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There is concern regarding the possible drilling for oil and natural gas in the Alboran Sea, which runs between the south coast of Spain and the north coast of Africa. ‘Co-ordinadora Verde de Andalucía’ and other Environmental groups are headlining concerns about fears that the area under threat is a massive 330,000 hectares of the sea floor off the coasts of the provinces of Almería, Granada and Malaga. Seven authorizations have been issued in this area, and it is feared that drilling could commence any moment, decimating the marine life – this area is considered to be one of the largest biological reserves of marine life in the world.

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The Salud Responde, the Health Response telephone service, which was started by the Junta de Andalucia in 2004, has issued figures showing that 53% of the foreigners using the service request English. This figure swells to over 60% during the summer months, due to summer holiday visitors. In all the service offers translations in an amazing 64 languages for non-Spanish speakers. Overall numbers using the service stand at around 700 for last year, with Arabic following English as the next most requested language. The service operates 24 hours a day, and offers help with making appointments with the GP, or if necessary, will put the user in touch with an over-the-phone diagnosis.

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The Pink House had for decades been producing thousands of eggs to make Easter a happy occasion for all of us. It has been 13 years since the chickens made way for today’s Pink house of treasures. Or as many have called it, an Aladdin’s Cave! A visit to The Pink House with its famous € café is highly recommended. Here are just a few of the reasons you should visit us: •The € Café based inside The Pink House is famous for its genuine fresh vegetarian meals. From the hot delicious variety of Freshly Homemade Soups to the Freshly Daily Cooked main courses such as our famous brand of Koshry and the Moorish Couscous, the mouthwatering Falafel (vegetable burger), the spicy veg curry & freshly baked baguettes and jacket potatoes with all the fillings… •To top it all we have some of the most delicious cakes on the planet. From the famous Sue Carrot Cake to the tasty apple & walnut, 3 choc, cheesecake, apple crumble with custard and hot waffles… •To wash it all down there is a large selection of hot and cold drinks. •But above all you can indulge yourself with all the above for the mighty 1€ each •Packed with treasure dated back from ages of the Faroahs to our day all for sale at incredible low prices. •over 3 million prints from just 1€ •thousands of books, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, videos all 1€ •bedroom furniture, dining rooms, horse carts, lights •paintings by local and international artists •material for curtains and upholstery

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Telefonica to cut workforce in Spain by 20% Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica said it plans to cut its workforce in Spain by about 20%, or some 6,000 people, over the next three years as a costcutting measure

The company will also link pay and benefits more to employees’ productivity rather than the inflation rate, it said in a presentation to investors in London that was posted on the company’s website. The head of the group’s business in Spain, Guillermo Ansaldo, said the job cuts would allow the company to gain “flexibility”. Telefonica employs some 30,000 people in Spain out of a total global workforce of 269,000 people. The announcement of the job cuts by the former state monopoly is grim news for a country already grappling with an unemployment rate of just over 20 percent, the highest level in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Earlier this month the government lifted its forecast for unemployment this year to 19.8 percent from 19.3 percent

previously. “It is not a good moment to carry out staff adjustments of such a significant size,” said Labour Minister Valeriano Gomez. Telefonica also said it plans to sell “non strategic assets”, mostly real estate, in the 201113 period worth 600 million euros ($870 million). Telefonica posted a record 2010 net profit of 10.2 billion euros, a 30.8 percent jump over the previous year as weakness in Spain was offset by strong growth in the rest of Europe and Latin America. The company’s revenues in Spain were down by five percent last year. Earlier Thursday Britain’s Dixons Retail, Europe’s number two electrical goods retailer which runs PC World stores, said it was closing its 34 lossmaking outlets in Spain due to weak consumer demand in the country.

Spain police net biggest ever ETA arms cache The biggest ever arms cache at an ETA safe house has been found by Spanish police in a raid that recovered almost 2,000lb of bomb making equipment

The discovery raised concerns that a splinter group of the violent separatist group ETA was planning to break its seven-month ceasefire with an attack in Spain. Security forces seized bomb making equipment including 1,870lb of the agricultural fertiliser, ammonium nitrate, and detonators at a farmhouse in the Guipúzcoa village of Legorreta. Two brothers from the town near the border with France were arrested and identified as Jose Aitor Esnaola, 40, and Igor Esnaola, 36, an interior ministry statement said. The pair are suspected of supplying weapons and explosives to the terrorist group and had been named in documents discovered in previous raids against ETA. Last weekend, French police detained two of the most-wanted ETA suspects after an exchange of gunfire in which a police officer was injured. The two incidents have raised concerns

that a ceasefire declared by ETA last September and made “permanent” in January, was to be called off. ETA broke its previous “permanent ceasefire”, declared in March 2006, with a car bomb at Madrid airport in December

2006 that killed two people. Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero, Spain’s Prime Minister, said the government was committed to continuing the fight “to reduce the possibilities” of any violent action.

Zapatero seeks investors in Singapore

The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, VISITED Singapore LAST WEDNESDAY to meet with the leading political and economic authorities in the country in the hope of attracting investors from this international investment centre to Spain.

Inquisition over Prince William’s ‘snub’ to Crown Prince Felipe of Spain

When the Prince of Wales was told by Crown Prince Felipe of Spain at a gala dinner in Madrid last week that a solution must be found for Gibraltar, there was great surprise at why a centuries–old dispute had been stirred up. Mandrake can disclose that the heir to the Spanish throne was, however, acutely aware of a diplomatic incident even closer to home. Felipe had learnt that he and his wife, Princess Letizia were not invited to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. “It is extraordinary,” a Spanish official told me “Only King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were invited.” What made the snub to Felipe — who, like Prince Charles, is a great–great-great–grandson of Queen Victoria — even more surprising is that space had been found at Westminster Abbey for the owner of a Spanish tile company

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who donated generously to Charles’s charities, Manuel Colonques, and his wife, Delfina. His firm, Porcelanosa, met a “significant proportion” of the costs of a lavish charity dinner at Buckingham Palace in February. Charles was a guest of honour at the wedding of Felipe and Letizia, a divorced television newsreader, in Madrid in 2004. He attended both the ceremony and the sumptuous banquet that followed. On Friday, St James’s Palace confirmed that only the king and queen had been invited. “You would need to check with the Spanish royal household as to who they have opted to attend,” the official said. That night, however, a nervous courtier suggested that Charles had asked for Felipe and Letizia to be added to the guest list.

After the success of his last meetings in China with some of Asia’s biggest investors, and after a six-hour flight, Zapatero will now embark upon the second stage of his tour. His first meting was to be with Singapore’s former prime minister and current Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of this small, but propserous state; and afterwards he will meet with the prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, who will be hosting a dinner in his honour. According to information from Spanish government officials, the leaders are expected to sign a an agreement to promote cultural cooperation, and

an important treaty that will eliminate double taxation for companies. Zapatero will make a point of explaining the reforms undertaken by his government to further the country’s economic recovery, with the aim of attracting investors from Singapore, which has the third highest per capita income in the world and whose economy grew 14.5% last year. Tomorrow, Zapatero will have a working breakfast with the heads of the country’s main banks and investment funds before flying back to China to take part in the annual Boao Forum for Asia on the island of Hainan, where he will meet with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, and heads of state of the leading emerging markets - Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa - who will be holding a parallel conference at the same time.


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Spain sees tourism jump due to Arab revolts We fit Activity in Spain’s tourism sector jumped 2.4 percent in the first quarter of the year as sunseekers shunned rival resorts in Egypt and Tunisia because of anti-government uprisings there, a trade association said this week.

The Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and major cities on the mainland were the main beneficiares, thanks to the recovery of business tourism and to foreigners taking short breaks, the Exceltur umbrella tourism trade association said. There was “a notable increase of 2.4 percent of tourism GDP in the first quarter, the biggest increase of all the sectors of the economy,” it said. “The strong and unexpected surge in activity is mainly due to the current redirection

of overseas demand from Egypt and Tunisia, which has benefited the Canaries almost exclusively.” Predictions of continued instability in the eastern Mediterranean “augurs well for the second quarter in coastal areas of Spain linked to foreign demand,” it said. As a result, Exceltur said it was raising its tourism sector 2011 growth forecast 2.2 percent, almost double its January estimate. Spain has struggled in recent years to compete with beach destinations in Egypt’s Red Sea

and Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast which are cheaper and of a similar flying distance from its key markets like Germany and Britain. But since the unrest sweeping the Arab world began in Tunisia in early January, tourists have been changing their travel plans and many have opted for the Canary Islands which tend to offer all inclusive packages like those in the seaside resorts of Tunisia and Egypt. Spain slipped from third to fourth place among the world’s most visited countries in 2010,

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Cervantes character star of the stage in Shakespeare’s birthplace “Double Falsehood”, the Shakespeare play inspired by Cardenio, one of the characters in Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, was performed for the first time in Stratford-upon-Avon, the bard’s birthplace, last week.

The play was first performed in 1727, but presented by the theatrical empresario Lewis Theobald as an “adaptation” of Shakespeare, as the authorship of the work was the source of much controversy for many years. Last year, experts finally concluded that “Double Falsehood” was written jointly by Shakespeare and his contemporary John Fletcher. The Royal Shakespeare Company has put together this production to be performed in the poet and playwright’s birthplace three centuries after Theobald confirmed that he had in his possession three different manuscripts of a work entitled “The History of Cardenio”, based on a section of Don Quixote and then subsequently lost, allegedly in a fire. The first part of “Don Quijote de la Mancha” had been translated into English in 1612 by John Shelton, and the Cardenio episode inspired this joint work by Shakespeare and Fletcher, which was performed in London the following year. Leopald explined that “Double Falsehood” was the

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Spain not stepping up Libya role

Spain will not step up its role in the military operation in Libya, Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said at a NATO meeting in Berlin, resisting pressure from alliance members France and Britain “Spain chose to provide capacity to monitor the arms embargo for a period of three months, and the no-fly zone,” Jimenez told reporters. “This is the force that Spain is providing and will continue providing in the future, which is the authorisation that was asked for in parliament,” Jimenez said. Spain has committed four F-18 fighter jets and a refueling aircraft to help enforce the no-fly zone and an F-100 frigate, an S-74 submarine and a CN235 maritime surveillance plane to help enforce the arms embargo. It has also allowed NATO to use two military bases, at Rota and at Moron de la Frontera in the

south of the country. But it has not carried out air strikes. France and Britain have been pressing other members of the 28-nation NATO military alliance to contribute combat jets to an air campaign against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s forces. After nearly a month of operations the campaign has so far failed to change the balance of power on the ground. Only six out of NATO’s 28 members are conducting air strikes while French and British warplanes are carrying out half of the flights, according to Paris.

Elche sends palms - Pope & Royal Family

The city of Elche today sent the traditional handcrafted white palms to Pope Benedict XVI, the Royal Family and the Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, in readiness for the celebration of Palm Sunday. The Serrano-Valero family, who have been crafting the traditional white palms for decades now, created special palms for the Pope, the Vatican Nuncio, Queen Sofia, the Infantas Cristina and Elena and Princess Letizia. Completely smooth palms measuring three metres in height have been sent to King Juan Carlos, Prince Felipe and the Duke of Palma Urdangarín Iñaki. The decorative palm sent to Benedict XVI stands over three metres tall, weighs about three kilograms and is topped by a cross of Caravaca.

