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The Municipal Socialist Group spokesperson Roquetas de Mar, Juan Fernando Ortega (PICTURED) has reviewed the Mayor’s recent activities relating to public safety and concluded that they are ‘nonexistent’. He claimed that ‘Gabriel Amat long ago abandoned the town to prostitution, drugs, fights and noise at night.’ The Socialist Group has received 238 signatures from residents of the Municipality, mainly around the streets of Las Palmeras and Pablo Picasso, supporting this request for urgent action. He says that ‘the neighbours who are affected, through their signatures, are telling Amat to act, instead of continuing to seek political favours throughout the province.’ He added ‘Amat was elected as Mayor of Roquetas de Mar, to care for your municipality and its neighbours, and not to abandon them to their fate.’ The Socialist Group has found that there are places where prostitution is practiced, and has requested the Mayor to bring together the Local Security and strictly enforce city ordinances regarding opening and closing of facilities and to monitor these locations so as to prevent this activity. Juan Fernando Ortega called the situation ‘very serious’ and regrets ‘unrest and insecurity for citizens who have to live with continued opening of stores throughout the night, noise, fights and illegal activities that nobody in the Popular Party Government team is willing to eradicate.

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The Policía Nacional has for the second time and in the same location in under one month dismantled a drug ring. 259 grams of hashish and 200 grams of marijuana as well as scales and measuring devices for the supply of drugs. One of the detainees has been arrested on two previous occasions for similar offences. The investigations began in September after information given by neighbourhood associations. The house, in Barrio Alto, was put under surveillance, and police observed a continuous flow of young people who had no reason to be there, or any connection with the property. On each occasion after a short conversation an exchange took place either on the doorstep or inside the property. The officers verified that all the people who were intercepted at the exit of the house were carrying different envelopes containing hashish or marijuana buds. So far this year 56 people have been arrested, all linked to various aspects of drug trafficking on a small scale. 16 outlets have been dismantled, resulting in the seizure of a total of more than 19 kilograms in various substances such as hashish, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, designer drugs, etc

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The Mayor, Miguel Martínez, and Vélez Rubio City Council has declared three days of mourning following the death of the owner and a worker on a pig farm who were killed in an accident on a farm in La Mata. After an urgent meeting the authorities ordered the tolling of the bells of the Iglesia Parroquia de La Encarnación to alert the residents, who until then had been unaware of the accident. The owner of the farm, PQM, a 56 year old married man with two children, resident of Velez Rubio had owned the farm for 56 years. The other casualty, an employee, was RRA, a 28 year old unmarried man, a resident of Vélez Blanco, though his family is from Velez Rubio. The accident occurred when the employee entered a slurry pit to undertake maintenance work. Apparently he fell about 3 metres. The farm owner tried unsuccessfully to rescue him and also died. The men were reported missing by their relatives, and the local police called. The police found the men’s cars by the slurry pit, and called the Emergency 112 services.


Nearly 100 students have registered for the English courses promoted by the Ayuntamiento de Gádor. These are structured within the Plan de Prevención del Fracaso Escolar, (Plan for the Prevention of School Failure) and is for students for all ages from four years upwards. All groups from 6 years old have started their classes, while the youngest group (4-5 years) will start their course in November provided that the minimum number of places are filled. Scores of young people are working towards Level B1, which is required for the First Certificate for entry into University. This is a new commitment by the Government Team for Education of Gádor. The mayor, Eugenio Gonzálvez, said ‘Training and education is one of the pillars of the future of the town. The children and young people of today are tomorrow’s society.’ The Ayuntamiento of Gádor is also fronting plans against absenteeism, and later in the year, the Azahar Project Summer School.

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Storms leave Col Gaddafi ‘buried in one dead and secret desert grave’ serious damage across country

The wind and rain that swept across the country on Sunday and Monday have now abated, but not before causing one death and considerable damage, including power cuts, numerous traffic accidents and flooding that forced people out of their homes in especially in Catalunya. With another storm moving in from the Atlantic across the peninsula tomorrow, Wednesday, the Spanish Met Office (AEMET) has issued a yellow alert today (risk) in A Coruña and Pontevedra because of high coastal winds, and in Menorca for heavy rainfall. A 69-year-old man died after a tree blew over onto the vehicle he was driving in Oiz, in the mountainous area around Garai in Vizcaya. The strong winds also affected the airports in the Basque Country, and flights had to be diverted from Bilbao and San Sebastián to Vitoria and Pamplona. In Catalunya, the first major autumn storms yesterday caused tailbacks of up to 162 kilometres along the main access routes around Barcelona, a number of traffic accidents, rail delays, power cuts and flooding that forced the evacuation of some houses. 118 litres of rain square metre fell in Constantí (Tarragona) and in over a hundred other towns in Tarragona, Salou, Vilaseca and Reus. The wind and rain also stopped fishing boats in Cadiz from putting out to sea and the province was hit by numerous incidents as trees and advertising hoardings were blown over and roads flooded.

Racc Suggests Allowing Young People To Get More Driving Experience Before Taking Their Test The RACC has proposed that young people who don’t yet have their driving license be allowed to practise with an accompanying driver to gain experience and try to reduce road accidents among young people, who have 30% more chance of dying in an accident than other drivers. At a press conference today, project manager for the RACC Foundation, Xavier Ruestes, warned that despite the positive developments in the last decade, during which time the death rate of young people between 15 and 29 in traffic accidents has dropped from 20 to 6 per month, the probability of a young person dying in car accident in Catalunya for example is 30% higher than for the average population. According to Ruestes, that means that a young man who has just got his driving license is five times more likely to suffer

an accident in his first year of driving than an experienced driver. This proposal is in line with the one made by the DGT, which had put forward the possibility of allowing under 18s to practise driving as before getting their licence long as they were accompanied by an adult driver. According to data from the RACC, young people represent 18% of drivers in Catalunya, but account for 22% of deaths and 26% of those injured in traffic accidents. Between 2001-2010 traffic accidents were the leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29. Although young people represent only 18% of all drivers, Ruestes pointed out that in 40% of accidents where speed was the cause, the driver was young, and in 25% of accidents where distraction was the cause, the driver is also young.

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The bodies of ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Muatassim and a top aide have been buried in secret in the desert, Libyan officials say. A National Transitional Council (NTC) official told the BBC the bodies were buried at dawn in an unknown location. This follows days of apparent uncertainty among the new leadership about what to do with the bodies. Colonel Gaddafi’s family wanted the bodies to be buried outside the former leader’s hometown of Sirte. Officials from the NTC had expressed a preference for a secret burial. Guma al-Gamaty, a London-based spokesman for the NTC, told press sources that the burial had taken place. The Associated Press reported that it received confirmation in a text from a military council official in Misrata that the burial took place at a secret location at 05:00 (03:00 GMT) local time. A few relatives and officials were in attendance as Islamic prayers were read over the bodies, spokesman Ibrahim Beitalmal is quoted as saying. An NTC official had earlier told Reuters news agency that Col Gaddafi would be buried in a “simple” ceremony with “sheikhs attending” on Tuesday. “It will be an unknown location in the open desert,” he said, adding that a burial was needed because decomposition of the body had reached the point where the “corpse cannot last any longer”. Witnesses reported that the bodies of Col Gaddafi, Muatassim and former defence minister Abu Bakr Younis Jabr were removed overnight from the meat storage warehouse

in Misrata where they had been on display. The BBC was told prayers were said over the bodies before they were driven away. “Our job is finished,” a security guard at the warehouse, Salem al Mohandes, told the Arabic television station al-Jazeera. “[Gaddafi] was transferred and the military council of Misrata took him away to an unknown location. I don’t know whether they buried him or not.” Press sources in Tripoli says the question of how to dispose of Col Gaddafi’s body has been a political minefield for the new Libyan leadership, and is the reason why it has taken four days for a decision to be taken. Islamic tradition dictates a burial should happen within a day of the death. But the NTC leadership was concerned that any public grave could become a shrine for Gaddafi loyalists or as a target of hatred for those who opposed his regime. But, in the endthe decomposition of the body meant the NTC had to act. Questions have been raised over the former leader’s death after video footage showed him alive at the time of capture in Sirte on Thursday. Officials said he had been killed subsequently in a crossfire. A post-mortem carried out on the 69year-old’s body on Sunday showed he had received a bullet wound to the head, medical sources said. The acting Libyan leader, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said the NTC had formed a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Spain records third best summer in terms of tourism

Spain has recorded its third best summer in terms of foreign tourism, with 20.9 million visitors from overseas (an 8.5% increase on 2010), which suggests that 2011 will close with some 57 million tourists, according to an announcement made today by the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade, Miguel Sebastián.


Sebastián, presenting the results of the latest Survey on Tourist Movements across Borders (Frontur) said that both the figures for September and for the first nine months of the year, showed “historical growth”. The summer season - June, July, August and September - was one of the best in the history of tourism in Spain, only behind 2007 and 2006, before the economic crisis, when the country ended the years with record figures: 59.2 and 58.4 million foreign tourists, respectively. Regarding the amount of revenue this season has brought in, Sebastián said the results were not yet known, but that he was sure that if the number of tourists has gone up, “revenue must have increased, possibly even greater proportion.” The latest data also shows that the month of September was the third best ever, with six million foreign tourists,

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Two killed and 19 injured as bus hits van near Alicante airport

Two Icelandic sisters aged 82 and 80 were killed and nineteen university students were injured when a van and a bus collided last Thursday on the N-338, at the entrance to Alicante El Altet airport. The two fatal victims were traveling in the van and their dead bodies had to be cut from the wreckage. The incident occurred at about 2.30pm, when, for reasons still unknown, the van and the bus had a head-on collision. As a result of impact, the bus overturned on the road and nineteen of its 43 occupants suffered injuries of varying degrees of, two of them seriously. The bus, belonging to the Riviera Group, operates a shuttle service between the campus of San Vicente del Raspeig at the University of Alicante and the towns of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja in the south of the province. According to university sources, the injured are students from the University of Alicante returning home after attending lectures. Seven of the injured have been transferred to Elche hospital, four others are at Alicante General Hospital, five of those with less serious injuries are in Torrevieja, and the rest, also with minor injuries, are in Vinalopó.

