celebrations. Perhaps the most important and widely recognised element of these weekend long celebrations is the offering of flowers to the Virgin in the Plaza del Pilar. With gladiolus, orchids, roses, lilies, and just about every kind of flower imaginable, people create a trail of brilliant colours and fragrance as they carry their offerings to the Virgin. In addition to the offering of flowers to the Virgin, other parades, various kinds of music, Spanish theatre, and traditional dance fill the streets of Zaragoza. The Fiestas del Pilar also offer music concerts of all kinds, including folk, jazz, hard rock, pop rock of the region, reggae, ska, in addition to singer songwriters, and classical music, there will be something for everyone. Of course, we must not forget to mention the presence of the “toro” during the Fiestas del Pilar; he must make his appearance here like he does in almost all Spanish celebrations, with bullfights

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Planes para el fin de semana ~ Plans for the weekend Clara: Hola, Raúl. ¿Qué planes tienes para este fin de semana largo? Raúl: No lo sé. Mi amigo Javier quiere visitar a su prima en Cádiz. Ella es artista y tiene tres entradas al museo para ver una exhibición especial. Clara: ¿Sí? ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? ¿Puedo yo asistir también? Raúl: Sí, claro. La entrada no es muy cara pero no sabemos cómo vamos a llegar. Prefiero conducir en coche. El autobús cuesta menos que el coche pero si vamos por autobús estaremos a pie en la ciudad. El precio del hotel también es muy caro. Clara: Tienes razón. ¿Por qué no conducimos todos juntos y compartimos los gastos. Tengo un cuñado en Cádiz y creo que podemos dormir en su casa. Raúl: Qué buena idea, Clara. ¿Cuándo quieres regresar en Almeria? Sabes que tengo que trabajar temprano el martes. Clara: Bueno, yo prefiero volver por la mañana el lunes. El tráfico siempre está mal por la tarde y no quiero estar en un atasco de tráfico. ¿Qué te parece? Raúl: Bien, bien. Primero, tengo que hablar con Javier. Te llamo por teléfono más tarde. and other spectacles which make him a prominent symbol in Spanish culture. Just like other fiestas that take place throughout Spain, the Fiesta del Pilar would not be complete without the presence of a multitude of “peñas”, or groups of friends and family that gather together to help animate the crowds and put them in the spirit of celebration. These groups often wear similar colours and special scarves to identify themselves, and help to energise people in the streets and organise events. Generally the “peñas” are open to visitors and strangers, and offer a tapa or a glass of wine or beer to those who pass by! History, religion, and architecture combine to make Zaragoza one of Spain’s true jewels, and the Fiesta del Pilar is Zaragoza’s moment to shine each year. Visiting the city during this time, you will find a city rich in culture, spirit, and beauty. Don’t forget your flowers or your sense of adventure!

Huercal Overa Fiesta 14th – 19th October

The 20109 Huercal Overa Fiesta is a five day celebration offering all the usual music, theatre and food and drink that we have become to associate with traditional Spanish fiestas. This year, due to expansive remodelling of the main areas of the feria, visitors will be better able to enjoy the fiesta with newly paved streets and stalls arranged more central to the events than previous years. With music to suit all ages and tastes, free concerts start at midnight every night in the main municipal centre. For more information, go to www.huercal-overa.es

Clara: Bueno. Hasta luego. Nos vemos pronto.

Spanish English ¿Cuánto cuesta la entrada? How much is the admission ticket? Prefiero conducir en coche. I prefer to drive by car. Estaremos a pie en la ciudad. We will be on foot in the city. Compartimos los gastos. We can share the expenses. Un atasco de tráfico. A traffic jam.

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Sarah, the owner of Burty’s Bar, took over from the previous owner almost a year ago. On 1st November it will be Sarah’s first anniversary; in the past year Burty’s has held many successful events including live music, charity functions and table top sales. The latter have been so successful that Burty’s will be holding a Table Top Sale every other Sunday at 11am.

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Andorra la Vella

The famous and spectacular Pyrennees, the mountain range that so effectively separates France from Spain, has a little almost circular gem nestled in its heart. This gem is called the Principality of Andorra. With a surface area of only 468 sqkm - half the size of New York City – it comprises a region of seven narrow valleys and adjacent peaks up to more than 2,700m (about 8,860 feet) above sea level. The highest point is the peak of Coma Pedrosa (2942m) and the lowest is at the frontier with Spain (840m). The average altitude of the principality is 1996m and despite its tiny size, it has the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees.

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During the twentieth century it remained largely forgotten, so much so that it was not included in the Treaty of Versailles, simply because it was not noticed!

This lucrative turn of events allowed the Principality to develop its skiing facilities - Andorra la Vella was Andorra's applicant city for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, the 2010 Winter Olympics; it has hosted both the 1991 and 2005 Games of the Small States of Europe.

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The most notable building is the early sixteenth century, Casa de la Vall, which has been the state's parliamentary house since 1707. During this period, it was an isolated feudal state, and retained its independence due to this principle of co-sovereignty.

After political turmoil in the 1930s and an attempted coup by King Boris I, an informal democracy developed, and 1993 saw the formation of executive, legislative and judicial branches in Andorra la Vella. At this time Andorra also developed as a tax haven, resulting in the construction of modern banking offices in the capital.

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town - the Barri Antic – still bears streets and buildings dating from that time.

Some idea of the Principality’s inaccessible nature can be judged by the fact that it can only be accessed by road from France through Pas de la Casa and the Envalira Pass and from Spain via Sant Julià de Lòria. The capital, Andorra la Vella is three hours drive from the nearest airports, in France and Spain. It has no train station either, but there is a bus service linking the city to the French station at L'Hospitaletprès-l'Andorre. The site has been settled since the late Neolithic times, notably by the Andosin tribe. In the eighth century it was protected by Charlemagne against the Moorish settlers on the Iberian (Spanish) Peninsular. The principal city of Andorra has existed since 1278, when the French and the Episcopal co-princes agreed to joint Authority; the old

The central Església de Sant Esteve church is in the most picturesque part of the city, built in a Romanesque style in the eleventh century; the city’s oldest building, the Church of Santa Coloma, is from the ninth century. The Government Exhibition Hall acts as the main theatre and museum and the piazza outside the parliament building is the favourite location for open air events, such as the annual music festival, which takes place every winter. 80% of the country’s GDP comes from the 10 million tourists who visit annually, hence the number of banks and businesses that thrive due to its tax haven status, but bizarrely, one of its main exports is tobacco products. Whilst not a member of the European Union, Andorra has a customs arrangement with the EU, and uses the Euro as it’s currency.

In all, it is a healthy place to live – the average life expectancy is over 80 years – unless you tend to ski a lot and then…well…better get used to being in plaster!


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Recipes for the Soul by Sharon Fisher

“Meditation is the door through which we enter the highest state of superconsciousness, In which the soul comes into direct contact, With the Divine Reality and regains, Its natural state of peace, freedom and perfection” WAI Meditation assists us in our efforts at reducing anxiety and tension and offers welcome relief from modern man’s overactive mind. There is scientific proof of its use as a tool in eliciting the ‘relaxation response’ and in the treatment of patients suffering from the pathological conditions of phobias, drug addiction, nervousness, tension. It has yielded very positive results in the treatment of anxiety, hypertension, cardiac arrest and other psychosomatic illnesses. Research has shown that while using a yogic mantra (a sound

symbol or incantation) during meditation practice, a set of physiological responses similar to those observed in a person enjoying a relaxed state are manifested. I.E. breathing slows down, decreased oxygen consumption, blood pressure lowered, perspiration is reduced, a decrease in the amount of metabolic wastes in the blood, an increase in Alpha brain wave activity (indicating a relaxed and peaceful waking state), and a deep state of psychophysical relaxation is achieved. Meditation is a great help also in checking and controlling various emotions and impulses. If we can successfully regulate our emotions and moods, we will be happier within ourselves. Meditation develops strong and pure thoughts. Mental images will be clear cut and well defined. Through clarification of ideas, confusion vanishes the mind will become calm and steady. Although the aforementioned psycho-physical ‘benefits’ are very desirable, they are by no means the only, or even the primary reason for the regular practice of meditation. A wise writer reminded us: “Go into the silent places of your heart; enter into the chamber so quiet and still, of your inner being…intuition will then come to you. You will have knowledge immediately; you will know truth instantly.” With regular and sustained practice the student will awaken an ecstatic feeling of inspiration. Just as salt melts in water, so also the mind of the dedicated meditator melts in the silence of his own inner essential nature. He will then experience and enjoy uninterrupted peace, supreme bliss and joy.

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Nothing lifts the mood more than a new hair cut or colour – especially highlights. Highlighting your own hair at home does take some know-how and attention to detail, but the home highlighting packs have come a long way these days, making that gorgeous sun-kissed look totally achievable in about 20 minutes!!

Before you start, consider (1) Hair length and (2) Colour/effect required. 1) Hair Length: For short to medium length hair, a kit which includes a cap, hook and brush is probably your best choice. For longer hair use a kit that comes with specialised brushes that let you ‘paint’ the highlights through your hair. 2) Colour: Go for subtle rather than drastic. For dark blonde or medium brown hair, use tones that are only a little lighter than your natural colour. For dark brown or black, try dark blonde or caramel-brown tones.

Let’s Get Ready! Do the Strand Test: Mix up the ingredients, select a few strands, and put the mixture on. After the suggested time, rinse it out. If there is any redness or rash on your skin, don’t use this mixture, try another one that might be gentler with a different chemical compound. This is essential if you are using a brand for the first time. On dry hair: Your hair must be dry and not freshly washed. The natural oils in your hair will help protect it from the chemicals. Protect yourself: It dyes your hair, so it will dye your clothes and bathroom as well! Wear an old shirt with long sleeves and an old towel pinned around your shoulders. Wear the gloves provided at all times and wash any areas of your skin (or your work surfaces) that come in contact with the mixture immediately. Read the instructions carefully: Not all home highlighting kits are the same so even if you’ve highlighted at home before, take the time to read the directions Prepare your head: If you are using the cap and hook method, place the cap tightly on your head, it should fit very securely. Next, starting at the front use the hook provided to pull through thin sections of the hair. The general rule is to keep the pieces small and pull the hair through every second hole in the cap. For the long hair method: Decide where you want your highlights. Around the face is the best place to start. Part your hair the way you’d normally style it and visualize where the highlights would show up and look best. Mix it up: Read the instructions, and mix it really thoroughly.

