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Network of Drinking Water Initiated
The Municipality of Roquetas de Mar, through the Department of Maintenance and Infrastructure, has initiated the installation of 14 remote systems in the distribution network of drinking water under the project name SECTEL (Sectorization remote). The installations consisting of autonomous equipment in strategic points of the distribution network, and will record the most important parameters such as flow rate, pressure and minimum night flow, which will expedite the location and repair of any faults that occur anywhere in the municipality. This equipment, which is programmable, will send an immediate alarm via GSM to any incident, which will result in a significant improvement in response times and will minimise or avoid the effects of major incidents in the distribution network. This information will optimise the speed with which leaks can be found, and a rapid and reliable identification of the flows in each sector can be monitored. Among the main features of these units are quick and simple installation as well as the robustness of the equipment in wet environments and the modularity of the system.
Preparation for FITUR 2012 Begins
The Councillor for Tourism, Angel Mollinedo has announced the City’s preparations for FITUR 2012, to be held from 18 to 22 this month in Madrid, and highlighting for the seventh consecutive year the ‘Castle of Roquetas’ Awards, to be awarded to individuals, organisations or associations that have contributed particularly to the tourist promotion of the municipality. The awards were instituted seven years ago, and have always been given to those who best promote tourism in Roquetas de Mar. The presentation of prizes will be chaired by Mayor Gabriel Amat at 12:30 pm on Friday, January 20 at the stand of the Tourist Board, and will be attended by representatives of the political world, the tourism sector and domestic and international tour operators. Initially, a promotional video of the municipality, to be distributed at the Fair itself, will be shown. Subsequently it will be shown permanently in the Tourist Office of Roquetas de Mar as well as different channels and social networking sites. This year awards have gone to the Group Serhs Tourism for the promotion of the municipality in Eastern countries, which have ensured that 15,000 tourists have visited Roquetas de Mar this year. The award will be collected by the group’s president, Ramón Bagó.
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AUAN PRESS RELEASE The Decree to regularize houses in Andalucia – Don’t be dazzled by the fireworks!
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The Mayor of Almería and the president of the Association of Municipalities and Mayor of Lower Andarax de Gador have met to arrange the signing of a cooperation agreement through which the city council will increase the flow of water from the desalination plant, enabling about 40,000 residents to receive more and better quality water. Through the agreement they have reached, the Ayuntamiento will increase the supply of desalinated water and the Mancomunidad will allow the Consistory use of the water from the Pozo de la Tandilla, in Huércal de Almería, which is unfit for consumption, for irrigation of green areas.
On Sunday, January 15 a program was broadcast on Cuarto Milenio (Four) on the Civil War shelters that exist in the capital. The program was presented by Iker Jimenez, who took as his inspiration writer Alberto Cerezuela. Viewers were taken on a very different tour to those shown in the official guided tours of Almería. The team, led by Francisco Perez and Alberto Caballero Cerezuela, has spent several days immersed in the network of tunnels that lies beneath the capital in search of unusual and unique experiences and testimonies. The result was an amazing story in which mystery witnesses appear in the form of former workers Alfonso Ruiz, who gave the historical perspective, and Francisco del Pino, who is the only survivor of those who built the underground bunkers, and both of whom recounted their own experiences. Following the ten minute film Cerezuela and Perez Caballero discussed with Iker Jiménez the stories, which blend the traumatic experiences of some workers during the bombing raids, and accounts from those who claim to have seen a strange figure wandering in the location of the old operating theatre. This story introduces the recent work of Alberto Cerezuela, ‘Almería extraña’, which has become a best seller this winter after selling the first edition of 2000 copies in less than two months. He is the author of many other books about local events; ‘Ghosts of the Cervantes Theatre,’ ‘The holy burial of Adra,’ ‘The light of Alcolea’, ‘Terque Cave’, ‘A Sign on the Storm,’ set in Vera, ‘The Miracles of
Oria’, ‘Gador’s crime’, ‘The Fire of Laroya’. Alberto Cerezuela hopes that when people see the program, they may become curios, and may wish to visit the place.
The Department of Tourism of the City of Almería has organised new tours. On the weekend tours will include the ‘Casa de las Mariposas’ and the ‘Cerro del San Cristóbal’, while from Wednesday, January 11 attendees will discover the charming town of Al-Andalus. So every Wednesday of the next quarter, visitors can take the new tour, which is entitled ‘Aromas of Al-Andalus - Enjoy the baths!’ and will be a brief tour of the most emblematic old quarter of the city. Apart from visiting the main sites, participants will enjoy an evening in the Arab Baths of Plaza Vieja and may dive into the hot springs that remain in Almería from the Muslim era. This visit starts at 11.0 hours and costs 1.50 euros, with a further 15€ for entrance to the baths - participants need to be equipped with a bathing suit! Tickets for these and other tours can be purchased at the Tourist Office, located in Constitution Square (Plaza Vieja), Monday to Sunday from 9 to 15 hours.
A youth of 15 years of age has been arrested for robbery in Albox. He assaulted the victim in the street and stole a wallet containing 110 Euros, as well as a mobile phone. Officers from the Guardia Civil Albox arrested a person under the age of 15 on suspicion of robbery with violence and intimidation, committed last December 31. Following a complaint the officers investigated the crime, which left the victim with hand and face injuries. The event occurred when the victim was walking through Albox and was pushed from behind by two people, who then escaped with her purse containing 110 Euros and a mobile phone. After interviewing the victim the officers centered their attention on a local person who was known to them, and proceeded with the arrest of a minor for the crime of violence with intimidation. However, the investigation remains open, and the Guardia Civil are not ruling out further arrests related to the facts.
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segregation of land.” “On the other hand, the regularization of these developments still has to go through an unrealistic, expensive, arduous and painful process which will take a very long time” she added. Regarding the new provision for isolated houses she states that “I regret to say that these houses are relatively blighted, since according to the decree they are not entitled to a licence of occupation or use; are subject to yet to be defined future regulations and some theoretical minimum standard of habitability; Furthermore, the decree states that these houses can only be repaired and preserved; that they should have self sufficient supplies of water, electricity and waste treatment and that only in exceptional circumstances can they be connected to mains services; In other words they are of dubious legality” “That is to say that the Junta, instead of making an important legal change , and by that I mean changing the LOUA, to resolve a major problem has instead only created more confusion in addition to creating a category of second class housing”. She concluded by saying “I hope that not too many people are lured by this bait because I think that it doesn’t fix very much. In fact among our members we think that only 16% of them will benefit in any way from this Decree”.
Maura Hillen, president of AUAN has described the decree to regularise houses on non urban land, approved today by the regional government, as ‘very disappointing’. According to Hillen “It’s possible that this fireworks display will dazzle some but if you look at the detail of the Decree you will see that it does not help those with ongoing court proceedings, where perhaps the majority could face the chop”. “If what the Junta wants is more cases like the Priors, the decree certainly does nothing to prevent that” she added. “Actually, I sometimes despair at how little the administration is in contact with the real problems of its citizens. They must know that what looks nice on paper is not always workable in practice. It appears that they don’t and all they want to do is inundate us with a byzantine tangle of laws and, whilst they are about it, completely destroy foreign investment in Spain”. Hillen asks “What shall I tell elderly retirees who have demolition orders against their homes? Can I tell them that the Decree will save them? I can’t because it doesn’t”. “What can I say to hundreds of retired couples who live on irregular urbanisations without escritura for their land? Can I tell them that the Decree will give them their escritura? No I can’t, and indeed some of those who currently have escritura are at risk because, according to the Decree, escrituras can be annulled because of the possible illegal
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Court orders Spanish Dummies ‘may’ woman to return children reduce risk to their father in England of cot death,
A court in Valencia has ordered a Spanish woman, found guilty of illegally abducting her own children and taking them out of the country, to return them to their father in England, despite the fact that she has made allegations of abuse and rape against him.
Carolina A.G. justified the abduction of her own children on the basis of the threats and abuse she had suffered at the hands of their father, her husband, a man of Nigerian origins with Spanish nationality because of his marriage to her. The court, however, decided that Carolina “had illegally held her children against the wishes of their father” thus infringing an order issued by a Nottingham court that prohibited her from taking her two children out of the UK. According to this court order, the mother had care and control of her children, but without exclusive custody of them, which means that she is not permitted to take a unilateral decision about where they live. The woman in question, however, said the court had not taken into account the reasons for her leaving the country with her children: “He was going to kills us”, she claimed, adding that she was disappointed
that the Spanish court had not taken into account the fact that she had reported her husband for rape and abuse both in Spain and in England.
Dummies could help to prevent sudden death in lactating infants, according to new research by a hospital in Ciudad Real (Castilla-La Mancha).
Carolina and her husband married in Spain in 2003 and have had three children together, who are now 8 years, 5 years and 4 months old respectively.
Whilst often blamed for mouth infections and distorted teeth in toddlerhood, the Hospital General La Mancha Centro in Alcázar (Ciudad Real) has found that the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, which affects one in 1,000 newborns in Spain, may be prevented if babies suck a dummy when they sleep.
In 2008 they went to live in England and, she claims, he has been abusive to her throughout the relationship, although she did not make a formal complaint to the police until February 2011: “By then, I feared for my life and for the lives of my children, as the eldest has also suffered abuse”.
This is because a dummy keeps the baby’s tongue in the right position, preventing swallowing, marginally increasing intake of carbon dioxide, and exercises the muscles surrounding the respiratory tract and peripheral breathing system of the ear, nose and throat.
“He even thumped me hard in the stomach when I was pregnant with my third child”, she said, explaining why she decided to come back to Spain. “What’s more, he said he was going to take the children away from me and take them to Nigeria so that I would never see them again”. Carolina admitted that despite numerous interventions by the British police, she was “terrified” that he would carry out his threats and so she contacted the Spanish Consulate in Nottingham: “They told me that it wasn’t clear that we would be safe
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there, without family or friends, that it would be better if the children were in Spain.” Carolina’s lawyere has now requested copied of his client’s official complaints to the British police against her husband, who she is now divorcing. She has also denounced him to the High Court here in Spain for rape, humiliation and physical abuse.
Although it affects babies of up to a year old, sudden infant death syndrome – also known as ‘cot death’ - is most common in the first month after birth. It is the diagnosis given when no obvious cause can be found. This research was carried out at the maternity department of the hospital after studying databases – including Cochrane, Pubmed, Cuiden, Cuidatge and Enfispo – which led to finding 18 articles on the subject, of which seven were selected and analysed in depth.
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Legal sales New businesses up by 8.4% of cigarettes drop sharply as black market sales soar
Legal sales of cigarettes took another sharp fall in 2011, dropping by 16.5%, on the back of a 10.3% fall in 2010. The black market in cigarettes has, however, reappeared after large tax increases were applied to tobacco by the Government in December 2010. The ban on smoking in enclosed public places is also believed to have contributed to the decline. Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Altadis, Jaime Gil-Robles, emphasized that this data “strongly” confirms the “profound” concern over the tobacco market situation, where the problem of unchecked illegal tobacco imports show that decisions made by the previous Government have meant less revenue for the state. In addition, he said, such measures have “seriously” hurt the hospitality and catering
industry, a fundamental part of the Spanish economy, and have put the country’s tobacco production sector at risk. According to the analysis,
illicit trade in tobacco (smuggling more fakes) has seen a huge revival since last year’s “disproportionate” tax increases implemented by the Government. Specifically, this tax increase has accelerated the serious problem of smuggling throughout the year, currently estimated at
The number of new businesses created in November increased by 8.4% compared with same month in 2010, reaching 7,245, reported the National Statistics Institute (INE) today. The subscribed capital for the new businesses exceeded 387 million euros, 30.7% less than the same month last year, while the average subscribed capital, 53,449 euros, decreased 36.1%. Furthermore, 2,923 limited companies increased their capital in November 2011, a 16.5% increase on the previous year. November saw 1,680 companies dissolve, a 4.9% increase on 2010, of which 72.2% did so voluntarily, 10.5% underwent mergers and the remaining 17.3% for other reasons. The number of public limited companies (PLCs) created decreased 29.9%, while the number of limited companies inreased 8.9%. The PLCs increasing their capital dropped by 7.8%, compared to limited companies which grew by 19.4%. Region by region, Navarra saw the largest increase in average
around 8% of legal sales of cigarettes in the country, and up to 20% in Andalusia. Along with the incidence of illegal trade there are other variables that have determined the market crash in 2011 as the impact of the implementation of the smoking ban in all enclosed public places.
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SEAT Begins Exporting To China SEAT shipped its first cars to China from the port of Barcelona today and vice president of Institutional Relations, Ramón Paredes, said that the company had plans to increase production by 3% this year, thanks to exports. Paredes was speaking at the port of Barcelona as 250 Seat Leon cars were leaded onto a cargo ship for China. It is the first time that SEAT cars built at the Martorell plant (Barcelona) have been exported to the Asian country . Paredes stated that this year SEAT expects to sell about 3,500 cars in China and subsequently concentrate on other emerging markets, like Russia. “Mexico, Latin America and Russia are working very well for us and we hope to see SEAT penetrate more international markets looking
for cars with design, sportiness and Latin spirit” stressed Paredes. This export to China opens up the first regular maritime route for shipping vehicles to the Asian country, with cars being offloaded in either Guanzhoy or Tianjin. SEAT hopes to send about 400 vehicles a month to China, establishing a regular shipping route from Barcelona. Although today’s shipment comprised only ‘Leons’, SEAT plans to send other models, including its betselling Ibiza, in future shipments. Paredes stressed that the commitment to export to China is in line with policies introduced by its multinational parent, the German group Volkswagen, which is currently building its sixth plant in the Asian giant.
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Pediatricians push MMR vaccine as Europe sees resurgence of measles
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Pediatricians HAVE recommended giving the MMR triple vaccine earlier because of the increasing number of cases of measles detected in Spain last year: about 2,000, although it is suspected that this figure could be as high as 3,000, compared to 173 in 2010 The advice was prompted by the discovery of measles cases in children as young as between 12 and 15 months, when their bodies have insufficient antibodies to fight the disease. Pediatricians are also recommending bringing forward the second dose of MMR, which is normally given between the ages of three and four, but as late as six in some regions. They now recommend giving this second dose at the age of two because of the recent “resurgence of measles” across Europe. Last year, over 30,000 cases were discovered, eight people died of the disease and 25 developed encephalitis, according to the European Centre for the Control of Infectious Diseases. In Spain, according to this organisation, 1,876 cases were officially identified between January and October, but they suspect that this figure could actually be as high as 3,000, with 2,000 of them in Seville, where the disease is becoming prolific again amongst populations with low vaccination levels, like gypsy communities and small villages. The other major centres of measles outbreaks are Madrid and Barcelona. According to the specialists, vaccination levels have dropped to 85% por ciento, whereas the optimum level in order to keep the disease in check is 95%. This is mainly due to a drop in the number visits to the pediatrician, and because many parents have no experience of the disease
and have forgotten that “it can kill”, said Javier Arístegui, a member of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines. Another influential factor in the drop in MMR vaccinations, claims Arístegui, was the “fraudulent” campaign launched in the UK, linking the MMR vaccine with autism. The increased interest in natural medicines and the belief that people should “go through minor illnesses, rather than be vaccinated” has also had an adverse effect on vaccination levels.
