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spending on bullfighting called into question The United Left reported that Gabriel Amat has not responded to questions in the House on spending on bullfighting in Santa Ana. The Group’s spokesman, Ricardo Fernández, presented a series of questions to the Mayor to be answered at the next plenary meeting. They are on expenditures for the delivery of so-called ‘Taurinos Roquetas de Mar’ this year. These awards take place at a ceremony in the Playa Serena Golf Restaurant, and are for more than one hundred and fifty people whose reservation is made in the Municipal Offices. The United Left are querying the cost of the ceremony to the ordinary roqueteros. Ricardo Fernández insisted that this question had not been responded to, and he regretted the large amount of money spent on a controversial activity, which was based on the death of an animal. He suggested that the money could have been better spent on Humane Roquetas de Mar, a nonprofit Association which not only ensures animal welfare but provides an invaluable service to the municipality, retrieving stray animals, thus avoiding possible health problems and ensuring a higher level of public safety.

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preventative action taken against cabo de gata building proposal The United Left has presented a non-legislative proposal to prevent the building of ‘a macro urbanization in Nazareth, in the surroundings of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.’ Said IU spokesman for Níjar, Alexis Pineda. Pineda, along with the provincial coordinator, Rosalie Martin and the Andalucian Parliamentary Member, José Manuel Mariscal denounced what they considered an ‘environmental attack, an aberration.’ The plan, which will turn traditionally used agricultural land into an urbanization, allows for 2,500 hotel rooms, a golf course of 27 holes and 1,000 houses. Also, he claimed that this project ‘does not compensate or favour smallholders, but a single family, who own all the affected land.’ Furthermore, he wondered if the plan for such a large number of hotel rooms was sustainable, in the light of the ‘housing bubble’ being in recession.


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Officers from the Guardia Civil Service Patrol Protection of Nature (SEPRONA) Almeria, siezed 700 pounds of sage (Salvia officinalis), and Thyme (Thimus vulgaris) which had been harvested from the campo without the authorisation of the Delegation Provincial Environment of the Junta de Andalucía. The joint action took place at midday, and the SEPRONA agents identified 5 people who were illegally collecting sage, and seized the 700 kg which were already prepared for transport and loaded in a van parked nearby.


The Councillor for Health of the City of Pulpí, Fina García, has reported the installation of a pigeon guard on the perimeter of the roof of the Church of San Miguel after numerous complaints from members of the public who attend religious services, as well as those simply crossing the square. The Department of Health has taken this step because of the dirty image created by the pigeon droppings, the deterioration of church building furniture, but above all because of the health hazard for residents and visitors. The guard has no visual impact, and has caused the pigeons to move to a more natural and appropriate location where they will be no threat or nuisance to the public.


Officers from the Guardia Civil Vera have arrested RDF, aged 34, a resident of Gineta (Albacete) and JAM, 27, residing in Alguazas (Murcia), as perpetrators of the theft of flowers. The arrest is the result of the investigation by the Guardia Civil after learning of the theft of 1,700 packages of fresh flowers and decorations, including roses, carnations, daisies and ornamental plants. The theft took place during the night of 27 to 28 October. The accused forced the gateway to the yard and the warehouse where the flowers were stored ready for delivery in the days before the feast of All Saints. It is estimated that the value of stolen flowers could exceed 15,000 Euros. The Guardia Civil was in possession of information relating to a van seen driving around the area in the morning, and made a series of inquiries which determined that the vehicle belonged to a rental company and that it had been leased to RDF, who often accompanied JAM, with whom he had a close relationship. Their investigation into the theft of flowers led them to suspect RDF and JAM, and to intensify their search for their location, which was the village of Pulpí, and to arrest them on suspicion. Investigations revealed that both detainees had sold all the goods stolen at the gates of cemeteries and in the markets held in the provinces of Murcia and Albacete.



ALMANZORA MOTORWAY UPDATE The Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Junta de Andalucía has received three tenders amounting to 160.5 million euros for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Almanzora motorway section between Purchena and the A-7 Via Mediterranean to Huércal Overa. The works will be funded through publicprivate partnership, and will generate 2,421 jobs, 1,403 of which will be direct and 1,018 indirect. The three tenders are made up of a consortium of a total of 15 bidders, among which are four National,

nine Andalucian and two International Investment Companies specialising in infrastructure. The tenders are for 16 miles of new construction between Purchena-Urracal, Urracal-Fines, La Concepción-A7 and a connection with the Autovía to the Polígono Industrial de Albox. Following the evaluation of the bids, the contract will be awarded later this year, with the start of construction during the second half of 2012. The Almanzora motorway from Baza

to Huércal Overa stretches for 90 kilometres, and directly benefits more than 70,000 people living in a total of 28 municipalities. The region’s trade is focused on the marble industry, which is one of the fundamental pillars of development in the province of Almeria. It is also fundamental to the success of the different ancillary industries which encompass both manufacturing and distribution in the mining and processing sectors, as well as transport companies and advanced business services.

Inflation rate drops to 3% as CPI rises

Inflation has dropped one tenth to 3%, depiste the fact that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 8 points in October from the previous month. These figures, supplied today by the National Statistics Institute (INE), also indicate that prices rose 1.8% in the first ten months of the year. Core inflation, which excludes the variation in prices of fresh food and energy as they are the most volatile, stood at 1.7%, the same rate as for the previous month, making a 1.3 point difference with the overall index. One of the most influential sectors in the CPI monthly rise was clothing and footwear, up 10.3% compared to September, triggered by the start of the new season. Housing has also had a major impact, up 0.4% due to the rising price of heating oil and gas. Leisure and culture also affected the figures, with prices down 0.8%, a smaller drop than the same month last year. According to the INE, this drop reflects the prices of package tours, as well as recreational and sports services, hotels, cafes and restaurants. As for the annual evolution of consumer

Four Spaniards arrested in Australian drugs bust

Four Spaniards were today accused of drug trafficking after being arrested in Australia with about 300 kilos of cocaine and in possession of a huge amount of money in one of the most important drugs operations by the Australian police. Julia María Boada Fernández, 37, José Herrero Calvo, 39, Iván María Ramos Valea, 35, and Miguel Ángel Sánchez Barrocal, 38, were charged with importing or exporting commercial quantities of illicit substances in a court hearing held in the town of Bundaberg, in the northeastern state of Queensland. If convicted, the four may be sentenced to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, but will not know “exactly what each of them is charged with” until the next hearing. Two of the Spaniards were resident in Australia and the other resident elsewhere and none of them appears to have a criminal record, although information “has already been requested from Madrid”. The four were arrested last Friday when they began to move the drugs hidden in a yacht, that had been moored for about three weeks in the marina at Bundaberg, about 385 kilometres north of the city of Brisbane.

prices, the sector that has most influenced the increase has been the housing, where prices have risen 6.3% over the last twelve months. This represents a slowdown from 7.2% in September. The annual rate of transport has declined three points and stands at 7.6% as fuel and lubricant prices have fallen. The INE underlines that this decline has also been influenced by the increase in the price of cars, which has been more moderate this year than last. Prices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco have risen more than one point and stand at 10.4% year on year, with tobacco prices showing a significant rise

this year. The cost of medicine has dopped by 0.5% thanks to the stability of prices of medicines and other pharmaceutical products, which fell in 2010. All regions recorded lower annual inflation rates from last month with the exception of the Balearic Islands and Navarre, which showed a one point increase to stand at 2.9% and 3.2% respectively. The INE also released data today on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) in October, which stood at 3%, the same as the previous month and coincides with the leading indicator released on October 28.

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EU & Eurozone economies at risk of new recession

According to the European Commission (EC), the growth of Eurozone and EU economies has stalled and is expected to practically stagnate over the course of 2012, with a growth of only 0.5 to 0.6% expected, and there is a real risk of a new recession if measures are not taken quickly to avoid it. The autumn forecast published today by the EC shows a growth prediction that’s sharply down from the prediction of 1.5% six months ago. Olli Rehn, the EU’s vice president for economic and monetary affairs, warned that investment, consumption and domestic demand will also fall


sharply in 2012: “We do not expect a recession in our baseline scenario. But the probability of a more protracted period of stagnation is high. Given the unusually high uncertainty around key policy decisions, a deep and prolonged recession complemented by continued market turmoil cannot be excluded”, the Commission said. With Italy and Greece dominating the headlines, Europe’s leaders are under pressure to change course in order to avert a greater financial catastrophe. The Commission predicted that if there was no

change in political policy then Italian public debt would remain unchanged at 120.5% of GDP next year, before falling to 118.7% in 2013. The commission also forecast that next year Greece would see its debt level rise to 198.3% of GDP. Commenting on the current eurozone crisis, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that “leaders of the eurozone must act now... the longer they delay the greater the danger”. The EC did, however, forecast a slight improvement in 2013, although figures would remain “mediocre”, with expected growth of between 1.3 and 1.5%.

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I founded Puppy Rescue in 2006. The policy of Puppy Rescue was that all puppies were vaccinated before being homed. We are now a registered charity and as such, need a Board of Directors (committee). There are ten members, including myself. Approximately a year ago, a decision was made not to vaccinate our puppies; I objected, as did two others, however we were outvoted. The decision was made due to the sheer number of puppies being taken in – sometimes 60 a month. In August this year, it was confirmed that I had distemper in the kennels at my house. I do not know which litter bought it in, as in the early stages it is similar to kennel cough. It took six weeks to be diagnosed and as it is airborne, it had quickly spread; in total 18 puppies died and two have been left blind. I vaccinated all puppies in my care using my own personal money. The vaccination is 100% effective and no vaccinated puppy caught this dreadful illness – this saved many lives. The original decision has now been overturned and the committee has agreed to vaccinate all puppies at 8 weeks to prevent this terrible disaster ever happening again. This should never have been allowed to happen; injections should never have been stopped. I will make a promise to the public and members that this will never happen again. I would like to thank the public and members for the telephone calls of support; you do not how much I needed to know you were behind me. I have been in quarantine for 60 days; my dogs have now been passed fit by the vet. Dogs that have had it will remain in quarantine for 90 days in total which will finish on 18th November. If you would like any further information on distemper, please do not hesitate to contact me on 647 623 254 - Maz Bailey, Founder of Puppy Rescue



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Rajoy promises support for entrepreneurs and says politicians should not have privileges

Spanish architect paid £13 million for a building that will never be built The world-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was paid 15.2 million euros (£13 million) for a building project in Valencia that will never be built, it has emerged.

The PP candidate for Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has publicly rejected the idea that politicians should have privileges over and above what other citizens have and defended the idea that they should earn “reasonable” salaries. Rajoy made his statement on the “Elecciones Generales 2011” channel hosted by YouTube and Efe, answering the six most popular questions, as voted by internet users, from the 750 possible questions proposed by the electoral channel. When asked what he felt about elevated golden handshakes and bonuses paid to directors of banks which had received public bailouts, Rajoy said he was “radically against the practice” and disagreed with “people being rewarded for their substandard management that has forced the bank to ask for public money”. He said he felt that the Bank of Spain had the authority to intervene in those circumstances and that it ought to do so, adding “when I am in government, it won’t happen”. Rajoy was also asked how he was going to help solve the “serious problems” faced by many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and self-employed people who were having to close their businesses down because they were “drowning in the sea of debt owed to them by local councils”, to which he responded: “SMEs and the selfemployed will have the full support of a PP government. Our main objective over the next few years is to create employment, because we cannot live in a country where

five million people want to work and can’t [...] and we know that it is the SMEs that create that employment, which is why they will have our support”. One of the policy changes he outlined was that SMEs and the self-employed would not pay the VAT on invoices issued until they themselves had received payment on that invoice. He also said that a new line of credit would be opened with the ICO (Instituto de Crédito Oficial) as soon as they were in office, with the sole purpose of allowing public administrations to pay their debts to suppliers. Also, since many of these suppliers, who are owed money by public administrations have to pay taxes to the same administrations, taxes could be offset against debts the adminstrations have with them. Rajoy also promised to reduce corporation tax to 20% and to introduce payment modules for the self-employed and SMEs. In conclusion, the PP candidate for government insisted that entrepreneurs would have his party’s full support and appreciation “because they are the ones who, with a government that creates a reasonable framework of confidence, are going to lead Spain out of recession”.


A report published in The Telegraph reveals that the architect’s firm received the huge sum in four instalments from the Valencian regional government, whose then president, Francisco Camps, from the conservative Popular Party (PP), is embroiled in a corruption scandal that will see him stand trial later this year on bribery charges. The architect drew up plans for a project that would include three skyscrapers and eight residential blocks, following the success of his City of Arts and Sciences complex, an architectural gem that has transformed the city. Architectural models for the skyscraper project were unveiled at the regional parliament in 2004 and a contract sighed a year later. But the project was shelved shortly after when

the Spanish property bubble burst. O p p o s i t i o n MPs suspected foul play in the contract alleging corruption and embezzlement of public funds and called for a criminal investigation with an official complaint lodged in March. But the public prosecutor’s office shelved the case this week finding that there was no “offence of wasting public money” and an absence of evidence that a crime had been committed. However, the full amount paid to the architect was revealed in court papers. It had previously been stated publicly that only 2.6 million euros had been spent on the Calatrava Towers project, as it became known. Ignacio Blanco, a regional MP from the left wing EUPV, the party which originally called

for an investigation, said the figure was astounding. “The investigation revealed that 15 million euros was paid for a project that has not been carried out,” he said. “Calatrava has enjoyed a free bar with public money from the PP.” A spokesman from the Valencian government defended the spending and said that the project plans were an asset. “It is a model that could be used at a later date and as such is an asset owned by the Generalitat Valenciana,” said Lola Johnson, minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Mr Camps, who was head of the regional government from 2003 until he resigned from office in July, is facing charges over alleged bribes, including receiving suits and cash in return for contracts. The case dubbed “Gurtel” implicates some 70 people including several highly ranked members of the PP.

Only 2% of music Spain fines makers of Larry Crowne over downloads are legal and 50% of books are pirated ‘reckless’ poster

Authorities in Spain have fined the producers of Hollywood film Larry Crowne for failing to ensure the lead actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts were wearing helmets as they rode on a scooter on the film’s promotional poster. The poster, which shows Roberts and Hanks riding without protective headgear, was in violation of Spain’s strict traffic rules, which ban “any publicity, in print, audio or video that may incite excessive speed, reckless driving, situations of danger or any other circumstance involving conduct contrary to the principles of the law”. Press sources indicate that the makers of the film had been fined more than £25,000 for the breach. Tripictures were so surprised by the fine, they initially thought it was a joke, Cinemania reported. They said that in the film, all actors riding on scooters wore helmets. The move comes after singer Shakira was fined last year for failing to wear a helmet in one of her music videos.

