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The number of Moroccan tourists expected this year on the Costa del Sol is expected to rise, according to the Managing Director of the Costa del Sol Tourism Board, Ana Gomez. She was speaking after a promotional tour to Casablanca, Rabat and Tangiers for businesspeople from travel agents and hotels to Morocco. However, although the target market is set towards better-off families, who will typically spend at least one month in the Costas, there must be some concern that the recent unrest in Morocco and generally along the North African coast may well affect the inclination of many to holiday at all in this coming year. The authorities along the coast are holding themselves in readiness for a possible influx of illegal immigrants, should the situation change for the worse in the near future. 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 overthe-phone diagnosis.

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Fish Worth £4m Seized In EU Crackdown On Illegal Fishing Catches of octopus, squid, sole, shrimp and grouper, allegedly caught using child labour, impounded in Canary Islands

European authorities have impounded 5m portions of fish destined for tables across the continent following allegations they were caught by illegal “pirate fishing” off west Africa using child labour. The block on catches of octopus, squid, sole, shrimp and grouper landed in the Spanish port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands represents the biggest action yet against the landing of illegally caught fish in the European Union following the introduction of new Brussels regulations last year that ban the practice. The catches weighed a combined 1,100 tonnes and were worth around £4m. They were found on three refrigeration vessels owned and flagged to South Korea, Panama and China. The boats were heading to processing plants from where their catch was to be distributed to fish counters in Spain and the rest of Europe in time for Holy Week, when fish sales typically double in Spain. But the EU is pursuing allegations the catch was taken from waters protected for use by local fishermen and that some of the crew were 14-year-old Senegalese boys who had been at sea for three months. Local fishermen’s nets had allegedly been slashed by the foreign crews and one was allegedly assaulted with a metal bar when trying to retrieve his nets from entanglement with the industrial ship. “Those vessels could be totally

frozen out of trade with the EU,” Maria Damanaki, commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries told the Guardian last night. “Illegal fishing is a nightmare. A lot of countries are losing money from it and while we talk a lot about aid to the third world, if we stop illegal fishing a lot of local citizens in poorer countries will benefit.” She said illegal fishing damaged the sustainabilty of fish stocks and went hand-in-hand with criminality on a wider scale. It is estimated Sierra Leone loses up to $29m a year from pirate fishing. The new EU regulations aim “to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing”. Spanish officials seized a 500-tonne cargo on the South Korean-owned Seta No 73, which European Commission investigators believe was packed with fish illegally caught off Sierra Leone. Spain has also blocked the catch from the Chinese-flagged Haifeng 823 and Chinese-owned but Panamaflagged Lian Run, which together had nearly 600 tonnes on board. They await explanations from the flag states about where the fish came from. Processing plants in Gran Canaria have been becalmed by the sanctions and, with Easter looming, parts of the Spanish fish industry have complained the timing of the seizures is political. The moves are the start of a crackdown on pirate fishing planned by Brussels which could see dozens of industrial fishing

Spain Ends Church Control Over Religion Teachers’ Married Lives Catholic church unlawfully sacked Resurrección Galera from school for marrying divorcee, Spain’s constitutional court rules Spain’s Roman Catholic church has lost control over the personal lives of teachers of religious education in state schools after the country’s highest court ruled that they cannot be sacked for disobeying Vatican rules on marriage. In a historic decision, the constitutional court ruled that Resurrección Galera could not be fired for marrying a divorcee. The decision prevents the church, which hires and fires religion teachers, from dismissing teachers who do not follow Catholic precepts in their relationships. The ruling that Galera’s marriage bore “no relation to the plaintiff’s work as a teacher” overturned the decisions of lower courts, which backed the church. “The truly important thing is that these men cannot get away with this and treat people as if they were in the age of the inquisition,” Galera, a practising Catholic, told El País newspaper in reference to the country’s bishops. Hundreds of teachers of religion have reportedly been fired for similar reasons over the past decade. Some have won court cases forcing either the Spanish state or the church itself to pay compensation. The constitutional court’s

decision establishes a precedent for the lower courts in similar cases. “We have been informed that you are living with a married man. That is an unsustainable situation,” officials from the diocese of Almería told Galera when she was sacked in 2001 after seven years teaching at a state school in Los Llanos de la Cañada, south-east Spain. In fact, she had married a divorced Catholic who was waiting for an annulment of his previous marriage. For the past decade she has had to find other work, and set up a guest house with her German husband. A lower court must now rule on whether she should be reinstated and receive compensation. Spain’s bishops controlled the hiring of religion teachers, whose classes are optional, after a deal signed with the Vatican in 1979. About 70% of Spanish families opt for their children to study what the church defines as “religion and catholic morals”, though numbers are declining. “The least one can ask of a teacher of the Roman Catholic religion is that she should believe in what she teaches,” the partly church-owned COPE radio station said in an editorial.

ships banned from landing their catch in Europe, the world’s biggest market for fish. In a planned “second strike” the EU is investigating the activities of 70 vessels from 11 non-EU countries and five member states which it suspects of fishing illegally, Damanaki said. Alarm over Seta No 73’s activities was raised by a fisherman from Mania village in Sierra Leone, who reported the destruction of 250 yards of nets to the Environmental Justice Foundation, a British charity which runs a community surveillance programme in the area. The fisherman had spotted a fleet of canoes fishing around a trawler, the South Koreaflagged Marcia 707, in an inshore exclusion zone reserved for “artisanal” fishermen. Buoys had been cut from many of the local fishermen’s nets, causing them to sink. Some of the canoe crews gave their age as 14 and said they had been picked up in Senegal before spending three months at sea, EJF reported. When the local fishermen and EJF officials boarded the rusty trawler they saw two men who they believed to be South Korean sitting on the dirty and waterlogged deck. Up to 120 fishermen slept in a block of makeshift rooms on deck in cramped and very basic conditions with latrines which dumped directly over the side of the ship. The boat is thought to have fed its catch to the Seta No 73. The crew of another vessel which provided part of the seized catch are alleged to have attacked a local fisherman who tried to retrieve his net when it became entangled with its fishing gear. He was allegedly hit on the head with a metal bar, opening a large gash, when he clashed with the crew in the exclusion zone. “This investigation has exposed the highly organised theft of natural resources from some of the world’s poorest people – communities dependent on fish for food security and employment,” said Steve Trent, executive director of EJF. “Without flag states better regulating the activities of their vessels and coastal countries taking responsibility for monitoring their waters, this theft will continue.” In the case of the Seta No 73, the European Commission is demanding answers from the Panamanian authorities who provided certificates the catches were legal and within international fishing agreements, which protect certain waters for local fishermen. “The most likely outcome is that a large part of the catch will be illegal,” said Oliver Drewes, a spokesman for the commission. “The ultimate sanction is they could lose their licence to land fish at EU ports.”



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Buildings collapse and cars float away amid Easter weekend torrential rain

Extreme rainfall on the mainland this Easter weekend has led to houses collapsing, cars being washed away and streets flooding out. In Cebolla (Toledo), garages and underbuilds flooded and cars were seen floating away down the street when torrential rain that has been ongoing since last Thursday led to a river in the village overflowing. A building in the historic quarter of the city of León started to crumble away, leading


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A drinks manufacturer in Valencia, Destilerías Ferri, has just launched a new drink - natural mineral water with as much caffeine in it as two cups of coffee - as a “healthy alternative to that last drink” especially at night, to help people stay awake at the wheel or for students burning the midnight oil in preparation for exams. The drink is being marketed as “as healthy as water” since it is calorie-free, according to the company based in Bellreguard (Valencia). “Ferri Water” as the drink is know, was launched on the back of a proposal by staff at Destilerías Ferri, many of them young people who do a lot of sport, who were looking for a

healthy drink that would be a stimulant at the same time, and an alternative for those who don’t like the taste of coffee - all in a drink that tastes almost exactly like normal mineral water. The water is being sold in all outlets belonging to the HORECA group, including hotels, restaurants and cafés, and will soon go on sale at petrol stations as well. Destilerías Ferri is well known for producing traditional liqueurs like “naranchelo”, made from Valencian oranges, and the company grows its own sugar cane in La Safor to make its “mojitos” with Valencian rum.

25-year-old Fire by suspected man stabbed arsonist at to death in Sagrada Familia Benidorm A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in Benidorm in the early hours of this morning. The circumstances surrounding the incident have yet to be established by the police and the emergency services. The incident occurred around 4.45 am in calle Tomás Ortuño, one of Benidorm’s main streets, where the young man was found with a stab wound to the abdomen. An SAMU ambulance went to the scene, but paramedics were unable to do anything to save the young man’s life. The National Police have opened an investigation into the incident which resulted in the death of this young man from Pedreguer in the province of Alicante.

A fire inside Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica started by a suspected arsonist force the evacuation more than 1,000 people and caused significant damage in the sacristy, where it was ignited Four people were treated stored there, said Joan Rigol, for smoke inhalation, president of the basilica’s according to Catalan board of trustees. regional police, who added The police official said the that around 1,500 people suspect had a lighter and had been evacuated from pieces of fabric that could be architect Antoni Gaudi’s used to start a fire, and the unfinished masterpiece. fire itself caused significant The towering basilica is one damage, including a chair of the top draws in Spain’s that was burned. second-largest city and in all Reports indicate the of Spain, receiving more than fire burned for about 45 two million visitors a year. minutes. The official said some The Sagrada Familia tourists saw smoke coming was a church until it was from inside the sacristy and consecrated as a basilica by alerted authorities, and Pope Benedict XVI during a the suspected arsonist was visit to Barcelona in November. arrested. The sacristy is where Gaudi was a Catholic who priests put on their vestments largely dedicated his life to in preparation for Mass. The the project. Construction of suspect allegedly ignited the church began in 1882, vestments that were being and Gaudi died in 1926.


Parliament approves two-month extension to Libya mission

Parliament has approved a two-month extension to the Spanish troops’ involvement in the international civilianprotection mission in Libya after the Minister of Defence, Carme Chacón, argued that more time was needed in view of the inability to reach an immediate solution. Spanish troops will therefore continue to uphold the nofly zone and will collaborate

in humanitarian aid work if the UN asks them to do so, helping civilians to evacuate dangerous areas as well as delivering food, medicine and basic equipment to affected areas. Chacón received the parliamentary support she requested for the mission, and admitted that the Spanish government wanted to see “Gadhafi out sooner rather

than later”, but that this was not the aim of the military mission, adding that political and diplomatic advances had to be made in order to ensure a lasting peace in the country. In total, the three remaining months in Libya will cost the country 43 million euros - as opposed to the 25 million per month that the mission has cost so far - and no additional troops will be sent.

Spain Hunts ETA Member After U-turn On Prison Release A week after freeing an ETA member serving a 2,700-year sentence for killing 22 people, Spain’s courts reversed the decision and HAS ordered his re-arrest

But police were now unable to find 53-yearold Antonio Troitino, member of the armed Basque separatist group. Spain’s National Court “revoked its own decision to release him and ordered his search and capture” after prosecutors had appealed the decision, said a court official. The court order was released in the early hours but police “have not found him,” the official said. Troitino was arrested in 1987 as a member of the Madrid unit of ETA and sentenced to more

than 2,700 years for 22 killings even though the maximum stay in prison in Spain is 30 years. He was freed April 13 after requesting that the six years he had spent in prison before sentencing be discounted from his term. The court subtracted those six years from the 30-year maximum jail time instead of the actual 2,700-year sentence because the law was not clear on the matter, the official said. But after an appeal by prosecutors, the court agreed that the six years should be discounted from the actual sentence.

Court Shelves Doping Charges Against Marta Domínguez The High Court of Justice in Madrid has provisionally dismissed the case against world steeplechase champion, Marta Domínguez, and her Jose Alonso Valero, who were accused of being involved in a doping ring. The court made it clear, however, that this decision relates only to the charges against Marta Domínguez with regard to supplying the banned substance, trenbolone.

with gold caps found in Alberto García’s possession” by the Spanish Medicines Agency concluded that “the substance is not trenbolone, or any derivative of the same.”

