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40 residents of a building in Roquetas de Mar were preventatively evacuated after a leak of propane gas was discovered in a local building. Several people called the 112 emergency service to report the incident, which took place in Calle Hortichuelas. The Policía Local, Guardia Civil and the Bomberos de Poniente attended. They quickly located the leak, which was beneath the building. After firemen ventilated the building the residents were able to return. The operation took about half an hour, and no injuries were sustained.

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Francisco Gongora, the new mayor of El Ejido, has claimed there is “a lot to be done and there will be no days off”. Gongora met with his team for the first time this week has received immediate public support by maintaining his promise of reducing the number of departments; as such councillors Delia Mira, Juan Fernandez, Juan Canton and Almudena Valentin are without departments of their own, but they will continue to play a role within the local government. Gongora also met with a number of staff working at the town hall and local residents who were given an opportunity to ask questions too Gongora confirmed his first area for attention will be ‘municipal services’ and the flooding problems at the Balsa del Sapo.

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High temperatures and storms mark the start of summer

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High temperatures in the Canary Islands, Toledo, Córdoba, Jaén and Sevilla and storms in Navarra, la Rioja, Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza, Burgos and Soria, will mark the official start of summer on June 21st

According to the forecast by the Spanish Met. Office (Aemet) there is an orange alert (high risk) for high temperatures in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, where the mercury is expected to reach 37ºC. A yellow alert has been issued for the areas around Córdoba and Sevilla, in the Valle del Guadalquivir (up to 38ºC), the Valle del Tajo (37ºC) and in the rest of the Canary Islands: La Gomera, The Alcalde of Pulpí, Juan

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Cumbres, La Palma, Orotava and Vilaflor, where temperatures of up to 34ºC are expected. There will be storms in Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza, Burgos and Soria, in inland areas of Castellón and Valencia and in Navarra and La Rioja. To combat the effects of such high temperatures, people are being advised to drink plenty of water at regular intervals all day long, eat only light meals, wear light clothing, avoid strenuous physical activity at the hottest hours of the day

Japanese workers encouraged to adopt Spanish-style siestas

CIVIL servants in Japan are being ‘taught’ how to take a siesta, in a bid to cut down on electricity consumption following the nuclear disaster in March. The town council of Gifu, in central Japan, has decided to adopt Spanish working hours in July, August and September, and is encouraging its workers to go home between 13.00hrs and 15.00hrs to sleep. Their working hours and holidays will be adjusted to cover the 2,000 staff members’ lunchtime kip, which is expected to reduce the use of air-conditioning, lifts and

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Well we certainly can’t complain about the weather now can we? After what seemed like an endless, rainy Spring, Summer has arrived with a vengeance - luckily the office has air-con - phew! There’s activity on the dual carriageway linking Albox to the motorway- work appears to have begun with renewed gusto - exciting new diversions are now in place too whilst they connect the two bits near the La Alfoquia turning so pay attention! Let’s hope that this road is open for August and the journey to the sea... The circus was in Albox last week and I was saddened to see that they still use live animals; a beautiful tiger and a stunning HUGE brown bear have been contained in their small cages - a truly awful sight. I wonder, if like me, you think that the time has well and truly passed for this kind of ‘entertainment’ to be part of our modern culture - email me your thoughts to editor@soltimes.com As always, send me your news, views and birthdays etc...it’s nice to hear from you! Regards Claire (Editor)

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PP & PSOE told to reach agreement on Constitutional Court magistrate crisis José Bono, the preisdent of the Congress of Deputies, has given the PSOE and PP parties until June 30th to reach an agreement with regard to renewing or replacing magistrates at the Constitutional Court. He was extremely critical of the conflict between the two main parties regarding issues at the Court, where three magistrates resigned yesterday, only to see their letters of resignation rejected by the president of the

Court. “It’s the seventh time that the Spokesperons Council has had to remind politicians that it is their responsibility to appoint the magistrates to the Constitutional Court according to the mandate,” Bono underlined. Bono has made it clear that the PSOE and PP need to reach an agreement in order to meet their obligations as politicians, adding that. “it’s often easier to criticise magistrates than it is to appoint them”.

Zapatero Travels To Kazajistán & Russia To Open Markets

The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, begins a trip to Astaná (Kazajistán) and St. Petersburg (Russia) today with a delegation of businessmen to support Spanish presence in these countries with large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Zapatero underlined the importance of this trip as exports have become one of the motors in the country’s still weak economic growth. According to government sources, business deals worth 800 million euros will be signed in Russia: Repsol will be signing one with Alliance Oil Company for the exploitation of oil fields; Talgo will sign an

agreement with Russia’s mail rail company for the sale of rolling stock; and Gestamp, which makes car parts, expects to sign an agreement with the government in Leningrad province. In Astaná, Repsol, Técnicas Reunidas and Indra will also sign cooperation agreements with kazak companies in the energy and defence sectors. One of the other main reasons for the visit is Zapatero’s participation in the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg, which he will bring to a close together with Russian prime minister, Dmitri Medvédev, and where he will defend the steps to economic reform taken in Spain.

Mubarak associate arrested in Madrid

A close business associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who has been charged with killing protesters and fraud, has been detained in Spain, a security official told AFP. “Hussein Salem has been arrested in Madrid,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal, are to face trial on August 3 on charges of ordering the killing of protesters and fraud. Salem, a close associate of the Mubaraks, is to face trial in the same case. The businessman is accused

of giving properties to Mubarak and his family in return for huge swathes of land in the lucrative tourism hub of Sinai. He is also accused of squandering public money for his involvement in a deal to sell natural gas to Israel at low prices. Mass nationwide protests that erupted in January and led to Mubarak’s ouster saw power transfered to a military council. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has vowed to bring to justice all former regime members found guilty of abuse.

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Expat politician in Spain accuses opposition of foul play Jessica Simpson, the first expat to lead a political party and win a seat in Spanish government, has stalled the opposition’s inauguration by claiming ‘foul play’ during the vote count

The local elections for the Andalucian town of Mojacar on May 22 were a closely fought contest, with the Partido Popular party (PP) winning by a single seat majority. Nottinghamshire-born Ms Simpson, 31, who won a seat with her Mojacar Positiva Se Mueve party, said that errors were made on one of the voting tables. Her complaint to the public prosecutor has been upheld and the swearing in of the new government postponed for 20 days while investigations get underway. It is believed to be the first time in Mojacar’s electoral history that an inauguration has been delayed and could lead to a change of government if foul play is detected and a repeat election called. News of this has reached the British press - The Daily Telegraph quotes Ms Simpson as saying: “There were seven voting tables and on one of the tables the PP were counted as having 121 votes and two void votes, which would have given them a total six seats of a possible 13. “The count was signed off but ten minutes later they did a recount and suddenly it changed to 122 votes and one void, which suddenly gave them seven seats and an overall majority. “It was all very strange and what with it

being a first, we are unsure how it is going to be resolved.” A separate investigation, again ordered by Ms Simpson, is simultaneously underway into allegations that the PP paid the Roma community for their postal vote, although this claim, she says, will be harder to substantiate. “The average postal vote take up across Spain was between two and three per cent, yet it came in at 18 per cent in Mojacar.” The piece of evidence that Ms Simpson has to support her claim is the handwriting on the postal vote envelopes. “It’s all the same and it’s not unheard of for people to receive €150-200 for their postal vote.” Already the expat’s arrival on the local political scene is making waves in what is a small town of 10,000 people, made up of 70 per cent foreigners. “People are coming up to me and in hushed tones congratulating me on standing up to the people who usually run the place, but that is what we are all about, we have nothing to hide and nothing to fear,” she said. Ms Simpson relocated to Mojacar from Nottinghamshire with her parents in

Snake scares the locals in Zaragoza

A snake measuring some 150 cm in length was seen slithering along the pavement in calle Lucero del Alba de Zaragoza in the early hours of this morning, causing alarma amongst the locals who thought it could be poisonous. According to information from the fire service, one of the locals called the emergency services at 01.30 hours after spotting the snake, which became aggressive once surrounded. The firefighters sent to the scene removed the creature, a relatively harmless ladder snake with a painful but not dangerous bite which is native to mainland Spain, Portugal, Menorca and southern France. The snake has now been taken to the Centre for Wild Animal Recovery in La Alfranca (Zaragoza). Ladder snakes tend to seek out residual heat in concrete and tarmac, and are therefore often run over by cars on the roads. After the Monpellier snake (culebra bastarda) it is the longest snake native to Spain, and considerably more aggressive, rising up when threatened and emitting an audible whistle. According to experts, it can reach lengths of up to two metres and displays extraordinary muscular power and strength.

1987, when the local mayor set about stimulating the local economy by selling off empty houses to foreigners at discounted prices. Her involvement in a community association group set up four years ago to lobby the government to improve local facilities was her first taste of politics, and led to her establishing Mojacar Positiva Se Mueve, a party whose demographic reflects that of the town: 45 per cent English, 25 per cent non-Spanish and 30 per cent Spanish. The supreme court of Andalucia is currently examining all documentary evidence related to the vote and is expected to take up to 20 days to deliver a verdict.

New law will limit fat, salt & sugar intake at school Congress has today given the green light to a new law - the Food and Nutrition Safety Law - which will prohibit the sale of food and drink with a high saturated fat, salt or sugar content in schools. Acceptable levels of these ingredients in cakes, sweets, crisps and soft drinks sold in primary schools will now be regulated by the government. The new regulations, approved by all the various parliamentary groups across the board, will also force educational centres to cater for those with celiac disease

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Catalan politicians take to the skies to avoid protesters

President of Spanish region among those who used helicopters as demonstrators tried to blockade Barcelona parliament

Sport Politicians in Catalonia have used police helicopters to get to the regional parliament to avoid about 2,000 demonstrators who are trying to blockade the building in protest against planned budget cuts in education and health. A police spokeswoman said the situation was tense as the deputies arrived at Ciutadella park in central Barcelona, where the parliament is located. The Catalan president, Artur Mas, was among at least 10 politicians who arrived by helicopter. Scuffles broke out as police pushed protesters back so the deputies who arrived on foot could get in. The politicians had been heckled,

and at least two sprayed with paint, the spokeswoman said. She said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but unnamed medical sources told Spanish daily el País that 23 people were treated for injuries. Some 400 police packed Ciutadella park to ensure protesters could not enter by climbing over the railings. Riot police vans guarded the main park entrance. “I think it is important to be here protesting against the spending cuts, because to cut social spending with the excuse of the crisis is a big farce,” said one protester, Mariela Pita. After the politicians entered the

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parliament, hundreds of protesters left the area but they were expected to return later in the day, when the politicians leave the building. The demonstration was part of nationwide protests over the past month by young and unemployed people angry at Spain’s handling of the economic crisis. The highlight of the movement was a nearmonth-long, round-the-clock makeshift protest camp in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square. The vast majority of the protests have been peaceful. Politicians across Spain criticised the Barcelona protest. “Aggressions and insults against politicians are aggressions and insults against the people’s representatives,” said Ramón Jáuregui, spokesman for the Spanish central government. “I can accept the protest by 2,000 people but I would remind those 2,000 people that 3.2 million people voted for those deputies that were haarassed,” he said. But Gaspar Llamazares of the United Left coalition said the protests represented a “social fracture” in Spain, where the economic crisis has left close to 5 million people unemployed. Last week, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the national parliament in Madrid to demonstrate against labour reforms.

Over 65’s more dangerous on the roads than youngsters

The number of fatal road accident victims over the age of 65 was greater in 2009 and 2010 than the number of 18 to 24 year olds killed on the roads, a statistic the director of the Road Safety Observatory, Anna Ferrer, today described as “a radical change in the profile of fatalities and one that will have to be studied more closely”. According to data from the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) on fatalities on the motorways and - the figures do not include accidents in built-up areas - there were 318 road deaths amongst the over 65 age group in 2010, compared with 259 for those aged between 15 and 24. This statistical turnaround had already been noted the previous year, when 312 over 65s died on the motorways, compared with 287 fatalities for the 15 to 24 age group. So far this year, the total number of fatalities in the

over 65s age group has reached 500 (300 on the motorways and 200 in builtup areas) compared with the 400 young people who have lost their lives. In a road safety conference today, Ferrer underlined the importance of “retuning” the mechanisms used to detect when a person over the age of 65 has lost the ability to drive safely and to improve the way driving rerest centres work. She also pointed out that many in many cases of fatal road traffic accidents in the over 65 age group, “very often” the victims were not wearing their seatbelt. Ferrer outlined plans to reduce the number of road deaths in this age group, but also highlighted the aim of reducing the number of road accident fatalities to zero in built-up areas and to see no child lose his or her life as a result of not being in a child seat that is appropriate for his or her age.

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Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki has urged Spain and the rest of the European Union to recognise a Palestinian state with borders from before the 1967 Six Day War Since the collapse of peace talks with Israel last year, the Palestinians have campaigned to gain recognition of statehood and UN membership when the General Assembly meets in New York in September. “We hope the European Union will take a decision to collectively recognise a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders,” Malki told a conference in Madrid during an official visit that began Friday. “We have the hope that Spain will lead the EU countries in the official recognition of the Palestinian state,” he said, calling on Madrid to take an “active role” in persuading other members. Recognition of statehood would “guarantee the two-state solution and provide a firm and solid basis for the immediate start of negotiations” with Israel, Malki said. Peace negotiations have been on hold since late September 2010 when the Israelis refused

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Heat Exhaustion The human body can only function normally within a certain temperature range and its internal thermostat will maintain that range during brief exposure to excessive heat or cold. When it is hot, sweating and changes in blood flow keep the body’s temp constant and thirst reminds us to replace lost fluid.