British Government asks for help in locating ten dangerous fugitives

The British Government has called for cooperation from its citizens living in Spain to help locate ten dangerous fugitives who might be in the country and who are accused of serious and violent crimes, including murder, drugs trafficking and sexual assault. “Spain is no longer the safe haven some believe it to be nor is it somewhere British criminals can flee to,” said the British Secretary of State responsible for crime prevention, James Brokenshire, who has presented a new edition of “Operation Capture”, with photos of the criminals along with their criminal records. Since this initiative started in 2006, led by the non-profit organization

Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), 46 of the 60 most wanted British criminals have been captured in Spain, and are now serving prison sentences back in the UK. “Operation Capture” asks anyone with information on the whereabouts of the fugitives to call toll free, and anonymously, on 900 555 111, or to make contact via their website “ w w w.c r i m e n t o p p e r s”. Of the ten wanted criminals, five are new names, Dominic Stephen Powell, Simon Dutton, Andrew Terrence Moran, Kirk Bradley and Tony Downes - while the other five, all wanted for murder, are from a previous list. They are


World leaders welcome ETA’s “definitive ceasefire”

Patxi López, the current lehendakari (leader) of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and Secretary-General of the Socialist Party of Euskadi - Euskadiko Ezkerra (PSE-EE), the Basque affiliate of the PSOE, who is currently in New York, made a statement welcoming the announcement, adding that ETA “has not achieved any of its aims”. López (pictured), known for his opposition to Basque independence, expressed his satisfaction, saying “at last we have achieved peace and freedom, thanks to the resistence of thousands of Basque citizens who refused to surrender their own freedom”. Prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero described the announcement as being of “transcendental importance” and acknowledged the “perpetual debt we owe to France” for its part in

bringing the violence to an end. Deputy prime minister and socialist candidate for the upcoming general elections, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, said he was convince that “there would be no return to violence in the Basque Country”. He added that nothing could erase the pain and suffering caused by the terrorists over the past 40 years and that our thoughts today should be with the victims, but added that “today is a day to celebrate a great victory for democracy”. Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy described ETA’s decision to lay down arms as “historic” and proof of their “monumental failure” to achieve their aims by violent means and said it was thanks to democracy and “the rule of law”. He added that the only way forward now for ETA was “through the law”. Elsewhere in the world, the President

of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek made an official statement after ETA’s announcement saying: “I have always said that the only tools which can be used in political confrontation are words and ideas, and even these should not be employed to instigate violence and hatred. There is no place for violence in the European Union. Once more, democracy has won the battle against terrorism.” Former US President Bill Clinton made the following statement about ETA’s definitive ceasefire: “By implementing an unconditional and complete renunciation of all violence, ETA can help pave the way for a better life for all affected by the last armed conflict in Europe. I urge ETA’s leadership to take this important step.” And in Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez said he hoped it would “open up the pathways towards peace”.

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The governing body of Nato is expected shortly to declare an end to its Libyan campaign after the death of Col Gaddafi

Mobile phone brain cancer link rejected......... Derek McGraw Ferguson, William T.R. Paterson, Allan James Foster, Kevin Thomas Parle and Christopher Guest More. The Judicial Police Com mi s sioner- General, Juan Antonio González García, pointed out that Spain is the country which has seen the greatest number of British criminals arrested and that most of the fugitives were found along the coast,

an area “they choose for its aesthetic appeal and because they believe they go unnoticed.” Crimestoppers’ staff underlined the importance of people’s cooperation with their organisation, which receives about 450 calls a day, between 35 to 70 from Spain, which have resulted in the arrest of an average of 23 people

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Greek MPs pass austerity measures

Bardem and Cruz win lawsuit against “El Mundo”

Leading Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” was today ordered by a court in Madrid to pay 50,000 euros to Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem for an article it published last year about the actress’ pregnancy. According to a joint statement from the couple released by Cruz’s agent, Antonio Rubial, the court convicted the editor of the newspaper, Unidad Editorial, two journalists and authors of the information that came out in the supplement ‘La Otra Crónica’ on September 18th 2010. In the article, entitled “All the secrets about her pregnancy,” alluded to the circumstances in which the pregnancy occurred and talked about conditions during the filming of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” A newspaper spokesman told waiting journalists that the newspaper was already preparing an appeal against the court’s decision, but made no further comment on the ruling. According to the couple’s statement, the newspaper has been convicted “for violating the fundamental rights to privacy and family of the two actors” because the article, adds the note, “besides being a serious intrusion, was packed with false information”. According to the law firm Muntañola Sol, the sentence “should be used for editorial media to reflect on this type of interference, which is ever more

frequent, and which seeks to hide under the umbrella of the right to freedom of expression and information.” The firm acting for the couple also announced that they have initiated proceedings “against a magazine,” which they did not name for publishing photos of the couple’s son “without pixelating his face.” “The actors”, the statement said, are prepared to go to any lengths to defend their privacy and especially their child’s against any media that does not comply with child protection laws.” Penélope Cruz gave birth to their son Leo in January 2010 in Los Ángeles. The first pictures of both the child and his actor parents were published weeks later by the tabloid press, and “Hello” magazine published an apology for showing the baby’s face without pixelating it.

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to pay its bills. The details of the second rescue plan have yet to be finalised. Banks have agreed to take a 21% loss, or “haircut”, on their loans to Greece but there is growing pressure for them to accept higher losses. European leaders and global finance chiefs are trying to work out a broader plan to tackle the eurozone’s debt crisis ahead of a weekend summit in Brussels. But they have now had to concede that they will not reach agreement on Sunday and have called another summit for next week to approve a deal.


Apple stores across the US closed their doors as employees watched a memorial service for company cofounder and former chief executive Steve Jobs. The charismatic Mr Jobs died earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. The memorial service began last Wednesday morning at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California and included performances from pop star Norah Jones and British band Coldplay. A special page on Apple’s website has been launched which was being continually updated with tributes from Apple fans. Apple closed its stores for several hours so employees could watch the service via a webcast. Mr Jobs’ funeral was held last Sunday night. It was attended by family, close friends and business associates including Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

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last Wednesday; an estimated 50,000 protesters gathered on Syntagma Square, in front of parliament. The bill includes plans for further cuts to pensions and salaries and temporary layoffs of 30,000 public sector workers. With Greece unable to borrow on international bond markets to finance its debt, the EU and IMF have stepped in with two bailout packages. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos described the choice as between a “difficult situation and a catastrophe”. “We have to explain to all these indignant people who see their lives changing that what the country is experiencing is not the worst stage of the crisis,” he said. “It is an anguished and necessary effort to avoid the ultimate, deepest and harshest level of the crisis.” There are fears that if the Greek government defaults on its debts, it will set off a chain reaction that could engulf banks and other highly indebted eurozone nations. But the government is struggling to convince lenders that it is cutting effectively enough. Greece says it needs the next 8bn euros (£7bn) of the first bailout agreed to last year or it will soon be unable

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The Greek parliament has given its final approval to the latest package of austerity measures. All but one of the deputies from the ruling Pasok party voted in favour of the law. The approval comes despite two days of violent protests against its provisions, which include cutting public sector wages and raising taxes. One man has died as battles erupted at a large rally outside the Greek parliament in Athens; the dead man was identified by Greek media as a middleaged trade unionist. “The demonstrator died of a heart attack,” Deputy Citizens Protection Minister Manolis Othonas told Reuters. “He was not hurt in the incidents.” The country is in the grip of a general strike in protest at the cuts. The government’s bill is needed to secure EU and IMF bailout loans. The member of the ruling socialist party who voted against it, Louka Katseli, has been expelled from the party by Prime Minister George Papandreou. Civil servants, shopkeepers, dock workers, taxi drivers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, construction workers and others were all due to take part in the strike, which began


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Call For 30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages

Housing minister Grant Shapps is to call on lenders to consider offering fixed mortgages of up to 30 years to encourage greater market stability

Mr Shapps will tell a seminar in London he wants to spark a national debate on longer-term fixed mortgages as a “normal and sensible choice”.

There are currently no mortgages with guaranteed lifelong interest rates, and longer term deals often require hefty deposits. Mr Shapps believes greater use of “portable” deals, where borrowers are able to move house and keep their existing mortgage, could make deals more appealing. “Cap and collar” arrangements where the interest rate on a loan can only move within limits and borrowers are not liable to sudden repayment increases - will also be touted as positive changes. Mr Shapps is expected to say: “In today’s uncertain world, people want to know where they stand. “Yet, when it comes to buying a home, there are no mortgages available for them where they can fix their payments for a long time the longest fixed-rate mortgage for many is five years. “Longer term mortgages - possibly as long as 30 years - could help families on tight budgets know exactly where they stand when

they’re buying a home, by giving them greater certainty over how much they will be paying for their home in years to come. “While they won’t be right for everyone, lenders should start to look at the case for 30-year mortgages and how we can move to a more stable housing market where first-time buyers can get their first foothold on the property ladder at a cost they know they can afford.” Mr Shapps believes new funding can be brought into the market because of the increased certainty longer-term mortgages can bring. He will argue such changes could open up new finance to give firsttime buyers and those without much equity in their homes a better chance of getting a foot on the ladder. He will tell the Building Societies Association’s Annual Mortgage Seminar the Government wants to see stability in the housing market and with interest rates in the long term. But the minister will also say consumers have deep-rooted expectations that they can and should be able to shop around for a better rate, and do this frequently

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during the term of their mortgage. Paul Broadhead, head of mortgage policy for the Building Societies Association, responded to the announcement, saying: “We welcome the prospect of an inclusive debate on any measures which will help lenders lend and consumers borrow. “We also endorse the Government’s aim for a stable and, we presume, active housing market. “Longer-term fixed-rate mortgages have been offered in the past but with limited consumer demand. Ten-year rates are currently available and lenders do respond with new products where demand exists.” He went on to warn against ‘onesize fits all’ approaches, saying: “The challenge with fixed-rate mortgages is always the balance between price and flexibility for the consumer. “The more flexible a fixed rate is, the more expensive it is for lenders to fund with the knock-on higher cost to consumers. We are keen to hear more about the minister’s ideas on new sources of long-term market funding.”





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Galileo sat-nav rides into orbit...

The first satellites for Galileo - Europe’s GPS - are launched from French Guiana on a Soyuz rocket.

EU study into drug firm collusion...

The EU announces it’s investigating whether drug companies Novartis and Johnson & Johnson colluded to keep a painkiller out of the Dutch market.

Real IRA man jailed for 12 years in Vilnius...

A Real IRA man caught trying to buy a weapons wish-list in an MI5 sting operation is found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison in Lithuania.

Fatal dose ‘not down to Jackson’...

Michael Jackson was so heavily sedated before his death he could not have injected himself with a fatal sedative, an expert tells the trial of his doctor.

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ALMERIMAR & EL EJIDO El Ejido..............................

The government of El Ejido has begun to work on its Municipal budget for 2012. It is stated that the accounts for the coming year will be ‘rigorous and austere.’ The Mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, said ‘The government team is working on the next Municipal budget, and is doing so under a very clear premise. The budget is real, very harsh and austere, as this is the only way not to create a single euro more debt and to begin to reverse the City Council debt, which has accumulated with suppliers since 2005. ‘The various areas of Municipal Management are already working on a draft budget to be agreed with the Department of Finance, shaping the budget revenue and expenditure for 2012. This will allow us to generate the surplus needed to address all outstanding liabilities and debt, which has been creeping up since 2005. ‘The City Council owes over 100 million euros to suppliers and the only way to reduce that amount is to develop budgets that generate the savings necessary to permit the elimination of debt. The Government Team is very clear that this is the only way to build confidence among suppliers. ‘The City is in receipt of numerous lawsuits filed in court by companies who are owed payment dating back six years. The majority are small and medium enterprises who are facing with serious economic problems. ‘The only way to generate confidence and trust will be to fulfill our obligations to these companies. This would reduce the long term debt by almost 40%.’ Insisted Góngora.

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Pastora Soler started the tour of her latest album in El Ejido with a sell-out concert. The Sevillian singer wove themes from ‘A woman like me’ with hits from previous works. She said ‘I always remember having sung for the first time in El Ejido.’ The singer announced ‘The tour of my latest album will start in El Ejido.’ The tour premiered in style, with a full house - nearly 1,000

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Sol Times Distributed 1:30PM-3:30PM: SPANISH LESSONS, STUMBLE INN 8pm for 8.30pm: Weekly quiz at the Espigon Bar & Restaurant (East Beach) free Entry with prizes donated by the bar


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people filled the Teatro Auditorio. Dressed in white and silver, as in the cover of her latest work, ‘A woman like me,’ the audience received her with enthusiastic applause. She chose to open with a strong rendering of ‘Bendita locura,’ following with songs from her tenth album, ‘Que no muera el amor’, ‘Tu vida es tu vida’, ‘Cantaré’ and ‘Una mujer como yo’ She has especial affection for the lyrics and music of composer José Carlos Gómez, , ‘No me da miedo’, a song that she identified with most strongly. The emotional highlight of the evening came with ‘La mala costumbre’, which she wrote when her father was very ill. She then descended the stairs of the stage to sing sitting on the steps, a gesture that the audience appreciated. Pastora Soler showed in every stanza and every line the evolution and maturity of a voice forged over a 15 year career, and her delivery made the audience feel that each song is sung especially for them. She closed the show singing a capela without microphone, while dancing flamenco barefoot.