The case against her for tax irregularities and for allegedly supplying drugs without a prescription to her training partner Eduardo Polo will still go ahead.

A further analysis carried out by the State Doping Agency confirmed that the bottles “did not contain any substances banned by Spanish regulations.”

The case relates to claims that Domínguez deliverd ‘”a golden bottle” to her agent José Alonso Valero on 17th November, which the latter then passed onto Alberto Garcia, who made a statement claiming that it contained trenbolone.

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European Commission announces new ethic code in wake of conflict-of-interest scandals The European Commission has agreed to a new code of conduct for top officials in the wake of a series of conflict-of-interest scandals, but was criticised by anti-corruption groups for not going far enough.

A new ethics code sets tougher rules for EU commissioners accepting gifts and invitations after Lord Mandelson’s controversial stay on a Russian billionaire’s yacht luxury yacht in Corfu three years ago. Other loopholes are closed to prevent commissioners from hiring their spouses, lovers or direct family members in their “cabinet” or private office. The stronger code of conduct will prevent any repeat of the 2008 scandal when Lord Mandelson, then trade commissioner accepted the gift of hospitality from Oleg Deripaska, the Russian aluminium oligarch. All such gifts will be vetted by a new beefed up ethics committee meaning that commissioners will no longer be able to avoid declaring hospitality such as free holidays or stays at luxury villas or on yachts. “Commissioners shall not accept hospitality except when in accordance with diplomatic and courtesy usage,” require the new rules. Lord Mandelson, and the commission, have insisted that no favours were given to the Russian oligarch during the Labour’s peer’s time as European commissioner. But the relationship raised questions of a possible conflict of interest because the commission’s trade department had taken decisions that had significantly benefited Mr Deripaska or his multi-billion-pound aluminium businesses. Under the new regime, a former commissioner must now keep the EU’s executive arm informed about any new job or earnings he or she is planning to take for


18 months, up from the current 12-month period. The change follows several “revolvingdoor” scandals last year when former commissioners took up lucrative jobs in the private sector related to their previous policy portfolios. Charlie McCreevy, the former Irish financial services commissioner, was forced to quit working for a British bank under pressure from the commission, although he was allowed to take up a well paid post with Ryanair, the budget airline. Despite controversy, other commissioners were allowed to take positions at large banks, including Guenter Verheugen, a German, who came under fire during his time as industry commissioner for hiring his lover as his “chef de cabinet”. Erik Wesselius, of the anti-corruption group Alter-EU, said that the new code was “disappointing”. “We have campaigned for the period to be three years the same length of time that commissioners receive their transitional allowances,” he said. The EU pays exco m m i s s io ner s between 40 and 65 per cent of their old salaries,


a sum of £8,600 a month, “to ease them back into private life” for three years after they leave office. Lord Mandelson is entitled to claim the allowance, worth £103,465 a year paid at low tax rates for EU officials, until Oct 2011. Despite being only 56 and highly employable and earning serialisation royalties from his book, Lord Mandelson was entitled to claim the allowance. There was a row over the payments last autumn after it emerged that 17 former commissioners, were enjoying large payouts even though many had taken up lucrative lobbying contracts or become MEPs.

Airlines facing EU clampdown for refusing disabled people travel The EU is under pressure to enforce equality rules on airlines as increasing numbers of disabled people, including a UN disability rights monitor, are being refused travel because they are in a wheelchair

Shuaib Chalklen, the UN’s “special rapporteur on disability” has complained to the European Commission after he was denied boarding on a flight from Heathrow to Geneva because he is a wheelchair user. Mr Chalklen’s ticket was booked by the UN but he was told that he would not be allowed on Swiss International Airlines flight LX 353 if he planned to travel unaccompanied. The airline insisted that travelling alone, on the one hour and 40 minute journey, he would not be able to use the in-flight lavatory facilities. “I think it is absurd. I am a paraplegic frequent flyer for the last 15 years and I’ve travelled around the world on my own,” he told The Daily Telegraph. After Mr Chalklen protested that, as a UN human rights monitor, he regularly travelled alone the airline finally relented and allowed him to travel five days later than originally planned. “I have had this experience before. It is spreading. Something has gone wrong. They are not applying European law,” he said. A spokesman for Swiss airlines said: “We transport many wheelchair users. We have looked into this and our medical department gave him the OK to fly with us.” Last week, a disabled woman successfully sued Ryanair after her husband was forced to carry her

onto an aircraft using a fireman’s lift after a wheelchair life failed to arrive and the couple faced missing their flight. Wheelchairbound Jo Heath, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, won £1,750 compensation for Ryanair’s failure to provide the assistance and breach of disability discrimination laws. Aurélien Daydé, a spokesman for the European Disability Forum, said that complaints were coming in on a daily basis, including a case that involved denied boarding for Jean-Luc Simon, the paraplegic chairman of the Disabled Peoples’ International. “It is happening every day and with most airlines. We need the EU to strengthen the law and make sure it is enforced,” he said. Siim Kallas, the European commissioner for transport, is planning to issue new guidance on the law to Britain before the 2012 Olympics and is planning to increase the powers of the national bodies that enforce passenger rights. “It is not enough for people to have rights on paper if they don’t work on the ground. We know there are still far too many cases where people with disabilities are being refused basic access to flights,” he said. “The Commission will bring forward new guidelines before the end of the year to close loopholes.”

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The additional payment would take Britain’s annual EU contribution to more than £10 billion in 2012, the equivalent of £400 for every household. The demand from the European Commission started a war of words, with Downing Street calling the request “ludicrous” and George Osborne, the Chancellor, accusing EU officials of having lost touch with reality. Last night the Government refused to say what, if any, increase in Britain’s contributions ministers were prepared to accept, prompting charges that they would eventually “roll over” and agree to hand over more taxpayers’ money. In 2009, Britons paid £5.3 billion to the EU budget, with the payment rising to £9.2 billion in 2010. Last year, Mr Cameron promised to fight for a “cut or a freeze” in the 2011 EU budget, but was eventually forced to settle for a rise of 2.9 per cent, costing Britain another £450 million. The Commission has made a formal request to members for a £5.5 billion budget rise that would take EU spending next year to £117 billion. Mr Osborne said the demand for more money was “completely unacceptable”, especially at a time when Britain was cutting spending to balance its own budget. “The European Commission need a reality check,” he said. “Europe needs to get in touch with reality and Brussels needs to look at what is happening in countries like Britain, and other countries as well in Europe, where we are all having to live within our means.” British officials said Mr Cameron would seek to form an alliance with leaders from countries including France, Germany, Holland and Sweden to fight the planned rise. Last night a Downing Street source said: “The Commission has come up with a ludicrous figure. We see this is an opening

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Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body. Most of the chemical reactions that happen in our cells need water in order to take place. We also need water so that our blood can carry nutrients around the body. However, we lose water all the time, through evaporation when we breathe and sweat. If the temperature rises or we do more activity, this increases the amount of water we lose. We also lose water when we urinate as urine is mainly water To stay healthy, it is important to replace the water we lose. We can do this by drinking water and other fluids.

How much water? In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. In hotter climates, the body needs more than this. This should be about 2 litres of fluid. We also get some fluid from the food we eat.

One of the first signs of dehydration is feeling thirsty. If you think you may not be getting enough fluids, check if you have any of these other common signs of dehydration: • d  ark-coloured urine and not passing much urine when you go to the toilet • headaches • confusion and irritability • lack of concentration

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Archbishop: make the rich and powerful help the poor

Political leaders, the rich and the powerful should be required by law to spend time each year helping the poor and needy, the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested Dr Rowan Williams said the public would benefit from a return to the medieval tradition of monarchs ritually washing the feet of the poor, as it would remind politicians and bankers of the purpose of their privileged positions. Speaking on Thought for the Day during BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dr Williams also used his pre-Easter message to wish Prince William and Kate Middleton the “courage and clarity” to live their life together “in the full glare” of popular interest. Dr Williams said the Bible made clear it was the duty of the powerful to ensure ordinary people were “treasured and looked after”, particularly those without the resources to look after themselves. “What about having a new law that made all Cabinet members and leaders of political parties, editors of national papers and the hundred most successful financiers in the UK spend a couple of hours every year serving dinners in a primary school on a council estate, or cleaning bathrooms in a residential home?” he suggested. Alternatively, he said, they could spend a night working in town centres as street pastors “ready to pick up and absorb something of the chaos and human mess you will find there, especially among young people”. Because the duty to serve would be compulsory, those involved would not be able to make political or personal capital from doing it, he added. Dr Williams acknowledged that it might just be “a nice fantasy to mull over during the holiday weekend”, but insisted that it could bring genuine benefits. “It might do two things: reminding our leaders of what the needs really are at grassroots level so that those needs can never again just be remote statistics, and reminding the rest of us what politics and government are really for,” he said. In a video message filmed by Lambeth Palace, Dr Williams shared his thoughts on next week’s royal wedding, when he will perform the marriage service for Prince William and Kate Middleton. He described the couple as “deeply

unpretentious” and said: “William and Catherine are making this commitment very much in the public eye and they’re sensible, realistic young people. “They know what the cost of that might be. They’ve thought that through. And because of that they will need the support, the solidarity and the prayers of all those who are watching today.” He added: “I want to wish William and Catherine every richest blessing in their life together. “But I want to wish them especially the courage and clarity they’ll need to live out this big commitment in the full glare – to live it out for the rest of us. “I hope they’ll be given the strength and the persistence to go on showing the rest of us what’s possible for the whole of their life together.” The Archbishop added: “We have to be witnesses in an active sense, the kind of witnesses who really support what’s going on. To be a witness is to be more than a spectator and I hope that will be part of people’s experience at the time of the wedding.” On a more personal note, he said: “It has been a real pleasure to get to know the couple. I have been very struck by the way William and Catherine have approached this great event. “They have thought through what they want for themselves but also what they want to say. They have had a very simple, very direct picture of what really matters about this event. “I think they have a clear sense of what they believe they’re responsible to. Responsibility to the whole society, responsible to God for their relationship, and I think it’s impressive that they have had that simplicity about it, they know what matters, what’s at the heart of all this. “That message about taking that responsibility, sensibly, realistically, courageously, that comes over very strongly in conversation with them.” Dr Williams said he felt “very privileged” to be part of the couple’s wedding, and to be able to “bless them in the name of God and send them on their way”.

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Mobile calls normally remain private thanks to digital encryption and because base stations rapidly change the way they identify a particular handset. Karsten and Sylvain managed to reverse engineer the mathematical algorithm behind the encryption process, and use it decode voice calls. Karsten and Sylvain say they do not plan to release their eavesdropping tools, but warned that it was only a matter of time before someone else re-created them. That could lead to vandals, criminals and snoopers going on “war drives” - travelling around scooping up interesting conversations. About 25% of the handsets analysed by the company are found to contain software or hardware modifications capable of reporting a phone’s location, texts and contacts, said Mr Crofton. “We’re not talking about teenagers in a bedroom,” he said. “It’s organised crime, malicious journalists and blackmailers.”


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The lucky stool’s run is over, after three successive weeks of ‘hosting’ the 100€ cash draw winner, this week, the fourth of the 100€ Cash Draw at the Stumble Inn there was no winner present to claim the winning ticket. So it is the first roll over week with the cash draw increasing to 200€ next week. Remember tickets are free with every drink consumed during the week, but you MUST be present in person to claim the prize if your ticket is drawn. Tickets with a third persons name on will not be accepted as the wining ticket in any circumstances!


