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Twelve British members of AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No) have lodged a criminal complaint against Josefina Cruz, Consejera for Public Works and Housing of the regional government of Andalucia for offensive statements made in Parliament earlier this month. The Consejera is being sued for an alleged crime against the Spanish Constitution, specifically under Article 510.2 of the Criminal Code because of what the plaintiffs believe are discriminatory insults relating to statements made by the Consejera in a commission hearing of the Andalucian Parliament on the 9th of March 2011. According to the Diary of Sessions of the Andalucian Parliament, the Consejera, in response to questions about the illegal houses in the region, is alleged to have stated, amongst other things “I do not know if your are defending the intrusion of people, do not know if your are defending the interests of a group of people who are not of this country, who have settled here illegally, do not know if you are defending these interests, ladies and gentlemen. I do not understand, I really do not understand”. “I believe that I have said on this occasion that we have also had meetings about this with the British Ambassador, but I am interested in, I am concerned with the general situation, and I am not interested in the particular situation of a group of people who have settled illegally in our territory. I do not understand…, then, your confusion… I do not know if you are defending legality or not defending legality. Ladies and gentlemen, I do not know what you are defending , I do not know

where you are coming from.” “We are dealing with a problem which has resulted in Andalucian as a consequence of a lack of respect for the culture of the territory, and the culture of the land and the culture of planning and therefore, it is necessary to adapt, we must give a response within the law, within urban planning, within territorial planning, and with respect for all the legislation relating to protected land, forested land, land protected by rights of way, coasts, etc, etc, etc (…) Tomorrow I have scheduled a meeting in Almanzora, ladies and gentlemen. Tomorrow I have scheduled a meeting with the Mayors. Ladies and gentlemen, I will meet with the mayors, who are responsible for planning in their municipalities, and from them, one can give information to affected residents, whether they are in an organisation or not in an organisation, whether they bought in good faith, or not in good faith, and who are now demanding that we resolve a problem that they are responsible for creating”. AUAN alleges that these comments, which were later endorsed before the press, are not acceptable in a democratic state that is also a member of the European Union. They are also gravely offensive to many “people from another country”, to use the Consejeras words, who invested all of their life savings in a house in Spain, having being assured that they had all legal permits, only to find that they risk losing their home. According to Maura Hillen, president of AUAN, “the members of our association who have made this complaint are victims of the chaotic

planning system in Andalucia, which has clearly failed and continues to fail. They were assured that everything was alright when they bought their homes and now find themselves immersed in legal proceedings that could result in the demolition of their house. In some cases it is actually the regional government who has challenged the building license granted by the town hall. In other cases the town hall or the promoter is subject to a criminal investigation. In none of these cases is the homeowner considered to be at fault. Because of this, and because of the situation in which thousands of people find themselves, the plaintiffs cannot let the remarks of the Consejera pass because they are offensive and discriminatory and give completely the wrong impression.” Hillen added “These comments were not issued by just anybody, but by a member of the regional government of Andalucia. In fact, the person charged with resolving the urban planning mess in that region. The comments are incorrect and completely misguided. If we do not take action we run the risk of inciting others to take the same view as the Consejera”. She concluded, “This is playing with too many peoples lives. We have to draw a line somewhere. If I was the Consejera, I would resign”. The case is being brought by Bernardo del Rosal Blasco, a well know criminal lawyer and a former Ombudsman in Valencia .

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Prince of Wales and Duchess oF Cornwall’s visit stirs up estate dispute

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have angered Spanish villagers over their visit to a hunting lodge owned by the Duke of Wellington

A report by the Daily Telegraph’s Spanish correspondent indictaes that the couple’s visit to an estate near Granada was met with protests by villagers, who claim that the Duke’s estate encroaches on their land. The Prince and Duchess began their trip in Portugal on Monday before moving on to Spain on Wednesday and arriving in Morocco next Monday. The couple have avoided Gibraltar

during their first official joint tour of the Iberian Peninsula, skirting the inevitable controversy that a visit to the disputed territory would produce in Spain. But the decision to conclude the Iberian leg of their tour with a private weekend stay on an estate awarded to the first Duke of Wellington in 1813, in gratitude for helping Spain in the Peninsular War against France, stirred up a similar land dispute. Although the first Duke never visited the Molino del Rey estate outside Illora, near the south-western city of Granada, it was passed down to his heirs and is now the property of Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 95, the eighth and current Duke and a close

friend of the Queen. The estate is more frequently used these days by the Marquess of Douro, the son of the present duke and a close friend of the Prince, who has stayed there a number of times. Francisco Domene, the socialist mayor of the nearby town of Illora, described the dispute as a “mini-Gibraltar” and said he had begun legal action to challenge ownership of the estate. He claimed that the original royal decree giving land to the first Duke of Wellington was expanded by subsequent heirs without authorisation. He wanted a fifth of the 5,000-hectare estate to be expropriated. Miguel Angel Espejo, a local historian, claimed that “many noblemen took advantage of the slovenliness of the administration of royal land and arbitrarily expanded their boundaries”. A court is to rule on the case later this year. One villager described the estate as “one of the last bloodstained bastions of medieval privilege in one of the poorest regions of Granada”. Clarence House refused to comment because it was a private visit.

Spain’s best-known landmarks join in global switch-off

SOME of Spain’s most famous monuments were plunged into darkness on 27th march to mark ‘Planet Hour’, a move organised by the WWF to fight against global warming.

Once a year between 20.30hrs and 21.30hrs, householders and well-known buildings all over the world put their lights out to raise awareness of environmental problems. Around 4,000 cities in 130 countries took part. In Spain, the Alhambra Palace (Granada), the Torre del Oro (Sevilla), the Sagrada Familia cathedral (Barcelona), the Puerta

de Alcalá (Madrid) and the Arco de Trajano (Mérida) were all in darkness this evening, as were the Royal Palace in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Mosque of Córdoba, the El Escorial Monastery in the outskirts of Madrid, the city wall of Ávila, the Giralda tower in Sevilla, the aqueduct in Segovia, the Magdalena Palace in Santander, and the Palau de la Música in Valencia. Around 100 Spanish actors and actresses

supported the move by posting messages on the WWF website inviting everyone to take part. Other famous buildings elsewhere in the world that joined the global switch-off included the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the India Gateway in New Delhi, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the World Finance Centre in Shanghai, and Kenya Conference Centre.

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Gas prices up by an average of 4% The TUR (Tarifa de Último Recurso) rate for natural gas will rise by an average of 4.1% this week, whilst electricity prices will remain stable for the next quarter. Households on the TUR1 tarif, that only use gas for hot water and cooking, will see a 3.3% increase, about €0.57 more per month on average. Customers on the TUR2 tarif, who also use natural gas for heating, will see increases of about 4.3%, a rise of roughly €2.31 euros per month. The Ministry of Industry explained that these increases were the result of a 10.65% increas in raw material costs. Bottled butane gas will also go up from today, with the maximum price being set at 14€ per bottle, not far off the record price of 14,1€ reached in April 2008. The price increase, equivalent to 81 cents per bottle (the averag consumer uses 12 bottles per year) is a much smaller rise than the 21% demanded by the industry sector, which claims not to be able to cover its costs.

“Slight” increases in caesium & iodine levels detected

A number of radiation monitoring stations run by the Council for Nucelar Safety (CSN) have recorded “slight” increases in the concentration of iodine and caesium in air coming from Japan, but describe the values as “very low” with no potentially harmful effects on people’s health or the environment. Between March 16th and 29th March, highly sensitive montioring stations in Barcelona, Bilbao, Cáceres and Seville recorded levels ranging from 0.9 mili becquererels to 0.002 mili becquerels per cubic metre. Representatives of the CSN maintain that these values “have no significance in terms of radiological protection because,

in all cases, they are very low and present no risk to human health or the environment”. In addition, these recordings are “similar” to those observed in other European countries over the same period of time and were “predictable, because of atmospheric dispersion models and meteorological data from the previous days”. Air masses from the Fukushima nuclear plant are forecast to move over the east coast of Japan and the Pacific Ocean in the next 48 hours. Spain’s CSN will continues to monitor the situation in Japan in coordination with international agencies.

Happiness peaks in old age People get happier as they grow older, according to new research, which claims our best years do not arrive until our late seventies and eighties. Traditional wisdom states that the younger years are the best of our lives, with the milestone of 40 meaning we are “over the hill”. But in fact satisfaction and optimism steadily increase after middle age, easily eclipsing the earlier years and peaking as late as the eighties, according to scientists. An easing of the responsibilities of middle age combined with maturity and the ability to focus on the things we enjoy combine to make old age far more enjoyable than one might expect. This is greatly increased by having good health, a stable income and good relationships with family and friends, according

to scientists. Lewis Wolpert, professor of biology at University College London, said most people were “averagely happy” in their teens and twenties, declining until early middle age as they try to support a family and a career.“But then, from the mid-forties, people tend to become ever more cheerful and optimistic, perhaps reaching a maximum in their late seventies or eighties.” A survey of 341,000 people, published by the American National Academy of Sciences, found enjoyment of life dwindled throughout early adulthood but began increasing in the late forties, and continued to increase until reaching a peak at 85.


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Barcelona Zoo to review security after wolf escape

Sport Barcelona Zoo is back to normal following a day of tension, after a she-wolf and her cub escaped from their enclosure, forcing the the zoo to activate its emergency evacuation protocol and causing widespread panic amonst the visitors. The Iberian wolves jumped the perimeter fence around their enclosure after becoming “highly nervous” by the arrival of a new animal in the neighbouring enclosure. They jumped over the fence at around 11am, forcing the zoo’s management to move the roughly 900 visitors, including 17 school groups, into various secure areas whilst the wolves were found. Approximately an hour and a quarter after the escape, the

mother wolf was found and tranquilised, before being taken to the veterinary clinic within the zoo. There are conflicting reports as to whether her cub actually ever escaped. CiU spokesperson S ò n i a Recasens claims it was later found “sleeping peacefully” behind a rock in the enclosure, and accused the zoo staff of “alarmist” behaviour. The zoo’s directors have described the wolves’ escape as an “exceptional and isolated” incident, asserting that the perimeter fence is three metres high and the upper section is electrified. The wolves had “never before” been known to jump such heights. A spokesperson for “Libera” - the animal protection organisation, that campaigns against the exploitation of animals in zoos and circuses - decribed the incident as “negligent” and criticised the zoo’s “inadequate security measures”.

