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Spain pays lower rates in bond issue Spain paid lower rates to raise 5.7 billion euros in government bonds Tuesday, a major test in the midst of a deepening eurozone debt crisis. The average yield for the 12-month bills was 3.335%, down from 3.702% at a similar auction on July 19, and demand outstripped supply two to one. Demand for the 18-month bonds was three times the amount sold, and the yield was 3.592%, down from 3.912%. The sale confirmed an easing of rates, helped by the intervention of the European Central Bank which said Monday it bought a record 22 billion euros ($32 billion) of government bonds last week in a bid to calm a eurozone debt crisis threatening Italy and Spain. The Spanish Treasury announced early this month it would not hold a bond auction previously scheduled for August 18. Eurozone woes and weak US data have sparked concern that the world could be heading for another sharp downturn. On August 5, the debt risk premium for Spain and Italy reached a record gap with the benchmark German bond. But the spread, or difference in the rate of return with German bonds, has since eased. Eurozone debt fears were heightened after preliminary data Tuesday showed growth in Spain’s battered economy slowed in the second quarter of 2011. France’s Nicolas Sarkozy hosts Germany’s Angela Merkel in Paris on Tuesday as jittery markets anxiously await any sign that European leaders have a plan to resolve the eurozone’s debt problems

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The Albanchez Mayor, Francisco Martinez, has expressed concern on the official visit he has made with the Presidente de Diputación, Gabriel Amat at the Provincial Palace. He was deploring the lack of Provincial Plans over the last 4 years. He said that the previous government team of his fellow socialists never awarded, much less run, the projects within these plans even though the City Council had prepared the budget for them. The Alcalde de Albanchez took the opportunity of his visit to the Palacio Provincial to beg Amat to formally recognise the stretch of highway AL-6107 that will unite Albanchez with the Fuente Aljibe in Lubrín. He explained that the regulation of this stretch was necessary to increase security on this stretch. Martinez congratulated the President on his new position as head of the Provincial Government. Amat has reminded that ‘we are two administrations that should cooperate with each other.’ Finally, the Mayor invited Gabriel Amat and the Provincial Corporation to enjoy the festivities in Albanchez in honour of San Roque, held on 15, 16 and 17 of this month.


Almería Policía Nacional have arrested five fugitives wanted by Spanish and Foreign authorities in 24 hours. One of those arrested was wanted by a court in Romania. A European arrest warrant for extradition had been issued by the Court of Caras Severin Romania for the crime of rape and assault against him in the year 2009. The arrest occurred in the town of Balerma. Another Romanian was also arrested. A 31 year old of North African origin was arrested in the passenger departure area in the port of Almeria, as he prepared to board the ship ‘Millennium II’ bound for Melilla. A 26 year old also of North African origin was intercepted on the same day from the ship ‘Berkane’ from Nador, and a few hours later, AEF, 29, was captured. There was an APB alert on him for criminal acts and threats.


Firefighters from the Consorcio de Bomberos de Levante were called to a fire in a silo of a biodiesel refinery located in the Avenida del Faro de Mesa Roldan in Carboneras. The fire was detected at approximately 1:37 pm. in a 4,000 litre capacity silo of bleaching earth, which is used as a filter for the biodiesel produced at the refinery. This substance will self combust on exposure to air, and had been exposed, which caused the fire. Had it not been in the silo, the blaze would have been much more severe. The firefighters, who were assisted by two tenders from the Parque de Turre, extinguished the fire within two hours. Other facilities in the refinery were unaffected.


La Autovía del Almanzora Update

The Official Gazette of the Government of Andalusia (BOJA) yesterday issued the tender for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Almanzora motorway from Purchena in the province of Almeria. The deadline for receipt of offers will end on November 11. This action, tendered after approval by the Governing Council on 2 August, will be financed through a public-private investment of 160.5 million euros, and will facilitate access of municipalities to the motorway Almanzora Mediterranean up to Huércal Overa. The Almanzora motorway as a whole from Baza to the A-7 will directly benefit the citizens living in a total of 28 municipalities. More than 70,000 people live in the region, whose prime industry is marble, and which is one of the fundamental pillars of development in the province of Almeria. Also included in this number are the various ancillary industries, which

encompass both manufacturing and distribution companies in the mining and processing machinery, transport companies and advanced business services. The work will involve development of employment with 2,421 associated jobs, of which 1,403 are direct and 1,018 are indirect. This infrastructure will serve to unite two major infrastructures, the A-92 North and the Mediterranean motorway. It will make the Almanzora region a strategic point of communication between the Levant and the north of Granada and Almeria, for connection to the corridor of the A-92 West to Andalucia. Plans are proposed for the doubling of A-344 between Purchena and A-7, drawing as much as possible on the layout of the current A-344 except in the initial section between Purchena and Fines and the final stretch between the intersection of El

Cucador and connecting with the A-7. The layout includes a total of 9 links to municipalities and highways connecting the main roads of the region. In total there will be 19 viaducts and 3 bridges, 24 overpasses, 29 underpasses and 124 drainage works. The tender refers to 16 kilometres of new construction for the sections of Purchena-Urracal, Urracal-Fines, La Concepción-A-7 and a connection with the Polígono Industrial de Albox. 25.5 kilometres are already in service between Purchena and Huércal Overa. After bidding and evaluation of tenders, the grant will be awarded and must be given a deadline for approval by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. It is expected that the actual start of construction can occur within approximately 10 months from the beginning of the process for the granting of the concession.

Speed-traps this week aim to monitor 100,000 vehicles a day

Guardia Civil officers will be out in force for the latest summer campaign against speeding on the roads. Starting this week, police will be patrolling 2,000 stretches of road across the country with 295 mobile speeddetectors. They expect to check the speed of at least 100,000 cars per day. Spain’s ministry of traffic, the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) claims 427 people died in 389 car accidents last year

Pilgrims Flock To Madrid Ahead Of Pope’s Visit

The capital, usually emptied in August as residents flee the stifling heat of summer and escape to the coast, has been transformed ahead of the papal visit, which begins Thursday. Streets lined with yellow and white banners of the Vatican colours will be closed to all traffic but the Popemobile as a series of religious events and concerts are staged over the next week and broadcast over huge screens erected in plazas across the city. At an air-base in the southwestern suburb of Cuatro Vientos a vast white altar has been constructed where the Pontiff will culminate the visit with a celebration of mass next Sunday beneath a giant parasol tree made of interwoven golden rods. Pilgrims will camp out under the stars in an area the size of 48 football fields and hundreds of priests are on hand to listen - in 30 languages - to the sins of the faithful in some 200 specially crafted white confessionals lined up on the main avenue in Madrid’s Retiro Park. But the visit has stirred up tensions in the traditionally Catholic but officially secular state with questions raised over lavish spending on the event during a time of deep economic crisis in Spain. Some 150 separate groups, including some from within the

Catholic Church themselves, oppose the visit and plan to stage protests through the streets of Madrid on the eve of the 84-year old Pontiff’s arrival. Secular groups as well as those campaigning for gay rights and women’s rights will stage protests during the visit alongside those criticising the church for clerical sex abuse or its support for the Franco regime. Others are furious that Madrid authorities have granted pilgrims 80 per cent discounts on public transports but ignored the resident poor. Spain’s 15-M movement, which saw protestors setting up camps in city squares frustrated at soaring unemployment and political corruption have mobilised demonstrators after having their camp headquarters in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol dismantled ahead of the visit. “With the economic crisis we are going through, we can’t pay for this. The Church should set the example,” said a spokesman for the movement whose members call themselves “los indignados” – “the indignant”. But organisers of World Youth Day insist the estimated €50m cost of the visit will be met through pilgrims’ registration fees and corporate sponsorship. And that the event will inject some €100m into the Spanish economy.

and that speeding was one of the main causes. From January to June, 140 people were killed on Spain’s roads. Director-General of the DGT, Pere Navarro (pictured) claims that a five per cent reduction in the average speed could reduce fatal accidents by 20 per cent.



Agents of the Patrulla del Servicio de Protección de la Naturaleza (SEPRONA) from the Guardia Civil de Garrucha, issued a denuncia to a person for the unauthorized capture of 16 goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis). They also confiscated the net used to capture the birds. During a routine forest fire prevention patrol carried out by agents of the Guardia Civil SEPRONA, in the ‘Sierra Lisbona,’ near Antas the agents came across two people in a Hyundai Atos vehicle. The nervous behaviour of the occupants of the vehicle raised the suspicions of the agents, who carried out a search inside the vehicle. They located a cage with an unspecified number of live birds below the front passenger seat, as well as netting in the boot of the car. The SEPRONA agents checked that the birds had been captured in an area known as ‘Rambla Honda,’ the municipality of Lubrin. Although the persons concerned had authorization for the capture of songbirds, it applied to the region of Murcia. The Guardia Civil set the birds free.


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Spain donates 22 million to Somalia famine victims

Spain has upped its emergency aid fund for Somalia by nearly six million euros, bringing the total to 22 million – but has warned that the worst of the famine is yet to come. Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodríguez, says it will be a long haul and Spain will need to continually drip-feed aid to the devastated African country. Charities across Spain will need to continue to deliver food parcels and medication until the famine is over, and the UN says what has been seen so far is merely the tip of the iceberg. Soraya Rodríguez says access to the affected areas is difficult, and that the world’s humanitarian organisations are doing their best to stem the flow of Somalians to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, which are already full to bursting. “We have activated every treaty and every agreement we have in relation to humanitarian emergencies,” Rodríguez announced. “These include Intermón Oxfam, Acción contra el Hambre, Médicos sin Fronteras, Save the Children and Cáritas. “This is a real emergency, and takes top priority at the moment.” Spain is the fifth-largest donor in the world to the Somalia crisis.

Vatican grants ‘indulgence’ for Madrid pilgrims

Last Thursday The Vatican granted a “plenary indulgence” -forgiveness from temporal penance for sins -- for attendees at the Catholic World Youth Day celebrations later this month. Anyone who is not able to attend but prays “for the spiritual aims of this meeting and for its successful outcome” will get a partial indulgence, said the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary -- a Vatican court for the forgiveness of sins. Indulgences are an arcane Roman Catholic Church practice administered by the Vatican that helped inspire Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. The Catholic Church traditionally grants indulgences on World Youth Days. Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Madrid on August 18 for the last four days of the six-day World Youth Day festival at which around a million young Catholics from around the world are expected. The Vatican said the indulgences would be conditional on pilgrims going to confession and taking communion and will be granted only following attendance at the final mass in Madrid on August 21. Even then pilgrims will only receive the indulgence if, “having gone to confession and truly repented, they receive Holy Communion and pray in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father,” the Vatican added.

Several injured as tourist bus crashes in Majorca

Several people were injured when a bus carrying tourists slammed into a wall on the Spanish resort island of Majorca, a spokesman for the local emergency services said. The bus was carrying “mostly German but also Spanish, British and Italian” tourists when it “crashed into a wall and flipped over” near the town of Manacor in the east of the island, the spokesman said, “About 12 people were injured,” he said. Most of the injuries were light, but one of them, an Italian, was in serious condition with a fractured collarbone. It was unclear what caused the accident, the spokesman said.



Spanish inflation unchanged in July

Spain’s annual inflation rate remained unchanged in July on the back of lower communications costs although it remained above the eurozone average, final official data showed Friday. The harmonized index of consumer prices, based on European Union calculations, rose 3.0 percent in July from a year earlier, the same level as in June, the National Statistics Institute said. The figures confirmed a preliminary

estimate released on July 29. The statistics office said the stability in prices was due in part to a 1.2 percent fall in communications prices due to lower telephone services costs. By comparison the EU’s statistics office Eurostat estimates that consumer prices in the 17 countries using the euro was up 2.5 percent in July, after increasing 2.7 percent in June. Inflation in Spain remains at a high level, comparable to that reached in late 2008, just before the country

plunged into recession as the property boom collapsed. In recent months, soaring fuel costs, higher tariffs on cigarettes and a slight recovery in the property market have helped push up prices. Spain’s inflation rate touched a 30month peak of 3.5 percent in April before easing to 3.4 percent in May. The Bank of Spain predicts inflation will decline over the coming months, to reach 1.7 percent at the end of 2011.

Spain will continue to employ Romanians Spanish companies will continue to employ Romanians despite new labour restrictions aimed at fighting Spanish unemployment, the Romanian labour minister said last Friday

The EU executive on Thursday gave Spain a green light to tighten restrictions on Romanian workers as it struggles against dire unemployment, the worst across the 27nation bloc. “I am sincerely telling you: not a single Romanian will be affected by this measure. The ones who are already in Spain are not concerned and the ones who are still living in Romania do not depend on these restrictions but on the demand of Spanish employers,” the minister, Sebastian Lazaroiu, told RFI Romania radio. “Spanish employers are still looking for Romanian workers to fill in jobs that Spanish citizens do not want, in the construction sector, in agriculture, in cleaning,” Lazaroiu added. Romanians from Romania will now need a work permit to get these jobs in Spain but “the employer is the one

who has to obtain the permit and I believe that the Spanish employers constitute a lobby strong enough to get them,” Lazaroiu said. When Romania and Bulgaria entered the European Union in 2007, their treaties of accession stipulated a seven-year transition period during which other members could limit access to their labour markets. Spain lifted this restriction in January 2009, but warned it could reimpose it at a later date if labour market conditions so required. Since then, Spain’s unemployment rate has soared from 7.95 percent to 21.29 percent in the first quarter of 2011, a record among countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development. More than 800,000 Romanians live in Spain, where the community suffers an unemployment rate of 30 percent.