Looks like the opening of the Bar Cafe Gula in Darsena 3, just up from the Cafe Bar Ankara, is going to be delayed another week. Not 100% sure because Paco himself wasn’t certain, but if you are a betting person a punt on next week would probably be the ‘best bet’. Keep an eye on www. for all the latest news regarding the opening. Plans are still ‘a work in progress’ for the Royal Wedding Party at Cafe Bar Ankara on Friday 29th April, but whatever they settle on it will include Groovy Phil in the afternoon, and raffles, games and fun throughout the day. I suppose given the occasion a ‘Royal Wedding Breakfast Special’ wouldn’t go amiss, and tucking one of Ray’s Full English specials inside you may not be a bad way to start the day given the amount of celebrating that they have planned! Keep an eye on www. for all the latest news regarding the schedule for the day. The management of the Almerimar course has agreed to allow the society to use the course for a significant number of Sunday events in the 2011-2012 season. These dates as well of the dates for the 4 FGS Majors (Woodsly Cup, Xmas Competition, England vs. Rest of Europe and Overs vs. Unders) have now been added to the FGS Calendar page. In addition links to the individual events have been added to the drop down menus above. See for more details. The next poetry evening with Iain D Kemp will be held at MacGowans on Friday May 13th starting at 9.30pm. For those that love Almerimar and want to see how it has changed over the last five years Peter Rudd has produced a video based on his photos over the period which you can view at

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almerimar street talk... I have absolutely no interest at all in the Royal Wedding. No issue with watching them wander up the steps, go through the ceremony and head off to the party but when I saw that Sky were starting their coverage at 6am (UK time) I felt hugely depressed. What on earth can good old Eamon have to say for that long ..... although to be fair that hasn’t stopped him in the past! No for me it will be a case of ‘business as usual’ during the morning, with the TV on in the background from about 10.45am, and then I will wander down to the marina to join in the fun at Cafe Bar Ankara later in the afternoon. If you are celebrating the Royal Wedding though would love to hear your stories and receive any photos of the day ( for a column I am writing for the Telegraph Expat Online. For those that moan there is nothing to do locally check out the 34th El Ejido Festival of Theatre, which includes a interesting “Sunrise at the Castle” on the 28/29 May where you take your own sleeping bag and spend the night in the castle at Guardias Viejas. Anyone who stays overnight is invited to breakfast in the morning - Chris Marshall You can hear all the latest Almerimar Street Talk, brought to you by Nautica Directa, on a weekly podcast on


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out & about

There have been a series of muggings late at night up in Mojacar recently. Seems like the same gang of four men who laugh and joke as they run along the street, before grabbing ladies handbags. In a bid to attract buyers for Spain’s million-plus unsold homes, the country’s Development Minister is embarking on a European ‘roadshow’ to promote the nation. Jose Blanco will start his whirlwind five-nation tour in London on May 4 before travelling to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. If you are running a UK-registered vehicle that would not be deemed roadworthy in the UK, it is not roadworthy here either; the fact that Spanish police now have the ability to cross reference with the DVLA in the UK only increases the risk. If your UK-plated vehicle has no MOT, you are risking a heavy fine and the likelihood of losing your vehicle. Even if you have insurance it will not be valid if your vehicle is not roadworthy, so please heed this advice and make sure your vehicles are fully compliant with UK legislation, and that includes bikers too.

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The jab that will help Nature to beat ....osteoporosis by building new bone A jab to treat osteoporosis by helping to build new bone, potentially reducing the frequency of treatments for sufferers from once a day to once every three months, has been developed. Most of the drugs currently used to treat osteoporosis, or brittle bones, simply stop old bone from being broken down by the body.

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But the new medicine, which could be available in as little as three years, helps by binding to sclerostin, a protein that slows down or blocks the building of new bone. The drug stops the protein working, speeding up the bone-building process. Its creation began with the study of a group of people whose bones were abnormally strong due to a rare disease called sclerosteosis. Scientists identified the gene that strengthened their bones and showed that it works by stopping sclerostin from being made. In a trial on more than 400 women the ‘sclerostinantibody’ jab ‘compared favourably’ with existing drugs. Dr Roger Perlmutter, of U.S. drug company Amgen, which is developing the drug with a Belgian company, said: ‘We are encouraged by the results of this study.’

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Playing music as a child helps stay sharp in old age groups depending on their musical experience. The musicians did better than those with no musical background in various cognitive tests. All of the musicians were amateurs who had started playing an instrument at around 10 years old. More than half played the piano, with others playing the flute, clarinet, strings, percussion or brass. Those who had played music for longer were better at the tests, illustrating a clear link to the length of experience as well. However, high-level musicians who still played at an advanced age produced similar results to the most skilled players who had given up. This indicated the duration of the musical study was more important than whether they continued

playing in their older years. Dr Hanna-Pladdy said: ‘Based on previous research and our study results, we believe that both the years of musical participation and the age of acquisition are critical. ‘There are crucial periods in brain plasticity (versatility) that enhance learning, which may make it easier to learn a musical instrument before a certain age and thus may have a larger impact on brain development.’




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Endless hours of piano practice can be the bane of a child’s life - but there might be an added benefit of sticking with it. A study has found that learning a musical instrument as a child could keep you sharp into old age. Pensioners who had piano, flute, clarinet or other lessons as a youngster, did better on intelligence tests than others. And the longer they had played the instrument for, the better they did. Skills that tend to deteriorate rapidly in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease were particularly likely to be preserved, the American Psychological Association journal Neuropsychology reports. University of Kansas researcher Brenda HannaPladdy said: ‘Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of ageing. ‘Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older.’ While much research has been done into how children benefit music lessons, this is the first study to examine whether those effects can extend across a lifetime. A total of 70 healthy adults between 60 and 83 years old were split up into


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Sunshine Of Your Love

D C D It’s getting near dawn D C D When lights close their tired eyes D C D I’ll soon be with you my love D C D give you my dawn’s surprise G F G I’ll be with you darlin’, soon G F G D C D I’ll be with you when the stars start falling………………………

Chorus A C G A I’ve been waiting so long C G To be where I’m goin’ A C G A D C D In the sunshine of your love………………………

2nd Verse: D C D I’m with you my love D C D The light shining through on you D C D Yes, I’m with you my love D C D It’s the morning and just we two G F G I’ll stay with you darlin’, now G F G D C D I’ll stay with you till my seas are all dried up……………………


Cream were a 1960s British rock band consisting of bassist/Co-lead vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/ Co-lead vocalist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. They were celebrated as the first great power trio and supergroup of rock. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues, pop and psychedelic rock. Cream combined Clapton’s blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazzinfluenced drumming of Ginger Baker. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Wheels of Fire was the world’s first platinum-selling double


album. Cream’s music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”. Cream’s biggest hits were “I Feel Free” (UK, #11), “Sunshine of Your Love” (US, #5), “White Room” (US, #6), “Crossroads” (US, #28), and “Badge”. 3rd Verse: Cream, together D C D with The Jimi Hendrix I’m with you my love Experience, made a significant impact upon D C D the popular music of The light shining through on you-hoo the time, providing a D C D heavy yet technically proficient musical theme Yes, I’m with you my love that foreshadowed the D C D emergence of bands It’s the morning and just we two such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and The G F G Jeff Beck Group in the I’ll stay with you darlin’ now G F G D C D I’ll stay with you till my seas are all dried up……………………


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Spanish Government to Increase Tax Relief on House Reforms..........

The Spanish Government has taken a step forward and intensified its efforts to offer incentives to those who wish to renovate their homes. In a bold move, the Government Executive announced that tax relief for restorations is to be doubled, from 10% to 20% of the cost of the work. Further relief is to be extended to second homes, whether rented or not, in a bid to encourage this activity, create jobs and lift the flagging construction sector in Spain. Spain’s Finance Minister, Elena Salgado, has estimated that this effort could create up to 350,000 jobs. Applications for permits for

the renovation or restoration of residential Spanish homes reached 32,613 last year, representing an increase of 2% over 2009, according to data collected by the Ministry of Development. New Tax Incentives The rebates increase from a maximum of 10% to 20% and include second homes, even if the landlord has to rent, provided it is not intended for commercial or economic activity. Taxpayers with incomes of up to 53,007.20 euros may benefit from the maximum deduction (before, the full deduction was on a threshold of 33,007 euros). Those with

higher incomes, up to 71,007.20 (the new ceiling), will be entitled to progressively reduced rebates. This excludes only 2.7% of taxpayers. The top annual deduction base is to be expanded from 4,000 euros to 6,750 euros, with the maximum relief for the taxpayer to reach 1,350 euros (20% of 6,750 euros). The deadline remains at 12 December 2012. These measures are expected to be announced in the Cabinet on 29 April, explained Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Vice President of the Government Executive, as they are included in a new employment decree to be adopted by the Government.

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According to an article by, it seems that the number of local bank managers who have authority to underwrite mortgages in their branches is declining rapidly (especially for non-residents). This means the majority of mortgages are now rubber- stamped by central credit committees, who can be very strict about having the correct documents. Getting a mortgage approved has become harder and it is taking longer than ever before. We suggest you allow around 6 weeks from submitting the application to completion, instead of 4 weeks. Latest Rates: MAXIMUM LTV: Fiscal Residents 80%; MAXIMUM LTV: Non-residents 70%; EURIBOR 1-month: 1,136%; EURIBOR 3month: 1,320%; EURIBOR 6 month: 1,621%; EURIBOR 12-month: 2,093%* You may have noticed that the 12-month Euribor has crept up again making the rate 2,093% at the time of writing, which is

nearly 0,8% higher than in April last year. For every 100.000 euros of mortgage, the monthly premium has increased by 67 euros. Inflation warnings from the European Central Bank (ECB) had led many to believe that the base rate would be increased from 1% at one of this month’s meetings of the Governing Council and those predictions were proven to be accurate, as the rate was increased to 1.25% on 7 April. This increase ended a 2-year period with the base rate at 1% and this will lead to further rises in the annual Euribor. However, borrowing is still relatively cheap and house prices seem to be stable. On a more positive note, we are finding that bank valuations are coming in higher than the official deed price for the majority of our cases. This is a good indication that market conditions are more stable than say 12-24 months ago, when a lot more valuations were coming in lower than the

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Buyer’s market sees Spanish home enquiries surge

A steady supply of cut-priced homes in high-yielding tourist areas has sparked British buyers’ interest in purchasing a Spanish property once more, says international property portal Rightmove Overseas. According to the UK-based website’s latest traffic figures, the number of users enquiring on homes in Spain has risen for the second month in a row. Spanish property enquiries increased 1.2% between February and March, with the region of Valencia proving a particular success with a whopping 166% rise. “Buyers looking for reduced price properties in traditional lifestyle and holiday hotspots have been notable during March”, said Rightmove’s head of overseas sales, Shameem Golamy. The 90-100% finance offered by leading developers in a bid to entice skittish buyers back to the market is presenting an

unmissable opportunity for many, and with the spring holiday season now in full swing, buy to let investors are realising just how lucrative their investment could be. Properties situated within golf resorts are also proving a particular drawcard amongst the renewed surge of buyer interest, says locally based agent Taylor Wimpey de Espana. The firm has seen a 121% increase in enquiries for its range of new-build golfing properties in popular holiday destinations such as Mallorca, 57% of which were Brits. “Without doubt in a holiday home destination such as Spain, properties on golf resorts offer more for the buyer”, said sales director Ignacio Osle. “You tend to find a greater range and quality of facilities such as the club house, restaurants, shops and leisure amenities, and of course the golf courses themselves.”

