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Wear a poppy, bloody red, Stand and mourn for each man dead. Do not forget what they have done Their lives were lost in wars we won. Bow your head in grateful thanks That you were not among those ranks. Passchendaele to Helmund, every battle fought Each victory young lives dearly bought. All religions pray for peace, That all the wars on Earth will cease! Stand silent, Mourn. Wear poppies, red. Each poppy Mans’ blood. Each man, dead.

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zurgena mayor seriously injured

Zurgena Mayor, Francisco Ramos, suffered an accident yesterday when he was placing election posters along with a fellow party member, Antonio Fernandez. The fall of more than four metres high, caused various bumps and bruises of varying degrees that necessitated his transfer by helicopter to the Hospital Torrecárdenas in Almeria. Fernandez was also injured suffering a broken heel and toe shelling and was taken to Huércal Overa Hospital but was later released. Ramos, unfortunatelty, remained hospitalized at the time of going to presss. His wife, Monica, stated: “He is stable but is in intensive care under observation and restrained.” Sources indicate that he suffered a significant head injury and a fractured elbow. The incident occurred shortly after 10:30am as they were hanging posters of the Partido Popular. Fernandez explained that they were using “a truck with an articulated arm with a basket on top, as typically used by electricians.” Although the work had been completed and they were preparing to return to the ground when a strong gust of wind caused a component of the articulated arm to malfunction and both Ramos & Fernandez fell some four metres to the floor. “I do not know exactly how it happened, I do not remember anything - it all happened very quickly, but from what I can remember

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Chirivel, Velez Rubio, Velez Blanco

A sum of 3,956,761.98 euros will be spent on the restoration of the Boulevard Chirivel (from Chirivel to the confluence with the Rio Chico) and Rio Chico, and affecting the municipalities of Chirivel, Velez Rubio and Velez Blanco. The projects are part of the MARM program for the development of the national strategy for restoring rivers, whose objective is the conservation and restoration of good ecological status, pursuant to the mandate of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60 / EC) The object of the first project aims to improve the ecological status of the Rambla de Chirivel, and will affect a stretch of 28 km in Velez Rubio and Chirivel. Among the works planned is the recovery of the morphology, or path of the river, the eliminating of unnecessary jetties, the re-profiling of the channel section, the decompaction of the bed of the rambla and the elimination of road traffic in it. Construction of roads along the banks to maintain access to adjoining properties which currently have access from the rambla, the construction of speed bumps and the planting of native trees and shrubs along the margins. The estimated execution time for the works is twenty-nine months. The second project, the restoration of the Rio Chico, will be for similar works to improve the ecological health of the river over a 6 km stretch through Velez Rubio and Velez Blanco. In addition, the public use of the Chico River will be promoted with designs for walking trails, recreational facilities in specific areas and the installation of information panels about local flora and fauna. There will also be several artificial bird nests installed

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Alejandro Lopez, spokesman for the Partaloa PA, together with the Provincial Secretary, Pedro Ruiz, have submitted to the Provincial Prosecutor a complaint against the Government team of the Mayor (PP) and 3 councilors (PSOE). Their complaints are over a lack of democracy and abuses and irregularities that have occurred since the May 22 elections. Their grievances include: The illegal removal by the Mayor and his administration of the secretary of the Partaloa Council. Falsifying a public document, made by the Mayor and the temporary secretary in order to hide information about the illegal dismissal of the Secretary. The illegal appointment of the temporary secretary and theft of public functions by the same. Corruption by the Socialist group of councilors through their non-abstention in the provisional stage of the Partaloa PGOU at provisional stage. The illegal approval of the General Plan by the Mayor of the PP and PSOE government partners, despite unfavorable reports from the Andalucian Water Agency. Obstruction to the exercise of public functions by the Mayor and the temporary secretary, such as not calling meetings, not convening the extraordinary plenary session requested by the PA Councilors, and refusing access to the documentation relative to all denuncias. Lack of proper custody of public documents.

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Jackson doctor guilty of manslaughter

Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, was led away in handcuffs after the Los Angeles jury reached a unanimous verdict. The doctor, who could face up to four years in prison, will be sentenced on Nov. 29. Dozens of fans outside the courtroom erupted in cheers and some burst into tears. Murray had pleaded not guilty to giving the Thriller singer a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol normally used in surgery - that was ruled the main cause of the pop star’s June 25, 2009 death. But prosecutors argued Murray was grossly negligent in administering the propofol to help Jackson sleep. Defence attorneys claimed Jackson delivered the fatal dose to himself. The judge ordered Murray, who has been free on bail for two years, held in custody until his sentencing at the end of the month. Murray did not testify at the Los Angeles trial and looked impassive as the guilty verdict was pronounced to a small cry from his side of the packed courtroom. Jackson’s mother Katherine and the singer’s sister Rebbie cried silently as the guilty verdict was read. His siblings La Toya, Jermaine and Randy, and his father Joe,

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The PP claims that students and school workers in the Albox workshop have been two months without pay. The Council blames the delay on the Junta de Andalucia for failing to honour 25% of the grant. However, the PP considers that the Council should still pay the salaries of these people. According to the PP Spokesperson, lnmaculada del Águila, Article 30 of the regulatory order program notes that workshop schools, craft and employment workshops require that funding organizations should pay student, employees, personnel management, teaching and support staff and all others on the due payment date. She said that the Junta was at fault for not making prompt payment, but that the Mayor, José García should be held responsible for not submitting the receipt to the Junta promptly. She ended by saying that ‘The

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was “now a convicted felon who has been deemed the causative factor in Michael Jackson’s death”. Pastor said he should be locked up before being sentenced to protect public safety. On the street outside, more than 100 Jackson fans whooped with joy and chanted “Thank you judge!” as the guilty verdict, announced live on television, was read. Bus driver Dana Brenklin, 35, burst into tears. “Of course it’s not enough and it’s not going to bring back Michael. But for two years, I had a project, justice for Michael Jackson, and I got what I wanted,” Brenklin said. Trial watchers had said the guilty verdict was almost assured. Prosecutors were required to prove only that Murray was reckless in his care, and the judge told jurors that the doctor could be found guilty even if the jury believed that Jackson gave himself the propofol, as long as such a possibility was foreseeable. “The prosecution did a great job of creating a portrait (of Murray) that asked, ‘is this how someone would have acted if he was responsible?’” said Marcellus McRae, former federal prosecutor and a trial lawyer with New York-based law firm, Gibson Dunn.

responsibility is yours for the mismanagement of administrative procedures and for failing in the commitments undertaken when accepting help.’ A reply from the Training Workshop IV El Saliente in Albox stated that they wanted to publicly deny the allegations that had appeared in print, saying that they were unproved and not in line with the facts. In 2008 the City of Albox reactivated a Training Program for Schools and Employment Workshops under the regular order of the Employment of the Junta de Andalucía. During this time they initiated two employment workshops and a school workshop which employs a total of 93 people, specifically 78 students and 15 monitors and staff. ‘We commend and appreciate the efforts made by the City Council during this time and at all levels, economic, organizational and administrative. These

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Consumers’ association says 35% of supermarkets don’t store chilled and frozen food properly According to a new study by the Spanish Consumers’ Association (OCU), 35% of commercial establishments do not guarantee a proper conservation of chilled and frozen food. The organisation analysed the temperature of 716 refrigerated and frozen products in 179 stores in order to check if the temperature at which food was being stored was correct. OCU staff chose a variety of widely consumed refrigerated foods, such as lasagna, sausages, spanish omelette, ham and other cured meat cuts. Frozen fish and vegetables were also tested to establish the freezer storage temperature. According to the OCU study, thermometers in the fridges themselves indicated in some cases that the temperature was not in line with legislation. But the situation was compounded when OCU analysts took readings with their own thermometers: 20% of the fridges were in breach of the law and showed temperatures above eight degrees. 68% of ready-made meals and 55% of the sausages and cured meats studied were found to be at temperatures above those recommended. The results for frozen products, although a little better, were not good either, with 16% of the vegetables and 13% of the fish at non-regulation food temperatures, the study said. The OCU study found no significant differences between the various supermarket chains, but there were regional variations in quality of storage: Toledo, Barcelona and Badajoz stand out with good results in frozen storage and acceptable results in refrigeration. Palma de Mallorca and Pamplona showed the poorest results. Consumers are reminded that the cold chain must not be broken and recommends that, even whilst shopping, refrigerated or frozen products should always be selected at the end to minimise the amount of time outside of the fridge or freezer. They should also be transported in insulated bags and then stored as quickly as possible back in the fridge or freezer at home.

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Greeks await name of new coalition government PM

Greek leaders are due to agree the name of a new prime minister to lead a unity government until fresh polls are held. The deal came after Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed to stand down. It followed days of upheaval caused by his decision - now revoked - to hold a referendum on the EU bailout plan to tackle Greece’s debt crisis. The names of Lukas Papademos, a former deputy president of the European Central Bank, and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos have been floated. The coalition is due to lead the country until elections, which could be held on 19 February, the finance ministry said. Once the new leader is named, President Karolos Papoulias will invite parties to join the new government, according to a statement from the president’s office issued on Sunday evening. Mr Papoulias announced the agreement after hosting talks between Mr Papandreou and main opposition leader, Antonis Samaras. The plan envisages elections being held once the government has approved an EU bailout package. Mr Papandreou had been trying to build a national unity government to replace his Pasok party administration, but Mr Samaras, of the New Democracy party, had been refusing to negotiate unless his rival resigned first. The two men also disagreed sharply on the timing of new elections, with Mr Papandreou seeking a delay of several months while Mr Samaras wanted them immediately. A Greek government spokesman said a new administration would be sworn in and a confidence vote held within a week if all went well. At a late-night meeting on Sunday, Mr Venizelos met opposition members and agreed that 19 February would be the most suitable date for elections, according to a finance ministry statements. However few other details have emerged, such as how quickly the bailout deal might be approved. The EU says no more funds will be released to Greece until the new bailout deal has been approved. It gives the government 130bn euros (£111bn; $178bn) and imposes a 50% write-off on private holders of Greek debts, in

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BA, Iberia parent says third-quarter net profits drop 26% International Airlines Group, which comprises British Airways and Iberia, on Friday posted a 26-percent drop in third-quarter net profits, as it unveiled a deal to buy Lufthansa’s British Midland division. Profits after taxation sank to 267 million euros ($368 million) in the three months to September, as IAG was hit by high fuel costs. That compared with 362 million euros in the same part of last year, it said in a results statement. Revenues increased by 2.2 percent in the quarter to 4.49 billion euros, but fuel costs soared by 23.7 percent on the back of soaring oil prices. Jet fuel, or kerosene, is refined from crude oil. “Our revenue is up 2.2 per cent in the quarter driven primarily by volume,” said IAG chief executive Willie Walsh in the earnings release. “However, high fuel costs continue to have a significant impact on our business. “This quarter fuel costs are up 23.7 percent, compared to last year, while non-fuel costs are flat.” Looking ahead, he added: “The main challenge for 2012 will be to offset increased fuel costs ... against a background of potentially weaker demand.” Separately, IAG announced that it had agreed in principle to purchase the loss-making British Midland from Germany’s Lufthansa. Lufthansa acquired the British airline in 2009, but the recent crises and conflicts in the key regions of North Africa and the Middle East prevented the German carrier from steering the unit back into profit. Walsh described the deal as “a fantastic story” and good for the British economy, adding it would welcome long-haul flights to BA and Iberia’s schedules. “This is a great story for IAG and also great for the UK economy and for consumers,” Walsh said Friday. “We will expand our networks, particularly on long-haul which is so critically important to the UK economy. The deal will allow us to connect further to the emerging world economies.” Questioned about potential jobs losses, Mr Walsh said: “It’s far too early for us to say what the impact will be.” IAG was created in January earlier this year. The 2010 figures were calculated on a pro forma basis, as if BA and Iberia had already been trading as a combined group.


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France and Spain renew commitment to fight terrorism and call for caution action. “Those who have suffered most are the victims of terrorism. (...) Any Government seeking peace has to keep them always in the forefront of our minds, because they are the clearest example of the suffering society has endured ,” said Camacho. Thus, he considers an apology from ETA to the victims a “necessary and important” act, although he added that there had been no confirmation from the terrorists that this would be forthcoming. Nevertheless, he expressed his confidence that “if Spain has managed to overcome the most difficult and complicated struggle against violence, there is no doubt it will be able to

The Spanish and French interior ministers, Antonio Camacho and Claude Guéant, today renewed the two countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism and, despite ETA’s announcement of total and permanent cessation of violence, stressed the need for caution. In their meeting in the French capital since Camacho took office and the first since the terrorist organisation’s announcement, both ministers stressed that ETA’s decision was “a victory for democracy and the result of working together” and not a personal reflection by the outlawed organisation. “It’s that work that has brought the defeat and the statement a few days ago,” Camacho said in a joint press conference, where he announced that they will continue working “with the same intensity because that’s what the law and prudence require, to the extent that is necessary to maintain the utmost caution.” The meeting, described by Camacho as “entirely

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The Poppy Appeal 2011 At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011, the nation will pause. We will fall silent and take two minutes to reflect on the sacrifice of our brave Service men and women from conflicts past and present. Each year the nation expresses its unequivocal support for The Royal British Legion’s charity work through the Poppy Appeal, emphasising the need to help all generations of the Armed Forces and their families - today and for the rest of their lives. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, they reached their target of £36 million for 2010 but their work is as vital as ever and with all of our help we can reach £40 million this year.

Why do we wear a poppy? An American teacher, Moina Bell Michael, inspired by John McCrae’s 1915 poem In Flanders Fields, began selling silk poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-Service community. McCrae, a doctor serving in the First World War with the Canadian Armed Forces, was moved to write the poem about the poppies that grew after the aftermath and devastation of the bloody fighting in the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France. “Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw, The torch; be yours to hold it high, If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, In Flanders Fields,” he wrote. In 1920 the poppy was proclaimed as the United States’ national emblem of Remembrance and the following year Madame Guerin, a Frenchwoman, sold millions to raise funds for rehabilitation in areas of France. She also sent women to London to sell poppies and persuaded Earl Haig to adopt it for the British Legion. The first official Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11 November 1921.

remembrance The Royal British Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance, a role which ensures that those who gave their lives for peace and freedom are remembered. In 1921, the year the Legion was formed, ‘Armistice Day’ was formally adopted as the national day of Remembrance and the Legion was charged in its Royal Charter with organising “Festivals of Remembrance, services and parades to perpetuate the memory of sacrifices made during service with Our Armed Forces in war and peace”. In

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which have passed since then, the Legion has been responsible for organising national, regional and local ceremonies of Remembrance to reflect the nation’s concern that the human cost of war should not be forgotten. These include: The annual Poppy Appeal. Every year the Legion mobilises a countrywide network of Poppy Appeal collectors to meet the enormous public demand for poppies - the nation’s symbol of Remembrance. The Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November. The nation pauses to honour those who have given their lives for peace and freedom. The Legion has been instrumental in reinstating this in the nation’s calendar.