Intense road-safety campaign to surround Jerez Moto GP

The DGT and traffic police today called on drivers and bikers to exercise the utmost care when travelling to the Spanish Moto GP in Jerez that starts tomorrow, given the “high road accident rate” surrounding this event in previous years. The DGT has launched a special road-safety campaign, which means that Andalusia alone will have 125 fixed and 48 mobile radars for speed control and twenty teams to carry out breathalyser tests. In addition, helicopter patrols will carry out surveillance in order to report dangerous behaviour on the road, both by day and at night. The traffic police estimate that some 270,000 journeys will be undertaken in the vicinity of the circuit, where 50,000 motorcycles and 130,000 people are expected. As a complement to the road-safety campaign, the DGT will be using the illuminated message panelswith messages like “Drivers,

don’t take risks”, “Drivers, watch the bikes” and “it’s a road, not a racetrack”. Finally, the RACE and the National Association of Soft Drink Manufacturers (ANFABRA), in collaboration with the DGT, will launch a new edition of the “A soft drink, your best fuel” campaign to help prevent accidents caused by travel fatigue.

Ronaldo joins Spain! British papers join April Fool spirit

Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo is to join Spain to help ease his nation’s debt crisis and Britain is to begin taxing fresh air, British newspapers reported in their April Fools’ Day editions. According to the Independent broadsheet, Real Madrid winger Ronaldo has agreed to “act like a patriot” and defect to the Spanish national team, netting his debt-ravaged country 160 million euros (227 million dollars). “Weighed down by debt...Portugal’s finance ministry has secured the co-

operation of football’s highest-paid player in an audacious bid to draw the nation back from the brink of economic collapse,” claimed the paper’s lead. Mirror reporter Flora Olip, coincidentally an anagram of April fool, revealed that the British government was to introduced a “gasp” bill to raise taxes from fresh air. “Olip” reported that the “Air Tariff Control” system would tax areas with fresher air while more polluted cities such as London and Manchester would be due for a rebate.

The paper “cited” a senior Environment Agency technician as saying: “Air is natural but, just like water, it is a finite resource that we have to manage sensibly”. A Labour lawmaker was apparently shocked, admitting it had “literally taken his breath away”. The Daily Express joined in the fun, reporting that a British company had developed a modified Zimmer walking frame which incorporated a skateboard for pensioners who wanted something “a little more speedy”.

Politics Dominate Santander may take over The Markets troubled savings bank CAM Spanish banking giant Santander could take over the Caja Market Commentary 1st April 2011

Currency conflicts at the G20 gathering in Nanjing continue to undermine markets with the obvious divisions between member nations on the way forward causing the very moves that participants are looking to correct. The US, through Tim Geithner, maintain their attack on the Chinese policy of not allowing its currency to float freely, arguing that to adopt such a move would enable the Yuan to take on a much more high profile global role. He adds that becoming a constituent of the IMF’s currency basket would be the clear evolution. The European delegates remain wary of further Dollar strength with the French President, M. Sarkozy summing up the concern when he argued against the Euro, or any other currency, usurping the Greenback role as the global reserve medium. He added that recent Euro strength versus the Dollar was unjustified. Overnight, we saw the stronger Dollar from the last few days give up some of its gains on comments from Federal Reserve member Bullard clarifying his reported remarks from the day before. He said that there is no consensus on the FOMC about ending Quantative Easing 2 early, and that this is unlikely to take place. He also said that the Federal Reserve would be able to tighten policy by not necessarily pushing up official rates, but by starting to sell back

assets adding that this cycle of tightening would be far more difficult to manage. The weaker Dollar / stronger Euro scenario was further enhanced by yet more comments from European Central Bank Board members, Bini-Smaghi and Stark who both cemented in the probability of a rise in the official Euro interest rate at next week’s regular meeting. The former talked of rates being returned to normal levels in a ‘gradual way’ whilst Stark pointed out the fact that policy rates at present levels were exceptionally low. Yesterday’s US ADP data was there or there-abouts in terms of market expectation so attention shifts today’s non-farms numbers. The market for moves remains in bonds, and specifically Eurozone sovereign bonds. Prices continue to fall with yields going northwards in the majority of member states’ benchmark issues, but specifically so with Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Spain has not been immune and even Germany saw its yields edge higher. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email almeria@currenciesdirect.com

Mediterraneo (CAM) after the troubled savings bank’s planned merger with three others collapsed, Spanish media reported last Friday.

The CAM decided on Thursday to seek aid from the state-financed Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB) in order to meet new banking requirements set by the government after the failure of its merger. But the business daily El Economista said the Bank of Spain has decided “to launch measures to avoid (public) intervention.” Since the CAM reportedly needs around 2.0 billion euros ($2.8 billion), or the majority of its capital, the public aid would mean its nationalisation. El Economista said the central bank is planning a “mini-auction” of the CAM for the big Spanish banks, among which Santander, the eurozone’s largest bank by market capitalisation, “is the big favorite, followed closely by BBVA,” the country’s second largest bank. It has also contacted La Caixa, Banco Sabadell and Banco Popular, the paper reported. “Santander, which the markets believe is the top candidate to take over the savings bank, would carry out this operation through its (subsidiary) Banesto,” it said. On Wednesday, three savings banks --

Cajastur, Caja de Extremadura and Caja de Cantabria -- rejected the plan to merge with the CAM to create a new group, Banco Base, which would have been the third-largest savings bank in terms of assets. It was the first broken-off engagement in the savings bank sector since a wave of consolidations in 2010 cut the number of institutions from 45 to just 14. Spain’s lenders, especially regional savings banks which account for about half of all lending in the country, have been heavily exposed to bad debt since the collapse of the property sector at the end of 2008. The regional savings banks are expected to request more than seven billion euros in public aid to boost levels of rock-solid core capital on their weakened balance sheets. The Bank of Spain has estimated the entire banking system requires 15.152 billion euros to recapitalise. The extra money is required to meet stringent new rules on capital levels introduced by the Spanish authorities so as to regain credibility on world financial markets.


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Spain’s publishing sector thrives but only 57% of the population reads books

A handful of young and independent editors have reinvigorated the huge sector, which contributes 1% of Spain’s GDP

These editors have reinvigorated a sector with an enormous economic and political significance (it makes up 1% of GDP, employs 30,000 people and many more indirectly; and, as the poet would say, Spanish is a weapon loaded with future). There are, of course, heavyweights too: large groups with a presence in many countries. The sector publishes in four languages (Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician), and in 2009 there were 76,213 titles edited (reprints included); 329.8m copies published (average print run: 4,328 volumes); and 236.2m copies sold. The paradox is that editors (and authors too, but that’s another story) are sprouting like mushrooms in a country in which only 57% of the population over 14 reads books in its free time, and not many books at that, given that the average is 9.8 books a year. An explanation? Perhaps the one given by one of the new editors mentioned above: “the publishing sector has contradictions, but there is room for adventure”. And what we have to do is make the most of it.

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Britain alone in opposing £1.7 billion increase to Galileo sat nav system

Britain was a “minority of one” in opposing a £1.7 billion increase to the EU’s troubled Galileo satellite navigation system, the Transport Secretary has admitted Philip Hammond failed to persuade other European governments to scale back a 30satellite EU space project which one day aims to rival America’s GPS system. “We will continue to object to any increase in the budget,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “We will certainly block any further increased spending in the next two years.” Earlier this year, the European Commission warned national capitals that a lack of enthusiasm among private investors meant that the cost of Galileo was likely to rise to £4.7 billion. The extra cost to the British taxpayer will be more than £231 million at a time of austerity cutbacks to many national state investment projects. Despite British opposition, a meeting of European transport decided “unequivocally that the programmes should continue to be financed from the EU budget”.

France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who get the lion’s share of the EU’s Galileo funding via space industry contracts, are supporting the extra funding. Britain has argued that it would be more economical to get the Galileo “up and running” with 18 satellites in order to attract private investment to build the other 12 needed to complete the navigation system. “There was a lot of hand-wringing of it overshooting budget but no real willingness to contemplate a reduced specification,” said Mr Hammond. In January, Berry Smutny, the German boss of OHB Technology, a company that has a £475 million contract to build 14 Galileo satellites, was sacked after attacking the project as a “stupid idea” that is “a waste of taxpayers’ money”.

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Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050. The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail. Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities. Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of

transport. “That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.” The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility. “I suggest that he goes and finds himself a space in the local mental asylum,” said Hugh Bladon, a spokesman for the BDA. “If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.” Mr Kallas has denied that the EU plan to cut car use by half over

the next 20 years, before a total ban in 2050, will limit personal mobility or reduce Europe’s economic competitiveness. “Curbing mobility is not an option, neither is business as usual. We can break the transport system’s dependence on oil without sacrificing its efficiency and compromising mobility. It can be win-win,” he claimed. Christopher Monckton, Ukip’s transport spokesman said: “The EU must be living in an alternate reality, where they can spend trillions and ban people from their cars. “This sort of greenwashing grandstanding adds nothing and merely highlights their grandiose ambitions.”

Meat From Offspring Of Cloned Animals To Go On Sale In UK

Meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals could be on sale in British supermarkets by the end of the summer, after attempts to impose controls through European regulation failed.

Families buying meat for barbecues are unlikely to be aware of their food’s controversial links because the labels on packaging will be no different from normal meat. Campaigners for new controls were defeated after 12 hours of talks between the 27 EU states and the European Parliament failed to agree a law to manage the industry. The failure to toughen legislation means that so-called “Frankenfoods” - which come from ancestors whose DNA was altered - could be on supermarket shelves in the UK within months, subject to approval. Scores of dairy cows from cloned parents are already being reared on British farms. Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, was one of the voices against imposing new controls and labelling, claiming that it could ignite a trade war with the US, Argentina and Brazil, where such products are routinely farmed and sold. The result means that, after three years of campaigning and negotiations, the EU has no meaningful agreement on how the products of animals from genetically altered stock should be produced and sold. The EU imports 300,000 to 500,000 tonnes of beef every year. Much of it comes from the United States and Argentina, which authorise cloning for commercial purposes but have no system to trace clone-derived meat. It is estimated that it could now take several years for the EU to come up with a new proposal on the controversial food. The breakdown effectively leaves in place 14-

year-old rules that do not prevent the sale of food from clones. “It is deeply frustrating that council would not listen to public opinion and support urgently needed measures to protect consumer and animal welfare interests,” MEPs backing new controls said in a statement. “We made a huge effort to compromise but we were not willing to betray consumers on their right to know whether food comes from animals bred using clones,” said Gianni Pittella and Kartika Liotard, who backed improved labelling. “SinceEuropeanpublicopinionisoverwhelmingly against cloning for food, a commitment to label all food products from cloned offspring is a bare minimum.” Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, an MEP involved in the talks, said “billions of litres of cloned milk” could now flood Europe. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We are totally opposed to cloning for food production on animal welfare and ethical grounds.” The European health commissioner, John Dalli, said scientific assessments on cattle found “absolutely no risk to health as there is no differentiation at all between cloned animals and normally bred animals”.The sale of meat and milk from the offspring of cloned animals is currently technically legal although the criteria for sale are so tough and the market so small that no such products are available.

