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remember - no vote no voice - Pg 2 cultural recognition for spain’s bullfighters - Pg 3 spanish bank offers half-price homes - Pg 5


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Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspects

National Police agents have arrested of two men suspected of a robbery with a firearm which took place on 4th October at a bank in Almeria. The robbery occurred at about 9.00 am, when two men wearing ski masks and brandishing handguns burst into the Unicaja Bank, on Granada Street. After threatening staff and customers, who were then locked in the bathroom, the robbers seized 6,915 Euros. As well as witness descriptions, the police took forensic evidence and the bank’s security camera footage. After police surveillance the

suspects were arrested on leaving their house. At the time of arrest one suspect was found with a pistol strapped to his waist, which made the agents suspect that the pair had the intention of committing another robbery. Police raided their house, seized three other guns, two of which were imitations, the third being a genuine weapon. They also seized garments and balaclavas used in the robbery. It is thought that those arrested have form for previous offences of the same nature.

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Remember: “No Vote, No Voice”

AUAN has been in contact with officials at the censo electoral and can confirm that on the 6th of October some 20,000 letters were sent to EU residents in Almeria attaching a Voter Registration Form (DFA-1) so that they can register to vote in the forthcoming local elections. The form has been sent to persons not registered to vote in the local elections, but who are resident in Spain. (Those already on the voting register will not receive the letter).

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Persons receiving such a letter may: 1. Register to vote by post: Fill in the form in, sign and date it and send it to: Delegacion Provincial de Almeria del Censo Electoral, Plaza de San Pedro, 8 – 04001, Almeria. This form will have the persons padron details pre-inserted; a stamp is

2. Register to vote via the internet: Using the NIE number of the potential voter and a password or “clave de to the recipient with the form and the web address for registration. Problem: It is anticipated that many EU citizens living in illegal homes will fail to receive their letter because they are unable to record a valid postal address on their Padron, but, all is not lost! Anyone failing to receive their letter can register to vote via their town hall.

Water Treatment Expansion Welcomed

The news of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant at Bobar (Almería) has been cautiously welcomed by those affected in the Andarax Bajo area. The water treatment plant of Cuatro Vegas uses ozone treatment, prior to releasing the water for reuse in the irrigation of greenhouses and the Parques de El Boticario and the Andarax. The scepticism of the users towards this scheme is based on previous experience, when the Ministry of Environment and the city of Almería, announced improvements to the water

treatment plant at Bobar which were never carried out. The Farmer’s President pointed out that the current model for reuse of sewage water from the capital city dates back to 1987. It is obsolete, and urgently needs redesigning, incorporating the latest technologies, energy efficiency and new uses of reclaimed water to irrigate public parks and gardens and the new urban situation. This could lead to a saving in resources that would allow funding for the construction of subsidised housing in Costacabana.

Spanish troops withdraw from Bosnia after 18 years

The defence minister, Carme Chacón, today described the Spanish troops’ stay in Bosnia as a “mission accomplished” and maintained that she would soon be saying the same about missions in “Afghanistan, Somalia and the Lebanon”. As part of a ceremony celebrated in Sarajevo today, transferring authority for the European misson from Spain to Austria, Chacón officially marked the end of

the involvement of Spanish troops in Bosnia. 18th October marked Spain’s withdrawal of troops from Bosnia after 18 years of presence there, leaving only 20 officers to continue with training in the Balkan state. During the ceremony held at the Camp Butmir military base, Chacón confirmed that Spain would continue to participate in the EU’s executive mission as advisors to the Bosnian authorities.

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Gibraltar Calls For Royal Navy To Stop Spanish ‘Incursions’

Gibraltar said Thursday it had called on Britain to deploy Royal Navy ships to confront Spanish “incursions” into the waters of the disputed territory, amid already tense relations with Madrid. Chief Minister Peter Caruana said he had written to British Foreign Secretary William Hague asking him “to take effective action to uphold Her Majesty’s Sovereignty of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. “This should include the systematic deployment and intervention of the Royal Navy in support and protection of the (police) as they carry out their duties ... to enforce and uphold law and order and the laws of Gibraltar in our waters,” he said in a televised speech. Earlier Thursday, Caruana announced in a statement that Gibraltar had suspended the next two rounds of trilateral cooperation meetings scheduled for this month with Britain and Spain for “technical reasons”. He gave no further details. But in his broadcast he said that “cooperation should not be thought by anyone to be a smokescreen behind which Spain can be allowed in practice to dismantle British sovereignty and with it, our jurisdiction in Gibraltar’s territorial waters”. Since last year British and Spanish naval and police boats have engaged in a series of

face-offs in the waters off Gibraltar, which lies at the strategic western entrance to the Mediterranean. The most recent incident occurred last month when Gibraltar police said they were pursuing a suspect and Spanish officers used “physical aggression” to stop them. Police quoted by Spanish media said the incident occurred in Spanish waters when a Spanish Civil Guard patrol boat was intercepted and “harassed” by Gibraltar police as it was pursuing a suspected drug trafficker. “Over the last 18 months or so, Spanish direct action in our waters has passed from the historical, simple incursions ... to an incursion aggravated by interference with, and prevention of the exercise by the Royal Gibraltar Police of their powers and jurisdiction,” Caruana said in the broadcast. Spain has also been toughening its stance. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said last month that “there are no Gibraltar waters, there are only Spanish waters”. Britain claims a strip

measuring three nautical miles (5.5 kilometres) surrounding Gibraltar as their territorial waters. But Spain does not recognise any waters off Gibraltar as belonging to the territory, apart from its ports. Gibraltar, which Spain ceded to Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht, has long fuelled tensions between the two countries. Madrid argues the 6.5square-kilometre (2.6-squaremile) promontory that is home to around 30,000 people should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. But its people overwhelmingly rejected an Anglo-Spanish proposal for co-sovereignty in a referendum in 2002. The Trilateral Forum of Dialogue on Gibraltar was set up in 2004 to discuss issues related to the rocky outcrop. The next sessions, on environmental and maritime issues as well as police cooperation, were scheduled to take place this week and next week in Spain but are now suspended.

Spain’s bullfighters hail cultural recognition

Spain’s bullfighters stated that the government had agreed to their request for the centuries-old tradition to be managed by the ministry of culture this week. A group of leading bullfighters who have been calling for such a move away from the interior ministry met during the day with Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. “He told us that the transfer is going to take place” to the ministry of culture, Cayetano Rivera Ordonez, one of Spain’s most popular matadors, told a news conference. The move “will be very helpful” for bullfighting, said another matador, Jose Maria Manzanares. “We feel we are artists and we believe that in (the ministry of) culture there will be more support” for the tradition, he said. The decision comes amid intense debate in Spain over bullfighting, which animal rights activists condemn as a form of torture but which proponents see as part of the country’s cultural heritage. The northeastern region of Catalonia in July became the first part of mainland Spain to ban the tradition. The decision was the result of a petition signed by 180,000 people calling for the ban. In the Madrid region, which has a strong

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Spanish bank offers half-price homes Spain’s Banesto bank, a subsidiary of Santander, announced on Thursday the sale of 600 homes at 50 percent below the market rate as the country continues to struggle with the collapse of its housing market.

The bank said it wanted “to ease access to housing for citizens at a difficult economic juncture.” The bursting of the property bubble in 2008 plunged the Spanish economy, Europe’s fifth-largest, into its worst recession in decades in 2008 and has sent the unemployment rate soaring to more than 20 percent, the highest in the eurozone. It emerged during the first quarter of this year with tepid growth of 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent in the

second. Banesto said 50 second-hand homes located in different regions of Spain have been put on sale for 50,000 euros (70,000 dollars) each as part of a first lot. “If the average national price per square metre for second-hand homes in the second quarter of 2010 is 1,850 euros, in this first lot it will be just over 900 euros,” the bank said in a statement. The bank will offer six further lots of 75 homes for less than 75,000 euros

each. In Madrid and Barcelona, the most expensive cities in the country, a lot of 120 homes for less than 120,000 euros each is being put up for sale. A rise in home sales in January was the first in three years, spurred by lower prices and more attractive interest rates. Spanish property sales soared almost 30 percent in August on a 12-month basis, official data showed last week. But there are still estimated to be around one million unsold homes in the country.

A third of hospitals breach the Data Protection Act

disturbing research has revealed that ONE in three Spanish hospitals are in breach of the Data Protection Act Some 30 per cent of public hospitals have no measures in place to prevent the loss of, or unauthorised access to, patients’ data during transport or whilst filed. A further 40 per cent of

state hospitals, and 15 per cent of private ones, have no register to record access to clinical files, and 45 per cent do not include the standard legal wording on their forms which explains

how and why patients’ data is stored. Only a third of state hospitals carry out any kind of security audit on their files. Many of those found to

be in breach of the Act will receive a written warning and information as to how they should comply, but those found to have committed serious omissions could be fined up to 600,000 euros.

Gale-force winds & heavy rain cause chaos on the coast HIGH winds and torrential rain in the Comunidad Valenciana have led to considerable damage, particularly on the coast. The province of Castellón was the worst-hit, with the port of the capital city being closed for safety reasons last night. A yacht full of passengers had to be towed back to dry land by the coastguard service after

Spanish police bust fake marriage racket, detain 20

Spanish police have busted a gang suspected of arranging marriages of convenience to help illegal immigrants, mostly Nigerians, gain residency permits in Spain, they said Thursday. They arrested 20 people in Madrid, Valencia and Alicante in the operation, which followed an investigation launched in May 2009, police said in a statement. For 12,000 euros (nearly 17,000 dollars), the gang of Spaniards and Nigerians “handled everything necessary to set up fake marriages” that would give the foreigners legal residential status in Spain and in the European Union. “Those involved in these fake marriages

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Spanish Official Inflation Highest For Almost Two Years Spanish 12-month inflation surged to 2.1 percent in September, the highest level for nearly two years, official data showed on Thursday.

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Cyber Attacks & Terrorism Among Top Threats To UK Attacks on computer networks are among the biggest threats to the UK, Theresa May has said ahead of the publication of a new National Security Strategy.

Cyber terrorism was a “new and growing” danger, the home secretary said. The BBC has learned there will be new money to bolster cyber security, focused on protecting critical infrastructure and defence assets. The strategy will form the background for Tuesday’s Strategic Defence Review, with defence cuts of 8% expected. The National Security Council, set up by David Cameron in May, is publishing an updated approach to national security which identifies 16 threats to the UK. The most serious - which they are calling “Tier 1” - comprises acts of international terrorism, hostile computer attacks on UK cyberspace, a major accident or natural hazard such as a flu pandemic, or an international military crisis between states that draws in the UK and its allies. Speaking ahead of the strategy’s launch in the Commons on Monday afternoon, Mrs May said she was not prepared to rank these in order of gravity but acknowledged they were of a “different nature” to other

potential threats. On terrorism, she said the threat level to the UK had been at severe - which means an attack is likely - for “some time”. “We are facing a very serious threat from international terrorism... we must all be vigilant,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Rather than focusing on different areas in isolation, she said the security strategy had looked at the overall picture “in the round” and as part of the exercise, officials had identified attacks on government and business IT systems as as a “new and growing threat”. The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner said ministers were likely to announce £500m of new money to bolster cyber security, amid evidence that hundreds of malicious e-mails were already being aimed at government computer networks each month. This would combat concerns that terrorist groups might be able to hack into critical infrastructure such as air traffic control networks and over cases of “cyber espionage”

where rogue groups or even foreign states seek to break into computer systems to obtain top secret information. There would also be extra protection for online business transactions from fraud and theft. Ahead of Wednesday’s Spending Review, Mrs May said the Home Office had to “play its part” in cutting spending to deal with the deficit, stressing that the police could make savings without hitting officers on the beat by cutting bureaucracy and increased collaboration between forces. While welcoming efforts to tackle cyber attacks, Labour - which developed the first national security strategy in 2008 - said the plan offered little new. “The government seem to be producing a reheated security strategy to provide cover for a rushed defence review rather that producing a renewed and careful consideration of the UK’s defence and security priorities,” said shadow foreign secretary Yvette Cooper.

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Supporters had claimed the 10-mile (16km) dam stretching from Somerset to south Wales would produce up to 5% of the UK’s energy. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne said a study had found there was “no strategic case” for the scheme. Mr Huhne also announced eight potential sites for building new nuclear power stations by 2025. They are at Bradwell in Essex; Hartlepool, Tees; Heysham, Lancashire; Hinkley Point, Somerset; Oldbury, Gloucestershire; Sellafield, Cumbria; Sizewell, Suffolk and Wylfa, in Anglesey. Dungeness, in Kent, and Braystones and Kirksanton, in Cumbria, were rejected. The Severn barrage had been intended to run from Weston-super-Mare to Cardiff. Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean Mark Harper said the feasibility study, carried out by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, showed it was right to look into the detail of the costs and benefits before proceeding. “However, it was expensive and I was not convinced it was the right way forward. Other low carbon options, like new nuclear power stations, seemed to make more sense. I am pleased that the Energy Secretary has also reached this conclusion.”

