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ALMANZORA HIGHWAY STRETCH OPENS Traffic along the Albox-El Cucador stretch of road will have to cope with yet another new diversion! But this one is a great improvement!! HALLELUJAH!

The detour will run for three months or until completion of the work on this stretch between Albox and El Cucador. The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has diverted traffic on a provisional basis on the road left of the Almanzora Highway on a stretch of 2.3 kilometres between Albox and El Cucador, thus by-passing La Alfoquia. The entry to La Alfoquia and Zurgena is now via the intersection at Cucador. The remainder of the works are proceeding ‘at a good pace’ being 80% completed, and should be finally open in 2011. The Almanzora Motorway will be of vital importance for the socio-

economic development of the stone processing industry – Spain is the second largest producer of dressed stone in the world. The works are between K 77 and K 83 of the current A-334 highway that runs along the Almanzora Valley. The length of this section is 5,612 metres with a cross section of dual carriageway with two 3.5metre lanes for each direction. A link will be constructed to access La

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reopened, after a walkout grounded flights and affected thousands of passengers. The government declared a ‘state of alarm’ huge backlog of flights to catch up on. yesterday morning, a military measure not invoked Air traffic controllers are embroiled in a longsince the end of the Franco dictatorship in 1975, standing dispute about their working hours, after controllers failed to show up for work on but were further angered by austerity measures Friday afternoon, calling in sick. passed by the government on Friday as Spain tries Initial estimates suggested that 250,000 people had been affected by the wild-cat strike that to cut its budget deficit.

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Air traffic controllers return to work Most of Spain’s air traffic controllers have gone back to work and airspace has

Although Spanish airports are now returning to normality and all Spanish airspace is now open, ministers have warned that disruption could continue for up to 48 hours. All five main control centres are now operating normally, but there is a

“The new decree approved this morning, forcing us to work more hours, has pushed us to the limit,” said Jorge Ontiveros, a spokesman for the Union of Air Traffic Controllers, on Friday. “We have stopped work because we cannot carry on like this. In this situation we cannot control planes.”


State school preference for parents

Two-thirds of parents with adolescent children prefer a State school as opposed to a private school for their children, according to the ‘Social Survey 2010’ This study covers education and housing in Andalucia, and is published by the Statistical Institute of Andalucia (IEA) Agency of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Science. Specifically, the study, which collects information on the educational system, shows that 65.6% of parents of children aged 11 or 12 years would choose a State school. This percentage reaches 66.9% in the case of parents with children of 15 or 16 years old. The aim of this study, which is of family households with children born in 1994 and 1998, is to measure the factors that influence the academic performance of students attending schools in the region of Andalucia. It also collects information on parents’ opinion about education professionals and their relationship towards them, the centre attended by their children and about the educational system in general. The results takes into account the child’s home circumstances and, in addition to providing a demographic of the population, collects information on family background and the school and social development of minors. In relation to family environment, the survey

provides data that contrasts the attitudes and perceptions of parents of children with regard to strategies in monitoring studies, reasons for correction, and the degree of control of various activities of the children, etc. Among the children, educational expectations also vary. Generally, younger children have a greater expectation of reaching University than older students - 58.5% of 15 to 16 year olds believe that they are going to reach University, compared with 43.6% of older students. The survey also shows data relevant to students’ perceptions on issues related to day-to-day classroom activities and their teachers. Unsurprisingly, the assessment shows that the 11 and 12 year old children view their teachers in a more positive light than the 15 to 16 year olds. 50% of the 5 to 16 year olds assessed their teacher as ‘Notable’ or ‘Excellent’, while the younger group produced 73.2% of the same grades. Reading at home was also covered: Among parents with children aged 15 or 16 years, 54.1% said that they read regularly. This percentage rises to 67.9% among parents of children of 11 or 12. Of those under these ages 49.5% read without parental help.

Cigarette tax set to rise in Spain The government is set to announce an increase in tax on tobacco in Spain today. The tax is being justified from a health perspective, claiming that it contributes to reducing smoking, especially amongst the young, however Elena Salgado, Second Vice President and Finance Ministers has also said that the tax increase would bring in an extra 780 million euros. The increase is expected to be introduced at the same time as the new anti-smoking legislation at the start of next year, but the tobacco industry has already claimed that it will have a negative effect on government coffers as it drives people to buy illegal imports in order to avoid the price increase. The Association of Tobacconists (AET), which represents practically all cigarette manufacturers and importers in Spain, issued a statement today condemning the increase, saying that it was so big that the cigarette market, which has already seen an 11.6% fall in sales, would be so

adversely hit that it would have the opposite effect on tax collection to the desired one. The president of the Tobacconists Union, Mario Espejo, stressed that the effect of such a tax increase is that “a large proportion of consumers switch to the illegal market” which is run by “organised m a f i a s and other criminal networks”. Espejo warned of the very high probability of the government actually getting less tax revenue next year than before the tax increase.


State funds made available for a cultural and educational complex in Oria, next to San Gregorio, which has itself been improved thanks to funding from the Employment Promotion Programme Agricultural, (PFEA). The Ayuntamiento hopes to build a Municipal Library with a budget of 171,423 euros. It will be adapted for people with disabilities, and will have two reading and consultation rooms, a reception area, computer stations and toilets. Other new projects in the area include: A Social Hall in Rambla de Oria, and a local gym, and the installation of an elevator in the Department of Social Services in Oria. Other important works were the channelling of the Rambla de La Tobaica to prevent possible flooding, improvement to the area of the Ermita de San Gregorio, the extension of social housing in the Barrio de La Ermita with remodelling lighting, and paving, and lighting in the main streets and the Avenida Andalucía.

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The Government deputy, Andres Heras, has visited Chirivel, where State funding of 516,000 euros during 2009 and 2010 516,000 euros has led to the creation of 12 jobs. These have been due to the provision of new public lighting services and water pipes and street repairs to Avenida Albox, Calles Cementerio and Colón and the Zona Este.


An Antas resident was stopped by the Guardia Civil after having driven for 70 kms at high speed the wrong way along the Autovía A-7. At 1:25 am the Guardia Civil was informed that a van was being driven along the A7 at high speed in the wrong direction. The patrols acted immediately, endeavouring to re-direct the driver onto the correct carriageway, to safeguard the lives of other road users. However, the driver ignored the police directions, nearly running over one of the officers as he did so. The driver managed to evade the police for a further 70 kms, but finally, upon reaching the area of Totana, they managed to stop the van and arrest the driver, who showed signs of intoxication. When checked, he proved to be three times over the legal limit. The driver, JMS, a 27 year old Spanish resident of Antas, was arrested and charged with multiple offences according to the Road Traffic Act.

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Spain declares State of Alert after wildcat strikes The Spanish government has declared a State of Alert following a walkout by air traffic controllers, which left at least 20,000 Britons stranded

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But the civilian air traffic controllers refuse to work under them and there are not sufficient military controllers to safely take over. Hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded by the walkout, which came during one of Spain’s busiest weekends for travel. The Spanish government was holding crisis talks to try and force the air traffic controllers back to work, and police were gathering at the control centres in case the government decided to arrest the controllers. “If the situation doesn’t normalise, the government will declare a state of emergency,” said Alfredo Rubalcaba, deputy prime minister, ahead of a hastily assembled cabinet meeting in Madrid. “The controllers will be mobilised and if they don’t get back to work, their cases will be passed immediately to the judiciary and they will be accused of a crime which could mean a prison sentence.” Madrid airport announced that it would be shut until at least 6am on Sunday, and police were restricting

access to the terminals. One Spanish air traffic controller told The Daily Telegraph that the talks were likely to continue all day - meaning airports could well be closed for much of the afternoon. Iberia and several other airlines in Spain said they will not be offering any services until Sunday morning. But it was reported that some flights were leaving the Canary Islands airports on Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where some controllers had reported to work and signed on. Palma, in Majorca, is not planing to reopen to flights until 8am on Sunday morning. Air routes between Spain and the UK are the busiest in Europe, carrying over 35m passengers per year, and thousands of Britons have been hit by the closure of Spanish air space. Ryanair alone has cancelled 74 flights with Spain scheduled for Friday and Saturday. At 9.30pm on Friday an emergency Royal Decree was

The controllers, who are the best paid in Europe with annual salaries of up to one million euros, have been in dispute with the socialist government for a year over plans, ratified this week, to partly privatise the Spanish state airports authority, AENA. It is the first time a State of Alert has been declared under the 1978 Constitution, ironically celebrated with a public holiday this Monday. An estimated two million passengers were due to travel by air this holiday weekend in Spain. The Spanish military have moved into 47 control towers, four major air traffic control centres and all airports. There were immediate plans to open smaller military-civilian airports to passenger flights. Barcelona airport partially reopened at 10pm on Friday but only 15 flights took off.

Off-duty policeman saves man in heroic metro leap

An off-duty police officer saved a man’s life in the Madrid Metro today, after the man lost his balance and fell onto the tracks in front of a train at Puerta del Ángel station. Police reports have confirmed that various passengers waiting on the platform this morning saw the man lose his balance and fall onto the tracks below. They began to shout to alert the driver of the train entering the station at that moment. On hearing the shouts and realising what had happened, the off-duty

officer ran the length of the station and jumped down onto the tracks to drag the man out of the path of the train, which could not stop in time. According to eye-witnesses, the 30year-old officer, who has only been in the service for two months, got the man clear with a fraction of a second to spare. He was taking advantage of a day off to go shopping with his girlfriend. The man who fell onto the tracks was a 41-year-old Spaniard, who was injured slightly in the incident.

Barcelona Lit Up For Christmas

Over 60km of Christmas lights were switched on in Barcelona last Thursday, 15% more than last year, with the most eye-catching being the Avinguda Paral·lela and the Rambla del Raval, and some of the streets in Barceloneta that are being lit for the first time. The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, together with those responsible for the commercial areas of the city and for Barcelona Tourism, swtiched the lights on; he stressed that this year there is “more light and more hope” and thanked of all those who contribute to the city for their efforts to make the city “sparkle” at this time of year. One of the most attractive elements this year are the novelty Christmas Stars, 20 stars each measuring 2.5 metres in diameter made from fiberglass and translucent yellow

polyester designed by Ramón Bigas that have been distributed throughout the ten districts of Barcelona. In addition, Barcelona retains the iconic element from last year’s decorations, the ‘galet’, which has been put placed near the markets this year, with another gigantic one installed in Jardinets de Gracia. In the streets that are being lit for the first time, the lights have been designed to reflect the history of the neighbourhoods. For example, the lighting in Barceloneta represents a shoal of fish to remind people that it was once the fishermen’s quarter, and the lights in the Avinguda Paral·lela reflect entertainment and musical theatre in Barcelona.



Strikes called Zapatero announces tax cuts for SMEs at airports over Christmas period The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, today announced tax cuts for SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), an end to the 426€ benefit for the unemployed as from February and the privatisation of Barajas and El Prat airports. Zapatero stressed that the new tax measures were designed to promote investment and employment, especially for SMEs, hence the reduction in corporate income tax by extending the tax base from its current 120,000€ mark to 300,000€, which will help 40,000 businesses. Zapatero also announced the end to the 426€ benefit for unemployed people with no other cover. The benefit payments will come to an end in February, when the last extension finishes. Alongside these new measures, Zapatero also announced the privatisation of Spain’s two main airports - Barajas in Madrid and El Prat in Barcelona. Concessions will be granted to carry out the

The trade unions representing AENA employees announced today that they will call a series of strikes at all airports in the network during the Christmas season, in protest at the partial privatization of airport management. Details and dates of the strikes will be published on December 9th. Representatives of the CCOO, UGT and USO unions said in a press conference on Thursday that will meet the state union coordinator and members of the USCA air controllers’ union to finalize the dates of the strikes. The demonstrations and strikes will involve all workers in the national airport network, paralysing facilities by leaving them with only the minimum services decreed by the Ministry of Public Works. According to AENA’s works committee, the announcement made yesterday by the, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, to privatize 49% of the public airport operator and surrender into private hands the airports in Madrid and Barcelona will mean “the end of AENA”. Union representatives also commented that it was incomprehensible that AENA, which also operates in foreign airports, could be made to

hand over responsibility in Spain, which they feel would breaks the cohesion of the Spanish network. The CCOO representative for AENA, César Revuelta, accused the Minister of Public Works of “lying” having originally announced in parliament one formula that has now “changed completely”, leaving out much of what had been promised, hence the need for “a strong response.” Luis Mutone, from the USO, accused the government of privatising “the crown jewels,” in reference to the Madrid and Barcelona airports. The three trade union representatives are calling on the government to “reverse” the decision and stay true to the original conditions agreed with unions months ago: the maintenance of the network, the single agreement and the guarantee of working conditions.

management currently undertaken by AENA, but they will be to the tune of 49%, not the 30% originally announced. In another move to deregulate financially productive activities, the president also said that 30% of the state lottery and betting business would also be privatised, and asked the leader of the opposition for his support in putting these new measures through. For his part, Rajoy continued to press for further measures to be introduced to help SMEs, including the right for SMEs and self-employed people not to pay VAT on unpaid invoices and to be compensated in tax terms for invoices they have outstanding with government offices.