Illegal downloading of films and music continues to grow in Spain, with piracy rates reaching 77.3% of all digital content only two out of every 100 songs dowloaded are done so legally and half of all books are pirated. These are just some of the data released by the Piracy and Digital Consumer Habits Observatory and presented today by the head of the Foundation for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, José Manuel Tourné. In the first six months of 2011 alone, piracy increased by 0.4% and the value of digital content downloaded illegally rose to 5.2 billion euros, almost four time the value of legally downloaded content. Legal downloading suffered a 0.5% drop with respect to the same period the previous year, with the digital content business dropping to 1.53 billion euros. Tourné blames this increase in piracy on the delay in introducing the ‘Sinde’ law, currently being debated in the government’s advisory council, which will allow authorities to close down websites offering illegal downloading by court order.




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Lucas Papademos David Cameron tells eurozone leaders to act now to save currency Named As New Eurozone leaders and the European Central Bank (ECB) must act without delay to save their currency, Prime Minister David Cameron said this week.

In a speech in London, Mr Cameron said: “If the leaders of the eurozone want to save their currency, they and the eurozone institutions must act now together, because the longer they delay, the greater the danger.” Mr Cameron told a business audience in London that it was “a very alarming time for the world economy”. “Markets are volatile, the eurozone is in crisis. We face new difficulties. Italy’s state is a clear and present danger to the eurozone. If we want balance and sustainable growth globally, countries like Britain need to export more.” The Prime Minister was speaking at UKTI’s Exporting for Growth conference, where he also

announced a £95m investment in the Regional Growth Fund to boost lending to small and medium-sized companies. “Our economy faces new difficulties, people are desperately worried about their jobs,” he said. “Businesses are feeling the strain. We have got to make sure we come safely through the storm.” Amid speculation about a possible break-up of the euro or intervention by the ECB as a “bank of last resort”, Mr Cameron said the Government was “preparing for every eventuality”. Labour leader Ed Miliband called today for an emergency meeting of the European Council to be held this weekend to thrash out a lasting solution to the problems.

Firm seals deal on NHS hospital

A groundbreaking £1bn, 10-year deal for a private firm to run a struggling NHS hospital has been confirmed Circle is to take over Cambridgeshire’s Hinchingbrooke Hospital in February - although it will stay in the NHS. The deal will see Circle assume the financial risks of making the hospital more efficient and paying off its £40m of debts. But fears have been raised it could pave the way for “wholesale transfers” of hospitals to the private sector. There are a group of about 20 hospitals which have run into financial difficulties and Labour accused the government of wanting to see more of these deals under its shake-up of the health service. The accusation was denied by ministers. Nonetheless, the Circle deal is being seen as a significant step in the evolution of the health service. Although private sector firms already operate units that treat NHS patients - such as hip replacement centres - the firm will become the first non-state provider to manage a full range of NHS district general hospital services. The franchise deal with Circle was developed after concerns that the hospital had become unviable, and a local campaign to maintain services. The company has to maintain services, including A&E and maternity, if they are wanted, although it is free to reduce staff numbers. But any significant changes in services at the hospital will have to be agreed with the local NHS and the public will have to be consulted. Dr Stephen Dunn, from the NHS in the East of England, said the hospital will continue to be paid at NHS rates for its work while it is being run by Circle. “It’s a hugely original deal - we’ve managed to avoid the possibility of closing the hospital. We’ve got a solution to the debt - and have plans that allow us to meet the efficiency challenges the NHS faces.” Circle chief executive Ali Parsa accepted the company was taking on a challenge. He said the strength of its approach was in increasing the involvement of doctors and nurses. “We want to create a John Lewis-style model with everyone who works there in charge of the hospital, letting them own the problems and solve them. We will try everything we can to make this small hospital viable - if we can how fantastic would that be?” The deal has taken almost a year from the plans being sent to the government for approval, to the contract being given the go ahead. The approval for

the tendering process began under the last Labour government. Circle, like other independent health providers, has experience of providing planned care but not of running a full range of services including emergency and maternity care. The deal is controversial and not all are convinced this is the only solution to keeping Hinchingbrooke open. Public sector union Unison’s head of health, Christina McAnea, said a new management team could have been found without putting a contract out to tender. “We just don’t accept there is no expertise within an organisation the size of the NHS, and to turn to the private sector which has a very patchy record in delivering these kind of services is an accident waiting to happen.” Shadow health minister Liz Kendall added: “Patients and the public will be deeply worried that they have seen this government’s true vision for the future of our NHS with the wholesale transfer of entire hospitals to the private sector.” She added that the government’s health bill “actively encourages” such moves. But health minister Simon Burns said the move did not provide a “blueprint” and denied it represented a privatisation, pointing out that the staff would remain in the NHS as would the buildings.

Greek Prime Minister Former European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos has been named as Greece’s new prime minister, following days of negotiations.

Mr Papademos, 64, said he was taking over at a “critical point” for Greece. Leaders of the three main parties making up a new government of national unity had been meeting the Greek president to try to reach a deal. Greeks will hope the news will provide the stability to get them through their debt crisis, correspondents say. Mr Papademos will head an interim government being formed to make sure debtstrapped Greece gets its latest bailout payment, and to approve a new 130bn euro ($177bn; £111bn) international rescue package from eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund. “The president, after recommendations by political leaders who attended the meeting, has instructed Lucas Papademos to form a new government,” the president’s office said in a statement after talks between political leaders and Mr Papademos. The new government will be sworn in at 12:00 GMT on Friday, a presidency official said.

Speaking after the announcement, Mr Papademos said his job “will not be easy but I am convinced the problems will be solved... in a quicker and more efficient way if there is unity and consensus”. Mr Papademos will replace Greece’s outgoing prime minister George Papandreou who announced he was resigning after a disastrous call for a referendum on the eurozone rescue package. The new PM will face a confidence vote before parliament, which is expected to happen on Monday, Greek state TV reported. The Greek stock market jumped sharply when Mr Papademos arrived at the presidential palace to join the negotiations on Thursday morning. It was thought that Mr Papademos had been negotiating a longer term in office than the 100 days previously envisaged before early elections in February. In return, reports say he has accepted that the current Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, remains in place.

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Italy crisis: Mario Monti moves to form new government Mario Monti is starting work to form a new government to lead Italy out of its acute debt crisis which prompted the resignation of PM Silvio Berlusconi.

The appointment of Mr Monti, an ex-EU competition commissioner, was announced by Italy’s president on Sunday. Mr Monti said he wanted to build “a future of dignity and hope” for Italy’s children. Global markets have responded cautiously to the creation of the emergency government. In what was seen as the first test of Mr Monti’s leadership, Italy sold 3bn euros ($4.2bn, £2.6bn) of new five-year bonds on Monday. However, it had to pay more to borrow the money, a rate of 6.29%, indicating continuing unease in the markets. Mr Berlusconi was forced to resign when the yield on Italian bonds rose to more than 7% last week, the rate at which Greece, Ireland and Portugal were obliged to seek bailouts from the EU. Earlier, European financial markets opened slightly up. Asian stocks also closed up, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index surging 2% to 19,508.18 and Japan’s Nikkei closing up 1.1% at 8,603.70. The euro rose against the dollar on Asian markets. Mr Monti, a 68-year-old economics professor, has refused to set a timetable for the formation of the new government or say who he plans to nominate as ministers. He will hold consultations with all political parties as well as unions and industrial groups, before the formal line-up of the new technocratic government is announced later this week. Speaking after his appointment, he said Italy “must again be, and must increasingly be, an element of strength, not weakness, in a European Union that we helped found and in which we should be protagonists”. He promised to act “with urgency” and work with parliament “to get out quickly from a situation which has elements of an emergency but which Italy can overcome

with a united effort”. President Giorgio Napolitano said his nomination of Mr Monti was not about overturning the result of the elections of 2008 and that the situation could not wait for elections to be held. Italy needed a government that “could unite the diverse political forces in an extraordinary effort warranted by the current financial and economic emergency”, he said. Mr Berlusconi, who had lost his parliamentary majority, resigned on Saturday after new austerity measures were passed by both houses of parliament. In a recorded TV address on Sunday, he pledged to support a technocratic government and redouble his own efforts in parliament to modernise Italy. Most centrists and centre-left parties in the opposition have already pledged their support to Mr Monti. However, Mr Berlusconi’s main coalition ally, the Northern League, has withheld its support until his policies have become clear. In Brussels, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and EU President Herman Van Rompuy issued a joint statement welcoming Mr Monti’s appointment as “a further encouraging signal... of the Italian authorities’ determination to overcome the current crisis”. Mr Monti, a well-respected economist, is exactly the sort of man that the markets would like to see take charge at this time of crisis, says the BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome. But there is significant opposition to him within the country, and a feeling that Italy’s troubles are just too deep for a mere change of government to make any rapid, significant difference, our correspondent adds. The austerity package foresees 59.8bn euros in savings from a mixture of spending cuts and tax rises, with the aim of balancing the budget by 2014. Measures include sales of state property, a freeze on public-sector salaries until 2014

and measures to fight widespread tax evasion. The Italian economy has grown at an average of 0.75% a year over the past 15 years. Mr Monti’s appointment comes two days after Greece, under even greater pressure from Brussels, inaugurated a technocratic government to cope with its debt problems and ratify a vital EU bailout deal. Interim leader Lucas Papademos will face a confidence vote in the Greek parliament on Wednesday, before attending a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Thursday.



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UK interest rates have been held at a record low of 0.5% by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. Worries about the strength of the economic recovery meant that economists had expected rates to remain unchanged. Interest rates have been kept at 0.5% since March 2009. The Bank did not announce any increase in its policy of quantitative easing (QE). Last month, the Bank said it would inject another £75bn into the economy through QE. Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF manufacturers’ organisation, said: “There were unlikely to be any further announcements this month following last month’s decision to extend the Bank’s asset purchase programme. “However, ahead of the November inflation report the committee is likely to be looking at a much weaker set of growth forecasts, where the potential risks to the economy have increased significantly. “With growing turbulence in Europe, the possibility of further action can’t be taken off the table,” she said. The new inflation and growth forecasts will be published by

the Bank on Wednesday. Minutes from this week’s MPC meeting will be published on 23 November. The Bank had already pumped £200bn into the economy with asset purchases between March 2009 and February 2010. In a statement, the MPC said that its latest QE programme would take another three months to complete. “The scale of the programme will be kept under review,” the MPC said. Ian McCafferty, chief economic adviser at the CBI employers’ group, said: “With the situation in the euro area ever more severe, the MPC will be waiting to see how events develop. “Having announced an extension of QE last month, it’s not surprising that policy has been left unchanged. “Although growth is expected to almost stall over the winter, the CBI’s latest forecast suggests that a double dip can be avoided.” Last month, Bank governor Mervyn King said the financial crisis could be the worst the UK had ever seen.


Army troop relocations announced by Ministry of Defence

About 1,800 soldiers are to return to the UK from January as the withdrawal of British military personnel stationed in Germany gets under way. The Ministry of Defence is relocating 20,000 soldiers by 2020 to save £250m per year - a sum disputed by Labour. First to return will be a total of about 600 soldiers from 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) and 43 Close Support Squadron RLC. Army units will also change location within the UK earlier than planned. Meanwhile, two regiments currently in Cyprus will return to the UK instead of their previous bases in Germany. The Army will also take over RAF Kinloss earlier than the intended date of 2014-15. The total number of service personnel in Scotland will be maintained. Next year, its regional headquarters in Edinburgh and Shrewsbury will be replaced by a central HQ in Aldershot. The MoD says the move will save £250m per year and give military families greater stability.

James Murdoch: “I Wasn’t Shown Key Email” and not right, and I dispute it vigorously.” He added: “I believe their testimony was misleading and I dispute it.” Mr Murdoch, giving evidence to the committee for the second time, admitted he was told about the document at a meeting with the two men in June 2008 to discuss a legal claim by the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association Gordon Taylor. But he stressed he never saw a copy of it and that it was only talked about in the context of that case. “The so-called ‘For Neville’ email... was mentioned to me as evidence that was important with respect of it being a transcript of a voicemail interception that came through, that proved it was on behalf of the News Of The World,” he told MPs. “It was not shown to me, nor was it discussed with me its other feature - that it was ‘For

Neville’, and that it might indicate widerspread knowledge or wider-spread activities of phone hacking.” He added: “I was given at that meeting sufficient information to authorise the increase of the settlement offers that had been made but I was given no more than that.” Mr Murdoch also said he could not recall discussing the Taylor case with Mr Myler before that meeting, contradicting documents released by the company’s former laywers Farrer & Co earlier this week which suggested an earlier discussion took place in late May. A briefing note prepared at the time by Mr Crone said that the discovery of the “For Neville” email was “fatal to our case” and left the company in a “very perilous” position. Mr Murdoch said: “The first and only substantive meeting or conversation that I recall about the matter was the June 10 meeting with Mr Crone and Mr Myler, although

I cannot rule out whether or not he called me or stopped me in the hallway, or something like that, for a brief conversation.” Asked by Labour MP Tom Watson whether he had personally misled the committee in his previous evidence, Mr Murdoch said: “No, I did not.” He added: “I believe this committee was given evidence by individuals either without full possession of the facts, or now it appears in the process of my own discovery... it was economical.” Pressed on whether he meant Mr Myler and Mr Crone had misled the committee, he continued: “Certainly in the evidence they gave to you in 2011 in regard to my own knowledge, I believe it was inconsistent and not right, and I dispute it vigorously.” He added: “I believe their testimony was misleading and I dispute it.”

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The Governing Board of the City has given the green light to implement the Drainage Plan to avoid flooding during the rains. Through this initiative, the city government intends to respond to ongoing drainage problems that exist in certain areas of the municipality and are causing serious economic damage to property owners. The Concejal de Agricultura del Ayuntamiento de El Ejido, Manuel Gómez Galera said ‘With this plan, not only will the road infrastructure in the area be improved, but the flooding of greenhouses will be prevented. Thus the City will not have to deal with the liability of compensation for vehicles damaged as a result of the poor condition of these roads.’ The plan, which starts with the improvement works on rural roads near the Rambla del Loco, is expected to be extended to other areas of the municipality. The Mayor remarked that ‘The plan will start with the drainage works on the road to Las Salinas, which runs from the roundabout on the road to Balerma Rambla del Loco. This is an area which for years has been suffering serious problems of accumulation of rainwater.’ Action will also be taken on the Alcor de Balerma, particularly on the route that stretches from the Castillo de Guardias Viejas to the Rambla del Loco, an area particularly affected at the Paraje de la Fábrica, the Pozo Luque or the Cueva del Gato.

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Diabetics may be saved from having to draw blood several times a day to test their sugar levels after scientists found a way to use tears instead. Diabetics have to test their blood sugar levels from two to 10 times a day by drawing a droplet of blood with a fingerprick test. However, some people don’t measure their levels often enough because of the

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Style icons: audrey hepburn When it comes to describe the 20th century by its most remarkable personalities, Audrey Hepburn is definitely the one to be mentioned.

