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Last chance A town called Luck proves its during ‘El Gordo’ lottery to register or worth A town called Luck produced more than 14.5€ million worth of winners in Spain’s Christmas 2€ billion lottery check you are registered to vote! A lottery shop in the small town of Sort – the Catalan word of luck – in the foothills of the Pyrenees sold tickets that netted 15m euros (£12.75m) of prize money in Spain’s El Gordo – The Fat One – which boasts the biggest total pay out in the world.

AUAN Press Release: As we enter the New Year your time to register or check that you are registered to vote is running out. Don’t leave it to the last day. Take action now to be sure that you can in May help to determine the future direction within the Town Halls. NO VOTE – NO VOICE – NOT VOTING – WHY?


The most important action at present is to make sure you have your say in the municipal elections in May 2011. Don’t be put off from registering if you are not sure at present who you will support, at least you will have the option! For those not already registered the process is simple: Visit your town hall and ask for a voter registration form – easy to complete with instructions in English. Take along your Padron / Passport / NIE & Residencia Certificates. Make sure that copies are made and attached to your voter form. For those wishing to check you are registered: 1. S end an email to the Census Office on sede. quoting your name, the address on your pardon, your passport number and your NIE number. Emails are accepted in English but a response may be sent in Spanish. Due to language difficulties your question needs to be unambiguous. Eg. ‘I want to confirm that I will be able to vote in the municipal elections in May 2011’. Otherwise, the census office may confirm that you are eligible to vote when in fact you cannot vote because you have not exercised your right to vote by submitting a voter registration form! 2. If you receive a negative response, visit your town hall and ask if they are still holding onto your application. Check that they have all the required information to process. If all is correct tell them they are breaking the law in not submitting applications in a timely manner. You will need to check again with the Census Office in a few weeks. 3. If you again receive a negative reply, submit a formal complaint to your town hall. 4. Y ou could also complain to the Census Office via email to, quoting your town hall location and when you submitted the voter application. 5. If you also applied to vote in the European elections, you may wish to consider informing your MEP of the situation and your concern that your right to vote in future European elections might also be in question. Time is running short so you need to act quickly. Do not assume that because you are on the Padron that you are registered to vote. These are two separate matters.

The shop, ‘La Bruixa d’Or’ – the Golden Witch – sells more tickets than any outlet in Spain because of the name of the town and the fact it has stocked winning tickets several times in the last decade. Prizes totalling 2.3 billion euros (£1.9billion) were distributed to several thousand winners across Spain with the top prize awarded to holders of tickets numbered 79250.

The winning number appeared on 195 tickets. But with one single ticket costing 200 euros (£170), few fork out for one on their own, meaning it is rare to get instant millionaires through the draw. Instead it is more common to buy decimos – a tenth of a share in a ticket. Bars, offices and sports clubs often form syndicates sharing a ticket between their members. Dozens of other tickets win lesser prizes ensuring the wealth is distributed widely across Spain. In what has become a favourite Christmas tradition, the annual draw on December 22 takes around three hours as numbers are sung out by schoolchildren in a televised

process that has the nation gripped to its screens. While consumer studies reported that Spaniards were spending less this Christmas, as the country struggles on with austerity measures and 20 per cent unemployment, the average amount each household spent on the lottery has increased this year, from up to 69 euros from 58 euros in 2009. This year will be the last that the competition is run 100 per cent by the state. The Spanish exchequer announced earlier this month that it will privatise some 30 per cent of the lottery in a bid to reduce the country’s debt.

Artificial nose can detect drugs, explosives & fires Health experts have managed to create an artificial nose that allows people to sniff out fires, toxic substances and food that has gone off.

Rather than being worn on the face, however, the nose is held in the palm of the hand. Until now, similar devices invented have been the size of a fridgefreezer and prohibitively expensive to make. But David Suriol, from the technology firm Deutecno Noses, alongside the Biological Neurocomputation Group at Madrid’s

Autonomous University has managed to create a hand-held nose using chemical elements to help detect smells that a human is normally unable to recognise. Over the decades, the other human senses, such as sight, touch, and hearing, have been artificially enhanced by the creation of cameras, touch-screen computers and microphones, but taste and smell are the two that have not yet

been able to be manipulated. The artificial nose is likely to be used to help Alzheimer’s patients, since a decline in the sense of smell is one of the classic symptoms of the disease. It may also be used by the military, to detect toxic gases; by the police to detect drugs, and by environmental technicians to trace spillages and sewage leaks.


The water level of the Balsa del Sapo de Las Norias has already reached 26.71 metres, causing great local concern, and appear to be due to the inadequacy of the pumps. Water is accumulating in the Acuífero Superior Central, even though the rainy season is not yet halfway through. According to the periodic measurement of water levels which the council of Agriculture and Environment of the City of El Ejido makes, this is a new record high. According to Jorge Viseras, Concejal de Agricultura of El Ejido, the high levels are most noticeable in Norias de

Daza, which is a centre of population in the centre of the region. The Comarca of the West Coast of Almeria is an endo watershed, in which the part near the coast is higher than the central part, which is an area where there are wells. This anomaly is due to contact between the Eurasian tectonic plate and the African tectonic plate, which for many millions of years has resulted in an upward thrust of the area near the coast. The result of this geography is an explosive increase water quantity in

the Central Superior Aquifer, causing extensive damage to farms as well as housing and the sewage systems. The Ayuntamiento de El Ejido has requested the Andalucian Water Authority to act speedily to increase pumping from the area affected to drain into the sea. Also, as a matter of urgency, a tunnel should be constructed to carry excess flood water by gravity to the sea, and to undertake environmental studies to avoid damage to the marine ecosystem off the coast of the municipality.


A fire last Saturday in a block of flats in the Avenida de la Estación de Almería resulted in two women of 43 and 50 years old being admitted to the Torrecárdenas hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. Six other people were also evacuated, but did not need hospital treatment. The block of flats has been declared uninhabitable. The incident occurred at approximately onethirty in the afternoon of January 1st. the fire originated in one of the flats, and spread throughout the building, though most of the fire damage was between the third and sixth floors. The incident was attended by firefighters from the Parque de Bomberos de Almería as well as the National and Local Police. The condition of the two women taken to hospital is not thought to be serious.


The XXIX Festival de Teatro Infantil de Almería has started with La Pulga Teatro presenting ‘Katastroff’ in la Plaza de los Periodistas, followed by Teatro Apolo, and the company known as La Gotera de Lazotea, who presented ‘La Gallina churra’. The performances perfectly blend dance, clowning, puppetry and black light and scenery to portray the life of a circus where both the performers and animals are protagonists, who perform with skill and humour.


Last Saturday 37 migrants were rescued at about 7 pm from the island of Alborán. The immigrants were 31 men, five women and a baby, who arrived in a patera, or small boat. Four of them, a pregnant woman, a mother and baby, and a man were taken to the Hospital of Torrecárdenas. The man was suffering from hypothermia, and was admitted to the IC Unit. The Salvamar Hamal, which is based in Motril, assisted on the island of Alborán. The remainder of the immigrants were taken to the Puerto.


The Children’s Cancer Association of Almeria is being defrauded by unscrupulous persons who are using their name of Argar to sell fake lottery tickets, collect toys, or collect donations. Those who wish to donate are urged to check that the collectors and stall holders are genuine supporters of the charity.

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Spanish auto sales inch up 3.1% in 2010

Car sales in Spain rose 3.1 percent last year, after two years of double-digit declines But were down in December for the sixth straight month following the end of a government tradein bonus scheme, manufacturers’ association Anfac said Monday. Sales of new cars in the country plunged 23.9 percent in December over the same month last year to 68,942 units, bringing total sales for the year to 982,015 units, it said in a statement posted on its web site. “The year 2010 was marked by two distinct periods,” said Anfac. While sales were up 39.5 percent during the first half of the year, they have dropped by over 20 percent each month since the incentive programme ended in July and the sales tax

rose by two percentage points that month. Under the trade-in scheme introduced in May 2009, the government offered subsidies of up to 2,000 euros (2,600 dollars) to help boost car sales. The programme expired when the money set aside for it was exhausted. New car sales fell 17.9 percent in 2009 after dropping by 28 percent in 2008, its biggest-ever annual decline as the collapse of a property bubble plunged the country into its worst recession in decades. The Spanish economy, Europe’s fifth-largest, emerged from recession with tepid growth of just 0.1 percent in

the first quarter of 2010 and 0.2 percent in the second, but then stalled with zero percent growth in the third. With an unemployment rate of around 20 percent, the highest in the European Union, consumers have curbed spending, especially on big ticket items. Anfac estimates that Spain has a potential for yearly car sales of between 1.3 and 1.4 million units. Spain’s auto manufacturing sector is the third-biggest in Europe and ranks eighth worldwide, although it has no national auto maker besides Seat, which is now owned by Germany’s Volkswagen.

Bar-owners ‘defenceless’ over new anti-smoking law

A quarter of retailers flout consumer rules during sales ONE in four shops have been found to flout laws protecting consumers during the sales.

Consumer associations say ‘a discounted article is not synonymous with a deteriorated article’ and say goods for sale at lower prices should be in the same condition as when they were on sale at full price. Also, a shop is not allowed to advertise the fact it has a sale on when less than half the stock is being sold at a reduced price, something that just over one in ten were found to be guilty of doing. A further 6.9 per cent failed to publicise the dates during which the sales were on in their shops, and 4.9 per cent did not comply with • Free Hearing Test • Digital hearing Aids • Various Models & Colours • Adjustments, Parts & Repairs • Moulds & Batteries • Pensioners - 30% Off

the requirement to leave the original price of the item on display. Worryingly for retailers, some 30 mystery shoppers acting for consumer groups will be visiting up to 1,800 premises across Spain between January 3 – when the sales start in some major cities – and March 31. “A reduction in price does not suppose a reduction in consumers’ rights or in the quality of the product,” Madrid city council reminded retailers after more than 2,000 shops were inspected this year.


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BAR and restaurant owners say they feel ‘defenceless’ in the face of the new anti-smoking law, dubbed the toughest in Europe

From Monday 3rd January, no smoking can be permitted in any indoor public place except for prisons, psychiatric hospitals, sports stadia, bullrings, and a maximum of 30 per cent of hotel rooms. Also, no smoking is permitted in children’s parks or outside health centres, nor in the playgrounds or other outside areas of educational centres attended by under18s. But those in the catering industry say they expect to lose a massive amount of business, since an estimated 50 per cent of their customers smoke. They also say they need some way of ‘looking after’ customers’ drinks and food whilst they nip

Spain lotto winner nearly loses millions by tossing tickets

A Spanish lottery player nearly lost nine million euros in winnings after tossing tickets in the rubbish only to later discover they were winners, Spanish media said last Sunday Ignacio Gonzalez, a lottery ticket vendor in the country’s northern Basque Country, was stunned to discover Friday that the number he had played along with 14 friends -- 48104 -- had come up in a charity draw run by a Spanish organisation for the blind, ONCE. Gonzalez’s euphoria quickly turned to despair, however, when he could not find the winning tickets. “The New Year was off to a very good start, with a shower of millions, but on the other hand I couldn’t find the tickets,” Gonzalez told Basque radio station Radio Euskadi. After a desperate search of his home and with hope running

out, Gonzalez ran out to his neighbourhood rubbish bin. “Without thinking about it for two seconds and in front of stunned passers-by, he dumped over the container” and began rifling through its contents, newspaper ABC wrote Sunday in an account of the incident. Mixed in with the rubbish, Gonzalez finally found the winning tickets, no worse for wear, allowing he and his friends to collect a little more than 600,000 euros each in winnings. After the close call, Gonzalez admitted that he feared his friends would have “crucified” him if he had lost the tickets for good.

outside for a cigarette, given the risk of beverages being spiked. Not only this, but bar-owners are obliged to prevent customers from taking their drinks outside and from making any noise that could disturb nearby residents when they go outside for a cigarette. And although bar-owners are legally responsible for preventing customers from lighting up – and face fines of up to 10,000 euros if they fail to do so – they have no ‘legal mechanism’ to stop them or even to make them leave the premises, they say. In addition to loss of business, they say they are now faced with a massive legal burden that they consider impossible to comply with.

Extreme weather conditions ease up for the start of 2011 Despite major floods in southern Spain in the last

few days of 2010, the start of the new year is set to see weather conditions settling down. Dry climates are predicted for the next few days across the mainland and the Balearic Islands, with clear skies. Some cloudy intervals are expected, as well as light rain in the western part of the Canary Islands. Snow will still affect the southern half of the mainland, but only at altitudes exceeding 1,500 metres above sea-level. Winds are expected to drop across Spain as a whole, although northerly gusts could hit the Balearic Islands early in the week. However, temperatures are predicted to fall on Monday, with the first frosts of the winter setting in. This winter has been particularly harsh in Andalucía, with the town of Écija (Sevilla) becoming flooded five times.

First babies of the year get a loaf of bread a day

The first two babies of 2011 will get their daily bread, thanks to a publicity stunt by bakers in Álava. Their families will be given a new loaf every day of the babies’ first year of life. The first baby girl in the Basque Country to be born in 2011, Assmae, whose parents are Moroccan, came into the world at Txagorritxu Hospital in Vitoria at 00.45hrs. And the first baby boy of 2011 in the Basque Country was AbdelAziz, also Moroccan, who was born at 02.45hrs. They received their first loaf of bread from Óscar Garro and Iñigo Millán, representatives of the regional association of bakers. It is part of a promotional campaign in the Basque Country to encourage people to eat more healthily by not neglecting staple foodstuffs.


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Minimum wage & pension to increase in 2011

Electricity bills to go up by 9.8 per cent in January

ELECTRICITY and gas are set to shoot up in the New Year by 9.8 and 3.9 per cent respectively.

SPAIN’S president, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has announced increases of 1.3 per cent in the minimum wage and 2.3 per cent in the basic State pension. He recalled that since the socialists came back into power nearly seven years ago,

the minimum wage increased by 17 per cent, whereas it fell by five per cent during


the right-wing PP’s reign from 1996 to 2004. Zapatero says these figures ‘speak for themselves’ and show that the current PSOE government is the one that has most improved social policies and conditions for the ordinary person in the history of Spain. Zapatero’s government has taken major steps forward in terms of education, healthcare, pensions, housing, carers’ benefits, minimum wages, and general help for hard-pressed households.

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But even with the minimum wage rising from 633.30 euros to 641.50 euros, the European Commission considers it far too low. According to Brussels, Spanish salaries are the lowest in the EU, and do not permit workers to live in a ‘dignified manner’.

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Zapatero has admitted, however, that next year’s ‘great challenge’ will be creating employment and mopping up the jobless statistics, a path he says his government has as yet ‘not been able to find’.

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The Ministry for Industry has confirmed the amount of the rises, which are based upon continually increasing costs of raw fuel at source. Although the government claims this will translate to increases of just 3.20 and 1.66 euros per month for the average household, the percentages quoted suggest otherwise, with electricity costs having mostly doubled in the past two years. In fact, the upcoming increase in electricity bills is the largest since 1997.

During the reign of the PP governments, between 1996 and 2004, rises in electricity were limited to two per cent annually, in line with inflation objectives laid down by the Central European Bank (BCE). But this ceiling has been lifted since the

socialists came into power in 2004.