“It is the largest and most elaborate palm, so that it is visible from St Peter’s Square where the Pope will display it on Palm Sunday, before it is placed on the altar at the Vatican”, explained Francisca Serrano, from the ValeroSerrano family workshop. The white palm gifted to Queen Sofia has been created with fine palm, and is defined by its “style” and “elegance” with a figure of the Virgin of the Assumption, patron saint of Elche, made out of white plam at the top of the piece. “This is a very special palm, as the fine work of the palm is much more expensive and delicate”, Serrano explained. “Each year we strive to avoid repeating past motifs; it is very important to be creative and to surprise,” she added. The palms for princess Letizia and the Infantas Elena and

Cristina, measuring 2.5 metres, are more informal and have a younger air about them. Flowers, crosses and other religious figures complete the pieces, topped with a chalice in the case of Doña Elena and Doña Cristina and a ‘Corpus Christi’ for Doña Letizia. These “masterpieces” departed from Elche this morning to Madrid and Rome in one vehicle and protected by special wooden boxes, which keep them in perfect condition. Up to two days work by six different artisans goes into each palm of this kind. The Serrano-Valero family has also made palms for the royal children - plaited palms with a cross for the boys, and white palms decorated with flowers and virgins for the girls.

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The new Almerimar School is in the news again this week, as it appears that the supply of places will not be sufficient to meet demand when the school first opens with a restricted number of classes.The plan is to discuss this in some detail with Sam on this weeks Almerimar Street Talk, so if you have a view or a question please let www.almerimarlife.com know and they will try and cover them in the show.

Don’t forget the Royal Wedding Party at Cafe Bar Ankara on Friday 29th April with Groovy Phil.

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Congrats to Bob and thanks to Adam and Charlie for their help with the Football Scratch Card and the prize draw. The draw was held at around 3.45pm this week. Remember it will be a different time each week, picked at random on the day, between 3pm and 5pm. Harbour Lights donated three meals, and the Stumble provided a bottle of wine and a Stumble Inn Shirt as prizes. And you may be interested to know that the winner for the first three weeks of the draw has been sat at the same stool outside ...... maybe they should raffle off that place next week! The old Gourmet Restaurant in The Square has now opened up as Pezkaito especializado en pescado frito. Looks bright and cheerful on the inside and a little roomier. Menu has a traditional Spanish feel to it. Closed Mondays, open 1pm to 4pm and 8pm to 11pm other days. Call 670 662 425 for reservations The Friday Golf Society are now up to 134 fonder members. Closing date for applications is 31 May 2011 so if you are interested check out the details on www.fridaygolfsociety.es, where you can see all the discounts and events including a new discount at Playa Serena and a Play Serena away day on the 24th November. The next poetry evening with Iain D Kemp will be held at Mac Gowans on Friday May 13th starting at 9.30pm. URSA Marine is relocating and the new English Store will be in a new location as well, more soon, but the moving date for URSA Marine is Good Friday. Mario’s has had Flamenco on a Saturday night recently, hopefully it will become a regular event! The new cafe in Darsena 3 owned by Restaurante Nautilus will be called Gula, which means glutony in Spanish. One of the seven deadly sins it is meant to symbolise the sheer pleasure and decadence to be obtained from enjoying high quality food. As for the opening date …… next week, will confirm as soon as it is known.

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Not a particularly impressive expat turn out at the PSOE meeting here in Almerimar last week: 7 Brits in total! The meeting was very informal with no speeches or manifesto’s handed out. You can see what they are about on their web site www.psoe-ejido.com and the general flavour of their position is that with at least 230€ million of debt, issues still with SUR and a lack of service provision, their priority will be on unearthing the full extent of the problem and then making sure that residents get the service they are paying for through their rates. Interestingly I was asked my opinion on what they should do, so I gave then this 3 point plan: 1. Stop talking about the Expats by individual country and unite them as one entity. Engage them in the process of recovery by setting up a working group that involved the PSOE, their partners and a representative from each expat nationality here in Almerimar. 2. Hold an annual Almerimar Day, one big fiesta that everybody is encouraged to attend: get some pride and community spirit going. 3. Hold a series of monthly events: a band each month in the Square, a kids weekend over by the Asador and the playgrounds, a market in Darsena 2, a street party in Darsena 1 for example. Local businesses and people can fund and run it, the elected party just needs to facilitate and support it. Should probably point out that the above 3 points are my views and not those of the PSOE! - Chris Marshall You can hear all the latest Almerimar Street Talk, brought to you by Nautica Directa, on a weekly podcast on www. almerimarlife.com

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Expats dividing their time between Britain and Spain should be able to claim back the cost of Spanish medical treatment on the NHS from 2013. The Cross Border Healthcare directive, which affects all EU states, will allow patients to have elective surgery at a state hospital wherever they live instead of travelling back to the UK. Implementation of the move – originally scheduled for 2011 – has been hampered by disputes between countries. But it is now expected that all states will sign up by 2013.

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immune system to seek out and destroy an enzyme called telomerase. Found at high levels in many cancer cells, telomerase effectively makes them immortal, allowing them to live on when healthy cells would die – easing the growth and spread of the tumour. In the largest trial of its kind in the UK, more than 1,000 men and women in the late stages of pancreatic cancer are either being given the vaccine alongside their normal drugs or treated as usual. The results from the 53 hospitals taking part will not be available until next year but, anecdotally, some patients credit their participation in the trial with giving them an extra year or two of life. In earlier, smaller trials, the vaccine gave those in the late stages of the disease an average of an extra three months. John Neoptolemos, who is co-ordinating the large-scale British trial, said: ‘When you have got pancreatic cancer, it is like a timebomb in people.’ Pancreatic cancer cells are normally invisible to the immune system but the vaccine ‘spots’ the telomerase spilling out from them and kick-starts the fight back. Professor Neoptolemos, of Liverpool University, said: ‘It is like the immune system has a blindfold on and the vaccine takes the blindfold off.’ Healthy cells escape the attack because their levels of telomerase are too low to bother the immune system. This cuts the risk of sideeffects such as nausea and hair loss normally seen with cancer drugs. If the latest study, which is funded by Cancer Research UK, proves the jab’s worth, it could be available to treat advanced pancreatic cancer by the end of 2013. In time, it could be used earlier in the disease – and even to prevent it. Dr Jay Sangjae Kim, the founder of GemVax, the Korean company developing the TeloVac vaccine, said: ‘We strongly believe this has the potential to overcome the limits of other current cancer vaccines and become part of the standard of care not only for pancreatic cancer but for various other types of cancers. ‘In other words, a truly “universal” vaccine will be available in the near future.’ Professor Peter Johnson, of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘We await the results with interest to see if this is an effective treatment.’


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How four apples a day can cut cholesterol by a quarter Apples could help us to improve cholesterol levels and lose weight, say researchers.

They found that women who ate 75g of dried apple a day for six months saw levels of LDL cholesterol – the harmful form blamed for clogging arteries – fall by almost a quarter. Levels of other compounds linked to heart disease and strokes also dropped, and amounts of HDL cholesterol, the ‘good’ kind which wards off the hardening of blood vessels, rose by about 4 per cent. The women also lost an average of just over 3lb in weight, despite taking on an additional 240 calories a day from snacking on the fruit. The cholesterol benefits are said to have been triggered by apples’ antioxidants, while the slimming effect has been attributed to a compound which can suppress appetites. Pectin is often used to help jams set, and high levels are also found in apricots, carrots and citrus fruits. Getting the equivalent benefits from fresh apples would require eating four or five a day. Researcher Dr Bahram Arjmandi of Florida State University said he ‘never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol to this extent’, adding that the results were ‘incredible’.

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Swimmer-songwriters Whales have their own tunes that spread around the world ‘like hit singles

When Lady Gaga releases a catchy new single, it quickly goes around the world. Now scientists have discovered the same thing happens with the songs of another exotic creature – the humpback whale. The mammals become fixated on new tunes just like people do, and the most popular original whale songs spread globally like hit singles. The discovery has stunned marine experts who say it is the first time such a large, ‘population wide cultural exchange’ has been seen in the animal kingdom. Male humpback whales are famed for the loud, long and complex songs they make during the mating season. Scientists are unsure why the males sing. Some believe it is a way of advertising themselves to females, others that it allows migrating whales to stay in contact. Each song lasts for ten to 20 minutes and the males can sing continuously for 24 hours. At any one time, all the males

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...after record-breaking 7 minute test flight It has been the stuff of sciencefiction legend for generations, but the era of futuristic personal spaceage travel may have finally dawned. After completing a gruelling seven-minute outside test flight, the longest ever by a jetpack, the world’s first commercial rocketman suit could be just months from hitting the shelves. Reaching death-defying altitudes of more than 100ft, the Martin Jetpack’s flight last week brought 40 years of development near to a conclusion and the dreams of millions achingly close to reality. Although limited to speeds well below its 60mph capacity, the remotely controlled test, using a weighted dummy pilot called Jetson, smashed records for altitude and air-time. At its unveiling at a U.S. airshow in 2008, the aircraft did not go higher than 6ft - an arm’s reach from a watchful ground crew - or fly for longer than 45 seconds. Given the success of the trial, the first ‘jet-ski in the sky’ could now be dispatched for solo flights by the end of the year at a price of around £50,000 ($75,000) per machine. Designed to be the ‘simplest aircraft in the world’ the Martin Jetpack will be a breeze to fly, according to inventor Glenn Martin. He said: ‘You just strap it on and rev the nuts out of it and it lifts you up off the ground. ‘It’s just basic physics. As Newton said, for every action there is an