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A seaweed shake could help you lose weight – and not just because the thought of it is enough to put you off your food. Scientists have found that adding the seaweed extract alginate to a chocolate milkshake suppresses hunger pangs. Men and women who drank the alginatebased drink for breakfast felt almost a third less hungry by lunchtime than those who had a normal milkshake. The finding, reported in the journal Obesity, paves the way for a range of foods that keep us feeling fuller for longer and make it easier to resist snacks between meals. Researcher Harry Peters said: ‘Many different diets and diet programmes can be effective in reducing weight. ‘However, many subjects fail to adhere to these diets and the reduction in weight is therefore not achieved or maintained. ‘Delaying the return of hunger after consumption can potentially increase consumer satisfaction with weight control programmes and reduced-

energy food products and encourage longterm compliance with a reduced-energy diet.’ Researchers from British-based food giant Unilever added alginate and calcium to cartons of their chocolate Slim-Fast meal replacement shakes and gave them to healthy volunteers in place of breakfast. Those who had the highest amounts of alginate in their drinks felt up to 30 per cent less hungry five hours later. The alginate did nothing to alter the flavour of the shake, with the participants saying it was just as pleasant as the real thing. The form of alginate used turns into a gel in the acidic environment of the stomach, and the calcium adds to the gel’s thickness. This creates a feeling of fullness, as well as holding food in the stomach for longer. The research, carried out in the Netherlands, did not look at whether those who drank the alginate shakes ate less for lunch.

Spain Set for T Holidaymakers unnerved by turmoil in the Middle East are giving Spain’s tourist industry a welcome boost, but for the sector to hold its gains and help drive economic growth, it must become more competitive. That may require politically and fiscally difficult cuts in wages and taxes as Spain — like other southern European states whose historic sites and sunny beaches make visitors a key economic resource — struggles with high debt and unemployment. Around one million more tourists are expected to visit Spain this year, many of them northern Europeans re-routing trips from regions that have become natural or political disaster zones: good news for an industry emerging from a long downturn. But Spain — the world’s third largest tourist destination behind France and the United States — has seen past windfalls from crises in other regions prove temporary, and experts say quality must rise and prices fall for growth to be sustained. “Spain has a lot to offer … but we fall short in terms of price-to-quality and legislative control,” Josep Francesc Valls, a tourism expert at the ESADE business school in Barcelona said. Valls expects foreign arrivals to grow between 2 and 2.5 percent in 2011, after rising 1.4 percent to 53 million in 2010 after two years of declines. That could help the tourism sector recover between 7,000 and 10,000 jobs of 180,000 shed since the financial crisis began three years ago. Tourism accounts for about 11 percent of Spain’s gross domestic product, despite the impact of lower travel spending as the country crawls out of recession and battles the highest unemployment in the euro zone at more than 20 percent.


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such as Greece, where tourism brings in also seen as key to recovery for the deb Aware of tourism’s economic potenti Spanish government has pumped ove sector in the past three years, despite avoid a Greek-style bailout. Industry lobby Exceltur believes its percent growth in tourism each year b double if the government gave the secto growth for the wider economy. But experts say lower airport taxes and infrastructure from the kind of wildcat airports in December, costing the secto as important as marketing campaigns. Last month, airport unions called off 22 privatisation of airport operator AENA, holiday periods between April and Aug


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Mini, McTavish & No-Name....... When we lived in England getting rained on happened frequently. Consequently we possessed all things necessary to preserve us in a state of dryness. We had wellies, over-trousers, coats, gloves and hats in plural, - if one set got wet in the morning there was always another set on hand for the afternoon. What we did not have was an umbrella. Umbrellas are not at their most useful in the countryside. They blow inside out, catch on trees and scare horses, causing their riders to express less than refined opinions about you and your antecedents. But the rain in Spain is different. It comes down straight, not sideways and accompanied by a stiff sou’westerly, thus a Spanish brolly does not often blow inside out. So when we came here we bought a brolly. She was named Mini, and was of the tiny fold-up variety. However she proved to be too tiny for two, so a tartan companion named McTavish was purchased so that we might enjoy simultaneous shelter. Mini and McTavish lived a quiet and harmonious life together until one day McTavish disappeared. The blame fell squarely on me – I do tend to put


things down and forget about them, but I was sure that McTavish was not one of those things. A replacement brolly was purchased. It had a reddish pattern rather like a leopard that had forgotten its sunscreen, but it had no name. It had no name because almost immediately it disappeared. Did we have a hydrophobic ghost? A phantom brolly-snatcher, perhaps? He didn’t say so, but I could hear Pete thinking, ‘She’s put it down somewhere.’ I didn’t think I had, but I couldn’t deny the possibility. I refused to buy yet another, so for the winter we had to make do with the faithful Mini, and huddle together very closely under her tiny dome whenever it rained. The winter came and went, and with the Spring came the ritual of cleaning the car. Pete does the outside and Laurence (the vacuum) and I do the inside. Laurence enjoys his job, and sucks up anything and everything in his path. He was blissfully sucking up all the usual detritus from the well under the passenger seat when his tone altered, and I knew that he had latched onto something too large to fit up his snout. I cut his power, which is the only way to break his hold on his prey and reached under the seat to investigate. There, nestled coyly side by side were McTavish and No-Name. I hadn’t put them down somewhere - obviously McTavish had ditched poor Mini, and eloped with No-Name - the low scoundrel!

By Jos Biggs ~

Hidden Talents & the Winds of Change My dad used to tell me that everyone possessed a talent of some description, and regardless of background or education, even the humblest is born with a skill that sets them apart from the crowd. Being of average academic ability, with neither an artistic or practical bent, I doubted that statement and for many years I failed to understand exactly what he meant. You see, I automatically linked the words skill and talent with making money or becoming famous, and it was much later on that I realised that the word success is not simply about accumulating material wealth, or being in the public eye, but goes much deeper. Dad worked in a factory all his life, but in his spare time he would retire to his shed and knock up something useful in wood, or fashion a model of an aircraft or farm cart out of bits and pieces. He would even on occasion produce a watercolour painting of a scene copied from a Huntley & Palmer’s biscuit tin. He was no Hepplewhite or Rembrandt, but he had a definite talent for these things – and more to the point – it gave him pleasure and a sense of satisfaction. How often do we see Hollywood stars, politicians or high powered business

people making headline news for the wrong reasons. They may be accomplished in their chosen professions, but what makes people truly successful is the way they conduct themselves, and this is where many of these well heeled individuals fail miserably. All this was going through my mind as I watched the first week’s intake of dubious acts on Britain’s Got Talent recently, and realised that at times there is a thin dividing line between talent and taking the wee wee. I was disturbed by the guy who balanced a balloon on his head whilst pretending to be a dolphin. It wasn’t his impression that worried me, but the fact that he worked at Canary Wharf as an international financier, which could explain a lot about the present state of the world’s economies. I remember Stevie Starr from last years show. After getting over the initial queasiness of being told that his act revolves around swallowing and regurgitating just about everything from goldfish to a three piece suite, you are soon mesmerised into watching his incredible feats. Feats like swallowing numbered coins and bringing them back, dry, and in any order specified by the audience, and swallowing a gentleman’s ring followed

by a locked padlock and key and returning them with the ring locked inside the padlock. At the Orihuela Medieval Market, I was fascinated by a bloke who entertained the crowds by sticking flaming sticks into his mouth and blowing out a long plume of liquid fire. It can’t do much for your love life with a mouth that always smells like a diesel exhaust, and I bet even the hottest vindaloo tastes as bland as a baby’s breakfast to him. So I spent an interesting hour in the bar with him, trying to understand why anyone would chose fire eating as a way of life, but in the name of health and safety I kept a respectable distance between us, and I was ready to leg it at a moments notice if he looked like lighting up a Marlboro. As bizarre as it all sounds, he is good at what he does and he travels to other locations in Spain and Europe throughout the year to take part in similar festivals. He admitted that it is a hard life but he is content with his lot, and by my definition therefore is successful. The king of them all though, was surely Joseph Pujol, a Frenchman who went under the stage name of Le Pétomane. His act was quite unique and he became something of a celebrity in his day as a renowned . . .

Views From A Balcony In Spain

By Chris Marshall

El Classico A little like London Buses: you wait for one for ages and then four come along at once! By the time you read this we will be half way through a series of four El Classico football matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona. They started with a relatively tame 11 draw in La Liga (although the game earlier in the season was a somewhat resounding 5-0 hammering by Barcelona), followed by a 1-0 victory to Real Madrid after Extra Time in the final of the Copa del Rey (The Kings Cup, the

equivalent of the FA Cup here in Spain). I hope you are enjoying them. Actually I hope you are surviving them as the Spanish Cardiology Society has said that the games will increase the possibilities of heart attacks because of the ‘emotional stress’ of the matches. The body produces more adrenaline, which can cause the heart’s contractions to become stronger and quicker, arteries to narrow, and blood pressure to

increase, as well as increasing the chance of blood clots forming. Cheerful stuff eh! The probability of suffering cardiac problems increase considerably when the matches are decisive or when they are concentrated in the space of a few days, as was the case during the World Cup. Apparently a study carried out during the 1998 World Cup showed that the number of heart attacks increased by 25% during the match in which Argentina knocked out England on penalties, although I suspect the results would

now how can I put this . . . Well in rhyming slang terms, he was a horse and carter. In other words he broke wind on stage as a professional fluffer, or as he liked to term it - a flatulist. He was a baker by trade, and he would entertain his customers by imitating musical instruments as they waited for their French sticks. I don’t think I would ever be able to look a custard slice in the face again if my baker insisted on trumping his way through Frère Jacques as he was serving me. Some of his specialities included sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, and he was able to blow a candle out at ten paces. At his peak, he appeared regularly at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, but after an impromptu performance to raise money for a struggling friend; his bosses got wind of it and blew him out for breach of contract. He died in 1945 at the age of 88 and was buried and not cremated, presumably on the basis that this would have been far too risky. My dad was right. We all possess a talent of some kind, and I shall continue the search for mine.

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It is the week of “The Big Wedding”. I do not watch British television nor read British magazines and newspapers, but the Spanish media is over flowing with information and news about the upcoming event. We have followed the discussion whether Kate is on a diet, or whether she has lost 6 kg because of nerves before the wedding. Well, she certainly did not need to lose any weight. I, on the other hand, could do with 6 kg less, but I doubt William would want to marry me, so fat chance – literally speaking. The guest list has been published, and Queen Sofia, Prince Felípe, and Princess Letizia will be representing the Spanish Royal Family. Besides royalty, several celebrities have been invited. I have been on the lookout for an invitation too, but since I live in the middle of nowhere, with a sporadic postal service, I have reached the conclusion that it must have been “lost in the post”. But what do I care! I will be attending anyway - from the comfort of my armchair. Semana Santa is now well and truly over. Like every year, the weather this year was rather unstable, and I felt truly sorry for all the devotees that had worked hard to arrange the colourful parades that mark the Easter here in Spain. The brotherhoods in several cities and towns had to cancel the parades due to heavy rain. However, Tuesday 19th the weather in Cartagena did not prevent Pedro Marina Cartagena from asking for permission to leave, which was duly granted by the vice-admiral. As Pedro is a civil servant, duly registered onto the military payroll and receiving his monthly pay check, he was ordered to be back Wednesday evening, without “mistaking the newly renovated gate of the old CIM (Cuartel de Instrucción de Marinería) with the new one at the Arsenal”, as vice admiral Jorge Rosety told him. Though the bugger has asked for, and been granted, the permission for leave under exactly the same conditions 256 times, he still hasn’t got it! Every single year he returns late, is arrested, and is ordered not to leave the Arsenal for a full year. Yes, it is pure tradition dating back to 1755 when the rigging staff at the Arsenal requested permission to pay for the costs of carrying St. Peter in the procession of the arrest of Jesus. The permission was given under the condition that St. Peter went onto the military payroll. Don’t you just love it? I do! Uups, while Pedro Marina Cartagena was on leave, “The Sacred Family” was fried! Luckily nobody got seriously hurt and though Pedro apparently is familiar with the Spanish penalty system, he was not the culprit. Besides that he had a watertight alibi, as hundreds of people saw him participating in the procession of the arrest of Jesus. No, the offender is much younger than him. According to the reports a 65 year old man, a frequent visitor to Gaudi’s horror of a cathedral, “La Sagrada Familia” in Barcelona, went down into the cathedral’s sacristy and without any apparent reason set fire to the outfits and ornaments that is stored there. The fire quickly caught hold, and the pyromaniac was caught hold of – by some of the 1,500 tourists who were in the church at the moment. The damage is substantial, but not irreversible. Though I am far from a lover of Gaudi’s architecture, I would never go to that length. I am aware that some people like Gaudi’s works, even if I find the hype a bit like “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

