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10 year-old gives birth in Spain

A 10 year-old girl has given birth in southern Spain and authorities are evaluating whether to let her and her family retain custody of the baby. The baby was born last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, said Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region’s social affairs minister. Miss Navarro said the father of the baby is also a minor, and both the mother and the baby were in good health. Her department declined to give details, including the sex of the baby, but said authorities do not consider this a case of rape and that no criminal investigation is under way. Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse, an official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid said. But this particular case is

complicated by the fact that the father of the baby is also a minor and it is not clear if he could be charged, the official said. Spanish newspapers said the mother is of Romanian origin. Diario de Jerez reported the girl was already pregnant when she arrived in Spain, but did not say when she came to this country. It is not clear if the father is in Spain. Medical experts warn that because young girls are still growing, they are at higher risk during pregnancy. Studies have shown that teenage girls are more likely to give birth to premature babies and their infants have a higher chance of dying by age one.

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2nd November 2010: HELEN AND LEN PRIOR - ANOTHER SETBACK IN THEIR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

Nearly three years after their dream home in Vera was demolished, British pensioners Helen and Len Prior faced another setback in their fight for justice last week. The Administrative Courts, after a retrial of the case ordered by the Supreme Court in April last year, have upheld the original decision of the Junta de Andalucia requesting the demolition of their home. The decision was taken on the basis that the property was built on rustic land and could provoke the growth of an urban nucleus. Last year the couple were finally offered temporary housing by Vera council. They had already spent two years living in what was formerly the garage of their demolished home. Helen and Len, who are innocent victims of a planning row between Vera council and the Junta, will now have to seek compensation for the loss of their £350,000 home from Vera council who incorrectly issued the planning consent. It is likely that this process will take years, given the perilous state of town hall finances and Spain´s notoriously slow legal system. The implications for the eight homeowners in Albox who face similar proceedings needs to be assessed, but this ruling is not good news for the many innocent victims of planning injustices in this area. Contact info@almanzora-au.org or call 646 506 943

10K triggers fun run on Spanish bank BBVA

It doesn’t take much to start a rumour of a bank is going bust these days! On Friday, rumours, thought to have originated on London trading floors, quickly began circulating that Spanish lender BBVA was facing “liquidity problems”. In the febrile atmosphere of the post-financial crisis markets, the speculation, which followed the reported sight of thousands of people queuing outside BBVA branches across Spain gained traction and the shares fell 35 cents in two hours as traders and investors took fright at the prospect of a new banking crisis. So what of the queues then - was BBVA the Piedra del Norte of Spain? Not quite. The queues thronging outside the branches were not panicking savers looking to withdraw their loot but runners in Madrid’s Carrera Solidaria. Far from withdrawing their savings, the queues were composed of runners attempting to get their numbers for the 10km race, which is sponsored by BBVA,

that will be held on Sunday. “We were a little surprised by the reaction,” said one source at the bank, “it just goes to show you can’t believe all the rumours you hear”. One London-based trader summed up the situation saying, “welcome to madness Friday”. BBVA shares quickly recovered as the market realised the run on the bank was actually a run, though the share price still closed the day down just over 2pc, but this reflected the broad decline in European banking prices on Friday. The BBVA situation is symptomatic of continuing market worries over the stability of the Spanish banking system, which remains under close scrutiny with many analysts still wary of the financial strength of many of the country’s biggest lenders. With the sovereign debt crisis re-emerging Spanish companies are still seen by many investors as highly risky.

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World’s first Javier Bardem petitions government “selected” IVF baby over crisis in Western Sahara meets the press On 3rd November, the Valencian Institute of Infertility (IVI) introduced Juan, the first baby in the world to have been selected by the EmbryoScope

The Embroscope is an incubator that allows scientists to observe the embryo from the moment in vitro fertilisation takes place until it is tranferred to the uterus. The parents of the baby, who was born on June 4th in Valencia, will hold a press conference to share their experience, along with the president and founder of the IVI, José Remohí, the couple’s gynaecologist, Carmina Vidal, and the biologist Marcos Mesguer, who will explain how this new method works. The IVI is the first centre in the world to work with the EmbryoScope, an advanced incubator which monitors the chronology of embryonic division “second by second”, analysing images of the cells. One of the main challenges in Assisted Human Reproducción, according to the IVI, is the search for methods of substantially

The actor Javier Bardem went to the Moncloa Palace this week to present a petition signed by 230,000 people in support of “Todos con el Sahara” to ask the Spanish government to find a “peaceful and just solution” to the conflict in the Western Sahara

actors Rosa María Sardá and Carlos Bardem and by, the film director Fernando Colomo. Amongst the other signatories are Penélope Cruz, Joan Manuel Serrat, Mario Benedetti, Pedro Almodóvar, Eduardo Galeano, Chico Buarque, Oscar Niemeyer, Icíar Bollaín, Rosa Regás, Carmelo Gómez, Benito Zambrano, Guillermo Toledo, Imanol Uribe, Fernando León and Juanjo Puigcorbé.

improving the results of embryo implantation, as a means to eliminate the stigma of multiple pregnancies that often result from in IVF treatment. The key to making this work “lies in finding the noninvasive embryo markers that are associated with embryo implantation”, and in this field “the Embryoscope is going to help us make great improvements”. The EmbryoScope was designed by the Danish company Unisense, and apart from perfecting the technique of IVF, it allows scientists to discover new characteristics in the development of the embryo in the incubator, as it measures the oxygen being consumed by the ovum before it is fertilised. According to the specialists, different ova show different levels of cellular respiration, allowing them to select the one with the greatest chance of surviving.

The petition draws the government’s attention to the refugee camps where Western Saharan citizens live out “a humanitarian drama” and where their situation “worsens with every passing year”.

This pressure group has made three written requests already for an interview with the president of the government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, but have still not received a reply. Javier Bardem, a spokesperson for the group, handed the petition into the Moncloa Palace today, accompanied by fellow

After pointing out that “the peace process is blocked” and that “there are 200,000 people who were once Spanish who have been abandoned in the desert for the last 33 years”, the petition claims there is an urgent need for the Spanish people to help give the Saharan people their freedom back. The pressure group is also asking the Spanish government to recognise the diplomatic status of the Polisario Front, currently in dispute with the Kingdom of Morocco over control of the territory.

Alphabetic order may decide kids’ surnames in Spain A new law in Spain could lead to a boom in children whose main family names start with the letter ‘A’. Until now, Spanish kids have carried both parents’ surnames -- their fathers’ always in first place and their mothers’ in second. In every day use, many people give only the first surname. But legislation submitted to parliament Wednesday would give mothers equal

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The leading centre-left daily El Pais said the Spanish government simply wanted to extend the principle of equality to the symbolic social realm of family names.

If they can’t agree, it will be alphabetic order that decides. “Names like Abad or Alvarez have a promising future in Spain,” said the conservative daily ABC. “For others like Zurbano or Zamora,

Spain Takes Lead In Organ Regeneration Gibraltar justice minister stabbed The world’s first laboratory for the creation of bioartificial organs using adult stem cells has opened in Spain in the street Scientists at the new as host organs. and specialisation, making centre in the Gregorio Marañón hospital in Madrid aim to “regenerate” a heart and transplant it into a human within a five years. The lab will create a series of artifical “matrices” to regenerate organs like hearts, livers, kidneys and skin, using stem cells from the patient who is going to receive the transplant. The new lab is part of the SABIO project (Scaffolds and Bioartificial Organs for Transplantation), involving the Gregorio Marañón, Science and Innovation, the University of Minnesota, United States, and the National Transplant Organisation (ONT), which provides the organs that are unsuitable for transplantation (40% of the total donated), to serve

By manufacturing the organs “to order” using cells from the recipient patient, scientists hope to overcome the problem of transplanted organs being rejected by recipient patients, thereby solving a “major health problem”, i.e. the shortage of donor organs for transplantation and the number of transplant failures due to organ rejection. Francisco FernándezAvilés, head of cardiology at the Gregorio Marañon, explained that the procedure for making new organs consists in eliminating all the cell content, to give a three-dimensional matrix. Afterwards, stem cells from the recipient are implanted into the matrix, which then induces and controls the cell growth, distribution

the organ work again. The process has already been tested on small animals, as was explained by the director of the Center for Cardiac Repair at the University of Minnesota, Doris Taylor, who has managed to eliminate all the cell content from the heart of a dead mouse, “repopulate” it with adult stem cells, to produce a new organ with all its structures, capable of producing an effective heartbeat. 600,000 euros has been invested in this new laboratory, whose scientists have already prepared eight hearts by eliminating all the cell content to create working “matrices”. It is hoped that part of one of these “matrices” will produce a heartbeat by the end of the year.

Rajoy ‘will scrap gay marriage’ if he wins next elections Mariano Rajoy has announced that he will scrap the law allowing same-sex couples to marry if he wins the elections in 2012. The right-wing PP leader says he does not care if the High Court has ratified the law, since he considers it ‘unconstitutional’. He is also likely to call for an about-turn on the recently-reformed abortion law, claiming it is ‘totally wrong’ that a 16-year-old girl is able to terminate a pregnancy without her parents’ permission. Rajoy calls abortion a ‘violation of the right to life’. The PP leader also supports an increase in state

pension age, although he is more keen to adopt incentives for people to continue working past the age of 65, and also to enforce 65 as the minimum age for retirement. Although pensionable age in Spain is, technically, 65, the average person retires at 63. Rajoy has praised UK prime minister David Cameron’s anti-recession measures, although he says he will not follow suit by axing half a million public sector jobs, since “the situation in the UK is different to that of Spain.”

Gibraltar’s Justice Minister, Daniel Feetham, was stabbed on Tuesday whilst out walking on the rock with his two young children.

Peter Caruana, Gibraltar’s First Minister, said that Feetham was in Library Street after lunch on Tuesday when a man approached without saying a word and stabbed him in the back, shocking passers by in the street. Police arrested the attacker just minutes later and the Minister was rushed to St. Bernard’s hospital, where he has undergone emergency surgery. Despite the serious nature of the unprovoked attack and the size of the knife used by the attacker, the 43-year-old Minister is said to be stable and out of danger. Police are now investigating the motive for the attack and checking to see if the attacker, who has still not been named, has any previous record.

The legislation will be examined by the Justice Commission of the parliament’s lower house until November 10 for possible amendments. It could be two years before it comes into force.

Spanish car sales slump

New car sales in Spain were down for a fourth month running in October, plumbing early 1990s’ lows and sparking concerns over the future of an industry which employs 500,000, the Spanish Automakers Federation (ANFAC) said. “If the auto market does not recover, Spain will no longer be able to maintain current production levels,” ANFAC warned, noting that a strong auto industry was a major player in the economy overall. October car sales came to 61,366, up from 56,595 in September but down 37.6% from a year earlier to take the market back to levels last seen 15 years ago, ANFAC said. In September, new car sales were down 26.9% from September 2009, after falls of 23.8% and 24.1% in August and July. Initial figures suggest that individual car purchases, the largest segment of the market, may have fallen as much as 50% in October. For all 2010, ANFAC put auto sales at less than 900,000. The trouble began in July when the government increased sales taxes so as to bolster the public finances and a trade-in bonus scheme ended. ANFAC has been warning for several months that problems in the auto industry could have a serious knock-on effect in an economy which has just scraped out of recession this year.

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British pubs raided on Costa del Sol Expat bars in Southern Spain have been targeted by a police search for wanted criminals

A police raid on the Costa del Sol for on-the-run criminals has targeted 15 British pubs. Armed officers spent four days searching bars in the popular holiday resort for their most-wanted criminals. Operation Cardhu targeted pubs and bars in the resorts of Marbella, Fuengirola, Calahonda, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and La Cala. National Police arrested four expats with outstanding warrants and a pub owner who was allegedly selling drugs from his premises. During the raid, hundreds of British expats and holidaymakers were ordered to identify themselves to officers.