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New One Stop

property of the week ref: 109 mojacar playa 100.000€

Tel: 950 473 040 Fax: 950 472 412

www.newonestop.com info@newonestop.com

Paseo del Mediterraneo 133, Mojacar Playa 04638, Almeria

EST. SINCE 2002

• • • • • •

Transferring Currency Abroad? ref: 027

mojacar

80.000€

• 2 X New Apartments in small community • 2 double bedrooms, 1 family bathroom • Ground floor with small 11m terrace

ref: 037 turre village 84.950€

Sold by Bank with 100% finance in place New Apartments in small cosy community With 3 double bedrooms, 1 family bathroom Ground floor, easy access with 30 m terrace Pretty complex with communal pool & Lift Private parking space and a store room included

ref: 378

mojacar

• 3 bedrooms, 2 baths almost new apartment,

• Luxury golfing penthouse apartment

• Large 100m constructed, without terraces

• 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom

• Good size lounge/diner with light fitted

• Terrace and private solarium of 50m

• Complex with communal pool & Lift

• Nice open country side / mountains views

• Fully furnished, with fully A/C

• 300m walking distance to mojacar beach

• Fully fitted kitchen with all white goods

• Communal pool and nice garden

• Bargain for sale 50k under construction price

• Easy off street communal parking

• 50 meters to the beach & amenities

ref: 032

ref: 431

mojacar

115.000€

mojacar

122.950€

ref: 057

mojacar

94.950€

135.000€

• Sold by the Bank with 100% finance

• Beautiful Moorish style linked bungalow

• An extremely attractive Penthouse

• New Apartments in small community

• 2 double bedrooms, 1 modern bathroom

• Large lounge/diner & fully fitted kitchen

• 2 double bedrooms, 1 family bathroom • 3rd floor with 30 m terrace & sea views

• Good size Lounge with open fireplace

• Complex with communal pool & Lift

• Back garden & front sunny terrace

• Private parking space and a store room

• Large roof solarium with sea views

ref: 118

Mojacar

154.950€

• 2 double bedrooms, 1 luxury bathroom • large terrace with panoramic sea views • Private secure parking & store room

ref: 376 mojacar pueblo 190.000€

• Large swimming pool, fully furnished

ref: 280

mojacar

195.000€

• Luxury 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths Apartment

• Large 2 bedrooms, 2 baths apartment

• Luxury 2 beds, 2 baths 2nd line Penthouse

• Sun terrace 39m with fantastic sea view

• Massive solarium with sea open view,

• 75m roof terrace with open golf & sea views

• Sold fully furnished & equipped

• Complete kitchen with white goods

• Complete luxury equipped kitchen + white goods

• Private good size secure store room

• Extra spacious living / Dining room

• Large living/diner room of 25M with views

• Fully fitted kitchen with white goods

• To be sold fully furnished & equipped

• Large Communal pool & Gym with golf view

• Air-con (hot & cold), swimming pool

• Beautiful communal pool & garden

• Private secure Parking & store room

ref: 370 mojacar beach 399.950€

ref: 172

ref: 313

bedar

245.000€

mojacar

reduced

• Private villa + separate 2 guest apartments

• A Spacious charming detached villa

• Total of 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms

• 3/4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,

• Living/dining area and fully fitted kitchen

• Sets on 725m fenced & gated plot with sea views

• AC/Heating and cold, fitted kitchen

• Private drive, Garage and large pool

• Large pool with huge sun bathing area

• Good size lounge with open fire place

• A separate apartment ideal for guests

• With beautiful sea view from large roof terrace

• Private roof solarium with sea view

• Views to the sea & Cabrera mountains

• Off street parking for total 4/6 vehicles

• Large lockup garage + private pool

• 4 beds, 4 baths detached villa 195m built • 2,000m plot one of the most enviable positions

399.999€


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CARLOS (SALIENTE)

LEGAL ADVICE FROM SERFILA ANDALUSIAN GOVERNMENT MAKES INHERITANCE EXEMPT TO €175.000

From 2009, the Andalusian regional government, the Junta de Andalucía, has made inheritance tax exempt up to the first €175.000 when passed to direct family. Unfortunately for non-resident property owners, this exemption applies only to residents of Andalusia. Both the deceased and the inheritor must be residents. The same rule, in fact, applies to Spaniards. They must be resident in Andalusia, not in some other part of Spain. For a better understanding I will explain it with an example: If a non-resident leaves his holiday flat in Spain to his two children, also non-residents, the heirs must pay according to the basic national law. This means a miserable family exemption of 16.000 euros. If a flat was valued at 200.000 euros, each child inherits 100.000 euros. Each applies his exemption of 16.000 euros and faces tax on 84.000 euros. This tax amounts to about 10.000 euros of each inheritor. If the deceased lived as an official resident in Andalusia, had owned his principal residence here for three years, and left it to two children who were also residents, the exemption would be 99 per cent, meaning that the inheritors would pay no tax at all. THE SHORT WARNING IS: 1.- If you are non-resident in Spain your Spanish property will almost certainly be subject to Spanish inheritance tax. Plan for it now, and get your Residence Certificate. 2.- Make a Spanish will. Make this will the same day you buy a property in Spain. It will save your inheritors time, trouble and expense.

Information provided by Mario J. Redondo, Solicitor - Serfila

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READING IN SPANISH - PART 2

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ONLY 9.60€

Ok, as I don’t know you, allow me to call you “The Lone Ranger” and since you are not going to like what I am going to say—please refer to me as “Tonto.” There, now I wish to impart two important secrets for learning to read Spanish.

Headlines of newspapers and the articles therein written are a good start. Just look up and learn what the headlines say. You’ll probably have to carry a small pocket dictionary with you, but then again, you should. You are at home, in your new kingdom and need to be able to speak with the subjects. Wow, will your vocabulary grow and your knowledge of what’s happening on the entire spectrum from agriculture to Zapatero. A French friend astounded me by learning to read and write within six months fluently enough to enable her to send letters and e mails to a host of different social grades of personages. I was astounded until I met her early one morning waiting at the bus stop reading a comic book. In fact she was studying the children’s illustrated version of Don Quixote with large colourful illustrations et al. Even in this simplistic classics the entire story is told and often the most famous quotes are given verbatim.

• Duvets Quality • Curtains and • Blankets Service • Party Dresses • Wedding / Communion dresses • Leather Jackets • Suede Jackets • Ironing Service

Of course, having a field of interest, from cooking to gardening is an incredible help. I became fascinated with the conquistadors, those valiant, god fearing, insensitive robbers that crawled through the jungles of far off Peru in search of gold in God’s name. Sometimes you can find a rare book or two written in both Spanish with an English translation alongside. I got one concerning Christopher Columbus’ first diary’s of his journey to the new world. In any case, once you read it, even if you have to look up a few words you’ll be provided with a rare insight into the proper psychology of the man that etched his inscription upon history and in which he has so regally painted and glorified—that he just might not be that deserving (whatever nationality you deem him to be).

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Get a subject of interest for you; history, coin collecting, poetry, cooking, gardening and go right to the Spanish craftsman and makers and illustrators of that subject and enjoy.

Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www.mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!

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Saturday 23rd april

Every Thursday beef roulade 9€ Every Friday fish 4.50€ Saturday Schnitzel 6.50€

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Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 /+44 208 180 3240 property group

www.veritashomes.co.uk info@veritashomes.co.uk

Unique opportunity with the sea just across the road! Nicely designed sea facing

5/4 bed / 4 bath detached Villa very close to the famous “Parador Hotel” in Mojacar Playa. The property is set on a 1,000mts² free hold plot, accessed via a private road and has a total built area of 491,51mts² distributed on three levels. The property is fully fenced / walled and has two double gates with wooden pergolas to house at least 2 cars. Inside the house, on the ground level there are a large reception room with high ceiling and a wide stairwell that leads to the gallery on the upper level, a large seating/living room with lovely pool and sea views, large kitchen, dining room, back terrace, cloakroom, large covered front terraces, an annex with independent access and its own kitchen and en suite bedroom; upstairs, other than the gallery there are also 3 double bedrooms, an office, 2 bathrooms and terraces with very fine sea views. The basement is huge and the current owners use as a children’s play and game room. The basement also houses a bathroom and since it is very large, there is ample space to convert some of the area into further accommodation. The entire house benefits from gas fired central heating and has air conditioning on all bedrooms, office and kitchen, all bedrooms also have built in wardrobes. One of the benefits of this house is that it is very secluded. Also the gardens and private pool are not overlooked by any other building. The beaches and Mojácar’s famours beach bars “Chiringuitos” is just across the road. The Centro Comercial, Medical Center, School, Consun and Mercadona Supermarkets are nearby. Mojácar Village is a short drive away. The house is also strategically located for golf enthusiasts as there are 5 golf courses between 5 and 25 minutes drive. The nearby golf courses are Macenas Golf, Marina de la Torre Golf, Cortijo

Grande Golf, Valle del Este Golf and Desert Springs Golf. Other coastal resorts within easy reach are Garrucha and Vera Playa. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to either live or holiday in style and right by the beaches of Mojacar Playa. For more information visit our web site www.veritashomes.co.uk under ref. 1461. To book a viewing appointment please visit our office or contact us via phone or e-mail quoting Ref. 1461


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property group Paseo del Mediterraneo 197 - Mojacar - Almeria

Tel: 950 472 430 /+44 208 180 3240

www.veritashomes.co.uk info@veritashomes.co.uk You can find us on antas

€80,000

vera playa

€95,000

new

reduced

2 bed / 2 bath immaculate Penthouse Apartment. Terraces and roof terrace with 360º views. Fully furnished Ref.1071

2 bed / 2 bath fully furnished & equipped Apartment. Indoor / outdoor pools. 2 min walk to Mercadona / restaurant. Ref.1449

huerta nueva

€145,500

huerta nueva

€109,900

bargain

3 bed / 2 bath Apartment. Open / covered terraces South facing garden. Parking. Communal pool. Ref. 1132

property of the week

huerta nueva

€95,000

antas new

€164,950

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

mojacar playa bargain

€219,000

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

agua nueva new

aguamarga

€159,000

3 bed / 2 bath triplex within 100 meters to beach. Private garage. Terraces. Sea views. Communal pool. Ref 1017

2 bed / 1 bath Apartment, minutes walk to beach. Sea views. Fully furnished. A/C. private garage. Communal pool. Ref.1209

€150,000

2 bed / 1 detached Villa on a 419m² plot. Pre-installation A/C. Double glazed. Fitted kitchen. Pool. Ref. 1493

3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse fully furnished. Solarium with panoramic views. Central heating Communal pool. Ref. 1260

san juan

marina de la torre €120,000

fantastic opportunity 2 bed / 2 bath Townhouse. Terraces, solarium and private garden. Small community. Communal pool. Ref. 1128

arboleas

€172,000

3 bed / 2 bath Villa. Plot 600 m². Large fully fitted kitchen. Storage room. Terrace, gardens, pool. Ref.1054

garrucha

€219,000

new

3 bed / 3 bath south facing Townhouse. Garage. Store room. Close to the promenade, beach & amenities. Ref 1112

mojacar playa

€179,000

3 bed / 2 bath semi-detached Townhouse close to beach. Private garden 113 mts², parking area. Communal pool. Ref.1505

cabrera new

€223,000

2 bed / 2 bath Villa. Build 120 mts². Plot 1.000 mts². Central heating. Garage. Landscaped gardens. Views. Ref 1103

€159,000

4 bed / 2 bath Cortijo + separate guest house on natural park Cabo de Gata. Roof terrace. Views. Plot 1.000 mts² . Ref 1458

mojacar playa reduced

€170,000

3 bed / 2,5 bath Townhouse. Large terrace superb sea views. Master bedroom with en-suite, dressing and terrace. Ref.1431

mojacar playa €350,000

4 bed / 2 bath detached Villa 1 minute walk to beach. Kitchen with larder. Office. Terraces, roof terrace. Sea views. Ref 1108

Please visit our office or refer to our website for more “bargains”. Vendors: If you are seriously considering selling your property please visit our office to discuss effective ways of achieving your goal. As per decree 218/2005 the “Documento de Información Abreviada” (D.I.A) for any property sold by Veritas Homes is available at our office.