Spanish airport workers call off August strikes The 24-hour strikes by ground staff at all of Spain’s airports planned for August 18 and August 26 were averted after a private baggage handling company at Barcelona’s El Prat agreed to reinstate four workers. Fears had been expressed from across the tourism industry over the travel chaos the strikes would cause during the height of summer. The industrial action was proposed after four employees were made redundant. But following last ditch talks on

Wednesday, the company agreed to reinstate them. The first proposed strike would have coincided with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to lead World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid when up to a million pilgrims are expected to flock to the capital. The second strike would have grounded planes during one of the busiest travel days of the season when many tourists return from the coasts after their holidays. Tourism chiefs had estimated that up to 2 million travellers would have been affected.




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Police fire rubber bullets as tourists riot in Lloret de Mar Spanish police fired rubber bullets in a stand-

Bulls chase people into the sea in Denia

off with holidaymakers when they refused to end their partying after discos closed in the popular Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar.

Los Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force, blocked streets off in the resort on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast in a bid to disperse around 400 tourists in the early hours of Monday morning. But the drunken tourists refused to move on from the main avenue where many of the resorts nightclubs are concentrated and instead turned on police, throwing bottles, uprooting street furniture, and vandalising shops. Rubbish bins were overturned and a police car set on fire. Police were forced to fire rubber bullets into the crowd, a spokesman for the force said, after “the crowd showed hostility towards the police”. Local reports said the crowds comprised different nationalities but the troublemakers appeared to be mainly Italian and French. A 23-year-old Frenchman, reportedly with previous history of public disorder offences, was arrested as one of the instigators. The resort, which attracts an estimated 1 million visitors a year and is the second most popular tourist destination in Catalonia after Barcelona, has been the scene of growing tensions this summer with fighting often breaking out in the bars and clubs. In July a 15 year-old British boy was stabbed to death, reportedly during a fight with gang of French youths. Andrew Milroy, whose parents run a restaurant in the resort, died from a single stab wound on July 17. Romà Codina, the mayor of the town, has said he is “worried” by the surge of violent incidences in the resort during the height of this tourist season. Extra police will be brought into the resort “to ensure security over the rest of the summer”, he said. Popular with the British as a low-budget package holiday destination it also attracts visitors driving over the border from France.


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The Economist calls Rajoy ‘the man with nothing to say’

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refers to current president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as ‘unpopular’ and asserts that he ‘responded only belatedly’ to the financial crisis. “But he knows that his successor as socialist candidate, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, stands virtually no chance of winning the vote,” claims the report, which

erroneously refers to Zapatero as ‘prime minister’. Although the article confidently predicts a victory for PP-leader Mariano Rajoy in November this year, the photo caption dubs him ‘the man with nothing to say’, and claims he would be ‘at the head of a minority government with less influence over the economy’.

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the second quarter 2011.” The figures showed that for the full, 27-state EU, which also includes non-euro Britain and eastern industrial powerhouse Poland, there was an even bigger monthly drop of 1.2pc and a much lower annual improvement of 1.7pc. Earlier this week, the Bank of England revised down its forecast of growth in Britain this year to around 1.5pc, down from 1.8pc and George Osborne, the Chancellor, acknowledged on Thursday that Britain’s economic recovery would be “longer and harder” than hoped.

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Artist used Sant Boi hospital to trial prototypes for features in Park Güell and the Sagrada Familia, say researchers

In what appears to be an early application of art therapy, new research suggests that the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí used the garden of a psychiatric hospital as a testing ground for his revolutionary designs, with the patients serving as his artisans. The grounds of the hospital at Sant Boi, south of Barcelona, are littered with Gaudí-esque constructions, the most outstanding of which is a bench similar to those in Park Güell, finished with broken tiles in a style known as trencadís that was pioneered by Gaudí. The relative crudeness of the work suggested until now that the works were copies, but research published in the magazine Sapiens by the architect David Agulló and the geologist Daniel Barbé shows that they pre-date Gaudí’s signature buildings and were in fact prototypes for features in Park Güell, the Sagrada Familia and the nearby Colònia Güell, all of which Gaudí was working on at the time. The work is poorly executed, the researchers claim, because Gaudí’s workers were in fact patients. The bench at the hospital dates from 1912, while that at Park Güell was made in 1914. A further link with Gaudí is that his patron, Eusebi Güell, was closely associated with the

Gaudí may have used psychiatric hospital to test designs

management of the hospital and at one point provided one of his houses as an isolation ward during a cholera outbreak at the hospital. The Sant Boi hospital was founded by the widely travelled doctor Antoni Pujadas in 1854. It was the first hospital in Spain to treat mental illness as something other than divine punishment or demonic possession. Pujadas was an advocate of ergotherapy, which treats illness through physical activity, in particular through manual work. He was also in contact with the French psychiatrist August Marie, an early advocate of art therapy, who was a regular contributor to the Sant Boi


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While Gaudí was part of the art nouveau movement – or modernisme, as it’s known in Catalunya – he was also a revolutionary structural engineer. He made an upside-down model of the Sagrada Familia to test his structural theory, which he then tested in practice when he built Colònia Güell. “Without that first trial, I’d never have dared adopt the design for the temple,” he said. It now appears that it began earlier still, as an experiment in both architecture and psychiatry, in the gardens of the hospital at Sant Boi.

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paprika and cinnamon ‘protects your body Sparrows are ‘like gangster rappers’ from effects of fatty foods’..................... Eating a diet rich in spices such as turmeric and cinnamon can protect you from the physical damage caused by fatty meals, say scientists. A team from Penn State University has found a blend of antioxidant spices can reduce the stress that high-fat foods can place on the heart. When we eat, our bodies use carbohydrate calories for energy and turn leftover calories into triglycerides that are stored in fat cells for later use. Study leader, Sheila West, said: ‘Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood. ‘If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too

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Chirping sparrows are actually trading insults like gangster rappers, a new study has shown. What sounds like harmonious song is really the noise of males trying to appear macho, say researchers. And, just like humans, most of the boasting and trading of insults is done to impress the girls. “Song sharing among sparrows is actually an aggressive behaviour akin to flinging insults back and forth,” said lead researcher Janet Lapierre, from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Sparrows have a large repertoire of songs but, when advertising for a mate, males stick to a ‘greatest hits’ selection that they perform repeatedly. “The birds sing as aggressively and loudly as possible,” said Ms Lapierre. Sparrows living in more competitive environments are likely to perform a more aggressive but smaller selection of songs, the researchers say. This is like trying to prove themselves in a tough neighbourhood. Those living in less competitive areas are more likely to sing their own songs rather than compete with other males by chirping the same tunes as them, the study adds.

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Scientists may have found a cure for the common cold, flu, HIV – and almost any other virus you can think of. A drug that homes in on infected cells and makes them self-destruct has been created in the laboratory. Its hit list includes human rhinoviruses – the bugs behind half of colds in adults and almost all colds in children – flu, polio, a stomach bug and deadly dengue fever. But the drug, known by the acronym DRACO, is also expected to zap measles and German measles, cold sores, rabies and even HIV – and could be on pharmacy shelves in a decade. Researcher Mike Rider said: ‘It’s certainly possible that there’s some virus that we aren’t able to treat but we haven’t found it yet. ‘The discovery of antibiotics revolutionised the treatment of bacterial infections and we hope that this will revolutionise the treatment of viral infections. ‘There aren’t very many anti-viral drugs out there at the moment.’ Dr Rider, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S., has exploited cells’ natural defences against infection. When viruses infect the body, they hijack cells’ internal machinery to make copy after copy of themselves. During this procedure they create long double-stranded strings of the genetic material RNA. Our cells usually defend themselves by making proteins that latch on to the RNA and stop the virus from breeding. But many viruses can outsmart this defence system. So Dr Rider has also harnessed a second natural process called apoptosis, in which diseased cells commit suicide. So Dr Rider has also harnessed a second natural process called apoptosis, in which diseased cells commit suicide. His drug homes in on cells with double-stranded RNA, stops the infection in its tracks and then kills the cells to finish off the infection. What is more, healthy cells are untouched, the journal PLoS ONE reports. In lab tests, DRACO killed 15 viruses, including germs behind the common cold and two types of flu. It also saved the lives of mice given a dose of flu that should have killed them. Amazingly, it works so quickly that if taken early enough it should stop any symptoms from appearing.

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When viruses infect a cell, they take over its cellular machinery for their own purpose - to create more copies of the virus During this process, the viruses create long strings of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which is not found in human or other animal cells As part of their natural defence, human cells have proteins that latch onto dsRNA, setting off a cascade of reactions that stops the virus from replicating itself But, many viruses can outsmart that system by blocking one of the steps further down the cascade This new technology works by combining a dsRNAbinding protein with another protein that makes cells undergo apoptosis (programmed cell suicide) — launched, for example, when a cell determines it is en route to becoming cancerous So, when one end of the DRACO binds to dsRNA, it signals the other end of the DRACO to initiate cell suicide Each DRACO also includes a ‘delivery tag,’ taken from naturally occurring proteins, that allows it to cross cell membranes and enter any human or animal cell. However, if no dsRNA is present, DRACO leaves the cell unharmed. Tests show it also wards off viruses, meaning it could stop people from becoming ill in the first place. British experts welcomed the breakthrough but warned that the drug works in such an unusual way that it would have to go through years of testing before it is considered safe enough to test on people for the first time.

Cutting salt ‘should be global priority’

The UN must make reducing salt intake a global health priority, say UK scientists.

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Writing in the British Medical Journal they say a 15% cut in consumption could save 8.5 million lives around the world over the next decade.

The researchers say there is a “consistent, direct relation between salt intake and blood pressure”. High blood pressure in turn is linked to heart disease, stroke and kidney problems.

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Why choosing a pair of cut-price shades really can be a headache Budget sunglasses from big-name supermarkets and clothes stores can end up worsening eyesight or cause double vision or headaches.................... An astonishing three-quarters of cut-price sunglasses from High Street stores failed key laboratory tests – breaching British standards. Researchers for the consumer group Which? bought three pairs of sunglasses from each of seven stores: Asda, Marks & Spencer, New Look, Poundland, Primark, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. All the glasses tested, which were bought in July for £5 or less, clearly stated that they complied with the British standard for sunglasses, but 15 pairs failed key lab tests. New Look was the only store where all three pairs passed. Among the problems were that lenses in pairs from Tesco and Sainsbury’s let in different amounts of light, which can make objects appear closer to the wearer than they actually are. All three Poundland pairs could

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Spain is known world-wide as a country of many fiestas - festivals of religious fervour like Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) and festivals of a more secular nature like the Feria of San Fermín (the “Running of the Bulls”) in Pamplona. However, few festivals have the sheer fun value as one known as ‘La Tomatina’ in the Valencian city of Buñol. This festival may be located a day’s car-ride from most of Andalucia but for those of you who want to experience an event that is quintessentially bizarre, it is well worth the drive! An event which began in the 1940s as a bit of friendly banter between friends has grown into the world’s biggest food-throwing party, with around 20,000 people flinging 90,000 pounds of tomatoes. The tomatina is actually a full week of celebrations which take place usually on the last Wednesday in August. Live music, fireworks, and cooking contests precede the actual tomatina tomato fight.

During this time, Buñol’s normal population of 9,000 people swells massively to well over 40,000 and due to the small number of local hotels and hostels, many aficionados commute from Valencia, some 40 km away and other nearby communities. The actual ‘battle’ falls on the day of the town’s patron saint and is the culmination of a week’s build-up of festivities, including parades, feasts, fireworks

La T and street parties. The night before the battle, the streets of the medieval centre serve up sizzling dishes with a tomato theme, a scene-setter for that which follows. Come the morning, shopkeepers have boarded up their stores by the time the trucks roll in to town, laden with ripe tomatoes. Inspectors check that everything is in order before diving for cover as the tomato-slinging begins - and continues until every last tomato has been hurled and turned to mush. Anything that moves will be pelted.

The tomatina has a number of rules so that everyone can enjoy themselves with the least possibility of injury or trouble. For example, although the tomatoes are extremely ripe, participants are still asked to squash them thoroughly with their hands before launching them. People are also told not to take any hard objects like bottles into the battle so that there is less of a chance of someone launching anything that is not a tomato. The use of gloves and/or goggles is also encouraged. Ear plugs are also suggested

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because many participants find themselves visiting the doctor later to have bothersome tomato seeds removed from their ear canals. Finally, if you take a camera, take a waterproof one for obvious reasons and people are advised not to climb tall objects for a better photographic vantage point - it will make you a “sitting duck” to the 40,000 or so people looking for a target. The local government support the tomatina as more than just a fun time and not only because of the massive injection of cash that the tomatina

brings to Buñol. It also claims the existence of a ‘Tomatina Effect’. Not only do the tomatoes have a positive effect on the skin of the participants, making it “soft and cleansing it of impurities” but it also has a positive advantage on the sidewalks and streets of the town, leaving the paving stones whitened and cleaned and thoroughly disinfected! No matter what the long-term effects of the festivities, Buñol’s tomatina still remains one of the most bizarre festivals in Spain and perhaps in the world.