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For the painting method Simply load up the special brush and paint it on wherever you want your highlights. Be sure to use enough of the mixture to sufficiently coat the hair but avoid globs. Be patient As a general rule, let the mixture sit on your hair for as long as the directions advise. If you think it is getting too light, take a corner of the old towel and rub off a small spot of the mixture. If it is light enough, then rinse it out. If not, recoat that section and wait it out.

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Margaret has been in business for over 4 years and the success of Glad Rags has to be her careful purchasing. The styles available suit all tastes, inspired by the latest fashion looks, they offer a wearable wardrobe for day-to-day life here in Spain. Accessories are in abundance at Glad Rags, with everything from bright & bulky to subtle & delicate, why not treat yourself, or find the perfect present for a friend or family member. Whatever you’re looking for, head to Glad Rags and find the perfect outfit for every occasion.

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Pause For Thought... The letter from a reader of the Sol Times, which I quoted a couple of weeks ago, certainly got me thinking. For in questioning the veracity of my belief in life after death, the writer suggested that I was deluding myself. Again, I concede that this may indeed seem a perfectly valid argument, articulating views that may well shared by many others. So am I and other Christians like me merely deluding ourselves? And if we are, and the belief we have in God and of life beyond the grave were all a delusion, then what are the consequences? Well it seems to me that if indeed it were true that my faith is merely a delusion, then the worst consequence I face is that I live my life as selflessly as possible, believing, in my delusion that I’m answerable to a higher authority and will ultimately face my end in peace, confident, albeit in my delusion, that having been made acceptable to God by the sacrificial death of Christ Jesus, then my being will continue in another realm, where I will be reunited with those I love who have gone before. And when I breathe my last I will, if indeed I am wrong and there is no afterlife, pass into nothingness without even having to suffer the indignity of discovering the error of my life’s delusion. But, if in fact it is not we Christians who are mistaken, but those without faith, who are simply deluding themselves as they deny the existence of God or of His judgement when this life ends, then what are the consequences for them? Are they not almost too terrible to contemplate? The discovery at the end of life here on Earth, if indeed it is they who are mistaken, of the enormity of the error on which their lives have been based must be truly unthinkable, as they find themselves in the presence of the person whose existence they have so strenuously denied, having to give account of their life’s work.

Details of a number of English Language Churches are given in Sol Noticeboard for any wishing to Worship, whilst additionally, further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

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The Dying Art of Eccentricity by colin bird

We were talking about pub names the other day and swapping tales of some of the more unusual ones. Pubs like The Jack of Both Sides; Noughts and Crosses; Merry Maidens, The Strugglers and Jolly Taxpayer . . . as if there was such a thing.

little beggars. Mine never grew back and I’ve been bald since I was five and that’s why I hate you b*****ds! Now unless you want to wear that pint pot as a hat, you’d better sling your hook.” Dan was a big chap, and there was a distinct whiff of burning leather as they rushed for the door.

And then we laughed at some of the characters that we have encountered in the past – particularly in those rustic out of the way country inns.

Yet another Cornish landlord at The Ferryboat Inn, had a particular dislike of anyone with an upper class accent, so when a customer came in one day and displayed his Hooray Henry credentials, there was bound to be trouble. Referring to the rotating hot plate that kept pies warm, the customer asked, “Excuse me my man, but are those pasties warm?” Straight back came the reply, “They bloody well ought to be, thems been in there for five weeks.”

It’s a sad fact that once these old characters pass on, there are no replacements to occupy their barstools. We Brits seem to have lost the art of eccentricity and are rapidly becoming boringly normal. There is a pub in Reading called The World Turned Upside Down, or ‘The Upsidown’ to its regulars. Many years ago we were enjoying a quiet drink, when an Encyclopaedia Britannica’ salesman came in for some refreshment. Being a typical salesman and not wanting to miss an opportunity he started his sales patter on the landlord, who listened impassively to the whole spiel. There was a brief silence at the end, then the landlord looking him straight in the eye said, “What do I need bloody encyclopaedias for - my wife knows everything”. I have written before about the mad landlord of Penryn who regularly knocked six bells out of his customers for the slightest transgression, and yet night after night the bar would be filled with patrons many of them sporting black eyes and fat lips. Dan, another Cornish publican who was mine host at an establishment called The Three Pilchards, had a dislike bordering on hatred for anybody coming from London. But no one knew why. Then one night, a group of cockneys came in and after ordering drinks, one of their number hailed the landlord. “Oi mate, we’ve bin told that you ‘ate Londoners – why’s that then?” You could see Dan mulling over the pleasurable thought of perhaps impaling this bloke on one of the beer pulls, but he steadied himself, drew his face close and whispered. “You see this booy” pointing to his hairless cannonball-like head. “When your lot got evacuated here during the war, they brought their little mates with ‘em which they very kindly passed on to us kids. So we all had to have our heads shaved to get rid of the

We were lucky in our village in Suffolk to have had a pub with a name that was unique in Britain. It was called The Cloak, and in keeping with its uniqueness it had its fair share of unique characters. One such would always be found on his stool at one end of the bar, cradling a pint of the local Greene King brew. He would occasionally mumble to himself, but he never engaged in conversation with any of the other patrons even when they offered to buy him another pint, which happened fairly frequently. But then out of the blue he would offer anyone near to him an observation or a piece of arbitrary advice, and always finish by winking and tapping the side of his nose knowingly. Things like – “Igorance of the law is noo excuse”, or “The vicars woife is really a fella” and one of his favourites, “Never blow off in a wet soot”, at which he would chuckle at his own joke before returning to his pint. Sadly The Cloak and its collection of interesting patrons are no more. And as sad as their demise and countless others like them is, I count myself lucky to have encountered some of them on my travels down the years. For my part I shall endeavour to do my best to keep the tradition alive and continue my efforts in becoming an eccentric grumpy old git in my Autumn years, keeping vigil in some country pub or other and swapping entertaining stories for pints of dark ale.

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Around the World THE PIGLET THAT THINKS IT’S A DOG

A lonely piglet is driving her new owners barking mad after convincing herself she is a dog. Four-month-old Coco was given to the St Francis Animal Welfare Shelter in Fair Oak, Hampshire, by a family who could no longer care for her. Since then the pint-sized piglet has become best friends with German Shepherd Jay. So much so that the youngster is apparently convinced she is a dog even going for walks on a lead, fetching sticks and guarding the other pooches. Centre manager Sueltan Day said: “It is funny to see her and the other dogs together. I genuinely think she believes she is a dog as she copies what they do.

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A London theatre is to stage a show which involves the audience changing into their nightwear and sleeping over. Lullaby, produced by the Duckie theatre company, will transform the Barbican’s Pit theatre into a bedroom complete with en suite bathroom cubicles. Storytelling and cradle song will be followed by a night’s sleep and a breakfast the next morning. The show is due to take place for a month from next June. Producer Simon Casson said the show would be “reassuring and very, very cosy”. “Every time I go to the theatre I fall asleep, so I thought why don’t we embrace that idea and make a show that deliberately sends people to sleep?” he added. The production is dubbed “a moonlit soporific serenade followed by seven hours of slow-wave sleep rounded-off by breakfast to send you on your way”. Single, double and triple beds will be installed in the theatre.

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“One of our dogs, a German Shepherd called Jay, has taken her under her paw so to say and protects her when they run around together in the field. “She is a fantastic pig and good fun. She loves running around and playing with the other dogs. It is bizarre but amazing.” Coco is from the Kune Kune breed which often enjoys the company of other animals, but it is rare for them to imitate canines. Amazed Sueltan said: “This is the first time I have heard of something like this. Coco and the German Shepherd Jay are best friends. “It is like a little and large partnership going on. They are brilliant together and Jay acts like her mother. The do everything together - eat, sleep and play. It is amazing and it would be hard to split the two up.”

PURPLE SPUDS HIT THE SHELVES

A purple potato said to be healthier than the standard variety is going on sale in UK supermarkets. The Purple Majesty has a distinctive deep colour and contains up to 10 times the level of antioxidant, anthocyanins, compared with white potatoes. Despite its appearance, the potato now being grown by Perthshire producer Albert Bartlett after two years of trials, is not genetically modified. It was developed at Colorado State University from a traditional variety, reports the BBC. An initial crop of 400 tonnes goes on sale in Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland and the south-east of England this week, with a larger yield expected next year. Albert Bartlett has been working with Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and the Scottish Crop Research Institute to determine what health benefits there could be from eating the potato. Dr Catherine Tsang, who took part in research, said: “Our research specifically looked at Purple Majesty potatoes which, unlike white potatoes, contain a natural pigment called anthocyanins. “It’s this pigment that gives the potato the purple appearance, but more importantly, it possesses antioxidant properties, which are maintained even after cooking.” She added: “We’re all aware of the stories about red wine having a more positive effect on the heart than white wine, due to their higher levels of antioxidant.” Some studies suggest antioxidants could have a positive effect on blood vessels and reducing blood pressure - although other studies found little evidence of this conclusion.