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Modern day Italian leaders need respect too. It is a sad fact of history, that those that don’t read History are forever condemned to repeat those mistakes. But NOT in Italy. Here we are, a mere 2011 years following the Christ’s demise by the then conquerors’ of the known world, the Roman’s, and political life is topsy turvey in the home country. The man in charge no longer worried about sooth sayers, nor the Ides of March but rather the loss of his beloved “bonga bonga” parties wherein he cemented firm relations with those that might seek to corrupt his control of Sainted and Blessed-- Italy. Though shaped like a boot it remains the seat of the Universal Church, after all, it was Saint Peter’s rock whereupon the throne was built to give way to the church. A church with obvious diminished influence at home. Italy´s prime minister extols those inherited virtues best when he announces for all to listen: “when I see a beautiful girl I automatically ask her to sleep with me. Something like 32% say no! but the other 68% scream—“what again!” This seventy five year old spark plug is giving former President of the U.S., Bill Clinton, a bad name. I don’t believe it will be tolerated for long. Yet, with Hilary Clinton, secretary of state—I doubt whether war will be declared. In my youth it was impossible to discuss history or even look at any map that the famed centurions hadn’t marched into, named, and brought a whole lot of civilization to those Barbarians. If they didn’t accept it, the non singing Italian barbers came in and either gave them very close shaves or let them enjoy the view from a full eight feet above the ground. When those same soldiers weren’t fighting and subduing hairy pelt wearing barbarians they spent their time sewing Roman coins everywhere. Just in case no one believed years later they had been there, done that and worn the T shirts. History has recorded that the few that were not crucified nor beheaded became slaves and did the planting, harvesting and food preparations for the parties. Back then they were neatly referred to as Toga parties and the world has been celebrating them since. Yet, these new affairs have more of an international flavour, more hop than hip. The Universal church has refrained from commenting so as to not arouse suspicion or controversy.

weird & wonderful A man is facing a year in jail after police discovered a rare crocodile living in his bath. The three-year-old Cuban crocodile - critically endangered in the wild - will one day reach nine foot long and said by experts to be the most intelligent and aggressive croc in the world. Owner Fabio Lazelli was caught out when his neighbours dialed 999 after a bust up at their apartment block in Cremona, Italy. “They demanded to be let into his flat and were astounded when they found a crocodile swimming around in the bathtub,” said one resident. Lazelli - also facing a £70,000 fine - is understood to have smuggled

the croc into the country as an egg, hatching it out at home. Wildlife experts have now moved the two feet long beast to the reptile h o u s e at the specialist Bio park in Rome. One said: “He’s very lucky we got it when we did. These crocodiles are the most intelligent of their kind, fast, and aggressive. As it got older he would have been in real danger.”

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In an effort to reduce bad driving a dummy police officer holding a camera has been erected at the side of the road. The fake police officer can be seen standing on

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

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Sunday is market day in Villaricos; a great time to enjoy this charming village by the Mediterranean Sea. It’s always a few degrees warmer than inland so bear that in mind when deciding what to wear. For keen cooks there are two useful stands selling herbs and spices at keen prices. All around are good value bars and restaurants and a newsagent selling British newspapers so grabbing a drink whilst perusing the news back home in Blighty is an easy pleasure. As Spanish seem to have an aversion to beaches once the summer holidays are over the sandy expanses either side of Villaricos are often deserted so a quiet walk listening to the crashing waves is a delight. My daily aim of collecting 10 pieces of litter is sadly easily surpassed here as local fisherman and visitors leave detritus everywhere. Plastic water bottles and empty fish bait boxes being popular items of choice. All around the coast and mountains surrounding Villaricos are signs of its past. Starting with the look out tower constructed to look out for Barbary Pirates, in front of it are badly preserved ruins going back to Visigoth and Roman times. 2000 years ago a foul paste of fish guts was brewed here and then shipped to Ancient Rome to be shared over drinks by its citizens before dinner. Just behind the El Mar la Mar restaurant are ancient burial tombs sadly behind locked gates as although a visitor’s centre was built yet it’s never open. Up until the 1970s the Almagro Mountains were mined primarily for iron. In 1838 however silver was discovered and over a 100 mines were active. Out of Villaricos towards Burjulu is a surreal abandoned mining village built in the 1950s in an attempt to restart the mining industry. The Spanish Army sometimes use the ruins for training purposes. Taking the road towards to San Juan a multitude of quiet inlets and coves can be discovered. The industrial heritage is very evident here with old smelting furnaces, track ways and loading wharves slowly crumbling into dust. Take a trip to Villaricos; a great place to enjoy and explore whatever the time of year. 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: -

! d a o r h ig h e h t g in k ta It’s the kind of high school where a pass has a very different meaning. Because at Pili - in China’s rugged northern Xinjiang Uygur region - the pass is 1,500ft above a sheer drop down a precipice which 42 pupils have to pick their way across on their way to and from school.

Guided by parents and staff, the youngsters scramble over the sloping rock face finding foot and handholds that would make even a goat think twice. “It’s very steep but we’re mountain people here and used to walking like this. We haven’t lost one yet - there are severe penalties for truancy,” joked one teacher.

pause for thought It often surprises people, particularly friends from the UK, that being retired and living in so beautiful a part of Spain, I should ever want to go on holiday. And yes, I thoroughly enjoy relaxing, when I get the chance, admiring the stunning views our home affords, but there’s always loads to be done in and around the home, and without unbelievable levels of self-discipline there’s no way I could truly relax if I were to try to holiday there. And I believe we all do need a holiday – a period when we can truly relax and let go of all the regular tasks and responsibilities that so fully engage our minds and bodies during our everyday lives, so we can in due time return refreshed and re-

invigorated. So here I am on the Maltese Island of Gozo, enjoying peace and tranquility, some stunning scenery, with dive sites to rival any in Europe, a bit of quiet, undisturbed reading, some wonderful food and a feast of literally hundreds of classic cars, as the Malta Classic and Vintage Car Club is holding their Annual Event there this week. And no matter how many matters may need my urgent attention back home, I have no need to feel guilty as I can do nothing about them right now, so relaxation and rest can be absolute. Appreciation of this basic human need for rest and relaxation goes back over millennia; for the Mosaic Law, in addition to the famed

‘Ten Commandments’, also included requirements for holidays and rest days. And as with so much of the wisdom contained within the Bible, I believe we ignore the principles thus proscribed at our peril. So are we really surprised, for example, at the increase in stress related illnesses; when each day of the week in our modern society is subject to equal pressure, and the Biblical requirement for one day in seven to be set aside, or hallowed, is ignored? Perhaps in this regard at least, it’s time to re-evaluate our thinking! There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site

Duncan Burr is Licensed Lay Reader for the Anglican Chaplaincy of Costa Almeria and Costa Cálida and may be contacted at


Sir Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton, Tess Daly andAlesha Dixon have been announced as presenters for one of the biggest nights in the TV calendar, the BBC Children in Need’s annual Appeal, live from Television Centre on Friday 18 November.

array of sketches, musical acts, live guests and plenty of glamour.

With even more associated programming than ever before, this will see the high point of the 2011 campaign. TV’s biggest names will give their all with a massive

One Direction open the proceedings as the traditional BBC Children in Need Appeal telethon starts at 7:30pm. A whole host of music guests will follow, including JLS, Westlife, Susan Boyle and The Collective (featuring Gary Barlow, Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, Ms. Dynamite, Tulisa, Wretch 32, Rizzle Kicks, MzBratt, Dot Rotten and Labrinth) who will sing the BBC Children in Need single ‘Teardrop’.

With the evening’s entertainment kicking off with ‘The One Show’ live special at 7pm, we’ll see if Matt Baker makes it to London in time on his journey by Rickshaw from Edinburgh.

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Kylie Minogue, Daniel Craig, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, Zoe Ball and EastEnder Jo Joyner all make film contributions; Lord Sugar enters the Dragons’ Den in The Dragons’ Apprentice a n d there’ll be sketches from Vic & Bob and Russell Howard’s Good News. The cast of EastEnders rock Albert


Square as The Vic does Queen and the cast of Hollyoaks appear live in the studio. Gok Wan will be singing for the first time, and the Outnumbered kids will also be giving a special performance. The Muppetslead an all-star version of the classic song ‘manah, manah’ where Miss Piggy and Kermit are joined by a cast ranging from Harry Hill to Davina McCall to the Match of the Day boys. In a cornerstone of the evening, Gareth Malone will lead a 10strong choir who will link up live with 3,000 children from all over the UK including Bristol, Leeds, West Midlands, Glasgow, Manchester, Cornwall, Cardiff, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, South East Kent, London, Hull, Norwich, Southampton, Newcastle and Leicester. The Newsreaders (Emily Maitlis, Sophie Raworth, Susanna Reid and Sian Williams) try their hand at ballroom and face Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood with their own Strictly Challenge. Nick Knowles will be in the studio for DIY SOS: The Big Build to celebrate their biggest makeover to date, and there’ll be an exclusive sneak peek at the Doctor Who Christmas special. The cast of Rock of Ages and The Wizard of Oz will also be live in the studio.


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Stick with summertime! Children would exercise more if clocks didn’t go back in winter

Obese children in the UK would find it easier to lose weight if we didn’t put the clocks back at the end of October, say researchers. The study, that concluded children are most physically active on longer days, adds evidence in favour of a Daylight Saving Bill. The Bill would bring the UK into line with Central European Time (CET) for a trial period of three years. Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that children aged eight to 11 were most active between 5pm and 8pm during lighter evenings. They measured the body movements of 325 children in Hertfordshire in their daily routine for 817 days over the four seasons and found children were most active on days with 14 or more hours of daylight. The study gives further weight to the argument that longer days could be an effective way of tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic. Lead researcher, Dr Anna Goodman said: ‘The fact that kids spend more time playing outdoors and are more physically active overall on these longer days could be important at a population level for promoting their fitness and in preventing child obesity. ‘This strengthens the public health argument for the Daylight Saving Bill currently under consideration by the House of Commons, which proposes putting the clocks forward by an extra hour all year round.’ Results, published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, showed that on long days, children spent 22 per cent outside, engaging in ‘out-of-home play’ but when the day became shorter the figure decreased to 13 per cent. This trend remained constant regardless of the weather. British Summer Time ended Sunday 30 October at 2am when the clocks went back by one hour. The new Daylight Saving Bill proposed by Tory MP Rebecca Harris, calls for a review of the potential costs and benefits of a move to CET and would need further legislation before any trial was launched. Moving to CET would mean lighter winter evenings, which supporters claim would cut road deaths, boost tourism and reduce energy use. But any change is likely to face opposition from many in Scotland, especially agricultural workers who would be faced with an extra hour of darkness in the morning. Since 1908, when the first Daylight Saving Bill was put forward, the effects of turning the clocks back has been heavily debated and now many believe that the new Bill will encourage children to exercise more. In 2008 the number of overweight children aged 2-15 was around one in seven and a the Foresight report has predicted that by 2025, nearly half of men and over a third of women will be obese. Last year Dr Mayer Hillman, a public policy specialist at the Policy Studies Institute, also argued that the UK should keep British Summer Time in winter. In the British Medical Journal, he said: ‘The additional hours of daylight would considerably increase opportunities for outdoor leisure activities: about 300 more for adults and 200 more for children each year, given typical daily patterns of activity.’

New Book Reveals Behind The Scenes of ‘Only Fools & Horses’

Certain words - cushty, luvvly-jubbly, twonk, plonker instantly summon up the image of a loveable little chancer in a sheepskin coat. Del Boy. It’s 30 years since Derek Edward Trotter and the rest of his oddball family first hit British screens in a comedy that was to last through 63 episodes and specials over 22 years. To celebrate that anniversary, a new book Only Fools and Horses: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Comedy is published tomorrow. Its author, Graham McCann, has previously written books on Frankie Howerd and Cary Grant. His story of Dad’s Army was superb. And Only Fools and Horses gets a similarly diligent treatment. The book is full of wonderful little nuggets of information, for example: • Elizabeth Hurley auditioned ‘enthusiastically’ for the part of Rodney’s girlfriend Cassandra but was rejected because she was ‘deemed too model-like’. • The original title of the series was The Readies but Sullivan had insisted that Only Fools and Horses was a more apt title. He had used it before in the title of an

episode of Citizen Smith. • T he first choice to play Del Boy was a Scottish-born actor called Enn Reitel. When David Jason was sent the script he thought it was to play Grandad Trotter. • The actor who played Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield) really had been a war hero - in the Royal Artillery and as a jungle warfare instructor - but he had also been a bank manager in Thames Ditton. • The early series were filmed in North Acton but when it became too dangerous to film there, the programme was moved out of its London setting and filmed in Bristol. McCann provides hundreds of interesting details but is also good on the overview of how the show crept into the British consciousness and captured the British public’s imagination with its characters and humour. Only Dad’s Army and Fawlty Towers had really done this before. Graham McCann: Only Fools and Horses: The Story of Britain’s Favourite Comedy (Canongate, £20).

Campaign grows for Muppets to host the Oscars Twitter and facebook campaign grows for Kermit the Frog to replace Eddie Murphy as host of the Oscars.

A campaign is growing for the Muppets to host the Oscars following the decision of Eddie Murphy to quit as host of this year’s

ceremony. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak announced Murphy’s departure a day after producer Brett Ratner - director of current box office hit Tower Heist, in which Murphy stars -

quit as producer of the 26 February show after making an anti-gay comment. Murphy had been chosen in September after criticism of last year’s Oscars co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco. Now thousands of people are calling for Kermit the Frog to host the Oscars and Nick Stoller, who co-wrote the forthcoming movie The Muppets with star Jason Segel, said: “I’d totally be on board. You could have The Electric Mayhem as the house band!” A new pro-Muppet-Oscars Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up to urge the Muppets to be allowed to host event. It’s surely just a co-incidence but the Muppets happen to be owned by Disney and Disney-owned ABC will be showing the Oscars.

Monroe’s letter up for auction A handwritten letter from young Marilyn Monroe to her foster mother is part of a Hollywood auction in December 2011.

An eight-page handwritten letter the teenage Marilyn Monroe sent to her foster mother, which has never been sold before, is among the items at a special auction in December in Hollywood. The latter, sent to her mother while still known as Norma Jeane and married to Jimmie Dougherty in which she talks of her future hopes, is expected to fetch around £25,000. The sale, called Icons and Idols, from Julien’s Auctions will also offer an image taken by Cecil Beaton after Monroe became a movie star in which the actress is reclining with a rose. The pictures were put in a Cartier triptych frame and said to be her favorite images of herself. It’s estimated sale price is £60,000-£80,000. Also at auction will be the costume Monroe wore in 1958 when she was photographed by Richard Avedon. Monroe was posed as silent movie star Theda Bara dressed as Egyptian queen Clepatra, a role Bara had made famous in 1917. The complete costume including head dress, jewelry, serpentine bra, flowing scarf skirt and belt worn by Monroe will be offered and is estimated at £120,000 to £190,000 There are 1600 items in all, including memorabilia from Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Cher and the Beatles, as well as a signed guitar from U2’s Bono.