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We kid you not! Why goat meat is becoming a British favourite

Goats’ cheese and goats’ milk have become firm favourites among the British; and now it seems that the UK is developing a taste for their meat as well. Farmers are seeing a boom in interest for the food, which is both healthier and cheaper than other meats. Many previously dismissed it as tough, chewy and having an unpleasantly overpowering flavour. But goat - often described as having a taste between lamb and beef - has long been a staple in Caribbean and Indian dishes. For the health-conscious it is certainly a good alternative to more traditional meats, being low in cholesterol and high in iron. It also has typically less fat than chicken and about the same calorie content. And now British shoppers are discovering the pleasures of the much-maligned meat. Goat farmers in the UK report that they have noticed a gradual, but consistently increasing,

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Perseid annual meteor shower puts on celestial display Skygazers’ across parts of the planet have been treated to a celestial display of the Perseid meteor shower. At their most intense, the meteors can be seen at a rate of one per minute, although they will still be visible until 22 August. But the emergence of a full moon has taken the shine off this year’s show for some. The spectacle is created when the Earth passes through

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Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn Internet giant Google has announced a deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.7bn). A joint statement said the boards of both companies had unanimously approved the deal, which should be completed by the end of this year, or early in 2012. Earlier this year, Motorola split into two separate companies. Mobility develops and manufactures mobile phones, while Motorola Solutions covers wider technologies for corporate customers and governments. The price of $12.5bn, or $40 per share, represents a 63% premium on the closing share price of Motorola Mobility on Friday. The deal would allow Google to “supercharge” its Android operating system, the company said. It added that it would continue to run Mobility

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Era of the PC ‘coming to a close’

PCs are going the way of typewriters, vinyl records and vacuum tubes, one of the engineers who worked on the original machine has said. The claim was made in a blog post commemorating 30 years since the launch of the first IBM personal computer. No longer, said Dr Mark Dean, are PCs the

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Spanish Exports Encouraging ‘House Prices Continue to for the Economy....................... Fall’ says Bank of Spain...

In a report entitled “New signs of weakness casts further doubt on prospects for growth in the euro zone”, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s emphasised that foreign trade is another major source of concern that could thwart growth prospects in some countries. However, they stressed that trends in the export of goods have strengthened in Spain and Ireland since early 2009. “Exports in Spain stood at an encouraging 10% above its 2007 average in the first quarter of 2011, which, if sustained in coming quarters, will help revitalise the economy,” they added. Furthermore, also noted was the fact that consumer demand is increasingly reflecting a levelling off of savings rates after several months of declines in countries like France and Italy, a trend that is beginning to extend to other euro zone economies such as Spain, where retail sales fell 7% year-on-year to the end of June. The agency also warned that the economic slump that spanned the euro zone in the second quarter could last through the second half of 2011, as recent “negative” economic indicators suggest that the monetary union could face a “longer” recovery period than expected. S & P insists that the growth prospects for the euro zone are continuing but added that they anticipate a “wide gap” in the performances of different members of the union. Of the five economies analysed by the agency, Germany was expected to record

the strongest growth of 3.5% in 2011 and 2.5% in 2012, while French GDP was predicted to grow by 2% this year and 1.9% next year. In the case of the UK, economy was expected to grow by 1.5% and 2% in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Meanwhile, they expected growth for Italy and Spain to remain below the euro zone average (1.9% in 2011 and 1.8% in 2012). According to their estimates, Italy’s GDP will increase nine tenths this year and 1% next year, while Spanish GDP will grow eight tenths in 2011 and 1.5% in 2012. As reported in Cinco Dias, S & P noted that the Markit PMIindex fell to its lowest in 23 months, indicating an almost stagnation in private sector production, while the manufacturing PMI fell for the first time since July 2009 and the service sector showed a sharp slowdown. S & P added that the European Commission’s survey of business and consumer confidence, published on July 28, showed a lack of confidence in the euro zone, especially in Spain and Italy, reinforcing the view that the euro zone may be experiencing a longer period of weak economic growth than originally anticipated. The agency noted that many analysts suggest that this weakness in the euro zone was attributable to “seasonal factors” such as higher inflation, lower demand from emerging markets and disruptions in the supply chain caused by the earthquake in Japan in March.

Property prices continued to decline in the second quarter, and even more sharply than in the first, according to the Bank of Spain, giving an annual decline of 5.2% between April and June. The Spanish property market has blamed the ending of tax relief for those with incomes exceeding 24,100 euros, which unexpectedly affected both property purchases at the end 2010, and the problems of getting access to finance. The credit drought and tax changes have led to a decline in purchases compared to the same period last year, according to the Bank. Prices have not only continued their downward trend, but have increased slightly, falling by 5.2% between April and June, from 4.7% at the end of March, as a result of high levels of stock and the rising costs of mortgage financing. The cumulative fall since late 2007 is approaching 17%, which represents 22% in real terms, according to the spokesman. The Bank of Spain said that access to finance for home purchases has experienced a further tightening due to tensions in the financial markets resulting in an increase in interest rates on loans to companies and households “prolonging the upward trend which began in early 2011.” However, they did note that the criteria for awarding loans had not experienced any significant changes.

Cinco Dias reported that according to the Bank Lending Survey (BLS) in July, the outlook for the housing market and consumer confidence may continue to reduce the demand for loans for property purchases in the

coming months. The Bank of Spain also reported in their annual Economic Bulletin that the Spanish GDP grew 0.2% quarter-on-quarter to 0.7% year-on-year, which is one-tenth less in both cases for the first quarter, when GDP rose 0.3% from the close of 2010 and 0.8% year-on-year. However they argue that, on the expenditure side, much of the slowdown is due to the decline in domestic demand, which fell 1.9% year-on-year and was more pronounced than in the first quarter. Meanwhile, foreign demand continued to be strong, increasing its positive contribution to 2.6% from 1.4% points in the previous quarter.

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They are followed by the Canary Islands which registered 83%, five points higher than last year and the Costa Brava, which with 77% occupancy experienced a worse than expected last two weeks of July, due to bad weather and not being a domestic tourist destination. As for the cities analysed, high occupancy was highlighted for Barcelona, with 88% (82% in 2010). Seville followed, with 73% (70% in 2010), Valencia, with 67% (59% in 2010) and Madrid with 56% (52% in 2010).


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European shares have consolidated gains made on Friday after debt fears in the eurozone and the US caused turmoil on global markets last week. Paris’s Cac and Frankfurt’s Dax indexes were up 1% in early afternoon trading, while London’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.5%. Asian markets closed higher on betterthan-expected Japanese growth figures. Investors are now looking ahead to a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week. Markets were buoyed on Friday by US retail sales figures that beat analysts’ expectations, and on Monday by data showing the Japanese economy contracted at an annualised rate of 1.3% between April and June, a much smaller amount than had been expected. The two sets of figures have “allowed for a collective sigh of relief across the global investment community”, said Jane Foley at Rabobank International. “A calmer tone has settled over the markets after last week’s turmoil.” As a result, investments perceived

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All areas covered - speedy response. Call now for your no obligation quote. Tel: 600 049 515 Get the best for less

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PLUMBING 4 Blocked toilets sinks & baths 4 New showers, baths & toilets 4 Blocked drains & pipes 4 Turbine root cutting 4 CCTV surveys & inspections 4 Blocked cesspits 4 Drain tracing All domestic and commercial work carried out All work guaranteed Call out within 1 hour when possible Mojacar, Arboleas & all other areas covered

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LOCKSMITH & CARPENTRY SERVICES Over 25 years experience in the trade 24 hour service

MLA registered City & Guilds Advanced Carpenter All types of carpentry undertaken CALL US: 608 673 086 Email:

• Pull down / Sliding Blinds & • Security Grills Screens, Windows & Patios • Shower/Bath screens • Vertical Blinds • Awnings

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

Local handy man available - for all the jobs he doesn’t get round to! Painting, small plumbing jobs, shelves, garden clearance, all outside work. Walls,stone cladding,rendering etc. Good hourly/daily rate

Call Jim 677 557 190

CD AIR CONDITIONING SERVICES Inverter/Non Inverter units supplied & installed (hot and cold) Servicing to ensure your units are running at optimum efficiency & Repairs

Fully Legal Company


Office: 662414043 Mobile: 617410534

swimming pool engineers Complete sand change, labour & sand media ONLY 80€


Pool leak detection & repair service

Mobile Mark: 671 220 162 email:


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Reservations 968 566 410 / 656 532 491

24hrs Alicante 656 532 725 / 24hrs Murcia 656 532 724 Email: Alicante and Murcia Dual Contracts UNLIMITED TRANSFERS Fly into Alicante and out of Murcia or vice versa Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport of your choice. Available for Long & Short Term Clients NO HIDDEN CHARGES

Parking couldn’t be easier or more secure Offering 24hrs parking, 365 days a year from as little as 82cent per day Unlimited transfers Just 2 minutes from San Javier (Murcia) and Alicante Airport Latest state of the art security system Complimentary external clean We also offer a complete car care services including ITV’s

Telephone 654 202 996

We have over 20,000 square metres of secure parking

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Bye-bye to use-by dates.........


A magic ingredient that could keep food (and wine) fresh for years

No time to make a packed lunch before work? Soon you could make it a year in advance. Scientists have discovered a natural preservative which could spell the end of rotting food. They have pinpointed the substance which destroys the bacteria that make meat, fish, eggs and dairy products decompose. The preservative, called bisin, could extend the food’s life for several years – and even work for opened bottles of wine and salad dressing. The discovery is set to revolutionise the way we shop and reduce the 20million tonnes of food waste thrown out in the UK every year. Bisin occurs naturally in some types of harmless bacteria. It prevents the growth of lethal bacteria including E-coli, salmonella and listeria. The substance could extend the life of a variety of everyday foods which have strict use-by dates including seafood, cheese and canned goods. In some cases these foods could last for years and may not even need to be kept in the fridge, the researchers at the University of Minnesota claim. The scientists, who have patented the substance, are already in talks with food manufacturers. The first products containing bisin are expected to be on the market within three years. Dr Dan O’Sullivan, an Irish microbiologist who works at the university, made the discovery by accident while examining a culture of bacteria found in the human intestine. He said: ‘It seems to be much better than anything which has gone

before. It doesn’t compromise nutrient quality – we are not adding a chemical, we are adding a natural ingredient. It’s aimed at protecting foods from a broad range of bugs that cause disease.’ Bisin will not prevent fruit and vegetables rotting as they decompose in a different way. Sandwiches, takeaways and ready meals have become a staple part of our diet, but mass production has increased the risks of food poisoning. There were 85,000 cases last year. Salmonella was one of the biggest culprits, accounting for around one in eight of those. Up to 500 people die from food poisoning in England and Wales every year. Bisin is chemically related to nisin which is already used to keep processed cheese sterile and edible for decades so it does not require pharmaceutical testing. Last month food and drink wholesaler Booker revealed it would start supplying sandwiches with a shelf-life of two weeks to convenience stores and corner shops. The sandwich, the firm says, is designed to minimise wastage by retailers. The average household bins a staggering ten per cent of their weekly shop, while one in five families wastes more than a quarter. Just 71 per cent of shoppers say they think about waste while buying food and try not to take home too much, the poll by LG Electronics found. But 15 per cent admit they make no effort to reduce their waste.




lA vIDA WELCOMES OUR NEW CHEF JUSTINE Great prices, great wine and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of comfort and leg room. Or you can dine alfresco on our outdoor patio. La Vida overlooks stunning views of olive groves and mountains, but is only 5 minutes off the main road sign posted to Cucador (see map below), Follow the tarmac road under the bridge, you will find La Vida 1km on the left-hand side. s 2 Course

menu del noche



Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Sat 20th August Our price includes: Fresh bread, Alioli & filtered water Starters..............................................

•La Vida Pate Our special homemade recipe includes brandy & bacon Served with an apple & walnut chutney with melba toast •Breaded Deep Fried Camembert Served on a bed of mixed leaves with cranberry sauce •Freshly Cooked Prawns With a spicy pink cocktail sauce on a salad bed (supp 1€)


•Entrecote Steak Cooked to your liking with green peppercorn sauce on the side (supp 5€) •Salmon Fillet Poached salmon fillet, served cold topped with a hollandaise sauce with sautéed potatoes & a crispy salad •Beef Bourguignon Tender pieces of beef slow cooked in red wine & herbs with sautéed potatoes & seasonal vegetables •Chicken a la King Chicken with mushroom and onions, braised in a white wine sauce Served on a bed of Saffron rice •Mushroom Stroganoff (V) Pan fried mushrooms in a creamy stroganoff sauce Served on a bed of flavoured basmati rice

Tel 950 634 562 6pm - 9pm Sunday roast

from 5.50€

from 7.95€

All Day Friday cod & chips

Beer-battered cod, homemade chips & peas

served 2pm - 6pm

Wed 6-9pm - See board for mid-week SPECIALS from €6.50

. . . l a e d l a e m All in our air-conditioned restaurant.