However, consumer giant FACUA says the real increase could end up being far more than 9.8 per cent in electricity, and calls the rise ‘brutal’. The association has called for ‘total transparency’ from the government, claiming it is simply trying to line the pockets of the energy industry and ‘punishing’ householders further ‘right in the middle of a recession’. Additionally, the National Federation of Self-Employed Workers’ Associations (ATA) says the fuel increases will be ‘a new blow’ for employers and sole traders, leading to greater cost issues, possible closures of businesses, and further unemployment.

Civil War Common Graves Of 47,000 People Found In Andalucía

Common graves holding thousands bodies of victims of the Civil War has been found in various parts of Andalucía.

Around 359 towns and villages have been found to have unmarked common tombs in them, in the provinces of Cádiz, Sevilla, Almería, Córdoba, Jaén, Málaga, Granada and Huelva. In total, there are 614 graves holding 47,000 bodies, and they date from 1936 to 1947. Vice-minister for Justice, José Antonio Gómez Periñán, says the State now has an

‘exhaustive’ task on its hands attempting to identify as many of the bodies as possible in order to return them to their families for a proper burial, in accordance with the relatively new Law of Historic Memory. Since 2003, 90 per cent of common graves have been found as a result of word of mouth from people who were there during the Civil War. Gómez Periñán laments that it will be impossible to identify every single one of the bodies correctly.

Next general strike could be in January

Union leaders have arranged a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the next Spainwide strike in protest over the increased pension age and the controversial labour reform. The strike could be as early as January 26, 2011. This will be two days before the Spanish government is due to approve the pension reform in Parliament. Leaders of unions CCOO and UGT, Ignacio Fernández Toxo and Cándido Méndez, say they have ‘exhausted all possibilities’ of negotiations and talks with the government in an attempt to reach a compromise. They say that whether or not the strike goes ahead

‘depends entirely on the government’. Both consider increasing compulsory state retirement age to 67 from its current 65 is ‘unjust, unnecessary and futile’. They say it will be counterproductive, since it will mean more jobs are taken up by people who would rather be able to claim their pensions, leaving less positions available for younger people who are struggling to find work. Additionally, they point out that many jobs are simply physically impossible to carry out for the average 67-yearold.

Gandia woman fakes kidnap to test her husband’s love A woman who faked her own kidnap to see whether her husband loved her enough to pay the ransom has been arrested after she was seen alive and well in a shopping centre. The accused, who has not been named, was spotted in a car near La Vital retail complex in Gandia (Valencia) just days after her husband received a text message from her supposed captor. According to police, the message featured a picture of his wife tied up and demanded 20,000 euros for her safe release. A similar incident occurred in the Valencia province two years ago where the woman’s lover pretended to kidnap the ‘victim’ in order for them both to obtain thousands of euros out of her husband.


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Sterling what’s the forecast 2011? Market Commentary 3rd January 2010

What determines the strength of the British Pound? Sterling is a freely floating currency, so its exchange rate - its price in terms of another currency - is determined by supply and demand. Simply put, the more the pound is in demand internationally, the stronger its exchange rate will be. Probably the biggest single factor affecting demand for the pound is the economic health of the UK - or rather, how the market expects the UK economy to fare in the near-future. This is because investors tend to move money out of weakening economies. The worsening of expectations for the UK economy relative to other countries goes a long way to explaining sterling’s abrupt decline. So what is the forecast for Sterling for 2011? The UK economy has grown faster than expected and now with a split developing within the Bank of England as to whether quantitative easing should occur, all eyes will focus on the Bank of England meeting to decide on whether UK interest rates should rise on January 13th 2011. If it was decided that UK interest rates increased, sterling would begin to soar. However, this looks extremely unlikely and most economic forecasts for 2011 show that the Bank of England is likely to maintain its low interest rates for the rest of the year and into 2012. In 2011, there are a number of large stories that could shape exchange rates. Firstly the introduction of budget cuts in January across the UK. This ranges from the VAT rise to 20%, to fuel cost and efficiency target on every area of government. Many are expecting a large increase in unemployment and hence lower consumer confidence, all key to the outlook of sterling. Secondly sterling has a vast amount of exposure to the euro zone debt crises so if any other state was to fall and need support that additional money out of the UK economy is not going to help. Third we have the issues the Bank of England has with the inflation levels in the UK. Normally this is counted by raising interest rates however this could cause problems with the housing market, and unemployment levels further. Finally we

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VAT increase: special report world news ‘shops could put up prices five in brief to eight per cent’

Queensland braces for flood peak The Australian military rushes to get supplies to the Queensland city of Rockhampton, where devastating flood waters are set to peak.

Shoppers have been warned that many retailers are likely to put up prices by far more than the 2.5 percentage point increase following tuesday’s increase in VAT

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Iran offers nuclear sites visit

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Copts report Europe attack threat

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Gyms, mobile phone companies, restaurants and shops are all expected to increase prices by between 5 per cent to 8 per cent, or possibly more, according to leading consumer industry experts. In a bid to recoup the escalating cost of petrol, energy, cotton and other key commodity prices the change to VAT will be used to mask far larger price rises. This could add far more to a family’s annual cost-of-living bill than previously expected. The warning came as Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, said the VAT rise from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent will cost families almost £400 a year and put 250,000 jobs at risk. Campaigning in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, Mr Miliband cited a Liberal Democrat poster from last year’s general election, which warned that a “Tory VAT bombshell” would cost households £7.50 a week. The increase in VAT has been introduced by George Osborne, the Chancellor, who calculated it should raise £13 billion extra in revenue a year for the Treasury to tackle the deficit. The increase should, in theory, add 2.1 per cent to the price the majority of items on the high street, with the exception of food. However, retail experts warned that shops were likely to take advantage to increase prices by more. Jason Gordon, retail expert at Booz & Co, a consultancy, said: “From the retailers I’ve been speaking to, I expect prices to increase by between 5 per cent and 8 per cent. “The majority of retailers will ‘round up’ rather than ‘round down’. There have been so many years of price deflation, retailers need to move up prices to stay profitable. The pressure to increase prices has been building for some time, and that time has come now.” Most of the clothing price increases will come into effect gradually as the spring and summer ranges enter the shops in a month or two. A study by KPMG Performance & Technology, the consultancy, found that 60 per cent of retail managers intended to increase prices above and beyond the 2.1 per cent.

Martin Scott, partner at KPMG, said: “If everyone was enjoying a healthy time of it, most retailers and manufacturers would just soak up the price increases and not pass them on to consumers. But they have been discounting for so long it is impossible to see how they can afford not to pass on the VAT increase, and some more. “I’d be very surprised if we didn’t see the majority increase prices by far more than the VAT jump.” There is some evidence that companies have already introduced big prices rises. Mobile phone companies have alerted by text message many of their customers, warning them that their tariffs will increase. Those on the O2 network will see text messages increase form 10p to 12p, a 20 per cent increase, while those on TMobile will see the charge increase from 10p to 11p. Fitness First, the gym company, has written to many of is members saying that it is increasing monthly membership rates. It wrote: “As you may be aware the government is planning to increase VAT in January to 20 per cent, and this combined with rising costs means we have had to review our prices.” However, many members have complained that the price increases have added nearly £10 a month to take fees to £49.90 on some deals, a 25 per cent increase. The Office for National Statistics has indicated that many shops appeared to be putting up prices before the end of last year. The price of clothing increased by 11.3 per cent on an annual basis in November, the ONS has said, the highest level since records began 30 years ago. Primark, Next and other leading clothing retailers have warned that the escalating cost of cotton would cause them to increase prices, along with the VAT rise. The increase will most noticeably effect the most expensive items such as big electronic items and cars. A 37 inch television, for instance, will jump from £449.99 to £459.57 in theory and a £15,000 car will cost £315 more.

However, Tarlok Teji, retail expert and visiting fellow at Manchester Business School, warned that retailers of expensive of electrical goods and furniture stores were likely to hold their prices for as long as possible, because they were struggling to attract customers. He said: “The will be many retailers that will be rounding up by more than the VAT increase, but these will be on the smaller items, where shoppers are less likely to notice: clothes, household cleaning products, basics such as these. “Shops have got to make their money back somewhere.” Mr Scott at KPMG said: “I don’t think this is a profit grab by retailers. This has come after 18 months of heavy discounting, and these low prices are just not sustanaible. Manufacturers and retailers are being hit by rising fuel prices. “Ultimately a large chunk of these price rises will hit the consumer.” As well as the VAT increase, the petrol price rise and above-inflation train fare increases, some householders will be hit by higher fuel bills from today. Npower has become the fourth of the big six energy suppliers to implement a price increase, adding £60 to the annual dual fuel bill taking it from £1,196 to £1,256. Retail sales will fall by about £2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2011 because of the rise in VAT, according to The Centre for Retail Research and Kelkoo, the online shopping group. Mr Osborne defended the VAT increase. He said: “VAT is a powerful weapon to tackle debt and if we don’t use it then the spending cuts would be over 13 billion pounds bigger. When Labour was in government they accepted this, which is why Alistair Darling says he wanted to put up VAT. Now Labour is in opposition, Ed Miliband has shown weak leadership by jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism. “The question Ed Miliband faces is this: if you’re not raising VAT, where are the extra 13bn pounds of spending cuts coming from? The NHS? Schools?”


VAT rise will hit families, warns Miliband The planned rise in VAT is the “wrong tax, at the wrong time”, Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s VAT increase from 17.5% to 20%, Mr Miliband claimed it would cost the average family £7.50 a week. He said this would hit living standards, small businesses and jobs. But Chancellor George Osborne said the VAT increase was necessary, as the coalition was dealing with Labour’s “record debts”. The government hopes the VAT increase will raise £13bn and insists it is necessary to help reduce the UK’s deficit. However, the Centre for Retail Research has predicted that retail sales will decline by about £2.2bn in the first quarter of this year as a result of the change. Mr Miliband delivered his warning during a visit to the constituency of Oldham East and Saddleworth, where a by-election is to take place on 13 January. He said the VAT rise on most goods and services would hinder economic growth, cost thousands of jobs and make it even harder for families to make ends meet when they were already feeling squeezed. “Today we start to see the Tory-led agenda move from Downing Street to your street,” Mr Miliband warned. “At midnight VAT goes up, hitting people’s living standards, small businesses and jobs. The VAT rise is the most visible example of what we mean when we say the government is going too far and too fast, because it’s clear that it will slow growth and hit jobs.”

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The Labour leader said the average family would have to find an extra £7.50 “each and every week”, adding up to an extra £389 a year. Mr Miliband added that the figures had been taken from a Liberal Democrat poster from May’s general election campaign, arguing that this highlighted the “broken promises” made by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. While the Oldham East and Saddleworth seat is seen as a three-way contest, Mr Miliband said there was “only a two-way fight for the direction of the country”, with the Lib Dems in coalition with the Tories. Mr Miliband rejected claims from some Labour figures that he is not making a big enough impact as Labour leader, telling the BBC News channel he wanted to “beyond Westminster concerns” and address the issues which were important to voters. He said the coalition’s cuts to education funding, allied to the VAT rise, would be especially “damaging” to young people and that he would campaign to protect their future.

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councils should be free to set charges to attract shoppers to town centres, without interference from Whitehall. The existing restrictions have also led to more aggressive parking enforcement and increased on-street parking congestion, he added. But Cllr Wilkinson, the deputy mayor of East Cheshire Council, stated: “I’m afraid it will be very difficult, considering the government’s settlement - a 30% cut over four years - for councils to reduce parking charges, but our emerging budget suggests there will be no increase. “Parking is a revenue source. I accept the the principle [behind the government’s decision], but in reality I think councils will be unable to deliver.”

Matthew Mooney, a restaurateur in Knutsford, Cheshire, told Today high charges were bad for his business, but he added: “We are not expecting any reductions. I don’t think that’s realistic, but we would probably settle for them not going up.” The Department of Communities and Local Government said the new measures would mean councils and communities would be free to set parking policies that were “right for their areas”. This will include “proportionate parking enforcement”, taking into account the effect of parking charges on the “vitality of their local economy and local shops”.

Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite dies aged 64

Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said the actor, who was appointed OBE in 2004, died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire after a lengthy illness. In 1994, he was nominated for an Oscar for In The Name of the Father.

Ex-girlfriend Julie Walters said he was a “big part” of her early acting career and praised him as “the most exciting, exhilarating actor of his generation”. She said she agreed with Steven Spielberg, who worked with the actor in films including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, when he described Postlethwaite as “the best actor in the world”. “I saw him in Coriolanus and it was the most terrifying, wonderful performance I have ever seen. The audience were privileged to see it,” Walters added.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter: “The loss of the great Pete Postlethwaite is a very sad way to begin a year.” Actor Simon Pegg said on Twitter that Postlethwaite was “one of our finest actors”, adding that he “first saw him at the RSC in 1986 - owned the stage he did”. And former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott, also writing on Twitter, said the actor’s films Brassed Off and Age of Stupid “had a real effect on me and our government”. Lord Prescott has credited 1996 film Brassed Off - about the struggles faced by a colliery brass band after the closure of their pit - as the inspiration for a Labour regeneration programme for coalfield communities.

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• Test your cholesterol. Cholesterol is a body fat, or lipid, found in the blood. It plays a vital part in normal body function but if the levels of cholesterol are too high then you’re at risk from heart disease. This is because fatty deposits build up and clog your arteries. To check if your cholesterol levels are healthy, cholesterol charity Heart UK recommends that all adults over 40 are tested. This is particularly important if: 

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New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. This is a list of the ten most popular New Year resolutions. 10. Reorganise Your Life On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, ‘organisation’ can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organised enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organised enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, what you will find is that when you spend less time ‘looking’ for something, you spend more time ‘doing’ something!

9. Be More Charitable A very popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local pet charity, mentoring a child, or building a house, doing something for others makes a real difference to other and yourself!

8. Learn Something New Resolutions aren’t always about giving things up! Make a promise this year to learn something new. Whether it’s improving your Spanish, how to fix your computer or bake a better cake! Challenge your mind in the coming year, and your horizons will expand!

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Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else; studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better! Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean joining a gym – although this works for a lot of people – take advantage of the lighter evening and take yourself off for a brisk 20 minute walk!

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of other who will resolve to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

6. Stop – or Reduce – Your Alcohol Intake While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. For the majority of us who drink socially, it may be worth taking stock of actually how much you are drinking and the possible health benefits of reducing your units!

5. Enjoy Life More Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of people in the world, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you!