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Somebody asked me the other day, if I could sum up the 60’s and 70’s in one word, what would it be. There was no hesitation on my part, and although I had never thought this through in advance, I said ‘Hair!’. Look, when the 60’s thing kicked off, it was pretty much ‘The Beatles’ who started the ball rolling and it was those distinctive ‘mop tops’ that had everybody talking and my generation copying - the Scousers had set the standard! They were long-haired layabouts as far as our parents were concerned, but they changed their minds shortly after when the Stones appeared on the scene. If the Fab Four epitomised their belief that the whole country had gone to the dogs, then the sight of Michael Jagger and crew had them reaching for the whisky bottles and Valium. A whole succession of groups immediately followed, each trying to outdo the others in the fashion, performance and haircut departments. There was a group called The Pretty Things – which they most definitely were not – and the vocalist had hair that would have been the envy of a Crufts champion Afghan Hound. I remember being very put out by the whole hair thing. There was I with a blond, very curly barnet and there was no way – apart from growing it long – that I could emulate my cool pop star heroes with those distinctive fashionable heads, no matter how hard I tried. But my day would come. As a young boy, I had had to endure

‘290’

viewpoint

the whole, “Ooh, hasn’t your Colin got lovely curly hair, it’s so wasted on a boy”, routine. It was all I could do to stop myself from being sick on their shoes, and once I recall, I actually was. Just to accentuate the whole thing, the rock musical HAIR hit the West End; hair was groovy, hair was where it was at man, hair was . . . well, hairy! Facial hair too, became the thing in the sixties and once again it was those four Liverpool lads that started the trend. When they went off and did their Maharishi/Peace & Love thing and released the Sergeant Pepper album; Zapata-style moustaches became de rigueur. We all had them, even some of the women. Come to think about it, most of the women in our neighbourhood! Towards the tale end of the decade via the fashion conscious Mod-era, Cat Stevens hit the scene, and here was the man I most wanted to be. The amazing talent, the full beard and, once again, the out of sight hair. I hated that goodlooking Greek! Then before we knew it, the multicoloured, full-on seventies were upon us. And if we thought that the 60’s could never be emulated or surpassed in terms

By Colin Bird

colinbadbird@hotmail.com of sheer flamboyance, the likes of Bowie, Roxy Music and Marc Bolan proved us wrong. We mimicked our idols with our platform shoes, psychedelic shirts and satin loons, and the still long, trademark hair do’s. Mott the Hoople sang about us – we were the Young Dudes! Today, even though my body takes five hour lunch breaks and I cannot remember where I put my underpants (oh, I’ve got them on!) and occasionally I hear the voices telling me to do strange things, I am pleased to report that my hair is intact and the envy of my contemporaries. Two of us recently located a follicallyimpaired buddy from my 70’s days through the magic of Facebook and he commented that he was delighted to have re-connected with us even though in his words, ‘You both spent the seventies looking like a yaks backside’. A compliment indeed!

By Jos Biggs josbiggs@hotmail.co.uk

I had to be at Torrecárdenas Hospital between 8 and 12, so 9.30 seemed a good compromise. Acting on knowledge already gained we parked Del safely elsewhere, and pushed our way on foot through the logjam that was the hospital car park. We adjusted our crampons and oxygen cylinders and ascended the 86 steps that lead to the Outpatients door. Here we were met by a wall of humanity, each one apparently conducting a conversation with a far distant friend without the benefit of a mobile phone. I took a deep breath, selected my sharper elbow and fought my way in. Proceeding with the inexorable determination of an Arctic icebreaker I forged my way into the Waiting Room. The Waiting Room was packed to capacity with people who all had the resigned look of the long distance queueer. A roomful of eyes watched as I went to the little machine in the corner and took the ticket that would denote my turn – number 290! I studied the digital display in the foyer telling anyone who was interested that number 97 was currently being seen. I didn’t need to be Einstein to work out that there was more than enough time for coffee, so I prised my way out and headed

towards the Cafeteria. However, you can only spin a coffee out for so long. I returned to the foyer, once again deploying my elbow to effect an entrance. Once inside I glanced at the display – 25. How can that be? I was pretty sure even in my befuddled state that 25 came before 97. I plunged into the heaving throng in the foyer, and selected someone who looked as if she knew what she was doing. Why is it that if ever you need to ask for information, you always pick on the one person in the whole building who speaks neither English nor Spanish? However, it worked! Most of the foyer abandoned their efforts to break the legal decibel level, and explained exactly how the system worked. With co-operation and much examination of papers and numbers we multi-laterally sorted ourselves into number order – we were queueing, just not in a straight line! But, I enquired, how can 97 be called before 25. Easy – 97 was 197, and 25 was 225. The crowd seemed unanimous on this point, so I nodded sagely and shut up. Having fought so hard for it, I wasn’t about to lose my place on a technicality! But I did feel sorry for the lady who came in after me, and took ticket number 345. Is it like this every day in Torrecárdenas?

Views From A Balcony In Spain

By Chris Marshall

Through The Eyes Of Others Marketing has dominated a lot of my discussions over the last couple of weeks, partly because of a new project I am looking at that involves an unique mix of radio, newspaper and Internet as I have been working on a business plan summary, and partly because a friend in the UK is involved in setting up a couple of new ventures and has asked for my input. Another reason is that I had an interesting meeting with

someone here in Almerimar that is looking to set up a multi-level marketing business here to promote a revolutionary vitamin and energy drink supplement. Not something I would be interested in, but a good opportunity for someone that knows the Spanish and Expat market and is prepared to work hard, very hard, on what is in effect and tried and tested marketing model. It was this aspect which

caught my attention more than anything and led to this column as the one over riding impression that I came away from the meeting with was the guy had a very clear and well articulated marketing method. He believed in it, new the benefits of the product (as opposed to just the features), and as importantly knew what it wasn’t ..... and why! It is an approach that I think Almerimar and elsewhere

along the Costa Almeria (Mojacar springs to mind) would do well to adopt! Over the last couple of weeks I have met up with a number of friends who own second properties here in Almerimar, residential tourists, and proud of it! Taking to them I was struck, or more accurately reminded, that they like Sands and I chose Almerimar as much, if not more, because of what it wasn’t than what it was! There is no polite way of saying this really but included

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America has declared war! Well, nothing new in that! They have done that before, but this time they have declared war against a Spanish doll! A company from Alicante is trying to market their doll “Bebé Glotón” (Greedy Baby) in America, but the b******* won’t let them! The Americans’ arguments are that the doll could awaken the sexuality in 5-6 year old girls (the market the company is targeting), and the “risk” that small girls grow up too rapidly which is of special concern when sex and pregnancies among adolescents is a growing problem. Why the concern? The doll simulates breast-feeding! In a society of “drug, sex and rock-n-roll”, glazed over with a thin layer of puritanism, the resistance should not be a surprise. The Alicante company’s spokesman says that 100 years ago 90% of Americans would have roared with laughter over this controversy, as breast-feeding was a natural part of family life. Sure they would! But that would most likely be from the thought of spending a fortune on a silly doll for a girl that should be helping her mother in the kitchen and not wasting time playing. In those days, children did not have the time to play. It is a modern concept to allow children to be children and grow up slowly. Another part of the spokesman’s argument is that breast-feeding has become unnatural after pharmaceutical companies found gold in producing artificial mothers-milk. Sir, you should be the last one to talk about double-standards. Do you not earn money on exploiting little girls in order to sell your doll? It seems the politicians today are adamant to show us the naked truth. Where I come from, a politician dressed off to the skin, meant that he had run out of arguments in a political debate. Here it literally means a naked politician. The latest is a female candidate in Menorca, who has distributed a poster showing her naked breasts (you cannot see her head, so apparently she does not have anything there to offer the voters), fondled by a set of male hands, and with the title: “Two big reasons”. And no argument there! The trend started with Italian porno-star Ilona Staller – better known as Ciciolina, who in her campaign for parliament had a picture of herself with her breasts exposed. Well, she was a porno-star. In 2006 it was a male, Albert Rivera, who caught attention with his poster for the Catalan elections. He was stark naked, but modestly covered his private parts with his hands. The article, I read, tried to include Germany’s Angela Merkel in the statistics, by referring to a poster for a local elections candidate from Mrs Merkel’s party (an Angela Merkel look-alike), showing both ladies with generously low necklines, and the title: “We offer more”. Well, well – that more brought associations with Africa; everybody knows where it is, but nobody wants to go there. Zapatero is on his way out. A lot of people will probably add a “finally” to that statement. Zapatero himself has handed over most of the tasks to his vice-presidents, Rubalcaba and Salgrado. In my book a wise decision! However, he has not handed over diplomacy to a more knowledgeable member of his cabinet. So, he travels the World like another Clinton, Blair or Aznar, in the hope that the World will take notice and offer him a fat, easy retirement post. And the World has taken notice ……. of his “Mr Bean” like blunders. In a recent visit to China, he rushed out and told the World that the Chinese had promised an injection of billions of €uros to the Spanish building societies, something the Chinese subsequently flatly denied. He then followed up with the stupidest explanation to the “misunderstanding”, one that would make even a school child laugh. As my mother-in-law always said: Better to shut up and appear stupid, than to open your mouth and prove it! 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.

in those ‘benefits’ are: - it isn’t Benidorm - it isn’t full of All Inclusive Package tourists (something Mojacar is under threat of at the moment) - it isn’t ‘too English’ And it certainly isn’t Salou on the Costa Dorada which recently hosted Saloufest, the ‘biggest student festival in the world’ which has been running since 2002 and this year attracted 8.000 student over two, four day periods. Tempting as it may be to concentrate on the millions that go to places like Benidorm

each year, the reality is that many many millions more don’t, because it just ‘isn’t for them’. I suspect that many people the world over perceive Benidorm to be Spain, and as such don’t even consider Spain for the type of holiday they are looking for, which is a shame, but at the same time an opportunity for places like Almerimar and Mojacar. I am reminded of the TV programme from years ago: Not The Nine O’Clock News! Almerimar: Not Benidorm! I can see the poster campaign already.

Chris runs a expat blog about life in Spain (www.almerimarlife.com) and is a regular contributor to a number of publications and radio stations in Spain, as well as writing a monthly column for the Telegraph Expat site and is a Telegraph Expat guest blogger. He lives in Almerimar with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley’s and more often than not a glass of red. His column in the Sol Times is sponsored by Central Contracts (www.centralcontracts.com) a leading car leasing company supplying cars and vans to business users and private individuals.


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can you tell the difference between a fine wine & plonk?