Most of the detained Brits were wanted over drugs offences. “We know there are still many British fugitives hiding out in the Costa del Sol,” a police source said. “We want those fugitives to know they are not safe from justice here and they will be tracked down and caught.” The south coast of Spain earned the nickname Costa del Crime in the early 1980s. Britain and Spain had no extradition treaty between 1978 and 1985, and crooks took advantage by flocking to the area, which

enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. A new treaty was signed in 1985 but British criminals have continued to hide out there, mingling easily with the large expat community. Up to one million Brits are thought to earn property in Spain. In recent years there has been increased co-operation between Spanish and British authorities over the issue. A Crimestoppers-backed campaign to track down wanted Brits in Spain, called Operation Captura, has led to at least 34 arrests.

Cameron leads largest trade delegation to China in 200 years

Talks to boost trade between Britain and China were under way in Beijing this morning at the start of three days of intense negotiations by the largest British delegation to go to China in more than 200 years

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increase their presence in China. Although China is the world’s second largest economy with an enviable 10pc economic growth rate, its trade with Britain remains disappointingly small, with UK exports China totalling just £7.7bn in 2009.

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Mr Cable said that Britain was determined improve on the lacklustre figures, capitalising further on business opportunities thrown up by China’s massive program of urbanisation and infrastructure investment as well its growing consumer and services sectors. “China represents the biggest source of demand in the world for many of the products that we in the UK have to offer,” Mr Cable said.

As the Roman Catholic Church suffers paedophile scandals and falling congregations, Pope Benedict XVI will spotlight one centuriesold Christian tradition whose popularity is soaring The Way of St. James pilgrimage route, which ends in the medieval Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, is attracting record numbers. And it’s not just those seeking religious salvation who are embarking on what is known in Spanish as the Camino de Santiago, as has been the case since the Middle Ages, but also growing numbers of non-believers in search of spiritual renewal. “In Western society there is an absence of moral values, people are looking for something, something different, capable of filling this void,” said Father Jenaro Cebrian Franco, who has run Santiago’s pilgrimage centre for the past six years. “People come to the Camino to make sense of their lives,” said the 76-year-old priest. He said he could relate “countless experiences” of people who have had a religious or spiritual awakening on the walk. The Camino is in fact not one route but several, which start at different points in France and Spain and all end in Santiago, where the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral is believed to hold the remains of St. James the Apostle. Considered the third most holy place in the Roman Catholic world in the Middle Ages after Jerusalem and Rome, Santiago, in the rugged northwestern region of Galicia, has drawn pilgrims for more than 1,000 years. A 12th-century French monk and scholar, Aymeric Picaud, even wrote a guide, including descriptions of villages along the way -- and warnings about what he considered some of the unsavoury inhabitants. It is now thought to be one of the world’s first ever tourist guidebooks. Renewed interest in modern times was sparked by visits to Santiago by the late Pope John Paul II in 1982 and 1989, said Father Jenaro. He said the number of pilgrims rocketed from almost 10,000 to some 99,000 from 1992 to 1993, the first real “boom year.” In 2004, the last Holy Year -- which is whenever July 25, the name day of St. James, falls on a Sunday -- some 180,000 people took the Camino. Since January 2010 -- another Holy Year -- the number is already around 260,000. And a new surge is expected from the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, who will say mass in the vast Plaza Obradoiro outside the cathedral’s main

facade in the city’s medieval core. The pilgrims arrive exhausted but exultant at the pilgrimage centre, an old house on one of the city’s narrow cobbled streets, many limping with bandaged feet or carrying heavy backpacks, and swapping stories about their experiences. They stand in line, sometimes for hours, on two flights of stairs to receive their Compostela, or certificate, proving they have walked at least the last 100 kilometres (60 miles) or cycled twice that distance. In the crowded entrance, abandoned walking sticks fashioned from tree branches are piled high. Many pilgrims queue again outside the cathedral to embrace the statue of Saint James. But not all are true believers, or even Christians. From 2004 to 2009, the percentage of those undertaking the Camino for purely non-religious reasons has nearly doubled from 5.61 percent to 9.81 percent. One of those, Julien Jouanolle, a 23-year-old unemployed electrician from France, decided to take the Camino after reading best-selling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s book describing his own pilgrimage in 1986. “It was a sort of voyage within myself, a way to sort things out,” said Jouanolle, who walked 777 kilometres over 35 days with a friend. Others see the trip as a sporting challenge, or a chance to share time with friends or to meet likeminded people. Luis Real, 62, a Spanish photographer and an agnostic, said he and 12 friends walked or cycled 267 kilometres to Santiago, just “because we like sport.” On the Camino, “people are ready to share and help each other, in a society in which there is a great lack of solidarity, a great lack of communication,” said Father Jenaro. Be they “believers or non-believers” the Camino leads people “to the mystery of something that is at the heart of all human beings and which only has to be in the right conditions to appear.” He said the visit to Spain by the pope, who is also consecrating Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica on Sunday, “responds to his desire to be a pilgrim at the tomb of St James.”

Vince Cable, the business secretary opened proceedings at the annual Joint Economic Trade Commission, meeting China’s commerce minister Chen Deming ahead of the signing of a number of deals between British and Chinese companies. David Cameron, who departs for Beijing later today for his maiden visit to China as Prime Minister, has said he wants to forge a “much stronger” relationship with China as Britain looks to export its way back into the black. However, so far his achievements are lagging well behind the EU15 billion of trade deals secured by French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week. The largest deal announced so far includes a license to export breeding pigs to China, worth £45m over five years. The other major agreement was a £4m contract for the East Midlands architects Benoy which has capitalised on China’s building boom, and is now planning to open a headquarters in Beijing. However, the majority of the deals announced on Monday by UKTI, Britain’s trade promotion, were worth less than £1m. Among them were a deal to provide products for Guangzhou’s metro worth £35,000 and a deal to make a promotional film for Shanghai’s government worth £200,000 to £500,000. However, sources at the British delegation insisted that a number of bigger deals were in the pipeline. More than 40 executives from Britain’s biggest companies, including Alliance Boots, Virgin, Shell and Barclays will accompany the ministers in the hope of leveraging high-level political backing to

“This brings a huge increase in opportunities for UK firms given that they are globally competitive in services, advanced manufacturing and engineering, life sciences and creative industries.” Sources in Beijing said the three days of official meetings would focus primarily on trade issues, including breaking down China’s trade barriers, however Mr Cameron will also have to decide how to address growing international concerns over China’s human rights record. The award last month of the Nobel peace prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has focused attention on China’s repression of those who challenge its ruling one-party state, with rights groups reporting more than 50 dissidents arrested since the award. Mr Cameron will meet both China’s premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao but away from the high politics of state, will find time for a brief trip to the Great Wall and a visit to a Chinese school. Other ministers in Beijing this week include the Chancellor George Osborne, who will hold an economic and financial dialogue with Wang Qishan, China’s point-man on international economic affairs, covering issues including the value of the Chinese currency, the yuan and market access problems. Two other ministers will also be in Beijing; the Education Secretary Michael Gove who hopes increase exchanges between British and Chinese students and Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, who opens a new UK-China energy dialogue aimed at helping British companies capture a slice of China’s burgeoning green tech market.

Hospitals facing closer scrutiny of death rates All deaths in hospital and within a month of discharge are to be monitored under a new system in England

The scheme is being introduced in April following the Stafford Hospital scandal when the NHS was accused of being slow to react to the high number of deaths. There are currently a variety of tracking systems which are used, but only about 80% of deaths are recorded. The new system - Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicators - aims to ensure concerns are responded to quickly. It is being dubbed a “smoke alarm” in that an alert does not guarantee there is definitely something wrong, but that it should be investigated Monthly data will be published and rises in deaths or a consistently high rate will have to be investigated by the individual trust in conjunction with the regulator. The system will take into account local factors, such as how ill the patients are, and judge whether

the death rate it is within an expected range or above or below it. It was designed by an expert panel including representatives from leading think-tanks, senior doctors, the health regulator and Dr Foster Intelligence, a private body which tracks death rates. Ian Dalton, a senior NHS manager who helped design the new system, said: “This is a huge achievement. “A high SHMI on its owns is not an indication of poor standards of care but it is a trigger to take action. “Hospital boards across the country have a responsibility to pursue questions and quick action will help to ensure safe care for patients at all times.”


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Afghanistan withdrawal might not begin in 2011 The new Chief of the Defence Staff has suggested that British troops might not begin to return from Afghanistan next year as intended due to the scale of the challenge that remains.

The suggestion runs contrary to comments made by David Cameron in July that a limited withdrawal could begin in 2011, after he met US President Barack Obama.

mean it when we say we will be there for as long as it takes.”

Gen Sir David Richards told The Sun newspaper: “We are in a demanding part of Afghanistan and therefore, inevitably, we’re going to be shouldering the burden at least through next year.

A total of 342 British personnel have been killed in the war in Afghanistan, which has been going on for nine years. A provisional timetable for Afghans to take over control of their country is due to be sketched out at a Nato summit in Lisbon next week.

“The worst of all things would be to get out before we finish the job properly, for want of 1,000 trainers to keep them going for another couple of years... I’m absolutely clear. We really

The Government has said it expects Britain’s troops to stop fighting by 2015 and only remain in the country beyond that point in an advisory and training role.

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The official British Monarchy page was launchged at 8am on the world’s most popular social networking site, allowing users to connect with the Royal Family online.

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The Poppy Appeal 2010 Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal. Our emphasis this year is the need to help the Afghan generation of the Armed Forces and their families - today and for the rest of their lives.

Why do we wear a poppy? An American teacher, Moina Bell Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s 1915 poem In Flanders Fields, began selling silk poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. McCrae, a doctor serving in the First World War with the Canadian Armed Forces, was moved to write the poem about the poppies that grew after the aftermath and devastation of the bloody fighting in the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France. “Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw, The torch; be yours to hold it high, If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, In Flanders Fields,” he wrote. In 1920 the poppy was proclaimed as the United States’ national emblem of Remembrance and the following year Madame Guerin, a Frenchwoman, sold millions to raise funds for rehabilitation in areas of France. She also sent women to London to sell poppies and persuaded Earl Haig to adopt it for the British Legion. The first official Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11 November 1921.