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I am an avid fan of “The Dog Whisperer”. The programme is on the Spanish television channel “La Cuatro” every Saturday and Sunday morning, during which I have a very obvious, though invisible, “Do not disturb” sign all over my face. I learn – of course - about dog behaviour and psychology, which I – also of course – then practice on my dogs, who gracefully allow me to succeed in my endeavours. However, sometimes Cesar Millán also touches the subject of American society’s treatment of abandoned dogs and dog-shelters. This problem is equally relevant here in Spain. In the programme last week-end Cesar went with an Animal Control Inspector in Los Angeles. The LA authorities started a programme some years ago to get the packs of roaming dogs off the streets. They started by systematically rounding up all loose dogs and in two years the problem had diminished to a level, where daily patrolling of inspectors keeps the problem at bay. Their programme includes heavy fines and prison for irresponsible dog owners, as well as general education. I wish we could make the Spanish authorities see the sense of spending a bit of money on a similar programme. Unfortunately, in today’s Spanish society only women get a slice of public funds – here in Murcia public funds have been frozen with the exception for the department of equality, which has been allocated an increase of 10%. Friday the new Hospital Santa Lucia opened its doors for the first patients. It is to begin with only external consultations that have opened. The patients seem to be very satisfied and happy with the new hospital. New equipment, new furniture – everything new –, and lots of parking space should make any user of the hospital feel good, and of course to be met by a hostess to explain any doubts you might have and help you to find the correct consultation, will undoubtedly add to the feeling of comfort. I will, like the first users, reserve judgement until the hospital has been opened for a while and the novelty has worn off – and the hostesses gone. The abundance of parking space for the first users might soon prove to be too little for all the visitors, and users, when the hospital is fully opened. With the Cartaginesis’ inability of taking care of their city, we will probably soon be met with broken toilet doors and general misuse of the public areas, and graffiti on the walls both inside and outside. Are you familiar with one of Spain’s most important 20th Century painters, Ramón Gaya? I had not heard about him until I read page after page about him in the newspaper in connection with the celebration of the 100th year after his birth. Gaya was born 10th October 1910 in one of the ‘huertas’ that surrounds Murcia Capital. At a very young age, he started to show interest in painting, and left school to dedicate himself to the art of painting. I am in general not a lover of 20th Century artists, but I like Ramón Gaya’s paintings. If you want to see for yourself, you have plenty of possibilities in Museo Ramón Gaya in Murcia. They have an exhibition of his early work (1910-1931) 14th October to 9th January. There are some people, you simply have to admire. I read an interview with Sofia de Habsburg, Princess of Windisch-Graetz, who lost her 18 year old son in a traffic accident. She said: “When the doctor asked me: ‘Would you donate your son’s organs?’, I answered: ‘Of course’. She said to me: ‘How of course. It is not that simple’. I said ‘Yes it is. If we and my son can give something to somebody who needs it, it is fantastic’. Today, we are happy that somewhere in the World there is a person, who can see with our son’s eyes, and another, in whose chest beats Alexi’s heart”.

Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com.

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Mull of Kintyre song estate on sale for £3m A Scottish estate made famous by Sir Paul McCartney’s song Mull of Kintyre is up for sale at almost £3 million. The 7,360-acre Carskiey Estate forms the Mull of Kintyre, which Kintyre resident McCartney sang about with his band of the time Wings in the 1977 hit song. Now the estate, which includes the Edwardian Carskiey House and nine miles of coastline, has been put on the market by estate agents Strutt & Parker at offers over £2.95 million, according to a report in Scotland on Sunday. McCartney once said of the lyrics: ‘’I certainly loved Scotland enough, so I came up with a song about where we were living; an area called Mull of Kintyre. It was a love song really, about how I enjoyed being there and imagining I was travelling away and wanting to get back there.’’ The Carskey Estate, as it was originally called, was the former seat of the MacNeills of Carskey from the early 16th century until it was bought and upgraded in the early 1900s. Overlooking Carskey Bay, the nine-bedroom house, which has been described as a ‘’wonder of Edwardian design’’, has been relatively untouched since it was first

built except for being rewired in 1989. Among the features of note is the Edwardian equivalent of a spa, a hydropathic bathroom with a ‘’ship’s deck’’ floor and shower hoses for fresh and salt water, although it no longer works. The sale also includes nine estate houses and cottages in varying states of repair and a farming business.

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The pound climbed as much as 0.8 percent after the decision, breaking above $1.6 for the first time since Feb. Sterling also strengthened to 1.1447, after earlier depreciating to 1.1361, the weakest level since May. The European Central Bank has also left its main interest rate unchanged at the record low of 1 per cent for the 17th consecutive month as it attempts to keep the eurozone on a recovery path. The decision, taken at a meeting in Frankfurt on Thursday of the ECB’s 22-strong governing council, was expected but came at a crucial moment for the euro’s monetary guardian. With the US and UK central banks mulling further “quantitative easing” steps to boost economic growth, the ECB’s more optimistic stance has pushed the euro sharply higher. “It is more important than ever that exchange rates reflect economic fundamentals and excessive volatility of such rates is best avoided”, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday. The ECB and European governments have shown little sign of action to cap recent gains for the euro, in contrast to policies in Japan, China and the United States which have led to warnings of a ‘currency war’ of competitive devaluations.

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Pound Rises Above $1.60 for First Time Since February as BOE Holds Rates The pound rose against the dollar to its highest level in eight months after the Bank of England left interest rates at a record low yesterday and refrained from increasing its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy. Sterling also rebounded from near its weakest level since May against the Euro. The BOE held the main rate at 0.5 percent, in line with the forecasts of most market analysts.

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What next for property news house prices?

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Prices fell by a record amount in August, prompting fears of a crash

Just when many families were digesting the news that they were to lose child benefit, have to work longer and pay more into their pensions, they were delivered the bombshell that house prices fell by a record amount. Last month, more than £6,000 was wiped off the value of the average property as house prices dropped from £168,124 in August to £162,092, the biggest fall since 1983. A rise in the supply of property and a drop in demand fuelled by economic uncertainty pushed prices down 3.6pc. So what next? Is this the start of a sustained fall in house prices? Here’s what the housing experts have to say. MARTIN GAHBAUER, NATIONWIDE

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“Although the Halifax index showed a large drop in September, the less volatile threemonth on three-month measure showed a drop of 0.9pc, the same as in the Nationwide index. This compares with three-month on three-month declines of more than 5pc in the deepest phase of the 2008 downturn in both indices. As such, the current declines are still on the modest side. None the less, market conditions have clearly loosened as more sellers have marketed their properties and buyer demand has remained weak. This may exert additional downward pressure on house prices in coming months. At this stage there is limited evidence of widespread distressed selling. Without more of this, price declines of

the magnitude in 2008 are unlikely.” PAUL DIGGLE, PROPERTY ECONOMIST, CAPITAL ECONOMICS “The hefty drop in the Halifax measure of house prices adds weight to the view that house price weakness is far from over. To our minds, weak housing-market activity indicators mean that further falls in house prices are likely. There is no doubt that this will reduce the amount of equity in people’s homes, making it even harder to remortgage.” MARTIN HALIFAX

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“Last year, a shortage of properties for sale contributed to an imbalance between supply and demand, a key factor in pushing up house prices. More recently, more properties have come on to the market and reduced this imbalance. Plus, renewed uncertainty about the economy and jobs has caused consumer confidence to falter, dampening demand for home purchases. The factors have been exerting downward pressure on prices. “In addition, volatility of the month-on-month measure has increased due to low transaction levels across the market; to get the best view of the underlying trend we should look to the quarterly figure – which shows a 0.9pc decrease. “It is far too early to suggest that this is the beginning of sustained falls. House prices in the third quarter of 2010 were 0.9pc lower than in the second quarter of 2010. The rate of decline

is slower than 2008, when it was consistently in excess of minus 5pc and minus 6pc throughout the second half of the year.’’ HOWARD ARCHER, CHIEF UK AND EUROPEAN ECONOMIST, GLOBAL INSIGHT “While a drop in house prices always seemed probable in September, after Halifax had reported price rises in August and July that conflicted with other surveys, a plunge of 3.6pc month-on-month was off everybody’s radar. “It is important to put the data into perspective. The Halifax data highlights how volatile housing market data can be on a month-to-month basis and from survey to survey. The 3.6pc plunge reported by the Halifax is partly a correction to the rises reported in August and July, which conflicted with other data and surveys.’’ PHILIP SHAW, SECURITIES

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I get a lot of pleasure out of our garden. I enjoy pottering about, pouncing on the weeds, and congratulating the plants which have shown courage and tenacity in the face of adversity and have managed to force their roots down into the ancient bedrock and extract some form of nourishment from it. I gently encourage the more diffident plants – they are allowed 2 years grace, and if they haven’t made some kind of effort by then, I shout at them and threaten them with The Bin. It seems to work, they generally respond by either dying immediately, a kind of horticultural hari-kiri, or they set to and grow. But it is a question of trial and error. Garden Centres in Spain seem to pride themselves on keeping their customers in total ignorance of any sort of information about their plants – even the price is often a State secret. So the tiny green shoot in the tiny plastic pot may well end up as a thumping great tree. Or not, who knows? So my joy knew no bounds when I saw the answer to all my gardening problems on the front page of my neighbour’s English newspaper. No longer would there be any guesswork, I would have an expert permanently on hand to guide my every move, inform my every action. And not just any old expert, but the great Alan Titchmarsh himself! The paper promised a 24/7 Titchmarsh presence in my garden! I couldn’t believe my luck, and all for only £25! My mind raced ahead – would he require feeding and a bed for the night, or would he remain outside all the time, just needing a bit of mulching and a gentle watering every other day? Eagerly I grabbed the newspaper, hungry for details of how this amazing offer could be obtained. There it was, in black, red and white, blazoned across the header of the front page – Grow your own Alan Titchmarsh seeds, worth £25, free with a copy of – Oh no, offer only available in the UK. Now is that fair, I ask you? I thought that the whole idea of the EU was that Europe would have no borders – so why is Alan Titchmarsh restricted to the UK? I can get Aunty Bessie and Mr Kipling, so why can’t I get a Titchmarsh? I’m going to take this up with Brussels, I’m going to take it right up to the top sprout. I demand my Titchmarsh! EU? Pshaw! I should have been warned. £25 is way too cheap for a Titchmarsh. It’s all a great big con – shame on them for misleading the innocent!

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Poet Seamus Heaney has been named winner of the Forward Prize, which comes with a cheque for £10,000. The Nobel Prize winner scooped the trophy for Human Chain, which he has described as his most personally revealing collection of poems. The Northern Irish writer had been nominated for the prize three times before, but this was his first win.