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The perceived lack of progress in resolving the Greek debt crisis is draining international markets of confidence. The Greek debt crisis has ignited fears of a renewed global credit crunch – possibly worse than the one caused by the collapse of Wall Street’s investment banking powerhouse Lehman Brothers. The country’s severe financial and political problems, compounded by concerns about the pace of economic recovery in the United States, have sent financial markets reeling around the world. Shares have tumbled in recent days and the euro has followed suit. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Athens to demonstrate against austerity measures introduced by Prime Minister George Papandreou, who now plans to reshuffle his cabinet and seek a vote of confidence in parliament. On top of all this, European Union leaders are divided over a second bailout for debt-ridden Greece. The situation is serious, experts agree. “This is a major crisis not only for the eurozone but for the world financial system,” said Falko Fecht, a professor of economic and banking policy at the Wiesbaden-based European Business School (EBS). “Even though the outstanding debt of Greece is small as seen from a global perspective, it has the potential to trigger quite severe contagion effects that have the potential to bring down large parts of the global financial system again and lead to an eruption very similar to Lehman Brothers,” Fecht told Deutsche Welle Greece needs to pass a round of austerity measures by the end of the month if it is to secure new loans from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. The cuts are deeply

unpopular with Greeks, many of whom have already suffered deep salary and pension cuts. “All the programs are running behind schedule,” said Niels Christoffer Thygesen, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of Copenhagen. “Taxes are coming in too slowly and privatization hasn’t really started. These measures and the additional expenditure cuts are being corrected, but under great political turmoil.” Many question whether Greece will be able to dodge a default on its debts. Numerous investors have increased their bets that the country will fail. Athens’ situation deteriorated even further when the Standard & Poor’s rating agency slapped the country with the world’s lowest credit rating – CCC. At the same time, Moody’s, another rating agency, put three big French banks on review for downgrades because of all the money they’ve lent to the Greek government and nation’s banks. Not surprisingly, France is pushing for a solution that would avoid a Greek default. The European Central Bank, which is generally opposed to schemes that are not purely voluntary, has warned that it would be a huge mistake if Greece were allowed to miss its debt repayments either by delaying them or discounting the amounts due. The bank has also taken this position, in part, because of its own exposure, estimated to be between 130 billion and 140 billion euros. That means the ECB is butting heads with Germany. The biggest economy in the 17-member eurozone is demanding the private sector accept some form of loss on their Greek bonds.

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World’s largest steak cooked up for charity

A chef from Bilbao has cooked the largest steak fillet in the world for charity. David de Jorge whipped up a 400-kilo, 15metre-diameter, inch-thick steak, selling each of the 4,000 portions for a euro. All proceeds went to the charity Cáritas, which funds social projects in the third world and closer to home in a bid to fight poverty. The steak, which was grilled on the Arenal seafront area of the Basque city, had to be turned over with a crane to get both sides sizzling. A grilling plate made of stainless steel, measuring 600 kilos, five metres in length and three metres wide was used to cook the giant piece of meat.

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Spaniards are Europe’s most generous citizens in terms of donating hearts for those in need, leading to the continent’s shortest waiting lists (just ten days for those in urgent need and 99 days for those who can afford to wait). This is just one of the statistics to have come out of the VIII Meeting on Cardiac Insufficience and Transplants of theSpanish Society of Cardiology (SEC) which is being held today and tomorrow in Córdoba, bringing together over 200 specialists in this area of medicine. The latest data from Spain’s cardiac transplant register was made public at the meeting, establishing that 243 heart transplant operations were carried out in Spain in 2010, a figure which is continually dropping as the number of fatal road accidents also falls. Even so, the waiting lists in Spain are the shortest in Europe and 80% of those in need of a heart transplant survive until the date of their operation. The conference is also being used as a launchpad for the country’s latets advances in “telemedicine” for patients with heart problems, which aim to reduce considerably the 80,000 hospital admissions caused each year by this chronic illness. (Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine, where medical information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purpose of consulting. Telemedicine can also be used to conduct examinations and remote medical procedures.)

The traditional midsummer party in Spain is the celebration in honour of San Juan (St. John the Baptist). It celebrates the arrival of the summer solstice and is celebrated on the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere (23rd/24th June) and signals the triumph of light over dark. It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drink, food and friends. The basic characteristics of the ritual are fire, water and the sun. According to tradition, if people jump over a bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified, and their problems burned away. Jumping in the sea at midnight is supposed to be a way to wash away evil spirits. After midnight people wash their faces and feet three times in order to be

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Look Good Feel Great Breakthrough One of the most obvious signs of ageing could be avoided after scientists claimed to have discovered the root cause of grey hair, paving the way for potential treatments.

Hair colour is determined by hair follicle stem cells working in conjunction with colour producing stem cells known as melanocytes. But now scientists have identified the signalling protein that coordinates pigmentation in the two cell types, which is known as Wnt. A lack of the protein in melanocyte stem cells leads to grey hair, according to a team of researchers from New

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York University Medical Centre, writing in journal Cell. Professor Mayumi Ito said that genetically manipulating the Wnt signalling proteins could stop hair turning grey, and that her team had found a method to successfully restore hair colour in mice. Prof Ito said: “We have known for decades that hair follicle stem cells and pigment-producing melanocyte cells collaborate to produce coloured hair, but the underlying reasons were unknown. “We discovered Wnt signalling is essential for coordinated actions of these two stem cell lineages and critical for hair pigmentation.” It is hoped that the research could give insights into diseases involving melanocytes, including melanoma.

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Researchers followed around 7,000 people aged 65 and over living in three French cities, for at least five years. They found those who used a lot of olive oil in cooking or as a dressing or dip had a lower risk of stroke than those who never used it. The researchers say older people should be given new dietary advice regarding olive oil, based on the findings, which are published in the journal Neurology. Lead author, Dr Cecilia Samieri, of the University of Bordeaux, said: “Our research suggests that a new set of dietary recommendations should be issued to prevent stroke in people 65 and older. “Stroke is so common in older people, and olive oil would be an inexpensive

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Being careful in the sun is more important than ever, as figures show that children and teens in the UK have the highest rates of skin cancer in Europe, with figures rising. But it’s not just on the beach that parents need to be more careful - a survey carried out last year discovered that 1 in 4 British mums and dads don’t think there’s any need to put sun block on their kids, before they head off to school.

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Why that weekend lie-in doesn’t work After hard week’s work, you might think that spending Saturday morning snuggled up under the duvet will help you catch up on your sleep, But you’d be wrong... A weekend lie-in doesn’t make up for the hours of shut-eye lost by burning the candle at both ends in the days before, scientists say. Performance deteriorates when sleep is regularly restricted to six hours per night – and does not improve after two nights of ‘recovery’ sleep, the U.S. study found. While having a lie-in helps people feel a bit more clear-headed, they are still slow and clumsy. Researcher Alexandros Vgontzas, a sleep expert and professor of psychiatry, monitored young men and women who spent 13 consecutive nights in his sleep lab. They slept eight hours per night for the first four nights. After that, their sleep was restricted to six hours per night for six nights, followed by three ‘recovery nights’ of ten hours’ sleep. Dr Vgontzas, of Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania, said: ‘After one work week of mild sleep deprivation, two recovery nights were adequate in improving sleepiness but not performance. ‘The usual practice of extending sleep during the weekend after a busy wor k

week associated with mild sleep loss is not adequate in reversing the cumulative effects on cognitive function resulting from this mild sleep deprivation.’ But there is some good news – at least for men who find it hard to get out of bed at the weekend. The research shows that they are less able to cope with lack of sleep than the fairer sex – meaning that if anyone deserves a late start in the morning, they do. This could be because slow-wave, or ‘deep sleep’, benefits women more than men, the Associated Professional Sleep Societies’ annual conference heard. Dr Vgontzas added: ‘In women, but not in men, deep sleep appeared to have a protective effect. Women with a higher amount of deep sleep can handle better the effects of one work week of mild sleep deprivation, and their recovery is more complete after two nights of extended sleep.’ But women should not give up their lie-ins without a fight. A previous study, conducted by Warwick University and University College London, concluded that lack of sleep could be linked to heart problems in women. And research published yesterday found that a woman’s inability to fall asleep can be bad for marriage. Insomniac husbands, however, do not have the same detrimental effect on wedded bliss.

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‘Come Away With Me’

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Norah Jones was born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on 30th March. The daughter of the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. Norah spent her childhood with her mother, who, aged 4 moved to the Dallas suburb of Grapevine, Texas. She attended Colleyville Middle School, followed by a short period at Grapevine High School before transferring to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Norah

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While Norah is bestknown for her sultryyet-powerful vocal style, often compared to that of Billie Holiday or Nina Simone, her abilities as a jazz pianist have likewise been celebrated. She has become one of the most successful recording artists of the decade, racking up sales of more than 16 million records in the US and 39 million records worldwide.

C Am C Am Come away with me, in the night C Am Bm F C G Come away with me, and I will write you a song C Am C Am Come away with me, on a bus C Am Bm F C G Come away where they cant tempt us with their lies G Fmaj7 C I want to walk with you, on a cloudy day G Fmaj7 C In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high G C So won't you try to come Come away with me and we'll kiss on a mountaintop Come away with me and I'll never stop loving you G Fmaj7 C And I want to wake up with the rain falling on a tin roof G Fmaj7 C While I'm safe there in your arms G C So all I ask is for you to... C Am C Come away with me, in the night C G C Come away with me

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Tel: 950 459 136 For several years now Costa Coches has been renting cars from their premises in Antas and more recently from their premises in Mojacar Playa. Towards the end of last year Costa Coches decided to extend their range and to start offering rental vehicles from Murcia Airport. Before they embarked on this new challenge they decided to look at existing car hire companies at Murcia Airport and to try and find ways of improving the customer experience. They discovered a plethora of problems that renters appear to suffer from, namely: endless queues in the airport car hire offices, thirty minutes or more to complete the rental contract, very expensive hidden add-ons, extortionate costs for a tank of fuel and difficulty in locating rental car once the contract was eventually completed. Costa Coches decided that if they were going to offer their services at Murcia Airport they would need to address each and every one of these problems.

problems on arrival and to personally escort clients to their hire car. They aimed at completing the entire process from meeting their airport representative within ten minutes - and they succeeded. Fuel policy was another issue. Costa Coches did not want to charge for a, very often unwanted, full tank of fuel. Equally, they were aware of the potential problems of customers taking their hire car with an empty tank, especially late at night. So, the compromise was half a tank of fuel that the client does not pay for but replaces at pump prices on return of the vehicle. Costa Coches’ David Harwick says, “The response to our service at Murcia Airport really took us by surprise and we found ourselves having to buy more cars at a time when most of our competitors appear to be selling off large numbers of cars. Within weeks we had set up the same operation at Almeria Airport and shortly after that we launched our service at Alicante Airport”. The Costa Coches rental operations at Murcia, Almeria & Alicante Airports continue to grow. David Hardwick says “It seems clear that car hire customers simply want a value-formoney, fast and hassle-free experience and this is what we are providing”. The only other project that Costa Coches has in mind for the near future is to introduce a new category of rental car to try and inject a bit of fun into car hire. They will be offering the

opportunity to rent one of a choice of executive, classic sport or fun cars, such as an Alfa Romeo Spider, a Jeep Cherokee or VW Beetle amongst others, all in immaculate condition. They are currently in the process of adding a beautiful Mercedes C Class to this small but impressive fleet of vehicles. These cars are available at their standard Group C rates. Costa Coches receives a considerable amount of email that endorses their decision to go for a value-for-money, fast and hassle-free approach. Here are just a couple that they sent to us: “I thought I would send a quick email to say how impressed I am at the service Costa Coches provided me with my recent car hire. The vehicle was clean and ample for purpose, and excellent value! The fellow from Plane Parking (I’m sorry can’t remember his name) was courteous and extremely patient with us, and provided a well above average service delivering the vehicle to us at Murcia Airport. I will be recommending Costa Coches vehicle hire to all of my friends and colleagues and look forward to my next trip in August! Keep up the good work.” KM May 2011. “Many thanks for a good job well done. From baggage claim at San Javier Airport to driving away was less than 10 minutes. We will use you on a regular basis from now on.” NH 23.05.11. “I have to say that I was a little dubious about using an unknown car hire company but the cost was too tempting to resist. We arrived at Alicante Airport and were away in minutes. No queuing, no hassle and then we just loved the fuel policy of half a tank supplied but not charged and replaced by ourselves on return. You will be seeing us again” M&JH 31.05.11

Costa Coches decided that the solution was to receive all details required to complete the contract in advance by filling in their on-line booking form, to take payment from the client just two days prior to their arrival to avoid credit card

Car hire rates right through until March 2012 are available on Costa Coches’ rental web site, www.costacochesrentacar.biz.

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Change to Mortgage Foreclosure Law Parliament Rebutted......... Spain’s rejected a law that would have

The Galician National Block had asked legislators to amend the law to allow mortgage holders to walk away from their debt by handing over the keys to their properties. It also would have permitted homeowners to delay mortgage payments beyond stipulated deadlines and to consent to partial debt writeoffs. Lawmakers rejected the proposals, Parliament said on its website late last night. As in the UK, under Spanish law, if a foreclosed property is sold for less than the outstanding mortgage on the

asset, the bank can claim the difference from the borrower. Lenders can make a claim against all of a borrower’s present and future assets and earnings. “We are talking about a social problem of the highest order,” Francisco Xesus Jorquera, a BNG lawmaker, said by telephone from Madrid yesterday before the vote. “It’s a debate that must take place as there is social outcry for the mortgage law to be reformed.” According to Bloomberg, Spain’s Parliament has created

eased the effect of mortgage foreclosures for home-owners unable to meet payments

a committee to study possible changes to the country’s mortgage rules and whether the current law allows for abusive practices, the assembly said on its website on June 8. The commission has until December to present a report on its findings.

Spanish Banks Will Fare Worst on Stress According to a Tests.............. survey released last week by Goldman Sachs, the Spanish financial sector look set to have the worst results in the European banks’ stress tests. These results are due to be published next month.

After interviewing 113 specialists they concluded that this is the opinion of the majority of investors. Specifically, 37% believe that Spain’s banks will be the institutions that demonstrate the greatest need for capital. Germany came next, with 23% of the vote, and then Greece, with 19%. The investors questioned believed that the needs of the whole of the European sector will amount to about 29,000 million euros, and that of the 91 firms undergoing the tests, only nine will fail. Although the study shows that investors still feel to a certain extent an aversion to the Spanish financial sector, this perception is not widespread. In fact, Santander and BBVA appear on the list of those “who will do best” on the stock exchange in the three months that follows the publication of these tests, outranked only by the Italian Intesa Sanpaolo. Among those expected to fare worst are Greek Cypriot NBG, the German Deutsche Bank, and the French Crédit Agricole.

