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Classic cars demonstrate the robust quality of their engines in the Classic Car Rally of the Valle del Almanzora. Vehicles over seventy years old ascended the slopes of the Sierra de Filabres before driving on to the Almanzora Valley for a day in Somontín. This year’s Rally, the Vintage Car Route XXI Almeria was demanding, both in distance, going through Cuevas del Almanzora, Tahal and Somontín, and also in the steep terrain driven. Yet all the vehicles, except for minor repairs, completed the journey without incident. The last stage, in Somontín, was headed by the Mayor, Ramón Rueda, who expressed his gratitude to the organization of the Vintage Car Club for including Somontín in the route. Around 600 onlookers lined the streets to admire the cars.

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The City Council and the Association of People with Disabilities in collaboration with the Junta de Andalucía, have started building a Day Care Unit for Older People in the neighborhood of Las Pocicos; it will provide 25 places for people aged 65 years and people in situations of dependency. The Mayor, José García, said that thanks were due to the Junta and the Association El Saliente for their participation in this venture. The centre will provide half board, and a number of other services, such as a Day Care Unit, rooms for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, a lounge, as well as offices, toilets and other facilities relevant to this type of centre. Also on offer is Health Care, adapted transport, psychological and social care, and help with daily living and support. More information is available from: La Asociación ‘El Saliente’, the Ayuntamiento de Albox or La Delegación Provincial de la Consejería para la Igualdad y Bienestar Social de la Junta de Andalucía.

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Members of the Guardia Civil María arrested two residents of María, GPM, 28 and MFMQ, 48, suspected of burglary in five bungalows and a hotel in the town. In October the Civil Guard received a report of six counts of burglary involving a dishwasher, a toaster, a juicer, all industrial models, as well as several coffee pots, heaters, radiators, 18 paintings and four televisions. The Guardia obtained a warrant to enter and search the house of the suspects, in which they found the stolen items.

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The Member Associations and Consortia of the Provincial de Almería, Francisco Sánchez, said that the Consortium for the Prevention and Fire Fighting and Rescue Almanzora Valley will be established before the end of this month after the fulfilment of all the administrative steps required; most notably, the development of the statutes that have had to adapt to the new Local Autonomy Law and approved at plenary session of all and each of municipalities that form part of the consortium. The creation of the Consortium will dramatically enhance the fire service in the municipalities of Almanzora. Initially the Fire Station in Albox is to be transferred to the Consortium, the latter assuming the infrastructure, equipment and staff. One of the main projects is the construction of a new park in Olula River.

Water Treatment Concerns In El Ejido

The Government spokesman of El Ejido, Jose Anez (PAL) has come out against UPyD statements that municipal wastewater is discharged into the sea without treatment. He claims the accusations are ‘completely false.’

of sewage seeping the El Ejido to aquifers, while noting that ‘in this area, as in the Balsa del Sapo, the City Council has not got the power to provide treatment, and expects the Andalucian Water Agency to act in this case.

Also, Añez has denied that the water that appears on the back of the depositor’s filter is residual. He explained ‘There is sewage, and what happens at certain times, as in the Balsa del Sapo, is that when the water level of aquifers increases there is stagnation of the water, which produce odours at certain times.’

El Ejido belongs to the Consortium of Wastewater, as do all the municipalities, except Berja. Steps have been taken to reuse wastewater for golf courses, gardens and at certain times for certain types of agriculture. However, it will not be possible to use this water for these purposes until it has been authorised.

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AUAN, 9th November 2010: If you want to confirm that you will be able to vote in the local elections in May 2011 you may do so as follows: Telephone your provincial Electoral Census Office on 901101900. You should have your padrón, your passport number and your NIE/Residencia details to hand. An interpreter may be required as the staff generally speak Spanish. Send an email to the Census Office at sede. censoelectoral@ine.es quoting your name, the address on your padrón, your passport number and your NIE number. Emails are accepted in English and a response may be sent in Spanish. Post your enquiry via the Census Office website. https://sede.ine.gob.es/ss/ Satellite?c=Page&cid=125 4734730209&lang=en_GB &pagename=SedeElectro nica%2FSELayout. Quote your name, the address on your padrón, your passport number and your NIE number. Queries are accepted in English and a response will be sent in Spanish. Check at your Town Hall. According to the Census Regulations (Real Decreto 605/1999 de 16 de abril, de Regulación Complementaria de los procesos electorales, Sexta reclamaciones administrativas) ….. “At any time you can check your registration in the

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John Lennon Sculpture Relocated The sculpture of John Lennon has been relocated to the Plaza Flores. It is a tribute by the City to John Lennon, but has suffered a number of attacks by vandals. The Mayor, Luis Rogelio Rodríguez Comendador is confident that this time the statue will remain in situ, and thanked hotel chain Torreluz for their cooperation in the matter. He said that he no longer had to lament over the vandalism to this, and other sculptures throughout the city. ‘Coexistence, respect and civility are symptoms of civic maturity, and I think it’s time that Almería became a benchmark for those attitudes and behaviours, rather than the opposite.

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Two individuals have been arrested after having been caught red-handed while robbing a Fuensanta farmhouse on the road between San Isidro and the town of Nijar. At around 10.30 pm a traffic and security patrol officer at Torre del Campo received a call from the Local Police Headquarters that a house alarm had been triggered, and there was the possibility that intruders were still in the house. Two officers attended the scene, and found the house lit from the inside. The jumped the fence, found the door had been forced, and saw shadows in the interior of the house. The officers pushed open the door, startling the two intruders, one of whom threatened the officers with a large knife, while the other aggressively brandished a screwdriver. The officers, using the minimum force necessary, detained the two individuals and read them their rights. Both of them are suspected of other crimes including vehicle theft and illegal possession of weapons.

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Zapatero banks on “green economy” to create employment

The Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, said today that the renewable energy sector, transport, sustainable building and eco-industry in Spain have the potential to create a million jobs in the next ten years. Zapatero presented the figure at a round table forum he chaired on the theme of “Green Growth”, as part of the business summit held in Seoul before the main G-20 summit. At this meeting, to which the presidents of Repsol, Iberdrola and Acciona were also invited, Zapatero underlined the importance of the dialogue the Government has set in motion by with companies to reach an agreement on energy policy for next decade, which will create a sustainable model “with the minimum cost to consumers”.

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inaction far outweigh those of action.” Recognising that only a major technological leap in the energy sector will make it possible to reduce emissions, he stressed the “great business opportunities” out there for investment capitalists and the potential of the leading “green” companies. Zapatero did, however, also stress the importance of increasing the public’s awareness, at the same time as taking legislative action on a nationwide basis and promoting private initiatives.

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deficit hit 11.1 percent of GDP last year, the third highest in the eurozone after Greece and Ireland. The Spanish economy, Europe’s fifth-largest, slumped into recession in 2008 as the bubble burst on a decadelong property boom and amid the global financial meltdown. Stripping out volatile energy and food prices, the latest data showed an underlying inflation rate of 1.1 percent over the year, unchanged from the previous month. On a monthly basis, prices were up 0.9 percent in October after creeping up 0.1 percent in September.

Divorce Rate On The Rise

67,365 marriage break-ups were recorded in the first six months of this year, 4.7% more than over the same period in 2009, equating to one break-up every four minutes according to a study by the Institute of Family Politics (IPF). The IPF study confirmed that large majority of the marriage break-ups (93.4%) ended in divorce, 62,894 in total. The number of break-ups has increased “despite” the

fall in the number of couples getting married - in 2007, 203,697 marriages were registered, compared with 175,952 in 2009 - and despite the recession, which had slowed down the divorce rate in recent months. The IPF described the results of the study as confirmation of a “critical situation” for marriages in Spain and urged authorities to take “urgent” measures to reverse or at least stabilise the situation.


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Benidorm wants to become the Las Vegas of Spain with a new initiative that would allow 4 and 5-star hotels to host mini-casinos inside their premises. Report by Andre Olivar The initiative was proposed by Hosbec Spain’s average of 96 euros). – Benidorm’s hotel association and so far has Toni Mayor, Hosbec chief said: “It is important to received support from Benidorm’s town hall. do it as quickly as possible, as our future depends The initiative hopes to attract wealthier tourists on attracting this type of tourist.” amid an increasing decline in visitor figures and Benidorm attracts around 6 million tourists a tourist spending (Currently Benidorm tourists are year, out of which 1 million are from the United spending an average 63 euros per day, well below Kingdom.

Tickets For MadridValencia High-speed Rail Link Now On Sale

Ticket prices for the high-speed train between Madrid and Valencia, which will begin operating on December 19th, were announced tHIS WEEK A single ticket in economy class will cost 79.80€, but this price goes down to 31.90€ if the ticket is bought over the internet at least 15 days in advance. There will be 30 services each day (15 in each direction) and 22 of those will be direct services between the two cities, taking just one hour 35 minutes. The other eight trains will stop at Cuenca and Requena-Utiel, extending the journey time to one hour 50 minutes. On two trains a day in each direction there will be an extension of the service to include Castellón, with an overal journey time of two hours 52 minutes. In the case of Alicante, the

Alvia trains that operate at a maximum speed of 250km per hour, will use the high speed tracks to Albacete and then do the rest of the journey to Alicante on the regular tracks, making the journey to or from Madrid in three hours. There will be seven trains per day for the Alicante service, three of which will stop in Cuenca.

Via ‘YouTube’ the police are asking for cooperation from members of the public who might have seen these criminals, or have information relevant to their capture. Through its channel, the police have posted pictures of the individuals who are wanted by the Spanish or foreign police, and who have arrest warrants out on them for murder, torture, drug trafficking, paedophilia, theft, fraud or crimes against humanity. Internet users can see the faces of individuals like Rafael Bueno Latorre, who is charged with four murders and more than eight robberies with intimidation, and has managed to escape justice on three occasions, most recently in 1984.

of minors. He has worked as a real estate valuer, helicopter pilot and network administrator, and police researchers believe that he may currently reside in Spain. Ioan Clamparu, of Romanian origin, is accused of being the ringleader human trafficking network between 2000 and 2004, and could have forced over a hundred Romanian women into prostitution in Spain. He also goes by the name of Robert Wieciorkiewicz. Zamolskis Romas, alias “Zamas”, a 30-year-old from Lithuania, is accused of two murders as well as illegal possession of weapons. Police warn that he changes his image frequently and could be in any European country.

Bueno Latorre is currently 55, is originally from Seville but was raised in Barcelona, and in 1984 he escaped from the AlcaláMeco prison (Madrid) after pointing a fake pistols at prison warders.

Christopher Guest More, born in Manchester in 1977, is wanted for the murder of a man in a country house in Cheshire in June 2003. He committed the crime with several others, who have all been detained, and police suspect he may be hiding in Spain or Malta.

Another of those being hunted is Daren Michael Elarmo, born 41 years ago in the UK, but who moved to California in 2004, where he committed kidnapping and sexual assault

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Google has become embroiled in another battle over territory after wrongly identifying a tiny rocky outcrop in the Mediterranean as belonging to Morocco, a claim that is disputed by Spain

The Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón, gave the royal seal of approval to the world of Spanish motorcyle racing at the “Ricardo Tormo” circuit in Cheste, Valencia, yesterday, calling 2010 “an historic year” for Spain.

The internet giant was forced to admit the error just days after Nicaragua used Google’s internet maps system to justify an invasion of Costa Rica. The Isla de Perejil – “Parsley Island” – named for the wild herb that grows there, lies 220 yards off the coast of northern Morocco and was mistakenly marked on Google Maps as belonging to the north African country.

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The National Police have released images on ‘YouTube’ of their most-wanted criminals (not terrorists), including the two gunmen (pictured in bank security camera image)responsible for the robbery of a bank in Cambrils on 25th October that left one employee dead.