Judge and author Ruth Padel described Heaney’s volume as “painful, honest, and delicately weighted”. It was written a year after the poet suffered a stroke and the central poem, Miracle, was directly inspired by his illness. Recalling the people who had to carry him up and down stairs when he was too weak to carry his own weight, he draws on the biblical imagery of the men who carried a paralysed man to Jesus to be healed. “I realised the guys that are hardly mentioned are central... without them no miracle would have happened,” Heaney told BBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra last month. Over the course of his career, Heaney has also won the Nobel Prize for Literature and the TS Eliot Prize, and has been made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His previous nominations at the Forward Prize came in 1996, for The Spirit Level, and in 2006, for District and Circle. He has also been shortlisted twice in the best single poem category. The ceremony also recognised poets in two further categories - the £5,000 Felix Dennis Prize for best first collection, and £1,000 for best single

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poem. The former went to Hilary Menos for Berg, which includes poems about icebergs floating down the Thames and aliens wading in the Hudson River. Julia Copus took the single poem award for An Easy Passage, which was praised for its “unsettling strangeness, the shifts of perspective and confident line”. The winners were presented with their awards during a ceremony in London’s Somerset House. “This was an astonishingly strong year for poetry,” said Ms Padel. “The judges enjoyed deliberating each of the categories [but] the decision was not easy.” Padel was joined by four fellow judges - poet and columnist Hugo Williams, performance poet Dreadlockalien, journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark, and actress and director Fiona Shaw.

‘A Night to Remember’ Director Dies British director Roy Ward Baker, whose 1958 film A Night to Remember memorably recreated the sinking of the Titanic, has died in London at the age of 93.

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‘Attic Sale’ At Chatsworth House Raises Nearly £6.5m A three-day “attic sale” at one of England’s most famous stately homes has raised almost £6.5m.

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Denise Van Outen Hits Out At NHS

Denise Van Outen has hit out at the NHS after they criticised her decision to stop breastfeeding her daughter. The presenter told the Sunday Mirror that it was a “disgrace” to have been sent a letter questioning her actions. She said: “I got a letter from the NHS saying they were being supportive of me, but basically they were very disappointed I’d stopped breastfeeding. “They sent me a mug saying, ‘Keep calm and carry on breast feeding’, and wrote that they think it’s due to the lack of a nice cup of support from partners and if I could just go back to it - if Lee makes me . difficult so be ’t wouldn tea and gives me support - it kept the “So basically, they were not just criticising me, but my husband too. I’ve .” letter as I think it’s a disgrace choose not She added: “Midwives sometimes can be very rude and abrupt when you quite you’re so place, the over all are es hormon your baby, to do it. When you’ve had a vulnerable. You’re exhausted.”

Cole ‘Earns £220k For 35 Minute Gig’

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Goldie has slammed the new elimination According to The Sun, Goldie format on Strictly Come Dancing. complained that despite achieving a The DJ, who became the first celebrity respectable overall score of 46 for his to be voted off the competition last opening two dances, viewer votes were night, claimed that the show is “not enough to save Ann Widdecombe, Paul about dancing” and would turn into Daniels and Peter Shilton, who scored a “pantomime” if the current system only 29, 37 and 38 respectively. continues. “You’ve either got to be really bad at The BBC programme has always dancing , and completely hilarious, or combined judges’ scores with the results really good,” he said. “There’s no room of the viewer vote. However this series, for being in the middle. instead of a dance-off between the two “It’s not about dancing. Maybe if I’d lowest scoring couples with the judges deciding who to save, the couple who fallen over a bit more I’d have done better. scores the lowest is now immediately It’s in danger of becoming a pantomime. It’s the Strictly machine and the wheels eliminated. “It was a bit of a shocker,” he said. “I will keep turning - but I’ve been left under didn’t see it coming. If there had been them.” a dance-off, the result would have been Goldie revealed that he hopes Scott totally different. I can’t help but think, Maslen, Jimi Mistry or Kara Tointon goes ‘Bl**dy hell, that was unfair.’” on to win the show.

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Bistro / Restaurant On the square in Mojacar Playa

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 !!!

VERA PLAYA (Hotel Street)

Sunday 31st October 9.30-Late Fancy Dress 50€ For Best Adult Costume Treats for the Kids Childrens Witches Fa ncy Dress Apple Brew Competition Bobbing DJ Kelly 60’s to Present day

Tel: 662 474 861

me Strang o c l e Restaurant er W Established 6 years

Bar, Restaurant and Terrace for Lunches & Drinks Wed - Sun 12 noon to 3.30pm (last orders)

5€

Special Wednesday Lunch Roast Beef or Pork & Tea or Coffee Open Evenings Due to popular demand Weds to Sat 7pm to Steak night

10pm (last orders) Evening 3 Course 13€ inclusive

A la Carte Menu always available

is now

7.95€

thursday & friday

Pluckers Pheasant th Sunday 17 Oct from 3pm

Sunday Lunch Choice of two 9.75€ or 1 3€ 3 Course set menus Served between 12pm - 4.30pm last orders Limaria, Arboleas 4.5km from Albox Tel: 950

432 719

Bar trabalon

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER - ATLANTIS

Coming Soon

Quiz Night, Fashion & Jewellery Show EVENING MEALS FROM 5€ MIDWEEK ROAST LAMB DINNER 5.95€ SUNDAY LUNCH 5€ DAILY SPECIALS & TAPAS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY EVERY FRIDAY FISH & CHIPS FROM 5€ Corner Bar

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM - LATE

Calle Granada, La Alfoquia

Tel: 634 346 189

Cepsa

How to reach La Peperina

ONLY WHITE WINE SHOULD BE CHILLED Everyone knows red wine should be served at room temperature, but few people realise how much warmer our homes have become. Even the most full-bodied of reds are at their best between 16C and 18C, so stick your bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving. FISH HATES RED WINE! In From Russia With Love, 007’s suspicions are aroused when his dining companion orders a chianti with his grilled sole. ‘Red wine with fish - well, that should have told me something!’ he quips later. But Bond was wrong: more delicate reds go brilliantly with meaty, full-flavoured fish. THE HOUSE WINE IS FOR CHEAPSKATES Good restaurant owners know their house wine represents their business, and will select it carefully. A quarter of us choose the second cheapest wine on the list, hoping to appear more knowledgeable - and don’t restaurants unscrupulous know it! If in doubt, ask the wine waiter for a recommendation. SNIFF CAREFULLY: IT MIGHT BE CORKED OK, it’s possible, but these days, cork taint is rare. In good restaurants, the sommelier should have checked the bottle before pouring it for your approval. The pong - mouldy, musty and damp - is unmistakable, so if you are unlucky enough to get a bad bottle, don’t be afraid to complain. WINE BUFFS ALWAYS SLURP THEIR WINE The best way to taste wine is to take a big gulp and then suck some air in your mouth. But that’s not on in a restaurant. Leave the showing off for your own home.

Bar Trabalon

La Alfoquia


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ElizabethesDavid’s Recip

under new management NEW

The Kimrick 

Private Private Functions, Functions, Birthdays, Birthdays, Weddings, Weddings, Anniversaries Anniversaries etc etc

Elizabeth David introduced post-war Britain to a bright new world of Mediterranean food using ingredients that have now become an essential part of our diet. To mark the 60th anniversary of her first book, a new collection of her recipes has been published with photographs by David Loftus, including tributes from some of today’s leading chefs.

Non-smoking restaurant ~ Air - conditioning ~ Free wifi

Traditional Christmas Day 45€pp

5 course lunch with all the trimmings including house wines and followed by entertainment with Steve King 4.00pm until 7.00pm Tony David was a man whom she did not ultimately respect, and their relationship ended soon after an eight month posting in India. On her return to London in 1946, David began to write articles on cooking, and in 1949 the publisher John Lehmann offered her a £100 advance for Mediterranean Food, the start of her writing career. David spent eight months researching Italian food in Venice, Tuscany and Capri. This resulted in Italian Food in 1954, with illustrations by Renato Guttuso, which was famously described by Evelyn Waugh in The Sunday Times as one of the two books which had given him the most pleasure that year. Many of the ingredients were unavailable in Britain when the books were first published, as shortages and rationing continued for many years after the end of the war, and David had to suggest looking for olive oil in pharmacies where it was sold for treating earache. Within a decade, ingredients such as aubergines, saffron and pasta began to appear more widely in shops, thanks in no small part to David’s books. David gained fame, respect and high status and advised many chefs and companies. In November 1965, she opened her own shop devoted to cookery in Pimlico, London. She wrote articles for Vogue magazine, one of the first in the genre of food-travel. ‘At Elizabeth David’s Table’ is available from October 14. (Pub: Michael Joseph)

Christmas Party Nights throughout December from only 18€ per person

Julia’s super New Year’s Eve 65€pp 5 course dinner with cava & grapes at midnight, party bags and entertainment by Brendan O’Dee

ceroc dancing every Tuesday night with PAUL & TRACEY from 8pm

Dinner Dance

20€

special 3 course menu inc 1/2 bottle of house wine pp with Arribba Arriba Saturday 16th October & every 2nd Saturday in month thereafter

menu del dia 12€ kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Born Elizabeth Gwynne, she studied at the Sorbonne, living with a French family for two years, which led to her love of France and of food. At the age of 19, she was given her first cookery book, The Gentle Art of Cookery by Hilda Leyel, who wrote of her love with the food of the East. “If I had been given a standard Mrs Beeton instead of Mrs Leyel’s wonderful recipes,” she said, “I would probably never have learned to cook.” Gwynne had an adventurous early life, leaving home to become an actress. She left England in 1939, when she was twenty-five, and bought a boat with her married lover Charles Gibson-Cowan intending to travel around the Mediterranean. The onset of World War II interrupted this plan, and they had to flee the German occupation of France. They left Antibes for Corsica and then on to Italy where the boat was impounded; they arrived on the day Italy declared war on Britain. Eventually deported to Greece, living on the Greek island of Syros for a period, Gwynne learned about Greek food and spent time with high bohemians such as the writers Lawrence Durrell and Norman Douglas. When the Germans invaded Greece they fled to Crete where they were rescued by the British and evacuated to Egypt, where she lived firstly in Alexandria and later in Cairo. There Gwynne started work for the Ministry of Information, split from GibsonCowan, and eventually took on a marriage of convenience, more or less as her aunt, Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, had done. This gave her a measure of respectability but Lieutenant-Colonel

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menu del Noche 14€

Sunday Lunch from 9€

Tel: 950 475 198

Restaurant / Kitchen Open: Wed - Fri 12 noon - 4pm and 7pm until 11pm. Sundays: 12 noon until 6pm. Closed all day Mondays, Tuesdays & Saturdays Except for private functions, events, bookings etc For full event details, email: thekimrick@hotmail.com

Bar Restaurant

LA PARATA Shea, formally of Neptuno’s presents Sunday Lunch

2 course ~ 10.95€ ~ 3 course ~ 13.50€

Menu del dia ~ 10€ for 3 courses

Every Thursday winter warmerS SERVED FROM 7:30PM OPEN TUES ~ SAT, LUNCH & DINNER & SUNDAY LUNCH

For Reservations please call 950 478 186

cafe bar Los Mellizos formerly the Corner Bar,

La Alfoquia

Friday 15th Oct Karaoke with Graham Dee Pizzaria Now Open

Homemade pizzas, Choose from up to 15 Toppings starting at 5€ eat in or Takeaway - 1pm Till late

Also Available Burgers, chips, side orders & much more Open every day 9am - Late Tel: 638 889 520

Best location on Mojacar Playa with amazing cuisine...