The annual Festival of Remembrance. Every year the Legion organises a festival at the Royal Albert Hall to pay tribute to all those who have given their lives for our peace and freedom. In 2010 the festival attracted more than 7 millions viewers. The Parade and Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday organised by the Government and the Legion. The Legion is also known for proudly honouring those fallen in Service during repatriations at Royal Wootton Bassett and Carterton. The Legion houses the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire which records the names of the fallen from Afghanistan, and hosts the annual dedication of the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many other conflicts worldwide since 1945 and those still fighting for peace and freedom now. It is also about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future.

fIELD OF REMEMBRANCE Each November The Royal British Legion creates Fields of Remembrance to pay tribute to all those who have bravely served in our Armed Forces and who are sadly no longer with us. In 2010, an additional Field at Wootton Bassett was added to the traditional sites of London and Cardiff, to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives serving in Afghanistan. In 2011, a fourth Field will open in Belfast. The Fields become a sea of Remembrance Crosses with scarlet poppies - a touching symbol of Remembrance and tribute to the memory of ex-Service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country.

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Remembrance Day

I was fifteen years old when the Declaration of War was read out by Mr Neville Chamberlain; an age to be aware of the conflict that followed. If you take into account ill health and loss of memory there are few people left today who can remember what really happened and how the average person was affected. All over Europe there was upheaval and movement and in Britain there was apprehension and perhaps a bit of excitement as the drama began to unfold. The Home Guard, in some ways, was not taken too seriously; I don’t think that anyone in my squad ever thought that we would actually come face to face with the enemy and so there was a sense of foreboding when the first wave of bombers arrived and the straps of the gas mask cases were undone in readiness for the worst to happen. I can remember coming out of the shelter on numerous mornings to face houses smouldering, casualties on makeshift stretchers, shrapnel scattered in the street and the smell of explosives and burning. Yet, in spite of all the chaos, at the appointed time bleary eyed, subdued and slightly shell shocked we workers trudged along to the factories. Somehow the deafening clatter of the capstan lathes, the boring machines and the automatics brought everyone back to reality. There was a job to do and just as important we were on piece work! The gaps down the assembly line spoke for themselves and immediate steps were taken to keep the machines in full production. Rods of aluminium and brass whirled in the cutting blades, cooled by the oil suds spray, whilst the operator poked the razor sharp swarf away. Threaded cones dropped into the basket, light ammunition and heavy brass shapes all urgently needed by a nation that had left it late to compete in a war with Germany. Necessity brought a steady routine, going home in greasy overalls, a quick tea of Spam, powdered egg and chips, then getting ready for a night in the air raid shelter. Sometimes the warden would call for help if the incendiary bombs were burning in the street and we all responded with stirrup pumps and pails of water. How we envied the wardens with their protective head gear. A tale was told of a warden who got hit on the helmet with a piece of shrapnel, took it off to show his mate the dent then was immediately hit on the head by a second lump. Another tale concerned an official who asked a worker what his contribution was on the aeroplane production line and the

worker replied, “Seven, Sir,” The official was full of praise. “Seven fighters,” he repeated. “Oh I thought you said lighters,” said the worker. As the war progressed each individual eventually managed to fit their limited social life around the routine of sporadic air raids and shortage of sleep - I recall one evening sitting in the air raid shelter and trembling not with fear but with exhaustion. The lack of sunlight - even in summer, the industrial haze that hung over the city blotted out the sun - gave everyone a pale zombie look. As winter took hold, water left in the bath froze and there was only the bare necessity of fuel to warm one room. In our limited means we fought back, worked hard and played hard. A bombed area on the main street was converted to a tented dance hall with a full orchestra, the cinemas kept going in spite of bombs falling and the works’ canteens were made available for dancing and shows. When beer was obtainable the pubs were packed and the carpeted interior of the picture house provided a dream factory where we felt safe in the dark watching the familiar faces on the screen and managing to laugh together at the cartoons. The Yanks arrived, bringing Hollywood glamour, strange accents & much sought after ‘Lucky Strike’ cigarettes as well as ‘big bands’, the jitterbug and the famous open jeep. In a seemingly hopeless situation the nation was called to prayer and the churches were packed. At the age of eighteen I volunteered as a pilot but was rejected and accepted instead as an air gunner. A few weeks later I was badly injured and was transported to the hospital by an ambulance which was being rocked on all sides due to the intense bombing. The damage to my left eye meant I could not fly and I was accepted as a trainee carpenter. Fate sometimes plays a strange part in life and I am thankful that I survived, considering that the lifespan of an air gunner was limited. Taking everything into consideration we were only bit players compared to the soldiers who fought a rear guard action in France and were rescued from Dunkirk, only to then fight their way from El Alemein to Berlin. Many died during these battles and their bodies were left in the desert and the fields of France and yet they had so much to live for. On 11th November we should remember those days of despair, when all faiths prayed. Maybe we should, once again, hold a day of prayer just to say ‘Thank You’.

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OneintwoSpanishhouseholds have outstanding debt arising from the acquisition of their primary residence or other real estate, investments and home improvements, as well as for the purchase of vehicles and other goods and services. This was noted by the Bank of Spain in an article in their latest economic bulletin which analyses, using various financial surveys, the financial situation of families in Spain, Italy and the United States. While 50% of Spanish households have outstanding debts (35.7% of which are for home purchases and 23.3% for the purchase of vehicles), in the U.S. this figure rises to 77% (with 50% for home purchases, 63% for vehicles and 18.3% for education) and in Italy drops down to 27.8% (with 12.6% for home purchases and 18.5% for the purchase of vehicles). The proportion of indebted households in the U.S. is much higher than in Spain and Italy for all income levels. Thus, in the United States the percentage varies from 52% for the poorest households to 90% for those in the higher income bracket, while for Spain and Italy the extreme values vary between 17% and 68% and between 18% and 37% respectively. Debt incurred by Spanish families represented 10% of their total assets, compared to 5% in Italy and 15% in the United States. The most important contribution to household debt in the three countries comes from the financing of investments in real estate or financial assets. Specifically, for

Spain this reaches 90% of total debts, higher than the 84% figure for the U.S. and 74% for Italy. President of the institution Miguel Angel Fernandez Ordonez said that the analysis shows that of the three countries analysed, Spain is the one where the highest values are recorded in the volume of households that own their primary residence and other real estate assets, and the Bank of Spain noted that this is “especially relevant” for households with fewer resources. Specifically, 83% of Spanish households own the dwelling in which they live, compared to 69% in both the Italian and U.S. cases. Amongst the 20% of Spanish households with lower incomes, 78% own their primary residence, in contrast to only 40% of American and Italian families. Moreover, Europa Press reported that in Spain, two out of every three young families (where the head of the household is younger than 35) own their main home, compared with 47% in Italy and 40% in the U.S. Of those analysed, Spain was also the country where more families own real estate other than the home in which they reside, with 36%, compared with 23% in Italy and 19% of U.S. households. Even in the group of families with fewer resources, one in five Spanish households has real estate other than their principal residence, double that of Italy and triple than in America. Within the portfolio of

household assets in the three countries, real assets (principal residence, other real estate – homes, land, farms, industrial premises – and private businesses) have a greater value than financial assets (bank accounts and deposits, pension plans, insurance, mutual funds, fixed income securities, stocks and shares). Specifically, in 90% of Spanish and Italian households their real assets have most value compared to 65% in the U.S., with housing being the most important asset in all cases, though more in Spain (66%) over Italy (55%) and the U.S. (33%). With respect to financial assets, accounts and deposits are most common in household portfolios. In Spain and the United States, 92% have this type of asset, a percentage that drops to 89% in the case of Italian families. The second most common asset in the portfolio of Spanish households is pension plans, with 26% having this type of asset. Pensions are also the second largest asset in the United States after accounts and deposits, although the number of families with pension plans in the U.S. is much higher than the Spanish, with 61% of households. In Spain, only 1.4% of households invest in fixed income securities, much lower than Italy, where this is the second most important financial asset, with 14%, and also the United States, where 16% of households invest in fixed income securities.

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Are you thinking of purchasing a property in Almería? Then why not take advantage of the VAT reductions On the 20th of August, the Government approved the VAT redution from 8% to 4% when purchasing a new build property. This is a temporary and exceptional reduction to be applied until the 31 of December. The aim is to reactivate one of the sectors that has suffered badly from the financial crisis and also attempt to reduce the number of unsold new build properties and therefore encourage and boost the construction activity. Along general lines, the requirements that must be met in order to benefit from this VAT reduction are the following: The property must be handed over by a business owner such as a property developer or professional -whose legal activity is construction or to sell and buy property- (in order for VAT to apply instead of Transfer Tax). In this sense, in a resale between particular individual persons, VAT does not apply and Transfer Tax (ITP) would apply. The property should be finalized (construction) and it must be the first time it is being handed over (second time purchase properties do not apply). It is necessary that the property purchased is suitable to be used as a home (business premises or properties destined to be demolished do not apply).

The property must change hands between 20th August 2011 and 31st December 2011. It is understood that the VAT is due at the time the property is placed at the disposition of the purchaser, that normally coincides with the date that the purchaser obtains the posession of the property and when the keys are handed over at the signing of Completion before the Notary. This VAT tax reduction does not apply to properties in construction or that are not finalized. It is not necessary for the property to be your first residence in order for the 4% VAT tax to apply. In relation to amounts paid on account, we must pay special attention to the VAT legislation, specifically article 75.2 of the VAT legislation. This article states that in transactions that originate payments prior to completing the actual purchase, the tax for the amounts received is due at the time of the total payment or part payment of the price. Therefore, any amounts paid on account or part payments received between 20th August 2011 and 31st December 2011 will be taxed at the reduced 4% even though the property is effectively handed over to the purchaser in 2012.

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What Impact Will Inflation Have On Your Savings?

Inflation in the UK has hit a shocking 5.2% and it is also above target in the Eurozone. We all need to be aware of the detrimental impact inflation can have on our savings and income, particularly if you are retired. If you ignore the inflation threat you run the very real risk of losing spending power year after year.

Retirees living on fixed incomes suffer the biggest drop in real spending power. Anyone who bought a fixedrate annuity is continuing to receive the same amount of income each month, even though it can buy them less and less. They will find it harder to meet their living expenses as the years go by.

Cash savers have had nothing but bad news for a number of years now. High inflation at the same time as low interest rates is their worst possible scenario as it usually means they are losing money in real terms.

Inflation in Europe is lower than the UK, but this does not mean we can be complacent. The EU average HICP (Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices) was 3.3% in September. Retired people are particularly affected by gas and electricity prices and here in

by Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks

Spain electricity was 14.4% and gas 24.2% more expensive this September compared to September 2010. While many people choose to keep money in the bank in order to avoid investment risk, keeping cash longterm is also risky in terms of the damage inflation can do to their wealth and spending power over the longer-term. Let’s say that inflation is 2.5% over the next 20 years. Within five years the spending power of £100,000 will reduce to £88,109. After 10 years it is £77,632 and after 20 years it is down to just £60,269 – a 40% loss in spending

power. You should talk to an experienced wealth manager like Blevins Franks Financial Management Ltd. to discuss investment strategies that you would feel comfortable with. You also need to review your tax planning, because with inflation reducing your spending power you want to ensure that you do not lose any more of it to taxation than absolutely necessary. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com

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€80,000

1 bed / 1 bath fully furnished Penthouse Apartment. Terrace with views. Underground parking. Pool. Ref 1047

mojacar playa €110,000 reduced

2 bed / 1 bath fully furnished Apartment near beach. Terrace. Sea views. Parking. Store room. Pool. Ref 1139

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La Alfoquía

€129,950

Valle del Este Golf €85,000

Mojacar Pueblo

€99,950

2 bed / 2 bath large furnished Penthouse Apartment. Solarium. Underground parking. Pool. Lift. Ref 1049

1 bed / 1 bath furnished Modern Apartment. Terrace. Amazing views. Pool. Sauna. Jacuzzi . Lift. Ref 1443

more properties needed Due to a huge increase in enquiries and actual sales we are looking to expand our portfolio of properties. If you are thinking of selling please contact us urgently.

We offer a free valuation Mojacar Playa

€140,000

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€170,000

Bedar

€110,000

3 bed / 1 bath renovated Village House close to parking & amenities. Terrace with coastal & village views. Ref. 1486

Marina de la Torre €115,000

2 bed / 1 bath fully furnished Apartment. Large terrace with sea views & back patio. Communal Pool. Ref. 1176

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3 bed / 2 bath south facing Townhouse close to commercial centre & beach. Garage & private gardens. Ref 1405

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3 bed / 2 bath sea facing Penthouse Apartment on 2 levels. Terraces 101 m². Garage & store room. Ref 1123

3 bed / 2.5 bath south facing Villa. Separate dining room with panoramic views. Garage. Pool shared by 8. Ref 1143

7 bed / 3 bath Villa + 1 bed / 1 bath annex. Walled plot 10,000 m². Pool. Central heating. Air con. Ref 1463

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

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Redesign Dining One of the biggest problems with dining rooms is that they are often neglected just because they are such a trek from the kitchen.

Function...

Dining rooms often double as offices or play spaces. Decide whether this is an appropriate use of the space, as there may be better locations for play spaces and offices in the house. But if you want to allocate space for them in the dining room, make them discreet and disposable: Discreet - if a computer work station and office filing needs to be stored in a dining area, consider investing in fold away storage that closes to look like a standard cupboard or drawer unit. If you are unable to alter the workstation itself, consider screening it with a concertina style screen or partial curtaining. Disposable - are all files absolutely necessary? Anecdotal evidence on office storage claims 40 per cent of paperwork being kept on file is outdated! Similarly, toy collections could be pared down or packed away in rotation. Those in use could be stored in an ottoman or baskets - some laundry storage units can look stylish in a dining room.

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venient for quick breakfast bar is more con ng your collection meals. Consider splitti ry and cutler y in cke cro and storing some Is your r you in g them in modern are three a sideboard, or puttin and shape? - If there is m roo ing din r m. household, but you baskets in the dining roo that is only le tab er larg a by ally? - If you have dwarfed Do you think tradition guests, consider used for Christmas room because it is re space. A large discounted your dining changing it to create mo F o small bedside Tw MD m in. d easily fro too small, think aga table top can be create a h play unit can wit dis d r ere ne cov cor a be cabinets or or ply wood. It can n the ing as tain e a traditional enter provide the same storag tablecloth and used for d away chairs Fol . r. stored in the garage sideboard or dresse e? now available rag sto are e les uat tab eq f and drop lea Do you have ad are ms roo eff icient, or you dining cheaply and are spaceAnother reason that ler y cut and are lew and find. tab d-h t under-used is tha could revamp a secon so set ting up a n, he kitc the in red is sto

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This wonderful, deceptively large villa is situated in the countryside just minutes from the town of Vera . The villa boasts 67 bedrooms and also includes a fantastic pool area with bar and kitchen area and over 10,000m2 of flat land.

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Traffic...