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Prince praises Spanish motorcyclists for “historic” year

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Not only was each class won by a Spanish rider this season, the runner’s up slot in each category also went to a Spaniard. Before yesterday’s finals, Jorge Lorenzo and Toni Elias had already been crowned 2010 champions in Moto GP and Moto 2 respectively, with the title in the 125cc competition going to the wire. Marc Márquez, who had never won a race in the world championship until this season, ran away with his tenth, after a flawless performance in Valencia, leaving the second spot to Nicolás Terol. Lorenzo narrowly avoided falling off twice in the race to secure his ninth victory of the season and to earn the right to fly his “Lorenzo’s Land” flag for the first time in the Valencian circuit. Lorenzo is the only rider to have scored points in every race this season, and his final points tally of 383 is also a new record for the most points scored in a single season in the MotoGP class. Pedrosa’s seventh place in Valencia was enough to bag him the runner’s up slot in the Moto GP championship. In the Moto 2 class, Julian Simón held his ground in a fierce battle with Italy’s Andrea Iannone, who had clipped Toni Elias’ bike in an incident that ultimately relegated the champion to 30th place, to claim third place in the race and with it, the runner’s up spot behind Elias in the championship.

But Spain lays claim to sovereignty of the uninhabited rock whose circumference measures less than half a mile. The island’s area is barely bigger than a football pitch. The two countries were locked in a military stand-off over the island, known as Leila or “Night” by Moroccans, in July

2002 when Spanish troops sent in the military to eject a group of Moroccan soldiers who had set up camp there. The incident threatened to dissolve Spanish and Moroccan diplomatic relations and was resolved only after the US brokered a deal to remove all forces from the territory. In 2004 both countries signed an agreement in Washington that stated ownership was “under review” and could be claimed by neither. Spain made an official complaint in July when it emerged the island came under Moroccan territory on Google Maps, an error that the company said this week it was working to rectify. “We have confirmation that

a mistake was made and the correction will follow,” a spokesman from Google Spain told news agency Europa Press on Tuesday adding that it would henceforth be marked as a “disputed territory”. Last week a similar error came to light after Nicaraguan troops crossed the San Juan river and planted a flag on Calero Island, which has been recognised as part of Costa Rica since 1897. Google Maps had wrongly placed it in Nicaragua, a fact that was used by the commanding officer as the reason they had set up camp. The action prompted Costa Rica to send security forces to the border to repel the invasion.

Fall in temperatures EXPECTED across the country

Temperatures are expected to fall from Monday onwards, although the next few days will see little or no rain, according to the State meteorological agency, AEMET. Tidal waves on the north coast mean parts of Galicia are on ‘orange alert’, with the Basque Country and Asturias on ‘yellow alert’, meaning

‘serious risk’ and ‘moderate risk’ respectively.

Castellón could experience winds of around 70 kilometres per hour, particularly on the coast. Rain is expected to only affect the Balearic Islands and northern Spain. However, a cold snap is predicted for the whole of the mainland and the Balearics.

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Somali pirates free UK couple Paul & Rachel Chandler A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year

“We will ensure that they are reunited with their family as quickly as possible. “I unreservedly condemn the actions of those that held the Chandlers for so long. Kidnapping is never justified.” The couple are now in the British High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht off the Seychelles in October 2009. Mrs Chandler said: “I’m enjoying being free”. The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical checks. On release they were taken to Adado, then Mogadishu, and have now arrived in Kenya. The BBC held off reporting the release due to an injunction. It observed the terms of the order obtained by the Chandlers’ family which was intended to stop news organisations covering their release until they were safely out of Somalia. Mr Chandler told the BBC: “We’re fine, we’re rather skinny and bony but we’re fine.” The couple were told they were to be released two days ago, he said. “We were told on Friday in a way which gave us some confidence to believe it. Otherwise we’d been told we’d be released in 10 days almost every 10 days for the past nine months. So we’d taken all these suggestions with a pinch of salt.” Asked if he had felt their lives had been in danger during captivity, he said: “That’s something we’ll talk about later, but we were not really directly endangered by the gang, after the initial seizure.” The husband and wife both stressed that the conditions of their captivity were not important, with Mr Chandler saying: “You can see from our state that we suffered no serious physical harm.” However, he added: “We were beaten once.” Mrs Chandler later explained that the beating had happened when they resisted their captors’ attempt to separate them - an event she said was “very traumatic”. Prime Minister David Cameron described the release as “tremendous news”.

A statement issued by the Chandler family, issued once the couple had arrived in Nairobi, said that although the couple looked to be in “relatively good health... we cannot yet be certain how the difficulties that they have had to endure in recent months will have affected them physically and

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“We have used our contacts in the region to try to gain information and to influence the hostagetakers. But no British government is going to start paying ransoms for hostages.” The Chandler family statement said: “The family believes it would be irresponsible to discuss any aspect of the release process as this could encourage others to capture private individuals and demand large ransom payments, something that we are sure none of us wants.” Earlier in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed met the couple and said the government was pleased they had been freed. He said the government had “exerted every humanly possible effort to bring you back to your loved ones”.

Madeleine McCann’s Parents Sign Book Deal To Raise Cash To Continue The Search Madeleine McCann’s parents have signed a multi-million pound book deal to write about their daughter’s disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann’s emotional account about their four-year-old vanishing from a holiday apartment is an attempt to raise money to continue the search for her. Profits from the book will be donated to the family’s official fund to find Madeleine. The book, simply entitled Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance. It comes as earlier this month they revealed that the dwindling fund would run out of money by early 2012. Within weeks of Maddie being snatched from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007 money from the public poured in to boost the Find Madeleine Fund.

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At its height it stood at £2 million. But now there is just £300,000 left. Precise details of the publishing deal have not been released, but a source said it included a ‘substantial’ advance and included ‘enhanced royalties’ giving the couple a bigger share of profits from sales. Mrs McCann, 42, said: ‘My reason for writing is simple - to give an account of the truth. Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, in the last few months, with the depletion of Madeleine’s Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands. Every penny we raise through its

sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.’ Mr McCann, also 42, added: ‘We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too. Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.’ Transworld won the rights to publish the book - which is being written by the McCanns themselves and is currently partcomplete. It is expected to sell thousands of copies due to the overwhelming interest since her disappearance in April 2007 and be priced at £20.

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The Olive Harvest

Olives are harvested in the autumn; more specifically, green olives are picked at the end of September to about the middle of November. Blond olives are picked from the middle of October to the end of November and Black olives are collected from the middle of November to the end of January or early February; the time varies in each country, and with the season and the cultivar.

Most olives today are harvested by shaking the boughs or the whole tree; using olives found lying on the ground can result in poor quality oil. Many uses an oli-net that wraps around the tree trunk and opens to form an umbrella-like catcher from which workers collect the fruit. Another method uses an electric tool, the oliviera, that has large tongs that spin around quickly, removing fruit from the tree. This method

is used for olives used for oil. Table olive varieties are more difficult to harvest, as workers must take care not to damage the fruit; baskets that hang around the worker’s neck are used. In some places in Italy and Greece, olives are harvested by hand because the terrain is too mountainous for machines. As a result, the fruit is not bruised, which leads to a superior finished product. The method also involves sawing off branches, which is healthy for future production. The amount of oil contained in the fruit differs greatly by cultivar; typical yields are 1.5-2.2 kg of oil per tree per year. Olives are a naturally bitter fruit so they tend to be subjected to a fermentation process or cured to make them more palatable. Green olives and black olives tend to be washed thoroughly in water to remove oleuropein, a bitter carbohydrate; sometimes they are also soaked in a solution of food grade sodium hydroxide in order to accelerate the process. Freshly picked olive fruit is not palatable because it contains phenolic compounds and oleuropein, a glycoside which makes the fruit too bitter although not unhealthy; one exception is the Thassos Olive, which can be eaten fresh. Olives can be used green, ripe green (a yellowier shade of green, or green with hints of colour), through to full purple black ripeness. Olives should be selected for general good condition and for firmness if green. There are many ways of processing olives for eating. One basic fermentation method involves a 10% solution of salt and vinegar in water; the olives are soaked in water to wash, then drained. 7 litres (7 kg) of room temperature water is added

to a container, plus 800 g of sea salt and one cup (300 g) of white wine or cider vinegar. Each olive is slit deeply with a small knife; after some weeks, the salinity drops from 10% to around 5 to 6% once the water in the olives moves into solution and the salt moves into the olives. The olives are weighed down so they are fully immersed and lightly sealed in their container. The gases of fermentation should be able to escape. The exclusion of oxygen is helpful, but not as critical as when fermenting grapes to produce wine. The olives are edible within 2 weeks to a month, but can be left to cure for up to three months. They can be tasted at any time because the bitter compounds are not poisonous, and oleuropein is a useful antioxidant in the human diet. Curing can be done by several methods: salt-curing, brine-curing and fresh watercuring. Salt-curing (also known as drycuring) involves packing the olives in plain salt for at least a month, which produces a salty and wrinkled olive. Brine-curing involves placing the olives in a salt water solution for a few days or more. Freshwater curing involves soaking the olives in a succession of baths, of which the water is changed daily. Olives can also be flavoured by soaking them in various marinades, or removing the pit and stuffing them. Popular flavourings are herbs, spices, olive oil, feta, capsicum, chilli, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic cloves, wine, vinegar, juniper berries and anchovies. Sometimes, the olives are lightly cracked with a hammer or a stone to trigger fermentationwhich adds a slightly bitter taste. Tell us your Olive Picking or Tasting Tales: editor@soltimes.com

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- The ladies from Loose Women give Girls Aloud a run for their money with their rendition of ‘The Promise’ - And, of course a very, very special, live performance by the BBC Newsreaders The programme will also feature broadcasts from around the UK, as BBC presenters join their local communities to catch up with some energetic and creative fundraising exploits. John Barrowman will present this year’s extravaganza from Glasgow where the cast of hit musical We Will Rock You will be among the acts joining Pudsey at the SECC as BBC Children in Need Rocks. All girl group The Saturdays and Only Men Aloud will be brightening

At the heart of every Appeal are the amazing armies of fundraisers across the nation and this year their call to arms is ‘Show Your Spots, Let’s Raise Lots’ Showing your spots doesn’t mean doing anything difficult, expensive or scary, it just means doing something outside of your normal routine to help us raise money, which could be as simple as wearing spots, or as daring as a sponsored abseil. BBC Children in Need is also being simulcast on BBC One HD on Freesat channel 108, Freeview channel 50, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 108.

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MacGowan’s will be offering a Christmas Lunch book now to guarantee a place...El Segoviano are open as usual at lunch time. Leo’s are doing a three course Christmas Lunch for 13.95€

La Plaza will be closing for December and January, opening early February... The Friday Golfers have voted to stay at the clubhouse for their post-match tapas, although the organisers have reserved the right to change the venue in the future. The AR Almerimar Hotel and Golf Course Clubhouse are now open in the evenings and offering a dinner menu, and recently achieved a Spanish Tourism Quality rating, in their attempts to generate business, as they like everyone are suffering because of the lack of flights to Almería from Europe. Junior golf in Almerimar is going from strength to strength with around 40 children participating in the Saturday junior golf school, with some as young as 5 starting lessons. The recent Francis House golf competition in Almerimar raised 1,160€. Congratulations to all involved. The Bahia San Miguel AGM on Saturday 20th November in the AR Almerimar Hotel at 5.30pm can be viewed by registered members on www.bahiasanmiguelgolf.com There will be a Golf Rules Quiz at Restaurant El Arroz on 24th November, check with the restaurant for details. Restaurante Gourmet is closing on the 2nd December & moving to Roquetas de Mar but are trying to find someone to lease the restaurant in Almerimar. Cafe Bar Ankara has penciled in Saturday 20th November for their “closing for refurbishment” party BUT check with the bar or www. almerimarlife.com for the latest updates. AND keep reading here to find out when the re-opening will be! Stumble Inn are now acting as a drop-off point for people wanting to submit advertising, or content to the Sol Times. www.expatsradio.com 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 Small but appreciative audience for Iain Kemp’s poetry reading at Mac Gowan’s. Watch out for a future date and check out Iain’s web site www.iainkemppoetry. com for a video and podcast of the evening. The new fruit, vegetable, meat and fish market opens in Balerma this week.

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Google offers Texting ‘Health Samaritans link-up Risk’ For Teenagers

Google has launched a link-up with Samaritans, displaying the charity’s helpline number in response to UK search queries relating to suicide.