Foot long or 6 inch sub, salad or wrap, cookie, fresh yoghurt, crisps or donut, and a refillable drink

. Why don’t you....

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this saturday




20th August

find us on

Quiz Night 7.30pm for 8pm Food served 6-8pm Line Dancing 4 til 6pm Play Your Cards Right & Eyes Down 7.30 for 8 Food served 6-8pm

Dine from wednesday Pilates 11 am, call Sharon for details 638 487 314 6pm


music From 9pm

YOGA with Liz starts 7th September 2.30pm - 4pm all welcome Salsacise - 5.15- 6.15 FUN EXERCISE DANCE 5€ ALL WELCOME


Next Loose Women group 1st Thursday in September

Our daytime menu

Monday - Saturday from 12 noon Our daily specials start from 2.50€ Fresh local produce cooked to order for your pleasure. Home made Puddings, Cake, Ice-Cream! Fresh Ground Coffee, proper tea in a teapot or a selection of fruit teas. We are here


Paseo del Mediterraneo 227 local, Urb. Los Zahories 2, Mojacar Playa 04638 (in front of Mojacar Beach Hotel) Tel. 950 478 129

Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia




La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa


Open 7 days a week - Midday - late and from 11am weekends

Tel: 950 634 562


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Orange & Pine Nut Salad With Pesto & Parmesan Crisps Ingredients For the parmesan crisps 100g parmesan, grated For the pesto 50g basil 50g pine nuts, toasted 25g parmesan 1 clove garlic 4 tbsp olive oil salt and black pepper For the salad 1 orange, peeled and segmented 100g bunch watercress 50g pine nuts, toasted

Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. To make the parmesan crisps, place the parmesan in four equal piles, spread well apart, onto a non-stick baking sheet. Place into the oven to bake for three minutes, until golden.

Remove from the oven and place onto a cool surface for two minutes. The crisps will become brittle. Gently lift away and place in a bowl to serve. To make the pesto, place all of the pesto ingredients into a food processor and blend until

smooth. To make the salad, place the orange, watercress and pine nuts in a large bowl and mix together well. To serve, drizzle the pesto over the salad and serve the parmesan crisps alongside.

Summer Salads...

Mediterranean Couscous Ingredients

pine nuts, cashews or almonds 200g feta, roughly crumbled 130g bag green salad leaves For the dressing: 5 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp lemon juice

200g couscous 400ml hot vegetable stock 10 sun-dried or sunblushed tomatoes, quartered 2 medium avocados, peeled, stoned and cut into large chunks 100g black olives a good handful of nuts, such as W EW N NE


‘more than just a restaurant’

saturday saturday 20th 20th august august hog hog roast... roast...


pool, pool, pig pig & & crackling crackling e the Friday inth D ein ine Din Fish & Chips l o o c cool

12 €€ s 12 ses 22 Co urse Cour € 15 s se ur s 33 Co Course 15 €

Served Lunchtime & Dinner. Fresh Cod or Large Haddock, Chips& Peas

5. 95 € 7. 95 € Standard


Tel: 950 475 198

correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Sunday Lunch served in our air-conditioned restaurant with Jonathan Payne on Piano

Method Tip the couscous into a large bowl, stir in the hot stock, cover and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Make a dressing with the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Stir 2tablespoons into the couscous, then gently mix in the tomatoes, avocados, olives, nuts and feta. Taste for seasoning. Toss the salad leaves with the remaining dressing, divide between four plates and spoon the couscous on top.

Grab a handful of your favourite salad greens and chuck in toasted nuts and seeds, cold meat and an assortment of veg for an easy-peasy summer supper. Summer salads are all about ease and freshness. Make use of the wealth of vegetables at their peak - courgettes, broad beans, spinach, fennel, peppers, peas, basil and other garden herbs will impart bold flavours with the simplest of dressings. A grating of pecorino, parmesan or a few slivers of a drycured ham, such as Parma ham, will add saltiness and a hint of the Mediterranean!

Warm Pecorino, Spinach & Crouton Salad With Pesto Dressing Ingredients For the croutons 25g unsalted butter 3 slices bread, crusts removed and cut into 1cm cubes salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil For the salad 2 tsp butter 100g spinach, washed salt and freshly ground black pepper 75g Pecorino, chopped into 1cm cubes For the pesto dressing 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 large handfuls fresh basil leaves 50g Pecorino, grated 150ml olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper

mojacar playa

Casa Los Pinos

Method: For the croutons, heat the butter in a frying pan. Add the bread cubes, salt and freshly ground black pepper and one tablespoon olive oil. Fry gently until golden brown on all sides. Remove from the heat and drain on kitchen paper. For the salad, melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the spinach and toss to coat in the butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes, tossing frequently, until starting to wilt. Add the Pecorino cubes and remove from the heat. For the pesto dressing, put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until almost smooth. To serve, place the spinach and Pecorino salad onto a large plate. Scatter with the croutons and drizzle with pesto dressing.

Bar & Restaurant

Cortijo Grande, 04639, Turre, Almeria

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799

Now under the new management of Ali & Mick

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu ‘Sunday Nights on the Terrace’

International Cuisine including

Carribean & Traditional a house speciality

Succulent steak pie

Sunday 28th August from 7pm ~ 2 Course Set Menu 10€ or 3 Course Set Menu 12€. pizzas Entertainment by Jonathon Payne Freshly made to Home-made Pies,

Pasties & Quiches to order

order from 7pm. Eat in or take-away

rrace’ ‘Sunday Nights on therseTe Set Menu 10€ Sunday 21st August from 7pm ~ 2 Cou or 3 Course Set Menu 12€ Entertainment with Tony Justice

FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on large screen TV

Darts Wednesday 8.30pm Quiz Night Thursdays 8.30pm Karaoke Fridays 8.30pm

Best location on Mojacar Playa with amazing cuisine...

Sunlight Menu-10.95€ Moonlight Menu-12.95€

every Sunday Live music with Mel Jay 8pm In our chiringuito

Menu only del €7.50 dia Find us on the road to Cortijo Grande Golf

Tel: 950 468 236

Pizza ~ Pasta ~ A la Carte Menu also available Open 7 days week

Tel: 950 475 127 or 659 109 379 Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua)



The original and only The Cabaña since 2000

Pack The Perfect Picnic Forget pork pies, scotch eggs and sausage rolls - pack a delicious, but healthy hamper that won’t cost you a packet.

SWEET & SOUR Chicken

Open every day 9am - Late Tel: 638 889 520


~ Serves 4 ~ 1 cucumber, deseeded and grated 150g tub fat-free Greek yoghurt 1 garlic clove, crushed Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper Place the cucumber in a sieve and squeeze out any excess fluid. Mix the cucumber with the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill.


Lettuce often ends up limp and warm on picnics so save it for home. Instead, pack up cherry tomatoes and baby sweetcorn or make salads using ingredients that won’t go soggy. A Greek salad made from large chunks of cucumber, red onion and green pepper, cherry tomatoes, olives and feta should keep its taste and texture for hours. Or add chopped veg and chicken, ham or tuna to wholewheat pasta or brown rice for a more substantial picnic salad.


Large selection of fresh pasta and homemade pizzas

SATURDAY LUNCH PAELLA & SANGRIA Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle Included in our Menu del Dia


Every day a different stew! Lamb, Pork, Fish, Lentils tues: Roast Pork Loin wed: Roast Pork Knuckle fri: Roast Lamb Shank sat: Roast Lamb Shank & Pork Knuckle ITV


◄ Albox

Petrol Station

4 Courses with Wine & Coffee Included - Mon to Sat inclusive

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

all nights...

grilled 14oz Entrecote Beef Steak 16oz T-Bone Steak Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

sunday roast menu del dia

4 courses with bottle of ESTE Roast Lamb Shoulder & Pork Knuckle, Roast Potatoes & Vegetables

Lunch 1pm - 4pm

vegetarian menu available Childrens menu available FREE WIFI Bridge

~ Serves 4 ~ 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp brown sugar 4 tbsp tomato ketchup 400g skinless chicken breast, cut into strips Mix all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a non-metallic dish. Add the chicken and toss thoroughly to ensure it’s totally coated. Cover and chill for three hours. Grill for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through.



Dips and chips are standard picnic food but are often loaded with calories and fat. Taramasalata and houmous have a healthy image, but can contain as many calories as Thousand Island, sour cream, cheese and garlic dips. The best options are guacamole, tzatziki and salsa (jars of salsa usually contain half the calories of fresh salsa). For more waistline savings, swap tortillas or crisps for wholemeal pitta and vegetable sticks.


Picnics often include chicken drumsticks or wings, but eating the skin adds calories and fat. Choosing skinless fillets lowers the fat, but they can lack flavour. Cut costs by marinating fresh chicken with a homemade or ready-made marinade such as teriyaki, BBQ, tikka or cajun. Check the salt and fat content of readymade marinades first and opt for those containing the least.

alternative to quiche, which is usually packed with fat and calories due to the pastry. If you don’t have time to make your own pizza from scratch, use a readymade base or ciabatta bread cut in half lengthways with ready-made tomato sauce or pesto

wide selection of beers available ANY PIZZA CHIPS & BOTTLE OF WINE FOR 10€ ice cream parlour available for kids parties

~ Serves 6 ~ 150ml ready-made tomato sauce 1 large ready-made pizza base 1 small red onion, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 100g mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp mixed herbs 150g pack mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza base. Top with the veggies, then sprinkle over the herbs and season with black pepper. Add the mozzarella and bake in a preheated hot oven for 10-15 minutes.

pizza Pizza makes a tasty and healthy

veggie pizza

~ Serves 4 ~ 4 large wraps, 4 tbsp red pesto, 2 grilled, skinless chicken breasts, sliced & a large handful of rocket Spread each wrap with 1 tbsp of the pesto. Add the chicken and rocket. Wrap up and cut in half.


qu o f l A

the place in the area for football on AD sports in hd Continental Breakfast ALL Tea or Coffee with either PREMIERSHIP Croissant, Donut or Napolitana Chocolate 1.60€ FOOTBALL Large pizza, 2 ice creams, being glass of beer, wine or shown soft drink R EE F 10€ for FOOTBALL 2 people SPECIAL

can get boring, especially if you already eat them most days. For variety, use different breads like wholegrain, rye or oatmeal, or opt for wholemeal pitta, rolls, ciabatta, wraps or multi-grain bagels. Try mixing more unusual ingredients with classic fillings too, such as grated cheese with carrot, houmous with peppers, banana with date or tuna mayo with kidney beans. Alter the flavour and cut calories by swapping butter or marg for tzatziki, salsa, guacamole, mustard, pickle or reduced-fat mayo.

Chicken, pesto & rocket wrap

cafe bar Los Mellizos

SARNIES They’re a picnic staple, but sandwiches

Paseo del Mediterraneo, 163 Urb. Pueblo Diana - Mojacar Playa (Almeria) - Tel 950 615 179

New Covered Smoking Terrace Open Monday to Saturday 7am ‘til late Sunday 9am - 4pm Booking Recommended Spanish Speaking 950 430 145 English Speaking 647 730 103

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We will be happy to see you at our Dinghy Park, the New Marina, Garrucha 11am Every Sunday

Come Come && Sail Sail with with the the Santa Santa Irene Irene Sailing Sailing Club Club

For more information tel John: 950 475 157 / 658 548 790 Email:

Frankies Bar Every night is a good night at...

Two Big Screen TV’s  Sky Sports & ESPN HD Sports  Thursday Nights is Cash Quiz 

Friday nights “LIVE” Entertainment, throughout the season  Bar Meals Available 12am to 10.30pm Daily  6 Oz fillet steak, Chips, Peas or Salad €7 

Hotel Street, Vera Playa free wifi

Tel:662 47 48 61

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings

TRIBUTE SHOWS FOR ALL Menu of the Day SUMMER 2011! 3 course 10€ Breakfast Menu of the Night Choose any 8 3 course 11.50€ items €5 A La Carte Menu or any 12 for €7 & Wine List tel: 950 473 099 Available at all times TAKE AWAY MENU - Food & Drink Available Just about everything from our menu including our Crispy Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Mojacar Playa

Tel: 950 47 26 59

Menu del Dia now being served in the restaurant or on our shaded terrace 12.30 - 3.30

from €5 Evening Menu Served from 7pm

Now Fully Air-conditioned


Frankie’s Bar in Vera has live entertainment com – why not tempt your taste buds for this every Friday night!! Join them this Friday for weekend? karaoke with Steve King from 9pm – they have amazing deals on steaks – fillet steak, homemade BBQ season is upon us – and where better to chips, peas or salad just 7€ while away a Sunday afternoon than La Parata –contact Shea for further details or to book a Wednesday 7th September Beachcomber has table on his shady terrace. a 60s – 90s tribute show. Starts at 8pm. Price is 15€ including a 3 course ‘all you can eat’ meal. Eudoxia has homemade food with a difference – a traditional Greek menu and a fantastic MEZELos Amigoes –a few have tried their breakfast at just 10€ per person you have the chance to try challenge in the past couple of weeks – and a little of everything! finally someone has completed their challenge… congratulations to Paul mason! Are you up to the Taberna Cristina now have free transport to challenge? Eat for free if you eat it all! their gorgeous bar in Villaricos. Are you in the surrounding villages? If so why not get someone The full menu for Ramo Del Limon is now to pick you up and have a fantastic night with out available through www.mojacaronline. drinking and driving?!?