Cinco Dias reported that the Central Bank of Greece might ask “some” Greek institutions to improve its capital ratio after the stress tests. Apparently, the test conducted by the European Union, the Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund was carried out to

assess

whether

it

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appropriate to launch a second rescue for Athens. Its report reveals that Greek banking liquidity is “tight” and they are firmly committed to taking any necessary

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La Caixa Offering Holiday Homes for 60,000 Euros in Summer Incentive Sevihabitat, real estate subsidiary of La Caixa, has dropped the price of 1,300 holiday homes in a summer campaign called “Plan Mi Pueblo” and is offering properties for sale from 60,000 euros. The campaign, devised to help unload the backlog of real estate on their books, will run for three months until 4th September, and provides an opportunity for anyone looking for a property in a particular place, such as their hometown, or where they spent their childhood holidays or long weekends, to purchase a second hand or brand new home in inland villages, coastal or mountain towns, on advantageous terms. Prices start from 60,000 euros and will include a special finance package of up to 100% of the property value and a maximum payback term of 30 years, provided they meet certain criteria. As stated in Cinco Dias, to facilitate the submission of tenders, all homes that are part of this promotion are identified on the Servihabitat website (www.servihabitat. com) with a yellow label. The client has the

opportunity to make an offer on a property via the website. Among the properties available in the “Plan Mi Pueblo” campaign are an apartment in Lanzarote with terrace, located in a residential area with communal pool, gardens and gym, for 56,980 euros, a nearlynew apartment in Torrevieja with terrace and communal swimming pool for 62,400 euros, brand new houses from 79,140 euros on a luxurious complex in Costa Esuri – Ayamonte (Huelva) where there are 2 golf courses, a two-story townhouse in Molledo (Cantabria) for 84,550 euros, a ground floor property with terrace in Alcanar, Tarragona, 69,920 euros or a 102 m2 apartment near the beach in Es Castell, Menorca, for 123,170 euros. Properties are also available in many other locations throughout Spain.

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Salgado Says Spanish Government Will Not Raise VAT The Government’s financial vice president, Elena Salgado, has responded to the suggestion of the Bank of Spain to raise VAT in

order to generate more revenue, by saying that the Government “will not increase VAT, since it would have a negative effect on consumption”, as was argued at the European Commission. “To be clearer, the Government will not increase the VAT,” she added. At a press conference to present the Ministry of Development’s advertising campaign on rehabilitation, Salgado said that “fiscal policy is the responsibility of the Government which then must be approved by Parliament”, to which she added that Government revenues are behaving as expected, and “it is not necessary to raise VAT to achieve fiscal consolidation.” In the same vein, she praised Brussels’ decision to back down in its request to raise Spain’s tax as a counterweight to a reduction in social contributions, and stressed that the European Commission has been “sensitive” to the Government’s arguments. At this point, Salgado also rejected the possibility of reducing social security contributions, stating that “we should wait a bit before taking steps in that direction,” at least to see how the pension reforms progress. On the other hand, asked about the proposal of the bank run by Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez to set expenditure ceilings in the Autonomous Communities , the Minister of Economy stated that “the regions themselves must decide” if they set an expenditure ceiling, given their “financial independence.” While it is clear that the Stability Act “speaks of deficit or expenditure”, or similar, “the expenditure ceiling is a budgetary tool, not for deficit control”, which the regional

British government offers hope to property buyers in Spain Hundreds of thousands of Britons have lost money on illegal or unfinished homes in Spain. Will attempts by the British government to help them prove successful?

Last month when the Spanish government organised a property road show in the UK, attempting to lure Britons to invest in its saturated housing market, it was greeted with derision and angry public demonstrations. What did it honestly expect? A report from Anna Nicholas in the Daily Telegraph states that there are no easy solutions to Spain’s property scandal, which has affected hundreds of thousands of Britons who have either been duped into buying illegally built homes, affected by land grabs and retrospective coastal planning laws or lost deposits on off-plan builds. To Spain’s shame, corrupt councils, estate agents, property developers, builders and lawyers have all been complicit in the chain of events that have led to many losing their life savings on worthless properties, and in extreme cases having their “illegal” Spanish properties demolished. The British government has been hugely aware of the property issues affecting British expats in Spain but has found itself in an invidious position, being unable to intervene in local property disputes which are a matter of Spanish internal law. Instead, last year, the British Embassy in Madrid appointed a temporary special advisor to get to grips with the complex issues of property laws and regulations in the country with an aim to offering comprehensive advice through its website to future buyers, as well as those encountering problems with an existing Spanish property. In order to better understand the situation, the special advisor has already met with a number of resident groups throughout Spain and with diplomatic missions whose nationals have encountered similar problems. The findings from her report are now being used to help the British Embassy and consulates in Spain to understand how

best to offer support to British expats. In tandem with this, the British Ambassador to Spain has been meeting with key officials in the central and regional governments to raise awareness of the problems and to express concern for the plight of those affected. The issue is also being addressed through the UK Representation to the EU (UKRep) and the British Embassy in Spain, which is in discussion with MEPs, and staff from the European Commission and European Parliament offices in Spain. Although the British government admits that there’s a long way to go before a solution is found for those caught up in the scandal, it insists that progress has been made. Already there have been reforms made to the criminal code, strengthening the penalties for crime linked to urban developments, and the Andalucian regional government is preparing a decree to regularise the majority of irregular properties. For future purchasers, a free stepby-step guide to buying property in Spain, translated into English, has been produced by the Registradores de España; hopefully opening the door to greater transparency in the process of purchasing property in the coming years. For those distressed British expats caught up in their own personal property nightmare there is no immediate solution in sight, but at least their voices are finally being heard at a national and international level. Buying in Spain might not be as safe as houses yet, but with new legislation being enforced by the country’s regional governments, and with excellent property advice being offered online, the future certainly looks brighter. Article courtesy of www.telegraph.co.uk

administrations may impose if they so wish. “Our constitution recognises the financial autonomy of the regions and it is they who must decide what budget is presented to their parliaments on the basis of income, and on the requirement of compliance with the deficit target,” he added, stressing that “where PSOE governs, the expenditure ceiling rules will apply”, which states that it does not exceed the average growth of nominal GDP.

House Prices

Moreover, as reported in Diario Sur, contrary to the Bank of Spain’s conclusion that house prices will fall by 25% in real terms since its peak in 2007, the Development Minister, José Blanco, also present at the event, stressed “It is not expected to drop much more.” Also, on the 4.1% fall in prices reflected in the National Statistics Institute’s figures for the first quarter, Blanco noted that “the price of housing in some places has already bottomed out and is not expected to fall much further.” “In areas where there is more of a surplus of properties, prices may still be subject to some adjustments, but overall prices are set fairly and are not expected to change much more,” he declared.

Tinsa Launches Online Home Valuation Tool If you are considering buying or selling a home, or are even

just curious how much your neighbour’s house is worth, more tools are becoming available on the Internet which can help you find the information you are looking for. low cost, eight euros, and is payable by credit card. The key data taken into account when determining this kind of valuation is the location of the property, the type of housing (individual or an apartment block), the age of the property, size or floor space, number of bedrooms and if there are communal areas such as gardens and/or swimming pool.

For a reasonable price (usually between four and eight euros) and by providing basic details of the property in question, you can obtain an estimate of that property’s value. “The margin of error is minimal and will depend on the degree of homogeneity of the neighborhood where the house is located. For example, in Barrio del Pilar, Madrid, if we are asked to value a house whose characteristics do not seem to match the average in the area, we offer the customer the option to have one of our appraisers visit the property and carry out the valuation, also at a low cost of about 25 euros,” explained Raul Garcia, director of Business Development and Marketing for Tinsa. The company, one of the market leaders, has just started marketing the new tool, an online home valuation service costing only eight euros. (The site currently gives a security warning but looks to be harmless). Finding out how much a home is valued at using this application is very simple. Just enter the website and complete a short questionnaire. The price of this service is

The element which differentiates stima from other similar applications is that the calculation is performed taking into account previous valuations made by Tinsa. Tinsa has a database of more than four million records, which continues to grow year after year, and which “allows them to arrive at a realistic result taking into account the downward swings that are occurring in market “, explained Garcia. Within minutes you receive an email with a document attached in PDF form which contains all the information on the property and its final valuation. This study will not replace the traditional appraisal that is often required by banks in order to grant a mortgage loan, but provides a first estimate of the monetary value of the house for sale. “We think it is of interest to all those owners who want to sell a house and want to know its up-to-date market value, for those looking for a flat, have visited one they like and want to know if the selling price is at or not far from the valuation, or if you are simply curious about average values in a neighborhood or specific area,” says Tinsa’s director of Business Development. Article courtesy of www.kyero.com


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Jellyfish

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Tuna in Vinegar............................2,00€ Mixed Kebab................................1,50€ Meat Kebab .................................1,80€ Vegetable Kebab .........................1,50€ Fish Kebab.................................. 1,80€ Sausage Kebab............................1,50€ Russian Salad..............................1,00€ Artichoke, tomato & Anchovy....1,80€ Homemade Pate..........................1,50€ Baked Cod................................... 2 ,00€ Cod with Tomato......................... 2,00€

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Baked pork ribs.............................5.50 Rack pork ribs...............................5.50 Pork shank.....................................9.50 Pork cheek.....................................6.50 Pork loin.........................................7.00 Pork tenderloin grilled..................7.00 Mixed meat...................................12.00 Serrano ham..................................8.00 Grilled Steak..................................6.00 Lamb Chops..................................6.50 Chicken breast in curry sauce with rice...........................................6.50 Fried anchovies............................7.00 Baked squid..................................7.00 Mussels.........................................6.50 Cod with tomato...........................7.50 Squid in oil....................................9.00 Baguettes (various sizes)............4.50

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Jellyfish help to stir up the ocean as they move, researchers have found. Using a green dye, scientists showed how the animals’ umbrella-shaped bodies were a key factor in this mixing. The distribution of heat, nutrients and chemicals helps maintain the marine environment and has an important influence on global climate. The researchers concluded that marine animals of many shapes and sizes contributed to ocean turbulence. Charles Darwin, grandson of the famous British naturalist, first discovered that animals stir up the oceans more than 50 years ago. The influence of this “biogenic” or “Darwinian” mixing on the ocean environment has been under debate since then. The wind and tides play a big part in mixing the oceans, but this study suggests that the role of biogenic mixing could be more significant than previously thought. The research showed how small creatures - as well as very large sea mammals - create turbulence. “This is important because the other proposed mechanism was simply that large animals stirred up the water as they swam,” explained lead author John Dabiri from the California Institute of Technology. He and his colleague, Kakani Kaija, showed exactly how jellyfish, which were between one and 10cm in diameter, “dragged water around” as they moved, demonstrating the effect by squirting a dye in front of the creatures. But, Dr Dabiri explained, the jellyfish were unlikely to be the ‘primary ocean mixers’:

“Crustaceans - like copepods and krill - are likely the primary biogenic mixers, because there are so many of them,” he explained. “We used jellyfish here, because of their uniform shape - and because they were relatively easy to study.”

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The principle behind the effect, Dr Dabiri explained, was aerodynamics. “When the animal is at depth, it will carry some of the colder, deeper water with it as it migrates upwards,” he said. “The shape of the animal is important, because the more streamlined it is, the less of a disturbance it causes. So a bulletshaped animal will carry less water with it than a flatter, saucer-shaped animal.” Jonathan Sharples, principal researcher from the UK’s Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory commented that this mechanism was likely to be important in specific areas where there was a high density of marine life. “In warmer surface water there are virtually no nutrients, and the transport of nutrients from the bottom water is very important for the single-cell plants that live there,” he said. “But much of the open ocean is like desert,” he added, “and the density of these animals is unlikely to be sufficient (to cause mixing).” The next step, Dr Dabiri said, was to find out where in the ocean, the phenomenon of biogenic mixing has the biggest effect.

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Switzerland Still Under Scrutiny In 2009 Switzerland agreed to soften its strict banking secrecy to help other countries catch tax evaders and pledged to comply with standards set by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). An OECD report, or “peer review” on Switzerland, published on 1st June noted a number of positive developments. However it failed the review on several “essential elements”. Its agreements for exchanging information and identifying taxpayers are still too restrictive and not fully in line with the standard because foreign tax authorities are obliged to provide identity information in their requests for information. In February the Swiss Federal Department of Finance agreed to respect foreign government’s demands for information about unnamed individual’s accounts at

unspecified banks, provided the request was not just a fishing expedition. However because Swiss parliament has not yet voted on this, it could not be taken into account for the current peer review. Switzerland also failed because of a law which states that if a request for tax information is made by a foreign tax authority, the individual concerned must be informed and allowed to inspect the request and data. The OECD reviewers say the law must be changed to allow “appropriate exceptions to the right of notification and right to inspect the [request].” In future Swiss bank account owners could have their accounts disclosed without their knowledge. Switzerland was also criticized for the continuing existence of “bearer savings books and for allowing Swiss companies to issue bearer shares where ownership

by Bill Blevins Financial Correspondent cannot be established. This was just “Phase 1” of the peer review, and provided Switzerland has brought a significant number of exchange of information agreements in line with the standard, its Phase 2 review will proceed in the second half of 2012. It is risky for anyone to rely on Swiss banks - or banks in any other country for that matter - to provide complete and long-term confidentiality. The only way forward is through authorised arrangements which allow you to mitigate tax in a legitimate manner. Ask an international tax and wealth management firm like Blevins Franks for advice on the tax and estate planning opportunities available to you. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com

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Alternative Sports The trouble with sport on the telly is that it can strike the spark of enthusiasm in the couch potato breast. This is a good thing, except that for the unfortunate sloth who has just resolved to make a major life change there are too many potholes in the road to success. Not least of these problems is the degree of natural ability that our putative sportsperson may or may not possess. But putting that minor detail to the side, there is still the issue of where, when and with whom to train, as well as the creeping cost of it all. How many have started down that particular slippery slope with promises of ‘the kit will only set you back……’ yeah, that’s like the car advertisements that promise you a brand new car for nuppence, only for the small print to reveal that the price quoted doesn’t include things like wheels and an engine, not to mention tax and insurance. For the benefit of mankind I have been endeavouring to overc om e t h e s e dif f iculties. I have been giving great thought to finding relevant alternatives to the conventional sports – I don’t count the Wii, that is a whole sport all on its own. I tried Ant Racing, but that simply didn’t work. The problems were legion,

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starting with catching the right sort of ants, then lining them up all facing the same way for a fair start. Ants don’t have a racing mentality. Ants follow – overtaking and sprinting for the line is not within their psyche. I dabbled briefly with Ant Weightlifting, but that proved just as difficult to organise. They were quite good on the Lift bit, but would then wander off with their weight, making Hold a bit of a farce. Grasshopper Jumping was more successful – each grasshopper could be relied on for one jump, after which their minds wandered, they lost focus, and simply hopped off into the local foliage. I was pondering my lack of success while standing in the pool when a wasp flew by. With lightning reflexes I grabbed the pool net, swung it overhead in a serve that would have merited applause on the Centre Court, and brought it down on top of the wasp. In that moment Wasp Tennis was born! It is a perfect sport. It combines speed and accuracy with the racquet – in this case a €1.50 pool net from the Chinese shop – with the pleasingly cool playing environment of the pool, and has the added bonus of ridding mankind of one of its most irksome pests. I recommend Wasp Tennis as a viable alternative to the real thing!