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Dear Friends, It is rarely pleasant for true confessions; in fact they can be very rough. Nonetheless confessions set the truth free and keep the record straight. It allows me to give credit, where it is due. Before I talk about my confession, I would like to say a few things first.

Many years ago, as a child, something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story: “When I was7 my family and I moved West across the United Sates. It was an exciting time to travel, find a new home; meet new friends and have a new life full of adventure. Then one day a car in a crosswalk bumped my mother. It was very light and she barely fell over – but then she couldn’t get up. At first I thought she was joking until the ambulance arrived to assist us. Upon arriving at the hospital the doctors did their best but could not discover anything wrong. She was prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxants and sent home with the prognosis that all would be well in a few days. Within a few days, with much dismay, the symptoms did not alleviate in fact they worsened. This time the doctor prescribed even stronger medication and instructed her to go to physical therapy three times a week. We left with new hope. She began her physical therapy care. Unfortunately it did not get the results we so desired. In fact my mother would come home in tears after every session and remained bedridden. Three months transpired with physical therapy and now my mother’s trouble began to impact me. With my father out of the home it left me responsible for cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and caring for my mother and myself. Suddenly my adventure at 7 was quite different and not so exciting. She visited other therapists without results. Time continued to elapse. She spoke with her doctor again who referred her to an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately nothing was discovered and surgery to cut & kill the nerve trunk was the only option. This seemed ridiculous for my mother. She was only 26 and now bedridden, taking over 10 tablets a day with extreme pain debilitating almost all activities and unable to care for me properly. She had always been physically fit and the accident was so minor. As time passed my mothers’ health continued to decline. After nearly two years of being bedridden, using all remedies offered, conventional or not, the doctors finally decided to send her to a special hospital where they would teach you how live with the pain. They had given up and ran out of options.

One day at the hospital I heard a passing conversation about a local chiropractor. Curious to discover more I eves dropped. Now at the age of nine and very mature for my age I listened and heard of a possibility. Others had gone for differing troubles and many had positive results. I quickly rushed to inform my mother. My mother was very despondent and not very receptive. Still I pleaded with her; it was our last chance for hope. I can be very persuasive and finally she conceded to visiting the chiropractor. The chiropractor did a thorough consultation, examination and a detailed report where he fully explained my mother’s trouble. He then proceeded to adjust the spine of my mother. After the adjustment my mother was able to stand up straight and without pain for the first time in two years. My mother’s health soon returned. After a few weeks she no longer needed the assortment of medication. In a few months she had returned to the mother I remembered at 7. She no longer had what the doctors called a short leg since she was a child. Her menstruation returned to normal and she never again suffered from periodic headaches. My mother was back and better than ever! After two years of hospitals I witnessed a great deal of suffering, the results while at the chiropractor were so astounding that I was inclined to go to chiropractic school and become a chiropractor myself. It is strange how life can come full circle because now people come to see me with their health problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthmas allergies, numbness in limbs athletic injuries just to name a few, they get such great results that some of my clients have decided to study chiropractic. And that is how it happened!”

Here’s what some of my clients say: My daughter was asthmatic taking inhalers and medication daily. She was sidelined and unable to play with her classmates; now her health has improved so much she no longer uses medication or inhalers and is the captain of the football team! (L. Hamn) After injuring my back I could only play a hole or two, of golf, for almost two years. I was about to give up the game. This is serious because I am a professional golfer. I laughed at Dr. Jensen when he said I would be out playing again after only 2 weeks! But it was true and now I am at the top of my game. (S. Fernandez) I have suffered with constant headaches and migraines since my childhood, the moment that I met Dr. Paul and he adjusted me a miracle happened, no more headaches and no more painkillers. Thank you for exposing me to the wonderful world of Chiropractic, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. (R. Sastre) I am honored to have helped so many people with their health care problems but I cannot really take credit. My confession is that I have never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! It is very challenging to be a chiropractor today. There are many so-called experts out there with extreme misinformation, much of which is ridiculous. But the studies speak for themselves, like the Virginia, USA study that showed over 95% of people who saw a chiropractor were satisfied with their results. That is outstanding! Studies show that chiropractic may double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immunes system fights colds, the flu and other sicknesses.

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Hydrogen ‘to become a viable alternative to petrol’ Hydrogen fuel could be set to become a viable environmentally friendly alternative to petrol following the development of new technology that allows the natural gas to be stored in a cheap and practical way.

The groundbreaking technique utilises materials that soak up hydrogen like a sponge, and then encapsulates them in tiny plastic beads so small they behave like a liquid. The process, based on a new way of producing nano-fibres from hydrides, is being developed by Cella Energy, a spin-off from Britain’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The technique allows hydrogen to be released at a much faster rate and at lower temperatures than before, researchers said. What we’ve been doing is taking these materials and encasing them in plastic and making them into a very fine powder and that improves their properties,’ Cella Energy Chief Scientific Officer Stephen Bennington said. ‘It also means you can pump it like a fluid and it’s safe. It is not gong to easily burst into flames,’ he said. Hydrogen produces only water when it is burned and is considered an ideal solution to cutting carbon emissions from petrol or diesel vehicles, which are estimated to cause 25 per cent of all carbon release. But until now, attempts to store hydrogen have not been consumer-friendly so this has not been a viable option. Cella Energy Ltd say their technology would allow people to use the carbon-free fuel with their existing car after a few modifications. ‘You would pump it into your petrol tank of

your car - that would go off, be heated, drive the hydrogen off, which would go and run your vehicle and then the waste little beads that we have created you store in the car. And when you go and refuel your car you have two nozzles. One which puts in the new beads and one which takes out the old beads which goes off to be recycled and the hydrogen added to it again,’ Bennington said. The development has been to turn hydrides into fibres or beads, 30 times smaller than a human hair, through a process of electro-spinning. This produces a white tissue-like material that can be controlled to capture and release hydrogen.

The encapsulation process protects the hydrides from oxygen and water, prolonging their life and making it possible to handle them safely in air and because it behaves like a liquid, current infrastructure will need minimal modification. ‘You can use tankers to carry the material around,’ said Bennington. ‘You can take it to forecourts and then you can pump it into the vehicle and give the customer the same kind of experience they have now.’ All part of the reason Cella Energy believe their process could herald a new era of carbon-free motoring. ‘The experience that most people have now is using regular liquid fuels where it takes three minutes to fill your vehicle and then you can travel 300 miles,’ said Stephen Voller, Cella Energy’s CEO. ‘Now you can have exactly the same experience with hydrogen but you can’t have that experience with an electric car.’ The company said hydrogen could be an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels if the gas is produced with renewable energy sources like wind or solar. It has three times more energy than petrol per unit of weight and could power cars, planes and other vehicles that currently use hydrocarbons. It said it is also attracting interest from large established companies in the energy and transportation sectors.

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Junk shop painting could be worth £40m A painting bought from a junk shop because the buyer liked the frame could be a £40million masterpiece. Experts believe the picture of a small house by a river might be the earliest known work of French artist Paul Cezanne. The buyer, a man from Northampton who does not want to be named, said: “I’m not trying to think about what to do with the money yet - I won’t tempt fate.” He bought the 4ft x 3ft painting, which appears to be signed and dated 1854, six years ago and kept it in an attic. “I bought the painting from a second hand shop in ­ Northampton which sells all sorts of little bits and pieces of old tat,” he said. “I can’t remember how much I paid, but it was under £100. I bought it for the frame and it’s been gathering dust ever since.” Only later, flicking through an art history book, did he spot similarities between the 4ft by 3ft picture of a small house with an orange roof surrounded by trees in his attic and the work of Cezanne. His suspicions were backed by Tim Conrad from Wilfords auction house, in Wellingborough, Northants. Mr Conrad said: “The brushstrokes certainly look like Cezanne and it was usual for him to use a variety of signature styles. “If it is, the impact would be enormous and it would fetch £40million easily.”


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• Beautiful new villa of 145m on one level • 3 double bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms • Set on flat fenced & gated plot of 600m land • Good size lounge, space for a swimming pool • Fully fitted large kitchen, pre-installed A/C • All legal documents, mains connected to the house

ref: 086 Vera Beach 111.000€

• 2 double beds, 2 baths apartments of 80m build • Andalusian style & Mediterranean-designed • It comes with wide private terraces • Private parking space & communal pool • Built in wardrobes, and American style kitchen • Most of them with nice sea views, garden or terrace

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339.000€

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Plot of 2.800M of flat rustic land With house of 20m built already Easy access from main tarmac road Planted with olive & almond trees Water on the land, electric close by. Suitable for Mobile home, caravan Beautiful mountains view all around

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Weighing this report alongside a raft of other metrics we track in intimate detail, my guess is that now is a great time to haggle a good deal on property in Spain. I think we’re at, or near, the bottom of a 10-year property cycle and we’ve 5 years of growth ahead of us. That won’t be true of every location – and it certainly won’t be true of houses or developments which were ill-conceived and badly located in the first place. However, armed with the available data, the prudent buyer can get a great deal now – particularly buyers from other Eurozone countries.