4. Stop Smoking If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good, so don’t lose faith in yourself!

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Your equipment needs to be up to scratch to make learning and/or improving easy and safe so ensure your skis and ski poles are the correct length for your ability, with ski bindings that are set properly. As a beginner you’ll probably be renting your gear, in which case the rental shop should do all this for you - but make sure they do as you’ll not get too far with unsuitable skis and ski poles Next, you want to make sure you have the right clothing. You need to dress in layers with clothes designed specifically for winter sports - these will keep you dry and warm at the same time as

You’re sitting on the chairlift, heading up through cold, bright sunshine for the first run and the last thing on your mind is whether your bindings are set orrectly. Therefore, adequate ski holiday preparation is fundamental to ensure ski safety; and make sure that you have adequate ski insurance cover.

transporting moisture (i.e. sweat) away from your body. You’ll also need good gloves or mitts, a warm hat and scarf, and maybe a helmet. Sunglasses and/or goggles are vital to prevent snow blindness on sunny days and to let you see where you’re skiing on snowy days - and they assist greatly with looking cool as well as ensuring ski safety. Don’t forget to smear on plenty of high factor sunblock and lip balm throughout the day - the sun is more powerful at high altitudes, and also reflects back off the snow, whilst the wind exacerbates this effect. Another effect of altitude is that you dehydrate rapidly, so keep drinking throughout the day (not alcohol though - this dehydrates you more). And keep yourself well fed, as you’ll be burning up lots of calories. If you get ski fit before you go you’ll have a much better and far less achy holiday, so do skispecific exercises for up to six weeks b e f o r e leaving, and consider visiting

an artificial slope for lessons or practice. Ski insurance might sound boring but it’s vital - make sure your ski insurance also covers you for stuff such as theft/loss/ damage of ski equipment, ski lift closure and lack of skiing due to poor snow cover, and the cost of being evacuated and repatriated in the event of an injury. It’s always worth considering ski lessons - everyone has room for improvement. When booking lessons try to get an English-speaking instructor. Your first day on the slopes will be hard work physically, so break yourself in slowly, spend time getting to know the resort’s runs and stop skiing when you feel tired.

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Beware of hypothermia - if you’re feeling cold head indoors and warm up Learn how to read a piste map - it’ll ensure you ski the runs best suited to your ability Take it easy on the booze and partying if you’re serious about skiing as it’ll definitely have a negative effect on your performance on the slopes. Boring but true...and definitely don’t forget the sunblock!

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The Sierra Nevada, just above Granada, has the best snow and the longest season in the country, usually five months of snow, though this year it opened a week early. Technology guarantees that there will be snow all season. There are 16 artificial snow machines, and the resort has the best groomed snow in Europe. With 61km of ski slopes - 45 piste and 6 off-piste routes - there are also 2 cable cars, 12 chair lifts and 5 ski lifts. The ski resort is open from 9am to 5pm although you can ski at night at weekends and Bank Holidays - night skiing was introduced in 1994 with the installation of lighting along the 3 kilometre El Rio slope. Not having the right gear is not a valid excuse everything you need can be hired on a daily basis. Also, not being able to ski is also no excuse as there is no shortage of schools for everyone from beginners to experts.

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If you’re a bit embarrassed, because the area has such an active nightlife, the slopes tend to be less crowded between 9am and 11am and between 1pm and 3pm (no prizes for guessing why!) so head out then when’s there’s less of an audience! Snowboarders as also well- catered for with specialised snowboarding shops and schools within the resort. An on-slope half pipe is being built and will be available depending on snow conditions. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, Sierra Nevada offers cross-country skiing, artistic skiing (ballet, jumps, moguls), telemark skiing, trekking and adventure skiing. It’s also the place to be seen, even if you don’t ski. The resort has a reputation – it’s a cool place to be seen, but you have to have the most trendy gear! Pradollano is Sierra Nevada’s village area. It has attractive alpine-style buildings, and most importantly a four-storey underground parking complex with a capacity of 2,880 vehicles. The village offers a variety of services including quality hotels, the best of which boast jacuzzis, squash courts, workout areas, saunas and indoor swimming pools. There is ample opportunity for you to spend your money too with shops, night clubs, pubs, bars and discotheques, supermarkets, sports and fashion boutiques,

gift shops, magazine and newspaper kiosks, ski rental, photo-developing services, hairdressers, car rental, taxi service and a pharmacy!! Oh and don’t worry there is a new medical centre, child day-care centre, and banks with ATMs. Most facilities are located around the main Plaza, and there is a small tourist train that takes you round the resort. Take the lift from the main square and, at various stages before the peak, you will find bars and restaurants offering panoramic views and blazing sunshine reflecting off the slopes. The road to the resort is narrow and winding and as you get within a mile of the resort, the air gets rapidly colder. Take extreme care, especially when it is icy, though even the coaches get to the top without problems. Be prepared for traffic jams at the top, especially at peak times, and allow plenty of time to arrive - during the season the road can have queues for several hours. Remember to prepare your own car for the journey and invest in some de-icer! The best place to park is the main underground park, which has easy access to the facilities, though it is expensive for the long-term. If you are early enough you can get free parking on the roadside before the main resort - but pull in your wing mirrors! Queues for the lifts can be very long at peak times, and the bars often get packed to capacity. During the winter season the whole place pulsates with life and energy, but it is also a beautiful place to visit out of season, when there is no snow. You will find it a peaceful place with plenty of hill walking routes; the air is clean and fresh and there are a few cafes and bars open for refreshments. And as a plus you will find ample free parking!

IMPORTANT Sunscreen! The strong sunshine reflects off the snow so put sunscreen on as normal, but also put it on the under surfaces of your forearms, and under your chin and ears. You will burn from the sun above, and also from the reflected sun from the snow!


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make sure that 2011 brings you health & happiness with these tips...

Get laughing...

A good laugh is like a mini-workout - 100 to 200 laughs are equivalent to ten minutes of jogging or rowing.

Go to bed later...

People who get six to seven hours sleep a night live longer. People who sleep eight hours or more, or less than four hours a night were shown to have a significantly higher death rate.

Make your marriage work... Being happily married for a long time leads to greater life expectancy for men and women. However, divorcing then remarrying actually increases the risk of dying prematurely.

Walk, run, jump...

Fit people have a 40 per cent less chance of developing coronary heart disease. People in the lower 20 per cent of fitness were three times more likely to die prematurely.

Have sex...

Couples with a healthy sex life can look up to seven years younger than those who don’t, because sex reduces stress, leads to greater contentment and better sleep.

Live in the country...

People living in rural areas have a higher life expectancy than those

living in cities. In the UK, women living in Somerset live an average of 84 years, while those in Manchester only average 76 years – must be something to do with the drizzle!

Watch your weight... Overeating is one causes of ageing and risk of heart disease of the colon, womb, ovaries and breast.

of the main increases the and cancers gall bladder,

Learn to play an instrument... or learn to speak Spanish... Brain cells work together, so learning new skills improves your brain function, whatever your age.

Look on the bright side... Researchers found that optimistic people live about 12 years longer than pessimistic ones.

Never smoke again!... The earlier you give up the better. Because the damage caused by smoking is cumulative, the longer a person smokes the greater the risk of developing a smoking-related disease.

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A study found that 91 per cent of people who weren’t close to their mothers developed a serious disease.

Enjoy chocolate ... People who eat a moderate amount of chocolate live longer than those who eat sweets three or more times a week, and also longer than those who never touch sweets. Chocolate contains chemicals called phenols, which are thought to protect against heart disease and cancer.

Join a bridge club...

As you get older, playing card games could be just as good for your health as physical exercise. The key to good health is doing what you enjoy and feeling good about yourself.

Enjoy a cuppa...

Green and ordinary black tea pack the same amount of antioxidants and have equal benefits. Drinking one cup of black tea a day cuts heart disease risk dramatically

Learn to relax...

Try a relaxation technique such as yoga or meditation, both of which are proven to help alleviate stress.

Get a pet... Families who own a dog or cat are less stressed and visit their doctors less often than those who don’t. Pets make you feel optimistic and relaxed, which lowers your blood pressure. Dogs give best results, but even a goldfish in a bowl works.

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Change Your Skincare Routine For Winter

If you keep the same skincare routine year round, now’s the time to stop And remember! Moisture works from the inside out as well as the outside in, so in addition to nourishing your skin externally with creams and lotions, drink plenty of water as well which will hydrate from within.

Sensitive Areas

Make sure you protectextra sensitive areas like hands and lips. When we are outside, the exposure to cold and wind can easily damage the skin’s protective barrier. Keeping your skin supple, using a protective barrier cream and lip balm that will restore the damage and help prevent excessive water loss.


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By contrast people who live in a more changeable environment may not have the chance to adapt and the skin can suffer as a result.

What effect will winter weather have on my skin?

If the skin’s natural barrier is weakened, moisture is lost and the surface layers of the skin crack easily. Potential irritants are also able to penetrate the barrier, which can cause redness and sensitivity. Over the longer term, this is thought to damage collagen production, contributing to skin ageing.

But don’t let your cream gather dust in the darker winter days - it is just as important to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun in winter as well as summer.


Of course it’s not all about the products you use - living a healthy lifestyle will also have an extremely positive effect on your skin and the results can’t be faked! A good diet is essential, as is getting plenty of sleep.

Moisturising regularly should be a key part of your winter skincare routine.

Smoking is totally out if you want to have good skin; it causes premature ageing and leads to wrinkles and a lacklustre appearance.

Rub cream in the direction of fine hairs, never in the opposite direction as this can clog the pores and cause spots.

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Also, apply moisturiser all over your body, as well as on your face - it is very important to get into the habit of doing this, especially after a bath or shower.

Want to know a crafty tip for winter skin protection? Wearing foundation can help keep skin safe as it acts as a cushion for the skin during the winter months.

Make it part of your daily routine and use an intensive moisturising product.

Just make sure you wear the right colour to avoid that tell-tale orange line!


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Find Your Fringe Most hairdressers would agree that cutting a fringe can give you back a few years as well as hide signs of ageing and flatter your face. Sounds great! But make sure you choose the right type of fringe.

A gradually sloping long fringe like Goldie Hawn’s can disguise that furrowed brow and create a more youthful appearance. It can start just above the brow and taper down to cheek level. The look is soft with movement and shouldn’t be too thick. It should start no more than one inch from your hairline.


get a long fringe cut if you have longer lengths - anything from shoulder length down.


cut a long fringe if you have a small forehead or very round face or can’t be bothered to blow-dry.

Side fringe... This sweeping style, seen on Helen Mirren, is the perfect fringe for beginners as it’s low-maintenance and works well with different textures - even not-so-straight hair. It’s usually cut on the side and the length it falls can be anywhere from your brows to the bridge of your nose.


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Don’t…let long hair simply hang down the sides of the face

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The moments that defined 2001

September 11th terrorist attacks

A series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda struck the United States on September 11, 2001. 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners, intentionally crashing two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both buildings collapsed within two hours. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, while the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to regain control. The United States retaliated with the infamous “war on terror” and invaded Afghanistan.

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Iraq invasion

Led by US forces and backed largely by the British, Iraq was initially invaded on March 20 to May 1, 2003. According to the then-President of the United States George W. Bush and the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the justification of the invasion was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” The war has been met with controversy, even culminating in the Guinness world record for the largest anti-war rally when three million people in Rome opposed the move. Meanwhile, the troops pressed on searching for the elusive WMDs. Baghdad fell shortly after, providing the media with one of the war’s most iconic images - troops pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein. Its face was then draped with an American flag, and afterward an Iraq flag instead.


the introduction of the euro


Asian tsunami

The currency was introduced in nonphysical form (traveller’s cheques, electronic transfers, banking, etc.) at midnight on 1 January 1999, when the national currencies of participating countries (the eurozone) ceased to exist independently. Their exchange rates were locked at fixed rates against each other, effectively making them mere non-decimal subdivisions of the euro. The euro thus became the successor to the European Currency Unit (ECU). The notes and coins for the old currencies, however, continued to be used as legal tender until new euro notes and coins were introduced on 1 January 2002. The changeover period during which the former currencies’ notes and coins were exchanged for those of the euro lasted about two months, until 28 February 2002. The official date on which the national currencies ceased to be legal tender varied from Member State to Member State. The earliest date was in Germany, where the mark officially ceased to be legal tender on 31 December 2001, though the exchange period lasted for two months more. Even after the old currencies ceased to be legal tender, they continued to be accepted by national central banks for periods ranging from several years to forever (the latter in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Spain). The earliest coins to become non-convertible were the Portuguese escudos, which ceased to have monetary value after 31 December 2002, although banknotes remain exchangeable until 2022.

The Global Language Monitor (GLM) records trends in word usage of the top 5,000 print and electronic media sites worldwide to determine what the most popular news items have been. The GLM tracks news stories within the first 72 hours after the event, and came up with this list of the top news stories of the 21st century to date. The Asian tsunami occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It killed more than 225,000 people in eleven countries via waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) high.As one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and the second largest earthquake ever recorded by seismograph, it made international headlines. Over $7 billion was raised in humanitarian aid.


Hurricane Katrina

Estimated to be the costliest tropical cyclone in US history, Hurricane Katrina caused damages in excess of $100 billion. Hitting New Orleans the hardest, the ensuing plight became one of the biggest media frenzies of recent times. The failure of the levees was called in to question immediately, but days after the hurricane struck many were still trapped. The most infamous report came from Geraldo Rivera of Fox News, who tearfully pleaded for authorities to send help or evacuate the thousands of people trapped alongside him at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.


the disappearance of madeleine mccann

Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. The British girl went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday, and has still not been found. Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have said that they left the children unsupervised in a ground floor bedroom while they ate at a restaurant about 120 metres (130 yards) away. Robert Murat, a local resident, was given arguido (suspect) status on 15 May 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann (Madeleine’s parents) were also named as arguidos on 7 September, but were allowed to fly back to the United Kingdom on 9 September. All three were cleared, with their arguido status lifted, on 21 July 2008. The Portuguese Attorney General archived the case, also on 21 July, but the case can be reopened if new evidence emerges.



Michael Jackson’s death

The King of Pop was enjoying a career resurgence in 2009 when he announced a series of 50 comeback gigs at London’s O2 arena. Many believed that the ‘Thriller’ star was not fit enough for the epic undertaking, especially if he was left weakened following child abuse allegations in the preceding years. The star eventually succumbed on June 25 2009 following a heart attack, aged 50. His memorial service was broadcast live across the world, with viewing figures hitting one billion. Jackson’s albums also enjoyed various re-entries into the charts. In the 72 hours after his death, the Jackson story generated double the web news as coalition troops entering Iraq did during the same timeframe.


execution of saddam hussein


Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement

President Obama’s inauguration

The execution of Saddam Hussein took place on December 30, 2006. He was sentenced to death by hanging, after being found guilty and convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi’ite in the town of Dujail in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him. Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq from July 16, 1979 until April 9, 2003, when he was deposed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S.-led Allied Coalition. After his capture in ad-Dawr, near his hometown Tikrit, he was incarcerated at Camp Cropper. On November 5, 2006, he was sentenced to death by hanging. On December 31, 2006, Saddam Hussein’s body was returned to his birthplace of Al-Awja, near Tikrit, and was buried near the graves of other family members.

America’s first African American president was also a media sensation. Defeating Republican candidate John McCain in the close 2008 general election, Barack Obama was inaugurated as president on January 20 2009. His first few days in the White House were no less historic. Obama issued executive orders directing the U.S. military to develop plans to withdraw troops from Iraq and ordered the closing of the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

The engagement of Diana’s eldest son Prince William to Kate Middleton was announced. Although an exciting announcement, it was not a surprising one as the pair had been dating for eight long years before becoming engaged. Kate met William at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, where both went to pursue degrees in art history. Perhaps it is this most normal boymeets-girl story that endears the pair to the public. Although their paths crossed regularly in both academic and social circles, friends of the pair claim that William became romantically interested in Kate when he saw her model in a university fashion show. After graduating from university, the pair moved to London where Kate became a buyer for clothing chain Jigsaw, and William began military training. The public has waited expectantly for news of their imminent engagement since 2006.