Spain aces first bond test of 2012
Spain aced its first bond test of 2012 under a new right-leaning government Thursday, locking in sharply lower borrowing rates and raising far more money than first planned. Investors flocked to the issue and the Treasury took advantage of the cheaper rates to raise about 10 billion euros ($12.7 billion) -- twice the original target. It was good news for the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is struggling to slash spending and rein in a public deficit that shot far above target in 2011. In an issue of three-, fourand five-year bonds, the Treasury boosted the sale from its original target of 4.0-5.0 billion euros as rates fell to less than four percent, Bank of Spain figures showed. Investors showed strong demand for the bonds, with bids for all three issues amounting to 18.7 billion euros -- well over three times the amount the Treasury first expected to raise. A breakdown of the sale showed Spain raised 4.272 billion euros in three-year bonds, 2.503 billion euros in
four-year bonds and 3.211 billion euros in five-year bonds. The state offered yields of between 3.384 and 3.912 percent on the three issues, well below the punishing 4.848-4.871 percent borrowing rates it had to pay at previous comparable sales in 2011. The result cheered investors, sending the Madrid stock exchange’s IBEX-35 index up 134.6 points or 1.6 percent to 8,561.4 points in midday trade. Ranvir Singh, chief executive of London-based market analysts RANsquawk, said the bond auction took markets by surprise. “Spain sold twice the level of bonds that it was planning to, which was highly impressive and shows there is still some appetite for peripheral eurozone nations,” Singh said in a report. “But let’s not get carried away,” he warned. The result was exaggerated by a lack of liquidity in the market and sentiment had been lifted by a European Central Bank decision last month to offer easy threeyear long-term finance
operations, he said. “The eurozone is still in a dire position, both politically and economically, and so this sale may well be a shortterm blip,” the analyst said. Spain’s new leader said this week the overall public deficit could hit about 8.0 percent of GDP in 2011, well beyond the 6.0 percent target set by the previous Socialist government. Rajoy has vowed to stick to the 4.4-percent goal for 2012, however, and has announced the first steps of an austerity drive expected to trim the deficit by nearly 40 billion euros. The government has outlined 8.9 billion euros in new budget cuts, 6.3 billion euros in extra taxes, and an anti-tax fraud campaign it hopes will recoup about 8.2 billion euros. The latest auction means Spain has already raised nearly 12 percent of the 86 billion euros in gross medium- and long-term debt issues planned for 2012. After discounting rollovers of existing debt, the Treasury plans to raise a net 36 billion euros this year, down 12 billion euros from 2011.
Spanish banking giant BBVA is switching to Google’s cloud-computing services, where software is offered as a service via the internet. The bank has made it clear that it would use Google’s tools only for internal communication, but the deal is being seen as a breakthrough as banking, with its high security needs and strict regulations, was always considered to be one of the last industries to accept cloud-computing. BBVA’s director of innovation, Carmen Herranz, stressed that all customer data and other key banking systems would “stay in our own data centres” and be completely separate from the cloud solution. The bank would use Google applications like email, calendar, docs, chat, video conferencing and other collaboration tools to “achieve a cultural change” and get “the whole company working together” across the 26 countries where BBVA is based. Ms Herranz said the project - with roll-out across all employees to be complete by the end of the year - was not about saving cost, but rather to “promote innovation” and “increase productivity”. The increasing mobility of the bank’s workforce was also considered a factor, as many have moved to smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers at home, she said. BBVA is one of Spain’s largest banks and is also the largest provider of financial services in Mexico, as well as having a large presence in the south of the United States.
Spain sets yet another organ transplant record
4,212 organ transplants were carried out in Spain last year, 500 more than in 2010, and 1,667 donors were registered. Record numbers of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants were carried out, and a record number of donors were registered - 167 more than the previous year, reaching a figure of 35.3 donors per million inhabitants. These are just some of the data presented by Rafael Matesanz, the director of the National Transplant Organisation, who gave a press conference today together with the Health Minister, Ana Mato. Ana Mato underlined the “magnificent” figures and the enormous effort being made by the Spanish people who “have once again shown their charitable side”. Cantabria leads the donor league table with 67.8 organ donations per million inhabitants, followed by La Rioja (62.5), Asturias (46.3), the Basque Country (44.5) and Castilla y León (41.4). Mato said that families’ neagtive feelings towards organ donation had reduced considerably.
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Spain’s white elephant airport spents 30 million euros on advertising
The scandal of a “ghost” airport in Spain that has yet to see a single passenger through its terminal has deepened with revelations that 30 million euros has been spent on advertising it, a report in the telegraph indicates.
Castellon airport in Spain’s Valencia region was inaugurated in March last year after an estimated 150 million euros (£130m) was spent on its development. But not a single aircraft has landed on its runways after the airport failed to secure a license and was unable to attract airlines to add the destination in their routes. The airport has become a symbol of reckless public spending on ill-thought out projects across Spain that has left the country crippled with debt. A recent report showed that only 11 of Spain’s 48
airports were profitable. Now, Just days after the debt-laden autonomous region was forced to seek assistance from the central government to stall a default on a loan of 123 million euros, details of the accounts of the Spain’s newest airport have been made public. It emerged that 30 million euros was spent on publicity for CastellÃ³n’s airport as it was promoted at tourism fairs, according to a report in Spain’s daily El Pais newspaper. The airport even became the sponsor for first division football club Villarreal CF,
whose players bore the airport logo on their strip for three seasons in exchange for 2.35 million euros. The sponsorship was later extended to CD CastellÃ³n. But while all advertising for the stricken airport has now been put on hold, a 25 meter high metal sculpture is currently being erected in front of the gleaming, and abandoned terminal, at a reported cost of 300,000 euros. The sculpture, by artist Juan Garcia Ripolles, is said to represent Carlos Fabra, the former premier of the CastellÃ³n province, who
After 16 years in power for the conservative Popular Party, he was forced to step down last June pending an investigation into tax-fraud, influence peddling and bribery. It was hoped that CastellÃ³n airport would open up a new area of Spain’s eastern coast to tourism, although the region is already served well with busy international airports in Valencia and Alicante to the south and Barcelona to the north.
More than 100 flights cancelled in Spanish pilot strike
Spanish airline Iberia cancelled more than a third of its flights last Wednesday after pilots went on strike for the fourth time in less than a month. Pilots are protesting at the airline’s creation of budget carrier Iberia Express, expected to open by April, over fears that salaries for new recruits will be reduced. As with other strikes since December 18, last Wednesday’s action caused relatively few disruptions, as passengers were routed on to different flights or offered travel on different days. An Iberia spokesman said 104 of 292 flights were cancelled. Domestic flights were the hardest hit, with 75 cancellations. Another strike last Monday saw 109 flights grounded. Two strikes last month saw similar numbers of flights cancelled on December 18 and 29. The pilots’ union called the strikes fearing that Iberia Express will offer new pilots a reduced salary. The airline has said current pilots’ salaries would not be affected. Iberia Express will start with a fleet of four Airbus 320 jets which it hopes to expand to 13 aircraft and 500 staff by the end of 2012. The new budget carrier will handle short- and mediumhaul flights from Madrid. Those flights have been facing heavy competition from other low-cost carriers and Spain’s highspeed trains. Iberia last year merged with British Airways to create International Consolidated Airlines Group SA.
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New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
One of Spain’s most enduring mysteries may be on the verge of being solved with a request to excavate an area that could hold the real grave of Federico Garcia Lorca
death by firing squad after sifting through police and military archives, is waiting for permission from the town hall of Alcafar to conduct detailed geographical and archaeological studies of the zone. His first request, made three months ago has been ignored, and he said he will lodge another this week. The explorations, which Mr Caballero says he will fund himself, will be conducted by Javier Navarro Cheuca, an archaeologist at the University of Zaragoza who has carried out excavations at dozens of civil war mass graves in other parts of Spain.
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Historians believe some 130,000 people were killed by fascist death squads during the three year conflict and ensuing dictatorship that ended with the death of Franco in 1975. Their bones lie undiscovered in unmarked graves across Spain but the movement to unearth the past has grown stronger in the last decade. The Law of Historical Memory passed by the socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero in 2007 overturned the “pact of forgetting” that allowed Spain to draw a veil over the past to ensure a smooth transition to democracy, and aims to assist relatives unearth the remains of their loved ones.
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The poet and playwright was executed during the first months of the Spanish Civil War and the site of his burial in an unmarked grave somewhere on a hillside south of Granada has been a subject of controversy ever since. Now a local historian, Miguel Caballero Perez, believes he has identified the true grave of Lorca, author of Blood Wedding, Yerma and the House of Bernada Alba, and has applied for permission to carry out archaeological studies on the area. The request is just the latest step in an ongoing saga to discover the final resting place of the literary figure and three others executed alongside him in August 1936 by members of Franco’s Black Squadron who targeted him for his leftwing views and homosexuality. Two years ago, after a long campaign complicated by the refusal of Lorca’s own family to condone the search, an olive grove half the size of a football pitch identified as the likely burial site was excavated but no human remains found. That site had been pinpointed by Ian Gibson, an Irish historian living in Spain who wrote a biography of Lorca and identified the likely location of the grave after interviewing a man who claimed to have buried him. When the search proved to be fruitless another historian took up the challenge and believes he has now located the true grave - less than half a kilometre away from the original site. Mr Caballero, author of “The last 13 hours of Garcia Lorca” in which he pieced together the hours leading to Lorca’s
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It was organised by Rocío Muñoz, supported A notice has gone up on the notice board at the Almerimar by the El Ejido Department of Culture, to raise golf course about the Spanish Golf Federations (Andalucía money and help people affected by brain federation and the national Spanish federation) and damage. Tickets were on sale at 3€. insurance for golfers playing on the Almerimar course in Dance groups performing were: Arand-B, Black Diamonds and Circle Crew, directed by Rocío Muñoz, and Crazy Girls, directed by Laura Garcia.
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On January 4 half of Gador’s 1,000 pensioners gathered at the Centro Cultural de Gador to celebrate the ‘holiday-tribute’, which has taken place every year before Three Kings Day for the last quarter of a century, ever since it was included in the Christmas holiday calendar by the Mayor, Eugene Gonzálvez.
2012. The notice was only in Spanish so it took me a little time to try to understand it. From my understanding if you are a member of the Spanish Golf Federation (when you join you automatically become a member of your regional federation as well - in our case Andalucía) you receive golf insurance that I think covers you for accidents on any course in Spain. If you are not a member then the Almerimar course is now going to charge 1.50 euros a day for daily membership of the federations if you wish to play at Almerimar. While chatting to Primera he said that this is something that happens at a number of other courses in Spain already. Apparently when he played recently at Guadalmina they did not have to pay extra but the two people they were playing with had to pay 2 euros extra as they were not members of the federation.
Last year annual membership of the federations was 70 The event took the form of a high tea, a show euros a person per year having recently increased from 60 and a raffle of gifts, and continued for over four euros. So I am guessing that this will be the price again this hours. year.
With this initiative, which we have already celebrated for the past 25 years, we pay homage to our elders. It is a deserved tribute for the many sacrifices they have made, which are reflected in what we are today.’ said Gonzalvez.
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Each guest was welcomed at the door, and each lady was presented with a rose. To initiate the evening, which began at 6.00 o’clock, Eugenio Gonzálvez performed the traditional toast dedicated to all pensioners. The evening continued with the meal, followed by copla singing and humorous sketches.
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Friday 13th turned out well from a weather point of view. It started a little overcast but all the players ended up playing in lovely Spanish sunshine by the end of the round.
38 players took part in a Texas Best 2 competition where tee shots are taken as in a Texas Scramble then players play their own ball.
The winners this week were John Flynn, Rita White, Mel Moody and Kristina Olsson with a score of 95 points.
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Last place and chocolates went to Marianne Liljedahl, Calle Olson (guest), Hans Folin and Jürgen Neuhäuser with a score of 82 points.
Rosemary Moody won nearest the pin with a distance of 5.20m.
There were no handicap adjustments this week as the format is not compatible with keeping individual scores alongside the team scores.
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Facebook admits paid adverts are invading people’s news feeds
Only difference from normal posts is two tiny words saying ‘featured content’; If you have ever ‘liked’ anything, you could start advertising to friends.
Facebook has admitted that paid adverts are now appearing in users’ news feeds and looking identical to normal posts. Users will now see unsolicited adverts for a range of products in between regular updates from friends about what they have been doing in their lives. Critics claims the controversial move will fool people into clicking on the ‘stories’ as they do not realise what they are. But the adverts are likely to prove extremely lucrative for Facebook as advertisers will be falling over themselves to buy them up. In an attempt to ease users’ concerns, Facebook has vowed to only display adverts for goods and services that somebody has already ‘liked’. The social networking site will also only allow one paid news story a day in news feeds and none in the mobile version. But the only difference between organic content and the adverts will be the words ‘featured content’ on the bottom right of the post. Facebook has shied away from using ‘sponsored content’ as it had suggested it would in the past - apparently to make the adverts blend in more easily. Ray Valdes, an analyst with Gartner, said that Facebook’s decision would not go down well with its 800 million users. He said: ‘Sponsored seems a bit more transparent than featured. It is a departure from user expectations and industry convention’. Facebook ran adverts in the news
back to the way it was before, Sodahead. com found. Amongst teenagers the number was even higher and 91 per cent said that Facebook was worse since the update. Facebook said in a statement it was labelling adverts in the news feed ‘featured’ instead of ‘sponsored’ because ‘we want to make it clear to people that they’re seeing content from a Page or person they have chosen to connect to’. The spokesman said: ‘We want to make it clear that marketers can only pay for stories to be featured in your News Feed if you have explicitly liked the page.’