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In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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Watch out for a few changes to the CK Lounge Bar Menu for the winter ~ it will be closing in the New Year for a bit of R&R, dates to follow... El Arroz are closing over Christmas and into the New Year, dates to follow... Bahia San Miguel AGM on Saturday 20th November in the AR Almerimar Hotel at 5.30pm registered members can view the agenda: www. bahiasanmiguelgolf.com Golf Rules Quiz at Restaurant El Arroz on 24 November, check for details... Supermarkets plan to pass on the 5¢ charge for single-use plastic bags imposed by the Junta de Andalucia from 1 January 2011 Book Hire available in support of ALStrays at Cafe Bar Ankara, Mario’s, Stumble Inn, CK Lounge Bar and Mac Gowan’s Irish Bar and Restaurant Cafe Bar Ankara will be closing for some refurbishment work some time in November Expats radio are doing a series of interviews on Expats In Spain, so if you want to be interviewed and promote your business at the same time get in touch via www.expatsradio. com/contact Did the earth move for you? Two minor earthquakes recorded in Almerimar on Thursday 4th November Men wanted! To play golf on Tuesday 16th November. Contact John Woodhead if you interested and available. Over 20 golfers turned out for the latest Tuesday Golf event: the best turn out of the year to date Rumour has it that someone recently consumed 4 whole Hot Dogs in one sitting at the CK Lounge Bar .... the gauntlet has been laid down! Change of mind over the darts night at the Stumble Inn, so that doesn’t look like it is going ahead. And still coming soon Leo’s Balls: watch out for a Toffs Ball and a Beggars Ball

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Dr Martens boots were introduced to Britain in 1960. Sarfraz Manzoor looks back over a halfcentury on the fashion frontline Dr Martens boots were first introduced into this country 50 years ago, a half-century that has seen Britain transformed, as musical movements have emerged and declined, and fashions come and gone. Yet DMs have been the footwear of choice for everyone from punks to policemen, skinheads to socialists. They may only be boots, but somehow Dr Martens have left a hefty footprint on style, music and politics. Which would probably have surprised Klaus Märtens, the young German army doctor who created the original design. The story goes that Dr Märtens set about creating a boot that had an aircushioned sole after injuring his ankle skiing. His sole provided comfort as well as absorbing impact from walking and running. For the first few years after their introduction to Britain, Dr Martens were very much working men’s boots, worn in factories and by postmen. According to Martin Roach, author of the definitive history of DMs, Doctor Martens: The Story of an Icon, it was not until Pete Townshend, wind-milling guitarist and songwriter with the Who, wore them in around

1966 that they became fashionable. Townshend recalls buying DMs because he was tired of the foppish clothes that were so popular during the 1960s. “I was sick of dressing up as a Christmas tree in flowing robes that got in the way of my guitar playing,” he says, “so I thought I’d move on to utility wear.” The air-cushioned soles helped him bounce around on stage, and wearing the boots, Townshend explained, reminded him of the working-class surroundings in which he had grown up. Having helped catapult Dr Martens into fashion in the 60s, Townshend was then instrumental in helping create one of the defining images from 70s popular culture, with 1975 rock opera Tommy featuring Elton John in an outsized pair of DM boots. The boots stand four and a half feet high and John had to wear them attached by callipers that allowed him to move as if he were on stilts. Today the boots are on display in Northampton Museum whose shoe collection is the largest in the world. By the 70s Dr Martens had been taken up by a cluster of subcultures all intent on brandishing their individuality but all of whom made DMs part of their uniform. Mods and glam rockers, psychobillies and goths all adopted the boots, but it was members of the emerging skinhead movement who would be the most feared wearers. It was because of the actions of some skinheads that the Dr Marten became associated with violence. Watson recalls: “The way we cut off the leather at the front to reveal the steel caps – those boots were seen as weaponry and you felt safe wearing them.” And yet the irony was that even as the DM was being co-opted by skinheads – only a minority of whom were racist and violent – the boots were also being worn by the police they were clashing with. Dr Martens even managed to step inside the House of Commons. when Tony Benn was photographed wearing them in Parliament. When I met him in his west London home Benn, 85, was wearing black DM shoes. Benn is among the oldest wearers of Dr Martens, but the boots are finding a new generation of fans. These days they are as likely to be worn by models such as Agyness Deyn and “celebrities” such as Pixie Geldof as they are by rock stars. Fifty years on, the enduring appeal of DMs is that, despite all the success, the brand remains unshakeably cool.

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No Chickens Were Harmed

I am not a particularly superstitious person. I regularly engage black cats in conversation, greet magpies politely, mutter ‘White Rabbits’ on the first of the month, and always walk round ladders, though that is primarily because I don’t want them to fall on my head. But something spooky happened to me recently; I think I have been voodoo hexed. I was in the lounge of Carol’s house, admiring (and coveting) her new curtains. Of course, it is impossible to admire properly without touching, so, with my eyes on the curtains, I stepped closer. There was a small tinkling sound at my feet. I looked down, and, Oh horror! I had knocked over her group of elegant African people.

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a ‘black man’s pinch’ in the days before political correctness outlawed such an innocently descriptive phrase. Now how could I have got a blood blister on that particular toe at that particular point in time? It couldn’t have occurred naturally, the impact with the elegant African people, although a major incident to them, had been so gentle that I had not even felt it. The coincidence was too great to ignore - I had inflicted damage on them, and they had retaliated and hexed me! What I needed was a Witch Doctor to un-hex me. Two things put me off this course of action – Limaria is not home to many, if any, Witch Doctors, and also the ritual sacrifice of a chicken, which seems to happen in all voodoo ceremonies, struck me as a bit unfair on the chicken. Having ruled out these possibilities I moved on to Option 2. I took a sharp pin, and popped the blister. Job done, and no chickens were harmed in the process!

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Pause For Thought... ‘What is it’, people often ask, ‘that makes you travel a not inconsiderable distance to Church each week?’ ‘Does Church attendance make you any better than the thousands who stay away?’ ‘And are there not plenty of unreligious folk around whose lives are every bit as good (and in many cases far better) than yours?’ ‘So how dare you’, the questioner sometimes continues, ‘presume to judge me as in any way inferior to yourself?’ What an indictment such questions are of the impression we, who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, so often portray to those we meet! So let’s make it quite clear that I am all too aware of how often I fail, and concede readily that there are many, many people without any religious convictions whose lives put mine to shame. And certainly I hope I would never judge anyone else – how indeed would I dare, when I know more than anyone, just how often I have failed? But fortunately for me, the Christian faith is designed for failures. Jesus stated that it wasn’t the good, but sinners, he’d come to rescue; that all who acknowledge their failings and turn to him for mercy, will be forgiven. And that same Jesus warned against judging others, no matter how terrible they may seem, pointing out that the greater the debt, the greater should be the resultant sense of gratitude and love. So why do I go to Church? Certainly not because of itself Church attendance makes me any better, but because being there, in company with others of a similar mind, encourages me to face my failings, to find forgiveness and to obtain strength to try anew, as well as the opportunity to thank and praise God for all he’s done. And yes, I probably could achieve all of that if I really tried, in the comfort of my own home, but I find it a lot easier and more meaningful in the ambience of a Church Service and in an atmosphere of communal prayer.

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

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Wherever I am at 11am GMT on the 11th of November each year, I retire to a quiet corner, whether it be at home, in the car or at the supermarket, to offer my silent respects for the fallen. I also faithfully watch the television coverage of the Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph. Neither of these simple things are done out of a sense of duty, but because of a genuine desire to simply do it, and in order to remind myself yet again of what real sacrifice means, and how much each of us owes to those who fought for our freedom against the forces of pure evil. I watch the dwindling army of survivors of the two great conflicts of the twentieth century make their laboured but proud way along Whitehall, on foot and in wheelchairs – some too infirm to take part but simply watching and remembering from the sidelines - and those others who have fought in such places as Korea, The Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan and a dozen other theatres of war since. I always feel deeply moved by their silent dignity and feel their pride when I see the medals and regimental badges on display. And when I hear the words from the forth stanza of Binyon’s famous poem, ‘For The Fallen’, then please, nobody try to speak to me. As I watch the Politicians step forward to lay their wreaths, with suitable expressions of respect, and wearing their smart impeccably tailored clothes, I ponder the paradoxical injustice of it all. Soldiers, sailors nor airmen start wars.

Politicians for whatever reasons or justification do that from their secure and safe positions far from the front line, but it is the members of our armed services who are asked to risk paying the ultimate price on their behalf. I look at the human results of these conflicts, and the disgraceful lack of compassion and care that is often bestowed on these magnificent people after they have served their purpose. I look at the decline of the morals and standards of our once great country, and the dire circumstances we currently find ourselves in. I mourn the ever increasing loss of those freedoms paid for in blood by the very people being remembered today, and the gifting of our sovereign rights to European interests – all presided over by those same politicians. And year on year I have the same thought as I watch those dignified servicemen and women march, and I remember once again the millions of their comrades who never returned. And it is this. They deserve more. They deserve so much more. My own Dad was never sent to fight in 1939, but was engaged in a wartime occupation at an aircraft factory somewhere in Oxfordshire. He told me tales of the grisly discoveries in some of the downed aircraft that were brought into the factory for recycling into parts for new planes that were always in demand for the RAF. He also related the story of an exact replica of the factory that was constructed several miles away from the original. Exact that is, except for one crucial feature – it only stood a few feet off the ground and was to all intents and purposes a glorified Airfix

model. The Germans duly took the bait, bombed seven bells out of it and mission accomplished, moved on to the unfortunate city of Coventry, leaving the heavily camouflaged real factory to carry on it’s important work unimpeded. At one point Dad had fallen ill with pneumonia, and had been confined to bed and my Mum had taken to locking the bedroom door when she went out, presumably because she had the notion that Dad would be safer from abduction by German paratroopers. This makes perfect sense to me, but then I have inherited my Mums silly genes. Then one day whilst she was out of the house, a stray German bomber making his getaway from RAF fighters, decided to dump his remaining bombs on the railway sidings at the back of my parents house. One minute my Dad was dozing and feeling weak as a kitten, the next he was running round the bedroom in his nightshirt like a man possessed, broken door knob in his hand, wondering why the Germans were bombing his Brussels sprouts. My Dad told me that he got himself back to work as quickly as possible after that, because he reckoned that my Mum was more dangerous than Hitler. We do remember. We must remember. But in a generation from now I have my doubts.

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Sunseed & Pita-Eco-School Open Day Sunseed is a charity that began in 1986. Its aims are to develop, demonstrate and communicate accessible, low-tech methods of living sustainably in a semi-arid environment. The different areas it works in are; organic growing, eco-construction, appropriate technology, reforestation, water management, education and sustainable living. The Pita-Eco-School is a project initiated in 1993, demonstrating the various ways to use pita (agave) and its wood in desert areas. The school includes an exposition of various musical instruments and wooden handicraft products made with pita wood. It presents photographs, documentaries and botanical information. The workshops enables you to make your own home made crafts and musical instruments, and also represents the various projects of the family NGO Edget Baandnet Children Centre, which helps children orphaned by HIV / AIDS in Ethiopia.

Saturday 27th November Sunseed & Pita-Eco-School Open Day On Saturday 27th November Sunseed and the PitaEco-School are organizing an Open Day to show their projects to visitors. It will the 3rd and the last Open Day of the year, that both projects organise together, it will be a fun day filled with various events, activities and tours. The Open Day will take place nearby Sorbas in the village of Los Molinos de Rio Aguas. The activities, most free, will start at

10.00am and will run throughout the day until late. There will be a Christmas Handicraft Market with stands with local organic and handmade products such as: bread, jam, olives, soaps, musical instruments, jewellery, art, etc... The workshops and activities for adults and children will be: practical workshops “How to live greener in your apartment” how to make bread to your own natural toothpaste. Also there will be regular guided tours through the projects, information and activities about sustainability, working with Agave (Pita) wood, bike repair, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, movies and finishing with an Open Music Jam Session in the evening. Everyone is welcome to join us for a delicious, home cooked vegan buffet, available throughout the day. Only 4 Euros per person. People who come to the Open Day by bicycle will have a 50% discount on lunch as a way to promote environmental awareness. We invite all people who are interested to come and participate. If you are doing handicrafts or natural handmade products and you would like to participate in our Christmas Market, please contact us. For further information and booking you can contact with: www.sunseed.org.uk or 950 52 57 70 Pita-Eco-School: www.timbedrums.com or call 630 66 18 65 Thanks for your attention. Yours faithfully. Patricia Cañas Education, Publicity & Fundraising Coordinator