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I was wondering the other day if the school kids of today still give silly nicknames to their teachers. It was almost obligatory when I was a boy to re-christen our elders and betters with names that were either a take on their real surnames, or some less than complimentary title that highlighted a particular mannerism or physical feature of the unfortunate teacher concerned. It was not something that I recall happening in the junior school, but it became the norm when our juvenile hormones began to kick in and we made the transition to secondary school and young adult status. These are the hormones with such medical names as: Cruel, Mocking and Heartless. We had such individuals as ‘Moses’ Amos; ‘Splint’ Harwood; and ‘Buddy’ Holly – easy names to play with. Then there were ‘Bouncer’ Hughes, because of the way he walked; ‘Digger’ Enfield, the gardening master; ‘Pin Head’ Vernon with the pointed bonce and ‘Pug’ Stevens, who was uuh, well, ugly. ‘Jake’ Kirby was our form master in the fifth year - a handle that had been given to him on returning from a teacher exchange in America. To us Jake was sort of cowboy sounding and was chosen over such possibilities as ‘Tex’ or ‘Hank’ and in view of his size twenty nine feet which he was always falling over,

‘Hopalong’, had also been on the short list. Jake was a lumbering, good natured man and on reflection a first class teacher who really did not deserve to have his morning register nailed to his desk, or be locked in his own store cupboard - two incidents that come to mind during his year long tenure of the class of ’62. The exchange experiment must have been a success, because a year after Jakes return, the school authorities engaged another Yank – ‘Windows’ Thompson. He was a science teacher who was a danger to himself and the whole of the school because he quite literally could not see further than six inches in front of him – not an obvious asset when dealing with certain iffy substances and Bunsen burners. He wore spectacles that looked like framed glass bricks, and he had to stand toe to toe with individual members of the class in order to identify them. Even then he found it difficult. “Are you New? he once asked one Anthony New a class member, as he inspected his face from a nose length away. “No sir, I’ve been here all the time”, Anthony informed him to the delighted guffaws of the rest of the class. Windows was undoubtedly a genius, but one who had no teaching ability whatsoever, and with the added problem that the school could be incinerated without warning, he was later quietly dismissed

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and we all breathed a sigh of relief. Telling it all again, it may sound as if school life was somewhat chaotic, but nothing could be further from the truth. Sure we may have transported the art master’s bike from the bike sheds to the roof on one occasion and sent an explicit Valentine’s card to the P.E. master’s house – he was distinctly unhappy about that, but not as unhappy as his wife who happened to open it – but these were just relatively harmless pranks compared to the violence we hear about today. And remember, these were the days when corporal punishment was acceptable in schools, and the cane was a useful and effective deterrent administered in our case, by the deputy head. The individual masters were also permitted to mete out their own punishment, and one such was ‘Dewey’ Treweek-Dew an English teacher, who kept ‘Rudolph’ hanging from a chain on the blackboard. ‘Dewey’ was a bear-like man, who paced the school corridors menacingly. With his military style moustache, and tweed jacket that looked as if the coat hanger had been left in, he was a formidable figure. ‘Rudolph’ was a black plimsoll (gym shoe to anyone under 50) and was a constant visible reminder to pay very close attention to the pearls of wisdom imparted to us. We often speculated why the

oh, by the way....

There is not much fun or irony that can be said about death – only that it is as an integral part of life as taxes, and that the best alternative to death is to grow old….. I plan to grow old and pester the readers as long, as this newspaper allows me to do it – so when death comes, I just do not want to be around. Why do I start about death? – Well, all of us experience once in a while in our life the loss of a loved one, and our family has just had to say farewell to a beautiful young mother of a 5 year old boy. R.I.P. Kelly! What else did the past week throw at me and the rest of the World? Yahoo’s suggestions were “Celebrity father son lookalikes” (well, well – what a surprise that even celebrities’ off-spring look like their fathers), Jenson Button “targeted by Ferrari” (Former Formula One champion Jenson Button is being targeted by Ferrari as the perfect partner for double world champion Fernando Alonso. Wonder what Alonso’s wife has to say about that?), “UK’s strangest TV stations” (this had a list of weird, second rate TV programmes – apparently the writer(s) of the article has/ have never zapped through Spanish channels), and “Most flattering length of dress” (If you can’t decide whether you want to wear a mini or maxi dress, why not settle in

shoe was called Rudolph, and the nearest we came to an answer was that Rudolph tended to leave you very red-arsed! These realities however held no dread for us and far from living in fear, we looked upon these things as quite natural and just, and all part of a happy and balanced school life. As for the teachers themselves, much of it was implied rather than applied, with tongue very firmly in cheek and even at times with humour. We knew just how far to take things, and if we exceeded the limits, we accepted the consequences - and all with the full approval of our parents. That being said, today I am firmly in accord with the PC brigade who dictate that children should not be physically punished either in school or by their parents. No really . . . in the UK some of them carry knives!

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between? – did you also feel the ground shake??) – Oh, bore! Where do they get it from? Cucumber time! – and it seems that the cucumbers are not just infested with ecoli, but are also slack with boredom! It is not easy to be heir to the Spanish throne these days – or for that matter anybody. Last week Prince Felipe visited the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and got a highly peculiar reception. About 30 persons shouted at him “Los Borbones a los tiburones!” (The Bourbons to the sharks) – Ah, well! Presume sharks would appreciate a good whiskey – even if it is not Scottish! The prince kept a smile on his face during the visit, at which he was accompanied by the Minister for Education, Ángel Gabilondo. The demonstrators also shouted “esta crisis no la pagamos” (this crisis we will not pay) – now that, I can agree with, though I do not think any of us have a choice. Neither do I think the prince and the minister can do much about the issue. Emilio Botín, president of Banco Santander, has the solution. “What Spain needs are reforms, work and confidence”, he says.

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Well! Thank you, Mr. Botín! Last reforms brought the already hard tried Spanish working force to their knees. Work? Where? Only place, you can find work in Spain is …………… in Germany! Confidence? In whom? In Zapatero? In Rajoy? In you? The only confidence we can have in either of you is that you will take care of no. 1 – The rest of us can fight over the scraps from your tables. J.K. Rowling is at it again. She might be a good author, but she is a genius in marketing. She has proven again, and again, that she can plot a good Potter-story but, when it comes to the plotting of publicity tricks, she is a better magician than her main character. In a “cat and mouse” game, you are led from the website www.pottermore.com to YouTube, where there is a count-down till Thursday at 5 p.m., when she will publish an announcement, and the words “The owls are gathering … find out why soon”. – Tuu wit ta woo! And everybody is holding their breath, though she once said that she thinks she is “outPottered”. However, she continued saying that you should never say never – so the p(l)ot(ter) is thickening … or was it sickening?

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

‘Cast Off’..........

Carrying on from last week for all of you thinking of getting involved with this wonderful sport and taking the plunge to buy a vessel, let’s briefly look at the last things on your checklist.

The VAT status of a second hand yacht is also important, as your vessel needs to have ‘VAT paid’ status to be allowed free transit throughout the EU. I bought mine through a reputable broker, so there was a ‘bill of sale’, (a sales contract)…oh,and a log book. I asked for all registration documents. Sort out the following: Insurance, (which I kept up, as the premium was only €50.00 per annum for a really comprehensive policy),make a note of which model of outboard you’ll be taking on and research on the internet if necessary. Not to mention the antifouling and general cleaning the vendor should provide for you. All inclusive. A bit of common sense will cast you off in the right direction. Speaking of casting off…ask about transport conditions. I got a fabulous trailer thrown in with my

...with Robbie France purchase price. A beauty. There are a number of articles on the ‘Net regarding this topic, but keep this article and you won’t go wrong. Any questions, email me at robbiefrance@gmail.com, okay? Tight sails to you all…and I’ll see you next week. ‘There is NOTHING… absolutely nothing…half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.’ Kenneth Grahame. PS; Recently seen off the lighthouse point in Puerto de Mazarron… A kevlar mainsailed yacht with a huge spinaker dragging behind it…oops! There goes last year’s Christmas present!


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1 Dictatorial (8) 2 Sneaky (8) 3 Afflicted (5) 5 Engages for work again (7) 6 Matings (9) 7 Proofs of innocence (6) 8 Be in charge of (6) 9 Nipped (6) 15 Elemental (9) 17 Diagrammed outlines (8) 18 The highest heaven (8) 20 Of little importance (7) 21 Expression (6) 22 Cheddar or gouda, for example (6) 23 Any incorporeal supernatural being (6) 25 Furnishings of a room (5)

6 Final hold out? (4) 7 Reportedly pound the French insect (6) 14 Rib decline might be astounding! (10) 16 A murder’s shattered tympana (8) 18 Microorganisms pretend to be in a Brie spread (8) 19 I’d have English friend, in a perfect world (7) 21 Almost flow (after a short time) with a protozoon (6) 22/10 Innovative drug - no clue perhaps (6-8) 24 Fall or rise in key power (4)

Down 1 Mess up or change leaders (8) 2 Cherishing garnitures, perhaps (10) 3 Ask for one new life (in France) without Tory leader (6) 4 In good party, within a kilometre’s realm (7) 5 Items adapted in fish over home (8)

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8 Went faster than a new tour (new at first) (6) 9 Apart from one so dead, bad end will follow (8) 10 See 22 Down 11 Being English, books it years later (6) 12 I’m me - without a foreign resistant (6) 13 Unholiest hospital missing new boundaries (8) 15 Aims a spike south (7) 17 One church lad with energy is cooler (3,4) 20 Bugged immoral half-German journalist (8) 22 Hear animals without Republican country (6) 23 Less fearful rock is heard (6) 25 Coated “Dido’s an egghead” in a frenzy (8) 26 A creature takes Reagan back - that’s not typical! (8) 27 Draw without scoring new one left (twice) (3-3)

Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.

1 Consternation (6) 4 Announce (8) 10 Clams, crabs and lobsters for example (9) 11 Labor organization (5) 12 Lubricated (5) 13 Exciting (9) 14 Cold-blooded (7) 16 Make a melodic noise (4) 19 Skim or dart (4) 21 An ancient Egyptian musical instrument (7) 24 Lip service (9) 25 Rot (5) 26 Enlist (5) 27 Naivete (9) 28 Hold spellbound (8) 29 Came up (6)

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This is part two about the Rueda wine region in Castilla y León. Even though the history goes back nearly a thousand years, relatively recently, in the 1970’s, the Marques de Riscal winery established themselves in Rueda. They brought the viura grape from Rioja, began to rejuvenate the traditional Verdejo, imported the Sauvignon Blanc to the region and created the modern white Rueda. When you are facing a row of Ruedas, turn the bottles around. The back label holds the secret to which wine is for you. The yellow “Rueda” label has a clean and crisp mix of at least 50% verdejo typically blended with viura (macabeo). These are normally the least expensive. “Isabelino” is a good one to try. The “Verdejo” stamp indicates a minimum 85% verdejo grape has been used, although most are 100%. These wines have a strong body and are distinctively dry with a long aftertaste. Carramimbre´s verdejo has a sharp finish and Loess makes a surprisingly smooth wine. The “Sauvignon” label denotes a minimal 85% sauvignon blanc. It tends to be more citrusy and softer on the palate with a lingering finish. Naturally, the Marques de Riscal Sauvignon is a classic. The bubbly “Espumoso” is the sparkling Rueda. The secos are 50%-85% verdejo and the bruts 85% or more. Bodegas Antaño’s Añ Brut Nature is an intriguing alternative to a traditional cava. For those of you who read about my mother in law and one of her favorite cooking wines, turns out it was Rueda’s “Dorado”, a golden colored liquor wine, oak barrel aged for at least two years with alcohol no less than 15°. I always have liked her homemade meals. Sean McMahon ~ Enoteca Tikar Wine Shop email: hoteltikar@hoteltikar.com

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Sea urchins, dormice & figs Romans’ rich diet revealed by archaeologists

It may not sound the most glamorous job in the world but a team of British archaeologists say they are thrilled to be sifting through tons of 2,000 year old ancient Roman poo. The nine tons of historical excrement is among waste that has been found in the sewer system of the town of Herculaneum, which was buried by an eruption from nearby Mt Vesuvius near Naples in AD79. Specialists involved in the Herculaneum Conservation Project excavating the ancient drains of the city have uncovered the largest deposit of organic material ever found in the Roman world. Tons of excrement has been sifted through by the historians as they search out clues about the diet and health of the ancient Romans that lived in the city before suffering their horrific fate. The research has revealed a wealth of information about the types of food eaten by ordinary, lower-class, Romans, showing they feasted on sea urchins and dormice as well as fish, figs, olives and eggs. Herculaneum and the perhaps better known nearby town of Pompeii have provided a fascinating insight in to life 2,000 years ago and amongst past other finds are dozens of perfectly preserved skeletons. In all 774 sacks of ‘waste’ have been excavated from the drains but so far only ten per cent has been sifted and there are more than 7,000kg left to go through. Project director professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill said: “Sifting through tons of poo may not be everyone’s idea of enjoyment but to us its fascinating and we have discovered so much. It is the largest and fullest collection of ancient Roman waste ever excavated and it is actually very interesting to look at. In the past archaeologists would throw it away because they didn’t have the technology that we have today.” Professor Wallace-Hadrill added: “We can find out such a lot about what Romans ate by sifting through the poo and in essence it is the classic Mediterranean Diet, plenty of fish and fruit. We have a good idea of what the rich ate but we have a lesser idea of what the poor ordinary Roman ate and this study will hopefully tell us that and for example what spices they used.”