be somewhat different now as ‘we’ have got used to going out on penalties, in fact the real shock to the system would be if we won a penalty shoot out! Advice on how to avoid a heart attack include watching the match at home with the family, not to smoke or drink alcohol during the match and to get up and walk around during half time. The ‘problem’ with that is you would miss out on one of the all time great pastimes in Spain: watching El Classico in a Spanish bar. If you haven’t already and you get a chance I urge you to give it a go. As a rule a bar will support one team or another, and it is rare to find a bar owner in Spain that doesn’t have a preference. As such those bars tend to be extremely biased towards their team. A local bar to me is slightly different as both teams are supported by it’s regulars,

and up until 5 minutes before the kick off they will happily drink together, but as the game approaches they gravitate to opposite ends of the bar to watch the game: just as you would at a match. If ever you want an example of multi-tasking just go along to a El Classico game in a Spanish bar: 90 minutes of non stop talking, shouting, eating, drinking, opinions, advice and they even take time out to watch the game as well! Or in the case of the Kings Cup, 120 minutes as they played extra time which meant that the final whistle didn’t blow until midnight. Add to that the celebrations that followed and it was a late night, and a school night at that, although I suspect many decided to start their Semana Santa weekend a little early this year.

Chris Marshall runs a expat blog about life in Spain ( and is a regular contributor to a number of publications and r adio stations in Spain, as well as writing a monthly column for the Daily Telegr aph Expat site and is a Daily Telegr aph 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 Centr al Contr acts (www. centr alcontr a leading car leasing company supplying cars and vans to business users and private individuals.

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Albox RBL Vera Lions Club moves closer to formation enjoys monthly meeting O n Thursday the 21st April the Albox Branch of the Royal British Legionenjoyed their monthly meeting at La Parilla Restaurant in Albox Main Square. The meeting was well attended with numerous members and joining members enjoying the usual stalls for the Poppy Fund, English books and cakes for sale. They also enjoyed the opportunity to buy tickets for upcoming events such as the Treasure Hunt on the 15th May (see details below) and the trip to Barcelona and Catalonia for 5 days starting on the 2nd October. The crowd were treated to a talk from Jim Baulf on his experiences in post-war Japan, especially Hiroshima and Mt. Fuji. They were reduced to tears of laughter by the lack of coordination between Jim and Chris Pearce who was operating the projector resulting in slides being out of sync with the speaker’s topic, but it was all lighthearted fun. Sandra Evans took the microphone to provide details of the Treasure Hunt. It takes place on the 15th May starting in the car park next to La Parilla at 2 pm. Tickets

are available from Sandra who can be contacted on sandraajevans@ at a cost of 7.50 Euros for members and 8.50 Euros for nonmembers. If you don’t wish to take part in the Treasure Hunt you can still buy tickets at the same price to attend the end of event BBQ and entertainment at Bar Trinidad in Arboleas. Contact Sandra for more details. She also gave details of the impending Summer Bazaar to be held at La Parilla on Thursday 7th July. Tables are available for anyone wishing to sell their wares at a cost of 5 Euros per table. This cost goes directly to the RBL Fund, so will help provide the ongoing support for past and serving service personnel. Again, contact Sandra if you wish to participate. The Albox Branch of the RBL holds regular coffee mornings on the 1st Thursday of each month and a monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month. For more details on becoming a member or attending any of the meetings, contact the chairman, Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 or email: hello@chrispearce.

The second meeting of the proposed Vera Lions Club will take place on the first Wednesday in May (4th May) at 7pm at the El Paso Bar in Bedar. All further meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Vera Hotel, Vera starting at 7pm. The July meeting will be on the Wednesday 6th July. It is encouraging to see the interest and support that we are receiving regarding the formation of this Club. We would welcome enquiries from people, both men and women that are interested in joining us and hopefully helping those people less fortunate than ourselves in the local community. Local Lions Clubs are members of the wider organisation Lions International which is the largest service club in the world with over 1.35million members in more than 45,000 clubs worldwide. Lions Clubs are all about people with the emphasis on people in the local community. Most Lions Clubs are split into two main areas Community Service and Fund Raising Community Service: Lions Club do not just help the larger charities in our area. We help individuals people like you and I that need help. It could be assistance in purchasing a wheel chair for a disabled person, or constructing and supplying an access ramp or simply fitting a security lock to an elderly person’s home. The list could be endless but it is assessing and supporting people in our community.

Cabrera Annual Open Gardens Sunday 8th May ~ 2.30-6.30pm

Cabrera, a mountain community above Turre is now in its 8th year of the opening some of several lovely gardens. This event offers garden lovers, photographers, and birdwatchers an opportunity to spend an amazingly enjoyable afternoon. There are 8 gardens open, two of which offer a well earned stop, to enjoy refreshments with homemade cakes, and absorb the wonderful vistas. The tickets to view all the gardens are €5 pp, children free, available at Total Entertainment, in Turre, or on the Day at the Arch in Cabrera. Teas are €3pp. All ticket proceeds to MAC Cancer Support Group. Cabrera is approached either through Cortijo Grande, past the Golf Course and up the mountain. Alternatively,when in Turre turn at the sign for Cabrera by the Orsoca restaurant and go 7 km up to the Cabrera Arch

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Fund Raising well this could be a variety of FUN fundraising events to fund the needs of the Community Services required locally. If you want to make a difference in your local community come along and join us; and help those less fortunate than ourselves locally. For more information about The Vera LionsClub please contact one of the following: Roy Stevens (Zurgena) Tel 634379169 email: Keith Linnet (Bedar) Tel: 667252644 email: keith.linnitt@gmail. com John and Sandie Tinkham (Albox) Tel:950 439324 email: Details of the Vera Lions Club meeting on the 4th May can be viewed at!/event. php?eid=106001312817830

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Serves 10-12 2 salmon fillets , about 1.5kg/ 3lb 5oz each olive oil , for greasing 1 lemon , sliced 1 bunch dill , chopped small fennel bulb , thinly sliced 6 tbsp white wine 2 egg yolks 1 tsp Dijon mustard 450ml rapeseed or sunflower oil 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 tbsp lemon juice 6 tbsp herbs , such as chervil, chives, dill, parsley and tarragon, finely chopped 1 cucumber , sliced into long thin strips with a potato peeler chopped dill lemon cheeks







1½ kg baby new potatoes , larger ones halved 1 frisée lettuce bunch chives , snipped 1 tbsp plain flour 4 tsp caster sugar 2 tsp mustard powder 2 eggs 100ml white wine vinegar 150ml double cream squeeze lemon juice




Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 mins. Drain well in a colander and steam dry for 5-10 mins. Make the salad cream by mixing the flour,

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slightly quicker. Continue until all the oil has been added. If the mayonnaise curdles at any point, you can rescue it by cracking another yolk into a clean bowl and whisking the curdled mayonnaise into the fresh egg. Continue doing this then add any remaining oil. When your mayonnaise is made, slowly stir in the vinegar and enough of the lemon juice to your taste - add more if you like it quite lemony. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in the chopped herbs. Keep chilled until the salmon is ready. Mix the cucumber with some of the dill and the rest of the fennel. When the salmon has rested, cut the foil open and use two fish slices to carefully transfer the fish to a long serving platter. Sprinkle with the dill and garnish with lemon cheeks. Serve with the herby mayonnaise and cucumber salad. TIP: Salmon & Chive Pâté If you have leftovers mash 200g poached salmon with a 200g tub of soft cheese and juice ½ lemon. Add 1 tbsp snipped chives, 2 chopped spring onions and 1 tbsp chopped cornichons. Chill. Serve with toasted crusty bread.

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sugar, mustard powder and some seasoning in a bowl, then beat in the eggs and white wine vinegar. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base does not touch the water, and stir continuously until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5-10 mins. Remove from the heat and cool. Add the cream and lemon juice to taste. Cover and chill until you are ready to dress the potatoes. Pick over the frisée, discarding any damaged leaves, then tear into bite-sized pieces. Toss the potatoes in the salad cream along with most of the chives. Arrange the frisée on a platter or in a large bowl. Spoon over the potatoes and scatter with the rest of the chives.

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The salmon fillets need to be skinless and boneless Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Take a very large sheet of extra-wide foil (turkey foil works well), and lightly brush with olive oil. Place one salmon fillet on the foil and scatter over the sliced lemons, dill and half the fennel, and season generously. Place the second salmon fillet on top, domed side up. Season and drizzle with the wine. Top with a second sheet of greased foil and fold up the edges to enclose the salmon in a parcel. Make the parcel quite loose so there is room for the steam. Lift onto a large baking tray and cook for 1 hr then remove and allow to rest in the foil for 10 mins. While the salmon cooks, make the mayonnaise. Place the yolks and the mustard in a medium bowl, adding a pinch of salt, if you like. Pour the oil into a jug as you will need a controlled steady stream. Briefly whisk the eggs and start to drizzle on the oil very slowly, starting with a few drips at a time while continuously whisking. Continue adding the oil. When the mayonnaise starts to come together, you can add the oil









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Rioja is the oldest of the Spanish denominations. Even though wine has been harvested there since the Phoenicians, the Consejo Regulador (Regulating Council) was first established in 1926. The Rioja region is actually divided into three parts. Surprisingly, due to the different geography and climate of the areas, the wines can be fantastically different although they are restricted by the regulations to the same grape varieties and production techniques. The great Spanish grape tempranillo is dominant and preferential for the tintos with three other varieties; the Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo often used for blending. Although it is not “officially” allowed, some wineries sneak Cabernet Sauvignon into their blends, occasionally you see this labelled as “otra” or other. Rioja Alta is located along the Ebro river in



plain flour , for dusting 500g pack shortcrust pastry 1 fat pinch saffron threads 500g courgettes , all but one coarsely grated knob of butter 4 eggs 284ml pot whipping cream 140g soft goat’s cheese 2 handfuls rocket leaves, to serve


Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Lightly dust a surface with flour, then roll out the pastry into a large, 5mm thick circle. Use to line a deep, 23cm tart tin with removable base. Trim away excess pastry. Prick all over with a fork, then line with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Cook for 10-15 mins until starting to turn golden. Remove paper and beans, then cook for 5 mins more until

crisp and cooked through. Leave to cool. Meanwhile, put the saffron in a cup with 1 tbsp hot water, then leave to infuse. Mix grated courgettes with 1 tsp salt, then place in a colander. Slice the last courgette very thinly lengthways into long ribbons (use a vegetable peeler). Sprinkle with salt, then put on top of the grated courgettes. Put the colander over a bowl to drain for at least 30 mins. Tip into the middle of a clean tea towel over the sink, twist and squeeze the tea towel getting every drop of the green liquid out. Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Put the courgette slices to one side and add the grated courgettes to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 3 mins. Tip the grated courgettes into a bowl. Lightly beat the eggs, then add all but 2 tbsp to the courgette bowl. Pour in the cream, the saffron and soaking water, then mix well. Season generously with pepper, and salt if it needs it (it may be salty enough). Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Brush the remaining beaten egg over the tart case. Bake for 5 mins, until the egg has set and sealed the case. Pour in the mix. Crumble on the goat’s cheese. Lay the courgette strips over the top like the spokes of a wheel. Bake for 40 mins, until just set, but still a little wobbly. Cool and serve at room temperature.