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Benedict XVI is in town! Anyway he is in Barcelona. Fernando Alonso is in Brazil, on the way to become World Champion in The Formula 1 Grand Prix. A true dilemma for the Spanish – except for Zapatero, who chose to be in Afghanistan to avoid being touched with any kind of divine thoughts! Both events seem to be of great importance to the Spanish population, so one television station suggested either to show the Pope’s visit, with a sub-window on screen following the Formula 1 Grand Prix; or reverse. In my opinion Zapatero did not need to flee that far. If he had met with the Pope in La Sagrada Familia, he should have felt on secure ground – the architecture of the “genius”, Gaudi, is just as loud and hollow as his politics. Could not help to tell you that Gaudi died before the basilica were finished. He was run over by tram on Gran Via in Barcelona. And that was how Spanish architecture got out of its misery. You are right! I do not like Gaudi’s architecture – I find it even fussier than Art Nouveau. Here in Spain they are also envious of the earnings of their politicians. Maria Dolores Cospedal, General Secretary of PP (Partido Popular – Conservatives) earns €150,000 per year. Socialist news media have made a big issue of that. I think they and their readers/ viewers forget that being a politician is not just about cutting red ribbons from 9 to 5. Politicians in that position are in high level management, and like companies, if you want the best; you have to pay for it. If you are among the receivers of a Simple newsletter, sent out by a Network every week, with information on what is happening in the Murcia Region, you have already read about the local Spanish press slandering a British real estate company, promoting “bargains” at Condado de Alhama – posing as official representatives of Polaris World and tying the offers in to the supposedly new Paramount theme park, before it is even official that the new theme park is going to be there at all. I must say that the newsletter is absolutely right in its observation. I too read the article in the local newspaper, and wondered how they could justify “throwing stones, when they themselves live in a glass house”. That local newspaper was the very one that blasted out the coming of a new Paramount theme part and film studio, without having the facts to back up their claim. When did two wrongs make a right? And then to some society news. The World could not go on without information of what the rich and famous are up to. - The granddaughter of media mogul, Randolph Hearst, - Amanda Hearst , has been dating one of Spain’s most eligible bachelors, Luis Medina – a member of one of Spain’s most important noble families and often seen at high society events -, since this summer. Luis apparently has not been as lucky with this relationship as his brother, Rafael, who celebrated his wedding to Laura Vecino (another socialite) about a month ago. Luis, a real “dandy” like his brother, took Amanda to his brother’s wedding, but then she had to go back to New York to fulfil her obligations (not sure what they are), and as Luis assured the Spanish Hola, “a distance relationship is hard”. Well, born with a silver spoon in your mouth, it is naturally difficult to have to work for anything! Newspapers have no heart. They will not give me a couple of pages to explain what is happening to the infrastructure in the region – bless them! I have a sneaking suspicion that they might know that I would bore the readers to death! Anyway – 600 million investment by the regional government and the central ministry of infrastructure – and most likely the EU -, means that Murcia will have an International Airport in 2013, a high speed train connection in 2020, a motorway in the North/North West in 2015 among a lot of other benefits for the already great regional infrastructure. Just remember that with the experience of the Vera motorway, the benefits of those improvements will be limited if one has to pay for them.

Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com. DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

...the write thing Writer’s block is a phenomenon experienced by every writer at some stage or another. It’s a feeling of having absolutely nothing to say, or of having something but... what? And how? I think of it as ‘creative constipation’. What can you do about it? There’s no syrup-of-figs for the soul. Or is there? I find that when I’m in the grip of this awful affliction it’s better to write anything – even if it doesn’t make much sense or sound very interesting. So I sit in front of my pc scowling at the blank screen and write the first thing that comes into my head. One thing leads to another and so on. And it’s important to keep writing, for at least an hour. Psychologists call this process free association. It works. You may not be satisfied with what you’ve written but no matter, you can improve on it later.

Just start writing. Another method I employ during times of drought when the Muse has deserted me is to re-read past work. I can get engrossed in this as I gasp either in wonder or horror at the stuff that’s flowed from my pen over the years. Eek! I think, did I really write that fulsome purple prose? How embarrassing! Or, (more rarely) – omigod, that’s awesome. Never mind that no one else has ever read whatever it is, I write for personal satisfaction as much as the pursuit of paper glory. The important thing is that I can become involved with editing and re-writing, necessary skills for any writer to develop and an ongoing practice that is very useful. Remember, all art is ninety-nine per-cent perspiration and only one per cent inspiration. So get those discarded stories, novels and poems out of

the bottom drawer and start sweating! Joining a group such as The Write Thing can be a great help in this area. The group tackles motivating but easy and enjoyable exercises during the sessions and it’s always fascinating to see the results of individual responses to the trigger. The discussions that follow the sharing of work are in themselves often highly inspirational. Observing how others handle the given material is fascinating and I’m always surprised by individual reactions to the same subject matter. One of the greatest benefits of the group is in fact the constant reminder of how different we all are and therefore how special our uniqueness is. When you’re feeling uninspired it is necessary to find enthusiasm and incentive outside yourself. The Write Thing provides just

the environment and encouragement you need to break through the block. Syrup-Of-Figs For The Soul? Could be a good title for a book

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Bank Of England & European Central bank keep interest rates on hold again Market Commentary 5th November 2010 As expected yesterday, the Bank of England has made no change in the interest rate and has decided not to follow the US by pumping more cash into the economy through quantitative easing. Interest rates have been at the historic low of 0.5% for 20 months now and the level of quantitative easing (QE) remains at £200bn. In the UK, higher than expected third quarter GDP growth of 0.8%, as well as upbeat manufacturing data, has diminished the case for a further cash injection. However, an increase in the number of homeowners choosing to remortgage their properties suggests people fear higher interest rates are on the way. But recent surveys have shown a mixed picture for property prices: Halifax’s latest update shows a 1.8% rise in prices in October, but that follows a huge 3.6% fall in September. Only a quarter of new home loans taken out during August were for people who were remortgaging, the lowest proportion for a decade, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday that he did not think the United States was actively trying to weaken the dollar by printing money, despite criticism from emerging economic powerhouses. The Federal Reserve committed on Wednesday to buying $600 billion in bonds with newly created money to pump liquidity into a struggling U.S. economy. The Bank of Japan made a similar move last month. “I have no indication that would change my trust in the fact that (U.S. policymakers) ... are not playing the strategy of the weak dollar,” Trichet told a news conference after the ECB held interest rates at a record low of 1.0 percent for the 18th month running.

“It is in the interest of the U.S. to have a strong dollar vis-à-vis the other floating currencies,” he said. But analysts said his confidence might be misplaced. Policymakers from the world’s new economic powerhouses in Latin America and Asia said they would consider fresh steps to curb capital inflows after the Fed move, which threatens to boost their currencies and makes any substantive deal on tackling global economic imbalances at next week’s Group of 20 meeting in Seoul less likely. Trichet declined to comment more closely on the Fed’s action. “We have our mandate and ... the Governing Council of the ECB is faithful to its mandate,” he said. “Ask everybody to judge ourselves on the results of our policy.” Analysts read that as meaning the ECB would not follow the Fed in easing, something it has show no signs of doing. Just one day after the Fed launched a new round of quantitative easing, the ECB stressed yesterday that it has no intention to follow. The ECB will wait until December to decide if it can continue to reel in crisis support measures such as providing unlimited shortterm liquidity for commercial banks, Trichet said. He added, however, that the ECB was not committed to removing all of its non-standard measures before raising interest rates 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 almeria@currenciesdirect.com


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2 bed / 2 bath 1st floor Apartment in gated complex with tennis courts, indoor & outdoor pool, gardens. Fully furnished & equipped. Ref 1449

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3 bed/2 bath Apartment on the lower part of Marina de la Torre. Pool, Terrace with sea views, Patio. Ref.1459

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3 bed 2 bath Townhouse, Sea views, Build 80 mts², Plot 196 mts², Large private garden, Communal pool, tennis court.Ref 1444

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3 bed / 2 bath Villa close to Desert Springs Resort. Build 151 mts², Plot 1,012 mts². Wood burner, A/C Ref.1407

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Sperm whales, pilot whales, orcas and dolphins are all at risk of being killed in collisions with freighters using the proposed route between Tarifa, on the southwestern tip of Spain and a new port in Tangier on Morocco’s northern coast. Greenpeace has called on the Spanish government to rethink the creation of the new route. “There is an exclusion zone that is ignored already and now they are going to create a new route that slices it in two,” Pilar Marcos, head of Greenpeace

Spain’s coastal campaign, told Spanish newspaper El Pais. The Merchant Marine department of Spain’s Public Works ministry has admitted that it “does not consider the said route to be necessary” but cannot prohibit its use. Instead it will urge freighters to reduce their speed during the crossing to 13 knots and post lookouts on deck to “avoid collisions with cetaceans”. Spain’s Center for Conservation, Information & Research on Cetaceans (CIRCE)

has said there have already been four documented collisions in the waters at the mouth of the Mediterranean. “In 2002 we saw one close up. A freighter passed by our side and ran into a sperm whale, which was left expelling jets of blood,” said Renaud de Stephanis, president of CIRCE. “The new route could cause a significant increase in the number of collisions between fast ferries and these species,” he said.

Plastic Debris ‘Killing Adriatic Loggerhead Turtles’

One in three loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine, according to researchers studying the impact of debris on marine life. The shallow waters of the Adriatic are important feeding grounds for the turtles as they develop into adults. But the sea-floor is one of the most polluted in Europe. The team studied the bodies of dead sea turtles that had been stranded or accidentally caught by fishing vessels. The impacts of debris on marine creatures are not entirely clear. But scientists have found that animals ranging from invertebrates to large mammals consume plastic waste and are concerned that it could damage their health. For a turtle, just a few grams of debris can be fatal if it obstructs the gut. The researchers from the University of Zagreb found that more than a third of the 54 turtles they examined had ingested marine debris of some kind including plastic bags, wrapping foils, ropes, polystyrene foam and fishing line. One turtle had consumed 15 pieces of plastic, which almost filled its stomach. Although the plastic weighted just 0.71g in total, they said it was enough to “probably cause the death of this individual”. Plastic can weaken the turtles by taking up space in the gut which would otherwise digest food. The shallow coastal waters of the northern Adriatic are one of the most important feeding grounds for loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean. Here they are able to progress to feeding on the sea floor at a young age. The southern Adriatic is also important in their development into ocean-going animals. “It is important to know more about the Adriatic Sea in order to help loggerhead turtles across the whole Mediterranean.” says Romana Gracan, one of the researchers involved in the study. “The water temperature here suits them and

because it is shallow they have the opportunity to feed on benthic [sea-floor] animals.” The concentration of litter on the sea floor is among the highest along European coasts, after the northwestern Mediterranean and the Celtic Sea. The waste comes from the dense population of four million people who live along the coast and are joined each summer by 18 million tourists. The sea is small and largely cut off from the rest of the Mediterranean, only joined to the Ionian Sea by the 70km wide Strait of Otranto. Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) are omnivorous feeders that feed at a variety of different depths. Where the Mediterranean is too deep for the turtles to reach the sea floor, they feed on floating animals. But in shallower coastal waters of the Adriatic they take the opportunity to feast on larger seafloor animals. This brings them into contact with large amounts of debris. The researchers say their study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, is the first to address the problems caused by solid debris in the Adriatic Sea. Chemical pollution in the Adriatic has been studied for more than 30 years and is already central to marine conservation in the Mediterranean. The researchers hope that, now they have shown that the turtles are particularly vulnerable to plastic debris, more will be done to reduce it. “Loggerheads are opportunistic feeders which will eat almost anything that is in front of them and plastic stays around for a very long time in the sea,” says Dr Gracan. “In the future we must think more carefully what we put in the sea.”

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The term refers to people with the responsibility of looking after two generations at the same time. So Mum and Dad are “sandwiched” between looking after their own children, and their own parents. Known also as the “coping classes” the clear message from a report called “How Fair Is Britain?” was that without action now, the burden of caring for older relatives will destroy the “bond of affection” at the heart of family life Discussing this with a Spanish friend over a glass of red the more I explained the situation, the smugger he became! He just couldn’t understand why this was an issue at all. His generation have been brought up, as with previous generations, expecting to raise a family of their own, while at the same time look after the elder generation. When I asked him if it did not concern him that he would have less disposable income, have to live in a smaller house, take less holidays he just shrugged and said “that is the way it should be”. Then of course he had to rub it in! Ordering another glass of red he couldn’t help but say that this is why Spain is so much better than

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Red wine, more like red rag to the proverbial bull in this case. I thought it only fair to point out a few other facts from the report: * Woman working full time still earn around 20% less than men. * Ethnic minorities are twice as likely to find professional work. * Racism and religious prejudice are increasing and hostility towards immigration has grown. * One in four women and one in five men in their fifties is a carer. * The number of pensioners and other adults who will need informal care from their families is expected to increase by 90 per cent in the next 30 years. * An analysis of living standards shows that the total household wealth of the top 10 per cent in society is almost 100 times higher than for the poorest 10 per cent. As he sipped his glass of red, he looked very reflective, before saying in a somewhat subdued voice: “you could have been describing Spain” Who is smiling now?