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They’ve got it down to a tea Scientists unveil the formula for a perfect brew

Many of us might think of it as an art, but apparently making the perfect mug of tea is all down to the science. A team of university researchers has devised a mathematical formula for the ideal brew which shows that it is best drunk exactly six minutes after being made. The optimum brewing time is two minutes and the ideal amount of milk is 10ml. The perfect drinking temperature of 60c is achieved six minutes later – but after 17 minutes and 30 seconds the tea will be past its best as it falls below 45c. Or, as the scientists at the Private Parties, Birthdays, Weddings University of Northumbria put it in their formula: TB +

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(H2O at 100 degrees centigrade) 2mins BT + C (10ml) 6mins BT = PC (at OT 60 degrees centigrade). If you’re wondering, TB means tea bag, BT is brewing time, C is milk, PC means perfect cuppa, and OT stands for optimum temperature. For the research, commissioned by a milk company, the team spent 180 hours in the lab testing brewing methods, and a panel of volunteers consumed 285 cups of tea. Senior lecturer Ian Brown, a food and nutrition expert in the university’s School of Life Sciences who led the research, said: ‘When enjoying a cup of tea, our palette requires a balance between bitterness and sweetness. ‘Our findings show that 10ml is the preferred amount of milk for our cuppas, due to its ability to balance natural bitterness and allow a smoother taste sensation.’ The optimum temperature to drink tea is 60c, he said, and with the addition of milk the test mugs of tea reached that temperature after six minutes, two minutes faster than black tea. Mr Brown said: ‘Waiting six minutes for tea to reach 60 degrees centigrade avoids the risk of scalding, yet still allows us to enjoy the full flavours and aromas in our cuppa. ‘You might not expect to find toffee flavour in black tea, but by adding milk, toffee and vanilla flavours are intensified while the wood and grassy notes are reduced.’ The research, for Cravendale Milk, also found that in Britain we drink 165million cups of tea a day, or 60.2billion a year.

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Casa Los Pinos

Bar & Restaurant

Cortijo Grande 04639 Turre, Almeria

International Cuisine including

Carribean & Traditional a house speciality

Succulent steak pie

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at the East Malling research station in Kent. Breeders nevertheless continued to take from the wild stock. The keen cook-gardener Nigel Slater rates the latecropping Autumn Bliss as a favourite in his book devoted to fruit, Tender Volume II.

Large selection of fresh pasta and homemade pizzas, salad, 4 courses with wine & coffee included. Monday - Saturday inclusive. Dinner 7pm - 22pm.

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roast specialities Daily Roast Lamb shank, lamb shoulder, pork knuckle, lamb stew, chickpeas stew, white beans stew.

Once baked and cooled, a thin stream of apple jelly is poured through a hole in the lid to set, like a meatless pork pie. I suspect mine will burst its banks. Who cares if it does? Let’s hope the early berry glut turns into a late one. The more the better, as far as I am concerned.

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Petrol Station

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Lunch 1pm - 4pm

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There’s always the (now ubiquitous) Eton Mess, and I long to try the Nottinghamshireraised gooseberry pie, a suet crust packed with berries that I read about in Dorothy Hartley’s Food In England.

MENU DEL DIA

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Local Stew &

Summer pudding is a must: the domed mould of white bread, soaked with the juice of stewed raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants and sometimes gooseberries. Once known as ‘hydropathic pudding’ because it was given to 19th century health resort inmates as an alternative to pies, the combined flavours are unique.

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The many tonnes that are picked will find their way to the Britishsummer’s social events. At Royal Ascot this week, then Wimbledon fortnight and Henley Regatta, berries and cream will be consumed by the cartload (at ridiculously inflated prices). I will be heading to pick-your-own farms to stock up on berries at a better deal, then put them to use in quintessentially English ways.

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Scottish growers might not agree. The neutral soil and cool climate in the region surrounding the town of Blairgowrie in Perthshire make it one of the most prolific growing areas and home to those delicious raspberries that are almost more blue than red.With supermarkets accounting for the sale of most British grown raspberries, the challenge for growers is to find varieties that please for their keeping qualities.

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When we look back on 2011, the sweetness of the summer fruits will be one of the highlights. Crops of strawberries and now raspberries have arrived extraordinarily early and the fruit itself has proved to be larger, sweeter and juicier than any we have had in years. This vintage glut is a result of an unusually early spring and, essentially, good pollination; the more a blossom is visited by pollinating insects, the larger and more flawless the fruit will be. Growers are fully expecting to outdo the 9,000 tonnes of raspberries sold last year, according to British Summer Fruits, the association that represents 92 per cent of growers in Britain. Already, the strawberry season is breaking records and is likely to top the 47,000 tonnes sold last year — and these two are by no means the only fruit. At this rate, gooseberries will have a little extra ‘blush’ on their skins and the juice in blackberries will be dark as ink; tayberries, mulberries, red and blackcurrants — just the thought makes me want to reach for a few slices of white bread and make the first summer pudding of the season. Whatever your memory of eating raspberries or their cousins in the rubus family, blackberries, it is bound to be poignant. And these feelings go back centuries. English pilgrims, making their way to the Crusades and Jerusalem, moaned about the dry, stony ground, yet were comforted to find wild raspberries along the route. ‘Raspberries grow by the way, with pleasure you might assay,’ they wrote. The wild species of raspberry, being a neater plant than the sprawling, aggressive bramble, was perfect for cultivation. Even so, many of the earliest known varieties, such as Antwerp, have vanished due to disease. It was not until after World War II that the hardier, heavy cropping types were developed in Britain, many of them

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BAR CHAPLINS’ GOLF TEAM

A team of Golfers representing Bar Caplins in Roquetas De Mar took part in the Top Banana Golf Tournament at La Envia Golf on Friday, 17th June. From left to right – Alan Haslam, Jason Laszkowicz, Shug O’Donald and Malcolm Bunker pictured with Deb from Bar Chaplins. Alan and Shug have visited Roquetas frequently whilst for Jason it was his first visit, and they were joined by Malcolm who lives in Roquetas. Jason is the Head Professional at Owston Hall, Doncaster, host to the PGA Euro-Pro Tour, where he provides golf tuition and he is also official coach to the European Long Drive Champion (Tom Hollingworth). The team were joined in the competition by

Marbella International Festival of Arts

Juli-Anne Coward, Local Artist from Envia Golf, exhibits at this year’s International Arts Festival in Marbellas’s Alameda Park. The 3rd International Festival of Arts begins in Marbella on 23rd June and ends on 26th June, 2011. The Festival is held in the Parque Alameda and Paseo Maritimo, Marbella and attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. It features over 80 artists from all over the world. Juli-Anne Coward, from Envia Golf, decided to submit her art work to the panel of adjudicators when she saw the festival advertised in a local Almeria newspaper over a year ago. Juli-Anne wanted more recognition for her art work in Spain so she was excited when she heard how prestigious the event was and decided that she wanted to take part, The Festival offers an exciting mixture of dance, art, sculpture, photography, music and drama and moves from strength to strength each year. A new feature in this, the 3rd International Festival, is the focus on gastronomy. Juli-Anne currently works as a professional artist and Guild commended picture framer

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and regularly exhibits her work via the Greenstage Gallery in Bishops Frome in Worcestershire. Her work hangs on the walls and in the corridors of some of the grandest homes in the UK. Juli-Anne has recently taken part in the 2010 Autumn Exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy of Arts in Bristol. Although Juli-Anne currently lives and works in the UK she very much hopes to expand her exhibition schedule into Spain so that she can spend an increasing amount of time in her Spanish home near Roquetas De Mar. Juli-Anne’s current work focuses on buildings and she believes that all buildings have a certain energy of their own. Juli-Anne does not have any pre-conceived idea of how an image will evolve but prefers to work instinctively. She experiments with different surfaces and techniques from oil to collage and tissue. Juli-Anne’s current work sells between 400 and 1,700 pounds sterling. More of her work can be seen at www.greenstagegallery.co.uk/artist/38/julianne-coward Julie-Anne can also be contacted at juli-annecoward@sky.com.

32 fellow golfers and the team performance was very successful, coming 3rd. On his personal performance Jason said: “Having spent some quality time at Serena Golf where the staff have been very good to me, allowing me to play/practice each day, I am pleased with my performance in preparation for my tournament schedule back in the UK. A special thank you to Jon and Debbie of Chaplin’s Bar whose hospitality has been first class. Congratulations to Alan Haslam who was leading points scorer for our Team in the competition at Envia. The competition was enjoyable and I met a lot of new people. I look forward to returning to the area, hopefully very soon” .

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ROQU ETAS DE MAR Bar Chaplins PAWS finds new partners abroad ............. ....................... The animal rescue charity PAWS, which survived 27 CALLE SIERRA NEVADA, 200M FROM HOTEL PLAYA AZUL ROQUETAS. Open: Tues – Sat 5pm– Late, Sunday 1pm – Late, Closed Mondays. Friday - Quiz Night 9.30p.m. Free prize draw. Sunday Texas Hold Em 8pm Tel: 950 335 022

Theo’s Music Bar................ Live entertainment every Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9pm

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

Tuesday bingo from 2pm. Thursday quiz & bingo 2pm. 27th June - Motown Tribute with Brendan and Mel

Bar Spinnaker....

Monday - BBQ from 7pm Tuesday - Bingo 3pm Wednesday - Quiz 9.30pm Friday Race Night 9pm. Saturday - Curry Night 7pm Sunday - Sunday Roast 1.30pm 4.30pm

Y Da Wakes... Bingo: Every Monday and Wednesday Night 9.30pm. Fridays BBQ. Tuesday and Saturday - Roast Dinner evening. Thursday, Friday, Saturday - Live music with Brian from PB’s

a financial crisis earlier this year, has now formed valuable new partnerships with several rescue organisations abroad. Three rescue shelters in Holland, and three more in Germany, are now taking in animals from PAWS. Since March, 58 dogs have gone to Holland alone. “This is really good news for us” said Janet Franklin, PAWS chief homing officer. “The financial problems we hit really showed us that we need to create the widest possible network of outlets. In a very uncertain economic climate we can’t be dependent on just one or two partners.” The need to find new outlets has been prompted partly by PAWS success locally over the past 20 years. “The trouble is that nearly everyone in this area who wants a dog already has one from PAWS” said Janet Franklin. “And in some cases they have taken several! Our homing locally has dried up to just a trickle.” And while dogs continue to be abandoned in droves here – the PAWS shelter is almost full again – dogs from Spain are really welcomed elsewhere in Europe. Cindy Pellenkroft, an animal lover from Utrecht in Holland, took in Inez – a real PAWS ‘problem’ dog. Inez has very poor sight, making her almost impossible to home – until Cindy came along. “Adopting Inez has been one of my best decisions” Cindy told PAWS. “Now I can’t imagine life without her. So it’s fair to say I think we are both very happy with each other!” The photo of Cindy and Inez certainly re-enforces that. You can follow PAWS progress at www.paws-patas.org or contact them at pawsenquiries@ gmail.com or 678 490 217.

RBL – Roquetas de Mar

On Sunday 12th June, 30 members and friends of the Roquetas de Mar branch of the Royal British Legion met to support the 90th Anniversary Poppy Week-end. We all enjoyed the variety of food provided by the ladies of the Committee for which everyone paid €5 and this included a glass of cava with which to raise our glasses in a toast to the Legion at 5pm, proposed by Stuart Howard, the branch Poppy Appeal Organiser.. This coincided with the 4.00 pm time in the UK when all Branches everywhere were asked to raise the toast. With the entry fee and the rattling of a poppy box, a total of €171 was raised for the Poppy Appeal. Many thanks, Joan Howard, Secretar

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.

15th August:

(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.

4th September:

(Sunday) Corazón de María (Heart of Mary)

2nd October:

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:

(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.

6th December:

(Tuesday) Dia de la Constitución (Constitution Day)

8th December:

(Thursday) Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception)

25th December:

(Sunday) Navidad (Christmas Day)

1st January:

(Sunday) Ano Nuevo (New Year’s Day)

6th January:

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant

BBQ

(Friday) San Juan (St John).

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

Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Wednesday and Friday 10am Tai Chi Tuesday and Thursday 10am Yoga Sunday 9pm

EVERY DAY

24th June:

1st November:

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

• Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace

national holidays

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

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table Authentic Indian Cuisine Tapas served daily Open 1pm - 4.30pm 7pm - Late Telephone: 950 333 353

(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!