IMF Warns the Global Economy Faces a “Lost Decade”

Costa del Sol in Drive to Attract New British Home Buyers

The Tourist Board of the Costa del Sol has created the new brand ‘Living Costa del Sol’ with the aim of encouraging the British to buy a home and reside in the region for at least six months of the year, an initiative which is directed at clearing some of the surplus of about 30,000 homes. The President of the organisation, Elias Bendodo, presented the brand at the World Travel Market tourism fair being held in London this week. He also told reporters that it is their intention that this initiative will also be used in promotional activities to be carried out in Germany, France and the Nordic countries. According to Bendodo, ‘Living Costa del Sol’ was developed in collaboration with developers, insurance companies and financial institutions, and aims to

attract new British residents, reduce the amount of unsold finished homes, located primarily in the west of the Spanish mainland, and boost Spain’s economic recovery. The President of the Malaga organisation also assured that the developers are “fascinated with the idea”, and stressed the importance of having legal guarantees, for working with insurance companies in the countries to which the brand is focused, reported El Mundo. This product is aimed at attracting primarily people without work commitments, such as pensioners, and to highlight the climate of the Costa del Sol, as being an “open all year round” destination, which already has a substantial number of British residents.

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, warned this week that the global economy may face the risk of a “lost decade” of growth because of the debt crisis in the euro zone. From the Institute of International Finance in Beijing, the former French Finance Minister urged political leaders to act “boldly”, saying “In my opinion, if we do not act together, the world economy will fall into a downward spiral of uncertainty and financial instability that could lead to a collapse in global demand”. In particular, Lagarde referred to the “cloudy horizon” of the developed economies, especially looming on the economies of the European Union and the United States. She also warned that although Asian economies are relatively strong at the moment, they need to be “prepared for any storm” and said “Asia is not immune. Let’s make no mistake”. The IMF lowered its forecast for Asia’s growth for this year from 7% to an average of 6.3% in light of Europe’s debt crisis and a possible slowdown in the US.

When asked about the latest measures agreed by euro zone leaders to solve the regional crisis, Lagarde maintained that they “are a step in the right direction” but urged that they be implemented quickly. These statements were part of the announcement of the resignation of the Prime Ministers of Greece and Italy, George Papandreou and Silvio Berlusconi respectively, under pressure from the serious economic situation in their countries and their European partners. The IMF Managing Director was spending two days in China, after arriving from Russia, where she was trying to convince the country to invest in the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF). The Eurogroup is seeking help from emerging economies to leverage the bailout fund from the present 440,000 million euros to one trillion euros, as agreed at the summit on 26th October. While the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – prefer to contribute through the IMF.

“Zero growth” recorded by Spanish economy

Spain’s economy registered zero growth in the third quarter of the year, latest official statistics indicate. There was no increase in output between July and September compared with the previous three months, and only a 0.8% increase compared to the same period last year. It follows a negligible growth of only 0.2% in the previous quarter. Domestic spending also continues to fall, although the National Institue of Statistics (INE) maintains this was offset by a rise in export

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Although in recent weeks it has been overshadowed by Italy, international financial markets continue to express concern over the Spanish government’s ability to meet its debt payments in the face of a weak economy. The unemployment rate has now reached 22%, meaning lower income tax revenues and more benefit payouts. Spanish borrowing costs have also risen sharply in the last two months.


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The economic crisis as a cause to terminate your private purchase contract (exchange of contracts)

We have recently become used to seeing was often refunded because it was more than news about the real estate bubble in Spain and likely that on the following day it could be sold for the non-compliance of property developers- a higher price. • Purchasing or selling a property in Almeria? vendors. Due to the financial problems that many By contrast, at present, far from accepting the property developers-vendors are suffering, this termination of the purchase by penalizing the •U  nsure about the tax implications when selling your can determine that in many cases they fail to purchaser with part of the price paid according to property? meet deadlines corresponding to the delivery of the terms and conditions agreed in the contract, properties to purchasers and in itself this is a cause the tendency followed by the property developers • Illegal builds? for the termination of private purchase contract. is changing and they are now requesting that the • Compulsory purchase? However, we would like to pose a different purchasers comply with the contract due to the •P  urchasing off-plan? Seeking to cancel the contract although similar matter, which relates to before the difficult situation of finding a new buyer. In fact, economic crisis clearly manifested around 2007, it is becoming more and more common that the and recover your deposit? when this phenomenon began. Many property property developers-vendors are lodging claims • Difficulties with your bank? Mortgage matters? purchasers or small investors signed private with the courts demanding damages incurred purchase contracts with deferred payments and due to breach of contract. Property developers•N  on-Resident taxes applicable when you own a they are currently unable to meet the payments vendors are even resorting to the courts of the property in Spain? related to the property purchase. The bank does country of residence or origin of the purchaser in not grant finance for the purchasers to complete order to enforce their claims. •T  hinking of setting up your own business or Can the purchasers in this case desist from the purchase transactions and the individuals, the becoming self-employed? purchasers, in many cases have gone from full-time the purchase arguing that they can not obtain employment to being in a totally different situation finance or by stating their negative economical •S  panish Wills. Are you aware of the inheritance tax today, many having lost their jobs, affecting just situation? The answer in principle is no, but all is implications in Spain? one member of the family and in other cases both not lost and each particular case would have to partners, or seeing their own business income be assessed and the legal documentation and rapidly reduce as a consequence of the crisis and contracts revised. It is however of vital importance therefore not being able to afford to continue with that the matter is addressed immediately by a • DO YOU NEED TO TALK WITH SOMEONE THAT SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE? the property transaction. These purchasers also legal professional in order to act straight away and • PICK UP THE PHONE TODAY, WE ARE READY AND WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU! find themselves being able to verify that the same not ignore the requirements made for the signing properties from the same development in question of completion (Purchase Title Deed) to take place • WE ARE SPECIALISTS IN PROVIDING PEACE OF MIND. that were not sold several years ago are now up before Notary or communications received from for sale by the property developers at much lower the property developer. Avda. Rector Gustavo Villapalos, 12 Bajo, 04740 Roquetas de Mar selling prices than the figure that they purchased If this situation is familiar to you and you are not Tel: (+34) 950 31 92 72 Mob:(+34) 610 31 11 30 Fax: (+34) 950 31 92 73 for (reductions of 30% or 40%). Also adding to this sure which way to turn, we would like to point you that in times of financial prosperity, when one “did in the direction of our Law Firm. We look forward not want the property anymore”, the money paid to hearing from you. Alhaurin el Grande - Nerja - Fuengirola - Antequera


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Lifestyle Enclosures Europe S.L Calle El Garcel 11 Poligono Industrial El Real Antas 04628, Almeria

Tel/Fax: 950 459 060

Mobile: 649  482 677 (Inglès) 660 598 803 (Español)

Lifestyle Enclosures S.L. was formed back in 2005 and their name is now synonymous with Florida Style Fly Free Enclosures and All Types of Insect Screening. so once installed there are no running costs. It’s ideal for holiday homes where the property can be ventilated without the loss of security to avoid mould, damp and mildew. It’s also perfect for those days when the temperature outdoors is warmer than inside. Switch on the SolarVenti and warm air is drawn into the house without leaving windows open, it provides free additional heating. Various models are available depending on the size of the area.

Since then, many more Lifestyle enhancing products have been added to their range. They are the area’s leading installer of Glass Curtain Systems, working closely with three manufacturers to ensure that they have a system to suit your requirements and budget. Along with their Retractable Roof products, Glass Curtains can transform an outdoor area into an all year round haven. UPVC and Aluminium Glazing Systems are also part of their growing portfolio. From a Porch to a Patio Enclosure, Lifestyle Enclosures have a solution to enhance your outdoor living.

An outdoor storage area of a Bar close to Denia with the installation of two retractable roofs and Glass Curtains is now an attractive outdoor eating area containing 70 covers. Frameless Glass Curtains are ideal to turn your outdoor terrace area into a winter suntrap, when the sun is very warm they open up fully and stow neatly away.

Lifestyle Enclosures are now agents for the unique SolarVenti. As the name suggests, this is a solar powered ventilation system

windy conditions with a unique side guide system. So when its blustery outdoors your screens can be lowered, storing neatly away when not in use.

A range of Awnings, Toldo’s and Shade Sails are also available. A full range of fabrics and designs can be viewed in the showroom at Poligono El Real Antas, just off the Autovia at exit 534. Telephone 950 459 060 As Andalucía’s only approved stockists of Flo Plast Rainwater Systems, Lifestyle Enclosures offer several colours and styles of guttering for DIY or a full installation service is available. New to their Portfolio are Exterior Retractable Screens. Perfect for covered terraces when a permanent screen is not required. Not only do they keep insects at bay but they are designed to be used in

N o w T h e U K Ta x m a n Ta r g e t s O v e r s e a s P r o p e r t y. . .

HM Revenue & Customs has announced its latest tax evasion crackdown, and this time the focus is on “wealthy tax cheats with overseas property”. HMRC’s “affluent team” was set up to focus on the UK’s wealthier taxpayers. It is utilising new and innovative “sophisticated data mining techniques” to trawl through publicly available information to identify individuals who own property abroad. Using risk assessment tools, it will then look for two particular things (1) People who have not been declaring the correct income and gains on their overseas property to

HMRC. (2) People who do not appear able to legitimately afford the property. HMRC has already warned that its next targets will be commodity traders and offshore account holders. So what are your tax liabilities on overseas property? If you rent the property out, then as a UK taxpayer you need to declare the earnings on your annual tax return. When you sell the property, the gains also need to be declared and taxed in the UK. If you still own the property when you die, it must be listed as part of your estate for inheritance tax purposes.


You also need to comply with the tax regulations of the country where the property is located. Both rental income and capital gains would normally be taxable locally as well as in the UK, so you need to review the terms of the double tax treaty to establish in which country you should pay tax, if you would receive credit for tax paid elsewhere etc. This latest HRMC investigation could potentially lead to problems locally if you have not correctly fulfilled your local tax obligations and HMRC shares the information it finds. This is a good example of how important it is to make sure you are

fully aware of all your tax obligations, both in the UK and locally, and that you get your tax planning right. If you are in any doubt you should seek advice from an international tax advisory firm like Blevins Franks. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual must take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website



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• 2 bed / 2 bath Penthouse Apartment • Build 126m², Terraces/Solarium 81 m² • Beautiful views • Complex with lift & pools • Underground private garage

VHAP1176 Mojacar Playa €115.000

• 2 bed / 1 bath Apartment • In Marina de la Torre • Front & back Terrace 43 m² • Furnished • Pool & sea views

VHVL1202 Huerta Nueva €189.950

• 3 bed / 2 bath semi-detached Villa • Private pool • Underground parking • Community with pool • Gas central heating

VHTH1003 Mojacar Playa €219.000

• 4 bed / 2 bath Townhouse • Annex • Near promenade and beach • Terrace with sea views • Communal pool

PBVLDV1050 La Algorribina €195.000

PBVLDV1230 Mojacar Playa €395.000

PBVLDV1236 La Parata €265,000

PBVLDV1226 Huerta Nueva €225,000

• Pretty bungalow of 164m2 • Plot of 1012m2 + roof terrace • Well laid gardens + room for a pool • 3 bed, 2 bath & private garage • 5 mins drive Vera & Desert Springs

• Charming & private villa of 195m2 • Plot 936m2, private pool & garage • 3 bed, 3 bath & south facing • Ample terraces • Very close to the beach

• Quality villa of 171m2 • Plot 800m2 , private pool & garage • Superb sea views • 4 bed, 3.5 bath • Many extras included

• Very attractive villa 123m2 • Plot 451m2, private pool & parking • 3 bed, 3 bath • Gas central heating • Under 10 mins drive to golf & beaches

MHTH1350 Mojacar Playa €189.00

MHTH1389 Mojacar Playa €125.000

MHTH1296 Nr Vera Playa €169.000

• 2 storey townhouse 147m² • Not on a community • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Roof terrace / lovely country views • Easy reach of town centre & amenities

• Quiet cul-de-sac near beach • 3 bed, 1.5 bath 2 storey townhouse • Private front garden & rear terrace • Community pool & well-kept gardens • Huge basement ready for conversion

• 2 storey 2 bed 1 bath townhouse 63m² • Roof terrace / lovely sea views • Short drive to beach • Private, secure garage • Community pool & tennis courts

• 3 storey triplex on Cala Marques • 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms • Private roof terrace with sea views • Very close to beach • Basement & private garage

KMCO0475 Mojacar Playa €370.000

KMAp1004 Mojacar playa €170.000

KMTH1215 Mojacar Playa €155.000

KMVH1167 Mojacar Pueblo €99.000




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Call in to see us, for our first Christmas in Almerimar, we are offering a wide range of Christmas fare to compliment our existing range of UK, Continental & Indian food and household items. We pride ourselves in stocking well known UK brands. If we do not have what you are looking for, please ask and we will endeavour to obtain it for you. Yorkshire Puddings Roast Parsnips Roast Potatoes Swede Brussels Sprouts Mixed Vegetables

Christmas Fare

Come along and pick from our range of Mince Pies, Sausage Rolls, Christmas Cakes & Puddings. Christmas Cards and Christmas wrapping, Boxes of Chocolates. Order your Turkey Crowns today along with your Bacon Joints, Chipolatas and English Legs of Lamb.

A Selection of Cheeses for that essential Cheese Platter. For Your Homemade Cakes Marzipan, Icing Sugar, Flour, Mixed Dried Fruits, and Cake Decorations.

Biscuits for cheese Jacobs, Cream Crackers, Carrs Water Biscuits, Ryvitas, Oatcakes and Christmas Selection boxes of Jacobs Cheese Biscuits.