FRIDAY GOLF SOCIETY Almerimar Friday Golf - 21 OCTOBER

The wind was up and the scores were down this week. We played a Reverse Waltz with 2 hidden holes. The winners this week with a score of 83 points were Alan Sly (3 weeks in a row - much to Jacqui´s disgust), Maria Hoovers, Bill Egan and Brian Downey. Last place and chocolates went to Idris Borwing (for the first time for a long time), Frank Retchess, Roy Dobney and his guest Emily with a score of 67 points. Peter Cooke won nearest the pin on hole 17 with a distance of 3.81m. Next week is the last Friday competition before our first major of the season, the Woodsly Cup. That is a men vs ladies match play competition with pairs matches on Tuesday 1 November and singles on Friday 4 November. You can see the full results at: If you would like to take part in the friendly Friday competitions at Almerimar you can put your name up on the entry list by the pro-shop or contact:

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The Stages Of Adaptation Stress has very definite physical effects but it sometime takes years for you to notice this. In the 1950s an American doctor, Hans Selye, identified three stages of adaptation in the human response to long-term stress. 1. Alarm response Exposure to stressors prompts an immediate biochemical reaction known as the fight or flight response. Stress hormones are released into the blood stream, causing: • Increased heart rate and blood pressure • Raised blood-sugar and cholesterol levels • Faster breathing and perspiration • Increased muscle tension • Distribution of digestive processes • Suppression of the immune system • Emotional tension 2. Adaptation If the cause of stress is removed or dealt with, the body reverts to normal functioning. but if it continues the body copes by adapting. Although you may feel as though everything has returned to normal, your body uses up energy stores and over time this affects your ability to function efficiently, resulting in fatigue, irritability and lethargy.


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Long term stress changes the balance of hormones in the body and leads to exhaustion. A suppressed immune system, slower metabolism and slower rate of blood cell repair results in rapid ageing, weight gain and a greater risk of degenerative disease. Your body becomes run down, with recurring minor illnesses and psychological burn-out. Although stress may cause a variety of disorders, it is not in itself an illness. Stress is created by habitual responses to difficult situations and by an unhealthy lifestyle. It is a habit that you can break, if you look carefully at your life and take control. 4. A balanced body Your body’s biochemical, structural and psychological functions are delicately balanced to enable good physical and mental health, and an upset in any one area can lead to problems in others. Optimum health requires looking after all parts of the whole. A healthy body and a clear and active mind with a positive attitude will help you maintain your balance.

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Simple liquorice pill that takes the misery out of the menopause

It probably brings back happy childhood memories. But liquorice could also help take some of the misery out of the menopause. A pill containing the sweet root cuts the number of hot flushes women experience by up to 80 per cent, as well as helping to keep bones strong, researchers say. And there are no side-effects to boot. The pill produced ‘remarkable’ results when taken daily by women who were close to or going through ‘the change’, the scientists insist. This is thought to be because plant chemicals in liquorice have a similar effect to the female sex hormone oestrogen, levels of which plummet around the menopause. A U.S. fertility conference heard that in future, liquorice-based supplements could provide women who cannot or will not take traditional, oestrogen-based hormone replacement therapy with an effective alternative. The oestrogen in the pills, patches and implants used by up to one million British women can cause headaches, dizziness, stomach cramps and nausea. In addition, fears that HRT raises the risk of breast cancer and heart problems have refused to go away. The researchers, from the University of Southern California, gave supplies of liquorice extract called licogen or a placebo pill to 51 women who were going through or who were close to the menopause. The volunteers, who had an average age of 51, took a pill once a day for a year. They also kept diaries to note their symptoms. It took eight months for the women to see any improvement. But within a year, most of those taking the liquorice found that the number of hot flushes and night sweats they had each day fell by 80 per cent – or from an average of ten to just two. And instead of waking an average of four times, their sleep was disturbed just once or twice, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference heard. Hot flushes and night sweats affect most women in the years leading up to and after their last period. Most women are bothered by them for four years, but they can disturb sleep, zap energy, cause embarrassment and reduce quality of life for up to 20 years. Researcher Donna Shoupe said: ‘Women really felt it worked and made a difference.’ The liquorice also seemed to slow the thinning of bones that comes with age. Unfortunately, eating it as a sweet rather than as a concentrated

supplement is unlikely to do much. The researchers were funded by a liquorice company but carried out the study independently. They added that HRT should still be a woman’s first choice. David Sturdee, president-elect of the International Menopause Society, said the numbers involved in the study were too small to be sure the liquorice had any effect. But he added: ‘Anything that we can get that is non-hormonal and would be useful as an alternative to HRT… must be welcomed.’

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causes of a cough

Written by Nicki Wakeman

Most coughs are caused by viral infections and usually clear up on their own.

lower down, or your lungs. Examples of LRTIs are: bronchitis, pneumonia (although this is rare).

Most people with an acute cough have a respiratory tract infection caused by a virus.

Other possible causes for an acute cough are allergic rhinitis, such as hay fever. In rare cases it may be the first sign of a chronic disease.

It will usually be an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), which means the virus has affected your throat or windpipe. Examples of URTIs causing cough are: the common cold, influenza (flu) or laryngitis If your cough is caused by a lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), the virus has infected your airways

Chronic cough Common causes of a persistent cough in adults are: smoking, postnasal drip (mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose, caused by a condition

such as rhinitis), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease Some prescribed medicines can also cause a persistent cough for example, medicines for treating high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease). In children, common causes are: respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis or whooping cough, astrooesophageal reflux disease. Rarely, a cough is a symptom of a more serious condition such as lung cancer, heart failure, a pulmonary embolism (clot on the lung), cystic fibrosis or tuberculosis (TB). When to see your doctor See your Doctor if your cough has lasted for more than two weeks or is getting progressively worse. Occasionally, a secondary bacterial infection occurs, which can lead to a more serious condition developing, such as pneumonia. Typical symptoms of pneumonia include rapid and shallow breathing, wheezing and coughing up phlegm that may be yellow, green, brownish or blood-stained. Treating a cough There’s no quick way of getting rid of a cough that’s caused by a viral infection. It will usually clear up after your immune system has fought off the virus. The simplest and cheapest way to treat a short-term cough may be a homemade cough remedy containing honey and lemon. The honey is a demulcent, which means it coats the throat and relieves the irritation that causes coughing. Cough suppressants and antihistamines, act on the brain to hold back the cough reflex. They’re used for dry coughs only. Antihistamines sometimes cause drowsiness, which can be helpful if your cough is disrupting your sleep. Expectorants help bring phlegm up so that coughing is easier, which may help chesty coughs.

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Tel: 902 02 64 68 Changing the clocks is now an annual ritual in countries around the world. But why change the clocks, which way should they go, and whose idea was it in the first place? The idea of British Summer Time (BST), also known as Daylight Saving Time, was first proposed by a keen horse-rider, William Willett, who was incensed at the ‘waste’ of useful daylight first thing in the morning, during summer. Though the sun had been up for hours during his rides through the local woods in Chislehurst and Petts Wood, people were still asleep in bed. In 1907 he published a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight, outlining plans to encourage people out of bed earlier in summer by changing the time on the nation’s clocks. He spent the rest of his life fighting to get acceptance of his time-shifting scheme. He died in 1915 with the Government still refusing to back BST. But the following year, Germany introduced the system. Britain followed in May 1916, as any system that could save fuel and money was worth trying, hence ‘The Summer Time Act of 1916’ was quickly passed by Parliament. By the 1920s, William

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Willett was becoming a posthumous hero, as more and more people backed his daylightsaving plan. Public money was raised to buy and preserve Petts Wood. This was partly to act as a living memorial to Willett, but mostly as local residents wanted to prevent building development encroaching on their green spaces. A sundial – keeping British Summer Time, not Greenwich Mean Time – was erected there in a clearing - Willett had become an icon of daylight! In 1968, the clocks went forward as usual in March, but in the autumn, they did not return to Greenwich Mean Time. Britain had entered a three-year experiment, confusingly called British Standard Time, and stayed one hour ahead of Greenwich until 1971. This was not the first experiment to shift the clocks in winter. In the Second World War (193945), Britain had adopted Double British Summer Time, with the clocks one hour ahead of Greenwich in winter and two hours ahead in summer. When the British Standard Time experiment ended, the Home Office carried out a review to find out whether it had been successful. The

Don’t forget the clocks go back ONE hour on Sunday 30th October at 3am (2am GMT) answer was both yes and no. There were ‘pros and cons’ to having the clocks forward and, on balance, the Government decided to return to the original British Summer Time. Within a few years of its introduction, most countries reasonably north or south of the equator had adopted Daylight Saving Time. But it has been controversial since the day William Willett first proposed it back in 1907 and after a century of daylight saving, we still cannot agree on whether it is a good thing or not. Here we are in 2010 and the debate continues....


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House Prices Fall to 2005 Levels

House prices in Spain fell by 5.6% in the third quarter of the year over the same period in 2010, continuing the downward trend that began at the end of 2008, according to pricing statistics published on Tuesday by the Ministry of Development. In addition, the data shows that the average price per square metre for a house stood at 1,729.3 euros, the lowest figure recorded since the first quarter of 2005, when it reached 1,685.4 euros. Over the previous quarter, this consitutes a fall of 1.3%. Press sources reported that house prices had a marked fall in the third quarter, of 5.6%, after posting declines of 4.6% in the first quarter and 5.1% in the second. According to the time period of these statistics, the average price per square metre has dropped by 17% in nominal terms since its peak, reached in the first quarter

of 2008. By region, the biggest falls in private housing prices year-on-year were in Aragon, with a price decrease of 8.6%, Madrid (-8.5%), Murcia (-8.3%), Navarra and La Rioja (both with drops of 7.5%). Extremadura, on the other hand, was the only community where the prices rose – by 1% year-on-year, followed by Ceuta and Melilla (with a decrease of -0.3% each), Basque Country (-0.8%), Asturias (-1.3%) and Cantabria (-1.4%). In the case of social housing, the average price per square metre was 1,158.1 euros, with a variation over the same quarter of 2010 representing a growth of 0.8%. This means that housing prices in Spain overall (taking into account both private and social housing) registered a decrease of 5.5% in the third quarter of the year.

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Spain’s housing secretary ‘in denial’ about expat property problems Marta Andreasen MEP has claimed Spain’s secretary for housing ‘is in denial’ regarding the severity of the problems affecting British expats who have invested in Spanish property, following a heated exchange at an international property exhibition in London - a report by sean o’hare in the telegraph reports.