The Kyero.com Spanish House Price Index: Since early 2005, The Kyero.com Spanish House Price Index has provided an independent and statistically accurate benchmark of property pricing in Spain. Properties where the freehold is not for sale are excluded from The Kyero.com Spanish House Price Index. This excludes rentals, leasehold properties and fractional ownership properties. Properties where the number of bedrooms entered is unreliable are also excluded – as are properties with unusually high or low prices. The Kyero.com Spanish House Price Index uses a median calculation which is more representative of a group of prices than is the more common mean calculation. Median is simply the middle number in any group of figures – it is widely accepted as more representative of a group of numbers because it is less sensitive to a few, unusually large or small numbers in the group. Article courtesy of www.kyero.com

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The property has breathtaking mountain views and a distant view of the sea and Mojácar Village. It is approximately 10 minutes drive to the beach and 5 minutes drive to the motorway linking the area to Almería, Murcia and the rest of Spain. There are two accesses to the property – one via a public road and another via a private newly asphalted road. The Villa has many features such as gas central heating with wall radiators in every room, air conditioning, a gas fire, and so on. This large Villa has a total built area of 277 mts². In brief the main property is comprised of terrace, large seating and dining room, a conservatory which is currently being used as a formal dining area (the conservatory opens onto a large terrace with balustrades around it), large kitchen, hallway, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study which is big enough to be used as another bedroom (this room has direct access to another enclosed seating area overlooking the massive private swimming pool), master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area. Outside there is a massive store room / workshop which can be easily converted into a self contained apartment; a huge lock up garage which is being used as a music studio, a car port big enough to easily house a motor home, a trailer, a 4X4 and another car. The property also benefits from a massive swimming pool with an even bigger pool decking; an outside

toilet and so on. The Villa has a very nice landscaped garden and the plot is fully fenced. All the trees are irrigated by an automated irrigation system. A must see property for those looking to invest and with the right budget and who are looking to live in the campo yet be within an easy driving range to the amenities of the town and the seaside nearby. The price is very agreeable too! All of this for just 425,000 Euros can only be seeing as an opportunity not to be missed. Viewings by appointment only! For more information or to book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail. Also, full details and pictures are also available on our website www.veritashomes.co.uk under ref.1390.


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3 bed / 2 bath detached Villa. Almanzora Valley. Plot 740 mts². Fire place. Terrace. Gardens. Ref. 1085

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3 bed / 2 bath immaculate Townhouse. Build 124 mts². Plot 246 mts². Private Pool. Garage. Mountain views. Ref 1055

Superb 3 bed / 2,5 bath Townhouse. Large terrace. Fantastic sea views. Communal Pool. Bargain. Ref 1431

4 bed / 2 bath south facing Townhouse + 1 bed / 1 bath / 1 kitchen Annex. Terrace. Sea views . Communal Pool. Ref.1003

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3 bed south facing Villa converted to 2 bed / 2 bath. Plot 600 mts². Pool. Sea views. Furnished. Ref 1096

3 bed / 2 bath unique Villa. Incredible coast & sea views. Plot 1.328 mts². Gardens. Pool. Garage. Ref 1121

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3 bed / 2 bath Villa. Build 132 mts². Plot 1.000 mts². Heated pool. Beautiful views. Many extras. Ref 1101

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The Escalating Cost of Eating Out

We love the city of Cartagena and at a mere 45 minutes away, it’s a place we like to visit often. I enjoy the waterfront and the fascinating history of the place, and always look forward to tapas at a little place that we discovered some time ago and of course there is the September fiesta. My wife loves El Corte Inglés We are also fond of Alicante, and there’s nothing I like better than to while away the time over an Americano or two at the beautiful marina with it’s collection of expensive yachts and cruisers. My wife loves El Corte Inglés Okay look, for what its worth I have to admit that El Corte Inglés is a pretty impressive establishment, but as a self respecting, fully paid up member of the Anti Shopping With The Missus Brigade, I find it worrying that it also appeals to me as much as it does. I’m a bloke for goodness sake. But I have had a good long think about this, and I reckon I’ve worked it out. It was the day when we decided to drop into the store simply to get ourselves some lunch that the penny dropped. The ground floor is given over to cosmetics, perfumes and women’s stuff, but the crafty devils have manned it - or should it be womanned - with stunning ladies, and what’s a chap to do when confronted with gorgeous young things wanting to dab you with samples of patchouli and musk. In fact the whole store is staffed by young attractive persons all apparently under

thirty and recruited from a modelling agency. So now they have got me inside, and I discover that the restaurant is situated on the top floor. This is no accident or bad planning, but is in fact a very cunning ploy indeed, because in order to get your lunch you now have to pass through the temptations and delights on floors one to four all patrolled by the members of Girls Aloud and the Stepford wives. Floor one and my wife and I separate and arrange to meet in the restaurant in 30 minutes. I am surrounded by the finest designer clothes that money can buy and so to avoid temptation I rush to the escalator, carefully averting my eyes and humming loudly as I ascend to floor two. But what’s this: more clothing, except this time the gear is more moderately priced and there is a plethora of special offers and buyone-get-one-half-price deals. I am so relieved to have escaped the designer floor unscathed, that I immediately buy eight shirts, two winter sweaters and a sporty looking jacket that I really don’t need, because at these prices you simply cannot go wrong. The only mumbled objection that I can think of making to the ravishingly beautiful assistant before parting with my hard earned, is that I really don’t want to have to lug heavy bags around with me. But they have that covered too. No problem, she tells me, because everything will be sent down to the service desk, and I can collect them

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when I leave. But I am hungry, and I remind myself that the sole purpose of coming here in the first place was to get some food in me. Upwards then to floor three. No problem here, because it’s kids clothing and toys, and those days are long gone thank God – so I hurry on up to floor four where I am immediately surrounded by gadgets, ovens, refrigerators and the whole range of kitchenware paraphernalia. I can ignore this I tell myself, just so long as I avoid eye contact with the coffee machines at over a grand a pop, oh yes and those really useful . . . but no, I steel myself and make my way to the escalator. To do this however I have to pass through the electronics section and be fair, what bloke can walk past HD ready, 3D televisions with home cinema systems and screens the size of Poland. Well not me that’s for sure. And look, there is that super duper iPod with docking system that I have been promising myself. The assistant takes me through its many features, but I swallow hard because it’s five hundred euros and hey, I only came in for a chicken carbonara and a glass of wine. But ding, I suddenly remember there is a way out. I have nowhere near enough cash left, and the only credit card that I inadvertently slipped into my wallet before leaving home, was American Express - the one bearing the picture of a chap wearing a very silly hat. Now let me tell you about the Platinum American Express card...It has sat in my wallet now for the last seven years, sulking and thoroughly brassed off. Why? Well it’s great to be able to flash

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Most things in my life are not on the level of rocket science. I trip merrily through my days neatly avoiding the perils and pitfalls lying in wait for the more cerebral of us, and generally arrive at the day’s end in a tranquil, if unchallenged mental state. Over the years I have developed strategies for dealing with most of the unavoidable difficulties that set themselves squarely before me. For instance, is it cheaper to buy two little packets, or one big box? I put on my glasses and study the teeny weeny print at the bottom of the display, I don’t bother to struggle with the maths, there aren’t enough hours in the day! Indeed numbers are my most feared Nemesis – The only way that I can deal with them is if I get prior warning and absolute peace and quiet. If they come at me fast I either go into a catatonic state or become a

gibbering wreck. Consequently I have spent a good deal of time and mental effort working out strategies that will enable me to deal with numbers on the occasions when I can’t avoid them. I have long-winded but necessary strategies for Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision, the very apt names given by Alice in Wonderland’s Mock Turtle to Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. But twice in every year I have to face the insuperable problem of changing the clocks. Old fashioned clocks are not too bad, because I can see the shape that the hands make, so I know what time it is, but digital clocks give me no such help. Tell me that it is 11.36 and I have to convert the numbers into a shape before I realise that I am late for anything that was happening at 11.30! So when the clocks change I have to

engage all my brain cells at the same time to work out whether I am an hour ahead, or an hour late – I know that March marches forward and autumn falls back, but add to that the hour time difference between Spain and the English telly, and the whole thing congeals into a noxious morass of numbers in my poor little brain, causing it to scream and beg for mercy inside my skull. The Daylight Saving Act is in my opinion simply an excuse for extra maths. Why should I have to struggle with the twice yearly confusion of losing or gaining an hour, when after all is said and done, the day is still only 24 hours long. If the day became 25 or 23 hours long, maybe there would be some point to it all! Signed, Confused of Axminster

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Views From A Balcony In Spain

By Chris Marshall

The Tourism Debate Here in Almerimar the recent Partido Popular ‘meet and greet’ session focussed pretty much solely on their Tourism and Environment manifesto which included a desire to: - promote the ‘brand’ Almerimar as a tourist destination - create a tourist establishment at the former Guardia Civil barracks in Guardia Viejas - promote the establishment of a private yacht club with a sailing school and

other sports facilities, entertainment and restaurants -develop and enhance the cultural manifestations of historical and archaeological heritage, theater and music festivals, cuisine and customs. There are more and you can read the whole manifesto at http://almer imarlife.com/ p a r t i d o - p o p u l a r-t o u r i s m environment-manifesto-foralmerimar but the above are

adequate for now. Now I attended the meeting, and I have read the above, and I see nothing that I haven’t heard before, but at the same time I don’t see anything to get overly excited about either. What does confuse me is what type of tourists are people expecting? There is little doubt that the British Tourist market still remains significant, with foreign visitors spending 2.7€ billion in February, a 6.8% increase on

the same month in 2010, but only this week the Guardian in the UK described Europe’s perception of the British tourist as “ ....... a Daily Mail on their lap, glass of cheap wine at their elbow and a full English breakfast in their belly or boozed-up, drugged-up, football-loving young ravers” . This year Benidorm, the Costa del Sol and the Balearic’s have all seen increases in the number of Tourists, primarily due to the events in the Middle East, but these are well established tourist destinations, and with genuine respect to them as they do a great job for their target market, they are absolutely