Spending more than £5 on a bottle of wine is a waste of time, researchers say. According to a study, most people cannot tell the difference between the cheapest supermarket plonk and quality wines that cost up to £30. In a series of blind tests, members of the public correctly identified whether they were drinking a cheap or expensive wine half the time – a success rate that is no better than chance. Psychologist Richard Wiseman, who carried out the study, questioned whether more expensive wines were good value for money. “These are remarkable results,” said Professor Wiseman, guest director of this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival. “People were unable to tell expensive from inexpensive wines and so in these times of financial hardship the message is clear – the inexpensive wines we tested taste the same as their expensive counterparts.” The researchers selected eight cheap wines for the experiment – four whites and four reds. With the exception of a bottle of champagne, all cost less than £5. They then matched each cheap wine with a more expensive bottle made from the same grape variety and produced in the same part of the world. The ‘quality’ wines ranged in price from £9.49 to £29.99. The researchers approached 578 people in Edinburgh and asked them to sample a glass of either a cheap or an expensive wine. The tasters were shown two prices and asked to say which wine they were drinking. They correctly classified the white wines as cheap or expensive 53% of the time, and the reds on 47% of occasions; overall they were right just 50% of the time. People struggled most when it came to differentiating between cheap and expensive

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claret. Despite being given either a £3.49 bottle or a £15.99 quality red, just 39% chose the correct wine. They were most accurate when testing pinot grigio, with 59% able to recognise either a £4.29 or £9.49 bottle. “We didn’t ask people to compare two wines because we wanted to mimic real-life conditions,” said Professor Wiseman, of Hertfordshire University. “When you have a meal you don’t decide whether a wine is good or not by comparing it with other wines – you drink it.” Even self-professed wine lovers failed to identify the wines correctly! Guy Woodward, editor of wine magazine Decanter, said he was not surprised by the findings, adding that quality wines were an acquired taste. He said: “If you are used to spending £5 on a bottle of wine and if you enjoy it, then a wine that costs £20 will taste unusual and different. More expensive wines are often less obvious. They may not have the bold fruity flavours of cheaper wines – they will be more nuanced and they may not be as sweet. People may not appreciate the more complex flavours. All taste is subjective. I know that my own palate has changed since I became editor of Decanter.” He continued: “Part of the enjoyment of drinking expensive wines was the knowledge that they were expensive”.

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Spicy mince & lettuce cups.................. Ingredients 1 tbsp sunflower oil large piece fresh root ginger , peeled and grated 2 garlic cloves , crushed 2 red chillies , deseeded and finely sliced 500g minced chicken , turkey or pork 85g light brown sugar 2 tbsp fish sauce juice 1 lime 2 lime leaves , finely shredded To serve mix of iceberg lettuce , Little Gem & cos leaves large handful mint and coriander leaves handful toasted peanuts , roughly chopped 2 shallots , finely sliced into rings 1 lime , cut into wedges

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METHOD : Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the ginger, garlic and chillies for 1 min. Add the mince, then cook on a high heat until golden brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go. Sprinkle over the brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and shredded lime leaves, then cook everything down until sticky. Tip the mince into a serving bowl, then serve with a bowl of lettuce leaves for wrapping the mince in; the herbs, shallots and peanuts for scattering over; and the lime wedges for squeezing.

Fish with peas & lettuce..... Ingredients 1 Little Gem lettuce, shredded 2 spring onions, thickly sliced handful frozen peas 1 tbsp olive oil 140g boneless white fish fillet 1 tbsp reduced-fat crème fraîche

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method: Mix together the lettuce, spring onions and peas in a microwave-proof dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sit fish fillet on top, spoon over crème fraîche, then season. Cover with cling film, then pierce film. Microwave on Medium for 6-8 mins until the fish is cooked. Lift fish off the lettuce, then give lettuce and peas a good stir. Spoon lettuce mix and sauce onto a plate, then sit fish on top.

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Why turkey eggs are flying off supermarket shelves! For most of us, turkeys have but a single use in life: to fit into the oven and be dished up as an annual festive feast with cranberry sauce on the side...

But now, it seems the birds may find they have a more year-round value - their eggs are shortly being launched in Waitrose, after the supermarket chain announced a rising demand for such ‘speciality’ eggs, sparked by celebrity chefs such as Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver.

they’re bigger than hens’ eggs, you need two instead of three to make a really light sponge cake.’

From this week, the turkey eggs will be nestled among similar gourmet layings from quails and ducks, along with those from the humble chicken.

The eggs will be on sale in selected Waitrose stores until the end of August, when the laying season ends, and will cost £1.99 for a pack of two.

‘Turkey eggs are the most asked-for eggs among our customers,’ says Waitrose eggbuyer Frances Westerman.

And devotees say they’re not only richer than a hen’s egg, but equally delicious fried, poached or boiled. You may just find that you need a bigger egg cup.

‘They have excellent cooking qualities and, because

Turkey eggs have never been on sale before, largely because they lay less frequently than chickens, and because most of the birds are bred for eating at Christmas.

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AROUND ROQUETAS DE MAR

church services 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

national holidays

17th April:

4th September:

Palm Sunday. This is the beginning of Semana Santa. There is a magnificent procession led by the Bishop from the Cathedral. From Ash Wednesday onwards there are processions every day in different areas of the city, led by the various Brotherhoods in their splendid robes and carrying the lavishly decorated floats (Cofradias) with representations of Christ. The predominant colour of each procession will vary according to the Brotherhood. Each will have the banner of their Brotherhood leading the procession, and will have bands and Nazarenes, or penitents, wearing distinctive robes, following the main float.

(Sunday) Corazón de María (Heart of Mary)

22nd April: (Friday) Viernes Santo (Good Friday). This is the main day for the biggest and finest processions, with many bands and floats with accompanying marchers being drawn in from other local towns and villages.

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8th October Fiestas de Roquetas, coinciding with the Virgen del Rosario, who is the Patron Saint of Roquetas de Mar. Each district will stage its own celebration, the main Fiesta will as usual have singing, dancing, bands from local areas and a free paella for all and sundry, not to mention the sporting events and displays taking place around the Recinto Ferial.

12th October: (Wednesday) Dia de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day). Shops will be closed, so there will be a crush if you want to go shopping anytime between the Fiesta and this day!

31st October:

Easter Sunday. A choral High Mass takes place in the Cathedral. The magnificent displays of flowers will include those used earlier in the week to decorate the floats.

(Monday) Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is a far from somber occasion. Families will visit the cemeteries with flowers, and, having paid homage to their departed loved ones, will settle in for a picnic to which all and sundry will be welcomed.

1st May:

1st November:

24th April:

(Sunday) Dia de Trabajo (Labour Day). As this falls on a Sunday there will be some local celebrations on the Sunday, but the shops will shut and the main Fiesta will be on the Monday.

SERVING BELGIAN BEER & GREAT BELGIAN PRODUCE

2nd October:

23rd June: (Thursday) Corpus Christi. The traditional date upon which children will take their First Communion. The Mass is a full dress affair, girls in white dresses with posies and floral headdresses, boys dressed up like miniature Admirals of the Fleet, with brass buttons and plenty of gold braid! Later on they will party with all members of the family from every generation, and lavish gifts will be given.

24th June:

(Tuesday) Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) this is the traditional day for all families to go picnicking in the countryside.

6th December: (Tuesday) Dia de la Constitución (Constitution Day)

8th December: (Thursday) Immaculada Conception)

Concepcion

(Immaculate

25th December: (Sunday) Navidad (Christmas Day)

1st January: (Sunday) Ano Nuevo (New Year’s Day)

6th January:

(Friday) San Juan (St John).

29th June: San Pedro and San Pablo (St Peter and St Paul)

25th July: (Monday) Santiago (St James) St James is the Patron Saint of Spain.

(Saturday) Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings, or Twelfth Night) All districts will have processions, with floats from which boiled sweets will be thrown into the crowds lining the streets, and will be gathered up in enormous bags by children and adults alike! For exact information on the full programmes for each

15th August:

of these celebrations go to Roquetas de Mar Tourist

(Monday) Asuncion (The Assumption). This is celebrated as the day upon which the Virgen Mary died, and her body was taken up into heaven without suffering decay.

roundabout just before Las Marinas, or telephone on

Information: Avda Mediterraneo, located near the 0034 (code from the UK) 950 339 742

ALStrays Weekly Report

by Sandra Marshall (www.alstrays.com)

I have written about the urgent need for more foster homes to take in abandoned cats, while I work to re-home them. Now kitten season is upon us again, we also urgently need places for litters of 2 month old babies! ALStrays is NOT an animal rescue. It is a re-homing process for cats. I work with a number of organisations and people across the Almeria region, who take in stray and abandoned cats, and help them to find permanent homes. This frees up places for more cats to be rescued, but they are always quickly filled, and more places are always needed. The process works, and to date, as a team, we have re-homed close to 300 cats. It does however take time, and the cats need safe places to live while all the vaccinations and tests are carried out. Money is always needed but money alone is not enough. I need more people who to foster for 1-2 months, so please do get in touch if you want to join the team and help to save some beautiful cats or kittens. You can read more about the work Sandra and her partners are doing on www.alstrays. com, and you can contact her by email: sands@alstrays.com. Thanks to Central Contracts (ww.centralcontracts.com) for their continued support in the transportation of the re-homed cats. The next transport is scheduled for 29/04.


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AROUND ROQUETAS DE MAR

Y Da Wakes.......................................

BAR LA BOMBA.............................

In aid of the Royal British Legion. Jumble sale on St George’s Day, Saturday 23rd April at 11.00am. Please take goods for sale to Y Da Wakes or phone 950 333 243 to arrange collection. Every Monday Night 9.30pm Bingo

Anglican Chaplaincy..............

Latin / Ballroom / Salsa Dance Classes....................................... Every Tuesday 10.30am 4€ PP Boulevard Bar beach front Roquetas de Mar. With Paul & Caroline Johnson British Senior Champions. Learn to Dance and have fun!

Chiringuito Casablanca

AND EVERY SATURDAY AT 3PM FLAMENCO EN DIRECTO, RUMBA, SERVIANNA ROQUETAS DE MAR

Bar Chaplins...................................

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

27 CALLE SIERRA NEVADA, 200M FROM HOTEL PLAYA AZUL ROQUETAS Tuesday – Thursday 5 pm – Late, Friday / Saturday / Sunday 1 pm – Late, Closed Mondays, Quiz night: Friday 9.30 p.m. Live football at Weekends, Tel: 950 335 022

New members always welcome. Meetings held first Tuesday of each month, at 15:00 at ‘Y da Wakes’ on Calle Serena. Contact Secretary 950 333 243

Friday 29th April, Royal Wedding BBQ

Revita Natural Health and Relaxation Centre........................

Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar, Tel – 950333048 Wednesday and Friday – 10.00 a.m. – Taichi classes, Tuesday and Thursday – 10.00 a.m. – Yoga classes

TABERNA EL MULERO........................ 23RD APRIL, Kiko romero, El Grillo, Flamenco Directo, 4pm, ALMERIMAR

Southern Bar ......................... Royal Wedding Street Party Friday 29th AprilEvery Thursday 2.30pm Bingo

ROYAL bRITISH LEGION ..............