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Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment. Whisk the egg whites with electric beaters until they just form stiff and shiny peaks. Gradually add the sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time and whisk really well between each addition. When all of the sugar is used up continue whisking for 3-4 minutes or until the meringue is stiff and glossy and stands up in peaks, then whisk in the cornflour and vinegar. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment and use a palette knife to make a circle about 20cm in diameter. Put in the oven, turn the temperature down to 120C/

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the northwest area of La Rioja province. It is at a higher elevation, has a more Atlantic climate and tends to create fuller bodied traditional Riojas. Try a Marqués de Murrieta or Muga wine from this area. Rioja Baja runs further south in La Rioja and includes some villages in Navarra on the northern side of the Ebro as well. It is at a lower elevation and is more Mediterraneaninfluenced. These wines are typically deeper in colour and fruiter on the palate. Wines to try from here would be from Marqués de Griñón or Baigorri. Rioja Alavesa is in Álava, a province of the Basque country. Álava has the highest elevation of the three sub-regions and is also Atlantic-influenced. These wines tend to be lighter and more fragrant. Some great modern Riojas come from this region. Look for Izadi or Luis Cañas.

Overlooking stunning views of mountains and olive groves. Plenty of comfort and leg room. Our aim is to give you a meal to remember with good prices and a great atmosphere. Our Menu del Noche is home cooked. Choose from our menu of starters, mains and pudding. Our prices include salad, fresh bread, Alioli & filtered water.

fan 100C/gas ½ and cook for 1½ hours. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue inside until completely cold (you can make this the day before and leave to cool overnight). Carefully peel off the baking parchment and put the pavlova on a serving dish. Don’t worry if it cracks. Scrape the vanilla seeds into a mixing bowl, add the cream and lemon zest and softly whip, then spoon onto the pavlova. Mix the berries, spoon the fruit on top of the cream, dust with a little icing sugar and serve. Know-how…Make the pavlova the day before and then whip the cream and prepare the fruit at the last minute.

Relax and enjoy our Menu del Noche

Thursday, Friday & Saturday Evenings 6pm last orders 9pm om

Tel: 950 634 562

line dancing ~ Thursdays 3pm AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE & FUNCTIONS Low Impact Exercise Class Mondays 10-11 am First Session Free

Find us beneath banco popular/Andalucia in Albox

Tel: 666 649 330

from 6.95€

We are here


Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia



12.30pm - 4pm


La Vida

Cucador Junc 547

Huercal Overa

free wifi free wifi free wifi


hot & cold food served all day

fr 8.95€

Sunday Roast

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799 Now under the new management of Ali & Mick

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu Book now for the Royal Wedding - friday 29 april

Bucks Fizz on arrival, Canapes & Royal Buffet, 12€pp (posh frocks optional)

Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches to order

Sunday Carvery from 1.30pm


Freshly made to order from 7pm. Eat in or take-away

ay Saturday 7th MTo ny Justice d White Night with

n Black an e of wine per perso 15€ incl. half a bottltable se ur co 3 €, 12 s se 2 cour e your Book now to reserv FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on large screen TV

Bingo Tuesdays 3pm Darts Wednesday 8.30pm Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm


Friday Night Quiz Night Saturday BBQ from 5pm followed by Karaoke - late Great Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings from €5.95 All sports on big screen New pool room ~ Great sun terrace

bookings: Call 950 479 593


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AROUND ROQUETAS DE MAR national holidays

Beer battered cod, chips & mushy peas every Friday 7.95€ Pie night – Home made choice & soups only 8.95€ Carvery every Sunday only 7.95€ Served 1 pm – 4 pm Look out for Monthly cabaret evenings & special A La Carte Menu call for details Also available Childrens menu Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat from 7pm Sun from 1pm (carvery only) Avenida Mediterraneo,opposite Hotel Zafiro, Roquetas De Mar Booking highly recommended 950 333 484 / 664 165 372

Italian Restaurant Home Cooked Food Try our specialities... Pizzas, Lasagna, Fresh Pasta, Barbecue and fresh fish... For reservations tel: 950 319 159 or 637 721 804 Opening hours 12.00pm - 4.00pm & 7.00pm - 11.00pm C/.Americo Vespucio, 25 - Complejo Roquemar Urbanization Roquetas de Mar (In front of Hotel Zoraida Roquetas de Mar) Free local home delivery Watch this space for LIVE music


671 176 750



La Dehesa Avd, Playa Serena, 132 - Edif. Las Garzas Urb, Playa Serena - 04740 Roquetas de Mar Frente Hotel Bahia Serena

Jaled Rashad Isak Estate agent English Speaking

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.

grow shop Av. Sabinal, 242 ROQUETAS DE MAR

Tel: 950 931 148 Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10 - 2pm, 5.30 - 9pm Saturday 11 - 2pm, 5.30 - 9pm Sunday 11am - 2pm

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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.

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:

Avda.Pedro Muñoz Seca,112 04720 Aguadulce (Almeria) Movil: 629 64 31 32 Fax: 950 55 14 55

2nd October:

(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)



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 (

The start of a tense 2 weeks for me, with the next transport to Germany on May 5th. The cats will be travelling with 30+ dogs from the local protectora, so my drivers can sit this one out! In the days before, the Transport List changes often, as new foster homes and adoptants in Germany are found right up to the last minute. I am also trying to rehome 12 vulnerable cats from a campsite near San Jose, before the German man who looks after them leaves, possibly for good. Next it will be time to concentrate on the new litters of kittens I am trying to rehome. Everywhere they are more cats in need. Only this week I was contacted by another rescue in Almeria looking for space for a young abandoned mother and newborns. Good news is that Simba, Amber, Sweep, Nina, Boots & Maria, and Zoe & Amy have all recently found homes, AND the news of Jessica and her friends is fantastic. Check out their photos on my blog. You can read more about the work Sandra and her partners are doing on www.alstrays. com, and you can contact her by email: Thanks to Central Contracts ( for their continued support in the transportation of the re-homed cats. The next transport is scheduled for 05/05


AROUND ROQUETAS DE MAR Bar Chaplins...............................

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 Royal Wedding 29th April - 5 Tvs, Free Hot Buffet + Glass Of Champagne - Starts 11.00 A.M. Tel: 950 335 022

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

Every Saturday 3pm Flamenco En Directo Rumba Servianna

Gilberts Presents Carlene Graham

Panini............................................ Big Table Top Sale Sat 30th April 11am-3pm

Revita Natural Health and Relaxation Centre .................. Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar, Tel – 950 333 048 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


Harbour Lights......................... Thursday 14th April 12pm - English Designer Clothes Party

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

Mini Hollywood

Tabernas, Carretera National 340km, Desierto de Tabernas, Almeria Tel 0034 950 365 236 or 0034 950 362 884 Open times: 12:00 - 18:00 A simulated Wild West town. There are daily shows of Wild West scenes, some outside depicting shoot-outs and a hanging (not a real one!) some inside with dancing and bar scenes. There is a museum, a photo gallery with costumes available for customers to wear for their souvenir photos shoot, restaurants, a fake train for transport around the quite extensive zoo, and a playground for the children.

Cabo del Gato

Nijar The Cabo de Gata covers 61km and is protected by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve, due to its high ecological value. There are many hiking trails, as well as several villages of interest around the coastline. There are also many beaches with cliffs, capes, and volcanic hills as a backdrop. Wildlife in the Park include eagles, pink flamingo, wall lizards, grass snakes, to name a few. There are many beaches in the Park. Most are situated at the east and south end, and although popular during the summer, the Cabo de Gata beaches are have a rural feel to them, and do not get full to the brim with holiday makers.

Tuesday - Bingo 3pm, Wednesday - Quiz 9.30pm Friday - Race Night 9pm, Saturday - Curry Night 7pm Sunday - Sun Roast 130pm 4.30pm Friday 29th Royal Wedding Breakfast! 10:30 To 1:30 1 Free Tapa From List With First Drink!

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

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

Wed 27th April 8pm. 10€ Including Supper

days out

Bar Spinnaker...........................

New members always welcome. Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month, at 15:00 at ‘Y da Wakes’ on Calle Serena. Contact Joan, Secretary, with any questions, Tel: 950 333 243 or Y da Wakes at Tel: 637 903 559

We Buy & Sell Gold

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

Tlf: 950 333 320

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

Y Da Wakes.................................. Friday 29th April, Royal Wedding BBQ Every Monday Night 9.30pm Bingo

Burtys Bar...............................

Tuesday bingo from 2pm. Thursday quiz & bingo 2pm Every second Sunday in the month table top sale Next one Sunday 8th May. No fee per table. Royal Wedding Garden Party Friday 29th April Monday 9th May Presents Mel Jay

Latin / Ballroom / Salsa Dance Classes...........................

saturday 30th April

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

Tel: 950 333 076 In front of Hotel PLaya luna Roquetas de mar

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!

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

10am - 2pm 6pm - 9pm Mon - Sat


Tel: 689 278 936

Infront of Hotel Bahia Serena, Roquetas de Mar 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’

Tuesday 3rd May Charity Night 8.30pm

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

Mobility aids

bMobileSpain 3 Days 1 wk

2 wks

Scooter from €30 €60 €110 €20 €35 €60 Wheelchair Long term rates on application Deposit required Full instruction given We also hire: kettle / Toasters / Fans €1 each per day (€10 deposit per item) Tel: 697 590 151 Email: Free delivery & collection from your Hotel or Apartment

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

Chiringuito Casablanca Beachfront Bar

Pizzas - Fish - Paellas 12pm till 4pm

950 880 114

Paseo Maritimo, next to Hotel Playa Sol


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Generator Es 8000 power system Honda gx390. 13hp petrol 6.5kva 115/240v very little use 950€ Tel: 659 685 133 Baby bottle sterilizer vgc 25€ Tel: 950 135 564 Baby lay back chair 15€ Tel: 950 135 564


To place your ad....Call: Paulette 902 750 190 or Rosemary 647 379 878 Email: or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway. Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email:

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Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L

950 432 110 / 607 364 917


Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

Matt Murray T: 950 069 065 m: 647 841 750

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: 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€ Tel:649300865 email: courtney. lots of stalls and bargains, for more Electric Single Bed information call Julie: 646 675 297 for head and foot elevation. blinds collectables Metallic headboard with memory foam Internal & INTERNAL & mattress. Only used EXTERNAL BLINDS E x t e r n a l for 3 months. Cost €1,300 new - Blinds Call Will accept €500 ono Ray’s Collectables


cycle hire

Soft Options

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

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


SE R VI C ES : A l l airports, anytime, reliable, reasonable rates. Tel: 629 097 057

A i r p o r t s e r v i c e s Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722 Tel: 639 081 067


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. 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


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


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


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 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@ 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

Tel: 950 120 900


maintenance by qualified English speaking Spanish Gardener. Contact Victor (mob) Roquetas / Almeria

for hire

Tel: 649 332 134

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

house clearance

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


electronic cigarettes

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


• 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 Free home delivery for the Roquetas de mar / Almerimar area


Suckling Electrical Mojacar & surrounding areas

elegance and beauty

- Mains Electrical Installation - Electrical Repairs Been cut off - ICP - Fault Finding - Surge Protection problems Call Us! - Water Pumps - Econo-Heaters (supplied & fitted)

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

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

691 987 454


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





Tel : 687 245 569

Knowles Abbott for electrics and Come and see us on the plumbing. Re- Albox road for a free no craft / hobby wires, free to air UK cleaning obligation quote Elaine’s Wools satellite systems. Call 677 114 576 quality UK wool & Tel: 950 137 208 or 950 135 564 SPARKLES Property Care Service, accessories. Also or 638 010 691 at Key Holding, Holiday available Change Over Cleaning. C a m p o s o l fly screens fibreglass Let us take good Mazarron & on care of your the Arboleas FLY SCREENS F i b r e g l a s s property! forum. Call - Cheapest in the Supplies. See 273 889 area! Sliding & pull our main advert on Tel: 627 279 584 667 elaines wools@ down. Free quotes: Page 20 620 112 193 Tel: 646 587 746