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Life can sometimes be a funny thing. No matter what you do, it might carry you in a direction or to a place you never even had imagined. If anybody at my 40th birthday had said to me that I would be retiring, not only in Spain, but also as a Spanish pensioner, I would have laughed and called them stupid. However, luckily nobody said that to me, because I would have been proven to be the stupid one. Talking about stupidity! I often wonder what kind of world it is we have created. Like when I watched an article on TV about the difficulties of a young woman in finding her size in jeans. Yes, there were up to 2 cm difference between the different models, which is at the most damn annoying. The stupidity was that a psychologist came on screen, explaining that this could have a lasting negative effect on the young woman’s life, as not being able to fit into the same size all the time would leave her with the feeling that her body is not good enough. I ask you! As one eye said to the other: Between you and me something smells. 20 years ago I lived on Costa del Sol. The amount of money and luxury was enormous. Ferraris and limousines cruised the streets; shop windows did not have any prices exposed (if you needed to know, you could not afford it); and there were no houses, only mansions set back from the road sitting in beautifully landscaped parks with garages for 10 cars and stables on the ground. Now, most of the rich and beautiful people have deserted Costa del Sol and gone to other playgrounds. The remaining ones have apparently fallen on hard times – like the rest of us. But it is still Costa del Sol. When we here in Murcia have abandoned dogs on the roads, in Costa del Sol they have abandoned horses. I am not kidding you, I saw on the tele that abandoned horses posing a danger for road security in Costa del Sol are an increasing problem. Costa Cálida has changed enormously in the 15 years we have been living here. When we arrived it was truly peasant country with La Manga Club being the only resort in the whole of the region. We lived in the village, Los Belones, 5 minutes from the club. You only needed one hand to count the foreigners living in the village in those days – today you only need one hand to count the Spanish living there. Okay, at bit exaggerated, but I have always found that exaggeration furthers the understanding. The expat-community of today is spread all over the region, with a substantial concentration around Los Alcázares and Mazarrón. From real estate being the major occupation among the expats, now there is probably nothing that could not be offered by a foreigner. I went through a local English magazine that has been around for more than 10 years. I still remember when it was a couple of photocopied pages – now it is a 116 page magazine stuffed with adverts offering everything from alternative healing and dental care to funeral services, from furniture to car mechanics. Hey-ho! Real Spain for Expats!! Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

nothing like Almerimar and the Costa Almería ...... thankfully! I have never met anyone that has bought a property here in Almerimar that did so in the hope or expectation that one day the place would be like Benidorm. In fact without exception it is because it is “nothing like Benidorm”, “more Spanish than English” that people bought their properties here. I remain convinced that the tourism that the PP envisage, is the tourist market that the Spanish have always envisaged for this part of Spain: primarily residential tourism aimed at the Spanish and European second property owners, along with the

emerging tourist markets like Gastronomic Tourists. As a general rule these tourists are older, have more disposable income, and are more likely to return to an area several times a year, which is all good news resulting in a steady drip of ‘tourist’ revenues throughout the year rather than a seasonal boom. Personally this is what I ‘signed up for’ when deciding on Almerimar as our base in Spain, and it was always going to be a long term project developing Almerimar, not least because their target Spanish market is still young and needs to develop their disposable income before becoming residential tourists.

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. You can hear him daily on www.bayradio.fm and read him monthly in the Daily Telegraph.


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Very Hard!

SUDOKU PUZZLE

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ICELAND OVERSEAS

NEW VERA STORE In eager anticipation last Thursday 31st March approximately two hundred people queued outside the new Iceland store in Vera for the official opening of their largest store to date. Promptly at 10am the pink ribbon was cut and the first twenty

or so customers were presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion The new store which has been completely refurbished throughout is staffed by forty full time members all of which are fluent in English and were previous loyal Iceland customers prepared to make the trip to the then nearest store in San Javier , Murcia. Obviously the full range of Iceland’s chilled and frozen products are available, usual offers including Buy One Get One Free, plus well known brands and Waitrose. The store features a very large butchery and fresh meat counter, bakery with fresh products baked on the premises, fresh fruit and vegetable area and in the not to distant future an in store Cafe will be opening. The opening hours of the new store which incidentally for those of you who did not realise is in the old Intermarche supermarket just down from the Bull Ring in Vera. 9am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, in the summer months the store will open on Sunday’s. Iceland Overseas Imports started trading in the late nineties and have steadily expanded to this day with the opening of this their eleventh and flagship branch here in Vera.on mainland Spain. That is obviously “ WHY MUM’S GO TO ICELAND “ Your Roving Reporter Barrie Spencer SOL TIMES

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Sales of organic foods drops for SECOND YEAR recession-hit shoppers go for cheaper products The sale of organic food has dropped for two years in a row as shoppers opted for cheaper products in the recession. Cash made by organic products dropped by £100 million in 2010 - with overall sales falling 5.9 per cent from £1.84 billion to £1.73bn. The research was carried out by the Soil Association which will today outline its findings in the 2011 Organic Market Report. it is the second year running that sales in the sector have fallen following a 12 per cent drop in 2009, ending a 16 year run of growth. The Soil Association, which certifies organic products, said that ready meals were down by 36 per cent. The organisation

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Insects - important part of UK diet by 2020

Consumers in the UK will turn to insects as food as conventional meat becomes scarce, says entomologist

Western diners should get used to the idea of eating insects because by 2020 it is “inevitable” they will form an important part of our diet, according to the entomologist who heads up the world’s first university centre focusing on insects as a food source. He argues that consumers who have traditionally turned their noses up at sixlegged food may have to change their minds as conventional meat becomes more expensive and scarce. Prof Marcel Dicke of Wageningen University said: “The most important thing is getting people prepared, getting used to the idea. Because from 2020 onwards, there won’t be much of a choice for us.” He wants to persuade people to ditch prejudices about insects, and to persuade manufacturers and suppliers to come up with products that can be sold in “a reassuring and attractive manner”. Dicke heads a Netherlandsbased four-year programme aiming to produce a scientific and business plan to bring insects to western tables. More than 1,000 insect species are eaten around the world in 80% of countries – mostly in the tropics. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation says insects are vital to meeting the nutritional needs of the world’s growing population, but they hardly feature in the diets of many rich nations. For centuries insects have been part of the daily diet of humans throughout the world, from the ants and larvae eaten as part of their subsistence diet by the tribes of Africa and Australia to the popular crispy-fried locusts and beetles enjoyed in Thailand. Insects as food (known as entomophagy) are increasingly being promoted as a alternative which are more healthy, nutritious and sustainable than mainstream staples such as chicken, beef and fish. The starting point for the research programme at Wageningen University – led by a team of 70 researchers – is the notion that 80% of the world’s population, knowingly or unknowingly, is already consuming insects. Ground insects are already found in common foods such as canned tomatoes and peanut butter, for example. As well as being low in cholesterol and high in protein, insects produce less waste, Dicke points out, as we typically throw away threequarters of a chicken, but can eat the same percentage of a locust. Insects also win on the “conversion factor” or ration of feed ingested by

the animal to the meat produced by it – known as ECI. Beef cattle has an ECI rate of 10 while the cockroach triumps with 44. The carbon emissions associated with growing insects is also far lower than those linked to conventional livestock. In the UK, the sale of insects for human consumption is part of what is still a niche food sector centred largely around novelty snacks. The specialist supplier Edible sells a range of delicacies ranging from Thai Curry crickets to BBQ worm crisps which are stocked by retailers such as Selfridges, and Harvey Nichols. Tanya McMullen, grocery buying manager at Selfridges, said: “The Edible brand grows year after year. Our customers like it because it is so unusual. You don’t find oven-baked tarantula and scorpion lollies in many places so it’s a product most customers won’t have seen before. It is difficult to say whether it’s a current trend as it has always been a successful range for Selfridges but there is definitely an increasing number of discerning customers who are more and more willing to try something out of the ordinary. Sales are currently very strong having grown 20% in the last 12 months.” In the UK, chefs report some success in encouraging their diners to eat creepy-crawlies. Daniel Creedon, head chef and manager of Archipelago restaurant in central London, buys frozen cricket and locusts in bulk from a supplier on the Isle of Wight. He says: “They are very popular and not just because of their quirkiness. I think our diners are genuinely interested in sustainability and diminishing food supplies. I bake them in the oven until they are crisp and then toss them in a wok with chilli and ginger as in my experience customers tend to be squeamish about anything that is soft and squidgy.” The most commonly eaten insect species on the planet 1. Beetles and cockroaches 2. Flies 3. Lice and coccidia 4. Cicadas 5. Wasps, bees and ants 6. Termites 7. Butterflies and moths 8. Dragonflies 9.Crickets and grasshoppers 10. Mantises

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Throwing food away sends world’s w e gr n a e s ith w ic s u m e v Li scarce water gushing down the plughole every wednesday As consumers throw millions of tonnes of uneaten food into the bin each year, few give a thought to the hidden cost of such waste – the water that it took to grow the food. But new research shows that we throw away, on average, twice as much water per year in the form of uneaten food as we use for washing and drinking. What is worse, increasing amounts of our food comes from countries where water is scarce, meaning the food we discard has a huge hidden impact on the depletion of valuable water resources across the world. According to the first comprehensive study into the impact of the “embedded water” in the UK’s food waste on world water supplies, more than a 5% of the water used by the UK is thrown away in the form of uneaten food. The research was carried out by the government’s

Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) and the green campaigning group WWF, and is published with the title: Water and Carbon Footprint of Household Food Waste in the UK. The water used to produce food thrown away by households in the UK amounts to about 6.2bn cubic metres a year. That represents 6% of the UK’s total water footprint, which includes water used in industry and agriculture. About a quarter of the water used to grow and process the wasted food originates in the UK, but much of it comes from countries that are already experiencing water stress. Green campaigners have for years called for more attention to be paid to “hidden” or “embedded” water – water that is used in the production of all sorts of goods, from food and clothing to cars and furniture, and which

represents a hidden cost on exports. As more countries suffer from water scarcity, these exports can further deplete natural resources and cause environmental problems such as salination – which can render land unfit for growing crops – and higher prices for water to poorer consumers. Food waste carries another environmental cost: it accounts for about 3% of the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the amount generated by 7m cars each year. That is enough to cancel out the greenhouse gases saved each year by British households’ recycling efforts. David Tickner, head of freshwater programmes at WWF, said consumers could make a “small but very significant” contribution to reducing water stress if they tried to avoid wasting so much food.