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Stephanie Noble, a 65-year-old divorcee, claims she was forced to take drastic action after falling out with the owner of the land on which the mare previously grazed. She said Grey Lady Too, a Connemara pony, was “dumped” on the lawn at her former council house in the Western Isles on Christmas Eve. After a sleepless night, she spent Christmas Day moving furniture to make space for the animal in her home. The pensioner has since had the ceiling braced, added a gate to contain the pony and turned her adjoining kitchen, otherwise well stocked with herbs and spices, into a grain store. The 15ft by 12ft lounge has an 8.5ft by 9ft area for the pony, with dining room chairs holding its fodder, and a view to the main road from a window. Ms Noble, a qualified riding instructor, has moved upstairs in the two-bedroom house and says she removes manure “as it happens”. She insists she has the best-kept pony in the north of Scotland, but according to neighbours in the village of Back, on the Isle of Lewis, the animal should be taken from her. The Scottish SPCA urged her to hand over the pony, and she has been visited by the local environmental health department. But she insisted yesterday that she was doing nothing wrong. “If I want to even keep an elephant in the house I can,” she said. “I have had nothing but stick from people
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High...but heels ‘are to blame for flat feet’ a cure may be a few steps away... It is a discovery that might leave high-heel fans feeling a little flat. Sky-high shoes could be to blame for flat feet, according to a study. Scientists claim that high heels are the reason women are more likely to develop the agonising condition than men – and say their risk is increased further if they spend a lot of time standing up. But before you resign yourself to a lifetime of sensible footwear, the researchers also say they are close to finding a cure. The scientists, from the University of East Anglia, believe that flat feet come about when tendons in the feet are weakened by proteins that occur naturally in the body. This causes the arch of the foot to fall, which can lead to excruciating pain and difficulties walking. And they say their discovery could lead to the development of new drugs to combat these proteins, called enzymes, and stop them weakening the tendons. Around 3.5 per cent of the British population are thought to be affected by flat feet. The condition is more common in women over 40, but it also runs in families and many sufferers are born with it. Dr Graham Riley, who carried out the study, said that high heels did not properly support the feet, which caused the tendons to weaken. He also warned that women who wore heels were particularly at risk if they spent large chunks of the day standing up. High heels alter posture and increase pressure on the ball of the foot. Repeated wear is already known to strain the hips, knees and thighs, as well as increasing the risk of conditions such as osteoarthritis, hammer toe, back problems, bunions
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Scientists have discovered why alcohol can make us feel good. For the first time it has been shown that drinking alcohol releases feel-good chemicals in an area of the human brain often referred to as the ‘pleasure centre’. The rush of chemicals released in specific brain locations after drinking produce feelings of pleasure and reward. Previously scientists had deduced from animal studies that the pleasurable effects of alcohol come from the release of endorphins in the brain. But new research used scanning technology to ‘light up’ the brain regions of drinkers, showing where it has the biggest impact. A study from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Centre at the University of California marks the first time that endorphin release in two regions of the brain, the nucleus accumbens and orbitofrontal cortex, in response to drinking alcohol has been directly observed in humans. Research leader Jennifer Mitchell, assistant professor of neurology, said: ‘This is something that we’ve speculated about for 30 years, based on animal studies, but haven’t observed in humans until now. ‘It provides the first direct evidence of how alcohol makes people feel good.’ The researchers used PET imaging (positron emission tomography) to observe the immediate effects of alcohol in the brains of 13 heavy drinkers and 12 matched ‘control’ subjects who were not heavy drinkers. Drinking led to a release of endorphins in all those taking part. The more endorphins released in the nucleus accumbens, the greater the feelings of pleasure reported by each drinker. However, as levels of endorphins released in the orbitofrontal cortex went up, heavy drinkers felt more intoxicated – but not those in the control group. Prof Mitchell said ‘This indicates that the brains of heavy or problem drinkers are changed in a way that makes them more likely to find alcohol pleasant, and may be a clue to how problem drinking develops in the first place. ‘That greater feeling of reward might cause
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A victory for curvy ladies
Ann Summers’ competition to find ‘real woman’ to front campaign is won by only plus-size finalist When Ann Summers launched a ‘find a face’ campaign in November, the models they had apparently plucked from oblivion already looked a lot like professionals. But in a victory for curvy women, the winner of the competition to find the face of the underwear chain’s Valentine’s Day campaign was the only plus-size finalist in the running. Lucy Moore, a University of Westminster criminal justice student from Portsmouth secured an impressive 22 per cent of the public’s 30,000 votes for Ann Summers’ next star. The 20-year-old was chosen from more than 4,000 entrants as one of the ten finalists to star in the chain’s first ever TV advert which was screened during the final episode of ITV2’sThe Only Way is Essex. She wowed the panel during the October judging day, which was only attended by a few plus-size models. Miss Moore’s stand out personality, body confidence and sexy, size 16 curves won over Ann Summers’ CEO, Jacqueline Gold who chose to put her through to the finals. Then, in a bid to win over the public, Miss Moore embarked
on her own promotional tour building support for her campaign. She featured in her local newspaper as well as spending time in her local Ann Summers store as real life mannequin, modelling key lingerie lines in the store window. Drumming up further support Lucy even donned the company’s Miss Claus outfit for the opening of the new concept store in Milton Keynes, and even to Twitter and Facebook to build support from her followers and favourite celebrity tweeters. Miss Moore told MailOnline that although she has always wanted to be a model, she still could not believe that she had won. She said: ‘At school I was the biggest girl in my group
of friends, so I avoided being teased by being fun and bubbly. ‘Now all of my course mates at university have seen me in my underwear. It’s a bit weird.’ Miss Moore added: ‘This has been one of the most exciting things to happen to me and I couldn’t believe I made it into a national modelling competition and have now won; it is beyond anything I could have imagined. ‘Hopefully it will be an inspiration to other curvy girls and give them confidence. ‘I kept looking at the other girls and thinking how beautiful they were. I thought any one of them could win it. ‘I want to represent women with a curvier figure and show them that you can be sexy
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A list of the most bizarre items left behind by guests at Travelodge hotels includes a hamster named Fredrick and an 18-month-old baby. Also among the quirkier items left behind were a life-size Mr Blobby costume, a case full of 100 Duchess of Cambridge masks, and the ashes of a guest’s late wife. One careless visitor left a box contained £50,000 worth of watches and a newlywed bride nearly lost her Vera Wang wedding gown when her husband forgot to pack it. Staff at Nuneaton Travelodge were even treated to a Christmas surprise when a couple left an entire Santa’s grotto is their room. They appear to have held their own early celebrations, and left a whole Christmas tree
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Star Trek-style ‘tricorder’ invention offered $10m prize
A $10m (£6.5m) prize is on offer to whoever can create a Star Trek-like medical “tricorder”.
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has challenged researchers to build a tool capable of capturing “key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases”. It needs to be light enough for would-be Dr McCoys to carry - a maximum weight of 5lb (2.2kg). The prize was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to the official Star Trek technical manual, a tricorder is a portable “sensing, computing and data communications device”. The kit captured the imagination of the show’s millions of viewers when it was first used in the cult series’ first broadcast in 1966. In the show, which was set in the 23rd Century, the crew’s doctor was able to use the tricorder to diagnose an illness simply by
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scanning a person’s body.
However, for Mr Diamandis the mere fact the prize exists could transform healthcare.
Science fact The award organisers hope the huge prize may inspire a present-day engineer to figure out the sci-fi gadget’s secret, and “make 23rd Century science fiction a 21st Century medical reality”. “I’m probably the first guy who’s here in Vegas who would be happy to lose $10m,” said X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis. While the tricorder is obviously the stuff of science fiction, other X Prizes have become science fact. In 2004, the Ansari X Prize for a privately funded reusable spacecraft was awarded to the team behind SpaceShipOne. Much of the technology they developed was subsequently utilised by Virgin Galactic. Prof Jeremy Nicholson, head of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London, told the BBC there are already medical devices which detect chemical signs
“It’s not a single point solution. What we’re looking for is to launch a new industry,” he said. “The tricorder that was used by Spock and Bones inspires a vision of what healthcare will be like in the future. “It will be wireless, mobile and minimally- or non-invasive.
of illness to assist diagnosis. However, he warned that bringing this technology together into one tricordersized piece of equipment would be a very daunting challenge. “The most likely sort of technology would be something that detects metabolites,” Prof Nicholson said. “What we use in our
laboratory is big - the size of a Mini. The challenge is sticking it all into one device.”
Medical use Prof Nicholson thought “grand challenges” like the tricorder prize helped stimulate innovation, and are “good fun”. But he doubted the Qualcomm Foundation would be awarding the
prize any time soon. “The challenges are: What is it you detect, what are the samples you can get and how do you put it all together in one gizmo?
“It may use digital imaging, it may be sequencing your DNA on the spot to tell you if you are allergic to something you just ate.”
“I don’t think there’ll be many people getting that prize in the near future.”
That may seem like an impossibly ambitious set of goals, but fortunately, for those trying to win the prize, one feature of the Star Trek tricorder is not needed.
Even if the device could be made, he continued, testing and obtaining approval for medical use
“We don’t have a requirement that it makes the same noise,” Mr Diamandis said
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Spanish Taxpayers to Pay 679 Euros More this Year
The Federation of Independent Users and Consumers (FUCI) estimates that this year taxpayers will face paying an extra 679 euros due to rises in income tax, property tax, mortgages and utilities, such as natural gas and water. Specifically, FUCI estimated that each taxpayer will face an average annual rise in income tax of 222 euros, which is in addition to the average 360 euros per year increase in recently reviewed mortgages. On the other hand, Europa Press reported that the anticipated rise in the property tax of between 4 and 10%, depending on the year the assessed value of the property was reviewed, will mean an average increase of 42 euros per property per year, according to the consumer organisation’s estimates. With regard to basic services, despite the freeze on electricity rates and butane, the 0.5% increase in natural gas bills will cost an average of 0.57 euros extra per month.
Any increases in the price of water are decided by each municipality’s town hall, and this is one item that will become more expensive this year as the bill may be increased up to 60%, which would incur an average extra cost of 4 euros per month. FUCI president, Gustavo Samayoa, has criticised these increases, saying they are “going to end up drowning the average income which every day is seeing more reductions in its purchasing power and the ability to save, which in many cases is zero, causing uncertainty in the black future which is looming.” Given these increases, the consumer organisation recommends following guidelines for the control of spending and saving, as well as proper economy planning in order to cope with the rising prices of these basic services which are taking place at the beginning of this year.
WTO Forecasts One Billion Tourists for 2012 The number of international tourists in the world increased by 4% in 2011 over the previous year, to 980 million, indicating that this year figures will reach one billion, according to the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Taleb Rifai. In a recent interview with Spanish News Agency, Efe, Rifai defined 2011 as a “good year” for tourism, despite the difficulties and challenges faced by virtually all the economic sectors in the world, especially in Europe and North America.
At the end of last year the increase in tourist arrivals was slightly below the initial 5% growth forecast of the WTO, reaching 4.5%. According to Cinco Dias, Rifai said that, despite a further economic downturn, especially in Europe, he hoped this year to consolidate the results of the last two years, with an increase of over 3%, which would mean a rise of 7% over 2010. Europe already surprised everyone in 2011 exceeding all expectations, and even countries with problems such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal
Eurozone Unemployment at 10.3% in November
Unemployment in the eurozone during the month of November remained at the 10.3% it reached in October, with Spain again in the lead with an unemployment rate of 22.9%, which is two-tenths more than in the previous month, according to Eurostat. In the European Union (EU) as a whole, Cinco Dias reported that the unemployment rate stood at 9.8% in November, the same as the previous month, and one-tenth more than in September, when it stood at 9.7%. Compared with the same month of the previous year, the unemployment rate rose three-tenths in the eurozone, and two-tenths over the whole of the European Union. The European statistical agency estimates
that 23,674 million people were out of work in November in the EU, of which 16,372 million were in the eurozone, which represented a monthly increase of 55,000 unemployed in the whole of the EU and 45,000 in the eurozone. Compared to November 2010, the number of unemployed in the EU rose by 723,000 people and by 587,000 in the eurozone. Among the Member States for which data was available, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in Austria (4%) and Luxembourg and the Netherlands, both with 4.9%, while the highest were those of Spain (22.9%), Greece (18.8% in September 2011) and Lithuania (15.3% in the third quarter of 2011). The male unemployment rate rose two-tenths
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and Spain registered increases of 14%, 13%, 10% and 8% respectively. Given the results achieved in Europe, Rifai ruled out changes in the global ranking of tourist destinations, where Spain is in fourth place, but pointed to possible movements, though not major, in the list of main issuing markets such as China, Russia and Brazil. As far as Spain is concerned, he stressed that tourism revenues surged in 2011 even more than the arrivals, making the sector one of the most important in terms of economic growth and job creation. Rifai believes the trend will continue during 2012, thanks to Spain’s ability to innovate and create new products, and the political will demonstrated by the new government to raise the position of tourism in the national agenda. The Spanish tourism policy is moving “in the right direction,” and Spanish tourism is a “success story”, he stated, congratulating Spain in the year the number tourists is set to reach one billion worldwide, and also in the year Spain is to host World Tourism Day (September 27, 2012).
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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 news about the real estate bubble in Spain and the non-compliance of property developers• Purchasing or selling a property in Almeria? vendors. Due to the financial problems that many property developers-vendors are suffering, this •U nsure about the tax implications when selling your can determine that in many cases they fail to property? meet deadlines corresponding to the delivery of properties to purchasers and in itself this is a cause • Illegal builds? for the termination of private purchase contract. • Compulsory purchase? However, we would like to pose a different •P urchasing off-plan? Seeking to cancel the contract although similar matter, which relates to before the economic crisis clearly manifested around 2007, and recover your deposit? when this phenomenon began. Many property • Difficulties with your bank? Mortgage matters? purchasers or small investors signed private purchase contracts with deferred payments and •N on-Resident taxes applicable when you own a they are currently unable to meet the payments property in Spain? related to the property purchase. The bank does not grant finance for the purchasers to complete •T hinking of setting up your own business or the purchase transactions and the individuals, the becoming self-employed? purchasers, in many cases have gone from full-time employment to being in a totally different situation •S panish Wills. Are you aware of the inheritance tax today, many having lost their jobs, affecting just implications in Spain? one member of the family and in other cases both partners, or seeing their own business income rapidly reduce as a consequence of the crisis and therefore not being able to afford to continue with • DO YOU NEED TO TALK WITH SOMEONE THAT SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE? the property transaction. These purchasers also • PICK UP THE PHONE TODAY, WE ARE READY AND WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU! find themselves being able to verify that the same properties from the same development in question • WE ARE SPECIALISTS IN PROVIDING PEACE OF MIND. that were not sold several years ago are now up for sale by the property developers at much lower Avda. Rector Gustavo Villapalos, 12 Bajo, 04740 Roquetas de Mar selling prices than the figure that they purchased 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 firstname.lastname@example.org that in times of financial prosperity, when one “did not want the property anymore”, the money paid www.delpradoandpartners-es.com
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was often refunded because it was more than likely that on the following day it could be sold for a higher price. By contrast, at present, far from accepting the termination of the purchase by penalizing the purchaser with part of the price paid according to the terms and conditions agreed in the contract, the tendency followed by the property developers is changing and they are now requesting that the purchasers comply with the contract due to the difficult situation of finding a new buyer. In fact, it is becoming more and more common that the property developers-vendors are lodging claims with the courts demanding damages incurred due to breach of contract. Property developersvendors are even resorting to the courts of the country of residence or origin of the purchaser in order to enforce their claims. Can the purchasers in this case desist from the purchase arguing that they can not obtain finance or by stating their negative economical situation? The answer in principle is no, but all is not lost and each particular case would have to be assessed and the legal documentation and contracts revised. It is however of vital importance that the matter is addressed immediately by a legal professional in order to act straight away and not ignore the requirements made for the signing of completion (Purchase Title Deed) to take place before Notary or communications received from the property developer. If this situation is familiar to you and you are not sure which way to turn, we would like to point you in the direction of our Law Firm. We look forward to hearing from you.