Open Mon - Sat from 11am - BOOKING ADVISABLE -

Bar Restaurant


Menu del Verano Now Being Served


Call for details of our live entertainment

For Reservations please call 950 478 186

Taberna Cristina


Breakfast & Bar meals served all day Quiz night Tuesdays 9pm Sky Sports Mahou 2€ pint Carling Extra Cold 2.50€ pint

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - Late Sunday 9am - Late

Tel: 693 743 791


The ONLY Greek restaurant in Almeria Mojacar Playa, 500m from Indalo

Tel: 663 331 445

Mojacar Playa Can you complete our breakfast challenge? If you can, you eat for free!!

Available daily from 9am - 12.30pm Call for more details



community news TLC and MACS

TLC, the Tuesday Ladies Club, who meet at El Candil in Mojacar Playa, presented Elaine and Dave Brown of MACS (Mojacar Area Cancer Support) with a tin full after their on-going fundraising for their local charity. Sharon Pressley, the initiator of the group, had invited Elaine to come and meet the ladies, and they were interested and informed to hear of MACS’ aims and new developments. Sharon thanked Elaine for her inspiring and enthusiastic talk, and hopes that some of the ladies at the informal chat club will have been moved to become more involved with MACS. The Club meets every Tuesday, noon till 2pm, and started in Turre as a small group of friendly chatty ladies in March 2009, and is now a large group of friendly chatty ladies! Most weeks, the organisers, Sharon and Gwen, arrange for a speaker, such as Elaine, to come and talk to the club; sometimes the guest will do a demonstration, such as reiki, flamenco, or cookery; sometimes they will inform the club of legal or financial matters pertinent to people who live in Spain, and other weeks, there is a quiz or just a chatty informal exchange of information and an opportunity, always to meet new friends and be made welcome. Outings are regular arranged, shopping, visits to local bodegas etc, and these are open to friends and partners or husbands . The TLC web page is , and Sharon can be contacted on 610005373 if you are interested in coming to along for a coffee and a chat, by yourself or with friends. The MACS webpage is for information of what MACS does, as a non-profit making charity, to support cancer sufferers, survivors and their carers, in Spain and abroad. If you feel you can give of your time, or volunteer skills helpful to MACS, please email or phone 607 598 470.

Thank You… Dog House Foundation

Paul, Phill & Kerry the secretary attended Bar Mar y Luna in San Juan, where a further 179 euro’s was presented to them from the fortnightly quiz nights and raffles which are organized by Jeanie Kettle and her husband and also Pat who arranges the raffles. A big thanks to Herman the bar owner and his family, also a big thanks to everyone who attended and have generously donated to the Foundation. Over 400 euro’s has been raised so far which has been designated to go towards food for the Dogs. Thank you San de los Terraros!

Summer Fair & Dog Show

(Under cover if weather is bad!) Piedra Amarilla Community Centre Nr Sunburnt Arms. To help raise funds for Puppy Rescue’s Dogs to Holland appeal Sun 28th August, 3 pm onwards. Stalls, Tombola, Tarot, Bar & snacks. Stall holders please book, 5 euro’s a pitch For more information or to book a pitch, Tel: 617 856 680 Or E mail, info@


Puppy Rescue In Spain

Have you thought about Fostering? Would you like to have a dog but don’t want the Vet’s bills? Or perhaps you do not live here all year round. We have over 60 dogs in our kennels large and small, some have been there since they were young pups. Many have never had a home, or someone to love them. Could you give one of them a foster home? We pay all of their vet’s bills, we will even get them spayed or neutered, all you have to do is look after them as if they were your own. Bring them back when you go away or can no longer have them. Even if it is only for a month or so it gives the dog a well deserved break and a taste of home life. For more Information phone Diane on 950 591 893 or 664 768 958.


Darling Maisy Happy 4th Birthday Miss you. Big kisses Nanny & Pop xxxx

P i t ch O n l y 2 €

Love you lots Mummy & Daddy xxxx

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

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

Puppy Rescue

CIF No.G04698817

Yet again the hunting season is upon us, and yet again some of the hunting fraternity are laying bait, containing poisons, which will kill any animal within a very short period of time, in most cases not long enough to get them to the vets for an antidote. If you notice that your dog is sick and vomiting a black substance which has a strange smell, the dog unable to stand and keeps falling to the floor, you need to make the dog / animal sick using milk or salt water. Continue with this until only the fluid i.e. milk, salt water is being returned. The Dog House has had a 95% success rate using this method. If you require any further information please contact The Dog House. Web: Tel mobile 634 316 692 Charity 4718.

The ANTAS Church

in Jauro village (signposted from the Cajamar bank in Antas). We offer Informal Structured Worship in a Friendly Atmosphere and extend a warm welcome to all denominations and all ages at our simple hour-long services of basic Christian Beliefs & Worship held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays each month at the Community Room (Salon Social) attached to the village church. Further info. from Geraldine or Barrie tel. no. 950 092 091 or just arrive or why not visit us on

Calle Malaga, Albox 04800 Tel 667 62 32 54

Caring for abandoned, abused and neglected puppies in the Albox area

Grand Summer Fair & Dog Show Piedra Amarilla Community Centre

Nr Sunburnt Arms, (follow the PACC signs from Albox end of new Motorway) Under cover if weather is bad

Sunday 28th August 2011 from 3pm onwards

Entrance €1 per person inc free raffle ticket, Children under 12 free

Stall, Tombola, Tarot Readings, Bar, Snacks Dog show registration 3.30pm to 4.30pm Entry 2 euro’s each class

Pups under 9 months, Waggiest tail, Prettiest female, Handsomest male, Scruffiest dog, Best young dog (under 6 years) Best older dog (over 6 years) Stall holders please book, 5 euro’s a pitch

For more information or to book a pitch, Tel 617 856 680 or email:



EVERY monday quiz 7.30 for 8pm

Quirky Quiz Questions Did you know that a FUNAMBALIST practises Funambulation?

But what does that mean he is doing? If you can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz And if that caught your attention, then you’ll be sure to enjoy our Quirky Quiz Questions Come and join us on a Monday evening. We definitely don’t take things too seriously it’s just light-hearted competition Sometimes from a slightly different perspective!!!

Bring your friends ~ Beat your neighbours

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Important News.

Formerly The Store

Rabbit hamster Guinea pig food

Happy 4th Birthday

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

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McGrath married on Sunday 14th August at Tatton Park You light, the skies up above me A star, so bright you blind me Don’t close your eyes Don’t fade away Don’t fade away

Lots of new treats

EVERY Wednesday 9am Restaurant Car Park

And many more....

Felix whiskers Go-cat

Wild bird seeds & fatballs

We are now open so come and see what we have for your cats & dogs. Any requests please ask...

Next To Eurowise, just up from Mercadona (Avda Lepanto, Albox)

Call Alison: 673 067 738

Yeah you and me we can ride on a star If you stay with me girl, we can rule the world Yeah you and me we can light up the sky If you stay by my side, we can rule the world. If walls break down, I will comfort you If angels cry, oh I’ll be there for you You’ve saved my soul

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“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody,

you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~Nora Ephron, When Harry Met Sally


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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

A I R P O R T SERVICES:All airports, anytime, reliable, reasonable rates. Tel: 629 097 057 Ai r po r t services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722 Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs


Reliable Belgian Builder

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


Harald 699 421 966 English, Spanish & French spoken

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified


MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

Air conditioning

Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

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

supplied & fitted Wanted cheapest in the area commercial hair

620 112 193 / 630 493 817 alternative energy

salon items

Back wash stations etc can Collect must be in

400 M2 workshop

& office space available, within working warehouse, aircon, electric, water. ready to operate 647 587 855 / 950 459 010

Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & Business For Sale heating services. If it involves water, we Internet Cafe, can help! Tel: good condition Based in Huercal 968 969 962 Overa, Serious Call Solar Wind Power Enquiries Only 756 848 745 Solutions. SPECIAL OFFER on Tel: 950135039 large solar panels. Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil car boot sale for competitive prices 636 261 240 email: www.sunergy Boot sale at El Rancho, Taberno. Every Wednesday, pitch only 2€ lots of stalls and bargains, for more information call Julie: 646 675 297 auctions Location Auctions, Antas El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 17th August. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412


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Affordable Car Hire What you see is what you pay! No excess mileage charges

648 533 962 childrens group

refreshments provided. Tel: 617 583 182




Specialists in Rugs 3 piece suites, kitchen cleans and all high level and inaccessable areas Call Now

635 113 172

for sale

Elaine’s Wools Soft Options quality UK wool & Curtains, & Soft accessories. Also Furnishings. Made to measure curtains available at & blinds.Cushions C a m p o s o l & accessories. Also Mazarron & on the Roman, Blinds Arboleas forum. Call C o m p e t i t i v e P r i c e s Te l e p h o n e Wo r k s h o p : 667 273 889 Tel: 968 959 632 elaines wools@ Mobile: 686 377 172

T E FA L S U P ER G L IDE Steam iron, complete with Ironing board. 10€ Tel: 649 057 515 Fruit juicer & Blender combined 5€ Tel: 649 057 515 3 Tier Stainless steel Steamer 5€ drainage Tel: 649 057 515 Pyrex type jug. 1€ Tel: 649 057 515 Bread crock & matching Biscuit barrel (2 tone blue). 3€ Tel: 649 057 515 GOLF CLUB MacGregor MT Rescue Club, R Flex Graphite Shaft, New & unused 50€ Tel: 950 633 029 P o r t a ble radio/cd player.5€ Tel: 649 057 515 electrical Small electric fan heater. Suckling ELECTRICIAN hermostatic Electrical Neil Godwin Tcontrol 4€ Tel: 649 Mojacar 25 years experience & surrounding areas 057 515 Full - Mains Electrical Installation S a n d wich - Electrical Repairs Been City & cut toaster 2€ Tel: off - ICP - Fault Finding Guilds 649 057 515 - Surge Protection problems Call Us! Fully insured - Water Pumps Double flip over - Econo-Heaters (supplied & fitted) & legal omelette pans 2€ 663 660 409 (Eng) Boletins supplied Tel: 649 057 515 677 672 144 (Span) air Tel : 687 245 569 Portable co n d itio n i n g Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and plumbing. Re-wires, free to air UK unit with remote excellent satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or control, condition 80€ 638 010 691 o.n.o. Phone Liz for Estate agents further details 667 979 445


August Opening Hours

a vo n Aguaviva Toddlers Tel: 627 907 207 cosmetics claire meet every Friday Tel: 691 987 454 at 11am avonfromclaire@ Email: 1€ entry with


Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email:

car Hire


toldos sun shade for sale 3m x 2m yellow and orange colour fixes to wall or under ceiling comes with fixings & handle to wind in/out still in box 65 euro tel. 696 049 588

To place your Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway.

Mon-Fri 10am-3pm Sat 10am-1pm

Secured loans, Capital Raising, Cash Advances whilst you sell your property. Equity Release: 902 585 569/652 986 088

for hire Everything for


fly screens

the visiting baby - Car seats,

high chairs, stair FLY gates, cots etc. SCREENS Tel: 950 436 581 Cheapest ENCLOSURE or 666 375 688 SPECIALISTS in the area! expectingbaby@ GLASS SCREENS Sliding & pull down. Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no Free quotes: obligation quote 620 112 193 / Professional Baby Equipment Hire. Call 677 114 576 630 493 817

for sale

wrought iron electronic entrance computers gate and side gate. DON ROBINSON Steve Hayes 550€ Call Jim: 686 PC hardware & software Informatica 122 224 M a hog a n y specialist. Unbiased Pc’s, Laptops, carved settle advise on purchases Printers etc. storeage seat 97x46 Installation, help and Sales & Repairs on- €60. Alpine 6 CD training. Diagnosis & site callout / tuition. changer €50. Teal Repair 15€ an hour min coloured TV stand, Consumables charge 1 hour + parts 1 shelf 2 drawers Opening hours I come to you Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm 120x50 €60. Chest freezer €50. 6.5 Comp TIAA+certified & Sat 10am until 1pm outboard with Tel: 646 587 746 Tel: 950 120 900 remotes, use with E: or without Belgian

marine €300. Tel: 950 091 151 C e r a mic / Pottery Kiln- 295€ 50 litres. Suitable for hobby ceramics.Kiln furniture included & temperature controller fitted. Buyer must collect. Bedar area.Photos can be supplied: Email sjgibbsprice@ 634 364 686

V Slicer with catch tray complete 3€ Tel: 649 057 515 17” Dell monitor 8€ Tel: 649 057 515 Set of stainless kitchen tools in stainless basket 2€ Tel: 649 057 515 Small pool pump/filter with hoses etc 4€ Tel: 649 057 515 Box of assorted screws/nails/ saddles nuts/bolts handy for DIY man 10€ Tel: 649 057 515 Sanyo 14” colour TV 8€ Tel: 649 057 515 Porters trolly 2€ Tel: 649 057 515 Workmate 5€ Tel: 649 057 515 Oil Filled radiator 5€ Tel: 649 057 515 Double action Air pump, (hand). 4€ Tel: 649 057 515 Cool box with ice packs 3€ Tel: 649 057 515 50 cm paella pan complete with

double gas ring/ hose & regulator and Stand 20€ Tel: 649 057 515 ntex Double inflatable bed, double height, with built in pump 8€ Tel: 649 057 515 Asso r tme n t of plates and dishes 8€ Tel: 649 057 515 Box of mixed glasses/ tumblers/ goblets/ sherry glasses 10€ Tel: 649 057 515 Box of mixed herbs and spices with spice rack 5€ Tel: 649 057 515 Hilka 2 ton trolley jack with axle stands etc in carrying case 30€ Tel: 649 057 515 Pair of light wood 2 drawer bedside cabinets 5€ Tel: 649 057 515 Box of mixed computer leads, power packs etc. 5€ Tel: 649 057 515

GARDENING need help with your weeds? fed up with gardening? bored with pulling weeds? i love gardening ! let me ! lady muck. give a helping hand. reasonable rates ! trustworthy ! reliable ! friendly lady that loves gardening call lady muck telephone:

660 347 436

glazing interglaze – double glazing specialists cal kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

house clearance


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

FREE delivery 693 480 411 or email: & collection. Tel: 615 806 126 Antas & Arboleas 649 332 134

hEATING C a r los ( S a lie n te ) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962

buy sell p/x

Best prices paid, no middle men & we don’t work from the bedroom!