Chris Marshall is a professional blogger and freelance broadcaster and writer who lives in Almerimar, Spain with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley Davidsons, and more often than not a bottle of red to hand. His weekly column in The Sol Times is sponsored by Bay Connect (www. bay-connect.com): Fast Broadband, Cheap Calls and FREE Online TV. You can hear more Views From A Balcony In Spain on Chris’s weekly show on Expats R adio www.expatsr adio.com

Somewhat Relieved...

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As I write this I am celebrating a great week for adoptants coming forward in Germany. Just when I had started to worry that my rehoming process was completely clogged with cats and kittens, homes have been confirmed for 11 Alstrays cats in the last 10 days, AND we have just about finalised transport plans for this week to get 22 cats to Germany. 17 of these are Almerimar foster cats, 14 of which now have their adoptants, and of the remaining 5 Mojacar cats, 3 also have permanent homes. As you read this 5 will have flown from Alicante to Munich with Cony, one of the German girls, and 17 will have enjoyed a drive

through Spain with my husband Chris, and Ken Brown, followed by a drive across France and Germany with 2 more of the German girls, Martina and Kerstin. This is a huge relief, as we have had far too many kittens in foster care at one time. We desperately need more foster homes, as putting more than 5 cats together is fraught with problems, particularly where bugs and parasites are concerned. I therefore haven’t changed my mind about slowing d o w n on the r e-

homing program for the next couple of months. I want to focus on sterilisation as I wrote last week, and on finding homes for the cats currently in foster care here and in the Mojacar PAWs cattery. I also want to make sure that, apart from exceptional cases, we are only trying to rehome tame cats. Feral ones really are better sterilised and, as long as they have a food source, released again to roam free. Me anwhile the Subway cats project is progressing well, so look out for an update on that in next week’s article.

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Coronation Street’s Vicky Binns has teased that the fallout relating to the identity of baby Jack’s father will be “immense”. Binns’s alter-ego Molly Dobbs has found out that Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) is the father of her son. Unbeknown to Molly and Kevin, Jack Duckworth overheard their conversation and is now aware of their affair. Furthermore, Binns has revealed that

Jack does confront her. “Molly’s shocked to the core when Jack tells her,” she told What’s On TV. “Not because he might tell Tyrone but because his reaction is so beautiful. He doesn’t condemn her and instead urges her to leave Weatherfield with Tyrone and baby Jack.” It was confirmed in May that Binns is set to exit the ITV soap

Walsh, Minogue ‘Annoyed With Cole’

A tabloid report has claimed that Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh are annoyed with Cheryl Cole’s behaviour on this year’s X Factor. According to The People, the judges are frustrated that Cole was allowed to fly to the US last week, despite still having four acts to mentor on the ITV1 show. Walsh is quoted as saying: “It takes three security guards just to escort her ego.” Meanwhile, Minogue is alleged to have told friends: “It’s one rule for her and another for the rest of us.” A show source added: “Dannii and Louis were absolutely outraged that Cheryl was allowed to just swan off and leave her acts while she went to LA. They are both busy people as well. Louis has bands to manage and Dannii is a new

merdale’ Exit Lyndon Ogbourne Teases ‘Em his own

Lyndon Ogbourne has revealed that Emmerdale fans will see Nathan Wylde “at his most vulnerable” during his final weeks on screen. The actor has already filmed his last scenes as the village bad boy, who is currently trying to sell Home Farm following his mum Natasha’s

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mum with a fashion line. But they know X Factor has to come first during the live shows. “There’s a lot of panto in X Factor but this isn’t panto. There’s some real hard feelings this year and each week it’s getting a little more nasty. It’s got so nasty between the four of them even the producers are shocked.”

The BBC’s espionage drama Spooks is report edly helping to increas e interes t in working for securit y service MI5. Accord ing to The Daily Mail, the numbe r of visits to the MI5 website triples from an averag e of 500 to 1,500 during the Monday night slot when Spooks is on BBC One. While the progra mme is on-air, seven of the top ten phrase s used in search engine s to find the site are related to jobs, includi ng ‘MI5 careers ’, ‘MI5 jobs’, and ‘How to join MI5’. However, the Service is unders tood to be concer ned that the violent

and bloody storyli nes in Spooks could deter female candidates from joining . MI5 has launched a recruit ment drive specifically aimed at attract ing more female intellig ence officer s, as 59% of its employees are currently male. A senior Whitehall source said: “Spook s is a great TV show, but the violence can put women off applying for jobs at MI5. “A career in the Service is about brain, not brawn - careful ly piecing together vital intellig ence to protec t the UK and its people.”

HUMBUGS

Cafe Arboleas

A taste of home... ♦ Freshly Ground Coffee ♦ Hot chocolate ♦ Freshly with fresh Baked Bread cream & ♦ Homemade marshmallows cakes & pastries ♦ Beers, Wines ♦ Fresh soup of the day & Spirits

Indulge yourself...

♦ Milkshakes ♦ Baked potatoes ♦ Baguettes ♦ Continental breakfast ♦ Cream Tea

Open Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 6.00 Sunday 10.00 - 3.00 Tel: 950 003 391

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SATURDAY BOWL & BOTTLE DEAL

• 1 GAME OF BOWLING • SHOE HIRE • BOTTLE OF HEINEKEN, BUD, CARLSBERG, MAHOU OR SAN MIGUEL

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SABADO BOLERA Y BOTELLA PROMOCIÓN SOLO

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• 1 JUEGO DE BOLERA • ZAPATO ALQUIER • BOTELLA DE HEINEKEN, BUD, CARLSBERG, MAHOU O SAN MIGUEL

SATURDAY BOWL & BURGER DEAL

Pumpkin & Apple soup Ingredients:

SOLO 10€

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lunch time specials & peas fish, chips, mushy tea or coffee

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

tel: 666 032 776

300ml/½ pint dry cider or apple juice 2 sprigs fresh sage Salt and freshly ground pepper

10 € MENU DEL DIA

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee

PLEASE PRESENT THIS VOUCHER WHEN ORDERING

christmas eve 4 Courses including Canapes & Cava on arrival

20€

Bookings essential

Pre-Christmas Parties Available - Call for details We are open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘till late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking recommended. Spanish speaking 950 430 145 English speaking 647 730 103

Cook for another 2 minutes, season well and add the stock and the cider or apple juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the ingredients are tender. Liquidise and serve piping hot with crusty bread.

Christmas Day Lunch 5 courses 30€

Desposit Required 15€pp

Sunday Lunch Menu del Dia

including roast Lamb Shank, Roast Pork, Beef Sirloin with Roast Potatoes. 1 - 4pm ITV

MESON DE IRENE

Bridge

€4.95

570ml/1 pint vegetables stock

1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm

 Cod, Haddock, hips Rock, Hake, & C

2 baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Available Mon to Sat inclusive

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new pizza on naan breads 5€

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• 2 JUEGOS DE BOLERA • ZAPATO ALQUIER • 228 GRAMOS TERNERA CON PATATAS FRITAS

1 tbsp olive oil

Baza/Fines ► ◄ Albox

Petrol Station

SABADO BOLERA Y HAMBURGUESA PROMOCIÓN

1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed

Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the pumpkin, chopped apples and sage.

ONLY €10

2 onions, peeled and chopped

• 2 GAME OF BOWLING • SHOE HIRE • Half pound amigos burger & chips

Pol. Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage


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Pumpkin Lasagne Method

Ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Heat 90ml/3fl oz extra virgin olive oil the olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the pumpkin and cook, covered, stirring gently from 1kg/2lb 3oz pumpkin, peeled, seeds time to time, until the pumpkin is tender, up to removed, cubed one hour. Season the pumpkin with plenty of Paprika & Nutmeg, to taste paprika, a grating of nutmeg, freshly ground black Salt & freshly ground black pepper pepper and a little salt, to taste. Add the ricotta 250g/9oz fresh ricotta cheese cheese while it’s still on the heat. Stir well then remove from the heat. Cover and allow mixture 250g/8¾oz green lasagne pasta sheets to stand. 150ml/5¼fl oz milk For the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a 25g/1oz grated parmesan cheese, or small saucepan without letting it brown. Add the vegetarian parmesan-style grating flour little by little, stirring constantly to prevent cheese lumps from forming. When the flour has evenly For the béchamel sauce absorbed the butter, continue to cook, stirring, for 55g/2oz butter 4-5 minutes. Add the 350ml/10½fl oz milk a little 55g/2oz plain flour at a time, stirring constantly to make a smooth, thick and creamy sauce. 350ml/10½fl oz milk Arrange a layer of lasagne pasta sheets in the bottom of a large ovenproof dish. Spoon over a third of the pumpkin mixture. Lay more pasta sheets over the top, followed by another layer of pumpkin and another layer of pasta, followed by a final layer of the pumpkin Established 6 years mixture. Finish with a layer Bar, Restaurant and Terrace for Lunches & Drinks of lasagne pasta sheets. Wed - Sun 12 noon to 3.30pm (last orders) Pour the 150ml/5¼fl oz milk over the top and allow it special wednesday lunch to drain through to all pasta layers. Bake for ten minutes, Roast Beef or Pork & Tea or Coffee remove and spread the Open Evenings Due to popular demand béchamel sauce on top. Bake Weds to Sat 7pm to Steak night 7.95€ for a further 15-20 minutes 10pm (last orders) or until all the milk has been is now thurs & fri Evening 3 absorbed by the pasta and Pre-Christmas & Course inclusive the lasagne looks cooked and Christmas bookings is beginning to go crisp. A la Carte Menu Now being taken Remove from the oven, always available Call in for a menu sprinkle with parmesan Sunday Lunch Choice of two and place back in the oven 3 Course set menus for a few minutes - take care Served between 12pm - 4.30pm last orders not to burn the pasta or the béchamel on top. Serve Limaria, Arboleas 4.5km from Albox Tel: 950 432 719 immediately.

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LA PARATA

Shea, formally of Neptuno’s presents

Sunday Lunch

LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

2 course ~ 10.95€ ~ 3 course ~ 13.50€

Menu del dia ~ 10€ for 3 courses

Every Thursday - winter warmerS SERVED FROM 7:30PM

OPEN Tues-Sat 1pm-3pm, 7.30-10pm, sun 1pm-3pm

For Reservations please call 950 478 186

cafe bar Los Mellizos formerly the Corner Bar,

La Alfoquia

Friday Karaoke A night of Entertainment with Graham Dee with Steve Fisher. Every Wednesday 7pm to 10pm Starting this saturday Pizzeria Now Open x factor Homemade pizzas, Choose from saturday special up to 15 Toppings starting at 5€ eat in or Takeaway - 1pm Til’ late any pizza, fries & salad plus a Non Smoking restaurant now open

bottle of wine only 10€

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

NEW

The Kimrick 

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover www.beachcomber.viva-almeria.com

5 COURSE Christmas Day Lunch One sitting only: Sit down between 12.30pm and 3.30pm Bar closes at 7pm Adults 35€ ~ Children 20€ ~ Reservations only 50% non returnable deposit required when booking .......................................

Warm Cheese, Onion & Tomato Quiche .......................................