Web users entering the word “suicide” or the phrase “commit suicide” will now be shown a red telephone icon at the top of the list of results. The icon will showcase contact details for Samaritans. The service, which is designed to be more prominent than advertisements, was first introduced in the US in April. Google says it aims to connect people who are depressed, suicidal or in distress to information that could help them seek advice and support. “People turn to the internet for information and advice all the time,” said Google’s UK chief, Matt Brittin. “We hope that by adding a highly visible link on searches relating to suicide, Google can help guide those who are vulnerable, distressed or suicidal to the renowned expertise and support service offered by Samaritans.” However, only searches involving “suicide” appear to bring up the direct Samaritans result. In addition, the only direct link to Samaritans’ website appears to the right, in Google’s section reserved for paid advertising. More general searches on the subject without using the specific word appear to return a welter of unfiltered web results, and no telephone contact for Samaritans. A spokeswoman for Google said the system had been extensively tested in the US. More terms were likely to be added as the service matured over time, she added. Samaritans welcomed Google’s move, calling the new feature a “positive step”. “The internet is a rapidly expanding phenomenon that allows people to access huge amounts of information, much of which is helpful but some of which can occasionally be dangerous,” said chief executive Catherine Johnstone. “It is therefore important that vulnerable and distressed people are steered towards safe places such as Samaritans”.

Parents have been warned to watch out for signs of excessive texting in their children, amid concerns it poses a new health risk. Teenagers sending 120 text messages a day are more likely to drink, smoke and have sex, claims a US doctor. Scott Frank told a US conference that extreme texting and use of social media is linked to higher levels of risky behaviour. A UK expert said internet addicts are at risk of other bad habits. Dr Scott Frank, a physician and public health expert at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, surveyed about 4,000 high school students, aged 13 to 18, at 20 local schools on their texting and social media habits. Almost 20% were classified as hyper-texters - sending more than 120 text messages on a school day. Taking into account lifestyle factors and income, they were more likely than other students to have smoked, drunk alcohol, used drugs and had sex, research presented to the American Public Health Association meeting in Denver suggests. Similar findings were reported for the one in 10 teenagers who fell into the category of hyper-networking spending more than three hours of

a school day on social networking websites. Dr Frank said: “The startling results of this study suggest that when left unchecked texting and other widely popular methods of staying connected can have dangerous health effects on teenagers. “This should be a wake-up call for parents to not only help their children stay safe by not texting and driving, but by discouraging excessive use of the cell phone or social websites in general.” Commenting on the study, Dr Catriona Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at Leeds University, UK, said: “There seems to be a small but important subgroup

of people for whom internet use is unhealthy, pathological and it doesn’t enhance their life. “It appears very similar to gambling but it’s a competitive behaviour that has features very similar to other addictions.” Dr Morrison, who has published research pointing to a link between heavy internet use and depression, said addictions are often “comorbid” - if you suffer from one, you are more likely to suffer from another. This could explain why teenagers who spend many hours texting or on social websites might be more likely to overindulge in alcohol or smoking, she said.

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Scientists say stress can make your face age by a DECADE but a new book claims you can repair the damage naturally We have long believed that we get the faces we deserve by the time we hit middle age. But scientists have found that stress is by far the over-riding factor when it comes to the rate at which we grow older. Stress is the new biological clock - and it is so powerful, so bad for us, it can age us prematurely. In 2004, scientists started to study telomeres, which are the tips of strands of DNA rather like the tips on the end of a shoelace. Telomeres stop DNA from fraying. When it frays, the cell stops being healthy: if it is a skin cell, it will cease to function properly and will appear aged. If the DNA frays in a brain cell, memory will lapse. The chromosomes in our cells are protected by these little tips. As our cells divide over time, because of damage, the telomeres get shorter and so become an accurate marker of biological ageing. The chief enemy of telomeres has been discovered to be stress, which explains why President Obama went grey after just a few months in office. This outward sign of ageing was caused by the damage to his telomeres; think of these cells going rusty in a vicious, caustic soup of negative hormones. So, what can we do to combat stress and delay the onset of wrinkles? The Boston-based science writer Thea Singer has come up with a self-help tome/beauty bible called Stress Less: The New Science That Shows Women How To Rejuvenate The Body And The Mind. This book is that it goes much deeper than skin deep: it equates our wrinkles with our deeper levels of unhappiness. While it aims to fix our faces, it also attempts to do the far more important job of healing our souls. What makes this book so compulsive, and the theory so convincing, is the personal insight Thea brings to it. While researching the book her mother became very ill, which meant Thea had to co-ordinate her care as well as work on her manuscript: the juggling act that has become so commonplace among baby boomers that it’s become almost a cliche. Thea’s daughter entered the difficult teenager phase at the same time which, she explains with a hint of irony, meant their previously close relationship became ‘fractured — it was stressful, to say the least’. She says the role of being a carer is the most stressful role of all; and it’s a role that almost always falls on the shoulders of women. ‘Scientists studied parents who were looking after very ill children,’ says Thea. ‘Without stress we are barely alive, we barely feel. But good stress means the stress hormones are in our blood for a short length of time. Bad stress is when it is allowed to go on and on.’ But isn’t stress unavoidable? ‘It is how you allow yourself to respond to those triggers,’ she says. ‘You can sit in a traffic jam tearing your hair out or you could sit back, listen to some music, let it wash over you. Use

the time productively.’ Are we as a society more stressed than at other time in history? Surely living in fear of the plague was not conducive to being chilled out. But the difference between stress in Victorian times was that we lived much more physical lives. We walked and moved around.’ She explains that physical activity means the stress hormones are dispersed and are not swimming around in our bloodstream, wreaking mayhem with those strands of DNA. Thea is sure that, very soon, doctors will be able to do a blood test to determine not only how fast we are ageing, but whether we are susceptible to certain diseases, simply from measuring those telomeres. New drugs and supplements will mushroom in the wake of these discoveries, but she’d far rather we all started including simple ways to lower our stress levels in our daily routine. ‘Making even small changes will have a remarkable and almost instantaneous effect on the way we age,’ she says. We have more control over our health and our looks than we think. The most powerful tool in the battle against ageing is how we live our lives. Stress Less: The New Science That Shows Women How To Rejuvenate The Body And The Mind by Thea Singer

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Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero recently elected to spend the weekend with the troops in war torn Afghanistan rather than with Pope Benedict XVI, who braved the wrath of the gays and lesbians as he preached morality and the need to return to good old fashioned catholic values, including introducing economic measures to enable woman to stay at home. I had always wondered why he drove round in an armour plated Popemobile but now I know .... he is a braver man than I for suggesting that one! It was a interesting choice by Zapatero and given the choice between a Lesbian and Gay Kissing Protest, or Afghanistan I wonder which most of us would choose? Maybe Zapatero is regretting putting his beach villa in Vera Almería up for sale, having failed to rent it out, as he could have stayed there to avoid the Pope, although that would have put him into close proximity to the Priors who had their home demolished some time ago and are still waiting for any compensation. It looks like it will be a long wait as well, as the courts basically upheld the legality of the demolition, saying the land should never have been used for building, so the Priors need to seek compensation from Vera Town Hall. “Blood” and “stone” spring to mind ...... Perhaps Zapatero should give his villa to the Priors as the way things are with the Town Halls across Spain these days there is more chance of Spain’s

troops returning from Afghanistan than the Priors getting their compensation, although Zapatero did leave the door firmly half open, and half closed, promising the troops they ‘were not there for keeps’, while at the same time saying he would keep the presence of the armed forces in the wartorn country ‘for as long as is necessary’. Here in Almerimar we have suffered for months now with the foul smell and polluted air from the El Ejido Waste Management Plant, and although the recent winds “cleared the air somewhat” and Major Enciso has recently visited the plant to denounce the management there is still no real signs of the plant been moved to another location, which is the only real solution that will satisfy the folks of Almerimar and El Ejido. So it was with interest that I read recently that 79% of the Spanish population, that’s some 36.9 million people are breathing polluted air, according to the annual report on air standards produced by Ecologistas en Acción. They say that is the proportion of the population which is breathing air below the standards recommended by the World Health Organisation WHO. The ecologist group calculates that 16,000 people die in Spain each year from related causes, and lament the fact that despite the seriousness of the situation, public administration is not taking the necessary measures to solve the problem “hear hear” says Almerimar and El Ejido!

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euro on the slide Market Commentary 12th November 2010 The headache of eurozone peripheral bond worries are rippling through eurozone markets and consequently hurting risk appetite. The single currency is the biggest victim, falling further against the USD and against other currencies. As for the PIGS contagion outside Greece, Portugal and Ireland had been restricted but Italy and Spain have also suffered on their bond markets. Since falling below support around 1.3734, EUR/USD will now aim for 1.3508. Rumours that the Emerald Isle will be forced to go cap in hand to the IMF have been growing. The Irish have enough funds until next spring; bond yields are already higher than Greek debt before their own bailout. Now all focus will turn to the country’s budget on 7 December and the possibility of an deal between the government and opposition in the countries austerity plans. A key factor that is not helping the government is the fact they have a very slim majority. If the budget is approved there is no guarantee that attitude towards the government will recover given the damaging impact of even deeper fiscal cuts presented last week will have on the economy. In addition, Germany’s theory that the bailout cost should come from mostly by private investors has done nothing to ease market tensions. Now the ECB is not likely to provide much support, with ECB member Stark predicting that ECB bond purchases will remain restricted. As a result European markets look a little unstable and the Euro looks susceptible to a fall as further downside opens up. What is more,

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When it comes to home decorating, not everyone has either the time or the money to do a whole makeover in their living room. But don’t fret! You don’t have to spend a lot of either to get a nice change and pick-up to the look of your room. Read here for our favourite ways to add colour to your living room and liven up the décor of your home ready for cosy nights in front of the fire…

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5. Put Some Colour on the Floor A colourful throw rug, strategically placed in front of a chair or under a coffee table can add colour and texture to a living room. You can choose a contrast colour, chosen from fabric you’re using in the room, or look for one with an interesting pattern that ties into the theme of your room. 6. Freshen Up a Chair Cushion If you have a small chair, such as a desk chair or side chair, consider recovering the seat cushion. Fresh colour on even this small area will offer interest and bring life to a dreary corner. 7. Reflecting Colour

1. Paint One Wall You will find that you can add a real punch of colour by painting just one wall of your living room. This will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major decorating project. If your room has a niche, that’s the perfect choice for extra colour. You can choose a bold, contrasting colour picked from a floral fabric, or a subtle tone darker than the tone of the other walls. Any change in colour will add interest and splash! 2. Throw a Few Pillows Around Nothing adds colour like pillows strategically placed on furniture. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colourful, patterned pillows for a solid colour chair or sofa, these simple additions will add comfort and just the right splash of colour. 3. Add a Bit of Mother Nature (even if it means trying to fool her!) Green plants or flowering ones add colour, fragrance, personality, and just good feelings to the living room. If you’re gone from home a lot, settle for some of the wonderful artificial ones on the market now. You can find great looking plants, foliage, and flowers that only need to be dusted.

Try placing a large mirror on a bare, boring wall. Choose an interesting frame or decorate a piece of mirror with cording or braid. If you have an old frame, consider painting it a bright colour. The mirror will reflect the colour from around the room and add light to the space. 8. Get Artsy A colourful piece of art placed in a living room not only adds a decorative touch, but also introduces colours and shapes you might not be able to use in a larger area. Try framing simple photos with colourful mats and bright frames. 9. Paint the Back of a Bookshelf A great touch of colour and interest can be added by painting a bookshelf two colours (or even more!) Paint the frame and outside one colour, and paint the inside of the piece, behind the shelves, with a contrasting colour. You can choose different shades for each shelf if you really want to draw the eye. The colour will really help the items on the shelves pop out and look important. 10. Snuggle Up With a Throw

4. Add a Whimsical Lamp Even if you have a traditional classic living room, you can add a point of interest by selecting a lamp or shade that is colourful or whimsical. How about using an interesting pot or sculpture? You can have the electrical components installed for a reasonable price at a lamp shop. Then select a shade that’s an interesting shape, and glue trim of fringe, beads, or ribbon around the top and bottom to add colour.