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How To Be A Good Listener

Most people think they are good listeners, but the truth is many of us are better at telling our own story than listening to someone else’s. Remember, knowing how to listen properly is as essential to good communication as talking.

1. Practise Being Present

our minds from wandering.

The International Listening Association reports that we think at 1,000 to 3,000 words per minute - a lot faster than we are able to listen. We fill in this gap with our thoughts, by planning what to say next, judging whether we agree with the speaker or thinking about a different matter altogether. If we take some time to practise being mindful every day, we can learn to be more in the moment and stop

Try this: Choose a routine activity, such as washing the dishes, and get all of your senses involved. Pay attention to how the water feels on your hands, listen to the splashing sounds and watch the suds melt away.

2. Adopt A Movie Mind-Set

Views From A Balcony In Spain

By Chris Marshall

That Was Christmas: This Is The New Year

So another Christmas done and dusted, another New Year has started, which by definition means that an old year has ended. I am sure it is an ‘age thing’ but the years seem to be flying past at the moment and it hard to believe that it is a year since I was writing on our blog about our plans for 2010, and some thoughts on what the year held for Spain. Looking back the main subjects for discussion seemed to be: lack of flights to Almería Airport, the over priced property market in Spain, the smoking ban (that was meant to be implemented in July 2010), the ongoing impact of the recession, and the uncommonly bad weather that we had over the Christmas period last year.

On a personal front I was going to get fit again, improve my Spanish, and spend more time exploring this amazing country. Heading into 2011 the main issues ahead of us seem to be: the implementation of the Smoking Ban, the changing face of tourism driven in no small part by the lack of flights into Spain from the UK, the ongoing issues surrounding the property market in Spain (over priced, illegal builds, land grabs etc), and the impact of the austerity cuts and reforms post the recession in Spain. Oh, and if you walk down the beach here in Almerimar by La Barbera you will see the effects of the ‘uncommonly’ bad weather

we had this Christmas.

Personally I plan to get fitter in 2011, improve my Spanish and with respect to Mojacar, Roquetas and Javea where I spent more time last year than in previous years, I still want to get out and explore this amazing country. Hmmm, not a lot has changed then really. In fact about the major change is that I had my hair cut just before Christmas. But do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way (life here in Spain that is, not the hair cut!). As I wandered round the bars, cafes and restaurants over Christmas and the New Year I bumped into so many people that I have know for years, revisited old memories and experiences with so many people that I have lived alongside for some time now, and wallowed in the comfort and reassurance of familiarity. The table top sale in support of AL Strays, the Carol Concert on New Years Eve. Both excellent reminders of what a great community spirit there is Spain. I have no doubts that 2011 will be a tough one for all of us, but I can’t see any reason why it wont be a fun one, and I can see point in getting depressed about it. Happy New Year and I hope 2011 treats you as well as you treat it!

Chris Marshall is a professional blogger and freelance broadcaster and writer who lives in Almerimar, Spain with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley Davidson’s and more often than not a bottle of red to hand! His weekly column in The Sol Times is sponsored by Bay Connect (www.bay-connect. com): Fast Broadband, Cheap Calls and FREE Online TV. You can hear him daily on www.bayr and read him monthly in the Daily Telegr aph.

Remember the last time you became so engrossed in a movie you lost track of time? Now imagine approaching your next conversation with the same level of interest and sense of adventure. Good listeners are able to get into the speaker’s conversation as if they are “living it with them.” Try this: Next time you’re listening to a friend talk about her children, turn off your mobile and really “experience” the situation being described.

3. Respond With Respect Since conversations are dynamic by nature - you say one thing, then I say another - it’s often hard for us to just listen without adding our ‘two penneth’. But interrupting is a sign that we are not really tuned in to what is being said; how we respond to a speaker says a lot about us as listeners. Try this: Make eye contact and use welcoming body language, such as leaning in to the speaker. It shows that you are interested in the conversation. Providing appropriate and supportive acknowledgment also makes people feel heard. Use encouraging words

such as aha and hmm, as well as openended questions, such as “What else happened?” Paraphrasing, or repeating back what you’ve heard, is another excellent technique.

4. Have The Right Intentions Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us have a personal agenda when it comes to conversations. When we are talking with others we often want something from them. We need to shift from “what’s in it for me” to being genuinely curious about what the other person has to say. Try this: Ask yourself, ‘What is the purpose of each conversation I enter into?’ Make sure it’s one you feel good about. For instance, if the purpose is to show someone you’re better than they are then you shouldn’t even have the conversation! If your intention is to change a friend or her spouse’s behaviour, instead simply try to understand their perspective and what’s behind their actions. Tip: The next time you’re about to pick up the phone and call your best friend, think about what you hope to achieve. Would you like them to feel listened to and supported? Or do you want to show you’re interested in what’s going on their life? And if you want to be the one listened to, then come right out and say so. Tell them that you could really use a shoulder to cry on, and make it clear that you’re not looking for advice.

5. Put The Conversation On Hold It’s OK to delay if you don’t have the time or energy to be a good listener, such as when your Mum calls to talk about the latest family event while you’re making dinner. Tip: You need to tell your family member orwhoever, that you’d really like to be able to give them your undivided attention and agree to ‘reconnect’ at a more suitable time. We need to remember that listening is only one element of effective communication. It’s also important to remember that if you are confused and do not understand, either tell the person you don’t understand and ask him/her to say it another way, or best guess; the person will then be able to correct your misunderstanding thereby allowing effective communication to continue.

“We were given two ears but only one mouth, because listening is twice as hard as talking!”



THE Psychology Psychology THE of colour colour of

Colour has always been important from natural warnings in primitive times to mood enhancers in modern homes. Ever since man understood fiery red meant danger and those purple berries were poisonous, colour has been associated with moods and feelings. Religious artists used colour as a form of shorthand - people looking at a stained glass window or a heraldic coat of arms would have instantly known blue equalled contemplative faith or green meant hope; even saints were associated with different colours. So it’s worth considering that the colours used to decorate the rooms in your house can affect your moods… and here’s why:

Red - Associated with: danger, passion,

Best for: bedrooms, bathrooms, studies Pitfalls: can look cold and unwelcoming.

Best for: dining rooms as it promotes

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energy, warmth, adventure, optimism

sociable and lively feelings, and stimulates the appetite

Pitfalls: it can be overpowering and lead to headaches. Either vary the shade, paint one wall red, or use it for accessories only. Don't use red in a baby's room

Pink - Associated with: love Best for: bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful. A hot fuchsia can introduce passion Pitfalls: can be appear to be very girlie and sickly sweet. To counteract this, introduce hints of dark charcoal or black

Orange - Associated with: stability, reassurance, warmth, and is thought to aid digestion Best for: living and dining rooms Pitfalls: might keep the occupant awake when used in a bedroom. It can make a room look smaller because it's an advancing colour, so make sure the room gets plenty of light

Green -

Associated with: nature

and energy, calming and restful, balance (halfway between red and blue) security, stability

Best for: bedrooms, living rooms Pitfalls: too much green is thought to make people too complacent or too laid back. Inject some red or orange to counteract these feelings

Blue - Associated with: calming and soothing; promotes intellectual thought; believed to keep hunger at bay; loyalty, serenity, authority, protection, contemplative, prevents nightmares

Yellow - Associated with: sunshine and energy, stimulates the intellect Best for: kitchens, dining rooms or northfacing rooms

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Black - Associated with: death, eccentricity, drama. It's a non-colour that absorbs colour and reflects nothing back Best for: using in moderation Pitfalls: depressing - think of all those angst-ridden teenage bedrooms. Use it to temper the sweetness of other sugary colours such as pink, but don't use it as a base colour

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A new slant on the Jos Biggs Bethlehem Citizen’s Advice Bureau: Date 8.01.0000. Transcript of interview with Mary of Nazareth

‘I am an unmarried mother, and I, my fiancé and our 12 day old son Jesus are living in animal accommodation outside Bethlehem. We were unable to obtain temporary accommodation in the city, due to overcrowding.

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This overcrowding has been caused by the Roman Emperor Augustus, who issued a decree stating that all citizens must be entered on to the tax register, and to do so they must attend in person. We have been obliged to travel the 120 mile distance to Bethlehem sharing one donkey. My fiancé, Joseph, insisted that I ride the donkey due to my condition, (I was heavily pregnant) but the journey still took us 12 days. As you can see, we are in reduced circumstances, and it is for this reason that I wish to ask your advice on a strange event that occurred the day before yesterday. I was feeding my baby when I became aware of several foreign males dressed in very expensive clothing and mounted on pedigree camels watching me. Fearing for our safety, I immediately called out to Joseph, and threw my cloak over the baby.

Three of the men dismounted their camels, and approached on their knees. They introduced themselves as Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, and claimed to be Kings who had come from Persia, and who had journeyed for several weeks to worship a baby who they claimed would grow up to be a King. They claimed that they had been tracking a comet, which had led them to our location.

They then brought out from under their robes boxes of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which they presented as gifts. According to them, the gold represented the baby’s future status as king. This seems unlikely – my fiancé is a carpenter, and too remotely related to the royal house of King David to be anywhere near the line of succession. The frankincense, which is the dried sap, or resin, of the deciduous tree Boswellia Thurifera, represents holiness, or priestly status, which to me seemed to be at odds with the idea of kingship. However, I found the gift of myrrh disturbing. Myrrh is the resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree, and is burnt at funerals and used for embalming - why would you give a baby a gift that is used at burials? As it was getting late in the day, they asked permission to remain and camp for the

night. During the evening they mentioned that they had been to see Herod, who expressed interest in visiting us and our baby. After a lavish supper, which their servants prepared, they quietly retired a discreet distance to sleep. However, early next morning, they packed the camels and left in a great hurry, saying that they had suffered nightmares, and we were all to get out of the area as quickly as possible. Joseph and I also suffered nightmares of a similar sort. He is of the opinion that the foreign food of the previous evening had caused the nightmares, but I can not shake off the horrific images of King Herod ordering his soldiers to slaughter innocent children. Thus I have to inform you that we are leaving forthwith. As yet we have no idea where we will go, so I will be in touch as soon as possible with a forwarding address. I can not remain any longer – the nightmares, combined with the present of myrrh are too much for me.’ At this point Mary became very distressed and rushed out into the street. No forwarding address has ever been received, though it is probable that she and her present husband and ten year old son are recent immigrants from Egypt, now living in Nazareth.

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The beginning of a new year can get you inspired to make changes or to do things differently. Read our ideas for resolutions to make this New Year a happier, more organized, and more beautiful year for ourselves and our homes.

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Live With What You Love

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When you’re making decisions on purchases for your home, whether it’s a major piece or an accent, only bring into your home things you truly love. We’re not just talking about furniture or decorative pieces in a certain style, we’re talking about decorative elements that you want to live with. This resolution extends to colour, texture, focal pieces and collectibles. You’ll decide whether you want heavy drapes or light curtains, colourful walls or a subtle background, heavy mirrors or Chinese porcelain. How much better to have even one piece of something wonderful that you love than to have a whole house filled with humdrum pickups!

Don’t Be Impatient! Wait for What You Want

The start of a new year is a good time to plan to economise. Use creativity rather than an unlimited budget to furnish or fix up your home; be a savvy shopper and find bargains that turn to treasures with your own creativity. Don’t turn up your nose at used furniture; after all, used pieces become treasured antiques with a few more years. Scratches and dents provide a story and an opportunity to fix and recycle. Fresh paint or refinishing helps you reuse a cast off. And with the work you put into these projects, you’ll discover a hidden piece to cherish.

Why not resolve to make this year more beautiful for you and your home, more organized and efficient for your lifestyle, and more in tune with your own personal style? Happy New Year!

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This first resolution is a great one, because even if you don’t get any further on the list, you’ll really feel that you’ve accomplished something, and you’ll appreciate it throughout the year. Clean out a wardrobe, rearrange your kitchen cupboards, discover the floor of your garage! Just organising a space to make room for what you need to do every day or every week, such as reading, will make you feel like you’ve achieved. Next, make space for the things that you want to do—like cooking, crafts, or painting. Don’t be too grandiose in your plan or you’ll get discouraged before you reach your goal. Let your organization solutions fit your budget - large or small - and you will feel revitalised and refreshed. Your space will work for you.

If someone gave you 10,000€ or 50,000€ to redecorate your home, what would you do? Would you be stumped to decide even where to start? Or would you know exactly what you wanted and how to achieve that goal? To find “Your Style” gather ideas by studying decorating photos, magazines, TV shows, books and websites. If you don’t know where to start, then take a style quiz, to refine your ideas. Tear out pictures, play with colour and make mental notes of things that really appeal to you, from china patterns and wallpaper to flower arrangements and rug designs. Keep your ideas and dreams in a design notebook. Then, when you’re ready to decorate you’ll have plenty of clues as to what you really love and want.

An empty space might be better than a wall filled with an impulsively-

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“Basically they are insuring themselves in case they have to step up bond purchases, and that probably implies Spain,” said Julian Callow from Barclays Capital. “They have to be ready to dig the fire-break early on this because Spain is too large to handle, and there is risk of contagion to Italy.” The ECB’s move came as Spain braved the debt markets following a downgrade alert by Moody’s. Madrid paid the highest interest rates for a decade with yields on 10-year bonds rising to 5.45pc, compared with 4.63pc in November. Spain’s government and banks have to refinance almost €300bn of debt next year, leaving the country prey to a buyers’ strike. “The auction wasn’t a disaster but the markets are going to lose patience very quickly if the bond spreads widen further,” said Elizabeth Afseth from Evolution Securities. The ECB has so far bought €71bn of Greek, Irish, and Portuguese bonds in a bid to cap yields, but this was done against Bundesbank objections, and may breach EU treaty law. Jean-Claude Trichet, the ECB’s president, is irked that the bank is having to shoulder the burden of propping up the EMU periphery, blurring the lines between fiscal and monetary policy. Critics in Germany say the ECB is turning into a “bad bank” for toxic debts. Mr Trichet has tried to nudge EU leaders into taking over the task by deploying the EU’s €440bn rescue fund in eurozone

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Another Year & No Wiser... It’s New Years Day.

As I take up the proverbial quill after two weeks of idleness, I am reflecting on the past year and asking myself the usual end of year question. Where the hell did that twelve months go? And in connection with what has gone before, I assess my depleted wine rack and the empty spaces once filled with Rioja and Chenin Blanc. There were other wines too, but I cannot spell their names. So I make a mental note to re-stock at the earliest possible time. (Resolution number

(Resolution number 2 – leave the bloody wishbone inside the turkey next year. It doesn’t work).

Sometime over the Christmas period a lady whose name I cannot remember at a party we attended, made the comment about her unattractive offspring’s hideous son. ‘Don’t they grow up fast’ she said. It’s one of those silly comments that makes me cringe, so I replied, ‘No they don’t – in twelve months time the fat little beggar will still only be a year older’. This attracted black looks from our hostess, and a murderous stare from the missus, so I topped up my glass and had another sausage roll. (Resolution number

3 – be careful not to make remarks about other peoples ugly grand children. They don’t like it).