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5 BED / 3 BATH villa with pool and garage overlooking valle del este Stunning detached villa set on a 2,000 mts2 fully fenced freehold plot with electronically operated front gate and overlooking the prestigious Valle del Este Golf Course with views to the open countryside and the spectacular Sierra Cabrera Mountains which provide an attractive backdrop. The town of Vera is 4 kms away and the beaches of Vera Playa, Garrucha and Mojácar are close by. This spacious property has a built area of 205 mts2, excluding the double garage with up and over door electronically operated and also the pool area. The property has been extensively renovated and modernised throughout to the highest standards including: a fully fitted kitchen/diner with range oven and white goods; master bedroom with dressing room to complement the three further double bedrooms and study/fifth double bedroom. There is an extensive sitting room with feature coal effect gas-fired fireplace. This extends into a large dining area with French windows which open on to one of the several terraces. The villa is airconditioned throughout. Digitally/thermostatically controlled radiators are installed in the study and bathrooms. The property has recently been fully re-wired throughout. Telephone with broadband

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Whilst in Ipswich I decided to buy some Vaseline Intensive Care cream, (I haven’t found it here) so with trepidation I stole into Boots. It was so big and so full of people bustling busily about that I stood agape, feeling like a troglodyte at a Science Convention. I found my cream, and while queuing to pay carefully sorted my money out, euros in one side of my purse, pounds in the other. Till 5 called me, and I duly deposited my money. The android behind the till cast a disgusted glance at it. ‘Euros.’ she intoned nasally. I swapped the offending note, and left, feeling like a stupid foreigner, only for Pete to say ‘Why didn’t you get two?’ I retraced my steps, queued again with my second tube, and revisited Till 5. This time I was ready – I had pounds! ‘You just purchased an identical item. You realise that two identical items purchased entitles you to a third one free.’ The android stated in a monotone. I didn’t, I’m a stupid foreigner. ‘Shall I get myself another one?’ ‘If you wish.’ Came back the expressionless answer. ‘I shall require the receipt from the original purchase.’ I shot off, leaving my pounds and purchases on her till. She sat immobile, doubtless in Standby Mode until activated by my return. I found Pete, retrieved the receipt from him, and then hastened to the shelf, only to find that the last tube had gone. I scurried past the queue back to Till 5, causing an irritated ‘Oi!’ from a customer who disapproved of my queue-jumping. ‘There isn’t one.’ I explained. ‘I’ll check the stock.’ I would have been happy to leave it at that, but she was programmed to proceed, and I didn’t want to fry her circuits.


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Let’s get this straight right now. I am not a fan of so called reality shows per se and my belief is that with a few exceptions, they are a poor substitute for genuine and what I would call, traditional entertainment. I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is okay if I happen to be in the house and feel the urge to watch Gino D’Acampo cooking a rat or Gillian McKeith fainting every time the trees rustle or a frog breaks wind. Snacking on cockroaches and slopping out the dunny bucket do nothing to improve my view of the programme, but I have to hold my hands up and admit that I was the last one to object when Myleene Klass took an early morning jungle shower on camera. But only because I admire her talent as a classical pianist. Hells Kitchen makes me wonder why celebrities would even want to put themselves through such an ordeal, and when it comes to the foul mouthed Gordon Ramsay, don’t get me started. Big Brother is about as low as you can get in the race for viewing figures in my humble opinion and Dancing on Ice leaves me

cold. Yet I have to say that I enjoy many of the acts featured in the early rounds of The X Factor, although perhaps for the wrong reasons, because it’s the antics of the judges and the sheer awfulness of many of the auditionees that I find entertaining. But fair do’s, there is also a healthy slice of real talent that slowly emerges as the weeks go by. However I feel that the standard has taken a definite nose dive this time around – not the contestants but the judges – and especially in view of Simon Cowell’s absence. If Tulisa Contostavlos says “You smashed it babe” one more time, I think I’ll throw the TV through the hole in the lounge window. That’s the hole that was left after I chucked my treacherous computer through it earlier in the week. Then you have what appears to be most peoples favourite show – Strictly Come Dancing. Now that Mr Forsyth has finally become Sir Bruce, I wish he would retire gracefully and give us a break from his fffaltering banter and daft jokes which are about as funny as bubonic plague and just as painful. Yes yes I know, he is a national treasure and is Grans favourite, but enough already – you smashed it Brucie babe, now get off. I have to accept that I am part of what is probably a

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small minority and I have little interest in this prime time show either. But because it would be more than my life is worth to even attempt to change channels while it is running, I have been reluctantly force fed this Saturday night feast of cheese on a weekly basis. My real problem with Strictly if I am honest, is that I cannot dance for toffee and I resent and secretly envy those of a similar two left footed disposition, who over the weeks are actually transformed into proper dancers and manage to perform jaw dropping routines from Foxtrots to Argentinean Tangos. Even Russell Grant has become a Fred Astaire – or should that be Ginger Rogers – compared to my own pathetic efforts when, with the aid of a few glasses of something with 40% by volume stamped on the bottle, I hit the floor. I try to feign interest though, and I mimic my wife’s oohs and aahs as each couple swish and glide across the ballroom linoleum. The difference is that whilst Mrs B is marvelling at the moves and the fabulous costumes, I am expressing an opinion on Erin Boag and Aliana Vilani. And have you seen that Flavia Cacace? Ooh! Aah! The only remote claim to fame that I have with regard to the art of dance, was during the glitzy 70’s, when I was regarded as the king of The Bump. Yeeeah! Every Friday night I would

slip on my flowered shirt and best dance trousers (lots of ballroom) and hit the Elbow Beach Hotel staff club. I was so cool, they called me Cucumber Nuts. Perhaps infamy rather than fame though, because many a young mini skirted lady went home sporting the bruises inflicted by the snake hipped Emperor Badbird after a frenetic session of bumping to the melodious tones of The Hues Corporation or MFSB.

The Bump would still be as popular now if it were not for the health and safety police, but then perhaps I should be grateful that I had that small window of opportunity to show off my prowess when I did. If I attempted that dance today, I would find myself up on assault and battery charges.



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Latest new in beauty treatment is snail snot. Well, admittedly the Spanish name sounds a bit more sanitised: baba de caracoles. You can now buy a tiny little jar of this miracle product on Internet for only €79 ……., and you get one for free!?!? No, no! Not an extra snail, but a diminutive little jar of phlegm. Alchemy 2011 style! Have you ever noticed that you have hardly finished reading an article in HELLO about a couple being each other’s “soul mate” and watched super romantic pictures of them, before you read in the newspaper that they have split up? Take for example Adrien Brody and Elsa Pataky. Good old Adrien gave Elsa a romantic little castle for her 31st birthday. They posed for pictures of them looking lovingly into each other’s eyes – and woopty! Hardly was the ink of Adrien’s signature on the title deed dry, not to mention the distribution of HELLO finished, before we heard that wee Pataky unceremoniously had dumped him for Olivier Martinez (whoever he is). It was actually a story I read in the latest number of Spanish HOLA, that made me think of the above – although the story was not just about a couple, but about a couple and the guy’s mother. Hmmm – yeah! Let me first give you some background, as Spanish celebrity family trees can be very complicated. We start with Francisco Rivera Pérez (Paquirri, 1948 – 1984). He was a handsome, famous Spanish bullfighter. He married Carmen Ordóñez and had two boys, Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez and Fracisco Rivera Ordóñez – both matadors and, some would say, good lookers. Then he married La Pantoja (Isabel Pantoja – famous Spanish singer) and had another son, Francisco José Rivera Pantoja – also called Kiki. Kiki is – well, hmm, nobody really knows, except that he is famous and gets invited to lots of parties and appears on TV. His looks, some would say, are not handsome; but well sculptured, young women, who want to be photographed by the paparazzi and rub shoulders with the rich and famous, are flocking around him. Do not know why, but somehow he reminds me of one of my mother-inlaw’s many sayings: Better to appear stupid, than open your mouth and prove it! Kiki has obviously managed to make his latest girlfriend pregnant. This of course merits 15 pages in HOLA. The young couple in the settee – La Pantoja sitting behind them looking lovingly at her son. The young girl, head on a cushion in mother-in-law’s lap, their hands entwined. The couple hugging and smiling – without La Pantoja! The fiancée in an easy-chair, La Pantoja on the armrest, Kiki leaning over while La Pantoja kisses him. The young couple sitting with La Pantoja standing behind them like a true matriarch. More of the future parents. This one I like: A triple hug – La Pantoja behind Kiki, hugging him, while Kiki and his fiancée are hugging each other! Here I thought that expecting a baby was a thing between a man and a woman. Please, pass me the bucket! The girl is one and a half month pregnant. They plan to marry in January. Will they be celebrating Christmas together? I doubt it! This one is great – furry feet! Shoe designer Christian Louboutin must for sure be roaring with laughter on his way to the bank over the silliness of fashion victims like Sara Jessica Parker. His latest design is a honeycoloured, furry shoe with animal paw toes and doggy, black toenails. Yak! I do though love some of the comments, I read: “My toes already look like that without shoes on - should I worry?” “I heard it on the grapevine that hairy backsides are also in this year.....” Biggy is an independent advisor, translator/interpreter and professional writer. She has lived in Spain since 1992 and has aquired indepth knowledge of Spanish law, administration and culture - Email: DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.

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• Do you enjoy an old-fashioned dance? Ann is heading up a group of men and women who enjoy Ceroc dancing – or want to come along to learn Ceroc and have fun. They also want people to come and join them for a social evening on Sundays from 20th November in La Vida Venue - all welcome! • Murder is afoot on Thursday 27th November. A talented duo have come up with a very enjoyable Murder-Mystery evening at La Vida. Expect clues, red herrings, murders and suspects coupled with audience participation whilst you tuck into a home-cooked three course meal. With a prize for the winner, this thoroughly enjoyable night is not to be missed and at only 15€ pp, booking is essential. • The Voices of Almanzora kick off Christmas at La Vida with their ‘Fanfare For Christmas’ concert on Thursday 1st December 78:30pm. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served - entry is 3€ with all proceeds going to the Vera Orphanage Christmas Gift Appeal. • Haven’t organised your Christmas Party yet? Don’t worry - the best Christmas Party Nights will be at La Vida on 10th & 17th December. Dance the night away to Jonathan Payne live plus a great selection of 60’s, 70’s & 80’s music to the present day with great food options too, email for availability: lavidacucador@ or call 950 634 562. • Los Companeros del Teatro present ‘A Last Christmas Panto’ on Wednesday 14th December at La Vida Restaurant, Cucador, for an Am-Dram Theatre Group

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all join in! With mince pies and mulled wine, don’t forget a candle (or torch) for this wonderful outdoor Christmas concert. FACE members will also be there to collect for charity. • Join us at our Christmas Eve Party where JC will be providing excellent entertainment and Christmas cheer - bookings are now being taken - at only 6€ pp to include Chicken & Chips or Chilli & Rice (Vegetarian Option available on request) - it’s a wonderful way to enjoy Christmas Eve! • The 19th Hole Golf Society will play on a brand new course at Hacienda del Alamo on Thursday 8th December. Competition is fierce as limping, with cold, ageing, needing glasses not fazing this group of golfers who meet and play golf on some of the best courses in Spain. Very welcoming of new members, if you would like to join call Rob on 609 199 394 or email for more information. • Head Chef Julie & Di, Ann, Dave & Sue - in fact all of the team at La Vida - are working flat out to cook the homemade pies & puddings (look out for the Christmas Pudding!) for your Christmas enjoyment. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available every day during December and Turkey with all the trimmings will be available on selected nights (booking advisable). For more information on events or to book, call 950 634 562 or email



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Sunday roast wednesdays Mid-Week Specials from 6.50€

Menu del Noche

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Served 6pm-9pm

2pmoption - 6pm Plusserved steak

with all trimmings 6pm - 9pm

A Selection of Starters La Vida Pate Chicken Tikka Breaded Deep Fried Camembert Prawn & Smoked Salmon Parcel




(in the bar)

a selection of MAIN dishes Beef Bourguignon Tarragon Chicken Entrecote Steak (supp 5€) Our price includes: bread, Alioli & filtered water

2 Courses from 9.95€

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

Sundays from 1pm from


Christmas Party nights with Jonathan Payne

Sat 10th - 17th Dec bookings now being taken

sunday roast served 2pm -1pm 6pm - 5pm

Thursday 24th November 7pm FOR 7.30PM

...introducing to the area


A brilliant Night Out with a 3 course meal Booking Essential - Only a few tables left

Only 15€

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

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

. Why don’t you....

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E V LI idaBar Cucador

See board for match times


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

Come & join us from 1pm to celebrate with our


Includes a drink on arrival, Wine with lunch, and liqueur with coffee

Eyes Down Jackpot Prizes Play Your Cards Right 7.30pm Yoga 2.30pm - 4pm Salsacise 5.15pm - 6.15pm Ladies Darts 7.30pm



NEW Ceroc Night - Learn a new dance & enjoy a social night out Starts 20th November 8pm - 10pm

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

Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia


For a perfect Christmas Day


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

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

Watch premiership football matches



La Vida

Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa

6 course lunch

Our food is all home made with a delicious vegetarian option available Plus Live music until 6pm with Jonathan Payne on piano Telephone us or email and we will be pleased to send you our menu and booking form

New Daytime Menu Monday - Saturday 12 Noon - 9pm

Daily specials from


Open everyday 12pm - late. From 11am weekends

Tel: 950 634 562


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES


Ex-pats risk backdated tax claims after court ruling Thousands of British ex-pats in Spain face uncertainty over their tax position following a recent ruling in the UK Supreme Court. According to Peter Howarth, a UK tax expert with Afimar Accountants in Fuengirola, the case means that those who retain a home in the UK could be liable for backdated tax even if they have followed the nonresidency rules by staying less than 90 days a year in the country. It follows a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Seychelles-based millionaire Robert Gaines-Cooper. The court ruled that he was still liable to pay UK tax simply because of his connections with the UK, including a home in Henley-on-Thames. Peter Howarth says there are four key points that arise from the case: • The Supreme Court has said that British residents who leave to live abroad remain UK tax resident unless they make a ‘distinct break’ from the UK. “One judge thought this should mean a complete severance of social and family ties but the Supreme Court has watered this down to a substantial loosening of such ties,” explains Peter. “It would be for the Tribunals to decide if there had been sufficient ‘loosening’ in individual cases but perhaps those who continued to have a business in the UK or retained property they could use might have some difficulty.” • A Spanish residence certificate does not mean that someone cannot also be UK tax resident at the same time. Peter says: “This is not a new development as the tax treaty between Spain and the UK has recognised this possibility for a long time. In such cases we have to look at the treaty to decide where tax is paid.” • No booklet, letter or statement from HMRC can now be relied upon to decide on a tax issue. ”This is possibly the issue of greatest concern for ex-pats as it leaves them without any clear guidance,” says Peter. “Tax issues for non residents were long decided by reference to the HMRC booklet IR20 but the Supreme Court has ruled that it was too unclear to be regarded as binding.” •  The ruling may affect ‘fiscal nomads’ - those who travel from country to country for short periods and so argue they are not tax resident anywhere. “Lord Wilson laid down a series of conditions to be evaluated,” Peter explains. “Amongst these was the requirement to leave the UK in a more profound sense than that of travel and that more was needed than just taking up residence abroad. Clearly this could put some fiscal nomads in some difficulty.” The ruling, however, may soon only be relevant for past years as a new statutory residence test is proposed from next year. “This is to be welcomed,” adds Peter, “but no doubt its exact meaning will be considered by the courts over the coming years. The Gaines-Cooper case illustrates how long it might be before new laws settle down and are understood. The tax office started to question his residence back in 2000 and it is only now, 11 years later, that he has the answer.” Peter Howarth is a tax consultant who works with Afimar Accountants in Fuengirola and also runs his own tax consultancy in the UK. A former Inland Revenue inspector, he has over 30 years’ experience in taxation and is the author of two reference books on the subject, Tolley’s Tax Investigations and Tolley’s Guide to Taxpayer Rights and Revenue Powers. For further information see

Local Opticians are supporting Vera Lions Club

Those of us that need spectacles may have seen something new in your local opticians. Members of Vera lions Club have been busy over the last few weeks distributing special Lions Club boxes . The boxes have been places to collect old disused glasses so please help us by clearing those draws of spectacles you no longer require. The used spectacles go to one of three places in Spain, where they are repaired, if necessary,, cleaned and graded and are then sent to Eye Camps and Clinics, mainly in Africa and India, which are paid for by individual Lions Clubs or Lions Clubs International. A list of Optician accepting the spectacles on behalf of Vera Lions Club can be found on the Vera Lions Face book page: Vera-Lions-Club Lions Clubs through out the world do an enormous amount of work raising money to help prevent blindness and also in helping the blind through training centres. The founder, Melvin Jones was challenged by Helen Keller to do something to help the blind and he came up with the idea of the white stick, which is still used today either as a stick or a longer cane. 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 others. The collecting of glasses is a prime example of how being a member of your local Lions club can improve

the quality of life of those less fortunate than ourselves. 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 or call 660887723.