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Every Sunday

fun Quiz

with play your cards right and Irish Bingo followed by music

disco / karaoke with DJ Steve king saturday 9th april

DJ Stevie King’s Birthday Party & 80’s disco with fancy dress

Live music with robyn saturday 16th april

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

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around the costa almeria cHURCH SERVICES

AGUAVIVA EVANGELICAL CHURCH Call 950 064 402 www alboxevangelicalcentre.es Anglican Chaplaincy, Church of England, Mojacar Canon Hugh Broad, 950 478 432. Contact Church Wardens Alan Smith 950 478 066or visit: www.mojacarchurch.org Anglican Chaplaincy, Church of England, Albox Contact Peter for details on 950 293 806 Anglican Chaplaincy, Church of England, Roquetas Contact Peter for details on 950 293 806 Evangelical Church Tel: 950 617 549 or visit our website www.turrechurch.com. Full Gospel Church International Call Peter 676 241 292 or Alfred 619 959 015 for further details Roman Catholic (Mojacar Village) Priest: 950 475 017 THE LIVING WATER CHURCH – MOJACAR For further details contact Pastor David Hamilton 950 618 814 Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses English meetings, Tuesday 7.30pm, Sunday 10.15am at Oliva 15 (road opposite Lidl), Vera. Tel: 677 857 920 Turre Church Toddlers on Fridays 10 - 11.30am Contact: Marianne on 950 472 349

clubs & assocIATIONS A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous Call 620 165 005. Almanzora Group of Friends: Information Centre & Library Ccontact Diane Bolam 686 009 788 www.almanzoragof.org Animal Protection Society Albox (A.P.S.A.) Homing Officer - Call 662 000 378 Mon-Sat 10am-2pm. Charity Shops are: ALBOX Calle Ancha, (just up from Santander bank) & TIJOLA Calle Vulcan (near the police station) General Enquiries: 663 762 642 Amigos de los Coches Clasicos del Levante A classic car club situated in the Almeria/Murcia region of Southern Spain. For more information www.a-c-c.es, Harry 629 529 656 or Hans 968 419 256 or email: acclevante@hotmail.com AUAN - Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No - meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month 11am at La Parilla in Albox. Tel: 617 118 209 www.almanzora-au.org - New members always welcome! Betty’s Garden Club 12pm, 2nd Monday of the month at Camping Los Gallardos. Contact: 950 398 162 Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club Secretary Doreen Sands- call 950 064 791 Cantoria Residents Association For further details www. residentsinspain.com or phone the secretary on 662 413 075 Classic Automobile Club For further information call: Monique: 699 961 002; Hans: 968 419 256; Peter: 968 419 222 Dames in Huercal Overa meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Tennis Club. 10.30 til 12.30. For further details please contact Pam 677 273 736 Dames in Turre Call Lesley 950 478 633 or email lesleyiom@yahoo.co.uk Dames in Spain Meet at Kimrick Mojacar 3rd Monday of the month 11am. Guests welcome. Contact Gail Creasey Chairman 950 472 225 or Iris Hamilton Secretary 950 475 863 Elderberries Lunch Club For elderly, lonely, handicapped etc. Tel: Margaret 950 477 063 or Marianne 950 472 349. Expatriate Ostomates of Spain (EOS) Have you had surgery on the digestive or urinary system for cancer or other disease? If you would like to help someone, or receive further information, please call our local contact Dee 950 064 322 Forum Golf Society plays organised friendly games at local courses twice a month. Contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 or philjelam@yahoo.co.uk, or see www.arboleas.co.uk/forum Indalo Bowling Club Los Gallardos visitors welcome. Please contact Toni Watts, Club Membership Secretary 950 468 165 Indalo Players Theatre Group All enquiries to Sue 950 133 655 / 666 133 217 Model Aero Flying Club For further information contact: Johnny Hayes 950 478 899. Mojacar Cricket Club For further information call: Dave Redpath 950 617 606 or Sam Lewis 632 132 487 mojacar taekwon-do club Indigo Gym, Mojacar Playa. Lessons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call or see our website for more details, and times of lessons. Tel 646 844 708 or www.gtfspain.webs.com Santa Irene Club de Vela Sailing for all! Tel: John Talisson 950 475 157 or Email: sailrway@hot mail.corn

MUsiC & ENTERTAINMENT Pamela’s Line Dance Club Call Pamela: 950 398 076 Dancing Classes In Vera and Los Gallardos for adults and children. Information contact Anita Watson Tel 950 453861 Julie Bruce Dance/Drama Academy Call 950 617 545 or 697 861 071 For inclusion or amendments, please email: editor@ soltimes.com WITH THE NAME OF YOUR CLUB/ASSOCIATION AND A CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESS

Make A Date In Your Diary!!!!

CAR BOOT

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EVERY Wednesday 9am Restaurant Car Park

P i t ch O n l y 2 €

For further information contact Julie on 646 675 297 ‘Situated on the AL8102 Huercal Overa/Taberno Road to the junction of Los Llanos & Santo Petar crossroads’

NEW STALLS inc: Fruit & veg, dvd’s, cd’s, avon & plants/flowers

MANY BARGAINS TO BE HAD!!

Menu deL dia ~ TUE-fri - 3 courses ~ 7€ el Rancho caravan park now open

At Salon Multiservicios Del Ayuntamiento, Arboleas (Next To Arboleas Swimming Pool Please We Need Your Help!!!!!! We Are Collecting…… Raffle Prizes,Tombola Prizes, Bottles,Bric-A-Brac,Plants,Cakes Jams And Preserves Drops Off Points Are: Rumores - Albox Cashjoya Jewellers - Albox John Crystal Man - Car Boot( Internaional Bar Sat.Morning) Essentials - Arboleas Mo’s Bar - La Alfoquia Total Entertainment - Huercal-Overa

Car boot Sale at

Camping Los Gallardos now every Wednesday morning

as from 6th April Stalls 3€ Charity Stalls Free

Genuine second hand goods only

Tel 950 528 324 Mob. 650 418 954

Show this week, almeria life from 3-4 on Fridays with Jackie Miles-Kirby and Carmel Langdon WALKING ON SUNSHINE ! NEW BURLESQUE WORKSHOP & SHOW

21st May at The New Kimrick

By Terri Maloney from UK

(as featured in Come Dine With Me & interviewed on Bay Radio)

tHE DANCE EVENT OF THE SPRING FRIDAY NIGHTS ALRIGHT…..

If you didn’t make it to La Mar Salada on Mojacar playa last night you certainly missed out. The new dance craze taking the world of fitness by storm, ZUMBA, had people head to Mojacar from far and wide. Local zumba instructor Rachel Medi organised the one and a half hour non stop dance event to help raise funds for cancer charity, the aecc. And I think anyone who was there would agree it was a huge success. Fellow instructors, Kimberely Harrison and Hermann Melo [europes principal zumba instructor] joined Rachel from such places as Alicante and Paris to help make the night a hit. Between the three of them they got Mojacar jumping. The floor was packed with ZUMBA crazy enthusiasts, shaking their hips and bumping and grinding the night away for a worthwhile cause. It certainly was a sight to see so many people smiling, laughing and having fun and any fitness program that can

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do that certainly has the edge. The no pain, no gain myth has been well and truly chucked out the window. These fantastic instructors teach you how to dance, have fun and give you the figure you have always dreamed of, you only need to look at them to see that it is possible. ZUMBA is definitely exercise in disguise. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to miss last nights event, Rachel Medi [zin] will be hosting ZUMBA dance nights twice monthly at La Mar Salada, Mojacar on the beach front. For those of you who would like to come along or find a ZUMBA class near you visit www.zumbaspain.com for more details

...what’s

going on ! in your area?

Scam Gas Inspectors....

I reported the problems residents have experienced to the Mayor and local Police, and the Mayor confirms no certificates have been issued to companies to check gas installations, which is the required procedure. The local Police advise if these people are operating in your area, then contact them asap on 616919398/ please do not let yourself be conned out of 100 euros, just because the look official. Bruce Hobday, Cantoria Residents Association

Mojácar New Art Gallery Opens with British Artists...........

Artist’s Exhibition at the newly inaugurated Centro de Arte at the Fuente (fountain) in Mojacar Pueblo until 2nd May. Showing art and photography by British artists and local residents, Jayne Raine and Jill Bennett, the exhibition has a strong fiesta, flamenco and fashion theme. Entrance is free and opening hours are 10.30 to 1.30 and 5 to 8 Tuesdays to Fridays and 11 to 2 Saturdays and Sundays (closed Mondays). For further details ring Jill on 950 478 383 or 600 070 188.


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20€ for 6 books 10€ for 3 books

JACKPOT 200€

FOOD AVAILABLE FROM 7PM

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Walk & Talk Fun Walk.............

This fun walk is taking place on Sunday 10th April 2011 at 10.30am and is organised by the Walker & Talkers Club. Tickets cost 2 Euros per person. Dogs welcome at1 Euro per dog and must be kept on a lead. This event was inspired by friends and members of the club who have been supported by MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support).Supporters unable to attend the event have produced marmalade they intend to sell as their contribution. The club has between 18 and 25 members and organising this fundraising event is their way of supporting their friends and MACS. For anyone interested in joining the club, they club meet every Thursday, (unless it rains), at the Grapevine Bar. For further information please contact Susan Taylor on 950 091 185. Tickets for the fundraising event can be purchased from the Grapevine Bar La Hoya, Cantoria. The Grapevine Bar does a full English breakfast at 2 Euros per person. So call in, treat yourself to a 2 Euro breakfast and purchase a ticket to walk it off on the fun walk. A fun day out, meet new friends, keep fit and help MACS all at the same time. MACS Mojacar Area Cancer Support Charity www.macscancersupport.com macscancersupport@live.co.uk MACS HELPLINE Tel: (0034) 634 656 555

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Home made puddings, scones & cakes

Fridays from 1 O’clock till late. Fish n Chips only

€5.50

All available eat in or take away from 12 every day - 950 634 562

THIS WEEK’S OFFER Bananas 99c PER KILO Carrots 59c PER KILO Strawberries 3.50€ per punnet Open Mon-Sat 9.30 - 8pm (no siesta) Avda Lepanto, Esquina C/Malaga - ALBOX

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Overlooking stunning views of mountains and olive groves. Plenty of comfort and leg room. Our aim is to give you an evening to remember

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Fine dining from 6pm

Dance the night away Saturday 16th April from 9pm Live Entertainment with music from

Easter Saturday

23rd April from 9pm Just JC singing live 50’s 60’s 70’s Country, Motown , & Rock n Roll

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Open Midday - late everyday Tel: 950 634 562

Indalo Bowling Club

Situated between Turre & Los Gallardos

Come and make new friends while enjoying an outdoor sport. We meet every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday between 10am - 2pm

8th, 9th & 10th April 16th & 17th April Museo Pedro Gilabert The New Kimrick Arboleas Mojacar Curtain Up - 7:30pm - Tickets 10€ Available From CRA Library, Cantoria

Girasol, Almanzora GoF & One Stop Pools, Albox Shandmade at Bar International, Saturday Car Boot Sale The New Kimrick Hotel & Gills English Bed Linen, Mojacar

For more details call 950 439 406 or 650 817 517

13th April Have a wonderful party. Sorry I will miss it but we will catch up soon. At least it will be ‘Dublin in the Dry’ like your 50th All my love as always Chrissie xxx

Have a great day Love all your friends xxxx

for The finest dining experience

Replay Duo

Lin Fishburn Happy 60th Birthday

Happy Birthday Michele

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PAWS A WHILE PET HOTEL • 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.