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The De ath Of Pension R eciprocation Pl ans
Pension Reciprocation Plans (PRP) were developed to allow people to immediately access up to 50% of their pension fund as cash, and from age 50 rather than 55. They involve two parties who lend each other cash from their pension schemes. Since the individuals are not accessing their own pension funds, the plans are not technically breaking HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) rules.
As it is a loan it has to be repaid and some of the marketing suggests that this can be achieved from growth in the PreCommencement Lump Sum of 25%. We understand that some advisers based in Spain may have been marketing these schemes to UK expatriates.
As always, however, remember the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is – and this is
what has happened in this case.
On 16th December 2011 the High Court ruled that they are illegal. It found that the payments were in fact “unauthorised payments” under the Finance Act 2004 and so “expressly prevented from being made under the terms of the Schemes’ Trust Deeds and Rules”. The court also found that loans were not investments and were
outside the scope of the powers of the trustees and represented “a fraud on the powers of investment by the original trustees”.
As a result of the ruling, people who have used the plans to access cash could now potentially face a tax charge of up to 55% from HRMC or be forced to repay the loans. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) also issued a warning
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The status of the property market through the eyes of an expert
unbelievable 70,000€. REF: 1049 is a well-appointed 2-bed/2-bath Penthouse Apartment set on a gated and extremely well-kept development with lift, swimming pools and mature garden. Despite the lack of finance products due to the current economic crisis which has engulfed the EU and its common currency the Euro, the property market in Spain is very much alive and functioning. Britons are also pretty much on the scene, albeit not as many as before, but definitely in decent numbers. The resurgence of British interest - I guess - is due to the fact that they have begun to realise that with the prices as low as they are it is pointless to defer their purchase any longer. To delay would mean missing out on opportunities that until very recently were being taken mainly by the Spaniards and northern Europeans. The survival of the property market, which is the main pillar of the economy of coastal towns such as Mojacar, Vera and its surrounding areas is mainly due to the sheer perseverance of professional estate agencies which have successfully argued the point that now is the time to buy a property, whether it’s for permanent use, holiday use or long term investment. Vendors that are keen to sell are now accepting that their property prices have to be attractively priced to attract interest – even those who bought at the height of the market and for whatever reason are having to sell now understand that their property can only be sold if they are prepared to take a loss. Our own stats suggest that purchasers have accepted the argument that despite the adverse media and the overall economic uncertainty the actual time could not be better to purchase a property as really, prices could not be lower. The example (left) is being sold for an
The “Room with a View” that is being presented (below) in this edition by Veritas Homes Property Group is also an excellent value for money property. Marketed under REF:1104 this large Townhouse in Palomares is on the market for only 105,847€. Full details for any of our properties are available from our office or on our website www.veritashomes.co.uk As for the new Spanish government, there are incentives being brought about. These are a) The re-introduction of fiscal benefits for property owners that were taken away by the previous government and b) The maintenance of the VAT reduction on new property purchases which were introduced by the previous government. However, in our opinion there is plenty more than should and must be done if the current government is serious about getting the property market going again. For example, forcing banks to start lending again and also applying the 50% reduction on stamp duty on re-sale properties just as it has done with the VAT reduction on new properties. As it stands stamp duty on re-sale properties is just too high and may deter some people from purchasing. Unfortunately, the regional government here in Andalucía has decided to increase stamp duty. From 1st January stamp duty is being charged at 8% of sale price from properties priced up to 400,000 euros. For properties above the 400,000 euros threshold, stamp duty charged on the incremental amount is 9% up to 700,000 euros and 10% from properties worth
more than 700,000 euros. This policy is detrimental to the property market and as such must be reversed. Personally I find it inconceivable that, in this time of financial crisis, a policy with such damaging potential on the property market has been introduced. There are other things that could also be done at local level to provide investors with incentives to purchase. One example would be the revision of the “catastral” value by local councils as more often than not the “catastral” value of some properties is much higher than the actual market price. Another example would be instead of hiking up rates, town halls should first improve their debt collection and so on. I am in agreement that local, regional and national governments must collect taxes to provide services but the administration must be creative and avoid punitive measures such as the increase in stamp duty as it makes a bad situation worse, not better. If the right incentives are put in place the administration could end up collecting more in taxes, not less whilst helping to revitalizing a very important property market. For example a 50% reduction in stamp duty would without a shred of a doubt increase the number of transactions and invariably the total revenue collected. Also, more property transactions would represent a real boost to the entire local economy with more jobs, more investments, more tourism, more direct and indirect taxes paid, less benefits paid out and so on. Whether you are a potential purchaser or a vendor and would like to discuss how we could help you please get in touch. Our full contact details are listed below. By André dos Santos
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need extra electrical outlets? Is it too dark at night? Is your refrigerator too small? Do you hate to clean your cooktop? The first thing to do is to begin to think outside the box. Certain utilities such as water, drains and electric may be in certain parts of your existing kitchen, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be relocated with a little effort; relocating utilities can open up a wide vista of planning opportunities! If at all possible, install a double bowl sink - don’t settle for a standard one. You can get gorgeous stainless steel and cast iron ones that have very deep bowls for large pots and pans. Make sure your plumber installs separate ball valves under the sink so you can easily and reliably shut off water to the sink and dishwasher. Speaking of dishwashers, focus your attention on the ones that are whisper-quiet or completely silent… you’ll be grateful you did!
The Perfectly Designed Kitchen… Sometimes the best things take the longest to develop and with a good kitchen design it is no different. This is so because the kitchen is not only one of the most important functional rooms in the home but also because it serves the added purpose of adding tangible and aesthetic value to your home and any good kitchen design will be able to accomplish all these purposes. A good kitchen design takes into account the needs of the person or family that is going to be using the kitchen and as a result, things like the cabinets, appliances,
Lighting is everything. Try to create different levels of light; you can do this with multiple recessed lights and traditional surface mounted or hanging fixtures where certain ones are operated by different switches. Indirect lighting can create a soft glow for mood lighting when the kitchen is not in use. Skylights allow abundant sunshine to cascade into the kitchen and light the space even on the odd cloudy day.
furnishings and lighting should be adequate enough for these people to execute their kitchen tasks. Some people prefer a lot of work space in the kitchen so opting for all encompassing built-in units like kitchen islands and wall to wall counter tops are a great idea. Others prefer large refrigerators and stoves and ovens in which case these appliances should be chosen according to your particular needs and preferences.
Countertops are very important and don’t think you have to limit yourself to using just one material. You may decide to splurge on a natural or reconstituted stone island top while using high-grade plastic laminate for the remainder of the tops. Solid surface tops can be mixed with any other top material. If you like to make your own dough for baking, you may want a cool slab of granite inserted in a food preparation area. At the very least, you can buy a stand-alone granite trivet for this same purpose.
Entire books have been written about kitchen planning, but the key factor is that common sense needs to be applied in all situations. Make a list of all complaints you have with your current kitchen. Where do you
Be sure you plan for plenty of countertop space in critical areas. You need a landing pad for things taken from the refrigerator. Ample countertop space is a musthave on both sides of the cooktop and sink.
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Drab, unpainted concrete walls can ruin the aesthetic appeal of a nicely decorated basement or garage. While concrete walls require slightly different painting tactics than regular drywalls, the procedure is not overly difficult. With the right tools and know-how, you can completely transform the colour of your concrete walls with just a few hours of work.
What you’ll need: Power Washer: If you are painting an exterior masonry surface, a power washer is the easiest way to remove any dirt, mould or old paint. Brush: You may need a paint brush to do detail work around windows and trim if you are working on the outside of your home. You will also need a brush if you are cutting in along the walls when painting a concrete floor. Roller: You will use a roller to do the bulk of the painting. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s recommendations as to what size nap to use. You will also probably want to buy at least two covers, as the primer will most likely ruin the first cover. Primer/Sealer: Most masonry surfaces will need to be primed or sealed before you apply paint. We’ll help you decided what you need below. Paint: Use a high quality product that is appropriate for the setting Scraper: If the surface has already been painted, then all of the loose and flaking paint must be removed. While a pressure washer is the easiest way to do this, you will not always be working in a place where a pressure washer can be used. In this case, you will need to scrape it off. Wire Brush: Use this tool in conjunction with your scraper in those situations where you can’t use a pressure washer. Brush Cleaner: If you are using an oil based paint and primer, you will need mineral spirits or paint thinner to clean your brushes, and most likely yourself.
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Preparation is the biggest key to your success. If at all possible, you will want to power wash the surface. This is the fastest way to remove old paint. Sometimes, though, you may be working inside, or in a place where the mess of a power washer isn’t appropriate. If that is the case, then you’ll need to tackle that old loose paint with a scraper and a wire brush. Almost any masonry surface that is going to be painted needs to be both sealed and primed before the paint is applied. The sealer is often clear, but keeps moisture from coming through the concrete. This is especially true in basements, which tend to hold moisture anyway. If you are not sure whether your basement has been sealed or not, tape a piece of plastic kitchen wrap onto the floor and leave it for 24 hours. If the floor hasn’t been sealed, you will see condensed water on the plastic wrap that has evaporated up through the concrete. Buy a quality masonry sealer at your home improvement store and a primer that complements it. Use the two step process of sealing and priming to build a strong, water resistant foundation for your paint.
Painting After your sealer and primer coats are completely dry, you may begin applying the paint. Use several thin coats, rather than trying to apply one very thick coat; paint actually forms a harder surface when thin coats are laid on top of each other. When choosing your paint, the most important thing to keep in mind is where is the paint going to be applied? The need for interior and exterior paints is fairly self-explanatory. Additionally, many manufacturers make specific masonry paints. Some are even designated as floor paints, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding what you need. You can also buy additives for your floor paint that will give it a little bit of texture. This material is inexpensive and doesn’t change the color, but does prevent the inevitable slip that will occur when wet feet hit a slippery floor. After your final coat of paint is applied, allow the paint to cure for the recommended time. Painting a masonry or concrete surface, whether it be walls or floors, inside or out, can give new live to your home. A space that may once have been dank and dirty can now be bright and clean. You can actually increase the amount of livable space you have just by adding some paint.
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We all want to get a good night’s sleep, so having the right bedding will help you feel comfortable and relaxed. The weight of the duvet, the support your pillow gives you and your duvet cover’s fabric all make a difference.
Finally, synthetic fillings are a good alternative to people who are allergic to feathers. And some are treated with antimicrobial and antibacterial chemicals to minimise allergic reactions to dust mites.
Mattress & Pillow Protection Mattress and pillow protectors not only provide extra comfort, they will extend the life of your bedding by providing protection from wear and tear. Mattress toppers additionally provide an added cosy extra layer along with extra support and comfort.
Duvets A duvet’s warmth is measured in togs and you’ll want a different duvet depending on the time of year: Lightweight / summer - 4.5 tog or Autumn/ Winter - 10.5 and 13.5 tog There are also ‘all season’ duvets available that combine two duvets that can be used separately or together for winter use.
y s a E p e e Sl Unlike natural duvets that require professional cleaning, synthetic can be washed in a domestic washing machine - handy if they need to be regularly cleaned.
Fillings are either natural or synthetic. Natural fillings are made from duck down or the superior goose down, or a combination of both. The benefit of natural fillings is that they allow your skin to breathe.
Technology nowadays means that synthetic duvets are better than ever. They give just as much warmth as feather filled duvets. Fillings will normally be made from polyester, or with polyester microfibre; microfibre is a specially light and fine polyester fibre that’s airblown into the duvet
Down is the soft, fluffy plumage. Each down cluster contains thousands of filaments that intertwine with each other, forming air pockets that provide natural insulation to keep cold out and warmth in. In terms of quality, goose down has bigger clusters and retains more air, and so more warmth.
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An image of the ribbon-like Rakaia river in New Zealand (ABOVE) has won an online vote for one company’s best satellite image of 2011. The river, shown in March 2011, runs for about 150km to the Pacific. Commercial satellite imaging firm DigitalGlobe invited Facebook users to choose its best image of last year. The picture of the twisting river beat other striking images of Ground Zero in New York, and Palm Island, Dubai, to claim the top spot. Another satellite imaging company, GeoEye, has also published a 2012 calendar made up of its top images from last year. DigitalGlobe encouraged users to vote on 20 of its images from last year. This was whittled down to five at the beginning of January; the winner has just been announced. In addition to the photos of Ground Zero and Palm Island, the original choices included a satellite photo showing the space shuttle Atlantis being moved out of its assembly building in Florida for its final mission. GeoEye’s images include a photo of unusual, tree-like sedimentary formations in the Gulf off Qatar (LEFT) and a shadow cast on the ground by the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Missouri, which is considered to be the tallest man-made monument in the US.