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Tel: 950 432 885 Justin at Sol Call Justin at Sol or 679 274 287 Shaders for a Shaders for a free no obligation quote free no obligation Airport quote on 627 907 Tel: 627 907 207 services AI R P O R T 207 Email:

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. mosquito Tel: 649 503 875


Secured loans, Capital Raising, cash advances whilst you Professional Baby sell your property. Equipment Hire. Equity release. 902 FREE delivery 585 569 / 652 986 & collection. 088

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

693 480 411 or email: Antas ~ Arboleas


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


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 C a r l o s Painter / Decorator (Saliente) Interior & plumbing & Exterior Property maintenance Over heating services. 30 years experience. All work considered, If it involves water, driving etc. Honest & we can help! www. Reliable carlossaliente. Call Dave: 950 064 342 com Mobile: 617 621 729 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


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:

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


“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive” Male Massuer Men only Relaxing and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388 Sexy books LIBIDUS for the adult Herbal alternative to reader. Over 40 Viagra, Cialis, Kamagra etc. Guaranteed to work. No books for your chemicals or side effects. selection. A choice funinthesun1950@ from word or PDF. All FREE at www. Phone Ken: 634 336 024

Almerimar Insurance Your local


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

Jewellery & repairs

Silver wanted


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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

Large van. Spain - UK. Full or half loads, plus car transport. Tel: 0044 796 912 3588

English newspapers. Weekend only newspaper orders now being taken for Ashlove’s Pet House 16th & 17th April onwards. To be picked up from La Vida, Cucador from 11am Everything your pet needs All pet supplies, treats & accessories Saturday & Sunday mornings. PreDoggy Day Care, Cattery, Cat Bathing & Grooming Dog grooming & clipping payment only, please! Open all day: Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm / Sat 10am - 3pm


Tel: 950 475 502

Country Kennel

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

plasterers painter/decorator Private buyer pays cash for all silver items GT PLUMBERS Time Served British Experienced Painting Inside Large or small, I will by it, I also buy gold and Out. All Interior & Exterior Plasterer Variety of Skills – redering,

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


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. Tel: 697 243 181


number plates



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

quality products Free quotes. Tel: 620 112 193 / 630 493 817

Professional Interior & Exterior Decorator Coving etc. Competitive rates only top quality materials used Call Barry on 664 753 280

Alan 662 249 159

TEL IAN: 617 904


coving, etc 25 years experience Free quotation, no obligation Tel: 663 606 965


Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente. com Tel: 968 969 962 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 797

A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

pets section


property for sale 199.000€

Dog & Horse Sitting Service

Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. property for sale Dogs kept in house or kennels. 200m Villa split into 2 independent Pet passporting service. apartments with own parking/gardens. Just outside Albox. 5 beds, 4 baths, Gas CH, Mains Utilities.

Tel: 607 554 984

600m urban plot. Village location.

Tel: 666 341 517

Animal Hotel, property management THE KENNELS Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, & CATTERY training ‘Let Us Take the Worry Out Of Family run. Fully legal, dog courses Twice Your Property in Spain’ Nr Huercal Overa weekly obedience We are introducing a NEW and sincere discounts available classes Tues & service for the care of your property in pet passports Thurs mornings. Mojacar and surrounding area... transportation to UK. Call: 639 722 197 • Key holding package,/property care… Tel: 950 168 508 WOODHOUSE • Garden maintenance,/watering etc… or 651 519 307 BOARDING KENNELS • Airport Collection and drop off…. Email: & CATTERY • Regular Security checks…. ARBOLEAS • Rental reception,management etc… Small friendly kennels, • Reforms arranged and ‘project 24hr vets service, pet Loving managed’.. transporting arranged, care of welcome to view We are long-term residents in the Tel: Tracy small & Mojacar area,fully legal,reliable and 649 333 226 trustworthy… You will be impressed with medium Home: Mobile: 650 211 952 our rates and packages! sized Tel, 950 131816/629 097057 for more Palomino dogs details Kennels

in safe home environment. 4000m2 of fenced land in Arboleas Tel: 950 431 852 New Mob: 664 721 903



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

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Van delivery driver wanted Clean driving license. Own DAVES TRANSPORT RIDING vehicle. Suit small & REMOVALS STABLES van or estate owner. Fully Insured – Totally Legal Rancho Luz Del Call: 609 199 394 7.5 ton with Tail Lift Retamar, Sol, Partaloa. One Full/Part Load, Self Load. to one or group satellite TV Unload. Spain to England lessons, latest & Local For a competitive EN standard hats provided. Escorted quote call hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Call Instructor. Erika Drew on 678 Satellite TV installations, 838 547 alignment of dishes etc.

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Fully qualified hair stylist required, for more details, pop into Strictly Hair with your CV 21, Avenida America, next to Cornish Pride, Albox

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We can’t make them fast enough!........... Apple claims to have sold EVERY iPad ever made (all 19.5million)

Apple has admitted it is struggling to keep up with orders for its coveted iPad2. The company faces ‘the mother of all backlogs’ with the second generation of the tablet computer, it admitted yesterday. The California computer and electronics giant has sold out of all the iPads it has manufactured – and can’t make new ones quickly enough to meet the demand. A p p l e has sold an astonishing 19.5million first and second generation iPads over the past year and 4.7million in the last quarter alone. The shortfall has done little to hurt the company’s burgeoning profits. Apple said the net income for its fiscal second quarter was £3.65billion, up 95 per cent from £1.85billion a year ago. The figures were lifted by the record sale of 18.6million iPhones, the most in any quarter since the device was launched in 2007. Apple said it was catching up with iPad 2 demand, even as it expands the sale of the tablet to 13 more countries next week, bringing the total to 39. Although electronics manufacturers are struggling with disrupted supplies of components from earthquake-ravaged Japan, Apple said it had not suffered any such problems as a result of the disaster. ‘We sold every iPad 2 we could make,’ Chief

Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer told investors in a conference call yesterday. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said progress is being made on increasing iPad production. ‘I’m very confident that we can produce a very large number of iPads for the quarter,’ said Cook. Its quarterly results were released on the same day that the company came bottom of a green league table of technology firms. The list, compiled by Greenpeace, claimed that Apple relies on ‘dirty’ coal power to provide energy for its data banks. Competitors are rushing out their own tablets, but none have come close to matching the iPad’s reception. Verizon Wireless started selling the phone in the quarter, ending AT&T Inc.’s three-and-half-year period of being the only U.S. iPhone carrier. In most of the 90 other countries where the iPhone is available, it is sold by more than one phone company. Earlier yesterday, AT&T reported strong iPhone sales, as it continued to upgrade many existing subscribers even in the face of competition from Verizon. Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, sold 3.8million Mac computers in the quarter - a 28 per cent increase over last year. The increase is particularly notable given that research firms found a contraction of 1 per cent to 3 per cent in the overall PC market in the same period. For the current quarter, Apple said it expects revenue of $23billion and earnings of about $5.03 per share. Both figures are below analyst expectations of $23.9 billion and $5.26 per share, respectively. Apple commonly provides pessimistic outlooks in its forecasts, and Cook said the effects of the earthquake on the Japanese economy would lower revenue by $200million, or about 1 per cent.


Bank Of England Minutes Quells Momentum For UK Interest Rate Rise Market Commentary ~ 21st April 2011 The Bank of England minutes, released yesterday showed that the Monetary Policy Committee has not come any closer to raising UK interest rates. The vote as expected showed the split remaining at 6-3, with Spencer Dale & Martin Weale voting for a 25 basis point rise and Andrew Sentance for a 50 point rise. Data this month has shown the UK economic recovery stalling somewhat, and the surprise drop in inflation (although probably temporary) should be enough to postpone any rise in UK interest rates. The Pound is currently being pushed around by the Euro-Dollar pairing. With US corporate results continuing to surprise on the positive side which in turn is fuelling increased risk appetite. The Dollar accordingly came under renewed pressure with investors again off-loading the US Dollar to invest in equities and commodities as well as in the commodity based currencies. This latter strategy is especially attractive at present with these currencies currently offering a big pick up in yield when compared to that of the US currency. So both the Euro and Sterling touched 16-month highs at 1.4640 and 1.6517 respectively. One can argue that with ongoing developments in the Eurozone debt market and continued evidence of economic recovery in the US that the spot market has got it wrong! Go with the flow but watch carefully for the turn in sentiment. The 2 debt offerings, from Spain and Portugal were better received than had been feared with Spain successfully auctioning 10 and 13-year bonds, admittedly needing to pay a higher yield but on the positive side, garnering better coverage than at the last similar offering. Portugal also achieved its desired cash raising, via a 3 and 6-month bill sale, but in this case, not

only was demand down but the yield demanded was higher than the last, pre-bail-out, rate. This doesn’t make any real sense and obviously indicates the market’s trepidation over the future path of the country’s financial well-being. With a further escalation of fears of a Greek debt restructuring as well as concern over the Irish demands for a renegotiation of the terms of its own bail out, the correlation between bond yields of the Eurozone constituent states was become fractured. Yields on 10-year bonds issued by Greece, Ireland and Portugal are respectively 15%, 10.5% and 9.3% compared to the yield on 10-year German bunds of 3.3%. If the market’s perception was that the current problems were containable then spreads of this magnitude would not exist. Numbers say more than words ever can….. Today we are scheduled to get a breakdown of the March UK retail sales which following the sharp drop in February are expected/hoped to pick up a bit with the possibility of a small positive monthly result. A German IFO survey is also due this morning which will likely reflect current thinking of reasonably positive current trading conditions but fears for the future. Overall should be a positive backdrop for Sterling/Euro and enable a small recovery in the Pound’s current weakness. The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email

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‘must-read’ books about spain

OK, you are here, under the sun, embracing an entirely new culture and meeting different and unusual people each day. Why not arm yourself with the knowledge of how others, possibly more famous coped with the dilemma? What can they tell you about the Spanish situation, “bettering their lives living below the golden orb”.

Spain has a history like every nation, but as you’ve already found out in not such a demure way, Spain sweeps very little under the rug past or present, old grudges lasts forever. Learning from the past will most certainly guide your living decisions in the future. Most recent historical books have been just too political to give one an honest summary of the background you require. I have often longed to do what the great English Hispaphile, Gerald Brenan did back in the early 20´s when he came here and moved to a small village SOUTH FROM GRANADA, Yegan, wherein he stayed for 14 years. For company he dragged along two steamer trunks full of books concerning the world´s wisdom—and then proceeded to read them all. He also encouraged the elite of Great Britain at the time (members of the literary Bloomsbury school) to visit along with other notorieties´ folk like Lord Bertrand Russell. Brenan became MORE Spanish than the Spanish and wrote many fine books about this country at quite a scholarly level. I recommend you start with something easy, his renown, SOUTH FROM GRANADA. It was America’s ambassador to Spain, Washington Irving, the man that “saved” the Alhambra from wreck and ruin who also wrote some damn learned books concerning Spain that are easy to read and informative. The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, was published in January 1828. And later his most enjoyable Chronicles of the Conquest of Granada not only full of historical facts by highly laced with romantic mood and invention to spice it up for first time readers. If you want the big picture of IBERIA, that’s the book to get by James A. Michener. It is easy to obtain, especially the hard back and should become your note riddled and underlined passages companion in years to come as you travel through the country.

Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc ( His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on and, his life long passion!