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This time last year many people were wondering whether there would ever be any improvement in economic activity due to the general mess and slowdown in the economy. To make matters worse the appreciation of the EURO in relation to most currencies including the sterling made things very difficult for the property market as the British were simply being asked to fork out more pounds to achieve less euros and this was obviously likely to put people off for a while and consequently have some adverse affect on the property market. Despite all the doom and gloom though, we have successfully argued that irrespective of the apparent adverse economic outlook, properties are definitely a sound investment and the market is not just made of British buyers. In any case, the British have realized that the property market has more than corrected itself to compensate for a weak sterling. The more astute clients have realized that the opportunity is here now, not in a few years! Because banks have not only limited their credits but also started to be very cautious about who they lend to, the property market has had to rely more than ever on cash rich individuals who are willing to find a sound long term investment now. Those with vision have done extremely well. We also successfully argued that all the talk of a weak sterling or strong euro, depending which school of thought one comes from, should be used as an advantage not a distraction. Our own success in selling to the British suggests that some British purchasers have taken on board our argument and benefited from purchasing properties at very reasonable asking prices. What interests them most is the guaranteed sunshine, good infrastructure and low property prices. A diligent agent should be able to help here! I guess as in all business what makes one successful is one’s ability to translate in plain language what a particular deal means to their client. This fairly straight forward concept is a value added benefit to a client and therefore it differentiates a good, down to earth,

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were to sell at a realistic price of today’s market but rather what opportunities you can achieve with the proceeds from the sale of your property!

Based on our own statistics, without a shred of a doubt, overall the property market in the first ten months of 2011 has performed far better than the same period last year and this upward trend has been fairly constant this year, at least for us anyway! Those who tend to use statistical data to do their risk analysis and make an educated choice would agree with the findings on this article. As I have been saying for a while now and as with everything in life, opportunities need not be just identified but also acted upon very quickly otherwise they just come and go. Bargain hunters looking to buy a property in Spain must have this thinking very clear in their minds at all times if they are to succeed in achieving their aim. The wait and see approach has elapsed.

This large 3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse with off street parking in a residential area in the Village of Turre, 5 minutes drive to Garrucha and Mojacar Playa is a great example of a bargain property where the vendor has decided to slash the asking price and put it on the market for an unbelievably 120,000 euros, yes this is the price! More details as well as pictures are available at our office or on our website www.veritashomes.co.uk under ref. 1465.

Those still not convinced by the argument should look around and also note that I have yet to see a client of ours who has bought in the past year or so who feels that they could have bought a better property for the same price and therefore wished they had not bought then. This is very comforting but the reason for that is quite simple really: these clients have bought cheaply and above all they have bought thinking long term. Whether or not one has an interest in property in Spain, one cannot fail to acknowledge that prices have come down significantly. Currently there are still opportunities on the market waiting to be grabbed, but as with everything in life these good deals are not going to be there forever. As for the vendors, all I can say to those wishing to sell now is that the strategy of price reduction works. This is not rocket science and therefore those wishing to sell their properties in a buyer’s market environment must ensure that their property is priced according to today’s market conditions. If you bought during the boom, do not think of the amount you will lose if you

The example above highlights only one property but we have many others on our books that are being offered for sale at a massive discount. This of course is the reason why here at Veritas Homes we are being

so successfully in shifting properties around. If you have a quality property that you wish to sell at a realistic price in today’s market then please get in touch with us. Those wanting to discuss about any of the issues raised in this article please pop into the Veritas Homes office on the Paseo del Mediterráneo, 197 – Local 7 – Mojácar by the La Paratá roundabout or e-mail André at andre@veritashomes.co.uk

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• The property have all legal documents

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• Private locked garage of 18m

• large lounge/diner & dual aspect terrace

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• 3 beds & a fully fitted kitchen & utility room

• Set on a flat plot of almost 6,000m

• Good size Terrace 35m, + large 50m roof terrace

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• with 2 communal large pools and garden • Fully furnished, A/C & fully fitted kitchen • 2 minutes walking to all amenities & beach

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Still time to sow broad beans, peas, carrots, beetroot, leeks, and onions…these can be transplanted out later. Plugs in the market are plentiful now, all sorts of cabbage, cauli and lettuce (have you tried the lollo rossa, one of my favourites?) Don’t forget a couple of plugs of parsley. Ground can be well prepared for planting potatoes; the SPUNTA variety is best in this area and will be in the farm shops soon. If you have been trying a few fruit bushes such as raspberries and loganberries in your veg patch, dig in plenty of manure or compost now. I’ve just been putting my pea-sticks in as the peas I put in a couple of weeks ago are beginning to show. Oh, my aching back, I’ll have to get her indoors to give me a bit of a rub with the old horse liniment….smells awful, but it works on me! P.S. Not about veg but important….if you have agave or aloe vera plants... There is a beetle attacking them which is very similar to the palm weevil but black. It burrows into the heart where it lays big, fat, white grubs which eat away the plant from the centre leaving a brown, stinking mess. We have now lost two huge ones but friends have lost dozens. I have been told that a compound called CHLORPIRIFOS sprayed on plants will kill the beetle and prevent them moving on to the next one. I haven’t had time to see if it works yet, but it’s worth a try...

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SOLTIMES NOVEMBER 2010 to be planted too early.” He’s planted bulbs as late as January, but would recommend up until the end of November, adding that tulips need cold weather to root. If you’re growing tulips in containers, Chris warns: “Don’t forget to water during early spring when you might get dry, warm weather. Otherwise, the bulbs will dry out.” After flowering, most varieties benefit from being lifted and stored in a dry place until autumn. Other varieties, particularly the Kaufmanniana hybrids and species tulips, can be left in the ground, and may spread to colonise an area. Plant bulbs 10cm (4in) deep and 10cm (4in) apart. Water bulbs when the buds are rising, to encourage large blooms and taller stems. Top-dress bulbs in autumn, after planting. For long-term tulip displays, wait until the foliage has died off before cutting back.

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A new book on dangerous plants by Amy Stewart looks at the horrific side of horticulture. What do the Duchess of Northumberland, James Bond arch-villain Blofeld, and bestselling author Amy Stewart have in common? Spookily, they all nurture a secret passion for Mother Nature’s most appalling creations - plants that can kill and maim unwary human beings in the garden. The Duchess grows hemlock in the Poison Garden at her medieval home, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, which doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. In Ian Fleming’s thriller You Only Live Twice, Blofeld fills his so-called “garden of death” with poisonous plants to ensnare victims. American author Stewart has a chilling new book out entitled Wicked Plants: The A-Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Drawing on history, medicine and science, it features items such as a tree that sheds poison daggers, a glistening red seed that stops the heart, a shrub that causes paralysis and a climbing plant that strangles. Stewart, an expert in blood-curdling botany, tends a poison garden of her own in California.

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Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

Puzzles

QUESTION: How many tonNes of gold does The United Kingdom currently hold?

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Down 2D  isturb a long, quiet drink (7) 3J  oint left in rinse, causing injury (8) 4 Was first up to take in university fight (4) 5H  e spelt cog wrong for keeping things on the line (7,3) 6D  istinctive character of the new operating system (5)

HARD SUDOKU

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7. Copy (7) 8. Apparent (7) 9. Narrow range of hills (5) 10. Domain (5) 13. Concur (5) 14. Topic (5) 16. Stitch (3) 17. Possesses (3) 21. Freight (5) 24. Leading actor (4) 25. Craze (4) 28. Novel (3) 29. Envisage (3)

STANDARD SUDOKU

24. Pouch (3) 26. Indicating maiden name (3) 27. Put into the care of someone (7) 30. Bird of prey (5) 31. Expressed in writing (5)

CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

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Across 1. Place of safety (5) 6. Nimble (5) 7. Tell (7) 9. Male sheep (3) 11. Lair (3) 12. Tub (3) 15. Part of the eye (4) 17. Lofty (4) 18. Dissuade (5) 19. Military chaplain (5) 20. Chew (4) 22. Appear (4) 23. Consume (3)

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

Across 1 Packed saint was in debt (6) 5 Learner comes into cane thrashing - not dirty! (5) 10 G  et a group of singers, we hear (7) 11 Game-play? (7) 12 “ My Girl” performed in a ghastly way! (6) 13 The Prince takes in second boy to be actor (8) 15 Sent ravers off, cross (10) 16 English affirmative organs (4) 18 F  ood of Eric Edwards (4) 20 A military strike might be initially perilous for dodgy Empire vet (3-7) 22 Anonymous bloke comes back to drug the French ship (8) 24 Straggle returning part of hull - warp speed! (6) 26 A crossword setter with two states of this place (7) 27 You may have to stand to give one (7) 28 1 finger? (5) 29 S  ome play me nicely - those who aren’t experts (6)

answer: The UK currently holds: 310.3 Tonnes

STANDARD CROSSWORD


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Johnny Cash to join Gospel Music Hall of Fame

The late Jonny Cash is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Cash, who died in 2003 at the age of 71, was brought up with gospel music and famously turned to religion as he tried to beat drug addiction. DeGarmo and Key, the Golden Gate Quartet and Bill “Hoss” Allen will also join the hall of fame this year. They will be inducted on 24 January in Hendersonville,

Tennessee. More than 150 members, including Let’s Stay Together singer Al Green and Amazing Grace composer John Newton, have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame since its foundation in 1971. In 1980, Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame while, in 1992, he became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee Lo Green is the best soul singer of our generation, hands down. And the wildest part is, he’s not even trying to be. Cee Lo his real name, Thomas Callaway, was introduced to many a mainstream music listener through the universal success of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” in 2006. I’ve been a fan of Cee Lo ever since I heard him on Outkast’s “Git Up, Git Out”. His new album released last week “The Lady Killer” is a fantastic piece of work and mixes his unique voice with some great producers in the business the likes of ,Salaam Remi, Fraer T. Smith and Paul Epworth to name a few. The worldwide hit “F*** You” or “Forget you” to most European markets has propelled Cee Lo into a star on his own right. The Album delivers everything you want from an album to a catchy tune like forget you too soulful ballads like “Old Fashioned” which sounds like a lost Sam Cooke gem. Overall if you love soul and like your music a little funkier this is the Album for you. Bar far the best Album this year and gets a Levanteradio.com 4.5 out of 5 (Steve King)

Next weeks Album Review will be Take That’s new album Progress

Levante Radios Top 10 of one Hit wonders! By Steve King

What is a one hit wonder? They are usually an artist which solely have had 1 top hit in the modern day charts or an artist that is remembered for just 1massive hit, this song usually is a big chart classic, like Vanilla Ice what other songs can you remember him for?, apart from “Ice Ice Baby”? Well he had three other smaller hits after the big worldwide smash, but you can not remember them! Can You? There are various types of 1 hit wonders, from the down right stupid like “Mr Blobby” to all time Classics like Nena and “99 Balloons”. This is Levante Radios Take on the Best 1 hit Wonders. 1. The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969) 2. Norman Greenbaum - “Spirit in the Sky” (1970) 3. The Knack - My Sharona (1979) 4. Ricky Valance – Tell Laura I love her (1960) 5. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire (1968) 6. Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) 7. The Floaters - “Float On” (1977) 8. Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry Be Happy (1988) 9. Althea & Donna - “Uptown Top Ranking” (1978) 10. Typically Tropical - “Barbados” (1975) Listen to this chart on Steve kings show 22nd November and many more 1 hit wonders on Levante Radio, 10 am to 1pm Monday to Friday. Music 24 hours a day!