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Beachfront Bar

Pizzas - Fish - Paellas 12pm till 4pm

950 880 114

Paseo Maritimo, next to Hotel Playa Sol

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

• Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace Special Menu day & night €19.95 for two people Including a drink

Open 12 - 4pm 7 - 12.30am Av. Playa Serena, 37 Roquetas de Mar

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table

We Buy & Sell Gold

Open 7 days a week from 10am til late

LARGE Barbecued TAPAS 3€

including drink from 14.00 till 18.00 daily Tel: 666 269 772 Open hours: 9am til late Avda del Golf, 4, Roquetas de Mar

Property management Sales & Rentals

Avda. del Mediterraneo No 49 (Frente Hotel Zafiro) Urb. de Roquetas de Mar 04740 Roquetas de Mar Almeria

saturday 30th April

dutch’s queens day big table top salE from 11am - 3pm

Tel: 950 333 076

Tlf: 950 333 320

In front of Hotel PLaya luna Roquetas de mar

BAR CHAPLINS 27 CALLE SIERRA NEVADA, 200M FROM HOTEL PLAYAAZUL ROQUETAS

ALL LIVE FOOTBALL SHOWN ON 5 TVS

Royal wedding

5 TVs, Free Hot Buffet & Glass of Champagne. Starts 11am

HOMEMADE

MEALS DAILY 3.95€

WEDNESDAYS

Every Saturday

RIB NIGHT 4.95€

Pint 1.60€, Strongbow 2.50€, John Smiths 2.50€, Wine 1€, House Spirit and mixer 2€ Karaoke competition, cash prize for best, worst and best newcomer. Free prize draw. Collect tickets all week with food and drink “ Be In To Win”

FISH’N’CHIPS 3.95€ BEST IN TOWN (BOOKING ADVISABLE)

every FRIDAYS

Free WiFi Available

Happy hour 9.30pm - 12.30pm

PUB QUIZ 9.30pm

FRIDAYS

SUNDAYS

ROAST DINNERS 3.95€ (FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM)

Te l : 9 5 0 3 3 5 0 2 2

Tuesday – Thursday 5 pm – Late, Friday / Saturday / Sunday 1 pm – Late, Closed Mondays

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

info@enviapropertyservices.com

www.enviapropertyservices.com

MASQUERADE 2nd Hand Shop Quality Furniture, Clothing and all things collectable. Sold on 50/50 basis A touch of class is back in Roquetas. Every Friday - Home baking available. Pies ~ Cakes ~ Pastry, etc

Tel: 689 278 936

10am - 4pm 7 days a week

Infront of Hotel Bahia Serena, Roquetas Next to Y da Wakes

MANHATTAN Playa de Golf, No4 Playa Serena, Roquetes de Mar

Friday 29th April The Queens Official Wedding Night Do! Party the night away to your old favourites. Prizes for the best ‘Dad Dancing’ Dress to impress ‘Roquetas Royalty’ Also Sunday 24th April

‘Fanny’


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS for sale

Air-con

Generator Es 8000 power system Honda gx390. 13hp petrol 6.5kva 115/240v very little use 950€ Tel: 659 685 133

Baby lay back chair 15€ Tel: 950 135 564

Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email: sales@soltimes.com

builders continued

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified

Baby bottle sterilizer vgc 25€ Tel: 950 135 564

To place your ad....Call: Paulette 902 750 190 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.

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L info@md-aircon.com

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

construction

Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

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

Small trike with long handle business opportuniy auctions and converts into Bar for rent in the Port of rocker 25€ Tel: Location Auctions, Antas El Real Roquetas de Mar. Call 600 585 789 for 950 135 564 Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction details P e t Wed 27th April. Starts 5pm. Viewing Bar for sale. Village location. containment Bar lease, fixtures, fittings, good will. system brand new Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House Good turnover and profits. €15,000 Tel: with two collars clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 634 320 025 was 440.00 euros 412 Business for Sale TOTAL have receipt ENTERTAINMENT ALBOX FOR SALE 275.00€ Tel: 950 bouncy Internet Cafe, Newspapers Magazines 135 564 & Books. DVD Rental/Sales & 12 Seater castles C a p t a i n s Courtney Castles. Bouncy Mini Cinema. €27,500 Tel: 625611498 email: totalalbox@hotmail.com leather topped desk gc 75€ Tel: Castles & Dome Hire. Generator Hire & Supervised hire available. 950 135 564 car boot sale Photography services available. “Like Lamp table a Rubber Ball, you’ll come bouncing Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. 10€ Tel: 950 135 back for more!” 564 Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ email: courtney. lots of stalls and bargains, for more Free standing air Tel:649300865 con unit vgc needs castles@gmail.com information call Julie: 646 675 297 back hose 50€ Tel: 950 135 564 blinds collectables Babys car Internal & INTERNAL & seat 0 to 4yrs good quality good E x t e r n a l EXTERNAL BLINDS condition 60€ Tel: Call Blinds 950 135 564 SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

Airport services

Justin Shaders

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Sol for

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Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

AI R P O R T free no obligation SERVICES : A l l quote on 627 907 Tel: 627 907 207 www.solshaders.net airports, anytime, Email: solshaders@live.co.uk reliable, reasonable 207 rates. Tel: 629 097 057 builders

A i r p o r t s e r v i c e s Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Cheap

Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

alternative energy

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

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

30 years experience  Free, friendly advice and quotations Ross Regan We Neil cover all aspects Bates Builder of work from total reforms, new City & Guilds Qualified builds, interiors, exteriors design & All aspects of build Call for a free building work no obligation quote Tel: 950 137 621 671 843 155 / 646 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices 234 222

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ross regan s.l.

Building, Reforms and General Maintenance & Roofing

summer is here! Are your BBQ’s, Pool Surrounds,

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

Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

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

computers DON ROBINSON

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

I come to you Comp TIAA+certified

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

curtains

cycle hire

Soft Options

Rainbow Rentals Electric cycles €10 per day www.rainbows endmojacar.com Tel: 608 719 015

Curtains, & Soft Furnishings. Made to measure curtains & blinds.Cushions & accessories. Also Roman, Blinds

dress making

B e s p o k e Competitive Prices c u r t a i n s . Telephone Workshop: alterations, repairs, Tel: 968 959 632 gazebo covers & Mobile: 686 377 172 ntets. saxbee@hotmail.co.uk mosquito Tel: 649 503 875

drainage

Tel: 950 120 900

for hire

financial

FREE delivery

& collection. Secured loans, Capital Raising, cash Tel: 649 332 134 advances whilst you sell your property. enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com Equity release. 902 www.thebabyhirecentre.com 585 569 / 652 986 Everything for 088 the visiting gardening baby. Car seats, high chairs, stair maintenance by gates, cots etc. qualified English Tel 950 436 581 speaking Spanish Gardener. Contact or 666 375 688 Victor (mob) expectingbaby@ 619 034 313 hotmail.co.uk Roquetas / Almeria

Gardening

house clearance

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

HOUSE CLEARANCE

electronic cigarettes

break the habit with an electronic cigarette A realistic smoking experience you can enjoy anywhere! See us on the internet

www.micigarrilloelectronico.net

We buy anything, single items, clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, etc. Contact Gordon:

693 480 411 or email:

gordon.lanham@yahoo.co.uk Antas ~ Arboleas

PRICE LIST FOR KITS

• 1 x Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit with 5 refills €35 • 1 x Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit with 50 refills €55 • 1 x Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit with 100 refills €75 For sales please contact 666 684 593 or 680 389 927 Or email electroniccigarettes@hotmail.co.uk Free home delivery for the Roquetas de mar / Almerimar area

electrical

Suckling Electrical Mojacar & surrounding areas

- Mains Electrical Installation - Electrical Repairs Been cut off - ICP - Fault Finding - Surge Protection problems Call Us! - Water Pumps

- Econo-Heaters (supplied & fitted)

663 660 409 (Eng) 677 672 144 (Span)

garysuckling@yahoo.co.uk

elegance and beauty 14 Day Starter Kits - As Seen on TV - Order yours NOW!

CLAIRE

691 987 454 avonfromclaire @yahoo.es

ELECTRICIAN Claire will be at Neil Godwin

Bar La Union, Wednesdays 2.30 till 3.30pm and this Saturday at Total Entertainment Albox Tel : 687 245 569 10am till 2pm 25 years experience Full City & Guilds Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied

Knowles & enclosures Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Recraft / hobby wires, free to air UK cleaning Elaine’s Wools satellite systems. ENCLOSURE UK wool & Tel: 950 137 208 SPARKLES quality SPECIALISTS accessories. Also or 638 010 691 Property Care Service, GLASS SCREENS at Key Holding, Holiday available fly screens C a m p o s o l Change Over Cleaning. Come and see us on the & on Let us take good Mazarron Albox road for a free no FLY SCREENS the Arboleas care of your obligation quote Call - Cheapest in the property! forum. 667 273 889 area! Sliding & pull Call 677 114 576 Tel: 627 279 584 elaines wools@ down. Free quotes: or 950 135 564 sparkles2@live.com gmail.com 620 112 193 Tel: 646 587 746

E: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com

fibreglass

Fibreglass Supplies. See our main advert on Professional Baby Page 14 Equipment Hire.

CASH CONVERTOR

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

Opposite Mora oil

637 184 625

THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST

Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything – The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers should call please**

Tel: 679 207 545 or 686 697 665

handyman

hEATING

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

(Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente. com Tel: 968 969 962

To advertise your business here or your items for sale, contact Paulette at the SolTimes: 950 121 936 / 902 750 190


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iron/Metal works

The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel: 950 431 738 Metal Works, Gates, rejas, fabrication, welding, reliable service. Tel:950 069 208/615 132 136 email: adto777@aol.com

insurance

Almerimar Insurance Your local

insurance

broker Tel: 950 498 000 or 667 479 940 E: info @almerimar insurance.com

Jewellery & repairs

Silver wanted Private buyer pays cash for all silver items Large or small, I will by it, I also buy gold

Tel: 603 633 138

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 Rolex or Cartier woman’s watch wanted must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878

locksmith

Lock, Stock and Barrel, Fully qualified locksmith. Change any lock, upgrade, break-in or lockout. 24 hour service. No call out charge. Tel Dave: 608 673 086

Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 Locked Locksmith, new locks, hours. Out? Locks fitted/ safes, security grills, upgraded house Arboleas window locks fitted. safes. surroutnding Call 950466438 & area. Special or 676306269 weekend rates. www.casaserve.com Tel: 697 243 181

24 HR CASASERVE

number plates

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

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Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates

opticians

pets section continued

rentals

La Cinta - To rent

papers

Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request. Tel: 950 0 67 943 or 676 389 592

Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses. Tel: 950 121 991 English newspapers. Weekend only newspaper orders now being taken for 16th & 17th April onwards. To be picked up from La Vida, Cucador from 11am Saturday & Sunday mornings. Prepayment only, please!