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

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For further details call Toni Watts 950 468 165 or 647 703 393 Qualified coaching provided

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in Association with Dolphin Solutions & P.A.W.S PATAS. Well what a response we have had!!! It is clear that there are more crazy people in the area that was originally thought!! So far confirmed we have: Claire – SOL TIMES; Scott - Subway Mojacar Richard - SOL TIMES Production Lucy - Global Currency Exchange Network Helen B - From ELC and Spectrum FM Tommy - chef at LA PARATA Restaurant Jess - Emporium Hair Salon Leanne - Emporium Hair Salon Damien - Lifestlye Enclosures, Antas Jodie - SOL TIMES Production Alex - Chef at El Olivo Serge - Taekwon-do Instructor Others have been in touch but not confirmed as of yet!!! The sponsorship forms will be hitting the streets this week – we are looking for any bars, restaurants or businesses that are willing to hold a collection tin and a sponsor form! Please please do get in touch – and for everyone that would like to sponsor us we will announce all collection points in next weeks Sol Times! It’s suddenly becoming very real… arrrgh!!


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Drop in your coupon listing your items for sale or email your wording to sales@soltimes.com

To place your ad....Call: Paulette 950 121 936 or Rosemary 647 379 878 Email: sales@soltimes.com or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway. Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email: sales@soltimes.com

Airport services A I R P O R T

www.AAparking.es S E R V I C E S : A l l Tel: 639 081 067 airports, anytime,

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Building, Reforms and General Maintenance & Roofing

spring is here!

Are your BBQ’s, Pool Surrounds,

reliable, reasonable rates. Tel: 629 097 057

Patio’s & Pergolas ready? Paul on 671 843 155 Terry 646 234 222

Alicante Almeria Murcia s e r v i c e s Airport, social & New shopping run. Tel:

construction

Cheap

Airport Parking Servicing / Repairs

A i r p o r t

677 667 722

alternative energy

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962 Solar Wind Power Solutions. SPECIAL OFFER on large solar panels. Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@sunergyalmeria.com www. sunergy almeria.com

auctions Location Auctions, Antas El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 13th April. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412

bingo

LA VIDA, CUCADOR, Bingo Special, EVERY Wednesday. Eyes down 8pm - Drinks promotions: House Vodka + mixer, only 2.50€. Estrella 1€ a bottle & Bud and Real Ale on tap. Play your cards right plus jackpot bingo prize 200€. Great home-made food from 6-9pm. Good selection of wines! Great night out! 950 634 562

blinds

Internal

Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

Matt Murray T: 950 069 065 m: 647 841 750 matmurrayes@gmail.com business opportuniy

Stock of Boys and Girls New Clothing

For 2-12 year olds. Famous brands including Disney and M&S. Characters including Toy Story, Dora and Cars. Potential to earn 50% return. Bargain at 2,400 euros.

car boot sale

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SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

for

a

free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

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

www.solshaders.net Email: solshaders@live.co.uk

builders

patios, terraces & enclosures Ring Alan on: 600 268 176

30 years experience  Free, friendly advice and quotations TRADE ADVERTS - Cost only 45c per word, min 10 Ross Regan We words. Maximum of 3 adverts per week. Please cover all aspects make cheques payable to Matthews Media S.L.

Find us above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox - Baza Road from the motorway

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

Neil Bates Builder City & Guilds Qualified

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices

SPARKLES Property Care Service, Key Holding, Holiday Change Over Cleaning. Let us take good care of your property!

for sale

scrolls, 96cms deep x 73.5cms wide, 30€. Tel: 950 469 479.

Intex 10’ x 30” splash pool with Tel: 627 279 584 sparkles2@live.com cover, pump, filter etc. 30.00€ Baza computers Tel: 647 266 344

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: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com

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

for sale

C ompute r , 17” monitor, keyboard, mouse, router. £150.00 o.n.o Baza Tel: 600 890 631 Hawker 295 amp 2volt batteries for solar power 12volt set of 6 250€ (cost new 250 each) 2 sets available Tel: 619 744 516 V u asa batt e r i e s for solar power 300amp brand new never used set of 6x2volt to make 12volt battery cost over £1000 still dry I have not put acid in them yet so are new 300€ Tel: 619 744 516

Generator Es 8000 power system Honda gx390. 13hp petrol 6.5kva 115/240v very little use 950€ Tel: 659 685 133 Gents single G e n e rator br e ast e d Tel: 950 459 523 For Sale: Mitsubishi suit. Light grey 9.4 diesel, in with a light blue or 600 985 583 excellent condition. running Bar for rent in the Port of Only 2000 hours square Roquetas de Mar. Call 600 585 789 for used. €3490 ono. through it. Marks details and Spencers, 42 Tel: 696 744 982 Bar for sale. Village location. regular, 31 inch leg. S o n y Bar lease, fixtures, fittings, good will. Brand new, cost over Good turnover and profits. €15,000 Tel: Trinitron 28” Flat Screen TV (not £220 Worn once 634 320 025 slimline) as new at Nieces wedding. Beauty/Therapy room for complete with stand rent. Mojacar Playa. Tel: 667 961 645 or table 75€ Tel: 950 Will accept 75€ Tel: 634 780 904 168 673 or 663 660 687 056 397

Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. INTERNAL & E x t e r n a l EXTERNAL BLINDS Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, for more Blinds Call information call Julie: 646 675 297 Justin at Sol

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Air-con

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

collectables

Ray’s Collectables

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

Call Ray:

634 671 887 couriers

Couriers International

Parcels to and from Europe Excellent Rates Also Full Loads or Part Loads To and from UK

Drop Off Point in Roquetas De Mar Almeria Living, Avenida Playa Serena, Hotel Playa Capricho Local 3 04740 Roquetas De Mar Tel: 950 336 626 / 670 784 470 info@almerialiving.com Drop Off Point in Ambiente Calle Lago como 8 Pasaje Andaluz, 04740 Roquetas de Mar ~ 950 333 411 Drop Off Point in Almerimar Almerimar Insurance services Calle Jabeque 16 Local 5 Almeimar Tel: 950 498 000/667 479 940

For Further Enquires s.halvorsen@ btconnect.com or Tel: 600 585 789

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One pine d o u bl e wardrobe with 2 base drawers. Excellent condition 100€.Tel: 687 056 Window, 122cms deep x 82cms 397. wide, comprising One pine two windows each bed, 95cms deep x single head board, base 31cms wide with m o s q / p e r s i a n a , board, and mattress. white alu/pvc 100€. Excellent condition Tel: 950 469 479. 100€ Tel: 687 056 Reja with 397 S at e ll i t e dish, Spanish, oval, 68cms deep x 61cms wide, 30€. Tel: 950 469 479.

wanted

Wardrobe 196x130x51 approx. & Chest of drawers. NOT pine Tel: 950 466 195

PHOTOGRAPHIC LIGHTING. Monolight flash unit and or hand-held light meter. Tel: 663 006 390

Jewellery (Not Scrap) Silver and Silver plated items Antiques and small items of interest. English prices paid. Also Jewellery repaired by Hatton Garden Jeweller Tel: 0044 7963 020 106 & 620 773 954 English dealer living in Spain


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Why the UN can never pause for thought stop climate change

For any progress to be made, diplomacy should shift to smaller forums, with achievable goals and focus on adaptation by David G Victor * On Sunday in Thailand diplomats are tiny. The UN system has also relied One of the few positive outcomes opened another round of formal United on legally binding agreements, which from Copenhagen was the creation Nations talks on global warming. For sound good in theory yet have proved of a system for countries to pledge more than 20 years, the UN has been difficult to tailor and adjust in light of what they can really do to control working on this problem, with little the many different interests that must emissions. Many countries, including progress. Expectations have never be reflected in any serious international all 10 of the biggest polluters, have been lower. The December 2009 pact to control emissions. adopted pledges. Each pledge is conference in Copenhagen that was More progress will come from shifting different; the best are complicated supposed to finalise a new treaty to efforts on three fronts. First, while the because what a country actually does replace the expiring Kyoto protocol UN talks should not be abandoned, depends on lots of local factors. These ended in deadlock. Last year’s talks in most diplomacy should shift to smaller pledges are the best starting point for Cancún ended without agreement on forums which engage just the largest building agreements that are realistic most of the important new issues. countries. In fact, 10 countries (treating and credible. Yet this “bottom up” Some of the troubles with global the EU as one) account for nearly four- approach has been resisted because warming diplomacy are unavoidable. fifths of all warming emissions. Working it doesn’t align with the abstract (and Stopping climate change is one of the with those 10 will be complicated unrealistic) “top down” goals such as hardest challenges the international enough. That group of big polluters stopping warming at 2C. Bottom up is community has undertaken. The main includes some that are willing to devote messy, but the lesson from most other cause of climate change, emissions massive resources to the problem, areas of international diplomacy is that of carbon dioxide, is intrinsic to the such as the EU, and others that are a it works. burning of fossil fuels that power the lot more reluctant – among them, China Third, talks must shift from focusing world economy. Even in the best of and the United States. The enthusiastic exclusively on controlling emissions circumstances, getting off carbon will nations have been the biggest backers to dealing with the reality that lots take decades and trillions of dollars. of the UN approach because they of climate change is inevitable. That The world economic crisis makes that are best able to make strict, binding means helping countries to adapt. It even harder as few societies choose to agreements. But what works for the EU also means, in time, planning for the spend money on distant problems when fails for most of the rest of the world possible use of “geo-engineering” they face more immediate challenges that is more skittish about binding technologies – such as shooting dust such as unemployment and poverty. commitments that they might not be into the upper atmosphere to reflect away a bit more of the incoming The failure to make progress, able to honor. Second, talks need to shift focus to sunlight – that can crudely offset some though, is mainly due to bad strategy. The United Nations forum is the wrong what is really achievable. For nearly a of the effects of climate change and place for serious diplomacy. One of the decade, most global warming diplomacy might be needed if global warming chief strengths of the UN system – that has focused on the efforts needed to turns ugly quickly. it involves every nation on the planet stop global warming at 2C above preThe good news in global warming – is a huge liability for global warming. industrial levels. Actual warming has is that there are tentative signs of By working in large groups, UN talks been about one degree so far. By the progress on all three of these fronts. are often held hostage to the whims time all the inertia built into the climate The bad news is that a serious of even small players – as happened in and energy system is felt even a severe diplomatic approach is two decades Copenhagen and Cancún when Sudan programme to regulate emissions overdue and unlikely, even in the best and Bolivia and a few other nations starting today is likely to see warming circumstances, to stop global warming whose emissions of warming pollution blow through the 2 degree limit. any time soon.