50% of Spaniards overweight says survey Over half of Spaniards over the age of 18 are overweight and 16% of the population suffer from obesity

More men (62.8%) are overweight than women (44.6%) according to the latest European Health Survey published today by the National Insitute of Statistics. The survey also reveals that one in four 16 to 24-year-olds smokes on a regular basis and one in five drinks to excess at least once a month. The most common complaints related to being overweight are high blood pressure (17.2%), back pain

Spanish debt sale sends relief through markets

(16.3%), chronic allergies (12%), migraines or frequent headaches (8.6%) and diabetes (5.9%). The survey also showed that 7.3% of those considered to be over the normal weight had difficulty carrying out normal daily tasks such as getting out of bed, having a wash, getting dressed or getting into bed. On the other side of the coin, the survey revealed that 8.4% of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were underweight, a figure that rose to 13% amongst women, compared with only 3.6% amongst men.

Investors showed a healthy appetite for new Spanish bonds but at greatly increased interest rates on Thursday after the government announced fresh privatisations to ward off debt pressure threatening the country.

Strong demand for Spanish bonds, even at higher rates, will be a relief to a government battling to douse fears of a spreading debt crisis leading to an Irish-style economic bailout. The Spanish Treasury raised 2.468 billion euros (3.256 billion dollars) for three-year bonds but the average yield surged to 3.717 percent from 2.527 in the last similar auction on October 7. Nevertheless, there was strong demand with offers amounting to 5.599 billion euros, a government spokesman said. And the rise in the yield was far less than that in a sale of short-term bonds on November 23, Spain’s first following the Irish bailout, when the interest rate almost doubled. Stock markets surged, trading more than 3.0 percent higher just after the bond sale announcement. By early afternoon Madrid’s Ibex 35 index of leading shares was up 1.61 percent at 9,833.9 points. The bond sale was helped by two factors: the Spanish government’s latest moneyraising plans and expectations that the European Central Bank may step up purchases of sovereign debt, analysts said. Given the concerns roiling financial markets, the auction was reasonably well received, said UniCredit Bank strategist

Chiara Cremonesi. The sale “sends a reassuring message to investors, after the recent speculation on contagion of the sovereign debt crisis to Spain,” she said, according to Dow Jones Newswires. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Wednesday his Socialist government would sell 30 percent of Loterias y Apuestas del Estado, 49 percent of airport management company AENA, scrap a jobs subsidy and lower taxes on small and medium sized businesses. To reinforce the message, he cancelled a trip to Latin America so as to attend a cabinet meeting on Friday to approve the measures. The government had planned to sell a smaller stake of 30 percent of AENA and as recently as January said it had no plans to privatise the lottery firm, one of the world’s most profitable lottery groups. Spain reportedly expects to net as much as 5.0 billion euros from the privatisation of the lottery firm and 8.0 billion euros from the sale of the stake in AENA. Finance Minister Elena Salgado said the sales would allow Spain to slash borrowing from the markets by a third in 2011, lowering debt issues to 30-31 billion euros from the 45 billion euros originally planned. “That will allow us to reduce

our stock of debt,” she said in an interview with the Financial Times. The government aims to lower its public deficit from 11.1 percent of annual economic outpout last year, the third highest in the eurozone after Greece and Ireland, to 3.0 percent in 2013. Despite the reduction in new debt issues, the paper said, Spain will still have to pay off about about 150 billion euros in existing debt that matures in 2011. “Today’s auction confirms the appetite for non-core bonds with market expectation on ECB buyings and probably the good news from public finances,” Jean Francois Robin, a strategist at Natixis in Paris, told Dow Jones Newswires. The ECB’s governing council meets Thursday to grapple with debt turmoil in the euro zone. Many in the markets think the ECB could maintain or even boost its supply of cheap funding for the banks by buying government bonds from them rather than beginning to rein in the measure. Such a signal would tend to reduce the risk for investors who buy government bonds. Investors have been alarmed by signs that eurozone finance ministers intend to increase bond holder risks after 2013.


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Nature talks see mood of compromise emerge

The second week of this year’s UN climate summit opens in Mexico with signs that countries are keen to find compromise on key issues. China and India have softened some hard lines that helped drive last year’s Copenhagen summit to stalemate. New draft agreements released over the weekend have so far been met with cautious approval. However, fundamental divisions remain - not least over the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Japan, supported by Russia and Canada, is steadfastly rejecting demands that developed countries agree new emission cuts under the protocol. They argue that nations inside it account for less than one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, so logically the protocol cannot play a bit part in curbing them. However, some developing countries are adamant that developed countries must use it for further pledges. They approve of its legallybinding nature, and the funds it generates to help poor nations prepare for climate impacts. China’s head of delegation Su Wei signalled that Beijing was prepared to be flexible. “In the spirit of compromise, we would consider any options that would keep open the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol,” he told Bloomberg News. “Not the numbers, but a clear confirmation to have a second commitment period.” Together with India, China has also hinted at a gentler

line on the issue of monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) - in other words, how countries’ should be assessed to prove they are complying with declared emission levels. That developing countries should be subject to MRV has been a key demand of the US. Over the weekend, conference chairs released new draft agreements aimed at capturing some of the views and demands made by different delegations. At Copenhagen, the leaking of a draft accord early in the meeting proved a toxic ingredient; it had been drawn up in secret, not every country had been consulted, and it was seen to play into the hands of the rich nations. Here, though, the Mexican hosts say they have been at pains to make this an open process, with every country welcome to inject ideas. So far, responses have generally been favourable. “The draft text provides a good basis for negotiation,” said Gordon Shepherd, head of the global climate initiative at WWF, echoing the sentiments of other major environment groups. “We now look to governments to accept the text, so we can move out of process and into the substance of the negotiations.”

Pension incomes ‘are hit by fees’, RSA report suggests People in the UK are losing a significant chunk of their private pension through administration fees, a report suggests.

Pension income could be expanded by 40% if collective pension schemes were allowed by law, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA) said. Collective pensions are cheaper to administer and, with more members, can take bigger risks with investments. Similar schemes are in place in Holland and Denmark. The TUC has welcomed the report as an opportunity to show how pension provision could be improved. The RSA, which also reports on manufacturing and commerce, said that a typical Dutch person saving the same amount for their private pension as a typical British person could expect a 50% higher income in retirement. This was the result of lower charges and better returns from a large scheme covering hundreds of thousands of people. There would be lower administration costs because the pension company would not have to report on an individual’s fund. The group raised the issue of fees in a similar report a year ago. Now it has called for a change to regulations in the UK that would allow these collective schemes to be set up. “By common consent, the UK private pensions system is not fit for purpose. It is hugely inefficient,” said pension fund manager David Pitt Watson, chairman of Hermes Focus Asset Management.

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together’ under the same ticket. In some bars you may see in the window “Jugamos con el numero...” (“We’re playing with number...”) to indicate that they are playing El Gordo this year and as an invitation to join in the fun! As the wealth is often spread out among a group of people rather than a single person, a win in a small community can have a profound effect on the local economy. The word the Spanish use for winning the lottery is ‘touch’ (‘tocar’) so they may say “Esperamos que toce aquí” (“We hope it touches here”). El Gordo is drawn every December 22. The process is long (taking in excess of three hours) so you will likely see people sat by their radios for much of the day, waiting for the results. The Spanish Christmas draw does not work anything like a “normal” lotto draw. Ticket play numbers range from 00,000 to 84,999. There is a winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, as well as for over one thousand smaller prizes; players also win prizes for partially matching the top three winning numbers. They have 2 huge spheres, one holds wooden balls with the 5 digit numbers on them and the other holds balls with the prize amounts. As the draw happens, there are 2 kids, each next to one of the spheres and one takes the ball with the prize amount while the other takes the ball with the play number. They then take the balls over to a table where the official lotto observers are and the members of the lottery commission take note of the winning number and corresponding prize. This process is repeated until all prizes are given out!

25 December Christmas Day Christmas day is more or less a continuation of what began the day before. People spend time with their families, they eat another large meal, although not as big as the one the day before, and in many families, children enjoy the gifts that they have received from “Papa Noel”, the Spanish equivalent of Santa Claus. The custom of giving gifts on this date is not as popular as it is in many countries, as Spaniards traditionally wait until Three King’s Day to exchange gifts.

28 December Day of the Innocents December 28 marks a day of celebration exclusively Spanish called the Day of the Innocents. Although the roots of this day are bloody - the anniversary of the murder of many children committed by Herod in Judea. In modern times, the customs practiced on this day are very jovial and fun. Many foreigners who are in Spain become very confused as absurd or incredible news appears in the papers, municipal governments stage baffling practical jokes on their citizens, and friends and acquaintances cannot be trusted!

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Of course, the celebrations that take place on New Year’s Eve, or ‘Nochevieja’ are quite an impressive spectacle. In all plazas of Spanish cities, you can see a similar scene, and it will undoubtedly include church bells and grapes. When the clock strikes 12, the church bells sound 12 times, and at this moment, all Spaniards eat 12 grapes, one for each toll of the bell. According to tradition, those who eat the grapes will have 12 months of prosperity in the New Year. Families and friends stay together for this celebration which marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, and in the case of most Spaniards this means a lively celebration will be had until the wee hours of the morning.

6 January ~ Three Kings Day

While most of the world has already begun packing up the Christmas ornaments, throwing out the tree, and finding a place for all of their gifts, Spaniards are continuing the celebration. January 6, Three King’s Day, is the long awaited day in which the three Kings bring their gifts. On 5th January , grand parades where the three kings travel through towns and cities; from theses fantastically decorated floats, sweets are thrown into the crowd. Later, before going to bed, children leave their shoes out in a visible spot in the house or on their balcony, and go to bed hoping that when they wake up they will find gifts left by Mechior, Gaspar, and Balthasar. For breakfast or after lunch, families often have the typical dessert of the day, the ‘Roscón de los Reyes’, a large ring-shaped cake filled with cream and decorated with candied fruits, symbolic of the emeralds and rubies that adorned the robes of the three kings. Somewhere inside the cake there is a surprise, and the person to find it will be crowned King or Queen of the house for the remainder of the day. Living here in Spain, you have the opportunity to celebrate the ‘traditional’ New Year, a time for a fresh start, along with joining our Spanish neighbours – sacrificing the diet for a day or two – and indulge in some of that gorgeous cake!

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Sat 11 december 1pm – 5pm: Christmas Fayre In Support of AL Strays - CK Lounge Bar 5:30pm – 8:45pm: Ballroom Dancing - Bar Centro Mayores 9pm – 11pm: Karaoke Night - Mario’s


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Don’t forget the book hire scheme in support of ALStrays at Mario’s, Stumble Inn and the CK Lounge Bar, and the book sale scheme in support of the stray dogs at Mac Gowan’s. The Stumble Inn have a Christmas Hamper worth 50€ made up of Christmas wines, treats and goodies. Tickets cost 2€ and they are donating 10% of the total raised to ALStrays. The draw will be on Christmas Eve and the winners notifies via SMS so no need to be present for the draw. You can see the Christmas Day Menu’s for Mac Gowan’s, CK Lounge Bar and Leo’s on the Almerimar Life Forum (www. The CK Lounge Bar is offering a FREE buffet on Christmas Eve, and a FREE buffet and a glass of Cava at midnight on New Years Eve. Sunday 12th December will be an Open Mic session at the Stumble Inn. You can get FREE Wi-Fi in Almerimar at the Stumble Inn, Mario’s and El Arroz. If you offer FREE Wi-Fi please let us know by emailing almerimar@ Good Luck to Restaurante Gourmet in their new location in Roqueatas. Almerimar’s loss is Roquetas’s gain for sure. Leo’s are still planning a Toffs ball so as soon as he sends through details we will publish them.