Twitter has complained about changes made by Google to integrate its social network Google+ into search results. The new feature, called Search plus Your World, will automatically push results from Google+ up the search rankings. Tweeting on the news, Twitter’s lawyer Alex Macgillivray described it as a “bad day for the internet”. Google is determined to push its social network in the face of continued rivalry with Facebook. The current changes were about even greater personalisation, it said. It already includes personal search history in its search algorithms. The three changes are: Personal Results - which enable users to find information such as Google+ photos and posts, both their own and those shared specifically with them, that only they will be able to see on their results pages Profiles in Search - both in autocomplete and results, users will be able to find people they are close to or might be interested in following People and Pages - helps users find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable people to follow them with just a few clicks. “Search is pretty amazing at finding that one needle in a haystack of billions of webpages, images, videos, news and much more,” said
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Do men seek the elixir of life? Why did people study alchemy? And finally, why was the Philosopher’s Stone so hard to find? In the Preface, Coelho refers to the eleven years when he studied alchemy and the frustration involved. He commented on his attraction with the Elixir of Life. During his spiritual exile in the seventies he learned many important things: a “truth” is only accepted after we have completely rejected it; we mustn’t run away from our destiny and God is firm but infinitely generous. Try Paulo Coelho’s novel but I am not promising any answers or mind-blowing discoveries about our raison d’etre. Does reading it change our lives for ever? Is it a transforming novel? Pass. Has it had a life-enhancing impact on me? The truth? Afraid not but ask again when I have discussed it with like-minded people and read it a few more times. I did find it a charming story though, full of religious anecdotes, interpretations of dreams. Jung would have approved. It balances fortune with misfortune and teaches us what real courage is made of as opposed to fear. His protagonist is a young boy, a shepherd boy from Spain who is ambitious and who wants to travel the world in search of his fortune. The treasure is near the Pyramids in Egypt and he has to cross the desert to reach it. He meets significant people along this perilous journey who teach him important lessons, some good and some bad. He discovers knowledge, truth, wisdom and the love of Fatima. It reads like a fairy-tale, a bit far-fetched and romanticised but perhaps it does make one think of man’s destiny and interpreting omens. The Alchemist is considered to be Coelho’s best loved work and more than 43million books have been sold worldwide. That in itself speaks volumes. The book doesn’t take long to read and the language is straight forward. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. As usual, enjoy the reading! Publisher: Harper Collins. ISBN: 0-7225-3293-8 Website: www.harpercollins.co.uk
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The president of the Royal Society of Chemistry is blaming James Bond villains for giving nuclear power a bad name. Prof David Phillips says that Dr No, with his personal nuclear reactor, helped to create a “remorselessly grim” reputation for atomic energy. The villain of the movie, planning mass destruction from his secret Caribbean hideout, eventually dies in the cooling pool of his nuclear reactor, having been foiled by James Bond, played by Sean Connery. Against a background of the cold war and a nuclear arms race, the movie showed a world of intelligence agencies, glamorous spies, secretive assassins and underground laboratories. But the Royal Society says it also meant that millions of people saw nuclear technology being presented as a “barely-controllable force for evil”. Later Bond villains, as part of their cat-stroking, laserpointing, world-destroying repertoire, also had nuclear ambitions. As such, Prof Phillips says that when nuclear power is discussed “it is not at all surprising that the public at home and abroad are sceptical”. “Fossil fuels have to be eradicated for people to live in a healthy environment. Let’s say yes to nuclear and no to Dr No’s nonsense,” he said. But the Green Party argued that Bond movies reflected concerns rather than created them. “Although James Bond is fiction, the truth is that nuclear power is dangerous, dirty and unsafe,” said spokesperson, Penny Kemp.
THE PLAZA Alqueria’s Plaza to the north of the village lays in the shadow of the Sierra Alhamilla. Access is via the Calle Generalissimo to the south, while to the west is the castle and east id the Bar La Casa Devante. The Bar is the haunt of the Hill People, El Gente del Cerro although the Plaza itself is neutral territory, a space for all. It is here that at eight o’clock every evening the men of the village gather. With the womenfolk safely behind the solid oak doors of the church, they relax. Some engage in political discussions, putting the nation to rights without bearing any responsibility or having to stand for election. Some discuss the weekend football, bemoaning referees’ decisions and paying homage to their side’s skill and prowess with the ball. Other just sit lost in thought. Remembering someone long gone but still remembered. Recalling the touch of a hand or a gentle smile still vivid through the mists of time. Some, if they have the means will drink a cold beer in the evening’s shade but it is the interaction which is important. They bonding old friendships and establish new, share memories and modify opinions. The gentle evening breeze carries the scent of bougainvillea and wild honeysuckle heady and familiar. This brief period of freedom is
interrupted when the religious needs of their women have been sated. Like shepherds herding itinerant sheep they drive the men to their respective homes in preparation for the evening meal. The Plaza then becomes the domain of the young men and girls of Alqueria. The young bucks perform feats of agility on the castle walls trying hard to impress. The young ladies try self-consciously to judge the correct amount of reticence while deploying their well made-up eyes and scented hair to good effect. The whole display taking place in a mix of beer and heightened hormone levels. The plaza can then sleep as if renewing itself, gaining strength ready for the morning invasion of the village’s children. The castle, fountain and the bar’s patio furniture become pirate ships and moon rockets, wild west towns and racing cars. All the rip-roaring adventures created by developing minds are acted out. That freedom that only a Spanish child knows allows unrestrained play and its subconscious preparation for later life. Alqueria’a Plaza may not be the geographical centre of the village but it certainly is the spiritual. Always fondly remembered by ex-patriots and actively utilised by the incumbents of the pueblo.
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Sudoku is a placement puzzle. Enter the numbers 1 to 9 in each row and column of a grid, made up of 3 x 3 subgrids. The catch is that each row, column and grid must contain only one instance of each number or letter.
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CLEAN-UP SPAIN CAMPAIGN
During the past four months, together with my wife and half-a-dozen dedicated English friends who live nearby, I’ve been trying, with some success I might add, to clean up the towns of Mojácar, Turre, Garrucha and Vera, as well as the village of Cabrera. I’ve certainly succeeded with the latter, and even parts of Mojacar and Turre are looking much smarter that they were last year. However, there are still several places around and about that look real, right dumps. I’ve seen worse in second world countries! It is incredible to say that whilst out collecting (picking up with our hands really) we have found loads of ammunition, hundreds of wine bottles and beers cans, empty plastic water and liquid containers, diapers for babies (lot of these are regularly found in one specific place in Turre), a handful of account statements with personal data, several personal and business bills, a batch of official letters (from councils and finance companies), electoral propaganda, credit and debit cards, driving licences, a safe, lots of furniture, a few beds, plenty of mattresses, televisions (one actually worked), videos, scores of CDs, parts of motor vehicles, even dead animals in crates and cages, and an awful lot of builder’s debris including unwanted/waste tiles, pieces of wood, loads of surplus bricks and blocks and sacks of cement but unfortunately very little money! I would like to ask people here and now to have some respect for your area and feel proud of where you reside. You chose to come and live here, so why not make your personal community, town or village look clean and smart? It’s not rocket science to go out and bend down a pick up a fag packet or piece of tissue. I bet if you dropped a 10 euro note you’d be on your hands and knees as quick as lightning! I have ascertained that there are more than 400 official garbage containers located in strategic areas of the road network, but unfortunately, many residents do not use them as they should, choosing instead to leave their rubbish/litter quite near to them, mainly by the road side, rather than use energy by lifting the lid and placing (or tossing) the bag or box inside. What’s wrong with these people? Do they like living in a pig sty with trash everywhere? I don’t for sure. I have now discovered who some of these litter louts are – the people who throw away their unwanted trash in public places. Names on letters and bills don’t lie. They give you an eye-popping view as to who the culprits are, moreso when you visibly see the persons responsible pull up (or walk up) and drop their refuge on the road. Two days before Christmas, my wife and I spent almost three hours clearing at the back of Turre, within view of the new school. On Boxing Day we returned to this same area and discovered that residents (the majority of them Spanish, incidentally) had left their rubbish on the street, within a few yards of five public rubbish containers. Disgusting.
Why can’t these idle, disrespectful folk get fined? What do you think? People regularly visit Mojacar Playa and Mojacar Pueblo, Turre, Vera and Garrucha, simply because there are so many good restaurants, cafés, bars and of course, hotels, in addition to the promenades and a lot of property to buy! Surely they don’t want to see trash everywhere – especially if it’s within view of a decent villa or townhouse, apartment, even a place of business! Why should someone considerer buying a house or even a piece of land in an area strewn with litter. There always seems to be a lot of paper flying around, as well as rotten fruit and unwanted vegetables which, more than likely, was left in a plastic supermarket bag near a bin, giving scavenging dogs and cats, even rats, the opportunity to tear them open and have a feast! In the United Kingdom, people who throw garbage/litter/rubbish on the road/street, face a £40 fine (at least)... so why oh why, can’t a similar rule be applied here in Spain? The local mayors say that money in local councils is scarce... so here, surely, is a great opportunity, to boost the municipal coffers! Since October of 2011, my wife and I have spent at least 60 hours going around picking up the trash of others. We’ve also paid out a considerable sum of money in garbage bags and petrol, which is not cheap, as we all know. I believe that a lot of people are gradually taking notice of my cleanup campaign, but alas, not the mayors or even members of the various councils. I understand that the local party, Mojácar positive Se Mueve, has proposed measures to clean up the roads after the weekly markets and even fine vendors for not clearing away their ‘own’ garbage. Okay – that’s great, so why cannot this rule be applied in general for all those lazy, idle people who are making this zone of Spain a right old dump? Here are a few ideas: * Ask teachers and directors of schools to hand their children notices to take home to their parents informing them about ‘cleaning up the litter.’ * Local councils could easily put up posters at various points, explaining that fines will be imposed or proceedings opened against anyone who disposes of litter in public places. * Those who throw trash anywhere except in a public refuge bin, having been seen or known to do so, should be named and shamed publicly in the press or on the radio. * And finally, how about getting these garbage dumpers to go round and clean up the area themselves, wearing a yellow pp top stating ‘I am a litter lout.’ I’ve stated my case and said my peace... Now let’s see what happens!
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Varying in shape from cylindrical to half-dumbell, its smooth tan exterior hides deliciously sweet, dense and buttery orange flesh. The adaptability of the butternut squash is demonstrated by the wide variety of uses to which it is put in different countries. Across the globe it crops up in recipes for stews, gratins, pasta dishes, risottos, soups and curries. When baked and mashe it makes a very appetising side dish - try it with your Sunday roast! HISTORY
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4 dried hot red chillies (¾1¼cm/2-3in), seeded and cut in pieces and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, drained 6 spring onions, roughly chopped 2 tsp chopped garlic 2 stalks lemongrass, outer leaves discarded, chopped (lemon juice could be used) 1½ tbsp peanut oil, extra if required 2 tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp paprika 290ml/½ pint of unsweetened
coconut milk, well stirred 150ml/¼ pint hot vegetable stock or water 750g/1½lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 5cm/ 2in chunks 2 green cardamom pods, crushed 1 cinnamon stick 1 red pepper, seeded and julienned salt to taste 1½ tbsp soy sauce 1½ tsp light brown sugar 1½ tsp lemon juice 2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves
METHOD Grind the chillies, spring onions, garlic and lemongrass to a paste in a processor, adding a little oil if necessary. Heat 1½ tbsp oil in a heavy saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the chilli paste and cook, stirring until it is fragrant and no longer tastes raw. Add the coriander, turmeric, and paprika and stir for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk and simmer, stirring for 5 minutes. Stir in the stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and add the butternut squash, red pepper, cardamom, cinnamon stick and salt to taste. Simmer, partially covered until the butternut squash is tender and the sauce is reduced, about 20-25 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, sugar and lemon juice and simmer for another 2 minutes. Serve garnished with coriander leaves. This is quite a wet stew. It can be thickened with cornflour paste if required. Serve with plain rice.
Butternut Squash & Prawn Curry With Noodles Ingredients 75ml/3fl oz vegetable oil 50g/2oz ready-made red curry paste from a jar 15g/2/3oz palm sugar 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cut into large chunks 1 sweet potato, peeled, cut into large chunks 1 x 400ml/14floz can coconut milk 90ml/3½floz coconut cream ½ tbsp fish sauce 2 sticks lemongrass, crushed 1 tbsp lime pickle from a jar 250g/9oz raw king prawns, peeled
& de-veined 250g/9oz pre-cooked egg noodles, cooked according to instructions For the garnish 55ml/2fl oz vegetable oil 50g/2oz red chilli, thinly sliced 50g/2oz garlic, thinly sliced 50g/2oz shallots, thinly sliced To serve 50g/2oz bean sprouts small bunch coriander small bunch of basil
Heat the oil in a wok over a medium heat and add the red curry paste. Fry for two minutes, until fragrant, then add the palm sugar and cook for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is sticky and fragrant. Add the squash and sweet potato, stir well and cook for 2-3 minutes.Add the coconut milk, coconut cream, fish sauce and the lemongrass and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the squash and potato are tender but not mushy. Add the lime pickle and king prawns and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, until the prawns are pink and cooked through. For the garnish, heat the oil in a wok over a low heat. Add the sliced chilli and cook slowly until all of the moisture from the chillies has evaporated (at which point the oil will stop bubbling), then turn up the heat slightly, so the chillies caramelise and crisp up. Remove the chilli slices with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat this cooking process with the sliced garlic and the shallots. To serve, divide the noodles among four shallow bowls. Top with several spoonfuls of the curry, then sprinkle each bowl with a little of the bean shoots, coriander leaves and basil leaves. Garnish each dish with a pinch of each of the crisp fried chillies, garlic and shallots.
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Are marshmallows the new cupcakes?
How gourmet twists on the childhood classic are taking New York’s artisan bakeries by storm...........
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Now, marshmallows are undergoing something of a fashionable makeover, with artisan marshmallows forecasted to be the sweet food fad of the year. And if any were in doubt as to the fluffy sweets’ ‘next big thing’ status, look no further than trendy Manhattan baking boutique, Three Tarts Bakery. ‘Tart’ and chef Maria D’Urso told New York Times that ‘marshmallows are the new cupcakes.’ At her Chelsea bakery, the team make cinnamon, strawberry basil and chocolate rosemary varieties, elevating the classic children’s favourite to suitably grown-up fare. Having crept into artisan circles last year, 2012 looks set to see the sugar and gelatine pillows take over the mainstream their popularity defying some predictions. At soapbox.com, Chicago chefs last May doubted whether the trend would take off - with Sandra Holl of Floriole cafe and Bakery saying she had a ‘hard time’ believing they’d trump cupcakes and Paul Fehribach of Big Jones restaurant questioning their versatility. But Three Tarts certainly aren’t alone - hip New York bakeries Baked and soon-to-open Robicellis, the Times points out, also
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make gourmet puffs.
and beef flavour puffs.
There is even a forthcoming marshmallow art exhibition by puff forerunners, The City Bakery, reports the newspaper.
Their exhaustive list of flavours is imaginative and as far from a bag of campfire marshmallows as is possible.
ABC’s The Chew featured a whopping two-pound s’mores-flavoured marshmallow by Plush Puffs as part of their feature looking at the newest sweet fashion just days ago.
And the trend is fastspreading. At 240Sweet in Columbus, Indiana, chefs turn out batches of handmade avocado and lime, cherry limeaid, pineapple and mango, red bean and sesame and even chicken
At Longman & Eagle restaurant in Chicago, a savoury marshmallow was added to the menu last autumn, while sweet marshmallows as part of desserts and adorning American sweet potato dishes have perhaps never truly gone out of
HOME-MADE MARSHMALLOWS RECIPE INGREDIENTS (Makes 30-40) Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting 1 x 5oz jar liquid glucose 14oz white superfine sugar ¼ tsp sea salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 8 gelatine leaves
METHOD You will need a jam thermometer and a suitable tin or dish measuring 8” x 12”. Line the base and sides of the tin with baking paper and dust the inside liberally with confectioners’ sugar. Place the whole gelatine leaves in a large bowl with 1 cup water (if you have a food mixer with a bowl and whisk attachment, use this).