Having obtained authorisation to climb Kilimanjaro, I’ve been amazed how many people asked about sponsorship. To be honest, I’d never really given it a thought, but considering the apparent interest, I prepared the requisite sponsor form for donations to the three charities supported by Mojacar Anglican Church; being first, the Orphanage in Vera, secondly a charity supporting underprivileged families in Peru and thirdly, Heshima, an organisation working with children in Tanzania (based at the foot of the very mountain I’ll be climbing), determined that any sponsorship received should be given directly to these, with nothing being deducted for the likes of administration or expenses. Now I’ve absolutely no experience of these things, so having prepared a draft form, I sent it to my daughter in the UK, for her thoughts, and the next I heard was that her twin 8-year-old boys had been most excited, and emptied their moneyboxes to make their contributions. It was not, apparently a question of “How much can we spare?” but one of immediately wanting to donate all they had. How typical of course of children. But how similar to the Bible story of the Widow’s Mite, where Jesus so commended the lady, criticised by all around for her paltry giving, because He recognised that she had given everything she had to God, keeping nothing back for herself. As Jesus explained, God measures the generosity of our giving far more by how much we retain for ourselves, than by the amount we actually give to others. So how well, I wonder, does my generosity measure up against this yardstick? We’re all very aware of the financial pressures around us, but of course compared with the widow in the story, with the families in Peru, with the children in Vera and Tanzania and even with my grandsons, we’re wealthy beyond belief, yet give so little and keep so much back for ourselves. I have the feeling we all have an awful lot to learn about the meaning of true generosity! There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www. mojacarchurch.org

Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at djburr@avired.com

* David G Victor is professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California and author of Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet

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As he walked around New York that day, his made his first call to Dr Joel S Engel, his rival and head of research at Bell Labs phone company. Mr Cooper called his office landline to break the news that Motorola had beaten Bell in developing the first mobile phone. He then let reporters make their own calls to verify that the invention actually worked and that they weren’t the victims of an elaborate hoax. It had long been Mr Cooper’s vision for phones to become portable, in an age when even James Bond dared not dream of making a phone call outside of a vehicle. For that was as portable as phones had become up to that point. While the wealthy had been able to install a phone in their car for years, the major downside was the need to also install a substantial amount of equipment in the boot for it to work. Mr Cooper’s device weighed 2.5lbs and would now be considered a ‘brick’, of course. It would be ten years before Motorola finally introduced the DynaTAC, the first commercially available mobile phone, into service in 1983. The device weighed 1lb and cost a staggering $3,500 (£2,170). Mr Cooper went on to found ArrayComm, a wireless technology and systems company, in 1992.

letter to the editor Hi Sol Times, pains to tell us and all the parties are taking great As it is coming up to Election time e of the things e – would you be interested in som all about the things they have don they have not done. ded that after PP Council as a vote gatherer deci In the run up to the last election the ld resurface wou they rda residents of Camino La Cue 3 / 4 years of complaining by the to use. what had become a dangerous road resurfaced re-surfacing – but only 3.5 Klms was for ] ped scra [ 5 Klms was prepared instigator main of the Spanish Farmer who was the ition – as it happens just up to the gate cond se wor a in remaining 1.5 Klms left – now of the complaints to them – the work. than it was before the star t of the g with providing ised by the PSOE was that alon prom were One of the things we the criterion for } ened happ r neve { which also Electricity for ever yone in the area – we were also month after they won the Election connections was altered just one be completed. promised the road surface would t about the state s I have made an official complain basi Ever since then on a regular ions where we sect are e ther – se es the surface wor of the road – ever y rain storm mak the road. There of the road as this is smoother than now drive in the field at the side deep covering foot assable due to potholes nearly a are sections which may soom be imp – No money er answ k stoc enquiry bring the same the road from side to side, ever y to do La Cuerda . ure & 770,00 0 by the Dept of Agricult given In June 2010 the Council was and ity mun Com s in the area used by the Farming er} Fisheries to re-surface several road spap new own ncils d in the newspaper {the Cou La Cuerda was one of the roads state to be re-surfaced asap. er I received was work would be star ted - the answ In July I enquired as to when the er they would emb Sept in days Holi the called in after a rota was being drawn up and if I would be ober d in September and was told Oct then be able to tell me more. I calle the star t for la Cuerda. ared for – so signs of any work being done or prep October came and went with no no money was e ther n agai once e – only to be told in November I enquired once mor had the funds and it would be done when they for the re-surfacing of La Cuerda available. ,00 0 earmarked s what had happened to the 770 I did then ask in quite forceful term funds had to ated alloc that n d time and time agai for these roads – I had been informe ey seems to mon this yet – else hing and not for anyt be used for the allocated purpose r. lette I am still waiting for a reply to this have vanished - Three months later Thanking you, Fred Sheriff Dear Editor I wonder if you help me - I am appe aling for help from any of your read ers in the Arboleas/Albox area.

Can anyone let me know if they have seen a red Vauxhall Nova 1.2 mer it, right-hand drive with spanish plates (Reg: 272 8 CWK) in the Arboleas/Albox area . This car was sold by me in 2007 but the new owner did not change the ownership into his name. Consequently, in 201 0 I had a demand for the road tax, which I was advised to pay by the Gestoria I was dealing with in Mojacar, in order that they could put a ‘Baja’ on the car. The tax and ITV over the previous 3 years has obviously been paid, but in February this year I rece ived a denuncia from the Agencia Tributaria for 150 for non-payment of the ITV for 2010. Naturally I have appealed against it but I cannot cont act the new owner. I have not seen the car for 4 years and I can only think that the new owner has gone from the area, as the garage in Arbolea s for whom he was working is now closed. I would so much appreciate it if anyone can help me locate the car or knows of the owner. Please cont act me on 667 275 614 if you can help. Name & Address Withheld

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gardening & home Butterflies are in trouble. Such serious trouble that Britain’s foremost naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, not a man given to rash or alarmist statements, believes that unless they are helped to survive, the whole delicate, interconnected ecosystem could suffer a “catastrophic breakdown”. An alarming 70% of Britain’s butterflies are in decline, and almost half are threatened with extinction. In the past century, four species have disappeared altogether. The most dramatic drop in numbers has happened, inexplicably, in the past three years. Even the “common”

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Indalo Hash House Harriers......... Valle del Este Golf Society................ This week apart from playing golf we had our AGM on friday which went very well. Our out going captain John Haydon was thanked for the way the society was run during the year, and the incoming captain Mally Roberts was wished every success for the incoming year. The committee was reelected for the next year, and the thanked all of the members for there support in the decisions made during the year. Some new motions were passed and the committee will work on these to make the society better for all members. Now for the results on Tuesday we played a 2 ball scramble with 28 players taking part and the winners in first place Sue Hull & Jim Quigley 2nd Bob Mearing & John Maine 3rd Dick Hull & Malcolm Cleife 4th

The ‘Indalo Hash meets the Indalo Man’ Hash: Velez Rubio is about as far as Indalo Hash House Harriers venture. On a beautiful spring day 11 Hashers and the inevitable dogs assembled at the swimming pool at Velez – just a couple of miles from the ‘birth place’ of the Indalo Man in Cueves de los Letreros. The walkers set off on their route following very clear florescent yellow markers. However, once again, they soon got lost, but what the matter. The sun was shining warm. The birds were singing. Snow sparkled on the highest peaks of the Sierra de Marias and the spring flowers made a solid purple and white carpet in

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the almond groves. Meanwhile, because the yellow florescent paint had been exhausted on the walkers trail, the ‘runners’(sic) had to follow a trail of diluted milk spots! With extreme difficulty they meandered towards the massive rock hulk of Gigante, but enjoying the same vistas as the walkers. They had the added bonus of spotting a huge eagle that rose from an almond grove and circled a little, before heading off towards the mountains. Walker and runners were reunited at the swimming pool for the circle. Various misdemeanours were reported on – most notable being by Puff (watering

the campo; taking private photos and wearing his hat in the circle twice!) Ancient Hippy, Tena Lady and Rip Van for being early and Norman Bates for being perfect. Slippery Fingers – who is apparently useless with anything manual duly, received his new name. The On After was held at the really nice pool bar – though there was a spot of bother when Ancient Hippy nicked Rip Vans sausage sandwich. The next hash is on Sunday 10th April in Huércal-Overa. For more information see our website www.indaloh3. com or e-mail indaloh3@ gmail.com

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Spain march on undefeated towards Euro 2012 finals Spain now have one foot in the Euro 2012 finals after beating Lithuania 3-1 in Kaunas tonight. Juan Mata proved decisive for the defending champions, although an element of luck was also involved in the first two goals. A deflection off Andrius Skerlos laid on the first goal for Xavi and an own goal by Tadas Kjanskas from a Mata cross all but cemented victory for Vicente del Bosque’s men. Mata rounded the match off nicely with a beautiful goal from a classic Spanish team move. The pitch, WWW.SOLTIMES.COM jokingly

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Wednesday 30th March 2011 at Cortijo Grande and 2 divisions 42 golfers. The winner of the first division with 36 points Brian Harwood, second with 35 Bob Winter third with 32 David Johnstone. Second division winner with 30 points Frederique Baird, second with 29 Graham Meeks third with 29 Ursula Lade. Ball sweep winner - John Nunn. Sunday 3rd April 2011 and again 45 golfers. The winner of the first div with 39 Frank McGovern, second with 38 Cathall Higgins & third with 38 Mike Picken. Second division winner with 37 David Baird, second with 28 Freerique Baird and third with 28 Sylvia Bradfield. Ball Sweep Winners - Greg Ward, Cathall Higgins & David Baird. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome MP

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1 April 2011: We had 36 players taking part this week on a bright but windy day at Almerimar. We think that from next week the number of players may drop off as a number of our winter players are starting to return to their home countries for the spring and summer. This week we played a Best 2 stableford competition. It was teams of four with two scores counted on each hole. In addition there were two hidden holes where extra scores counted. The winners were Jürgen Neuhäuser (chocolates last week), Idris Browning, Shaun Price and Neil James with a team score of 91 points. Last place and chocolates went to the team of Douglas Kemp, Jan Ljung, John Witham and Mimi Piest with a score of 75. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Alan Sharpe with a distance of 10.60m. You can see the full results at www.fridaygolfsociety.es. 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 info@fridaygolfsociety.es.

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