New Exciting Dishes On Our... Sunlight Menu - 10€ Moonlight Menu - 12€

Sunday Roast (2 courses) 10.95€, (3 courses) 13€ Full A’ La Carte, Pizza + Pasta menu Takeaway service available, (Pizzas + Pasta) Christmas Menus for December Now Available Christmas Day Lunch 35€ per person Christmas Party Nights With Music Sat 11th + 18th DEC 15€ per person 8 - late New Years Eve Dinner Dance 35€ per person Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Closed Mondays. Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua) www.restaurantefantasia.com restfantasia@hotmail.com


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What’s On

your events, announcements & letters The Luvvies

Congratulations to Fran & Rob McCann

celebrating 42 years of marriage on 19th October with love from Claire & Danny Simon & lisa & caitlin

Have a great 70th Birthday Tony Love and best wishes Dori & Richard, Lynn & John Sandra & Frank, Angi & Terry

send your birthday & anniversary announcements to ‘editor@soltimes.com’

We are an amateur theatre group of no fixed abode but performing and meeting in Albox. Six long years have we now laboured and our next effort – and this is the bit that YOU ARE REQUIRED TO NOTICE, dear Reader, is ‘Tomb with a View’ by Norman Robbins. A comedy and a thriller two in one, lucky punters – to be performed on 18th, 19th and 20th November at Martin Ramos Garcia Institute in Albox and at the Museo Gilabert Theatre in Arboleas on 25th, 26th and 27th November at 7.30pm Tickets and details are available nearer the time from our Box Office, Ros Liddell, on 697 384 513. Like all drama groups we need more members. You don’t need to be keen to act as there is much work back stage with sound, lights, set building, painting, rehearsal work and just being a member for our social life. Our annual subscription has held again at 2€ and I hope that most people can afford that. For more information 950 439 231

happy birthday georgie

love from Mum, Clive, Baby CJ and Big Brother Luke xxxx

Happy 70th Birthday Tony

All our love, Sue & Snowy

The Kimrick................

now have all of their Christmas and New Year Party Menus available! Take advantage of their fantastic function room and exquisite new menu! Either pop in and see them or email thekimrick@ hotmail.com or call 950 475 198

Meditation Classes Mondays from 12.30-13.30pm. At the Lotus Yoga Centre in Mojacar. Teacher Sharon Fisher, all are welcome MEDITATION FOR HEALTH AND PEACE OF MIND. For information call Sharon 950 469 122

Dames In Turre.........

Three Course Menu 10.95 For Two Persons

Thursday* 1pm - Close

Two Course Menu To Include A Wine, Beer, or Soft Drink 6.95 per person

THIS SATURDAY 16TH OCT

Live Music

Check out our boards or call for more details

Friday 1pm - Close

Fish & Chips & Alternatives 9.95 For Two Persons

Saturday Nights 6.30pm - Close

Look Out For The Adverts

Sunday Lunch 1 pm - Close

Choice of Pork, Beef or Chicken With The Trimmings & 6 Fresh Veg 9.95 For Two Persons Monday & Tuesday Closed * Menu change weekly 1st Floor, Parque Comercial, Mojacar

Enter from front steps & terrace or from between Celebrations and Portobello on the 1st floor. Lift & disabled access available Tel.662 639 535

Sunday 5th December, midday onwards. Under cover if weather is badAt Piedra Amarilla, nr Sunburnt Arms. Santa, Stalls, Tombola, Bar. Stall holders please book, 5€ a pitch. For more information, directions or to book a pitch, Tel: 678 838 547 or Email info@puppy rescueinspain.org

October 25th - 11am in the Multiple use centre in Turre Jean Barker will talk about her life as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. October 28th - Shopping trip to the Commercial centres in Murcia (Ikea, C&A and Primark etc) 14€ per person. tel Lesley 950 478 633 December 4th. Stalls available for the Christmas Market in Turre. Call Ann 950 398 162 Guests welcome to join our meetings and excursions

Bar Spinnaker Wednesday* 1pm - Close

PUPPY RESCUE DOG SHOW & CHRISTMAS FAIR

BRITISH BEACH FRONT BAR

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

950 325 867

www.barspinnakerroquetas.co.uk

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

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

syedpur Indian

Cuisine

now in their 4th year!

mondays & tuesdays

magnificent 7: 7 courses only 12.95€ Famous 5: 5 course selection only 9.95€

Wednesday college times 5€ menu - Served from 6pm

..& DON’T FORGET

THURSDAY’S ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET FROM 6PM - ONLY 9.95€

Tel: 950 120 606

Happy Birthday Granddad

Lots of love Liam & Georgia xxx

EXPATS

We are having a Car Boot Sale at Bar International Please help to raise funds to stop the threat of losing our homes and everybody else we know in a similar situation. Please donate anything, large or small items (we can collect) Call John Burns 670 563 760

THANK YOU

Arkrites British Food Store in Roquetas (near Theos)

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

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


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your events, announcements & letters APSA Shop (Albox) Events....

Monday 18th October - Avon sales with Karen 102pm; Monday 25th October - Frillies Lingerie with Lesley 10-2pm. The shop is in Calle Ancha, just up the road from bank Santander opposite San Francisco Square. Both sales will include special bargains for the day, come and find yourselves a bargain and help the animal charity too!!

The Dames of Spain.................

who had their first meeting of their new year on Monday 20 September 2010 where new and old members met once again. Lunch was also enjoyed at The Kimrick by some of the members. The next meeting is to be held at The Kimrick on Monday 18 October 2010 and all are welcome. Chairman: Gail Creasey 950 472 225 Secretary: Iris Hamilton 950 475 863.

Congratulations

Jo & Tim on your wedding. Wishing you every happiness in the future Love Mum & Dad xxx

Press Release...................... Arboleas Town Hall New Help Desk

Don’t forget to collect your discount card!

Holland yachting

Snow White in Albox..............

Calle Varadero Almerimar 04711 (Almeria)

Tlf. 950 609 546

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

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

METALFORM Helping you to secure your property

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

Tel: 617 706 606

andy.j.say@hotmail.com - www.metalform.webs.com

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

info@enviapropertyservices.com

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almeriservis

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

www.hollandyachting.com

IOS

Irish Bar & Restaurant Open 365 days a year

Calle Galeon 37 Darsena 1, Almerimar

SER VIC

MacGowan’s

The Number 1 Yacht Broker in Spain!

construcciones

APSA , the animal charity in Albox, is producing a pantomime, Snow White, to be performed in January in the town. At the auditions we were lucky enough to receive more adult applicants than we had parts, which was fantastic. Members of The Luvvies, The Independent Theatre,The Almanzora singers and people who just wanted to have a go from the community all have kindly offered their help and expertise. 20 children came along and are working with Stacy at the Gym club at Girosol on a Saturday morning and Jay at his Theatre and dance group at Rumores also Saturday mornings. We are still looking for more children please. We still need some dwarves! English or Spanish. If you have a child who would love to be in the panto, whatever their abilities, including children with learning disabilities, we can accommodate them. (This is an ideal situation for children to gain valuable experience of learning to work as a team , it will improve their concentration levels, and boost their confidence and self esteem.) We also had offers of scenery painters and assemblers and backstage help. It was great to be offered the help of a Wardrobe Mistress who has kindly offered to make up most of the costumes. We have an interpreter, Catheryn Jones who will be narrating, so that the Spanish audience can enjoy the production as much as we shall. Items we still require, Spare pots of paint for scenery , white emulsion, bright coloured wool. Sponsors for Programs, printing and tickets costs. Any company wishing to support us will be entitled to adverts in our programme and sponsors will be printed on the posters which will be put in many surrounding villages. If you are interested in anything at all please contact me, Chris, at villafreestone@hotmail.co.uk

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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)

Betty’s Garden Club.............

October 11th - Jerry Hawkins Talk on Plant Clinic November 8th - Lillian Burnell Simple Christmas Decorations & Anniversary Finger Buffet December 13th - Christmas Lunch For more information email: annshone9@yahoo.co.uk

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

Duvets Curtains Blankets Party Dresses

MA

The APSA shop in Tijola is currently closed for a few days so that re-stocking can be carried out. The shop will re-open on Saturday 16th October at 10am fully stocked with all its autumn/winter lines displayed, as well as books and bric a brac. The shop is situated on Travesia Vulcano which is just off the main street almost opposite the Policia Local Offices. So come along on Saturday, meet the volunteers, enjoy a drink and some nibbles and grab some bargains. APSA stocks its shops with donated goods so please also let us have any unwanted clean, resaleable clothes, books and bric a brac; these can be brought into the shop at any time during opening hours. From Saturday, 16th October the shop will be open Monday to Saturday 10am - 2pm

. . . .

Price for suit trousers and jacket ONLY 9.60€

OR

APSA Shop, Tijola

Hope you enjoy your stay with us Lots of love Nan Pat, Granddad Jimm and Nanna B

LAVANSEC lAUNDERETTE - DRY CLEANERS

REF

The Mayor of Arboleas, Angel Garcia has formed a New Help Desk operating from the Town Hall. The New Help Desk which replaces the previous operation is organized with the cooperation of Maria Luisa from the Police Local, along with Stuart and Lara. The aim of this operation is to help and support ALL residents in Arboleas with their queries and problems and it can also arrange appointments for Residencia at the Almeria office of Extranjeros. The Help Desk will operate on Wednesdays from 9.00am to midday upstairs in the Town Hall. If you have a question that needs answering come along and see us and we will do our best to assist you. Arboleas Town Hall HelpDesk

Welcome to Roquetas De Mar, Keanne Hazell!