A statement from Gloucester County Council said while it was disappointing that the barrage project had been axed, in the current economic climate it was “totally understandable”. But a spokesman for the RSPB, which was worried about the effect the development would have on bird habitats, said it was pleased to see the barrage proposal “die another death”. “The Severn is one of the tidal energy hotspots of the world and its future has to be one of a more sustainable technology - one that taxpayers, engineers and environmentalists can all celebrate.” The Severn Estuary has the second-largest tidal range in the world with 42ft (12.8m) tides. The feasibility report found it would be difficult to attract private investment and the project represented “high risk”. Mr Huhne did not rule out the possibility of the barrage as a longer term option in the future, if market conditions improved. He said: “The study clearly shows that there is no strategic case at this time for public funding of a scheme to generate energy in the Severn estuary. “Other low carbon options represent a better deal for taxpayers and consumers.



Business Backing For George Osborne’s Spending Cuts

The leaders of 35 of the UK’s biggest companies have expressed their support for the government’s plans for spending cuts running into billions of pounds. The bosses of Marks and Spencer, BT and GlaxoSmithKline are among those to have signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph. They write that it would be a “mistake” for Chancellor George Osborne to water down his programme for reducing the budget deficit. Mr Osborne will announce details of the Spending Review on Wednesday.

The bosses wrote in their letter to the Telegraph that there was no reason to believe Mr Osborne’s approach would undermine any recovery.

signatories also claim.

They said: “Addressing the debt problem in a decisive way will improve business and consumer confidence. “Reducing the deficit more slowly would mean additional borrowing every year, higher national debt, and therefore higher spending on interest payments.” “The private sector should be more than capable of generating additional jobs to replace those lost in the public sector,” the

BBC business editor Robert Peston says that Mr Osborne could not be happier that a group of influential people, such as the 35 business leaders, has at last come out and said they want him to make the deep public spending cuts that he has been promising. However, some people would point out that these bosses may be experts at running businesses but that does not make them experts at how best to manage the economy, our correspondent adds.

BP Sells $1.8bn Assets To Help Pay For Oil Spill Bill

BP is to sell business interests in Vietnam and Venezuela for $1.8bn (£1.1bn) as it raises funds to pay for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

They are being bought by Russia’s TNK-BP, which is half-owned by BP. The sale is part of BP’s commitment to raise up to $30bn by the end of 2011 to help meet financial obligations arising from the spill. BP has already announced plans to sell assets in Egypt, Canada, USA and Colombia for $8.9bn. The total bill for fighting the spill and compensating

divestment target we set out in July”. “These are robust businesses which offer both existing production and potential opportunities for future growth,” he added.

victims currently stands at about $11.2bn (£7bn). Bob Dudley, BP’s new chief executive and the former boss of TNK-BP, said that the deal was “further evidence of the rapid progress BP is making towards the

BP will retain an economic interest in the assets through its stake in TNK-BP. Mikhail Fridman, the chief executive of TNK-BP, said that Russia’s strong relationships with Vietnam and Venezuela would allow the firm to benefit from the transaction.


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Life is not a bed of roses, which I think is quite a good thing – I certainly wouldn’t consider sleeping on a bed made up of roses unless I was clad in Kevlar pyjamas. I think Life in general is more like a bed of cabbage – rather ordinary, with the occasional lumpy bit, but dependable. You know where you are with cabbage, unless you happen to meet a misplaced caterpillar. Inevitably there are bits of the average day that are less pulse-quickening and more cabbagey than others. Take, for instance, cleaning the pool - definitely one of Life’s cabbagey bits! First lift the pump house lid - that’s not too bad - but then there are levers to turn and switches to push, which for some unfathomable reason are all located below ground level in a tiny square that even the resident lizard feels is a little snug for comfort. I emerge, purple in the face from being inverted, and go to unhitch the cleaning brush from its moorings. It is on a pole half a mile long, and getting it out from its resting place without crashing and wrecking both ours and our next door neighbour’s gardens nearly requires the services of a police escort.

Then I have to get the air out of the hose, and attach it to the appropriate hole in the side of the pool. I struggle, the wrong way up, my nose centimetres from the water,

immer sed beyond the elbow, daring anybody to say that my bum looks big in this. After this frenetic activity, the boring bit. Push the pole out, pull the pole back. Move up, repeat. I find at this point that my mind is apt to wander off on its own, and as it doesn’t have a collar with an identity disc bearing my home address, I fear that it might get lost. This morning I kept it occupied with a distraction technique. I kept it counting. 1: push, pull, step sideways. 2: Push, pull, step sideways. 3: etc, etc,. I discovered that our pool requires 136 sideways steps to get all the way round! How cabbagey is that!? This brought to mind the inimitable Trevor, who perfected his basic dance step skills while ironing, something like: Slide left, slide right, lift. Or my friend Janice, who staves off the screaming ab-dabs by co-ordinating the colour of her clothes pegs to the clothes that they are pegged on to. Are we sad, or strange? No, certainly not! We just know that energetic minds, like dogs, need to be kept occupied and have plenty of exercise. Now, where’s that crossword? By Jos Biggs If you would like to share life’s cabbagey bits with Jos email her on

Harvest Moon The skies in this sparsely developed area of Spain are truly a sight of wonder; there seem to be more stars than we ever see in the UK, and they seem bigger and brighter. The same can be said of the Moon, especially the Harvest Moon, or the full Moon closest to the autumn equinox. The Harvest Moon is so called because it rises within a half-hour of sunset. Before the days of the tractor and modern grain dryers, farmers had to work by the light of the Moon to bring in the harvest. Hanging low in the sky, the human eye sees a low hanging Moon as being larger than one that rides high in the sky. This is known as a ‘Moon Illusion’ because, in reality, the Moon is always the same size, but is to do with the seasonal tilt of the earth. The warm copper colour of the Moon shortly after it rises is also an optical illusion. When the Moon is low in the sky, you are looking at it through a greater amount of atmospheric particles than when it is overhead. The atmosphere scatters the bluish component of Moonlight (which is really reflected white light from the sun), but allows the reddish component of the light to travel a straighter path to your eyes. Hence all Moons (and stars and planets) look reddish when they are low in the sky. Since time began the Moon has held a certain mystique. Planting and harvest seasons were determined by the waxing and waning of the Moon, a practice that still survives here in Spain. Ancient civilizations knew they were affected by the Moon and that the earth and seas were also ruled by it. The Harvest Moon marks the end in the Northern Hemisphere of the growing season, and nothing would be planted before the full Moon in May, better know to farmers as the ‘Planting Moon.’ When it falls in September it’s known as the ‘Fruit Moon’ but should it fall in October, it’s called the ‘Hunter’s Moon’; this is because October is the month when large animals, such a deer, are hunted for the winter’s meat supply. If taken before that time, it is said that the meat will taste wild or ‘strong’. All full Moons rise around the time of sunset. In general the Moon rises about 50 minutes later each day as it moves in orbit around Earth. The Harvest Moon and Hunter's Moon are special, because at this season of the year the time difference between Moonrise on successive evenings is shorter than usual. In other words, the Moon rises approximately 30 minutes later, from one night to the next for several evenings around the full Hunter's or Harvest Moons. This means that there is no long period of darkness between sunset and Moonrise around the time of these full Moons. The reason for this is that the ecliptic - or plane of Earth's orbit around the sun - makes a narrow angle with respect to the horizon in the evening in autumn. Throughout the ages all peoples have worshipped the Moon. The Ancient Britons called her Albion, protector of women. The Romans gave her the name Luna, which spilled over into Spain, hence Lunes, the day dedicated to the Moon. Interestingly, most religions give the Moon female gender, and regard it as the partner and complement to the male gendered sun. The third full Moon in a season with four full Moons is called a Blue Moon, though I can’t find out why. Does anyone out there know? If you do, let us know by emailing

Bachelor giraffe in Bristol finally gets a GIRLFRIEND

A lonely giraffe in Bristol has finally found love after a worldwide search for a girlfriend which lasted four years. Genevieve has been introduced to lanky bachelor Gerald following a 1,000 mile (1,609km) journey from Eastern Europe to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall. Keepers at the zoo have been searching for a suitable girlfriend for the 15ft male since he arrived in 2006. Head keeper Chris Wilkinson said that Genevieve was “well worth the wait” and Gerald was “a very lucky giraffe”. The unlucky-in-love giraffe had struck up some unlikely relationships over the years including a “little and large” bond with Eddie the goat. Now seven-year-old Gerald will not have to bend down quite so far as Genevieve stands only a few feet shorter than him at 12ft (3.7m). “I’ve been here since the start, remembering quite clearly our hopes in the early days of keeping giraffes,” added Mr Wilkinson. “We’ve been looking for a suitable female friend for him ever since that day, with lots of setbacks to contend with and some false starts.” Previous potential partners were ruled out because of Blue Tongue regulations and a foot-and-mouth outbreak in South Africa. Staff will now monitor the two giraffes closely and help them adjust to each other slowly as Genevieve gets used to her new surroundings.


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Elderly people who get about by walking are less likely to suffer mental decline or even dementia, a study says.

Brain scans revealed that older people walking between six and nine miles a week appeared to have more brain tissue in key areas. The Pittsburgh University study of 299 people suggested they had less “brain shrinkage”, which is linked to memory problems. The volunteers, who had an average age of 78, were checked for signs of “cognitive impairment” or even dementia. The Pittsburgh team also had access to brain scan results from four years previously which measured the amount of “grey matter” in their brains. This is found at various parts of the brain and is known to diminish in many people as they get older. Each of them had been quizzed in their 60s about the number of city blocks they walked each week as part of their normal routine. The results showed that those who walked at least 72 blocks - six to nine miles - a week had a greater volume of grey matter. Four years after the scans, 40% of the group had measurable cognitive impairment or even dementia. Those who walked the most were half as likely

to have these problems compared with those who walked the least. Dr Kirk Erickson, who led the study, said: “If regular exercise in midlife could improve brain health and improve thinking and memory in later life, it would be one more reason to make regular exercise in people of all ages a public health imperative.” Susanne Sorensen, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said that the study was further evidence that a healthy heart could lead to a healthy brain. She added: “One of the benefits of this research is that it eliminates the impact other socio-economic factors may play and focuses specifically on walking rather than exercise more generally. “Although a link has been found between lack of exercise and brain shrinkage, we need more research to find out why physical activity may affect the brain. “The best way to reduce your risk is to take regular exercise, eat healthily, don’t smoke and get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.”


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using computers, lack of exercise and tiredness are all blamed. Many of us have forgotten what good posture should feel like. “The number of people being told they have bad posture has gone up and so have the ailments that it contributes to, including back pain and headaches,” says Tim Hutchful, a BCA chiropractor. “The same isn’t so in the developing world - if you look at the way we sit, stand and move in the West, it’s a retrograde step.” And we’ve acquired these bad habits as we’ve got older - young children have perfect posture; as they grow up, they often start slouching and stiffening, either because they’re copying someone or because it’s stress-induced, so by the time they enter their teens, twenties and thirties, they can have developed quite significant postural problems. It’s estimated that in any one year up to half the adult population suffers from back pain: maintaining good posture is a major step in preventing it, the BCA believes. Our bodies are designed to be perfectly aligned, with muscles working in harmony and doing their fair share of the work. Poor posture will throw the body out of its correct alignment; the result is that certain muscles become overburdened, while others, such as the stomach muscles, start to weaken through lack of use. This can cause undue stress and strain, especially on the lower back. When we slump, we also tend to tip the neck forwards, which pinches nerves in the upper neck, causing headaches. The good news is, it’s never too late to improve your posture, and there are plenty of ways of going about it. If you work on your posture; you’ll feel and look better, be more confident and more energised and you’ll help prevent the onset of back pain - it will change your life. Chiropractic: A chiropractor can help with posture by giving advice on how to retrain your muscles to work in harmony together and by using muscle stretches and gentle manipulation. The Alexander Technique: The Alexander Technique aims to help people banish bad postural habits and to re-educate them on how to move, sit and stand with natural poise. Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist can teach you how to get your body back into balance, give tips on how to sit, stand, sleep and work and provide exercise advice. Yoga: Yoga can help improve posture by easing tension in the neck, shoulders and back and strengthening the muscles in the back and abdomen, so helping to support the spine. Pilates: To stand correctly requires an enormous amount of deepcore strength. In Pilates, we work on deep-core postural muscles to help achieve this. Just getting out and about will help improve core stability and posture. When going for a walkengage your stomach muscles and walk tall, with your hands interlinked behind your back, in order to help open yourself up and allow you to breathe in large lungfuls of fresh air.

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…it’s actually cranberries! A pretty little fruit, round & red… Containing chemicals which inhibit the activity of E. coli – that dreaded bacteria most often responsible for cystitis and gastric upsets - the chemicals contained in cranberries - condensed tannins or proanthocyanidins – rather cleverly stop the bacteria sticking to mucosal surfaces lining the bladder and gut, thus helping to clear bacteria from the urinary tract - the chemicals may have this effect on other bacteria too. It’s now being recommended as a way to reduce the risk of dental decay and stomach ulcers too! Two glasses of cranberry juice a day can help to prevent urinary infections, especially in people who are more vulnerable, including those who have to use catheters. Another bonus is that it can help reduce problems with the smell of urine for people with permanent catheters. There are several ways in which cranberry juice may help in preventing cystitis. Acidifying the urine prevents the formation of kidney and bladder stones, and one way to do this is to take ascorbic acid or vitamin C supplements. Drinking cranberry juice is a natural way to do this. To get the best effect you need a lot of cranberry, so you need a juice with a high concentration of cranberries. It is also important, when treating cystitis, to drink lots of fluids – ideally water - to help flush out the urinary tract.