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Re-Opens ~ Tuesday 23rd November Sunday Lunch 28th November with music by Kate Francis Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Closed Mondays. Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua) www.restaurantefantasia.com restfantasia@hotmail.com

It’s all happening at

Rumores Cafe / Bar INTIMATE, NON-SMOKING RESTAURANT New Evening Menu with all Homemade Main Courses €6.95

Starters & Desserts all €2.50

An exquisite and varied menu with vegetarian option available!! A few places available Christmas Day €30 per head Restaurant open: Wednesday - Sunday 6.30pm - 9.30pm Friday Fish and Chips Served 6.30pm - 9pm Sunday Lunch severd 1pm - 5pm Day menu served all day from 9am - 5pm

BOOKING RECOMMENDED Sol y RUMORES Mar BAR/CAFE

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FOR RESERVATIONS Tel Bar: 610 641 567 / Tracy: 690 943 897 Open all day everyday 9am till late

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Travellers Inn

BAR MEAL MENU AVAILABLE EVERY DAY FROM 6PM

JOHN (OF eL MOLINO) IS OUR RESIDENT CHEF

Y MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDA * red BOOKING preffe

CHRISTMAS DAY ~ 48€pp BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN

new year party

Many households have their own recipe for Christmas pudding; those that command the most pride have been handed down the family for generations. Essentially the recipe brings together what traditionally were expensive or luxurious ingredients notably the sweet spices that are so important in developing its distinctive rich aroma.

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START CHRISTMAS BAKING...

TURKEY & TINSEL PARTIES FROM 13TH DECEM B ONLY 15€ P ER P Sunday Lunches From 1pm

with mark deakin ticket only n/c

TAKE THE TABERNO ROAD FROM ALBOX & FOLLOW THE SIGNS FOR LOS MARCELINOS

Reservations: 950 523 762

g n i d d u P s a m t s i r h C

cafe bar Los Mellizos formerly the Corner Bar,

€5

Homemade pizzas, from Large range of toppings EAT in or TAKEAWAY Factor MEAL DEAL Saturday & Sunday PIZZA, CHIPS, SALAD bottle WINE

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€10

Dining Room open everyday from 10am for Breakfast, Lunches & Snacks See Our NEW MENU

La Alfoquia

ENTERTAINMENT Wednesday

A Night of Entertainment with STEVE FISHER

Friday

KARAOKE with GRAHAM DEE

Open every day 9am - Late Tel: 638 889 520

NEW

The Kimrick 

Private Functions, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries etc

Non-smoking restaurant ~ Air - conditioning ~ Free wifi

Traditional Christmas Day

45€ pp 5 course lunch (served at 2.30pm) with all the trimmings including house wines and entertainment until 7pm Christmas Party Nights throughout December from only 18€ per person

Julia’s super New Year’s Eve

65€ 5 course dinner with cava & grapes at midnight, pp

party bags and entertainment by Brendan O’Dee

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

6.95€

SAT 20th Nov

Every Thursday is Curry night

Beef Madras or Thai Green Chicken curry or Vegetable & Potato curry with Basmati rice, Naan bread & Chutney

kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

menu del dia 12€

mojacar playa

menu del Noche 14€

10€

6.95€

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

Method Lightly grease 4x600ml/1 pint or 2x1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basins.

225g/8oz golden caster sugar 225g/8oz suet

Mix together all the dry ingredients.

340g/12oz sultanas

Stir in the eggs and brandy and mix well. Spoon the mix into basins. Put a circle of baking parchment and foil over the top of each basin and tie securely with string. Make a string handle from one side of the basin to the other so it is easier to pick the basin out of the pan after cooking.

340g/12oz raisins 225g/8oz currants 110g/4oz candied peel, chopped 110g/4oz plain flour 110g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs 55g/2oz flaked almonds 1 lemon, zest only 5 eggs, beaten 1 level tsp ground cinnamon 1 level tsp mixed spice 5g/1 level tsp freshly grated nutmeg pinch of salt

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Ingredients

150ml/5fl oz brandy or rum

Put the basins in a large steamer of boiling water and cover with a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling water up from time to time, if necessary. If you do not have a steamer, put the basins in a large pan on inverted saucers on the base. Pour in boiling water to come a third of the way up the sides of the pudding bowls. Cover and steam as before. Cool. Change the baking parchment and foil covers for fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool cupboard until Christmas Day. To serve: steam for 2 hours and serve with brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade custard.

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Christmas Cake 10 € MENU DEL DIA

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Available Mon to Sat inclusive

1pm-4pm & 7pm-10pm

One of the best ever recipes for Christmas cake, this will keep perfectly, becoming richer and more intense with every boozy feed you give it. Stuffed full of spice and fruity flavours it’s sure to become a favourite that you will make year after year. Here’s how to make it... Hands-on time 30min, plus overnight soaking. Cooking time about 4hr Cuts into about 30 slices

Method

Put the fruit in a non-metallic bowl and stir in the orange zest Ingredients and juice and hazelnut liqueur. 500g sultanas Cover and leave to soak overnight 400g raisins or, preferably, up to three days. 150g each prunes & dried figs, roughly chopped Preheat oven to 140°C (120°C 200g dried apricots, roughly chopped fan), Gas Mark 1. Grease and Zest and juice of 2 oranges double-line a 23cm (9in) cake tin with greaseproof paper, making 200ml hazelnut liqueur, plus extra for drizzling sure the paper comes at least 5cm 250g unsalted butter, softened, (+ greasing) (2in) above the top of 150g dark muscovado the tin. 150g light brown soft sugar Using an electric 200g plain flour, sifted hand mixer, beat 1tsp ground cinnamon together the butter 1tsp mixed spice and sugars in a large ¼tsp ground cloves bowl until light and fluffy ¼tsp freshly grated nutmeg - this should take about 4 large eggs, beaten 5min. 100g toasted, blanched hazelnuts, chopped In a separate bowl, sift 40g toasted pine nuts together the flour, spices and a pinch of salt. Beat 2tbsp of the flour mix into the butter and sugar then gradually add the eggs, making sure the mixture doesn’t curdle. If it looks as if it might be about to, add a little more flour. Fold the remaining flour into the mixture with a large metal spoon, followed by the soaked fruit and nuts. Tip into the prepared tin and level the surface. Then wrap a double layer of greaseproof paper around the outside of the tin, securing with string - this will stop the cake burning. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make a hole in the centre of the mix, going right down to the base of the tin - this will stop the top of the cake rising into a dome shape as it cooks. Bake for 4hr or until a skewer comes out clean. Cover with foil if it is browning too quickly. Leave to cool in the tin for 10min, then take out and cool on a wire rack, keeping the greaseproof paper wrapped around the outside of the cake. To store, leave the cold cake in its greaseproof paper. Wrap a few layers of clingfilm around it, then cover with foil. Store in a cool place in an airtight container. After two weeks, unwrap the cake, prick all over and pour over 1tbsp of brandy or hazelnut liqueur. Rewrap and store as before. Cook’s tip - the cake will keep for up to three months stored in this way. It can be doused in alcohol every week if you like a stronger taste.

Bar Restaurant

Sunday Lunch

Sat 11th Dec from 1pm

2 course 10.95€ 3 course 13.50€

Menu del dia

Menu del noche

10€ for 3 courses

15€ pp or 28€ for 2

4 Courses including Canapes & Cava on arrival

20€

Bookings essential

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

Pre-Christmas Parties Available - Call for details

Snip & Save with this voucher

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

per couple to take away after dining any of our night menus.

Free Bottle of Red Wine Monday to Saturday 19:00 to 22:00, Voucher valid til 11th December 2010

Pol. Industrial Albox, Near the ITV Garage

merald Isle E e Th IRISH PUB Mojacar Playa, nr La Hacienda

eekend end of season party w

Saturday 27th November

karaoke & disco with steve king. bacardi breezers €2 & many other drinks promotions from 9pm

sunday 28th November

LA PARATA Shea, formally of Neptuno’s presents Christmas fair

christmas eve

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LIVE MUSIC EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

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

Final day open AT 2pm with sean grew. Drinks promotions & snacks all day

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR

Open: Mon - Fri 5pm - late, Sat & Sun 2pm - late

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APSA SHOP EVENT ALBOX

22nd November ~ Frillies New lingerie with Lesley 10-2pm Come and find yourselves a bargain and help the animal charity too!!

PUPPY RESCUE DOG SHOW AND CHRISTMAS FAIR Sunday 5th December, midday onwards. Under cover if weather is bad. At Piedra Amarilla, Nr Sunburnt Arms, Partaloa, Albox. Santa, Stalls, Tombola, Bar. Stall holders please book, 5€ a pitch. For more information, directions or to book a pitch, Tel: 678 838 547

Dance The Night Away ...on Saturday 11th December

...to the sounds of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, new & old country music with

REPLAY DUO

...AND...Cabaret Drag Queen

Betty Swallocks

at El Saloon Bar, Valle Del Almanzora Centrohipico ~ Bar meals available For transport or accommodation call Jane 685 987 179

8 till late - TICKETS ONLY 6€ Call Ian: 650 129 700 or 950 124 154

Carers support group meeting...

Masco Square, Parque Comercial, Mojacar, 23rd November 2010 - 3pm to 5pm To support all the carers living in and around the local area. All medical illness covered from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Cancer & many more...Come along for support and a chat with people in the same situation & Almeria Angels Clinical Director. Tel: 902 02 64 68 www.almeriaangels .com

What’s On your events, announcements & letters WANTED: BORED PEOPLE OF ALL AGES &

NATIONALITIES................................................

Are you bored? Have you nothing better to do than wish you had something better to do? Yes? We have the solution - A guaranteed cure for boredom! Around 6 years ago a group of Almanzora Valley residents were trying to speed the passage of time between yesterday and tomorrow, when they happened upon a gentleman by the name of Peter Barnett. Despite not being physically present, Peter introduced them to ‘The Angina Monologues’, the pertinence and pithy wit of which shook them out of their apathy, and straight into the Indalo Direct Café, where they shared Peter’s way with words with a select, and appreciative, audience. Afterwards, with the heady wine of applause still running through their veins, the assembled actors looked at each other, and with one accord cried out ‘We will form a Theatre Group, and we will call it ‘The Luvvies!’ Fortunately, not everyone in the Group can act; A Theatre Group is like an iceberg, the most important bits are hidden from view. After all, where would the actors be if they didn’t have a stage? And what use would a stage be without scenery, and props, and lighting and sound, and…well, let’s just say, actors are the tip of the iceberg, and it takes a lot of backroom boys and girls to put together the show that makes them look good! The Luvvies latest production is ‘Tomb With a View’, a twisty comedy/thriller by Norman

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

Le Bistro

Dear Sol Times a tale of ‘18th century Mojacar’. On Friday 5th November the Rose Also on a lighter side Ruth Wood read Singers presented ‘Out of my Drea ms - ‘Only the English would have invented An Autumn Serenade’ at Camping Los this Language’. Pam Peters piano solo, Galliardos. A varied programme of music always a highlight of the Rose Singers was received with enthusiasm by a large concert s, delighted us all onc e again. audience. This is very talented small The whole concert was a most polished choir with a very varied repertoir e. Lively performance and con gratulations must pieces including ‘Alexanders Ragtime go to their conductor, Alison Jackson, Band’, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and ‘The for her skilled leadership. Wraggle Taggle Gypsies O’, con trasted Money was raised at the concert for beautifully with ‘Ojos Negros Y Gran des’ PAWS and at the perform ance at the - a traditional Spanish piece and Moz art’s Kimrick on Saturday 6th Nov ember the ‘Ave Verum’. During the course of the choir again sang to a full house and evening the choir of thirteen mem bers money raised on this occa sion was for sang solos, and in various combina tions MAC. of duets, trios, quartets and as a whole If you would like to hear the choir again group. in the near future they will be singing A truly memorable solo was given by Lyn a Christmas concert at Los Galliardos Ferris with the the hauntingly bea utiful Camping on Sat. Dec. 18th . at 7.30 pm ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’. Lyn, together with where you will be invited to join in with Sue Mehmet, entertained us with the ‘Cat some of your favourite carols. Another Duet’ by Rossini and Sue also amu sed us evening not to be missed! with a wholly different interpretatio n of Regards Mozart putting words to his music telling David Durrant

Albox

24th November Christmas table top sale Few items available €5

27th november

Party Night with Brendon-O-Dee from 8pm €5 per person including Buffet All proceeds to Vera Orphanage

Poker Night

Every Thursday 8 - 8.30pm start til late

Looking for a party venue? Hot & Cold food served

with new Chef: Tony From 10am til late, Closed Sundays Find us beneath the Andalucian Bank in Albox

Tel: 666 649 330

Robbins. It is on at the Martin Ramos Garcia Institute in Albox on 18th, 19th and 20th November, and if you miss those dates, then catch it at the Museo Pedro Gilabert, Arboleas on 25th, 26th and 27th November. Tickets are on sale in Albox from: Albox Rugs, Bliss, Colin the Card, Girasol and Rumores. In Arboleas pick them up from: Bar Trinidad, Deborah’s Cards, Essentials and Sophia’s Wellness Centre. Buying a ticket is the first step towards the cure for boredom, the second step is enjoying the show – you will, I know it! Step three is the really important one. Get in touch with Norma Read, 697 384 513, and discuss how you can put your skill, be it acting, painting, electrics, sewing, socialising, whatever it is, to good use. But be warned – acting is addictive! The Group meet at Rumores in Albox on Wednesday afternoons, (speak to Norma, she will tell you when the next meeting is to take place) where you will find out Why We Do It and discover the secret snag to joining the Luvvies. Please don’t tell anyone, but the snag is…. it costs a whole 2€ per year to join. But you won’t tell anyone, will you? Promise? Since that original success, the Luvvies stages have been thrown open to the works of Neil Simon, Harold Brighouse, Derek Benfield, Michael Cooney, and the ever urbane Noel Coward.