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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 www.almeriservis.com


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Classifieds

Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email: sales@soltimes.com

for sale GENERAT OR Kipor KGE2500C petrol 2.2KVA used 3 times 230V Output Cost New 280€ Brand New Condition 140€ Tel 670 309 878 B AR B ECUE round black cast iron 40cm wide plus tools 25€ Tel 670 309 878 “Clatronic” complete food mixer, blender, chopper, purifier etc.. Brand new, still packed in box. Cost 60€, will accept 30€ Make excellent gift. Tel: 950 069 538 / 667 280 049. (Los Gallardos). P e t r o l chainsaw new 150€ Tel: 950 529 225 Brus h c u t t e r / strimmer new petrol including blade and accessories Tel: 607 451 205 McGregor Amplifier 500 x 500w excellent condition suit band 150€ Tel: 950 529 225 For sale, mini mac apple computer osx hardly used offers 275€ Tel: 667 850 274 White wood full cot, with mattress, 2 years old complete and with a changing mat to fit over. Mattress is like new no marks etc. Purchased 2008, Mothercare, Spain 330e. (comes with mosquito net from IKEA) Cost to sell 150euros 690366070 Philips Advent Steam electric steriliser, excellent condition, 35e 690366070 Loola, Bebe Confort, red stroller pram. Complete set with car seat that attaches to frame, stroller, raincover, cozytoes cover, hoods for both car seat and stroller, bag with changing mat and bottle warmer, bought new 570e, price to sell the set, 225e 690366070 A 70’’ wide ‘Motor-Hoe’ Rotavator, ‘’Jardin TP 65H with 5.5 Gx160 engine’’. Bought in 2007, for 550 euros in a very good condition with very little use. Also included are full instruction manuals in English & Spanish.Price; 250 euros ono

Free standing Cast Iron Fire Cast Iron fire in great condition. Top opening & flue connector; Standing on 4 legs with an ‘Arch’ shaped glass door. Height 80cm’s Width 60cm’s Depth 42cm’s Flue diameter : 13cm’s Door width x height 38cm’s x 38cm’s [Plenty of space for wood access Price; 275 euros ono Buyer to collect please! 950 424 404 2 x Portable 14” T.V with remote V.G.C 25 Euros each O.N.O Santiago de la Ribera Tel: 657 102 153 Cement Mixer Electric , DIY use 50 Euros O.N.O Santiago de la Ribera Tel: 657 102 153 1 x Ladies Bike c/w shopping basket (Carrafour) 1 x Ladies bike (Raleigh) Both need TLC 15 euros each O.N.O Santiago de la Ribera Tel: 657 102 153 Play Station 1 and 2 with controllers Lots of games (too many to mention) 70 euros O.N.O Santiago de la Ribera Tel: 657 102 153 SKY system, complete. Dish with mount, quad LNB (signal for up to 4 TV’s), Digibox. All in perfect working order. 150€ Tel. 950 067 105 F r e e s a t satellite receiver for sale for English channels new in box 80€ Tel: 626 658 778

Air-con Buyer to collect please 950 424 40 Quad Bike (Road Legal) Large 2 seater touring quad. Fully automatic 260cc. Large lockable back box. Alarm/immobiliser & remote start. Approx 3 yrs old. 2650€ o.n.o. Tel: Vic 662 614 216 Small Boat 9ft x 4ft with 2 built in buoyancy tanks, oars, small anchor, trailor & outboard. 2.5hp Mercury 2 stroke outboard motor (never been used). Boat needs some tidying up & painting (so a small enjoyable project) all for 465€ Tel: Vic 662 614 216

SERVICES 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@ sraccountancy.com

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business for sale

FOR SALE

ALLBITES IN ALFOQUIA KEY READY ALL FIXTURES & FITTINGS

19,000€ TEL: 666 032 776

blinds Internal & & External Blinds

MD Air-Con Refrigeration S.L. Sales, service, installation, fully certified & legal. Tel: 950 432 110 or 607 364 917 md_aircon@ mobileemail. vodafone.es

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

business for Sale All offers over 12,000€

Tel: 610 601 458

CLEAN & CLEAR

Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

Airport services

Tel: 627 907 207

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

www.solshaders.net Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

enclosures

alternative energy

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS

Solar & wind power Best equipment C&G qualified 15 years experience, electrical work and pool heating. Call Phil on 636 261 240 www.sunergy.com

Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote

Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564 advertise your business

C a r l o s TELephone (Saliente) 950 430 820 p l u m b i n g sales@ & heating services. If it soltimes.com involves water, we can help! www. builders carlossaliente.com Ross Regan We Tel: 968 969 962 cover all aspects of work from total auctions reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors L o c a t i o n design & build Call for Auctions, Antas a free no obligation El Real Ind. Est. quote 671 843 155 / Every 2 weeks. 646 234 222 Next auction Neil Bates Wed 6th October. Builder Starts 5pm. City & Guilds Qualified Viewing Mon/Tue All aspects of building work and all day Wed. House clearances Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 speciality. Tel: 950 Competitive Prices 391 412

builders

RR

ross regan s.l.

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

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

Paul on 671 843 155

Terry 646 234 222

Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

Ring Alan

on: 600 268 176 or 950 450 347

30 years experience  Free, friendly advice and quotations

electrical Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics

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

for hire

SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

patios, terraces & enclosures Re - advertised due to timewasters

cleaning pools

WEEKLY POOL CLEAN

Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@hotmail.co.uk

(inc all chemicals)

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

Call: 689 200 671

Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

Tel: 649 332 134 enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com www.thebabyhirecentre.com

gardening

4yrs established in Albox area. 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

car hire One way car hire to and from airports, very competitive rates. Free delivery and collection from hotels. www. almerialiving.com Tel: 950 336 626

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs onsite callout / tuition. Consumables Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm & Sat 10am until 1pm

Tel: 950 120 900

DON ROBINSON

PC hardware & software specialist. Unbiased advise on purchases Installation, help and training. Diagnosis & Repair 15€ an hour min charge 1 hour + parts

I come to you Comp TIAA+certified

advertise your skills here TEL 950 430 820 sales@ soltimes.com

Tel: 646 587 746 E: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com

digger for hire

handy man ANY SMALL BUILDING JOBS INCLUDING PATIOS, BRICKWORK, RENDERING, CUSTOM MADE & FITTED REJAS AND MORE Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

Hard Working Man

healthy and beauty

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

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Free Climbing is the purest form of climbing because you rely solely on the use of your own skills to ascend a rock face. Equipment can be used, but only strictly for safety reasons (i.e. to offer protection during a fall). There are different types of free climbing, such as: Bouldering is perhaps the purest forms of climbing where you stay relatively close to the ground and don’t use ropes or other protection to climb. Bouldering can be practiced on indoor walls, along the bottom of a route, but perhaps best when performed on a proper Boulder (which are usually under 12 foot). A portable crash mat (i.e. a bouldering mat) is often used to protect fallers and you should stay within a height where is safe to fall from without injury. Bouldering is great fun, requires little in the way of equipment, can be a very good introduction to the sport of trad climbing, (traditional climbing) and provides an ideal way to practice technique and to build strength. Trad climbing is seriously scary, physically exhausting and extremely challenging, so I suppose that’s why it continues to be one of the most popular forms of climbing. Trad climbing puts you in direct contact with the mountain or crag. Climbing gear is used for protection purposes only (not to aid climbing) and is designed to be inserted and removed in such as manner as to not mar the rock face in any way. Obviously if one of the prime objectives is leaving the rock face in the same condition as when nature created it - the fixing of a permanent bolt is not an option. You will quickly learn the art of placing gear (or protection) and if you get it wrong, you won’t last long! Ice climbing is inherently riskier than many other forms of climbing due to the unpredictable nature of the ice structures. Ice climbers must accept risks of avalanches, falling ice, and that the ice may be too soft to provide secure protection for the ice screws, ice hooks and pound-ins. Climbing frozen waterfalls in sub-zero temperatures with the use of a couple of ice axes and some crampons may not be everybody’s idea of a fun day out,

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but it is good and dangerous! you what you can actually do with the foothold you’re standing Before rushing out to your nearest vertical face, perhaps on. Will it allow a drop knee to be performed on it or will you Indoor climbing would be a good place to start. Indoor climbing peel off while trying to achieve it??? walls provide a safe, comfortable climbing environment, which Look at the foothold before you use it. Don’t scrape around can be used year round by beginners through to advanced trying to find it without looking. Examine it, look for the sweet climbers. spot and then deliberately place your foot there. Sensitive shoes Indoor ‘competition climbing’ is also becoming more popular come into play here. Focus on the feel of the foothold and as climbers go head to head and compete in a variety of you’ll see that you can actually feel the perfect spot to stand on. Once you’ve found it don’t scratch around. Your shoes will different disciplines such as bouldering or speed climbing. be grateful, as will your technique and learning curve. Then put You will need proper shoes. If you are unsure about the some pressure on it. If you don’t step on a foothold it probably technical details of what gear is best, then go to a shop where won’t hold (especially if its polished) and you’ll just skid. You’ll the assistant is a climber, or has good knowledge of the sport. be surprised at how much difference a little pressure can make. What you’re looking for when choosing shoes is a comfortable Don’t be afraid of stepping. That’s what you’re supposed to do. fit and sensitivity. Don’t go for those stiff edging shoes, go for Imagine it’s a normal step that’s been washed in too hot water soft comfy sensitive shoes that’ll allow you to feel the features and that has shrunk! you’re stepping on. Size them comfortably because if they Follow gravity. If your body tends to hurt they’ll prevent you from using proper ‘fall’ into a certain direction, place a foot technique comfortably. This is an extreme right there. Don’t mind if there’s a good sport, you need to be able to concentrate foothold, a bad one or even none, just on climbing, not sore toes. place your foot there. - Move your hip Also try to keep your shoes as clean as actively over your feet. The hip is the possible. Wipe them with a wet cloth and centre of gravity. Placing it consciously air dry them, maybe even brush them with over one foot relieves both your other a soft wirebrush to get the oxidized rubber foot and your hands for the next move. off and reveal the sticky stuff. Place your toe tips only. Beginners often Next step is learning to trust your shoes. place too much of their feet, or worst, This is a long process, but slowly you’ll their instep flat to the wall. This turns out begin to realize how small a feature you your leg and blocks the hip joint. ‘Tips only’ need to securely step on. gives your hip a broader moving range to Once you get the feel, confidence and allocate your gravity centre as needed. strength, then you can get those stiff Look at your feet! Which is not quite the edging shoes with super sticky rubber, and same as the famous ‘Don’t look down’ be able to and use them in the way that that your family/loved ones will tell you. they’re intended. Watch them until placed properly. Easy You’ll also need hand, leg and foot said, but often you’ll find yourself looking strength. Go to the gym, select exercises elsewhere while doing the last couple that isolate the muscles that you need to of inches to the foothold. It takes some strengthen – I suggest using a Hangboard time and attention to get used to it but for arm and finger strength, and a Campus it’s worth it. board for leg strength, (it’s like a ladder built up a wall). Another important aspect is flexibility. The more flexible you are the better efficiency you can achieve. Make a really ~ Motorised Sliding Gates good stretching routine part of your everyday life, don’t do ~ Garden Gates and Railings it just on climbing days. ~ Chain Link Fencing Ready to go? ~ Garage Doors Up / Over Faced with your chosen climb, you need to start looking. I and Motorised can’t stress this enough. Look for footholds before climbing and while climbing. When you stand under a route and look for holds, look to where you can place your feet as well. Of ~ Fire Escape Rejas now course you can’t see every little foothold from the ground, but available to match existing those that you can see will designs from 200€ come in handy and if you manage to remember them asting they may get you through a Shot Blwder tight spot. Also remember that & Po you can use most handholds now o C ating as footholds once you move le availabmore past them. r Call foa The feeling for the foothold et ils d is very important. It’ll allow you to learn to use the footholds in the best possible way and tell