Traditional 1970’s Prawn Cocktail Duck & Apple Pate With Red Onion Jam, Toast & A Salad Garnish Smoked Salmon & Herb Cream Cheese Roulade, Caviar, Bread & Garnish Homemade Cream Of Tomato & Basil Soup With A Freshly Baked Baguette ....................................... Lemon Sorbet .......................................

A Mixture of Turkey Breast, Beef & Pork, Mashed & Roast Potatoes, Pig-In-A-Blanket, Bacon, Onion & Sage Stuffing, Yorkshire Pudding, Gravy, Peas & Four Fresh Vegetables Served On The Side. Plus Your Choice Of Sauces And Accompaniments. (Vegetarian Option Available If Ordered In Advance) .......................................

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

Free Coffee When Buying After-Dinner Drinks 3 Course Pre-Christmas Meal

Similar to Christmas Day meal, please ask for more details ( Available 1st- 24th December just 15€ ) (Reservations only or if not booked subject to availability)

Private Functions, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc

Non-smoking restaurant ~ Air - conditioning ~ Free wifi

45€ pp

Traditional Christmas Day

5 course lunch (served at 2.30pm) with all the trimmings including house wines and entertainment with Steve King until 7.00pm

Christmas Party Nights throughout December from only 18€ per person

Julia’s super New Year’s Eve

5 course dinner with cava & grapes at midnight, party bags and entertainment by Brendan O’Dee

Fish & Chips

Every Friday

65€ pp

from 5th Nov

Cod or Haddock, deep fried (or poached) with handcut chips, mushy peas, bread & butter Starter and dessert options also available

6.95€

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

SAT 13th Nov - Dinner Dance with Arribba Arriba ‘with last set a tribute to ABBA’

20€

SAT 20th Nov

10€

- 60’s, 70’s Disco Night with international DJ Ian including a hot buffet.

menu del dia 12€ kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Tel: 950 473 099

Open 11am ‘till close last food orders 10pm

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: thekimrick@hotmail.com


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Arkrites British Food Store in Roquetas (near Theos)

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

Free Home Delivery Always well stocked

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

TEL: 950 334 081

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

Bar Spinnaker

BRITISH BEACH FRONT BAR

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

950 325 867

www.barspinnakerroquetas.co.uk

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

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

Ask about Spanish Lessons for only 5€ per hour Curry Night - Saturdays 7pm -10pm

Onion Bhajee, Chicken Curry, Naan Bread & Small Beer or Wine. All for €8.50 TUE: 9PM BINGO wed: 9pm ‘the big quiz’ / fri: 9Pm race night Sunday lunch - 1.30-4.30pm - Booking Recommended

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor Bloggers Or Cowards? I have written this article as I was so incensed to receive an email recently promoting a web blog so-called to do with the Almanzora Valley. After reading it I wondered why fellow human beings could have such hatred against other human beings to want to start up such a blog. Is there not enough hatred in this world already? Do the people of the Almanzora Valley not have more important things to do with their lives? Perhaps some of their spent energy on setting up the blogs would be better spent on setting up blogs to fight the illegal housing issues here. This is where blogging can really be useful. Unfortunately, there will always be those who choose to be a coward and find a way to ridicule others in a cowardly manner. For those of you that do not know what a blog is. It is a website that can be set up free of charge by anyone with internet access. It is a set of pages that can be used for a wide variety of things. Selling items, storytelling, your daily diary, or, as in the case below, used by cowards to hide in anonymity and the protection of Google, to set up vile and vicious blogs about members of the local community here in the Almanzora Valley. Blogs can be great fun but they can also cause immense harm and embarrassment that cause people to become ill with depression. The affected people may end up being fearful of leaving their home due to the nastiness of these blogs. Does the coward care? What do you think? What possesses these cowards to set up these blogs is puzzling. Is it jealousy? Is it because they truly hate the people they are libelling? Do they just think it great fun? They have even gone to the extent of stealing private discussions and posting them on their blogs to embarrass and ridicule people. Perhaps equally as disturbing is the need of the local forums to openly publicise the blogs for all to read. Clearly these forum owners have no morals either. Shame on them. So, my question is are they genuine bloggers or are they genuine cowards? If they are bloggers, then they would not hide behind anonymity, but openly state who they

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are. That leaves only one thing they can be - COWARDS. Google has a lot to answer for in these cases. It is known that unless you have hundreds of thousands of Euros to go to court and force Google to reveal the identity of the blogger you have no chance in getting the blog removed. The only real option anyone has is to set up a similar blog naming and shaming the people believed to be responsible for the libel; anonymously of course. But what real genuine person would want to stoop so low and become ‘one of them’ a coward? Someone with such low integrity and self esteem that he has to ridicule fellow citizens in such a vicious and cowardly manner. Regards Dave Bolton Dear Sol Times I am writing in response to Jos’ recent article about figs. Last year I tried to dry outside and it was a failure - big failure as the fruit fly got in. This year having read around on the internet I went for quick drying in the microwave or slightly longer process but more at a time in the oven. That has worked. My higo de pan was a variation of recipes I found on the internet. Basically, 1lb of dried figs, 20g whole almonds skinned (think I threw a few extra in), 2 tbsp of sesame seeds, ½ tsp anise, large pinch cinnamon, 2-3 tablespoons of brandy – I used rice paper rounds top and bottom for mine. The dried figs were roughly chopped in the food mixer everything else then added. You could put them in a square tin or what I did was put mine straight on tot a rice paper round and roughly shape. Then when I was happy topped with another round of rice paper and gently pressuring it so the fig mis came to the edge of the round. Allowed to stand in the air for 2 or three days then put away in airtight container. You can also use dates! Still intending to have a go at a liqueur. Best wishes, Susan

with Trev & Suzie at Rumores, Albox - Every Monday from 7:30pm & Piano Bar, Turre - Every Friday from 7:30pm Call 689 892 745 for more information

Line Dance Class.............

for all levels, starting at 7:30pm at Maloan’s (opp. BP), Albox every Wednesday. Call Trev & Suzie on 689 892 745 for more information

Dance The Night Away with Matt Black ...............

at The White Horse Community Inn, Cucador on Saturday 13th November ~ Call 628 122 363

EXPATS We are having a Car Boot Sale at

Bar International

Please help to raise funds to stop the threat of losing our homes and everybody else we know in a similar situation. Please donate anything, large or small items (we can collect) Tel John Burns 670 563 760

THANK YOU

MIS AMIGOS BAR—DINER PARTALOA

Wednesday 1pm - Close Three Course Menu 10.95 For Two Persons

Thursday 1pm - Close

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

Christmas party menus now available call for more details

Friday 1pm - Close

Fish & Chips & Alternatives 9.95 For Two Persons

Saturday Nights 6.30pm - Close

Look Out For The Adverts

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

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

TEL: 657 445 396 OR 626 893 799

Thursday & Monday 2 Pizzas for €

8

COME AND SAMPLE THE NEW MENU AT MIS AMIGOS BAR-DINER

WE AIM TO PROVIDE

SIMPLE, TASTY HOME COOKED FOOD AT AFFORDABLE PRICES STARTERS AND PUDDINGS. KIDS MENU AVAILABLE. TAPAS AVAILABLE

ALL DAY EVERYDAY

LASAGNE COTTAGE PIE CHICKEN CURRY CHILLI CON CARNE HOME MADE BURGERS PIZZA AND MUCH MORE

5€

1 HOUR HORSE RIDE AT RANCHO LUZ DE SOL WITH 3 COURSE SUNDAY LUNCH

25€

Friday night winter warmers Steak & ale pie, Stew & dumplings, sausage mash & onion gravy

5€

SUNDAY LUNCH

8€

SERVED 1.30PM—5PM 2 COURSES

BOOKING RECOMMENDED

OPENING TIMES: THURS, FRI, SAT AND MON 6PM—11PM


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your events, announcements & letters OLIVE MUSEU PERMANENT EXHIBITION...................... Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat Permanent exhibitions at the museum showing old and new techniques to produce olive oil. Visitors also able to sample the local produce at Calle Real 15. Open Monday to Friday 10:00-13:00 and 17:30-20:00, and Saturday 10:00-13:00. Admission €3 and free to children.

Ladies Golf Day.....................

in memorium

It is with the greatest sadness in my heart to inform you that my beloved partner of almost 13 years died suddenly on the 19th October here in the UK. Steve and I have owned a property at Bahia de Vera for around 4 years and were regular visitors in the 3 years leading up to this. During our time in the Vera and Mojacar area we have made some fantastic friends and were planning to move over permanently in the very near future and open a guest house/retreat for those who needed a break and to recuperate. I have tried to contact as many people locally as I can but I know that I have missed some people off the list - simply because I do not have more details of how they can be contacted. The service was held in England on the 2nd November which would have been his birthday and I plan to hold a small get together on the playa at VP just as soon as I am able to make some sense of my grief. My thanks, Gary Dutton

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION .............. New members always welcome. Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month, at 15:00 at ‘Y de Wakes’ on Calle Serena. Contact Joan, Secretary, with any questions, Tel: 950 333 243 or Y da Wakes at Tel: 637 903 559

Ladies Golf day at Almerimar, Tuesday 16 November 2010. Detail to be published soon.

Mens Golf Day.. Mens Golf day out from Almerimar to Aguilon, Tuesday 16 November 2010. 75 euros a person in. coach, bacon roll & coffee, golf with buggy, barque & drinks. Entry list in the Almerimar clubhouse.

Quiz.................... Golf Rules Quiz, EL Arroz, Almerimar, Wednesday 24 November 2010. Free to enter. See www.almerimartoday.com for more details.

Anglican Chaplaincy....

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

cinema:..............

Showing English language movies!

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

who are lavansec?

Happy Birthday

Rob / Dad for 12th Nov, lots of love from Fran, Claire & Danny xxx

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

ROQUETAS DE MAR BRANCH Events for Remembrancetide Thursday 11th November Service of Remembrance for RBL ARMISTICE DAY. Roquetas Branch starting at 11.30 am at Lutheran Church, Calle Mar Egeo. Coffee available from 11.00 am Sunday 14th November. Service of Remembrance at Cenotaph on TV at ”Y Da Wakes”, Playa Serena, starting at 11.45am

We are a busy business in Almerimar with many years experience in our field. Our aim is to provide a personal and professional service to all our clients for both dry and wet cleaning. Our specialist service includes cleaning of winter quilts, both fibre and feather, as well as the specialist cleaning of all types of blankets, curtains and rugs. We clean clothing, leather jackets, evening wear, wedding dresses, communion dresses and flamenco dresses. Our rates are second to none, like our service: Jackets 5.30€; Trousers 4.30€; shirts 5.50€. Dry or Wet Cleaning: Blankets 12.80€; Quilts 18.40€ & anything else on request.

Why not pick up one of our voucher cards and save even more money? When you spend 12€ or more collect a stamp and build up your discount vouchers. Find us at the Centro Comercial Copo Local 61 or CALL 950 103 557. We are open for your convenience from 10am to 10pm.

Dental Clinic

On-site Dental Laboratory Dr med. dent Hubert Hillenbrand 20 years experience

950 32 64 52

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar, German & English Spoken

www.almeria-dentista-zahnarzt.com

near Hotel Zoraida Garden

LAVANSEC lAUNDERETTE - DRY CLEANERS . . . .