Oh, what a night! Albox RBL Poppy Dance a Great Success

This year’s Poppy Dance was attended by 94 members and their guests at La Parrilla Restaurant in Albox on Saturday 12th November. Once again thanks to Sandra Evans’ organisation and flair we had yet another very enjoyable and successful event. Several committee members and others turned up on Saturday morning to set up the room and set out the themed decorations. This was to ensure the room was made ready to Sandra´s exacting standards! The evening commenced with the Branch Chairman, Chris Pearce leading the RBL Exhortation. The Branch Standard, Union Jack and the Spanish National Flag were on display thought the evening. Chris stated that this was very fitting for the occasion at this time of Remembrance. After the excellent meal was served the music and dancing got underway. The music was provided by the ever popular Brendan O´Dee who got everyone (well most anyway) up and dancing the night away to their favourite music. By popular requests the raffle was conducted by Marie Craig giving it her special Irish theme. The evening raised 536 Euros for the Poppy Appeal which included 195 Euros from the raffle; This is all due to the generosity of all the members and guests who attended. “Oh what a night” is a fitting tribute to describe this year’s Poppy Dinner. For details on how to join the Albox Branch contact the Chairman Chris Pearce on Tel: (0034) 630 56 26 18 email: or visit the website at albox

e t a d p u L B Albox R we did remember them & we always will On Friday 11th November the Albox Branch of the Royal British Legion held this year’s Service of Remembrance at the Chapel at La Aljambra. As usual the chapel was full to capacity and even overflowed to the outside of the main door. The Service was conducted by The Reverend Canon Alan Bennett. 2 minutes silence followed the Last Post at 11.00 a.m. and members were able to place crosses of remembrance in the field at the altar. There followed an extremely pleasant lunch at La Parrilla where 54 members and friends enjoyed good food and company.


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 Home-made Pies, Pasties & Quiches To Order


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

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

November Steak Specials From 1st November to 30th November

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

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

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

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

‘more than just a restaurant’

anne webbers pre christmas


th mber saturday 19 nove

12 - 3pm

Bookings now being taken for

Christmas eve, Christmas day & new years eve kimrick correos farmacia red cross

Approx 300 metres

Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799


mojacar playa


Fish & Chips

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

5. 95 € 7. 95 € Standard

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

Tel: 950 475 198



One of the best ever recipes for Christmas cake, this will keep perfectly, becoming richer and more intense with every boozy feed you give it. Stuffed full of spice and fruity flavours it’s sure to become a favourite that you will make year after year. Here’s how to make it...

The Perfect Christmas Cake Hands-on time 30min, plus overnight soaking. Cooking time about 4hr Cuts into about 30 slices


500g sultanas 400g raisins 150g each prunes & dried figs, roughly chopped 200g dried apricots, roughly chopped Zest and juice of 2 oranges 200ml hazelnut liqueur, plus extra for drizzling 250g unsalted butter, softened, (+ greasing) 150g dark muscovado 150g light brown soft sugar 200g plain flour, sifted 1tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp mixed spice ¼tsp ground cloves ¼tsp freshly grated nutmeg 4 large eggs, beaten 100g toasted, blanched hazelnuts, chopped 40g toasted pine nuts

Method Put the fruit in a non-metallic bowl and stir in the orange zest and juice and hazelnut liqueur. Cover and leave to soak overnight or, preferably, up to three days. Preheat oven to 140°C (120°C fan), Gas Mark 1. Grease and double-line a 23cm (9in) cake tin with greaseproof paper, making sure the paper comes at least 5cm (2in) above the top of the tin. Using an electric hand mixer,

MIS AMIGOS Restaurant PARTALOA TEL: 626 893 799

Delicious home-cooked food in cosy & intimate surroundings at great value...

Kitchen closed from Mon 21st november

Reopens Thurs 1st December

SUNDAY LUNCH only 5.95€



6 course christmas day lunch


bookings now being taken We don’t do Karaoke, we don’t do quiz nights, we just do good food...



NEW OPENING TIMES: MON - SAT 6 - 10PM - SUN 1.30 - 7pm OR Private Parties Bar + Tapas - all day, everyday

beat together the butter and sugars in a large bowl until light and fluffy - this should take about 5min. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, spices and a pinch of salt. Beat 2tbsp of the flour mix into the butter and sugar then gradually add the eggs, making sure the mixture doesn’t curdle. If it looks as if it might be about to, add a little more flour. Fold the remaining flour into the mixture with a large metal spoon, followed by the soaked fruit and nuts. Tip into the prepared tin and level the surface. Then wrap a double layer of greaseproof paper around the outside of the tin, securing with string - this will stop the cake burning. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make a hole in the centre of the mix, going right down to the base of the tin - this will stop the top of the cake rising into a dome shape as it cooks. Bake for 4hr or until a skewer comes out clean. Cover with foil if it is browning too quickly. Leave to cool in the tin for 10min, then take out and cool on a wire rack, keeping the greaseproof paper wrapped around the outside of the cake. To store, leave the cold

cake in its greaseproof paper. Wrap a few layers of clingfilm around it, then cover with foil. Store in a cool place in an airtight container. After two weeks, unwrap the cake, prick all over and pour over 1tbsp of brandy or hazelnut

liqueur. Rewrap and store as before.

Cook’s tip - the cake will keep for up to three months stored in this way. It can be doused in alcohol every week if you like a stronger taste.

THE CHILL OUT DELI Orders being taken now for Christmas Meat y Tops ide b eef Fr s minc e pie uck d n s ze Fro por k jo ints o J ints on m m a G s Goose wn fat o r yC e k s Chris Tur ket tma n a s Pu n bl i ds s Pig s Quali t s ty s ea tree y br e t tin k r u T s Christmas Cakes to order rke

Tu esh

Call 697 243 181 or pop into Chill out deli on Avda Almanzora, Arboleas

cafe bar

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

Monday - Saturday Menu del dia

From €5

ly Changeslsdai board see specia


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


Saturday 24th Dec

Christmas Eve Entertainment with Brian Dee 9pm onwards

bookings now being taken for

christmas day 7 course menu


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


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES


Burty’s B R y terrace huge sunnio ar and spac uosrb40 plus f indoor seating te functions


riva available for p welcome s n io t a t n e s e r golfers p tmas fayre nd Chris table top sale a ember Sunday 11th dec



from 2.50€

served from 9.30am. English breakfast Continental Breakfast Smoked Haddock.


2pm Thursdays

Anglican church Christmas carol service

Large 50c ex large 70c

served from 1pm - 8pm

Changed daily

sunday roast

thursday 15th December 11.30am followed by festive Tapas and mulled wine


Monday 5th December

LIVE music with Rough Justice - Mexican night


served 2pm - 8pm Booking advisable

€7.50 Tuesday 22nd November 2pm - bingo is back! Monday 9th January

Christmas Day fully booked ‘Have I got old news for you’ Still taking bookings QUIZ evening - 2 course meal and quiz €10.00 for boxing day

Mon - fri 9.30am - 8pm, Sun 9.30am - 8pm, Closed saturdays Playa Serena, roquetas de mar Call 679 156 715

Marley’s Curry Night

Pie Night

Wednesday Booking advisable

Wednesday Booking advisable

(voted best in town) booking Essential

Ribs Night

Steak Night

Friday Booking advisable

Friday Booking advisable

Shell’s Homemade Pies take away

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

Served 12-6pm Mon-Sat All Homemade Liver & Onions Chicken Curry


Free Buffet Boxing Day & New Years Day

Mince & Tatties Fish & Chips Lasagne Pies / Pasties


with th


green fee 35€ to include a meal

(starter, main course, sweet)

& a drink



LIVE sports shown Full sports coverage

Chilli & Rice


Monday to Friday Tee off between 10am & 12 noon


Sunday Lunch 1-7pm



served 10am-1pm

Mon - Sat 12noon - 6pm

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

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


950 559 646 / 950 181 100 reservas@laenvia



ROQUETAS DE MAR Revita Natural Health & Relaxation Centre..................

Anglican chaplaincy..........................

Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Wednesday and Friday 10am Tai Chi Tuesday and Thursday 10am. Yoga Sunday 9pm Open 11am - Late (Closed Thurs). Bingo Tues at 2pm

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

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

The ANTAS Church................................

Open 11am - Late (Closed Thurs). Bingo Tues at 2pm

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

Mini Hollywood

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

Cabo del Gato

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

national Holidays

6th December:

Dia de la Constitución (Constitution Day)

8th December:

Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception)

25th December:

in Jauro village (signposted from the Cajamar bank in Antas) offer Informal Structured Worship in a Friendly Atmosphere and extend a warm welcome to all denominations and all ages at our simple 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.

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

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

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

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

Games & Quiz - Thursdays - from 2pm. Monday 5th December Live music with Rough Justice Christmas Carol Concert - 15th December 11.30am followed by festive tapas & mulled wine Tuesday 22nd November 2pm Bingo is back. Sunday 11th December - Table Top Sale and Xmas Fayre. Monday 9th January “Have I Got Old News for You” Quiz evening - 2 course meal and quiz 10€

ABRIGO – Coat CHAQUETA – Cardigan/Jacket CAMISA – Shirt JERSEY – Sweater/jumper CORBATA – Tie PANTALON - Trousers FALDA – Skirt


DAR GATO POR LIEBRE …– literal translation – “giving cat for hare” English equivalent of “to trick and rip someone off”

For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709

Dance Classes

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

Dental Clinic

On-site Dental Laboratory Dr med. dent Hubert Hillenbrand 20 years experience

950 32 64 52

Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar,

moves like jagger fitness party..............................................

At Salsa y Sabor every tuesday & Thursday 19.00 - 20.30, first class free. 3€ per class includes donation to Thomous cook Childrens Charity. Contact Michelle on 639 200 265

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

Monday - Pie & Mash, a drink included €6.50 Tuesday - Selected Main meals €5, Bingo 3pm Wednesday - Steak 7.50€, Quiz 9.30pm Friday - Fish and Chips all day 5€ Saturday - Curry meal with a beer or wine 8.50€. From 8pm Fun Night with Play Your Cards Right, Find the Joker and Table Top Mini Quiz Sunday - Sunday Roast 1.30pm 4.30pm


German & English Spoken


near Hotel Zoraida Garden

Mobile Hair & Beauty

Tracy & Linsey

10% discount on bookings for 3 or more people

25% off the 1st appointment for all new clients

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

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

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

1st January:

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

Año Nuevo (New Years Day)

6th January:

Día de Reyes/Epifanía del Señor (3 Kings)

28th February:

Día de Andalucía (Day of Andalusia)

19th March:

San José (Saint Joseph)

April 5th:

Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)

6th April

Viernes Santo (Good Friday)

8th April

Domingo de Resurrección (Easter)

9th April 9th Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday)

La Grappa

Authentic Italian Restaurant



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

950 334 188 609 337 316

to reserve your table

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

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

Mobile: (0034) 663 426 921


...remember to say you saw it in the SOL TIMES


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 Tel: 639 081 067


Airport Parking

FOR SALE well established front line internet/ newsagents in Mojacar

MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration S.L

950 432 110 / 607 364 917

alternative energy Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! Tel: 968 969 962 Solar Wind Power Solutions. 230 watt panels 450€ Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email: www.sunergy


for more info call 950 615 596 between 10-6 or email For sale

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


busy bee celebration cakes Home cooked using fresh free range eggs. decorated for any occasion. Tel: 968 959 632 Mobile: 686 377 172

Tel: 627 907 207 Email:

Printers etc. Sales & Repairs onsite callout / tuition. Consumables

Installation, help and beauty training. Diagnosis & a v o n Repair 15€ an hour min cosmetics claire charge 1 hour + parts Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@


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

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

Tel: 950 120 900



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

how easy is that!!