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Cortijo near Alfaix

This unique property minutes from Bedar village has great views towards the coast and surrounding countryside. It has 3 bedrooms and large open plan living area.

This fabulous, renovated cortijo has all the original features, 4 large bedrooms, numerous reception rooms and a kitchen with all the modern touches. This property is large with a 70m workshop. A fantastic family home or possible B & B

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• Spacious apartment of 104m2 • Terrace of 24m2 • Front-line complex • 3 bed, 2 bath, community pool • Unrestricted sea views MHAP1399 Garrucha €99.000

• 1st floor apartment 81m² • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom • Parking; lift • Short walk to port etc. • Community roof terrace

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• 3 bed / 2 bath Townhouse • Full furnished & equipped • Private gardens & terraces • 5 minutes drive to • beach, shops & Aquatic park

• 3 bed / 2 bath Villa • Plot 1735 m² • Fully air conditioned • Mature garden • Pool & lockup garage

PBAPA1114 Valle del Este €89.999

PBAPA1118 Mojacar Playa €93,500

PBTHLV627 Mojacar Playa €175,000

• Superb groundfloor apartment 72m2 • Gardens & terraces of 102m2 • 2 bed, 2 bath + A/C • Frontline golf + community pool • Covered parking

• Very nice quality apartment of 54m2 • Terrace with superb sea views • 1 bed, 1 bath • Huge community pool & terraces • South facing & less than 50m to beach

• 3 bed, 2 bath, furnished Townhouse • Front line 98m2, with garage space • Terraces & gardens of 107m2 • Community pools & gardens • Excellent rental potential

MHAP1325 Valle del Este €79.995

MHTH1389 Mojacar Playa €125.000

MHAP1349 Mojacar Playa €79.000

• 1st floor apartment 57m² • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom • Sold furnished • A/c; parking space • Pool & gardens

KMAP1228 Mojacar Playa €120.000

KMAP1004 Mojacar playa €170.000

• 3 Bedroom 2 bathrooms apartment • Fully furnished with air con • Sea Views • 2 Communal Pools • 80m2 build, 500mts to beach METH2010 Palomares €119.000

• Reduced • Townhouse 130 m² • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths • Garage, AC/H • Large patio, roof terrace

VHTH1026 Vera Playa €139.000

• Townhouse • 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms • New double glazing throughout • Private roof terrace & garage • Lovely sea views

• 4th floor apartment 73m² • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Easy walk to beach • Priced to sell • Community pool & parking

KMTH1172 Mojacar Playa €220.000

KMAP1224 Puerto del Carmen €99.000

• 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment • Fantastic location, south facing • Private roof terrace, • Underground parking space • Terrace overlooking pool

• 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Semi detached duplex • Conservatory • Private south facing garden • 300mts to beach 110m2 build size

• 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment • 2 top floor apartments to be sold as 1 • Next door to each other • Can be knocked into 1 penthouse • Close to beach and all amenities

METH 8909 Valle del Este €145.000

MEAP3811 Mojacar Playa €119.500

MEVL4511 Mojacar Playa €195,000

• Townhouse 106 m² • 3 bedrooms, 2 baths • AC/H throuout, furnished • Communal pool, parking • On golf course

• Renovated apartment (55 m²) • 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom • Large south facing terrace • Furnished, equipped • Communal pool

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• Andalusian style house, plot 220m² • Only a few meters from beach • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Furnished, off road parking • Roof terrace with good views

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Grow A Moustache For ‘Movember’ Cultivate a ‘tache and raise some cash to fight prostate diseases

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Consider the mystery of the moustache. How does one come into being? And, more importantly, why? It seems many men, usually at a certain paunch-prone age, are struck by a strange and deeply misguided thought: “I know what my face is missing – a slug of fur above the upper lip. That’s what I need.” It’s a baffling phenomenon. But, while usually the sight of crumb-strewn whiskers wobbling along beside jowly chops is a terrible thing to behold, for the next few weeks, at least, the humble ‘tache becomes very noble.

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You see, November – or “Movember” at it has been rechristened – is the month every year in which men around the world grow a moustache to highlight, and raise cash to combat, prostate diseases. Prostate cancer kills one man every hour in Britain and cash is always needed to raise awareness and fund research and development of more effective treatments. The Mo movement began in Australia in 2003 when just 30 people participated in an attempt to “bring the tache back”. Since then, Movember’s gone global and has raised over £30 million for prostate cancer charities around the world.

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This is another short story by the popular, Scottish acclaimed writer who I enjoy reading and reviewing. “Remembrance?” I reviewed this one recently. First published in 1993. Structurally it has a simple divide: the first part Scotland, the second part, Canada. Set in Scotland initially during the 1930s depression, it refers to the 1926 General Strike and pit disasters. Our main protagonist shows strength and determination after her father dies a hero at the mine when disaster strikes. Kezzie has a grandfather who is a wonderful man and a young sister, Lucy. The novel plots their descent into poverty like many others at that time. They are forced to leave the sanctity of their miner’s cottage after the father was killed and move into a bothy then a caravan. Kezzie, a brilliant future ahead has to leave school and find any available work, just like her grandfather otherwise it is starvation or becoming beggars. Not much of an option for them. An unfortunate, untimely accident on the bus for Kezzie has disastrous consequences for Lucy. Kezzie is unconscious and hospitalised whilst simultaneously, Lucy disappears from the face of the earth. Breslin researched into the masses of youngsters who were involved in Juvenile Emigration from Britain to places like Canada. Tens of thousands were sent overseas from Britain supposedly for a better life away from poverty and destitution. Over 100,000 were sent to Canada. This is a tragic story of a young and beautiful child who was seriously traumatised at being wrenched from her family and sent overseas when the “authorities” mistakenly thought she was an orphan. Kezzie travels to Canada in search of her little sister with determination that she will not leave until she finds her and takes her home to Scotland. True Scottish spirit. It’s a challenging time for Kezzie as she is thwarted at each opportunity when she thinks she has found her sister’s trail. The final discovery is paradoxically sad and happy but extremely worrying considering such stories as this did happen. Published by Mammoth ISBN: 0-7497-1771-8 Sequel: A Homecoming For Kezzie. Egmont. ISBN: 1405201118 Check out Theresa Breslin’s website for more information.

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Of the gentle and not-sogentle folk of Alqueria, Los Recién Llegados are the most favoured. Their swimming pooled villas sit amidst well manicured lawns and high walls. These luxury abodes occupy the east of the Village between the Río Verde and the Calle Límite. The wealth of Alqueria, like many other villages of southern Spain derives from its olive co-operative. Olivarera de Alqueria, owned, operated and generally neglected by one Señor Fernando Rodriguez. One could say Rodriguez is a benevolent, even tempered scholar. One would be wrong. He is an obese, foul mouthed illiterate bully his only redeeming feature being wealth and even that was inherited from his Father. Rodriguez’s had a weakness

for Remitroot liquor. A potent drink made from a root which grows only within the ‘El Gente del Cerro’ area of the Village. The last time he partook of the spirit he was unconscious for three days, when he came to he was driving a refrigerated lorry to Düsseldorf. Olivarera de Alqueria is a desperate place. Once the pride of the Denominacion de Origen Consejo Regulador, now a third rate product from a crumbling olive mill. Rodriguez has squandered his fortune and his energies. Trying in vain to produce his own Remitroots and to pay for his love of Abyssinian Mountain Goat Shirling, an expensive sport. More and more of the everyday running of the olive mill fell to his second in command, Roberto Robles. If one accepts that one

never employs someone of superior intellect to be one’s deputy then Roberto Robles is indeed paddling in a very shallow gene pool. His management style consisting entirely of shouting while his physique was entirely obese. He modelled himself on Rodriguez. He was the sycophant of all sycophants. The work force, mainly made upofElGentedelCerroviewed their duties as secondary to misappropriating anything remotely serviceable. The atmosphere in the mill was one of badly concealed hostility, as it was in the Village. Robles has had several nervous breakdowns, unbeknown to him, at the hands of Manuela. This young lady was the heroine of El Gente del Cerro, a girl worthy of the title. More of her later...


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coffee break STANDARD CROSSWORD

Down 1 An American sport (8) 2 Radiant (8) 3 Initial wagers (5) 5 See (7) 6 Dancer (9) 7 Front of a building (6) 8 Sheen (6) 9 Wholesaler (6) 15 A dwelling on water (9) 17 Cathedral (8) 18 Ruled (8) 20 Away from the wind (7) 21 Befall (6) 22 A severe scolding (6) 23 A light medieval helmet (6) 25 Light kisses (5)

Across 2 Back-left inside musical (5,4) 7 Left one out of liking ruler (4) 8 Buggy quiet before animal (4) 9 Muscle supporter of heartless new backer (5) 10 The French twitches (6) 11 Q  uiet burp without bottle opener for the French colour (6) 12 Starts to read every darn story! (4) 14 Codswallop! (8) 15 New thrones (7) 17 P  arty from North to South! (4) 19 “ Inside” says Niall, “I’ve turned back” (8) 21 Vehicle that Evans has? (3) 22 Mad coffee pots when cop’s removed (7) 24 C  osy back for weapons (4) 25 Music of the heavens? (3,5) 26 Half the decorations (5) Down 1C  ountry from beach inactivity (5) 2B  ig sage pulverised (7) 3 Vehicle - vicar loses six (3) 4S  leep outside, could have concentration first (4)

5 Changes, e.g. new runs (7) 6 Pages I’m swapping (7) 8 Shop around (4) 9 Depressed fliers? (9) 12 Lived back in 12 across (3,6) 13 Party initially held at capital (4) 14 Actors get damaged (9) 16 At home in letter animal (5) 18 Reverse, as in back-street (6) 20 Maybe Alan’s of the nose (5) 23 Disease in loud, second-class university (3)

HARD SUDOKU

Very Hard!

CRYPTIC crossword

CROSSWORD

SUDOKU PUZZLE SOLUTIONS

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

SUDOKU PUZZLE

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

Across 1 A fragrant oleoresin (6) 4 Dubioius (8) 10 Luxurious (9) 11 Touches of the tongue (5) 12 Incentive (5) 13 Mixes drinks (9) 14 An easy victory (slang) (7) 16 Breastplate (4) 19 Male cow (4) 21 Swaggering show of courage (7) 24 A reprieve in intensity (9) 25 Trophy (5) 26 A printed leaf or page (5) 27 Substance dependence (9) 28 Freedom from normal restraints in conduct (8) 29 JFK’s assassin (6)

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

STANDARD SUDOKU

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La

VidaRestaurant&Venue Cucador

Great prices, great wine and a , comfortable, relaxed atmosphere m. roo leg and fort com of ty with plen and Stunning views of olive groves n road mai the off utes min 5 ns. ntai mou below) sign posted to Cucador (see map

Lions quiz was a roaring success

During the summer the Vera Lions Club members were busy selling quiz sheets for one euro. The quiz kept many people awake at night trying to solve the varied cryptic questions. The closing date for entries was the 21st October 2011 and the winners are: First prize winner Mrs Geraldine Guy, who won €50.00 Second prize winner Mr David Rusbridge, who won €25.00 Third prize winners Phil & Trudi Louch, who won €10.00 Members are pictured presenting Geraldine Guy with her 50€ winnings. The proceeds from the quiz will be used to support people in need in our local community. Vera Lions club is a new service club in the Albox to Mojacar area, our objectives are to look after the needs of those

people less fortunate than ourselves in the community. In order to do this we are asking for your help. Do you know somebody, may be a friend, a neighbour or somebody living near you, who is in genuine need of help. For instance it may be an elderly person, either English or Spanish, that needs a walking aid but cannot afford one, in order to get to the shops. If you are aware please contact us at veralions@mail.com or call 660 887 723. Services clubs like Vera Lions Club are all about people. We are a group of people trying to make a difference to the quality of life of people living locally. We are also looking to have some fun when doing so with our varied social and fund raising events. If you would like to help make a difference please come and join us. You can get further details from veralions@mail.com or call 660 887 723.

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Sunday roast wednesdays Mid-Week Specials from 6.50€

Menu del Noche

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Served 6pm-9pm A Selection of Starters

2pmoption - 6pm Plusserved steak

with all trimmings 6pm - 9pm

Garlic Mushrooms Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad Breaded Deep Fried Camembert Prawn Cocktail (supp 1€)

from

5.50€

fridays

(in the bar)

Medley of Garlic Peppers & Mushrooms a selection of MAIN dishes

Liver & Bacon with Onions Coq au Vin Pan-fried Hake with Pesto Sauce Entrecote Steak (Supp 5€) Lambs Liver with Onion & Crispy Bacon Mediterranean Stir Fry (V)

All Day cod chips codFriday & chips ALL& DAY Beer-battered cod, homemade chips & peas Beer-battered cod, homemade chips & peas

Our price includes: bread, Alioli & filtered water

Sundays from 1pm

2 Courses from 9.95€

from

7.95€

Christmas Party nights Sat 10th - 17th Dec

sunday roast served 2pm -1pm 6pm - 6pm

bookings now being taken

Next Thursday 17th November 10am - 4pm

AUTUMN FAYRE

Lots Of Stalls With Christmas Gift Ideas. Plant Sale, Clothing, Books, Plus Pampering In The Venue With Reflexology, Reiki, Readings, Psychic Art

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

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

. Why don’t you....

. h s e r f t ea

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V

E V LI idaBar Cucador

See board for match times

mondays

Body Sculpt Classes 11am NEW Rug Making 12.30pm - 2.30pm Quiz Night 7.30pm

Tuesdays

NEW TIME Eyes Down Jackpot Prizes 7pm Play Your Cards Right 7.30pm

wednesdays

Yoga 2.30pm - 4pm Salsacise 5.15pm - 6.15pm Ladies Darts 7.30pm

thursdays

For a perfect Christmas Day Come & join us from 1pm to celebrate with our

6 course lunch

Includes a drink on arrival, Wine with lunch, and liqueur with coffee Our food is all home made with a delicious vegetarian option available

Lose Weight with Liz 12pm - 2pm Loose Women group 2pm - 4pm Conversational Spanish 5pm - 7pm

Plus Live music until 6pm with Jonathan Payne on piano

sundays

lavidacucador@gmail.com

SAXON REAL ALE BUD On 2.40€ PER PINT tap

New Daytime Menu

NEW Ceroc Classes. Starts 27th November 8pm - 10pm

We are here

Albox

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

Watch premiership football matches

Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia

Mojacar

E15

1km

La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

Telephone us or email

and we will be pleased to send you our menu and booking form

Monday - Saturday 12 Noon - 9pm

Daily specials from

2.50€

Open everyday 12pm - late. From 11am weekends

Tel: 950 634 562 lavidacucador@gmail.com


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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

RISOTTO REVISITED!

Give risotto a cold weather makeover with our latest batch using seasonal or frozen veg. Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil 100g smoked bacon , diced 2 shallots , chopped 2 garlic cloves , crushed 350g small cooking chorizo 300g risotto rice 1l hot chicken stock 300g frozen broad beans

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

METHOD

Avenida del Mediterraneo 6, (next to Lua)

www.restaurantefantasia.com restfantasia@hotmail.com

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799 Ali & Mick welcome you!