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Happy New Year! How exciting! A new year; a totally blank “canvas” on which we can “draw” new things, new figures, new colours – only limitations are decorum and our own fantasy. A Spanish television channel has shown a series of programmes with the 10 events, quotes etc. which have had the most impact during the decade, we have just left. Although they were not included in the programmes, for me the best remarks of the decade were Sadam Hussein’s Propaganda Minister, Tarik Aziz’s remark to the press during the bombardment of Baghdad: “Don’t be afraid. I am not afraid!” and King Juan Carlos’s words to Hugo Chavez, when the latter kept on interrupting Zapatero during a Hispanic-American summit: “Why don’t you shut up?”

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My wife and I have just belatedly pulled the turkey wishbone. We attempted this on Boxing Day when we cooked the bird, but it was so greasy with bits of meat still on it, it refused to snap, so we put it into the empty oven to dry out, hence the delay. Uncharacteristically I won, entitling me to make the wish, which was for continued good health for both of us, but a few minutes later as I was putting some clothes away in the wardrobe, one of the sliding doors fell off it’s track onto my foot. It’s a door with a full length mirror and very heavy. It hurt.


After another glass or two of the house wine, I attempted to put things right with the affronted lady – after all it was Christmas – and told her that it was a comment designed to amuse, not to cause offence. ‘I really didn’t mean it’, I told her. ‘Yes you did’, she snapped back. I pretended to think about it before responding with, ‘You’re absolutely right, I did’. Which elicited more hostile looks. (Resolution number

4 – make certain I apologise for any future misdemeanour with less, not more, alcohol in me than when I deliver the original insult. Oh and . . . Resolution number 4A – remember that honesty is not always the best policy). My wife loves board games, so I bought her two this Christmas. Big mistake. She always thrashes me to within an inch of my life on these things, and today was no exception. This particular one is called Mexican Train, and you either have a head for strategy with the ability to think several moves ahead or you don’t. I don’t. I am too busy thinking of the empty glass in front of me or the left over pig grunting from behind the fridge door: ‘Eat me, eat me - and don’t forget the Branston!’ (Resolution number 5 – never

play board games with my wife again . . . Amendment to resolution number 5 – if compelled to play, practice the art of

cheating). Just been watching some comedian on TV - ‘Live At The Apollo’ . . . ‘Live’ as opposed to what I’m thinking? A cardboard cut-out on stage? A hologram? Which brought me on to (Resolution number 6 – to

significantly cut down sarcasm at every given opportunity) And worryingly . . . (Resolution number 7 – see doctor about strange voices in my head).

New Years Eve was a massive success. We had pondered what to do, but always came back to the same conclusion that rather than take the risk of a disappointment on what is perhaps the best night of the year, we should go back to where we have always received the warmest of welcomes, impeccable service and top quality food – Eduardo’s in Villamartin Plaza. Eddy and Deborah and their hard working staff did everything they could to make it another memorable evening for us all, and we were certainly not disappointed. Entertainment; a great menu; fantastic company, all in elegant surroundings. What more could you ask for? Our thanks to all of them, and a happy New Year to all of you. Now then, I see that the board game is being set up again. Time to implement Amendment to Resolution number 6!

There are many ways of celebrating the threshold between an old and a new year; from cuddling up with a good book/movie and a class of wine to dressing up in one’s glittering finery and party until the early morning. However, some prefer to begin the New Year with an icecold dip in freezing water. This has for years been a tradition for The Lions in Mazarrón, so much so that it has caught the attention of the Spanish press. It was fun to read their comments of the event, referring to the participants’ “good humoured” swim in the cold water, sporting “swimming costumes outside the normal”, referring to swim-wear from “birthday suits” and tangas to more conventional beach outfits. I read in the newspaper that a man from Cieza has been condemned for placing obstacles on a public road. Why he did that, I do not know, but it meant that a neighbour had difficulties in accessing his property. This made me think of the relatively new motorway, connecting Alhama de Murcia to the Murcia/Cartagena motorway, and its access roads. Since the opening a couple of years ago, the access road from Hacienda de Álamo has been blocked by bales of hay a couple of metres high. Why? How can this be permitted, when the community (whether local, central and/or EU) has paid a fortune for the benefit of a modern road system? Further, instead of solving this, a dirt track has been tarmacked as an alternative. I am not surprised that the rest of Spain thinks that the region is a bit backward and has compared it to the Wild West. “The Western Supremacy Is Finished”. Wow! “China and India are now leading the way”! The author of the article with this headline is voicing an opinion which I have seen before. Maybe it is a good thing? I am very interested in Chinese culture and philosophy. Taoism is about balance and respect, moderation in all aspects of life, action without intervention - trying to explain in few words a very complex philosophy. A World-order in accordance with the Taoist thinking can only benefit Mother Earth – unless of course China and India have disowned their past and adapted to Western materialism and egoism. Taoist values, in order of importance, are: happiness, a long life, health and peace. Think about it! Money can buy a house, but not a home.

I am outraged. Did you know that for the 2012 Olympics the official first language is French, and the official second language is English? Just in case anyone had forgotten, the 2012 Olympics are to be held in London, England, where English is still the national language. According to the Daily Telegraph, a newspaper whose editor is probably not on the Christmas Card list of a number of MPs, French ‘must take precedence at all Olympic ceremonies including when medals are being handed out.’

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Just to rub salt in the wound, it continues; ‘Any statement in English should be read after the French’, and continues ‘All billboards and pageantry must also be in French, with English relegated to second language for the duration of the Games’. This also applies to all city transport advertising and airport advertising, pink, green, blue’ – I wonder what colour toilet etc. during the Games and for a month in paper the IOC has stipulated? advance, ‘to ensure that only official Olympic These stipulations are in the legally binding partners are advertised’. ‘Olympic technical manuals’ that were signed All spectators ‘must be prohibited from by London Officials when the Games were wearing clothes or accessories with commercial awarded in 2005. messages other than the manufacturer’s brand Calm down, my dear! These are all perfectly name’, so don’t even think about taking your reasonable requests, their aim is to smooth Union Jack along to encourage our athletes. the way through a historic international event. The IOC also want; At least 40,000 hotel Remember, we did sign up to them. rooms for IOC members, foreign sports I shan’t calm down! The first language should administrators and other official guests - be the language of the host country, whichever 1,800 of which must be four or five star, with country that is. If they decide to stage an London paying for at least 7,000 of them. 700 Olympic Games in Antarctica, then I will happily dedicated cars with chauffeurs will be given accept Penguin as a first language, and look to the fortunate few, while a further 400 will further down the hoarding for English. have to slum it with a pool car and driver. Oh, I nearly forgot! – can someone pop by The Union Jack is relegated to fifth in precedence behind the Olympic flag, the the Palace and tell the Queen to scrub up and London 2012 symbol, the United Nations flag not be late for the ‘ceremony planned by the IOC’ just before the Games open?!! and the flag of Greece. According to precise instructions from the IOC all meeting rooms must be provided with ‘photocopy paper in various colours – white,

With the New Year, Spain also got a new anti-tobacco law. Spain is now the European country with the toughest anti-tobacco law. Only further step possible is to make it a criminal act to smoke and prohibit sale of tobacco; but of course they will not do that as the tax on tobacco is an important income for the state – and a secure income because those poor souls are addicts, who continue smoking even when they are confined to do so standing outside in all kinds of weather. Bless them for their continued contribution to the public coffers!

By Jos Biggs

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

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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life - Charles Darwin





QUESTION: under which king did the gold sovereign come into existence?

6 Outcomes of student’s union Lieutenant entering about second (7) 7 Proposed guests almost edge off (9) 10 Confine without belonging to you and me to inspire (9) 13 Colour that might be preceded by milk? (9) 15 Striking ten in chaos after formal dance (9) 17 1down-able final in short photo (7) 19 Faithfulness of toy ally, perhaps (7) 21 Negative student body that I’m up before (5) 22 Wrote down “famous” (5)



Down 1 Shape of fungus? (5) 2F  irst degree is similar to aversion (7) 3 Europeans lift sewer in health resorts (9) 5 Dog track? (5)

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Across 1T  he majority of French on the inside are humble (6) 4 Shops in Harrods to restock (6) 8 Redhead girl without American language (7) 9 Portion of a book’s journey (7) 11 Extra plus for little Alexander (10) 12 Starts to let in evil students - they’re not true! (4) 13 Exonerate some tragic learner (5) 14 Contrary to Pope is failure (8) 16 C  ompany show-off takes a thousand for writer of music (8) 18 L  ubricated love? I was first! (5) 20 S  omewhere to sit for head of Society (stupid oaf!) (4) 21 E  xaggerating good news at first, if negative principle of Chinese philosophy appears in magazine (10) 23 Gently hitting at can, within parental guidance (7) 24 N  ew year illuminated inside for the truth (7) 25 S  omehow sees 90 spare (6) 26 Remained a first year in Ted’s confusion (6)





GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Alexander McQueen (40)

11 Feb - Celebrated as the “bad boy of British fashion” – an aggressively-talented tailor who refused to compromise and was all-the-more lauded as a result

Tony Curtis (85)

29 Sept - Tony Curtis rose from a New York ghetto to enjoy fame and stardom that was largely unparalleled for much of the 1950s and 1960s.

Andy Holmes (51)

24 Oct - Olympic gold medal winner with Steve Redgrave - which was once called “the most celebrated partnership in British sport since Torvill and Dean”.

Leslie Nielson (84)

29 Nov - Actor who turned to comedy late in his career, providing the deadpan delivery for a host of celebrated puns.

Sir Norman Wisdom (95)

Corey Haim (38)

10 March - From the early, hugely promising screen appearances to the swift rise as a teen pin-up in movies such as The Lost Boys.

5 Oct - Ranked second only to Charlie Chaplin as the 20th century’s most consistently successful British screen comic.

Paul the Octopus

26 Oct - was a common octopus from Weymouth, England, who became internationally famous after his feeding behavior was used to correctly predict the winner of each of Germany’s seven matches in the 2010 World Cup, as well as the outcome of the final match.

Malcolm McClaren (64)

9 April - Manager of the Sex Pistols, the punk band which he steered to fame and notoriety before their implosion barely two years later.

Dennis Hopper (74)

29 May - Iconoclastic actor and director whose film Easy Rider defined the counterculture of the 1960s

13 Dec - was a flamenco singer and controversial figure in contemporary flamenco - In spite of severe criticism from the most “purists” he was probably the most influential flamenco singer.

12 Oct - One of Britain’s best-known agony aunts, a matronly figure prone to addressing everyone as “lovey”. 14 Oct - One of the most thoughtful and inspirational football coaches of his time, as he demonstrated during his eight years at Manchester City from 1965.

12 Dec - a Scottish racing car driver and the founder of the racing team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). He was also involved in professional rugby union, as owner of Gloucester Rugby, and chairman of the team owners organisation for the Aviva Premiership.

Enrique Morente (68)

Claire Raynor (79)

Malcolm Allison (83)

Tom Walkinshaw (64)

Bernard Matthews (80)

25 Nov - Began with a clutch of eggs and an incubator and made his fortune by cultivating the British taste for turkeys

Graham Crowden (88)

19 Oct - was a Scottish actor. He was best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas and films, Crowden is known for his roles in BBC comedy-dramas, including Dr. Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice.

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

Friday Fish & Chips served

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8th January Cinema Night €15 3 course meal PLUS movie ‘Sex and the City 2’ Movie only -

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15th January ner Dance 3 course INCLUDING Din with

Arriba Arriba Tel: 950 475 198

meal 20€ kimrick

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Fennel Salmon Carpaccio


1 small fennel bulb 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp finely chopped mint 1 tsp finely chopped dill 1 tsp sugar 1 lemon, juiced 300g smoked salmon, skinned and boned small capers Olive oil


Approx 300 metres



Wash the fennel and remove the green feathery parts. Slice the bulb paper thin. Chop the feathery parts of the fennel green, the mint and dill. Squeeze the juice of the lemon. Mix together the sea salt, the chopped herbs, the sugar and lemon juice and pour over the fennel slices. Mix well. Cover and place in the fridge for a min of 1 hour Wrap your fish in plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 30 mins so that it is easier to slice it (the flesh gets firmer) Take it out and slice it paper-thinly. Take appetizer plates and arrange a layer of salmon on top. Top with the fennel slices and then pour a dash of olive oil on each plate. Add the capers and decorate with a few sprigs of feathery fennel greens. Serve immediately because the lemon juice cooks the fish quickly.

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Best location on Mojacar Playa with amazing cuisine...

New Exciting Dishes On Our... Sunlight Menu - 10€ Moonlight Menu - 12€ Lunchtime winter warmers Main Course only €7

Sunday Roast (2 courses) 10.95€, (3 courses) 13€ Full A’ La Carte, Pizza + Pasta Menu

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

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1½ kg Beef for braising 1 large sliced onion 3 cloves of garlic 3 carrots peeled and cut into chunks 4 celery sticks cut into chunks 2tsp thyme 6 anchovy fillets 2 heaped tbsp plain flour 3tbsp Marsala 500ml Red wine 300ml Beef stock 1tbsp tomato puree


Brown the meat and remove it from the pan. Add the anchovies, vegetables and the thyme to the pan. Leave for 10 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. In a separate pan heat the marsala and stock. Return the meat to the vegetables and add the flour - cook for a couple of minutes before adding the stock mix. Stir in the puree and season with pepper. Cook at 150 degrees for 3 hours until the beef is tender (cook in a slowcooker to be sure of perfect, tender beef)


Pear & Chocolate dessert Crumble



Pre heat oven gas mark 6/200C Cut pear quarters into large chunks. Stir in blue berries and transfer the fruit to a shallow ovenproof dish. Pour over the orange juiceand scatter over chocolate pieces. In a food processor whizz flour and butter together briefly. Tip into a mixing bowl and stir in the oats and sugar. Sprinkle crumble over fruit and bake until the top is golden or the bottom is bubbling hot.

4 large ripe pears peeled quartered and cored 200g fresh or frozen blueberries 1 large orange juiced 100g belgian chocolate chopped into pieces 170g plain flour 85g rolled oats 100g butter 110g brown sugar


Local Stew Specialities

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Available

Cod, Chickpea, and Lentil

Daily Roast

Mon to Sat inclusive

Monday ~ Roast Pork

Lunch 1pm-4pm 10 € Dinner 7pm - 11pm 11€

Tuesday ~ Fresh Fish Wednesday ~ Roast Pork Knuckle Thursday ~ Roast Pork Ham Friday ~ Roast Lamb

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Saturday Roast Pork Knuckle

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Every Friday Karaoke with Graham Dee Every Saturday Music and live entertainment

MIS AMIGOS Restaurant

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We also have Fresh Galician Beef Sirlon and fillet steaks flame grilled to your liking


Homemade pizzas, from Large range of toppings EAT in or TAKEAWAY Saturday & Sunday - Pizza, Chips, Salad & bottle of wine Try our Tex Mex Menu & Indian Platters

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We are open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘till late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking recommended. Spanish speaking 950 430 145 English speaking 647 730 103 Pol IG ONO I n dust r i a l A l box, N e a r t h e I T V Ga r age

The new delhi Indian Restaurant fine indian cuisine

Banquet menu Now available Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Evenings

4 Courses 9.95€

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BANQUET MENU - Booking Essential!