Visit either Antas or Arboleas today!

AUCTION ~ 15th of EVERY month ~ Arboleas

Opposite Mora oil

637 184 625




For complete Optica Kitchens or refurbishments contact Ventanas Y Puertas, Mojacar. Tel: 950 473 104 or 669 143 036

iron/Metal works

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

painter/decorator painter & decorator Friendly, Fast, Clean & Efficient Tel:649 186 107 or email:


All quality products

Tel: 620 112 193 630 493 817

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 Experienced Interior & works, including gates, railings, rejas, Exterior staircases, gazebos & chain-link fencing Decorator - Tel: 950 431 738 Using quality

Jewellery & repairs

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

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

Tel: 603 633 138 limousine

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

634 321 024 ES 618 315 933 UK

not just for special occasions

pets section


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

TEL IAN: 617 904 774

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 ence 20 years experi


You can advertise your business in this space and reach over 32,500 readers every week

Call Paulette 950 121 936 902 750 190 or email



Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view Tel: Tracy Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952


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

German Sheperd puppies

for sale

Selection of puppies & dogs breed for expposition tattooed for the R.Ceppa English: 673 278 946 Spanish: 606 995 664/679 944 912 Animal Hotel, Aquilas every Saturday afternoon, dog training exclusive Twice boarding kennels courses / cattery. Warm, weekly obedience & friendly secure classes Tues Thurs mornings. countryside Call: 639 722 197 environment. Now managed Ken & Jackie by APSA Dog & Cat Tel 673 503 086 Sitter service Your home or ours. or 950 067 051

Palomino Kennels

Honest & trust worthy.

“Readers of a sensitive disposition 3 years experience of may find some of the advertisments Paws A While all types of animals. locksmith Pet Hotel - Fines, in this section offensive” Nr Albox Tel: 696 References available Phil the Pick on request. Locksmith Locksmith 562 662 24 Tel: 950 0 67 hours. Locked houses, cars, 943 or 676 389 Out? Locks fitted/ safes, etc. 592 upgraded house calle tortuga boba, 69, opened safes. Arboleas & 4 sexy girls window locks, surroutnding area. Special weekend erotic and relaxing door locks & rates. Tel: 697 243 upgrades massages. 181 fully qualified, Lock, Stock Discreet legal & regis- and Barrel, TRAVELLING IN AIR Fully qualified tered CONDITIONED VEHICLE DELIVERED TO DOOR locksmith. Change call: 666 949 213 any lock, upgrade, PETS STAY IN PET FRIENDLY HOTELS. ACCOMPANIED break-in or lockout. Roquetas de Mar / Almeria 24hr TRAVEL AVAILABLE Danna, The best massage. Tanned hour service. No Cattery Open ! emergency 24 call out charge. Tel young Brazilian beauty! Stunning figure, 0044 7533 285 918 email: beautiful breasts welcomes you alone in call out Dave: sexy lingerie, by appointment. Mon – Sun 608 673 086 11-11pm Tel: 645 629 083 Claire from Cutting Edge would like to NUMBER PLATES Male Massuer Men only Relaxing say “adios” to all her friends as she will and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388


Tel: 687 891 515



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 For a full service contact:

Alan 662 249 159

be leaving shortly for Australia. (Spanish Flag in Window) It’s an opportunity Julie, Jenny, Karen that has arisen and a Sexy bodies, erotic chance of a lifetime and relaxing massage, for our family. But Discreet outings, hotels we desperately and home visits for need to rehome our Men & Women cat (chica) If anyone can help please Tel: 634 612 828 contact Claire on 697224205


properties for sale / rent Bracodeweimar cross Labrador pups 75€ 655 957 301


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

plumbing C a r los ( S a lie n te ) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. Tel: 968 969 962 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 797 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080

property services

All home services

including painting, tiling, gardening, in & around the Albox/Arboleas area. Excellent daily rates.

Call 654 197 014 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

Villa for

Long or Short Term Los Patricios Rent Nr Albox

• 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Large Fenced Plot • Pets Welcome • 400€ pcm + bills

Tel: 673 115 977

Villa 3 bed, 3 bath available for rent

Los Carosoles, good condition,

Only 350pm

call to view 609 199 394

Properties to Rent

Arboleas / Cucador Los Carasoles Alfoquia areas 4 bed, 2 bath duplex, 2 large patios

300€ pcm

Villa with lots of land 3 large bedrooms 1 en suite, fully furn, large pool in 2000sqm land

500€ pcm

VILLA 4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio

250€ pcm

call to view: 609 199 394

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

Tel: 650 038 251 removals

property sales & rental

Park Homes Static caravans bought & sold, best prices paid, no deductions, we also transport, store & instore homes, sites available, Tel: 674 226 289

Large cortijo for sale

20mins from Mojacar House / pet spacious 4 bed, 2 bath, sitting

Oct-Nov & Feb-March


lounge ,kithen/dining

room, 220m2 build, also later dates available. Security 1000m2 plot, 60m2 for your house while garage/workshop, large you are away. Pets fed and watered. outside terraces, room for a pool, Albox & Cantoria areas. Local refs. 200,000€ ono Call Eric on 0044 Tel: 649 186 107 0r 7861 668280 thunderpaul2003@ email:

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

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


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satellite/ television

A1 Sky Television Systems

Satellite TV installations, alignment of dishes etc. Also Spanish “freeview”systems supplied & installed Tel Dave: 628 607 778 Sky Digibox. Pace with sky card BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 ITV1, 2, 3, ch4 & 5. 120€ can deliver. Tel: 667 235 205 or 667 478 771

shower screens /bathrooms For shower screens and complete bathroom conversions contact Ventanas Y Puertas, Mojacar. Tel 950 473 104

situations vacant


Pleasant telephone manner, Day & Night Shifts, Hourly Rate, Based in Mojacar. Must speak English & Spanish (other languages an advantage), & remain calm under pressure. Send CV asap to: Beautician needed for busy friendly salon in Turre, please call 644496198


Enterprising woman / man for entertainment karaoke work needs to be Spanish Speaking For details call

645 066 538



required on a part time basis for busy bar in Almerimar.

Tel: 680 210 827

Fully Qualified Stylist Required. A fantastic opportunity to rent a chair in a very busy salon in a prime position in Albox. For more information call

628 669 456

Extend your swimming season fit a pool cover now and lock in the heat 647 587 855 tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708


solar power


Walls, Floors, Swimming pools, Kitchens Bathrooms, Patios Marble-Slate-Natural Stone Albox & Surrounding Areas


667 702 817



commercial hair salon items Back wash stations etc can Collect must be in

good condition

Food mixer must be strong type for commercial kitchen. can collect Tel: 647 379 878


wanted Commercial gas 6/8 ring hob plus/ or commercial size cooker. Must be in good working order. Can collect Tel: 609 199 394


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

185watt solar panels 295€ best price in spain

motoring section

30a 12/24 volt controllers with lcd display 120€

for sale

30a 12/24volt controller no display 80€ solar batteries 1000amp 6x2volt to make 12v 675€ 550amp 6x2volt (new) 750€ others available all solar equipment bought and sold wanted small camper van

Tel: 619 744 516 spas



Rancho Luz Del Sol, Retamar, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided. Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547


Sheer Luxury

647 587 855

2.0 Diesel, December 2003, left hand drive,manual, Spanish plates. 3 door Metallic Silver. Air con, electric windows & wing mirrors, air bags. Central locking. Radio cassette & multi CD changer. ITV till Feb 2012. Front tyres changed in Feb this year, rear changed June this year.Spare wheel never used. Also had full service in Feb this year. Black cloth interior. 1 previous owner. In good condition just a couple of minor scuffs to rear bumper. 145,000 kms. If interested please call:

671 770 543

only 4,250€

Fiat Stilo estate

JTD 1.9 turbo diesel. April 2004 Taxed and ITV 1 year. 54,000 miles €3,500 Tel: 634 342 545 Roquetas de mar

Landrover Freelander 1999 Petrol 1795cc. DarkGreen. 125k miles. RHD. Spanish Plates. ITV to July 2012. Replacement Engine. 2500€ ono Tel: 627 489 299 Opel Vectra silver 1.9, year 1999, VGC diesel, taxed and itv may 2012 €1,400 ONO Tel: 868 931 801

for sale fiat stilo

This car must go New cars arriving soon. Tax paid for year, over a year ITV, jtd, 2003, 5 door, diesel,ac, lhd, spanish reg, 133,000 km or 83,000 m, very clean not your usual spanish car, no dents, scrapes


Tel: 677 114 576

Honda XR600R, 1999, on/off road, Spanish motorbike. Good condition, 1000€ ONO Tel: 673 115 977

jet ski 155hp with shuttle craft,


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


Quick Clean And Hassle Free Steve lost your number please Call me!! ceramic wall & Floor tiling

756 848 745

EFL Teacher Vacancy

For Sale Toyota Corolla

Jaguar XJ6 3.2 sport, maroon, cream leather €400

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

Wanted Sales support Call canvassers, all areas in Costa Blanca and Almeria considered, Good commissions and conditions, apply via email with CV to windows & doors admin@ Wanted sales staff, car, and internet For all your window and door necessary all areas in Costa Blanca and requirements contact Ventanas y Puertas, Almeria considered all training given, good Mojacar. Tel 950 473 104 pay and conditions. Apply via email with CV to admin@ buyandsellpropertyinspain .com

English Academy in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria is looking for a native certified EFL Teacher. Must enjoy working with children and teenagers. For further details email your CV to sandieglara@

motoring section

swimming pools

VW Passatt,

1999 blue 250k 1.9 TDI great runner NEW itv, 20kms/1 ltrs fuel, very reliable car, new cam belt & water pump .

2250€ Telephone 600063303



TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763



leave your old car, caravan or motorhome

battery with us and DVLA notified. spanish papers takeaway a free bottle of Also 4x4’s red or white wine breaking. 647 587 855 All parts 647 587 855 / 950 459 010 motorhomes/ available. caravans 950 459 010 Distance no Lunar 6 metre object. Will caravan, twinaxle, collect and fridge, oven, grill, deliver. Buyers mechanic hob, extractor, JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tracof all metals shower, toilet, clean Mikes Mobile tors, Trailers & all other types of plant Brass, 1,175€ M ech a n ics throughout machinery. Any age, any condition. All types of ono Tel: 672 019 230 Copper, Lead, Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for aluminium service, repair & ITV motorhomes & caravans wanted, cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, testing. Fully qualified &top prices waiting, and legal with over cash Suzuki, Nissan etc anything concidered. paid for Gold.


35 years experience. Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 / 636 824 974

647 587 855 / 950 459 010 www. abbey spectrum twin truck & driver caravan, axle, island bed, wanted 2x motor movers, aircon, fully loaded, Truck driver with as brand new clean & covered 3.5 647 587 855 / 950 tonne lorry wanted 459 010 www. Must be available caravan & Tuesday evening till moto r home wednesday evening storage, undercover, alarmed, on a weekly basis insured, electric. short - loing for regular delivery term Call Rob on 647 587 855 / 950 459 010 www.

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763


Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

From a pocket watch to a piano.... If it’s under 300€ you can advertise your items

free of charge in the SOLTIMES

Drop in your coupon listing your items for sale or email your wording to

609 199 394

for hire

mini digger

mini digger

MINI DIGGER & DRIVER with Tipper Truck

For Hire All types of building work. References available. Call Kevin:

610 926 833

TRADE ADVERTS - Cost only 45c per word, min 10 words. Maximum of 3 adverts per week. Please make cheques payable to Matthews Media S.L.

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

OPEN & SHUT....................