Tapas - Snacks - Breakfasts - Evening Menu

new winter warmer Karaoke Every Friday Night menu coming soon Our carvery is served every Sunday pizzas

Home-made Pies, Pasties &

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

Quiches To Order

christmas eve live entertainment with mel j special 3 course menu being served call for more details

FREE WIFI Sky Sports shown on Large Screen TV

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

La alfoquia

Christmas day 4 Course menu

25€

per person

Chorizo Chorizo && broad broad bean bean risotto risotto Ingredients

25g butter 1 onion , finely chopped 2 garlic cloves , crushed 350g carnaroli or other risotto rice 100ml dry white wine 1.2 litres hot chicken stock 400g cauliflower florets, roughly chopped 100g parmesan , finely grated 20g flat-leaf parsley , finely chopped 1 tbsp capers , drained and roughly chopped olive oil

METHOD

Heat half the butter in a wide pan then soften the onion for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and rice then cook for 2 minutes more. Splash in the wine and stir until it has almost all evaporated. Stir in a third of the stock. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until absorbed into the rice. Repeat twice, adding the cauliflower with the second addition of stock, cooking until the rice is creamy and cauliflower tender. Stir in 75g of the cheese and the remaining butter, then cover the pan and let the risotto sit for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, mix the parsley, capers and 4 tbsp oil with 1 tbsp water and some black pepper. Serve the risotto with more cheese, and a drizzle of the herby dressing.

butter olive oil 1 onion , peeled and finely chopped (not a red one) 200g in total, peas , broad beans and green beans , cut into small lengths 800ml vegetable stock , at simmering point 300g carnaroli rice 100ml white wine 2-3 tbsp pesto handful basil leaves Parmesan , grated, to serve

Bookings now being taken at the bar tel: 950 449 635 or michelle 634 326 192 or Eileen 697 470 789 W EW N NE

TheKimrick

‘more than just a restaurant’

november saturday 12th

Hot & Cold Buffet

10€

with free film

Bookings now being taken for

kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Christmas eve, Christmas day & new years eve

mojacar playa

METHOD

Friday

Fish & Chips

h the kings speec

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 www.thenewkimrick.com

Cauliflower risotto with parsley & capers Ingredients

(children up to 12 years, half price)

cinema club

Heat the oil in a medium-sized pan, then add the bacon, shallots, garlic and chorizo. Gently cook for 8 mins, stirring occasionally so everything cooks evenly. Stir in the rice, coating all over with the cooking juices in the pan. Add just enough stock to cover the rice, bring to a simmer and gently cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock a ladleful at a time, and gently cook. Just before the final ladleful of stock, add the broad beans and stir through, cooking for 3-4 mins until tender. Remove the chorizo, slice thinly, return to the pan and mix through before serving.

Pesto, Pesto, pea pea && bean bean risotto risotto

Melt a knob of butter with a dash of olive oil in a wide, shallow pan and add the onion. Cook until softened, but don’t brown. Meanwhile, blanch the veg in the stock for 3-4 minutes and remove, put in a bowl and add a small knob of butter. Tip the rice in with the onion and stir for a minute until it starts to look translucent. Add the wine and stir until it evaporates. Pour in stock to just cover the rice and gently simmer, stirring now and again. as the stock evaporates and the rice swells, add more stock and stir intermittently until all the stock is used; this will take about 15-17 minutes, or until the rice is just tender. Once the rice is cooked but still retains a hint of bite, beat in a knob of butter until the risotto is creamy then stir in the pesto. Reheat the veg if you need to. Spoon the veg over the risotto and finish with basil leaves and Parmesan.


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meal of the week

Roasted chilli frittata

Try this fantastic Jamie Oliver recipe - a meal in itself, you can make this with chillies and a pepper, or if you’re like me, double the chillies. Blackening the chillies calms their heat and releases their sweetness, adding a nice hum to the dish.

The oil can be used as part of a nutritional programme to maintain and improve good health. With a pleasant nutty flavour, Hemp Seed Oil is ideal for use in salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips etc. (It is not suitable for frying as this reduces the benefits). Hemp has had a long-standing relationship with humanity; modern science reveals that it contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Four years after the Marijuana Tax Act passed in the US, a researcher writing for a 1941 edition of Science lamented the loss of access to the hemp seed’s rare and important globule edistins; “Passage of the Marijuana Law of 1937 has placed restrictions upon trade in hempseed that, in effect, amount to

Hemp

Nature’s Perfect Food for Humanity

INGREDIENTS

Heat olive oil in a small ovenproof 4 (or 8!) chillies – a mixture of green, frying pan, then add half of your marinated chillies and the garlic. red and yellow Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl 1 red or green pepper (if using 4 with some grated parmesan and a chillies) good pinch of salt and pepper. 1tbsp red wine vinegar Put a few of your parsley leaves to Olive oil one side, then finely chop the rest 6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves and add them to the eggs. Pour the picked, stalks finely chopped egg mixture into the pan then crumble 5 free-range eggs in half of the goat’s cheese. Move the pan around a bit to spread everything Small handful of grated Parmesan around. When the egg is just starting 1 garlic clove, finely chopped to set, crumble most of the remaining 100g (3½oz) goat’s cheese or feta goat’s cheese over, then pop the frittata in a hot oven for 5 minutes or until it doubles in size. Preheat your oven to full whack. Some people cook their frittatas all Prick each of your chillies and pepper the way through, but I prefer mine with a small sharp knife then blacken them over a gas flame, in a dry griddle when it’s only just done. pan or under a grill. Once it’s out of the oven, delicately Once their skins are nicely charred, drape the rest of your marinated chilli pop them in a bowl and cover with strips over the top, crumble over clingfilm. After 10 minutes it should be the last few bits of goat’s cheese, easy to remove the skin. Then remove then drizzle over a little of the chilli the stalks and seeds and delicately marinade. tear the flesh lengthways into thin strips. Sprinkle with the reserved parsley Put these back in the bowl and leaves and serve with something fresh marinate in red wine vinegar, a lug of and lovely, like a rocket, lemon and olive oil and the parsley stalks. parmesan salad.

METHOD

prohibition....” Hemp seeds contain the most balanced and richest natural single source of essential oils for human consumption. The E.F.A.’s not only help to restore wasting bodies, but also improve damaged immune systems, so it is not so surprising that modern researchers have studied them in relationship to the modern immune attacking AIDS virus. Hemp oil is natures most balanced oil for human nutrition and is easily digestible; in fact this oil could provide all of our Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) requirements for life, due to the balanced 80% EFA content of the oil. Research has shown that this nutritional oil was once a part of worldwide dietary intake, as it was one of the first cultivated crops. All natural foods contain some substances, which are essential to life. Oils for example, found in nuts and seeds, contain significantly higher amounts of essential fatty acids than other foods. Much information about Hemp has been systematically removed from written texts since the 1930’s and is now difficult to find. Many of the myths about hemp, perpetuated by governments to this day relating to hemp being a drug crop are incorrect and simply propaganda created to make way for synthetic man made products.

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cafe bar

Los Mellizoslfoquia Newly REfurbished, A fully air-conditioned Dining room

Monday - Saturday Menu del dia

From €5

daily Changes als board see speci

bookings now being taken

for christmas day 7 course menu

30€

FRIDAYS

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

€5.50

per person (deposit required)

call for details

Music & Dancing every weekend

tv free dining room

Now taking bookings for sunday roast choice of lamb, beef, pork or chicken Open every day 9am - Late

Tel: 638 889 520


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...Where to take your guests this autumn

OUT & ABOUT

Bar Restaurant

LA PARATA

Menu del dia 10€ Menu del noche

Taberna Cristina Bottle of Beer and a burger during all live football every Saturday and Sunday only 3€. The Sunday Market in Villaricos Port is wonderful with a traditional Spanish feel… and then time to have a traditional breakfast in Taberna Cristina. Fantastic value and a true British atmosphere!

15 € per person or 28 € per couple

Call for details of our live entertainment

Los Amigos show all live sports on a daily basis –give the guys a call to see if they are showing your team!! They start serving at 9am and are open all day serving food all day! They have home made daily specials which will warm you up this winter – pop in and have a chat with Cathy and the team to see what they are serving today!!

For Reservations please call 950 478 186 laparatarestaurante@yahoo.com

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

La Parata, an exquisite restaurant on the hill over looking Mojacar is now serving a fabulous Menu Del Dia for just 10€ and their Menu Del Noche is just 15€ per person – OR 28€ per couple. Now there’s an excuse to spoil yourselves!

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

Friday nights “LIVE” Entertainment, throughout the season  Bar Meals Available 12am to 10.30pm Daily  6oz Fillet Steak, Chips, Peas or Salad - €7 

Hotel Street, Vera Playa

Wednesday 7th December Beachcomber has a Caberet & comedy night with singers of the 80s finishing the last set with rock n roll to modern era. It starts at 8pm. Price is 15€ including a 3 course ‘all you can eat’ meal. BBQ style, served at the table. 3 course Sunday roast only 7.75€. Now have last

Tel:662 47 48 61

free wifi

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

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

Thursday 17th NovEMBER

Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings TRIBUTE SHOWS FOR 3 course sunday Lunch 7.75€ ALL SUMMER 2011!

10am - 4pm

Aautumn fayre La Vida - Cucador

• DIY Tools

• Skincare & Homemade Soaps

• Bouncy Castle

• Homemade Pies & Cakes

• UK Fashion • Nail Extentions • Designer Handbags • Unique Gift Ideas

• Semi-Precious Stone Jewellery • Music CDs • Brand new Books

• Garden Plants & Trees

• Selection of occasion Cards

• Homeopathy

• Free Blood Pressure Check & Consultation by Almeria Angels • Information on Yoga & Pilates

Also in La Vida Venue, we have:

• Bowen Technique • Ian (Natural Healer)

*

• Lazer Lipo - Lose inches painlessly...

Come early to book a session with the practitioner

Clairvoyant * Angel Cards * Reflexology * Aura * Reiki Healing * Psychic Artist Soma

Great selection of snack & lunchtime specials. Bacon Sandwiches from 8.30am Tel: 950 634 562 lavidacucador@gmail.com

Arboleas

Mojacar

E15

*

Tarot Cards

We are here

Albox

Zurgena La Alfoquia

Taberna Cristina

1km

La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

Villaricos

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

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

Tel: 693 743 791

Quiz Night Wednesday 9pm

Open Tuesday to Sunday

Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday

Restaurant Open

Tuesday To Saturday 12.30 - 3.30pm Menu del Dia, Themed Savoury International Fusion Dishes, Snacks & Daily Specials NOW SUNDAYS 1pm - 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday 7pm - 10.30pm 1, 2, 3 Course Traditional New A La Carte Menu plus Sunday Lunch Tuesday & Wednesday: 2 for €22 Thursday & Friday: Set 2 & 3 Course Menus Mojacar Playa Saturday: Special 3 Course Sampler Menu Tel: 950 472 659

The ANTAS Church in Jauro village (signposted from the Cajamar bank in Antas). We offer Informal Structured Worship in a Friendly Atmosphere and extend a warm welcome to all denominations and all ages at our simple hour-long services of basic Christian Beliefs & Worship held on the 2nd & 4th Sundays each month at 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 www.antaschurch.com? The services in December will be held on different days of the month to usual. They will be held on the 11th. December and a Carol Service including Communion on the 18th. December which will be followed with mince pies & other goodies. Unfortunately there will not be a service on Christmas Day.

Humbugs

• UK Branded Make up

• Crystals & Precious Stones

• Indian Head Massage

Ramo Del Limon is back open after a well deserved rest and their new menu is nearly ready. They have a brand new lunch and snack menu and the restaurant is now open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm – 3:30pm and Sundays from 1pm until 3:30pm. Their Christmas party menu is now available! They have a special 5€ lunchtime menu on a Saturday which should not be missed!!!

FREE Wi-Fi

Menu of the Day Breakfast Choose any 8 3 course 10€ items €5 Menu of the Night or any 12 for €7 3 course 11.50€ tel: 950 473 099 Available at all times www.beachcombermojacar.com TAKE AWAY MENU - Food & Drink Available Just about everything from our menu including our Crispy Beer Battered Fish & Chips

Mojacar Playa

food ordersat 4pm apart from Mondays and Fridays where last food orders are at 9pm.

Café

Will be offering Pudsey Bear biscuits from Monday 7th until the end of November 50% of whatever they sell will be donated to BBC Children in Need So buy a delicious biscuit & help raise money for Children in Need at the same time.

Children in Need

Gary & Sue of Bar Los MelLizos, - La Alfoquia - would like to thank...

S.R.S Car Hire Bar Trabalon C.A.T Services Bar La Union Casa Jasmine B&B Roll Cage centre U.K

for sponsoring our “RACE NIGHT” & all our customers who also helped to raise 430€ for Ellie’s WISH to WALK

Vera Lions race night was a clear winner

It was a packed Grandstand for the race night at the El Passo Bar in Bedar on Saturday. A field of 6 Runners took part in each race, all the races had close finishes, although there were some late starters that soon caught the leaders and in one case stormed over the finish line. The putting competition created a great deal of interest and a lot of rivalry between the golfers present. The 5euro note was awarded to Sheila Turner the only participant to manage to get the ball to stay on the target. The evening raised 307 euros all of which will go to the Vera Lions Charity fund to help people in need within our local communities. Although called Vera Lions it is because we meet at the Vera Hotel on the first Wednesday of each month, Vera being virtually the centre of our operational area. In fact our members come from all parts of the area stretching from Albox to Mojacar. We need new members, especially in the following areas Mojacar, Turre, Los Gallardos, Garrucha and Lubrin. If you value people in your community and would like to help those less fortunate than yourself, come and join us, and help make a difference to the quality of life of those in need, also to meet new people and have some fun at our social and fundraising events. For further details call 660887723 or email veralions@mail.com Vera Lions Club would also appreciate help from the public, would you please advise us of people that are in need of assistance in your community. We cannot help everybody but we will be pleased to assess each application. For further details call 660887723 or email veralions@mail.com


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community news Big hugs & loads of kisses Jake & Milli Moo xxxxxxxxxxxx

Dames of Huercal OVera .....

Quinny

Love u loads. Soph, Jake & Mills xxx

Visit us at

The Dames of Huercal Overa have donated part of their fund raising to purchase food products on a monthly basis for Caratas. Caratas is a charity providing food and clothing to people who need support due to the economic climate in Huercal Overa. The Dames of Huercal Overa meet every third Wednesday at the Tennis Club for further information. Please ring Pam on 677 273 736.

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CAR BOOT EL RANCHO

EVERY Wednesday 9am Restaurant Car Park

P i t ch O n l y 2 €

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

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

MANY BARGAINS TO BE HAD!!