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ECB leaves interest rate steady at 1.00% in December Market Commentary 3rd December 2010

Splash out on some feature lamps and place them in darker corners for cosy, textured lighting. Once you’ve downed a few sherries, the last thing you’ll want is bright halogens burning down on you. If you’ve always wanted to fit dimmer switches, Christmas is a great time to make the most of them. Why not consider using fairy lights to soften the ambience further?

ECB policy makers yesterday opted to leave their benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.00% in December to continue its support to recovery that started to slowdown. Thirdquarter GDP preliminary reading today showed that the 16 nations using the common European currency saw the recovery stall to 0.4%, due to the decline in exports and gross fixed capital formation, compared with 1.0% growth in the three months ending June. This week, the European Commission said European growth will weaken to 1.5% in 2011 from 1.7% this year due to weakness in global demand and rising debt concerns. Moreover, they announced Irish 85 billioneuro aid package could not restore confidence in markets on projections the contagion will spread to other highly indebted nations, especially Portugal and Spain. Bond yields and cost of insuring against default rose to record high this week which is raising forecasts the ECB will discuss later on today how they can stop the contagion from spreading and what measures they can adopt to retrieve confidence. The euro rebounded for the third day today after falling to 11-week low versus the dollar in November after a successful bond sale

in Spain that witnessed high demand for Spanish bonds that reached 2.27 times the amount sold. Appertaining to PMI figures, the strongman of Europe is now unbelievably…. the U.K. according to newspaper reports yesterday. The data showed manufacturing activity at its highest level since 1994 and helped underpin a modest Sterling rally against the Dollar, moving back towards 1.56 from the lows of the previous day. The Nationwide house price survey has in line with expectations, and given recent dire figures on the health of the UK housing market, was interpreted rather positively. There was no Bank on England Meeting yesterday, the committee members must have been kept at home by the snow (how else can you explain the absence of a meeting!?) The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information . Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email



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Christmas and New Year’s celebrations will soon be upon us and we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our clients (vendors and prospective purchasers) a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2011. Despite all the talk about a downturn in the economy, etc. the property market has actually done better this year than many predicted and we at Veritas Homes Property Group have had a wonderful year all round and are now looking forward to another successful year. To allow all the team to recharge our batteries we will be closing our office on 23rd December and re-opening on Monday 10th January 2011. For those who would like to purchase this year there are still time to grab a bargain. Just pop into our office, visit our website or contact us via phone or e-mail. This week we bring you a well priced 3 bed Cortijo with a large garage and bread oven in the hamlet of Garcia Alto, Sorbas, 30 minutes drive to Mojacar Playa. Full details as well as plenty of pictures for this property are available on our website www. under ref.1432. Price: 90,000 Euros.




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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 successful at selling properties. 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. As I have been saying all along the reason for the increase in property sales is a culmination of several factors including of course price. Our message to both sellers and buyers remains unchanged: The outlook is good, the climate, despite the cold spell we have experienced recently, is normally great. At Veritas Homes Property Group we want to help you buy or sell in Spain and to give you something to smile about. So, when the temptation is to wallow in doom and gloom, to moan about the weather or the economy and the weak sterling, or anything else that is upsetting you; remember that you, only you, can make it happen. Those wanting to discuss about any of the issues raised in this article please pop into the Veritas Homes Property Group offic e on the Paseo del Mediderráneo by the Cueva del Lobo roundabout or e-mail André at By André dos Santos

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You’ve chosen your perfect Christmas tree, but now what? Here are some ideas for setting up your tree, lighting it, keeping it fresh, and decorating it.

Keep Your Tree Fresh and Green Cut the stump of the tree with a fresh cut and set it in water immediately. A fresh-cut tree will absorb several quarts of water right from the start. So it’s important to check and refill the water level several times a day for the first week. You can cut down on frequency later. Be sure to place you Christmas tree in a stand that has a large water reservoir and keep it filled.

Putting Lights and Decorations on the Tree When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.

Work From the Inside Out Start arranging Christmas tree lights on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights along the branches “inside,” then move to the outer edges of the branches.

Placement of Ornaments Don’t hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations ‘inside’ your tree to add depth and interest.

Basic Ornaments for Fill Start by arranging the “filler ornaments” evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid colour balls, available in a wide range of colours to easily coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You’ll need about 20 “filler ornaments” for every 2 feet of Christmas tree.

Special Ornaments Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, put the special ornaments closer together.

Add A Personal Touch Even ordinary glass balls can be dressed up with ribbons, bows, or glitter to make them one-of-a-kind.

Ribbons and Bows A simple coloured Christmas tree ornament will look dressed up with a pretty bow of satin, velvet, grosgrain or sheer ribbon. Or tie a bow of raffia on the top of decorations. Use a touch of glue to secure the bow to the ornament.

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Make Your Own Garland Use floral vines, satin or velvet ribbon, popcorn and cranberries, or decorative cording to create an effective but simple garland. Collect small pine cones or seed pods and string them together!

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Of course twinkling lights and gift giving are nice’ but one of the easiest ways to get into the Christmas spirit is still the ingesting of Christmas spirits: mulled wine is a definite seasonal favourite, as is that rich, creamy yellow drink called egg nog. Mmm… Egg nog has been around for ages: it was most likely invented back in the days when America was still a British colony. The name “egg nog” would in this case stem from “egg grog” – grog was the name the colonists used for rum. Not everyone agrees, though; some historians claim the drink originated in Europe, and was later exported to the future United States. As per this explanation, the term “nog” would derive from “noggin”, a wooden cup in which drinks were served. The drink itself would be an evolution of “dry sack posset”, a mixture of sherry and milk. What is certain though is that egg nog is traditionally made with eggs, milk and sugar – and usually a generous dose of some sort of alcohol, most commonly rum, whiskey, brandy or cognac.

Egg nog can be ‘personalized’ to suit your own taste by adding spices (nutmeg and cinnamon are the most popular) and by adding cream, to make the drink thicker and richer. Noggin’ Around The World Egg nog has become popular all over the world: the Mexicans, for example, call it “rompope”. Rompope is your basic egg nog with plenty of Mexican cinnamon, ground almonds and rum stirred in. It is traditionally drunk cold from little glasses. In Puerto Rico, egg nog is made with coconut milk instead of regular cow’s milk, which gives it a particularly exotic flavour. Given the Germans’ predilection for beer, it should hardly come as a surprise that egg nog (or “egg soup”) is spiked with beer rather than with rum or brandy; and Peruvians prefer to liven up their nog (which they call “biblia con pisco”) with their national type of pomace brandy! And if all this talk about egg nog has given you a taste for the stuff, here’s a recipe, so you can get started straight away! Enjoy…

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In its annual International Communications Market report, the regulator said more needed to be done on fixed and mobile broadband. Less than 1% of UK homes have super-fast broadband, compared to over a third of Japanese consumers. Nextgeneration mobile services have yet to roll out in the UK. Despite this, the UK saw the highest growth in smartphone take-up among the countries surveyed by Ofcom, with a 70% rise in subscriber numbers in 2009. The report suggests that UK consumers are sophisticated smartphone users, being among the first to use mobile mapping and direction services. Despite this, UK mobile users experience slower speeds than many countries. The maximum theoretical download speed in the UK is 14.4 Mbps, compared to many countries which offer speeds from 28 to 100Mbps. Next-generation mobile networks are late to launch in the UK, largely because of arguments among mobile operators about how spectrum should be shared out. Several of the operators have threatened to take the UK government to court over the way it intends to allocate spectrum but these issues have now been resolved, according

to Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom. “There has been a big change among mobile operators and an increasing consensus that UK consumers are early adopters and need lots of data. We are in a much better place than we were a year ago,” he said. But the delay in spectrum auctions means UK consumers are currently experiencing much slower services than people in other countries. The theoretical maximum mobile download speed in the UK is 14.4Mbps (megabits per second). In earlier figures, Ofcom said this maximum was 7.2Mbps but said this number was that seen in adverts for such services. By way of comparison, maximum mobile download speeds in Germany are 28Mbps, in the US 30Mbps, Japan 42Mbps and Sweden 100Mbps. Ofcom said it would lay out the details of how spectrum auctions would work early next year, with the auctions earmarked for early 2012. Without the auctions of the 2.6GHz spectrum and the 800MHz airwaves freed up by the digital switch-over, networks will struggle to cope with demand, Mr Richards said. “It is difficult to see where the capacity will come from,” he said. Ofcom is currently mapping mobile


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Eurozone finance ministers may consider creating a common government bond to help reduce borrowing costs The idea may be on the agenda at Monday evening’s meeting of the ministers, called discuss Europe’s debt crisis. Supporters of “E-bonds” argue they would help protect eurozone countries from speculation and attract new capital flows into the region. But Germany is thought to be sceptical of idea, which it believes could only work with closer European integration. Key proponents of E-bonds are JeanClaude Juncker, Luxembourg’s prime minister and chairman of the eurozone finance ministers group, and Giulio Tremonti, Italy’s finance minister. They set out their argument in an article in the Financial Times, calling for the creation of a European Debt Agency (EDA) to issue what they say would be secure, highly-rated bonds. They wrote: “The European Council could move as early as this month to create such an agency, with a mandate gradually to reach an amount of outstanding paper equivalent to 40% of the gross domestic product of the European Union and of each member state. “We believe this proposal provides a strong, credible and timely response to the ongoing sovereign debt crisis,” the pair wrote. However, the idea appears to have powerful opposition in Germany, whose finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was unworkable “without fundamental changes” in the European Union. Germany believes the current system, under which country’s issue their own bonds, imposes some fiscal discipline on members - and punishes them when they step own of line.

Q&A: Why do bonds matter? Government bonds have been very much in the news in recent months. A vital way for countries to raise funds, they can also be seen as a barometer for a government’s financial health. This is because the more concerns the markets have about a nation’s public finances, the more expensive it is for that government to auction its bonds. This

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Camellias beauty queens of winter

There is no doubt that camellias have an exotic air. Well-grown, statement plants with their sumptuous blooms and smart, dark foliage add a memorable touch to any garden. When they first arrived in the late 1730s from the Far East they were truly elitist and thought to be tender. They were cosseted in orangeries and other suitable heated structures associated with our stately homes and, therefore, did not always thrive. Then in 1814, someone is said to have left a batch out by mistake and it was found that camellias survived outside in Britain in winter. This breakthrough widened their appeal and English nurserymen included them in catalogues and they became popular with a wide range of Victorian society. There are more than 40,000 named camellias and across this spectrum they can be selected for many uses, apart from just being grown as a stunning shrub. They can be grown as tall, thin, tightly clipped, formal hedges, or laxer, blowsy hedges. They can be grown as elegant standards, towering columns or even topiarised by a front door. They could also be an espalier or fan, tight against a wall. At this time of year, a plant such as ‘Yuletide’, with its glowing red petals surrounding a generous boss of compact golden stamens, will often be the star of the show. You may have the luxury of blooms for your Christmas table, too. Conditions It is commonly said that you cannot grow camellias on an east wall as the sun hits their frozen buds and browns them. A south or westfacing wall, for some such as sasanquas, can be ideal. What they really dislike is exposure to strong winds, so selecting a protected space in a windswept, cold garden is important. The acidity is important and if your soil is limey like mine, go for large containers.

If the container is large enough, watering in long, hot summers does not become an issue, and if your barrel is empty, and the plant parched, tap water is better than nothing! Pruning If you want a tight, tall, clipped formal hedge just use one variety, such as ‘Matterhorn’ or ‘Commander Mulroy’, with a dense habit. As Jennifer says, they will be less of a floral feast as many blooms are cut off, but you can achieve a balance of flower and formality. Managing them involves cutting back the current year’s growth with hedge cutters, or ideally secateurs, so that you can leave more flower buds in July/August and possibly again in September/ October. Informal hedges can be composed of different varieties to give flowers over a good 10 weeks and would be trimmed in late summer, too. Pruning of other camellias is not difficult. Often it is not necessary, although they will tolerate being cut back into hard wood. When training against a wall you can restrain them as severe espaliers or just loosely contain them to their space. Common queries Bud drop can occur, possibly due to insufficient water from midsummer to October, or squirrels, birds or mice could have removed them. If many buds are produced, it may just be natural thinning. Yellowing leaves is another frequent query, feeding with ericaceous fertiliser helps and if your soil is too alkaline a tonic of sequestered iron may be needed as well, to free vital minerals that have been chemically locked up in the soil by the alkalinity. Poor drainage may also be a culprit. Their hardiness is often queried and some are hardier than others. Last winter did cause some containergrown species to be affected, so consider insulating pots.