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

For exact information on the full programmes for each of these celebrations go to Roquetas de Mar Tourist Information: Avda Mediterraneo, located near the roundabout just before Las Marinas, or telephone on 0034 (code from the UK) 950 339 742

Open hours: 9am til late Avda del Golf, 4, Roquetas de Mar

Chiringuito Casablanca Beachfront Bar

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for sale

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

albums for sale

Like Music ??? 1,000 DVD’s with approx 25-30,000 albums in mp3 format. All indexed. Plays on home DVD player or play / transfer to CD via PC or Laptop. Karaoke loaded onto external hard-drive also available. OFFERS TO ...651 062 124 or bobbyvarley@yahoo.co.uk

Always a good selection of your favourite English foods at the best price. (usually cheaper than ‘Iceland’) HSH, Turre (on main road, next to ‘Dia’ G reeting supermarket) Cards 30€ free Y o rk s hire delivery Almeria tea, 240 bags Province. jsage@ for 7.99€; Ty- ymail.com phoo 300 bags for 5.99€; Nescafe Patio Set for Excellent 2.99; Horlicks 1.99; sale. Galaxy Hot Choc condition including 1.99€. HSH, Turre 4 fold up armchairs, glass top table 950 479 487 & parasol. All Robertson’s matching. Tel: 950 marmalade 473 268 Bargain! 1.75€, Budget €125 make marmalade 0.99€! Honey from Patio Set 2.99€! HSH, Turre including 4 fold up 6 pack cans chairs, glass top Coke 2.99€, 2 table & parasol. All litre Lemonade matching. Tel: 950 1.25€, 2 litre Pepsi 473 268 Bargain! 2.25€! HSH, Turre €140 B i s t o granule s 1.49€, 24 pack Oxo 1.99€, Batchelor’s Cup-a Soup 5 sachets 1.39€! HSH, Turre Twinings fruit or herbal teas, usually 2.25€, now 1.49€! HSH, Turre

Sh o p shelving for sale. White, free standing/fixed Good condition

Sky digibox with scart lead & remote control 100€ Tel: 667 935 834

Tel: 666 835 939

1.3 mtr s atellite dish and bracket, single LNB, and Pace digibox 100€

Portable Air Conditioning Unit, use in any room. Get ready now for the hot weather coming! 80€. Phone 950 067 105 or 651 454 045

M o rphy A luminium Richards Club step ladder Edition Trouser 2.4mtrs. 25€ 3 setting Mojacar Tel: 617 777 893 variable timer, o o l removable jacket P cleaning hangar, trinket tray kit. 9mtr hose, and 13 amp socket aluminium hoover extending for hairdryer/shaver. head, aluminium pole Wall mounted or free plus net and brush. standing. Mahogany vgc. 60€ with brass finish. Mojacar Tel: 617 Press.

Excellent condition 777 893 - little used. over £250. Accept €75.

Cost Sat Nav Unused still in box 50€ Tel: 667 935 834 Tel:

A I R P O R T 300 NINTENDO S E R V I C E S : A l l airports, anytime, DS GAMES FOR reliable, reasonable €50!!!!!!All games on rates. Tel: 629 097 057 DS.Games available

Mojacar Tel: 617 777 893 s o lar panels 80watt monocr ystalline new in box 240 euro Sorbas Tel: 619 744 very large batteries for solar power good condition 80 euro Sorbas Tel: 619 744 516

list Airport, social & email shopping run. Tel:

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Jumbo bag of Porridge Oats PlayStation R A Y B A N S 1.75€, 20 types of 2 With One AVIATORS 3025 Muesli from 2.50€ Controller and & WAYFARERS HSH, Turre Colin McCrae Rally 2140 FOR SALE B e s t Game 25€ Tel 600 only €30,Still in selection of 334 318 box with leather gluten-free food in Metre area. Also dairy- 1.4 pouch,tags, cleaning free & diabetic Satellite Dish foods. HSH, Turre and Single LNB cloth etc, email with brackets. Very n o r m s k i 1 9 7 8 @ tw o Clean Condition adju s table 80€ Tel 600 334 hotmail.com or call single beds 200€ Jon on 647 036 506 318 each 5th Playstation Dining room G uitar GEN 16 GB FOR table and six . SALE still in box chairs dark wood Heroes Legends of Rock . 350€ with earphones and V. Good Condition. Quantity of Hardly Used. 15€ rubber protrective other items (none Tel 600 334 318 case.Only €60.Email electrical) Tel: 617 166 270 / 950 390 E ngli s h n o r m s k i 1 9 7 8 @ double divan hotmail.com or call 964 bed base. No Jon on 647 036 506 Hitachi 26” matress. Single colour television draws to both WANTED with stand and sides. Double Food mixer glass shelf. Good working order. 50 draw at at bottom. must be strong condition. type for commercial €. Tel 648 451 Good Arboleas area. 50€ kitchen. can collect 379 Tel: 950437080 or 647 379 878 c o rber o 637962841 di s wa s her . COMMERCIAL perfect working SAT DISH, ex Via KITCHEN order. excellent Digital, oval, 68cms OVEN must be deep x 61cms wide condition. €50 in good working buyer collects. with transponder order. Can collect 950 410 615 and bracket, 30e. 609 199 394 300 Mixed Tel: 950 469 479

PRINTER CARTRIDGES Genuine Lexmark cartridges for Lexmark X5100 series, No 82 Black and No 83 Colour. Cost me 79.90€ will accept 40€. Tel 950 462 146

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Cheap

Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

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

FOR SALE

● Solar Panels ● Batteries ● Inverters

WANTED Good Quality Solar Equipment

Tel: 619 744 516

auctions Location Auctions, Antas El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 22nd June. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412 bar owners

BAR OWNERS AVOID BIG FINES

How to get a license for your bar - Step by Step Start to Finish, No nonsense, Guide for Bar owners struggling with their license application. Booklet in PDF form or hard copy - 20€

645 066 538 bouncy castles

Courtney Castles. Bouncy Castles & Dome Hire. Generator Hire & Supervised hire available. Photography services available. “Like a Rubber Ball, you’ll come bouncing back for more!” Tel:649 300 865 INK email: courtney.castles@gmail.com

Airport services

650 442 462

Adidas Golf Shoes Size 9 uk Black Leather with Spikes , Worn 5 1 cartridge, works A i r p o r t times. 10 € Tel 600 on all versions of s e r v i c e s 334 318 Adidas Golf Shoes Size 8.5 uk Brown and White , Soft Spikes, Worn Once, 20€ Tel 600 334 318

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Solar Wind P o w e r Solutions. SPECIAL OFFER on large solar panels. Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ sunergyalmeria. com www.sunergy almeria.com

Air-con

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builders

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Building, Reforms and General Maintenance & Roofing

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

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

Email: rossreganspain@gmail.com

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

Air conditioning

supplied & fitted 450€ per unit

620 112 193 / 630 493 817

Detached apartment, two large rooms with seperate shower, toilet bathroom.Suitable for hairdressers or beauty therapy rooms. Access for disabled. Call for more info. 647 379 878

car boot sale

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

collectables

Ray’s Collectables

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

Call Ray:

634 671 887 computers DON ROBINSON

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

I come to you Comp TIAA+certified Tel: 646 587 746 E: donald_gunn_robinson@msn.com

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900

craft / hobby

Reliable Belgian Builder

Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories. Also available at Camposol Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@gmail.com

General building work, builds, reforms and renovations. All work guaranteed. Very competitive prices. Call for a free quotation

drainage

Harald 699 421 966 English, Spanish & French spoken

construction

Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

Matt Murray T: 950 069 065 m: 647 841 750 matmurrayes@gmail.com Neil Bates Builder City & Guilds Qualified

All aspects of building work

Tel: 950 137 621 or 639 435 141 Competitive Prices

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

business opportuniy

Business For Sale

Internet Cafe Based in Huercal Overa Serious Enquiries Only Tel: 950135039

blinds INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

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

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Internal & E x t e r n a l Blinds Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote on 627 907 207

electrical

enclosures

Suckling Electrical Mojacar & surrounding areas

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

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

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ELECTRICIAN Neil Godwin

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

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

Call 677 114 576

elegance and beauty

Keep mosquitos away with Skin So Soft dry oil spray. Knowles & Just €4.50 Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re691 987 454 wires, free to air UK satellite systems. avonfromclaire Tel: 950 137 208 @yahoo.es or 638 010 691 Tel : 687 245 569

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Gardening

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Property Care Service, Key maintenance Holding, Holiday by qualified Change Over English Cleaning. Let us take speaking good Spanish care of your property! Gardener Contact Victor 619 034 313 Tel: 627 279 584 sparkles2@live.com

curtains

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

Roquetas / Almeria Area

handyman Do you want to get that small job done in your property but can’t find anyone interested in doing it for you? Diego does any weekend job (building, gardening, painting, etc) Tlf. Dany 609 667 333

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insurance

In & Out

Painters & Decorators Specialising in Interior & Exterior Decorating Textured Spray Finish (Gotele) For a free quote call Chris on 950 069 721 or 677 535 944 ncee rienc perie expe arss ex year 20 20 ye

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kitchens

number plates

Jewellery & repairs

“RE-PLATE” MATE

For complete Kitchens or refurbishments contact Ventanas Y Puertas, Mojacar.

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

Tel: 603 633 138

saxbee@hotmail.co.uk

digger hire

MINI DIGGER

For Hire

holiday rental

Telephone Tony

house clearance

610 345 725

financial Secured loans, Capital Raising, cash advances whilst you sell your property. Equity release. 902 585 569 / 652 986 088

fly screens FLY SCREENS Cheapest in the area! Sliding & pull down. Free quotes: 620 112 193 / 630 493 817

for hire Professional Baby Equipment Hire. FREE delivery & collection.

Tel: 649 332 134 enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com www.thebabyhirecentre.com

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

693 480 411 or email:

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

CASH CONVERTOR

We will buy, exchange or sell your unwanted items at Mercamundo 7 day indoor market visit us at El Real poligono Antas from 10am-till late we can also offer local removals & transport to and from UK AUCTION ~ 15th of EVERY month ~ Arboleas

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locksmith

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

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

personal

Roquetas de Mar / Almeria Danna, The best massage. Tanned young Brazilian beauty! Stunning figure, beautiful breasts welcomes you alone in sexy lingerie, by appointment. Mon – Sun 11-11pm Tel: 645 629 083 Male Massuer Men only Relaxing and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388

painter/decorator PAINTING INSIDE & OUT: 400€ for 3 bed, 2 bath villa. Rejas not included. All quality products. Tel: 620 112 193 / 630 493 817

painter/decorator

THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST

painting & decorating

637 184 625

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handyman

Tel: 679 207 545

Handyman/Carpenter

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 634 362 394 works, including gates, railings, rejas, German,Spanish & English staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing - Tel: 950 431 738

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Everything for * We cover all areas the visiting baby. Car seats, high * We turn up, give cash & carry chairs, stair gates, * We buy almost anything – The cots etc. Tel 950 Highest Cash Prices Paid 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@ **ONLY serious & immediate sellers hotmail.co.uk

All Building Work & Driving work 30 years experience OAP & MULTIJOB DISCOUNT Sensible Prices Honest & Reliable call Ian

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

HOUSE CLEARANCE

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We have two chauffeur driven stretch limousines for up to eight people and a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit for up to four people.

2 double bedrooms. Spacious & tastefully furnished throughout. Secure small complex with parking, lift & disabled access. Available during August

Excellent Rates

buyer

limousine service

Excellent Holiday Rental Rate for Quality apartment Isla Plana.

only 145€ weekly inc Tel: 672 852 36 www.sunshinebreak.es

with driver

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• 35 years experience • Guaranteed to beat any quote • Quality work guaranteed

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

Experienced Interior & Exterior D e c o r a t o r Using quality materials. This fast, friendly, clean and efficient service will never be beaten on price. EG: Interior rooms form 80€ & Villas from 475€ No payment until complete satisfaction. TEL IAN: 617 904 774

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MY PLACE OR YOURS

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. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.

Tel: 607 554 984

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Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! Rolex or Cartier woman’s www.carlossaliente.com Competitive Prices Telephone Workshop: Tel: 968 969 962 watch wanted must be good quality Tel: 968 959 632 Mobile: 686 377 172

Professional Interior & Exterior Decorator Coving etc. Competitive rates only top quality materials used Call Barry on 664 753 280 / 950 634 593

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Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION

Loving care of small & medium sized dogs in safe home environment. 4000m2 of fenced land in Arboleas Tel: 950 431 852 New Mob: 664 721 903

Kennel Mates

•Friendly Family run kennels & cattery •Pet Passports & UK transportation •Inspections welcome •10 mins urcal •15 mins Huercal Overa Tel: 950 958 133 616 615 528

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

0044 7533 285 918

email: pettaxitransport@hotmail.com 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

Animal Hotel, Aquilas every For a full service contact: Saturday afternoon, dog training courses Twice weekly obedience www.replatematecostablanca.com classes Tues & Thurs mornings. Call: 639 722 197

Alan 662 249 159 pets section

H ilt o n Cattery The best care for your cat. Call. 950 163 489

Paws A While Pet Hotel - Fines, Nr Albox Tel: 696 562 662

Litter of Pedigree German Shepherd puppies for sale - Excellent blood line. Championship parents. Vaccinated, tagged, & passported. Fabulous temperament. 400€ each

Tel: 655 987 301

Palomino Kennels

exclusive boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, friendly secure countryside environment. Now managed by APSA Tel 673 503 086 or 950 067 051 www.palominokennels.com

Ashlove’s Pet House E verything your pet needs All pet supplies, treats & accessories Doggy Day Care, Cattery, Cat Bathing & Grooming Dog grooming & clipping

Tel: 950 475 502 Open all day: Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 3pm Multicentro Mojacar Playa (The old square behind Sol Bank)

Country Kennel Residencia Canina in Mojacar

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

Silke Montanus Tel: 627 564 640 950 473 011 plasterers

GT Plasterers Time Served British Plasterer Variety of Skills – rendering, coving, etc 25 years experience Free quotation, no obligation Tel: 663 606 965

WOODHOUSE BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY plumbing ARBOLEAS Small friendly kennels, Carlos (Saliente) plumbing 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, & heating services. If it involves welcome to view water, we can help! www.carlossaliente. Tel: Tracy

Home: 649 333 226 com Tel: 968 969 962 Mobile: 650 211 952 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing

Avery bred Parakeets, ready soon, 2 males, 1 female, absolutely beautiful 20€ each

& 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

properties for sale / rent

FOR SALE €120,000 or nearest offer

Contact: Brian 678050359 or email: margaretlevey@hotmail.co.uk

Duplex in Garrucha - 2 Beds, 1 Bath

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Kitchen/diner/lounge, Roof Solarium, BBQ. Fully furnished, sleeps 6, white goods & Sky TV. Gated community, 2 swimming pool areas (adult & children’s pool). 5 mins to beach, 15 mins to Garrucha Harbour. Shops/bars/ restaurants. Easy reach of the new Vera AVE railway station with intended shopping precinct.