The argument took place following a speech delivered last week by the Spanish housing secretary Beatriz Corredor (below), who called for Britons to trust in Spain and to take advantage of its ripe property market. UKIP’s Marta Andreasen MEP (inset) said: “I was quite upset that she refused to accept or mention the fact that were serious problems affecting Brits in Spain. “She referred to new reforms that had supposedly made Spain a safe country in which to buy, but these reforms neither resolve the past nor the present problems. “The British are among the highest proportion of foreign property purchasers, but the bad reputation Spain has earned itself has seen the level of interest in Spanish property plummet. This so-called ‘property roadshow’ was to address that with the aim of portraying that everything is fixed and the Brits can start spending their money again. How wrong this is. “Regional governments pick fights with local governments, mayors and politicans take bribes, then get prosecuted for corruption – it really is difficult for any British person to trust anyone throughout the home buying process. “The minister made out that there were just one or two people with problems and that these were getting sorted out.” A decree to legalise existing illegal properties combined with a reduction in new home tax and falling house prices made Spain the ideal place in which to invest, said

the minister during her address to an audience of developers, investors and protesting British investors who gathered at London’s Docklands. No mention was made of the many thousands of expats who have bought in good faith only to be told their houses are illegally built and therefore unsellable, and excluded from local water and electricity supplies. It was the second time this year that the secretary had addressed a British audience of potential investors and explained why Spanish property is such a good investment. The discussion between the pair was brought to a close by the Spanish Ambassador, Carles Casajuana, who led the Spanish housing secretary away after Marta Andreasen refused to shake her hand. “I spoke in Spanish and in English so that people around would understand,” said Ms Andreasen. “Afterwards I was approached by developers who said they too had been affected by the Spanish government’s refusal to sort out the problem, and didn’t expect to sales to pick up until the current problems had been solved.” The MEP has long campaigned on behalf of Brits caughts up in Spain’s planning and property scandals. She is currently urging the EU to stop funding Spanish regions until they resolve these problems.

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What Investor Protection Do Your Savings Have? EU:

EU Directive 94/19/EC ensures that all Member States have a “safely net” for bank account holders. If a bank fails, the national deposit guarantee scheme (the Fondos de Garantia de Depositos in Spain) will reimburse account holders up to the set limit which is now 100,000 Euros .Deposits are covered per depositor per banking group.

UK - Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS): With effect from 31st December 2010, the deposit compensation limit increased from £50,000 to £85,000, per individual. The guarantee applies per authorised firm, not per bank brand.

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Guernsey - Banking Deposit Compensation Scheme: The Guernsey scheme came into force in November 2008 and will pay compensation of up to £50,000 if a bank fails.

scheme was introduced in November 2009 and provides protection of up to £50,000 per person, per Jersey banking group. Besides your bank accounts, you also need to establish what level of protection your other financial arrangements have in the event of institutional failure. This varies according to the type of arrangement and the country they are managed or regulated in. Luxembourg offers the maximum possible investor protection available to life insurance policyholders through a state sponsored investor protection regime. If you have an investment bond issued by a Luxembourg regulated insurance company,

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Here in Spain, The Day of the Dead (Día de los Difuntos or Día de los Muertos) is celebrated on November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day), and, in recent years, begins with the Halloween celebrations, particularly for children.

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Lebanese octogenarian nun wins award for dedication to Spanish lessons An 88-year-old Lebanese nun has been awarded a distinction for being the longeststanding student of the Spanish language at the UN headquarters.

Fabianne Rihani, a descendent of famous Lebanese writer Amin Rihani (1876-1940), has been attending language lessons given by Spanish soldiers on UN missions for many years now. The classes are given in the southern Lebanese regions of Marjayún and Hasbaya, and around 100 natives attend. Fabianne says she goes to classes to learn Spanish because it ‘keeps her mind awake’. “Learning Spanish is a form of enrichment – the human being need to increase his or her knowledge and evolve in order to stay

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Eight kilometres south from Turrillas in the province of Almería sits the whitewashed village of Alqueria. Like many others villages in the Sierra Alhamilla it has Moorish origins. However unlike most other towns in the area Alqueria squats in a valley. In AD932 the village was indeed on a hill top, overlooking the Sierra with wonderful views southward towards the coast. The scented evening breeze drifted up the cliff side carrying the aroma of honeysuckle and wild gladioli. Fragments of Roman ‘black burnished wear’ lay scattered around the hillside along with terracotta roof tiles. Occupied since Mesolithic times, this was indeed a favoured position. What occurred during the fateful year of AD932 is not on record. Compelling archaeological evidence suggests that the village

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sings songs on piano and guitar From Cat Stevens, Elton John, the beatles, and much much more! from 8.30pm


Body Scuplt Classes 11am

General keep fit using weights Quiz Night 7.30pm Home made menu served 6pm - 8pm


Play Your Cards Right & Eyes Down 7.30pm Home made menu served 6pm - 8pm


Pilates 11am with Sharon Tel: 638 487 314 Yoga 2.30pm - 4pm Salsacise 5.15pm - 6.15pm 5€ Ladies Darts 7.30pm


Lose Weight with Liz 12pm - 2pm Loose Women group 2pm - 4pm Conversational Spanish 5pm - 7pm come and join us!

SAXON REAL ALE BUD On 2.40€ PER PINT tap We are here

Albox Arboleas


Watch premiership football matches

See board for match times


Zurgena La Alfoquia


Sunday 6th Nov

E V LI r a idaB Cucador

Classes at La Vida


Live music with

Saturday 5th Nov

from 9pm




Pil-Pil Prawns (supp 1€)

JC from

Mid-Week Specials from 6.50€

Caramelised Red Onion & Potato Tart


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La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

La Vida Christmas Menu Welcome Drink on arrival with Canapes on the patio from 13:00. Lunch served from 13.30. Starter Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Sherry Prawn & Smoked Salmon Parcel Breaded Deep Fried Camembert La Vida Pate with Melba Toast Fresh Lemon Sorbet Main Course Traditional Roast Turkey with all trimmings Roast Topside of Beef Poached Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce Mushroom & Cranberry Filo Pastry Parcel (V) All served with creamy mashed and roasted potatoes and a selection of seasonal vegetables Dessert White Chocolate & Raspberry Cheesecake Apple Strudel with Brandy-Soaked Sultanas Homemade Christmas Pudding Homemade Mincemeat Ice Cream Bomb All served with Cream, Custard or Ice Cream Coffee, Liqueur & Homemade Mince Pie Includes 1/2 bottle of house wine per person

Live music with Jonathan Payne Singing Live for your Christmas Day festivities. All your old favourited & a Christmas sing-a-long.

49.95€ per person Booking Essential

Daytime Menu

Monday - Saturday 12 Noon - 9pm

Daily specials from


Open everyday 12pm - late. From 11am weekends

Tel: 950 634 562


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November Steak Specials From 1st November to 30th November

Any 2 Steaks, served with Tomato, Onion Rings, Chips and Peas or Side Salad To include a bottle of Red, White or Rose Wine 10oz Sirloin €14.50 per person 10oz Rump €11.50 per person 10oz Rib Eye €12.50 per person 8oz Fillet €16.50 per person


A La Carte, Menu’s of the Day and Night Always Available

Christmas day - fully booked Open 6 days a week - Closed Monday

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

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Saturday 29th October


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Petrol Station

Bar Trabalon

La Alfoquia

Nutty toffee apples

Studded with crunchy nuts, these grown-up toffee apples work well for a Halloween or Bonfire Night party recipe. Ingredients 6 Cox apples; 6 small wooden ice lolly sticks 225g/8oz granulated sugar; 110ml/4fl oz water 30g/1oz butter; 2 tbsp golden syrup 4 tbsp finely chopped mixed nuts METHOD


Push the wooden sticks halfway into the apples at the stalk end.

Tel: 634 365 731

Dissolve the sugar and water in a thick-bottomed pan over a gentle heat.

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Add the butter and syrup to the mixture and bring to the boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, until the toffee reaches 140C/275F (use a sugar thermometer to measure this). Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the nuts. Carefully dip each apple into the toffee, making sure each apple is well coated, and set aside to harden on a baking try lined with non-stick parchment.



‘more than just a restaurant’

Sat 29th Oct 8pm Hot & cold buffet 10€

DJ Ian, Sean Grew,Ashley, Johnathon Payne, Sean Peters, Robyn and many more

Bookings now being taken for

kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Christmas eve, Christmas day & new years eve

mojacar playa

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799


Fish & Chips

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

5. 95 € 7. 95 € Standard

sunday lunch homemade every week!!! 1 course 8€ 2 Courses 10€ 3 Courses 12 €

Tel: 950 475 198

Try colouring the cookie dough with black or red food colouring; it may not be pretty but it will be scary. Ingredients 250g/9oz unsalted butter, softened 250g/9oz golden caster sugar 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten ½ tsp vanilla extract 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour red and black food colouring (optional) 1 tsp baking powder Halloween-themed cookie cutters red, white and black writing icing 1 tbsp apricot jam, warmed with 1tsp water

OPENING TIMES: MON, THURS, FRI, SAT 6 - 10PM SUN 1.30 - 6pm OR Private Parties Bar + Tapas - all day, everyday


Scary Halloween cookies

200g/7oz ready-to-roll fondant icing

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Now under the new management of Ali & Mick

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu

Karaoke - Every Friday Night

Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches To Order


Freshly made-to-order from 7pm Eat In or Take-Away

Our Famous Sunday Carvery Is Now Available On Our Shaded Terrace Or In Our Cosy Restaurant FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

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

METHOD Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, preferably using an electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface. (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and heads off the gingerbread man for added gore. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little. Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cool, let your imagination run wild. Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies, roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and cut out shapes using the same cutters as the cookies. Brush the cookies with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing onto the cookies. Decorate with the white and black writing icing.

SOLTIMES october 2011


pumpkins and squashes, so perhaps it’s time for British cooks to The rest of the world have long made the most of the enticing flavours of een there’s probably an abundance of pumpkins! take advantages of these brilliant autumn bounties...and now that it’s Hallow

Pumpkin Lasagne Ingredients: 90ml/3fl oz extra virgin olive oil  kg/2lb 3oz pumpkin, peeled, seeds 1 removed, cubed Paprika, to taste Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste 250g/9oz fresh ricotta cheese 250g/8¾oz green lasagne pasta sheets

Pumpkin & Apple soup Ingredients:

Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the pumpkin, chopped apples and sage.

2 onions, peeled and chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed 1 tbsp olive oil  00g/1lb 2oz pumpkin, skinned, seeded and 5 cubed

Cook for another 2 minutes, season well and add the stock and the cider or apple juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the ingredients are tender.

2 baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped 570ml/1 pint vegetables stock 300ml/½ pint dry cider or apple juice

Liquidise and serve piping hot with crusty bread.

2 sprigs fresh sage Salt and freshly ground pepper

Add the 350ml/10½fl oz milk a little at a time, stirring constantly to make a smooth, thick and creamy sauce. Season.

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

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stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming. When the flour has evenly absorbed the butter, continue to cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes.

150ml/5¼fl oz milk  5g/1oz grated parmesan cheese, 2 or vegetarian parmesan-style grating cheese For the béchamel sauce 55g/2oz butter

Arrange a layer of lasagne pasta sheets in the bottom of a large ovenproof dish. Spoon over a third of the pumpkin mixture. Lay more pasta sheets over the top, followed by another layer of pumpkin and another layer of pasta, followed by a final layer of the pumpkin mixture. Finish with a layer of lasagne pasta sheets. Pour the 150ml/5¼fl oz milk over the top and allow it to drain through to all pasta layers.