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

Turre

The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shop

Vera

Est. 2009

Turning Your Unwanted items into funds for the less fortunate

all Clothes 1€ per item

A Helping A Helping Hand Hand To The To Charities Community all donations gratefully received

Tlf: 664 620 288 ~ email: fundraiserturre@gmail.com Turre - High Street Mon - Fri: 10am - 6.30pm & most Saturdays

La

Vera - opposite MAXI Dia Mon - Fri: 9am-2pm

VidaVenue

Cucador

EVERY monday quiz 7.30 for 8pm

Quirky Quiz Questions

Have you ever come across a BOMBILATION before ~ chances are that you have without realizing what it is ~ so what does it mean? If you know the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz If you can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz. And if that caught your attention, then you’ll be sure to enjoy our Quirky Quiz Questions. Come and join us on a Monday evening. We definitely don’t take things too seriously ~ it’s just lighthearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective!!! Bring your friends ~ Beat your neighbours

QUIRKY QUIZZES at LA VIDA Monday evenings - 7.30 for 8.00 pM - Just 1.50€ to enter

Living Water Church Mojacar....................................

is an informal non-denominational church and provides a two session flexible service starting at 11.00am every Sunday. The new venue is located at the Red Cross roundabout opposite the Pharmacy on Mojacar Playa. For more information about mid week meetings visit our website www.livingwaterchurchmojacar. com or Phone Pastor David Hamilton on 950 618 814 Film Night: Since the death of Roy Castle from cancer, his surviving family and especially his widow Fiona - have had to pick up the threads and carry on. How has she coped - not only with Roy’s death, but the many months leading up to it? Where was God in all this? What comfort can she give to others in the same situation? Fiona talks in depth in a moving and inspiring way that will touch many hearts. The programme also features plenty of action, following Fiona’s charity work with Care for the Family and with The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Join us at Living Water Church Mojacar on 11th Nov 7pm. The evenng is free with tea and coffee to follow. For more information Tel 950 618 814

The Dog House.........................

will be holding a Cocktail & Auction fund raising event at Casa Lorenza on November 19th. Please come along for a great evening and help us raise as much money as possible for the Dog House. All are welcome and we would love to see you there, so why not come along and join us for some fun. For tickets e-mail the Dog House at thedoghse@ hotmail.co.uk or contact the secretary at Kerry.secretarythedoghouse@hotmail.co.uk

Bar El Campillo Arboleas to Zurgena Road Saturday 19th November 9.30pm - 1am

ian Dee r B Former lead singer of Starlight Express .... on the road again!!

50’6, 60’s & Beyond

congratulations to...pam webb

....WHO HAS WON TWO TICKETS FOR THE FANTASTIC APSA FASHION SHOW ON 11TH NOVEMBER! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR ENTERING AND FOR HELPING SUPPORT SUCH A WORTHY CAUSE! HAVE A GREAT NIGHT PAM!

EDITOR x

sEE OUR MAIN AD ON PG 27 for directions

V ida Thursday 24th November La

Cucador

Introducing - New To The Area...

Murder Mystery Night 7 for 7.30 to include a 3 course meal - 15€ Brilliant Night Out - Prizes For The Winner Booking essential Tel: 950 634 562 lavidacucador@gmail.com


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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

www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067

Cheap

Airport Parking

Business opportunity

FOR SALE well established front line internet/ newsagents in Mojacar

Alicante Almeria Murcia New Servicing / Repairs

Air-con

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified

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

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

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

for more info call 950 615 596 between 10-6 or email totalmojacar@hotmail.com Website: www.trustedtrader.es email: info@trustedtrader.es

Accountant: gecko serv builder: Case Constr Will Writing: heritance Hairdresser: Jax, Albox Computers: D Robinson Therapist: Harmony Tyres: Kings Tyres

950 475 959 950 523 655 660 887 723 645 560 367 646 587 746 634 331 798 950 459 253

Virtually word and mouth recommendation read & add to the traders customer comments At www.trustedtrader.es

For sale

Due to relocation this front line store in Mojacar is for sale. All fixtures and fittings included in sale. Increase in turnover of 30% this year with potential for further increases. auctions Priced to sell at only 130K Location Auctions, Antas El Real Serious enquiries only Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction 693 758 827 or 616561770

Solar Wind Power Solutions. 230 watt panels 450€ Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email: info@sunergyalmeria.com www.sunergy almeria.com

blinds

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS SHADING SPAIN, WITH...

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

beauty

a v o n cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454 www.solshaders.net avonfromclaire@ Email: solshaders@live.co.uk yahoo.es

Tel: 627 907 207

SOLTIMES has a post box at

and

albox

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

how easy is that!!

construction

• Pool constuction • maintenance • building reforms • p roject management Matt Murray 647 841 750

construction

Wed 9th November. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances speciality. Tel: 950 391 412

matmurrayes@gmail.com

To place your ad....call Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: sales@soltimes.com 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: sales@soltimes.com

MINI DIGGER

For Hire

Telephone Tony 650 906 114

MINI DIGGER & DRIVER with Tipper Truck For Hire

All types of building work.

References available. Call Kevin: 610 926 833

cafe Café Humbugs C a f e t e r i a & Pasterleria, Arboleas. All food on homemade premises, the in specialising pastries & cakes. lunchtime Daily specials.Tel 958 003 391/ 676 604 008.

craft / hobby Elaine’s Wools quality UK wool & accessories.Also available at C a m p o s o l Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com

and Bars chimney Resta u r a nts Calling all bar owners sweep and restauranteurs! Has the summer taken its toll on your catering equipment? need you Do replacement items? Soft Options We have a great Curtains, & Soft selection of used Furnishings. Made catering equipment to measure curtains including crockery, & blinds.Cushions & service cutlery, accessories. tables, glassware, Also Roman, Blinds Shelving unit, deep Competitive Prices! fat fryer, bain marie, Telephone Workshop prep sinks, fridges, 968 959 632 or 686 freezers, convection 377 172 oven, tapas trays saxbee@hotmail.co.uk and much more.. Also two safes. computers No sensible offers refused! For more DON ROBINSON Steve Hayes information please PC hardware & software Informatica call 950 469 162 specialist. Unbiased

SAMMY SWEEP Chimney Sweep Service available covering all areas call paul on 619 070 839

Business For Sale Internet Cafe, Based in Huercal Overa, Serious Enquiries Only Tel: 950135039

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

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

for sale

Free Dairy Christmas? We stock dairy free cream, desserts, dairy free milks, (soya, rice, oat) dairy free ice creams, spread, vegetable etc. goats milk now in HSH Turre Over 40 types of flour in stock including many award products, winning frozen short crust, puff and filo pastry, dried mincemeat, fruits, marzipan, roll out icing etc HSH Turre best The porridge you can buy now available in money saving 5 kilo bags for just 8.99€ HSH Turre D o r set cereals, probably the best mueslis you can buy, all types now at least 20% off HSH Turre

100 Over different herbs and spices in big value bags cheaper and better quality super the than markets! HSH Turre Huge range of vitamins, minerals, natural and herbal remedies and natural skin care products HSH Turre BBQ Large with gridle, gas underneath ring, cupboard & cover. Excellent condition. 150€ Tel: 950 450 083 Two oil filled radiators. electric Good as new 30 € each. Tel: 687 056 397 One Cups Ellipital E 10 Trainer, 8 speeds Excellent condition. 45€. Tel: 687 056 397. Hyundai Fridge 8 months old with guarantee 100€ o.n.o drainage Tel : 673 067 738 P r e x p o r t motorcycle 1 piece , red/ black/ white neoprene & leather racing suit. 170-180 cm size, with boots size 9. Cost £1000 new. Little used good condition 275€ ono. Tel: 617 708 334 AUTO. TEFLAN jam 50€ maker Complete with jam jars and accessories. Instruction/recipe electrical financial book included.Tel. Suckling Secured loans, 627 402 683 Electrical SKY+ DIGI. BOX Capital Raising, Cash with instruction book. Mojacar & surrounding areas Advances whilst you 40€ Tel. 627 402 - Mains Electrical Installation 683 - Electrical Repairs Been cut sell your property. off - ICP - Fault Finding

Veget a r i a n Christmas? We stock veggie roasts, wide range of veggie veggie sausages, veggie bacon, sausage meat and much more. HSH Turre 950 479 487 (on main road next to Dia) Free Gluten C h r i st m a s ? We stock gluten free flours, cakes, biscuits, mince pies, Christmas puddings, and much more. HSH Turre Huge range of high quality foods digger hire always in stock, including a great selection of Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Moroccan, Mexican foods HSH Turre Over 150 types of with driver black, green, white, fruit and herbal teas Excellent Rates in stock HSH Turre

3 piece section units pine taller (cupboards) one with glass 120 € o.n.o please call for photos Tel: 627 350 665 (Arboleas) 2 door spanish pine traditional wardrobe 120€ o.n.o & 3 door spanish pine traditional wardrobe 175€ o.n.o Tel: 627 350 665 (Arboleas) & Briggs Strattan 2.7kw 4 stroke generator as new 225€ ono. Tel: 627 350 665 (Arboleas)

- Surge Protection problems Call Us! - Water Pumps - Econo-Heaters (supplied & fitted)

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

garysuckling@yahoo.co.uk

Equity Release: 902 585

569/652

986

088

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

Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569

enclosures

chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950

436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@ hotmail.co.uk

Professional Baby Equipment Hire.

FREE delivery & collection.

Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs onsite callout / tuition. Consumables

ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS

Opening hours Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm & Sat 10am until 1pm

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

enquiries@thebabyhirecentre.com

Call 677 114 576

www.thebabyhirecentre.com

Tel: 950 120 900

Tel: 615 806 126 649 332 134

Glass shower clear blocks, colour, 32 including corner and edges. Also spacers for 100€. installation. NEW Tel: 617 708 334. E lect r i c underblanket 150 x 120cm (59” x 50”.) Washable. 25€ 2 x Electric Fan Heaters (1000 -2000w) Hot/ Cold 8€ each. All as new. Tel: 661 023 594 palson auto. 40€ bread maker excellent condition instruction / recipe book included Tel. 627 402 683 Dehumidifier as new 60€ Telephone 634 334 135 Olympus OM101, power focus camera, 50mm lens, 28mm lens, zoom 28-85 lens plus olympus Immaculate flash. and with instruction books. €100 Tel 682 404 678 Bose Lifestyle 12 system, Music centre, acoustimass module plus 5 cube speakers, fantastic sound surround system €275 Tel 682 404 678

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

gardening

L & M L A NDS C A P ES For all your g ar dening needs

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

Call Mark: 950 398 755 670 409 538

E-mail: sparkslevine@netscape.net

Garden Machinery mechanic

Qualified Horticultural Engineer • maintenance • Servicing • sharpening • repairs All types of garden utensils/machinery

call stephen on 950 091 190 or 646 450 111

hEAlth and beauty

glazing

i nte r gl a z e – 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 a l i ente ) 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 carlossaliente.com 600 334 318 Tel: 968 969 962


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house clearance

Antas & Arboleas

buy sell p/x

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

Visit either Antas or Arboleas today!

AUCTION ~ 15th of EVERY month ~ Arboleas

Opposite Mora oil

637 184 625

THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST

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

Tel: 679 207 545

HOUSE CLEARANCE

personal

Blues man charlie

“Readers of a sensitive disposition may find some of the advertisments in this section offensive”

iron/Metal works cont

insurance

The Metal Grills, works railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949

Knights Insurance Albox

950 121 943

Albox@knight insurance.com iron/Metal works

T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing - Tel: 950 431 738

Jewellery & repairs

Your home or ours. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request.

Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592

Palomino Kennels

NUMBER PLATES

“RE-PLATE” MATE GB

E

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

Alan 662 249 159

www.replatematecostablanca.com

opticians

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

painter / decorator

In & Out

metal works Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 Gates, rejas, hours. Locked fabriction Out? Locks fitted/ welding house reliable service upgraded Tel: 950 069 208 safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. or 615 132 136 Special weekend email adwelds@yahoo.com rates. Tel: 697 243 181

logs

Potty Finca Services Good Clean Logs Now Available Small loads at competative prices.

Phone Ruth on

950163930/616855294

Male Massuer Men only Relaxing and affordable. Tel: 676 902 388 a tt r a ct i v e offers couple exclusive erotic services for women, men and couples. also house and hotel

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

TEL IAN: 617 904 774

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

inandoutdecorators@hotmail.com

painting & decorating

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

Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176

MY PLACE OR YOURS

Dog & Horse Sitting Service Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet passporting service. Just outside Albox.

Tel: 607 554 984

my-place-or-yours@hotmail.com

exclusive WOODHOUSE boarding kennels / cattery. Warm, BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY friendly secure ARBOLEAS countryside Small friendly kennels, environment. 24hr vets service, pet Now managed transporting arranged, by APSA welcome to view Tel 673 503 086 Tel: Tracy or 950 067 051

visits possible. tel. 629 483 618 sexy, elegant lady (31) with curved body, spoils you daily without www.palominokennels.com pressure of time discreet in her Animal Hotel, every luxury villa. tel. Aquilas Saturday afternoon, 669 101 316

Home: 649 333 226 Mobile: 650 211 952

No need for kennels or cattery, Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & Hilton surrounding areas. Cattery. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 The best care for Not just cats & dogs, your cat. All other types of pets Call 950 163 489 considered

dog training courses Twice weekly obedience Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & classes Tues & heating services. If it involves water, we Thurs mornings. can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: Call: 639 722 197 968 969 962 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing properties for sale / rent cont & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 for rent Only 797 200€pcm, 2 Flat to let on Mojacar Be au tifu l A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing bedroomed house fu r n is h e d playa, 2 beds, 2 repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 near Tabernas Tel: baths, furnished, no p e n t h o u se 697 772 941 smokers, no pets, properties for sale / rent Nave to rent on Long term winter vera golf, 2 beds, El Real Ind Estate 350€ a month + bills, 2 bath, 280€ + bills 450sm2, office short term to ask, tel: 950 469 122 & toilets, Call for more details 687 824 465

plumbing

free estimates, Professional, Friendly, Fast, Clean, Efficient & Reasonable, Tel:649 186 107 or email: Rolex or thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com Cartier woman’s Experienced watch wanted must Interior & be good quality Exterior private buyer tel Decorator Using quality Painters & Decorators 647 379 878 materials.

locksmith

Dog & Cat

Honest & trust worthy.

Base player available

693 480 411 or email:

Ken & Jackie Sitter service

telephone 691 622 804

We buy anything, single items, clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, etc. Contact Gordon: gordon.lanham@yahoo.co.uk

pets section

muscian

wants to play in your bar

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Properties to Rent

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

300€ pcm

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

450€ pcm

VILLA 4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio

250€ pcm

call to view: 609 199 394

Struggling to sell your property? Let the

Hi Sol Times, how Just a note to let you know onse pleased I am with the resp in d place I t men to the advertise rtising my last weeks edition, adve sale. apartment for on the My apartment has been ths and is market for over 12 mon agents e registered with 15 estat viewing – I have not had a single during that time.

Within 2 days of my in Sol advertisement appearing and Times, I had 2 phone calls this for ings view 2 have arranged coming weekend – n! I am over the moo

For just 12.50€ per. week your property will be featured in a box like this and will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers

SolTimes help...