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Ford announces Focus Sport Special edition run-out model signals beginning of end of current Focus.

It’s the end of an era. And to mark the end of the current Focus’ life, Ford has announced a special edition Focus Sport. The newcomer is based on the five-door hatch, and features a choice of 108bhp 1.6-litre diesel or 99bhp 1.6-litre petrol engines. Standard kit is generous, including sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, parking sensors and auto lights and wipers. Buyers will have the choice of six colours, and all cars get the same seat fabric as the range-topping Titanium models and 16-inch ST-style alloys. Prices for the new model are £16,545 for the 1.6-litre petrol and £17,845 for the 1.6-litre TDCi, making it £700 more than a Zetec model, albeit with extra equipment totalling £1,500 included. The Focus Sport will continue to be built at Ford’s Saarlouis plant in Germany until autumn next year. Production of the new third generation Focus begins at the same factory in January

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Xpat Direct Insurance has been set-up to, ‘BEAT your best quote’. This too, is the slogan they are using in their latest marketing campaign. The Company is offering all types of insurance including car (Spanish, UK and some other European number plates), motorcycle, home, travel, pet, marine, business, commercial, life and medical insurance as well as funeral plans. Xpat Direct really will go the extra mile working on behalf of expats, to find the best deal for their clients and to take away all the hard work of sourcing ones best quote! Xpat Direct will search through their comprehensive, well-established and trusted list of top insurers (some of whom have extra special arrangements with Xpat Direct), to come up with the best type of insurance for their clients’ specific requirements and provide the most competitive price.

The service doesn’t stop there either. Once happy with the price, clients can be assured that they will be looked after in the event of claims or other matters, should the unexpected happen. You could say, a total service from the very first telephone call. Xpat Direct remain independent and impartial because unlike other direct selling insurance companies, they’re not biased towards any particular insurer and by operating a direct telephone service, as opposed to a face to face operation they can pass the savings onto their clients. Clients can, therefore, rest assured that whatever type of insurance they’re looking for, Xpat Direct will offer expert advice at all times. With friendly, English speaking operators, who fully understand your language, your lifestyle and requirements, one can rely on Xpat Direct for their excellent advice and personal service … no more speaking to automated machines or endlessly searching the web. For the cost of a local phone call, you could be insuring your vehicle with immediate cover and an annual green card or, covering your home and its contents plus all other insurances from one company – Xpat Direct. One call to Xpat Direct on 902 11 99 99 can do it all, and should the lines be busy, all you need do is leave your name and number and they’ll phone you back - no more holding on the end of the telephone (costing you precious time and money) waiting for a quote. Xpat Direct offer no gimmicks or corny sales pitches. It’s simple, straightforward insurance provided in English both on the phone and in the documents you receive.

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New Beetle spied - almost undisguised! VW’s new Beetle caught testing ahead of its debut next year.

The Beetle is back! These are the first pictures of the all-new Beetle which VW is readying for next year. The newcomer will debut at the LA Show in November, go on sale here in the Spring and share its platform with the new Jetta. The Beetle and Jetta will be built in the same VW plant in Mexico. VW will attempt to broaden the appeal of the Beetle this time around, by giving it a more masculine look. Slightly longer and lower than the current model, like the Beetle Ragster concept shown at Detroit five years ago, the new car will feature a more angular roof, which also liberates more rear-seat space. The mule pictured here features the front and rear end of the current car, but expect a slightly edgier treatment for the lights and bumpers when the new car arrives next year. A cabriolet version will be offered in 2012. Under the bonnet, the Beetle is being engineered for downsized engines in Europe, including 105bhp 1.2-litre, a 160bhp 1.4-litre and 210bhp 2.0-litre petrols and new 105bhp 1.6-litre and 140bhp 2.0-litre TDIs. In the US, the 170bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine continues. A hybrid version may also happen, using the drivetrain which debuted in the Jetta NCC concept at this year’s Detroit show which mated a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a 27bhp electric motor.

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Prices for VW’s new Phaeton announced

Facelifted luxury saloon goes on sale this week, priced from £46,195. VW has put a price on its facelifted Phaeton. The luxury saloon goes on sale this week, with prices starting at £46,195 for the 237bhp 3.0-litre TDI, rising to £78,685 for the long wheelbase 6.0-litre W12-powered model. The diesel model is only available in standard wheelbase form, while the W12 model can be had in standard or long forms, with the latter getting an extra 120mm in the wheelbase to liberate extra room for rear-seat passengers. To mark the new Phaeton out, it features new bi-xenon headlights, a new front and rear bumpers and LED taillights. On the inside, the new saloon gets new trim finishes and the option of sat-nav with built-in Google Maps and a 1,000watt Dynaudio 12-speaker stereo.

Smart announces new ForFour

New Nissan Micra-based five-door car for US market announced for 2012 launch The Smart ForFour is back, but not as you know it! Smart announced today that it is developing a small five-door car in the US market which will launch within the next 15 months. The car is the first product of the new alliance between Smart’s parent company Daimler and Renault-Nissan. The move will see the new ForFour developed from the versatile new V-platform that underpins the new Micra. Changes from the Nissan model will be minor as the car is intended to be a stopgap until the all-new ForFour arrives in 2014. “We are faced with continuing customer demand for a smart car with more seating capacity,” explained Roger Penske, Chairman

of the Penske Automotive Group which sells Smarts in the US. “Sales and service of the five-seater will be carried out exclusively by our approximately 75 smart dealerships in the United States. Together with Nissan, we will bring to market a fully equipped small car for our customers and dealers in the USA. It will fit in well with the smart brand.” The timing of the new car works well for Smart. Thanks to the arrival of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz (badged as a Fit in The States), interest in small hatchbacks has never been higher in the US.


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Badgers Golf Society

Sante Irene Sailing Club “There she was sailing sedately in the light breeze just over 200 metres from the shore line, out side the yellow marker buoys.

On Wednesday 6th October, the Society played an individual stableford competition at Macenas. The course was in excellent condition apart from the greens which had been worked on which made putting a bit awkward. 27 players enjoyed a good day’s golf and the winner with 36 points was Greg Knight, 2nd with 36 points on countback was Lynne Sefton & 3rd with 35 points was the ‘Old Badger’ himself Keith Bradley.

A three masted ‘tallship”, square rigged on the foremast, a Barquentine. It was a couple of Sundays ago, we had enjoyed our lunch / dinner at “El Cid” on the playa, was she heading for Garrucha harbour? I couldn’t believe our luck! Off we went in pursuit, taking a couple of photos as she entered, mooring along side the loading dock, to be met by Yours truly and a few members of the Club. She was on her way north to do a tour of the Balearic Islands. On board were 36 passengers in 18 luxury cabins, enjoying the sights and sounds of life on the ocean waves. She could carry 118 passengers on a day trip. Built in 1905, she has been well looked after, now with all mod-cons. She left the following morning, her name ‘Atlantis’; she is a lady I would like to know much better. Then, last week, traveling in the opposite direction was Ralph, bringing down his 6.25 motor cruiser from the Mar Menor to Villaricos. He would like to thank his crew, Club members David, Tony, Bruce. They left Los Nietos at approximately 9am and arrived at Villaricos at 8pm. They had a good trip, plenty to eat and drink: non alcoholic! Caching fish on the way which was consumed the following day. Do you need a licence for that?! Too late,

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8 October 2010: Our golf competition moved back to its regular Friday slot this week following the change of day due to the Ryder Cup last week. Quite a few of our winter visitors have started to arrive now so the number of players went up to 35 this week. We had wonderful weather conditions and the greens at Almerimar have improved a little now so playing the course was a little more pleasurable than it has been. There is still a long way to go but at least the greens are improving now rather than deteriorating. This week we played Best 2 with 2 hidden holes. The winners were John Woodhead, Christer Boberg, Ivan van Driessche and Gerardine Ryan with a team score of 90 points. Gerardine had a fantastic round scoring 46 points herself. Also, Christoph Piest in the 2nd place team had an eagle 2 on the 16th hole. Last place and chocolates went to Sharon Sly, David Martin, Frank Lynch and Finbarr Goulden with a score of 73. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Arild Sand with a distance of 0.86m. You can see the full results at golf.almerimartoday.com. If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact info@almerimartoday. com

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Wednesday 6th October and our winner with 38 points Geoff Bridgman second with 34 Bob Risbey and third with 34 David Baird on countback. Ball sweep winners Mike Picken Bob Risbey Tony Sprake & Frank Button. Sunday 10-10-10 - I had to do the date as it is unique. Nothing unique about our winners. In first with 36 Neville Pye second with 36 John Rice on countback and third with 35 Peter Morse. No ball sweep winners. Our next away day is 10-11-10 these numbers are amazing, and our deal is also. To book for this and any other Wednesday or Sunday call 950 475 509. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande - visitors and guests welcome, MP