55g/2oz plain flour 350ml/10½fl oz milk

Method Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the pumpkin and cook, covered, stirring gently from time to time, until the pumpkin is tender, up to one hour. Season the pumpkin with plenty of paprika, a grating of nutmeg, freshly ground black pepper and a little salt, to taste. Add the ricotta cheese while it’s still on the heat. Stir well then remove from the heat. Cover and allow mixture to stand. For the béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan without letting it brown. Add the flour little by little,

Bake for ten minutes in the preheated oven, remove and spread the béchamel sauce on top. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until all the milk has been absorbed by the pasta and the lasagne looks cooked and is beginning to go crisp. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with parmesan and place back in the oven for a few minutes - take care not to burn the pasta or the béchamel on top. Serve immediately.

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cafe bar

Los Mellizoslfoquia tv free dining room

large pizza, chips, bottle of wine or jug of beer

From €5

Music & Dancing


sunday roast menu del dia

sunday 30th october 7pm

Charity Race Night in aid of

Ellie’s Wish to Walk

ALL PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL Being shown on multi screen tv’s

Open every day 9am - Late


Tel: 638 889 520

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

Lunch 1pm - 4pm

vegetarian menu available Childrens menu available FREE WIFI

every weekend

2 people

lamb, beef, pork or chicken

all nights...



for sunday roast choice of

Choice of Turkey Lamb or Pork

10€ for


Now taking bookings

Included - Mon to Sat inclusive

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

35€ all inclusive

see specials board

Home-made Crispy Battered Cod or Haddock, Chips & Mushy Peas, Bread & Butter,


4 Courses with Wine & Coffee

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

Changes daily FRIDAYS

5 courses

Monday - Saturday Menu del dia

traditional christmas lunch

Newly REfurbished, A fully air-conditioned Dining room

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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Marley’s Curry Night

Pie Night

Wednesday Booking advisable

Wednesday Booking advisable

Steak Night

Friday Booking advisable

Friday Booking advisable

Shell’s Homemade Pies take away

Sausage Rolls €1.00 Chicken & Vegetable €1.30 Meat & Potato €1.30 Steak €1.30 Steak & Ale €1.50 Corned Beef & Onion Pasty €1.50 Cheese & Onion Pasty €1.30 Larger Pies (serves 6) As above all €7.00 Apple Pies €7.00 (48 hours notice required)

Served 12-5pm Mon-Sat All Homemade Liver & Onions Chicken Curry Chilli & Rice


Mince & Tatties Fish & Chips



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served 10am-1pm

Mon - Sat 12noon - 5pm

Situated behind the Tabacos in the Urbanisation opposite the Playa Serena Hotel

Call Shell on 662 474 639 / Steve on 679 703 513 Closed Thursdays

Burty’s B R


950 559 646 / 950 181 100 reservas@laenvia


next table top sale sunday 13th november

sunday roast 5.95€

served 2pm - 8pm Booking advisable


Large 50c ex large 70c

SUNDAY ROAST 5.95€ choice of meats with roast & mashed potato, yorkshire pudding & 5 veg starters & desserts available 2.95€ 3 courses 9.95€ AVAILABLE 1pm - 8pm

served from 1pm - 8pm. Changed daily and including lomo and stilton, soups, stews with dumplings, chilli, nachos, spicy ribs, salads and desserts.

royal british legion service of remembrance

Sunny terrace

(part of the monthly Anglican Eucharist service)

thursday 10th november 11.30am

Mon - fri 9.30am - 8pm, Sun 9.30am - 8pm,

Closed saturdays

Playa Serena, roquetas de mar

Call 679 156 715

3 COURSE SET MENU 9.95€ (CHANGES WEEKLY) MAIN COURSE ONLY 5.95€ fish & chips available tues to sat

served from 9.30am. English breakfast (including a choice of poached, scrambled or fried eggs) Continental Breakfast including yogurt, fruit, ham, cheese. Smoked Haddock. Coffee machine for freshly brewed coffee

ALL TAPAS 50c All day, every day

” e n o z e e r f t r o “sp

2pm Thursdays

& a drink


race huge sunny terbar and spacious


(starter, main course, sweet)


Free Buffet Boxing Day & New Years Day

from 2.50€

green fee 35€ to include a meal

Pies / Pasties

LIVE sports shown Full sports coverage


Monday to Friday Tee off between 10am & 12 noon

(voted best in town) booking Essential

Ribs Night

Sunday Lunch 1-7pm

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Bar Spinnaker &

ROQUETAS DE MAR Burtys Bar............................ Anglican chaplaincy................

Games & Quiz - Thursdays - from 2pm. Next table top sale - sunday 13th November

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

Monday - Pie & Mash night, a drink included €6.50 Tuesday - Selected Main meals €5, Bingo 3pm Wednesday - Steak night 7pm-10pm, Quiz 9.30pm Friday - Fish and Chips all day 5€ Saturday - Curry Night 7pm Sunday - Sunday Roast 1.30pm 4.30pm

Revita Natural Health and Relaxation Centre.....

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

bar southern.......................

29th October 1st Anniversary Party – Pint Mahou 2€, Half pint Mahou 1€. Surf N Turf free buffet. New to the bar – Bad Girl Cocktail – 1 ltr jug of Cava, Sangria and Bacardi and 4 tapas – 8€

Priest Canon Hugh Broad Tel: 950 478 432 holds the Roquetas Eucharist service on the 3rd Thursday every month at 11.30am at Burty’s Bar, Roquetas. The Church Wardens are: Alan Smith Tel: 950 478 066 John Salmons Tel: 950 472 112


ole cafe bar.........................

Mini Hollywood

is now a drop in centre for any donations for the Mojonera Dog Sanctuary

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

Dance Classes

!!! LEARN TO DANCE & HAVE FUN Latin/Ballroom/Salsa Tue 10.30am 4€ per person Playa Serena Golf Club With Paul & Caroline British Senior Champions Tel: 618 483 791

Dental Clinic

20 years experience

950 32 64 52

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar,


near Hotel Zoraida Garden

Mobile Hair & Beauty

Tracy & Linsey

10% discount on bookings for 3 or more people

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

Monday and Wednesday 9.30pm - Bingo - Friday and Saturday from 9 pm live music with Brian from PBs. All live sports coverage.

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

Open: Tues – Sun 1pm–Late, Closed Mondays. Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Fish and chip Night, Quiz Night SUNDAY: Sunday Roast. See main advert on back page for ‘Whats on this week’ TEL: 950 335 022

La Grappa

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

Dr med. dent Hubert Hillenbrand

German & English Spoken

La Bodeguina.......................

Authentic Italian Restaurant

On-site Dental Laboratory

25% off the 1st appointment for all new clients

Colour from 40€ includes Cut & Blow Dry Cut and Blow dry 20€ Mens cut 7.50€ IPL (intence light pulse)* from 10€ · Nails from 26€ Waxing from 4.50€ Facials from 20€ plus much more... Roquetas de Mar, Enix, La Envia, Almerimar & surrounding areas

Linsey (hair) 660 715 817 Tracy (beauty) 617 683 795

Xmas Eve New Years Eve PARTIES

Bookings now being taken for Christmas lunch and new years eve Christmas day Lunch BUCKS FIZZ on arrival 5 courses + wine


only 30€ per adult 15€ per child

The ANTAS Church

in Jauro village (signposted from the Cajamar bank in Antas) offer Informal Structured Worship in a Friendly Atmosphere and extend a warm welcome to all denominations and all ages at our simple hourlong services of basic Christian Beliefs & Worship held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays each month at 11am in 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

Annual Poppy Event at “Manhattan” on Saturday 5th November from 8.30pm. Our Branch Service of Remembrance (part of the monthly Anglican Eucharist Service) will be held at “Burty’s Bar” on Thursday 10th November starting at 11.30am.

Open 11 am - Late (Closed Thursday). Bingo Tuesday at 2pm




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

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table


EL BANCO – The Bank UNA CUENTA CORRIENTE – A current account UNA CUENTA DE AHORRO – A savings account UNA TARJETA DE CREDITO – A credit card LOS INTERESES – The interest TENER LOS RECIBOS DOMICILIADOS – To have a direct debit


LO QUE SIEMBRAS COSECHARÁS literal translation “What you sow you will harvest” but English equivalent of “You reap what you sow”... For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709

Enjoy our fantastic cocktails prepared by our own Caribbean Bartender Come and try our original Cuban ‘Mojito’ Roquetas de Mar Urbanisation opposite Hotel Playa Capricho




All inclusive party to include all drinks between 9pm & 2am, buffet, grapes, cava at midnight, party bags & music - all this for just 20€ limited amount of tickets book early to avoid disappointment!!!

Tel: 950 335 022

Mob: 618 824 368

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 1pm – Late, Closed Monday

Chiringuito Casablanca Beachfront Bar

Pizzas - Fish - Paellas 12 noon till midnight Every Friday - Live Music 8pm

950 880 114

Paseo Maritimo, next to Hotel Playa Sol

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921

Bar Southern 29th october

1st anniversary party by popular demand NOW

surf ‘n’ turf - free buffet Pint Mahou 2€ - half Pint 1€ ‘bad girl cocktail’ 1ltr Jug of cava, Sangria & Bacardi & 4 Tapas only 8€

Tel: 677 863 530

Open 11am - late. Closed Tuesdays

All live sports shown



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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services

A i r p o r t services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722 a i r p o r t services All airports, anytime, reliable, reasonable rates. Tel: 629 097 057

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

Business opportunity

for sale

Business For Sale

DUE TO RELOCATION A WELL KNOWN SANDWICH FRANCHISE Cheap IN MOJACAR IS FOR Internet Airport Parking SALE. ALL FIXTURES Cafe, Based Alicante Almeria Murcia & FITTINGS INCLUDED New in Huercal PRICED TO SELL Servicing / Repairs Overa, Serious SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ONLY Enquiries Air-con TEL: 693 758 827 OR Only 616 561 770 Tel: 950135039 Sales Service cakes Trapaso of 100sq metres on Install’s the main Plaza in the Parque busy bee Fully Certified Tel: 639 081 067

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

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

auctions Location Auctions, Antas El Real Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 9th November. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412



Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote

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€ tel. 696 049 588


a v o n Tel: 627 907 207 cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ Email:



Swimming Pools Terraces All building reforms

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

Reliable English Builder

• Block work • Balustrades • Paving Driveways & Paths Call now for free estimate

620 112 193 or 630 493 817

georgeforman Huge range of double grill 30€. tel: Vegetarian frozen food just arrived 693 934 144. Quorn, including craft / Linda McCartney, hobby Goodlife, etc. Filo Elaine’s Wools pastry back in stock. quality UK wool & H.S.H. Turre (on accessories.Also main road, next to available at ‘Dia’) 950 479 487 C a m p o s o l Wide range of Mazarron & on the gluten free foods Arboleas forum. Call including flours, 667 273 889 bread, biscuits, elaines wools@ cakes, pasta & pasta sauces etc. digger hire Also lactose free and sugar free foods H.S.H. Turre

Commercial on the main celebration cakes MINI square Fully prepared for a Home cooked using DIGGER coffee shop/restaurant or a fresh free range eggs. shop, 2 toilets plus terrace For Hire decorated for any with driver 40,000€ on nearest offer occasion. (situated opposite Masko) Excellent Rates Tel: 968 959 632 Mobile: 686 377 172 Tel: 689 378 682, 671 094 899 or Telephone Tony 650 906 114 950 615 116 cleaning



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

635 977 621




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

I come to you Comp TIAA+certified Tel: 646 587 746 E:

Steve Hayes Informatica

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

Tel: 950 120 900

SOLTIMES has a post box at


Massive range of award winning flours from Wessex mills, marriages & Doves farm. Over 25 different bread flours in stock. You’re spoilt for choice at H.S.H. Turre.