M

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607 953 388

EXPATS

We are having a Car Boot Sale at

Bar International

Please help to raise funds to stop the threat of losing our homes and everybody else we know in a similar situation. Please donate anything, large or small items (we can collect) Call John Burns670 563 760

Thank you

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Bar Spinnaker

Cafe Bar & Restaurant Tapas free with Beer Menu del Dia @ 8.50€ Choice of 4 Starters, 4 Mains, Salad, Drink, Dessert & Coffee Every Sunday Meat Paella & Seafood Paella 2.30€ per plate - cooked in front of you Saturday only - Spit Roast Chicken only 5€ (ring to order)

Conference room available for meetings etc free of charge English Breakfast available & Menu del Noche @ 9€ Transport to & from restaurant 4€ per person, 12 km raduis. A group of you eating? Call us for our special rates on transport. Find us op BP Garage, Albox Open Mon-Fri 6am till late · Sat 7am till late · Sun 12 till late

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 F o od & ta pas s e rv e d all day

New !!! Happy Hours : Monday - Friday 5:00 - 7:00 Larger, Pint 1.50€ Tubo 1.00€

Friday is Fish Day Fish, Chips & Peas with Bread & Butter 5€

Bingo now on Tuesdays at 3.00pm

ALL SPORTS & SOAPS SHOWN

TUEsday bingo: 3PM wednesday quiz night 9Pm Friday race night 9pm saturday curry night 7-10pm Sunday lunch - 1.30-4.30pm - Booking Recommended

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harbour lights

OLIVE MUSEUm........................ 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.

Isaac George Thorman

Harbour Lights is located in the first Darsena in Almerimar, and offers a great view of the boats moored in the marina. First impressions put in mind a wine bar/ bistro style of bar, aa impression reinforced by the range, price and quality of the food. It is obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the food, with a nice international mix including Dutch Sausage, Swedish Meat Balls and Spanish Fried Peppers on the Tapas menu, and Haddock, Chips & Mushy Peas, Thai, Balti & Madras Curry, Nachos and the already infamous Gerry’s Ribs on the main menu, which changes on a regular basis. Prices for the menu items range from 5.95€ to 7.95€, all good portions and well presented. The tapas are included with your drink (including soft drinks), with the benchmark beer costing 2€ with a Tapas or 1.50€ sin Tapas. A Tapas can be bought without a drink for 1.50€.

Isaac Thorman

Happy 1st Birthday Have a great day, We love you. See you at Christmas. from all your Aunties & Uncles in England xxx

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

17th November Happy 1st Birthday sweetheart All our love Mummy, Daddy Nanny & Grampy xxx

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

a royal wedding

Harbour Lights is one of the few places offering homemade curry in or around Almerimar, and with all tastes catered for (Balti, Thai, Korma and Madras) I suspect it will soon become a firm favourite of those that like something a little spicy on their plate, especially as for 2€ you can get a portion of Onion Bhaji’s to share and for 3€ a portion of Samosa’s, again all homemade, as are all items on the menu.

Hannah Brown will be 12 on Tuesday 16th November & Rebecca Brown will be 14 on Friday 19th November Happy Birthday To You Both Lots of Love Mum & Dad xxx

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

Interestingly they are closed all day on a Saturday BUT have some interesting plans for regular jamming sesssions on Saturdays, and have plans for regular themed food evenings: Mexican, Chinese, Indian, American etc. Food is available all the time they are open which is Monday to Friday 10.30am to 11.00pm and Sunday 10.30am to 6pm. Throw in a Full English at 5.50€ and a Sunday Lunch at 7.50€ and you have a very welcoming, affordable and well located wine bar/bistro style bar and restaurant here in Almerimar.

Prince William & Kate Middleton will marry next year in London, in what will be the biggest Royal Wedding since 1981 when his parents, Prince Charles & Lady Diana, got married. remember you can view sol times online at

www.soltimes.com so all of your friends and family can join in with your celebrations!!!

Dental Clinic

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

950 32 64 52

German & English Spoken

www.almeria-dentista-zahnarzt.com

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar, near Hotel Zoraida Garden

METALFORM Helping you to secure your property

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

Tel: 617 706 606

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burty’s bar Private Parties Catered For

SUNDAY 12 decembER ~ 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

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Girls’ Mountain Bike hardly used. As new condition. Suitable for 8 – 14 years old. Helmet included. 60€. Tel: 950 064 404 / 627 296 204 Bowls coloured taylor ace size 2 heavy good condition, 105€ telephone 950 475455 mobile 661 016 366 Table Tennis Table. Used only a few times. Cost 179 euros will accept 70 euros. Tel:697506087. Bush 14 inch TV/ Video recorder. Good condtion and working order. With remote control and instruction manuel. 15 Euros telephone 637 962 841 or 950 437 080 Oil Filled Radiator, good condition and working order 25 euros also Blender, good condition 10 euros Telephone 950 437 080 13 litres SuDo Professional Tanning Lotion. 10 € per litre, or all, plus paper thongs, hair caps and masks for 100€. 699603088 Iwata Sprint Jet Compressor, with accessories: 100 €. 699603088 Static therapy couch, 80 € Delivery possible. 699603088 Static Exercise Bike integral monitor As new, 50€. 699603088 Box trailer, lockable. 1.2m Wx2mL x 1.4mH. ideal for returning to UK. 200€ 678490294 Red UMACON cement mixer good condition €90 Tel: 634 349 151 2 oil-filled electric mobile heaters. ‘ D e L o n g h i ’ 40cmx18cmx65cm high and ‘Ciatronic’ 40x14x65 Rarely used. €35 each / €60 for both ONO Tel: 950 474 347 Phil and Teds 3 Wheeler Pushchair Single/double pram with a toddler seat, baby cocoon, raincover, sun mesh cover and 2 storage panniers. Immaculate condition. €210 Tel: 950 459 523 Dutailier Glider Chair with Footstool Made from maple

and finished with cream cushions. Suitable for nursing baby/watching TV/ reading. Excellent condition. €70. Tel: 950 459 523 Ikea Extendable Dining Table and 4 Chairs Used once. Styled in oak with cream chair cushions. Immaculate condition. Bargain at €275 Tel: 950 459 523 L e a t h e r sofa,cream,3 seater in perfect condition 275€. Tel 663 009 365

auctions

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. SAMNICK SIG 57 House clearances Tel: 627 907 207 www.solshaders.net speciality. Tel: 950 Email: solshaders@live.co.uk 6000€ 391 412 Tel: 950 458 723 Internal & External Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

Various items 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

Coming Soon! Gluten Free Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, etc. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre 950 479 487.

SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

blinds

Diabetic foods in stock (without aspartame or other chemicals). B r e a k f a s t cereals, jams, drinks, chocolate, Air-con i c e - c r e a m etc. Sunshine MD Air-Con & Wholefoods, Turre. Refrigeration (950 479 487) S.L. Sales, service, fully Probably the installation, largest range certified & legal. of vegetarian Tel: 950 432 110 food in Spain or 607 364 917 (including huge m d _ a i r c o n @ variety of frozen m o b i l e e m a i l . food). Sunshine vodafone.es Wholefoods, Turre. Airport Vitamins, minerals services and natural herbal remedies A i rp o r t & supplements. ser v i c es social S u n s h i n e Airport, & shopping run. Wholefoods, Turre Tel Charlie on: (inside HSH, next 677 667 722 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

blinds

Generator for sale Mitsubishi 9.4 diesel in excellent condition, only 2,000 hours used. 4250€ ono Tel: 696 744 982

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).

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

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

electrical

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

Knowles & no.1 Abbott for electrics and plumbing. Rewires, free to air UK satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691

coins

TELephone 950 430 820 sales@ soltimes.com

RR

ross regan s.l.

Creative Landscapes, Building, Reforms and General Maintenance

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

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

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Swimming Pools Terraces All build reforms Matt Murray T: 950 069 065 M: 647 841 750

Neil Bates Builder

car boot sale

Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. All aspects of Every Wednesday, building work pitch only 2€ Tel: 950 137 621 lots of stalls and or 639 435 141 bargains, for more Competitive Prices information call Ross Regan We Julie 646 675 297 cover all aspects caravan of work from total storage reforms, new builds, interiors, exteriors Caravan & boat design & build storage & sales, Call for a free no Antas Tel: 661 obligation quote 671 508 776 843 155 / 646 234 City & Guilds Qualified

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car hire

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

HIRE A HUSBAND

Local handy man available for all the jobs he does not get round to! Painting,small plumbing jobs,shelves,garden clearance, all outside work.Walls,stone cladding,rendering etc. Good hourly/daily rate

drainage

ANTIQUES WANTED COINS, MONEY, MEDALS, SMALL COLLECTABLES BUY, SELL, PART EXCHANGE TEL GRAHAM 950 459 264

computers Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900

DON ROBINSON

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

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Construcciones Matreros

for hire

Call Jim 677 557 190

advertise your business

builders

Paul on 671 843 155

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advertise your skills here TEL 950 430 820

enclosures

electrical services

elegance and beauty

ELECTRICIAN

Stocking Fillers! from just 0.95€

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25 years experience Full City & Guilds Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied

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Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564 Man

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

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& large van, very cheap digger for rates tel: 950 163 hire 489 or 637 546 Mini Digger & 590 Driver for hire Tel: horse riding 610 345 725 Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, dress Partaloa. One to one making or group lessons, B e s p o k e latest EN standard c u r t a i n s , provided. a l t e r a t i o n s , hats repairs, gazebo Escorted hacking covers & mosquito and treks. Qualified nets. Tel: 649 BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 503 875 838 547

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& Great Value Gift Sets Only Available from your Avon representative CLAIRE 691 987 454

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ANY SMALL BUILDING JOBS INCLUDING PATIOS, BRICKWORK, RENDERING, CUSTOM MADE & FITTED REJAS AND MORE Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592 MULTI-SKILLED HANDYMAN REQUIRES WORK

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

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

Tel: 689 023 602 Preowned items for sale

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

Best prices paid

We want all of your unwanted items!