3 bed, 2 bath Villa 200m build, 800m plot, Pool, 125,000€ Tel: 123 456 789

Contact: Paulette today on 902 750 190 Ext 332

tel: 950 475 410

To Let 2 Properties in arboleas,Furnished 1 Bed ground floor apartment 175€ per month Furnished 3 bed villa with pool 350€ per month + utilities Tel: 950 449 074 634 368 071,637 545 807

for sale massive cortijo 20mins from mojacar

This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back and room for a pool.Mountain views Build 260 m², Terrace 65 m², Plot 1200 m² Garage/Workshop 65m2

649 186 107 thunderpaul2003@hotmail.com

SOLTIMES NEWSPAPER GROUP An exciting opportunity for FIELD SALES the right person

Continued expansion means that we are now looking to recruit a

REPRESENTATIVE

If you enjoy meeting business people and feel that you can bring energy and purpose to the role, we would like to hear from you. spanish speaking an advantage.

We provide Full and on-going training Good working conditions High commission payments, Mobile phone & expenses

Are you..? t

C  onfident & energetic?

t

A  ble to work to deadlines?

t

S  miling when the pressure is on?

t

W  ell-organised and able to work on your own initiative?

t

A team player with the ability to work with existing clients but also generate new business?

Then we want to meet you!

Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email your CV to: cmm@soltimes.com


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removals cont

swimming pools

Large van. Spain - UK.

Tropicana Pools New construction & repairs. Tel: 650 906 114 Swimming pool construction repair & make overs call Matt on 647 841 750

Full or half loads, plus car transport.

Tel: 0044796 912 3588

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

620 049 524

woodnco@hotmail.com

tiling

Floor and Wall Tiling Specialist 25 years experience

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

Call Steve Holman

Tel: 697 678 708 translation

translator qualified & experienced

hospital, doctor, lawyer, school, residencia, documents etc. call Amaya on

634 337 185 satellite/ television

situation wanted

A1 Sky Television WORK WANTED 29 yr old Systems

665 718 967

wanted hairdresser english & spanish speaking to work in a salon in mojacar

tel: 950 615 094

Tel Victoria Need a translator? 950 472 590 Call Anna on 679 slcvictoria@terra.es 079 977

wanted

can collect, must be in good working order tel: 647 379 878

windows

INTERGLAZE DOUBLE GLAZING SPECIALISTS

Sales consultant, Full time sales The people you can trust consultant, Pro active with some leads supplied Prices to suit your pocket! Good ote, All training and materials supplied Windows • Conservatories • Doors fast growing internet based estate/advertising • Patio Enclosures ~ arches are our speciality agency Car and internet essential email CV to • We supply & fit top quality Aluminium, UPVC and Wood scott@buyandsellpropertyinspain.com or call • Free home survey, professional advice & 10 year guarantee TEL: (0034) 950 109 699 • With 30 years experience, quality & satisfaction guaranteed Sales support coordinator Good • All types of building work undertaken telephone manner, to support sales consultant and communicate with existing clients dealing • No job too big or small wholly with public excellent communications Phone Kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311 skills essential, All training and materials supplied home based, internet essential. email car hire CV to scott@buyandsellpropertyinspain.com or callTEL: (0034) 950 109 699 Canvassers required, Well presented, outgoing personality, Required for instore promotion and exhibitions, Transport essential and good communication skills, All training and materials supplied email CV to scott@ buyandsellpropertyinspain.com or call TEL: (0034) 950 109 699 Affordable Car Hire

sTABLES

Rancho Luz Del Retamar, Sol, Partaloa. One to one or group lessons, latest EN standard hats provided.

Escorted hacking and treks. Qualified BHS Instructor. Call Erika Drew on 678 838 547

storage

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

Tel: 650 038 251

cars & caravans sales

mechanic

truck & driver wanted

land rover discovery

d.b auto p a r a m e d i cs Mobile Mechanic call Dave on 678 487 689

wanted

300tdi, 1996, 127,000 miles, automatic,tow bar, twin sunroofs, e/windows, c/locking, mot’d, r.h.d, english plated, looks & drives superb, 1495€ tel:677 667 722

bmw z4

2003, 65,000 miles on clock, spanish tuition Plates, h reg, Learn & improve auto/manuel, your Spanish at your convertable, own pace. Flexible fantastic times. Diploma in condition inside Spanish Foreign & out, rhd Language. Next 8850€ ono examination will be tel: 695 118 960 in November.

English male Food mixer must be strong type for Satellite TV installations, near Albox commercial kitchen. can collect Tel: 647 379 alignment of dishes etc. anything 878 Also Spanish“freeview”systems considered freezer wanted can travel supplied & installed call Tim on Chest freezer or large up Tel Dave: 628 607 778 950 930 320 right freezer wanted,

situations vacant

motoring section

What you see is what you pay! No excess mileage charges

648 533 962

www.srscarhire.com car parts

Car parts

Need a part for any car, Call carpartsinspain, for sensible prices on, Clutches, Brakes, Water pumps, CV joints etc, you name it will try and save you money. Free quote go online or phone www.carpartsinspain.com

or telephone 692 930 326

Spanish Citroen

Xsara picasso 1.6hdi diesel 2005, ITV 19th May 2012, Taxed, A/C, P/S, C/D, Excellent Condition, 45+mpg,

5250€ono

tel: 950 137 192 FORD FOCUS 2004, 1.6 PETROL, SPANISH REG, ITV 2013, 3 DOOR 130,000 KM, E/W, RCL, A/C, 6 CHANGE CD PLAYER, BRAND NEW BRAKE PADS & DISCS IMMACULATE CONDITION

4000€

TEL:677 993 717

Mikes Mobile Mechanics All types of service, repair & ITV testing. Fully qualified and legal with over 35 years experience Ring Mike or Chris: 628 350 178 636 824 974

regular work 1 day a week, transport 2.5 - 3.5 tonne lorry, clean & covered lorry Call Rob on 609 199 394

SOLTIMES NEWSPAPER GROUP 5 issues till christmas!

have you let your customers know what you have planned?

950 121 936 / 902 750 190

www.soltimes.com wanted

WANTED JCB’s, Mini-Diggers (All Makes), Tractors, Trailers & all other types of plant machinery. Any age, any condition. Cash buyer All 4x4 vehicles for cash, Mitsubishi, Landrover, Suzuki, Nissan etc PART WORN TYRES FOR SALE - VARIOUS SIZES

Tel: 645 094 339 or 950 064 763

2002 isuzu trooper Citation LWB, 5 doors, 5 seater, 5 speed manual, 4x4, 3.0l, 114,000miles, empire blue, moon mist grey metallic 2 tone, anti lock brakes, AC, climate control, alarm, alloy wheels, front/rear EW, immoboliser, air bags, driver/ passenger heated seats, PAS, grey velour interior, radio/cd hi fi, alloy spare wheel, electric heated/folding door mirrors, recent new timing belt & service, new brake pads, tow bar, UK taxed till Feb 2012 & MOT til July 2012,

3000€

Tel: 950 091 175 or 600 827 517 ord transit lwb, rhd, breaking for spares, Pozo Alcon. Tel: 953 729 143 / 662 528 608. 125 Scooter, 5 years old, not registered in spain, 5300km, needs elec relay attention and new battery, €175 for quick sale. Tel 682 404 678 Boat For Sale Fibreglass Boat 4mts x 1.5mts. Sound Hull, Trailer with winch. New Tyres & Jockey Wheel. 275€ Tel: 634 337 185

CARAVAN FOR SALE

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

Car battery wanted for vw camper van telephone 634 349 156

URGENTLY REQUIRED

ENGLISH & SPANISH CARAVANS, CARS, MOTORHOMES & VANS ANY CONDITION WE COLLECT! THROUGHOUT SPAIN

TEL: 636 411 540 OR 664 619 819

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

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

Knaus 450 Sport. 2/4 Berth, 2008 Model., Fixed Double Bed, Toilet/Shower Room. Vanity unit. Central heating. Hob, Microwave, Fridge. Fully equipped kitchen. Everything included in sale. Immaculate condition. Cost in excess of 15,000€ when new. A bargain at 9,500€, O.N.O. Telephone 968 199 647. or 678 108 378

WANTED

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

TEL: 645 094 339 / 950 064 763


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The laptop, which strangely has no name, had been in poor health for some time. It was taking longer than a teenager to get up in the morning, and once roused, it settled into the slow lane, struggling with even the most basic of functions, while suffering prolonged bouts of hiccups at the mere suggestion of e-mails. I endeavoured to make its life easier late one Saturday morning by defragging it - a sort of electronic equivalent of a manicure, pedicure, facial and warm oil massage, when it fainted. Suddenly and without warning its face went black, and a message appeared in the corner to the effect of ‘This laptop is in a stress-induced coma. Tell Microsoft.’ How am I going to tell Microsoft? The laptop was unconscious, incapable of communicating. What could I do? Did they expect me to send a carrier pigeon to Bill Gates? Fortunately the answer occurred to me before 2pm. I bundled up its lifeless form, complete with its many mysterious wires, and drove it under blue flashing light conditions to the Computer Hospital. There I delivered it into the receptive care of Karen, who soothed me with the assurance that its condition was not terminal, and Steve would look at it on Monday. ‘But there’s stuff on there that I need for Monday!’ I squeaked. ‘I’ll tell him it’s urgent.’ She promised.

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Sure enough, on Monday morning Steve phoned. ‘It’s your hard drive.’ I was surprised - I didn’t realise that I had a hard drive. ‘On the laptop.’ He clarified. ‘I can either…..’ He began. ‘Just do it,’ I said. ‘But would you prefer me to ….’ ‘Steve,’ I said ‘If you have to explain, I won’t understand. But there’s an edit on there that I need for Sol Times, right now. Whatever needs doing, please do it.’ ‘If I find the file you want, I can send it straight to Sol Times.’ Ah! Steve, I thought, you Super-hero! ‘Just tell me what the edit is titled.’ ‘I can’t remember.’ Oh, embarrassment! I’m making a fuss about the importance of something of which I can’t even recall the title. ‘It’s Something, Something Sol Times and today’s date.’ ‘Got it. Sending it now.’ And so Sol Times was saved from suffering a blank space right here ≥≤. But even more impressive than his detective prowess and electronic medical skills is Steve’s diplomacy and voice control. Not once did he, by even the slightest vocal inflection, hint at the phrase that must have been uppermost in his mind – That woman is too stupid to own a computer!

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guy fawkes is innocent ok!.......

Ever since my first experience with the strange custom of trick or treating when I lived briefly in Pennsylvania, I have been puzzled about the whole silly thing. This was in the days before the Halloween craze hit British shores, and although I had seen stuff on the TV and heard about it from other people, it came as a bit of an eye opener to actually experience first hand the phenomenon of little kids dressed as demons, wolfmen and mini Frankenstein monsters, ringing the doorbell throughout the evening demanding sweets or face the consequences. Yeah, them and whose army, I remember thinking. I never did discover what those consequences might be, because the friends with whom I was staying, kept a large dish of candy by the front door and seemed to revel in the

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whole weird experience. Personally I would have told the little devils to sod off and challenged them to do their worst, but this I suspected, would not have endeared me to my American hosts. Here in Spain though, I have learned that to refuse to even open your door to these junior vampire hordes, will sometimes invite an application of a free exterior wall coating of splattered egg. Charming. I am a aware of the importance of All Saints Day in the Christian calendar, but what really mystifies me is how this trick or treating side of it, seems to sit so comfortably with the church and particularly so in a Catholic country like Spain. Now I don’t want to be stuffy about this and spoil the fun. Nevertheless the origin of All Hallows Eve is steeped in the pagan belief that the evil spirits of the dead re-visit the living every October 31st, and if a gift of food and shelter is not offered, then there are all sorts of dire consequences meted out in the form of spells. Hence trick or treating. And get this . . . All Hallows Eve ranks only second in importance to Walpurgisnacht (April 30th) in the Satanist calendar. Harmless fun? Mmm. But what’s wrong with the now almost defunct British tradition of Guy Fawkes Night? Remember

remember the fifth of November and all that. When I was knee high to a roman candle, bonfire night, as it is also called, was second only to Christmas as the most eagerly anticipated festivity of the year. We kids would go about the business of assembling a guy weeks in advance, stuffing some of Dads old clothes with newspaper and rags, then parading the finished article round the streets on our soapbox carts, chanting, “Penny for the guy”. It was always highly competitive because the best dummy would collect the most money, and consequently one year we thought it might be a good wheeze to dress one of us in old togs and a papier mâché mask, who we then pushed around for an hour before he gave the game away by parping loudly as we were fleecing the congregation leaving the local chapel. Our cover had been blown as it were. Any proceeds from this activity – and I don’t remember there ever being that much – was spent on fireworks in readiness for the big night. These were added to our horde which grew by degrees over two weeks or so, when Dad would bring a few home with him on his way back from work, always wrapped in newspaper. There were boxed

fireworks available, but it was far cheaper to buy them individually, and names such as Brocks, Wessex, Astra, Rainbow, Benwell, Standard and Paine’s are still synonymous with those times to people of my generation. There were hardly any community displays, because just about every household where there were children would have its own bonfire in the back garden, complete with stuffed guy and fireworks. And of course, hot soup, baked taters and sausages to help it all along. We were taught the history and origins of the tradition at school, and as a result I have always felt a bit sorry for poor old Guy Fawkes himself. Personally I think he was a bit simple and was set up by his coconspirators to take the wrap. I mean, when the Westminster Palace guards found him, he was sitting on a keg of gunpowder smoking his pipe . . . is that the action of a man who is in full possession of his marbles? Wearing those big fancy hats didn’t help his cause either – they always outshone those worn by the Monarch which apparently vexed King Jimmy no end. Poor old Guy just had to go. It’s always struck me though as a tad excessive, to hang, draw and quarter someone just because he sports a better line in titfers.