Price for suit trousers and jacket ONLY 9.60€

Duvets Curtains Blankets Party Dresses

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

Quality and Service

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

Don’t forget to collect your discount card!

burty’s bar Private Parties Catered For

SUNDAY 14 novembER ~ TABLE TOP SALE ~ 11AM

***************************** every friday 2pm - 8pm

fish, chips, mushy peas, bread & butter 4.95€ ~ booking advisable

sunday Lunch 5.95€

Cash prize quiz every Thurs + Bingo 2pm

Open every day from 11am ~ Closed Saturday

Call & Reserve 679 156 715


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Up and over garage door 2mtrs x 2.5mtrs 75€ Tel: 950 472 790 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 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 Upright Trolley, idea for removal business etc 6 wheel model e mail for photo etc nmay 26 @gmail. com 150€ o.n.o. CD/DVD music for sale Scooter jumping all over the world platinum edition unused 10€ ideal for present phone 626 658 778 Satellite receiver for sale for English channels new in box 80€ Telephone 626 658 778 Wii game new and sealed SIM Animals Africa age 3+ ideal for present 25€ Telephone 626 658 778 E D E S A vitroceramic electric cooker stainless steel with 4-ring ceramic hob & fan assisted oven 180€ Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) PS3 GAME FIFA STREET 3 as new 15€ Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) REEBOK trainers UK size 5 white leather navy stripe with LED lights brand new 20€ Tel: 687763165 (Pilar de la Horadada) Blue 3 settee and 2 settee sofas very good condition hardly used 200€ o.n.o. Tel 680 936 623 Large 3 section bevelled mirror with wooden frame approx 44ins x 40ins 80€ o.n.o.

for sale

Tel 680 936 623 Glass topped wooden coffee table with two drawers approx 4ft x 2ft, 65€ o.n.o. Tel 680 936 623 Girls’ Mountain Bike hardly used. As new condition. Suitable for 8 – 14 years old. Helmet included. 60€. Tel: 950 064 404 / 627 296 204 Silver Aluminium Bunk Beds for sale mattresses as new 100€ Tel: 678 169 344 DS LITE (PINK) in good condition 10mths old, to include pink Simpson DS B a c k p a c k , Princess Peach Game Case, 3 GAMES Big brain academy, SIMS 2 apartment pets, imagine girl band all in boxes. 90€ o.n.o. Tel: 636 307 752 S u n s h i n e Wholefoods Gluten free foods. We have the widest slection in the area including bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta, sauces, frozen foods, chocolate, etc. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre. (inside HSH, Next to ‘Dia’ on Main Road). Diabetic foods in stock (without aspartame or other chemicals). B r e a k f a s t cereals, jams, drinks, chocolate, i c e - c r e a m etc. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre. (950 479 487) Probably the largest range of vegetarian food in Spain (including huge variety of frozen food). Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre. Vitamins, minerals and natural herbal remedies & supplements. S u n s h i n e Wholefoods, Turre (inside HSH, next to ‘Dia’) Get ready for plastic bags being withdrawn. Re-usable JUTE shopping bags only 2.99€ or free when you spend 50€ on healthfoods or supplements. S u n s h i n e Wholefoods, Turre Coming Soon! Gluten Free Christmas cakes,

to place your BY PHONE call: Paulette 950 430 820 By EMAIL: sales@soltimes.com advertisment.... By PERSON: Avda 28 Febrero, 54, Albox

auctions

puddings, mince pies, etc. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre 950 479 487.

L o c a t i o n INTERNAL & Auctions, Antas EXTERNAL BLINDS El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 17th November. Call Justin at Sol Starts 5pm. Shaders for a free no Viewing Mon/Tue obligation quote and all day Wed. Tel: 627 907 207 House clearances www.solshaders.net speciality. Tel: 950 Email: solshaders@live.co.uk 391 412 SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

Solar panels 100w 230€ (not made in china) Tel: 619 744 516 Generator for sale Mitsubishi 9.4 diesel in excellent blinds condition, only & 2,000 hours used. Internal 4250€ ono Tel: 696 External Blinds Call Justin at Sol 744 982 Shaders for a free no obligation quote Various items on 627 907 207 good quality furniture for sale. Garrucha area. Buyer to collect. Tel: 667 846 132

Wanted 2

portable

gas

heaters with gas bottles

must

be

good condition Tel: 950 630 086 Rolex or Cartier woman’s watch must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878 Massage chair portable must be in good condition 950 064 801 or 647 379 878

SERVICES Air-con

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

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

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builders

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Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

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

Paul on 671 843 155

Terry 646 234 222

Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

patios, terraces & enclosures Ring Alan

on: 600 268 176 or 950 450 347

30 years experience  Free, friendly advice and quotations Construcciones Matreros

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Swimming Pools Terraces All build reforms Matt Murray

Airport services A irport services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel Charlie on: 677 667 722

blinds

T: 950 069 065 M: 647 841 750

Neil Bates Builder

car boot sale

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

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Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs onsite callout / tuition. Consumables

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Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, 608 719 015 Partaloa. One to one www.rainbowsendmojacar.com or group lessons, Pedal without puff latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking Professional Baby and treks. Qualified Equipment Hire. BHS Instructor. Call FREE delivery Erika Drew on 678 & collection. 838 547 Tel: 649 332 134 enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com www.thebabyhirecentre.com

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House Clearance, all items wanted. Large or small. Tel: 615 214 562 ALMERIMAR INSURANCE Your local insurance broker Tel: 950 498 000 or 667 479 940 E: info @almerimar insurance.com For all types of insurance. Call Knights Insurance, Albox on 950 121 943

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Carlos (Saliente) Phil the Pick p l u m b i n g Locksmith 24 Almeria & heating hours. Locked Murcia services. If it Alicante Out? Locks fitted/ involves water, we Tel: 639 081 067 upgraded house can help! www. safes. Arboleas www.AAparking.es carlossaliente.com & surrounding Tel: 968 969 962 area. Special plastering A&E Taylor weekend rates. – Gas boiler & Tel: 697 243 181 painter British plumbing repairs. musical plaster Tel: 618 062 080 personal Experienced Interior Knowles & & Exterior Decorator w w w . Stuck as to what to give for 7 years Using quality materials. Abbott no.1 for c o u p l e 4 s e x . that Special present? experience This fast, friendly, clean and plumbing & electric. efficient service will never be com... attractive How about the TOP 20 chart in spain. hits for that date of birth, beaten on price. EG: Interior CH, solar hot water offers special anniversary etc rooms form 80€ & Villas from 475€ couple friendly, and water deposits. No payment exclusive erotic professionally recorded onto CD? reliable, until complete satisfaction. Dates covered are from Tel: 950 137 197 services for 1952 to present TEL IAN: 617 904 774 competitve or 606 807 797 women, men and Cost per CD is 20€ quotes, Postal service available. Blocked Drains couples. Also bobbyvarley@yahoo.co.uk ‘R’ Us Tel: 950 tel Ash house- and hotel Tel: 651 062 124 091 109 / 648 768 679 659 397 visits possible. Tel. 587 629 483 618 pets Roquetas de m a r / A l m e r i a , Ashlove’s Pet House Danna the best Everything your pet needs Professional massage. Tanned All pet supplies, treats & official gas installers accessories Interior & Exterior young Spanish New Installations Decorator Doggy Day Care, beauty! Stunning Cattery, Cat Bathing Coving etc. Safety Checks figure,welcomes & Grooming Competitive rates you alone in Dog grooming & clipping 17 years experience only top quality sexy lingerie. By Tel: 950 475 502 in this area Open all day: Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm, materials used Sat 10am - 3pm appointment. MonCall Barry on Multicentro Mojacar Playa Sun 11-11pm 645 (The old square behind Sol Bank) 664 753 280 629 083

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x-treme Now while you’re thinking about that one, what about a spot of Buildering... - the act of climbing up the

outside of buildings and other artificial structures, usually on the outside. Buildering combines “building” with the climbing term “bouldering”. It is done without ropes or protection, and may be dangerous – do these people have a different understanding of the word ‘dangerous’? – and is often practiced outside legal bounds, and is thus mostly undertaken under the cover of night. Spectacular acts of buildering, such as free soloing skyscrapers, are usually done by lone, experienced climbers, often attracting large crowds of passersby and media attention.

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Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. popularised the term with his hit song “Ghost Ride It”, which was played on radio and television stations throughout the United States; the accompanying video was much criticised due to its ‘instructions’ on how to ghost ride (as well as its use of the car from the film Ghostbusters without the express approval from Viacom!!) Ghost riding can be dangerous - you don’t say! - and has resulted in three ‘known’ deaths!

Ironically, it is Pistorius’s sense of fair play that has brought about this situation. Because he felt that he had an unfair advantage over other disabled athletes, he applied to be regarded as able-bodied. He is a victim of not only his own success, but also of his moral conscience.

They were originally patented by Alexander Böck, from Germany in 2003, hence the name PowerBocks.

So this superb athlete, recipient of the ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award’ for outstanding courage and achievement in the face of adversity, is effectively prevented from partaking in his chosen sport!

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This sport probably won’t kill you, just hurt a lot if you get it wrong. Powerbocking is the act of jumping and running, with elasticlike spring-loaded stilts. When used to perform extreme jumping, running and acrobatics it is known as ‘Bocking’ or ‘PowerBocking’ after the inventor.

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that the blades give him an unfair advantage. Similarly, his status in the world of disabled athletics is dubious, for the same reason.

In the 1930s a somewhat more serious, though still lighthearted, account of Cambridge undergraduate buildering appeared in popular print.

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Although usually a solo sport, it has become a popular group activity, and similar to rock climbing, routes are established and graded for difficulty. The great Alpinist, Geoffrey Winthrop Young, while a student at Cambridge University in the 1890s, engaged in “roof climbing” and wrote and published what was in effect a buildering guide to one of the colleges. It is probably the first documentation of the activity.

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Whilst the thought of putting your automatic car in ‘drive’, or just allow it to idle and then climb out while the car is still rolling and dance beside it, or better still on the roof or bonnet, may never occur to a normal person, Ghost riding is one of the latest trends to be popularised by hyphy culture - a style of music and dance primarily associated with the Bay Area hip hop culture in the US. It originated in Oakland, California, and the term “ghost ride the whip” was given nationwide exposure in E-40’s 2006 song “Tell Me When to Go”.

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Next Porsche 911 spied

Merc’s CLS estate

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Mercedes Shooting Brake concept to spawn CLS estate within two years.

Latest Porsche spy pictures show evolutionary styling of next 911

Porsche’s next 911 is coming on strong! Our spies have captured the best pictures yet of the new coupe and convertibles testing together in secret. Codenamed 991, the new cars represent another significant evolution in Porsche 911’s iconic history.

The newcomer certainly looks similar to the old one, but it is a completely new model. The 991 model is a little longer and wider than the car it replaces, giving a little extra space in the 911’s snug cabin. New design details include larger front wing pontoons which house all-LED headlights, slightly deeper side sills and door-mounted wing mirrors, and a more significantly sculpted rear end, with design cues borrowed from the 918 Spyder concept. On the inside, the 911 benefits from a hike in quality, with an interior inspired by the Panamera. Expect top-spec Burmester stereos, improved sat-nav with better integration for mobile devices and quality leather trim to feature. But just like previous 911s, its what’s underneath that counts. The new 911 shares

its front suspension and steering with the next Boxster, to cut costs. However, the rear suspension, and calibrations for the PASM adjustable dampers remains unique. The engine range follows the current cars, with the 3.6-litre flat-six Carrera model’s power and torque rising 20bhp and 20Nm respectively, to 365bhp and 400Nm. The 3.8-litre unit in the Carrera S boasts the same gains, taking power to 415bhp and torque to 440Nm.

Dr. Zetsche said, “In 2004, Mercedes-Benz established a new vehicle segment with the four-door Coupé CLS and created a design icon. The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of MercedesBenz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and that is exactly what the customers expect from us.” Zetsche’s words echo the sentiment that while the new CLS is a superior car to the one it replaces, the stunning design of its predecessor has been somewhat lost. The new Brake version should readdress this

balance, offering a swooping roofline and tapered rear that look unlike anything else on the road. Expect the four-seat layout and huge panoramic roof of the original concept to make production too. The new CLS estate will be built on the same production line as the E-Class and CLS Coupe at the firm’s Sindelfingen plant in Germany. The plant also produces the C-Class saloon, the S-Class and the CL, as well as the Maybach models, SLS AMG and B-Class fuel cell. In line with many of the comments left on autoexpress.co.uk when we reported on the CLS Shooting Break, Mercedes seems to have realised the error of its ways, changing the name to Brake. The new car will take on the BMW 5-Series GT and Audi A7.