August is a funny month. For a start it is so hot that any sort of physical activity, in fact even coherent thought is impossible, and things that are usually open, like shops, are shut, and things that are usually shut, like public swimming pools, are open. This Shut versus Open in August thing extends as far as the windows and doors of our house. In the (very) early morning, at a time when all self-respecting burglars have gone to bed, one or the other of us will arise from our fanassisted slumbers and proceed, zombie-like, to open the doors front and back in the vain hope that a drift of breeze will find its way inside. Were Limaria bigger it could give Chicago serious competition for the title of Windy City, yet the wind in August only manifests itself when the sun is up, and never at dawn or dusk. Were I not such a sensible and down-to-earth person I would hazard a guess that maybe it is afraid of the dark…….? Even if opening every possible aperture serves as no encouragement to the ingress of breeze, it does permit the local wildlife a stage from which to make their varied voices heard. At most times round here the sound waves caused by the proverbial pin being dropped will reverberate around the valley, bouncing from hill to hill with a decibel count likely to cause tut-tutting from those with sensitive hearing. In the mornings, with our windows and doors thrown wide, the full dawn chorus of sparrows and dogs, all trying to out-shout each other, reaches our ears without impediment. Yet as soon as the sun is up and our windows closed, the dogs go to sleep and goodness only knows where the sparrows go, but they are nowhere to be seen. Silence falls once more, unless some careless person drops a pin! It still seems strange to me to be shutting the windows

and pulling the blinds down to keep the sun out. Although we lived in the comparatively balmy south of England, within a hop and two skips of the English Riviera, any sign of the sun was enough to signal the opening of any and all windows, the rolling up of sleeves, perhaps even a cautious exposing of the lower legs, followed by a frenzied exodus into the open air – after all, who knew how long it would be before it rained again! Yet here I am, shutting out the sun and sitting in the shade – I even caught myself remarking to a neighbour that it would be ‘nice if it rained overnight.’ How times change!

By Jos Biggs

IT’S A PUPPET!! ‘Cast Off’..........

When The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the three movies that made up the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released in 2001, I remember thinking thank goodness for Peter Jackson and the new age of high tech special effects and truer than life animation. Tolkien’s original saga scales soaring heights of descriptive richness and takes ones imagination on a journey of such monumental scale, that to interpret all of this into a movie that not only passes muster as a spectacle it’s own right, but also satisfies the appetite of most of those discerning LOTR aficionados out there, was an achievement of almost super human proportions. The very latest cutting edge film making technology was without question a pre-requisite for this mammoth task. I was a little apprehensive I recall, taking my lovely wife to see this film. Fantasy is a genre in which she has no real interest - except when she tries to convince herself and me that she really does need another new handbag or pair of shoes - and I found it hard to believe that she had never read the original book, although I had read The Hobbit to her many years earlier. I used to do lovey-dovey things like that in my younger day – we even ate chocolate chip mint ice cream in bed when the mood took us, but that’s another story.

But remarkably she loved every one of the film’s 200 minutes and so totally absorbed were we both, that a look of disbelief passed between us when three hours plus had passed and the final credits began to roll. Light years of difference therefore from those early puppet shows on TV that themselves marked milestones in animation technology under the new natty name of ‘Supermarionation’ and the likes of Supercar; Fireball XL5 and Stingray hit our screens. Then their creator the puppeteer supreme Gerry Anderson upped the game again with the amazingly popular Thunderbirds – you could barely see the strings on those suckers - and my own favourite, Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons. At last here were puppets that looked close to being human and did not have oversized heads perched on their arthritic looking bodies. The reason for those disproportionate craniums, I later found out, was that they had large solenoids inserted into them in order to be able to lipsync the voices. With the advance in electronics and miniaturisation, this problem was overcome with the Captain Scarlet series. So good was the modelling in fact, that the young spotty girl living next door to us, thought that the puppet character Captain Black was an absolute doll. I felt the need to point out to her that that is exactly what the git was! And it was easy to see why these new ground breaking children’s programmes were so popular because they superseded such puppet series as The Adventures

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of Twizzle – the tales of a double jointed little oik who could extend his arms and legs at will and open a door in Bristol while standing in Swindon. And Torchy the Battery Boy who, surprise surprise and heavens to Betsy had a lamp in his head that shone a magic beam - Oooh! This series went on for a while, but then I guess old Torchy’s battery must have given out . . . this was after all, in the days before Duracell Plus. The sad part is that I can actually remember all this stuff. Sadder still, is the fact that I can scroll back even further to the days of Muffin the Mule and The Flowerpot Men – but in my defence hastily add that this was enforced viewing as a mere babe in arms when my Mum would take me next door to watch their OXO sized TV – the only one in the street. Muffin of course was a very lucky mule; if a real horse looked that knackered he would have long since been sent to the glue makers. And interestingly (or not) his presenter was Annette Mills - auntie to Hayley. Dave and Nick - The Flowerpot Men - still rear their empty little heads from time to time and are duly interrupted in their almost incomprehensible babblings by Weeeeeedy Ed. I much preferred Bill and Ben I have to say. Infinitely more sensible.

The point is, that all of these offerings were entertaining and absorbing when they first appeared on the screen, and looking back over our shoulders, the only reason they look pathetically dated and amateurish now is umm . . . that they were. How will we view The Lord of the Rings then in thirty or forty years time - can technology of that calibre really become dated? You’ll have to let me know by celestial email. I won’t be here.



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“Do visitors make more of life here than locals? Going to shows and concerts, trying out restaurants, strolling along the shopping streets and finding the best bargains... Living here, do you get so wrapped up in the daily grind that you forget to leave time to make the most of the fun that’s out there?” These questions were put by a local, English website. Is that not natural? We live here, visitors do not! What we do not do today, we can do tomorrow. Besides, it is too darn hot! According to Foreign Office figures Britons are more likely to require consular help in Spain, get arrested in Thailand, or die in the Philippines. Compared to whom? Spanish people in Spain? Thai people in Thailand? Filipinos in the Philippines? However, if you wish to die from natural causes, you should go to the Philippines, as this is the country where the Brits are most likely to die; and 84% of the deaths are from natural causes. Really comforting! Right? In Thailand you’ll get arrested, and in Norway, Jamaica, Argentina, Brazil, Serbia and Peru you’ll get arrested for drug offences. Anyway, “two thirds of Britons do not always find out about the laws of the country they are visiting before they head off abroad, putting them at risk of unknowingly breaking the law, said the report”. Phenomenal! “I did not know it was against the law, your Honour!” And, wishy-washy, you are off the hook. Hello – Earth to Cloud-Nine! It does not work like that! Ignorance, whether willful or not, is not acknowledged as an excuse within any country’s law complex. Kate as Queen!! Spanish news media has announced that the Brits want the new Countess of Cambridge to succeed Queen Elizabeth on the British throne. Wow, we have to quickly change common law and statute. Under common law the crown is passed on by male-preference primogeniture. Act of Union 1800 and Bill of Rights (1689) stipulate that those who are not legitimate descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover are disbarred from succeeding to the Crown. Minor technicalities! No, queenie should abdicate in favour of Kate – she is much better dressed! Plus, an example to follow for us commoners as she wears clothes from shops like Zara and TopShop– and, wears them more than once -, according to Vanity Fair! Definitely qualified to sit on a throne! In summertime Spanish television is revisiting old Class-C series. These days one of the channels is showing “Baywatch” They have reached the episodes filmed 1999 to 2001 in Hawaii, starring big names like David Hasselhoff, Michael Bergin, Brooke Burns, Monica Nakagawa, and Charlie Brumbly??? I was somewhat not surprised when I found out that these episodes were produced by Hasselhoff himself – how else, could a 50 year old has-been be cast for a role in a “body-watch” series. Oops, nearly forgot to tell you that they are planning to replace “Baywatch” with a newer, more action-filled version called “Paintwatch”. I do have my opinion about Spanish politics – I do try not to ram it down the readers’ throat. However, I have to tell you this. Rubalcaba, the socialists’ candidate for the elections in November, and 1st vicepresident, is desperately trying to distance himself from Zapatero. His latest foible is declaring that the coming elections will be free of threats of terrorist acts from ETA. Aarrgh! For Heaven’s sake! He and Mr. Bean have made them legal under the name “Bildu”. As Al Gore once said: ‘’A zebra does not change its spots.’’ Neither does a leopard, Al. Ahh – politicians! Maybe they are just “misunderestimated” as George W. Bush once claimed to be! We certainly should not underestimate them as a bottomless source of silly quotes. But the epitome of political work was however provided by Colonel Oliver North during his Iran-Contra testimony: “I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.” Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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These are bothersome times, especially if your thoughts float back home to a favourite place in your heart or a special memory that might harbour in connection to London. One could get violently ill watching the thugs kick in the glass doors and looting the boxes of merchandise. “They are not English” you scream in the recesses of your mind, but of course, you don’t utter it out loud. Well, not until the third G&T! Then, “let the devils be damned. Bang their heads together and put them in the army for a few months”. Unfortunately the crisis runs much deeper than quick fixes. And, just bringing an American police specialist over to help guide in controlling “gangs” is a start to corralling the snake, pushing it into a corner and chopping off its head. But in reality, that cannot happen either as England herself, is now held bound and fettered by the new popular rule of old propriety, as worn as a cobblestone street; “political correctness”. Now it’s bad enough that someone from one of the secret M branches has brought in a yank, flown him over the pond but will anyone actually listen? No one did before! What? You ask. These tragic circumstances have not occurred before. Well back in 2006 London’s Sunday Times published a series of articles by American anthropologist Charles Murray concerning the growing and threatening problem of England’s “underclass”. What he said was pretty much the same bar conversation you hear from X-pats out here relaxed enough to say it out loud and have drunk just enough to not worry about polite political correctness. Well, more than 6000 letters poured in highly critical of the Yank for the audacity of his comments. He proved prophetically correct and hence he’s getting honourable mention in my column. Murray suggests “By underclass, I do not mean people who are merely poor, but people at the margins of society, unsocialised and often violent. The chronic criminal is part of the underclass, especially the violent chronic criminal… Over the past two decades, larger and larger numbers of British children have not been socialized to norms of self-control. Consideration for others and the concept that actions have consequences. One of the leading reasons is that larger and larger numbers of British children are not being raised by two mature married adults.” Well, that said I rest my case, wishing that someone from the Scilly Islands had penned it and not a fellow countryman. But the current government (now back from hollies) seems to also have tapped in to what should be the new mantra for the next “educational years” ahead: RESPONSIBLE for YOUR actions- you reap the consequences of what you have sown. Oh, and “political correctness” is the hob-goblin of little minds! With it society never changes, transforms or evolves with the times but rather swings around in circles—endlessly.

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BOXERS GOLF SOCIETY Indalo Lawn Bowling 19th Hole Golf Society, Cucador.......... Club

On Friday 29th July a Fund Raising evening was held at the Indalo Lawn Bowling Club. Three of the club’s members have been selected to represent Spain at the Atlantic Rim Championships in Cyprus in October which is quite a prestigious tournament with many countries competing. The Spanish National Squad get very little funding and so Jan Dando, Debbie Colquhoun and Mick Johnson have to find their own travel and accommodation expenses. On the night much fun was had by all and, as a result of the very generous donations over €500 was raised for the three competitors. The local

businesses that donated raffle prizes were: The New Kimrick Restaurant, Mojacar The Sleep Centre, Albox Colin the Card, Albox PriceBusters, Albox Iceland, Vera Many other raffle prizes were donated by friends and family and some extremely generous gifts of cash were also received. Jan, Debbie and Mick would like to say thank you to all that helped them to raise this money - it is very much appreciated - and they hope that they can do the club proud by returning home with a medal.

Urcal Golf Society..... Saturday 13th August and a visit to Playa Serena. Numbers were down for this trip, due to several members being back in England, avoiding the heat and a few members having guests. Those members that did play enjoyed the day on a well maintained course and well stocked half way break area where we all enjoyed drinks and tapas courtesy of Playa Serena. Overall winner was Stan

Whitty 34pts on countback from Tony Morgan with Tony Cook in third on 31points. Longest drive went to John Smith, Nearest the pin was Dave Edmonds and nearest the pin in two went to Tony Cook. The society’s next event will be at Playa Macenas on 27th August where guests are always welcome, for further information contact Dick Gooding on 699397267

This is a report for the last two society golf days. No golf courses were hurt in the writing of this piece. The first day was at Aguilon Golf and the attendance was heartening. The weather was set fair and the winds light. Ralph “La Playa” Hunter was keeping his cool playing from sand to sand, he loves it! Scott “Internet trained” Lucas decided that Google might be right and took only a 5 iron to the course which seemed to work, most of the time. Tony “La Pelota” Slinn chose to employ the ground route rather than an aerial one in the hope of not losing many balls and it was with generally to good effect. The winner with a creditable 34 points was John Boulter and runner up was Brian Everitt with 27 points. Nearest the pin was Robin “The Vicar” Hawkins. There was only one 2 and that went to Gary Grey. Moving on to the second report where the society day was at Playas Macenas. Thank you to members and visitors for another good turn out. The major talking point of the day was that “La Pelota” did not lose one single ball. A guard of honour saluted as he came off the course. The

family Hunt were playing and the fair Maggie showed her man John a clean pair of heals (on countback). Maggie also had the misfortune of getting a puncture in her buggy after a steering problem. She assures us that she wasn’t driving at the time and that she couldn’t swear as she was playing with “The Vicar”. Harry Eels is now known as “The Hammer” when it was discovered that he was practicing in his garden with a hammer attached to a broom handle. Practicing indeed!! It seemed to pay dividends as he came first with a very good 41 points 6 clear of Alan Greenfield in second with 35 points. Nearest the pin went to Nick Pogson and there were 3 2’s, Harry Eels, Nick Pogson and guest Mark Newall. Thanks to Illumi and her staff who presented a good course at Playa Macenas. The next match is at Aguilon Golf on the 25th August. The start sheet is posted at La Vida, Cucador. Anyone residents or visitors that are interested in playing with or joining the society should telephone Ken Dawkins on 610 036 484 or email

FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2011 Today saw 11 members and one guest playing an individual stableford on a hot sunny day at Valle Del Este. Even though it was hot all our winners scored more than 30 points. The course remains in excellent condition. There were 2 x 2’s – Bob Risbey on hole 6 and Brendan Cullen on hole 14.