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Let’s Rock! . . . But Watch The Knees... Science has made some pretty amazing break-throughs in the quest to bring the ageing process to a grinding halt, or at the very least drop it down into third gear. There are creams and potions by the trainload; each one guaranteeing to help you keep that Felicity Kendal look and all claiming to be the panacea to longevity. The assortment of these concoctions is staggering; just deciding which ones are the best for you is itself, enough to put years on you. And hey if they don’t work, well there are always the polyfillers and quick drying cements of the cosmetic world; a quick application with a putty knife or paint sprayer, and wrinkles are history – at least until the following morning. But you can apply as much exterior redecoration as you like, all it will ever do is mask the real second-hand, leather-look you. I mean, you can slap on a coat or two of Dulux super exterior matt to your house, but the doors may be falling off the kitchen cabinets and there could be a wall to wall carpet that grows mushrooms inside. We are told that it’s what you shovel into your mouth that matters, even though it may not always reflect on how the boat race looks or improve the features in any way. Although I suspect that Felicity and Joanna Lumley would look pretty much as good as they do now, even if they treated themselves to a fish and chip supper every Friday, and sank a couple of pints of Guinness after. According to another line of thought, it’s all in the genes, which explains why there are people who simply appear not to age a t the

same rate as the rest of us. Whereas most of us are the hares of the ageing world, Joan Collins and Ken Barlow and their ilk, are the tortoises. As our cells race on like things possessed – producing, re-producing, dying, producing, re-producing and generally knackering themselves in record time and bringing us up to the finish line that is called the Sunnyside Funeral Home; Joan and Ken saunter past, giving us the finger. But while we all console ourselves with this stuff, and know in our heart of hearts that we should be looking after ourselves, the theory is turned on its head when you look at Sir Michael Jagger and the gang? Think about it. They have been on the road for 45 years, living out of suitcases for much of that time, smoking themselves silly, knocking back whole distilleries and hammering the female 16 to 20 age group as if there was no tomorrow. Okay, I know they are reformed lads now, having become born again members of normality, with the result that the Jack Daniels company has probably experienced a down-turn in profits since Keef stopped downing his case or whatever it was, every night on stage. But the point is, in spite of living a scandalous lifestyle – lucky beggars and doing just about everything for decades that doctors and health guru’s tell us we shouldn’t, they are still around and shaking life by the scruff of

the neck. They are no oil paintings. So what, they never were. And maybe Mick is just a lippy pout on legs, and Ron’s face reminiscent of a satellite photo of Death Valley, but they are still leaping around the great arenas of the world, strutting their distinctive stuff with not an ounce of fat on any of them. I have seen more meat on a vegetarian’s toothpick than on Micky boy. Even the ex-Stone Bill Wyman is still doing his energetic thing – and he’s 74 for God sake. I often wonder what the late Stone, Brian Jones would think of it all. He was the real musical genius behind the band, but his rolling was cut tragically short after he was sacked and then drowned in his pool, supposedly as a result of too much drink and drugs. It seems in the precarious world of the rock and roller, you either check in to the ultimate tax haven at an unnaturally early age, or just rock-on until the bus pass arrives in the post – and even beyond. No I reckon, Mick, Keith, Ron and Charlie are the best possible advert us old’uns could wish for. Footnote: Having read the above, my wife has just kissed me on my lined forehead, and with a look that I detected as pity, said:“Never mind sweetie, I still love you even if you are falling apart”. Brings a tear to the eye doesn’t it.

By Colin Bird

The Divine Life Society was founded by His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda, in 1936 in Rishikesh, India and became the headquarters of a world -wide organisation. The Divine Life Society is situated in wooded surroundings, with multihued hills all around and the beautiful and holy Ganges flowing majestically by its side and is an ideal setting for recoupment and conditioning of both body and mind. The fundamental aims of the Divine Life Society, as a whole, are purely spiritual, entirely non-sectarian, universally applicable and perfectly tolerant. The Society offers a peaceful haven wherein is provided ample opportunity and actual help for the restoration of peace to the troubled, conflict- ridden and



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I hope you have not been among the people who had planned to travel by plane during this week-end. During the last week most of Europe’s airports have been closed – due to the bad weather -, and Saturday the airspace above Spain was totally empty and all airports in chaos – due to inexcusable disobedience of people, who have chosen a job providing service to the public. The situation was the subject of most conversations during the weekend, and we were no exception. One of our Spanish friends had a very clear opinion on the matter and painted the following picture for us:AENA, who are in control of the majority of Spanish airports and airspace, and the government want to save money, so the number of air controllers has been reduced, requiring the remaining air controllers to work over-time. According to our friend – and Wikileaks – the savings were to keep Spain out of danger of ending up like Greece and Ireland. For Mr Bean this is important, in order to maintain the impression that Spain belongs among the 20 richest countries in the World, so he can rub shoulders with Obama, Sarkozy and Merkel, making the Spanish people proud and vote for him in 2012. Anyway, with a handsome basic salary and double payment for the extra hours, air controllers started to earn 2-3,000 Euros per month. With the reduction of air controllers in the control towers, computers were redundant and shut down. This meant that the “infrastructure” of the control towers was altered. Last week the air controllers decided to present themselves at work, but to deny touching anything until everything was in order (working by the rules). AENA had been warned about this, and in conjunction with the incompetent advisors of Zapatero (according to our friend, Zapatero’s advisors are of as low level of education as Zapatero himself), they cooked up a plan of quickly educating military air controllers to take the civil controllers’ place. Brilliant plan, if it was not for the fact that at a military airport they handle about 10-20 aircrafts per day, while a civil airport handles about 10-100 times as many planes. Result was that nobody would take the responsibility, all airports closed down and Spanish airspace was left empty. And, according to our friend everybody has a right to vent their opinion. Well, that was his opinion, and I respect that. My opinion is that the air controllers, like judges, police, doctors etc. have a public obligation. Of course they have the right to have an opinion and to vent this in public – but, they do not have the right to stop working to further their own cause at the expense of the public. These guys and gals have chosen to work in a field that is imperative for society, and nobody has the right to put their own wealth and comfort above that of the community. The Spanish government has resorted to a paragraph in the constitution, due to which, the air controllers face 8 – 10 years prison and dismissal. Each case is currently being reviewed by doctors (the majority of the air controllers claimed ill health), as well as by the public prosecution. A public poll has asked, whether the Spanish think the air controllers should be sacked – 83% said yes, and I truly agree with them. Further I think the instigators should go to jail and the key thrown away. Oh, and the foreign press had a field day – Spanish airports controlled by the military, making it look and sound as if the military had taken over. That was not true; the military was called in to secure order – what the heck do the press expect? That Spain would allow to be taken hostage by a group of overpaid air controllers? I especially enjoyed watching a female air controller in tears, telling the press how the military had arrived in the control tower and “forced” her to work at gun-point. Lady, if you had shown as much responsibility towards your vocation as to your purse, that would never had been necessary

charitable hospital, a home for the destitute, daily distribution of food for anyone in need; literature—books, pamphlets, magazines, etc.—that are distributed to thousands at no cost; the outreach Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and and service of all the branches throughout India and the world. has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish Swami Sivananda summed up his teachings in a few simple words: press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise, Be Good, Do Good, Be nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on Kind, Be Compassionate. He called this approach ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ or ‘Integral Yoga.’ Thus The Divine Life Society aspires for the spiritual DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the awakening of individuals, but leaves the choice of the path of yoga columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper to each person. Everyone should find the combination that suits him takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist. for the onward march to the state of perfection and bliss. There are many branches of the Divine Life Society world wide including here in Mojacar, Almeria. Our Mojacar branch offers different activities every month.Once a month we have an evening of Spiritual cinema offering FREE Dolphin & Seal Mosiac Design an inspiring movie followed by a lively discussion. Every on base of pool. Ask for details. Monday there are meditation classes and occasionally we run courses and workshops. Once a month there is an evening of meditation and a talk on a spiritual philosophy. eg. The Mojacar branch also raises monies for charity and this year we have supported a South pool Repairs African charity Gapa which assists grandparents who take Terraces care of their grandchildren due Pool Covers to the Aids pandemic in Africa. If you would like to know more 968 461 404 - 630 810 299 about the Divine Life Society E-mail: Almeria and our activities please call Sharon on 950 469 122.

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Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love! Albert Einstein

QUESTION: how much does 1 cubic metre of gold weigh?

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Down 1. Chart (3) 2. Inert gas (5) 3. Dissimilar (7) 4. Reverberated (6) 5. Photos (5) 6. Attain (7) 7. Public declaration (9) 10. Decorated food (9) 13. Imprecise (7) 15. Abridge (7) 16. Captured (6) 18. Secret agents (5) 20. Invalidate (5) 23. Conclusion (3)

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Christina Aguilera? Matt Cardle To Dueta With Aguilera is being lined up to duet with Matt

Christin Cardle on this weekend’s X Factor final, according to sources. Aguilera will be appearing on the reality show to perform songs from her new movie Burlesque, reports Metro. However, producers are also hopeful of convincing the singer to perform with Cardle as part of the traditional celebrit y duets. An insider said: “A duet between Christina and Matt would be a magical moment - just like when Beyoncé dueted with Alexandra Burke during 2008’s final. “Matt’s voice is phenomenal and Christina can hit notes no-one has dreamed of. They would be a perfect pairing no matter what song they sang.” ched Aguilera Cardle’s mentor Dannii Minogue is believed to have already approa the star securing judges fellow her prevent to bid a in ance, about the potential perform guest our of any ing for their acts. An X Factor spokesperson said: “We’re not confirm performers.”

Widdecombe: ‘I Will Dance In Dartmoor’

Ann Widdecombe has revealed that she may continue to dance in private after Strictly Come Dancing. Widdecombe previously stated that she had no intention to carry on after the reality show ended, but the former Conservative MP has now hinted that she may keep up her practising when she is on her own in the countryside. Writing in her Radio Times blog, she said: “The most common questio n I’m asked is, ‘Will you carry on dancing?’ No, not in any formal sense. But I know there will be a moment soon when I’ve resumed my normal exercise of moor walking and I’m stomping over a wet bit of Dartmoor in my hiking boots, I will look down at my unpromising footwear and then all around me to make sure no-one is watching. “Then, before the startled eyes of roaming cattle, I shall dance around the damp, uneven ground, imagining myself in a glittering gown, waltzing in the arms of Anton Du Beke.”

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By Jos Biggs It may come as a surprise to nobody, but I am not a shrinking violet. So far this has manifested itself fairly harmlessly, I do nothing more startling than to willingly don fancy dress on the very slightest pretext of a party. On a more useful note, I will ask for directions from a complete stranger as soon as I get lost, rather than drive round in ever decreasing circles with my eye on the rapidly falling fuel gauge. Up until now I have managed to keep my more extrovert tendencies in check, but in every life there are temptations, and moments of weakness. Mine came in September in the form of a newspaper advert. It promised the opportunity for structured silliness in the form of a Panto. I took my corncrake singing voice and my two left feet to the audition, and came away with the non-singing, non-dancing but magnificent sounding part of Narrator. How good was that?! But this triumph caused a crack to appear in my grown-up armour. My ‘Don’t Be Silly’ defence had been breached, and in short order I was lining up for some more less than dignified behaviour, and had inveigled myself into a comedy sketch for the local Am-Dram group. Now I find myself in a constant merry-go-round between observing the unlikely adventures of Snow White, a girl unfortunate enough to

be named after a well-known brand of paint, and watching various other characters such as the cast of the children’s programme Rainbow, three Irish ladies looking for cheap flights, two unfortunate smokers, and a lady undergoing a routine medical examination. I have always had respect for those who can convincingly portray someone whom they are not, and I have been astonished by the ability of my co-thespians to metamorphose at the flick of a script into completely different people. I have also been relieved to see them return, unscathed, to their original personas. I have been humbled by their ability to learn and retain their lines. Within minutes of picking up a page of script, they can produce a word perfect performance. It’s uncanny, it is as if the words enter their brains by osmosis, being absorbed directly through the skull. And once in there, the lines seem to stick. I, however, am finding the task of learning a very few words a good deal more onerous. Not to mention the problem of getting them in the right order. Never mind, must get on now, got lots to learn. Now, where was I? Ah, yes – Alas! I, poor Yorick, knew him – No, that doesn’t sound quite right!


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Shea and his team are eagerly awaiting their Christmas Fair this Saturday form 1pm. With music by Kaye Francis, tai Chi demonstrations and stalls a plenty the whole event is served with a superb 3 course lunch from 1pm.