personal

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some 609 199 394 or 647 379 878 of the advertisments in this section offensive” • A Healthy • A warm, comfortable For rent balanced diet. Male Massuer Men only Relaxing and kennel to sleep in. Beautiful furnished 3 bedroom • Lots of safe space to affordable. Tel: 676 902 388 • Services of a vet 24 penthouse in Almerimar with run around hours a day Sexy books LIBIDUS 2 floors. Tel:618 858 644 Contact: Silke Montanus (veterinary asst) for the adult Herbal alternative to Mob: 627 564 640 Tel: 950 473 011 Viagra, Cialis, Kamagra etc. reader. Over 40 ON TURRE-MOJACAR ROAD removals Guaranteed to work. No books for your chemicals or side effects. selection. A choice plumbing funinthesun1950@ Large van. Spain from word or PDF. yahoo.co.uk Carlos (Saliente) plumbing - UK. Full or half All FREE at www. Phone Ken: 634 336 024 & heating services. If it involves loads, plus car adultreading.es transport. water, we can help! www.carlossaliente. painter/decorator Tel: 0044 com Tel: 968 969 962 Painting Inside Experienced 796 912 3588 and Out. All Interior & Exterior Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing Decorator & electric. CH, solar hot water and water quality products DAVES TRANSPORT Using quality materials. RIDING Free quotes. Tel: This fast, friendly, clean and deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 & REMOVALS efficient service will never be STABLES 620 112 193 / 630 beaten on price. EG: Interior 797 Fully Insured – Totally Legal Rancho Luz Del rooms form 80€ & Villas from 493 817 475€ No payment A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing 7.5 ton with Tail Lift Retamar, Sol, until complete satisfaction. Professional TEL IAN: 617 904 repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 Partaloa. One Full/Part Load, Self Load. Interior & Exterior 774 to one or group Unload. Spain to England Decorator plastering lessons, latest Coving etc. & Local For a competitive EN standard hats Competitive rates provided. Escorted quote call British plastereR only top quality hacking and treks. Qualified BHS materials used 7 years experience in Instructor. Call Call Barry on woodnco@hotmail.com spain. friendly, reliable, Erika Drew on 678 664 753 280 competitve quotes, 838 547

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

situations vacant

Full time or part time staff required for busy warehouse, preferable with some kitchen experience and computer skills, must be open minded/hardworking and ambitious: Tel: 636 411 540

satellite TV

Sky digi box, PACE with white sky card bbc1,2,3,4, itv1,2,3 ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771.

A1 Sky Television Systems

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview”systems supplied & installed

Tel Dave: 628 607 778 screens

620 049 524

pets section

MY PLACE OR YOURS

Dog & Horse Sitting Service

tel Ash 679 659 397

pool maintenance Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Complete Pool Maintenance Dogs kept in house or kennels. Professional Reliable Service Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox. Weekly Pool Clean

situations vacant

sales

Clean & Clear Pools

Tel: 607 554 984

my-place-or-yours@hotmail.com

Animal Hotel, THE KENNELS Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, & CATTERY training Family run. Fully legal, dog courses Twice Nr Huercal Overa weekly obedience discounts available classes Tues & pet passports Thurs mornings. transportation to UK. Call: 639 722 197 Tel: 950 168 508 or 651 519 307 Email: thekennels@mail.com

WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY ARBOLEAS Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tel: Tracy

Loving care of small & 649 333 226 medium Home: Mobile: 650 211 952 sized Palomino dogs Kennels in safe home exclusive boarding environment. kennels / cattery. 4000m2 of Warm, friendly secure countryside fenced land in environment. Arboleas Now managed by Tel: 950 431 852 APSA Tel 673 503 086 New Mob: or 950 067 051 664 721 903 www.palominokennels.com

WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:

Country Kennel

You really take care of your dog so do we, while you’re away!

300€ per month, Arboleas. Detached casita. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, lounge with wood burner, kitchen/diner with magnificent views. PLUS a 1 bedroom & bathroom annex, beautifully appointed, fully furnished or unfurnished if required. All this for only 300€ per month + electric Call to view:

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Cattery Open !

TRAVELLING IN AIR CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED TRAVEL AVAILABLE

0044 7533 285 918

email: pettaxitransport@hotmail.com

Fender Amp 900 Deluxe loads of goodies 75 watts 210€ Tel: 950 122 384 FOR NEW, EXCITING OPPORTUNITY F r e s h m a n IN THE CUCADOR AREA. MUST BE Acoustic GuiMOTIVATED AND HAVE A LOVE FOR tar 160€ Tel: 950 GOOD FOOD AND PRESENTATION. 122 384 GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE Washburn SUCCESFUL CANDIDATE Acoustic / ElecFull sand change only €75 647 379 878 tric Guitar 210€ Tel: 950 122 384 Aria solid electric guitar strat copy property for sale 80€ Tel: 950 122 199.000€ 384 Intex Swimming pool, still in box, 457cm round x 91cm high. 99€ Tel: 699 603 088 New 1000L waproperty for sale ter/fuel con200m Villa split into 2 independent 60€. tainer, 21, Avenida America, Tel:699 603 088 apartments with own parking/gardens. next to Cornish Pride, Albox 3 Round 5 beds, 4 baths, Gas CH, Mains Utilities. heavy an600m urban plot. Village location. tique bar tables, solid woodTel: 666 341 517 tops very heavy for busy salon in Albox. en iron decorative basproperty management es. 150€ ono. mob: NVQ Level 3 or above ‘Let Us Take the Worry Out Of 693792000 Your Property in Spain’ P e rgo l a and at least 10 years We are introducing a NEW and sincere wooden, never service for the care of your property in erected, cost 406€ cutting experience. Mojacar and surrounding area... now 150€ • Key holding package,/property care… 950 069 540 / Please call Claire between Tel: • Garden maintenance,/watering etc… 697 781 425 • Airport Collection and drop off…. 9.30 - 1.30 on 950 633 086 I Joy Ride ex• Regular Security checks…. ercise elec• Rental reception,management etc… EXPE R IEN C ED tric machine Van delivery • Reforms arranged and ‘project Cook required for good for thights managed’.. driver wanted restaurant in the Altummy & bottom We are long-term residents in the Clean driving box area. Must be etc. Mojacar area,fully legal,reliable and confident to deal with license. Own trustworthy… You will be impressed with multi orders in a busy New UK £450 acvehicle. Suit small cept 175€ our rates and packages! environment. Please Tel, 950 131816/629 097057 for more forward CV details to: van or estate owner. Tel: 950 069 540 / details ellie1bk@gmail.com Call: 609 199 394 697 791 425

CHEF REQUIRED

(inc. all chemicals) Only €65 p/c month Call John 689 200 671

Fully qualified hair stylist required, for more details, pop into Strictly Hair with your CV

Stylist required


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motoring section

situations vacant

Car Air Con

storage

Sales Staff Wanted Canvasser’s, part time required for

buyandsellpropertyinspain.com Would suit out going personality, good commisions, team players with ability to work on own initiative email: admin@buyandsellpropertyinspain.com

Call 0034 950 109 699

STYLES Hairdressers opening soon in Turre. Wanted Hair Stylist, beautician, nail technician. Please call for an interview Michelle 644 496 198 Translator Need a translator? Call Anna on 679 079 977

Storage Rooms for

rent, 5 square meters to 15sq meters, Roquetas de Mar Urbanisation. From 5€ a week.

Tel: 650 038 251 wanted

WANTED

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

Re-gassing from €35

Tel: 678 813 505 van hire

Landrovers Wanted

English or Spanish. Any condition Telephone: 659 685 133

Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

WANTED FOR CASH Caravans & Motorhomes Any age, condition UK plates or Spanish LHD/RHD All considered Tel. 647 587 855 caravanantas@gmail.com

windows & doors

tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

INTERGLAZE DOUBLE GLAZING SPECIALISTS

Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

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

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708

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

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

Tricycle Trishopper electric tricycle, covered locking box, sold in working order as seen. 300€. Tel: 699 603 088

PROPERTY TO BUY OR TO RENT Blaumar Estate Agents Huercal Overa

Near Arboleas 3 Bed, 2 Bath villa €159,950

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

www.inmoblaumar.net

huge bargain villa €180,000 b62

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Police uncover priceless paintings missing since 1990s

Officers with the Guardia Civil have found two valuable paintings - “La Anunciación” by El Greco and “La Aparición de la Virgen del Pilar” by Francisco de Goya - in a house in Alicante, both of which have been missing since the end of the 1990s. The two works of art, considered part of Spain’s art heritage, had been included in numerous international exhibitions and were reported missing by their owners after their return to Spain in the late 1990s. As a result of the police report lodged after their disappearance, the Guardia Civil’s special Historical Heritage squad uploaded photos of the missing paintings to an international database of stolen artwork, to alert police forces around the world to their disappearance and to make it hard for the thieves to sell them. Last October, investigators received information about a possible sale of the two paintings and the investigation was intensified, leading to the discovery of both paintings at a private address in the province of Alicante.

200kg of cocaine found in Costa Rican pineapples

Officers from the National Police force have confiscated over 200kg of cocaine that was hidden in a shipment of tropical pineapples imported from Costa Rica. The police operation culminated in the arrest of 12 people involved in transporting the drugs from the port of Valencia to Talavera de la Reina (Toledo). Using officers on the ground and in the air, the National Police managed to follow the shipment and arrrest 12 members of drugs trafficking ring based in the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, with one arrest made in either province, six in Toledo and four in Madrid. Apart from the 204kg of cocaine, that was had been vacuum packed in plastic, police also confiscated five cars (including a ‘decoy’ truck loaded only with pineapples), documentation & over 100,000€ in cash.

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Further Drops In The US Dollar Market Commentary 15th April 2011 The USD index is struggling to maintain above its November 2009 low around 74.17, with little sign of a change in fortune. A shock rise in weekly jobless claims to 412k (380k expected) did nothing to aid the US Dollar’s efforts as higher commodity prices, and in particular energy prices played negatively. Undoubtedly, many USD pairs have entertained an increase in sensitivity to oil price movements over recent weeks, with the USD falling on the wrong side when oil prices move higher. The commodity currencies e.g. Canadian Dollar and Norwegian Kroner are the key beneficiaries but EUR/USD is also strongly linked with the price of oil. Various Fed comments this week including supportive comments on the USD’s role as a reserve currency have had little effect to boost the view on the dollar despite the generally hawkish slant. US data releases will keep markets busy. The data is unlikely to bring any severe shocks however given the growing FX interest on Fed policy; CPI data may have more weight than usual. The expectation of a trend like 0.2% increase in core CPI, which is unlikely to cause any concern within the Fed, suggests that the USD will acquire little support. The capability of the single European currency to survive a flood of dire news from the eurozone periphery is remarkable. Above

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all, peripheral bond yields carry on rising especially Greek yields as expectations of debt restructuring develop. Remarks from Germany’s finance minister have added to such expectations. Reports that the Bank of Spain accepted the recapitalisation of 13 banks and that Spanish banks lent only EURO 44 billion last month, the lowest since Jan 2008, may have provided some relief. On the other hand, given that markets are already relative hawkish about eurozone interest rates and given growing peripheral worries as well as overly long EURO market positioning, the upside for EUR/USD is looking increasingly restrained, with a break above technical support around 1.4580 likely to be difficult to achieve over the short-term. The possible restructuring of Greek debt was finally acknowledged by Germany on Wednesday. The European Central Bank report, due in June, will almost certainly show Greek debt on an unsustainable path. Protection of Greek debt hit record highs on Thursday, as did yields on Portuguese 10 year bonds but the Euro has not budged one iota. 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