Despite the power increase, tweaks to the direct injection system and the addition of brake regeneration and stop start reduce fuel consumption by 12 per cent. A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, and the seven-speed PDK will be an option. Most buyers are likely to opt for the auto though, as around 80 per cent of current 911’s feature the PDK dual clutch gearbox. The 991 911 will make its debut at next September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and goes on sale in the UK the following month. More powerful 911 Turbo, GT3 and GT2 models will follow in 2012.

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It’s official – Mercedes is loading up an estate version of its new CLS. As previewed by the Shooting Break concept, which debuted at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year, Mercedes’ boss Dieter Zetsche confirmed that the car will go into production in 2012.

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Wednesday 3 November and two divisions. The winner of the first div with 38 points Greg Ward second with 38 on countback Mark Sutton and third with 35 Colin Stacey. Second div winner with 36 Pam Webster second with 36 another countback Sylvia Bradfield and third with 31 Ursula Lade. Ball sweep winners Pam Webster Greg Ward Mark Sutton Hans Lade. Sunday and one of our big days when we remember Mike Ward an oustanding captain. We had a great turnout and scores to match. I am sure his family who came and played enjoyed this day. Our winner with 40 points Alan Woodward . The winner of the first div with 39 points Tony Webster second with 37 Peter Morse and third with 36 Bob Winter. Second div winner with 39 points Paul Jennings second with 36 Chris Risbey and third with 34 Gunner Asthiemer. Third div winner with 39 points David Baird second with 36 margaret Morse and third with 34 Pam Webster. No ball sweep winners. It is with sorrow I report the death of one of our old members who played here for many years Paddy Minogue. Our condolences to his family MP

BOXERS GOLF SOCIETY

Our last competitive game was an Almeria League match against a very competitive Marina Members Team, held at our home Course, Alboran. The result was a win for us by 3.5 points to 1.5 points. The Boxers team on the day, was made up by the following pairings:- Mike Doyle & Malnic; Dave France & Steve Walker; Les Ashton & Martin Fisk; Tony Redston & Tony Harwin and the “virgin” pairing of Tony Hammond & Richard Measures. Well done lads. Captain Malnic would like to make a special mention to Martin Fisk, who is moving to Roda. Over the years, whilst Malnic was

Vice Captain & Captain, Martin has given Malcolm great support, and not only will the League team miss his contribution, but the whole Society will miss such a popular member. Bon Voyage & thank you, Martin. Dates for your Diary: Monday, 22nd November, Almerimar, coach available. Boxers AGM, Monday, 6th December, held at Maloan in Albox, (opposite the BP Garage), 7pm for 7.30pm. All are welcome. However, current members only, will have voting rights. If you 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 www. bmayhew75@yahoo.co.uk for booking or cancelling any golfing event. Malcolm Nicholls, on 600 080 860, or any Committee Member, anytime. You can also find up-to-date Boxers information Boxers own website on www.boxersgs. webs.com

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nearest the pin. In the final of the Singles competition after a very close game John Smith overcame Tony Morgan winning 2up Congratualtions to John and comiserations to Tony who finished runner up for the second year running New members are always welcome.The society play fortnightly on a Saturday and anyone wishing to play should contact either Clive on 950 064 625 or Dick on 950 528 551.

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Saturday 6th November the society played a pairs competition at Playa Marina. The weather was excellent and all the players enjoyed the warm and pleasant conditions. The winners of the event were Les Brice and Stan Whitty with 63 points closely folowed by Des Riley and Clive Filkins on 60 points. Shirly Marriott and Stan Whitty won the longest drive prizes and Stan also walked away with the prize for the

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CABRERA LAWN BOWLING CLUB

FAREWELL TO OUR FRIEND CYRIL HEATH 1934 - 2010

(Cyril pictured here at his ‘local’ Los Amigos)

Over 80 members and friends said farewell to Cyril on 28 October 2010. Also present were Cyril’s stepson, Steve and his wife Jo, plus friends Dave & Sheila (ex Los Amigos) and George. Roy Hatten spoke of Cyril’s time as a member of the Club for the past 12 years and since the Club moved to Turre, as committee member and

Bar Manager. Cyril was always first at the Club to open up, to put the equipment out on the greens and to put the kettle on. He was always ready to lend a hand wherever needed, and was a good friend to us all and a very ‘gentle’ man.

October some of his old customers attended because “Cyril had always looked after them so well in the Post Office”.

His stepson told us of his time as a postmaster prior to moving to Spain 13 years ago with his wife Daphne who unfortunately died in 2000. At his funeral in Swindon in

Cyril died in September after becoming ill with cancer a year ago. He moved back to the UK in the Spring to be looked after by his family.

joined by ‘Farmer Rory’ and ‘Chippy Pete’. We were all bust up by big fish that day and one particularly large one broke Rory’s rod in two. This monster wouldn’t come off the bottom for

more than a few seconds before dropping back down to the sea bed and its actions spelt stingray or some other fish that likes to stay flat on the bottom when hooked. Rory’s rod was not up to the job and by the time Pete and I helped with the hand lining, the fish had gone. Everybody had hooks and lines bitten through and stories of their own to tell. I caught a few twin banded bream and think it was probably one of those that bent my 20lb rod in half and stayed on for a few seconds before biting through yet another trace taking my lead with it. I say probably but it could have been nearly anything I suppose but it was bream-like in its fight. Other fish caught on the day were, forkbeards and scabbardfish, both these are now being caught regularly from the boat. Pandoras, combers, pouting and Spanish mackerel See photo of ‘Dangerous Brian’ and a pouting he caught while out with Brian last week. ‘London Bill’ fished the Garrucha wall and caught some small barracuda and sea bass, a small silver spoon was the

Angling News with Beachcomber John

‘Captain Brian Cuba’ and his partner ‘Admiral Phil’ went out of Garrucha twice during the week and I joined them on both occasions. The 2nd trip was the most memorable and we were

Cyril will be a very hard act to follow and we will always remember him.

successful lure. ‘Baza Barry’ says his back problem is improving and hopes to get down to Lake Negratin soon. ‘Casa Verde Barry’s health is also on the mend but very slowly. The Beachcomber will hold a fishing meeting on Tuesday 30th November from 7pm until 9pm. The Anglers Together Club is having its next meeting this Saturday 13th November at 12 o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite the beach front at Puerto de Mazarron. A few of us Mojacar anglers are going so hope to meet some of you there. The next Albox fishing club (Sea and coarse) meeting will take place at Syedpur Restaurant, Albox, on Wednesday November 17th, then every two weeks. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099 Tight Lines, Beachcomber John.

They are back, the players of the White Horse Golf Society. We played Marina Golf on Thursday and although the turnout was a little disappointing there was some good golf played on a course that was obviously suffering from a lot of sand on the greens. First was Terry, where’s my mask, Caddick with 35 points and second was Ken Dawkins with 33 points. Ken also had the nearest the pin on the 17th hole. Once again I will be looking for a counsellor to give some anger management to the person who threw his clubs after a couple of poor shots. I must say the advice to “throw a provisional” was met with a few choice words. The next match will be at Playas Macenas on the 11th November and as this is Remembrance Day will all society members please make the effort to remember and attend. Visitors are more than welcome and qualify to win all prizes. If you want to play call Ken on 950 449 135 or email whitehorsegs@hotmail.co.uk or add your name to the start sheet at the White Horse Community Centre, Cucador.

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Albox Darts League Maloans have lost their unbeaten record to Corner Bar who now move ahead of them on the results table. Based on sets won and lost. They both have the same number of points in the table. Los Pedreros are definitely moving to Albardines (old Argentine Bar) which is by the new garage on the new autovia. So their first new home match will be next week. They are now being recorded in the results under their new name. Bar Andaluz set a new record when they played La Cinta with five 7’s or under compared to two 7’s or under. Jim rates a special mention for two 3’s in the game he won!!! Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For on-line results go to: www.alboxinfo.com/darts

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At their recently held Captain’s Day, members of Media Golf Society, raised more than 530€ which was donated to Captain John Gregory’s designated local Charity, the Hogar San Agustin in Vera. The Sisters are at present caring for 20 children aged between two and seventeen years old, some of whom are orphaned and others are from disfunctional families. Most of us know that caring for the material needs of children is always an expensive business and Sister Antonia has ear-marked this donation for buying winter shoes and jackets for some of the children and also enabling herself to cover some of the expenses of the daily neccesities of the children within the Home. She was extremely grateful and wished us to pass on our thanks to all Media members and friends who donated in whatever way. A cruelly tricky putting competition over 9 holes, laid out by the staff of Valle del Este, was held on Captain’s Day, in which

everyone paid a couple of euros to take part. The difficulty of the course caused much amusement for all the onlookers! The following evening at the Captain’s Day Dinner and Presentation, a raffle was held with lots of gererously donated prizes to be won and a coin rolling competition was also held. For some 20 minutes euros were flashing all around the dance floor, in attempts at being closest to a magnum of champagne! The winner then very kindly returned the champagne, so that it could be auctioned!

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Very many thanks to all who participated in any way, making possible the donation to the Vera childen. Report by: Jenni Gregory Photo:- The out-going Captain of Media Golf Society John Gregory, presenting Sister Antonia with in excess of 530€ for Hogar San Agustin, the Childen’s Home in Vera.

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On Thursday 5th November a good part of the Members were involved with our Annual “Ryders Cup” event against “FORUM GOLF SOCIETY” The remainder of the Members played a Three Ball Waltz competition and the results were as follows: 1st Bill Gill, Maxine Mayhew, Rod Ambrose - 75 points on count back; 2nd Brian Mayhew, Mike (guest), Val Cooke (ghost) - 75 points; 3rd Val Ross, Liz Bamfourth, Brian Mayhew (ghost) - 74 points - Sandra Edards (950 069 438)

THE GRUMPY OLD MEN OF LOS GALLARDOS

Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where we have witnessed the return of Grommet and his wife, from the UK. The little fellow landed about 10am and by noon could be found in the “watering hole” clutching a pint. Nice to have them both back among us again. Percy Thrower has once more been let loose with the chain saw. Once every so often he has to prune the many trees around the site. His topiary usually has a theme attached to it. From what I have seen of his handy work, this year, the theme seems to be “Armageddon”. Sitting up the “watering hole” the other day, watching football, with Bagpuss and a few others, a boring match with Man Utd playing some other team. At the end we were commenting on the match when Bagpuss sat bolt upright in his chair and declared that the Berbatov’s goal was a good one. We had to explain to him, as painlessly as possible, that infact Berbatov had not scored. “He did in my dream” says he. Once more he had slept through the match. I went down the village the other day, with Hansel & Gretal. After completing our business we retired to a local hostelry, to partake of a small repast. Hansel and myself decided of a full breakfast with a fried slice, I still have to keep an eye on my figure!!! Gretal settled on the vegetarian option. What followed was a discussion on whether she should have a poached egg with it. In the end Gretal said, “I don’t like poached eggs”. “We’ve been together for 30 years and I never knew that” says Hansel. “Well you never asked “ replied Gretal. I never cease to marvel at the logic of the fairer sex. All the “snow geese” have now returned so normality has once more been resumed. The games night is much busier and there are now more at the bingo, It’s nice to see. I’m off to the “meat factory “ tomorrow, to see if I can now get rid of my “clog”. I really hope that I can, and get my life, and all those who have helped my, back to some sort of normality. That’s all for this week, Until the next time, Tight lines. Uncle Albert

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