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A chance to spoil yourself before the Christmas season, maybe grab a bargain or three – and then sit down in the cosy setting of La Parata.

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560g mincemeat 350g plain flour a pinch of salt 75g lard 75g butter FOR THE TOP: icing sugar & milk YOU WILL NEED: One (or two) trays of 6cm (2½in) patty tins, one fluted 7.5cm (3in) pastry cutter and one 6cm (2½in) cutter.


Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Make up the pastry by sifting the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rubbing the fats into it until the mixture

resembles fine crumbs. Then add just enough cold water to mix to a dough that leaves the bowl clean. leave the pastry to rest in a polythene bag in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, then roll half of it out as thinly as possible and cut it into two dozen 7.5cm (3in) rounds, gathering up the scraps and re-rolling. Then do the same with the other half of the pastry, this time using the 6cm (2½in) cutter. now grease the patty tins lightly and line them with the larger rounds. Fill these with three snips in the tops with a pair of scissors. Bake near the top of the oven for 25-30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with icing sugar. When cool, store in an airtight container.

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Peel and cut up the onions just short of finely chopped (this is a rough-textured stuffing, but you don’t want the pieces so big that

Cumberland Rum or Brandy Butter INGREDIENTS

175g unsalted butter, at room temperature; 175g soft dark brown sugar; 6 tbsp rum or brandy


Blend the butter and sugar together till pale, soft and creamy. Gradually add the rum or brandy a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Taste - add more rum or brandy if you think it needs it! Then place the butter in a container and chill thoroughly before serving. It is important, I think, to serve this very cold, so that it can provide a wonderful contrast to the hot mince pies or pudding. Rum or brandy butter will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, so it’s not really worth freezing.

the mixture falls apart). Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the onions and let them soften and colour lightly, stirring from time to time. While they are cooking, strip the leaves from the thyme and stir them in. Remove the needles from the rosemary twig and chop them finely. Stir them into the onions. When the onions are soft enough to crush between finger and thumb, add the sausage meat, breadcrumbs, chestnuts and the madeira or marsala. Season generously with salt and black pepper. Shape the stuffing into balls slightly larger than a golf ball and set them in a buttered or foil-lined baking dish (they can remain here for a day or so, refrigerated, until you need them). Bake for about 30 minutes at 180C/160C fan/gas 4, till sizzling.

Christmas Chutney Makes four 350ml (12fl oz) jars


350g no-soak prunes; 275g pitted dates; 275g no-soak dried apricots; 450g onions, peeled; 570ml cider vinegar; 50g salt; 1 dessertspoon grated fresh root ginger or 1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger; 75g allspice berries; 450g demerara sugar YOU WILL NEED: A large saucepan and a small piece of muslin or gauze


The dried fruits and onions need to be chopped very small, and this can be done in a food processor. When they’re all dealt with, put the vinegar in a large saucepan with the salt and the ginger, then tie the allspice berries up in the muslin or gauze very securely so they can’t escape and add these to the pan. Bring everything up to the boil, then stir in the chopped dried fruits and onions, together with the sugar. Leave it all to simmer very gently without a lid for about 1½ hours, or until the chutney has thickened. Stir from time to time during the cooking period. When it’s ready you will be able to draw a spoon across the surface of the chutney and make a trail that doesn’t immediately fill up with surplus vinegar. Spoon the chutney into warm sterilised jars (see above), seal well with waxed discs and tight lids, and label as soon as it’s cold. Keep this chutney for 1 month to mature in a cool, dark place before eating (but it will keep for years!).

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Have a fab day love you loads Mum, Dad, Milli, Mops, Pops, Dfer Bullit & Pita xxxxx

Royal British Legion

Kay Bridges, Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator for the Royal British Legion, receiving the donation from Rosemary Wallsworth on behalf of Sol Times Newspaper Group and the local businesses that took part in the recent promotion.

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

Bar Spinnaker


Valle de este charity day


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

950 325 867 Foo d & tapas served 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


Jake ziggy quinn

Emerald Isle would like to say a big thank you to all of their customers old and new for all of their support and a fantastic year. Ben, Maureen, Sandra and the staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and they will see you all in February / March 2011.

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

syedpur Indian


syedpur chefs outside catering We Bring Our Restaurant To You

A great effort from the group at Valle Del Este golf society who raised 1620 euro through sponsorship and donations from friends and businesses for Asprodalba in Vera. Presenting the money to Dr. Ignacio Martin Cuadrando founding director of Asprodalba are John Haydon (captain) Pat Townsend (charity coordinator) Alan Townsend (secretary) Valle Del Este golf society wish to thank all our sponsors and members for the excellent effort in the success of the Charity Day.


Call the Syedpur Chefs for more details on:

Our Wonderful Mum All our love on your birthday have a great day! xxx

Tel: 950 120 606

saturday 11th december the sounds of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, new & old country music with

FESTIVE MUSIC For the FESTIVE SEASON.........................

Rohha From Stocking Fillers to that special something for all the family Rohhalifestyle has it all.


Delicate handmade Gifts & Trinkets from 1€ for those special people in your life.Post your mail to the UK and Renew your UK passport also...

Betty Swallocks

Rohhalifestyle has it all,

...AND...Cabaret Drag Queen

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

We love you so much love Mummy, Daddy Morgan, Nannie & Grandpa xxxxx



dance the night away

HAPPY 10th birthday

Something for the lady this Christmas?

For that special Cushion covers from 1€ something Curtains from 2.50€, Plus ...over 3000 plenty of stocking fillers items from 1€ From exquisite jewellery to something for the home

Mojacar Playa, next to Hotel Puntazo For further information please call and the Tobacco shop 950 473 224 / 662 288 146 or visit our Open 7 days a week website

The ROSE SINGERS Invite you to join them at MIRAFLORES RESTAURANT CAMPING LOS GALLARDOS. Saturday 18th December at 7.30pm. 8€ (including light refreshments). Let your Christmas Celebrations start with us Tickets available from Gill’s, Mojacar Playa, Total Entertainment, Turre, Forgetme-not, Buganvillas and Choir Members. (The venue has Disabled Access)


WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER 7.30PM At Bar La Union, La Alfoquia In aid of the Hogar San Agustin Children’s Home Artists appearing include Matt Black, Brian Dee, Steve Fisher, Dave Sharpe & The Doghouse.

Tickets only 10€ each

available from Bar La Union (includes buffet or BBQ depending on the weather!)

Booking essential as places limited

PAWS A WHILE PET HOTEL We are based in the pretty village of Partaloa, 10 mins from Albox • 1/2 Hour Private Lesson 12€ • 1 Hour Treck 20€

1 Hour Ride & 3 Course Sunday Lunch at Mis Amigos just 25€ per person 

Weekend Pony Clubs 20€ per child (includes: 1.5 hours of riding)

• Loan deal available • Livery from 160€ per month • BHS Qualified • EN Standard hats supplied

Contact: Erika Drew (+34) 678 838 547 We are also now on Facebook

• A home from home friendly atmosphere. • A full menu to suit all requirements. • Pet suites. • 24/7 Veterinary care. • Pets play area • Very secure surroundings with ample space & shade. • Yours or your pets portrait available.

OPEN EVERYDAY: 10am - 12pm & 5pm - 6.30pm

ENGLISH & SPANISH SPEAKING Telephone for prices & details of vaccinations required for stay.

DEAN: 696 562 662 Fines, Nr Albox



What’s On


your events, announcements & letters rescuing to order by Sandra Marshall

Since I wrote my last article, the last 2 cats from the colony near the Subway restaurant in Mojacar have been caught, including Levi (named by me!) pictured. He was my inspiration to help this colony, as I fell in love with his beautiful face the first time I set eyes on him. I decided he definitely didn’t belong on the streets, and although he doesn’t quite agree with me yet! and is still nervous, he is making good progress, and is now happy to be stroked.

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

OLIVE MUSEUm........................................... PERMANENT EXHIBITION

On Wednesday 1st December, Adrian Beckett opened a second hand shop in Roquetas de Mar - selling second hand quality furniture, soft furnishings, collectables, and quality designer clothing at very reasonable prices.

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.

Anglican Chaplaincy Priest Canon Hugh Broad Tel: 950 478 432 holds the Roquetas Eucharist service on the 3rd Thursday every 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

Happy Birthday


On November 26th the first of the Subway cats, Mocha the siamese boy, travelled to his adoptant in Germany. He arrived well and was pronounced beautiful by his new parents, who will give him all the time he needs to settle. 7 other cats also travelled to adoptants or foster homes, and the news of them is all good. Other good news is that we have found homes for 4 siam-mix kittens in the last week, one little white and ginger abandoned female and an older Persian-mix. The quick re-homing of the more pedigree looking cats is not a surprise, and I will always try for them even when our foster homes are full. They do not take homes from our other beautiful cats, because the reality is that the people who want siammix cats for example, are not going to adopt anything else. Now we are urgently looking for a foster home for a long haired siamese male, who, whilst still on the streets, already has an adoptant, a lady who has been waiting for a cat just like him! There are SO many beautiful strays out there, that I even said to Kerstin in Germany, IF she had a request for a particular colour or type of cat, we could almost rescue to order!! This is the reality. The number of cats needing help and the shortage of foster homes, has led me to start sending photos to Germany sometimes BEFORE I act, asking which cats they think they can find homes for immediately, to help me decide which to rescue next, and, even when there is a home waiting I still cannot always help. We urgently need more foster homes and flight partners to get our cats to Germany. Please come forward anyone who can help us. You can read more about the work Sandra and her friends are doing on, and you can listen to her every Tuesday at 10am on Spectrum FM Mojacar, or online via her site. You can contact Sandra via


Love from Mum, Dad, Nick, Emma, Johnny and Fliss xxxxxxxxx


Love from Emma, Fliss, Ben, Nick, Rosemary & Greg xxxxxxxxx

To Daddy


We’ll still love you even though you’re old. All our love & kisses Grace & Olivia xxx

Why trust your treasured possessions to the car boot or auction ? Masquerade take all items in at 50/50. The customer can specify a realistic price, which the items will be sold at. Adrian has been living in Roquetas de Mar for the past 12 years - who is well known to many people in the area. We are open 1pm - 4pm, 7 days a week.

Come and have a look to see what you can buy or sell.

Leo’s Variety Bar & Restaurant

There is, and only ever could be, one Leo’s Variety Bar & Restaurant in Almerimar, for no other reasons that the current size of the place only needs one, and Leo’s to coin a phrase “does exactly what it says on the tin”, and does it very well. Offering a unique mix of variety nights, balls, cabaret evenings and entertainment, mixed with regular themed food evenings Leo’s has established itself as a bit of an institution in and around Almerimar. The homemade, low cost, great value Sunday Lunches are nearly always fully booked, and the friday night Fish & Chips offer the most authentic experience around with the large chip stop style fryer and huge portions all served with a couple of slices of bread and butter and a nice cup of tea ...... or a Pint if you prefer! What really differentiates Leo’s though is the size. With room for 100 covers it can cater for a whole range of tastes and budgets and is a popular place for ALL the family to come and enjoy

good food, drink, live music and entertainment. With pool tables, BIG SCREEN TV with Sky Sports and a genuine WURLITZER Juke Box Leo’s more than lives up to it’s name of Variety Bar & Restaurant. Opening hours vary throughout the year so feel free to call + 34 645 06 65 38 or call in 41-45 Calle Faro, or check out our page on ht tp:// leos-variety-bar-restaurant Leo’s are offering a three course Christmas Lunch for 13.95€ this year. One sitting, bookings only so call now to avoid disappointment.