All areas covered

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on: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545

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

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types, security/ s l i d i n g / r o l l e r, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949 Real Steel for all quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 or visit www. therealsteel.net

For a no obligation appraisal - all items considered House Clearance, all items wanted. Large or small. Tel: 615 214 562

insurance

painter Experienced Interior & Exterior Decorator

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Animal Hotel, Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, dog training courses Twice weekly o b e d i e n c e classes Tuesday TRAVELLING IN AIR & Thursday CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR mornings. Call: 639 PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED 722 197 TRAVEL AVAILABLE Hilton Cattery, 0044 7533 285 918 the best care for email: pettaxitransport@hotmail.com your cat. Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS 590 & CATTERY Lornas Mobile ARBOLEAS Dog Grooming Small friendly kennels, Service 24hr vets service, pet Tel: 667 722 225 transporting arranged, Palomino Kennels

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plumbing

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situations vacant

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property wanted

satellites Sky Digi Box, Coastal Properties A1 Sky Television PACE with white sky wanted Systems card BBC1,2,3,4, under 100,000€

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motor sales

mechanics

M o b i l e Mechanic,alltypes Ford Ranger crew cab of repairs Servicing, Mazda MX5 RHD, 4x4,silver,good condition Roadstar. breakdowns, pre and very reliable,ideal H reg, 1990 model, for work or play,includes ITV inspection & white, convertable, carryboy cover worth presentation for ITV €1300 Return to UK MOT’d, if required. 20 years forces sale 175,000kms, experience,friendly €4700 ono 1000€ ono reliable service. Call Tel Ron Tel: 686 817 945 950 428 901 Charlie on 677 667 722 Lifan 125cc 4 stroke scooter in vgc. All paperwork and taxes up to date €550 ono Tel: 637 061 370 Ford Mondeo, ´97 ,span. reg., new ITV, full equipe low miles, price 295 € Tel: 616 032 080 2002 Transit LWB, Hi top, roof bars, tow bar, RHD, UK mot, & tax, 1,750€ Tel: +44 7973 399 647

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

motoring section

JT METAL RECYCLING

SCRAP CARS WANTED

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

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TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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PROPERTY TO BUY OR TO RENT Managenent

Estate Agency-inmoboliaria saLEs • rental / compra • venta

Calle Darsena de la Batea Local 38 • Edif, Galeón 04711 Almerimar, El Ejido • Almería (España) Almerimar tel 0034 950 60 93 84 • Fax 0034 950 60 78 06 Marbella Tel. 0034 951 31 73 53 Mobile 0034 678 85 27 42

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

According to Rightmove, asking prices for residential property in England and Wales fell 3.2% in the month – the biggest drop since December 2007.

The property website also noted that there was an “unseasonably high number” of unsold properties on the market as buyer demand continues to weaken. Rightmove also highlighted that the length of time it is taking to sell a property is 102 days – the longest period on record. Buyers have adopted a “wait and see” approach as uncertainty continues to surround the economy and the Government’s spending cuts make prospective buyers cautious.

Puerto de mazarrón on the Costa Cálida Murcia

The maps are published by the Environmental Ministry’s office for coastal sustainability (Dirección General de Sotenibilidad de la Costa y del Mar) with plans to extend the areas covered over time.

Ref: RH 261

The lurid green line you will see shows the DDPMT, and the yellow line further inland shows the zone of special protection where you can own property, but with serious restrictions. To be on the safe side don’t even buy inside the yellow line.

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Today’s report by Rightmove will add to the pressure on the already struggling housing market and suggests that buyer demand will continue to be weak, which will ultimately drive prices down further.

Fortunately, you can now check the boundary online, at least for some popular destinations like The Balearics and Andalucia’s Granada province (Costa Tropical). Not much of the coast is covered, but it’s a start. You will find a link to the map below.

www.zoebarnesproperties.com

Avda. Guillermo Reyna 53 Tel/Fax: 950 135 512 Mobile: 678 002 006

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, comments: “The combination of high unsold stocks, the mortgage famine, a shaky economy and the normal winter slowdown gives an ideal scenario for bargain-hunting buyers.”

Buy property in Spain on the wrong side of this line by mistake, as a bunch of Britons do each year, and you find you don’t actually own anything, other than a concession of use (if you are lucky). So if you plan to buy anywhere near the seafront it’s vital to know where the boundary lies, assuming there is a boundary (the law may have been passed in ’88, but large parts of the coast still haven’t been done). Don’t even think about buying near the beach in places that don’t yet have a boundary.

Inmobiliaria-Real Estate Tel: (0034) 968 15 57 57 Fax: (0034) 968 15 43 18 Mob: 677 671 359

Blaumar Estate Agents Huercal Overa

Meanwhile, Rightmove said estate agents now had an average of 77 properties on their books.

There are several booby-traps awaiting house-hunters in Spain, one of which is the treacherous Ley de Costas (Coastal Law) of 1988 which nationalised the coastline, creating a boundary between public and private land known as the Deslinde del Dominio Público Marítimo Terrestre (DDPMT).

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Meanwhile, the latest asking price fall takes the average price of a home listed on Rightmove is £229,379.

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Property website, Rightmove, has today reported a major fall in asking prices in November – as vendors cut their prices amid desperation to sell their property before the Christmas slowdown.

Vendors show eagerness to move before Christmas

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FOR RENT 3 BED, 2 BATH VILLA RAMBLA DE ORIA (ALBOX END) LARGE LOUNGE, KITCHEN FENCED & GATED - PETS WELCOME 350€ PCM + BILLS

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Happy Days? It’s a sad fact that people of my generation are always banging on about the good old days. We tell ourselves that things were all Enid Blyton and Long John Silver when we were running around in short pants; that the pace of life was less stressful and the world was a kinder and cosier place all round. But how true is that? It’s part of the human make-up to be highly selective when reminiscing about days gone by and we tend to see our past lives through Tizer-coloured spectacles featuring images of running through buttercup filled meadows; fishing for minnows with our jam jars in some meandering brook, or looking forward to getting our Eagle comic drop through the letterbox on a Thursday morning. Dan Dare with the squiggly eyebrows and his fat sidekick Digby were a big part of every schoolboy’s life back then. For those who are wondering what the hell I’m talking about, please switch off now. A piece in a magazine caught my eye recently, suggesting that times always look good with the power of hindsight because our minds simply blot out the not so good bits, and that people today have never been so well off and happy. So let’s take a look... The six weeks school holiday was in fact six months, because the long hot summer days just went on and on. We swam in open-air public pools that often had a sheen of green algae covering the surface, but who cared? We picked bluebells and primroses for our Mums, and came home with saddlebags full of conkers and blackberries. School stood small and distant as we lived every minute of every hour of the day to the full. Our only worries were whether we had enough pocket money left to buy another gob stopper or how to get the chain back on the bicycle. Life was uncomplicated. Or was it? Those algae covered pools were a health hazard that would not see the light of day in the sanitised world in which we live today, even though the twin spectres of polio and TB were on the retreat with newly discovered drugs and vaccinations. Most families lived in rented accommodation of one kind or another, and mortgages were the exception not the rule. Cars were few and far between if you lived on a council estate as we did, and even televisions were a luxury relatively few could afford, because then, our parents only bought what they could afford to pay for in hard-earned cash. There was always a shortage of money, and although very little of these concerns filtered down to us kids, our parents got on with it and accepted life for what it was. And the bummer of all bummers was the constant threat of nuclear war, with the two super powers constantly sticking their tongues out at each other and Ivan yelling that his dad was bigger than Uncle Sams and vica versa. I remember the tension in our house as the Russians and Americans seemed to be on a collision course over the Cuban missile question, and for the first time in my young life, I truly believed that our house was about to disappear in a mushroom cloud. Cut to 2010...millions own their own homes, but with it comes the ever-present threat of unemployment and the inability to pay the mortgage. Consequently the British – once labelled the lame ducks of Europe – now work longer hours than their European counterparts. There is a car or two in the driveway and multiple foreign holidays are the norm, but the pressure to maintain a certain lifestyle has become enormous. Medical science had made great advances, but universal obesity has become one of the biggest causes of heart disease, diabetes - which has reached epidemic proportions - and cancer. You don’t dare let your kids out to play alone; there is the constant worry of your adolescent daughter arriving home with something more than she went out with and teenagers routinely go out to deliberately become rat faced, and share their dinner with the rest of the world. And where the fear of mutual destruction kept the fingers off the nuclear button during the cold war years, today we have terrorists and at least one fanatical government who would destroy civilisation without a moment’s hesitation, given the opportunity. Nah it’s a no brainer...“The good old days” may be a slight misnomer, but given the opportunity I would catch the next time machine back.

By Colin Bird

VIEWPOINT About this time last year Cecil came into our lives. Although he had not been invited, he arrived during a party. However, he proved to be an invaluable addition to the guest list, particularly with our neighbour’s grandchildren. He fascinated them, although some of the grown-up guests were less enthusiastic about his attendance. It takes a special skill to keep young children enthralled, but Cecil succeeded magnificently. His appearance entranced them, as did the quantity of food he could demolish in the blink of an eye, before moving on to the next snack, and polishing that off at record speed as well. At party’s end the guests left, but Cecil stayed. Pete made him a bed for the night, while I rustled up some supper for him – he was still hungry, despite having chewed his way through probably more than his own body weight of food in the course of the afternoon. Next morning Cecil was in a temper. He wouldn’t touch his breakfast, he thrashed about his carefully constructed living accommodation like a billionaire Arab oil sheik who had suddenly woken up in a transport café. Yesterday’s convivial and colourful party-crasher had turned into today’s moody teenager. Immediately Pete sprang into action. He cut the top off an empty water bottle and half filled the bottom with earth. Then I pointed our bad-tempered guest in the general direction of the bottle. He positively sprinted out of his bedroom and into the bottle, and within seconds had burrowed into the soil, burying himself completely before our eyes. We waited with

No surprise there, as Spain has recently changed the law for divorce to a level, where it is more or less enough to walk three times around your spouse and declare “I divorce thee”. It is a real fairy tale! It has had all the elements of a fairy tale that nobody really believed would come true, but in the end it did. Though they tried to keep it a secret from the press, executives from Paramount Licensing visited last week the region, and finally a firm decision has been made to build a theme park at Condado de Alhama, with hotels and shopping malls attached to it. The VIPs left for Los Angeles having experienced true Murcia hospitality, which of course has to include food and drink. Though I am not especially a lover of Murcia food, I do agree with them in introducing the executives to the Asiatico – Yummy, but a real calorie bomb. Let us now hope we can all live happily ever after! Hollywood script-writers must have travelled with the Paramount executives and dropped off in Barcelona. In broad daylight, in the middle of the city, three Chinese men kidnapped a 12 year old boy (also Chinese). Shortly afterwards they phoned the boy’s mother and demanded a ransom, equivalent to her gambling debt to them. The mother went to the police who through good police work found out where the boy was held, stormed the place and freed the boy. The police have a suspicion that the three kidnappers might be members of an international gang, and are currently investigating the case. Not even the makers of CSI could come up with a better story-line. As they say: Reality often surpasses fiction. If this is too much for you, I can pass on the good advice of Maxine. “She” once said “If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull in to the side of the road.”

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.

anticipation for Cecil to emerge in due course, transformed from a splendidly colourful caterpillar into a magnificent Death’s Head Hawk Moth. But alas! Cecil’s story does not have a happy ending. During the winter a torrential downpour flooded Cecil’s bottle, and Cecil succumbed. We gave him a decent burial in the compost heap, and wondered whether we would ever see another Cecil. Yesterday our neighbour put a plastic container, apparently containing nothing but bougainvillea leaves, on top of our party wall. Why? We wondered. Could there be treasure hidden at the bottom? In a manner of speaking, there was – another Cecil! Another house was constructed, this time out of a flower pot, which has drainage holes. Cecil #2 was transferred, and duly disappeared from sight underground. I have put the flower pot in what I hope is a safe place. I have named our latest guest Cecilia – and I eagerly await her emergence, but how long must I wait? Does anyone out there know how long it takes a Hawk Moth caterpillar to pupate? I wouldn’t want to miss her!

Cecilia

oh, by the way....

The Region of Murcia is the third in Europa where the population is increasing the most. Only the increase in the population in French Guyana and The Baleares supersede that of Murcia between 2004 and 2008. Murcia, The Baleares and Valencia head the ranking of European regions with the most demographic increase. The statistics are made by Eurostat 2010, and calculated by the difference in births and deaths, and net figure of immigrants. Among the top in Spain are also The Canary Islands and Castilla-La Mancha. As for the fluctuation in the foreign population in Spain, only 5 Spanish autonomous regions have a higher percentage of foreigners than Murcia. A total 16.5% of Murcia population are now foreigners. Fuente Álamo and Los Alcázares have both more than 40% of their population being non-Spanish, the majority of which are from Morocco and Ecuador. With the economic crisis the strain on the municipalities’ finances has been substantial. The only municipality that has not experienced an increase in the percentage of the foreign population is Mazarrón, staying at around 37%. The majority of foreigners there are British, so the Mazarrón coffers do not suffer as much! With degrees from the “Boeing University” that many foreigners have when disembarking in Spain, they are much better at defrauding each other than the Spanish social system. On the other hand alcoholism has fallen more than 68% in the Region during the last six years. This, however, does not mean that the Murcians do not drink; they actually drink more than the average for the whole of Spain. Another statistic that we foreigners have contributed to? Every 4th minute a Spanish couple splits up – 93.4% of these are divorces. Murcia occupies the 10th place in Spain with Andalucía in the first place.