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rentals

Office to rent on Mojacar Playa. Front line next to Restaurante Mediterraneo. 30sqm – Tel: 659 109 379 FOR RENT Only 200€ pcm 2 bedroom house near Taberno Tel: 697 772 941

Office to let

Mojacar Playa Prime Location Located in the premises of an established business. 400€ inc bills

property services

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Properties for sale & let in the Granada Region

removals

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Carol +34 673 768 828

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

Tel: 667 799 796

DAVES TRANSPORT & REMOVALS Fully Insured – Totally Legal 7.5 ton with Tail Lift Full/Part Load, Self Load. Unload. Spain to England & Local For a competitive quote call

620 049 524

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

All home s er v ice s including painting, tiling, gardening, in & around the Albox/Arboleas area. Excellent daily rates. Call 654 197 014

james & son

under new management removals/storage uk, france & spain Pet Transportation & Competitive Rates

950 529 731 / 627 968 434 situations vacant

WANTED - INSTALLER

Sales Staff Wanted Canvasser’s, part time required for

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

Young enthusiastic to work as part of a team. Working at heights. Social Security contract plus monthly wage. Experience preferred but not essential. Spanish or English 950 459 060

Call 0034 950 109 699

Lifestyle Consultant Required:

Continental Wealth Management

Appointment Generators Required - Telesales For leading financial company Required skills: excellent communication Self motivated ability to manage own diary and client base Professional telephone manner Earn up to 75€ per day from day one Full training given Working from home on a commission only basis. Clear career path can be set out for the right candidate. Must have own telephone. To arrange an interview please call Mark Saunders on: 674 634 036

Wanted fully qualified

Glazier / Window Fitter. CV necessary and time served. Please Call.

630 231 644

Full time position- ContractCompany Car- Mobile Phone Seeking a target driven sales professional. Ideally you will have a minimum of 3 years sales experience, be charismatic, outgoing and be an excellent communicator. Opportunity to grow with the company on a long term basis. Only Serious applicants considered, driving license is essential for the role. Email CV to

info@almeriaangels.com Tel: 902 02 64 68

shower screens / bathrooms

V e h i c l e Landrover Imports & Wanted Matriculation Fast & competitive English or rates. Call 687 Spanish. 845 wanted for cash. any age & Any condition condition, uk/ Phone: spanish reg ring 950 459 007 / 647 659 685 133 587 855

SCRAP CARS WANTED

TOP PRICES PAID. DVLA notified. Also 4x4’s breaking. All parts available. Distance no object. Will collect and deliver. Buyers of all metals - Brass, Copper, Lead, aluminium and top prices paid for Gold. Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

WANTED JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition. Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

WANTED FOR CASH

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

satellite/ television

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

Sky digibox with scart lead & remote control 100€ Tel: 667 935 834

A1 Sky Television Systems

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

Tel Dave: 628 607 778

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Kia Sephia 1.5 Spanish Reg ITV for 12 months 123,000kms (76,000miles) Year 2000, Full service history, drives beautifully, €2,200 OVNO Tel: 627 279 584

for sale

fiat stilo jtd 2003 5 door diesel,ac, lhd , spanish reg , 133000 km or 83000 miles , very clean not your usual spanish cars no dents or scrapes, 3,500€

Tel: 677 114 576

Translator

Need a translator? Call Anna on 679 079 977

information please ring 950472590 or email slcvictoria@ terra.es Also translations and interpreting

tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

Not a jack of all trades, just a master of one!

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708 windows & doors

Puertas, Mojacar.

INTERGLAZE DOUBLE GLAZING SPECIALISTS

The people you can trust

Prices to suit your pocket! Windows • Conservatories • Doors

• Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality

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

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

Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

van hire

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

Certificates issued

mechanic

CARS, VANS, LORRIES, TRACTORS, TRAILERS, PLANT MACHINERY

Mikes Mobile M e c h a n i c s All types of service, repair & ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 / 636 824 974

WANTED

Spanish or English Also buyers of COPPER, BRASS, ALUMINIUM, LEAD, STAINLESS STEEL & GOLD

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763

for sale Suzuki LTZ400 QUAD 2005 ITV VGC - €2,200 646 800 390 citroen picasso roof rack,used once only as new still in box 40€ono tel: 634 732 819

to one or group lessons, latest New construction & EN standard hats repairs. provided. Escorted Tel: 610 345 725 hacking and treks. tuition Qualified BHS Spanish Summer Instructor. Call Courses for adults Erika Drew on 678 and children. All levels. For more 838 547

For shower screens and complete bathroom For all your window and conversions contact Ventanas Y Puertas, door requirements contact Ventanas y Mojacar. See our main ad on page 17

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Manageress wanted for Charity Shop in Rancho Luz Del pools Albox. Lively Succesful shop. Retamar, T r o picana Sol, For more information Tel: 652 694 279 Partaloa. One Pools

caravans / motorhomes

Large range of discount caravan, motorhome, boat and engine batteries in stock now. ring for details - 950 459 007 - 647 587 855

Caravan and motorhome spares and repairs. for information call 950 459 007 - 647 587 855 or visit us at caldera spas, antas

caravans / motorhomes New, in stock, caravan motor movers. no more struggling. fitting service available. call 950 459 007 647 587 855 Caravan & motorhome insurance. most competitive prices. call now for details 687 845 730

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Shining like a futuristic lighthouse over a barren desert this is the world’s most powerful solar power tower. The 531 foot-tall PS20 tower, located near Seville in Spain is capable of generating 20 megawatts of energy by using 1,255 mirrors to harness the raw power of Mediterranean sunlight. Each mirror tracks the sun as it moves across the sky and aims light at the tower, which uses the massive heat generated to produce steam. This steam is then converted into enough electricity to power 10,000 homes and save 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The incredible sci-fi tower is part of the Socular solar complex, due to be completed in 2013. So far two towers surrounded by mirrors have been built. According to Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar, ‘Generating more power during production testing than the design output is indeed a significant milestone. The technological breakthroughs we have achieved, coupled with our cumulative expertise, have enabled us to take a qualitative leap forward in our power tower technology.’ Once finished the entire platform will be capable of producing 300 mega-watts of electricity and will avoid an estimated 4 million

tonnes of green-house gas emissions over its operational life span. Around 92 per cent of the Sun’s heat is converted directly into electricity by the plant - and the amount of energy produced by such plants can be so intense that eco-energy advocates claim it can be used to separate hydrogen from water to drive eco-friendly cars. All you need is enough sunlight - and rather a lot of sun-tracking mirrors, also known as heliostats. In fact, PS10 has 624 of them, which concentrate enough energy onto a single point to deliver 11 megawatts of power, enough for about 5,500 homes. The PS20 plant has 1,255 heliostats and will produce up to 20 megawatts when fully operational in 2013. The energy produced is expensive - around three times the price of energy from normal methods - but the technology is flourishing, and prices are likely to plunge, with new plants worldwide including one in the Mojave desert using 1.2 million mirrors. Others are planned in Morocco and Algeria. Unsurprisingly, there are no plans for a similarly spectacular solar power plant in Britain...

COMMITTEE INTELIGENCE SOLVES ALL SPANISH RIDDLES It is not a well known fact, but for every major issue, problem, contention, or dispute, somewhere in Spain exists a specific “committee” to deal with just that contentious issue, that unique dilemma.

Sounds good, yet 99.9% of the Spanish population doesn’t know these highly notorious institutions exist and especially how to find them. They are political appointees so already have a “leaning toward the political correctness of their position and the truth”. They are always learned men, well connected and from good and well known families. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get it right nor even act in the just interests of the offended party. What it usually connotes is that the “burning issue” has been taken out of the public eye so that it won’t become explosive. A certain amount of dust needs to gather on the well bound catalogues summarizing the various arguments, enough so, that when their revelations are finally released, no one can remember what the popular grievance was actually concerning; or, what it ever was. It’s not justice, at least from the Anglo/Judaic perspective of western civilization (a solution served up for one and all to see as a remedy and not forgotten). No, these committees operate on a much older canons of justice, usually “tribal” and always pertaining (belonging) to the ruling power of the day. This of course makes “progress” or at least innovative thinking an absolute ‘no-no’ and tends to leave the supporters of such a system more than mildly backward and entrenched in dogma and superstition. Spain, to my knowledge is the only such European country with direct ties to the ancient middle east. This of course makes us ask the rhetorical question: are we really evolving toward a better form of government or simply rushing headlong into another cycle of the same—going around in circles; be it a big one or small one.

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

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Mystery of the Pottermore website the future of tackling climate change Harry Potter author JK Rowling has launched a mysterious new website. A spokeswoman for the writer said it was a new project for the author, but was not a new book. Clicking on the site, www.pottermore.com, takes readers to a clock counting down the seconds until Rowling makes an announcement about the project on June 23. It is not directly related to the final Potter film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which comes out next month. Rowling’s spokeswoman, Rebecca Salt, said: “There is a holding page up at the moment. It is a new project and not a new book and it’s not directly related to the film. We are not saying anything more at the moment.” The web page features two watchful owls and the scrawled message “Coming Soon”. It takes users to a YouTube page with the message “The owls are gathering... Find out why soon” and an invitation to watch Rowling’s announcement later this month. “Pottermore” was trademarked in 2009 by Warner Bros, which distributes the Potter films. The trademark description of Pottermore suggests an interactive site “providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards” and “online facilities for real-time interaction with other computer users concerning topics of general interest”.

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The meeting in Peru is expected to provide the governments with a scientific assessment of geoengineering.

Leaked papers from the UN science body have unveiled the measures being considered for ‘geoengineering’, which will be discussed at a meeting in Peru next week.

But the likely outcome is that it will back proposals to fund more research and experimentation. Britain has so far carried out some projects costing millions of pounds.

Other measures detailed in the papers, seen by The Guardian, include producing lighter coloured crops and using iron filings in the world’s oceans. The scientists involved in the proposals, which total around 60, other ideas include spraying sea water into clouds as a reflection measure as well as painting streets and roofs white. However there is worry among these scientists that even if their plans do work they could cause irreparable damage due to uncertainty surrounding the technology. And the report also details how both the UN and developed

In one, Bristol University developed a ‘hose’ device which was held up by balloons to send sulphates into the stratosphere. The Royal Society is also attempting to develop guidelines on the topic. However more than 125 environmental groups from accross the globe have complained to the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who produced the leaked papers. In a letter sent to Rajendra Pachauri, they said that it was not their place to consider the use of geo-engineering.

Parents fearing ‘gadgets takeover’

Parents fear they are being replaced by gadgets in their children’s lives, new research has found. Almost half (46%) of the parents taking part in the study said communication with their children has been affected by technology. A third (34%) admitted they had to compete with games consoles and online social networking for their

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children’s attention. And over a quarter (28%) feel redundant and hurt by the lack of involvement in their child’s life. Evaluating the findings, psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said families should “spend time together doing face-to-face activities”. She said: “Just an hour a day interacting as a family can boost

confidence and improve verbal communication. “Because this level of technology was not present when we were growing up, it’s important to use it in a way that enriches our family life as opposed to using it to the detriment of other ways of communicating with each other.” The research was carried out nationwide and 1,000 parents and 1,000 children were involved. Energy company npower commissioned it in support of its No Power Hour campaign, a UK-wide roadshow hosted by ex-England manager Kevin Keegan. No Power Hour will see Keegan encourage families to save energy by spending more time together in the open air. The study also found that half of all children (51%) spend up to five hours a day glued to a screen and more than a quarter (27%) prefer to communicate digitally rather than face to face, while one in four prefer playing on an X-Box console to spending time with their family.

This Saturday 12 familiar faces in the area are jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet in aid of M.A.C.S Cancer Support and P.A.W.S. Patas. Sponsor forms are available at Sol Times Offices,Subway Mojacar, The Emporium, Global Currency Exchange… to name but a few places! We need every penny we can get – so if you would like to sponsor any of us – or all of us as a team drop in and see us or give me a call on 677 993 717. Watch this space in next weeks Sol Times to find out how much we have raised for such fantastic causes!