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A rare sheet of 10 stamps showing film star Audrey Hepburn smoking has fetched 430,000 euros (£380,000) at a charity auction in Berlin

The German Postal Service printed 14 million of the stamps in 2001 depicting the actress as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But her son refused to grant copyright, saying the image had been altered, and all but a few sheets were destroyed. Her son, Sean Ferrer, agreed to auction a sheet in his possession for charity. Two-thirds of the proceeds from Saturday’s auction will go towards the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund to help educate children in sub-Saharan Africa, while a third will go to Unicef. “I feel wonderful about the fact that something that belonged to her today can bring focus on children in need all over the world,” said Mr Ferrer, who is also chairman of the Hepburn charity. “We are able to turn something around that started off on the wrong foot and make it into something positive that’s going to help a lot of kids around the world.”

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A man with low HDL-cholesterol levels (HDL is the “good” cholesterol; LDL “bad”), of 40mg per decilitre or lower, can have three times greater risk of heart disease. The good news it that it’s easy to do. The key to raising HDL levels with lifestyle changes is to do more than one thing. Here are five strategies for doing just that:

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leg extension and leg press, resting no more than two minutes between sets. Use a weight that’s about 85% of the amount you can lift just once.

4. Go nuts

But make sure you’re nutting out on macadamias, which Australian scientists found could increase HDL levels by 8% (eating 12 to16 nuts a day). Since macadamia nuts contain the highest amount of monounsaturated fat of all nuts, this degree of HDL-raising effect may be unique to them.

5. Fish for white fish

Salmon and other oily fish always get the health credit, but white fish such as cod and haddock is also good. When Canadian researchers compared a diet of white fish with regular consumption of beef and chicken, the fish-eating folks experienced a 26% increase in HDL2, a particularly protective form of HDL.

The stronger your bones are, the stronger your heart. People who took a daily 1,000-mg calcium supplement had a 7% rise in HDL levels, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. Calcium interferes with absorption of fat from the diet and decreases fat mass in the body, both of which may help raise HDL.

3. Do those squats


On being interviewed a sprightly New Yorker said he was numerically 84 but biologically 64. In fact he had a vitality and appearance that many 64-year olds would envy. This begs the question; is healthy longevity luck, genes, or something we ourselves can take responsibility for? Obviously the first two have a bearing and there’s little we can do about it. The third we do have control over. The importance of thinking ‘age neutral’ is essential. I have listened to many conversations in which the only subject is the past; the future doesn’t get a look in. It is no coincidence that such people look older than their DOB suggests. I also know many people in the mid-seventies; even their eighties who rarely talk of the past. They are too busy planning for the years ahead. Not surprisingly they tend to look younger than their years. Such men and women are eternally ageless; the forever teenagers. It glows from their faces; they rarely look back except to laugh at themselves. One does not have to be a celebrity to grow young disgracefully. It isn’t money but time we need to spend on keeping physically and mentally fit; it will add years to our lives. The young at heart are happy in their skin. If infirmity prevents one activity then they think of one less physical to take its place. Because the legs no longer work as well as they used to doesn’t mean the mind has to pull the support stockings on. In our early twenties we prefer sport to watching the Magic Roundabout: When in our fifties or older do we really want to play football when there are more interesting less physical challenges to take care of? Adapt to live well. Age is merely an attitude. Think young and you will live many years longer. Enjoy every day of your life as no-one ever gets out of it alive.



When Ohio University researchers studied the impact of weight training on older men, they discovered that the men who did lower-body work – squats, leg extensions, leg presses – twice a week for 16 weeks, raised their HDL levels by 19%. Do three sets of six to eight reps of the half squat,

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Man Builds 70mph Mobility Scooter A Lincolnshire plumber has built the fastest

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A pair of kung fu sisters have given traditional dating the chop - to hold a challenge tournament where only the mobility scooter in the world - which whizzes survivors will get the chance to date them. along at an incredible 69mph. Marital arts experts Xiao Lin, 22, and little Colin Furze, 31, spent nearly three months sister Yin, 21, are to stage a three day fighting converting the machine which has a powerful festival in Foushan, south east China, where 125cc motorbike engine hidden under the only the toughest suitors stand a chance of seat, five gears and twin exhausts. getting through. The petrol-powered super scooter, which First contestants must show off their is British racing green, can almost reach the archery skills, then they must carry a heavy national speed limit and keep up with cars on weight over sharpened bamboo spears, the motorway. and finally they have to defeat one of the It does 10 miles to the gallon and is nearly sisters in full contact combat. nine times faster than an average mobility Only then will contestants earn the right scooter which glides along at just 8mph. to remove the girls’ masks and propose to “It is quite scary when I’m driving it fast as them. the frame is pretty flimsy and designed for going along at slow speeds,” said Colin, from Stamford. “You can’t take your eyes off the road when driving it as any rash steering decisions could make it flip over and the slightest dip or bump in the road makes it drift off course.” Colin decided to transform the scooter after he was given the machine by a friend.

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“They can chose open hand or any weapon they wish but we won’t be holding back. If they can’t beat us they aren’t worthy,” explained Lin. “We tried dating agencies but the men we met were all too weak. We could beat them easily,” said Yin.

“So we went back to ancient ways called Bi Wu Zhao Qin - which was the way warrior princesses would find their men.” But so far, only a trickle of brave contestants has come forward. “I’m a very good martial artist - but I think I’d want to see them with the masks off before I decided whether I wanted to fight for them,” said one doubtful suitor.

An Australian woman who adopted an orphaned baby kangaroo says he’s He was determined to build the fastest developing some very human traits.

mobility scooter in the world and applied to Julianna Bradley says Beemer loves Guinness to set the record as there wasn’t Vegemite on toast, drinking cider, playing one already in place.

He was told his scooter would have to football and watching television. travel at least 61.4mph and still look like a Ms Bradley, of Glendambo, South commercial mobility scooter. Australia, says his favourite television “You hear lots of people complain programme - naturally - is Skippy. about scooters going really slowly around “He just stands there and watches it. He supermarkets and blocking the aisles so I relates to it, he loves the theme music and thought it would be a laugh to make a really dances to it,” she said. fast one,” he said.

She became Beemer’s adopted mum 18 months ago when he was rescued from his mother’s pouch after she was killed by a motorcycle.

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“You’re getting paranoid, that’s what you’re getting, there’s noone on our tail” My companion and myself had made our way to Catral, to search for an aerodrome. Not any old airfield you understand, but one, if my “Mole” in the corridors of power in the Emerald Isle is to be believed, that may give financial shivers to the board members of Murcia’s Terminals, both existing and new, and to their competitors, just up the road in Alicante.

I thought it best to ask the locals, if such an airfield existed, and if so, directions to same. Placing and order for coffee, I explained my quest, in passable Spanish, along with putting both arms out at right angles, and, to the amusement of a couple farmers, a postman, and a scruffy looking dog, running up and down the bar, making, as best I could, the noise of a jet engine! “ Campo de aviacio’n, si!”. At this, the postman trotted up the bar, arms in similar fashion to my own, and exited the bar, motioning me to follow! Once outside, he pointed with his starboard wing tip, sorry, right hand, up the road, and to turn left after the cemetery. My companion now joined me at the road side. “That chap in the corner of the bar, the one with the shamrock in his lapel, well, he’s on his mobile, and still watching you through the window” “ Watching too many late night spy films, that’s your problem” I replied. We were soon on the outskirts of Catral, and just before the gates

to the cemetery, a rutted track came into view. Turning left, we were into the campo, running between endless bamboo plantations and irrigation ditches. After about 2 miles of rutted track, we both spotted it: A windsock! seen better days, I would agree, but a windsock, nevertheless. Parked, just inside an old gateway, were three dark saloons, with smoked windows. Being worked on in the field, were two black, one man helicopters. “Probably equipped with laser guided missiles, time we weren’t here”, exclaimed my agitated partner. I managed to take a few furtive photographs, before we made back up the track, to the main road, and the relative safety of Catral. The reason for my journey to Catral, and into it’s shrouded campo? It’s down to wanting to do your own thing! Not me, you understand, but Michael O’Leary and Ryanair. Falling out with the tourist arm of the Murcian government, because they were not prepared to pay his airline 12 Euro per passenger, as a thank you Michael, for bringing in some visitors, and aware that the same problem will happen at the new airport, it is alleged, that Ryanair are looking to build their own airport at Catral. If Mr.O’Leary has his way, and he usually does, it could soon be farewell to Alicante and Murcia, and welcome to Catral International Airport! “I think that postman was a double agent, and did your coffee taste peculiar?”----”Please, just navigate, will you?”

By robert barnes

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There is general common sense – and then there is Spanish common sense! Let me give you a couple of examples. (1) You have a company – the World is in the middle of an economic crisis – sales are decreasing – the competition is trying to nibble in to your client base – the service, you provide, is in need of attention in order to maintain the clients’ confidence - you have an employee, who has experience, knowledge of the market, and enjoys the trust of your clients and business co-operators; but who costs more than the current market can support. What do you do? If you apply general common sense you would keep the employee, but channel his/her efforts into maintaining your market share and improving services, while riding out the crisis. Applying Spanish common sense you would make the employee redundant and put a cheaper, inexperienced employee in charge, whom you can then blame for the loss of market share (which you inevitably will experience). (2) You have the concession for construction of a motorway and subsequently running it as a tollroad – the land was cheap, as it is in a poor area – the budget was made on the basis of traffic on a free, winding mountain road and an influx of “rich” foreigners – locals do not have the money, to pay the toll – due to the crisis the “rich” foreigners leave, the remaining have less money to spend, and no “new” ones arrive. What do you do? Applying general common sense, you put the toll down to attract more costumers. Applying Spanish common sense, you put the toll up by more than 100% and appeal to the government for subsidies. None of these examples are figments of my imagination – they are real life examples! Yippee! Paramount is coming to Murcia with roller-coasters, games, bumper cars, carousels, and more! As if we haven’t had plenty of roller-coast excitement leading up to this decision – totally free!!! At this moment the only question is where – Fuente Álamo or Condado de Alhama. More Yippee for the benefit of employment: The Corvera Airport is on the way – securely on the way. So, how can we put obstacles in the way on these two – very beneficial – projects for our region? Do not worry – the Spanish have already thought about that! For the airport, the official, authorised management company of all airports in Spain – AENA – has denied to manage the Corvera Airport, and seem to try to further San Javier Airport, which they are managing. With the fall in passengers into Murcia, two major airlines have stopped flights into San Javier Airport, and it remains to be seen, whether it will be possible to persuade them to re-instate their service, when the new airport is completed. Details of obstacles for the Paramount project have still not to emerge – but knowing how Spanish politics work, obstacles will start to submerge. Watch this space! Here we do not believe in an comfortable ride!! Did you watch the football match between Scotland and Spain last week? Well, Spain won – but only by 1 goal. That was really good football; a true sports event, with the emphasis on sport. As we in our household are a mixture of Danish and Scottish, with residence in Spain for around 20 years, it was just great to watch. Previously the “Tartan Army” never seemed to be in contact, and had a problem finding each other on the pitch. Before the game last week, they must have had a wee blether – something like: McManus, when you have the ball, try to kick it over to Naismith, who then should try to kick it into the Spanish goal!!!!!!!

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

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Spanish property sales soared almost 30 percent in August on a 12-month basis, official data showed Wednesday, a positive sign for the economy which was badly hit by the collapse of the market in 2008. There were 43,817 property transactions during the month, almost the same as in July but up 29.6 percent from August 2009.