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Range Rover’s MINI rival Nissan Murano Cross Sensational baby brother to Evoque targets Countryman, rugged looks, strong efficiency as brand grows further

It’s Land Rover’s best-kept secret. The firm plans to continue the trend set by the stylish new Evoque, and scale down the Range Rover brand further with a smaller, sportier crossover. It will feature a shorter wheelbase, meaning less space for rear passengers but ensuring the car is even more nimble and practical around town. Lower suspension, a more steeply raked roofline and shorter overhangs give the baby the appearance of a jacked-up hatch. But with a price of less than £25,000, it aims to tempt affluent young buyers away from the default choice of top-spec VW Golfs and Audi A3s. The Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Evoque compete in the £30,000 to £85,000 bracket, so there is scope for the brand to move in both directions. The trendy new model would fight for market share with the likes of the rumoured BMW X4 and Countryman-based MINI Canyon (Issue 1,124), plus quirky products such as the BMW X1 and Nissan Juke. In reality, though, Range Rover is hoping to carve out an all-new niche with its most adventurous model ever. Clearly inspired by the avantgarde styling of the Evoque, the new

baby will be distinguished by its Rolls-Roycestyle, slot-like headlights and contrasting bodywork and roof. A high-rising waistline and flared wheelarches give an imposing stance for such a compact car. As it’s smaller and more road-biased than anything the firm has produced in the past, the baby risks alienating traditional Land Rover fans. But McGovern doesn’t see pushing brands in new directions as a bad thing. “This allows us to offer a level of separation in terms of the product offering,” he said. As with the Evoque, the new model will be offered with a choice of front-wheel drive – for maximum efficiency – or a more rugged four-wheel-drive set-up. A four-cylinder diesel fitted with stop-start will have the lowest emissions in the range; it should put out less than 120g/km. At the other end of the range will be a 2.0litre petrol turbo with around 250bhp. But whatever the engine, the compact size, light weight and low centre of gravity should make this the most dynamic Range Rover ever. If ever there was proof that Land Rover is looking to the future, this is it. It’s digging up its utilitarian roots, but leaving solid foundations.

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First picture of Nissan’s striking convertible Murano SUV Nissan has blown the SUV market wide open! It might seem like the most unlikely story of the year, but this is the first official picture of the a drop-top version of the Nissan Murano. Called the Murano CrossCabriolet, the convertible will be launched at the LA Motor Show this week. Nissan is describing the car as “the world’s first four-wheel-drive crossover convertible”. In order to make the switch from a fixed metal top to a removable roof, the Murano has been converted from a five-door to a two-door. This gives a sporty stance with the hood up or down. The use of a traditional fabric roof, which stores behind the rear headrests, helps

to keep weight down to a minimum and preserve the Murano’s short rear overhang. Although details are scarce at this stage, Nissan has described the interior as “premiumlevel”, so expect leather upholstery, electric seats, sat-nav and climate control as standard. The newcomer has room for four adults plus luggage, even with the top down. It has been revealed that the CrossCabriolet has been on the drawing board for some time, but the firm had been reluctant to pursue it due to the economic situation. Just don’t expect to see too many CrossCabriolets on the road – Nissan bosses have admitted this is more of an image-building exercise than a money-making venture.

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ANGLING NEWS

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‘Captain Brian Cuba’ has only been out once this week and I joined him with his partner ‘Admiral Phil’, ‘Los Lobos Kenolo’ and ‘Chippy Pete’. We all a caught a few fish but nothing special and for a change no monsters were lost. The wind wasn’t right for fishing our holes and so we tried a triggerfish mark near the garage. Only fish caught were pandoras, combers, pickerel and weavers (Lots!) Rather than bring these dangerous piscatorial monsters aboard a quick shake usually releases them and back down to Davy Jones’s locker they go. You may have read me mention pricking the swollen swim bladder of combers before releasing them to ensure they can swim down. Even doing that doesn’t always work and they become seagull

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Last week was a busy one for Media Golfers. Twelve players and three non playing guests went north to stay and play at three of the courses on the Nicklaus Trail for three days. Each day a different team and individual competition was staged and although the high winds tried to spoil things, everyone enjoyed the challenge of playing different courses. On the Tuesday a reduced number of players 9 in fact - struggled in the high winds round Valle del Este with the winner Bryan White coming in with 31 points followed by Keith Hughes with 30 points. Finally on Friday of this week 24 members took to the fairways on a beautiful Spanish autumn day. Scoring was not overly high in view of the good conditions but were as follows. Adrian Pinder took the only 2 1st Division winner was Paul Henshaw with 36 points, 2nd was George Manus with 30 points and 3rd was Alan Diskin with 29 points 2nd Division winner was Christine Armer with 30 points, 2nd was Barbara Diskin with 29 points

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fodder. I’ve found that an even bigger percentage go back if you rest the fish in a bucket of fresh seawater, just for a minute or two. When you see the fish try to swim to the bottom of the bucket, pour the bucket of water, with fish, back into the sea. The fish follows the water down and 100% up to now carries on swimming down. ‘Hissing Sid’ took his boat out of Villaricos with local ‘Jason’ and his mates from Wolverhampton, Lee and Warren. Sid had trouble with the boat’s fish finder (again) and only caught small red snappers, pandoras and Spanish mackerel. See photo of Jason with his red snapper. ‘Squiddly Sid’ and his grandson Andrew also went out of Villaricos but with “Tomahalk Steve”. (That’s some boat!) Fish caught were

and 3rd was Suzie Roberts with 29 also. The enclosed photo shows Alan Diskin being presented with the Flag Trophy by Bryan White whose company Ibex Insurance Services Ltd sponsored it and John Gregory, at the recent Captain’s Day Dinner.

bonito, red snapper, rockfish and combers. I noted in a photo it was a ‘painted comber’ and so I presume they caught that in shallow water because that is normally where they live and are more likely to get caught from the shore. I’ve no shore reports this week, sorry. I hear Lake Negratin’s (Aka Baza lake) water level is still very high for the time of year but fishing is hard with lower water temperatures. A little news from ‘Anglers Together’ club: Since the change in the weather the fishing has become harder. The Segura in Murcia is still fishing fairly well and this week in one of the matches an angler caught one 5lb and an 8lb carp. The Segura at Guardamar, Eden Canal and at Nancy’s is patchy. Mainly barbel are coming out of Argos on

maggot and Blanca is fishing hard. Again this latter venue lived up to its name as a difficult one to fish. Of the 19 ‘Rods and reels’ anglers who fished, 9 had a dry net. Of the 10 that caught, only 3 anglers had more than 1 fish. The Beachcomber will hold a fishing meeting on Tuesday 30th November from 7pm until 9pm. Hopefully ‘John the fly’ will bring along his tie flying equipment and give us a demonstration of his skills. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see John at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John.

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Forum Golf Society played a double par Medal competition at Marina on November 12th, and with the greens still undergoing some remedial work conditions proved too tricky for all but one player, with our day´s winner George Gibson the only one to shoot a net Par score of 71 for his first Forum GS win of 2010, but judging by recent form quite possibly not his last ! In second place was Maurice Jamieson with a very creditable 73 considering that it was only his third game this year, with Malcolm Sibbons (75) third, Kevin Bircher (76) fourth & Fran Elam (76) fifth. Four nearest the pin prizes were on offer, with these going to Kevin Bircher, Malcolm Fenwick, Clive Filkins & Bill Wheble, and Richard Swaine made it a hat trick with his third consecutive long drive prize in a row.

Forum would also like to congratulate Marina Members on winning our annual “Ryder Cup” competition, and look forward to trying to reclaim the trophy back from them next year. Marina were well derserved winners this time around, and the two day event event was again played in an excellent atmosphere. Upcoming Forum GS events are on November 26th Stableford at Alboran December 8th Two Man No Scotch Pairs at Marina December 24th Team Prize Scramble at Marina For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@ yahoo.co.uk, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs.com

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On Wednesday 10 November, thirtytwo members & guests travelled to La Envia, for our 4th individual stableford Game, in our CAMBANK sponsored yearly competition. The results from the day are as follows:Div 1 1st Andrew Ball, 32 pts; 2nd Brian Mayhew, 30 pts; 3rd Ray Dixon, 29 pts.

Div 2 1st Steve Walker, 31 pts; 2nd Tony Redston, 29 pts; 3rd Tony Harwin, 27 pts. Div 3 1st Tony Hammond, 34 pts; 2nd Arthur Davies, 31 pts; 3rd Pam Partridge, 29 pts. Nearest the Pin Winners: 3rd Hole: Steve Walker; 15th Hole: Andrew Hall. Nearest the Pin in Two: Arthur Davies.

Dates for your Diary: Monday, 22nd November, Almerimar, coach available. (Boxers AGM, Monday, 6th Twos Scored: Tony Hammond, Bob December, held at Maloan in Albox, Albery and Steve Walker. (opposite the BP Garage), 7pm for 7.30pm. All are welcome. However, Overall Winner: Tony Hammond. Congratulations to Tony and to all of current members only, will have voting rights), Tuesday, 7 December, our other winners on the day. Roda, in the Murcia Region, coach CAMBANK Order of Merit (Top ten available. places), after 4 Rounds:If you would like further information 1st Dave France, 130 pts; 2nd Malnic, on Boxers Golf Society, you can find 119 pts; 3rd Les Ashton, 111 pts; 4th us every Saturday morning at the Why Brian Mayhew, 94 pts; 5th Martin Fisk, Not bar in Albox between 10-11am 90 pts; 6th Tony Redston, 90 pts; 7th or you can contact Brian Mayhew on Richard Measures, 88 pts; 9th Steve 649 202 198, or you can email Brian Walker, 84 pts; 10th Tony Harwin, 82 on www.bmayhew75@yahoo.co.uk pts. for booking or cancelling any golfing It has been noticed that the top event. Malcolm Nicholls, on 600 080 four places are currently being filled 860, or any Committee Member, by Committee Members – it’s about anytime. time that they collectively pulled You can also find up-to-date Boxers their fingers out, - or at least their information Boxers own website on www.boxersgs.webs.com golf clubs!

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The Red Bull driver, 23, did not lead the 2010 championship at any point in the season but won Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to secure his maiden crown.

“It has been an incredible year, the car was phenomenal. I’m thrilled.” Vettel arrived at the Yas Marina Circuit 15 points behind then-leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and seven adrift of teammate Mark Webber. With 25 points for a win, the German therefore needed to take the chequered flag in first place and hope Alonso finished no higher than fifth. After coming under pressure from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton at Turn One on the opening lap, Vettel produced a sublime performance to convert his pole position, while Alonso finished seventh and Webber eighth. Vettel had won four of the previous 18 races but at no point had he found himself at the head of the championship. Hamilton’s victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on 29 August left Vettel slip 31 points off the top but he battled back with victories in Japan, Brazil and then finally Abu Dhabi. “The only thing I could do was to try and win the race,” said a beaming Vettel. “I’m speechless. The start was crucial, and it was very tight with Lewis, but after that it settled down. “Coming back into the garage and seeing

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Sebastian Vettel said he never lost faith in his ability to win the Formula 1 world title despite coming into the final race third in the standings.

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“I just was so shocked that Rocky said it was looking good. I waited and said ‘take your time’ but then he came on the radio and said ‘world champion’. Unbelievable.”

overcome with emotion at the end of a campaign that had four men in title contention until the final day.

we could all write books about races we should have finished in a higher position, we all had to go through ups and downs.

An emotional Vettel, who came through Red Bull’s driver development programme and made his F1 debut in 2007, was

“I don’t know how many times we’ve had a different leader in this championship,” the 2010 world champion added. “I think

“It’s been very tough, especially mentally, trying to ignore what people were saying and get things done.”

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