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Secured loans,

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

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

Neil Godwin

25 years experience

you can pay for adverts, drop copy in or leave announcements for the paper!

how easy is that!!

sell your property. Equity Release: 902 585




for hire Knowles & Abbott no.1 for electrics and Everything plumbing. Refor the wires, free to air UK visiting baby satellite systems. Tel: 950 137 208 or Car seats, high 638 010 691 ELECTRICIAN


Capital Raising, Cash Advances whilst you

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569



chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950

436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@

25-30% off all cereals, Dorset mornflake porridge oats 1.75€ large bag. Gluten – free now porridge H.S.H. available Turre 150 Almost different teas in including stock black, green, white, redbush, herbal & fruit teas. H.S.H. Turre 100 Almost different herbs and spices in big value packs, probably the best selection in the area. H.S.H. Turre Full range of e nv i r o n m e n t a l l y ecover friendly cleaning products stocked, many at discounted prices H.S.H. Turre Huge selction of vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies H.S.H. available Turre health All foods stocked are high quality products, many are organic, and all are guaranteed G.M.O. free. H.S.H. Turre gents electric bike - very good condition 400€ - tel: 950 336 568 ladies electric bike very good condition 200€ - tel: 950 336 568 silver tubular triple bunk bed with top single mattress unused 225€ tel: 693 934 144. m o u n ta i n bike 23” wheels.

brakes. shimano condition good needs new tyres & seat. 50€. tel: 634 145 432 chest freezer (215 litres) - 80cms wide, 12 mths old. cost 299.95€ when new. little used, as new. 100€ tel: 634 145 432 black large parrot metal cage, with special perches,+ bowles with many more extras. size 80cms wide, 90cms length, 56 depth, total 154 cms on wheels. vgc. 60€ tel: 950 091 103 two electric oil filled radiators. as new 30€ tel: 687 056 397 3 seater with chaiselongue, only 3 months old, medium dark brown, was 500€ new, will take 250€ as space is needed. tel: 637 974 793 and mama papa’s richmond bed cot/toddler suitable from birth up to 5 years. in antique beautiful quality pine. mattress sprung washable with cover. immaculate condition. 200€ tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112 tomy folding safety bed guard prevents a toddler from falling out of bed. hinged for easy access to the bed. storage pocket for toys. excellent condition. 10€ tel: 950 459 523 or 672 112


L & M L A NDS C A PES For all your g ardening needs

Community & private Maintenance & clearing Garden design & construction Irrigation, installation & repairs

Call Mark: 950 398 755 670 409 538


Professional Baby Equipment Hire.

FREE delivery & collection. Tel: 615 806 126 649 332 134

Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote

Call 677 114 576

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interglaze – double glazing Join our specialists cal kevin weight loss group on 950 121 909 or This is a weight 680 743 311 loss support group hEATING (This is NOT like weightwatchers) C a r l o s classes at ( S aliente ) La Vida, Cucador plumbing & on a Thursdays heating services. 11am - 1 pm If it involves water, Call Liz for more we can help! www. information 600 334 318 Tel: 968 969 962


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by your roya l correspondent

The Almanzora Group of Friends, including your truly, knew that the Queen was expected in Valencia. Why else would there be Technicolour guards standing ramrod straight either side of an ornate doorway, white feather plumes on top of shining helmets, red coats crossed with gold braid and hung with medals, white trousers disappearing into the glossy black riding boots, not to mention the swords which looked as if they could slice and dice you up very neatly if required. Add to that the roadside railings had sprouted red jackets to hide their prosaic appearance - nobody dresses railings unless Royalty is expected! We agreed Royalty-spotting was on, so we bagged various vantage points and waited. The band played on. We waited. The traffic flowed unabated, the occasional car just pausing to disgorge a photographer now and then. All was calm, including the police, conspicuous by their lack of numbers. There was a minor flurry as Valencia’s Mayoress, Rita Barberá, a fine figure of authority all in red, stepped out of her car and set about shaking hands with anybody who was anybody. But Valencia soon returned to normal, the traffic flowed, the band played, the crowd behind the party-frocked railing waited patiently. No sniffer dogs, no Kevlar vested cops talking to their shoulders, no rooftop sniper spotters, no exclusion zone. The great and the good, in best dress and hairdo, waited on

the steps, shoulder to shoulder with the great Spanish public. Then without warning three cars sped up the street and smoothed to a halt outside the doorway. From the second and third cars flowed several young men in the peak of physical fitness and expensive suits who immediately merged into the background, as only good security personnel can. And there she was, petite and immaculate in every respect, smiling, shaking hands, looking charming and delighted to be there. She was charm itself, as we, (and several hundred Spaniards) all clapped as though she were our own personal Monarch. Royalty is part of our heritage, one of the things that makes us Great British and proud of it. But she is Spanish! Actually, no. She was born in Greece of parents who were both descendants of Queen Victoria, (so she’s a bit British!) and whose family tree is almost exclusively German and Danish. Her brother is the former King Constantine of Greece, and the Greek royal house is a cadet branch of the Danish royal family of SchleswigHolstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, which is itself a branch of the House of Oldenburg. I don’t really care how Royal or how Spanish she is or isn’t. As I saw it, she was doing her job with skill and charm, and it is always worth applauding a job well done.

By Jos Biggs

breathless in barcelona............

Having given ourselves eight whole days and the time to explore at our leisure, the trip to Barcelona was an enjoyable, but nonetheless hectic break for the four of us. Due to their location, we had found a very good deal on apartments some way out in the suburbs beyond the university. This really didn’t matter because the transport system in Barcelona is superb. What with the trams, the metro and the bus services running at frequent intervals, it is easy and relatively cheap to get to the down town area and beyond. There was always something new to see and experience, and in the case of the beautiful harbour and marina, more luxury boats than we have ever seen gathered in one place - including two of Mr Abramovich’s tubs – the ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Lunar’. “If only”, I murmured, as we

By Colin Bird

munched our way through our picnic of ham and cheese bocadillo’s one day, and ogled the hundreds of millions of euro’s worth of floating gin palaces. I should have taken that job in the local filling station instead of going into the roofing trade all those years ago I thought. Who knows how far I would have progressed in the oil business. Predictably, the restaurant prices were generally higher than we have become accustomed to, but then the quality and standards were equally higher too. Most of the time that is. We stopped at one establishment for some light refreshment– beer with some bacon rolls we decided would go down very nicely. Our orders were taken by a surly looking woman dressed like Roy Cropper, who between serving us and the only other occupied table, lit up a fag and had a few puffs before continuing her surly service. She could have surlied for Spain. It wasn’t her manner that got up our noses, or the way she plonked our beers down on the table, it wasn’t even her untrimmed moustache. It was the fact that on close inspection our bacon bocadillos when they came, appeared to have had only a brief conversation with the pig before it had moved on to the next sandwich. And all this within sight of

Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. This was in total contrast to the restaurant in the Placa Reial, a bustling plaza just off the famous Rambla, where our young waiter - who insisted on referring to my lady wife as Miss England - gave us attentive service and advice on the food that we were about to order. His obvious attraction to much older women was suspicious but the meal was excellent, the surroundings atmospheric and the accompanying street entertainers, well . . . entertaining. These consisted of a geriatric flamenco dancer, dressed in a costume that had gone well beyond it’s sell by date, and who clacked his castanets energetically throughout his diverting routine. Although, it has to be said, not as energetic as the way he legged it in his Cuban heeled shoes when the local police arrived. And a troupe of five bare chested acrobats who flipped and somersaulted their way around the square much to the delight of the ladies in particular, and who would be real contenders in the Spain’s Got Talent competition, if there is such a thing. The finale was provided by a toothless street wino who thought he would also like to get in on the act and began to prance unsteadily up and down in his grubby anorak singing

some incomprehensible dirge – no doubt written by Morrissey – but who was soon moved on. As delightful as this trip would have been with just myself and the lovely Mrs B, there is no doubt that the finishing touches were provided by friends who, shall we say, are a little off the wall. That’s to say, mental. Lyn – which is her real name by the way if you live in the Mazarron area – is one of those people who unwittingly provides the stuff of which memories are made. We had laughed ourselves senseless over some childish thing or other whilst strolling in the Plaça de Catalunya, when Lyn realised she had perhaps laughed just a little too vigorously if you take my meaning. Luckily a large department store was nearby and the girls hurried in to replenish a personal item of apparel for our friend from the lingerie department. On emerging from the shop, we asked the much relieved Lyn what she had done with her discarded clothing. “I put them in the . . .” she began to say, then stopped dead with a look of horror on her face. “Oh!” In her rush she had left the offending item in the changing room. Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco. Lyn had left her knickers in El Corte Inglés!

SOLTIMES october 2011


oh, by the way....

58 days to Christmas! I imagine you do not really want to be reminded, after all we have just started the new year – or that is anyway how most of us feel. But time flies, and it is now yet again time to think about turkey with trimmings and Christmas gifts. I love eccentrics! That is what we call rich people with bizarre behaviour. If you are poor, the term is ‘crazy’. History has seen a lot of stark-raving mad people, who wanted a shortcut to richness, and what more absurd method can you think of than alchemy? I remember when Lord Percy Percy from Blackadder turned alchemist: ‘Now, look, Percy, I don’t mean to be pedantic or anything, but the colour of gold... is gold. That’s why it’s called gold. What YOU have discovered, if it has a name, is some... Green.’ - ‘Oh, Edmund... can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?’ – ‘Yes indeed, Percy, except that it’s not really a nugget but more of a splat. ‘ – ‘Yes, my Lord. A splat today, but tomorrow, who knows, or dares to dream... ‘. Alchemy has not died, nor is it confined to television sitcoms. An Irishman – wink, wink! Say no more! – has tried his hand at turning his own faeces into gold. The experiment went wrong, and caused a fire in an apartment block. He has now changed address to the local correctional faecility. Your children, my children, our children! In this day and age families can be a complicated affair. Carla Bruni Sarkozy has given birth to a baby-girl. According to a news flash on Internet it was his fourth and her first! Ups! What about Aurélien Enthoven? Okay, his father is not a president, but he is still a professor of French philosophy. As a result of Raphael Enthoven’s philosophising with Carla before she became France’s first lady, he fathered her fist child, Aurélien, who was born in 2001. Never mind Telegraph’s gaffe. It can be difficult to keep track of the “Who-is-Who’s” of celebrity children. Hopefully the Sarkozy family themselves have their number under control, and do not leave little Aurélien out in the cold. We are a truly European union in our family, but even a great union can experience bumps in the road. Football matches, for example, can be a bit of a dilemma. Which colours do you paint on your face when Scotland plays against Denmark, or Denmark against Spain etc.? We decided to paint one half blue/white and the other red/yellow, when Scotland played against Spain a couple of weeks ago. The blue/white quickly got smeared by tears, and in an attempt to lift the mood, I whispered to my husband: Sorry, darling. But Denmark is doing really well against Portugal! Oh, my! Wrong words! I will never really understand the world of football. Pop, pop, pop! This is the sound, we hear at week-ends – altogether different from the reverberation of silence, penetrated only by the “whooo whooo” of an owl or the “coocoo coo coo-coo-coo” of a cuckoo during the week. We live in the middle of a nature reserve, and are neighbours to a hunting ground. Though the law forbids hunters to shoot within 500 meter from populated areas, we hear shots being released so close to our house that we hesitate to venture out. And you do not confront these bear-bellied, gun-carrying chaps. By definition they are always right. It was therefore great to read that the law enforcement has withdrawn the gun license of a local hunter on the grounds of “reprehensible conduct”. Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: 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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SOLTIMES october 2011