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ANGLING NEWS.....WITH BEACHCOMBER JOHN THE GRUMPY OLD MEN OF LOS GALLARDOS............... ‘Cuba Brian’ took the Mazzaron (Anglers Together Club) boys out for a morning and it proved to be another tough morning with only a few fish being caught but at least one angler broke his duck and has caught a fish! See photo of ‘Yorkshire Mike’ and a scabbard fish he caught while out on Brian’s boat. ‘Captain Pete Pugwash’ went out with his wife Sally and they had a few fish including a scabbard fish and a forkbeard. There were lots of big fishing jumping weighing up to 30 to 40lbs, Pete says they looked liked tuna. Pete and sally also saw a big sunfish but it wasn’t Nessie. I joined Pete on his Garruchamoored boat a couple of days later and it was a poor day for results although it was nice to see three sunfish, the big one did look like Nessie size wise. We also saw a lot more fish jumping and I agreed with Pete the majority looked like tuna but one must have been close to 100lbs as I clearly saw it 300 yards away. We trolled in and out of Garrucha marina using three different lures but with no takes. I also saw what I believed to be a Atlantic amberjack come clear of the water landing on its side, no doubt getting rid of lice. We only caught a few fish, pandoras and combers but I did lose a big conger (I believe it was) when three quarters of the way to the top it tied a knot in my wire trace I haven’t seen since my navy days, a lanyard it looked like, couldn’t have tied it better myself! ‘London Bill’ fished with spinners off some Villaricos rocks and caught bonito and meagre to 7lbs. Six members of the ‘Albox Fishing

Club’ fished the Indalo Hotel arm, between them they fished 12 rods and caught 18 fish, including a wrasse, a horse mackerel, two weavers and 12 or so combers, all fish were caught on raw prawn. ‘Baza Barry’ is staying close to home and fished Lake Negratin where he caught carp and barbel. His best carp was a 12lber taken off the top with floating bread crust, good summer bait for sure. The Albox Fishing Club meet every two weeks on a Wednesday, the next one being the 22nd June at the Azafran Bar. 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 tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines Beachcomber John

Greetings from God's little waiting room where this week I have been to the depths of the Mariana Trench to the pinnacles of Valhalla. I descended into the trench after I heard the news, from the Brothers Grim, (Chewbaker and Squirrel), that Fanny Craddock, fearful of the expanding girths of the people around her, had desisted in the making of "The Cornish Pasty". But on Monday night, before the MENSA meeting, none other than that well known dustbin, Squirrel, presented me with a package tied up with a ribbon from none other than the famed Fanny Craddock. You don't get that at Greg's the bakers!!! This presented me with one hell of a dilemma, there I was surrounded by a pack of ravenous dregs of humanity, who had caught a whiff of the aroma emanating from my parcel. What was I to do, I looked at Mr. Muscle, behind the bar, who's jaws are in

perpetual motion, with threats of a fate worst than death, I entrusted this special package into the safe keeping of the kitchen staff. The following lunchtime,"Er in doors" reverently placed the huge pasty in the oven to be gently heated for our lunch, we sat and drool while we waited. You will not believe that just as we took it out of the oven, Squirrel knocked on our door, he's worst than the Mere Cat. He was politely asked to come back later, poor lad. All I am going to say is that it was more than worth waiting for, otherwise there would be no other news this week. "The Matriarch" went to "the department of nuclear medicine" on Wednesday - one good thing that has come out of that appointment, she has found that if she hold a piece of bread between her palms, 30 secs. later

she has toast, magic! Rab C. is back with us again, I did not see him, I did not hear him, but knew when the electricity went off 3 times in twenty minutes it could only mean one thing!!! Translated he said that some wee beasties had gnawed through an extension cable, and when it cut out for the third time he realized there was something wrong. He's quick, that boy! He showed me the cable, it looked like a bad attempt at macrame. A little zephyr pass this way on Saturday, tipped some people by the pool off their sun beds and scattered the brollys. Dustbin Pete and Rab C. were having some libation and saw it coming toward them, they of course protected their pints, sod everything else. That's all for this week. Until the next time. Tight lines, Uncle Albert

AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT................................ With a lot of members returning to more northern climates to escape the summer heat here,our fields for our competitions seem to be dwindling and the holidayers have not arrived yet,which is a pity because the golf course is in superb condition and it is starting to reflect in the scores being returned Wednesday 8th June - Individual Stableford Congratulations to our winner,who are a very warm day and with the

greens still a bit difficult following the top dressing shot a gross 72 1st Chris Baker 40pts 2nd Martin Charlton (visitor) 35pts on a card play off 3rd John Bridgen 35pts on a card play off Twos: Steve Willingham 10th and Denise Charlton (visitor) 12th Wednesday 15th June - Individual Stableford Much talk at the 19th hole about the fact that the first three on the

leader board all played in the same 3 ball,but there is no truth in the rumour that we drew lots to see who was going to be the winner!!! 1st Bill Gibb 39pts 2nd Les Raufer 38pts 3rd Kevin Manser 37pts Twos: Caroline Willingham 4th and Glyn Ombler 10th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon,Wed and Friday For information contact 636 938 404 or 634 641 199

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albox darts league..................... INDALO HASH HOUSE HARRIERS................................... Yes the season has finally ended!! Final Reminder presentation night is 1st July Venue La Vida (ex-White Horse, Cucador) arrive for 7:30. Champion of Champions darts starts at 8pm. Tickets can be collected from Chris Weir at the Tuck Inn (opposite Dia Maxi in Albox) weekdays 10am until 2pm. Nominations for committee vacancy: The committee has a vacancy from June when John Walker leaves as he is moving elsewhere in Spain. A big thank you to John Walker for all his efforts over the years, his shoes will be hard to fill. Replacement Committee Member nominations so far: Rick Wright (Travellers), Dave Johnson (El Frax), Mark Drew (La Cinta), Nigel Austin (Bar Trabalon) New & Highlights: Week 31 match postponed due to adverse

weather was played 9th June Trablon 3 Bar Andaluz 5. Martin Turner of Bar Andaluz ended the season with a 180 - well done. Steve Barber of Shandy Bar had a 119 checkout his second of the season. Dave Johnson of El Frax reported that Houdini didnt play this week and let us down. Both Andrew and Chris scored 3x ton pluses.He and the rest of the team would like to thank the results co-ordinator and the committee for all their hard work during this past season. Pablos ended the season with a win 6 - 2 against White Horse but reported that Ron Cook was sadly missed. They end the season top of the league. Regards Mark Drew: 671 188 296 For On-line results go to www.alboxinfo.com/darts

cortijo grande.............................. It’s good to be back playing golf at Cortijo Grande as our greens are simply great. We are lucky to be playing in such a lovely valley with views to die for. The results for Wednesday 15th June 2011 were as follows. Our winner with 39 points John Park second with 38 John Nunn and third with 36 Reno Pelegrano. Ball sweep

winner John Rice

Sunday 19th June and a close finish with our winner David Baird on 36 from Chris Astheimer 34 and David Hardy 34. Ball sweep winner Reno Pelegano. Watch this space for our next away day. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo grande visitors and guests welcome. MP

VALLE DEL ESTE GOLF SOCIETY...... Well done Rory Mc Ilroy it was great to watch. We had our own (Rory) on the course this week by the name of Patrick. The other members of this 4 ball watched as Patrick Vickery (hcp 8) took the course apart with a fine display of golf. Although starting with a bogey at the first he recovered well until he put his tee shot in the water at the fifth, (not over yet) playing his third with a wedge from 140 yards his playing partners watched as the ball rolled into the hole for a birdie. And so the round continued with birdies and pars with a final score of 43pts gross score 72 (may qualify for next years open) Fridays results

1st Patrick Vickery 43pts 2nd Nigel Harris 36pts 3rd John Haydon 36pts nearest the pins Bob Mearing (nearly a hole in one for Bob)and Phil Miles. Tuesday results was also a great result playing a waltz comp and with a excellent score of 95pts the team of Alan Townsend George Crichton Gary Ballard and Phil Miles were the winners. We don’t normally give results for our Sunday rollup but again it was special as I marked his card to watch our most senior member Martin de Bruin (81years young) shoot 38pts Martin had 9 single putts in the round some from 16 feet and some from of the green. Great golf in a great w e e k . Enjoy your golf.

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Some may think otherwise, but ‘hashers’ aren’t really alcoholics. Indeed some ‘hashers’ are tea total! Continually, ‘hashers’ prove their non-dependence on any potent beverage and indeed the fact that they are not alcoholically constipated, by regularly passing a bar, sometimes two or three at a time! This week has sorely tested members of the group though. The customs and traditions of ‘Hashing’, often refer to the fact that one of its main purposes is to assist in the recovery from a hangover; especially if the cause of that hangover has been the consumption of too much Real Ale. Now real ale in these parts is as scarce as ‘rocking horse droppings’! More chance plaiting fog, than finding any Real Ale in most bars around here! But this week Indalo Hash struck gold twice! First, members of the Hash had to attend a very important meeting in Vélez Rubio, where they had the irksome duty of inspecting the Anglo Saxon Real Ale Brewery, and making sure that the very generous samples supplied by Ian, the Brewmaster, were up to scratch. All that ale testing was hungry work so it was a good job that the Vélez Pie Man also needed his wares testing at the same time. Norman Bates wasn’t quite sure about the quality

of the brew, so needed some additional samples to take home in plastic water bottles, but in the end he was pleased to report that they passed muster. And then…. The next Hash was held in Mojacar. 15 Hashers and assorted mutts assembled to enjoy a Hash mainly in the campo area behind the resort, laid by Hares Eco and DQ. An excellent Hash where runners and walkers continually crossed paths was followed by the Circle where punishments for all kinds of misdemeanours such as short cutting; failure to use hash names; watering the campo; being a virgin; front running, and wearing new

shoes, were handed out. Phil, soon to be named “Petal”, because of his inability to distinguish between poppies and the red trail marks seemed to get nearly all these punishments. And then….. the On After was held in the very nearby Bar La Finca that sells 3 kinds of real ale produced by the Anglo Saxon brewery at Vélez Rubio, and pies supplied by the Vélez Rubio Pieman. (What a coincidence that was) With real ale on tap, fine food, fine company and warm sun shining, Indalo Hash were in heaven! The Next Hash will be on Sunday 26th June the venue and details will be listed in www.whats-on.es

Monday, June 13 - Stableford Competition Results: Mens 1st. Frank Varey 38 points, 2nd. Tony Cordingley 37 points, 3rd. Brian Mayhew 35 points Ladies: Nuala Hare 35 points Two’s: Jim Budd on the 5th hole Thursday, June 16th A Stableford “ Waltz” Competition, was organised by Geoff Owen and Bill Gill and played in teams of four. A

most enjoyable day for all the players with gales of laughter echoing around the course. Frank Varey led his team a merry dance as they tripped the light fantastic and came in with the winning score. Results 1st. Frank Varey, John Kavanagh (guest) Pat O’Brien ( guest) Tony King, 87 points 2nd. Jim Budd, Geoff Owen, Jim Laird ( guest) Steve Lyons (guest) 85

points 3rd. Brian Couper, Howard Roper (guest) Liam MacNamee (guest) Margaret Budd, 79 points 4th. Brian Mayhew, Bill Gill, Steve Richards (guest) Linda King, 74 points Visitors are welcome to join members in their Thursday Team Competition for a total cost of 30 Euros including green fee. Ring Jim 950 162 727 or Sandra 959 955 750.

17 JUNE 2011 RESULTS: Today we saw 22 members playing an individual stableford in bright sunny conditions and just a light breeze. The course is looking superb as always! There were some excellent scores as you will see below. Division Two will be announced first. There was one two from Steve Wright on hole 14. Division Two: 1st Mick Coulson

– 39 points (what an excellent score!); 2nd Chris Armer – 36 points (another excellent score from Chris); 3rd Yvonne Bridgman – 34 points Division One: 1st Roger Goff – 35 points; 2nd Paul Henshaw – 32 points (back 9 18 points); 3rd Geoff Bridgman – 32 points (back 9 17 points) Well played everyone.

Saturday 18th June and a true Spanish golfing day with soaring temperatures throughout the day. Playa Macenas was in great condition both the fairways and greens seemingly better that ever. This months winner was John Smith with 34 points, followed by Derrick Phillips in 2nd and in 3rd was Clive Filkins. Longest Drive was picked up by Derrick Phillips and nearest the pins went to Tony Morgan and John Smith. Our next game is an away day at Roda Golf on Saturday 25th June for those interested in playing please contact Patrick Gooding on 699 397 267.

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The intrepid band of young gazelles leapt into action at the Aguilon Golf course. Well when I say young it was a little bit of an exaggeration as the average age was better than 60. As for gazelles they were more like Wildebeests. Not a cloud in the sky and temperature rising. The course was in very good condition although the greens were a little on the slow side, but after the problems earlier in the year they are coming back to being as good as they once were. The Captain and Secretary were sidelined due to injury and recovery from surgery but with the aid of a buggy they managed to cause havoc on most holes with

their merry banter as they weaved their way around the course keeping up the morale of all players in the searing heat. Harry Eels started like a golfing god with 22 points on the front 9, which included a blob. The day temperature was rising and all players started to suffer and sadly Harry couldn’t keep it up through the back 9. But he did hang on to claim first place with 35 points with Rob Matthews coming second on countback with 33 points. There were a couple of extra awards of the balls found by the Captain and Secretary. One went to Ralph Hunter who according to his playing partners could not have been in more sand than if he were

in the Sahara desert, and boy didn’t he let people know about it. The other went to the long suffering Tony Slinn who saw more parts of the course than the designer himself. Well done to all of the members, who on the day seemed to have had a very pleasant walk in the countryside. Many thanks go to the staff at Aguilon Golf for looking after the society, and also to the team at La Vida for after presentation nibbles. The next match is still not confirmed so watch the board at La Vida and your emails. All members and guests are welcome. Tell your friends. Contact the Secretary on 610036484 or email: GS19thhole@hotmail.co.uk

cabrera lawn bowling club........... The First FEB National Grass Green Championship 11-14 June 2011 Report by Bryan Redington This is a new Federacíon Española de Bolos National Championship and was held at Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club 11-14 June 2011. Entries were invited from all FEB members and teams could be mixed sex and mixed clubs – a departure from the normal requirement that all members of a team should be from the same club. Entries were received from 15 teams and the competition was played as a round robin in 3 groups of 5 over 3 ½ days. The winners of each group and the best runner-up of the groups taken together qualified for the semi-finals. The first semi-final was between Dennis Leigh’s team (Dennis Leigh, Gerard Donk, Keith & Linda Harvey, all from Indalo BC) and Russell Marks’ team (Russell Marks, Dominic Mills, Sabrina Marks & Ann Eagle, all from San Miguel BC). This was even until the eleventh end when Russell Marks’ team pulled away winning by 17 shots to 11. The second semi-final was between Dave Sewell’s team (David Sewell, John Colquhoun, John Dedman & Debbie Colquhoun, all from Indalo BC) and the team skipped by Maggie Holmes (Maggie Holmes, Jan Dando, Bob Green from Indalo BC and Peta Rhodes from San Louis BC – the original skip Mick Johnson had to withdraw, being replaced by Bob Green). David Sewell’s team had a clear advantage

and won by 24 shots to 10. The final, played the following morning, between the teams of David Sewell and Russell Marks unexpectedly proved to be one sided and resulted in David Sewell’s team becoming the Champions, with a score of 19 shots to 7. The event was organised by the local Federation Committee and the trophies were presented by the Almeria FAB delegate, Bryan Redington who, on behalf of the FEB thanked the Cabrera Club for hosting the event. Overall the competition was enjoyed by all and it is proposed to repeat the experience each year.

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