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Dollar Continues Slide Market Commentary 15th October 2010 As some of you will have noticed, markets in general and the FX markets specifically love to have a dominant theme. Earlier in the year, Euro zone sovereign debt and the solvency of several nations hogged the headlines for months, the spotlight then moved to the general election in the UK and how Sterling was doomed if we had a hung parliament. The US Dollar is currently smack bang in the middle of the circus and is looking at a third consecutive week of decline across the board unless we get a major move this afternoon on the back of the release of a bucket load of US economic data including retail sales, CPI and the University of Michigan confidence figures. As we all know, the prospect of another round of Quantative Easing from the Fed is the reason for the Dollars sharp decline over the past few weeks and it is this move that is revealing the next theme that will dominate for the foreseeable future. Currency intervention by every man (country) and his dog (central bank) seems to be on the cards, whether this takes the form of actual intervention in the market (Japan), not raising interest rates when you should (South Korea), slapping import tariffs on your competitor’s goods (possibly the US) or declaring that a rising currency means financial war (Brazil), we are currently entering unchartered waters in an

environment in the FX markets last seen in the 1930’s. The Yen continues to gain against the Dollar as the game of chicken between traders and the Bank of Japan continues. 82 was the previous intervention level and we now trade at 81.21, overnight we saw more posturing by Japanese officials about direct intervention but no concrete action as of yet. It is unlikely they will now intervene today, they usually choose the calmer Asian session for maximum impact, but it is worth monitoring closely for Yen buyers from both USD and GBP. A large amount of Eurozone data has just been released and summarily ignored by the markets as there was little divergence from forecasts. The key Eurozone CPI figure remained at 1.8% year-on-year and seems to back up ECB comments earlier in the week that further asset purchases will not be necessary The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information . Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email


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We are gradually approaching the end of the year and soon people will start the rush of Christmas shopping, etc. Thankfully in this part of Spain most people find that there is less frenzy among shoppers perhaps than in major cities. Let’s hope that we have a good number of visitors escaping the big cities in search of tranquility and guaranteed sunshine even during Xmas! No doubt some of them will inevitably fall in love with the place and in no uncertain terms will notice the still vast numbers of well priced properties available on the market. Despite all the talk about economic uncertainty in general which is still portrayed by so many, the reality on the ground is that more and more people with means are realizing what a great opportunity the current time poses to those interested in investing their money in property here. This trend does not surprise me at all. Anybody with vision cannot fail to realize what a good time it is to buy their bolt hole apartment or dream villa in this enchanted part of Spain which provides guaranteed sunshine and mild weather nearly all year round! Our continued optimism is backed not only by national statistics showing a steady increase in the number of property sales if compared to the same period last year but most importantly in our own statistics as well. We are also finding that despite the weak sterling the British are coming out of the woods. Yes, this latest development is very good news as the British are no doubt very important players in the property market here. I am in no doubt that the British will very soon join the many Spanish and other affluent EMU citizens that are currently topping the list of nationalities purchasing in Spain. This is important news for such a vital industry in this part of the country. This upward trend suggests that the property market is either nearing or has finally reached its equilibrium price. Obviously, every potential property purchaser or investor will need to analyze their particular situation and decide for themselves when is the right time to make a move but as an expert in the property market in this part of Spain all I can say is that although there will always be opportunities in any given market, very soon opportunities such as the one highlighted below will be hard to find. The bottom line for me really is that bricks and mortar will always be a good long-term investment. What other investments are there where you can put your money down, enjoy it with friends and family, perhaps also rent it short-term to help the running costs, and have the possibility

of selling it later at profit? Not many I would thought! This month we are highlighting a very nice 4-bed / 2 bath apartment in Garrucha, conveniently located at walking distance from all amenities and with good connections to the motorway and surrounding areas. The built area covers 112 meters square and it benefits from a communal roof terrace. This apartment has just been significantly reduced to 110,000 Euros. Full details and pictures are available on the Veritas Homes’ website under ref. 1330. If this property or any other on our portfolio attracts your interest, do not leave it for tomorrow, make it a priority and call us today to arrange a viewing appointment!

At Veritas Homes we are getting more enquiries and viewings and therefore we have a real need for more well priced properties of all types, especially in Mojácar Playa. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate is great and at Veritas Homes we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen. Those wanting to discuss about any of the issues raised in this article please pop into our new office on the Paseo del Mediterráneo, 197 – Local 7 (by the roundabout opposite the Cueva del Lobo Riding Horse Stables. All our other contact details remain the same. Or simply e-mail André at: By André dos Santos

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MOJACAR BEACH • Light and airy apartment close to beach • 2 double bedrooms, 1 complete bathroom • Good size Terrace, fully fitted kitchen + white goods • with a communal large pool and garden • Easy parking next to the property, comes furnished • 1 minute walk to all amenities bars & restaurants • Price before reduction was 150.000€

la conception • Delightful detached villa in rural location • 118m built set on a 1,700m plot with views • There is a spacious living dining area • 3 double bedrooms, 2 fully bathrooms • comes with dip pool, fully A/C (hot & cold) • Totally gated & fenced, panoramic country views • Gated parking for 4 cars, fully legal 100%.

bargain €144,950

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• 3 detached county properties total built 320m • On flat plot of 3.000M with very nice views • Total 8 double bedrooms & 3 bathrooms • space for a large pool if required • Full title deeds for the 3 houses & the land • 5 minutes drive to the centre of Antas • Mains water & electric connected • Telephone line and internet available • Need some work to be done, hence price

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mojacar village • Plot of beautiful rustic land of 2,800M • With 20m built, fenced & gated around • Easy access & within 3 minutes to beach • Plotted with olive trees all around the plot • Water connection and electric by the land. • Suitable for Mobile home or a caravan • Beautiful mountains & village view 360

price now €79,995

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cuevas • 3 beds, 2 baths extra large apartment, • 110m built approximately plus a terrace • Good size lounge/diner with country views • Fully fitted large kitchen, marble top & larder • Sold fully furnished & equipped as seen • Private secure underground parking

PRICE €52.000


price now €99.950

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mojacar • Luxury large Penthouse of 50M • 1 double bedroom & 1 bathroom • Terrace of 39m with sea & mountain views • fully-fitted kitchen with all white goods • Sold fully furnished & fully A/C • private locked garage of 18M • 2 pools, south facing and sunny

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• Few years old immaculate large villa • Set in marina golf with fantastic views • Large lounge with working fireplace • 4 double beds, 3 baths (2 en-suite). • Outside front porch & large terrace • Underground large build + garage • Price before reduction 575.000€

• Ruin of 150m in need of total reform

• 2 large villas of 250m construction • Set on a flat 30.000m plot with views • Large pool with tiled sun bathing area • pool bar with seating area around • Total of 7 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms • 10 minutes drive to all amenities. • Reduced from 490,000€ before

PRICE €270.000

• Set on a plot of flat land 5,000m • Set in the most magnificent rural location • Electricity and mains water by the house • The property comes with full title deeds • Totally gated and fenced entry


mojacar beach • First line beach, near the commercial centre • Large immaculate townhouse on 2 floors • 3 double bedrooms & 3 bathrooms • Luxury fitted lounge with open fireplace • Large roof terrace with fabulous sea views • Various terraces with nice views around. • Beautiful communal pool and gardens • Full A/C (hot and cold) installed all house • Walking distance to all amenities

price €275.000

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price €111.000

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PRICE €349.000

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• 2 double beds, 2 baths apartments of 80m build

• Detached villa of 202m set in 1,200m

• Andalusian style & Mediterranean- designed • It comes with wide private terraces • Private parking space & communal pool • Built in wardrobes, and American style kitchen • Most of them with nice sea views, garden or terrace

price €690.000

Ref: 014

• 4 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, • with private pool ornamental and fruit trees • Only 500m to the sea front and all amenities, • Many patios, sunroof, with sea and mountain views • Reduced for quick sale from 500,000€

price €145.000

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• Beautiful new large apartment of 90m • 2 double bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms • Good size Terrace over looking pool • with a communal large pool and garden • Fitted kitchen and wash room • Walking to amenities & 5 minutes to beach • Fitted wardrobe and Lift in the complex

• Detached villa of 140m set in 350m plot

• Detached villa of 232m set in 6,000m plot

• 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms,

• 4 double bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms

• in a quiet location with nice sea views

• with private covered pool and fruit trees

• Private parking space, various terraces

• 3 separate 2 beds apartments with private access

• Need little modernization or TLC

• 5 private locked garages and store area

• Reduced for quick sale from 395,000€

• Reduced for quick sale from 900,000€

• Luxury 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Apartment • Sun terrace of 39m with fantastic sea view • Sold fully furnished & equipped • Private locked garage of 18m • kitchen fully fitted with white goods • Air-con (hot & cold) all property • Beautiful 2 communal pools & garden • Price before reduction 199.000€



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Asking prices up 3% in October, say Rightmove

Property website, Rightmove, has reported a rise in asking prices in October – after three months of falls. According to Rightmove, asking prices for residential property in England and Wales rose 3% and the group attributed the rise to vendors refusing to adjust to new market conditions. Rightmove warned sellers that increasing their asking prices is not the way forward in the current market of a high level instructions on the market but a shortage of buyers. Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s commercial director, comments: “Given the challenges of the current market, the behaviour of sellers in raising their average

asking prices by over £7,000 takes some explaining.” Meanwhile, the latest rise takes the average price of a home listed on Rightmove to is £236,849, up from £229,767. However, Rightmove echoes other reports which suggest housing market activity will slow due to uncertainty surrounding the economy, as the Government unveils its Comprehensive Spending Review later this week. Meanwhile, Rightmove said estate agents now had an average of 78 properties on their books – with approximately 11% more properties going on the market each week compared with the same month a year ago.



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Autumn is the mellow season, all the hectic flowering and reproductive activity of the summer is over. Seed-heads and berries look their best; and the changing colour of leaves signals the beginning of the end of the growing season. For the gardener, this is the time to start putting the garden to bed.

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Remove plant debris and diseased leaves from flowers and vegetable patches. Dig up the annuals - plants that last only a season and put them on the compost heap. Flowering perennials - plants that spring up year after year from their roots - should be cut back. Remove yellowing or dead leaves or flowers before rot develops and remove any weeds hidden under the plant foliage.

This is a good time of year to plant spring bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, and new perennials - the soil is still warm but moisture levels are increasing. There is still time for plants to establish themselves before the real cold sets in. This is also a good time of year to plant or move shrubs and trees to allow them to anchor down before the growing season. Reflect on what was and was not successful in this year’s planting scheme so that you can adapt your plans for next year.

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the world’s science academies, said that some assertions about the likelihood of severe impacts were based on little research. “Authors reported high confidence in statements for which there is little evidence, such as the widely-quoted statement that agricultural yields in Africa might decline by up to 50 percent by 2020,” it noted. The IAC recommended that the next assessment must deal much more carefully and consistently with uncertainties - and Chris Field, co-chair of the IPCC working group on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, indicated the message had been taken on board. “The fact of the matter is that climate change impacts are very poorly known,” he commented. “We only have mature scientific studies for a small number of topics and a small number of places, so we need to recognise that and figure out how, in an environment where the information is limited, we can still provide valuable information.

Providing information that policymakers can use is key to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as work begins on its next global assessment. The report, known as AR5, will focus on factors that materially affect people’s lives, such as the Asian monsoon.

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It will also look at what aspects of climate change might be irreversible.

They indicated that procedures used in compiling AR5 will reflect some criticisms made in the wake of errors uncovered in its previous assessment, in 2007.

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Otters back from the brink of extinction

The otter has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, the Environment Agency has said. Otters almost disappeared from England in the 1970s after pesticides routinely used three decades ago brought their numbers to near extinction levels. Now many of those chemicals have been banned and the creatures are present once again in rivers across England. In many watercourses in the south-west and along the River Wye otter numbers are at maximum capacity. Their numbers are being limited not by pollution but their own territorial behaviour. That recovery is rapidly being matched elsewhere, and otters are now found in every English county except Kent. There are also healthy populations in

Northumbria, Cumbria, Wessex and the Upper Severn. It is a remarkable tale of survival that is encouraging news for conservationists. Paul Raven, head of conservation and ecology at the Environment Agency, said: “The otter is at the top of the food chain, and as such is an important indicator of the health of English rivers. “The recovery of otters from nearextinction shows how far we’ve come in controlling pollution and improving water quality.” The agency predicts the species will fully recover in numbers across England in less than 20 years.

“What I expect us to do is to use the uncertainty guidance very carefully so we can avoid problems where we seem to be asserting more confidence than the data will allow; but also provide value to a discussion where the confidence isn’t necessarily very high. “After all, most people spend their lives making decisions under uncertainty, and that’s what dealing effectively with climate change demands - the same kind of decisions you make when you decide to buckle your seatbelt, or buy insurance for your house or invest in the financial markets.”

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I thought you might like to know this funny story: “ An angry wife set fire to her husband’s speedboat because she was jealous that he liked watching Jennifer Lopez’s movies.” Sad? This film didn’t ignite any passions or fury but it was watchable. The film is another one of those romantic-comedies, a bit contrived at times and predictable but good allround family entertainment. J.Lo plays J.Lo. No acting. I do like her singing and dancing but she is not a great actress. Sorry guys. However, I did like Alex O’Loughlin as Stan, a gorgeous hunk of a guy, hot on Zoe. When advertising the trailer, CBS Films start off by reminding us of what happens when boy meets girl! You fall in love. Get married. Then have a baby. Considering how times have changed in the C20 and C21 the order has changed… The movie reflects this. They also talk about exploring issues of courtship, love, marriage and family which most romantic comedies do but deliberately in reverse order to create a few more challenges. Zoe wants a baby but doesn’t have a partner so she goes along to a sperm bank to be artificially inseminated, having been told that she might have to go back a few times before it works. She leaves the hospital in a state of euphoria and even the pouring rain outside doesn’t dampen her mood.

S h e calls for a taxi and climbs in to find that Stan had the same idea. They argue and both get out of the taxi at the same time as the taxi pulls away, empty. We see a shot of Stan watching this feisty woman walking away and you can see straight away how smitten he is. The rest is history. One funny thing was bound to happen. Yes you’ve guessed it, Zoe becomes pregnant the first time with twins and after a lot of soul-searching Alex decides he loves Zoe enough to take on someone else’s twins also. What a gem. A proposal comes finally at the end when we see Zoe throwing up leaving us with the impression that baby number three is on the way but this time it is Stan’s baby. I leave the rest up to you. Happy viewing.