It’s the dead time again in Spain. We are forced to move in slow motion because we are in a total and absolute power vacuum. Until the coming November elections nothing of any importance will be said, done or decided. Yet, there is so much to do in reality. What the national papers often refer to as the British Housing Problem still hasn’t been sorted. (The problem isn’t British—it’s just THEY were the only ones prosecuted). Do you think a member of the Junta Andalucia would have the cojones* to knock down a Spaniard’s casa? Hell no! The gauntlet has been thrown down, the first slap delivered and struck publicly and by an arm of the government. A double standard is creeping into play that never used to be. Lots of my foreign friends mention it to me. It is as if the itinerant folk still crave earnings, their “manna from heaven” that came from the constant ebb and flow of tourists. Yet, it was nothing that they ever earned or worked toward keeping. Well, while these politicians are waiting to get re-elected or tossed out they’d better drink some serious coffee, that double espresso stuff. The kind they serve with the spoon standing straight up in it. Well, wakey wakey Tourism in Spain. If these “Moros” continue to get their acts together, they have better beaches, cheaper prices and a completely new life style to offer those that have grown accustomed to the sun and have become totally p-d off because of the double standards that they are now enduring—could fly the coop. It was only a few generations back when every avant guard, bohemian, aspiring actress, poet, writer, photographer raconteur had to have a place in Morocco. Places like Fez, Algeciras or Alexandria in Egypt were the great mixing pots of cultural diversity. Totally inspiring too. They were places to live and enjoy every moment of the day something exciting was happening. Back here in Spain the average home owner must read studiously each newspaper or magazine to be alerted to some new taxes that are just to be levied and if not paid could well mean the loss of their actual home in the coming years. It´s not that anyone minds paying taxes. But it is the standing in line for five hours just to pay a three Euro surcharge on having electricity. * cojones: write to me on for a free indepth wav file and verbal explanation illustrating how this all important and vibrant word can be used with 27 different voice inflections.

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


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Passenger planes of the future could be able to take people directly to their front door, a report suggests today. Commercial jets could also be made that fly five times the speed of sound meaning they could fly from London to New York in less than an hour. Such aircraft could come into construction by the end of the century and would be part of efforts to place the UK at the forefront of future aerospace innovation, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers says. The passenger drop-off idea would use what has been called ‘a sort of Ark Royal for the skies’. Looking towards 2075 and beyond, the report talked of advances that could be made in aircraft design. It talks of passenger scramjet planes able to fly at around 4,000mph - five times the speed of sound - and commercial aircraft flying in a V-shaped formation that could to save power by making use of airflow generated by the plane in front, similar to the way migrating birds support one another in the air. Scramjets - short for supersonic combustion ramjet - contain a ‘air-breathing’ jet engine, that allows them to combust fuel and decelerate the incoming air to produce speed and thrust. The fastest current ‘air-breathing aircraft’ is a scramjet designed by NASA, which reached a velocity of Mach 9.8 - or 7,000mph. So far, though, these hi-tech aircraft are unable to carry passengers. NASA’s record-breaking X-43A aircraft looks more like a missile than a plane. Passenger jets would necessarily be a little hair-raising - and travel at a more ‘moderate’ speed of 4,000mph. NASA’s hypersonic jets are designed to fly through the Earth’s atmosphere and slash flight times around the world to a few hours at most. Travelling at such speed would reduce the flight time from New York to Sydney to around two-and-a-half hours, from the 21 hours it is now. The report also discusses looking at ways to create an ‘aircraft carrier’ system in which a large aircraft carries individual units that can be released over a destination to float down to the designated area where a passenger needs to go - as if dropping passengers ‘at their door’. Other ideas are a ‘flying wing’ design, where the plane’s main body, wings and engine blended together and a ‘flying fuel station’ so future planes do not have to take off with full tanks. IME chief executive, Stephen Tetlow chief executive of UME said that even in the next 20 years, there were potential sales of 25,000 new aircraft set to be worth more than £2,000billion. He said: ‘Now is the time for industry and government to focus on sectors that can help lift the country’s economy. ‘The UK aerospace sector already employs over 100,000 people around the country and is worth over £29 billion a year to our economy, but we need to take action now to ensure this sector can continue to thrive and grow. ‘There is great potential for new UK aerospace technologies, but in order to compete with emerging nations, we need to set up a strategic vision for UK aerospace, establish a new dedicated aerospace research body and restore research and development funding to pre-recession levels.’


Levante top La Liga as Sevilla hold Barça to a draw................. Levante leapfrogged Barcelona into the Liga top spot on Sunday night with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Villarreal. Juanlu scored a brace to hand Levante the advantage at Villarreal, with Arouna Kone making sure of the three points 13 minutes into the second half. The win took Levante to the top of the Primera Liga table for the first time in their history, a point ahead of Real Madrid and two clear of Barça. An outstanding performance by Sevilla's goalie Javi Varas denied Barcelona on numerous occasions, including a Lionel Messi injury-time penalty, as the defending champions surrendered their 100% record at Camp Nou. Real briefly topped the table on Saturday night after hammering Málaga 4-0, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo - his third Primera División triple of the season. Higuain added the fourth to seal a convincing victory. Sporting Gijón produced a stunning first-half display to secure their maiden win of the season in a 2-0 success over Granada. Espanyol secured their second consecutive 1-0 win on the road thanks to Sergio Garcia's second-half winner against bottom side Racing Santander at El Sardinero. Osasuna produced a dominant display to blow away Real Zaragoza 3-0 in their clash at the Reyno de Navarra. Rayo Vallecano earned their second league win of the season thanks to two late goals in a hard-fought clash against fellow promoted side Real Betis. The win helps Rayo climb away from the

relegation zone, but consigned Betis to their fourth straight league defeat after the Segunda División champions started the season with four consecutive wins. Atlético Madrid ended a three-match run without a goal in the Primera Liga but were still unable to see off Real Mallorca at the Vicente Calderón. Getafe had to settle for a point in a largely uneventful goalless draw at Real Sociedad. The result leaves Getafe just above the relegation zone with only one win and six points to their credit this season, while Sociedad are two points better off after bringing an end to their three-match losing streak. Roberto Soldado grabbed a late equaliser to salvage a draw for Valencia after Athletic Bilbao had threatened to extend Los Che's miserable run. The home side had won just one of their previous six competitive games heading into the contest and went behind after 72 minutes through as 18-year-old Iker Muniain again showed his skill. Results: Barcelona 0 Sevilla 0 Málaga 0 Real Madrid 4 Racing Santander 0 Espanyol 1 Sporting Gijón 2 Granada 0 Atlético Madrid 1 Real Mallorca 1 Osasuna 3 Real Zaragoza 0 Real Betis 0 Rayo Vallecano 2 Real Sociedad 0 Getafe 0 Valencia 1 Athletic Bilbao 1 Villarreal 0 Levante 3

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sport Valle del Este........ MARINA MEMBERS GOLF Mid October Report Tuesday 11th saw 25 members and guests play a singles Stableford competition. In first place was Roger Kaye, with 39 points; second, on countback, was Kay Parmee with 37 points and in third place Sean Halligan, also with 37 points. On Friday 14th, again we had 25 members and guests playing, who basked in the October sunshine in our weekly Stableford competition. The winner, with 38 points, was Bob Mearing, second was Margaret Bennett with 35 points, and in third, with 34 points, George Bennett. Nearest the pin on the 6th was Roger Kaye and on the 14th Al Hewitt. The following Tuesday, 29 players enjoyed a four ball better ball competition, with the introduction of three ghosts to make up 16 pairs. The winners were Ray Matthews and Al Hewitt, with 44 points and in second place, with 43 points, were Ann Miles and Neil Halliday. On Thursday 20th we played our weekly Friday Stableford competition (moved to a Thursday for just one week!!). First was Alan Hewitt with 39 points, and now cut to 8 ~ well played, Al. Second, on countback, George Bennett with 36 points, who has taken a voluntary handicap cut from 22 to 18 ~ well done, George. Third, also with 36 points, Mark Newall playing off 9. Nearest the pins were Tony (The Dud) Dudley on the 6th and George Bennett on the 12th.

Monday 17th October. Stableford Competition with men playing from the yellow tees. Heavy showers did not affect the course and the sun was shining for the finish. Ladies Division 1st Sandra Edwards 36 points 2nd Linda King 34 3rd Lorraine Roberts 31 Men Division 1st Brian Mayhew 37 points (lower handicap) 2nd Jim Budd 37 3rd Alan Humphries 35 Thursday 20th October. A good turnout for the last game of the Club Year prior to Monday’s AGM. Organised by Margaret & Jim Budd, the full handicap Stableford Competition played in teams of three, had the best two scores to count and six holes where scores could be doubled. Also 12 individual prizes around the course. Scoring was close with eight of the twelve teams scoring better than par. 1st Maxine Mayhew, Liam Macnamee and Jim Budd 98 points 2nd Liz Balmforth, John Kavanagh and Gordon Ross 97 3rd Sandra Edwards, Richard Brady and Roy Barker 94


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19th Hole Golf Society at BOXERS GOLF SOCIETY.................... On the 19th October 3rd Martin Fisk 34 pts Aguilon Golf.................................... members of Boxers GS Division 2 On a blustery day a troop of intrepid noblemen and warriors who are believers in the golfing gods Old Tom Morris, Jack Nicklaus and possibly the greatest of them all Seve Ballesteros, set out to tame the mighty beast that had defied most that had gone before them. They had in their armoury an array of weapons which included the “Cleek” (a driving iron), the “Baffing Spoon” (an approach wood) and the mightiest weapon of all “The Mashie Niblick” (a 7 iron). Even with all of these wondrous implements at their disposal none of the warriors tamed the monster that is “Aguilon Golf”. Under the control of the wizard Lord JJ, his teams of elves and goblins worked their magic with tight fairways, water and sand to catch even the wariest of golfers and stop anyone from beating the spell of scoring par or better. The closest to the prize was Sir Roger Kaye with 34 points followed closely by the three legged Knight Lee Coxon with 33

points and in third place scoring 31 points was Squire Ken “Red Shoes” Dawkins, a man whose footwear was greatly admired. Magic was also worked on the 10th green by the Earl of Albox John Ball who was nearest the pin. The voice of the balls himself Duke Tony “La Pelota” Slinn did not live up to his reputation by not losing as many this week but other notable noblemen including the three Counts Gary “Naranja Esquina” Bowen, Jeff “La Loma” Cooper and Rob “La Vida” Matthews found it a very demanding day as did Lord Alan “El Pintor de la Nobleza” Greenfield. Our next crusade will be to the distant land of myth and legend, Playa Macenas on the 3rd of November. Anyone interested in joining the quest can do so by putting their names on the start sheet posted in the La Vida bar and restaurant in Cucador or by calling Ken Dawkins on 610 036 484. Email also works