Division One 1st Mick Coulson – 37 points yet another reduction in handicap 2nd John Gregory – 35 points (B9 16 points) Division Two 1st Bob Risbey – 35 points 2nd Yvonne Bridgman – 31 points Well played everyone.



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On Tuesday 9th of August Boxers Golf Society took part in a full day’s golf at La Envia. The day began with an 18 hole Stapleford competition, then following a break for lunch, we played a 9 hole medal. It was a hot but bearable and all enjoyed the two competition format though the medal scores reflected some measure of fatigue.

Results. Stapleford Div One

Third Tom Harris 31 points

Medal Div One

Winner Steve Gilmore net 35 Second Roy Bishop net 36

Div Two Winner Steve Peete net 35,5 Second Trevor Jones net 37

Div Three Winner Eddie Vaughan net 38 Second P Dawson net 39.5

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Eddie Vaughan and G Twyman. Two’s Tony Harwin. Overall winner on the day was Steve Gilmore. Dates for the diary: 24th of August, Roda. Book in for the competitions membership at the Why Not bar in Albox each Saturday between 10am and 11am. or email bgs.ev.

Indalo Lawn Bowling Club.................................... On Friday 29th July a Fund Raising evening was held at the Indalo Lawn Bowling Club. Three of the club’s members have been selected to represent Spain at the Atlantic Rim Championships in Cyprus in October which is quite a prestigious tournament with many countries competing. The Spanish National Squad get very little funding and so Jan Dando, Debbie Colquhoun and Mick Johnson have to find their own travel and accommodation expenses. On the night much fun was had by all and, as a result of the very generous donations over €500 was raised for the three competitors. The local


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AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS Arsenal confirm Fàbregas move........................... REPORT............................... There is a lot of work being carried out on the greens at the moment,they are removing the “elephants graveyards” i.e. the mounds that the designers thought might enhance the charm of the course,but proved to be difficult to maintain (greens mowers find it difficult to climb over the hills and cut grass at the same time) however disruption has been kept to a minimum RESULTS Wednesday 3rd AugustIndividual Stableford With the works been carried out it was decided to postpone the monthly medal,which pleased some members 1st John Bridgen 37pts

2nd Roger Kaye 36pts 3rd Sally Keene 35pts Twos: John Bridgen at 8th Wednesday 10th AugustIndividual Stableford With a lot of members away on holiday it is pleasing to have some visitors joining us,one of whom walked off with the top prize 1st Phil Jones 38pts (Visitor) 2nd Louis Long 37pts 3rd Les Raufer 34pts Twos: Bill Gibb x 2 4th and 8th,John Bridgen 4th and Kevin Manser 4th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon,Wed and Friday For information contact 636 938 404 or 634 641 199

Cortijo Grande.............. Wednesday 10th August 2011 at Cortijo Grande and the hot weather is keeping our members away at the moment. As we know this will be with us for some time yet so get on and enjoy while you can. Our winner with 34 points was Tony Sprake second on a countback also 34 Frederique Baird and third with 32 Mike Picken. No ball sweep winner. Sunday 14th and I know

you will not believe this but a very hot day and our winner with 35 points Antonio Pinero who is one of our greenkeepers second with 35 on countback David Hardy and third with 33 Mike Picken. Who keeps asking him to play? Ball sweep winner Antonio Pinero Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. To join us on any Wednesday or Sunday 950 475509 MP Jeremy’ and his son ‘Three at a time Nick’. What a great morning we had, 9 different species with Nick and Paul were bringing up good size Atlantic or channel mackerel three at a time. Other fish caught were blue mouths, pandoras, pickerel, combers, bogues and hake. I had an unusual lizard fish which can be caught, both trolling and 300 feet down like mine was. I also had my first boat caught stingray, I guess it weighed 7lbs and was put back for another day. To the surprise of my comrades I might add who were all looking at it thinking ‘skate wings and chips’. See photo of me and my stingray. A sunfish came to look at us and disappeared at one point when Jeremy was dropping bait down. I said “get ready for a lift bite” but nothing happened and the fish resurfaced a bit further away. Steve was out three more times in the week and had mixed results although they had a good selection of fish. He went out with the ‘Alfoquia lads & lassies’ on his Garrucha moored boat Vagabundo consisting of ‘Jonno’, ‘The birdman of Alfoquia’, ‘Andy the Caveman’, ‘Phil the Dart’, ‘Captain Margaret’ & ‘Sweep’s’ mum Lynn! They had a bit of a swell

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with Beachcomber John ‘London Bill’ says it’s been too hot for him to fish long hours so has just been doing a bit of spinning on Macenas rocks early morning or late evening. He says he caught nothing worth mentioning. ‘Hissing Sid’ went out with a party of three, (Four more on ‘Orca Steve’s’ boat) the three didn’t too well even though the sea was as flat as a pancake and the trip (On Sid’s boat) was cut short. The Mojacar (Near Red Cross) chemist does two brilliant brands of sea sickness tablets. All three anglers caught fish; one was the biggest weaver Sid had ever seen. I had a morning out with ‘Orca Steve’ and was joined by ‘Paul the Rope’, ‘Chef

Arsenal football club has confirmed it has reached an “agreement in principle” over the sale of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona. After months of speculation, the 24year-old Gunners captain looks set to return to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003. He will discuss personal terms and undergo a medical on Monday. “We understand Cesc’s desire to move to his home-town club and have now accepted an offer from Barcelona,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Barcelona have been chasing Fàbregas since last summer. Arsenal will receive a guaranteed £30m transfer fee, with a further £5m dependent on the number of games played and trophies won by the Spaniard during his time at Nou Camp. The midfielder is due to be unveiled at a news conference in Barcelona on Monday. Fàbregas trained with his Arsenal teammates for the final time on Friday morning and was not part of Wenger’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener against

Newcastle. The Spaniard, who has 58 caps for his country, made 303 appearances for the Gunners during his eight-year spell at the club, scoring 57 goals in all competitions. In October 2003, he became Arsenal’s youngest first-team player when he made his debut against Rotherham United in the League Cup aged 16 years and 177 days. He also became the club’s youngest goalscorer when he netted against Wolves in a 5-1 win that December. Fàbregas was part of the Arsenal team that beat Manchester United on penalties to win the 2004-05 FA Cup, which turned out to be his only trophy with the Gunners.

Valle del Este golf society...... Results are results and you cannot argue with the score that counts on the day we had this on Friday so it is worth writing about one of our members who shall remain nameless at this point scored only 10 pts on the front nine 9 (not even reaching the ladies teebox on the 5th hole) but recovered well on the back nine to shoot 26pts with the help of the odd tree and a couple of birdies and win on the day Friday. Question of Sport - do you know the answer? to contend with although it wasn’t too choppy and they fished 500m out from the Repsol garage trying for the triggers which hang about there and where they have previously caught. The fishing was slow with only a few of the usual pickeral, combers and small bream. The swell soon got to the ladies and Steve had to return to port to drop them off before heading back out with the lads for more fishing. Unfortunately the swell increased and it was soon the lads turn to go a shade of green & feed the fish. They continued for a while longer catching a few small fish but decided to call it a day and headed back to port. On another occasion Steve took ‘Tony the bag’ (the biggest thing he caught all day was his canvas bag, AND WHAT A TANGLE!). Tony’s sister “Lick em Lillian” (No I didn’t ask!) who caught nearly all the fish, “Kirsty the cap” and “Jamie with Vision”. Also joining the party was Darren, Kieran & Rhiannon who joined Sid on his boat. (See above) Lillian soon got the hang of fishing and caught 3 nice size fish quickly including a decent striped bream, a very big weaver and a nice sized Pickerel. Lillian also had a big fish on but Tony got tangled again! This time with Lillian’s tackle and by the time they sorted the mess the fish had gone. It was probably a Trigger fish or Red Snapper as they were fishing in that area. Kirsty caught a nice pandora which made her day! Jamie enjoyed the outing and was

Tuesdays results and a team game best 3 out of 4 to count and the winners were Bill Churchill Sue Hull Chris Miles and Bob Mearing. Friday and the answer 1st Ray Mc Hale 36pts 2nd David Wilson 36pts 3rd Sean Halligan 35pts. Nearest the pins Phil Miles and Patrick Vickery. Now continuing with some golf quotes this week and how GOLF BALLS NEVER BOUNCE OFF TREES BACK INTO PLAY. If one does the Tree is breaking a Law of the universe and should be cut down. ENJOY YOUR GOLF


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Sergio Agüero is determined to build on his sensational start as a Manchester City player and believes his arrival at the club will be the start of something big City’s £38million record signing made a dramatic debut last night as he came off the bench to score twice and set up another goal in a 4-0 season-opening Premier League win over Swansea. After the match, he Tweeted: “Very happy with my debut for City.

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Hopefully the start of something big. Thank you to my team-mates and the fans for their support.” The Argentinian forward had been kept waiting for his City bow throughout last week’s Community Shield and for a further 60 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, but he quickly made up for lost time. The 23-year-old told City TV: “I am happy. The start was really good and I want to keep like this. It was nice. I had a chance to play a little bit and I enjoyed it. “I helped the team and I want to keep

doing the same in the future.” Agüero had been held back by manager Roberto Mancini as a precaution due to a lack of match fitness. The former Atletico Madrid star began pre-season late after representing his country at the Copa America until mid-July. Agüero said: “He knows how I am and it was okay for me to play 30-35 minutes.” On the good reception he received from fans, Agüero added: “The only way for me to thank them is on the pitch and keep doing what I do best.”

Djokovic hailed the victor at Montreal Masters 1000

The word No 1 Djokovic, winner of his ninth ATP title this season, admitted he had a small physical worry in Sunday’s final. “Throughout this tournament I carried little problems with the shoulder. But it’s OK. Nothing major,” he said. The Serb confirmed the world No 1 ranking which he claimed after winning Wimbledon as he beat Fish for the seventh time without a loss. Djokovic has now won nine titles in 2011 in nine attempts. He stands a phenomenal 53-1 this season, with his only loss coming against Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals. “It was a close match, for sure,” Djokovic said. “A couple of points, one good return game in the third set, decided the winner. “But it’s a final. You can somehow expect that the players are evenly matched and they both want to win the title badly. “I knew that I had to fight for it. Up to the last moment, you didn’t really know who is going to win, but I believed I could do it. This was a big satisfaction.” Djokovic becomes the first man to win five Masters 1000 titles in the same season having also claimed


Novak Djokovic says a small shoulder niggle which bothered him en route to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of Mardy Fish to win the Montreal Masters won’t be a problem in next week’s final tune-up before the US Open.

trophies at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Rome. The 24-year-old is the first player to win an ATP title in his debut as number one since Pete Sampras in Hong Kong in April 1993. Djokovic now stands 27-13 in career finals while Fish, winner of the Atlanta title last month, was competing in his third straight final of the pre-US Open summer. “Today I started off really well, I played a first set and couple of games better,” said Djokovic. “I did get tight in the end. “It was an even match, he served well and he was moving well. I played one good return game in the third set, and it was enough.” Fish saved three match points in final game from Djokovic errors before the Serb triumphed on his fourth opportunity with a service winner after two hours, 23 minutes. “This loss is really hard to take, just so much energy mentally and physically goes into going that far. I wanted it so badly – it hurts,” said Fish. “I put myself in a lot of positions to have chances, I

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just didn’t execute on the big points. “There’s a reason why he’s won so many matches this year. He’s got to be leading the tour in break points saved, I’m sure, among other things. Those are huge.” Djokovic blew through the opening set in 38 minutes as he broke the last two Fish serves. But the dangerous American found his range in the second, finally earning a break on his ninth opportunity of the afternoon and taking a 3-2 lead. That margin was enough to give Fish hope as he levelled the match at a set each. But Djokovic showed the class that has characterised his season, breaking for a 3-2 lead to love and then producing a love game on serve for a 5-3 margin. Fish made life tough until the end as he saved three match points from Djokovic errors. With Djokovic firing an unreturnable serve to clinch the victory in front of a crowd sprinkled with flag-waving Serbs.

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