I recently received an email from a very old friend explaining she’d become disillusioned with the Christian faith, which, in her words “simply doesn’t do what it says on the tin.” I suspect that to some extent she was expecting to shock me and waiting for a reaction, but the trouble is that in many respects I sympathise with her comments. I’m more than conscious of the fact that we Christians are such a bad advert for the faith Christ taught and practiced that most of us are enough to put anyone off. So, in reply I enquired which “Tin” she was looking at and just how old, rotten, corrupt and past their sell-by date were the contents she was comparing with that label? For, as I pointed out, any ‘label’ drafted by any Church or other human organisation cannot accurately portray the immensity of our faith. Indeed the only label worth reading is that written by the teaching of Jesus himself, and the only contents capable of comparison, are his life. All other human beings are necessarily flawed and represent his ideal very badly, so can’t do what it says on his “tin”. But of course that very fact is written on the “tin” itself, as St Paul so frequently acknowledged his own failures, and pointed out that the best any of us can achieve is still well below Christ’s standard. So sadly, we should never expect in this life to see a Christianity that truly matches the “label”. But as we look at the life of Jesus, then and only then we can really see what this faith is all about and how poorly most of us match his ideals. For he truly loved and lived for others rather than himself. And as we’re particularly reminded at this Easter period, he died for others too, himself accepting the inevitable penalty on our behalf, for the wrong we’ve done, with no complaint as to the injustice of it all. 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

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Almost 3,400 drivers in a week caught using mobile ‘phones

The Guardia Civil have fined almost 3,400 drivers for using their mobile ‘phones manually whilst driving during the seven-day special campaign run by the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) to focus on avoiding distractions at the wheel. During the campaign, which began on April 4th and ended on April 10th, 399,237 vehicles were monitored on the roads across Spain (except Catalonia and the Basque Country). Over the course of the seven days 4,201 fines were issued to drivers who were distracted at the wheel, 3,387 of them (85%) for talking on the mobile ‘phone whilst driving. According to a number of different studies, using mobile ‘phones whilst driving multiplies the risk of having an accident by four which makes it similar to the risks of driving whilst over the drink-drive limit. As well as controlling the “improper use” of mobile ‘phones, police officers also monitored the use of GPS systems by drivers, which is considered a similar distraction to talking on the ‘phone: 38

drivers were fined for programming their GPS systems whilst driving. A further 169 people were fined for using headphones or earphones connected to appliances other than telephones. Police officers have reported that 24% of divers stopped during the campaign were using “hands free” devices, which is allowed, but which is still considered to present a risk in terms of diminishing the ability to concentrate whilst driving. “Drivers on the ‘phone don’t keep their speed constant, their reaction time is greater and they tend not to keep a safe distance from the car in front”, said the Traffic Dept., underlining that distractions at the wheel are one of the main causes of accidents in Spain and one which can be easily avoided. So far this year (up to and including April 14th) 168 people have been killed in 329 fatal accidents on Spanish roads and in 158 of those accidents, i.e. 48%, driver distraction was an important factor.

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Due to a request from the owners of Dolphin Solutions the SKY DIVE will now be in aid of P.A.W.S Patas AND M.A.C.S Cancer Support! Two fantastic charities in our local area that are desperately in need of funding! Claire - Sol Times Scott - Subway Mojacar Damian - Lifestyle Enclosures Antas Julie - PAWS Volunteer Serge - Indigo Gym Taekwon-do Instructor Jodie - Sol Times Production Join Alex - Chef at El Olivo Sol Times Jess - The Emporium on Facebook Leanne - The Emporium and follow Richard - SOL TIMES Production our Lucy - Global Currency Exchange progress Helen B - Spectrum FM Some of the team will be at The Rusty Nail’ this Friday rattling the tins and asking for sponsorship monies! We look forward to seeing you there!! Any questions drop Claire a line on 677 993 717!!


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2003 Chevrolet Kalos 1.4, a/c, pas, rcl, Five door, e/w, Radio/Casette....................................................................................................................................................................................3,995 1997 Saab 900 Convertible, 65,000 miles, rhd, Spanish plates, leather interior, alloys, e/w, pas, rcl........................................................................................................................... 2,995 1999 Ford Focus 1.8i LX five door hatch, rhd, Spanish plates, radio/cassette, e/w, pas................................................................................................................................................... 2,495 1998 Hyndai Accent 1.3, 5-door, a/c, pas, radio/cd, 97,000kms................................................................................................................................................................................................1,995 1999 Peugeot 107, 1.5 diesel, 3 door, a/c, e/w .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1,995

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15th April - We had 26 players taking part this week. Again this was a reduction in numbers as quite a few of the winter golfers are now migrating north for the spring and summer. This week we played an X x Y + Z stableford competition. It was teams of four with two stableford scores multiplied together on each hole and a 3rd one added. The winners were Sune Jönsson, Fernando Halbart,

Jan Ljung (who had chocolates last week) and Isabel Haworth with a fantastic team score of 147 points. Last place and chocolates went to the team of John Woodhead, Nick Quine, John Fielding and Cynthia Witham with a score of 99. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Marianne Liljedahl with a distance of 2.52m beating her husband Sune who was the only other name on the board. Congratulations to Mimmo

THE GRUMPY OLD MEN OF LOS GALLARDOS.... Greetings from God’s little waiting room where, this week we celebrated the 70th birthday of none other than Looselips. It was a cracking do, held at a hostelry in the village, I think it’s called Naranjo. We were entertained by the talented J.C., who always gives of his best. Our thanks to our host, Ali and Mick for looking after us so well, and to the cook, who at this present time is nameless, for an excellent buffet. The place was packed with friends of the old fella, who had come to wish him well, he received loads of pressies, the most novel of

which had to be a huge Tbone steak from Scary Mary, what else do you get for a man who has it all. Frodo has gone back to “middle earth” for a year (Australia), and has threatened to send me jottings from time to time, can’t wait to see his first lot of ramblings. Enjoy yourselves, both. You have probably heard this tale before, but it’s worth repeating. Some friends of mine were driving back to the U.K., and stopped for petrol, in northern Spain. On leaving the forecourt he discovered his tire was flat, so pulled over to

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change the wheel. Some very helpful Spaniards offered to help, they changed the wheel, and his faith in human nature, robbing him of credit cards mobile phone etc. I know it’s happened before, and will no doubt happen again, but if your driving back please be aware at all times. Great excitement mid-week when a police helicopter hovered over our little enclave, it was funny that there was very little movement on the ground, while it was in position!!! Apparently it was a drugs bust, on the motorway, and they had legged it from the van and headed for “Tenco”. Microwave Mike was over the moon as his washing dried in no time at all!!!. Aunty Mo is still suffering from her bruised ribs, as any self respecting person knows bruising to the ribs can be more painful and take longer to heal than a fracture. Hope you feel better soon Mo. That’s all for this week. Until the next time. Tight lines, Uncle Albert

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Pettinicchio, Fernando Halbart, Christine Perkins, Robbie MacMillan and Sune Jönsson for beating their handicaps on Friday and getting some rather tasty handicap reductions. 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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Wed 13 April at Cortijo Grande 36 golfers - 2 divisions. The winner of the first div with 34 points Leif Mhyre second with 33 Greg Ward third with 33 on countback Mike Picken. Second div winner with 34 Tony Sprake second with 35 Ursula Lade third with 32 Grace Ward. Ball sweep winners leif Mhyre Neila Halliday. Sun 17th April & our winner with 42 points Greg Ward second with 35 Ursula Lade third with 34 Barbara Johnson. No ball sweep winners. Congratulations to Greg Ward who returned a gross score less than his age. To book (Wed or Sun) call 950 475 509 MP


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Valle del Este GS............ forum golf society...... It makes you feel like the pro golfers playing Valle Del Este, manicured fairways, fast greens, and ideal weather who could ask for more. Tuesday again a full time sheet we played a stableford comp and the winner in top form Mark Newall 37 pts 2nd John Haydon 36 pts 3rd Ian Upton 35 pts. Friday we had the new captains drive in. On the first and ninth hole everyone was

invited to have a small tipple, it improved the golf for some and for the rest who had visions of Tiger Woods style golf it just didn’t happen. Sue Hull was the outright winner with 36pts 2nd John Clements 34pts 3rd Neil Halliday 33pts. nearest the pins Jim Quigley (2) Bob Mearing and Neil Halliday. Please contact a committee member about teetimes. Enjoy your golf.

Albox Darts League...... The postponed match was played last Thursday. Andaluz 4 v Terca Edad Two 4. 180s scored by Peter Rance of Andaluz and Martin Raison of

Terca Edad Two. Martin now leads the 180’s with 4 scored so far. Martin’s lead only lasted 5 days with Paul Maydew joining

Forum Golf Society´s latest outing, an individual stableford competition took place at Valle del Este on April 15th, and a course in very good condition made exremely tough by a combination of strong gusty breezes and tee positions that were close to those normally used for Championship events saw an average score of less than 24 points. Best of the day was Phil Elam

with 37 points, ahead of Richard Swaine (34) in second place, and Derek Manning (3rd) & Adrian Lawrence (4th) one point less & seperated by countback after both scoring very creditable 33´s. John Farley (31 points) was the only other person player to break 30 points to finish 5th, with John Bridgen claiming the longest drive honours on the seventh hole. There were also three nearest the pin prizes,

with these going to Richard Swaine, John Smith & Adrian Lawrence. The fixture that has sparked a great deal of interest in the local golfing community, the stableford competition sponsored & subsidised by PLAS - TECH at Aguilon on May 5th is drawing closer, and at a cost of just €14 (€19 with buggy), and including prizes worth in excess of €2000 plus free beer and barbecue afterwards it´s not

him with his 4th 180 score this season. Also worthy of a mention was Jon Hilson of Bar Lepanto’s 119 checkout Please join me in wishing Dave Johnson from El Frax a speedy recovery, he went home unwell last Tuesday and

ended up in hospital. He is now recovering I am pleased to say. John Walker is leaving the committee at the end of June as he is moving to another part of Spain. Join me in thanking him for his efforts in

putting on competitions and his committee work. Always a smile and something to say, I for one won’t miss his garish shirts on the oche. This leaves a vacancy on the committee could captains please submit

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difficult to see why ! For details of this & all other Forum GS events contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 philjelam@yahoo.co.uk, or see www.forumgolfsociety.webs. com, where a full fixture list is available, including Forthcoming Fixtures 29th April Team Coloured Ball at Marina; 5th May PlasTech Challenge (stableford) at Aguilon; 13th May Double Par Medal at Marina; 27th May Stableford at Playa Serena nominations to Chris Weir. Lee Smith reported Regency snooker club 8 Bar Andaluz 0 - every game was won 2 nil. To which I replied this must be match fatigue as they have played 3 matches in 8 days

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