MASQUERADE 2nd Hand Shop Cosas 2e Mano

Adrian Beckett Tel: 689 278 936 Infront of Hotel Bahia Serena Residencial Las Garzas - Roquetas

Dental Clinic

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

950 32 64 52

German & English Spoken

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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De-tox the easy way while you sleep with new de-tox patches! No difficult fasting, no special diets and no nasty side effects. Purify your body and feel great! Only 32.99€ for an average course. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre (inside Home Sweet Home on main road next to DIA supermarket) Tel 950 479 487 Open 10-7 MonFri, 10-4 Saturday. Gluten free bread, cakes, biscuits, sauces, cereals, pasta and Christmas Food. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre Vegetarian frozen food, best selection in the area. Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre P r o v a m e l soya milk still on offer at only 1.49€ Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre The best quality and the biggest range of flours and baking ingredients a n y w h e r e ! S u n s h i n e Wholefoods, Turre The full range of Ecover e nv i r o n m e n t a l l y friendly products always in stock. S u n s h i n e Wholefoods, Turre Free Jute shopping bag when you spend 50€ or more in Sunshine Wholefoods, Turre 950 479 487 Good Quality Sony Surround Cinema sound system (2002) 130€ Tel: 639 25 30 75 (Mojacar)

Logs for sale,all sizes, good quality slow burning wood, no roots or rubbish, based in Mojacar €80 per trailer,please call 950 478886 or 659261339 Satellite Dish 1.20m with LNB 70€ Tel: 639 25 30 75 (Mojacar) Pine Coffee table 31” long x 20” x 18” high 25€. Ravensburger 540 piece 9” Globe Puzzleball with stand 15€. Call 950 069 132 or 689 172 421. Men’s full length coat from Debenhams. Camel colour, hidden front buttons. Size 42. Inside pockets Worn a couple of times. Could be shortened. vgc 50.00€ Baza 647 266 344 Phillips flat screen TV. Screen size 16in x 12in (41 x 31) TV surround in silver Plus a TDT box. All in vgc 120.00€ ono Baza 647 266 344 Complete set of ladies Lynx Tigress golf clubs comprising 1.3, 5,7 metal woods, 4,5,6,7,8,9 irons, all with graphite shafts, plus wedge, sand iron & chipper with steel shafts & ping putter. All in rainbow Kinbag with inbuilt trolley(opens & retracts with 1 push or pull), clip on head cover and ball retriever. €125 Santopetar, nr Taberno,Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075.

Ambifuego gas fire with coal effect, for fitting into fireplace with chimney or balancd flue. Complete with chimney, brass finish fender plus complete fitting & operating instructions. Possibly know someone who can fit €95 Santopetar, nr Taberno, Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075. Durst RCP20, a u t o m a t i c power printer for traditional silver prints. Any size up to A4. Original instructions included. €60 Santopetar, nr Taberno, Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075. Tow Bar used once Cost €300 sell €150 Tel: 950 439 136 (Arboleas) Springbock Skin mounted on red velvet Best Offer Tel: 950 439 136 (Arboleas) Butchers Block with stand, professional use or BBQ €50 Tel: 950 439 136 (Arboleas) TableTennis Table. In good condition. Only used a few times. 50 euros. Tel 667286130

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

Airport services

A irp o r t ser v ices Airport, social & shopping run. Tel Charlie on: 677 667 722

alternative energy

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


car boot sale

L o c a t i o n Auctions, Antas El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 15th December. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon/Tue and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412

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

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

Internal & External Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

ADVERTISE HERE CALL 950 430 820 builders


ross regan s.l.

Building, Reforms and General Maintenance & roofing

Is your propert ready for winter?

Paul on 671 843 155

Terry 646 234 222


patios, terraces & enclosures Ring Alan

on: 600 268 176 or 950 450 347

30 years experience  Free, friendly advice and quotations Construcciones Matreros

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

digger for Knowles & hire Abbott no.1 for electrics and Mini Digger & plumbing. Re- Driver for hire Tel: wires, free to air UK 610 345 725 satellite systems. enclosures Tel: 950 137 208 or 638 010 691


Ray’s Collectables

Buy, Sell & Part Exchange, Coins & Billets, Military Medals, Pocket Watches, Small Gold & Silver Collectables

Call Ray:

634 671 887 ANTON’S ‘SIR PLUS’ cantoria

LARGE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF COLLECTABLES Including: Cut glass crystal Wedgewood - Blue and Green plaques, small dishes, & Royal memorabilia. Various large & small Lladro pieces! Beatrix potter ‘Beswick Ware’ figures including Mrs Tiggywinkle & Peter Rabbit. Also tea sets & dolls houses, complete with furniture & fittings For Private Viewings Ring Tony on 658 490 280

computers DON ROBINSON

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

I come to you

T: 950 069 065 M: 647 841 750

City & Guilds Qualified

Tel: 950 458 723

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices


electrical services

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Swimming Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm Comp TIAA+certified Pools & Sat 10am until 1pm Tel: 646 587 746 Tel: 950 120 900 Terraces E: All build reforms Advance Digital PC Solutions 616 Matt Murray 506 569

Neil Bates Builder

Electric cycle hire. €5 per day www. Tel: 608 719 015


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


Caravan & boat storage & sales, Antas Tel: 661 508 776

cycle hire

One way car hire to ELECTRICIAN and from airports, Neil Godwin 25 years experience very competitive blinds Full rates. Free delivery City & Guilds INTERNAL & and collection Fully insured EXTERNAL BLINDS from hotels. www. & legal Boletins supplied Tel: 950 336 626 Tel : 687 245 569

C a r l o s (Saliente) p l u m b i n g & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962


car hire

caravan storage

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

Really tiny prices.

Big Advertising Opportunities

For advertising enquiries TEL 950 430 820

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote

Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564


HANDYMAN Painter / Decorator Interior & Exterior Property maintenance Over 30 years experience. All work considered, driving etc. Honest & Reliable Call Dave: 950 064 342 Mobile: 617 621 729




elegance and van, very cheap beauty

Avon Order Deadlines

rates tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590



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

Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

Christmas Delivery 8th December at your usual outlet or 17th December by email only to your Avon representative horse riding CLAIRE Rancho Luz Del 691 987 454 Sol, Retamar, furniture


2 seater chesterfield style sofa bed


647 379 795 for hire Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

Tel: 649 332 134

Jewellery repairs M i c h e a l Williams est U.K 30 years. All types of jewellery repaired. Rings cut off and resized. Call 620 773 954 / 950 064 826

advertise your skills here TEL 950 430 820


house clearance

Capital Clearance Need cash?

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

Tel: 689 023 602 Preowned items for sale

House Clearance

iron works

WOODHOUSE The Metal works KENNELS Grills, railings, BOARDING & CATTERY gates of all ARBOLEAS types, security/ Small friendly kennels, s l i d i n g / r o l l e r , 24hr vets service, pet rejas, concertina transporting arranged, welcome to view doors etc. Tel: Tel: Tracy Keith Wood on 638 900 949 Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: Real Steel for all 650 211 952 quality metal work, rejas, gates etc, and chain link fencing. Call: 689 524 024 or visit www.

And we mean total!

Cattery Open !

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

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


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

Your ONE stop shop 950 459 264/637184625

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


A LM E R I M A R INSURANCE Y o u r l o c a l insurance broker Tel: 950 498 000 or 667 479 940 E: info @almerimar For all types of insurance. Call Knights Insurance, Albox on 950 121 943

painter Experienced Interior & Exterior Decorator Using quality materials. This fast, friendly, clean and efficient service will never be beaten on price. EG: Interior rooms form 80€ & Villas from 475€ No payment until complete satisfaction.

TEL IAN: 617 904 774


in luxury ambience. Tel. 669 101 316 Roquetas del mar / Almeria Danna, The best massage. Tanned young Brazillian beauty! Stunning figure, Beautiful breasts welcomes you alone in sexy lingerie, by appointment. Mon –Sun 11-11pm Tel: 645 629 083 w w w . couple4sex. com... attractive couple offers exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. Also house- and hotel visits possible. Tel. 629 483 618 Pretty woman, sensual and tender, spoils you without pressure of time discreet in her private home (daily). Call 676 565 128 Male Massuer Men ONLY Relaxing and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388


personal Hot wildcat (30) with sexy curved body receives you daily on her private, discreet finca near Albox. Let me fulfil your erotic dreams

locksmith Phil the Pick 24 Locksmith hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181

musical Stuck as to what to give for that Special present? How about the TOP 20 chart hits for that date of birth, special anniversary etc professionally recorded onto CD? Dates covered are from 1952 to present Cost per CD is 20€ Postal service available. Tel: 651 062 124

opticians Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses. Tel: 950 121 991

Animal Hotel, Aquilas every S a t u r d a y afternoon, dog training courses Twice weekly o b e d i e n c e classes Tuesday & Thursday mornings. Call: 639 722 197 Beautiful baby Budgies for sale, Blues, lilica and silver, yellow and olive. €6 each. Tel: 647 379 795

British plaster

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

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

Tel: 950 468 041 removals

AAParking & storage Almeria Murcia Alicante Tel: 639 081 067

pets Palomino Kennels

exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Call 662 668 423 610 028 905 / 950 067 051




advertise your skills here TEL 950 430 820

Hilton Cattery, the best care for your cat. Tel: 950 163 489 or 637 546 590

0044 7533 285 918


removals Van coming to Spain 3rd December empty if you need anything bringing from the UK please email johnwilliams38@ Returning to UK 10th December any back loads goods return to the UK email johnwilliams39@

PACE with white sky card


A1 Sky Television Systems

ITV1,2,3 Ch4 & 5.

Growing Telecoms Company Bay-Connect are looking for self-motivated agents, in all areas, to sell our fantastic range of telecoms products. We have an excellent commission structure and our products are second to none. Unlimited earning potential for the right candidates. Find out more. Call us today on

902 906 018

Tropicana pools Construction & repairs Tel: 661 508 776

motoring section SCRAP CARS WANTED

Top prices paid. DVLA notified. Also 4x4s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect Large Van Spain-UK-Spain. Full or and deliver. Buyers half loads, plus car transport Tel: 0044 of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, 7969 123588 Aluminium and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

Tel: 697 678 708 van hire

advertise your job vancancies here TEL

950 430 820

windows & doors


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket!

Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

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

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

or email

swimming pools

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


Sky Digi Box,

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish 120€ Can deliver. plumbing “freeview”systems supplied & installed Blocked Drains Tel: 667 235 205 or ‘R’ Us Tel: 950 667 478 771 Tel Dave: 628 607 778 091 109 / 648 768 situations vacant 587 Carlos (Saliente) p l u m b i n g Class One Drivers Required & heating Class One HGV Drivers required for UK services. If it work. Working for Blue-chip companies in involves water, we the Midlands area. can help! www. Requirements: Must have driver card (didgi). No more than 6 points on licence, Tel: 968 969 962 age 25+ Must be prepared to work A&E Taylor weekends / shift patterns Accommodation – Gas boiler & and flights arranged. Average earnings per week £600.00 to £800.00 Self-employed plumbing repairs. welcome. Flexible work patterns suit for Tel: 618 062 080 example 3 weeks on 10 days off Knowles & back home. Abbott no.1 for For application and more information plumbing & electric. email: CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Join Bay-Connect as an Agent and Tel: 950 137 197 Share in the Success of Spain´s Fastest or 606 807 797


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

Phone Ken: 634 336 024





Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

Tattoo Artist & body piercer 16 years experience Mobile body piercing available Tel: Rachel


635 978 856 Huercal Overa Available weekends

advertise your skills HERE TEL 950 430 820 email:sales@

M o b i l e Mechanic,alltypes of repairs Servicing, breakdowns, pre ITV inspection & presentation for ITV if required. 20 years experience,friendly reliable service. Call Charlie on 677 667 722

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


Really tiny prices.

Ford Ranger crew cab

Big Advertising Opportunities For advertising enquiries TEL 950 430 820

4x4,silver,good condition and very reliable,ideal for work or play,includes carryboy cover worth €1300 Return to UK forces sale

€4700 ono

Tel Ron 950 428 901 Renault clio 1200cc 2002, LHD, VGC, ITV 2012, €2500 ono Tel: 950 634 357 Mob: 627 029 488

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




TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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Andalucía Property


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


Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

Property Wanted For Rent

For 2 weeks Min 2 bed property wanted over the Christmas period 18th - 30th December Very good references (Midlands or Devon area)

Please call 647 379 878

Wanted We buy, sell and remove mobile homes &twin units Having problems with the campsite? Struggling with the rent? Don’t risk losing your home. We can remove and store your home for you. Transport to France or UK arranged Tel: 616 250 727 Email: We can help !

Valle del este

2 bed, 2 bath spacious ground floor apartment on Valle del Este with communal pool. Fully furnished with good private outside space to the front and rear. NOW REDUCED 25,000€ FOR A QUICK SALE! 99,000€!! Legal villas with pools are urgently required Tel: 950 469 592 Mob: 697 640 681 / 644 350 361

Investment management company Aviva Investments surveyed investors at its annual property investment conference in London in November.

is likely to outpace that of both the US and Europe. As such, they are increasingly prepared to consider exposure to the region when building up a balanced global strategy.”

The survey showed that nearly three quarters of investors (74 per cent) expect to invest in property overseas within the next three years, and that property in Asia Pacific was regarded as providing the best opportunity for good investment returns.