Avda. America opposite Strictly Hair & gb Stores, Albox

OPENING TIMES: THURS & MON 6 - 10 pm Fri & Sat 1 - 10 pm Sun 1 - 5 pm

Tel: 950 431 705/639 231 507

Open: Mon - Sat: 6pm - 12pm, Sun: Closed



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

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


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Tel: 950 430 820 What’s On your announcements, events & letters Very happy 60th birthday on

Wacky Races Funds Presented At Asprodalba Christmas Show........................

13th January, to my wonderful hubby, Phil. Have a great day! All my love and best wishes always Angie xxx

Veryhappy60th birthday Dad and Grandad on the 13th January 2011. Sorry we can’t be with you but we’ll be thinking of you. Have a great day! We love you lots and lots. All our love, Dawn, Dani and your little princess Maisy xxxxx

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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

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Just before Christmas, the organisers of the Wacky Races 2010, Irene and Martyn of Taberna Cristina in Villaricos, handed over a cheque for €2,200 to Asprodalba at their Christmas spectacular - which is run every year by the expatriate community in Vera, Almeria. As in previous years, many people gave up their free time to put on a superb performance for the students of the occupational centre just outside Vera. Artists included: singer Tony Justice, tap-dancers the Chicas de Oro, bellydancers Shirin and Banat Asshams, Flamenco dancers Anabel y Ricardo and the Adult Choir of Cuevas who sang a medley of Christmas carols. The event was organised by Anita of the Anita Watson Dance Academy. Her students performed some beautiful ballet to music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan lake, amongst other dances. Afterwards, Christmas presents - hand made by a group of friends who meet regularly in Vera Playa, were handed out to the students, much to their delight. The Wacky Races is a fun event run in November every year in support of Asprodalba, where hand-pushed gocarts race against each other through the streets of Villaricos. As always, the money raised by the event will be used to further the work of the centre (now in its 30th year) which caters for some 85 people with various levels of learning difficulty, from around 10 different countries, who live in the Levante area.


British Food Store in Roquetas (near Theos)

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

Free Home Delivery Always well stocked

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

TEL: 950 334 081

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

● New Beginners Salsa every Friday at Sophias 1pm ● New Zumba Classes every Tuesday at Sophias 10am ● New Calenetics Class every Weds 11am ● New Meditation group every Thursday 4pm

Telephone 950 449 451 or email

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 announcements, events & letters

Tel: 950 430 820 Happy 72nd Birthday Mum!

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

January 11th Shopping Trip to the Sales at the Commercial Centres in Murcia. 14€. Phone Lesley 950 478 633

Puppy Rescue ...........

A wonderful Mother and Grandma You are a true inspiration to all of us and we love you very much xxx

Albox Rugby Club......

HQ at bar Azafrán (C/ Córdoba) Training times 11h30 - 13h30 every Sunday at the sports pavillion (with changing rooms and showers) All new players are welcome and no previous rugby experience necessary! Visit us at the rugby HQ or come down and have a look on Sunday. For anymore info contact Mike on 677 655 049

Le Mata Bowling Green Closure...........

We are new members of the Le Mata Bowling Club so it came as a great shock to learn that the owners of Le Mata Gardens Hotel in Mojacar had issued a directive that the green the club rents from them would no longer be available for bowling as from 1st January 2011.Le Mata club members have always been extremely supportive to new players including them in matches and giving coaching to improve their game. The sixty or so members as from next January have no green available to them and the loss of this club will be detrimental to bowling in this area. We don’t understand why the owners wish to close the greens when it is such a valuable asset to Mojacar. There are three other clubs and approximately 300 bowlers in this area and new people are applying for membership every year. Does anyone have any suggestions for a new venue for this club? From two very disappointed bowlers


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


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

Thank You..................

We would like to thank everyone who braved the unseasonably wet weather and came out to Monika’s Bar in Palomares to support the MACS charity carol singalong and auction on Saturday 18th December. We are delighted to say we raised 422 (four hundred and twenty-two) euros. We knew we wouldn’t match last year’s fabulous 4-figure total, having had such a phenomenal response to ‘Brian’s fundraiser for MACS’ in November (5605 euros!), but for such a sum to be raised by people so close to other fundraising events and Christmas during this time of economic crisis really does make one believe in the Christmas spirit. A big thank you to everyone who donated to the auction, printed carol sheets and participated in what was also a fun and festive evening. S and R Wheeler

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THE MOJACAR BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - POPPY APPEAL 2010 The Mojacar Branch of The Royal British Legion is very grateful to all those who gave time and energy to the 2010 Appeal when we were able to contribute an amazing amount of 10,687.46 Euro towards the 107,146.97 Euros which was the final figure the various Branches throughout Spain collected. This, indeed, is confirmation that although having left our homeland, those who wear TRBL badge still stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve in our armed forces, and acknowledge the need to provide care to their dependents and families something The Royal British Legion have done since 1921. We were enormously aided by the generosity of many local businesses who donated prizes to the Mojacar Poppy Appeal Dinner Dance raffle, ~ Spanish Properties, Celebrations, The Farmacia, as well as vouchers for meals from many restaurants which together raised 250 euro for the Poppy Appeal. The Poppy Box left at GB Stores raised 134 euro and 170+ boxes were distributed along the Mojacar Playa. To Peter van Pahlen who for the past 7 years has collected at Almeria Airport and was able once again to raise approximately 1,000 euro. The Anglican Church, Mojacar Masons, both the La Mata & the Cabrera Bowling Club, Sol Times and individual membership donations, it is to all these dedicated participants that we owe a great deal of appreciation and thanks, without their help the Mojacar Branch would not have been able to achieve the final amount raised. Thank You All. Top photo shows Rita Sneddon (Chairman RBL Mojacar) presenting Paco and staff of Pharmarcia Falas a certificate of thanks for their excellent contribution to the poppy appeal.


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Christmas goods all at least 50% off plus much more - come & see the bargains

MON, TUES, THURS, FRI & 1st sat of every month CALL MARGARET ON 950 064 662 Avda. 28 de Febrero (Between Sol y Mar/The Post Shop & Rumores)

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

Wednesday college times 5€ menu - Served from 6pm



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Car Hire Services

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Tel: 611 611 858


mondays & tuesdays



syedpur now in their 4th year!

NOW moved to the cool shaded area OF THE restaurant car park

PitchesSATURDAY free

Middle photo is of the RBL Mojacar branch committee who wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas and New Year !! Bottom photo shows Rita Sneddon presenting Sharon of GB Stores a certificate for their excellent contribution to the poppy appeal


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Batteries for solar / wind power very large 1400a approx 2 yrs old been professionally maintained never been below 70% these batteries are very expensive new and are designed to last over 20 yrs have seen them still going after 40yrs if well maintained €100 each Tel: 619 744 516 Deep cycle agm batteries for solar / wind power 130a 2 / 3yrs old designed to last 15yrs professional batteries as used by large company’s and are changed every 2 yrs for insurance reasons. never used only kept on float charge incase of power failure in UK not the cheap leisure type that last a year or so €70 each Tel: 619 744 516 Piano Tuning & Repairing by expert. Piano Man. Tel: 665 786 226 pianoman@ One three arm ceiling light with glass shades. Antique bronze style. One matching table light. Paid 95€. Would accept 30€. Tel 0034 639 029 570 Two pairs mens trousers, navy and beige. BHS NEW. 40” waist, 31” leg. 8€ each pair, 15€ for both. Tel 0034 639 029 570 Two pairs mens trousers with turn ups. M&S hardly worn. One pair 36” waist, 31” leg, beige. One pair 38” waist, 31” leg, grey. 5€ each pair. Tel 0034 639 029 570 Bunk beds for sale with almost new mattresses, silver in colour, 100€ as new jjsawyer2@ or Phone 678 169 344 We are in Almerimar. Logs for sale, all sizes, good quality slow burning wood, no roots or rubbish, based in Mojacar €80 per trailer, can deliver to most areas within 30km please call 950 478 886 or 659 261 339 Microwave (Taurus). Little used. €25. Tel: 650 442 462

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Mens Mercury g r a p h i t e shafted metal woods, 10.5 to 26 degrees, plus chipper & putter complete with carry bag. €60 Santopetar, nr Taberno Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075 M o r p h y R i c h a r d s Club Edition trouser press. 3 setting variable timer, removable jacket/tie hanger, trinket tray, 13amp outlet socket (for hairdryer, shaver etc.) Wall mounted or free standing. Mahogany with brass finish. Little used. Cost £200, accept €60. 650 442 462 Golf bag, fully lined for protection of graphite shafts €25 Santopetar, nr Taberno, Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075 Full set of ezee3 golf irons 1,,8.9 , W, SI plus Ping Zing Sand, 2 putters, 1, 3 and 5 metallic woods & a baffler €50 Santopetar, nr Taberno Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075 Pack of 6 solar lanterns. Not a string, they can be placed independent of each other. Can be staked in ground or hung from trees, walls etc . €18 for complete pack of 6. Santopetar, nr Taberno, Tel : 950 523 215/ 628 661 075 Ladies M&S navy over coat Size 16. Hardly worn. Paid £95. Would accept 30€. Tel 0034 639 029 570 NEW. Mans M&S navy over coat. Size 46. Paid £175. Would accept 50€. Tel 0034639029570. Play Station 3, As New, 250gb, complete with Harry Potter DVD’s 1 to 6 and 3 games, €250 Tel: 617 708 334

90cm mattress with 2 bed bases 65€ Tel: 950 369 124 or 676 827 525 Silver Mini f r i d g e (I n n ova t i o n s) suitable for car etc. Complete with mains or incar adapter. As new. Cost £30, accept €15. 650 442 462 2 AGECE m o u n t a i n bikes 1 gents 1 ladies both18 gears , hardly used €60 each or €100 for both. Tel: 950 439 004 Steam iron for sale as new; The make is UFESA the model is CLARISSE 75. Turbo Press Self Cleaning 1600w Just €10 Please call; 676 519 118 Samsung 21” Flat Screen tube TV for sale. Model no. CW-21M 163N. Dimensions are 23” wide and 19” deep and 18” tall. With remote! ONLY €30!! Please call; 676 519 118 Headboards; Super King size wooden headboard €10 Silver iron ornate King / Double size headboard €25 Wooden bed frame, head and foot boards plus outside wooden frame, but no slats €20 Please call; 676 519 118 Shockwave SUS 750 M o u n t a i n Bicycle, Full suspension, Double disk chassis, 18 Gears, Excellent condition, €150, Tel 634 349 151. Mothercare Wooden Winnie the Pooh Child’s Bed, Excellent condition, €60, Tel. 634 349 151. Mothercare W o o d e n Child’s Safety Gate, Excellent Condition, €30, Tel. 634 349 151.


Chest Freezer must be in good working order. Can Collect Tel: 607 199 394

BY PHONE: call Paulet te on 950 430 820 By EMAIL: in PERSON: Avda 28 Febrero, 54 , Albox


car boot sale craft / hobby L o c a t i o n Boot sale at Elaine’s Wools Auctions, Antas El Rancho, quality UK wool

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.

El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 5th January. Starts 5pm. Viewing Monday / Tuesday and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412

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


cycle hire


Electric cycle hire. €5 per day w w w.r ainb ow s endmojac ar.c om Tel: 608 719 015

Property Care Service,

& accessories. Key Holding, Holiday Also available Change Over Cleaning. Let us take good at Camposol, care of your digger for hire property! Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Tel: 627 279 584 Mini Digger & Call: 667 273 889 Driver for hire Tel: car hire 610 345 725 elaineswools@ One way car drainage hire to and from airports, very Airport curtains blinds competitive rates. services Free delivery and INTERNAL & A i r p o r t collection from Soft Options services Airport, EXTERNAL BLINDS hotels. www. Curtains, & Soft social & shopping Furnishings. Made run. Tel Charlie Tel: 950 336 626 to measure curtains on: 677 667 722 & blinds.Cushions caravan Call Justin at Sol & accessories. Also Shaders for a free no alternative storage Roman, Blinds obligation quote Competitive Prices energy Caravan & boat Tel: 627 907 207 Te l e p h o n e Wo r k s h o p : Solar & wind storage & sales, Tel: 968 959 632 Mobile: 686 377 172 power Best Email: Antas Tel: 661 saxbee 508 776 equipment C&G Internal & qualified 15 years collectables electrical services e x p e r i e n c e , External Blinds Call Justin at Sol electrical work and ELECTRICIAN Knowles & pool heating. Call Shaders for a free Neil Godwin Abbott no.1 Phil on 636 261 240 no obligation quote 25 years experience for electrics and on 627 907 207 Full plumbing. ReRay’s Collectables City & Guilds wires, free to air UK ADVERTISE HERE AND REACH Buy, Sell & Part Exchange, Fully insured satellite systems. & legal THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE Coins & Billets, Boletins supplied Tel: 950 137 208 Military Medals, Pocket Tel : 687 245 569 or 638 010 691 SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

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Building, Reforms and General Maintenance & roofing

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


Massage Couch must be in very good condition. Can collect. Tel 677 379 878

to place your advertisment

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City & Guilds Qualified

All aspects of building work

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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

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 Comp TIAA+certified Tel: 646 587 746 E:

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900

Really tiny prices

Big Advertising

Opportunities For advertising enquiries

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handy man

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


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

C a r l o s (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. Call 677 114 576 or 950 135 564 If it involves water, we can help! www. elegance and Tel: 968 969 962



January Sale for a brochure contact your Avon representative


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horse riding Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, 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

Jewellery repairs

M i c h e a l est U.K 30 years. All types of jewellery repaired. Rings cut for hire off and resized. Call 620 773 954 / Professional Baby 950 064 826 Equipment Hire. Rolex or FREE delivery Cartier woman’s & collection. watch must be Tel: 649 332 134 good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878 Williams


house clearance


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

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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 And we mean total!

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

Best prices paid

We want all of your unwanted items!

All areas covered

Just call Mr Cash Man

on: 636 411 540 or 679 207 545

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


Almerimar 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

iron works

locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181 Lock, Stock and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith. Change any lock, upgrade, break-in or lockout. 24 hour service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086

Animal Hotel, satellites Aquilas every Sky Digi Box, A1 Sky AAParking Saturday afternoon, PACE with white sky Television & storage dog training courses card BBC1,2,3,4, Almeria Systems Twice weekly Satellite TV installations, Murcia ITV1,2,3 Ch4 & 5. alignment of dishes etc. 120€ Can deliver. o b e d i e n c e Alicante Also Spanish Tel: 639 081 067 classes Tuesday & “freeview”systems supplied Tel: 667 235 205 or Thursday mornings. 667 478 771 & installed Call: 639 722 197 Tel Dave: 628 607 778




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Tel: 950 468 041 Large Van SpainUK-Spain. Full or half loads, plus car transport Tel: 0044 7969 123588 TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

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

The Metal works Grills, Experienced Interior railings, gates of & Exterior Decorator Using quality materials. all types, security/ This fast, friendly, clean and s l i d i n g / r o l l e r , efficient service will never be beaten on price. EG: Interior WOODHOUSE rejas, concertina rooms form 80€ & Villas from 475€ BOARDING KENNELS doors etc. Tel: No payment & CATTERY until complete satisfaction. Keith Wood on ARBOLEAS 638 900 949 TEL IAN: 617 904 774 Small friendly kennels, Real Steel for all 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, quality metal work, welcome to view rejas, gates etc, and Tel: Tracy chain link fencing. Home: 649 333 226 Call: 689 524 Mobile: 024 or visit www. 650 211 952

need a plumber or electrician? you can rely on the sol times to provide the information that you need!


swimming pools Tropicana pools Construction & repairs Tel: 661 508 776

Tel: 697 678 708

windows & doors


The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket! • 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

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

motoring section For Sale


2007 Quad

Quad Bike and 300cc spanish reg car/4+4 no automatic. old bangers anything Road legal. considered left or right All papers hand drive cash waiting €2500


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

WANTED JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition.