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Greetings from God’s little waiting room,... where Shylock has acquired a new budgie from the same killer strain as Attila, he has called it Bobby. However, after seeing him devour a slab of liver - kindly donated by Hansel and Gretal - he should have been called Genghis Khan. Only time will tell. Billy Bones has returned to the UK, the relief felt by those who had to suffer his fabled tall tales was palpable. He threatens to return for Christmas, God forbid. He related a tale to me of when he was a taxi driver, taking a fare from Stoke to Birmingham airport. Being unsure as to how to get there he asked the fare if he knew. The passenger said, take the second right at the next roundabout. This he did and found himself driving down the runway, with a jumbo jet coming towards him!!! Not sure what happened to the perimeter fence. The extreme sports night has, once again returned for the winter months. The aged participants were seen flexing muscles before the start and the cracking sound from stiff joints was reminiscent of a volley of rifle fire at Roark’s Drift – deafening! Parrot Les said to Dustbin Pete, the other day, “Would you have my parrot for Christmas” “Sure”, says Dustbin, “It will save me buying a turkey” That’s what it’s like, when you have helpful neighbours. Joyce, a matriarch of the “Merry Widows” - the mention of which sends a shudder down my spine - has, unfortunately broken a couple of bones in her foot in a fall. I have been assured that she was fully compos mentis at the time, which I find strange to say the least. She now lies, akimbo, in her bed, recovering. She is well looked after by her neighbours and we wish her a speedy recovery, if only to give the neighbours some welcome respite!!! That’s all for this week Until the next time, Tight lines, Uncle Albert


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Monday 4th October: There is not much to say about today’s golf, only seven men and two ladies turned up for the monthly Medal competition, something to do with a counter attraction on television called The Ryder Cup. Playing a Medal competition off the white tees (for men) is always a bit daunting for some folk so giving it a miss to watch the experts play was not a hard decision. Once again there were no good scores recorded and unless the greens improve considerably this situation will not change. Of the two ladies playing Nuala Hare beat Loraine Roberts by three shots. In the Men’s division the best score was a net 77 scored by two players, Bill Gill beat Geoff Owen on a countback. There were 2 “two’s”, Bob Tink on the 14th and Brian Couper on the 5th. Thursday 7th October An Irish Three Ball, 1 to count on the first six holes, 2 to count on the next six holes and all 3 to count on the last six holes, was organised for today by Brian Mayhew. We had the highest number of entries since the

Spring time due to some resident members returning from holidays abroad and some “snowbirds “ landing for the winter. The early starters had to contend with light rain but within the hour the sun was shining and everyone settled down to a pleasant day’s golf. In view of the good turn-out five team prizes were awarded. The results were:1st - Val Jones (guest),Tony Cordingly and Jim Budd - 79 points 2nd - Miriam Staunton, Brian Mayhew and Bill Gill - 76 points 3rd - Sandra Edwards, Jarlath Staunton and Michael Rae - 74 points 4th - Rosalie Fardon, Rick Jones (guest) and Maurice (guest) - 73 points 5th - Val Ross, Frank Varey and Tony King - 71 points Visitors will be made very welcome at our Thursday competitions which will cost 30€ including the green fee. To book a place ring Jim on 950 162 727 or Sandra on 950 069 438. BT

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Over the weekend of 9/10th October players, wives and partners spent an enjoyable weekend at Los Alcazares with the members enjoying two rounds of golf at Roda Golf Club. To add to the enjoyment the course was in superb condition and the weather was excellent throughout although all the players manged to complete their rounds on Sunday before the storm broke. On Saturday 9th October we played a Stableford Competition and there were some excellant scores on this long course. The overall winner was Roger Whitehead with 38 points followed by Steve Fear 36pts and Mike Smith with 35pts. Nearest the pins went to Steve Fear and Mike Smith and longest drive went to John Smith. On Sunday a pairs competition was played and once again Roger Whitehead with partner Steve Martin proved unstoppable with 64 pts followed by John Smith & Steve Fear and in third place Tony Morgan & Les Brice with Mike Smith cleaning up with nearest the pin and longest drive. The society would like to thank Judy Brooks for all the hard work she put in to arranging the weekend which went without a hitch. and still managed two rounds of golf

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On the 23rd October 2010 there will be a Charity Golf Tournament at Sierra Golf, The Darren Smith Memorial Trophy. Darren was a spinabifida sufferer who died at the age of 19 in the UK. His parents Ray and Trish Smith now retired and living in Spain have taken up golf themselves and thought they would like to do something for a local charity in keeping with Darren’s illness. Therefore the Darren Smith Memorial Golf Tournament will be played in aid of AIDEMAR, San Javier. Aidemer provide special needs education to children and young adults in the San Javier area and would very much welcome a donation to assist with the wonderful work they do. The competition will be a 2 Ball Texas Scramble and entries can be made via email to me Bob.Gallard@gmail.com or direct to Sierra Golf on 693 521 442

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“Radio Ham Kevin” & “Chippy Pete” fished the Truffy Bar beach mark and had a few fish. Some sort of scorpion fish which they both chose not to handle! Plus a wrasse and a few painted combers and palometes. “Captain Brian Cuba” and I went out on a reckie looking for a trigger mark; Brian had found on two previous trips. Could we find it? No, so I’ve sorted myself a hand held GPS for future trips. That day we took the opportunity of going slow to troll a lure but with no success. We couldn’t possible return to the marina fishless and so fished over a 500 foot hole near the marina entrance and caught a couple of fish, a comber and blue mouth. I’m now away in the UK as I write this and have had little contact with anglers at home (Spain) and so don’t have much to tell you this week. Brian fished out of Garrucha twice this week with friends. “Spanish Pete” and “Chippy Pete” both catching triggers over the new mark that Brian found again in the end. Also out during the week was “Mike the watch” who caught a nice red snapper and “Paul the rope” and “Bob the tent”. Everyone caught a few fish including the usual suspects like pandoras, combers and pickerels. A couple of the lesser regular fish to be caught were lizard fish and scabbard fish. Brian was pleased not to have any weavers on board this week after being stung for the fourth time last week.

He thought he was immune to the poison but no it still hurts like hell. See photo of Bob with a pandora. The “Rods and Reels Club” were due to fish the River Segura in Murcia town but fast water pushed them to the Eden Canal stretch instead. High water and weed caused problems there too and work had to be done to allow all anglers to get on pegs. Not a bad day and Pete “Dancing Shoes” Hoare had 31lbs using sweetcorn. Dave “Yours Truly” Hoare came 2nd with 29.1/4lbs using maggot and sweetcorn. 3rd was Stan “The Man” Roberts also with 29.1/4lbs using maggot and paste. All three Anglers fished the pole method. 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

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The Fiat Yamaha rider came home behind Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, which was enough for him to secure the title with three races to go. Reigning champion Rossi started sixth, slipped down to 11th but worked his way back up and into the lead on lap 10. Rossi, whose season was disrupted by a broken leg, held on for his first win since the opening day of the season. In contrast to his fellow Italian, Dovizioso got a good start from third place and was soon putting pressure on pole sitter Lorenzo. While Rossi slipped backwards through the field, Casey Stoner’s hopes of a third consecutive race win were ended on the first lap as he crashed on the final bend. Dovizioso and Lorenzo broke clear of the pack while Rossi dragged himself back into contention, as he went in search of a sixth elite-class win in Malaysia. He closed the gap on lap nine, just as Dovizioso was taking the lead, and soon passed both the leading pair to go in front on lap 11. Lorenzo seemed happy to settle for a topthree finish, rather than do anything more risky, leaving Rossi and Dovizoso to battle it out for victory, and although they swapped the lead on lap 16, Rossi eventually held on for victory. Going into the race, the world title was Lorenzo’s to lose.

Lorenzo takes MotoGP world title He only needed finish in the top 10 to be crowned champion in succession to teammate and rival Rossi, and with the Spaniard’s worst finish this year having been fourth, that was never in serious doubt. Before Sepang, Lorenzo had taken control of the world title race with seven wins. Defending champion Rossi’s season never recovered after he broke his leg at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in June, meaning Lorenzo’s fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa was his only serious rival for the title. But hopes of an end of season battle between the pair were dashed when Pedrosa crashed in practice for last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, breaking his collarbone and putting him out of the races in Japan and Malaysia, although he hopes to return next week in Australia. “Today is the happiest day in my life and we have to celebrate it,” said Lorenzo, who held up a ‘game over’ sign at the end of the race. “I was really impressed to be at the front and not to lose any time until the end of the race.

“But when the tyres started sliding I thought, ‘today we have to finish the race and get the maximum a rider can get in the motorcycle world.’” Afterwards, he admitted he had feared at the start of the season that he was going to be in for a tough season, having missed preseason testing with a hand injury, but luck had gone his way. “You always imagine this moment and dream about it but when it comes you don’t know how to act or what to say,” he said. “The season started with tough moments and I thought maybe it will be difficult than last season “But we came to Qatar and finished second, which gave me more confidence to ride fast and to keep pushing. Jerez was the most special race victory of my life and since then - seven wins, only two races without a place on the podium - what more can I ask for?”. Rossi said he was “very happy” with his win and to end his barren streak, calling it “very important”. He also paid tribute to his successor as

champion - although the pair have been team-mates for the last two years, the nature of their rivalry has led to a wall being built down the middle of the garage. “Jorge deserved the championship because he was the best rider,” he said. “He was consistent on every track in every conditions and never made mistakes.” Pedrosa, who is back in Spain recovering from surgery on his shoulder, also paid tribute to the new champion. “He rode very well this year right from the beginning of the season and made very few mistakes - so he deserves the title,” he said. “Of course, I would like to have been there today to try and keep the championship alive for a bit longer - even if we only had a very small chance of catching him. But it wasn’t to be. “My recovery and physiotherapy after the operation is continuing to go well, and I hope to feel good enough for Australia and to get back to the level we achieved recently for the last races of the season.”

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Valentino Rossi wins the Malaysian MotoGP but Jorge Lorenzo comes third to be crowned world champion.


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