The programme said the trend follows from 2007’s molecular gastronomy, 2008’s cookies, 2009’s pies, 2010’s meatballs and 2011’s cupcake obsessions.
st Valentine’s Dinner/Disco Mother’s Day lunch with International DJ Ian with Tony Justice 3 course special menu inc bottle 8 th March of cava per couple -15€ Glass of cava upon arrival Disco only after 9pm for only 5€ 3 course menu 15€
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Pour this mixture into the bowl with the gelatine and water and stir until it dissolves. Now whisk for about 10 minutes at a high speed until the solution turns thick, white and moussey, the consistency of thick custard and double its original volume, adding the vanilla 5 minutes before the end. Pour into the prepared tin and chill uncovered for 12 hours or overnight until set to a firm marshmallow consistency.
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Store loosely covered at room temperature. If necessary you can re-dust the marshmallows shortly before eating.
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To finish, dust the marshmallows in a bowl of confectioners’ sugar and arrange on a wire rack, then repeat this twice more at hourly intervals until the surface feels papery and dry.
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Place the glucose, superfine sugar and salt in a small pan with 1 cup water, bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, then simmer over a lively heat for 1520 minutes until you reach 250F or ‘hard ball’ on a jam thermometer.
Liberally dust a worksurface with confectioners’ sugar, turn out the marshmallow paper-side up and carefully peel this off using a knife to help with the sides: it will be very sticky and shiny. Either cut into squares or use a 1.5” biscuit cutter for round marshmallows.
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They’re a quintessential component of a childhood mug of hot chocolate or a campfire sing-song.
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Home-made Crispy Battered Cod or Haddock, Chips & Mushy Peas, Bread & Butter €5.50
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Selection of Continental Savoury Lite Meals and Snacks, Including Hand Made, Original Recipe Croquettes, Meatballs and Chef`s Specials *** every friday - “SPECIALITY OF THE HOUSE” Stoofvlees (Belgian Beef Stew) reservations please ***Fresh, Made to Order, CREPES and WAFFLES selection, Desserts, Cakes and Ice Creams.
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served 2pm - 7pm Booking advisable
Mon 27th February
Tony Justice does “The Rat Pack”
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Anglican church service 3rd Thursday of the month Next service 19th January 11.30am
Breakfast from 2.50€
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Large 50c XLarge 70c Served from 1-7pm Changed daily
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Death Valley National Park, established on 11 February 1933, covers almost 3,000 square miles and is a vast natural museum, larger than the Yellowstone National Park The floor of the Valley is almost 300 feet below sea level (at Badwater basin) and it is recognised as the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere and one of the hottest places on earth. 134°F was recorded in 1913, second only to the 136°F registered in Libya in 1936. From the top of the 11,049 foot Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range Mountains, the floor of the Valley spreads out almost 2 miles below bearing the rather grim name of ‘Death Valley’. All the great divisions of geological time, the eras and most of their subdivisions, are represented in the rocks of the mountains bordering the great valley. These rocks and the land forms tell a story of endless changes in the earth’s crust - vast depositions, contortions, tiltings, alternate risings and lowerings, faultings and intense heats and pressures that changed the very nature of some rocks. Climate too, has played its part. In recent geological time, powerful forces of water, wind, and gravity have sculptured much of the scenery that you see today. In the harsh environment of the floor of Death Valley, plants and animals must inexorably adapt and specialize - or perish. The average yearly rainfall here is less than 2 inches.
obtain some water from the bodies of their victims. The long, hot summer - from May through October - is only for the hardy and venturesome. Many of the side roads from the valley are closed during this season, but you will find the higher and cooler Panamint Mountains quite comfortable. Evidence of the presence of man through hundred of years is found in almost every part of the valley. Rock drawings, campsites and foot trails remain as traces of the pre-historic hunters and gatherers. The long history started of prospecting and mining in the Valley when pioneer wagons with the first white men entered the valley on Christmas Day 1849 (the “Forty-Niners”), the area was inhabited by Panamint Indians. They were ill-advised emigrants looking for a short cut to the gold fields of California. As hardships increased, the wagon train separated into smaller groups, such as the Jayhawkers and the Bennet-Arcane party, each with its own theory of escape.
Plants that do not grow near springs, pools, or other permanent water have developed specialized means to obtain and preserve water, or have adapted to quick growth and propagation through maximum use of the scant rains that fall upon them.
This date marked the beginning of the turbulent modern history of Death Valley and its mountains, with a invasion of prospectors and miners seeking to exploit deposits of silver and other precious metals. There were only 18 survivors out of the original party of 30; few of the dreams of the prospectors came true, yet there was some spectacular exceptions, and in these lie many an interesting Death Valley story.
Between the valley floor and the mountain ridges, plant communities change in response to higher elevations that have lower temperatures, more rainfall and snow. Small animals in the dry valley, through largely dependent upon plants for survival, have made special adaptations that enable them to live on very little water. Larger animals are able to seek out water and predators
In 1933, a presidential proclamation set aside a reservation of 2,980 sq. miles of desert land as a National Monument, thereby assuring its continued use for public enjoyment. Today human presence is represented mainly by the annual halfmillion visitors drawn by the vastness of mountain panoramas, the pleasure of the winter climate, and the lure of frontier life.
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ROQUETAS DE MAR Happy birthday
pat & dereck
Lots of love Mum, Dad, Ryan & Fluffy the cat xxx
May there be many more. Best Wishes. Phyllis & Gerald
Happy 40th birthday
love you lots Soph xxx
Happy anniversary xxxxx
loads of love Mom, dad and all the gang xxxxxxx
APSA........................................ (Animal Protection Society of Albox)
Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 31st January at 7.30pm in Bar Rumores. Everyone is welcome Kindest regards, Lorraine Cundy APSA Secretary.
moves like jagger fitness party.............................................
At Salsa y Sabor every Tuesday & Thursday 19.00 - 20.30, Donations with 20% going to Thomas Cook Children’s Charity. Contact Michelle on 639 200 265
Cabo del Gato
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
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Burtys Bar............................ Sunday 12th February - table top sale Tuesdays Bingo - 2pm Thursdays Quiz & Bingo from 2pm
Bar Chaplins ........................ Open: 5pm - late Tues - Fri, 1pm - late Sat and Sun Closed Mondays. Wednesday: Rib Night Friday: Fish and chip Night, Quiz Night SUNDAY: Sunday Roast. TEL: 950 335 022
is now a drop in centre for any donations for the Mojonera Dog Sanctuary
Revita Natural Health & Relaxation Centre..........
Lovers of Artists Including Tribute to
MARIA’S WEEKLY WORDS
Burns Night - 25th January 12€ Booking Essential Valentine’s Night - 14th February - further details to follow Quiz Night - 22nd February Murder Mystery Night - date to be announced
self defence Children & adult Classes Get fit & have fun
Indigo Gym, Mojacar
For more info: 646 844 708 www.gtfspain.webs.com
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For all your translations call Maria on 633 166 709
Old & New
Call: Available for private 628 149 340 parties, local bars & for more restaurants information firstname.lastname@example.org
On-site Dental Laboratory Dr med. dent Hubert Hillenbrand 20 years experience
Calle Tortola 4, Roquetas De Mar Tel 950 333 048 Wednesday and Friday 10am Tai Chi Tuesday and Thursday 10am. Yoga Sunday 9pm
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.
Mini Hollywood, Tabernas, Carretera National 340km, Desierto de Tabernas, Almeria Open 12:00 - 18:00 0034 950 365 236 or 0034 950 362 884 A simulated Wild West town. There are daily shows of Wild West scenes, some outside depicting shootouts and a hanging (not a real one!) some inside with dancing and bar scenes. There is a museum, a photo gallery with costumes available for customers to wear for their souvenir photos shoot, restaurants, a train for transport around the quite extensive zoo, there is a big swimming pool and a playground for the children.
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Edificio Porto Mar Avda Mariano Hemandes 48 Roquetas de Mar, near Hotel Zoraida Garden
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!!! 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 www.pacardanceschool.com
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Services include Key Holding, Maintenance, Furniture Packs, Cleaning & Laundry, Apartment & Post-box Checks
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Authentic Italian Restaurant
• Pizzas • Fresh Pastas • Fresh Fish • Argentinian BBQ’d Food On The Terrace
Open 12 - 4pm 7 - 12.30am Av. Playa Serena, 37 Roquetas de Mar
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SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services Airport, social & shopping run. Tel: 677 667 722
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10% off all services & installs
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• Pool constuction • maintenance • building reforms • project management Matt Murray 647 841 750
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Due to relocation this front line store in Mojacar is for sale. All fixtures & fittings included in sale. Increase in turnover of 30% this year with potential for further increases.
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Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sunergy almeria.com
blinds toldos sun shade for sale 3m x 2m yellow and orange colour fixes to wall or under Call Justin at Sol ceiling comes with Shaders for a free no obligation fixings & handle to quote wind in/out still in Tel: 627 907 207 box 65€ tel. 696 www.solshaders.net 049 588 Email: email@example.com INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS
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To place your ad....call Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway. Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email: email@example.com
Y a m a h a Acoustic Guitar. Property Care Service Key Holding, Hand crafted with solid spruce top Holiday Change Over Cleaning. and gold tuners, Let us take good care of your looks great with proper ty! sound. superb Hardly played so it Tel: 627 279 584 firstname.lastname@example.org is as good as new. custom Includes computers hard case. Only 295€. Tel: 682 319 DON ROBINSON Steve Hayes 164. PC hardware & software Informatica 2 Radio Controlled specialist. Unbiased Pc’s, Laptops, Dodge Cars advise on purchases Printers etc. Durango & Nissan Installation, help and Sales & Repairs on- Xterra, both on training. Diagnosis & site callout / tuition. different frequencies Repair 15€ an hour min canbeusedtogether. Consumables charge 1 hour + parts Rechargeable Opening hours I come to you with boxes Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm in Comp TIAA+certified & Sat 10am until 1pm instructions. Cars Tel: 646 587 746 Tel: 950 120 900 are approx 31cm L, 15cm H, 17cm E: email@example.com W, have dual ratio Exc. gearboxes.
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Business For Sale Internet Cafe, Based in Huercal Overa, Serious Enquiries Only Tel: 950135039
visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc. Tel: 950 436 581
small, established bar in La Alfoquia for sale
good location, all fixtures & fittings included, serious enquiries only tel: 634 310 462
or 666 375 688 expectingbaby@ hotmail.co.uk
tel 647 379 878 chimney sweep
craft / hobby
one - off, weekly, fortnightly, restaurants, retail, offices equipment & supplies provided tel:619 744 516 or 633 246 788
Excellent Rates Telephone Tony 650 906 114
potty finca services professional tree felling & pruning,
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Installation of fibreglass Septic tanks all areas covered
Contact Stephen Hood Tel 647 843 486 / 950 067 018 Elaine’s Wools 950091109 firstname.lastname@example.org SAMMY SWEEP quality UK wool & 648768587 Chimney accessories.Also Sweep Reliable available at Service electrical English Builder C a m p o s o l available • Block work & covering all Mazarron & on the Knowles • Balustrades no.1 areas Arboleas forum. Call Abbott • Paving Driveways & Paths call paul on 667 273 889 elaines for electrics and Call now for free estimate Re619 070 839 email@example.com plumbing. 620 112 193 or wires, free to air UK 630 493 817 cleaning satellite systems.
Con 30€ for both. Tel: 606 953 552. Sharp 14” flat screen TV LCD monitor, exc. Con. Features inc. 2 video & stereo audio inputs, S Video & component video Remote inputs. control. Exc.stereo sound, can be free standing or wall mounted. For quick sale 40€ Tel: 606 953 552. SEG DVD player with remote control. usual the All features. will play all DVD’s from any part of the world. Hardly used. 20€ Tel: 606 953 552 Computer Desk Light Colour Wood Excellent Condition 40€ Tel: 950 475 455 Mob: 661 016 366 Pedestal Sink Including White Chrome Tap And All Fittings Excellent Condition 25€ Tel: 950 475 455 Mob: 661 016 366
Office to Rent Self contained office in Los Carasoles Fully Equipped Good Parking 5 minutes off motorway (Albox turning) 60€ per week includes utilities
ENCLOSURE SPECIALISTS GLASS SCREENS Come and see us on the Albox road for a free no obligation quote
Call 695 118 960 financial
Secured loans, Capital Raising, Cash Advances whilst you sell your property. Tel: 950 137 208 or Equity Release: 902 585 569/652 986 638 010 691 088 ELECTRICIAN
25 years experience
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Firewood good logs, not roots, 80€ a trailer load. 950 478 886 or 659 261 339
including all types of palm trees
strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930
L & M LANDSCA P ES For all your gardening needs
Community & private Maintenance & clearing Garden design & construction Irrigation, installation & repairs
Call Mark: 950 398 755 670 409 538
Garden Machinery mechanic
Qualified Horticultural Engineer • Servicing • maintenance • repairs • sharpening All types of garden utensils/machinery
call stephen on 950 091 190 or 646 450 111
Dyson Upright Cleaner Bagless Excellent Condition Working Good Order 40€ Tel: 950 475 455 Mob: 661 016 366 B a t h room Cabinet White 2 Lights Included In It Excellent Condition 40€ Tel: 950 475 455 Mob: 661 016 366 Apple Candy Red Fender Squire Strat, with 20 Watt Amp, Gigbag, Strap, Tuner & Lead 120 €. Tel: 958 063 060 Hill Billy Golf Trolley with charger, Clean Good Condition 130€ Tel: 950 930 576 or 647 267 495 INK PRINTER C A R T R IDG E S Genuine Lexmark for cartridges X5100 Lexmark series, No 82 Black and No 83 Colour, still in unopened boxes. Cost me 79.90€ will accept 35€ Tel 950 462 146 WHITE WOODEN VENETIAN BLINDS Brand new, still in box (41.75” wide by 76” drop) 35€ Tel 950 462 146 Box Roof – Largest Halfords. size 90€ Universal Roof Bars to fit cars with Roof Rails 10€ Tel: 950 930 542 or 0044 7943 460114 Oil Electric Filled Radiator 1kw Standing, Floor Electric Convector Heater, thermostat 2kw, controlled floor standing or wall mounted 10€. Electric convector Heater, thermostat controlled built in timer, floor standing or wall mounted 12€ Tel: 950 930 542 or 0044 7943 460114 Utility sink in Excellent white. Offers condition. over 50€ Tel: 950 439 223 C er a m i c shower tray 80cm and 2 sided glass cabinet. shower In good condition ,complete.€50 Tel: 634 334 135 De h u m i d i f i er very good condition. €40 Tel: 634 334 135 childrens 2 bikes 1 boys mountain bike 30€ & a girls 1st bike with stabalisers 20€ Tel: 649 186 107
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French Bulldog Puppy
8 weeks old
iron/Metal works Gates, rejas, fabriction welding reliable service Tel: 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 email
Tel: 655 957 301 private wanted Rolex or Cartier woman’s watch wanted must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878
hairdressing Hair design at Sophias, Arboleas. Beauty therapy also available daily. Tel. 950 449 451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Metal works Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on 638 900 949 T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing - Tel: 950 431 738
Jewellery & repairs
Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain
Rolex or Cartier woman’s watch wanted must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878
Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/ upgraded house Tel: 634 312 171 safes. Arboleas & www.neaterheater.es surrounding area. Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & Special weekend heating services. If it involves water, rates. Tel: 697 243 181 we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962
health & beauty
Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991
painter / decorator
call cash & carry clearances tel: 689 023 602 or 618 725 567
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Best prices paid, no middle men & we don’t work from the bedroom!