Floor and Wall Tiling Cash buyer Specialist All 4x4 vehicles

Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one! Call Steve Holman


Windows • Conservatories • Doors

or email

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


van hire

situations vacant


Optica Albox All your optical needs, 0044 7533 285 918 eye tests, hearing email: tests, contact Palomino lenses. Tel: 950 Kennels 121 991


British plaster

Carlos (Saliente) p l u m b i n g & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. pets Tel: 618 062 080 Dog & Cat Knowles & tattoos Sitter Abbott no.1 for My place or yours plumbing & electric. Tattoo Artist Honest & trust CH, solar hot water & body piercer worthy with 3 years and water deposits. 16 years experience experience of all Tel: 950 137 197 Mobile body piercing types of animals. available. References or 606 807 797 Tel: Rachel available on 635 978 856 Blocked Drains request. Huercal Overa Tel: 950 067 943 ‘R’ Us Tel: 950 091 Available weekends 109 / 648 768 587 or 676 889 592


Logs from 100€ delivered. Call Log-On-Tommy 619 070 839



for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763


645 094 339

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 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


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It’s easy to place your free advertisement – simply email the wording to and your advertisement will appear in our next available issue Turn your treasures into cash – it’s easy and it’s FREE Don’t delay - email us today!! Free ads are for private advertisers only, selling household items up to 300€ (cars, boats, bikes up to 600€) Trade advertisers: let us tell you about our cost effective packages

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...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES



Is now a good time to buy property? House prices are expected to fall further in 2011, and mortgage lending is expected to be at its lowest level for 30 years, but a survey out today suggests two thirds of consumers think next year could be the right time to buy a property.

According to the Building Societies Association (BSA), many people believe the current property downturn presents buying opportunities. Is this just another example of our blind faith in the housing market – or are these investors on to something?

for the home they are selling, they will save on a property they are buying, and proportionately this will be a bigger saving. But for the same reason sliding property prices are not good news for those downsizing.

David Hollingworth, of London & Country mortgage brokers, says: “Much depends on what the motivation is for buying. If you are expecting a sharp increase in value, then you are going to be disappointed. All the indications are that this is not going to happen for the next year or so. At best prices will be flat, and they may even go down over the year.”

Mr Hollingworth adds: “This is definitely a buyers’ market and is likely to remain so for the time being. Those who are in the position to buy a property should certainly make the most of this opportunity, and if you plan to live there for a while – or even hold a buy-to-let property as a long term

investment – then modest price falls over the next year shouldn’t make much of a difference.” However, while the BSA said two-thirds of the people it surveyed saw a weaker housing market as a buying opportunity, the fact remains that fewer will be able to take advantage the current conditions. Melanie Bien, a director of Private Finance, the broker, said: “There will definitely be some fantastic opportunities out there. The problem will be securing the

So why would people want to buy into a falling market? Mr Hollingworth says: “Conversely this could be a good time for those either looking to get onto the property ladder or upsize.”

mortgage finance to do it.” The mortgage environment will continue to remain tough for 2011, she said. Only those with substantial equity in their home or large cash deposits are going to be able to secure a mortgage deal. In addition, lenders are now reluctant to offer interestonly mortgages, and are restricting how much money they will advance relative to a borrowers’ income. New mortgage rules introduced by the Financial Services Authority are likely to make this lending environment even tougher. Given these restrictions, many who are looking to get a foot on the housing ladder or snap up a bargain buy-to-let property will find they can’t get a mortgage at present – at any price. “As a minimum you will need a 10pc deposit,” Ms Bien said. “But even here, rates aren’t particularly competitive, given the Bank Rate stands at just 0.5pc”

For those looking to move into a bigger home, falling house prices are not a disaster. Although they will get less

Mortgage rates however are far more competitive for those who have at least a 40pc deposit. Mr Hollingworth added: “For those with the money, the housing market could well offer up a few bargains next year, but for everyone else it looks like being more of the same.”

Long Term Let

Furnished Flat in Albox. €200 pcm + bills Tel: 630 471 422

1 bedroom / 1 bathroom apartment

in a fantastic position with lovely views. New kitchen with white goods, Cosy lounge, Fully furnished (optional), Parking, Near to bar / restaurant, Approx 15 mins to Mojacar, On Cortijo Grande Golf Course - near Turre.



for sale


Blaumar Estate Agents, Huercal Overa

• Huercal Overa specialists • Low commissions • No upfront charges • No exclusivity agreements • Realistic valuations • All paperwork checked

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Legal villas with pools are urgently required



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€!!

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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

ONLY €69,995 Tel: 664 291 793 Tel/Fax: 950 13 55 12 Mobile: 678 002 006 If you are looking to sell or buy a property in Huercal Overa or the surrounding countryside and villages, contact us NOW!



ALMERISERVIS construcciones y reformas

General repair & constructions Painting & decorating, plumbing electricity and doors,windows, patios, security fencing, aluminium PVC, iron & wood, kitchen furniture & fitting, built in wardrobes, hard wood floor installation, furniture and repairs of awnings, blinds, bath screens, suspending ceilings Movil: 610 404 444 Fax: 950 563 311 04711 ALMERIMAR EL EJIDO


Three bedroom, renovated SEMI-DETACHEDN farmhouse Shaded walled terrace to the front, large traditional Andalucían kitchen with access to a private courtyard, spacious lounge with wood-burner, 2 double bedrooms, 3rd bedroom/study and a fully-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower. Set in a plot of approx. 4800m2 land to front and side offering privacy and no threat of further buildings to ruin the view! Mains electricity & water connected


99,000€ ~ call 650 866 901

Property management Sale & Rentals Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce Almerimar, Vicar, La Envia Golf

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

Arboleas - Villa 3 Bed, 2 Bath €171,000 If you’re looking to buy, sell or rent a property call us on Tel: 950 091 137 or 616 760 409

Our Ref: A1335




...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES



Angling News......... with Beachcomber John

photo of Terry and the trigger fish he caught ‘Chippy Pete’ took ‘Captain Paul T’s’ boat ‘Edmund’ out for a half days fishing and a bit of a trial run as he’s tempted to buy it. I think ‘Captain Pete Pugwash’ would be a new and appropriate name for Pete. Myself and ‘Radio Ham Kevin’

joined Pete on the trip and went straight to our favourite 250 foot hole that we have manoeuvred into so many times we anchored up perfectly without the use of a depth finder. We caught lots of pandoras to well over a pound, a few combers and a pouting and all three of us lost one big fish each. I think it’s time for me to go back to bigger and stronger hooks, maybe 2.0’s, a lot less bites and hooked fish but bigger and better fish. For an hour before going back in we trolled around a big moored Yeso boat and up and down in front of the marina but without a take. ‘Captain Mike’ and ‘Tub Terry’ were back in Villaricos for their Christmas holiday and after a few challenges with their boat and trailer, which required maintenance, they got ‘Isabel’ into the

send your sports reports to : majority caught. There was a lot of big fish lost, myself losing five large fish as I was unable to get them out of the reeds. 1st Stan (The Man) Roberts with 5 fish weighing in with 9.080kg on the poleand feeder; 2nd Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 4 fish weighing 8.380kg on feeder maggot and corn; 3rd Stuart (I’m Married again) Taylor with 6.440kg on feeder maggot and corn. All details are available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. TROUCHA TROUT FISHING THE winner of the mid-week competition held on December 15th was again Wayne Salmon from Javea. 9 Anglers participated in this second fly competition, which was held under Spanish winter circumstances. The constantly changing cold wind made Tight Lines, Beachcomber John it difficult for everyone and when at 5 o´clock the sun disappeared, it became very cold. This time winner Wayne captured 26 trout, using a sinking line with a booby. Nº 2 Paul captured 17 and nº 3 Kieron ended with 16 trout. RODS and REELS The competition this week (29/12/2010) was Wayne went home again with a voucher for 1 the 7th in the Winter Championship and was held morning free fishing, 2 litres of moscatel wine from again on the 8 foot drain. The fishing is still patchy the local bodega and some Christmas presents. The next fly competition will be on Saturday as the results show. Dave Taylor again showing the January 8th as always from 14.00 – 17.30 hours. If way home. Top anglers on the day 1st Dave ( The Bike Man ) Taylor fishing the pole you want to participate call Jan on 636314033. Trout fishery Hondon Trucha is open every using maggot with 12.10 kilo´s. 2nd Richard ( Tricky Dicky ) Kendall fishing the morning during the winter. More info on www. pole using maggot with 7.28 kilo´s. ANGLERS TOGETHER 3rd Dave ( Yours Truly ) Hoare fishing the pole The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near using bread with 4.88 kilo´s. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 14th January at 12 o’clock. There is a NEW VENUE for the SCREEN This weeks Match was the 8th round of the Puerto de Mazarron meeting starting in January Winter League which was fished at Sweet Water 2011. On Saturday January 15th at 12 o’clock the on the 21st December 2010, after visiting the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and water the previous day following the heavy rain it Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the sea-front was thought it might have to be transferred to a between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. For further different venue. Fortunately on the morning of the Match the details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: water had run off and there was a good steady TIGHT LINES, DAVE HOARE flow, there were a couple of dry nets but the

water to do some serious fishing. They trolled out to depths of 600 ft taking their usual Christmas course past the fish pens only to find no takes on the troll. They then tried different methods with spinners and lures but no surface fish were to be seen. Whilst at sea in around 500 to 600 feet, they were surrounded by a school of dolphins, estimated number to be around 30 to 40 including their young. They performed acrobatics and came within 5 feet of the boat and stayed following them for a good 20 minutes. At this point they saw on the fish finder large shoals of bait fish which the dolphins may have been feeding on. ‘Baza Barry’ fished Lake Negratin but caught very little, he thinks fish have gone off the feed what with the cold

weather and water temperature. Note from me: I’m sure you experienced the same last year Barry, fishing Murcia waters will be better I think. The next Beachcomber (Mojacar Playa) fishing meeting will be on Tuesday 25th January, 7pm til 9pm. 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 January 12th, then every two weeks. 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.

MAGGOTS END...........

New Year Opportunities with


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2006 suzuki vitara

2007 Citroen Xsara Picasso

2007 citroen xsara picasso

2006 renault modus

1.9DDIS, Electric blue, One English owner, a/c, Alloys, 76.000kms €14,995

1.6 HDi, in gold, one English owner, a/c,pas, rcl, 75.000kms, Radio/Cd

1.6 petrol only 59.000kms, a/c, pas, rcl, e/w, radio/cd

1.5DCi 85cv, in forest green, 60.000kms, one owner, cruise control, speed limiter, a/c €8,995

2005 Ford Focus

2004 Ford Ranger

1999 Suzuki Vitara

2000 vw bettle

C Max 1.6 TDCi, only 65.000kms, mpv, a/c, pas, rcl, e/w, Radio/Cd



2.5TD a/c, pas, e/w, Radio/Cd 102.000kms 4x4, Tow Bar


2007 fiat punto grande 1.3JTD 90cv, fsh, one English owner, five door, only 39.000kms.........................9,995 2007 Ford Focus C Max in silver,1.8TDCi 115cv, mpv, Alloys, radio/cd, e/w, pas rcl one owner……........9,995 2006 Kia Carnival 2.5 v6 150cv, seven seater, a/c, pas, rcl, radio/cd, 64.000kms…….................................9,995 2006 Ford Focus Sportbreak 2.0TDCi 136cv, 18¨Alloys, Six speed, ESP, Cruise Control……......................9,995 2006 Hyundai Matrix 1.6 petrol 103cv, metallic blue, Climate, one owner, fsh, radio/cd, 63.000kms....8,995 2006 Ford Focus Estate 1.8TDCi 115cv , in navy blue, one owner,a/c, pas, rcl, radio/cd............................8,995 2005 Opel Meriva 1.7DTi in blue, mpv, tinted windows, alloys, a/c, e/w, pas, rcl, radio/cd ......................8,495 2006 Ford Focus Hatchback 1.8TDCi 115cv, in electric blue, five door hatch, one owner, a/c, pas rcl ...7,995 2005 Opel Meriva Silver 1.3 CDTi mpv, a/c, pas, rcl, e/w, radio/cd………..................................................…7,995 2007 Renault Kangoo Combi 1.5 DCi, in red, 62.000kms, a/c, pas, rcl……. ..................................................7,495 2007 Citroen Berlingo Combi, 1.9D, 63.000kms, a/c, pas………......................................................................7,495 2007 Chevrolet Matiz 1.1 petrol, 66.000kms one owner, five door, a/c, pas, radio/cd…...........................6,995

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2008 Kia Picanto 1.2 in Electric blue, one English owner, 36.000kms, fsh, five door a/c, pas, radio/cd…… …...............................................................................................................................................................................….6,995 2005 Fiat Doblo Combi 1.3JTD, a/c, pas, 90.000kms……….............................................................................6,995 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2.9 TD Automatic, a/c, pas, rcl. e/w, alloys, tinted windows, tow bar..........5,995 1984 Alfa Spider 2.0 130cv, classic car absolutely original, a/c, leather interior, alloys, low mileage ....5,995 2003 Renault Clio 1.4 16v in burgundy, a/c, pas, rcl, alloys, e/w .....................................................................4,995 1997 Mercedes E320 Automatic, Leather Interior, Alloys, a/c, e/w, pas, rcl, Radio/Cassette……....……4,995 2002 Renault Clio in red 1.5 DCi, five door, a/c, pas, e/w, radio/cd…….........................................................4,995 1997 Opel Sintra 2.2 16v seven seater, a/c, pas, e/w, alloys, rcl,……............................................................. .4,995 1998 Hyundai Accent 1.3, a/c, pas, Radio/Cd, five door 97.000kms………................................................…1,995 1997 Fiat Marea 1.9JTD, a/c, pas, e/w, radio/cassette…….................................................................................1,995


2007 Mitsubishi L200 2004 Kia Carens Diesel 2002 Hyundai Matrix

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459 Paseo de Mediterraneo, Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 069 272

2008 renault kangoo combi 1.5DCi a/c, pas, rcl, 60.000kms


2006 Renault megane 1.5 DCi 105 BHP Eco,6 speed, climate control, alloys, radio/cd, rcl, e/w, 5 door €9,295

2007 Ford Focus 1.6 petrol, in silver, 5 door, one owner, PAS, EW, A/C, RCL, 57,000 kms .......................... €8,995 2006 Opel Meriva 1.7 CDTi, in white, a/c, pas, rcl, radio/cd, e/w, alloys.......................................€8,495 2007 Chevrolet Matiz in silver, 1.0 five door, 62.000kms, a/c, pas, e/w, radio/cd.................................................€6,995


■A  ll cars advertised are in stock at the showroom ■ The year of manufacture/date of registration is stated correctly ■ Our price includes warranty, minimum 12 months I.T.V. and all transfer fees including road tax ■ All warranties are carried out at our own workshop by dealer trained mechanics


2002 renault clio

Hortiflor Garden Centre Peugeot Gruas Azor Costa KIA garage Coches

Mojacar Playa


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Albox Darts League............... Almerimar Today Friday Golf......................... Bar El Frax reported only two low scores a 5 from Andrew and a 7 from Dave Johnson. If memory serves me right this is an improved performance by the team.