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I am sixty-something! I have recently started to blog, and writing SEO articles and post them on BuiltMyRank and Postrunner. I keep in contact with my family and friends via Facebook. I am “twitting” and keep in contact with other writers and translators via LinkedIn. Yes, I also knit, make jam and dolls, watch television, listen to music, and read books. And get darn tired much quicker than I used to. I am just an average sixty-something. That was what I thought, until I happened to land on a “senior” website. The first thing I realised was that I have been a senior for over 10 years, and have been the target for advertisers of mobility beds, mobility scooters, hearing aids, Zimmer-frames, and dentures. I can also participate in exiting competitions and win a cupcake maker or a Doris Day ‘The Essential Collection” box set on DVD. WOW! Here I thought that Sharon Stone and Sigourney Weaver had only added Botox, but apparently they have hidden additions and are making cupcakes while they watch Doris Day. We re-cycle in our house. You know: bottles in one container, plastic in another, paper in a third, and the rest in the green container. Have you any idea, how much bottles you amass, if you like a glass of wine once-in-a-while? Dumping them in the allocated container makes a hell of a noise, and ours is right outside the local bar. We always accompany the exercise with loud comments about neighbours dumping their bottles in our waste basket. I mean, who would want to be known as winos. Slimming Clubs ‘Better Than NHS Diet Advice’! I stumbled over this headline when out surfing – on the net. No big surprise, as slimming clubs like WeightWatchers are run by people, who have been through the drill themselves. Living proof to the dieters that it is possible to lose weight! It brought my thoughts to a writing job that I am currently doing. The job is to push a “revolutionary”, “safe”, and “scientifically proven” new slimming programme, involving taking a human hormone that is claimed to trigger the body to use “abnormal” fat deposits for energy. In other words, it will supposedly take the body fat you do not want, so not only do you slim down, but your body will be well toned – without exercise. Who the heck believes that? And yet, in my research I found several testimonials praising the programme from people, claiming to have lost impressive amounts of weight. Or are they also phoney? On top of that, you can buy the hormone on Internet. Oh, my God! Are people completely mad? Digging deeper, I naturally found out that many of these on-line shops are selling a product with not as much as an ounce of the hormone in them. Ah, well! At least the only damage they are doing is to people’s economy and not to their health. Wonderful new digital world! That again reminded me of a family I studied in a bar the other day. You see, I am not a WeightWatcher, I am a PeopleWatcher. In came mom, dad, two kids, and grandma – dad and kids arrived on bikes – mom and grandma apparently from a jogging trip. Healthy family! Dad picked up a beer for himself, wine for the ladies and soft drinks for the kids. Everybody sat down with their drinks, and out came the electronic toys – that is, the adults’ electronic toys in the form of kindles and iPads. The kids? Well, kids will always be kids. They played with their bikes, while the adults were totally absorbed with the electronics, which clearly the kids were not allowed to touch. 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: lbtmarshall@yahoo.com DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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BEWARE EVIL ABOUNDS ETERNALLY

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Pure evil knows no bounds. Not a murmur of remorse - civil or humanitarian caring or understanding either. One must remain alert at all times especially ‘against yourself’ and the goodness you might have been taught earlier can often be your downfall. The Guardia Civil has issued an internet warning to motorists: “Do not stop to pick up an abandoned baby laid by the roadside—it’s a trap and your life could be at risk”. Yes, I know it sounds impossible to believe at first reading, but criminals are now so desperate the latest scam is to leave a baby in a car seat, alongside the motorway, as if it had been forgotten haphazardly. When you are driving along and cannot help but notice the situation and your caring instincts bolt into play without thinking. Lurking near by is unadulterated evil just waiting for you to lend a helping hand. Not only will you be robbed, your car stolen-- murder too comes into play according to the Guardia Civil notification. A high price to pay for Christian kindness. Then again, that’s just what the bad guys are counting on. It is a situation sincerely too reprehensible to even discuss. What type of humanoid would steep so low, become so vile so as to “deceive” his common man using “goodness of nature” as a ruse to garner a small gain? Well, according to police reports “plenty of them” and growing daily. What type of animal would do this? A very hungry one and usually drug related too. (Still want to legalize drugs?) Recently in a small town in Mexico, one of the powerful drug barons came home to discover his weeping daughter. She was distraught as she hadn’t been invited to her friend’s birthday party probably because of who her dad was (a major local drug baron). He too took offense from the apparent shunning of HIS family and sent gunmen to shoot up the party. Sixteen youngsters died that day so that a father could feel momentarily powerful and please his daughter. What type of personage performs such an outrage? Those that pulled the trigger - for Mammon’s guilt? The daddy, because of pure unadulterated evil? Just a reminder, never ever cut back on building prisons it is the one thin veil of protection we have from such abhorrent malevolence. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www. mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!

life in a day.... Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down; all superb movies directed by Ridley Scott - a hero of mine. His most recent project was screened on UK telly last Thursday on BBC and called ‘Life in a Day’. Conceived to celebrate YouTube’s 5th birthday, the project was to capture one day in humankind’s existence and July 24th 2010 was the chosen date. Via television shows, newspapers and YouTube advertising, people were encouraged to send in high-quality clips capturing their lives on that one day. Over 85,000 clips were sent in covering 4500 hours of footage; 75% came from respondents to the advertising and the producers also sent 400 cameras to people in the developing world. Part of the guidelines for collaborators, were three questions: What have you got in your pockets? What do you love? Finally what do you fear? These questions help to make some stunning yet disturbing contrasts, a smug man showing off his Lamborghini car key contrasting with a North African man with no work and five children to feed. The film starts and finishes at midnight and follows people sleeping, insomniacs, waking up, breakfasts, getting to school and work, and the daily trudge or joy and heartbreak of mankind’s life shown from all corners of the world. For me the clip of the bereaved Japanese husband obviously struggling to cope with the loss of his wife yet bringing up their small son was heartbreaking. Another clip of a malnourished African farm worker showing he had nothing in his pockets contrasted with an oriental girl showing off her new luxury handbag. The sky diving clip is awesome as are the candle lanterns being lit under a clear full moon sky and left to gently float into the night. This is a must watch film especially seeing as the 7 billionth child was born recently, for those unlucky enough to miss it then beg, steal or preferably buy a copy and sit back for 93 minutes and enjoy. The film can also be seen in its entirety on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ lifeinaday) with the DVD available via Amazon. The fabulous soundtrack is also available. Kevin MacDonald as director was superb, he previously directed One day in September about the Munich massacre in 1972. Sticking with a technological theme; type ‘do a barrel roll’ into Google and have a chuckle. PIC: Full moon over Los Filabres Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: stephen@findmeahome.es - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore

Squirrels pose for peanuts A Florida grandmother has been ‘bribing’ squirrels with peanuts to pose for a series of hilarious photographs. Retired postwoman Kathy Pruyn set up the scenes by strategically placing peanuts and peanut butter on her grandchildren’s toys. Mrs Pruyn, from Tampa, Florida, then photographed the squirrels riding a skateboard, playing a piano, and even pushing a wheelchair. One comical shot shows a squirrel apparently ‘singing’ into a microphone while another shoots a game of pool. She said: “I fed the squirrels after they fell out of a nest and when I released them they still

came back to my garden for food. “One day I was going through the old toys that needed throwing out and I just thought it would be funny to see the squirrels with them. “I thought the idea of seeing what the squirrels might do with the Barbie hand-me-downs, scented with peanut butter, might be kind of interesting. “Since they are really wild animals and live in the trees I have to hope they have a taste of hunger for peanuts or peanut butter that day. “Sometimes they eat too fast and I can’t get the picture, other times they run off with the toy and leave it in the tree.”

Cardboard vacuum cleaner

A student has designed an eco-friendly vacuum cleaner made out of its own cardboard packaging. Jake Tyler, 23, from Birmingham, came up with the idea as part of his final year project at Loughborough University. And manufacturers Vax were so impressed that they are to mass produce it and

put it on sale next year. Created with the help of engineers at Vax, the vacuum is made up from the very box that it comes in - even down to the wheels. He said: “It’s all a bit surreal to see my university project get internationally recognised up to the point where it is going to be sold. “It’s been crazy but very

Meatball sandwich stolen at gunpoint

Police in Pennsylvania have arrested two men for stealing a meatball sandwich from a 13-year-old boy at gunpoint. The duo threatened the teenager with a gun and told him to empty his pockets, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. One of the robbers, a 21-year-old, pointed his gun at the boy and said: “Whatever you do, don’t move. If you do anything, I’ll cap you,” according to court documents. They took his meatball sandwich - but did not bother with his mobile phone - before fleeing in a nearby car. The teen promptly used his phone to call 911 and police were able to quickly arrest the sandwichrobbers. Police say they recovered a gun and the sandwich.

nice, it was just an idea in my head and it has become a reality. “Environmental stability was in at forefront of the design and that is why I used cardboard. “Most consumer electrics need to be taken to a landfill site, my idea was to have something recyclable. And you can build it yourself so you feel part of the product.” Mr Tyler, who achieved a first class honours degree in his Industrial Design and Technology course, has now landed his dream job with Vax. Vax spokesperson Jo Sawyer said: “It’s a high performance vacuum cleaner constructed for optimum sustainability, using recycled and recyclable materials that reduce the burden on landfill.”

Queen’s pants go under the hammer

A large pair of silk bloomers that belonged to Queen Victoria have sold for more than three times their estimate. The underwear, auctioned alongside hundreds of other royal artefacts, sold for £9,735. Two pairs of silk stockings worn by Britain’s longest serving monarch also went under the hammer in Edinburgh - one pair selling for more than £5,000. The collection belonged to the US publishing dynasty, the Forbes family, and was kept at their London home, Old Battersea House. More than £3m was made in the sale of Victorian treasures held by auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull at their Edinburgh salesroom. The sale also included more than 500 royal paintings, letters, furniture and other items from the Forbes home.


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We’ve already driven the 2012 Nissan GT-R, but only now has Nissan released official details. Fortunately, we weren’t far off with our estimates, as you can see in our first drive report here. Power from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 has been increased by 20bhp to 542bhp thanks to improved airflow in the engine, while torque has grown by 20Nm to 632Nm. The engine’s efficiency has been improved too, with fuel economy rising from 23.5mpg to 24mpg. At this stage there’s still no figures for top speed or CO2 emissions as the car is still undergoing performance testing, but the 0-62mph time has been clocked at 2.7 seconds - three tenths of a second quicker than the 2011 model.

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Citroen adds a stylish crossover to its C4 family

Based on the Mitsubishi ASX, the Aircross will take on rivals such as the VW Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai. The entry level model will feature front-wheel drive only, whereas all other versions will be fitted with a clever switchable four-wheel drive system. A small toggle behind the gear lever allows the driver to select one of three modes. A two-wheel drive setting is designed to maximise fuel consumption during normal on-road conditions, a four-wheel drive setting juggles torque between the front and rear axles for maximum traction and a third mode locks both axles for coping with more severe off-road situations. With its rounded front end, bonnet edge

that merges seamlessly with the slim grille and stepped taillights, the Aircross has plenty in common with the C4 and DS4. Its vertical LED running lights will give it a unique look in your rear-view mirror, while the partially blacked-out C-pillars are a cue taken from the DS5.

weight of the driver by making the front left spring rate firmer, and mounting the rear suspension arms lower on the right than the left. On the inside, blue lighting on the inner edge of the tachometer brightens up the instrument panel, while a rear view camera is now standard on all models. The Bose sound system has also received an upgrade. Prices are yet to be confirmed for the UK, but expect a hike in the region of £4,000, bringing the total to £75,950 when the new GT-R MY12 goes on sale in December. Nissan has also confirmed that a trackfocused version of the GT-R is heading for the UK. Further details will be released next month, but it’s likely to be called the Club Track Edition and feature slick tyres, a roll cage and adjustable suspension.

Nissan GT-R MY12

Nissan GT-R gets another set of updates for 2012, including more power and an asymmetrical suspension set up

On the inside there’s space for five and a 442-litre boot - 83-litres more than the DS4. A large panoramic glass roof heightens the sense of space and is illuminated at night by integrated LED lights. Engine choices include 113bhp 1.6-litre and 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines, while 108bhp 1.6-litre HDi and 148bhp 1.8-litre HDi engines complete the range. It’s too early to name prices, but based on the Mitsubishi ASX expect an entrylevel model to cost around £16,000 when the Aircross goes on sale in the second half of 2012.

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The parent company Nissan is planning to extend its ownership of the rights to the Datsun name – and the plans include an all-new logo. The firm was rebranded as Nissan in the Eighties, and was most famous for small sports cars such as the Seventies 240Z and the Sunny hatchback. If Datsun makes a return, it’s likely to be a sub-brand for Nissan that aims to produce economical and affordable cars. Nissan’s sister company, Renault, already has such a subsidiary in Dacia, so it’s possible that the new Datsuns could simply be rebadged Dacias. It’s unlikely that the cars would be sold in the UK, at least initially, as Nissan believes they would be better uited to developing overseas markets.

The new machines will most likely be launched as part of the ‘Power88’ plan, which will see the car maker release a new model every six weeks for the next six years. A spokesperson for Nissan said: “We are looking at various brands and the option to acquire various brands for use in the future, should we want to. We need to make sure that we own the Datsun name. If we were to use it, Datsun would most likely be a brand for large, developing markets such as Russia and China.” Datsun hasn’t been resting – Nissan designers have been working on concept cars to keep the brand alive, producing the four-seat XLink diesel hybrid sports coupé. If Datsun emerges as a budget brand, it would face a host of new rivals.

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• Last weekend, Manchester City registered their 11th straight victory in all competitions. They also set a new record of scoring in the first 11 PL games as they beat QPR 3-2. Manchester United, unbeaten Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs also won, as did lowly Wolves and Bolton. • Huddersfield Town also set a new record – 42 Football League games unbeaten. • England play reigning World champions Spain in a soccer international at Wembley on Saturday (evening kick-off). • England’s Rugby League team must beat New Zealand on Saturday to reach the Four Nations final. • Roger Federer won the Swiss indoor tennis tournament on home soil. • The Pakistani cricketers, found guilty of spot-fixing, were given custodial sentences: Salman Butt got two-and-ahalf years, Mohammad Asif 12 months and Mohammad Amir six months detention. Their agent was gaoled for 32 months. • World champion Casey Stoney roared past Ben Spies on the last bend to win the final MotoGP of 2011 in Valencia. The late Marco Simoncelli’s Gresini team won the Moto2 race. • Golfer Rory McIlroy is now second in the World rankings after finishing fourth in the WGC Champions Tournament in Shanghai, won by Martin Kaymer. • Sir Chris Hoy took gold in the men’s sprint race in the Track Cycling World Cup in Kazakhstan. • Joe O’Brien, 18, became the youngest jockey ever to win the £3m Breeder’s Cup when he guided Britain’s Sea Moon, trained by his father Aidan, to victory in Kentucky. • And Paul Hannigan has successfully defended his flat race jockey championship. CONGRATULATIONS SIR ALEX Last Sunday Sir ALEX FERGUSON celebrated 25 years as manager of Manchester United. “It’s been a fairy tail. I never believed I would have been so successful” said the Scot. Under his control, United have played 1,410 games (837 won, 326 drawn and 247 lost) while claiming 37 trophies. “He’s the game’s greatest-ever manager” said Sir Bobby Charlton.

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Cortijo Grande......................... Badgers Golf Society............. Wednesday 2nd November 18th and Roland Usher nearest This week a total of 27 members and guests competed at Valle Del Este golf in Vera. The conditions were a bit dull and the air felt heavy. Some members, well one member, well Badger if I am honest, were of the opinion that the thick air was preventing the ball from travelling as far normal. Nice try badge but nobody’s buying that one. I can confirm that the loud thud that was heard around 2pm was not, as was rumoured, another mini earthquake No it was in fact Stevie “the Shark”Casburn’s handicap crashing down as he took the cigar with an excellent 39 points. Second place was Lee Coxon with a credible 37 and George Crichton took bronze with 34. George followed the money with nearest the pin on the 12th and

on the 6th. A tremendous shot on the 14th saw nearest going to Barry Sampson who finished the hole with a two. Only other two went to Lee Coxon. Well done to the winners and better luck next time to all the rest of us. On a more serious note, it was good to see a good mate of our society, Jeff Gard out of hospital and on the mend after some serious surgery.Best wishes and get well soon ! Next week we are at Marina and a reminder that your attendance is required before 10am regardless of your alloted tee time. All member and guest are welcome and you can book in at Badgers Bar on the Playa or by phoning Keith on 950 478 525.