Matt Murray 647 841 750


• Pool has a post box at constuction • maintenance albox • building reforms and • p roject management


specialists cal kevin on 950 121 909 or 680 743 311

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 s e t cereals, probably the best mueslis you can buy, all types




Huge range of high quality foods always in stock, including a great selection of Indian, Thai, Chinese, and Moroccan, Mexican foods HSH Turre Over 150 types of black, green, white, fruit and herbal teas in stock HSH Turre

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 double further increases. Priced to sell glazing Serious enquiries only interglaze 693 758 827 or 616561770 – double glazing

craft / Location Auctions, Antas El Real sweep hobby Ind. Est. Every 2 weeks. Next auction Wed 23rd November. Starts 5pm. Viewing Mon SAMMY SWEEP Elaine’s Wools / Tues and all day Wed. House clearances quality UK wool & Chimney speciality. Tel: 950 391 412 accessories.Also Sweep available at Service blinds C a m p o s o l available toldos sun covering all Mazarron & on the INTERNAL Arboleas forum. Call shade for sale areas & EXTERNAL 667 273 889 3m x 2m yellow and call paul on elaines wools@ BLINDS 839 070 619 orange colour fixes to wall or under computers ceiling comes with fixings & handle to DON ROBINSON Steve Hayes wind in/out still in PC hardware & software Call Justin at Sol box 65€ tel. 696 specialist. Unbiased Informatica Pc’s, Laptops, advise on purchases Shaders for a 049 588

free no obligation quote

for sale

GUITARS FOR SALE american fender stratacast, 1991 aqua marine blue, Excellent condition 450€ Epiphone Sheraton Gibson Electric Guitar & Gig bag, Mint Condition 400€

Tel:637 119 887

Servicing / Repairs

Sales Service Install’s Fully Certified

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

Business opportunity

Alicante Almeria Murcia New


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



Neil Godwin

25 years experience

Full City & Guilds

Fully insured & legal Boletins supplied Tel : 687 245 569


La Vida, Cucador on a Thursdays 12pm - 2pm Call Liz for more information

for hire 600 334 318

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

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

Call 695 118 960


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

with driver

hEAlth and beauty

Knowles & Abbott no.1 Join our weight for electrics and plumbing. Re- loss group This is a weight wires, free to air UK loss support group satellite systems. (This is NOT like Tel: 950 137 208 or weightwatchers) classes at 638 010 691

digger hire

Excellent Rates Telephone Tony 650 906 114

Huge range of vitamins, minerals, natural and herbal remedies and natural skin care products HSH Turre V eg e ta 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 Christmas? We stock gluten free flours, cakes, biscuits, mince pies, Christmas puddings, and much more. HSH Turre 1.40 lt electric cement mixer 120€ ono tel: 600 373 305 15 Marshal Amplifier. Watt Good Condition 40€ Tel: 637 119 887


For Hire

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

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Ibanez Delay / Echo Foot Pedal 20€ Tel: 637 119 887 Digitec Guitar Processor. Hundreds of Sounds Tel: 637 119 887

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spanglish Mum

What a drag it is getting old. ’Things are different today’ I hear every mother say.... Mick Jagger was so right, although here I am popping another headache pill for a pounding stress headache. I wake up each morning thinking that today I’m going to keep calm, be a happy Mum rather than a ranting one. The morning started off fine but then my youngest decided that he wanted his black trainers rather than blue ones. That would be ok if I had cleaned the black ones after spending yesterday afternoon at the cortijo running around with the dogs and obviously getting grubby. It’s 8.45am and it takes ten minutes to walk to school. I know I should just speedily wipe a wet wipe over them but now I can’t find the wet wipes. ‘Why don’t you wear your new blue ones’ I ask, a bit pleadingly I admit. ‘No, they’re not cool’ comes the reply. Ok, they were cool the other day but obviously not today when I really would like him to put them on so we can get going to school. We ended up running and getting to there just as the bell was going with youngest with a face like thunder because he had to wear his blue trainers. I wonder what it must be like for Mums with little girls, as that must be a fashion Aladdins Cave? At least with boys you can usually stick with blue, grey, black, green and camouflage plus any type of sportswear and usually be safe. Girls though with all the options of colours, styles, tom boy or girlie girl etc. Blimey, just the thought of it makes our trainer drama sound tame. I must learn to chill out, maybe take up yoga or something. Is there a calming position which can be done whilst multi tasking the family? We made the decision to return to Spain to spend more time with my husbands’ family, but I wonder, is it just tricky wherever you are being a parent? Other idea, when getting older birthday wishes change....I’d love some new doors in the flat! If you’d like to share your thoughts with Lucy - our Spanglish Mum - email editor@ and we’ll pass them on!

the personage Between Alqueria’s Calle Mirador and the Calle Límite lie the whitewashed terraced houses of El Gente Cerro. Here Antonio Poyato tends the plants in his extended patio. This is where he cultivates the infamous Remitroot. This plant can be eaten as a powerful aphrodisiac, distilled or fermented into potent liquors. Pulped Remitroot makes a highly efficient rust preventative for the ballast tanks of oil tankers. The Romans cultivated the root, Remitus Radix it was known as mainly for its qualities as an aphrodisiac. It was said that Caligula had some of his best nights after eating the root. In La Calle del Siniestro lives one Manuela, unofficial leader of the unofficial Gente del Cerro Popular Front. The unofficial aims are to cause as much havoc as possible to Rodriguez, his olive mill and his section of the divided population of Alqueria. Manuela is a tall raven haired girl, she possesses classic Andalucían traits. Olive skin with eyes like paperweights that can tear out a man’s heart at a hundred paces. She knows how formidable her attributes are and deploys them accordingly. Manuela holds court in the bar La Casa Devante to the north of the Village. Its tables and chairs encroach into the open space of the village square below the castle tower. Here our gallant heroine organises her forces and plans her forays into the opposition’s territory. She is a dark natured girl and employs both psychological and physically disruptive techniques. It is whispered that as a child she decapitated her and her Sister’s dolls, keeping their heads in a plastic bag under her mattress. More than once the directors of the Olive Mill have crossed Manuela. It was Robles who complained that

airports, deficits and brutal cuts

The economic downturn in Spain in recent years has followed a decade-long boom. It has also highlighted the bizarre way in which much of the good-times money was spent. Last week, Spanish newspapers reported that a recently busted gang of drug smugglers had planned to buy Ciudad Real airport in order to ship cocaine into the country. It was hardly the kind of news that the CastillaLa Mancha authorities would normally have enjoyed hearing, but right now, almost any potential buyer of this huge building with a four-kilometre airstrip will be welcomed with open arms. The Aeropuerto Central Ciudad Real, as it is known, is now as representative of Spain particularly 21st century Spain as the windmills John MacDonald (El Sordo) -


Modern Spains legacy:

she threatened to hollow him out with a soup spoon. The HQ of her enemy, Los Recién Llegados is the bar La Golondrina Verde situated to the south west. Opposite the Olive Mill and in an orange grove counter plotting and intrigue are a nightly occurrence. These two power bases do more to regulate the running of the Village than all the good intentions of the elected folk of the Village Council. Of the non-partisan of the village two are worthy of comment. Old man Matas who lurks in a cave above the Pueblo and Blythe Gruntmore the obligatory Englishman speaking bad Spanish with a Geordie accent. More of these two worthies later.

and plains that surround it. Built in 2008, it was, for a time, presented by the local government as a bold way of putting the land of Don Quijote on the map, by taking in the overflow of passengers from Madrids Barajas airport, 235 kilometres to the north. It would also be a symbol of modern Spains affluence and dedication to infrastructure. But three years and reportedly 1.1 billion in private investment later, it looks more like an almighty folly. The Socialist regional government spent millions subsidising a handful of international flights per week, promoted the project with advertising campaigns and approved a 140-million guarantee to keep it afloat. But at the end of October, the last commercial flight, manned by Vueling, took off from the airport. The airports future is now unsure. It remains open, with staff still employed in the building. Buyers are being sought. But the projected overflow of travellers from Madrid, it transpired, has been taken care of by the capitals own Terminal 4. Locals complain about other expensive projects that devour public money but whose benefits are dubious, such as the 6-million centre for sporting excellence in Puertollano, just up the road from Ciudad Real. According to Puertollano residents, for a long time the building stood empty, with little excellence being produced by its huge, expensive walls.

But airports seem to have a peculiar attraction for Spains local politicians, who have eagerly built them in recent years in towns and small cities such as Huesca, Castelln, Burgos, Salamanca and Lleida, with another planned for Teruel. Some have already proved their lack of profitability due to a lack of demand, such as Huescas, which like that of Ciudad Real has become something akin to a ghost airport. Most of these projects, like some high-speed AVE routes to out-of-the-way destinations, coincided with Spains boom years. The decade-long bonanza that started at the end of the 1990s and was driven by construction ensured deep pockets not just for the central government, but also the regional governments. Its hard to argue with the benefits of this spending. Spain has a superb transport system, particularly its rail links. Puertollanos centre of excellence might be easy to sniff at, but heavy investment in infrastructure is cited as one of the main reasons why Spains footballers and other athletes currently dominate much of world sport. Basic services suffer And yet, clearly something was amiss. Since taking power in the Castilla-La Mancha region in the spring, the new Popular Party administration has pledged to slash spending on health by 400 million. Teachers in the region are angry at

having to take pay cuts and work longer hours. CastillaLa Manchas government says it is now handling a deficit worth around 9 percent of its GDP compared to the 1.3percent target the central government had set the countrys regions. Regions in Spain have the capacity to spend a lot, because health and education, among other things, belong to them, Jos Antonio Herce, of Analistas Financieros Internacionales consultancy, told Iberosphere. The regions have to spend a lot of money because they oversee these very important social programs, but they dont have the capacity or they dont want to use it where they have it to charge taxes on their populations. Its much easier to spend than to tax. This gap between local authorities freedom to spend and their lack of responsibility when it comes to raising funds seems to be at the heart of the problem. And as we contemplate what many observers fear may be a lost decade or so for the Spanish economy, one chilling legacy of the countrys recent boom and bust comes sharply into focus: towns, big and small, with state-of-the art sports halls, cultural centres, train stations and even airports; and brutal cuts to the most basic services. Article courtesy of Iberosphere: Spain News and Portugal News - Information and Analysis


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Is Escolar is the World’s most Low levels of dangerous fish, healthwise? radioactive particles Earlier this month, two friends of mine both ate a portion of grilled fish, listed as ‘grilled fish’ on the menu (it was Escolar really) and within two days they were suffering from excessive gastric distress. They were not alone as a few other people also had upset stomachs. Following some on-line research, I found out that Escolar contains an extremely high level of gempylotoxin – a strong, purgative oil similar to castor oil. These large molecules are, to most people, hard to digest, and may lead to intestinal cramping and diarrhea. According to worldwide analysis, right now Escolar is undoubtedly the most controversial fish that you are likely to find on the counter in your fish market. Already banned in Italy and Japan, and also in parts of Australia, I understand that several other countries are now considering doing likewise. Describing Escolar... it is a firm, white fleshed fish, incredibly rich in flavour, quite succulent - a fattier version of swordfish in effect. The controversy within this buttery fish, is that it has a ‘laxative type effect’, similar to

REPORTER: TONY MATTHEWS diarrhoea! An expert has referred to it as Keriorrhoea which means the ‘flow of wax’ or similarly oily orange droplets pouring out your system. Keriorrhoea occurs because the wax esters in the flesh of the fish pool up in your intestine. An Escolar-related illness may well lead to cramping, nausea, diarrhea, inflammation and other abdominal pains - the result of severe Keriorrhea or scrombroid poisoning. Escolar-related scromboid (or histimine poisoning) is down to extremely high levels of histidine being converted to histamine, usually as a result of inadequate storage. Escolar, however, can make you feel very sick and give you an awful stomach ache. You can’t taste the danger – unfortunately – simply because

the fish itself is certainly nice to eat. Unfortunately there’s distinct lack of information at hand regarding Escolar. It can be found (ordered) in certain sushi bars, but not of course those in Japan. In fact, any place that sells white tuna or ‘super white tuna’ (as some call it) might not know they are selling you Escolar. And white tuna can easily be Albacore tuna (like pale tuna or Escolar) which is strikingly white in appearance. There are many reasons for this confusion. The main one is simple... suppliers and restaurants mislabel fish, either out of ignorance or fraud. The former I guess. If you have suffered with your internal workings you must do this: 1. Replenish your bathroom

materials at all times! 2. Call in sick, or plan your day around the bathroom! 3. Avoid Escolar in the future. Just be careful, very careful. The truth is, all you can really do is ride out Keriorrhoea (the likely complaint from eating Escolar) as it can take up to 48 hours to kick in, and then it can easily last for another two days, giving you plenty of grief in the process. Check with your doctor if you feel it’s dragging on too long! Shell and BP would be amazed, excited even, if they can see what is released from someone’s system ... it’s that bad! My friends and associates were ‘proper poorly’ ... it wasn’t at all nice, especially when they had to search for a toilet every hour, even less! Finally, if you do suddenly feel ill with a stomach upset who could well have contracted Keriorrhoea - having ordered Escolar! If so, think back to the last time you ate a piece of a delicious white fish and where... Go back and inform the proprietor and tell him/her it could be Escolar. You don’t want your holiday, your life, even your plans ruined by a fish!! Do you?

‘found in Europe’

Low levels of radioactive particles have been detected in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, the UN nuclear agency has said. The iodine-131 particles do not pose a public health risk, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The body said it was trying to work out where the particles had come from but said it did not believe the source was Japan’s stricken Fukushima plant. It said the Czech Republic had first informed them of the raised levels. “The IAEA believes the current trace levels of iodine-131 that have been measured do not pose a public health risk and are not caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan,” the body said in a statement. It said iodine-131 was a short-lived radioisotope with a radioactive decay half-life of about eight days. The Czech nuclear security authority said it had been detecting radioactive iodine-131 at a number of monitoring stations since late October and had informed the IAEA to see if it could identify the source, Reuters reports. Czech nuclear safety chief Dana Drabova said the iodine could have leaked during production of radiopharmaceuticals. It was certainly not from a nuclear power plant, she said, adding that they were almost certain that the source was abroad. Slightly elevated readings of radioactive iodine have also been found in northern Germany, the country’s environment ministry said. But the levels were so low they were barely detected, a spokeswoman quoted by Reuters news agency said. The environment ministry spokeswoman said the radioactivity could not have come from a nuclear power plant. In the days and weeks after the Japan’s accident, minuscule amounts of iodine-131 believed to have come from Fukushima were detected as far away as Iceland and other parts of Europe, as well as in the US.

Investment Opportunity

2 DETACHED VILLAS AND land for sale

Two detached villa shells built upto and including roofs125m2 built on flat 3000m2 plot. Secluded position, unspoilt countryside views across orange and lemon groves front and rear

Private Sale

• Each villa spec: 3 beds / 2 baths. Size 125m2

• Space for pools (12mx6m) • Exceptional uninterrupted views of orange and lemon groves to front & rear • Situated between Almanzora & Arboleas overlooking Almanzora valley • 10 minutes to nearest town with all amenities • Inland country setting, but only 30 minutes to coast. • Ideal for builder to complete internals.

Fully Legal & with Full Title Deeds Must be viewed to appreciate this golden opportunity

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The 2012 Mercedes S-Class will feature a host of new tech, including an autonomous driving feature and radar-guided cruise control The Mercedes F125 previewed a raft of cutting-edge technology for the 2025 S-Class when it starred at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. But buyers won’t have to wait that long to enjoy clever innovations on their luxury saloon, after the company revealed details of the 2012 car. The most striking new gadget is an autonomous driving feature, which allows the S-Class to drive itself through slow-moving traffic jams, at speeds of up to 25mph. This uses similar technology to radar-guided cruise control, with a series of cameras and sensors on the outside of the car controlling the speed and the distance to the vehicle in front. The system “allows the driver to concentrate on other things” in traffic, according to engineer Dr. Stefan Schweher. Also included is the latest version of the COMAND online system. This pairs with a mobile to offer services like Facebook, Google local search and Street View, and will even allow drivers to send pre-determined routes straight from Google Maps to the car’s sat-nav system. “The new S-Class will feature our latest breakthrough in audio technology, bigger, ultrahigh-quality display screens and even more premium materials,” said systems engineer Peter Ebel. The technology should put the S-Class ahead of key rivals such as the Audi A8.