He warned however that there was a “two-tier” approach emerging in terms of investors’ attitude. “Japan, as the most mature Asian market, offers investors core investment characteristics especially on good quality commercial assets; whereas the more emerging Asian markets are more opportunistic and therefore are more suited to those investors who are prepared to accept a slightly higher risk profile,” he said.

Asia’s robust recovery from the global recession and increasing importance on the world financial stage are believed to be key factors in the area’s attractiveness to British investors.

“Asian economies look to be much better placed for recovery than their western counterparts, making real estate investments in the region particularly compelling, which has been less reliant on debt over the past decade at a government, corporate and personal level. This should lead to stronger investor and occupier demand,” he added. Frank Khoo, global head of Asia at real estate investment company AXA REIM, said: “There is no doubt that investors are now recognising that the pace of growth in the Asian property market

Return of the 90pc mortgage raises questions for first time buyers Would-be first time buyers, frozen out of the housing market by cash-strapped lenders demanding 20 per cent or even 25 per cent deposits, are being offered pre-credit crunch style 90 per cent loan to value (LTV) mortgages again. But they might do better to wait for further falls in house prices, as data from the Bank of England, Nationwide Building Society and elsewhere suggest continued weakness in the property market ahead of Government spending cuts. Only 47,185 mortgages were approved last month, compared to a typical total of nearer 80,000 in a stable market, according to Bank of England figures published this week. Property information website Hometrack, which had reported house price increases in 2.3 per cent of postcodes as recently as September, now says prices increased in only 0.1 per cent of postcodes – or one in a thousand. The number of new buyers registered as seeking properties shrank by 2 per cent in October and fell by another 4.3 per cent in November. Even so, lenders claim there is real demand for 90 per cent mortgages; not just from would-be first time buyers but also existing almeriservis

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According to property services advisor Richard Ellis CB, in the first three quarters of 2010, direct real estate investments in Asia totalled $46 billion (£30 billion), twice the amount in the same period in 2009.

Ian Hally, chief executive for Asia Pacific real estate at Aviva Investors, said: “Real estate is a key asset class for long-term investors, but questions have been asked recently about whether there is any value left following this year’s rally in the UK.”

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Overall, 60 per cent of the investors interviewed said they would be looking to buy in the Asia Pacific region. This contrasted against a small number intending to buy in the UK (20 per cent) and even smaller numbers looking to buy in Europe (10 per cent) and the US (11 per cent.)

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homebuyers whose fixed term loans have expired and now seek to remortgage. Unfortunately, borrowers who can only provide 10 per cent deposits are regarded as a bad risk by increasingly nervous regulators, who impose daunting capital adequacy requirements on lenders, pushing up the price of high LTV mortgages. For example, on LTVs of 90 per cent, Skipton Building Society is offering a threeyear fixed rate at 5.68 per cent and a fiveyear fixed rate is 5.78 per cent. By contrast, borrowers who can produce a 35 per cent deposit – or show that much equity in their property – could fix for three years at 3.38 per cent or, with a 25 per cent deposit or equity, fix for five years at 4.08 per cent. All these deals are available for new mortgages and remortgages at an arrangment fee of £995. Ray Boulger of John Charcol said: “It is too early to take this as a sign that the mortgage famine is easing and we haven’t seen any other lenders returning recently to the 90 per cent LTV market. Even with Skipton’s new rates, the premium one now has to pay to borrow at LTVs above 75 per cent looks very high compared to before the

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No Capitanos have been out in the recent poor weather and sea conditions that we’ve been experiencing and I’ve not heard from any of the shore fishing lads and presume they haven’t been out either. Again I’ve heard nothing from my contacts fishing Andalucian lakes and rivers, poor do this week, sorry. See photo of me (Cold) and a weaver I hooked while jigging mid water in 250 feet, they live on the bottom! and the weaver wasn’t much bigger than the jig. The weather again this week was very changeable, with it being cold and raining at the start of the match. Then, as the day progressed it was a matter of taking off fleeces, sitting in shirt sleeves, fighting off the flies and mozzies. Anyway we will all be back

next week to do it all again!”

The Beachcomber held a fishing meeting on Tuesday 30th November and there was a decent turn out. ‘John the fly’ enthralled us all with a demonstration of his fly and feather tying skills. ‘Captains Brian Cuba and Hissing Sid’ talked to people about boat fishing and Brian showed many thousands of photos on his computer slideshow. ‘Inflatable Andy’ brought for sale some British type sea leads which he makes himself including my favourite 6oz doughnut leads that I fill with Belachan paste for extra attraction. The next Beachcomber fishing meeting will be on Tuesday 25th January. Stick it in your diary! The next meeting of the Syedpur fishing club based in Albox (Sea and coarse) will take place at 4pm at the Syedpur Restaurant, Albox, on Wednesday December 15th, then every two weeks. Checkout Mojacar’s weather and sea conditions here on the Beachcomber’s webcam: www. 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.


Again this week Stan the Man led the way with another outstanding performance. Top rods on the day 1st Stan ( The Man ) Roberts fishing the pole using pellet/maggot with 25.500 kilo´s. 2nd Clive ( Golf no more ) Cleghorn fishing the pole using maggot with 8.400 kilo´s. 3rd Stuart (I´m Married again ) Taylor fishing the pole using corn with 7.640 kilo´s. Bill Reade weighed 7.140 kilo´s which consisted of 2 fish one of which weighed 4.380 kilo´s ( in old

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Points to date with 5 matches to go are 1st Dave Hoare with 34 points 2nd Bill Reade with 36 points 3rd Clive Cleghorn with 47 points. Still all to fish for. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN The Match on 30th November was the 5th round of the Winter League, and was transferred from the Rio Segura Murcia, to the Eden Stretch due to the heavy rains. When we started fishing there was hardly any flow of water, but after about 30minutes or so the sluice gates were opened which, started the water flowing slowing down the catch rate for those Anglers with no slack water. The results were: 1st Bill (The Master) Reade fishing the pole using bread with 15.060kg 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts Fishing the pole using pellet with 10.260kg. 3rd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 4.640kg using the same method All details available from The Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965 328 368 ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together was formed to

introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters.

Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meetings will be held on Friday 10th December at 12 o’clock at Mary’s Bar in Pinar del Campoverde (north of Pilar de la Horadada) and on Saturday 11th December at 12 o’clock at Los Galayos Bar, opposite beach front, at Puerto de Mazarron. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE




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This weeks match was the 6th in the Winter Championship series. (This is a series of 11 matches with 8 to count ). The venue was the Rio Segura, at the Eden canal stretch. The match was changed from the Rio Segura Murcia due to the river rising and the path being exceptionally muddy, also for any anglers going there, the water under the bridge is making access very difficult if you want to fish further up river. The Eden canal was pushing through, and slightly high, but not carrying any debris or muddy water. Even with this, the river fished well on most pegs.

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It’s the return of a legend – the Ford coupé is back! The blue oval is taking on the VW Scirocco with a modern interpretation of the Capri. Since the Cougar left the lineup in 2002, Ford has stood by and watched the sexy Scirocco take the market by storm. The firm’s new model is based on the Focus MkIII, and will have two roles – replacing the outgoing three-door hatch and providing a thrilling flagship for the entire range. The Focus coupé is set to make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January in the form of a dramatic concept. As with the latest Focus and Fiesta, it’s a ‘world car’ – a result of the One Ford global design strategy. Speaking to Auto Express recently, design boss Martin Smith hinted that now is the right time for a coupé. “Our plan was always to get the basic Ford product lineup successful,” he said. “Now we have done that, we can start to build more exciting products – and we’ll show how we’re going to do this at Detroit.”An industry insider backed this up, revealing: “Designers have spent most of this year working on the coupé concept. As inspiration they’ve had pictures of Capris on their studio walls.” But, as you can see from our images, this is no retro design. The car takes inspiration from the Focus ST (Issue 1,132), although the shape is stretched and widened, making it long, low and dramatic. At the front is a gaping grille, and there’s a steeply sloping screen at the rear. One nod to the past is the distinctive Capri-style curving C-pillars, while details such

Ford’s new sportscar is based on Focus MkIII and evokes spirit of legendary Capri

as LED headlights, large alloys and a centre-exit exhaust complete the look. The new coupé sits on a development of the ST’s front-wheel-drive chassis, and will share the same traction-enhancing torque vectoring system. But it has a wider track to aid stability. Performance comes from the same 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine, enabling 0-60mph in around six seconds and a top speed of 155mph. The new unit will make a thrilling sound, thanks to a combination of intake and exhaust tuning that gives a soft note on small throttle openings, and a hard-edged noise at high revs. Expect lower-powered petrol and diesel engines to be offered as well. While the coupé concept debuts at Detroit in January, the production version isn’t likely to arrive until 2012.

Land Rover Freelander Sport Limited Edition Limited run of 500 special Freelander Sports featuring upgraded styling inside and out

Land Rover has unveiled a special limited edition version of the Freelander. Called the Sport, the newcomer has just gone on display at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy. Only 500 examples of the Freelander Sport will be sold in the UK, with each featuring a host of tweaks to the styling inside and out. The exterior gets a bodykit with squared-off bumpers, a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloys, and buyers will get the choice of three special

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The TwinAir is going two-tone! Fiat has taken the wraps off a new two-tone version of its 500, signalling the arrival of yet more special edition versions of the stylish supermini. The wraps were pulled off this special Bicolore 500 at the Bologna Motor Show, which features a white and red paint scheme apparently inspired by “the retro world of '50s American cars and the extraordinary pop art movement.” The car shown is based on the 85bhp 500 TwinAir in Pop spec. There are no mechanical changes, but as well as the new paint scheme, the car gets alloy wheels, coloured electric window switches and an interior chrome kit. The white and red model will be the first of a number of two-tone versions that Fiat will introduce in the coming months. The new models will be the latest in a long line of special 500s that have been sold in different markets around the world, including the 500 by Diesel and 500 Pink that have been sold in the UK, and the 500 Orange which has apparently been a big hit with Japanese buyers. Fiat is yet to confirm whether the twin-tone 500 will make it to the UK.

Kia has announced a fifth in its line-up of Soul Originals special editions. Called the Soul Searcher, the new model arrives in dealers on January 4, and joins the previous Originals, the Soul Burner, Shaker, Tempest and Echo. The Soul Searcher is available with light green metallic paint, a cream and brown leather interior, chrome front grille, chrome door handles, roof rails and 18-inch alloys. As well as the unique paint, the top-spec Soul features parking

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albox darts league............... Almerimar Today Friday Golf......................... Corner Bar have taken over the lead from Maloans on sets won after a good win over Pablos. Pablos remain in third place tied on points with La Cinta but by virtue of having had their bye effectively have a game in hand. Shandy Bar remain without any points but they are hanging in there - keep it up. The only notable highlight this week was Dave Langsford’s of Lepanto 114 finish.

Sharon from Le Bistro was the only person to report the 197 dart finish which should have read 17 dart finish - she joins Rick Wright from Travellers was the first to spot Corner Bar 4 Carrillos 2 result it should have been 6 - 2 of course. They each win a bottle of wine from me. (Sorry as I am paying for it it won’t be vintage) Sharon received a bottle of Rose last evening when Le Bistro played La Cinta. Rick has to wait until 15th March for his Tinto when Travellers next plays La Cinta. I was having a bad week last week, there was another minor error and an omission, it must be the pressure of live radio appearances. I forgot to mention the Jim Tough from Sunburnt Arms had a high score of 174 (2 x treble 20 and treble 18). Not bad for an old ‘un eh? Hey ho! Jon Hilson of Lepanto did not

have his darts head on and left the practice board instead of the new match board and darts were flying out all over the place. No wonder Lepanto won.

La Cinta and Le Bistro had a marathon leg, both teams wanted double one; by the time Peter and John from La Cinta luckily got double one most of the room were asleep or wanting to go home. Far too many under 7’s to mention all individually, La Cinta had 5 under sevens and La Bistro a mere two. Special mention though for Faustino who won both his games and still managed a 4 and 3. Still need more entrants into the John Walker Doubles competition. So far he has had eight pairs entered for the doubles competition at Maloans Albox to be held on a Sunday. The date and time will be announced when enough players have entered. John Walker the organiser is looking for 16 pairs or more, all welcome, league members or not, male and female, 10 Euros per pair, all entry money to go on first and second places,plus medals supplied by John. Please send entries to albox180darts@gmail. com Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For On-line resultsgo to www.