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Waissel X Factor’s Matt Cardle has reportedly accused fellow finalist Katie in bed found been had they that claimed er newspap a of making up lies, after together. s of the The News of the World claimed that that the pair were caught by member g to The Sun, security team when a kissing game went too far. However, accordin Matt was furious when he read the report. up. I could He apparently yelled at her: “Stop stitching me up. Stop making stuff never sleep with you.” The pair are said to have only shared a bed in his room to watch a DVD. it looks like “What do you think you’re doing? We were only watching TV - now we’re an item,” he told the 24-year-old. right “I’ve just come out of a relationship and I’m not about to get into another this stuff up. now. Especially not with you. You’re not my type. Stop making ” You’ve humiliated me and you won’t have done yourself any favours. her look A source at the ITV show added: “Getting close to Matt can make up.” stuff making around go can’t you But him. popular. Everyone loves They claimed that Katie spent the rest of the day in tears, ignored by the other finalists. “She’s had tears down her cheeks, going on about how she’s a really bad person. She’s not a bad person, she’s just desperate to win. Everyone does stupid things now and again.”


Steven Spielberg will produce a movie about the Bee Gees, according to The Mail on Sunday. Robin Gibb, who performed in the group with his twin Maurice and their older brother Barry, said that some “very important people” are steering the proposed Bee Gees film. “It will be our life story. Barry and I will be involved in the technical side,” he said, adding: “I’d like our original recordings to be used because it’s very hard to emulate them.” The Bee Gees formed in 1958 and went on to sell more than 200 million records worldwide. They famously provided the soundtrack to John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever, which included hits such as ‘Stayin’ AliVe’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, ‘Night Fever’ and ‘More Than A Woman’. Following Maurice’s death in 2003, the surviving Bee Gees decided to retire the group name. However, they announced last year that they were reforming.


Arlene Phillips has claimed that Pamela Stephenson’s Strictly Come Dancingperformances are making her miss the show. The former judge said that watching Stephenson’s rumba routine on Saturday was the first time that she had wished she was back on the panel. Sexologist Stephenson, 60, topped the leaderboard at the weekend with 35 points for her rumba with James Jordan. Phillips told The Sun: “It was one of the sexiest things I’ve seen on TV, but beautifully so. It’s the first time I have actually thought , ‘If only I could see this live before my eyes’. It was sensational. “It was beautifully managed. She would lead James on, then he would lead her on. There was wonderful storytelling and a wonderful relationship.” Strictly continues next Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.

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Background noise affects taste of foods The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found.

Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland - a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to heavily season their foods.

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James, who works at Hotel Bristol in Newquay, Cornwall, said: ‘I was at work one morning busy cracking eggs and making breakfast as usual.

anything like it either.’


A chef made a cracking discovery when he saved a perfectly round egg from the frying pan. Shell-shocked James Church, 27, was cooking the usual morning fry-up when he found the unique ball-shaped egg.

Cod, Haddock, hips Rock, Hake, & C




specials lunch time & ps, mushy peas fish, chi tea or coffee

W ith this voucher

Mon: 12-3 Tues-fri: 12-3 & 6-10 sat: 6-10

tel: 666 032 776



Royal British Legion.............

Brian Dee was on hand this year to entertain and entertain he did much to the appreciation and delight of the members and their guests at the latest ROYAL BRITISH LEGION ANNUAL POPPY DINNER DANCE. The Mojacar Branch of the Legion held this year’s dinner dance at the Hotel Continental who provided all those present with a splendid dinner. Everyone present, the gentlemen in their DJs and the ladies in their lovely gowns danced the night away before retiring for the night. The tombola provided much light hearted banter. The Committee were as grateful as ever to those very generous sponsors and those who provided prizes. Although a very good time was had by all there did not appear to be too many sore heads at breakfast the following morning

Jordan Happy 15th Birthday Son Love Mom & Dad xxx

Happy 15th Birthday Jordan Love Vicki, Tommy & Nephew Lucas xxx


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


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your events, announcements & letters

Your Local Abandoned Dog Centre Needs Help................

The charity now requires your help. The foundation requires metal feeding bowls, collars and leads of all sizes as well as any dog toys that you may be able to spare to help make the lives of these poor forgotten animals a little more bearable. Also, in anticipation of the forthcoming winter months, blankets and bedding, as well as towels and sheets would be gratefully received to help keep the dogs warm and dry during the ‘rainy season’. The foundation also requires volunteers to assist in the bathing, grooming and walking and socializing of the dogs at the centre. Also, any volunteers who may be able to help with the ever increasing amount of paperwork associated with the running of such an organisation. If anybody feels that they can help with any of these items please contact The Dog House Foundation, via its website, email or by telephoning the number below. Anybody interested in visiting the centre, can contact us to arrange a visit. Here, you will be able to see the facilities available at the centre, as well as find out a bit more about the work we are doing and plans for the future. To contact The Dog House Foundation, please visit: Email: Tel: 626 766 073

Carers Support Meeting....


Masco Square, Parque Comercial, Mojacar, 25th October 2010 - 3pm to 5pm To support all the carers living in and around the local area. All medical illness covered from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cancer & many more...Come along for support and a chat with people in the same situation & Almeria Angels Clinical Director.


Abandoned in El Cucador some weeks ago, Toby needs a permanent loving home. Sweet natured & house trained, Toby is a small, long haired blonde boy, only weighing 7kg. If you can find a place in your heart and your home please call 950 523 969 and speak to Margaret or Nina

children’s colouring competition Sol Times and Subway are working together this Halloween to provide your ‘little monsters’ with an opportunity to win a family meal for four! Simply colour in ‘Subman’ on his way to a trick or treat party and take your entry (with completed

entry form) to Subway in Mojacar. All entries will be judged and the winners will be announced in the paper that is out on Wednesday 3rd November!!! Last date for entries Sunday 31st October….

Good Luck!

There are 3 categories: 0 - 4 years 5 - 8 years 9 - 12 years

Each catergory wins a

FAMILY 6” MEAL DEAL FOR 4 Closing Date 31st October

Colouring Contest Entry Form Name: .................................................................................. Address: .............................................................................. Town: ................................................................................... Phone: ................................................................................. Age: .....................................................................................


What’s On

your events, announcements & letters Beds, Bedding & Blankets... Puppy Rescue.......................... APSA, the animal charity of the Almanzora valley, is in desperate need of dogs´ beds, old bedding and blankets to keep their many homeless dogs warm over the coming months. Please, as you are getting out your winter bedding, look for any items you can donate that are clean but that you no longer need. Take them to the APSA shop (open 10-2) in Calle Ancha, opposite San Francisco Square in Albox or ring Di 663 762 642 www. Thankyou, your old blankets and bedding will be gratefully received, APSA has over 100 dogs in their care.

desperately need dog walkers to help exercise the many dogs in their care. Please consider giving up just an hour or two once a week to walk with one of their abandoned puppies and dogs. Lifts can be arranged and you can enjoy a brisk stroll with others and keep fit while helping a needy animal. If you would like other details please ring Chris on 600 287 726 - she will be so grateful

Girasol Gymnastics Club...

On Saturday 23rd October, Girasol Gymnastics Club will be vaulting for 20 minutes to raise money for some new equipment. The Gymnasts are now w o r k i n g towards a higher level and we will be requiring more mats to do so, but the cost of mats is crazy! It was one of little gymnasts idea to “do something, a fundraising event” and with that idea I decided on the vaulting. The plan is when we have more mats, we can then start supporting other charity and fund raising events, plus it’s a chance for the gymnasts to show what they are capable of. I, like many others believe that sport is important to children not only physically but also mentally! I have been approaching companies asking to either sponsor a gymnast on the amount of vaults they complete, or sponsor the total amount of vaults completed by all the gymnasts or just a one off donation. The response so far has been amazing, unfortunately we still have a long way to go. If anyone would like to help this cause, then please feel free to pop into Girasol, Calle Malaga in Albox – or email me on ANY contribution would be gratefully received! Stacey Smith


Poppy Appeal...........................

The Poppy Appeal campaign for 2010 has begun and it was started with the Chairman of The Mojacar Branch of The Royal British Legion, Rita Sneddon, presenting Peter Von Pahlen with a Certificate signed by Nick Buckley the UK Poppy Appeal Organiser to mark the very valued efforts Peter has achieved over the past five years in collecting for the Poppy Appeal. Peter said he feels the time he spends collecting donations for the Appeal is his way of helping with the welfare of ex-service men and women and it is at this Re m e m b r a n c e period when the Poppy is evident , we ask you to give generously.

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Special snack menu available tues + Wed

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New Location, New Look, New Stock


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P i t ch O n l y 2 € NOW moved to the cool shaded area OF THE restaurant car park


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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



Tel : 950 120 606

The Kimrick 

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

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

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


with Arribba Arriba Saturday 13th November ‘ with last set a tribute to ABBA ’ & every 2nd Saturday in month thereafter! menu del dia 12€ kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres



mojacar playa

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:


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for sale 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 Mini mac apple computer osx hardly used offers 275€ Tel: 667 850 274 3 oil filled electric radiators, different sizes. Good working order. 30€ - 50€ Tel: 950 477 299 / 676 763 126 Q u a l i t y exercise bike. Used 3 times, as new, fresh leg injury prevents use. Cost 120€ sell 50€ Tel 697 580 971 Golf club set male right hand. Golf club set female right hand (short or suit youngster) M a t c h i n g fitliest carts, very little use health forces sale 75€ per set or both for 130€ Tel 697 580 971 Frame Walking Aid. C/W Seat & Wheels. Foldable. 8 weeks old. As new cost 65€. Sell 45€. Tel: 697 580 971 Commercial Dough Mixer. Bread or Pizza. 2 years old. As new cost 1280€. Sell 400€. Tel: 697 580 971 Portable Air Conditioner, very powerful. V a r y i n g temperatures and timer controls. On roller feet. Hardly used. As new. Cost £250. Would accept 100 euros.950 069 538. (Los Gallardos) Tumble Dryer, hardly used. Owner returning to U.K. Usual settings etc... 60 euros for quick sale. 950 069 538. (Los Gallardos) Cast iron fire insert,with 2 metre chimney lining and cowl. 66 cm

wdth x 55 cm hight x 40 cm deep with glass door. good condition. Reasonable offers accepted tel : 699 727 138 buyer collects 2 single beds literally brand new 40€ each buyer collects 637 270 594 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 Petrol chainsaw new 150€ Tel: 950 529 225

Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email: Pure sine wave nverter brand new in box cost £300 bargain 100 euros 619744516 Solar panels new 150 euro 619744516 Pair of “Win Top” Brown (Marron) walking boots.Size 11 (45) Worn only once. Still in box. 25 euros.Tel: 950 069 538 or 637 296 824.Los Gallardos. Deluxe Flight Protector Bag for Golf Clubs. Padded Hood. Ample Pockets.As new - 20 euros.TEl: 950 069 538 or 637 296 824. Gas fire open flame De Longhi 60€ Tel: 950 132 559 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 690 366 070 Man & large van, very cheap rates tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590 Hilton Cattery,

the best care for your cat. Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590 Philips Advent Steam electric steriliser, excellent condition, 35e 690 366 070

SERVICES Accountancy SR 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

business for sale



cleaning pools


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

Internal & External Blinds


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

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

for hire


Airport services

Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

Air p ort services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel Charlie on: 677 667 722

Tel: 627 907 207 Email:


alternative energy


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

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 & heating sales@ services. If it involves water, we can help! www. builders 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 Wed Neil Bates 20th 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



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


patios, terraces & enclosures Re - advertised due to timewasters

Complete pool maintenance, professional reliable service

Ring Alan

on: 600 268 176 or 950 450 347

30 years experience Free, friendly advice and quotations

WEEKLY POOL CLEAN (inc all chemicals)

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

Everything for the visiting baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 Rainbow Rentals ELECTRIC Cycles Professional Baby Offer: only €5 per day! Delivery from San Juan to Mojacar. Helmet & security Chain Included.

Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

608 719 015 Pedal without puff

Tel: 649 332 134


Call: 689 200 671

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. Tel: 950 336 626

craft / hobby Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol, Mazarron & Huercal Overa. Call: 667 273 889 elaineswools@

to advertise IN cLASSIFIED SECTION TELephone 950 430 820 sales@ soltimes. com

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


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


Tel: 646 587 746 E:

A d v a n c e d Digital PC Solutions 616 506 569 info@ advanceddigital. info

digger for hire Mini

Digger &


Over 30 years experience. anything considered, driving, painting, property repairs, etc Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729

horse riding

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

heating C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962

Driver for hire Tel: Rancho Luz Del healthy and 610 345 725 Sol, Retamar, beauty Partaloa. One to one dress LIPSTICKS or group lessons, making latest EN standard JUST 1.50€!!! B e s p o k e hats Choose from 12 provided. c u r t a i n s , fashionable shades. Escorted hacking alterations, Available from your repairs, gazebo and treks. Qualified Av o n representative covers & mosquito BHS Instructor. Call nets. Tel: 649 Erika Drew on 678 CLAIRE 691 987 454 503 875 838 547


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

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Call Paulette: 950 430 820 or email: house clearance

House Clearance And we mean total!