‘Blocked Drains R Us’ Can Help You! Blocked Drains R Us is a recession success story! Andy & Maggie, a husband & wife team, had been in Spain for more than two years when they set up their business, unblocking drains, in February 2010. They have continued to grow ever since. Whatever the cause of the blockage is, they have a colour CCTV inspection camera that can be used to see any obstructions within a 100mm pipe, enabling them to get to the problem and solve it quickly. They can unblock sinks, baths, pipes and sewerage pipes simply and effectively using their roto-rooter that rotates the sewerage pip to cut through roots and remove all debris. If you are moving into a new home, they can also help locate pozos (wells) and

sewerage pipes. They can also carry out all general plumbing work and, importantly, will respond to a call out within one hour (where possible). And this month, Blocked Drains R Us has added an extra service to their everexpanding business – cess pit/pozo emptying; this is a short, simple procedure when you have the right equipment! With their new emptying tank and powerful pump, Blocked Drains R Us will empty your pozo quickly and efficiently; they also have a high-pressure jet for cleaning the newly-emptied pozo so your pozo will be as good as new! If you would like further information about any of the services offered by Blocked Drains R Us call Andy or Maggie on 950 091 109.

Jaguar has revealed a pair of option packs for its luxurious XJ. The first, the Sport Pack, adds visual tweaks inside and out, while the Speed Pack lifts the electronic limiter on the supercharged model, allowing it to hit 174mph flat-out. The Sport Pack is available across the range and adds an aerodynamic splitter under the front bumper and an extended boot lip spoiler. A gloss black mesh finish is apllied to the front grille, while the lower air opening and side vents get the same treatment. Red brake callipers are also added behind 20-inch Venom alloy wheels. Inside, the front seats are upgraded to Performance versions, with heavier bolstering, softgrain leather and a huge range of adjustment. Stainless steel pedals, engraved with the Jaguar

name, and carbon-fibre trim finish of the look. Although the Sport Pack can be ordered with the twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel, 3.0litre V6 petrol and naturally-aspirated 5.0litre V8 models, only on the flagship 503bhp supercharged V8 model can it be combined with the Speed Pack. This lifts the limiter, allowing the car to power on to 174mph, where the aerodynamic tweaks play a vital role. “A car capable of 174mph must have certain basic attributes – stability, aerodynamics, prodigious power and as little weight as possible. The XJ is blessed with all these qualities in abundance and with the addition of the Speed Pack it becomes an ever more impressive performance saloon,” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, vehicle integrity.

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ANGLING NEWS WITH BEACHCOMBER JOHN................ ‘Captain Brian Cuba’ is back in town and we await his fishing reports. ‘Orca Steve’ took me, ‘Mike the Watch’ and ‘Chef Jeremy’ out for a day’s fishing off Garrucha opposite the light house on the Mojacar Road. It was very windy to start with and drift fishing was difficult so with not much happening we headed for the protection of Garrucha’s Marina wall. Minutes after I got Steve parked up on the right spot with anchor dropped the flipping wind stopped and we were in only 100 feet instead of one of the 250 foot holes. We suffered it for an hour before Steve offered to up and move. Next time we anchored dead on but the fish were just not there. Early November last year was

good fishing so where the fish have gone I don’t know. The usual suspects appeared on the hooks and the only thing worth mentioning was an experience both Steve and I had. I hooked a conger which wrapped its tail around something on the bottom and I just put pressure on for a few minutes. My rod jerked upwards for a second then went solid again but only for a few more seconds. When I retrieved my rig the top two hooks were missing so I suspect the fish bit the top one off and the second foul hooked it for a short time only before breaking off also. Typically my conger rig which I attach to the bottom of my normal trace rarely ever gets taken by a conger; they much prefer to get off

lightly! Steve suffered a similar fate half hour later when reeling up and about 4 or 5 metres off the bottom, he also lost two hooks we believe for the same reasons as me. See photo of ‘Rough Sea Russ’ and a pandora caught on Steve’s boat. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks at the Azafran restaurant. For the next meeting tel 677 655 049 For more 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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DRAWN RINKS Teams were drawn from the highest to the lowest handicaps to form even balanced teams for this popular club competition. Reaching the final were the teams of Maggie Holmes, Ken Ferry, Terry Kiggin and Keith Turner versus Peter Steenstrup, Paul Milsom, Ann Reynolds and Bill Seymour. The final was very evenly matched for 15 ends where only one shot separated both teams, Maggie’s team finished the stronger in the last three ends and went on to win by the score of 17-13. John Colquhoun

Paul Milsom, Ann Reynolds, Bill Seymour, Peter Steenstrup

Keith Turner, Terry Kiggin, Maggie Holmes and Ken Ferry

AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT.......................................... The course is looking good following all the maintenance work carried out in the last few weeks,the fairways have never been so lush and if you have not played the course for a while, it is well worth a visit


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Wednesday November 2 Individual Stableford The good weather continues and so does the scoring,our winner had a gross 74, also history seems to indicate that if you have a two, you are very likely to end up on the leader board 1st Chris Baker 38pts 2nd Bill Gibb 36pts 3rd Pat Sayer 35pts Twos: Bill Gibb 4th and Chris Baker 10th Wednesday November 9 -Monthly Medal As usual the medal has some interesting “ifs and buts” half the field had good to respectable rounds, the other half “horror

stories” never the less it is a very good leader board 1st Pat Sayer 91-24=67 2nd Pierre Dominguez 8416=68 3rd David Street 84-14=70 Twos: I might run out of paper. Chris Baker, John Bridgen, Glyn Ombler and Dave Simpson at 4th, Louis Long 8th, Chris Baker and Pierre Dominguez 12th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday For information contact 636 938 404 or 634 641 199

Good golf to report this week as we see the scores getting better each week at Cortijo Grande and our greens nearly as good as they were. Wednesday and our winner with 41 points and a medal score less than his age was Mike Picken. Second with 38 Martin Oliver and third with 33 John Wardley. Ball sweep winners Ursula Lade and John Wardley. Sunday 13th November 2011 and two divisions, great to see more golfers comming back. Our winner of the first div with 38 points Neville Pye second with 36 Mark Sutton and third with another 36 John Geaves. Second Div. winner with 40

Janet Kay from Tony Stubs 33 and Barbara Wardley another 33. Ball sweep winners Neil Halliday and Janet Kay. We also had Past Captain versus Captain competition which was won by the past Captain team. I would like to congratulate our Sunday members as more than half the turnout scored 30 points or more. Well done all of you Our next away day is Aguilon on Wednesday 30th Nov. Price to include a buggy plus extras. To book for this or any Wednesday or Sunday 950 475 509 Enjoy your golf at Cortijo Grande visitors and guests welcome MP

Badgers......... VALLE DEL Results 9/11/2011 ESTE GOLF A mixture of 29 members and guests played in almost SOCIETY........... perfect weather at Mecenas golf Mojacar and it turned out to be a day for the ladies. Jan Page took poll position with a fantastic 42 points and our reigning champion Lynn Sefton in thrid position with another great score of 40 points. Sandwiched between was Alan Thomas with 41 points. The committee can confirm that Alan played of the men’s tees even although he qualifies for the red tees by way of the haircut and blue rinse. Well done ladies. Other winners were Jim Laird who was nearest on the 1st and 9th with nearest on the 18th going to Steve Casburn. A special mention to Paul Adams who only started golfing three months ago, as he had nearest in two on the 17th. Two’s went to Mick Weston, Jim Laird, Steve Casburn, Lewis Bradley, Lynn Sefton, George Crichton and Eileen O’Connell. Anybody interested in a game with Badgers either call into the Bar or call Keith on 950 478 525

CHARITY WEEK. A busy week ahead for members and friends of the society who every year raise funds for Asprodalba. We start on Thursday 17th with a stall at La Vida Restaurant & Venue Autumn Fayre from 10.00am all the funds going to the charity. Then on Sunday we have a fun golf day where the golfers play from tee to green and non golfers putt an all round fun day which raises more funds. Last year we raised 1600 euros, thanks to members friends and sponsors’. So come along on Thursday and visit the stall where you will get a bargain and contribute to a noteworthy charity. Now for the golf results and on Tues we played a team game and the winners were John Haydon, Alan Townsend,Tony Dudley & Mally Roberts Friday and a stableford competition Winner Ray Harrison 37pts 2nd Tony Dudley 36pts (on countback) 3rd Alan Hewitt 36pts. Nearest the pins Ray Mc Hale & Bill Churchill. Lets hope the sun shines on the golf and fund raising this week. Enjoy your golf at Valle Del Este.

Boxers Golf Society

On Monday 7th November, Tony Harwin, captain of Boxers Golf Society, accompanied by Les Ashton president, presented a cheque for €600 to representatives of the Albox-

based charity Caritas. The money was collected during the tenure of the outgoing captain Tony Hammond and reflects the society’s ongoing support for the local community.

Forum Golf Society.................. On November 11th Forum Golf Society members took part in a Team Lone Ranger competition at Playa Macenas, and a course with greens much improved from the society´s previous visit in September saw a victory for the team of Roy Barker, John Smith, Phil Stratten & Peter Tinsley with an excellent score of 80 points. In second place with 77 points were the much fancied “Big guns” team of Dave Sharp MBE, Richard Swaine, Derek Manning & Bob Attkins, whilst one point further back were Brian Gyer, John Holder, Anne Holder & 2011 Society Champion Adrian Lawrence. On the following evening a large number of Society members & guests enjoyed a celebration night at The Meson Hotel in Arboleas to commemorate Forum´s

success in winning not only the 2010/11 Almeria League but also the 3rd annual “Ryder Cup” versus Marina Members, as well as the Golfnutz Society Challenge Trophy. Judging by how much certain members “celebrated”, it probably is just as well that the society´s next fixture is not until November 17th, the third round of the Almeria League matches at Aguilon. Further fixtures are November 25th Double Par Medal at Marina December 9th Stableford at Aguilon December 13th Almeria League 4th Round Matches at Marina For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 / philjelam@, or see www.

ALMERIA LAWN BOWLING CLUB 2010 Joe McCraw Two Wood Singles This well supported two wood singles knockout competition started on Monday 7th November, a brilliant sunny day, with the preliminary and the two part first round matches taking place throughout the day. This is played as the title suggests with two woods and only the winning shots within one metre counting. This year it was played to the original rules, playing a maximum of twenty-one ends. The winner being, the first to twenty-one shots or with the most shots on completion of twenty-one ends. Friday the 11th November the Quarterfinals and Semifinals were played. The first Sem-final featured, Chris Ewer and Jim Anderson. This was very close, nip and tuck affair with Chris winning by two shots 12-10. The other was between Catherine Patrick and John Fitzgerald with John having no mercy with Catherine winning the contest comfortably. The Final was set to be an epic match and we were not let down. Chris was on fire and John was unusually slow in settling down. On the sixteenth end the way Chris was adapting to the conditions better than Chris it looked all over at 10-5. John

then started to peg back the shots, but couldn’t quite make it with Chis being the victor by one shot at 11-10. . Once again the standard of play within our club was tremendous and it was good to see so many members supporting the club, watching all rounds of the competition. Sue Mannall presented the cup to Chris and Jim Pike gave thanks to the many markers who of course without, we couldn’t run the competition Vic Parsons ALBC Press Officer

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The Prehistoric Hash: A dozen of us and ‘Fudge’ the mutt, met up at Velez Blanco, for a short hash that eventually led us up to the Cueva de los Letreros. It was a fairly simple and short route, but that suited us because the sun was hot and the paths steep. We were treated to amazing views over the surrounding Sierras. At the cave we were able to just make out some of the symbols painted by prehistoric people including the Indalo Man. Returning for the circle, we soon realised that the

INDALO BOWLING CLUB.............. THE HALLIWELL LEAGUE CUP Played over a 10 week period, the top eight players who qualified for the final were the teams of Dave Sewell, Brian Halliwell, Francis Reynolds and Bill Seymour versus the team of Maggie Holmes (replacement in the final for Jan Dando), Gerald Bickers, Ken Ferry and Alan De-Boer. The final proved a very close affair with both teams still level at 12-12 after 15 ends, Maggie’s team finished stronger to eventually win the competition by a score of 15-13. John Colquhoun

Winners: Alan De Boer, Gerald Bickers, Maggie Holmes and Ken Ferry

• England’s football team beat the reigning European and World Champions Spain 1-0 with a six-inch, 49th minute goal by skipper Frank Lampard. This was the first time England had beaten a reigning World champion country for 31 years. If they scored... England’s first goal last night against Sweden was their 2,000th at full international level. • England ‘doubled up’ when Lewis Hamilton, with a brilliant drive, won the penultimate F1 Grand Prix of 2011 in Abu Dhabi. World Champion Sebastian Vettel, on pole for a joint-record 14th time, had an early puncture and failed to finish a race for the first time this season. • Australia’s cricketers, dismissed for just 47 in their second innings of the first Test against South Africa, eventually lost the match by eight wickets. • After beating the reigning World champions New Zealand, England will now play Australia in the Four Nations Rugby League tournament final this weekend. • On his way to winning the French Masters in Paris, tennis ace Roger Federer recorded the 800th match victory of his career. However, he’s still a long short of Jimmy Connors’ record of 1,225 match wins. • Mike Tindall has been fined £25,000 and axed from England’s Rugby Union squad after his night club antics at the World Cup. • In Boxing, GB’s Tyson Fury retained his Commonwealth heavyweight title against Neven Pajkic, the referee stopping the fight in the third round, and politician Manny Pasquiao beat Manuel Marquez on points to win the World light-featherweight crown.

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RESULTS Monday Nov 7th.

Monthly Medal Competition with men playing from the white tees. 1st. Nuala Hare – net 71 2nd. Sandra Edwards – net 73 3rd. Maida McGowan – net 74

Mens Division

2011 Joe McCraw Winner Chris Ewer with Susan Mannall presenting the cup


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1st. Brian Mayhew – net 76 2nd. Bill Gill – net 77 3rd. Brian Couper – net 80 Twos scored by Liz Balmforth on the par three 5th. hole, June Humphries on the par three 17th. hole.

Thursday Nov 10th.

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Ladies Division.

2011 Joe McCraw Finalists winner Chris Ewer and Runner up John Fitzgerald

visiting, ‘Marmite’, had forgotten all the customs and conventions of hashing, and she duly received several reprimands and punishments for absentmindedness! And then the On After was held at the piscina of the campsite for an enjoyable cool down. Best bit about the Hash though was the news that ‘Bandit’ the mutt, lost in France several months ago, has now been found, safe and well. The Next Hash will be in Oria starting at 11am on Sunday 25th September.



The Stableford Competition, was organised by Brian Mayhew and played in teams of three with the best two scores to count. 1st. Alan Humphries, June Humphries, Elmar Pratt (visitor) – 80 points 2nd. Brian Couper, Jim Laird,

Val Cooke – 69 points (on countback) 3rd. Brian Mayhew, Martin Cooke, Steve Entwistle (visitor) – 69 points Mens nearest the pin in three shots on the par five 16th. hole was won by Alan Humphries Visitors are welcome to join members in our Thursday Fun Competitions, played in teams, for total of €30 including the green fee. Ring Jim 950 162 727


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