BADGERS GOLF SOCIETY........... On Wednesday 1st December the Society played an individual stableford competition at Valle Del Este. The course was in excellent condition considering the rain we have had with slower than usual greens. 19 players had a good day´s golf and the winner with 36 points was The Badger himself Keith Bradley, 2nd with 35 points was Roger (Kathy) Jenkins. There were 4 nearest the pin prizes. Andy Kaye won 2 on the 1st and 17th, and Dave Adams

won 2 on the 9th and 18th.There was only one 2 recorded and that by Frank Smith. Next week´s competition will be at Valle del Este & the following week at Marina. A competition is held every Wednesday starting at 10.00am. New members & guests are very welcome, contact Keith Bradley at Badgers Bar Restaurant in Mojacar Playa, call 950 478 525/607 305 339

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3 December 2010: We had 37 players taking part this week on a day that was cold and windy but dry.

This week we played a Texas Best 2 competition. We had teams of 4 people with 2 stableford scores to count on each hole. All 4 players teed off and the team then selected one of the tee shots. The players then all played their own ball from the position of that tee shot. So the beginning of each hole was like Texas Scramble and the rest of the hole like normal

stableford. The team had to take at least 4 tee shots from each person (5 if the team was a Doris team – 3 players with an imaginary 4th player who always scores 30 stableford points). We then had two hidden holes which were drawn afterwards. On these holes an extra score had to count. The winners were John Woodhead, Albert Taylor, Jim Shaw and Sharon Sly with a team score of 97 points. Last place and chocolates went to John Fielding (first last week), David

Carr, Kristina Olsen and Ingegerd Erasmi with a score of 68. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Peter White with a distance of 6.20m. You can see the full results at

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CORTIJO GRANDE MARINA MEMBERS GOLF CLUB Wednesday 1st December at Cortijo Grande and one division. Our winner with 34 points Alan Woodward second with 33 Peter Jackson and third with 33 on countback neville Pye. Ball sweep winner Peter Jackson. Sunday 5th Dec 010 and our Presidents trophy day. Our winner for the second week on the trot Alan Greenfield with 35 points on a countback from Greg Ward. Well done Alan I think we need to get his handicap down. The winner of the first div with 35 Greg ward second with 34 Peter Jackson and third with 32 Neville Pye. Second div winner with 32 Ursula lade second with 31 Sheila Picken and third with 30 Jelly Hughes. The best part of the day was to give Mike Peters 15 balls for his win of the ball sweep. His recovery from ill health is a joy for us all, we wish him a long and healthy life. Dates for your diary. I hope to have more info on our golf tour to Costa del Sol, 22nd 23rd 24th March We have a great deal which includes non members who may wish to join us. For more info 950 469088. If you wish to play on a Wednesday or Sunday 950 475509.

On Monday 29th November play was cancelled due to torrential Rain.

Thursday 2nd December was a lovely sunny day and there were 36 members who entered for the “Padfield Putter Competition”. Along with other prizes Colin Padfield had donated a very splended trophy of a ceramic ornimental putter. It was decided to have a “greensome” competition. It was a very enjoyable competiton and the results are as follows: 1st: Jim Budd & Bob Tink - 41 points; 2nd: Tony & Bridgid Delaney - 40 points; 3rd: Bill Gill & Geoff Owen - 39 points; 4th: Tony King & Rosalie Fardon - 39 points;

5th: Tish Bigelow & Stephanie Schuetze - 37 points; 6th: John Bridgen & Margaret Budd - 36 points The Thursday Competitions are great fun and visitors are very welcome. The cost for a round plus Competition fee is 30 euros. All is needed is to put your name down on the list on the Members Board with your handicap(indicating that it is GB or Spanish). Please be at the Club House for 9.30am for the draw. If for some reason you cannot make it please telephone the Organizers before 6pm on the Wednesday. For more information contact Jim Budd 950162727 or Sandra Edwards 950069438

media GOLF SOCIETY................. On a day which started out cold and cloudy but ended up with clear blue skies but with a very strong wind, 14 brave souls turned up to play a medal. One hardy player was still in shorts!

(12) and Carol Henshaw (14)

Division Two: 1st = Malcolm Smallwood = Net 79 (the only one to break the 80´s) 2nd = Colin Mason = Net 82 Division One

The course is in good condition but the wind and cold affected the scores, which were as follows:

1st = Mick Coulson = Net 80

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There were 3 x 2´s = George Crichton (12), Malcolm Smallwood

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As the early part of the week was a washout we played on Friday 3rd and it was a Mally Mally Mally day at golf Mally Roberts nearest the pin at the

sixth, nearest the pin at the 12th, and overall winner on the day,the two Terry’s choc eggs for nearest the pins do not sit well in the trophy cabinet, well

2nd = Carol Henshaw = Net 84 Well played everyone. Captain Media GS

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done Mally 2nd on the day was Peter Denham, and 3rd Alan Townsend.

As some our members are away for the holidays we wish a Happy Xmas and Tel: 950 124 828 them fruitful New Year. Just a few lines to let all golfers wives and partners’ know that its not just about the golf, Part worn tyres from 20€ as one of our members has taken time off to New tyres from 30€ look after his wife who ...includes fitting, balancing & IVA has her arm in a sling, as he relaxed on the Lazer Tracking only 15€ balcony with a beer his injured wife was Fixed Price Servicing seen bringing out his food,(what a husband) Petrol up to 2L - 85€ with 2 o r more sorry Diane but it had to new t yr Diesel up to 2L - 95€ es be told.

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the grumpy old men of los gallardos.. Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where this week I put pen to paper early, before I depart in the general direction of the UK and the white stuff. I will be back in a week’s time with ‘er in doors’, who is coming back with me, to escape the crappy weather they are having. When she comes back, she will be able to see the transformation that has taken place at the “watering hole”. They have completely revamped the top bar and the restaurant, and very tastefully too.

aviary and the pigeons. He has got the whole process down to a fine art now. Firstly he see’s to the chickens, calls in the watering hole, feeds the bird’s in the aviary, calls in the watering hole, feeds the pigeons and then calls in the watering hole, a very hectic life he leads no wonder he drops off to sleep at regular intervals.

Bagpuss has taken up the mantle, usually shouldered by Dustbin Pete, an arduous task,that of looking after the chickens, the

Dustbin Pete went to the hospital earlier this week, only to be told they will see him again in another month. He remains

I have had some of the family out here, for the last week, therefore a schedule D notice has been issued on all know me. They are the ones who will be escorting me to the aircraft.

immobile, which is beginning to grate on his nerves, so much so that whilst shuffling from one chair to another, with the aid of his crutches. his long suffering wife noticed that there was a fly swat in his path. She dutifully kicked it out of the way, before he could put his crutch on it. His response, “I’ll tell Uncle Albert about you. Trying to trip me up,you were.” Patience is wearing thin me thinks’. Time to go and pack the hand luggage. That’s all for this week. Until the next time. Tight lines. Uncle Albert


The weekend of the 27th/ 28th November saw the 3rd match in the annual series of matches played between teams representing Spain and the U.K.

Jason Kenny adds to British medal haul in Melbourne

Jason Kenny won sprint silver as Great Britain picked up two more medals on the final day of the World Cup event in Melbourne, taking their total to seven. Olympic silver medallist Kenny missed out to Australian Shane Perkins in the final, with GB’s Matt Crampton seventh. The European champion GB men’s pursuit team, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Luke Rowe and Andrew Tennant,could only take bronze behind Australia and Russia. And Victoria Pendleton missed out on the top 12 in the women’s keirin. Australia’s Anna Meares won the keirin final to take her tally from the event to three golds, after triumphing in the 500m time trial earlier in the day.

84 players came from all parts of Almeria and Murcia to compete over the testing course at Aguilon Golf

It was one of four golds for the hosts on the final day of the event, with Olympic qualifying points available.

Saturday 27th saw 21 games competing in 4 ball better ball, matches,from a shotgun start, on a day when it was hard to keep dry due to persistent rain for most of the round,which developed in


GB’s Jess Varnish finished sixth in the time trial, a non-Olympic event. She joined Pendleton in the keirin field but neither of the British riders could win

their heats and both failed to advance to the final through the repechage round. With Sir Chris Hoy opting to miss the men’s sprint, after taking gold in the team event and the men’s keirin on the first two days in Melbourne, Kenny pushed world silver medallist Perkins into a third, deciding race in the final.

Russia gained revenge on Great Britain’s pursuit team, who pushed them into second place at the European Championships in Poland last month, edging them by 0.634 seconds to gain a place in the final. They could not match that time against Australia in the final, though, and Great Britain - with Luke Rowe replacing Jason Queally - were faster as they beat New Zealand to third place. The squad will now train in Australia for a week before heading to Colombia for the second leg of the World Cup in Cali in a fortnight’s time. Further World Cup events take place in Beijing in January and Manchester in February before March’s World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland.

~ Motorised Sliding Gates ~ Garden Gates and Railings ~ Chain Link Fencing ~ Garage Doors Up / Over and Motorised to heavy rain for the last 4 or 5 holes,however the standard of golf produced some very tight matches,but it was the who went home happy with a 12.5pts to 8.5pts lead Sunday 28th and 42 singles matches again from a shotgun start,the weather forecast was not very promising,however it turned out to be a perfect day for golf with clear skys and plenty of sunshine,as the results came in it was clear that the U.K. was holding its own in these matches and a late surge saw them win the singles on the day by 23pts to Spains 19pts It was good to see all the games played in a competitive but friendly manner with plenty of banter and some on both sides learning a little of each others language (even if some of it was bad language) and also many friendships forged. The overall result was a win for the U.K (aided by

a couple or our Irish friends) by 35.5pts to Spains 27.5pts An after match buffet was laid on, and many thanks must go to Jose J.J. Serrano the course director who made it a most enjoyable weekend for all Photos show Jose JJ Serrano

the Spanish captain about to present the cup to Les Raufer the captain of the U.K. team and a group photo of the two teams.


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In fact ‘super sized’ just about sums everything up, as the whole place has the feel that it has grown up and matured, and is all the better for it (and I say that as a fan of the original restaurant in Almerimar) One thing remains the same though ....... the prices! Yep, no increase in prices so 2.20€ for a glass of house red which includes the gourmet tapas that they introduced this year in Almerimar. They have a Menu del Dia for 10€, Monday to Friday which has to be an excellent way to try their food for the first time if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so before. Actually I lie ...... two things haven’t changed, the prices as I said, and the ambience and hospitality. As you walk through the large well lit double doors, into a large welcoming and spacious bar area you feel at home straight away. The open plan kitchen is seriously impressive, and adds to the open, friendly and welcoming ambience that they have taken with them from Almerimar. As I said Almerimar’s loss is very much Roquetas de Mar’s gain, but I suspect many a Almerimar resident will be popping in regularly. Review by Chris Marshall

Bar Restaurante Gourmet Paseo Central s/n, Playa Serana Roquetas de Mar, 950 33 33 73 Just past the golf course and turn left!

Gourmet starters ~ Our selection of 20 fabulous starters includes Prawns in hot oil and garlic with baby eels Scrambled eggs with shrimps and mushrooms Cured Cheese from LA MANCHA Clams in wine Mussaka Prices from 9.50€ on many of the starters on the menu Gourmet Salads ~ Something for everyone including fish, pasta and cheese salads Prices from 7.50€ Gourmet Soups ~ Fish, onion and Gazpacho Gourmet Fish and Seafood dishes Wonderful dishes featuring a selection of Cod, Sea Bass, Prawns, Lobster and Salmon Grilled and fabulous sauce dishes to tempt your taste buds, all made with the best ingredients. Prices from 13.50€ Gourmet Meat dishes All your favourites are available at Gourmet including Beef, Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Veal, Venison and Suckling Pig, cooked to perfection by our team of Chefs. The choices include grilled dishes and a range of lovely sauce dishes with prices starting from only 11.90€ Children’s meals are also available ********

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The menu remains essentially the same, traditional Spanish with a ‘modern twist’ but it seems to have grown up as well with some interesting editions such as Whole Suckling Pig catching the eye, but then again with the super sized kitchen they have the capacity, and the chefs, to produce a much more extensive menu.


Restaurante Gourmet has moved from Almerimar to Roquetas de Mar, which is our loss and their gain without question, and somewhere along the way has taken steroids and become huge. Seriously large, with a main restaurant that will seat 60 covers, a function room for at least 24, and two terraces that would take 80 people easily, all done out in a minimalist, modern, high quality style. Seriously impressive!

Sol Times Newspaper issue 266 Roquetas Edition  
Sol Times Newspaper issue 266 Roquetas Edition  

Sol Times Newspaper issue 266 Roquetas Edition