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

Best prices paid

We want all of your unwanted items!

All areas covered

Just call Mr Cash Man

on: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545

Capital Clearance Need cash?

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

Tel: 689 023 602 Preowned items for sale


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

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

If so – call us on 686 140 034

For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered


We will buy, exchange or sell your unwanted items at Mercamundo 7 day indoor market visit us at El Real poligono Antas from 10am-till late we can also offer local removals & transport to and from UK

Your ONE stop shop

950 459 264

House Clearance, all items wanted. Large or small. Tel: 615 214 562

advertise your unwanted items here TEL 950 430 820 insurance ALMERIMAR Your


local insurance broker Tel: 950 498 000 or 667 479 940 E: info@almerimar

For all types of insurance.

Call Knights Insurance, Albox on 950 121 943


iron works


Experienced Interior The Metal Phil the Pick & Exterior Decorator works Grills, Locksmith 24 Using quality materials. railings, gates of hours. This fast, friendly, clean and Locked efficient service will never be all types, security/ beaten on price. No payment sliding/roller, rejas, Out? Locks fitted/ until complete satisfaction. house TEL IAN: 617 904 774 concertina doors etc. upgraded Tel: Keith Wood safes. Arboleas on600 438 436 & surrounding Real Steel for all Special quality metal work, area. rates. rejas, gates etc, and weekend chain link fencing. Tel: 697 243 181 Call: 689 524 Stock 024 or visit www. Lock, t h e r e a l s t e e l . n e t and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith.

Professional Interior & Exterior Decorator Coving etc. Competitive rates only top quality materials used Call Barry on 664 753 280

personal Sensual, tender woman (30) with sexy curved body spoils you daily on her private, discreet finca near Albox. Enjoy the different services in luxury rooms or outdoor at the pool. Tel. 669 101 316 Attractive couple (m42/f29) offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also houseand hotel visits possible. www. Tel. 629 483 618 Sexy German beauty, busty and shaved, enjoys to please you with arousing massages and more. Call 676 565 128 Roquetas de mar/Almeria, Michelle the best massage. Tanned young Spanish beauty! Stunning figure, beautiful breasts, welcomes you alone in sexy lingerie. By appointment. MonSun 11-11pm 651 351 593 Male Massuer Men ONLY Relaxing and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388


Herbal alternative to Viagra, Cialis, Kamagra etc. Guaranteed to work. No chemicals or side effects. funinthesun1950@

Phone Ken: 634 336 024 advertise your skills HERE TEL 950 430 820 email:sales@

Change any lock, upgrade, break-in or lockout. 24 hour service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086

pets WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY ARBOLEAS Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tel: Tracy

Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952

Ashlove’s Pet House Everything your pet needs All pet supplies, treats & accessories Doggy Day Care, Cattery, Cat Bathing & Grooming Dog grooming & clipping

Tel: 950 475 502 Open all day: Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 3pm Multicentro Mojacar Playa (The old square behind Sol Bank)


Dog & Horse Sitting Service


British plaster

7 years experience in spain. friendly, reliable, competitve quotes, tel Ash 679 659 397

advertise your skills here TELephone 950 430 820


Small family run kennels and cattery, 30 yrs experience in pet care, large secure exercise area, inspection welcome. 15 mins Huercal Overa 10 mins Urcal.

For more details call Tlf: 950 958 133 Mob: 616 615 528

Animal Hotel, Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses Twice weekly o b e d i e n c e classes Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 P a l o m i n o Kennels exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 619 306 870 or 950 067 051 www. palominokennels. com Lornas Mobile Dog Grooming Service Tel: 667 722 225

motor sales



Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman

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

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


& installed

Tel Dave: 628 607 778


Tel: 697 678 708 van hire

swimming pools Tropicana P o o l s Construction & Repairs. Tel: 661 508 776


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket!

Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

advertise your business tELephone 950 430 820 Email:sales@

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

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

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

specialist Carpentry, joinery & b u i l d i n g refurbishment specialist. Tel: 627 907 207

Sky Digi Box, PACE with white sky card BBC1,2,3,4, storage ITV1,2,3 Ch4 & 5. Caravan & boat 120€ Can deliver. storage & sales, Tel: 667 235 205 or Antas Tel: 661 667 478 771. 508 776


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

windows & doors

Tel: 950 468 041

Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting A1 Sky Going away? Let us take care of your pets, Television either at your home or ours. Systems Dogs kept in house or kennels. Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Pet passporting service. Also Spanish Just outside Albox. “freeview”systems supplied

Tel: 607 554 984

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

mechanics Mikes Mobile Mechanics

All types of service, repair and ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 or 636 824 974

motoring section


0044 7533 285 918


motor sales Wanted 2 seater 150cc motor scooter,Spanish Cattery Open ! p l a t e s , m i n t condition. Sensible price Tel:950 970 434 M o b i l e Mechanic, parking all types of repairs carried Servicing, AAParking out. breakdowns, pre & storage ITV inspection & Almeria presentation for ITV Murcia if required. 20 years Alicante experience,friendly reliable service. Tel: 639 081 067 Call Charlie on 677 667 722

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




TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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P is for Pomegranate Used in ancient times as well documented in art and literature through the ages, pomegranate is one of the first cultivated fruits known.

The pomegranate plant is one of the only types of small trees or shrubs that produce fruit bearing sprouts upon them and the fruit that does grow on it are some of the most unique in the entire fruit kingdom. Its true native range is hard to tell because for thousands of years it has been depicted in literature and art all the way from Greece to Persia and other areas of the Middle East and Asia. It has however been determined that the pomegranate plant can only be grown in very warm, humid climates like many other more traditional fruits. Now some of those fruits have had their genetics tinkered with enough that they are now able to be grown in colder, dryer climates than their original cultivation. The pomegranate plant produces not only the plant and fruit but also the rind and root which can all be used for various purposes, some of them medicinal. In fact the medical properties of the pomegranate plant can be traced back to the time of antiquity. Ancient art shows the peculiar fruit depicted in many a painting and it is mentioned in many different books dating back thousands of years in time. In traditional Chinese medicine in ancient times pomegranate was considered a way

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to treat infertility in women and was even prescribed by the “doctors” of the time. Over all pomegranates are considered to be one of the best fruits available in the fighting of illnesses due to its high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

The branches of a pomegranate shrub are often tipped with spines to protect its fruit from predators. The leaves are a very pale green and extremely vibrant and shiny and the pomegranate itself sticks out against the backdrop in its deep red colour.

Planting & Pruning The best time to plant outside is spring/ early summer to give the plant time to establish itself before the winter. Pomegranates are at their best after a long dry summer followed by a cool winter in full sun or part-shade in any soil except boggy and can also be grown near the coast. Punica are deciduous trees and can reach an eventual height of 6-12ft. Pruning should ideally be done in autumn or winter when the plant is dormant as flowering occurs on the new season’s growth. They sucker readily and these will need to be pruned off from the base as well as the main stem and any lateral branches. Cut the suckers as close to the branch/ stem as possible with a sharp pair of secateurs. They can be pruned to a single leader (one single branch from which side shoots are produced) or several main stems enabling light to reach the centre of the plant.



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“Let us tailor your installation to suit you!” Other services include:

• Pool heating systems from 2000€ • Oil / gas ground source heating systems Installations - Servicing - Repairs - Maintenance • Under floor heating • Water treatment systems • Water deposit tanks • General plumbing • Bathroom design and fitting • Tiling • Water heaters • Shower cubicles • Gas installations (in conjunction with Repsol) • Supply of ceramicware and brassware

If it involves water we can help!

For more info or free no-obligation quote, call, email or pop in & see us. Open Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. Cortijo Pipa, Avenida de Limaria, 1, Lamaria, Arboleas (next to the Welcome Stranger) Tel: 968 969 962

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Ultra running

Fed up with running round the block? Ready for something a bit more challenging? What about a spot of

ultra running? That is anything longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.21875 miles, 46,145 yards). There are generally two types of ultramarathon runs, events that cover a specified distance, and events that take place during a specified time frame (with the winner covering the most distance in that time). The most common distances run are 50 and 100 miles, or 50 and 100 kilometres, though several other distances, for example, double marathons, 24-hour runs, or multiday races of 1000 miles or even longer are also contested. The format of these events and the courses covered are quite variable, ranging from single or multiple loops (some as short as a 400 metre track), to point-to-point road or trail races. Many ultrarunning events, especially trail challenges, are characterized by severe course obstacles, such as inclement weather, elevation change, or rugged terrain. Many, though not all, of these races are run on dirt roads or mountain paths, and typically there are aid stations every five to fifteen km, where runners can replenish food and drink supplies or take a short break. Timed events range from 6, 12, and 24 hours to 2, 3, and 6 days (known as multi-day events). Timed events are generally run on a track or a short road course, often one mile or less. South Africa hosts the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon, the 89km Comrades Marathon, where approximately 12,000 runners complete each year. It also hosts the 56 kilometre Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town in the southern autumn which attracts approximately 7,000 runners. In Europe, there are over 200 ultramarathons each year, including the Ultra Trail Tour du Mont Blanc which consists of a 150km loop around Mont Blanc, including 8500m total elevation gain. An extreme challenge in Germany is the annual multiday Deutschlandlauf (German Run) over 1200km. The second oldest ultramarathon in the world, London


to Brighton, was widely considered to be among the most prestigious titles until its retirement in 2005.

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The What? The Marathon de Sable is a race across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, normally taking place at the end of March / beginning of April. It is called The Toughest Footrace On Earth – in 2004 Ben Fogle, TV Presenter took part; the two most important things he took with him were an anti-venom pump – in case he was bitten by a scorpion or snake – and emergency flares in case he found himself lost in a sandstorm! Why? It covers 243km/151 miles (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days (7 for some) - equivalent to 5 ½ regular marathons, it’s open to competitors aged between 16 and 78; competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint and you will have to prepare all your own food throughout the race.

With midday temperatures up to 120°F, running is on uneven rocky, stony ground as well as 15 - 20% of the distance being on sand dunes. The heat, distance and rubbing will trash your feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect shoes and equipment are used. Mental stamina probably constitutes at least 50% of whether you will complete the distance or not. Physical fitness is important but don’t underestimate the mental stress that you will need to endure. Even if you have run dozens of 26 mile marathons, this does not mean that you will automatically find the ‘MdS’ easy. On the 4th day, you will set off across the barren wilderness to complete a 45 - 50 mile stage. Few people complete this before dark that evening and some will not come in till after dark the next night. This is followed by the 42km Marathon stage!! Yes, but the next day is a rest day - but it may take you into that day before you get past the finishing line.

How fast will I go? Most people do this

lunatic event just to finish it, but for the record, the winner in 2005 (a Moroccan) completed the race in 19hrs, 9 min - that’s 12.83 km per hour - Unreal! The fastest British person, Duncan MacRae completed the race in 28hrs 5mins. A quick glance at some other results shows most competitors averaging speeds between 4 and 7 km/h (that’s 2.5 - 4.5 miles per hour).

The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.

Magnitude: This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.

Examples of magnitude values: Sun -26.7 Full Moon -12.7 Venus (at brightest) -4.4 International Space Station -2 Sirius (brightest star) -1.44 Limit of human eye +6 to +7 Limit of 10x50 binoculars +9 Pluto +14 Limit of Hubble Space Telescope +30





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Audi unveils TT RS racer

German firm takes on the Nurburgring with new TT RS racer

Audi is keen to prove its cars can perform on the racetrack as well as the road. The firm will hit the circuit later this month with a new endurance racing car based on the TT RS. Designed to be sold to customer racing teams, Audi has teamed up with German preparation specialists Raeder Motorsport to develop the TT for competition. The body features an exaggerated, DTMstyle bodykit and huge rear wing, while the interior has been stripped out and now features a fully integrated rollcage. Under the bonnet, the car features a tuned version

of the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine in the road car. The suspension has also been upgraded. To keep costs down, the TT RS shares some parts with the R8 LMS racer, and has the same wing mirrors as the R8 GT road car. The racer is just at the prototype stage at present, and will be entered in the last two rounds of this year’s German VLN longdistance racing championship held on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife. The data obtained will be used to improve the car over the winter

Ford shows off new Ranger pick-up

Australian debut for all-new Ranger which is latest car built to One Ford philosophy. Meet the new, global Ford Ranger, which was revealed at the Australian Motor Show in Sydney. Set to be sold in no fewer than 180 markets – with North America being the notable exception – the new Ranger will be available in three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drive trains, two ride heights and four equipment levels when it goes on sale here in 2012. Despite not being sold in North America, the new Ranger packs plenty of design cues borrowed from US market models, most notably the bold, three-bar grille which features on the firm’s Flex crossover. Designers call its new look “21st Century Tough”, and while the Ranger has been given a bold look and plenty of attitude, drag has been minimized to improve fuel efficiency. Engine choices include a new, Dagenham-built 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel which produces 148bhp and 375Nm, and a new 3.2-litre oil burner which produces 197bhp and 470Nm. Models equipped with four-wheel drive get low-ratio transfer gearboxes for more off-road ability. The new Ranger is larger than before, liberating extra cabin and load space, while the firm claims the new front and rear suspension design, stiffer chassis and improved brakes make the Ranger its most car-like pick-up to drive. New technology features include Adaptive Load Control, which adjusts the suspension so that the car remains straight and level no matter what the load; Trailer Sway Control, which uses the brakes selectively to reduce the side to side movement of a trailer, and a rearview camera system to make reversing easy. The new Ranger will be manufactured at three sites from next summer, beginning with Rayong in Thailand, then expanding to plants in Argentina and South Africa.