GUADIX - 16TH APRIL : 2 CLASS WINS + 2 X 2ND PLACES OVERALL For the first round of the season we had a brilliant result!! Actually we won the Historics/Classics race overall, but because of numbers they decided to put a modern prototype racer in with us, and I couldn’t quite catch him, even though we were very close (about 20 metres) at the end of the last race. Afterwards we found out that the driver was a twice Spanish Clio Cup Champion and a Hyundai Coupe Cup Champion. According to form left the circuit pro (Mike) at Guardix in the dust when they raced together! Into the action, we topped the time sheets in the warm up, our main opposition being a beautiful but very expensive Shelby Daytona Cobra with 7 litres under the lid, and one of the Romero Bros at the wheel. In qualifying however, they put the prototype car in and I just couldn’t quite match his pace by about 1.5 seconds. Our engine was finally running superbly and giving all it’s 360 horsepower, so front row and 2nd on the grid for race one. What happened next, well I think I had a senior moment, were happily trolling round on the formation lap up to the line, and I sort of went into a trance, thinking how pleasant and what a lovely sunny day, the red lights went out and I wasn’t even in gear! Anyway the prototype got away and next thing the Cobra thundered past me and finally I got away. Through the esses and out the back of the circuit I caught them both, passed the Cobra (which incidentally was unbelievably quick in a straight line but couldn’t stop, and looked dangerous in the corners) and chased after the little prototype. The rest of the race was fairly uneventful, I finished about 4/5 seconds behind the leader which was a win as he wasn’t classified. Now the 2nd race was highly amusing, we had changed the rear tyres for the old ones, and raised the pressures in the front, we had too much understeer as the tyres were not getting hot enough. I did a drop clutch

practice start to warm up the rear tyres, and took up position on the grid – red lights out – I anticipated the green light spot on and did one of my demon starts and I’m in the lead. Spent the next lap squabbling with the prototype but I had to give in, so I ended up chasing him, nearly on his pace as we were nose to tail all race. Next thing we know they are hanging out red flags to stop the race, we didn’t know but on the other side of the circuit on the entrance to a big corner a Golf

GTI was on fire! Then one of the marshall’s hung out a safety car sign – what to do? stop in the pitlane for restart or follow the safety car? I had never been in this situation before but the guy in front, the semi-pro obviously had, so I decided to follow him. The last hairpin at Guadix is at the bottom of a hill, with the starting grid about 20 metres higher, so we couldn’t see the safety car waiting on the grid and with no marshall directing us. I followed the prototype into the pit lane for a restart, big mistake!! Fortunately the bloke in front got a severe telling off from the race director. Then they let us go round again to form up despite marshalls frantically waving red flags at us, what a farce! Now I was ready for the restart, having watched enough Grand Prix on the telly, so as the safety car pulled away the bloke in front (experienced) slowed us down and bunched us up, I also knew the Cobra behind me fancied his chances with 7 litres of Detroit muscle. The guy in front floors it and of we go, actually I made a better start than he did, and had to lift off because we were not allowed to overtake before the start finish line. We left the rest of them for dead, and scrapped and squabbled all the way to the line but I just couldn’t catch him. Good day out, lovely sunshine, great atmosphere. The engine is running really well now, so a few tweeks on the chassis and some new tyres for the famous Ascari circuit in June. If any of you want to see any pics or news on calendario, go to:- – this is the Federation website, and you can get to the videos from there as well. Report by David Hardwick

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media golf society............. THE GRUMPY OLD MEN OF LOS GALLARDOS................. THURSDAY 21 APRIL: This week we changed our day due to the hotel being very busy. Thursday started off with dark cloud and some thunder but by the time we started to play at 12.30 it was looking a lot better but it was quite humid. The course remains in good condition despite the hotel being very busy with golfing schools. There were 16 members and 6 guests playing a stableford and some very good results were recorded: There were 3 x 2’s – Bryan

Moore on hole 2, Sandra Bain on hole 6 and George Crichton on hole 14. Division One 1st Paul Henshaw – 39 points; 2nd George Crichton – 32 points (on countback); 3rd Geoff Bridgman – 32 points Division Two 1st Sandra Bain – 36 points; 2nd Tommy Naughton – 32 points; 3rd Stephen Diskin (guest) – 27 points Well played everyone Captain

almerimar friday golf... 22 April 2011: We had 35 players taking part this week with the number bolstered by people flying in for Easter weekend. It was windy with a few spits and spots of rain but we just about managed to keep dry. This week we played a Reverse Waltz competition. It was teams of four with 3 stableford scores to count on the 1st hole, 2 on the 2nd, 1on the 3rd and then the pattern was repeated for the rest of the holes. In addition there were 2 hidden holes where an extra stableford score counted. The winners were Paul Miles, Peter Edgington, Maria Hoovers and Isabel Haworth (2nd week in a row) with a

team score of 92 points. Last place and chocolates went to the team of Lawrence Perkins, Nick Quine (2nd week in a row), Marion van Dongen Torman and Ivan van Driessche with a score of 77. Nearest the pin was on hole 17 and it was won by Paul Western with a distance of 3.60m. You can see the full results at 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@

Greetings from God’s little waiting room, where this week we celebrated St. Georges day at the “watering hole”, in fine style. Although this enclave was surrounded threatening black clouds, not a drop fell on the assembled multitude. The place was packed and there was a real festive spirit in the air, plus some free flowing ale, which I’m sure had nothing to do with it. We were treated to some excellent “ scran” form the BBQ, and entertained by our “favourite son” J.C. The night before, at the bingo, Mata Hari had said to me “Don’t forget, you have to wear red and white tomorrow”, so not wanting to offend, I duly donned my red and white Welsh rugby shirt, which seemed to draw some strange looks, why? That afternoon I met and old friend, Richard, who I hadn’t seen for a few years. He would definitely fit in well with they rest of the idiots that reside in this area. He was still hang gliding when he was well into his 70’s, but found towards the end that he had developed an affinity for the tops of tall trees!!! If any of you course anglers, fishing the Argos lake, see a fishing rod going past you, don’t despair, your not hallucinating. The story I heard was that little Ken was fishing there, with 40 Watts,

when a “large fish” hit him so hard that it tore the rod out of his grip. Rod and reel were last seen traveling in a northerly direction. Sunday morning saw Grommet and myself hobble off down the allotments, with the ferret in tow. We worked down there until it started to drizzle, so decided to adjourn. I whistled and called the ferret, and as usual, nothing, being female, so off to look for her. At the bottom of the allotments is a 6ft open ditch, filled with grass, thistles and trees, and there she was, in her element, how she got down there is anyone’s guess. how us two cripples were going to get her out was the next problem. At the end of the ditch is a chain-link fence, so we lifted this and made a path for her, would she come out, not on your life. Next time she stays in the

casa. The continuing saga of Dustbin Pete, last Sunday he was taken to the hospital with a weeping sore on his poorly ankle. He was diagnosed with fluid retention, prescribed “women’s” medicine, and told not to have no more than a litre of any fluids each day, and especially none of the amber nectar, in other words a death sentence. He need not have feared,

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With mixed weather and strong winds this week it was a good test of golf on the course, however some faired better than others. Tuesday and a team game which was won by Byran Brown Ray Mc Hale Tony Dudley and Ian Upton. Friday and stableford comp in very strong winds 1st Bill Churchill 34pts 2nd Mally Roberts 33pts 3rd Ray Mc Hale

32pts. Nearest the pins only one winner for 6th and 14th Bryan Brown almost a hole in one at the 6th, well done everyone! Will all members wishing to play contact a member of the committee as teetimes may have changed and also because of the many golfers from Europe playing and staying at the hotel we have limited teetimes. Enjoy your golf at Valle Del Este!

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‘Spanish Pete’ went out with his son in law ‘Kote’ and they suffered the big waves to catch just a few fish. A 1lb red snapper, small weavers, combers, pandoras and pickerel. The British Capitanos haven’t been out this week but I heard some Spanish boats have been catching loads of little cleaver wrasse which for me is one of the best eating fish in the sea. If fresh I don’t even bother to gut them and fry them in a beer batter. As you pick off the batter the skin comes with it leaving a beautiful white fleshed fish with a similar bone structure to a Dover sole except for the wrasse has two good eating sides to it. See photo of ‘Geoff the hat’ and a small


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pandora he caught last week while out with Brian (Cuba). ‘London Bill’ was fishing alongside Spanish fishermen down on the Macenas southern rocks where he says they were all catching lots of small sea bass and palometes. ‘Baza Barry’ fished the River Segura in Murcia Town, where he caught some good carp to 12lbs. He tells me that although he hasn’t fished his local lake much (Baza’s Lake Negratin) there are some big fish showing and he will start to concentrate more of his time there later this month. Water levels are perfect he says and he expects a successful spawning season from the lake’s fish. There will be a fishing meeting in the Beachcomber on 10th May, 7pm til 9pm where like minded people meet for a chat about guess what? Yep fishing! I wonder if the fly tying boys will turn up to give us some tips and demonstrations. The next Albox Fishing Club is on Meeting Wednesday 27 April 4pm at Azafran, Albox. New members welcome to pop along for a chat. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or call 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John

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THE 19TH HOLE CUCADOR GS................. We played Macenas G.C. on Thursday April 14th. the course was in very good condition with the greens very quick, the weather ideal for golf. Our winner with a score of 32 points was Ron Curtis (Not bad for an Old Timer). Nearest the pin on the 18th. was Darren Banks a first time guest. There were no two’s recorded. We followed the golf with a meeting of the society to decide our future as the White Horse Bar/Restaurant which we played out of no longer exists. It was decide to change our name with immediate effect to The 19th Hole Cucador G.S. and play out of and be supported

by La Vida Bar/Restaurant Cucador. Many Thanks to La Vida we look forward to a long relationship. We played Aguilon G.C. on Thursday April 21st. the course and weather perfect for golf and being a public holiday the course was very busy. Our winner with a score of 36 points was our captain Nick Podgson. Nearest the pin on the 10th. was Mark Curphey a first time guest who plays off scratch. There were no two’s recorded. Any enquires please contact Terry on 689 690 912.

cortijo grande.............. urcal gs... Wednesday 24th April 2011 28 golfers and one division. Our winner with 35 David Baird second with 35 Gunner Astheimer and third with 34 Greg Ward. Ball sweep winners Leif Mhyre Cathal Higgins David Johnson. Sunday 28th and Easter Sunday our normal team competition. We managed to dodge the rain at Cortijo Grande as I hear it rained everywhere else. The sun shines on the who?? it must

be us. Anyway our winners with 93 points John Rice Lily Pepper Val King. SEcond with 82 points Greg Ward Barbra Johnstone David Johnstone and third with another 82 John Geaves Frederique Baird David Hardy. Ball sweep winners Mike Picken Greg ward Barbara Johnstone. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome MP

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Saturday 23rd April and although numbers were significantly down on normal due to the easter weekend those members able to play enjoyed a fine days golf at Playa macenas before the rain set in. The Monthly competition winner was Tony Morgan who also won the longest drive, in second place was Billy Handy who also scooped both nearest the pin prizes and in third place was Des Riley a reversal of form from the previous competition. Our next match will be at Aguillon on Saturday 7th May and new members and guests are always welcome at this small but friendly society. For further information contact Dick Gooding on 699 397 267 or 950 528 551.


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worth of prizes and are also subsidising your normal Forum Golf Society Event green fee of 28€ by 50% The cost to you will be14€(19€with buggy) 1st - 500€ Plas-Tech voucher to be used against any Well they did it !!! Mat Murray & Jeremy Kirby finished in 4 hours & 2 mins & Peni Howe although slow completed in 6 hours & 26 mins while taking over 18 minutes just to get over the start line & doing a live radio interview !!! An amazing day was had by all , the crowds we’re just fantastic with cheers of support & offering all types of food & sweetie items to help the 26.2 mile seem more possible . Peni Howe ran in aid of Care for The Wild International (CWI) a charity dedicated to the conservation & welfare of wildlife around the world. She has raised over 1,700 pounds so far & would like to thank all who has sponsored her & the many including local media who helped with fund raising & promoting events


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