Visit either Antas or Arboleas today!
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large mobile home . on secure residential site in gador. 2 bed, 2 bath,fully furnished, sat tv, mphone, internet.
painting & decorating
• 35 years experience • Guaranteed to beat any quote • Quality work guaranteed
Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or 600 268 176
Best prices around Tel: 649 186 107 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In & Out Painters & Decorators Specialising in Interior & Exterior Decorating Textured Spray Finish (Gotele) For a free quote call Chris on 950 069 721 or 677 535 944 ncee rienc perie expe arss ex year 20 ye 20
Mobile Hair Stylist
party packages cuts from 10€ Family rates & group discounts
tel 950645405 or 646130831
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plumbing C a rlo s ( S a l i e n te ) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962 Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Tel: 950 137 197 or 606 807 797 A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080
4 bed, 2 bath villa with small patio
Nave to rent on El Real Ind Estate 450sm2, office & toilets, Call for more details 687 824 465 Sp a n i s h Hideaways, the Arboleas property shop. Established in Arboleas 8 years. Lowest prices guaranteed. Tel. 958 003 391/ 676 604 008 www.spanishhideaways.com
M a s s i v e cortijo for sale, build 260m2, plot 1200m2, garage 65m2, terraces, 649 186 107, thunderpaul2003 @hotmail.com
Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:
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Wh at Goes Up Must Come Dow n All my life I have reluctantly put up with gravity, pinned to the earth by my own bodyweight. In earlier years I could defy gravity on a temporary basis – I had spring, but with the passage of time I have noticed that my mass seems to be greater, while my spring has lost a great deal of its dynamic energy. In other words, I weigh more and bounce less! This was brought home to me last weekend when José brought his horse round for me to ride. (This José is not José my farmer neighbour, who takes a dim view of horses, preferring the smaller and slower version known as a donkey) José arrived in our drive, muscular in all the right places, with a smile like a dentist’s publicity poster, and astride his head-turner of a white horse. He dismounted, and handed me the reins. In my younger days I would have leapt lightly into the saddle, but my younger days are long gone, and the word ‘leap’ is nowhere to be found in my dictionary.
I was all for leading the horse to the wall, so that I could gain height advantage by climbing aboard from the wall, but José was having none of it, he was going to lift me on.
I queried his sanity, but he is young and fit, so I bent my leg for him to give me the customary leg-up. However, my bent leg meant nothing to him, and before I could explain that he was to catch hold of my lower leg and propel me upward by means of a sharp lifting action, he had grasped me round the waist and was
hoisting me bodily into the air. Taken aback by this unconventional demonstration of weightlifting I arrived on the saddle without dignity, and immediately set about gathering stirrups and reins in an effort to regain some of my ‘rider cred.’ All went well as we clippety-clopped around the estate, horse and I in perfect accord. However, I had to give the horse back, so I returned to where José was sitting patiently waiting for me to tire of showing off. I favoured the slow and cautious dismount, fearing gravity might take over on my descent, but José wasn’t going to give gravity a chance – I was halfway down when he grasped me once more around the waist, and escorted my bulk to ground level. I am not used to being grasped unexpectedly around the waist by handsome young men, but it is an experience I could soon get used to, especially if they come complete with white horses!
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Just by way of an exercise this week, I decided to conduct my own survey on the use of mobile phones in public places. It was all very scientific – I did a head count. Without going into the actual figures, I worked out that over a one hour period, 32% of the people either passing through the small square - where I was enjoying my morning coffee and fellow caffeine junky’s at adjoining tables, had used or were using their mobile phones. Almost a third of the people in other words, had either their eyes or ears glued to the damn things. The mobile phone has gone beyond the original objective of being able to communicate on the hoof if the need arose, or to be able to cope with any unforeseen emergency without having to seek out a public pay phone. If the anti-social aspect of
being force-fed other peoples conversations in confined spaces was not enough, we now have the bizarre sight of half the population with permanently bowed heads, texting or playing some stupid game on their smart phones whilst eating a meal; sitting on a train; relieving themselves, or standing in line at the bank. It’s no wonder that good conversation is a dying art. Yes, it’s great that, from the time when I was a kid and using two cocoa tins and a bit of string to communicate with my mate over the garden fence, today science has progressed to phones the size of a gnat’s knee cap, that will connect you with Uncle Bruce in Australia. But come on, enough is enough already. You can call me a technophobe if you like (Hey - you’re a technophobe!) or you can call me a grumpy old git (I’m used to that one) but surely technology is there to enhance our lives and make the world a better place. These devices, I submit, are achieving just the opposite. When technology begins to control the people it is meant to serve, watch out! Right, well – that’s got that off my chest! When you talk about technology,
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or more particularly innovation and inventiveness, you think of Richard Branson. Well, I do and I need something to write about. It’s amazing to think that it was one particular album - namely Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield – that was instrumental (excuse the pun) in catapulting his record company and Mr Branson himself into the big time. This put into motion a chain of events that led to the man becoming the best known entrepreneur in the country and a name that is known and respected throughout the world. Who else would have called his company Virgin and got away with it. It’s like naming your business Bum Fluff Limited or Lechery Inc. And not only did he get away with it, but the name is now synonymous with the best of British. I have often been mistaken for Richard Branson. No, seriously, it’s the hair and the beard I guess, although I really don’t see it myself. Anyway it became so frequent at one time (before autumn hit the beard) that it was boring. On one occasion when I was driving people around in my capacity as chauffeur, I picked up one particular lady of a certain vintage who immediately spotted the similarity. “I say” she chortled from the
back seat. “Do you know who you remind me of?” Course I do, I thought. “No”, I said. “Who would that be then?” “Why Richard Branson. You could be his double” “Ah, really” I bet no one has ever button holed Richard at some high power meeting, and told him he looked like Colin Bird, I thought. It was quite a long trip and if I say so myself, a comfortable one with impeccable driving by yours truly. The lady was well turned out, and her house was large and in one of the better parts of Cambridge, so I was hopeful of a bit of silver crossing my palm. Instead what I got was, “I shan’t tip you driver, you already have more than enough money”. And she waddled off toward her front door. Fair enough I thought and made a point of leaving four perfect MichellinX imprints on her lawn before exiting the drive. But I digress, because what I would ask Mr Branson if I ever had the chance is this: If the opportunity arises, please think seriously about buying Rolls Royce and put the company firmly back in British hands where it belongs, and if you’ve got some change left over, do the same with Jaguar Land Rover. Now that would be the cherry on his already well iced cake and in my book make the bloke a national hero.
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‘Telebasura’ (rubbish television or trash TV) is a word you meet increasingly more often in the Spanish language. The term refers to television programmes that utilise morbid fascination, sensationalism, and scandals to attract viewers. The term covers ‘reality shows’ like Gran Hermano (Big Brother) and Supervivientes (Super Survivors), but probably the most famous ‘trash TV’ show is the American The Jerry Springer Show with its focus on adultery, incest, infidelity, paedophilia, pornography, and racism. The Guardian published in April last year an article, written by a Spanish television critic, with the headline “Los españoles somos los líderes mundiales en telebasura” (In Spain we are world leaders of trash TV), in which he states that “in Spain the standard of reading is very low, the failure of the schools very high, and the public’s disdain for culture enormous”. The grossest example of ‘telebasura’ on Spanish airwaves is a programme called Sálvame on Telecinco. The programme features elegant and at first sight cultured women, immaculately make-up, turning into foul-mouthed ‘fish-wives’ who only want to hear their own voices and opinions, and whose only tool for being heard is to shout and scream at each other. Like on The Jerry Springer Show, if verbal abuse is not enough to get the point over they often resort to physical violence, pulling each other’s hair to the undisguised delight of the show’s host. And apparently also to the pleasure of the viewers, if we are to believe the show’s ratings! What is it that makes us want to watch shows like that? Because we have to admit that though the phenomenon is magnified in Spain, television channels in all countries broadcast ‘telebasura’ and that those kinds of programmes have their faithful followers. I have for many years called a television ‘The House Altar’, and am beginning to think that unfortunately I might be right. Inane, rubbish, brain-numbing TV programmes seem to have replaced previous generations’ religious life. Morale, decency, respect, and entertainment seem to have been ousted by anarchy, sex, drugs, and rock-‘n-roll! The article in The Guardian was actually very interesting from an anthropological point of view. Two decades of expat life in Spain makes you realise that you are, and always will be, an outsider. Someone with a different background, looking in! As a writer, and occasionally a news reporter, I have always been ‘obsessed’ with the ethics of journalism, in which I believe – and which the professionals within the trade in general support – includes the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. However, journalists are human, and the principles can be difficult to adhere to. Even when watching the news on ARD, BBC, DR, or CNN, I sometimes think that some of the articles might be a bit biased. Having a fierce temperament, I admit that I at times get exasperated when watching Spanish news. However, who am I? Only an ‘outsider, looking in’! But, evidently also an ‘insider, looking out’ has made the same observation. The author of the article in The Guardian, opinionated that “las noticias son partidistas y sensacionalistas, el lenguaje es vulgar y los anuncios desbordan la programación. Pero mientras las audiencias suban, las cadenas se salen con la suya” (the news is biased and sensationalistic, the language is vulgar, and the advertising outweighs the programmes. But as audience increases, the networks come out with what they consider serves them best). Once a ‘forastero’ or ‘guiri’ – always an outsider! And maybe we should acknowledge that and respect our society of choice! 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Picture the scene; it’s the final of Masterchef and the last three contestants look like they have walked over hot coals as the sweat drips off them as they prepare the final dishes that will decide their culinary futures. With great trepidation the first contestant places their main course in front of the judges - John and Greg. A dish that has been honed to perfection, tasted throughout the cooking process to ensure the taste and flavour combination is as deliciously perfect as possible. Without bothering to taste what’s been put in front of them , both judges grab for salt and pepper pots and liberally sprinkle the flavourings all over the startled contestants lovingly prepared dish. Of course this will never happen so why do people in real life dowse their food in salt and pepper before tasting it? The World over, chefs and dinner party hosts cringe inwardly and grit their teeth when lovingly prepared fare is desecrated before their own eyes by guests. Why not taste first as it may actually be as delicious as the cook intended it to be. When I was a child my lovely
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Paris’s prestigious Musee D’Orsay is threatening to sue a lingerie company after three models paraded around the museum in bras and knickers. Works by artists such as Van Gough and Renoir had to compete with models from lingerie firm Etam for the eyes of bewildered spectators. The models were filmed for a video intended as a viral marketing campaign. It starts with the girls waiting outside
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“GOODLUCK” JONATHAN IS DESPERATELY GOING TO NEED IT! His name is “Goodluck” Jonathan and he is none other than the ruler of Nigeria. He’s upset at his people. Cannot for the life of himself understand their personal greed. Forced to live on less than $2 income they should be content, happy and lazy. Nigeria is sitting on a major oil reserve and brings in a mere 65 Billion Dollars yearly. Yet, since becoming independent these monies have tended to disappear. They certainly cannot be found in any accountability. The infrastructure of the country is worst than back in 1970. Goodluck´s income is barely enough to cover the costs of running the political wing of the government. Of the bicameral National assembly (House of Representatives 360 and 109 member senate) each receives a paltry wage of $15,000 per month. This is compensated by a monthly expense account not to exceed $108,000. Further perks are that each of their direct attendees also receive high wages, free cars and petrol, etc. The people are mad now and deservedly. Goodluck in his wisdom has done nothing less than doubled the price of gasoline for the entire nation, thereby crippling the transport of goods, which naturally raises the costs and lowers the man in the streets living standard yet again. January is the month of for announcing prophecies and resolutions. Nigerian journalist Ikechkwu Enyiagu wrote a wonderful election piece supporting Jonathan stating uncategorically “Goodluck will follow you and Jonathan will be your faithful friend”. He now regrets what he wrote. My prophecy is that Nigeria’s people’s resolutions will make Mr. Goodluck want to disappear before he is eaten or boiled in oil. Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www. mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ric-polansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!
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Jaguar has launched a new lower power 161bhp version of its 2.2-litre diesel XF, which joins the 187bhp 2.2-litre diesel. Despite having less power, it is no more economical – capable of doing 52.3mpg and emits 149g/km of CO2 – but it is cheaper to buy, with the range starting at £29,950, £1,000 less. Jaguar quotes a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds (against 8.5 seconds for the 187bhp version)
Mazda is hard at work on a new MX-5 that’s set to capture the spirit of the original eighties model, thanks to a huge reduction in weight and a pure and simple driving experience. Key to the next-generation MX-5 is the firm’s SKYACTIV technologies that focus on reducing weight and improving efficiency. While the current car weighs around 1,050kg, Mazda engineers are reportedly on track for a kerbweight of under 900kg. Mazda has said that it hopes the body alone will account for a 10 per cent weight loss, despite the fact it is about 30 per cent stiffer than the current car, thanks to the use of more high-strength steel. The chassis itself will also be 10 per cent lighter than the current car’s, with redesigned suspension and steering hoping
to offer a lightness and agility at low speeds but a more secure feeling at high speeds. With a new lighter car will come a range of smaller capacity engines. Currently the MX-5 is powered by 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engines producing up to 170bhp. The new car is expected to use a turbocharged 1.3-litre SKYACTIV engine, although a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre unit will also be offered. The MX-5’s new look is inspired by the Takeri concept that debuted at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The new design language incorporates a larger shield grille and defined creases in the bodywork. Expect the next-generation Mazda MX-5 to be unveiled towards the end of 2013, with sales starting the following year.