We are still looking for more darts doubles teams to enter for the 16th January. To be held at Bar International. Send your entries to Albox18darts@ La Cinta have formed a second all Spanish team they are looking for some

friendly matches. How about the weeks your team has a BYE playing them.

The Albox & District Darts League has a break over Christmas with no matches on 21st and 28th December. Normal fun returns Tuesday 4th January. Finally, I would like to wish all the darts players and their families a Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous & Healthy New Year. Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For On-line results go to www.

indalo bowling club............ BRINDLE CUP FINAL 2010 This popular pairs competition in memory of Clive Brindle and played in a 2-4-2 format was played over a

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four day period. The final was twice cancelled due to bad weather but third time lucky the final eventually got played. Contesting the final was the team of Mick Johnson & Maggie Holmes and their opponents Derek Webb & Peter Steenstrup, in very blustery winds bowling became, at times, a lottery, and after nine ends the score was 7-6 to Mick & Maggie, with Derek & Peter only scoring two shots in the last nine ends. Mick & Maggie went on to win by 18 shots to 8. Congratulations to both teams reaching the final end and to Mick & Maggie being the winners. John Colquhoun, Captain

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31 December 2010 We had 32 players taking part this week and had great weather for most of the round. The last few groups got a little wet but it was still pretty good for the end of December. This week we played a Yellow Ball competition. We had teams of 4 people with 2 stableford scores to count on each hole. However the players took turns to have their stableford points

The winners were Chloe Ryan, Gerard Ryan, Jürgen Castan and Heinz Hajik with a team score of 119 points. Last place and chocolates went to John Witham, Juan Francisco Garcia Martin, Margaret Scannell and Uschi Neuhaüser

with a score of 97. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Peter Wilson with a distance of 1.98m. You can see the full results at golf. If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact

Forum Golf Society............................................. Forum Golf Society members played their final event of 2010 at Marina on 22nd December, and a course that is at long last showing definite signs of improvement on the condition of it´s greens saw a victory for the team of Phil Elam, Paul Douglas, Richard Swaine & Dave Keymer, who despite having the least amount of shots of any of the participating teams managed to just ease home first with a net score of 59.9

Prize Scramble, which meant that everybody went home with a prize, and as the results (& therefore the pick of prizes) were as usual announced in reverse order the second placed team of Malcolm Sibbons, Kevin Bircher & Jenny Davies (60.5) actually got a better pick of the prizes than the winners!

The format for the day was a Team

In third place were Malcolm Fenwick, Bob Vincent (2 podium finishes in a row to end the year, well done Bob!), Dave Vickers & Adrian Lawrence with a 61.2, just (or easily as they put it) ahead

Wednesday 29 December and we are still playing at Cortijo Grande despite the Xmas holiday and new year. This old club will survive and continue to grow. The winner of our Wednesday competition with 40 points Peter Jackson second with 34 Mike Picken and third with 33 Frank McGovern. Ball sweep winner Peter Jackson Sunday 2nd January and we start the New Year with countbacks for all places. Our winner with 34 Frank McGovern

second with 34 Alan Woodward and third with 32 Sheila Picken. No Ball sweep winners, Wednesday 15th Dec 010 at Cortijo Grande and our winner with 36 points Martin Oliver second with 35 Mike Picken and third with 33 Brian Harwood. Ball sweep winner John Park. Sunday 19th and I am sorry to say we had to cancel due to rain, we have too many nice days to play rather than play in the rain. I have some good news for

of fourth placed Fran Elam, Sandra Vincent, Marie Vickers & Ann Lawrence (62.7) Forum´s next fixtures are January 14th Almeria League match home to Aguilon January 21st Double Par Medal at Marina For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@yahoo., or see www.forumgolfsociety.

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The Grumpy Old Men of Los Gallardos................. Greetings and a Happy New Year from God’s little waiting room, where the populace is emerging from a weekend of frivolity and merry making. Friday evening saw a plethora of humanity assemble at “the watering hole” to welcome in the New Year, which was accomplished in style, with a superb buffet, (compliments to the chef’s), and entertainment from J.C. who is really top draw. He sang, continuously for over 6 hours. That man really enjoys his work. Late in the evening, after David Bailey, (Bagpuss) had snapped all and sundry, Grommet and I had a sudden rush of blood to the head. In our crippled condition we both thought we should have a dance, which was alright at the time because we had had sufficient liquid medication, but boy did we both suffer the following day, not one of

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our best idea’s. Hansel and Gretal, who have done a bunk to Morocco for a month or so. text me to say they had ushered in the New Year drinking, would you believe, “mint tea”!!! How very civil. Popped round to see Dustbin Pete, on New Years day, he was sitting in the chair as last year, he had asked his long suffering wife for a “bacon sarnie” for his breakfast, but had received a bag of chestnuts??? Now either she is going deaf or her grasp of culinary terminology is sadly lacking. You will remember some weeks ago I told you about Les, who was seen, sheepishly coming out of the ladies toilet, this trend seems to be contagious because the other night a young lady, the sister of Pam, who in herself is enough of problem, was seen sneaking out of the gent’s. It

must be the delicate aroma ofd the urinal that disorientates people!!! Will someone tell me what the fascination is, I might be missing something. Not satisfied with the New Year’s Eve do, we all assembled on the 2nd for the Grand Charity Pig Roast. This, again was very well attended and I’m more than pleased to report that over €1,100, was raised for “The Little Haven Hospice”. Saying thank you does not seem enough does it, but none the less thank you all for your generosity, from all those concerned. That’s all for this week. Time for a lie down in a darkened room. Until the next time. Tight lines. Uncle Albert

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2010 Palace Cup Handicap Singles Knockout: The Palace Cup Handicap Singles should have commenced on Monday 29th November. However because of the heavens opening a couple of days before, it was impossible to use the green. Re-scheduled for the following Monday 6th this well supported competition started with both parts of the first round completed by the end of the day. Friday 10th the quarters and semis were played ending the competition with the final played Saturday 11th. The competition was played in high spirits

and a high level of skill sets, with some of the favoured player’s surpisingly not making it.

hard to try and catch up, but was unable to do so giving Graham Clough a well deserved win.

First Semi-final between Mike Hendry and Tony Mullen, Tony giving Mike two shots based on their handicaps. Although Mike started confidently early in the game, from the seventh end Tony scored steadily until the fourteenth end when scores were even at 12-12. Unfotunately from this position Mike lost some enitiative and Tony went on to win comfortably.

With Graham Clough’s superb effort throughout the competition, the Final was a game not to be missed against the experienced and very successful Tony Mullen. Graham took the lead early until the eleventh end when scores were level at 10-10. From this position with both playing very good bowls, Graham increased his lead. However Tony was in a determined mood and on the twenty-fith end scores were even at 20-20. He was holding two shots and looking very good for him, but Graham had other ideas. On his very last wood of the game, he kissed his wood, bowled and took the jack, stayed with it leaving Tony with an impossible task. A tremendous final and congratulations go to Graham, a force to be reconed with in the future.

Second Semifinal featured Graham Clough, a member who has only eighteen m o n t h s b o w l i n g experience under his belt, playing against the successful Graham Patrick who was the expected winner. Graham Patrick gave Graham Clough three handicap shots. On the twelth end Graham Patrick was unexpectivelly 18-2 behind and fought

Jim Pike thanked all members who made the competition so exciting and of course the markers, who without, couldn’t take place. Don’t forget members this report with associating photographs of the finalists will be found on our website

COSTA ALMERIA LAWN BOWLS........................ The CALB Mixed Fours Knockout Competition took place from the 2nd to 5th December. By Sunday the semifinals and the final itself were played at Almeria LBC. All three games were closely contested resulting in Shelagh Allen, Mary Mullen, Dave Allen and skip Tony Mullen of Indalo BC winning by 20/18 versus Verna Bimson, Dianne Reynolds, Peter Anderson and skip Austin Crilly of La Mata BC and in the other semifinal, Wendy Savage, Roy Savage, Kevin Riley and skip Frances Riley of Cabrera won by 18/16, versus Carol Kitchen, Valerie Parrott, Tony Cracknall and skip Harvey Parrott of Indalo BC. As you will see we have each of the four local clubs represented in the semifinals which makes for good news. And so to the afternoon, when the finalists kept the match close and interesting throughout right until the final end when Tony´s rink picked up three shots to win the competition by 18/15. Well done all the players who made the day

a memorable one.

Almeria BC´s Captain and CALB´s representative Jim Pyke presented the trophy and the prizes and thanked all the competitors, helpers and spectators.

On Friday 17th December 15 members and 1 guest arrived to play at Valle Del Este in their winter outfits as the day started out very frosty but with clear blue skies. I think the results (which are in reverse order) reflect the cold start but well done to the winners. There were two 2´s = Steve

Division Two 1st = John Sunstrum = 33 Points, 2nd = Adrian Pinder = 31 Points Division One 1st = Geoff Bridgman = 31 Points, 2nd = Alan Diskin = 27 Points

Nadal’s first victory of 2011 SPANISH tennis ace Rafa Nadal has already got off to a great start in 2011 by beating one of his biggest rivals, Switzerland’s Roger Federer

The Spaniard, 24, battled to a 7-6 (74) 7-6 (7-3) win to retain his title at the invitational World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. Nadal trailed 3-0 in the first tie-break but was helped by several unforced errors from Federer. Robin Soderling beat Tomas Berdych 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in the third place play-off. It was the fourth time in five weeks that Nadal and Federer had met, following the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in November and back-to-back charity matches last month. “I never lost my serve but I still lost the tournament, it’s kind of tough,” said Federer. “Rafael and myself must have played so many times and so many times it has come down to a few shots here and there. He is an amazing shot-maker. Me as well but today he

We look forward to the 2011 CALB Fours League followed by Mens

got the better of me.” Nadal said: “For both of us, these are the first matches of the season. So it is special for us. This is the perfect place to start the season here in Abu Dhabi.” Both men now head to Doha for the Qatar Open, their first tournament of the new ATP season. Nadal leads world number two Federer by more than 3,000 points in the rankings and currently holds three of the four Grand Slam titles, with the Australian Open, which begins on 16 January, the only one missing. “It doesn’t make any difference if I have won three Grand Slams or if I won one or two,” said Nadal. “It’s in the past. “When I start the season, everything starts. I don’t think if I have to defend 100,000 points or if I have to defend 1,000 points...I have zero points. So we start from there.”


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Blackburn have made a move for AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho by offering a deal worth about £20m over three years.

Adrian Lewis beats Gary Anderson to win first PDC title

Venky’s, the company that bought Rovers in November, says their Brazil office is in talks with Ronaldinho’s manager.

Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis survived a late fightback by Gary Anderson to defeat the Scot 7-5 and be crowned PDC world champion for the first time Lewis, 25, was never behind in the contest and hit a stunning nine-dart finish in the opening set, the first man to achieve it in a world final. “I think I deserve it,” he said. “I need to push on from this.” The win represents Lewis’s first major title and pushed him up to second in the world rankings behind Phil Taylor. Lewis, who takes home £200,000 for the win, becomes just the fifth player to be crowned champion since the inception of the PDC event in 1994. And after victories for Dennis Priestley, Taylor, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld, he is the first champion not to have played in the rival BDO tournament. Despite dropping the opening leg of the match, Lewis blew Anderson away in a frenetic first set. The man from Stoke-on-Trent produced a sensational nine dart finish in the third leg, before before clinching the opener 3-1. “I knew I had to come out strong against him,” said Lewis, who was a protege of Taylor’s during the early part of his career. “When I hit the two 180s I thought I’d miss the double 12.” Lewis, who is nicknamed Jackpot after missing out on a $75,000 casino pot in 2005 because he was under-age by US gaming laws, would not be denied in the 12th set and finally clinched a brilliant win. Anderson, the favourite going into the final, praised Lewis. “He played absolutely brilliant,” said the runner-up, who automatically qualifies for next month’s Premier League event. “He is a great talent.”

“He is keen to play in the EPL [English Premier League] and I think that goes in our favour,” Venky’s chair Anuradha Desai told BBC Radio Lancashire. Desai also admitted that Rovers had made attempts to sign

David Beckham on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy.

during the Major League Soccer off-season.

She added the club were “open whenever he is ready to come”.

The MLS season resumes on 15 March, meaning Beckham would be available to play up to 11 games on a short-term deal.

Beckham has been the subject of much transfer speculation, with several Premier League clubs waiting to hear whether LA Galaxy will release the former England captain on a loan deal

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has already suggested that Beckham is keen to move to White Hart Lane, while Newcastle are another interested party.

‘Henson does not deserve Wales recall’ Jonathan Davies

Former Wales dual-code star Jonathan Davies says that Gavin Henson does not deserve to be considered for a recall to the Wales squad on current form. Henson, 28, made his first start for two years in Saracens’ 28-22 loss to Sale on Sunday, but lasted just 53 minutes before being substituted. The ex-Osprey has said he wants to be selected for Wales’ Six Nations squad. “Henson doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the squad and I think everyone is fed up with it,” Davies told Scrum V. “He played [on Sunday], didn’t perform, okay if he doesn’t play why should he be in the squad? “We all know what kind of player he is. He had an hour in a position he didn’t play but it was his choice to go to Saracens. “Unless he plays he is not considered, simple as that... you can’t pick a guy on reputation of one or two games. “He’s the type of player that when he doesn’t play he looks lethargic. He has to play often because he’s a natural rugby player... if he doesn’t play then it doesn’t come natural to him and then

he shouldn’t be considered. “If he comes back and plays and deserves a place well so be it.” With the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand now looming in September, Davies says that Wales coach Warren Gatland should have a settled squad by this time in the season. “I wouldn’t go tinkering with the squad now, it’s a year when the tinkering should have been done,” Davies added. “You keep the same players, you work the same partnerships, combinations. “Back-row, the front five is very, very strong. We need to sort out our backline but I think it’s a very daunting, tough pool in the World Cup.” While agreeing that Gatland should largely have settled on his core of players, Wales half-back great Brynmor Williams believes there is still room for an in-form Henson. “Gavin Henson should be considered a full-

back,” Williams said. “We’ve got no strength in depth at full-back, Lee Byrne hasn’t been playing very well although he’s got the potential to be an outstanding contributor. “Why not Henson at full-back? It’s a bit of an easier position to bring him in [than Henson’s preferred positions of inside centre or fly-half]. “The obsession with Gavin Henson is upsetting a lot of people I think, he’s getting all this credit I agree. “But we have no strength in depth, it’s a massive problem in Welsh rugby. If he comes back and proves himself yes, there’s room for him in the Welsh squad.” Williams also said that on current form the likes of Sale scrum-half Dwayne Peel and Scarlets flyhalf Rhys Priestland - who has been deputising impressively for injured Lions 10 Stephen Jones could earn a Wales spot.

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