Bentley hatches its Rapide rival! We reveal look of new four-seater, targets Aston and Porsche Panamera

LOOK what is hatching out at Bentley! The Crewe-based firm is working on an entry-level four-door coupé along the lines of Aston Martin’s Rapide, Auto Express can reveal. And our exclusive images show how the swoopy fourseater is likely to look. Speaking exclusively to us at the Paris Motor Show, Bentley boss Dr FranzJosef Paefgen confirmed that the firm wants to introduce a “third-generation model”. And the all-new car is expected to sit below the Continental and Mulsanne. It will be pitched at the Rapide, Maserati Quattroporte and Porsche Panamera, and will also offer customers a more upmarket alternative to the Mercedes CLS and forthcoming four-door BMW

6-Series. While the Rapide is priced at £140,000, the Bentley could cost from around £85,000.

Dramatic However, it will not come at the expense of the Continentalbased Flying Spur saloon – still an important, and popular, model for the brand. So to differentiate itself, the newcomer will feature a dramatically sloping roofline that flows into the hatch. Up front the baby Bentley’s ‘face’ will take cues from the latest Continental GT. Although it will be smaller inside than

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the Flying Spur and Mulsanne, it will be by no means cramped, with plenty of leg and headroom for a pair of adults in two individual rear seats. Throughout the cabin, expect Bentley’s usual peerless quality with generous use of metal, soft-touch leather and wood veneers. Underneath will be a chassis borrowed from Audi’s A7 Sportback – the same platform that will form the basis of the all-new A6 due next year. Its 20 per cent aluminium construction has kept weight to a minimum, so the Bentley should weigh about 1,700kg – significantly less than the 2,350kg Continental GT. Power will come from a new, more efficient 4.0-litre turbo V8, codeveloped with Audi. This will drive all four wheels through an eightspeed auto. The engine will appear in the Continental GT next year and is anticipated to produce around 450bhp. According to Ulrich Eichorn, Bentley’s head of engineering: “The V8

is our hedge against fuel price spikes, carbon dioxide-related legislation and supercar market uncertainty.” Bentley’s current range begins at £135,760 for the Continental GT Coupé, rising to £220,000 for the Mulsanne, which makes the cars particularly susceptible to fluctuations in the economy. It’s hoped this new baby will sell in big numbers, maintaining the company’s stability through future rocky financial times. And a large player in that plan is the Chinese market – where Bentley opened eight dealers last month. With coupé and convertible versions of the Mulsanne in the pipeline, plus GTC and Flying Spur variants due of the Continental line-up, this newcomer would take Bentley’s range to seven models. That’s an all-time high for the company and proof that the marque is feeling more confident than ever.



Aston gives Cygnet the green light British manufacturer confirms production of iQ-based city car The smallest Aston Martin ever has been confirmed for production! Revealed as a concept in March, the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet will be built at the factory in Gaydon, Warks, in 2011. The firm was inspired to build it after discovering around 30 per cent of owners have small cars such as the MINI or Smart ForTwo, and use them for short commutes. Each car will be hand-finished with an almost unlimited range of customisation. However, there will be no change to the 1.3-litre, 99bhp Toyota engine. The likely start price is £30,000, rising to nearly £50,000 with options.

Citroen creates Survolt Art Car Artist Francoise Nielly paints Citroen’s Survolt electric racing car concept.

Citroen has taken a leaf out of BMW’s book and turned its stunning Survolt electric racer into an Art Car. The striking new design is being shown off at Citroen’s flagship C-42 showroom on the Champs-Hlysées in Paris. The Survolt Art Car is the work of French artist Francoise Nielly. Neilly is a painter who specialises in creating artworks which emphasise light, and her work influenced the Citroen design team which penned the Survolt. The Art Car is being displayed alongside a host of Citroens which have been customised, including a C5 Tourer in matt black and a DS3, designed by Italian artist Flavio Melchiorre, which won first prize in the firm’s Citroen Créative Awards design competition.

Global city car re-interprets original Ka, eco engines, hi-tech spec & endless personalisation options


New baby Ford


The newcomer – which is set to be priced from £8,000 – will seek to regain the charm and sporty drive of the original Ka Its styling will be based on that of the California-designed Start concept, which debuted earlier this year at the Beijing Motor Show. Under the bonnet, it will be powered by a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with direct injection and stop-start technology. Developing between 80bhp and 125bhp, but returning around 60mpg and with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, the unit will also be offered in the Fiesta, Focus and C-MAX ranges. The new Ka will be introduced first in the emerging markets of China, India and South America. But just like the new Focus – which has 80 per cent of its parts in common no matter where it is being sold – and in line with

Ford boss Alan Mulally’s One Ford mantra, it will remain broadly similar across the world. However, equipment levels will be higher on European cars. Key to this will be the MyFord system, which allows the integration of smartphones with the car’s dash. So, as well as controlling the air-con and sat-nav, you can stream music, play videos and take calls – and control of all of these will be by voice or touchscreen. The car will have more personalisation options than ever before, too. Ford offers exterior graphics and different trim colours with the current Ka, but the newcomer will feature a far more comprehensive set of options, ranging from vinyl wraps to colourcoded interior lighting, to ensure each example is unique. Expect the new baby to go on sale in 2014.



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sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... sport... Marina Members Golf Club Angling News with Beachcomber John

‘Radio Ham Kevin’ and ‘Chippy Pete’ fished a spot on Mojacar beach but didn’t catch anything worth mentioning but ‘London Bill’ had better luck with mullet, one weighing a massive (for Mojacar) 4lbs plus palometes and sea bass. Bill told me he hooked something big from Macenas Rocks and a fish took his popper from about 50 yards out. It must have been a whopper because it took about 30 to 40 yards of line before stopping and spitting the hook. At that point he saw a fish, he estimated weighing about 20lbs, jump in the area and turn as if it was trying to get rid of lice etc. He wasn’t sure by any means but thought it looked like a yellow fin tuna or albacore. ‘Captain Brian Cuba’ has been out a few times on his Garrucha moored boat, once with ‘Farmer Rory’ and four other friends. They caught 8 different species including, combers, pickerels, lizard fish, pandora, saddled and annular bream and three red snappers. Also caught was a small weaver which wasn’t seen by Brian and the captor grabbed it with his hand. Interestingly he got stung twice but luckily only by the gill spine. Apart from a nettle sting pain, the captor didn’t suffer much so we now have to presume the gill sting is different from the dorsal fin’s sting. See photo of the lucky angler with the weaver (top) that stung him and a pandora below. There was an unusual happening that day, as one angler dropped his rig down it was hit and he had a

good fish on for a short while. While coming up the big fish got off and the head of a small fish, cleanly cut off behind its head, was attached to the hook; the fishes head was partly digested. The only explanation I can come up with is the big fish while being hooked regurgitated the contents of its stomach and somehow the hook transferred itself to the rotting head during the process of the biggie getting off the hook. Another trip out was with ‘Farmer Rory’ (again) and Phil and Brian from the Albox area. They caught a couple of triggers from Brian’s new mark. One was found to have an extra hook in its mouth from one of the other anglers when a fish was lost. Also caught was a few of the usuals such as what was caught on the other trip. ‘Casa Verde Barry’ is out of hospital but is still very poorly, he has confounded the doctors (again) with

his will to live and I’m sure all our thoughts have helped too, fingers and other body parts to still be kept firmly crossed please. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John

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Here photos of John with Paul Campbell-James Winner of the Extreme 40 European Series and “The Wave Muscat” Crew

Monday 11th October: The wonderful weather continues to favour our golf days and Monday was no exception, another enjoyable stableford competition with the numbers once again swelled by the returning “snowbirds” . In the Ladies division the results were: 1st Val Ross - 40 points; 2nd Nuala Hare - 33 points (countback); 3rd Sandra Edwards - 33 points In the Men’s division the results were: 1st Jarlath Staunton - 38 points, 2nd Adrian Roberts - 34 points; 3rd Bill Gill - 33 points The only “two” of the day was recorded by Bob Tink on the 5th hole Thursday 14th October: With our AGM coming up next Monday this is the final week of Jim Budd’s Captaincy which he celebrated by organising a super team competition. Every hole contained a prize element, nearest the pin, longest drive, closest to the ditch etc. which concentrated the minds of the team captains and gave each hole an added interest. Of

the ten teams of four competing prizes were awarded to the first six plus prizes for the individual holes and best aggregate score on the par threes. Most of the prizes came in liquid form with Pro shop vouchers to the winners. A memorable day and a lot of fun, our thanks to Jim. The first three results were:1st - Jarlath Staunton, Margaret Budd, Nuala Hearn and Geoff Owen - 114 points 2nd - Bob Tink, Jim Budd, Miriam Staunton and Michael Rae - 113 points 3rd - Alan Humphries, Bill Gill, Rosalie Fardon and Liz Bamforth - 112 points The best aggregate score of 14 on the par 3’s went to Margaret Budd. Our Thursday competitions are open to visitors who will be made very welcome. The cost is 30€ which includes the green fee so if you wish to book a slot ring Jim on 950162727 or Sandra on 950 069 438 BT

The Extreme 40 Catamaran Formula 1 Racing on the Sea - I would go along with that, having watched the Cats in action over 4 days in Almeria Port. They were short, sharp races lasting perhaps 15 minutes. At one time, I saw what I thought was going to be a collision; I waited for the crunch but no! The windward hull of the Catamaran lifted over the stern of the other Cat. Then down to continue at speed, at the next cross the Cat had made up ground on his opponent. The Skipper was Paul Campbell-James, the youngest Skipper on the European Circuit. The 28 year old started sailing of the age of 5, was racing of the age of 7, at 15 he won the ‘Optimist National Championships’. He progressed to the “420” then on to the “49-er” a 2 man Skiff which could be the fastest mono-hull in the world. It requires a grate deal of skill, rather than physical strength. I would guess you would need both of those attributes on “The Wave Muscat” The Extreme 40 Cat, where he is Skipper with his three equally professional Crew. Almeria was the final round of the 2010 European Series, so after Sète (France), Cowes (UK), Kiel (Germany), Trapani (Sicily), 130 Races across the five European Venues, it all came down to the final Race on

the final day to decide the Winner of the European Series, it was The Wave Muscat “ Paul Campbell James and Crew, 2nd “Groupe Edmond de Rothschild”, 3rd “Ecover Sailing Team”, 4th “Oman Sail Masirah”. There were 6 more Catamarans involved, which included “Rumbo Almeria”. She only competed in Almeria, not in the Series, but had a 2nd and 3rd in the last 2 Races. She is looking for “Sponsorship” my answer to that is: why not vist all the Ports in Almeria; involve schools, colleges, Universities, Sailing Clubs, promote the Sport. Don’t lock her away for another 12 months. One new event was Dinghy Racing before the “Extreme 40´s”. “Optimists”, “Laser 4.7”, “Laser Radial s”, it was Stadium Style Racing. The Crews of the “Extreme 40´s” who were in V.I.P lounge could see it all. They were cheering the youngsters as they competed which was good to see. It was reported that nearly 10,000 visitors were at the Port on Tuesday 12th, the day of “El Pilar”. Now it back to work. Hope to see you on Saturday or Sunday, 11 am, at the Club house Rincon del Puerto. Garrucha. Take care, John Tel: 950 475 157/658 548 790 Email:

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Pride of place in this weeks report must go to our visitor Tony Oram for his hole in one on the 12th hole, for those readers who don’t know the 12th, it is 194 yards all carry over water and Tony achieved his ace using a three iron - the drinks at the bar were well received by all! RESULTS Wednesday 6th October Monthly Medal On most occasions it is the low handicapper who holds their nerve in medal play as was the case today 1st Steve Willingham 81-10=71, 2nd Derrick Stephenson 8513=72, 3rd Bill Gibb 84-10=74 on a card play off Twos: Peter Shaw 4th, Derrick Stephenson 8th, Caroline Willingham 10th and Jim Barclay 17th Wednesday 13th October Individual Stableford Perfect temperatures and a good turn out ensured that the run of good scores returned continued. 1st Glyn Ombler 39pts, 2nd Mike Hill 38pts, 3rd Les Raufer 37pts Twos:Glyn Ombler 4th,Jim Barclay 8th and Steve Willingham 10th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information contact 650 203 712 / 634 641 199


Forum Golf Society

Forum Golf Society played the final round of the Society Championship at Marina on October 15th, and this event saw some very good scoring, with the top twenty players all scoring 30 points or better, and without doubt the outstanding performance of the day coming from Ann Lawrence who won the event with a score of 40 points. John Farley (2nd) & Clive Filkins (3rd) both carded 39 points, with Frank Varey (38) 4th & Bob Cowan (37) 5th. Five nearest the pin prizes were on offer, with these going to John Farley, Geoff Owen, Adrian Lawrence, Dave Keymer & Jenny Davies, and Richard Swaine again took the longest drive prize. The day´s results, together with the scores from the first round played two weeks previously were added together to calculate the overall Forum Golf Society Champion for 2010, and by a narrow margin of just one point this was Frank Varey, who reclaimed the title that he won in 2008. Second overall was Ann Lawrence, with Louise Douglas one point further back in third place. The competition was also the final qualifying event for the Forum “Ryder Cup” team, with the automatic qualifying places going to Bob Cowan, Fran Elam, Phil Elam, John Farley, Malcolm Fenwick, Dave Sharp, Malcolm Sibbons, Richard Swaine, Peter Tinsley & Frank Varey,

Cortijo Grande

Wednesday 13th October - we have one division with our winner Ian Jenner on 38 points second on 35 Greg Ward and third with 35 Robina Dore on countback. Ball sweep winner: John Lewis. Sunday and we have a days golf every club would wish for. A sponsor who loves our old established club and enjoys the sponsorship of the whole day. Food drink prizes the whole thing and we are so lucky to have such a good sponsor in John Maclean a member of Cortijo Grande. We thank him and his family for their support. The winner of the John Maclean trophy was Peter Morse with 37 points on a countback from Cathal Higgins also 37 and in third with 36 Harry Lentern also on countback.