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Shore Fishing: ‘Squiddly Sid’ and five mates from the Albox fishing club fished by the statue on the beach at the Garrucha harbour entrance. There were 12 rods using prawn and squid bait on feathered hooks and fish caught were 3 weavers, 3 stripped bream at just over 1lb each, and 1 saddle bream of 1.1/4lbs. ‘London Bill’ also found the banded, striped and dorada bream at Garrucha and bagged 6 fish in a two hour session. Boat Fishing: ‘Kenolo’ tells me he went out with ‘Cuba Brian’ and was joined by ‘Pulpo Basil’ and ‘Farmer Rory’. It was a very slow start and after several moves to different places ended up at their usual hole off the Garrucha harbour point. Fishing was brisk and they ended up with about 50 fish between them. Kenolo was out again with Brian a couple of days later again with Rory and also ‘Chef Steven’ and a mate on holiday from the UK, they caught about 25 of the usual suspects. ‘Chef Jeremy’ joined me out on ‘Orca Steve’s’ Garrucha
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moored fishing boat and as the wind was off the land we did our usual and anchored in about 220 feet drifted deeper over the big hole in front of the Garrucha Lighthouse on the Mojacar Road. We caught lots of small fish and only a 40lb (ish) conger brought up by me was the only bit of excitement. I didn’t want to keep or damage the fish and so only gaffed it in its bottom lip for a few seconds just to unhook it. They often do a lot of damage to themselves when brought onto the boat, twisting savagely and breaking their jaws etc. Something that I will have to consider when making up my bottom traces in future is all our boat skippers are reporting big fish attacking hooked fish while being brought to the surface and about 100 feet up off the bottom is the usual comment made. Conger attacks are less likely at this depth and so I’m guessing barracuda or marlin, the latter we’ve seen a lot of recently. Rods bend double for 1 to 2 seconds and fish disappear or we bring up a head or pair of lips! I think the conger trace I add to
the bottom of my feather trace will have to have two hooks on in future, one for a dead bait’s head and one for its tail. Steve took Derek, Ron, Pete and Mike from Mazzaron out for a day’s fishing. Everyone caught fish but only the usual pandoras, blue mouths, combers and swallow tails. Mike had a good fish on at one stage but it bit through his trace whilst he was bringing it to the surface. Highlights of the day was seeing a pod of Dolphins about 250m from the boat and what they thought were four marlin jumping in pairs close to the boat. Maybe that’s why the fishing was a little slow, too many predators around! On Steve’s next trip out he took Jeremy and his son Nick out for some fishing. Whilst travelling out to their fishing spot they saw a large marlin or sailfish jump clear of the water about 50m from the rocky outlet between the Repsol garage and the Garrucha lighthouse. The fish was large and shining blue/silver in the early morning sun, a great sight to see and this encouraged them to get cracking and get some fishing done! They all started to catch the usual stuff, pandoras, swallow tails, blue mouths and combers. Jeremy had a small fish on when he got hit by a conger which gave him a 30 minute fight before actually breaking his N01 hook in half. They continued landing the small stuff until Steve got what he suspected was a pandora on and again got hit hard by a conger as he
started to bring it up. The fight was short and the fish guillotined his trace and escaped with the prey. They all had further conger takes but as what now seems to be the norm they were unable to bully them off the bottom and lost tackle. They finished the session with 30 to 40 fish and retired to port with a lot less tackle! Steve was soon out again with Mojacar winter residents Kerry, Reg, Zeb and Nigel. Steve decided to drift fish covering an area 250ft to 500ft opposite the Garrucha lighthouse. Fishing was slow with the usual combers, pandoras, blue mouths, swallow tails, Spanish mackerel and a conger take which took Zeb’s trace. The fishing didn’t improve so Steve moved the boat over the holes near the harbour wall to try and provide some better specimens but to no avail with just the usual stuff although a few of the pandoras and combers were of a good size. Steve thought the fishing was still suffering from the Spanish trawler which dragged its nets through the area last week. (See photo of Nigel with two combers.) The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so. For details of the next meeting tel 677 655 049. The next Meeting is on 25th January at The Bar Wassy at 4pm. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. In case of difficulty reaching me (Probably out fishing) ask staff for my mobile number. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John.
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A beautiful day for the members of Media Golf Society playing in shirt sleeves on their home course of Valle del Este. There were 5 x 2’s at various par 3’s for Geoff Bridgeman, John Sunstrum, Susie Roberts, Les Eaton and
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James Bundy. Division 1 winners were: 1st George Crichton 34 pts, 2nd Graham Swift 32 pts, 3rd Geoff Bridgeman 30 pts Division 2 winners: 1st Adrian Pinder 31 pts, 2nd Susie Roberts 30 pts on c/b, 3rd Carol Henshaw 30 pts Division 3 winners: 1st Sandra Bain 37 pts, 2nd John Sunstrum 35 pts, 3rd Malcolm Smallwood 29 pts Valle del Este is the usual venue for our Monday and Friday games with a roll- up on a Wednesday. The Flag Competition will be played on Friday 3rd February, the first of 8 annual Trophies.
RESULTS Monday January 9th. Stableford Competition. Men’s Division 1st. Colin Padfield, 40 points 2nd. Martin Cooke, 37 points 3rd. Peter Edwards, 37 points Ladies Division 1st. Sandra Larkin, 32 points 2nd. June Humphries, 32 points 3rd. Val Cooke , 31 points Twos were scored by Brian Couper and Sandra Larkin on the par three 17th. hole, Colin Padfield on the par three 5th. hole and Rod Amber on the par three 2nd hole.
Thursday January 12th. The full handicap Stableford Competition was organised by Brian Couper and played in teams of three, with one score to count on the par fives , two to count on the par fours and all three to count on the par threes. 1st. Colin Padfield, Sandra Edwards, June Humphries with 78 points 2nd. Alan Humphries, Geoff Paddock (visitor), Val Ross with 74 points 3rd. Frank Varey, Steve Entwhistle, Margaret Budd with 71 points Visitors are welcome to join members on a Thursday. Ring Jim 950 162 727
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The ‘Red Dress’ Hash 2012 Well, where to start? Perhaps with an apology to the residents of El Rincon and La Cinta near Arboleus, who had their Sunday morning tranquillity disturbed by the raucous visit of 18 Hashers and Harriett’s, all suitably decked out in their stunning red dresses. The ‘Red Dress’ Hash – where everyone wears – guess what? – a red dress, is a long standing tradition of international hashing. If you really want to know more, take a look at http://www.reddressruns. org/. In the red dress ‘fashionista’ stakes, a special mention should be made to Norman Bates for his Eddy Izzard impression; Puff for just being so gorgeous and blonde (and more about him later): Harvey the Old English Sheepdog for really entering into the spirit of the event as well, and Key Fob for doing the whole hash with his ‘cock’ sticking out! An excellent hash often starts with excellent coffee, this time at the El Castillo Bar. Then off we went across the campo; two equal group of walkers and runners, plus assorted mutts. The trails meandered very enjoyably on a sunny morning, through the rambla and the orange groves. January 8th and we all had our ‘strappy tops’ on. We also made an occasional foray into residential roads, where the Hash was greeted from garden gates with puzzlement (what are these mad people about?) and also much mirth, before returning to the vicinity of the bar for ‘the circle’. Numerous ‘down downs’ were issued. Most notably
to Tonto and Petal for scrumping oranges: Ma Bates and Flowery Knickers for watering the campo and (the tartan tighted) Tenna Lady for thinking this hash was for Burn’s Night. We also had a naming – from now on, Stuart will be known as ‘Tacky’! Then we went for the On After (lunch and drinks at the Bar). As promised a special mention of Puff’s antics. Not only did he scare all the young Spanish children back into their mother’s arms, by thrusting condom shaped coloured balloons, twisted into animal shapes into their arms: he upset the waiter’s girlfriend by sitting on the waiter’s knee; and then he completely ruined the reputation of the said waiter and the bar, by coaxing him into a red skirt! For what end – who knows? The next hash will be on Sunday 22nd January Meet at the ‘Iceland’ car park, in Vera, at 11:00 For directions or more information about this, or any other hashing matters e-mail email@example.com or see our website www. indaloh3.com And remember, if you’ve ever had half a mind to go hashing, that’s all you need!!! End of Press release Note to editor further information is available from Puff The Magic Dragon on firstname.lastname@example.org or DQ at email@example.com
CORTIJO GRANDE........................... Wednesday 11th Jan 2012 and our winner of the stableford with 34 points John Hill second with 33 John Park and third with another 33 David Hardy, Ball sweep winnera Cathal Higgins and Brian Harwood. Sunday 15th Jan 2012 and our monthly Medal. This proved to be a good day for golf scores as we had some very good returns. Our winner with a net 65 John Park and in second with 66 Frank McGovern and third with 66 from Martin
Oliver also 66. We also had several more scores under 70, a good day for golf. Our ball sweep winner Frank McGovern. We shall have an away day on Tuesday 24th Jan at Alboran golf club. If you wish to play on this day we have a very low price. For info or to reserve for this or any WEdnesday or Sunday 950 475 509. Enjoy your golf with Cortijo Grande, you will love our greens. Visitors and guests welcome. MP
Members enjoy the hospitality of La Serena Golf Club at the 19th hole after a thoroughly enjoyable day. As the picture caption indicates, we played our first competition of 2012 at the beautifully looked after course at La Serena, Roquetas del Mar. With slick greens posing problems for most of us it was really down to the putting on the day as to who would come out on top. We were given free tapas and drinks at the tenth tee by La Serena which was much appreciated by the competitors. The hottest putters on the
day were Steve Peete (Vice Captain) who squeezed out Adrian Ball on count back, both having scored a creditable 35 points. The full results are listed below. Division 1 Winner. Paul Holley 31 pts 2nd Dave France 30pts 3rd Steve Gilmore 29 pts Division 2 Steve Peete 35 pts ocb Adrian Ball 35 pts Tony Hammond 32 pts Division 3 Winner Pam Partridge 26 pts 2nd Arthur Davies 24pts 3rd
Valle del Este Golf Society.... Golf in the sunshine what Mark Newall 34pts Division 1 else would any golfer want, certainly our members and visitors are taking full advantage as our numbers have increased over the past few weeks, and on Friday we had two divisions as a trial. Tuesday and a pairs better ball which was won by Mark Newall and Linda Bawden. Friday stableford comp and the overall winner
winner Alex Jardine Runner up Alan Hewitt (Division) 2 Winner Alan Townsend Runner up Chris Banks. Nearest the pins Linda Bawden & Ray Harrison. Quote “If you drink, don’t drive, don’t even putt!” Dean Martin Enjoy Your Golf At VALLE DEL ESTE.
Forum Golf Society´s first event of 2012 was a Pairs Strokeplay competition at Playa Macenas on Friday 13th January, using the increasingly popular Two Man No Scotch format. The significance of the date was obviously lost on most of the society, as the scoring was spectacularly good, with the firat twenty pairs all reording net scores under 70, quite an achievement. However there were only one couple who managed to break the magical “60” barrier, and these were the day´s winners Richard Swaine & Fran Elam with a score of 59, even better when their handicap of just 4 is taken into account. Derek Manning & Phil Elam
finished second after scoring 60, beating third placed Brian Gyer & Geoff Hebb on countback. Malcolm Sibbons & George Gibson (61) were fourth, Louise Dougals & Ann Wilmott (61) fifth, with Dave Sharp & Frank Varey just one shot further back in fifth place. Forum´s next events are January 27th Stableford at Marina February 7th Almeria League Round Six at Playa Macenas February 10th Team Coloured Ball at Marina For further information contact Phil Elam on 666 847 840 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.forumgolfsociety. webs.com
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AGUILON GOLF MEMBERS REPORT............................................. Feliz año nuevo to all golfers, one wish for the new year would be that all golfers rake the bunkers after use, this seems to be a particular problem in this part of Spain and in my opinion anyone found not to be doing so should be thrown off the course, rant over now on to the news RESULTS Wednesday January 4 Monthly Medal With a lot of members still away in wetter climbs there was a small turnout for the first medal of the year and judging by the scores they were still nursing hangovers 1st Glyn Ombler 84-7=77 2nd Louis Long 100-22=78 on a card play off 3rd Roy Stubbins 98-20= 78
Twos: none today Wednesday January 11 Individual Stableford With members now back in Spain after the Christmas break we had a full compliment of players on a overcast day, again the scoring is not as high as might be expected, but after the wind and rain in the U.K. it is a pleasure to get back on the golf course 1st Chris Baker 34pts 2nd Mike Hill 33pts on a card play off 3rd Pierre Dominguez 33pts Twos: one lucky winner Sally Keene 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
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F1 driver Sutil to stand trial over nightclub fracas The German driver is charged with causing grievous bodily harm in the incident involving Renault F1 executive Eric Lux, who suffered cuts. Mr Sutil has issued an apology over the incident, which happened in a Shanghai nighclub last April. Prosecutors are requesting a year’s suspended sentence for Mr Sutil. Munich court spokeswoman Ingrid Kaps said two trial days had been set - 30 and 31 January.
Both Mr Lux and Mr Sutil were among guests at a party to celebrate Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the China Grand Prix in Shanghai last April. Mr Sutil’s manager told reporters that the driver was looking forward to seeing the truth of the incident come out in court. The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus. Force India have already announced Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg as Mr Sutil’s replacement.
Carlos Tevez: Inter Milan offer £20.7m for Manchester City striker
Inter Milan have tabled a £20.7m bid for Carlos Tevez, but it is unlikely to meet Manchester City’s valuation for the Argentine striker.
player maintained there had been a misunderstanding. An internal club investigation concluded that
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“The offer is there. Now we are free to decide whether to go ahead or not.” AC Milan withdrew from talks to sign Tevez, 27, on Thursday after Alexandre Pato refused to join Paris St Germain.
PSG have also expressed interest in Tevez and Moratti claimed clubs in England were also in the hunt. “I believe there are still other teams involved for the striker,” he added. “There are clubs in England as well as PSG. In football there are no secrets. “Do we need Tevez? At this moment, it seems not, but football gives different answers every day.”
wages, reduced to two following intervention from the Professional Footballers’ Association.
“Our offer is 25m euros - now it depends on them whether they accept,” said Inter president Massimo Moratti after their 1-0 win over AC Milan.
Milan had already agreed personal terms for the player, but were forced to pull out of negotiations with City.
Tevez, who joined City in July 2009, was guilty of five breaches of his contract and he was fined four weeks’
The Milan derby was settled by a single goal, scored by Argentine forward Diego Milito. Afterwards, Inter coach Claudio Ranieri was coy about his side’s chances of striking a deal for Tevez, telling Sky Sport Italia: “You never know. Do we really need him? You journalists certainly do.” Talking to Rai Sport, Ranieri said: “If he joins he’ll be very welcome.”
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