Boxers GS met at Aguilon golf course near San Juan to play in an individual Stapleford competition. We teed off under cloudy skies but thankfully the rain stayed away enabling everyone to enjoy the challenges of the course. The overall winner on the day was Dave Lees with a fantastic 44 points. Full Results; Division 1 Winner Dave Lees 44pts 2nd Dave France 40pts Division 2 Winner Peter Tapsell 32pts (ocb) 2nd Steve Peete 32 (ocb) Division 3 Winner Arthur Davies 32pts

Nearest the Pins In one. Ken McGibbon In two. Bran Mayhew In three. Roy Bishop 2,s. Arthur Davies, Henry Beckett, Paul Holley Dates for the Diary. On 16th November we play the popular Roda Golf Course near San Javier. Members and Guests can book in for this and other competitions at the ‘Why Not’ bar in Albox on Saturday mornings. For membership email peterstooks@avired.com. ev.bgs.

One of Steve’s trips out this week was with “Eddie the Insurance Eagle”, his son Elliott and his mate Jamie; the conditions were good with a slight swell. Steve planned to fish his favourite spot but whilst travelling out he noticed some large shoals in 80ft to 100ft of water so stopped the boat and dropped the anchor. The lads dropped in and immediately got bites and

were soon hooking Spanish and Atlantic mackerel and pandoras one after the other. This continued for an hour so Steve decided to drop in and got only a small bream. Half an hour later the fish were gone and the catching stopped as quickly as it started. Nothing else was hooked there so they tried deeper water and caught a few blue mouths and pandoras. Whilst they were fishing a large Swordfish leapt twice from the water only yards from the boat, maybe that’s why the fish had disappeared! Steve said one thing that may have affected their fishing again this week was a trawler fishing illegally close to the harbour, this time a black one. He lifted the net just outside the harbour entrance and had a bulging cod end! The boat this week is on the dry dock where the last one was broken up; let’s hope this one suffers the same fate! Maybe it was the captain’s last bit of ‘dinero’ before he packs up for good! See photo of Jamie with a mackerel. I had a trip out with Steve and we were joined by ‘Farmer Rory’, Paul the Rope’, ‘Martin the Butcher’ and ‘Chef Jeremy’ I won’t bore you with our poor catches but Paul lived up to his name and lost a rig on the boat’s anchor rope! ‘Chippy Pete’ went fishing last week with the Turre boys, Chris and Danny and ‘Roger the old hand fisherman’. They had a contest between them catching a good variety including pandoras, pouting, European eels and mackerel.

BOXERS GOLF SOCIETY................ On Wednesday 2nd November 2nd Alf Walker 29pts

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We are up and running at Cortijo Grande lots of old mates back and a course getting better every day. three competitions to report on this week. Our first day was Tuesday 1st Nov at Alboran and we had a first class day with our winner Julie Oliver with 33 points on this tough course, designed for the Med Games. Second with 32 Frank Button and third with 30 Alan Greenfield. No ball sweep winner. Our second day was on Wedneday 2nd Nov at lovely Cortijo Grande and our winner with 36 Brian Harwood second

with 36 Bob Winter and third with 34 John Wardley. Ball sweep winner Greg Ward. Our third golf day was Sunday 6th Nov 2011. They are a tough lot at Cortijo Grande. Our winner with 39 Bob Winter second with 35 Mark Sutton and third 33Janet Kay. Good to see Corky back in the bottles. ball sweep winner John Wardley. We have another away day in the pipe line and all will be revealed nesxt week. Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors guests and old members will be made very welcome. MP

Willingale’s World................. The World Long Range Target Rifle Championships have concluded at Brisbane Australia. I represented Great Britain Veterans Team but unfortunately we could not make it three wins in a row, loosing to Australia on their home ground. My individual efforts in the WLRTR championships were mixed. The wind conditions were extremely difficult especially in stage 2 and my scores took a bashing at 900 and 1000 yards. In stage 3 at 800 yards I had learnt from stage 2 and took advantage of the time allowed for the shoot. With the lighter wind conditions in stage 3 and waiting for the wind to settle I scored 75 out

of 75 with all 15 shots placed in the 20 inch bullseye, 11 of these shots were in the 10 inch “V” bull making a total score of 75.11. This score put me in 9th position with the top score of 75.13 just two “V” bulls away. Not quite as good as my 2007 best position of 2nd place but I am up against the top 390 shooters in the world. A year of almost but not quite at the top, with my third place in the Edge competition at Bisley England. The shooting season is now over, until next years challenges. Time to winter in Zurgena and recuperate. Regards, Ken Willingale

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with Beachcomber John Roger won the contest with the most varieties and the most fish. Second time out was with ‘Cool Malcolm’ and ‘Rodney Wickes’. Again they caught pandoras, combers and mackerel plus 2 small tuna which were put back. Malcolm fell asleep at his rod waking to find a 6 pound red snapper taking his line. The snapper tasted great and fed the 3 of them that night. Third time out with ‘Irish John’ and ‘Chilli Dave’, they caught pandoras, combers, banded bream, mackerel, wide eyed flounders, weavers and octopus. The octopus was taken to a local bar where it will be tasted soon! Pete also went out with two friends from Sorbas, John and Chris; they caught the usual pandoras and combers. They then went to deeper waters, about 450 feet and as it was quite a windy day Pete anchored up to stop drifting which paid off as they caught six European eels and three blue mouths. A good day’s fishing was had by all.

‘Squiddly Sid’ and his mates, Graham and two Dave’s fished the Hotel Indalo rocks but had only one saddled bream between them. ‘London Bill’ also had a poor week because of rough seas and caught “Not a lot” he told me. ‘Brian V’ fished the Balero Lake well north of Baza (Negratin Lake) and had small carp and barbel only. ‘Baza Barry’ fished a river in the same area as Balero and caught nothing but saw a few decent trout which he will return for. 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.


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Urcal Golf Society...................... Saturday 5th Novenber 2011 It was the societies Captains Day on Saturday 5th November at Playa Macenas. With fine weather and the course in good condition a good turnout of 28 members enjoyed a fine days golf. The overall competition was a close affair with Des Riley coming in first on countback from John Smith on 34 points with Bob Womersley in third on 33 points. There were nine holes sponsored with different winners on each hole, additionaly a putting competition was held prior to the main competition over six holes and this was won by Stan Whitty with a total of 12 putts. Our thanks go to the staff at Playa Macenas for not only sponsoring a prize but also providing tapas and drinks after the round. In the evening the players

and partners adjourned to The Palms in Urcal for a meal and drinks and were thoroughly entertained with a disco from Steve King who had everyone up and dancing. During the evening a raffle was held with the proceeds going to Help the Heroes. Also during the break the Singles Knockout Trophy was presented to Tony Morgan by last years winner John Smith well done Tony. A big thanks to Dick Gooding this years Captain for all his efforts this year and a thoroughly enjoyable captains day. Our next event is due to be held at the new course at Lorca on Saturday 19th November for further information please contact Tony Morgan on 950950096.

MARINA MEMBERS GOLF CLUB MOJACAR............................................ COMPETITION RESULTS Monday Oct. 31st. Stableford Competition . Ladies Division Three ladies scored 34 points. 1st. Maida McGowan (lowest handicap ) 2nd. Sandra Edwards 3rd. Rosalie Fardon Mens Division 1st. Jim Budd 34 points (lowest handicap) 2nd. Peter Edwards 34 points 3rd. Jarlath Staunton 33 points Thursday Nov. 3rd. The Stableford Competition organised by Jim Budd and played in teams of three with

the two best scores to count and scores to be doubled on the par threes saw a reduced entry as Marina Members were playing Forum Golf Society in the Ryder Cup Competition at Marina Golf Club the same day. 1st. Steve Entwhistle (visitor), Rosalie Fardon, Robin Hurd (visitor) – 110 points 2nd. Jim Laird (visitor), George Bain (visitor), Val Cooke ( ghost) – 104 points 3rd. Chris back, Linda King, Val Cooke – 96 points Visitors are welcome to join in our Thursday Competition, for a total €30 including the green fee. Ring Jim 950 162 727

Forum Golf Society..................... Forum Golf Society completed an excellent week by reclaiming the “Ryder Cup” from Marina members on November 4th in the third annual 2 day matchplay competition between the two sides, coming out on top by a 16.5 - 7.5 margin. All our 16 strong team contributed to the victory, with specail mentions for those players that had a 100% record over both days, Richard Swaine, Fran Elam, Malcolm Sibbons, Adrian Lawrence, Bob Cowan, Brian Gyer, John Smith & Geoff Hebb. This followed the second round of the Almeria League matches, which saw Forum 1 emerge as the only team still

with a 100% record after a 3 -0 victory over Boxers at Playa Macenas on October 31st, whilst Forum 2 narrowly lost a close match to Valle del Este members 2-1 to remain in a tie for second place. Forum´s upcoming events include November 11th Team Lone Ranger at Playa Macenas November 12th Celebration Evening at The Meson, Arboleas November 17th Almeria League Matches Round Three at Aguilon For further information contact Phil Elam on philjelam@yahoo.co.uk / 666 847840, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs.com

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Real Madrid put 7 past Osasuna to stay top

Real Madrid stayed top of the Primera Liga table thanks to a 7-1 annihilation of Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu. Jose Mourinho’s side maintained their 100% record at home this season with goals from Pepe, Higuaín, Benzema and a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, who’d received the European Golden Boot on Friday for his goalscoring exploits in the 2010-11 season. Barcelona stay second behind Madrid but are now three points off the pace following their 2-2 draw with Athletic Bilbao in the Basque country. Granada were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Racing Santander at home. Two other struggling sides Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijón also played out a draw on Sunday to remain in or around the relegation zone. Real Sociedad suffered their sixth defeat in seven matches as they went down 4-0 to Rayo Vallecano at Las Vallecas. Meanwhile, Villarreal continued to lag as they had to settle for a goalless draw with Espanyol despite the Catalan side playing the last 15 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Juan Forlín. In Sunday night’s late kick-off, 10-man Getafe sealed a fantastic 3-2 away victory over Atlético Madrid in the Madrid derby to give themselves hope of relegation survival.

Results:

Real Madrid 7 Osasuna 1 Granada 0 Racing Santander 0 Real Zaragoza 2 Sporting Gijon 2 Espanyol 0 Villarreal 0 Rayo Vallecano 4 Real Sociedad 0 Athletic Bilbao 2 Barcelona 2 Getafe 3 Atletico Madrid 2

Liga standings after 11 games: 1 Real Madrid 28 2 Barcelona 25 3 Valencia 24 4 Levante 23 5 Sevilla 18 6 Málaga 17 7 Espanyol 16 8 Rayo Vallecano 15 9 Athletic Bilbao 14 10 Osasuna 14 11 Atlético Madrid 13 12 Real Betis 13 13 Villarreal 11 14 Getafe 10 15 Real Mallorca 10 16 Real Zaragoza 10 17 Sporting Gijón 9 18 Racing Santander 9 19 Granada 9 20 Real Sociedad 8

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Boxing ex-world Lotus & champion Joe Frazier dies

Renault change names

The long-running row over the use of the Lotus name in Formula 1 has ended with an agreement for both teams involved to change their cars’ names. A meeting of F1 bosses has approved a request for Renault - sponsored by the Lotus car company - to change the name of their F1 cars to Lotus in 2012. And Team Lotus will from next year run cars called Caterhams, and change their team name accordingly. The Virgin team will also change the name of their chassis to Marussia. Renault may also alter their official name, currently Lotus Renault GP, although they have yet to decide whether to do so. The changes, which relate to how the cars’ chassis are labelled, were approved at a meeting of the F1 Commission group of stakeholders, which also ratified the 2012 calendar as it has already been published. There had been doubts about the Bahrain and Korean GPs - Bahrain because of continuing civil unrest and Korea because of financial difficulties. The name changes surrounding the Lotus teams are the endgame in a bitter and complex naming dispute that has been running for more than a year. The row began in 2009 when Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes entered a team in F1 using the name Lotus Racing, under licence from Group Lotus. At that time Group Lotus had made it clear to Fernandes that it did not own the rights to the name Team Lotus. But the two parties soon fell out, with Group Lotus deciding that it wanted to promote its brand in F1 with a more established team. It agreed a sponsorship deal with the Renault team for 2011 and terminated its licensing agreement with Fernandes. Fernandes then reverted to the historic Team Lotus name, which bought the rights to the Team Lotus name from businessman David Hunt - brother of 1976 world champion James Hunt. Both decisions were the subject of a lawsuit which was finally resolved in London’s High Court in May. A judge ruled Team Lotus could continue to race under that name but that Group Lotus retained the right to use the Lotus marque on its road cars, and in F1 if it chose to enter its own team. Fernandes, however, had already begun formulating a back-up plan by buying Dartford-based sportscar manufacturer Caterham in April. That led to new talks with Group Lotus, which ended with them submitting the joint request to change their names that was resolved on Thursday.

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier has died after a brief battle with liver cancer, his family said. Frazier - also known as Smokin’ Joe - had been receiving hospice care in Philadelphia after being diagnosed with cancer several weeks ago. The 67-year-old was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali in 1971, but lost his next two bouts with Ali. He held the world title between 1970 and 1973. Frazier won an Olympic gold medal in 1964 after going to the Games as a replacement for Buster Mathis, who had beaten him in the trials but could not attend the Games due to an injury. He won the heavyweight title in 1970, after Ali had been stripped of the championship in 1967 for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, by defeating Jimmy Ellis in New York. Three years later he lost his crown to George Foreman. But the boxer is perhaps most widely-known for three great fights with Ali, including the epic “Thrilla in Manila” in 1975. The pair had a fraught relationship dating back to taunts Ali directed at his rival in the build-up to their famous bouts. But in recent years, they were reported to be on better terms. “The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration,” said Ali, 69. “My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.”

Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the men’s sprint competition at the Track Cycling World Cup opener in Kazakhstan. The four-time Olympic champion, who pulled out of the recent European Championships with a chest infection, also clinched silver in Saturday’s keirin event in Astana. Hoy, who won sprint gold at the 2008 Olympics, beat Russia’s Denis Dmitriev 2-0 in the best-of-three final. Britain’s Dani King also won the silver in the sixdiscipline women’s omnium. Hoy, 35, beat team-mate Matt Crampton in the last

British former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told BBC Radio 5 live: “Without him, other boxing heroes wouldn’t be great because they tested their talent against him. “He definitely was legendary and he made a great contribution to boxing. “I’m so sad for his family. Nobody likes to hear about great heroes passing on. It’s a very sad day for boxing.”

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