The winner of the first division with 34 points Mick Coulson second with 32 Greg Ward on countback from Mike Picken also 32points. Second division winner with 36 Frank Mcgovern second with 35 Yvonne Bridgman and third with 33 Colin Stacey.Third division winner with 35 Frederique Baird second with 32 Pam Webster and third with 29 Grace Ward. The team event was won by Harry Lentern Greg Ward Alan Walton and Cathall Higgins with 105 points. Second with 95 John Geaves Frank McGovern David Hardy Ian Jenner. In third with 93 were Peter Morse Chris Lomas David Baird John Lewis. The best team with 3 golfers Mike Picken John Rice Tony Webster 91. Nearest pin on 11th men Peter Morse. Nearest pin Ladies 11th

who will be joined by 6 soon-to-beannounced wild cards Forthcoming events are on

19th October Almeria league match away to Marina 27th October Almeria league match at home to Media 29th October Team Traffic Light Scramble at Aguilon For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@, or see www. Picture of 2010 champion Frank Varey (left) being presented with his Championship Plate by 2009 winner Malcolm Sibbons (right) Grace Ward. Men nearest pin on par 5 after 3 shots John Rice Ladies nearest pin after 2 shots par 4 Julie Oliver. Longest drive men John Park Longest drive ladies Julie Oliver. Ball sweep Grace Ward Chris Lomas What a great days golf followed by a wonderful meal and prize giving at the Almazara restaurant Cortijo Grande. A great day matched by a good competition and food to match. We shall be going to Valle de Este on 10th Nov for our away day but I am sorry we are fully booked. I shall be telling you of our away trip to the Costa del Sol; soon and we shall open this for none members so watch this space. If you have never been on our golf tour you don’t know what you have missed. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. M P

The Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos

Greetings from God’s little waiting, where this week Wallace has returned from the UK having been signed off by the hospital. He had a lot of trouble with his headlamps, they would only function on dipped, but now, after prolonged treatment by the eye department, he is able to use them on full beam. You can bet that now that he has 20/20 vision, he will not be accosting the Merry Widows. Going in the other direction was Grommet, complete with dodgy knees. He has gone back to try and sort out the woeful start to the season of his beloved Southampton, well that and to decorate the house ready for letting. If his long-suffering wife has anything to do with it, I don’t think there will be much time for football. In his place, this week, we have had Paul, his mate. I have given him his correct name because

he is a lot bigger and younger than me, though not as good looking!!! While Grommet has been away, Charlie Dymock has been putting in many hours on his veg plot. Typical woman; she has drawn a diagram of what is planted where. It has even been said that she has even given each individual plant a name, so that she can encourage them to grow quicker, who am I to disagree!!! Shylock fished the Garrucha arm one day this week with not much luck. He did catch a grouper, which was smaller than the bait he was using. Even with some trawlers being broken up, it will take some time for the seas around here to recover, sad. Trucker Tel was sent, by his wife, to pick up two things from the shop. A little while after his departure, she received a phone call from Granville, asking her to give Trucker

a note next time, because he had completely forgotten what he had gone for….been there! Some forewarning of our next charity extravaganza; it is once more in aid of The Haven Hospice and will be held on the 2nd January 2011, at 1pm on the patio at the “watering hole”. It will be a “Pig Roast” with music by Sean Peters, a charity raffle will be held and, knowing the generosity of the people, a lot of money will be raised for this worthy cause. Tickets are €6.50 each, to include the roast and salad. Tickets are available from Super Matt or Dustbin Pet’s wife, Mary. Everyone is welcome, so buy your ticket, come along and have a good time. That’s all for this week. Until the next time. Tight lines. Uncle Albert.


Albox Dart League- News

Dave Johnson of El Frax reported that whilst there were no high finishes or 180’s to report there were however 6 scores of 7 or less made by the usual suspects. Brave on you to report it no one else dared or cared to. Well done Mick from Sunburnt Arms for lightening the weeks results with a 127 180’s from any team this week shame on all of you. The La Cinta darts challenge went well 16 brave souls turned up (I was basking in the Indian Summer in the UK) and surprise surprise the finalists were from the La Cinta team - Paul winning

and Mark Smith runner up. A great time was had by all I am told. Parish Notices Change of terms used in the results following representations from Jim at Sunburnt Arms. I have changes matches to sets i.e. best of 3 legs (games) per set 8 sets to a match. From the glossary of darts terms. A Leg is one game of an individual set within a match. Most professional matches are made up of a number of sets, each of which is split into legs. So we now have fixtures played, matches won / drawn / lost, sets won /lost, points. No teams have submitted a feature article for the papers. I am also trying to get the results announced on Valle Radio. Cheers, Mark Drew 671 188 296 For on-line results go to www.

Valle del Este Golf

Tuesday 28th September Stableford competition with the best 3 from 4 to count. Winners with an outstanding score of 126 pts was Peter Denham (44pts chop chop) Byran Brown Martin De Bruin and Dick Hull. Friday 1st October - the monthly medal winner Keith Mason gross 89 (nett 70) 2nd Bryan Brown 86 (nett 71) 3rd Patrick Vickery 81 (nett 74) nearest the pins went to Patrick Vickery and Tim Walker. Tuesday 5th October - 20 players gave us the opportunity to play a pairs comp better ball stableford. this new format was enjoyed by all and the result was a close one first with 45pts Kieth Mason and John Haydon 2nd on countback Mally Roberts and Harry Wilson 3rd Alan Townsend and Peter Denham. Friday 8th October - Stableford comp winner Sean Halligan 37pts 2nd Mick Vine 35pts 3rd Sue Hull 33pts. Nearest the pins - Ray Mc Hale and Bryan Brown. We had a busy week at golf with 24 members playing both days including new members who have joined.

Tuesday team game with the best 3 out of 4 cards to count.Winners Mally Roberts, Sue and Steve Baggaley. Friday our usual stableford comp. Winner Ray Harrison 40pts 2nd (on countback) Mark Newall 36pts 3rd Mick Vine 36pts Nearest the pins were Mark Newall and Don Costa Coches 2010 Order of Merit at 12 Oct Top 6: Mark Newall 644pts, Mally Roberts 626pts, Ray Mc Hale 616pts, Sean Halligan 598pts, Alan Townsend 592pts, Byran Brown 575pts. Still a long way to go yet as the best 18 rounds to count. Valle del Este Golf Society play every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday - visitors are always welcome but don’t forget to phone Alan Townsend in advance to book a place this also applies to members as it is the busy months at the course and there are only limited teetimes available. Enjoy your golf at Valle del Este.


On Monday 11th October, 22 hardy souls made the trip to Sensol, for what was in the main, a very good day for golf. Some members had seen the Long-Range Weather Forecast and decided that they would do better to stay at home. God must have thought he owed Boxers Members a favour, (especially after Captain’s Day!), because the rain started as Members and Guests were boarding the coach for the homeward journey! As a result, there were some very consistently high scores carded. The results of the day are as follows:Div 1. 1st Martin Fisk, 36 pts, o.c.b. 2nd Ron Gurr, 36 pts; 3rd Adrian Lawrence, 35 pts. Div 2. 1st Tom Harris, 34 pts; 2nd Richard Measures, 33 pts, o.c.b. 3rd Adrian Ball, 33 pts. Overall Winner on the day: Martin Fisk. Nearest The Pin Winners: 3rd Hole: Peter Tapsell; 13th Hole: Colin Waters. Nearest The Pin in Two: 9th Hole: Malcolm Nicholls, (He’s won something at last)!

There were no Twos scored, so, more practice with those Putters! Coach Raffle Winners: 1st Brian Mayhew, 2nd Allan Hay, 3rd Tony Harwin. Congratulations to Martin and to all the winners on the day. Dates for your diary. Our next two Competitions are as follows: Tuesday 26th October, Alboran Wednesday 10th November, La Envia, coach available If you would like to join, book a Boxers event, or would like further information on Boxers Golf Society, you can find us every Saturday morning at the Why Not bar in Albox between 10-11am or you can contact Brian Mayhew on 649 202 198, or you can email Brian on for booking or cancelling any golfing event, Malcolm Nicholls on 600 080 860, or any Committee Member, anytime. You can also find up-todate Boxers information Boxers own website on www.boxersgs.webs. com


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Badgers Golf society

On Wednesday 13th October, the Society played an individual stableford competition at Macenas. The course was in excellent condition as usual and 36 players enjoyed a wonderful day´s golf and the winner with 42 points was Lynn Sefton, 2nd with 36 points was Greg Knigth, & 3rd with 36 points also on countback wasJohn Conely. There were 4 nearest the pin prizesJim Palmer was closest on the 1st Phil Fellows was nearest on the 9th, Jim Laird was the closest on the green in 2 on the 17th and Peter Ayres was closest on the 18th. A competition is held every Wednesday starting at 10.00am. New members & guests are very welcome, contact Keith Bradley at Badgers Bar Restaurant in Mojacar Playa, telephone number 950 478 525, or mobile number 607 305 339.

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The Non Winners Singles Cup is the first of the 2010 autumn competitions for those members who have not won a singles competition here in Spain or UK during the last 5 years. Monday morning on 11th October, sixteen players commenced this keenly contested competition in glorious sunshine. In the morning the first round

lead on the forth end against John Mannall and although John fought hard, Eddie won comfortably. The second Semi was between good friends Rod Digweed and Wayne Roberts. This was a totally different contest with Rod putting pressure on Wayne, leading until the thirteenth end when scores were level at 12-12. The next six ends were tense with Rod taking the lead again by five shots on the fifteenth end. Wayne fought back bringing the scores level again on the seventeenth end at 17-17. On the next end Rod looked a sure winner taking thee shots. However Wayne had different ideas and to Rod’s diappointment and Wayne’s pleasure, Wayne wrapped the game up taking a full house of four shots, winning an extremely exciting game to reach the final. The final on Saturday afternoon of 16rd October between Eddie Donley and Wayne Roberts was another blistering contest. It was nip and tuck low scoring game until the twentyfirst end when scores were level at 14-14. Again the last six ends kept the many spectators on the edge of their seats. Wayne went ahead by four shots on the next four ends bringing the score to

20-16. As often said in singles matches, the last shot is always the hardest to achieve. Eddie then scored three shots. Wayne was holding two winning shots until Eddie took the shot wood. Unfortunately for Wayne on his last delivery, hit Eddies trailing wood to give Eddie the two shots required to take the championship. What a great game to end the competition. On the presentation of the cup yours truly thanked the two finalists for giving the many spectators a fantastic game. He also thanked the markers who without, the competition could not take place. Vic Parsons

Valencia in the 38th minute, and should have made it 2-0 three minutes later, squandering what was probably his best chance of the match as Valdés pulled off a first-class save. Barça wasted no time in levelling the scores once the second half kicked off, after Iniesta connected

with a pass from Xavi to make it 1-1 and the hosts swapped roles with the visitors to dominate the second 45 minutes. It was left to captain Carles Puyol to see that Barcelona took all three points, with a header in the 64th minute as his team were playing their best football of the night.

Barça beat Valencia 2-1 in game of two halves!

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leaders going into the fixture, enjoying most of the possession and creating all the chances in front of goal. With Valencia controlling the pace and rhythm of the game, Villa looked lost and Messi passed almost unnoticed. Pablo Hernández scored for

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took place, in the afternoon the quarter finals. Because of a compact fixture program, the Semi-finals did not take place until Wednesday morning the 13th with the Final on Saturday 16th October at 1400. This year the standard of play was very good throughout. The first Semi-final figured Eddie Donley who made this position in 2009 but was unsuccessful. This year he was in a mean mood and took the

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