Cortijo Grande............................. Good news for Cortijo Grande golfers the course is on the mend and we are nearly back to the best greens in the area. All our mates who left because of the problem with the course should take another look at the value we are giving at Cortijo Grande. Wednesday 19th Oct 2011 and our winner with 32 points Brian Bawden second with 31 Frederique Baird and third with 30 Frank Button. No ball sweep winner. Sunday 23rd Oct 2011 and

our monthly medal. Yes the course is that good. The winner with a net 66 Antonio Pinero second and third on 72 Neville Pye and Mike Picken. Ball sweep winners John Park and Neville Pye. Dates for your diary Tuesday 1st November at Alboran and the price is right. Dont forget all our old mates will be welcome to join us To reserve for any Wednesday or Sunday and Alboran 950 475509. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome. MP


travelled to the other side of Almeria to compete in the ‘Autumn Trophy, competition at the Playa Serena course. The weather was perfect and the course was in excellent condition so it was not surprising that there were some great scores returned. Perhaps this was also in part due to the sense of wellbeing after the partaking of tapas and drinks (sin alcohol) supplied by the club after the first nine holes. Thank you Serena GC. The winner of the competition was Stephen Peete with a superb round carding 42 points. Congratulations Stephen. The full results were;

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• New Zealand won Rugby Union’s World Cup for the second time by beating France 8-7 in the final. Stephen Donald, who was drinking pints in Bath two weeks ago, kicked the vital penalty as the Kiwis repeated their 1987 triumph. • On Sunday, by crashing 6-1, Manchester United (who had Johnny Evans red-carded) suffered their heaviest home ‘League’ defeat for 81 years, their worst reverse anywhere since 1980 and received their biggest drubbing by arch-rivals City since 1955. • Elsewhere, nine-man Chelsea with Frank Lampard making his 500th Premiership appearance,

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• 15 year-old Mason Bennett made his Football League debut for Middlesbrough v Derby. • Tragically, Italian bike rider, Marco Simonelli, was killed in a crash in Sunday’s Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang. • India’s cricketers well and truly thrashed England in their ODI series. It could be a whitewash drubbing by the time you read this! • 15 year-old Mason Bennett made his Football League debut for Derby County at Middlesbrough last Saturday • And English golfer Luke Donald fired a phenomenal final-round 64 to win the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic and so clinch the PGA tour money title as well.. Submitted by AFM

guests enjoyed a sit down meal followed by live music from Driftwood. Numerous prizes were given out but the overall Captain’s Day winner on count back was Tony Hudson with 39 points. Congratulations to everyone who won a prize. Following various charity events during Carol’s Captain’s Year, an amount of €1200.00 has been raised for the children in Vera Orphanage. This will be presented within the next couple of weeks. Carol wishes to thank everyone who donated prizes and their cash for this worthy cause. Finally Carol wishes to thank everyone for their support during the last year and to wish Trevor Scoble (the new Captain of Media GS) and Roger Goff (Vice Captain) best wishes for the coming year.


On Friday 21 October 2011 Carol Henshaw, Captain of Media GS, held her Captain’s Day competition at Valle Del Este. 64 members and guests played on a day that started out quite threatening as lightening could be seen out at sea. However, the sun shone for most of the day and there were no wet suits in sight. The course as usual was in excellent condition. The prizes for the competition were presented at the Captain’s Dinner, also held at Valle Del Este, on Saturday 22nd October when 98 members and

FORUM GS.......................................... 50 Forum Golf Society members and partners travelled north to spend a couple of days on tour in the Los Alcazares area, and play golf at both Las Ramblas on October 21st and then El Valle on October 22nd. At Las Ramblas Dave Greaves was a deserved winner with 38 points, followed by John Holder (2nd), Keith Ryder (3rd) & George Gibson (4th) who all had 37 points, with Mick Carty (35 pts) one further back in fifth place. Richard Swaine won the event at El Valle with 37 points playing off just 3, the same as second -placed Fred McEvoy who scored an excellent 36 points. Mike Duckham was third on 35 points, with John Holder (fourth) edging out wife Anne (fifth) on countback after both scored 34 points. The overall winner over the two days was John Holder, who´s aggregate score of

71 points saw countback needed yet again to just consign George Gibson to second, with Fred McEvoy third on 70 points. There were also 7 nearest the pin prizes, with these going to Bob Vincent, Fred McEvoy, John Holder, derek Pearce, Richard Swaine, Wendy Greaves & Mick Carty, whilst Joy Blake carried off the Longest Drive prize at El Valle. Upcoming events are October 28th Stableford at Alboran October 31st Almeria League Matches 2nd Round at Playa Macenas November 3rd & 4th “Ryder Cup” v Marina Members at Marina For further information, contact Phil elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@,uk, or see www.

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SANTE IRENE SAILING CLUB............................................................................. Yet again another two weeks of light winds but our sailors have enjoyed it. The safety boat has been there to tow the dinghies out of the harbour,usually the wind has increased in the early afternoon to blow them back to Port. We can sail during the week days; last Tuesday, Steve was out sailing in “Casi Casi” testing his new mainsail, the 16 ft. “Wayfarer” was there too with Michael at the helm. If you fancy Dinghy Cruising you should consider buying

angling news Kenolo’ told me he had a good day’s boat fishing with ‘Cuba Brian’ and a friend of his ‘Wing Commander Chris’. They must have had about 40 plus fish. They were fishing in about 6 to 700 feet of water at one time and catching what Ken called large gold fish. Brian said they were blue mouths. They also had 7 other species of fish including a small Octopus and a Vermillion rockfish. ‘Pete Pugwash went out on his own for a few hours but had nothing exciting to report, he did however land a nice sunfish last week which I forgot to report. I went out twice this week with ‘Orca Steve, firstly with ‘Pickerel Steve’, ‘Moray Jeremy’ and his mate ‘Cannon’. We caught a few fish with Jeremy having a decent enough red snapper. Other fish caught were blue mouths, pandoras, swallow tails, combers and mackerel. We trolled for a while and I had two fish, a lizard and a horse mackerel. The former took the deep diving rapala I use to take down the trace of trolled feathers. The lizard wasn’t much bigger than the lure! The mackerel took a feather. My second trip on Steve’s boat was with ‘Chef Jeremy’, ‘Comme Graham’ and ‘Paul the rope’. The wind was NNW changing to NNE and about 6 to 8 knots, it was hard to drift fish and we struggled to catch much. We tried anchoring over the 250 foot hole in front of the Garrucha marina; again not much caught which is unusual for that mark this time of year. Crabs (I think they are) or some other pests were a pain pinching our baits within seconds of them hitting the deck. If it wasn’t them it was shed loads of bony pandoras robbing us. Steve was out twice more during the week; the first was with ‘Squiddly Sid’, ‘Diver Ken’, ‘Tiddlerwinks John’ and Bill, all from the Albox fishing club. Conditions were perfect with hardly a swell and light winds dropping to calm and then from the SW at 2pm. They fished opposite the Garrucha lighthouse which is Steve’s current favourite area in water from 200ft to 700ft, drifting slowly in the calm conditions. The fishing was steady with pandoras, combers, pickerels, blue mouths, Atlantic and Spanish

mackerel, swallow tailed sea perch until Ken struck into a nice Red Snapper. They continued catching the usual bunch and Steve decided to drop a heavy conger rig to try and pull one of them trouble makers out. He fished with 60lb nylon, a No 01 stainless sharp hook on a wire trace with an 8 oz lead on a 70lb 1.8m Fjord rod and a Penn wrecking multiplier. After 45 minutes he was rewarded with a nice 30lb conger which gave a short fight before giving in to Steve’s dominance! They fished until 1.30 pm and decided to have a steady troll in to the harbour and to Sid’s surprise he got a take on an artificial squid lure and landed a nice 3lb melva tuna which was put back as the law is unclear what can and cannot be kept. A nice finish to a pleasant and enjoyable day in the perfect conditions! See photo of Steve and his 5 foot 6” Conger and the marina Capitano must have thought his luck had changed when Steve presented him with it. (He probably also thinks you are mad Steve!). Shore fishing: The last three times ‘Kenolo’ fished Pozo beach he caught fish, not gigantic and the biggest being a 1lb bream. ‘London Bill’ fished just north of Villaricos town and caught small bonitos/melvas while spinning a silver spoon weighted with a water filled float. Brian V’ fished the Balero Lake north of Negratin and caught barbel and carp to 3lbs. He also saw an angler catching small trout and something that looks like a bleak but by the shape of its mouth it’s a bottom feeder. ‘Baza Barry’ fished Lake Negratin and caught carp and barbel to 2lbs and says the water level is dropping fast and the fishing is slowing down with the colder conditions. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks at the Azafran restaurant. For the next meeting tel 677 655 049 For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John

a “Wayfarer”, the ideal dinghy the cruise the coastline. You can pull in at any beach that looks good, take your sleeping bag and stay over night, then carry on the next day. If you want to know more, you should read the adventures of Frank and Margaret Dye;They not only cruised around the UK. but have been to the Shetland Isles, North America, Canada, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden and Denmark including the North Sea crossing to Norway and

AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT Our Annual General Meeting signalled the end of the old season and the beginning of the new one, with handicap reviews and prize presentations for the Order of Merit/Player of the Year and the Summer Eclectic Competition Order of Merit This is the 10 best aggregate stableford scores over 12 months and our winner came in with an average of 37.4pts 1st Glyn Ombler 374pts 2nd Bill Gibb 364pts 3rd Les Raufer 358pts 4th Chris Baker 353pts 5th Pat Sayer 351pts 6th Caroline Willingham 349pts Summer Eclectic This is the most points scored

the Olympics at Portland next year. The winner of this 5 day events, where there were 32 races, was the Switz boat “Alinghi”, 2nd “Luna Rosa”, 3rd “Oman Air”. The overall results after 8 events around the World is: “Luna Rosa” with 69 points, “Edmond Rothschild” 68 points, 3rd “Emirates Team New Zealand” 60 points. The final event will be in Singapore in December. More sailing news in two weeks time; remember, you can visit us any Sunday at el “Rincón del Puerto” Guarrucha Marina. Take care, John Tel. 950 475 157 658 548 790 / Email:


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610 905 173 on each hole over the last 6 months 1st Pat Sayer 61pts 2nd Sally Keene 60pts 3rd Louis Long 58pts 4th Derrick Stephenson 57pts 5th Keith Leonard 57pts 6th Les Raufer 56pts It was interesting to note that our winners ( see photo with their trophies) also were the two previous winners of the same competitions,so beware there will be a concerted effort by the members to put new names on the board for this season Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 636 938 404 or 634 641 199

THE BRINDLE CUP......................... This very prestigious competition held in memory of the late Clive Brindle was very well supported with an entry of 30 pair’s teams. Reaching the semi-final stage were the pairings of Maggie Holmes and Linda Lester playing John and Chris Dedman, the other semi-final was between Dave Sewell and Alan Henshaw playing Alan and Mo De-Boer. John and Chris were in top form and lost only four ends in their semi-final against Maggie and Linda winning comfortably 14-5. Alan and Mo staged a great fight back against Dave and

Iceland; I recommend you read their books. Although I have been busy working on my “Kittywike”, I did make time to visit Almería where the “Extreme 40 Catamarans” were racing. We were there on Friday the 14th the middle of the 5 day event, again it was light winds, nevertheless we enjoyed our day with Lea and Les, who were members of our Club 5 years ago, they now live in Central America enjoying their dream crewing on luxury Yachts. Back to the “Extreme 40 Catamarans”, we were able to meet Ben Aislee who was only able to race in 3 Events and finished on Podium in two of them; it´s now time for him to get focused on

Alan when they recovered from 12-5 down to win their semi-final by a score of 1715. In the final John and Chris continued their fine form and once again lost only four ends on their way to a comfortable 21-8 win. Many congratulations to John and Chris, special mention for Chris as this is the first time of winning in her Indalo Bowling Club career. John Colquhoun Indalo Bowling Club

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